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A new day began; it was about 1:00 a.m., Friday morning, Sept. 2, 1859. The city lacked streetlights and the crescent moon had set, but Editor W. H. Fowler of Tuscaloosa’s Independent Monitor noted that people could “read distinctly” in the soft light emanating from the sky. The northern lights, or aurora borealis, was making its “most brilliant appearance in many years.”

It was a big day for the Raymond James Team at the 26th Annual Nucor Adopt-A-School Golf Tournament, as the team was the overall tourney winner, and team member Elliott Jones hit a hole-in-one. The team won $500 for their adopted school, Faucett Vestavia Elementary.

For more than seven years, The Actor’s Charitable Theatre, or ACT, has been providing the Tuscaloosa area with a wide variety of musicals, plays, dinner theatres and children’s acting camps. This month, The ACT celebrates its 30th stage production when it presents Disney’s Beauty and the Beast at the historic Bama Theatre, Sept. 16-19. Beauty and the Beast will kick off The ACT’s 2016-2017 season, entitled “Bringing the Classics to a New Generation,” and will feature a variety of familiar ACT cast members, as well as a few newcomers to the stage.

NorthRiver Yacht Club hosted the PGA Jr League Dixie & Gulf States Sub Regional Finals on Saturday, Sept. 3. There were two matches between three teams, each made up of “All Stars” from their area. Each team had 10 Juniors playing in two-player teams in a scramble format. The first match was the Montgomery area team against the Huntsville area team. The second match paired the earlier winning team from Huntsville against a Troon/ Honours Golf sister club of NorthRiver, Reunion Golf & Country Club, Madison, Mississippi team, led by Head Golf Professional Tim Basel. The Huntsville area team won and moved on to the Oklahoma site for a chance to compete and move on to the national finals held at Walt Disney World Resort.

A new international movement, Villages for Aging in Place, will be introduced to the Tuscaloosa area by Susan Benke for UA’s OLLI (Osher Lifelong Learning Institute) bonus program on Sept. 14 at noon at the Bryant Conference Center. Villages for Aging in Place is a new option for community members who wish to stay in their own homes and remain independent, yet remain connected to the wider community as they age.

A strong partnership between parents and teachers make for a winning team!  Parents and teachers working together equal a child’s success in school.

 

As a parent you can strengthen the team by:

We hope everyone had a great weekend. This week, be sure to get out and enjoy everything our area has to offer. These are just a few of the events and happenings – 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. And ROLL TIDE!

UA Wellness Week: Sept. 12-16. University of Alabama campus. This week, hosted by the University of Alabama Student Health Center, features a variety of events, all involving health and wellness. For more information, visit shc.ua.edu. 

Rough & Tumble at Cypress Inn: Sept. 13, 6 to 8 p.m. Cypress Inn Sandbar. Enjoy live music on Tuesday night. Also: Cypress’ tent delivery is in full swing for all Bama games. Make your Thanksgiving lunch reservations now, as well. Call 205-345-6963.

Widespread Panic with Umphrey’s McGee: Sept. 15, 6:30 p.m. Tuscaloosa Amphitheater. Ticket Prices: $51, $41. Tickets available via Ticketmaster.com. For more information, visit Ticketmaster.com, call the Tuscaloosa Amphitheater Box Office at (205) 248-5280 or charge by phone at (800) 745-3000. 

7th Annual Raising Hope Silent Auction: Sept. 16, 5:30-8:30 p.m. Tuscaloosa River Market. Catholic Social Services of West Alabama’s major fundraiser features silent auctions on a variety of different items, along with food, live music, and more. Tickets: $15 per person. For more information, including tickets, visit csstuscaloosa.org.  

An analyst on ESPN's College Football Live show earlier this week aptly noted it best that while last weekend's opening slate of college football games was billed as "The Greatest Weekend Ever," we are all definitely paying for it this coming Saturday. 


The landscape for the sport we all love the most is fairly barren for Week 2, and in fact there are no matchups that actually match ranked teams.

Hi all, Liz here, and you know by now that I love any and all live music. That includes the music and storytelling lineups each year at the Kentuck Festival of the Arts – and this year’s lineup looks as impressive as ever. Here’s the scoop…

The City of Tuscaloosa’s 311 non-emergency call center will open two hours prior to kickoff for all University of Alabama home football games.

Starting this Saturday for Alabama’s game against Western Kentucky, the call center will open at 12:30 p.m. and will close at the 2:30 p.m. kickoff.

Bargain hunters, take note: The 5th Street Vintage Market returns soon to open its fall season. If you’re into browsing through great vintage items, this is definitely the place to be.

Beautiful Salem is this week’s HSWA Pet of the Week. This sleek, handsome young man is almost a year-and-a-half old. He is very playful and loving.

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.

Ride-hailing companies like Uber and Lyft are now allowed to operate in Tuscaloosa. So, how does that work, exactly?  

The Soroptimist International of Tuscaloosa will hold a fundraiser to bring awareness to women’s heart disease this week. The second annual Red Shoe Affair will be held on Thursday, Sept. 8 at 7 p.m. at the Tuscaloosa Rivermarket.

Dr. Mark Prohaska of Tuscaloosa’s Neuropsychology Clinic works with ADHD, brain dysfunction, memory disorders, stress management, the neurobiology of addictions, brain health and aging.

What is a Neuropsychologist?

A neuropsychologist is a clinical psychologist who specializes in evaluating how the brain is working through a combination of behavioral observations and performance on cognitive tasks.  The goal is to identify strengths and areas of deficit to aide in the diagnosis and treatment of disorders such as ADD, learning disabilities, sensory processing disorders, and other neurological conditions that impact one’s ability to live up to their full potential.

Few things are as thrilling as being in BDS on an Alabama game day. But let’s face it, a lot of us don’t get season tickets, and we’re super lucky if we score tickets to one or two Bama games all season long. And these days, many of us who are lucky enough to live and work in this wonderful Druid City host friends who love coming to visit on big game weekends – whether they have tickets or not. Sure, you can host your own home tailgating party (or crash someone else’s, preferably on or around The Quad) – but what if you want to get out and watch the game? 

There are a lot of great places to watch Alabama games in Tuscaloosa and have a great experience among like-minded fans. With football season in full swing now (can we get a “Roll Tide”?!), I thought this might be the perfect time to put together this handy dandy list, so we all can have plans in place. 

Although only in its fourth year, the Paul W. Bryant High School Marine Corps Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (MCJROTC) program is making a name for itself.

The program has been designated as a Naval Honor School by the Marine Corps Reserve Association. The honor means Bryant’s MCJROTC program ranks in the top 20 percent in the country, and is one of the top 10 programs in Alabama, Georgia, Tennessee, Florida and the Carolinas.

Happy first home Bama game week, everyone! Get out and enjoy everything our area 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. And ROLL TIDE!

Having a family bedtime routine planned by both the child and parent can help bring a calm end to your day. Here are some ideas to help you establish a bedtime routine at your home.

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