COMMUNITY · Retired four-star Gen. (and former vice-chief of staff) Ron Griffith of the U.S. Army will speak during a Veterans Day program at 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10, at Armuchee Valley Community Center in Villanow. Refreshments will be served.
COMMUNITY · “Cruise to Break the Cycle,” a benefit car/motorcycle ride for The Family Crisis Center of Walker, Dade, Catoosa and Chattooga counties, will be held Saturday, Nov. 10, at Ridgeland High School. Registration begins at 11 a.m. Minimum donation is $10. This event has been planned and organized by Ridgeland High School senior Matt Steadman. For more information, visit Family Crisis Center RHS on Facebook.
COMMUNITY · Memorial Health Care System’s Mobile Health Coach will provide mammogram screenings for women at Wal-Mart in Brainerd on Saturday, Nov. 10, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Ladies age 40 and over who have not had a mammogram in the last 12 months are eligible with or without insurance by calling the MaryEllen Locher Breast Center at (423) 495-4040. Ladies will need to know their doctor’s first and last name, and those with insurance will need to bring their insurance cards and a photo ID.
COMMUNITY · Parkridge East Hospital (in East Ridge, Tenn.) will offer free tours of the BirthPlace from 1-2 p.m. Saturday Nov. 10, and from 5-6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 6. Prenatal services and classes will be discussed. The tour begins in the Rowe Conference Room. To register and for more information, call MedLine at 800-242-5662 or visit ParkridgeEastHospital.com.
COMMUNITY · A Craft Bazaar will be held from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10, at the Bank of LaFayette Community Room to benefit Georgia Baptist Children’s Home. Anyone interested in a booth, call Fannie Green at 706-639-7361.
COMMUNITY · Cloudland Canyon offers hay rides every Saturday now through Nov. 24. Hot dogs, S'mores, snacks and drinks will be sold. Leashed and licensed pets may also ride. Meet at the Interpretive Center. Rides start on the hour from 2-6 p.m. Park entrance is $5. Hay rides cost $5 for adults, $3 for children ages 4 to 12. The park is off High-way 136 near Trenton.
COMMUNITY · The Walker County Health Department will offer two series of eight-hour free basic diabetes education classes, taught by Linda Long, RN, Certified Diabetes Educator. The second series will be held on Saturday, Nov. 10, from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Chickamauga Public Library. Call 706-638-5577 to register.
CHURCH · Noble Fellowship’s 13th annual “Cruzin for the Lord” car, truck and motorcycle show will be held Saturday, Nov. 10, 5994 Highway 27 North in LaFayette (two miles south of Georgia Northwestern Technical College). Registration is from 9 a.m.-noon. Awards will be presented at 2 p.m. Entry fee is $15. Donations go toward “Light the Future” building fund. Joe Dodd is pastor. Call 706-764-2917.
COMMUNITY · The 33rd annual Chickamauga Battlefield Marathon will be held on Saturday, Nov. 10, with the marathon and half-marathon races both starting at Barnhardt Circle in Fort Oglethorpe at 7:30 a.m. Packet pickup will be held on Friday, Nov. 9 from 4:30-8:30 p.m. at the First Baptist Church of Fort Oglethorpe, 2645 Lafayette Road. A photo ID is required for packet pickup and runners may not pick up someone else's packet. A pasta dinner will also be held at the same location on Friday from 5:30-8 p.m. and tickets need to be purchased in advance. There is plenty of free parking for spectators and partipants in the field adjacent to the race start/finish. There will also be a free shuttle service for spectators. The awards ceremony will be held at 10:30 a.m. for the Half-Marathon and 1 p.m. for the Marathon.
COMMUNITY · A pocketbook auction will be held at 7 p.m. at the Bank of LaFayette Community Room off Main Street in LaFayette. For more information, call Fannie Green at 706-639-7361.
COMMUNITY · Parkridge East Hospital (in East Ridge, Tenn.) will offer a breastfeeding class from 10 a.m.-noon Saturday, Nov. 10. Cost is $15 per couple or is free with any Labor of Love Lamaze class. Topics include physiology of breasfeeding, advantages of breastfeeding, techniques for successful breastfeeding, returning to work and pumping. To register and for more information, call MedLine at 800-242-5662 or visit ParkridgeEastHospital.com.
COMMUNITY · Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park will hold Veterans Day activities Saturday, Nov. 10 through Monday, Nov. 12. There will be infantry demonstrations, historical presentations, rifle firing demonstrations at 10 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1 p.m., 2:30 p.m. and 4 p.m. on Saturday, and at 10 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. on Sunday. For more information, call 706-866-9241 or 423-821-7786 or visit nps.gov/chch.
COMMUNITY · The Georgia Winery off Battlefield Parkway in Ringgold will hold a holiday open house from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. each Saturday in November. Call 706-937-9463 for more information.
CHURCH · Garrett’s Chapel Baptist Church will hold an open house beginning at 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10. The church is at 3235 Garrett’s Chapel Road in Chickamauga. New Day Gospel Singers will perform. Refreshments will follow. David Harris is pastor.
COMMUNITY ·The Battlefield Farmers’ Market ends its eight season with its annual Crafters Day event on Nov. 10, from 8 a.m.-4 p.m., at the Walker County Agricultural Center, 10052 Hwy 27 N in Rock Spring. Vendors exhibit items that are locally-grown and locally-crafted. There will be a “Kids Corner” with face painting and live music. Conces-sions will include soups, chili, barbeque, hot dogs and desserts. Payment via EBT transactions is available, and with the support of Wholesome Wave Georgia, these dollars can go further. For more information, visit battle-fieldfmkt.org or contact Karen L. Bradley at 706-638-7366.
COMMUNITY · The Georgia Chapter of the Trail of Tears Association will meet at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, Nov. 10, at the office of the Chattooga County Historical Society in the Old Summerville Train Depot in Summerville. Georgia TOTA member Bill Barker will speak about his efforts to get sites and roads in Chattooga County added to the Trail of Tears National Historic Trail. For more information, contact Leslie Thomas at email@example.com or 770-757-0931.
COMMUNITY · Camp New Dawn in Southwest Walker County is holding its 5th annual Turkey Shoot, Yard Sale, Pancake Breakfast and more on Nov. 10 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Vendor space for crafts, flea market, etc., can be rented for $10. To reserve, call 706-539-2235 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
COMMUNITY · Crabtree Farms at 1000 E. 30th St. in Chattanooga will host a Fall Farm Fair on Nov. 10 from noon to 5 p.m. The event features fun-on-the-farm activities like tractor rides, competitions for prizes, scarecrow stuffing, a photo booth, corn hole and horse shoes, tours, live bluegrass music and a raffle. Concessions will include hot mulled cider and cold beer. Guests who bike to the farm will receive two additional tickets at the door. The event ends at 5 p.m. with a Crabtree Farms’ staff versus volunteer tug-of-war. Two complimentary tickets are included in the $5 entrance fee, and additional tickets can be purchased to use for games, competitions, beer, food and more. Visa, Mastercard or cash accepted. For a complete list of Crabtree Farms events as well as directions to the farm, visit crabtreefarms.org.
COMMUNITY · The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) of Catoosa County will hold disaster preparedness and community response training on Nov. 10 and Nov. 17 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Catoosa Fire Station 1 in Ringgold. The training is free, and pre-registration is strongly encouraged. The CERT classes will help residents correctly respond to natural or man-made disasters such as tornados, hurricanes or chemical spills. Please email email@example.com or call Larry Miller at 423-313-5053 to register.
COMMUNITY · The next meeting of the Georgia Chapter of the Trail of Tears Association is at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, Nov. 10, at the office of the Chattooga County Historical Society in the Old Summerville Train Depot in Summerville. GA TOTA member Bill Barker will talk about his efforts to get sites and roads in Chattooga County added to the Trail of Tears National Historic Trail. For more information, contact Leslie Thomas at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 770-757-0931.
Sunday, Nov. 11
CHURCH · Happy Home Baptist Church of LaFayette will hold the first pastoral anniversary for Pastor Albert Evans on Sunday, Nov. 11. Morning services begin at 11 a.m. Minister Kimberly Evans Watkins from Overcoming Believers Church of Knoxville, Tenn., will bring the message. Pastor Robert Freeman from Mt. Calvary Baptist Church of Chattanooga, Tenn., will bring the 4 p.m. message.
COMMUNITY · Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) of Chattanooga will host a series of scholarship and college application seminars to prospective applicants in step-by-step tutorials for successfully completing the application process of the RMHC U.S. Scholarship Program. The seminars will take place each day of McDonald’s 10th annual “Give A Hand” fundraiser during which customers can purchase paper Hands for $1, $3, or $5 from Nov. 10-20 to support their local RMHC chapter. RMHC will be in LaFayette at 2 p.m. Nov. 11, at the McDonalds on 1101 N. Main Street. The deadline to submit an application online-only and all required documentation is Dec. 20. For more information, visit rmhchattanooga.com.
ENTERTAINMENT · A Veterans Day concert, featuring the Chattanooga Symphony and Opera in partnership with the City of Chattanooga Department of Education, Arts & Culture, will take place at Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Auditorium on Sunday, Nov. 11, at 3 p.m.
CHURCH · Johnny Feagans of Trenton will sing and preach at LaFayette Revival Center at 6 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 11. The center is on the corner of West Main and Chestnut Streets in LaFayette. Call 706-638-8497 for more information.
ENTERTAINMENT · The city of Ringgold will host a Veteran’s Day celebration featuring the Jericho Brass on Sunday, Nov. 11, at 3 p.m. as part of its annual Fall Festival of Flags. The free event at the Ringgold Depot will feature a patriotic performance by the 28-piece traditional British-style brass band. Frank Hale will direct. The event is sponsored by the Ringgold Downtown Development Authority. Seating is available, but bring a seat cushion.
CHURCH · Garrett’s Chapel Baptist Church will have a church dedication service at 11 a.m., Sunday, Nov. 11. The church is at 3235 Garrett’s Chapel Road in Chickamauga. David Harris is pastor.
COMMUNITY · AARP Tax-Aide, a free, volunteer-run tax preparation and assistance service, is seeking volunteers in Walker County to help taxpayers who are seeking assistance preparing and filing their 2012 tax returns. Volunteers do not need to be an AARP member or a retiree to participate. AARP Tax-Aide volunteers should have some computer experience, such as e-mail and internet browsing. Also needed are volunteers who have management experience. AARP Tax-Aide volunteers receive free IRS-certified tax training and are reimbursed on a limited basis for qualified program-related expenses. For more information, visit aarp.org/tavolunteer8 or call 1-888-OUR-AARP. Deadline for application is Dec. 15.
Monday, Nov. 12
COMMUNITY · The Cherokee Regional Library System's 2012 Food for Fines Campaign will begin Monday, Nov. 12, and end the end of the business day on Friday, Nov. 30. Library patrons may “pay” library overdue fines with a canned food item. This will help re-stock food banks in Dade and Walker County. One food can donation removes up to $1 in overdue fines. For more information, call Darla Chambliss, assistant director and community services li-brarian at 706-638-8311. M
COMMUNITY · The Catoosa County Historical Society will meet Nov. 12 at 7 p.m. at the Stone Church Museum on U.S. Hwy. 41, south of Ringgold. Pat and Harold Silcox will portray C.A. and Mary Cloud, a prosperous couple from the Savannah area who moved here because of his connection with the railroad. His property was behind the Krystal in Fort Oglethorpe. Cloudland Canyon and Cloud Springs are named for the Clouds. Stay for food and fellowship afterward. For more info, call Joy Mahan at 706-935-4875.
COMMUNITY · Dalton State College wil break ground on its new science building Monday, Nov. 12, at 1:30 pm. Construction is expected to take 13 months with faculty occupancy beginning spring of 2014. The first classes will not be before summer 2014.
COMMUNITY · A bariatric support group will meet from 5:30-6:30 p.m., Monday, Nov. 12, at Erlanger Chattanooga Lifestyle Center in Chattanooga. Bariatric support group meetings are for individuals scheduled to have bariatric surgery or who have already had weight loss surgery. Call Erlanger’s HealthLink at (423) 778-LINK (5465) for more information.
ENTERTAINMENT · Searching for Sandy: The Chattanooga Theatre Centre holds ‘Dog-ditions’ Monday, Nov. 12 and Tuesday, Nov. 13, from 5:30-7 p.m., in the lobby of the Chattanooga Theatre Centre at 400 River Street. The theatre is looking for a lovable pup to star as Sandy in the holiday musical, "Annie." The dog selected will immediately join nightly rehearsals and then perform live on stage Dec.7-23, including several daytime school shows. The new "Sandy" will pose for a professional headshot and may also be asked to participate in television interviews and make promotional appearances. For more information, call 423-267-8534.
COMMUNITY · Don Lolo’s Mexican Restaurant is supporting Cub Scout Pack 3099. Each Monday, Don Lolo’s will donate 10 percent of sales from customers who present the Cub Scouts’ fundraising fliers to the restaurant when ordering between the hours of 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Don Lolo’s two locations are at 315 N. Main Street in LaFayette and at 7859 Nashville Street in Ringgold. Call 706-638-3761 or 706-937-5656.
EDUCATION · The regular monthly meetings of the Walker County Board of Education will be held on the third Monday of each month, with the exception of the January, February, November and December meetings in 2012. Meetings begin at 6 p.m. at the Walker County Department of Education Building, 201 South Duke Street, in LaFayette. The remaining 2012 meetings are Nov. 12 and Dec. 10. For more information, call 706-638-1240.