Message from Mayor Haddock
FLORENCE CITY SCHOOLS
HAS RELEASED THE
2015 - 2016 CALENDAR
FLORENCE POLICE DEPARTMENT
At the Florence City Council meeting Tuesday night, Chief Ron Tyler administered the oath of office to four new Police Officers. (Pictured from left) Chief Tyler, Officer Andrew Graves, Officer Matt Hayes, Officer Nathan Bissonette, and Officer Max Rhodes.
The Chief also recognized newly promoted officers: (Pictured from left) Sgt. Brad Holmes, Chief Tyler, Capt. Mike Holt, and Lt. Jeff Stanfield.
Best wishes to all of you and your future service to our community!
Burrell-Slater Athletic Hall of Fame
Friday, February 6, 2015
6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
610 West College Street
Contact Dave Smith at 256-627-7271
BRANCH GROUP MEETING
Mt. Zion Church of Christ
Activity Building - 6900 CR 61
Florence, AL 35634
Thursday January 29, 2015
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Rodney Vaden Representative of ALLARD
This meeting will focus on orthotic management of CMT,
education, awareness, advocacy, current events for the CMTA.
CMTA branch groups are for those who have Charcot-Marie-Tooth
disorder, their families/caregivers/supporters.
(Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease (CMT), also known as Charcot-Marie-Tooth neuropathy,
hereditary motor and sensory neuropathy (HMSN) and peroneal muscular atrophy (PMA),
is a genetically and clinically heterogeneous group of inherited disorders of the peripheral
nervous system characterized by progressive loss of muscle tissue and touch sensation
across various parts of the body.)
If you plan to attend the meeting or would
like general information, please contact:
Tina Smith at (256) 366-5273, email TinaSmith@rcmh.org
You can also visit the CMTA website at
to join this or any Support/Action Group online
and obtain more information.
We hope to see you there!! Refreshments served!
Friends of the Library
January 16 through January 25
Everything in the store will be 50% off.
All proceeds from the sale help the Library!
Florence-Lauderdale Public Library
350 North Wood Avenue
256-764-6564 or www.flpl.org
DOWNTOWN CHOCOLATE CRAWL
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 7
10:00 A.M. - 2:00 P.M.
START - STOP LOCATION
MAIN STREET TENT
COURT STREET & TENNESSEE STREET
DOOR PRIZES - 2:00 P.M.
Any Chocolate Crawl ticket purchased before February 1st and
your name will go into the door prize drawing TWICE.
***Door prizes: $25 Downtown Dollars (They spend just like cash in downtown)
Click here for Press Release
Tickets can be purchased online at Chocolate Crawl Tickets Online or at the Main Street office
located at 301 North Pine Street. Call 256-760-9648 for more information.
CITY LEAF COLLECTION
The City provides a seasonal loose leaf collection for leaves raked into a windrow or piled at the curb in residential areas.
The loose leaf collection program operates on a route system like it has in previous years. The leaf crews will follow the scheduled routes to provide everyone with equal service. The route will be posted weekly on the city website and Facebook. The earlier leaves are raked, the quicker they will be picked up. This is the most efficient and equitable way for leaf collection.
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.
Only piled leaves will be collected until January. Curb and gutter will be vacuumed after the majority of leaves have been collected. Bagged leaves and other curbside trash will continue to be picked up weekly.
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.
Heritage Preservation, Inc. (HPI)
Sunday, January 25
Keystone Business Centre
205 South Seminary Street
The Board of Directors of Heritage Preservation, Inc. (HPI), a 501 (c)(3) community-based historic preservation organization here in Florence, meets monthly throughout the year. At the beginning of each calendar year, it holds a community meeting to which the entire community is invited. This year's meeting is scheduled for Sunday, January 25, 2:00 p.m., at the meticulously-restored Keystone Business Centre, 205 South Seminary Street in Downtown Florence.
The meeting, which will last approximately 1.5 hours, will feature the following topics:
- Accomplishments of HPI in 2014
- Goals for HPI in 2015
- Presentation of the Capital Award to certain individuals for outstanding historic preservation projects within the community
- Presentation by Mr. David Breland of Decatur regarding the guidelines for the preservation of historic properties in his city
Refreshments will be served, and, if you have never toured this fine old building which originally
housed a cotton exchange, you will want to do so. The owners have done a magnificent restoration!
ON STAGE PRESENTS
"THE STEP UP CREW"
TUESDAY, JANUARY 27, 7:30 P.M.
UNA'S NORTON AUDITORIUM
"THE STEP UP CREW, an unbelievable new show which brings together three styles of exhilarating dance forms - Ottawa Valley stepdance, Irish stepdance, and Tap. With virtuosic dancers and musicians from the likes of The Chieftains, Cherish The Ladies, and Bowfire, this cast of outstanding talent takes you on a dance journey as champions in their respective art forms show audiences the amazing similarities and differences between these three captivating styles. As if dancing weren't enough, The StepCrew boasts three world-class fiddlers backed by an amazing five-piece ensemble comprised of some of the most talented and respected musicians in the Celtic music scene today."
Orchestra & Mezzanine $35.00
Student tickets $10.00
or at the Kennedy-Douglass Art Center, 217 East Tuscaloosa Street.
THE ZODIAC PLAYERS PRESENT
"OF MICE AND MEN"
The Zodiac Players, adult wing of the Shoals Community Theatre, will present the Steinbeck classic "Of Mice and Men" at the Shoals Theatre in Downtown Florence on February 5 - 8. The show is directed by Steifon Passmore.
7:30 p.m., Thursday, February 5
2:00 p.m., Saturday, February 7
2:00 p.m., Sunday, February 8
Advance tickets for all performances are $12.00 for adults and $9.00 for students. Tickets at the door are $13.00 for adults and $10.00 for students. In addition, there will be two school performances on Tuesday, February 3.
For more information or to make reservations, visit our website at
shoalstheatre.org or call 256-764-1700.
Synopsis of the show: Lennie and George, Depression-era farm workers are trying to scrape together enough money to buy a house of their own. In this heartbreaking American classic, Lennie causes trouble on the job and George must choose between protecting his friend or continuing to pursue the American dream.
THE ZODIAC PLAYERS ANNOUNCE AUDITIONS FOR
"A CLOSER WALK WITH PATSY CLINE"
The Zodiac Players announce auditions for their upcoming production of "A Closer Walk with Patsy Cline." The show dates are April 9-12 at the Shoals Theatre. The show is directed by Shonda K. Purvis. Auditions will be held by appointment at the Zodiac Theatre.
For information or to make an appointment for audition, after call 215-808-4467
between 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. after February 1.
Audition times and dates are:
1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., Saturday, February 14
2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., Sunday, February 15
Callbacks only, 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., Monday, February 16.
Parts are available for 1 female (25-40) with very strong voice to portray Patsy Cline; 1 female (teenager) for non-speaking role; 1-5 males (to appear 25-60) for comedic speaking roles only with no singing; 4 males (ages vary) to portray Jordanaires, Patsy's back up singers, (two tenors, one baritone, one bass). Musicians are also needed, but do not have to be at auditions.
The band will consist of a piano player, bass player, guitar player, fiddle player, drummer, and a pedal steel guitar player, if available. Auditions for non-singing roles will consist of cold readings from the script. Singers should prepare 16 bars of a song which best shows your vocal ability. You will need to provide your own accompaniment. Anyone interested in acting, playing with band, or working backstage should call the number above.
Urban Forestry and Horticulture Conference
Friday, February 20, 2015
In Plants and Trees
The City of Florence
Florence Tree Commission
Florence Beautification Board
Florence Urban Forestry/Horticulture Department
Three specialty tracks will be offered:
Horticulture, Urban Forestry, and Pest Management
Recertification CEUs available for professionals
Outstanding speakers will present current information
Public is invited
Location: Cross Point Church of Christ
1350 Cox Creek Parkway
Time: 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Cost: $45 (includes lunch)
Registration: Click here.
New & Existing Businesses
ECM East Tri-State Center for Breast Health
2111 Cloyd Blvd.
This dedicated out-patient center consolidates recommended annual health tests and screens in one central location. The available tests include digital mammography, bone-density studies, ultrasounds and now on-site stereotactic biopsies.
While ECM has offered all these services for many years, the consolidation of services in one convenient out-patient location will provide ease of scheduling, faster service, less stress and quicker results for our patients.
Congratulations to this new addition, ECM Hospita! We have confidence this center will be key to detecting breast cancer in its early stages and provide women all across the Shoals area with more knowledge about this disease and how to treat it.
ARTS & MUSEUMS DEPARTMENT
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 Bethanne Hill
Recent Works by Bethanne Hill will be on exhibit at Kennedy-Douglass Center for the Arts from January 8 through February 12. Her acrylic paintings of southern landscapes, structures, animals and folklore are done with bold outlines, intricate patterns and vivid colors. Hill lives in Birmingham and is a 1985 graduate of the visual arts department at the Alabama School of Fine Arts and holds a BFA in painting and sculpture from Birmingham-Southern College.
"I have always been drawn to rural landscapes," said Hill. "In the 1990's I had a job that had me driving southern back roads for years. Along the way I stopped to sketch old barns, churches, houses, cemeteries and animals...whatever caught my eye. I am haunted by these places, thinking of the stories that must exist, all of the untold memories."
CALL FOR ENTRIES
"Artistic Renderings of Youth"
The deadline for entry in "Artistic Renderings of Youth" is February 20. This is a juried exhibit of artwork open to 7th through 12th grade students from Colbert, Franklin, and Lauderdale Counties. The exhibit opens March 3 and runs through April 10 at Kennedy-Douglass Center for the Arts in Florence.
The exhibit and competition are coordinated by area art teachers. Schools may participate or students can enter on their own. Each student can enter up to three works. Entries are juried and, if accepted, are eligible for ribbons awarded in different grade-level groupings. Works must be original and can be in any medium. All two-dimensional entries must be matted or framed.
For more details on entry rules call Mary Nicely
at the Kennedy-Douglass Center for the Arts - 256-760-6381.
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.
NEW PET LICENSING ORDINANCE
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!
PARKS & RECREATION DEPARTMENT
SENIOR CITIZEN CENTER
450 Country Club Drive
(Savannah Highway/Hwy. 20)
Florence - 256-760-6420
The Club Facebook Page
***The Club is a drug free, alcohol free facility***
NEW 2015 SCHEDULE
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.
MASTERS GAMES PRACTICE will be the first Wednesday of each month from Noon to 2:00 p.m. at Broadway Recreation Center. Please feel free to practice horseshoes, Frisbee and Nerf Ball Toss and Checkers on Tuesday and Thursdays from 12:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., at 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 need. Limited seating (40) available on first come basis. 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.
LET'S GO BOWLING...Mondays, 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., Lauderdale Lanes on Florence Boulevard. $2.50 per game. This is not league bowling. It's just for fun. It's a CLUB activity away from The CLUB.
BOOMER'S & SENIOR'S TUESDAY AND SATURDAY NIGHT DANCE & GAMES at The CLUB, 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., each week and Saturdays, except holiday weekends. The doors will open at 6:00 p.m. $5 per person. Singles & couples are welcome. 18+ years old. Music spanning the decades will be performed by The Browns. For those who may not be dancers but like to play games and enjoy music, here is your opportunity to come listen to some great music while playing your favorite games: Rook, Rummy, Rummy Cubes, Dominoes, Checkers or the games you bring with you. 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 be square dance angels to the
BEGINNING SQUARE DANCE CLASS (10 weeks) starting Friday, January 2, 2015, from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. We offer beginner classes year round. $35 for 10 classes. Prior to the class, the Singing River Squares will have PLUS dance time from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. The Singing River Squares happily invite you to give it a try. Anyone with the desire to learn is welcomed. For more information call Fran at The CLUB, 256-760-6420.
JOINTS IN MOTION CHAIR EXERCISE CLASS helps 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. We wear RED on Friday to show support for our troops.
BINGO follows the Joints in Motion Class on Wednesdays at 9:30 a.m. No fee for BINGO. Expendable type prizes are appreciated. Paper products, toothpaste, mouthwash, lotions, soaps, puzzle books, unopened snack foods.
BOARD GAMES, ROOK, CARD GAMES, DOMINOES and fun with friends each afternoon at The CLUB. 12:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. No fee. We bring light snacks to share.
FANTASTIC FRIDAY AT THE CLUB will be from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., each THIRD FRIDAY of the month January until October. $10.00 a plate. Our meals will be catered from two different restaurant facilities. Pop's BBQ (St. Florian) will have fish or BBQ. The Bonnet Café Elegant Country Cooking (Lexington) with Sunday type meals, menu will vary each time. Please try to purchase tickets ahead of time. You will enjoy the great food, music, games, dance opportunities, horseshoes, and have a fun time at the "FUN Raiser!" All proceeds will go towards the local and state Master Games for persons 50 year and older.
JANUARY 16, WINTER FROST, COOK OUT, THE BROWNS
FEBRUARY 20, BONNET CAFÉ, THE NuTONES
MARCH 20, POP'S BBQ, THE CADILLACS
APRIL 17, BONNET CAFÉ, THE BROWNS
MAY 15, "WE APPRECIATE YOU DAY" HAMBURGERS ONE AND ALL-THE BROWNS
JUNE 19, BONNET CAFÉ, THE NuTONES
JULY 17, POP'S BBQ, THE BROWNS
AUGUST 21, BONNET CAFÉ, THE CADILLACS
SEPTEMBER 18, TAIL GATE PARTY, THE BROWNS
The DULCIMERS play each third 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 Damn Fall Color Tour and Touring for Christmas Lights are two of our favorite annual tours.
The annual 2015 BOOMERS & SENIORS FISHING DAYS at Deibert Park will be on Thursdays, April 23, July 23, September 24, and October 22, 2015. 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.
ONE DAY COMMUNITY YARD SALE to be scheduled at The CLUB for April, 2015. Stay tuned for details.
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Have a great weekend!
Mayor Mickey Haddock
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