Ride for Recovery – Fun Ride and Yoga Class

Please join us for a family friendly bike ride and yoga class to benefit SHE Recovery, a non-profit orginazation that provides holistic, ongoing education and support to women in the Shoals who are in recovery from any form of addiction or who have experienced trauma or abuse.

We will begin the morning with a 45 minute bike ride through downtown Florence and UNA then we’ll end with a 45 minute, beginner friendly outdoor yoga class. Ride begins at 10 and Yoga class begins at 11. We ask that you arrive by 9:30 if you need help getting your bike ready to ride.

Refreshments available throughout the morning and you have the option to participate in the ride or yoga class or both. This is a donation based event. Everyone welcome.

Bikes and yoga mats available if reserved in advance by contacting Spinning Spoke: 256-349-5302 or Shoals Yoga: 256-702-3022

Art Expressions: Shoals Artist Guild Exhibition

Art Expressions, an exhibition of works by members of the Shoals Artists Guild, will be on display at Kennedy-Douglass Center of the Arts in Florence from October 1 through November 8. Join the artists for an opening reception Sunday, October 1 at 1:00 p.m. The exhibit will also be open the weekend of the Alabama Renaissance Faire, October 28 and 29, during the hours of 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday and noon to 4:00 p.m. on Sunday.
This group of nearly thirty artists was founded in 1952 and includes members who work in a wide variety of media and with many different styles and techniques. The exhibit will include paintings in oil, watercolor, pastel, acrylic, and mixed media. This year’s judge will chose nine pieces as award winners – 1st place, 2nd place, 3rd place, three honorable mentions, and three Merit Awards.
The guild meets the third Friday of each month at the arts center for demonstrations of new art techniques and discussions of current trends in the art world. Members are welcome to stay after meetings to sketch or paint. The Guild maintains a permanent gallery of original paintings and prints on the second floor of the arts center and displays work at several other area locations. New members are always welcome.
Kennedy-Douglass Center for the Arts is located at 217 E. Tuscaloosa St. and is open, free of charge, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. Call 256-760-6379 for more information.

Sweet Home FloAla: Date Night

Since my boyfriend and I both go to school in Tuscaloosa, nights out at home can be few and far between. For that reason, date nights almost exclusively begin downtown.

I’ve already expressed my love for Trowbridge’s as the perfect lunch spot. However, since the beloved soda fountain closes at 5:30, it always comes down to Ricatoni’s, City Hardware, and Rosie’s for dinner dates.

I am classically indecisive, so narrowing down my options to these three choices sometimes makes things easier…but not always. Ricatoni’s, my all-time favorite restaurant and the location of our first date in 2013, wins me over easily with Fettucine Alfredo and Ravioli Ricatoni. However, City Hardware’s Crab Cake Sandwich and Rosie’s Pollo Loco are also mouth-watering options, and all are so equally tempting that we’ve had to “pick a number between one and three” many times. Thankfully, neither of us is ever disappointed in the winner of that game.

After dinner, Carson and I like to walk down Court Street, often seeking out live music (which is thankfully abundant in the Shoals) or simply enjoying the peacefulness of downtown before finishing out the night with dessert and a $5 movie from Target.

Date nights downtown are one of our favorite traditions, and downtown Florence has so much to offer when it comes to delicious dining and local talent.

Emily Strickland, Communications Intern

The Watervines & Strange Waves

The WaterVines and Strange Waves are hitting First Fridays in downtown Florence! The WaterVines kick things off at 5 on the main stage on Mobile Plaza.

Seven Points Art Crawl IV

The Seven Points Arts Community welcomes you to the 4th anual Art Crawl Thursday, October 12th, from 5-9. The Art Crawl is a self guided tour of art exhibits, open studios, installations, food stands, and music, all in 7 Points! Other shops in the area will be staying open late as well!

Artists include:
Cullen Stewart
Nadine Marisse
Olivia Sherif
Andrew Sutherland
Abraham Rowe
Katie Barrier

Food and Music:

Sunday Funday: Cornhole, Football, & Beer-to-go!

Join us every Sunday afternoon for plenty of beer and wine-to-go, football games on a 144 inch screen in Singin’ River LIVE and a Cornhole tournament!

Cornhole tournament is $5.00 per person. Cash prize for winner. Gift card for 2nd place.

Singin’ River Running Crew

Every Tuesday at 5:30pm the Singin’ River Running Crew meets up to enjoy a run through downtown Florence, Alabama with a free tasting afterwards.

Singin’ River Running Crew

Every Tuesday at 5:30pm the Singin’ River Running Crew meets up to enjoy a run through downtown Florence, Alabama with a free tasting afterwards.

CLARK+fawn Fall Pop Up at Perennial Supply Co.

Join us during October First Friday when we pop in to Perennial Supply Co. in downtown Florence. We will be debuting new fall home decor along with your everyday favorites. Come find something you love for the fall and holiday season or get a head start on holiday gifts.

Friday, October 6: 5pm-8pm
Saturday, October 7: 10am-3pm

PFLAG Support Group Meeting

PFLAG Florence-Shoals is a support group for family, friends, and allies of the Gay, Lesbian, Transgender and Bisexual Community. This group meets on the THIRD Monday 7:00 -8:00 PM of every month. Contact pflagshoals@gmail.com for more info.