Messenger Community Calendar for December- January

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 outreach@atcu.com.

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.

Annie’s Project is a six-week series sponsored by the Alabama Cooperative Extension System, designed to empower women to manage information systems and to build local networks throughout the state. The target audience is women with a passion for agribusiness and involvement. Participants will receive training for managing information in the areas of marketing, environmental considerations, high tunnel farming, human resources, financial record-keeping, business planning, Good Agricultural Practices (GAP), risk management, value-added and women and money. The workshops will meet on Thursday evenings on Jan. 10, 17, 24, 31 and Feb. 7 and 14 from 5- 8:30 p.m. (with light meal) at the Alfa Insurance Building located at 32775 U.S. Highway 231 in Ashville. Contact the Etowah County Extension Office at 256-547-7936 for a registration form. Please pre-register by Jan. 3. For more information, contact Regional Extension Agent Ruth Brock at brockru@auburn.edu or 205-612-4066.

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 holidays!

Events for Healthy Woman, a free women’s health resource provided by Gadsden Regional Medical Center, will be held quarterly beginning in 2013. Previously, the chapter held monthly luncheons with speakers and information on women’s health topics. The first quarterly Healthy Woman event in 2013 will be the annual Go Red event slated for Feb. 5.

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. For further details, please call Mental Health America at 256-547-6888 ext. 115.

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 natalie_fleming@gadsdenregional.com.

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 jduncan@attalla.k12.al.us. 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.

December

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. until 12 p.m. in the Lena Martin Room of the Gadsden Public Library. For further information, please contact Craig at craig@gadsdenlibrary.org 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. 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 at 12 p.m. to discuss Bakuman. For additional information, please contact Brandy at 256-549-4699, ext. 122, or brandy@gadsdenlibrary.org.

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.

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The East Gadsden Branch of the Gadsden Public Library will hold a Beginning Crochet and Knitting class from 1-3 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 lashunda@gadsdenlibrary.org.

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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, please contact LaShunda at 256-549-4691 or lashunda@gadsdenlibrary.org.

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.
    
18 The Gadsden Public Library Teen Zone  will be holding 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 brandy@gadsdenlibrary.org.

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.

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.

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.

20,27 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.

20 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.
 
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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.

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 Droper@gadsdenlibrary.org.

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.  

January

10 RSVP will hold its next quarterly workshop at 10 a.m. at the Etowah County Courthouse, Community Meeting Room 205. Local Yoga instructor Lori Howell will demonstrate simple Yoga exercises for senior citizens. This is a free workshop, but space is limited.  Call RSVP at 256-549-8147 by Jan. 7 for reservations.

 
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