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2021 Upcoming Holiday deadlines: Deadline is Friday, Nov. 19 for Thanksgiving Edition and will be closed for the Thanksgiving Holidays. Deadline is Friday, Dec. 3 for Santa Letters. Deadline is Monday, Dec. 20 for the Christmas and New Years Editions. MvT Will be closed Dec. 23-Jan. 2 for the Christmas & New Years Holidays.

Veterans Day Program 2021
The Veritas Club will sponsor a Veterans Program on Sun., Nov. 7, at 2 p.m. The program will be held at Greensboro Baptist Church’s Family Life Center Since the first program in 1987, Veritas Club has sponsored this patriotic program almost annually. Veterans who are present on Sunday afternoon will have the opportunity to share experiences of serving our country during war and peace. There will be patriotic music and refreshments. We hope that you will plan to attend.


West Ala. RPO Meeting
The West Alabama Rural Planning Organization (RPO) will hold a meeting on Friday, November 12, 2021, 10:30 a.m. This will be a combined meeting of all RPO committees: Policy Committee, Technical Coordinating Committee (TCC), and the Citizens Transportation Advisory Committee (CTAC). The RPO will hold this meeting both in-person at the West Alabama Regional Commission (WARC), 4200 Highway 69 North, Northport and online. The committees will discuss the following: (1) the draft West Alabama Coordinated Public Transit Plan: 2022 Report. In addition, Brad Darden from the ALDOT West Central Region office will make a presentation. The RPO serves as a transportation planning process for the rural areas of west Alabama and provides a formal link between the Alabama Department of Transportation (ALDOT) and the local governments. The counties served by the RPO include Bibb, Fayette, Greene, Hale, Lamar, and Pickens. The RPO provides government officials and citizens in these counties an opportunity to advise the ALDOT on road, bridge, transit service, and other transportation projects. All of the RPO meetings are open to the public. Anyone requiring special assistance should contact the WARC at least 48 hours prior to the meeting. For special assistance, call the WARC at (205) 333-2990.


Alzheimer’s Foundation of America to “Light the World in Teal” for Alzheimer’s Awareness on November 4th
On November 4, sites in all 50 states and around the world will light up in teal for Alzheimer’s awareness as part of the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America’s (AFA) Light the World in Teal campaign. More than 350 sites throughout the United States and 10 other countries have already signed up to “go teal”—from skyscrapers and stadiums in major cities to small town halls. Light the World in Teal is an annual program held in November as part of Alzheimer’s Awareness Month. People and places around the world “go teal” to raise awareness and show support for the millions of people affected by Alzheimer’s. Teal is AFA’s Alzheimer’s awareness color. Building wishing to participate in the initiative can sign up by visiting www.lighttheworldinteal.com. Individuals can also participate in Light the World in Teal by wearing teal, turning their porch lights teal, turning their social media profile picture or cover photo teal—samples can be found by visiting www.lighttheworldinteal.com. Use the hashtag #AFALightTheWorldInTeal to help raise Alzheimer’s awareness. Families looking for additional information about Alzheimer’s disease or support services can contact AFA’s Helpline at 866-232-8484 or visit www.alzfdn.org.


Rep. Sewell Accepting Military Service Academy Nominations for 2021
U.S. Rep. Terri A. Sewell (AL-07) is currently accepting Military Service Academy nomination applications for 2021. To be considered for an appointment to a military service academy, an applicant must meet the eligibility requirements established by law and be legally domiciled within the boundaries of Alabama’s 7th Congressional District. Students MUST complete a 2021 Nomination application, which can be found on Rep. Sewell’s website. Submissions must be received by the Birmingham office by U.S. mail postmarked no later than Friday, November 19, 2021. Applications should be mailed to: Office of Congresswoman Terri A. Sewell, Two 20th Street North, Suite 1130, Birmingham, AL, 35203, 205.254.1960. Congresswoman Sewell will host a virtual Military Service Academy Preview Day with representatives from all five Service Academies, the Marion Military Institute, and a graduate of the United States Naval Academy who will provide information and answer questions about each of the Military Service Academies. Additional information regarding the 2021 virtual Military Service Academy Preview Day will be released at a later date. There are five Service Academies: The United States Air Force Academy (USAFA); The United States Naval Academy (USNA); The United States Coast Guard Academy (USCGA); The United States Merchant Marine Academy (USMMA); The United States Military Academy (USMA) at West Point. Nominations are required for all but the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, to which appointments are made on the basis of their independent application process.

RUN ‘ROUND THE MOUNDS AT MOUNDVILLE ARCHAEOLOGICAL PARK – UA’s Moundville Archaeological Park will host the fourth annual Moundville 5K Footrace Nov. 6 as part of its celebration of Native American Heritage Month. After hosting the race virtually last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Moundville 5K Footrace returns to the park for runners and walkers of all ages. Proceeds will go to the Moundville Education fund to continue its mission of celebrating southeastern Native American culture. For more information, watch for a news release or contact Bryant Welbourne, UA Strategic Communications, at bryant.welbourne@ua.edu.

Moundville Baptist Trunk or Treat
Moundville Baptist Trunk or Treat will be on Halloween, Sun., Oct. 31, 4:30 – 6 p.m. at Moundville Baptist Church.
First Baptist Church Food Pantry
First Baptist Church Food Pantry will open every 1st & 3rd Sunday from 11:15 – 11;45 a.m. If you have any questions contact Sandra Carlisle at 334-507-3463.

Red Cross
Make an appointment to give blood or platelets as soon as possible by using the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting RedCrossBlood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). Tuscaloosa: 10/27: 10 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., UA College of Education – 311 Carmichael Hall, 520 Colonial Dr.;10/28: 9 a.m. – 1 p.m., Cyrpress Inn- Pavilion, 501 Rice Mine Rd. N.; 10/29: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Holy Spirit Catholic Church, 733 James I Harrison Jr Pkwy.
Join us for Bells of Peace 2021
Toll “Bells of Peace” on 11/11 at 11 a.m. local time, and honor all those who served and sacrificed in WWI. Bells of Peace is a U.S. national bell tolling remembrance that was created in collaboration with the Society of the Honor Guard, Tomb of the Unknown Soldier (SHGTUS) to commemorate the 100-year anniversary of the World War I Armistice, November 11, 2018. This year as we toll the Bells of Peace at 11 a.m. local on 11/11, we will also reflect on this solemn event triggered by America’s participation in WWI. https://doughboy.org/index.php/activities/bells-of-peace.

School Events


Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library
Success By 6 of United Way of West Alabama is proud to provide Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library books FREE to children ages birth to 5 years old in Greene, Hale, Marengo, Pickens, Sumter, and Tuscaloosa counties. Once a month, your child will receive a new book by mail. You only need to do two things: register your child and pledge to read the books to him/her. Please, climb on board Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library! Since UWWA launched the Dolly Parton Imagination Library: 13,467 children have participated in the program in Greene, Hale, Marengo, Pickens, Sumter, and Tuscaloosa Counties. 10,427 children have “graduated” from the program. 443,856 books have been delivered to children in West Alabama. Sign up at https://imaginationlibrary.com/check-availability/

2022 Statewide Double
Exposure Photography
Exhibit For Juniors
The Arts Council of Tuscaloosa will present the 18th Annual Double Exposure Juried Photography Exhibit at the Bama Theatre in 2022. The competition will be open to Alabama photographers in grades 6-12. Entries will be accepted for the first round of judging Nov. 30-Dec. 3 by email. A fee will be charged to enter up to three images. No entry fees will be refunded. The competition will be exhibited at the Bama Theatre’s Junior League Gallery Jan. 18-Feb. 3, 2022 with the awards presentation and closing reception on Feb. 6 from 2 -3 p.m. The top award will be a $250 Cash Award for Best in Show. Four $125 cash awards will also be given. A complete list of entry guidelines and important dates are currently available on The Arts Council’s website at https://tuscarts.org/competition-doubleexposure.php. Gallery hours are Mon.-Fri. from 9 a.m.-noon & 1 p.m.-4 p.m. The Bama Theatre is located at 600 Greensboro Avenue in downtown Tuscaloosa and the Dinah Washington Cultural Arts Center at 620 Greensboro Ave. on the same block. For more information about The Arts Council or Bama Theatre, patrons should follow and like “The Arts Council – Bama Theatre – Cultural Arts Center” on Facebook and Twitter and also Instagram @tuscaloosaartscouncil. Call 205-758-5195 or visit tuscarts.org for further information.

UA all 2021 Commencement
The University of Alabama will hold fall commencement ceremonies Dec. 10 and 11 at Coleman Coliseum on the UA campus. More than 1,700 candidates are expected to be in attendance for the three ceremonies. Ceremony times for each college and school include: Fri., Dec. 10 at 6 p.m. Capstone College of Nursing, College of Engineering, College of Human Environmental Sciences. Sat., Dec. 11 at 8:30 a.m. College of Communication and Information Sciences, College of Community Health Sciences, Culverhouse College of Business. Sat., Dec. 11 at noon College of Arts and Sciences, College of Education, School of Law, School of Social Work. The ceremonies will follow a modified model UA used to facilitate safe and successful commencement exercises in the past. Tickets will not be required for guests and there is no limit to the number of guests a graduate can invite. Guest groups are to remain 3 feet apart. Hand sanitizing stations are provided throughout the coliseum, and the venue will be cleaned and sanitized between the ceremonies. More information, including live and recorded webcast details, an interactive campus map, parking information, lodging details, graduate profile stories and facts about the 2021 summer class can be found on UA’s commencement website. Commencement information can be heard on UA’s radio station, 92.5 FM.


GLOBAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP WEEK OFFERS OPPORTUNITIES FOR INNOVATORS – The Alabama Entrepreneurship Institute, an outreach organization located in The University of Alabama Culverhouse College of Business, will host several events as part of Global Entrepreneurship Week, Nov. 8-14, to foster entrepreneurship in UA students, faculty, staff and area residents. The main event, the River Pitch Business Idea Competition, will be held Tuesday, Nov. 9, and offers any entrepreneur a solid business concept an opportunity to pitch their idea in front of a panel of judges for a chance to win a $1,000 prize. For more information, watch for a news release, or contact Zach Thomas, director of marketing and communications for the Culverhouse College of Business, at zthomas@culverhouse.ua.edu.
UA INITIATIVE TO IMPROVE DIVERSITY, EQUITY AND INCLUSION IN REAL ESTATE – A new effort by the Alabama Center for Real Estate aims to make the real estate industry more accessible to students and young professionals in underrepresented groups. The Career Opportunities in Real Estate initiative, or CORE, offers an online credentialing program consisting of eight modules featuring live and self-paced real estate career content, as well as professional development resources, soft skills training and access to life coaching. Applications for the program are being accepted. For more information, watch for a news release or contact Zach Thomas, director of marketing and communications for the Culverhouse College of Business, at zthomas@culverhouse.ua.edu.
UA TO HOLD FALL 2021 COMMENCEMENT – The University of Alabama will hold fall commencement ceremonies Dec. 10 and 11 at Coleman Coliseum on the UA campus. More than 1,700 candidates are expected to be in attendance for the three ceremonies. The ceremonies will follow a modified model UA used to facilitate safe and successful commencement exercises in the past. Tickets will not be required for guests and there is no limit to the number of guests a graduate can invite. For more information, visit UA’s commencement website or contact Caroline Gazzara-McKenzie, UA Strategic Communications, at caroline.mckenzie@ua.edu.
UA ESTABLISHES APPRENTICESHIP FOR OPIOID ADDICTION SUPPORT SPECIALISTS – UA is launching an apprenticeship program to train individuals in behavioral health and substance abuse recovery. Dr. Mercy Mumba, associate professor at the Capstone College of Nursing, and her team have successfully established UA as a sponsor for a Behavioral Health Paraprofessional Registered Apprenticeship Program through the Alabama Office of Apprenticeship. UA is the first nationally registered Certified Recovery Support Specialist apprenticeship program in the state. For more information, contact Adam Jones, UA Strategic Communications, at adam.jones@ua.edu.
UA RESEARCH PROJECTS SEEKING VOLUNTEERS – Several research projects on campus are seeking participants, particularly children and parents, with some offering small payments and leading-edge therapy. For more information, contact Adam Jones, UA communications, adam.jones@ua.edu.