Community Calendar for January - March

The Alabama National Day of Prayer Task is soliciting volunteers from all counties in the state to form prayer groups from church, school, business, community civic or social groups in support of a May 2, 2013, National Day of Prayer event.  Whether your group meets for several minutes or an hour or host a special vigil, we’d like it to be recognized on our National Day of Prayer calendar. Please contact our state leaders if you or your group is interested in hosting an event. Help host prayer in and throughout Alabama. For more information, e-mail Pastor Emmett and Deborah Johnson at, (preferred) or call 334-221-3446 or 334-354-5181.

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  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.
Alabama Mentor needs you! Our foster families are the key to unlocking the opportunity for teens in foster care. Invest in their future – Mentor a child or teen as a Therapeutic Foster Parent. Alabama Mentor provides Therapeutic Foster Care Services for children and teens with emotional and behavioral challenges. For more information, please call Kimberly Tucker at 256-570-0444.

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

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.


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.
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 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 under-8 through under-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

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

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

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.

29 Join Denise Gunter and Darlene Brannon for the grand opening of their new business at 6 p.m. at The Fish Market, 1504-B Rainbow Drive. They invite you to discover the difference great skincare can make in your life with their clinically proven, guaranteed product line, and learn about an amazing business opportunity. Learn what the modern day House Call is all about and write yourself a prescription for change. Celebrate the launch of Denise and Darlene’s new Rodan + Fields (creators of Proactiv* Solution) business. For more information call Denise Gunter at 205-613-4989 or Darlene Brannon at 205-237-0436.

29 A Bible study will be held at 11 a.m. and Game Day begins at 12 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.


1-3 Southside Baptist Church will be holding a free strength team Area Wide Crusade that will meet Friday and Saturday nights at 7 p.m. Sunday morning service will be at 10:30 a.m. with a Super Bowl family night at 6 p.m. For more information, please call 256-442-8602 or visit

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.

2 Elementary teachers from around the state will gather for a Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Workshop from 8:30 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville. Sponsored by the local chapter of the Air Force Association (335), the U.S. Space and Rocket Center and AFA Community Partners Landers McLarty and Lockheed Martin, the workshop is targeted to teachers with gifted programs and will focus on Civil Air Patrol Aerospace Education Material (AEM) and the Aerospace Connection in Education (ACE) Program. The workshop is free to teachers and there are a few slots open. Lunch and snacks will be provided. For additional information, contact Russ Lewey at

5 Egypt community citizens are invited to attend District 3 Commissioner Larry V. Payne’s community meeting held at the Egypt Community Center at 6 p.m.
7 The Alabama Cooperative Extension System will conduct a pond management workshop at Gadsden State Community College. This all-day event will provide a great opportunity for pond owners and managers to have a better understanding on what it takes to properly build, manage and maintain a recreational pond. The indoor and outdoor presentations and demonstrations will cover construction, stocking, weed and wildlife control and everything in between. Pre-registration fee is $15 and due by Feb. 1. Same-day registration is $25 dollars. Registration includes a seat at the seminars and field demonstrations, lunch, and printed pond and presentation materials. The workshop also is a great time to bring your pond water to be tested, so be sure to bring a bottle of it. To register, please contact Norm Haley with the Alabama Cooperative Extension System at 256-630-4248 or e-mail

9 The Family Success Center invites you to Mardi Gras Magic at Convention Hall from 6 until 10 p.m. Entertainment will be provided by Pop’a Groove. The event is BYOB and catering will be provided by The Fish Market Restaurant. Serving begins at 6 p.m. Tickets are $40. Dress is casual or Mardi Gras attire. Contact Marie Johnson at 256-547-6888 ext. 11 for tickets or purchase tickets at the Family Success Center, 821 East Broad Street. Proceeds benefit the Family Success Center, a United Way Agency.

Citizens of Sardis, Whitesboro, Smith Institute and areas nearby are invited to attend Dist. 3 Commissioner Larry V. Payne’s community meeting, which will be held at the Sardis Community Center at 6 p.m.

15-17 Southside Baptist Church will be holding a men’s conference titled “As for Me and My House, We Will Serve the Lord.” On Friday, dinner will be at 5:15 p.m. with the conference starting at 6:30 p.m. Activities on Saturday begin at 9 a.m. There will be a free 18-hole golf tournament and motorcycling. Dinner will be at 4:30 p.m. and the conference begins at 6 p.m. Sunday worship service will be at 10:30 a.m. and evening service will be at 6 p.m. Conference including dinner is $20 and conference only is $10.

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 LaShunda at 256-549-4691, or Tallulah at 256-549-4699, ext. 102.

16 The Annual Black History Celebration, sponsored by The City of Attalla and the Attalla Jr./ Norris High Foundation, will be held from 12 until 3 p.m. at the Attalla Senior Citizens Center on Case Avenue. There will be free food and drinks, along with prizes for the youth. For additional information call 256-305-9730 or 256-547-4113.

16 The Kiwanis Club of Gadsden’s Annual Pancake Day at Convention Hall will be held from 6 a.m. until 2 p.m. Tickets are on sale now from any Kiwanis Club, Key Club or Action Club member/student. Co-Chairpersons Christie Knowles and Mike Self stated that this longtime community event is a fun-filled family event where you will see your friends and enjoy much fellowship. We’ll be serving pancakes and sausage with your choice of Pepsi, coffee, milk or orange drink. Tickets are $4 in advance and $5 at the door. Take-outs are available for an additional dollar.

17 Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, INC, Gadsden Alumnae Chapter, will celebrate Founders Day at 4 p.m. at Galilee Baptist Church. For more information, please call 251-591-7479 or 256-547-2280.

19 Citizens of the Mountainboro and New Union voting places are invited to attend Dist. 3 Commissioner Larry V. Payne’s community meeting held at the Carlisle School Cafeteria at 6 p.m.

19 The Etowah County Extension office will host a seed-starting workshop from 10 a.m. until 12 p.m. at the Etowah County Extension System office located at 3200A West Meighan Boulevard in Gadsden. A $10 registration cost covers all needed materials, and each participant will take home a flat of tomatoes to grow indoors at home. Pre-registration and payment is required no later than Feb. 13. Class size is limited to 25 people. The workshop will cover all aspects of growing healthy seedlings for transplanting at home. This is a hands-on workshop, so prepare to get your hands dirty! For more information, please contact Regional Extension Agent Danielle Carroll at 256 458-6043 or the Etowah County Extension Office at 256 547-7936.  Registrations forms are available to download and print at or pick one up at the extension office.

22 The Hokes Bluff Seniors and Friends will meet at 10:30 a.m. on Friday in the Hokes Bluff Community Center. Visitors are welcome.

26 Citizens of Duck Springs and Ridgeville voting places are invited to attend Dist. 3 Commissioner Larry V. Payne’s community meeting, which will be held at the Cave Springs Community Center at 6 p.m.


1 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 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, contact Bill Martin at 256-490-3674 or

5 Citizens of the Ivalee Community are invited to attend Dist. 3 Commissioner Larry V. Payne’s community meeting, which will be held at the Ivalee School Library at 6 p.m.

9 The Rural Domestic Preparedness Consortium (RDPC) is making it easier for emergency responders in Alabama to step into that role by delivering a free U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS)-certified media awareness course that provides valuable insight into helping to understand how the media works and how best to work with available media outlets. This six-hour instructor-led course, “AWR 209 Dealing with the Media: A Short Course for Rural First Responders,” will be offered from 9 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. at the Calhoun County EMA office located at 507 Francis Street West in Jacksonville. The course provides emergency responders the skills and knowledge needed to quickly adopt the role of a public information officer if and when needed and to communicate with the public through the news media. To register, visit Registration deadline is Feb. 23.

12 Citizens of Reece City are invited to attend Dist. 3 Commissioner Larry V. Payne’s community meeting held at Reece City Hall at 6 p.m.

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