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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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Florence-Lauderdale Farmers Market Open at 451 Fairground Road. The market will be open Saturdays during the months of May and October. Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday during the months of June through September. Hours are 6am-1pm each day.


Family Bible School at Hendrix Chapel Church of Christ, located at 13007 County Road 8, Florence (1 mile west of Natchez Trace) Sunday, June 20-Wednesday, June 23, 7pm nightly.

Focusing on children's Bible Study. Classes for all ages, birth to adult.

Everyone is welcome.


Bank Independent will host a Job Fair event locally on Tuesday, June 22 from 4-7pm at the operations office located at 426 Veterans Drive in Florence.   Positions start at $14/hour and include a full suite of benefits including affordable Blue Cross/Blue Shield health insurance, both 401K and Pension retirements, and generous paid time off.  Interested applicants are encouraged to complete an application online at prior to the Job Fair events.  Complete job descriptions for open positions are available on Bank Independent’s website,


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.

Tuesday, June 22, 10am-4pm - Lauderdale County Courthouse, 200 S, Court St, Florence

Wednesday, June 23, 10am-3pm - Frank Dean State Farm, 2001 Florence Blvd, Florence

Wednesday, June 23, 5-8pm - First Baptist Church, 6000 Woodmont Dr. Tuscumbia

Thursday, June 24, 11am-5pm - Pathway Eye Rogersville, 16035 Hwy 72, Rogersville

Friday, June 25, 9am-4pm - Encompass Health, 2713 Avalon Ave, Muscle Shoals

Saturday, June 26, Noon-6pm - Walmart, Military St, Hamilton

Sunday, June 27, 1-7pm - Walmart, Hwy 195, Haleyville

Monday, June 28, 11am-5pm - Shoals Pharmacy, Hobson St Tuscumbia

Tuesday, June 29, 7am-2pm - Fontaine Trailer, 430 Sam Letson Industrial Rd, Haleyville

Thursday, July 1, Noon-6pm - Walmart, W. Avalon Ave, Hamilton

Friday, July 2, 3-8pm - Texas Roadhouse, Cox Creek Pkwy, Florence

Friday, July 2, 8am-1:30pm - Level Up Nutrition, Wilson Dam Rd, Muscle Shoals


Gospel Meeting at Midway Church of Christ, 6000 US Hwy 43, Florence, June 20-25. Sunday: 10:30am and 7pm; Monday-Friday: 7pm.

We will have different speakers each day and invite you to come out and be with us. All lessons will be available on Facebook.


Welcome back to The Ritz! Tickets for the Ritz Theatre’s 2021 SummerStock production of "The Last Five Years" are on sale now. This musical marks the return of live theatre at the historic Ritz Theatre in downtown Sheffield. 

Written and composed by Jason Robert Brown.  It is directed by Suzanne Reese-Mills with musical direction by Drew Mills. "The Last Five Years" is a beautifully heartbreaking and uniquely told story of love and loss in a two-person play. The Ritz’s production features three different casts performing over six nights: Victoria Chaves and Gary Fuqua, Nick Grigsby and Carolina Mooring, and Jalen Kirkman and Mary Morgan Scott. These casts were chosen through a competitive audition process for this year’s SummerStock show. SummerStock is the Tennessee Valley Art Association’s annual musical production that features young-adult performers and crew.

There will be six performances, running July 22-24 and 29-31, all at 7:30pm. Tickets are available at Tickets are $25 for adults and $20 for students. 

To celebrate the return to The Ritz, there will be pre-show parties for the three opening weekend shows. The price for a ticket with the pre-show party is $40. The party will include charcuterie and a drink ticket. A cash bar will also be available.

Audience members wanting to see multiple casts can get the student rate when purchasing tickets for two or more performances. Just call 256-383-0533 to purchase a ticket bundle.  ADA seating is also available by phone.


Vacation Bible School at Mt. Bethel United Methodist Church, located at 1743 County Road 53, Rogersville from Monday-Friday June 21- 25 from 6-8:30pm each evening. The program is entitled "Discovery on Adventure Island", and is for ages 3-12 years. Come join us and learn about the Bible and have fun and fellowship with others.


Miracle Worker Play, outdoor  theater on the grounds of Ivy Green, Helen Keller Birthplace. June 11-July 17 (Friday & Saturday only) –Gates 7pm, Show 8pm. Reserved & general admission tickets. For more info or to reserve tickets: 256-383-4066.


Music in the Park, Wilson Park, Florence, every Wednesday 11:30am-12:30pm. 


Helen Keller Festival, Tuscumbia. June 24-27 -(Thurs, Fri, Sat) Parade and music downtown on Thursday evening with local artists; concerts in Spring Park on Friday & Saturday, featuring Kerry Gilbert Band and Lindsay Ell. Info:


Pulled Pork Plate Fund Raiser - 207 West 5th Street, Tuscumbia, during Keller Fest, Friday June 25 and Saturday, June 26, 11am-6pm. Plates are $9 each. Dine-in air conditioned or carry-out. Preorder: Robert 256-577-1784 or Len 256-702-1868.

Sponsored by Washington Masonic Lodge #36. Profits go to Masonic Lodge Needy Family Fund.


Boston Butt Sale - Help us end Alzheimer's - Orders due by June 25, pickup at McFarland Park on July 3. $40 per butt.

Call or text 256-366-3362 or 256-762-9747 for more info. Other pickup arrangements can be made closer to date.

All proceeds will go to the Alzheimer's Association.


Ekklesia Ministries Summer Feeding Program, kids and teens eat FREE this summer at locations listed.

Monday-Friday for Colbert County

Oakhill Apartments - 12:30-12:50pm

Blake Apartments - 11:40am-12pm

Long Low Apartments - 12-12:20pm

Manning Homes - 12:30-12:50pm

Ekklesia Church - 11am-1pm

Monday-Friday for Lauderdale County

Florence Apartments 11:40am-12pm

Hermitage Knolls - 11-11:20am

Cypress Point - 10:30-10:50am

Cherryhill Homes - 12:20-12:40pm

Closed to the Public

Sheffield Junior & High Schools - TBD

KILBY -  June 1-July 28

L.E. Willson - July 13-August 7

Colbert County (Select Serving Dates  Only)

Threadgill Health Dept. - July 12-August 7, 12:30-1pm

Common Ground - June, TBD

Community Action Partnership - July, TBD 

At every site the meals will be Hot Nutritious meals that are packaged to GRAB-and-GO. Lunch and Snack will be available to children to take with them.


Art of the Dish Exhibit at Belle Mont Mansion, 1569 Cook Lane, Tuscumbia.  Thurs – Sat. June 24-26  10am – 4pm.  Individuals and collectors share 200 years of antique and vintage china in tablescapes set up around the museum.  A tour of the home and the exhibit is included with standard admission - $6 adult, $5 senior, military and college students; $3 youths 6-18, and under 6 years free.  For information call 256-381-5052, or visit


Northwest AL Housing Services is having a Charity Yard Sale Friday, June 25, 7am - 3pm at 505 N. Columbia Ave. in Sheffield- in the Parking Lot

Baby Items, household items, clothes, furniture, pet items, lamps, linens, tableware, games, electronics, pots, pans, dishes, shoes, jewelry, scarves, books and much more.  Proceeds go to the Sunrise Center, a homeless day center.


Luncheon and Program for “Art of the Dish”  June 25-26, (2 days only) at historic Belle Mont Mansion, 1569 Cook Lane in Tuscumbia. Reserve your seating for programs at 11am, 12pm or 1pm each day when a special presentation on 19th century dining customs will be given by collector, George Terrell.   A box lunch (complimentary with your program ticket) will be provided by Alabama Bliss Catering on the courtyard of historic Belle Mont, available from 11am – 1pm.  Advanced tickets are required at $20 per person. Proceeds benefit continued preservation and operations of Belle Mont Mansion.  Sponsored by Colbert County Historical Landmarks Foundation. Tickets available at Belle Mont, Fiddledee D! Gift Shop in Tuscumbia, or through (search Art of the Dish) - For more information: 256-381-5052, email, or visit


The Helen Keller Festival Car Show  is held on Main Street in Tuscumbia June 26, 7:30am-2pm. Registration starts at 8am. Registration is $20 with $1,700 in cash drawings plus many door prizes. Trophies for Best of Show Production and Modified, Car and truck Pre 1999 and 2000 to present and Rat Rod.

The Festival is a big event in North Alabama, family oriented, arts and crafts and the play “The Miracle Worker” is preformed.

For more information on the Festival and a map check “Helen Keller Festival / North Alabama”.

For more information on the Show contact


Summer Saturdays Art for Kids - Saturdays through July 17 (excluding July 3) 12–2pm  at the Tennessee Valley Museum of Art.

Become a TVAA member at the Family/Friend level ($50) and get free art activities for your family all summer, free admission to the museum all year, free entry into our ArtWorks member show for all family members, and discounts on workshops. Just want to drop in for one activity? Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for children/students, and your family can enjoy our art exhibitions in addition to making some art of your own!  256-383-0533


Children's author and illustrator K.A. Cummins will be among those addressing the Shoals Writers Guild at their June 26 meeting.  It takes place from 10am–12pm in the downstairs conference room at the Florence-Lauderdale Public Library, 350 N. Wood Avenue in Florence

In 2016, Ms. Cummins' first short story, The Warehouse Tour, received an honorable mention in the largest international short story contest, Writers of the Future.  In 2018, Endless Press chose her flash fiction piece Steampunk Circus as the Runner Up in their Realm Makers Scholarship contest. The Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards honored her debut novel, Snow Globe Travelers: Samuel’s Legacy, with a silver medal in 2019. And more recently, Rattle featured her artwork on the cover of their Neurodiversity Tribute issue.

Local musician Lillian Glanton, who was the founder of the Muscle Shoals Song Rooms, will also address the group. The Muscle Shoals Song Rooms was a writing facility and performance venue for songwriters. Ms. Glanton is also an event organizer for the Muscle Shoals Songwriters Festival coming up November 2021.

The Shoals Writers Guild’s goal is to provide education, motivation and inspiration to writers in their quest to become published authors or to hone their writing skills. However, the Guild does not serve as a writing class or offer writing critique for specific projects. 

If you would like to join the fellowship of writers and network with other authors, the yearly membership dues are $25 for regular members and $20 for veterans and students. Email us at


Helen Keller Art Show of Alabamains, an annual traveling juried art show through July 2. The show is open to students from throughout the state that have visual or hearing  impairments. The artists are of various ages attending public, private, residential, and home schools. Info: 256-383-0533 or


Emergence,  a juried art exhibition for emerging artists featuring 45 innovative artists from across the country is on Display at the Tennessee Valley Museum of Art in Tuscumbia through July 2

This spring, we put out a call for submissions, seeking artists who are working in unique ways, pushing creative processes to the breaking point, and have something important to express through their work. About 75 artists from all over the United States submitted artwork, and our jurors (Stacey Holloway, Darius Hill, and Wayne Sides) chose the most innovative work from these submissions to be included in the show. Don’t miss this opportunity to get a glimpse of the future of art, through the eyes of some of the country’s most talented emerging artists.

Exhibition Hours: Tuesday-Friday 9am-5pm; Saturday 10am-5pm

Admission: $5 for Adults; $3 for Students

Free for TVAA Members, Healthcare, Education, and First Responders, as part of our Arts for the Frontline program, sponsored by Bank Independent and E.S. Robbins


Odyssey of the Black Spirit is a digital exhibition  where contemporary Black artists were asked to express their response to the question, “How do you see divinity within African-American people?” Now through July 2 at Tennessee Valley Museum of Art in Tuscumbia. Info: 256-383-0533 or 


Starting Memorial Day - Labor Day inclusive, Muscle Shoals Sound Studio will be open Monday-Saturday 10am-4pm. Tours are on the half-hour every hour and tour price is $15.  Discounts are available for military, senior and group tours.  We are pet friendly!  Tickets can be purchased online or at the studio

256-978-5151.  Muscle Shoals Sound Studio is at 3614 N. Jackson Highway in Sheffield. 


Bradshaw Class of 1971 - 50 Year Reunion, August 27 & 28. 

Friday, August 27, 4-7pm - Welcome and tour of the Memorabilia Room at Burrell Slater High School, 620 W. College St., Florence. 6-10pm - Meet and greet at The GunRunner Boutique Hotel, 310 W. Tennessee St., Florence.

Saturday, August 28, 6pm  at Florence-Lauderdale Coliseum for Bunyans' BBQ, Music and Lots of Fun. Cost $30 per person.

RSVP by July 15 Pat Joiner or Mae Sutherland or Jan


Ekklesia Summer Camp Opens June 1 • Monday–Friday • 5:30am–5:30pm  • Field Trips  • Music  • Outdoor Activities   Call 256-314-1700.  For information on pricing and enrollment


Registration is taking place now for Summer Camp June 1–August 9 at Calvary Learning Center  at 601 N. Main St. in Tuscumbia.   6:30am-5:30pm   Ages 4-12 years

Summer Camp is a structured program that offers campers age appropriate activities. Activities include arts and crafts, daily devotions, swimming, recreational games, sports, field trips, and much more! Breakfast, lunch, and snack will be provided for your child.

Camp opens at 6:30am and closes at 5:30pm with camp activities from 8:30am-4:30pm

Mini’s Camp: - Ages 4-5 years-- For students that completed Pre-K 2020-2021 OR will be entering Pre-K the Fall of 2021

Traditional Camp: - Ages 6-12 years -- Students must have completed Kindergarten

Calvary Learning Center also provides care for newborns to children 5 years of age.

Registration forms may be picked up at Calvary Learning Center, Calvary Baptist Church office, or on our Facebook Page: Calvary Learning Centers.

Fees:  Registration Fee: $90.  $85 per child.  $80 for 4 days.  $60 for 3 days

The registration fee (which covers the cost of field trips, camp t-‐shirt, supplies, and snacks) and the first week’s payment are due at the time of registration.

See the display ad in this week's issue for all the details.  256-383-1853 or 256-381-6650.

Summer Day Camp is sponsored by Deshler High School Fellowship of Christian Athletes 


The Tennessee Valley Art Association will hold open auditions for the award-winning Broadway comedy, "Moon Over Buffalo" on Saturday, July 10 and Sunday, July 11 at 2pm at the Ritz Theatre on 3rd Street in Sheffield.  

Michael Green is directing this farce by Ken Ludwig, author of "Lend Me a Tenor."  Roles are available for 2 men and 1 woman (age 50s), 1 woman (70s), 2 men and 2 women (20s-30s). Ages are those of the characters and not necessarily those of the actors. Production dates are September 9-12, 17, and 18 at the Ritz Theatre. Rehearsals will begin July 25. For copies of audition material, a cast description or more information, email


25th Annual Saddle Up for St. Jude, Gardiner Farm, Tuscumbia, July 15-17, (Thurs, Fri, Sat) – Hundreds of acres of trail riding, camping, live auction, vendors, concessions. Concert headliners:  Shenandoah (Thurs), T. Graham Brown (Fri), Clint Black (Sat). Including Drive, April Michelle, Maddie Johnson, Showdown, Josh Brannon Band, and KGB. $50 3-day passes available (June 21): or single tickets at the gate. Info: 256-383-0783


The Florence Camerata Concert will be at 7pm Tuesday, July 20 at the First Presbyterian Church in Florence.

Conductor is Rebecca Rockhill.  Collaborative Pianist is Karen Cantrell

Tickets will not be sold, but donations will be accepted.


Family Fun Fest! Fun with Bubbles, Games, Popsicles, and More! on Thursday, July 22 from 6-7:30pm at the Girl Scout Office, 4050 Helton Dr. in Florence.  Parking in front and back.  Fun for the whole family!  Hope to see you there!


Hot BBQ, Cool Blues—Roundhouse, Tuscumbia, July 22, 6-8 pm.  Live music by Max Russell & L.O. Bishop BBQ dinner, sponsored by Tuscumbia Retail Development. Tickets: 256-383-9797


The Last 5 Years (TVAA’s annual SummerStock musical at the Ritz Theatre, Sheffield) July 22-31 is a beautifully heartbreaking and uniquely told story of love and loss. This      intimate musical invites audiences to take a tour through a five-year relationship, take stock of what matters most, and perhaps take a side.  Info/tickets: Mark Your Calendars


40th Annual W. C. Handy Music Festival, July 23-August 1. Various locations across the Shoals area.  Events/music across all genres. For more info:


Vacation Bible School at First Free Will Baptist Church July 26-30, 6:30-8:30pm. Ages 4 - Completed 5th Grade. Registration Event at the church on June 26, 10am-2pm or register online at First Free Will is located at 2701 Florence Blvd. Florence.


W.C. Handy Top Artist Showcase & Celebrity Concert. July 31, a full day of concerts, shopping with vendors, kid’s activities, car, jeep, and motorcycle contests, and more held at the Alabama Music Hall of Fame. A Portion of the proceeds from this event will support community outreaches sponsored by Distinguished Productions. 


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 over than 2 years old.

The Friends Bookstore appreciates the community’s patience while it had to suspend accepting donations during the Covid period.  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  ore information, call (256)-764-6564 ext. 126, or visit


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Florence Drive Thru Neighborhood Food Pantry at North Wood Methodist Church during COVID crisis, requirements: photo ID. Call 256-764-2111 for appointment.


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"


5th Annual Florence Open at Blackberry Trail - Registration begins June 1.  $150 per entrant. Golf Championship for the Charles Parish Medalist Trophy begins August 6-8 at the Blackberry Trail Golf Course, Florence. Lunch will be provided all three days. 


Eddie Frost Group up to 49

Chris Burns Group 50-64

Alex Sloan Group 65 and over

For more information or to register, call 256-740-8825.


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 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.


Let’s Travel Again!!! The Club / Florence Senior Center ”Diamonds in the Rough”, traveling friends, want to invite you to join them. Trips are open to the public!  Proof of Vaccination will be required with final payment. Deposit due now, $75. Checks made payable to Diamond Tours.

Mackinac Island, October 3-9, 2021, $719, deposit now, final payment June 7.

6 nights 5 days, 10 meals, 6 breakfast 4 dinners, Guided tour of Mackinaw City, visit Mackinac Island, Carriage tour, Boat ride through Soo Locks, Sight-seeing Sault Sainte Marie, Mackinaw Crossings, Colonial Michillmackinac, Gaming excitement at Kewadin Sault Casino

Pigeon Forge & Smokey Mountains Show Trip, November 15-19, 2021, $599, $75 deposit due now, final payment September 8.

4 nights lodging, 4 breakfast, 4 dinners, Visit Titanic Museum, 2 morning shows: Smith Morning Variety Show and “Tis the Season”, 4 evening shows: Patty Waszak, Soul of Motown, America’s Hit Parade, Country Tonight, Free time in historic downtown Gatlinburg

2022 Trips. More to be arranged.

Niagara Falls, May 1-7, 2022, $659, Passport Required, $75 deposit now final payment February, 22, 2022

7 days 6 nights

For more pictures, video and information visit: or call Fran @The Club


Register Now with only $75 deposit for motor coach trips.

 2022 Cruise: PML Travel

The Club presents 9 day 8 night vacation, Royal Caribbean’s “Ovation of the Seas”-ALASKA!! June 2-June 10, 2022-Passport Required. Proof of Vaccination.

$2799 per person/inside cabin

$2999 per person/outside cabin

$3499 per person/balcony cabin

Roundtrip Airfare, 1 night hotel, guided tour of Seattle, Washington, bus transportation from Airport, Cruise, Cabin, Shipboard meals, Port charges, Taxes and Transfers in Seattle.

Travel protection insurance $318-$380, $250 deposit now/Final payment February 2, 2022

Sitka, Skagway, Endicott Arm & Dawes Glacier, Juneau, AK and Victoria, BC

For more information The Club/Fran 256-760-6642 or


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.


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Geezers and Grandkid’s Fishing Dates at Deibert Park:

Bring your friends, family, grandkids, tackle, chairs, snacks, etc., Please sign in at the table before fishing.

We appreciate your continuing to social distance at the parks. For more information call The Club, 256-760-6420

Thursday, September 9, 6:30-11am

Yahoo…School’s Out…Let’s Go Fishing on Tuesday, October 19, 6:30-11am


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


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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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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