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The Community Foundation of West Alabama’s fall grant cycle is happening now, and grant applications are available. The applications for community grants are available for 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations, and they must be postmarked no later than October 1.

If you remember watching Star Trek the first time it ran on your pre-digital TV, or playing Twister until it hurt, or absolutely delighting in the newest baby care product, Pampers, then you remember 1966. 

That same year, one of Tuscaloosa’s oldest historic buildings, the Old Tavern, was moved from the area between what are now the two downtown bridges, to its present location at the end of University Blvd. at Capitol Park. It is also the year the Tuscaloosa County Preservation Society became the recognized local entity to advocate for historic preservation, thanks to the culmination of the work and determination of the then Tuscaloosa Historic Society. 

Tuscaloosa residents who want to discuss plans and concerns with Mayor Walt Maddox will have several opportunities to do just that over the coming weeks and months. Maddox will hold five public meetings outside of City Hall this fall, continuing the Mayor’s Morning Out and Mayor’s Night Out series.

Each month, Druid City Living brings you all the best in business happenings throughout the Tuscaloosa and Northport areas. From new business openings to special milestone anniversaries, read on to find out more.

The Chamber of Commerce of West Alabama will host a series of candidate forums for the upcoming Northport municipal elections. This event is free and open to the public.

Gov. Robert Bentley is calling for a special session of the Alabama Legislature to create a state lottery to help solve what he calls a state funding crisis. Bentley made the announcement in a video posted to his official website on Wednesday, July 27.  

The delicious adventures of Charlie Bucket on his visit to Willy Wonka’s mysterious chocolate factory will light up the stage of the Bama Theatre this weekend. Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka Jr. is a scrumdidilyumptious musical from The Actor’s Charitable Theatre (ACT), which organizers say is guaranteed to delight everyone’s sweet tooth.

Tuscaloosa’s Children’s Hands-On Museum is hosting the tenth annual Duck Derby on Saturday, July 30 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Government Plaza in downtown Tuscaloosa. This fundraising event, which features 3000 rubber ducks, is without question one of the best family-friendly events around. It’s a ton of fun to watch, too.

Now that summer is coming to a close, it's time to get back into the swing of school. If your child has been accepted into the Head Start/Early Head Start program in your community, the first day of school is approaching fast. 

Summer is winding down, and while it's normal for everyone to be thinking "back to school" thoughts, there are still a ton of great activities going on around Tuscaloosa and Northport to get out and enjoy now. 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. And FYI: This week's final Live at the Plaza features a very special performance by "American Idol" winner Ruben Studdard with his band, Just a Few Cats. Now THAT is a grand finale!

Enjoy your week, T-Town.

July Breakfast & Biz: July 26, 8:30 a.m. Glory Bound Gyro Co. Join fellow members of the Chamber of Commerce of West Alabama for an informal networking opportunity. For more information, visit tuscaloosachamber.com.

The ACT Presents “Willy Wonka Jr.”: July 29-31, Bama Theatre, downtown Tuscaloosa. This musical, presented by an all-youth cast from The ACT’s Summer Camp, chronicles the delicious adventures of Charlie Bucket on his visit to Willy Wonka’s mysterious chocolate factory. General admission tickets ($10) will be available at the box office one hour prior to each show. For show times, visit TheACT.info or call (205) 393-2800. 

Live at the Plaza: July 29, 6-9 p.m. Government Plaza, downtown Tuscaloosa. The City of Tuscaloosa is once again hosting musical acts as part of this series. The concerts are free, and the atmosphere is family-friendly.  This week's performer is "American Idol" winner Ruben Studdard.

Lake Tuscaloosa Living (LTL) is the premier community newspaper, covering the great people, places and activities of the area.

 

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