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The University of Alabama Capstone International Center is hosting the annual Sakura Festival this Saturday, April 9, on the Green at Midtown Village. The event offers the community an opportunity to experience Japanese culture with a variety of cultural exhibits and performances.

This year’s Sakura Festival is from 1 to 4 p.m., and activities are planned throughout the afternoon. Expect lots of games, music and arts and crafts, including demonstrations of taiko drumming, traditional dances and more.

The Arc of Tuscaloosa County will host the “hottest event in Tuscaloosa” on April 30, starting at 9 a.m. “Pullin’ for The Arc” is great fun and open to the public.

Teams of 10 individuals raise a minimum of $250 and compete against other teams by pulling a 44,000 pound Tuscaloosa Fire Truck a distance of 50 feet. Team costumes are encouraged but not required. Trophies will be awarded for fastest pull, slowest pull, most enthusiastic team and the team that raises the most money.

One of Tuscaloosa’s biggest festivals, the Druid City Arts Festival, returns to Government Plaza on Saturday, April 9 with more than 90 artists in attendance. For years now, this free festival has been a premiere springtime event in town, offering up not just art, but music, food and more. And this year, the 7th Annual DCAF will become an established entertainment district – designated so by the Tuscaloosa City Council, just for the event.  

The City of Tuscaloosa will host the eighth annual Lake Tuscaloosa-North River Waterfest and Lake Clean Up on April 8 and 9. The two-day event features an educational expo for local fourth-grade students and a lake cleanup event open to the public.

Residents of the City of Tuscaloosa and surrounding areas receive their drinking water from Lake Tuscaloosa, which is fed by the North River watershed. Waterfest provides an opportunity for local students and citizens to learn more about protecting and conserving the local water supply.

Tuscaloosa, you sure know how to pack in the fun every April. Need proof? Just check out this week’s calendar happenings – there’s really something for everyone, particularly families, and particularly on Saturday. Have fun and as always, 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.

Tuscaloosa Walk for Autism and 5K Race to Solve the Puzzle: April 9, 7:30 a.m. (5K) and 9:30 a.m. (Walk). Tuscaloosa Riverwalk. The Autism Society of Alabama is hosting this annual event, which raises awareness and funds for ASA’s autism advocacy and education initiatives and provides interactive ways for residents to support community members affected by ASD. Registration fee: $35. To register, visit runsignup.com/Race/AL/Tuscaloosa/WalkForAutismTuscaloosa. 

8th Annual Lake Tuscaloosa Cleanup: April 9, 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Binion Creek Boat Landing off Hwy 43 N. and Rock Quarry Boat Landing. Lake Tuscaloosa is the drinking water source for greater Tuscaloosa and a reservoir on the North River, a major tributary of the Black Warrior River. Volunteers are needed to help with the cleanup of litter along the lake and shoreline. For more information contact Dana Willingham at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call (205) 349-0279. 

Stillman College is about to commemorate its 140th anniversary with a gala celebration. Dr. Condoleezza Rice, former Secretary of State and Alabama native, will be the keynote speaker at a dinner on May 19.

For 140 years, Stillman College has encouraged and endorsed education as a liberal arts institution. Now, the school will celebrate its history and achievements with its celebration, “A Foundation for Life,” next month. Friends, students, alumni and community leaders will all attend.

Every 21 seconds a child dies because they don’t have clean water. More children die every day from dirty water than from malaria, AIDS, and measles combined. Every day, women and children in third-world countries walk an average of four miles to get clean water for their families. And that’s how far one local student ministry is going to walk to help them.

On Saturday, April 2, the Tide for Christ Student Ministry, in conjunction with Healing Hands International, will be hosting Walk4Water on The University of Alabama campus.

Temporary Emergency Services needs celebrity waiters and table sponsors for the Celebrity Waiter Dinner on May 6 at the Tuscaloosa River Market. You don't have to be famous, just outgoing. This is the 12th year for the event, which brings together the area’s biggest community leaders with guests who give the celebrity waiters “tips” to help raise money for TES. A silent auction is also planned, with a large collection of items donated by area businesses and residents.

By Nancy Campbell 

 

The local chapter of the Alabama Wildflower Society (AWS) is holding its 37th annual plant sale this Saturday, April 2, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Kentuck Center courtyard in downtown Northport. The sale features primarily native plants indigenous to the southeastern U.S., but it also includes some non-invasive “passalong” plants that are well-adapted to our area.  

 

Items for sale are obtained from an out-of-state nursery specializing in native plants and from members of the Alabama Wildflower Society, who contribute plants from their own gardens and property. For those interested in gardening to support butterflies and other pollinators, bright-blooming plants for spring, summer, and fall, natives, as well as passalongs, will be clearly marked. 

German culture will permeate Tuscaloosa’s Government Plaza on Saturday, April 2 with the Tuscaloosa Volksfest. The festival is a fundraiser for FOCUS on Senior Citizens of Tuscaloosa County.   

 

“We have several programs such as transportation services and volunteer programs, and we’re given federal funding, but we have a matching requirement,” said Morgan Mann, executive director of FOCUS. “The fundraiser will help us match the federal funding – we usually have to match up to 20 to 30 percent.”  

 

A volksfest, or “people’s festival” in German, is a traditional German festival that includes a number of attractions, including beer tents, wine, games, rides and music. The widely-known Oktoberfest is a volksfest.   

 

“We wanted to do a fundraiser, and we were looking to do something to celebrate German culture,” Mann said.

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