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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Navigating the holidays means dodging stress.  Season induced stress is all around us.  Lines at the mall, blaring commercials telling you what items you need and want, buying the perfect gift, sending the perfect card, decorating, baking, hosting the perfect party or attending events or maybe being alone and feeling lost.  The holiday season creates stress for many of us.  Managing holiday stress is important.

Meet sweet Samantha – she is this week’s Humane Society of West Alabama Pet of the Week, and she really needs a home. Samantha came to the HSWA when her owner went into a nursing home. She was a much-loved pet.

By Amy Poore 

Happy Holidays, everyone. I’m sure many of you have traditional recipes you like to use for Christmas dinner, so I thought I’d offer up a fun treat that's easy to make. These mistletoe kisses are the perfect thing to leave out for Santa if you want something a little different (though cookies are certainly the Jolly Man's favorite). Enjoy making these colorful, festive, chocolate delights!

Mistletoe Kisses 

Ingredients:

One bag of square pretzels 

Hersey Hugs 

Hersey Kisses 

Red and green M&Ms 

Directions:

Preheat oven to 250.  

Place pretzels on foiled line baking tray.  

Everywhere we go this holiday season, it seems everyone is "busy."  What does that really mean?  

There are many definitions, but "diligent, industrious, imply active or earnest effort to accomplish something, or a habitual attitude of such earnestness" is the one I would pick. 

More than 250 people attended a luncheon honoring retired Army Captain Gary M. Rose, Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient, on Dec. 4, at the Tuscaloosa River Market. The luncheon was sponsored by the Association of the United States Army, West/Central Alabama Chapter.

The Arts Council of Tuscaloosa will present the musical “Fourscore and Seven Years Ago” at the Bama Theatre on January 23, 2018. A production of the professional ensemble ArtsPower, the show is part of the Bama Fanfare educational series at the theatre.

If 19th century Tuscaloosans could be transported through time to a modern drug store, they might be disoriented. But after scanning the shelves of their new environment, some familiar names would appear—Vicks VapoRub, Milk of Magnesia, Geritol, Lydia E. Pinkham’s Vegetable Compound, and others. All are survivors from the flamboyant, and unregulated, age of patent medicines. 

Ever heard of a wardrobe with a majestic lion, an evil witch, and even a couple of talking beavers inside? Well, come journey through the magical land of Narnia where you will meet these characters and more as the Actor’s Charitable Theatre (ACT) brings The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe to the Bama Theatre in downtown Tuscaloosa, Dec. 15-18. 

From Labor Day barbecues to Thanksgiving and even Christmas dinner, fall is host to a number of food-centric holidays.

During this time of year, donations to food banks surge thanks to drives designed to provide people with holiday meals or student organizations putting together competitive food collections like Beat Auburn, Beat Hunger. The problem is that food is needed year-round, not just for the holidays.

It is the holiday season and that means much shopping!

Parents are often distracted and kids are intrigued by elevators, escalators, and elaborate store displays; which poses a surprising number of hazards that can cause severe injuries.  Here are some tips for keeping children safe during the holiday shopping.

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!

Tall, dark, and handsome – that describes Joe, a 3-year-old male Labrador Retriever/Border Collie mix. Joe is this week’s Humane Society of West Alabama Pet of the Week, and he has quite a story.

Our area is under a winter storm warning through midnight tonight, and at the moment, the snow continues to fall throughout parts of west and central Alabama. On Friday morning, the snow was beginning to accumulate – and the National Weather Service indicated that some spots could see two inches. Road problems were minimal, but if you don’t have to be out, stay home.

Do you have activities and traditions passed along by your parents that you now enjoy with your children when the holiday season rolls around? Or are you a believer in creating your own? Or maybe you are a mother for the first time this year and are looking to discover and incorporate new traditions for your new family.  

If you’ve ever wanted to view a Christmas parade on the water, now’s your chance. On Saturday, Dec. 9, the community can enjoy the annual Christmas Afloat parade. The recreational boating club Pirates of the Warrior will host its annual lighted Christmas parade. 

Robert Kronable hopes to grow the sport of wrestling in Tuscaloosa. Kronable, one of the organizers of the Tuskaloosa Wrestling Coalition, is a former wrestler and the father of a young wrestler. And now local youngsters, ages 5 to 14, are learning the fundamentals of the sport. 

He says he hopes the Fall Youth Wrestling Program will help kids learn and develop even more competitively. 

For over 30 years, the Tuscaloosa Community Dancers have enchanted audiences with their annual performance of the holiday classic, The Nutcracker. Undoubtedly, this year's dancers, under the direction of Alden Phillips, a Tuscaloosa native and alumna of the performance group, will continue that tradition. 

The Shelton State Community College (SSCC) Association of Nursing Students (SSANS) hosted a campus-wide Diabetes Walk on World Diabetes Day, Nov. 14. Held on the Martin Campus, the walk raised both disease awareness and money for Tuscaloosa’s Good Samaritan Clinic.

The Tuscaloosa County Industrial Development Authority has named Jo Bonner to serve as the interim executive director of the organization while a search is conducted to identify a candidate for the leadership position.

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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