Thank you, Veterans!
Mayor Betterton's Weekly Update
November 10, 2021
Due to the prediction of heavy and steady rain tomorrow morning, the outdoor Veterans Day Program has been cancelled. Please join the University of North Alabama in the GUC Performance Hall for an indoor Veterans Day Service at 11:00 am. It is open to the public. Please join us in honoring our Veterans!
In honor of Veterans Day, Florence Municipal Offices will be closed on Thursday, November 11, 2021.
Thursday and Friday's Garbage & Recycling Collection Will Be Delayed
November 11, Thursday - Veterans Day – No Collection
Tuesday and Wednesday – No change
Thursday pickup will be Friday
Friday pickup will be Saturday
Keep Florence Beautiful Is Official
The event also debuted the new walking track for the senior center made from recycled pavement and the launch of a “Get Caught Recycling” Right Campaign for the holiday season.
"The Club" Florence Senior Center Walking Track Is Now Open!
Check Out The New Signage at the Sportsplex
Florence Wayfinding Committee: Dick Jordan, Blake Edwards, Bud Pride, Melissa Bailey, Libby Jordan, Martha Murphy
Florence Parks & Recreation Committee: Jimmy Oliver, Blake Edwards, & Bill Griffin
Florence 8th Grade Football Team Organized A Fundraiser for Cramer Children's Center
Did you know? Posting a sign to a light pole or in the right-of-way is illegal.
YES, THERE WAS A SOUTH FLORENCE
South Florence, earlier known as South Port, was an incorporated town which, until Tuscumbia Landing came into being, was the only steamboat passenger port for eastern points south of the Tennessee River. By the 1820’s, there were warehouses for various types of merchandise located there. Its fortunes waxed and waned until the Civil War and for a while afterward. In 1889, it was platted and recorded in the Colbert County Courthouse, and it appears on county maps as late as 1907. Roughly speaking, South Florence was located on the southern bank of the Old Railroad Bridge and extended through the area known today as the TVA Reservation. Maps showing the actual layout of the town still exist. The late Alfred McCroskey, a well-respected local historian (he prepared and submitted the paperwork in 1976 for Florence’s first historic district, the Sannoner District on upper North Court and North Pine Streets), lived in South Florence as a child. He remembered walking daily during the school year with his young friends across the Old Railroad Bridge to Patton Elementary School on East College Street in downtown Florence.
--Billy Warren, City Historian
SHOALS TINSEL TRAIL 🎄🎄
Registration is happening now! If you’re planning on participating, please submit your paperwork!
Twirl in a Parade Mini-Camp
MONDAY, NOVEMBER 15, 2021 FROM 6:30 PM – 7:15 PM
300 N Broadway St, Florence, AL 35630-3174, United States
The Mini Camp is for kids ages 3 & up who are interested in twirling. Students will learn basic twirls/marching skills and will march in the Florence Christmas Parade. Batons are not provided. For additional details visit www.takethestagetwirl.com
Textile installation by artist Aaron Sanders Head and Piecemakers Quilt Guild Show at Kennedy-Douglass Center for the Arts
Kennedy-Douglass Center for the Arts will show two textile-based exhibits in the Annex Galleries from November 18th through December 20th. The center will feature an installation of multi-media work by artist Aaron Sanders Head as well as entries in the Shoals Piecemakers Quilt Guild’s Annual Challenge. The opening reception will take place on Thursday, November 18th from 5:30 -7:30 pm.
"The Official United State Civil Rights Trail: What Happened Here Changed the World"
Alabama State Tourism Director Lee Sentell will present his book, "The Official United State Civil Rights Trail: What Happened Here Changed the World" beginning at 6 p.m. Monday, Nov. 15, in the library's fiction colonnade. Sentell will talk about his book and will be available to sign copies. His book spans the fight for American civil rights - a fight that continued for more than two decades in several states. The book also takes a journey through school integration, protest marches, freedom rides and sit-ins, as well as explores historic sites from Topeka, Kansas, to Memphis, Tennessee, from Atlanta, Georgia, to Selma and Birmingham, Alabama. Sentell launched the Alabama Civil Rights Trail, the first in the country, in 2004. After tasking a major university to inventory civil rights landmarks open to the public, he founded the U.S. Civil Rights Trail with his fellow Southern state tourism directors. The trail features more than 120 landmarks in 15 states and Washington, D.C.
YOUNG LEARNER’S SERIES: Native American Heritage Month
The Florence Indian Mound Museum is hosting a series of children’s programs where students can explore the early history of the Shoals through hands-on learning exercises. The programs will cover a wide range of topics within Native American history and culture and are aimed at an elementary level age group. Each program will have a creative component with hands-on learning, and all events are free.
Our program on Native American Heritage Month will take place Saturday, November 20th at 10 am. Students will engage in a short lesson about Native American history in the Shoals and work in groups to create an exhibit for the Museum. Please visit https://www.florencealmuseums.com/young-learners to sign up.
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