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 editor@courierjournal.net; 

• Look for “Submit News” on our website  at www.courierjournal.net.

• 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 www.courierjournal.net.   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.   

 

Keeping the Dream Alive - Thank you to all Keepers of the Dream. Starting from 2008 when we held our first MLK Youth Tournament to now. Even during COVID-19, God's Way Counseling Services for the Youth is Keeping the Dream Alive and we hope you are too.

Even though we are unable to physically hold and showcase our annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Basketball Tournament, we will still be accepting donations and contributions to stay engaged and continue assisting community members most affected by this pandemic. Our hearts go out to all of the people that we've lost this year due to COVID.

Thank you all in advance for your continued tax-deductible support and gifts. Make checks payable to: God's Way Counseling Services for Youth, Inc. Send to: 1050 E. Limestone St., F15, Florence AL 35630.

 

Drive Thru Food Pantry for Florence, Lauderdale County at North Wood Methodist Church. Call 256-764-2111 for more information. If no answer, leave message, we will get back to you.

 

Join Now - Shoals Democratic Club Membership for one year - $20 + donation amount of $10–$500 or more.  Please mail name, address, phone number, email, and check to: 280 Robbins Beach Rd., Killen, AL 35645.  

To receive text messages on upcoming events: text: @voteblue to 81010.  www.facebook.com/shoalsdemocraticclub

 

Milk or White Chocolate Covered Strawberries For Sale - $20 dozen, $13 1/2 dozen (picked up), $25 dozen, $18 1/2 dozen (delivered in Shoals area). To order call 931-252-8841. 

Gateway Apostolic Church, 103 Simpson Street, Florence.

 

The deadline for entry in Artistic Renderings of Youth is February 19.  This is a juried exhibit of artwork open to 7th - 12th grade students from Colbert, Franklin and Lauderdale counties. The exhibit opens March 1 and runs through March 31 at Kennedy-Douglass Center for the Arts in Florence.   

The exhibit and competition are coordinated by area art teachers.  Schools may participate or students can enter on their own. Each student can enter up to three works. Entries are juried and, if accepted, are eligible for ribbons awarded in different grade level groupings. Works must be original and can be in any medium. All 2-dimensional entries must be matted or framed. Framed pieces and canvases must have hanging wire attached on the back. 

For more details on entry rules call Kennedy-Douglass Center for the Arts 256-760-6379. 

Kennedy-Douglass Center for the Arts is located at 217 East Tuscaloosa Street in Florence.

 

2021 February Holy Days of Religions in the Shoals include:

Chinese New Year, February 12

Christian, St. Valentine’s Day, February 14

Hindu, Vasant Panchami, February 16

Christian, Shrove Tuesday, February 16

Christian, Lent begins, February 17

Jewish, Purim, February 26 

 

The Shoals Writer’s Guild  is tentatively planning to resume meeting  on February 20 pending the library’s permission.  Membership dues will be postponed until the Guild resumes meeting.  If you have already paid your dues, and you would like a proration please email Joy Willow at shoalswritersguild@gmail.com.   

 

Governor Kay Ivey and the Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) announced Friday that starting February 8, ADPH will extend eligibility for COVID-19 vaccinations to include people 65 or older, and additional groups of frontline workers. Details aboiut the Vaccine Allocation Plan are available at www.alabamapublichealth.gov/covid19.

Frontline Critical Workers listed in the 

plan are as follows:

• First responders

• Corrections officers

• Food and agriculture workers

• U.S. Postal Service workers

• Manufacturing workers

• Grocery store workers

• Public transit workers

• People who work in the education sector (teachers, support staff, community college and higher education) 

• Childcare workers

• Judiciary (including but not limited to) circuit judges, district judges and district attorneys

The additional priority groups will add over 1 million people that are eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccination in Alabama. While just under 2 million people will qualify to receive the vaccine, the state continues to only receive around 100,000 doses each week.

 

The Florence Senior Center/The Club is serving curbside meals Monday-Friday from 10:30-11:30am.  Please call in to reserve your meal between 8:30-10:30am.  Call 256-760-6668 for a menu.  Participation requirements: Over 60 years old and a tidbit of information. You can register over the phone.

 

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

 

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.

 

A phone scam involving Florence Utilities customers was reported last week. The caller demanded payment and threatened disconnection of utilities. Please be advised that Florence Utilities will NOT call customers to ask for payment information over the phone.  If you have any concerns about your utility account, please call our Customer Service department at 256-760-6512.  If you ever have a question about a scam call or someone at your door, call the Florence Police Department at 256-760-6610 or 911.

 

 

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

Wednesday, February 10, 8am – 3:30pm, Wilson High School, 7601 Highway 17, Florence

Thursday, February 11, 7am – 2pm, Darby Doors, 3110 Kendall Drive, Florence

Friday, February 12, Noon – 6pm, Cricket Wireless, 2010 Woodward Avenue #A, Muscle Shoals

Saturday, February 13, 8am – 2pm, Level Up Nutrition, 408 S Wilson Dam Road, Muscle Shoals

Sunday, February 14, Noon – 6pm, Walmart, 2701 Cloverdale Road, Florence

Monday, February 15, 10am – 4pm, Colbert Farmers Co-Op, 8140 Main Street, Leighton

Tuesday, February 16, 11am – 4pm, State Farm – Britt Blanton Agency, 365 Highway 72, Killen

Wednesday, February 17, 7:30am – 4pm, Hackleburg High School, 189 Panther Road, Hackleburg

Thursday, February 18, 9am – 6pm, Helen Keller Hospital, 1300 S Montgomery Avenue, Sheffield

Friday, February 19, 7:30am – 3:30pm, Riverhill School, 2710 Darby Drive, Florence

Saturday, February 20, Noon – 5pm, Cost Cutters, 392 Cox Creek Parkway, Florence

Sunday, February 21, 1–6pm, Martin’s Family Clothing, 550 Cox Creek Parkway, Florence

Monday, February 22, 1–7pm, Walmart, 3100 Hough Road, Florence

Tuesday, February 23, Noon – 6pm, Dalton Pharmacy, 1110 E 6th Street, Muscle Shoals

Wednesday, February 24, 7:30am – 3:30pm, Lexington High School, 101 School Street, Lexington

Thursday, February 25, 11am – 6pm, Bentley Chevrolet, 1950 Florence Boulevard, Florence

Friday, February 26, 1–7pm, BAM, 318 Cox Creek Parkway, Florence

Saturday, February 27, Noon – 6pm, Walmart, 42466 Highway 195, Haleyville

Sunday, February 28, 11am – 6pm, Lowe’s, 130 Cox Creek Parkway South, Florence

 

Nominations are open for the LONG-LEWIS LOCAL HERO OF THE MONTH AWARD.  In an effort to reward local people for Outstanding Community Service, Long-Lewis Automotive Group in cooperation with The Long-Lewis Foundation, will be awarding one person each month $500 and a Certificate of Appreciation to recognize their efforts in serving The Shoals. 

Simply visit the Long Lewis of the Shoals Facebook page and nominate someone you feel deserves this award for Outstanding Community Service.   The recipient of the Award will be determined by the nominee post that gets the most Likes from the community at the end of each month.  We will announce the recipient, via social media, on the 1st of the following month.  The Certificate and $500 Award will be given to the recipient at the local dealership by the 10th of each month.

 

The charming town of Linden, TN is pleased to announce the 13th annual Blooming Arts Festival on March 26-27.   Blooming Arts Festival is Linden’s annual signature event and one of the region’s leading outdoor festivals. The free event, had more than 150 artists registered in 2019 and attendance near 10,000.

“This year, more than ever in our history, we are excited to invite people to attend our premiere 

Linden’s downtown Main Street features wide sidewalks, retro lampposts, restored architecture, and beautifully landscaped trees; the perfect backdrop for showcasing creative arts and crafts. Past exhibitions have included fine art - oil paintings, watercolors, acrylics, clay sculptures and photography. Fine hand-crafted artisans bring stained glass, leatherwork, jewelry, glass, furniture, fiber, quilting and numerous other displays of creativity.

In addition to arts & crafts exhibitors, a full schedule of live music is planned for both days plus the always-popular Kids Zone, complete with rides and many fun activities. Blooming Arts Festival is free and open to the public.

For more information, including how to register for a booth, visit www.bloomingartsfestival.com

 

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.

 

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

 

The Friends Bookstore at the Florence-Lauderdale Public Library has now reopened!  The bookstore was closed from mid-March-August due to the Covid-19 pandemic, but has now reopened with the new business hours of 12-4pm Monday-Friday.   Don’t forget your mask!  

The Friends Bookstore has a large variety of books at great prices, so be sure to go shop their selection!  Proceeds from the bookstore help the library provide more free books and services to the community.  350 N Wood Ave. in Florence.

The Friends Bookstore is beginning to accept donations again, starting with greeting cards, calendars, and magazines only.  Please bring your donations during business hours, which currently are from noon-4pm Monday-Friday.

 

 

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. 

 

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. 

 

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: https://www.aces.edu/events/ or www.facebook.com/pg/AlabamaExtensionAAMU/events/

Access Alabama Extension’s website at www.aces.edu, 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 ksh0035@aces.edu. 

 

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 bcanup@ymcashoals.org."

 

Diamonds in the Rough, travelers with The Club (Florence Senior Center), the Nashville Trip scheduled for April 12-14, 2021 has been canceled.  Other 2021 trips will be subject to Covid 19 regulations. 256-76-6642.

 

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!

 

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 www.lifesouth.org.

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. 

 

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 RedCrossBlood.org, 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.

 

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: Barbara.Johnson3@LHCgroup.com

 

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: Barbara.Johnson3@lhcgroup.com.

 

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.  alan.jordan@comfortcarehospice.org.   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 Barbara.Johnson@LCHgroup.com.

 

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