Community Notes | This Week |

2022-10-08 17:01:58 By : Ms. Nicole Jiang

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The Florence-Lauderdale Farmer’s Market will be open each Saturday in October from 6am-1pm with fresh vegetables, delicious baked goods, fresh eggs, pork, beef and chicken, pickled products and knife/tool sharpening.

The farmers and merchants at the market wish to thank the community for an excellent 2022 season. We look forward to seeing you beginning in May 2023.

Gospel Meeting at Center Star Church of Christ with speaker Larry Kilpatrick.

Sunday, October 2 - 10am and 1pm.

Monday, October 3 - Wednesday, October 5 - 7pm.

Please join us for this series of Bible centered lessons!

You are invited to our Fall gospel meeting at Valdosta church of Christ at 1119 Old Lee Hwy, Tuscumbia October 2-6. Sunday 9:30am, 10:30am, and 5pm. Monday-Thursday 7pm nightly. Speakers Wayne Scott and David Conley.

Hi Neighbors of the Shoals meets on the first Tuesday of each month at 10:30am in the Florence 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.

Free Grief Support Class - Greenhill Funeral Home is sponsoring a free Grief Support Class beginning Tuesday, September 27 that will meet for 10 weeks each Tuesday from 6:30-8pm. Don Williams will be the instructor for this class which takes place at the Killen Senior Center, located behind the Police Department. 

For more information, or to pre-register, please call 256-757-0160 (funeral home) or 256-366-3327. Feel free to wear a mask if you desire to.

Until further notice, the fishing pier at McFarland Campground is closed. As disappointing as it may be, this decision was made out of genuine care and concern for the safety and well-being of those who utilize the pier. The city appreciates your patience as they work to determine a best course of action moving forward.

LifeSouth Blood Drives for October

Tuesday, October 4, 7:30am-3:30pm - Waterloo High School

Wednesday, October 5, 7:30am-4pm - Phil Campbell High School

Thursday, October 6, 7am-2pm - Darby Doors, Florence

Friday, October 7, 11am-6pm - Lowe’s, Muscle Shoals

Saturday, October 8, Noon-6pm - Cricket Wireless, Muscle Shoals

Sunday, October 9, 1-6pm - Walmart, Hough Rd., Florence

Monday, October 10, 10am-4pm - Certain Teed Saint-Gobain, Russellville

Tuesday,October 11, 6am-1pm - North American Lighting, Muscle Shoals

Wednesday, October 12, 2-7pm - North American Lighting, Muscle Shoals

Patriotic Citizenship Scholarship - 1st Place: $700, 2nd Place: $200, 3rd Place- $100. For any Senior in the Lauderdale County School System. 

Please email any questions September 30- Student Sign Up. Deadline With Government Teacher October 29 - Test 9am at Allen Thornton Career Tech Center

Homebuyer Seminar on Tuesday, October 4, 5:30-7pm sponsored by Shoals Area Association of Realtors® at 30 Hightower Place, Florence. Event is Free to public. Space is Limited. Sign up by calling 256-764-8002.

Topics include: Why should I work with a realtor? What role will my lender pay? Who else is on my team? What happens at closing? What to expect after closing?

The annual Belle Mont Quilt Show will be on display at historic Belle Mont Mansion, 1569 Cook Lane in Tuscumbia, during museum hours 10am – 4pm, Wednesdays - Saturdays, October 5-29.   More than 20 antique or vintage quilts will be featured, curated by Glenn Rikard from private collections. Regular admission rates apply.

In addition, a discussion of the quilts with a guided tour of the exhibit will be presented by Glenn Rikard each Friday during October (Oct. 7, 14, 21, 28) at 1pm.  Individuals are invited to bring quilts from their private collections for “show and tell. For more information: 256-381-5052 or  Find info on Facebook or visit

Fall Clothes Give Away - Thursday, October 6 from 8-10am at the Care Center, First Baptist Church, Killen.

You are invited to the ribbon cutting and expansion celebration of the new Muscle Shoals Early Learning Center on Thursday, October 6 at 10am. Join the Shoals Chamber and the City of Muscle Shoals as they celebrate one of the largest expansions in Alabama for the First Class Pre-K program at Muscle Shoals City Schools. There will be a community open house from 6-7:30pm.

The ELC is located at 2118 East 6th Street in Muscle Shoals.

The 13th Annual Run2TheCross events take place on Thursday, October 6 at CrossPoint church of Christ in Florence.   $10 for the Fun Run, $25 for the 5K.  Registration 4:30-5:30pm - Fun Run 5:30pm - 5K 5:50pm.  Candlelight devotional at 6:45pm honoring the memory of Jon Willingham.

Scarlett and Bonnie Thompson will share their gift of singing. Lauri King will share her story. 

Please come out and support this great night.   All proceeds go towards assisting those in underserved areas of Africa and the Caribbean, digging wells, building rainwater cisterns, rehab, and education programs along with local work through Room at the Inn, Isaiah’s Call, Common Ground, and individual families

The Shoals area’s popular community choir, Florence Camerata, will resume rehearsals on Thursday, October 6 from 6:30-8pm at the University of North Alabama choral room at the end of north Court St in Florence.  Thursday evening rehearsals will continue through October and November as we prepare for our Holiday Concert, which is scheduled for Tuesday night, December 6.

This volunteer chorus, comprised of talented local singers, has entertained Shoals audiences with a variety of wonderful music for 14 years!  We are fortunate to have as our conductor Mrs. Rebecca Rockhill, longtime local HS choral director and currently at UNA.  We are also privileged to work with well-known collaborative pianist Mrs. Karen Cantrell, who is also currently at UNA.

We are always looking for new singers! If you are interested in joining us, please come to our rehearsal, or call for more information: 256-810-9512.  We would love to hear from you!

Brooks Band 1970 through 1975 - Stacy Goss, first Band Director at Brooks High School will be at the Brooks/Rogers game on October 7. All former band, majorettes, drill team, and choir members are invited to be there as he will be guest directing the current band for the “National Anthem” before the game. Pregame is at 6:45pm.

The Ritz Theatre in Sheffield will be hosting a Hitchcock film series this October. The dates and titles are:

Friday, October 7, 7pm: “Rear Window”

Friday, October 14, 7pm: “The Birds”

Advanced tickets are $10 each or $25 for the 3-film pass, available at  Tickets will be $12 at the door.

In celebration of  Tennessee Crafts and in support of the arts in Franklin County and the surrounding area, the Franklin County Arts Guild announces a Month of Craft Workshops each weekend in October.  Workshops this year will feature hands on workshops on traditional season decorating using natural and recycled materials, making art book nature journals, crafting stained glass Christmas suncatchers, creating leather bound journals, learning acrylic pours, and a family art class for all ages celebrating fall and Halloween.  

For more information on instructors, time, place, materials, what to expect go to and click on OCTOBER WORKSHOPS at the bottom of the homepage.

Scholar Dollars Dragon Boat Festival on Saturday, October 8, 8am-5pm at McFarland Park, 200 James Spain Dr., Florence.

Traditional Hong Kong style dragon boats are 46-feet long, with 10 seats and 20 paddlers. A drum seat in front of the first two paddlers (seated beside each other) holds a drummer – you want the smallest, loudest, most rhythmic person you can find. A steerer guides the boat with the steering oar in back. These 22 people make up a dragon boat team. The stroke is unlike any other (the most similar is outrigger canoe) and taught in practice. All ages, skill levels and physiques perfect their stroke and timing for the ultimate teamwork experience!

More info,

Ladies Day at Jacksonburg Church of Christ at 414 Lauderdale 28 in Florence will host a Ladies Day at 10am on Saturday, October 8.  The guest speaker will be Mrs. Celine Sparks from Meridianville Church of Christ, with the topic “Hospitality.” Lunch will be served.  Please come and bring a friend. Everyone is welcome. 

The Second Annual fundraiser and open house at The Village School in Sheffield takes place on Saturday, October 8 from 11am-5pm.  Great strides in restoration were made this past year, including having some extensive roof repairs completed.  A big thanks to all the volunteers coming together for the various clean up events that have taken place.

Sheffield’s own Momma P’s Taco Truck will be on site Saturday.  Quench will also be joining us with their amazing shaved ice, refreshing Lotus energy drinks, and cold brew!

The musical portion of the day includes Maxwell Russell + Andrew’s Legend + The Dirty Rain Revelers.

Local art will be featured from Sheffield’s own, Home Grown Art + Eve Skywalker, Kudzu Mama and The Beaded String.

A selection of merchandise from The Village School web store on hand for the event!

Watch for raffle drawing with prizes from Companion Coffee Roasters, Shoals Healing Arts Massage and Yoga, and Princess Theatre!

Come see what all the talk has been about and join in the festivities. If you’d like to volunteer, donate, or participate, please make contact be email at or through thewebsite,

Bless Yr Heart & UNA host the First Annual North Alabama Guitar Pedal Swap Meet on Saturday, October 8 from noon-4pm at The Mane Room - 310 N. Pine St. in Florence.  Free to attend, all are welcome.

Attention Shredi Masters: kick off Rocktober around the Tone Henge and summon the box of rock that you need to complete your arsenal.  Bring your noise boxes to trade, barter or buy the missing tone link that will turn your dull axe deadly! One person’s trash is another person’s THRASH!

Tables and power are first come, first serve. Please bring power supplies (or batteries), a small amp, cables & axe to demo the sounds you are putting on the chopping block of rock. Sweet Santana, we’re anticipating a metric ton of tone! There are confirmed boxes from Electro-Harmonix, Boss, JHS, DeArmond, Line6, Mooer, Heather Brown Electronics, DOD, Behringer, Keeley, Danelectro, TC Electronics, Ibanez, Strymon, Digitech and many more chug boxes to riff your face off. 

All are welcome - FREE to attend!

The Tennessee Valley Art Association will be hosting a TVAA Fall Festival on Saturday, October 8, from 5-8pm. It will take place in front of the Tennessee Valley Museum of Art, on the Tuscumbia Commons.  There will be free games, crafts, a pumpkin exhibition, and an outdoor movie. Plus, concessions available to purchase.

The crafts will be fun fall-themed art projects for children and adults alike. Participants should bring a blanket or lawn chairs for the movie.

Day By Day, grief support group for bereaved parents and family resumes its annual balloon release on October 9 at the Cross Point church of Christ at 3pm. All family members are invited to come and lift balloons in memory of the child who has died.

For information, email

First Baptist Church of Florence is hosting a special night of worship “Hometown Homecoming: Come on Into the House!” First Baptist’s Choir will be joined by special musical guests from the Shoals area as they share beloved hymns, southern gospel favorites, and more, along with testimonies and stories sure to warm the heart. “Hometown Homecoming: Come on Into the House” is Sunday evening October 9 at 6pm. Doors open at 5:15pm. Admission is free. First Baptist Church is located in historic downtown Florence on Wood Ave. adjacent to Wilson Park.

Symphony Under The Rock at Rattlesnake Saloon, 1292 Mount Mills Road, Tuscumbia on October 9 at 6pm. The outdoor concert will feature Berklee contemporary artists Darol Anger and Eugene Friesen.

Community Health Fair — The free event is 9am-2pm, October 10 at Shoals Community Clinic, 309-B Handy Place, Florence. The event includes free flu shots, free screenings and health education. 256-760-4713

WoodmenLife Charity Tournament benefiting local elementary schools Back Pack Program - filling needy back packs with food on Fridays so students will have food over the weekend, 1pm Shotgun Start on Monday, October 10 at Turtle Point Yacht & Country Club.

Prizes for Long Drive and Closest to Pin

New Car Sponsored by Long Lewis Ford

Questions or to register or to sponsor contact, office 256-760-1581, Rocky Beck 256-710-7133, or Adam Beck 256-762-6499.

Latin Band Night at Alabama Music Hall of Fame, 617 U.S. Highway 72 W., Tuscumbia,  from 5:30-8:30pm, October 11. Food trucks, art sale and more. Tickets may be purchased on EventBrite or at the Alabama Music Hall of Fame. Tickets: $7 for children 12 years and younger; $15 for adults.

Grief can be an overwhelming season to go through.  There is a monthly grief support group that meets on the third Friday of each month at 10am at First Baptist Church of Rogersville, 222 College Street. Come and share and let us pray with you for strength and comfort!  These groups are FREE, open to the public, and include supportive materials.  Another grief support meeting also takes place at 10am every first Tuesday at Cliff Haven Church in Sheffield.   These groups are sponsored by Kindred Hospice.  For more information, call 256-764-0873. 

Paint The Clinic Pink — Join the Paint the Clinic Pink for the well woman project at Shoals Community Clinic, 309-B W.C. Handy Place, Florence, on October 13. If you are between the ages of 40-64 and don’t have insurance, call for an appointment for a mammogram and other exams.

Ghost Walk Tour — Tour the downtown Florence haunted historic district at night, starting at Wilson Park. Tours are 7:30pm on October 14-15, October 21-22, October 25-26, October 28-31. Pricing: Adults $15; ages 7-12 $10; ages 6 and younger free.

Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. Alabama District and Pink Alabama are having a 5K Run on October 15.  The run will start at 9am at Florence High School .  The registration is $10.   All proceeds go to Pink Alabama.   Registration tables will be onsite from 2-5pm at Pink in the Park October 9 in Florence’s Wilson Park or call Larry at 256-366-1491. 

Homecoming Service at New Bethel Baptist Church on Sunday, October 16 at 10:30am. Music will be led by Jonathan Moore. Reverend Frank Whitaker will be bringing the message.

Food and fellowship to follow.

PUBLIC NOTICE The Colbert County Conservation of Soil And Water will hold its monthly board meeting: Thursday, October 20 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

The Pope’s Tavern Archaeology Club will host an orientation on Thursday, October 20 from 6-7:30pm at Pope’s Tavern Museum, 203 Hermitage Drive in Florence.   The Pope’s Tavern Archaeology Club is an organization managed and supported by Pope’s Tavern Museum and dedicated to advancing archaeological education through community-based projects and public history while encouraging responsible and ethical practices of archaeology in the community. Members under 12 must be accompanied by an adult during club meetings and activities. 

The orientation will provide club members and interested parties an overview of the organization, an introduction to archaeology specific to the site, and a schedule of upcoming club activities. Applications and club policies and procedures can be found at: 

Call 256-760-6439 for more information. 

The following general membership meetings of the NAACP Tri County Branch take place in preparation for the November 2020 election of officers and executive committee members. All election procedures will take place at Gaston Chapel M.B. Church, 1206 Sterling Blvd, in Sheffield.

According to the state office, only members in good standing shall be eligible to run for office or vote in a branch election - One whose name appears on the roll of the branch as a bon fide member of the branch by April 1 of the election year and remains a continuous member of the branch through the election process and whose dues are current at least 30 days prior to the election; and who lives and/or works within the branch jurisdiction.

On October 20 at 6pm, the Nominating Committee will make its report, including receipt of nominations, and there will be an election of the Branch Election Supervisory Committee.

On November 17, the election of officers and members of the executive committee.  Polls will open and voting will take place between 5:30-7pm.  In order to vote in a Branch election, one must be a member in good standing at least 30 days prior to the election.  Election is by paper ballot.

For updates, visit or listen each Sunday morning at 8:30am at, contact, or call 256-381-1862 any member of the NAACP Tri County Branch.

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.

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If you played in a High School or College Band and would like to get back to playing for fun, the Shoals Community Concert Band welcomes you. We are from all over the Shoals area, north Alabama and southern Tennessee, and range from High School students to retirees, at all levels of ability. We are especially seeking to build up our percussion and trumpet sections, but all instruments are welcome. Percussion equipment of all kinds is provided. It doesn’t matter how long its been since you played and no auditions are required.

We usually meet on Tuesdays at 7pm at the Florence First Baptist Church Annex, 218 N. Wood Avenue, Florence, the old library building - enter from the side parking lot.

For more information, please contact James Ed Champion, Band Director.

The Franklin County Arts Guild is pleased to announce the new show, Scripts, a solo presentation of new work by Sewanee based artist, Austin Reavis. The show will open at the Artisan Depot located at 204 Cumberland St. E in Cowan, TN continuing through Saturday, October 30. 

United Way of Northwest Alabama Witches Ride on Thursday, October 20, 6pm, ride starts at Wilson Park. Tickets are $20 with discounts for covens/groups.

Awards for: Best Coven Theme, Best Costume: Witch/Warlock, Best Decorated Bide/Broom.

For more information or to sign up visit or call 256-764-5892.

Benefiting Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library.

Dementia / Alzheimer’s Seminar on Saturday, October 22 at Florence Blvd Church of Christ with Don Williams as the instructor.

8–8:30am: Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:30–9:20am: Demential 101: “What Is It?”

9:30–10:20am: The Basics – “Dressing, Toileting, Bathing and Feeding”

10:30–11:10am: Alzhemier’s Disease:  The Long Goodbye “How Do We Help The Succeed?”

11:20am–12pm: Demential and Self Preservation – “What Can We Do To Help Ourselves?”

To pre-resister for this FREE seminar, call Sonya at Florence Blvd Church of Christ 256-766-3617 or Don Williams 256-366-3327.

Don has taught Grief Support Classes for 30 years. He has been certified as a Professional Care Partner with the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America and has been conducting seminars on this topic since 2011.

Free! Fun! Stretch and Tone Exercise class. Tuesday and Thursday 9-10am. Killen Senior Center, 227 J.C. Mauldin Hwy. Killen, 256-757-1792.

A two-day celebration of the visual arts returns to downtown Decatur October 22-23 as the River Clay Fine Arts Festival welcomes 70 local and national artists to the grounds around Decatur City Hall.  In addition to the artist market, festivalgoers are treated to chalk art, student art exhibits, live music and more. The outdoor art festival features artwork from talented artists from 13 different states who will be selling a variety of original works of art, including ceramics, drawings, fiber, glass, jewelry, metalwork, mixed media, paintings, photography, printmaking, sculptures, and wood. Children of all ages are invited to take part in the children’s art area through fun activities to express their creativity. Attendees can look forward to the third annual RiverChalk art competition where competitors create elaborate works throughout the weekend event.

Food trucks will be on-site, offering festivalgoers the opportunity to picnic; beer and wine will be available to purchase.

Festival hours are 9am-5pm on Saturday, October 22, and 10am-4pm on Sunday.  Admission is $5 per person for a weekend pass. Children 12 years old and under get in free and must be accompanied by an adult. 

For more information on the River Clay Fine Arts Festival, including a list of participating artists, visit

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

Antique Roses will be the subject of a special program presented by Master Gardener Danny Hester at 3pm on Sunday, October 23 at Belle Mont Mansion, 1569 Cook Lane in Tuscumbia.  Featured will be the historically appropriate garden planters and antique roses, which were selected as a memorial to the late Lisa Pace. The public invited.  No charge. Hosted by the Colbert County Historical Landmarks Foundation.  For more information, call 256-381-5052 or email

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 Mystic Forest Fantasy Masquerade Ball takes place on October 28 from 7pm-midnight at Springhill Suites Marriott, 745 Constellation Drive in Huntsville.  This is for all who love costume and fantasy and want to see this kind of thing happen here in our community.

The Ball has a fantasy theme, and all costumes must be from myth, legend, fairy tale, or fantasy setting novels, movies, or television shows, or anything from medieval times including knights and princesses. The ball is The cost is $25 per person and can be purchased through Eventbrite.

For more information, visit the event page on Facebook or Eventbrite.  All messages through those sites will be answered within a day.

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

Volunteers Needed for After School Program 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

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.

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.

60 or older? Join us for lunch Monday thru Friday at 11am for a one dollar donation. Our hours are 8:30am -12:30pm. Also if you would like to join Bingo every Tuesday and Thursday bring a small one dollar gift to play. Killen Senior Center, 227 J.C. Mauldin Hwy. Killen, 256-757-1792. See you soon!!

The Help Center - 621 South Court Street, Florence. A cooperative ministry of local churches in Lauderdale County serving our neighbors in need with utility, food, clothing, prescriptions, and dental.

Hours: Monday, Wednesday, and Friday and 4th Saturday of each month 8:30am to 12pm.

Please bring a photo ID and proof of address.

If you have questions or need assistance call Help Center at 256-766-7663 or come by our Florence location during open hours.

If you are interested in volunteering at Help Center come by during open hours to see which department you would like to serve. Come by and get plugged in!

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.

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

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

Dominoes (chicken foot and Mexican train), Rummique, Rook, Puzzles, etc.

LUNCH is served daily at 11:30am

Tuesday & Thursday: Joints in Motion chair exercises to enhance your daily living!! 9:30am- 10:15am

Then play games till lunch!

Friday: Rock painting and Games 10am

Come join us to have a great time with lots of laughter!!

Monday Night Square Dance 6-8pm - $21/ month

Tuesday Night Social Dance 6:30-8:45pm - $5/per person, Couples or Singles. The Browns furnish the music!

The Florence Senior Center is a alcohol, drug, tobacco, and weapons free facility.

450 Country Club Drive, Florence. Call 256-760-6420 for more information 

You Are Not Alone! Grief can be an overwhelming season to go through. Often the time it takes to process all of those feelings is multiplied simply because those who grieve have no one to talk to. You are not alone as you go through this difficult time! Let us help!

There is a monthly grief support group that meets the first Tuesday of each month at 10am at Cliff Haven Church in Sheffield. Located at 1601 Andrews Avenue in Sheffield directly behind McDonald’s near the O’Neal Bridge.

There is a second monthly grief support group that meets the third Friday of each month at 10am at First Baptist Church of Rogersville. Located at 222 College Street in Rogersville.

Come and share and let us pray with you for strength and comfort! These groups are FREE and open to the public. We will provide wonderful, supportive materials to take home to help with your healing process!

These groups are sponsored by Kindred Hospice.

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.

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, 2023. $999 double rate per person, add $286 for private room. $75 deposit on signing up. Final payment 7/23/23.

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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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!

LifeSouth is in emergency need for blood donors. 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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REAL Rehome Educate Adopt Love offers the following pet preventive care assistance for dogs and cats in Lauderdale, Colbert and Franklin Counties:

Submit your Pet Wellness application from our Facebook page REAL Rehome Educate Adopt Love or website

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.

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

All paper is recyclable if it will tear.  We encourage you to reuse ribbons and bows, but they are not recyclable. 

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AA 24-hour hotlines: 256-415-7719 Website: to find a current list of all Shoals area AA meetings and events.

(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 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.

• 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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