COMMUNITY · The Rossville Public Library Board of Trustees will meet at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 29, at the Rossville Public Library. For more information, call 706-638-7557.
COMMUNITY · Ringgold Youth Athletic Association is holding Spring Sports registration Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays from Jan. 26-Feb. 9. Weeknight sign-ups are from 6-8 p.m. and from 10 a.m-1 p.m. on Saturdays. Youth soccer for kids ages 3-12 is offered. Fee is $50 for three-year-olds, $80 for older children. Multi-family discounts include $150 for two and $220 for three. Contact email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org or call 706-218-1891. Baseball/softball: Fees are $90 for one child, $170 for two kids, $250 for three. T-ball is $50 per player. Contact email@example.com for baseball or firstname.lastname@example.org for softball.
ENTERTAINMENT · Chattanooga Street Tavern’s LineUp for Jan. 29- Feb. 2 is as follows: Tuesday is Open Mic Night, 20 percent off for performers; Wednesday is Roper Day, 10 percent off with company ID; Thursday is SynTec Day, 10 percent off with company ID; Friday is Friends Night – listen to hits from the 70s, 80s and 90s; and Saturday is a live band.
COMMUNITY · Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey has partnered with local libraries to host Reading with Ringling Brothers. All branches of the Cherokee Regional Library System will be participating. Children who read five books will be rewarded with a free ticket to the circus at Philips Arena in Atlanta for Feb. 13-18. Children must be aged 2-12 to participate. Stop by your Walker or Dade County public library today to register for the program.
COMMUNITY · The Veterans of All Wars Museum, at 71 Red Belt Road in Chickamauga, will be closed through Thursday, Feb. 28, and will reopen Friday, March 1. The museum has a collection of guns and other memorabilia on display. The museum was founded by Robert H. Honeycutt, a WWII veteran, POW, and survivor of the 800 mile German death march. Call Randy Culbreth at 423-488-4789 for more information.
COMMUNITY · Pilates - helps reduce stress and tension, restores natural balance, improves circulation, range of motion, strength and flexibility. Certified instructor Denise McGaughey offers classes every Monday mornings at 8:30 a.m. and Tuesday and Thursday evenings at 6 p.m. at Boynton United Methodist Church. Cost is $33 per month or a flex-pass is available. For more information, go to BoyntonUMC.org or call 423-779-4468. Boynton United Methodist is located at 4246 Boynton Drive in Ringgold, two miles west of I-75, south of Battlefield Parkway at Pine Grove and Boynton.
COMMUNITY · The LaFayette-Walker County Public Library will have their Ready to Read Story Time on Tuesday, Jan. 29, at 10:30 a.m. This program prepares children for school with books, songs, games and activities.
COMMUNITY · Rock Spring Athletic Association will hold Baseball and Softball sign ups every Tuesday from 6-8 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. through Feb. 16, at Rock Spring Elementary School. For ages are 3-12.
COMMUNITY · The Brown Bag Book Club meets at noon Tuesday, Jan. 29, at the LaFayette-Walker County Public Library. They will discuss the book “Defending Jacob” by William Landay. New members are always welcome.
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.
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 · Girl Scouts have started taking orders for Girl Scout cookies. Orders will be taken through Feb. 10. Cookie deliveries and booth sales are March 1 - 24. For more information, visit girlscoutcsa.org or call 1-800-474-1912.
COMMUNITY · An Infant CPR Class will be held from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 29, at Erlanger at Hutcheson (Women’s Center) in Fort Oglethorpe. 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 $5. Call Erlanger’s HealthLink at (423) 778-LINK (5465) to register.
COMMUNITY · LaFayette Parks and Recreation Department will offer line dance lessons for beginners and advanced students Mondays and Tuesdays at the Max Stoker facility. Learn the two-step, the cha cha, waltz, mumbo and salsa. No partner needed. For more information, contact Vicky Jones at 706-639-5401.
COMMUNITY · The Walker County Health Department will offer a free, basic diabetes education class. The eight-hour series will be taught by nurse Linda Long. The second of two 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 · Walker County Schools’ Smith Planetarium will be open to the public 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 History Center will present "Imbued With the Spirit of Freedom: African American Chattanooga,” the fourth lecture in a preview series, Gallery Talks, at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 29. The center's new exhibit will open later this year. The fee is $5 per person (CHC members get in free). Space is limited and pre-registration is required by Monday, Jan. 28. Call 423-265-3247 to register.
COMMUNITY · Two free eight-hour series of basic diabetes management classes are being offered by the Walker County Health Department. The first series will be on Tuesdays and Thursdays, Jan. 29, 31, Feb. 5 and 7, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Chickamauga Public Library. The second series will be on Fridays, Feb. 15 and 22, from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at the health department in LaFayette. Call 706-638-5577 to register.
Wednesday, Jan. 30
COMMUNITY · Seniors and Friends of Fort Oglethorpe meet from 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Wednesdays, at Constitution Hall on Forrest Road in Fort Oglethorpe, for games, crafts, refreshments and blood pressure and blood sugar checks. For information or transportation, call Peggy Stanfield at 706-866-1369.
COMMUNITY · LaFayette Parks and Recreation Department will offer zumba classes Wednesdays at the Max Stoker facility from 5:30-6:30 p.m. For more information, call Gabriel Dudley at 423-413-0958.
COMMUNITY · An introduction to beekeeping class will be taught by Randy Rolen, Journeyman Beekeeper. To register, call Continuing Education at 706-295-6963, at Georgia Northwestern Technical College. The class will be held at the GNTC Gordon County Campus, 1151 Highway 53 Spur, in Calhoun, Saturday, Feb. 9, from 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Cost is $49.
COMMUNITY · A Childbirth Education class will be offered from 5:30-8:45 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 30, 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 · 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 · Entries in the annual DNR “Give Wildlife a Chance” poster contest must be postmarked by Wednesday, March 27. This year’s theme is “Everyone can be a citizen scientist.” The contest is open to kindergarten through fifth-grade students in public and private schools and homeschool groups. Participants enter at the local school level with drawings that depict their observations of Georgia’s native nongame animals and plants. Visit georgiawildlife.com/PosterContest or botgarden.uga.edu for more information.
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 · 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.
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.
COMMUNITY · Registration deadline for the North Georgia Community YMCA Father/Daughter Dance (Friday, Feb. 8) is Wednesday, Jan. 30. for girls ages 5-11. Cost is $75 per couple, $35 for each additional daughter. The dance will be held at the Colonnade in Ringgold. To register, call 706-935-2226 or go to email@example.com.
Thursday, Jan. 31
COMMUNITY · Moments to Share (Grief) Support Group will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 31, at the Ronald McDonald House in Chattanooga. This group is for parents who have lost a baby during pregnancy or in intensive care. Call (423) 778-5149 for more information.
COMMUNITY · On Thursday, Jan. 31, at 6:30 p.m., the American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Catoosa-Walker Counties will officially get underway as event volunteers and participants gather at The Walker County Chamber of Commerce, 10052 North Highway 27, Rock Spring, for a kickoff rally to launch their fundraising efforts for the year. The rally will feature speakers from the community who have benefitted from the funds raised at Relay and will honor cancer survivors. This also will be an opportunity to register a team and select a campsite for the overnight event to be held on May 3, 2013, at Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe High School. For more information, call 1-800-227-2345 or visit catoosawalkerrelay.org.
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 · The United Way’s Center for Nonprofits (CNP) is offering workshops for local nonprofit organizations and their volunteers. Most sessions are offered at 630 Market Street, unless otherwise noted. To learn more, call Sara Collier at (423) 752-0329 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also go and register online at cnpchatt.org. A volunteer management serires begins Thursday, Jan. 31, from 9 a.m.-noon. Fees are $250 for members/ $400 for nonmembers. A limited number of partial scholarships are available to CNP members.