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Message from Mayor Holt


The Florence City Council meeting
is scheduled for 
Tuesday, November 5
4:00 p.m. Work Session
5:00 p.m. Council Meeting
City Auditorium
103 South Pine Street



Please join Mayor Holt on November 7th, 2019,
at 6 PM for the  State of the City program. Students from Florence High School and the Forest Hills Show Choir will be performing.
We cannot wait to see you there!

"I look forward to sharing the accomplishments of the City of Florence over the past three years, and  I am excited to provide information about upcoming  opportunities for our great city!" 
- Mayor Holt



Talk, talk, and then talk some more! Tell your friends, family and co-workers how vitally important it is that they perform their civic duty of completing the census. It only takes minutes and can be done on a mobile device, desktop computer, or by telephone.

Need some talking points? 

Print this out and hang it in the break room at work!   Download it and send it to your friends! Share it on social media!


"It was my privilege to speak with the Florence Civitan Club last week.  
James Gray opened the meeting emphasizing the importance of knowledge.
The Civitan mission is dedicated to building good citizenship by providing a volunteer organization dedicated to serving individual and community needs with an emphasis on helping people with developmental disabilities."
-Mayor Steve Holt  

Pictured left to right:
Robert Steen, Jay Martin, Danny Hendrix, Julie Hamm, Blake Edwards, Beatriz Pettus, and of course Steve. Members on the back row are: Jack Martin, John Ingwersen, Rodney Pettus, James Gray, Ron Helgemo and Cameron Kay

Board Member Vacancy Announcement
Florence City Board of Education |District 4

For more information about this vacancy, please click here for the full announcement.

Florence Falcons in the State Playoffs!

Thank you for your support of the Florence Falcons this season. The Falcons finished second in 7A Region 4 football and will now host Mt. Brook on Friday, November 8 at Braly Stadium.

Go Falcons!

Don't forget to keep your eyes  peeled  for the ladies in red tights in the community on Friday, November 1st . You can directly purchase apples from them, donate, or just chat about what Junior League is doing in your community. 

Plus, don't miss    Apple Annie Around Town the week of October 27-November 2. Visit participating restaurants in the Shoals area and enjoy a featured menu item. Look for the table tents that will have the special for that sponsor. When you grab food or drinks from spots in our area, you're helping us to serve the Shoals. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Junior League!

Florence/Lauderdale Tourism will host a free Halloween Trick or Treat on October 31 at 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. at the Visitor Center located in McFarland Park.

This event is for people of ALL AGES. Come in your Halloween costume OR festive attire to receive candy and enter the Halloween COSTUME CONTEST.

The contest will be held online where Facebook users can vote on their favorite costume. There will be three prizes to give away for first, second and third place!

Contact Florence/Lauderdale Tourism at 256-740-4141 for additional information.

Space Tyger Album Release Show 
Nov 2 | 7-11 PM
Singin' River Live

Space Tyger is releasing the third album, "bittersweet", under Single Lock Records. We are having a release show Nov 2 where The Shoals area will be able to snag the album a week before it's official release! Joined by Florence's own resident dream pop pony Hayden Scott.

November 9 | 10:00-12:00
Free Admission

Join us for the Forks of Cypress Plantation Site & Cemetery Historic Walking Tour 
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. 

Directions to the site: take Cox Creek Parkway to Jackson Road (no traffic signal at the intersection) and turn right. At the dead end, turn right onto CR 41. Park along the road or enter the gate to park in the field leading to the columns

Fiddlers, Banjo Players and Strawbeaters:
Alabama's First Pop Musicians

November 10, 2019 @ 2PM
Florence Indian Mound Museum

Alabama Folklife Association director emeritus & fiddle enthusiast Joyce H. Cauthen will present "Fiddlers, Banjo Players and Strawbeaters: Alabama's First Pop Musicians," Sunday, Nov. 10, at the Florence Indian Mound Museum. Her presentation showcases the origins of Alabama's thriving music culture.
It is free admission. Make plans now to attend.

Amateur and professional photographer alike have an extra month to enter the  Muscle Shoals National Heritage Area's photo contest.

The contest calls for photos that celebrate the people and places of northwest Alabama. Both amateur and professional photographers are eligible to enter. Deadline is Friday, Nov. 15. Categories are architecture, downtowns, music, Native American heritage and nature/outdoor recreation, with separate divisions in each category for amateurs and professionals.

Entries must be digital, submitted by the person who took the photo and taken within Colbert, Franklin, Lauderdale, Lawrence, Limestone or Morgan counties. Required entry forms and other criteria are available here.


Individual and season tickets are available now for the 
2019-2020 season of Shoals Symphony at UNA. For more information 
about this season's performances and ticket pricing,
 please  read our   brochure  or visit our  website


United Way of Northwest Alabama needs your donations!

United Way is partnering once again with the Homeless Care Council of Northwest Alabama and 2-1-1 Information & Referral to package homeless care kits, which will be distributed to the homeless in our community. This year we are focusing on items needed for colder months. To see a list of these items and more information on how to be involved, please click here.

3240 Roberson Road
Florence, AL 35630
(Florence Industrial Park)

Come see our brand new facility!

                                   Adoption Hours
                                               11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.     Monday - Friday
                                               11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.     Saturday
                                               12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.     Sunday

                 * Pet surrenders are by appointment only on Monday, Wednesdays, and 
                                                Fridays. Please call (256) 760-6676.




The City Council adopted a  pet licensing ordinance for certain dogs and cats. 
The ordinance became effective May 1, 2014.

Need to reserve a venue for your next event?

The Club is a great place for weddings, wedding receptions, class reunions, family reunions, 
and much more!
For more information 
on rates, please call
(256) 760-6420.

We love our new landscaping and invite you to come see it for yourself!
450 Country Club Drive, Florence, AL 35633

For more trip information, click here.


"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***

2019 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.
We will help you with your activities of daily living.  

M-W-F  8:45 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.  
No age limit. No fees.
Class Leader: Fran "fish" Davis

Men, women, friends and family are welcome to join!

Also,  Joints in Motion 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.

 (This is a NACOLG/State program) 

Serving Lunch
Monday-Friday at 11:00 a.m., 
Location: The CLUB
Suggested donation $1

1) Must be 60 years of age
2) Must sign in and be seated by 10:30 a.m.

This program is based on age and not financial need.
 Limited seating (35) available on first come first serve basis. 
You must be seated by 10:30 a.m.  Feel free to come check it out!
with Singing River Squares

New Classes every 12 weeks!

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. We welcome you to give it a try.  Singles, couples, families...anyone with the desire to learn is welcomed. The seasoned dancers will dance PLUS TIPS in between the beginners tips.

For more information call Fran 
at The CLUB, 256-760-6642. 


6:30-9:00 p.m.
Location: The CLUB
$6 per person

The doors will open at 6:00 p.m. Singles & couples are welcome, but you must be 21 years 
of age or older. 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.

This is offered at 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday and Thursday mornings. There is no fee for BINGO. Expendable type prizes are appreciated such as paper products, toothpaste, mouthwash, lotion, soap, puzzle books, and unopened snack foods. If you'd like to make a donation to our guys and gals, they would greatly appreciate it.

Rook, card games, board games, and dominoes are offered at The CLUB from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. each morning and afternoon. There is no fee to play. Come enjoy some fun and fellowship with friends.

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 especially like the  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, and Tiptonville, Tennessee, during bald eagle season.

Our vegetable garden at The CLUB!

Have a great weekend!

Mayor Steve Holt

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City of Florence | 256-760-6300 | mayorholt@florenceal.org | http://www.florenceal.org
110 West College Street
P.O. Box 98
Florence, AL 35630