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September 15, 2016
Message from Mayor Haddock
The Lions are up against  Valdosta State  th is on Saturday, the 17th,
at 6:00 p.m.




Homecoming for the Falcons this week!

PARADE - Thursday night @ 7 PM
Downtown Florence
See the NEW ROUTE below.
* The parade begins by traveling south on Wood Avenue from First Baptist Church.
* Turn right onto East Tennessee Street and travel west
* Turn right onto North Court Street and travel north
* Turn right onto Hermitage and travel northeast
* Turn right onto North Wood and travel south
* The parade will end by turning left onto East Mobile at the First Baptist Church.

GAME - Friday night at 7:00 PM
against Athens High School


Targeting Florence Utilities Commercial Customers
Another phone scam involving Florence Utilities customers has been targeting BUSINESSES in our service area.  Customers have reported receiving the phone calls from a caller who identifies themselves as "Florence Utilities."
These fictitious "Florence Utilities" callers are telling customers their utilities are past due and threatening to disconnect services.  Scammers are demanding that customers to go to a well-known chain drugstore and purchase a cash card.  The card is to be sent to them.   As a customer, we remind you that Florence Utilities does not request immediate payment threatening service disconnection via a phone call, and does not call customers and demand payment be made through a particular payment method. 
Please be alert to these phone scams!



For Tickets and More Information


John Waters'
new art collection entitled
"Beyond the Garden Gate"
John's newest collection highlights the dichotomy between
images  and words and is meant to be playful and exploratory. 
The artist hopes viewers find  excitement and beauty within the varied shapes and colors of his latest work. Walk  with us
"Beyond the Garden Gate" and see something wholly
new and inspiring.
Thursday, September 15
from 6pm-8pm
September 15- October 15
Both at Court Street Market
218 North Court Street



Mayor Haddock will join others all cross American and
issue a proclamation designating September as
in the City.
Go Gold is the theme for childhood cancer and citizens and businesses are urged to display gold ribbons during the month of September in support of child cancer victims as well as promoting support for research, treatments, and cures.

Travel back in time

Explore historical downtown Florence on a relaxing trolley tour
On the Trail of the Blue and the Gray
This one hour trolley tour visits several historical sites associated with the Civil War in downtown Florence. Along the way, you'll hear interesting stories about Florence during the war including the account of the gunboat battle at the Florence Wharf in 1862, and the story of the martyrdom of slave pastor Robin Lightfoot by Confederate soldiers.
Local genealogist and historian Lee Freeman shares his knowledge of local history and the skirmishes fought throughout Lauderdale and Franklin counties.
Two Tours
Saturday, September 17
And Saturday, September 24
Both at 11:00 a.m.
Trolley departs from Florence-Lauderdale Tourism and Visitor's Center in McFarland Park.
Refreshments served prior to the tour.
TICKETS:  $15 for adults and $10 for seniors and students. Small children ride free.
Limited seating.  To reserve a seat call 256-740-4141



Rev. Dr. William Henry Mitchell (1812-1872). Irish native, pastor of First Presbyterian Church, Florence and President of the Presbyterian Female Synodical College. Arrested in his pulpit by Union officers one Sunday in 1862 after his customary prayer for the welfare of the president and government, which in this case just happened to be Jefferson Davis and the Confederate States of America.




First Presbyterian Church as it looked before the 1898-1899 rebuild.

Tours brought to you by the Tennessee Valley Historical Society
Located in the Muscle Shoals region of the Tennessee River Valley, the Historical Society has been in existence since 1923 and has made huge contributions to the preservation and interpretation of history in the region. The Society, in partnership with the University of North Alabama History Department, funds scholarships for local high school students pursuing a degree in history at UNA.



Please join us for NAMI Shoals 
NAMI Walks
Saturday, September 17, 2016
at McFarland Park
Registration starts at 8:00 am. - 5K walk starts at 9:00 am.
For additional information, call NAMI Shoals office 256-765-2081


An evening o f entertainment featuring a variety of Broadway standards and contemporary musical
theatre favorites, WAY THE HECK OFF BROADWAY stars Florence native and New York based actress
Ashlie Roberson, Atlanta/Birmingham based actor Caleb Clark, and nationally acclaimed baritone
Daniel Seigel.   The trio will be accompanied by Katie Holmes, Director of Music at The Red Mountain
Theatre Company in Birmingham.  The evening is hosted by Florence native Richard Wallace, a veteran
cabaret emcee at New York  City's DON'T TELL MAMA'S, THE DUPLEX, and THE GREEN ROOM.  Proceeds benefit
Optidefno, a theatre company devoted to bringing the Shoals area's premier arts:  music, fashion, and
visual art together in collaborative  theatrical productions.

SEPTEMBER 22 - 7:00 PM
Southhall-Moore Home
209 East Tuscaloosa Street

Wine and Light Hors O'Deuvres will be served







Fish for Litter on Lake Pickwick & Lake Wilson
To Catch $500 in Cash!

Saturday, September 24, 2016
8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Celebrate National Public Lands Day with us!

Shoals area collection sites include:
McFarland Park, Florence
Lock Six, Killen
TVA Fleet Harbor, Muscle Shoals
Riverfront Park, Sheffield
Register as a group or individual!


Every participant gets a free t-shirt!

Each 13-gallon trash bag you fill with litter from the Tennessee River or
the shoreline enters you for a chance  to win $500.  Start now and bring your
full bags to our collection site or join us for the tournament!

The drawing will take place at 5:00 p.m.

Gloves, litter grabbers, and trash bags will be provided the day of the tournament.
Bring your own or use ours!  

Sponsored by:
Keep the Shoals Beautiful
Tennessee Valley Authority
Alabama Society of Hazardous Materials Management
Waste Connections, Inc.
Keep the Tennessee River Beautiful



A rolling celebration honoring those who have survived cancer...
and a tribute to those who did not.


My name is Larry Gray, and I am a cancer survivor.

On March 31, 2003, I was diagnosed with Stage IV throat Cancer.  My next five months were spent not on my bicycle, as usual, but on an aggressive regimen of chemotherapy and radiation.  It wasn't any fun, it certainly wasn't how I'd planned to spend the summer of my 50th year, but we all do what we have to do.  And when those long months of treatments were finally over, I had become one of nearly 33 million people worldwide living with, through, and beyond cancer.

Cancer taught me many lessons, but none were more important than the realization that I had never been one to give enough back--to my family and friends, to my community, to the world.  To help correct that shortcoming, in the fall of 2006, I hosted a little bicycle ride that immediately turned into an annual event, now known as "Larry's LiveStrong Loop." Participation has grown over the years, but the original format remains:  just show up and ride; afterwards, lunch is on me.

Please join us on September 24 for the 11th annual edition of this very special day of cycling.

Saturday, September 24, 2016 - 8:30 a.m. 
Central Community Center - Central Heights, AL (near Florence)
31, 44, and 62 Mile Options -- Free BBQ Lunch Following the Ride

"Larry's LiveStrong Loop" is an informal gathering of cyclists of all ability levels.
Everyone is welcome--you need not be a cancer survivor to attend.  There is no registration fee.
Voluntary donations will be gratefully accepted, 100% of which will benefit the LiveStrong Foundation.

For more information or to sign up, please email me at

Visit the LiveStrong Foundation web site at

Saturday, October 1

Paddles up, Shoals! The Dragons are returning to the Tennessee River on Saturday, October 1,  for the 4th annual Shoals Dragon Boat Festival. This fun, family-friendly event, sponsored by  Kilby Laboratory School, is the only event of its kind in the Shoals. Last year 30 boats raced on the Tennessee River, and more than 5,000 people attended the Festival held at McFarland Park.
This year's event promises to be bigger and better than ever!
This is an exciting, team-building event. Co-workers, church groups,
school clubs, Greek organizations, athletic teams, friends, family,
and neighbors all make great dragon boat race teams. 
Don't miss the boat!

find out more and sign up today!




Sunday, October 2, 2016
3:00 p.m.
Muscle Shoals HS Auditorium
Featuring:  Newgrass crossover event




Underwritten by:
CB&S Bank, Shoals Hospital, and the City of Muscle Shoals



The Zodiac Players have two fantastic productions in the works! Whether you prefer to sing along to Elvis Presley's classic tunes or add some sass to your sweet tea, this fall season is one you won't want to miss! 


If you love  Steel Magnolias or  The Help
you will adore  A Southern Belle Primer , y'all!
Show dates: October 6-9, 2016




The Shoals Community Theatre fall production, All Shook Up,
a musical comedy  inspired  by and featuring the songs of
Elvis Presley and directed by Linda Young. 
Show dates:  November 10 - 13, 2016






The Gingerbread Players Patron Ticket prices give you tickets to
all 3 shows and the  opportunity to choose your seats now!

A Christmas Story - December 8 - 11, 2016
A Little Princess:  The Musical - March 16 - 19, 2017
The Surprising Story of the Three Little Pigs and the Princess King - June 15-18, 2017
Adult Patrons $32
Student Patron $25
Child Patron $18
Group Discounts at Individual Shows

Bring an organizational group of 10 or more
(Girl Scouts, Sunday School class, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, etc.)
and receive the Group Discount of $2 off the price of each ticket.



The Shoals Theatre
123 S. Seminary Street
Florence, AL 35630

Florence-Lauderdale Public Library
350 North Wood Avenue

For More Information Contact:
Patty Cross
Shoals Area Knitting Guild

KENNEDY-DOUGLASS CENTER FOR THE ARTS is located at 217 East Tuscaloosa Street,
Florence, and is open, free of charge, Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  
Call 256-760-6379 for information on City museums and art events or  Click here .


Martha Marshall: A Window in Time  
Kennedy-Douglass Center for the Arts is pleased to present works by Martha Marshall
August 18  through September 23

A Window in Time
is a collection of contemporary paintings graciously donated by the artist,
Martha Marshall, to benefit Kennedy-Douglass Center for the Arts. The artworks were created between the years 2000 and 2008. The large scale, color field paintings will fill the Kennedy-Douglass main gallery and Annex.

Martha Marshall is a professional artist represented by galleries in Florida, North Carolina, and  Texas. She has worked with the corporate art trade, fine art publishers, and art consultants for  more than twenty years creating commissioned artworks and specialty projects. She is featured  in the corporate art collections of the Westin Hotels, Design Center of the Americas, Caesar's Palace,  the Internal Revenue Service and PNC Banks to name a few. She also has pieces in the public art  collection of Hillsborough County, Florida. Kennedy-Douglass is pleased to add several of her  large scale pieces to the art center's permanent collection.

Select paintings will be offered for sale, and proceeds will go directly to the art center. For the
first time ever, Kennedy-Douglass will offer select artworks for monthly rental by individuals
or businesses. Private appointments by groups and individuals are also available
Monday through Friday 9 a.m.-4 p.m
To learn more about Martha Marshall and see new works by the artist visit

A Remembrance of Forgotten Places:
Ronnie Riner Memorial Exhibit
September 19-23, 2016
The family of beloved local artist and instructor, Ronnie Riner will host an exhibit of his works at
Kennedy-Douglass Center  for the Arts September 19 - 23, 2016 .  Riner, a prolific charcoal artist, taught art
for the Muscle Shoals school system  for more than two decades. His drawings which thematically honor Southern traditions and culture have won numerous  awards and are part of many private and corporate art collections. After he passed away in 2013, a scholarship fund  was established in his honor through the Muscle Shoals Education Foundation.
The Riner family and Kennedy-Douglass invites the public
 to attend a
Special Reception for the exhibit
Monday, September 19, 6 pm - 8 pm
with live music from McKenzie Lockhart.
The exhibition is free, and donations to the scholarship fund will be accepted.
All donations can be made out to the MS Education Foundation.
Riner said of his work, "It is my desire to help the viewer revisit a place that can still be
found in the gentle spirits and honest hearts of those living in a magical place called the South."


Art Expressions: Shoals Artist Guild Exhibition
Art Expressions, an exhibition of works by members of the Shoals Artists Guild, will be on display at Kennedy-Douglass Center of the Arts in Florence from October 4 through October 28.

Join the artists for an opening reception
Sunday, October 1 at 1:00 p.m.

The exhibit will also be open the weekend of the Alabama Renaissance Faire, October 22 and 23, during the hours of the Faire which are 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Saturday and noon to 6:00 p.m. on Sunday.

This group of over fifty artists was founded in 1952 and includes members who work in a wide variety of media and with many different styles and techniques. The exhibit will include paintings in oil, watercolor, pastel, acrylic, and mixed media. This year's judge will chose nine pieces as award winners - 1st place, 2nd place, 3rd place, three honorable mentions, and three Merit Awards.

The guild meets the third Friday of each month at the arts center for demonstrations of new art techniques and discussions of current trends in the art world. Members are welcome to stay after meetings to sketch or paint. The Guild maintains a permanent gallery of original paintings and prints on the second floor of the arts center and displays work at several other area locations. New members are always welcome.


Florence-Lauderdale Visitor Center
200 Jim Spain Drive (McFarland Park)
Florence, AL  35630
Kennedy-Douglass Center for the Arts
217 East Tuscaloosa Street
Florence, AL  365630

Purchase Tickets from out of town? 
CALL:  1-888-356-8687


The Florence Fire Rescue Department
 will be conducting a Citizen's Academy
every Tuesday
during the month of September
from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
  These classes will be focusing on Fire Prevention in
the home.  A wide range of information will be given
to participants. Open to citizens 18 years old and up
who are willing to commit a few hours of their time.
Limited class space.  
 If you would like to be a part of this FREE class
and for more information, please contact our
office at 256-760-6475 between the hours
of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.



In preparation for the upcoming Wood Avenue resurfacing project, the Gas and Water Departments will intermittently be closing sections of Wood Avenue. This work is required to move or replace gas and water lines ahead of the road construction contractor. There will be some interruption in service during short periods, but our crews will work as quickly as possible to minimize the interruptions. We apologize for any inconvenience.

If you need assistance or information, please call our dispatch  at 256-760-6490 for information.      

New Hospital Site Work
Florence Gas & Water Department is working to isolate (abandon) all existing water and gas lines within the new hospital site so that work on the North Alabama Medical Center can begin soon!






The City Council adopted a new pet license ordinance for certain dogs and cats. 

The ordinance became effective May 1, 2014.

(See Ordinance Here)




The Florence/Lauderdale Animal Shelter has DOGS AND CATS available for ADOPTION OR FOSTER.

The Shelter is open from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. weekdays.  Weekend hours are Saturday,

open to the public and volunteers, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.,

and Sunday, closed to the public, but open to volunteers from 9:00 a.m. to 12 Noon.

Volunteers are always welcome!

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The galvanized pipe replacement project continues to run smoothly.

A contractor for the Water Department will work on a number of streets in the City of Florence to
replace aging  galvanized piping as the project enters its second phase.  


We apologize for any inconvenience.  More information will be available as the project progresses.






Royal Avenue Center Monthly Activities - Click Here


Broadway Recreation Center
Twirling class:  Florence Parks and Recreation Department is taking registration for twirling classes for ages 18 and under. The classes meet on Wednesday after school at Broadway Recreation Center, with instructor Mary Anne Spears.  All skill levels are welcome. The fee is $40 per month. For additional information call 256-366-1918, email, or


Aerobics: Sponsored by Florence Parks and Recreation Department meets Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, 8:30-9:30 a.m., at the Broadway Recreation Center.  Cost is $20 per month.  Evening classes are also available.  Instructor: Linda Clanton.  For information call 256-760-6418. 


Yoga: Sponsored by Florence Parks and Recreation Dept. meets Tuesday and Thursday, 8:30-9:30 a.m. at the Broadway Recreation Center.  Cost is $20 per month.  Instructor: Linda Clanton.  For information call 256-760-6418.



"Where Boomers and Seniors Come Together As ONE"
450 Country Club Drive
(Savannah Highway/Hwy. 20)
Florence - 256-760-6420
***The Club is a drug free, alcohol free facility***
2016 Weekly Schedule of Events


O n FRIDAYS , the Boomers and Seniors wear RED to show support for our service men and women.  Get your " CLUB " shirt the next time you visit.
"JOINTS IN MOTION" CHAIR EXERCISE CLASS will help you with your activities of daily living.  Monday, Wednesday, Friday, 8:45 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.  No age limit. Men, women, friends and family are welcome to join us at The CLUB .  No fee.  Class Leader:  Fran "fish" Davis.
Also, the Joints in Motion Class offers the opportunity for you to join them in prayer around the flagpole each Monday morning after class at 9:50 a.m. to pray for our community, city, nation, first responders, troops, and families and friends of The CLUB .
THE NUTRITION PROGRAM is a NACOLG/State program which serves lunch each Monday-Friday, at 11:00 a.m., at The CLUB .  Suggested donation $1.  This program is based on age and not financial need.  Limited seating (35) available on first come basis.  You must be seated by 10:30 a.m.  Feel free to come check it out.
The only requirements are:
1) Must be 60 years of age, and
2) Must sign in and be seated by 10:30 a.m.
BOOMER'S & SENIOR'S TUESDAY NIGHT DANCE at The CLUB , 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., each week.  The doors will open at 6:00 p.m.  $6 per person.  Singles & couples are welcome.  21+ years old.  Music spanning the decades is performed by The Browns.   For more information please call The CLUB at 256-760-6420, Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Alabama's state dance is Folk and Square Dancing.  It's a healthy challenge that will have you stepping to the music and enjoying your new dance family.  The Singing River Squares will happily be your square dance angels during your BEGINNING SQUARE DANCE CLASSES that begins approximately every 12 weeks. New Hours...The beginner class meets from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m every Friday.   The Singing River Squares WELCOMES you to give it a try.  Singles, couples, families...anyone with the desire to learn is welcomed.  For more information call Fran at The CLUB , 256-760-6642.  The seasoned dancers will dance PLUS TIPS in between the beginners tips.
BINGO is offered at 9:30 am on Tuesday and Thursday mornings.  No fee for BINGO.  Expendable type prizes are appreciated such as paper products, toothpaste, mouthwash, lotion, soap, puzzle books, unopened snack foods. If you'd like to make a donation our guys & gals they would greatly appreciate it.
BOARD GAMES, ROOK, CARD GAMES, DOMINOES and fun with friends each morning & afternoon at The CLUB .  9 am to 4 pm.  No fee.


We attend
Senior Citizens Appreciation Day (SCAD)
each spring!

We have picnics at The Club throughout the year. Feel free to give us a call for the schedule. Due to thunderstorms that roll through our area we have to postpone our outdoor events occasionally.
The DULCIMERS play each fourth Friday at The CLUB , from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.  Come and enjoy their music!
We enjoy MYSTERY TRIPS and overnight trips with our friends from The CLUB .  The Dam Fall Color Tour and Touring for Christmas Lights are two of our favorite annual tours along with Reelfoot Lake, the Earthquake Lake, Tiptonville, TN during bald eagle season.

Our vegetable garden at The Club


Have a great weekend!

Mayor Mickey Haddock


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110 West College Street
P.O. Box 98
Florence, AL 35630

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