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In This Issue
Message from Mayor Holt

Florence City Council Meeting - Tuesday, May 1
4:00 p.m. Work Session / 5:00 p.m. Council Meeting
City Auditorium, 103 South Pine Street

Mayor Holt recognized these Department Heads
recently for their dedicated service to the City.



Mike Doyle, Manager of the Gas & Water/Wastewater Department
40-Years of Service
and 2017 Perfect Attendance

Robert Leyde, City Clerk
20-Years of Service 
and 2017 Perfect Attendance
Bill Musgrove III
City Attorney
15-Years of Service

2017 Perfect Attendance:
Melissa Bailey, Planning & Community Development Director
Gary Williamson, Building Official
Keith Owsley, Human Resource & Benefits Manager


The City of Florence - Fire Department
will be flowing fire hydrants for approximately four (4) weeks
beginning April 16, 2018.

We apologize for any inconveniences this may cause.



On March 12, 2018, the City of Florence was officially 200 years old - making it one full year older than the State of Alabama!
It was a GRAND Bicentennial Celebration on Monday, March 12, in Wilson Park, and now we have NINE months of exciting events.


The City of Florence has scheduled a series of monthly events to help celebrate the Bicentennial. 

With local architecture as the theme, April's Bicentennial events will consist of a series of WALKING TOURS AND ROSENBAUM HOUSE TOURS.

A walking tour of Walnut Street is planned for Saturday, April 21; and a tour of the Florence Cemetery will take place Saturday, April 28. Each tour will start at 10 a.m.

April will also feature Sunday tour of the Rosenbaum House. April 22, at 2 p.m.

In addition, at 11:30 a.m., on Friday, April 27, the City will celebrate the DEDICATION OF THE BICENTENNIAL TREE in Deibert Park.

And that's just a few of the April events taking place. For a full list of Florence Bicentennial events, visit  Also, be sure and look to see what is coming for May.  May is all about the ARTS.  Along with First Fridays, Arts Alive, and the Storytelling Festival, a series of hands-on workshops are planned and the public is invited to participate.  (Seating is limited at the workshops so get your name in early.)

(Including an online store - Click on "Shop" from the menu)
(Here are a few of the items for sale...)









(Updated Schedule as of April 10, 2018)

We are indebted to our wonderful Sponsors who
helped to make the celebration possible!

Memorabilia is for sale in the Bicentennial Office and the Mayor's Office and includes:  Christmas ornaments, canvas tote bags, coasters, ball caps, coffee mugs, insulated tumblers, throws, coins, tee-shirts, polo shirts, golf balls, fans, window decals, lapel pins, screen wipes, and koozies, and the beautiful 2018 Bicentennial Calendar published by The Design Committee of Florence Main Street and features interesting information about Florence's fascinating history, along with details of the commemorations that will take place monthly from March through November.  

Bicentennial Office - 256-760-6689
Mayor's Office - 256-760-6400
The BC Office (4th Floor) and the Mayor's Office (2nd Floor)
are located in the
Florence-Lauderdale Government Building
102 South Court Street

The calendar is also available at these locations:

1. Kennedy-Douglass Center for the Arts, 217 East Tuscaloosa Street 
2. Florence-Lauderdale Tourism Bureau/Visitors Center in McFarland Park
3. The Shoals Chamber of Commerce office on Hightower Place
4. Mayor's Office, 102 South Court Street, Second Floor





The grand opening date announcement for the
North Alabama Medical Center
was an exciting day for our community!
Local leaders were present at the announcement including Neal Willis, Muscle Shoals City Council; Blake Edwards, Florence City Council; Steve Holt, Mayor of Florence; and Kerry Underwood, Mayor of Tuscumbia.
The countdown to December 6 is on!


Columbia Cottage
2373 Roberts Lane
Columbia Cottage was excited and honored to celebrate 20 years of serving Florence and its seniors.  Columbia Cottage opened in September of 1997, and provides an environment that is as close as possible to the residents' previous homes.  During the Shoals Chamber Business After Hours hosted by Columbia Cottage, Melissa Bevis, Business Development Coordinator, presented Columbia Cottage with a job retention certificate from Mayor Steve Holt thanking them for the 35 jobs they provide our citizens and congratulating them for hitting
their 20-year milestone in business! 



Ribbon Cutting
Shoals Symphony
409 N. Court Street, Suite #100
Community members were present to celebrate the Shoals Symphony's new office space in Downtown Florence in Suite 100 of the Medical Arts Building.  
For tickets to attend their new season events, go to


Estate Sale for Chloe's Fund
Helping Florence-Lauderdale Animal Shelter's Medical Needs
 Friday & Saturday, April 20 & 21
228 Woodcrest Drive in Cedar Park Subdivision

Chloe's Fund is reaching out to the public to help replenish monies spent on medical care for animals at the Florence Lauderdale Animal Shelter. On Friday, April 20, and Saturday, April 21, from 7am on, an Estate Sale will be held in Florence at 228 Woodcrest Drive in the Cedar Park Subdivision.  All proceeds will benefit Chloe's Fund; the Fund was established to pay for any veterinary care or medicine needed for sick and/or injured animals at the Shelter.
The Estate Sale will include crystal, houseware items, electronics, furniture, appliances, lamps, Christmas items and much more! Cash or credit cards will be accepted.

Proceeds from this event goes to the Florence Youth Wrestling League.
They are competing against larger cities in the South
and this Saturday is a Gumbo Cook off to raise money for them
to purchase the proper mats to practice.

"Bubbles for Love"
Wednesday, April 25, 2018 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 deserve the leadership of the adults (parents, leaders, community) around them to ensure their health, wellness and safety. Attached is a draft proclamation proposal for Parental Alienation Prevention Week / Awareness Day for your review.  This is an important community campaign that links "Parental Alienation" with "Child Abuse" because after all, it is a form of mental abuse that children suffer.
Please show your support for children by taking 10 minutes out of your day at noon April 25th (or any other time during the week) to blow bubbles for love. View our Public Service Announcement here.


Please join us for the Florence High School's Florence Academy of Fine Arts production of 
Show Choir Connection 2018 "This is the Greatest Show"! 
Friday and Saturday April 27 and 28 at 7:00 pm
 Sunday, April 29, at 2:30 pm

Saturday, April 28 - 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Join your classmates
At Burrell Slater School in the Gym
(Enter through fenced parking lot on College Street
and glass doors under awning)
Welcome & announcements @ 1:00 pm
With special recognition to the
Class of 1968
Memorabilia Room will be open for all
to visit on this day.  Also, lunch for
$5.00 will be available until sold out.
(Bunyan's BBQ sandwich or 2 hot dogs, chips & drink)
Please help pass along this event to all
For more information text:


NAMI Shoals
Psychiatric Conference

NAMI Shoals (National Alliance on Mental Illness) is sponsoring a Psychiatric Conference on Friday, May 4, 2018, 8:00 am to 4:30 pm, at Cross Point Church of Christ, Florence.
The Psychiatric Conference will feature these tropics: Stigma; Family Care; Heroin/Fentanyl Abuse in Lauderdale County; Anger Management; Opioid Use Disorder and Helping Children with Grief.  In 2016, there were an estimated 44.7 million adults ages 18 or older in the United States with a mental illness. This number represented 18.3% of all U.S. adults.
Registration cost for Professionals (needing CEUs) is $50.00 in advance; $60.00 at the door. Nurses and Social Workers will receive 7 CEUs. Students (non CEUs) are free. Patient/Family members are free. Payment should be mailed by May 1 to NAMI Shoals, 749 Thompson Street, Florence, AL 35630. For additional information, call NAMI Shoals office 256-765-2081.




Disney LIVE: Ratatouille

Friday, May 4
7:00 p.m.
Norton Auditorium






Foster Care Information Session
Wednesday, May 9
Alabama MENTOR Office
101 South Poplar Street, Florence
Children in our communities need caring homes. You can help. Join us at our free event to learn what it takes to be a foster parent!

Come and learn the basics about being a foster parent: Who are the children who need homes? Who can be a foster parent? What are the responsibilities of a foster parent? What are the requirements for becoming a foster parent? And more! 

Refreshments will be served. If you cannot make it but would still like to learn more, contact Cassandra at 256-633-1881 or by email at

We hope to see you there.






The HELP Center is having a Diaper Drive on Tuesday, May 15, 2018, from 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM.  Donations for any size baby diapers are requested to help stock the Center for our neighbors in need in Lauderdale County. The event will be at The HELP Center located at 621 South Court Street, Florence, AL 35630.
The HELP Center assists Lauderdale County residents with utilities, food, clothing, prescriptions, and dental needs. Baby diapers will be available when we have a supply for residents who qualify for clothing and food assistance.  



416 North Court Street

Registration has started for the 24 Hour Play Festival in May. We need actors, directors, writers, and techies. Minimal time, maximum benefit!! In 24 hours, groups will be formed, plays written (10 min. limit), scripts memorized, plays rehearsed, and finally public performances. Scan the qr code on the flyer to join the group and register to participate!




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.

Faces of Florence: Bicentennial Portrait Exhibition
Kennedy-Douglass Center for the Arts presents Faces of Florence: A Bicentennial Portrait Exhibition April 2 - May 8. Portraits of early settlers to Lauderdale County and Florence have been gathered for this once-in-a-lifetime gallery of early local portraits. Portraits are on loan from local families, collectors, and house museums. 
Unique pieces include the portraits of John Coffee and Mary Donelson Coffee from the Hermitage in Tennessee as well as a collection of miniatures of the Jackson family lineage.  Most portraits are early planters, businessmen, and wives who had the financial means to have a portrait painted in the early nineteenth century. Many portraits are originals. Some are reproductions. All tell the story of families of influence in Florence.
Kennedy-Douglass Center for the Arts thanks the families who have loaned their ancestral artworks to the gallery for display. We also thank the museums and institutions that generously cooperated in this exhibit: Belle Mont Plantation, the Hermitage, Pope's Tavern Museum, the University of North Alabama and Florence-Lauderdale Public Library.

This exhibit is sponsored by the City of Florence Bicentennial Committee.



Young Masters Art School
For Children in Grades 1st through 6th
Your child will learn the basics of art in fun and innovative ways:
Printing, drawing, collage, free-hand drawing, cutting, and much more!
Hosted by the Kennedy-Douglass Center for the Arts
Two Sessions:
June 4 - 6, 2018
June 11 - 15, 2018
9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. - Students entering Grades 1st through 3rd
12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. - Students entering Grades 4th through 6th
Tuition is $50 for first child/second child in a family is $45.00.
Classes are limited.
For applications call 256-760-6379 or come to
the K/D Center for the Arts, 217 East Tuscaloosa Street, Florence.




Street Department/256-760-6460

Vacuum trucks will no longer be running and loose leaves must be bagged for removal.
The City of Florence has numerous boards and commissions through which our citizenry can get involved.  We depend upon you to help us make wise decisions and we solicit your advice and ideas.  Your service is invaluable in helping us continue to build and prosper as a progressive City. 



If you are interested and willing to serve on one of these boards,
you may: 

Pick up an application from the Mayor/Council Office or
download a simple application that is available on the City's website at

A description of each board, along with the resolution
detailing the guidelines for serving, is also posted on the same website.  Applications stay on file for one year.  After one year, you will need to reapply or let us know to update your application that is on file.  






The Florence/Lauderdale Animal Shelter has

DOGS AND CATS available for



Click here for the Quarterly Newsletter...





NEW SHELTER HOURS - The Shelter is open from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. weekdays.  


Friday Evenings the Shelter is open for Pet Adoption - 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.


Weekend hours are:

 Saturday, open to the public and volunteers,

from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., and


Sunday, closed to the public,

but open to volunteers from 9:00 a.m. to 12 Noon.


Volunteers are always welcome!




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

The ordinance became effective May 1, 2014.




Belly Dance Classes for Beginners

This is an all level, ongoing class that welcomes beginners
from 6:30-7:30 pm, January thru May on the first two Tuesday's of each month.
New session will begin Jan. 9-30/Feb. 6-27/Mar. 6-27/
Apr. 3-24/May 1-29 (5 week session)
Classes are $30.00 a month and will be taught by
 Noelle Smith with help from other teachers for different months.
Classes are taught at:
Royal Avenue Recreation Center
420 North Royal Avenue - 256-760-6425
For information call:
Noelle Smith @ 256-702-1360 or email
Florence Parks & Recreation Department
For an updated listing of the monthly activities at the
Royal Avenue Center
421 North Royal Avenue

"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***




2018 Weekly Schedule of Events


On 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. 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 Thursday at The CLUB, from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 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 Steve Holt

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