Alex Halbesleben, a 7th grader at Holy Spirit Catholic School in Tuscaloosa, recently attended Aviation Challenge - Mach I at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center, NASA Marshall Space Flight Center’s Official Visitor Center. The week-long educational program promotes science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM), while training students and adults with hands-on activities and missions based on teamwork, leadership and problem solving.

With the 2020 Tokyo Olympics in sight, the United States Women’s Olympic Softball team will head to Tuscaloosa later this month for two exhibition games that are sure to pique the interest of any softball or sports fan. 

USA Softball of Alabama State Commissioner Natalie Norman said they’re excited about having the doubleheader exhibition game, dubbed the “Star-Spangled Spectacular,” in Tuscaloosa, and she urged everyone to come out for the event.

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) recommended immunization schedule for children 0-6 years old protects children from 14 vaccine-preventable diseases.  The schedule is designed to provide protection early in life, before children are exposed to potentially life-threatening diseases.

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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Tee Time is coming at Tall Pines Golf Course in Tuscaloosa, as Child Abuse Prevention Services, or CAPS, holds its 24th Annual Night Light Golf Tournament on Aug. 18. The four-person scramble is unique, in that it allows participants to play in the dark. Nine holes are played in the afternoon, and nine at night.  

It’s officially summer here in Tuscaloosa. School is out, the weather is hot, and almost every day I smell someone grilling out in our neighborhood. At Tuscaloosa YFC, summer means a slightly more relaxed schedule and more time for planning and preparing for the coming school year. 

This beautiful lady is India, a female adult tabby. India has Tortoiseshell colors with a tabby coat pattern. She's gorgeous, and she's this week's Humane Society of West Alabama Pet of the Week.

The Community Foundation of West Alabama named its 2017 class of Pillars of West Alabama on June 22 at the Indian Hills Country Club in Tuscaloosa. Each year, the board of directors selects recipients based on their life’s contribution to the West Alabama area. This year marked the 14th year of the program.

This month, I thought I’d present a couple of potential options for quick summer treats. This teriyaki mandarin salad with chicken is perfect healthy option for those sweltering evenings when you just cannot deal with a hot, heavy meal. And if you’re looking to bring a dessert to a backyard summer party, the brownie toppers are perfection. Trust me: Bring these and watch them disappear quickly.

Have a great July and, as always, bon appétit! 

Thomas Maxwell entered the Independent Monitor office and revealed a “stone idol” to publisher Marmaduke Slade. The representation of a human with a flattened head stood 10-inches tall. Slade described this object in the July 13, 1842, issue of his early Tuscaloosa newspaper and expressed doubt about their use by “the red men of our forest.” Four years later, he reported a large “curiously wrought earthen vase” containing bones and a human skull. These artifacts came from the nearby village of Carthage. 

The staff at BamaInsider.com takes a look at the dominance that Alabama Football has had over the Nation under Nick Saban. You can read the complete five-part Alabama Football Dominance Series at BamaInsider.com.

There are no more secondhand sheets or posters stuck to off-white plaster walls. Dorm rooms everywhere are becoming more elaborate by the year, including here in Tuscaloosa.

Decorating a dorm room is the first thing a freshman gets to do when preparing for the next few years of their lives. And it seems that all summer long, incoming freshmen at The University of Alabama are browsing various websites and brick-and-mortar stores, looking to create their perfect, personal, home away from home.

Nearly 250 Chamber members attended the West Alabama Chamber of Commerce's State of the State luncheon, held on July 6 at Embassy Suites in downtown Tuscaloosa, to get an update from Alabama's leaders.

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.

Hot cars can be deadly. Here are some tips to help, thanks to Community Service Programs of West Alabama.

Google it. I couldn't find another one. 

I recently acquired a new “Tuscaloosa: The One and Only” t-shirt from Mrs. Oz and proudly represented my hometown, donning it on a recent weekend excursion to the Gulf. 

If you are unaware, the “One and Only” campaign is a product of Tuscaloosa Tourism and Sports. And it’s a good one, both in a literal sense and as an overall description of what makes Tuscaloosa a great “one of a kind” location to visit (much to the chagrin of Sally Field). 

I am a dreamer. A creative type. So, why wouldn't I blog about ripping everything out of a sleepy-but-good-boned, 1950s home? It’s been an adventure. And one I wouldn’t trade for the world. We’re all moved in, and the renovation is complete (for the most part – we all know it’s never really over).

We decided, at the recommendation of our fabulous local flooring guy, to keep the original pink marble in the foyer. You can imagine the commentary when I picked out the ceiling color to also be…you guessed it: pink. 

If you're planning on heading to the Rod Stewart/Cyndi Lauper concert in Tuscaloosa, this weekend, be aware: To enhance public safety and make venue access more efficient, the Tuscaloosa Amphitheater says it will institute a clear bag policy for all concerts - effective immediately.

Bags must satisfy the guidelines below in order to be taken into the Tuscaloosa Amphitheater:

Who can resist this smile? Say hello to Stella, this week's Humane Society of West Alabama pet of the week! Stella is a happy 1-year-old female Boxer/Labrador mix. She has a boxer-like body, being shorter and thick, has a shorter tail than a lab, and has 
a boxer-like muzzle. But something else is in there as well, so we are guessing lab.

Summertime represents many things to many different people. For many, it’s a season full of lake days, going to summer camp, or working on projects in the home. For me, it means taking advantage of the lighter daytime traffic and enjoying multiple lunch dates with my husband and my gal pals at all the restaurants that are usually packed during the fall and spring semesters.  

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