Messenger Community Calendar for August-September

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.

Mental Health America of Etowah County offers Stress & Management, Domestic Violence Prevention and Parenting classes for adults. Certificates will be given upon completion of each course. Instructors are Alicia Harrell, MS, and Kelly Clark, LBSW. The total charge for each course is $80. Classes are held at the Robert Echols Family Success Center, 821 E. Broad Street, 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. Also, if you haven’t sent in your reservation for the reunion, please do so now or contact: Clint Ellison at 256-546-5519 or Peggy Williamson Preston at 256-613-3752 or Bobbi Dale Rowe at 256-593-1955.  We need your reservations now.  Thank you!

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.


23,30 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.

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 invites  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.

25 Mt. Olive Baptist Church Missionary Society Program will meet at 3:30 p.m. The guest pastor and church will be Pastor Ivan Cattling and Mt. Zion Baptist Church. The theme will be “Where are the Labourers?”

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.

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

27 Free morning coffee and doughnuts and the annual Title 1 Parent Meeting will be held at the Adams Elementary Library. The English-Speaking Meeting will be from 8:30-9:15 a.m. and the Spanish-Speaking Meeting will be from 9:30-10:15 a.m. Come and learn what it means to be a Title 1 School.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.


7 The Northeast Alabama Toys and Collectibles Show and Sale will be held at Gadsden Convention Hall from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. Admission is free. For more information contact Mike Mullins at (preferred) or call 256-543-8791. Fifteen percent of the profits go to St. Jude Children’s Hospital and fifteen percent go to Habitat for Humanity.

7 First Saturday, hosted by The Carver Community Revitalization Committee will be held from 1-6 p.m. in the Carver Square at the Carver Community Center. There will be food, music, entertainment, prizes, arts and crafts, a car and bike show, a kid’s zone and more. Vendors are welcome and there will be no setup fee. Come join us for a fun-filled event. For more information, call 256-547-4608.

26 Banned Books Week Gadsden Reads Fahrenheit 451 Book Discussion will be held at Back Forty Beer Company at 5:30 p.m. Join us for a general book discussion of Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451. Participants are responsible for their own bar tabs. For additional information, please contact Carol at 256-549-4699, ext. 107.

26,27 Quilts, Quilts, Qlts. Quilts at the Falls is coming to the Pitman Theater. We would like to show your quilts. Call 256-435-7007 for more information.

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