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Message from Mayor Holt
New Beginning for our Animals....

Florence-Lauderdale Animal Services
3240 Roberson Road

Yesterday marked a new beginning for the Florence-Lauderdale Animal Services.  The long-awaited groundbreaking took place at 11:00 a.m., November 15, 2017!  It was a grand celebration which included the City of Florence and Lauderdale County elected officials, Cr3ate Architects, B. H. Craig Construction Company, Shoals Chamber of Commerce, Alabama State Humane Society Director, Animal Services Director and Staff, the Animal Shelter Ad Hoc Committee members, several animal activists groups, students from a local high school, interested citizens, the media, and even some of our furry friends.

This beautiful facility will enable our Animal Services to better serve the entire community.  Construction has started and plans are to open it at the end of 2018.  Click here for interesting facts on the features of the building.



Notice our furry friend to the right enjoying the celebration!

2017 Holiday Garbage and Recycle Pickup Schedule

Unless otherwise posted there will be NO change in solid waste service.
Please have garbage & recycling at the street by 7:00 a.m. on your collection day.
November 23   Thanksgiving Day
Thursday pick up will be Friday November 24
Friday pick up will be Saturday  November 25
December 24  Christmas Eve  - No Change
December 25  Christmas Day - No Change
W. C. Handy Home on College Street

The Salvation Army
Florence, AL
1601 Huntsville Rd. - P.O. Box 728 - Florence, AL 35631
Telephone (256) 764-9679   Fax (256) 764-4538 - Please call before faxing
Serving Lauderdale, Colbert, and Franklin Counties
Christmas 2017
Volunteer Service Projects


Visit our website:
To purchase tickets, please call The Healing Place at 256-383-7133

The Healing Place is committed to offering support to grieving children and families in an atmosphere of trust and acceptance in order to promote a sense of well-being and productivity in its participants.  

Travel the world is just one night! Experience the tastes and talents of the world here at UNA! International students from Asia, Europe, Africa, the Americas, the Middle East, and Oceania will present traditional foods and talents from their home countries.

Thursday, November 16th
5-7 PM
GUC Banquet Halls - UNA

Please watch this short video for more information about Passport to the World:


Little Women
By John Ravold 
Produced by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.

Friday and Saturday, Nov. 17-18, 7:30 pm
Sunday, Nov. 19, 2:00 pm

A dramatization of Louisa M. Alcott's novel, Little Women, a story that never will grow old for its treatment of a mother's love for her children and their appreciation. Who can forget tomboy Jo and her sacrificing her glorious hair to help finance her mother's trip to Washington, when the telegram arrived saying her father was dying? Of her writing "The Christmas Play," rehearsing Amy in the fainting scene and then the playing of the drama on the fateful night when everything went wrong. Her beautiful scenes with Little Beth when they both knew the Angel of Death was hovering near? Of her going to New York, meeting Professor Bhaer in Mrs. Kirk's rooming house, their comedy courtship and ultimate marriage?

A special opportunity to see both the straight play and the musical version in one weekend! Come to the Z for the presentation of the straight play by Savannah Performing Arts Company, then go up the street to UNA to see the Opera Workshop production of the musical version. This is an unusual opportunity, so don't miss it!!

Advance tickets are available on and will also be available at the door. $15 adults, $10 students.


Friday, November 17, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.
The Tennessee Valley Strummers will return to the Florence/Lauderdale Visitor Center in McFarland Park to play folk dulcimer music in the Gallery on Friday, November 17, from 2 to 4 p.m. The Tennessee Valley Strummers will be performing at the Visitor Center the 3rd Friday of every month.  "The Visitor Center has become a venue and gathering place for free cultural events and entertainment," Alison Stanfield, Director of Operations said. "Our visitors thoroughly enjoy the entertaining folk music we are delighted the strummers are performing here on a monthly basis.
The dulcimer, which means "sweet sound," is a four-stringed instrument developed in the 1700s in the southern Appalachian Mountains. 
Visitors are encouraged to come out and listen to the music and tour the Center. Admission is free. For more information call the Florence/Lauderdale Tourism Office at 256-740-4141.
Special Presentation & Book Signing of Cotton Was King,
Co-Authored by Dr. William L. McDonald and Butch Walker Saturday, November 18, at 1:00 p.m.
Florence/Lauderdale Tourism will host a special book signing and presentation by author Rickey Butch Walker in conjunction with the release of his latest book, Cotton Was King. The free event will take place November 18, 2017 at 1:00 pm at the Florence/Lauderdale Tourism Visitor Center in McFarland Park.
Cotton Was King was originally started by Dr. William L. McDonald. McDonald authored many books on local history, served on numerous historical boards and was the Florence City Historian for many years. He was also a dedicated Methodist minister, serving for over 30 years. After McDonald's death in 2009, Bluewater Publications worked with the McDonald family to have Walker finish the work began by McDonald.
Throughout Cotton Was King, Walker showcases the important role that cotton played in history, especially for those Native Americans who first explored and used the area now known as Lauderdale County, Alabama, before white settlers arrived. Along with stories of cotton and its impact, Walker also presents accounts of Native American Chief Doublehead and Chief George Colbert and the government corruption that preceded the Indian Removal. Subsequent sections of the book deal with early white settlements that depended on slavery, Lauderdale County plantations, family relationships, and pre-Civil War holdings. Cotton Was King would be a wonderful resource for anyone interested in the history of Lauderdale County or in plantation history.
To find out more about Rickey Butch Walker and his other publications, visit Bluewater Publications at or purchase them online at Contact Florence/Lauderdale Tourism for additional information on this and other events hosted at the Visitor Center at 256-740-4141. 

Knights of Columbus
51st Annual
Turkey & Ham Shoot

November 18
December 16
Knights of Columbus Council 3989 is sponsoring its 51st Annual Turkey & Ham Shoots on Saturday, November 18 and December 16, 2017, from 7:00 am to dusk.  This year's Shoots will be at the Knights of Columbus Langer Hall at 4051 County Road 30 (St. Florian Road).  Shotgun and 22 rounds of Turkey and Ham will be $4.00 and $6.00, respectively.  Ammunition will be provided. Shotguns and rifles are available, but you can bring your own.  Grand Knight Jackie Stewart reminds everyone that this is the Knights 51st Annual Turkey & Ham Shoot.  Concession stand will be open serving hamburgers, hot dogs, chili and coffee, soft drinks etc.  All are welcome.
Drive to St. Florian and follow the signs to the
Knights of Columbus 51st Annual Turkey & Ham Shoot
For more information contact Don Rohling at 256-710-7059.
For orders or information email:


6:00 P.M.
(Click on picture for more information.)



Holly and Ivy Luncheons
Tuesday - Friday
December 5 - 8, 2017
Kennedy-Douglass Center for the Arts
217 East Tuscaloosa Street
Christmas music...delicious food...door prizes...great friends gathering to celebrate the's time for the annual Holly and Ivy Luncheons at the Kennedy-Douglass Center for the Arts!  Holly and Ivy was started years ago as a fundraising event for the Kennedy-Douglass Volunteers, and has grown to become one of the most anticipated ways to start the holiday season.  Join us for a Cup of Cheer at 11:30 a.m. followed by lunch at Noon.   Tickets are $25 per person and may be purchased by calling the KD Center at 256-760-6379.  Better hurry - seating is limited!  The Gift Shop will also be open!



Bank Independent
presents the
 'Spirit of Christmas'
Florence Christmas Parade
Friday, December 8, 2017
 7:00 p.m.
Court Street,
Downtown Florence
For More Information:
256-760-9648 OR



Once again, Florence Main Street, is responsible for coordinating the Christmas Parade and as always, there are rules to be followed. These rules and regulations are to improve safety (following state laws and city ordinances) and provide increased enjoyment for participants and spectators. 
VERY IMPORTANT...The Parade route will follow Court Street from the north end at Rogers Hall on the UNA campus to the southern end at Alabama Street.  Parade line up will begin at 6 pm on Pine Street between Irvine and Cumberland Streets.  Your exact time for line up will be determined by your placement in the parade.  That information will be sent to you early in the week of the parade.   

Please remember with the Parade line up being on Pine Street and ending on South Court Street at Alabama Street to arrange your drop off and pick up locations to match those areas.    
There will be awards for Best Decorated Float (Commercial & Non-Profit), Best Band and Best Performance Group.

The following are the rules and regulations set forth for the 2017 Florence Christmas Parade:
  • Entry applications will not be accepted when Florence Main Street, Inc. Executive Committee determines an entry to be controversial, unlawful, or inconsistent with the standards, the theme and the purposes of the Christmas parade. At any time after acceptance an entry may not be allowed to participate in the Christmas parade if it deviates from the original application or violates any Christmas parade rule or regulation.
  • Florence Main Street, Inc. reserves the right to withdraw any float, any vehicle, any group or any person of which costume, display, decorations, theme or performance does not meet the Christmas parade rules and regulations or conform to the standards of reasonable public taste and fit the parade theme.
  • Entrants must observe all applicable rules and regulations and follow instructions from City of Florence Police and parade officials or be barred from the parade.  Florence Main Street, Inc. reserves the right to remove any entrant from the parade either prior to assembly, while assembling or any time during the parade. 
  • Each entry is limited to four (4) units. For example, the XYZ club will be allowed four cars in their entry. 
  • Entries MUST be decorated or dressed to reflect the theme of the parade: 'Spirit of Christmas'; No undecorated vehicles will be allowed!  There's nothing more boring than watching a bunch of cars driving down the road!
  • Santa is a special guest and has his own float.  No Santa Claus or Mrs. Claus impersonators allowed in or on any parade entry.  
  • Motorcyclists are required by Alabama state law to wear helmets at all times. Motorcycles which are not designed and licensed for public streets will not be allowed to participate in the parade.  
  • Alabama state law prohibits ATVs from public streets; therefore, ATVs are not permitted in the parade.  
  • Vehicles not allowed on public streets, according to Alabama state law or City of Florence ordinance will not be allowed to participate in the parade.   
  • Application fees are non-refundable for accepted entries.  Each entry must pay the appropriate fee.
  • Florence Main Street, Inc. Executive Committee reserves the right to accept or decline any entry.
  • Florence Main Street, Inc. Executive Committee decisions regarding all entries is final. 
  • Horse units will not be allowed. Other animals allowed only with permission from Florence Main Street.  All animals must be cleaned up after by the group bringing them.  
  • Monday, November 27 is the deadline for return of entry forms and fees.
  • This is stated on the entry form and will be strictly enforced. Any late entry will be at the sole discretion of FMS, and may result in an additional $50 late fee being charged.

More information is available from the Florence Main Street office by calling 256-760-9648.

We thank you for your participation and look forward to seeing you at the
2017 Florence Christmas Parade!




The Shoals Doula Group will be hosting a Christmas Market benefiting Safer Birth in Bama, a Shoals based 501c3, dedicated to helping improve birth options and outcomes for Alabama families. It will take place Saturday, December 9, from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m., at Redeemer Church of the Shoals, 1626 Florence Boulevard (in the Hobby Lobby shopping center).  Please check out our Facebook event to learn about all the great businesses that are participating!

Would your business like to be a part? Please e-mail us at for information!



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:

Don't forget to order your tickets early for our annual Holiday concert on Sunday, December 10, and our annual Disney Live concert on Friday, May 4, 2018, when we'll perform Ratatouille!

Sunday, December 10. Our traditional holiday concert has become a standard fixture, a must-see event!  In addition to the holiday classics, we'll perform contemporary religious recording artist Michael W. Smith's Agnus Dei.



Shoals Symphony at UNA
P.O. Box 667 Florence, AL 35631
(256) 710-1623




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.

Storytelling Time, a contemporary folk art experience
with Marian Baker
Kennedy-Douglass Center for the Arts presents Storytelling Time, an exhibit and talk with contemporary folk artist, Marian Baker November 27 - December 28. Baker has been producing folk art for almost a decade that is inspired by her own family stories. She describes her artwork as "scruffy" with a dose of humor. Baker lives in Oneonta, AL and began painting from old family photographs. "Once I started painting, my memories all started coming back to me," she said. 
Baker will share some of the stories in her paintings Monday night, November 27, at 6:00 p.m., at her gallery talk or "storytelling time." Her unique use of materials in layers produce subtle charm in her characters. Her subjects vibrate with a determined sense of presence, whether it be a farm animal, tomato, watermelon, or great aunt. She calls her studio Blockhead Art Studio after the style of the characters she brings to life. Baker's artwork has been featured in several movies and she has been a distinguished artist in many galleries and art festivals. 

Shoals Piecemakers Quilt Challenge 2017
Features Quilts Inspired by Song
The Shoals Piecemakers Quilt Challenge '17 will feature quilts inspired by song titles at Kennedy-Douglass Center for the Arts. The quilts were specifically created to evoke a visual representation of songs we love.  The Quilt Challenge will open to the public on November 15 and display through December 20 in the Annex galleries.
Prizes will be awarded for best use of embellishments, best use of color, best use of the theme, most creative, best hand quilted, best machine quilted, best hand appliqué, best machine appliqué, my favorite quilt, best piecing, and a people's choice..
The Shoals Piecemakers Quilt Guild meets at
7:00 p.m. on the second Monday of each month at Saint Bartholomew's Episcopal Church in Florence. New members are welcome. Quilters of every level of expertise including those interested in promoting the collection and preservation of
quilts are part of the Guild.



Our Meter Readers will have new uniforms beginning January, 2018. This notice is so the public will be aware of the change and feel comfortable about their presence on the job site.
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