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October 20, 2016
Message from Mayor Haddock
UNA Lions and North Greenville
Saturday, October 22, 2016
6:00 p.m. @ Braly Stadium



Senior Night
Florence Falcons and Hazel Green Trojans
Friday, October 21, 2016 
7:00 p.m. @ Braly Stadium
Directions: Click here
Go Falcons!
The Florence Exchange Club Presented the
2015 Florence Fire & Rescue
Fire Fighter of the Year to
Battalion Chief Ben Cochran
We would like to congratulate Battalion Chief Ben Cochran for being named 2015 Florence Firefighter Of The Year. Battalion Chief Cochran was nominated by his peers and unanimously chosen. Battalion Chief Cochran was honored last week at the Florence Exchange Club Luncheon. Battalion Chief Cochran has worked and served his community more than 40 years. Congratulations Chief Cochran, you make our city proud!

And, The Florence Exchange Club Presented the
2015 Florence Police Department
Police Officer of the Year to
Officer Michael South
We would also like to congratulate Officer Michael South for being named 2015 Police Officer of the Year. Officer South was also honored last week at the Florence Exchange Club Luncheon.  This is the second time Officer South has received this award and also has two life-saving awards.  Officer South has been a member of the Police Department since 2009.  Congratulations Officer South, you make our city proud!

Congratulations to
Melissa Jo  Hickman Bailey
Florence Planning & Community Development Director
She was selected for the
2016 Community Service Award
from the University of North Alabama Alumni Association
Melissa is a 1998 UNA graduate.  
See her achievements (Click here).

In the coming days you may notice something a little different on the streets of Florence. For the remainder of October, our Motor Officers will be going pink i n honor of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  A version of these shirts will be made available for purchase to the public, with all proceeds being donated to Breast Cancer Research.  Cost of shirt is $15 and will be made to order.  All orders and payments must be received by Wednesday October 26.  Please email order requests to



The Pink Breast Cancer Awareness t-shirts are in. Please come by Fire Station #1, at the corner of Dr. Hicks Boulevard and South Wood Avenue, to purchase and pick them up. This is a great opportunity to raise money and awareness for something that affects so many lives around us.  Please come and show your support! T-shirts are $15.

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Natchez Trace Parkway Association celebrates 100 years of National Parks with Exhibit and Performances
October 19-21, 2016

Festivities supported by the Natchez Trace Parkway Association in honor of the National Park Service's Centennial Celebration kick off  Wednesday, October 19, with  National Beauty: landscape photography of America's National Parks at the K/D Art Center. The exhibit opens at 9 a.m. and will hang through 4 p.m. November 10. 
Theodore Roosevelt re-enactor,  James Foote, will perform at the  Shoals Theatre Thursday, October 20, at 7:00 p.m.   Riveting performer, James Foote has been professionally portraying Teddy Roosevelt for over 35 years.  He's been featured on the History Channel, C-SPAN, The Colbert Report, and various documentaries. Admission to this family-friendly performance is free and open to the public.

Click Here for Press Release - Natchez Trace Parkway
Click Here for Details on Annual Meeting -  Annual Meeting Celebration in Florence


Florence-Lauderdale Visitor Center
200 Jim Spain Drive (McFarland Park)
Florence, AL  35630
Kennedy-Douglass Center for the Arts
217 East Tuscaloosa Street
Florence, AL  365630

Purchase Tickets from out of town? 
CALL:  1-888-356-8687

Florence Main Street  and
McDaniel Window & Door Co.
are kicking off  
Florence Restaurant Week
with the  
Taste of Downtown

The Woodpecker Cafe 
Tuscan Chicken
Organic chicken breast simmered in a pecorino romano cheese sauce, with sundried tomatoes
and spinach, served over a bed of roasted potatoes. In honor of restaurant week, this dinner
item will become a lunch special.
Try it between October 21st-October 30th and save $4!

Tickets are now available for Taste of Downtown!
They can be purchased online (click here)
or at the
Florence Main Street office located 
at 301 N. Pine Street.
The Taste of Downtown is a fun event showcasing participating downtown
restaurants, sponsors of Restaurant Week, our judges, and volunteers. In addition,
we will unveil the five local charities that make it to the coveted charity ballot.
This is the community's opportunity to sample fabulous food from our downtown restaurants while meeting some of our local charities in person to ask questions
and understand how they impact the Shoals.

Participating restaurants include: Odette, Rivertown Coffee Company, The Pie Factory, 306 BBQ, City Hardware, Woodpecker Cafe, Rosie's Mexican Cantina, FloBama Music Hall, Wildwood Tavern, On the Rocks, Legends Steakhouse, Ricatoni's Italian Grill, Renaissance Olive Oil Company, and Singin' River Brewing Company.
For additional information about Florence Restaurant Week,
 please visit  





If you are not fond of beer, you might enjoy a crisp refreshing glass of cider instead.
Britany Pena from Wyndridge will be pouring three beautiful ciders, each with its
own unique flavor and flair on Saturday, October 22nd from 5pm-8pm. All are
encouraged to come unwind after this long week.  Let us treat you to something delicious!

'Have a Holly Jolly Christmas'
with the 
Florence Christmas Parade

Court Street, Downtown Florence 
Friday, December 9, 2016
 7:00 p.m.

There's no better way to celebrate the holidays and to 'Have a Holly Jolly Christmas' (this year's theme) than to attend the  Florence Christmas parade!  You are encouraged to theme your float, performance or musical group in costume, decoration or musical selection. Get creative & have some fun!



Florence Main Street is once again responsible for coordinating the Florence Christmas Parade and as always, there are rules to be followed. These rules and regulations are to improve safety (following state laws and city ordinances) and provide increased enjoyment for participants and spectators. 
VERY IMPORTANT... The Parade route will follow Court Street from the north end at Rogers Hall on the UNA campus to the southern end at Alabama Street.  Parade line up will begin at 6 pm on Pine Street between Irvine and Cumberland Streets.  Your exact time for line up will be determined by your placement in the parade.  That information will be sent to you the week before the parade.  
Please remember with the Parade line up being on Pine Street and ending on South Court Street at Alabama Street to  arrange your drop off and pick up locations to match those areas.      

The following are the guidelines set forth for the 2016 Florence Christmas Parade:

There will be awards for Best Decorated Float (Commercial & Non-Profit), Best Band and Best Performance Group.
  • Each entry is limited to four (4) units. For example, the XYZ club will be allowed four cars in their entry. 
  • Entries MUST be decorated or dressed to reflect the theme of the parade: 
'Have a Holly Jolly Christmas!'; 
No un-decorated vehicles will be allowed!  There's nothing more boring than watching a bunch of cars driving down the road!
  • Santa is a special guest and has his own float.  No Santa Claus or Mrs. Claus impersonators allowed in or on any parade entry.  
  • Motorcyclists are required by Alabama state law to wear helmets at all times. Motorcycles which are not designed and licensed for public streets will not be allowed to participate in the parade.  
  • Alabama state law prohibits ATVs from public streets; therefore, ATVs are not permitted in the parade.  
  • Vehicles not allowed on public streets, according to Alabama state law or City of Florence ordinance will not be allowed to participate in the parade.  
  • Participation is contingent on Police Department approval.
  • Horse units will not be allowed. Other animals allowed only with permission from Florence Main Street.  All animals must be cleaned up after by the group bringing them.  
  • Wednesday, November 30 is the deadline for return of entry forms and fees.
    T his is stated on the entry form and will be strictly enforced. Any late entry will be at the sole discretion of FMS, and may result in an additional $50 late fee being charged.

More information is available from the Florence Main Street office by calling 256-760-9648 or email us at

We thank you for your participation and look forward to seeing you at the 2016 Florence Christmas Parade.


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Creative Economy Seminar
When: Thursday, November 3, 2016 | 4:00 pm-7:00 pm
Where: UNA Mane Room, 310 N Pine Street
Panel Discussion: 4:00 pm-5:30 pm | UNA Mane Room
Exhibition Opening: 6:00 pm-7:00 pm | UNA Art Gallery
Free Grant Writing Workshop: 6:30 pm-8:00 pm | UNA Commons, Room 330
Description: This seminar is conceived as special collaborative knowledge-building event combining an exhibition with interdisciplinary panel discussions and presentations. The event invites community attendance and participation with the goal of developing a richer understanding of the concerns of creative entrepreneurs and social networks, the nature of creative work and practices, the role of the arts in community experiences and city planning.
Chiong-Yiao Chen, Professor and Chair
UNA Art Department
P: 256.765.4384



The Zodiac Players have a fantastic production in the works! Come out and sing along to Elvis Presley's classic tunes, this fall season is one you won't want to miss! 




The Shoals Community Theatre fall production,
"All Shook Up,"
a musical comedy  inspired  by and featuring the songs of  Elvis Presley and directed by Linda Young. 
Show dates:  November 10 - 13, 2016




The Gingerbread Players Patron Ticket prices give you tickets to
all 3 shows and the  opportunity to choose your seats now!

A Christmas Story - December 8 - 11, 2016
A Little Princess:  The Musical - March 16 - 19, 2017
The Surprising Story of the Three Little Pigs and the Princess King - June 15-18, 2017
Adult Patrons $32
Student Patron $25
Child Patron $18
Group Discounts at Individual Shows

Bring an organizational group of 10 or more
(Girl Scouts, Sunday School class, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, etc.)
and receive the Group Discount of $2 off the price of each ticket.



The Shoals Theatre
123 S. Seminary Street
Florence, AL 35630

Reserved Tables of 8 Available for $200. 
Contact Jenny Mitchell @ (256) 718-4202 (
or Andrea Holt @ (256) 765-0041 (


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The Healing Place is committed to offering support to grieving children and families in an atmosphere
of trust and acceptance in order to promote a sense of well-being and productivity in its participants. 
"Children who grieve well, live well."


A Christmas Carol
By Charles Dickens
Norton Auditorium
November 17, 18 & 21 @ 9:30 am

Admission is $3 per Student/Chaperone 
To reserve your spot for school performances, call Wanda Dixon, Events Coordinator,
at 256-765-4342.
November 17, 18, 19 @ 7:30 pm
Admission is $5 students; $15 adults
Purchase tickets for public performances:
By Phone: 256.765.4342
In Person: Lindsey Theatre Box Office, Monday-Friday, 10 am - 2 pm
At The Door
Ebenezer is grouch and miser, never having a kind word or sympathetic thought, particularly at Christmas. When the ghost of his former business partner warns him of his impending damnation, Scrooge is given the chance to change his ways. To save his eternal soul, Scrooge must undergo a visit by three ghosts looking to transform him with the true spirit of Christmas. This holiday family favorite abounds with magic, mystery, music and dance. Please join us for this literary classic by Charles Dickens to kick-off your own holiday season.
The Shoals Writers Guild
Presents their first-ever
Christmas in the Renaissance City
Authors and Artist Crawl
Friday & Saturday, December 2 & 3
The Crawl will take place in conjunction with the Old Fashioned Christmas on First Fridays, December 2, from 3:30 to 7:30 p.m., and again on Saturday, December 3, from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
The Crawl will feature authors, editors, and illustrators inside businesses and establishments in Downtown Florence.
Participants in the Crawl will purchase a wristband for $5, which includes both days.  The wristband wearer will be given a 10% discount by both the authority and the hosting business.
Participating businesses will have a poster announcing the author and the time.
There is no charge to the business owner for hosting the event, but sponsorship with a business card-size ad is appreciated.  The ads start at $25 for a business card-size, $50 for half page ads, and $100 for a full page.  The event is a fundraiser for the Guild as well as to promote authors and to boost purchases for the hosting businesses.
A program guide similar to the W. C. Handy Festival guide will list the authors and businesses participating.
Sponsors and hosting businesses wishing to participate should complete the form and return it to the address below.  CLICK HERE FOR FORM
Thank you for your support and contributions.
For more information, please email:
Contributions & Business Sponsorships may be mailed to:
          The Shoals Writers Guild
          P. O. Box 2344
          Florence, AL  35631

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 .


Art Expressions: Shoals Artist Guild Exhibition
Art Expressions, an exhibition of works by members of the Shoals Artists Guild, will be on display at Kennedy-Douglass Center of the Arts in Florence from October 4 through October 28.



The exhibit will also be open the weekend of the Alabama Renaissance Faire, October 22 and 23, during the hours of the Faire which are 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Saturday and noon to 6:00 p.m. on Sunday.

This group of over fifty artists was founded in 1952 and includes members who work in a wide variety of media and with many different styles and techniques. The exhibit will include paintings in oil, watercolor, pastel, acrylic, and mixed media. This year's judge will chose nine pieces as award winners - 1st place, 2nd place, 3rd place, three honorable mentions, and three Merit Awards.

The guild meets the third Friday of each month at the arts center for demonstrations of new art techniques and discussions of current trends in the art world. Members are welcome to stay after meetings to sketch or paint. The Guild maintains a permanent gallery of original paintings and prints on the second floor of the arts center and displays work at several other area locations. New members are always welcome.

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S hoals Artist Guild Announces
Art Expressions Winners
The Shoals Artist Guild has announced the winners of its annual members show, Art Expressions on display at Kennedy-Douglass Center for Arts through October 28, 2016. The show features forty-four paintings created by
local artists in the guild. 
The show was judged by local artist and art educator, Jamie Lynch. She teaches at Harlan Elementary School as well as Sunflower Studio located at the art center.
First place goes to Carolyn J. Clemmons for her oil painting "Autumn on the Creek"  shown here.  Second place place goes to Richard Smith for his watercolor on canvas "Still Life." Third place goes to Andrea Linville Gray for her pastel called "Afternoon Sailing." Merit awards were given to artists Bonnie Davis and Lori Smith. Honorable mentions were given to Mary Linville, Ann McCutchen, Barbara Wastrack, Provie Musso, and Andrea Linville Gray. 
MARCH 5 - 11, 2017
7 Days - 6 Nights



*  Motor-coach Transportation
*  6 nights lodging including 4 consecutive nights in Florida
* 10 meals:  6 breakfasts and 4 dinners
*  Visit to the Fountain of Youth
*  Visit to historic Kingsley Plantation
* Narrated Cruise on the St. John's River
* Guided Tours of Amelia Island, St. Augustine, and Jacksonville
* Exclusive Diamond Tours Dinner Party with Entertainment
* For more pictures, video and information visit:

For information and reservations contact:
Fran Davis @ 256-760-6420
Coordinated by "The Club"



Court Street Market
218 North Court Street



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!

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The galvanized pipe replacement project continues to run smoothly.

A contractor for the Water Department will work on a number of streets in the City of Florence to
replace aging  galvanized piping as the project enters its second phase.  


We apologize for any inconvenience.  More information will be available as the project progresses.





"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


O n 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. New Hours...The beginner class meets from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m every Friday.   The Singing River Squares WELCOMES you to give it a try.  Singles, couples, families...anyone with the desire to learn is welcomed.  For more information call Fran at The CLUB , 256-760-6642.  The seasoned dancers will dance PLUS TIPS in between the beginners tips.
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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110 West College Street
P.O. Box 98
Florence, AL 35630

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