In recent months, I’ve discussed the City of Tuscaloosa’s budget and its lackluster revenue growth. One of the byproducts of this anemic growth is not being able to invest in longer-term assets that City departments need to operate.

This super cool looking dog is Buster, and he’s the Humane Society of West Alabama’s pet of the week. Buster is a 10-month to 1-year-old male corgi (or Bassett hound)/terrier mix. Just look at that adorable face!

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

By the time summer rolled around each year, the only things left in my trick-or-treat pillowcase at the base of my closet were a few rolls of Smarties and a bunch of empty wrappers.

Our area offers no shortage of great Halloween events and fall festivals, and this year, Lake Lurleen State Park is getting in on the fun. The “Trick or Treat” event at Lake Lurleen is set for this Saturday, Oct. 28 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

I have recently been introduced to an app called "Nextdoor." It’s a private social network for your own neighborhood. A bit intrusive I thought at first, but then I jumped right in. I can pretty much see the dynamics of every family around me – which I guess means they can see me. 

The City of Tuscaloosa has launched a completely redesigned Tuscaloosa.com website. The new site went online on Wednesday, Oct. 25. According to city officials, the website is much more than a visual overhaul. It focuses on users and what they need – not on how City Hall is departmentally organized.

Kayla Boone-Davis may not have been teaching as long as most of her co-workers, but there is no doubt she has already made her mark. This will be her third year teaching first grade at Flatwoods Elementary School.

Halloween treats are a must if you’re planning on attending any gatherings in coming days. I thought I’d offer up a couple of different options, including a healthier option, a Candy Corn Treat that’s oh-so-simple to make and really cute. But really, this Pumpkin Torte Cake will be the crown jewel of your Halloween party. It’s rich, sweet, elegant and festive. Enjoy your spooky holiday and bon appétit!

Fall in Tuscaloosa is remarkable sight. And in addition to the plethora of pumpkin spice lattes, and the stunning autumn colors beginning to burst from the trees, there are also some great Halloween destinations you don’t want to miss this month. 

Whether you’re into the spooky frights – like a tour of Tuscaloosa’s most haunted places – or you just want to enjoy a crisp fall day picking pumpkins, these are some of the best places for families to enjoy fall fun in the area.

Five of the area’s most distinguished residents were honored by being inducted into the Tuscaloosa County Civic Hall of Fame on Oct. 19.

The 46th Annual Kentuck Festival of the Arts was held Oct. 21 and 22 at Kentuck Park. The annual festival drew thousands to Northport to enjoy the sights and sounds of one of the South's premiere art fairs. Hundreds of folk, visionary and contemporary artists and craftspeople presented their work. Many of the artists offered live demonstrations as well.

A portable fire extinguisher can save lives and property by putting out a small fire or containing it until the fire department arrives; but portable extinguishers have limitations. Because fire grows and spreads so rapidly, the number one priority for residents is to get out safely.

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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This gorgeous cream tabby is Noel. She arrived at the Humane Society of West Alabama when her owner went into hospice care. Noel is this week’s HSWA Pet of the Week.

This is it. You’ve found the fuzziest, cutest, most-embarrassing-13-years-from-now costume for your Little. Or maybe you’ve lost sleep as you’ve scrolled aimlessly through social media for ideas … which lead to more ideas … which obviously lead to finding and obsessing over instructions for your first DIY costume project. Oy vey! 

It’s been called the “best one-hour workout in the country,” and now Orangetheory Fitness is making its mark in Tuscaloosa. Though Orangetheory Fitness has been in T-Town for less than a year, its popularity has spread like wildfire. According to studio coach Danielle Johnson, it’s all in the science of their workouts. 

Fall is officially here, though in Alabama, we don’t usually experience the “traditional” crisp autumn evenings. Still, this time of year, I always crave hearty fare – and this Crock Pot beef stew is perfect. It’s also a huge time saver, since I’m sure we’re all constantly on the go this time of year. And, if you’ve got a crew over watching the football game, this street corn dip is a huge crowd pleaser.  

Getting to know the artists is one of the charms of the Kentuck Festival of the Arts. Well, that and sitting under the pine trees, listening to music, surrounded by beautiful art while enjoying great food. For the artists, it is not only a chance to meet with collectors and share their art, but also a time to enjoy spending time with old friends and basking in the special charisma of the annual art festival. This year's festival takes place this weekend, Oct. 21-22, at Kentuck Park in Northport.

Head Start/Early Head Start, a division of Community Service Programs of West Alabama (CSP), Inc. follows the national requirement of reserving and serving 10 percent of its enrollment to include children with disabilities; including but not limited to physical, hearing, visual, emotional, speech and health impairments. 

Head Start staff work with local school districts and community agencies to make sure that the special needs of all children are met. Within 45 days of enrollment into the program, each child will complete developmental, speech and language, hearing and vision screenings. 

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