Community Calendar for November- December

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 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

The Gadsden Public Library and its branches will be closed Saturday, Nov. 10, and Monday, Nov. 12, in observance of Veteran’s Day. Additionally, the library will be closed Nov. 22, 23 and 24 in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday.

Medicare Part D Open Enrollment will be held until 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 No. 1 Ridgeville will hold 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.

If you have a child or know a family with a child between the ages of birth – 21 years old who might have a suspected handicapping condition and lives in the Attalla City School System District, please contact the Special Education Office of Attalla City Board of Education at 256-538-3700 (phone), 256-538-3720 (fax), or e-mail The Special Education Office is located on the campus of Etowah High School at 201 Case Avenue SE in Attalla. Testing is available for children in the following areas: specific learning disability, emotional disability, speech language impairment, orthopedic impairment, multiple disabilities, hearing impairment, deaf-blindness, intellectual disability, other health impairment, visual impairment, autism, traumatic brain injury, developmentally delayed and gifted.

The Girl Scouts of North-Central Alabama (GSNCA) is now accepting nominations for each of the Women of Distinction awards programs. Any individual, employer, civic organization or agency in each of the three areas may submit nominations. Selection of awardees will be in December by a group of community leaders from across the council. The 2013 East-Central Women of Distinction awards are open to all women in Etowah, Blount, Calhoun, Cherokee, Chilton, Clay, Cleburne, Jefferson, Randolph, St. Clair, Shelby, Talladega and Walker counties who have made a special contribution to their community through civic, academic or professional efforts. Women chosen for this award will be recognized at the annual Women of Distinction Luncheon in Birmingham on Friday, March 8, 2013. GSNCA will also present the Frances E. Couch Lifetime Achievement Award for East Alabama. Each of these awards honors the memory of a beloved community leader whose contributions had far-reaching impact in their respective communities of Alabama. Nomination forms are available at The deadline for all nominations is Nov. 19. The Women of Distinction Awards Program is the premier fundraising event for GSNCA. All proceeds from these events directly support the Girl Scouts’ mission to build girls of courage, confidence and character, who make the world a better place. For more information, contact Margaret Ritchie at 205-453-9525 or


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 Etowah Patriots Association President Mr. Rick Vaughan.

9 The Miss Gadsden State Pageant will be held at Wallace Hall at 6 p.m. For more information, call 256-549-8329.

9 Hokes Bluff Seniors and Friends will meet at 10:30 a.m. in the Hokes Bluff Community Center. Visitors are welcome. For meal reservations, contact Dot Story at 256-492-4513 by Tuesday, November 6.

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

10-14 The Gallant Community Revival will be held and Jay Parrack, formerly of Gold City Quartet, will be singing Sunday at 7 p.m. Every service will begin at 7 p.m. nightly. Everyone is invited to attend.

11 Riverview Regional Medical Center is offering a free prostate cancer educational event and screening from 1 – 5 p.m. Riverview encourages men to “Know Your Stats About Prostate Cancer,” the second-leading cause of cancer death for American men. This event will be held inside the Heart and Vascular Center located at 600 South Third Street in Gadsden. Space is limited. To register, please call 256-543-5815.

13 The Gadsden State Community College Counseling and Advising Center in conjunction with the McClellan Center will host “Tuesday Topics” at 12:45 p.m. Sgt. Jon Garlick, mental health officer for the Calhoun County Sheriff’s Department will be the guest speaker. In his presentation, “Mental Health and Law Enforcement,” Garlick will discuss how local law enforcement professionals deal with mentally ill inmates and perils of substance abuse. The free seminar will be held in Room 1229 at the McClellan Center in Anniston. All students, staff and members of the community are invited to attend. For more information, contact Cindy Greer at 256-238-9348 or

13 Gadsden State Community College will be holding an International Programs Open House at Naylor Hall 106 from 12-3 p.m. Call 256-549-8324 for more information.

13 There will be a regional pond management workshop from 8 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. on the campus of Northeast Alabama Community College in Rainsville in the Workforce Development Building. Topics include permitting and construction, aquatic weed management, liming and fertilizing, dam maintenance, enhancements, harvesting, stocking, fish kills, strategies and wildlife damage. You must register by Nov. 7. Cost is $15 prior to the event. Cost includes refreshments, lunch and all materials. For more information, please contact Norm Haley, Regional Extension Agent at 256-630-4248 or You may also contact the Etowah County Extension Office at 256-547-7936.

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The Gadsden Public Library Teen Zone Movie Night will be held at 4:30 p.m. For additional information, contact Brandy or Chris at 256-549-4699, ext. 122.

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The East Gadsden Branch of the Gadsden Public Library will hold Tuesday Tiny Tot Time at 10 a.m. For additional information, contact LaShunda at 256-549-4691 or

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

14 Gadsden State Community College will hold International Tea and Language Tables at Naylor Hall ALI from 2:30-4:30 p.m. Call 256-549-8324 for more information

14 A “Downloading and Saving Your Docs and Files” workshop will be held from 9:30-11:30 a.m. in the Gadsden Public Library’s 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 e-mail. Register for classes in person at the Computer Center Desk located on the second floor. For more information, call 256-549-4699, ext. 119.  A current (free & clear) library card is needed to enroll.  If you don‘t have a card, you may obtain one at the circulation desk on the first floor of the main library.

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The East Gadsden Branch of the Gadsden Public Library will hold Board Game Day at 3:30 p.m. Join other board game enthusiasts for a Pictureka battle. Families are welcome. For additional information, contact LaShunda at 256-549-4691.

14, 21,28 Gadsden Public Library Teen Zone Homework Help will be held at 4 p.m. For additional information, please contact Brandy or Chris at 256-549-4699, ext. 122.

14, 21, 28 Join the Alabama City Branch of the Gadsden Public Library for quilting and other stitching pastimes. Beginners are welcome. For additional information, contact Pauline at 256-549-4688.

15 The Greater Gadsden Greeters will hold November Coffee at a member’s home from 10 a.m. until 12 p.m. If you are new to the area (four years or less) and wish for more information, please call Genelle Wagar at 256-442-8507, or Marie Bain at 256-442-4129.

15, 29 The Gadsden Public Library Children’s StoryTime will be held at 10 a.m. Participate in our free weekly programs and enjoy special time with your little one with stories, crafts, snacks and special guests. Programs are geared toward ages 18 months-5 years. For additional information, contact the children’s department at 256-549-4699, ext. 118.

15, 29 The Gadsden Public Library Teen Zone Good Crafternoon will be meet at 4 p.m. in the Teen Zone. Programs are limited to 20 participants, first-come, first-serve. For additional information, contact Brandy or Chris at 256-549-4699, ext. 122.

15 The Gadsden Public Library Inspiration Book Club will meet in the Lena Martin Room at 12 p.m. to discuss “The Discovery” by Dan Walsh. Brown Bag lunches are welcome. Dessert and drinks are provided by the book club. For additional information, contact Dee Roper at 256-549-4699, ext. 104, or e-mail

15 An arthritis pain seminar will be held at 11:30 a.m. in the Gadsden Regional Room of Building 500 at Gadsden Regional Medical Center. The seminar will focus on joint replacement and treatment options for arthritis. Dr. William Haller III and Dr. Lee Wilson will host the event and lunch will be served. To make your reservations to this free event, call 256-492-8590.

15 Gadsden State Community College will hold an International Panel Discussion from 10-10:45 a.m. in Browder Hall Auditorium. The topic will be education around the world. For more information, call 256-549-8324.

15 The East Gadsden Branch of the Gadsden Public Library will hold Arts & Crafts at 3:30 p.m. For additional information, contact LaShunda at 256-549-4691.

15 The East Gadsden Branch of the Gadsden Public Library will host Family Movie Day at 3:30 p.m. For additional information, contact LaShunda at 256-549-4691.

16 The Boys and Girls Club of Northeast Alabama hosts its first annual Casino Night at 6:30 p.m. at Convention Hall in Gadsden. All proceeds benefit the Boys and Girls Clubs of Northeast Alabama. VIP tables are $400, regular tables are $320 and tickets are $40. To reserve tickets, call 256-546-5437.

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 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.    

Gadsden Public Library’s Teen Zone Anime Club will meet at 12 p.m. to discuss For additional information, contact Brandy or Chris at 256-549-4699, ext. 122.

17 The Gadsden Public Library Chess Club will meet from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. in the Lena Martin Room of the Gadsden Public Library. For further information, contact Craig at or 256-549-4699, ext. 120.

19, 26 The Gadsden Public Library Teen Zone Game Night will be held at 4 p.m. For more information, contact Brandy or Chris at 256-549-4699, ext. 122.

19, 26 The East Gadsden Branch of the Gadsden Public Library will hold Beginning Crochet and Knitting from 1 to 3 p.m. Learn the basics of knitting and crocheting. Please bring your own knitting/crocheting needles and yam. For additional information, contact LaShunda at 256-549-4691
21 “Using Microsoft Word” 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 located on the second floor. For more information, call 256-549-4699, ext. 119. A current (free & clear) library card is needed to enroll.  If you don‘t have a card, you may obtain one at the circulation desk on the first floor of the main library.

26 The second annual Gadsden Regional Healthy Woman Holiday Craft Sale will be held from 12 – 2 p.m. at the Senior Activity Center located at 623 Broad Street in downtown Gadsden. Refreshments will be served and dozens of vendors will be selling a variety of items, from baked goods and woodworking crafts to jewelry, clothing and more. For more information about the sale or to be a vendor, call marketing specialist Timeka Robertson at 256-494-4895. For more information about Healthy Woman, visit

The East Gadsden Branch of the Gadsden Public Library will hold Mahjong for Beginners from 12 to 4 p.m. Join instructor Charlotte Kennedy as she teaches the basic strategies for playing the skillful game Mahjong. For more information, contact LaShunda at 256-549-4691.

28 Using Email will be held 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 (2nd floor) or for more information, call 256.549.4699, ext. 119.  A current (free & clear) library card is needed to enroll. If you don‘t have a card, you may obtain one at the circulation desk on the 1st floor of the Main Library.

30 The next meeting of the McClellan Bookworms will be Friday at 10 a.m. in the McClellan Center conference room in Anniston. The book of the month is “Leonardo and the Last Supper” by Ross King. Visit the author’s website at for more information. The book of the month for December will be “Bride of New France” by Isabell Wolf. For more information about the Bookworms, contact Melinda Harvey, Gadsden State Community College librarian at 256-549-9352 or 8548.

31, 1 A Christmas Open House will be held in historic downtown Attalla. Shop 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 information, contact the Attalla Information and Development Center at 256-538-1872.


6 Gadsden Regional Medical Center’s Senior Circle will host a trip to the Whole Backstage Community Theatre to see Irving Berlin’s “White Christmas.” The motor coach will depart GRMC at 4 p.m. A Dutch treat dinner will be at Catfish Cabin in Albertville. Cost is $25 per person and includes bus fare and show ticket. Please call Timeka Robertson at 256-494-4895 by Nov. 15 to make reservations.

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