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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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• 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.    

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.


LifeSouth Blood Drives: 

FLORENCE - May 10: YMCA of the Shoals- 2121 Helton Dr.- 11am-7pm; May 23: Wal-Mart-Cloverdale Rd.- 12pm-6pm

SHEFFIELD - May 11: Helen Keller Hospital- S Montgomery Ave.- 9am-6pm; May 21: Tennessee River Urgent Care- 707 E 2nd St.- 10am-5pm

MUSCLE SHOALS - May 12: TVA Power Service Shops- 526 Reservation Road- 10am-4pm; May 18: North American Lighting- 100 Counts Dr- 6am-1pm; May 19: North American Lighting- 100 Counts Dr- 2pm-7pm

LAWRENCEBURG,TN - May 13: MIty, Inc.- 101 Motivation Dr.- 7am-2:30pm

HAMILTON - May 14: AseraCare Hospice- 1215 Military St.- 10am-5pm

KILLEN - May 16: Killen Farmer’s Market-Killen Park- 8am-1pm

RUSSELLVILLE  - May 17: Franklin County Health Dept.- 801 Hwy 48- 9am-3pm; May 20: Russellville Hospital- 15155 Hwy 43- 10am-6pm

HALEYVILLE - May 22: Wal-Mart-Hwy 195-1pm-7pm

Also donate at The Shoals Center, 307 Veterans Drive, Florence, Schedule an appointment – 256-765-7038, website: The hours are: Monday, Wednesday, Friday 9am-5pm; Tuesday and Thursday 9am-7pm; Saturday 9am-3pm; Sunday 1-5pm.


Hendrix Chapel Church of Christ is hosting a Homecoming and Gospel Meeting May 9-12 at the church located at t 13007 CR 8, Florence (1 mile west of the Natchez Trace)  

The guest speaker will be Ben Siegel, the minister at Glendale Church of Christ.  Ben is in his fifth year preaching at Glendale.  He grew up at Glendale, graduated from Central High School and later from Heritage Christian University.  

Sunday Morning Class 9am • Worship 10am. • Sunday Evening–Wednesday 7pm.  Call 256-767-3629 for more information.


Thursday, May 13, Laurie Nave will have a book signing for her newly released suspense novel, Chosen By a Killer. The book signing will take place at Vertillo's Pizza in Sheffield from 6-8 pm.

The novel tells the story of Celia, a reporter who is invited to interview an infamous actress-turned-serial-killer who is awaiting execution on death row. Celia expects it to be the story of a lifetime. What she doesn't expect is to her herself in the killer...or to turn to the killer for advice when she can't shake an ex-turned-stalker.


Shoals Republican Club After Hours & Trivia on Thursday, May 13, 6-8pm at High Ridge Spirits Distillery, 1401 Huntsville Road, Sweetwater District, Florence.


May Holy Days of religions present in the Shoals

May 14 – 16 Islam End of Ramadan Eid al Fitr

May 18 Jewish Tish’a B’av

May 29 Baha’i Ascension of Baha’u’llah


Fish Fry at Calvary Baptist Church, 601 N. Main St., Tuscumbia on Friday, May 14, 4-7pm.

Proceeds go to "Operation Christmas Child."


Car B Que - Hot Butts & Hot Rods presented by Wayne County Chamber of Commerce, on May 15, 11am-6pm at Waynesboro City Park, Waynesboro, TN.

BBQ Entry Fee: $200 per team. No gas grill/burners. Arrive time: 5am, cooking begins: 7am, judging time: 5pm. Items to be judged: chicken, ribs, boston butt pulled pork. Tasting Cards:$10 for "Peoples Choice".

Car Entry Fee: $25 per car. 1st, 2nd, 3rd and Peoples Choice Awards.

Rockin' Entertainment from the 1950's and 1960's by "The Cadillacs", from Florence, AL


4th Annual Blue Light Vigil - Honor the Fallen on Saturday, May 15, 7pm. Come out and show support for all the fallen police officers of 2019-2020. This event will have guest speakers such as Sheriffs, Police Chiefs, and fellow law enforcement officers. After the guest speakers, all Law Enforcement Officers will turn on their blue lights under the night sky as we do roll call of the fallen.

The event is free to the public. Event is being held at Cowboy Church of Colbert County, 3440 Hwy 157 in Leighton.


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.


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


Light & Air Exhibit hosted by The Tennessee Valley Museum of Art, 511 N. Water St., Tuscumbia through May 21. The exhibit features artists who paint in the plein air style. Hours are 9am-5pm Monday-Friday and Noon-3pm Saturday. Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for students, and free for TVAA members. Admission is also free for education, healthcare, and first responder workers.

Masks and social distancing are required. 


The Junior League of the Shoals is hosting its first Touch A Truck Scavenger Hunt on Saturday, May 15!  Touch-A-Truck is a family-friendly sensory experience where children can play and explore various pieces of machinery, equipment, and trucks!  Children will also have the chance to meet and interact with the men and women who help build, protect, and serve the Shoals communities - all in a scavenger hunt style interactive event that will span Colbert, Lauderdale, and Franklin counties! 

If you have a location or vehicle that would be a great addition to the Touch A Truck Scavenger Hunt, we’d love to have you involved.

You'll get promotion on our social media and website, will be seen as a community supporter, and will have traffic driven to your site or business with opportunities to interact with participants!


Arts Alive, downtown Florence’s visual arts festival, is taking place in Wilson Park and at Kennedy-Douglass Center for the Arts on the weekend of May 15-16, Saturday from 9am-5pm and Sunday from 10am-5pm. Approximately 80 artists, working in painting, sculpture, printmaking, textiles, mixed media, metal, clay, jewelry, and photography will sell their artwork in booths in Wilson Park; the Arts Alive Gallery Exhibition at Kennedy-Douglass will showcase artwork from approximately 62 artists from May 15 - June 18.  

Additional festival attractions in the park include an art activity tent for children, specialty food trucks, and a large-scale mural demonstration by UNA art professor Parker Seward. In addition to the Gallery Exhibition, Kennedy-Douglass will display artwork from Florence elementary school children in the breezeway between the Main and Annex galleries. There is a ticketed Opening Night Gallery Exhibit Preview event on Friday, May 14, details and tickets are available online at 


The deadline is nearing for public nominations to the Walk of Honor, located in the beautiful River Heritage Park by the Marriott Shoals Conference Center and Hotel.   The Walk of Honor recognizes individuals of Florence and Lauderdale County who have achieved national or international acclaim. 

Areas of national or international accomplishment include, but are not limited to, agriculture, art, athletics, business, education, government, humanities, literature, medical, military, music, public service, religion, or science and technology.  Nominations will be received until 5pm on Tuesday, May 25. 

Visit the City's web site ( and select the “Walk of Honor” listing under the "Happening Now" section; or

Pick up a Walk of Honor Nomination Packet from the Mayor's Office, 102 South Court Street - Suite 200, Florence, AL  35630.

Completed nomination forms and any additional information can be dropped off at the mayor’s office or sent via email to  Walk of Honor Selection Committee will choose from eligible inductees and a ceremony will be held in their honor at a date TBA.    A bronze plaque with a picture of the inductee, along with a brief inscription of their accomplishment, will be placed at the Walk of Honor in River Heritage Park. 


Confederate Memorial Park, a historic property of the Alabama Historical Commission located in Marbury, Alabama, will host a walking tour on Saturday, May 15, at 10am.  Visitors will explore the locations and ruins of the original structures that once occupied the site, as well as tours of a cemetery and the park’s museum.

At the beginning of the 20th century, many indigent Confederate veterans lived in Alabama.  Through Montgomery attorney and Confederate veteran, Jefferson Manly Falkner’s untiring efforts, the state of Alabama established the Alabama Confederate Soldiers’ Home in 1901, which served as the state’s only facility for the care of indigent Confederate veterans.

Today, Alabama’s only Confederate veterans’ home is incorporated into Confederate Memorial Park, which spans 102 acres of rolling wooded countryside near the center of the state. Life for the old soldiers, called “inmates,” was better than most had known before their arrival. The home provided housing, meals, clothing, allowances, medical care and, for many, a place to die and be buried with dignity.  The cost for the walking tour is $10 per person and can be paid at the museum prior to the 10 a.m. departure. To accommodate social distancing, the tour is allotted for a maximum of 15 participants. Please call the museum at 205-755-1990 to reserve your spot! Confederate Memorial Park is located at 437 Co Rd 63 in Marbury.

To learn more about Confederate Memorial Park, or the Alabama Historical Commission, please visit


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 


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"


The Massive Chloe’s Fund Yard/Estate Sale takes place Friday and Saturday, May 21 and 22 from 7am- 2pm at the Florence Lauderdale Animal Services building, 3240 Roberson Road in Florence.  Chloe’s Fund Volunteers been culling through Estate and Yard Sales and receiving beautiful donated items from generous individuals for weeks.  The group has never amassed the quantity and quality of Sale Items it has to offer at this sale.  We recommend you visit us early each day!  All proceeds from item sales go directly into Chloe’s Fund – a nonprofit organization assisting with the medical needs of the Shelter animals.  Chloe’s Fund is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization functioning as a division of Friends of Florence Lauderdale Animal Shelter.


The Janet Reed Memorial Golf Tournament will be held on Friday, May 21 at Blackberry Trail Golf Course in florence.

The proceeds of this charity tournament will be donated to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

The format is a two person scramble. 1st place prize is $1,000. 2nd place prize is $750. 3rd place prize is $500. There is a million dollar hole in one event, and a power drive by Golf Pro Jason Vaughn. Closest to the pin and long drive contests are also planned.

Entry fee is $250 per team.

Registration and sponsorship form is available at or by calling 256-248-4108.


Jil Chambless and Scooter Muse will perform a concert of Celtic music on the courtyard at Belle Mont Mansion, 1569 Cook Lane, Tuscumbia, on Saturday, May 22, at 4pm. Chambless and Muse perform across the U.S. and abroad with the band Henri’s Notions and they are acclaimed, both as individual artists and as a duo. Parking will be in the grassy field onsite, with handicapped parking available on the lot adjoining the museum. Admission is $5 per person, which includes an optional tour of the historic house. Bring chairs and blankets for outdoor seating. Social distancing is required, and masks are recommended while indoors in small groups.  For more information, call 256-381-5052 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 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


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


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!


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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


Nominations are open for the LONG-LEWIS LOCAL HERO OF THE MONTH AWARD.  In an effort to reward local people for Outstanding Community Service, Long-Lewis Automotive Group in cooperation with The Long-Lewis Foundation, will be awarding one person each month $500 and a Certificate of Appreciation to recognize their efforts in serving The Shoals. 

Simply visit the Long Lewis of the Shoals Facebook page and nominate someone you feel deserves this award for Outstanding Community Service.   The recipient of the Award will be determined by the nominee post that gets the most Likes from the community at the end of each month.  We will announce the recipient, via social media, on the 1st of the following month.  The Certificate and $500 Award will be given to the recipient at the local dealership by the 10th of each month.


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


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 


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


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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. 


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: or

Access Alabama Extension’s website at, 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 


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.  

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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