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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!

For those of us parents who tend to work often, relying on Friday and Monday holidays to extend the normal 48 hours of relaxation and summer sun and fun with our kiddos, we sometimes have to become creative with the ways we entertain our little ones. This is especially true if beach vacations and road trips aren't in the immediate future.

This week, students in the UA Fringe course taught by associate professor Sarah Barry and her husband Mark Barry, will travel to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in Edinburgh, Scotland, to perform in their first major dance performance on a world stage.

The 10th annual Nick's Kids Foundation luncheon was held Wednesday in The North Zone at Bryant-Denny Stadium where checks totaling $475,000 were presented to 150 local and state non-profit organizations. Since Nick and Terry Saban arrived in Tuscaloosa in 2007, approximately $5.5 million has been given to more than 250 deserving charities and organizations throughout the state and surrounding areas.

The University of Alabama football team's annual Fan Day is set for this Sunday, Aug. 7. Fan Day is always a great opportunity for Tide faithful to get autographs from players and from Nick Saban. Here are all of the specifics:

Tuscaloosa has a new flea market, and it’s growing. T-Town Trade Daze began back in June, with a gathering of nearly 50 vendors selling wares over a two-day weekend at the Old Farmer’s Market location by the Black Warrior River. The inaugural event was so successful, organizers decided to do it again.

The League of Women Voters of Greater Tuscaloosa announces a candidate forum which will be held before the Northport election.

Seafood lovers, take note: Eagles’ Wings is bringing a taste of the Gulf to Northport this weekend.

By Amy Materson

“This is one of the best accomplishments we’ve ever achieved for Hale County. Period.”

Osie Pickens doesn’t mince words when discussing the $7 million investment in the Hale County College and Career Academy in Greensboro. The Hale County Board of Education Superintendent knows the facility will provide students with opportunities never available in the area before.

The Back-to-School Sales Tax Holiday for Alabama is fast approaching, and the cities of Tuscaloosa and Northport, along with Tuscaloosa County, are all participating. The sales tax holiday is set for this weekend, Aug. 5-7, offering a much-needed break for parents and students as they prepare to go back to school in coming weeks.

Kentuck Art Night is a monthly premiere event in our area, offering up some great entertainment, lively demonstrations and, of course, outstanding art.

Tuscaloosa residents who want to discuss plans and concerns with Mayor Walt Maddox will have several opportunities to do just that over the coming weeks and months. Maddox will hold five public meetings outside of City Hall this fall, continuing the Mayor’s Morning Out and Mayor’s Night Out series.

This week offers plenty of opportunities to get out and enjoy everything our area has to offer. From the Citywide Prayer Rally for Peace and Unity (Monday), to the Shrimpfest and BBQ for Eagles’ Wings and T-Town Trade Daze this weekend, there are so many things to see and do.

Enjoy your week, T-Town.

Alabama Quilts: Monday, Aug. 1 (through Sept. 30), The Gorgas House Museum, University of Alabama campus. This selection of historic Alabama quilts is from the collections of the UA Department of Human and Environmental Science. The exhibit is included in the cost of regular admission ($2). For more information, contact Lydia Joffray at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Tuscaloosa Citywide Prayer Rally for Peace and Unity: Monday, Aug. 1, 6:30 p.m. Bethel Baptist Church, Tuscaloosa. Churches throughout Tuscaloosa, Northport and surrounding areas are coming together for this event. Tuscaloosa Mayor Walt Maddox will also be on hand.

32nd Annual National Night Out: Aug. 2, 6 to 8 p.m. Sokol Park, Tuscaloosa. Come out and show support for local law enforcement agencies and the officers who serve the community. Enjoy free food, drinks and get the chance to meet representatives from numerous area law enforcement!

Kentuck Art Night in downtown Northport: Thursday, Aug. 4, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. This monthly celebration of art and artists is free to the public. Enjoy live music, pop-up shops from local vendors, demonstrations by Kentuck studio artists, and more. For more information, visit kentuck.org/art-night. 

It is soon time to head back to school. In the whirl of excitement, stores offer back to school sales for clothes and supplies offered in preparation for that first day of school. In the midst of getting children ready for school, parents must also look at their role to help make this a great year. Leading experts all agree that the the home environment is the greatest predictor of a child’s success in school.  So, parents, how do you rate?

For fans of Nick Saban's University of Alabama football team, preseason hype has already translated into good news, as many scribes and gridiron seers are already forecasting the Crimson Tide to repeat as Southeastern Conference champs and successfully defend its 2015 national championship.  

The following five items, however, will be key areas to watch as Alabama seeks to reign supreme as champions of the SEC once again, and to also gain its 17th national title in 2016.  

PRIDE of Tuscaloosa has put together an online survey for the Tuscaloosa community, to gauge residents’ views on drug use and perception in the area.

Each month, Druid City Living brings you all the best in business happenings throughout the Tuscaloosa and Northport areas. From new business openings to special milestone anniversaries, read on to find out more.

The Chamber of Commerce of West Alabama will host a series of candidate forums for the upcoming Northport municipal elections. This event is free and open to the public.

On any given day, Dr. Katy Drain can be found busily caring for animals at her newly-opened Capstone Veterinary Hospital. Drain, who has worked as a veterinarian in Tuscaloosa for the past 15 years, is passionate about the pets she treats, and their owners.

“What drives me is my love for animals, the nurturing, love and compassion that I have for them,” Drain said. “Second is the science, and third is their owners and the relationship I have with them. I love that owners trust me.”

Gov. Robert Bentley is calling for a special session of the Alabama Legislature to create a state lottery to help solve what he calls a state funding crisis. Bentley made the announcement in a video posted to his official website on Wednesday, July 27.  

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