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NAMI Shoals Family Support Group for families with adults and/or children who have brain disorders and the NAMI Connection Recovery Support Group for people who have been diagnosed with a brain disorder and are in recovery meet Tuesday, November 12 at 7pm at the NAMI Shoals office, 749 Thompson St., Suite A, Florence. Need directions or more information, call 256-765-2081.

Families helping families! You are not alone!

Edgemont UMC is pleased to welcome Joel Anderson for five weeks discussing his book titled “Christianity and the (R)evolution in Worldviews in Western Culture” from October 27 - November 24 on each Sunday begins at 5pm in the Edgemont Family Life Center. Childcare will be available

The aim of this book is to contemplate just what the essence of Christianity is. The standard and incorrect assumption many people have that it is nothing more than a universal moral rule book that one must obey to get into heaven and avoid hell is a misconception held by both Fundamentalist Christians and what I call Fundamentalist Atheists. Hopefully, this book will help demonstrate just how false that standard view is.

The Zip City Community Center will NOT serve breakfast the 4th Saturdays in November and December. This gives our volunteers more holiday time with their families.

Thank you for your support in 2019! We look forward to serving you again January 25, 2020. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

We are looking for anyone who would like to donate any Christmas decoration items to Waterloo seniors. Any and all donations will be greatly appreciated. You can drop them off or we will pick up. Call 256-412-2772.

Memory Meal - Never Forgotten - Bring a meal in memory of your loved ones. The meal will serve the homeless in our community while remembering your loved ones. Meals can be brought to 1601 Huntsville Rd, Florence, The Salvation Army. Call for more details. 256-764-4432.

Donations Needed For Homeless Care Kits - United Way of Northwest Alabama has partnered with the Homeless Care Council of Northwest Alabama and 211 Information & Referral to put together 400 Warming Kits for those in our homeless community. We are looking for 400 donations of each item to accomplish this goal.

The kits will be provided to law enforcement across six counties as well as to other local agencies who provide services to the homeless.

Items needed: scarves, socks, mittens, gloves, hats, blankets, hot hands, personal size Kleenex, personal size hand sanitizer, chapstick, and water.

Items can be dropped of at 1404 East Avalon Ave. Muscle Shoals or 883 Cox Creek Pkwy., Florence or call 256-762-5892 to arrange pick up.

Social dancing takes place from 6:30-9pm Tuesdays at The Club, 450 Country Club Drive in Florence. Alcohol/smoke/drug free facility. For people 18 and older, $5. 256-760-6420

Shoals Habitat for Humanity ReStore 1120 N Royal Ave, at Seven Points in Florence. Or call us at 256-760-9515. Open Tuesday-Saturday from 9am-5pm. Shop. Donate. Volunteer.

The Tennessee River Bass Club is seeking new members for the 2019-2020 season. We are a local club based in Sheffield that fishes 12 months a year. We welcome both boater and non-boater members with any level of experience. For more information, call Eric in Killen at 207-604-2121.

Art and Tradition at Spruce Pine Pottery will be on display until November 14 at the Tennessee Valley Museum of Art, 511 N. Water St., Tuscumbia. Museum open 9am-5pm Monday-Friday and 1-3pm Sunday. Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for students and children; free on Sunday. 256-383-0533,

Shoals Elk Lodge 2860 Scholarship Program - Any high school senior who is a U.S. citizen may apply for the scholarship. Applications are available online. Applications will be judged on Scholarships, Leadership, and Financial need. For details and to access the application, visit

For more information visit the website or call Dr. Jean Love, Shoals Elks Lodge Scholarship Chair at 256-762-5043.

The Shoals Chapter of the Order of St. Luke will meet in the Media Room at Park Place at 500 N. Montgomery Ave. in Sheffield on Thursday, November 14 at 2:30pm. Wendy Sellers will lead the study “Baptism and the Holy Spirit” from the book “Anointed to Heal” by Larry and Audrey Eddings. We believe that God heals spiritually, physically, and emotionally. Prayer for healing will be offered. All are welcome.

Museum karaoke on Thursdays at the Earl ‘Peanutt’ Montgomery Music Museum, 505 N. Raleigh Ave. in Sheffield, Karaoke from 6-9pm. Admission is $5. 256-284-5283

Want to learn more about God's Word? Faith Bible Institute (FBI) is a "through the Bible course" for every Christian. Students study chronologically through every book of the Bible in classes that meet only one evening each week. Courses cover 18-week semesters (plus Electives).

To enroll go to: First time student total cost is $139. All textbooks and materials included. Can make three easy payments during each semester and spouses go half price.

Classes start January 2020. Classes meet Tuesday evenings at 6pm at First Free Will Baptist Church, 2701 Florence Blvd., Florence.

For more information: contact Jennifer at

The Little Ryman — Gospel, Bluegrass and Classic Country is every Friday from 6-8:30pm at 18210 Hwy 72 W. in Tuscumbia. 256-856-2381. There is no charge.

Singing River Squares — Square dancing from 6:30-8:30pm Friday nights at The Club/Florence Senior Center, 450 Country Club Drive. Beginner square dance lessons offered. 256-760-4620

The Healing Place Group Meetings Schedule:

Middles (3rd Grade-6th grade) November 14, 5:45-7:15pm.

Teens (7th Grade-12th Grade) November 21, 5:45-7:15pm

Location: The Healing Place, 2409 Wildwood Street, Muscle Shoals, 256-383-7133

Native American Bead Weaving (Children's Event) Tuesday, November 12, 4-6:30pm Florence-Lauderdale Public Library All ages of children can join us in the Collaboratory to make a simple bead craft using traditional Native American bead weaving! This is a drop-in project, so come by anytime between 4 and 6:30pm. Children must be accompanied by an adult. This craft will be led by Anita Flanagan and is part of the library's celebration of Native American Heritage Month.

Anita Flanagan was born at the Wrights Creek community of the Qualla Boundary in North Carolina, home of the Eastern Band of the Cherokee tribe. She comes from a family of artists, and for the past 30 years she has owned her own business creating native clothing and doing sewing and alterations. She has participated in the Oka Kapassa Festival for 18 years, serving as co-chair on the board for 6 years, and is a state board member for the Alabama chapter of the Trail of Tears Association. For more information, call 256-764-6564, ext. 128.

Animal Matters: Meaning & Materiaity in Literary Animals at the Florence Lauderdale Public Library Wednesday, November 13 at 5:30pm

Dr. Jason Price will talk about the use of animals in literature and the influence of literary animals in the real-world treatment of animals. Claude Levi-Strauss claimed that animals are “good to think with.” Come think with Dr. Jason Price about animals in literature and animal ethics. Animal Studies scholars take divergent perspectives on the value of different literary devices and strategies. As the way we think about animals and the language that we use to describe them influence how we relate to them. Price is an Assistant Professor in the English Department at the University of North Alabama where he teaches Modern & Contemporary British Literature and Anglophone postcolonial literature.

LifeSouth Blood Drives for August The Shoals Center, 307 Veterans Drive, Florence, 888-795-2707. The hours are: Monday, Wednesday, Friday, 9am-5pm; Tuesday and Thursday, 9am-7pm; Saturday, 9am-3pm; Sunday, 1-5pm.

Wednesday, November 13, 7:30am – 7pm, Phil Campbell High School, 65 School Street, Phil Campbell

Thursday, November 14, 11:30am – 6:30pm, Big Star, 406 4th Street SW, Red Bay

Friday, November 15, 11am – 5pm, BBVA Compass, 210 Cox Creek Parkway, Florence

Saturday, November 16,11am – 5pm,North Alabama Flea Market,65 Sportsplex Drive, Muscle Shoals

Sunday, November 17, 8am – 1pm, Alpha Pi Chapter of Omega Psi Phi, 670 N Wood Avenue, Florence

Monday, November 18, 11am – 5pm, Medical Center Pharmacy, 507 N Columbia Avenue, Sheffield

Tuesday, November 19, 8am – 3:30pm, Lauderdale County High School, 201 Cedar Street, Rogersville

Wednesday, November 20, 7:30am – 3:30pm, Waterloo High School, 311 School House Lane, Waterloo

Thursday, November 21, 8am – 3:30pm, Hatton High School, 6909 AL Highway 157, Town Creek

Friday, November 22, 8am – Noon, North Alabama Medical Center (Cloyd Campus), 211 Cloyd Boulevard, Florence

Friday, November 22, 1–6pm, Big Lots, 1700 Darby Drive, Florence

Saturday, November 23, 11am – 5pm, BAM, 318 Cox Creek Parkway, Florence

Sunday, November 24, Noon – 6pm, Walmart Neighborhood Market, 1410 Florence Boulevard, Florence

Monday, November 25, 2–8pm, Certain Teed Saint-Gobain, 475 Walnut Gate Road, Russellville

Tuesday, November 26, 10am – 5pm, Bank Independent, 710 S Montgomery Avenue, Sheffield

Wednesday, November 27, 8am – 1pm, Walmart, 2701 Cloverdale Road, Florence

Friday, November 29, 9am – 5pm, Shoe Carnival, 356 Cox Creek Parkway, Florence

Saturday, November 30, Noon – 7pm, Walmart, 42466 Highway 195, Haleyville

Auditions for James Goldman's "The Lion in Winter" will be held at The Z (416 N. Court St., Florence) on Friday, November 15 from 7-9pm. Auditions will consist of cold reads from the script. It should be noted that we are only casting the supporting roles for this production. Production dates are January 16-19, 2020 at The Z. The play will be directed by Steifon Passmore.

Synopsis: Sibling rivalry, adultery, and dungeons – The Lion in Winter, by James Goldman, is a modern-day classic. Comedic in tone, dramatic in action – the play tells the story of the Plantagenet family, who are locked in a free-for-all of competing ambitions to inherit a kingdom.

Roles available for casting: John (Male, 16) – He is the youngest son of Henry and Eleanor. He is sulky and sullen, with a boyish outlook on his position; many in the play describe him as a spoiled brat.

Geoffrey (Male, 25) – He is a son of Henry and Eleanor, and a man of energy and action. He is attractive, charming and has the strongest intellect of the family; he is also a cold, amoral schemer.

Richard (Male, 26) – The eldest surviving son of Henry and Eleanor. Richard is handsome, graceful and impressive and has been a famous soldier since his middle teens. War is his profession and he is good at it.

Alais Capet (Female, 23) – She is in love with Henry. Everyone underestimates her intellect and power. She is initially portrayed as innocent.

Philip II, King of France (Male, 18) – He has been King of France for three years. He is not initially as accomplished as Henry in manipulating people, but seems to acquire greater skills at this during the play. Presented by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc., a Concord Theatricals Company.

For more information, please visit our Facebook event page at or call 256-768-5586.

Have Breakfast with Santa on Saturday, December 14 from 8-10am at Buffalo Wind Wings on Florence Blvd. Join Shoals CASA to have pancakes with the ‘Big Man’ himself and the chance to share some quality time during the holidays!

Get your tickets now at $5 each or get them at the door. All proceeds benefit abused and neglected children through the Shoals CASA program.

The Voices of Victory will be singing at the Cloverdale Community Center November 16 at 7pm. Come enjoy good gospel singing, food and fellowship.

Zip City Neighborhood Watch Meeting - November 17, 2pm at Zip City Community Center.

RED CROSS - As influenza activity picks up this fall, the American Red Cross is urging healthy donors of all blood types to give blood or platelets to ensure a strong blood supply for patients in need. Blood and platelets can only be given by donors who are feeling well.

Flu shot doesn’t affect blood donation eligibility: One way to maintain health is to get a flu vaccine each fall. There is no waiting period to give blood or platelets after receiving a flu shot as long as the donor is symptom-free and fever-free.

For those that have the flu, it is important to wait until they no longer exhibit flu symptoms, have recovered completely and feel well before attempting to donate. Donors must feel healthy and well on the day of donation.

All blood types needed now: Donors of all blood types, especially platelet donors and those with type O blood, are urged to give now to ensure a stable supply this fall.

Florence - November 19 - 10am - 3pm, University of North Alabama Banquet Hall, One Harrison Plaza

Monthly Lunch at Cloverdale Community Center Tuesday, November 19 at 11:30am. Special guest Wyatt Cox will be discussing "Spooklights of Cloverdale". This is still a mystery on Co. Rd. 272 and other areas in Lauderdale County. Wyatt has written several books about these lights.

Bring a dish, come and join us.

The November Meeting of the North Alabama Civil War Round Table will be held on Tuesday, November 19, 6pm at the Florence Lauderdale Public Library in the Reading Room. Our featured speaker will be Robert C. Sorrell, from Birmingham, who will speak on "Field Artillery During The Civil War".

Bob is a retired firefighter in Birmingham who has had a lifelong interest in the American Civil War, with a particular emphasis on Civil War Artillery and their use. He has an extensive collection of Artillery projectiles and other items. He has spoken to several historical associations and groups and, most recently the Vicksburg National Military Park, on this subject.

This promises to be an outstanding and informative presentation! Anyone who is interested in the pivotal period in our history is cordially invited to attend and visitors are always welcome.

Hope for the Holidays presented by The Healing Place - A Community-Wide Seminar *Free to the public- Tuesday November 19, 6-7:30pm at The Healing Place 2409 Wildwood Street Muscle Shoals, AL 35661. Event will feature speakers and information on coping with grief during the holidays.

More info 256-383-7133

"The Thanksgiving Visitor" and "A Christmas Memory" by Truman Capote will be discussed at the 10am November 20 meeting of the Readers of the Lost Ark Book Club. The club meets at Coldwater Books, 101 West Sixth Street, Tuscumbia. For more information, email:

Monthly Covered Dish Lunch and Program at the Zip City Community Center, 10511 Hwy 17, Florence, on Thursday, November 21 at 11:30am. Please bring a covered dish. Everyone is welcome.

The Russellville and Franklin County Bicentennial Committee invites everyone to attend the grand finale Bicentennial Birthday Celebration at 6pm on Thursday, November 21 at the Todd Centre in Russellville. Tickets are $15 per person and can be purchased from committee members or by contacting Chris Ozbirn at 253-332-8827 or by email at Attendees are encouraged to dress according to any period of history of their choosing. The menu will consist of smoked chicken, pinto beans, turnip greens, potato salad, corn bread, and fried pies. Music will be provided by the Athens Dulcimer Jam Group. We are expecting this to be a fun evening, and we would love for everyone to join us.

The Shoals Community Theatre — Gingerbread Players present the musical, “Pocahontas” November 21-24. Neil Simon’s “Rumors” will be January 16-19, 2020, presented by Zodiac Players and directed by Laura Connolly and Andrew Maples. Shoals Shakespeare presents, “King Lear” directed by Michael Green on February 21-23, 2020. “Robin Hood” will be presented by the Gingerbread Players, March 19-22, 2020. William Freeman will direct, “The Case of Humanity vs Pontius Pilate” on April 2-3, 2020, a Zodiac production. On April 30-May 3, 2020, Zodiac Players present “Jekyll and Hyde The Musicial,” directed by Julia Matthews. The season will close out with the musical “Matilda” presented by Gingerbread Players on June 4-7, and 12-13, 2020. Season tickets available, 256-764-1700.

Christmas in the Country at LaGrange College Site Park, 1491 LaGrange College Road, Leighton on November 22-23-24, 10am-4pm

Friday: School Field Trip & Senior Citizens Tour Day: Saturday: MAIN EVENT: Sunday: Tours of the Pioneer Village

Experience a walk back into time of Christmas’ Past: Tour Pioneer log buildings adorned with natural and handmade decorations that reflect earlier years. Bring your camera to photograph your family with Santa & Mrs. Claus. Purchase some homemade baked items for your thanksgiving table. Take a wagon ride to the historic LaGrange Cemetery. Enjoy refreshments and musical entertainment. Don’t miss the Memorial set up in the Chapel, Bring your families armed service photograph to add to the wall. Be sure to list their name and rank in service. We are expecting some new crafters this year and Buford Parker will be back singing on the mountain on Saturday. The Hallmark Sisters play and sing on Sunday afternoon. The Event is FREE - Donations are appreciated for operations of the park!

The "Hi Neighbors of the Shoals" meeting will be Tuesday, December 3 at 10:30am at the Florence Public Library. This group welcomes all newcomers to the Shoals area. Contact Laura Engdahl at 512-965-9023, for further information.

2020 TRIPS with The Club, Florence Parks & Recreation Department.

These trips are open to the public! $75 deposit gets you registered. You can make installment payments if you like. These trips are filling up fast. Call The Club, Fran Davis, 256-760-6642 for more information and to sign up.

San Antonio, TX March 15-21, $699. Cruise on the San Antonio’s River Walk, visit the Alamo and IMAX theater, Tour LBJ Ranch, San Antonio missions, city tours, and more!

Mackinac Island, MI August 16-22, $719. Guided tour of Mackinaw city, cruise through Soo Locks, Kewadin Sault Casino, Horse and Carriage ride, Old Mackinac Lighthouse, and Michigan’s Little Bavaria.

Pigeon Forge, TN November 9-13, $575. Tour the Titanic Museum, Soul of Motown & America’s Hit Parade, Wonders of Magic, and Smith Morning Variety Show, and visit historic downtown Gatlinburg.

Kennedy-Douglass Center for the Arts membership is pleased to present our annual holiday luncheons, Holly and Ivy, December 3, 4, 5, and 6. These luncheons are an excellent opportunity to celebrate the season with friends. The Cup O’Cheer begins at 11:30am which offers an excellent time to walk through the galleries. A beautiful lunch created by Jill Larkin will be served by the Kennedy-Douglass members after. Tickets to this event are $25. Please join us!

Kennedy-Douglass Center for the Arts is free and open to the public Monday-Friday 9am-4pm. The art center is located at 217 E. Tuscaloosa St. Florence and can be reached at 256-760-6379 to reserve tickets.

2019 University of North Alabama Alumnus of the Year, John Paul White, will perform a Home for the Holidays concert at Norton Auditorium on Wednesday, December 4 at 7pm.

Tickets are $25 and go on sale now at

The JPW Home for the Holidays concert will benefit the John Paul White Entertainment Industry Endowed Scholarship at UNA

Santa Run presented by Global Health Collaboration - A Holiday Celebration for the Whole Family - on December 7 at 301 E. Tennessee St., Florence.

5K: pre-registration $35, starts at 8am.

Fun Run: Registration $15, starts at 9:30am.

Register to run at:

Christmas Dinner at the Oaks - Carriage House, Ricks Lane, Tuscumbia on December 7 at 6pm.

Bring a covered dish, your family & friends. Hosted by: Harold & Debra Kimbrough.

Sponsored by: LaGrange Living Historical Association. For additional information, call 256-446-9324, 256-702-6953 or 256-702-9799

“A Plantation Christmas” will be held at historic Belle Mont Mansion (circa 1828), 1569 Cook Lane (off Hwy. 43 S), Tuscumbia on Sunday, December 8 from 1-5pm. The traditional holiday open house, will feature decorations of fresh greenery and fruit along with period music and dance performances. Refreshments served. Shuttle available from roadside and parking in nearby field. Admission: $8 adults, $4 children 6-12, under six free. Sponsored by Colbert County Historical Landmarks Foundation to benefit Belle Mont and local preservation efforts. Information: 256-381-5052 or 256-383-0783,

The Shoals Symphony at UNA will conduct Handel’s Messiah at 3pm on December 8; Preludes and Polovtsian Dances at 3pm February 2; Valentines, Vino and Vivaldi at 7pm February 14 (for 21 and older); A Midsummer Night’s Dream at 7pm on March 14; Raiders of the Lost Ark in Concert at 7pm May 1; and Joe Gray and the Moscow Mule at 3pm October 20, 2020.

Tickets available by calling 256-710-1623 or email

The Bay Tree Council for the Performing Arts announces the production “Till Beth Do Us Part” is February 13-16; “Cheating Cheaters” will be April 23-26; and “Leading Ladies” is June 18-21. Productions are at Weatherford Centre, 303 Fourth Ave. S.E., Red Bay

Shoals Hospital is seeking senior adults with an interest in giving back to their community through volunteerism. The hospital, which is on Avalon Avenue in Muscle Shoals, has a thriving group of senior volunteers, who assist the facility by serving as ambassadors, directing patients to care areas and performing other roles.

If you or someone you know has an interest in serving as a volunteer at Shoals Hospital, the application may be completed online at, or in person during regular business hours. All other questions may be directed to the Volunteer Services Office at 256-386-1640.

The Nacolg Seniorx Medication Assistance Program Supplies Free And Low Cost Medications For Anyone In Alabama With A Disability Or A Chronic Illness Regardless Of Age That Requires Daily Medication. Medicare Recipients May Also Be Eligible.

For More Information Contact Nacolg Seniorx Today. There Is No Charge For This Service. Paula Pardue at 256-389-0529 or 1-800-Ageline (1-800-243-5463)

This Program Is In Partnership With The State Of Alabama And Alabama Department Of Senior Services

Hospice Volunteers Needed - Veterans, Students, Retirees, everyone with an hour a week to share with someone in your community. Specific needs: Male veteran to visit WWII vet, Florence area. Hairdresser/Barber in all areas. 256-269-2100 Comfort Care Hospice, Sheffield.

The Keller Hospice Promise Foundation assists patients and families with essential, non-hospice related expenses they are unable to afford themselves–such as rent and utility bills, emergency repairs, personal care items, and food assistance. The foundation also provides funding for patient's last wishes, burial assistance, and community projects like bereavement camps for children and educational outreach programs for end-of-life care.

When you make a donation to The Hospice Promise Foundation, 100% of your donation goes directly to patients and families in need because we are a 100% NON PROFIT FOUNDATION.

Donations can be sent to Barbie Johnson, Volunteer Coordinator, 1404 East Avalon Avenue, Suite C, Tuscumbia, AL 35674. Or contact the volunteer coordinator to answer any questions or pick up any donations: 256-314-1204 or email:

Volunteers Needed - Keller Hospice LHC of Tuscumbia is currently seeking volunteers to serve in Colbert, Lauderdale, and Lawrence.

Areas of need: Patient Volunteer, Administrative Volunteer, Craft/Hobbies Volunteer, Community Outreach/Event Planning/Fundraising Volunteer.

For more information contact: Keller Hospice LHC of Tuscumbia, 1404 East Avalon, Suite C, Tuscumbia. Phone 256-314-1204 or email

Did you know that there are 250 children who can’t live at home in our community each month? These children can’t live at home because the very people who are supposed to protect and care for them are not able to do so. These are the children in foster care. These are the children that need someone to stand up for them when it feels like no one cares. These are the children that need a CASA Volunteer.

Please consider becoming a Volunteer Advocate for local children who need a caring and committed adult to speak up for their best interest. Call the Shoals CASA office at 256-765-0041 or check out the agency’s website for more information

Want a job? Want a better job? Get your GED! Free GED Prep classes are located near you. The program is open entry with new students starting classes weekly. For more information, call the Northwest-Shoals Community College Adult Education Program at 256-331-5440 or 256-331-5438.

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REAL Rehome Educate Adopt Love offers the following pet preventive care assistance for dogs and cats in Lauderdale, Colbert and Franklin Counties:

• Flea/Tick Control

• HW Testing

• HW Preventative

• Vaccine

Submit your Pet Wellness application from our Facebook page REAL Rehome Educate Adopt Love or website