Hi, DCL readers! It’s me, Liz. I swear I haven’t gone away forever – but life is busy. However, I do take time out for chocolate. Did the headline alone get your attention? Thought so. Yep, this is an actual thing that’s happening here in Tuscaloosa this week. You can eat chocolate *and* help Family Counseling Service at the same time. Win/Win.

If you are looking for ways to enjoy the southern spring weather with your four-legged best friend, mark your calendar for the 5th Annual Bark in the Park. With everything from live music to a pet photo booth, organizers say this annual event will be just as fun for your dog as it is for you.

The Tuscaloosa Community Dancers’ annual production of The Nutcracker is always a community favorite, but the organization is about much more, year-round. Recently, TCD teamed up with the Boys & Girls Club of West Alabama for an outreach program, and this weekend, the group will hold its second annual Ballet & Brunch fundraising event. 

An Evening of Arts ‘n Autism, an annual event benefiting Arts ‘n Autism, will be held this Thursday, November 16 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Harrison Galleries at 2315 University Blvd. in downtown Tuscaloosa.

Soroptimist International of Tuscaloosa is gearing up for its annual fundraiser benefiting the Priority Veteran program. Just in time for Veterans Day, “More Cash, More Cans, and Another Great Band” will be held on Thursday, Nov. 9, at Band of Brothers Brewery beginning at 7 p.m. Soroptimist International of Tuscaloosa will be collecting donations of $5 or five non-perishable canned food items for entry into the event.  

Area residents who want to help support the DCH Breast Cancer Fund will have a chance to do so by participating in a trio of upcoming “Play Pink” fundraising events hosted by The DCH Foundation.

Six NCAA championships. Four-time NCAA Coach of the Year. While those are accomplishments beyond measure, they’re in the rearview mirror now for the United Way of West Alabama’s 2017 Campaign Chairwoman, Sarah Patterson. 

Habitat for Humanity will host its Vets for Vets event on Friday, Aug. 11 at 6 p.m. in the Hotel Capstone ballroom. The event is dedicated to Tuscaloosa’s local veterans who set aside their free time to assist with their fellow veterans’ home repairs. 

Tuscaloosa’s streets will sizzle on Saturday, July 29, as the 2017 Hot Hundred Bicycle Ride kicks off at 7 a.m. The hottest ride in the south will start at the University of Alabama’s Outdoor Pool Complex, and riders will choose whether they want to face a 29, 36, 52, 71 or 103 mile ride. 

The ride is organized to raise funds for mental health in partnership with the Tuscaloosa Mental Health Alliance. Since its beginning, the ride has only grown bigger with each passing year.

Tee Time is coming at Tall Pines Golf Course in Tuscaloosa, as Child Abuse Prevention Services, or CAPS, holds its 24th Annual Night Light Golf Tournament on Aug. 18. The four-person scramble is unique, in that it allows participants to play in the dark. Nine holes are played in the afternoon, and nine at night.  

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