COMMUNITY · Much anticipated Girl Scout cookies have arrived! Walker County girls are out in force delivering cookies and hosting storefront cookie booths through March 24. Thin Mints, Samoas, and six other flavors are back at a cost of $3.50 a box. All profits stay within the Girl Scout Council of the Southern Appalachians to benefit local girls. Walker County stores allowing booths sales at various times during the day include: Bi-Lo, 820 Mission Ridge Road, Rossville; Bi-Lo, 311 N. Main, LaFayette; Flintstone Market, 32700 Chattanooga Valley Road; and Community National Bank, 2821 Chattanooga Valley Road. To find booth specific booth times and locations, visit IWantCookies.org.
EDUCATION · College-bound students and their families are invited to a free FAFSA workshop at Dalton State College Thursday, March 7, from 1-7 p.m. The FAFSA is the Free Application for Federal Student Aid and is the essential first step to receiving financial aid, said Carol Jones, Director of Financial Aid for Dalton State. The workshop will be held in the James E. Brown Center at the north end of the campus. Participants are asked to bring 2012 tax information to expedite the application process. For more information, contact Carol Jones at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 706-272-4545.
COMMUNITY · The Chickamauga Public Library will hold a “Ready to R.E.A.D” story time program at 10 a.m. Thursday, March 7. The library is at 306 Cove Road in Chickamauga.
COMMUNITY · Spring sale dates at the Sparrow’s Nest are 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Thursday, March 7 and Friday, March 8, and from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, March 9. Register by Friday, March 1, to consign items. The Sparrow's Nest is a seasonal children’s consignment sale hosted by Ringgold United Methodist Church. Individuals who consign items may receive 70 percent of their sales price. The remaining proceeds are used to provide assistance to community members in need. The Sparrow’s Nest is set up to help provide early shopping for struggling families, foster parents and first time moms. The main entrance to the sale is adjacent to the main church parking lot off of Highway 41 (Nashville Street) in Ringgold. A stroller and wheelchair accessible entrance is off of Sparks Street. Both entrance doors will be opened to the public at 9 a.m.
COMMUNITY · A Man-to-Man Support Group (for prostate cancer patients, their spouses, friends and family) begins at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, March 7, at Erlanger Baroness in Chattanooga. For more information, call (423) 855-2778.
COMMUNITY · A Diabetes Education Class will be offered from 1:30-4:30 p.m. Thursday, March 7, at Erlanger Chattanooga Lifestyle Center. This class will explore ways to manage diabetes. Call 778-9400 for more information on physician referral and insurance reimbursement.
COMMUNITY · The Salute to Senior Service program, sponsored by Home Instead, Inc., the franchisor of the Home Instead Senior Care network, honors the contributions of adults 65 and older who give at least 15 hours a month of volunteer service to their favorite causes. Nominations for outstanding senior volunteers will be accepted until March 31. State winners then will be selected by popular vote at SalutetoSeniorService.com. Online voting will take place from April 15 -30. Senior care professionals, family caregivers, adult children of aging parents and older adults also may self-nominate. To complete and submit a nomination form online for a senior age 65 or older who volunteers at least 15 hours a month, and to view the contest’s official rules, visit SalutetoSeniorService.com. Completed nomination forms also can be mailed to Salute to Senior Service, P.O. Box 285, Bellevue, NE 68005. For more information, call 706-277-5721.
COMMUNITY · Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park is seeking public comment on its amended general management plan. The plan changes provide guidance for making informed decisions about the future of park resource conditions and visitor experiences within the Lookout Mountain Battlefield unit of the park. The National Park Service has developed two preliminary alternative management concepts for the battlefield for public review, comment, suggestions, and advice. The preliminary alternatives and proposed changes to management zoning for Lookout Mountain can be viewed at: www.parkplanning.nps.gov/chch. Comments can be submitted electronically through the website until April 8.
Friday, March 8
COMMUNITY · The Chickamauga Senior Center will hold an indoor yard sale from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Friday, March 8, at 414 W. 14th Street, in Chickamauga. The center is next to McNalley Ball field; watch for the signs! Proceeds go to the seniors’ yearly riverboat trip. Clothes, small appliances, shoes,crafts, and other “odds and ends” will be on sale. For more information, call 706-375-2030.
COMMUNITY · The Berry College student enterprise, Berry Farms Angus Beef, will hold a sale from 2-6 p.m. Friday, March 8. Rump roast, filet mignon steak, ground beef are some of the cuts that will be available. The beef is 100 percent Angus as well as hormone and antibiotic free. For more information, call The Berry Farms Angus Beef at (706) 368-6972 or email email@example.com.
ENTERTAINMENT · The Share America Foundation will host Southern gospel trio Omega, of Dahlonega, on Friday, March 8, at 7:30 p.m. at the Ringgold Depot, corner of Depot Street and U.S. 41 in Ringgold. Jim Ricketts and Crystle Elam will also perform. 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 age five and younger get in 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, visit shareamericafoundation.org.
ENTERTAINMENT · Ensemble Theatre of Chattanooga (ETC) will open “Sight For Sore Eyes,” on Friday, March 8. The production runs through March 24. Performances are Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2:30 p.m. at the theatre's space inside Eastgate Town Center at 5600 Brainerd Road. Tickets are $15 for general admission and $10 for students with a valid student ID. They can be purchased online at http://www.ensembletheatreofchattanooga.com, by phone at (423) 987-5141, or at the door beginning one hour before each performance. Doors open 30 minutes before show time. Free parking is available at Eastgate Town Center.
COMMUNITY · The Chickamauga Public Library, 306 Cove Road in Chickamauga, will exhibit a “Time Line of Chickamauga from 1820-1899” now through Saturday, March 30. Regular library hours are Tuesday from 9 a.m.-7 p.m., Thursday from 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Friday from 9 a.m.-5 p.m., and Saturday from 9 a.m.-noon.
COMMUNITY · Registration is open for the sixth annual Berry Half Marathon, 10K, and 5K races to be run Saturday, March 23, at Berry College in Rome. The Berry Half Marathon raises funds for need-based scholarships to the local (Rome) elementary and middle school. Runners have given to Soles4Soles in past years, and organizers plan to continue to support this charity, as well as contribute $1 for each pair of shoes donated to help offset the cost of mailing the shoes to needed destinations. There will be collection boxes set up at race registration March 22 and 23. There will also continue to be a collection site for Medals4Mettle, a non-profit organization that facilitates the gifting of marathon, half marathon, and triathlon finishers’ medals to children and adults fighting debilitating diseases. To register for the 2013 Berry Half Marathon and further information on registration fees, visit: berryhalfmarathon.com.
Saturday, March 9
CHURCH · Lyerly United Methodist will have Karaoke Night from 6-8 p.m. Saturday, March 9. Bring your own Christian CD's or sing with ours. Even if you don't want to sing, come out and enjoy hearing others sing. For more information, call Pastor Marshall Bryan at 706-409-0329.
COMMUNITY · A program about the roles women played during the Civil War will be held at 2 p.m., Saturday, March 9, at the Widow Glenn House site near tour stop No. 6 on Chickamauga Battlefield, at Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park.
COMMUNITY · On Saturday, March 9, at 9 a.m., the Walker County Republican Party will convene Precinct Mass Meetings to elect Delegates and Alternate Delegates to the Walker County Republican Party Convention. The County Convention will convene at 10 a.m. on March 9, at the same location for the purpose of electing Delegates and Alternate Delegates to the 14th Congressional District Convention and the State Convention. Additionally, the County Convention will be adopting the Rules of the Walker County Republican Party and electing officers for the 2013-2015 term. Both the Precinct Mass Meetings and County Convention will be held Community Room at the Rossville Civic Center at 400 McFarland Avenue, in Rossville. All Walker County residents who are legally registered to vote and believe in the principles of the Republican Party are urged to participate in this process. Convention registration will begin at 8 a.m. with a fee of $20 ($15 for pre-registering by March 1 — forms can be found on the Walker County Republican Party website at WalkerGOP.com), which is to cover the cost of the County Convention.
COMMUNITY · The Catoosa County Republican Party will hold a mass precinct meeting followed by a county convention Saturday, March 9, at the Ringgold Depot, with registration at 8 a.m. and the meeting at 9 a.m., followed by the convention at 10 a.m. The keynote speaker is Catoosa County Sheriff Gary Sisk. Guest speakers include: Rep. Jay Neal District 2 and Rep. Tom Weldon District 3. The depot is at 155 Depot Street in Ringgold. For more information, visit Catoosacountygop.com or email Catoosagop@gmail.com.
COMMUNITY · The first Wash Me Pink Color Run to benefit Susan G. Komen will be held Saturday, March 9. The 5K color run course begins at 9 a.m. at 1104 Redwine Cove, in Dalton. Registration is from 7 a.m.-8:45 a.m. Color washers will douse participants with Komen color at the color stations strategically placed throughout the course. Parking passes cost $5 if pre-purchased and $10 at the venue, and are required for each car. Registration rates increase on Feb. 1. Visit washmepink.com.
COMMUNITY · A 10-hour hunter safety course will be held from 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, March 9, at Noble Fellowship Baptist Church, 5994 North Highway 27. For more information, call 770-761-3010 or register online at gohuntgeorgia.com.
COMMUNITY · The Georgia Chapter of the Trail of Tears Association will meet at the Chief Vann House State Historic Site in Chatsworth, on Saturday, March 9, at 10:30 a.m. The guest speaker will be Tony Harris, an ethnobotanist specializing in Cherokee plants. After the meeting, author Ron Cooperwill hold a book signing for his book titled "It's My Trail, Too." Meetings are free and open to the public. For more information, call 706-695-2598, or visit nationaltota.org or gatrailoftears.org, or contact Linda Baker at 770-704-6338 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
COMMUNITY · A Childbirth Education class will be offered from 9 a.m.-noon Saturday, March 9, 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.
COMMUNITY · A Power to End Stroke seminar will be held from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, March 9, at Great Tucker Baptist Church. The local region has one of the highest incidences of stroke per capita in the U.S. On average, a stroke will occur every 45 seconds, and someone will die from a stroke every 3 minutes. Dr. Thomas Devlin, local neurologist and medical director of the Erlanger Southeast Regional Stroke Center, and other medical specialists will speak about the risk factors, signs and symptoms, and lifestyle changes people need to take to prevent becoming one of the statistics. A light breakfast and lunch will be provided. The event is free but registration is required. Call Erlanger’s HealthLink at (423) 778-LINK (5465) to register.
ENTERTAINMENT · Celebrate the season with green wine at the Georgia Winery’s Shamrock Celebration each Saturday in March from 2-5 p.m. Enjoy live Celtic music, performed by Ivan Wilson, and door prizes. The winery is off Battlefield Parkway in Ringgold.