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If you’re looking for a bargain, get ready: The annual Buy for Rise charity fundraiser starts on Friday. Each year, area merchants donate high-end items to the University of Alabama Rise School. The school then offers shoppers deep discounts on the merchandise.

Tuscaloosa’s third annual Alabama Veteran’s Reunion will take place from Friday, August 26 through Saturday, August 27. 

On Friday, a public forum for MyVA Community will be held at the River Market from 4:30 to 6 p.m. followed by a reception until 8 p.m. The Veterans Appreciation Festival and Dinner will be held on Saturday. The festival will take place at the Tuscaloosa VA grounds from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The formal dinner will take place at the NorthRiver Yacht Club starting at 5 p.m. 

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. 

Hospice of West Alabama’s annual Casino Night will take place this Friday, August 26 at NorthRiver Yacht Club from 6 to 9 p.m. The Casino Night’s theme, Casino Cabaret will feature games such as poker, roulette, craps, blackjack, Texas Hold’em and slot machines. 

Experts believe that reading to your child every day is one of the most important things parents and other adults can do.  Here are ideas for using this reading time to build your young child’s literacy skills while keeping it fun for both of you.

Northport residents will vote on Tuesday, Aug. 23, for mayor and all five city council seats. Polls on election day will open at 7 a.m. and close at 7 p.m.

Hi, DCL readers! Here’s hoping you all have a wonderful week. And if you are looking for some fun and interesting things to do, this calendar is loaded with tons of great events, from the Alabama Veterans Reunion to Hospice of West Alabama’s Cabaret Night to Belk’s big Engagement Party on Saturday. You can also take a special tour of the UA Arboretum this weekend. And Northport residents, don't forget: Municipal elections are Tuesday, Aug. 23. All the details are below.

To summarize: This is a huge week of events in Tuscaloosa and in Northport. Whatever you decide to do, have a blast.

And remember: 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.

Northport Municipal Elections 2016: Aug. 23. Polls will be open in each of the five Council Districts from 7:00 a.m to 7:00 p.m. For more information, click here.

Bama Art House Films Presents “Eat That Question: Frank Zappa in His Own Words”: Aug. 23, 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, visit bamatheatre.org.

Alabama All Veterans & Family Reunion: Aug. 26-28, Tuscaloosa. The third-annual event features a special public forum for My VA Community and a reception at the Tuscaloosa River Market, a Veterans Appreciation Festival at the Tuscaloosa VA and an Appreciation Dinner at NorthRiver Yacht Club. Most events are free; Individual tickets for the Aug. 27 appreciation dinner are $35/person or $60/couple. For more information or to register, visit alabamaveteransreunion.com. 

After the April 27, 2011, tornado, our goal was to build back stronger, safer and smarter. The Gateway Innovation and Discovery Center exceeds these three facets. In fact, I was impressed at every step of this building and development process, and was blown away with the final product. 

It is now two weeks before Nick Saban's Alabama football team, the reigning SEC and College Football Playoff national champions, opens up the 2016 season against the Southern Cal Trojans in Arlington, Texas.

The 3rd Annual “Putting the Pub in Public Radio,” presented by The WUAL Board of Friends, is set for Saturday, Aug. 27 from 4 to 7p.m. The event, which will be held at Druid City Brewing Company, is a fundraiser benefiting Alabama Public Radio.

The Alabama football program is asking Tuscaloosa and the surrounding communities to join them in helping the people of South Louisiana as the area deals with devastating flooding.

The Druid City Garden project is hosting build days at three local schools that are new to the Gardens to Schools program – where DCGP uses school gardens as teaching tools to engage students with hands-on learning.

Community members are invited to participate in garden build days at Crestmont Elementary and The Alberta School of Performing Arts on Saturday, August 20th, from 8 to 11 a.m., or at Verner Elementary on Sunday, August 28th, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Alabama head men’s basketball coach and New Orleans native Avery Johnson couldn’t just sit and watch silently as his native Southern Louisiana home was devastated by the recent catastrophic flooding, so he acted. And now he’s asking for the city of Tuscaloosa and state of Alabama to do the same thing.

The name “Tuscaloosa” dates back nearly 500 years, making it one of the oldest North American place names. A Portuguese officer serving with Spanish Conquistador Hernando DeSoto and known only as “A Gentleman of Elvas” first recorded the name we now know as Tuscaloosa. On August 20, 1540, he chronicled a powerful ruler and his domain and principal city known as “Tascalusa.” Other writers on the expedition noted the name as Taszaluza, Tascaluca, and Tastaluca.

Caring Days is hosting the 12th Annual Vicki Kerr Walk 2 Remember. This event is in honor of those that have been affected by Alzheimer’s and other memory disorders as well as their caregivers. The walk will take place on August 27 inside University Mall. 

After years of negotiations, the Tuscaloosa City Council in June approved legislation allowing Uber and Lyft ride-sharing services to operate within the city limits.

Uber officially returns to Tuscaloosa on Thursday. And yes, just in time for the start of school at UA *and* the upcoming busy football season.

Meet the gorgeous Raven, our Humane Society of West Alabama Pet of the Week. Raven is solid black except for a faint white spot on her chest. She is 6 1/2 years old, very loving - and she enjoys being petted. She even likes belly rubs!

Since its opening in 2000, John and Ann Rhoads Stadium, also known as the home of the tradition-rich University of Alabama softball team, has served as a true mecca for the continuously growing fast pitch game.

Chris Lee is a recent President of the Tuscaloosa Association of Realtors and was the 2014 Tuscaloosa Realtor of the Year. This year, he took the helm as the President of the Multiple Listing Service for Tuscaloosa County. 

At long last, students at Sprayberry Learning Center have a new home, in the building which once housed Lloyd Wood Middle School. This week, an open house is planned, to give residents a closer look at the Lloyd Wood Education Center.

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