LifeSouth Community Blood Center blood drive, 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. today, HON, 6400 Lauderdale 200, Florence.
Florence Duplicate Bridge Club meeting, 12:30 p.m. today, Royal Avenue Recreation Center, Florence. Arrive by noon. Cost: $3 per person. 256-766-2635
Christmas Ornaments, offered by UNA Continuing Studies and Outreach, 3:30-5:30 p.m. today, UNA East Campus, Room 105, Florence. Cost: $19. Registration: 256-765-4862
Instant Piano for Hopelessly Busy People, offered by UNA Continuing Studies and Outreach, 5:30-9:30 p.m. today, UNA East Campus, Room 102, Florence. Cost: $59; with $25 payable to instructor for book and practice CD. Registration: 256-765-4862
LifeSouth Community Blood Center blood drive, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, ECM East, 2111 Cloyd Blvd., Florence.
Christmas Open House, 6-7:30 p.m. Thursday, Cypress Cove Care and Rehab Center. Christmas music, refreshments, Santa, giveaways and a Christmas decorating contest to vote on. 256-381-4330
The ABA Chapter of BNI meeting, 7:30-9 a.m. Thursday, First Presbyterian Church basement, 224 E. Mobile St., Florence. Enter through Tennessee Street entrance. 256-766-7650
Williamsburg Holiday Decorations, offered by UNA Continuing Studies and Outreach, 6-8 p.m. Thursday, UNA East Campus, Room 107, Florence. Class meets three Thursdays. Cost: $79. Registration: 256-765-4862
“Amahl and the Night Visitors” opera/musical, 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday, UNA’s Wesleyan Hall auditorium, Florence. Admission charged. 256-765-4375
LifeSouth Community Blood Center blood drive,
10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, QC Financial, 4000 N. Jackson Highway, Sheffield.
Florence Kiwanis Club meeting, noon Friday, Marriott Shoals Conference Center, Florence. Lunch. Speaker: Barbara Broach, director, Kennedy-Douglass Art Center.
Sugarplum Marketplace 2012, sponsored by Junior League of the Shoals, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday and noon-5 p.m. Sunday, North Alabama State Fairgrounds, Muscle Shoals. Performances by local children’s choirs and dance companies. Admission: $5.
Play Day for Toddlers and Pre-Ks, for ages 18 months through 3 years old, 9:30-11 a.m. Friday, Children’s Museum of the Shoals, Florence. Story time, music and developmental movement, art and free play. Cost: $5, nonmembers; members and younger than 2, free. 256-765-0500
Downtown Florence Christmas Parade, 7 p.m. Friday, downtown Florence. Rain date: noon Saturday.
“The Trees of Christmas,” Friday through Monday, Dec. 24, Tennessee Valley Museum of Art, 511 N. Water St., Tuscumbia. Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays and
1-3 p.m. Sundays. Admission: $5, adults; $3, children; free, museum members and on Sundays. 256-383-0533.
Registration deadline for Victorian Tree-Ornament Workshop, for children in third through sixth grades, Friday. Workshop: 1-2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, Tennessee Valley Museum of Art, 511 N. Water St., Tuscumbia. Cost: $15; or $12, TVAA family and friends members and above, $12. Registration: 256-383-0533 or tvaa.net.
Knitwits meeting, 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Florence-Lauderdale Public Library board room, Florence. email@example.com.
Christmas Bazaar, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Underwood Elementary School, Florence.
Civitans Bring Santa to Hackleburg, sponsored by Hackleburg Civitan Club, 8 a.m. Saturday, Peoples Trust Bank, Hackleburg. Breakfast available 8-11 a.m. Cost: $5. Photos with Santa: $5. Proceeds go toward the club’s Christmas projects.
First Saturday, Saturday, downtown Rogersville. Candlelight tour of downtown, with historic trivia. Refreshments. 256-247-9449
Indoor/outdoor rummage sale, sponsored by Colbert County Animal Control and CCAC volunteers, beginning 6 a.m. Saturday, 5010 Missouri St., Tuscumbia. Proceeds benefit shelter’s spay/neuter and vetting funds.
Christmas Open House, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, sponsored by Colbert County Animal Control and CCAC volunteers, 5010 Missouri St., Tuscumbia. Bring items from shelter/foster animals’ wish list for under the tree. View list at ccacvolunteers.web.com.
LifeSouth Community Blood Center blood drive, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dollar General, 4800 Alabama 24, Mount Hope.
Deck the Halls, 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Children’s Museum of the Shoals, Florence. Create decorations and bake cookies for the holidays. Cost: $5, nonmembers; free, members and younger than 2. 256-765-0500
Clearance sale of book, “Two Hundred Years at Muscle Shoals - An Authentic History of Colbert County,” sponsored by American Legion Post No. 31, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, 110 N. Main St., Tuscumbia. 256-381-2298
Daughters of the American Revolution, Alamance Chapter meeting, 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Florence-Lauderdale Public Library, Florence. Lunch served. Speaker: Judge Gil Self, with a program to celebrate “Alabama Day.”
Mailbox Decoration, offered by UNA Continuing Studies and Outreach, 8-9 a.m. Saturday, UNA East Campus, Room 107, Florence. Cost: $12; plus material fee of $20 payable to instructor. Registration: 256-765-4862.
Christmas Centerpiece, offered by UNA Continuing Studies and Outreach, 9:30-11:30 a.m. Saturday, UNA East Campus, Room 107, Florence. Cost: $19; plus material fee of $35 payable to instructor. Registration: 256-765-4862.
“Return to Cosmic Time” two-day workshop, 4-6 p.m. Saturday and 3-5 p.m. Sunday, CORE Center, 505 W. State St., Suite 9 and 10, Muscle Shoals. Speaker: Hunbatz Men, Mayan elder and day-keeper of the Mayan calendar. Registration: 256-314-4542.
Shoals Community Concert Band’s Christmas Concert, 3 p.m. Sunday, First Presbyterian Church, Florence. Free admission.
“A Plantation Christmas,” sponsored by Colbert County Historical Landmarks Foundation, 1-5 p.m. Sunday, Belle Mont Mansion, Colbert 53/Cook Lane, Tuscumbia. Decorations, music, entertainment and refreshments. Tickets: $6, adults; $3, children ages 6-12 years. Proceeds benefit Belle Mont and preservation efforts in Colbert County. 256-383-0783 or colbertcountytourism.org
Waterloo Off-Road Christmas Parade, 5 p.m. Sunday, Waterloo. Line up at south boat ramp at 4:30 p.m. Tree lighting. Open house at Edith Newman Culver Museum.
Killen Christmas Tour of Homes, sponsored by Killen Historical Commission, 1-4 p.m. Sunday, beginning at Killen’s Old Town Hall. Tour includes five homes and town hall. Admission: one canned food item.
LifeSouth Community Blood Center blood drive, noon-6 p.m. Sunday, Foodland, 14483 County Line Road, Muscle Shoals.
Zip City Neighborhood Watch Meeting, 2 p.m. Sunday, Salem Church of Christ activities building.
Backgammon tournament, sponsored by Northwest Alabama Backgammon Club, 6 p.m. Monday, Ruby Tuesday’s, Florence Boulevard, Florence. Weekly tournaments. 256-856-4846
American Cancer Society Look Good ... Feel Better Program, 1-3 p.m. Monday, ECM East - Florence Community Learning Center, 2111 Cloyd Blvd., Florence.
Florence Toastmasters Public Speaking Club (Area 14), 5:45-7 p.m. Monday, Florence-Lauderdale Public Library, 350 N. Wood Ave., Florence. firstname.lastname@example.org or 407-399-8200
La Leche League of Lauderdale County, a breastfeeding support group, 6-7:30 p.m. Monday, CrossPoint Church of Christ, Recreational Outreach Center, Room 12, 1350 Cox Creek Parkway, Florence. 256-335-9909, email@example.com, 256-443-5480 or firstname.lastname@example.org
LifeSouth Community Blood Center blood drive, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, CB&S Bank, 2975 Hough Road, Florence.
Florence Duplicate Bridge Club meeting, 12:30 p.m. Monday, Royal Avenue Recreation Center, Florence. Arrive by noon. Cost: $3 per person. 256-766-2635
Christmas Arts and Crafts Class, offered by Florence Parks and Recreation, 6-9 p.m. Monday, Broadway Recreation Center, Florence. Make burlap wreath and three ornaments. Cost: $35; supplies furnished. Preregistration: 256-760-6418
American Girl Sleepover and Wardrobe, offered by UNA Continuing Studies and Outreach, 3:30-8 p.m. Monday, UNA East Campus, Room 105, Florence. Class meets two Mondays. Cost: $45. Registration: 256-765-4862.
Quad Cities Radio Control Club meeting, 7 p.m. Tuesday, Valley Neurosurgery, 426 E. Dr. Hicks Blvd., Florence. Flying weekends, club field in Colbert Industrial Park. QCRCC.com or 256-648-1425
Florence York Rite Bodies meeting, 7 p.m. Tuesday, Florence Lodge No. 14 F&AM, 104 Tombigbee St., Florence. 256-767-3838
UAW-Ford Retiree Chapter Local 255 fellowship supper, 6 p.m. Tuesday, Northwest-Shoals Community College, Building 115, Muscle Shoals. Meat, drinks and bread furnished.
Greater Shoals Sheffield Rotary Club meeting, noon Tuesday, Table 18, Cypress Lakes Country Club, Muscle Shoals.
Shoals Model Railroaders meeting, 6 p.m. Tuesday, next to Tuscumbia Depot, 206 W. Fifth St., Tuscumbia.
Florence Exchange Club meeting, noon Tuesday, Marriott Shoals Conference Center, Florence. Lunch. Speaker.
Boomers and Seniors Dance, sponsored by Florence Parks and Recreation Department, 6:30-9 p.m. Tuesday, The Club, 450 Country Club Drive, Florence. Cost: $4. 256-760-6420
LifeSouth Community Blood Center blood drive, 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, HON, 6400 Lauderdale 200, Florence.
Hi Neighbors of the Shoals monthly coffee, 10 a.m. Tuesday, Florence-Lauderdale Public Library, 350 N. Wood Ave., Florence. For interested women who are newcomers to Shoals area. 256-275-7007 or 256-275-3810
Anniversary celebration and open house, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, Northwest Alabama Community Health Association, 309-B Handy Homes, Florence. 256-760-4713
Microsoft Office Project 2010 Basics - Building the Project Plan, offered by UNA Continuing Studies and Outreach, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, UNA East Campus, Room 106. Cost: $149. Registration: 256-765-4862.
The 2012 Tuscumbia Civitan Christmas Ornament, featuring Our Lady of the Shoals Catholic Church in Tuscumbia, is available. Cost: $12; available at Fiddle Dee D, Cold Water Books, David Reed State Farm and Valley Credit Union in Tuscumbia, or call 256-627-9823. Proceeds go toward club projects.
The YMCA of the Shoals , 2121 Helton Drive, Florence, offers CPR and First Aid classes, swim lessons, personal training, reformer training, Tang Soo Do and gymnastics. 256-246-9622
Aerobics, offered by Florence Parks and Recreation Department, held 8:30-9:30 a.m. Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, Broadway Recreation Center, Florence. Evening classes available. Cost: $20 per month. 256-760-6418
Storytime held 10 a.m. Thursdays, Helen Keller Public Library, Tuscumbia.
Alcoholic Anonymous meetings held weekly. For times and locations, call 256-386-0663, or visit shoalsaa.org.
Card games, including bid whiz and spades, played at noon first Thursdays, W.C. Handy Recreation Center. Dave Smith, 256-627-7271
Sheffield Parks and Recreation Department offers Aqua Zumba classes from 10:30-11:30 a.m. Mondays and Thursdays at the indoor pool. Fee charged. 256-386-5615
Courtland Heritage Museum Cookbook, with recipes, historical pictures and information, is available at the museum, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays, or by calling 256-637-2715. Cost: $20.
Burrell School Museum, located in Burrell Slater High School, Florence, is open 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. Enter through Cherokee Street entrance.
Bridge offered 12:15 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays, Royal Avenue Recreation Center, 421 N. Royal Ave., Florence. 256-757-4010
Floor aerobics classes available 6-7 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays at Sheffield Recreation Center. Cost: $30 a month. Registration: 256-386-5615.
Beginner bellydance classes for women available 5:30-6:30 p.m. Tuesdays at Sheffield Recreation Center. Cost: $30 a month. Bring yoga mat. 256-386-5615 or 256-366-3257
Foster Grandparent Program is accepting applications for senior citizens in Colbert, Franklin, Lauderdale, Marion and Winston counties to work with special needs children in the school systems 15-40 hours per week. Receive small nontaxed stipend, mileage reimbursement and lunch for each day of service. Details: 256-332-6800 or fax 256-332-6846.
The University of North Alabama offers GED testing monthly. 256-765-4722.
North Alabama Spay Neuter Assistance Association will be available for speaking engagements and education seminars. 256-443-3661 or nalspayneuter.org
Alcohol Anonymous is available in the area. For a list of meetings and times, or just someone to talk to, call 256-386-0663. shoalsAA.org
Planetarium programs, including planetarium tours, “Star Shows” presentations and telescope observation, at UNA Planetarium and Observatory, Florence. Shows at 7:30 p.m. Cost: $3. Details, 256-765-4284.
Florence Parks and Recreation Department offers Zumba Gold/Tone classes at 10 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays at Broadway Recreation Center, Florence. 256-760-6418
Florence Parks and Recreation Department offers baton classes at 6 p.m. Monday evenings and yoga classes at 8:30 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays at Broadway Recreation Center. 256-760-6418 or 256-760-6425.
Florence Parks and Recreation Department offers aerobic classes at 8:30 a.m. Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays at Broadway Recreation Center, and at 5:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday at Royal Avenue Recreation Center. Senior dance, 6-9 p.m. Tuesdays. 256-760-6418 or 256-760-6425.
Florence Senior Center offers dominoes and Rook 1-5 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, and bridge, 12:30-5 p.m. Wednesdays. 256-760-6420
Exercise class for ages 50 and older, 8:30 a.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, Florence Senior Center. Free. 256-760-6420
The St. Florian Park and Walking Trail is open from sunrise to 10 p.m.
Handy Recreation Center, Florence, is open 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 1-5 p.m. Sunday for people ages 19 and older for pool, cards and ping pong.
Newcomers welcome to Hi Neighbors of the Shoals, a social club. 256-383-7468 or 256-275-3810
Sheffield Parks and Recreation Department offers swimming lessons for ages 6 months to adult during summer months. Registration at office, 2901 19th Ave., Sheffield. 256-386-5615
Water classes, including swim lessons, CPR, first aid, water arthritis and exercise are offered year round at YMCA, Helton Drive, Florence. 256-246-YMCA
The Red Bay Museum, Main Street, Red Bay, open 1:30-4 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. Open by appointment for groups. Details: Scotty Kennedy, 256-356-8758 or email@example.com.
Friends of Killen Library Bookstore open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fridays and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays, J.C. Mauldin Highway, Town Municipal Complex, next to Killen Library. Donations may be left at library. All proceeds support the library. 256-757-5471
Rogersville Public Library’s preschool program for ages 6 months through 3 years and their mothers, 10:30 a.m., Fridays. 256-247-0151
Underwood-Petersville Community Center is available for rental for weddings, meetings, parties and reunions. Banquets can be catered on request. 256-764-1388
Florence Parks and Recreation Department and LifeWise’s Game Day for senior citizens, every third Thursday, Broadway Recreation Center. 256-760-6425 or 256-768-8056
The Healing Place offers programs for bereaved children, ages 3-19, and their families/caregivers to include losses such as illness, accident, suicide and homicide, and support for children and families of the chronically ill. Monthly Adult Grief Support Group meets 6 p.m. every second Thursday. 256-383-7133
The Broadway Recreation Center’s social room and gymnasium available to rent for parties and meetings. Details/reservations: 256-760-6425.
Dance classes for adults — ballet, tap, jazz and pointe — offered at Sheffield Parks and Recreation Department. 256-386-5615
Hydroaerobics offered by Sheffield Parks and Recreation Department 7-8 p.m., Tuesdays and Thursdays. Indoor pool. 256-386-5615
The Florence-Lauderdale Public Library, Florence, offers several programs: ABC Under the Tree for ages 2-3, 10:30 a.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays; Baby Loves the Library for ages 4 months-2 years, 10:30 a.m. Fridays; Terrific Twos for 2-year-olds, 10:30 a.m. Thursdays; Book Bingo, 10:30 a.m. Saturdays; Pre-Sci for ages 3-4, second Monday; Crave for ages 11-15, 5 p.m. first Tuesday; Book Bunch, 5 p.m. fourth Tuesday; Family Story Time, third Thursday. 256-764-6564
The Muscle Shoals Public Library offers storytime at 10:30 a.m. every Wednesday.
The Healing Place has expanded its bereavement programs. Groups include: children, ages 3-19: bereaved adults in the community; caregivers taking care of a chronically ill loved one; bereaved young adults (20s and 30s); families healing from a suicide; bereaved children’s and parents’ group; bereaved teens’ and parents’ group; and families with a chronically ill loved one. 256-383-7133
The Girl Scouts of North Alabama accepts registration for girls ages 5-17 who wish to join a Girl Scout troop. To register or to get information about becoming a Girl Scout volunteer, call 256-764-0331.
The American Red Cross provides Workplace Violence Awareness training to workplaces and companies. 256-764-2911.
Florence Parks and Recreation Department charges a fee for scheduling activities in the parks. Anyone, including nonprofit organizations, wanting to reserve a park for weddings, charity events, vigils, rallies or any other activities that require reserving a park or section of the park should call 256-760-6416.
The Foster Grandparent Program is accepting applications for senior citizens, ages 60 or older, in Franklin, Colbert and Lauderdale counties to work four hours a day, five days a week with children in the school systems and different social service agencies. Volunteers receive small, nontaxed stipend. 256-332-6800
The bookstore is open in the Lexington Public Library, Alabama 101, across from Town Hall. Magazines, paperbacks and hardbacks, 25 cents each. Sponsored by L.E.A.R.N., proceeds go toward matching grant money. Hours: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday through Friday.
The YMCA of the Shoals, Helton Drive, Florence, offers a before-and-after school program for school-age children. Catherine Schiesz, 256-246-YMCA.
YMCA of the Shoals, Helton Drive, Florence, offers water games for kids, Ai Chi classes, lifeguard classes, water exercise classes, cross training for local athletes, and preschool, youth, stroke development, adult, home school and parent/child swim lessons. 256-246-YMCA
Leighton Senior Center offers food, fun, activities, information, transportation and more for people ages 60 or older. 256-446-5985
North Alabama Skills Center provides employment and training assistance to displaced workers or other qualified individuals. GED classes onsite. Work experience and other services provided to youth (ages 16-21). Visit local skills center, or call 256-381-0611 or 256-332-7672.
Cherokee Public Library’s story hour for preschool and school-age children, 11 a.m. Fridays.
Zip City Community Center is available for rental. Rentals: $40 for a minimum of three hours, $10 each additional hour. Lunch, 11:30 a.m. third Thursday. Breakfast, 6:30-9 a.m. fourth Saturday. James Patterson, 256-766-1569.
Tuscumbia City Council appoints people to fill vacancies on city boards. Call 383-5463 or visitthe offices at 202 E. Sixth St., Tuscumbia, for list and form.
Northwest-Shoals Community College Adult Education Program and Florence schools offer free General Educational Development classes at Burrell Slater Community Educational Center, Florence. 256-768-2675.
Girl Scouts of North Alabama Inc.’s speakers’ bureau available for area civic clubs and organizations. Possible topics include “Opportunities for Volunteers” and “Outreach and Other Special Programs.” 256-883-1020 or 800-410-8338.
Northwest Alabama Reading Aides offers free, one-on-one confidential tutoring services for adults. 256-766-5709
Sheffield Public Library accepts donations from individuals and organizations. 256-386-5633 for a list of needed items.
Northwest-Shoals Community College Adult Education Program offers free classes throughout Colbert, Franklin and Lauderdale and counties for ages 16 or older to study for the GED test, learn English as a second language, review basic skills, such as math and reading and prepare for the workplace. 256-331-5440 or 256-331-5441
Recreation centers supervised by Florence Park and Recreation Department may be reserved for available dates. Fee required to reserve time and date. Royal, 256-760-6425, or Senior Center, 256-760-6420.
PALS (People Against A Littered State) of Colbert County looking for volunteers to help fight against litter. Meetings, 10 a.m., the last Wednesday, Colbert County Office Complex, U.S. 72 East, Tuscumbia. 256-383-4376.
Male singers in the Shoals interested in barbershop harmony can contact Don Anderson, 256-710-0761, for information on Society for the Preservation and Encouragement of Barbershop Singing in America. E-mail, firstname.lastname@example.org. Meet 6 p.m. Tuesdays, Church of the Good Shepherd, Florence.
Mail Day Planner items to Day Planner, TimesDaily, P.O. Box 797, Florence, AL 35631, fax to 256-740-4717 or email to valerie.sherer@TimesDaily.com at least 10 working days before the event takes place. Please include name and telephone number for verification.