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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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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.


Music in the Park, Wilson Park, Florence, every Wednesday 11:30am-12:30pm. 


LifeSouth Shoals Area Blood Drives - 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.


Fish Fry at East Colbert Church of Christ Saturday, September 4, has been canceled. Canceled until further notice - until we can all sit down together and enjoy the food. 


Highland Baptist Church in Florence will host the five-week Shoals Family Summit on  Wednesday nights beginning August 25 and continuing into September. located 219 Simpson Street.

The whole community will be able to gain valuable resources to help best lead your family in our current culture.  Many different highly-qualified speakers will be coming in to speak on a range of topics.  Each Wednesday event August 25-September 22 begins at 6pm.

September 1 - Stephanie Harrison, LPC, MAMFT, MACE Licensed Professional Counselor, Therapist with Pathways Professional Counseling will be speaking on Mental Health in Children and Teens

September 8 - Dr. Eric Kirkman, Director of Kilby School, Assistant Professor at The University of North Alabama, and Mary Jane Fowler, Riverhill School Principal, will both be speaking about Success in School

September 15 - Dr. Matt Burfurd, Christian Apologetic Strategist for the Alabama Baptist State Board of Missions will be speaking on Sexuality & Gender

September 22 - David Thomas, L.M.S.W., Director of Family Counseling at Daystar Counseling, and Sissy Goff, M.ED., LPC-MHSP, Director of Child and Adolescent Counseling at Daystar will be speaking on Raising Boys and Girls


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Muscle Shoals Sound Studio will be open Monday-Saturday 10am-4pm through Labor Day. Tours are on the half-hour every hour and tour price is $15.  Discounts are available for military, senior and group tours.  We are pet friendly!  Tickets can be purchased online or at the studio  256-978-5151.  Muscle Shoals Sound Studio is at 3614 N. Jackson Highway in Sheffield. 


State Representative, Jamie Kiel, State Senator, Larry Stutts, and the Alabama Forestry Association (AFA) will be thanking and feeding first responders lunch at the A.W. Todd Centre in Russellville from 11:30am-1pm on Wednesday, September 1.

All first responders in Franklin and Colbert counties - including hospital workers - are encouraged to stop by for a free lunch of hamburgers and hotdogs.

Representative Kiel, Senator Stutts and AFA are hosting this “Back the Blue” event to show their appreciation of first responders and honor their service.


Clothes Give Away – Thursday, September 2 from 8-10am at the Care Center, First Baptist Church in  Killen


Fish Fry at East Colbert Church of Christ Saturday, September 4, has been canceled. Canceled until further notice - until we can all sit down together and enjoy the food.


Coffee High School Class of 1971 - 50 Year Reunion, September 3-4

Main Reunion Event Saturday, September 4,  6-10pm at the Historic Sweetwater Train Depot, 502 South Royal Avenue.

Cost $75 per person, $150 per couple.

Informal meet and greet  Friday, September 3, at 5:30pm at Singin’ River Brewing Co., 526 E. College Street. 

Mail your payment to: CHS 1971 Reunion, PO Box 2384, Florence, AL 35630 

Check out our website at


Hill Family Reunion on Saturday, September 4, 11am-3pm at St. Florian Park. No potluck meals! Bring lunch, drink and a chair. Bring musical instruments. Games and activities for all ages.


Knights of Columbus Annual Labor Day Bar-Be-Cue Sale on Monday, September 6 beginning at 6am at Our Lady of the Shoals Catholic church, 200 East Commons St., Tuscumbia. Will have Boston butts, chickens, and chicken stew and pulled pork.

All proceeds will be used to fund numerous charitable activities of the Knights of Columbus


Shoals Area Labor Day Festival, at Spring Park, Tuscumbia on September 6 begins at 10am with a parade along Main Street followed by activities in Spring Park.    


The Coon Dog Labor Day Celebration, 4945 Coondog Cemetery Rd, Cherokee on September 6, 10am-4pm. A unique festival featuring old timey bluegrass music, buck dancing, a liar’s  contest, and catered by nearby Bishop’s Barbeque. Info: 256-324-1122      


Geezers and Grandkid’s Fishing at Deibert Park:

Thursday, September 9, 6:30-11am

Bring your friends, family, grandkids, tackle, chairs, snacks, etc., Please sign in at the table before fishing.

We appreciate your continuing to social distance at the parks. For more information call The Club, 256-760-6420


Shoals Artists Guild Meeting riday, September 17, 10am at the Southall-Moore House, Next to Kennedy- Douglass Center, Downtown Florence. 


Serving The Shields Mobile Blood Drive Saturday, September 11

LifeSouth Community Blood Center

307 Veterans Drive Shoals Donor Center in Florence

Advance reservations are appreciated at or by calling 256-765-7038.


“The Walk of Life” will return to Tuscumbia Landing on Saturday September 11. The Trolley will be at Tuscumbia Spring Park at 8am to shuttle those to the Landing site in Sheffield.  Please bring your mask and observe social distancing.  If you drive to the Landing, be there by 8am, ready to go when the Trolley arrives. The parking lot is paved, and the road is open for this event.

The 2.2-mile walk retraces the Trail of Tears Removal route as close as possible to the original trail. Water is provided at the ballfield by the local Boy Scouts who receive a merit badge.  The bathrooms will be open for the event. Tuscumbia & Sheffield Police departments will escort. Ending in Tuscumbia Spring Park, the Trolley will return those walkers with vehicles at the Landing Parking Lot.

The Walk of Life is hosted by Compelling Stories of the Southeast, a 501C3 organization of Tuscumbia. The event is free and open to the general public.  For more information, call Robert Perry – 918-500-3467.  Annie Perry is Event Coordinator.


Shoals Symphony presents Yesterday: A Tribute to the Beatles, Norton Auditorium on the UNA campus, Florence on September 19 at 7pm. The Shoals Symphony Orchestra will start the  season off with some “Help!” from the #1 Tribute Act in Las Vegas, Yesterday! You’ll hear chart topping hits of Beatles classics performed with live orchestra for a POPS crossover event sure to entertain! Tickets and info:


Colbert & Lauderdale High School Students may be interested in knowing that representatives from the alumni office of University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa will be here to provide information for planning your future at the University.  Learn how to apply for admission to UA.  See what scholarships are available in your area and how your scholarship application can stand out!

Register at

Event date: Monday, September 20 at 6:30pm.  Turtle Point Country Club, 1000 Club Dr. in Killen 

More information: or at


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


Join the Quad Cities Square Dance Club meeting four Thursdays every month 7-9pm at the Royal Ave. Recreational Center in Florence.  We are refreshing and relearning our fun dance.


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Red Bay Founder's Fest - family friendly event begins at 8:30am on September 25 at Bay Tree Park, Fourth Avenue, S.E., Red Bay. Hours are 8:30am-4pm. Admission is free. Activities include arts and crafts, antique car-truck-motorcycle-tractor show, live music and more. Bring a lawn chair.


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.


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.


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


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.

 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.


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"


Renewed Spirits is hosting a benefit dinner at the Marriott Shoals Conference Center featuring Elizabeth Smart on September 28.   Renewed Spirits is a nonprofit counseling service that works with the underserved in our community through various programs. 

The keynote speaker for the evening will provide a night of encouragement and hope for attendees.  Elizabeth Smart was set to graduate middle school in 2002 when she was taken from her home in Salt Lake City, Utah and held captive for close to a year.  However, this was a rare horror story with a happy ending, as the clues led to the teenager’s safe return.   Elizabeth will be sharing her story of hope, healing, and never giving up. 

Sponsorship packages are available beginning at $500 which include dinner before event, reserved seating for event, and recognition on all marketing/media/signage, and a thank you on social media.

General admission for event is $50 and does not include dinner.  For more information, call 256-335-4062 or visit


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, September 18  10am-noon   Speakers: Author Bill Clemmons;  FlorAla editor Brooke Freundschuh

For more information, please email,


Florence Parks & Recreation/The Club announcing Beginner Square Dance lessons each Monday, 6-8:30pm with Caller Kevin Cozad.  Sponsored by the Singing River Squares.

$21 on the first Monday of the month. You can begin any Monday. Casual dress and comfortable shoes.  No prior experience needed.  We’ll have helpers to help you.  Two left feet ok! It’s for recreation and fun. For more information 256-760-6642. We do not dance on federal holidays.


WoodmenLife Charity Tournament benefiting Local Elementary Schools Back Pack Program on October 11, 1pm Shotgun Start at Turtle Point Yacht & Country Club.

2 person scramble at $250 per team

Prizes for Long Drive and Closest to Pin

3 Flights: 1st Place Team $300

               2nd Place Team $200

               3rd Place Team $100

           (Pro Shop Credit)

Hole-in-One Prize: New Car

Hole Sponsorships Available: $100

More information, contact Rocky Beck 256-710-7133 or Adam Beck 256-762-6499.


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.


Alzheimer's and Brain Awareness, the Florence-Lauderdale Public Library, in collaboration with the Coalition for Alzheimer’s and Related Disorders (CARD), is  presenting a series of free symposiums on Alzheimer’s disease in the coming months.  

Symposiums are scheduled in the library conference room from 5-6:30pm the fourth Thursday each month through October. Future topics will include:

September 23 - Dodging and disarming landmines! • Long distance people with lots of opinions • Car keys  • Diet  • Bathing  • Wandering  • Home safety

 Every 65 seconds, someone develops Alzheimer’s disease, with 5.8 million American’s living with the disease, according to CARD data. CARD is a nonprofit organization established in 1993 to provide education and support for the residents of Colbert, Franklin, Lauderdale, Marion and Winston counties. 

The scheduled facilitator for the symposiums is CARD board member Donna Tidwell.


2021 Shoals Walk to End Alzheimer's - October 24 at 2pm  at McFarland Park - 200 James M Spain Dr in Florence

Registration at 1pm | Ceremony at 2pm | Walk Immediately Following

Walk to End Alzheimer's is full of flowers, each carried by someone committed to raising funds and awareness for a breakthrough in the fight against Alzheimer's and all other dementia. Whether you join us in person or Walk From Home, your participation makes a difference in the lives of those facing the disease.

The Route Length is a flat 2 miles.   Contact:  Jen Manning at 256-655-5460 or email for details

As of July 13 there were 55 participants and 25 teams registered.  $20,817 of this year’s 70,000 goal has been raised/pledged. 


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.


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.

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


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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


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


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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. 


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.


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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.  

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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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