As part of President Obama’s Early Learning Initiative, the state of Alabama is participating in Early Head Start-Child Care (EHS-CC) Partnerships, which allows Early Head Start programs to partner with local child care centers, serving infants and toddlers from low-income families.

For the seventh consecutive year, Wells Fargo will team up with the University of Alabama and Auburn University football teams and Children’s of Alabama in its “Picks for Kids” campaign that will run throughout the 2017-18 football season. As part of the "Picks for Kids" campaign, Wells Fargo will donate $1,000 to Children's for each pass interception made by the Tide and Tigers.

For the first time in Alabama, regional and federal entities have joined forces to find solutions to reduce and eliminate the prospective employer/potential employee gap.

On Wed., Aug. 2, representatives from West AlabamaWorks!, which is state, grant and privately funded, joined with members from the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, which is federally funded, to form one united WIOA board. The meeting took place at Phifer Incorporated.

Say hi to little Rocky, a 4-year-old male Chihuahua/terrier mix. Rocky has a smooth reddish/brown and white coat and is small, weighing only 12 pounds. He is very lean and all legs right now, but could stand to gain a little weight. Rocky is such a sweet, friendly dog that really just wants to be with you and in your lap. He is not too hyper and will make a nice companion dog. 

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

City of Tuscaloosa Mayor Walt Maddox presented his recommendation for the fiscal year 2018 operating budgets at the City Council meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 22. The budgets include the general fund and the water and sewer fund.

The Alabama Veteran’s Reunion will take place on Aug. 26. This is the fourth year for the event, which honors all of Alabama’s veteran service members – and their families – with a day dedicated to them.  

According to Tuscaloosa Tourism and Sports’ Director of Tourism Development Bill Buchanan, the Veterans Reunion honors every hero in the state of Alabama – and more. 

Q: We both work a lot, and our pup, Baxter, is often home alone all day. Can you tell us a little bit about doggy daycare?

Doggy daycare is great, but it’s not for every dog. Doggy daycare is very beneficial for active dogs, working breed dogs and social type dogs. They can offer group playtime, one-on-one time with a staff member – and some offer boarding and baths/grooming as well.

Of the many ties Nick Saban has in the coaching world, Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Dirk Koetter isn’t one of them.

The two have never worked together and have met on the field only once — a 1995 game between Michigan State and Boston College, as Saban served in his first year as head coach of the Spartans while Koetter was the offensive coordinator for the Eagles. (In case you're wondering, Saban came out on top, 25-21.)

That being said, it's easy to see how the Alabama head coach could relate with his Tampa Bay counterpart.

In 2009, Dr. David Beito, a University of Alabama history professor, and his wife, Dr. Linda Royster Beito, released a book called “Black Maverick,” a biography about unsung civil rights pioneer Dr. Theodore Roosevelt Mason Howard.

The book received positive reviews, but, for the Beitos, a book wasn’t enough. Howard’s story needed to reach a wider audience.

In 2015, they attempted something they hadn’t done before: writing a screenplay about a part of Howard’s life they hoped would become a movie.

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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The City of Tuscaloosa and the Tuscaloosa County Park & Recreation Authority will present “Midday Moon Solar-bration,” a solar eclipse viewing event on Monday, Aug. 21, noon - 2 p.m. in Government Plaza located at 2106 6th Street. The event is free and open to the public.

Meet this week's Humane Society of West Alabama's Pet of the Week: Simba! Simba is one exceptionally playful kitten. His birthday is 3/17/16 and he just "graduated" to the young adult room.

The University of Alabama Libraries will celebrate the solar eclipse on Aug. 21 with free giveaways at four of its five branches.

The event, “Experience the Solar Eclipse,” will be held from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Gorgas Library, Bruno Business Library, Rodgers Library and McLure Education Library.

Tables will be set up at each library where staff will be giving away 1,200 eclipse glasses, Moon Pies, and Starburst and Milk Way candies.

No one wants to see their child laying in a hospital bed. When this unfortunate circumstance becomes a reality, many Tuscaloosa County residents choose Children's of Alabama in Birmingham.

To show support and care for children and families who find themselves at the country's third-largest pediatric hospital, the Tuscaloosa County Farmers Federation donated $2,000 to Children's of Alabama.

City of Tuscaloosa Mayor Walter Maddox has appointed Mark Fields as city clerk, effective Sept. 5.

Convenience and community: These are the two things that drove Black Warrior Brewing Company Co-Owner Eric Hull to create the concept of T-Town Market. The store opened in May, and Hull said he’s blown away by the community’s response.  

“So far, we have had a great reception from all our neighbors and have loved getting to know many of the people working at City Hall and the other businesses in the area,” said Hull.  

Michelle Higginbotham teaches ninth grade English, Creative Writing and Southern Literature at Sipsey Valley High School. Before transferring to Sipsey Valley, she taught at Tuscaloosa County High school for 11 years. Higginbotham began her teaching career in the fall of 1999. Since then, she’s tried to set a goal of making her lessons fun and engaging for her students.

Students all over Tuscaloosa are back in class now, but it's still summer - and with that, comes hot temperatures and the need to cool off - often, with a sweet treat. Sixth grade students of Holy Spirit Catholic School have making ice cream down to a science.

It’s almost time for the change in season, tailgate season that is – and Bama fans are already preparing for their game day tailgates and parties – on and off campus. 

Druid City Living (DCL) is Tuscaloosa, Alabama's premier community newspaper, covering the great people, places and activities of the area.