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Christmas Services:

December 23

Church of the Highlands at the Florence campus, located at the Marriot Shoals Conference Center, will have a Christmas service at 7pm

December 24

Church of the Highlands at the Florence campus, located at the Marriot Shoals Conference Center, will have Christmas Eve services at 1 and 3pm

First Baptist Church of Florence will have Christmas Eve service at 5pm by candlelight with carols and communion.

First Christian Church of Florence will have a Candlelight Christmas Eve service at 6pm

First Presbyterian Church of Florence will have a Christmas Eve service at 5pm featuring special choir anthems and soloists.

Florence First United Methodist Church will have a Christmas Eve Candlelight Communion service at 5:30pm

Highland Baptist Church at the 7 Points campus will have a Christmas Eve service at 5pm

Our Lady of the Shoals Catholic Church will have Christmas Eve mass at 5:30pm

Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in Florence will have Christmas Eve services at 4 and 11pm

Parkview Baptist Church will have a Christmas Eve candlelight service at 5pm

Redeemer Church of the Shoals will have a Christmas Eve service at 6pm with a selection of songs and scripture readings.

Sheffield First United Methodist Church will have a Christmas Eve service at 5:30pm

Sherrod Avenue Church of Christ will have a Christmas Eve service at 5pm

St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church will have a Christmas Eve service at 5:30pm

St. James United Methodist Church will have Christmas Eve services at 10am and 5pm

St. Joseph Catholic Church will have a Children’s Christmas Eve mass at 5pm and a 12am Christmas Midnight mass.

Edgemont United Methodist Church, will have a candlelight Christmas Eve service at 6pm

Trinity Episcopal Church will have Christmas Eve worship services at 5 and 11pm

Westminster Presbyterian Church will have a Christmas Eve service at 5pm

December 25

Our Lady of the Shoals Catholic Church will have Christmas Day mass at 10am

St. Joseph Catholic Church will have a 9am Christmas Day mass followed by a Spanish Christmas Day mass at 11am The Christmas Vigil mass will be held at 5:30pm

 

The solid waste office along with the Lauderdale County landfill will close early on Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve, so our employees can enjoy the holidays with their families.

The landfill will be accepting its last loads at 11:30am on Friday, December 24 (Christmas Eve)  and Friday, December 24 New Year's Eve.   The solid waste office will close at noon each of those days.  The landfill WILL NOT BE OPEN Saturday Dec. 25 or Jan. 1.

However, household and commercial pickup will NOT be affected by the closings, the routes will RUN ON THEIR NORMAL SCHEDULES.

Anyone with questions call the solid waste office at 256-760-5878.

 

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

 

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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 www.tennesseevalleyarts.org

 

Shoals Tinsel Trail, December 3–January 3 at Alabama 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: www.ShoalsTinselTrail.com

 

Muscle Shoals Area Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., is proud to announce that the sixth SPOTLIGHT ON EXCELLENCE calendar is available for purchase.  The cost of the calendar is $12.00 and can be purchased from any member of the Muscle Shoals Area Alumnae chapter or by calling 256-383-1394. Proceeds from the sale of the calendar are used to give scholarships to deserving graduating high school students.

The 2022 calendar features 12 outstanding women whose accomplishments have added to the rich history of the area.  Each honoree was born or has lived in the Shoals and has made a tremendous difference by her contributions to humankind.  The women who are featured in the SPOTLIGHT ON EXCELLENCE VI: PHENOMENAL WOMEN calendar are Lorain Bryant-Abernathy, Dr. Alyce Doss Brown,  Charlene Carter, LaShonda M. Davidson, Dr. Tabitha Jarman Gatrey, Natalie Renee Gordon, Dr. LaKeva Bena Harris, Melessa Farrar Mayes, Mary Mullins Napier, Dr. Pat Sanders, Mary Stevens, and Geraldine Byrd Thompkins.

 

The Lord’s House Church, 7210 County Road 7, Florence,  will be having a New Year Eve service starting at 8pm. We will  have Joyful Noise and other groups. Come on out and join us, we would love to have you with us.

 

Food Distribution for 2022 Starting in January, the Help Center will continue with its food distribution program on the 3rd SATURDAY of each month from 8:30–10am.

 

Colbert County Baseball Umpires Association will start meeting Wednesday, January 12 at Covenant Christian School gymnasium. We are looking for new members. All umpires will receive AHSAA training at weekly meetings. Meetings will be January 12, 19, 26 at 6:30pm. Beginning February 2, meetings will be at 5:30pm. 

If you have any questions please call Lee Walker 256-483-2690 or Wayne Cobb 256-366-5221.

 

Reunion of USS Kitty Hawk CVA/CY-63 - June 6-9, 2022 in San Diego, CA. For information, contact Jim Melka at jfmelka@netins.net 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. www.lifesouth.org. 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 lifesouth.org 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.

 

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.

 

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

 

Shelters across the country are crowded and in desperate need of support due to slowed adoptions and longer stays for homeless pets. With the holiday season upon us, no pet should have to be without an adoptive family. To ensure pets get a chance to go from shelter kennels to the cozy couches of loving homes, BISSELL Pet Foundation is hosting its “Empty the Shelters – Holiday Hope” adoption event December 6 -20.  Such efforts have helped more than 67,758 pets find homes in shelters throughout the country.  During each nationwide event, BISSELL Pet Foundation sponsors reduced adoption fees for $25 or less.  The “Empty the Shelters – Holiday Hope” event will be hosted in more than 220 shelters in 40 states and Canada.  Florence Lauderdale Animal Services at 3240 Roberson Rd in Florence is among those participating.  Call 256-760-6676 for more information.

 

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

 

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 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  mssctraining@nwscc.edu.

 

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 www.flpl.org

 

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.

 

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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 www.rehomeandeducate.webs.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

 

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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.

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. 

 

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!

 

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Alcoholics Anonymous

AA 24-hour hotlines: 256-386-0663 or 1-800-789-4367. Website: www.shoalsaa.org

(Closed meetings are only for those who have a desire to stop drinking. Non-alcoholics may attend open meetings as observers.)

• An AA Group: closed discussion. 9am Saturdays, Adult Center Rm 20 at Cross Point Church of Christ, 1350 Cox Creek Parkway, Florence.

• Florence H.O.W.: smoke-free, closed discussions 7pm, Mondays, Edgemont Methodist Church, 1330 Eauclaire Ave., Florence.

• Florence Open Door: Every day of the week at 6pm and 8pm. Mondays, additional 4pm. The 8pm on Wednesdays is a speaker meeting. Monday thru Saturday also have a 12pm meeting. All are open meetings and smoke-free indoors. 526 W. College St., Florence. Park in the lot across the street.

• Fourth Dimension: 7am Monday-Sunday, closed discussion – in person and online Zoom option (ID 573857015, password 241873); 9:30am Thursdays, women’s meeting, closed; 11am Monday-Sunday, closed discussion; 6pm Mondays, open Big Book study; 6pm Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays, closed discussion; 11am first and third Mondays, open discussion, 505 N. Seminary St., Florence, entrance in rear of building. All meetings smoke free.

Freedom Group: Tuesdays 6pm, Big Book study, online only Zoom (ID Code 509289139, Password 790671); Sundays 8pm, open speaker, in person and Zoom (ID: 101061663, PW: 247476). CB&S Bank building, 464 4th St. W., Red Bay.

• Grupo Nuevo Amanecer, Spanish speaking, 7pm Mondays, Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays, open discussion; 9am Sundays, open discussion, 110 Tuscaloosa St E., Russellville.

• Happy Hour Group, smoke-free. 6am Mondays, meditation open discussion; 6am Tuesdays, Big Book open meeting; 6am Fridays, 12&12 open meeting, Killen Methodist Church, 201 J.C. Mauldin Hwy, Killen, building behind the church.

• Island Group, smoke-free. 7pm, Fridays, open-speaker meeting, Highland Park Church of Christ, 600 Geneva Avenue/corner Woodward, Muscle Shoals.

• Keep It Simple Group, smoke-free. 6:30pm Tuesdays, speaker meeting, open; 6:30pm Thursdays, closed discussion. Cross Point Church of Christ, 1350 Cox Creek Parkway, Florence.

• La Alegria de Vivir, Spanish speaking, 7-9pm Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, open discussion and non-smoking, St. Joseph Catholic Church Parish Building, 1111 E. College St., Florence.

• Lexington 449 Group, smoke free. 8pm, Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays, open discussion; Big Book study on Sundays; 8pm Saturdays, open speaker, 6083 Alabama Hwy 101, 3.5 miles north of U.S. 72.

• Monday Maintenance Meeting, 5pm on Mondays, closed discussion, masks required. First Cumberland Presbyterian Church, 16751 US-72, Rogersville.

• Permanent Recovery Group, 6:30pm Tuesdays, open Big Book discussion,; 6:30pm Thursdays, open 12&12 discussion. First United Methodist Church, 14596 Market St., Moulton.

• Quad-Cities Group, 11am and 5:30pm, every day, open discussion. 2pm Tuesdays and Thursdays, open Big Book discussion. 750 E. Michigan Ave., Muscle Shoals.

• Sheffield Group, smoke-free. 9;30am Sundays closed discussion meeting; 11am Monday-Saturday, open discussion, with closed discussion on Fridays; 6pm Sundays closed discussion, 6pm Wednesdays open speaker meeting; 6pm Fridays newcomer open discussion; 5-7am Tuesdays, womens closed discussion; 7pm Mondays open 12&12 meeting, 7pm Tuesdays and Thursdays closed Big Book meeting; 8pm Saturdays open speaker meeting. 210 E. Second St., Sheffield.

Survivors Group, smoke-free, 5:30pm Tuesdays and Thursdays, with Big Book study on Tuesdays, 780 Ford Road, Muscle Shoals. All open discussion.

 

Al-Anon

• Al-Anon meeting schedule: Hope Al-Anon Family Group, 6pm Mondays, Highland Park Church of Christ, 600 Geneva Ave., Muscle Shoals, childcare provided; Florence Daytime Al-Anon Family Group, 11am Tuesdays, Magnolia Church of Christ, 2650 Vulcan Ave., Florence; Paths to Recovery, 7pm Thursdays and 10am Saturdays, CrossPoint Church of Christ, 1350 Cox Creek Parkway, Florence, 256-764-4073. Shoals Al-Anon contact phone: 256-648-5777.

• Al-Anon, 6pm Thursdays, First Baptist Church, Jackson Avenue, Russellville.

• Hope Al-Anon and Shoals Al-Teen (ages 12-18), 6pm, Monday, Highland Park Church of Christ, 600 Geneva Ave., Muscle Shoals.

• Florence Freedom AFG, 11am, Tuesday, Mission of Mercy, 414 Tuscaloosa St., Florence.

 

Narcotics Anonymous

• Narcotics Anonymous Survival meets daily, noon and 7pm, 1614 State St., Florence. Nonsmoking. 256-500-8889

• Real Hope, 6-7pm, Tuesdays and Thursdays, New Beginning Church, 855 Florence Blvd., Florence. Nonsmoking. 800-239-5509

• Point of Freedom, 7pm Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, CrossPoint Church of Christ, 1350 Cox Creek Parkway, Florence. Nonsmoking.

 

Crisis lines

• Battered or abused women in need of counseling and/or emergency shelter may call Safeplace crisis line, 256-767-6210, 24 hours.

• Rape Crisis Line available 24 hours. 256-767-1100

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