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In This Issue

October 1, 2015
Message from Mayor Haddock
Historic Downtown Florence 
5:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.  
Join friends, family or co-workers to experience the wonderfully festive atmosphere of First Fridays in Downtown Florence! On the first Friday of each month from March through December, Historic Downtown Florence comes alive with art, music, shopping and entertainment for the whole family! Enjoy the sightsand sounds around every corner - dine in one of our fine restaurants - shop at our galleries and stores - or take a leisurely stroll to enjoy one-of-a-kind arts and the finest live music around!

Our UNA Lions play Valdosta State in Valdosta, Georgia
 on Saturday, October 3, 6:00 p.m.



Our Florence High School Falcons play Austin High School
in Decatur, at 7:00 p.m., on Friday, October 2

Congratulations and Best Wishes to
Ms. Barbara Kimberlin Broach
on her Retirement!
Barbara was the founding director of the City's Arts and Museums Department where she served for almost 40 years creating and developing the art activities and museums for the community.  We have so much to offer our visitors and our citizens and we appreciate very much her dedicated and faithful service.
Pictured with her are staff members:  Mary Nicely, Libby Jordan, and Faye Vines.



Symphony Announces New Season

The Shoals Symphony at UNA 2015-2016 season premieres on Thursday, October 1, at 
7:30 p.m. in the Guillot University Center Ballroom, with "Tales from Vienna." Season 
tickets, as well as individual concert tickets, may be purchased on the Symphony's new 
website at



The NW Alabama Friends of NRA is a nationally recognized charity (501-c-3) and foundation that supports worthy groups and organizations such as the Boy Scouts, 4H, ROTC, etc., within the State of Alabama to include youth safety programs (Eddy Eagle), Women's Training (Refuse to be a victim classes), Range Safety Improvements, Law Enforcement Equipment Support, and many other important functions that promote the shooting sports, safety and personal development. The Friends Foundation is insulated from the National Organization (NRA), and, therefore, maintains a totally unique set of objectives as well as total separation of funds which are sourced individually. Our Friends Charity is void of any political or legislative agenda to include overt promotion of candidate endorsement.

Paddles up, Shoals! The Dragons are returning to the Tennessee River on Saturday, October 3, for the 3rd annual Shoals Dragon Boat Festival. This fun, family-friendly event, sponsored by Kilby Laboratory School, is the only event of its kind in the Shoals. Last year 31 boats raced on the Tennessee River, and more than 5,000 people attended the Festival held at McFarland Park. This year's event promises to be bigger and better than ever!
This is an exciting, team-building event. Co-workers, church groups, school clubs, Greek organizations, athletic teams, friends, family and neighbors all make great dragon boat race teams. 
Don't miss the boat! Visit to find out more and sign up today!


P.O. BOX 431
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 1... Tickets for the annual Renaissance Feast go on sale ($25.00 each, limited to 200 tickets) at Kennedy-Douglass Center for the Arts, 217 East Tuscaloosa Street, Florence, phone 256-760-6379
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 4, 2:00 P.M... Presentation at the Florence-Lauderdale Public Library: "Modern Tudors: Understanding Historical Figures Through Modern Media" by Dr. Jeffrey Bibbee, Professor of History, University of North Alabama; FREE ADMISSION
MONDAY, OCTOBER 5, 4:00 P.M... Deadline for submission of entries in the annual Renaissance Art Contest (grades K-4), deliver to the Florence City Schools PD/Technology Center, 541 Riverview Drive, Florence
MONDAY, OCTOBER 5, 4:00 P.M... Deadline for submission of entries in the annual Sonnet-Writing Contest (grades 7-12), deliver to the Florence City Schools PD/Technology Center, 541 Riverview Drive, Florence
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 10, 9:00 A.M. - 2:00 P.M... Costume-Making Workshop in the rear yard at Kennedy-Douglass Center for the Arts, 217 East Tuscaloosa Street, Florence: bring 3 yards of fabric at least 54" wide and take away a simple Renaissance costume... FREE
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 11, 2:00 P.M... Presentation at the Florence-Lauderdale Public Library: "Page to Stage: Theatrical Companies in Renaissance England" by Dr. Brenna Wardell, Assistant Professor of English, University of North Alabama; FREE ADMISSION
MONDAY, OCTOBER 12, 4:00 P.M... Deadline for submission of names of school winners in the chess tournament (grades K-12), send names and grade levels to:

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 17, 7:00 P.M... The annual Renaissance Feast, Florence-Lauderdale Coliseum, Veterans Drive, Florence... ticketed event
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 18, 2:00 P.M... Jousting on horseback, Bluewater Polo Club, Highway 72 East, FREE ADMISSION
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 18, 2:00 P.M... Presentation at the Florence-Lauderdale Public Library: "English Archery" by Dr. George Makowski, Associate Professor of History, University of North Alabama; FREE ADMISSION
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 24, 10:00 A.M... Exhibit entitled "Harry Potter's World: Renaissance Science, Magic and Medicine" opens for its run at the Florence-Lauderdale Public Library
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 24, 10:00 A.M. TO 6:00 P.M... ALABAMA RENAISSANCE FAIRE! In Wilson Park, Downtown Florence; FREE ADMISSION!



Bentley Chevrolet has come together with the American Cancer Society to host a Making Strides Day in Florence, Alabama. 
This momentous event will help to raise awareness about breast cancer and further the hope of finding a cure. It will
both celebrate the survivors while also honoring the fallen. Anyone who has been touched by breast cancer is encouraged
to come out and support the runners and walkers. There will be a bouncy slide for kids, face-painting,
photo opportunities, and more!  Please go to our Facebook page for more information.
Join us in our fight against breast cancer! THIS IS OUR FIGHT SONG!
Contact information:
Ben Tucker
256-764-4551 (W)
256-603-1234 (C)





Shoals Community Theatre
123 North Seminary Street
Florence, AL

 Purchase Tickets Here 

Performance Dates and Times
Thursday, October 22 at 7:00pm 
Friday, October 23 at 7:00pm 
Saturday, October 24 at 7:00pm 
Sunday, October 25 at 2:00pm 
This show tells the story of Emily, a young girl with a big problem! There is a monster in her closet! Emily and her friend Stephanie gather some of their friends to try to help capture the monster. Murray, the monster, only wants to play Emily's new video game! He is too scared of kids to even try to frighten them! Murray's boss, the Dream King, has put Murray on probation. Every monster knows when a child is born, a monster is assigned to watch over him or her, not play with toys! What will happen when Emily has all of her friends over for a sleepover to try to catch Murray?
Half Minute Horror & aMuse presents "Spookeasy"
Saturday, October 24th, 7:00pm
Southall - Moore House
Saturday, October 24th
4pm - 8pm
Historic Downtown Florence 
Trick or Treating with downtown businesses 
Live Music on Mobile Street
FREE Children's activities provided by over 30 local non-profits
Costume Contest for all Ages!!
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All-Starz Dance Academy will present two showings of the annual Dance Spooktacular featuring girls ages 2-18 years of age.
Dances will feature all types of Halloween themes ranging from the cute to spooky to the absurd.  
Saturday, October 31st
Shoals Community Theatre
1:00 pm - 2:30 pm and 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm










New Office Location for:
205 S. Seminary Street





285 Cox Creek Parkway



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 Kennedy-Douglass monthly brown bag lunch meeting will be Friday, October 9, from
11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m., at the Kennedy-Douglass Center for the Arts, 217 E. Tuscaloosa Street.
Beverages and a variety of desserts will be provided.  At Noon, our speaker will be Bill Norvell,
Florence author, who will discuss his new book, "Inspiration from any town USA."
The public is invited to attend.
For questions, please call 256-760-6379


Art Expressions, an exhibition of works by members of the Shoals Artists Guild, will be on display at Kennedy-Douglass Center for the Arts in Florence from October 1 through 29.   The exhibit will also be open the weekend of the Alabama Renaissance Faire, October 24 and 25, 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 the meetings to sketch or paint. The Guild maintains a permanent gallery of original paintings and prints at the arts center and displays work at several other area locations. New members are always welcome.
1st place: Sue Kirkpatrick
2nd place: Ginnie Higginbotham
3rd place: Doris Ingle
Merit: Carol Howdyshell
Merit: Carol Howdyshell
Merit: Mary Linville
Honorable Mention: Ann McCutchen
Honorable Mention: Richard Smith
Honorable Mention: Ginnie Higginbotham



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!

Florence Parks & Recreation Department


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


Line Dance Class:  Florence Parks and Recreation Department is taking registration for Line Dance Class at the Broadway Recreation Center. Fee is $25 for the 5 week session and meets on Tuesday nights beginning September 15, 7:00-8:00 p.m. Preregister by calling Broadway Recreation Center at 256-760-6418. 

Youth Running Club:  Florence Parks and Recreation Department is taking registration for the Florence Road Runners at Broadway Recreation Center. Coach Dylan Sharp will train youth ages 9-14 to run a 5k. Fee is $25 for 7 weeks and meets on Tuesday and Thursday after school at 3:30 starting September 15. Preregister by calling Broadway Recreation Center at 256-760-6418.


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***
2015 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

The annual
2015 BOOMERS & SENIORS FISHING DAYS /Geezers and Grandkids!! At Deibert Park will be on the following Thursdays, April 23, July 23, September 24, and October 22, 2015. Catch and Keep. 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.



Have a great weekend!

Mayor Mickey Haddock


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