Pounding – Florence Food Share; Planning Commission; Nativity Displays; Vax Clinic

Pounding – Florence Food Share

Saturday’s pounding for the Florence Food Share Raised more than 22,000 pounds of food for the Florence Food Share.  Colin Morgan, Executive Director for the Florence Food Share says this time of year it is critical to have food for the many families that are burdened with trying to feed their families.

“Mom and Dad are having a difficult time, grandparents are having a difficult time, folks are having a difficult time and this food drive is hopefully going to change that and make a lot of folks thanksgiving really special.”

The goal for the drive was an ambitious 30,000 pounds.  The final numbers will come in later today or early tomorrow.  Last year Top Hydraulics wrote the food share a check for $25,000 to match the amount of pounds of food brought in and this year has committed to once again matching the total amount.

Planning Commission

For thanksgiving week the City of Florence only has one meeting on the schedule.  The Planning commission will meet tomorrow evening at 5:30 at City Hall.  The commission will be working on their 2023-2025 work plan and were to look at an application for a potential extension of a sub-division on approximately 10.36 acres of Fairway Estates on Rhododendron.  Applicant Joseph Pearson requested a continuance until January.

Nativity Displays

Another formerly annual event is returning after being sidelined for the past two years by the pandemic.  It will be a three-day display of decorative nativity scenes.

“When they come through the doors they will see 400 nativities displayed in the cultural hall of the church.”

Vickie Kennedy is on the committee organizing the display at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints near Munsel Lake and North Fork Roads the first weekend in December.  Kennedy says the collection comes from community members and is quite varied.

“We have some from around the world and all different materials that they’re made out of.  And even though there’s some people that have the same nativity scenes they are displayed differently just because people do it differently.”

The 15th Florence Nativity Festival will be open from one to five PM, Friday through Sunday December 2nd, 3rd and 5th.  There will be live music and activities for children.  The event is free.

Vax Clinic

There is no planned vaccination clinic at the Florence Events Center this week due to the Thanksgiving holiday.  The clinic will return next week on November 29th and 30th from 1 to 6 pm.