Julie is still available for adoption! She's the Humane Society of West Alabama's Pet of the Week!

Fear not, for I have returned from hiatus! I hope you have enjoyed the guest posts the past couple of months in my stead. Those writers did a fantastic job while I was away taking care of my job that actually pays bills (no offense, Druid City Living) and I am very appreciative of them. Thank you for reading them and for returning to find me. 

A local nonprofit that partners with elementary schools is holding its end-of-semester cooking lessons and farm stands. Schoolyard Roots will be in each of their 11 Tuscaloosa-area partner schools over the course of the next two weeks. They will be hosting farm stands with students to sell the produce they’ve grown this year.

Meet the PreK Pals! These kids are fantastic, and they’re the stars of this column. Alicia Jenne’, a veteran teacher of little people, is the PreK Pals Lead Teacher for PreK#1 at Rock Quarry Elementary School and our inquisitive “reporter” – asking the hard-hitting questions everyone wants answers to.   

It’s time for the littlest learners to go to big school! Kindergarten is just a short summer away! We asked 2 PreK Pals what they learned this year in OSR PreK

“We’ve had a lot of fun this year and learned a lot of things. I think the future of our city is safe with these two. PreK… it’s where your future begins.” – Alicia  

 

Ibrahim (5) 

 

I learned that transportation means to travel from place to place. I learned all about sea animals and polar animals and all kinds of animals. I learned math! Like, I know that if it’s 16+1 it equals 17 because any number plus one is the very next number! I am going to be a policeman when I grow up! 

 

Harrison (5) 

 

I learned math! I learned that zero can be a place holder. My favorite thing that I learned is the safety rules. Never play with fire! This is going to be important because I am going to be a firefighter when I grow up! 

Residents of Tuscaloosa and Northport have had plenty of practice navigating construction zones, and that seems to have increased even more over the last year. The orange cones and barriers are not the only way that transportation agencies are trying to make our roads better.  

A major transportation project in the works, led by The University of Alabama, will create a more positive commuting experience for drivers in the area in a much more subtle way – but with even greater impact. Thanks to an $8 million grant, and additional matching funds from federal, state, and local agencies, UA researchers will be able to study and improve traffic control systems in West Alabama.  

West Alabama Works received the Governor’s Award for Overall Best Regional Workforce Council at the Alabama Works statewide conference Wednesday in Birmingham. The award honors the top workforce council for the state. 

Tuscaloosa’s Youth for Christ is gearing up for one of its biggest events of the year. The annual Legacy Golf Tournament draws over 100 golfers ready to hit the links for a great cause. All proceeds benefit YFC’s programs.  

On Monday, May 13, the Legacy Golf Challenge benefiting Youth for Christ, will be held at the NorthRiver Yacht Club.  

When you take time for self care, you are better able to care for your child. Even a few minutes of “you time” can help you to recharge so that you can parent at your best. Stress causes wear and tear on a person, inside and out. Keep these tips in mind next time you’re feeling overwhelmed.

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!

On Wednesday, May 8, Bryant Bank awarded 10 Paul W. Bryant High Seniors the Paul W. Bryant, Jr. Scholarship at their annual Senior Honors Night. Each recipient was awarded a $5,000 scholarship to The University of Alabama.

A catchphrase around Campus Life’s high school programs in Tuscaloosa is “always expect the unexpected.”  It’s intended to build anticipation among students and enthusiasm for what is about to happen next. This may come from a crazy game with a twist. Or perhaps we dive into a topic they are all too familiar with, but we take an approach that makes them look at life, God, or the future with fresh eyes.  

As a self-proclaimed foodie, I love finding other folks around town that love food as much as I do. Truth be told, Tuscaloosa has a whole host of individuals that are passionate about the dishes served up in T-town’s finest restaurants, as well as having a life rich with stories of home cooked favorites.  

This month, I decided to feature a fellow T-town foodie, Patricia Powe. She’s well-known for her commitment to United Way, and she serves as Director of Financial Affairs for the College of Education at the University of Alabama. 

Summer is always the loudest and most exciting season of the movie year, and this year will be no different. I tried to limit myself to just a handful of the best popcorn films from May to August. I failed.  

So, here are 13 (!) of the hottest films coming out this summer to thrill audiences (who will no doubt be glad to take a break from the heat in a cool, dark, theater).  

As part of the Tuscaloosa Bicentennial Celebration, a river boat race featuring historic local paddle-wheel boats will be held along the Black Warrior River in downtown Tuscaloosa on Saturday, May 18 at 3 p.m.   

The Tuscaloosa Public Library’s summer reading program, “Alabama Has a Universe of Stories,” gets underway on Monday, June 3. The program, which runs through Saturday, July 27 at all TPL locations, includes a variety of activities to keep area kids entertained for hours each week. And all the programs are free. 

The first annual Center Court Classic tennis tournament is set for May 9-12 at Center Court Tuscaloosa in Jaycee Park. Plans for the Classic have been in the works for some time, and organizers say they’re thrilled it’s finally coming to fruition. 

Children are learning to express their emotions. They don’t yet have the tools to talk about their feelings and this can lead to big frustration and bigger meltdowns.

As parents and caregivers, it’s your job to be supportive even when children are expressing big emotions. This will help them manage their reactions and allow them to feel safe when confronting scary feelings. But remaining calm can be a tricky task.

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!

The City of Tuscaloosa has scheduled the musical acts highlighting the diverse musical offerings of Tuscaloosa area for the fourth annual Live at the Plaza concert series in Government Plaza every Friday night in June and July.

This handsome fellow is Andy, a 2-year-old male shepherd/lab mix. This adorable pupper is the Humane Society of West Alabama’s Pet of the Week!

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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