Messenger Community Calendar for February

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.

Every February, African American History Month celebrates the contributions African-Americans have made to the United States in both history and culture. The Gadsden Public Library is again proud to recognize those contributions with its 2014 series to celebrate African-American History Month. We invite children, teens, adults and families of all races to this month-long series, which is free to the public excluding a $1 donation to sample entries from the Soul Food Contest.

Gadsden Public Library will hold a Blind Date with a Book for the entire month of February at the Teen and Adult Departments of the Gadsden Public Library. There will be a display in the Adult Library with books that are “gift-wrapped.” The cover, title and author will be hidden from view; a true “blind date” for whomever chooses it. To participate, simply choose a gift-wrapped book, check it out and take it home to read. After reading the book, fill out the “Rate Your Date” card that came with the book and return it to the circulation desk. The comment cards are anonymous and will be displayed near the circulation desk for the public’s viewing. For additional information, please call at 256-546-4699.

The Gadsden-Etowah Habitat for Humanity is looking for qualified families to partner with in order to build simple, decent and affordable houses in Etowah County. Families wishing to apply must be residents of Etowah County for a least one year, have a steady income between $12,000 and $28,000 annually, be living in substandard, poverty or inadequate housing, attend partnership and budget classes and be willing to volunteer 300 hours of sweat-equity helping build houses. Applications will be accepted until the end of January. For questions, please call 256-543-1898. The Gadsden-Etowah Habitat for Humanity is a non-profit Christian ministry seeking to build hope, homes and community.

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 for more information.

The Rainbow Fly Fishing Club is a family-friendly club that promotes the sport of fly fishing. The club is based in Rainbow City with members of all ages (both fishermen and fisherwomen) from all over North Alabama. Club meetings are held on the first Thursday of the month at 6:30 p.m. on non-holiday weeks at the Aquaculture Education and Development Center at Gadsden State Community College. For more information on the Rainbow Fly Fishing Club, visit

On the first Saturday of every month, Gadsden Regional’s Women’s & Children’s department will hold free childbirth classes 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 breastfeeding from a lactation consultant; and a tour of the hospital’s Women’s & Children’s unit. The dates of the classes are Feb. 1, March 1, April 5, May 3, June 7, July 12, Aug. 2, Sept.6, Oct. 4, Nov. 1 and Dec. 6. 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. 

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 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 plays 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.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints Family History Center, located at 2001 Noccalula Road in Gadsden, is open Wednesdays from 4:30 until 7:30 p.m. and Saturdays by appointment. The center’s phone number is 256-546-0746 and the director’s phone number is 256-538-5973, 256-504-0811. 

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. 


14, 21, 28 The Alabama City Branch of the Gadsden Public Library will host Beginning Crochet and Knitting from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. Learn the basics of crocheting or knitting. Please bring your own knitting/crocheting needles and yarn. For additional information, please contact Kay at 256-549-4688.

15, 22 The Gadsden Public Library Chess Club will meet in the Lena Martin Room from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m., excluding the 15th, which meets in the Children’s Programming Room. Beginner? Pro? Doesn’t matter! Join us and learn to play with others who love the game. For more information, please contact at or by calling 256-549-4699, ext. 120.

15 The Gadsden State Community College Alumni Association is offering a $1,000 scholarship to two currently enrolled Gadsden State students who will be in sophomore standing for the scholarship year. The scholarship can be applied toward tuition, books and fees for the 2014-2015 academic terms at Gadsden State. The scholarship criteria and application can be located at Application deadline is at 4:30 p.m. For questions or information, contact Jill Heishman at 256-549-8247 or

15 The Kiwanis Club of Gadsden announces its annual Kiwanis Pancake Day ticket sale. Tickets are $4 each in advance ($5 at the door) and are available from any Gadsden Kiwanis Club member or area school Key Club or Action Club member. The 2014 Pancake Day will be held at Gadsden’s Convention Hall from 6 a.m.- 2 p.m. Tickets are also available at the Gadsden Times and Moore Printing & Copy Center.

15 The Gadsden Public Library’s Brunch w/ Books Book Club will meet from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. in the Lena Martin Room to discuss “Who Asked You?” by Terry McMillan. A light brunch will be served. For additional information, please contact LaShunda at 256-549-4691 or Tallulah at 256-549-4699, ext. 102.

15 The Gadsden Public Library Teen Zone Anime Club will meet from 12-2 p.m. to discuss “Avatar: The Last Airbender.” Meet up with other teens and discuss your favorite authors, series and artists while enjoying some light refreshments. For additional information, please contact Brandy or Chris at 256-549-4699, ext. 122.

17 The Gadsden Public Library Teen Top Ten Books Book Club will meet in the Teen Zone from 4:30-5:30 p.m. to discuss “Code Name Verity” by Elizabeth Wein. For additional information, please contact Brandy or Chris at 256-549-4699, ext. 122.

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

17, 24 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

18, 25 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

18, 25 The Gadsden Public Library Teen Zone Pundit Pictures Club will meet from 4:30-6:30 p.m. to watch and discuss Spiderman. Do you have a keen eye for the literary, artistic and musical merits of movies? Then join the GPL Teen Zone’s Pundit Pictures Club. Each month during 2014, members of the club will hone their critical skills by watching and then discussing superhero films. For additional information, please contact Brandy or Chris at 256-549-4699, ext. 122.

18, 25 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.

18 Join us in welcoming Birmingham Civil Rights Institute Outreach Coordinator Samuel Pugh as he speaks on the struggles of the American Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s and 1960s. The lecture will take place in the Lena Martin Room of the Gadsden Public Library from 5-6:30 p.m.

18 The Gadsden Public Library Pre-Teen Book Club will meet in the Children’s Department from 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. to discuss “Replay” by Sharon Creech. Spaces are limited. Pre-registration is required. For additional information or pre-registration, please contact the Children’s Department at 256-549-4699, ext. 118, or email

19 “Microsoft Powerpoint” 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.

19 The Veterans Upward Bound Program at Gadsden State Community College will sponsor a Résumé Writing and Interview Skills Workshop at the Ayers Campus Learning Resource Center in Anniston at 3 p.m. The free workshop is open to all veterans. Military veterans residing in Blount, Calhoun, Cherokee, Cleburne, DeKalb, Etowah, Jefferson, Marshall, St. Clair or Talladega counties are invited to take advantage of the free services offered through the VUB Program. Enrollment at Gadsden State or any other college or university is not mandatory in order to participate. Veterans Upward Bound (VUB) is a TRiO program funded 100 percent by a grant from the U.S. Department of Education. For more information or to see if you are eligible to receive free services to help you continue your education contact the VUB Office at 256-549-8286/8328 or email

19, 26 The Alabama City Branch of the Gadsden Public Library will host Stitching Time from 2 – 4 p.m. Beginners are welcome. For additional information, please contact Kay at 256-549-4688.

19, 26 The Gadsden Public Library 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.

20, 27 The Gadsden Public Library Teen Zone will host Teen Writing Workshops from 5-6 p.m. Join English instructor Tabitha Bozeman for four intense writing workshops. All genres (fiction, non-fiction, poetry, etc.) are encouraged. Meetings will include instructional exercises along with writing workshops. Participants will be asked to bring writing that they’re currently working on as well as generate new work. For additional information, please contact Brandy or Chris at 256-549-4699, ext. 122.

20,27 The Alabama City Branch of the Gadsden Public Library will host Thursday movies from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. Popcorn and a drink will be provided by the library. For additional information, please contact Kay at 256-549-4688.

20,27 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.

20 The Etowah County/Gadsden branch of the NAACP will host a Freedom Fund Banquet at 6 p.m. at the Senior Activity Center in downtown Gadsden. A donation of $20 is requested. 

20 Greater Gadsden Greeters, a newcomer’s club, will hold its monthly coffee from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. at a member’s home. If you are new to the area (four years or less) and would like more information or a brochure, please call Genelle Wagar at 256-442-8507 or Jeanie Russell at 256-492-9916. Brochures are also available at the Chamber of Commerce. Welcome to Gadsden!

22 Hosted by the City of Gadsden Parks and Recreation Dept., nn AARP driver safety class will be held from 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.  at the Elliot Community Center in Gadsden. A certificate of completion will be good for three years and may qualify drivers age 55 or older for insurance discounts. The fee is $20 or $15 with current AARP member number at the beginning of class.

22 February is Heart Health Month, and to celebrate, Riverview Regional Medical Center invites you to the 2014 Cardiovascular Health Fair from 7 a.m. until 12 p.m. The event will take place at Riverview’s Heart and Vascular Center located on Riverview’s main campus. The fair will include cholesterol and glucose screening, EKGs and Peripheral Arterial Disease screenings, along with blood pressure screening and weight checks. A continental breakfast will be provided. The cost is $25 per person. Reservations are required for this event and can be made by calling 256-543-5741. The event is open to people ages 18 and older. Fasting is required for the cholesterol and glucose screening (nothing to eat or drink after midnight).

23 The Rev. Darrell Davis and the Bethlehem Missionary Baptist Church in West Gadsden is celebrating its 13th anniversary at 3 p.m. The Rev. Melvin Guyton and the Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Turkeytown will be the guest church. Please come out and help us celebrate this great occasion.

25 The Annual Soul Food Contest will take place in the Arthur Green Room at Convention Hall in Gadsden from 5 – 6:30 p.m. If you can throw down on some “soul food,” then this contest is for you! Categories are Meats, Vegetables, desserts and Breads. No pre-made foods may be used in dishes prepared for the contest. Entry forms may be picked up at all three City of Gadsden library branches. The last day to enter the contest is Feb. 7 before 5 p.m. A $1 donation per person will be asked at the door for those attending to sample all the contest entries. Donations will be used to help offset library expenses. For additional information, contact LaShunda at 256-549-4691 or Tim at 256-549-4699, ext. 116 or

25, 27 Gadsden State-Cherokee will host two free financial aid workshops for all seniors in Cherokee County High Schools on Feb. 25 at 11 a.m. and Feb. 27 at 6 p.m. in Room 130. Gadsden State Financial Aid Department staff will inform participants about the financial aid process and various types of financial aid and scholarships available, as well as assist individuals in filing their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) which can help to offset college expenses.  For more information, contact Chad Steed at 256-927-1802

26 Digital Photo Editing 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.

26 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.

26 The Alabama City Branch of the Gadsden Public Library will meet to make memory wire bracelets with matching earrings from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. Participants will learn how to make a spring-themed memory-wire bracelet with matching earrings. Please contact Kay Henderson for details about supplies and/or cost. For additional information or preregistration, please contact Kay at 256-549-4688.

26 The Office of Career Services at Gadsden State Community College will host a Health Sciences Employment Opportunity Fair at Helderman Hall from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.  All health science majors and the general public are welcome to attend at no cost. Please dress professionally and bring several copies of your résumé. Recruiters or employers interested in registering for the event should contact Cynthia Foster at, or 256-549-8635.

28 The McClellan Bookworms will meet at 10 a.m. in the McClellan Center Conference Room. In celebration of Black History Month, the group will meet discuss The House Girl by Tara Conklin, a selection that combines slave doctors, art, and law. To find out more about the book visit For more information about the Bookworms contact Gadsden State librarian Melinda Harvey at 256-549-9352/8548 or


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