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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.  

The Boxmasters, J.D. Andrew and Bud Thornton will be performing Tuesday, August 17 at The Shoals Community Theatre. Doors open 6:30pm, show at 7:30pm. Tickets: orchestra #30, balcony $25.


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.


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, August 19, 5:30pm - "Breathing Lessons" by Anne Tyler

Thursday, September 23, 5:30pm - "The Midnight Library" by Matt Haig

Thursday, October 14, 5:30pm - "Mexican Gothic" by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

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


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 used for upkeep of the cemetery and facilities. Please visit our Facebook page “Hurricane Cemetery” for photos and information.


Florence-Lauderdale Farmers Market Open at 451 Fairground Road. The market will be open Saturdays during the months of May and October. Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday during the months of June through September. Hours are 6am-1pm each day.


Music in the Park, Wilson Park, Florence, every Wednesday 11:30am-12:30pm. 


The American Red Cross continues to experience a severe blood shortage as the number of trauma cases, organ transplants and elective surgeries rise – and deplete the nation’s blood inventory. There is an emergency need for donors to give now to ensure blood is on hospital shelves when patients need it.

Everyone who donates blood to the Red Cross from August 1-15, will automatically be entered for a chance to win an exclusive, VIP trip for two to the sold-out 2021 Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival.  Those who come to give throughout August will also receive a free 4-month subscription offer to Apple Music by email (new subscribers only). More details are available at

Upcoming blood donation opportunities:

Florence – August 19,  2-6pm - Singing River Brewery,  526 E College St.


LifeSouth Shoals Area Blood Drives - 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.


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.

 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.


Upward Soccer at Cross Point - register online at Cost is $55 includes reversible jersey, socks, poster with star stickers, and backpack.

Evaluations begin in August. Practice and games in September.

Email or call 256-764-4073 for questions.


Join the Quad Cities Square Dance Club meeting four Thursdays every month 7-9pm at the Royal Ave. Recreational Center in Florence.  We are refreshing and relearning our fun dance.


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Florence Kiwanis Club meets at noon on Fridays at Marriott Shoals Conference Center

Programs in August 2021

August 20 – Tim Anerton – Deputy Chief, Florence Fire & Rescue

August 27 – Ron Tyler – Chief of Police, Florence Police Department

For more information or details about Kiwanis, call publicity chair, Traci Welch, at 336-287-4958.


Boomer’s & Senior’s Social Dance, Tuesdays, 6:30-8:45pm. Doors open 6 pm. Bottled water only.  $5 for the Band/The Browns. Florence Parks and Recreation/The Club, 450  Country Club Drive, Florence.  This facility drug, smoke, alcohol, weapon free.


Florence Senior Center/The Club Serving Curbside Lunches 60 years and older, 11–11:15am Monday-Friday, call in by 9:30am. Dining in 11:30am. Sign in by 10:30am. $1 Donation. 256-760-6420. BINGO Tuesday prior to lunch 10:15-11:15am.


Joints in Motion, new days and times!!! At The Club, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, 9:30-10:15am.  Chair exercise, range of motion, activities of daily living.  All ages, no fee. 450 Country Club Drive in  Florence.  For more information:, Facebook: Florence Senior Center/The Club, 256-760-6420.  Mask optional.  Social distancing appreciated.


Florence Parks & Recreation is now accepting registrations for all Fall Sports including Soccer, Flag Football, Tackle Football, and Golf League.  Anyone interested in coaching in the fall will need to register online as well.

Girls Flag Football for Fall 2021 - Age divisions are 5 & 6 year old, 7 & 8 year old, 9 & 10 year old and 11 & 12 year old.  Registration is open now until August 26.

Adult Softball We offer the following leagues: Men's, Men's Church, Coed and Coed Church.

Register at or call the office at 256-760-6628


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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"


Shoals Artists Guild Meeting Friday, August 20, 10am at Kennedy- Douglass Center, Downtown Florence.


Public hearings to consider the budget of the Sheffield City Board of Education for the year October 1, 2021 – September 30, 2022 will take place on August 20, 12pm and August 23, 5:30pm at the Administrative Office, 300 West Sixth Street in Sheffield. 


Shoals Christian School presents ELVIS featuring Mike Adams! August 21, 6pm doors open, show at 7pm at the Florence Lauderdale Coliseum on Veterans Drive in Florence.

Tickets: Call 256 335 4004


The Annual Jake Landers Bluegrass Concert presented by Pettus Plumbing Piping and the Muscle Shoals National Heritage Area on Saturday, August 21 at 7pm at the Ritz Theatre in downtown Sheffield. Featuring Sister Sadie, Iron Horse and Josh Goforth.

More information, 256-383-0533.


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 August 21 10am-noon  Speakers:  Poet Mike Wahl;  Children's author K.A. Cummins

Saturday, September 18  10am-noon   Speakers: Author Bill Clemmons;  FlorAla editor Brooke Freundschuh

Friday October 1:  11am-2pm  *Community Room Reservation Required-- Speaker:  Author Chervis Isom, "Memoir Writing" Honorary Member and Member Appreciation Luncheon

Saturday October 2  11am-2pm *Reservation  Required  (BBQ Lunch at noon) McFarland Park Pavilion 1.   Event: Writers Round-up and Membership Drive* 

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,


The Shoals Writers Guild will host a book launch and signing at the Florence-Lauderdale Public Library on Saturday, August 21 from 12-2pm for local author Charles E. Cabler’s new book, "Overhead Espionage."  This fascinating book is a historical snapshot of the evolution of aerial reconnaissance in the United States published by Sunstone Press.  The book discusses significant first-type reconnaissance aircrafts, beginning with the Union Army’s hot air balloon in 1861,

It includes a discussion of the U-2 and the SR-71 Blackbird, and concludes with the unmanned RQ-4A Global Hawk in use today.  As an additional interesting feature at the book launch, US Army Major J. Damon Manders, will discuss the development of cameras for the purposes of aerial photography and reconnaissance.  FLPL - 350 North Wood Avenue, in Florence.


The Jake Landers Bluegrass Concert –Ritz Theatre, 111 W. Third St, Sheffield. Saturday, August 21, at 7pm, concert will be headlined by Sister Sadie. Concert will also include Iron Horse and Josh Goforth. 

Tickets are $25, can be purchased at the Tennessee Valley Museum of Art, 511 N. Water Street, Tuscumbia. Info: 256-383-0533 or  


Super Sunday's all month in August at Grassy Baptist Church 4 miles East of Lexington on Highway 64

Sunday School 10am; Worship at 11am  Sunday Night 5pm.

We will have a different Speaker each Sunday morning in August.

August 22 - Bro. Steve Agree;  August 29 - Bro. Jack Baliey 

Bro. Sam Wallace, pastor at Grassy, will be the speaker each Sunday night.

Everyone Welcome


Author John Young will be discussing and signing his latest book, "Redrawing the Blueprints for the Early Church: Historical Ecclesiology in and Around the Stone-Campbell Movement" on Tuesday, August 24 at 6:30pm in the Overton Memorial Library on the campus of Heritage Christian University, 3625 Helton Drive, Florence. All are invited to attend.


Highland Baptist Church in Florence will host the five-week Shoals Family Summit on  Wednesday nights beginning August 25 and continuing into September. located 219 Simpson Street.

The whole community will be able to gain valuable resources to help best lead your family in our current culture.  Many different highly-qualified speakers will be coming in to speak on a range of topics.  Each Wednesday event August 25-September 22 begins at 6pm.

August 25 - Angie Hamilton, Assistant District Attorney for Lauderdale county will be speaking on Social Media Safety.

September 1 - Stephanie Harrison, LPC, MAMFT, MACE Licensed Professional Counselor, Therapist with Pathways Professional Counseling will be speaking on Mental Health in Children and Teens

September 8 - Dr. Eric Kirkman, Director of Kilby School, Assistant Professor at The University of North Alabama, and Mary Jane Fowler, Riverhill School Principal, will both be speaking about Success in School

September 15 - Dr. Matt Burfurd, Christian Apologetic Strategist for the Alabama Baptist State Board of Missions will be speaking on Sexuality & Gender

September 22 - David Thomas, L.M.S.W., Director of Family Counseling at Daystar Counseling, and Sissy Goff, M.ED., LPC-MHSP, Director of Child and Adolescent Counseling at Daystar will be speaking on Raising Boys and Girls


The Singing River Chapter of Quail Forever annual banquet and auction is 5:30-9pm Thursday, August 26 at Clarion Inn, 4900 Hatch Blvd, in Sheffield.

Tickets are $55 each for adults, which includes membership in Quail Forever, and $20 for youths, which includes a Whistler membership in the organization. Spouse tickets, which do not include membership, are $20. Tickets can be purchased online at, or by calling Kevin Clemons at 256-627-7286.

Auction and raffle items will include firearms, collectables and outdoors gear.

Money raised at the event will be used to help enhance quail habitat on public lands in The Shoals and surrounding counties and to provide outdoors education and hunting programs for local youths.

Quail Forever is a 501c3 Non-Profit tax exempt organization dedicated to preservation of wild quail and other upland game and their habitat.


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:

August 26 - Building a support network  • Who should be included?  • Importance of finding balance and sharing the load  • Legal papers are critical

September 23 - Dodging and disarming landmines! • Long distance people with lots of opinions • Car keys  • Diet  • Bathing  • Wandering  • Home safety

 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.


Bradshaw Class of 1971 - 50 Year Reunion, August 27 & 28. 

Friday, August 27, 4-7pm - Welcome and tour of the Memorabilia Room at Burrell Slater High School, 620 W. College St., Florence. 6-10pm - Meet and greet at The GunRunner Boutique Hotel, 310 W. Tennessee St., Florence.

Saturday, August 28, 6pm  at Florence-Lauderdale Coliseum for Bunyans' BBQ, Music and Lots of Fun. Cost $30 per person.


Muscle Shoals Sound Studio will be open Monday-Saturday 10am-4pm through Labor Day. Tours are on the half-hour every hour and tour price is $15.  Discounts are available for military, senior and group tours.  We are pet friendly!  Tickets can be purchased online or at the studio  256-978-5151.  Muscle Shoals Sound Studio is at 3614 N. Jackson Highway in Sheffield. 


1st Annual Shoals CASA Music Fest takes place Saturday, August 28 at Muscle Shoals Amphitheatre, 4-10pm. Featuring Howell Sledge and The Revue, Bryan Muse Band, TOC, Moontree, and More.

Tickets on sale at


1st Annual Gospel Concert on Sunday, August 29 at 5pm hosted by Galilee M. B. Church at 23001 County Rd 14 in Florence.  The free Gospel concert will feature Grammy winner; Dottie Peoples, Stella Award winners Pastor Wes Morgan, Zacardi Cortez, Tim White, and our very own, The Orr Sisters.  Everyone is welcome.


Northwest-Shoals Community College (NW-SCC) is using Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) funding to provide a tuition break for students who register for the fall semester of at least 50 percent off tuition.

The College has received approximately $6 million in CARES money to be disseminated for students. To date, the College has given out almost $3 million. The amount of CARES funds students receive this fall will depend on how many hours they have taken at NW-SCC.

CARES money will be given to students after they complete their CARES application once they register for fall semester classes. All students that have applied for CARES will receive at least half tuition. Some may receive even more if they've been at the college throughout the pandemic.

High School Dual enrolled students (limit to two classes) and NW-SCC students that are within 15 hours of graduating will receive full tuition free if they have applied for CARES.

Registration is now underway at

2021 Fall Registration Apply or register now for the fall semester. Classes begin August 19. Northwest-Shoals Community College (NW-SCC) is working to make decisions that are in the best interests of the health, safety, and academic success of our students. For the convenience of our students, registration and advising for the fall semester will be conducted online and in-person.

To be eligible for the financial help, students must first register for classes and then apply through their individual Moodle student portal. They will receive an email and/or text message from the college explaining the process.   NW-SCC fall semester classes begin August 19.


Breaking a century-old tradition in the name of health and safety, Jehovah’s Witnesses has moved its annual in-person event to a virtual format for the second time in as many years, canceling nearly 6,000 conventions across the globe

The 2020 event was a first for Jehovah’s Witnesses, who have held public conventions in stadiums, arenas, convention centers, and theaters around the world since 1897.

“Powerful by Faith!” is the theme of the 2021 global event, which will be delivered in more than 500 languages to households throughout the globe over six weekends during July and August 2021.  Since the convention is typically held from Friday through Sunday, the program will be available in six installments corresponding to morning and afternoon sessions. “Friday” morning’s session will be available for streaming or download beginning June 28.

All are invited to attend the event by going to JW.ORG on the web or JW Broadcasting on the free JW Library iOs or Android App.  The program is free and accessible to all.  For more information, please call 1-718-560-5600 or email


Florence Parks & Recreation/The Club announcing Beginner Square Dance lessons each Monday, 6-8:30pm with Caller Kevin Cozad.  Sponsored by the Singing River Squares.

$21 on the first Monday of the month. You can begin any Monday. Casual dress and comfortable shoes.  No prior experience needed.  We’ll have helpers to help you.  Two left feet ok! It’s for recreation and fun. For more information 256-760-6642. We do not dance on federal holidays.


Coffee High School Class of 1971 - 50 Year Reunion, September 3-4

Main Reunion Event Saturday, September 4,  6-10pm at the Historic Sweetwater Train Depot, 502 South Royal Avenue.

Cost $75 per person, $150 per couple.

Informal meet and greet  Friday, September 3, at 5:30pm at Singin’ River Brewing Co., 526 E. College Street. 

Mail your payment to: CHS 1971 Reunion, PO Box 2384, Florence, AL 35630 

Check out our website at


Shoals Area Labor Day Festival, at Spring Park, Tuscumbia on September 6 begins at 10am with a parade along Main Street followed by activities in Spring Park.    


The Coon Dog Labor Day Celebration, 4945 Coondog Cemetery Rd, Cherokee on September 6, 10am-4pm. A unique festival featuring old timey bluegrass music, buck dancing, a liar’s  contest, and catered by nearby Bishop’s Barbeque. Info: 256-324-1122      


Geezers and Grandkid’s Fishing at Deibert Park:

Thursday, September 9, 6:30-11am

Bring your friends, family, grandkids, tackle, chairs, snacks, etc., Please sign in at the table before fishing.

We appreciate your continuing to social distance at the parks. For more information call The Club, 256-760-6420

Yahoo…School’s Out…Let’s Go Fishing on Tuesday, October 19, 6:30-11am


“The Walk of Life” will return to Tuscumbia Landing on Saturday September 11, 2021. The Trolley will be at Tuscumbia Spring Park at 8am to shuttle those to the Landing site in Sheffield.  Please bring your mask and observe social distancing.  If you drive to the Landing, be there by 8am, ready to go when the Trolley arrives. The parking lot is paved, and the road is open for this event.

The 2.2-mile walk retraces the Trail of Tears Removal route as close as possible to the original trail. Water is provided at the ballfield by the local Boy Scouts who receive a merit badge.  The bathrooms will be open for the event. Tuscumbia & Sheffield Police departments will escort. Ending in Tuscumbia Spring Park, the Trolley will return those walkers with vehicles at the Landing Parking Lot.

The Walk of Life is hosted by Compelling Stories of the Southeast, a 501C3 organization of Tuscumbia. The event is free and open to the general public.  For more information, call Robert Perry – 918-500-3467.  Annie Perry is Event Coordinator.


Shoals Symphony presents Yesterday: A Tribute to the Beatles, Norton Auditorium on the UNA campus, Florence on September 19 at 7pm. The Shoals Symphony Orchestra will start the  season off with some “Help!” from the #1 Tribute Act in Las Vegas, Yesterday! You’ll hear chart topping hits of Beatles classics performed with live orchestra for a POPS crossover event sure to entertain! Tickets and info:


Colbert & Lauderdale High School Students may be interested in knowing that representatives from the alumni office of University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa will be here to provide information for planning your future at the University.  Learn how to apply for admission to UA.  See what scholarships are available in your area and how your scholarship application can stand out!

Register at

Event date: Monday, September 20 at 6:30pm.  Turtle Point Country Club, 1000 Club Dr. in Killen 

More information: or at


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


Renewed Spirits is hosting a benefit dinner at the Marriott Shoals Conference Center featuring Elizabeth Smart on September 28.   Renewed Spirits is a nonprofit counseling service that works with the underserved in our community through various programs. 

The keynote speaker for the evening will provide a night of encouragement and hope for attendees.  Elizabeth Smart was set to graduate middle school in 2002 when she was taken from her home in Salt Lake City, Utah and held captive for close to a year.  However, this was a rare horror story with a happy ending, as the clues led to the teenager’s safe return.   Elizabeth will be sharing her story of hope, healing, and never giving up. 

Sponsorship packages are available beginning at $500 which include dinner before event, reserved seating for event, and recognition on all marketing/media/signage, and a thank you on social media.

General admission for event is $50 and does not include dinner.  For more information, call 256-335-4062 or visit


WoodmenLife Charity Tournament benefiting Local Elementary Schools Back Pack Program on October 11, 1pm Shotgun Start at Turtle Point Yacht & Country Club.

2 person scramble at $250 per team

Prizes for Long Drive and Closest to Pin

3 Flights: 1st Place Team $300

               2nd Place Team $200

               3rd Place Team $100

           (Pro Shop Credit)

Hole-in-One Prize: New Car

Hole Sponsorships Available: $100

More information, contact Rocky Beck 256-710-7133 or Adam Beck 256-762-6499.


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.


2021 Shoals Walk to End Alzheimer's - October 24 at 2pm  at McFarland Park - 200 James M Spain Dr in Florence

Registration at 1pm | Ceremony at 2pm | Walk Immediately Following

Walk to End Alzheimer's is full of flowers, each carried by someone committed to raising funds and awareness for a breakthrough in the fight against Alzheimer's and all other dementia. Whether you join us in person or Walk From Home, your participation makes a difference in the lives of those facing the disease.

The Route Length is a flat 2 miles.   Contact:  Jen Manning at 256-655-5460 or email for details

As of July 13 there were 55 participants and 25 teams registered.  $20,817 of this year’s 70,000 goal has been raised/pledged. 


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.


Let’s Travel Again!!! The Club / Florence Senior Center ”Diamonds in the Rough”, traveling friends, want to invite you to join them. Trips are open to the public!  Proof of Vaccination will be required with final payment. Deposit due now, $75. Checks made payable to Diamond Tours.

Pigeon Forge & Smokey Mountains Show Trip, November 15-19, 2021, $599, $75 deposit due now, final payment September 8.

4 nights lodging, 4 breakfast, 4 dinners, Visit Titanic Museum, 2 morning shows: Smith Morning Variety Show and “Tis the Season”, 4 evening shows: Patty Waszak, Soul of Motown, America’s Hit Parade, Country Tonight, Free time in historic downtown Gatlinburg

2022 Trips. More to be arranged.

Niagara Falls, May 1-7, 2022, $659, Passport Required, $75 deposit now final payment February, 22, 2022

7 days 6 nights

For more pictures, video and information visit: or call Fran @The Club


Register Now with only $75 deposit for motor coach trips.

 2022 Cruise: PML Travel

The Club presents 9 day 8 night vacation, Royal Caribbean’s “Ovation of the Seas”-ALASKA!! June 2-June 10, 2022-Passport Required. Proof of Vaccination.

$2799 per person/inside cabin

$2999 per person/outside cabin

$3499 per person/balcony cabin

Roundtrip Airfare, 1 night hotel, guided tour of Seattle, Washington, bus transportation from Airport, Cruise, Cabin, Shipboard meals, Port charges, Taxes and Transfers in Seattle.

Travel protection insurance $318-$380, $250 deposit now/Final payment February 2, 2022

Sitka, Skagway, Endicott Arm & Dawes Glacier, Juneau, AK and Victoria, BC

For more information The Club/Fran 256-760-6642 or


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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 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


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


Alabama Hospice of the Shoals in Tuscumbia is currently seeking Veteran volunteers to serve the following counties: Colbert, Lauderdale, Lawrence, Franklin, Marion, and Winston.  For more information, contact Barbara at 256-314-1204.


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.


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.


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.  

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