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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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• 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 each week 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.    

The Valdosta Community Reunion will be cancelled again this year due to limited seating in our restaurants due to the COVID-19 virus. Hopefully we will see you next year in June!


Mt. Zion Church of Christ VBS: "You've got a friend in me!" (Butler Creek Road) will take place June 6-10. Classes will be available nursery age through adult. There will be crafts, skits, puppets throughout the week. For more info or questions, call 904-571-8895 or 256-764-1462.


FUNDRAISER for Florence Softball All Stars 10U at the Florence Buffalo Wild Wings® Wednesday, June 9 • ALL DAY Valid at the 2870 Florence Blvd.

Mention this fundraiser to your server and Buffalo Wild Wings® will donate 20% of your total before-tax bill back to the Florence 10U All Stars!  (not valid on web or third-party delivery orders). 256-740-8464


The Florence Camerata Rehearsals will begin on Thursday, June 10  from 7-9pm in the Choral Room at UNA.  Come join us!

The Florence Camerata Concert will be at 7pm Tuesday, July 20 at the First Presbyterian Church in Florence.

Conductor is Rebecca Rockhill.  Collaborative Pianist is Karen Cantrell

Tickets will not be sold, but donations will be accepted.


The Centennial celebration of Race Amity Day will be observed as a Watch Party at the Florence Public Library at 3pm on June 13.  The national observance will be available for viewing and the proclamations and resolutions of governments in the Shoals area will be on display.


You are Invited to a Gospel Meeting at Frankfort Road Church of Christ on June 13-16 with speaker Chris Miller.

Service times: Sunday Bible Study 9:30am; Worship 10:30am; Evening Service 1pm; Monday-Wednesday 7pm.

Located 8170 Frankfort Rd, Tuscumbia, south on Frankfort Rd. off U.S. Hwy 72. 256-702-7500.


Day by Day, a grief support group for bereaved parents/grandparents, meets Sunday, June 13 at 2pm at Woodmont Baptist East Campus, 2002 Darby Dr., Florence.

For information, email


Homecoming and Decoration at Pisgah Methodist Church is June 13.

Service will be at 11am with Bro. Phil Springer.

Sorry, no lunch this year.  Pisgah is located at 3401 Co. Rd. 9 in Florence


Homecoming and Revival at Rhodesville United Methodist Church, June 13-16 with speaker Bro. Sam Waddell. Singing at 10am, Worship 11am with lunch following service.

Revival services Monday-Wednesday at 6pm. Everyone is welcome. 6230 County Road 189, Rhodesville.


Whole Hog Express Plate Lunch Fundraiser for Florence 10U All Star Softball on Thursday, June 17. Orders and payment due by Sunday, June 13. Pickup at the Florence Sportsplex off Savannah Highway, 10:30am-1:30pm on Thursday, June 17.

Plate includes 1/2 smoked chicken, baked beans, potato salad, roll, and white sauce for $12 per plate.

Contact Laura Hardy at 256-335-3318.

Deliveries available to businesses with 5 or more orders. Thank you for your support.


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.

Tuesday, June 8, Noon-6pm - Marriott Shoals Hotel and Spa, 10 Hightower Place, Florence

Wednesday, June 9, 10am-4pm - Genesis Cypress Cove, 200 Alabama Ave., Muscle Shoals

Thursday, June 10, 1-6pm - Buffalo Rock, 98 Highway 43, Tuscumbia

Friday, June 11, 11am-7pm - Southern Care New Beacon Hospice, 239 Azalea Drive, Florence

Saturday, June 12, 9am-4om - Rally at the River, McFarland Park, Hwy 20, Florence

Sunday, June 13, Noon-6pm - Walmart, Cloverdale Road, Florence

Monday, June 14, 9am-3pm - Florence Lauderdale Animal Services, 3240 Roberson Road, Florence

Tuesday, June 15, 9am-4pm - Colbert County Courthouse, 401 N. Main St., Tuscumbia

Wednesday, June 16, 10:30am-5:30pm - Times Daily, 219 W. Tennessee St., Florence

Thursday, June 17, Noon-6pm - Shoals Hospital, W. Avalon Ave., Muscle Shoals

Friday, June 18, 11am-5pm - CB&S Bank, Avalon Ave., Muscle Shoals

Saturday, June 19, 1-10pm - Phil Campbell Hoedown Festival, Railroad St., Phil Campbell

Sunday, June 20, Noon-6pm - Rural King, 3401 Woodward Ave., Muscle Shoals


Boston Butt Sale - Help us end Alzheimer's - Orders due by June 25, pickup at McFarland Park on July 3. $40 per butt.

Call or text 256-366-3362 or 256-762-9747 for more info. Other pickup arrangements can be made closer to date.

All proceeds will go to the Alzheimer's Association.


Geezers and Grandkid’s Fishing Dates at Deibert Park:

Tuesday, June 15, 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

Thursday, September 9, 6:30-11am

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


Shoals Scholar Dollars is hosting its June Jubilee Charity Golf Classic on June 18 at Robert Trent Jones at the Shoals courses - 8am shotgun start

Email for more information.


Emergence,  a juried art exhibition for emerging artists featuring 45 innovative artists from across the country is on Display at the Tennessee Valley Museum of Art in Tuscumbia through July 2

This spring, we put out a call for submissions, seeking artists who are working in unique ways, pushing creative processes to the breaking point, and have something important to express through their work. About 75 artists from all over the United States submitted artwork, and our jurors (Stacey Holloway, Darius Hill, and Wayne Sides) chose the most innovative work from these submissions to be included in the show. Don’t miss this opportunity to get a glimpse of the future of art, through the eyes of some of the country’s most talented emerging artists.

Exhibition Hours: Tuesday-Friday 9am-5pm; Saturday 10am-5pm

Admission: $5 for Adults; $3 for Students

Free for TVAA Members, Healthcare, Education, and First Responders, as part of our Arts for the Frontline program, sponsored by Bank Independent and E.S. Robbins


Starting Memorial Day - Labor Day inclusive, Muscle Shoals Sound Studio will be open Monday-Saturday 10am-4pm. 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. 


5th Annual Florence Open at Blackberry Trail - Registration begins June 1.  $150 per entrant. Golf Championship for the Charles Parish Medalist Trophy begins August 6-8 at the Blackberry Trail Golf Course, Florence. Lunch will be provided all three days. 


Eddie Frost Group up to 49

Chris Burns Group 50-64

Alex Sloan Group 65 and over

For more information or to register, call 256-740-8825.


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.


North Alabama Christian Children's Home 2nd Annual 'Drive-Thru Take-Out' Benefit Dinner - Saturday, June 12, 2:30-5:30pm, rain or shine, at the NACCH Campus, 6372 County Road 63, Florence. Deadline to call is Monday, June 7, so we can order the food. Sign up by calling 256-710-0937, 256-366-3327, or 256-757-4212 (NACCH).

Meal catered by Pop's BBQ, choice of smoked chicken or pulled pork BBQ, with baked beans, potato salad, roll, chips, cookies and bottled water. Meal is free, however donations to NACCH are greatly appreciated. Cash, check, debit or credit accepted. 


Ekklesia Summer Camp Opens June 1 • Monday–Friday • 5:30am–5:30pm  • Field Trips  • Music  • Outdoor Activities   Call 256-314-1700.  For information on pricing and enrollment


Registration is taking place now for Summer Camp June 1–August 9 at Calvary Learning Center  at 601 N. Main St. in Tuscumbia.   6:30am-5:30pm   Ages 4-12 years

Summer Camp is a structured program that offers campers age appropriate activities. Activities include arts and crafts, daily devotions, swimming, recreational games, sports, field trips, and much more! Breakfast, lunch, and snack will be provided for your child.

Camp opens at 6:30am and closes at 5:30pm with camp activities from 8:30am-4:30pm

Mini’s Camp: - Ages 4-5 years-- For students that completed Pre-K 2020-2021 OR will be entering Pre-K the Fall of 2021

Traditional Camp: - Ages 6-12 years -- Students must have completed Kindergarten

Calvary Learning Center also provides care for newborns to children 5 years of age.

Registration forms may be picked up at Calvary Learning Center, Calvary Baptist Church office, or on our Facebook Page: Calvary Learning Centers.

Fees:  Registration Fee: $90.  $85 per child.  $80 for 4 days.  $60 for 3 days

The registration fee (which covers the cost of field trips, camp t-‐shirt, supplies, and snacks) and the first week’s payment are due at the time of registration.

See the display ad in this week's issue for all the details.  256-383-1853 or 256-381-6650.

Summer Day Camp is sponsored by Deshler High School Fellowship of Christian Athletes 


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

For more information email: Pat Joiner

Mae Sutherland



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 over than 2 years old.

The Friends Bookstore appreciates the community’s patience while it had to suspend accepting donations during the Covid period.  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  ore information, call (256)-764-6564 ext. 126, or visit


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Florence Drive Thru Neighborhood Food Pantry at North Wood Methodist Church during COVID crisis, requirements: photo ID. Call 256-764-2111 for appointment.


sYMCA 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"


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.


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.

Mackinac Island, October 3-9, 2021, $719, deposit now, final payment June 7.

6 nights 5 days, 10 meals, 6 breakfast 4 dinners, Guided tour of Mackinaw City, visit Mackinac Island, Carriage tour, Boat ride through Soo Locks, Sight-seeing Sault Sainte Marie, Mackinaw Crossings, Colonial Michillmackinac, Gaming excitement at Kewadin Sault Casino

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


The Florence Senior Center/The Club is serving curbside meals Monday-Friday from 10:30-11:30am.  Please call in to reserve your meal between 8:30-10:30am.  Call 256-760-6668 for a menu.  Participation requirements: Over 60 years old and a tidbit of information. You can register over the phone.


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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.


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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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