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FLORENCE–The Pope’s Tavern Speaker Series features presentations about Florence’s early history, from settlement through the Civil War. This is the third of ten in the first series of presentations taking place at Pope’s Tavern spanning December - June.

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SHEFFIELD–There will be a Mardi Gras theme surrounding the 20th Annual Shoals Home Builders Association Home Show at the Clarion Hotel and Conference Center on Hatch Blvd. in Sheffield this weekend.

SHEFFIELD – The 2nd Annual Northwest Alabama Farm Toy Show is Friday and Saturday February 7 and 8 at the Clarion Inn Hotel on in Sheffield. Vendors from throughout the South and Midwest will be selling, buying, and trading farm toys-from tiny replicas to pedal toys.

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SHEFFIELD – Renowned country-bluegrass singer-songwriter, Larry Cordle, and his band, Lonesome Standard Time, will headline the annual Jake Landers Bluegrass Concert at the Ritz Theatre Saturday, February 8 at 7pm. The concert includes local bluegrass artists Iron Horse who will be releasing…

LUNAFEST 2020, A FREE SCREENING of short films by, for, and about women that will take place on Thursday, January 30 at 6pm at the Florence-Lauderdale Public Library. The festival is sponsored by the library and the UNA Center for Women’s Studies.

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FLORENCE – Shoals Spark is the idea competition open to elementary, middle, and high school students living in the Shoals. The purpose of the competition is to allow the community’s youngest minds to generate unique ideas and plans for how to make the Shoals the ideal place to live and work.…

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

SHOALS DEMOCRATS ARE GATHERING Monday, January 27 at IBEW Local 558 in Sheffield at 1803 E 17th St.  The speaker will be James Parker of Attalla, Alabama  He is a graduate of Jacksonville State University and he currently serves as the Treasurer for the Alabama Young Democrats and the Secret…

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TUSCUMBIA – A full body of artwork donated by Billy and Wanda Isom over the course of decades is now on exhibition in its entirety at the Tennessee Valley Museum of Art through February 13. 

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FLORENCE – The 5th Annual SPAN Throwback Bash 70’s/80’s/90’s Fundraiser is set for Saturday, January 25 from 7-10pm at Burrell-Slater school next to W.C.Handy Museum at 610 West College St. in Florence.

THE POPE’S TAVERN SPEAKER SERIES features presentations about Florence’s early history, from settlement through the Civil War. There will be ten presentations in the first series, spanning December-June.

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FLORENCE – Ceramic artists, Lynnette Hesser and Steve Loucks, are bringing a dynamic selection of both their sculptural and functional ceramic pieces and wood sculptures to exhibit at Kennedy-Douglass Center for the Arts January 15 - February 21. They will give a presentation and discuss the…

FLORENCE – Kennedy-Douglass Center for the Arts will exhibit photographer John Dersham’s most recent collection of Alabama landscape photographs from January 15 - February 19 in the Kennedy-Douglass Annex gallery.  The My Alabama exhibit reveals the spectacular beauty found within the state’…

DAY BY DAY, A GRIEF SUPPORT GROUP FOR BEREAVED PARENTS/GRANDPARENTS, meets Sunday, January 12 at 2pm at Woodmont Baptist East Campus, located at 2002 Darby Dr.in Florence. For information, email debbiec2414@aol.com.

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ROGERSVILLE – The 4th Annual Alabama - Kentucky Rifle Show is Friday and Saturday, January 10-11 at the Joe Wheeler State Park Conference Center in Rogersville. This show is strictly an antique gun show and NO modern cartridge guns will be allowed. Exhibit hours are 8am-10pm on Friday and 8a…

THE FLORENCE-LAUDERDALE PUBLIC LIBRARY’S TRAVEL SERIES returns for January 2020. Each Sunday afternoon a different speaker shares stories and photos from a recent trip to a fascinating destination. Get Out of Town takes place on Sundays in January at 2pm.

BIRMINGHAM – The National Science Foundation has awarded the University of Alabama at Birmingham a major research instrumentation grant of $314,912 to acquire an atomic force microscope for interdisciplinary materials research and education.

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MONTGOMERY – The Alabama State Parks Division of the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources will once again recognize special contributors to the parks with its prestigious Eagle Awards. They will be presented Feb. 1, 2020 at Lake Guntersville State Park.