A stout running game coupled with a stifling defense led the No. 1 University of Alabama football team to a 59-0 win at Vanderbilt in the Crimson Tide’s Southeastern Conference opener.

Fun, happy, loving: this all describes Dryfus, a 10-month to 1-year-old male schnauzer/lab mix. Dryfus is this week’s Humane Society of West Alabama's pet of the week.

 It’s that marvelous time of year again! School bells are ringing and yellow buses are showing up everywhere. A new school year has begun which means new classes, new opportunities, and new teachers. All of these things can help shape the identity of our children.

Tiffany Cargile isn’t interested in boring lesson plans. As a kindergarten teacher at Westwood Elementary, she said she tries to keep her students' attention with more interactive lessons.

Tuscaloosa is no stranger to those who master their craft, and the Tuscaloosa Symphony Orchestra’s 2017-2018 season, “Brilliance: A Celebration of Masters and Masterpieces,” is bringing its own message to the town of champions.

The season kicks off Monday, Sept. 25 with “The Majesty of Beethoven.” TSO Executive Director Jenny Mann says the concert will present Beethoven in a fresh perspective.

The 2018 Alabama football schedule was finalized Tuesday and includes seven games at Bryant-Denny Stadium plus a neutral-site game against Louisville and four Southeastern Conference road games.

Fresh tortillas, flavorful charred vegetables, and made-from-scratch sauces are the types of things that make my mouth water. Luckily for all of us “foodies” in Tuscaloosa, there’s a new place in town that offers these delights.  

On July 5, Central Mesa opened its doors. The Latin American-inspired eatery, located in the old Epiphany Farm-to-Fork Cuisine location on Greensboro Avenue in downtown Tuscaloosa, boasts much more than your typical burrito.  

The RISE Center will host the BUY for RISE Charity Sale, its second largest fundraiser, Sept. 22 and 23.

Event attendees will have an opportunity to purchase new items from more than 75 local retailers at significant discounts – 75 percent off lowest marked prices Friday and 90 percent Saturday.

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.

Almost half of Americans expect to rely a great deal on their neighbors after a disaster. Helping your community to prepare for disasters can lessen the hardship that is a part of any crisis situation. Learn skills you need to help yourself and others until help can arrive.

Sophomore quarterback Jalen Hurts collected 351 yards of total offense, while throwing two touchdown passes and rushing for another touchdown, as the top-ranked University of Alabama football team cruised past Colorado State, 41-23, Saturday night at Bryant-Denny Stadium.

Pansy is a gorgeous young adult female Calico cat - and she's this week's Humane Society of West Alabama's pet of the week.

"The health of the eye seems to demand a horizon. We are never tired, so long as we can see far enough." – Ralph Waldo Emerson

This is the best time of the year to appreciate Lake Tuscaloosa. The summer has skidded to a halt, and we are sailing through warm breezes into fall. 

From hotels to restaurants, downtown T-town has become a little mecca of new business for our community. Within this new business boom sits the beautiful 2700 Capitol Park building, with upscale apartments and a hot new fitness boutique, The Barre Code.  After seeing the frenzy on social media about pop-up barre classes around Tuscaloosa this summer, I knew I needed to check out The Barre Code to find out what this shaking, burning, and tucking was all about.  

When Vikki Williams Grodner conceives a project, it is usually not small in scope or vision. From starting Alabama’s first camp for children living with cancer to bringing the largest crowd ever to the Montgomery Civic Center to hear Tim Tebow speak on behalf of a local charity, from taking thousands of cupcakes to Newtown, Connecticut, three months after the Sandy Hook shooting to comfort the community, to distributing $1 million dollars’ worth of new women’s apparel to survivors of the 2011 Alabama tornadoes, Grodner rarely lets her ideas be stymied by limitations. 

Her latest project is no different.

Yep, it’s almost fall, y’all. But if you’d like to hang on to summer just a little bit longer, this month’s recipes may help. Few things say “summer” more than hot dogs, but if you’ve tired of the regular variety, give this Mexi-corn hot dog topper a try. And for a sweet treat, this M&M skillet cookie is a hit with everyone 

No doubt you’re super busy this month, but take some time to share a great meal with those near and dear. Bon appétit! 

 The City of Tuscaloosa will host the ninth annual Lake Tuscaloosa Clean Up Day on Saturday, Sept. 23 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Experts believe that reading to your child every day is one of the most important things parents and other adults can do.  Here are ideas for using this reading time to build your young child’s literacy skills while keeping it fun for both of you.

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.

The possibility of high winds and rain from Hurricane Irma has prompted a number of area schools to announce closings for Monday, Sept. 11.

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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