Community Calendar for October-November

October 19, 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 application deadline for Alfa and Alabama Farmers Federation scholarships is Dec. 1. Applicants must plan to pursue agriculture or forestry undergraduate degrees at Auburn University. The scholarships, valued up to $1,750 per recipient per year, are available for new or current Auburn University students studying in the College of Agriculture or School of Forestry. Students majoring in agricultural engineering or ag education are also eligible. The scholarships are renewable yearly for students who maintain a 2.5 grade point average and exhibit good moral character and citizenship. The application requires three letters of reference to include an evaluation of the applicant’s background and character. Applications can be downloaded at, under the Programs section. Students may obtain an application at their county Farmers Federation offices, local Alfa service centers or by writing to the dean of the College of Agriculture at 107 Comer Hall, Auburn University, AL 36849.

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.


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.

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 40-foot wide screen in the Fine Arts Center. Movie-style popcorn and soft drinks will be available for purchase in the lobby. For more information or to buy tickets, visit or call 256-549-8475.

20 Etowah County’s 4H Horse Club “The Horse Ninjas” will host an extravaganza from 12- 4 p.m. at the Northeast Etowah Community Center on U.S. Highway 411 with food, moon walk, games and more. Call Juanita Paige at 256-467-3624 for more information. 

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

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.

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

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

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.

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, 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 Family Savings Credit Union will be hosting the 7th Annual Community Shred and Electronics Recycling Day from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. in the main parking lot located at 711 East Meighan Blvd. in Gadsden. Destruction of hard drives and computer monitors will be available. Cost is $10 per hard drive and $7 for monitors. Help with unloading the documents and electronics will be provided. For more information, call 256-543-9530 or visit 

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  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 256-549-469.

24 The Children’s Department of the Gadsden Public Library will hold 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 family history online from 9:30 to 11 a.m. 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.

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.

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.

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. 

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

25 Join the Etowah County Extensions Office for the annual 8th Distract Grandparents/Relatives Conference. This conference is for any grandparents or other relatives who have found themselves caring for children again. This event will be held from 8:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. at the Albertville Community Learning Center at 1100 Horton Road on Highway 75 West in Albertville. The event is free, and lunch and childcare will be provided. Please contact the Marshall County Extension Office at 256-582-2009 to register by October 22. Contact you Etowah County Extensions Office at 256-547-7936 for more details.

25 Lookout Mountain Community Center located at 4567 Lay Springs Road in Gadsden cordially invites everyone to a covered dish supper at 6 p.m. Enjoy special music by Randy Sitz, Troy Smith and Robert Teague. For more information, call 256-547-5837.

25 A new club for those who knit and crochet will hold its inaugural meeting at 3:30 p.m. at Gadsden Regional Medical Center. The club will meet in the Senior Circle Suite on the first floor of the Centennial Tower. Participants will be making hats for patients being treated at the GRMC Cancer Center and for babies born at the hospital. Those wishing to attend should bring their own needles, hooks and yarn. The hospital will provide drinks and snacks. The club is for all ages and skill levels. For more information, please call GRMC marketing coordinator Natalie Fleming at 256-494-4179 or email

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  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 4,000 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 Whorton Bend Baptist Church will hold a Hallelujah Hoedown from 6 – 8 p.m. The free event includes trunk or treat, old timey games, inflatables, hayrides and a train. Please call Olivia at 256-392-8852 with questions.

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, 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 a.m. until 12 p.m. 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.

29, 30 Gadsden Regional Medical Center Volunteers present the $5 Jewelry Sale from 7 a.m. until 5 p.m. in the Gadsden Regional Meeting Room of the 500 Building. This is a great chance to shop early for Christmas presents, all the while helping the GRMC Volunteers to raise funds to benefit the hospital.

30 Join the Alabama Cooperative Extension System for a Grazing Management Clinic in Centre. The agenda includes topics such as Physiology of Forage Growth, Dealing with Mud in Grazing Systems, Fence and Water Technology, Grazing Technology: Costs and Evaluation, and Grazing Scenarios. The fee for the Grazing Clinic is $75, which includes a Grazing Clinic Manual, a Forage Measuring Stick, a copy of Southern Forages, refreshments and lunch. All clinics will be from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. with check in beginning at 8 a.m. For more information, contact Kent Stanford at 256-557-1206, Landon Marks at 256-706-0031 or Danny Miller at 256-927-3250.

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. 

31 College Heights Baptist Church will hold its annual Fall Fest/Trunk or Treat beginning at 5:30 p.m. Everyone’s invited and admission is free. College Heights Baptist Church is located at 411 Rabbittown Road in Glencoe.


3 The Gadsden Service Guild Rummage Sale will be held at Gadsden Convention Hall from 6 to 11 a.m. and will re-open from 12 until 1 p.m. for a $5 bag sale. It will be $2 to get in the door. 

9 The Glencoe High School Student Government Association cordially invites you to attend its annual Veteran’s Day Program at 9:30 a.m. in the school gymnasium. the keynote speaker will be the President of the Etowah Patriots Association, Mr. Rick Vaughan.

10 The Carver Community Revitalization Committee is sponsoring Clean-up Day in at Lincoln Hill Cemetery located at 400 Miller Avenue in East Gadsden at 9 a.m. Bring your brooms, rakes, hoes and a lunch. Let’s make it a “Fun Day.” For more information, contact Jalania Harris at 256-547-4608.

16,17 The Gadsden State Community College Fine Arts Department and Gadsden State Band Boosters will host the 25th annual Middle/Junior High Honor Band Clinic. The clinic will take place in the Wallace Hall Fine Arts Center, located on the Wallace Drive Campus of Gadsden State. The Honor Band Clinic is for musicians in grades 5 through 9, and is a prerequisite for the All-State Junior High Band. Pre-registration is required and must be completed by Nov. 7. Registration fee is $50 per student and covers the student’s meals and awards during the clinic. For more information, contact Ginger Weeks-Deru at 256-549-8278 or or Rip Reagan at 256-549-8394.

26 Make plans to attend the 2nd Annual Healthy Woman Holiday Craft Sale from 12 until 2 p.m. in the Senior Activity Center in downrtown Gadsden. More than 20 vendors will be on-site selling baked goods, holiday woodwork crafts, jewelry, clothing, doll beds, crochet items and more. Admission is free. For more information, call Leslie Harp at 256-494-4300 or visit 

31,1 The Christmas Open House will be held in historic downtown Attalla. Shop our antique and specialty stores for great sales and door prizes. There will be caroling in the street on Friday at 5 p.m., followed by a tree lighting ceremony at the gazebo. For more information, please contact the Attalla Information and Development Center at 256-538-1872.