Hi all, Derek here, your very favorite curmudgeonly columnist. At the moment, I’m slammed with work as PRIDE gets ready for Girl Talk 2 (Apr. 7! Tell your friends!) – so I’d like to introduce Megan Princewill, who was kind enough to step in for me this month. I’ll be back and bellyaching next month.  

Downtown Tuscaloosa will offer visitors some surprises when “Tuscaloosa Through the Years,” the Tuscaloosa County Preservation Society 2019 tour, takes place on Saturday, April 27, and Sunday April 28. 

Meet the PreK Pals! These kids are fantastic, and they’re the stars of this column. Alicia Jenne’, a veteran teacher of little people, is the PreK Pals Lead Teacher for PreK#1 at Rock Quarry Elementary School and our inquisitive “reporter” – asking the hard-hitting questions everyone wants answers to.   

This month, the spotlight is squarely on PreK students Rhodes, Audrey, Alyssa, and Mills. This month, we all want to know… 

How do you know when it’s spring?  

You can never take for granted the status of your relationship with another person. Without continual maintenance and acknowledgement, relationships become weaker over time. The relationships that are most valuable to us require frequent, perhaps even daily, confirmation that they are important.   

Everyone’s familiar with the saying, “Those who forget the past are doomed to repeat it.” Dr. Scott Bridges of Tuscaloosa is not going to let that happen. When Dr. Bridges moved to Tuscaloosa in July 1979, the first thing he learned about this area is how hot it can be. It was 100 degrees or hotter that day – and for the next 17 days. The next major thing he learned came on day 17, when he opened the newspaper to see a headline announcing the KKK march occurring downtown.  

When children build together, they experience teamwork and develop their social and early literacy skills. Grab some materials and create!

Here’s wishing all our Druid City Living readers a great week, filled with all kinds of outstanding local events. Remember to get out, get involved, and above all: have fun.

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Dr. Brenda Gibson was recognized as one of only 40 teachers worldwide to earn the Teacher Excellence Award at the recent annual conference of the International Technology and Engineering Educator Association (ITEEA).

Dr. Gibson is employed with the Tuscaloosa City School System at Northridge High School, where she teaches business marketing education.

Meet Sam! He’s a talker and a beauty, and he’s the Humane Society of West Alabama’s Pet of the Week!

I’ll be honest: I am someone who rarely doesn’t have my phone within arm’s reach. It’s my alarm clock, my morning radio, and it even plays white noise while I’m falling asleep. I literally use it day and night. I check emails for work, text friends and co-workers, and call my husband to discuss what’s for dinner. I’d be lying if I didn’t admit to using it way too often to check Facebook and Instagram.  

The Exchange Club of Tuscaloosa honored Law Enforcement Officers of the Year at its Feb. 28 meeting at Indian Hills Country Club.

The Tuscaloosa City Council voted down Mayor Walt Maddox’s proposed 1-cent sales tax increase at a city council meeting on March 5. 

The plan, Elevate Tuscaloosa, was originally proposed as a $250 million plan that would fund recreation, education, and transportation in the city over the next decade. Despite a number of meetings, where members of the council and community gave counter-proposals to Maddox’s plan, the city council voted to kill the proposal with a vote of 4-3. 

When it comes to beloved children’s characters, Shrek is often near the top of the list. Now, this beloved ogre is set to come to life on stage locally, thanks to the Tuscaloosa Children’s Theatre.  

April is the Month of the Young Child.  It’s derived from the Week of the Young Child, which will be April 8-12. There are five different themes, and we will share them with you along with activities you can do with your child all month long to encourage learning through every day experiences. 

Tasty Tuesday isn’t just about eating your favorite snacks together. It’s also about cooking together and connecting math with literacy skills and science while introducing ways to incorporate healthy habits into children’s lifestyles. Use the tips below to get started.

Here’s wishing all our Druid City Living readers a great week, filled with all kinds of outstanding local events. Remember to get out, get involved, and above all: 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!

In a new twist to an old favorite, the Lance Hocutt Financial Group will partner their annual Family Fun event with Druid City Music Festival, and they will add a Battle of the Bands as a new wrinkle to celebrate their ninth year.

This big baby is Fisher, an 8 ½ year old male Labrador retriever. Fisher is the Humane Society of West Alabama's Pet of the Week!

Spring brings creativity to life, in the ground, on the trees, and with flowers bursting forth to get us out of our winter rut. In Northport and Tuscaloosa, the first weekend of April brings artists out to share their creativity. Galleries pull out all the stops with catering, bands, and cultural stimulation.  

If you hope to have a movie night this week, here are some excellent choices. Pop the popcorn, get the drinks ready, and prepare to be entertained - or not.

Just in time for spring planting, the George Wood Chapter of the Alabama Wildflower Society (AWS) is holding its 40th annual plant sale on Saturday, April 6, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Kentuck Center courtyard in downtown Northport.  

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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