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November 13, 2014


W.C. Handy's

Birthday Celebration Ceremony


When: Sunday, November 16 @ 3:00pm - 5:00pm

Where: W.C. Handy Home, Museum, and Library

620 West College Street

Admission: Free

Contact: 256-760-6434


The W.C. Handy Birthday Celebration is free and open to the public.  Birthday cake and other refreshments will be served.  Harvey Thompson Sr. and Harvey Thompson Jr. will perform.  The musical program will be on the front porch of the cabin, weather permitting, so bring your lawn chairs.  In case of bad weather, the program will be held inside the museum.  The W.C. Handy Birthday Celebration is sponsored by the Handy Cabin Committee and the Florence Department of Arts and Museums.






This Friday, November 14, at 6:00 p.m., outside the main entrance to Florence Mall, Santa Claus is inviting all of his friends to the Mall's holiday kick-off, courtesy of Bankston Motor Homes, WQLT, KIX96 and SSWA Recycling! Ole St. Nick wants everyone to gather outside the Mall entrance for his very special arrival...and you never know how Santa will make his way to the Mall!


After Santa arrives, he will be joined by some of his special friends inside the Mall for the Grand Parade.  Welcoming Santa and marching in the parade will be the Rogers High School Band and Majorettes, Forest Hills 4th Grade Show Choir and the Pre-K students from Laura's Studio of Performing Arts.  Following the parade, great performances by all three groups will begin in Center Court.  Join us for surprises and treats!!  Hope to see you there!

The Screening Room:




The Screening Room is hosting a Norman Lloyd Centennial Celebration featuring some of Alfred Hitchcock favorites.  First will be a screening of the Alfred Hitchcock Presents episode "The Little Man Who Was There" (1960), starring Norman Lloyd. The feature film will be Alfred Hitchcock's' "Saboteur" (1942), starring Pricilla Lane, Robert Cummings, Otto Kruger, and Norman Lloyd as Fry.  The Screening Room is hosted by Terry and Anita Pace and is sponsored by the Library, Pillar of Fire, and Bookmarks Coffee Shop.


When: Sunday, November 16 at 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Where: Conference Room, Florence-Lauderdale Public Library

350 North Wood Avenue.

Admission: Free.

Contact: 256-764-6564

Visit our website! 





Florence-Lauderdale Tourism will hosts its first "Fish Tales" night on Friday, November 14.  North Alabama fishing legends like Ray Gresham and Bill Huntley will be on hand telling fishing stories in the Gallery at the new Visitors Center in McFarland Park from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.  Regional angler Sam Moody of Athens will moderate the event.


Gresham is regarded as one of the most dominant anglers on the Tennessee River over the past four decades. He also owned a local tackle store for many years.  Well liked in the community and one of the best story tellers, Gresham had local fish fries at his home that became legendary.


An avid fisherman, mostly chasing smallmouths on Pickwick Lake, Huntley (along with his wife Pat) started Bumble Bee Bait Company in 1967, making spinnerbaits and jigs at night on the kitchen table.  That was a time when high-speed bass boats were just coming into vogue, and Huntley saw the need for boats to be safe, comfortable and more fishable.  His first invention, around 1970, was a device to put the trim handle on the throttle control for outboard motors. When he founded a company to make the devices, he simply named it for the initials "throttle-handle" -- and "T-H Marine" was born. Today, the company is one of the largest manufacturers of accessories for the boating industry in the United States.


Now in his 80's, Huntley still competes in area bass fishing tournaments and remains active in product development for T-H Marine. He will be inducted into the Bass Fishing Hall of Fame in February 2015.


In addition to the "fish tales," Tom Smith, longtime owner of Tom Smith's Custom Rod and Reel, has donated to Florence/Lauderdale Tourism an impressive collection of mounted fish and trophies from his store which will be on display during the evening.


For more information, contact Florence/Lauderdale Tourism at 256-740-4141 or Visit our website!


Florence Christmas Parade 

Downtown Florence
Friday, December 12, at 7:00 p.m.

Application deadline is December 1 
Click here for Entry form



Florence Main Street presents
Downtown Christmas Open House 

Saturday, November 22 
10:00 a.m. until


Stores will be open from 10:00 a.m. until offering special sales, beverages, and snacks.

This is a great opportunity to cross gifts off your list and enjoy a stroll for the holidays.

Christmas carolers from Walk With Me Foundation Solas will be caroling throughout

Downtown ringing in the holidays for everyone to enjoy. 

Gift wrapping stations by Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Shoals and Hospice of the Shoals

will be set up in Downtown for donations. All donations go directly to the organizations! 

The Florence-Lauderdale Public Library

Is Hosting Two Events this Weekend...


Concert at Courtview...Friday, November 14, 7:00 p.m., on the front lawn of Rogers Hall, at the end of North Court Street.  The Muscle Shoals National Heritage Area, UNA, and Florence-Lauderdale Public Library will present a Concert at Courtview hosted by historic diarist Sallie Foster. Olde Towne Brass will play era ensemble pieces. This concert is free and open to the public.




Footsteps of the Blue and Grey: A Civil War Walking Tour...Saturday, November 15. Costumed reenactors will portray historic figures on this tour as we walk through key locations in Florence during the war. Tickets are $10 for adults/$5 for children. Tours are at 9:00 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m., and 2:30 p.m.. Tickets are available at the Library reference desk. Contact Abby Carpenter at 256-764-6564 ext. 27 for more details.  The Florence-Lauderdale Public Library is located at 350 North Wood Avenue. 



The Junior League of the Shoals is looking forward to our Seventh annual Sugarplum Marketplace!! Mark your calendars to join us December 5th - 7th 2014. The three-day marketplace includes an array of children's events, and shopping opportunities.  Shoppers from across the Southeast will enjoy more than 90 merchants from throughout the United States offering unique gifts and holiday trends in a festive, family-friendly atmosphere. 

We are once again going to hold this amazing event at the North Alabama State Fair Grounds in Muscle Shoals.  We will have merchants in all three buildings. 

The Sugarplum Marketplace serves as a major fundraiser for the Junior League of the Shoals. Funds raised support the League's ongoing efforts to improve the Shoals community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers.


Sugarplum Marketplace 2014

Schedule of Events


Merchant set-up: Thursday, December 4, 8:00 A.M.-5:00 P.M.

(Sugarplum merchants will be assigned set up times later in November)



Market Hours:

Friday December 5, 9:00 A.M.-7:00 P.M.


Saturday December 6, 9:00 A.M.-6:00 P.M.


Sunday December 7, 12:00 P.M.-5:00 P.M.


(Market break down will begin as soon as we close Sunday afternoon)

Please visit this site often for updates, and happy shopping!   

For more information: or  



Get in the Christmas Spirit

By joining us at the


Holly & Ivy Luncheon


Monday through Friday

December 2 - December 5


Cup of Cheer will be served at 11:30 a.m.

Lunch at 12:00 p.m.


Kennedy-Douglass Center for the Arts

217 East Tuscaloosa Street

Hosted by the Kennedy-Douglass Volunteers


Tickets are $25.00 and are available now at Kennedy-Douglass.

For more information, please call 256-760-6379.







Opened November 7 - MEFFORD JEWLERS - 102 N. Court Street.  They will be open Tuesday - Friday.  Owner:  Russell Mefford

Facebook page or Visit our website!






Opening November 15 - NATCHEZ TRACE HARLEY DAVIDSON - 301 Cox Creek Parkway, Suite 12.  Natchez Trace Harley Davidson will be opening a gift shop at Florence Mall during the holidays.  They will carry Harley Davidson motor clothes and accessories. or Visit our website!




Presented by Florence Main Street


Downtown Florence is the place to be this holiday season and Florence Main Street is adding to the fun with a project involving local children and decorating the Florence Christmas Tree.


Main Street is collaborating with Florence City Schools 3rd grade classes at Weeden, Harlan,  and Forest Hills Elementary Schools.  Every 3rd grader will create a Christmas ornament out of recycled materials and each class will create one 20x20 ornament to decorate Wilson Park.  Recycled materials have been donated by City of Florence Recycling Department, The Surprise Store, Pegasus Records, Florence-Lauderdale Public Library, Alabama Chanin, Nicole Clothing & Design, and Scarborough Doors.


The class ornaments will be hung before the lighting of the Florence Christmas Tree on Friday, December 5, at 7:00 p.m.


"I remember putting my hand in a glob of white cement to make my first handprint. After it dried and my teacher strung the red string through it, I had made my first Christmas ornament at school.  My parents still hang my handprint on the Christmas tree because it reminds them of those special years. Main Street wanted to begin this project because we know how special it would be to every family and school involved. So mark your calendar to be in Wilson Park on December 5, at 7:00 p.m. to see all the decorations and to support the children, schools, and our community this holiday season!" commented Christina Dorough, Event Coordinator of Florence Main Street.


Florence Main Street, a non-profit 501(c)3 organization, works with business owners, community leaders, and residents toward the common goal of revitalizing Downtown Florence culturally and economically. For more information about us or any of these efforts, please contact Florence Main Street at 256-760-9648  or




presented by 

Florence Main Street


Christmas is right around corner, and we all know that means picking out the perfect gifts for loved ones. What better way to celebrate than by shopping with Downtown businesses to keep your money in the community? With Florence Main Street's Win the window, you can be the lucky winner of thousands of dollars worth of merchandise, just because you shopped local. 



Between November 1 and December 5, Shoals shoppers can earn chances to win donated merchandise. One male and one female shopper will win thousands of dollars worth of merchandise that will be displayed downtown. For every $25 you spend at a participating business, you will earn a chance to win.  During the Downtown Christmas Open House on Saturday, November 22,two windows of prizes will be revealed to the public, containing all the merchandise that the lucky winners will receive. The prize

window for female shoppers will be at Merry Blu Boutique at 217 North Court Street, and the window for male shoppers will be at Coats Clothing Company located at 122 North Court Street. Shop at participating businesses like Art & More, Cherry Tree Lane, Coco's Boutique, Creative Jewelers, FloBama Music Hall, Hidden Treasures, Jewell's Accessories Boutique, Le Vintage Soul, Maple, My Favorite Things, The Coiffure at 108, The Eclectic, The Surprise Store, Ye Ole General Store, and many, many more.  


The main deadline for entries is Friday, December 5. Then, on Tuesday,
December 16, from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., participating businesses will
offer a Last Chance Shopping Blast, during which you can earn DOUBLE entries
for your purchases. The winners will be announced at 7:00 p.m.


Florence Main Street thanks every participating downtown business and 

Downtown Florence Unlimited, the sponsors who helped finance this event.


Florence Main Street is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization made up of over 100+ businesses, community leaders, and residents working together toward the common goal of revitalizing Downtown Florence culturally and economically. For more information about us or any of these efforts, please contact Florence Main Street at 256-760-9648 or








The Florence Historical Board and others have planned a
CEMETERY CLEAN-UP DAY at the John Coffee Cemetery on
Saturday, November 15.  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.






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 Prints of Mary Wallace Kirk 


"The Prints of Mary Wallace Kirk" will be on exhibit at Kennedy-Douglass Center for the Arts, 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.




Shoals Piecemakers Quilt Guild's Quilt Challenge '14 


Entries in the Shoals Piecemakers Quilt Guild's Quilt Challenge '14 will be on exhibit at Kennedy-Douglass Center for the Arts from November 12 through December 12. This year's exhibit marks the 26th year of the Challenge.





Best of Show, Best Use of Embellishments  and Best Machine Quilted  -   Mary Todd    - "The Feast"



Best Hand Appliqué and Best Hand Quilted  -  Angie MacMullin  - "Motherhood"


Best Machine Appliqué  -  Valeta Carr -  "Sunglasses Required"


Best Use of Color  -  Linda Kocizek  - "My Own Bohemian Rhapsody"


Best Use of Theme  -  Karen Risner  - "Traditional Meets Art"


Most Creative   Susan Manno   "The Posey Poacher"



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!





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 - 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.


The Singing River Squares will be square dance angels to the BEGINNING SQUARE DANCE CLASS (10 weeks) starting Friday, September 5, 6:00 - 7:30 p.m. All ages welcome.  $5 each week. Following the lessons, the Singing River Squares will have dance time from 7:30 - 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 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 -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.


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

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Have a great weekend!

Mayor Mickey Haddock