Community Calendar for January - March

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 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.

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
    
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.
    
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.

13 The Gadsden Alumni chapter presents Kappa Alpha Phi  Founder’s Day Program at 4 p.m. located in the Wayne C. Rowe Auditorium at Quality of Life Health Services Inc. To RSVP, please email job1day1@hotmail.com. For more information, please contact James Adams, 256-490-2527, or Wayne C. Rowe, 256-553-0457.

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.

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.

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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.

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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.

15 Mahjong will be played at 1 p.m. in the Senior Circle Suite, first floor of Gadsden Regional Medical Center. Please call 256-494-4894 one week prior to any Gadsden Regional event to make reservations to attend.

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.

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.

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.

17 Birthday Brunch is at 11 a.m. in the Senior Circle Suite, first floor of Gadsden Regional Medical Center. Please call 256-494-4894 one week prior to any Gadsden Regional event to make reservations to attend.

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.

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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.

17 The Greater Gadsden Greeters January Coffee will be held at a member’s home from 10 a.m. until 12 p.m. If you are new to the area (4 years or less) and want more information, please call Genelle Wagar, 256-442-8507, or Marie Bain, 256-442-4129.

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.

18 A movie will be shown at 1 p.m. in the Senior Circle Suite, first floor of Gadsden Regional Medical Center. “The Lucky One,” based on the Nicholas Sparks novel by the same title, will be shown. Please call 256-494-4894 one week prior to any Gadsden Regional event to make reservations to attend.
    
18-20 The Sports Zone and Fun Center located at 105 Industrial Boulevard in Rainbow City will host the 2013 Winter Indoor Soccer Classic for high school students. Teams will play a 5 vs. 5 format with a three-game minimum for each team. Multiple divisions will be available for teams with different skill levels. A skills competition is scheduled for the evening of Jan. 19. Participants may sign up with a team or as an individual. All teams will be required to abide by the Alabama High School Athletic Association rule of no more than six players from the same high school on one team. Roster limit is eight players. Cost is $200 per team or $25 per person. All players must be currently enrolled in high school. A complete rules packet will be provided for all registered teams. To register or for more information, contact tournament director Bill Martin at 256-490-3674 or billmartin@hotmail.com.

19 The Tawannah Lions Club of Hokes Bluff presents Prudence Hilburn cooking and tasting show at 10:30 a.m. in the Hokes Bluff Lions Community Building. Tickets will be $20 per person and are available from all Tawannah Lions Club members. To purchase tickets or learn more, please contact Brenda Ashley at 256-492-8889.

21 Diabetic Lunch & Learn series meets at noon in the Gadsden Regional Room of Building 500 at GRMC. Diabetes Educator Ethelyn Brown will host the free luncheon. Please call 256-494-4894 one week prior to any Gadsden Regional event to make reservations to attend.

22 Scale Back Alabama weigh-in is from 8 a.m. to noon in the Senior Circle Suite at Gadsden Regional. GRMC will be serving as a public weigh-in site for the state weight loss program, now in its seventh year. Visit www.scalebackalabama.com for more information or to register as a participant. Please call 256-494-4894 one week prior to any Gadsden Regional event to make reservations to attend.

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.

24 Knitting/crocheting social club will meet at 3:30 p.m. in the Senior Circle Suite, first floor of Gadsden Regional Medical Center. The club will make hats to benefit GRMC Cancer Center patients and babies born at GRMC. Bring your own needles, hooks and yarn and GRMC will provide drinks and snacks. All ages and skill levels are welcome to attend. Call Natalie Fleming at 256-494-4179 for more information.

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.

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 discover 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.

25 The McClellan Bookworms will meet to discuss the book of the month “Casual Vacancy” by J.K. Rowling 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.

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.  

26,27 The Sports Zone and Fun Center located at 105 Industrial Boulevard in Rainbow City will host the 2013 Winter Indoor Youth Soccer Classic on Jan. 26-27 for girls and Feb. 2-3 for boys. Age groups are U-8 through U-12. Teams will play a 7 vs. 7 format with a three-game minimum for each team. Multiple divisions will be available for teams with different skill levels. A skills competition is scheduled for the evenings of Jan. 26 and Feb. 1. Roster limit is 12 players. Cost is $250 per team. Registration deadline is Jan. 16. A complete rules packet will be provided for all registered teams. To register or for more information, contact tournament director Bill Martin at 256-490-3674 or billmartin@hotmail.com.

29 Bible Study is at 11 a.m. and Game Day begins at noon in the Senior Circle Suite, first floor of Gadsden Regional Medical Center. Please call 256-494-4894 one week prior to any Gadsden Regional event to make reservations to attend.

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

2 The 6th annual Downtown Gadsden Chili Cook-Off will be held from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. Serving will begin around noon but don’t wait too late or you may miss out! Tasting tickets are $1 each or 6 for $5. Local cooks prepare tasty chili recipes for you. Located in front of the Mary G. Harding Cultural Arts Center. Prizes will be awarded. Call 256-547-8696 for more details.
 
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.

March

The “Gladiators for Safer Schools” benefit will be held at the Sports Zone and Fun Center located at 105 Industrial Boulevard in Rainbow City. The event is designed to raise money for to help promote safer school programs in all Etowah county and city schools. The competition is open to men and women age 19 and over. Events will not be full-contact. Points and/or times will be awarded for each event. Awards will be given for Overall Female and Male Gladiator, Oldest Gladiator and Top Gladiator in each age group. There also will be door prizes. Events include Assault, Joust and Obstacle Course. Competition begins at 8 a.m. A $20 registration fee includes official tee shirt. Events will take approximately 45 minutes to one hour to compete and are rain or shine. To register or for more information, contact Bill Martin at 256-490-3674 or billmartin@hotmail.com.

 
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