Community Calendar: March 21, 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 23

The City of Southside will present an 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, a Southside fire truck and inflatables.

April 20

The Northeast Alabama Genealogical Society will host the Ancestor Swap Meet on Saturday, April 20 at the Downtown Civic Center in Gadsden from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Guest speaker Julia A. Anderson with FamilySearch will discuss the topics, “A New Look at Family Search,” “Making the most of FamilySearch affiliate library,” Alabama Research: A Beginner’s Guide and Case Study” and “Following Their Footsteps: Tracing Your Ancestors’ Southern Migration.” For additional information visit www.neags.com or email neagslib@comcast.com.

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.

April 26

St. James Catholic School will host a benefit Blingo Night on Friday, April 26 at 5:30 p.m. at 210 on the Tracks located at 210 Locust Street in downtown Gadsden. A $40 ticket includes dinner, live entertainment and a bingo card. The event is open to ages 10 and up. Raffle and Bingo prizes are valued at $200 to $400 each. Mystery Boxes will also be available for purchase. To purchase tickets, please call 256-546-0132.

May 11

Join Gadsden’s Nephrology Associates for the 2024 Alabama Kidney Foundation Birmingham Kidney Walk and Celebration at John Carroll High School located at 300 Lakeshore Parkway. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. and the event ceremony will start at 9:30 a.m. There will be food, music, vendor tables, children’s area and door prizes for top fundraising teams and individuals. The best tee shirt design will also receive a special prize.The mission of the Alabama Kidney Foundation is to serve the kidney patients of Alabama through financial assistance, education and support services. The foundation also provides statewide education to promote organ donation awareness and prevention of kidney disease. For more information, contact Alabama Kid-ney Foundation Central Alabama Regional Director  Marcie Prescott at 205-382-6080 or Marcie@alkidney.org.

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, 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 contains a large collection of military records and Native American research records. For more information, email neagslib@comcast.net.

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