COMMUNITY · Battlefield Farmers Market will hold their annual membership drive at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 19, at the Walker County Agricultural Center located just behind the Walker County Civic Center off Highway 27 in Rock Spring. The meeting is open to new members, long-standing members, supporters and volunteers. Battlefield Farmers Market members support the area’s local economy by growing and selling fresh fruits, vegetables, breads, eggs and grass-fed beef at the Walker County Agricultural Center. This years’ market is scheduled to open Saturday, May 4, and will run through Nov. 9 for the 2013 season. For more information or for a membership application, visit battlefieldfmkt.org or call Karen Bradley at 706-638-7366.
COMMUNITY · Young Harris College student Marshall Scoggins, a freshman music major from LaFayette, will perform at the YHC Guitar Ensemble concert on Tuesday, March 19, at 7 p.m. in Susan B. Harris Chapel on the YHC campus. Scoggins is a graduate of LaFayette High School and the son of Terrell Scoggins.
COMMUNITY · The La Fayette-Walker County Public Library will have their Ready to Read Story Time on Tuesday, March 19, at 10:30 a.m. This program prepares children for school with books, songs, games and activities.
RELIGIOUS · A 14-week course entitled Leadership Beyond: 8 Core Values for Christian Leadership will be offered on Tuesdays from 11:30 a.m. 1 p.m. at Park Place Restaurant in Fort Oglethorpe beginning March 19. Pre-registration is required. There is no charge for the course, but participants are expected to purchase their own lunch. Leadership Beyond was developed from global research by International Leadership Institute. The course is open to all Christians and will be taught by Rev. Brett DeHart of Boynton United Methodist Church. To register, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 706-866-2626.
RELIGIOUS · “What’s Holding You Back?...a conference for pastors” will be held Tuesday, March 19, from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at Brainerd Crossroads (BX), 4011 Austin Street in Chattanooga. Registration and pre-payment is required. Go to: www.holdingback.org or call Patti Harris at 423-266-5257.
COMMUNITY · Chattanooga Valley Lions Club meets the first and third Tuesdays of the month at 7:30 p.m. at 76 John Thompson Road in Flintstone, between Chattanooga Valley Elementary and Middle Schools. For more information, call LeBron Carden at 706-820-9452 or Leon Ellis at 706-931-2551. The clubhouse may be rented out for events such as showers and birthday parties. Call Mary Tittle at 423-443-5634.
COMMUNITY · The Tennessee Small Business Development Center will offer a series of QuickBook classes at 100 Cherokee Boulevard in Chattanooga. March classes will be held Tuesday, March 19. QuickBooks Setup is from 8 a.m.-noon, and Banking and Credit is from 1-4 p.m. The cost for each class is $95. Fees are due prior to the day of class. Class size is limited to 10. Call 423-756-8668 for more information.
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.
Wednesday, March 20
COMMUNITY · A Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Seminar will be offered from 6-8 p.m.Wednesday, March 20, 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. Visit Erlanger’s You Tube Channel at www.youtube.com/erlangerhealth and click The Weight Loss Program under Playlist to watch first-hand accounts from those who have gone through the program.
COMMUNITY · Childbirth Education will be offered from 5:30-8:45 p.m. Wednesday, March 20, at Erlanger East (Gunbarrel Road, Chattanooga). This childbirth education class 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 · Georgia Christian Society is requesting gift baskets for Shepherd Hills Nursing Home in LaFayette. You may drop your basket off at Shepherd Hills Nursing Home. Call (706) 638-0025 for a list of what you can put in your basket.
CHURCH · 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.
Cost: $650 before May 10, $700 after May 10. Numerous full scholarships are available.
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.
ENTERTAINMENT · Now through April 15, the Tennessee Aquarium will offer kids, ages six and up, special activities designed to give up-close creature encounters. Young visitors can sign up for two of the 17 different adventures upon arrival. These are offered free with Aquarium admission on a first-come, first-served basis. Whether it’s feeding otters, trout or turtles, kids can meet Aquarium experts and tour areas that are normally off-limits to guests. To see the complete list of Keeper Kids activities, go to: http://www.tnaqua.org/SpringBreak.
Thursday, March 21
GOVERNMENT · The Fort Oglethorpe Downtown Development Authority for THIS MONTH ONLY has changed the regular meeting date to 6 p.m. Thursday, March 21, at Fort Oglethorpe City Hall. Members will review proposed changes to the Refresh Committee Master Plan.
COMMUNITY · Dance Class: Learn East Coast Swing! The 6-week course begins March 21, Thursdays, from 6:30-8 p.m. Cost is $55 per person or $99 per couple for the entire course. Classes will be held at FortOGeorgia.com headquarters and studio at 2738 Lafayette Road, next to Sears Shoes Clearance Store. To register or for more information, call 706-866-9919 or visit FortOStore.com.
COMMUNITY · The Chickamauga Public Library will hold a “Ready to R.E.A.D” story time program at 10 a.m. Thursday, March 21. The library is at 306 Cove Road in Chickamauga.
ENTERTAINMENT · The Berry College Dance Troupe will perform an annual spring concert Thursday, March 21, Friday, March 22, and Saturday, March 23, at the Rome City Auditorium. Performances will be at 8 p.m. on March 21 and 22, and at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. on March 23. Tickets cost $5 opening night and $7 for all other performances. Call 706-236-2263 for more information.
COMMUNITY · A Diabetes Education Class will be held from 1:30-4:30 p.m. Thursday, March 21, 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 · Eating Well: Nutrition for the Cancer Patient will be offered from 4:30-5:30 p.m. Thursday, March 21, at Erlanger Baroness (Oncology Conference Room). This class will educate patients and caregivers on the basic nutritional needs as they progress trough their cancer treatment as well as to address treatment side effects impacting nutrition such as nausea/vomiting, taste alteration, dry mouth, sore mouth, decrease appetite, etc.
COMMUNITY · Catoosa County's First Annual Diaper Drive hosted by the Battlefield Civitan Club is going on now. Diapers for newborns to adults can be donated through March 23 at Sentry Station Tire located at 2645 Battlefield Parkway in Fort Oglethorpe. A final diaper drive at Chick-Fil-A in Fort Oglethorpe will be held on March 23, from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. For more information, call Chuck Cochran at (423) 227-0816 or Darlene Cutler at (423) 280-5239.