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. 

Looking for a quick escape from the heat? Head to the movies – and bring the whole family. This summer, Cobb Theaters (now CMX Cinemas) is offering free, family-friendly summer movies through early August. Shows at the Hollywood 16 in Tuscaloosa start at 10 a.m. every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday (doors open at 9:30 a.m.). New movies will be shown each week, and they’re appropriate for all ages. 

Here are some choice films playing this summer, and my thoughts on each… 

The Tuscaloosa Public Library’s summer reading program, “Libraries Rock!,” got underway on June 4. The program, which runs through July 27 at all TPL locations, includes a variety of activities to keep area kids entertained for hours each week.  

The City of Tuscaloosa will host a “tech-or-treat” event on Tuesday, Oct. 24 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at the Tuscaloosa Gateway Innovation and Discovery Center, located at 2614 University Blvd East.

Spring break is a week for making memories. It’s a much-needed 168-hour recess from school for students and teachers, and a time to get out and revel in the fresh air and sunshine.

It’s often a chance for area families to make tracks out of town. But what about those who’re staying in Tuscaloosa during their time off? The area has plenty of options to choose from, and all of them will keep the kids off the couch. Tuscaloosa area schools will be out from March 13 through March 17, so what better time to get out and have some fun within the community?

This week offers plenty of great opportunities to get out and enjoy all that our great city has to offer. Whatever you do, we hope it is relatively stress-free and enjoyable.

Have a great week!

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We hope everyone had a great weekend. This week, be sure to get out and enjoy everything our area has to offer. These are just a few of the events and happenings – if you’d like to have your event added to our online weekly calendar, just email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. We’re happy to add anything you’d like to announce.

Enjoy your week, T-Town. And ROLL TIDE!

UA Wellness Week: Sept. 12-16. University of Alabama campus. This week, hosted by the University of Alabama Student Health Center, features a variety of events, all involving health and wellness. For more information, visit shc.ua.edu. 

Rough & Tumble at Cypress Inn: Sept. 13, 6 to 8 p.m. Cypress Inn Sandbar. Enjoy live music on Tuesday night. Also: Cypress’ tent delivery is in full swing for all Bama games. Make your Thanksgiving lunch reservations now, as well. Call 205-345-6963.

Widespread Panic with Umphrey’s McGee: Sept. 15, 6:30 p.m. Tuscaloosa Amphitheater. Ticket Prices: $51, $41. Tickets available via Ticketmaster.com. For more information, visit Ticketmaster.com, call the Tuscaloosa Amphitheater Box Office at (205) 248-5280 or charge by phone at (800) 745-3000. 

7th Annual Raising Hope Silent Auction: Sept. 16, 5:30-8:30 p.m. Tuscaloosa River Market. Catholic Social Services of West Alabama’s major fundraiser features silent auctions on a variety of different items, along with food, live music, and more. Tickets: $15 per person. For more information, including tickets, visit csstuscaloosa.org.  

The Tuscaloosa Public Library’s summer reading program, “On Your Mark, Get Set…Read!” kicked off on May 31. For parents looking for something fun for the kids to do while they’re out of school, TPL’s reading program offers plenty to keep the children entertained and busy. And best of all? All of the programs are free.

“Summer Reading is TPL’s football season. We see a lot of patrons and have a lot of great programs. This is a great time of year for the Tuscaloosa Public Library,” said Vince Bellofatto, director of communications and public relations.

By Cokie Thompson 

In March, the highs get a little higher and the sky a little bluer, and people all over Tuscaloosa break out their lawn chairs and coolers for America’s favorite pastime: watching baseball. The Crimson Tide is breaking in the new Joe and college students are enjoying the right field, and a different group is up to bat at Sokol Park on Saturday mornings. 

The Miracle League of Tuscaloosa provides players with special needs the opportunity to play baseball. The “field” is rubber, and it’s completely flat, allowing players with assistive devices to round the bases with ease. 

John Miller, one of the founders of Miracle League of Tuscaloosa, brought the group to town after his son played for the team in Moody, Alabama.  

By Candice Morris

After a chilly winter, spring break is a welcomed week filled with sunshine, warmer temps, and out-of-town trips. If your spring break plans keep you local, don’t fret: Tuscaloosa offers a wide variety of activities to entertain both you and your kids.

For parents who aren’t able to take the whole week off work while their kids are off for spring break, you’re in luck. The Tuscaloosa Park and Recreation Authority (PARA) is offering a Spring Break Day Camp during the week of March 14-18. The camp, for kids K-8, will be held at two locations, the Belk Center and the Phelps Center. Both locations will host a variety of activities, including exercise programs, arts and crafts, and sports. There will also be swimming trips to the Faucett Center, lunch at Cici’s Pizza, and bowling. Day camp will be held from 6:30 a.m. until 5:45 p.m. and is $27 per child, per day. Be sure to ask about sibling discounts. For more information, visit tcpara.org.

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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