Preliminary returns arrived from a distant county, and it appeared that Democrat John Erwin had won a seat in the U.S. House to represent the Seventh Congressional District of Alabama. A rowdy group of his supporters, led by John Gorman Barr, rolled a cannon to a hilltop overlooking Tuscaloosa and were set to have “a grand jollification.” But before any salutes could be fired, the official returns for the general election of November 6, 1851, arrived. The hoped-for result was not to be, as Whig candidate Alexander White was victorious. The would-be merrymakers dispersed in disappointment.

The Dinah Washington Cultural Arts Center will be the setting for the District 3 Poetry Out Loud regional finals for West-Central Alabama students on Thursday, Nov. 15. The competition begins at 9 a.m. at the DWCAC in Tuscaloosa and is free and open to the public.

Here’s wishing all our Druid City Living readers a great week, filled with all kinds of outstanding local events. Get out, get involved, and above all else: Have fun.

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Ever had a question or concern about what your child should be doing at a certain age?  See below for developmental milestones that your child should reach at each age.

Meet Shirley! This beautiful 7-year-old lady is still available for adoption, and she's this week's Humane Society of West Alabama's Pet of the Week.

Tuscaloosa will honor its veterans on Nov. 12, at 10 a.m. at the Magnolia Pavillion at Snow Hinton Park. For the first time in many years, Veterans Day is on a Sunday - so the event is being held on Monday. The threat of rain forced organizers to move the event from Veterans Memorial Park.

Do you have an idea for a new product, service or business? Can you pitch it in three minutes or less? This year's River Pitch might be your in. The 2018 River Pitch Business Idea Competition will be held on Nov. 14 from 5 to 9 p.m. at the Tuscaloosa River Market.

For most of us mamas, fall in Alabama means visiting the pumpkin patch with our kiddos, enjoying pumpkin spice everything, and getting ready for the Thanksgiving holiday. We’re also one step closer to preparing for Black Friday, and two steps closer to having a vacation during the Christmas holiday season. Whew! There is so much going on here, there, and everywhere that we may not realize our kids are feeling burned out.  

Shelton State Community College Community Education is offering a one-night-only course, “Chocolate: Your Holiday How-to,” on Thursday, Nov. 15 from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. on the College’s Fredd Campus. 

Phylecia Hickman Krebs was named Northport Citizen of the Year during the annual awards program held on Oct. 4 at Five Points Baptist Church.

The 7th Annual Schoolyard Roots Garden Party will be held on Nov. 11 at the Tuscaloosa River Market. From 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., attendees can sample fresh, delicious food from 18 local farmers, 16 restaurants, and three breweries. Local musicians will provide live music, and guests can bid on art provided by local artists.  

If you’re looking for some decorating ideas or holiday motivation this season, you’ll want to check out Tuscaloosa Tablescapes on Nov. 8. For the second year, the Tuscaloosa Career & Technology Academy’s Hospitality and Tourism program will offer up some gorgeous holiday décor ideas and inspiration.  

Few Tuscaloosa experiences can compare to the glamour and charm of The Lucy Jordan Ball. The DCH Foundation will host the 41st annual ball on Nov. 9 at 6 p.m. at NorthRiver Yacht Club. Attendees will gather this year in support of The Finn and Quinley Children and Infants’ Fund. 

Hopefully, parents, you'll have a little extra time to spend with your kids this holiday season. And if you do, consider hanging out one evening and reading to them. Here are 10 reasons you really want to make the effort...

Here’s wishing all our Druid City Living readers a great week, filled with all kinds of outstanding local events. Get out, get involved, and above all else: Have fun.

And remember: 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.

Stillman College has officially been awarded a $400,000 grant from the Alabama State Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Defense, to recruit military veterans for second careers as public school teachers.

Meet Markie. This one-year-old male terrier/shepherd mix is this week’s Humane Society of West Alabama Pet of the Week!

When I was in junior high, I used to set an alarm for 1 a.m.  Why?  My brother was a senior in high school, and that was usually when he came home on the weekends.  I would wake up a few minutes before his curfew and turn the television on.  I made sure it looked like I’d been up all along.  Why did I go to all this trouble?  This was the only time my brother and I really hung out.  After all, he was a senior, a star baseball player, and he had a beautiful girlfriend.  If I wanted any time to have him to myself, I had to make an effort.   

On Thursday, Oct. 18, FOCUS On Recovery hosted its largest annual fundraising event. This year, the gala was themed “An Evening of Art Focused on Recovery” – and it included a silent auction featuring an array of original art works from various local artists as well as FOCUS residents.

Druid City Living always wants to recognize our great local businesses. To the new businesses - welcome to town! Remember: Shop local. 

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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