Community Calendar for February

 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.

    The date to withdraw from a class or to do a complete withdrawal from Gadsden State Community College has changed. The final day to withdraw from Spring Mini 1 classes is now Feb 15. Students who wish to withdraw from Spring Full Term or Mini II must do so by April 15. Individual class withdrawals can be done online through the Banner student system. Complete withdrawals must be done in the Records Office. For more information, contact the registrar’s office at 256-549-8259.

    Join the NAACP in celebrating Black History Month. In celebration of Black History Month, the Etowah County (Gadsden) branch will conduct a membership drive for new members and renew expired memberships. The NAACP is a network of hundreds of thousands of members and supporters throughout the nation who work to ensure civil and human rights for all Americans. Please help us close the gaps of racial disparity by becoming a member today. Becoming a NAACP member automatically makes you eligible for discounts and benefits through our new member benefits program.

    Alabama Mentor needs you. 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 cha-llenges. For more information, 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, contact Craig at 256-549-4699, ext. 120.

    Nichols Memorial Library, home of the Northeast Alabama Genealogical Society, will be open from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. for anyone interested in researching family history. Contact Leon Young at 256-547-8477 or Harold Batie at 256-492-2739 for additional information.

Events for Healthy Woman, a free women’s health resource provided by Gadsden Regional Medical Center, will be held quarterly in 2013. Previously, the chapter held monthly luncheons with speakers and information on women’s health topics.

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.

“SMARTHINKING,” an online student tutoring and academic assistance service, is now available at Gadsden State Community College. “SMARTHINKING” is open to all Gadsden State students 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Students will be able to receive support and study resources in areas such as math, English and science.

    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.
    
    The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints’ Family History Center, located at 2001 Noccalula Road in Gadsden, has trained consultants available to help research for information about your ancestors. Staff members can help you use resources that are available in the center. The center has access to The FamilySearch internet site, computers, microfilm readers, online microfilm ordering and other free premium family history research internet sites. Do you want to research your family history but do not know how to get started? Let us help you get started in gathering and recording information about your ancestors. Hours are Saturdays from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. For more information, call 256-546-0746.  

    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
    
    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.

    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 Northeast 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, 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 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, contact LaShunda at 256-549-4691 or lashunda@gadsdenlibrary.org; or Timothy at 256-549-4699 or tim@gadsdenlibrary.org.

    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, contact LaShunda at 256-549-4691 or lashunda@gadsdenlibrary.org.

    11-15 Gadsden State Community College Student Activities will hold auditions for the Top Ten Talent Show beginning at 2 p.m. at the following campus locations. Feb 11 at Ayers Campus Computer Science Auditorium; Feb. 12 at Cherokee Center Conference Room; Feb 13 at McClellan Center Auditorium; and Feb. 14 at East Broad Campus Auditorium. Feb. 15 is a make-up day by appointment only at 10 a.m. The top 10 acts will compete for a cash prize in the talent show on March 5 at Wallace Hall Fine Arts Center at 6:30 p.m. Students must provide their own music, and acts may be solo or group. Talent may consist of vocal, instrumental, dance, comedy, etc. Any Gadsden State student interested in participating may sign up for the auditions by calling Dr. Judy Hill at 256-549-8329 or e-mail at jhill@gadsdenstate.edu.

    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, contact LaShunda at 256-549-4691 or lashunda@gadsdenlibrary.org.

    12,19,26 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, contact Kay at 256-549-4688.

    12, 26 The Gadsden Public Library Teen Zone will have a Doctor Who Watch-A-Thon from 3 – 6:30 p.m. For additional information, contact Brandy or Chris at 256-549-4699, ext. 122.

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

    13,20,27 The Alabama City branch of the Gadsden Public Li-brary will host Quilting and Things at 2 p.m. Join us for quilting and other stitching pastimes. Beginners are welcome. For additional information, contact Kay at 256-549-4688.

    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, contact LaShunda at 256-549-4691.

    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, contact Craig at craig@gadsdenlibrary.org or calling 256- 549-4699, ext. 120.

    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.

    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, contact Brandy or Chris at 256-549-4699, ext. 122.

    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, contact Kay at 256-549-4688.

    15-17 Southside Baptist Church will hold 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 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.

    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, 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.

    16 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 SCLC presents a Martin Luther King Motivational Brunch at Wills Creek District Baptist Association Building at 10:30 a.m. Adult donation is $5 and youth is $3.

    17 Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, INC, Gadsden Alumnae Chapter, will celebrate Founders Day at 4 p.m. at Galilee Baptist Church. For more information, 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 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, contact LaShunda at 256-549-4691 or lashunda@gadsdenlibrary.org or 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, contact Brandy or Chris at 256.549.4699, ext. 122.

    19 Citizens of the Mountainboro and New Union voting pla-ces are invited to attend Etowah County District 3 Commissioner Larry V. Payne’s community meeting at 6 p.m. at the Carlisle School Cafeteria
    
    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, 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, contact Dee Roper at 256-549-4699, ext. 104, or Droper@gadsdenlibrary.org.

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

    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.

    22 The McClellan Bookworms will meet at 10 a.m. at the McClelland Center Conference Room. The book of the month is “Secrets of Mary Bowser,” by Lois Leveen. More about the book can be found at the author’s website: www.loisleveen.com. For more information, contact Melinda Harvey, Gadsden State Community College librarian at 256-549-9352 or 8548.

    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, 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 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, contact LaShunda at 256-549-4691 or lashunda@gadsdenlibrary.org or Timothy at 256-549-4699 or tim@gadsdenlibrary.org.

    26 Citizens of Duck Springs and Ridgeville voting places are invited to attend Etowah County District 3 Commissioner Larry V. Payne’s community meeting at 6 p.m. at Cave Springs Community Center
    
    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, contact LaShunda at 256-549-4691.

    27 The Office of Career Services at Gadsden State Community College will host a Health Sciences Employment Opportunity Fair at Helderman Hall located on the Wallace Drive Campus in Gadsden from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. All health science majors and the general public are invited to attend at no cost. Please dress professionally and bring several copies of your résumé. Recruiters or employers interested in registering for the event should contact Cynthia Foster at 256-549-8635 or cfoster@gadsdenstate.edu.

    27 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 contact Craig at craig@gadsdenlibrary.org or by calling 256- 549-4699, x 120.

    27 RSVP is sponsoring the AARP Driver Safety Program at the Northeast Etowah Community Center located at 3733 US Hwy. 411 North from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. AARP developed this six-hour classroom refresher course for drivers age 50 and older. The course explains the changes that occur in vision, hearing and reaction time as we age and provides useful driving safety tips for handling these changes.
    Several major auto insurance carriers offer discounts to graduates of the program. Interested persons should contact their insurance carrier to see if such a discount is available. This course involves no tests. A $14 fee ($12 for AARP members) goes directly to AARP to cover the cost of classroom materials. For more information or to register for the course, please call RSVP at 256-549-8147.

 
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