The Live at the Plaza free concert series returns this summer for its fifth year, with concerts planned every Friday night in June and July in Government Plaza. The city is looking for performers to participate in this year’s shows.  

National Nutrition Month is an annual nutrition education and information campaign created by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. The campaign, celebrated each year during the month of March, focuses on the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits. All month we will share some helpful tips for parents to implement with their whole family. This week, we will share a few Food, Nutrition, and Health Tips from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

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: Have fun.

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Enjoy your week, T-Town!

The Chamber of Commerce of West Alabama recognized top volunteers for 2018 during its 118th annual celebration, presented on Thursday, February 28, by The University of Alabama at the Bryant Conference Center.

Pete (short for Peter Pan) is just the sweetest boy. He was born on 6/13/17 and is at the cat shelter with his sister Bella. Pete is the Humane Society of West Alabama Pet of the Week!

As a kid, swim team was my jam. I loved having friends on the team separate from friends at school, getting to travel with my mom for weekend swim meets, and I even loved practice, because I knew it was the reason I won many of my meets and could generally find a write up about myself in our local newspaper. I remember my mom being surprised when I took up swimming as a sport. She never enjoyed it, and we didn’t know anyone personally who took the sport to a competitive level, so it was new territory for us. 

Druid City Living always wants to recognize our great local businesses. To the new businesses - welcome to town! Remember: Shop local. 

Beth Sims has lived and learned all over the world, but ultimately, the place she feels most comfortable and happy is right here in Tuscaloosa County. Sims has taught Spanish and musical theatre at Northside High School in Northport for two decades. 

Helping others has many significant benefits to your own mental health. Giving of yourself to others helps you think less about the stressors in your life and allows you to give more attention to how you are alleviating some of the hardships others are facing. This, in turn, improves how you think about yourself, about the value you bring to those around you and provides a sense of accomplishment. It can even reduce stress and increase feelings of calm. 

For the past 25 years, Tuscaloosa Metro Animal Shelter to help animals in the Tuscaloosa community find permanent and loving homes. Funded by the Tuscaloosa and Northport City Councils, the Tuscaloosa County Commission, and donations, the shelter provides dogs and cats for low-cost adoptions.  

Once any two of your child's teeth touch each other, it is time to start flossing.  Flossing helps prevent cavities by removing plaque and food particles caught between teeth.  It should be an important part of your child's dental routine.

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: 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!

Grace Presbyterian Church will host its 11th annual Empty Bowls fundraiser, a program designed to raise awareness about hunger, on Friday, March 1, from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in the church fellowship hall (113 Hargrove Road, Tuscaloosa). Tickets are available at the door.

So, maybe this dog's name should be Robert Redford, because he is tall, blonde, and oh-so-handsome! But his name is DJ, and he's the Humane Society of West Alabama's Pet of the Week!

If I hadn’t grown up with a father, two grandfathers, a barrage of crazy uncles, and a cousin who were all from Alabama, and all insanely nuts about stock car racing, I’m not sure that I would be a NASCAR fan.   

But I am. Or at least, I used to be.  

Mayor Walt Maddox has appointed the City’s current internal auditor, Carly Standridge to replace Mark Fields as city clerk, effective March 1.

This month, I’m all about New Orleans. I just have the Mardi Gras spirit, I suppose. So, along those lines, I’ve offered up two of my favorite NOLA-inspired dishes. Red beans and rice is a classic dish, and it isn’t difficult to make. Just make sure you use the right seasoning (see below) and you’ll be just fine. And who knew you could make bananas foster pizza-style? Yep. Try this one and watch everyone’s faces light up when they dig in. 

As always, bon appétit! 

If taking a class or learning a skill was not already part of your plan for 2019, add it to the list. Kentuck is offering a variety of art classes this year that will allow you to check off at least one thing from those New Year’s Resolutions. Whether you already dabble a bit in artistic creations, or you’re still trying to tap into your creativity, there is something for you that will set free the artist inside.

One of the clichés of late nineteenth and early twentieth-century American life was a city with an Irish police chief, Jewish merchants, Italian and Greek restaurants, and a Chinese laundry. In that sense, Tuscaloosa was the stereotypical city of the times. 

Most children spend less than a minute brushing their teeth. Oral health care professionals recommend, however, that they brush for two to three minutes. Here are some tips on how help your children with brushing their teeth.

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