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Alabama's Renaissance City


In This Issue
January 19, 2017
Message from Mayor Holt
(Photographed by Matt McKean, TimesDaily)
The new Indian Mound Museum opened this week.  We are very proud of the design and remarkable details that bring to life our rich Native American heritage and a great tribute to our earliest settlers. This  3,600 square foot state-of-the-art museum  is located adjacent to the Indian Mound at 1028 South Court Street.  Please take time to visit this fabulous facility! 
Pictured (L/R):  Councilmember Kaytrina Simmons, Todd Nix, Councilmember Blake Edwards, Councilmember Andy Betterton, Architect Calvin Durham, Christi Britton, Council President Dick Jordan, Mayor Steve Holt, City Archaeologist Charles Moore, Libby Jordan, Councilmember Michelle Eubanks.

The Museum will be open Tuesday thru Saturday 10 am - 4 pm.
Admission fee is charged--$5 for adults and $2 for students. 

For more information: (256) 760-6427


The City of Florence is proud to
recognize these Police Officers
for their meritorious service!


Police Chief Ron Tyler presented two lifesaving awards at the City Council Meeting on January 3, 2017.  Officers Robbie Howard and Justin Hill were responsible for saving a life on May 14, 2016, while responding to a structure fire.  Officer Howard, followed by Officer Hill, crawled into the residence to a bedroom and located the subject.  They carried the subject to the foyer where they were met by Firefighters who carried the victim outside.  We are very proud to recognize these fine officers and commend them on a job well done!  Because of their quick response and expertise, they made a difference in our community.
Officer Robbie Howard
Officer Justin Hill

Friends Bookstore Half-Price Sale
Florence-Lauderdale Public Library
350 North Wood Avenue
Friday, January 20 - Sunday, January 29

There's only one thing better than a good book on a cold day--a whole pile of good books that you got for cheap!  The Friends Bookstore is having a half-price sale January 20-29, so all books, movies, music, and magazines will be 50% off (the only items excluded from the sale are our handmade bookmarks).

All proceeds from the Friends Bookstore help the library offer more books, materials, services, and programs for the community. you can call the Bookstore at 256-764-6564,ext. 20
1:00 P.M.
The first Swampette tour in 2017 will feature a tour of the newly renovated 3614 Jackson Highway Studio. The tour of music heritage venues in the Shoals area, sponsored by Florence-Lauderdale Tourism, is set for January 21, at 1:00 p.m., leaving from the Visitor Center in McFarland Park in Florence. 
The tour is led by " Swampette" Judy Hood, the wife of bass player David Hood, one of the famous Swampers -- a group of session musicians who crafted the Muscle Shoals Sound. Traveling on a trolley bus called "The Trolley of Tunes," the tour will include visits to the Alabama Music Hall of Fame, FAME Studios and 3614 Jackson Highway, which was the home to Muscle Shoals Sound Studios. Refreshments will be served starting at 12:30 p.m.  Cost is $35 per person.
The historic 3614 Jackson Hwy - Muscle Shoals Sound music studio was opened in 1969 by the Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section - Jimmy Johnson, David Hood, Roger Hawkins and Barry Beckett. The Rolling Stones, the Staple Singers, Bob Seger, Leon Russell, Willie Nelson, Paul Simon, Boz Scaggs and Traffic recorded there just to name a few. The studio has been restored with a grant from Beats by Dr. Dre and includes vintage recording equipment. 
Seating is limited and seats fill fast, so reservations are recommended. Call the Tourism Office at 


Proceeds to benefit
Special Programming for Achievement Network (S.P.A.N.)

Where: Burrell-Slater, 610 West College Street

When: Saturday, January 21
7:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.

Tickets: $10 @ Burrell-Slater
Office Hours Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Call 256-246-2060 for more information





Faculty Recital: Dr. Whitney O'Neal, flute
Dr. Whitney O'Neal, flute, with guest artist Sarah Crocker, harp, will present a Faculty Recital on Sunday, January 22, at 2 p.m. in the Music Building Recital Hall. Faculty Recitals are free and open to the public. 



Solo Artist Finalists Recital
The Solo Artist Finalists Recital will take place on Tuesday, January 24, at 6 p.m. in Norton Auditorium. Participants in the recital have been selected by UNA music faculty to perform, and they will be judged by visiting judges. The winner of the competition will perform with the Shoals Symphony at UNA at the February 26 concert. Admission to the recital is free and open to the public. 


Concussion Seminar
Sunday, January 22, 2017
2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
First Christian Church
700 N Wood Ave. Florence, AL
North Alabama Bone & Joint Clinic, PC, will be presenting a Concussion Seminar at First Christian Church on January 22. Wes Richardson, Certified Athletic Trainer, will be speaking to the community about concussion awareness.

*Definition of concussion
*Identify the signs and symptoms of a concussion
*Discuss how concussions occur & what they are and are not
*Prevention of concussions
*Treatment options
*Discuss current issues related to concussion, such as state laws, guidelines, and protective sports equipment
*Question & Answer

This event is open to the public. Anyone wishing to learn more about concussion management may attend.

For more information, contact
Brittany McKelvey, Marketing/Media Specialist
256-718-3200 ext. 260



The Alabama Music Hall of Fame
Will Award the Bronze Star to
The Tuscaloosa Horns
Sunday, January 22, 2017, 1:30 p.m.
In the Walk of Fame Lobby of the AMHF




Registration is now underway for the 2017 Shoals Master Gardeners Class, which begins January 24. The 15-week course, which is sponsored by the Lauderdale County Extension Service, meets from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.,
  every Tuesday at the Extension office on Veterans Drive in Florence.
The cost for the program is $150, and includes a book,  materials and handouts. 

Anyone interested can register at the Extension office,  download an application
from,  or call 256-766-6223.
JOIN US for a FREE Workshop

ACE will offer two sessions of the same workshop:  9:30 am - 11:30 am and 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
ACE Application Training Workshop
January 25, 2017 | 9:30 am - 11:30 am  OR 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Location: Alabama Workforce Training Center
3500 6th Avenue, Birmingham, AL 35222 - 1st Floor Auditorium

This is an opportunity to learn about the 2017 ACE Application Process and Selection Criteria

In early January, 2017, ACE will launch the competitive application process to select its 2017 Class.
Any Alabama community with population of 2,000 to 18,000 is eligible to apply for consideration.
Mayors of AL communities meeting these population requirements will receive an informational letter
inviting their community to apply. Full details of the application process and the application will be
available in January on the ACE website.

The number of communities selected for the 2017 ACE Class will be based on available resources.

All completed applications should be submitted by Monday, March 6, 2017, on-line submission is preferred.
The application process is extremely competitive; to be considered, applications 
MUST be completed in its  entirety with ALL attachments included in .PDF format ONLY.

We invite Mayors and key representatives to JOIN US on January 25th to talk with ACE representatives and
learn all about the application process including an overview of the selection criteria used.

The application will consist of questions designed to determine a community's commitment
and capacity to support ACE. Information will be requested about:

Community Planning
Quality of Life
Leadership Development
Health Care
Economic Development
Historic Preservation

HOW TO REGISTER FOR THE FREE Application Training Workshop

(Workshop is FREE, however REGISTRATION is required as space is limited.)
Please note: Workshop Registration will be open through January 18th or until full capacity is reached.

TO REGISTER - Click on the link below:

Please direct all workshop questions to Martha Whitson:


Collier Library is excited to announce the speakers for our new Faculty Lecture Series. Make plans to join us each month as we feature a UNA faculty member discussing his/her research. Dr. Lesley Peterson will be our first speaker on Thursday, January 26!  The event is free and open to the public.


Please see or email for additional details.

Winter Workshop Information

The Healing Place will be conducting its annual Winter
Workshop on Friday, February 17, at Cross Point Church of Christ,
located at 1350 Cox Creek Pkwy., Florence, Alabama.
Lunch will not be provided.

Registration will begin at 7:00 a.m. and the
Workshop will be conducted from 
8:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.

The workshop is for counselors, social workers, and others in the community
that deal with grief related issues. An assortment of topics will be presented
including: an overview of equine assisted psychotherapy, mindfulness,
depression and grief, compassion fatigue, and couples counseling.
Counselors can receive 6 CE hours and Social Workers can receive 6 Contact Hours.

Workshop Registration
The cost of the workshop is $65 for those who pre-register by February 10th.
However, the cost is $70 for those who register after February 10th. The cost
for students is $35. For groups of 5 or more, a special group rate is offered.

For more information about this workshop and to register, please visit
or call The Healing Place at 256-383-7133.
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.

Marge Luttrell: Orders from the Invisible
Kennedy-Douglass Center for the Arts is pleased to present works by Marge Luttrell
January 11  through January 27. Marge Luttrell has been a mixed media artist and educator for over thirty years. Marge has worked in en-caustic as her medium of choice for eight years, and has excelled in spreading the gospel of the medium. Her new body of work,  Orders from the Invisible, is a series of en-caustic paintings that explore the creation stories and constellation myths that are passed down to us.
Luttrell will instruct an en-caustic class at Kennedy-Douglass Art Center the weekend of
January 28 and 29 (class is full). Please join us at the art center for her gallery talk the final evening  of
the show,  Friday, January 27, at 6 p.m., to learn more about the ancient art of en-caustic as medium and muse.
Luttrell's en-caustic works are embedded with the lives of many. There is an old myth that says when your name disappears, you disappear. Through this series of work, Luttrell investigates why some stories become a part of our lexicon and some do not. With collage, using just one item or element that does not belong to you but rather contains its own history, allows the owner's original story to continue; the name to remain. 


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"



Florence Wine Fest is headed back to Downtown Florence on March 11, 2017 , and is bigger and better than ever. Make plans to buy your tickets early so no one in your squad gets left in the dust! Tickets available now online and in store at The Carriage Wine & Market, 121 E. Mobile St., Florence, AL 35630.

 Florence Wine Fest is a rain or shine annual celebration of wine, food and community in downtown Florence, AL. Each March, attendees can explore 100+ fantastic wines from around the globe and local food pairings from some of the Shoals' best chefs all while soaking in the electric atmosphere of cobble-stoned Mobile Plaza in the heart of historic downtown Florence, AL. Plus, ticket holders will enjoy special events and discounts all weekend long at many participating downtown businesses!


Hours: MON-WED 10-9; THUR-SAT 10-10



The City Council adopted a  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 



NEW HOURS - The Shelter is open from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. weekdays.  


Friday Evenings the Shelter is open for Pet Adoption - 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.


Weekend hours are Saturday, open to the public and volunteers, from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 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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                         GALVANIZED PIPE PROJECT
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 Steve Holt

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110 West College Street
P.O. Box 98
Florence, AL 35630

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