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December 11, 2014
Message from Mayor Haddock

 
Join us for
First Fridays Tonight
Thursday, December 11
(Postponed from last week due to the weather)

 
Make plans to come downtown and do your Christmas shopping. Not only do we have wonderful First Fridays vendors, but we have fantastic stores and restaurants downtown. Stop in your favorite store and/or restaurant to see what is going on.

 
Court Street Market always has something happening and the newly opened Imagine That will have the Ice Queen and Snow Princess from Wish Upon a Princess Parties at their new location to greet everyone.

 
Make sure you stop by Wilson Park to see all the Christmas Lights (thanks not only to the Parks and Recreation Department but also to Carol Erdmann, owner of Court Street Market, and her committee for all the new trees and decorations).

 
When you finish your Christmas shopping downtown, you can have your packages wrapped by Big Brothers/Big Sisters (located inside Court Street Market) - the money goes to support that great program!

 
See you at First Fridays!

 

Join us for the Annual


 
City Christmas Tree & Park Lighting

 

Downtown Wilson Park


Thursday, December 11, 2014
5:30-6:00 p.m.

 

Florence Christmas Parade 

Downtown Florence
 

Friday, December 12, at 7:00 p.m.

 

There's no better way to celebrate the holiday season than to 'Ring in the Holidays!'
 
Free Admission
 
Contact: 256-760-9648

 

Give the Gift of HOPE

 

HOPE TREES

will be available at the Court Street Market

218 North Court Street

during First Friday, Thursday, December 11, 2014

 

Celebrate the holiday season and support One Place of the Shoals, Inc. with a handmade HOPE Tree made from repurposed wood. Each one is unique and decorated by hand. Each purchase of a HOPE Tree helps our community come together to restore hope for victims of abuse and Helps One Place Expand the services it offers. In addition to a handmade HOPE Tree your donation of $100 or more includes a Christmas card and donor card recognizing that a donation has been made to One Place of the Shoals in honor or memory of the person you designate.  For more information about One Place click here or  visit our website.                             

 

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 for this year will operate 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.
 

 

In December, after it appears most leaves have fallen, the Street Department leaf crews will go on overtime for about two weeks to try and catch up before Christmas.

 

Please do not park cars too close to leaf piles, this prevents collection.

 

Thank you for your patience and cooperation. Click here  for schedule of routes.

VOLUNTEERS STILL NEEDED

JOHN COFFEE CEMETERY

 CLEAN-UP DAY 

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 13
   

The Florence Historical Board and others have planned a CEMETERY CLEAN-UP DAY

at the John Coffee Cemetery on Saturday, December 13.  Pick your two-hour work time from

8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. or from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.  The cemetery is adjacent to the new Wal-Mart Store on Cloverdale Road and Cox Creek Parkway.  Volunteers are needed to help in the task of removing fallen limbs, trash, etc., cutting the small growth, and moving it to the street.  Please come dressed in work clothing and bring work gloves.

 

YOUR HELP IS GREATLY APPRECIATED!!

DOWNTOWN DOLLARS

 
Only 14 days until Christmas.  
If you need a quick Christmas gift or stocking stuffers, 
Downtown Dollars are the best gift ever!  
They can be redeemed at over 30 downtown businesses! 
Purchase them online at Purchase Downtown Dollars.  
For more information about how Downtown Dollars work and the
list of businesses visit How Downtown Dollars Work.

 
 
Join us December 1 for two weeks of the sights and sounds of the season;
SSWA Recycling presents "Holiday Jubilation 2014!"  Music and dance from our community members sharing their talent(s) with you! Thank you to our media partner, the Courier Journal.

 
Center Court - Florence Mall
 

FLORENCE MAIN STREET

LAUNCHES CHRISTMAS ORNAMENT PROJECT

Presented by Florence Main Street

 

Downtown Florence is the place to be this holiday season and Florence Main Street is adding to the fun with a project involving local children and decorating the Florence Christmas Tree.

 

Main Street is collaborating with Florence City Schools 3rd grade classes at Weeden, Harlan,  and Forest Hills Elementary Schools.  Every 3rd grader will create a Christmas ornament out of recycled materials and each class will create one 20x20 ornament to decorate Wilson Park.  Recycled materials have been donated by City of Florence Recycling Department, The Surprise Store, Pegasus Records, Florence-Lauderdale Public Library, Alabama Chanin, Nicole Clothing & Design, and Scarborough Doors.

 

The class ornaments will be hung before the lighting of the Florence Christmas Tree on Thursday, December 11, at 5:30 p.m.

 

"I remember putting my hand in a glob of white cement to make my first handprint. After it dried and my teacher strung the red string through it, I had made my first Christmas ornament at school.  My parents still hang my handprint on the Christmas tree because it reminds them of those special years. Main Street wanted to begin this project because we know how special it would be to every family and school involved. So mark your calendar to be in Wilson Park on December 11, at 5:30 p.m. to see all the decorations and to support the children, schools, and our community this holiday season!" commented Christina Dorough, Event Coordinator of Florence Main Street.

 

Florence Main Street, a non-profit 501(c)3 organization, works with business owners, community leaders, and residents toward the common goal of revitalizing Downtown Florence culturally and economically. For more information about us or any of these efforts, please contact Florence Main Street at 256-760-9648  or info@florencemainstreet.org.

 

For tickets :  Shoals.TicketLeap.com
For more information, call (256) 764-1700

 
NEW & EXISTING BUSINESSES

 

 
Now open - SHOALS AREA FAMILIES
602 Veterans Drive
Melissa Hargett, Founder

 

 

 

 

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Now open - LE VINTAGE SOU
110 East Mobile Street 
Congratulations to owners, Priscilla Landtroop and Halley Briggs, on their already successful business, Le Vintage Soul.  Le Vintage Soul is a Southern Boutique and Paint Studio located in Downtown Florence. Thank you for choosing Florence to open Le Vintage Soul.

https://www.facebook.com/LeVintageSoul 


 

 

 

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Now open - MEFFORD JEWELERS

102 North Court Street

Congratulations to Owner, Russell Mefford!

https://www.facebook.com/meffordjewelers


 

 

 

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.

 

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The Prints of Mary Wallace Kirk 

 

"The Prints of Mary Wallace Kirk" will be on exhibit at Kennedy-Douglass Center for the Arts, from November 6 through December 31, 2014. The exhibition was organized by the Georgia Museum of Art and features 25 of Kirk's works, including watercolors, drawings, etchings and etched plates.

 

Mary Wallace Kirk was born and lived most of her life in Tuscumbia, Alabama. She produced finely detailed renderings of the countryside for about a decade, between the 1930s and the 1940s. Hillary Brown, director of communications at the Georgia Museum of Art, said, "This exhibition, like many before it at the museum, highlights the work of a lesser-known southern printmaker, which has not been shown since her death."

 

Kirk (1889 - 1978) was a poet, author and educator as well as an artist. When she was four years old, she and her parents moved from a small adjacent cottage into Locust Hill, a historic landmark in downtown Tuscumbia. In 1975 the University of Alabama Press published her book, Locust Hill, a narrative of her family's life in an ante-bellum mansion. She was one of the first women to be elected to the Board of Trustees of a southern college, a position she held at Agnes Scott College for 61 years.

 

"The Prints of Mary Wallace Kirk" was organized by the Georgia Museum of Art, University of Georgia, in Athens. Independent scholar Stephen J. Goldfarb served as curator, researching Kirk's life and work extensively.

 

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Shoals Piecemakers Quilt Guild's Quilt Challenge '14 

 

Entries in the Shoals Piecemakers Quilt Guild's Quilt Challenge '14 will be on exhibit at Kennedy-Douglass Center for the Arts from November 12 through December 12. This year's exhibit marks the 26th year of the Challenge.

 

WINNERS OF THE QUILT CHALLENGE 2014...

 

Best of Show, Best Use of Embellishments  and Best Machine Quilted  - Mary Todd - "The Feast"

 

 

Best Hand Applique and Best Hand Quilted  -  Angie MacMullin  - "Motherhood"

 

Best Machine Applique  -  Valeta Carr -  "Sunglasses Required"

 

Best Use of Color  -  Linda Kocizek  - "My Own Bohemian Rhapsody"

 

Best Use of Theme  -  Karen Risner - "Traditional Meets Art"

 

Most Creative - Susan Manno - "The Posey Poacher"

 

NOTICE

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)

 

 

PET ADOPTION

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

"THE CLUB"

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 angles to the BEGINNING SQUARE DANCE CLASS (10 weeks) starting Friday, January 2, 2015, from 8:00 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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