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Druid City Living always wants to recognize our great local businesses. To the new businesses - welcome to town! Remember: Shop local.

Druid City Living always wants to recognize our great local businesses. To the new businesses - welcome to town! Remember: Shop local.

Druid City Living always wants to recognize our great local businesses. To the new businesses - welcome to town! Remember: Shop local.

Druid City Living always wants to recognize our great local businesses. To the new businesses - welcome to town! Remember: Shop local.

As a parent, you want to ensure the best for your children.  You take them to the most trusted doctors and pediatricians, you send them to reputable schools, and you protect their physical well-being.  However, many parents are not aware of one of the most common difficulties facing children and adolescents; Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (AD/HD).

Can you feel it? That slight dip in temperatures and the deepening of the blue skies that signals the official arrival of fall in Alabama? It’s a feeling that’s indescribable, and positively exhilarating. And it moves many of us to fling open our doors, lace up some hiking boots and set off into the great outdoors, in search of adventure (or just beautiful scenery).

Southeastern Outings, a non-profit organization which sponsors outdoor outings, has a lot lined up this month. All of these activities are open to the public. The events include easy day hikes, bicycle rides, and more – exploring some of the most scenic spots in Alabama.

Here is this month’s Southeastern Outings Calendar of Events. For more information, visit seoutings.org. Have fun!

By Stan J. Griffin: October 3, 2016

After evaluating the film of Saturday's 34-6 homecoming win by the No. 1 Alabama football team over Kentucky, Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban said Monday that he saw his team execute much better in the second half after a somewhat sloppy first half where it stopped itself on numerous occasions with items such as dropped balls, missed assignments and general gaffes in terms of execution.
Saban said the overall good news for his 5-0 team, however, is that he is continuing to see steady improvement from it.
"We need to play better over and over and over again, especially when you play better teams," he said. "I think we had some outstanding performances in (Saturday's) game and I think our team is making progress, but I think we need to continue to do that, continue to work as every week in the SEC, you've got a real challenge and a real test."
Continuing to polish its overall game, while also continuing to trim its number of mistakes, will no doubt be crucial as Alabama enters into what will likely be a defining stretch of league games that includes showdowns with No. 9 Tennessee, No. 8 Texas A&M and LSU.
That grueling road begins this week with a road game against the No. 16/18 Arkansas Razorbacks (6 p.m., ESPN), and Saban said he feels Bret Bielema's squad is a "really, really good team."
The Razorbacks are 4-1 overall and 0-1 in Southeastern Conference play, with their only loss to No. 8 Texas A&M.

By Stan J. Griffin: October 1, 2016

After a week of having to cope with a great deal of outside noise, the No. 1 Alabama football team was no doubt hoping the magic and charm of Homecoming would be just the elixir it would need to get back on positive footing as it faced off against Mark Stoops' Kentucky Wildcats Saturday night at Bryant-Denny Stadium.
And thanks to the offensive trio of Jalen Hurts, Calvin Ridley and Joshua Jacobs, all freshmen and sophomores by the way, and another smothering effort by the UA defense, Alabama shook off a slow and sloppy start to roll 34-6 in front of a capacity crowd 101,821.
Alabama improved to 5-0 overall on the season, as well as 2-0 in Southeastern Conference play, while the visiting Wildcats fell to 2-3 overall and 1-2 in league play.
Hurts led the Tide offense by completing 20 of 33 passes for 262 yards and a pair of touchdowns while also carrying the ball nine times for 25 yards. Ridley, his main weapon on the evening, hauled in a career-best 11 throws for 174 yards and a pair of scoring receptions.
Jacobs, meanwhile, gained his first 100-yard game on the collegiate ranks as he carried the ball 16 times for 100 yards and a TD. He also caught three passes for 44 yards, including a long reception of 23 yards.
“I thought we executed a little better in the second half, I thought we were a little sloppy in the first half,” said Tide coach Nick Saban after the game. “I thought the defense played well and I thought it was a pretty good win for us. I thought we left some points out there by not finishing some drives. There are certainly a lot of lessons to be learned from this game. We have to be more consistent in the passing game. Things like that we just have to continue to work on.”

When my three-year-old son was first born, my husband and I decided against buying a bassinet to place in our bedroom, in large part because we were gifted with a great crib from my mother-in-law. However, when it came down to his falling asleep, and me having to actually leave him alone in his crib – well, I struggled. His bedroom was located directly across the hall, in full view from my master bedroom, but it seemed extremely far away. What if he cried and my husband and I didn’t hear him? What if he rolled over and suffocated in his pillows? 

The 14th Annual Canine Classic 5K road race to benefit the Humane Society of West Alabama will be held Saturday, Sept. 24, at Kentuck Park in Northport. 

“This is our biggest fundraiser of the year, and we so appreciate all the support from our local businesses as sponsors, and the community, for turning up to run or walk,” said Betty Freeman, race director and HSWA board member. “All proceeds go directly to the welfare of all the animals in our care and to helping more in the Tuscaloosa community.”

Morning hassles...nagging, prodding, lost socks, and spilled milk...all as we rush out the door to start our day.  You don’t have to feel rushed and irritated; get in control!  With a little problem solving and advanced planning, morning routines can become just the right start for a great day!

Okay, so it’s not technically fall just yet – but we’re getting closer to it, and no doubt many of us are running around town, busily balancing kids, work, you-name-it. Wouldn’t it be nice to sit down with the entire family for a nice meal? With that in mind, I thought I’d suggest this wonderful chicken parmesan entrée. Make it, and watch every member of your busy family gravitate to the table. Never fails. 

And for dessert? These avalanche bars are always a huge hit. White chocolate, milk chocolate, peanut butter and marshmallows? Yes. Please. 

Have a great month, and bon appétit!  

Chicken Parmesan 

  • 4 chicken cutlets 
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil 
  • 1 jar (24 oz.) marinara sauce 
  • 2 cups flour 
  • 2 cups breadcrumbs 
  • 2 eggs and 1 teaspoon water, whisked together 
  • 10 oz. spaghetti noodles, cooked 
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese 
  • Dried basil for garnish 
  • Salt/pepper 

 

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. 

Season both sides of chicken with salt and pepper. Dredge chicken in flour (both sides), shake off excess. Then dredge in egg mixture (both sides), shake off excess. Finally, dredge in breadcrumbs (both sides) and press into chicken. 

Heat oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. Brown chicken on both sides (3-4 minutes per side or until cooked through). Move to paper towel-lined plate to remove excess oil. 

Place cooked noodles in a greased 9×13 baking dish. Top with marinara, reserving 1 cup to top the chicken. Arrange chicken breasts on top of noodles, followed by remaining sauce across the chicken. Evenly sprinkle cheese on top of chicken. 

Baked uncovered for around 10-15 minutes or until cheese is melted and slightly browned. 

Sprinkle with basil before serving. 

Avalanche Bars    

  • 1 (12 oz.) bag white chocolate chips 
  • 2 heaping tbsp. creamy peanut butter 
  • 3 cups crispy rice cereal 
  • 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips 
  • 1 1/2 cups miniature marshmallows 

 

Place white chocolate chips and peanut butter in glass bowl and heat for 45 seconds, remove and stir until smooth. If chips are not completely melted, heat in 10-second increments until they are totally melted/smooth. 

 

Gently stir in crispy rice cereal until totally combined. Let sit for 10 minutes to cool. 

 

Add mini chocolate chips and marshmallows. Stir to combine. 

 

Gently press mixture into a greased 7x11 baking dish.  

 

Chill in the refrigerator for 30 minutes, or until hard, and cut into bars.

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!

Tuscaloosa Symphony Orchestra Presents “Orchestral Splendor”: Sept. 19, 7 p.m. Moody Concert Hall, University of Alabama campus. Tickets are available at tsoonline.org or by phone at (205) 752-5515. 

UA Theatre and Dance Presents “Doubt”: Sept. 19-24, 7:30 p.m.; Sept. 25, 2 p.m. Allen Bales Theatre at Rowand-Johnson Hall, University of Alabama campus. Follow Sister Aloysius and her doubts about the morality and faith of a new young priest in this award winning drama. Admission: $10. For more information, call (205) 348-3400 or visit ua.tix.com.  

Bama Art House Films Presents “The Beatles: Eight Days a Week - The Touring Years”: Sept. 20, 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. 

 

The Tuscaloosa City Council meets regularly every Tuesday at 6:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers on the second floor of City Hall, 2201 University Boulevard. Council committees meet Tuesday afternoons beginning at 1:30 p.m. in various conference rooms in City Hall. Occasionally, special meetings are also called and these agendas are posted separately.

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.

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.

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.

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

 

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