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In the wake of devastating flooding in southern Louisiana that has forced thousands from their homes, a great need is growing. Area residents are stepping up, taking donations and spreading information on ways to help the flood victims.

The United Way of West Alabama will kick off its 2016 campaign with a luncheon at the Bryant Conference Center on August 16. This annual event marks the start of a massive fundraising effort, in which the agency hopes to raise more money than ever before to help its 26 partner agencies.

This week offers plenty of great opportunities to get out and enjoy all that our great city 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.

Alabama Restaurant Week: Through Aug. 21. Several Tuscaloosa-area restaurants are participating in this annual event, with specially priced meals. For more information, visit alabamarestaurantweek.com.  

OLLI Fall Registration and Open House: Aug. 15, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. (registration), 2-3:30 p.m. (refreshments and courses overview); Aug. 16, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. (registration). Bryant Conference Center. OLLI at UA welcomes all to attend their Fall Registration and Open House. Refreshments will be served and will include a brief overview of courses, bonus classes and field trips being offered this fall. No registration required; open to the public. Courses begin Sept. 12. For more information, call (205) 348-6482.  

United Way Campaign Kickoff Luncheon: Aug. 16, 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. Bryant Conference Center, UA campus. Meet and hear from campaign volunteers and learn West Alabama’s fundraising goal for the annual United Way campaign. Tickets: $35 (individual); $175 (half table for five); $350 (table for 10). For more information, visit uwwa.org or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  

Sprayberry Center Open House: Aug. 16, 6 p.m. Sprayberry Center at Lloyd Wood Education Center, Community Room. Come enjoy a tour of the brand new school, meet the staff and enjoy refreshments. For more information, call 205-342-2660.

Children establish eating habits as early as two years old!  At Head Start/Early Head Start programs, we partner with families to build healthy eating habits early; one way to do this is to serve meals family-style. Eating family-style meals is a great way to introduce healthy foods, model healthy behaviors and provide opportunities for nutrition education.

What is Family Style Eating?

Smoke could be seen throughout the Northport area, and into Tuscaloosa proper on Sunday afternoon, following the crash of a small plane in a wooded area of Van de Graaff Arboretum Park behind the Northport Farmers Market, near the Tuscaloosa Regional Airport.

 Richard Rhone had retired from two careers, first as a school principal and second, facilitating welfare reform. He was spending time as a docent at a museum when a member of OLLI approached him.   

“One of the curriculum people came through the museum and asked me to teach. I have been teaching and taking classes ever since.”    

Ever played golf in the dark? On August 12, Child Abuse Prevention Services, or CAPS, is hosting an event unique to the Tuscaloosa community: a golf tournament played in the dark.

The State Board of Education has named a new Alabama schools superintendent. Michael Sentance, an education consultant from Massachusetts, was approved today by the nine-member board. He replaces Tommy Bice, who retired in March.

With another University of Alabama football season just around the corner, it is a good time to take a look at the Crimson Tide's Top Five all-time leaders in a host of categories heading into the 2016 campaign.

If you’re itching for an excuse to eat out, now’s the time: Tuscaloosa’s restaurant week kicks off on August 12, and runs through August 21. Several local restaurants are participating in the event, part of the fifth annual Alabama Restaurant Week, which is sponsored by the Alabama Tourism Department.

DCH Regional Medical Center has a new, less invasive procedure for diagnosing lung cancer and other lung conditions.

Screenings in the Bama Art House Film Series Fall 2016 will begin on Aug. 16 and will feature eight films, starting with the 2016 film “Love and Friendship” – based on Jane Austen’s novella “Lady Susan,” and starring Kate Beckinsale, Chloë Sevigny and Xavier Samuel.

James Bailey started studying martial arts seriously in 1978. Back then, it was mostly adults learning the fighting arts.

“When it started, 100% of the students were adults and the program was modeled after the Korean military,” Bailey said. “It was much more aggressive and there were no pads early on.”

Fun, Fun, Fun! That perfectly describes Jack, a 9-month-old (as of 8/16) male Terrier mix, and our Humane Society of West Alabama Pet of the Week.

School’s in for the summer! The students at Holy Spirit Catholic School headed back to class on Thursday, August 4, ready to hit the books and start the new school year. The kindergarten students had a “Blast Off to Kindergarten” event and the middle and high school students are anxious to receive their new iPads as Holy Spirit becomes a “one to one” iPad school.

Have a great year, everyone!

The Adopt-A-School program welcomed noted child advocate Elizabeth “Liz” Huntley as keynote speaker during its annual kickoff event, held August 4th at the University Church of Christ.

The Northport Nationals’ six-year-old baseball team recently won the 2016 Dizzy Dean World Series championship in Southhaven, Mississippi. The team finished with a record of 17-1, with its only loss being in pool play at the World Series.

This week offers plenty of great opportunities to get out and enjoy all that our great city 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 RTR!

Tuscaloosa County University of Alabama Alumni Annual Kickoff Party: Aug. 11, 6-8 p.m. North Zone at Bryant-Denny Stadium. This event celebrates the beginning of a new academic and athletic year at the Capstone. This year’s guest speaker is Jeremiah Castille. Expect refreshments, door prizes, Big Al and the UA cheerleaders. For more information, visit alumni.ua.edu. 

23rd Annual Night Light Golf Tournament: Aug. 12, Ol’ Colony Golf Complex, Tuscaloosa. This four-person scramble tournament benefits Child Abuse Prevention Services (CAPS). Golfers will play nine holes before dark, enjoy a BBQ dinner and play nine holes in the dark with glow in the dark golf balls. There will be door prizes, a grand prize and a silent auction. For more information, visit capstuscaloosa.net or call (205) 758-1159. 

“Men Who Cook”: Aug. 12, 6-8 p.m. McAbee Center, Tuscaloosa. This annual fundraiser benefits FOCUS on Senior Citizens of Tuscaloosa County’s Retired and Senior Volunteer Programs, as well as the Foster Grandparent Programs. Tickets: $15. For more information, call (205) 553-3133. 

As part of President Obama’s Early Learning Initiative, the state of Alabama is participating in Early Head Start-Child Care (EHS-CC) Partnerships, which allows Early Head Start programs to partner with local child care centers, serving infants and toddlers from low-income families.

If you’re planning on enjoying some backyard summer parties, I’ve got the potato salad for you. This bacon ranch potato salad is a huge crowd pleaser, and it’s quick and easy to make. Summer is *far* from over so enjoy all the gatherings in coming weeks.

Happy summer and as always, bon appétit!

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

 

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