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August 18, 2016
Message from Mayor Haddock

 

 
City Elections
 

 
Tuesday, August 23

 
Polls will be open
7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

 

 

 
Vote for the Candidate
 
of your choice!

 
Mayor
 
City Council
 
Florence City Board of Education

 

 
Statewide Information and Referral Service Expands

 
 
Alabama's 2-1-1 network upgraded its functionality to expand a user's ability to connect to needed services. The state resource hotline went from being a static call and dispatch service to an interactive system where callers can also engage in live chats and text messaging.
 
2-1-1 is a free statewide information and referral service that connects people with health and human services and programs in their communities. Alabama 
2-1-1's service is available in all counties. The service is supported by United Way organizations across the State with the technological system hosted at United Way of Central Alabama.

 
Along with the upgrades in interactivity, the referral service is also participating in a national data-gathering program called 2-1-1 Counts. The changes to the dashboard allow state agencies, nonprofits, and community leaders to see what the most pressing needs of residents are across the state.
 
" United Way partnered agencies and other organizations can see where the needs truly exist," said Beth Haddock, Executive Director of United Way of Northwest Alabama. "You can access the website at www.211counts.org."
 
Since August 2015, 2-1-1 statewide has received more than 92,000 calls and more than 110,000 requests with 30 percent of those requests for utility services and 18 percent for employment and income and housing and shelter.
 
United Way of Northwest Alabama supports health and human service programs and agencies that provide solutions for the most important needs in the community. Its business is to improve lives and community conditions by building and mobilizing resources. To learn more about United Way's impact in your community visit www.uwnwal.org
 
For more information:       Beth Haddock, Executive Director
                                                United Way of Northwest Alabama
                                                bhaddock@uwshoals.org  or 256-764-5892 

 

 

 

 
We need your help to Unpack The Pride!
 
UNPACK THE PRIDE is the kick-off event to welcome new students at the University of North Alabama. We invite UNA faculty, staff, students, alumni, and Shoals community members to join us in helping the 2016 new and returning students as they arrive on campus and move into the residence halls.

 
REGISTER HERE:
 

 
BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERS OF THE SHOALS BENEFIT
SATURDAY, AUGUST 20

 

 
A FABULOUS BILLY REID EVENT...Check it out!

 

 
AUGUST 26, AUGUST 27, and AUGUST 28

 
FOR COMPLETE EVENT DETAILS
 
FOR TICKETS
 
Relevant hashtags: #billyreidshindig #theshoals
Handles For Billy Reid Twitter & Instagram: @billy_reid
Facebook: @BillyReidInc

 

 
AUGUST 23, 2016
AUGUST 30, 2016
Join us for a
Florence Memorial Grove
Public Informational Meeting

 
Hosted by the Florence Tree Commission  
 
What:  Public Informational Meeting
 
Where:  Florence Lauderdale Public Library Conference Room
350 North Wood Avenue
 
When:  Thursday, August 25, 2016
 
Time:  5:30 PM

 
For more information:  Call 256-767-2909

 
ATTENTION SENIORS

 
CHECK OUT THIS TRIP
(Deadline to register is August 26)

 
Pigeon Forge and Smoky Mountains Show Trip
  • 5 Days - 4 Nights
  • Nov 07 - 11, 2016
  • $435 pp/Double Occupancy
See the Beautiful Smoky Mountains
Exciting Performances at the Smoky Mountain Opry
Famous Family Feud at The Hatfield and McCoy Dinner Show
Experience the impressive Titanic, worlds largest museum attraction
This Tour Includes :
  • Motorcoach transportation
  • 4 nights lodging
  • 8 meals: 4 breakfasts and 4 dinners
  • Admission to TITANIC: THE WORLD'S LARGEST MUSEUM ATTRACTION
  • Three Dinner Shows: SOUL OF MOTOWN, AMERICA'S HIT PARADE, and THE HATFIELD-MCCOY SHOW
  • One Evening Show: SMOKY MOUNTAIN OPRY
  • Two Morning Shows: The SMITH MORNING VARIETY SHOW and "TIS THE SEASON" SHOW
  • Free time in HISTORIC DOWNTOWN GATLINBURG 

 
See The Detailed Itinerary HERE
 

 

 
SHARE YOUR PHOTO BY
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 31

 
The beautiful City of Florence holds so much history, has beautiful landmarks, outdoor spots, music, venues and the Tennessee River - dubbed the "Singing River."  We want YOU to help us showcase the Shoals area by sharing your photos with us!
 
The theme for the competition is "Foto Florence," with the goal being to capture creative images of people enjoying all that Florence has to offer and its surroundings.
 
The competition ends on August 31, 2016, at 11:59 p.m. EDT (the "Submission Deadline"). To enter, please email your photos to rob@visitflorenceal.com. Digital entries only will be accepted.
 
*DISCLAIMER: By submitting a photo entry to the 'Foto Florence' Photo Contest, each entrant grants the Sponsor(s) the right in perpetuity to publish and use the entrant's submitted Photo, as is or as may be edited in Sponsor's sole discretion, in any media, worldwide in perpetuity. Entrants agree to waive all moral rights in and to the Photo in favor of the Sponsor. By entering the competition, entrants indemnify Sponsor from any and all liability arising directly or indirectly from this competition.

 
SUBMIT PHOTOS TO:   ROB@VISITFLORENCEAL.COM
Registration Deadline is August 5
Packet includes info for vendors or exhibitors to buy a 
program ad  or to reserve table space in the Coliseum.
Event is on Thursday, September 8, 8:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
 
Click HERE for more details
 
 
KENNEDY-DOUGLASS CENTER FOR THE ARTS
OPEN HOUSE
 
Friday, September 9, 2016
11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
217 East Tuscaloosa Street
 
The Board of Directors of the Kennedy-Douglass Center for the Arts invites you to join us for
a tour of the Art Center Complex.  All three houses will be open, and we encourage you
to tour each house as many changes have been made.
 
Refreshments will be served and door prizes given.
For more information, call (256) 760-6379.

 
2nd Annual
Downtown Bacon Crawl
Presented By ~ Florence Main Street 
 
Calling All Bacon Lovers!
 
Florence Main Street invites you to the 2nd Annual Downtown Bacon Crawl, Saturday, September 10th from 10am until 3pm.  Everyone is invited to purchase a ticket (or two or more). Since tickets are limited, this event will sell out quickly, so you'll want to get your tickets as soon as possible! They can be purchased online (click the link below) or at the Main Street office, 301 North Pine Street, Monday - Friday, 8am until 5pm. Tickets are $16 online and $15 at the office.

How does the Downtown Bacon Crawl work?
 
Check-in for the Bacon Crawl will begin at 9:30 am on the corner of Court and Tennessee Streets (look for the red tents) and 'Crawlers' are encouraged to park in the nearby parking garage (located on Tennessee Street). At check-in, ticket holders will be given a Bacon Crawl wristband, map of participating businesses, to-go boxes and bags, and Shop Downtown cards to fill out for a chance to WIN Downtown Dollars.

 
Participating businesses will be marked with balloons so everyone will know where they can find delicious bacon related food samples (for ticket holders only, while supplies last).  

 

 


 
SIGN UP FOR THE
4th ANNUAL SHOALS DRAGON BOAT FESTIVAL
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!

 
 

 
CITIZEN'S ACADEMY
 

 
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.

 

 

 
DEBONAIR UAS TECHNOLOGIES
409 North Court Street
 
DebonAir provides cost effective solutions for unmanned
aerial systems and training.
 

 

 
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INTERLINC MORTGAGE SERVICES, LLC
205 South Seminary Street - Suite 103
 
The InterLinc Mortgage family is committed to providing you with exceptional service and quality loans because satisfied clients are the foundation of our success for generations to come!
Whether you are buying a new home or an investment property,
we'll help you choose the right loan.

 
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RAY'S AT THE BANK
1411 Huntsville Road
 
The owner of Sweet Basil restaurant, Katrina Hudson,
is opening Ray's at the Bank restaurant.  
~~~Barbecue Style~~~
 

 
ARTS & MUSEUMS DEPARTMENT

 
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 .

 
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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.

 
The opening reception for the exhibit will be
Sunday, August 21, from 1 p.m. - 3 p.m.
 
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 marthamarshall.net
ATTENTION:

 
WOOD AVENUE
RESURFACING PROJECT NOTICE
 

 
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.    

PET LICENSING ORDINANCE 

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

The ordinance became effective May 1, 2014.

(See Ordinance Here)

 

 

PET ADOPTION

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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GALVANIZED PIPE PROJECT
GALVANIZED PIPE REPLACEMENT UPDATE:
The galvanized pipe replacement project continues to run smoothly.
Recently, the contractor has been  working on Judson Street and areas nearby.  

 
PHASE 2 - GALVANIZED PIPE REPLACEMENT NOTICE:  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.

 

 

 

 

 
Notice From Florence Utilities Gas & Water Department:

 
FLORENCE IS NOT UNDER ANY HEALTH ADVISORIES!
 
To learn more, check out the FACT SHEET
 about PFOA & PFOS Advisories here at the
Florence Utilities Gas & Water website http://www.florenceutilities.com/Gas_Water/index.html.

 


 
IMPORTANT MESSAGE TO THE CITY OF FLORENCE WATER CUSTOMERS
 
"The Flint, Michigan Water Crisis" - The City of Florence Water Department is paying close attention to what unfolded in Flint, Michigan, and our thoughts are with all those who are struggling without access to safe and reliable water in their homes. The City of Florence Water Department believes that no one should have to question the safety of water at the tap. See the attached notice for more details about how we manage the water supply to keep it safe for you.
 
                                               
FLORENCE PARKS & RECREATION DEPARTMENT

 

 
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  takethestage@comcast.net, or  www.facebook.com/takethestagetwirling

 

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.

 

 

 

 

 
PARKS & RECREATION DEPARTMENT
 
The CLUB 
SENIOR CITIZEN CENTER
"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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Florence, AL 35630
 
 
 
 

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