Do you choose your friends, or do you your friends choose you? 

That debate has gone on for years, and I don’t think I seriously formed an opinion about it until I started doing Campus Life 10 years ago. As we have discussed a wide range of topics with students over the years, friendship has certainly been a recurring theme. Now that my own children are coming of age, the topic means even more to me.   

Ever wonder what a restaurant owner eats when they’re not at their own establishment? I’ve talked to several T-town foodies over the past few months, but I knew it was time to talk to someone that our foodies rave about. 

Tuscaloosa’s own Craig Williams was kind enough to entertain my questions despite his demanding role as owner of Avenue Pub and Central Mesa. He had some outstanding recommendations for excellent local dishes to try at restaurants in downtown Tuscaloosa. 

Each August, I pull out my calendar and try to rein in my activities. I always look forward to a fresh new one. Now is the time. I tend to over-complicate things, creating my own dated calendar each season tailored to my personal goals and my moving target of a work schedule. 

The clock is ticking, counting down to a weekend packed with musical talent that will take over downtown Tuscaloosa. Forty different bands will perform across 20 downtown-venues Friday night, Aug. 23, with a main event in Government Plaza on Saturday, Aug. 24 for the first Druid City Music Festival. One wristband will get you access to all venues on both days where you will get to hear artists perform a variety of music in all types of locations. Whatever your music preference, whatever your venue preference, there will be something for everyone. 

This is a great chance for folks in Tuscaloosa to be exposed to several different genres of music with one ticket,” said Megan McMillan. “It’s got the potential to be a game changer for the music scene in town as long as the community supports it.”  

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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.

Dodger is one of those dogs you just have to meet in person to see how cool looking he is. This gorgeous pup is the Humane Society of West Alabama's Pet of the Week!

With a son going into first grade this fall, my husband and I are learning quite a bit about options. Should our Little buy hot lunch, or bring a lunchbox from home? Do we feel safe with him riding the school bus? Should we come straight home and start our evening as a family early, or allow him to spend a few days after school participating in extended enrichment activities? Also, if we do decide on said enrichment activities, how often should we participate, should we stick to what our Little likes, or try something we think will be more beneficial in the long term?

Whew. 

With school right around the corner, I’m navigating through these decisions, and I’ve reached a few possible conclusions. 

Holy Spirit High School student Claire Laubenthal and her mother, Katherine, had the opportunity to travel to Ghana with the Tuscaloosa Sister Cities International Delegation over the summer. There, they visited the cities of Sunyani and Techiman with a delegation of 12 adults and 5 students from the Tuscaloosa area 

Katherine Laubenthal says the goodwill tour was an incredibly unique opportunity. 

“I believe the most important aspect of our trip was experiencing the history and culture of Ghana first-hand.”  

It was a cool clear autumn day, but as noon approached, the sunlight dimmed. A little past one it became totally dark, the stars shone brightly, “chickens went to roost, and the cows came home.” The darkness lasted about two minutes before the sun began to gradually reappear. Seventeen-year-old E. A. Powell stood in awe as he witnessed the total eclipse of November 30, 1834.  

This year’s Sidewalk Film Festival is just a few days away. This year promises, as always, some great films but this year in particular has some choice selections that might interest you.

According to the Center for Disease Control, over 60 percent of Americans suffer from a chronic health condition. That means the majority of people have had to adapt to some physical limitations in their daily lives. When these conditions have a significant impact on our quality of life, it can become a daily struggle to maintain a positive attitude, to sustain relationships, and continue to find joy in our activities. Here are some tips on managing these challenges. 

Did you just get an Instant Pot during Amazon Prime Days? Looking for some new recipe ideas to make the most of your new gizmo? This balsamic pork tenderloin is a snap – and a classic. You’ll find yourself coming back to it over and over again, trust me.  

And for those days when you really need to relax with an adult beverage (Hello, back to school!), whip up this fun, refreshing and spicy blackberry-orange margarita. All margaritas are great, but this one has an extra kick. 

Bon Appetit!   

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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.

On Aug. 15, The Tuscaloosa County Preservation Society Annual Awards Recognition Ceremony will begin at 6:30 p.m. at the Jemison Van De Graaff Mansion. Four local residents will be honored for their dedicated work toward helping the Society accomplish its goal of offering residents and visitors a look at Tuscaloosa’s history through local architecture.

This adorable munchkin is Missy! She was rescued from the streets (which is why her left ear is tipped) but she is not even remotely feral.This beauty is the Humane Society of West Alabama's Pet of the Week!

Ugly Dolls is a bright and colorful time-killer for the kids that has a very timely idea. Why not make a kid’s movie that emphasizes the message that we’re all beautiful in our own special way? That’s a nice idea, but no one involved in the film’s creative process really had any intentions of moving any further than that. What we have here is a movie whose intention is to sell merchandise – a line of cute/ugly dolls of all sizes and shapes. 

Tuscaloosa’s One Place, A Family Resource Center (TOP) has launched the public phase of a $1 million capital campaign in conjunction with their 20th Anniversary celebration. The “Families Helping Families” campaign will support the purchase and renovation of the new building.  Families Helping Families is driven by two local families, Dave and Jenny Pass and Chris and Allison Gunter.  

The PARA Foundation has announced a lead gift partnership with the Nick’s Kids Foundation in support of the Tuscaloosa All-Inclusive Playground (TAPP). The gift was announced at the annual Nick’s Kids Foundation Luncheon on Thursday, August 1. The first phase of TAPP will be named after the Nick’s Kid’s Foundation.

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