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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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• Mail to 219 W. Tennessee St, Florence, AL  35630; or

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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 Lauderdale County Solid Waste Department's residential and commercial pickup will be delayed one day due to the Thanksgiving Holiday.

There will be no collections on Thanksgiving Day as the department as well as the landfill will be closed.

Collections will resume on Friday and Saturday.  Also, the landfill will be operating with normal hours Friday (7:30am- 3:30pm) and Saturday (8am- 11:30am).

Anyone with any questions may call the Solid Waste Department at 256-760-5878.


Attention - All Veterans  - One of the benefits due any man or woman who served our country honorably is a free burial space in a National Cemetery.

Beautiful Tri-Cities Memorial Gardens in Florence will reserve a complimentary burial space to honor our Nation’s Veterans with a discounted spousal space.  The only requirement is proof of Honorable Discharge.   Call: 256-203-0877 or stop in today at 2601 Florence Blvd. in Florence.  This is a limited time offer


The Batting Brigade Quilt Guild meets every 2nd Monday at 9:30am at Edgemont Methodist Church, 1330 Eauclaire Ave in Florence.  Everyone interested in Quilting is welcome - from beginners to expert


November is Family Court Awareness Month is an opportunity for survivors of domestic violence or post separation abuse to amplify their voices while raising awareness in their own communities on the undeniable shortcomings of the family court system. With events being planned around the country, the objective for the 2021 efforts will be focused on starting conversations between survivors and elected officials with the ultimate goal of finding solutions and making changes. More information can be found @


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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 2nd Annual Trax4MAX Turkey Trot 5k takes place at First Baptist Church in downtown Florence on Thursday, November 25 (Thanksgiving morning!) with a 5K start time of  8am.   Trax4MAX is a Benefit event for the YMCA of the Shoals in memory of longtime Y supporter and board member, Max Barnett.

The entry fee is $30 for 5k registration (includes long sleeve shirt), $30 - 1 Mile Fun Run (includes long sleeve shirt), and $10 to participate in Virtual 5k/1 Mile option (no shirt)

Early Packet Pickup is Wed, November 24 from 10am-6pm, at Solid Rock Running Company,  2801 N Mall Rd #12A, Parkway Shopping Center, Florence

Race-day registration and packet pickup 6:30am

For more information, visit the race website,


Clothes Give Away, Adults, Teens and Children – from 8-10am Thursday, December 2 at the Care Center, First Baptist Church in Killen


Northwest-Shoals Community College’s (NW-SCC) Music Department will host its Falling into Winter concert Thursday, Saturday, December 2-4, at 7pm in the Lou B. Bevill Center on the NW-SCC Phil Campbell Campus.  The Concert will feature the NW-SCC Show Choir, Vocal Point, directed by Jonathon Romero.

Admission for the concert will be $8 and children 12 and under will be free. NW-SCC employees and students will be admitted free with a valid college ID.  Tickets must be purchased in advance for each show online at


Shoals Tinsel Trail, December 3–January 3 atAlabama Music Hall of Fame, 617 US Hwy 72W, Tuscumbia. Local businesses and organizations decorate trees in an array of themes. Be sure to vote for your favorite. The best overall tree will have their charity of choice as the recipient of the proceeds. This is a wonderful free family event! Information:


The Elgin Senior Citizens Center will be hosting a Christmas Bazaar Friday and Saturday, December 3 and 4 from 8am-5pm.  Spaces are available for rent - $25 for both days.  Contact Mandy-256-710-7443 or Kathy-256-710-7433 for more information.


Florence Lauderdale Animal Services will again host the 2nd Annual Santa Paws Christmas Market presented by Chloe’s Fund.  The second weekend is on Saturday and Sunday, December 3-4, from 11am-5pm each day.  Everything is reasonably priced and you can find gifts for family and friends!  The Florence Lauderdale Animal Services (FLAS) Building is located at 3240 Roberson Road in the Florence Industrial Park.  All sales benefit Chloe’s Fund which provides financial assistance for sick and/or injured shelter animals.


Celebrate the holidays at the Ritz Theatre this December with Christmas at The Ritz! This series will kick off on December 3 and 4 with two magical family events based on the Christmas classic "The Polar Express". Tickets are $18 each and are available now at or by calling 256-383-0533.

Each Polar Express event will start at 6pm. with festive family fun at the Ritz Theatre complex, which will be decked out for the season! Participants will get to ride a trolley with Santa, enjoy hot cocoa and cookies, and make an ornament to hang on The Ritz’s Christmas tree. Then, at 7pm everyone will watch The Polar Express on The Ritz’s big screen.


First Annual St. Florian Christmas Parade will be Saturday, December 4 beginning at 6pm. Setup at 12noon, lineup at 5pm. Route will be from Experience Church to St. Florian Park.

For registration information, contact St. Florian Town Hall at 256-767-3690.


Cross Brand Cowboy Church  in Killen will be having a vendor event Saturday, December 4 with lots of Christmas shopping.  Chicken stew will be ready for lunch!  - by the bowl or gallon, Plus a fajita cook off! Yum!  The on-foot rodeo will start at 2pm!  Assorted vendors, crafts, jewelry, Avon, and lots more.  Concessions will also be available.  5255 Houstontown Rd. Turn off Hwy. 72 by Woods Flooring.

All proceeds go to our Christmas elves program!  Not only do children have a great Christmas but their family will have a nice Christmas dinner!


Shoals Symphony presents Peace, Joy, Love on December 5 at Norton Auditorium, UNA Campus, Florence. Embrace the holiday season with Joy, Love, Peace as the Shoals Symphony Orchestra is joined by special guest vocalist CJ Greer. Enjoy bringing your family back together as the Shoals Symphony Orchestra fills Norton Auditorium with the sound of holiday classics to ring in the most wonderful time of the year! Show begins at 3 pm. Tickets:


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.


The Florence Camerata Concert will entertain our patrons with "Christmas in the Shoals" on Tuesday, December 7 at 7pm at First Presbyterian Church, 224 E. Mobile St. in Florence.  The conductor is Rebecca Rockhill and Karen Cantrell is the collaborative pianist.  Tickets are not required, however, donations will accepted!


The Lord's House Church, at 7210 County Rd. 7 in Florence, is having a singing with Joyful Noise on Saturday, December 11 at 7pm.  Everyone is welcome.  If you have any questions, please call Delana 256-367-7598.


54th Annual Knights of Columbus Turkey Shoots are Saturday, December 18 at, Langer Hall, 4051 County Road 30 in St. Florian.

Shotgun Rounds, .22 cal Rifle Rounds, .22 Pistol Rounds. All ammunition provided! We have Ham Rounds.

Concession stand will be open. Youth friendly. Fun for the entire family.


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


Christmas at Ivy Green, on Saturday, December 11, 8:30am –4pm at 300 North Commons W, Tuscumbia. Beautiful live   holiday decorations adorn the historic birthplace and home of America’s First Lady of Courage,  Helen Keller.  Sponsored by the Council of Local Garden Clubs.  256-383-4066


11th Annual “Dickens Christmas, Ya’ll”  December 11 - Downtown Tuscumbia is transformed by this holiday festival reminiscent of Dickens’ classic “A Christmas Carol.” There are carriage rides, falling snow, trolley tours, high tea, and music among other activities to enjoy throughout the day.  Admission is charged for some events. Information:  256-383-9797, 


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


A special performance by Paul Thorn benefiting Jeffery Charles Eubanks Endowment Fund UNA Foundation on Friday, December 17 at Marriott Shoals Conference Center. Doors open 6pm, silent auction and show at 8pm. General admission $25, VIP tables $500. Tickets at Sponsored by Shoals Primary Care, UNA, and the Marriott Shoals.


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

For more information, please email,


Reunion of USS Kitty Hawk CVA/CY-63 - June 6-9, 2022 in San Diego, CA. For information, contact Jim Melka at or 319-332-1632.


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.


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.


Starting on November 20, 2021, the Help Center in Florence we will be open on the 3rd Saturday of each month on a permanent basis.  Previously, the Help Center has been open on the 4th  Saturday of each month, unless that fell on a holiday.  The volunteers felt they could better serve their Saturday clients if they made the change to be open on 3rd Saturday every month to help avoid confusion.   Hours are 8:30-10am - for food distribution ONLY.    Saturday hours are for families who are unable to come from 8:30-noon on Monday, Wednesday or Friday.


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


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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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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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.


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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