Messenger Community Calendar for October

October 12, 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 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.

Applications for Time to apply for Habitat for Humanity housing may be filed until Oct. 20. To obtain an application, call 256-543-1898, e-mail, visit or stop by the Habitat 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

Medicare Part D Open Enrollment will be held from Oct. 15 to Dec. 7. The Etowah County RSVP and the East Alabama Area Agency on Aging are offering a free Medicare checkup that can help you decide which plan is best for you. Appointments are being taken for Oct. 24 and Nov. 28 from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Please bring a Medicare card and a listing of your current prescription medication, the dosage and directions. Call RSVP at 256-549-8147 to schedule an appointment.

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 the first floor and the 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 e-mail

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 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.


12-19 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.  at the Etowah County Career Tech Center in Attalla at the red light across from Jenkins Bricks.

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 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

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.

15,22,29  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 or email

15-17 Damascus Baptist Church will hold 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.

16,23,30 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

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.

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

16 Downtown Gadsden, Inc. invites you to attend Sunset Sips on the Memorial Bridge in historical downtown Gadsden from 5:30 until 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $40 and proceeds will be utilized to purchase banners for Broad Street. Tickets may be purchased at

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, 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.

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.

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. 

17 Volunteer blood donors in Etowah County will get a chance to give blood and save lives at the Riverview Regional Medical Center blood drive scheduled from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.  The Red Cross Blood Mobile will be parked in front of the Heart and Vascular Center on the main campus of the hospital located at 600 South Third Street in Gadsden. The American Red Cross is the primary supplier of blood and blood products for Riverview Regional Medical Center patients. 

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 be provided by the book club. For additional information, please contact Dee Roper at 256-549-4699, ext. 104, or email 

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 hold its 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 longest 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. 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 helps 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 are free. For more information, call 256-549-8286.