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In This Issue
January 28, 2016
Message from Mayor Haddock
Propel is an event designed to begin laying the foundation to develop a strong startup ecosystem.  The time is right for you to attend this fun evening with local craft beer, locally roasted coffee and some tasty food.  Then learn how you too can build your startup from the ground up.  Mentors and partners will be in attendance making a commitment to you to help propel your idea to market.  From accounting to legal to marketing, we have every aspect covered.
NOW is the time!  Ark Labs is also going to launch their Kickstarter campaign to help propel The Ark to market.  We will show you how crowdfunding works and you can see how other startups are utilizing it.
  • Shoals Chamber of Commerce
  • Party Pros USA
  • Lyons Coffee
  • Court Street Market
  • Singin' River Brewery
  • Grier Insurance
  • Armosa Studios
  • Shoals Entrepreneurial Center
  • William Diver Law Firm
  • Carter Norvell & Associates
  • Tech MeetUp
  • Part Cycle
  • The 610 Project
  • Mane Capital Fund
WHEN:  Thursday, January 28, 2016, from 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM
WHERE:  Shoals Entrepreneurial Center, Davis Center for Innovation - 4002 Helton Drive, Florence, AL 35630

Florence Police Department
Citizen Satisfaction Survey




Please click the link below to tell us how our police department is doing and leave comments about how we can serve you better.




Do you love chocolate and sweet deals? 
This is the event for you and your friends! 
Downtown boutiques, salons, and other stores are turning into Chocolate Shops for one day only! 
Saturday, February 6th
10am - 3pm (or until treats run out)
Only 300 tickets will be sold in advance
Click the Facebook icon to follow the event page.
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Attention Teachers and Administrators
The Gingerbread Players of the Shoals Theatre are pleased to announce a wonderful opportunity for teachers to reinforce the importance of reading and imagination. On March 3rd and 4th, we will be presenting "Dorothy Meets Alice" to school children from across northwest Alabama.
These performances are our special viewings for schools only at a discounted rate. We are currently booking 9:00 a.m. performances for both days at the Historic Shoals Theatre in downtown Florence. The performance is expected to last just more than an hour. Student and chaperon tickets are $4 and as always, teachers attend for free for their help in organizing this field trip for their class. With limited seating available for each performance, we encourage teachers to reserve their seats as early as possible (a deposit is not required).
Below we have included a summary of this entertaining play, and hope to hear from you soon. If you don't mind, please pass this information to other teachers within your school for additional opportunities for students.
If you have any questions feel free to email us at (
The Gingerbread Players
Dorothy Meets Alice: This new play version of the delightful meeting of two of literature's most famous young ladies unfolds when a young woman puts off a book report until the last minute, then suddenly finds herself in a strange place somewhere between Oz and Wonderland. It then becomes her responsibility to unscramble the stories and steer the familiar characters-the Cowardly Lion, the Mad Hatter, the Scarecrow and the White Rabbit, among others-to their ultimate destinations while avoiding the Wicked Witch and the Red Queen. This hilarious, adventuresome romp is filled with laughter and surprises at every turn, and a couple lessons emerge along the way. 

The Zodiac Players
of the
Shoals Community Theatre
Tuna does Vegas


Written By:  Joe Sears and Jaston Williams
Directed by:  Adam Neal
February 11-13 at 7:30 pm
& February 14 at 2:00 pm
At the
Shoals Theatre
Admission: $12.00 Adults / $9.00 Students in advance
$15.00 and $10.00 at the door
Tuna Does Vegas - Tuna Does Vegas reunites the lovable and eccentric characters from the "third smallest town in Texas" as they take a rambling romp in Sin City.  The hilarity begins when oddball-conservative radio host Arles Struvie announces on air that he and his wife Bertha Bumiller are heading to Vegas to renew their wedding vows, but everyone in Tuna, Texas decides to go along for the ride! Written by Jaston Williams, Joe Sears, and Tuscumbia's own Ed Howard, Tuna Does Vegas will feature characters from the award-winning Greater Tuna productions with some new characters, too.  Come laugh with us!




Saturday, February 27 - 12 pm - 2 pm 
Sunday, February 28 - 1 pm - 3 pm
Location: Zodiac Theatre, 416 North Court Street 
Written By:  Alfred Uhry
Directed by:  SK Purvis
Cast Characters Needed
Daisy Werthan: (Lead) character actress, must age 20 years throughout the course of the play from late 60's to 80's,
strong-willed, outwardly stern but has a big heart. (Female, ages 45-70, Caucasian)
Hoke Colburn: (Lead) character actor, must age throughout the play from 50's to 70's, wise, wry sense of humor.
(Male, ages 45-70, African Descent, African American)

Boolie Werthan (Supporting): Comic character actor, Daisy's son. (Male, 35-50, Caucasian)
Performance Dates
April 14-17, 2016
Driving Miss Daisy - A product of 20th century Deep South prejudices, widow Daisy Werthan isn't safe behind the wheel anymore, so her son hires Hoke, an unemployed black man, to serve as her chauffeur.  Miss Daisy immediately regards him with disdain, and Hoke resents her patronizing tone.  In a series of scenes spanning twenty-five years, the two learn that despite their differences, they have so much more in common than they ever believed possible.  Their relationship moves from one of distrust, to dependence and admiration.


The Gingerbread Players
of the
Shoals Community Theatre



Thursday, March 10 - 7:00 pm
Friday, March 11 - 7:00 pm
Saturday, March 12 - 7:00 pm
Sunday, March 13 - 2:00 pm
At the
Shoals Theatre
Dorothy Meets Alice - Two of literature's most famous young ladies meet when Judson puts off a book report until the last minute, and then suddenly and mysteriously finds himself in a strange place somewhere between Oz and Wonderland. It then becomes his responsibility to unscramble the stories and steer the familiar characters-the Cowardly Lion, the Mad Hatter, the Scarecrow, the White Rabbit, and others-to their ultimate destinations while avoiding the Wicked Witch, the Red Queen, and the Jabberwock! This adventuresome romp is filled with surprises at every turn, and some valuable lessons are learned along the way. Join us as we cast a new light on well-loved literary characters.

Shoals Theatre
123 North Seminary Street
Florence, Alabama
Phone:  256-764-1700






January 5 - 29
Tuesdays at 5:15 p.m.
Wednesdays at 10:00 a.m.
Fridays at 10:00 a.m.

We hope you join us for Active Moms; fun, fast, and full body workouts! You are welcome to wear your baby in a carrier or allow them to play close by. Older children are welcome to come play and exercise with us! Bring a mat, set of weights, and water to each class!

COST - Classes are $5 each
EARTHSIDE - 228 North Court Street, Downtown Florence

Two free nights of modern western square dance lessons Monday, January 25, and Monday, February 1, 2016. This is NOT like the square dance you experienced in school. Fun, healthy, hobby for men, women, kids, couples and singles. New friendships set to music. Give it a try. Hosted by The Singing River Squares. Caller/Instructor: Chuck Bermele. The Club is an alcohol/drug free facility.
For inquiries call 256-760-6420 or 256-767-7946. 






Tickets are available from any member of the Florence Kiwanis Club or at the door, 
or call Don Rohling at 256-710-7059.

Full information about Pancake Day and Florence Kiwanis Club
is available at
Proceeds will benefit local community projects including the following:

Meals on Wheels

Help Center 


Attention Homes

Key Club at Florence High School

Key Club at Central High School

Key Club at Brooks High School

Key Club at Rogers High School

Key Club at Shoals Christian

Key Club at Wilson High School

Circle K at University of North Alabama

NAMI Shoals, Salvation Army's Empty Stocking Fund

All American Week

Coalition of Alzheimer's and Related Disorders

Habitat for Humanity 

Reading Is Fundamental 

Boys and Girls Clubs, plus many more!




3.12.16 | 2-6 PM


The first annual Florence Wine Fest is coming to Mobile Plaza on Saturday, March 12, 2016 from 2-6 PM!
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!

V.I.P. and General Admission tickets* are going fast!

Snag yours before they're gone! Available now online and in store at The Carriage Wine & Market. Limited quantities available.


*Attendees must be 21+ years of age and present valid identification upon entry to the event. All ticket sales are final.


For Information Contact:
Eddie Mason
Phone:  256-335-6793

Keep the Shoals Beautiful is challenging students to recycle and pick up litter.

We will be giving out a $1,000 worth of prizes over the next 10 weeks!

Recycle and Win...Post pictures and tag #IKeepTheShoalsBeautiful

Volunteer - Citywide Clean Up Day - Sat., April 9 - 
8 am until Noon
Earth Day Festival - Sat., April 2 - Sheffield





Now Open
Asian Restaurant
at 1218 N. Pine Street


Coming Soon
Sky Zone Florence
250 Mangum Street
(behind Five Guys)
Jump into Sky Zone - the world's first all-walled trampoline playing court

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.

Call for Entries
Artistic Renderings of Youth
This is a juried exhibit of art work open to 7th through 12th grade students from Colbert, Franklin and Lauderdale counties.  The exhibit opens March 2 and runs through April 13 at Kennedy-Douglass Center for the Arts in Florence.
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 409 pieces representing 19 different schools were accepted and exhibited. Ribbons are awarded in three grade divisions.

A reception will take place
on Thursday, March 10, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. 
The public is invited to attend and meet these young artists and their teachers.  
For more details call Kennedy-Douglass Center for the Arts 256-760-6379.

Works by John Armistead
Works by John Armistead will be on exhibit at Kennedy-Douglass Center for the Arts in Florence from January 14 through March 3. The exhibition includes landscape and figurative paintings in oil and watercolor by this artist from Tupelo, Mississippi.
A gallery talk
by John Armistead
will take place at Kennedy-Douglass Center for the Arts
at 6:00 p.m., Thursday, March 3
The talk is free and open to the public.
Armistead is an award-winning artist, author and journalist. He received First Place in the park at Arts Alive 2015. He is a member of the Portrait Society of America and the Mississippi Arts Colony and studied art in college, at the Art Students League of New York and the National Academy of Design in New York City.
Armistead paints every day of the week. "Painting has always been my first love and passion," he says. "I cannot imagine a day without making art." 

Madonna e Bambino - oil

Uncle John's Place - oil

Veterans Dr., Florence, AL  -  watercolor





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


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***
2016 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

Have a great weekend!

Mayor Mickey Haddock


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