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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. 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!

Luke Standeffer, senior vice president of the DCH Health System and administrator of Northport Medical Center, was recently named chair-elect of the Alabama Hospital Association (AlaHA). The election was made at the Association’s annual meeting.

Whataburger has opened its doors to the second Tuscaloosa restaurant, located near the University of Alabama campus at 13th Street and McFarland Boulevard. The restaurant, which is open 24/7, officially opened this week.

Tux is a big, beautiful 5-year-old cat! He's also this week's Humane Society of West Alabama's Pet of the Week. Congrats, Tux!

Although it has been happening since the beginning of time, it seems these days that more life-threatening events have been happening around us.

We are no longer able to calmly sit in a diner ("Face the door," a policeman told me recently). At concerts, we now anticipate what "might happen" as we try to embrace the music.

Luke Bryan's "People are Good" is a recent song that resonates in my mind as I write this. We can find good people all around. 

And the burger bash continues! Last month, I shared a few of my favorite burgers with you, but now I’ve got more. Don’t think for a minute that this next batch isn’t worthy of being celebrated. To be honest, this pregnant foodie has had a selfish agenda of meticulously tasting all the best burgers that Tuscaloosa has to offer… you can thank me later. 

The City of Tuscaloosa will hold an open house this Thursday, June 21, 3-6 p.m. at City Hall in the Daugherty Conference Room to discuss proposed updates to the City’s business license structure.

The Bama Belle Riverboat will be rocking during an upcoming fundraiser to help support the efforts to protect the Black Warrior River watershed. This Thursday, June 21 from 6-9 p.m., Black Warrior Riverkeeper and Hurricane Creekkeeper will share a joint fundraiser on the Black Warrior River. 

It’s part concert, part storytelling, and for Tuscaloosa, it’s an event that is the first of its kind. 

The inaugural Druid City Songwriters Festival will be held June 21-24 in downtown Tuscaloosa and will feature more than 40 songwriters. 

“It’s a new type of event that we are bringing to the area,” said Megan McMillan, a local songwriter who is organizing the festival. 

Here are eight things you can do every day to help your child learn your family’s language and become successful in school:

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. 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!

Say hi to Gus, a handsome 2-year-old male Labrador/terrier mix.This handsome dog is the Humane Society of West Alabama's Pet of the Week!

We have all heard the phrase, “If you don’t like the current weather, just wait awhile, it will change.” True, true! And it’s those changes that we need to pay attention to.

Welcome to summer! We've skipped spring and entered directly into humidity heaven. Let the sweat commence!

I typically use this space of beautiful, contextual prose to try and enlighten lives in our community, or to make fun of myself, as a reminder that we are all humorously flawed individuals. 

But not today. Today, you get a mild rant… fueled by ongoing frustration. And I bet you can guess what it concerns before you proceed. 

For many of us, a babysitting gig was our first job. Training for the position is important, for the sitters and for the parents’ peace of mind. How can young people who want to land a great babysitting job get the necessary training they need?

The DCH Health System will help young teens be better babysitters through Safe Sitter classes offered this month.

On Thursday, June 14, a special celebration marking the U.S. Army’s 243rd birthday will be held. The event is free and open to the public. The event includes a special cake cutting by Korean Army Veteran Leroy McAbee, Sr.

A sharp succession of shots rang out, and a gray clad figure fell. It was February of 1883, and two cadets were fighting a pistol duel on the porch of Woods Hall on the University of Alabama campus. The integrity of a young woman had been questioned, and a challenge was issued in defense of her honor. Cadet William Alston of Selma succumbed to wounds inflicted by Cadet H. K. Harrison. Over a year later, Harrison was found not guilty of murder.

It is full season on Lake Tuscaloosa for making memories with family and friends on the water. 

City of Tuscaloosa Mayor Walt Maddox has appointed Randy Smith as chief of the Tuscaloosa Fire and Rescue Service, and he believes Smith will be a “fantastic asset” to the city of Tuscaloosa.

You can help your child’s language skills by talking, reading, and singing with him or her every day. It’s easy to do and can make a big difference in how your child learns and grows!  It’s never too early to start talking, reading, and singing with your baby. 

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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