Messenger 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.

Operation Santa Claus is now underway in Etowah county. This project was first initiated nationwide in 1948 and began in Etowah county 26 years ago. Please help to ensure that no one is forgotten during the holidays by donating new and unwrapped items suggested on the wish list, or you may send a monetary donation. A volunteer of Mental Health America will be happy to shop on your behalf. Cash contributions may be sent to Mental Health America, 821 E. Broad Street, Gadsden, AL, 35903. Donors may deliver gifts to Alabama Power Company, 749 Forrest Ave., Gadsden; CED Mental Health Center, 425 5th Ave. N.W. Attalla; or at the Family Success Center, 821 E. Broad Street, E. Gadsden. Donations boxes will be at these locations through December 10. For further details, please call Mental Health America at 256-547-6888 ext. 115.

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 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. 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


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.   

17 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 West End Lions Club will be holding a Thanksgiving cake walk and bake sale in the Altoona Fire Hall at 5:30 p.m. All proceeds go to the Lions Club. Everyone is invited.

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

20 Gadsden Regional Medical Center volunteers will hold a bake sale at 8:30 a.m. in the hospital’s Mirror Room. All proceeds from the sale will benefit the volunteers’ various service projects, including scholarships for health sciences students at Gadsden State Community College. For more information about the sale, call GRMC marketing coordinator Natalie Fleming at 256-494-4179.

20, 27 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.

20, 27 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

20, 27 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.

21, 28 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.

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.

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.
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

27 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.

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.

29 You are cordially invited to attend Coosa Christian School’s 2nd Annual Christmas Bazaar from 6 – 8 p.m. Our students will be performing a special presentation of Christmas Carols. Student made ornaments and baked goods will be available for you to purchase. We will also have local vendors selling arts, crafts and jewelry. Please invite your family and friends to this open event. If you are interested in setting up a booth to sell items, call the elementary office at 256-547-3714.

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.

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.


1 The 2012 Hokes Bluff Christmas Parade, “Let Your Lights Shine”, will be held on Saturday at 1 p.m. Float are to have extravagant lighting with favorite music and everyone is invited to attend. Participant applications may be picked up at Hokes Bluff City Hall or the library. For more information, contact Betty Loggins, 256-492-5599, or Linda Sosebee, 256-494-9006. Deadline for entries is November 26.

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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