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Mayors from Alabama’s five largest cities met in Montgomery on April 20, where they urged state lawmakers to support issues critical to residents of Birmingham, Huntsville, Mobile, Montgomery and Tuscaloosa, a constituency comprising nearly one third of the state's population.

The City of Tuscaloosa will host the USA Triathlon’s Collegiate Club and High School National Championships on Friday, April 21 and Saturday, April 22 around the city. Top collegiate triathletes from across the country will be traveling to Tuscaloosa to compete in the race.

Due to this event, certain roads and areas will be closed.

This gorgeous girl is Goldie, and she’s this week’s Humane Society of West Alabama Pet of the Week. Goldie is a 7-month-old (as of March) female yellow Labrador retriever mix. She has a smooth yellow coat and weighs around 35 pounds – but she still has some growing to do. She’ll probably get to around 50 pounds when full grown. Goldie was pulled from our local animal shelter, where she had been surrendered by her owner because they felt she was "too much responsibility." Goldie had been down there several weeks and was so shy and timid that folks overlooked her, so the Humane Society needed to get her out.

It’s finally April, and for Bama football fans, this means one thing: A-Day is almost here. The University of Alabama’s Athletics Department has announced specifics for the myriad of activities that will take place on Saturday, April 22 at Bryant-Denny Stadium – including the opportunity for fans to take the field after the game, which kicks off at 2 p.m.

The A-Day game is the 15th and final practice of the spring. Gates open at 11 a.m. and admission will once again be free to the public.

It will be the program's 11th A-Day Game under the direction of five-time national championship coach Nick Saban. A myriad of activities punctuate the 2017 Golden Flake A-Day Game that will be televised on ESPN by Kirk Herbstreit, Joe Tessitore, Joey Galloway, and Laura Rutledge calling the game from field level.

Game day will get started with the Mercedes-Benz Fan Fest, which will open at 8 a.m. adjacent to Bryant-Denny Stadium. The Fan Fest will feature free giveaways, musical entertainment, sampling events, the Coca-Cola Kids Zone, live radio remotes, vehicle displays, the annual UA athletic apparel/game program sale and other fun fan activities open to the public. Numerous food vendors will be open on the Walk of Champions Plaza starting at 10 a.m.

Walter Turner, a Tuscaloosa resident, was recently awarded the “Patriotism Award” by Kris McBride, Third Region President, Association of the United States Army (AUSA), for his continuous support of the veterans in Tuscaloosa. Turner has held numerous positions in the Veterans of Foreign War.

The Holy Spirit Catholic School Drama Department presented School House Rock, Jr. the weekend of March 31 at the Holy Spirit stage.

Greetings, all. Here’s to yet another outstanding week of exciting events here in Tuscaloosa and Northport. This week, you’ve got plenty of opportunities to get out and enjoy yourself.

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A groundbreaking ceremony was held for the Truck & Wheel Group in Vance on April 11, with members of the Tuscaloosa County Industrial Development Authority (TCIDA) and Graham & Company real estate company on hand. Construction on the new 127,000-square-foot, $35-million wheel assembly factory is underway. It is expected to open in 2018, creating approximately 70-75 new jobs.

Truck & Wheel Group will be the supplier for wheel assemblies – industrial tires and sequencing for automotive manufacturers in the region. This is Spanish company’s first U.S. operation.

Easter has arrived, and for most people it means ham, family and Easter egg dyeing. After blowing out the egg’s content by making small holes in the tops and bottoms of the shell or boiling eggs, most people dunk the egg in a bowl of food coloring and call it a day. This Easter, we’ve looked up cheap and creative ideas for Easter egg dyeing that allow for some creativity. For best results, don’t rush the process of dyeing the eggs.

Rubber Band Eggs

By adding some rubber bands from your office to the mix, Easter eggs can have a one-of-a-kind look that strays from a simple dye job.

First, bring eggs to a boil in a pot of water. Remove to cool and pat the eggs dry. Next, add the rubber bands. Because of the egg’s round and slick surface, it’s best to use wide rubber bands or multiple skinny rubber bands for best results. Arrange the bands around the egg to your liking.

Dunk egg into dye and keep submerged for at least five minutes. For a darker color, keep egg in the dye longer. Allow egg to air dry. For a mix of colors, re-dip the egg in a different color dye.

Dye ingredients: Three-fourths a cup of warm water, one tablespoon of white vinegar and about 10 drops of food coloring.

 

Melted Crayon Eggs

Adding an individual and artistic spin to your Easter eggs only takes two steps. Using crayons already laying around the house, children can draw their own Easter egg designs in no time at all.

First, put eggs in a pot of water and bring to a full boil. Remove from heat and cover the pot for 12 minutes to get hard boiled eggs. Taking the eggs from the pot let them stand for one to two minutes.

Add designs to the eggs by drawing on them with crayons. Let children mix and match colors for a creative twist.

 

Traditional Egg Dyeing with a Twist

If simple food coloring and water is a method that is the most convenient and comfortable, add a twist by mixing ingredients that you already have in your pantry or spice cabinet. This will save time and money, along with providing some Easter entertainment.

Bring water to a boil before adding ingredients. Each recipe calls for four cups of water, two tablespoons of white vinegar and two tablespoons of table salt.

Aqua Green/Teal: Two cups raw Spinach

Dark Blue: One head of cabbage, chopped         

Brown/Burnt Orange: Two tablespoons of coffee

For a marbled effect, leave the eggs in the die for a longer amount of time. For an additional pop of color, add olive oil to the dry shells. To see additional methods for other colors, visit greenthumbwhiteapron.com.

This is Ryder, a darling 8-9-month-old male boxer/retriever mix.  Ryder is this week’s Humane Society of West Alabama Pet of the Week.

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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