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October 23, 2014







Mayor Haddock hosted the 2014 Mayor's State of the City program at the Marriott Conference Center on Wednesday.  "The theme this year is collaboration, partnership and teamwork," said Haddock. "We are talking about partnering with the Shoals Chamber of Commerce to promote Florence, and it's the same with SEDA, the Florence City Schools, and the University of North Alabama." Haddock said the City works closely with the school system and with the University of North Alabama.  "We are daily partnering with the schools, and one of our most valuable assets is the University of North Alabama."


Job creation is the first and foremost on the City's agenda.  Through preparing ourselves to recruit and retain our industries, our retail and commercial developments, and through partnership and innovative ideas, we will have individuals investing here.


Guest speakers were:

Dr. Janet Womack, Florence City Schools

Dr. John Thornell, University of North Alabama

Forrest Wright, Shoals Economic Development Authority

Steve Holt, Shoals Chamber of Commerce


Also featured was information about city finances and operations, projects underway and planned, and informational booths manned by city department heads and employees.


Mayor's Innovation Award







Along with the State of the City presentation on Wednesday, Mayor Haddock selected three companies as recipients of the Mayor's Innovation Award for 2014.  This award is intended to encourage and recognize innovative ideas which make significant and lasting contributions in our community.


Innovation creates competitive advantage and is a powerful engine which can drive the economy of Florence and the Shoals.


Working cooperatively with UNA, corporate leaders, entrepreneurs, and concerned citizens, we believe Florence is positioned to transition into a community which will encourage and foster innovation, creativity, ideas, and solutions needed to address the pressing social and economic issues of the day and meet the challenges of tomorrow.


Bold, ambitious, and inspiring ideas not only enrich the innovator, but by igniting a new narrative for our region, can strengthen our economic future and build a spirit of innovation throughout Florence and the Shoals.


To this end and to recognize those who have made a positive contribution to the quality of life in Florence and the Shoals, the Mayor's Innovation Award was created.  

For the complete company bio Click Here.


 Alabama Renaissance Faire
Wilson Park, Downtown Florence
Saturday , October 25 - 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Sunday, October 26 - Noon to 6:00 p.m. 




Florence Coliseum

Thursday, October 23, 2014

6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

An exciting culinary event presented by local area leaders benefiting the 

Shoals Area CrimeStoppers.

You are invited to participate in this "fun" raiser!

For rules Click here.  For chef's information Click here.

For sponsorship  Click here.  For registration Click here.

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The Florence Historical Board and others have planned a CEMETERY CLEAN-UP DAY
at the John Coffee Cemetery on Saturday, October 25.  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.






The UNA Percussion Studio will host the North Alabama Fall Day of Percussion on Thursday, October 23, at 9:00 a.m., at Muscle Shoals High School.  The event features clinicians Colin McNutt, Iain Moyer and John Wooton.  To Register go to

The UNA Percussion Studio will also host three masterclasses this fall: Snare Drum on October 17, at Noon; Frame Drum on October 29, at 3:30 p.m.; and Practice Like the Pros on November 7 via Skype.  For more information on these events, contact Dr. Tracy Wiggins at


UNA Theatre will present Christopher Marlowe's The Tragical History of Dr. Faustus October 24-25, 30-31, and November 1, at 7:30 p.m., and October 26 and November 2, at 2:00 p.m., in the George S. Lindsey Theatre.

The play tells the story of Doctor Faustus, a man who sells his soul the devil for power, experience, pleasure and knowledge.

Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for students.  Tickets are available online at (service fee will apply), at Kennedy-Douglass center for the Arts and at the door.

*This play deals with subject matter of an adult nature. 








Take Back The Night, Thursday, October 23, is about awareness, empowerment, prevention, and the chance to visibly fight against power-based interpersonal violence. The Rally will begin at 6:00 p.m. at the UNA amphitheater with resource tables set up at 5:30 p.m. Our featured speaker this year will be Ginger McNeil Stone, Assistant Director of Safeplace in Florence, AL. 


TBTN is held at UNA in October, which is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and it continues to grow each year with more and more support from UNA and the Shoals community. The event is sponsored by the Women's Center and Residence Life with support from the multiple university organizations and community agencies. 


TBTN marches have occurred since the 1970s at university campuses and in communities around the country to help educate women and men about violence prevention and resources in our communities - specifically sexual violence, such as sexual assault/rape, incest, child abuse, domestic violence and stalking. TBTN goes beyond education by helping to empower us all to find our voice against these day-to-day outrages across their multicultural dimensions.


Please join us and help make a successful and empowering event for everyone involved! Contact Jennifer Ballard at for additional information. 


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Call 256.765.4297 or visit


Presented by Florence Main Street



You know Fall is here when the leaves start changing and you can feel cooler weather sweep through the Shoals.  During this excellent time of year, Florence Main Street will bring you the first Fall Fun Fest in Downtown Florence Saturday, October 25, from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.


The event will feature a costume contest, trick or treating with participating downtown businesses, a spooktacular trolley ride decorated by American Red Cross of Northwest Alabama, and over 20 local charities providing Halloween-inspired children's

activities to the general public.  The children's activities will be located on the East and West 100 block of Tombigbee Street. There will be a costume contest for age categories of 5-13, 14-17, and 18 years old and up.  The costume contest will be hosted by The Geek Gathering.  They will judge ages 5-13 at 5:00 p.m., 14-17 at 6:00 p.m., and 18 years and older at 7:00 p.m.  Each age category will have 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place prizes. 

Local charities can register for a vendor space until September 25.  Please email Christina Dorough at and include what type of free children's activity you will provide to the public. 


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Presented by Court Street Market


After two very successful art exhibits at Court Street Market, we are proud to announce Robin Wade, a local artist from Florence, will install his latest collection as the third showcase. Every visitor will be able to see the artistry and craftsmanship that goes into each piece he creates.


Carmen Macias Erdmann, owner of Court Street Market, invited Robin to showcase his work at the market to extend her passion for featuring art in downtown Florence. Beginning October 1 until October 24, you will be able to view the latest collection of signature pieces, benches, and tables that he has designed by hand. This showcase gives the public an opportunity to see an entire collection which has never been executed before in downtown Florence. Robin's pieces speak to sustainability, beauty of nature, hard labor, longevity, and appreciation for local products. Court Street Market is honored to partner with Robin in celebrating his desire to create magnificent artwork from the natural world. Visitors can view the collection Monday through Wednesday, from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., and Thursday through Saturday, from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., and Sunday, from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.  While at the Market, Jack O' Lantern Farms, The Carriage on Court, and Imibala Inspirations will be happy to see you as well.


"Court Street Market is still in the developing stages and what better way than to feature a local artist before outside vendors will occupy more space. The way in which our building is setup lends an opportunity for people to visit with multiple vendors and view a beautiful exhibit under one roof. " commented Carmen Erdmann, owner of Court Street Market.

Court Street Market, located at 218 North Court Street,  is a multi-tiered operation that currently houses a fresh market, jewelry market, and a wine shop. We are taking applications for local artisan vendors to maintain an indoor booth. If you are interested in more information about the market, please contact Carmen Erdmann at 256-366-9353 or email   


Benefit For St. Jude's Women's & Children's Hospital

The entire month of October, The Marriott is helping the Kudzu Queens make money to donate
to the Huntsville branch of St. Jude's Women's and Children's Hospital. 

The Kudzu Queens are known around the Shoals area for wearing green wigs, participating
in parades and events, and just basically being a lot of fun.  In reality, they spend a lot of time
and energy to raise money for causes that are close to their hearts. 

The Kudzu Queens are a group of women friends who are survivors themselves.
Several are survivors of cancer, which is why they hate and fight this dreaded disease.  

On October 23, the Marriott Hotel and Spa is sponsoring an Oktoberfest in their bar and restaurant, Swampers and the Bronzeback Grill. They have a wonderful program set up with celebrations, food, music and a long, delicious menu made especially for this event. Money from this will go to the Kudzu Queens who will then pass it along to St. Jude's.  

Please take part in the month of October by eating, drinking, and making merry at the Marriott.
We hope to raise a lot of money this month, and are thankful that the Marriott cares and loves to
sponsor such events in order to see the Kudzu Queens be successful!! 

See you October 23!! 


The "Life Without Limits" 1/2 marathon, 5K & Fun Run for United Cerebral Palsy of Northwest Alabama,
Saturday, October 25, is a showcase run through scenic Florence, Alabama.  All proceeds go to
benefit the children and families of UCP.  We serve children with varying disabilities and hope this
event will inspire runners near and far to come out and support these amazing little ones!  




208 South Cherry Street


  • Every Thursday night for the month of October, we will be donating 10% of sales to Rape Response. 
  • On Saturday, October 25 from 6:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m., we are having a breast cancer awareness fundraiser.  Entry into the event is $5 and all proceeds made at the door will benefit the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.  There will be a silent disco, food, and "Pretty in Pink" costume contest. 
  • On Friday, October 31, AIDS Action Coalition is hosting the Shoals' first Brew Ball.  It is a trolley pub crawl that will begin and end at the brewery.  Tickets can be purchased here: Tickets and more information about the events can be found here:  Facebook page. 



Upcoming Ribbon Cuttings\Openings





The Shipping Zone provides all FedEx services (Ground, Express and International) opened last week.  A variety of boxes and packaging supplies (bubble wrap, foam, peanuts, etc.) are available to buy.  Located at 6355 Highway 72 in Killen, 256-757-3939.  Congratulations to Jonathan Johnson, Owner!



  • Opening this Fall - RENAISSANCE EYE CARE, 1593 Darby Drive 
  • Coming soon - DAIRY QUEEN, 570 South Court Street (formerly Backyard Burgers location)

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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.



October 1 - October 29


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 25 and 26, 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.




The Prints of Mary Wallace Kirk on exhibit at Kennedy-Douglass Center for the Arts


"The Prints of Mary Wallace Kirk" will be on exhibit at Kennedy-Douglass Center for the Arts in Florence, Alabama, 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. A reception will be held Sunday, November 9, from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. and is free and open to the public.


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.




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\Lauderdale Animal Shelter Facebook 





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***


MASTERS GAMES PRACTICE will be each Monday and Friday mornings, 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., at The Club.  On Thursday, 12:00 p.m. 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 p.m. 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.


The Singing River Squares will be square dance angels to the BEGINNING SQUARE DANCE CLASS (10 weeks) starting Friday, September 5, 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. All ages welcome.  $5 each week. Following the lessons, the Singing River Squares will have dance time from 7:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.  The Singing River Squares happily invite you to give it a try.  For more information call Fran at The Club, 256-760-6420.


JOINTS IN MOTION CHAIR EXERCISE CLASS for 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.


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 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  No fee.  We bring light snacks to share.


FANTASTIC FRIDAY AT THE CLUB will be from 3:00 p.m. 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.


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

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