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Register to Ring! Sign up to Ring the bells for The Salvation Army. When you help ring, it helps feed families and people in need of food, shelter and clothing. It helps provide HOPE to those who need it. HELP US HELP OTHERS this Christmas.

Please contact Christi at 256-764-4432 to sign up your club or group/organization.

We are looking for anyone who would like to donate any Christmas decoration items to Waterloo seniors. Any and all donations will be greatly appreciated. You can drop them off or we will pick up. Call 256-412-2772.

We will be hosting a one-day Teen and Toy Drop-Off event on Friday, December 6 from 9am-2pm for Christmas for Kids. Stop by and bring gift(s) for children and teens. Please contact us at 256-978-5526 or Debbie Dixon at 256-443-1297 for more information.

LifeSouth Blood Drives for November:

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, December 4, 8am – 4pm, Muscle Shoals High School, 1900 Avalon Avenue, Muscle Shoals

Thursday, December 5, 11am – 6pm, Bank Independent, 426 Veterans Drive, Florence

Friday, December 6, 7:30am – 4pm, Sheffield High School, 2800 19th Avenue, Sheffield

Saturday, December 7, Noon – 6pm, Rural King, 3401 Woodward Avenue, Muscle Shoals

Sunday, December 8, 8am – 1pm, Knights of Columbus, St. Joseph Catholic Church, 1111 E College Street, Florence

Sunday, December 8, 2–6pm, PetSmart, 107 Cox Creek Parkway, Florence

Monday, December 9, 1–7pm, Workout Anytime, 992 Cox Creek Parkway, Florence

Tuesday, December 10, 6:30am – Noon, Southwire Company, 4251 Helton Drive, Florence

Wednesday, December 11, 2–8pm, Southwire Company, 4251 Helton Drive, Florence

Thursday, December 12, Noon – 6pm, Shoals Hospital, 201 W Avalon Avenue, Muscle Shoals

Friday, December 13, 10am – 5pm, Bank Independent, 108 Highway 72, Killen

Saturday, December 14, 9am – 4pm, It’s a Dickens Christmas Y’all, 119 N Main Street, Tuscumbia

Sunday, December 15, Noon – 5pm, Piggly Wiggly, 3625 State Route 5, Phil Campbell

Monday, December 16, Noon – 7pm, Walmart, 3100 Hough Road, Florence

Tuesday, December 17, 2–8pm, Essity, 1834-B Haley Drive, Cherokee

Wednesday, December 18, 2–8pm, Essity, 1834-B Haley Drive, Cherokee

Thursday, December 19, 9am – 4pm, Lewis Electric Supply Company Inc., 1306 2nd Street, Muscle Shoals

Friday, December 20, 11am – 5pm, Cash Express, 1587 Darby Drive, Florence

Saturday, December 21, 11am - 5pm, North Alabama Flea Market, 65 Sportsplex Drive, Muscle Shoals

Sunday, December 22, 1–6pm, Martin’s Family Clothing, 550 Cox Creek Parkway, Florence

Monday, December 23, 11am – 6pm, Big Star, 314 S Jackson Avenue, Russellville

Tuesday, December 24, 8am – 1pm, Lowe’s, 130 Cox Creek Parkway South, Florence

Thursday, December 26, 10am – 5pm, Dick’s Sporting Goods/ Field & Stream, 376 Cox Creek Parkway Suite A, Florence

Friday, December 27, 10am – 6pm, Walmart, 13675 Highway 43, Russellville

Saturday, December 28, 10am – 6pm, Fashion Exchange, 612 E Tennessee Street, Florence

Sunday, December 29, Noon – 7pm, Walmart, 2701 Cloverdale Road, Florence

Monday, December 30, 11am – 6pm, Foodland, 14483 County Line Road, Muscle Shoals

Tuesday, December 31, 10am – 5pm, BAM, 318 Cox Creek Parkway, Florence

"Getting Well Together", a grief support group, will beet the 2nd Thursday of each month at 10am in the Family Life Center of Cliff Haven Church in Sheffield. This is a FREE support group for anyone who would like to attend. This support group is a courtesy of Kindred Hospice of Florence. For more information, call 256-764-0873.

Kennedy-Douglass Center for the Arts membership is pleased to present our annual holiday luncheons, Holly and Ivy, December 3, 4, 5, and 6. These luncheons are an excellent opportunity to celebrate the season with friends. The Cup O’Cheer begins at 11:30am which offers an excellent time to walk through the galleries. A beautiful lunch created by Jill Larkin will be served by the Kennedy-Douglass members after. Tickets to this event are $25. Please join us!

Kennedy-Douglass Center for the Arts is free and open to the public Monday-Friday 9am-4pm. The art center is located at 217 E. Tuscaloosa St. Florence and can be reached at 256-760-6379 to reserve tickets.

The NW AL Chapter #2 of the Korean War Veterans Assoc. will meet for breakfast and business at Hampton Inn and Suites, 505 S. Court St. Florence, at 8am on Wednesday, December 4. Come earlier and enjoy your free breakfast in the dining area.

If you have ever served in Korea from 1945 to present or served outside Korea during the period June 25, 1950 to January 31, 1955, then we encourage you to attend this meeting.

Any questions can go to Commander Jim Taylor at 256-383-8172.

The Shoals Symphony at UNA will conduct Handel’s Messiah at 3pm on December 8; Preludes and Polovtsian Dances at 3pm February 2; Valentines, Vino and Vivaldi at 7pm February 14 (for 21 and older); A Midsummer Night’s Dream at 7pm on March 14; Raiders of the Lost Ark in Concert at 7pm May 1; and Joe Gray and the Moscow Mule at 3pm October 20, 2020.

Tickets available by calling 256-710-1623 or email

Fish Fry at East Colbert Church of Christ Saturday, December 7, Noon-5pm. All you can eat. Adults and carry outs $12 each. Children ages 5-11 $6. 4 and under free. (All proceeds to mission work and benevolence.)

Social dancing takes place from 6:30-9pm Tuesdays at The Club, 450 Country Club Drive in Florence. Alcohol/smoke/drug free facility. For people 18 and older, $5. 256-760-6420

The Zip City Community Center will NOT serve breakfast the 4th Saturday in December. This gives our volunteers more holiday time with their families.

Unity in the Community - Saturday, December 7, 10am-Noon at Hopewell CPCA, 1600 First St., Leighton. Financial planning and budget planning and youth summit. Motivational speakers: Ms. Apriell Burgess, youth and Rev. Dr. Laurentis Barnett, Financial.

Games, door prizes, refreshments will be served. Free vegetables - turnip green, sweet potatoes, etc.

To pre-register, please call: 256-381-0412, 256-446-8153, 256-577-8340, or 256-446-0572.

Christmas Dinner at the Oaks - Carriage House, Ricks Lane, Tuscumbia on December 7 at 6pm.

Bring a covered dish, your family & friends. Hosted by: Harold & Debra Kimbrough.

Sponsored by: LaGrange Living Historical Association. For additional information, call 256-446-9324, 256-702-6953 or 256-702-9799

University of North Alabama Alumnus of the Year and Grammy Award winner John Paul White will perform as part of the “Home for the Holidays” concert set for 7pm December 4 in Norton Auditorium. Proceeds will benefit the John Paul White Entertainment Industry Endowed Scholarship.

White graduated from UNA in 1999 with a degree in Business Administration in Management with a concentration in Entertainment Industry Management. In 2009, he joined Joy Williams to form The Civil Wars, and, in 2012, the duo won a Grammy Award for best Folk Album and Country Performance by a Duo or Group. Today, White is the co-owner of Single Lock Records, based in Florence. His most recent album, “The Hurting Kind,” was released in 2018.

Tickets are $25 and can be purchased at For ticket information, call 256-765-4342. Doors open at 6pm.

Christmas For Kids – It's that time again. We are in need of sponsors for children during Christmas in the Christmas for Kids program. These children have one or both parents in jail or prison.

These are innocent children who have done nothing but are certainly affected because of their parents wrong-doing.

If you or your organization would like to sponsor one or more of these children who do deserve a beautiful Christmas or would like more details, please call or write.

Debbie Dixon, P.O. Box 2234, Florence, AL 35630.

Debbie Dixon, Executive Director, 256-443-1297.

Fame Girls Ranch Benefit Night Thursday, December 5, 5-7pm at Billy Reid, 114 N. Court St., Florence. Join us for cocktails, gumbo and holiday shopping to benefit Fame Girls Ranch. Meet our new Florence Store Director, Jessie Simpson.

20% of the days sales will be donated in support of the Ranch. Gumbo by Odette with a special musical performance., 256-767-4692

Back for a second year, "Scrooge in Rouge" will open at The Z (416 N. Court St., Florence) on Thursday, December 5 with an all-new cast! Performances are December 5-7 at 7:30pm and December 8 at 2pm. Rated PG-13 for bad puns and somewhat naughty dad jokes. Tickets are $15 for adults and $12 for students, and are available in advance online at www.TheZTickets.Store or at the door beginning 30 minutes prior to curtain.

The Royal Music Hall Twenty-Member Variety Players are beset with a widespread case of food poisoning. This leaves only three surviving members to soldier on through a performance of A Christmas Carol. The trio gamely face missed cues, ill-fitting costumes, and solving the problem of having no one to play Tiny Tim. Directed by Martin Dean and performed by a new cast (Tim Ownby, Dylan Bales, and Jennifer Richardson), you are sure to be entertained this holiday season!

Book and lyrics by Ricky Graham, additional material by Jeffery Roberson, other interesting bits by Yvette Hargis, original music composed by Jefferson Turner. Produced by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service.

If you have questions or need more information, please feel free to email us at, via FB messenger, or by calling 256-768-5586.

The Florence Garden Council and the Florence Department of Arts and Museums will be hosting the annual “Every Light a Prayer for Peace” program at Pope’s Tavern Museum on December 6 at 5:30pm. The museum will be decorated inside and out with natural greenery. Refreshments will be served. The program will take place on the front porch of the museum. Everyone is invited. Following the program everyone can go to the other events of the Florence’s First Friday to start the holiday season.

Pope’s Tavern Museum is open Tuesday-Saturday, 10am-4pm. Admission is $5 for adults and $2 for students. Call 256-760-6439 or 256-764-4945 for more information.

Santa Run presented by Global Health Collaboration - A Holiday Celebration for the Whole Family - on December 7 at 301 E. Tennessee St., Florence.

5K: pre-registration $35, starts at 8am.

Fun Run: Registration $15, starts at 9:30am.

Register to run at:

Nitrate City Church of the Nazarene, at 1295 Georgia Ave. in Muscle Shoals is having a Christmas Fundraiser Indoor Yard Sale December 7 from 7am-3pm. All monies raised will buy Christmas for a local family. Something for everyone. Come out and shop to make a family's Christmas blessed.

Welcome to the Club - Politics, Breakfast, Friends - December 7, 8-10am at Helen Keller Public Library, 511 North Main St., Tuscumbia.

Guest speakers: Judge Roy Moore, Senate Candidate; Melvin Hastings, Court of Criminal Appeals, Place One Candidate; and Chris Hand, Colbert Co. Superintendent of Education Candidate. Entry $6, breakfast included.

The Athens-Limestone County Public Library will host 25 local crafters on Saturday, December 7 from 10am-2pm selling handmade wreaths, jewelry, pottery, and more. With Christmas just around the corner, the library’s Winter Craft Fair is the perfect opportunity to pick up a one-of-a-kind gift for someone special.

In addition to the vendors, the fair will feature door prizes and special crafts for kids. This year there is a special craft table for the kids who attend. So there we really be something for everyone. Vendors slated to come to the craft fair include The Potter's Hand, Lollipops & Monsters, and Her Nirvana. Admission to the craft fair is free.

Donations Needed For Homeless Care Kits - United Way of Northwest Alabama has partnered with the Homeless Care Council of Northwest Alabama and 211 Information & Referral to put together 400 Warming Kits for those in our homeless community. We are looking for 400 donations of each item to accomplish this goal.

The kits will be provided to law enforcement across six counties as well as to other local agencies who provide services to the homeless.

Items needed: scarves, socks, mittens, gloves, hats, blankets, hot hands, personal size Kleenex, personal size hand sanitizer, chapstick, and water.

Items can be dropped of at 1404 East Avalon Ave. Muscle Shoals or 883 Cox Creek Pkwy., Florence or call 256-762-5892 to arrange pick up.

“A Plantation Christmas” will be held at historic Belle Mont Mansion (circa 1828), 1569 Cook Lane (off Hwy. 43 S), Tuscumbia on Sunday, December 8 from 1-5pm. The traditional holiday open house, will feature decorations of fresh greenery and fruit along with period music and dance performances. Refreshments served. Shuttle available from roadside and parking in nearby field. Admission: $8 adults, $4 children 6-12, under six free. Sponsored by Colbert County Historical Landmarks Foundation to benefit Belle Mont and local preservation efforts. Information: 256-381-5052 or 256-383-0783,

Annual Education & Scholarship Brunch of Kappa Phi Chapter, Chi Eta Phi Sorority, Inc., Professional Nursing Organization, will be Saturday, December 7, 11am-1pm, at Mt. Carmel MB Church, South Mulberry St., Tuscumbica. Guest speaker will be Vickey Cook, RN, topic "Managing Stress and Caregiving During the Holidays." Donation $10 per person.

Councilwoman Kaytrina Simmons invites you to her 3rd Annual Holiday Fellowship Dinner Sunday, December 8, 1-4 pm at Burrell Slater School, 610 West College St., Florence.

Everyone is welcome to dine in or carry out. Come as you are and join the fun festivities. Unity in the Community.

"Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peach, good will toward men." – Luke 2:14.

"After Hamilton: Aaron Burr on the Natchez Trace" Tuesday, December 10, 5:30pm Florence-Lauderdale Public Library

FLPL is hosting a Hamilton night on Tuesday, December 10! It will feature a history talk by Tony L. Turnbow about Aaron Burr's time on the Natchez Trace, followed by a Hamilton singalong performance.

After Aaron Burr shot Alexander Hamilton, Burr traveled to the Natchez Trace to plot a mysterious scheme of rebellion, and he pulled Andrew Jackson into the plot. Burr's trial for treason was one of the first celerity trials and established precedents still in the news today.

Tony L. Turnbow is author of Hardened to Hickory: The Missing Chapter in Andrew Jackson's Life. He spent seven years tracking down unpublished documents to tell the story of Andrew Jackson's first military command on the Natchez Trace. Turnbow, a Franklin, Tennessee lawyer, is past-president of the Natchez Trace Parkway Association. He has researched the history of the historic Natchez Trace for over 30 years.

Hamilton Sing-along - Tuesday, December 10, 6:15pm Florence-Lauderdale Public Library

It's a Hamilton night at FLPL! Get ready for the upcoming Nashville performances (or make up for the fact that you didn't get tickets) with this special Hamilton sing-along performance, led by students from the UNA School of the Arts. The performance is being directed by Benjamin South. There will be a history lecture about Aaron Burr at 5:30, and the sing-along will start about 6:15. Note that the sing-along may include some adult language.

For more information, call 256-764-6564, ext. 128.

Breakfast with Santa on Saturday, December 14 from 8-10am at Buffalo Wild Wings on Florence Blvd. Sponsored by Shoals CASA.

Get your tickets now at Shoals CASA Facebook Page Events. Tickets only $5 per person including adults. Tickets includes: plate of pancakes, sausage, drink, coloring page and photo with Santa. Proceeds from event support the work of Shoals CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) for abused and neglected children.

The citizens of Leighton and the Shoals area are invited to celebrate “Leighton – The Land, The Lives, The Legacy” at the grand re-opening of the Leighton Museum at 2pm on Sunday, December 15.

The museum previously operated from the Leighton Library since its Gala Opening on May 7, 1954. The artifacts on display came primarily from the collection of Frank King with many additions provided by Horace Holland. Jimmy King, grandson of Frank King, was instrumental in the renovation of the museum.

The Leighton Museum is housed at Bank Independent’s Leighton Sales Office located at 8720 Main Street in Leighton and is open during regular banking hours, 9am-5pm Monday-Friday.

The museum collection boasts a variety of Leighton history to include local Native American pieces, LaGrange College artifacts, Civil War and World War I memorabilia, and numerous items that tell the story of the early days of Leighton. The exhibit is filled with photographs and information panels to tell the story as patrons walk through the museum.

The public is invited to the open house and Leighton Public Library will also be open during this event.

"I Knew You by Name: The Search for My Lost Mother" by Peggy Barnes will be discussed at the December 18 meeting of the Readers of the Lost Ark Book Club. The club meets at Coldwater Books, 101 West Sixth Street, Tuscumbia at 10am. For more information, email:

The Tennessee River Bass Club is seeking new members for the 2019-2020 season. We are a local club based in Sheffield that fishes 12 months a year. We welcome both boater and non-boater members with any level of experience. For more information, call Eric in Killen at 207-604-2121.

Want to learn more about God's Word? Faith Bible Institute (FBI) is a "through the Bible course" for every Christian. Students study chronologically through every book of the Bible in classes that meet only one evening each week. Courses cover 18-week semesters (plus Electives).

To enroll go to: First time student total cost is $139. All textbooks and materials included. Can make three easy payments during each semester and spouses go half price.

Classes start January 2020. Classes meet Tuesday evenings at 6pm at First Free Will Baptist Church, 2701 Florence Blvd., Florence.

For more information: contact Jennifer at

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.

Shoals Elk Lodge 2860 Scholarship Program - Any high school senior who is a U.S. citizen may apply for the scholarship. Applications are available online. Applications will be judged on Scholarships, Leadership, and Financial need. For details and to access the application, visit

For more information visit the website or call Dr. Jean Love, Shoals Elks Lodge Scholarship Chair at 256-762-5043.

The Bay Tree Council for the Performing Arts announces the production “Till Beth Do Us Part” is February 13-16; “Cheating Cheaters” will be April 23-26; and “Leading Ladies” is June 18-21. Productions are at Weatherford Centre, 303 Fourth Ave. S.E., Red Bay

2020 TRIPS with The Club, Florence Parks & Recreation Department.

These trips are open to the public! $75 deposit gets you registered. You can make installment payments if you like. These trips are filling up fast. Call The Club, Fran Davis, 256-760-6642 for more information and to sign up.

San Antonio, TX March 15-21, $699. Cruise on the San Antonio’s River Walk, visit the Alamo and IMAX theater, Tour LBJ Ranch, San Antonio missions, city tours, and more!

Mackinac Island, MI August 16-22, $719. Guided tour of Mackinaw city, cruise through Soo Locks, Kewadin Sault Casino, Horse and Carriage ride, Old Mackinac Lighthouse, and Michigan’s Little Bavaria.

Pigeon Forge, TN November 9-13, $575. Tour the Titanic Museum, Soul of Motown & America’s Hit Parade, Wonders of Magic, and Smith Morning Variety Show, and visit historic downtown Gatlinburg.

Memory Meal - Never Forgotten - Bring a meal in memory of your loved ones. The meal will serve the homeless in our community while remembering your loved ones. Meals can be brought to 1601 Huntsville Rd, Florence, The Salvation Army. Call for more details. 256-764-4432.

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

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

The Nacolg Seniorx Medication Assistance Program Supplies Free And Low Cost Medications For Anyone In Alabama With A Disability Or A Chronic Illness Regardless Of Age That Requires Daily Medication. Medicare Recipients May Also Be Eligible.

For More Information Contact Nacolg Seniorx Today. There Is No Charge For This Service. Paula Pardue at 256-389-0529 or 1-800-Ageline (1-800-243-5463)

This Program Is In Partnership With The State Of Alabama And Alabama Department Of Senior Services

Hospice Volunteers Needed - Veterans, Students, Retirees, everyone with an hour a week to share with someone in your community. Specific needs: Male veteran to visit WWII vet, Florence area. Hairdresser/Barber in all areas. 256-269-2100 Comfort Care Hospice, Sheffield.

Singing River Squares — Square dancing from 6:30-8:30pm Friday nights at The Club/Florence Senior Center, 450 Country Club Drive. Beginner square dance lessons offered. 256-760-4620

The Keller Hospice Promise Foundation assists patients and families with essential, non-hospice related expenses they are unable to afford themselves–such as rent and utility bills, emergency repairs, personal care items, and food assistance. The foundation also provides funding for patient's last wishes, burial assistance, and community projects like bereavement camps for children and educational outreach programs for end-of-life care.

When you make a donation to The Hospice Promise Foundation, 100% of your donation goes directly to patients and families in need because we are a 100% NON PROFIT FOUNDATION.

Donations can be sent to Barbie Johnson, Volunteer Coordinator, 1404 East Avalon Avenue, Suite C, Tuscumbia, AL 35674. Or contact the volunteer coordinator to answer any questions or pick up any donations: 256-314-1204 or email:

Volunteers Needed - Keller Hospice LHC of Tuscumbia is currently seeking volunteers to serve in Colbert, Lauderdale, and Lawrence.

Areas of need: Patient Volunteer, Administrative Volunteer, Craft/Hobbies Volunteer, Community Outreach/Event Planning/Fundraising Volunteer.

For more information contact: Keller Hospice LHC of Tuscumbia, 1404 East Avalon, Suite C, Tuscumbia. Phone 256-314-1204 or email

Did you know that there are 250 children who can’t live at home in our community each month? These children can’t live at home because the very people who are supposed to protect and care for them are not able to do so. These are the children in foster care. These are the children that need someone to stand up for them when it feels like no one cares. These are the children that need a CASA Volunteer.

Please consider becoming a Volunteer Advocate for local children who need a caring and committed adult to speak up for their best interest. Call the Shoals CASA office at 256-765-0041 or check out the agency’s website for more information

Want a job? Want a better job? Get your GED! Free GED Prep classes are located near you. The program is open entry with new students starting classes weekly. For more information, call the Northwest-Shoals Community College Adult Education Program at 256-331-5440 or 256-331-5438.

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.

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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