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In This Issue
February 16, 2017
Message from Mayor Holt
Black History Month
W.C. Handy's Life & Legacy  -  Gospel & Grace


Two programs for Black History Month 2017
kick off this weekend:  
Presented by Florence Arts and Museums
W.C. Handy: A Life and Legacy
Saturday, February 18
from 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
W.C. Handy Home and Museum

The program will feature music composed by W.C. Handy. A walk through the life of Handy will be presented by W.C. Handy Home staff Selena Harden and Algene Norwood. A talk about his legacy will be presented by W.C. Handy Festival director, Tori Bailey and immediate, former president and long standing member of the Music Preservation Society, Dr. Felice Green. Don't miss this opportunity to remember and learn about the Father of the Blues through those who dedicate their life's work to his legacy. 
Florence-Lauderdale Public Library presents
Gospel and Grace
Sunday, February 19
from 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
in the Library Colonnade

This full program presents a wonderful line-up of spiritual performances by artists and musicians: Demetrius Malone & Carrine Thompson, McKinley Harris, Galilee Missionary Baptist Church with Rev. C.B. Scott, St. James Missionary Baptist Church, Eric Cole, William McClure with Leroy Thompson on guitar, Kerri Washington, Bekah Malone, Oliver "James" Roy with Dr. Anne Roy Moore on keyboard. Don't miss this afternoon of beautiful praise through song! 
W.C. Handy Home and Museum is located at 620 W. College St. and is open from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Call 256-760-6434 for more information. Florence-Lauderdale Public Library is located at 350 North Wood Avenue.  Call 256-764-6564 for more information. 

Florence-Lauderdale Tourism Presents the
Tennessee Valley Strummers
Friday, February 17
2:00 to 4:00 p.m.
The Tennessee Valley Strummers will return to the
Florence/Lauderdale Visitor Center in McFarland Park
to play dulcimer music in the Gallery.
Visitors are encouraged to come out and listen
to the music and tour the Center.
Admission is free.
For more information call the
Florence/Lauderdale Tourism Office at 256-740-4141

In honor of Black History Month, Harvey Thompson and Harvey Thompson Jr. will host The Thompson Family Tradition at the Florence/Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau. The free event will take place at 11:00 a.m. on February 18, 2017 in the Visitors Center Gallery. The Thompson father/son duo will hold an interview session and share stories from their music experiences and family traditions.
Harvey Thompson, Sr.
Harvey Thompson, Jr.

Thompson Sr. received his formal education from Tennessee State University, which led him to FAME Recording Studios in Muscle Shoals. Thompson Sr. joined Harrison Callaway and Ronnie Eades in the FAME Gang, and is a founding member of the Muscle Shoals Horns. He has played with Elton John, B.B. King, Bob Seger and many others. Thompson Sr. was inducted into the Alabama Hall of Fame in 2016.
Harvey Thompson Jr. has performed or recorded with artists such as Percy Sledge and Denise LaSelle.
He's also teaching piano and performing with the Harvey Thompson Trio that also features his dad, Harvey Thompson Sr., tenor saxophonist of the Muscle Shoals Horns.

To learn more, call the Florence/Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau at 265-740-4141. 



New Business:  Opening Summer 2017
under one roof with
Dick's Sporting Goods
364 Cox Creek Parkway

Dick's Sporting Goods is expanding into an empty space next door to add a Field & Stream store that puts Dick's and Field & Stream under one roof.  The branded partnership is a new concept that Dick's is using across the country. Field & Stream sells hunting, fishing, camping, and related outdoor recreation merchandise. 



New Business:  Now Open
Grosch Realty Group
1604 Mockingbird Court, Suite B
Grosch Realty Group provides strong support in the real estate industry so they can deliver the support their buyers and sellers need. 


Now Open
1st Heritage Credit
2512 Florence Boulevard
First Heritage Credit services more than 116,000 customers through 85 branches operating in Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee, South Carolina, and Alabama.  They provide financing for personal loans, as well as financing to local merchants for consumer items.


New Business:  Opening March 2017
Wesswood 256
301 Cox Creek Parkway, Suite 1362

Wesswood 256 carries some of the hottest trends in clothing and accessories for all budgets.  Also, they carry a selection of one of a kind hand crafted home interiors.




Florence Middle School's chapter of the Future Business Leaders of America has again earned the title of the largest FBLA chapter in the United States for 2016-2017, with 281 active members.  A large number of FBLA members plan to participate in the State Leadership Conference to be held in Birmingham on April 6-7, 2017.



Seventh-grade FMS student Martha Berry
has organized a
to help the
Florence-Lauderdale Animal Shelter
for her contribution to the
FBLA Conference.
Donations of pet food and supplies
may be left at City Hall
110 West College Street
from February 27 to March 3.



FBLA Seventh-grade Students visited City Hall on Wednesday this week and met
with Mayor Holt and then toured the EMA-911 offices






The City of Florence offers a volunteer Ambassador program where citizens are trained and designated as City Ambassadors.  Their mission is to promote community relations both at home and in their travels.  They are to foster enthusiasm and positive community spirit and to market our City's many attributes and points of interest.

To qualify, volunteers complete two class sessions where you learn about the City and how to become a community advocate.

Classes have been moved to the beautiful new
Indian Mound Museum, 1028 South Court Street.  
The next class will be Monday, February 27, 2017.

Space is limited to 50.  Please contact Mike Adams in the Parks & Recreation Department
at  256-718-5088 or email him at .  
His office is located at the Florence-Lauderdale Coliseum, 702 East Veterans Drive.




Winter Break
The University of North Alabama will be closed Friday, February 17, for Winter Break; therefore, the Lindsey Theatre Box Office will also be closed. The Box Office will reopen Monday, February 20, at 10 a.m.




Shoals Symphony at UNA: 
Choral Masterworks
The Shoals Symphony at UNA will present Choral Masterworks on Sunday, February 26, at 3 p.m. in Norton Auditorium. The concert features UNA Choruses, Florence Camerata, Shoals Chamber Singers, and NWSCC Choir, as well as UNA Solo Artist Competition winner Gabrielle Orlayna Fuqua, soprano. The concert, underwritten by Progress Bank and the Shoals Symphony Board of Directors, also features soloists Terrance Brown, baritone; Tiffany Bostic-Brown, soprano; Heather Simmers, mezzo-soprano; and Kevin Thomas, tenor. Tickets for adults are $16-$24, and are available online at Tickets for students and children (12 and under) are available at the door for $7.



Winter Workshop Information

The Healing Place will be conducting its annual Winter
Workshop on Friday, February 17, at Cross Point Church of Christ,
located at 1350 Cox Creek Pkwy., Florence, Alabama.
Lunch will not be provided.

Registration will begin at 7:00 a.m. and the
Workshop will be conducted from 
8:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.

The workshop is for counselors, social workers, and others in the community
that deal with grief related issues. An assortment of topics will be presented
including: an overview of equine assisted psychotherapy, mindfulness,
depression and grief, compassion fatigue, and couples counseling.
Counselors can receive 6 CE hours and Social Workers can receive 6 Contact Hours.

Workshop Registration
The cost of the workshop is $65 for those who pre-register by February 10th.
However, the cost is $70 for those who register after February 10th. The cost
for students is $35. For groups of 5 or more, a special group rate is offered.

For more information about this workshop and to register, please visit
or call The Healing Place at 256-383-7133.
Singin' River Brewing Co.
Presents their
3rd Annual Singin' River Chili Cook-off
Saturday, February 18
4:00 - 7:00 p.m.

Half of the proceeds will go to the judges' vote and the other half will go to the popular vote-so invite your friends to support the charity of your choice! This year Rivertown Coffee Co., Odette, City Hardware, Champy's, 306 BBQ, Wildwood Tavern, and Swampers is participating and will be cooking for The Healing Place, Room in the Inn, National Stroke Association, The 610 Project, Kruz 'n for a Kure, HASRA, and Scope 310.
Singin' River Brewing Co.
526 East College Street
Florence, AL

(Special Programming for Achievement Network - 501c3)
  Serving local at-risk students

610 West College Street,
Florence, Alabama 35630 - (256) 246-2060
Whole Hog Express
  Thursday, February 23, 2017
11:00-1:0 0 p.m.
Fund Raiser  $ 10.00
Half of a Chicken
Potato Salad
Baked Beans
White Sauce/Roll
Dine in or take out/ Delivery Available for 10 or more Orders
Contact Advisory Board Members for more information
Mechelle Reed Call @ (256) 246-2060
RSVP to  or 256-436-3637
Register by calling:  256-366-1918
Like us on Facebook
Register at
Or at any First Metro Bank location



Florence Wine Fest is headed back to Downtown Florence, AL on March 11, 2017 and is bigger and better than ever. Make plans to buy your tickets early so no one in your squad gets left in the dust! Tickets available now online and in store at The Carriage Wine & Market, 121 E. Mobile St., Florence, AL 35630.

Florence Wine Fest  is a rain or shine annual celebration of wine, food and community in downtown Florence, AL. Each March, attendees can explore 100+ fantastic wines from around the globe and local food pairings from some of the Shoals' best chefs all while soaking in the electric atmosphere of cobble-stoned Mobile Plaza in the heart of historic downtown Florence, AL. Plus, ticket holders will enjoy special events and discounts all weekend long at many participating downtown businesses!


  121 E. MOBILE ST, FLORENCE, AL 35630
  Hours: MON-WED 10-9; THUR-SAT 10-10
Calling all runners and shoppers!
The Junior League of the Shoals and Shoals TRAC
are bringing back the
Huff 'n Puff on the Bluff 15K Race
Saturday, March 11, 2017
Sheffield Recreation Center
2901 19th Avenue, Sheffield, AL

The entry fee is $30 if you register before March 6.  After March 6, the entry fee will be $35.  The race will start at 8 am.  The start and finish lines, as well as packet pick-up, will be at the Sheffield Recreation Center, 2901 19th Avenue, Sheffield.
In conjunction with the race, the
1st  Annual
Huff 'n Puff Spring Market
is March 10 and 11, 2017
Sheffield Recreation Center


The market will be open from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Friday and 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Saturday.  Runners can shop at the Market for free by showing their race bib.  Tickets are $5.00 for all others.  All proceeds from the race and Spring Market will go to the Junior League of the Shoals to benefit the Community Grant Program.  The Junior League of the Shoals is an organization of women dedicated to promoting volunteerism, developing the potential of women and children and improving the community through effective action.  Sheffield Rec Center will be the place to be the 2nd weekend in March!  You will not want to miss it!
For more information or to register as a runner,
please visit our Facebook page Huff'n Puff on the Bluff 15K.
For more information on becoming a sponsor or a vendor,
please visit our Facebook page Huff'n Puff Spring Market.
Florence Road Runners
Youth Running Club
Ages 7 - 13
Begins March 14
Tuesdays and Thursdays
3:45 - 4:45 p.m.
$30 Registration Fee
For Information Call
Broadway Recreation Center
Florence Road Runners is a seven-week program that trains youth to run a 5K.
Building self-esteem and the importance of physical activity are covered
in the sessions.  The class ends on April 29 with a 5K run.
Participants will receive a free t-shirt
Coach:  Dylan Sharp
Sponsored by:
Florence Parks and Recreation Department


Mail to:
Mayor's Office
c/o 2017 Conference
P. O. Box 98
Florence, AL  35631



The City provides a seasonal loose leaf collection for leaves raked into a windrow or piled at the curb in residential areas. Trucks vacuum leaves from the curbside Monday through Friday between 7:00 a.m. and  3:30 p.m.
Leaves should be raked in piles curbside, but not into the street or gutter. The piles need to be away from obstructions so the vacuum trucks can easily reach them. Putting leaves in the gutter can cause drainage and/or traffic problems. Please make sure the piles contain only leaves and no sticks, pine cones, limbs, rocks or trash. These types of debris can stop up the vacuum trucks and delay collection.
Please do not park cars too close to leaf piles, this prevents collection.
Thank you for your patience and cooperation.     Click here for current schedule of routes.

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.


Artistic Renderings of Youth Celebrates 25 Years
Artistic Renderings of Youth, a juried exhibit of work by 7th through 12th grade artists from
Colbert, Franklin, and Lauderdale counties, is celebrating its 25th year! Initiated by art
educator, Jerry Foster, Artistic Renderings of Youth not only created one of the largest
student art shows in the region but a community for art educators and young artists alike.
The show rings in the recognition of Youth Art Month in March. 
This year a reception for Artistic Renderings of Youth will take place Thursday, March 2 at the
Kennedy-Douglass Center for the Arts from 5:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. The reception is open to the
public. Past participants and winners of the show are encouraged to attend. The show will include a
silent auction of artwork from local art educators, live music, refreshments, and hundreds of
pieces of amazing work by student artists. The show is organized by a dedicated group of
junior high and high school art teachers to give their students opportunities to share their
hard work and receive recognition for their talent. Ribbons are awarded for each grade division. 
Taylor Vance, winner of the Jerry Foster Avant-garde Award 2016, with Jerry Foster.
Rick Adams: Out of the Wood 

Kennedy-Douglass Center for the Arts is pleased to present 
Out of the Wood, an exhibition of wood and ceramic sculpture
by Decatur, Alabama, artist Rick Adams on display February 1 - 24
in the main gallery. Rick Adams is an alumni of the University of North Alabama and Muscle Shoals native. Adams has been carving wood since he was a child. Out of the Wood is a collection of sculpture created over years of seeking natural pieces of wood to bring out the wilds of their spirit. Adams's wood sculptures personify a human essence while his clay pieces complement them with botanical and animal inspirations.  
Despite years of work in the television industry, Adams was always inspired by nature and creating artwork that would express his relationship to nature.  Adams taught art for many years and has always had a passion for art outreach. Recently, he moved back to the Tennessee Valley from Florida where he lived for twenty-eight years. He has set up his new studio overlooks a glorious vista of the Wheeler Wildlife Refuge. 

The Healing Place is looking for Teams and Sponsors for their annual 
Hosted by

If you would like to participate, please contact them at:
 or call 256-383-7133.


The City Council adopted a  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 



NEW 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!

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                         GALVANIZED PIPE PROJECT
The galvanized pipe replacement project continues to run smoothly.

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.





"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***




2017 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 Steve Holt

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

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