The Messenger Community Calendar

March 17 The Gadsden Public Library will host an AARP Smart Driver course from 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Drivers of any age are welcome. Completion of the course may qualify drivers 50 or over for insurance discounts. The cost for this classroom course is $15 for AARP members and $20 for non-members, which includes
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RBC announces Alabama Chocolate Festival lineup

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor On Wednesday, March 1, Rainbow City officials and Mayor Terry John Calhoun announced the lineup and activities for the 12th Annual Alabama Chocolate Festival. The festival will take place at the Rainbow Plaza in Rainbow City on Saturday, April 1. Admission to the festival is free. Calhoun commended city employees
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Humane Society to host Paws for St. Paddy auction

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor Etowah County’s Humane Society Pet Rescue and Adoption Center will host its annual Paws for St. Paddy fundraiser on Thursday, March 16. The fundraiser will start at Gadsden Convention Hall at 5:30 p.m. The evening will feature a live and silent auction. Items for auction include vacation trips, to Gatlinburg
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YMCA to host Father/Daughter Sweetheart Dance

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor On Sunday, February 26, the YMCA of Coosa Valley will continue a family tradition with its Father/Daughter Sweetheart Dance. The event will start at 5:30 p.m. at 210 at the Tracks in Gadsden. The cost is $20 a ticket for father and daughter in advance, and $25 the day of
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Plus-size dresses needed for “A Night For Our Stars”

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor On Saturday, April 1, the Children’s Policy Council of Etowah County will host “A Night For Our Stars,” a prom for those with special needs, at Gadsden Convention Hall from 5:30 to 9 p.m. The prom theme is “Hollywood Stars,” where participants will enter the prom by red carpet with
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“Give for Gabby” auction to be held

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor On Saturday, March 4 the “Give For Gabby” auction fundraiser will be held in the Arthur Green Room at Gadsden Convention Hall at 7 p.m. On February 13, local Ray Thompson Elementary School student Teana “Gabby” Douglas passed away after fighting for over a month.  Douglas had contracted the flu
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DGI to host tenth annual Chili Cook-off

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor With the weather getting colder, it’s the perfect time to warm up with a nice bowl of chili. Downtown Gadsden Inc. invites you to “spice up your Saturday” by attending its annual chili cook-off. Downtown Gadsden, Inc. will host its tenth annual Chili Cook-off on Saturday, February 4. The tasting
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Southern Rock Cares event tickets on sale

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor Southern Rock Cares Cancer Charity plans to host a fundraising event on April 27 at Convention Hall in Gadsden. The event will feature music, a shrimp boil, a poker run and auctions. The event will begin at 12 p.m. until 12 a.m. The concert will include The Dead End Blues
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Chamber to host Chairman’s Gala

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor The Etowah/Gadsden Chamber will host its annual meeting and Chairwoman’s Gala on Friday,  January 27 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Gadsden Convention Hall, located at 334 South 1st Street in Gadsden. The annual meeting’s theme is “An Electrifying Evening,” to honor outgoing chairman Steve Hildebrant, Alabama Power’s Eastern Division Area
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Christmas party delights students

By Mary Elizabeth Dial, Staff Correspondent The annual Christmas Party for Exceptional Children was held on Friday, Dec. 9 at Gadsden Convention Hall. The party, which was hosted by the United Steel Workers of America AFL-CIO Local No. 12, brought students with special needs from all over the county, along with their teachers and caretakers,
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Humane Society to host Reindeer Run

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor The Humane Society Pet Rescue and Adoption Center is offering extended holiday hours, gift certificates, discounts, its annual Reindeer Run and more this December. The Humane Society is hosting the 6th Annual Reindeer Run on December 17. The Reindeer Run idea came to life when the employees and volunteers began
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CommUnity dinner to be held on Thanksgiving

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor On Thursday, November 24 or Thanksgiving Day, the CommUnity Thanksgiving Celebration will be held at Gadsden Convention Hall. United Way facilitates the community dinner, but does not provide funds for the event. The dinner is made possible by community support through donations and volunteers. To donate money, mail a check 
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Renew Our Rivers cleans out the Coosa River

By Mary Elizabeth Dial, Staff Correspondent Drivers on Albert Rains Boulevard in Gadsden may have seen a shocking sight in the large parking lot next to Convention Hall: a massive pile of trash that had been pulled from the Coosa River as part of the Renew Our Rivers project. Originally called Renew the Coosa, the
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Darden Rehab holds annual awards luncheon

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor Darden Rehabilitation Foundation recognized employees and employers at its annual luncheon and award ceremony on Wednesday, October 19 at the Senior Activity Center in Gadsden. Darden helps individuals with disabilities that pose a challenge to employment to find jobs. The foundation serves five counties.  After the Invocation and Pledge of Allegiance,
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Heritage Day deemed a success

By Wendy Hood, Staff Correspondent The City of Attalla hosted its annual Heritage Day Festival on Saturday, October 15 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in historic downtown Attalla. “The city has been having this event for about thirty years,” said Lisa Spears, Heritage Day co-chairman.  “Originally, it was called Hoot & Holler Day.  We’ve really
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Attalla to hold Heritage Day Festival Saturday

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor The City of Attalla is hosting the annual Heritage Day Festival on Saturday, October 15 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in historic downtown Attalla. The downtown Attalla streets will be closed at 4 p.m. on Friday. The event will take place rain or shine. Admission is free. Heritage Day has
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Chick-Fil-A to hold fall festival

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor Chick-fil-A, located on 4th Street in Gadsden, will host a Fall Festival on Monday, October 24 from 5 to 8 p.m. in the lot behind Chick-fil-A. The restaurant is expecting about 300 people to attend the event. The event is free.  The female and male Chick-fil-A cows will attend. Police and
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"A Walk Through Time" offers local history lessons

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor The annual A Walk Through Time will take place on Sunday, October 16 from 2 to 5 p.m. in Forrest Cemetery located at 700 South 15th Street in Gadsden. The event is free but donations are encouraged. All donations go to the Forrest Cemetery Foundation, which uses the money to
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Noccalula Falls to host Halloween Super Bash

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor Noccalula Falls Park and Campgrounds will host a Halloween Super Bash tomorrow, October 8 from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. The event is free for children age 3 and younger. Tickets are $5 for everyone age 4 and older. Ticket sales begin at 10 a.m. and end at 1 p.m. There
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Hokes Bluff City Fest to be held Saturday

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor Hokes Bluff will host its annual Hokes Bluff City Fest on Saturday, October 1 from 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. The festival will be held at Hokes Bluff City Park, located at 3301 Alford Bend Road in Hokes Bluff. Best of all, the festival is free to the public. The
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Chick-Fil-A to host love Center fundraiser

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor Chick-fil-A will host a Spirit Night on October 3 from 4 to 9 p.m. to benefit The Love Center. To support The Love Center, pick up an orange slip of paper from the shelter. Present the orange slip when you purchase the food and Chick-fil-A will donate a percentage of
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Job Corps to host Peace Walk

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor The Gadsden Job Corps will host a Peace Walk on Wednesday, September 21 at 10 a.m. The community is welcome to join the students and staff. The Peace Walk will begin at the Gadsden Job Corps at 600 Valley Street and end at Carver Community Center on Tuscaloosa Avenue. Once
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Gadsden home to be auctioned

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor A beautiful Country Club home will be auctioned on September 27 at 6 p.m. Registration starts at 4 p.m. The home is owned by Dr. Homer Spencer, a radiologist. Spencer will be hosting a “Farewell to the House” party during the auction. He has invited friends and neighbors to join
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Pow Wow to be held at Noccalula Falls

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor The Turtle Island Native American Association’s 3rd Annual Noccalula Falls Pow Wow will take place on Saturday and Sunday, September 3 and 4 at Noccalula Falls from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $5 for an adult, $10 for a family, $3 for seniors 65 or older and children age 6 through 14.
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Local inspires Amy Grant charity concert

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor In 1988, a student at Westminster Christian School in Rainbow City, now Westbrook Christian School, was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. She bwas offered a wish from Magic Moments. The young girl, Maureen Willard, responded that she would like to pray about it. She eventually decided that she would like to meet singer Amy Grant,
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Patel to be recognized at Citizenship award banquet

By Sarrah Peters, News Editor On Tuesday, August 23, The 2016 Spirit of Citizenship Banquet and Roast will be held at 6 p.m. at the Senior Activity Center, located at 623 Broad Street in Gadsden. Nanda Patel will be honored as the 2016 Spirit of Citizenship winner, joining Gadsden greats such as Bubba Masters, Chester Hicks and Joanne Hightower. Born
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