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Everyone has probably heard of the magical place of Neverland where a team of lost boys, a band of pirates, and a tribe of Indians all dwell. Now the Tuscaloosa Children’s Theatre is bringing Peter Pan JR. to the Bama Theatre on April 20-22.

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!

Children often keep abuse a secret, but barriers can be broken down by talking openly about it. Here are some ways to talk openly with your child.

For the second consecutive year in its relatively short history, The Paul W. Bryant High School Marine Corps Junior ROTC (PWBHS MCJROTC) has once again been designated as a Naval Honor School for the past academic year.

It’s not difficult to find shade at The University of Alabama.

With the campus’s 10,000 trees far outnumbering its buildings, UA is more of an urban forest with a school hidden beneath its foliage than the typical brick and cement university with a few scattered trees dotting its property.

For the third year in a row, the Arbor Day Foundation has recognized UA’s sprawling forest as a “Tree Campus USA.”

Shirley is a beautiful, 7-year-old domestic short-haired, gray female tabby – and she’s this week’s Humane Society of West Alabama’s Pet of the Week.

I am privileged to have conversations with teenagers almost every day. We talk about everything from pop culture to relationships. Oftentimes, the relationship conversation goes far beyond their crushes, boyfriends, and girlfriends, and extends to family. Sometimes, things are great at home, and students are eager to talk.  Other times, they would much rather talk about anything but their families. Either way, in my attempt to get to know them better, family will eventually be mentioned, because I believe that there are very few aspects of life that influence us like family. 

Question: I’ve been struggling with depression for quite some time, but in recent weeks, it’s gotten worse. I’m not sure why, exactly – but it doesn’t make a whole lot of sense. Shouldn’t this be happening around the holidays? I was better then. What can I do? 

Tuscaloosa has turned into quite the foodie experience. We’ve got it going on in the brick and mortar side of things, and we have for some time – but now food trucks have provided a great foodie plot twist for our community. I mean, we were recently a filming location for the Food Network’s Great Food Truck Race, after all! If you haven’t hit up the food truck scene in town yet, check out a few of my favorites to inspire you. 

Local Roots 

Ask anyone in town, and they’ll blurt the name “Local Roots” if you ask them about food trucks in Tuscaloosa. Whether in the heart of downtown, on campus in the middle of the day, or late night on The Strip, Local Roots strategically plants itself for the masses to follow.  

UA students don't mind standing in line on campus for the deliciousness that Local Roots offers up each day.

Owner Dustin Spruill and Executive Chef Beau Burroughs share a love for food that’s evident in their menus. Burgers, wings, street corn, and salads just make up a few of the menu offerings you might find at Local Roots. For many customers, the consistent location days and times make Local Roots an attractive food option.  

“I LOVE Local Roots and how they are on campus Monday-Friday. After my classes it is the perfect fuel I need to make it through the rest of my day,” said UA student Karlee Whitten. “Their chicken Caesar wrap is my favorite!” 

For more info on local roots including social media and catering information, visit eatlocalroots.com.  

La Mexicana 

Can’t every day be Taco Tuesday? Fortunately for us, we can all be rebels and enjoy some ethnic deliciousness anytime we want to. Whether on Colonial Drive or at The River Market, La Mexicana is known for its authentic Mexican food. Menu items include tacos, quesadillas, burritos, fresh guacamole, and queso with chips.  

La Mexicana owner Ricardo Castro has been in business with his main store on 15th Street in Tuscaloosa for the past 17 years. His taco truck arrived on the scene in the past three years. Customers, including Northport resident Manny Williams, will tell you that the freshness of the food, from the tortillas to the garnishes, is beyond compare.  

A variety of homemade salsas drive customers to La Mexicana's fresh feast of authentic dishes.

“Ricardo’s tacos are the bomb! The variety of sauces really add to enhancing the flavors, and the price point is hard to beat. Hands down the best Mexican food in Tuscaloosa.”  

For more information, visit the main restaurant at 428 15th Street. 

Tea Town Alabama 

Who says you can only win folks over with food in your truck? Tea Town Alabama owners Jonathan and Becca Garner started their journey with Tea Town in 2014 on a mission to provide local ingredients to the communities they love. Pepper Place Market and the Tuscaloosa River Market are prime locations for the tea vendors, but customers can also enjoy the products of Tea Town at Monarch and UPerk Coffee shop, as well as Manna Grocery and Deli.  

“When I get done with my run on the River Walk on Saturday mornings, an iced cup of the herbal lemon tea gives me the perfect pick me up. There’s just something about the ginger and lemon that make me feel like I’m on vacation,” said Tea Town customer Amanda Jones.  

For more information on Tea Town, including locations and brewing instructions, visit teatownalabama.com. 

The University of Alabama’s national championship football team was welcomed to the White House on Tuesday, April 10, by President Donald Trump during a ceremony on the South Lawn.

‘The Greatest Show Above Earth’ is returning to Tuscaloosa once again. The 2018 Tuscaloosa Regional Air Show, presented by Pepsi, is set for April 14-15 at the Tuscaloosa Regional Airport. 

The Farmers Market at the Tuscaloosa River Market will offer new seasonal hours beginning Tuesday, April 17.

The University of Alabama’s Army ROTC Ranger Challenge team will return to West Point this week a younger but equally motivated team.

Only five cadets return from last year’s team that reached Sandhurst – an international Military Skills Challenge competition at the United States Military Academy – for the first time in school history.

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!

To prevent child sexual abuse, it is important to keep the focus on adult responsibility while teaching children skills to help them protect themselves. Consider the following tips:

The Alabama gymnastics team used a 197.225 to win its NCAA-best 32nd regional championship to advance to the NCAA Championships for the 36th year in a row in front of 5,302 fans.

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Rick Bragg will discuss his books, telling stories and answering questions at an upcoming event at the Tuscaloosa Public Library’s Main Branch at 6 p.m. on May 1.

How cute is Kasey? Kasey is a 4-year-old male Dachshund mix, and he’s this week’s Humane Society of West Alabama’s Pet of the Week.

There are actual health benefits to spending time with friends. In fact, research shows that social ties are twice as important as exercise when it comes to life expectancy (according to Life Science). Do we need any other reason to keep in touch with our friends? It’s good for our health. 

The evening of Wednesday, April 5, 1905, really was a dark and stormy night. A torrential rain poured down with only lightning to illuminate the saturated scene. Taney Moore guided his wagon away from the bridge across the Black Warrior River and passed a wagon driven by A. J. Lindgren. Within moments, shots rang out, and thus began a mystery that spanned the Atlantic Ocean and the North American continent. It would be 44 years before its ultimate resolution.

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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