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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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The University of North Alabama Christian Student Center presents their 33rd Annual Benefit Dinner at 7pm Thursday, November 4 at the Florence-Lauderdale Coliseum.

Entertainment will be provided by Patrick Reed and The Goat Hill String Band

Tickets are $75 and are available by contacting the CSC at or 256-764-9439.

To learn more about sponsorship opportunities, please contact the UNA Christian Student Center office at 256-764-9439.


The Shoals Area Lions club will hold an informational meeting at 6pm Thursday, November 4 and Wesleyan Hall on the UNA campus.  Interested individuals will discover how a Lions Club may serve the University and Florence Area in new and creative ways.


The United Methodist Women will sponsor their annual Rummage/Bake Sale from 7am until 5pm Friday, November 5, and 7am until 11am Saturday, November 6, in the Ministry Center directly behind the First United Methodist Church in downtown Russellville. 

This event is held to raise money for local and foreign missions. Items for sale include household goods, furniture, books and white elephants. Cakes, pies, and other homemade baked goods are available for purchase. 

"We ask that you mask!"


Mid South Choir with special music under Director Kevin Turner. Special live music and band, Doris Anderton, Marcel Pettus - Piano, Rex Hartsfield - Bass, and Phillip Keeton - Drums. Saturday, November 6 at 6pm at St. Joseph First Baptist Church. Bro. Malon Fisher, Pastor. Everyone welcome. More info: 931-242-9439.


Shoals Symphony presents "One Thousand and One Nights," November 7 in Norton Auditorium on the UNA Campus.  Rimsky-Korsakov tells the Arabian Nights tale of the cruel Sultan Shahryar. After "One Thousand and One Nights" the Sultan has fallen for the one in which the masterpiece is named, Scheherazade.  The show begins at 3pm. Tickets are available at


State Health Insurance & Assistance Program (SHIP) - Medicare and Medicaid counseling is provided to those becoming eligible for medicare through age or disability in alabama.  We can help with understanding the medicare benefits and programs as well applying for those you may qualify for.  During the open enrollment period (October 15 – December 7), we can assist in a possible savings for the coming year through these programs.  We also help to prevent and report health care fraud.  We cover lauderdale, colbert, franklin, marion, and winston counties.  There is no cost for these services.  Call 256-389-0538.  In partnership with the state of alabama and alabama department of senior services.


Exchange Club of Florence presents "One Nation Under God Prayer Breakfast" on November 9 at Marriot Conference Center. Guest speaker Brodie Croyle, Executive Directory Big Oak Ranch and former Alabama & Kansas City Chiefs Quarterback.

Ticket info: or 256-648-3470.


The Veteran’s Day Parade and Ceremony is on November 11 through historic downtown Tuscumbia and honor all veterans, past and present, serving our great nation around the world. The ceremony will be at 201 N. Main Street in Tuscumbia.  Contact the Colbert County Commission for more information, 256-386-8500.


A Veteran’s Celebration takes place Thursday, November 11 beginning at 6pm, sponsored by Rogersville United Methodist Men, 51 Turner Lindsey Rd, Rogersville.

Refreshments will be served.  All veterans, families & friends are invited to attend.

Due to the COVID Pandemic, they will not have the usual Veterans Celebration Dinner this year.


"From These Threads: Cotton Culture," will be on display through November 12 at Tennessee Valley Museum of Art, 511 N Water St in Tuscumbia. Dozens of beautiful quilts will be on display at the TVMA for this exhibition. Cotton in the South has a long, rich, and complicated past. "From These Threads: Cotton Culture" will offer visitors the opportunity to travel through some of the history of cotton, its production, and its use in the creation of quilts over the past 190 years. The exhibit will feature historical quilts dating from the 1830s through contemporary pieces created by today’s quilt artists. The quilts are drawn from private collections in the area. For more information, call 256-383-0533 or visit


Remembering a Legend: A Tribute to Roger Hawkins, on Tuesday, November 16 at Shoals Theatre, 123 N Seminary St, Florence. Concert, featuring Muscle Shoals legends on stage, sharing stories and admiration of the late Roger Hawkins. Special guests include drummers and musicians from across the country. Sponsored by "Modern Drummer"t Magazine. Masks required. Doors Open 6pm, Show 7pm. Tickets available on


Monthly Book Club Discussions at the Florence Lauderdale Public Library  350 N. Wood Ave. Florence.  For more info contact: 256-764-6564 ext.136 or

Thursday, November 18, 5:30pm - "Klara and the Sun" by Kazuo Ishiguro

Thursday, December 16, 5:30pm - "Christmas in Peachtree Bluff" by Kristy Woodson Harvey


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. 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 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.


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54th Annual Turkey Shoot - Saturday, November 20 and December 18 at Knights of Columbus, Langer Hall, 4051 County Road 30 in St. Florian.

Shotgun Rounds, .22 cal Rifle Rounds, .22 Pistol Rounds. All ammunition provided! We have Ham Rounds.

Concession stand will be open. Youth friendly. Fun for the entire family.


Christmas In The Country - Saturday, November 20, 10am-4pm at Lagrange College Site Park, 1491 Lagrange College Road, Leighton.

Sponsored by the LaGrange Living Historical Association.

Bake Sale, Arts/Crafts, Entertainment, Visit W/Santa, Hayrides For Kids

Proceeds benefit operations of The Historic Lagrange College Site


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, November 20  10am-noon   Speaker: Author Lisa Phillipart

Saturday December 18  10am-noon,   Speaker:  Author Bradley Sides,  Event: Christmas Social

For more information, please email,


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


Christmas in the Country is November 20 at LaGrange College Site Park, at 1491 LaGrange College Road in Leighton.  Take a walk back in time and experience Christmas of yesteryear. Be sure to stop by the Welcome Center upon arrival and purchase something delicious at the annual Bake Sale. Pioneer log cabins will be decorated inside and out for self-guided tours. Other activities include arts and crafts vendors, hay rides to the historic LaGrange Cemetery, and visits with Santa. Saturday’s event is from 10am–4pm. 

This is a free event. For information, contact Louise Lenz at 256-446-9324 or


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 2nd Annual Trax4MAX Turkey Trot 5k takes place at First Baptist Church in downtown Florence on Thursday, November 25 (Thanksgiving morning!) with a 5K start time of  8am.   Trax4MAX is a Benefit event for the YMCA of the Shoals in memory of longtime Y supporter and board member, Max Barnett.

The entry fee is $30 for 5k registration (includes long sleeve shirt), $30 - 1 Mile Fun Run (includes long sleeve shirt), and $10 to participate in Virtual 5k/1 Mile option (no shirt)

Early Packet Pickup is Wed, November 24 from 10am-6pm, at Solid Rock Running Company,  2801 N Mall Rd #12A, Parkway Shopping Center, Florence

Race-day registration and packet pickup 6:30am

For more information, visit the race website,


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


YOU ARE NOT ALONE! If you are troubled about someone else’s drinking or substance abuse, Al-Anon may be for you.

Shoals area Al-Anon Meetings

Hope Group: Mondays - 6pm at Highland Park Church of Christ, 600 Geneva Ave, Muscle Shoals

Shoals Alateen (ages 12-18 years): Mondays - 6pm at Highland Park Church of Christ, Muscle Shoals

Florence Daytime Al-Anon: Tuesdays - 11am  at Magnolia Church of Christ  2640 Vulcan Ave, Florence

Florence Freedom AFG: Tuesdays - 11am  at Mission of Mercy 414 E. Tuscaloosa St, Florence

Russellville Al-Anon: Thursdays - 6pm  at Russellville First Baptist Church  213 Jackson Ave, Russellville

Paths to Recovery: Thursdays - 6pm and Saturdays - 10am at Crosspoint Church of Christ Adult Center at 1350 Cox Creek Pkwy, Florence

For more info visit


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.


Shoals Tinsel Trail, December 3–January 33 atAlabama 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:


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"


Shoals Symphony presents Peace, Joy, Love on December 5 at Norton Auditorium, UNA Campus, Florence. Embrace the holiday season with Joy, Love, Peace as the Shoals Symphony Orchestra is joined by special guest vocalist CJ Greer. Enjoy bringing your family back together as the Shoals Symphony Orchestra fills Norton Auditorium with the sound of holiday classics to ring in the most wonderful time of the year! Show begins at 3 pm. Tickets:


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


11th Annual “Dickens Christmas, Ya’ll”  December 11 - Downtown Tuscumbia is transformed by this holiday festival reminiscent of Dickens’ classic “A Christmas Carol.” There are carriage rides, falling snow, trolley tours, high tea, and music among other activities to enjoy throughout the day.  Admission is charged for some events. Information:  256-383-9797, 


Christmas at Ivy Green, on Saturday, December 11, 8:30am –4pm at 300 North Commons W, Tuscumbia. Beautiful live     holiday decorations adorn the historic birthplace and home of America’s First Lady of Courage,  Helen Keller.  Sponsored by the Council of Local Garden Clubs.  256-383-4066


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


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.


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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


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.


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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