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Most Popular Tab 1 - Druid City Living, Tuscaloosa's premier community newspaper. - Druid City Living, Tuscaloosa's premier community newspaper. Sun, 20 May 2018 18:07:20 -0500 MYOB en-gb Phoenix House of Tuscaloosa Breaks Ground on New House Volunteers work to clear the lot for construction of The Phoenix House of Tuscaloosa’s new three-quarter home.
The Phoenix House of Tuscaloosa is beginning construction on a new three-quarter house this spring. The three-quarter…

“First United Methodist Church [of Tuscaloosa] is spearheading the building process,” said Colvin. “All of the building materials, paint, appliances, and furniture are either donated or purchased through the missions fund of First Methodist Church and St. Mark’s [Methodist Church].”  

This is the sixth house the First United Methodist Church of Tuscaloosa has built for the Phoenix House, and FUMCT Director of Global Outreach Josh Davis says more plans for additional builds are in the works. 

“We have future plans to build two more three-quarter homes on a lot that has the oldest three-quarter home currently on site,” said Davis. “It was the first home that was purchased, not built, so it is approaching disrepair.”  

The Phoenix House began in the late-1960s, operating as a halfway house for men with alcohol dependence. It has since evolved to help both adult men and women. While at the Phoenix House, clients must work a job, attend twelve-step meetings, and remain drug and alcohol free.  

The Phoenix House of Tuscaloosa strives to provide hope and encouragement to addicts who still suffer, helping them to become productive members of society again. The new three-quarter house will be named in honor of Ronnie Colvin, who served as executive director of the Phoenix House for 23 years. He retired in December of 2017.  

Construction of the new house is expected to take approximately three months. There are several volunteer opportunities available. Small groups are encouraged to sign up and make it a fun day of service and learning. Volunteer work days will be every Wednesday and Saturday, and slots are available for a variety of building tasks. No experience is necessary, and volunteers will be taught their tasks when they arrive. If you’re unable to volunteer but still want to help, donations are always accepted, both monetary and goods.  

For more information on volunteering and donating, visit  

Community Wed, 25 Apr 2018 00:00:00 -0500
Harvard Graduate to Share Wisdom During Paul W. Bryant’s Commitment Ceremony Michael Constant graduated from Paul W. Bryant High School in 2012, and from Harvard University - where he earned a bachelor’s degree in neurobiology, magna cum laude.
When Michael Constant graduated from Paul W. Bryant High School in 2012, he never dreamed he would…

“Never in a million years did I think I’d be invited to speak at Bryant,” Constant said.

But, that’s exactly what he will do Thursday, April 26 when he speaks to the Class of 2018 during Bryant High’s annual Commitment Ceremony.

Constant, who was valedictorian of his class at Bryant, was named a National Achievement Scholar and was selected as a Gates Millennium Scholar. The Gates scholarship allowed him to attend Harvard University, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in neurobiology, magna cum laude. Now, the scholarship is allowing Constant to study medicine at Columbia University.

“The teachers are what made Bryant so special for me,” Constant said.

“I know firsthand how difficult it can be to be committed to your studies when in high school. Luckily, I had many teachers who made learning an engaging experience.”

In its fourth year, the annual Commitment Ceremony, which will begin at 9 a.m. in the school’s gymnasium, will honor students who have been officially accepted to college, the military, workforce or an internship after high school.

“There are many ways to succeed,” said Dr. Linda Harper, principal of Bryant High. “For some students, success means going to college. For others, it means learning a skill and entering the workforce. While for others, success means entering the military.”

For Constant, success means earning his medical degree and then going into orthopedic surgery. When he speaks, he plans to encourage this year’s seniors with stories about his time as a Bryant student.

Michael Constant is studying medicine at Columbia University.

“When I was getting ready to graduate from Bryant, I was full of anxiety about what the next step would bring,” Constant said. “I’ve learned a bit about how to manage those anxieties since then, and I hope to give students a few pieces of advice that will help them make the most of this exciting time in their lives.”

“We believe that every student should leave our campus with a post-secondary plan,” Harper said. “Students leave our school with a skill-set that allows them to move into any college or career setting with the confidence to be successful.”

“I feel honored that my alma mater would ask me to speak with students,” Constant said. “Bryant High School is truly a place that cares about students.”

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DCL Weekly: Community Calendar of Events DCL Weekly: Community Calendar of Events
Here’s wishing all our Druid City Living readers a great week, filled with all kinds of outstanding…

Chamber Business After Hours: May 1, 5-7 p.m. The District Room (551 20th Ave. Tuscaloosa). For more information, visit

Author Rick Bragg at Tuscaloosa Public Library: May 1, 6 p.m. Tuscaloosa Public Library, Main Branch, Rotary Room. The Pulitzer Prize-winning author will discuss his books, tell stories, and answer questions at this free event. Alabama Booksmith sell books for signing beginning at 5:30 p.m. For more information, visit 

Jack Johnson: May 1, 7:30 p.m. Tuscaloosa Amphitheater. Tickets available via For more information, call the Tuscaloosa Amphitheater Box Office at (205) 248-5280.

Mal Moore Memorial Golf Tournament: May 3-4, NorthRiver Golf Club, Tuscaloosa. This tournament, which benefits The Boys and Girls Clubs of West Alabama, includes a charity auction. For more information, visit

Kentuck Art Night: May 3, 5-8 p.m. Main Avenue, Northport. This event is free to the public. The Museum Gallery presents Melanie Townsend Colvin’s “Wax, Words, and Welding.” Woodworker Dr. Norman Ellis’ one-of-a-kind, hand-crafted furniture will be in the Teer Gallery. The Courtyard of Wonders features Kentuck’s Red Dog Potters, food from Mary’s Cakes and Pastries and Snow’s Bend Farms, and live music from the Cats of Kentuck. For more information, visit 

Tuscaloosa Symphony Orchestra Run for the Roses Dinner and Silent Auction: May 3, 6:30 p.m. Dinah Washington Cultural Arts Center, downtown Tuscaloosa. Enjoy an evening of fabulous food, amazing auction items, and live chamber music performed by members of the Tuscaloosa Symphony Orchestra. For more information, and event passes, visit

First Friday in Downtown Tuscaloosa: Friday, May 4, 5-9 p.m. This event is free to the public. Local galleries, businesses and restaurants are open as a way for the community to see what Downtown Tuscaloosa has to offer. For more information, visit

Alabama Choir School Spring Concerts: May 4-5, 7 p.m. (doors open at 6:30 p.m.) Moody Concert Hall, University of Alabama campus. The concerts feature five choirs of singers from grades 1-12. Tickets are $13 general admission and $16 for a reserved seats when purchased at the door. Save $1 and purchase tickets online by clicking here.

Alan Jackson and Riley Green: May 4, 7:30 p.m. Tuscaloosa Amphitheater. Tickets available via For more information, call the Tuscaloosa Amphitheater Box Office at (205) 248-5280.

Carolyn Breckinridge and Jim Ezell Author Signing: May 5, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Barnes and Noble, Tuscaloosa. Author Jim Ezell will sign his new novel “The Cistern” and Breckinridge will sign her newest novel, “Kaleidoscope Jane & Other Stories,” as well as her novels “Tuscaloosa Moon” and “Tuscaloosa Boneyard.”


TSO Presents “Musical Brilliance – The Phenomenal Stewart Goodyear”: May 7, 7 p.m. Moody Music Building Concert Hall, Tuscaloosa. Stewart Goodyear, widely known as one of the greatest pianists of his generation, will perform Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2. Other selections include Iberia by Debussy and Seven Studies on Themes of Paul Klee by Schuller. For more information and tickets, visit 

OLLI @UA Summer Kick-off Open House and Annual Meeting: May 9, 2-4 p.m. Bryant Conference Center, University of Alabama campus. Refreshments will be served and will include a brief review of accomplishments for the year, board elections, and on-site registration for summer courses. No registration is required, and the event is open to the public. For more information, contact the OLLI office at (205) 348-6482. 

Youth for Christ Legacy Golf Challenge: May 10, Noon-5 p.m. NorthRiver Yacht Club. Deliver Christ-sharing ministry to thousands of teens by fielding a team or playing as an individual golfer. Business sponsorships are available. For more information, contact the YFC offices at (205) 752-3361.  

Five Horizons Health Services Presents “A Luau with Surfboards” Sunset Supper: May 10, 5:30-8:30 p.m. Tuscaloosa River Market. The Fourth Annual Sunset Supper features catering by Dotson’s Burger Spot. Beach wear is encouraged! For tickets, visit 

5th Annual Alabama Trade-O-Ree for Scouting Items: May 11, 2-11 p.m.; May 12, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Five Points Baptist Church, Northport. Dealers of rare Scouting memorabilia will be on hand to buy, sell, trade, and appraise merchandise including uniforms, patches, and books. Silent auctions are held each day. Proceeds benefit Scouting in West Alabama. For more information, contact Jon Hall at or (205) 799-5939. 

Calico Street Troupe Performances: May 12 and May 26, 10:30 a.m.-Noon, Northport Civic Center. This free, interactive, professional stage play for kids features costumed actors, dancers, special lighting, and music – all on a 36-foot stage. For upcoming show dates and times, visit 

US Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 8 5 Safe Boating Class: May 12, 8:30 a.m. Tuscaloosa County Courthouse Annex Auditorium (2501 7th St.) in downtown Tuscaloosa. Successful completion of this one-day class/course, About Boating Safely, fulfils the requirements needed to obtain an Alabama Boater’s License, and may entitle you to a discount on your boat owner’s insurance. For more information, contact Lyn Spencer (205) 394-7808 or email  


Homegrown Alabama Farmer’s Market: Thursdays, 3-6 p.m. 812 5th Avenue, Tuscaloosa. This University of Alabama student-run farmer’s market features vendors from all over the state, along with live music from local musicians.; (205) 210-9621  

Tuscaloosa Farmer’s Market: Saturdays, 7 a.m.-noon.; Tuesdays 3-6 p.m. Tuscaloosa River Market, 1900 Jack Warner Blvd, Tuscaloosa. Shop for fresh produce, grass fed beef, baked goods, cheeses and more. Buy fresh, buy local. For more information, visit or call (205) 248-5295.  

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