Messenger Community Calendar for May

Help your community and neighbors during of need. Become a member of CERT (Community Emergency Response Team). Sign up for a free training session on May 6, 8, 13, 20 and 22 from 5 – 8 p.m. at the Gadsden/Etowah County Emergency Management Agency. You must attend all six sessions to be certified. Seating is limited. CERT includes training in medical disaster, fire safety, search and rescue, team organization, emergency preparedness, assisting responders and emergency networking. To sign up or for information, call the EMA at 256-549-4575. 

PML Tours and the Star-Lighters present a vacation and Alaskan cruise from August 28-Sept. 5 aboard the Royal Carribean’s “Rhapsody of the Seas.” For more information, call Wanda Fox at 256-523-3149.

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 hattaway@newbeacon.org 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 facebook.com/rainbowflyfishingclub.

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 postpartum 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 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 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. 

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.

May

2,3 The Friends of the Gadsden Public Library will be having their Big Book sale in the Lena Martin Room on Thursday and Friday from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m., and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Over 3000 items of nearly new and used books, movies and other items, including large selections of biographies, non-fiction and fiction hardcover and paperback books will be available. For additional information, please call Craig at 256-549-4699, ext. 120.

2,9,16,23,30 The Alabama City Branch of the Gadsden Public Library will hold 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.

2 Downtown Gadsden Inc. invites you to come downtown to enjoy the festivities and the beautiful summer weather at First Friday. Downtown merchants will be open late with specials and sales to help celebrate summer and you will be sure to find the perfect Mother’s Day gift! Food vendors will line the 400 block of Broad Street and Classic cars will cruise in and be on display. Live entertainment will be located at 5 different locations:  6th and Broad the Gadsden Line Dancers, 5th and Broad First United Methodist Church, 4th and Broad the Brooke Danielle Band, 3rd and Broad Damascus Road and 2nd and Broad will be Cody Johnson. After all the First Friday activities, head over to the Mort Glosser Amphitheater for the Summer Concert Series. This month will feature Bobby Moore & the Rhythm Aces, a Motown tribute band. The free concert is from 9-11 p.m. Bring your coolers and cushions and enjoy the show!

2 The Etowah County School System presents The Lady Pirates of Captain Bree at 7 p.m. in Biddle Auditorium at Southside High School. Admission is $3 for students and $6 for adults and the cast will be comprised of Etowah County School System students. 

3 Come join us for a May Day Celebrations from 1-6 p.m. in Carver Square on Tuscaloosa Ave. Events will include the wrapping of a May Pole, a talent show, gift giveaways, a cake walk, bubbles and more. For more information, please contact Jalania Harris at 256-390-0504. 

3 The Gadsden Public Library Teen Zone will be having a Free Comic Book Day from 10 a.m. until 12 p.m. Come and pick up free comic books in the Teen Zone complimentary of Dragon Quills on Broad Street. Show up in costume and receive a prize, and swap comics with other comic book fans. Don’t forget to pick up a ticket for a drawing for an awesome prize that will be given away at Dragon Quills’ downtown location later in the day. For additional information, please contact Brandy at 256-549-4699, ext. 122.

3 All families are invited to attend a potluck lunch for Decoration Day at Pine Grove Cemetery (Green Valley Road, Glencoe) from 11:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. Bring a covered dish and come fellowship with friends, family and neighbors. For more information, please contact Andrea Roberg at 256-393-5522, Jerrie Howard at 256-492-2587 or Lee McDowell at 256-492-1291.

3,17,31 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.

4 Downtown Gadsden Inc. will be hosting the second Party with a Purpose at the Pitman at 4 p.m. This family-friendly event will raise money to go towards continued renovations of one of downtown Gadsden’s historical landmarks, The Pitman Theater. So come join us and don’t miss the live music from some of the area’s finest musicians, including Randy Sitz, Gary Linam, The Foggy Hollow Review, Kelli Johnson and Jon Player, and The Liz Wood Project.

5 The Gadsden Public Library Teen Zone’s The Book was Better Club will meet from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Watch and discuss the series Pretty Little Liars. Members will watch two episodes of the TV series and compare the viewing to the books in the series. Copies of the Pretty Little Liars series by Sara Shepard are available for check out in the Teen Zone. For additional information, please contact Brandy at 256-549-4699, ext. 122.

5,19 The Children’s Department of the Gadsden Public Library will be having a Lego Club for children ages 5-12 from 3:30-4:30 p.m. Legos will be provided; donations are welcome. For additional information, please contact the Children’s Department at 256-549-4699, ext. 118. 

5,12,19 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.

6,7 “Computer Basics and Internet for the Beginner” will be held from 1:30 – 4:30 p.m. at Gadsden Public Library This is a two-day class for the absolute beginner or those who simply need to know more about computers. No computer experience is required. Register for classes in person at the Computer Center Desk (2nd floor) or for more information, call 256-549-4699, ext. 120. A current (free and clear) library card is needed to enroll.

6,13,20,27 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.

6 A special Teen Spoken Word Slam will be held from 4:30-6 p.m. in the Lena Martin Room of the Gadsden Public Library. Sign up in the Teen Zone. For additional information, please contact Brandy at 256-549-4699, ext. 122.

6,13,20,27 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.

7,14,21 The East Gadsden Branch of the Gadsden Public Library will hold Board Game Day from 3:30-4:30 p.m. Join other board game enthusiasts for family fun as we play That’s Not a Word with creator Dr. Richard Edwards. All ages are welcome. For more information, please contact LaShunda at 256-549-4691. 

7,14,21,28 Need help with your homework? The Gadsden Public Library Teen Zone will be offering Homework Help from 4-5 p.m. in the Teen Zone. For additional information, please contact Brandy at 256-549-4699, ext. 122.

7,14,21,28 The Alabama City Branch of the Gadsden Public Library will be holding Stitching Time from 2-4 p.m. Beginners are welcome! For additional information, please contact Kay at 256-549-4688.

7,21 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.

8 The Children’s Department of the Gadsden Public Library will be having a Children’s Parent Help class at 11:30 a.m. Learn how to use the resources available to you in the children’s department. Get hands on with this Parent Help workshop. Compete in a scavenger hunt to win an awesome prize. Parent/child duos are welcome. Open to any parent who wants to learn how to maximize their GPL experience. For additional information, call the Children’s Department at 549-4699, ext. 118. 

8,15,22,29 The Alabama City Branch of the Gadsden Public Library will be having 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.

8,15,22,29 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.

8,15,22 The GPL Teen Zone Crafternoon will meet from 4-6 p.m. in the Teen Zone. Supplies provided for all participants. For additional information, please contact Brandy at 256-549-4699, ext. 122.

8 The month of May is National Community Action Month. We invite you to celebrate with us at our 10th Annual Community Action Banquet/Fundraiser at 6 p.m. at the GOL Activity Center. Seats are limited, so please purchase you banquet ticket(s) in advance from Community Action Staff or Board Members. Tickets may be purchased at the door beginning at 5:15 p.m. If you cannot attend the banquet, but wish to sponsor other individuals and/or low-income families, your tax donation is welcome.

8 The Etowah County Extension Office is having a birthday party to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the signing of the Smith-Lever Act by the United States Congress. This act created what is now known as the Extension Service in each state. Please join us in celebrating this magnificent milestone in our organization’s history from 6-8:30 p.m. at Crosspoint Community Church located at 2730 Wills Creek Road in Gadsden. This event will also serve as the 2014 Etowah County 4-H Awards Banquet and Alumni gathering. Dinner will be served at the event. Please RSVP to the Etowah County Extension Office no later than Thursday, May 1. If you would like to purchase a ticket, please contact the Extension Office at 256-547-7936 by May 1. Ticket cost per person is $8.50. In addition, the Etowah 4-H County Council would like to request that you take part in this year’s county-wide community service project. Please bring items that will be donated to the Etowah County Animal Shelter such as treats, bedding, collars and food. 

8 The Goodyear Retirees will hold their monthly meeting at 11 a.m. with YMCA talk- Silver Sneakers and Cecil Noles- bagpipes. Everyone please bring a dish and join us for fellowship, door prizes and trips.

9 The Gadsden Public Library will be holding a class entitled “How to eBook: Using the Features of eBooks” from 10 a.m. until 12 p.m. Registration is required since seats are limited to only 12 people per class. Register at the Library’s Front Desk. For additional information, please contact Mary or Debbie at 256-549-4699.

9 The Jeff Smith Memorial Charity Blackjack Tournament will take place at the Gadsden Shrine Club. Doors open and 6:30 p.m. and the games begin at 7:30 p.m. There is a $100 buy-in for $200 in chips. For more information, call 549-2650.

9,10 The Etowah County Sheriff’s Office Mounted Unit presents the Lone Star Championship Rodeo at the Etowah County Fairgrounds in Attalla. Gates open at 6 p.m. and the rodeo starts at 8 p.m. Advance tickets at $10 for adults and $8 for children. At the gate, adult tickets are $15 and tickets are $10 for children. Tickets are sold at all locations of the Exchange Bank and Family Savings Credit Union and at the Etowah County Sheriff’s Office.

10 Campbell Soup Company and Gadsden Letter Carriers announce their 22nd annual “Stamp Out Hunger” food drive. To participate, Gadsden residents are encouraged to leave a bag of non-perishable food items such as canned soup, canned vegetables, peanut butter, rice, pasta, cereal, mac and cheese, and canned meat next to their mailbox prior to the time of the regular mail delivery. Local letter carriers will collect these food donations and deliver them to the Etowah County Food Bank. For more information, contact Jan Smith, Executive Director of the Etowah County Food Bank, at 256-494-9608.

10 Faith Worship Center in Glencoe presents International Taste Fest—A mission’s night event. This event will take place at the Cultural Arts Center from 5-7 p.m. Pastor Mark Gidley invites all to come and taste foods from around the world, such as Ireland, France, Mexico, Honduras, Burma, Philippines, Switzerland and of course, the good ole USA! Dress up in native costumes around the world for a festive evening. All proceeds will go to World Missions. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children twelve and under. Tickets at the door will be $12. Tickets are available by calling the church office at 256-492-3000.

12 The Gadsden Public Library Teen Zone will be holding a Lose Yourself in the Music Club from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Join other teens who love to listen to and discuss music. Members will listen to an entire album of a featured artist and discuss tracks from that album. Each month will feature a different artist. This month will feature the album Because the Internet by Childish Gambino. For additional information, please contact Brandy at 256-549-4699, ext. 122.

13,20,27 City of Champions and the Gadsden Public Library are proud to embark on a collaborative series of public speaking and leadership workshops for area teens to find their voice, build self-confidence, and enhance their communication and leadership skills. Workshops will take place in the Teen Zone of the Gadsden Public Library from 4:30-6 p.m. For additional information, please contact GPL Teen Supervisor Brandy Hyatt at 256-549-4699, ext. 122, or City of Champions Toastmasters Vice President Membership Dr. Cynthia Toles, 256-492-5776, or President Isha Bothwell, 256-553-0696.

14 The Gadsden Public Library YALSA Teen Top Ten Books Book Club will meet from 4:30-5:30 p.m. to discuss Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry. For additional information, please contact Brandy at 256-549-4699, ext. 122.

14 “Downloading and Saving Your Docs and Files” 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 (2nd floor) or for more information, call 256-549-4699, ext. 120. A current (free and clear) library card is needed to enroll.

17 Calling all local authors! The Gadsden Public Library is sponsoring Local Author Day 2014 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m.  If you are from Etowah County and have published a book, then this is your day! This program is free to the public. Discover new writers, buy some books and get them signed by the author. Meet all of our authors by playing our Local Author Passport Game. Have your passport stamped at all of our author/vendor tables and enter to win “Gadsden Memories, Volume II). Author space is limited, so registration is required. There will be a $10 registration fee for authors. Registrations forms are available at the circulation desk. Registration ends May 2. For more information, please visit www.gadsdenlibrary.org or call Debbie Walker at 256-549-4699, ext. 104.

17 St. James Catholic School in Gadsden will sponsor the Saints and Sprinters 5K Run/Walk and One Mile Fun Run at the parking lot of Convention Hall in Gadsden. The 5K starts at 8 a.m. and the mile run starts at 9 a.m. An awards ceremony will be held at 10 a.m. Preregistration is $25 dollars and includes a tee shirt and goody bag. Same-day registration is $25 and includes a goody bag. Preregistration forms with payment must be returned by May 2. Registration forms may be obtained and either dropped off or delivered to SJS at 700 Albert Rains Blvd., Gadsden, AL, 35901. Checks may be made payable to St. James Catholic School. All proceeds benefit SJS. Donations above entry fee are welcome and appreciated. Registration and packet pick-ups can be made at SJS on May 17 from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Same-day registration on May 17 at the Convention Hall parking lot from 6:45 – 7:45 a.m. All entrants will receiver a race bag. Water will be provided. To obtain a registration form, call SJS at 256-546-0132.

18 Elder and Mrs. Percy Nolan invites the public to attend a Men/ Women Day at Antioch Goodsell United Methodist Church, located at 513 Hammond Ave. in Attalla. The morning worship will take place at 11 a .m. with guest speaker, Evangelist Teresa Moten from Haven United Methodist Church. The evening worship will take place at 3 p.m. and the speaker will be Pastor Kenneth Thomas from Athens CME Church in Gadsden. For more information, please call Brother Billy Warren, 256-438-1533, or Sister Joni Nolan, 256-651-7590. For a blessing, come out.

19 The Gadsden Public Library Teen Zone is seeking applications for two Teen Summer Reading Program Internships. Prospective candidates must complete an application (which may be obtained in the GPL Teen Zone) to be turned in with two letters of reference by Monday, May 19 at 7 p.m. Top candidates will be chosen for interviews based upon an excellence in volunteerism, interpersonal intelligence, maturity and professional demeanor. Interns will be paid a stipend of $500 upon satisfactory completion of their duties as stated in the contract. Stipends are provided by funds received through the YALSA/Dollar General Summer Teen Intern Grant. For additional information, please contact Brandy at 256-549-4699, ext. 122.

20 The Gadsden Public Library will be holding a class entitled “How to eBook: Utilizing Library eBook Resources” from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Registration is required since seats are limited to only 12 people per class. Register at the Library’s Front Desk. For additional information, please contact Mary or Debbie at 256-549-4699.

21 “Microsoft Powerpoint” 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 (2nd floor) or for more information, call 256-549-4699, ext. 120. A current (free and clear) library card is needed to enroll.

24 Goodyear will be holding a fishing rodeo from 8 a.m.-12 p.m. for all children and grandchildren of Goodyear associates and retirees. The age divisions will be 5 and under, 6-10, and 11-15. Each age division will have a first, second and third place winner for most fish caught. An overall big fish prize will be rewarded. One fishing pole per child. Adults may help but the child should reel in the fish. There will be free door prizes, goody bags and snacks. Call Goodyear ext. 650 for more information.

28 “Free Resources for Computers” 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 (2nd floor) or for more information, call 256-549-4699, ext. 120. A current (free and clear) library card is needed to enroll.

30 A banquet celebrating cancer survivors living in the Etowah County area has been scheduled. The banquet will be at 6 p.m. at Convention Hall and is hosted by the American Cancer Society and Relay for Life of Etowah County. Local cancer survivors are asked to submit their names and mailing addresses as soon as possible so they can receive an invitation to the event. Submit information via telephone to 256-494-4962 or email relayforlife@gadsdenregional.com. For questions, please call Jerria Carter at 256-494-4986 or Kelly Evers at 256-494-4962.

 
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