Messenger Community Calendar for August

Whites Chapel Cemetery has a huge problem. The 50 ft. cedar tree in the middle of the cemetery has split. If it falls there will be damage to a lot of tombstones. If you can help with donations, please contact Joyce Stocks at 256-390-0840.

The Senior Activity Center located at 623 Broad Street in downtown Gadsden will hold a dance for seniors 55+ every Friday night from 6:30-9:30 p.m. Admission is $5.

If you are without a proper photo ID needed to vote in the general election, the Etowah County Voters League wants to help by providing a free ride to the courthouse to get your free photo ID. Call 256-538-3111 for information. Thank you and please vote!

SouthernCare is looking for compassionate people to provide volunteer services to our patients in Etowah and surrounding counties. Volunteers are needed to sit with patients and provide companionship, run errands and do light housekeeping and cooking. Administrative volunteers are also needed to work in our office answering phones, filing, making copies and for other general office duties. If you or someone you know is interested in becoming a part of our volunteer team, please contact Heather Attaway or Angela Goza at 256-546-5566 or angela.goza@southerncareinc.com.

The Northeast Alabama Genealogical Society and the Alabama City Historical Society are working on the preservation and maintenance of Clayton Cemetery. The societies are in the process of publishing a book on Clayton Cemetery and are interested in obtaining any history on the cemetery and information on those buried at the location. Anyone who has any information to share or wishes to donate to the maintenance project may contact Julia Young at 256-504-1485, RoseMary Hyatt at 256-490-4683 or Sherry Underwood at 256-490-5286.

Do you have a child with a suspected handicapping condition between the ages of 3-21 and live within the confines of the Gadsden City School system? If so, please call the Gadsden City Board of Education Department at 256-549-2914. Testing is available for children in the following areas: Autism, Deaf/Blindness, Developmental Delay, Emotional Disability, Hearing Impairment, Intellectual Disability, Specific Learning Disabilities, Orthopedic Impairment, Other Health impairment, Speech and Language Impairment, Traumatic Brain Injury and Visual Impairment

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 Sept. 6 and 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 located at 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.

Narconon would like to remind families that the use of addicting drugs is on the rise and to take steps to protect your family from drug use. If you know anyone who is struggling with drug addiction, get him or her the help they need. Narconon can help you take steps to overcome addiction in your family. Call 800-431-1754 for free screenings or referrals.  

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.

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. If 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.

August

8,15,22,29 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.

8 The Hardin Center will hold their 21st annual auction “Black Tie and Blue Jeans” beginning at 6 p.m. at the Hardin Center. The attire is casual but feel free to dress our theme. Wear a combination that’s not so usual, like a tuxedo with jeans. Tickets are $40 per person in advance and $50 at the door. Purchase tickets at the Hardin Center’s front desk or online. Proceeds benefit the programs of the Mary G. Hardin Center for Cultural Arts, Imagination Place Children’s Museum, the Etowah Youth Orchestras and the Gadsden Community School for the Arts.

8 There will be a Colvin Reunion pre-planning session for 2015 at 6:30 p.m. at 257 Hayden Ave. in Rainbow City. Everyone is welcome with ideas, suggestion, gripes and complaints. Please contact Joyce Stocks at 256-390-0548 for more information. 

8 The East Gadsden Branch of the Gadsden Public Library will hold Sewing School from 3:30-4:30 p.m. Learn how to make a wall pocket organizer! Ages 6 and up. Seats are limited so registration is required. For additional information or registration, please contact LaShunda at 256-549-4691

8 Want to know about using your eBook or eReader? Need to know about downloadable books from the GPL’s collection? Join us from 1-2 p.m. in the Computer Classroom of the Gadsden Public Library to learn about using feature of eBooks. 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. 

10 You are cordially invited to attend the Installation Service for Pastor-elect, the Rev. Jerome Anderson at 2:30 p.m. Our special guests will be the Rev. Roosevelt Johnson and the St. Paul Baptist Church of Albertville. 

10 In observance of its Annual Matron’s Day, a Gospel Hymnology will be presented at 3 p.m. at the First Baptist Church in Rainbow City by the Rev. Dr. John M. Woods. The public is invited. Come, let us sing until the power of the Lord comes down. There will be groups and soloists singing songs on Zion. The theme will be “The Gospel Changes Everything: Let’s Sing for Jesus.”

11,18,25 The East Gadsden Branch of the Gadsden Public Library will host Beginning Crochet from 1 to 3 p.m. Learn the basics of crocheting. Please bring your own crocheting needles and yarn. For additional information, please contact LaShunda at 256-549-4691 or lashunda@gadsdenlibrary.org.

12,19,26 The East Gadsden Branch of the Gadsden Public Library will host 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 lashunda@gadsdenlibrary.org.

12,19,26 The Gadsden Public Library Kid’s Crafternoon will be held in the Children’s Department at 3:30 p.m. For additional information, please call 256-549-4699, ext. 118.

12,19,26 The Alabama City branch of the Gadsden Public Library will host 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, contact Kay at 256-549-4688.

12 The Gadsden Public Library will hold Teen Popcorn and Movie Night to watch Divergent in the Teen Zone from 4:30-6:30 p.m. For additional information, please contact Brandy at 256-549-4699, ext. 122.

12 TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) 0380 Gadsden will be having its annual Open House at 9:45 a.m. it will be held at the East Gadsden Community Center, 921 Wilson Ave., where the Chapter holds their meetings weekly. Come and join us to see what TOPS can do for you. 

13 “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 located at the second floor or for more information, call 256-549-4699, ext. 120. A current (free and clear) library card is needed to enroll.

13 The Gadsden Public Library will host Lunch ‘n Learn: Algonquin Round Table at 12 p.m. in the Lena Martin Room of the Gadsden Public Library. Learn about the famous 1920s literary lunching group that included such notables as Dorothy Parker, Robert Benchley and Alexander Woollcott. Lecture will be presented by Gadsden State English instructor and Gadsden Times columnist David Murdock. Brown bags are welcome! For additional information, please contact Craig at 256-549-4699, ext. 120.

13,27 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 t549-4699, ext. 118.

13,20,27 The Alabama City Branch of the Gadsden Public Library will hold Stitching Time from 2-4 p.m. Beginners are welcome. Contact Kay at 256-549-4688 for more information.

13,20,27 The Gadsden Public Library will hold Teen Homework Hour in the Teen Zone from 4-5 p.m. For additional information, please contact Brandy at 256-549-4699, ext. 122.

14,21,28 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 ccall 256-549-4699, ext. 118.

14,21,28 The Alabama City Branch of the Gadsden Public Library will be host 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.

16 The Gadsden Public Library Brunch with Books Book Club will meet from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. in the Lena Martin Room to discuss “Debbie Doesn’t Do It Anymore,” by Debbie Dare. Light brunch will be served. For additional information, please contact LaShunda at 256-549-4691, or Tallulah at 256-549-4699, ext. 102.

16 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 256-549-4699, ext. 120.

18,19 The Gadsden Public Library Children’s Department will host a How to Use the Computer class from 4-5:30 p.m. in the Computer Classroom. Instructor Craig Scott will teach students the basics of using Microsoft and the Internet for school assignments. Seats are limited. Pre-registration is required before August 15th. For additional information or for pre-registration, please contact Mary at 256-549-4699, ext. 118.

18 The Gadsden Public Library Children’s Department will host LEGO Club from 3:30-4:30 p.m. Ages 5-12 are welcome. Legos will be provided. Lego donations are welcome. For additional information, please call 256-549-4699, ext. 118.

18 The Gadsden Public Library YALSA Teen Top Ten Books Book Club will meet from 4:30-5:30 p.m. to discuss “Everyday” by David Levithan. For additional information, please contact Brandy at 256-549-4699, ext. 122.

19 The Gadsden Public Library Teen Advisory Group (TAG) will meet in the Teen Zone from 4:40-5:30 p.m. Want to make your voice heard in the community, develop leadership skills, and have fun making new friends? We’re seeking dedicated Teens to share ideas about activities, materials, and changes to make the library a destination for teens. Light refreshments will be served. For additional information, please contact Brandy at 256-549-4699, ext. 122.

20 “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 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.

21 The East Gadsden Branch of the Gadsden Public Library will hold Mahjong for Beginners from 1-3 p.m. Learn the basics strategies for playing the skillful game Mahjong. For additional information, please contact LaShunda at 256-549-4691. 

26 The Gadsden Public Library will hold Teen Fandom Night from 4:30-6:30 p.m. in the Teen Zone to Discuss “The Fault in Our Stars.” Celebrate John Green’s novel by making a star mobile, having snacks, listen to the soundtrack and discuss the book verses the movie. For additional information, please contact Brandy at 256-549-4699, ext. 122.

26 Want to know about using your eBook or eReader? Need to know about downloadable books from the GPL’s collection? Join us from 5:30-6:30 p.m. in the Computer Classroom of the Gadsden Public Library to learn about utilizing library eBook resources. 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.

27 “Social Networking” 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.

 
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