Community Calendar for March - April

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 Glencoe Public Library wishes to preserve the past of the City of Glencoe. The library is looking for pictures from the beginning in 1853 (when a quarry began operating at Rock Springs) to the present. The library also is looking for past yearbooks from the early 1930s to the present to add to its current collection. If you have not visited the library, please stop by. The city, the library board and many volunteers have worked to make the library a beautiful place. Hours at present are Monday – Friday from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m., and Tuesday and Thursday afternoons from 3 – 5 p.m. For information on the pictures or yearbooks, please call Anne Batie at 256-492-2739 or the library at 256-459-4285.

Foster families are the key to unlocking the opportunity for teens in foster care. Invest in their future by mentoring 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, 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 in Gadsden is open every Thursday from 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 additional information, contact Leon Young at 256-547-8477 or Harold Batie at 256-492-2739.

The Gadsden Public Library and its branches will be closed March 29 and 30 in observance of the Easter holiday.

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
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints’ Family History Center, located at 2001 Noccolula 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 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 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.

8 As part of a series recognizing historic Civil War events that took place 150 years ago in and around Gadsden, Birmingham attorney and Civil War Preservation Trust Chairman Henry Simpson will give a free presentation at the Etowah Historical Society at 6.p.m. Mr. Simpson’s presentation will detail work of the Civil War Preservation Trust in preserving Civil War battlefields in danger of being lost to development. The presentation is free and the public is invited. Refreshments will be served afterward. The Civil War Trust is America’s largest non-profit organization devoted to the preservation of our nation’s endangered Civil War battlefields. The trust also promotes educational programs and heritage tourism initiatives to inform the public of the war’s history and the fundamental conflicts that sparked it. For more information, contact Etowah Historical Society program events organizer Laura Elliott or (205) 229-1236. The Etowah Historical Society is located at the back of Elliott Community Center at 29th and Meighan Boulevard (U.S. 431) in Gadsden.     

8,15,22,29 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.

8 The NE Alabama Genealogical Society will meet at Nichols Memorial Library at 1:30 p.m. The speaker will be Historian John McFarland. Mr. McFarland’s program will be “How Did Our Ancestors Get Here?” Anyone interested is invited to attend. For additional information, contact Leon Young at 256-547-8477.

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

9 Come to the Lena Martin Room of the Gadsden Public Library for the history of Doctor Who. Watch the first episode from 1963 and participate in a discussion about the first Doctor. If you don’t know who we are talking about, come and join us as we travel through time. For additional information, please contact John or Chris at 256-549-4699.

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.

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 yam. For additional information, please contact LaShunda at 256-549-4691 or

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

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.

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.

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.

13,20,27 Come to the Gadsden Public Library Teen Zone from 3:30 until 4:30 p.m. for iNeed. The goal of iNeed is to increase math and writing skills of the participants through the use of iPad Mini applications. iPads are for in-library patron use only and may be checked out during specified programming times in the Teen Zone. For more information, please contact Brandy Hyatt at 256-549-4699, ext. 122.

13,20,27 The Alabama City Branch of the Gadsden Public Library will be holding Quilting and Things from 2-4 p.m. Beginners are welcome! For additional information, please contact Kay at 256-549-4688.

13,14 Auditions for the Gadsden State Community College Southern Belle dance team will be held beginning at 2 p.m. each day in the band room at Wallace Hall Fine Arts Center located on the Wallace Drive Campus. The audition and workshop are open to female students planning to attend Gadsden State during 2013 fall semester. Dancers should come prepared to learn and perform a dance routine for the audition. Dancers will perform the audition routine in a group but will be scored individually. Dancers chosen to participate with the Southern Belles will be awarded scholarships. For more information, contact director and choreographer Kay Smith-Foster at 256-549-8224 or

13,27 WaCkY WeDnEsDaYs are back! Join us from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. in the Children’s Programming Room at the Gadsden Public Library 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 children’s department at 549-4699, ext 118.

13 ‘Downloading and Saving Your Docs and Files’ 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 (2nd floor). For further information, please contact Craig at or by call 256- 549-4699, ext. 120.

13 Former University of Alabama and NFL football star and Lettermen of the Iron Bowl Bobby Humphrey will be the keynote speaker at a barbecue luncheon benefiting The Firehouse Shelter. The event is scheduled from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. in the Assembly Hall of Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church in Homewood. Individual tickets are $20. For tickets, contact Doug Kovash at or 205-908-9304 or Darryl Fuhrman at 205-826-1009. You may also purchase tickets online at or at Salem’s Diner in Homewood.

14,21,28 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 children ages 5 and under. For additional information, please contact the Children’s Department at 256-549-4699, ext. 118.

14,21,28 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.

14,28 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.

14 The Humane Society Pet Rescue and Adoption Center (HSPRAC) will be hold its largest fund raiser of the year and requests your attendance for the evening to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day and support the homeless pets of our community. Wear your festive attire and enjoy food, drink and items ranging from pet supplies to overseas trips. Early bird tickets are $40 before March 1 and $50 anytime after. Please call 256-442-1347 or 256-328-0466 for tickets or to donate. We look forward to seeing you as we PAWS for the CAUSE. May the luck of the Irish be with you in 2013!

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 or by calling 256-549-4699, ext. 120.

19 The Gadsden Public Library Teen Zone will be having a Doctor Who Watch-A-Thon from 3 until 6:30 p.m. For additional information, please contact Brandy or Chris at 256.549.4699, ext. 122.

‘Microsoft Excel’ 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 or by calling 256- 549-4699, ext. 120.

21 Join us for the third annual United Way Girlfriend Gala Preview Day. Tickets are $10 and may be purchased at United Way located at 605 South Fourth Street in Gadsden or at Convention Hall on the day of the event. For more information, call 256-547-2581. Free lunch will be provided for the first 200 people.

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.

21 The Coosa Valley Chapter of MOAA meets at the Gadsden State dining facility. All current or past warrant or commissioned officers of all branches of service are eligible to join. Dinner will be served at 6 p.m., followed by speakers or entertainment. Call Col. (Ret.) Jerry Heard at 256-492-1289 or 256-390-2812 for directions or information.

22 Gadsden Public Library Foundation’s Sixth Annual Links for Literacy will be held at Twin Bridges Golf Club. Registration begins at 11:30 a.m.,  with lunch served at 12 p.m. Cost is $75 for an individual and $250 for a foursome before March 8 and $300 for a foursome after March 8. Registration fee includes lunch, range balls, green fees and cart. Awards and door prizes will be announced immediately after the round. For additional information or sponsorship opportunities, please call Amanda at 256-549-4699, ext. 105, or email; or Carol at 256-549-4699, ext. 107, or email

22-24 Southside Baptist Church on Alabama Highway 77 presents the Easter musical “The Battle” at 7 p.m. nightly. Childcare is provided. Admission is free.

22 Hokes Bluff Seniors and Friends will meet at 10:30 a.m. in the Hokes Bluff Community Center.

22 The McClellan Bookworms will meet at 10 a.m. in the McClellan Center Conference Room to discuss the book of the month, “If Morning Ever Comes” by Anne Tyler. April’s book of the month will be “Gone Girl” by Gillian Flynn followed by RL Stine’s “Red Rain” in May. For more information about the bookworms contact Melinda Harvey, Gadsden State Community College librarian, at 256-549-9352/8548 or

23 Do you wish to research your family tree but don’t know where to start? The Northeast Alabama Genealogical Society will hold a genealogy class from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. at Nichols Memorial Library at the corners of Cabot and Dwight Avenue in Gadsden. After a lunch break, volunteers will be available until 4 p.m. to help class members start their research. If interested, contact or 256-547-8477.

25 The Gadsden Public Library Teen Zone will hold an all day Gaming Day from 9 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. for ages 12-18. For additional information, please contact Brandy and Chris at 256-549-4699, ext. 122.

26 The East Gadsden Branch of the Gadsden Public Library will be having Mahjong for Beginners from 12 to 4 p.m. Join us as instructor Charlotte Kennedy teaches the basic strategies for playing the skillful game Mahjong. For more information, please contact LaShunda at 256-549-4691.

27 ‘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. For more information, please contact Craig at or call 256- 549-4699, ext 120.

27,28 The Gadsden Regional Volunteers’ $5 Jewelry Sale will be held from 7 a.m. – 5 p.m. in the Gadsden Regional Room of Building 500. Proceeds benefit the volunteers’ various service projects.

1-4 Gadsden Regional’s Senior Circle will travel to St. Augustine, Fla., Jacksonville, Fla., and Amelia Island, Fla. Cost in $349 per person, double occupancy. A $50 deposit is due at sign up. Call Timeka Robertson at 256-494-4895 to make reservations.

6 The UAB Sarcoidosis Outreach and Support Group will host the Sarcoidosis Hope Walk, a 1K fun walk or 5K walk for the UAB. Sarcoidosis Research Fund. Registration begins at 8 a.m. with step off at 9 a.m. The registration fee is $20. Early Registration is available until February 16. There will be door prize drawings for those raising $100. For more information call Alice Minyard at 256-442-0463 or

9 Gadsden Regional will hold Scale Back Alabama “weigh-outs” from 8 a.m. – 12 p.m. and from 3 to 4 p.m. in the GRMC Senior Circle Suite. You must have weighed in and formed a team in January to weigh-out.

10 The Lookout Mountain District of the Boy Scouts of America will hold its annual American Value Luncheon at 11:30 a.m. at the Pitman Theatre in downtown Gadsden. Former University of Alabama football player Siran Stacy will be the keynote speaker and will be available for autographs after the luncheon. For tickets and more information, please contact Jessica Millican at 205-902-1577.

13 The Gadsden Public Library “Brunch with Books” book club will meet in the Lena Martin Room of the Gadsden Public Library to discuss “The Twelve Tribes of Hattie” by Ayana Mathis. A  light brunch will be served. For additional information, please contact LaShunda at 256-549-4691, or Tallulah at 256-549-4699, ext. 102.

20 The Northeast Alabama Genealogical Society will host its annual Ancestor Swap Meet on from 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. at the Senior Activity Center in downtown Gadsden. J. Mark Lowe will be the speaker as the society remembers the 200th anniversary of the Forgotten War, the Second War for American Independence, Mr. Madison’s War and the War of 1812. Join us for information, fun, vendors and door prizes. A hot lunch is included in the registration fee. A workshop will be held on Friday night. Several other events will take place prior to the swap meet. Vendors are welcome. For more information, e-mail or call Leon Young at 256-547-8477.

23 “The Biggest Loser” contestant Abby Rike will speak at 6 p.m. at Gadsden State’s Wallace Hall. Tickets are $10 each and will go on sale April 1. Call 256-494-4895 to purchase tickets. Prior to Abby Rike’s motivational speech, there will be a free health fair from 4 to 6 p.m.
27 Tabernacle Church will host a South Gadsden reunion from 12 to 4 p.m. Pictures and videos will be made for those who wish to purchase those items. Hot dogs, chips and drinks will be served. Everyone is encouraged to bring his/her old South Gadsden pictures. Hope to see you there.

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