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The City of Florence Department of Arts and Museums
I ntroduces the
FAM Card
The City of Florence Department of Arts and Museums is pleased to introduce the FAM Card. This $25 card allows unlimited admission for a member to any of Florence's five museums for one year. The card is ideal for residents of the Shoals who love visiting the museums, but limit their visits due to admission fees. The card will be available at all Florence museums and the Kennedy-Douglass Center for the Arts, 217 East Tuscaloosa Street. The card covers admission to the Frank Lloyd Wright designed Rosenbaum House, Pope's Tavern Museum, the W.C. Handy Home and Museum, and the Florence Indian Mound and Museum. For more information call 256-760-6379.

Kennedy-Douglass Center for the Arts, 217 East Tuscaloosa Street
Frank Lloyd Wright Rosenbaum House, 601 Riverview Drive
Pope's Tavern Museum, 203 Hermitage Drive
W. C. Handy Home and Museum, 620 West College Street
Indian Mound and Museum, 1028 South Court Street


Fire Suppression Division
Responded to 458 calls 
Structure Fire Calls = 18
Vehicle Fires = 11
Fire Alarm Calls = 37
Vehicle Accidents with Injuries = 27
Entrapments = 3
Grass/Vegetation/Rubbish Fires = 10
Hazmat / Spills = 0
Fire Dept. Assist Calls = 7
Marine 1 Calls (Rescue/Overturned/Wreck/Stranded vessel) = 1
Bridge Jumper = 0
Fire Detector Calls = 2
Lock-in's = 4
Gas Leak = 1
Suspicious Odor Calls = 3
Mutual Aid Calls = 0
Medical Calls = 335

Fire Prevention Bureau 
Fire Inspections and Re-inspections = 356
Certificates of Occupancy Inspections = 1
Fire Safety Presentation Attendance = 164 people
Fire Drills conducted = 1
Fires Requiring Investigation = 18

Grand Opening 
Thursday, May 4, 3:00 p.m.
The College Street Producers Market was created to provide a place for producers to come
together to provide access to locally grown and produced, healthful, and affordable food.
526 East College Street

New Business - Coming Soon
214 Seville Street (former Sticks-n-Stuff location)

Farmers Home Furniture has become one of the fastest growing furniture retailers, with over 187 locations throughout the Southeast.  They are committed to providing their customers with the best possible service and selection - that's why they tailor each store to its town, matching product selection to the customers.  The carry affordable furniture, appliances, electronics, and bedding.

Florence-Lauderdale Public Library
350 North Wood Avenue

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 shoalssymphony.una.edu or at the Lindsey Box Office, MWF, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.


Composition Studio Recital
The UNA Composition Studio will present a recital on Saturday, May 6, at 7:30 p.m. at the Kennedy-Douglass Center for the Arts.  Enjoy an evening of new music in a relaxed environment. The concert will feature original works by UNA student composers B.T. Edwards, Brandon Blevins, Chase Hampton, Elizabeth Virginia Cole, H. Logan Murphree, Jeremy Smith, Michael Thaxton, Nicholas Watts, Rachel Copeland, Walker Ericsson, and Zebulun Worlund. Admission is $5 at the door.  


Edsel Holden presents "What a Wonderful World"

Edsel Holden will present "What a Wonderful World," a benefit concert for the UNA Bands program, on Sunday, June 11, at 2 p.m. in Norton Auditorium. Edsel, along with the Edd Jones Orchestra and special guests, will treat his audience to an afternoon of musical favorites. Tickets are $15 and are available at Kennedy-Douglass Center for the Arts, Tennessee Valley Art Center, and the UNA Box Office (lobby of the George S. Lindsey Theatre, MWF, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.). For more information, contact the UNA Department of Music at 
(256)765-5122 or visit una.edu/music

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

The Tennessee River Athletic Club
has started an
Early Morning Walk/Run Group
on Wednesdays and Fridays.
Everyone is invited to join them beginning
Wednesday, May 10
5:00 A.M.
Meet at the Flagpole at McFarland Park
For more information on the Club:
Tennessee River Athletic Club (TRAC)
General Email: 
Website - www.shoalstrac.com



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 hungercorps@fbofna.org
or call 256-947-1073

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

"Riding With Outlaws" Tour
Saturday, May 13
11:00 a.m.

On Saturday, May 13, the Tennessee Valley Historical Society will present "Riding with Outlaws" conducted by Lee Freeman, Florence Lauderdale Public Library Genealogist and Historian.  The tour will depart from the Florence Lauderdale Tourism Visitors Center in McFarland Park at 11 AM.  Seats may be reserved by calling 256-740-4141.  Cost is $10; children riding in their parent's laps may ride free.

Armed Forces Day Celebration
Saturday, May 20, 2017
9:00 a.m. - 10:15 a.m. (Doors open 8:30)
Good Shepherd Lutheran Church
2001 Cloyd Boulevard (at Darby Drive), Florence, AL
ALL Current & Past Veterans & Families are invited.
This is a "Thank You!" - not a fund-raiser.
Free Continental Breakfast
Support Information for Veterans and Families
Featured Speaker
Numerous Door Prizes

or call 256-766-6952

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 alabamaartsalive.com
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.




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 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.   
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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.


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.

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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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P.O. Box 98
Florence, AL 35630