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Women dealing with addiction recovery have a new option for treatment in Tuscaloosa. Bradford Health Services recently opened “A Reprieve for Women,” a six-month, 12-step program of recovery, life skills development, career exploration and college readiness.

The program is housed in a nearly 7500-square-foot, seven-bedroom home in Tuscaloosa. There is room for 16 women.

In the annals of Southeastern Conference football, the Alabama/Ole Miss rivalry has really not been much of a rivalry at all, as the Crimson Tide has traditionally dominated the annual clash of longtime SEC foes. 

Alabama handily leads the overall series between the two schools 47-11-2, but Hugh Freeze's Rebels have become quite the thorn in the side of the Crimson Tide recently. 

Yvonne Wells’ quilting genius was noticed at her very first Kentuck Festival of the Arts, where she won Best in Show in 1979.   
A fixture at the festival for over 30 years, her work as a folk artist has moved far beyond Tuscaloosa.

The Tuscaloosa Symphony’s 2016-2017 season will get underway on Monday, Sept. 19, with the concert “Orchestral Splendor” at 7 p.m. in the Moody Music Building Concert Hall on the University of Alabama campus. This marks the TSO’s 28th season, and it’s going to be the best yet, according to Executive Director Jenny Mann. 

I’m sure you caught at least a glimpse of the Olympics this past month. I was inspired by the many stories of youth and young adults who epitomized commitment and sacrifice to accomplish their Olympic dreams. It was easy to watch amazing feats of strength, endurance, and speed and think for an instance, “I could do that.” Or at least, “I used to be able to do that.” The truth is no “normal” human being could come close to eclipsing their record-breaking achievements. They made it look so easy. The athletes were amazing.

Thus far in the still-young 2016 season, it is been a mixed bag of results for University of Alabama freshman quarterbacks Jalen Hurts and Blake Barnett. 
In the Crimson Tide's opener against Southern Cal, both Hurts and Barnett had their share of big moments, but the Alabama offense really began to thrive once Hurts relieved Barnett, the starter against the Trojans. Hurts, the Channelview, Texas native, ultimately accounted for four touchdowns, with two coming on the ground and two by air. 

Meet Lilo, a happy, 8 to 10-month-old female terrier/schnauzer mix. This darling pup is this week’s HSWA Pet of the Week.

Musical talent will abound on Friday, Sept. 16 in the Grand Gallery of the Alabama Museum of Natural History when BRAVO: an evening of musical magic is presented to benefit the University of Alabama Opera Theatre and its students.

The special event, sponsored by the Opera Guild @ UA and the Museum, will feature music from opera, musical theatre, and contemporary jazz.

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.

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