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!

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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!

So, the camping birthday party happened... and it was fabulous in the most boyish, "manly" way possible. Now that I’ve fully recovered, I’ve got some tips to share with you – five ways to have an amazing, camp-themed birthday party.  

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

Wandering around a thrift store is one of my favorite ways to pass some spare time. I love weaving in and out of the vendors’ booths searching for unexpected treasures. All things vintage appeal to me. I find myself curious about what road the old stuff must have traveled before it landed on the shelves of the second-hand stores. Two things I’m always on the hunt for are blue and white ceramics and milk glass. 

Hi there! I’m Kathryn, and here’s how I use the vintage milk glass I collect.  

Theatre Tuscaloosa’s 2018-2019 season “We Go Together” will feature three plays, two musicals, the Alabama Community Theatre Festival, a one-week showing of A Christmas Carol, and two SecondStage productions.

Tiffany Turner feels inspired by her kindergarten students at Maxwell Elementary School to be the person they need – whether that is an educator, a comforter, an advocate, or a support system.  

June is Potty Training Awareness Month. When it’s time to ditch the diapers, we want to help you make it a smooth transition. Check out some potty training tips below:

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!

Luke Standeffer, senior vice president of the DCH Health System and administrator of Northport Medical Center, was recently named chair-elect of the Alabama Hospital Association (AlaHA). The election was made at the Association’s annual meeting.

Whataburger has opened its doors to the second Tuscaloosa restaurant, located near the University of Alabama campus at 13th Street and McFarland Boulevard. The restaurant, which is open 24/7, officially opened this week.

Tux is a big, beautiful 5-year-old cat! He's also this week's Humane Society of West Alabama's Pet of the Week. Congrats, Tux!

Although it has been happening since the beginning of time, it seems these days that more life-threatening events have been happening around us.

We are no longer able to calmly sit in a diner ("Face the door," a policeman told me recently). At concerts, we now anticipate what "might happen" as we try to embrace the music.

Luke Bryan's "People are Good" is a recent song that resonates in my mind as I write this. We can find good people all around. 

And the burger bash continues! Last month, I shared a few of my favorite burgers with you, but now I’ve got more. Don’t think for a minute that this next batch isn’t worthy of being celebrated. To be honest, this pregnant foodie has had a selfish agenda of meticulously tasting all the best burgers that Tuscaloosa has to offer… you can thank me later. 

The City of Tuscaloosa will hold an open house this Thursday, June 21, 3-6 p.m. at City Hall in the Daugherty Conference Room to discuss proposed updates to the City’s business license structure.

The Bama Belle Riverboat will be rocking during an upcoming fundraiser to help support the efforts to protect the Black Warrior River watershed. This Thursday, June 21 from 6-9 p.m., Black Warrior Riverkeeper and Hurricane Creekkeeper will share a joint fundraiser on the Black Warrior River. 

It’s part concert, part storytelling, and for Tuscaloosa, it’s an event that is the first of its kind. 

The inaugural Druid City Songwriters Festival will be held June 21-24 in downtown Tuscaloosa and will feature more than 40 songwriters. 

“It’s a new type of event that we are bringing to the area,” said Megan McMillan, a local songwriter who is organizing the festival. 

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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