Messenger Community Calendar for January

There is a first Friday in every month, so there will always be a First Friday in historic downtown Gadsden! During January and February, the streets will not be closed and our food vendors are taking a short break, so the event will be scaled back.Classic cars are invited to come and park in the regulationparking places and enjoy the evening. So bring the family and stroll the sidewalks, support your local merchants, eat in the wonderful restaurants and enjoy the late night entertainment. Remember, First Friday is about our downtown merchants, So please THINK LOCAL as you Shop*Sip*Eat*Play*Learn LOCAL on First Friday and every day!

The ninth annual Go Red event, a heart disease awareness fund raiser 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 natalie_fleming@gadsdenregional.com. 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 hold registration for Spring Semester 2013 on Jan. 7-8 and classes begin Jan. 9. View the schedule at www.gadsdenstate.edu.

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.

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 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.

January
    
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, Jan. 4 to discuss the book “Bride of New France” by Isabell Wolf. A second meeting will be held Jan. 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 NE Alabama Genealogical Society will meet at Nichols Memorial Library Saturday, Jan. 5 at 1:30 p.m. The speaker will be Larry Joe Smith from DeKalb County. Mr. Smith’s program will be on Indian research and the Trail of Tears. Anyone interested is invited to attend. For additional information, contact Leon Young, 256-547-8477.

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 craig@gadsdenlibrary.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 lashunda@gadsdenlibrary.org.

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 lashunda@gadsdenlibrary.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 tfreeman@gadsdenstate.edu.
    
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.

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.

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.

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.

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 brandy@gadsdenlibrary.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 Hokes Bluff Seniors and Friends will meet at 10:30 a.m. in the Hokes Bluff Community Center. New members and visitors are welcome.

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 craig@gadsdenlibrary.org 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.

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‘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.

February
 
16 The Gadsden Public Library Brunch with Books book club will meet at 10 a.m. in the Lena Martin Room to discuss “An Angry- A** Black Woman” by Karen E. Quinones Miller. Light brunch will be served. For additional information, please contact LaSunda at 256-549-4691, or Tallulah at 256-549-4699, ext. 102.

 
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