Here’s wishing all our Druid City Living readers a great Thanksgiving week. We’re grateful for your continuing support, and for all the fantastic events in the Tuscaloosa and Northport areas, week after week.

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Enjoy your week, T-Town, have a wonderful holiday, And ROLL TIDE!

… three, two, one.

As the countdown from 10 ended, The University of Alabama’s 2017 Beat Auburn Beat Hunger team raised the number 260,453 above its heads.

The number’s significance is that 260,453 pounds of food was collected by UA in this year’s Beat Auburn Beat Hunger food drive, far surpassing last year’s total of 150,332 pounds.

Meet Dorie, an 8-month to 1-year-old terrier/Whippet mix. This gorgeous sweetie is this week’s Humane Society of West Alabama Pet of the Week.

“An Exhibition of the Kentuck Red Dog Potters” will be on display in The Arts Council Gallery at the Dinah Washington Cultural Arts Center Dec. 1, 2017-Jan. 3, 2018. The exhibit will open with a reception honoring the artists on Dec. 1 from 5-8 p.m. during First Friday. 

Fall brings us out of our homes and into nature.  Here in Alabama, warm weather lingers sometimes past Thanksgiving, which can leave us interacting longer with the creatures that inhabit the woods and our neighborhoods. 

Dating difficulties?  Sloppy customer service employees? Children with the manual dexterity to master the intricacies of their video games, but only eat with their fingers?

These are all etiquette issues.

Robin Wells is opening a formal program for all types of social skills and etiquette training at the Etiquette Manor in Tuscaloosa starting this weekend. “There are opportunities to learn just from the environment at Etiquette Manor, as well as the small classes.”  

Tuscaloosa County Park & Recreation Authority announces the selection of four individuals as Grand Marshals of the 42nd Annual West Alabama Christmas Parade sponsored by PARA.

For years, the Miracle League of Tuscaloosa has made it possible for children and adults with special needs to play baseball. Now, the organization needs the community’s help. 

Only a few months ago, Tuscaloosa lost one of its most influential members of its community. Lucy Jordan’s impact was so widespread, even many who didn’t know her have been impacted by her kindness and dedication. For those who did, her giving heart and faithful service to everyone in need earned her the nickname “Mama Lucy.”

An Evening of Arts ‘n Autism, an annual event benefiting Arts ‘n Autism, will be held this Thursday, November 16 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Harrison Galleries at 2315 University Blvd. in downtown Tuscaloosa.

The Arts Council of Tuscaloosa recently awarded grants to local non-profit organizations for arts related projects. The awards took place through its annual Small Grants Program with financial assistance provided to visual art, theatre and dance projects. Grants were also awarded through the Arts in Education sector of the Community Foundation of West Alabama. 

Tickets for the City of Tuscaloosa’s Holidays on the River event went on sale on Monday, Nov. 13. New this year, all day passes are available for purchase.

“Shrimp kabobs, shrimp creole, shrimp gumbo; pineapple shrimp, lemon shrimp, coconut shrimp …”  

Sure, this might be straight out of the movie Forrest Gump, where “shrimp is the fruit of the sea,” but one local business is trying to make this a reality in landlocked West Alabama. Since the end of 2016, the families involved with Sumter County Shrimp have dedicated themselves to digging ponds, drilling wells, and investing in equipment needed to grow shrimp in this area.  

The holidays are quickly approaching.  During this time, some families travel to be with extended family members.  Here are a few tips to help you travel with ease with your small children.

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 ROLL TIDE!

The University of Mississippi’s Special Olympics College Unified football team defeated The University of Alabama 51-27 Sunday at the UA Rec fields.

Alabama’s loss evened the series at 1-1 ahead of next Sunday’s “Unified Iron Bowl” against Auburn’s Special Olympics College team.

Miss Lilly is a 5-year-old female terrier/hound mix. This adorable dog has quite a story, and she is this week’s Humane Society of West Alabama Pet of the Week.

No doubt, most of you are busily prepping for the Thanksgiving holiday. Same here. And while the Big Turkey Day Meal is important, it’s also important to feed everyone for the rest of the month. Need a great appetizer to whip up in a flash for those drop-by guests? This easy pizza dip is a perfect solution. And these almond cranberry citrus muffins are a great addition to any Thanksgiving holiday breakfast.  

Have a great Thanksgiving, and as always, bon appétit! 

The 2017 Chamber in Session: State of the Economy, a sold-out event held November 1 at Hotel Capstone, kicked off with elected officials and community leaders signing an economic development partnership that will help direct economic and workforce development efforts in the future.

It’s no secret the biggest rivalry in the state of Alabama exists on and off the football field. However, every year students from both Auburn University and The University of Alabama partner with their local communities to use that rivalry for a good cause.

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