By Amy Materson

Walmart Neighborhood Market became the first grocery store in Tuscaloosa to offer customers an online shopping option this week as the store launched an online ordering and grocery pickup program. 

Tuscaloosa’s YMCA Family Center is kickstarting its own eight-week summer camp program from Monday, June 5 through Friday, August 4. The camp will offer plenty of activities for local kids of all ages to enjoy. 

“Every week is themed, and through the week we do a variety of field trips with local community partners,” said Stephanie Reinhart, the YMCA Family Center’s Associate Executive Director. “Longtime YMCA member Dr. Doug Phillips of 'Discovering Alabama' is going to be working with our camp as part of our nature and science week.”

The 2016-17 Forerunners class held a graduation ceremony May 17 at the John R. Drish House. High school students from around Tuscaloosa County participate in the leadership program, which is sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce of West Alabama. The keynote address for the event was given by Max Karrh, vice president of Bryant Bank, and graduates were recognized by Karen Thompson, the executive director of Temporary Emergency Services.

On Saturday, May 20, Lake Lurleen will be filled with the sounds of area children running, swimming and biking throughout the state park as part of the fifth-annual Tuscaloosa Kids' Triathlon. 

By Amy Materson

The Brookwood Career Center opened its doors to the public May 1, offering a number of exciting options to job seekers across West Alabama. The “pop-up” center, located at 15706 Highway 216 across from the Brookwood Town Hall, is funded from more than $1.5 million in Appalachian Regional Commission grants and is part of an initiative that will deliver a range of job training services that will fill acute workforce needs in automotive and other manufacturing industries in the area.

The City of Tuscaloosa will host the 11th Annual Tuscaloosa Mayor’s Cup on Saturday, April 29. The Mayor’s Cup is a 5K and 10K race in support of the Tuscaloosa Pre-K Initiative. 

The race starts and ends at Government Plaza behind City Hall. The route will go through downtown and cross through the Walk of Champions on the University of Alabama campus. 

 There are countless variables in the success of a non-profit in the world in which we live. Two of the most vital are funding and volunteers. One requires the gift of money. The other requires the gift of time. Both are crucial, and for some non-profits, the volunteer is even more important.   

One of the most rewarding volunteer opportunities I have every year is to volunteer for Junior Achievement. And if you don't know what they do, you should.  

Sprayberry Center held its 13th Annual Art Show and Silent Auction on Thursday, March 23, in the school cafeteria. A special piece of art work, completed with the fingerprints of all Sprayberry students, was presented to Dr. Walter Davie, Superintendent of the Tuscaloosa County School System, and Gary Mims, Board Member, as a thank you from students, staff, and families for the renovation of Lloyd Wood Education Center.

More and more extended relatives are helping to care for relatives’ children. What if they need help? That’s where the Family Guidance Center’s “Kids and Kin” program comes into play. It is a free program designed to provide support and assistance for grandparents, aunts, uncles, and older siblings who provide childcare for their relatives’ kids.

It’s that time again: Sprayberry Education Center is hosting the 13th Annual Art Show and Silent Auction this Thursday, March 23, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Sprayberry Center Cafeteria. The show, which is a fundraiser of the Sprayberry PTO, features approximately 100 pieces of art in a variety of different categories.

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Druid City Living (DCL) is Tuscaloosa, Alabama's premier community newspaper, covering the great people, places and activities of the area.


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