The Chamber of Commerce of West Alabama is seeking nominations for the Northport Citizen of the Year.

Callie Walker, a former Miss University of Alabama and Miss Tuscaloosa 2018, is the new Miss Alabama. She was crowned by Tuscaloosa native and Miss Alabama 2017 Jessica Procter on June 9 at Samford University. 

Tuscaloosa Native Larry Snyder received the 2018 Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA) Veteran of the Year Award at the Alabama State Convention of the VVA.

To breastfeed or use formula is one of the first decisions you'll make as a parent (but it definitely won't be your last). No matter which choice you decide to make, it's always worth exploring your options, and the purpose of today's post is to help you explore all the amazing benefits of breastfeeding specifically. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, breastfeeding gives newborns the ideal amount of proteins, vitamins, and antibodies that allow them to grow. Keep reading to see the seven top benefits of breastfeeding that every parent should know about. Some may even surprise you.

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.

While Memphis may be the home of the blues, Tuscaloosa will share that designation during Alabama Blues Week, July 9-15. 

The week of blues concerts, informational sessions, and master classes for select students is a collaboration between the Alabama Blues Project, The University of Alabama School of Music, College of Continuing Studies, and the Tuscaloosa Tourism & Sports Commission.

Sandra is a 3-year-old, sweet tempered female tabby, and she's this week's Humane Society of West Alabama's Pet of the Week!

Q: Hi. I’ve been struggling a lot lately. I know I should see a therapist, but I’m so embarrassed. It just feels like I’m…weak somehow? I’ve even booked appointments with counselors, but I always cancel. Help!

Dear Struggling...

The Word Community Church, in partnership with the Association of the U.S. Army, West/Central Alabama chapter, hosted its first Military Appreciation Breakfast on Saturday, June 30, at their church in Northport.

Inspired by the aesthetics of the blockbuster Black Panther, the Paul R. Jones Museum takes a look at the Black Arts Movement of the 1960s and 70s and its inspirations in the art of Africa.

A West Tuscaloosa community health center wants to help fight type 2 diabetes in the community. Whatley Health Services has joined a no-cost, evidence-based diabetes prevention program to that end.

Head coach Dana Duckworth has announced the addition of All-American and NCAA regional champion Aja Sims to the Alabama gymnastics staff as a volunteer assistant coach.

The Miracle League of Tuscaloosa wrapped up its spring season on May 19 in a major way, with a slew of games, and a big celebration at The LeeAnna Grace Cunningham Field at Sokol Park North.

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. 

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. 

School safety was the featured topic at the 2018 Education Summit, held June 21 at Hotel Capstone.

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! Happy Fourth of July from everyone here at DCL!

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.

Throughout childhood, children face changes at home and at school. These changes can be small and go unnoticed, or they can be life-changing. Beginning preschool or kindergarten is a transition that holds many changes for children. The importance of parents' involvement in their child’s transition from home to school cannot be stressed enough. With the support of a caring parent, this transition can be a positive experience for a child, giving him or her a sense of self-confidence and accomplishment.  Here are a few tips on helping your child make a successful transition from home to school:

On Wednesday, July 4th, Tuscaloosa kicks off its eighth annual Celebration on the River event. This free, family-friendly event features a performance by the Tuscaloosa Symphony Orchestra and a firework show over the Black Warrior River will be featured.   

Owen is a 3-4 year old male Labrador/terrier mix. He has the shiniest black coat - he could be in a shampoo commercial! And Owen is this week's Humane Society of West Alabama Pet of the Week!

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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