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June 23, 2016
Message from Mayor Haddock

Music in the Park 2016
Wilson Park
11:30 am -1:30 pm 

June 29th - Gary Nichols


 Friday, July 1st
Featuring - Show Down
McFarland Park
6:00 pm to 8:00 pm



 Admission to the park Friday, June 24th, is $5.00 per person gates open at 4 p.m. 
"Kids 10 and under are free"
"No pets & No coolers allowed in the park"

Beat the lines and buy TICKETS using this link

Friday's Music Line Up:
Shoals Blues Band at 5 p.m.
Kerry Gilbert Band at 6 p.m.
Donica Knight at 7 p.m.
Paul Thorn at 8 p.m.

For more information:
Alabama's nationally recognized First Class Pre-K & Florence City Schools is
now accepting applications for the 2016-2017 school year.  Enrollment is open
to all children four years of age who are residents that live within the
city limits of Florence, Alabama, regardless of family income.*
This unit will be housed at Forest Hills Elementary School.
The Family Information Form is located at:

Please fill out all forms electronically.  Forms are due
no later than June 26, 2016

A random selection drawing will be held.
(Families do not have to be present in order to receive a placement.)
Location:  Florence Technology and PD Center, 541 Riverview Drive
Date:  June 27, 2016
*Acceptance to the program is through a random selection process.  The registered applicant must meet residency requirements
and complete the essential documents set forth by the program.  The registered child must be 4 on or before September 1, 2016.
Children who are eligible for kindergarten are ineligible to register.  Children will not be denied participation on the basis of
income, sex, race, color, national origin, or disability.

Alabama Department of Children's Affairs Office of School Readiness     12/2014tl



Friends Bookstore Overstock Half Price Sale!
at the Friends Bookstore in the
Florence-Lauderdale Public Library
350 North Wood Avenue

Friday, June 17 - Sunday, June 26

The Friends Bookstore is overstocked, so we're having one of our biggest half price sales yet! Not only will everything in the store (excluding bookmarks) be 50% off, but we'll also have tables set up outside the Bookstore with even more half price books. All proceeds from the Friends Bookstore help the library offer more free books, services, and programs for the community. Get great books for dirt cheap, all while supporting your library!

You can reach the Bookstore at 256-764-6564, ext. 19.
The Bookstore's hours are:
Monday-Saturday, 10 am-4 pm and Sunday, 1 pm-1 pm










WHAT:    Get your 4th of July weekend started with Slide the City's family friendly slip-and-slide water party. There will be live music, food, drinks, water, and of course the biggest slip and slide ever to hit asphalt.  Don't worry, we've got it padded.  This slide's got more cushion than your grandpa's orthopedic sneakers.

WHEN:    Saturday July 2, 2016 -  9:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m.
WHERE:  Veterans Dr. and S. Poplar Street

TICKETS:  Available online at or at 102.7 KISS FM at 1905 Florence Blvd.

Things to Bring:
  • A Smile
  • Sunscreen
  • An Appropriate Swim Suit (no sharp objects attached)
  • Shoes (pavement is hot and you'll be walking)
  • Your friends
  • Card or Cash (we have food trucks and other Merchandise)
Things to Know:
  • At no cost, you will be lent an inflated tube to slide with, as all participants MUST have a tube to slide. Tubes will also be available for sale for $2 if you wish to take one home. 

  • Is there an age limit? Like most larger than life rides, all sliders must be 5 years old and over 46 inches tall. Tubes are for single sliders only, and lap riding is not allowed. If your child meets the age and height requirements, ensure they are capable of sliding on their own tube!
  • There will be music, food and local vendors.








2016 Olympic Distance Challenge

Renaissance Man Triathlon and the  Rocketman Triathlon, are teaming up to present the "2016 Olympic Distance Challenge."

With 2016 being the year of the Rio Summer Olympic Games, we wanted to bring the "Olympics" to North Alabama and the Tennessee Valley.

Here is how the "2016 Olympic Distance Challenge" works:

Do the Renaissance Man Triathlon and the  Rocketman Triathlon, and receive an original 2016 Olympic Distance Challenge Transition Towel for doing both Olympic Distance Triathlons.

Here's your challenge that must be met before we can make this happen. We need YOU to register for both events ASAP! We currently have around 30 participants registered for both events. We need to have 75 registered for both NLT June 30th. Relay Team members, Aquabike and Cyclorun may also participate in the challenge.

Proceeds from the Renaissance Man Tri go to The 610 Project, while proceeds for Rocketman go to the  Madison County Special Olympics and the  Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation.

Do both of these awesome events and help our charities at the same time.

Rocketman Tri registration
Renaissance Man Tri registration

Bradley Dean                                              
Race Director    
Renaissance Man Triathlon    
Mike Gerrity
Race Director
Rocketman Triathlon


    • Along with your information, include your name, phone number, event name, location, date and time, and a brief description.
    • The Healing Place
    • Melissa Bailey, 256-383-7133
    • The Healing Place Charity Championship
    • Turtle Point Yacht and Country Club
    • June 26th & 27th
Florence native and PGA Tour standout Stewart Cink will host The Healing
Place Charity Championship on June 26th & 27th at Turtle Point in Florence. 
The Pairings Party is scheduled for June 26th and the golf tournament is
scheduled for June 27th.  All funds raised will be used to allow The Healing
Place to continue to provide grief support services to children, teens,
and their families in Colbert, Lauderdale, and Franklin counties.
We are seeking golf teams, as well as sponsor ships to make this event a success! 




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


 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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New Location Now Open
2725 Cloverdale Road




Royal Avenue Recreation Center
420 North Royal Avenue

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.


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.




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. 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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P.O. Box 98
Florence, AL 35630