Fans of the blues are gearing up for a major upcoming event celebrating two days of music and more. The blues is being revived as the University of Alabama and the Alabama Blues Project have teamed up to host the Alabama Blues Weekend on Friday, July 7 and Saturday, July 8 at the Bryant Conference Center.  The weekend comes with an introduction to the blues, live performances, and more.

Over 100 gathered at the Tuscaloosa County Courthouse to celebrate the 242nd Birthday of the United States Army on Wednesday, June 28.

On Tuesday, July 4th, Tuscaloosa kicks off its seventh annual Celebration on the River event. Free family activities, a performance by the Tuscaloosa Symphony Orchestra and a fireworks display over the Black Warrior River will be featured. 

The last time Jalen Hurts made an appearance in a meaningful football game he was crossing the end zone at the end of a 30-yard run to give Alabama the lead with 2:07 remaining in the national championship game. The quarterback's game-winning touchdown was to be the exclamation point on a stellar season that saw him tear apart Alabama's record book during his first season on campus.

Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson had other plans.

Here’s wishing all our Druid City Living readers a great week, filled with all kinds of outstanding local events, including the annual Celebration on the River – one of the best family-friendly holiday events this city offers. Happy July 4th! Get out, get involved, and above all else: Have fun.

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Yes, Independence Day is a day to celebrate our nation's independence, and we tend to do this in big ways. Fireworks shows, huge gatherings in parks for cook-outs - or even just a backyard Fourth of July party in our own homes. Whatever you're doing this 4th, here's a burger recipe that is simple, quick and absolutely delicious! Enjoy, and have a safe and happy Fourth of July holiday.

Independence Day Barbecue Burgers 

Serves:  4

Ingredients

·      2 pounds ground beef

·      Dash salt and black pepper

·      4 slices bacon

·      1 onion, cut into 1/4 –inch thick rings

·      4 hamburger buns

·      4 slices cheddar cheese

·      ½ cup barbecue sauce of choice 

Directions

Create 4 evenly shaped burger patties.  Light grill and set on high heat. 

Place burgers on grill and cook until well charred (about 2 minutes).  Flip patties and brush with BBQ sauce.  Then cook for another 2 minutes, occasionally brushing on sauce.

Brush bacon with BBQ sauce and place directly over hot grill, sauce side down. Brush top with BBQ sauce.  Cook until well charred (about 1 minute).  And repeat after flipping. 

Place onions on grill for 20 seconds, then flip and repeat. 

If you prefer the buns to be toasted, place them on the hot grill until browned.

Assemble burger. 

Take sunscreen with you to reapply during the day, especially after your child swims or exercises. This applies to waterproof and water-resistant products as well.

Follow the directions on the package for using a sunscreen product on babies less than 6 months old. All products do not have the same ingredients; if your or your child’s skin reacts badly to one product, try another one or call a doctor. Your baby’s best defense against sunburn is avoiding the sun or staying in the shade.

By Tori Linville 

Red, white and blue. "The Star-Spangled Banner." It wasn’t said, but you probably thought of the national holiday that is unlike any other of its kind. Millions of Americans celebrate the nations independence with barbeques, fireworks and more. Everyone knows the key to keeping a party going in the summer heat requires hydration. With the help of Pinterest, we’ve picked out some July 4 drinks that scream America while keeping the thirst quenched. 

Tuscaloosa Mayor Walter Maddox is forming an exploratory committee to run for Alabama governor. In a videotaped statement on Thursday, Maddox confirmed he’s considering entering the 2018 race.

“Today, I am announcing the formation of a political committee to help me explore the possibility of running for Governor in 2018,” Maddox said in his statement. “The decision to form the committee was easy. By taking this step, I am complying with Alabama’s election and ethics laws and continuing our tradition of transparency.”

This handsome guy is Gustav, and he's this week's Humane Society of West Alabama's pet of the week!

By Terrance Andrews

Understanding is a huge word that can be applied liberally in all areas of life. So, do we know what understanding is? Do we get it confused with acceptance? Or better yet, do we think of it as "knowing"? Understanding can best be pictured as comprehension, grasping, appreciation, awareness, or even insight. The opposite of understanding is ignorance. No one I know wants to be ignorant.  

For the 37th year, Tuscaloosa County Park & Recreation Authority in conjunction with the City of Tuscaloosa is offering the Summer Meals Program. The program provides a healthy lunch to children at the McDonald Hughes Community Center, located at 3101 MLK Blvd.

Theatre Tuscaloosa is bringing the Tony Award-winning musical “Ragtime” to Shelton State University’s Bean-Brown Theater from Friday, July 14 to Sunday, July 23. The number one reason to attend would be for the music alone, according to Tina Turley, the show's director. 

By Pat Feighery

Boating accident and death statistics show that the majority of boating accidents involve boats under 26 feet in length, personal watercraft, canoes and kayaks. Safety is key, and the local Coast Guard Auxiliary wants to help educate local boaters by holding safety education classes. The next class is scheduled for July 8.

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

Camp Seale Harris – Tuscaloosa, a day camp for children with diabetes, will be held July 10 – July 14 from 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. at the University of Alabama Student Activity Center at Presidential Village.

The camp, offered by Southeastern Diabetes Education Services, is for children with diabetes from 5 to 15 years old. A sibling or friend in this age range may pay to attend if space is available.

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.

Driving down Bradley Road in Duncanville, you’ve likely seen the beautiful Johnson’s Garden Center and Café. Located in the same spot as The Plant Lady Nursery, the gorgeous new building and setup now has a new name, and new services offered to folks in and around Tuscaloosa. 

According to co-owner Teresa Johnson, the decision to expand and rebrand was a family decision.  

Research shows that reading to young children just 20 minutes a day can make a significant difference in their overall reading level once they reach primary school age. Make reading fun!  Keep children engaged in the story and the experience.

The Young Professionals of Tuscaloosa will welcome Mark Cathy of Chick-fil-A to their Professional Development Summer Series for “Mark Cathy: Leaving a Legacy,” Tuesday, June 27, at 11:30 a.m. at University Church of Christ.

The cost for the event will be $10, and lunch will be provided by Chick-fil-A. The event is open to the public; however, attendees must register online.

Druid City Living (DCL) is Tuscaloosa, Alabama's premier community newspaper, covering the great people, places and activities of the area.