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City of Florence
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Alabama's Renaissance City


In This Issue
Message from Mayor Holt

Game 6
Florence VS Austin
Friday, October 6 @ 7:00 p.m. 
@ Braly Stadium



UNA VS. Florida Tech

Saturday, October 7 @ 6:00 p.m. 
@ Braly Stadium



Join us in celebrating Indigenous People's Day by attending our free Presentation Series on Native Heritage in various locations throughout the "Shoals".

All events are family-friendly, participatory presentations, and/or educational and historical lectures on Native America.

Featuring Dr. Yvette Running Horse Collin, Sean Collin, Associate Professor and Director of Legal & Indian Affairs at UNA Institute, traditional singing, and dancing. 

Lecture 1: An Interactive presentation 
on Native Heritage 
Oct 5th, 6 - 7pm
Florence-Lauderdale Public Library
350 N Wood Ave, Florence, AL

Lecture 2: Incorporating Traditional Native Knowledge 
for a Stronger America
Oct 9th, 6 - 7pm
Indian Mound & Museum
1028 S Court St, Florence, AL

Lecture 3: An Interactive presentation 
on Native Heritage 
Oct 10th, 3:30 - 4:30pm
Sheffield Public Library
316 Montgomery Ave, Sheffield, AL

Lecture 4: An interactive presentation 
on Native Heritage 
Oct 13th, 3:30 - 4:30pm
Helen Keller Public Library
511 N Main St, Tuscumbia, AL
Friday, September 29, 2017
Shoals Idea Audition Registration Deadline

Do you have an idea for a new business?  You could win some money at the Shoals Idea Audition. Part Shark Tank, part The Voice, this contest allows you to present your idea in front of a panel of business leaders and experts - and if your presentation is the best, you win! We'll even teach you how to pitch your idea. We promise it will be fun, and it could be very profitable!

The Shoals Idea Audition will be held
on October 10, 2017.
The Shoals Idea Audition is a joint venture of the Shoals Chamber of Commerce and the University of North Alabama.  Details

Click Here to View FULL SCHEDULE

From W.C. Handy, to Sam Phillips, Rick Hall, and the Swampers, our musical legacy continues with the Shoals Symphony at UNA as we begin our 35th season! 
The Shoals Symphony is pleased
to announce its 2017-18 Concert Series:

Sunday, October 8 - A Classical Masterworks concert, Fortune and Fate, featuring UNA's classical pianist, Dr. Yi-Min Cai, who will perform works by Russian composers Rachmaninoff and Tchaikovsky.



Shoals Symphony at UNA
P.O. Box 667 Florence, AL 35631
(256) 710-1623
Music in the Park 2017
Wilson Park
Downtown Florence
11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
October 11 - Jeff Hornbuckle
October 18 - The Nutones
October 25 - The Cadillac's



ART on the LAWN
Children's Museum Shoals
Fundraiser & Silent Auction
Wednesday, October 11, 2017
5pm - 8pm
Turtle Point Yacht & Country Club
Wine & Cheese "On the Lawn"
Featuring Local Shoals Artists

Artwork will include

paintings, fashion, sculptures & more.
$10 Per Person


Tickets can be purchased at the Childrens Museum Shoals
2810 Darby Drive, Florence AL 35630



Friday, October 13, 2017
11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Guest Speaker:   Margaret Dooley

The Kennedy-Douglass monthly meeting will be Friday, October 13, from 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.,
at the Kennedy-Douglass Center for the Arts, 217 East Tuscaloosa Street.
Light refreshments will be furnished and a door prize given.
At Noon, Margaret Dooley, Kennedy Douglass' Historian, will speak on Scrapbooking Ideas.
The public is invited to attend. The Gift Shop is open Monday-Friday, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
For more information, please call 256-760-6379.

Kentucky Watercolor Artist and Online Watercolor Instructor
Judy Mudd gives workshop at Kennedy-Douglass Center for the Arts 
October 13-15 Kennedy-Douglass Center for the Arts welcomes acclaimed, Kentucky watercolor artist and instructor Judy Mudd to the art center. Atmospheric Landscapes in Watercolor Workshop is three days of hands on instruction in watercolor with one of the best in the South. 
Judy is a full-time artist and instructor teaching weekly classes and traveling to teach workshops. Judy is a signature member of the Southern Watercolor society, the Kentucky Watercolor Society, juried member of the Kentucky Arts Council and the Kentucky Guild of Artists and Craftsmen.  Her painting have been featured in the American Watercolor Society's Annual Exhibition at the Salmagundi Club in New York.  Membership associations include AWS, as well as the Portrait Society of America, the National Watercolor Society, Plein Air Painters and other professional groups. Her online courses are featured on .
This workshop entails three full days of painting various rural and urban scenes in watercolor. Starting with a photographed subject, students will pick and choose, deciding what to leave in and what take out of their landscape, and then arrange it to make their artistic vision happen!  There will be an emphasis on various technique effects, brushstrokes for interest, making corrections, general composition and art content.  Come learn how to be more creative and expressive through atmospheric landscapes. Fee is $325 for all three days. 
Please join us for
2018 Kick-Off
Relay For Life - Shoals
at Listerhill Credit Union Auditorium
4790 East Second Street
Muscle Shoals, Alabama
Tuesday, October 17, 2017
12:00 - 1:30 p.m.
Please RSVP: by October 15th


Join us in celebrating the opening of our new Visitor's Center and
honoring the relationship between the Horse and Native Peoples in the Americas.

Come experience our Interpretive Center and Museum, shop for authentic Native crafts in our Trading Post, and enjoy traditional drumming, singing, and dancing!

- Lyla June Johnston - musician, public speaker and internationally recognized performance poet of Diné (Navajo) and Tsétsêhéstâhese (Cheyenne) lineages. 

- The Southern pine drum group - Missippi band Choctaw & Mystic Wind Chahta Social Dancers.

- A live tournament demonstration by the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indian Junior Stickball Team.

For those who would like to add more to their experience, tickets to our 100 - acre preserve are available for purchase, 
as well as pony rides, Native food, and family photos.

Date & Time:
Saturday, October 21st
10am - 5pm

Location & Pricing:
4409 County Road 200 Florence, AL 
$5 per person
Ages 0-3 years FREE


Florence-Lauderdale Public Library
350 North Wood Avenue

Tosha Hill Band will perform a benefit concert for the Shoals Community Soup Kitchen on October 28, 2017, from 6pm - 8pm at First Presbyterian Church downtown Florence in the Fellowship Hall. Soup Kitchen volunteers come together to prepare a hot meal for the needy residents in the Florence area  from noon  to 1 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.
Churches throughout the Shoals area, school and civic organizations, and residents are encouraged to attend, donate and serve. Linda Kennedy is the Soup Kitchen volunteer coordinator and can be reached at
Kanisha Jaynes 256-648-6060 or
Coffee High School
Commemorative Ornaments
are back in stock!
Pick yours up today, available at
First Southern Bank on Court Street or
Bank Independent on Pine Street.
Proceeds benefit local charities such as:
United Cerebral Palsy, Safeplace, Shoals Habitat for Humanity,
Scope 310, Meals on Wheels, Local Veterans
Association, & many more.
Make checks payable to:  Florence Civitan Club.
Price: $15 each 

Questions call:
Julie Hamm at 256-762-7555
Deanna Sledge at 256-710-5497


KENNEDY-DOUGLASS CENTER FOR THE ARTS is located at 217 East Tuscaloosa Street,
Florence, and is open, free of charge, Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  
Call 256-760-6379 for information on City museums and art events or Click here.


Top photographers Caroline Allison and Angie Mosier
present workshop at UNA and exhibition
at Kennedy-Douglass Center for the Arts
The University of North Alabama is hosting a day of workshops Friday, November 9, 2017.
A full day of creative workshops for college students and high-school seniors will be taught by top photographers Caroline Allison and Angie Mosier. In the morning workshop, Everywhere is Somewhere, Caroline Allison will explore the landscape of Florence, AL using large format cameras and polaroid film in an effort to describe a sense of its unique place and history. Students will explore landscape through architecture, interiors, and environmental portraiture. In the afternoon workshop, Food Styling, Writing, and Photography Angie Mosier will show students how to test recipes; approach technical and creative writing; prop and style food for a photo-shoot; and light and capture the essence of taste in an image.
Space is limited, so sign up soon. For more information email Robert Rausch
Caroline Allison an exhibition of her work on display at Kennedy-Douglass Center for the Arts leading up to the workshop from October 5 through November 10.  She will deliver a gallery talk November 9 at 5:30 pm at the art center. 
Angie Mosier is a writer, stylist, and photographer from Atlanta, GA. Her work is found  in Food & Wine, Town and Country, The New York Times, Southern Living, Atlanta Magazine, Atlanta Homes and Lifestyles, Coastal Living, and Garden and Gun magazines. Her essays on Southern cakes, pies and traditional meals can be read in The New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture. She has collaborated with cookbook and craft authors such as John T. Edge, Matt Lee and Ted Lee, Virginia Willis, Natalie Chanin, and the Southern Foodways Alliance. Angie is honored to have worked as co-author and photographer on Chef Eric Ripert's most recent book, Avec Eric as well as photography for John T. Edge's, The Truck Food Cookbook; Kevin Gillespie's book, Fire in My Belly; and John Currence's book, Pickles, Pigs and Whiskey. Angie is a member of Les Dames d'Escoffier and The James Beard Foundation.
Caroline Allison is a fine art photographer who lives and works in Nashville, TN. She is represented by Zeitgeist Gallery in Nashville. She has shown in Howard Greenberg Gallery in NYC, Slow Gallery in Chicago, University Center Concourse Gallery in Knoxville, Daniel Cooney Fine Art  in NYC, and the Momentum Art Gallery in Berlin. Her work has been featured in Garden & Gun, Travel + Leisure, The Wall Street Journal, Southern Living, This Old House, Men's Journal, Oxford American, and The Local Palate magazines.
Caroline Allison
Slickaway Road, Kentucky
2016 - Archival pigment print
Kennedy-Douglass Volunteers
Invite Applicants for Art Education Grants
Kennedy-Douglass Center for the Arts Volunteers are offering an exciting opportunity for elementary and middle school educators to expand student horizons through visual arts! This year, the Volunteers are offering Arts Education grants for art supplies, special art programs, and tuition for art camps.  Applications for the 2017-2018 school year are due by
 November 15, 2017.
The Kennedy-Douglass Center for the Arts Volunteers is a non-profit, 501(c)3 organization that works with the Kennedy-Douglass Art Center to promote arts in the Shoals area. We hold annual fund-raising events such as Arts Alive Festival and Holly and Ivy holiday luncheons.  The proceeds from these events and other grants are used to fund educational and community projects.
Apply by going to the Kennedy-Douglass webpage at, and downloading the "Arts Education Grant Application" form.   You can use the Adobe Reader app to edit the form and submit it on-line or you can print, fill in by hand, and mail a paper copy to the Art Center. If you have questions about the process, contact the Art Center at (256) 760-6379, check our Facebook page at
Kennedy-Douglass Center for the Arts, or email   

The City of Florence has numerous boards and commissions through which our citizenry can get involved.  We depend upon you to help us make wise decisions and we solicit your advice and ideas.  Your service is invaluable in helping us continue to build and prosper as a progressive City. 



If you are interested and willing to serve on one of these boards, you may: 

Pick up an application from the Mayor/Council Office or
download a simple application that is available on the City's website at

A description of each board, along with the resolution
detailing the guidelines for serving, is also posted on the same website.  Applications stay on file for one year.  After one year, you will need to reapply or let us know to update your application that is on file.  








The Florence/Lauderdale Animal Shelter has

DOGS AND CATS available for



Click here for the Quarterly Newsletter...





NEW SHELTER HOURS - The Shelter is open from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. weekdays.  


Friday Evenings the Shelter is open for Pet Adoption - 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.


Weekend hours are:

 Saturday, open to the public and volunteers,

from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., and


Sunday, closed to the public,

but open to volunteers from 9:00 a.m. to 12 Noon.


Volunteers are always welcome!




The City Council adopted a  pet license ordinance for certain dogs and cats. 

The ordinance became effective May 1, 2014.




"Where Boomers and Seniors Come Together As ONE"
450 Country Club Drive
(Savannah Highway/Hwy. 20)
Florence - 256-760-6420
***The Club is a drug free, alcohol free facility***




2017 Weekly Schedule of Events


On FRIDAYS, the Boomers and Seniors wear RED to show support for our service men and women.  Get your "CLUB" shirt the next time you visit.
"JOINTS IN MOTION" CHAIR EXERCISE CLASS will help you with your activities of daily living.  Monday, Wednesday, Friday, 8:45 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.  No age limit. Men, women, friends and family are welcome to join us at The CLUB.  No fee.  Class Leader:  Fran "fish" Davis.
Also, the Joints in Motion Class offers the opportunity for you to join them in prayer around the flagpole each Monday morning after class at 9:50 a.m. to pray for our community, city, nation, first responders, troops, and families and friends of The CLUB.
THE NUTRITION PROGRAM is a NACOLG/State program which serves lunch each Monday-Friday, at 11:00 a.m., at The CLUB.  Suggested donation $1.  This program is based on age and not financial need.  Limited seating (35) available on first come basis.  You must be seated by 10:30 a.m.  Feel free to come check it out.
The only requirements are:
1) Must be 60 years of age, and
2) Must sign in and be seated by 10:30 a.m.
BOOMER'S & SENIOR'S TUESDAY NIGHT DANCE at The CLUB, 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., each week.  The doors will open at 6:00 p.m.  $6 per person.  Singles & couples are welcome.  21+ years old.  Music spanning the decades is performed by The Browns.  For more information please call The CLUB at 256-760-6420, Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Alabama's state dance is Folk and Square Dancing.  It's a healthy challenge that will have you stepping to the music and enjoying your new dance family.  The Singing River Squares will happily be your square dance angels during your BEGINNING SQUARE DANCE CLASSES that begins approximately every 12 weeks. The Singing River Squares WELCOMES you to give it a try.  Singles, couples, families...anyone with the desire to learn is welcomed.  For more information call Fran at The CLUB, 256-760-6642.  The seasoned dancers will dance PLUS TIPS in between the beginners tips.
BINGO is offered at 9:30 am on Tuesday and Thursday mornings.  No fee for BINGO.  Expendable type prizes are appreciated such as paper products, toothpaste, mouthwash, lotion, soap, puzzle books, unopened snack foods. If you'd like to make a donation our guys & gals they would greatly appreciate it.
BOARD GAMES, ROOK, CARD GAMES, DOMINOES and fun with friends each morning & afternoon at The CLUB.  9 am to 4 pm.  No fee.


We attend
Senior Citizens Appreciation Day (SCAD)
each spring!

We have picnics at The Club throughout the year. Feel free to give us a call for the schedule. Due to thunderstorms that roll through our area we have to postpone our outdoor events occasionally.
The DULCIMERS play each fourth Thursday at The CLUB, from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.  Come and enjoy their music!
We enjoy MYSTERY TRIPS and overnight trips with our friends from The CLUB.  The Dam Fall Color Tour and Touring for Christmas Lights are two of our favorite annual tours along with Reelfoot Lake, the Earthquake Lake, Tiptonville, TN during bald eagle season.

Our vegetable garden at The Club

Have a great weekend!

Mayor Steve Holt

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110 West College Street
P.O. Box 98
Florence, AL 35630