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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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CLOTHES GIVE AWAY – Thursday, June 3 from 8-10am t the Care Center, First Baptist Church, Killen

 

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!

 

Reeling for Ronald hosted by Alpha Delta Pi at the University of North Alabama on June 5 at McFarland Park, Florence. Take-off at safe light, weigh in at 2:30pm.

Big fish prize - $500. 1st place - $1,000, 2nd-5th places will also receive a money prize. Entry fee per boat: $100 includes t-shirt. Food and drinks available for purchase. Drawing of prizes to follow announcement of winners.

Contact: 256-214-3751 or reelingforronald@gmail.com. Like our Facebook page: Reeling for Ronald for rules and more information.

All proceeds benefit the Ronald McDonald House Charities and the Alpha Delta Pi Foundation.

 

Austin Cemetery Annual Decoration Sunday June 6 from 10am-3pm.  Located 8860 County Road 5 Florence

 

Homecoming and Decoration Day at Wesley Chapel UMC, 11025 County Road 15, Florence on Sunday, June 6. Worship service at 11am at our Pavilion with Rev. Joe Riddle preaching. Because of COVID we will forgo a fellowship meal this year. 

Celebrating 203 years of service to God and Community.

 

Trinity MB Church is reopening for Sunday Worship service beginning June 6 at 10am. Attendance is limited, and registration is required. At facebook.com/TrinityMBChurch we have posted a short video detailing the CDC guidelines that have been incorporated as well as how to register to attend. All Becoming sessions and ministry meetings will continue to meet via ZOOM until further notice. Link information can be found on Facebook 15 minutes prior to the session.

 

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.

 

RED CROSS DONATION EVENTS:

Athens– June 2: 11am - 4pm, TLC Pediatrics, 22335 US Hwy 72 E, Suite C

Rogersville – June 4: noon - 4pm, Rogersville Fire Department, 36 Wheeler Street

As the nation transitions to a new, hopeful phase of this devastating pandemic and people resume some of their normal activities, the American Red Cross needs your help to avoid a summer donation slump.   The Red Cross is also thanking those who come to donate May 28-June 13 with a limited-edition T-shirt, while supplies last.

Individuals of all blood types are urged to schedule an appointment now to give blood, and in most cases, those who have received a COVID-19 vaccine can donate. However, knowing the name of the manufacturer of the vaccine they received is important in determining donation eligibility. Appointments can be made by downloading the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting RedCrossBlood.org, calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or enabling the Blood Donor Skill on any Alexa Echo device.

 

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 www.muscleshoalssoundstudio.org

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. 

Groups: 

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.

 

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 

 

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.

 

Fish Fry at East Colbert Church of Christ Saturday, May 1, Noon-5pm. Adults $12 each.a Children ages 5-11 $6. Carry Outs Only! (All proceeds to mission work and benevolence.)

 

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 randy@shoalsscholardollars.com for more 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 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 www.flpl.org

 

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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 bcanup@ymcashoals.org."

 

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 www.redcross.org/donate/annual-fund.html/

 

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 www.caanw.org 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: www.GroupTrips.com/TheClub or call Fran @The Club

256.760.6642, fdavis@florenceal.org

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 fdavis@florencal.org

 

Sheffield Head Start Program located at 701 East 17th Street in Sheffield is still taking applications for Pregnant Moms and children ages 6 weeks to 4 years for the upcoming 21-22 school year.  Parents must bring the following items to register: Child’s Birth Certificate, Verification of Income for 2020 (W-2 form, Income Tax Return, Social Security Statement, Child Support, Unemployment, etc.), documentation of Public Assistance such as TANF and Insurance card (if available). Additional information needed if available: WIC, food stamps, College ID, IEP or IFSP.  Services are provided at NO COST to parents.  Children with special needs and/or disabilities and homeless families are given priority. Call 256-383-3577 or 256-606-3286 set to up an appointment today!

 

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.

 

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  mssctraining@nwscc.edu.

 

Keeping the Dream Alive - Thank you to all Keepers of the Dream. Starting from 2008 when we held our first MLK Youth Tournament to now. Even during COVID-19, God's Way Counseling Services for the Youth is Keeping the Dream Alive and we hope you are too.

Even though we are unable to physically hold and showcase our annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Basketball Tournament, we will still be accepting donations and contributions to stay engaged and continue assisting community members most affected by this pandemic. Our hearts go out to all of the people that we've lost this year due to COVID.

Thank you all in advance for your continued tax-deductible support and gifts. Make checks payable to: God's Way Counseling Services for Youth, Inc. Send to: 1050 E. Limestone St., F15, Florence AL 35630.

 

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 www.rehomeandeducate.webs.com

 

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 www.ShoalsCASA.org. 

 

International Student Exchange (ISE), a non-profit organization, is looking for volunteer families to host international high school students in the coming academic year. Host families can expect to gain a new family member, experience a new culture, create lifelong friendships, and make a positive impact locally and globally.

The international exchange students are between the ages of 15 and 18 and come from countries such as Denmark, Spain, Belgium, Germany, Thailand, Brazil, Italy, Norway, and many others.  American teenagers can also study abroad through International Student Exchange.

The deadline to match students with families is August 31 and families can select an international student based on shared interests, hobbies, gender, etc.  Family screening includes a background check, an in-home interview, and a verification of personal references.  The international students are English-speaking and have their own spending money.  Americans provide the caring environment, room, and daily meals.

Families who host ISE students are eligible to claim a $50 charitable contribution deduction on their itemized tax returns for each month they host a student.  For information, contact International Student Exchange Regional Advisor, Gretchen Mitchell, at 731-607-1064 or visit their website at smokymountains.iseusa.org

 

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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.

Televisions/Electronics

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. 

 

Alabama Extension at Alabama A&M University is offering educational webinars on Zoom for youth, adults and teachers.  Online users can find a listing of Zoom sessions or other activities at: https://www.aces.edu/events/ or www.facebook.com/pg/AlabamaExtensionAAMU/events/

Access Alabama Extension’s website at www.aces.edu, sign up for our daily briefing, or visit us on social media to find practical solutions facing Alabama residents and communities.

For more information, contact Kimberly Sinclair-Holmes at ksh0035@aces.edu. 

 

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.  alan.jordan@comfortcarehospice.org.   256-269-2100   Comfort Care Hospice, Sheffield.

 

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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 www.thearcofal.org  to subscribe!

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