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Sandra is a 3-year-old, sweet tempered female tabby, and she's this week's Humane Society of West Alabama's Pet of the Week!

Q: Hi. I’ve been struggling a lot lately. I know I should see a therapist, but I’m so embarrassed. It just feels like I’m…weak somehow? I’ve even booked appointments with counselors, but I always cancel. Help!

Dear Struggling...

The Word Community Church, in partnership with the Association of the U.S. Army, West/Central Alabama chapter, hosted its first Military Appreciation Breakfast on Saturday, June 30, at their church in Northport.

Inspired by the aesthetics of the blockbuster Black Panther, the Paul R. Jones Museum takes a look at the Black Arts Movement of the 1960s and 70s and its inspirations in the art of Africa.

A West Tuscaloosa community health center wants to help fight type 2 diabetes in the community. Whatley Health Services has joined a no-cost, evidence-based diabetes prevention program to that end.

Head coach Dana Duckworth has announced the addition of All-American and NCAA regional champion Aja Sims to the Alabama gymnastics staff as a volunteer assistant coach.

The Miracle League of Tuscaloosa wrapped up its spring season on May 19 in a major way, with a slew of games, and a big celebration at The LeeAnna Grace Cunningham Field at Sokol Park North.

By Tori Linville 

Red, white and blue. "The Star-Spangled Banner." It wasn’t said, but you probably thought of the national holiday that is unlike any other of its kind. Millions of Americans celebrate the nations independence with barbeques, fireworks and more. Everyone knows the key to keeping a party going in the summer heat requires hydration. With the help of Pinterest, we’ve picked out some July 4 drinks that scream America while keeping the thirst quenched. 

Yes, Independence Day is a day to celebrate our nation's independence, and we tend to do this in big ways. Fireworks shows, huge gatherings in parks for cook-outs - or even just a backyard Fourth of July party in our own homes. Whatever you're doing this 4th, here's a burger recipe that is simple, quick and absolutely delicious! Enjoy, and have a safe and happy Fourth of July holiday.

Independence Day Barbecue Burgers 

Serves:  4

Ingredients

·      2 pounds ground beef

·      Dash salt and black pepper

·      4 slices bacon

·      1 onion, cut into 1/4 –inch thick rings

·      4 hamburger buns

·      4 slices cheddar cheese

·      ½ cup barbecue sauce of choice 

Directions

Create 4 evenly shaped burger patties.  Light grill and set on high heat. 

Place burgers on grill and cook until well charred (about 2 minutes).  Flip patties and brush with BBQ sauce.  Then cook for another 2 minutes, occasionally brushing on sauce.

Brush bacon with BBQ sauce and place directly over hot grill, sauce side down. Brush top with BBQ sauce.  Cook until well charred (about 1 minute).  And repeat after flipping. 

Place onions on grill for 20 seconds, then flip and repeat. 

If you prefer the buns to be toasted, place them on the hot grill until browned.

Assemble burger. 

School safety was the featured topic at the 2018 Education Summit, held June 21 at Hotel Capstone.

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! Happy Fourth of July from everyone here at DCL!

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.

Throughout childhood, children face changes at home and at school. These changes can be small and go unnoticed, or they can be life-changing. Beginning preschool or kindergarten is a transition that holds many changes for children. The importance of parents' involvement in their child’s transition from home to school cannot be stressed enough. With the support of a caring parent, this transition can be a positive experience for a child, giving him or her a sense of self-confidence and accomplishment.  Here are a few tips on helping your child make a successful transition from home to school:

On Wednesday, July 4th, Tuscaloosa kicks off its eighth annual Celebration on the River event. This free, family-friendly event features a performance by the Tuscaloosa Symphony Orchestra and a firework show over the Black Warrior River will be featured.   

Owen is a 3-4 year old male Labrador/terrier mix. He has the shiniest black coat - he could be in a shampoo commercial! And Owen is this week's Humane Society of West Alabama Pet of the Week!

So, the camping birthday party happened... and it was fabulous in the most boyish, "manly" way possible. Now that I’ve fully recovered, I’ve got some tips to share with you – five ways to have an amazing, camp-themed birthday party.  

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

Wandering around a thrift store is one of my favorite ways to pass some spare time. I love weaving in and out of the vendors’ booths searching for unexpected treasures. All things vintage appeal to me. I find myself curious about what road the old stuff must have traveled before it landed on the shelves of the second-hand stores. Two things I’m always on the hunt for are blue and white ceramics and milk glass. 

Hi there! I’m Kathryn, and here’s how I use the vintage milk glass I collect.  

Theatre Tuscaloosa’s 2018-2019 season “We Go Together” will feature three plays, two musicals, the Alabama Community Theatre Festival, a one-week showing of A Christmas Carol, and two SecondStage productions.

Tiffany Turner feels inspired by her kindergarten students at Maxwell Elementary School to be the person they need – whether that is an educator, a comforter, an advocate, or a support system.  

June is Potty Training Awareness Month. When it’s time to ditch the diapers, we want to help you make it a smooth transition. Check out some potty training tips below:

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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