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May 14, 2015
Message from Mayor Haddock
Florence North Court Street
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Florence Falcons Spring football game. Falcons host Buckhorn Thursday, May 14, at Braly Stadium.  Game starts at 6:00 p.m.  Come on out and cheer for our Falcons!






UNA Theatre will present Marsha Norman's Pulitzer Prize-winning drama'night, Mother, May 11-14, 20, and 21, at 7:30 p.m. in the George S. Lindsey Theatre. The play focuses on a mother and daughter. The daughter tells her mother that she plans to commit suicide by the end of the evening. The characters discuss why she's come to this decision and how she's planned it out. The discussion ends in a disturbing climax.

Tickets are $10 adults, $5 for all students and UNA faculty and staff. Tickets are available online at fee will apply), at Kennedy-Douglass Center for the Arts, and at the door.


Three Startups with North Alabama Ties
Chosen for GIGTANK Accelerator in Chattanooga


Three companies with north Alabama ties have been selected to participate in The Company Lab's GIGTANK accelerator this summer in Chattanooga, Tennessee.


BDI Labs and Branch Technology, both of Huntsville, join The Ark Labs in Florence as the only Alabama companies in the cohort, which features 14 early-stage businesses from across the U.S., Canada and Europe.  During the next three months, the startups will launch high-bandwidth business applications for gigabit networks. They will work with corporate partners, industry experts, investors and business leaders to complete their mission.


The Company Lab describes GIGTANK as an annual "boutique accelerator." This summer's group will later pitch their business concepts during a Demo Day event involving investors, partners, media and supporters.  Click here for the cohort list. Below are descriptions from GIGTANK of the Alabama companies involved in this year's program:

  • BDI Labs -- Huntsville:  Believe, Design, Innovate Laboratories (BDI Labs) is an electronics engineering company focused on the Internet of Things. The company's leading product, the MediaBit, is an HDMI device that tracks TV usage to generate statistics on consumers' viewing habits. Those measures include content reports, as well as viewing duration, time stamps and more.
  • The Ark Labs -- Florence:  The Ark Labs is a platform that improves water efficiency in residential homes. The technology leverages artificial intelligence software in conjunction with smart devices to conserve water.
  • Branch Technology -- Huntsville/Chattanooga:  Branch Technology is 3D printing buildings using novel extrusion technology, conventional construction materials, and large scale robotics. The company is taking 3D printing to a new level, creating mass customization of prefabricated wall panels to democratize design freedom for normal construction projects.
UNA'S 5th Annual
Front Porch Storytelling Festival
May 15 & 16, 2015
Florence Foodies dine at City Hardware
Wednesday, May 27th
6:30 p.m. 
Tickets: $30 


Jeff Eubanks, Chef of City Hardware, pulled a fast one on all foodies that attend their last event with every course served. Jeff served Buckwheat noodles, white cucumbers, bison meat, Singin' River Brewery porter bacon jam, and whipped goat cheese on top of a blackberry cobbler all of which no one had seen on the Florence Foodie series. City Hardware is so creative in the kitchen that we expect for the event to sell out quickly. 

Limited to 25 seats

Guest Speaker:  
The Executive Director of the WINNING charity from Florence Restaurant Week 2015 will be invited.







Lyons HR 

201 S. Court Street, Suite 700




Since 1995, Lyons HR has provided comprehensive HR solutions for small and medium-sized businesses. We can provide a variety of services, including payroll and tax administration, employee benefits, HR consulting, regulatory compliance, risk management, staffing, and recruiting. Lyons HR serves thousands of employees at more than 500 work sites across the Southeastern United States.

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5131 County Road 61

Ava's Place: A Charming Venue for Any Event

Spacious, rustic, inviting, and nostalgic are a few words used to describe Ava's Place.  Whether you are hosting a family reunion or a wedding, we have the facilities to make your special day memorable. 

Ava's Place is a fully renovated barn that serves as the focal point of any gathering.  The upper level accommodates up to 200 guests, and the lower dining area has seating for 125 with additional patio dining.  Tables and chairs are provided at no additional cost.  Kitchen facilities are located convenient to the dining area.  The venue can be rustic or elegant. Restroom facilities are available on each level, and ample  parking is available for your guest.

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500 E. Tennessee Street, Unit 5


Specializing in digital document solutions and service.  Services provided include PC & laptop repair, smartphone and tablet screen replacement, network connectivity and diagnostics and more.  On-site service calls (home or office).  256-394-4525.

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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. 




Kennedy-Douglass Young Masters Art School 2015

     Register for your child now for The Young Masters Art School at the Kennedy Douglass Center for the Arts. Please call  256-760-6379 for an application and more information.  First session:  June 8 through 12 (Monday through Friday).   Second session:  June 15 through 19 (Monday through Friday).   Times:  9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. for students entering first through third grades in fall 2015, and  12:00 noon to 2:00 p.m. for students in grades fourth through sixth grades.



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!






450 Country Club Drive

(Savannah Highway/Hwy. 20)

Florence - 256-760-6420

***The Club is a drug free, alcohol free facility***





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) started Friday, March 13, 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.  








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. 


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 is scheduled at The CLUB for April 25, 2015.  See separate flyer in this newsletter.

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Have a great weekend!

Mayor Mickey Haddock


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