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.  

• Email to; 

• Look for “Submit News” on our website  at

• 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 Underwood-Petersville Volunteer Fire Dept. Fish Fry scheduled for Saturday, March 28  has been cancelled.  See you in April!


Crappie Kids Fishing Rodeo set for April 11 at Riverfront Park, Sheffield has been canceled.


Design-An-Ad Awards banquet sponsored by the TimesDaily has been postponed until fall.


The April 3 First Fridays has been canceled.


Shoals Earth Day, April 4, is postponed.


Swampers at the Marriott Shoals has canceled all music until April 5.


The Salvation Army Empy Bowl Luncheon postponed.


Muscle Shoals Sound Studios in Sheffield is closed.


UNA’s Annual Light the Fountain event that was briefly resceduled into April has now been postponed until the fall semester. Thank you for your understanding.


The monthly singing at Cloverdale Community Center on March 27 has been cancelled due to the coronavirus. Thanks for your understanding and hope to see you in April.


Underwood-Petersville Volunteer Fire Dept. Fish Fry for Saturday, March 28 has been canceled.


The Florence-Lauderdale Public Library will be closed from March 17- April 30.

The Shoals Writers will plan to resume meeting on May 16, unless otherwise noted.


Florence Parks and Recreation/The Club (Florence Senior Center) has suspended all activities at The Club at this time.

The nutrition program IS, however, providing meals for their homebound clients as well as those that normally eat lunch at The Club. For those that normally eat at The Club they can call each day, Monday-Friday, between 8-10 am to let us know they will be driving by to pick up a prepared meal under the front porch without entering the building. There is a limited number of lunches for each day.

Prepared meals will be ready to be picked up between the hours of 10-11am Monday-Friday. Please call 256-760-6668 or 256-760-6420 for more information or to let us know if you will be picking up your meal. These meals are for those that regularly attend lunch at The Club.


Fishing Day at Deibert Park has been cancelled for March 28 and April 10.


The Senior Spring Dance at The Coliseum, March 24 has been postponed to a later date. More info as we get it.


Free garden supplies to qualifying households with low-incomes living in Franklin, Colbert and Lauderdale counties.

Sign up extended though March 27.  Call Monday-Friday 1-4pm only. 256-248-1921.  Sponsored by Community Action Northwest Alabama, TVA Retirees and BVI. 


The Alabama Department of Early Childhood Education is now accepting pre-registration applications for Pre-K programs for the 2020-2021 school year. All children who will be four years old on September 1, 2020, are eligible.  However, there are limitations on the number of children that can be accepted.  Pre-K provides wonderful educational and social opportunities for our children.  Educational foundations can be strengthened and advanced because of Pre-K learning.  Unfortunately, there are many parents of young children that are unaware of the beneficial Pre-K programs in our area.  You can visit


Sheffield Head Start Program located at 701 East 17th St., Sheffield is now taking applications for Pregnant Moms and children ages 6 weeks to 4 years for the upcoming 2020-2021 school year fro 8am-2pm.

Parents must bring the following items: Birth Certificate, Verification of Income for 2019 (W-2 form, Income Tax Return, Check Stub, Social Security Statement, Child Support, Unemployment, etc.). Medicaid or Insurance Card (if available), WIC, Food Stamps, College ID, Military ID, Proof of Kinship Care, IEP/IFSP. Services are provided at NO COST to parents.

Children with special needs and/or disabilities and Homeless families are given priority selection. Call for an appointment today at 256-383-3577 ext. 102, 104, 106, 113, or 114. 


Lauderdale County Head Start/Early Head Start is now taking applications. High Quality Services are provided at no cost to families including all school supplies. Enrollment is offered to all children  from birth to 4 years of age.  Children with special needs and/or disabilities and homeless families are given priority selection. Please contact 256-566-3204 for more information.


Florence Kiwanis Club Meets Friday March 27 at noon cancelled


Fourth Saturday Breakfast at the Zip City Community Center, 10511 Hwy 17, Florence, March 28  cancelled


The Natchez Trace Parkway event “Women of the Natchez Trace” on Saturday, March 28 at the Parkway Visitor Center has been cancelled.


Spring Break Youth Explosion! New Birth Ministries on Sunday, March 29 has been cancelled.


NBY Step Team, New Birth Young Adults Praise Team and More including Rapper Dante Pride.


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.


A Lent Series on Mental Health "Seeing the Unseen" at Edgemont UMC,  Cancelled


“Hidden Rivers,” a documentary film exploring southern Appalachian rivers and streams, will be screened Tuesday, March 31, in Florence at 2pm in the GUC Performance Center on UNA’s campus, and at 6pm at the Indian Mound Museum. CANCELLED


Northwest Alabama Reading Aides presents 2020 Margaret Green Community Spelling Bee on Tuesday, March 31 at 6pm at First United Methodist Church, McDowell Hall, Florence. Entry deadline is March 17.

The Spelling Bee is one of our major fundraisers. The funds raised in this event will be used to increase the numbers served in our adult literacy program. The entry fee is $250 per three-man team or team sponsorship of $250 and we will form a team. (Twelve-Team Limit). Teams compete for fun and trophies.

Purpose is to increase the community awareness of Northwest Alabama Reading Aids in a fun atmosphere. Each participating Team and/or sponsor will be included in any advertisement for the event.

For more information, call 256-766-5709.


Florence Knights of Columbus Fish Fry is on April 3, 4:15-6:45pm at Saint Joseph Regional Catholic School, 115 Plum Street, Florence.

Adults $10, children age 4-6 $4, Tickets available at the door. Meal includes catfish filets, hush puppies, cole slaw, french fried or baked potato, dessert. Cheese pizza available for children only. Eat in or carry out.  All proceeds go to Knights of Columbus Council Charities.


The Midnighters Free Concert Friday, April 3, 6-9:30pm at Burrell Slater School, 610 West College St., Florence.

Sponsored by Shoals Democratic Club.


Singing at Valdosta Church of Christ, 1119 Old Lee Hwy, Tuscumbia, on Sunday April 5 at 2pm.


Gospel Meeting at Valdosta Church of Christ, 1119 Old Lee Hwy, Tuscumbia, April 5-9 with Larry Acuff. Sunday morning 9:30am, Singing Sunday 2pm, Sunday evenig 5pm, Monday-Friday 7pm.


The "Hi Neighbors of the Shoals" meeting will be Tuesday, April 7, at 10:30am, at the Florence Public Library.   This group welcomes all newcomers to the Shoals area.   Contact Laura Engdahl, 512-965-9023, for further information


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

Mackinac Island, 7 days 6 nights, $719, August 16-20 - $75 deposit due now.

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

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


Foreign Travel With The Club (Florence Senior Center). 

Passport required, apply or renew yours now!

Magical Christmas Markets of Austria and Germany, December 12-19, 2020.

Double Occupancy: $3,029. Single Occupancy: $3,529.  $500 deposit due., Innsbruck, Austria; Oberammergau, Munich, Salzburg, St. Peter’s restaurant, carriage ride, train ride, Christmas Markets, explore locally at each location.

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


The AARP Foundation Tax-Aide program will provide free, in-person tax preparation assistance in the Shoals area  CANCELLED


The Salvation Army Women's Auxiliary of the Shoals presents the 17th Annual Empty Bowls Luncheon on Wednesday, April 8, 11am-1pm at Marriott Shoals Conference Center, Florence.  Tickets: $15 in advance, $20 at the door. Carry out is available.

All funds raised from the sale of tickets and donations (100%) will be used to provide food for the hungry in Lauderdale, Franklin and Colbert Counties.

The Salvation Army Women's Auxiliary (S.A.W.A.) of the Shoals has agreed to conduct this event annually with the tireless assistance and contributions of many area potters, schools and concerned citizens. We thank you all, as well as the Marriott Shoals Hotel & Conference Center, for your generosity and support of this project.

For more information, sponsorship opportunities or advance tickets, call 256-246-2147. 


Shoals Democratic Celebration Night with Alabama Democratic Party Chair, Chris England on Monday, April 20, 6pm meet and greet, 6:30pm program/speaker.

Everyone is invited. Location: IBEW 558, 1803 17th Street, Sheffield.


AIDT will be offering Leadership Skills I, II, and III in the coming weeks at the Shoals Center for Business & Economic Development, 20 Hightower Place in Florence  

Leadership Skills II -- is a follow-up course to Leadership Skills I, and includes more advanced topics of supervision. The class is offered in a 2-day format.  There is a comprehensive test given after the class, and if passed offers the credential of “AIDT Certified Leader II”. LEADERSHIP SKILLS I MUST BE COMPLETED PRIOR TO TAKING LEADERSHIP SKILLS II.

Leadership Skills III -- is a one-day course that is a follow-up to Leadership Skills I & II.  LEADERSHIP SKILLS II MUST BE COMPLETED PRIOR TO TAKING LEADERSHIP SKILLS III.  

Leadership Skills 2 (Two-Day Course) April 22-23 – 8am- 4pm

Leadership Skills 3 (One-Day Course)  June 24 8am- 4pm  

The cost is only $35  per person to attend any of the classes.  The cost includes lunch and snacks.  

For more information regarding the classes go to

Please send an email to or call 256-349-5632 to enroll.


Corinth Kiwanis Leon Frazier Gospel Singing College Scholarship Fundraiser (UNA often benefits from the funds raised) Saturday June 6, 6pm, Corinth Coliseum Civic Center Theater, 404 Taylor Street, Downtown Corinth, MS.

Karen Peck & New River; Gold City; Phil Cross & Poet Voices, Dujuana Frazier Thompson & Family; Josh & Ashley Franks.

General Admission at door $15/Aartis Circle $25 in Advance including the artist Meet & Greet and Reception at 4pm


Major League Baseball's all-time hit leader, Pete Rose, will be the featured speaker at the UNA Sportsman's Club's 2020 Lion Pride Dinner and Auction at the Marriott Shoals Conference Center on August 13 at 5:30pm.  Sponsorship packages for the event are available immediately and tables of eight are on sale for $1,000 each.  Any remaining unsold individual tickets will go on sale on June 1.

Rose was a switch hitter during his playing days from 1963-1986 and is the all-time MLB leader in hits (4,256), games played (3,562), at-bats (14,053) and singles (3,215). He won three World Series rings, three batting titles, one Most Valuable Player Award, two Gold Gloves, and the Rookie of the Year Award.  He also made 17 All-Star appearances at an unequaled five positions (second baseman, left fielder, right fielder, third baseman, and first baseman).  He played for the Cincinnati Reds from 1963-78, the Philadelphia Phillies from 1979-83, the Montreal Expos in 1984 and was then player-manager of the Reds from 1984-86.  Rose was penalized with permanent ineligibility from baseball in 1989 amidst accusations that he gambled on baseball games while he played for and managed the Reds.

To become a sponsor or purchase a table to the 2020 Lion Pride Dinner and Auction, contact Megan Dye at 256-765-4615 or email


 Hospital is seeking senior adults with an interest in giving back to their community through volunteerism. The hospital, which is on Avalon Avenue in Muscle Shoals, has a thriving group of senior volunteers, who assist the facility by serving as ambassadors, directing patients to care areas and performing other roles.

If you or someone you know has an interest in serving as a volunteer at Shoals Hospital, the application may be completed online at, or in person during regular business hours. All other questions may be directed to the Volunteer Services Office at 256-386-1640.


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


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.


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:


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


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 


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.


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.


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