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April 10, 2014
 
 

CONGRATULATIONS!!

 

Jeff Carter and Karen Hill

Co-owners of Smokin' on the Boulevard.

They are the State Champs of the 2014 Alabama BBQ Championship sponsored by the Alabama Department of Tourism.

 

and  

 

Kay Parker, Healing Place Co-founder and Winner of the National Champions of Care Award sponsored by Health Mart Pharmacies.  She received $30K for the Healing Place.

 

MANY THANKS TO...

 

Tom and Greg Sibley of T&G Auto Sales for donating a 2004 Chevy Venture Van to the Florence-Lauderdale Animal Shelter!  This much needed vehicle will be used to transport animals to and from vet clinics and also for transporting animals to rescues around the country. The timing is perfect because summer is right around the corner and we desperately were in need of a climate controlled vehicle.  Pictured are:  Vinny Grosso, Animal Shelter Supervisor; Greg Sibley, T&G Auto Sales; Officer Melissa Beasley; Mayor Haddock; Chief Ron Tyler (back row); and friends of the Animal Shelter.

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NATIONAL SERVICE RECOGNITION DAY

  

April 1 was NATIONAL SERVICE RECOGNITION DAY.  Mayor Haddock, along with Council members Andy Betterton and Dave Smith, attended a reception at Harlan School sponsored by the Foster Grandparents Program.  They recognized and extended appreciation to the many volunteers of the Foster Grandparents organization as well as to the hundreds of other volunteers and workers in the public and private sector who give of themselves each day to strengthen our community through food banks, homeless shelters, building homes, manager community volunteers, health services, and tutoring and mentoring students.  Please show your appreciation to these individuals for their much needed services! 


 
 
 
 
 
TAKE A WALK ON THE 
HISTORIC SIDE OF FLORENCE THIS SPRING

 

 

Local residents will have an opportunity to "Take a Walk on the Historic Side" by participating in the annual Walking Tours of Historic Florence now through May 3.

 

Florence/Lauderdale Tourism hosts the walking tours as a way to promote our historic sites, neighborhoods and unique architecture.  A tour of a different historic location will be featured each Saturday and will be guided by local historians.  The tours begin at 10:00 a.m., are free to the public and will last approximately one to one and a half hours.   

 

April 12 - North Court & Seminary Streets

April 19 - Historic University of North Alabama Campus

April 26 - Walnut Street Historic District

May 3 - Florence City Cemetery

 

For more information call:

Florence/Lauderdale Tourism at 256-740-4141

1-888-FLO-TOUR

or visit www.VisitFlorenceAL.com 

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On Saturday, April 12, the second annual "Danny Killen Memorial Walk / Run To Emmaus" will be held at First United Methodist Church in Tuscumbia, Alabama. This event is a 5K / 1 Mile Fun Run and all proceeds are going to support one of Danny's favorite places, Camp Sumatanga. Danny spent many wonderful hours at this 1700-acre mountain retreat facility participating in many outings and retreats but most often he was there supporting the "Walk to Emmaus", a 72 Hour spiritual weekend experience designed to develop Christian leaders and disciples.

 

Camp Sumatanga is in need of financial assistance and so, in memory of Danny, this event has been planned to aid in their support and there are a number of ways that you can help:

 

Please help us make the "Danny Killen Memorial Walk / Run to Emmaus" a huge success. If you would like more information on Camp Sumatanga, please visit www.sumatanga.org. Please contact Megan Smith and Melissa Parks at DannyKillenRun@yahoo.com or at 256-810-7689 with all questions.

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VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

JOHN COFFEE CEMETERY CLEAN-UP DAY

SATURDAY, APRIL 12

 

 The Florence Historical Board and others have planned a cemetery clean-up day at the John Coffee Cemetery on Saturday, April 12, from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 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.

 

 

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The 11TH ANNUAL SALVATION ARMY WOMEN'S AUXILIARY EMPTY BOWLS LUNCHEON (with Silent Auction) takes place Wednesday, April 16, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Marriott Shoals Conference Center. Shuttle buses will take you from your car to the door. Overflow parking is at Veterans Park.

 

Tickets are $15 and may be purchased from:

 

*The Salvation Army Headquarters, 1601 Huntsville Road

*Auxiliary members

*Mopps Salon, 214 Ana Drive

*China Doll Salon, 1619 Darby Drive

*Grilling Room, 803 Hermitage Drive

*Trinity Ceramic Supply Inc., 3107 Northington Court

 

The Salvation Army phone number is 256-764-4432.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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COMMUNITY CLINIC OFFERS

WOMEN'S HEALTH FAIR

 

APRIL 14 & 16

 

Breast cancer is the most common cancer among adult women, and the second leading cause of death from cancer among women.  Screening can find cancer at an early stage, when treatment is most effective and successful.  With that in mind, the Shoals Community Clinic, in partnership with the UNA College of Nursing and Allied Health, ECM East Mammography, and Florence Pathology Services, will be hosting the annual Catherine Barnes Women's Health Fair on April 14 and 16 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the clinic at 309-B Handy Homes in Florence.

 

The fair will offer free cervical and breast exams and free mammograms, with some restrictions, for women ages 40-64 who do not have health insurance or a primary health care provider.  This is a part of the clinic's Well Woman Project, and is supported by the Alabama Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program.  This program is part of a nation-wide initiative launched by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) which has offered over 9 million cancer screenings and provided follow-up treatment to over 200,000 women.  This program has benefited thousands of women in the state who would not have had these crucial screenings otherwise.  Because of this program, hundreds of lives of women in Alabama are saved each year.

 

The Catherine Barnes Women's Health Fair is named after one the clinic's founding officers and first directors, Catherine Semmes Barnes, who passed away in 2010.  Mrs. Barnes was an inspiration particularly to women fighting, and often winning, their battles against breast and cervical cancer.  Among her causes, Mrs. Barnes was an advocate for women's health and was a supporter of early detection programs.

 

For more information or to set up an appointment for the health fair, call the Shoals Community Clinic at (256) 760-4713 or email bomccay@gmail.com

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PRESS RELEASE:

 

May Days

brings together the best Florence has to offer

www.florencemaydays.com

 

 

FLORENCE, ALABAMA - From art festivals to storytellers to graduations and concerts, the month of May in Florence is absolutely packed with events. Add a wedding or family reunion, and it's likely there's not a free weekend left.

 

"We looked at this and realized Florence has so much to offer those in town as those who might be looking for a weekend get-away," said May Days Committee Chairman Jackie Hendrix. "May Days is something that brings it all together."

 

Hendrix conceptualized May Days in 2013 and brought together a group of Florence residents as part of a volunteer committee to launch the idea for 2014.  Click here for the full Press Release -HERE!

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Kids Fest Idol Preliminary Round

will be held on

Saturday, April 12 and April 19

2:00 - 5:00 p.m.

at Royal Avenue Recreation Center

 

Two Divisions

Junior Division - Ages 6-10

Senior Division - Ages 11-16

 

Registration Fee is only $5

For more information and to register, please call (256) 718-5088

 

Each contestant will be asked to sing one song and must have track music (Karaoke Music), sing a cappella, or sing with an acoustic musical instrument.  The contestants who are chosen in the preliminary round will move onto the finals at the Kids Fest Idol on May 3rd at Cox Creek Park from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. 

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CAMP SMILE-A-MILE  

 
                                            

The 6TH ANNUAL JEFF DROPO RUN 4 KIDS benefitting CAMP SMILE-A-MILE will be
SaturdayMay 10. This is a 5K Run at 8:00 a.m. and a 1M Walk at 9:15 a.m. at Florence High School, 1201 Bradshaw Drive. Camp Smile-A-Mile is a year round program for children with cancer and provides challenging, unforgettable recreational and educational experiences for young cancer patients, their families, and young adult survivors from all over Alabama at no cost. Contact:   Kathie Pendergrass
(256) 710-9806, or  Jeff.Dropo.Run.For.Kids@gmail.com for information about the run. For Camp information visit http://jeffdroporun4kids.org and www.campsam.org.  

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  THE FLORENCE EXCHANGE CLUB

 JOINS

CHILD ABUSE PREVENTION MONTH

 WITH

"Believe in the Blue" Campaign

 

 

 

The month of April is CHILD ABUSE PREVENTION MONTH. To bring awareness, the Florence Exchange Club is asking its members and all others to wear BLUE each MONDAY during the month of April.  Please join the Exchange in this public awareness campaign to promote strong healthy families through positive parenting.  

 

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"Bubbles of Love"

Friday, April 25 at Noon

Parental Alienation Awareness Day

Sponsored by Alabama Family Rights Association

April is Child Abuse Prevention and Awareness Month; a time to emphasize that our children are innocent and deserve the leadership of the adults (parents, leaders, community) around them to ensure their health, wellness and safety.  Parental Alienation Prevention Week / Awareness Day is April 13-19, 2014.  This is an important community campaign that links "Parental Alienation" with "Child Abuse" because after all, it is one form of mental child abuse that children suffer.

 

Show your support for children by taking 10 minutes out of your day

at noon on April 25th to blow bubbles for love.

 

 

Parental Alienation Awareness Day April 25th
Parental Alienation Awareness Day April 25th

Children should be encouraged to freely love each of their two parents

regardless of their parents' marital status

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Florence Foodies dines at FloBama Music Hall April 15

 

Known as one of the best music venues in Downtown, we are visiting FloBama Music Hall once again for their skill in the kitchen. Lift your fork and knives and get ready to chow down with FloBama at their rustic whiskey barrel tables. They are creating a 4 course hidden menu for the meat lovers of Florence to taste.

 

Last year owner and cook, Drew, made a beef brisket which was slow-cooked for 24 hours served with sourdough bread open faced and cucumber-tomato salad. The meat just flew apart in your mouth and left you wanting more. If you think the beef brisket sounds amazing, then you really would have loved their homemade chocolate cobbler.

 

Guest speaker to be announced. Tickets: $30 per person

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See complete details at:

(Click Here)

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Alabama Preservation Conference to

Host Documentary Muscle Shoals

 

The 2014 Alabama Preservation Conference will host A Night at the Movies, on Friday evening, April 25, 9:00 p.m., at the Communications Building - Room 131, on campus of the University of North Alabama, Pine Street. The documentary "Muscle Shoals" will be screened and will include a Q&A session with David Hood, an original member of the famed Swampers.

 

"The theme of this year's conference is Preserving Alabama: Finding Your History Rhythm. What better way to examine the history of the Shoals area than to look at the role the music industry has played in the tradition and development of this area," stated Bo Osborn, a member of the Alabama Trust For Historic Preservation board of directors and this year's conference co-chair. "We are so pleased to be able to offer this documentary to attendees and to the community."

 

The film screening is open to the public and admission is free of charge. A Night at the Movies is sponsored by the Muscle Shoals National Heritage Area and the University of North Alabama.

 

The 2014 Alabama Preservation Conference will be held from April 24 through 26 in the Shoals Area. The conference is presented by the Alabama Historic Commission, Alabama Trust for Historic Preservation and the Black Heritage Council of Alabama. Conference registration is open to the public.

 

For additional information and a registration form, please visit http://www.alabamatrust.info.

  

 

ATTENTION TEACHERS

 

Preservation Conference to Feature

American College of the Building Arts Founder

 

The 2014 Alabama Preservation Conference will host guest speaker John Paul Huguley, founder of the renowned American College of the Building Arts located in Charleston, South Carolina, during the Saturday, April 26 track "The Building Arts and Developing Curricula for Your School."  Huguley, a native of Gadsden, will discuss the importance of historic preservation, the fostering of the building trades, and how to ensure craftsmen are trained in today's world. 

 

Huguley will be joined by Dr. Janet Womack superintendent of the Florence City School System.  Dr. Womack will discuss the innovative program that the Florence City School System is developing to encourage the arts, preservation, and the building trades. 

 

TEACHERS of the Florence City School System will receive free admission to the Saturday track and teachers outside the Florence system may attend for the discounted admission of $20.   Continuing education units will also be awarded to all teachers attending.

 

The 2104 Alabama Preservation Conference will be held at the Florence City School System's

Technology and Professional Development Center, 541 Riverview Drive.  The Saturday Track begins at 9:00 a.m. and concludes at 11:30 a.m.   "The Building Arts and Developing Curricula for Your School" is sponsored by Bank Independent and the Florence City School System.  

 

The 2014 Alabama Preservation Conference is presented by the Alabama Historical Commission, Alabama Trust for Historic Preservation, and the Black Heritage Council of Alabama.  For a conference schedule and registration form please visit http:/alabamatrust.info.

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"PRESCRIPTION PILL TAKE BACK"

 

The Lauderdale County Drug Task Force and CVS Pharmacies will be hosting again the collection of outdated and unused medicine on Saturday, April 26,from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., in the CVS Parking Lots and the upper parking lot of the Florence Police Department.  You can bring all of your old, outdated, or unused prescription medicines and drop them off for proper disposal.

  

Fantastic Friday Fun Raiser

Friday, April 18

Florence Parks & Recreation Department

The Club

"where boomers and seniors come together as one"

450 Country Club Road          Florence, AL 35633           256-760-6420

 

This Is A Family Friendly Event

Raise Some Fun With Us and

The NuTones

 Humana Penny Auction  2:00-3:00 PM
        NuTones  4:00-6:00 PM
     Meal  3:00-5:00 PM

 Fun, Fellowship, Dance, Games, Horseshoes

The Bonnet Café

Elegant Country Cooking

Lexington, AL will be catering the meal!!

Meatloaf or Chicken & Dressing

  with green beans, mashed potatoes, bread, dessert & tea.

$10/per plate

Please try to get your tickets by

Thursday, the 16th, at The Club.

 

 

 

The proceeds will benefit THE MASTERS GAMES.

For more information call The Club: 256-760-6420

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EVENTS PLANNED TO CELEBRATE 'MUSCLE SHOALS' DOCUMENTARY TELEVISION DEBUT

 

The "Muscle Shoals" documentary will makes its debut on National Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) and Alabama Public Television (APT) on Monday, April 21 at 8:00 p.m.  On Thursday, April 24, footage from the Alabama Music Hall of Fame induction banquet will air on APT at 7:00 p.m. and will be followed by another showing of the documentary.

 

In honor of the TV debut, all four local mayors have proclaimed April 21-26 as "Muscle Shoals Music Week."

 

On Tuesday, April 15, State Tourism Director Lee Sentell will visit the Shoals for a special presentation honoring Rick Hall and the Swampers at the Alabama Music Hall of Fame. A 28-foot banner depicting the group will be unfurled in front of the Hall of Fame building at 10:00 a.m.  On Wednesday, April 16, Hall and the Swampers will be guests on the Rick and Bubba Show at 9:00 a.m.

 

On Saturday, April 19, Judy Hood, the wife of Swamper bassist David Hood, will host a Swampette music tour that includes stops at FAME Studios and 3614 Jackson Highway. The four-hour tour begins at 9:00 a.m. at Swampers in the Marriott Shoals Hotel and Spa and will end at AMHOF where inductee Spooner Oldham will be honored with a star unveiling at the museum at 11:00 a.m.  Tickets are available for $35.

 

The documentary along with AMHOF banquet footage will also air on APT on the following dates:  (Times are subject to change. Check local listings.)

 

Saturday April 26

8:00 p.m., AMHOF Banquet

9:00 p.m., Muscle Shoals Documentary

 

Sunday, April 27

4:00 p.m., Muscle Shoals Documentary

6:00 p.m., AMHOF Banquet

 

APT will air the documentary without the AMHOF banquet footage on the following dates:

 

Wednesday, April 23 - 3:00 p.m., 6:00 p.m., and 11:00 p.m.

 

Thursday, April 24 - 7:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.

 

Saturday, April 26 - 11:00 a.m. and 9:00 p.m.

 

Sunday, April 27 - 2:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.

 

For more information about the events or to sign up for the Swampette tour, call Florence/Lauderdale Tourism at 256-740-4141 or go to www.visitflorenceal.com

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Ladies Golf Clinic

 

Monday - Thursday

April 21 - 24

5:00-6:00 p.m.

Blackberry Trail Golf Course

$65.00

 

For more Details call the

Golf Shop - (256) 740-8825

 

                                            

 

F.A.S.T.

Florence Alabama Swim Team

Registration 

  

April 1 - May 2

Ages 6 - 18

Register online @ florenceal.org

Go to Parks and Recreation and click

On the GREEN REGISTER button twice

Registration Fee is $35.00

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The Lauderdale County Extension Agency

is highlighting three events for the area.

 

 

Are you using SOCIAL MEDIA to market your products?  Are you using Social Media to engage your customers and prospects?  Do you think Facebook and Twitter are just for young folks?  If you aren't using Social Media how much business are you missing?  If you are ready to join the computer age and engage your clients and potential clients then you should attend this Social Media workshop.  More information HERE.

 

Introductory FARMING ACCOUNTING CLASSES for farms, ranches and other agri-businesses and small businesses. There will be three different types of record-keeping classes taught. There is a $5 fee for each class payable at the door. Pre-registration is required due to a limit of 10 students per class.  More Information HERE.

 

ESTATE PLANNING series on Thursday morning's beginning in April.  The series will begin on Thursday April 10th and continue on Thursday's through May 8th. The program will be from 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.  There is a $10 charge for the five week program.  More Information HERE.

 

Lauderdale County Extension Coordinator

 802 Veterans Drive, Florence, AL 35630, 256-766- 4846

 

See these at:

www.aces.edu,

Lauderdale County Facebook

Lauderdale County Extension, Pinterest

@wisselc, Twitter

 

 

 

 

The Grapes of Wrath...

 

a 75th anniversary celebration of 

John Steinbeck's Classic American Novel

 

The Florence-Lauderdale Public Library, 350 North Wood Avenue, is featuring an exhibit and programming series during the month of April exploring the literary, historical, and cultural significance of this great novel.  Visit their website at http://www.flpl.org/steinbeck for more details.  

 

 
 


 

NEW & EXISTING BUSINESSES 

 

    

UPCOMING RIBBON CUTTINGS/OPENINGS:

  • Ribbon Cutting, Monday, April 14 - VALLEY CREDIT UNION, 304 South Pine Street 
  • Ribbon Cutting, Friday, April 25, Noon  - BRYANT COUNSELING, 118 East Mobile Street -- Suite 20
  • Opening in April - JIMMY JOHN'S, 101 North Court Street.  They serve gourmet sandwiches.  Franchise Owner:  Jerry Welch/General Manager:  Jeff Welch
  • Ribbon Cutting, May 2, Noon - STUDIO M, 112 North Court Street
  • Coming in May - COURT STREET MARKET, INDOOR FARMERS MARKET, 218 N. Court Street.  They will be bringing local and organic farmers, ranchers, bakers, cheese shop, and variety of food artisans to Downtown Florence.  Owners:  Carmen and Kai-Uwe Erdmann
  • Opening in June - CHARLOTTE RUSSE, Florence Mall.  They carry trendy clothes, shoes, denim, accessories and more
  • Opening Soon - SOUTHERN VAPE, 3677 Cloverdale Road.  They carry e-cigarettes and accessories.  Owner:  Christy Boyd
  • Opening Soon - LIMESTONE MANOR BED & BREAKFAST (formerly Limestone Inn) at 601 N. Wood Avenue.  Owners:  Billy and Betty Maloney
  • Opening Soon - MOMMA JEAN'S RESTAURANT at their third location, 3609 Cloverdale Road (formerly The Ranch House and Country Boys)
  • Opening Soon - TETELA MEXICAN RESTAURANT at 2908 Florence Boulevard (formerly Fat Boys Grille location)

 

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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.

 

Artistic Renderings of Youth

 

The Artistic Renderings of Youth exhibit opened March 4 and runs through April 11 at Kennedy-Douglass Center for the Arts.  Celebrating its 23rd year in existence, this exhibit has developed into an outstanding showcase of youth art.  It is a juried exhibit of art work open to 7th through 12th grade students from Colbert, Franklin, 

and Lauderdale counties.

 

Shown here is the Best of 9th and 10th grade division by Stephanie White, a 10th grade student at Florence High School.

 

March is nationally recognized as Youth Art Month.  This exhibit provides an opportunity for the community to discover the young artistic talent in our area.  The competition is coordinated by a group of junior high and high school art teachers to give students a chance to exhibit their art work and receive recognition for their talent.  Last year over 350 pieces representing 14 different schools were accepted and exhibited.  Ribbons are awarded in three grade divisions.

 

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Works by James D. Brantley will be on exhibit at Kennedy-Douglass Center for the Arts from April 4 through May 8.  The exhibition will include works in oil, watercolor, graphite, pastel and egg tempera by this artist from Opelika, Alabama. Shown here is an oil painting called "Cades Cove."

 

"Although I have been to other countries," Brantley said, "and all across America, my favorite place to be is here in the South.  My paintings are of people, places and things that I have encountered on life's journey."

 

Brantley is a member of the American Watercolor Society, National Watercolor Society, Southern Watercolor Society, and the Watercolor Society of Alabama.  He has won numerous awards including the Award of Excellence in the 2013 Watercolor Society of Alabama 72nd Annual National Exhibition.  Brantley has been featured in
American Artist, The Art of Aquarelle and Best of Worldwide Water-Media and has written articles published in The Artist's Magazine and Inksmith. 
 
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Dolores Hydock, a member of the Alabama Humanities Foundation's Road Scholars Speakers Bureau, will present a slide show and program titled Every Picture Tells a Story: The Storytelling of Norman Rockwell on Thursday, May 1, at 12:00 p.m., at the Kennedy-Douglass Center for the Arts.  The presentation is free and open to the public. Bring a sack lunch and spend your lunch hour viewing examples of Rockwell's paintings and hearing surprising stories from his life and career.

Hydock's presentation will give a behind-the-scenes look at how Rockwell created his small-town American scenes that appeared on the covers of The Saturday Evening Post for more than four decades and in Look magazine.  Using slide images of his sketc hes, models, paintings in progress, and finished work, this program follows the step-by-step creative process he used in becoming "America's painter" and a storyteller on canvas.

 

Dolores Hydock is an actress, speaker and storyteller.  She has been featured at conferences, concerts and special events throughout the United States including the U.N.A. Front Porch Storytelling Festival here in Florence.  She completed her studies in American Folklore at Yale University and has a Master of Arts in Story Arts/Communications from East Tennessee State University.  She has taught acting and storytelling at Birmingham-Southern College and has been the Teller-in-Residence at the International Storytelling Center in Jonesborough, Tennessee.

 

The purpose of the Alabama Humanities Foundation is to create and foster opportunities to explore human values and meanings through the humanities.  AHF is a nonprofit organization funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities (of which AHF is the state affiliate), as well as by corporate and individual donors.  AHF conducts its own statewide programs, such as the Road Scholars Speakers Bureau, SUPER teacher institutes and SUPER Emerging Scholars for students, and awards grants, on a competitive basis, to nonprofit organizations for humanities projects.  For more information on AHF and its programs, please visit alabamahumanities.org or call 205-558-3980.   
 
 
 

 

The UNA Center for Professional Selling will host the

Sales Education Scholarship Golf Outing

Friday,April 25

at the

Blackberry Trail Golf Course

Florence, Alabama

 

Sponsorship opportunities and player registration

information available by contacting the

UNA Center for Professional Selling at 256-765-5240 or

via e-mail at unasalescenter@una.edu

$400 per 4-person team or $100 per person

 

Registration deadline is Friday, April 4, 2014 
 

NEW PET LICENSING ORDINANCE

The City Council adopted a new pet license ordinance on November 5 for certain dogs and cats.  The ordinance will be enforced starting May 1, 2014.

Click Here for more information.

 

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 9:00 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!

 

See them on Facebook at

https://www.facebook.com/florencelauderdaleanimalshelter

or 

  https://www.facebook.com/HeartofAlabamaSaveRescueAdopt

and webpage at http://www.heartofalabamasra.com/

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PARKS & RECREATION DEPARTMENT

 

SENIOR CITIZEN CENTER

"THE CLUB"

450 Country Club Drive

(Savannah Highway/Hwy. 20)

Florence - 256-760-6420

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

 

The District 1 Master Games will be June 17, 18, and 19.  Hosted at The Club, Savannah Highway, and at the Billiards Room, Fairgrounds Road and Royal Avenue.  New participants are always welcome!  Requirement:  50+ years old.  Games include Sitting Frisbee Toss, Sitting Nerf Ball Toss, Softball Throw, Basketball Free Throw, Shuffleboard, Checkers, Dominoes Singles/Doubles, Billiards, Horseshoes, Swimming, Golf, Tennis, Table Tennis, Bowling, and a 5K walk/run.

 

MASTERS GAMES PRACTICE will be each Monday and Friday mornings, 9:30 - 10:30 a.m., at The Club.  On Thursday, 12:00 to 2:00 p.m., Shuffleboard and Baseball Free Throw practice will be at Broadway Recreation Center. 

 

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 2) must sign in and be seated by 10:30 a.m.

 

BOOMER'S & SENIOR'S SATURDAY NIGHT DANCE & GAMES at The Club, 6:30 to 9:00 p.m., each week 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, Dominoes, Checkers or the games you bring with you.  Feel free to bring light refreshments.  For more information please call The Club at 256-760-6420, Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

 

BOOMER'S & SENIOR'S DANCE, each TUESDAY NIGHT, continues to bring great people together to dance the night away.  Hours 6:30 to 9:00 p.m.  Singles and couples are welcome.  18+ years old.  $5 per person.  Please join us for a great night of dancing fun with The Browns.

 

BEGINNING SQUARE DANCE LESSONS (10 weeks) starts Friday, March 28, 6:30 - 9:00 p.m.  Singles, Couples, Families welcome.  All ages.  $5 each week.  Our international Caller is Chuck Bermele.  There are no dancing skills required.  You will enhance your health and longevity with this well sought after dance opportunity.  Two left feet, OK.  NO partner, OK.  Dance with your friends, parents, co-workers.  For more information call Fran at The Club, 256-760-6420.

 

JOINTS IN MOTION CHAIR EXERCISE CLASS.  Come join the fun on Monday, Wednesday, Friday, 8:45 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.

 

BINGO follows the Joints in Motion Class on Wednesdays at 9:30 a.m.

 

BOARD GAMES, ROOK, CARD GAMES, DOMINOES and fun with friends each afternoon at The Club.  12:30 -5:00 p.m.  No fee.  We bring light snacks to share.

 

FANTASTIC FRIDAY AT THE CLUB will be from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m., each THIRD FRIDAY of the month until October.  Our meals will be catered from three different restaurant facilities.  Pop's BBQ (St. Florian) will have fish or chicken.  Dick Howell's (Florence) serving BBQ or quartered chicken.  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.  Regularly scheduled square dancing will follow Fantastic Friday each time.

 

APRIL'S FANTASTIC FRIDAY will be April 18

Humana Penny Auction, 2:00-4:00 p.m.

Meal catered by The Bonnet Café, 3:00-5:00 p.m.

(Pre-buy your meal by Thursday, April 17 if possible)

 Music by the NuTones, 4:00-6:00 p.m.

 

On FRIDAYS, the Seniors wear RED to show support for our service men and women.

 

FYI: Coming soon - AARP Tax Aid Counselors will be available at The Club where you can have your tax returns prepared.  Times to be arranged. 

 

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New   ONLINE Registration

Florence City Schools

 

Dear Parent / Guardian,

 

Florence City Schools is excited to announce an online student registration/data validatiosystefor the upcoming school year, powered by infosnap. The system is a secure and green process, which allows the district tverify all student demographic, emergency and medical informatiofoyour child(ren) prior to thstart of thnew schooyear.The systewill also alloyoto electronically sigthe annual permissioforms for school district policies.  In short, this onlinprocess replaces the hard copy student registration and permission forms thayou and your child(ren) complete each year.

 

Registration will begin March 31, 2014, and can be completed from home, office,

or any location where you have access to a internet enabled device.  You will visit www.florencek12.org to begin registration.  Our goal is to make registration convenient and simple for you and your family. 

 

Please visit www.florencek12.org for more information.

LEAF PICKUP

 

The regular schedule for leaf vacuuming has concluded for the 2013-2014 season. If you have loose leaves, they should be bagged so that the Curbside Collection crews can pick them up on the regular rotation of their routes. Thank you in advance for your cooperation.

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