COMMUNITY · Families can enjoy a “Movie under the Stars” at Joe Stock Memorial Park in downtown LaFayette with “Johnny English Reborn” at dusk on Saturday, Oct. 13. Bring a chair or blanket and dress for the weather. The event is sponsored by the LaFayette Downtown Development Authority.
FAMILY · The descendents of James Alfred and Madora Elizabeth Horne Jones will hold their family reunion from 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Saturday Oct. 13, at the Lawrence Center in Menlo. Dinner will be served at noon. All family and friends are invited. For more information, call Tim and Patsy Hogg at 706-295-2234.
COMMUNITY · Rossville Baptist Tabernacle Ladie’s Ministry will hold a church-wide yard sale as a community fundraiser from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13, at 101 Hooker Road in Rossville. (Church is two blocks west of Rossville Boulevard on the corner of Gordon Avenue and Hooker Road.)
COMMUNITY · Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park will hold a free ranger guided walking tour during River Rocks Saturday, Oct. 13. Meet at the Friends of Moccasin Bend Tent near Outdoor Chattanooga (200 River Street) in North Shore Chattanooga at 1:30 p.m. for a 2 ½-hour walking tour. Dress for the weather and wear comfortable, supportive footwear. Bring drinking water. For more information, call 706-866-9241 or go to nps.gov/chch.
COMMUNITY · The New Salem Mountain Festival, wich includes the 38th annual arts and crafts show, will be held from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13, and from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 14, at the New Salem Community Center, 12477 Highway 136 on Lookout Mountain, between Trenton and LaFayette. Admission is $5 for adults; children age 11 and younger get in free. Call 706-398-1988 for more information. [Alcohol and pets are NOT allowed.]
COMMUNITY · A book signing and celebration of publication will be held for Janie Dempsey Watts' novel, "Moon Over Taylor's Ridge," from 2-6 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 13, at Mizz Kim's Creations, 29 Maple Street, in Ringgold (next to the Catoosa County Courthouse).
COMMUNITY · There will be a fundraiser for cancer patient Ace Bailey starting at 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13, at One Eleven restaurant in downtown LaFayette. The Foot Hill Gang and Ran Adams and his Blues and Dance Band will perform. There is a $10 cover charge. All proceeds go toward Ace’s medical costs.
COMMUNITY · The Casey and Son Horseshoeing School will host the 23rd Annual Horseshoers Convention from 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 13, at 4013 East Highway 136, (Villanow community) in Walker County. Admission is free to horse owners and the public. The event is in partnership with the Brotherhood of Working Farriers Association and the Farriers' National Research Center and School. There will be food and children’s activities. For more information, call (706) 397-8047 or go to bwfa.
COMMUNITY · Migrating birds will be the focus of a guided hike by Dalton State College professor Dr. David DesRochers on the Cascade Trail at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 13, in Dalton. Meet at the trail kiosk on George Rice Drive near the service road by the college parking garage;
COMMUNITY · Arnold Cemetery next to Catlett First Church of God on Round Pond Road will hold a fall work day from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Call 706-638-2571 for more information.
COMMUNITY · The 12th Annual Chattanooga Buddy Walk® will take place at AT&T Field, home of the Chattanooga Lookouts on Saturday, Oct. 13. The event is held to help raise awareness and funds for programs that benefit people with Down syndrome and their families. The Chattanooga Down Syndrome Society Buddy Walk will feature live music by DJ Joe Nabors, Inflatable Obstacle Courses, Inflatable slides, Face Painting, Snoopy, Looie from the Chattanooga Lookouts and other fun activities. Participants will also enjoy a pizza lunch, cotton candy and popcorn. To learn more, visit buddywalk.org or chattanoogagadownsyndrome.org.
COMMUNITY · Gordon Lake Wesleyan Church will hold its annual Fall Festival and a benefit for Jeremy Millard from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13, at Burton Farm off Highway 136 West, 1.3 miles from the LaFayette Wal-Mart. Jeremy was in a farming accident in June. Silent auction proceeds and donations will go to help with Jeremy’s medical expenses. The antique tractor and car show and silent auction will begin at 9 a.m. The Walker County Young Farmers cookout is at noon, a cake walk is at 5 p.m. and the church’s chili hotdog supper is at 6 p.m. Throughout the day families can enjoy a petting zoo, moon walk, hay rides, corn hole, horse shoe toss and singing. Bring lawn chairs. For more information, call 423-838-0941.
COMMUNITY · The 6th Cavalry Museum on Barnhardt Circle in Fort Oglethorpe will hold the third annual “Remembering Our Heroes” event from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13.
COMMUNITY · The Chattanooga Arboretum and Nature Center will hold a “Star Party” from 6:30-10 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13. Cost is $15 per family for members, $18 per family for non-members. The Barnard Astronomical Society will share knowledge and telescopes for viewing the celestial wonders of the night sky. Bring chairs and blankets and binoculars for star viewing. Space is limited. Preregistration and prepayment are required. Call 821-1160, extension 0, to register. The center is at 400 Garden Road in Chattanooga.
COMMUNITY · The Chattanooga Zoo will host its annual “Banana Ball” from 6:30-11 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13, at the zoo, 301 N. Holtzclaw Ave. Banana Ball is the Chattanooga Zoo’s signature fundraising event with all proceeds going to the care of the zoo’s animals, as well as its conservation, education and rehabilitation efforts. Jack Hanna will make a presentation at the ball. Tickets cost $75. For those interested in getting to spend quality time with Jack, a VIP Backstage Pass is available for $150. Pass includes admission to Banana Ball as well as a private VIP reception beginning at 5:30 p.m. In addition, a Banana Split event for children ages 3 -12 will be held from 3-4 p.m. in the education building, Saturday, Oct. 13. Kids can meet Jack Hanna and his animal friends. Tickets are $25 per child and one parent per child receives complimentary admission. For more information or tickets, call 423-697-1339 or go to bananaball2012.com.
ENTERTAINMENT · “The Odd Couple” will be performed at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 13, and Oct. 19 and 20, and at 1 p.m. Oct. 20, at The Colonnade, 264 Catoosa Circle, in Ringgold. Tickets cost $11 for adults, $9 for seniors (age 55 and older), $9 for students, and $8 for groups of 15 or more. Call 706-935-9000, for more information or visit colonnadecenter.org.
ENTERTAINMENT · Blowing Screams Farm will present the haunts Forest of Fear and GhostRide starting at dark every Friday and Saturday night in October. Admission is $25 for both haunts. Due to the intense nature of these attractions, parental discretion is advised. Address is Blowing Springs Farm (by day) at 271 Chattanooga Valley Road, Flintstone. Visit blowingscreamsfarm.com for more information.
ENTERTAINMENT · Dreadhaven is the town haunted at this season’s Ruby Falls Haunted Cavern. This nationally-ranked haunt is open every Friday through Sunday until Oct. 28, and Wednesday, Oct. 31. Special ticket discounts are offered right now by purchasing them online at hauntedcavern.com.
ENTERTAINMENT · Lake WinnepeSPOOKah opens it ghostly gates on Friday and Saturday evenings, Oct. 13, 19, 20, 26, and 27, from 6-11 p.m. Gate admission, unlimited rides and all special Halloween attractions are included in a $24 admittance fee. A youth/senior ride pass for ages 1 and 2 and 65 and older is $10. For more information, visit us at www.lakewinnie.com or call 1-877-LAKEWIN.
COMMUNITY · The City of Chattanooga Parks and Recreation Department’s Outdoor Chattanooga Division will be open for free, public programs and activities at their Coolidge Park facility from 11 a.m.-6 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 13, during the River Rocks Festival Grand Finale. For more information, call Outdoor Chattanooga at (423) 643-6888.
COMMUNITY · Chickstock Bluegrass Festival will be held from noon-6 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 13, at Greenway Farms in Hixon, Tenn. Call Gregory Vickrey at 202-487-1201 or Ongeleigh Gipson at 901-619-2620.
COMMUNITY · Cloudland Canyon offers hay rides every Saturday now through Nov. 24. On Halloween, Wednesday, Oct. 31, there will be three night rides at 6, 7 and 8 p.m., for those who want to travel a long dark, dirt road into the forest to meet goblins and scary things of every description. 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., except for Halloween. Park entrance is $5. Hay rides cost $5 for adults, $3 for children ages 4 to 12. Haunted hay rides cost $8. The park is off Highway 136 near Trenton.
COMMUNITY · Rock City’s 7th annual German festival Rocktoberfest, continues every Saturday and Sunday in October from noon-5 p.m. at Rock City Gardens in Lookout Mountain. Experience German culture with authentic food, drinks, activities and music.
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.
Sunday, Oct. 14
CHURCH · Fall Revival services will begin at 10:50 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 14 and continue through Wednesday, Oct. 17, at Elizabeth Terrace Baptist Church, 600 Mohawk Street, in Rossville. Services also will be held at 6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 14 and at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 15 thorugh Wednesday, Oct. 17. Evangelist Dana Williams from Wedowee, Ala., will preach. George Pinion is pastor. There will be singing and a nursery will be provided nightly.
FAMILY · The Jasper Allen and Georgia Bandy Brown family reunion will begin at noon Sunday, Oct. 14, at Sloppy Floyd State Park.
COMMUNITY · Walker County Farm Bureau is collecting monetary donations until Friday, Nov. 16, for the Georgia Food Bank Association and its seven food bank affiliates to help Georgians in need. Donations may be dropped off Monday through Friday, from 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. at the WCFB office, 101 South Cherokee Street in LaFayette. For more information, call 706-638-3237.
Monday, Oct. 15
COMMUNITY · First and second place winners in the 2012 Best of Walker contest, sponsored by the Walker County Chamber of Commerce and the Walker County Messenger, will be notified via letter on or before Oct. 20. Winners will be recognized during the Best of Walker dinner on Nov. 15 at the Walker County Civic Center. All winners will be required to register online for the event, and the public is invited. To register, visit walkercochamber.com/bestofwalker2012.htm. For more information, call the chamber at 706-375-7702.
COMMUNITY · Body4Believers is held every Monday through October beginning at 6:30 p.m., at Community Baptist Church, 145 Pin Oak Drive in Rock Spring. Pastor Greg Locklear from Alabama leads the sessions. There is no charge but a love offering will be taken to help with facilitator’s travel expenses. For more information, call 706-764-2037.
COMMUNITY · A bariatric support group will meet from 5:30-6:30 p.m., Monday, Oct. 15, 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.
CHURCH · The McDougall Program for Maximum Weight Loss will be held from 7-8:30 p.m. Mondays through October at the Dalton Seventh-day Adventist Church, 300 S. Tibbs Road inDalton. Cost is $15 for the textbook; the class is free. For more information, call 706-313-8527.
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 Oct. 15, Nov. 12 and Dec. 10. For more information, call 706-638-1240.
EDUCATION · Battlewood, Cloud Springs and Lakeview Head Start had a great turn out for the first Parent Meeting of the new 2012-2013 school year. The monthly Buddy Builders Breakfast for all the guys with the kids will be held Monday, Oct. 15.
COMMUNITY · The Walker County Health Department offers flu vaccinations to children and adults on a walk-in basis. The department is at 603 Villanow Street in LaFayette. The cost is $20. Cash, check, credit and debit cards, Medicare, Medicaid, PeachCare, Blue Cross Blue Shield insurance and state employee United Healthcare and CIGNA insurance are accepted. Walk-in hours are 7:30 a.m.-11 a.m. and 12:30-4 p.m. Monday-Wednesday, 8 a.m.-11 a.m. and 12:30-5:30 p.m. Thursday, and 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Friday.
COMMUNITY · The Georgia Winery is inviting its customers to help support the fight against Breast Cancer. During National Breast Cancer Awareness Month (October), Georgia Winery will donate $1 per bottle for each “Pretty in Pink” sparkling wine sold to the MaryEllen Locher Breast Center at Memorial Hospital.