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Community - Druid City Living, Tuscaloosa's premier community newspaper. - Druid City Living, Tuscaloosa's premier community newspaper. Fri, 17 Aug 2018 03:48:34 -0500 MYOB en-gb Bama Art House Fall Film Series Begins Soon Bama Art House Fall Film Series Begins Soon

The Bama Art House Film Series Fall 2018 will open on Aug. 28 and will feature five screenings.  A program of The Arts Council of Tuscaloosa, this series will feature categories including biography, drama, romance, and comedy.

Screenings will take place at the Bama Theatre on Tuesday nights at 7:30 p.m. with the box office opening at 6:30 p.m. and doors/Bama Bar at 6:45 p.m.

There will be no film screening on Sept. 25 with the final film shown on Oct. 2.

Single Tickets will be priced at $8 general, $7 seniors & students and $6 Arts Council Members and will be available at the box office. Discount Punch Card Tickets ($60) will also be available prior to screenings and will be good for any 10 Bama Art House films.

Patrons can visit to view the list of films, details and accompanying trailers.

August 28: RBG

September 4: The Rider

September 11: The Leisure Seeker

September 18: Disobedience

September 25: Bye Week, no film

October 2: Manhattan Short Film Festival 2018

The mission of the Bama Art House series is to bring current and contemporary independent film to West Alabama, transforming the historic Bama Theatre into a cinematic art house.

The Bama Theatre is located at 600 Greensboro Avenue in Downtown Tuscaloosa. For more information about The Arts Council or Bama Theatre, patrons should LIKE the Facebook page “The Arts Council – Bama Theatre – Cultural Arts Center” and follow tuscarts on Twitter. Call 205-758-5195 or visit for further information.


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Exchange Club Awards Community Grants to Area Organizations Grant recipients are: Seated L-R: Nisa Moore, Junior Achievement; Jean Rykaczewski, WA Food Bank; and Kathryn Adams, Boys & Girls Club. Standing, L-R: Vickie Kerr, Caring Days; Larry Deavers, Family Counseling Services; Bill Gosselin, Boy Scouts; and Bill Shafer, Salvation Army. >

The Exchange Club of Tuscaloosa Foundation awarded Community Grants to seven local organizations at the Exchange Club’s August 2nd meeting.  

The Foundation has awarded grants annually since 1993. The combined total amount for grants over 25 years is $374,000.


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DCL Pet of the Week: Meet Bella DCL Pet of the Week: Meet Bella

Talk about someone who doesn’t act their age! Miss Bella is a super dog in great shape for her age. And she’s this week’s Humane Society of West Alabama Pet of the Week!

This female 9-year-old golden retriever/Labrador loves to run and play. Bella is a big dog, weighing 48 pounds, and has a smooth golden and cream coat. Bella was an owner-surrendered dog who liked to escape from her backyard. 

Bella is such a sweet, loving dog. She loves people and children and will tolerate anything. She has nice energy and loves to go trail walking and running. She would make a great workout partner.

Bella would NOT do well in an apartment. Alas, she has always been an outside dog and likes that. She was in some type of accident as a very young puppy and her bladder has given her problems since. She will “leak” some urine every now and then (that is why the previous owners kept her outside). She would make a great family dog for someone who wants a yard buddy. Bella is used to having a companion dog and gets along well with other dogs.  

Bella is doing great in her crate at night. She is getting much better about going into it and does not have any accidents in the crate, so she is good for bringing inside at night. She would probably welcome being inside with you during the day and at night as well!

Please call 205-554-0011 or visit to request an appointment to meet our available animals.

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Twelfth Annual Nick’s Kids Foundation Luncheon Held on Thursday Twelfth Annual Nick’s Kids Foundation Luncheon Held on Thursday

The 12th annual Nick's Kids Foundation Luncheon was held Thursday in The North Zone at Bryant-Denny Stadium where checks totaling just over $500,000 were presented to 150 local and state non-profit organizations. Since Nick and Terry Saban arrived in Tuscaloosa in 2007, approximately $8 million has been given to more than 300 deserving charities and organizations throughout the state and surrounding areas.

The official charity of Nick Saban and his family, Nick and Terry invest their time and energy hosting luncheons, golf tournaments, scrimmages and other events to benefit the cause. Culminating in the Annual Fall Giveaway, the proceeds are given in support of children, family, teacher and student causes.

"Today has a lot of the things I enjoy most," Saban said. "First of all, we have camp starting. The players are reporting today and we look forward to that challenge. It's always accompanied by the Nick's Kids luncheon. Miss Terry and all the people in the organization who support Nick's Kids work so hard to help these young kids have a better opportunity to be successful in life and have a better quality of life. As you all know, this is all about my dad and the legacy of what he tried to do. Hopefully he'll be proud of what we're doing here today."

Some of the Nick's Kids Foundation projects include 17 for 17 Home Building Project with Habitat for Humanity, the Nick's Kids Playgrounds along the Tuscaloosa Riverwalk and the Alberta School of Performing Arts, as well as the Teacher's Excellence Awards Luncheon.

Nick's Kids was also a major contributor to the new YMCA of Tuscaloosa and the Welding & Multipurpose Classroom Facility at the Tuscaloosa Juvenile Detention Center and was instrumental in the renovation of the STTEP Building at Brewer Porch Children's Center.

"This has grown into something beyond even what we thought," Saban said. "To be able to accomplish the projects we've been able to accomplish in the community, whether it's the Brewer Porch Children's Center or building the juvenile detention center classroom now, or the 17 for 17 houses that we partnered with Habitat for Humanity to be able to give away – that's grown into $500,000 a year. I never really imagined it would happen this way, but I really do think that Miss Terry has been the driving force behind this in terms of picking out great projects and things people like to support."

Joining the Sabans at the annual luncheon were student-athletes Keaton Anderson, Joshua Casher, Lester Cotton Sr., Raekwon Davis, Hale Hentges, Jalen Hurts, Christian Miller, Jamey Mosley, Ross Pierschbacher, Deionte Thompson, Jonah Williams and Mack Wilson.

In addition to their work with the Nick's Kids Foundation, the Sabans have also been generous with their personal donations to The University of Alabama's scholarship fund. In June of 2008, Nick and Terry made a $1 million pledge to the University for first-generation scholarships.

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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 local events. Get out, get involved, and above all else: Have fun!

And remember: If you’d like to have your event added to our online weekly calendar, just email us at We’re happy to add anything you’d like to announce.

Enjoy your week, T-Town.

OLLI@UA Summer Kickoff and Annual Meeting: Aug. 13, 2-4 p.m. Bryant Conference Center, Tuscaloosa. Enjoy refreshments while discovering everything OLLI has to offer. Also, there will be a brief review of the year's accomplishments as well as board elections. OLLI@UA provides mature adults, 50+, with social, educational, and travel opportunities. For more information, visit or call (205) 348-6482. 

United Way Campaign Kickoff Luncheon: Aug. 14, 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. Bryant Conference Center, UA campus. Meet and hear from campaign volunteers and learn West Alabama’s fundraising goal for the annual United Way campaign. For more information, visit or email  

Chamber Business After Hours: Aug. 14, 5-7 p.m. Bryant Bank, Tuscaloosa. For more information, visit 

Yeah Yeah Yeah Yeah 5K and Fun Run: Aug. 18, 7 a.m. Government Plaza, Downtown Tuscaloosa. Join honorary race starter Scott Cochran for this 5K race through downtown to raise awareness for Cystic Fibrosis. Funds raised benefit The Thomas Plott Foundation. For more information, visit

5th Annual Alabama Veterans Reunion: Aug. 18, various locations in Tuscaloosa. This is a weekend filled with activities and events to honor those in Alabama who’ve served our country. Many of the events are free. For more information, or to register, visit 

Weird Contest Day at CHOM: Aug. 18, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Children’s Hands-On Museum, downtown Tuscaloosa. Compete for prizes in weird and wacky contests throughout CHOM. For more information, visit or call (205) 349-4235. 

Jim Ezell and Carolyn Breckinridge Book Signing: Aug. 18, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Barnes & Noble Booksellers, Tuscaloosa. Local authors (and DCL contributors) Jim Ezell (“The Cistern”) and Carolyn Breckinridge (“Tuscaloosa Moon,” “Tuscaloosa Boneyard,” “Kaleidoscope Jane and Other Stories”) will be signing copies of their novels. Come out and meet them!

8th Annual Johnny Shines Blues Festival: Aug. 18. All day at Band of Brothers Brewing Co., Tuscaloosa. Food, drinks, and lots of blues music bands are participating in this rain-or-shine event honoring the legacy of Johnny Shines.  


Cancer Wellness Support Group: Aug. 21, Noon-1 p.m. Wellness Room, Manderson Cancer Center, Tuscaloosa.  Current and former patients of the Manderson Cancer Center (and their caregiver) who have been diagnosed with cancer, during all phases of their treatment and recovery, are welcome. Please RSVP to Jana Smith, Outreach Coordinator (205) 759-7877. 

25th Annual CAPS Night Light Golf Tournament: Aug. 24, Tall Pines Golf Course, Tuscaloosa. This four-person scramble tournament benefits Child Abuse Prevention Services (CAPS). Golfers will play nine holes before dark, enjoy a BBQ dinner, and play nine holes in the dark with glow in the dark golf balls. There will be door prizes, a grand prize, and more. For more information, visit or call (205) 758-1159. 

Hospice of West Alabama Casino Cabaret: Aug. 24, 6-9 p.m. North River Yacht Club, Tuscaloosa. This fun-filled evening, benefiting Hospice of West Alabama, includes blackjack, roulette, and other gaming tables. For more information, including tickets, visit  

14th Annual Walk to Remember: Aug. 25, 9:30-11 a.m. Inside University Mall, Tuscaloosa. This annual walk honors anyone affected by Alzheimer’s and other memory disorders, as well as their caregivers. Money raised supports the Caring Days programs. For more information, call (205) 752-6840 or visit   

Let’s Go Fly a Kite Day at CHOM: Aug. 25, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Children’s Hands-On Museum, downtown Tuscaloosa. Design your own kite to take home. Add your own personal touch to the new “Children of CHOM” kite. For more information, visit or call (205) 349-4235. 

Keith Urban “Graffiti U World Tour” with Kelsea Ballerini: Aug. 26, 7:30 p.m. Tuscaloosa Amphitheater. Tickets available via For more information, visit, call the Tuscaloosa Amphitheater Box Office at (205) 248-5280 or charge by phone at (800) 745-3000. 


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. 

Northport Farmer’s Market: Saturdays, 6 a.m. to noon, 4150 5th Street, Northport. For more information, visit 

DCH Regional Medical Center Support Groups

Cancer Wellness Support Group meets monthly from Noon-1 p.m. in the Wellness Room at the Manderson Cancer Center. We welcome current and former patients of the Manderson Cancer Center (and a caregiver) who have been diagnosed with cancer, during all phases of their treatment and recovery. Reservations are requested. For more information and to RSVP, call Jana Smith, Outreach Coordinator, at 205-759-7877.

HeART: Healing with the Arts free art workshop is open to all current and former Manderson Cancer Center patients, family members and caregivers. Workshops are held twice weekly, Wednesdays and Thursdays, from 1-4 p.m., giving participants an opportunity to use art to express their feelings through creative expression. All art supplies are provided. No cost. The Art Gallery has countless paintings displayed for sale and open to the public. All proceeds from these sales go to fund supplies for the art room and DCH Foundation’s Help and Hope Fund.

IMPACT Identifying Many Positives After Cancer Treatment meets monthly from 11 a.m.-1 p.m., typically at First Methodist Church Tuscaloosa. IMPACT aims to provide support, information, education, and community service to benefit themselves, other breast cancer survivors, and their families. Reservations are requested. For more information and to RSVP, call Jana Smith, Outreach Coordinator, at 205-759-7877.

Look Good… Feel Better is a free program sponsored in partnership with American Cancer Society for women who are undergoing cancer treatment. Come learn how to deal with the changes in your skin and appearance. Attendees receive a wonderful collection of skin care and makeup products. Classes meet monthly from 1-3 p.m. in the Manderson Cancer Center Wellness Room. Call 205-759-7877 for more information or visit

Prostate Cancer Support Group meets Noon-1 p.m. every other month in the Wellness Room at the Manderson Cancer Center. Current and former patients of the Manderson Cancer Center (and a caregiver) are welcome. This group is offered to provide community-based education and support to help men and their families cope with prostate cancer. Reservations are requested. For more information and to RSVP, call Jana Smith, Outreach Coordinator, at 205-759-7877.

STRETCH is a unique exercise and support program offered by the Lewis and Faye Manderson Cancer Center and UA Recreation Center for women who have had a breast cancer diagnosis. “Stretching” can begin weeks after surgical procedures. Patients must obtain physician approval. Classes meet twice weekly on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 9 a.m. at the UA Student Recreation Center. For more information, call Katrina Lewis, Patient Navigator, at 205-330-3647.

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Why Do Divorce Rates Spike Following Summer and the Holidays? Why Do Divorce Rates Spike Following Summer and the Holidays?

Divorce rates tend to spike in the weeks following the Christmas holidays and during August, following the summer vacation season. Have you ever wondered why?

A spike in divorces may be due to couples wanting to protect their children or other family from their marital problems during important family get-togethers or vacations. For some, their family vacation during the summer may be their final attempt to save their marriage. There is also the additional stress on the marriage that comes from having extensive involvement with extended family, or from coordinating the family vacation, which can exacerbate an already stressful relationship. 

Making a hasty decision to divorce following a stressful family experience is likely more reactive and emotionally driven, than proactive and carefully considered. Knowing that the stress of holidays, or a family vacation, is likely to add to the pressures on the marriage, it is best to hold off on making any final decisions while under the additional stress.   

It is normal for holidays and vacations to fail to live up to our expectations. Even though it’s common to experience disappointment along with the joys of the seasons, our hopefulness that things will be better this year often creates a sense of optimism that overlooks previous stressors. To help reduce the effects these stressors might have, it’s important to think about what normally generates the stress, and plan ways, as a couple, to help reduce those during family activities. 

Close, continuous, and unstructured time for days on end, even with family members you enjoy most, is stressful. These can lead to emotionally charged situations. Because the stress of a holiday or vacation season can expose any weaknesses or unresolved issues in your relationship, it may be best to build in some kind of “safety valves” into your plans to let one another decompress when stress strikes.   

A proactive plan may include prearranged signals to indicate to each other when you need a time-out, and an agreement to allow the other person to retreat from one another or other family members for a short time. A “short time” doesn’t mean avoiding everyone for hours or days, but taking the time you really need to gather your thoughts and emotions and regain your composure. Total avoidance creates its own kind of stress on the marriage and on the family. 

The important point is to remember not to make any major life decisions if your ability to think clearly is compromised by your emotional reaction to stress. If you plan ahead going into these family situations, and allow one another the space you each need to be alone and decompress, you can increase the chances of enjoying the pleasures the holidays or vacation season can bring, while minimizing the stressors. If you can both focus more on the positive aspects of what you have as a family, you increase the chances that you can approach your marriage with the renewed optimism and energy you will need to make other necessary changes. 

Larry Deavers is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Executive Director of Family Counseling Service in Tuscaloosa. 205.752.2504 


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Need a Night Out? Enjoy Some Quality Time Without Ever Leaving Town The Brass Tap, located in Tuscaloosa’s Midtown Village, features a full food and drink menu that gives you plenty of options.

Romance doesn’t come easy in the summer. Whether it's hectic travel or work schedules, kids that seem to be around all the time, or the sweltering Alabama heat, chances are your relationship could use a little TLC. Here’s just a few ways you and your partner can relax, refresh, and recharge this month.

Catch a Show

What better way to enjoy some of the warm nights of summer than with live music? The Amp hosts the highly-anticipated Keith Urban concert on August 26. Urban will be joined by up-and-coming artist Kelsea Ballerini, who has taken the country music scene by storm. Feeling a little old school? August 20, Def Leppard and Journey will be just a short drive away at the BJCC. The tour has proven to be a great time for classic rock fans, young and old. 

Switch-up the Classic Dinner Date

More than likely, your go-to date night consists of a select few restaurants kept on rotation. The best way to turn this date night classic into a special memory is to try a place that’s brand new, or at least new to you. There’s plenty of unique options popping up around Tuscaloosa, so you can stay close to home, including The Brass Tap in Midtown Village.

With an atmosphere that’s cozy, but not too serious, amazing food, and endless drink options, Brass Tap is a perfect date locale for any relationship. Go on one of their Bingo or trivia nights and join in some friendly competition, or you can grab one of their many games for just the two of you. Either way, you and your partner can spend hours here without even realizing it. Whether you are on an awkward first date in need of an ice breaker, or you’re two long time lovebirds looking for something different, this is the place for you.

Located just nine miles northwest of Tuscaloosa and Northport, Lake Lurleen State Park offers boat rentals.

Take it Outside

Take advantage of Tuscaloosa’s extended summer weather and its multitude of beautiful outdoor spots by taking your date outdoors. Pick one of Tuscaloosa’s beautiful lakes and make a mini-vacation out of the afternoon. 

You can find swimming access all around Tuscaloosa, but if you’re looking for even more, try out Lake Lurleen State Park. While relaxing on the beach and enjoying the safe, designated swimming area, you might almost forget you're still in Tuscaloosa. For even more adventure, the park offers low-cost rentals of a variety of boats and paddle boards. A romantic date out in canoe or paddle boat has made its way into more than a few classic love stories (ahem The Notebook ahem), and you can recreate the magic right here at home. And it there’s a torrential downpour? Again, see: The Notebook

Sip some great, local craft beer while admiring Druid City Brewing’s ever-changing, but always interesting chalkboard art.

Try Local Craft Beer

There has been a definite rise in popularity of craft beer over the past few years, and it's no surprise the unique community here in Tuscaloosa took on this trend very early. 

“I believe we’ve been successful because we provide a slightly different atmosphere,” said Elliott Roberts, co-owner of Druid City Brewing. “We focus on live music, local beer, and creating an atmosphere that’s kind of quirky. I think a lot of the other breweries try to do that as well.” 

Tuscaloosa is home to several breweries that provide local brews to bars across the state.  If you haven’t tried one out yet, consider it added to your “must-do” list. With award-winners like Druid City Brewing in town, this is a trend that’s here to stay. 

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City of Tuscaloosa Extends Customer Service Hours: Provides Additional Dumpsters for Back-to-School Period City of Tuscaloosa Extends Customer Service Hours: Provides Additional Dumpsters for Back-to-School Period

As UA students finish summer school, and other return to campus for the fall, moving in and out results in a ton of garbage in Tuscaloosa. On Monday, July 30, the city of Tuscaloosa began offering longer customer service hours - and additional dumpsters to meet the increased demand.

Beginning Monday, July 30, customer service phone hours were extended until 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. These hours will continue until demand subsides. Phone lines will be open during the weekend on Saturday, Aug. 4 and Saturday, Aug. 11 from 8 a.m. until noon. Customers can reach the water department during these extended hours by phone at 205-248-5500 or by anytime email at

Customers can open a new account, transfer existing service or cancel water service online at any time at Existing customers can pay bills and track account history online at

Environmental services placed nine additional dumpsters around the City in areas with high college student populations through Sunday, Aug. 5.

The dumpsters are issued to assist students and their families in the removal of household waste that accumulates during the moving process. Locations for the dumpsters are:

-5th Avenue at 16th Street
-Meador Drive at Cloverdale
-8th Avenue at 11th Street
-11th Avenue at 12th Street
-12th Street (behind Tutwiler)
-7th Avenue at 13th Street
-9th Avenue between 12th and 13th Street
-12th Street at 14th Avenue
-Thomas Street

Users should look for the dumpsters marked with the Move In/Move Out signage. These additional dumpsters are strictly for residential use and are not to be used for contractors or businesses. All debris should be placed inside the dumpsters and not around the dumpsters on the ground.

To limit the amount of garbage created during move in move out, items like cardboard boxes, plastic bottles #1 and #2, plastic bags, aluminum cans, steel soup cans, newspapers/magazines, and office paper can be recycled in the blue curbside recycling bin or the drop-off recycling trailers located around the city. To learn more about recycling in Tuscaloosa visit or call 311 at 205-248-5311.

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DCH Regional Medical Center Offers High-Tech Prostate Imaging and Biopsy Dr. Matthew Thom (L) and Dr. Howard Winfield with the UroNav prostate imaging system.

DCH Regional Medical Center is the first hospital in central Alabama to offer a new targeted biopsy of the prostate.

Prostate biopsy, the most reliable way to detect prostate cancer, is a challenge using conventional methods. To obtain a sample from a suspicious lesion in the prostate, the urologist inserts an ultrasound probe into the patient’s rectum. The urologist can only visualize the prostate on an ultrasound image on a monitor.

“It’s hard to see the whole prostate, and even harder to locate a tumor with a biopsy needle using only an ultrasound probe,” said Dr. Matthew Thom, a urologist with West Alabama Urology Associates. “The new UroNav fusion biopsy system overlays MRI images that were made before the biopsy with ultrasound images we’re capturing during the procedure.”

A sophisticated computer program merges or fuses the MRI and ultrasound images to give the urologist a view of the prostate that allows him to target the biopsy needle to the suspicious lesion. The UroNav fusion biopsy system combines electromagnetic tracking and navigation, similar to the GPS in your car.

“This is a truly new biopsy option for many patients,” said Dr. Howard Winfield, a urologist with West Alabama Urology Associates. “Targeted MRI/ultrasound biopsy is poised to become the new standard in prostate care, and DCH Regional Medical Center is pleased to be the first facility in the area to offer this powerful solution to our patients.”

Other than skin cancer, prostate cancer has become the most common form of cancer in American men and the second-leading cause of cancer death in this population.  

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Family Fun Day to Raise Diabetes Awareness Planned Family Fun Day to Raise Diabetes Awareness Planned

About 1.25 million Americans have type 1 diabetes, according to the American Diabetes Association. And another 40,000 will be newly diagnosed this year alone. The need for research is great, and an upcoming community event is being held to help. 

A free Family Fun Day will be held on Saturday, Aug. 11 at Randall-Reilly in Tuscaloosa to help raise awareness about type 1 diabetes. Randall-Reilly and JDRF are sponsoring the event. JDRF is a non-profit organization that funds type 1 diabetes research directed to finding a cure, managing the disease, and preventing it. 

Organizers say Family Fun Day will be a great chance for everyone in the area to connect and enjoy a day of food, music, games, and more.  

Family Fun Day will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Randall-Reilly, located at 3200 Rice Mine Road NE. 

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