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.   

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 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

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.

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. 
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.

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.


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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