Community Calendar for March - April

Please note the following City of Gadsden garbage collection schedule for the week of March 24, which will include Good Friday observance: Monday, Mar. 25: regular schedule; Tuesday, Mar. 26: regular schedule; Wednesday, Mar. 27: Thursday route collected; Thursday, Mar. 28: Friday route collected; Friday, Mar. 29: holiday observed. For further information, please contact the City of Gadsden at (256) 549-4745.

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.

The Gadsden Beatification Board is now accepting nominations for its annual beautification awards. Entry forms are available at Gadsden City Hall (4th Floor, City Clerks Office) and online at www.cityofgadsden.com. Deadline for nominations is April 2. An awards banquet will be held on June 11.

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 natalie_fleming@gadsdenregional.com.

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 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 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.

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 help line 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.

March

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.

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 $300 for a foursome. 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 amanda@gadsdenlibrary.org; or Carol at 256-549-4699, ext. 107, or email carol@gadsdenlibrary.org.

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 mharvey@gadsdenstate.edu.

23 The Rainbow City Lions Club hosts Pancake Day – also offering sausage, biscuits and gravy – from 6 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Rainbow City Community Center at 3702 Rainbow Drive. Tickets are $5 in advance; $5.50 at  the door. Children six and under are free.

23 A banquet will be held to honor our heroes and to honor the Rev. Joseph Rowser at the Attalla Citizen Building at 5:30 p.m. The Attalla Jr./ Norris High Foundation is sponsoring the banquet. Tickets are $15 in advance; $20 at the door. For tickets, call 256-547-4113 or 256-305-9730.

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 ancestorswapmeet@bellsouth.net or 256-547-8477.

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.

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.

26 Bible study and Game Day will begin at 11 a.m. in the Senior Circle Suite at Gadsden Regional. Bible study starts at 11 a.m. and is led by Gadsden Regional Chaplain Norris Hilton. Game Day follows at 12 p.m. For more information, call Timeka Robertson at 256-494-4895.

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.

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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.

27 Come to the Gadsden Public Library Teen Zone from 3:30 – 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.

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.

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 craig@gadsdenlibrary.org or call 256- 549-4699, ext 120.

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.

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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.

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.

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.

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

28 Art After 50 will be from 10 a.m. until 12 p.m. in the Senior Circle Suite at Gadsden Regional. Artist Judy Ritter will instruct. For more information, call Timeka Robertson at 256-494-4895.

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.

28 The Gadsden Regional Knitting/Crocheting Social Club will meet at 3:30 p.m. to make hats for newborns and cancer patients. Bring you own supplies and GRMC will provide snacks, drinks and patterns. All skill levels are invited to attend. For more information, call Marketing Coordinator Natalie Fleming at 256-494-4179.

29 First Choice Personnel is celebrating 22 years in business. Open since 1991, First Choice has strived to help every person who desires to work to find the job that not only feeds the family, but also the soul. We give thanks daily to God for our customers and the business relationships that have helped to foster the successes of our dreams. On March 29, we will celebrate this anniversary at all of our branches. Please come by for food and refreshments. We look forward to seeing you there.

April

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 sarcoidosisoureachsos@gmail.com.

7 Christ Central Church Youth will hold a silent auction. Bidding begins at 5 p.m. Dinner will be served at 6 p.m. Reservations can be made by calling the church at 256-442-6625. Dinner is $5 per person or $15 for a family. The auction goes to help fund our summer mission trip. We already have some great items, such as golf and tennis lessons from the Gadsden Country Club, handmade duck decoy and duck call, Texaco collectible items, a fully furnished fish fry and much more. Hope to see you there!

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 ancestorswapmeet@bellsouth.net or call Leon Young at 256-547-8477.

23 “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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