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Monthly gospel singing Friday night November 29 at 7pm at the Cloverdale Community Center. Heavenly Blessed, Jimmy Cox and lots more. Good singing, food, and fellowship. Hope to see you there.

Petersville Missionary Baptist Church, of Florence, is inviting you to a "Benefit Program" for one of their members on Saturday, November 30 at 5pm. Brother Clifford Anderson is currently dealing with some health issues. The purpose of the program is to help him financially as well as offer him encouragement. This program will consist of singing from various choirs and groups, hosted by Brother Richard Turner of St. James Missionary Baptist Church, of Florence. All proceeds will be given to Brother Clifford Anderson. Everyone is invited.

The Kellys of Lawrenceburg, Tennessee will have a Christmas Concert at 6pm December 1 at Springfield First Baptist Church in RogersvIlle.

For more information, call Marty Mosley at 256-366-5248.

Join us for the Great Gatsby Thanksgiving Cabaret, Friday November 29 at Montgomery Place, 406 N. Montgomery Ave. in Sheffield from 7-11pm. Live entertainment from The Midnighters, Donna Wills, and Mr. GR, music by superstar DJ Doc. Sponsored by the City of Sheffield and Sheffield Utilities. Tickets available at About Your Hair, Unique Car Care, Nu-Look Barbershop, and Tan City. General Admission $25. VIP reserved tickets $35. Tables available. Stop by Party Wow for your costumes needs. Friday, November 29, Thanksgiving Cabaret with the Midnighters.

Call Kym Robinson for more information or to reserve. 256-810-8426

Christmas For Kids – Dear Friends: 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.

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

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.

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, November 27, 8am – 1pm, Walmart, 2701 Cloverdale Road, Florence

Friday, November 29, 9am – 5pm, Shoe Carnival, 356 Cox Creek Parkway, Florence

Saturday, November 30, Noon – 7pm, Walmart, 42466 Highway 195, Haleyville

"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.

Waterloo Annual ATV Christmas Parade Sunday, December 1. Lineup will be at the North boat dock at 4:30pm, with the parade beginning at 5pm. First, second and third places will receive awards. After devotion and lighting of the town Christmas tree, the Edith Newman Culver Museum will have an open house and a free soup sandwich and dessert supper. Come and join us and enjoy a great parade, good food and friendly fellowship.

False Light: December Of The Damned, a military history lecture with Matt Osborne takes place Tuesday, December 3 at 5:30pm. The so-called Christmas Truce of 1914 is among the most enduring myths of the last century. This lecture will uncover the real story of a series of local truces that took place throughout December at the direction of commanders, serving their purposes, and carefully stage-managed at every point. These events have been misinterpreted and imbued with false light ever since. Recommended reading for this lecture is The Christmas Truce: Myth, Memory, and the First World War by Terri Blom Crocker.

This event is the last of a series of military history lectures led by veteran, writer, and researcher Matt Osborne. Matt is a US Army signals intelligence veteran and website news beat editor turned social media consultant.

Republican Women of The Shoals - December 3, 11:30am - Social and Lunch ordering; 12pm - Lunch, Meeting and Guest Speakers, at The Rack 310, 310 North Montgomery Ave., Sheffield.

Congressman Bradley Byrne, Senate Candidate and Mr. Tommy Oswalt, Colbert County Revenue Commissioner will be speaking.

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 "Hi Neighbors of the Shoals" meeting will be Tuesday, December 3 at 10:30am at the Florence Public Library. This group welcomes all newcomers to the Shoals area. Contact Laura Engdahl at 512-965-9023, for further information.

The Shoals Chamber Singers will offer two performances of its Christmas concert: the first at 7pm on Tuesday, December 3, at Grace Episcopal Church, 103 Darby Ave., Sheffield, and again at 7pm on Tuesday, December 10, at Florence First United Methodist Church, 415 N. Seminary St., Florence. Both performances are free to the public, with donations being accepted at the door.

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

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.

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

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:

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.

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.

Entrance $6, breakfast included.

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.

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

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,

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.

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

"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 Wind 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.

"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?

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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