Messenger Community Calendar for May-June

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.

NAMI Centre Gadsden meets monthly on the second Tuesday of every month at 6 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church, 115 South 5th Street in Gadsden. NAMI, the National Alliance of Mental Illness, is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness. NAMI advocated for access to services, treatment, supports and research and is steadfast in its commitment to raising awareness and building a community of hope for all of those in need. Because mental illness impacts the lives of at least one in four adults and one in 10 children—or 60 million Americans—NAMI Centre Gadsden will work every day to save lives and to improve the quality of life of all we serve. 

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

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.

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.

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. 

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.

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.

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.

20 The Etowah County Council of Community Services will meet at the Mountain View Hospital at 12 p.m. The speaker will be Gadsden-Etowah Habitat for Humanity administrative assistant Marisa Moehr. Please bring $5 for the meal. Also, this is membership month, so if you are a member or want to join, please bring $10 for a one-year membership. All dues collected are used to pay for the GED test for qualified candidates. The Etowah County Council of Community Services is an informal organization of local community agencies that provide social service types of assistance to the public. The purpose of its monthly meeting is to publicize information and services that are offered. There is no charge to attend.

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.

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.

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.

21 Dr. Gertie Lowe will be the director of the Etowah County Summer Enrichment program for grades K- 12 at Wills Creek District Center Building in Gadsden. Registration will be from 11 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. For more information, call 256-490-1884 or 256-438-6044.

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. 

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.

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.

21,28 SenioRx will be available at the Council on Aging of Etowah County, 623 Broad Street, Gadsden, 256-543-3616, from 9 a.m. until 12 p.m. each morning. SenioRx is a prescription drug assistance program that helps Alabamians receive free prescription drugs from pharmaceutical manufacturers. To qualify, you must be at least 55 years of age with chronic medical conditions, have no prescription drug insurance coverage, and your income must be at or below 200 percent of the federal poverty level; Social Security disabled individuals of any age in the 24 month Medicare waiting period are also eligible for medication assistance.

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.

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.

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.

24 SCLC will have a voter registration drive from 12:30- 4 p.m. at Emma Samson Homes at 1513-D White Ave., Gadsden.

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.

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.

June

4,11,18,25 SenioRx will be available at the Council on Aging of Etowah County, 623 Broad Street, Gadsden, 256-543-3616, from 9 a.m. until 12 p.m. each morning. SenioRx is a prescription drug assistance program that helps Alabamians receive free prescription drugs from pharmaceutical manufacturers. To qualify, you must be at least 55 years of age with chronic medical conditions, have no prescription drug insurance coverage, and your income must be at or below 200 percent of the federal poverty level; Social Security disabled individuals of any age in the 24 month Medicare waiting period are also eligible for medication assistance.

18 The Council of Aging of Etowah County and its H.E.L.P. Coalition will hold the 9th Annual Elder Abuse Awareness Day Summit at the Senior Activity Center, 623 Broad Street. Seniors, their family members and professionals from all disciplines are encouraged to attend and hear valuable information from experts about quality of life and elder abuse prevention concerns, with CEU’s offered. The doors open at 8:30 a.m. and a free breakfast is provided while attendees are able to visit up to 40 vendors. The morning program begins at 9:30 a.m. and a free lunch is provided afterward, along with door prizes being called throughout the session. An event t-shirt is also given to the first 100 people 55+ or 50 years of age with a disability. The two-hour afternoon workshop begins at 1 p.m. The public is invited.

 
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