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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.  

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Florence-Lauderdale Farmers Market Open at 451 Fairground Road. The market will be open Saturdays during October. Hours are 6am-1pm each day.


The North Alabama Civil War Round Table will have its October Meeting on October 19 at 6pm, at the Helen Keller Public Library in Tuscumbia.

Our speaker will be Kent Wright who will speak on "Ellet's Mississippi Marine Brigade", a little known, but very effective, amphibious force that operated along the rivers in the deep south. This promises to be a very interesting and informative program and anyone interested in this pivotal time in our history is invited to attend.


State Health Insurance & Assistance Program (SHIP) - Medicare and Medicaid counseling is provided to those becoming eligible for medicare through age or disability in alabama.  We can help with understanding the medicare benefits and programs as well applying for those you may qualify for.  During the open enrollment period (October 15 – December 7), we can assist in a possible savings for the coming year through these programs.  We also help to prevent and report health care fraud.  We cover lauderdale, colbert, franklin, marion, and winston counties.  There is no cost for these services.  Call 256-389-0538.  In partnership with the state of alabama and alabama department of senior services.


On behalf of the Shoals Chamber and the Mayors of Florence, Muscle Shoals, Sheffield, and Tuscumbia, you are invited you to celebrate the declaration of Shoals Chamber of Commerce Day, Wednesday, October 20 from 10am-1pm at 20 Hightower Place in Florence.  We’re celebrating Alabama Chambers with the Chamber of Commerce Association of Alabama during week of October 18-23. 


Northwest-Shoals Community College will host a Patriot Day on the Shoals Campus Wednesday, October 20 from 10am-6pm.

Patriot Day offers new, current, and potential NW-SCC students an opportunity to tour the campus, admission application assistance, financial aid assistance, ask questions, and have an opportunity to register for the spring semester. Students who attend will receive giveaways, and the College will have vendors and food trucks available.  

All prospective and current students are encouraged to take advantage of Patriot Days by signing up for a time at The Shoals campus event will take place in building 127.

NW-SCC spring semester classes begin Thursday, January 13. For more information, please contact Carl Collins, Director of Enrollment Management at or visit


Tour The Haunted UNA Campus At Night - October 21 & 24, starting time: 7:30pm. Prices: $15 Adults | $10 Ages 12 & Under. Don't miss this special fundraiser for UNA mascot, Leo III.

Explore the scenic and haunted campus of the first state-chartered college in Alabama. Starting at the Harrison Fountain, your guide, and University of North Alabama alumna, Debra Glass, will take you on a spine-chilling journey through the shadowed walkways and courtyards of UNA's most historic and haunted halls.

On The Haunted History of UNA Ghost Walk Tour you'll visit:

The Gothic Revival building which served as a Civil War hospital where the victims still haunt the living.

The infamous courtyard where a UNA treasurer met a grisly fate.

An antebellum mansion where mysterious spirits drove students and employees away.

The home of a child ghost who suffered a tragic death. And much more!

Starting Location: Harrison Fountain (near Lion Habitat)

All of the needs of Leo III, including his food, day-to-day care and habitat upkeep, is donation - and volunteer-based. All monies raised go toward meeting the greatest needs and emerging priorities in caring for Leo III. We are grateful for those who support our live lion mascot, Leo III. A portion of the proceeds will go to the care and upkeep of Leo III

All gifts to the Leo and Una fund are tax deductible to the fullest extent allowable.


Northwest-Shoals Community College Foundation is hosting the Metallica Scholar's Initiative Benefit Concert, featuring Iron Horse! Thursday, October 21, gates open at 5:30pm, show begins at 6pm at NWSCC, 800 George Wallace Blvd, Muscle Shoals.

Food and beverages will be available for purchase.

NW-SCC was one of nine schools chosen for the 2021-2022 Metallica Scholars Initiative, funded by legendary rock band Metallica's All Within My Hands Foundation. This program supports NW-SCC students in advanced manufacturing and construction majors.

All proceeds will directly benefit NW-SCC students in career technical education programs. For sponsorship opportunities, please contact Katie Smith at


Shoals Area Fight Against Cancer "Two Fun Shows for a Good Cause" on Friday,October 22, 5:30pm at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 2001 Cloyd Blvd, Florence. Featuring Reneese Puckett doing a Patsy Cline show followed by H. "Shannon" Phillips who will "celebrate" not "imitate" Elvis Presley.

Chicken stew will be available for $5 a bowl at 5:30pm. First show starts promptly at 6:30pm. Silent auction winners announced at end of shows.

Tickets: $10 donation. Make check to Shoals Area Fight Against Cancer. Send to Jill Trousdale, 314 Robbins Beach Road., Killen, AL 35645. Cell: 256-810-2016. Or pay via Facebook Shoals Area Fight Against Cancer Group.

100% from food and ticket sales and auction goes to help those in need in the Shoals. 


Revival at Lighthouse Baptist Church 275 Sweetwater Ave. in Florence  256-513-2625

Friday, October 22 • 7pm

Saturday, October 23 • 10am

Evangelist: Bill Breedlove

“SPECIAL MUSIC” from Bro.“Bill Breedlove”  “The Landers Family”

Pastor is Dexter Landers

The Pastor bringing the most visitors (15 or more) will receive a $250 gift card to Bass Pro Shops. Tie breaker decided by ticket drawing. Visitors must be present at both Friday and Saturday services.


It was a busy summer. Too many animals were let out of their homes to play, ending up injured by other animals and cars.  Needless to say, Chloe’s Fund helped a lot of them recover. However, the watch the Animal Hospital bills are piled high and the fund needs you help once again.

The group’s wonderful volunteer bakers have been busy getting into the Fall spirit and playful with their Halloween treats. Those homemade treats will be available from 10am-1pm on Saturday, October 23 at the Florence-Lauderdale Animal Services (FLAS) Building, located at 3240 Roberson Road in the Florence Industrial Park.  The new Chloe's Fund Dessert Cookbook with some of our bakers’ dessert recipes will also be there and available.  All proceeds from these sales benefit Chloe’s Fund in helping with medical expenses for animals at Florence Lauderdale Animal Services. 

Chloe's Fund is named for Glen and Debby Nelson’s beloved dog of 16 years, Chloe. After Chloe's passing, Debby set out on a mission to help as many sick and injured Florence-Lauderdale Animal Shelter animals as possible. 


Authors Bill Bagents and Rosemary Snodgrass will be discussing and signing their book, "Counseling for Church Leaders: A Practical Guide" on Tuesday, October 26, from 6:30pm to 8pm in the auditorium of Heritage Christian University, 3625 Helton Drive, Florence. All are invited to attend.


Howl-O-Weed Dash 2021 a community 5k and 1 mile Fun Run to benefit the Florence Lauderdale Animal Shelter will be held Saturday, October 23 at 2pm at McFarland Park, Florence.

Registration is $25 for the 5k and $20 for the 1 mile Fun Run Participants will receive a t-shirt and a tote bag. Register at 

Florence Kiwanis Club Meets Fridays at noon at Marriott Shoals Conference Center in Florence

Programs October 2021

October 22 – Harry Wallace, Shoals area historian.

October 29 – Tim Zuelke, V.P. at Bank Independent.


Haunted History of the Shoals Ghost Walk Tour - Join author and guide, Debra Glass, for a tour of Florence, Alabama's most haunted places.

A spine chilling night awaits you in the company of a masterful storyteller who will entertain you with tales steeped in legend, folklore, and truth. As twilight creeps over the homes and hidden courtyards of the historic downtown district of Florence, Alabama, prepare yourself to witness the mysterious and inexplicable.

Tour dates: October 22 and 23 and October 25-30.  Souls depart from Wilson Park (corner of Tombigbee and Seminary St.) at 7:30pm and ends at approximately 9pm. Debra's series of Shoals Ghost Story books will be available for purchase after the tour.

Tickets for Haunted History of the Shoals Ghost Walk Tour can be booked at $15 Adults | $10 Ages 6-12. 



The popular Haunted Hayrides through the LaGrange College site normally scheduled for October have been cancelled this year due to the rise in cases and public vulnerability to the COVID-19 virus.   The rides regularly took place at the historic site every Friday and Saturday in October leading up to Halloween, according to Louise Lenz of the LaGrange Living Historical Association, were used as a fundraiser for the LaGrange College Site Park.


"From These Threads: Cotton Culture," will be on display through November 12 at Tennessee Valley Museum of Art, 511 N Water St in Tuscumbia. Dozens of beautiful quilts will be on display at the TVMA for this exhibition. Cotton in the South has a long, rich, and complicated past. "From These Threads: Cotton Culture" will offer visitors the opportunity to travel through some of the history of cotton, its production, and its use in the creation of quilts over the past 190 years. The exhibit will feature historical quilts dating from the 1830s through contemporary pieces created by today’s quilt artists. The quilts are drawn from private collections in the area. For more information, call 256-383-0533 or visit


Diaper & PPE Giveaway at Handy Recreation Center, 1105 Beale Street, Florence, sponsored by Councilwoman Kaytrina Simmons, and Community Action Northwest Alabama on Saturday, October 23, 9am-Noon, Drive-by-Event, while supplies last.

For those who may need assistance with the following: Diapers, Pull-ups, Wipes, and PPE.

If you have questions, please contact Councilwoman Kaytrina Simmons at 256-349-3879.

All PPE supplies are distributed to help mitigate the spread of COVID.


As cooler weather approaches, Belle Mont Mansion will host a new exhibit titled “Cold Weather Comforts,” featuring a display of antique and vintage quilts and oil lamps 10am-4pm every Wednesday-Saturday, October 6-30.

The annual October quilt show has been expanded this year to include historic oil lamps.  Local collector Mary Carton has been acquiring oil lamps for more than 20 years.  Her collection now numbers about 50 lamps dating from the late 1800s through the early 20th century when TVA brought rural electrification to the Shoals.  Some of her favorite lamps will be displayed along with the history of each.

Glenn Rikard’s quilt collection has formed the basis of Belle Mont’s annual display for many years. This year’s display will again feature his personal collection, with many pieces being shown for the first time. He will present a program each Friday at 1pm.  Attendees are invited to bring quilts to share during the program’s “show and tell,” when Rikard will be available to help identify unknown patterns and estimate dates of crafting.

The Friday programs will be held on the courtyard, weather permitting. Programs will be canceled in the event of inclement weather. Those who visit the museum’s exhibit will be asked to wear a mask and to maintain social distancing while indoors. 

Belle Mont is located at 1569 Cook Lane, Tuscumbia, Alabama. Regular museum admission rates will apply:  Adults $6; Seniors, College Students and Military $5; youths 6-18 years $3; Children younger than 6 are admitted free. For more information, call 256-381-5052,   


The Shoals Writers Guild has finalized the remainder of its 2021 Schedule.  Update your calendars.

All meetings at Florence-Lauderdale Public Library, 350 N. Wood Avenue, Florence unless otherwise indicated.

Saturday, October 23-24  10am-6pm and noon-6pm respectively. Event: Booth at the Alabama Renaissance Faire   Wilson Park , Florence.  Registration required.

Saturday, October 23  noon-2pm,   Book Launch, "The Edge of Everywhen", by AS Mackey (Allison Mackey) at FLPL

Saturday, November 20  10am-noon   Speaker: Author Lisa Phillipart

Saturday December 18  10am-noon,   Speaker:  Author Bradley Sides,  Event: Christmas Social

For more information, please email,


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LifesSouth is in emergency need for blood donors, as the national blood shortage continues, and asks donors to help by donating blood during their Back to School Blood Drive. Blood donors who give blood at any LifeSouth donor center or bloodmobile through Sunday, August 8 will help summer blood shortages, save lives, and receive a $20 e-gift card as a thank you for donating.

This year continues to be difficult for LifeSouth and blood centers across the country with the impact of the pandemic causing a decrease in blood donations, while the need to help patients in local hospitals continues to increase.

Regular blood donors who have not given recently and first-time donors can make a major impact by donating. One donation can save up to three lives.

 Donate at the Center, 307 Veterans Drive, Florence. Schedule an appointment, 256-765-7038. The hours are: Monday, Wednesday, Friday 9am-5pm; Tuesday and Thursday 9am-7pm; Saturday 9am-3pm; Sunday 1-5pm.

To find a donor center or mobile blood drive near you, visit or call 888-795-2707. Blood donors must be at least 17 or 16 with parental permission, weigh a minimum of 110 pounds and be in good health. A photo ID is required. LifeSouth donors receive a complementary cholesterol screening with each donation.


The Alabama chapter of the Central States Archaeological Society, will be presenting the 2021 Rogersville Indian Artifact Show October 24 at the beautiful Joe Wheeler State Park Lodge from 8am– 3pm.

Some of the finest Indian Artifacts collected in the states of Alabama, Tennessee, Mississippi, Georgia, Florida and Kentucky will be on display. These impressive collections will represent artifacts from the Paleo, Archaic, Woodland and Mississippian time periods.

There is no admission charge to the public and there will be multiple collectors and dealers on hand to answer any questions you may have about their collections or any artifact that you bring in and would like information on.

For information on Joe Wheeler State Park Lodge online go to or call 1-800 544-5639 or 256-247-5461.

For more information on the show, Contact Todd Newman at 256-710-7261


American Foundation for Suicide Prevention: Out of the Darkness Community Walk - Sunday, October 24 at Florence High School. Registration begins at 1pm, walk at 2pm.

To register visit: For additional information contact Meesha Emmett at 256-394-7141.


Free Community Concert on Sunday, October 24, 5-7pm at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 1520 Rickwood Rd. in Florence.

5-5:30pm - Opener: Wil Bruninga , Local artist, Westminster's Own.

5:30-7pm - Trey Nichols, Leader of "Yes Trespassing Band" and Bailey White, plays regularly at Swampers and Westminster.

We will be in the outdoor courtyard, in case of rain we will move to the sanctuary, which is large enough to social distance. We will have folding chairs for seating outside, but feel free to bring your favorite camp chair. Free sandwiches, cookies, and lemonade.


The University of North Alabama Christian Student Center presents their 33rd Annual Benefit Dinner at 7pm Thursday, November 4 at the Florence-Lauderdale Coliseum.

Entertainment will be provided by Patrick Reed and The Goat Hill String Band

Tickets are $75 and are available by contacting the CSC at or 256-764-9439.

To learn more about sponsorship opportunities, please contact the UNA Christian Student Center office at 256-764-9439.


The Muscle Shoals Middle School chorus and show choir will be presenting our first annual Boo Bash concert on Tuesday, October 26 at 6pm in the Muscle Shoals High School Auditorium. 

This concert consists of music from favorite movies such as "The Rocky Horror Picture Show", "Hocus Pocus", "Addams Family", "Nightmare Before Christmas", and many more. Step into our world of music as we use "Thriller" by Michael Jackson to get our audience into a dancing experience. School aged kids can come dressed up in costumes and will receive a treat at the end of the concert. 

Tickets are available online at under Muscle Shoals Middle School. Tickets are $7 for general admission. This event supports the Chorus Department at Muscle Shoals Middle School. 

Lights, decorations and great singing will all come together to showcase the wonderful talent of these students. We hope to see you there!


Alzheimer's and Brain Awareness, the Florence-Lauderdale Public Library, in collaboration with the Coalition for Alzheimer’s and Related Disorders (CARD), is  presenting a series of free symposiums on Alzheimer’s disease in the coming months.  

Symposiums are scheduled in the library conference room from 5-6:30pm the fourth Thursday each month through October. Future topics will include:

 October 28 -  ABC’s of caregiving  • In this special symposium, a panel will share some of their personal experiences and answer questions. There also will be discussion on how to deal with grief along the way. 

Every 65 seconds, someone develops Alzheimer’s disease, with 5.8 million American’s living with the disease, according to CARD data. CARD is a nonprofit organization established in 1993 to provide education and support for the residents of Colbert, Franklin, Lauderdale, Marion and Winston counties. 

The scheduled facilitator for the symposiums is CARD board member Donna Tidwell.


Remaining Dental Clinic this month is at the Shoals Community Clinic is October 29.  Dr. Abercrombie will be the dentist. The only procedure performed is tooth extractions. Each extraction is $20 with a voucher presented at the time of the procedure at the clinic. This fee covers the extraction, x-ray, consultation, and medications. Patients must be in line when the doors open at 7am to be seen. Patients are seen on a first-come basis.   Call 256-760-4713


The 2nd Annual Paw-loween Event takes place October 30, 10am-2pm on North Court Street, Florence. The event will include lion paw painting on Court Street as well as a trunk-or-treat event.

Paw painting will take place from 8am-Noon by Registered Student Organizations and other UNA-based groups.

Trunk-or-treat will take place from Noon-2pm also on Court Street, and will be open to children throughout the community.

Presented by City of Florence and University of North Alabama. 


The Colbert County Republican Party will host the second annual Halloween cookout and trunk or treat celebration from 12–6:30pm on Saturday, October 30 at 200 Main St. in Cherokee.   There will be plenty of meat on the grill with hamburgers and hotdogs served to everyone. At nightfall there will be treats for kids who dress in their Halloween costumes.   Local musicians will play some favorites and the brand new sign for the West Colbert Republican field office in downtown Cherokee will be unveiled.


COVID-19 and Rapid testing is now available at the SHOALS  COMMUNITY  CLINIC -  FREE to the public. The clinic has partnered with the Alabama Department of Public Health to administer these tests. The new COVID Rapid test takes only 15 minutes.   256-760-4713


The Magical Masquerade at UNA’s Rogers Hall, in Florence takes place at 7pm Saturday, October 30.  This special event fundraiser benefits the Shoals Symphony Orchestra.  Join the SSO for magical night of music and mystery!  Spooky, delicious appetizers and tasty libations are included for those 21 and older.  Ticket information is available at

Suggested Attire: Evening Wear (Dark Suit, Long Dress) & of course a Masquerade mask is encouraged.


The Long Term Care Ombudsman’s job is to protect the rights of residents of long term care facilities, including Nursing Homes, Assisted Living Facilities, and Specialty Care Assisted Living Facilities.

The Ombudsman works to ensure that the Residents receive fair treatment and quality care.  Anyone can contact the Ombudsman to report long term care problems or to request information about long term care facilities.  For more information contact Tina Pitt, local Ombudsman at 256-389-0533.


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Lauderdale County Solid Waste - New Service Announcement - The Lauderdale County Solid Waste Department now picks up yard debris from county residents. This service is throughout the county only. 

Residents who need our service and meet the requirements should call the Solid Waste office at 256-760-5878.

For more information see the advertisement in this issue.


Shoals Symphony presents "One Thousand and One Nights," November 7 in Norton Auditorium on the UNA Campus.  Rimsky-Korsakov tells the Arabian Nights tale of the cruel Sultan Shahryar. After "One Thousand and One Nights" the Sultan has fallen for the one in which the masterpiece is named, Scheherazade.  The show begins at 3pm. Tickets are available at


Exchange Club of Florence presents "One Nation Under God Prayer Breakfast" on November 9 at Marriot Conference Center. Guest speaker Brodie Croyle, Executive Directory Big Oak Ranch and former Alabama & Kansas City Chiefs Quarterback.

Ticket info: or 256-648-3470.


The Veteran’s Day Parade and Ceremony is on November 11 through historic downtown Tuscumbia and honor all veterans, past and present, serving our great nation around the world. The ceremony will be at 201 N. Main Street in Tuscumbia.  Contact the Colbert County Commission for more information, 256-386-8500.


Monthly Book Club Discussions at the Florence Lauderdale Public Library  350 N. Wood Ave. Florence.  For more info contact: 256-764-6564 ext.136 or

Thursday, November 18, 5:30pm - "Klara and the Sun" by Kazuo Ishiguro

Thursday, December 16, 5:30pm - "Christmas in Peachtree Bluff" by Kristy Woodson Harvey


YOU ARE NOT ALONE! If you are troubled about someone else’s drinking or substance abuse, Al-Anon may be for you.

Shoals area Al-Anon Meetings

Hope Group: Mondays - 6pm at Highland Park Church of Christ, 600 Geneva Ave, Muscle Shoals

Shoals Alateen (ages 12-18 years): Mondays - 6pm at Highland Park Church of Christ, Muscle Shoals

Florence Daytime Al-Anon: Tuesdays - 11am  at Magnolia Church of Christ  2640 Vulcan Ave, Florence

Florence Freedom AFG: Tuesdays - 11am  at Mission of Mercy 414 E. Tuscaloosa St, Florence

Russellville Al-Anon: Thursdays - 6pm  at Russellville First Baptist Church  213 Jackson Ave, Russellville

Paths to Recovery: Thursdays - 6pm and Saturdays - 10am at Crosspoint Church of Christ Adult Center at 1350 Cox Creek Pkwy, Florence

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Pay it Forward: Donate to Educate.  Shoals Scholar Dollars is an Education Foundation raising money to pay tuition at Northwest Shoals Community College and transfer scholarships to the University of North Alabama for Lauderdale and Colbert County students who meet certain criteria. Donate to Scholar Dollars at any participating financial institution the second Friday of each month.


YMCA of the Shoals Affordable Before & After School Care includes over 7,000+ square feet of childcare dedicated space - homework help, team building activities, arts & crafts, and much more. Have Fun! Make Friends! Learn New Things! If you need affordable childcare, contact us today at 256-246-9622 or"


The Foster Grandparent Program is now taking applications for senior citizens in Colbert and Lauderdale County to work 15-40 hours a week with special needs children in the school systems, head starts, and daycares. You will be tutoring and mentoring children with their school work and helping to learn. 

If you are 55 years or older and live on a fixed income, then this is the program for you. You will receive a small non-taxed stipend 2 times a month, mileage reimbursement, and lunch for each day of service. This stipend does not count as income according to Public Law 93-113 under Older Americans Act. It will not affect any other federal or state assistance that you are already receiving. You will also be covered with accidental and personal liability insurance while working with the program.

This need in our area is great! If you are interested please contact our office at 256-332-6800.


The Manufacturing Skill Standards Council (MSSC) currently offers industry-led training certifications at Northwest-Shoals Community College.

The MSSC training center at NW-SCC is an industry-led training, assessment, and certification system focused on the core skills and knowledge needed by the nation’s front-line production and material handling workers. MSSC training offers both entry-level and incumbent workers the opportunity to demonstrate that they have acquired the skills increasingly required in the technology-intensive jobs of the 21st century.

If you have questions regarding MSSC certification at NW-SCC, please contact Taylor Franks. You may call 256-331-8092, text 256-415-6992, or email at


Christmas in the Country is November 20 at LaGrange College Site Park, at 1491 LaGrange College Road in Leighton.  Take a walk back in time and experience Christmas of yesteryear. Be sure to stop by the Welcome Center upon arrival and purchase something delicious at the annual Bake Sale. Pioneer log cabins will be decorated inside and out for self-guided tours. Other activities include arts and crafts vendors, hay rides to the historic LaGrange Cemetery, and visits with Santa. Saturday’s event is from 10am – 4pm. This is a free event. For information, contact Louise Lenz at 256-446-9324 or


The Winter Art Market at Tennessee Valley Museum of Art in Tuscumbia is scheduled for November 27- December 23. Find the perfect gifts for your loved ones from 35+ local and regional fine artists who will have booths and will be selling works of paintings, pottery, jewelry, baskets, scarves and more.  A wide range of price points will be available, so whether you’re looking for small stocking stuffers or elaborate gifts, the market will have the special, one-of-a-kind treasures you’re looking for. Information: 256-383-0533 or


Hurricane Cemetery is located between Rogersville and Anderson on Lauderdale County Road 551. The cemetery was established in 1852 and is totally supported by volunteers and donations. Through a private donor, the cemetery committee started a project three years ago to create a historical documentary DVD to preserve stories from the past, as told by older members of the community.  The first release, “Hurricane Cemetery: Memories of the Past”, is a 30 minute video now available for purchase.   A copy of the DVD can be purchased for $10 plus $3 shipping by calling or texting Doug Newton at 256-247-1420.  All proceeds will be used for upkeep of the cemetery and facilities. Please visit our Facebook page “Hurricane Cemetery” for photos and information.


The Friends Bookstore, located in the Florence-Lauderdale Public Library, is now accepting donations of books and recent magazines.  Bring your donations by the back entrance of the library on Tuesdays or Thursdays from 10am-2pm, and you will find a volunteer or library staff member to assist you.  The Friends ask that you limit your donation to 20 items during this time and that donated items be in good condition.  Items that the bookstore cannot accept include: encyclopedias, condensed books, cassette tapes, LP records, catalogues, and magazines older than 2 years old.

Donations are vital to the library and the bookstore, as the profit from the sales made in the Friends Bookstore provide the community with free services, materials, and programs.   For  more information, call 256-764-6564 ext. 126, or visit


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.

1-800-AGELINE (1-800-243-5463)   Paula Pardue   256-389-0529

This program is in partnership with the State of Alabama and Alabama Department of Senior Services


The American Red Cross has kicked off its Annual Fund Drive,  looking for 1,000 supporters to boost the 2021 Annual Fund and provide urgently needed aid to families facing their hardest moments throughout the year.

Your generous support helps AMC to respond immediately whenever and wherever they’re needed, in local communities and nationwide. And monthly support powers the American Red Cross mission, year-round.

When you make a monthly gift to provide steadfast support for families, they’ll also send you a special

Red Cross mini first aid kit in a vintage-inspired tin.  For more information or to donate, call 1-800-435-7669 or visit


Utility Assistance is Available for those in need who qualify. No Appointment Needed.  Just submit the proper paperwork as directed.  The State of Alabama now mandates the use of a Declaration of Household Income form.  This form is to be completed by the person applying for assistance. It will include income information on each household member 18 and older. You may visit one of our offices to request a form or visit for an application.  Call 256-766-4330 for more information.


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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


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 


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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. 


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.


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!

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