Messenger Community Calendar for May-June

On the first Saturday of every month, Gadsden Regional’s Women’s & Children’s department will conduct 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.

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 Aug. 9-11 at the GPL in the Lena Martin Room from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. The goal of this sale is to provide affordably priced clothing that may 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 donate gently-used children’s and teen apparel only. All items with holes or stains will be discarded at the library’s discretion. Donations may be dropped off at the GPL Circulation Desk during regular library business hours to Paulette, Chris, Serina or Mary. For additional information, please call Brandy at 256-549-4699, ext. 122, or email at brandy@gadsdenlibrary.org.
   
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.

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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.

10 The 1st Annual Steps for Stef 5K run in memory of Stefanie Deru will be held at the 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 active.com. For additional information please contact at stepsforstef@gmail.com.

10-11 Ahava Springs will host a bluegrass gospel festival in Gallant. 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 the 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 invites you to come jam at Pawsapalooza 2013 from 11 a.m. until dark at the society’s pad located at 4200 Brooke Avenue in 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. Watch an episode featuring the third Doctor and discuss with other fans. For additional information, please contact John or Chris at 256-549-4699.

11 The public is invited to a special meeting of the Alabama chapter of the Trail of Tears Association meeting at the Northeast Alabama Community College (NEACC) located between Section and Rainsville. The meeting will begin at 11 a.m. at the Cecil Word Learning Resources Building, Room 101. The meeting is in conjunction with other activities being planned for the 175th anniversary of the forced removal of Cherokees from their southern homeland. A panel of five members of the association will discuss the tragic event that began in May of 1838 and led to the removal of thousands of Native Americans to western lands. Members of the panel and their topics include Olivia Cox of Fort Payne, “Research on Spirit the Preacher, A Significant Cherokee Man;” Danny Crownover of Gadsden, “New Way Side Images for the Trail of Tears;” Sharon Freeman of Northport, “The Trail of Tears in North Alabama – Forts, Routes, and Archaeology;” Larry Smith of Guntersville, “Gunter’s Landing, Creek Path, and Camp Morrow;” and Mike Wren of Atlanta, “Digitizing National Archives Research.” Special guests at the meeting will be officials of NEACC, including Dr. David Campbell, president; Dr. Juia Everett, director of the learning resources library; and Blake Wilhelm, professor of history.

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.

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.

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.

14 The Greater Gadsden Housing Authority will hold the 9th Annual Academic Awards Banquet at 5:30 p.m. at Carver Community Center. The authority requests 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 to Deborah Parks at 256-547-2501.

14 The Gadsden Public Library Teen Zone will hold 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.

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 will follow. For additional information, please contact Carol at 256-549-4699, ext. 107, or Brandy at 256-549-4699, ext. 122.

15 The Gadsden Public Library’s “Brunch with Books” book club will meet at 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.

15,22,29 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.

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

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 located on the second 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. Hwy. 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 will take part, along with restaurants located in historic downtown Attalla.

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.

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The Alabama City Branch of the Gadsden Public Library will hold 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.

16,23,30 Gadsden Public Library Teen Zone’s “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.

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

17 Birmingham native Bobby Horton and The Alabama Symphony Orchestra will be the first production for the brand new Oxford Performing Arts Center at 7:30 p.m. with a reception for ticket holders at the same location from 6-7 p.m. The Oxford Performing Arts Center is located at 100 Choccolocco Road in old downtown Oxford. Dress is ‘after five’. Tickets are $20 in advance, and $25 at the door, and can be purchased at The Oxford Civic Center, BB&T Banks, Cheaha Bank, and Noble Bank and Trust. For more information please call 256-832-0000 or 256-831-2660.

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

18 Gadsden Public Library Teen Zone Anime Club will meet to discuss “Yotsuba & !” from 12 – 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.

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

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.

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 mlm0013@aces.edu.
   
19 The Council on Aging of Etowah County will host its 8th Annual Elder Abuse Awareness Summit, in conjunction with World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, beginning at 8:30 a.m. at the Senior Activity Center. There is no cost for the event, which will have local sponsors and vendors providing valuable information to seniors and their adult family members, educating them on the prevention of elder abuse, neglect and financial exploitation. Program speakers will address the topics of coping with hearing and sight loss, Senior Services updates, protecting oneself from Medicare fraud and detecting investment scams. Lunch will be provided free. There will also be an afternoon session, for professionals only, with an attorney from the University of Alabama’s Elder law Clinic addressing legal matters. For further information, call the Council on Aging at 256-543-3616.

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

20 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. – 12 p.m. A fee of $7 will be charged to cover jewelry supplies. Participants will need to bring 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 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.

22 “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 or for more information, call 256-549-4699, ext. 120. A current (free and clear) library card is needed to enroll.

23 The East Gadsden Branch of the Gadsden Public Library will host arts and crafts at 3:30 p.m. For additional information, please contact LaShunda at 256-549-4691.
   
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.

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

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 located on the second floor or for more information, call 256-549-4699, ext. 120. A current (free and clear) library card is needed to enroll. 
   
June

   
3-7 Heather Avenue Baptist Church will hold Vacation Bible School from 6 – 8:30 p.m. Everybody is invited. For more information, call Mellissa at 256-452-3479.

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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