COMMUNITY · Seniors and Friends of Fort Oglethorpe meet from 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 8, at Constitution Hall on Forrest Road. The all-volunteer group offers games, crafts, blood sugar and blood pressure checks, bingo and refreshments. For information or transportation, call Peggy Stanfield at 706-866-1369.
COMMUNITY · Artist Ginger L. Lowry will exhibit artwork throughout August at the Chattooga County Library, 360 Farrar Drive, in Summerville. Lowry is known for painting equestrian (horse riding) scenes. Hours are 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday and Friday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday, and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday. For more information, call 706-857-2553.
COMMUNITY · Childbirth Education will be offered from 5:30-9:30 p.m. at Erlanger East (Gunbarrel Road, Chattanooga). This childbirth education class/series is designed for expectant parents and taught by experienced OB nurses. These classes include stages of labor, relaxation and labor support techniques, hospital procedures, pain management options, after birth and home care for moms and in-hospital care for newborns. There will also be time for questions and answers. Registration fee is $75. Call Erlanger’s HealthLink at (423) 778-LINK (5465) to register.
RELIGIOUS · Highlands Presbyterian will hold a vacation bible school from 6-8:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 6, through Friday, Aug. 10, for children age 3-5th grade. The theme is "Run the Race." The church is at 1211 W. North Main, Lafayette. For more information, call 706-638-8940.
COMMUNITY · The YMCA Summer Food Program has started up in a new location at LaFayette Municipal Park, at LaFayette Recreation (Department), 638 South Main Street in LaFayette. Children will be served free lunches from noon-1 p.m. at the picnic tables and pavilion next to the gym entrance. The program will continue now through August. There is no cost to attend or receive a meal. For more information, visit ymcachattanooga.org/usda-summer-food-program. Each year the U.S. Department of Agriculture partners with local organizations like North Georgia Community YMCA to provide free meals to children when school is out for the summer. Any child under age 18 may come and eat. For more information about the national Summer Food Program, visit http://www.fns.usda.gov/fns/.
COMMUNITY · North Georgia Community YMCA will offer After School Programs for students in pre-K through fifth grades throughout the school year at Cherokee Ridge, Fairyland, Rock Spring, Tiger Creek and West Side Elementary schools. Cost is $40 per week for YMCA members, $60 per week for non-members. There is a one-time (per year) $50 registration fee per family. For more information, call 706-935-2226 or visit firstname.lastname@example.org.
COMMUNITY · North Georgia Community YMCA will offer Zumba year-round for those age 10 and older (boys, girls, men and women) at Fort Oglethorpe United Methodist Church gym. Cost is $20 per month for YMCA members, $28 per month for non-members. For more information, call 706-935-2226 or visit email@example.com.
COMMUNITY · North Georgia Community YMCA will offer Family Fitness Karate for families and individuals age 6 and older, year-round, Tuesdays and Thursdays at 5:30 p.m. at First Baptist Church in Fort Oglethorpe. Cost is $20 per month for YMCA members, $50 per month for non-members, and $5 each additional family member. For more information, call 706-935-2226 or visit firstname.lastname@example.org.
COMMUNITY · Need to take weight off? Come join TOPS (weight-loss support group) on Monday's at 7 p.m. at Center Post Community Center, 8125 Highway 337, LaFayette. For more information, call Beverly Byrd at 706-638- 1045.
COMMUNITY · First Baptist Church of Chickamauga has a few spots open in the 3- and 4-year old preschool classes. Registration packets may be printed from the children's ministry page at fbcchickamauga.com. For more information, call Susan Veazey or Donna Christol at 706-375-2829 or 706-375-2733.
COMMUNITY · The 2012 Lake Winnie Youth Talent Search is the chance for guests younger than 18 to take the Jukebox Junction stage and showcase their performing arts talent. The contest consists of three preliminary rounds on Sunday, Aug. 5, 12 and 19, at 5 p.m., and a triumphant final round on Sunday, Aug. 26, at 5 p.m. The top acts from the two preliminary rounds will compete in the finals for a grand prize, which includes $500 and the opportunity to open for Confederate Railroad on Sept. 2. The runner-up at the final show will receive $250. Winners of each round will be judged by audience response. Lake Winnepesaukah Amusement Park is at 1730 Lakeview Drive in Rossville. For more information, or to download a sign-up form, visit lakewinnie.com/winnistar.
RELIGIOUS · Jesus is the Way Ministries will hold a revival Monday, Aug. 6, through Wednesday, Aug. 8, at 7 p.m. Featuring singing and preachers Lillard Stringer and Bobby Bowers. Church is 1 and a half miles south of Carbondale McDonald/Pilot (off I-75 Exit 326, 142 Carbondale Road) in Dalton.
CHURCH · Elizabeth Terrace Baptist Church, 600 Mohawk Street, Rossville, will host guest pastors each Tuesday throughout August beginning at 7 p.m. Pastor Ronnie Brown of Gethsemane Baptist Church in Rossville, will preach on Aug. 7; Pastor Billy Goolesby of Rome Baptist Temple in Rome, will preach on Aug. 14; August 21st Pastor Tim McCulley, id Philadelphia Baptist Church in Calhoun, will preach on Aug. 21; and Pastor Rick Spence of New Life Baptist Church in Dalton, will preach on Aug. 28. Pastor George Pinion and the congregation invite the public to attend. A nursery will be provided.
COMMUNITY · Junior golfers up to age 18 are invited to attend summer golf camps at the LaFayette Golf Course. The camps will be held on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 9-11 a.m. each day at a cost of $60 per camp. Tuesdays will include work on the driving range, Wednesdays will be spent on the practice greens, and Thursdays will be reserved for on course work. The camps will be directed and taught by Eddie Jackson, a former PGA Tour player who has spent the past 27 years as a teaching professional. For more information, call the LaFayette Golf Course at 706-639-1580.
Thursday, Aug. 9
COMMUNITY · Appointed Promotions announces a gospel music concert featuring Brian Free and Assurance also appearing will be The Appointed Quartet and The Jeff Hullender Family at 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 9, at The Collonade. Tickets cost $12 general admission, $15 for reserved seating.
COMMUNITY · The Friends of the LaFayette-Walker County Public Library will meet at 6:45 p.m. sharp, Thursday, Aug. 9, at the interim library building (old Food Lion on Main Street) in LaFayette. The “Christmas in August” fundraiser, scheduled for Aug. 30, will be discussed. Tickets for this event go on sale on Aug. 13, at One-Eleven restaurant, the Bank of LaFayette and the library. The library has suffered drastic funding cuts this year.
COMMUNITY · The Department of Behavioral Health & Developmental Disabilities, Region One Planning Board will hold a public forum from 2-4 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 9, at the Ball Ground Public Library, 435 Old Canton Road, Ball Ground. The purpose of this forum is to solicit community input to help identify needs regarding behavioral health and developmental disabilities. For more information, call 770-735-2025.
ENTERTAINMENT · “Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure” will be performed at the Barking Legs Theater on Aug. 9, 10, 11 at 8 p.m., with a matinee show on Aug. 12, at 2 p.m. Barking Legs Theater is at 1307 Dodds Avenue, Chattanooga. For more information, or for tickets, visit www.backalleyproductions.org.
COMMUNITY · Celebrate the anniversaries of the Americans with Disabilities Act from 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 9, at the Good Will Career Center, 154 Hicks Drive in Rome. ADA and Olmstead expert Talley Wells of Atlanta Legal Aid, will speak.
COMMUNITY · The Catoosa County Chamber of Commerce will hold its next Networking at Lunch at 11:50 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 9, at The Colonnade, 264 Catoosa Circle, in Ringgold. The program is “What’s in it for me?.” Cost is $30 for general admission, $15 for chamber members. Payments are accepted via cash, check, or credit card in advance or at the door. To pay in advance on-line go to: catoosachamberofcommerce.com/payonline. Deadline for reservations is noon Friday, Aug. 3. Cancellations not made by 5 p.m. Monday, Aug. 6, will be charged $18 for chamber members and $33 for non-members.
COMMUNITY · The Chief John Ross house is open for the summer from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday now through August. Admission is free. The house is at the intersection of East Lake Avenue and Spring Street (behind the Bi-Lo) in Rossville. For more information or to schedule a private tour, call 423-400-7400.
Friday, Aug. 10
COMMUNITY · The Share America Foundation will host southern gospel performers Son life Quartet and Calvary's Blend, on Friday, Aug. 10, at 7:30 p.m. at the Ringgold Depot, corner of Depot Street and U.S. 41 in Ringgold. David Cummings will emcee. The event is a fundraiser for the Pearl and Floyd Franks Scholarship Fund helping musicians achieve higher education. Donations for tickets are adults: $5, Children 5 and younger are free with an adult. Tickets may be purchased locally in advance during business hours at Sunshine Christian Books, 706-861-7675 in Fort Oglethorpe. For more information, visit shareamericafoundation.org.
CHURCH · “Living in the Glory Realm” with Kathie Walters will be presented at 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 10, and from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 11, at Briarwood Church, 26 Ellis Springs Road, Ringgold. Registration costs $30. Childcare will not be provided. Kathie Walters is an international speaker who brings freedom to those who feel they have to "qualify." She also ministers in the supernatural and believes that the supernatural realm is for everyone. Visit her website at kathiewaltersministry.com. For more information, contact Jim or Deborah Boyd at AstoHim@windstream.net.
COMMUNITY · The Tennessee Small Business Development Center will host a seminar entitled, “Selling to Mexico,” from 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Friday, Aug. 10, at the INCubator, 100 Cherokee Boulevard in Chattanooga. The cost is $59, which includes lunch. The goal of the seminar is to equip local businesses to export goods to one of the United State’s most important buying markets, Mexico. Seating is limited. Early registration is encouraged. For more information, call Robert Leach, director of the Knoxville USEAC, at 865-545-4637.
COMMUNITY · The Blunt House at 506 South Thornton Avenue in Dalton will show a historical bridal collection from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. every Friday through the end of August. Admission is $5. For more information, call the Dalton Convention and Visitors Bureau at 706-270-9960 or the Whitfield Murray Historical Society at 706-278-0217.