It’s almost time for the change in season, tailgate season that is – and Bama fans are already preparing for their game day tailgates and parties – on and off campus. 

Entering what he hopes to be his first “consistent” season at Alabama, you’ll forgive Bo Scarbrough for emphasizing his forward mental trajectory.

The Alabama running back has no desire to discuss the past, especially not when it concerns the broken leg he suffered during the third quarter of the national championship loss to Clemson. Wearing a sizable smile in front of reporters, Scarbrough didn’t resemble a player losing much sleep while lamenting over last season’s heartbreaking finish. Instead, he reiterated his preference to concentrate on the present.

So, please, save any potential what-if questions for a later date.

“That book is closed,” Scarbrough said, the smile leaving his face. “I'm only focused on what's going on now and not the past."

Children establish eating habits as early as two years old!  At Head Start/Early Head Start programs, we partner with families to build healthy eating habits early; one way to do this is to serve meals family-style. Eating family-style meals is a great way to introduce healthy foods, model healthy behaviors and provide opportunities for nutrition education.

What is Family Style Eating?

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.

Children establish eating habits as early as two years old!  At Head Start/Early Head Start programs, we partner with families to build healthy eating habits early; one way to do this is to serve meals family-style. Eating family-style meals is a great way to introduce healthy foods, model healthy behaviors and provide opportunities for nutrition education.

What is Family Style Eating?

Meet this week's Humane Society of West Alabama's Pet of the Week: Cannon! He is a 2 to 3-year-old male dachshund mix with a beautiful, reddish brown, smooth coat on his long body and short legs. He is small and full grown, weighing only 18 pounds.

Have you ever wanted to take a picture of your child, advertising his or her stats, and soliciting for a playmate? Something like this …  

It was Friday, August 14, 1936. Photographer Alex Bush motioned for a young man in overalls to stand next to the door of a dilapidated brick cottage behind an old house in Tuscaloosa. Bush released the shudder of his 5x7 inch sheet film camera* and recorded for the Library of Congress the image of a building that is no longer standing.

The upcoming fall 2017 Bama Art House Film Series has been announced. The series features six screenings at the Bama Theatre in downtown Tuscaloosa, with the first scheduled for August 22.

A program of The Arts Council of Tuscaloosa, this series will feature drama, comedy, action, and a documentary. The lineup will conclude with the Manhattan Short Film Festival.

Some things never change.

As Alabama opened up its fall camp on Thursday, Aug. 3, the inevitable ensued. Head coach Nick Saban started his first news conference by stating the importance of accountability, both on and off the field. He recited his annual speech about self-assessment, using the familiar buzz words such as “work ethic,” “perseverance” and “discipline.”

On the field, the Crimson Tide players donned shorts and shells under the same 90-degree heat they will become accustomed to over the next month. Five-star freshmen began their battle to earn early playing time, while their veteran teammates took their first steps toward establishing newfound leadership roles. Coaches screamed and whistles blared, the same as they always have — rinse, wash, repeat.

This year, the Tuscaloosa County UA Alumni Fall Kickoff Event will feature guest speaker and former NFL player, Bobby Humphrey.  Humphrey’s son, Marlon also played for the Crimson Tide, before being drafted by the Baltimore Ravens this past spring.  

Tuscaloosa County UA Alumni Association President and UA Event Attorney Annette Largin says there are favorite parts of the annual event that the alumni really love.

“People really enjoy the cheerleaders and the band coming to play. They also really enjoy the guest speaker portion,” Largin said. “It will be great this year with Bobby Humphrey.”

Habitat for Humanity will host its Vets for Vets event on Friday, Aug. 11 at 6 p.m. in the Hotel Capstone ballroom. The event is dedicated to Tuscaloosa’s local veterans who set aside their free time to assist with their fellow veterans’ home repairs. 

11 junior tennis players who regularly train at NorthRiver Yacht Club participated in the Alabama Junior State Closed Tennis Tournament in Montgomery, Alabama Saturday, July 29 and Tuesday, August 1.

A strong partnership between parents and teachers make for a winning team!  Parents and teachers working together equal a child’s success in school.

 

As a parent you can strengthen the team by:

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.

This week’s calendar is a little on the thin side – but that’s to be expected, as many of us head out of town for a last vacation before school starts back next week. Enjoy!

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.

This week’s Humane Society of West Alabama’s Pet of the Week is beautiful Luna! She is a solid black, very sleek, bobtail girl who is about 3-years-old. Luna was surrendered to the shelter because of conflict with the family dog.

Luna loves to play fetch, is very affectionate, loves to cuddle, and ride on your shoulder! Unfortunately, as her time passes in the shelter she is becoming more withdrawn and doesn’t play as much – but she is still very affectionate and loving and will be a great addition to your family.

Luna is available for adoption.

Luna is stunning, and she’s so ready for her new home.

Please call 205-554-0011 or visit humanesocietyofwa.org to request an appointment to meet Luna, and all of the available animals. 

Land of Oz: Solving first-world problems, one monthly 500-word op-ed at a time.  

First of all, where in the heck did summer go? Never mind… we discussed it last year. 

If you’ve got kids in local schools, then most likely, your most recent store list size has increased exponentially. And it probably includes a lot of odd items such as, but not limited to:

More than 70 Chamber members and community leaders traveled to Greenville, South Carolina, July 23-25, for the Chamber of Commerce of West Alabama's inaugural benchmarking trip.

Chosen for how Greenville has embraced smart growth, downtown redevelopment and a knowledge-based, entrepreneurial economy, participants heard from individuals directly responsible for Greenville's transformation, and were inspired to apply those successes in West Alabama.

This summer is flying by, and for those of you who are still out enjoying long, lazy (and hot!) days, this month’s taco pasta salad recipe will allow you to whip up a great meal in no time flat. We love tacos. We love pasta, and pasta salad. Combine the two? It’s summer magic! 

And if you’re looking for a treat to relax and help you beat the heat, give this bourbon slushie a try. This is a great, mild bourbon-flavored libation that is made for summertime porch (and patio) sipping. Make up a batch for an outdoor party or BBQ, too. 

Enjoy the rest of your summer break, and as always, bon appétit! 

As a dietitian, I know food, but I’m woman enough to admit I don’t know as much about exercise. After rejuvenating my own fitness journey earlier this year, I’ve been blown away at the number of exercise options in Tuscaloosa. If you’re anything like me, you like to get the 411 on any fitness facility before you try it out.  To help all of us out, I’m now heading out in the field, a la Bridget Jones-style, to try everything out for our faithful DCL readers. 

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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