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 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 Club (Florence Senior Center) is closed for activities. However, curbside meal pick up is Monday-Friday. Call 8:30-10:30am for meal. Pick up between 10:30-11:30am.

Donations accepted, but not expected. 256-760-6668.


The Colbert County Republican Party is returning to the Tuscumbia Railroad Roundhouse for Constitution Day Celebration 2020 celebrating the 233rd anniversary of the signing of the United States Constitution.

We will gather together this year on Saturday, September 19 from 5-9pm. Activities will include music, delicious catfish and chicken dinners provided by Swamp John's, and speeches from all of our local Republican Candidates.

Our keynote address will be delivered by Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill.

Donate $25 and receive an all access ticket to Constitution Day 2020 activities and a delicious Swamp John's catfish or chicken dinner.

Sponsorship $500 and become a gold sponsor. Your company's banner will be displayed prominently and 8 individual tickets with preferred seating.

Sponsorship $1,000 and become a co-host. Co-host's graphics/logos will be featured in all event literature and all official ceremony photos and more. Co-hosts will receive 8 individual tickets with preferred seating.

For more information, call Chairman Phillip Green at 256-762-4072 or email

Checks can be mailed to: PO Box 4201, Muscle Shoals, AL 35661.


LifeSouth Blood Drives for September 2020 - The Shoals Center, 307 Veterans Drive, Florence, 888-795-2707. Hours are Monday, Wednesday, Friday 9am-5pm; Tuesday and Thursday 9am-7pm; Saturday 9am-3pm; and Sunday 1-5pm.

Tuesday, September 15, 3:30–7pm, Geronimo Gymnastics, 200 S Wood Avenue, Florence

Wednesday, September 16, 2–8pm, Firestone, 393 Denton Circle, Tuscumbia

Thursday, September 17, 11am–5pm, Marriott Shoals Hotel and Spa, 10 Hightower Place, Florence

Friday, September 18, 11:30am–6pm, PetSmart, 107 Cox Creek Parkway, Florence

Saturday, September 19, 9am–5pm, Red Bay Founder’s Fest, 203 4th Avenue SE, Red Bay

Sunday, September 20, Noon–6pm, Walmart, 2701 Cloverdale Road, Florence

Monday, September 21, Noon–6pm, Walmart, 3100 Hough Road, Florence

Tuesday, September 22, 8am–3:30pm, Hatton High School, 6909 AL Highway 101, Town Creek

Wednesday, September 23, 7:30am– 3:30pm, Riverhill School, 2710 Darby Drive, Florence

Thursday, September 24, Noon–6pm, Shoals Hospital, 201 Avalon Avenue, Muscle Shoals

Friday, September 25, Noon–6pm, Walmart, 13675 Highway 43, Russellville

Saturday, September 26, 11:30am– 6:30pm, Big Star, 406 4th Street SW, Red Bay

 Sunday, September 27, Noon–6pm, Walmart, 1706 Military Street S, Hamilton

Monday, September 28, Noon–7pm, Red Bay Hospital, 211 Hospital Road, Red Bay

Tuesday, September 29, 9am–4pm, Walgreen’s Call Center, 521 W Avalon Avenue, Muscle Shoals

Wednesday, September 30, 8am–3:30pm, Wilson High School, 7601 Highway 17, Florence


"The Cure for Dreaming" by Cat Winters will be discussed at the September 16 meeting of the Readers of the Lost Ark Book Club at 10am in Spring Park, Tuscumbia.   For more information, email or on Facebook look for "Readers of the Lost Ark Book Club"


Revival at Muscle Shoals Church of God, 1700 Firestone Ave. Muscle Shoals, with Evangelist Jacob Anders  from Eden, NC on Friday and Saturday, September 18 and 19 at 7pm and Sunday, September 20 at 10:45am. Special singing each service.  For information, call 256-318-2610.


The Trail of Tears Commemorative Motorcycle Ride comes to Waterloo on September 19.  The ride in Alabama begins in Bridgeport near Chattanooga, TN and ends in Waterloo where a festival will be held.  Waterloo is where some of the Cherokee were loaded on boats in 1838 to take them to Indian Country in Oklahoma.  Others walked other trails to Oklahoma through freezing temperatures and slept on the ground.  Thousands died.  The ride commemorates that struggle.   Visit 

Line up down town Bridgeport 7am and leave at 8am CDT for lunch at Redstone Harley-Davidson in Hunstville. Leave Hunstville at 12pm and arrive in Waterloo at 3pm.


Game Day Tailgate Experience - So you can’t sit in the stands?  Join us at Keestone Resort in Loretto to cheer on your favorite team in style with your favorite game day food in your own personal party room!   Catch the game day spirit!  Call us today for more information!  931-853-3303.


Girls in Kindergarten-6th grade are Invited to Popsicle's in the Park on Saturday, September 19 at Cox Creek Complex Playground (Farmer's Market area).  Popsicle's is a fun craft with the opportunity to learn how to become a Girl Scout!   Saturday, September 19 from 2-4pm.  


Join us for the 2020 Cub Scout Fishing Rodeo at Joe Wheeler State Park, September 26. This event is open to Cub Scouts, boys and girls ages 5-10. Registration opens at 7am. The price is $10 per Scout and $5 for each additional Scout or sibling per family. Each participant will receive a patch and a fishing lure. Lunch will be provided and awards will be given for largest fish overall, largest fish per den, and most fish caught. Please bring your fishing gear and bait. We ask that you wear your mask and practice social distancing. 

Any questions, please contact Ali Bratcher at


Invitation Notice - Everyone is invited to our One Nation Under God - Day of Repentance And Prayer  Saturday, September 26 at Wilson Park in Downtown Florence. Starting at 9am-Noon. Come join us in Prayer and Revival for Our Nation, Our Nation's Leaders, Our Cities, Our Communities and Our Local Leaders.

Hope to see you there for "Such a Time As This".


According to news reports, consumption of alcohol has risen since the onset of the current pandemic. If you have a problem with alcohol, your local Alcoholics Anonymous is alive and well and ready to help.  AA offers both in person and online meetings. 

For a schedule of meetings that cover Colbert, Franklin, Lauderdale, and Lawrence counties in Alabama, go to or call the local hotline numbers at: 256-386-0663 or 800-789-4367.   For meetings in other areas go to This is a public service message from Alabama District 1 Alcoholics Anonymous.


Applications for the Elk National Foundation’s (ENF) Most Valuable Student Scholarship program are available online as of August 5. Any high school senior who is a citizen of the United States is eligible to apply.

Applications must be submitted online on or before November 15, 2020.

The ENF will award 500 four-year scholarships to the highest-rated applicants in the 2021 competition. Male and female students will compete separately.

Applicants will be judged on scholarship, leadership, service and financial need.

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, ACT scores will not be required on this year’s application. For additional information and to apply, go to or contact Dr.Jean Love, Scholarship Coordinator, Shoals Elks Lodge 2860 at 256-762-5043.


Luncheons at Cloverdale Community Center will be cancelled for remainder of 2020.  Hopefully 2021 will be better.  We love and miss everyone.   Be safe!


Motor Coach Tours with The Club (Florence Senior Center).  These trips are open to the public.

Pigeon Forge/Smokey Mountain Show Trip, 5 days 4 nights, $575, November 9-13.

Prices for 2020 are being honored for now on 2021 trips!.  Register soon!

Mackinac Island, 7 days 6 nights, $719, August 15-21, 2021.

Niagara Falls & Toronto, 7 days 6 nights, $689, June 13-19, 2021.

For more information, call The Club 256-760-6642


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 Shoals Home Builders Association’s Scholarship Golf Classic at Twin Pines Golf Course has been moved from September to Friday, October 30 with 9am Shotgun Start.  Half of the teams will play before lunch and the other half after lunch in order to follow safety guidelines and to play one man per cart, but still provide some networking events for our members. 

The cost is $100 per player/ $400 per team. Includes: Golf Cart, Green Fees, Lunch, Beverages, Prizes, and Giveaways.  Mulligans are $15 each, 2 for $25.

Please make checks payable to SHBA. Mail to SHBA, PO Box 419, Florence, AL 35630 with other team members and your contact information, or call 256-766-9014 for more information.  The deadline to register is October 23. 


LifeSouth Community Blood Centers can now test all eligible blood donors for COVID-19 antibodies.

The antibody test conducted by LifeSouth is authorized for use by the FDA and detects if someone has developed antibodies to COVID-19. A positive test result may indicate past exposure and some immunity to the virus. This antibody test is not a diagnostic test and will not determine if the person currently has the virus.

LifeSouth encourages donors to make an appointment to donate over the coming weeks.

For additional information, call LifeSouth toll-free at 888-795-2707 or visit

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 also needed. 


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


Richardson Cemetery of Waterloo Needs Your Help with donations to keep the cemetery mowed. If you have loved ones there we would appreciate any donations. Send donations to: Farmers & Merchants Bank, Waterloo for Richardson Cemetery.


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.


The American Red Cross has seen an outpouring of support from blood donors in response to the coronavirus outbreak. During this uncertain time, the Red Cross continues to encourage healthy individuals to schedule and keep donation appointments in the weeks ahead to ensure a stable supply throughout this pandemic.

Each Red Cross donation center follows the highest standards of safety and infection control, and additional precautions have been implemented to ensure the health of Red Cross donors, employees and volunteers.

Healthy individuals who are feeling well are asked to make an appointment to donate later this month and after by visiting, using the Red Cross Blood Donor App, calling 1-800-RED-CROSS or enabling the Blood Donor Skill on any Alexa Echo device. 

A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age in most states (16 with parental consent where allowed by state law), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.


Stop Violence – Safeplace Shelters Are Open for victims of domestic violence during COVID-19. Call our 24/7 helpline: 1-800-550-9215.

We are not just a shelter! Other available services for qualifying clients include: goal planning, legal services, safety planning, and more.


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 


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


Volunteers Needed - Alabama Hospice of the Shoals in Tuscumbia is currently seeking volunteers to serve the following counties: Colbert, Lauderdale, Lawrence, Franklin, Marion, Winston.

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

Fore more information contact: Alabama Hospice of the Shoals in Tuscumbia, 1404 East Avalon, Suite C, Tuscumbia. Phone: 256-314-1204, fax: 256-314-1206, or email:


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:


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.


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


Country Oldies Dance Hall Open Again located at 110 Town Plaza, 500 N. Montgomery Ave., Sheffield. Every Friday and Saturday night 7-9pm.

Come twist, line dance, buckdance, or your choice. Best in country music. Everyone welcome!


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.


Lunch and Learn - Free Financial Series A series of free interactive financial seminars hosted by Bart Rickard with Edward Jones will help you take control of your financial future.

Tuesday, August 25 at 12noon: Leave It, Move It, Roll It, Take It Seminar

Tuesday, October 20 at 12noon: Making Your Money Last

Registration is required and space is limited. Please call and register at 256-284-7432.


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!


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