Survival of the fittest! That describes Huey, a handsome 10-month-old male terrier-mix dog. Huey is this week’s Humane Society of West Alabama pet of the week.

Huey was pulled from our local animal shelter where he was part of a pack of puppies picked up by Animal Control. This happy, sweet dog had been in this shelter for over four months.

I was in shock. He had just pulled away from me, and the words, as cute as they sounded in his three-year-old voice, broke my heart. “Stop mama, get away.”

What?! What did my son mean, “get away?” What does that even mean?! Heartbroken, I pretended I was okay. But, being the “Smother Mother” my husband says I am, I gave things another shot. I covered my eyes, made my shoulders shake, and I fake cried. 

Did you know that you can obtain Boating Safety Help using your Smart Phone, iPad or Android device?

Former University of Alabama theatre student Michael Luwoye made history as the first actor to be cast as both Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr in the national “Hamilton” tour. Luwoye, who is performing as the Alexander Hamilton alternate on Broadway, received his B.A. from UA in 2013.  

Since leaving Tuscaloosa, Michael Luwoye has also appeared off Broadway as Jacob in “Invisible Thread” – a role that earned him a 2016 Lucille Lortel Award nomination. He has also appeared in numerous regional theater productions. 

Seth Panitch, director of the undergraduate and graduate acting programs, worked with Luwoye in four different classes before his graduation. Panitch said Luwoye’s approach is old school, but in the best of ways. 

The American Heart Association's annual Tuscaloosa Heart Walk is this weekend, so lace up your walking shoes and get out for a great cause. The 2017 Heart Walk is Saturday, March 25 at the Tuscaloosa Amphitheater.

Shari Taylor’s favorite thing growing up definitely wasn’t school.

“I guess the funny thing is, I really never loved school, but because of my parents, teachers and mentors throughout the years I have been led to a career in teaching,” she said. 

Dalton Cron, a student at Holy Spirit School in Tuscaloosa, has been accepted into the ClemsonLIFE program at the University of Clemson. The program offers students with disabilities a college experience and works to prepare them for independent living.

**NOTE: Time and date change for Bark in the Park 2017: Because of a threat of severe weather on Saturday, March 25, Bark in the Park has been *moved* to Saturday, May 13.**

Tails will be wagging as Tuscaloosa welcomes Bark in the Park back for another year. The event will be held at Will May Dog Park and Sokol Park from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 13.

The family-friendly event returns with crowd favorites, like the dog parade, obstacle course, photo opportunities and more. Kim Parker, the 2017 Bark in the Park chairwoman, said the event is a perfect community gathering. 

It’s that time again: Sprayberry Education Center is hosting the 13th Annual Art Show and Silent Auction this Thursday, March 23, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Sprayberry Center Cafeteria. The show, which is a fundraiser of the Sprayberry PTO, features approximately 100 pieces of art in a variety of different categories.

Children are great imitators. They may not always hear what we say but they sure do watch what we do. When children see how parents react to and correct mistakes, they learn valuable life lessons. Children need to know that we learn by making mistakes. As Big Bird says…”everyone makes mistakes; oh yes they do!”

Happy Official Spring: Spring began on March 20, just in time. Let’s hope that last cold snap was the final one for a good long while. We hope everyone had a lovely spring break, and it’s time to get back into the swing of things in Tuscaloosa and Northport. There are a host of awesome events happening this week, so be sure to get out and enjoy them!

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.

This beautiful, sweet kitten with gorgeous eyes is Clara, and she is this week’s Humane Society of West Alabama Pet of the Week.

Yes, it's chilly right now, but regardless, spring is coming. And on that note, I thought I’d offer up a great salad recipe – one that my own family loves. This pad Thai salad may be light, but it’s full of flavor. It’s also the perfect mid-week dinner option, especially if you’re short on time.  

For those of us with a sweet tooth, very little in life can top a great fried pie. This lemon fried pie recipe is pretty simple, and the results are sure to satisfy. 

Here’s to another great month of gathering around the dinner table. Bon appétit!  

Whether official or not, spring has sprung. I always know, because Realtor's phones start ringing. 

Tuscaloosa's community is one of cohesive cooperation, pulling together for this city in tragedy as well as triumph. I have experienced this especially in the Realtor world. 

By Amelia Pilsch

Meet Libby, a beautiful former Tuscaloosa Metro Animal Shelter dog, who accompanies her human, Mary Calhoun, all over Tuscaloosa County, listening to students read. Calhoun, a retired elementary school teacher, brings Libby to schools each Wednesday, where readers receive stickers that say, “I read to a dog today and I liked it.” They also receive Metro Animal Shelter pencils and a book about dogs for their classroom library. Recently, Libby paid a visit to Rock Quarry Elementary School. 

Seriously, “spring fever” sounds like an illness contracted during allergy season. Or an unreleased Bee Gees tune.  

The first time I ever heard the term, I thought people were crazy. Does this refer to the time of year when we should all be compelled to load up and go to the disco? Will Travolta be there wearing a suit covered in tulips and daisies? Do you even have a clue what I’m referring to? If not, congratulations. It means you are young. 

Happy Spring Break, everyone. Not surprisingly, this week’s community calendar of events is a little on the thin side. Still, though, there are a host of neat things you can do with the kiddos if you’re staying in town for vacation.

Need ideas? Check out our calendar, and also, take a look at Tori Linville’s piece on combating spring break boredom in the area with some awesome activities. Have fun, whatever you decide to do. And, for those of you heading to the beach, or Disney, or anywhere else – safe travels!

ALSO: Don't forget Daylight Savings Time starts at 2 a.m. on Sunday - set those close ahead one hour on Saturday evening!

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.

Each week, Community Service Programs of West Alabama brings us helpful information about their programs, and for parents. This week: "What do kids need the most?" Some of the answers might surprise you.

The University of Alabama women’s wheelchair basketball team won its fifth national championship on Saturday. The Tide (16-6) defeated the University of Texas at Arlington 57-48, avenging a 72-49 loss at home in February at the National Intercollegiate Wheelchair Basketball Tournament.

Fun, fun, fun! That sums it up for Coco, this week’s Humane Society of West Alabama Pet of the Week. Coco is an 8-month-old female German Shepherd mix.

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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