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July 7, 2016
Message from Mayor Haddock
The 30th Annual
Alabama Renaissance Faire Poster Unveiled

The 30th Annual Alabama Renaissance Faire Poster was unveiled  in the Gallery at the Florence/Lauderdale Tourism & Visitors Center in McFarland Park today at Noon.

Poster Designer is Alice Cook.   

Alice said the image she selected for the Renaissance Faire poster is a stained-glass window entitled "Moses Presenting the Tablets of Law" by a Frenchman named Valentin Bousch.  He lived from 1514-1541.  He created the window in 1532.  It hangs in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.  Alice took a picture of the window while visiting the Museum.  

The Alabama Renaissance Faire is set for Saturday and Sunday, October 22-23, 2016.








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Renaissance Man Olympic-Distance Triathlon 
Sunday, July 10

The race features a scenic course showcasing the best of Florence as endurance athletes swim 
1.5km /.9 miles in the Tennessee River, Bike a 40 km / 25 mile loop up Savannah Highway and back down Gunwaleford Road, then finish it off with running a 10km / 6.2 miles through the heart of downtown Florence and UNA's campus.  For the second year we are proud to have been selected as the USAT Southeast Regional Special Qualifier for the Olympic-Distance. Athletes that qualify at this event get to move on to the 2016 USA Triathlon Olympic-Distance National Championships in Omaha, Nebraska on August 13th. 

This event is dedicated to give back, and this year our charity partner is The 610 Project. The 610 Project is a Shoals-based nonprofit dedicated to the sustainable success of developing Haitian communities. 

If you would like to participate, it's not too late to register! If you don't feel like you can complete the entire race on your own, you can also sign up with a friend or two as a relay team, or participate in the Aquabike or Cyclorun. Registration prices increase soon so sign-up now at



Downtown Florence Unlimited


7:45 P.M. 


Bring your lawn chairs and
join us for a relaxing evening!
Up from Slavery:
A Tour of Black Historical Sites in Downtown Florence
Local genealogist and historian Lee Freeman will share his knowledge of the area and describe the experiences of the Black community in Florence from 1818 to 1940.
Saturday, July 16 - 11:00 a.m.
Saturday, July 23 - 1:30 p.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 place, call 256-740-4141.
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.



Bids and Blues Auction

Saturday, July 9, 2016

Time: 5:00 pm 

Location: Marriott Conference Center

You DO NOT want to miss out on all of the auction items this year. All money raised is directly applied to the 2-year tuition scholarships that Shoals Scholar Dollars awards local high school students to attend Northwest-Shoals Community College! Tickets available at Shoals Chamber of Commerce and Kennedy Douglass.



 Contact: Kwoya Fagin Maples at or 205-886-0779


The Music of
UNA Summer Theatre's "I'll Take You There": The Music of Muscle Shoals is a historical musical revue that tells the inspiring story of the indigenous music culture and history that has developed along the Natchez Trace Parkway in northwest Alabama. The audience will experience the history of recorded music in the Shoals area and hear the "Muscle Shoals Sound" that revolutionized popular music worldwide. The production will include songs that were produced at local studios and recordings by such varied artists as Etta James, Aretha Franklin, Bob Seger, The Rolling Stones, Paul Simon, Wilson Picket, Bob Dylan, and The Staple Singers. Starring George Wendt (known for his portrayal of Norm on the hit TV series Cheers), Broadway actress/singer Felicia Fields (Tony nominated for her portrayal of Sofia in The Color Purple),Myk Watford, Jason Petty, "Mississippi" Bevel, Dan Wheetman, David Keenan, Will Barrow, Sonny Charles, and more!
Performance Dates and Times:  Tickets $25
Thursday, July 28 @ 7:30 pm
Friday, July 29 @ 7:30 pm
Saturday, July 30 @ 7:30 pm
Sunday, July 31 @ 2:00 pm
VIP Event:  Tickets $100
Saturday, July 23 @ 7:30 pm
See the performance, then join the cast for Hors d 'Oeuvres at the Gold Record Room
SunTrust Building, 201 South Court Street, Florence




Enjoy time with friends and family or build new relationships as you enjoy your favorite pastime in the warm Alabama sunshine.
Join us August 5 - 7, 2016 for the Inaugural Florence Invitational Golf Championship at Blackberry Trail Golf Course.  This 3-day tournament will feature three (3) age groups with fantastic prizes; a Saturday night street party at River Heritage Park with dinner provided by Whole Hog Express; a goodie bag; lunch provided each day; and some great door prizes.
When:           Friday-Sunday, August 5 -7, 2016
Where:          Blackberry Trail Golf Course
                          112 Club House Drive (County Road 47 @ Plantation Springs Subdivision)
Entry Fee:     $150 (Number of Entries is Limited)
Includes a practice round on Thursday (cart not provided); three days of tournament play (cart provided); lunch provided each day; and a goodie bag included; along with other items provided by local area businesses.
Groups/Flights:       Eddie Frost Group (up to 49)
Chris Burns Group (50-64)   
Alex Sloan Group (65-over)

Prizes:            The winner of each age group will receive a brand new set of irons plus your name engraved on a permanent plaque                             displayed at Blackberry Trail Golf Course.
                         The second and third place winner of each age group will receive a gift certificate.
Street Party:      Saturday night we will have a golfer's "Street Party" at River Heritage Park with dinner provided by Whole Hog                                       Express for you and one guest.  More details to follow.

Sponsored By:






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Junior League of the Shoals
2nd Apple Annie Cook-Off for Classrooms
Saturday, August 13, 2016
3:00 to 6:00 p.m.
At the Singin' River Brewery
526 East College Street
We hope to raise enough money to provide a box of our delicious Apple Annie apples to each classroom in our service area. 
In 2015, local businesses and individuals donated crates of apples to more than 20 classrooms in the Shoals area. Because we would like to include every classroom in Colbert and Lauderdale Counties in 2016, we have decided to host a fundraiser to help us accomplish this goal. 
We are inviting all local restaurants to enter into our Apple Annie Cook-Off for Classrooms. There will be four contests that evening:
Best BBQ
Best Side Dish
Best Apple Dish and/or
Best Dessert
Restaurants may choose to enter one or as many categories as they like. Winners of the cook-off categories will be chosen by popular vote. We will have an interactive board set up at the event so restaurants and guests can keep up with the favorites.  
Guests will also have the chance to win prizes through our random drawings. 
Pre-Sale Tickets are $15
Tickets at the door will be $20
To order, contact your favorite Junior League member or Tosha-Paige Brewer at (256)810-2025 or by email
If you are interested in becoming a sponsor of Apple Annie Cook-Off for Classrooms, please contact Tosha-Paige Brewer for more information. 


For More Information contact 256-765-4615
$45 for 45 Days for the 45th Anniversary!
Zodiac Players of the Shoals Theatre
The Zodiac Players of the Shoals Theatre would like to thank our patrons and the community at large for 45 years of amazing support for the arts in the Shoals. We're celebrating our 45th anniversary with a limited-time promotional price on Patron Tickets for our upcoming 2016-2017 season.
In The Heat of The Night
A Southern Belle Primer
All Shook Up
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof





362 Cox Creek Parkway (former Ryan's location)

Golden Corral offers an all-you-can-eat endless buffet that has been recognized
as "America's #1 buffet and grill."  Golden Corral operates nearly 500 restaurants,
in more than 40 states with over 43 years of success.    



421 Gerrard Drive
Arcus Restoration is an expert in the restoration and remediation of commercial and residential properties
damaged from fire, water, and storms. 






New Business Now Open
110 E. Mobile Street

Dixie Garage is a men's supply shop specializing
in men's apparel, accessories, and grooming supplies.





New Business Opening Soon
Escape Room Florence
108 South Pine Street
Escape Room Florence is a fun, new entertainment experience that is located in Downtown Florence.  It is filled with mystery, puzzles, and clues.  Get a group of friends together and see if you have what it takes to escape the room before time runs out.








Construction is Underway for the New 
Verizon Wireless Store
 2606 Cloverdale Road



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.

Kennedy-Douglass Center for the Arts presents 
Mostly Blues, a soulful exhibition of paintings, drawings, photographs, sculptures, and mixed media pieces by area artists that visually interpret and pay homage to the power of music.  Invited artists from Colbert, Franklin, and Lauderdale counties have distinct interpretations that celebrate this area's ties to the music world.

The exhibit opens July 12, 2016 and will be on display through August 11, 2016.

The annual exhibit, Mostly Blues, began in 1994 to honor W.C. Handy, the "Father of the Blues." Music-themed fine art, folk art, and design will fill the art center's main gallery as we gear up for the annual W.C. Handy Music Festival.
Artwork by Mark Chamblee

This year we welcome emerging artists like Josh Johnston with his traveling Shoals Guitar sculpture as well as established Shoals area artists we all love. This Mostly Blues exhibit will feature art by Toby Britt, Ree Shannon, Chris James, Jean Schulman, Marianthe Snyder, Taylor Dockery, Martha Beadle, Lane Emerson, The Shoals Artist Guild, Krena Poole, Helen Allman, Brian Dean, Terry McGee, Jeanie Chenault, Rachel Wakefield, Sarah Murray, Mark Chamblee, Tara Bullington, Lucas Stokes, Josh Johnston, Tim Stevenson, Amita Bhakta, Larue Harding, Muriel Harding, and Jonathan Cain.


A Secret History of American River People:
Experience River Culture through Oral History, Art, and Music
August 5 through August 8

California artist and oral history collector, Wes Modes and his crew will exhibit
compiled river histories at the Kennedy-Douglass Center for the Arts. A welcome
reception will be held August 5 at 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. with music from the Shoals Dulcimer and Folk Music Association and river art from private collections.
Dinner will be available from Steak-N-Stuff.
"A Secret History of American River People is a project to build a collection of personal stories of people who live and work on the river from the deck of a recreated 1940s-era shanty boat over a series of epic river voyages. The project explores the issues facing current river communities, the long history of people who have lived on and adjacent to the river, and basic river ecology.
Using material from fieldwork on a growing list of other American rivers, Secret History is   a dialogic and participatory art piece, firmly rooted in a People's History tradition, that reexamine the issues currently and historically faced by people living or working on the river. Particular attention is given to the invisible stories of women, native people, working people, and people of color, to create a multi-perspective and multi-path take on historical narrative, exploring the importance of a public commons and to challenge dominant cultural assumptions about the role in society of people living at the fringe." - Wes Modes
The shanty boat will be docked at Florence Harbor and Marina in McFarland Park and visitors are encouraged to stop by. This program is sponsored by Listerhill Credit Union.
The exhibit will be open:
Friday, August 5 from 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m.
Saturday, August 6 from 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Sunday, August 7 from 1:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.
Monday, August 8 from 10:00 a.m.-4:00 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.    


Join The Shoals every Tuesday at 9:00 a.m. - Starting in May going through August for a group ladies clinic.  Any age and no golf experience required.  We will go over many different aspects of the game throughout the summer including golf etiquette, course and general golf knowledge, rules, putting, chipping, irons and woods.  Hopefully, we will get on the course and play a few holes also.  Possible time change due to afternoon heat.
Please contact Tim Cole, Head Golf Professional regarding any questions.  He can be reached at 256-446-4484 or by email at
No need to reserve a spot as walk ups are welcome.  Calls would be appreciated as possible changes can happen and for estimation on attendance.

Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail at The Shoals
990 SunBelt Parkway
Muscle Shoals, Alabama


Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail at The Shoals
990 SunBelt Parkway
Muscle Shoals, Alabama



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!





The galvanized pipe replacement project continues to run smoothly.
Recently, the contractor has been working on Judson Street and areas nearby.  
 To see the list of streets for this project go to:
We apologize for any inconvenience.  More information will be available as the project progresses.





Galvanized Water Pipe Replacement...

Tren-Tay, Inc., from Jasper, Alabama, has been awarded the bid to replace failing galvanized water piping in Florence.  The work pictured is in the alley of the 100 block of Court Street downtown, and is one of many lines that will be replaced in this project that will total $1,335,652. 


Notice From Florence Utilities Gas & Water Department:

To learn more, check out the FACT SHEET
 about PFOA & PFOS Advisories here at the
Florence Utilities Gas & Water website


"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.

Royal Avenue Recreation Center
421 Royal Avenue
(256) 760-6425
Registration at the YMCA of the Shoals
2121 Helton Drive
(256) 246-9622


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


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. 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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City of Florence | 256-760-6300 | |
110 West College Street
P.O. Box 98
Florence, AL 35630