Messenger Community Calendar for September-October

September is Library Card Sign-up Month at the Gadsden Public Library, a community hub of activity. A Gadsden Public Library card grants access to books, e-books, computers, homework help, assistance with resumes and job searches, adult education courses, music, movies and more. Come see us at the Gadsden Public Library to get your card today. For additional information, please call 256-549-4699 or visit www.gadsdenlibrary.org.

The Gadsden Public Library challenges you to complete our 2013 Genre Challenge! All you have to do is pick up your Genre Key Chain from either the Childrens, Teen or Adult Departments (main circulation desk) by Sept. 30. Each time you visit the library, check out a book from one of the Genre Tickets on you specific key chain. Only one book per visit counts. Read your book and return it. Complete your key chain by Oct. 21 and receive a certificate of completion and a special award coupon from Jack’s Family Restaurant. For additional information, please call 256-549-4699, ext. 122 for Teen or ext. 120 for Adult.

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.

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 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 Gadsden Public Library’s Children’s Department and The American Red Cross will hold a “Letters to Soldiers” campaign. The GPL will be providing a letter template that you can fill out to be sent to a soldier through the American Red Cross. Please take advantage of this program to thank a soldier for everything that he/she does for our country. Completed letter must be turned in to the GPL Children’s Department by Nov. 30. For additional information, please contact the GPL Children’s Department at 256-549-4699, ext. 118.

The VFW 8600 Chapter located on Rainbow Drive 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 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.

Mental Health America of Etowah County offers Stress and 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 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.

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 natalie_fleming@gadsdenregional.com.

September

20,27 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.

20 Help support literacy in our community by participating in the GPL Children’s Department Scholastic Book Fair. Family Fun Night Carnival is Sept. 19 from 3-6 p.m. Join us for games, prizes and popcorn. For additional information, please contact Jillian at 256-549-4699, ext. 118, or via email at jillian@gadsdenlibrary.org.
    
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In conjunction with the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Division of Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries, the Alabama Cooperative Extension System will be providing an update of the hunting requirement changes for deer and turkey hunters and general hunting regulations set for the 2013-2014 season. The event will be held from 6 – 8 p.m. at the Etowah County Extension Office located at 3200A West Meighan Boulevard in Gadsden. This two-hour update will provide hunters a better understanding of what requirements are necessary to enjoy a safe and legal hunting season. The session will cover several hunting requirement changes, including game check system, reduced antlerless deer take in North Alabama, fall turkey season date changes, new area feeding definition, extended deer season in southeast Alabama, changes for winter wheat planting dates and air rifle take of deer. Registration is not required and there is no cost to attend. Please direct questions to Norm Haley with the Alabama Cooperative Extension System at 256-630-4248 or nvh0001@aces.edu.

21 The Gadsden Public Library Chess Club will meet from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. in the library’s Lena Martin Room. For further information, please contact Craig at craig@gadsdenlibrary.org or by calling 256-549-4699, ext. 120.
    
22 Trinity Lutheran Church will celebrate its 75th anniversary. Pastor Wes Toncre, now retired and who served Trinity Lutheran Church from 1972-1980, will preach the morning service. A fellowship meal with Pastor Toncre and his wife as guests will follow the worship. Please let us know if you plan to attend by contacting Pastor Moore at 256-546-1712 or at www.tlcgadsden.com. Former members and friends are invited to attend.

22-25 Cherry Street Baptist Church in Attalla will hold a revival, Sunday at 10:50 a.m. and 6 p.m. and Monday-Wednesday at 6 p.m. Guests will be Dr. Roger Willmore, Pastor of Deerfoot Parkway Baptist Church in Trussville, and Jay Parrack, Minister of Music at Hillcrest Baptist Church of Saks.

23 Banned Books Week will kickoff in the parking lot of the Gadsden Public Library at 7 p.m. with the destruction of an artistic representation of banned book, in collaboration with Walnut Gallery Director and Gadsden State Community College art instructor Mario Gallardo and his art students. For additional information, please contact Carol at 256-549-4699, ext. 107 or email carol@gadsdenlibrary.org.

23 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. Meeting will take place from 5-7 p.m. in the Lena Martin Room of the Gadsden Public Library. For additional information, please contact Tabitha at tabithabozeman@gmail.com or Craig at 256-546-4699, ext. 120.

23,30 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.

23 All parents, students, staff and community members are invited to an open house and Cyber Safety Program from 5:30-7 p.m. in the Adams Elementary Lunchroom. Learn how to keep your child safe on the Internet, meet with teachers, learn about community resources and shop in the book fair.

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.

24 The GPL Teen Zone will hold Movie Night at 4:30 p.m. During the month of September, all movies shown will focus on the upcoming celebration of Banned Book Week Gadsden Reads: Fahrenheit 451. Each movie will be based on a banned book. For additional information, please contact Brandy or Chris at 256-549-4699, ext. 122.

24 The Alabama City branch of the Gadsden Public Library will hold 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.

24 Gadsden Public Library Friends presents author Geneva Robertson in the library’s Lena Martin Room at 5:30 p.m. Refreshments will be served. Books will be available for purchase and Geneva Turner will be signing after the program. For additional information, please contact Craig at 256-549-4699, ext. 120.

24 Banned Books Weeks continues at 12 p.m. at Meadows Library with a lecture by Gadsden State Community College’s Chris Harrison on Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451 and the history of banned books. For additional information, please contact Carol at 256-549-4699, ext. 107, or email at carol@gadsdenlibrary.org.

24 The Gadsden State Community College Student Government Association and Valley Street Campus will sponsor an American Red Cross blood drive from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. on the Valley Street campus. Potential donors may visit www.redcross.org and click “Make an Appointment” at the top of the page to schedule an appointment. All students, faculty, staff and community members are encouraged to donate. For information, please contact Tanisha Dillon at 256-549-8670 or tdillon@gadsdenstate.edu.

25 “Microsoft Publisher” 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.

25 Learn more about the Affordable Care Act and get questions answered at 12 p.m. in the Gadsden Regional Room of Building 500. Reserve your seat by Sept. 20 by calling 256-494-4894.

25 A scholarly discussion of Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451 featuring Dr. Robert Woods, a four-year fellow at the Bradbury Center, will take place 12 p.m. at the Hardin Center for Cultural Arts as a part of Banned Books Week. Participants are encouraged to bring a brown bag lunch. Lunch will be provided to Kiwanis members. For additional information, please contact Carol at 256-549-4699, ext. 107, or email at carol@gadsdenlibrary.org.

25 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.

25 The Alabama City Branch of the Gadsden Public Library will be holding Quilting and Things from 2-4 p.m. Beginners are welcome. For additional information, please contact Kay at 256-549-4688.

25 The GPL Teen Zone will offer homework help from 4-5 p.m. For additional information, please contact Brandy or Chris at 256-549-4699, ext. 122.

25 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.

26 The Alabama City Branch of the Gadsden Public Library will have 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.

26 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.

26 The GPL Teen Zone Crafternoon will meet from 4:30-6:30 p.m. in the Teen Zone. During the month of 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 each of the Book Arts’ Crafternoons. Complete book arts projects may be entered into the Banned Books Book Art Exhibit at the Gadsden Museum of Art on Sept. 27. Application deadline for entry into the exhibit is Sept. 16. Applications may be picked up in the Teen Zone. Completed book art entries must be turned into Brandy or Chris in the GPL Teen Zone by Sept. 19. For additional information, please contact Brandy or Chris at 256.549.4699, ext. 122.

26 The general public is invited to take part in Banned Books Week by joining in on a group discussion of Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451 beginning at 5:30 p.m. at Back Forty Beer Company. Participants will be responsible for their own bar tabs. For additional information, please contact Carol at 256-549-4699, ext. 107, or email at carol@gadsdenlibrary.org.

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

26 The East Gadsden Branch of the GPL will host arts & crafts from 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. This month’s experiment is cornstarch quicksand. For additional information, please contact LaShunda at 256-549-4691.

27 The McClellan Bookworms will begin fall semester mee-tings at 10:00 a.m. in the McClellan Center Conference Room. The book of the month is The Yonahlosee Riding Camp for Girls by Anton Disclafani. Other books that will be featured this fall include The Starboard Sea by Amber Dermot (October), The Art Forger by B. A. Shapiro (November), and The Cleaner of Chartres by Salley Vickers (December). More information on each book can be found by visiting gadsdenstate.libguides.com/mcclellanbookworms. Contact Gadsden State librarian Melinda Harvey at 256-549-9352 or 8548 for more information.

27 The Gadsden Museum of Art Banned Books Book Art Exhibit will take place at 6 p.m. at the Leo Reynolds Gallery of the Gadsden Museum of Art with live readings from banned books. For additional information, please contact Carol at 256-549-4699, ext. 107, or email at carol@gadsdenlibrary.org.
    
27 Hokes Bluff Seniors and Friends will meet at 10:30 a.m. at the Hokes Bluff Community Center.

28 The 2013 Etowah County 4-H Chick Chain Show and Auction will begin at 1 p.m. at the VFW fairgrounds in Fort Payne. Come out and support the 38 Etowah County 4-H members that have been raising chickens all summer by bidding on some of the best chickens in Northeast Alabama. For more information, please contact Amy Burgess at the Etowah County Extension Office at 256-547-7936.

28 The GPL Teen Zone Anime Club will meet to discuss Fai-ry Tail by Hiro Mashima from 12-2 p.m. For additional information, please contact Brandy or Chris at 256-549-4699.

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The East Gadsden Branch of the GPL will hold a Best Seller Book Club from 12-1 p.m. This month’s selection is Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James. Brown bags are welcome. Beverages and desserts will be provided by the library. For additional information, please contact LaShunda at 256-549-4691.

October

3-6 The Southern Women’s Show will be held at the Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex. “Miss Kay” from A & E’s Duck Dynasty will be making an appearance at the show on Oct. 5. The annual event attracts thousands of local women each year for four jam-packed days of fashion shows, cooking demonstrations, beauty tips, health screenings, decorating ideas and personal growth opportunities. Show hours are Thursday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Friday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; and Sunday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $10 at the door, $8 in advance online, $7 in advance at participating Piggly Wiggly stores and $5 for children 6-12 years old and free for children under 6. Special $5 after 5 p.m. pricing is available every day. For group discount tickets and more information, call 800-849-0248 or visit www.southernwomensshow.com.

6 Trinity Lutheran Church will celebrate their 75th anniversary. Pastor Gary Faith, executive assistant at the Southern District LCMS (Lutheran Church Missouri Synod) and former pastor at Trinity from 1986 to 2003 will be preaching the morning service and speaking at the church’s 75th anniversary banquet at 4 p.m. at the Noccalula Falls Park Kiwanis Pavilion in Gadsden. For ticket information, contact Trinity Lutheran Church at 256-546-1712.

13 Encounter a voice from Gadsden’s past. The 5th Annual “A Walk Through Time” event will be held at Forrest Cemetery from 2 – 5 p.m. Parking will be available at the old Gadsden High School and a trolley will be taking people to and from the cemetery. Admission is free but donations are encouraged.

15 Downtown Gadsden Inc. will close the Memorial Bridge in Gadsden from 5:30-7:30 p.m for the second annual Sunset Sips fundraising event. Memorial Bridge is the perfectly unique venue for a night full of fun with friends over the Coosa River watching the sunset. Hors d’oeuvres will be provided by the Fish Market and Back Forty Beer Company. The Stone Market will provide beverages and Frios Gourmet Pops will provide tasty treats. There will also be unplugged entertainment at different locations across the bridge. Funds raised at the event will go towards purchasing outdoor speakers for downtown Gadsden. Tickets are $40 each and can be purchased online at www.downtowngadsden.com. Tickets can also purchased at any of the following locations; Downtown Gadsden Inc., University of Alabama-Gadsden Center, Frios Gourmet Pops and The Stone Market. A limited number of tickets will be available and must be purchased by Friday, Oct. 11. Downtown Gadsden Inc., a 501(c)3 organization, thanks you for your donation.

20 Trinity Lutheran Church will celebrate its 75th anniversary. President Kurtis Schulz of our Southern District LCMS (Lutheran Church Missouri Synod) will deliver the Sunday morning message to conclude anniversary recognition.

23 The 5th Annual LJCC Mahjongg Tournament will be held from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. at the Levite Jewish Community Center on Montclair Road in Birmingham. All level of players are invited to attend. Proceeds will benefit the Roz Feigelson Circle of Life Knitting Society (knitting scarves and shrugs with love for cancer patients). The cost will be $30 and includes lunch, donation and prizes. For more information, please contact Mindy Cohen at 205-859-0411 or email mcohen@bhamjcc.org.

29 Family Savings Free Shred Day and Electronic Recycling will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the main office, located at 711 East Meighan Blvd. This free service is open to the community and businesses for destruction of documents containing sensitive information. Assistance with unloading will be available. Technical Knockout TKO will be recycling electronics. They will accept computers, computer hardware, phones, fax machines, copiers, printers, any electronics with plugs (except TVs), etc. A small fee of $10 will be charged for hard drive destruction—all other electronics will be free of charge. Contact Family Savings at 256-543-9530 for more information.

31 Alabama Mentor will be accepting trick-or-treaters during its monthly open house at 6 p.m. at 96 Industrial Drive in Attalla. We will also be providing information related to what it takes to be a licensed foster parent. Feel free to bring your kids and your list of questions. Please contact Jeanetta at 256-570-0444 with any questions. Hope to see you there!

 
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