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Alabama's Renaissance City


In This Issue
Message from Mayor Holt



  • Florence City Council Meeting - The City Council meets the first and third Tuesdays of the month at 5:00 p.m. in the City Auditorium, 103 South Pine Street.  Work Sessions normally start at 4:00 p.m. on the same day and in the same location.  All meetings are open to the public.  The next meeting will be Tuesday, January 16, 2018.  Agendas are posted online by Friday prior to the meeting at, then click on "City Council Agenda" in the right hand column.  

2018 Paws & Pumpers Calendar
A joint effort between the Florence-Lauderdale Animal Shelter,
the Florence Professional Firefighters IAFF Local 270,
and the Florence Fire Department.
$15 available at Station 1 on Dr. Hicks Blvd.
Get Yours Today!



On March 12, 2018, the City of Florence will officially be 200 years old - making it one full year older than the State of Alabama!
The Design Committee of Florence Main Street has recently published the


which features interesting information about Florence's fascinating history, along with details of these commemorations that will take place monthly from March through November:
1. March - Florence's Birthday
2. April - Florence's Architectural History
3. May - The History of the Arts in Florence
4. June - Frontier Days in Florence
5. July - Music in Florence's History
6. August - Education as an integral Part of Florence's History
7. September - Florence's Native American Legacy
8. October - Homecoming!
9. November - The Role of the Faith Community in Florence's Development
Along with this exciting information, each month's entry in the calendar, from January through December, is highlighted with vintage photographs and other images that add visual interest to every page.
The calendars are available for $5.00 each at the following locations:

1. Kennedy-Douglass Center for the Arts, 217 East Tuscaloosa Street 
2. Florence-Lauderdale Tourism Bureau/Visitors Center in McFarland Park
3. The Shoals Chamber of Commerce office on Hightower Place
4. Mayor's Office, 102 South Court Street, Second Floor
For further information, contact:
Billy Warren - Historian, City of Florence
256-718-5020 (


We are getting ready to kick off the Bicentennial next year and we hope everyone will join in this grand and momentous celebration!  Starting with a soft celebration at First Fridays on March 2 followed by a big Birthday Bash on Monday, March 12, in Wilson Park.  Keep a watch for the exciting events as they are announced!


Looking for Food, Fun, and Friends after school? Check out YMCA of the Shoals or stop by the Boys and Girls Clubs at Cherry Hill and
 Carver Homes to sign up.

On behalf of the Florence Tree Commission...
The Florence Tree Commission is gathering information from Florence citizens who may know of a tree in the City that could be 200 years old or more.  Should you wish to submit a tree and its location for our search, please send us a note with your contact information to the Florence Tree Commission, P.O. Box 98, Florence, AL  35631.
416 North Court Street



January 6 - 30, 2018
(Saturdays and Tuesday)
RONALD RAND, internationally award-winning director, Goodwill Cultural Ambassador & world-renowned performing artist, will return to The Z to teach a unique 4 week "ART of TRANSFORMATION" Master Workshop during January, 2018. Registration is currently open.
Cost:  $259 if registered by Dec. 15
          $300 regular registration
Visit www.theZTickets.Store or The Historic Zodiac Playhouse on Facebook for more information or to register. 






Tuesday, January 9, 2018
5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

How Does a Lender Determine Whether to Renew My Line of Credit?
It is just like school-you take the exam and your answers show your financial health
Lenders calculate financial ratios from the data on your balance sheet and income statement to
analyze your financial position
¨ Do you have a balance sheet and an income statement?
¨ Do you have enough cash or liquid assets to pay off your short-term debt?
¨ Do you have more assets than liabilities?
¨ What is your rate of return on farm assets?
Registration fee is $10 per person (includes box meal). 
Pre-registration is strongly encouraged.
Programs with fewer than 10 individuals pre-registered will be cancelled.
For online registration and other class locations go to:

Workshop Location:
Lauderdale County Extension Office
802 Veterans Dr.
Florence, AL 35630
(256) 766-6223

The Alabama Cooperative Extension System (Alabama A&M University and Auburn University)  is an equal opportunity educator and employer.
Everyone is welcome! © 2017 by the Alabama Cooperative Extension System. All rights reserved.


Red Beans Roadshow Dinner

Join us at The Factory Café as we host photographer Pableaux Johnson for a Red Beans Roadshow Dinner on January 11, 2018. The evening will feature appetizers by our very own Chef Ray Nichols, red beans and rice with cornbread by Pableaux. You won't want to miss this event modeled after Pableaux's own New Orleans-based kitchen traditions.

Thursday, January 11, 2018
6:30 pm ­- 9:30 pm
$60 per person for an all-inclusive evening
with appetizers, entrée, dessert, beer and wine.
Alabama Chanin @ The Factory
462 Lane Drive, Florence
Advance registration is required.
Casual attire suggested.
If you have dietary restrictions, please make a note at checkout. It is important
that our team know in advance that they can make accommodations to best serve you.



Friday, January 12, 2018
11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Guest Speakers:  Bill and Betty Maloney
The Kennedy-Douglass monthly meeting will be Friday, January 12, 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 served.
At Noon, Bill and Betty Maloney will speak on "The Art of Tango."
The public is invited to attend. 
For more information, please call 256-760-6379.

The Gift Shop is open Monday-Friday, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
3rd Annual 70's Social Fundraiser

SPAN of Lauderdale County is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organization that strives to prevent youth from continued involvement with the justice system be developing  social, behavioral, academic, and family skills needed to become productive members of our community. SPAN of Lauderdale County is a non-residential, co-ed, comprehensive strategy for meeting the needs of at risk-youth and their families.

This year it will be even bigger and better because we are expanding our social to another decade! The theme of our 3rd annual social is Duel of the Decades 70's vs 80's. This fundraiser is an exciting evening of music, dancing, musical performances, and games. Concessions will be available for purchase. The social will take place on January 20, 2018 at 7 pm at Burrell-Slater Learning Center at 610 West College Street , Florence (we are located next to W.C. Handy Museum). For additional information please call (256)246-2060.


Dr. David Bronner
CEO, Retirement Systems of Alabama
Shoals Scholar Dollars
Keynote Speaker Series / Dinner


Monday, February 12, 2018
6:30 PM
UNA Guillott Banquet Hall
Reserved Tickets: $75.00
Corporate Table of 8 with Tent, Advertisement, Select Seating, Program Listing:  $1,250


Tickets available at:
Shoals Chamber of Commerce   256-764-4661




The loose leaf collection program will begin Monday, October 30, and will operate on a route system like it has done in previous years. This is the most efficient and equitable way for leaf collection. The route will be posted on the City's website and Facebook page; it will be updated weekly showing the most recently worked areas.

  • Rake leaves to the edge of your yard near the curb, but away from any obstacles such as trees, fences or mailboxes.
  • Keep these piles free of limbs and other trash which can damage the vacuum hoses and slow progress. 
  • Please avoid piling raked leaves on top of your water meter because this prevents meter reader from getting an accurate reading.
  • Please avoid placing raked leaves in the road gutters as this can cause flooding.



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.

Emerging Artist, Eric Bagwell presents "Just Maybe..."

Kennedy-Douglass Center for the Arts will feature a new body of work called "Just Maybe..." by Huntsville artist, Eric Bagwell, January 8 - February 9. The new work is a series of contemplative abstracts centered in spiritual meditations of hope, grace, and longing. As the new year begins, this series of vibrant ,yet quiet visual relationships challenge the viewer while putting them at ease in consciously designed spaces. 
"Using abstract form, color, and texture, I try to capture the holy moments found in everyday life. I most often work in oil - occasionally in en-caustic, watercolor, or even sculpt in clay or stone. If we are indeed made in the image of the one who created everything, then creating is an elemental part of what we are meant to do. I believe creating art connects us to our elemental human identity," Bagwell says. 
Bagwell is a former Methodist minister and graphic designer. He has created several series that have been presented in art festivals across the state, including Arts Alive. To learn more about Eric Bagwell's artwork visit . 

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.



Florence Parks & Recreation Department
For an updated listing of the monthly activities at the
Royal Avenue Center
421 North Royal Avenue

"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