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May 19, 2016
Message from Mayor Haddock

WOW!!  Our ladies have advanced to the 3rd bracket of the NCAA Division II National Championship.  They beat Southern Arkansas and Adelphi and will play the winner of the West Texas A&M vs. Southern Arkansas game which is this afternoon.  The next UNA game will be at 8:30 p.m. (CST) tonight.  Listen to the game on Radio 97.1 WBCF.  These games are not for the faint-hearted; our team has played with such courage, confidence, and super strength and  WE ARE SO PROUD OF THEM!!
GSC Champs
Regional Champs
Super Regional Champs
Advanced to Division II World Series



UNA Front Porch Storytelling Festival
Selected as a Southeast Tourism Society 2016 Top 20 Event Winner

The best events across the Southeast compete to receive the prestigious Top 20 Events designation. Through a nomination process, Southeast Tourism Society chooses the Top 20 events in the Southeast for each month of the year and publishes this list of winners quarterly. The UNA Front Porch Storytelling Festival is proud to have been nominated and awarded as a Top 20 Event winner for May 2016.


Friday & Saturday
May 20-21, 2016
For LUNCH on FRIDAY, May 20, 2016
Country Fried Chicken With All The Fixin's
GUC Atrium Only $12 Per Person!
(Tickets must be purchased by Friday, May 13.)
(These are not available for purchase the day of the event.)
Get ready to indulge in the flavors of the south!
Fried chicken * BBQ pork sliders * Pinto beans * Potato Salad * Slaw
Cornbread * Biscuits * Banana pudding * Sweet tea * Lemonade
In the Evening, join us for...
Stories, Songs, and The Singing River
Friday & Saturday Evenings, May 20-21, 2016
6:30pm- 9:30pm
McFarland Park under the tent
This year, evening performances will be held alongside the beautiful Tennessee River at McFarland Park. Only a short distance from the UNA campus, the Park allows us to enjoy more great stories and special musical performances, all with a magnificent view. Each night will begin with a sampling of stories from multiple tellers (known as an "olio"), leading up to a headliner. Friday night's performance will also include the presentation of the Story Slam winners.
Evening performances are FREE to the public!
Reserved seating will be provided for festival ticket holders only, however, everyone is welcome to bring along blankets and lawn chairs to join us in watching the show!



Friday Evening, May 20, 2016
Three on a String



Saturday Evening, May 21, 2016
The Dill Pickers


Mayor Haddock and City Officials were proud to be a part of the unveiling of the historical marker yesterday at St. Mark Missionary Baptist Church, 220 East Alabama Street. 
In 1859, members of St. Mark Missionary Baptist Church began holding services on the corner of Alabama Street and Wood Avenue (formerly Market Street) in Florence, Alabama.  One public record states that the property was purchased for fifteen dollars.  Since its inception, the church has served the communities of Lauderdale County, Alabama.  It is presently under the leadership of Bishop Dr. Will Boyd.  
Pictured are l/r:  Robert Steen, Chairman of the Florence Historical Board, Bishop Dr. Will Boyd, Pastor of St. Mark Missionary Baptist Church, and Mayor Mickey Haddock.
St. Joseph School Students
Visit Florence City Hall
It was a delight to have St. Joseph School's 3
rd Grade Class and their teacher, Ms. Sarah Hughes, visit the Mayor/Council Offices and City Hall this past Thursday.   Along with the Mayor/Council office, they toured the 911 Operation Center as well as the City Council Chambers.  

City of Florence
City Seal

Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA)
Emergency Solutions Grant Program
The City of Florence anticipates receiving funding from the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs for service providers in Lauderdale, Colbert, Franklin, Marion, Winston, and Lawrence counties.
Eligible activities under the grant include:  upgrade existing homeless facilities and domestic abuse shelters, to help meet the operating costs of such facilities, to provide essential services (such as health and mental health services) to both sheltered and unsheltered homeless persons, to help prevent homelessness, to rapidly re-house homeless persons and to assist in the costs of administering the Homeless Management Information System.
Agencies must fill out and return an application by Friday, June 10, 2016.
For addition program information, please contact Lyndsey Borden at 256-760-6453 or  Written correspondence may be mailed to:  City of Florence, Department of Planning and Community Development, 110 West College Street - Suite 115, Florence, AL  35630.



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



May 25th - The Cadillac's

June 1st - The Nutones

June 8th - Drumb & Drumber

June 15th - Jeff Hornbuckle

June 22nd - Danita Luna

June 29th - Gary Nichols


 Friday, July 1st - The Browns
McFarland Park
6:00 pm to 8:00 pm




Venue has moved from Shoals Theatre to Zodiac Theatre due to fire!!!

Zodiac Theatre...

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.

Zodiac Theatre
416 N. Court St.
Florence, Alabama
Phone:  256-764-1700




6:00 a.m. UNTIL 1:00 p.m.

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Come & Enjoy a
Bike Ride & BBQ!!!
Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Shoals
Phone - 256-248-1931
Fax - 256-381-5386

Saturday, May 21
10:00 am-25 Mile Group Ride-$25
11:00 am-2 Mile Fun Ride-$10 for adults &
$5 for age 14 and under
For more information and
To register and pre-pay visit:
Meet at - 306 BBQ, 322 North Court Street
Ride day - Registration opens at 9 am
Cash, Checks, Debit/ Credit accepted







Friends Bookstore Brown Bag Sale
on the Front Lawn of Florence-Lauderdale Public Library
Saturday May 21, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
& Sunday, May 22, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm


While you're enjoying the Arts Alive Festival, stop by the front lawn of the library for the Friends
of the Library's Brown Bag Sale.   Fill a bag of books for only $5, and support your library!
All proceeds help the library provide more books, services, and programs for the community.
For more information, call 256-764-6564, ext. 19.

Find Out How To Place A Memorial

Sponsored by the Florence Tree Commission  


What: Public Information Meeting


Where: Florence Lauderdale Public Library Conference Room

350 North Wood Avenue


When: May 24, 2016, 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM.


Reader Riot Book Festival Launch Event
Thursday, May 25, 6:30 pm
at Odette's
120 North Court Street


Join us for our a delicious dinner and some great company, and get an exclusive preview of our inaugural Reader Riot book festival. On Wednesday, May 25, at 6:30 pm, the Florence-Lauderdale Public Library will be hosting a special dinner event at Odette to support the Reader Riot, a community-led book festival that will be coming to Florence in 2017. We'll be unveiling the festival's logo, sharing some of our plans for events, and celebrating our community's love of reading and stories. The dinner will include a signature cocktail and wine pairings. Help us give Florence the book festival we deserve!

Tickets are $75 each and can be purchased at Odette. Cash or check only, please.
Make checks out to Florence-Lauderdale Public Library.

Contact:  Jennifer Butler Keeton
Programming/Publicity Coordinator
Florence-Lauderdale Public Library or 256-764-6564, ext. 28


Summer Sewing Night
at Thread Fabric Store
Join us at Thread
213 North Court Street
Thursday, May 26
at 6:00 pm for a Summer Sewing Night!
We will have your fabrics pre-washed and pre-cut, so you can select
your favorite prints and enjoy wine and cheese from The Carriage
while you sew a set of 4 dinner napkins!
Cost for Summer Sewing Night is $35, including your materials and supplies!
Call Thread at 256-275-7112 or email
to reserve your spot and for more information.


Royal Avenue Recreation Center
421 Royal Avenue
(256) 760-6425
Registration at the YMCA of the Shoals
2121 Helton Drive
(256) 246-9622


June 4 & 5
Corner of Hermitage Drive & Seminary Streets
Step back into the past at the 28TH ANNUAL FRONTIER DAY CELEBRATION at historic Pope's Tavern Museum in Florence on Saturday, June 4, and Sunday, June 5.  This outdoor event celebrates the frontier heritage of Florence with crafts, music, and costumes typical of the period.  Hours are 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, and 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Sunday.  Admission is free.



 For more information call 256-760-6379


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








A fundraiser to help pets in need at the
Florence-Lauderdale and Colbert Animal Shelters
Saturday, June 18
10:00 a.m.
Florence-Lauderdale Coliseum Parking Lot
702 Veterans Drive

Get your doggie cart out and take it for a test run! Sherry St. John's Doggie Iditarod is coming to town on Saturday, June 18th at 10 am in the Florence-Lauderdale Coliseum Parking Lot. Place your dog in a shopping cart (we'll provide) and race around our fun obstacle course created by WPI General Contractors. Come by and cheer everyone on and don't miss this furry fantastic fundraiser!

For further information call 256-764-8121.

The Entry Fee is $25 with 100% of all proceeds divided equally between the Florence-Lauderdale Animal Shelter and the Colbert Animal Shelter. You can pre-register from 9 am-4:30 pm at KIX 96 Radio, 624 Sam Phillips Street, Florence and get a FREE event t-shirt! You can also register at the event site where t-shirts will be available to purchase. We have wonderful prizes too: The First Place winner receives $100 in cash, a Gift Certificate for Smokin' On The Boulevard ribs and a Pet Depot dog Gift Card! The Second Place winner receives a Pet Depot Gift Card and a Gift Certificate for Smokin' On The Boulevard chicken. The Third Place winner receives a Pet Depot Gift Card and a Gift Certificate for a Smokin' On The Boulevard smoked bologna!!

As long as she can remember, Sherry St. John has been an advocate for pets in need. She started the KIX 96 Pet Patrol Facebook page and has helped to reunite lost pets with their families and shelter animals to be adopted. Sherry also interviews people from the various animal organizations to create public awareness. Her help extends to her own sweet furbaby, Ruty the cat, who recently had an adventure on the rooftop of Sherry's house and had to be rescued!  

We thank the following sponsors for making this event possible; Big River Broadcasting/KIX96 Radio, Florence/Muscle Shoals Waterfront Marina at Shoals Creek Bridge, Florence Smokin' On The Boulevard (Florence Boulevard), Florence Pet Depot (Seville Street), Florence WPI General Contractors (North Patton Street, Florence)
Come out and have some fun for a worthy cause!

      • 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! 




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.



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