Last fall, Theatre Tuscaloosa requested original script submissions from Alabama natives and/or current Alabama residents from which to select One Acts to bring to SecondStage to perform in celebration of World Theatre Day and Alabama’s Bicentennial. Theatre Tuscaloosa has selected seven scripts to turn into production and present at the end of March. A Festival of One Acts, which opens on March 27 – World Theatre Day – will celebrate Alabama’s Bicentennial with a variety of plays that all have subjects related to Alabama over the last 200 years.  

Looking for new ways to help your young child become a better eater? How about putting them to work in the kitchen?

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.

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Enjoy your week, T-Town!

Callie, almost two years old, will melt your heart in an instant. This stunning cat is this week's Humane Society of West Alabama Pet of the Week!

I was headed to school recently, and for the first time in a while, I realized I wasn’t rushing during my half-hour commute to collect my son. You see, I like to ensure that Im in the pickup line before the principal conducts her mandatory inspection of the “on time” parents before sending out the children whom she knows matches the vehicles in line. My child will not be the one traumatized by being the last kiddo picked up from school.  

What caused me to slow down?  

Hannah Brown of Northport is the new bachelorette on ABC’s hit show. The announcement was made on the Tuesday, March 12 episode of After the Final Rose as the network’s latest Bachelor season wrapped up.

Every couple, it seems, has this discussion: Where do you want to eat tonight? We’re all after the best place to enjoy a great meal. As one of the newest eateries in Tuscaloosa, Half Shell Oyster House is a strong contender.  

Tuscaloosa Mayor Walt Maddox has proposed a 1-cent increase in sales tax for a plan he calls “Elevate Tuscaloosa.” 

If approved, Maddox’s proposal would bring the city’s sales tax up to 10 percent. Maddox said the 1-cent sales tax increase, which will occur over the next three decades, could generate as much a $250 million in funding for education, recreation, and transportation. 

It was mid-winter, 1892, and an illness known as lagrippe was exacting a grim toll in the Tuscaloosa area. The term “lagrippe derives from an old French verb meaning to seize or grasp and was then used to describe what is now called influenza, or simply, “flu.” 

When abolitionist, dress reformer, and suffragette Dr. Mary Edwards Walker first strode onto a battlefield with her surgeon’s bag in 1862, it was as a civilian volunteer who had been denied official Union Army enlistment again and again. By the end of 1865, she was the only woman ever awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor.

Shelton State Community College’s Bass Fishing Sports Club is making the sport’s inaugural year at the College a success.  The team is currently ranked 11th in the nation.

Here’s wishing all our Druid City Living readers a great week, filled with all kinds of outstanding local events. Happy Spring Break, everyone! Given that a lot of people are on vacation, this week’s calendar is a bit thin. But regardless, 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!

A child's life is full of firsts. First steps, first words, first tooth and for parents who enjoy eating out we can add a child's first meals at a restaurant. For preschoolers, ages 3 to 5, the meals may be small but there are big lessons to learn about lifelong healthy dining habits.

If there is any one element that has kept the Marvel Cinematic Universe constantly inventive and entertaining over the past 10 years, it’s that the films, for the most part, have been relatively simple. Not simple-minded, just unburdened – the plots are thin enough that they get out of the character’s way. This has been my defense of this series all along. Unfortunately, this is a credit that I cannot give to Captain Marvel. Here is a relatively entertaining movie burdened by an unwieldy plot that writers Ryan Fleck, Anna Boden, and Geneva Robertson-Dwore are never quite able to get under control.

Meet the PreK Pals! These kids are fantastic, and they’re the stars of a new column in Druid City Living. Alicia Jenne’, a veteran teacher of little people, is the PreK Pals Lead Teacher for PreK#1 at Rock Quarry Elementary School and our inquisitive “reporter” – asking the hard-hitting questions that we all want to know the answers to. 

This month, the spotlight is squarely on David and Connelly. With spring break just around the corner, we want to know… 

Victoria Whitehead, a freshman at Holy Spirit Catholic High School in Tuscaloosa, will be traveling to Phoenix, Arizona the week of May 12th to compete at the ITEL International Science and Engineering Fair with her project “G-Force: Angles Helping Pilots Go Faster.”

Sugar and spice and everything nice -- that certainly describes Miss Sophie! And this lovely lady is the Humane Society of West Alabama Pet of the Week. Congrats, Sophie!

So far this year, it feels like we’ve all been in hibernation longer than usual. March, however, often comes in like a lion – and it’s a month full of huge breakthroughs (some explosive and some peaceful).   

The EDGE, an $11.7 million high-tech facility designed to support entrepreneurial collaboration and innovation in west Alabama, held its grand opening on Feb. 6.  

I hope that you have had a moment in recent weeks to review my plan to Elevate Tuscaloosa. I believe this is the most important proposal I have made in my 13 years serving as your mayor. We are in rapidly changing times as local and national forces are reshaping our economic landscape in Tuscaloosa. History demonstrates that it is in the good times that we must aspire to be great.  

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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