GOVERNMENT · Walker County sole commissioner Bebe Heiskell will hold a public meeting at 3 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 10, at the commissioner’s office on 101 South Duke Street in LaFayette.
CHURCH · A year-round Parents Day Out program will be offered from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, at Rock Spring United Methodist Church, 3477 Peavine Road in Rock Spring. Children ages 6 months to 5 years old may participate. Bring your child to socialize and play in a Christian environment. There is no registration fee. Cost is $12 a day per child, or $10 a day per child for two or more siblings. Call 706-764-1404 for more information.
COMMUNITY · Lafayette Physical Therapy will hold “fit and fun” sessions Tuesdays and Thursdays, through Jan. 31, from 10:30-11:30 a.m., at 120 West Villanow Street in LaFayette. For more information, call Vicki at 706-638-5983.
COMMUNITY · The Catoosa County Chamber of Commerce annual meeting will be held Thursday, Jan. 10, at 11:50 a.m. in the banquet hall at the Colonnade, at Benton Place campus, 264 Catoosa Circle in Ringgold. The 2012 Board of Directors will be thanked and the 2013 Board of Directors will be recognized. The 2013 committee chairs will be introduced. Patron sponsors will be recognized directly. Next, witness the passing of the gavel from Steve Angela to Roger Forgey. Admission is $15 for members, $30 for non-members. To RSVP email firstname.lastname@example.org.
COMMUNITY · The Friends of the LaFayette-Walker County Public Library will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday Jan 10 at the Bank of LaFayette Community Room.Join us to discuss details for the Annual Open House fundraiser which will be held on Super Sunday, Feb. 3, from 2-4 p.m.
COMMUNITY · The Friends of the Catoosa County Library have used books for sale daily in the Friends’ Nook at the library. Hardbacks cost $1, paperbacks cost 50 cents. The library is at 108 Catoosa Circle (Benton Place campus off Battlefield Parkway) in Ringgold.
COMMUNITY · An Infant CPR Class will be offered from 4-5 p.m. and 5-6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 10, at Erlanger Baroness Campus (downtown Chattanooga). This one-hour class teaches basic CPR for an infant (birth to 1 year of age). Class time includes infant safety instructions and hands-on practice of CPR and choking management techniques for an infant. Anyone is welcome to take this class including parents, grandparents and babysitters. Registration fee is $25. Call Erlanger’s HealthLink at (423) 778-LINK (5465) to register.
COMMUNITY · The Walker County Health Department will offer several weeknight, weekday and Saturday series of free, basic diabetes education classes. The eight-hour series will be taught by nurse Linda Long. The first classes will be held from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, Jan. 10, 15, and 17, at the Rossville Civic Center on McFarland Avenue. A second series will be held on Thursdays from 6:30-8:30 p.m. on Jan. 29 and 31, Feb. 5 and 7, at the Chickamauga Public Library. Call 706-638-5577 to register. COMMUNITY · A stormwater/culvert replacement project currently is in progress in Morris Estates subdivision in Catoosa County. Stanley Drive at Stanley Parkway will be closed for the week of Jan. 7-11 for construction, weather permitting.
Friday, Jan, 11
ENTERTAINMENT · Ensemble Theatre of Chattanooga (ETC) will open its 2013 season with AVENUE Q. The show will run weekends from Jan. 11-27; Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2:30 p.m. Performances will take place at Eastgate Town Center, 5600 Brainerd Road in Chattanooga. Tickets cost $20 for adults, $15 for students and are available at ensembletheatreofchattanooga.com or call 423-987-5141. Doors open 30 minutes before each performance. Free parking is available at the Eastgate Town Center.
RELIGIOUS ENTERTAINMENT · The Southern gospel trio Voices Won will appear for Sacred Sounds Friday, Jan. 11, at 7:30 p.m. at the Ringgold Depot, corner of Depot Street and U.S. 41 in Ringgold, Ga. for the Share America Foundation. Randall Franks from TV's "In the Heat of the Night” 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 under free with adult. Tickets may be purchased locally in advance during business hours at SonShine Christian Books (706) 861-7675 in Fort Oglethorpe. For more information, Share America Foundation, Inc. P.O. Box 42 Tunnel Hill, Ga. 30755 or visit shareamericafoundation.org.
COMMUNITY · Lyerly United Methodist Church is selling cookbooks for $10 each. They can be purchased from any church member, or at Pine Ridge Outdoor Supply in Lyerly, or by sending $10 (plus $2.00 shipping and handling) to Lyerly United Methodist Church, P. O. Box 152, Lyerly, GA 30730, and a church cookbook will be mailed to you. For more information, call Jo Ann Mitchell at 706-895-2636.
COMMUNITY · January is National Blood Donor Month and Blood Assurance is asking area residents to add “saving lives” to their New Year’s resolutions. Donors must be at least 17 years old (16 years old with parental consent) and weigh at least 110 pounds. Donors at any Blood Assurance will receive a long-sleeved t-shirt commemorating National Blood Donor Month. For more information, visit bloodassurance.org/blooddrives or call 1-800-962-0628.
COMMUNITY · Learn the waltz and the foxtrot! Registration for ballroom dancing classes at FortOGeorgia.com headquarters has begun. To sign up call 706-866-9919 or drop by the store (2738 Lafayette Road, next to Sears Shoes Clearance Store in Fort Oglethorpe). Darla Toker of The Tempo Dance Studio will teach the six-week course on Thursdays: Jan. 24, 31, and Feb. 7, 14, 21, 28, from 6:30 –8 p.m. Cost: Individual: $55 for entire course, or $99 for two people (team up and save). Note: One of the classes falls on Valentine's Day. A special class will be offered that evening -- but if you have other plans, a make-up class will be made available.
COMMUNITY · Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park has announced that the Mountain Beautiful Trail will be closed until further notice. The Mountain Beautiful Trail is located on the east side of Lookout Mountain, above the Hardy Tail near Scenic Highway. For more information, call 706-866-9241 or visit nps.gov/chch.
Saturday Jan. 12
COMMUNITY · A Childbirth Education class will be offered from 9 a.m.-noon, Saturday, Jan. 12, at Erlanger East (Gunbarrel Road) in 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 $125. Call Erlanger’s HealthLink at (423) 778-LINK (5465) to register.
COMMUNITY · The Whitfield-Murray Historical Society will hold genealogy workshops in January and February at the Crown Gardens & Archives. On Jan. 12, from 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Organizing Your Records (beginning level) and from 1-4:30 p.m. Finding Census and Other Records on the Computer (beginning/intermediate level), will be offered. The cost is $35 for one workshop, $40 for a full day, or $70 for two full days. Sack lunches are available for $6. Email email@example.com to enroll, and then mail your check to, WMHS, P. O. Box 6180, Dalton, GA 30722. Please call the Archives if you have any questions 706 278-0217.
COMMUNITY · The American Cancer Society Relay For Life® of Catoosa-Walker Counties gives everyone in the community a chance to help the organization save lives and create a world with less cancer and more birthdays. Register your team today by visiting Catoosa-WalkerRelay.org or call 1-800-227-2345. Former and current cancer patients, those who have lost a loved one to cancer, families, businesses, faith-based and civic organizations, and anyone wanting to make a difference in the fight against cancer are invited to take part in this exciting team event. Relay For Life of Catoosa-Walker Counties takes place from 6 p.m. on Friday, May 3, 2013, until midnight, at Lakeview-Fort Ogelthorpe High School off Battlefield Parkway in Fort Oglethorpe.
COMMUNITY · Parkridge East Hospital in East Ridge, Tenn., will offer a breastfeeding class ($15 per couple) – Jan. 12 or March 16, from 10 a.m.-noon, or Feb. 7, from 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. This class includes topics such as physiology of breastfeeding, advantages of breastfeeding, techniques for successful breastfeeding, common pitfalls and challenges, returning to work and pumping. Mothers are strongly encouraged to bring a support person, but it is not required. This class is free with any Labor of Love Lamaze class. For more information and to register for classes, call MedLine at 800-242-5662 or visit ParkridgeEastHospital.com.
COMMUNITY · Parkridge East Hospital in East Ridge, Tenn., will offer free tours of the birthplace on Saturdays, Jan. 12, and March 16, from noon-1 p.m., or Saturdays, Jan. 19, Feb. 9 and March 2, from 1-2 p.m., or Saturday, Feb. 2, from 5-6 p.m. Participants can tour the labor and delivery area and the mother/baby area (based on availability). Prenatal services and classes will be discussed with a time for questions and answers. This tour begins in the Rowe Conference Room. For more information and to register for classes, call MedLine at 800-242-5662 or visit ParkridgeEastHospital.com.