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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.  


Revival at Bumpus Creek Freewill Baptist Church August 15-19, 7pm nightly. Bro. Tim Hanback will be bringing the message. 

Special singing each night. A meal will be served after service on Friday night. Come worship with us.

Located at 2725 Co. Rd. 14, Waterloo.


PUBLIC NOTICE The Colbert County Conservation of Soil And Water will hold its monthly board meeting: Thursday, August 18 at 7am, at Two Fat Sister’s Restaurant, 1606 US 72, Tuscumbia.

All are welcome to attend. Dutch Treat if you choose to eat breakfast. Any questions or comments, please call: Brooke Pate 256-383-4323 EXT# 3


Shoals Artists Guild Meeting Friday, August 19, 10am-Noon at the Southall-Moore House, next to the Kennedy-Douglass Art Center, Downtown Florence. For more info, contact Carolyn Wear, 256-710-6854.


One Heart Quartet is hosting our 4th Annual Southern Gospel Singing to benefit the Central Community Center, Saturday, August 20 at 6pm at the Central Community Center,  431 County Road 6 in Central Heights. ADMISSION is FREE but a generous donation, to help with general operating expenses of the Center, will gladly be accepted. 

Groups include: The Herstons of Lawrenceburg Tn, The Gospel Heirs of Lexington, and your host; One Heart Quartet of Central Heights. For more info- 256-762-1075.


Divorce Care is a weekly seminar and support group that will help you heal. Join on Tuesdays, 6-8pm, supper at 5:30pm, at Highland Baptist Church Christian Life Center, Room C101, corner of Martin and Eugenia St., Florence.

More info - 256-764-1392 or


The Villlage School Foundation in Sheffield is hosting the following events:

Thursday, August 18, 6:30pm

Presentation from Terrence Johnson of Muscle Shoals National Heritage Area, sharing stories and photos from his experience kayaking the length of the Tennesee River. Location: 200 Chickamauga St. Sheffield

Saturday, August 20, 9am-12pm

Come volunteer with us at The Village School Foundation! We'll be painting and cleaning sections of the school as we repair and restore this circa 1918 historic building. Location: 200 Chickamauga St. Sheffield


Central Community Center in Central Heights will be having monthly breakfast the third Saturday, August 20 from 7-9am.  Breakfast includes bacon, sausage, eggs, biscuit, gravy, chocolate gravy, grits.  $8 for adults and $4 for children 10 years and younger.  Proceeds go toward upkeep of Community Center.


Volunteers Needed for After School Program beginning August 22, Monday–Wednesday, 3-5pm at Common Ground Shoals, 1115 Carver Homes, Florence.

We are in need of fun, reliable volunteers! Volunteers may commit to one day or several days a week. More info call 205-394-3618 or fabian@


Trade Day in Leighton every Friday. Downtown will be "blocked off".

Antiques, Arts & Crafts, Guns, Primitive Furniture, Produce & Yard Sale Items for Sale or Trade.

Vendor space $5 and $10. Contact Don at 256-810-2087.


Revival at Margerum Community Church (formerly Margerum United Methodist Church) on August 26-28.  Bro. Jon Jenkins of Troutman, N.C. will be the evangelist.  Service times are Friday/Saturday 6pm and Sunday at 9:30am.

The church is located at 2460 Margerum Road, Cherokee.


Salem M. B. Church invites everyone to come and worship with us every Sunday morning at 10am at 923 West Mobile St, Florence. 256-633-3382.


Food Pantry at North Wood Methodist Church, North Florence. Call for appointment, 256-764-2111


Free Gospel Concert - The launch of Winning Worship Radio, WKAX, 1500AM, in celebration with Pastor Moshiu T. Knoxx birthday on Sunday, August 28 at 3pm at the Alabama Music Hall of Fame, 617 US-72 W., Tuscumbia. Music, food, vendors, and more.

Featuring: Keith WonderBoy Johnson, Alphonzo Bowen, Sunday Best Keyla Richardson, Vintage Soul, Canton Jones, Orr Sisters, Paul Porter, Pastor Shane D. Rainer and Fresh Wind.

Come be our guest. The event is free as we show love, unity and diversity for our community.


Vender opportunities are still open for Shoals CASA is hosting its 2nd Annual Music Fest on Saturday, September 3 at the Muscle Shoals Amphitheater.  Vendor times are from 10am-6pm.  Food trucks are 10am-9pm.   Vendor spaces only $50

For more information on how to be a vendor or sponsor, please email or call Shoals CASA for info. 256-765-0041


Florence Parks and Recreation will be offering Ballroom Dance lessons beginning September 15.  Space is limited and will be first come-first serve. Call 256-760-6389 for more information.


Hi Neighbors of the Shoals meets on the 1st Tuesday of each month at 10:30am in the Florence-Lauderdale Public Library. We are a women’s social group. The group welcomes all ladies who are currently residents of the Shoals area.  Come join us!  

Contact Berta Birch, 256-777-3119, for further details.


The Batting Brigade Quilt Guild meets every 2nd Monday at 9:30am at Edgemont Methodist Church, 1330 Eauclaire Ave in Florence.  Everyone interested in Quilting is welcome - from beginners to expert


The Florence-Lauderdale Farmers Market is Now Open 6am-1pm on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturday’s. You will find fruit, vegetables, beef, chicken, farm-fresh eggs, flowers, plants, and knife / scissor sharpening.

The market is a covered pavilion located at 451 Fairground Road in Florence with plenty of parking.   Call if you have questions 256-443-4998.


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Schedule a Recycling Lesson for Your Classes! Students will learn the many ways recycling affects our community!

Call 256-760-6495 to schedule a classroom lesson or tour of the Florence Recycling Center.


Public Meeting Notice - College Street Bridge Corridor Update on Monday, August 22 at 6 pm at Burrell Slater Gym,  610 West College Street in Florence

Hosted by the city of Florence, NACOLG, and Volkert


Michael Bolton with the Shoals Symphony Orchestra - Two-time Grammy award winner Michael Bolton joins the Shoals Symphony Orchestra at UNA to kick off the 40th Anniversary Season! Bolton has sold over 75 million albums worldwide and will perform his ‘Symphony of Hits’ that includes a Shoals staple, "When A Man Loves A Woman."

Concert begins at 7pm in Norton Auditorium.



Shoals CASA is hosting its 2nd Annual Music Fest on Saturday, September 3 from 10am-9pm at the Muscle Shoals Amphitheater.  Shoals CASA will have great music, food, and vendors on site with advocacy awareness featured for local abused and neglected children.

Guests are invited to shop from 10 am-6pm with local vendors showcasing unique, handmade crafts and art to marketplace modern, traditional, and emerging items.  The concert is from 6-9pm with the Shoals’ very own Tommy Shields, Gary Nichols, and American Idol contestant, Cadance Baker!

FOOD TRUCKS - Smashed Burgers, Quench, and many more.   For more information on how to be a vendor or sponsor, please email


The Muscle Shoals Songwriters Festival early bird tickets are on sale now for the upcoming festival, scheduled for November 4-5 in Muscle Shoals.

The festival will feature more than 50 songwriters at multiple venues across The Shoals. A portion of the lineup is now available online. The remainder of the lineup, along with the festival schedule and headliner, will be announced later this summer. 

Early Bird general admission weekend pass is $79.  Early Bird VIP weekend pass is $99, and Early Bird VIP weekend pass and access to Thursday night Kick-Off Party is $129.  For more information and to purchase tickets, visit


Florence Parks and Recreation/The Club/Florence Senior Center offers a variety of activities.

Chair exercise classes, Games, BINGO, Lunches, Square Dance Lessons, Social Dance Night, Rock Painting, Walking Trail, Farmer’s Market Voucher Registration, Fishing Days at Deibert Park, Kayaking, 3rd Saturdays, April-September, Stateside and International travel opportunities. All ages welcomed. Lunch is for 60 and older. For more information please phone 256-760-6420,, Facebook: Florence Senior Center “The Club”.

Tuesday Night Dance, 6:30-8:45pm, at The Club, 450 Country Club Drive in Florence. 256-760-6420 $5. The Browns.

Monday Night 6-8pm,  Singing River Squares. At The Club, 450 Country Club Drive in Florence.  Caller: Kevin Cozad, 

Paint a rock, hide a rock, share a rock, Rock Painting, Friday 10am-1pm at The Club.  Bring your rocks and paint with us. Join in the nationwide fun of painting, hiding and finding rocks, Keep your eyes open!  The Club, 450 Country Club Drive in Florence.   256-760-6420


Quad Cities Squares Come enjoy fun & lessons of square dancing 7-9pm Thursday evenings at the Royal Avenue Recreation Center, 421 N. Royal Ave, Florence.


The Alzheimer's Caregiver Support Group meets at the Florence Lauderdale library at 2pm every 3rd Monday of each month.  All caregivers are welcome.  We all need encouragement.


United Way is looking for volunteers who can help answer our 2-1-1 line.  Training will be provided for volunteers and you can help from the comfort of your own home!  Please visit to submit your information!


The Help Center in Florence we Will Be Open on the 3rd Saturday of each month on a permanent basis.  The volunteers felt they could better serve their Saturday clients if they made the change to be open on 3rd Saturday every month to help avoid confusion.   Hours are 8:30-10am - for food distribution ONLY.    Saturday hours are for families who are unable to come from 8:30-noon on Monday, Wednesday or Friday.


Come Travel with The Club (Florence Senior Center), Diamonds in the Rough. 256-760-6642.  Our trips are open to the general public.

Biltmore Estate & Ashville, NC, December 12-15, 2022. $569 double rate per person, add $140 for private room. $75 deposit on signing up.

Final payment 10/5/22.

Mackinac Island, May 14-20, 2023, $775 double rate per person, add $219 for private room. $75 deposit on signing up. Final payment 3/7/23.

Mount Rushmore, the Badlands & Black Hill of South Dakota, Sept. 30-Oct. 8, $999 double rate per person, add $286 for private room. $75 deposit on signing up. Final payment 7/23/23.


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.


LifeSouth 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.

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.

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.


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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


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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


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.


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.


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Alcoholics Anonymous

AA 24-hour hotlines: 256-386-0663 or 1-800-789-4367. Website:

(Closed meetings are only for those who have a desire to stop drinking. Non-alcoholics may attend open meetings as observers.)

• An AA Group: closed discussion. 9am Saturdays, Adult Center Rm 20 at Cross Point Church of Christ, 1350 Cox Creek Parkway, Florence.

• Florence H.O.W.: smoke-free, closed discussions 7pm, Mondays, Edgemont Methodist Church, 1330 Eauclaire Ave., Florence.

• Florence Open Door: Every day of the week at 6pm and 8pm. Mondays, additional 4pm. The 8pm on Wednesdays is a speaker meeting. Monday thru Saturday also have a 12pm meeting. All are open meetings and smoke-free indoors. 526 W. College St., Florence. Park in the lot across the street.

• Fourth Dimension: 7am Monday-Sunday, closed discussion – in person and online Zoom option (ID 573857015, password 241873); 9:30am Thursdays, women’s meeting, closed; 11am Monday-Sunday, closed discussion; 6pm Mondays, open Big Book study; 6pm Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays, closed discussion; 11am first and third Mondays, open discussion, 505 N. Seminary St., Florence, entrance in rear of building. All meetings smoke free.

Freedom Group: Tuesdays 6pm, Big Book study, online only Zoom (ID Code 509289139, Password 790671); Sundays 8pm, open speaker, in person and Zoom (ID: 101061663, PW: 247476). CB&S Bank building, 464 4th St. W., Red Bay.

• Grupo Nuevo Amanecer, Spanish speaking, 7pm Mondays, Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays, open discussion; 9am Sundays, open discussion, 110 Tuscaloosa St E., Russellville.

• Happy Hour Group, smoke-free. 6am Mondays, meditation open discussion; 6am Tuesdays, Big Book open meeting; 6am Fridays, 12&12 open meeting, Killen Methodist Church, 201 J.C. Mauldin Hwy, Killen, building behind the church.

• Island Group, smoke-free. 7pm, Fridays, open-speaker meeting, Highland Park Church of Christ, 600 Geneva Avenue/corner Woodward, Muscle Shoals.

• Keep It Simple Group, smoke-free. 6:30pm Tuesdays, speaker meeting, open; 6:30pm Thursdays, closed discussion. Cross Point Church of Christ, 1350 Cox Creek Parkway, Florence.

• La Alegria de Vivir, Spanish speaking, 7-9pm Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, open discussion and non-smoking, St. Joseph Catholic Church Parish Building, 1111 E. College St., Florence.

• Lexington 449 Group, smoke free. 8pm, Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays, open discussion; Big Book study on Sundays; 8pm Saturdays, open speaker, 6083 Alabama Hwy 101, 3.5 miles north of U.S. 72.

• Monday Maintenance Meeting, 5pm on Mondays, closed discussion, masks required. First Cumberland Presbyterian Church, 16751 US-72, Rogersville.

• Permanent Recovery Group, 6:30pm Tuesdays, open Big Book discussion,; 6:30pm Thursdays, open 12&12 discussion. First United Methodist Church, 14596 Market St., Moulton.

• Quad-Cities Group, 11am and 5:30pm, every day, open discussion. 2pm Tuesdays and Thursdays, open Big Book discussion. 750 E. Michigan Ave., Muscle Shoals.

• Sheffield Group, smoke-free. 9;30am Sundays closed discussion meeting; 11am Monday-Saturday, open discussion, with closed discussion on Fridays; 6pm Sundays closed discussion, 6pm Wednesdays open speaker meeting; 6pm Fridays newcomer open discussion; 5-7am Tuesdays, women's closed discussion; 7pm Mondays open 12&12 meeting, 7pm Tuesdays and Thursdays closed Big Book meeting; 8pm Saturdays open speaker meeting. 210 E. Second St., Sheffield.

Survivors Group, smoke-free, 5:30pm Tuesdays and Thursdays, with Big Book study on Tuesdays, 780 Ford Road, Muscle Shoals. All open discussion.



• Al-Anon meeting schedule: Hope Al-Anon Family Group, 6pm Mondays, Highland Park Church of Christ, 600 Geneva Ave., Muscle Shoals, childcare provided; Florence Daytime Al-Anon Family Group, 11am Tuesdays, Magnolia Church of Christ, 2650 Vulcan Ave., Florence; Paths to Recovery, 6pm Thursdays and 10am Saturdays, CrossPoint Church of Christ, 1350 Cox Creek Parkway, Florence, 256-764-4073. Shoals Al-Anon contact phone: 256-648-5777.

• Al-Anon, 6pm Thursdays, First Baptist Church, Jackson Avenue, Russellville.

• Hope Al-Anon and Shoals Al-Teen (ages 12-18), 6pm, Monday, Highland Park Church of Christ, 600 Geneva Ave., Muscle Shoals.

• Florence Freedom AFG, 11am, Tuesday, Mission of Mercy, 414 Tuscaloosa St., Florence.


Narcotics Anonymous

• Narcotics Anonymous Survival meets daily, noon and 7pm, 1614 State St., Florence. Nonsmoking. 256-500-8889

• Real Hope, 6-7pm, Tuesdays and Thursdays, New Beginning Church, 855 Florence Blvd., Florence. Nonsmoking. 800-239-5509

• Point of Freedom, 7pm Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, CrossPoint Church of Christ, 1350 Cox Creek Parkway, Florence. Nonsmoking.


Crisis lines

• Battered or abused women in need of counseling and/or emergency shelter may call Safeplace crisis line, 256-767-6210, 24 hours.

• Rape Crisis Line available 24 hours. 256-767-1100


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