Messenger Community Calendar for August

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.

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 serving 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 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. 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, 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.

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 planning meeting will be held Aug. 20 at 6:30 p.m. at Jack’s at Noccalula Falls Park.

Licensed Massage Therapist Alysia Price is taking Saturday appointments 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

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.

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.

16 C.A. Donehoo orientation will be held from 8 to 10 a.m. for students and parents in grades 3 through 5.

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.

17 Humane Society Pet Adoption and Rescue Center and Tractor Supply are teaming up for the last rabies clinic of the year. Rabies vaccinations will be available for only $10. Microchipping will be available for only $25 to help your lost pet tell who they are and where they are from. There will be several shelter pets onsite to help celebrate National Homeless Pet Awareness Day. Please come take advantage of these services this weekend. Donations of puppy and kitten dry food would be greatly appreciated.

17 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.

17 Whites Chapel Cemetery Association will be holding a meeting for cleanup day in honor of our ancestors. The meeting will be at 10 a.m. at New Faith Community Church (old Whites Chapel Church) fellowship hall. Come early to see the cemetery before the meeting. I am asking for ideas and suggestions to improve this for everyone. Please call Joyce Stochs at 256-390-0548 for directions or with questions.

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.

19,26 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

20 The East Alabama Commission Area Agency on Aging and Alabama Institute for Deaf and Blind offers information regarding a free prescription assistance program for qualified individuals in need of help. Qualified individuals are eligible to receive free prescription drug and nutritional liquid supplements assistance, as well as discounted diabetic supplies. Anyone who meets the following criteria can participate in the program: resident of Alabama, 55 years of age or older or disabled individuals of any age either in the 24-month Medicare waiting period of applying for disability, have no prescription drug coverage or individuals in the Medicare Part D Gap coverage, need diabetic supplies, need liquid supplements, and annual household income is less than $22,980 for one person or $31,020 for two people. Serving Gadsden and surrounding areas, this program will be located at COA (Council on Aging) on Aug. 20 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. to serve residents who qualify. For more information, contact Alabama Institute for Deaf and Blind toll free at 1-800-361-1636 or East Alabama Commission Area Agency on Aging at 1-800-243-5463.
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 children from infancy to 5 years old. Participants receive a coloring sheet to coordinate with the story. For additional information, please contact LaShunda at 256-549-4691 or

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.

21,28 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.

21,28 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.

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.

22,29 Gadsden Public Library’s 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.

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.

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

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.

24,25 Mt. Lebanon FCM Church in Steele invited you to a Women’s Conference with Dr. Brenda Robinson from 10 a.m. until 12 p.m. on Saturday. Childcare and lunch will be provided. This is a free event but a love offering will be taken. On Sunday at 10 a.m. there will be a worship service with Dan Robinson and New Desire. That evening at 6 p.m. there will be a singing with New Desire. For more information, please call 205-594-5391

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.

27 There will be a public meeting regarding District 3 polling place changes following the Etowah County Commission meeting at 10 a.m. The meeting will be in the Etowah County Commission Chamber at the Etowah County Courthouse located at 800 Forrest Avenue in Gadsden. The following locations will be discussed: Old Sardis Shop, Duck Springs School, Ridgeville Town Hall and Keener. The public is encouraged to attend.

27 TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) No. 0380 Gadsden is holding its yearly open house at 9:30 a.m. at the East Gadsden Community Center. TOPS is a weight loss support group, and we invite you to join us and meet our members and officers. Guest speaker will be Area Captain Phyllis Strange. We look forward to having you see what we are all about and will answer any questions you may have about TOPS. Call John at 256-878-6526 for more information.

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.

28 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.

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