Community Calendar for April

March 29, 2013 chris
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 On the first Saturday of every month, Gadsden Regional’s Women’s & Children’s department will hold free childbirth classes 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 accepting nominations for its annual beautification awards. Entry forms are available at Gadsden City Hall on the fourth floor at the city clerks office and online at 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 Me-dical 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.

    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 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.

    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.

    4 The Greater Gadsden Greeters will have their luncheon 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 April Luncheon will be a “Mystery Fashion Show,” something very new and exciting, so please make a point to attend. If you are new to the area (four years or fewer), join us by calling Genelle Wager, 256-442-8507, or Marie Bain, 256-442-4129.

    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. Registration fee is $20. There will be door prize drawings for those raising $100. For more information call Alice Minyard at 256-442-0463 or

    6,7 A Civil War reenactment will take place at Janney Furnace Park in Ohatchee from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. A battle will take place each day at 2 p.m. Admission is free. The event also features food vendors, music and demonstrations.

    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 le-ssons 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.

    9 Spring is a time of renewal and revitalization. Join us for a Healthy Woman evening of fun and relaxation. Dr. Layla Wren will present “The Top Ten Ways to Feel Good About Yourself” from 4:30-6:30 p.m. in the Gadsden Regional Room in Building 500. We will also be featuring Origami Owl Custom Jewelry. Independent designer Joy Allen will be on hand to help you design your own custom piece of jewelry.

    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 “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.
    26 Hokes Bluff Seniors and Friends will meet at 10:30 a.m. in the Hokes Bluff Community Center. New members and visitors are welcome.

    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.

    27 Coosa Valley Earth Day Celebration will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Noccalula Falls Parkin Gadsden. The event, sponsored by the Coosa Valley Sierra Club, the Coosa Riverkeeper, the City of Gadsden and the Greater Gadsden Tourism Board, will feature a Farmers Market, Green Exhibits, Arts and Crafts, Children’s activities, coo-king oil recycling and live music by the Oxymorons.