The Tuscaloosa Community Dancers Board of Directors recently selected Alden Phillips to serve as Artistic Director of the upcoming 2017 production of The Nutcracker, effective July 1, 2017.

“We are thrilled to introduce Alden Phillips, a TCD alumna, as the Show Director for our 2017 Nutcracker.  Her enthusiasm for working with our dancers and her dedication to the Tuscaloosa community are sure to make this year's Nutcracker memorable,” said Mary Lane Falkner, the Tuscaloosa Community Dancers president.

New hallways, new teachers and sometimes, a new school. Going back to school can mean a ton of jitters and a brain swimming with new information. How can a student keep it all straight? 

Thanks to our previously nominated DCL Teachers of the Month, we’ve gotten some advice straight from the teachers’ desks. What you do with it, well, that’s up to you. Check out what our esteemed teachers had to say:

Caring for young children's teeth is an important part of keeping their bodies healthy—and it's never too early to get started.

Strong first or baby teeth set the stage for strong permanent teeth, and help children play, learn, and grow. Children begin developing oral health habits early.  Once a child’s oral health habits are set, they often stay with the child for life. 

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.

Meet your new best friend, Miss Allie. She is this week's Humane Society of West Alabama's Pet of the Week.

Allie is a 1.5-year-old female terrier/greyhound mix. She has a lean build with long legs like a greyhound, and she has a sleek black-and-white coat with hints of brindle coloring. She is full-grown at 32 pounds. 

The University of Alabama football team's annual Fan Day is set for Saturday, Aug. 5. The Crimson Tide will hold an open practice in Bryant-Denny Stadium from 2:30-4:30 p.m. Players and coaches will be available for autographs following practice on the field beginning at approximately 4:45 p.m.

At 1 p.m., the first 150 fans in line at Gate 25 will receive numbered color-coded wristbands for early entrance to the post-practice autograph session. Fans receiving wristbands will need to report to Gate 25 (South field entrance) at 4 p.m. to begin lining up for the autograph session.

Governor Kay Ivey has appointed Major General Sheryl Gordon as Adjutant General of the Alabama National Guard, upon the retirement of major General Perry Smith.

“General Sheryl Gordon is a trailblazer and visionary leader,” Governor Ivey said. “She has had a distinguished military career spanning 33 years. I look forward to serving alongside her as she leads our National Guard troops in Alabama.”

It’s that time of year again: Area college students are returning to Tuscaloosa for the fall semester. With moving in comes a lot more garbage, and the city is responding accordingly in an attempt to ease the strain – temporarily extending service hours and placing additional resources, including dumpsters, in certain areas.

The environmental services division has placed nine additional dumpsters around Tuscaloosa, in areas with high college student populations from now until Sunday, Aug. 6.

Druid City Living always wants to recognize our great local businesses. To the new businesses - welcome to town! Remember: Shop local.

Mr. Pig returns for another year to raise funds for the American Cancer Society on Friday, July 28. But instead of going to the market, Mr. Pig will switch venues to The Zone in Bryant-Denny Stadium.

“When we first started talking about the event in 2011, we were originally going to do it in The Zone because Dad was a huge Alabama fan, but we scratched it because of the 2011 tornado,” said Jay Welborn of B&W Foods. “The River Market was just built, so we created the event around that venue. We may end up back there next year.”

Tuscaloosa’s streets will sizzle on Saturday, July 29, as the 2017 Hot Hundred Bicycle Ride kicks off at 7 a.m. The hottest ride in the south will start at the University of Alabama’s Outdoor Pool Complex, and riders will choose whether they want to face a 29, 36, 52, 71 or 103 mile ride. 

The ride is organized to raise funds for mental health in partnership with the Tuscaloosa Mental Health Alliance. Since its beginning, the ride has only grown bigger with each passing year.

The Bolta Group, a German-based company, announced the grand opening of its new production plant, Bolta US, in Tuscaloosa on July 21. State and local officials joined members of Bolta’s global management team to celebrate the completion of the company’s 200,000 square foot production facility located in the Tuscaloosa County Airport Industrial Park.

The words out of Alabama offensive lineman Bradley Bozeman’s mouth couldn’t have sounded better to Crimson Tide fans tiring of wide receivers whipping across the field rather than down it. When asked if Alabama has used jet sweeps this offseason under first-year offensive coordinator Brian Daboll, Bozeman’s answer was short and, depending on who you ask, pretty sweet, too.

“Not so far,” Bozeman told SEC Network sideline analyst Cole Cubelic during SEC Media Days.

Hakuna Matata – what a wonderful phrase! As any Disney fan will tell you, this Swahili phrase means “no worries,” thanks to the upbeat and catchy song of the same name from the Academy Award-winning 1994 film “The Lion King.” The Actor’s Charitable Theatre (ACT) wants to ensure that area families have no worries, while they enjoy the fleeting days of summer with its youth production show of Disney’s “The Lion King Jr.”

The ACT developed this new youth production this summer, according to artistic director Joey Lay.

One of the best ways to really understand your child is to get to know his/her world. Hang out with your child. Children are not always good about telling their mom or dad what their worries might be.

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.

That face! Alvin is such a cute kitten. He is an orange tabby kitten born on March 28. He just has the sweetest face and a personality to match.

At the weekly Exchange Club meeting on Thursday, July 13, The Exchange Club of Tuscaloosa Foundation awarded grants to six organizations: Big Brothers Big Sisters, Boys & Girls Club, King’s Home, PRIDE, United Cerebral Palsy, and West Alabama Food Bank.   The combined value of the grants was $15,000.
 
 

When I first realized I was going to become a mom, I pushed the fast-forward button, excitedly thinking about the rapidly growing list of fun things I could do as my son grew – making homemade sports jerseys with his number on them for game days, the excitement he’d bring to life as he experienced things for the first time I’d long lost enthusiasm for, and generally discovering his personality, likes, and passions. 

If Ashlynn Frith were an animal, she’d be a lion.

“Although they are pack animals that desire to work with others, they are also very independent and resourceful,” Frith said. “I feel like this is very indicative of qualities I already possess.”

Frith, an alumna of the University of West Alabama, has been teaching since 2014. As an eighth grade science teacher at Duncanville Middle School, Frith said she tries to keep her students engaged by using relatable information in her lessons.  

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