2019 Holiday Garbage & Recycle Schedule

The City of Florence will be closed for Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. Due to the holiday schedule, garbage and recycling services will run a day late for two weeks during the holidays.

Florence City (and Lauderdale County) Holiday weeks Trash collection schedule will be as follows.

Tuesday, December 24, Normal Collection

Wednesday, December 25—Christmas Day—No Collection

Wednesday’s routes will be collected on Thursday, December 26th.

Thursday’s routes will be collected on Friday, December 27th.

Friday’s routes will be collected on Saturday, December 28th.

Wednesday, January 1—New Year’s Day—No Collection

Wednesday’s routes will be collected on Thursday, January 2nd.

Thursday’s routes will be collected on Friday, January 3rd.

Friday’s routes will be collected on Saturday, January 5th.

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.

The Florence-Lauderdale Public Library will be closed December 24-26 and January 1. No items will be due on these days.

In the meantime, mark your calendars!!

Our travel series returns for January 2020. Each Sunday afternoon a different speaker shares stories and photos from a recent trip to a fascinating destination. Get Out of Town takes place on Sundays in January at 2pm.

Sunday, January 5 - Get Out of Town: Greece, Switzerland, and Germany with Emily Dial

Sunday, January 12 - Get Out of Town: Indonesia with Braxton Pace

Sunday, January 19 - Get Out of Town: Insiders Oxford with Dr. Michael Pretes

Sunday, January 26 - Get Out of Town: London with Dr. Cheryl Blake Price, Dr. Brenna Wardell, and UNA students

350 North Wood Ave. Florence 256-764-6564 www.flpl.org

Donations Needed For Homeless Care Kits - United Way of Northwest Alabama has partnered with the Homeless Care Council of Northwest Alabama and 211 Information & Referral to put together 400 Warming Kits for those in our homeless community. We are looking for 400 donations of each item to accomplish this goal.

The kits will be provided to law enforcement across six counties as well as to other local agencies who provide services to the homeless.

Items needed: scarves, socks, mittens, gloves, hats, blankets, hot hands, personal size Kleenex, personal size hand sanitizer, chapstick, and water.

Items can be dropped of at 1404 East Avalon Ave. Muscle Shoals or 883 Cox Creek Pkwy., Florence or call 256-762-5892 to arrange pick up.

Community Free Will Baptist Church located at 4051 County Road 24 in Florence invites you to their New Year’s Eve Watch Service on December 31 from 8pm-midnight. (or after) Singing by Brother Billy Walker. Bring a friend.

A special program of dulcimer music will be provided by the North Mississippi Dulcimer Association from 10am-noon on Saturday, January 4 at the Parkway Visitor Center located at milepost 266 near Tupelo, Mississippi.

The North Mississippi Dulcimer Association teaches dulcimer history, tradition, craftsmanship, and music by sharing its knowledge and talents. The Appalachian mountain dulcimer is the first instrument developed in the United States. Dating back to the early 1800s, the dulcimer is an instrument whose very name means “sweet sound.” The National Park Service and the North Mississippi Dulcimer Association invite everyone to listen to the soft sweet sounds of the dulcimer and learn about its extensive history.

This program is free. For additional information, call 1-800-305-7417.

The "Hi Neighbors of the Shoals" meeting will be Tuesday, January 7 at 10:30am at the Florence Public Library. This group welcomes all newcomers to the Shoals area. Contact Laura Engdahl, 512-965-9023, for further information

The 4th Annual Alabama - Kentucky Rifle Show will be Friday and Saturday, January 10-11 at the Joe Wheeler State Park Conference Center in Rogersville. This show is strictly an antique gun show and NO modern cartridge guns will be allowed. Exhibit hours are 8am-10pm on Friday and 8am-2pm on January 11.

There will be many antique firearms on display and for sale and there will also be many contemporary muzzle loading firearms display and for sale. If you have always wanted to build a muzzle loader, we will have parts vendors at the show that can provide all of the parts required to build your own musket. We have a special place set up just for the ladies where they will be able to look at some fine handicrafts made just for them. If you have an old family musket and would like to know about it or get a value estimate on it, please bring it. We will have many knowledgeable collectors at the show that will be willing to assist you and give you this information. This is a family event so the children are welcomed. Admission is $10 for adults over 16. Those 16 and under are free. For more information, please contact Jim Parker 205-680-9219 or email at calvarylongrifles@gmail.com. Website: http://www.calvarylongrifles.com

Meet Jesus at the Crossroads Church is having a Gospel Singing January 18 at 7pm with Heartfelt Trio. 7210 County Road 7 in Florence. All are welcome to come out and join us. God bless.

Want to learn more about God's Word? Faith Bible Institute (FBI) is a "through the Bible course" for every Christian. Students study chronologically through every book of the Bible in classes that meet only one evening each week. Courses cover 18-week semesters (plus Electives).

To enroll go to: https://www.fbiclass.com. First time student total cost is $139. All textbooks and materials included. Can make three easy payments during each semester and spouses go half price.

Classes start January 2020. Classes meet Tuesday evenings at 6pm at First Free Will Baptist Church, 2701 Florence Blvd., Florence.

For more information: contact Jennifer at iluvpinkpigs@hotmail.com.

Shoals Habitat for Humanity ReStore 1120 N Royal Ave, at Seven Points in Florence. Or call us at 256-760-9515. Open Tuesday-Saturday from 9am-5pm. Shop. Donate. Volunteer.

The University of North Alabama Baseball program is excited to host our inaugural First Pitch Dinner on Saturday. February 1 at Cross Point Church of Christ, located at 1350 Cox Creek Parkway in Florence. The dinner will be an opportunity for the public to join the UNA baseball team as it kicks off its second season in the ASUN conference and Division I.

Former UNA All-American and Major League baseball veteran Josh Willingham will be the guest speaker.

Fans can meet the UNA players and get information on the Lions' upcoming season as they compete against familiar names such as Alabama, Ole Miss, Mississippi State and Louisville - just to name a few.

Dinner and Fellowship begins at 5pm. The program is at 6pm.

Tickets are $40 per person or a reserved table of 8 is $320. Tickets may be ordered online https://www.una.edu/advancement/athleticevents.html

Shoals Elk Lodge 2860 Scholarship Program - Any high school senior who is a U.S. citizen may apply for the scholarship. Applications are available online. Applications will be judged on Scholarships, Leadership, and Financial need. For details and to access the application, visit enf.elks.org/mvs.

For more information visit the website or call Dr. Jean Love, Shoals Elks Lodge Scholarship Chair at 256-762-5043.

Annual Pecan Sales by Florence Exchange Club for $10 per bag, plain, salted roasted, or milk chocolate.

Contact any Florence Exchange Club member and get your order in today or call Adin Batson, 256-443-7335.

"Getting Well Together", a grief support group, will meet the 2nd Thursday of each month at 10am in the Family Life Center of Cliff Haven Church in Sheffield. This is a FREE support group for anyone who would like to attend. For more information, call 256-764-0873.

Social dancing takes place from 6:30-9pm Tuesdays at The Club, 450 Country Club Drive in Florence. Alcohol/smoke/drug free facility. For people 18 and older, $5. 256-760-6420

The Bay Tree Council for the Performing Arts announces the production “Till Beth Do Us Part” is February 13-16; “Cheating Cheaters” will be April 23-26; and “Leading Ladies” is June 18-21. Productions are at Weatherford Centre, 303 Fourth Ave. S.E., Red Bay

2020 TRIPS with The Club, Florence Parks & Recreation Department.

These trips are open to the public! $75 deposit gets you registered. You can make installment payments if you like. These trips are filling up fast. Call The Club, Fran Davis, 256-760-6642 for more information and to sign up.

San Antonio, TX March 15-21, $699. Cruise on the San Antonio’s River Walk, visit the Alamo and IMAX theater, Tour LBJ Ranch, San Antonio missions, city tours, and more!

Mackinac Island, MI August 16-22, $719. Guided tour of Mackinaw city, cruise through Soo Locks, Kewadin Sault Casino, Horse and Carriage ride, Old Mackinac Lighthouse, and Michigan’s Little Bavaria.

Pigeon Forge, TN November 9-13, $575. Tour the Titanic Museum, Soul of Motown & America’s Hit Parade, Wonders of Magic, and Smith Morning Variety Show, and visit historic downtown Gatlinburg.

The Shoals Symphony at UNA will conduct Preludes and Polovtsian Dances at 3pm February 2; Valentines, Vino and Vivaldi at 7pm February 14 (for 21 and older); A Midsummer Night’s Dream at 7pm on March 14; Raiders of the Lost Ark in Concert at 7pm May 1; and Joe Gray and the Moscow Mule at 3pm October 20, 2020.

Tickets available by calling 256-710-1623 or email shoalssymphonyorchestra@gmail.com.

Memory Meal - Never Forgotten - Bring a meal in memory of your loved ones. The meal will serve the homeless in our community while remembering your loved ones. Meals can be brought to 1601 Huntsville Rd, Florence, The Salvation Army. Call for more details. 256-764-4432.

Shoals Hospital is seeking senior adults with an interest in giving back to their community through volunteerism. The hospital, which is on Avalon Avenue in Muscle Shoals, has a thriving group of senior volunteers, who assist the facility by serving as ambassadors, directing patients to care areas and performing other roles.

If you or someone you know has an interest in serving as a volunteer at Shoals Hospital, the application may be completed online at www.shoalshospital.com, or in person during regular business hours. All other questions may be directed to the Volunteer Services Office at 256-386-1640.

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. Paula Pardue at 256-389-0529 or 1-800-Ageline (1-800-243-5463

This Program Is In Partnership With The State Of Alabama And Alabama Department Of Senior Services

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.

Singing River Squares — Square dancing from 6:30-8:30pm Friday nights at The Club/Florence Senior Center, 450 Country Club Drive. Beginner square dance lessons offered. 256-760-4620

The Keller Hospice Promise Foundation assists patients and families with essential, non-hospice related expenses they are unable to afford themselves–such as rent and utility bills, emergency repairs, personal care items, and food assistance. The foundation also provides funding for patient's last wishes, burial assistance, and community projects like bereavement camps for children and educational outreach programs for end-of-life care.

When you make a donation to The Hospice Promise Foundation, 100% of your donation goes directly to patients and families in need because we are a 100% NON PROFIT FOUNDATION.

Donations can be sent to Barbie Johnson, Volunteer Coordinator, 1404 East Avalon Avenue, Suite C, Tuscumbia, AL 35674. Or contact the volunteer coordinator to answer any questions or pick up any donations: 256-314-1204 or email: Barbara.Johnson3@lhcgroup.com.

Volunteers Needed - Keller Hospice LHC of Tuscumbia is currently seeking volunteers to serve in Colbert, Lauderdale, and Lawrence.

Areas of need: Patient Volunteer, Administrative Volunteer, Craft/Hobbies Volunteer, Community Outreach/Event Planning/Fundraising Volunteer.

For more information contact: Keller Hospice LHC of Tuscumbia, 1404 East Avalon, Suite C, Tuscumbia. Phone 256-314-1204 or email Barbara.Johnson@LCHgroup.com.

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.

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 www.thearcofal.org to subscribe!

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