Messenger Community Calendar for December

New Beacon Hospice is looking for compassionate people to provide volunteer services to patients in the Etowah, Cherokee and Marshall county areas. Volunteers are needed to sit with patients and provide companionship, run errands, relieve caregivers or possibly do light cooking and/or housekeeping. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, please contact Heather Attaway at 256-549-5011 or hattaway@newbeacon.org for more information.

On the first Saturday of every month, Gadsden Regional Medical Center’s Women’s & Children’s Department conducts 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 Tracy Rowland at 480-236-3688.

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.

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. 

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.

December

6 The Angel of Hope Statue has been erected in several locations throughout the world to provide a place for parents and others to grieve/heal after the loss of a child. The Angel of Hope Statue located in Forrest Cemetery is the only one located in the state of Alabama. Please join us as we come together as parents, grandparents, families and friends to remember our loved ones during this upcoming holiday season. All are welcome to attend the service at 6:30 p.m. in Forrest Cemetery. Those attending are invited to bring a white flower to place at the base of the angel in memory of your loved one. Candles will be provided. In case of inclement weather, the service will take place in Forrest Cemetery Chapel. For further information, please call the Forrest Cemetery office at 256-549-4693.

6 Get in the holiday spirit and head to Downtown Gadsden for the North Pole Stroll. Dress in your best Holiday gear and meet us at the Pitman Theatre at 5 p.m. Once everyone is gathered, we will stroll down Broad Street to the City Hall lawn and light the Christmas tree. The Gadsden State A Cappella Choir will be there performing Christmas Carols for everyone to enjoy beginning at 5. In the words of Buddy the Elf, “The best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear.” As you stroll back down Broad to the Pitman for the Liz Wood Project Christmas Concert. The free concert will begin around 7:30 p.m.

6 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. until 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 with any questions.

6-8 Please join Hokes Bluff area churches as they present a live drama of the New Testament in celebration of Christmas. The drama will be presented as a walking tour of the birth, life, death, and most importantly, the resurrection of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Parking and entrance will be at the softball fields on Keener Street behind Hokes Bluff City Hall. Golf carts will be available for those needing transport through the walking tour. Admission and concessions are free. For additional information, call Adam Fielder, 256-298-1176, or Mike Howington, 256-312-0098. 

6 Medicare Part D Open Enrollment ends Dec. 7, 2013. RSVP and the East Alabama Area Agency on Aging are offering a free Medicare checkup that can help you decide which plan is best for you. Appointments are being taken for Friday, Dec. 6 from 9 a.m. 1 p.m.  Please bring a Medicare card and a listing of your current prescription medication, the dosage and directions. Volunteer counselors will be available to help you understand your Medicare benefits, determine which Part D plan best fits your needs, help enroll you in a plan of your choice, File a Medicare claim or appeal and answer questions about your health insurance. Call RSVP at 256-549-8147 to schedule an appointment.

7 The public is invited to attend an early Christmas celebration event, “One Night in Bethlehem,” presented by the Gadsden Ward of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints located at 2001 Noccalula Road in Gadsden. Admission is free. The first tour will begin at 6:30 p.m. and the last tour will begin at 8 p.m. Walk a street of Bethlehem with a tour guide and hear from 12 witnesses of Christ’s birth. Each family will receive a free gift of a simple nativity set. Attendees may choose to donate food for a food pantry in the area. For questions or more information, call Gwen Beck at 256-281-9714.

7 Hokes Bluff will hold  its Christmas Parade with the theme “An Old Fashion Christmas” at 1 p.m. Everyone is invited to participate. Participant applications may be picked up at Hokes Bluff City Hall or the library. For more information, contact Betty Morris, 256-504-0129, or Gail Bryant, 256-492-4802. Deadline for entries is Dec. 5.

13 Hokes Bluff Seniors and Friends will meet at 10:30 a.m. at the Hokes Bluff Community Center. The club will not meet on December 27.

13 Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. will hold the 2013 Peppermint Scholarship Ball from 8 -12 p.m. at Convention Hall in Gadsden. Donation is $20 and attire is semi-formal. For more information, call Adrian Reed at 256-504-8665. 

21 Antioch Baptist Church Youth presents a dinner theatre at Antioch Family Life Center at 5 p.m. The cost is $25 for adults and $15 for students. Proceeds go toward the summer youth retreat. The attire is semi-formal. Call Joyce for tickets at 256-390-5165.

 
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