Messenger Community Calendar for December-January

The Northeast Alabama Genealogical Society and the Alabama City Historical Society are working on the preservation and maintenance of Clayton Cemetery. The Northeast Alabama 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 wish to donate to the maintenance project, contact Julia Young at 256-504-1485, RoseMary Hyatt at 256-490-4683 or Sherry Underwood at 256-490-5286.

The Gadsden Public Library and its branches will close at 5 p.m. on December 21. Additionally, the Gadsden Public Library and its branches will be closed December 24 and 25 in observance of the Christmas holiday and January 1 in observance of New Year’s Day. We wish everyone a safe and happy holiday season!

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. Tes-ting 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.  

Glencoe Public Library will have “Fine Free Day” during the month of December. All overdue books and movies can be returned with no fines due. Please return all overdue materials during this time. Library hours are Mon. – Fri., 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Tues. and Thurs., 3-5 p.m. A drop box is also available.

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.

In an effort to help the needy children in Etowah County have a Merry Christmas, the Gadsden Fire Department is accepting donations for the Toys from Santa program. Monetary or new, unwrapped toy donations are being accepted at all Gadsden Fire Station locations from now until December 20. Those who wish to donate large quantities of new, unwrapped toys may schedule a pick up time by calling 256-549-4566. 

For those interested in adopting a child at Christmas, The Salvation Army has Angel Trees at Chick-Fil-A, Ronnie Watkins Ford, First United Methodist Church of Gadsden or at The Salvation Army office. Please come by and pick an angel off the tree and help a needy child this year. For more information you may call The Salvation Army office at 256-546-4673. 

December

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.

21 Gadsden Public Library Children’s Department will be having Christmas Special Story Times with a reading of The Night Before Christmas at 10 a.m. Come enjoy a story, decorate a cookie and have your picture made with Santa! For additional information, please contact the Children’s Department at 256-549-4699, ext. 118.

21 The Gadsden Public Library Chess Club will meet from 10 a.m. until 12 p.m. in the Lena Martin Room. Join us and learn to play with other who love the game. For further information, please contact Craig at craig@gadsdenlibrary.org or by calling 256-549-4699, ext. 120.

23 The Gadsden Public Library Children’s Department will be holding a special screening of The Polar Express from 4 – 7 p.m. Wear your pajamas, enjoy hot cocoa and make an “I Believe” bell! For additional information, please contact the Children’s Department at 256-549-4699, ext. 118.

24,26 Individuals can help the Red Cross and hospital patients this month while discovering the true meaning of the season by giving a generous gift of a blood or platelet donation. Each donation made can help save up to three lives. Volunteer donors in Gadsden can help the American Red Cross meet the need during the holiday season by giving blood at the Gadsden Community Blood Drive, scheduled from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Premiere Cinemas 16 in the Gadsden Mall. Call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental consent in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.

26 Gadsden Public Library will have Children’s Story Times at 10 a.m. Participate in our free weekly program and enjoy special time with you little one with stories, crafts, snacks and special guests! Programs are geared toward ages 18 mos- 5 years. For additional information, please contact the Children’s Department at 256-549-4699, ext. 118.

29 College Heights Baptist Church located at 411 Rabbittown Road in Glencoe with host a Sunday Family Day beginning at 9:45 a.m. Special guests will be Frank Jones of Frank Jones Ministries and a former staff member at College Heights. Also singing will be Suzanne Samuels LaFollette and family, Greg, Rachael and Hannah. The concert is free and open to the public. Everyone is invited. For more information, call 256-492-6581.

31 The Alabama City Branch of the Gadsden Public Library will be having 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. 

January

16,23,30 Square Dancing Classes begin with an Open House in the New Year from 7–9 p.m. at the Senior Activity Center, 623 Broad St., Gadsden. The Gadsden Twirlers are sponsoring this for both new and experienced dancers, and the Caller is Ronnie Purser BMI/ASCAP Certified of Springville. Classes will continue in February on Thursday evenings, $15 per month. For more information contact Ronnie Purser (205) 467-7907, Charles Massey (256) 441-7999, Paulette Massey (256) 547-5426, or Gail Scoggins (256) 328-0707.

 
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