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October 218 | Volume 6 | Issue 1 Tuscaloosa’s Premier Community Newspaper



About Us.................2 Opinion.................4 Business..................8 Community........10 Schools.................17 Food.....................20 Calendar...............23



HALLOWEEN 2018 Get ready to trick-or treat in Tuscaloosa. SEE PAGE 14

PLAY PINK Annual events raise awareness and support the DCH Breast Cancer Fund. SEE PAGE 19

DIY FALL DECORATING Learn how to create a beautiful basket wall. SEE PAGE 18




October 2018

FROM THE EDITOR CEO/Publisher Josh Watkins

Vice President Hanson Watkins


Laurie Mundy Perrigin (205) 246-2977

Art Director

Nathan Pearman

Account Manager

Caroline Ford

2018 Intern Faith Henley


Greetings, DCL readers! Thanks for checking us out this month. October is always one of the busiest months in Tuscaloosa, and this year is no exception. For art lovers, the annual Kentuck Festival of the Arts is a must. And even if you’re not a collector, this is an event you don’t want to miss. It’s such a great opportunity to get to know these incredibly talented artists. Take some time to stop and chat with the artists – you’ll be glad you did. Need a little inspiration? Read more about Tuscaloosa’s Casey Suchocki and his incredible story. Suchocki recently competed again on American Ninja Warrior, and he never ceases to amaze. Are you ready for Halloween? You’ll find some fun suggestions for the up-

coming Halloween season in T-Town – and some great places to take the little ones for some holiday fun, too. Looking for a great place to eat before the Bama game? Sheena Gregg offers up some fantastic suggestions. And I hope you’ll all join me in offering up a huge congratulations to Sheena and her husband, Terry. They’re the proud parents of baby Samuel Asher Gregg! 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. Best,


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2018 Tuscaloosa County Civic Hall of Fame Honorees Inducted Seven of the area’s most distinguished residents were honored by being inducted into the Tuscaloosa County Civic Hall of Fame on Sept. 20. The 2018 Tuscaloosa County Civic Hall of Fame inductees are (L to R): Jimmy Bank, son of Bert Bank, Harrison Taylor, Jordan Plaster, Yvonne Thomas Wells, Gene “Poodgie” Poole, Ken W. Swindle, and Dr. Malcolm Portera. Each was honored for contributing their unique talents and vision to bettering the Tuscaloosa community in some way. Photo: The Chamber of Commerce of West Alabama



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October 2018

The Mommy Chronicles: Ladies, Make Time for a Little Pampering

By Marlena Rice “I’ll be right back. I’m going to get more acetone.” I smiled and nodded, watching the nail technician step away to refill her nail polish remover. I looked down at my toes. The pink nail polish I successfully reapplied (without removing) for a good year’s time remained, staring back at me in defiance, just as shiny as it was on one of the many (dozens of) times I reapplied it in haste. It was mocking me. Just wipe away, I murmured to myself, sneaking a peak at the relaxed-looking woman soaking her feet next to me as I slid further down into the abyss of the plush, massage chair I was too worked up to take advantage of using… Okay, so I’m being super dramatic, but my salon neighbor was definitely a regular. I could tell by the way she casually walked in, engrossing herself in chitchat with her technician and activating her massage chair with ease. It was clear she was not the type to haphazardly reapply her toe polish in maniacal swipes before dashing out the door and driving barefoot to work, hoping her toes dried before her morning meeting. Not that I’ve ever done that. No, never. The biggest indicator of her salon consistency? Her nail tech didn’t need more acetone. He swiped each of her toes with cotton balls once or twice, and her polish was rapidly reduced to nothing more than fluffy, plum-colored polka dots floating in the trash bin. As I sat there waiting for my nail tech

to remove layer upon layer of polish, I discovered a few things about myself. And for the moms reading this, I bet these ring true to you, too. Number 1 – I absolutely enjoy being pampered. Mom life does not allow for this much, outside of Mother’s Day. Number 2 – I really need to stop reapplying nail polish without removing the past coat(s). It wreaks havoc with my “put together” persona and causes me nail salon shame. Number 3 – I need to be able to experience more days doing something strictly for myself. I used to think this was selfish, but everyone needs a little alone time, and self-care is always necessary. If you’re nodding along, here’s how you can take better care of yourself: Choose at least one day every few weeks that is strictly yours. If you like to read and drink coffee, go read and drink coffee. If you like being pampered, schedule yourself a spa day, including a pedicure. Keep this date, and if life happens, don’t cancel – just reschedule. Take care of your toes. When you are in a hurry and see that a few of your toenails need to be redone, take 15 minutes and do the job right. Unless, however, you need just one swipe on your big toe… 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 Photos by Marlena Rice.

Beaux William is ready for his first day of kindergarten at Riverwood Classical School. Photo: Marlena Rice

Give Life To Your Story: Connection Involves Much More than Just Conversation By Abby Lee When I was in junior high, I used to set an alarm for 1 a.m. Why? My brother was a senior in high school, and that was usually when he came home on the weekends. I would wake up a few minutes before his curfew and turn the television on. I made sure it looked like I’d been up all along. Why did I go to all this trouble? This was the only time


my brother and I really hung out. After all, he was a senior, a star baseball player, and he had a beautiful girlfriend. If I wanted any time to have him to myself, I had to make an effort. Connecting with teenagers takes effort. Whether you’re the annoying younger sister, or the parent, you have to find time to spend with teenagers on their terms. It’s easy to give up and blame the lack of conversation, or connection, on your teenager – you must find ways to meet them where they are. Spending time with your teen often means spending time with their friends. Keep the pantry stocked with snacks, the fridge loaded with their favorite soda, and be the house where they want

Abby Lee is the Middle School Director for Tuscaloosa Youth for Christ. She and her husband, Matt, have three girls: Emmy, Piper, and Collins. You can reach Abby at Photo: Abby Lee

to hang out. This doesn’t mean allowing behavior that isn’t age appropriate. It does mean saying yes to a messy kitchen, a sofa full of teenagers, or a backyard whiffle ball game. Communication might look different than you’d like. Figure out the emojis and GIFs that have become your teens primary language. A good conversation might not be on the couch, after school, or face to face. It might be a quick text after practice, or an Instagram message while they’re out with friends. They’ll tease you for using the wrong symbol,

or a GIF from a tv show they’ve never seen, but they’ll see that you put forth the effort. Remember that alarm clock I used in junior high? Time to dust it off, too. Teens are usually looking for someone to talk to after a night out. Wake up, have a snack ready, and most importantly, just listen. Be on the couch with popcorn when they get in on a Friday night, and see what happens. Don’t have a long list of interrogating questions ready to fire – but greet them. Offer them something to eat, and show them

you’re not in a rush to do anything. Being a part of Youth for Christ, we spend a lot of time creating environments where all kinds of teenagers feel welcome. We are very intentional about the music, the schedule, and even the locations of where we gather students. As parents, we must be just as intentional with our own children, so stock up on snacks, download the latest emoji’s, and find your old alarm clock!


October 2018

Lake Living: Enjoy the Spontaneity of a Relaxing Vacation (Stop Over-Planning Things) By Allison Adams

My daughter has gone to the same camp five years now. In the words of my practical CPA husband, the expense is “ridiculous.” This year, we said, “Pick anywhere instead of camp, and we will take a trip.” She chose Seattle, Washington – the farthest in the U.S. from Alabama she could pick. We booked our flight (hooray for frequent flyer miles). We booked one hotel ahead of time. We used Airbnb a lot, including to book a rooftop condo in Seattle for less than the cost of a hotel room. For two weeks, we traveled from Seattle down the coast of California with nothing but GPS (coastal Highway 101 and Hwy 1), using online booking sites along the way in tiny towns as we made our way to California. We hugged the coast and ventured through an actual Redwood tree (in the rental SUV) and through miles of forest that made us realize how insignificant we really are. I hung out the window snapping pics as Chad drove, pulling off at random cliffs to snack on local cheeses and picnicking on fresh caught crab boiled in a pot right in front of us at a marina on Rockaway Beach. Chad played golf at Bandon Dunes, where I walked a labyrinth in memory of a friend’s daughter who had gone to Seattle for a cure for cancer when I was a kid.

San Francisco was a quick “drive through.” Bundled in sweaters, we walked the labyrinth at Grace Cathedral. We lunched in Monterey, saw art in Carmel, and, when we reached L.A. (not Lower Alabama, mind you), we immersed ourselves into rock-n-roll culture at the Airbnb home of a retired 80s producer and snuck through a gate to the water tower at the top of the Hollywood Hills. I found the home Toasting in Seattle over fresh caught salmon and outstanding vino. Photo: Allison Adams on Balboa Island that I lived in as a new50s tunes, bubbles around the pool, travel ideas? Share them with me @ born in Newport Beach. and Bob Hope memorabilia, where we artallie on Twitter. After a week in the car and motels stayed to get to know my family (two in random spots, I’d looked forward sisters and two of three brothers) I had Allison to the pool and spa at the Hard Rock never met. Hotel in San Diego – but the crowds By the end of the trip, we had Allison Adams is a mom of four and drove us away fast. Ever heard of clocked over 2000 miles with our a Realtor with Lake Homes Realty Comic-Con? It was in bloom. In our 13-year-old daughter, who is a trooper serving Lake Tuscaloosa. For comfast flee from Comic-Con, we accifor rolling with us on the adventure. ments, email aadams@lakehomes. dentally got behind a DeLorean in Sometimes, the best plans are to com.  lead position of a parade. As people make no plans at all. It is a gift to just along the barricade shouted about our have life. If we aren’t enjoying it, then intrusive, non-ozone friendly SUV, what is it for? we waved enthusiastically. We settled Blessings as you plan for your next into the retro hotel Lafayette, with its holiday. What are your best holiday

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The Land of Oz: Speeding and Scrolling are Weapons of Mass Distraction 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.” Last month, my sister-in-law had a car accident. It was not her fault, as she was simply cruising a straight road, innocently (albeit, dreadfully) headed to work on a Monday morning. But other than to law enforcement and the insurance companies, the person who was at fault really didn’t matter. All three of the people involved were hurt one of them seriously. I won’t over-dramatize the story by telling you for certain that the at-fault driver was distracted, but it’s a relatively safe bet that she was, as she clearly pulled straight out into oncoming traffic. Score: Truck-1, Economy Car-0. Winner: None. You don’t need me to tell you how widespread of a problem distracted driving is… just look around you the next time you are toodling down the freeway. If you do, you’ll notice that somewhere between 50-75 percent of drivers are looking at their phone… WHILE. THEY. ARE. MOVING. I’m not talking about the drivers sitting at a red light. I’m completely guilty of that offense. And if you’re sitting behind me when that light turns green, and I’m still reading that all-important work email and don’t notice, then honk at me. I deserve it, because the truth is, I shouldn’t be doing that either. However, this is more centered on the people that refuse to put down their weapon of mass distraction while attempting to maneuver hordes of traffic and, in Tuscaloosa’s case, a superabundance of orange barrels. The root cause is not just texting and driving – or, as Jefferson County Sheriff

Mike Hale says, driving “intexticated.” It could also be one, if not a combination of: Facebooking, Snapchatting, GPS’ing, liking, following, sharing, eating, drinking, videoing, holding an animal, or seeing how long you can close your eyes before hitting something and driving. The truth is, we just need to be… driving. One morning, I got stuck behind a lady who wss multi-tasking (which is about the nicest way I can put it). To her credit, she was driving under the speed limit: 30 mph in a 55 mph zone which was, of course, driving me insane. But the most impressive detail about this encounter was the fact that she was scrolling through her phone with one hand while applying mascara with the other – as the sun visor mirror blocked her view of the road and a small dog jumped around in her lap. Now, I’m no DD expert, but I’m pretty sure this meets the criteria. While the feat itself was impressive, her reaction time would have spelled certain doom for anyone involved, not to mention her dog, her phone, and those poor eyelashes. So, before you go speeding and scrolling, please, take a minute to think about your own welfare, but also the safety of the mom in front of you with two small children in the back. Or the elderly couple just out to get some coffee. Or that guy on the motorcycle who has nothing protecting him. If it’s an emergency, chances are you will get a phone call… not a text. Everything else can wait.

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

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1 1 The Allstate Coley Agency is now open in Tuscaloosa (408-B Hargrove Rd., E.). Owner Michelle Coley offers all manner of insurance for residents and businesses in the area. (205) 561-1973;

3 The Capstone Freight, LLC team was the overall winner of the 28th Annual Nucor Steel Tuscaloosa Adopt-A-School golf tournament, held on Sept. 6 at Ol’ Colony Golf Complex. The team won $500 for their adopted school, Hillcrest High School.

2 Blaze Pizza plans to open in Midtown Vil-

lage in Tuscaloosa, in the space formerly occupied by Starbucks (1800 McFarland Blvd). The restaurant features build-your-own pizzas with fresh dough and artisanal ingredients.

7 The University of Alabama School of Law will become the Hugh F. Culverhouse Jr. School of Law, after a $26.5 million donation from prominent business executive and attorney Hugh F. Culverhouse Jr. The gift is the largest in school history. Culverhouse has, along with his wife, Eliza, now cumulatively committed more than $35 million to UA over the past decade.

3 Krystal celebrated its recent reopening with a special ribbon cutting at its Tuscaloosa restaurant (3710 McFarland Blvd. E) on Sept. 13. (205) 556-4733; 4 Selma’s Mark’s Mart plans to open in Northport (2300 5th St.) soon. Mark’s Mart is a specialty grocery store featuring cut-to-order meats, and more.

News and Happenings 1 Bolta US has named Vice President and CFO Gudrun Pechtold as Plant Manager of its 200,000 square foot production facility located in the Tuscaloosa County Airport Industrial Park. Pechtold will continue in her duties as VP/CFO. 2 Camgian Microsystems, which develops

advanced sensing and information processing technologies for military, government, and industrial markets, is expanding to Tuscaloosa. The company will become the first anchor tenant of

6 Gene “Poodgie” Poole was given the Leroy McAbee Sr. Distinguished Service Award on Aug. 27, during a reception at the offices of Tuscaloosa Tourism & Sports as part of the organization’s Fifth Annual Alabama Veteran’s Reunion. The award is presented to honor a veteran of the U.S. military who has continued to serve his/her community through philanthropic and/or volunteerism to enhance both the community and the citizens within it.


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4 DCH Regional Medical Center has been named a High Performing Hospital in Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease and Heart Failure by U.S. News & World Report in its annual health ratings edition. A hospital must score in the top 20 percent nationwide for a particular medical specialty, procedure, or condition to earn the rating.

1 Escape Tuscaloosa has been open in Tuscaloosa for one year. This escape room experience features four different rooms/scenarios. Each is an hour-long adventure, designed to challenge knowledge, wit, and the determination to escape. (205) 248-2115;

5 Shelton State Community College held a grand opening for its new Child Development Demonstration Suite, located on the C.A. Fredd Campus. The suite will provide SSCC Child Development students with hands-on experience in a real-life environment and allow opportunities for observation and instruction.

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Local Experts Raise Awareness and Educate Others About Domestic Violence October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and two agencies in Tuscaloosa tackle the needs of domestic violence victims here in our community. Turning Point and Family Counseling Service are staples in West Alabama. As we bring awareness to the issue of domestic violence this month, the directors of these agencies, Equiller Mahone (Turning Point) and Larry Deavers (Family Counseling Service) answered questions about the issue, including what you can do to help. What do we need to know about domestic violence that we may not know? FCS: Domestic violence affects people across every socio-economic level and, even though it does not seem to garner the media attention it did 20 years ago, it still occurs, and many victims suffer in silence. TP: Domestic violence encompasses more than physical abuse. It involves a continuum of behaviors which may include emotional abuse, sexual assault, economic control, and isolation. Domestic violence is about power and control. What are the goals during your time together? FCS: Intervention for those who have committed domestic violence revolves around safety of the victim. The FCS approach to protecting the victim is to help the abuser examine his or her own behaviors and beliefs and, with the group processing approach, facilitate an en-

vironment where they can develop the skills to change what they believe and how they act in their relationship. TP: Safety is the first goal. Each client has different needs. Our staff works to create individual safety and case plans to address Left: Equiller Mahone is Executive Director of Turning Point Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Services. Right: Larry Deavers is each client’s a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Executive Director of Family Counseling Service in Tuscaloosa. needs, includWhy is it important? stay in the situation?” Domestic violence ing safety will continue to be an issue unless we look goals, employment, housing, and individFCS: Without taking a stance as a at how it affects the individuals involved ual counseling. community that domestic violence is unand the community as a whole. acceptable, many victims in our commuWhat can members in the community will never realize they are not alone. Turning Point is located at 2110 Mcnity do to help your agency, or raise Those who commit violence will continue Farland Boulevard E, Suite G and can be awareness about the issue? to believe they are entitled to do so and reached at 205-758-0808. Learn more at that their behavior is not their own TP & FCS: As a community, it is essponsibility. To stop the violence, it takes Family Counseling Service is located sential that we all send the same message a commitment from all of us to change at 2020 Paul Bryant Drive. You can reach about domestic violence. Whether you what the victim and the abuser believe is them at 205-752-2504 and learn more at are an elected official, or just a neighbor with concerns, communicating loudly and acceptable. clearly that abuse will not be tolerated is TP: Often, victims are made to feel critical to creating a safe community for responsible. We have to shift the converwould-be victims of abuse. sation away from, “Why does the victim

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Top: Kentuck artist Ab the Flagman (Roger Lee Ivens) uses exclusively found objects (discarded wood and metal) to make his flag sculptures. Bottom: Ms. Ruby is a familiar face at Kentuck. The renowned folk artist will be at the festival this year. Front Cover: Charlie Frye is one of hundreds of folk, visionary, and contemporary artists and craftspeople presenting their work at the Kentuck Festival. Photos: Kentuck Art Center

Paintings on tar, art made from taxidermy, and a musician who plays instruments made from garbage are just a few of the unique sights’ visitors will find at the 47th annual Kentuck Festival of the Arts, October 20-21 at Kentuck Park in Northport. This year’s festival will feature more than 270 artisans presenting their works, live demonstrations by craftspeople, music, storytelling, food and local craft beer. “This is a good old-fashioned festival where you can go and meet people and interact with them, and actually get to know the artist and hear about how they do what they do, and why they do what they do,” said Exa Skinner, program manager at Kentuck. “And that brings a whole new dimension to visual art, when you know the story behind it and the person behind it.” This year, Skinner said the festival will welcome artists like Michael Banks, who uses tar as a canvas for his paintings, Peter Dragon, whose dimensional paintings are reminiscent of childhood, and Jack Beverland, or Mr. B. as he is known, who paints collages with puffy craft paints. For visitors not looking for paintings, Skinner suggests they visit with Bryan and Bunny Cunningham from Carriere, Mississippi. The couple makes sculptures using taxidermy, wood working and sign painting. The festival will also welcome

new musical artists to the Brother Ben Music Stage, including the North Alabama Irish Music Session, folk-country artist Eilen Jewell, Southern rock artist the Trogrone Band, and the Men of Prayze gospel group. Skinner said her favorite musical act is the The Suitcase Junket. “He is so Kentuck. He’s a oneman band, so all his percussion, and his guitar and the harmonica and stuff, he does all of that, and

sings and writes his songs. But, he also makes his own instruments out of stuff that he finds in the dumpster. I mean, he is really cool.” This year, festival organizers are adding more activities for children in the Kentuck for Kids area of the park. In addition to learning the basics of quilting from the West Alabama Quilters’ Guild, and how to make pottery from the Red Dog Potters, children will be able to build birdhouses with the

Woodworkers Association of West Alabama, and then use a technique to marble them. “Our artists in the schools’ program is another thing we are adding to this year,” Skinner said. The program takes 18 artists who are participating in the festival to visit third grade classrooms in Tuscaloosa city and county elementary schools on Friday before the festival begins. The artists talk to the children about their art and

give demonstrations. “Not only do the kids get to learn about art, but they get to meet a professional artist and see that as a career choice, rather than just a hobby,” Skinner said. Since the University of Alabama football team is playing in Tennessee that weekend, Skinner said she is expecting a crowd of almost 15,000 to attend this year’s festival. “I think it’s such a draw because it is a unique experience,” Skinner said. “We, as a staff, strive to let the artists create their own little environment within their booth. We don’t try to make everything look uniform or regulate them. We let them do what they do best.” “All of our artists tell us it’s like a big family reunion, and I think the visitors feel that as well. They feel like they are coming home,” Skinner said. Tickets are $10 for a one-day pass, or $15 for the entire weekend, and may be purchased at the Kentuck Gallery on Main Avenue in Northport, by phone at

205-758-1257 or on the web at kentuck. org. Children 12 and younger are free. A list of all the artists and performance times can also be found on the Kentuck website. Skinner encourages everyone to attend the Kentuck Festival, even if they are not an art lover. “And for that person who thinks they aren’t into art, I’ve known a lot of people who have thought that, and then they get there, and they fall in love with things, and they fall in love with the artists, really. It’s different than a stuffy museum setting where you see the artwork and never meet the artist,” Skinner said. “I would say, if you’re not into art, just try it one time and we’ll change your mind.”

Top: Artist Nicario Jiminez was awarded Best of Show at the 2017 Kentuck Festival of the Arts. Jiminez also won Best of Show in 2016. He will be at Kentuck 2018. Middle: Visitors to the 2018 Kentuck Festival can expect to see an expanded children’s area.Bottom: Kentuck artist Michael Banks uses tar as a canvas for his paintings. His works have been exhibited at galleries around the country. Photos: Kentuck Art Center

Ready for Halloween? Local Events Offer Fun for Young and Old

Top Left: Haunted Tuscaloosa tours are led by the “Boo Crew.” Last year’s crew included (front row, L to R) Heather Lynn Boothe and Laura Lineberry, and (back row, L to R) David Higdon, Scott McCloud, and Casey Lineberry. Photo: Haunted Tuscaloosa Tours Top Right: The Alabama Panhellenic Association will host its annual Trick-or-Treat on Sorority Row for the Tuscaloosa community on Oct. 30. Photo: Alabama Panhellenic Association Bottom Left: Haunted Tuscaloosa begins and ends at the historic Drish House. Photo: Haunted Tuscaloosa Tours Middle Bottom: The City of Tuscaloosa is hosting its third annual Tech-or-Treat event on Oct. 23 at the Tuscaloosa Gateway. Bottom Right: Guests in costume can get candy and other tech-related items at Tech-or-Treat. Photos: City of Tuscaloosa

By Faith Henley It’s that time of year again - time for ghosts, goblins, witches, and plenty of treats. Halloween in Tuscaloosa is always a busy time, and this year is no exception. If you’re looking for some spooky fun, here’s a round-up of some of the best our area has to offer.

1st Annual T-Town Witches Ride

On Oct. 21, Government Plaza will be taken over by witches flying around on their “broomcycles.” Hosted by The Arc of Tuscaloosa County, the Black Cat Block Party will follow the inaugural T-Town Witches Ride, with entertainment, activities for kids, and costume prizes. Families are encouraged to set up on the sidewalks, where they’ll have a great view of the witches as they complete their ride. Proceeds raised at this event support the programs of The Arc of Tuscaloosa County who provides support and resources to hundreds of people in Tuscaloosa County with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Through education and training, The Arc helps adults with these disabilities live happy, independent lives. The event begins at 5:30 p.m. Participants older than 18 can sign up for the one and a half mile witches’ ride for $25. Bicycle rentals are available. The block party is free and open to the community. To register, visit thearcoftuscaloosa. org.

Trick-or-Treat on Sorority Row

The Women of UA’s Greek community will host their annual Halloween trick-or-treating event on Oct. 30 beginning at 6 p.m. Children can safely roam Colonial, Magnolia, and Judy Bonner Drives, where members of Alabama Panhellenic Association, the National Pan-Hellenic Council, and the United Greek Council will be passing out treats on the front lawns of sorority houses. “We really enjoy putting on Trickor-Treat on Sorority Row, because it’s a great chance for the Greek community to interact with the Tuscaloosa community,” said Candace Wilson, director of community development and outreach for the Alabama Panhellenic Association. “Everyone enjoys the event so much, and we look forward to having it every year.” This event is open and free for children under 12. Participants are encouraged to wear their best costumes, but masks should be avoided for safety purposes.

Haunted Tuscaloosa Tours

A truly unique Tuscaloosa event, Haunted Tuscaloosa Tours has returned this year. Beginning and ending at the historic Drish House, visitors on a 35-seat vintage trolley bus will tour around 16 haunted locations across Tuscaloosa while learning about the locations’ spooky histories. Locations on the tour include the Bama Theatre, The Jemison-Van de Graaff Mansion, The University Club, the Amelia Gayle Gorgas Library, and Capitol Park.

“The stories are about Tuscaloosa’s history, albeit a haunted history,” said Laura Lineberry, a team member with Tuscaloosa Paranormal Research Group. “Tour participants not only get to hear about the haunted side of some of our city’s landmarks, but they receive a summarized history of the structure, land, and even the people who lived or worked in those places. We have a good time sharing the stories and teaching our groups a little bit about ghost hunting.” Tours are given every Friday night through Oct.26. Each tour lasts approximately 90 minutes. Tickets cost $25, and discounts are given to seniors, students, and children ages 8 to 12. Children under age 8 will not be permitted. After the last tour of the night, “The investigations that follow the 10:00 p.m. tours are always different,” Lineberry said. “You never know what you’re going to get. From disembodied voices and giggles from unknown spirits to doors opening and closing on their own, every investigation is likely to come with a surprise or two.” For tour times and tickets, visit

UA Museum Ghost Walks

Once again, The University of Alabama’s Museums will host its free “A Haunting at the Museum” event on Oct. 25 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. The community is welcome to come and explore a spooky side of campus not normally seen. The Alabama Museum of Natural History and The Gorgas House Museum

will be set up with games, crafts, live insect displays, and even some “mad science” experiments. Attendees will learn about the history of Tuscaloosa from character performers and storytellers, and they’ll be able to take guided historic tours of campus and The Gorgas House Museum.

Tech-or-Treat Night

The City of Tuscaloosa’s third annual Tech-or-Treat Night is planned for Tuesday, Oct. 23 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Tuscaloosa Gateway Innovation and Discovery Center. Open to all members of the community, this event is similar to trunk-or-treating, where children go from trunk to trunk to collect candy, typically in school or church parking lots. The tech-or-treat event will feature City departments and various community organizations passing out candy to guests in costume. Along with candy, guests can also receive tech-related items, from cell phone accessories to digital storage devices. Michelle Smart, the community engagement manager for the City of Tuscaloosa, says Tech-or-Treat at Gateway is a great way to spotlight STEM opportunities for area young people. “The Gateway provides a technology resource that many of our citizens may not be aware of, and we love hosting them at this location for a family-friendly, free event.” Local businesses or organizations that would like to host a tech-themed table can contact


AMERICAN NINJA WARRIOR By Hanson Watkins Tuscaloosan Casey Suchocki is a construction estimator by day, but by night, and on weekends and holidays, he’s a contestant on the television show American Ninja Warrior. American Ninja Warrior is a serious competition that requires intense physical training from the contestants. It is a spin-off of the Japanese television series Sasuke, and it features hundreds of competitors attempting to complete a series of obstacle courses of increasing difficulty. Only two competitors over the last 10 seasons have completed the courses in the finals to hit all six buzzers, and only one has won the cash prize. Casey Suchocki wants to be the next to hit that final buzzer. One-thousand people tried out the first season. Seventy-seven thousand tried out for the last (ninth) season. Producers select 100 contestants from the thousands of applicants to participate in each regional qualifier. They also select 20 to 30 “walk-ons” – who may wait weeks camping outside to get a chance on the course. Clearly, just getting to compete is a big deal. Suchocki started training for American Ninja Warrior as soon as he was old enough (21). He began going to try outs in 2013. It took several years of training, and several tries, before he made it onto the show. “The first year, I went to try out in Denver. Was too far back in line to even try out. The second time, I made it through the walk-on line, but dropped it in the fourth obstacle – they told me my grip strength needed work. Third week was wait for walk-on. Was in Atlanta. Made a bit impression. Was able to hit the buzzer. Made it at fifth place in my “rookie” season, and made it to Las Vegas (the final taping), but fell on the fourth obstacle again. They asked me back the next year.” His training schedule is intense. For the past several years, he has gone to the gym about five days a week, for two to three hours a day. “The race is the fun part,” Suchocki said. “I have sacrificed a lot of time, and

a lot of my wife’s time, because she travels with me.” He proposed to his wife, Ashley, on the show. She is a big part of his support team, along with fan favorite “Grandaddy” (Emmit Pitts of Tuscaloosa), who has also been on the show to support Suchocki. “Grandaddy built an obstacle course for me in the backyard. He more or less raised me. The people on the show love him.” His wife, his grandfather, and his work team have been a part of Suchocki’s success. He works for The Builder’s Group – a local construction firm. “There are a lot of companies that wouldn’t approve of this, but Builders Group has allowed me to go miss a few weeks of work to compete. They have worked to help me balance. This just goes to show how Builder’s Group is supportive of their employees and their customers. Very family oriented,” Suchocki said. “If you are going to do something, you do it all out, and I am like that about my job too. Not only do I work at Builder’s Group, but I coach the owner’s nephews through my training group at my gym where they learn to compete as American Ninjas.” When asked what he thought of his performance, Suchocki doesn’t mince words.

Top: Casey Suchocki competes in front of the bright lights and fans. Bottom: Suchocki and Grandaddy at the American Ninja Warrior competition. Left: Suchocki proposed to his wife Ashley on TV during the show. Photos: Casey Suchocki

“Granddaddy taught me to strive for perfection, and I haven’t beat that. Where I am is pretty impressive, but some of the guys on the show are close to perfect. I won’t be impressed until I hit six buzzers and am the next American Ninja Warrior. “I am not impressed with my perfor-

mance, but I am impressed with being able to show off my granddad and my wife. Those are the moments I look back on the most and feel the most proud of and feel make the most impact.”

Tales of Tuscaloosa Joe Sewell (October 1, 1932)

The count was two and two. Chicago Cub players jeered the New York batter, and fans cheered for a strikeout. It was the fifth inning of Game 3 of the 1932 World Series at Chicago’s Wrigley Field. The next pitch was hit 440 feet and over the fence. What happened in the seconds before the homerun became the stuff of legends? Did the batter point to centerfield? Did Babe Ruth “call the shot?” Some said he did, others called it a rude gesture. One of the closest witnesses was his Yankee teammate, Joe Sewell, who grounded out moments before. In the following decades, Sewell maintained that Ruth had indeed “called his shot.” Elmore County native Joe Sewell came to the University of Alabama in 1916 to prepare for medical school and a place in his father’s practice. However, he excelled at sports, lettering for three years in baseball and football. He graduated in 1920 and signed with the New Orleans Pelicans. The Cleveland Indians called up Sewell a few months later to replace Ray Chapman, who was killed by a pitch. He was the only player ever fatally injured in a major league game. Sewell batted .329 in his brief rookie season and helped the Indians win the 1920 World Series. During the next decade, Sewell forged a Hall of Fame career. He played in 1,103 consecutive games, the seventh longest streak in baseball history. His batting peaked in 1923 with a .353 average and a .456 on-base percentage. In 1925 and 1929 he struck out only four times. The Indians released Sewell in late 1930, but he quickly joined the Yankees to play third base. During three seasons, he batted .282 with a .366 on-base percentage. He helped the Yankees reach, and win, the 1932 World Series by only striking out 3 times, or once every 167 at-bats. In Sewell’s 14-year career, he struck out 114 times in 7132 at-bats, or once every 63 at-bats. Both are Major League records that some experts consider among the most unbreakable milestones in sports. While with the Yankees, Sewell and Hall of Famer Lou Gehrig were roommates for road games. Sewell retired from play at age 35 in 1933 and began another phase of his long, productive life. For two years, he coached with the Yankees and then scouted for the Indians, Yankees, and Mets. He also served as the

Top: Joe Sewell played for the Cleveland Indians when they won the World Series in 1920. Image courtesy of the Library of Congress Right: Joe Sewell’s Hall of Fame Plaque. He was inducted in 1977. Image courtesy of the Baseball Hall of Fame, Cooperstown, NY.

spokesman for a dairy products company. At the request of Paul “Bear” Bryant, Sewell became coach of the University of Alabama baseball team and served from 1964 until 1969. His 1968 team won the Southeastern Conference championship. He was noted for his generosity, compassion, and love of sharing the lore of baseball. Joe Sewell lived many of his later years in Tuscaloosa. He died in 1990 at age 91 and is buried beside Willie, his wife of 61 years, in Tuscaloosa

Memorial Park. About the Author Jim Ezell is a retired engineer, historian, and author. His newest novel, The Cistern, was published in Dec. 2017. The Cistern is an adventure/ crime novel set in Tuscaloosa and fictional Tombigbee County in the Alabama Black Belt. The Cistern is available on


October 2018

Jerrod Newell, Sipsey Valley Middle and High Schools

By Faith Henley

For going on 19 years, Jerrod Newell has been sharing his passion for music and encouraging the students of Tuscaloosa and Northport to achieve their best. He’s done this through teaching choral music and yearbook, directing his school’s choral music choir, and volunteering at his local church. “I believe good teachers leave a lasting influence on their students,” Newell said. “Hopefully, the lessons taught will stick with the students, but most of all, I hope my students see my work ethic, character, and love of learning/teaching and develop some of the same characteristics that will stick with them throughout their adult lives.” An Alabama native, Newell moved to Tuscaloosa to attend the University of Alabama, and he has been teaching here ever since. He started at Northport’s Lloyd Wood Middle School before moving to his current position at Sipsey Valley Middle and High Schools when they opened in 2010. “I teach 40-50 students in each class, for a total of over 210 students a day,” Newell said. “Having classes

that are so large, it is very important to be able to maintain order in the classroom; however, I think the biggest lesson I have learned is that ‘You can catch more flies with honey than vinegar.’ I believe students respond better to teachers who are firm and fair, and who try to remain positive and encouraging.” One of the many influences on Newell’s teaching is his inspiration, Mandy Harvey, the deaf singer who recently finished fourth on America’s Got Talent. Harvey, who has always had a love of music, also grew


up aspiring to be a choir director, before losing her hearing as a young adult. After teaching herself special techniques for keeping on beat and staying in tune, she went on to find great success. Newell, who remains in awe of Harvey’s resilience and hope in the face of great hardships, has followed her story, and he shares that inspiration with his students. “Primarily, I hope my students develop a love for music, an appreciation of a wide variety of music, and that they recognize the importance of music and the performing arts

in a diverse, culturally rich society,” Newell said. Newell’s positive spirit and teaching style make the perfect environment for his students to thrive. During his time at Lloyd Wood, his students won scholarships and received a superior rating from the State Choral Performance Assessment. His students have also participated in Alabama AllState Choir, The UniversiPhoto courtesy of Jerrod Newell. ty of Alabama Honor Choir, rating new and emerging technoland Tuscaloosa All-County Choir. ogies into my lessons and into our “All people can learn new things, classroom.” especially hobbies, and learning new things helps to keep you active, relevant, and your mind sharp,” Newell said. “I try to convey these ideas to my students by living them personally. I hope my students see me learning and implementing new instructional strategies and incorpo-

WOODBANK LANE Creating a Breakfast Room Basket Wall By Kathryn Wilkerson

I usually play it safe when it comes to decorating my home, but every now and then, I see inspiring ideas that make me wander off the beaten path and try something a touch out of the ordinary. The basket wall in our breakfast room came about in just this way. Hi there! I’m Kathryn from the blog Woodbank Lane, and here’s an easy, inexpensive, and interesting alternative to pictures or mirrors for your walls – baskets.

I’ve seen baskets used in many ways as wall décor on Instagram, Pinterest, and in magazines. They are a great way to add texture, a natural element, and character to any space. They work wonderfully well in large areas, like over a bed’s headboard or over a buffet, but they can also finish off the space over a mantel or an odd wall in a room. In addition, baskets can contribute beautifully to completing the look around televisions that now often sit on cabinets and chests in family/living rooms.

When I started hunting for baskets that might work in a gallery wall at thrift stores and antique malls, I kept in mind they needed to be all different sizes and depths to pull off the look I was hoping for, and to make the display interesting. Choosing them was the easy and inexpensive part. I even caught several 50 percent off – most of them start at only a few dollars. How could I go wrong?! But deciding how to arrange them once I had them all collected, that was a bit trickier. I laid them out in tons of different ways on the floor. I tried mixing them with plates, too. At first, I thought symmetry was the way to go. In most decorating projects, symmetry is my first love.

But most of my inspiration pictures had the baskets hung in somewhat random, off-center arrangements. Those are the ones that spoke to me. So, after agonizing over how to get started, I finally just hung one of the bigger baskets high and to the left. I kept adding them, one at a time, until the wall had my desired look. I used straight pins to hang them. If I had to adjust a time or two, it wasn’t a big deal. NO nail holes = happy husband.

I have enjoyed the finished product even more than I thought I would. It’s not your normal over-the-buffet attire, but the wall of baskets has been a nice change around here. Okay, now go find some baskets, and see what you can create with them…

Tuscaloosa native Kathryn Wilkerson is a wife, mom of three, a teacher, and the author of Woodbank Lane – a blog that offers up a variety of different decorating ideas and projects, recipes, and inspiration for living. Follow Kathryn at and on Instagram @woodbanklane.

Play Pink 2018

Left: A Day on the Courts is set for Tuesday, Oct. 9 at the Indian Hills Country Club Tennis Facility. Right: The DCH Foundation’s Drive 4 the Cause Golf Classic is set for Friday, Oct. 12.

By Faith Henley

Just in time for National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, The DCH Foundation is hosting its annual Play Pink events Oct. 9-12. Benefitting The DCH Breast Cancer Fund, this trio of events offers Tuscaloosa community members three different ways to get involved and support the cause. “One thing that’s horrible about cancer is that no one is too far from it,” said Brandt LaPish, Development Director for The DCH Foundation. “It seems to touch everyone in some way, someone has an aunt, someone has a cousin, and so it’s a very localized issue. A lot of people have been through some sort of treatment, or someone

they love has.” The events focus on fun as a priority, but they also serve to create a better quality of life for breast cancer patients and their families. The DCH Breast Cancer fund helps provide free mammograms, among other things, for women in the community who can’t afford them. The annual Play Pink events kick off with the A Day on the Courts ladies’ tennis mixer on Oct. 9 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Games will be played at the Indian Hills Country Club Tennis Facility. Sign-ups for single players cost $80 and $160 for doubles teams. On Oct.11, The DCH Foundation will host a night of dining and dancing with A Night on the Green. Beginning

at 6 p.m. at the Bryant Conference Center, attendees will be treated to live music from Steel Toe Stilettos while they mingle with other members of the community. Single tickets cost $75, while couples get a reduced rate of $125. The week concludes on Oct. 12, with the Drive 4 the Cause Golf Classic at Indian Hills Country Club. Teams of four will not only enjoy a round of golf, but they’ll receive two meals, access to an exclusive shopping experience, and they’re invited to the closing scoring party. Additionally, there will be a shootout to win a new 2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback. Team spots for this event cost $2,600. For more information, and to

purchase tickets to any of the Play Pink DCH Foundation events, visit or visit The DCH Foundation on Facebook.

Celebrating Fall: Inaugural Tuskaloosa Oktoberfest Planned By DCL Staff

A stein hoisting competition, a Dachsund Dash, and a tented Biergarten are just some of the events on tap for the inaugural Tuskaloosa Oktoberfest. The event, set for Oct. 6 from noon to 6 p.m., is hosted by 3o1 Bistro and the Tuscaloosa County Park & Recreation Authority. The Bavarian style festival is a fundraiser to benefit the Tuscaloosa All-Inclusive Playground to be built in Sokol Park. According to organizers and Tuscaloosa Tourism & Sports, “The playground will be a focal point and asset to our community and the event will provide a fun time while providing awareness of the benefits and need for this type of playground.” Activities will include the Buffalo Rock Pepsi stage featuring Oompah-Calypse, an Oktoberfest band, and a second authentic Americana band. A tented Biergarten with traditional long tables, a chicken dance competition, and a selfie station will add to the fun. A Dachshund Dash and costume contest will benefit the Metro Animal Shelter. Attendees are encouraged to bring their Dachshund (or Dachshund-mix) to participate, otherwise dogs are not allowed. Organizers request advance Dachshund registration to allow for all pets to be accommodated. To register your pup, visit metroanimalshelter. org. 9Round Fitness is sponsoring a stein hoist competition. Prizes will be awarded to the person(s) holding a signature beer stein for the longest period of time. A beer

purchase is required to participate. Booths featuring local artists and their wares for sale will be an additional feature of the event. Artist booth details are available by visiting www.tcpara. org/oktoberfest and clicking on the artist application button. A $10 entrance fee gains attendees’ entrance to the event and a stein. Children, ages 12 and under and accompanied by a ticketed adult, are admitted free. Authentic German beer, sausages, and pretzels and more 3o1 fare will be available for purchase. Playground designers indicate this will be the largest inclusive playground in the southeast. According to PARA officials, “This will be the coolest, most unique playground around. Unique in that children with disabilities and typical children can play together and cool in its design and features.” PARA, 3o1 Bistro, and event sponsors encourage everyone to come out and be a part of the first Tuskaloosa Oktoberfest to benefit the Tuscaloosa All-Inclusive Playground. Prost!

Dachshunds race in the contest benefitting the Metro Animal Shelter. Photo: PARA


October 2018

Rigatoni Pasta with Sausage and a Delicious Blueberry Lemon Cake

October Recipes By Amy Poore

Fall is most certainly in the air now, and on that note, I thought I’d give y’all one of my favorite Italian recipes – one that everyone should love. And to finish off a great dinner at home? How about a blueberry lemon cake? Have a great October, everyone, and as always, Bon Appetit!

RIGATONI WITH SAUSAGE AND BASIL IN A MUSTARD CREAM SAUCE • 8 oz Rigatoni • 1/2 tablespoon olive oil • 1 lb. Hot or mild (according to your taste) Italian sausage removed from the casings • 3/4 cup dry white wine • 3/4 cup heavy cream • 3 Tablespoons of grainy mustard • Pinch of red pepper • 1 cup julienned basil

Stir in pasta and basil (reserve a bit for garnish). Toss to combine. Serve immediately.

Cook pasta according to directions, drain. In a large skillet (regular not nonstick), heat oil over medium high, cook and crumble sausage until brown.

BLUEBERRY LEMON CAKE • 2 large eggs • 1 1/2 cups sugar • 1 cup sour cream • 1/2 cup vegetable oil • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract • 1/4 teaspoon salt • 2 cups all-purpose flour • 2 teaspoons baking powder • The zest of one medium lemon, divided • The juice of one medium lemon, divided • 1/2 Tablespoons corn starch • 16 oz fresh blueberries • Powdered sugar Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Grease or butter a 9-inch spring form pan and line it with parchment paper.

Add wine, deglaze pan (scrape brown bits off bottom of pan) and cook until reduced by half.

In a stand mixer with a whisk attachment, beat the eggs and sugar on high for 5 minutes until fluffy. Add in the sour cream, oil, vanilla, and salt. Whisk on low until combined.

Add cream, mustard, red pepper. Simmer for 2 minutes.

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In a bowl, combine the flour and baking powder then slowly add to the batter in 3 increments, whisking to combine with each addition. Be careful to not overtax. Add in 1 Tablespoon of lemon juice and 1/2 Tablespoon lemon zest. In a medium bowl, toss the blueberries with 1/2 Tablespoon of cornstarch and 1 teaspoon lemon juice. Combine until the cornstarch is completely dissolved. Pour half of the batter into the pan and spread evenly. Evenly place 1/2 of the blueberries on top. Top with the rest of the batter and repeat with the remaining blueberries, slightly pushing them into the batter. Bake for 50-60 minutes until a toothpick comes out clean. Let rest in the pan for 15 mins then remove ring to finish cooling. Dust with powdered sugar.


October 2018

Taste of Tuscaloosa: Our Favorite Places to Grab a Bite on Game Day The Waysider

A great day starts with a great breakfast. Fluffy, delicious pancakes, country potatoes, and mouthwatering bacon make a trip to the Waysider a Tuscaloosa tradition. Donned in Alabama memorabilia and nostalgic décor of the Crimson Tide’s most famous characters, out-of-town guests will thank you for bringing them to The Waysider. By Sheena Gregg It’s football season, and that means two things: it’s time to Roll with the Tide in BDS – and it’s time to eat! Whether you’re a hungry out-oftowner or a local, everyone can agree that Tuscaloosa offers up some of the best game day eats around. Here are some of my favorite suggestions for places to grab a bite – before or after the game. RTR!

Big Bad Wolves Barbecue

If you’re looking for something right on The Strip, Big Bad Wolves BBQ, next to The Houndstooth, will give you the game day experience you’ve been looking for. Massive BBQ nachos will make your time in line worth the wait – and get the extra cheese and peppers, because it’s game day.

DePalma’s Italian Cafe

Rama Jama’s

Italian cuisine may not scream football season, but it does scream delicious. Made from scratch pastas and signature dishes complement the cozy yet upscale space for lunch or dinner on your game day weekend. If you’ve got room for dessert, don’t forget to order the white chocolate bread pudding.

With menu items like the “17 National Champs BLT,” the “Ain’t Nothing But a Winner Polish Dog,” and the “Touchdown Burger Platter,” how could you not want to stop here before the game? Located conveniently right beside Bryant-Denny Stadium, Rama Jama’s is a people pleaser for locals and out-of-towners alike.

Avenue Pub

Archibald’s Barbecue

Featuring brunch, lunch, and dinner, the Avenue Pub aims to please. Buffalo sliders, fish & chips, bacon burgers, and Thai nachos will make your mouth water. Specialty cocktails and craft beers make this the ideal place to stop after the game.

If you and your crew are looking for a treasure off the beaten path, consider Archibald’s Barbecue. Featured in one of ESPN’s original “Taste of the Town” segments, Archibald’s Barbecue in Northport has ribs described as “the best in the nation.” Creamy coleslaw and old-fashioned white bread keep Archibald’s customers craving more.

Top Left: The Avenue Pub offers great pub fare, including outstanding hamburgers, in downtown Tuscaloosa. Photo by Sheena Gregg. Top Right: Big Bad Wolves serves up some of the best game day BBQ around. Photo by Big Bad Wolves. Bottom Left: The white chocolate bread pudding at DePalma’s is a delight and a must have. Photo by Sheena Gregg. Bottom Right: Rama Jama’s is a Tuscaloosa landmark, located right next to Bryant-Denny Stadium. Photo by Sheena Gregg.

October Calendar of Events DCL Saves the Date

The ninth annual Tuscaloosa Comedy Café is set for Oct. 9 at the Bryant Conference Center. The event, which provides funding for Youth For Christ Tuscaloosa’s ministry at area high schools and middle schools, offers plenty of opportunities for laughter and inspiration. Comedians Bean and Bailey are headlining the event, which will also feature YFC students and staff sharing personal stories. The 2018 Comedy Café is an evening geared for adults in the community. Childcare for kids ages two and up will be provided. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., and the program will conclude by 8:30 p.m. For more information, and to reserve seats, visit Photo: Bean and Bailey

Haunted Tuscaloosa Tours: Through Oct. 26. The Historic Drish House. For more information, including specific tours, times, and more, visit

Junior League of Tuscaloosa’s “Dinner at Your Door”: Oct. 4. Enjoy a delicious dinner for four for just $50. For more information, visit

Bama Art House Film Series Fall 2018 Presents the “Manhattan Short Film Festival”: Oct. 2, 7:30 p.m. Bama Theatre, downtown Tuscaloosa. 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

Kentuck Art Night in Downtown Northport: Oct. 4, 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

Theatre Tuscaloosa SecondStage Presents “Love, Loss and What I Wore”: Oct. 2-6, Green Bar, Tuscaloosa. Nora and Delia Ephron’s tapestry of monologues comes to life in this show. For show times and more information, call 205-3912277 or visit 30th Annual Moundville Native American Festival: Oct. 3-6, Moundville Archaeological Park. Performers, artists, craftspeople, and tradition bearers are on hand to educate festival-goers about the rich culture and heritage that makes Southeastern Indians unique. Includes living historians, arts and crafts, and a children’s area. For more information, visit Northport Citizen of the Year Awards Luncheon: Oct. 4, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Five Points Baptist Church, Northport. For over 40 years, the Northport Citizen of the Year Awards program has celebrated outstanding leadership in the city. This year’s guest speaker is UA Head Softball Coach Patrick Murphy. For more information, email

Cole Swindell and Dustin Lynch with Lauren Alaina: Oct. 4, 7:15 p.m. Tuscaloosa Amphitheater. For more information, visit Ticketmaster. com, call the Tuscaloosa Amphitheater Box Office at (205) 248-5280 or charge by phone at (800) 745-3000. The ACT Presents “Of Mice and Men”: Oct. 5-14. The Actor’s Charitable Theatre Studio (2205 9th Avenue, Northport). For tickets, call (205) 393-2800 or visit Somethin’ Pumpkin at CHOM: Oct. 6, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Children’s Hands-On Museum of Tuscaloosa (C.H.O.M.), downtown Tuscaloosa. Enjoy pumpkin chunkin’, hopping corn science, paper bag scarecrows, and paint your own pumpkin. All activities included in admission. For more information, visit Miracle League of Tuscaloosa Hawaiian Day: Oct. 6 (games begin at 9 a.m.). LeeAnna Grace Cunningham Field, Sokol Park North. Players will experience a Hawaiian-themed atmosphere for opening day. For more information, visit

Tuscaloosa Oktoberfest: Oct. 6, Noon-6 p.m. 301 Bistro, Bar, and Beer Garden, downtown Tuscaloosa. This fun-filled food and beer festival benefits the Tuscaloosa All-Inclusive Playground Project. Events include a stein hoisting competition and a Dachshund Dash. Enjoy German beer and food, local artists, and live music. For more information, visit Tuscaloosa Oktoberfest on Facebook. Out of the Darkness Walk: Oct. 7, 2 p.m. (registration begins at 1 p.m.). Ferguson Center Plaza, University of Alabama campus. UA’s Counseling Center is hosting this walk to honor those who struggle and those lost to suicide. Out of the Darkness walks are the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention’s biggest fundraisers. For more information, visit First Annual Downtown Chili Cook-Off: Oct. 7, 2-6 p.m. Downtown Tuscaloosa Entertainment District (enter at the corner of University Blvd and 23rd Avenue). This inaugural street festival features great chili from 30+ downtown Tuscaloosa restaurants and bars, and live music with Plato Jones. Entry fee: $10 (free for 12 and under). For more information, and tickets, visit DCH Foundation Play Pink – “A Day on the Courts”: Oct. 9, 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Indian Hills Country Club. For more information about this women’s doubles tennis mixer, call (205) 759-7349 or visit

Chamber Business After Hours: Oct. 9, 5-7 p.m. Home 2 Suites by Hilton, Tuscaloosa. For more information, visit Odesza with Jai Wolf and Evan Giia: Oct. 9, 7 p.m. Tuscaloosa Amphitheater. For more information, visit, call the Tuscaloosa Amphitheater Box Office at (205) 248-5280 or charge by phone at (800) 745-3000. DCH Foundation Play Pink - A Night on the Green: Oct. 11, 6-10 p.m. Bryant Conference Center. For tickets, call (205) 759-7349 or visit Youth for Christ Tuscaloosa Pumpkin Patch: Oct. 12-31, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. (M-Sat); 11 a.m.-7 p.m. (Sunday). 1401 McFarland Blvd. N. All proceeds from this event benefit YFC’s Camp Scholarship Fund. For more information, visit DCH Foundation Play Pink – Drive 4 the Cause Golf Classic: Oct. 12, Indian Hills Country Club. To register, call (205) 759-7349 or visit The Black Jacket Symphony Presents Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers’ “Damn the Torpedoes”: Oct. 12, 8 p.m. (doors open at 7 p.m.), Bama Theatre, downtown Tuscaloosa. Tickets ($25 and $30) are available by calling 877-9876487 or at Creepy Science at CHOM: Oct. 13, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Children’s Hands-On Museum of Tuscaloosa (C.H.O.M.), downtown Tuscaloosa. See vanishing ghosts, make Jack-O-Lantern volcanos, and more. All activities included in admission. For more information, visit Samantha Trade Day, Tractor Show, and Fish Fry: Oct. 13, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Shepherd Hill, Samantha (13222 Fondren Road). For more information about this free event, visit Calico Street Troupe Performance: Oct. 13 and 27, 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 Druid City Pride Festival: Oct. 14, 2-6 p.m. Government Plaza, downtown Tuscaloosa. Celebrate West Alabama’s LGBTQ+ community and allies. The headliner for the festival is actor/comedian Lady Bunny, and the lineup also includes musicians, vendors, and a children’s area. Pets are also welcome. For more information, visit Toys for Tots Applications: Oct. 15-19. McDonald Hughes Activity Center (PARA), Tuscaloosa. Members and friends of the Alabama Marines Foundation will accept Christmas toy applications Oct. 15-19 from 10 a.m. to Noon, and Oct. 16 from 5 to 7 p.m. Families with children ages 0-12 years are welcome to apply. Parents should bring their photo ID and social security card, as well as a birth certificate and social security card for each child. Bama Art House Films Presents “Disobedience”: Oct. 16, 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

Halloween Spooktacular at CHOM: Oct. 18, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Children’s Hands-On Museum of Tuscaloosa, downtown Tuscaloosa. Your costume and a food bank item are your admission. Tickets available to play carnival games for prizes. All ages with adult. For more information, visit Chris Stapleton with Marty Stuart and Brent Cobb: Oct. 18, 7 p.m. Tuscaloosa Amphitheater. For more information, visit, call the Tuscaloosa Amphitheater Box Office at (205) 248-5280 or charge by phone at (800) 745-3000. Theatre Tuscaloosa Presents “God of Carnage”: Oct. 19-28. Bean-Brown Theatre, Tuscaloosa. In this 2009 Tony-award winner, a playground altercation between 11-year-old boys brings together two sets of Brooklyn parents for a meeting to resolve the matter. For show times and more information, including tickets, call 205-3912277 or visit Sawyerville 8th Annual 5K: Oct. 20, 8 a.m. (registration); 9 a.m. (race time). St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Greensboro. This Tuscaloosa Track Club certified, Grand Prix event raises funds for the Sawyerville, which includes summer camp, summer learning, mentoring, scholarships, and more. For more information, visit American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Tuscaloosa Walk: Oct. 20, 8:45 a.m. (registration 7 a.m.), Tuscaloosa Amphitheater, downtown Tuscaloosa. This event raises funds for groundbreaking breast cancer research, life-saving education, and critical patient services. For more information, visit or email 47th Annual Kentuck Festival of the Arts: Oct. 20-21, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Kentuck Park, Northport. Hundreds of artists will exhibit works, along with demonstrations, music, food, and more. Single day tickets: $10; weekend passes: $15. Tickets can be purchased online, at the Kentuck Gallery Shop, or at the gate. For additional information, visit The Human Body at CHOM: Oct. 20, 9 a.m.4:30 p.m. Children’s Hands-On Museum of Tuscaloosa (C.H.O.M.), downtown Tuscaloosa. Creep on down to CHOM and enjoy learning all about the human body. Make your own x-ray and create a spinal cord! All activities included in admission. For more information, visit chomonline. org. Miracle League of Tuscaloosa Super Hero Day: Oct. 20 (games begin at 9 a.m.). LeeAnna Grace Cunningham Field, Sokol Park North. Local first responders will be at the games cheering on the players. Fire trucks, police cars, and even Sparky the Fire Dog will be there, too. For more information, visit T-Town Witches Ride: Oct. 21, 4-7:30 p.m. Government Plaza, downtown Tuscaloosa. Witches will fly (well, they’ll ride bikes) through the streets of downtown Tuscaloosa to raise funds for The Arc of Tuscaloosa County, Inc. Enjoy awards, entertainment, food and beverages, a kid zone, and raffle prices. Entry: $25; participants must be 18 and over and dressed as a witch. For more information, visit

City of Tuscaloosa’s Second Annual Tech-orTreat Night: Oct. 23, 6-8 p.m. Tuscaloosa Gateway Innovation and Discovery Center. City departments and various community organizations will pass out candy to guests in costume. Along with candy, guests will also have the chance to receive tech-related items, from cell phone accessories to digital storage devices. This event is free. Children must be accompanied by an adult. CSI: CHOM, Child Science Investigators: Oct. 27, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Children’s Hands-On Museum of Tuscaloosa (C.H.O.M.), downtown Tuscaloosa. What’s in the evidence bag? Learn about fingerprint analysis, DNA extraction, and solve the CHOM crime! All activities included in admission. For more information, visit Miracle League of Tuscaloosa Trunk-or-Treat: Oct. 27 (games begin at 9 a.m.). LeeAnna Grace Cunningham Field, Sokol Park North. layers can trick or treat at different tables and play games. The petting zoo will also be at the field. For more information, visit Humane Society of West Alabama’s Black Cat Masquerade: Oct. 27, 6-10 p.m., Bear Creek Manor, Tuscaloosa. Guests are encouraged to wear semi-formal attire or gothic costumes. There will be hors d’oeuvres, a live band and dancing, a cash bar, and a silent auction. Proceeds from the event will support the work of the HSWA. Tickets are $35 each or $50 per pair. Tickets can be purchased online at or at the Cat Adoption Center. Tuscaloosa Barnyard Pumpkin Patch: Fridays-Sundays October, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Turner Bridge Rd, Tuscaloosa. Includes pumpkins, hayrides, a petting zoo, a jumping pillow, and more. $15 per person. For more information, call (205) 248-0773, (205) 454-8841 or visit 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) 2485295. Events you want to see here? Email us at:

Community Service Programs of West Alabama (CSP) Housing Resource Center is celebrating the 40th Anniversary of NeighborWorks® America through expansive planning in financial capability programming. You may not know that CSP is a member of the national NeighborWorks® network. Over the past 40 years, NeighborWorks® and its network have assisted close to 8 million people through affordable housing and counseling. What is Financial Capability?

Financial Capability programming p is all about helping equip individuals and families with the tools and resources needed to navigate financial life events. NeighborWorks® in its 2018 Consumer Finance Survey discovered more than one-third (36 percent) of families with household income below $75,000 do not have both a checking and savings account with a bank or credit union. The survey further mentions, 38 percent of all households with incomes below $75,000 have no money saved for an emergency; and of those households with savings, 43 percent said savings would last one month or less. Helping individuals and families establish and sustain an emergency savings account, budget for important purchases and plan for retirement are some components of financial capability programming. CSP promotes and supports an approach that combines financial education (to share basic skills and knowledge), financial counseling (to resolve specific issues and challenges in the short term) and financial coaching (to encourage behavior change and achieve positive and sustainable long-term outcomes). For more information on financial capability programming, please call (205) 469-0358.

More about NeighborWorks® America

NeighborWorks® America, formally the Neighborhood Reinvestment Corp., is a national, nonpartisan, nonprofit leader in affordable housing and community development. For 40 years, the organization has worked to create opportunities for people to live in affordable homes, both rented and owned; improve their lives; and strengthen their communities. This mission is accomplished through a network of nearly 250 nonprofit organizations in all 50 states, D.C. and Puerto Rico.

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