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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.   

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.

Friday October 1:  11am-2pm,   Community Room, Reservation Required-- Speaker:  Author Chervis Isom, "Memoir Writing" Honorary Member and Member Appreciation Luncheon

Saturday October 2  11am-2pm, Reservation  Required  (BBQ Lunch at noon) McFarland Park Pavilion 1.   Event: Writers Round-up and Membership Drive 

Saturday, October 23-24  10am-6pm and noon-6pm respectively. Event: Booth at the Alabama Renaissance Faire   Wilson Park , Florence.  Registration required.

Saturday, October 23  noon-2pm,   Book Launch, "The Edge of Everywhen", by AS Mackey (Allison Mackey) at FLPL

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

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

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"From These Threads: Cotton Culture," will be on display October 1- 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


Shoals Fest takes place October 2-3 in McFarland Park, Florence. The two-day music festival, started by Jason Isbell gets underway Saturday with Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit, Lucinda Williams, Candi Staton, Amanda Shires, Cedric Burnside, and armer Jason.  Sunday features Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit, Drive-By Truckers, Centro-Matic, Slobberbone, The Pine Hill Haints, and Farmer Jason.  Single day and 2-day festival tickets are available.  Admission also requires proof of Covid-19 vaccination or a negative Covid test within 72 hours of the event.  For more Information, visit


The Shoals Area Buddy Walk takes place Sunday, October 3 at 2710 Darby Drive in Florence at 3pm. (on the track behind Riverhill School.)   The event is registered with the National Down Syndrome Society and is part of the National Buddy Walk Program Rachel,  Martha, and Ruthie Mitchener organized the walk in honor of their cousin, Walter who has Down Syndrome.  We look forward to seeing everyone at the Walk with Walter-Shoals Area Buddy Walk.  It is not primarily about raising money; it is about Awareness – Educating - Advocating, and Celebrating the little triumphs and big steps forward in the treatment of Down Syndrome. 

All families and friends who have been touched by Down Syndrome are welcomed and encouraged to attend.  There will be a fun, casual walk around the track with the chance to celebrate everyone. .  All proceeds benefit for the UCP Center and the National Down Syndrome Society.   

For more information, contact Rachel Michener at 256-710-3290 or    Follow on Facebook @Shoals Area Buddy Walk or Twitter @walkingwithwalter


The popular Haunted Hayrides through the LaGrange College site normally scheduled for October have been cancelled this year due to the rise in cases and public vulnerability to the COVID-19 virus.   The rides regularly took place at the historic site every Friday and Saturday in October leading up to Halloween, according to Louise Lenz of the LaGrange Living Historical Association, were used as a fundraiser for the LaGrange College Site Park.


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.


Florence-Lauderdale Farmers Market Open at 451 Fairground Road. The market will be open Saturdays during October. Hours are 6am-1pm each day.


The 2021 Car Audio Championship takes place October 8-9 at North Alabama State Fairgrounds, 65 Sportsplex Drive in Muscle Shoals. Come out and experience the loudest Car and Bike Systems in Alabama!  Hundreds of vehicles will be on display and competing with their systems in over 50 formats of competition. Vendors will have products on display and will be showcasing new technology for consumers interested in after-market audio and accessories. Show hours are 10am-6pm each day. Tickets available at gate for $10/day.  (Demo Pass $50/day) Information: or 


As cooler weather approaches, Belle Mont Mansion will host a new exhibit titled “Cold Weather Comforts,” featuring a display of antique and vintage quilts and oil lamps 10am-4pm every Wednesday-Saturday, October 6-30.

The annual October quilt show has been expanded this year to include historic oil lamps.  Local collector Mary Carton has been acquiring oil lamps for more than 20 years.  Her collection now numbers about 50 lamps dating from the late 1800s through the early 20th century when TVA brought rural electrification to the Shoals.  Some of her favorite lamps will be displayed along with the history of each.

Glenn Rikard’s quilt collection has formed the basis of Belle Mont’s annual display for many years. This year’s display will again feature his personal collection, with many pieces being shown for the first time. He will present a program each Friday at 1pm.  Attendees are invited to bring quilts to share during the program’s “show and tell,” when Rikard will be available to help identify unknown patterns and estimate dates of crafting.

The Friday programs will be held on the courtyard, weather permitting. Programs will be canceled in the event of inclement weather. Those who visit the museum’s exhibit will be asked to wear a mask and to maintain social distancing while indoors. 

Belle Mont is located at 1569 Cook Lane, Tuscumbia, Alabama. Regular museum admission rates will apply:  Adults $6; Seniors, College Students and Military $5; youths 6-18 years $3; Children younger than 6 are admitted free. For more information, call 256-381-5052,   


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

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Clothes Give Away - Thursday, October 7 from 8-10am at the Care Center, First Baptist Church, Killen


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.


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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.


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, October 14, 5:30pm - "Mexican Gothic" by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

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


Join us for our 2nd Annual SIOD Superhero 5K & Fun Run at Muscle Shoals Middle School on October 16 at 8am!  The race will follow the Swamper's 5K course.  

Get out and run, walk, or jog while dressing up as your favorite superhero.  This fundraising event is presented by Quad Cities Pediatrics to promote awareness and raise money for SIOD research.

Schimke immuno-osseous dysplasia (SIOD) is an extremely rare genetic disease that affects multiple systems in the body, including the kidneys, growth plates and cartilage, heart and arteries, lungs, and immune system.

SIOD has been championed in the Shoals area by Kyle and Jessica Davenport along with scores of friends and volunteers.  The Davenports founded the Kruzn for a Kure Foundation on behalf of their two children, Kruz and Paizlee, both of whom have SIOD.

To sign up for the 5k and Fun Run or for more information, please visit


The Alabama Renaissance Faire is October 23-24 in Wilson Park, downtown Florence.  Take a step back in time at Alabama’s official Renaissance Faire in “Renaissance City.” Wilson Park is trans-formed into Fountain-on-the-Green for an entire weekend, with vendors, demonstrators and performers on location. This free event will take place in the park Saturday and Sunday from 10am-6pm.  Information: 256-740-4141 or


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. 


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:

 October 28 -  ABC’s of caregiving  • In this special symposium, a panel will share some of their personal experiences and answer questions. There also will be discussion on how to deal with grief along the way. 

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.


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 Magical Masquerade at UNA’s Rogers Hall, in Florence takes place at 7pm Saturday, October 30.  This special event fundraiser benefits the Shoals Symphony Orchestra.  Join the SSO for magical night of music and mystery!  Spooky, delicious appetizers and tasty libations are included for those 21 and older.  Ticket information is available at


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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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.


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.


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


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"


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.


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.


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


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


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.


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


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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SUSPENDED Boomer’s & Senior’s Social Dance, Tuesdays, 6:30-8:45pm. Doors open 6 pm. Bottled water only.  $5 for the Band/The Browns. Florence Parks and Recreation/The Club, 450  Country Club Drive, Florence.  This facility drug, smoke, alcohol, weapon free.


SUSPENDED Florence Senior Center/The Club Serving Curbside Lunches 60 years and older, 11–11:15am Monday-Friday, call in by 9:30am. Dining in 11:30am. Sign in by 10:30am. $1 Donation. 256-760-6420. BINGO Tuesday prior to lunch 10:15-11:15am.


SUSPENDED Joints in Motion, new days and times!!! At The Club, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, 9:30-10:15am.  Chair exercise, range of motion, activities of daily living.  All ages, no fee. 450 Country Club Drive in  Florence.  For more information:, Facebook: Florence Senior Center/The Club, 256-760-6420.  Mask optional.  Social distancing appreciated.


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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