Messenger Community Calendar for March, April

March 21, 2014 chris
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The Northeast Alabama Genealogical Society and the Alabama City Historical Society are working on the preservation and maintenance of Clayton Cemetery. The NAGS 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.

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, 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 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.

Registration for free GED classes at Gadsden State Community College will be held every first and third Friday morning at 8 a.m. (no late arrivals and registration should be completed by 12:30 p.m.)  Evening registration will be held every second and fourth Wednesday from 5-8 p.m. New students may register by coming to the second floor of Brown Hall located on the East Broad Campus in Gadsden. GED classes meet Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. – 12 p.m. or 1 – 4 p.m. Evening classes will meet from 5 – 8 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday. GED classes are free, and are open to all adults 17 or older who have not finished high school. Those who are 16 or 17 years old must call 256-549-8698 prior to registration. Classes are designed to improve reading, writing, and math skills, and increase general knowledge in social studies and general science. Upon completion of GED, students are eligible for one free class at a two-year college in the state of Alabama. For more information on this class site or others in the Etowah County area, please call 256-835-5462.

Did you know that Gadsden has a Toastmasters Club? Part of Toastmasters International, Greater Gadsden Speakers-A Toastmasters Club is dedicated to helping its members become confident and excellent communicators and leaders in an encouraging and fun environment.  The Toastmasters Club can help to improve your communication skills, polish your already excellent speaking skills and build solid leadership skills. The club meets every Thursday at the Coosa Valley YMCA from 7-8 p.m. in the Activity Room. You can find the club on Facebook at Gadsden Toastmasters For more information, contact Phil Swindall at 256-504-4198. Guests are always welcome to visit as many times as they wish.

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 Gadsden State Community College Library recognizes March as National Women’s History Month with various types of displays focusing on the role of women in shaping American history. The library at Gadsden State-Cherokee will have a display of a vintage wire dress form creating a dress out of famous quotes from historical women. The Valley Street Campus library will have a display dedicated to the significant technological contribution of Hedy Lamarr and Antonia C. Novello, former U.S. Surgeon General. Lamarr, an actress and inventor, co-invented an early technique for spread spectrum communications and frequency hopping, which paved the way for today’s wireless communications (Wi-Fi). All students, faculty, staff and the community are invited to visit the campus libraries during the month and take part in the celebration. For more information contact Dusty Folds at or 256-549-8421.  

The Messenger announces the sponsorship of the Child and Adult Care Food Program. Meals will be available at no separate charge to enrolled participants at San’s ABC 123 Academy and will be provided without regard to race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability. If you believe you or anyone you know has been discriminated against, write immediately to USDA, Director, Office of Adjunction, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410 or call toll free 886-632-9992. 

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. 


21,28 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.

21,22 The Northeast Alabama Genealogical Society’s 2014 Ancestor Swap Meet will be held at the Senior Activity Center on Broad Street in downtown Gadsden. On Friday evening, a Memorial Dinner Theater at the Pitman Theater will honor our Civil War Ancestors. A special dinner will be served. “My Grandfather’s Watch, an original program written by Steve Gipson and performed by Steve and Allison Gipson of Button Willow Church in Whitwell, Tenn., will be shown. Dress is casual unless you wish to come in your Civil War finest. The Saturday program will be “North & South: 150 Years After the U.S. Civil War.” Please join the NEAGS as we remember our ancestors and the lives they lived during this terrible time in the history of our nation. We want to honor everyone who served during this period in our history. Our speaker for the Ancestor Swap Meet is J. Mark Lowe, CG. For more information and to obtain a registration form, please e-mail Registration forms also may be printed from or contact Julia Young 246-547-8477.

22 Black Creek Productions presents Film Fest 2014 at Convention Hall. It will be an entire day of fun for the entire family. Doors open at 9 a.m. Adult day passes are $20 and children under 12 for just $5. There will be movie stunts, live music, comedy and theater, moving screenings, live wrestling, movie make-up, local movie auditions and much more! Call 256-344-1291 for more information.

22 The award winning gospel trio Abundant Grace will appear in concert at 6 p.m. at Coosa Valley Baptist Church located at 523 West Grand Avenue (Hwy. 77) in Rainbow City. Admission is free and everyone is welcome.

23 Veils, Tails & Cocktails, a free wedding extravaganza ex-po, will be help at the Senior Activity Center in downtown Gadsden from 3-6 p.m. Don’t miss out on this wonderful opportunity to experience all of your wedding needs and wants in one place. All proceeds will be donated to the Battered Women’s Shelter of Gadsden via The United Way.

24-28 The Gadsden Public Library will host a Divergent Week. Join other participants during the week of spring break to cultivate the virtues of the five factions from YA novel “Divergent” by Veronica Roth. Participants will develop each of the virtues (candor, abnegation, dauntlessness, amity, and erudition) by completing the activity for each day of the spring break week. For additional information, contact Brandy or Chris at 256-549-4699, ext. 122. 

25 The Gadsden Public Library will hold a How to E-book class from 4:30- 6:30 p.m. in the Computer Classroom. Registration is required since seats are limited to only 12 people per class. Register at the library’s front desk. For additional information, contact Mary or Debbie at 256-549-4699.

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.

25 The monthly luncheon meeting of The Woman’s Club of Gadsden will be held at 12 p.m. The program speaker will be ABC 33/40 meteorologist James Spann.

26 “E-mail” will be 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 Gadsden Job Corps Center will hold the next Community Relations Council Meeting at 11:30 a.m. at Gadsden Job Crops Center at Gadsden State Community College. Enter through the security gate and the meeting will be held in the gymnasium. Lunch will be served. Please contact China Harris, Executive Administrative Assistant at 256-439-2884 to confirm your attendance.

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

27 Gadsden Public Library Children’s Story Times 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, contact the Children’s Department at 256-549-4699, ext. 118.

28 The Alabama City Branch of the Gadsden Public Library will host a spring break movie at 1 p.m. Join us for the Disney film “Planes.” For additional information, contact Kay at 256-549-4688.

28 The Council on Aging of Etowah County, Inc., will host its first annual exclusive fundraiser, 2014 Mancave March Madness and Casino Night (Honey’s Welcome), at 6 p.m. at Back Forty Beer Company located at 200 N. 6th St. in Gadsden. Caveman Cuisine and snacks will be served, along with a night of March Madness basketball and casino games. Advance tickets are $25 per person or $40 per couple. Join us for a night filled with basketball, food and fun. The council’s mission is to enhance the quality of life of the aging person in Etowah County by providing programs and services to meet their needs. This event helps us enhance our programs and services with much-needed program supplies and equipment.

29 One Way Out will be holding the “Ride for Gary P.” charity ride and poker run at 11 a.m. at the One Way Out R.C. Clubhouse. The cost is $15 per bike and $5 per passenger. The first bike out will be at 11 a.m. and the last bike in will be at 4 p.m. Please join us and show you support to Gary and his family. For more information, please contact Terry, 256-613-1017, or Kevin, 256-504-2884.

30 Damascus Baptist Church will be having a singing at 6 p.m. with the Galeleons from Arab. Everyone let’s make them feel welcome and bring a friend. Call Joyce for more information.


2 In recognition of Sarcoidosis Awareness Month, the Sarcoidosis Outreach and Support Group will host the Sarcoidosis Health Initiative Meeting at 1 p.m. in the Lena Martin Room of the Gadsden Public Library. The guest speaker will be Dr. Joseph Barney, Director of the UAB Multidisciplinary Sarcoidosis Clinic and Director of the UAB Sarcoidosis Research Lab. The public is invited to attend this free event.   

4,5 New Beacon Hospice will hold a yard sale to benefit its Relay for Life Team, Hope Rocks, at 244 South 4th Street in Gadsden on Friday the 4th from 7 a.m. -5 p.m. and on Saturday the 5th from 7 a.m. – 2 p.m.

5 Carver Community Revitalization Committee will be sponsoring First Saturday on Carver Grounds. Come join us for food, music and fun activities.

5 Whites Chapel Cemetery Association will have a meeting from 9-10 a.m. and a work day beginning at 10 a.m. For all that can and will help, bring yard tools and trailers to haul debris. Please notify all friends and relatives to volunteer for out project. The meeting will take place at Etowah Northeast Community Center. For directions to the cemetery for work day, please call Joyce Stocks at 256-390-0548.

5 Pastor Larry Gardner and Hatcher Ave. Baptist Church in Jacksonville would like to invite everyone to a singing at 7 p.m. with the Diplomats. Everyone is invited to come. For more information, call Donna at 256-435-6214.

5 Southside United Methodist Church will be holding a live simulcast with Priscilla Shirer from 9 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Doors open at 8 a.m. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door. Call 256-442-7080 to order you tickets.

10 The Gadsden Public Library Foundation’s ALIVE Auction will take place at Gadsden Museum of Art from 6-9 p.m. Prices are $500 per sponsor table (beverages included), $300 per non-sponsor table and $50 per individual. Table purchases include eight tickets. Tickets include a three-course meal by Chef Vicki Moore of Velocity Food & Spirits. It is BYOB and there will be live music. Proceeds benefit the library’s Children’s and Teen Summer Reading Program. For tickets of additional information, please contact Amanda at 256-549-4699, ext. 105. The GPL Foundation’s ALIVE Auction is the raising of funds through the auctioning off of professionals (for example, one hour sitting with a professional photographer, a gourmet chef in your home for one evening, professional musician to play for one hour at your party, etc.)

12 Elks Lodge No. 1314 will be holding the 12th Annual Bikers Rally Across America for Brain Injured Children beginning at the corner of First and Locusts streets. Registration begins at 10:30 a.m. and the ride begins at 12 p.m. All proceeds go to the Ronald McDonald House. For more information, contact Bill Parsons, 256-346-1127, or Debra O’Brein, 256-399-1211.

12 The Sarcoidosis Hope Walk benefiting the UAB Sarcoidosis Research Fund will begin at 9 a.m. with sign in at 8 a.m. at the Vivian Lee Maddox Sports Complex in Rainbow City. The registration fee is $20. For more information, contact Alice Minyard at 256-442-0463, visit, or on Facebook under Sarcoidosis Hope Walk 2014.

15 The Etowah County American Values Luncheon will be help at 11:30 a.m. at the Pitman Theatre. The Etowah County American Value’s Luncheon is a community event benefitting the Lookout Mountain District of the Greater Alabama Council and the Boy Scouts of America. Gene Stallings, head football coach at the University of Alabama from 1990-1996, will be the speaker. All Eagle Scouts will be recognized at the event as well. Please contact Jessica Millican, Lookout Mountain District Executive, at or 205-902-1577, with any questions or to reserve a seat.

16 The Council On Aging of Etowah County and Elliott Nutrition Center will hold its annual Health Fair from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. at Convention Hall in Gadsden. This year’s theme will be “Never too old to have fun.” Door prizes, bingo prizes and 200 tee shirts will be given out. This public event is for persons 55 years and older or 50 years old with a disability. For further information, contact the council at 256-543-3616.

24 An AARP Smart Driver class, open to the public from 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. will be hosted by Regency Pointe located at 510 E. Grand Ave. in Rainbow City. Participants will receive a certificate of completion, good for three years, and drivers age 55 or older may qualify for insurance discounts. The class is all classroom time and no test. The fee is $20 or $15 with a current AARP member number at the beginning of the class. To register, call (256) 442-7709. For other information, call toll-free 1-888-227-7669 or go to

25 Gadsden Regional Medical Center will sponsor this year’s Relay for Life and the Cancer Survivors Banquet on May 30. GRMC is asking companies or individuals for some type of donation towards the events to cover the cost of food, decorations, gifts, tee shirts and other items. Donations of items for door pri-zes and/or goody bags are also needed. Approximately 500 people attended last year’s events and more are expected this year. Please consider supporting these events and also providing name and address of cancer survivors to invite. You can email or call 256-494-4962.