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The barrage of activities that our children participate in, from school to playgroups, can leave them both anxious and scattered. This hectic schedule can stress both parent and child. Combating this stress and sense of anxiousness is no easy task. Parents are wise to not tackle this alone, but to seek assistance from grandparents, teachers, and other caretakers.  

Forty-one members of the 2017-18 class of Leadership Tuscaloosa, a nine-month leadership development program, graduated at a ceremony held at Smith Hall’s Museum of Natural History May 17. 

Every year, the young minds being shaped right here in Tuscaloosa get brighter and more driven for success. In every school in the city and county, you’ll find faculty and staff who are dedicated to helping Tuscaloosa’s young people create a promising future for themselves. Whether these students stay here in town, or follow their dreams to another part of the world, there is no doubt that the community has been better with them a part of it.

The Tuscaloosa Public Library’s summer reading program, “Libraries Rock!,” got underway on June 4. The program, which runs through July 27 at all TPL locations, includes a variety of activities to keep area kids entertained for hours each week.  

Tuscaloosa Mayor Walt Maddox defeated former Alabama Chief Justice Sue Bell Cobb to win the Democratic nomination for governor. Maddox will face off against incumbent Republican Governor Kay Ivey, who easily bested her opponents to secure her party’s nomination.

James Hollis and his fiancé, Melinda Howard, wanted to do something great for kids with special needs in the community. The couple, owners of H&H Petting Zoo in Coker, came up with an idea: a petting zoo, allowing children of all ages to get up close and personal with animals.

On Saturday, May 19, their vision came to fruition. Unfortunately, Howard wasn’t there – she passed away recently after a battle with Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, a rare brain disorder. Still, the day was a joyful one for all involved. The petting zoo was held near The Lee Anna Grace Cunningham Field at Sokol Park North (Miracle League Field).

       

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Take sunscreen with you to reapply during the day, especially after your child swims or exercises. This applies to waterproof and water-resistant products as well.

Follow the directions on the package for using a sunscreen product on babies less than 6 months old. All products do not have the same ingredients; if your or your child’s skin reacts badly to one product, try another one or call a doctor. Your baby’s best defense against sunburn is avoiding the sun or staying in the shade.

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!

Talented female golfers from 15 southern states are taking over the greens at Tuscaloosa’s NorthRiver Yacht Club June 4-8. NorthRiver is hosting the 2018 Women’s Southern Golf Association amateur and mid-amateur tournaments. The event is free and open to the public. 

Pictures do not show how sweet and precious this dog is! Allie is an 11-month-old female pit bull terrier mix, and she's this week's Humane Society of West Alabama's Pet of the Week!

I spent years trying to figure out what I wanted to be when I grew up. Even as a grown-up, I still wasn’t sure I knew what I was supposed to be doing. I tried on many different hats, but they just didn’t seem to fit quite right. Only now, at 31, have I finally found the intersection of what I love to do and where I can use my strengths and talents.

What does summer mean to you? Hot days soaking in cool swimming pools, or lounging at the lake house? Trips to the beach, toes in the sand as the sounds of the waves relax you into oblivion?  

For some of us, we look forward to reading. We’re often so busy that we can’t get through even one novel we’ve been itching to read. We’re hoping that this will help give you some ideas on which books might suit your fancy as you lie on those beaches and swim in those pools.  

Summer is the loudest and most exciting season for movies, and this year doesn’t seem to give us a break for all the cacophony – not that we want one.  Actually, this year’s crop of sequels and kids’ movies looks to be a great deal of fun...

Did you know that life under the sea is better than anywhere on land? That’s according to a small crustacean named Sebastian the crab in Disney’s The Little Mermaid. Audiences will get to see for themselves, experiencing life under the sea as The Actor’s Charitable Theatre brings this musical to the Bama Theatre in downtown Tuscaloosa June 1-4.  

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

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!

When you have bits of cereal in your hair or you’re listening to the wails of a tiny person who refuses to get in the car, the term “Positive Parenting” may make you grit your teeth and roll your eyes.  

Governor Kay Ivey has issued a State of Emergency effective at 6:00 a.m. Sunday, May 27, for several Alabama counties in preparation for Subtropical Storm Alberto.This includes Tuscaloosa County.

Do you know an artist in need? Kentuck Art Center & Festival, in partnership with Tuscaloosa City Schools, is offering seven need-based scholarships to kids ages 8-12 for Imagination & Enrichment Summer Art Camp, instructed by Studio Artist Sydney Gruber. 

This gorgeous young lady is Thomasina, also known as Tommie, and she’s the Humane Society of West Alabama’s 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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