COMMUNITY · A Leukemia Cancer Benefit for Jeff Dean will be held from 6 p.m. to midnight Saturday, Jan. 5, at Elk’s Lodge No. 91, 1067 Graysville Road in Chattanooga. Proceeds will help the Dean family with medical bills and expenses. There will be refreshments, raffle tickets, prizes and live music. For more information, call 423-414-8370.
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 · Overdue fines for items such as audiobooks, e-books, CDs, DVDs and event passes have now increased at PINES libraries around the state. Rates will vary by item. The fine for audiobooks on CD is 20 cents per day; while the fine for videos on DVD is 50 cents per day. The overdue fee for books, which increased on July 1 from 10 cents to 20 cents per day, will remain at that level after Jan. 1. Items checked out before Jan. 1, 2013, will be charged a late fee at the current rate even if they are returned on or after Jan. 1. Items checked out or renewed Jan. 1 or later will be charged the revised per day rate. The PINES software program will automatically apply the amount in effect at the time of checkout. Because a renewal is considered a new checkout, fines for renewals placed on Jan. 1 or after will accrue at the new rate. These overdue fine ncreases are the first made since 1999, according to PINES officials.
Sunday, Jan. 6
COMMUNITY · The Obedience Club of Chattanooga, 4 miles south of Chattanooga on Highway 193 in Flintstone, will hold registration for obedience, rally, and agility classes for puppies and dogs on Sunday, Jan. 6, from 1-3 p.m. Agility I and II Fundamentals will be held indoors. Bring a copy of shot records to registration. During registration, various OCC dog/handler teams will present training demonstrations. Classes begin on Monday night, Jan. 7, 2013. Visit chattanoogaobedienceclub.org or call 423 517-1448 for more information.
COMMUNITY · Walker County Schools’ Smith Planetarium will be open to the public on Sunday, Jan. 6, at 2:30 p.m. and Tuesday, Jan. 29, at 7:30 p.m. The planetarium is at 409 Pond Springs Road south of Chickamauga. No admission is charged for public programs. In addition to "The Sky Tonight" and "Winter Stargazing", the program will include "Kaluoka Hina: The Enchanted Reef." For more information, call 706-375-3493.
COMMUNITY · The Chattanooga Pink Bridal Show will be held from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Jan. 6, at the Chattanooga Convention Center, 1 Carter Plaza in Chattanooga. Admission is $8 online, $10 at the door. Visit thepinkbride.com.
RELIGIOUS · DivorceCare support group will kick off with an open house at 6 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 6, in the Chickamauga room at the Hampton Inn, 6875 Battlefield Parkway in Ringgold. Tranied facilitators with personal experience of divorce and separation will be present to answer questions. Register online at www.parkwaybiblechapel.org. Men wanting to speak with a facilitator can contact Mike Bower at 423-624-2496 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Women wanting to speak with a facilitator can contact Patty Owens at 423-400-6482 or email@example.com.
Monday, Jan. 7
COMMUNITY · A Bariatric Support Group will be offered from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 7, 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 · Childbirth Education will be offered from 5:30-8:45 p.m. Monday, Jan. 7, 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 Consauga Chapter of the Georgia Nurses Association will meet at Chirst The King Lutheran Church-ELCA, 623 S. Thornton Ave, Dalton, at 7 p.m. on Jan. 7. The meal will be furnished by Phillip Williams, Drug Rep for Jansen Pharmaceutical. The speaker will offer an update on Xareleo. To RSVP, call J. Bernice Whaley at 706-259-5508 by noon on Jan. 7, 2013. All members and registered nurses are invited to attend.
COMMUNITY · Parkridge East Hospital in East Ridge, Tenn., will offer a Labor of Love (Lamaze) Four Week Series ($50) – Mondays, Jan. 7-28, or March 4-25, from 6:30-9 p.m. This class will prepare first-time parents for everything they will need to know about having their baby. The class discussion will include nutrition, labor, delivery, and postpartum care for Mom. This class also includes comfort techniques to be used during labor. Lamaze breathing and relaxation exercises will be practiced every week at the end of class. This is the ideal class for parents who think they might want to go without an epidural, but may not be sure. A support person is highly recommended to be in attendance with the expectant mother. Bring two pillows to class. Breastfeeding class is free when taking this class. A tour of the hospital is included during class. For more information and to register for classes, call MedLine at 800-242-5662 or visit ParkridgeEastHospital.com.