Take a Walk on the Historic Side of Florence this Spring – 2104


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 5 through May 3, 2014.

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.  The tours begin at 10:00 a.m., are free to the public and will last approximately one to one and a half hours.

 April 5, 2014 – Forks of Cypress Plantation Site & Cemetery

April 12, 2014 – North Court & Seminary Streets

April 19, 2014 – Historic University of North Alabama Campus

April 26, 2014 – Walnut Street Historic District

May 3, 2014 – Florence City Cemetery

 For more information call:

Florence/Lauderdale Tourism at 256-740-4141


or visit www.VisitFlorenceAL.com

Florence Parks & Recreation Department Happenings

Spring time is here and that means several things around the Parks & Recreation Department- Baseball season is among us, the parks are packed with families on picnics, and the annual Kids Fest is just around the corner! The 2014 Kids Fest promises to be a fun and exciting festival this year. The festival is held each year at Cox Creek Park from 11:00-2:00, We will have some of the fun things we have had in the past, such as the Mud Pit, Bounce-a-Rounds, Games, food, and fun! There will also be fun new surprises for this year as well. One part of the festival that has grown each year is the Kids Fest Idol. A singing competition for kids ages 6-16. The winners will receive recording time in a recording studio. There will be two divisions- the Junior Division (Ages 6-10) and the Senior Division (Ages 11-16) In order to compete in the finals, you must register to sing in the preliminary rounds and be chosen to sing in the finals. The preliminary rounds will be held on April 12th and April 19th from 2:00-5:00 p.m. at Royal Ave Recreation Center. Registration fee is only $5. For more information or to register by phone, please call (256) 718-5088.

This week in Florence, Alabama

Attention: Musicians, Songwriters, Singers, and Acoustic Bands come out to Royal Ave Recreation Center on  March 28th for our Acoustic Music Night for grades 7-12th. The music kicks off at 7 pm and will last until 9 pm. Tell a friend, neighbor, or classmate to meet you at Royal Ave on Friday- February 28th and listen or sing your favorite songs. All entertainers/bands will need to meet at Royal Ave at 6:30 to get your musical instruments tuned and your position and time you will perform. Also keep in mind in a little over a month from now the

10th year anniversary of Music in the Park will begin on Wednesday’s from 11:30-1:30 at beautiful Wilson Park. The first concert will be Country recording artist and winner of the Year of Alabama Music Songwriters Contest- Joseph Baldwin. Make plans now to come out to all the concerts for the 2014 season. It’s going to be a Great year for Music in the Park!

Florence Park and Rec Kids Fest

Kids Fest is just around the corner, May 3rd from 11:00-2:00 at Cox Creek Park. This is always a fun festival for kids in the shoals area, there will be games, an obstacle course, mud pit, bounce-a-rounds, food and fun. Kids Fest Idol will also take place on this date, however if you are interested and are the age of 6-15, you will have to audition and make it to the finals. Preliminary rounds will be on April 12th  (Junior Division- 6-11)  and April 26th (Senior Division- 12-15) at Royal Ave Recreation Center from 2:00-5:00 p.m. To enter you must have your music on a cd, or you can play it acoustically with a guitar if you wish. The fee to enter is only $5. For more details, call (256) 760-6389. Also coming up at Blackberry Trail Golf Course- Ladies Golf Clinic, March 24th-27th. 5:00-6:00 p.m. $65.00 per person, for more details call the Golf Shop at (256) 740-8825.

Shoals SHRM Upcoming Events


Developing a Team Member Marriage: Creating an Engagement Culture the Daxko Way!
Presented by Dawn Burke. PHR
Thursday March 13, 2014
8:30a.m.-11:30 am

Registration and Breakfast begins at 8:00a.m.
Workshop begins at 8:30a.m.
UNA East Campus, Room 104
1640 Tune Avenue: Florence, AL 35630

Cost: $30 for members, $40 for non-members, Free for members who purchase the 2014 package deal
(Cost includes program & breakfast)

Membership information or more details Contact Crystal Wilson at 256-740-5762 email crystal.wilson@timesdaily.com

RSVP: Please RSVP by emailing mmfike@una.edu by phone (256) 765-4289 or www.una.edu/continuing-studies

SHRM April Meeting

Thursday April 10, 2014 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
City of Muscle Shoals Golf and Tennis (Cypress Lakes) 1131 East Sixth Street, Muscle Shoals, AL

Cost: $12 for members, $15 for non-members (Cost includes meeting and meal)
Free for members who purchase the 2014 package deal
Membership information or more details Contact Crystal Wilson at 256-740-5762 email crystal.wilson@timesdaily.com

Florence is a great place to retire!

The Club (Florence Senior Center) is a happening place these days! On Tuesdays from 6:30-9:00 come out and enjoy live music at our famous Boomers and Seniors Dance with The Browns entertaining and playing hits from the 50’s-70’s, country, and R&B. Dance the night away with your friends and family. Admission is only $5.00- You can’t beat this deal! On Saturday’s come out and enjoy another Dance and also play some board games or even shoot some billiards the time for Saturday is 6:30-9:00,   and the admission is also $5, The BROWNS will once again be playing great dance music. Great Saturday night activity in Florence.

Also coming up next weekend- March 7th & 8th at The Florence Lauderdale Coliseum will be the Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast- Friday and Saturday from 6 am-7 pm both days! Come on out and enjoy pancakes for breakfast, lunch, or even dinner!

Florence Parks & Recreation Department

On February 22nd at Broadway Recreation Center, there will be a Community Job Interview Skills Seminar for ages 16 and up. No registration fee- Absolutely FREE and the knowledge you will obtain will be priceless! Speakers Alanna Sullivan, Human Resources Director for the City of Florence and Tina Kitchens, Director for the Florence Parks & Recreation will share their tips on how to prepare for an interview, fill out applications, answer those tough questions, and much more. The time for this seminar will be from 10:00-11:30. When you leave this seminar, you will be equipped and ready for your next interview. For more information and to register please call the Broadway Recreation Center at (256) 760-6418. On another note, the sound of the crack of the bat on the baseball will soon be filling the air at The Florence Sports Complex. Registration is still underway, but winding down- Don’t delay register Today! You can register by going on line at www.fprd.com. For more information on baseball or any sports please call the Sports Complex at (256) 760-6628!

Stores In Downtown Florence Open For Business During Winter Weather

FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) – On Tuesday, many stores and businesses across the valley shut down due to the winter weather. That wasn’t the case in downtown Florence.

Snow came down early Tuesday morning in the Shoals, and by noon much of it had melted. Some stores remained closed and others opened.

“We decided to open. The owner of the store and I discussed it. We figured probably the sidewalk and the streets wouldn’t be too icy or snowy especially once the sun got up. So we decided to open,” said Melissa Bain, manager at the Wine Seller.

Jewelry store owner Billy Hammock has been in business for 27 years in downtown Florence. He said he knows when he should close his store and he should keep it open.

“Today,we had exactly 14 customers come in. That would have been quite expensive for a jewelry store to miss 14 customers,” said Hammock.

Most business owners and store managers said they may open their doors on Wednesday, but the deciding factor will be the winter weather.

Article courtesy of whnt.com

Interview Seminar

Have you ever went to a job interview and felt like you could have done better? Did you feel like you did not answer the questions correctly? Do you wish you could have had some advice before going into the interview?

Well on February 22nd at Broadway Recreation Center, You can have that advice at the community outreach seminar on job interviews. Speakers will be Alanna Sullivan, Human Resources Director for The City of Florence and Tina Kitchens, Director of Florence Parks & Recreation Department. They will teach you how to prepare for interviews; which will include how to answer those tough questions, tips on filling out applications, how to be confident in the interview, and much more.

Admission is Free,  however please call Broadway Recreation Center now to book your spot. This great event will take place from 10:00-11:30 a.m. ages 16 and up. Call Broadway today at (256) 760-6418.