Messenger Community Calendar for June-July

The City of Rainbow City will pick up household garbage and trash starting at 6 a.m. through Labor Day, Sept. 2.    

The Etowah County 4-H program still has slots available for this year’s Summer Funshop, “NASA Summer of Innovation,” for ages 8-19. The funshop will be held from July 22-26 from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. each day at the Etowah County Extension Office located at 3200-A West Meighan Boulevard in Gadsden. Cost for the week is $35. Participants will learn many fun and interactive science principles used by real NASA astronauts.  For more information and to sign up, please call the Etowah County Extension Office at 256-547-7936.       

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 parent training (GPS) classes is being offered at Alabama Mentor’s Attalla office located at 96 Industrial Drive. To register, call 256-570-0444 or 256-504-2501 or e-mail jeanetta.thomas@thementornetwork.com.  

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.

Mental Health America of Etowah County is offering stress and anger management, domestic violence prevention and parenting classes for adults. Certificates will be given upon completion of each course. Instructors are Alicia Harrel, MA and Kelly Clark, LBSW. The total charge for each course is $60. Classes are held at the Robert Echols Family Success Center located at 821 East Broad Street in Gadsden. Entrance to classes is at the rear of the building. For dates and times, call 256-547-6888.

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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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.

14 Gadsden State Community College will hold Aquaculture workshops at the GSCC Aquaculture Complex from 8:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. daily. For more information, call 256-549-8345.

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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.

14 Participate in United Way’s Day of Action by taking the defensive driving course taught by Cintas “Smith System” driving instructors. The class will be held from 8:30 – 11:30 a.m. at the Bevill Center. Send your employees to this free course as your Day of Action project. All participants receive a free lunch after class at Convention Hall in Gadsden. To sign up or for more information, contact Jessica Brown at JBrown@uwoec.org or at 256-547-2581.

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 in the Stowers Hill area. For more information and to register, call 256-312-4348 or 256-504-5143.

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.

15 Mt. Olive Baptist Church in Oneonta will hold a Christian Boot Camp. Sign-in starts at 8:30 a.m. and the program starts at 9 a.m. The theme will be “Equipping saints for the work of the ministry.” Door prizes will be given away and lunch will be served after camp. For further information call 205-274-8106, 205-589-2322 or 205-305-9730.

15 The Mountainboro Volunteer Fire Department will hold an open house from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the fire station located on Highway 431 in the Carlisle community next to Jet Pep.  There will be food, fun and games for all ages. For more information, call 256-593-8147 or email jmhairrell@gmail.com.

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.

16 Damascus Baptist Church will hold a Homecoming with a special singing by “The Singing Commodores.”

17-19 Damascus Baptist Church will be holding a revival starting at 7 p.m. nightly. The evangelist will be Chris Cornutt. There will be a special singing each night, with Tuesday night featuring “The Hendersons.”

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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.

17-18 Gadsden State Community College will hold a STEM Camp at the East Broad Campus. For more information, call 256-439-6861.

18,25 The Gadsden Public Library will host 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.

18 The next meeting of the Etowah County Council of Community Services will be held at the Gadsden State Community College cafeteria at 12 p.m. Ashley Rinehart from HealthSouth Rehab will speak about the Share the Care Respite Program. There is no charge to attend, although lunch is on your own. The Etowah County Council of Community Services is an informal organization of local community agencies that provide social service types of assistance to the public. The purpose of the council’s monthly meeting is to publicize information and services that are offered.  

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.

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.

18 Hokes Bluff Masonic Lodge 470 requests all lodge members to attend a meeting at 7 p.m. to elect officers for 2013-2014.
    
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. The 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.

19,26 The Alabama City Branch of the Gadsden Public Library will host 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.

19,26 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.

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.

19 “Microsoft Excel” 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.

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.

20 The Etowah County Extension office will host a Pollinator Garden Workshop as part of its monthly Lunch to Learn series from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. at the Etowah County Extension System office located at 3200 West Meighan Boulevard in Gadsden. There is no cost to attend; however, pre-registration is requested so that preparations can be made. For more information about the workshop, please contact regional extension agent Danielle Carroll at 256-458-6043 or the Etowah County Extension Office at 256-547-7936 by Monday, June 17.
    
20,27 The Gadsden Toastmasters provide a mutually supportive and positive learning environment in which every member has the opportunity to develop communication and leadership skills, which in turn foster self-confidence and personal growth. Meetings are held from 7 – 8 p.m. at Gadsden State Community College’s Joe Ford Center, Room 202. To learn more about Toastmasters, visit www.toastmasters.org. To learn more about the Gadsden club, visit Gadsden Toastmasters on Facebook.

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

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.

22 The Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co. in Gadsden will host its 10th Annual Car and Tractor Show from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the plant parking lot on East Meighan Boulevard in Gadsden. Free registration begins at 7 a.m. The first 100 registrants will receive a free car tee shirt. There is no admission charge for the public. Food will be available onsite, as well as a Money Tree, door prizes and a 50/50 raffle. Prizes include Best in Show, Car Club Participation and Longest Haul. For more information, please call 256-549-2650.

23 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.    
    
23 Bethlehem United Baptist Church will hold an all-day singing featuring the Mark Trammell Quartet beginning at 10:30 a.m. Lunch will be provided and everyone is welcome to attend.

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.

25 The Etowah Red Cross Annual Meeting and Volunteer Recognition will be held from 12 to 1 p.m. at the Senior Activity Center in downtown Gadsden. RSVP by June 14 at 256-547-8667.

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.

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.

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.

27 The McClellan Bookworms will meet at the McClellan Library at 12 p.m. to discuss “The Flirt” by Kathleen Tessaro and “The Cherry Cola Book Club” by Ashton Lee. For more information call 256-238-9352.

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.

28 Damascus Baptist Church will hold a youth fund raiser. Lunch plates include county-fried steak with roll, green beans, gravy, mashed potatoes and homemade peach cobbler. Each plate will be $6 and may be picked up or delivered. Call Ana at 256-622-9459 for more information or directions. To order, call Joyce at 256-390-0548.

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.

July

1 The Gadsden Public Library School of Rock VI: Blame It On Canada will meet from 5:30 until 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.

2,9 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.

2,9,16,23 The Gadsden Public Library will be having a Adult Summer Reading Program called Groundbreaking Reads. They 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.

6,13,20 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.

12,19,26 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.

19 The Gadsden Regional Medical Center chapter of Senior Circle is sponsoring a trip to Tennessee on July 9 to see “9 to 5: The Musical.” The musical is based on the 1980 film starring Dolly Parton, Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda. Cost is $50 per person and includes motor coach transportation and a theatre ticket. The motor coach will depart at 8 a.m. from Convention Hall in Gadsden. There will be a stop for lunch prior to arriving at the Cumberland County Playhouse in Crossville, Tenn. Sign up prior to June 30 by calling 256-494-4895 or by visiting the Senior Circle Suite on the first floor of Gadsden Regional.

27 The Second Annual Colvin/Deloney Reunion will be held from 11:30 a.m. -5 p.m. at the Rainbow City Community Center. Please bring a covered dish. A donation box will be set up to help cover facility rental. For more information, contact Joyce Stocks at 256-390-0548 or aandjstock@bellsouth.net or Ruby Lumpkin at 256-490-3638 or r_lumpkin@charter.net.

 
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