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IT’S GARDEN PARTY TIME Event brings together local food community.

A VISION FOR TUSCALOOSA City seeks input to help shape the future.



TUSCALOOSA TABLESCAPES Stunning ideas to set a dazzling holiday table. SEE PAGE 20



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Hello, readers. Are y’all ready for the holidays? Like it or not, they’re fast approaching. And this month’s issue is filled with festivity. Need some clever ideas for decorating your Thanksgiving table? Look no further than the Tuscaloosa Tablescapes event, set for Nov. 8 at the Tuscaloosa Career & Technology Academy. TCTA’s hospitality and tourism program does a magical job with this event, working with local designers and businesses to create some truly stunning holiday table ideas. Be sure to go take a look. And there’s no shortage of other fantastic events to keep you busy in November, including Schoolyard Roots’ Garden Party and the annual Lucy Jordan Ball. If you need more gratitude in your

life, just read about the Lewis and Faye Manderson Cancer Center’s Just for You Day, celebrating cancer survivors. It was a glorious event, filled with hope. As always, a special thanks to our readers, writers, contributors, and advertisers. Everyone here at Druid City Living appreciates your efforts and support. And if you have any story ideas you’d like to share, please email We’d love to hear from you. From all of us here at DCL, we hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday (and yes, Roll Tide, too!). Best,


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Locals Honored at Northport Citizen of the Year Ceremony

Phylecia Hickman Krebs was named Northport Citizen of the Year during the annual awards program held on Oct. 4 at Five Points Baptist Church. Krebs was honored for her volunteer work with several local organizations, including High Socks for Hope. The Chamber of Commerce of West Alabama sponsors the Citizen of the Year program. Other honorees included Jheovanny Gomez of Jalapeño’s Mexican Grill (Business Leader of the Year), Kelley Strickland, Huntington Place Elementary School (Educator of the Year), Cathy Anderson, Collins-Riverside Middle School (Historian/Pioneer), Assistant Chief Keith Carpenter, Northport Police Department (Public Safety Leader of the Year), and Rob Livingston, Chapel Hill Baptist Church (Religious Leader of the Year). Pictured, (L to R): Jheovanny Gomez, Keith Carpenter, Phylecia Hickman Krebs, Kelley Strickland, Rob Livingston, and Cathy Anderson. Photo: Chamber of Commerce of West Alabama




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November 2018

The Mommy Chronicles: Helping Your Child Stay Focused, Despite the “Mid” Itch

By Marlena Rice For most of us mamas, fall in Alabama means visiting the pumpkin patch with our kiddos, enjoying pumpkin spice everything, and getting ready for the Thanksgiving holiday. We’re also one step closer to preparing for Black Friday, and two steps closer to having a vacation during the Christmas holiday season. Whew! There is so much going on here, there, and everywhere that we may not realize our kids are feeling burned out. When I was in school, come November, the novelty of my new school supplies, backpack, and friendships began to wane as I prepared for tests and report cards, looking forward to every break that allowed me to sleep in just a little bit longer. Sometimes, we forget our kids feel this same way. I call it the “Mid” Itch. They’re smack in the middle of the school semester – just waiting for the next big thing. How do we help our kids focus on school and the “right now?” Keep your routine. When the cool weather sets in, it is so easy to fall into comfort mode, but make sure you keep your routine. Don’t allow your kids to skip too many practices – or study time at home. If your child isn’t bringing home as many assignments, try incorporating something they’re learning in class at home. Create a fun experiment together. Find ways to teach at home in fun, non-traditional ways. Plan away – but live in the present. While it’s exciting to plan and discuss

who’ll be visiting for Thanksgiving this year, where the turkey dinner will be served, and what items need to be added to the list for Santa, it’s also important to remain present in what is happening now. Enjoy the weather and play some football, visit a corn maze, take a hay ride, or jump in some of those leaves before the piles are raked up. If you’re looking for away-from-home activities, check out a local fair, or go camping! Cut down on screen time. This means cell phones, iPads, televisions, and all things electronic. The intense concentration our kids reserve for watching cartoons or videos, or playing games for extended periods, can be spent more productively. To be successful in school, children need intentional focus. Find activities for them at home that require active participation. This can be a big helper for school! Local mom Michele Erdman has found that getting things done immediately after school helps her girls stay engaged and on top of their schooling. “I ask every day when they get home what they did and what they learned,” Erdman said. “We have a rule that homework is done immediately after school before anything else.” Here’s to a happy, enjoyable upcoming holiday for all of us – and to getting over the “Mid” Itch. Marlena Rice is a busy mom and writer who lives in Tuscaloosa with her husband, Rod, and their son, Beaux William. Check out her blog at

Beaux William didn’t want to go to school, so he bundled himself up in the car, hoping I wouldn’t notice him. Nice try! Photo: Marlena Rice

Give Life To Your Story: Don’t Go It Alone, Parents – Speak Up and Ask for Help By Mike Green On a recent Wednesday night, a youth pastor friend invited me to sit on a panel to answer questions posed by his youth group. The panel was made up of parents who had survived the teenage years with their own kids. They hoped to impart a nugget or two of knowledge to teens who were working hard to “raise their own parents.”

WITH ALL YOUR UNCERTAINTY, FEARS, AND FAILURES, YOU HAVE WISDOM AND EXPERIENCE THAT SOMEONE DESPERATELY NEEDS TO HEAR. Trust me, there were no softball questions. One question that stood out to me was, “My dad is getting remarried, and I don’t like my step siblings…how do I deal with that?” Yeah, try to answer that one spontaneously. The others were no easier. Fortunately, I was amongst other caring and experienced parents. They all gave great insights, and I sat there thinking I wish I had asked more questions of other parents when we had our own teens. But sadly, my wife and I did what most parents do: We attempted to navigate those years alone. But there is a better way. It wasn’t that we never asked for help or spoke with other parents. I quite vividly remember conversations with other dads who were facing struggles with their sons and daughters. To hear them

Mike Green and his wife, Laura, serve on the staff of Tuscaloosa Youth For Christ. They have two grown kids and two grandkids. Photo: Mike Green

voice their fears, disappointments, and even failures was a great encouragement to me. I remember thinking, “I’m not the only one!” And on other occasions, I thought, “At least I’m not facing that issue.” But those conversations were scattered, and the challenge of raising teenagers was a daily struggle – with something new always around each corner. I hope what I am writing is resonating with you. And if it is, let me assure you that there is a community full of parents who need you as much as you need them. That’s right, they need you.

With all your uncertainty, fears, and failures, you have wisdom and experience that someone desperately needs to hear. And if you truly have nothing of value to share, a listening ear may be all that’s required to keep a parent from just throwing in the towel. Right now, there is someone close by saying, “Well my middle school kid is a lost cause, but I will do better with my nine-year-old who still listens to me.” They need you. Will you take the initiative? Someone has to speak up. Maybe you need to go to your child’s school and meet with a teacher, counselor, or administrator

and say just say, “Please, help me.” Another option may be speaking up in your church, or Bible study, and asking, “What do I do?” For those of you in such groups, when you hear a parent make a joke about their kids, realize it may be a very real cry for help. Don’t just laugh at their circumstances. Invite them out for a coffee, and share your own story. It all comes down to speaking up. Your family and kids are just that important. Take a risk today.


November 2018

Lake Living: Now is the Time to Start Living Your Life with More Purpose By Allison Adams

Even when times get hard, there is so much to be thankful for. I love this time of year, and the chance to slow down a bit. This November, as we prepare to celebrate Thanksgiving, the focus is on moments. The average lifespan in the U.S. is 72 for males and 81 for females. That means most of us will get around 13,000 mornings in our lifetimes. Not to doom and gloom, but I’m 50 (ish). This means I have around 5000 mornings left. If you are 45, you have about 6500. If you are 30, you have about 10,000 left. How will you spend these mornings? Make them count. I recently saw Maria Shriver talking about Americans’ battle with loneliness, and it rang so true. We must make real relationships count, because we spend so much time with those (often) “fake” social media ones that we forget how to appreciate those people right in front of us. As you gather around homes filled with friends and loved ones this holiday season, make a point to really be there. Live the next 30 days, including your mornings, with more purpose. That doesn’t mean you can’t also nurture moments with yourself, though. Listen to a podcast about something you have always wanted to do. Listen to new music you have never heard

before. Take a different route home and enjoy a beautiful fall sunset in Tuscaloosa. Take a family member who could use your influence and your wisdom somewhere special. Pull out old board games – or spend some of those valuable hours playing cards with your family. Those are the moments that will stand still in time, that will be remembered, that will be of value to those around you. I’ve been taking a genealogy class through OLLI at the University of Alabama. I realized, with my grandparents gone, I didn’t listen enough to their stories. What stories do you have time to listen to? To tell? Now is your moment. Have a blessed and wonderful Thanksgiving. Allison

Allison Adams is a mom of four and a Realtor with Lake Homes Realty serving Lake Tuscaloosa. For comments, email aadams@lakehomes. com.

Make it a point to live life with purpose. Surround yourself with friends and loved ones this Thanksgiving. Photo: Allison Adams


November 2018

The Land of Oz: How to Make Your Thanksgiving Miserable (Some Bad Holiday Advice) By Derek Osborn A monthly editorial piece of masterful opinionated writing (insert joke here) regarding life and times in the big town of Tuscaloosa, coupled with the musings of a guy nicknamed “Oz.” Isn’t it odd that some people love the holidays, and all the associated gatherings, while others despise even the notion? I’ve always loved the holidays and the overabundance of food and the weird, hybrid Thanksgiving recipes brought by each person that walks in the door. I’d always heard that you can’t ruin dressing. Yes. Yes, you can. You can absolutely, positively, 100 percent ruin dressing. When preparing for a holiday gathering, you definitely have to get your mind right. My mindset has always centered around hoping for the best – yet realistically expecting the worst, while not openly being pessimistic. Here is the reality: Someone, if not an entire household, is going to show up late. If your gathering is scheduled at 11 a.m., you probably won’t eat until 1 p.m. Also, there will be a relative who brings someone who wasn’t invited. Again, get your mind right. If you acknowledge these occurrences beforehand, they become a lot easier to digest once they come to fruition. However, if you are intent on making the party pathetic, here are some surefire ways to make it happen (which means, do NOT do these things): Sign up to bring green bean casserole, and instead take Jell-O Salad: This is a great way to tick almost everyone off. Just about everybody loves green bean casserole. It can sometimes be the most appealing thing on the table. But NOBODY likes Jell-O Salad.

It’s not even salad. Bring a new significant other that none of your family has met: Family members expecting a family-only event will not cherish this decision. It may also create incredibly awkward, silent moments at dinner. Fun! Begin a conversation relating to politics: If there is one thing the country, and your family, can’t agree on right now, its politics. So, yeah! Go for it. But no… DON’T. You are not going to change anyone’s mind, and they aren’t going to change yours. It’s a trap. Bring homemade cranberry sauce: No, don’t do this either. If you can’t see the can imprint on the cranberry, then it’s not Thanksgiving. Accept no substitutions. Tell everyone about your top-notch parenting skills (and indirectly imply how horrible everyone else is at it): Want to tick someone off while not necessarily meaning to tick someone off? Explain to everyone how great you are at raising kids while giving advice to others on how to raise theirs. On second thought, don’t. Everyone faces their own set of challenges in life, and no one is an expert on this one. Avoid. Get out your phone and start early Black Friday shopping at the table: No!! Put the dang phone down. Please. Just for a little while. For the love of… But in all seriousness, enjoy yourself. Relax. And Happy Turkey Day.

Derek Osborn is the Executive Director of PRIDE of Tuscaloosa by trade and a writer by hobby. He lives in Tuscaloosa with his wife, Lynn, and their daughters, Savannah and Anica. Find him on Twitter @ozborn34. Photo: Derek Osborn


November 2018

Druid City Living Business Spotlight: Financial Advisor Michael Ford From time to time, Druid City Living likes to turn the spotlight on some of the local business leaders in our community. This month’s Business Spotlight is squarely on Raymond James Financial Advisor Michael Ford. Our sincere thanks to Mr. Ford for taking the time to answer our pressing questions, and for revealing some incredibly interesting things about himself. It is our hope that everyone in our community will get to know him just a little better. Name: Michael Ford Title: Financial Advisor Company: Raymond James & Associates Current city of residence? Tuscaloosa Family? Spouse - Caroline; Son - Alex, 13 What is your educational background? The Altamont School in Birmingham for grades 5-12; Bachelor in Arts from Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine; Master’s Degree in Business Administration from The University of Alabama Where did you grow up? Mountain Brook, Alabama What was your first job? I worked at the Golden Rule Bar-B-Que in Irondale, Alabama, as a busboy for a few summers while I was in high school. It was an eye-opening experience, but I enjoyed it. Why did you choose your profession? I believe everyone desires financial peace of mind. I was in a small business which was hit hard by the Great Recession and experienced first-hand what’s it’s like to lose sleep at night worried about finances. Since I had an interest in personal finance, financial

planning, and providing solutions, I decided to pursue a career as a financial advisor, drawing from my experience to help others attain financial peace of mind and sleep well at night. It’s very gratifying to work with families, business owners, and professionals every step of the way in their pursuit of their financial goals. In 10 years, you’ll be… Continuing to serve passionately in my role as a financial advisor and in leadership board positions for several charitable organizations. I would also like to be teaching financial planning on an adjunct basis. What is the first thing you do when you get to the office? I prioritize my tasks for the day and make final preparations for client and prospect meetings. What is a hot topic in your industry? How the mid-term elections and other factors will affect the stock market in 2019. Number one item on your bucket list? To travel more in Europe with my family. Among the countries I would like to visit are Greece (since I am half-Greek), Italy, Ireland, and France. Another bucket list item would be to attend the Final Four - preferably to watch Alabama! What’s the first website you check in the morning? I check before I get to the office. If you had to choose another career, what would it be? I would choose to go into sports radio, since

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I have been told for many years I have the voice and knowledge for it.

What’s your favorite local restaurant? Evangeline’s

What’s your guiding business principle? Always put the client first.

What’s your favorite local or professional sports team? Alabama Crimson Tide. Roll Tide!

What’s the best advice you’ve ever received? Live life with honesty and integrity and exhibit good manners. What’s your hidden talent? I can remember college football and college basketball statistics with the best of them.

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Caroline Baxter Ford Welcome Caroline Baxter Ford to Druid City Media! Caroline has extensive experience in managing a business in a very competitive market. She managed Organic Harvest in Birmingham while national chains like Whole Foods moved into the area. Organic Harvest has been very successful, but Tuscaloosa lucked out when Caroline fell in love with a local here, Michael Ford. Caroline is a marketing accounting executive who has been on the business owner side, and she truly understands the needs and challenges they face. If you are interested in growing your business with Druid City Media, call Caroline at 205-569-8109 or


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and manages all aspects of grant writing and reporting while advocating for or against actions which are important to the mission of Shelton State. Koh’s new role at the college began on Sept. 1.

1 Greyhound Bus Line Inc. recently held a ribbon 1 cutting celebrating at its new Tuscaloosa location (3301 Greensboro Ave.). This new location will also launch a new bus service down the west side of the state.; (205) 758-6651 2 Half Shell Oyster House is now open in downtown Tuscaloosa (2325 University Blvd). The menu includes fresh local oysters and seafood, steaks, monthly specials, pasta dishes, and more.; (205) 860-7001

3 Southeast Mortgage Tuscaloosa celebrated the grand opening of its new Tuscaloosa office (1635 N. McFarland Blvd, Ste 503) on Oct. 10. The independent mortgage lender offers FHA loans, VA loans, and conventional loans.; (205) 792-7355 4 TherapySouth is now open in Tuscaloosa (542 15th Street East). TherapySouth is a therapist-owned, outpatient physical therapy practice that specializes in personalized, hands on care.; (205) 462-7520

6 The Tuscaloosa Tennis Association won three awards from the United States Tennis Association. TTA was named Alabama Community Tennis Association of the Year, Alabama Adult Tournament of the Year (for the Emily Baker Women’s Classic), and Southern Member Organization of the Year. The 2019 Emily Baker Women’s Classic is planned for Feb. 20-22. For more information, visit Jay Welborn Photo: Alabama Retail Association

3 Dr. James W. Evans has joined the medical staff of the Lewis and Faye Manderson Cancer Center as a medical oncologist/hematologist. He comes to the Manderson Cancer Center from the Birmingham area, where he worked as a medical oncologist for three years. The Manderson Cancer Center is located on the campus of DCH Regional Medical Center.

L to R: Derek White (President and CEO of USTA Southern), Kathryn Hornsby (Tuscaloosa Tennis Association President), and Laura Weygandt (USTA Southern Awards Committee Chair) Photo: Tuscaloosa Tennis Association

News and Happenings


1 ARCH Global Precision has acquired Smith’s Machine

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of Cottondale. Smith’s Machine has manufactured precision parts for many industries, including the military and aerospace industries, for decades. ARCH Global Precision is a Michigan-based company that is focused on precision machined components and cutting tools.

2 Chick-fil-A Northport Owner Ashley Gill received the

2018 Gold Retailer of the Year Award in the $5 million to $20 Million Annual Sales Category from the Alabama Retail Association. The Alabama Retailer of the Year awards honor retailers who have demonstrated growth, innovation, and a commitment to their respective communities. B&W Foods Partner Jay Welborn accepted the Silver Retailer of the Year Award in the $20 Million Plus category. B&W operates four Piggly Wiggly stores in Tuscaloosa and Northport. The Alabama Retail Association today honored Gill and Welborn at its Retail Day luncheon in Birmingham on Oct. 16.

Dr. James W. Evans Photo: DCH Regional Medical Center

4 Two new staff members have joined the Kentuck Art Center’s team. Mary Bell is the new Gallery Shop Manager, and Claire Collins is the office manager. Bell is a 2017 graduate of Mississippi College, with a BA in Studio Art with an emphasis in ceramics. Collins recently graduated from the University of Alabama with a BS in finance and math statistics. 5 Shelton State Community College has named Jonathan Koh as the College’s Director of Grants and Governmental Relations. In the position of Director, Koh coordinates

has announced the 2018 recipients of the University’s highest honor for excellence in teaching – the Outstanding Commitment to Teaching Awards. This year’s honorees are Stacy Latham Alley, director of musical theatre and an associate professor of musical theatre and dance; Dr. Rich Houston, director of the Culverhouse School of Accountancy and the Hilton Dean Professor of Accounting; Dr. Mary Meares, associate professor in the communication studies department; and Nathan James Parker, instructor in UA’s creative writing department.

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Downtown Entertainment District Becomes Permanent Fixture in Tuscaloosa By Sydney Basden The Tuscaloosa City Council recently voted to make the city’s Downtown Entertainment District a part of every weekend, instead of it only being in effect on a limited basis. According to the city, the entertainment district is in effect on Fridays and Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., as well as noon to 9:30 p.m. on Sundays. Its general borders are south of Jack Warner Parkway, east of 28th Avenue, west of 21st Avenue, and north of Sixth Street. Participating businesses within the district’s boundaries can serve patrons to-go alcoholic beverages, which must be in approved cups with a designated sticker. Customers can only leave an establishment with one cup and must dispose of the beverage before entering another business. Tuscaloosa City Councilman Matt Calderone initially proposed the entertainment district in 2015. He said it was originally geared toward downtown events and festivals, but he is pleased with its permanent addition to Tuscaloosa. “I offered up legislation in 2015 after the state passed a law approving entertainment districts for cities that meet certain qualifications because I wanted citizens to be able to walk around and participate in local events,” Calderone said. He said the district has added enjoyment to downtown Tuscaloosa, and that the city has seen an increase in events and festivals, most notably the summertime Live at the Plaza concert series. Calderone also said businesses participating in the district are happy with its results. Ray Hyde, the general manager for The Booth, said his foot traffic has increased since the district began. The Booth, a local bar within the district’s borders, has been in the district since its introduction. Hyde said the city initially approached the bar about the district, and The Booth agreed to participate. “We [The Booth] saw a steady flow of foot traffic during our happy hours this summer,” Hyde said. “Our customers enjoyed being able to walk around and leave the bar with one of our drinks.”

While Hyde said business customers enjoy the entertainment district, members of the Original City Association have safety concerns. The association works to as a watchdog organization that attempts to preserve the “idea of neighborhoods” in the Tuscaloosa historic districts. Kelly Fits, the organization’s president, said some of the participating retailers in the district are either in or relatively close to the city’s historic neighborhood and homes. She said some families in these neighborhoods have experienced everything from minor vandalism to intoxicated patrons breaking and entering their homes in the middle of the night. “Intoxicated people get lost and wander into our neighborhoods, creating

safety issues for the residents in Tuscaloosa’s historic districts,” Fitts said. “We are trying to protect our borders and provide safety and stability for our families and homeowners.” Councilman Calderone said that public safety is the city’s top priority and that the city works to educate the public on the entertainment district guidelines. “We have clearly marked signs designating the boundaries of the entertainment district and its policies,” Calderone said. “Our downtown police precinct also does a good job of monitoring people to enforce and educate patrons about the district’s rules.”

Downtown Entertainment District rules allow businesses to serve alcohol to patrons in to-go cups, as long as the patrons stay within the district. Photo: Sydney Basden Map: City of Tuscaloosa


November 2018

DCH Foundation to Hold 41st Annual Lucy Jordan Ball on Nov. 9 By Faith Henley Few Tuscaloosa experiences can compare to the glamour and charm of The Lucy Jordan Ball. The DCH Foundation will host the 41st annual ball on Nov. 9 at 6 p.m. at NorthRiver Yacht Club. Attendees will gather this year in support of The Finn and Quinley Children and Infants’ Fund. “This year’s ball is just as special as its recipient, the Finn & Quinley Infant and Children’s Fund of The DCH Foundation,” said DCH Foundation Director of Development Brandt Lapish. “The Fund has made nearly $1 Million worth of technological and training improvements in our maternity and neonatal care units, our emergency rooms, and many other departments who serve our youngest patients.” The Finn & Quinley Infant and Children’s Fund began in 2004, when Danielle and Michael McInerney lost their premature twins after eight days in the Northport Medical Center’s neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). The McInerney’s created the fund in the twins’ memory to help other parents in similar situations. The fund also helps both DCH campuses with needs for the NICUs, pediatrics, and maternal/child areas of the health system. “Specific projects have included the Giraffe Omnibeds, our Child Life Specialist, a digital infant footprint scanner, and many key training programs and technologies that strengthen our clinical staff and physicians’ ability to help our newest patients get the best possible start in life,” LaPish said.

The DCH Foundation’s annual Lucy Jordan Ball raises much-needed funding for the Finn & Quinley Infant and Children’s Fund. Last year’s fundraising gala celebrated 40 years. Photo: The DCH Foundation

The Lucy Jordan Ball is named for the woman who founded The DCH Foundation back in 1973. A dedicated volunteer, Lucy Jordan worked for over 20 years to promote community involvement and volunteering within DCH. Jordan, who officially retired from her role at The DCH Foundation in 1993, continued to volunteer and be a large part of its success until her death

at age 97 in August of 2017. Jordan’s legacy will continue to be felt, and honored, with the Lucy Jordan Ball. Each year’s Lucy Jordan Ball has a unique theme, such as “A Night in Havana,” “Pretty in Pink,” or the “Black and White Ball.” LaPish said this year’s theme, “The Secret Garden,”will be a special treat for both new and returning attendees.

Anyone interested in attending the 2018 Lucy Jordan Ball should contact The DCH Foundation at (205) 759-7349 for more details.

A DAY FOR THEM Celebrating Cancer Survivors By Shane Dorrill

Top: Former University of Alabama Athletics Director Bill Battle and his wife, Mary – an oncology nurse – at Just For You Day, which celebrates cancer survivors. Battle was first diagnosed with multiple myeloma in 2014. Bottom: Cancer survivors participate in a special fashion show during Just For You Day. Photos: Lewis and Faye Manderson Cancer Center

Cheerleaders yelled. Hair stylists coifed. Masseuses massaged, and motivational speakers encouraged. It was part pep-rally, part pampering, and totally purposeful. This year’s Just For You Day, which celebrates cancer survivors, was held Sept. 27 at the Lewis and Faye Manderson Cancer Center at DCH Regional Medical Center. “It’s basically a time for them to celebrate their survivorship,” said Jana Smith, Manderson Cancer Center outreach coordinator. “To be a cancer survivor means, at any point in your life, you’ve been told that you have cancer. So, it might be someone that is currently in treatment, or was just diagnosed, or it might be someone who is 10 or 15 years out.” More than 400 people, including 125 cancer survivors along with their caregivers, volunteers, vendors, special guests, and cancer center employees attended the event, which was titled “Kicking Cancer in the Tailgate.” To keep with the theme, cheerleaders from Shelton State Community College and the University of Alabama pumped up the crowd, Big Al jiggled his belly, and the Alabama Dance Line performed. University of Alabama Head Gymnastics Coach Dana Duckworth and former UA Athletics Director Bill Battle served as guest speakers. After leading the survivors in a dance, Duckworth delivered an inspirational message. “She talked to the survivors about the power of the voices that we hear,” Smith said. “She talked about how everyone has a strong voice and a weak voice, and which one are you going to feed? Because, when you are battling something like cancer you need to quiet that weak voice as much as you can and let that strong voice come through.”

Battle, a cancer survivor who was first diagnosed with multiple myeloma in 2014, began his keynote address by calling his wife, Mary, to the stage. “He got up with Mary, his wife, and wanted to talk about the importance of having a good support system when you’re going through cancer, and basically publicly praised her for love and support of him as he went through it,” Smith said. Battle spent much of his time not as a coach, but instead as a peer, answering personal questions from the other survivors. He touched on topics like how he communicated with his doctors,

overcame his fear, and kept a positive attitude, which resonated with cancer survivor Phyllis Olive. “He told us, you can either lie in a fetal position or you can get up every day and make the best of it, smile, put on your lipstick, and try to have the best attitude,” Olive said. “So, I think attitude makes the difference.” A highlight of the day for everyone was the fashion show, which featured about a dozen survivors strutting down the runway in clothes provided by Chico’s and The Locker Room, as cancer center employees cheered them on. Like many, Olive, a breast cancer

survivor who was diagnosed in 2014, lost her hair during treatment. It was during that time she was encouraged by the employees at the cancer center to take part in the fashion show. “When I was going through my chemotherapy, they asked me to model in the little fashion show, and I was a little hesitant at first because I was pretty private. But all of my sweet nurses talked me into it, and I ended up having a lot of fun, which is kind of something you need to interject into your life when you’re going through chemotherapy,” Olive said. The event also provides an oppor-

tunity for cancer center employees and survivors to interact outside the clinical setting. “It’s fun for our employees to see the patients when they are strong and healthier after they’ve gotten through the treatment,” Smith said. “It’s wonderful, because so many people that have been out for a little while come by the office to speak or give us a hug,” said Jennifer Walker, a social worker at the center. “Just to see them come through, and see that they are doing so well, it is always just wonderful.” Olive agreed. “I loved seeing all of my nurses, and all of the people that worked at the center. It’s just always so nice to see them. It was like a mini reunion.” Among the more than 40 volunteers at this year’s event was Latrelle Porter, executive director of Hospice of West Alabama, who teaches Zumba classes in her spare time. She led the survivors in a workout. While this was Porter’s first year as a volunteer, she said it won’t be her last. “Working at Hospice, I see people at end of life, and for me, this event is so moving because it is people who are fighters to the core. They don’t give up.” Porter said. “To be able to be part of a day that honors them, and encourages them, and makes them feel that people are

behind them, it is just a very special thing.” Volunteer Karen Thomas, an 11-year breast cancer survivor, helped survivors and caregivers create beautiful works of art in the cancer center’s art therapy studio. Participants painted kindness rocks and placed their thumbprints on a canvas that will be displayed at the cancer center. Thomas has attended every Just for You Day, and says this event helps remind patients that they are more than their diagnosis. “It’s a celebration of them, and a celebration of them moving forward,” Thomas said. “We know it’s a scary, dark path, but we are letting them know, we are there with you to celebrate every step. I saw so much of the joy and hope this year. It was amazing.”

Top: Denise Bonner-Smith, a cancer survivor, enjoys the art therapy studio for survivors and caregivers at the Manderson Cancer Center. Middle: Cancer survivors participate in a special fashion show during Just For You Day. Bottom: University of Alabama Women’s Basketball starter Jordan Lewis spends time with a cancer survivor. Photos: Lewis and Faye Manderson Cancer Center

Tuscaloosa Seeks Community Involvement in Framework Initiative By Sydney Basden

Top: Steering Committee members began meeting in June 2018, working closely with city planning staff, a consultant team, and other community members. Bottom: Members of the Framework Steering Committee meeting to discuss, and give guidance to, the direction of the planning process. Photos: City of Tuscaloosa

The City of Tuscaloosa is looking for community members to participate in Framework, a city-wide initiative to update the city’s outdated Comprehensive Plan and zoning and development regulations. According to the initiative’s website, the city’s goal is to “define a long-term vision for Tuscaloosa” and a guide for continuous growth. This will be done through a restructuring and reorganizing of Tuscaloosa’s Comprehensive Plan, which has not been updated since 2009, and zoning codes, which have not been redone since 1972. Ashley Crites, Tuscaloosa’s Director of Planning, is one of the city staff members involved in Framework, and she said it is a necessity in order to guide and lead the city effectively. “Without a new Comprehensive Plan and new zoning regulations, we are working out of outdated documents,” Crites said. “Our current zoning codes still mention telegraphs, so it is clear we are in need of a refresh.” Crites also said that community participation is key to making the plan as effective as possible. One way

Framework is community-focused is through its Steering Committee, a group of 30 Tuscaloosa residents from various backgrounds and areas of influence who work to give guidance and direction in the planning process. One such stakeholder is Nicole Prewitt, the director of programs and partnerships for community engagement at the University of Alabama. Prewitt, one of the co-chairs of the steering committee, said she was appointed by the city because of her role for UA in the Neighborhood Partnership Committee. It works to improve the relationship between students, off-campus neighbors, and law enforcement. Prewitt said this concept of relationship-building carries over to her work on the steering committee. “We work as mediators between the planning consultants and the community,” Prewitt said. “We go out into our community to connect with stakeholders and individuals and hear their opinions to help inform our decision-making. Community engagement is a shared agenda.” She said this community input helps lead to more productive meet-

ings and ideas for Framework because the city can ensure they are focusing on what matters to Tuscaloosa residents. Along with public input, the steering committee wants specific community stakeholders and organizations to share their ideas for the city, to make sure all cross-sections of Tuscaloosa are involved in the process. The Tuscaloosa Preservation Society is one stakeholder committed to providing input into city’s new zoning regulations and comprehensive plan. William Hawkins, the executive director, said the society works to care for and maintain five historic homes in the City of Tuscaloosa. Hawkins said the society “keeps the history of Tuscaloosa alive” and wants to continue that tradition for years to come. “We at the Tuscaloosa Preservation Society are planning to attend the next planning meeting in order to make sure our historic structures are preserved,” Hawkins said. “It is our city too, so we want to hold them accountable to what we think is the right path and direction.” The city will host Forum on the Future on Nov. 27, for the community

to learn about the Framework process and get involved. Crites said the city wants Tuscaloosa residents from all walks of life to come to this interactive workshop to make their opinions on the city’s future heard. “The plan cannot be successful unless Tuscaloosa residents buy into it,” Crites said. “No one knows the community and its needs like the ones living in it.” For more information and to get involved with Framework, visit

How to Grow Your Business When the Owner is Out of Time By Hanson Watkins Tuscaloosa is a relationship town. Your plumber knows the secretary at your church, and their kids all play soccer with yours. Relationship marketing is one of the main ways Tuscaloosans do business with each other. But if you are a small business that depends on relationship marketing, your budget is probably not big enough to support a fulltime sales person (most people can’t live on $17,500). So that leaves all of the sales efforts on the shoulders of the owner. The average expenditure on marketing for a small business is about 7 percent, according to the Small Business Administration. If you are a small business that grosses $250,000 a year, that is $17,500.

What can you do to “lighten the load” as a business owner who not only does all the sales, but has to run the business? There are things that can be outsourced, that are reasonably priced, and that can create lead generation and help close sales. Each of these things are also

possible for the business owner to do themselves on a basic level. There are lots of tutorials and training for free on the internet. The question... Is it worth it to spend time to learn how to do something you are going to do once, or infrequently? It may make more sense to outsource it, depending on how you value your time.

Drip Campaigns

These are regular reminders, updated info, deadlines – whatever your customer finds useful (please don’t spam) that keep your business at the top of your customer’s mind. Outsource costs range from about $500 to $2500, depending on complexity. The good news is, most business can get an effective campaign at the lower end of this range. And this is a one-time cost that can be used for years.

Google Adwords

Are you a dealer for a specific product? Do you have a specialty that is specific? For example, are you an attorney that focuses on mining litigation? Or are you the only dealer of Plumbing Widget A in the Southeast? Adwords campaigns can help customers that are looking for something specific find you at a reasonable cost to you. It is best used for lead generation, or for selling specific items. To outsource a basic campaign, set up starts at around $500. Heavily managed, or complex campaigns, can be very expensive, but they are typically not needed in smaller markets. Direct ad costs vary depending on the competitiveness of the industry. However, the costs can be very low for specific search terms – even as little as a few hundred dollars per year.

Outsourced Call Center

Almost no purchased lead list is usable in its original form. The next step is always cleaning up the list and getting corrected information. You can pre-qualify leads and get corrected contact information by using an outsourced call center with a script you approve. This is one of the more expensive outsource options starting at $1200+, but it’s also significantly less hassle than trying to set up your own mini-call center, or trying to get overworked staff to do calls.

This is great for professionals that have extensive past client lists, but who are having a hard time getting around to touching base with them. It’s also great for businesses that need to reach outside of their current network and need a place to get started. If your business is not growing because of lack of time, there are options. This is a great time of year to plan for growth in 2019.

Tales of Tuscaloosa “A very brilliant young man” (November 6, 1851)

Preliminary returns arrived from a distant county, and it appeared that Democrat John Erwin had won a seat in the U.S. House to represent the Seventh Congressional District of Alabama. A rowdy group of his supporters, led by John Gorman Barr, rolled a cannon to a hilltop overlooking Tuscaloosa and were set to have “a grand jollification.” But before any salutes could be fired, the official returns for the general election of November 6, 1851, arrived. The hoped-for result was not to be, as Whig candidate Alexander White was victorious. The would-be merrymakers dispersed in disappointment. John Gorman Barr was born in North Carolina in 1823. After his father’s death, his mother brought him to Tuscaloosa in 1835, where she died soon afterwards, leaving her son penniless. He was apprenticed to a local printer at age 14. David M. Boyd, a Tuscaloosa clothing merchant, granted him a scholarship to the University of Alabama. He was only 18 years old when he earned a degree in 1841 and 19 when he earned a second degree in 1842. He subsequently became a mathematics tutor. Being an eloquent speaker, he also served as master of ceremonies for University functions, such as graduation. Later, he privately studied law and was admitted to the bar in 1845. He soon began writing for the Tuscaloosa Observer. E.A. Powell, writing in Fifty-Five Years in West Alabama, described him as “a very brilliant young man.” At the outbreak of the Mexican War, he raised a company of local volunteers and served as captain from 1847 until 1848, eventually achieving the rank of lieutenant colonel. After the war, he became editor of the Tuscaloosa Observer. Some of his humorous short stories were reprinted in the Spirit of the Times, a nationally distributed, New York-based, weekly newspaper, under the pseudonym Top: Adaptation from a woodcut illustration printed in the Montgomery Weekly Mail, December 21, 1860. Left: President James Buchanan appointed John Gorman “Omega.” Barr to be U.S. Consul to Melbourne, Australia in 1858. Image courtesy of the National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institute. Right: This copy of a portrait of John Barr’s characters were often real Gorman Barr is the only known image of a pre-Civil War University of Alabama Cadet uniform. The original painting was lost in a fire. Image courtesy of Dr. G. Ward Hubbs. Tuscaloosans of all social classes, ranging from slaves to aristocrats. fellow Democrat, was impressed, and membered as a humorist, he had varying About the Author Some became the victims of elaborate in 1858, he appointed Barr as the U.S. degrees of success as an academic, jourJim Ezell is a retired engineer, histopractical jokes. One of his best-known Consul to Melbourne, the capital of the nalist, lawyer, army officer, politician, rian, and author. His newest novel, The stories is the “New York Drummer’s newly created British Colony of Vicand diplomat. His achievements are Cistern, was published in Dec. 2017. Ride to Greensboro.” It tells of a toria in southern Australia. There had significant by the standards of any era, The Cistern is an adventure/crime novel self-important traveling salesman who, been a huge gold rush, and Australia’s especially since he accomplished these set in Tuscaloosa and fictional Tombigwith the aid of alcohol, is led to bepopulation had tripled in just a decade. things during a life of only 35 years. bee County in the Alabama Black Belt. lieve he is traveling from Tuscaloosa Many of the gold miners were American The Cistern is available on Amazon. to Greensboro. Almost everyone in and thus might need the help a repreSuggested additional reading: com. the community participates by adding sentative of their native country could Rowdy Tales from Early Alabama: “special effects” – while he spends the offer. Barr sailed for Australia but died The Humor of John Gorman Barr. G. night in a horseless stagecoach that goes of sunstroke. He was buried at sea in the Ward Hubbs, editor. nowhere. Indian Ocean. Humor of the Old Southwest. Cohen In 1857, Barr launched a campaign John Gorman Barr arose from a povand Dillingham, editors. for a seat in Congress, but later witherty-stricken background and enjoyed a drew. President James Buchanan, a multi-facetted career. Although best re-


November 2018

Family Counseling Service: The Keys, and the Path, to Personal Growth By Larry Deavers The path to personal growth involves a courageous self-examination, stepping outside our comfort zone, and taking on new challenges. Here are some ideas to help you get started on making the changes you’ve always wanted to, but never quite followed through on.

Seek to Understand Yourself

People committed to personal growth don’t settle for simply blaming others for their problems. We all have flaws. Once you determine to look at any challenging interactions with other people as learning experiences, rather than threats, you gain valuable insight into yourself, your ability to communicate and your ability to appreciate others. Seek feedback from those who know you best, both at home and at work, with a welcoming attitude. Listen, unafraid, and identify areas where you can grow.

Challenge Your Fears

Take on something that intimidates you and set a goal to become proficient at it. Facing our fears frees us from the power they have over us. It will be intimidating in the beginning, but if you take those first one or two steps towards facing that challenge, often you will discover that your fear has been greatly exaggerated. You are capable of more than you give yourself credit for.

Learn from Others

You can learn something from anyone. It’s easier to learn from those you admire, but everyone has some strength, skill, or piece of wisdom you can adapt to make improvements in your own life. Ask yourself, “How can I learn from them and adopt that skill for myself?” This is a humbling experience, but it also reframes your interactions with others as growth opportunities, even with those with whom you have a difficult relationship.

Establish Positive Routines

Set out to develop positive habits and stick with them. You already know what habits you want to establish; maybe you’ve struggled with them for some time. Renew your commitment to make this new habit a routine – same time, same place, same behavior – as much as possible. Then, determine to take one step, no matter how small, towards your goal every day. Start by telling one or two others your plans, and ask them to hold you accountable. Taking that step will give you the impetus to move forward.

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Resolve Past Grievances with Others

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Larry Deavers is a Licensed Clinical Independent Social Worker and Executive Director of Family Counseling Service in Tuscaloosa. Photo: Larry Deavers

Giving Back to Tuscaloosa by Hanson Watkins

The holiday season is not only a time for gifts to friends and family, it is also the busiest time for many charitable and volunteer organizations. Giving toys, time, money, organizational skills – all are needed and valued. This year, as you go into the holiday season, think about the issues you have in your life, or the challenges you see, and choose a charity to support here in Tuscaloosa. It is a blessing for those who receive, but it also brings a host of good things to the giver. For those of you that have given to your community this year – thank you. This town wouldn’t the special place it is without you. Our business, VeloCity Cycles, gives back to the community in many ways, but our favorite is our annual Christmas bike donation program. Each year at Christmastime, we take in used bike donations from members of the community. We clean and fix up these bikes so that they are in the best condition possible. We’ve also partnered with Nick’s Kids Foundation, which purchases additional new bikes that are included. We then work with administrators and counselors in the Tuscaloosa City School system to identify children who are in need of something special this Christmas, and all bikes are donated to the families/kids identified by the schools. In the past four years, we’ve donated more than 200 bikes to children in Tuscaloosa. This project is important to us because we believe that every kid should have a new (or almost new) bike at some point in their childhood, and we want to do our best to make sure that happens here in Tuscaloosa. A bike encourages kids to get outside, get some exercise, and explore instead of sitting in front of a monitor somewhere. Note: If you want to donate a bike (and we hope you do), please deliver it on or after December 15, since storage is limited. Brad Poindexter and Adam Lilly VeloCity Cycle’s Owners

I spend a lot of time talking to elementary school aged children about saving money. In 2018, my resolution was to visit middle and high schools with the same message. My goal was to speak to 1,500 additional students this year. Tanya Winstead Community Outreach and Events Officer Alabama One Credit Union

I am proud to be a part of a big-hearted group making waves across the city. Just this year alone, the Realtors Association sponsored Bark in the Park, and with the canned food drive, we collected hundreds of bags. For Habitat for Humanity this year, we worked on a number of homes. pictured: Caring Days Tailgate Party, the Red Cross Halloween Blood Drive. This year, we supported High Socks for Hope, Toys for Tots, and the Temporary Emergency Services clothing drive to wrap up our year. Allison Adams PR Chair Tuscaloosa Association of Realtors

Hotel Capstone loves to work with Toys for Tots. It is one of our main events, and we typically are the largest single donation. We collected more than 200 toys last year! Ashley Russell and Tracy Channell Hotel Capstone We want to share more stories about Tuscaloosans giving back in 2019. If you, your business, or a friend is giving to the community, please email us at editor@druidcity with the subject line “Tuscaloosa Gives Back.” That which you shine a light on, grows.

It’s Time for a Garden Party Annual Event Offers Unique Farm-to-Table Experience By Faith Henley

Top Left: Local restaurants will prepare dishes for the Garden Party, incorporating fresh, locally-sourced ingredients. Top Right: Proceeds from the annual event benefit Schooyard Roots, which strives to build community through food. The organization has helped start learning gardens throughout area schools. Bottom Left: Schoolyard Roots engages students in learning about healthy, sustainably-grown food. The organization hopes to put a garden in every school in Alabama. Bottom Right: The Garden Party offers guests the opportunity to sample delicious creations prepared by local chefs. Photos: Schoolyard Roots

The 7th Annual Schoolyard Roots Garden Party will be held on Nov. 11 at the Tuscaloosa River Market. From 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., attendees can sample fresh, delicious food from 18 local farmers, 16 restaurants, and three breweries. Local musicians will provide live music, and guests can bid on art provided by local artists. “We like to think of the Garden Party as a way to bring together the local food community,” said Stephanie Marker, Development Fellow for Schoolyard Roots. “We love our local farmers and local business owners, and the Garden Party is an opportunity to feature what they have to offer to the Tuscaloosa community, and get the word out about our mission at the same time.” Restaurants with strong ties to the community, such as Dreamland, Chuck’s Fish, Sweet Home Food Bar, Local Roots, and Glory Bound will be

providing dishes for the event. Attendees can also try local brews from Band of Brothers Brewery, Druid City Brewing, and Black Warrior Brewing Company. Proceeds from the event will benefit Schoolyard Roots’ mission to help Tuscaloosa area elementary schools start and implement learning gardens for their students. From a young age, this teaches children healthy eating habits and sustainability practices that will influence the way they think and grow. “Our garden lessons pique students’ curiosity about the fruits and vegetables we help them grow,” Marker said. “They feel so proud to have planted, tended, and harvested their own food, and that feeling of pride in their hands-on involvement in the process gets them excited about trying fruits and vegetables that they might not have tasted before they went through

our program. We provide them with experiential education, which gets them using all their senses and applying academic concepts in a real-world situation, and they really get engaged with their course material and get excited about learning.” Eventually, Schoolyard Roots hopes to have a learning garden at every school in Alabama. Once a new garden is set up, Schoolyard Roots provides supplies and trains teachers to incorporate the garden into their lesson plans. Representatives visit the school often to lead lessons and assist teachers in adjusting to an outdoor learning environment. After the first few years, each school becomes responsible for maintaining their garden. “The absolute favorite part of my job is seeing the children’s reaction to learning about food systems and watching them try new vegetables for the first time,” said Schoolyard Roots

Executive Director Stephanie Reinhart. “Our hands-on curriculum encompasses so many facets: increasing children’s knowledge of food systems; expanding their list of favorite fruits and vegetables; experiential education lessons that meet Alabama Education standards; and working every day to curb the trend of childhood obesity by getting children to make healthy food choices.” To learn more about Schoolyard Roots, or to get involved, visit Tickets to the Garden Party can be bought in advance at


November 2018

Need Some Holiday Inspiration? Tuscaloosa Tablescapes Event is Nov. 8 By Brandie Bowden If you’re looking for some decorating ideas or holiday motivation this season, you’ll want to check out Tuscaloosa Tablescapes on Nov. 8. For the second year, the Tuscaloosa Career & Technology Academy’s Hospitality and Tourism program will offer up some gorgeous holiday décor ideas and inspiration. Last year, the group had about 20 tables displaying the tablescapes designed and contributed by local interior designers and decorators, caterers, restaurants, florists, and more. A tablescape consists of everything used for entertaining, including the centerpiece and decorations, flatware, place settings, glasses, linen, napkins, and place cards. Contributors select each of these elements in the color, pattern, and style that fits with the tablescape they designed. Guests can vote on their favorite displays while enjoying live music, heavy hors d’oeuvres, and a silent auction. Organizers say this come-and-go affair helps support TCTA’s early specialized training, which is designed to help prepare students to enter the workforce and get a jump start on their careers. “This opportunity brings together the community with the school,” said Jami Pierson, a teacher at the Tuscaloosa Career & Technology Academy in the Hospitality and Tourism program. “People don’t know what happens here, or even that we exist, so it’s great to have the chance to show that to those in our community.” The event is put on almost completely by students, with a senior student in the program taking Tuscaloosa Tablescapes on as a project. “This student is in charge of flyers, tickets, organizing the entire event. Set up is done by students in the hospitality and tourism program, as well as clean up,” said Pierson, who works closely with the student to bring the event to fruition. “The culinary arts students come up with the menu, take care of the shopping, preparation, to showcase some of what they’ve been doing. Most of our silent auction items have come from calls made by students to get these provided.” Even the live music is performed by students from the Alberta School of Fine Arts in a partnership for the affair. The students use this as real-life experience in preparation for careers in their respective programs. “Hospitality and Tourism is one of the top industries in the state of Al-

abama, and one of the top industries nationwide,” Pierson said. “There are plenty of job opportunities, and these are careers that value work experience, so we help make management opportunities open up sooner for our students.” In addition to work experience, the program offers certifications for students that they may need in these positions, at no cost to them. Students who are interested in careers supported by the Tuscaloosa Career & Technology Academy should meet with their guidance counselor for career assessment to determine if the school is a good fit for them. The school is open to students in grades 9 through 12. It is a part of the Tuscaloosa City School System, but spots are available for students in Tuscaloosa County schools. It is not a separate school, but rather offers coursework in conjunction with time and courses at the student’s principal school.

The Tuscaloosa Tablescapes showcases stunning fall and holiday tablescapes designed by local interior designers and decorators, caterers, restaurants, and florists. Photos: Tuscaloosa City Schools

Tuscaloosa Tablescapes Nov. 8, 6 to 8 p.m.

(silent auction ends at 7:30 p.m.)

Tuscaloosa Career & Technology Academy (2800 Martin Luther King Junior Blvd.)

Tickets ($10) can be purchased at, at the Tuscaloosa Career & Technology Academy, or at Hudson Poole Fine Jewelers


November 2018

Fall Recipes: Sweet and Spicy Chicken, Corn and Black Bean Salsa

November Recipes By Amy Poore November is such a wonderful month, as we usher in the holiday season. And yes, I’m busily preparing for our annual feast, but I also enjoy making meals the rest of the month, too. This sweet and spicy chicken is perfect for those busy weekdays, and you can make it as spicy as you like. And yes, I’m aware there are several big football games this month, not the least of which is the Iron Bowl. Whether you’re heading

SWEET AND SPICY CHICKEN • 1 1/4 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts cut into 1-inch pieces • 1/3 cup cornstarch • 2 eggs, beaten • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil • 1/3 cup Buffalo hot sauce • 1/2 cup brown sugar • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes (or more to taste) • 1/4 cup sliced green onions • Salt and pepper to taste • Cooking spray • 4 cups cooked rice Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a 9x13 baking dish with foil and spray with cooking spray. In a large bowl, season chicken with salt and pepper, sprinkle on cornstarch, and toss to coat. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat.

Dip each chicken piece in beaten eggs, and place in skillet. Brown each side, then place in a single layer in the baking dish. Whisk together buffalo sauce, brown sugar, rice vinegar, and red pepper flakes, and pour over chicken. Bake for 35 minutes. Serve over rice, and sprinkle with chopped green onions.

to tailgate on the Quad with friends or throwing a home watch party, whip up this corn and black bean salsa/ dip and watch it disappear. I hope all of you have a wonderful Thanksgiving, and bon appétit! Amy Poore is a Tuscaloosa mom, wife, and foodie. To see more of Amy’s delicious recipes, visit her blog, Poore Amy, at Photos by Amy Poore.

CORN AND BLACK BEAN SALSA/DIP • 1 can black beans, drained and rinsed • 1 can white shoe peg corn, drained • 1 can mild green chilies, drained • 1/2 red pepper, chopped • 2 Tablespoons chopped jalapeños • 3/4 cup chopped cilantro • 1/3 cup apple cider vinegar • 2 1/2 Tablespoons vegetable oil • Salt and pepper to taste Mix all ingredients in a large bowl, cover with plastic wrap, and chill in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours. Stir well before serving. Stir occasionally throughout the time that it is served. Double the recipe for a large crowd.

November Calendar of Events DCL Saves the Date

Tuscaloosa’s Veterans Memorial Park will be filled with veterans and their families for the annual Veterans Day program on Monday, Nov. 12. This year’s guest speaker is University of Alabama Associate Vice President of Facilities and Grounds Colonel Duane Lamb. Colonel Lamb served for 30 years in the U.S. Air Force, and he has been awarded 25 military medals – including the Defense Superior Service Medal, two Legion of Merit Medals, the Bronze Star, and the Purple Heart. The program, which begins at 10 a.m., is a joint event by the Tuscaloosa County Park & Recreation Authority and the Tuscaloosa V.A. Medical Center. It is free and open to the public and all branches of the military.

Beat Auburn Beat Hunger Food Drive: Now through Nov. 15. Since 1994, the Community Service Center and the West Alabama Food Bank have united students, faculty, staff, alumni, and community members to help “fight” hunger and poverty in West Alabama by challenging Auburn University and the Food Bank of East Alabama to see who can collect more non-perishable food to help the needy. For more information, visit Kentuck Art Night in Downtown Northport: Nov. 1, 5- 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 art-night. All Saints’ Day Choral Evensong: Nov. 1, 6-8 p.m. Christ Episcopal Church, downtown Tuscaloosa. This evensong will remember and honor those who have died, especially during the past year. Their names will be read during the service, which features choirs singing traditional hymns. The service is free and open to the public. For more information, call (205) 758-4252 ext. 120. First Holly Days Christmas Market: Nov. 2 (10 a.m.-6 p.m.) and Nov. 3 (10 a.m.-2 p.m.). First Baptist Church Fellowship Hall, downtown Tuscaloosa. This holiday market features a bake sale, unique gifts, decorations, children’s clothing, pottery and more. For more information, visit

ACTFest 2018: Nov. 2-4, Bean-Brown Theatre, Tuscaloosa. Theatre Tuscaloosa is hosting this event, which involves eight community theatre companies from throughout Alabama presenting 60-minute performances. For tickets, including weekend passes, visit First Friday in Downtown Tuscaloosa: Nov. 2, 5 p.m.- 8 p.m. This event is free to the public. Local galleries, businesses and restaurants are open as a way for the community to see what downtown Tuscaloosa offers. For more information, visit Storm Science at CHOM: Nov. 3, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Children’s Hands-On Museum of Tuscaloosa (C.H.O.M.), downtown Tuscaloosa. Create hurricane art, adopt a pet cloud, make a tiny tornado, and experience a storm in a jar. All activities included in admission. For more information, visit Sprayberry Star Market: Nov. 3, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Lloyd Wood Education Center, Northport. The Sprayberry Education Center PTO is hosting this shopping market. This is a great opportunity for residents to come out and shop for bargains for a great cause. For more information, email

Black Warrior Brewing 5th Anniversary Celebration: Nov. 3, Noon-until. The celebration will include the addition of 5 specialty anniversary beers, Live Music by Matt Jones, and cheering the Tide on to a victory against LSU. A full pig from Spencer Farms will be roasted and served throughout the day along with sides from Southern Ale House. West Alabama Walk to End Alzheimer’s: Nov. 4, 1:30-5 p.m. Medeiros Park, downtown Tuscaloosa. Registration for this two-mile walk begins at 1:30 p.m.; walk starts at 2:45 p.m. Proceeds benefit the Alzheimer’s Association. For more information, or to register, visit act. West Alabama Food Bank’s “All Aboard” Event: Nov. 8, 6 p.m. Tuscaloosa River Market. Area restaurants will provide their favorite dishes for this event, with proceeds benefiting WAFB. For tickets, visit westalabamafoodbank. org. 2018 Chamber in Session - State of the Economy: Nov. 8, 7:30-9 a.m. Embassy Suites, Tuscaloosa. This event focuses on the current health of the local economy, including a future forecast for key areas of growth – such as industrial, retail, commercial, and tourism. For more information, email

Fourth Annual SERVPRO Golf Tournament: Nov. 8, 8 a.m. (shotgun start), Ol’ Colony Golf Complex, Tuscaloosa. Proceeds from this tournament benefit Habitat for Humanity Tuscaloosa. This tournament has raised thousands for area charitable organizations. To register, or to become a sponsor, visit Tuscaloosa Tablescapes: Nov. 8, 6-8 p.m. Tuscaloosa Career & Technology Academy. This come-and-go showcase features beautiful fall and holiday tablescapes designed by local interior designers and decorators, caterers, restaurants, florists, and more. Proceeds benefit students in the Hospitality and Tourism program at TCTA. Tickets: $10. For more information, including tickets, visit tuscaloosatablescapes. TA Players Present “The Somewhat True Tail of Robin Hood”: Nov. 9-11, Bama Theatre, downtown Tuscaloosa. For tickets and show times, visit 41st Annual Lucy Jordan Ball, The DCH Foundation: Nov. 9, 6-11 p.m. NorthRiver Yacht Club, Tuscaloosa. For more information, including reservations, call (205) 759-7349. 3rd Annual Tuscaloosa Runs for Veterans Run/Walk 5K: Nov. 10, 8-10 a.m. Tuscaloosa VA Hospital (3701 Loop Road). Sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce of West Alabama’s Veterans Affairs Committee, the event will be held to provide support to several local charities, including the Tuscaloosa Veterans Memorial Park, the Tuscaloosa VA Medical Center Homeless Shelter, and more. Registration (on site): $25. To register, visit ttownrunsforvets2. Honor Our Veterans Day at CHOM: Nov. 10, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Children’s Hands-On Museum of Tuscaloosa (C.H.O.M.), downtown Tuscaloosa. Make a card to send to the Tuscaloosa Veterans Affairs Medical Center or to give to a veteran you know. All activities included in admission. For more information, visit Calico Street Troupe Performance: Nov. 10 and 17, Dec. 1, 10:30 a.m.-Noon, Northport Civic Center. Bring the whole family to this free, interactive, professional stage play for kids and their families, which features costumed actors, dancers, special lighting, and music – all on a 36-foot stage. Performances teach right choices and good character. For more information, visit Woofstock: Nov. 11, 2-6 p.m. 11550 Stonehedge Road, Northport. This event supports Well Worn Paws – the Canine Compassion Fund’s future senior dog sanctuary. Enjoy wine and craft brews, a silent auction, and live music. Tickets are $20, and available online at and at Nancy & Co. Fine Jewelers. Schoolyard Roots’ Garden Party: Nov. 11, 5:30 p.m. Tuscaloosa River Market. This 7th annual event is a feast for foodies, with seasonal, local, farm-to-table tastings, and more. For more information, and tickets, visit Chamber Business After Hours: Nov. 13, 5-7 p.m. Alabama One Credit Union, Tuscaloosa. For more information, visit tuscaloosachamber. com.

2018 River Pitch Competition: Nov. 14, 5-9 p.m. Tuscaloosa River Market. The River Pitch Business Idea Competition is an event for students and community members to pitch their ideas – in just three minutes. You can win up to $1000, get valuable feedback on your idea, and meet people who might be able to help you develop your idea into a business. For more information, visit ECW Fall Bazaar and Bake Sale: Nov. 15, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Randall Hall of Christ Episcopal Church, downtown Tuscaloosa. This annual event features original art, jewelry, cakes, pies, muffins, cookies, casseroles, and sides. Proceeds benefit the Episcopal Church Women of Christ Episcopal Church to fund outreach programs, and more. For more information, visit Sixth Annual Purchase with a Purpose Party: Nov. 15-16, 6-9 p.m. Ridgecrest Baptist Church, Tuscaloosa. Vendors will include adoptive families, local nonprofits, fair trade artisans, and global missions, with all proceeds going back to those represented. Admission is free. Coffee and cookies will be served for shoppers. For more information, visit or Purchase with a Purpose on Facebook. TTC/Wagner’s Turkey Trot 2 Mile Race: Nov. 17, 8 a.m. Wagner’s RunWalk in Midtown Village, Tuscaloosa. This family-friendly run or walk two-mile race serves as the membership drive for the Tuscaloosa Track Club. Your entry fee is also your membership to The Tuscaloosa Track Club for 2019. Applications are available at Wagner’s RunWalk in Midtown Village. Quirky Turkey at CHOM: Nov. 17, 9 a.m.4:30 p.m. Children’s Hands-On Museum of Tuscaloosa (C.H.O.M.), downtown Tuscaloosa. Play roll-a-turkey, make a “good luck” football turkey, and pin your feather on a turkey. All activities included in admission. For more information, visit Tuscaloosa Symphony Orchestra Presents “A Little Night Music” with Chamber Orchestra: Nov. 19, 7 p.m. First Presbyterian Church, downtown Tuscaloosa. In the serene sanctuary of the First Presbyterian Church, two incomparably beautiful Mozart serenades usher in the holiday season; conducted by Adam Flatt. For more information, and tickets, visit tsoonline. org or call (205) 752-5515. Holidays on the River: Nov. 21 through Jan. 15, Tuscaloosa Amphitheater. With Ice skating, music, visits from Santa and more, this event offers something for the entire family. For more information, and tickets, visit Show Your Spirit at CHOM: Nov. 24, 9 a.m.4:30 p.m. Children’s Hands-On Museum of Tuscaloosa (C.H.O.M.), downtown Tuscaloosa. Design a spirit shaker, make a mascot mask, and play tailgate games. Wear your team colors! All activities included in admission. For more information, visit

Shelton State Holiday Cookies Class: Nov. 27, 6-8 p.m. Fredd Campus Building 700, Tuscaloosa. Who doesn’t love beautiful, festive holiday cookies? Enjoy an evening of fun and easy decorating tips and icing recipes. This class will be held in the Culinary Arts Kitchen. Class fee: $32. For more information, call (205) 391-2211. An Evening of Arts ‘n Autism: Nov. 29, 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. Harrison Galleries, downtown Tuscaloosa. This evening is a showcase of student art, and area artists, benefiting Arts ‘n Autism. Guests will enjoy an auction of the art (including pieces from over 20 Kentuck artists), live music by Vulcan Eejits, food provided by Sweet Home Food Bar, and more. Special thanks to Jim Harrison for donating his gallery space for the evening and supporting area non-profits. For more information, visit, or call (205) 247-4990. Tuscaloosa Farmer’s Market: Saturdays, 7 a.m.-noon. Tuscaloosa River Market, 1900 Jack Warner Blvd, Tuscaloosa. Shop for fresh produce, grass fed beef, baked goods, cheeses and more. Buy fresh, buy local. For more information, visit or call (205) 248-5295. Events you want to see here? Email us at:

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Druid City Living November 2018  

Druid City Living November 2018