Messenger Community Calendar for August

 Gadsden State Community College’s operating hours for the fall semester are Monday through Thursday, 7 a.m. – 5 p.m., and Friday, 7 – 11:30 a.m. The college will be closed on Monday, Sept. 3, for Labor Day.

Want to share your nostalgic stories about what it was like growing up in Gadsden? Were you in the military?  Do you have an interesting story to tell? Then join the Gadsden Public Library in its ongoing effort to preserve the oral history of Gadsden and Etowah County. Interviews are now being conducted. If you are interested, please contact Craig at 256-549-4699, ext. 120.

  Nichols Memorial Library in Gadsden is open every Thursday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. for anyone interested in family history research. The library is open late on the second Thursday of each month. The library contains genealogical information and family files from all areas of Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and other states. For additional information, contact Harold Batie at 256-492-2739 or Leon Young at 256-547-8477.

Come shop at Family Care Centers, where your purchase can help make a difference in someone’s life. The center provides food and clothing to families in need in your community. The center’s thrift stores are open to the public Tuesday – Friday from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. The centers are located at 5511 Main Street in Hokes Bluff and 1014 West Main Street in Centre.

Located at 214 South 5th Street in downtown Gadsden, the Klothes Kloset offers free clothes with a great trade policy. Operating days and hours are Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 9 – 11:30 a.m. and from 1 – 4 p.m. For more information, contact Carla Justice at 256-328-2702. 

The City of Rainbow City would like to remind residents that Fire Station No. 2 in the Riddles Bend community contains a safe shelter in the event of severe weather. The shelter is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

The Glencoe Public Library is now open in its new location at 101 West Main Street at the four-way stop sign. Library hours are 10 a.m. – 1:15 p.m., Monday – Friday and 3 – 5 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Storybook Tine will be held every Monday at 10 a.m. 

The Rainbow City Far-mer’s Market will be open through Sept. 26 on Mondays and Wednesdays from 7 a.m. – 12 p.m. in the city hall parking Lot. For more information, call 256-413-1201.

Free Zumba classes are offered every Tuesday from 6 – 8 p.m. at the Rainbow City Recreation Center. Everyone is welcome. For more information, contact instructor Megan Wilcox at 

Goodyear Retiree Club SOAR meetings will be held every first Thursday of each month at 11 a.m. at Local 12 located at 110 Hoke Street in Gadsden. Enjoy monthly entertainment, fellowship, door prizes, travel and pot luck lunches. Annual membership fee is $12 for retiree and $3 for spouse. 

Volunteers are needed at Gadsden Regional Medical Center to serve at the  information desks on first floor information desk and second floor surgical waiting room, as well as cart drivers for visitors. You must be 18 or older to volunteer and candidates will have to undergo a background check and drug screening. For more information, call Natalie Fleming at 256-494-4179 or email


24, 25 The Knights of Columbus #3568 and Gadsden/Etowah County Cobbler Festival present “Cobbler and Cocktails” at Gadsden’s Convention Hall. A silent auction will open at 5:30 p.m., with dinner and live auction to follow. Live auction proceeds benefit The Wounded Warrior Project. For information and tickets, call Bob Roberts at 256-393-5840, Peggy Ford at 256-458-1405 or Michael Hancock at 256-613-2584. 

24 The East Gadsden Branch of the Gadsden Public Library’s Computer Class Friday will be held at The Family Success Center from 10 a.m.- 12 p.m. and 1 – 3 p.m. Seats are limited, so pre-registration required. For additional information and pre-registration, contact LaShunda at 256-549-4691.

24 The 19th Annual Auction is a fundraising effort of the Mary G. Hardin Center for Cultural Arts. This year’s theme is “The Long, Hot Summer.” The event will be held at  6 p.m. at the Hardin Center for Cultural Arts located at 501 Broad Street in downtown Gadsden. Proceeds from the auction benefit the Imagination Place/Children’s Museum and other Hardin Center projects. The evening includes a silent auction, live auction, games, door prizes, an open bar and a generous cocktail supper. Donations valued at $500 or more will be put in the live auction. Tickets are $40 per person if purchased prior to the day of the auction and $50 per person on the day of the auction.  The Hardin Center for Cultural Arts is a non-profit organization, and the auction raised over $610,000 for the Hardin Center programs since its inception. For more information, please contact Tom Banks at (256) 543-2787, ext. 38 or

25 The 23rd Julie Diener 5K Run and 1 Mile Fun Walk will begin at 8:00 a.m. at the Rainbow City Municipal Building. Late registration begins at 6:30 a.m. Entry fee is $15 in advance and $20 on race day. Race forms are available at Rainbow City Hall. 

25 A community yard sale to benefit The Boys & Girls Clubs of Northeast Alabama will be held from 7 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. at the Basil Gilchrist Unit Rodeo Grounds located at 600 Black Creek Road in Gadsden. Donations will be accepted between Aug. 20 – 24 and  can be dropped off at the Basil Gilchrist location. Space available for rent – at $10 per space. For more information, please call 256-546-5437.

29 A two-day class on eBay will be held at Gadsden Public Library from 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. Participants will learn how to buy and sell household and personal items on eBay, the world’s largest “trade day.” Participants will learn buying techniques in the first class and selling techniques in the second class. Prerequisite for the class is Computer Basics for the Beginner. For more information, please contact Craig at  or (256) 549-4699,  ext. 120.

30 A public workshop to obtain input for the preparation of the Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan in the Etowah County area will be held at 5 p.m.-7 p.m. in the Alaco Room of the Senior Activity Center in Gadsden. The plan to be discussed will identify locations for incorporating bicycle and pedestrian accommodations along the existing street network. The public is invited to provide input and will be given the opportunity to comment on bicycle and pedestrian concerns.

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