COMMUNITY ·A Benefit Poker Run for LaFayette High School student Brandon Lowe, sponsored by George Wardlaw, will be held from 10 a.m.-noon, Saturday, Sept. 22, starting at 5495 Highway 151 and ending off 136, mile marker 22 on Highway 151. The first hand is $20; additional hands cost $5. Price includes barbecue and music by Matt Foster. Tickets will be available for door prizes after the ride. The best hand is 60/40, 60 to the benefit and 40 to the winner. Look for signs and orange flags. For more information, go to Facebook page Prayer & Support for Brandon Lowe.
COMMUNITY · The LaFayette-Barwick Airport will host its annual fly-in from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 22, at 141 Gasque Drive in LaFayette. The public can view classic planes, see a sky diving performance, take airplane rides, and enjoy a car show and refreshments. A breakfast to honor veterans will be held at 8 a.m. Cost to the general public is $2 for breakfast. The opening ceremony will be held at 10 a.m. For more information, call the airport at (706) 638-7071.
COMMUNITY · The Catoosa County Chamber of Commerce is hosting its annual Business Expo on Saturday, Sept. 22, at The Colonnade from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. To register for a booth online, go to http://catoosaexpo.com.
CHURCH · Welcome Hill Baptist Church in Trion will hold a car show and barbecue fundraiser starting at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 22, at the picnic area on Long Hollow Road just down the hill from the church. Barbecue plates cost $7 each. There also will be special singing. For more information, contact pastor Terry Shores at 706-766-5457 or Larry Bolton at 706-734-3101.
COMMUNITY · Safe Kids Walker County will host free child safety seat checks from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 22, at Jackson Chevrolet off Highway 27 (at the bypass) in LaFayette. Parents can bring their car, car seat and child to an event in their area. Certified child passenger safety technicians will be available to provide one-on-one “hands-on” help with installation. In addition, Safe Kids Buckle Up events will continue throughout the year. Parents and caregivers can locate an event in their community by visiting the Safe Kids website at safekids.org.
ENTERTAINMENT · The Chattanooga Symphony and Opera will open their season on Saturday, Sept. 22, at 8 p.m. at the Tivoli Theatre and feature performances of Beethoven's Eroica Symphony and selections from contemporary American composer Michael Daugherty's piece, Metropolis Symphony. Call (423) 267-8583 to purchase tickets.
COMMUNITY · The Georgia Jewel 100-mile trail run will return to Dalton for the second year on Sept. 22 and 23. Over 160 runners will compete on the Pinhoti Trail and will run either 100 miles, 50 miles, or 35 miles. Registration is open to the public at georgiajewel.com. Awards will be given to the top three finishers in each category. For more information, call the Dalton Convention and Visitors Bureau at 706-270-9960.
COMMUNITY · Crabtree Farms will hold its 6th annual “Big Pig Roast” fundraiser from 6-10 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29. Crabtree Farms is at 1000 East 30th Street in Chattanooga. The family-friendly event features local food including slow-roasted pork barbecue, local veggies, and vegetarian options prepared by Greenlife. Beer from Big River Grille & Brewing Works and non-alcoholic beverages are included in the ticket cost. There will be live music from the Folk School of Chattanooga and the Hittin’ the Sauce BBQ Sauce Contest. Proceeds go to fund Crabtree Farms’ educational programs, which include Farm-To-School efforts, gardening education, and community outreach. Tickets cost members $30 per person, $50 per couple or $70 per family. Non-member prices are $35 per person, $60 per couple and $80 per family. Tickets are available online at: crabtreefarms.org. For more information, call 423-493-9155.
COMMUNITY · Hyperflite Skyhoundz World Canine Disc Championship will be held from 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 22, and Sunday, Sept. 23, at AT&T Field in Chattanooga. Admission is free, though a $1 per person donation to the McKamey Center is suggested. The Hyperflite World Championship is the premiere event in canine sports and features top teams from around the world.
COMMUNITY · The Alzheimer’s Association’s Walk to End Alzheimer’s will be held Saturday, Sept. 22, at the Dalton Depot in Downtown Dalton. Alzheimer's Association Walk to End Alzheimer's participants will participate in a 5K Walk/Run and will learn more about Alzheimer's disease, advocacy opportunities, clinical trial enrollment, and support programs and services of the Alzheimer’s Association. Each walker will also join in a meaningful tribute ceremony to honor those affected by Alzheimer's disease. Go to alz.org/walk or call 1-800-272-3900.
COMMUNITY · Tryouts will be held in LaFayette for an all-female football team. The North Georgia Thrashers are a new women’s football team trying to gain approval into the Women’s Football Alliance. All tryouts are at LaFayette High School at 10 a.m. every Saturday in September and the first two Saturdays in October. The team is accepting women of all shapes and sizes and ages 18 and older. There is no fee to play, and athletic wear is recommended for tryouts. For more information, look up "North Georgia Thrashers" on Facebook or contact Tyler at 423-315-3147.
ENTERTAINMENT · Ensemble Theatre of Chattanooga (ETC) will perform Shakespeare’s “Macbeth” weekends through Sunday, Sept. 30. Friday performances are at 7:30 p.m., Saturday shows are at 2 p.m. and Sunday shows are at 6:30 p.m., in the St. Andrews Center, 1918 Union Avenue in Chattanooga.
ENTERTAINMENT · Fast-paced whodunit “The 39 Steps” will be performed Fridays and Saturdays, through Sept. 29, at the Chattanooga Theatre Center, 400 River Street in Chattanooga. The show begins at 8 p.m. Sept. 14, 15, 21, 22, 28, and 29. Tickets cost $18. For tickets and information, call 423-267-8534 or visit theatrecentre.com.
ENTERTAINMENT · “Oliver!” will be performed at The Colonnade in Ringgold. Performances are Sept. 22, 28 and 29 at 7:30 p.m. and Sept. 29 at 1 p.m. Tickets are $15 adult admission, $12 seniors (age 55 and older), $12 students, and $11 for groups of 15 or more. Call 706-935-9000, ext. 103, for more information or visit the website colonnadecenter.org.
COMMUNITY · Special displays of Civil War weapons, equipment, personal items and recovered relics will be exhibited at Walker County Georgia Heritage Museum and Civil War Center, at 100 Gordan Street in Chickamauga (Railroad depot) now through Nov. 30. Hours are 10 a.m.-4 -p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Adult admission is $2, $1 for children. Call 706-375-4488 for more information.
Sunday, Sept. 23
COMMUNITY · The Walker County Historical Society will meet at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 23, at the Marsh House off Main Street in LaFayette. The program will be “Guerrilla Warfare in Walker County around the End of the War Between the States” by Lee White, park ranger at Chickamauga Park. The public is invited. Membership is $10 per year and may be paid at the meeting.
FAMILY · The descendants of Robert L. Southerland and Agnes McPherson Southerland will have a family reunion Sunday, Sept. 23, from noon-5 p.m. at the Walker County Civic Center in Rock Springs. Bring a covered dish.
Monday, Sept. 24
COMMUNITY · The LaFayette Battlefield Farmers Market is held from 3-6 p.m. Monday at Joe Stock Memorial Park in downtown LaFayette. The park is between Main Street and Duke Street, near the city public safety building. For more information, visit battlefieldfmkt.org.
COMMUNITY · The Catoosa County Chamber of Commerce will hold a ribbon cutting at Gadzooks Frozen Yogurt at 11 a.m. Monday, Sept. 24. Gadzooks is at 2632 Battlefield Parkway in Fort Oglethorpe.
COMMUNITY · The Chattanooga History Center will present a walking tour, The Environmental History of Chattanooga, in Renaissance Park, at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 25. Dr. Daryl Black of the center will serve as tour guide. Registered participants should meet at the pavilion building beside the Renaissance Park parking lot on Manufacturers' Road. The fee is $5 per person (CHC members free). Pre-registration is required, and the deadline is Monday, Sept. 24. For more information, or to register, call 423-265-3247.
COMMUNITY · A diabetes education class will be held from 1:30-4:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 24, at Erlanger Chattanooga Lifestyle Center in Chattanooga. This class will explore ways to manage diabetes. Call 423-778-9400 for more information on physician referral and insurance reimbursement.
COMMUNITY · A metabolic and bariatric surgery seminar will be held from 6-8 p.m. Monday, Sept. 24, at Erlanger East (Gunbarrel Road, Chattanooga). Area residents who are overweight and /or with health problems related to obesity are invited to learn more about the Bariatric and Metabolic Surgery Center at Erlanger. It is a free seminar and registration is required. Call Erlanger’s HealthLink at (423) 778-LINK (5465) to register.
COMMUNITY · A bariatric support group will meet from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 24, 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.
COMMUNITY · A childbirth education will be held from 6-10 p.m. Monday, Sept. 24, 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. Registration fee is $75. Call Erlanger’s HealthLink at (423) 778-LINK (5465) to register.
EDUCATION · Kid's Station Christian Learning Center, Inc., (14237 Alabama Highway, Rock Spring near the Woodstation Community) is accepting Georgia Lottery Pre-K applications for the 2012-2013 school year. Children must be 4 years old on or before September 1, 2012. Meals are free. Call 706-937-8585 for more information or visit kidsstation.org.
COMMUNITY · Auditions for “Miracle on 34th Street” will be held from 6-8 p.m. Monday, Sept. 24, and Tuesday, Sept. 25, at the Colonnade (264 Catoosa Circle, Ringgold). The cast calls for children and adults.
COMMUNITY · Need to Take Weight Off? Come join TOPS (Taking Off Pounds Sensibly) on Monday's at 7 p.m. at Center Post Community Center 8125 Highway 337, LaFayette. For more information, call Beverly Byrd.706-638-1045.