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.

This week’s calendar is a little on the thin side – but that’s to be expected, as many of us head out of town for a last vacation before school starts back next week. Enjoy!

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.

The City of Tuscaloosa and the Tuscaloosa County Park & Recreation Authority will present “Midday Moon Solar-bration,” a solar eclipse viewing event on Monday, Aug. 21, noon - 2 p.m. in Government Plaza located at 2106 6th Street. The event is free and open to the public.

Meet this week's Humane Society of West Alabama's Pet of the Week: Simba! Simba is one exceptionally playful kitten. His birthday is 3/17/16 and he just "graduated" to the young adult room.

The University of Alabama Libraries will celebrate the solar eclipse on Aug. 21 with free giveaways at four of its five branches.

The event, “Experience the Solar Eclipse,” will be held from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Gorgas Library, Bruno Business Library, Rodgers Library and McLure Education Library.

Tables will be set up at each library where staff will be giving away 1,200 eclipse glasses, Moon Pies, and Starburst and Milk Way candies.

No one wants to see their child laying in a hospital bed. When this unfortunate circumstance becomes a reality, many Tuscaloosa County residents choose Children's of Alabama in Birmingham.

To show support and care for children and families who find themselves at the country's third-largest pediatric hospital, the Tuscaloosa County Farmers Federation donated $2,000 to Children's of Alabama.

City of Tuscaloosa Mayor Walter Maddox has appointed Mark Fields as city clerk, effective Sept. 5.

Convenience and community: These are the two things that drove Black Warrior Brewing Company Co-Owner Eric Hull to create the concept of T-Town Market. The store opened in May, and Hull said he’s blown away by the community’s response.  

“So far, we have had a great reception from all our neighbors and have loved getting to know many of the people working at City Hall and the other businesses in the area,” said Hull.  

Michelle Higginbotham teaches ninth grade English, Creative Writing and Southern Literature at Sipsey Valley High School. Before transferring to Sipsey Valley, she taught at Tuscaloosa County High school for 11 years. Higginbotham began her teaching career in the fall of 1999. Since then, she’s tried to set a goal of making her lessons fun and engaging for her students.

Students all over Tuscaloosa are back in class now, but it's still summer - and with that, comes hot temperatures and the need to cool off - often, with a sweet treat. Sixth grade students of Holy Spirit Catholic School have making ice cream down to a science.

It’s almost time for the change in season, tailgate season that is – and Bama fans are already preparing for their game day tailgates and parties – on and off campus. 

Entering what he hopes to be his first “consistent” season at Alabama, you’ll forgive Bo Scarbrough for emphasizing his forward mental trajectory.

The Alabama running back has no desire to discuss the past, especially not when it concerns the broken leg he suffered during the third quarter of the national championship loss to Clemson. Wearing a sizable smile in front of reporters, Scarbrough didn’t resemble a player losing much sleep while lamenting over last season’s heartbreaking finish. Instead, he reiterated his preference to concentrate on the present.

So, please, save any potential what-if questions for a later date.

“That book is closed,” Scarbrough said, the smile leaving his face. “I'm only focused on what's going on now and not the past."

Children establish eating habits as early as two years old!  At Head Start/Early Head Start programs, we partner with families to build healthy eating habits early; one way to do this is to serve meals family-style. Eating family-style meals is a great way to introduce healthy foods, model healthy behaviors and provide opportunities for nutrition education.

What is Family Style Eating?

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.

Children establish eating habits as early as two years old!  At Head Start/Early Head Start programs, we partner with families to build healthy eating habits early; one way to do this is to serve meals family-style. Eating family-style meals is a great way to introduce healthy foods, model healthy behaviors and provide opportunities for nutrition education.

What is Family Style Eating?

Meet this week's Humane Society of West Alabama's Pet of the Week: Cannon! He is a 2 to 3-year-old male dachshund mix with a beautiful, reddish brown, smooth coat on his long body and short legs. He is small and full grown, weighing only 18 pounds.

Have you ever wanted to take a picture of your child, advertising his or her stats, and soliciting for a playmate? Something like this …  

It was Friday, August 14, 1936. Photographer Alex Bush motioned for a young man in overalls to stand next to the door of a dilapidated brick cottage behind an old house in Tuscaloosa. Bush released the shudder of his 5x7 inch sheet film camera* and recorded for the Library of Congress the image of a building that is no longer standing.

The upcoming fall 2017 Bama Art House Film Series has been announced. The series features six screenings at the Bama Theatre in downtown Tuscaloosa, with the first scheduled for August 22.

A program of The Arts Council of Tuscaloosa, this series will feature drama, comedy, action, and a documentary. The lineup will conclude with the Manhattan Short Film Festival.

Some things never change.

As Alabama opened up its fall camp on Thursday, Aug. 3, the inevitable ensued. Head coach Nick Saban started his first news conference by stating the importance of accountability, both on and off the field. He recited his annual speech about self-assessment, using the familiar buzz words such as “work ethic,” “perseverance” and “discipline.”

On the field, the Crimson Tide players donned shorts and shells under the same 90-degree heat they will become accustomed to over the next month. Five-star freshmen began their battle to earn early playing time, while their veteran teammates took their first steps toward establishing newfound leadership roles. Coaches screamed and whistles blared, the same as they always have — rinse, wash, repeat.

This year, the Tuscaloosa County UA Alumni Fall Kickoff Event will feature guest speaker and former NFL player, Bobby Humphrey.  Humphrey’s son, Marlon also played for the Crimson Tide, before being drafted by the Baltimore Ravens this past spring.  

Tuscaloosa County UA Alumni Association President and UA Event Attorney Annette Largin says there are favorite parts of the annual event that the alumni really love.

“People really enjoy the cheerleaders and the band coming to play. They also really enjoy the guest speaker portion,” Largin said. “It will be great this year with Bobby Humphrey.”

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