Community Calendar for February - March

On the first Saturday of every month, Gadsden Regional’s Women’s & Children’s department will hold free childbirth classes. The classes are from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Gadsden Regional Room of Building 500 on the GRMC campus. The classes include sessions on infant care with pediatricians; a presentation by Success By 6 on infant and child development; sessions about pain control/ epidurals, labor and delivery, and the post-partum period; information on breast feeding from a lactation consultant; and a tour of the hospital’s Women’s & Children’s unit. Breakfast and lunch are provided and attendees will receive free samples and door prizes. Mothers who plan to deliver at GRMC are welcome to attend and may bring along a guest. To register to attend or to receive more information, please call 256- 494- 4650.

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 form 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. for anyone interested in family history research. The library contains genealogical information and family files from all areas of Alabama, Georgia, North and South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and other states. Military records and Native American research books are available for research. For additional information, contact Leon Young at 256-547-8477 or Harold Batie at 256-492-2739.

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.

The American Red Cross is currently enrolling participants in a four-week daytime Nurse Assistant Training (NAT) course at its Birmingham facility. Upon successful completion of the course, participants are eligible to take the Alabama state board exam for Certified Nurse Aided (CNA). This course is a fast track to a promising career in the health care industry. It’s estimated that the need for CNAs will increase 27 percent by 2014. CNAs work in various health care facilities and are vital to patient care. Cost of the course is $1,250 per person and includes a textbook and CPR certification. A 20 percent coupon is currently available to lower the cost to $1,000. The American Red Cross has ongoing day and night classes. Participants are required to pre-register and prepay. For class schedule information and enrollment, contact Laura Wilson at 205-795-8740 or laura.wilson@redcross.org.

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.

February

    
1,2 The WQSB Marathon Blood Drive will be held from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. in the Community Room in the Gadsden Mall. If you plan on giving blood, make sure you prepare yourself for the process. Double your fluid intake and make sure to eat nutritious meals leading up to the blood drive. Make sure to get a good night’s sleep before the drive. To make an appointment, please visit www.redcrossblodd.org.

1,8,15,22 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.

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 held 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 www.sbcsouthside.com.

2,16 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 call 256-549-4699, ext. 120.

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.

4 Come to the Lena Martin Room at the Gadsden Public Library to celebrate African-American History Month. Every February, African American History Month is observed to celebrate the contributions African-Americans have made to the United States, both its history and its culture. The Gadsden Public Library is again proud to recognize those contributions with its 2013 series to celebrate African American History month. The GPL invites children, teens, adults and families of all races to this month long series. From 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. there will be a Health Education Day with Quality of Life Health Services Free blood pressure and blood sugar screenings will be conducted. For additional information, please contact LaShunda at 256-549-4691, or lashunda@gadsdenlibrary.org; Timothy at 256-549-4699, or tim@gadsdenlibrary.org.

4,11,18,25 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.

5,6 A “Computer Basics and Internet for the Beginner” class 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 (three 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. For further information, please contact Craig at craig@gadsdenlibrary.org or by calling 256- 549-4699, x 120.

5,12,19,26 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.

5,26 Join us at the East Gadsden Branch of the Gadsden Public Library from 12 until 4 p.m. as instructor Charlotte Kennedy teaches the basic strategies for playing the skillful game Mahjongg! For additional information, please contact LaShunda at 256-549-4691.

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Egypt community citizens are invited to attend Etowah County District 3 Commissioner Larry V. Payne’s community meeting held at the Egypt Community Center at 6 p.m.
 
6,13,20,27 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.

6,13,20,27 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 Yahtzee! Families are welcome. For additional information, please contact LaShunda at 256-549-4691.

7 The Greater Gadsden Greeters February luncheon will be held 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 February speaker will be Natalie Barton, director of communication at the Etowah County Sheriff’s Office. She will be speaking on Yellow Dot, a free program being offered to Alabama citizens of all ages designed to assist emergency responders in the event of an automobile accident or other medical emergency involving the participant’s vehicle. If you are new to the area (four years or less) and would like more information, please call Genelle Wagar at 256-442-8507 or Marie Bain at 256-442-4129. Reservations are required.

7,21 The East Gadsden Branch of the Gadsden Public Library will be having arts and crafts at 3:30 p.m. For additional information, please contact LaShunda at 256.549.4691.

7,14,21,28 The Gadsden Public Library Children’s StoryTimes will be held at 10 a.m. in the Children’s Programming Room. Participate in the library’s free weekly programs and enjoy special time with your little one with stories, crafts, snacks and special guests. Programs are geared toward children ages 5 and under. For additional information, please contact the library’s children’s department at 256-549-4699, ext. 118.

7,14,21,28 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 or Chris at 256-549-4699, ext. 122.

7,14,21,28 The Alabama City Branch of the Gadsden Public Library will have 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.

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 nvh0001@aces.edu.

9 The WQSB Marathon Blood Drive will be held from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. at Bruce’s Foodland, 202 Greenhill Blvd. in Fort Payne and at Foodland of Albertville, located at 313 Sand Mountain Drive. If you plan on giving blood, make sure you prepare yourself for the process. Double your fluid intake and make sure to eat nutritious meals leading up to the blood drive. Make sure to get a good night’s sleep before the drive. To make an appointment, please visit www.redcrossblodd.org.

9 The Family Success Center will host Mardi Gras Magic at Convention Hall in Gadsden from 6 to 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 per person. 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 located at 821 East Broad Street in downtown Gadsden. Proceeds benefit the Family Success Center, a United Way Agency.

9 Gadsden Public Library Teen Zone Anime Club will meet to discuss “Special A” at 12 p.m. For additional information, please contact Brandy or Chris at 256-549-4699, ext. 122, or brandy@gadsdenlibrary.org.

9 The NE Alabama Genealogical Society will meet at Nichols Memorial Library at 1:30 p.m. The speaker will be Danny Skillman, whose program will be “Cherokee Genealogy- Research Tips for Researching Cherokee Ancestry and some Cherokee History.” Anyone interested is invited to attend. For additional information, contact Leon Young at 256-547-8477.

11 The Gadsden Public Library Teen Zone will hold a Yu-Gi-Oh! Tournament from 4 – 6:30 p.m. For additional information, please contact Brandy or Chris at 256-549-4699, ext. 122.

11 Come to the Arthur Green Room of Gadsden Convention Hall to celebrate African-American History Month. The Gadsden Public Library is again proud to recognize those contributions with its 2013 series to celebrate African American History month. We invite children, teens, adults and families of all races this month long series. From 5:30 until 7:30 p.m. there will be a Soul Food Contest. All dishes must use home ingredients. No “pre-made” foods may be used in dishes prepared for the contest. Food categories include Meats, Vegetables, Desserts and Breads. Entry forms may be picked up at all three branches of the Gadsden Public Library. The last day to enter the contest is Friday, Feb. 8. Forms may be turned in at any branch of the Gadsden Public Library. A $1 donation per person may be made in order to attend and sample contest entries. For additional information, please contact LaShunda at 256-549-4691, or lashunda@gadsdenlibrary.org; Timothy at 256-549-4699, or tim@gadsdenlibrary.org.

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The Gadsden Public Library Teen Zone will have a Doctor Who Watch-A-Thon from 3 – 6:30 p.m. For additional information, please contact Brandy or Chris at 256-549-4699, ext. 122.

12 Citizens of Sardis, Whitesboro, Smith Institute and areas nearby are invited to attend Etowah County District 3 Commissioner Larry V. Payne’s community meeting at the Sardis Community Center at 6 p.m.

13,17 WaCkY WeDnEsDaYs are back! Join us from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. in the Gadsden Public Library’s Children’s Programming Room for crazy science experiments and other cool educational activities. These programs are geared for ages 5 and up, and are only $1 per child. For additional information, call the library’s children’s department at 549-4699, ext 118.

13 A “Downloading and Saving Your Docs and Files” class 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. For further information, please contact Craig at craig@gadsdenlibrary.org or by calling 256- 549-4699, ext. 120.

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 served at 5:15 p.m. with the conference starting at 6:30 p.m. Activities on Saturday begin at 9 a.m. Activitites include a free 18-hole golf tournament and motorcycling. Dinner will be served at 4:30 p.m. and the conference begins at 6 p.m. Sunday worship service will be held at 10:30 a.m. and evening service will be held at 6 p.m. The conference including dinner is $20 and conference is $10.

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 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 – 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.

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The Kiwanis Club of Gadsden will hold its annual Pancake Day at Gadsden’s Convention Hall from 6 a.m. – 2 p.m. Takeout is available for a $1 charge. Menu includes pancakes, Dean’s Sausage, hot coffee, cold milk or your favorite Buffalo Rock soft drink. Sugar free syrup is available. Tickets are available for $4 in advance from any Kiwanis member or $5 at the door on the day of the event. Since 1957, this fundraiser has generated well over $1.5 million in funds used to benefit area children. For more information, contact Pancake Day chairpersons Christie Knowles at 256-543-0400 or Mike Self at 256- 543-6111.

16 The WQSB Marathon Blood Drive will be held from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. at Cherokee Plaza near Howard Jewelers located at 708 Cherokee Plaza in Centre. If you plan on giving blood, make sure you prepare yourself for the process. Double your fluid intake and make sure to eat nutritious meals leading up to the blood drive. Make sure to get a good night’s sleep before the drive. To make an appointment, please visit www.redcrossblodd.org.

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.
    
18 Join us in the Lena Martin Room of the Gadsden Public Library as we celebrate African-American History Month. The Gadsden Public Library is again proud to recognize those contributions with its 2013 series to celebrate African American History month. We invite children, teens, adults and families of all races to this month long series. From 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. join longtime music minister Mr. Johnny Flenoir and his Friends as they share traditional African-American culture through song and dance. For additional information, please contact LaShunda at 256-549-4691, or lashunda@gadsdenlibrary.org; Timothy at 256-549-4699, or tim@gadsdenlibrary.org.

19 The Gadsden Public Library Teen Zone will be having a K-Pop Party from 5 – 6:30 p.m. with an introduction to the K-Pop music culture. Korean pop is a musical genre and subculture originating in South Korea that comprises a wide spectrum of music and visual elements. Come and hang out K-Pop style and watch music videos and learn their popular choreography. There will be a prize for the person who can best imitate their dance style. For additional information, please contact Brandy or Chris at 256.549.4699, ext. 122.

19 Citizens of the Mountainboro and New Union voting places are invited to attend Etowah County District 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 www.aces.edu/Etowah or pick one up at the extension office.

20 A class on Microsoft Word 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. For further information, please contact Craig at craig@gadsdenlibrary.org or by calling 256- 549-4699, ext. 120.

21 The Gadsden Public Library Inspiration Book Club will meet in the Lena Martin Room at 12 p.m. to discuss “From Across the Ancient Waters” by Michael Phillops. 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.

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.

25 Come to the Alabama City Branch of the Gadsden Public Library from 10 a.m. until 12 p.m. for Paper Beads with Stacy Stepleton. Participants are asked to bring glue, clear nail polish, stretchy cord, toothpicks and colorful scrap paper. For additional information, please contact Kay at 256-549-4688.

25 Come celebrate African-American History Month in the Lena Martin Room of the Gadsden Public Library. The Gadsden Public Library is again proud to recognize those contributions with its 2013 series to celebrate African American History month. We invite children, teens, adults and families of all races to  this month long series. Join us in welcoming Birmingham Civil Rights Institute Outreach Coordinator Samuel Pugh as he speaks on the famous bus rides to desegregate public transportation in the South. For additional information, please contact LaShunda at 256-549-4691 or lashunda@gadsdenlibrary.org or Timothy at 256-549-4699 or tim@gadsdenlibrary.org.

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Citizens of Duck Springs and Ridgeville voting places are invited to attend Etowah County District 3 Commissioner Larry V. Payne’s community meeting at the Cave Springs Community Center at 6 p.m.

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The class ‘Trace Your Family History Online’ will be held 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. For further information please contact Craig at craig@gadsdenlibrary.org or by calling 256- 549-4699, x 120.

March

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 billmartin@hotmail.com.

5 Citizens of the Ivalee Community are invited to attend Etowah County District 3 Commissioner Larry V. Payne’s community meeting 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 http://www.ruraltraining.org/training/delivery/18549. Registration deadline is Feb. 23.

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

 
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