Community Calendar: February 3, 2024


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February 3

Big Brother Big Sisters will present Mardi Gras 2024 Saturday, Feb. 3 from 6 – 9 p.m. at 210 at The Tracks in Gadsden. There will be food, music, raffles and more. Sponsorship levels start at $600 and individual tickets cost $75. Drink tickets will be sold separately. RSVP by January 25 by calling 256-546-5079.

Join in the fun at the 16th Annual Downtown Gadsden Chili Cook-off. Do you cook the best chili? Then prove it and register a team. Do you love chili but prefer to let others cook it? Then be there by noon to enjoy the many different flavors and don’t wait too late, as some teams run out very quickly. Pick up a registration form at the Downtown Gadsden Inc. office at 635 Broad St. in Gadsden.

February 10, 11 & 14

Maraella Vineyards and Winery’s 12th Annual Valentines Dinner and Wine Pairing will be held February 10, 11 and 14 from 5 to 8 p.m. Menu and tickets information coming soon.

February 17

The annual Kiwanis Pancake Day will be held Saturday, Feb. 17 from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. at The Venue at Coosa Landing located at 201 George Wallace Drive in Gadsden. Tickets cost $5.

A Valentine Elvis Concert featuring David Lee will be held at the Pitman Theatre located at 629 Broad Street in downtown Gadsden. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the show begins at 7 p.m. Tickets are available and start at $15.

February 18

The YMCA Annual Father Daughter Dance will be held Sunday, February 18, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at 210 At The Tracks located at 210 Locust Street in Gadsden. Cost is $22 per person when purchased online before January 31. Tickets at the door will be $25 per person. Finger foods and sweet treats will be provided. For more information, call 256-547-4947.

March 2

South Gadsden Family Reunion will be held at Tabernacle Church located at 1301 South 11th Street in Gadsden from 1 to 3 p.m. Finger foods and chips and dip have been added to the menu. For more information, call Paula at 256-622-0309 or Karen at 256-393-5313, or visit the South Gadsden Reunion Facebook page.

March 21

United Way of Etowah County is hosting the annual Girlfriend Gala at 210 at the Tracks from 6 to 9 p.m. March 21. This year’s theme is “Party Like Parton.” The event is a night out for the girls and a fundraiser all in one. The funds raised go toward the Dolly Parton Imagination Library in Etowah County. Tickets go on sale February 1. For more information, email Raeven at

April 20

The Northeast Alabama Genealogical Society’s 2024 Ancestor Swap Meet will be held Saturday, April 20 at the Downtown Civic Center in Gadsden. The event began in 1999 as a fundraiser for the society, in which researchers were asked to donate copies of their family history for the society’s family files at the Howard Gardner Nichols Memorial Library, which is listed in the National Register of Historic Places as the first free standing library building in Alabama. Those files have grown over the years and are now contained in 11 four drawer file cabinets. The society is once again asking local researchers to submit updated copies. All profit from the swap meet are used to maintain Nichols Library, which has been owned and operated by the Northeast Alabama Genealogical Society’s as a genealogical library since 1973.  The library is maintained and staffed by volunteers.

April 20, 21

Art on the Lake, an annual two-day arts and crafts festival in Guntersville, is currently accepting applications from artists and vendors wishing to exhibit in the event, which will be held Saturday, April 20 and Sunday, April 21. For more information, contact e-mail or visit


Zumba classes will be held Monday nights at 6 p.m. at the Southside Community Center. The cost is $5 a class, but those buying five classes get the sixth class free.

The Northeast Alabama Genealogical Society recently announced the completion of the Clayton Cemetery book, which contains over 350 pages of information on those buried at Clayton Cemetery. Every effort was made to identify those resting in the cemetery. Some buried there may not be included since no official records were kept. For addition information or to pre-order the book, e-mail or

Nichols Memorial Library, located at the corner of Dwight and Cabot Avenues in Alabama City, is open every Thursday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. for family and history research.

As the home of the Northeast Alabama Genealogical Society, the library contains genealogical information and family files from all areas of Alabama, Georgia, North and South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and other states. The library contains a large collection of military records and Native American research books. On the first and third Thursday of the month from 9 to 10 a.m., Kathy Burttram presents a class on researching family history using Ancestry, Family Search, ThruLines, Wiki and other sources. For additional information, e-mail

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