The Tuscaloosa Police Department recently received a special award. On July 24, in the Tuscaloosa City Council Chambers, the Department of Defense Office of the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) presented the Patriot Award to Tuscaloosa Police Chief Steven Anderson.

Does your child love to sing? If so, the Alabama Choir School is holding auditions soon. Open auditions are set for Monday, Aug. 6 from 4-6 p.m. at Christ Episcopal Church in downtown Tuscaloosa.

Meet Lover Boy, aka Diesel, a 1 1/2-year-old male shepherd/retriever mix, and he's this week's Humane Society of West Alabama's Pet of the Week!

Life is a delicate dance of moments. If we’re lucky, we all get plenty of daily steps, and each is ours to use as we please. While I sleep, my husband has used 8,000 of his daily steps, and by 9 p.m. he is in at 21,000 steps… and I am just getting motivated to "do something." I am usually using all my "steps" through my fingers on canvas, behind the steering wheel, or on a keyboard.  

With so many high-profile suicides in the headlines lately, it has reminded all of us that you can never just assume someone is okay by the way they appear at work, at a family or church event, or even on television. Often, the most difficult struggles we have are the ones that we hold in secret and do our best to keep others from ever knowing.

Discussion around mental health has taken to the national stage in recent weeks, and the Tuscaloosa Mental Health Alliance says one in four Alabama residents are affected by mental illness. That’s why the local cycling enthusiasts of the Druid City Bicycle Club come together every year to host the Hot Hundred Bike Ride.

Ever wonder what would happen when you put a basketball star and a science brainiac together in a school musical? That’s exactly what will happen as the Actor’s Charitable Theatre (ACT) brings Disney’s High School Musical to the stage at the Bama Theatre in downtown Tuscaloosa, July 27-29.

Nearly 100 years ago, the “I Scream, You Scream, We All Scream for Ice Cream” novelty song was born. And all these years later, ice cream continues to be a staple dessert for joyful celebrations or a potential late-night snack. There’s no doubt it’s been hot in Tuscaloosa this summer, but once again, fear not my friends, the businesses of Tuscaloosa and Northport have heard our screams for ice cream, and they deliver big. Here are a few of my favorites this summer… 

The City of Tuscaloosa is temporarily extending service hours and tactically placing additional dumpsters to meet increased demand as area college students return for the fall semester.

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!

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Enjoy your week, T-Town.

There are so many different types of parenting that it can be hard to keep track—attachment, authoritative, peaceful—but the most important thing is finding out which style (or combination) works best for you and your little one. And now there's talk of another parenting technique worth considering: gentle parenting.

Meet Romeo! This all black male cat is a as sweet as can be, and he's this week's Humane Society of West Alabama's Pet of the Week!

Tuscaloosa’s stuffed animals are invited to a summer camp of their own. On Thursday, July 26 the City of Tuscaloosa’s public services division will host its first-ever Night at the Recycling Center.

Quick note: Before we get started, thank you for all the positive feedback on last month’s article regarding the importance of turn lanes being included on major highways. Discrimination in any form is bad and will not be tolerated, including bias toward turn lanes. #savetheturnlanes

It’s time to kick back in the backyard (or anywhere comfy, really) and enjoy some cool, refreshing beverages. These are two of my favorite drink recipes.

Those who had the chance to meet Jimmy Welborn knew a man who cared deeply for his community and worked hard. From the time he opened his first local Piggly Wiggly store in the area, in 1998, Welborn worked hard to grow his business, which now includes four of the family-owned grocery stores in Tuscaloosa and Northport. 

In the interest of continued safety for fans, student-athletes, coaches and game day personnel, The University of Alabama will implement walk-through metal detectors at all gates of Bryant-Denny Stadium on game days beginning in September.

The kids have been out of school for weeks now. They’re restless. For that matter, mom and dad are restless, too. And the family beach trip is still a month away. With weeks left in the summer vacation, what can you do?  

Nell, a frustrated young writer, struggled with her novel. She was working with multiple versions and felt it was disjointed and episodic. The stress had become more than she could bear. She opened a window and hurled the manuscript, Atticus, into the darkness. The pages fluttered and settled onto the dirty snow. It was the winter of 1958 in New York City.

Lessons abound when a new baby arrives, whether they come in the form of unexpected good will or hard-earned victories.  Often times, new moms feel anxious and scared on not knowing what to do when the baby arrives. 

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