Messenger Community Calendar for April - May

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 Public Library and its branches will be closed May 25 and 27 in observance of the Memorial Day holiday.

The Teen and Children’s department of the Gadsden Public Library will be collecting gently-used clothing throughout the months of May, June and July for a Back-to-School sale to be held August 9-11 at the GPL in the Lena Martin Room (9 a.m. – 5 p.m.). The goal of this sale is to provide affordably priced clothing that can be worn for the upcoming school year. No item will be priced over $5. Money raised at the sale will fund future programming and supplies for both the Children’s Department and the Teen Zone. Please, gently-used Children’s and Teen Apparel only (all items with holes or stains will be discarded at our discretion). Donations may be dropped off at the GPL Circulation Desk during regular library business hours to the following people: Paulette, Chris, Serina or Mary. For additional information, please call Brandy at 256-549-4699, ext. 122, or email at brandy@gadsdenlibrary.org.

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 natalie_fleming@gadsdenregional.com.

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 www.ago.alabama.gov. 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 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.

April
    
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.

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 http://gillian-flynn.com/gone-girl/. For more information, contact Gadsden State Community College librarian Melinda Harvey at 256-549-9352 or 8548.

26,27 The Highway 132 (18 mile long) Yard Sale will take place, starting at Hwy. 278 West/ 132 Junction, going through Altoona and ending in Oneonta. Anyone may set up a yard sale, granted permission by the landowner. Porta Potties will be set up along the route.
    
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 The Pride of Southside Band will host its first Mattress Sale Fundraiser from 10 a.m. -5 p.m. at the SHS Bandroom at Southside High School.  Brand new, factory warranted mattress will be sold for anywhere from 30 to 60 percent off retail price. All sizes and free layaway are available. Profits go directly to the SHS Band. If you need a new mattress set, now is the time to buy. For more information, contact Matthew Weaver at matthew_weaver@ecboe.org.

27 A Jesus Jam will be held at 3 p.m. in Oneonta off of Interstate 59 at the Springville/ Ashville exit. If you would like to play in the next concert, contact Robin at 205-368-1817. Robin promotes, directs and contracts bands. Christian bands only.

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 brandy@gadsdenlibrary.org.

27 Sweet Home United Methodist Church at 218 N 6th Street will hold “Rock-the-Block” from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. All are welcome to attend.

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.

28 It’s Bluegrass time again! Join Foggy Hollow for some good times and great music at the Pitman Theater from 3 p.m. until. Several bands will be playing and admission is free.

28 “Party with a Purpose at the Pitman” will be held at 4 p.m. in Historic Downtown Gadsden. This family friendly event will raise money to purchase acoustic curtains for one of downtown Gadsden’s historical landmarks, The Pitman Theater. Don’t miss live music from some of the area’s finest musicians, including Danny Moon, Foggy Hollow, Liz Wood Project, Chris Bradford and Jon Player, and Trading Faces. Doors will open at 3 p.m. so bring your coolers and enjoy the fun! Donations will be accepted at the door.

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 yarn. For additional information, please contact LaShunda at 256-549-4691 or lashunda@gadsdenlibrary.org.

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 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.

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 lashunda@gadsdenlibrary.org.
        
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.

May
    
1,8,15,22,29 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.

1,8,15,22,29 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 Uno! Families are welcome. For additional information, please contact LaShunda at 256-549-4691.

2,9,16,23 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.

2,9,16,23,30 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.

2,9,16,23,30 Gadsden Public Library Teen Zone Good Crafternoon will be meeting at from 4:30 until 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.

2 The Greater Gadsden Greeters will have their Officer Installation Luncheon at the Christ Central Church in Rainbow City. Meet and Greet will be at 11 a.m. with lunch at 11:30 a.m. Anyone new to the area (4 years of less) may attend by calling Genelle Wagar at 256-442-8507 or Marie Bain at 256-442-4129.

2,9,16 There will be three evenings of Open House for Western Square Dance classes at Gadsden Senior Activity Center. Classes will be from 7-9 p.m. Classes will continue on Thursday evenings with a minimum of 10 students. Classes will be $5 per person. For more information, please call Ronnie Purser at 205-467-7907.

2 The Etowah County Democratic Women’s Club will meet at Austin’s Steak and Seafood Restaurant in Attalla. Dutch treat dinner is at 5:30 p.m. with the meeting beginning at 6 p.m. The speaker for the evening will be Etowah County Circuit Clerk Cassandra “Sam” Johnson. She will discuss the Circuit Clerk Office’s role in the voting process including absentee balloting. Mrs. Johnson also plans to present the group with updates on current legislative activities. For information or inquiries, please contact Ann Green at 256-442-3718.

3 Join us for First Friday in Downtown Gadsden from 6 to 9 p.m. with special guest Kevin Atkins.

3,10,17,24,31 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.

4,18 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 by calling 256-549-4699, ext. 120.

6 The Gadsden Public Library Teen Zone will be holding a Cinco de Mayo Game Night from 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. For additional information, please contact Brandy or Chris at 256-549-4699, ext. 122.

6,13,20 The East Gadsden Branch of the Gadsden Public Library will hold Beginning Crochet and Knitting form 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 lashunda@gadsdenlibrary.org.

7,14,21,28 The East Gadsden Branch of the Gadsden Public Library will hold Tuesday Tiny Tot Time at 10 a.m. Tiny Tot Time is an informal story time for infants to age 5 years old. Participants will receive a coloring sheet to coordinate with the story. For additional information, please contact LaShunda at 256-549-4691 or lashunda@gadsdenlibrary.org.

7-8 “Computer Basics and Internet for the Beginner” will be held from 1:30 – 4:30 p.m. This is a two day class for the absolute beginner or those who simply need to know more about computers. No computer experience is required. Register for classes in person at the Computer Center Desk (2nd floor) or for more information, call 256-549-4699, ext. 120. A current (free and clear) library card is needed to enroll.

7,14,21,28 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.

7,28 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.

8,22 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.

9,23 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.

10-11 Ahava Springs will be having a Bluegrass Gospel Festival in Gallant Alabama. Friday pickin’ will be from 1-5 p.m. and bands from 5-9 p.m. Saturday bands will be playing from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. and pickin’ from 5 p.m. until dark. For more information call 256-538-2602 or visit ahavasprings.com.

10 Mama’s Bake Sale and Cake Walk will be held at Altoona Fire Hall on Hwy 132 at 6 p.m. All proceeds go the West End Lions Club.

11 Join us in the Lena Martin Room of the Gadsden Public Library from 1 to 3 p.m. for the history of Doctor Who. Come watch an episode featuring the third Doctor and discuss with other fans! For additional information, please contact John or Chris at 256-549-4699.

14 Gadsden Public Library will be holding “When Poetry and Art Collide” from 5:30- 7 p.m. in the Lena Martin Room. Join us as lecturer Tabitha Bozeman speaks on and reads from the work of Sylvia Plath while local artist Brandy Hyatt creates a live visual interpretation of the readings. Reception following. For additional information, please contact Carol at 256-549-4699, ext. 107, or Brandy at 256-549-4699, ext. 122.

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

15 The Gadsden Public Library Brunch with Books book club will meet at the Ruby Tuesday in Attalla to discuss “The Perfect Marriage” by Kimberla Lawson. Participants are responsible for their own dining bill. For additional information, please contact LaShunda at 256-549-4691, or Tallulah at 256-549-4699, ext. 102.

15 “Downloading and Saving Your Docs and Files” will be 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 (2nd floor) or for more information, call 256-549-4699, ext. 120. A current (free and clear) library card is needed to enroll.

16-19 The U.S. 11 Antique Alley Yard Sale will be a part of the 502 Mile Roadside Sale from Meridian, Miss., through Attalla, and on towards Bristol, Va. Over 20 antique and specialty stores, along with restaurants located in historic downtown Attalla will take part.

18 Gadsden Public Library Teen Zone Anime Club will meet to discuss “Yotsuba & !” 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 have some light refreshments. For additional information, please contact Brandy or Chris at 256-549-4699, ext. 122, or brandy@gadsdenlibrary.org.

20 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.

20 Come learn the basics of jewelry design by making charm bracelets and earrings with Stacey Stepleton at the Alabama City Branch of the Gadsden Public Library from 10 a.m. until 12 p.m. A fee of $7 will be charged to cover jewelry supplies. Participants will need to bring the following tools: flat-nosed pliers, 3-in-1 pliers and cheap nail clippers (for cutting wire). Seats are limited to 10 participants, therefore preregistration is required. For additional information or preregistration, please contact Kay at 256-549-4688.

22 “Microsoft PowerPoint” will be 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 (2nd floor) or for more information, call 256-549-4699, ext. 120. A current (free and clear) library card is needed to enroll.

29 “Digital Photo Editing” will he 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 (2nd floor) or for more information, call 256-549-4699, ext. 120. A current (free and clear) library card is needed to enroll.

 
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