Community Calendar for October

  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 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.

It’s time to apply for Gadsden-Etowah Habitat for Humanity housing. For applications, call 256-543-1898 or e-mail gethabitat@comcast.net until Oct. 20. For more information, visit www.gadsdenhabitat.com 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 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 library@cityofglencoe.net.

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 zemanator0220@gmail.com. 

Goodyear Retiree Club SOAR meetings will be held the 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 natalie_fleming@gadsdenregional.com.

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 www.wallacehall.org or call (256-549-8475.

Mt. Pilgrim Baptist Church #1- Ridgeville will be holding a community flea market and yard sale every Saturday from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Food and merchandise will be available and everyone is welcome.

October

1-19 The Etowah County Special Ed Greenhouse fall plant sale will be open from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. and 12 to 2 p.m. It is held at the Career Tech Center located behind the Etowah County Career Tech Center in Attalla at the red light across from Jenkins Bricks.

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 fund raiser 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.

6, 7  Gadsden Cumberland Presbyterian Church will celebrate its 100 year anniversary with a free concert by the Renaissance Choir of Bethel University at 4 p.m. Saturday. At 10:30 a.m. Sunday, former pastor Rev. Norlan Scrudden will bring the message. Everyone is invited.

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, lashunda@gadsdenlibrary.org.

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 lashunda@gadsdenlibrary.org.

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.

9 Gadsden State Community College will be holding a Red Cross Blood Drive in the McClellan Center Room 1209 from 8:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. For more information, call 256-549-8329.

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.

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.

10 Downloading and Saving Your Docs and Files will be from 9:30-11:30 a.m. in the Gadsden Public Library computer classroom. This class will teach you how to download and save documents and files that you find on the Internet or receive from friends or business associates via email. Register for classes in person at the Computer Center Desk on the second floor call 256.549.4699, ext. 119.  

10 The Children’s Department of the Gadsden Public Library will be holding Children’s Wacky Wednesdays at 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. Registration is required, as well as a $1 supply fee per child.  Registration for seats begins at 10 a.m. on the day of the program. Programs are geared toward kindergarten-3rd grade.  For additional information and/or for registration, please contact the Children‘s Department at 256-549-4699, ext. 118.

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, cfoster@gadsdenstate.edu or careerservices@gadsdenstate.edu.

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. 

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 Nicole@gadsdenlibrary.org.

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 www.downsyndromealabama.org.

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 downsyndromealabama.org/. 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 craig@gadsdenlibrary.org or by calling 256-549-4699, ext. 120.

13 A Halloween Super Bash will be held at Noccolula Falls with the parade of costumes beginning at 2:30 p.m. Admission is $5 and all kids 3 years and younger get in free. There will be games, a petting zoo and trick or treating with special friends around the park. Wear your costumes and come join the fun.

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 absolutefitness@gmail.com.

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.

15 Gadsden State Community College will have Mini I final exams and registration for the Mini II begins.

15-17 Damascus Baptist Church will be holding a “Home and Family Conference” starting at 7 p.m. nightly. Conference begins with “Friends and Family Sunday” on Oct. 14 at 10 a.m.

16 Mini II classes at Gadsden State Community College begin. Add-drop will be Tuesday and Wednesday.

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.

17 Gadsden State Community College will hold a Veteran’s Upward Bound computer skills workshop. For more information, call 256-549-8286,

17 Using Microsoft Powerpoint will be from 9:30-11:30 a.m. in the computer classroom of the Gadsden Public Library. Computer Basics for the Beginner is a prerequisite for this class. Register for classes in person at the Computer Center Desk on the second floor or for more information, call 256.549.4699, ext. 119.

17 Gadsden State Community College Red Cross and SGA Blood Drive will be at the Cherokee Center from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information, please call 256-549-8329. 

18 The Gadsden Public Library Inspiration Book Club will meet at 12 p.m. in the Lena Martin Room to discuss “The House on Malcolm Street” by Leisha Kelly. Brown bag lunches are welcome.  Dessert and drinks will provided by the book club. For additional information, please contact Dee Roper at 256-549-4699, ext. 104, or email Droper@gadsdenlibrary.org. 

18 Join guest lecturer and frequent traveler Caleb Matthews on an armchair expedition to Brazil. Participants will meet in the Lena Martin Room of the Gadsden Public Library from 5:30 until 7 p.m. where they will learn just a taste about the diverse culture, traditional cuisine and the Portuguese language of South America‘s largest country. For additional information, please contact Carol at 256-549-4699, ext. 107.

18 Gadsden Regional Medical Center’s Women’s Imaging Center will host a “Mammogram Marathon” from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. in Suite 102 of Building 400 on the Gadsden Regional campus. Attendees will receive light refreshments. Door prizes will be available. The center offers digital mammography, as well as other diagnostic tests for women. Call the Women’s Imaging Center at 256-492-0337 to schedule your mammogram. October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

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.

  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’s 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 prizes 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 fund-raising 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.

18 The Gadsden State Alumni Association Annual Fall Picnic will be held from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the East Broad Campus Auditorium in Gadsden. All friends, supporters, retirees, employees and graduates of Gadsden State Community College are invited to attend. The association will recognize scholarship recipients, outstanding faculty members, outstanding alumni and the Distinguished Service Award recipient. The fun, food and awards ceremony is free. For more information call 256-549-8286.

19 Gadsden State Community College GED class registration will be held on the East Broad Campus on the second floor of Brown Hall at 8 a.m. Please call 256-549-8698 with questions.

19-27 The Gadsden State Community College Student Activities Office, Gadsden Times and Wallace Hall Fine Arts Center will present the Harry Potter Movie Series. Passes, valid for admission to all eight films, are $20. Single tickets are $5 for all ages. Gadsden State students receive free admission with a current student ID. Movies will be shown in High-Definition digital projection on the forty-foot wide screen in the Fine Arts Center. Movie style popcorn and soft drunks will be available for purchase in the lobby. For more information, and to buy tickets, visit www.potter.wallacehall.org or call 256-549-8475.

20 Gadsden Public Library Teen Zone Anime Club will  meet at 12 p.m. in the Teen Zone to discuss “Bleach.” Afterwards, the group will watch a corresponding film episode and have some light refreshments. For additional information, please contact Nicole at 256-549-4699, ext. 122 or at Nicole@gadsdenlibrary.org.

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.

23 Gadsden Regional Medical Center and several local physicians will participate in “Can We Talk?”, an informative discussion with mothers and daughters at 6 p.m. The free event is in Building 500 on the Gadsden Regional campus. “Can We Talk?” is an opportunity to hear straight talk from doctors about mothers and about their daughters, ages 11 to 13, and about changes to expect during the “tween” and teenage years. For more information or to make reservations to attend, call 256-494-4650.

23 Join the Gadsden Public Library in the Lena Martin Room at 6 p.m. to welcome George Wallace, Jr. as he discusses his new book, “Governor George Wallace, The Man You Never Knew By the Man Who Knew Him Best.” Books will be available for purchase and autographs. For further information please contact Craig at  craig@gadsdenlibrary.org  or by calling 256-549-4699,  ext. 120.

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

24 The Children’s Department of the Gadsden Public Library will be holding Children’s Wacky Wednesdays at 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. Registration is required, as well as a $1 supply fee per child. Registration begins at 10 a.m. on the day of the program. Programs are geared toward kindergarten-3rd grade. For additional information and/or for registration, contact the Children‘s Department at 256-549-4699, ext. 118. 

24 The Gadsden Public Library will hold a class on tracing your family history online from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Computer Basics and Internet for the Beginner is a prerequisite for this class. Register for classes in person at the Computer Center Desk on the second floor, or for more information, call 256.549.4699, ext. 119.

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

25 Join the Gadsden Public Library as it  hosts popular author, Ken Davis. Ken will be back with us live via Skype from New York City. All students and adults are invited to attend as we meet in the Lena Martin Room at 6 p.m. For further information please contact Craig at  craig@gadsdenlibrary.org  or by calling 256-549-4699,  ext 120. 

. 25 The Cherokee County College Fair and Gadsden State Transfer Fair will be held at the Cherokee Arena from 8 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. Call 256-549-8350 for more information.

25-27 Friends of the Gadsden Public Library will host a Big Book Sale Thursday and Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. in the Lena Martin Room. All members of the Friends of Gadsden Public Library are invited to a special preview sale on Oct. 24 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Over 4,00 nearly new and used books, movies and other items including large selections of biographies, non-fiction and fiction hardcover and paperback books will be available. For additional information, please call Craig at 256-549-4699, ext. 120.

26 The McClellan Bookworms will meet in the McClellan Center Library at 10 a.m. to discuss Joshilyn Jackson’s book, “A Grown-up Kind of Pretty.” For more information, call 256-238-9352.

27 Gadsden State Cardinal tennis will be holding an Alumni Tournament at the Gadsden Tennis Complex. The time is TBA. Please call 256-549-8310 for more information

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 The Chess Club will meet from 10 a.m. until 12 p.m. in the Lena Martin Room of the Gadsden Public Library. Learn to play with others who love the game. For further information, please contact Craig at craig@gadsdenlibrary.org, or by calling 256-549-4699, ext. 120.

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. 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.

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

 
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