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.  

• Email to; 

• Look for “Submit News” on our website  at

• Fax to 256-760-9618; 

• Mail to 219 W. Tennessee St, Florence, AL  35630; or

• Bring in person.

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 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.   


Cloverdale Community Center will not have lunch in July.


The Club is closed for activities. However, curbside meal pick up is Monday-Friday. Call 8:30-10:30am for meal. Pick up between 10:30-11:30am.

Donations accepted, but not expected. 256-760-6668. 


Motor Coach Tours With The Club (Florence Senior Center).  These trips are open to the public.

Pigeon Forge/Smokey Mountain Show Trip, 5 days 4 nights, $575, November 9-13.

Prices for 2020 are being honored for now on 2021 trips!.  Register soon!

Mackinac Island, 7 days 6 nights, $719, August 15-21, 2021.

Niagara Falls & Toronto, 7 days 6 nights, $689, June 13-19, 2021.

For more information, call The Club 256-760-6642


The Help Center Food Pantry will be open every 4th Saturday each month to provide food and groceries to local families in need.  Drive thru service will be utilized for receiving food and groceries to help protect the volunteer workers and clients.  During the weekday hours of operation, the Help Center is allowing one family member per household to enter the building to shop for clothing for children and other family members.  That person MUST wear a mask. 

Days of regular operation are Monday, Wednesday, Friday 8:30am-noon, and 4th Saturdays 8:30am-noon.

Upcoming Fourth Saturday dates are July 25, August 22, and September 26.  The Help Center is located at 621 South Court St, at the corner of Veterans Drive, in Florence.


Ekklesia Ministries Summer Feeding Program for Kids and Teens is underway at various locations throughout the Shoals area. Areas serving food - Oakhill Apartments, Blake Apartments, Long Lowe Apartments, Manning Homes, Ekklesia Church, Florendale Apartments, Hermitage Knolls, Sheffield Jr. and High Schools, L.E. Willson, Threadgill Health Depart., Colbert County Band, Common Ground, and Community Action Partnership.

At every site the meals will be hot nutritious meals that are packed to GRAB-and-GO. Lunch and snack will be available to children to take with them.


Scam Alert! Florence Utilities received reports of a scam recently.  Someone pretending to be with the Florence Utilities may ask for payment through PayPal or bank account information and threaten to cut off service for non-payment. Florence Utilities says it DOES NOT call customers to ask for payment information and WILL NOT come to your house to evaluate an account.  If you have any concerns about your utility account, please call Customer Service at 256-760-6512.  If you are ever in question about a scam call or someone at your door, call your local Police Department or 911.


LifeSouth Community Blood Centers can now test all eligible blood donors for COVID-19 antibodies.

The antibody test conducted by LifeSouth is authorized for use by the FDA and detects if someone has developed antibodies to COVID-19. A positive test result may indicate past exposure and some immunity to the virus. This antibody test is not a diagnostic test and will not determine if the person currently has the virus.

LifeSouth encourages donors to make an appointment to donate over the coming weeks.

For additional information, call LifeSouth toll-free at 888-795-2707 or visit

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 also needed. 


Kindergarten 2020-21 Registration Now Open for Sheffield! If your child will be five years old on or before September 1, 2020, you must register him or her for kindergarten for the upcoming 2020-2021 school year.

Registration is simple! Go to and click on the "new student" button. (If you already have a child attending Sheffield City Schools, you can use the account you already have.)

From there you will enter your child's information which will include uploading some documents including their birth certificate, social security card, and you driver's license and two proofs of residency.

For assistance you may contact our counselor, Ms. Wiliams via email, phone, or text: or 256-285-2334.


The 16th Annual Swampers 5K and 1 mile walk/run has been postponed until Saturday, August 1. (Previously scheduled for Saturday, April 25)  This race is sponsored by Shoals Civic League and is the largest event of its kind in the Shoals area with over 800 applicants last year.  The August race will follow all guidelines as in the past years, with packet pickup and finish line at Muscle Shoals MIddle School.  To register for the race at reduced rates, go to


Community Bible Study - Drive-through registration for Community Bible Study, a women’s interdenominational Bible study, will take place at the host church, Woodmont Baptist Church on Wednesday, August 5 from 9–11am at the children’s drop-off area in the back of the church.  Please join us for an exciting, in-depth study of the book of John. The registration fee is $35 for adults (scholarships available) and $10 for children (infants–12th grade). Classes begin August 26 and will be online until further notice. 

If you prefer, you can register on-line at 



Benefit Singing for Ms. Janice Cody hosted byMeet Jesus at the Crossroads Church, corner of County Roads 7 and 8 in Florence on August 8 beginning at 6pm with Joyful Noise and One Voice.  We will be taking up nonperishable items also feel free to come out and join us.


Alabama Extension at Alabama A&M University is offering educational webinars on Zoom for youth, adults and teachers.  Online users can find a listing of Zoom sessions or other activities at: or

Access Alabama Extension’s website at, sign up for our daily briefing, or visit us on social media to find practical solutions facing Alabama residents and communities.

For more information, contact Kimberly Sinclair-Holmes at


Country Oldies Dance Hall Open Again located at 110 Town Plaza, 500 N. Montgomery Ave., Sheffield. Every Friday and Saturday night 7-9pm.

Come twist, line dance, buckdance, or your choice. Best in country music. Everyone welcome!


Richardson Cemetery of Waterloo Needs Your Help with donations to keep the cemetery mowed. If you have loved ones there we would appreciate any donations. Send donations to: Farmers & Merchants Bank, Waterloo for Richardson Cemetery.


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.


The American Red Cross has seen an outpouring of support from blood donors in response to the coronavirus outbreak. During this uncertain time, the Red Cross continues to encourage healthy individuals to schedule and keep donation appointments in the weeks ahead to ensure a stable supply throughout this pandemic.

Each Red Cross donation center follows the highest standards of safety and infection control, and additional precautions have been implemented to ensure the health of Red Cross donors, employees and volunteers.

Healthy individuals who are feeling well are asked to make an appointment to donate later this month and after by visiting, using the Red Cross Blood Donor App, calling 1-800-RED-CROSS or enabling the Blood Donor Skill on any Alexa Echo device. 

A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age in most states (16 with parental consent where allowed by state law), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.


Stop Violence – Safeplace Shelters Are Open for victims of domestic violence during COVID-19. Call our 24/7 helpline: 1-800-550-9215.

We are not just a shelter! Other available services for qualifying clients include: goal planning, legal services, safety planning, and more.


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 


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


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:


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.


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


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.


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.


Lunch and Learn - Free Financial Series A series of free interactive financial seminars hosted by Bart Rickard with Edward Jones will help you take control of your financial future.

Tuesday, August 25 at 12noon: Leave It, Move It, Roll It, Take It Seminar

Tuesday, October 20 at 12noon: Making Your Money Last

Registration is required and space is limited. Please call and register at 256-284-7432.


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.  

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!


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