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Message from Mayor Holt

11 Reasons Why Florence Is The Best Town In Alabama

Florence, Alabama is easily the best southern town in North Alabama and quite possibly the quaintest little town in the whole state.

Ali Carter

Ali Carter

Florence, Alabama is easily the best southern town in North Alabama and quite possibly the quaintest little town in the whole state. Florence has a variety of things to do and see: music, adventure, great food, hauntings, and history; we have it all. Here are the top 10 reasons that Florence, AL is the best town in Alabama. Click here to read more...


Friday, August 11, 2017
Shoals Area Banks and Credit Unions
Pay it Forward with Shoals Scholar
Dollars Initiative
Let's make a difference. Shoals citizens can make a difference by participating in the "Pay It Forward - Donate to Educate" campaign.  This is an effort to help students under the Shoals Scholar Dollars program attend college. Occurring the second Friday of each month, customers at every bank and credit union location will have an opportunity to donate to go toward educating our students for a more sustainable, brighter future in the Shoals. Small dollars from a lot of people equal a big difference in the lives of lots of students.
Click here for full details - Shoals Scholar Dollars Pay It Forward
Shoals Scholar Dollars Foundation, Inc.
Phone: 256-764-4661
Fax: 256-766-9017

2017 Lion Pride Dinner & Auction
Saturday, August 12, 2017
5:30 PM
Listerhill Credit Union Auditorium
Second Street, Sheffield

Please contact:
Jennifer Sutton
  Any questions can be sent to
Brentwood Services Administrators, Inc. (BSI)
Exploring Options For a New Claims Office in the
Florence/Muscle Shoals Area
Seeking Applicants for Claims Adjustor Trainees
Brentwood Services Administrators, Inc., a provider of claims management and loss control services, announced it is considering the potential for opening a new claims office in the Florence/Muscle Shoals, Alabama, area, according to Jeff Pettus, president and chief executive officer of BSI. 
They are actively seeking applicants who desire to be trained in claims adjusting, and who preferably have a bachelor's or associate's degree.  Additional information regarding the position can be found at Claims Trainee - Florence Alabama, or at Interested persons may apply through or may submit resumes to:
Brentwood Services Administrators, Inc.
Human Resources Coordinator
P.O. Box 1125
Brentwood, TN 37024
Fax: 615-760-2121
Brentwood Services, Inc., is an independent employee-owned company headquartered in Brentwood, Tennessee, specializing over the past 27 years in structuring and managing alternative market solutions for employers and insurance providers.
Brentwood Services Administrators Inc., a third-party administrator, provides claims management and loss control services for Workers Compensation, Occupational/Accident and other casualty lines throughout the contiguous 48 states. BSA's aggressive coordinated approach to claims administration and loss control has a proven track record of reducing the cost of claims for its clients. BSA also provides underwriting, policy management and accounting services to association-sponsored pools and mutual insurance companies.
Saturday, August 26
5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
The Shoals Front Porch Storytelling Festival is excited to invite everyone to come out to play music on the front porch of Kennedy-Douglass Center of the Arts on August 26, 2017, from 5:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m., for PLAY MUSIC ON THE PORCH DAY! Grab any instrument, even if it is your voice, and come join us for a spontaneous community jam session and refreshments on the front porch! All ages are invited to this free event!

"Throughout history it was common to hear live music on porches, in yards and on street corners. Musicians would regularly surround themselves with friends and family to sing and play music together. This tradition is being lost as more people only experience music as passive entertainment instead of as a participatory celebration of life. 

PLAY MUSIC ON THE PORCH DAY invites musicians to revive the tradition of gathering, singing and playing music outside with friends and family... Share your talent. Share your passion. Share your music!" Find out more about the world-wide initiative on or follow PlayMusiconthePorchDay on Facebook and Instagram! 
Kennedy-Douglass Center for the Arts is located at 217 E. Tuscaloosa Street and is open, free of charge, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. Call 256-760-6379 for more information. 




The Public is Invited to join THE CLUB
on this fun adventure!

Upcoming Tour 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
Branson Holiday Show Extravaganza  
  • 7 Days - 6 Nights
  • Nov 05 - 11, 2017
  • $625 pp/Double Occupancy
Tour Includes:
  • Motorcoach transportation
  • 6 nights lodging including 4 consecutive nights in the Branson area
  • 10 meals: 6 breakfasts and 4 dinners
  • Admission to 7 Fabulous Branson Shows! Including:
  • Three Evening Shows: LIVERPOOL LEGENDS SHOW "The Complete Beatles Experience", "MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET" SHOW, & THE DUTTON SHOW
For Information & Reservations Contact:
Fran Davis @ (256) 760-6420 
You can also email me at

The Club, 450 Country Club Dr, Florence, AL @ 8 am

Additional Payment Information:
$75 Due Upon Signing
Price per person, based on double occupancy
Add $180 for single occupancy. 

Final Payment Due: 8/29/2017


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.

Kennedy-Douglass Center for the Arts exhibits
new Al Hausmann Collection
Kennedy-Douglass Center for the Arts is proud to exhibit a newly acquired body of work donated by local artist and educator, Al Hausmann. This grouping of etchings, woodblock prints, paintings, and sculptures were indicative of the works he produced as an working artist in the Shoals area. The newly acquired artwork will be on display from
August 20 through September 21 with an opening reception and gallery talk August 20 from 2pm - 4pm. 
Hausmann's artistic contributions to the Shoals include the life-size bronze sculpture of W.C. Handy in Wilson Park and the famous graphic for the first W.C. Handy Festival (1982), the hand-carved walnut doors to the Temple B'nai Israel, and bronze busts at the Alabama Music Hall of Fame. His influence is unparalleled as an art educator at the University of Mississippi and the University of North Alabama. Hausmann worked as an art consultant in Alabama public schools and several non-profit organizations. 
Please join us as we exhibit Al Hausmann's work and celebrate his artistic contributions to the Shoals through this colorful collection. Kennedy-Douglass Center for the Arts is located at 217 E. Tuscaloosa St. and is open, free of charge, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. Call 256-760-6379 for more information. 

Michael Davis exhibits Southern Scapes
at Kennedy-Douglass Center for the Arts
Watercolor artist from Birmingham, Alabama, Michael Davis is presenting a solo exhibition of  landscapes at Kennedy-Douglass Center for the Arts  August 17 through September 28 .

Southern Scapes are watercolor paintings representative of the most colorful aspects  of the American Southern landscape that evade the passage of time. Join the artist  Sunday, August 27 from 2 p.m. - 4 p.m. for a gallery talk in the main gallery. 
Michael Davis is a watercolor realist inspired by the beauty and timelessness of the  southern landscape.  His passion for nature is reflected in his many paintings of the southeast  from the Appalachian Mountains to the Gulf Coast.  
Although he began painting in oils when he was young, he quickly developed a love for the  beauty and detail he could capture with watercolor.  While his current works in acrylic offer  a new dimension to his work Michael remains primarily a watercolor realist and teaches  watercolor classes and workshops throughout the southeast. 
His paintings have received numerous fine art awards and have been featured in museum  exhibitions as well as solo exhibits at art centers and galleries.  He was awarded  Best of Show at the 2015 Fine Arts Exhibition at the Alabama Wildlife Federation and  has been  a repeat exhibitor in the Watercolor Society of Alabama's Member Showcase.   In 2016his watercolor painting "Old Cotton Field Back Home" was juried into  the WSA's 75th National Exhibition.
Michael is a member of the Watercolor Society of Alabama, the Southern Watercolor Society,  the Mountain Brook Art Association and his art is available through the Gulf Coast Arts Alliance  Gallery in Gulf Shores, Alabama.  His paintings hang in private and corporate collection  throughout the United States.
'American Idol' Auditions
to bring thousands of musicians, national focus to Shoals



Thursday, September 7
Alabama Music Hall of Fame
617 U.S. 72 W
Tuscumbia, AL
About 2,000 musicians are expected to descend upon the Alabama Music Hall of Fame on Sept. 7 as "American Idol" holds auditions in a state that has already supplied some of the show's most successful contestants. ABC recently announced that the network would be bringing back the beloved singing competition series for the 2017-2018 season and that Katy Perry is set to judge.
Dixie Griffin, manager of the Hall of Fame, said a part of the museum attests to the effect "American Idol" already has had on the state.  With the Alabama auditions taking place in September, Griffin expects "American Idol" will once again have an impact on the state, particularly the Shoals area and the Alabama Music Hall of Fame.
Please visit for more details on specific audition locations, full eligibility requirements, submission forms, terms and conditions.


is sponsoring a trip to

Historic Savannah, Beaufort, St. Helena Island & Penn Center

Monday, September 18 - Thursday, September 21, 2017

Monday, September 18 - Travel to Savannah, GA


Tuesday, September 19 - Tour Historic Savannah

Including Lunch at the Pirate's House and Visit to Bonaventure Cemetery
Dinner at Carey Hilliard's

Wednesday, September 20 - St. Helena Island/Penn Center and Beaufort, SC

Dinner at Golden Coral
Historic Savannah Theatre - Performance by Harmonix

Thursday, September 21 - Return to Florence, AL

Cost:  Single-$615; Double-$525; Triple-$495; Quad-$480
$150.00 Deposit at time of booking - Balance due by August 18
Make checks payable to:  The Pilot Club of Florence
Mail to:  Judy Grady, 209 Woodcrest Drive, Florence, AL  35630
For more information and to book, contact:
Judy Grady - 256-810-8899 or
Mary June Jankowiak - 256-757-0722 or 321-747-7280
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


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. 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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