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Alabama's Renaissance City


In This Issue
Message from Mayor Holt
Our Sincere Appreciation
to the
Weeden Elementary School
Show Choir Students  
They collected donations for the
Florence-Lauderdale Animal Shelter
And presented them on Tuesday morning.
What a great help this was to our Shelter!!



The championship games were played
in Decatur, Alabama, April 24-25, 2017
Coaches and Athletic Director
Donna Garner, Head Coach
Eddie Garner, Assistant Coach
Byron Graham, Athletic Director

2017 AHSAA 6A Boys Tennis State Champions
Nikhil Boorgu
Nick Hester
Luke Singletary
Noah Davis
Noah Tompkins
Miller Barnes
John David Bailey
Steven Bissell
Adith Bondugula
Grant Brown
Andrew Davis
AJ Earwood
Matthew Forsythe
Will Letson
Jackson Olive
Ethan Sak
Nicolas Segura
Chase Womack

2017 AHSAA 6A Girls Tennis State Runners-Up
Lilly Homes
Edy Smith
Emma Rhodes
Madeline Creel
Ruby Cunningham
Martha Mitchener
Lauren Bergeron
Sydney Byrd
Sarah Kate Coussons
Maevry Cox
Maeve Eubanks
Maddie Hamner
Lauren Hamner
Julia Harrison
Sara Holcolmbe
Mackenzie Hurd
Catherine Lambright
Anna Claire Letson
Kate Mann
Kate McNeill
Callie Moore
Madison Newman
Van Pham
Day Robertson
Madison Russell
Anna Grace Rye
Kathryn Sanford
Caroline Vance
Addi Watson

The italicized names are the "varsity" players and the others are "JV."

In conjunction with the Reader Riot Book Festival,
Downtown Florence Unlimited and
the City of Florence-Parks and Recreation
are hosting our first
"Movie in the Park"
for the 2017 season.
Join us at 7:45 p.m., on Friday, April 28,
in Wilson Park, 223 East Tuscaloosa Street, Downtown
for the Disney movie
Queen of Katwe
Bring lawn chairs, blankets, snacks, and enjoy the FREE show!
Also, Tim Crothers, the author of the book, will be speaking at the  Florence-Lauderdale Library
On Friday, the 28th, during the Reader Riot event.





Florence, Alabama- Florence/Lauderdale Tourism and the Muscle Shoals National Heritage Area will host the Muscle Shoals Reader Riot events

Travis Wammack
Jerry Masters

Friday, April 28, 2017

The events will be held in the Visitors Center Gallery located in McFarland Park.

At 1 p.m., long-time guitar player in Little Richard's band, Wammack will kick off the event. Wammack will play several songs as well as discuss his book, "Travis Wammack's Rock-N-Roll Days / Memphis to Muscle Shoals."

Previous Muscle Shoals Sound Studios sound engineer, Jerry Masters will follow starting at 3 p.m. Masters will present information on his book, "Hanging by my Knees from a Tree."

Andreas Werner, music producer, performer and Muscle Shoals music ambassador of Crazy Chester Music in Nashville will be conducting the Q&A sessions for each author. These sessions will not only be about their books, but also their lives in music in general. Werner has conducted many events at the Florence/Lauderdale Tourism Visitor Center.
Reader Riot Book Festival
April 28-29 in Downtown Florence
J oin us for the first book festival in the Shoals! What is a book festival, you ask? Well, the Reader Riot is a two-day festival featuring presentations and signings with best-selling authors, hands-on writing and book craft activities for all ages, films based on books, dozens of vendors and local authors, and food. Basically, there will be fun for every age of reader. 

The festival will be centered at 
Florence-Lauderdale Public Library, with events taking place at several downtown Florence venues.

Featured authors include Melanie Benjamin, Tim Crothers, Tobias Buckell, and many, many more. See a full list of guest at  and the full schedule at

We can't wait to Riot with you, book lovers! Visit  and
follow the Reader Riot on Facebook to keep up with festival news and announcements!
APRIL 29, 2017
10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
The Smoke on the Water Festival is more than just a BBQ cook-off - it's an event for the entire family! Sanctioned by the Kansas City BBQ Society and the Alabama BBQ Association, this cook-off will determine the very best barbeque from among entrants participating from throughout the Southeast.  Winners will compete for cash prizes totaling $6,000.

But, the festival includes so much more for everyone...
  • While it lasts, you will be able to sample BBQ from some of the cook teams represented.  Come taste and vote for your favorite- the People's Choice Awards will be based on your votes!
  • All-day live entertainment (check out the 2017 Entertainment tab)
  • A Noon-Time Open Bluegrass Jam Session - show up and play! 
  • Cornhole competition ($40 entry fee per team of two people)  
  • Access to Pork's Pub Beer Garden (for those of-age)
  • Vendors of all kinds
  • A "Cruise-In" car show [Sponsored by the Colbert/Lauderdale Baptist Association] 
  • Come see the winners [sponsored by Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Alabama]
  • A Kids Zone 
  • and loads of fun things for the entire family 
  • Bring a lawn chair and enjoy the day!
Your admission Is a donation of $10 or more to Shoals Scholar Dollars.
($5 for ages 6 to 12; free for the little bitty ones)
(Family Rate: Mom, Dad, and all your kids (up to age 18) for $25 as long as you all enter at the same time)
Armbands available at the Gate
Take a Walk on the Historic Side of Florence

Local residents will have an opportunity to "Take a Walk on the Historic Side" by participating in the annual Walking Tours of Historic Florence April 1 - 29.  Florence/Lauderdale Tourism hosts the walking tours as a way to promote our historic sites, neighborhoods and unique architecture.   A Tour of a different historic location will be featured each Saturday and will be guided by local historians. This year, a new tour of the iconic Larimore Home has been added to the list of previous favorite tour destinations. The tours begin at 10:00 a.m., are free to the public and will last approximately 1 to 1 1/2 hours.


April 29- Forks of Cypress Plantation Site & Cemetery
The Forks of Cypress Plantation was one of the oldest antebellum mansions in Alabama.  It was built in 1822 by James Jackson, one of the first settlers in Lauderdale County and a friend of Andrew Jackson.  Bring your lawn chairs for the beginning portion of the tour.  The second part of the tour will be at the historic Jackson Cemetery. The tour begins at Forks of Cypress at 10 a.m.  Directions to the site are as follows: take Cox Creek Pkwy to Jackson Rd. and turn right (no traffic signal at intersection). Turn right at the dead end.  Park along the road or enter the gate to park in the field leading to the columns. Tour Guide: Harry Wallace.

For more information, call the Tourism Office at 256-740-4141.
Periodically, we will be posting the City Board positions that will be open during 2017.  We depend upon our citizens 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. 


Florence Beautification Board
Florence Historical Board
Housing and Construction Codes Appeals Board
Florence-Lauderdale Public Library Board
Lauderdale County Regional Library System Board
Parks and Recreation Board
Florence-Lauderdale County Port Authority
Scope 310 Board
Shoals Economic Development Authority (SEDA)
Florence/Lauderdale Tourism Board
Florence Tree Commission 




If you are interested and willing to serve on one of these boards, you may:
Pick an application up from the Mayor/Council Office
at the address listed below, 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.   
Applications can be dropped off or mailed to:     
Mayor's Office
102 South Court Street - Suite 200
P. O. Box 98
Florence, AL  35631
Faxed to:      256-760-6388
Scanned and emailed to:      Martha Murphy at
For questions, call:      256-760-6400







UNA Bands: President's Concert

UNA Bands will present the annual President's Concert, titled "Revolutionary," on Friday, April 28, at 7 p.m. in Norton Auditorium. Included on this culminating performance by the UNA Band program will be the Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, Studio Jazz Band, and Percussion Ensemble. The concert will also feature special guest artist and UNA alum Melvin "Melly" Baldwin, drum set, who recently toured with Justin Bieber. Admission is $10 adults, $5 students, and military personnel (with ID) and children 10 and under are free at the door. Tickets are available at, at the Lindsey Theatre Box Office (MWF, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.), and at the door.




Shoals Symphony at UNA: Disney LIVE 
The Jungle Book

The Shoals Symphony at UNA once again brings Disney LIVE to the Shoals! The full-length G-rated animated Disney classic The Jungle Book will be presented on a giant screen on the Norton stage with the Shoals Symphony at UNA providing the musical underscore live! The concert is licensed by Disney Concerts, a division of ABC, Inc., Walt Disney Music Company and Wonderland Music Company Inc.  Tickets are available at or at the Lindsey Box Office, MWF, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.



Belly Dance Classes
Rainbow Dancers is now welcoming new students!!
Tuesdays 6:30-7:30pm @
Royal Avenue Parks and Recreation Center
420 North Royal Avenue
Florence, Alabama
For an all level Belly Dance Class
Featuring a breakdown of moves for beginners
Starting Tuesday, May 2nd, 2017
$30.00 a month
Taught by Noelle Smith
Wiporwil of Rainbow Dancers 256-702-1360
Sponsored by the
Florence Parks and Recreation Department




F LORENCE-LAUDERDALE ANIMAL SHELTER NEWS... Click here for more information




The Youth Chapter of the Tri-County Branch of the NAACP is focusing their efforts to spread literacy around Colbert, Lauderdale, And Franklin Counties.  The Youth Chapter is currently made up of students
grades 1-7 from the three counties.
Here's how you can get involved
Collect your new or gently used books, and take them to one of the
participating business listed on our growing list.
We will sort and organize the books, and have a book giveaway in each county.
Hopefully, by the end of our book drive, we will be able to provide each child (ages k-grade 4) from Colbert, Lauderdale, and Franklin counties with at least 5 books to take home for the summer to build their library.

Two more drop-off locations are:
Florence City Hall Lobby
Florence-Lauderdale Government Building Lobby

Literacy is the greatest gift that anyone can receive.



Recruitment takes place all over city limits--anywhere kids can gather safely for a meal, and the deadline to apply is May 12, 2017. The programs are fully funded, and they're a great way to provide free meals to kids when school meals aren't available. They're one of the many ways we're addressing child hunger in Lauderdale county.
Thank you for the opportunity to spread the word!

If interested, please contact:
Laurel Moffat at
or call 256-947-1073


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.



Art on the Inside: Alabama Prison Arts + Education Project Exhibition
The Alabama Prison Arts & Education Project will show a selection of student artwork at The Kennedy- Douglass Center for the Arts in Florence, AL from April 3 through May 3 as part of the exhibition called Art on the Inside. A gallery talk with the Alabama Prison Arts & Education Project is scheduled for Thursday, April 13, at  6:00 p.m. 
APAEP, housed in University College at Auburn University, offers arts and education programming in 10 of the state's prisons, as well as an interdisciplinary studies degree-granting program. APAEP also works with 12 prisons to build general reading libraries.
"APAEP provides access to sustained and quality educational experiences in the arts, humanities, hard sciences, and human sciences.  We believe that education provides a fertile field for transformation and growth and that these learning experiences contribute to the positive development of every person."
Art on the Inside has shown at the Alabama State Council on the Arts in Montgomery, AL, the Gulf ArtSpace Gallery in Fairhope, AL, the Joan Collins Smith Museum of Art in Auburn, AL, Space OneEleven in Birmingham, AL, Salt Space NYC and New York State University in New York, and St. Louis University in Missouri, among other places.
APAEP art classes have been funded by the National Endowment for the Arts, the Alabama State Council on the Arts and the Joan Mitchell foundation.

Florence Camerata Fundraiser
just in time for Mother's Day!
See attached flyer and order sheet
All orders must be completed by Monday, May 8
Contact:  Barbara P. Johnson at  910-309-2177

May 18 - 20
A wonderful experience for the whole family!


Detailed schedule:
To purchase tickets:


MAY 20 & 21, 2017
SAT 9 AM - 5 PM
SUN 10 AM - 5 PM
Every third weekend in May, Wilson Park in historic downtown Florence comes to life with the Southeast's foremost fine, folk, and craft artists. Presented by the Kennedy-Douglass Center for the Arts' Volunteers, Arts Alive is a juried arts festival and exhibition that will take place May 20 and 21. First held in 1986, Arts Alive features selected artists who sell, demonstrate, and exhibit their works.
The Arts Alive Juried Exhibition takes place at Kennedy-Douglass Center for the Arts located directly across from Wilson Park. The selected works are on display for over a month and are judged for awards in technique, style, and expression. The exhibition opens May 10 and will hang until June 24.
Wilson Park transforms into one of the largest art markets in the Southeast on Arts Alive weekend. More than 110 chosen artists in various mediums and genres set up booths to sell their work. Art activities for children will be on the front lawn of the Florence-Lauderdale Public Library. A children's art exhibition will take place in the breezeway of Kennedy-Douglass Center for the Arts. Food vendors will set up along Tuscaloosa Street and the Shoals Master Gardeners' plant sale will be on the corner of Wood Ave. and Tombigbee Street.
Saturday night, May 21, Kennedy-Douglass Center for the Arts hosts a backyard garden party, Art Under the Stars, for artists and patrons to celebrate park and gallery winners with food and live music. Tickets are $25 each, and can be purchased at Kennedy-Douglass Center for the Arts or at
This year, Arts Alive is a proud recipients of an Alabama State Council on the Arts grant of $4,000. This grant allowed the festival to open to a larger pool of national and regional applicants through an online application process. In 2017 Arts Alive will welcome more artists to the park than ever. 


The Healing Place is looking for Teams and Sponsors for their annual 
Hosted by

If you would like to participate, please contact them at:
 or call 256-383-7133.




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For Children in Grades 1 st through 6 th
Your child will learn the basics of art in fun and innovative ways.
Hosted by the Kennedy-Douglass Center for the Arts
Two Sessions:
June 12 - 16, 2017
June 19 - 23, 2017
9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. - Students entering Grades 1st through 3rd
12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. - Students entering Grades 4th through 6th
Tuition is $50 for first child/second child in a family is $45.00.
Classes are limited.
For applications call 256-760-6379 or come to
the K/D Center for the Arts, 217 East Tuscaloosa Street, Florence.


Please join us and enjoy the MYSTERY TRIPS and OVERNIGHT trips with your new friends at The CLUB.
The Dam Fall Color Tour and Searching for Christmas Lights are two of our favorite annual tours along
with Reelfoot Lake, the Earthquake Lake, Tiptonville, TN during bald eagle season.
Upcoming Tours for 2017
Taking Reservations Now.
Monday-Friday 10 am-4 pm @ The Club .
Your choice of seats on the motor coach will be in the order that your register.
Limited seating. Please call for additional information:  256.760.6642
Jack Daniels Distillery/Miss Mary Bobo's:  May 11, 2017 - $99

The Ark Encounter & Creation Museum:
Cincinnati/September 11-15, 2017, 5 days 4 nights. $535.
This is a life-sized Noah's Ark Experience, The Creation Museum,
Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Gardens,
Newport Aquarium, 8 meals.
 $75 deposit upon signing - Remainder amount by June 30, 2017

Branson Holiday Show Extravaganza:
November 5-11, 2017, 7 days 6 nights. $625.
7 Branson Shows, Showboat Branson Belle, 10 meals.
$75 deposit upon signing.
Remainder payment amount by August 25, 2017.




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

The ordinance became effective May 1, 2014.

(See Ordinance Here)


Click here for the Quarterly Newsletter... 






The Florence/Lauderdale Animal Shelter has



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!

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"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


O n 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. New Hours...The beginner class meets from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m every Friday.   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

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