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Most Popular Tab 1 - Druid City Living, Tuscaloosa's premier community newspaper. - Druid City Living, Tuscaloosa's premier community newspaper. Wed, 15 Aug 2018 15:13:53 -0500 MYOB en-gb Hottest Ride in the South Returns: Hot Hundred Features a New, Smoother Route Wounded Warriors participate in the Hot Hundred every year.
Discussion around mental health has taken to the national stage in recent weeks, and the Tuscaloosa Mental…

The Tuscaloosa Mental Health Alliance seeks to give members of the Tuscaloosa community more mental health support and access to better quality care. The Hot Hundred plays a major role to that end, according to Tuscaloosa Mental Health Alliance President Joseph Abrams.

“The Hot Hundred is critical to the TMHA’s mission of providing awareness and advocacy for mental-related issues within our community,” Abrams said. “With funds raised, the Alliance reinvests back into the community, where we hold annual conferences, provide monetary grants, and create awareness pieces.”

This year’s Hot Hundred routes have been redesigned to produce smoother rides and improve the event for people of all experience levels. There will be several routes for the ride and participants can opt for several preferred rides in terms of distance. Before race day on Saturday, July 28, participants are encouraged to evaluate and choose from the Sanders Ferry 30, Fosters 40, Fire Station 50, Chick-fil-a 70, and Hot Hundred routes. 

All routes begin at the University of Alabama’s Outdoor Pool Complex and are clearly marked with easily seen signs. Safe designated rest stops will be available to riders at predetermined intervals of every route. Midway through the longest rides, the Hot Hundred riders will be provided with a meal donated by Northport Chick-fil-a.

Members of Druid City Bike Club volunteer to work one of many rest stops provided for the Hot Hundred riders.

Safety is a top concern for organizers who have put plans in place to protect riders. Participants can find resources on the event’s website to brush up on their group biking etiquette and the proper safety signals to use. As long as participants follow these guidelines and stay alert, organizers say, the event will be safe and enjoyable for everyone involved.

After completing their ride, participants are welcomed back to the UA Outdoor Pool Complex for a pool party with dinner, swag bags, and finishing medals for those who complete the ride. Guests of Hot Hundred riders can attend the festivities for $5. 

Packet pick-up begins on Friday, July 27, during the pre-ride party at Black Warrior Brewing. In addition to a chance to mingle with other participants, guests will be treated to a spaghetti dinner and a free beer. Participants can also pick up their materials on the day of the race.

Through donations from sponsors, the Hot Hundred annually hosts Wounded Warriors from Ft. Benning, Ft. Gordon, and Ft. Stewart. Not only do they ride for free, but they also stay at Hampton Inn both Friday and Saturday night at no cost.

To learn more about the Hot Hundred or to sign up to ride, visit

Sports n Outdoor Wed, 25 Jul 2018 00:00:00 -0500
Alabama Choir School to Hold Open Auditions Alabama Choir School to Hold Open Auditions
Does your child love to sing? If so, the Alabama Choir School is holding auditions soon. Open…

Prior musical training is not necessary to participate, but an audition is required. Auditions are being held for any student enrolled in kindergarten through 12th grade. Just stop by any time between 4-6 p.m. – and be sure to use the 6th Street entrance between Greensboro Avenue and Lurleen Wallace Blvd. You do not need to bring an audition piece, the process is quick and simple, and there is no fee to audition. Partial scholarships are available.

For over 30 years, the Alabama Choir School has been educating students in West Alabama in the art of singing and performing the finest music in the choral tradition. Students develop character, discipline, musicianship, leadership, global awareness, and a strong commitment to excellence through rehearsals and performances.

Immediately following the auditions, a meeting for new singers and their parents will be held (6-6:40 p.m.).

If you can’t make auditions on Aug. 6, call the ACS office at 205-758-0927 or email to schedule an audition.

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Taste of Tuscaloosa: Beat the Heat with the Best Cold Sweet Treats in Town Waffle cone bits, caramel, a little pistachio, and a homemade sweet cream base make this Frost Bite creation worthy of your taste buds.
Nearly 100 years ago, the “I Scream, You Scream, We All Scream for Ice Cream” novelty song…

Frost Bite Tuscaloosa 

Food Network videos have nothing on Tuscaloosa. T-Town now has its very own amazing rolled ice cream store – and it’s just a stroll away, in downtown Tuscaloosa. Next to Ajian sushi restaurant, Frost Bite Tuscaloosa’s debut this summer not only features the beauty of rolled ice cream worthy of a social media viral video, but also the “wow” factor of liquid nitrogen ice cream. Patrons can watch in wonder as shop staff conduct the most delicious science experiment ever right before their eyes. Frost Bite Tuscaloosa staff are quick to tell you that the liquid ice cream base is made in house, giving your ice cream creation the extra “yum” factor. Trust me, I’ve tasted, and my “yum” factor was full throttle. 

Frost Bite Tuscaloosa is located at 1914 University Blvd. Suite C in downtown Tuscaloosa. 

Athena’s Bakery and Boutique 

Who says you have to go out of town to get a milkshake in a mason jar with a piece of cheese cake hanging off the side? Since 2017, Northport-based bakery Athena’s has been offering up monster milkshakes to customers. With flavors like chocolate explosion, cookie monster, strawberry cheesecake, and salted caramel (just to name a few), you know that this dessert is worth the time and space in your tummy. My personal fav is cookies n’ cream, because who doesn’t love ice cream, Oreos, cake balls, and massive amounts of whipped cream? Want to know a secret? Athena’s monster milkshakes are only served on certain nights of the week, so check their Facebook page to find out when they’re up for grabs. The staff tells me it takes four hours to prep for monster milkshake night with the baking of extra cupcakes, cheesecakes, and brownies that top each creation. Sounds like time spent well! 

Athena's milkshakes include full-sized bakery treat items, like a tasty cake ball, a slice of cheese cake, a cookie, or a full-sized cupcake.

Athena’s Bakery and Boutique is located at 16820 Highway 43 North in the Winn Dixie shopping center.  

The Baked Bear Tuscaloosa 

Do you ever crave ice cream sandwiches so messy you need a spoon, and so big you need a bowl? Me too. The opening of The Baked Bear in Midtown Village created a line around (and around) the building, and the crowds haven’t stopped. Patrons can make an ice cream sandwich with cookie flavors of their choice, brownies, and even doughnuts. If that wasn’t enough, you can choose from 13 different ice cream flavors for your sandwich, and they have tons of fun toppings to finish off your creation. If you’re not in the mood for something so intense, a scoop of ice cream in a cookie bowl, or a nostalgic root beer float, could be in your future. If you are in the mood for something extra sweet, The Baked Bear has you covered. Sheena’s tip for success is to always include sprinkles… because who doesn’t love sprinkles?! 

There's no doubt why The Baked Bear is popular... a warmed-up cookie, brownie, or doughnut is the perfect ingredient for the most perfect ice cream sandwich.

The Baked Bear is located at 1800 McFarland Boulevard in the Midtown Village shopping center.  

Sheena Gregg is a registered dietitian and local “Filipino Foodie.” Follow her adventures at  

Food Tue, 24 Jul 2018 00:00:00 -0500