Messenger Community Calendar for May-June

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.

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


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

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 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

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

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.

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.

8,15,22,29 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

10 The 1st Annual Steps for Stef 5k run in memory of Stefanie Deru will be held at Southside High School Gym. Registration packet pickup and registration will be at Metro Bank in Southside from 12-5 p.m. There will also be a registration time from 6-7:30 a.m. on Saturday, with the race beginning at 8 a.m. and an awards ceremony following at 10 a.m. All proceeds will go toward the Stefanie Deru Scholarship. The $20 entry fee can be mailed to P.O. Box 72, Gadsden, Al, 35902. Checks payable to the Stefanie Deru Scholarship Fund. Registration is also available on For additional information please contact at

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

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 The Humane Society Pet Rescue and Adoption Center invite you to come jam with us for Pawsapalooza 2013 from 11 a.m. until dark at our pad, 4200 Brooke Avenue, Gadsden. Bring your chairs, sunscreen, blankets, coolers and pooches along to support great local music at the shelter. No glass please. There will be a $5 donation at the door. Call 256-442-1347 for more information.

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 The Greater Gadsden Housing Authority will hold the 9th Academic Awards Banquet at 5:30 p.m. at Carver Community Center. We request the honor of your presence to honor students who have achieved scholastic merit during the 2012-2012 school year. This is a special celebration in which presentations will be made and dinner will be served. Dressy-casual attire please. Please RSVP by Wednesday, May 8, to Deborah Parks at 256-547-2501.

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.

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.

The Etowah County Community Development Committee- District 30 is scheduled to meet at 3:30 p.m. Please turn in all applications by Friday, May 10, at the Etowah County Commission office to be considered in this meeting. The Committee Members are Karen Thomas and Jon Jones. District 30 is represented by Representative Mack Butler and Senator Phil Williams. The meeting will be held at the Etowah County Courthouse Commission Chambers.

18 The Gaston High School graduating class of 1963 will have their 50th reunion at the Northeast Etowah Community Center from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. The classes of 1960-1965, faculty and staff are invited to join them. The meal will be covered dish. Please call 256-547-8027 for reservations.

18 The Etowah County Extension Office will host a workshop entitled “An Introduction to 4-H Livestock Projects for both Youth and Parents” beginning at 8:30 a.m. at C&J Cattle Farm in Duck Springs. Topics include what 4-H is in Alabama, how to become more involved, timeline of 4-H livestock events, timeline of projects, facilities needed for projects, feeds and feeding, animal health, body composition and show preparation. Species that will be included in the workshop include beef cattle, dairy cattle, pigs and poultry. Registration is $15 per person in advance by May 10 or $20 at the door. For more details, please contact the Etowah County Extension Office at 256-547-7936 or Regional Extension Agent Landon Marks at 256-927-3250 or
24 Hokes Bluff Seniors and Friends will meet at 10:30 a.m. in the Hokes Bluff Community Center. New members and visitors are welcome.


8 There will be a reunion of all Walnut Grove High School (1926-1966) at 2 p.m. at Sarah’s Café located on Hwy. 278. All are invited. For more information, call 1-205-589-6355.

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