COMMUNITY NOTES may be submitted for non-profit, civic or church-related events and published free of charge AS SPACE IS AVAILABLE in the Courier Journal. .  Community Notes must be submitted in writing by 3pm Friday for consideration in the following week’s issue.  

• Email to; 

• Look for “Submit News” on our website  at

• Fax to 256-760-9618; 

• Mail to 219 W. Tennessee St, Florence, AL  35630; or

• Bring in person.

All properly submitted Community Notes which are dated will be posted weekly at   We do our best, however, there is no guarantee that this free information will be published in the paper.  Visit our website for a complete list of community notes.  If your item MUST appear  in the paper a certain week, we suggest you also place a paid ad by calling 256-764-4268.  That way it will be in at least one area of the paper.  When your community note is published, your event will have coverage in two different locations.   


Lauderdale County Head Start/Early Head Start is now taking applications. High Quality Services are provided at no cost to families including all school supplies. Enrollment is offered to all children  from birth to 4 years of age.  Children with special needs and/or disabilities and homeless families are given priority selection. Please contact 256-566-3204 for more information.


Get ready for planting season with Get Dirty at the Library, the Florence-Lauderdale Public Library’s gardening series. All classes are taught by Taylor Vandiver Reeder of the Alabama Cooperative Extension System.

Get Dirty at the Library events continue Thursdays at 11:30am:

March 5 - All About Tomatoes


Tri-Cities Memorial Gardens Florence Annual Spring Clean Up began March 1.   Lot owners of their heirs were asked to remove all grave decorations prior to March 1.   Items not picked have been collected and will be held until March 15. Items remaining after March 15 will be discarded.  Call 256-764-7542 for more information


Florence Knights of Columbus Fish Fry March 6, March 20 and April 3, 4:15-6:45pm at Saint Joseph Regional Catholic School, 115 Plum Street, Florence.

Adults $10, children age 4-6 $4, Tickets available at the door. Meal includes catfish filets, hush puppies, cole slaw, french fried or baked potato, dessert. Cheese pizza available for children only. Eat in or carry out.  All proceeds go to Knights of Columbus Council Charities.


11th Annual Coats' Farm Benefit Trail Ride & Auction March 6 & 7. Free admission - donations accepted. All proceeds go to North Alabama Christian Children's Home.

Yard Sale "Under the Tents" Friday, March 6 and Saturday, March 7, 7am until.... (No clothes please - will accept good yard sale items.)

Saturday, March 7: Trail Ride begins at 9am. Live Entertainment by the Pioneer Drive Band at 10am. Silent Auction at 10am-12noon (gift cards, hotel stays, oil changes, etc.). Lunch served at 11:15am: BBQ, Hotdogs, Hamburgers, Chicken & Goat Stew, Ham & Beans.

Public Auction begins at 12:15pm (will accept items, no clothes please) furniture (new &n used), appliances (new & used), sports memorabilia, horse tack, grass seed, vacations, tools, cakes, pies and Much More!

From Florence: From Cox Creek Parkway, go 10 miles North on Hwy 17 (Chisholm Rd.), turn right on CR 8 (in front of Salem Church of Christ), go 1 mile and go straight onto CR 299. Go 1 mile turn right on CR 298. Farm 3/8 mile (2nd house) on right.

From Greenhill: Take CR 8 for about 8 miles, cross RR tracks and go 2 miles, turn right on CR 299. Go 1 mile turn right on CR 298. Farm 3/8 mile (2nd house) on right.

From Tennessee: Take Hwy 13 (which turns into Hwy 17 at state line). Turn left on CR 8 in front of Salem Church of Christ and follow directions above from Florence.

Contact information: Robert Coats, Coats' Farm 256-762-2514; Don Williams 256-366-3357; or HACCH 256-757-4212; Buddy Smith 256-762-2804.


Day by Day, a grief support group for bereaved parents/grandparents, meets Sunday, March 8 at 2pm at Woodmont Baptist East Campus, 2002 Darby Dr., Florence.

For information, email


A Lent Series on Mental Health "Seeing the Unseen" at Edgemont UMC, 1330 Eauclaire Avenue, Florence, 256-766-3606.

March 8 – The Church and Depression

March 15 – The Church and Anxiety 

March 22 – The Church and Addiction

March 29 – The Church and Children's Mental Health

April 5 – The Church and Suicide

9am Traditional Services

10am Sunday School

11am Contemporary Service


Heritage Christian University is honoring ten unsung heroes on Monday, March 9 at 1pm located at 3625 Helton Drive, Florence. Recipients are: Faye Chastain, Johnnie Lou Cochran, Matt Heupel, Robert Huffaker, Sonny Owens, Robert Coats, Larry Gunderman, Thomas Holiday, Dr. John Kerr, and Cathy Turner.

Join us for this special Founders Medal Ceremony.


Northwest Alabama MS Warriors, a support group for patients and families dealing with multiple sclerosis will meet at 5:30pm on Thursday, March 5 at the Muscle Shoals Public Library, 1918 Avalon Avenue in Muscle Shoals.   Call 256-356-8548 for more information.


The 24th Urban Forestry & Horticulture Conference is Friday, March 13 from 8am-3pm at Cross Point Church of Christ, 1350 Cox Creek Parkway in Florence.

“Our World, Our Weather, Our Landscape: How weather patterns are changing our world and our landscapes” is the theme of this year’s conference, sponsored by the City of Florence Mayor and City Council and the Florence Tree Commission, Beautification Board, and Urban Forestry/Horticulture Department.

Outstanding speakers will present current information on horticulture and creating and preserving the urban green environment.

The public is invited.  The cost is $45 including lunch  ($50 after March 5)


Information:  256-760-6400


Maud Lindsay Free Kindergarten will have registration for 2020-2021 on Friday, March 6 from 8:30am-10:30am.  Children should be 4 years old on or before September 1 to attend.  Please bring your child's birth certificate and vaccination record to registration. The school is located at 227 Enterprise Street in Florence.  For more information, find the school on  Facebook or call 256-275-1709 from Monday- Friday 8am-11am.


15th Annual Spring Yard and Bake Sale sponsored by United Methodist Women will be held 7am-Noon on Saturday, March 7 at United Methodist Church Rogersville, 51 Turner Lindsey Drive.


The Florence Kiwanis Club is hosting its 69th Annual Pancake Days event at the Florence-Lauderdale Coliseum on Friday, March 13 from 6am-7pm and Saturday, March 14 from 6am-1pm.  Kiwanis is a global organization of volunteers dedicated to changing the world one child and one community at a time.  Advance tickets can be purchased for $8 ($7 each for 10 or more) and $5 for children 12 and under.  They are available at First Southern Bank on Court Street in Florence, from any Florence Kiwanis Club member or by visiting the website at   Tickets at the door are $9 each. 


Kindergarten Registration for Leighton Elementary School in the 20-21 school year is set for Tuesday, March 10 from 8am-2pm

This is required for every kindergarten student planning to attend in Leighton.  Student must be 5 before September 2, 2020

Bring: Birth certificate, Immunization record, Social security card, a Recent Proof of Residency (utility bill, lease agreement, mortgage statement, declaration of residence), Parent identification, and Custody documentation (if applicable)


Lexington Senior Center Swamp John's Dinner March 10, 4-7pm. Your choice of shrimp, fish, or chicken. Meal includes slaw, fries, dessert and drink. $12 per plate.


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, March 10 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!


Pesticide License Recertification Classes for Green Industry Professionals take place Thursday, March 12 from 9am-2:30pm at Cross Point Church of Christ in Florence.

Landscape and Urban Forestry Update: Pesticides, Herbicides (ROW/OTPC/OTPS/FOR) 10 Recertification Points

The cost is  $40, including lunch  ($45 after March 5) Registration: Information:  256-760-6400

Information about Agenda and CEUs:

Attendance at both events, Thursday and Friday, March 12-13, 2020,  $75 ($80 after March 5)


The North Mississippi Dulcimer Association will present a special program of dulcimer music from 10am- noon on Saturday, March 7 at the Natchez Trace Parkway Visitor Center located at milepost 266 near Tupelo.  The North Mississippi Dulcimer Association teaches dulcimer history, tradition, craftsmanship, and music by sharing its knowledge and talents.  This program is free.  For additional information, call 1-800-305-7417. 


The Office of Alumni Relations at the University of North Alabama invite you to join us for Light the Fountain 2020 on Thursday, March 12 at Harrison Plaza, from 6:30-9pm.

The special guest honoree will be alumna and former Director of the UNA Office of Alumni Relations, Carol Lyles Reeves, Class of 1970.  Carol was selected by the Office of the President to light the fountain this year.  Carol played a huge role in keeping UNA alumni and friends connected to campus for many years.  We are so excited to honor her this year for her leadership, dedication, and contributions.

UNA President, Dr. Kenneth Kitts, will give an update during the ceremony regarding the future plans of the fountain's completion.  Join us for a night of music, food, and fun.  Rain Date is March 17


Florence Kiwanis Club Meets Fridays at noon at Shoals Marriott Conference Center, 10 Hightower Place, Florence. 

Programs for March 2020

March 13 – Mary Day Smith - Adjutant at the American Legion will talk about the American Legion 

March 20 – Melanie Dickens -  MS Health Services Adminstrator/Tobacco Control Coordinator– will speak about the dangers of vaping

March 27 – Michael South – Director of Head Start for Florence City Schools will be speaking on the advantages of Head Start


The Alpha Pi and the Alpha Delta Beta chapters of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. will have their annual Scholarship Banquet Friday, March 13 at the Roundhouse in Tuscumbia. The Banquet starts at 7pm. The program is held each year to assist the chapters in sponsoring scholarships for area high school seniors.

The speaker for this year’s event is Dr. Thomas Calhoun, Jr. Dr. Calhoun is a native of Tuskegee, Alabama, where he was born on the campus of Tuskegee University. This year the fraternity will present its eighth annual James H. Floyd memorial scholarship sponsored by the Floyd family and the Alpha Pi chapter.

Entertainment for the event will be provided by Annetta Cole.

For more information contact any chapter member of Omega Psi Phi or call 256-757-1459.


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 Alabama Department of Early Childhood Education is now accepting pre-registration applications for Pre-K programs for the 2020-2021 school year. All children who will be four years old on September 1, 2020, are eligible.  However, there are limitations on the number of children that can be accepted.  Pre-K provides wonderful educational and social opportunities for our children.  Educational foundations can be strengthened and advanced because of Pre-K learning.  Unfortunately, there are many parents of young children that are unaware of the beneficial Pre-K programs in our area.  You can visit


Sheffield Head Start Program located at 701 East 17th St., Sheffield is now taking applications for Pregnant Moms and children ages 6 weeks to 4 years for the upcoming 2020-2021 school year fro 8am-2pm.

Parents must bring the following items: Birth Certificate, Verification of Income for 2019 (W-2 form, Income Tax Return, Check Stub, Social Security Statement, Child Support, Unemployment, etc.). Medicaid or Insurance Card (if available), WIC, Food Stamps, College ID, Military ID, Proof of Kinship Care, IEP/IFSP. Services are provided at NO COST to parents.

Children with special needs and/or disabilities and Homeless families are given priority selection. Call for an appointment today at 256-383-3577 ext. 102, 104, 106, 113, or 114. 


The Alabama Wildlife Federation (AWF) Quad Cities’ Wild Game Cook-Off takes place at 4pm on Saturday, March 14 at the Longhorn Arena in Tuscumbia.   Talented local cook teams will bring their best recipes of wild game, fish and fowl.

More cook teams are needed.  If you think you have what it takes, fire up your grills and get ready to battle with some of the best Backyard Chefs in northwest Alabama.  Entry for the cook teams is free, but teams must pre-register prior to the day of the event at  Trophies will be awarded to first through third place in fish, fowl and game, as well as Best Overall, Best Presentation and People’s Choice presented by the Alabama Army National Guard. The overall winner will be invited to the state finals in Millbrook on August 8 to compete for the title of AWF 2020 Wild Game Cook-Off State Champion.

For more information, call 334-285-4550 or visit


Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (ADCNR) to host a Free Hunter Education Course at Cypress Creek Indoor Range on Saturday, March 14, beginning at 8am. 

This free one-day course is open to the public, but students must register at https://huntered.Dcnr.Alabama.Gov/public.  Space is limited. Walk ins will not be allowed.  The program covers the skills, regulations and responsibilities of hunting, and wildlife conservation that help to secure our hunting heritage. 

If you were born on or after August 1, 1977, you must complete an approved hunter education program before being eligible to hunt. Cypress Creek Indoor Range is on Hwy. 157 North of Florence.


The REFRESH Bible Conference at First Baptist is especially for busy women.  REFRESH is on March 21 from 9am-2pm at 2018 on Wood on the First Baptist Church of Florence campus, downtown.  It is an invitation to press pause on the demands of life and spend six hours connecting with the Lord, the Word, and other women.  Refresh is for any woman who longs for a deeper understanding of God’s Word and wants to know how to study and apply its truth to her every day, busy life.

This year’s theme is JESUS IS: the I AM Statement of Christ.  Teri Lynne Underwood, national women’s ministry speaker and author of multiple books, is this year’s speaker.   The $25 ticket include all conference materials and a box lunch. 

For more information about REFRESH or to purchase tickets, visit the Refresh Bible Conference website, or contact the First Baptist Church office at 256-764-4921. 


"Dragons of Eden" by Carl Sagan (Pulitzer Prize, 1978) will be discussed at the 10am meeting of the Readers of the Lost Ark Book Club on Wednesday, March 18.  The club meets at Helen Keller Public Library, 511 North Main Street in Tuscumbia.   Email for more information.


Osborn Hill Cemetery personnel will meet on Thursday, March 19 at the Littleville Town Hall at 6pm to elect officers for coming year.  Donations are needed to help maintain the perpetual care now, and in the future.  Please make check payable to the Osborn Hill Cemetery Fund, c/o Mrs. Lana Duncan, 2330 Colburn Mtn. Road, Tuscumbia, AL 35674 or to the Valley State Bank in Russellville, AL  35674.  We encourage everyone to come.


Three different monthly group events at Ken’s Sewing Center, 912 Second Street in Muscle Shoals.   

KEN’S QUILTS OF VALOR SEW DAY meets from 10am–2pm every third Wednesday. Bring your machine, sewing and/or quilting supplies, and any red, white, and blue good quality 100% cotton fabric to work on or just come and help press, help cut or just give us moral support.  The mission of the Quilts of Valor Foundation is to cover service members and veterans touched by war with comforting and healing Quilts of Valor.  Bring yourself a snack lunch.

KEN’S SETNSEW meets every second and third Thursday of each month 10am–4pm.  Come join us and have some fun working on your own projects or participate in doing charity projects by hand or by machine.  There is no charge. 

KEN’S BROTHER LUMINAIRE CLUB meets the second Wednesday of each month from 10am–2pm. We work on different projects and techniques each month to learn the potential of our machine.  A sample of the project for the upcoming month is always displayed in the shop and on Ken’s website.  Classes are FREE. 

Bring yourself a snack lunch.   We do not meet the month of April or December.  Please contact Phyllis Massenburg at 256-483-2480 or if you are interested, if you will be attending, or if you have questions.


Zip City Neighborhood Watch Meeting will be March 15 at 2pm at Zip City Community Center.

Any questions, call 256-766-8727.


Northwest Alabama Reading Aides presents 2020 Margaret Green Community Spelling Bee on Tuesday, March 31 at 6pm at First United Methodist Church, McDowell Hall, Florence. Entry deadline is March 17.

The Spelling Bee is one of our major fundraisers. The funds raised in this event will be used to increase the numbers served in our adult literacy program. The entry fee is $250 per three-man team or team sponsorship of $250 and we will form a team. (Twelve-Team Limit). Teams compete for fun and trophies.

Purpose is to increase the community awareness of Northwest Alabama Reading Aids in a fun atmosphere. Each participating Team and/or sponsor will be included in any advertisement for the event.

For more information, call 256-766-5709.


Florence Parks and Recreation/The Club (Florence Senior Center) will host five Fishing Days at Deibert Park in 2020.  The first is March 28 from 6:30am-noon. Bring your own snacks, tackle and whatever you need to catch your fish. Catch and Share. Catch and Keep. Catch and Release.   

Other dates include, April 10, May 14, June 16, and September 12.  For more information, call The Club at 256-760-6420,   FaceBook Florence Senior Center “The Club”.


Motor Coach Tours With The Club (Florence Senior Center).  These trips are open to the public.

Mackinac Island, 7 days 6 nights, $719, August 16-20 - $75 deposit due now.

Pigeon Forge/Smokey Mountain Show Trip, 5 days 4 nights, $575, November 9-13

For more information, call The Club 256-760-6642


Foreign Travel With The Club (Florence Senior Center). 

Passport required, apply or renew yours now!

Magical Christmas Markets of Austria and Germany, December 12-19, 2020.

Double Occupancy: $3,029. Single Occupancy: $3,529.  $500 deposit due., Innsbruck, Austria; Oberammergau, Munich, Salzburg, St. Peter’s restaurant, carriage ride, train ride, Christmas Markets, explore locally at each location.

For more information, call The Club 256-760-6642


AIDT will be offering Leadership Skills I, II, and III in the coming weeks at the Shoals Center for Business & Economic Development, 20 Hightower Place in Florence  

Leadership Skills II -- is a follow-up course to Leadership Skills I, and includes more advanced topics of supervision. The class is offered in a 2-day format.  There is a comprehensive test given after the class, and if passed offers the credential of “AIDT Certified Leader II”. LEADERSHIP SKILLS I MUST BE COMPLETED PRIOR TO TAKING LEADERSHIP SKILLS II.

Leadership Skills III -- is a one-day course that is a follow-up to Leadership Skills I & II.  LEADERSHIP SKILLS II MUST BE COMPLETED PRIOR TO TAKING LEADERSHIP SKILLS III.  

Leadership Skills 2 (Two-Day Course) April 22-23 – 8am- 4pm

Leadership Skills 3 (One-Day Course)  June 24 8am- 4pm  

The cost is only $35  per person to attend any of the classes.  The cost includes lunch and snacks.  

For more information regarding the classes go to

Please send an email to or call 256-349-5632 to enroll.


The AARP Foundation Tax-Aide program will provide free, in-person tax preparation assistance in the Shoals area from through April 15.  This service is provided by volunteers who are IRS-trained and IRS-certified every year. The program is open to taxpayers of all ages, and does not have income limits.

Centers of operation:

Florence Public Library on Mondays and Thursdays, 10:30am–4pm by appointment only, call 256-277-8595 

Broadway Recreation Center in Florence on Wednesdays,  9am–1:30pm by appointment only, call 256-483-2894

Helen Keller Library in Tuscumbia, Tuesdays and Fridays, 10am–4pm appointments preferred, call 256-386-7831

Russellville Department of Human Resources Building on Thursdays, 9am–3pm by appointment only, call 256-332-0252

Leighton Hopewell CP Church on Saturday, March 21, 9am–3pm by appointment only, call 256-483-2894 

Please bring the following to your appointment: 

Photo identification (drivers license) 

Social Security cards (or ITIN documents) for you, your spouse, and /or dependents. 

Both spouses must be present if married couple is filing jointly. 

Birth dates for everyone on the return. Copies of last year’s tax returns (Fed & St)

All W-2, 1098 and 1099 forms, and a 1095 form if you purchased health insurance through the Marketplace

Any information for other income or deductions/credits

Proof of savings or checking account and routing numbers required for direct deposit of refund

If you own income-producing property, are in bankruptcy, or are self-employed with a loss, these situations are considered Out of Scope for our services.


Shoals Elks Lodge 2860 will be having a "Bean Day" on March 27 from 11am-2pm at 408 N. Nashville St. in Sheffield.  Dinners will be $7 each and include beans, onions, coleslaw, cornbread, and dessert.  All proceeds go to Elks charities.


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.


The Annual Business Yard Sale Event at MidGard Self Storage in Sheffield is scheduled for Saturday, April 4 from 9am - 4pm.   We had such a great turn-out last year and are looking to make it even better in 2020.

All businesses are invited to set up a table, booth, etc. and have a platform to spread the word about their business--free of charge.  We will also have Free Lunch and Raffle Drawings. 

We are also asking for donations (gift cards, merchandise, etc.) to be included in our raffle drawings.  If you would like to donate and/or set up at our event, please stop by the office, give us a call at 256-978-5526, or email us   Donations can also be mailed to: or mail donations to MidGard Self-Storage 414 Cox Blvd. Sheffield, AL 35660.  We look forward to hearing from you and hope you can join us for this event!


The Salvation Army Women's Auxiliary of the Shoals presents the 17th Annual Empty Bowls Luncheon on Wednesday, April 8, 11am-1pm at Marriott Shoals Conference Center, Florence.  Tickets: $15 in advance, $20 at the door. Carry out is available.

All funds raised from the sale of tickets and donations (100%) will be used to provide food for the hungry in Lauderdale, Franklin and Colbert Counties.

The Salvation Army Women's Auxiliary (S.A.W.A.) of the Shoals has agreed to conduct this event annually with the tireless assistance and contributions of many area potters, schools and concerned citizens. We thank you all, as well as the Marriott Shoals Hotel & Conference Center, for your generosity and support of this project.

For more information, sponsorship opportunities or advance tickets, call 256-246-2147. 


Lunch and Learn - Free Financial Series A series of free interactive financial seminars hosted by Bart Rickard with Edward Jones will help you take control of your financial future.

Tuesday, April at 12noon: Five Money Questions for Women

Tuesday, June 23 at 12noon: Foundations of Investing Seminar

Tuesday, August 25 at 12noon: Leave It, Move It, Roll It, Take It Seminar

Tuesday, October 20 at 12noon: Making Your Money Last

Registration is required and space is limited. Please call and register at 256-284-7432.


Corinth Kiwanis Leon Frazier Gospel Singing College Scholarship Fundraiser (UNA often benefits from the funds raised) Saturday June 6, 6pm, Corinth Coliseum Civic Center Theater, 404 Taylor Street, Downtown Corinth, MS.

Karen Peck & New River; Gold City; Phil Cross & Poet Voices, Dujuana Frazier Thompson & Family; Josh & Ashley Franks.

General Admission at door $15/Aartis Circle $25 in Advance including the artist Meet & Greet and Reception at 4pm


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


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.


"Getting Well Together", a grief support group, will meet the 2nd Thursday of each month at 10am in the Family Life Center of Cliff Haven Church in Sheffield. This is a FREE support group for anyone who would like to attend. For more information, call 256-764-0873.

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


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.


City of Florence  - Recycling Program:

Paper, cardboard, plastic bottles and jugs only (#1 & #2), aluminum cans, and steel cans are all recyclable. Residential curbside cart collection is provided within City of Florence limits. The Florence Recycle Center drop-off is available to everyone, 24 hours, 7 days a week.

Cardboard Boxes

Place large, broken-down cardboard boxes 3 feet away from your recycle and garbage carts. Remove all contents from each box before recycling as Styrofoam and plastic film are NOT recyclable.


Old TV’s are not collected with curbside trash. They can be dropped off at two locations:

--Florence Recycle Center:  1200 Terrace Street, Florence

--Florence Landfill:  29485 County Road 14, Florence

Wrapping Paper

All paper is recyclable if it will tear.  We encourage you to reuse ribbons and bows, but they are not recyclable.


Do you have a family member or a friend with a disability?

If so, sign up for our Disability Advocacy Network email list to show your support for a family member or friend through The Arc’s national movement.  

By signing up you will receive reliable updates about state and federal legislative decisions so you can take action as an informed advocate.

Your elected officials will listen to you on issues that are important to the I/DD community by making a call or sending an email!  Go to  to subscribe!


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