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.

June
    
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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

24 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.

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.

25 The youth groups from Gadsden First United Methodist Church and Southside United Methodist Church will throw a Super Hero Invasion Party from 10:15 a.m. to 12:15 a.m. at Cherry Street Park. There will be games, the Big Yellow School Bus for Jesus, prized, facepainting and more. Children are invited to dress like their favorite Super Hero and join the fun!

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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.

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.

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.

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.

25 The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service will host a meeting for small, limited resource, minority, American Indian and new and beginner farmers at 6 p.m. at the USDA Service Center located at 312-B South 6th Street in Gadsden. Attendees will learn about traditional and new financial assistance programs that address the management of natural resources on the land. Practices of special interest are Hope Houses to extend growing season, Plasticulture and Woodland Grazing. Rainwater collection for small farmers will also be discussed. For more information or to request special accommodations, contact Mike Rhoden at 256-773-8495 or Ken Howell at 256-546-2336.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

27 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.

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.

13 A Sarcoidosis outreach and support group meeting will be held at 2 p.m. at the East Gadsden branch of the Gadsden Public Library located at 809 East Broad Street. Please use the back entrance. Guest speaker Craig Boden will discuss coping with a chronic illness. For more information, call Alice Minyard at 256-442-0463.

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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