We have five weeks in August. Don’t panic. Break it down!

DCH Regional Medical Center is the first hospital in central Alabama to offer a new targeted biopsy of the prostate.

About 1.25 million Americans have type 1 diabetes, according to the American Diabetes Association. And another 40,000 will be newly diagnosed this year alone. The need for research is great, and an upcoming community event is being held to help. 

Officials from the City of Northport, City of Tuscaloosa, University of Alabama and the Alabama Department of Transportation spoke to a sold out crowd at the Chamber of Commerce of West Alabama's annual Transportation Summit July 26, focusing not only on current projects, but also on future technology.

For parents, teachers, and students alike, August is a hectic month full of big changes and new beginnings. Each group has stresses of their own as they ready themselves for the start of the new school year. No matter which group you belong to, put down your supply shopping lists, lesson plans, or class assignments, because some of Tuscaloosa’s best teachers (DCL’s past Teachers of the Month) have contributed their sage advice for taking on the back-to-school season. 

Summer is in full swing here in the South! I have at least five mosquito bites to prove it, and the humidity gives my hair a life of its own as soon as I walk out of my house. It’s also the season for flowers, spending time outdoors, and, for DIY fans like me, it’s time for a project (or 10). 

Hi there! I’m Kathryn, and here’s a crafty idea for creating planters to help you enjoy your favorite summer flowers. It only takes a little time and a trip to your favorite home improvement store.  

Here’s what you will need:  

  • Empty metal containers 
  • White spray primer 
  • Any color spray paint 
  • Painter’s tape 
  • Thin string or rope 
  • Goof Off (Heavy Duty Remover) 
  • A small drill

Start by hanging on to a few empty containers you might otherwise throw away, like coffee cans, a Crisco can, vegetable cans, or cans for nuts. In the pictures you’ll notice I’ve used 10.5 oz coffee cans.  

Soak the cans in water for about 10 minutes, and pull off as much of the label as possible. To get the remaining paper and the sticky residue from the cans, I used Goof Off. It’s a great product, and you can easily follow the directions on the label. I picked mine up at Lowes for just a few dollars.  

Dry your cans thoroughly, and spray them with the white primer, both inside and out. Let them dry overnight. 

     

 

To give the planters a little character, use the painter’s tape to create a stripe. Position the tape anywhere on your cans—top, bottom, or middle. To minimize bleeding when you put on the next layer of paint, press down hard on the tape, especially on the edges. Spray the cans with your chosen color. I used an outdoor, anti-rust Valspar color called Peacock Blue. Allow the cans to dry indoors overnight.   

On the following day, remove the tape, and then step back and admire your handy work. 

     

 

Next, drill three to five drainage holes in the bottom of each can, and add your potting soil and flowers. I chose tall ones, so the cute cans would show. Once you have the flowers potted and arranged, wrap the string around the middle of the stripe a couple of times and tie a bow. The string adds another layer and texture.  

You could also do the reverse of this and have white cans with colored stripes. They’ll make the perfect table decoration for your outdoor summer get-togethers, pretty gifts for teachers, or a thoughtful hostess gift. Who doesn’t love flowers in a cute container? 

Tuscaloosa native Kathryn Wilkerson is a wife, mom of three, a teacher, and the author of Woodbank Lane – a blog that offers up a variety of different decorating ideas and projects, recipes, and inspiration for living. Follow Kathryn at woodbanklane.com and on Instagram @woodbanklane.  

 

 

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.

Pregnancy is an amazing and beautiful thing, but it can be confusing, especially if it's your first time around.  A tool that seems to be helpful for new moms is pregnancy apps on your phone.  They are not just helpful during pregnancy, but if you find the right one, it will help you track your fertility before pregnancy and keep track of baby's milestones once they're born. 

The Community Foundation of West Alabama named its 2018 class of Pillars of West Alabama in June at the Indian Hills Country Club. Each year, the board of directors selects recipients based on their life’s contribution to the West Alabama area. This year marked the 15th year of the program. 

Meet Molly! She is a female black and white cat with the sweetest face, and she's this week's Humane Society of West Alabama's Pet of the Week!

The 12th annual Nick's Kids Foundation Luncheon was held Thursday in The North Zone at Bryant-Denny Stadium where checks totaling just over $500,000 were presented to 150 local and state non-profit organizations. Since Nick and Terry Saban arrived in Tuscaloosa in 2007, approximately $8 million has been given to more than 300 deserving charities and organizations throughout the state and surrounding areas.

During a recent Campus Life club meeting on a Wednesday morning, we had a great conversation about how things are often not what they seem. As I have wrestled with what we talked about that day with a room full of middle schoolers, it dawned on me that the information shared in that time is perfect for a much broader audience. So, here is my recollection of what we talked about that day. 

The University of Alabama football team's annual Fan Day is set for this Saturday, Aug. 4. The Crimson Tide will hold an open practice in Bryant-Denny Stadium from 2:30-4:30 p.m. Players and coaches will be available for autographs following practice on the field beginning at approximately 4:45 p.m.

As UA students finish summer school, and other return to campus for the fall, moving in and out results in a ton of garbage in Tuscaloosa. On Monday, July 30, the city of Tuscaloosa began offering longer customer service hours - and additional dumpsters to meet the increased demand.

Who wants to spend all summer in a hot kitchen? These recipes allow you to whip up a tasty meal without missing out on any summer fun.  The Doritos taco salad takes just minutes to make, and for the pepper steak, the slow cooker makes things a breeze. 

As always, bon appétit!  

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

When Nikki Hill was a high school student studying at American Christian Academy, she fell in love with English literature. Inspired by her own experience, Hill now teaches a new generation of students at the very same school. 

Amanda Roberts’ personality is as bright as the Olympic medals she wears around her neck. 

In July, the Tuscaloosa native was one of about 4,000 athletes from across the nation that competed at the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games in Seattle, Washington.  

Whether you are pregnant mother looking for a Pediatrician or a parent considering another Pediatrician for your child, here are a few questions to ask a doctor before you choose him/her as your child’s Pediatrician.  Go through and see which matter most to you (after all, you'll only have around 15 minutes or so to meet with the doctor). Insider tip: Start with the most important things first.

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.

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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