A strong partnership between parents and teachers make for a winning team!  Parents and teachers working together equal a child’s success in school.


As a parent you can strengthen the team by:

Tuscaloosa’s streets will sizzle on Saturday, July 29, as the 2017 Hot Hundred Bicycle Ride kicks off at 7 a.m. The hottest ride in the south will start at the University of Alabama’s Outdoor Pool Complex, and riders will choose whether they want to face a 29, 36, 52, 71 or 103 mile ride. 

The ride is organized to raise funds for mental health in partnership with the Tuscaloosa Mental Health Alliance. Since its beginning, the ride has only grown bigger with each passing year.

Tee Time is coming at Tall Pines Golf Course in Tuscaloosa, as Child Abuse Prevention Services, or CAPS, holds its 24th Annual Night Light Golf Tournament on Aug. 18. The four-person scramble is unique, in that it allows participants to play in the dark. Nine holes are played in the afternoon, and nine at night.  

Nearly 250 Chamber members attended the West Alabama Chamber of Commerce's State of the State luncheon, held on July 6 at Embassy Suites in downtown Tuscaloosa, to get an update from Alabama's leaders.

For the 37th year, Tuscaloosa County Park & Recreation Authority in conjunction with the City of Tuscaloosa is offering the Summer Meals Program. The program provides a healthy lunch to children at the McDonald Hughes Community Center, located at 3101 MLK Blvd.

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.

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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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