On March 5, the Council defeated the Elevate Tuscaloosa plan which would have eliminated the city’s share of grocery tax and addressed three looming challenges on the horizon. The decline of the retail economy, The University of Alabama reaching its peak in student enrollment, and the severe workforce shortages in Tuscaloosa are serious obstacles we will face in the coming years. I am disappointed, but hopefully this is a beginning, not an end. Now it is the Council’s turn to lead, and I look forward to working with them. 

Tuscaloosa’s rich culture of art and music is well-represented through the Druid City Arts Festival. The annual spring event has become so popular, organizers opted to expand it to two days, for an even greater cultural experience.  

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. 

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!

You may be familiar with many Bible stories but have you heard them in song form? Come take a listen as The Actor’s Charitable Theatre brings several biblical stories to life and breaks them down in song with the musical, Godspell, in its recently renovated black box theater (The ACT’s Studio Theatre) April 5-15.

This gorgeous diva is Billie Jean, and she's the Humane Society of West Alabama's Pet of the Week!

Readers: PRIDE has a very important event coming up, so I’ve asked Nicole Hall, Prevention Coordinator for PRIDE of Tuscaloosa, to tell you about it. Enjoy! – Derek 

What happens when you have an event that gets incredible feedback and multiple requests to do it again next year? We do it again.  

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

Dr. Kimberly Pate comes from a family of teachers that reaches back four generations. After a long career in law, Pate brought her knowledge and natural teaching ability to Tuscaloosa’s Sipsey Valley High School.  

I’m finally diving in and cooking with the Instant Pot. Where has this thing been all my life?! If you’ve got one, you know: this gizmo is a game changer. I’m having a blast discovering new recipes, and it really doesn’t get much easier than these teriyaki chicken tenders. Enjoy!

Tuscaloosa has become home to a lot of movers and shakers over the last 200 years. To mark the occasion, the City of Tuscaloosa tasked the Tuscaloosa Bicentennial Commission with planning a year-long celebration of the rich history and exciting future of our great city. This month’s big happening is a free concert event.  

It's a big week for DVD movie releases, and DCL's Jerry Roberts gives us the run down on our choices...

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!

Physical activity is important during every stage of life, even infancy. For example, activity can encourage rolling over, crawling, and walking, as well as cognitive development. And, it can lead to a preference for active play.

At its March 14 meeting at Indian Hills Country Club, the Exchange Club of Tuscaloosa recognized winners of its essay contest.  Fourth graders from five elementary schools submitted essays on “What America means to me.” Each winner received a certificate and a cash prize.
Cute, cute, cute! That's Miss Mixie. This beauty is the Humane Society of West Alabama Pet of the Week!

I was lucky enough to take several local students to camp this summer in Georgia. Most of these girls went to different schools and had not met before piling in my van and leaving for camp. We watched movies, laughed, and tried to bond during the four-hour adventure to the middle of nowhere in central Georgia.  

The City of Tuscaloosa is hoping to showcase the arts throughout the downtown community with the help of a newly formed Public Art Committee. 

The City Council recently passed a proposal for the committee and guidelines for the usage of public art. According to the proposal, the committee will manage the “selection, placement, maintenance, relocation, and deaccessioning” of public art in Tuscaloosa. The committee will have eight representatives from the arts community, business community, and the City of Tuscaloosa. 

Every human being has a deep-seated need for affirmation. We need to feel that we belong, that we are valuable, and that we contribute something meaningful to the lives of others. That is what makes encouragement such a powerful force in helping bond friendships, marriages, families, and even our relationships with co-workers, neighbors, and others we encounter.   

One of my favorite accessories in any room is a pretty little foot stool. Small stools look neat tucked away under a table or positioned at the end of a sofa or loveseat, holding books and magazines. I recently found one at Skyland Antique Mall and gave it some new life. It turned out better than I thought it would, and it’s probably one of my favorite DIY projects of last year.  

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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