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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.

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.

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