Community Calendar for September - October

September 28, 2012 chris
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 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.

  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 fa-mily 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.

It’s time to apply for Gadsden-Etowah Habitat for Humanity housing. For applications, call 256-543-1898 or e-mail until Oct. 20. For more information, visit or stop by the office located at 3804-A Rainbow Drive in Rainbow City.

The Glencoe Public Library is open at its new location at 101 West Main Street at the four-way stop sign. Hours are Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. and Tuesdays and Thursdays from from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. and 3 – 5 p.m. The library is closed on Saturdays and Sundays. For more information, call 256-459-4285 or e-mail

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. Candidates will have to undergo a background check and drug screening. For more information, call Natalie Fleming at 256-494-4179 or email

Tickets for Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker performance on Nov. 20 at Gadsden State’s Wallace Hall are on sale now. To purchase tickets, visit or cal (256-549-8475.


28 The Altrusa Club of Etowah County will present the Gadsden Public Library Scholastic Book Fair with a Family Fun Kickoff from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the children’s department. For additional information, call 256-549-4699.

28  Hokes Bluff Seniors & Friends will meet at 10:30 a.m. in the Hokes Bluff Community Center. Visitors are welcome.

29 A four-family yard sale will be held at the Dot Kelley residence, located at Stower’s Hill 407, 12th Avenue SW in Attalla. The residence is located behind the former Stower’s Hill grammar school. For more information, call Dot at 256-538-6595

29 The 2012 Etowah County 4-H Chick Chain Show and Auction will begin at 1 p.m. with the show at 4 p.m. The auction will be at the VFW fairgrounds in Fort Payne. Come out and support the 40 Etowah County 4-H members that have been raising chickens all summer by bidding on some of the best chickens in Northeast Alabama. For more information, contact Amy Burgess at the Etowah County Extension Office at 256-547-7936.

30 Cox Chapel United Methodist Church in Attalla will hold its 100-year Anniversary celebration service at 3 p.m. Everyone is welcome.

30 White Springs Baptist Church will be holding a revival with the Rev. Don Graham at 10:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. If you have any questions, please call 256-442-2638.


1-3 White Springs Baptist Church will be holding a revival with the Rev. Don Graham each night at 6:30 p.m. There will be a mini concert each night at 6 p.m. Please join us Monday through Wednesday at 12 p.m. for a light lunch and services with Brother Graham. If you have any questions, please call 256-442-2638.

1,8,15,22,29  Join the East Gadsden Branch of the Gadsden Public Library for Beginner Crochet and Knitting from 1 to 3 p.m. Please bring your own knitting/crocheting needles and yarn. For additional information, please contact LaShunda at 256.549.4691,

2,23 Join us at tbe East Gadsden branch of the Gadsden Public Library from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. as instructor Ms. Charlotte Kennedy teaches the basic strategies for playing the skillful game Mahjongg. For additional information, please contact LaShunda at 256-549-4691.

2,3 Computer Basics and Internet for the Beginner will be from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. This is a two-day class (3 hours per day) for the absolute beginner, or for those who simply need to know more about computers.  No computer experience is required. Register for classes in person at the Computer Center Desk on the second floor or for more information, call 256.549.4699, ext. 119.  

2,9,16,23,30 Come to the East Gadsden Branch of the Gadsden Public Library at 10 a.m. for Tuesday Tiny Tot Time. For additional information, please contact LaShunda at 256-549-4692, or at

2,9,16,23,30 The Hoyt Warsham Alabama City Branch of the Gadsden Public Library will be holding Tuesday Tales Storytime at 10:30 a.m. This is an informal program for children. It is free and lasts approximately 30-45 minutes. All children must be accompanied by an adult. For additional information, please contact Kay at 256-549-4688.

3,10,17,24,31 Come to the East Gadsden branch of the Gadsden Public Library for Board Game Day at 3:30 p.m. Families are welcome. For additional information, please contact LaShunda at 256.549.4691.

3,10,17,24,31 Join the Alabama City Branch of the Gadsden Public Library on Wednesdays at 2 p.m. for quilting and other stitching pastimes. Beginners are welcome. For additional information, please contact Kay at 256-549-4688.

3 Gadsden State Student Activities is sponsoring fall flag football games each Wednesday from October 3 – 24. All games will be held at 2 p.m. at the youth soccer fields. The Players must be Gadsden State students or employees, and varsity players are excluded. For more information, contact Amy Lacount at 256-439-6901 or

4,18 Come to the East Gadsden branch of the Gadsden Public Library for arts and crafts at 3:30 p.m. For additional information, please contact LaShunda at 256-549-4691.

4,11,18,25 Children’s StoryTimes will be held in the Children’s Programming Room of the Gadsden Public Library. These programs are geared toward children 1 to 5 years of age and meet every Thursday at 10 a.m for singing, a story, crafts and a snack. Call 256-549-4699, ext. 118, for more information. 

4,11,18,25 Gadsden Public Library Teen Zone Good Crafternoon will be held at 4 p.m. in the Teen Zone. Programs are limited to 20 participants, first come, first serve. For additional information, please contact Nicole at 256-549-4699, ext. 122, or at

4 Greater Gadsden Greeters will have their October luncheon at Christ Central Church in Rainbow City. Activities begin at 11 a.m with a meet and greet social time followed by a luncheon. Guest speaker for the luncheon will be Darryl Patton, a Master Herbalist from Lookout Mountain. If you are new to the area (four years or less) and would like information, please contact Marie Bain at 256-442-4129 or Genelle Wagar at 256-442-8507.

  6 Brunch w/ Books Book Club will be meeting at 10 a.m. in the Lena Martin Room of the Gadsden Public Library to discuss “Inner Circle” by Evelyn Lozada. Light brunch will be served.  For additional information, please contact LaShunda at 256-549-4691, or Tallulah at 256-549-4699, ext. 102

6 College Heights Baptist Church located at 411 Rabbittown Road in Glencoe will host its seventh annual Car Show/Open House from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The event will feature all types of cars, trucks or anything on wheels. A rummage sale will be held from 7 a.m. till 1 p.m. A barbecue plate youth fundraiser will be available for $6.

6 Southside United Methodist Church will hold their second annual Silent Auction. Doors will open at 5 p.m. A $5 admission will be charged at the door. Appetizers, tea, coffee and dessert will be served throughout the night. Homemade baked goods will also be available for purchase. All are welcome.

10 The Office of Career Services at Gadsden State Community College will host a Fall Employment Opportunity Fair at the Ayers Campus Learning Resource Center in Anniston from 9-11:30 a.m. All students and the general public are welcome to attend at no cost. Please dress professionally and bring several copies of your résumé.  Recruiters or employers interested in registering for the event should contact Cynthia Foster at 256-549-8635, or

  11 Parent Advocates Down Syndrome (PADS) will hold StoryTime in the Children’s Department of the Gadsden Public Library at 10 a.m. PADS is an organization promoting awareness, acceptance and advocacy for individuals with Down syndrome. For additional information about PADS, please visit their website at

11 Representatives from Parent Advocates Down Syndrome (PADS) Alabama will be at the Gadsden Public Library from 3 to 6:30 p.m. for registration and t-shirt pick-up for their October 14th Birmingham Buddy Walk for Down Syndrome.  Proceeds from the Buddy Walk will go to directly benefit PADS programs, including the Gadsden Parent Support Group and the Adult Down Syndrome Clinic at UAB. For additional information about PADS, please visit their website at For additional information, please contact Carol at 256-549-4699, ext. 107.

13 Join the Chess Club in celebrating National Chess Day. Learn to play with others that love the game from 10 a.m. until 12 p.m. in the Lena Martin Room of the Gadsden Public Library. For further information please contact Craig at or by calling 256-549-4699, ext. 120.

13  Absolute Fitness will host “Absolutely Running for a Cure,” the third annual 5K Run/1 Mile Family Fun Run/Walk to benefit the Susan G. Komen Run for the Cure and Never Surrender. Registration is from 6 to 7:30 a.m.. The run begins at 8 a.m. 5K registration is $20. Registration for the Family Fun Run/Walk is $2. For more information, contact Teresa Taylor at 256-413-8220 or

13  The Northeast Alabama Genealogical Society will meet at Nichols Memorial Library at 1:30 p.m. The speaker will be Robin Sterling, who has written a number of books on Blount, Cullman and Winston counties. He will speak about the railroad and the effect it had on families in Blount and Etowah County. Anyone interested is invited to attend. For more information, contact Leon Young at 256-504-4499.

14 The 4th Annual “A Walk Through Time” will be held in Forrest Cemetery from 2- 5 p.m. Take a step back in time and hear about some of Gadsden’s most interesting citizens from the past. Spend this autumn afternoon listening to tales of humor, history and heroes. There will be free parking at the old Gadsden High School and trolley transportation will be provided between the parking lot and the cemetery. Admission is free and donations are encouraged.

16 Dr. Lowndes Harrison, an oncologist at Gadsden Regional Medical Center’s Cancer Center, will speak to the TOUCH support group at 5:30 p.m. in the Mirror Room at GRMC. He will speak about the new treatment options available for breast cancer. Refreshments will be served. Call 256-494-4986 by Oct. 15 to RSVP.

  18 RSVP will have their next quarterly workshop at the Etowah County Courthouse in meeting room 205 at 10 a.m. The Etowah County Office of the Alabama Department of Public Health will have a presentation about staying mentally healthy as you age. This is a free workshop, but space is limited. Call RSVP at 256-549-8147 by Oct. 15 for reservations.

18 Hokes Bluff Lodge 470 14th Annual Golf Tournament will be held at Twin Bridges Golf Club. Prizes will be awarded to the top teams and for long drive and closest to the pin. Door prized will be given to everyone. Food will be served after the tournament. Entry fee is $50 per person, $45 if pre-registered by Oct. 11. Please contact Mark Busby at 256-492-0733, Mike Yates at 256-494-9355 or Ron Johnson at 256-504-5649 for more information.

18 Gadsden First Baptist Church will hold a fundraising lunch for the Etowah Baptist Missions Center from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. This event help with benevolence funds for the upcoming winter months, power and gas bills. Admission is $7. For more information on how you can help or to purchase tickets, call Donna McCartney at 256-442-5297, Karen at the Missions Center at 256-546-2980 or Cheryl at EBA office at 256-541-1691, ext. 21.

20 Attalla Heritage Day will be held in historic downtown Attalla from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. Admission is free. There will be entertainment for all ages, rain or shine. For more information, call 256- 538-9266.

27 Walnut Grove High School will hold a reunion for classes 1926 to present at 2 p.m. at Sarah’s Café in Walnut Grove. The reunion will be recognizing all veterans and each class. There will be bagpipes playing for entertainment. For reservations, call 205-589-6355.

27 As their project for Make A Difference Day this year, RSVP volunteers are hosting a Shred-A-Thon and Drug-Round-Up from 9 AM until 12 PM in the parking lot of the Etowah County Courthouse. The Etowah County Sheriff’s Department’s trash truck will be on hand to collect materials to be shredded. The shred machinery is able to handle staples, paperclips and even compact discs. Shredding personal information is the best way to keep you safe from identity theft, and all of the shredded material will be recycled into new products, so it will have no negative effects on our local ecology. Agents from the Etowah County Drug Enforcement Unit will be on hand to collect unused or expired medicines so they can safely be destroyed. This event is free to the public. We only ask that materials be packaged in disposable boxes or bags, as these also will be destroyed.  There is no limit on the amount of material.  Any medicines also need to be boxed or bagged.

28 Hokes Bluff Seniors and Friends will meet at 10:30 a.m. in the Hokes Bluff Community Center. Visitors are welcome.

30 Join us in Downtown Attalla at 5:30 p.m. for the Downtown Halloween Bash. There will be entertainment, a costume parade for all ages and a costume contest for ages 12 and under. For more information, call 256-538-1872.