Messenger Community Calendar for October-November

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 Children’s, Teen or Adult Departments at the 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 Medical Center’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 cla-sses 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.

The Salvation Army will begin receiving applications for those persons needing Christmas assistance beginning Monday, Oct. 28 through Thursday, Oct. 31 from 9 a.m. until 12 p.m. Applications will continue Monday, Nov. 4 through Thursday, Nov. 7 from 1 to 4 p.m. The applications will be taken at 114 North 11th Street. These will be the only times to apply for Christmas assistance. All applicants should bring picture identification of themselves along with Social Security numbers for each person in the household, proof of income, living expense information, food stamp information, birth certificates for each child 12 and under and a piece of mail with their correct mailing address. Last year 220 food baskets and 6,560 toys were distributed. For more information, please call the Salvation Army office at 546-4673.
    
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.

The Northeast Alabama Genealogical Society and the Alabama City Historical Society currently are working on the preservation and maintenance of Clayton Cemetery. The NE Genealogical Society is in the process of publishing a book on Clayton Cemetery and is interested in obtaining any history on the cemetery and information on those buried there. If you have any information to share or would like to donate to the maintenance project, contact Julia Young, 256-504-1485, RoseMary Hyatt, 256-490-4683, or Sherry Underwood, 256-490-5286.

October

18,25 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.

18 The Council on Aging of Etowah County will host a Medicare Prescription Drug Enrollment event at the University of Alabama Gadsden Center from 10 a.m.- 2 p.m. SHIP volunteer counselors from The Council on Aging and the East Alabama Regional Planning and Development Commission will be available at those days and times to help Medicare beneficiaries compare and select prescription drug plans for 2014. Each individual seeking assistance must bring your Medicare card and a detailed list of medications, with dosages, or the prescription bottles. Everyone will be helped on a first-come, first-served basis, so there may be a wait, with a session lasting up to an hour. Call the Council on Aging (256) 543-3616 if there are questions.

19 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.

19 The Gadsden Public Library Brunch with Books Book Club will meet in the Children’s Program Reading Room from 10-11:30 a.m. to discuss “If I Can’t Have You” by Mary B. Morrison/ Light brunch will be served. For additional information, please contact LaShunda at 256-549-4691 or Tallulah at 256-549-4699, ext. 102.

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.

21 “Social Networking” 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.

21 Are you a writer? Would you like to try writing? If so, join the GPL’s brand new Gadsden Writers! Group meetings take place in the Lena Martin Room and will be facilitated by Tabitha Bozeman. All genres are encouraged. Meetings 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 256-549-4699, ext. 120.

21,28 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.

22,29 The Gadsden Public Library Teen Zone will be watching the acclaimed British television series “Robin of Sherwood” at 4:30 p.m. in the Teen Zone. For additional information, please contact Brandy or Chris at 256-549-4699, ext. 122.

22,29 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.

22,29 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.

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.

23,30 The Gadsden Public Library Teen Zone will hold Homework Help from 4-5 p.m. For additional information, please contact Brandy or Chris at 256-549-4699, ext. 122.

23,30 The Alabama City Branch of the Gadsden Public Library will be having Sticking Time (all types of needlework) from 2-4 p.m. Beginners are welcome. For additional information, please contact Kay at 256-549-4688.

23,30 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 of Dominoes. Families are welcome. For additional information, please contact LaShunda at 256-549-4691.

24,31 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.

24,31 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.

24,31 The Gadsden Public Library Teen Zone will host Appernoon and Crafternoon from 4-6 p.m. For additional information, please contact Brandy or Chris at 256-549-4699, ext. 122.

24 The East Gadsden Branch of the Gadsden Public Library will host “Experiment and Explore Window Gardens” from 3:30 until 4:30 p.m. Spots are limited. Pre-registration is required. For additional information or pre-registration, please contact LaShunda at 256-549-4691.

24,25,26 Friends of the Gadsden Public Library Big Book Sale will take place in the Lena Martin Room of the GPL. The hours are Thursday and Friday from 9 a.m.  -  5 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. Over 5,000 items of “nearly new” and used books, movies and other items including large selections of biographies, non-fiction and fiction hardcover and paperback books. Prices start at twenty-five cents. For additional information, please call Craig at 256-549-4699, ext. 120.    

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

26 The Gadsden Public Library Teen Zone Anime Club will meet to discuss “Chobits” by Clamo from 12 until 2 p.m. For additional information, please contact Brandy or Chris at 256-549-4699, ext. 122.

26 RSVP is hosting a free Community Shred & Drug Round Up for Make A Difference Day from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. A shred truck will be in the parking lot of the Etowah County Courthouse, 800 Forrest Avenue. There is no limit to how much you can bring to be shredded. This shredder can handle paper clips, rubber bands, staples, CD’s and even the box or bag you brought your papers in. Also, agents from the Etowah County Drug Enforcement Unit will be on hand to collect any old or unused medicines you need to get rid of. We can collect pills, liquids, inhalers and anything but needles. Everything collected (papers and meds) will be disposed of in the most environmentally friendly way.

26 The Ninth Annual Zombie Parade will take place starting at 3:00 p.m. All participants are to meet in the lot behind Blackstone. A pub crawl will follow beginning at the Downtown Tavern at 5 p.m. There will be a make-up workshop at 1 p.m. sponsored by the Toy Exchange.

28 The East Gadsden Branch of the Gadsden Public Library will host the Best Seller Book Club from 12-1 p.m. This month’s selection is “NYPD Red” by James Patterson. Brown Bags are welcome. Beverage and dessert will be provided by the library. For additional information, please contact LaShunda at 256-549-4691.

28 For one night only, the Gadsden Public Library will host a live Dungeons & Dragons from 4 – 7:30 p.m. For additional information, please contact Brandy or Chris at 256-549-4699, ext. 122.

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 Boulevard in Gadsden. 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 and 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.

29 The Council on Aging of Etowah County will host a Medicare Prescription Drug Enrollment event at the Gadsden Public Library from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. SHIP volunteer counselors from The Council on Aging and the East Alabama Regional Planning and Development Commission will be available at those days and times to help Medicare beneficiaries compare and select prescription drug plans for 2014. Each individual seeking assistance must bring your Medicare card and a detailed list of medications, with dosages, or the prescription bottles. Everyone will be helped on a first-come, first-served basis, so there may be a wait, with a session lasting up to an hour. Call the Council on Aging (256) 543-3616 if there are questions.

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!

November

1,15,29 The Council on Aging of Etowah County will host a Medicare Prescription Drug Enrollment event at the University of Alabama Gadsden Center from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. SHIP volunteer counselors from The Council on Aging and the East Alabama Regional Planning and Development Commission will be available at those days and times to help Medicare beneficiaries compare and select prescription drug plans for 2014. Each individual seeking assistance must bring your Medicare card and a detailed list of medications, with dosages, or the prescription bottles. Everyone will be helped on a first-come, first-served basis, so there may be a wait, with a session lasting up to an hour. Call the Council on Aging (256) 543-3616 if there are questions.

12,26 The Council on Aging of Etowah County will host a Medicare Prescription Drug Enrollment event at the Gadsden Public Library from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. SHIP volunteer counselors from The Council on Aging and the East Alabama Regional Planning & Development Commission will be available at those days and times to help Medicare beneficiaries compare and select prescription drug plans for 2014. Each individual seeking assistance must bring your Medicare card and a detailed list of medications, with dosages, or the prescription bottles. Everyone will be helped on a first-come, first-served basis, so there may be a wait, with a session lasting up to an hour. Call the Council on Aging (256) 543-3616 if there are questions.

13 The City of Gadsden Parks and Recreation Department will hold its Senior Holiday Luncheon or seniors age 55 and up at Convention Hall in Gadsden. Doors will open at 9:30 a.m. There is no charge for the event. Please call or visit the Senior Activity Center on Broad Street in downtown Gadsden to sign up any time between Oct. 1 and Nov. 1.

14 A Christmas Extravaganza will take place from 4:30 – 7 p.m. at the Gadsden State Community College East Gadsden Campus Auditorium. Come shop for Christmas with many vendors, including jewelry and clothing, holiday wreaths and decorations, gift baskets with specialty food items, monogrammed items, and much more. The Gadsden/Etowah EMA will present a program on Emergency Preparedness sponsored by DKG Society-Beta Omicron Chapter’s Scholarship Fund.

19 The Council on Aging of Etowah County will host a Medicare Prescription Drug Enrollment event at the Attalla Public Library from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. SHIP volunteer counselors from The Council on Aging and the East Alabama Regional Planning & Development Commission will be available at those days and times to help Medicare beneficiaries compare and select prescription drug plans for 2014. Each individual seeking assistance must bring your Medicare card and a detailed list of medications, with dosages, or the prescription bottles. Everyone will be helped on a first-come, first-served basis, so there may be a wait, with a session lasting up to an hour. Call the Council on Aging (256) 543-3616 if there are questions.

 
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