Community Calendar: March 1, 2024

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Email your submissions to khoskins@gadsdenmessenger.com. Please include the name, date, time, location and cost of the event, as well as contact information for event coordinators.

March 2

The 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 7

Greater Gadsden Greeters, a women’s social club, will hold its monthly luncheon on Thursday, March 7 at Rainbow Presbyterian Church located at 3220 Rainbow Drive in Rainbow City. Sign-in begins at 10:45 a.m. with a meet and greet social time followed by the meeting and luncheon at 11:30. Those new to the area (four years or less) wishing more information should visit https://gadsdengreeters.wixsite.com/thegreeters. The GGG is not affiliated with any denomination. All newcomers are welcome.

March 9

The Northeast Alabama Genealogical Society will hold its monthly meeting Saturday, March 9 at 10 a.m. at Nichols Memorial Library located at the corner of Cabot and Dwight Avenues in Gadsden. Robert Debter will present the program on Arthur St. Clair. Mr. Debter is the archivist at the Ashville Archives and Museum in Ashville. Refreshments to follow.  For additional information, email neagslib@comcast.net.

March 10

The City of Southside will host Taste of the Town Food Truck Festival at Southside City Hall located at 2255 Ala. Highway 77. Food trucks will offer a variety of cuisine.

March 21

United Way of Etowah County is hosting its 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. For more information, email Raeven at successby6@uwoec.org.

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 guntersvilleartonthelake@gmail.com or visit www.artonthelake-guntersville.com.

March 23

The City of Southside will present the Easter Egg Hunt and Spring Festival at the Southside Sports Complex located at 1450 Parker Anderson Lane from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The egg hunt will begin at 1 p.m. Arts and crafts vendors and food vendors will be on site, as will the Easter Bunny. There will also be an Etowah County Sheriff’s helicopter, Southside Fire Truck and inflatables.

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.

Ongoing

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 juliadyoung@comcast.net or hyattrosemary@bellsouth.net.

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 neagslib@comcast.net.

Nichols Memorial Library, home of the Northeast Alabama Genealogical Society, is open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Thursdays for anyone interested in family history research.  A history and research group meets on Thursdays at 9 a.m. Everyone is welcome to attend and participate.  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 also contains a large collection of military records and Native American research records. For information, email neagslib@comcast.net.

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