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June 25, 2015
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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.





Frances Osborn Robb will present a program, Alabama-made Civil War and Reconstruction Photographs: Recent Discoveries,at Kennedy-Douglass Center for the Arts in Florence on Thursday, July 9, at 12:00 noon. This presentation features images from the 1860s and will show a few familiar ones as well as others that have rarely been seen or published. Attendees are invited to bring a sack lunch and also any family photographs of the mid to late 19th century to share. Admission is free.

Images include a rare photograph, now in Limestone County Archives, of the Sulphur Creek Trestle Bridge a few miles north of Athens that was destroyed in a September 1864 battle that has been called the bloodiest Civil War battle in North Alabama. Another photograph by a German immigrant shows Alabama militia soldiers at a training camp near Pensacola. Another photograph, made in Huntsville in 1868, depicts two individuals wearing KKK disguise. Perhaps the earliest of its kind, its compelling story is filled with twists and turns.


Frances Osborn Robb is a photograph historian from Huntsville. A graduate of Birmingham-Southern College, University of North Carolina and Yale University, she has been researching Alabama's photographic history for the past 25 years. Her book,
Shot in Alabama: a History of Photography in a Deep South State, 1839-1941, is due out in late summer 2016. She is currently working on a book on Allen Christopher Oxford who fought with General Joseph Wheeler in the Civil War before becoming Birmingham's first resident photographer. She is also working with the Alabama Bicentennial Commission to develop local history projects for the state's 200th birthday celebration.




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!






"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***


2015 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 10 weeks. The beginner class meets from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.  We offer beginner classes year round.  $50 for 10 classes.  Prior to the class, the Singing River Squares will have PLUS WORKSHOP EACH WEEK from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.  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


The annual
2015 BOOMERS & SENIORS FISHING DAYS /Geezers and Grandkids!! At Deibert Park will be on the following Thursdays, April 23, July 23, September 24, and October 22, 2015. Catch and Keep. Catch and Share. Catch and Release. Bring your own fishing tackle, bait, chairs, snack, etc.


No fishing license required for

fishing at these scheduled events.


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Have a great weekend!

Mayor Mickey Haddock


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