Messenger Community Calendar for August

Etowah High School students may purchase lockers and parking decals at the following times: Tues., Aug. 6: seniors, 1-3 p.m.; Wed., Aug. 7: juniors, 8-9:30 a.m. and sophomores, 1-2:30 p.m.; and Thurs., Aug. 8: freshman, 8-11 a.m.

The City of Rainbow City will pick up household garbage and trash starting at 6 a.m. through 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.

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.

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 www.parentsformeganslaw.org. 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.

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 www.toastmasters.org/. 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 VFW 8600 Chapter located on Rainbow Drive will hosts a dance every Friday night starting at 8 p.m. Admission is $5. The Gold Dust Band will be playing a mix of classic and modern country music. Free line dancing classes will be offered every Friday starting at 7 p.m. For more information, call 256-441-4411. Come out and support our veterans!

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 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.

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.

The Emma Sansom High School Class of 1973 will hold its 40th year class reunion at the old Pitman Theater in Gadsden on Saturday, Sept. 7 from 6-10 p.m. with an informal gathering at the Fish Market in Rainbow City on Friday, Sept. 6, beginning at 6 p.m. The classes of ‘72 and ‘74 are also invited to attend. If you have not received any information or reservation forms, please contact Clint Ellison at 256-546-5519 or Peggy Williamson Preston at 256-613-3752 or Bobbi Dale Rowe at 256-593-1955. Immediate response is greatly appreciated. The final two planning meetings will be held Aug. 2 at 6:30 p.m. at Jack’s in Alabama City and Aug. 20 at 6:30 p.m. at Jack’s at Noccalula Falls.

Licensed Massage Therapist Alysia Price is taking Saturday appointment at Judy Ann’s on Hwy. 77. Call 256-504-9014 for more information.

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.

August

2 The Gadsden Public Library Teen Summer Reading Program Finale: Teen Art and Visual Media Exhibit will be held from 4-6 p.m. at the Gadsden Museum of Art. Come view the art that was generated during the GPL Teen Zone Summer Reading Program. For additional information, please call the Teen Zone at 256-549-4699, ext. 122.

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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.

2 First Friday in Downtown Gadsden will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Enjoy live entertainment, great food, classic cars and special offers. Downtown merchants will be open late with some great back to school specials and sales.  Food vendors will line the 400 block of Broad Street and downtown restaurants will also offer specials. Starting at around 4:30 p.m., Broad Street will be closed from 1st to 7th streets. Entertainment includes Trading Faces at 5th and Broad, Peanut & Mother May I at BB&T, K.D. Battles at 3rd and Broad and  Brooke Danielle Band at 2nd and Broad. As the events on Broad Street come to a close, head over to the Summer Concert Series at the AMP with Daybreakk! from 9-11 p.m..

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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 There will be a free NFL Punt, Pass and Kick event for boys and girls ages 10-15 at Weeks Field at the Gadsden Sports Complex from 9 a.m. until 12 p.m. No cleats. For more information, call Courtney Walker at 256-549-4643 or 256-393-7066.

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.
5 Are you a writer? Would you like to try writing? If so, join the GPL’s brand new Gadsden Writers. Group meetings will be facilitated by Tabitha Bozeman. All genres are encouraged. Meeting will include instructional exercises along with writing workshops. Participants will be asked to bring writings that they’re currently working on as well as to generate new work. For additional information, please contact Tabitha at tabithabozeman@gmail.com or Craig at 256-546-4699, ext. 120.

5,12,19,26 The GPL Teen Zone will host Game Night from 4-6:30 p.m. For additional information, please contact Brandy or Chris at 256-549-4699, ext. 122.

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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 yam. For additional information, please contact LaShunda at 256-549-4691 or lashunda@gadsdenlibrary.org.
    
6,13,20,27 The East Gadsden Branch of the Gadsden Public Library will host Tuesday Tiny Tot Time at 10 a.m. Tiny Tot Time is an informal story time for infants to age 5 years old. Participants receive a coloring sheet to coordinate with the story. For additional information, please contact LaShunda at 256-549-4691 or lashunda@gadsdenlibrary.org.

6,7 “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 seccond floor, or for more information, call 256-549-4699, ext. 120. A current (free and clear) library card is needed to enroll.

6,13,20,27 The Alabama City branch of the Gadsden Public Library will host Tuesday Tales Storytime at 10 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.

6 There will be a Trayvon Martin Educational Awareness Session at Mt. Calvary Baptist Church at 6:30 p.m. We are asking for parents, youth, local ministers, the mayor of Attalla, Chief of Attalla Police, District Attorney, State Reps and the chairman of the NAACP to attend. For further information, contact the Rev. Preston Nix, chairman of the Etowah County Voter’s League at 256-538-2055 or 256-305-9730.

7,14,21,20 The Alabama City Branch of the Gadsden Public Library will host “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 host Board Game Day at 3:30 p.m. This month we’ll focus on the classic game “Scrabble.” Families are welcome. For additional information, please contact LaShunda at 256-549-4691.

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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.

8,15,22,29 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.

8,15,22,29 The GPL Teen Zone Crafternoon will meet from 4:30 – 6:30 in the Teen Zone. During the months of August and September, all Crafternoons will focus on the upcoming celebration of Banned Books Week Gadsden Reads: Fahrenheit 451. Each Book Arts Crafternoon will be based on a favorite banned book. The library will provide supplies and instruction. For additional information, please contact Brandy or Chris at 256-549-4699, ext. 122.

9 Heritage Baptist Church in Southside will host The Greene’s at 6 p.m. The church is located on the corner of Fowler Ferry Road and Pilgrim’s Rest Road. For information about The Greene’s, visit www.thegreenesmusic.com.

10 The Gadsden Public Library will host “History of Doctor Who” from 1 – 3 p.m. in the Lena Martin Room. Come watch and discuss an episode of Doctor Who featuring the Sixth Doctor. For additional information, please contact John or Chris at 256-549-4699.

14 “Downloading and Saving Your Docs and Files” will be 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.

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Join us for Wacky Wednesdays at 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.

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.

21 “Basic Web Design” 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.

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

23-25 Etowah County and the Gadsden Chapter SCLC are sponsoring a bus to Washington D.C. for the 50th anniversary of the March of Washington. Bus will depart Friday and return Sunday. The cost will be $190 per person. A deposit of $95 is due by Aug. 2 and the final amount is due by Aug. 15. The deposit will not be refunded after Aug. 10. This cost will only cover a bus seat and hotel room. For more information, please contact Anthony Powell at 256-328-5111 or Marcia Kendrick at 256-438-6044.

24 The GPL Teen Zone Anime Club will meet to discuss Replay by Kano Shiuko from 12-2 p.m. For additional information, please contact Brandy or Chris at 256-549-4699, ext. 122.

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.

28 “Microsoft Word” will be held from 1:300-3:30 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.

28 Join the Gadsden Public Library and guest lecturer Tabitha Bozeman in celebrating the works of Southern Gothic writer Flannery O’Connor. Seats are limited to 25 individuals. Pre-registration is required. To pre-register for Pub Crawl, call Carol at 256-549-4699, ext. 107. Pub Crawl begins at 5:30 p.m.

 
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