Messenger Community Calendar for May-June

The City of Rainbow City will start picking up household garbage and trash at 6 a.m. beginning Monday, June 3, and continue until Labor Day, Sept. 2.

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.

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 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.

May
    
31 The Little Titans will hold early signups for football, all-star cheer and danceline for ages 4 to 12 from 5-6 p.m. at G.W. Floyd Elementary. A $45 nonrefundable registration fee is due at the time of sign ups. For more information, call 393-5299 or 613-8956.

31 “Colossal Coaster World, Facing Fear, Trusting God Adventure” Vacation Bible School will be held at Cherry Street Baptist Church in Attalla from 6-9 p.m. Ages are Pre-k through 12th grade. Transportation is available. Please call 256-538-7641 for information.    

June
    
1,15 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.
    
3,10,17,24
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.

3,10,24 The Gadsden Public Library’s “School of Rock VI: Blame It On Canada” will meet from 5:30 – 7 p.m. in the Lena Martin Room. Join the GPL and rock instructor Mike Gagliardo as they musically explore the Great White North with artists like Leonard Cohen, Joni Mitchell and Neil Young. Brown bag dinners are welcome. For additional information, please contact Carol at 256-549-4699, ext. 107, or at carol@gadsdenlibrary.org.

3-7 Hatcher 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.

3-8 The Etowah Baptist Association will sponsor a free summer Bible club each day from 1 – 3 p.m. at the Campbell Court Recreation Center for all East Gadsden children ages 5-12. The club will include Bible stories, games, recreation, refreshments and crafts. Parents are invited. All workers have had a background check. For more information and to register, call 256-546-7877 or 256-504-5143.

4,11,18,24
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.

4,11,18,25 The Etowah Baptist Association will sponsor a free summer Bible club each Tuesday from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. at Glencoe First Baptist Church. Van pick-up will be available from 9:40 – 9:55 at various Glencoe trailer park entrances. For more information and to register, call 256-492-4645 or 256-504-5143.

4,5 “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 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.
    
4,11,18,25 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.

5,12,19,26 The Alabama City Branch of the Gadsden Public Library will be having children’s movies at 10 a.m. Popcorn and a drink will be provided by the library. For additional information, contact Kay at 256-549-4688.

5 The Youth Enrichment Program of Attalla will be held at 12 p.m. for boys and girls ages 7 – 17. We have a wonderful time planned for our youth. This is a mentoring program as well as an educational opportunity to help keep our youth focused on positive things. For further information, contact the Rev. Preston Nix at 256-538-2055 or 256-305-9730. All meeting will be held at the Norris Community Center on Holly Avenue next to the city park.

5,12,19,26 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.

5,12,19,26 The East Gadsden Branch of the Gadsden Public Library will hold Board Game Day at 3:30 p.m. Families are welcome. For additional information, please contact LaShunda at 256-549-4691.

6 Join the Gadsden Museum of Art from 3 to 4 p.m. as it presents the work of street artist and author Scape Martinez. Works on display will be those featured in Mr. Martinez’s forthcoming book, “Colormaster.” Light refreshments will be served. The program is free and open to the public. For additional information, please contact the Gadsden Museum of Art at 256-546-7365, or museum@cityofgadsden.com.

6 An Attalla Senior Dance will be held at Carnes Recreation Center. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the Gold Dust Band will  perform starting at 7:30 p.m. Admission is $5. Drinks will be provided and potluck food is welcome. Please contact Charles Rowan of Attalla Parks and Recreation at 256-538-3712 for more information.

6,13,20,27 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.

6 The Gadsden Public Library Teen Zone Summer Reading Program will be having a Scape Martinez Street Art Workshop from 4:30 until 6:30 p.m. in the Lena Martin Room. The discussion of and hands-on experimentation in the art and technique of street art with artist and author Scape Martinez. Supplies will be provided. This program is free. Seats limited to 25. Pre-registration required. Participants will receive a copy of Martinez’s book “The Art & Technique of Graffiti.” For additional information and pre-registration, please contact Brandy or Chris at 256-549-4699, ext. 122.

7 First Friday in June is just around the corner. From 6 to 9 p.m. we invite you to head downtown and enjoy the fantastic summer weather! Downtown merchants will be open late with specials and sales to help celebrate summer and you will find that perfect Father’s Day gift!  Food vendors will line the 400 block of Broad Street and downtown restaurants will also offer specials and finding the perfect downtown picnic snack will be easy! You won’t want to miss this lineup of entertainment:  Alliance Quartet at 5th & Broad, Persons of Interest at BB&T, More than This at 3rd & Broad, Matt Harvey Blues Band at 2nd & Broad.  If you want to get some exercise, join the line dancers in the 600 block! There will also be a CD release party for the new CD “Hello Moonshine” at Back Forty Beer Company for the Shane Givens Band from 7:30-9:00pm. Don’t miss the special meet & greet with street artist and author Scape Martinez! Hang out with SCAPE and participate in the street art with sidewalk chalk from 5:30-7:30 p.m. in the  Blackstone Courtyard.

7,14,21,28 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.

7 The Gadsden Public Library Teen Zone Summer Reading Program will hold “Taking It To the Streets with SCAPE Martinez” from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Blackstone Courtyard on Broad Street in downtown Gadsden. There will be a First Friday meet-and-greet with Scape and freely-draw street art with sidewalk chalk. The program is free. For additional information, please contact Brandy or Chris at 256-549-4699, ext. 122.

7,14,21,28 The Gadsden Public Library Children’s Summer Reading Program, “Dig Into Reading,” will meet at 9 a.m. in the children’s department. For additional information, please call the children’s department at 256-549-4699, ext. 118.

8 The Gadsden Museum of Art will hold an Urban Street Art Class with SCAPE Martinez from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. Explore urban art through design, technique and marketing. Emphasis will be placed upon teaching participants to follow the respectful and legal channels of displaying artwork without the destruction of property. Workshop is by reservation only, $25 per individual. Supplies will be provided. To make a reservation, or for additional information, please contact the Gadsden Museum of Art at 256-546-7365 or museum@cityofgadsden.com.

8 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 fourth Doctor and discuss with other fans. For additional information, please contact John or Chris at 256-549-4699.

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.

8 The Coosa Valley YMCA will sponsor the 2013 Rockin’ on the River 10K/5K/1K. The races will begin at 7:30 a.m. Come join the Y for a day of fitness, food, entertainment and more. Childcare will be provided at the Y during the race for children ages 1 and older by emailing an RSVP to fitness@ymcacoosa.org prior to June 5. If you are part of the Arc, please mail in your registration form with a $2 discount. Email hdarbo@ymcacoosa.org if you need a registration form emailed to you.

10 The East Gadsden Branch of the Gadsden Public Library will be holding a drama camp interest meeting from 1 – 3 p.m. for children ages 5-14. The camp is free but spots are limited. Call and register your child today. For additional information or for registration, please contact LaShunda at 256-549-4691.

10 The Etowah County Farmers Federation Women’s Leadership Committee invites Alabama Farmers Federation members to participate in the following contests to be held at the ALFA building: Alabama Heritage Cooking Contest (cornbread); Cotton Quilting Contest (hand quilted and machine quilted); Cotton Sewing Contest (aprons); and Commodity Tablescapes Contest.  For more information, call 256-538-5417.

11,18,25
The Gadsden Public Library will be having an adult summer reading program, “Groundbreaking Reads”. The group will meet in the Lena Martin Room at 5:30 p.m. For additional information, please contact Craig Scott at 256-549-4699 ext. 120.

12,26 Join us for Wacky Wednesdays from 1:30 and 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.

12 “Downloading and Saving Your Docs and Files” 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.

13,27 The East Gadsden Branch of the Gadsden Public Library will have arts & crafts at 3:30 p.m. For additional information, please contact LaShunda at 256-549-4691.

15, 22, 29 The Etowah Baptist Association will sponsor a free summer Bible club each Saturday from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. at Stowers Hill Baptist Church in Attalla. Van pick-up will be available from 9:15 – 9:50 a.m. at Bradley Park and in Stowers Hill area. For more information and to register, call 256-312-4348 or 256-504-5143.

15 The Gadsden Public Library’s “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.

19 “Microsoft Excel” 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.

19 Join the Gadsden Public Library Children’s Department in welcoming author Kerry Madden-Lunsford as she instructs participants in the art of storytelling and illustrating. Ms. Madden-Lunsford will also be reading from her newest children’s book “Nothing Fancy About Kathryn & Charlie!” All materials will be provided. For additional information, please contact the children’s department at 256-549-4699, ext. 118, or email jillian@gadsdenlibrary.org.

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 located on Broad Street in downtown Gadsden. 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. 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 at 256-543-3616.

21 The East Gadsden Branch of the Gadsden Public Library will hold a summer outdoor cinema showing of The Avengers at 7:30 p.m. in the parking lot of the Robert Echols Center. This event is free to the public. Please bring your own chair. For additional information, please contact LaShunda at 256-549-4691 or lashunda@gadsdenlibrary.org.

23 The Gold City Quartet will perform in concert at 6 p.m. at Union Hill Baptist Church located at 2919 County Hwy 39 in Oneonta. Doors open at 5 p.m. A love offering will be received to pay for all expenses. For more information, call 205-274-9232.    
26 “Tracing Your Family History Online” 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.

28 The Gadsden Public Library’s Rose Program with Gadsden Rose Society and American Rose Society member Judy Bacon will meet at 2 p.m. in the Lena Martin Room. Judy will show participants how to grow a beautiful rose garden by discussing different rose varieties, growing and pruning techniques and the use of various fertilizers. Get hands-on experience with this special guest in the GPL Courtyard. For more information, contact Craig at craig@gadsdenlibrary.org or 256-549-4688, ext. 120.

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

 
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