The National Megan’s Law Helpline at 888-ASK-PFML, 888-275-7365 is available to provide support to communities on issues related to accessing sex offender registration information, responsible use of information, sexual abuse prevention resources and accessing crime victim support services. Parents for Megan’s Law (PFML) staff provide assistance to the community in accessing their state sex offender registries and prevention specialists provide support to parents and community members to assist in their sexual abuse prevention education strategies. Certified rape crisis counselors are available to support all victims of violent crime and to provide geographically appropriate referrals. The Sex Offender Registration Tips Program provides the public an opportunity to report registrants who are failing to comply with registration requirements, employment or supervision restrictions or who are in positions of trust where they can access children. Tips can be provided via the helpline or at www.parentsformeganslaw.org. This program is not intended to be used to report police emergencies. Dial 911 or contact your local law enforcement agency directly for emergencies. Agency deputized staff collaborate with federal, state and local law enforcement agencies to facilitate the appropriate follow-up action.
The ninth annual Go Red event, a heart disease awareness fundraiser put on by Gadsden Regional Medical Center, is scheduled for February, and the public’s help is needed. This year, GRMC would like to feature stories of women in this community who have experienced heart disease and have received treatment either at GRMC or by one of our physicians. Stories and excerpts will be featured at Go Red, slated for 6 p.m. Feb. 5 at Convention Hall in Gadsden. Tickets are $20 each. Proceeds benefit the American Heart Association. Stories should be no more than 250 words and are subject to editing. Please include name, age, mailing address and phone number when submitting your story. High-resolution photos will be accepted via e-mail only. Send your story via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. All stories and photos must be submitted by 5 p.m. Jan. 15. Submissions received after Jan. 15 will not be accepted. For more information, call GRMC marketing coordinator Natalie Fleming at 256-494-4179.
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.
Gadsden State Community College will be closed in observance of the Christmas and New Year’s holidays through Wednesday, Jan. 2. Regular office hours will resume and local professional development meetings for faculty and staff will be held on Thursday, January 3. Regular college hours are Monday through Thursday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Friday from 7 to 11:30 a.m. Registration for Spring Semester 2013 will be held Jan. 7-8 and classes begin Jan. 9. View the schedule at www.gadsdenstate.edu.
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 email@example.com 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 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com. 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.
2,9,16,23,30 The Alabama City branch of the Gadsden Public Library will be hosting 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.
2,9,16,23,30 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 Sequence battle. Families are welcome. For additional information, please contact LaShunda at 256-549-4691.
3 The Greater Gadsden Greeters will have their first luncheon of 2013 at Christ Central Church in Rainbow City. Activities begin at 11 a.m. with a meet-and-greet social time followed by a luncheon. The January program will present Randy Barcomb, financial advisor for Edward Jones. His topic will be “Guaranteed Income in your Retirement Years.” If you have been in the area, four years or fewer, join us by calling Genelle Wager, 256-442-8507, or Marie Bain, 256-442-4129.
3,10,17,24 Gadsden Public Library Teen Zone Good Crafternoon will be meeting at 4 p.m. in the Teen Zone. Programs are limited to 20 participants, first-come, first-serve. For additional information, please contact Brandy or Chris at 256-549-4699, ext. 122.
3,10,17,24,31 The Alabama City Branch of the Gadsden Public Library will be having Thursday movies from 10 a.m. until 12 p.m. Popcorn and a drink will be provided by the library. For additional information, please contact Kay at 256-549-4688.
4,11,18,25 The Beginning Crochet and Knitting club will meet at the Alabama City Branch of the Gadsden Public Library at 10 a.m. Please bring your own knitting/crocheting needles and yarn. For additional information, please contact Kay at 256-549-4688.
4,25 The December meeting of the McClellan Bookworms has been postponed until Friday, January 4 to discuss the book “Bride of New France” by Isabell Wolf. A second meeting will be held January 25 to discuss the book of the month “Casual Vacancy” by J.K. Rowling. Both meetings will begin at 10 a.m. in the McClellan Center library in Anniston. For more information about the Bookworms, contact Melinda Harvey, Gadsden State Community College librarian at 256-549-9352 or 8548.
5 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 256-549-4699, ext. 120.
7,14,21,28 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 yarn. For additional information, please contact LaShunda at 256-549-4691 or email@example.com.
8,15,22,29 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
8,15,22,29 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.
8,9 ‘Computer Basics and Internet for the Beginner’ will be from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Gadsden Public Library computer classroom. This is a two-day class (3 hours per day) for the absolute beginner or for those who simply need to know more about computers. No computer experience is required. 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. A current (free and clear) library card is needed to enroll.
8,9 Military veterans residing in Blount, Calhoun, Cherokee, Cleburne, DeKalb, Etowah, Jefferson, Marshall, St. Clair or Talladega County are invited to take advantage of the free services offered through the Veterans Upward Bound (VUB) Pro-gram at Gadsden State. Enrollment at Gadsden State or any other college or university is not mandatory in order to participate. The Student Veteran’s Association will meet at 11 a.m. on Tuesday and the VUB Program will hold an Open House on Wednesday from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Both events will take place in Beck Field House on the Wallace Drive Campus in Gadsden. For more information or to see if you are eligible to receive free services to help you continue your education contact the VUB Office at 256-549-8286/8328 or email email@example.com.
10,17,24,31 Gadsden Public Library Children’s StoryTimes will be held at 10 a.m. in the Children’s Programming Room. 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 mos-5 years. For additional information, please contact the Children’s Department at 256-549-4699, ext. 118.
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.
11,25 The Gadsden Public Library Teen Zone will be holding classes to explore the “Basics of Art.” Come at 3:30 p.m. and discuss your favorite medium to create art. Programs are limited to 20 participants, first come, first serve. For additional information, please contact Brandy or Chris at 256-549-4699, ext. 122.
12 Gadsden Public Library Teen Zone Anime Club will meet to discuss “Shaman King” at 12 p.m. For additional information, please contact Brandy or Chris at 256-549-4699, ext. 122, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
14 The Gadsden Public Library Teen Zone will be holding a Yu-Gi-Oh! Tournament at 4 p.m. For additional information, please contact Brandy or Chris at 256-549-4699, ext. 122.
14 Come to the Alabama City Branch of the Gadsden Public Library from 10 a.m. until 12 p.m. to learn basic jewelry making with Stacy Stepleton. Please call Kay at 256-549-4688 for additional information. Contact Kay for a list of supplies to bring; supplies will not be provided.
17 The Gadsden Public Library Inspiration Book Club will be meeting in the Lena Martin Room at 12 p.m. to discuss “The Heart Mender” by Andy Andrews. 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 at Droper@gadsdenlibrary.org.
23 ‘Using Microsoft PowerPoint’ 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.
25 Join us in the Lena Martin Room of the Gadsden Public Library from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. to find out about the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) including how you can qualify and how the tax credit can be claimed. You’ll also have the opportunity to di-scover the many free services available in our community from local agencies and businesses. For further information, please contact Craig at email@example.com or by calling 256-549-4699 ext. 120.
25 Hokes Bluff Seniors and Friends will meet at 10:30 a.m. in the Hokes Bluff Community Center. New members and visitors are welcome.
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.
30 ‘Basic Website Design’ will be from 9:30-11:30 a.m. in the Gadsden Public Library computer classroom. This class will review the basic set-up for creating a website, the best resources to use along with teaching how to best get your website optimized and seen by others. Register for classes in person at the Computer Center Desk located on the second floor or call 256-549-4699, ext. 119.