By Laurie Mundy Perrigin

The Tuscaloosa County Chapter of The University of Alabama National Alumni Association will hold its annual Crimson and White Wine Tasting and membership drive on Tuesday, June 9, at 6 p.m. at Spirits at Lake Tuscaloosa.

Over the past several years, the Tuscaloosa County UA Alumni Chapter has continued to grow by leaps and bounds, according to Andre Taylor, president of the Chapter.

“Last year, we had over 800 members, and all of those membership fees go directly to scholarships,” Taylor said.

In May, the chapter awarded $98,000 in scholarships to Tuscaloosa area high school students. These students will attend the University of Alabama in the fall.

The annual wine tasting and membership drive, how in its 12th year, also offers a great opportunity for area residents to meet with fellow alumni and friends of UA. The event also gives members a chance to learn more about the Tuscaloosa County UA Alumni Chapter’s upcoming events, including the upcoming Kickoff Event in the Zone at Bryant-Denny Stadium in August.

“Our chapter is dedicated to bringing the best and brightest students to the University of Alabama,” Taylor said. “We do so with great local events for our members and trips to away Crimson Tide football games. Both are great ways to fellowship and celebrate our love for the University.”

For more information about the wine tasting, or about the local UA Alumni Chapter, contact Andre’ Taylor at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call (205) 492-7695.

Theatre Tuscaloosa’s Fiddler on the Roof is set for July 10-19, but a special evening ahead of the performances is planned for this week. The “Celebration for the Couples” is set for Tuesday, June 9, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Epiphany Café.

This event, which includes a live auction, will help raise money for Theatre Tuscaloosa. Some of the items up for auction include diamond earrings from Hudson Poole, a personal portrait by Paul K. Looney, and a Fiddler on the Roof poster signed by the cast, along with tickets to a show and an exclusive backstage tour.

Cast members from Theatre Tuscaloosa’s Fiddler on the Roof will perform songs from the show at this event, and Happy Hour prices at Epiphany will be in place.

In Fiddler on the Roof, Tevye of Anatevka is not a rich man. It is traditional for the family of the bride to give a Dowry, or Nedunyah, for the three brides to be: Tzeitel, Hodel, & Chava. Everyone is invited to make a tax-deductible gift to sponsor a “dowry item.” Door prize entries will be given to the Celebration for the Couples live auction event!

For more information, visit www.theatretusc.com or call (205) 391-2277. To see a list of dowry items to sponsor, click here.

Congratulations to the 11 and 12-year-old Cottondale Dixie Youth Champions, the Cottondale Royals!

Front row (L to R):  Elliott Mount, Keyshawn Waller, Ashton Morris, Richard Zawlocki and Brendon Mickens

Middle row (L to R):  Dillan Olvera, Brax Garrison, Jalen Dobbins, Titus Lagunes, Josh Davis and Marko Beasely

Top row (L to R):  TJ Steward, Jeremy Garrison and (Head Coach), Mack McCray

 

Photo: Paula Mount

The Tuscaloosa Public Library kicked off its 2015 Summer Reading Program on Tuesday, June 2. Kids at the Weaver Bolden branch library enjoyed a “Bubble School” with Kit Killingsworth. Smiles abounded, and a great summer lies ahead!

For more information about the Tuscaloosa Public Library, including the Summer Reading Program and more, visit www.tuscaloosa-library.org.

Photo: Alexis Rhodes

The City of Tuscaloosa is hosting its annual Household Hazardous Waste Disposal Day on Saturday, June 6 from 8 a.m. until noon at the City of Tuscaloosa Public Safety Logistics building on Kauloosa Avenue.

Household hazardous waste is the discarded, unused or leftover portion of household products containing toxic chemicals. Many hazardous wastes bear by warning labels such as poisonous or flammable. Improper disposal of these wastes can pose a threat to human health and the environment. Items dropped off will either be neutralized and recycled into new product, or safely and properly disposed.

Not sure what you can bring to dispose?

Examples of household hazardous wastes include:

Drain cleaner, Photo cleaner, Household cleaners, Rust preventative, Mothballs, Automotive fluids, Paint thinner, Herbicides, Pool chemicals, Metal polish, Batteries, Rodent cleaners, Insect chemicals, Propane tanks, Latex or oil based paint, Antifreeze, Pesticides, Bleaches, Oil or gasoline, Ammonia, Creosote, Light bulbs, Chemistry sets, Mercury containing equipment, Wood strippers, Sealants, Lawn chemicals/fertilizers, Arts and crafts supplies and Solvents.

Note: Tires, medical waste and radioactive wastes will not be accepted.


This free drop-off event is open only to residents of Tuscaloosa County. Wastes will not be accepted from commercial businesses, non-profit organizations or residents outside Tuscaloosa County. Due to the high cost of this event, the City of Tuscaloosa reserves the right to limit quantities accepted and to stop accepting waste once quota is exceeded.


Conducted by the City’s Environmental Services Department, this event is funded and made possible by Nucor Steel Tuscaloosa and in part by Sage Environmental Consulting.

Alabama Power presented a $5000 donation to the Tuscaloosa Rotary Club Honor Flight Program. The presentation was made by Mark Crews, Vice President for the Alabama Power Western Division, at the Tuscaloosa Veterans Memorial.  The Tuscaloosa Rotary Honor Flight is the only Honor Flight left in the state of Alabama.   Veterans from WWII, Korea, Vietnam, and members of the Tuscaloosa Rotary Honor Flight Committee attended the presentation.

Photo: Nicolas Britto

The Actor’s Charitable Theatre (The ACT) is presenting one of the most beloved Broadway musicals of all time in Dreamgirls this month. Dreamgirls follows the history of the famed Motown record label and one of its biggest acts, The Supremes. The show focuses on the behind-the-scenes reality of the entertainment industry – the “business” part of “show business.”

Dreamgirls first hit Broadway in 1981. Since then, the musical has been nominated for more than a dozen Tony Awards, winning six. In 2006, Dreamgirls was adapted into a major motion picture starring Jamie Foxx, Beyonce, Eddit Murphy and Jennifer Hudson. In 2007, the film was nominated for eight Academy Awards, including Best Supporting Actor (Murphy) and Actress (Hudson). Hudson went on to win the Oscar for her portrayal of Effie White.

Dreamgirls runs June 5 through June 9 at the Bama Theatre in downtown Tuscaloosa. Tickets are $20 for adults, $18 for seniors, and $16 for students. Tickets can be purchased by calling (205) 393-2800 or online at TheACTonline.com. Fog, strobe lights, flash pots, and other special effects will be used in the performance.

The ACT was formed in 2008, with the goal of increasing the quality of local theater while also giving to charitable organizations, through proceeds from productions. Productions have included Hairspray, The Color Purple, Steel Magnolias, Shrek the Musical, Les Miserables, Nunsense, Into the Woods and The Music Man, among others.

If you’re familiar at all with Druid City Living, you know the name Allison Adams. From the earliest beginnings of our paper, Allison has been involved as a columnist. Each month, she brings us tales of her life and her observations in “Lake Living.”

Allison Adams is also a talented artist, having displayed once again at the Druid City Arts Festival back in April and now, as the Artist of the Month at the Black Warrior Brewing Company in downtown Tuscaloosa. Throughout the month of June, Allison’s works, with the theme “Liquidity,” will be displayed on the walls at Black Warrior, so be sure to check them out.

There is also a special reception planned this Thursday, June 4. Everyone can meet the artist in the upstairs gallery at Black Warrior Brewing Company and enjoy live music until 9:30 p.m.

Adams is also donating 10 percent of her painting sales to a local charity.

Way to go Allison Adams! DCL is proud of you!

To see more of Allison Adams’ work, visit www.allisonpadams.com.

Children and teens in the Tuscaloosa area will have access to a free breakfast and lunch every weekday through the end of June – and, at one area school, through the end of July.

The Tuscaloosa City Schools will offer a Summer Food Service Program at five locations this summer. Children 18 years of age and younger are eligible to receive a free breakfast and lunch Monday-Friday during the program’s operation.

Meals will be served June 1-26 at the following locations:

  • Arcadia Elementary School (3740 Arcadia Drive)
  • Northington Elementary School (1300 21st Street East)
  • Central High School (905 15th Street)
  • Paul W. Bryant High School (6315 Mary Harmon Bryant Dr.)

 An additional program will be offered at Martin Luther King, Jr. Elementary School from June 1-July 31. 

The Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) ensures that low-income children continue to receive nutritious meals when school is not in session. This summer, USDA plans to serve more than 200 million free meals to children 18 years and under at approved SFSP sites.

To learn more about SFSP, click here.

Safety will be the topic of discussion during a special “Safety Summit” set for this Thursday, June 4, at the Tuscaloosa River Market. The public is invited to come out and hear various panelists discussing the most pressing safety-related issues in our area at the all-day event.

City of Tuscaloosa Mayor Walter Maddox is hosting the event, entitled “Mayor’s Safety Summit: Creating a Safer Community.” The idea behind the Summit is to try and bring together leaders from local law enforcement, judicial, faith-based, business and educational communities to talk about ways to make Tuscaloosa more safe and secure for residents. The goal is to ultimately create a framework for a strategic plan to that end.

The Summit will address several topics aimed at creating a safer Tuscaloosa, including an in-depth look at crime statistics, habitual offenders, issues with the prison system and juvenile crime. A time for questions from panelists will be available after each session to allow panelists the opportunity to become actively engaged in the community safety discussion.

The Summit will begin at 8:45 a.m. with a meet and greet for attendees and will continue with welcoming remarks from Maddox at 9 a.m. It will conclude by 3:30 p.m.

Over 600 high schools juniors attended the opening ceremonies for Alabama Boys States on Sunday, May 31, at the University of Alabama. Alabama Governor Robert Bentley welcomed the students, kicking off a week of activities that includes mock elections and community service projects.  

 

Alabama Boys State is one of the highest honors granted to Alabama students. Students from across the state are chosen based on their demonstration of leadership, hard work, strong morals, and motivation in both school and community activities. Boys State week is a full and active week held on the campus of The University of Alabama.

 

Boys State was founded and its courses of instruction were designed to supplement the information taught in high school Civics classes. Boys State teaches that our form of government is good but that its preservation depends on intelligent, informed, and loyal citizens in combination with an honest and impartial administration of government activities.


Photo: Nicholas Britto

By Monte Rhodes 

Now that summer is upon us, many will be heading outside for some quality picnicking time. Here is a great way to prevent wasps, ants, and other insects from becoming guests at your picnic.

1.) Take an empty two-liter soda bottle. 

2.) Using a sharp knife, cut off the top of the soda bottle just below where the start of the bottle sides are at even width. 

3.) Fill the bottom of the bottle with bait about 2″ deep (ideas below). 

4.) Insert the top of the bottle upside down into the bottom of the bottle (remove the bottle cap first). 

5.) Set the trap out wherever you’ve seen these pesky buggers. Some good places might be: flower beds, close to a hedge, near the bird bath, etc. 

6.) The wasps will fly into the trap to get at the bait, but have trouble finding their way out. They’ll eventually drown in the liquid bait. 

Bait ideas by insect category: 

Wasps and Ants are looking for either protein or sugar depending on the colony needs at the time.  Set out two different traps with the two categories of bait or mix the two together (e.g. sugary Juice with a piece of meat). Other ideas: Jam dissolved in water, fruit juice, beer, sweet soda, wine, maple syrup diluted with water, molasses diluted with water, or raw meat such as hamburger meat or tuna. 

Bees are generally not attracted to sour mixtures, but are very attracted to sweet mixtures.  For example, honey diluted in water is a great attractant. Other ideas include: Jam dissolved in water, fruit juice, beer, sweet soda, wine, maple syrup diluted with water, and molasses diluted with water.  

By Shane Dorrill

Fifty-three young singers with the Alabama Choir School in Tuscaloosa are wrapping up a nine day experience they will never forget. 

 

As part of the organization’s 30th anniversary, the students, in sixth through twelfth grades, are visiting and performing in Japan. The students are in the choir school’s Ambassador and Chamber choirs.

 

The students have spent time in Tokyo, Kyoto, and Narashino, which is a sister-city to Tuscaloosa.

 

 While in Narashino, the choirs performed at the Narashino Bunka Hall, a famous Japanese concert hall, with musical groups from Narashino.

 

The students also spent time at a Japanese university, and junior and senior high school.

 

The Alabama Choir School is a non-profit organization in Tuscaloosa that has been teaching children the choral arts since 1985. The school currently has more than 200 members in five choirs. Choristers range from first through twelfth grades.

 

Portions of the choirs’ trip to Japan was made possible by the Tuscaloosa Sister Cities International organization.

 

To find out more about the Alabama Choir School visit www.alachoirschool.org. To see more photos from the choirs’ trip to Japan, visit their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/alachoirschool.

 

Photos: Alabama Choir School

Caitlyn Sanders, 13, a 7th grade student at Duncanville Middle School, won the Top Overall Female First place at the 1st Annual Tuscaloosa Marines Memorial Run in May. Sanders trains with the Hillcrest Army Junior ROTC Physical Fitness program after school. The American Legion Post 34 sponsors the Junior Army ROTC program at Hillcrest High School.

Photo: Nicolas Britto

NorthRiver Yacht Club and The Westervelt Company are celebrating this week. A groundbreaking ceremony for the golf course renovation will be held on Wednesday, June 3, along with the West Alabama Chamber of Commerce.

Members of the community are invited to join in on the celebration with NorthRiver Yacht Club staff at the ceremony, which will be held at 8:30 a.m. at the NorthRiver Golf Shop.

The course renovation will include new Tifeagle Burmuda greens, the removal of 40 bunkers and the resurfacing of cart paths. The Club’s driving range, the “Wee Links” practice course, the new teaching center and the NorthRiver Golf Shop will all remain open during the renovation.

Holy Spirit Catholic School in Tuscaloosa had 35 students graduate on May 16. The Most Reverend Bishop Robert J. Baker, S.T.D celebrated Mass at Holy Spirit Church followed by graduation exercises with Fran Lawlor (Superintendent of Catholic Schools, Diocese of Birmingham), Scott Perry (Principal), Rev. Jerry Deasy (Pastor of Holy Spirit Church), and Rev. Rick Chenault (Associate Pastor of Holy Spirit Church) in attendance.

This year’s graduates included Phinese Genell Ash, Kevin Chase Barker, Alexandra Elizabeth Bushery, Madison Paige Carabin, Frederick Cullpepper Clark, Leah Mariah Clark, Jackson Manley Colburn, John William Collins, Katherine Michelle Connell, Marian Denisse Cook, Mary Grace Gerkin, Julia Elizabeth Giggie, Franklin Jordan Giles, Joseph Blaise Guarisco, Rainer Katherine Jones, Olivia Catherine Kapera, Marshall Douglas Killian, Theresa Brooke Kosloff, Chace Mills Lake, Nicole Louw, Blake Allen Meyer, Michael Scott Miller, Blanca Carolina Muniz, Lauren Brianna Neary, Howell Victor Poole, Patricia Kiersten Schellhammer, Caitlin Marie Shortall, Caroline Alana Sisson, Jake Austin Smith, Haley Diane Thompson, Haley Nicole Walls, Chiara Washawn Washington, Reagan Gabrielle Washington, and Aeriel Chantel Winn. Members of the Class of 2015 were awarded a combined total of over $4,600,000.00 in college scholarships and included National Merit Commended students Haley Thompson and Leah Clark.

Students have been accepted to many colleges and universities, including The University of Alabama, Auburn University, the College of Charleston, The University of South Alabama, The University of Montevallo, Berry College, Spring Hill, Judson University, Samford University, Louisiana State University, The University of West Alabama, The University of Mississippi, The University of Alabama at Birmingham, Cumberland University, Vassar, Kings College, Rhodes, Shelton State Community College, Wallace State, and Belhaven University.

Jackson Manley Colburn was named Valedictorian of the graduating class. He is son of Dr. Bill Colburn and Lori Colburn of Tuscaloosa. Jackson has been involved in many areas during his high school years. He earned the rank of Eagle Scout in 2014, served as Student Council President, representative for Alabama Boys’ State, University of Alabama Capstone Leadership Academy Graduate, Boy Scout Crew Leader, and a member of Forerunners. He has also served as Treasurer and Vice President for Key Club, Treasurer of Students Against Destructive Decisions, a member of the cross country team, track, God Squad, Scholar Bowl, Environmental Club, and tech crew for the drama department. Jackson has volunteered at Meals on Wheels, Vacation Bible School and as a church usher at Holy Spirit Catholic Church since 2011. He is a member of the National Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta, has been recognized Summa Cum Laude and Magna Cum Laude on the National Latin Exam, has received the Silver Award on the National Etymology Exam, Corona Olivae status on the National Mythology Exam and qualified for the State Science Olympiad Competition in 2014. He was the recipient of the 2015 Bishop’s Trophy for his academic excellence and service and plans to attend The University of Mississippi.

Salutatorian for the Class of 2015 was Olivia Catherine Kapera. She is the daughter of Ted and Carla Kapera of Cottondale, Alabama. Olivia has served as a Delegate of Alabama Girls State, is a member of National Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta, and was recognized Cum Laude on the National Latin Exam. She was a member of student council and served as Student Council Vice-President her senior year, was an active member of Students Against Destructive Decisions, Latin Club, Drama Club, Homecoming Committee, Key Club, God Squad and prom committee during her high school years and was a member of the softball and volleyball teams. Olivia has been dedicated to serving her community as a volunteer at DCH Regional Medical Center, The University of Alabama RISE program, the Tuscaloosa Metro Animal Shelter, Habitat for Humanities, Meals on Wheels, and Children’s Liturgy Leader at Holy Spirit Catholic Church. She was an Ambassador and staff member for HOBY International which inspires and develops a global community of youth volunteers to leadership, innovation and service and a member of the Tuscaloosa Civinettes. Holy Spirit Catholic School congratulates these students and the Class of 2015 on their accomplishments.

Photos: Laurie Mitchell

Mayor Walter Maddox has named Arthur Patton Teele as the new Municipal Court administrator for the City of Tuscaloosa.

In this new position, Teele will be responsible for overseeing the daily operation and administration of the Municipal Court including supervising Court staff and directing organizational programs.

"I am excited about Mr. Teele and what he brings to our City," Maddox said. "In the interview process, he demonstrated deep knowledge of the Court and an authentic commitment to the public servants who work within it. I look forward to working with him in the years ahead to further elevate our service to the people of Tuscaloosa."

Prior to his appointment with the Tuscaloosa Municipal Court, Teele worked as a magistrate for the city of Birmingham for over four years and has served as a magistrate supervisor for the past two years, conducting research, directing non-judicial operations and functions of the Court and continuing to perform his duties as a magistrate.

Teele has also served as an adjunct professor in the Criminal Justice Program at Miles College and has worked in the legal department for the city of Birmingham.

Teele holds a Juris Doctor degree from Miles Law School and a bachelor’s degree in political science and public administration from Florida A&M University. He is a graduate of Homewood High School.

Teele was expected begin his duties on Monday, June 1.

By Sheena Gregg

 

The news that James Beard Award winner and Iron Chef competitor Chris Hastings has a restaurant in Tuscaloosa is a dream come true for this enthusiastic foodie. Located in the new Embassy Suites Hotel in downtown Tuscaloosa, The Side by Side Restaurant achieves its primary goal of bringing out the gourmand in every visitor, enticing customers to not only enjoy eating, but to savor the entire food and restaurant experience.

Jordan Giles, Class of 2015 at Holy Spirit Catholic School in Tuscaloosa, has signed on with Cumberland University’s basketball team in Lebanon, Tennessee. Jordan had a sign-on day at Holy Spirit school in May, with his family members and representatives from Cumberland University present.

Congratulations!

By Tori Linville

 

When scouting for a good place to run, there’s always that checklist that comes to mind. Everyone wants something that appeals to them while their nose is to the grindstone. Check out why these spots are the ideal running trails for some exercise.

 

Tuscaloosa

 

Sokol Park

 

While the University and downtown Tuscaloosa offer scenic routes all their own, a change of venue can be found in Sokol Park. Designed with runners in mind, Sokol Park has many well kept trails that are perfect for setting your own pace. The park’s main trail is around 4 miles, with trail loops that can provide an extension to a run. Tuscaloosa business Wagner’s Run Walk hosts a group run Wednesdays at 5:30 p.m. with free water and merchandise.

 

UA Arboretum and Veteran’s Affairs Hospital Areas

 

This rarely mentioned area offers three scenic and different options for runners. The VA itself has paved a trail around its grounds for an estimated 2 miles of track. Arrows serve as guides and hills are short and sweet. Neighboring the VA is the UA Arboretum, home to the UA Cross Country Course and a dirt road that can also serve as a running track. The cross country course has a marked loop as well as a grass fairway with yellow arrows as guides. The dirt road serves as rocky mile-long stretch that runs from one end of the arboretum to the other.

 

Information taken from wagnersrunwalk.com.

 

Birmingham

 

With an organized running community, Birmingham boasts many different routes and trails to explore. Here just two of many to choose from. Visit birminghamtrackclub.com to get involved with other runners in the community.

 

Red Mountain Park

 

Red Mountain Park provides great trail run material for any runner. Stretching for 12 miles, the trails at Red Mountain Park offer a special variety singular to the park. It has more than 10 interconnecting trails that provide hills, rocky terrain and more. The park is open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and has many stops along the trails for rest or short breaks. To get a more detailed look, visit redmountainpark.org.

 

Oak Mountain State Park

 

Providing yet another range of scenery for runners, Oak Mountain State Park has a collective of more than 50 miles of trails to explore. Though some trails are specific to horseback riding and biking, there’s still room enough for everyone. Open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m., the park’s five hiking trails are labeled by color and marked accordingly. To find out more information about the trails and running opportunities within the park, visit alaprk.com/oak-mountain-state-park-hiking-trails.

 

30A/Destin

 

Rosemary Beach

 

The appeal here is obvious – who wouldn’t want the beach by their side for a run? The sand is another bonus, lowering the impact the run has on a runner’s joints. Opposite from the ocean are architectural feats connected by pedestrian boardwalks, such as shops and residences. With the ocean wind as motivation, Rosemary Beach offers a breathtaking 107 acre view.

 

Deer Lake State Park

 

Offering a quieter backdrop for a runner’s escape, South Walton’s “best kept secret” provides all of the scenery with less than half of the noise. The beach in Deer Lake State Park is undisturbed and gives an alternate to the sandy paths throughout the area. The half-mile Blue Trail borders Deer Lake and is perfect for a short run with plenty of wildlife to see. To see what else Deer Lake State Park has to offer, visit floridastateparks.org/park/Deer-Lake.

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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