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.
BOARD OPENINGS IN 2017
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
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:
102 South Court Street - Suite 200
P. O. Box 98
Florence, AL 35631
Faxed to: 256-760-6388
For questions, call: 256-760-6400
LOOSE LEAF COLLECTION NOTICE
Loose leaf collection for this season has ended. Leaves must be bagged and placed at the curb for pick-up during regular curbside collection. Thank you for your cooperation.
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.
The Larimore home was built in 1870 by Theophilus Brown (T.B.) Larimore. Following his marriage in 1868 to Miss Esther Gresham, they established a school on 27 acres of land she had inherited from her mother's estate. Using the home and approximately 20 other buildings on the same site, Mars Hill Academy operated from 1871 to 1887 to train ministers and Christian workers of the Church of Christ. In 1947 the home became the Mars Hill Bible School. The 12-room home is now surrounded by the expanded school campus and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Presently the home is open for special tours and available to rent as a venue for meetings, receptions, weddings and other special events. Tours guides will be Florence City Historian Billy Ray Warren and Ryan A. Moore, Vice President of Advancement for Mars Hill Bible School.
The tour of the home and grounds will begin at 10:00 a.m. and is free to the public. A special lunch prepared by the Associated Women's Organization of Mars Hill will be available with advanced reservations. Seating will be at 11:45 with the meal served at 12 noon. The cost is $12 cash or check. The menu will be smoked marinated pork tenderloin with broccoli salad, sweet potato casserole, homemade rolls and dessert. Call Florence/Lauderdale Tourism at 256-740-4141 for lunch reservations.
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.
New Business: Opening May 1, 2017
ELEVATION TUMBLE & CHEER
123 Ana Drive
We are Elevation Tumble and Cheer. We exist to help others grow within the
sport of cheer-leading. Dream big and remember that progress is powerful.
New Business: Opening in May
Cotton & Ivy
879 Florence Boulevard
Cotton & Ivy specializing in personalized clothing, accessories, and gifts.
They offer custom monogramming, custom vinyl, and appliqués!
VOTE FOR FLORENCE MAIN STREET
Florence Main Street has the opportunity to win $25,000 if they receive enough votes through this link. All it takes is one click to vote for #DowntownFlorence to win. You can vote once a day, now through April 23rd. Would you share this message and link on your Facebook page for them? Your vote counts!
Click here to vote!!!
Join us for an American Association of University Women
Dr. Carmen Burkhalter
UNA Dean of Arts and Sciences
TOPIC: Today's Women Students
Thursday, April 20
Florence-Lauderdale Public Library
350 North Wood Avenue
The public is welcome!
Enjoy an Evening With Country Singer-Songwriter
Friday, April 21
8:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.
126 South Seminary Street
Tickets start at $30* and are available online now:
*Does not include convenience or handling fees
Hosted by Big Spring Entertainment
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:
or call 256-947-1073
UNA Opera: Puccini's La Bohème
UNA Opera will present Giacomo Puccini's timeless classic La Bohème on Friday, April 21, at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, April 23, at 2 p.m., in Norton Auditorium. Set in four acts, the story, sung in Italian
with English supertitles, features a well-crafted cast. The production will be fully staged with sets, costumes, a children's chorus, and orchestra. Alan Flowers will present a pre-performance talk on Friday, April 21, at 6:30 p.m. in the Music Building Choral Room. Admission: adults $12 in advance, $15 at the door; students $5. Tickets are available at una.edu/music, at the Lindsey Theatre Box Office (MWF, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.), and at the door.
Clarinet & Saxophone Masterclass
London Silas Shavers, a Backun Artist, sponsored by Backun Musical Services, will present a masterclass on Saturday, April 22, at 2 p.m. in the Music Building Recital Hall. UNA students from the studio of Dr. Meghan Merciers will be performing. Shavers, professor of fine arts at Northwest Mississippi Community College, will conduct the class and give demonstrations of his custom instruments and mouthpieces. An instrument display from Backun Musical Services will be available for students to try instruments. Admission is free and open to the public. For more information about Backun Musical Services, visit
Double Reed Recital
The Double Reed Recital will take place Saturday, April 22, at 7:30 p.m. in the Music Building Recital Hall.
Featuring UNA oboe and bassoon students, this will be the first ever double reed student concert at UNA.
Admission is free and open to the public.
Spring Percussion Concerts
UNA percussion students will present three spring concerts. The Percussion Ensemble will perform Monday, April 24, at 6 p.m. in Norton Auditorium. The Percussion Group will perform Tuesday, April 25, at 7:30 p.m. in Norton Auditorium. Finally, World Percussion will perform Saturday, April 30, at 5:30 p.m. in the Music Building Recital Hall. All spring percussion concert are free and open to the public.
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.
Rosenbaum House presents
Michael Miner Film, Masterpieces
Florence Arts and Museums is excited to announce the film screening of Michael Min
r's latest Frank Lloyd Wright documentary, Masterpieces. The film emphasizes Frank Lloyd Wright designs of excellence, including the Rosenbaum House. The screening will take place
at the Rosenbaum House. A question and answer session with Michael Min
r will follow as well as a free tour of the house.
This event is free and open to the public. Architects will receive 2LU credits for this event approved by the American Institute of Architects.
Since 2002, filmmaker Michael Miner has devoted his career entirely to the work of Frank Lloyd Wright, documenting the master architect's buildings in such films as
A Child of the Sun
, which covers the California work of Mr. Wright. Miner is presently on tour with his most recent film,
The Frank Lloyd Wright designed Rosenbaum House is located at 601 Riverview Dr. Florence, AL and is open, Tuesday - Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Sundays from 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Call 256-718-5050 for more information.
Florence Academy of Fine Arts/Florence High School
The Fine Arts Theater is presenting:
"Once On This Island"
Friday, April 21 @ 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, April 22@ 7:00 p.m.
Sunday, April 23 @ 2:00 p.m.
Florence High School Auditorium
The FAFA Theatre Department is an award winning program that
participates in competitions and festivals across the state.
In conjunction with the Film Festival, join us for the
4th Annual FAFA Fashion Show
Thursday, April 27 @ 7:00 p.m.
Florence High School Commons
Each spring, the FAFA Fashion students and faculty organize, create, and host a fashion show. The purpose of the event is to showcase the work of Fashion students demonstrating their creativity, versatility, and capability as future fashion students at the college level.
You can help by becoming a Sponsor.
Mayor Holt has designated the week of
April 23 - 29, 2017, as
PARENTAL ALIENATION PREVENTION WEEK
and more specifically,
Tuesday, April 25, as PARENTAL ALIENATION AWARENESS DAY.
This day is sponsored by Alabama Family Rights Association and is
intended to increase the knowledge and understanding of abusive parents and to help Alabamians, institutions, the legal and mental health community, and leaders to better identify and combat such abusive behavior to children.
April is also Child Abuse Prevention and Awareness Month; a time to emphasize
that our children
deserve the leadership of the adults (parents, leaders, community)
to ensure their health, wellness and safety.
TRI-COUNTY BOOK DRIVE
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.
Florence, Alabama- Florence/Lauderdale Tourism and the Muscle Shoals National Heritage Area will host the Muscle Shoals Reader Riot events
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
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
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
On Friday, the 28th, during the Reader Riot event.
SMOKE ON THE WATER FESTIVAL
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
ARTS & MUSEUMS DEPARTMENT
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
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
KENNEDY-DOUGLASS CENTER FOR THE ARTS PRESENTS
31ST ANNUAL JURIED
FINE ARTS & CRAFT FESTIVAL
MAY 20 & 21, 2017
SATURDAY & SUNDAY
MAY 20 & 21, 2017
SAT 9 AM - 5 PM
SUN 10 AM - 5 PM
31st ANNUAL ART FESTIVAL EVENTS
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. Over 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
HEALING PLACE CHARITY CHAMPIONSHIP
If you would like to participate, please contact them at:
or call 256-383-7133.
For Children in Grades 1
st through 6
Your child will learn the basics of art in fun and innovative ways.
Hosted by the Kennedy-Douglass Center for the Arts
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 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 @
Your choice of seats on the motor coach will be in the order that your register.
Limited seating. Please call for additional information:
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
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.
PET LICENSING ORDINANCE
The City Council adopted a pet license ordinance for certain dogs and cats.
The ordinance became effective May 1, 2014.
(See Ordinance Here)
The Florence/Lauderdale Animal Shelter has
DOGS AND CATS available for ADOPTION OR FOSTER.
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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PARKS & RECREATION DEPARTMENT
SENIOR CITIZEN CENTER
"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
, the Boomers and Seniors wear
to show support for our service men and women. Get your "
" 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
. 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 NUTRITION PROGRAM
is a NACOLG/State program which serves lunch each Monday-Friday, at 11:00 a.m., at
. 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
, 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
For more information please call
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
, 256-760-6642. The seasoned dancers will dance PLUS TIPS in between the beginners tips.
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
. 9 am to 4 pm. No fee.
Senior Citizens Appreciation Day (SCAD)
We have picnics at
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
, 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 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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