Holiday Garbage Collection: The City of Gadsden Sanitation Department will observe the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday on Monday. Monday’s garbage route will be collected on Tuesday, Tuesday’s route will be collected on Wednesday, and Thursday and Friday routes will be collected as usual. For more information, contact the Sanitation Department at 256-549-4745.
Holiday Schedule: The Rainbow City Municipal Building will be closed Monday in observance of the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. Garbage service will run as usual. Questions? Call 256-413-1201.
Southern Rock Cares: Gadsden-based cancer outreach group Southern Rock Cares has a charity roadblock from 9 a.m. into the afternoon Feb. 3 at entrances to the Gadsden Mall, 1001 Rainbow Drive. The organization uses money raised to help local cancer patients with anything from purchasing medication to paying their utility bills. Representatives will be at the main entrance to the mall on Rainbow Drive, as well as the side entrance next to Chick-Fil-A and the former Flipside Café, collecting money for their cause. For more information about the group, search “Southern Rock Cares” on Facebook.
Smile A While: Smile A While, a social group for women, meets at 11 a.m. on the second Tuesday of the month. The schedule is: Feb. 13, Baha Grill, Rainbow City; March 13, Tre Ragazzi’s, Glencoe; April 10, Lola’s on the River, Gadsden; May 8, Gridiron, Gadsden; June 12, Cracker Barrel, Attalla; July 10, Western Sizzlin’, Rainbow City; Aug. 14, Royal Kitchen, Rainbow City; Sept. 11, Las Brisas, Gadsden; Oct. 9, Chili’s, Gadsden; Nov. 13, Hibachi Grill; Dec. 11, Silver Lakes, 1 Sunbelt. For information, call Carolyn Biggio, 256-442-4776.
Mountain Laurel Garden Club: The Mountain Laurel Garden Club of Bellevue Highlands Lookout Mountain’s 2018 meeting schedule is: Jan. 24, Feb. 28, March 28, April 25, May 23 and June 6. Call 256-515-7155 for time, location and topic for the meetings.
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc.’s Lambda Eta Omega Chapter celebrates its 2018 Founder’s Day Event at 2 p.m. Jan. 27 in Elliot Community Center, 2829 W. Meighan Blvd., Gadsden. The symposium theme is “Empowering Black Women.” The event is open to the public, and there is no admission charge. Attire is business casual.
St. James Catholic Church Rummage Sale: The annual rummage sale is 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Jan. 27 in Seton Hall. The sale is sponsored by the Youth of the Parish. Donations are needed and will be accepted in Seton Hall from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. Jan. 20; after 8 a.m. Mass until noon Jan. 21.; 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Jan. 22 through Jan. 25 (extended to 7:30 p.m. Jan. 24). No items will be accepted Jan. 26. For other times or information, call Vernice Penny, 256-613-6730, or Judy Ritter, 205-559-3295.
Lookout Mountain Honey Bees’ 2018 Beginning Beekeepers Class starts Jan. 18 and takes place weekly on Thursdays through March 1. The field day will be March 10. The cost is $135 per person or $175 per couple. This includes books, folders, handouts, food and drinks each week, door prizes each week, grand prize of complete beehive kit and field day cost. Field day is open to the public. The cost is $50, which includes lunch, drinks, snacks and handouts. The class is limited to 20 people. Those interested in attending should call 256-523-4767 to get on the list.