Wynnie, also known as Wynonna, is a spunky kitten with a lot of personality! She is an all black cat with a tiny tuft of white fur on her tummy. This sweet lady is the Humane Society of West Alabama's Pet of the Week!

Even when times get hard, there is so much to be thankful for. I love this time of year, and the chance to slow down a bit. This November, as we prepare to celebrate Thanksgiving, the focus is on moments. 

Instead of spending a semester studying for tests, senior public relations students at the University of Alabama were tasked with raising awareness and funds to alleviate childhood food insecurity with Secret Meals for Hungry Children. With the Tuscaloosa community’s support, the resulting event raised enough money to feed 19 children every weekend for an entire school year.

The path to personal growth involves a courageous self-examination, stepping outside our comfort zone, and taking on new challenges. Here are some ideas to help you get started on making the changes you’ve always wanted to, but never quite followed through on. 

Painting pumpkins is nothing new, but what is new is using these pumpkins as highly stylized design elements in one’s house.  One of the easiest and most beautiful ways to accomplish a Southern Living type look is to use Annie Sloan’s Chalk Paint®, which can be found at various retailers across Alabama. 

The City of Tuscaloosa is looking for community members to participate in Framework, a city-wide initiative to update the city’s outdated Comprehensive Plan and zoning and development regulations. 

A quick search on the internet can be confusing when it comes to fertilizing in the fall. Better Homes and Gardens claims, “pests and disease problems fade away in the fall. You don't need fertilizer, either. Fertilizer promotes new, tender growth that can be nipped by winter weather; stop fertilizing by late summer.” But This Old House contrastingly says, “Taking the time to fertilize in the fall will strengthen your plants' and lawn's roots, giving them a strong base on which to thrive next spring.”

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, and Happy Thanksgiving from everyone here at DCL.

Parents, Thanksgiving is right around the corner! Use this holiday to talk to children about the importance of giving back and teach social-emotional learning concepts like gratitude and empathy.

The Tuscaloosa County Industrial Development Authority (TCIDA) approved a package of tax abatements for four different projects, including Mercedes‐Benz’s latest expansion into the production of electric Sports Utility Vehicles, for a total of more than $586 million in capital investments over the coming years according to Jo Bonner, TCIDA interim executive director.

Meet Rover, an 11 month old male chocolate Labrador mix. This beautiful dog is this week's Humane Society of West Alabama Pet of the Week!

All 19 of The University of Alabama’s Panhellenic Association’s sororities, plus one National Pan-Hellenic Council sorority, Alpha Kappa Alpha, are coming together from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday to host the first “Holly Jolly Holiday on Sorority Row.”

I’ve always loved the holidays and the overabundance of food and the weird, hybrid Thanksgiving recipes brought by each person that walks in the door. I’d always heard that you can’t ruin dressing. 

Yes. Yes, you can. You can absolutely, positively, 100 percent ruin dressing. 

The City of Tuscaloosa’s Holidays on the River event will return on Wednesday, Nov. 21 to the Tuscaloosa Amphitheater. Holidays on the River features ice skating, carriage rides and visits from Santa. New this year, the Very Merry Market will be open Dec. 15 and 22 and will feature vendor booths, allowing guests to shop local for the holidays.

From time to time, Druid City Living likes to turn the spotlight on some of the local business leaders in our community. This month’s Business Spotlight is squarely on Raymond James Financial Advisor Michael Ford. Our sincere thanks to Mr. Ford for taking the time to answer our pressing questions, and for revealing some incredibly interesting things about himself. It is our hope that everyone in our community will get to know him just a little better.  

November is such a wonderful month, as we usher in the holiday season. And yes, I’m busily preparing for our annual feast, but I also enjoy making meals the rest of the month, too. This sweet and spicy chicken is perfect for those busy weekdays, and you can make it as spicy as you like. And yes, I’m aware there are several big football games this month, not the least of which is the Iron Bowl. Whether you’re heading to tailgate on the Quad with friends or throwing a home watch party, whip up this corn and black bean salsa/dip and watch it disappear. 

I hope all of you have a wonderful Thanksgiving, and bon appétit!

Preliminary returns arrived from a distant county, and it appeared that Democrat John Erwin had won a seat in the U.S. House to represent the Seventh Congressional District of Alabama. A rowdy group of his supporters, led by John Gorman Barr, rolled a cannon to a hilltop overlooking Tuscaloosa and were set to have “a grand jollification.” But before any salutes could be fired, the official returns for the general election of November 6, 1851, arrived. The hoped-for result was not to be, as Whig candidate Alexander White was victorious. The would-be merrymakers dispersed in disappointment.

The Dinah Washington Cultural Arts Center will be the setting for the District 3 Poetry Out Loud regional finals for West-Central Alabama students on Thursday, Nov. 15. The competition begins at 9 a.m. at the DWCAC in Tuscaloosa and is free and open to the public.

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.

Ever had a question or concern about what your child should be doing at a certain age?  See below for developmental milestones that your child should reach at each age.

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