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April 21, 2016
Message from Mayor Haddock
Congratulations, Kimber Leoni, and thank you for
Keeping the Shoals Beautiful!


Keep The Shoals Beautiful
#IKeeptheShoalsBeautiful Grand Prize Finale

More Photos 



Congratulations to Kimber Leoni, a third grader at Brooks Elementary School, for winning Keep the Shoals Beautiful's grand prize!  She and her class were surprised Friday with a pizza party. Kimber was awarded a gift package that included:
* $25 gift card to Target donated by Keep the Shoals Beautiful
* 2 hours of bowling, pizza, and soda from Lauderdale Lanes donated by Keep the Shoals Beautiful
* 1 large pizza, four drinks, and 30 tokens donated by Chuck-E-Cheese
* Two movie tickets donated by Carmike Cinemas
* 6 1-hour passes for Laser Tag, donated by Tagtical Laser Tag
* $50 Marriott Shoals Hotel & Spa gift card
* $15 gift card, donated by Nail Kandy
* 6 Armbands for rides at Spring Park donated by Joel Kendrick, KTSB Board Member and City of  Tuscumbia Parks and Recreation
* T-shirt from 102.7 KISS FM
* One-night stay at the Marriott Shoals Hotel & Spa, donated by the Marriott
* Three-hour Hummer limo ride
Thanks to WAAY, WHNT and WAFF for television coverage.
Thank you for all who donated for this fantastic prize for a deserving student, and a huge thank you to our sponsors: TVA, SCA, The Courier Journal, Kidsville News, and 102.7 KISS FM. We couldn't have pulled off the big reveal without your help!

Historic Florence Walking Tours

April 23, 2016
North Court and Seminary Streets
The North Court Street and Seminary Street tour will begin at 10 a.m. at Rogers Hall or Courtview on the UNA Campus. The tour will feature Rogers Hall (former home of Governor O'Neal), Coby Hall, Connor Place, The Robert Dean Martin Home, the Medical Arts Building, Pope's Tavern and many other historic homes. Parking will be available on Court Street and at the UNA parking lot located at One Harrison Plaza. Tour led by Billy Warren.
April 30, 2016
Forks of Cypress Plantation Site and  Cemetery
The Forks of Cypress Plantation was one of the oldest Antebellum mansions in Alabama. It was built in 1822 by James Jackson, one of the first settlers in Lauderdale County and a friend of Andrew Jackson. Bring your lawn chairs for the beginning portion of the tour! The second part of the tour will be at the historic Jackson Cemetery. The tour will begin at 10 a.m, Directions to the site are as follows: take Cox Creek Pkwy. to Jackson Rd. and turn right (no traffic signal at intersection). Turn right at the dead end. Park along the road or enter the gate to park in the field leading to the columns. Tour led by Harry Wallace.
Florence/Lauderdale Tourism Center | 256-740-4141|





The Kids Fest Idol 2016 contest is for kids ages 6-16 and will be held at Cox Creek Park.
There are two age divisions: Junior 6-10 and Senior 11-16.
Preliminary rounds will start in April.

Saturday, April 16, Junior Division, 11am - 2pm 
Saturday, April 23, Senior Division, 11am - 2pm
Saturday, April 30, Semi-Finals, 11am - 3pm
All preliminary rounds will take place at
The Club (Florence Senior Center) formally the Florence Country Club.

If you would like to register by phone, please call (256) 718-5088.
Registration fee will be $10.

As always, the winners in both divisions will win studio time to record their song.



 Florence-Lauderdale Tourism & Visitor's Center | 256-740-4141 






FRIDAY, APRIL 22 - 7:30 PM
SUNDAY, APRIL 24 - 2:00 PM
Norton Auditorium




"Bubbles of Love"
Monday, April 25, 2016 at Noon
Parental Alienation Awareness Day
Sponsored by Alabama Family Rights Association and Exchange Club CAP Center

Alabama Family Rights Association
Working to preserve, promote, and protect family relationships.
PRESERVE parental fundamental rights;
PROMOTE equal parenting time with each fit parent;
PROTECT children from being placed at risk.
Healthy Children, Healthy Economy

 Visit them at:  

Please join us for 
Shoals Christian School's Legacy Dinner
Thursday, April 28 @ 7:30 p.m.
GAME CHANGER: Always Be Ready
Keynote Speaker: Sid Bream
Former Atlanta Braves First Baseman and Pinch-hitter
Sid Bream played professional baseball for 12 years, and is best known for scoring from 2nd as
he slid home for the go-ahead run in game 7 of the National League playoffs versus his
former team, the Pittsburgh Pirates, to send the Braves to the World Series in 1992.
Sid is an avid outdoorsman and loves to talk about God's awesome handprint across this world and in his life and career.
Event Location: Shoals Christian School Gym, 301 Heathrow Drive, Florence
Tickets: $100/plate or $750 for a table of 8
Didi Vardaman
Admissions and Development Director
Shoals Christian School
(o) 256-767-7070 ext. 215
(c) 256-810-7084
(f) 256-766-5677
Follow us on twitter @ShoalsChristian
Like us on facebook Shoals Christian School

American Cancer Society - Relay for Life of the Shoals
We want to honor our Survivors!
Survivor Dinner at 5:00 p.m.
At 6:00 p.m., after the dinner, all Survivors will take their Walk.
There will be lots of fun, a memorial, and we will have a kids' zone set up.
Everyone please come out and Support.








For ordering or questions, please contact: 
Julie Hamm


The Zodiac Players
of the
Shoals Community Theatre


Sordid Lives presented by The Zodiac Players 
Performance Dates:
Thursday, May 19, 7:30 pm 
Friday, May 20, 7:30 pm 
Saturday, May 21, 7:30 pm 
Sunday, May 22, 2:00 pm 

Sordid Lives - Sissy is trying to give up cigarettes. Brother Boy, who thinks he's Tammy Wynette, is at odds with his therapist who wants to "dehomosexualize" him. Latrelle and LaVonda can't stop bickering over funeral arrangements, and Noleta is holding her husband at gunpoint! All these folks and more have gathered for Grandma Peggy's funeral-she died in a seedy motel when she tripped over her married lover's wooden legs. More suited for adult audiences, this black comedy was nominated for over thirty awards during its long run in Los Angeles, so expect plenty of laughs.

Shoals Theatre
123 North Seminary Street
Florence, Alabama
Phone:  256-764-1700


Young Masters Art School
Grades First - Sixth!
The Kennedy-Douglass Center for the Arts Volunteers
Will offer basic art activities in fun and innovative ways,
painting with more than "brushes."
Two  - One-Week Sessions:
June 6 - 10, 2016
June 13 - 17, 2016
Classes for students entering First - Third grade (Fall of 2016)
Will meet Monday - Friday, 9:00 - 11:00 AM
Classes for Fourth - Sixth Grade
Will meet Monday through Friday, 12:00 - 2:00 PM
Tuition is $50 for the first child in family, and $45 for second.
Classes are limited and application must accompany tuition.
For application and information:
Call 256-760-6379
217 East Tuscaloosa Street




In an effort to wrap up the leaf vacuuming season, fewer trucks will be working the leaf routes. Residents who have not raked their loose leaves to the curb are encouraged to do so NOW. Please make sure that the piles contain only leaves-no sticks or other debris.

For an undetermined, limited amount of time, the leaf trucks will be working from "call-ins." You may call the Street Department at 256-760-6460 to request that your loose leaves be removed.

Royal Avenue Recreation Center
420 North Royal Avenue




Secure Shredding
P. O. Box 3243, Florence AL 35630
Owner:  Susan Stewart
No contract - No minimum for drop-offs - Free pickup*
Focused on the needs of individuals and small businesses.


Ribbon Cutting
659 S. Poplar Street


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.


Works by Kay Coopwill be on exhibit at Kennedy-Douglass Center for the Arts in Florence from March 15 through April 26. The exhibition includes paintings in watercolor and acrylic by this artist from Memphis, Tennessee.
Coop works primarily in water media and is particularly drawn to high value contrast, bright colors and strong shapes. Subject matter varies widely but for this exhibition she will include works from at least two series of works. Journey via an Artist's Eyes features watercolor paintings of windows and doorways from across the world. The Southern Map Series includes acrylic paintings of things typically seen on road trips from the past using copies of an old southern map as a canvas.
Coop is a Signature Member of the Tennessee and Missouri Watercolor Societies, a Platinum Star Artist in the Memphis Germantown Art League and a member of Artists Link. She has exhibited her award winning works across the country from San Diego to Rhode Island.



For more details call Kennedy-Douglass Center for the Arts 256-760-6379.


All Florence Gas & Water Customers


On May 15, 2014, contractors for the City of Florence began a project to install an Automatic Meter Reading (AMR) system for gas and water customers.  The project duration is approximately 24 months. There will be minimal or no disruptions of your service during this process.


It is our desire to provide you as accurate meter readings and measurement as possible.  If you have any questions, please contact 256-760-6490 or visit Click here for more information about this important project.  



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.




"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, 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. The beginner class meets from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m every Monday.   The Singing River Squares WELCOMES you to give it a try.  Anyone with the desire to learn is welcomed.  For more information call Fran at The CLUB, 256-760-6642.
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