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.   


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.


YMCA of the Shoals Affordable Before & After School Care At the Y, we believe children should have a place to explore their interests and talents. With over 7,000+ square feet of childcare dedicated space, we provide 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"


LifeSouth has an extremely urgent need for blood donations since far fewer blood drives are taking place during pandemic. 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.


Governor Kay Ivey recently called on Alabamians to pay tribute to health care heroes for their continued efforts in fighting the COVID-19 virus. In her proclamation, the governor asked Alabamians to thank these heroes by leaving their porch lights on every Friday in October.

Light up Friday Nights is a joint campaign by the Governor’s Office, the Alabama Hospital Association, the Alabama Department of Education, the Council for Leaders in Alabama’s Schools, the Alabama Independent School Association, the Alabama High School Athletic Association and School Superintendents of Alabama.

Participating in Light up Friday Nights is easy. Alabamians can simply turn on their porch lights each Friday night in October to show support for health care heroes. Many local schools will be highlighting these heroes this week at sporting events, culminating with the high school football games Friday, October 16.


Shoals Artists Guild Meeting Friday, October 16, at the first shelter at McFarland park at 10:00 AM. We hope the weather cooperates with us. Bring your art  supplies to draw or paint. Please wear a mask. 


The Friends Bookstore on the first floor of the Florence-Lauderdale Public Library 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.


The Haunted Hayrides will roam through LaGrange Park each Friday and Saturday during the month of October from dusk - 11pm.  Covid-19 guidelines will be followed for Ghost Hunters, arriving at the Old Tabernacle. An insane nurse will check your temperature when you enter the event.  Your mask must be worn at all times, especially while you are screaming and avoiding the monsters running at you from the woods.   The Haunted venues and actors have greatly increased for this year’s scariest event. 

Admission is $5 per person.  6 and under free. Come out to see how haunted the mountain really is!  If you dare!!   Proceeds from the event benefit the operations of the Park and Cemetery grounds at the historic LaGrange College Site, 1491 LaGrange College Road in Leighton.  The site is located off Alabama Highway 157 in east Colbert County.  Follow historic road markers. 


The Red Warrior Foundation will host a Bass Tournament Saturday, October 24 on Pickwick Lake as a Fundraiser for The Healing Place.  This is a great opportunity to fish for a great cause and enjoy the day at beautiful McFarland Park.

The Healing Place is the only non-profit grief support center in the Shoals area, providing grief support to the local communities and schools in Lauderdale, Colbert and Franklin Counties and through their office location in Muscle Shoals.  All services are free of charge to grieving children and their families.  For more information about The Healing Place, and the Fishing Tournament, visit


Florence – Lauderdale County Drive Thru Food Pantry at Northwood Methodist Church, Seven Points. Call for appointment, 256-764-2111.


Florence – Lauderdale County Drive Thru Food Pantry at Northwood Methodist Church, Seven Points. Call for appointment, 256-764-2111.


"Free Thinker:  Sex, Suffrage, and the Extraordinary Life of Helen Hamilton Gardener" by Kimberly A. Hamlin will be discussed at the October 21, 10am meeting of the Readers of the Lost Ark Book Club.  The club meets at Helen Keller Public Library, 511 Main Street, Tuscumbia.  (Use the side door.)  For more information, email or search for Readers of the Lost Ark Book Club on Facebook.


The SHBA Scholarship Golf Classic will be Friday, October 30 at Twin Pines Golf Club.  Teams and hole sponsorships are now being accepted!  Half of the teams will have morning T-times and half will be in the afternoon.   Morning breakfast sandwiches and a great lunch are included as well as cart with beverages and snacks.  Prizes will be cash and/or gift cards that will be mailed to winners.  Super sponsorships are $600 and include team, hole sponsorship, mulligans for each player.  Please call Brenda to register YOUR team.  256-766-9110  


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


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


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.


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 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.


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!


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. 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.


Halloween may look a little different this year, but The Ritz Theatre is keeping the season spooky with the radio play "The Headless Horseman of Sleepy Hollow." The entire Shoals community is invited to celebrate Halloween through the frightening tale of Ichabod Crane’s encounter with the menacing legend. The recording of the radio play will be accessible at beginning the evening of Monday, October 26 through the Halloween weekend. A pay-what-you-can donation is all that is required to stream to performance.

In addition to the play itself, there will be pumpkin patterns, recipes, sound-effect tutorials, and a painted pumpkin exhibit, so families and Halloween lovers can enjoy an entire Sleepy Hollow experience.


The Annual Belle Mont Quilt Show will be presented at historic Belle Mont Mansion located at 1569 Cook Lane in Tuscumbia;  Wednesdays–Saturdays,  October 1-31 from 10am – 4pm.  More than 20 quilts from the collection of Glenn Rikard will be featured.  Regular admission rates apply. ($6 adults,  $5 seniors, students, and military, $3 children ages 6-18). Masks are required and social distancing will be observed.  For more information, call 256-381-5052 or online at


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.  


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.


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.


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


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