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February 19, 2014
Message from Mayor Haddock

20th Annual

Urban Forestry and Horticulture Conference


Friday, February 20, 2015

Florence, Alabama


Current Trends

In Plants and Trees


Sponsored by:

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


Re-certification 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)

For brochure: Click here

Registration: Click here

Information: 256-760-6400




(256)  760-6379

The "Fantastic Friday" event scheduled this week at the Senior
Citizen Center (The Club) has been cancelled due to the
anticipation of wintry weather.

We want our participants be safe and
will look forward to seeing you at the event next month!
(256) 760-6420



City of Florence: Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA)

Community Development Block Grant Program

The City of Florence anticipates receiving federal funding from the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD) to provide services which benefit low and moderate income persons and/or areas in the City of Florence. Eligible public service agencies must provide proof of 501(c)3 status.


A mandatory application workshop for agencies interested in applying for funding will be held on Monday, March 2, at 2:00 p.m., in the City Auditorium located in City Hall at 110 West College Street - South Pine Street side entrance.


For additional program information, please contact 

Tina Irons at (256)760-6467 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




We would like to invite you to the 

2nd Annual Black History Month

"Excellence Award Show"


Sunday, February 22, 2015

Florence Coliseum


3:30 p.m. - Reception for Honorees,

Community Leaders & College Representatives

 4:00 p.m. - Excellence Awards Show


Sponsored by The Center of Excellence &

Life Coach Casey Eggleston, M.A.


This program will honor African-American Students in the 4th - 12th Grade from Colbert County School System, Tuscumbia School System, Sheffield School System, Florence City School System, & Lauderdale County School System who have been nominated by their teachers and Counselors who are excelling in their academics (with a B Average) and/or who is excelling in Fine Arts, Leadership or Athletics.


We will also honor African-American Adults who are excelling as Business Owners, Teachers, Administrators, Supervisors, Politicians, Doctors, Lawyers, Policeman, Fireman, Community Leaders, etc...


Special Guests:  Representatives from the University of Alabama

Admission Office, The University of North Alabama Admission Office,

and Alabama A&M Admission Office


Speakers:  Life Coach Casey Eggleston

Along with a Panelist of Educators, College Representatives,

Motivator Speakers & More


Special Performance by Recording Artists, Gospel Choir,

Step Team, Dance Team, & Comedian


** Free to All Students ** 

$5.00 for Adults


We are so excited about this year's event. 

Last year over 500 people packed the Florence Coliseum

to help us honor and celebrate our Honorees. 


For more information contact:

Life Coach Casey J. Eggleston, M.A.,

(256) 810-9120 






For more information and registration click here.
Contact information: Robert Coats - Coates Farms 256.766.3109 or 256.762.2514
"At Home Between Earth and Sky:  Voices from Chandler Mountain"


Presented by Dolores Hydock, actress, speaker and storyteller


Tuesday, March 24, at 12:00 Noon

Kennedy-Douglass Center 

217 East Tuscaloosa Street


The spirit and voices of Alabama's Chandler Mountain community come to life in this funny and tender story of strong women and Southern hospitality. Bonnets, bow-tie quilts, poke salad, tomato stakes, the recipe for Scripture Cake, an old-timey cure for hiccups and other folk remedies, superstitions and family stories are all part of this affectionate portrait of a close-knit mountain community in the 1970s, where modern-day life mixed with old-fashioned ways. Audience members are invited to recall superstitions and folk remedies of their own as they recall people from their own lives who were as strong, generous and beloved as the people described in this presentation. This program is based on an oral history / folklore collection project completed as part of an American Studies undergraduate degree program at Yale University. The presentation blends Alabama history, folklore and storytelling to create a portrait of a moment when folk traditions are forced to blend with modern ways. This program is especially relevant to anyone with an interest in women's history, oral history, folklore or Alabama traditions.


The presentation is free and open to the public. Bring a sack lunch and spend your lunch hour hearing funny and tender stories about women from this close-knit mountain community.  (256) 760-6379

Tour dates : 
March 7
April 4, June 6
July 11, August 7
September 5, October 3
November 7




The City provides a seasonal loose leaf collection for leaves raked into a windrow or piled at the curb in residential areas.


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.


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.



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 Bill Bailey



Bill Bailey: Southern Landscapes will be on exhibit at Kennedy-Douglass Center for the Arts from February 19 through March 26.  Bailey is from Oakland, Tennessee, and works primarily in watercolor using various paper supports and techniques.


Bailey was selected as a "One to Watch" by Watercolor Artist Magazine in 2012 and has attained signature membership status in Transparent Watercolor Society of America and the Tennessee, Mississippi, and Southern Watercolor Societies. He has won numerous awards in juried, regional, national and international competitions. A 2007 issue of American Artist magazine included his painting which received an award in the Mississippi Grand National.

Bailey's art education has been primarily acquired through studies at the University of Memphis and participation in painting workshops with prominent teachers such as John Salminen, Cheng-Khee Chee, Frank Webb, and Judi Betts. "Painting is the reason I get up each morning," said Bailey. "I enjoy painting the people, structures and landscapes of the area in which I live."











"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.  



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 Facebook Page

***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) 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. 











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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