On a recent Wednesday night, a youth pastor friend invited me to sit on a panel to answer questions posed by his youth group. The panel was made up of parents who had survived the teenage years with their own kids. They hoped to impart a nugget or two of knowledge to teens who were working hard to “raise their own parents.” 

USA Triathlon has named Tuscaloosa as the host city for the 2020-21 USA Triathlon Duathlon National Championships. The city, a longtime host of USA Triathlon National Championship events and other premier triathlon competitions, will welcome the nation’s best run-bike-run athletes as they compete for national titles in three events.

The Tuscaloosa City Council recently voted to make the city’s Downtown Entertainment District a part of every weekend, instead of it only being in effect on a limited basis. 

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

Cheerleaders yelled. Hair stylists coifed. Masseuses massaged, and motivational speakers encouraged. It was part pep-rally, part pampering, and totally purposeful. This year’s Just For You Day, which celebrates cancer survivors, was held Sept. 27 at the Lewis and Faye Manderson Cancer Center at DCH Regional Medical Center. 

An Evening of Arts ‘n Autism, an annual event benefiting Arts ‘n Autism, will be held this Thursday, Nov. 29 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Harrison Galleries at 2315 University Blvd. in downtown Tuscaloosa.

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.

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Enjoy your week, T-Town!

As a parent, you are your child’s first and most important teacher. They learn more from you at home and in their preschool years than they will any other time in their life. How your child grows and develops in these years will affect their later development in life.

Wynnie, also known as Wynonna, is a spunky kitten with a lot of personality! She is an all black cat with a tiny tuft of white fur on her tummy. This sweet lady is the Humane Society of West Alabama's Pet of the Week!

Even when times get hard, there is so much to be thankful for. I love this time of year, and the chance to slow down a bit. This November, as we prepare to celebrate Thanksgiving, the focus is on moments. 

Instead of spending a semester studying for tests, senior public relations students at the University of Alabama were tasked with raising awareness and funds to alleviate childhood food insecurity with Secret Meals for Hungry Children. With the Tuscaloosa community’s support, the resulting event raised enough money to feed 19 children every weekend for an entire school year.

The path to personal growth involves a courageous self-examination, stepping outside our comfort zone, and taking on new challenges. Here are some ideas to help you get started on making the changes you’ve always wanted to, but never quite followed through on. 

Painting pumpkins is nothing new, but what is new is using these pumpkins as highly stylized design elements in one’s house.  One of the easiest and most beautiful ways to accomplish a Southern Living type look is to use Annie Sloan’s Chalk Paint®, which can be found at various retailers across Alabama. 

The City of Tuscaloosa is looking for community members to participate in Framework, a city-wide initiative to update the city’s outdated Comprehensive Plan and zoning and development regulations. 

A quick search on the internet can be confusing when it comes to fertilizing in the fall. Better Homes and Gardens claims, “pests and disease problems fade away in the fall. You don't need fertilizer, either. Fertilizer promotes new, tender growth that can be nipped by winter weather; stop fertilizing by late summer.” But This Old House contrastingly says, “Taking the time to fertilize in the fall will strengthen your plants' and lawn's roots, giving them a strong base on which to thrive next spring.”

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, and Happy Thanksgiving from everyone here at DCL.

Parents, Thanksgiving is right around the corner! Use this holiday to talk to children about the importance of giving back and teach social-emotional learning concepts like gratitude and empathy.

The Tuscaloosa County Industrial Development Authority (TCIDA) approved a package of tax abatements for four different projects, including Mercedes‐Benz’s latest expansion into the production of electric Sports Utility Vehicles, for a total of more than $586 million in capital investments over the coming years according to Jo Bonner, TCIDA interim executive director.

Meet Rover, an 11 month old male chocolate Labrador mix. This beautiful dog is this week's Humane Society of West Alabama Pet of the Week!

All 19 of The University of Alabama’s Panhellenic Association’s sororities, plus one National Pan-Hellenic Council sorority, Alpha Kappa Alpha, are coming together from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday to host the first “Holly Jolly Holiday on Sorority Row.”

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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