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April 17, 2014


Fantastic Friday Fun Raiser

Friday, April 18

Florence Parks & Recreation Department

The Club

"where boomers and seniors come together as one"


            450 Country Club Road                

       Florence, AL 35633         



This Is A Family Friendly Event

Raise Some Fun With Us and

 The NuTones

 Humana Penny Auction  2:00-3:00 PM

 NuTones  4:00-6:00 PM                 Meal  3:00-5:00 PM 

Fun, Fellowship, Dance, Games, Horseshoes


The Bonnet Café

Elegant Country Cooking

Lexington, AL will be catering the meal!!

Meatloaf or Chicken & Dressing

  with green beans, mashed potatoes, bread, dessert & tea.

$10/per plate

Please try to get your tickets by

Thursday, the 17th, at The Club.


The proceeds will benefit THE MASTERS GAMES.

For more information call The Club: 256-760-6420




Florence Parks and Recreation / The Club will sponsor







at Deibert Park

 Four times this year - on Thursdays


April 24

July 24

September 25

October 23


6:30 a.m. to Noon

Bring your own fishing tackle, bait, chairs, snacks, sun screen, etc.  There is no charge for this event


For more information on this and other program opportunities, please call The Club at 256-760-6420, Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. 

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Local residents will have an opportunity to "Take a Walk on the Historic Side" by participating in the annual Walking Tours of Historic Florence April 5 through May 3.


Florence/Lauderdale Tourism hosts the walking tours as a way to promote our historic sites, neighborhoods and unique architecture.  A tour of a different historic location will be featured each Saturday and will be guided by local historians.  The tours begin at 10:00 a.m. are free to the public.  Each tour will last approximately one to one and a half hours.


April 5 - Forks of Cypress Plantation Site & Cemetery

April 12 - North Court & Seminary Streets

April 19 - Historic University of North Alabama Campus

April 26 - Walnut Street Historic District

May 3 - Florence City Cemetery



For more information call:

Florence/Lauderdale Tourism at 256-740-4141


or visit

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Kids Fest Idol Preliminary Round


will be held on

Saturday, April 12 and April 19

2:00 - 5:00 p.m.

at Royal Avenue Recreation Center


Two Divisions

Junior Division - Ages 6-10

Senior Division - Ages 11-16


Registration Fee is only $5

For more information and to register, please call (256) 718-5088


Each contestant will be asked to sing one song and must have track music (Karaoke Music), sing a cappella, or sing with an acoustic musical instrument.  The contestants who are chosen in the preliminary round will move onto the finals at the Kids Fest Idol on May 3rd at Cox Creek Park from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

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The Florence Camerata presents


Come Away to the Skies: A High Lonesome Bluegrass Mass


With special guests Tim Sharp, the Chuck Nation Bluegrass Band,

and the UNA Chamber Choir


Tim Sharp, the Executive Director of the American Choral Directors Association, will lead us in the Alabama premiere of his High Lonesome Bluegrass Mass, along with other favorites of the American folk-hymn tradition.


Tuesday, May 6

7:30 p.m.

Grace Episcopal Church in Sheffield

(103 Darby Avenue)


Admission at the door is $15 ($10 for students)


Don't miss this very special concert!


The Grapes of Wrath...


a 75th anniversary celebration of John Steinbeck's Classic American Novel


The Florence-Lauderdale Public Library, 350 North Wood Avenue, is featuring an exhibit and programming series during the MONTH OF APRIL exploring the literary, historical, and cultural significance of this great novel.  Visit their website at for more details.  


Florence Alabama Swim Team



April 1 - May 2

Ages 6 - 18

Register online @

Go to Parks and Recreation and click

On the GREEN REGISTER button twice

Registration Fee is $35.00 


Ladies Golf Clinic


Monday - Thursday

April 21 - 24

5:00-6:00 p.m.

Blackberry Trail Golf Course



For more Details call the

Golf Shop - (256) 740-8825







Welcome and Congratulations to VALLEY CREDIT UNION on its Ribbon Cutting this past Monday.  Located at 304 South Pine Street, Valley Credit Union is under the management of Hillard Sparks, CEO and Valley Credit Union Directors. 





  • Ribbon Cutting, Friday, April 25, Noon  - BRYANT COUNSELING, 118 East Mobile Street - Suite 20
  • Opening in April - JIMMY JOHN'S, 101 North Court Street.  They serve gourmet sandwiches.  Franchise Owner & General Manager:  Jerry Welch
  • Ribbon Cutting, May 2, Noon - STUDIO M, 112 North Court Street
  • Coming in May - COURT STREET MARKET, INDOOR FARMERS MARKET, 218 N. Court Street.  They will be bringing local and organic farmers, ranchers, bakers, cheese shop, and variety of food artisans to Downtown Florence.  Owners:  Carmen and Kai-Uwe Erdmann
  • Opening in June - CHARLOTTE RUSSE, Florence Mall.  They carry trendy clothes, shoes, denim, accessories and more
  • Opening Soon - SOUTHERN VAPE, 3677 Cloverdale Road.  They carry e-cigarettes and accessories.  Owner:  Christy Boyd
  • Opening Soon - LIMESTONE MANOR BED & BREAKFAST (formerly Limestone Inn) at 601 N. Wood Avenue.  Owners:  Billy and Betty Maloney
  • Opening Soon - MOMMA JEAN'S RESTAURANT at their third location, 3609 Cloverdale Road (formerly The Ranch House and Country Boys)
  • Opening Soon - TETELA MEXICAN RESTAURANT at 2908 Florence Boulevard (formerly Fat Boys Grille location)
  • Opening This Summer - SHIREY+LYONS ICE COFFEE CREAMERY, Downtown Florence
  • Opening Late Summer - DAIRY QUEEN (former location of Backyard Burgers), South Court Street

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"Believe in the Blue" Campaign


The month of April is CHILD ABUSE PREVENTION MONTH. To bring awareness, the Florence Exchange Club is asking its members and all others to wear BLUE each MONDAY during the month of April.  Please join the Exchange in this public awareness campaign to promote strong healthy families through positive parenting.  


"Bubbles of Love"

Friday, April 25 at Noon

Parental Alienation Awareness Day

Sponsored by Alabama Family Rights Association

April is Child Abuse Prevention and Awareness Month; a time to emphasize that our children are innocent and deserve the leadership of the adults (parents, leaders, community) around them to ensure their health, wellness and safety.

Parental Alienation Prevention Week / Awareness Day is April 13-19, 2014.  This is an important community campaign that links "Parental Alienation" with "Child Abuse" because after all, it is one form of mental child abuse that children suffer.


Show your support for children by taking 10 minutes out of your day

at noon on April 25th to blow bubbles for love.



Parental Alienation Awareness Day April 25th
Parental Alienation Awareness Day April 25th


Children should be encouraged to freely love each of their two parents

regardless of their parents' marital status. 

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The Florence Historical Board and others have planned a CEMETERY CLEAN-UP DAY at the John Coffee Cemetery on Saturday, April 26 from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.  T he cemetery is adjacent to the new Wal-Mart Store on Cloverdale Road and Cox Creek Parkway.  Volunteers are needed to help in the task of removing fallen limbs, trash, etc., cutting the small growth, and moving it to the street.  Please come dressed in work clothing and bring work gloves.

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Win $500


Design the Official Poster

for the

2014 Alabama Renaissance Faire

October 25 & 26


Entries due by June 3

Click here for details





The Lauderdale County Drug Task Force and CVS Pharmacies will be hosting again the collection of outdated and unused medicine on Saturday, April 26,from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., in the CVS Parking Lots and the upper parking lot of the Florence Police Department.  You can bring all of your old, outdated, or unused prescription medicines and drop them off for proper disposal.


10th Annual Spring Percussion Ensemble Concert


The UNA Percussion Studio-Dr. Iain Moyer, Director, and Ms. Mandy Quinn, Assistant Director-will present the 10th Annual Spring Percussion Ensemble Concert on Tuesday, April 22, at 7:30 p.m., in Norton Auditorium.  The concert will feature the works of prominent composers John Cage, Lou Harrison, Elliott Cole, Domenico Scarlatti, and Hamilton-Green. Admission is free of charge.

Voices Unplugged

UNA Vocal Jazz Ensemble, directed by Dr. Ian Loeppky, will present Voices Unplugged on Thursday, April 24, at 7:30 p.m., at St. Bartholomew's Episcopal Church (1900 Darby Drive, Florence).  The concert features selections by Gershwin, Porter, "Fats" Waller, Simon and Garfunkel, The Beatles, and Lorde. Admission at the door is $7 general admission and $5 for seniors (65+) and veterans. Students admitted free with ID.

President's Concert

The annual President's Concert will take place Friday, April 25, at 7:30 p.m., in Norton Auditorium.  This concert features the UNA Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, Studio Jazz Band, and Percussion Ensemble, all under the direction of Dr. Lloyd Jones and Dr. Iain Moyer.  The concert is dedicated to President and Mrs. Cale. Tickets are $15 general admission and $5 students.  All military personnel and children 10 and under are free.  Tickets are available online at (service fee will apply), at Kennedy-Douglass Center for the Arts, and at the door.

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May Days

brings together the best Florence has to offer


From art festivals to storytellers to graduations and concerts, the month of May in Florence is absolutely packed with events. Add a wedding or family reunion, and it's likely there's not a free weekend left.


"We looked at this and realized Florence has so much to offer those in town as those who might be looking for a weekend get-away," said May Days Committee Chairman Jackie Hendrix. "May Days is something that brings it all together."


Hendrix conceptualized May Days in 2013 and brought together a group of Florence residents as part of a volunteer committee to launch the idea for 2014.  Click on the web site above for more details.

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The 6TH ANNUAL JEFF DROPO RUN 4 KIDS benefiting CAMP SMILE-A-MILE will be Saturday, May 10.  This is a 5K Run at 8:00 a.m. and a 1M Walk at 9:15 a.m. at Florence High School, 1201 Bradshaw Drive.  Camp Smile-A-Mile is a year round program for children with cancer and provides challenging, unforgettable recreational and educational experiences for young cancer patients, their families, and young adult survivors from all over Alabama at no cost.  Contact:   Kathie Pendergrass (256) 710-9806, or for information about the run.  For Camp information visit  and   

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The "Muscle Shoals" documentary will makes its debut on National Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) and Alabama Public Television (APT) on Monday, April 21, at 8:00 p.m.  On Thursday, April 24, footage from the Alabama Music Hall of Fame induction banquet will air on APT at 7:00 p.m. and will be followed by another showing of the documentary.


In honor of the TV debut, all four local mayors have proclaimed April 21-26 as "Muscle Shoals Music Week."


On Saturday, April 19, Judy Hood, the wife of Swamper bassist David Hood, will host a Swampette music tour that includes stops at FAME Studios and 3614 Jackson Highway. The four-hour tour begins at 9:00 a.m. at Swampers in the Marriott Shoals Hotel and Spa and will end at AMHOF where inductee Spooner Oldham will be honored with a star unveiling at the museum at 11:00 a.m.  Tickets are available for $35.


The documentary along with AMHOF banquet footage will also air on APT on the following dates:  (Times are subject to change. Check local listings.)


Saturday April 26

8:00 p.m., AMHOF Banquet

9:00 p.m., Muscle Shoals Documentary


Sunday, April 27

4:00 p.m., Muscle Shoals Documentary

6:00 p.m., AMHOF Banquet


APT will air the documentary without the AMHOF banquet footage on the following dates:


Wednesday, April 23 - 3:00 p.m., 6:00 p.m., and 11:00 p.m.


Thursday, April 24 - 7:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.


Saturday, April 26 - 11:00 a.m. and 9:00 p.m.


Sunday, April 27 - 2:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.


For more information about the events or to sign up for the Swampette tour, call Florence/Lauderdale Tourism at 256-740-4141 or go to

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See Complete Details At:

The Lauderdale County Extension Agency

is highlighting three events for the area.


Lauderdale County Extension Office-Offering Workshops:  Are you using SOCIAL MEDIA to market your products?  Are you using Social Media to engage your customers and prospects?  Do you think Facebook and Twitter are just for young folks?  If you aren't using Social Media, how much business are you missing?  If you are ready to join the computer age and engage your clients and potential clients, then you should attend this Social Media workshop.  April 10, 24, and May 1.  More information click HERE 


Introductory FARM ACCOUNTING CLASSES for farms, ranches and other agri-businesses and small businesses. There will be three different types of record-keeping classes taught. There is a $5 fee for each class payable at the door. Pre-registration is required due to a limit of 10 students per class.  Thursday, April 17.  More Information click HERE. 



Lauderdale County Extension Coordinator, 802 Veterans Drive, Florence, AL 35630, 256-766- 4846 (work).  See these at:,

Lauderdale County Facebook

Lauderdale County Extension, Pinterest

@wisselc, Twitter

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Alabama Preservation Conference to

 Host Documentary Muscle Shoals


The 2014 Alabama Preservation Conference will host A Night at the Movies, on Friday evening, April 25, 9:00 p.m., at the Communications Building - Room 131, on the campus of the University of North Alabama, Pine Street.  The documentary "Muscle Shoals" will be screened and will include a Q&A session with David Hood, an original member of the famed Swampers.


"The theme of this year's conference is Preserving Alabama: Finding Your History Rhythm.  What better way to examine the history of the Shoals area than to look at the role the music industry has played in the tradition and development of this area," stated Bo Osborn, a member of the Alabama Trust For Historic Preservation board of directors and this year's conference co-chair.  "We are so pleased to be able to offer this documentary to attendees and to the community."


The film screening is open to the public and admission is free of charge.  A Night at the Movies is sponsored by the Muscle Shoals National Heritage Area and the University of North Alabama. 



Dinner to Benefit Alabama Trust for Historic Preservation...As a part to the 2014 Alabama Preservation Conference, the Alabama Trust for Historic Preservation will host An Evening with the Trust, a benefit dinner at the O'Neal Farm, one of the most historic family farms in the Shoals.  The event will be held on Thursday evening, April 24, from 7:30 p.m. until 10:00 p.m.  The dinner, served al fresco, will feature food prepared by local chef Alan Phillips of the Red Clay Epicurean.  Among the menu items to be served will be wild game hors d'oeuvres, farm-to-table dinner courses, and a decadent dessert sampling.   Music will be included. 


Tickets to An Evening with the Trust are $75 per person.  Tickets may be purchased on-line through the Conference registration form at  or at Trinity Episcopal Church in Florence, the Kennedy Douglas Center, and the Colbert County Tourism offices.  All proceeds benefit the work of the Alabama Trust for Historic Preservation. 





Preservation Conference to Feature

American College of the

Building Arts Founder


The 2014 Alabama Preservation Conference will host guest speaker John Paul Huguley, founder of the renowned American College of the Building Arts located in Charleston, South Carolina, during the Saturday, April 26 track "The Building Arts and Developing Curricula for Your School."  Huguley, a native of Gadsden, will discuss the importance of historic preservation, the fostering of the building trades, and how to ensure craftsmen are trained in today's world. 


Huguley will be joined by Dr. Janet Womack superintendent of the Florence City School System.  Dr. Womack will discuss the innovative program that the Florence City School System is developing to encourage the arts, preservation, and the building trades. 


TEACHERS of the Florence City School System will receive free admission to the Saturday track and teachers outside the Florence system may attend for the discounted admission of $20.   Continuing education units will also be awarded to all teachers attending.


The 2104 Alabama Preservation Conference will be held at the Florence City School System's Technology and Professional Development Center, 541 Riverview Drive.  The Saturday Track begins at 9:00 a.m. and concludes at 11:30 a.m.   "The Building Arts and Developing Curricula for Your School" is sponsored by Bank Independent and the Florence City School System.  


For more information on the 2014 Alabama Preservation Conference, a conference registration form, and a schedule please visit  The conference is open and the public is invited to attend.  Registration is required.

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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.


Works by James D. Brantley will be on exhibit at Kennedy-Douglass Center for t he Arts in Florence from April 4 through May 8.  The exhibition will include works in oil, watercolor, graphite, pastel and egg tempera by this artist from Opelika, Alabama.  Shown here is an oil painting called "Cades Cove."


"Although I have been to other countries," Brantley said, "and all across America, my favorite place to be is here in the South.  My paintings are of people, places and things that I have encountered on life's journey."


Brantley is a member of the American Watercolor Society, National Watercolor Society, Southern Watercolor Society, and the Watercolor Society of Alabama.  He has won numerous awards including the Award of Excellence in the 2013 Watercolor Society of Alabama 72nd Annual National Exhibition.  Brantley has been featured in American Artist, The Art of Aquarelle and Best of Worldwide Water-Media and has written articles published in The Artist's Magazine and Inksmith.



Dolores Hydock, a member of the Alabama Humanities Foundation's Road Scholars Speakers Bureau, will present a slide show and program titled Every Picture Tells a Story: The Storytelling of Norman Rockwell on Thursday, May 1, at 12:00 p.m., at the Kennedy-Douglass Center for the Arts.  The presentation is free and open to the public. Bring a sack lunch and spend your lunch hour viewing examples of Rockwell's paintings and hearing surprising stories from his life and career.


Hydock's presentation will give a behind-the-scenes look at how Rockwell created his small-town American scenes that appeared on the covers of The Saturday Evening Post for more than four decades and in Look magazine.  Using slide images of his sketches, models, paintings in progress, and finished work, this program follows the step-by-step creative process he used in becoming "America's painter" and a storyteller on canvas.


Dolores Hydock is an actress, speaker and storyteller.  She has been featured at conferences, concerts and special events throughout the United States including the U.N.A. Front Porch Storytelling Festival here in Florence.  She completed her studies in American Folklore at Yale University and has a Master of Arts in Story Arts/Communications from East Tennessee State University.  She has taught acting and storytelling at Birmingham-Southern College and has been the Teller-in-Residence at the International Storytelling Center in Jonesborough, Tennessee.


The purpose of the Alabama Humanities Foundation is to create and foster opportunities to explore human values and meanings through the humanities.  AHF is a nonprofit organization funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities (of which AHF is the state affiliate), as well as by corporate and individual donors.  AHF conducts its own statewide programs, such as the Road Scholars Speakers Bureau, SUPER teacher institutes and SUPER Emerging Scholars for students, and awards grants, on a competitive basis, to nonprofit organizations for humanities projects.  For more information on AHF and its programs, please visit or call 205-558-3980.  

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Dear Parent / Guardian, 


Florence City Schools is excited to announce an online student registration/data validatiosystefor the upcoming school year, powered by infosnap. The system is a secure and green process,which allows the district tverify all student demographic, emergency and medical informatiofoyour child(ren) prior to thstart of thnew schooyear.  The systewill also alloyoto electronically sigthe annual permissioforms for school district policies.  In short, this onlinprocess replaces the hard copy student registration and permission forms thayou and your child(ren) complete each year.


Registration began March 31, 2014, and can be completed from home, office, or any location where you have access to a internet enabled device.  You will visit to begin registration.  Our goal is to make registration convenient and simple for you and your family. 


Please visit for more information.

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The City Council adopted a new pet license ordinance on November 5 for certain dogs and cats.  The ordinance will be enforced starting May 1, 2014.

For more information click 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 9:00 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!


See them on Facebook at 


and webpage at

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450 Country Club Drive

(Savannah Highway/Hwy. 20)

Florence - 256-760-6420

***The Club is a drug free, alcohol free facility***


The District 1 Master Games will be June 17, 18, and 19.  Hosted at The Club, Savannah Highway, and at the Billiards Room, Fairgrounds Road and Royal Avenue.  New participants are always welcome!  Requirement:  50+ years old.  Games include Sitting Frisbee Toss, Sitting Nerf Ball Toss, Softball Throw, Basketball Free Throw, Shuffleboard, Checkers, Dominoes Singles/Doubles, Billiards, Horseshoes, Swimming, Golf, Tennis, Table Tennis, Bowling, and a 5K walk/run.


MASTERS GAMES PRACTICE will be each Monday and Friday mornings, 9:30 - 10:30 a.m., at The Club.  On Thursday, 12:00 to 2:00 p.m., Shuffleboard and Baseball Free Throw practice will be at Broadway Recreation Center. 


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 need.  Limited seating (40) available on first come basis.  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 2) must sign in and be seated by 10:30 a.m.


BOOMER'S & SENIOR'S SATURDAY NIGHT DANCE & GAMES at The Club, 6:30 to 9:00 p.m., each week except holiday weekends.  The doors will open at 6:00 p.m.  $5 per person.  Singles & couples are welcome.  18+ years old.  Music spanning the decades will be performed by The Browns.  For those who may not be dancers but like to play games and enjoy music, here is your opportunity to come listen to some great music while playing your favorite games:  Rook, Rummy, Dominoes, Checkers or the games you bring with you.  Feel free to bring light refreshments.  For more information please call The Club at 256-760-6420, Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.


BOOMER'S & SENIOR'S DANCE, each TUESDAY NIGHT, continues to bring great people together to dance the night away.  Hours 6:30 to 9:00 p.m.  Singles and couples are welcome.  18+ years old.  $5 per person.  Please join us for a great night of dancing fun with The Browns.


BEGINNING SQUARE DANCE LESSONS (10 weeks) starts Friday, March 28, 6:30 - 9:00 p.m.  Singles, Couples, Families welcome.  All ages.  $5 each week.  Our international Caller is Chuck Bermele.  There are no dancing skills required.  You will enhance your health and longevity with this well sought after dance opportunity.  Two left feet, OK.  NO partner, OK.  Dance with your friends, parents, co-workers.  For more information call Fran at The Club, 256-760-6420.


JOINTS IN MOTION CHAIR EXERCISE CLASS for your activities of daily living.  Monday, Wednesday, Friday, 8:45 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.


BINGO follows the Joints in Motion Class on Wednesdays at 9:30 a.m.


BOARD GAMES, ROOK, CARD GAMES, DOMINOES and fun with friends each afternoon at The Club.  12:30 -5:00 p.m.  No fee.  We bring light snacks to share.


FANTASTIC FRIDAY AT THE CLUB will befrom 3:00 to 6:00 p.m., each THIRD FRIDAY of the month until October.  Our meals will be catered from three different restaurant facilities.  Pop's BBQ (St. Florian) will have fish or chicken.  Dick Howell's (Florence) serving BBQ or quartered chicken.  The Bonnet Café Elegant Country Cooking (Lexington) with Sunday type meals, menu will vary each time.  Please try to purchase tickets ahead of time.  You will enjoy the great food, music, games, dance opportunities, horseshoes, and have a fun time at the "FUN Raiser!"  All proceeds will go towards the local and state Master Games for persons 50 year and older.  Regularly scheduled square dancing will follow Fantastic Friday each time.



Humana Penny Auction, 2:00-4:00 p.m.

Meal catered by The Bonnet Café, 3:00-5:00 p.m.

(Pre-buy your meal by Thursday, April 17 if possible)

 Music by the NuTones, 4:00-6:00 p.m.


On FRIDAYS, the Seniors wear RED to show support for our service men and women.

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