Messenger Community Calendar for July-August

July 19, 2013 chris
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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.       
Do you have a child with a suspected handicapping condition between the ages of 3-21 and living within the confines of the Gadsden City School system? Please call the Gadsden City Board of Education Special Education Department at 256-549-2914. Testing is available.
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.

Jazzy June has become Musical Mondays. Looking for a Jazzy lunchtime? The Water Wall located between the Pitman Theater and Senior Activity Center in downtown Gadsden, is the place to be. Musical Mondays will continue thru mid-September from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. We invite you to come downtown and join “DJ” Buster every Monday and bring your lunch and your friends.

Gadsden Toastmasters is the local club for Toastmasters International servicing Etowah, Calhoun and Marshall counties. Toastmasters is an excellent way to improve confidence, become a better speaker and gain valuable leadership experience. Club meetings are fun, positive and mutually supportive. Come and join us for a great evening of Toastmasters from 7-8 p.m. every Thursday in the Joe Ford Center Room 202 on the campus of Gadsden State Community College. Visit on Facebook at Gadsden Toastmasters or at For more information, contact club President Isha Bothwell at 256-328-4865 or club Vice President for Education Tracy Rowland at 480-236-3688.

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 are 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  

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 collect gently-used clothing throughout the month July for a back-to-school sale on Aug. 9-11 at the library’s 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
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.

The 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

The National Megan’s Law Helpline at 888-ASK-PFML, 888-275-7365 is available to provide support to communities on issues related to accessing sex offender registration information, responsible use of information, sexual abuse prevention resources and accessing crime victim support services. Parents for Megan’s Law (PFML) staff provide assistance to the community in accessing their state sex offender registries and prevention specialists provide support to parents and community members to assist in their sexual abuse prevention education strategies. Certified rape crisis counselors are available to support all victims of violent crime and to provide geographically appropriate referrals. The Sex Offender Registration Tips Program provides the public an opportunity to report registrants who are failing to comply with registration requirements, employment or supervision restrictions or who are in positions of trust where they can access children. Tips can be provided via the help line or at This program is not intended to be used to report police emergencies. Dial 911 or contact your local law enforcement agency directly for emergencies. Agency deputized staff collaborate with federal, state and local law enforcement agencies to facilitate the appropriate follow-up action.


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. This month we’ll focus on the classic game “Uno.” Families are welcome. For additional information, please contact LaShunda at 256-549-4691.

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.

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.

20 White Springs Baptist Church will host a vintage gospel concert on Sunday evening. If you have any questions, please call 256-442-2638.

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.

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 LifeSouth will host a blood drive at Stevi B’s Pizza in East Gadsden from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. For more information, call Tamara Watts at 256-533-8252.

21-25 New Hope Baptist Church in Glencoe will host Vacation Bible School from 6 – 8:30 p.m.

23 The Gadsden Public Library will host an adult summer reading program called “Groundbreaking Reads.” The club 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.

23,30 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.

24 The East Gadsden Branch of the Gadsden Public Library will hold a drama camp with Mrs. Tiffany Sayles from 1 – 2 p.m. for girls and boys ages 5 years to 14 years. 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.

The East Gadsden Branch of the Gadsden Public Library will hold “Beginning Crochet” from 1 – 3 p.m. Learn the basics of crocheting. We ask that participants please bring their own needle and yarn. For additional information, please contact LaShunda at 256-549-4691 or

The Alabama City Branch of the Gadsden Public Library will show children’s movies at 10 a.m. Popcorn and a drink will be provided by the library. For additional information, please contact Kay at 256.549.4688.

24 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.

25 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

25 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.

25 The next meeting of the McClellan Bookworms will be at 12 p.m. in the McClellan Center Library in Anniston. The book of the month is Reconstructing Amelia by Kimberly McCreight. Visit to learn more about the book. The featured book of the month for August will be Life After Life by Kate Atkinson. For more information about the Bookworms, contact Melinda Harvey, Gadsden State Community College librarian at 256-549-9352 or 8548.

26 Hokes Bluff Seniors and Friends will meet at 10:30 a.m. at the Hokes Bluff Community Center.

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, or Ruby Lumpkin at 256-490-3638 or

30 The East Gadsden Branch of the Gadsden Public Library will be holding “Mahjong for Beginners” from 12 – 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.

31 “E-mail Instruction” will be held from 1:30-3:30 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.

1 Take steps in the fight against cancer in “The Great Gatsby” style by attending the American Cancer Society’s new soiree, “The Great Gadsden” at 7 p.m. at the Pitman Theatre in downtown Gadsden. The event includes food, live music and much more. Admission is $40 per person. “Great Gatsby” clothing is encouraged but not required. For more information, please contact Justin Thomas at 205-903-2081.

3 The Family Success Center will hold a “Cram the Van” event at the Attalla and East Gadsden Wal-Mart locations from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. The principals at the schools will distribute all donated items. Parents need to contact them and let them know that they are in need of assistance with supplies for their children. Elementary schools to receive supplies are Attalla, West End, Highland, Duck Springs, Ivalee, Walnut Park, Striplin, Adams, Donahoo, Mitchell, Floyd and Thompson.

17 The Gadsden Public Library will host the “Brunch with Books” Book Club from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. in the Lena Martin Room. The club will be reading “The Man in 3B” by Carl Weber. A light brunch will be served.  For additional information, please contact LaShunda at 256-549-4691, or Tallulah at 256-549-4699, ext. 102.

27 The public is invited to attend the banquet and roast to honor Bubba Masters at the Senior Activity Center in downtown Gadsden. Catering is by the Fish Market Restaurant. Tickets are available at the Family Success Center for $30 each or tables of eight may be reserved by contacting Marie Johnson.