Messenger Community Calendar for December

Wal-Mart and Sam’s Club will host Salvation Army red kettles in front of their stores as part of The Salvation Army’s 122nd Annual Red Kettle Campaign through Dec. 24. All donations made to the red kettles and “Fill the Truck” events will remain in the Gadsden area and help The Salvation Army provide food, clothing, shelter, financial assistance and other services to over 5,000 people.    

New and unwrapped toys will be accepted for the “Toys from Santa” toy drive until Dec. 20 at Alabama Teachers Credit Union located at 702 Walnut Street in Gadsden. Toys will be picked up by the Gadsden Fire Department and disbursed to local children in the community by the Salvation Army. For more information, contact Charly Young at

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.

The Gadsden Public Library and its branches will be closed Dec. 22 through Dec. 25 in observance of the Christmas holiday. The library will reopen Tuesday, Dec. 26 at 9 a.m. Additionally, the library will close at 5 p.m. on Dec. 31 and be closed Jan. 1 in observance of the New Year’s holiday. The GPL wishes everyone a safe and happy holiday!

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 by sending 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 East Broad Street, Gadsden 35903. Donors may deliver gifts to Alabama Power Company, 749 Forrest Avenue in Gadsden; CED Mental Health Center, 425 5th Ave. NW Attalla; or the Family Success Center, 821 E. Broad Street, East 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 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.

RSVP of Etowah County is sponsoring a Senior Angel Tree this year to help some of our most fragile seniors with their Christmas. At this time of year, most senior citizens will spend their money on other family members or friends before spending on themselves. With that in mind, RSVP is asking area residents to help ‘adopt’ 87 senior citizens who otherwise might not get anything for Christmas. These angels are people 55 years or older who have asked for some type of assistance from the Etowah Baptist Mission Center, the Department of Human Resources or the Salvation Army. We are asking people to commit to buying a gift, nothing more than $25, for an angel.  Each angel tells you that person’s age, gender and one wish for something they want or need. RSVP needs to have the gifts returned by Dec. 12 so that we may get them to the agencies in time for Christmas.

The Crochet and Knitting Club of the Alabama City Branch of the Gadsden Public Library will resume meeting in January 2013. The club will take a short break for the holiday months of November and December. On behalf of Ms. Pinson and the GPL Knitting and Crocheting Club, happy holidays!
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 must undergo a background check and drug screening. For more information, call Natalie Fleming at 256-494-4179 or e-mail

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.


7 Little Faces Doll Shop will host Gadsden native Jane Mitchell as she signs her fiction books “And Grace Will Lead Me Home,” “Trees with Angel Hair” and “Black Creek Rising.” All are welcome from 3-8 p.m.
7 Celebrate the holiday season in historic downtown Gadsden with the annual North Pole Stroll and First Friday event from 5-8 p.m. Everyone is invited to join in, dress as his/her favorite holiday character and stroll down Broad Street to light the tree at Gadsden City Hall at 5:30 p.m. Participants will meet in front of the Pitman Theatre at 5 p.m., with the stroll beginning at 5:15 p.m. In addition to the North Pole Stroll, enjoy the sights and fun of First Friday. Storefronts are beautifully decorated for the holidays, and merchants will be open late with special events and sales. Bring your appetite, as the restaurants and street food vendors will be serving a variety of delicious dinner options. The night will conclude with a free Christmas concert at 7:30 p.m. at the Pitman Theatre with The Liz Wood Project. Enjoy traditional Christmas tunes with a jazz spin guaranteed to put you in the Christmas spirit! For more information, visit or call 256-547-8696.

8 Celebrate the life of Jerry “Boogie” McCain at Back Forty Beer Company from 6 to 8 p.m. Friends and families are invited to celebrate McCain’s life at Back Forty Beer Company at 200 North Sixth Street in Gadsden. Plans are for an hour of open mic remembrances of McCain and a book signing by Gadsden native Grover Brown, of the book he wrote with McCain, chronicling McCain’s life and musical career, along with more casual conversation in the second hour. Will Bevis, who has written an ebook about McCain called, “I’m Gone,” will be there as well. Everyone is invited.

8 The Salvation Army will partner with the Wal-Mart stores in Attalla and East Gadsden for a “Fill the Truck” toy drive that will help provide new toys and coats to local children in need this Christmas. The event is open to the general public who would like to donate new toys and coats to children who take part in Salvation Army programs year-round. As they enter the store, Wal-Mart shoppers will receive a list of suggested gifts to help fill The Salvation Army’s truck.  Once the truck is full, The Salvation Army will bring the donations to The Salvation Army office located at 114 North 11th Street in Gadsden and distribute the gifts to local children in need.  The collection is expected to provide gifts to more than 500 children. Community members interested in volunteering for the event may contact The Salvation Army by calling 256-546-4673.

8 Churchill’s Antique Mall on Jester Parkway off Black Creek Parkway and Sutton Bridge Road will hold a Christmas Open House from 1 to 6 p.m.    

8 Guitarist Craig Dobbins will be in concert at “Christmas at The Carriage House” at 7 p.m. The Carriage House is located at 115 North 5th Street in Gadsden. Tickets are $10 at the door. For more information visit

8 Rainbow Church of Christ located at 2201 Rainbow Drive in Gadsden will be holding “Breakfast with Santa” from 9 – 11 a.m. The event is free and will include a craft corner, face painting and a free photo with Santa.

9 All are invited to the White Spring Baptist Church’s Senior Adult Choir Christmas Program, “A Down Home Christmas.” The program will start at 6 p.m. Please call 256-442-2638 with any questions,

10 The Gadsden State Community College Adult Education Department will hold its Fall GED Graduation Ceremony on Dec. 10 at Wallace Hall Fine Arts Center in Gadsden at 7 p.m. Dean Tim Green will be the speaker for the ceremony and the reception will be provided by Altrusa International. The public is invited to attend. For more information about GED and Adult Education Services, contact Johnny Baker at 256-835-5462 or

10,17 The East Gadsden Branch of the Gadsden Public Library will hold a Beginning Crochet and Knitting class from 1 to 3 p.m. Learn the basics of knitting and crocheting. Please bring your own knitting/crocheting needles and yarn. For additional information, please contact LaShunda at 256-549-4691 or

11,18 The East Gadsden Branch of the Gadsden Public Library will hold Tuesday Tiny Tot Time at 10 a.m. For additional information, please contact LaShunda at 256-549-4691 or

11,18 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, please contact Kay at 256-549-4688.
12 A Downloading and Saving Your Docs and Files workshop will be held 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 e-mail. Register for classes in person at the computer center desk located on the second floor, or for more information, call 256-549-4699, ext. 119.

12,19 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 “Scrabble Battle!” Families are welcome. For additional information, please contact LaShunda at 256-549-4691.

12,19 The Alabama City branch of the Gadsden Public Library will host “Quilting and Things” at 2 p.m. Join us for quilting and other stitching pastimes. Beginners are welcome. For additional information, please contact Kay at 256-549-4688.

Gadsden Public Library Children’s StoryTimes will be held at 10 a.m. Participate in 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 to 5 years. For additional information, please contact the Children’s Department at 256-549-4699, ext. 118.

The East Gadsden Branch of the Gadsden Public Library will hold Arts and Crafts at 3:30 p.m. For additional information, please contact LaShunda at 256-549-4691.
13,20,27 Gadsden Public Library Teen Zone “Good Crafternoon” will meet at 4 p.m. in the Teen Zone. Programs are limited to 20 participants, first-come, first-serve. For additional information, please contact Brandy at 256-549-4699, ext. 122.

13 The Southside High School Band and Choir, along with the Rainbow Middle School Band Program, cordially invite you to their 2012 Christmas Concert at 6:30 p.m.  in the Southside High School auditorium. Admission is $5 for ages 13 and up. Children age 12 and under are free, with a maximum of $20 per family.

14,15 Discover the real meaning of Christmas with a live Christmas nativity from 6-8 p.m. at the corner of 3rd Street/U.S. Hwy. 11 and 5th Ave. NW in Attalla. For more information, call 256-538-1872.

14 The Alabama City Branch of the Gadsden Public Library will show the movie “The Polar Express” from 2-4 p.m. Wear your pajamas and bring a blanket to watch the movie, then stay for chocolate milk and cookies. For additional information, please contact Kay at 256-549-4688.

14-16 Join Hokes Bluff area churches for a walking tour of the life of Christ- a real life portrayal as presented by the Gospel. The walk will be held from 6-9 p.m. in Hokes Bluff City Park. Admission and concessions are free. Reservations are recommended for groups of 10 or more. To make reservations, call Susan Cherry at 256-504-4291. Special accommodations will be available for the walking tour if needed. For additional information, contact Adam Fielder at 256-298-1176 or Mike Howington at 256-312-0098.
15 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, please contact Craig at or by calling 256-549-4699, ext. 120.

15, 16 North Glencoe Baptist Church located at 1119 Chastain Boulevard in Gadsden will present its annual Christmas Dinner Theater, “God Coming Down,” at 6 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday. Featuring fresh new songs navigating in and out of classic Christmas carols, the production is arranged by the songwriting team of Travis Cottrell, David Moffitt and Sue C. Smith and performed by North Glencoe Celebration Choir led by Worship Pastor Craig Robinson. Dinner will be served for those who purchase advanced tickets. Tickets are selling out quickly for both nights. There will be seats available for anyone who would just like to sit and enjoy the evening of worship.  

15 Damascus Baptist Church located on Barnes Avenue in Gadsden will hold a Christmas bake sale from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. The entrance will be through the gym door. Buy cookies, candies, cakes or pies to eat or freeze for the holidays. Call 256-390-0548 for directions or information.

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

15 The Carver Community Revitalization Committee is sponsoring its 5th annual Christmas parade, themed “Joy to the World,” from 4-8 p.m. The parade starts at the Old Goodyear Warehouse on the corner of North 6th Street and Tuscaloosa Avenue and ends on Jacksonville court. A $15 entrance fee is due by Dec. 11. For more information contact Jalania Harris at 256-390-0504 or Billy Billingsley at 256-543-1604.

16 You are invited to the Children and Preschool Departments’ Christmas Program, “The Christmas Cupcake.” The program will be held at White Springs Baptist Church at 6 p.m. If you have any questions, please call 256-442-2638.

18 The Gadsden Public Library Teen Zone  will be hold a “Doctor Who” party with a costume contest, trivia and prizes compliments of Dragon Quills. For additional information, please contact Brandy at 256-549-4699, ext. 122, or at

18 The East Gadsden Branch of the Gadsden Public Library will hold Mahjong for Beginners from 12-4 p.m. Instructor Charlotte Kennedy will teach the basic strategies for playing the skillful game Mahjong. For more information, please contact LaShunda at 256-549-4691.

18 The award-winning Gadsden City High School Symphonic and Concert bands will perform a Christmas concert at 6 p.m. in the GCHS auditorium.

19 Using Microsoft Excel 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, or for more information, call 549-4699, ext. 119.

20 The Gadsden Public Library Inspiration Book Club will meet in the Lena Martin Room at 12 p.m. to discuss “A Wreath of Snow” by Liz Curtis Higgs. Brown bag lunches are welcome. Dessert and drinks are provided by the book club. For additional information, please contact Dee Roper at 256-549-4699, ext. 104, or email

21,22 Discover the real meaning of Christmas with a live Christmas nativity from 6-8 p.m. located at the corner of 3rd Street/ Hwy. 11 and 5th Ave. NW in Attalla. For more information please call 256-538-1872.

26 ‘What is Social Networking?’ 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, or for more information, call 256-549-4699, ext. 119. 

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