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This week offers plenty of opportunities to get out and enjoy everything our area has to offer. From the Citywide Prayer Rally for Peace and Unity (Monday), to the Shrimpfest and BBQ for Eagles’ Wings and T-Town Trade Daze this weekend, there are so many things to see and do.

Enjoy your week, T-Town.

Alabama Quilts: Monday, Aug. 1 (through Sept. 30), The Gorgas House Museum, University of Alabama campus. This selection of historic Alabama quilts is from the collections of the UA Department of Human and Environmental Science. The exhibit is included in the cost of regular admission ($2). For more information, contact Lydia Joffray at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Tuscaloosa Citywide Prayer Rally for Peace and Unity: Monday, Aug. 1, 6:30 p.m. Bethel Baptist Church, Tuscaloosa. Churches throughout Tuscaloosa, Northport and surrounding areas are coming together for this event. Tuscaloosa Mayor Walt Maddox will also be on hand.

32nd Annual National Night Out: Aug. 2, 6 to 8 p.m. Sokol Park, Tuscaloosa. Come out and show support for local law enforcement agencies and the officers who serve the community. Enjoy free food, drinks and get the chance to meet representatives from numerous area law enforcement!

Kentuck Art Night in downtown Northport: Thursday, Aug. 4, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. This monthly celebration of art and artists is free to the public. Enjoy live music, pop-up shops from local vendors, demonstrations by Kentuck studio artists, and more. For more information, visit kentuck.org/art-night. 

It is soon time to head back to school. In the whirl of excitement, stores offer back to school sales for clothes and supplies offered in preparation for that first day of school. In the midst of getting children ready for school, parents must also look at their role to help make this a great year. Leading experts all agree that the the home environment is the greatest predictor of a child’s success in school.  So, parents, how do you rate?

The City of Tuscaloosa is temporarily extending some service hours and tactically placing additional resources like dumpsters to meet increased demand as area college students return for the fall semester.

University of Alabama Director of Athletics Bill Battle announced today that he has completed the latest in a series of treatments for multiple myeloma, and reports that he feels great and looks forward to returning to work on a limited basis at the University very soon.

After two days of interviewing candidates, the Tuscaloosa City Board of Education made its decision on Wednesday night: Dr. Michael J. Daria is the system’s 13th superintendent.

By Romel Gibson 

My family loves to go to Snow Hinton Park to climb the space-net web to the 38 foot tube slide. We’ve been there several times. My nine year old daughter climbs the net with ease. Her five year old sister had been eager to climb it ever since its construction. The only problem is that at her age, my wife and I had been reluctant to allow her to. I’ve even said, “Letting her climb this net is not good parenting. I’ve climbed it, and I know that there are certain areas that will greatly challenge her.” I told my daughter, “If you fall and hurt yourself, it would be hard for me to forgive myself.” Nonetheless, she continued to insist that we give her a chance.  

The search for the new Tuscaloosa City Schools superintendent is on, and interviews with four candidates are now set for next week at the Tuscaloosa Career & Technology Academy. The public is invited to attend all interviews.

It's important to give children lots of opportunities to be physically active by running, jumping, climbing and exploring their world.  Being physically active every day is important for the healthy growth and development of babies, toddlers and preschoolers. The possibilities are endless; children will enjoy exercise if you introduce it early and often. Go out and play. Have fun as a family!

This week offers plenty of great opportunities to get out and enjoy all that our great city has to offer. These are just a few of them – 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!

Bama Art House Films Presents “High Rise”: July 12, 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $8 general, $7 for students and seniors, $6 for Arts Council members. Box office opens at 6:30 p.m. For more information, call (205) 758-5195 or visit bamatheatre.org. 

Puppet Arts Theatre’s “The Princess & the Pea”: July 14, 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Dinah Washington Cultural Arts Center, downtown Tuscaloosa. These two free shows offer a fast-paced introduction to puppetry. Seating is limited and reservations are required; call Arts Council of Tuscaloosa Executive Director Sandra Wolfe at (205) 758-5195 ext. 3 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for reservations. 

The Green Scene Movie “Cars 2”: July 15, 1 p.m. City of Tuscaloosa’s Environmental Services Department, Richard A. Curry Jr. Complex. TES is hosting this free kids’ movie series, which includes a free bag of popcorn and refreshments provided by Coca-Cola. Adults must accompany children under 16; guests are asked to limit to five children per supervising adult. For more information, contact Tuscaloosa 311 or call the Environmental Services Department at 205-248-4900.

A wastewater leak in Northport on Saturday, July 2, left emergency crews scrambling to make temporary repairs. The wastewater main break happened on 5th Street near downtown Northport.

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