Messenger Community Calendar for April

All Etowah County Elementary Schools will hold kindergarten registration on Tuesday, April 23. Please bring your child’s blue immunization form (available from your pediatrician or the health department), certified birth certificate, social security card and proof of residence. Alabama law provides that a child must be five years of age on or before Sept. 2 to be eligible to attend kindergarten. Please contact the elementary school in your district if you have any questions.    

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.

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.

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

Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange is reinstituting the Attorney General’s “Safe Schools Initiative” with a new emphasis on encouraging technological advances to deal with the challenges experienced by today’s schools and students. In a letter sent last week, the Attorney General notified Alabama schools and invited nominations for the 2013 Awards of Excellence. Awards will be presented this fall “to a winning school from each of the eight state school board districts that has demonstrated an exceptional and safe learning environment,” said Strange, who will visit these winning schools in the fall to personally present the award in honor of each school’s accomplishment. Nominations are being accepted through June 7. More information about criteria for the awards may be found at An independent panel of judges will review nominations, and one school from each state school board district will be selected as a recipient of the Alabama Safe Schools Initiative 2013 Award of Excellence.

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.


12 A book sale fundraiser for Gadsden Regional’s Relay for Life team will be held from 7 a.m. until 4 p.m. in the First Floor Conference Room of Building 500 on the GRMC campus. The sale is open to the public. Proceeds benefit the American Cancer Society.

12,19,26 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.

12 The Etowah County School Foundation 6th Annual Golf Tournament will be held at Twin Bridges Golf Club. All proceeds will benefit the Etowah County School Foundation. The format is a two-person scramble with lunch at 12 p.m. and tee time at 1 p.m. The cost is $225 for tee sponsor and two golfers, $150 per team, $75 individual entry or $100 for tee sponsorship only. Tee sponsorship includes sign and advertisement. For more information, contact Kim White at 256-549-7587.    

13 The 2nd Annual Run to Reach 5K to benefit New Desire Christian Ministries Mission Outreach will be held at the Southside High School gym located off School Drive in Southside. Registration begins at 7 a.m. with the Run/Walk beginning at 8 a.m. A Kids Run/Walk will start at 9 a.m. with the awards ceremony following at 10 a.m. 5K entry fee is $25 and 1 Mile Fun Run/Walk entry fee is $10. For more information, call 256-490-3689 or visit

13 The Etowah County Sports Hall of Fame will induct Jason Ivey, Kim Nails, Lucian Newman, III and Max “Barto” Wilson at Convention Hall located at 344 South First Street in in Gadsden. Tickets are $20 and include dinner catered by Tony’s Catering. Doors open at 6 p.m., with dinner served at 7 p.m. Tickets may be purchased at Fitness Plus, Keystone Bank, from any ECSHOF board member or by calling Phil Michael at 256-492-1117.

13 The Ladies of the Gadsden Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. are calling all males ages 14 and older to join them from 9 a.m. until 12 p.m. for EMBODI: Empowering Males to Build Opportunities for Developing Independence with support and action on the plight of African-American males. This exciting event promises to be filled with a wealth of knowledge, fun, food and entertainment and will be help at Galilee Baptist Church in Gadsden.
13 Join us in the Lena Martin Room of the Gadsden Public Library from 1 until 3 p.m. for the History of Doctor Who. Come watch an episode of “Doctor Who” featuring the second doctor and discuss with other fans. For additional information, please contact John or Chris at 256-549-4699.

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. Light brunch will be served. For additional information, please contact LaShunda at 256-549-4691, or Tallulah at 256-549-4699, ext. 102.

14 Mt. Lebanon FCM Church located at 803 Mt. Lebanon Road on Chandler Mountain, will host a singing at 10 a.m., featuring the Dixie Melody Boys. Everyone is invited.

15 Join the Gadsden Public Library Teen Zone from 4:30 until 6:30 p.m. for Poetry Game Night. The game is to collectively write a poem. Try your wordsmith skills with other teens as each individual adds words to the poem. For information, please contact Brandy or Chris at 256-549-4699, ext. 122.

15 The Gadsden State Community College Veterans Upwards Bound Program will hold a free resume writing and interview skills workshop at Beck Field House at 11 a.m.The workshop is open to all veterans and will offer assistance on refreshing resumes and preparing for upcoming interviews. For more information, call 256-549-8286/8328 or email

15,22,29 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

16 A Pre-Mayday celebration will be held at Convention Hall in Gadsden from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. The event is geared for persons 55 and older and will focus  on “Unleashing the Power of Age.” Admission is free. There will be free health checks, refreshments, massages and free tee shirts to the first 250 people in attendance. For more information, contact The Council on Aging of Etowah County at 256-549-3616 or email

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

16 Gadsden State Community College will participate in a worldwide reading of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “Letter from a Birmingham Jail” on April 16, the date King began writing his letter, to commemorate its 50th anniversary. The event will be held at the center fountain on the Wallace Drive Campus at 1 p.m. The public is invited to attend. Event sponsor Birmingham Public Library has invited organizations, businesses and institutions around the world to sponsor readings. A group of GSCC students, staff and faculty members will take part in the reading. For more information, contact GSCC istory instructor Joshua Bearden  at 256-439-6907 or

16,23,30 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.

16,23,30 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

17,24 The East Gadsden Branch of the Gadsden Public Library will hold Board Game Day at 3:30 p.m. This month we’ll focus on the classic game “Monopoly.” Families are welcome. For additional information, please contact LaShunda at 256-549-4691.

17 The Office of Career Services at Gadsden State Community College will host a Spring Employment Opportunity Fair in the East Broad Campus Administration Building Auditorium from 9-11:30 a.m. The event is open to students, alumni and community members. 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

17,24 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.

17,24 The Alabama City Branch of the Gadsden Public Library will hold “Quilting and Things” from 2 – 4 p.m. Beginners are welcome. For additional information, please contact Kay at 256-549-4688.

17 ‘Microsoft PowerPoint’ will be held from 1:30 – 4:30 p.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.

18 RSVP will hold its next quarterly workshop at 10 a.m. at the Etowah County Courthouse, Community Meeting Room 205. The topic is “Look Good At Any Age.” The workshop includes a fashion show with clothes from JC Pe-nney modeled by local public officials, as well as skin care tips from Mary Kay representative Carol Johnson. This is a free workshop, but space is limited. Call RSVP at 256-549-8147 by April 16 for reservations.

18 The Greater Gadsden Greeters will hold its April Coffee at a member’s home from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. If you are new to the area (four years or less) and would like more information, please contact Genelle Wager at 256-441-8507 or Marie Bain at 256-442-4129.

18,25 Gadsden Public Library Children’s StoryTimes will be held at 10 a.m. in the Children’s Programming Room. Participate in the GPL’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 Children’s Department at 256-549-4699, ext. 118.

18,25 The Alabama City Branch of the Gadsden Public Library will be having Thursday movies from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. Popcorn and a drink will be provided by the library. For additional information, please contact Kay at 256-549-4688.

18,25 Gadsden Public Library Teen Zone Good Crafternoon will meet from 4:30 – 6:30 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.

19 Help support literacy by spending the afternoon on the links for Gadsden Public Library Foundation’s Sixth Annual Links for Literacy at Twin Bridges Golf Club. Registration begins at 11:30 a.m. with lunch served at 12 p.m. Cost is $75 per individual golfer and $300 per foursome. Registration deadline is April 12. Registration fee includes lunch, range balls, greens fees and cart. Awards and door prizes will be given immediately after each round. For additional information, or sponsorship opportunities, please call Amanda at 256-549-4699, ext. 105, or; or Carol at 256-549-4699, ext. 107 or

19,20 World Book Night will be held on Tuesday, April 23.  If you are a World Book Night Giver and you have been notified that your pick-up location is the Gadsden Public Library, you may pick up your box of books on April 19-20 between the hours of 9 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. in the Lena Martin Room of the Gadsden Public Library. For additional information, please contact Craig at 256-549-4699, ext. 120.

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.

20 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 256-549-4699, ext. 120.

20 Visit the Gadsden Public Library at the Alabama Book Festival in historic downtown Montgomery at Old Alabama Town from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. This years festival will host authors Sonny Brewer, Sena Jeter Naslund, Alabama Poet Laureate Andrew Glaze and many more. For additional information about authors, activities and directions, please visit the Alabama Book Festival’s website at

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.

24 Join us for Wacky Wednesdays 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.

25 Join the Gadsden Public Library and Gadsden State English instructor Chris Harrison to celebrate the original Gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson and his legendary novel, “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas: A Savage Journey to the Heart of the American Dream!” Dress as your favorite character as we visit assorted pubs in downtown Gadsden. Pre-register for Pub Crawl by calling 256-549-4699, ext. 107. Purchase or check out a copy of the book and read it. Dine and drink while discussing this brilliant piece of literature throughout the evening in three of Gadsden’s finest downtown establishments. This is a GPL and DGI production. For additional information, please call Carol at 256-549-4699, ext. 107, or email

25 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.
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.

26 The McClellan Bookworms will meet at 10 a.m. at the McClellan Center Conference Room. The book of the month is “Gone Girl” by Gillian Flynn. More information about the book as well as discussion questions may be found at the author’s website at For more information, contact Gadsden State Community College librarian Melinda Harvey at 256-549-9352 or 8548.

27 Tabernacle Church will host a South Gadsden reunion from 12 – 4 p.m. Pictures and videos will be made for purchase. 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 Gadsden Public Library Teen Zone Anime Club will discuss “Azumanga” from 12 to 2 p.m. Meet up with other teens and discuss your favorite authors, series and artists. Watch a corresponding film episode and enjoy some light refreshments. For additional information, please contact Brandy or Chris at 256-549-4699, ext. 122, or

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

29 Gadsden Public Library Teen Zone will be holding a Yu-Gi-Oh! Tournaments from 4 until 6:30 p.m. For additional information, please contact Brandy or Chris at 256-549-4699, ext. 122.

29 The Gadsden Public Library and the Etowah County Historical Society present author and historian Peggy Allen Towns, who will  discuss her book, “Duty Driven: North Alabama African-Americans during the Civil War.” The pro-gram is part of the 150th anniversary of Emma Sansom’s “pointing the way” and John (the Paul Revere of the South) Wisdom’s ride to Rome, Ga., two significant events in Civil War and Gadsden and Etowah County’s history. For additional information, please contact Craig at 256-549-4699, ext. 120.

30 The East Gadsden Branch of the Gadsden Public Library will host “Mahjong for Beginners” from 12 – 4 p.m. Instructor Charlotte Kennedy will teach basic strategies for playing this skillful game. For more information, please contact LaShunda at 256-549-4691.

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