ENTERTAINMENT · The Riverbend Festival is ongoing and continues through Sunday, June 17 (except for Monday, June 11 — which is when the Bessie Smith Strut is held) on the 21st Century Waterfront along the Tennessee River in Chattanooga. Bands ranging from classic rock, jam bands, country, urban and bluegrass will perform. Riverbend draws more than 650,000 patrons annually. Activities include a children's village, mobile exhibits, Bluecross Riverbend Run and Walk, a marketplace and a fireworks finale. For more information, visit riverbendfestival.com.
COMMUNITY · An Ice Cream Festival at Ruby Falls runs daily from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. throughout the month of June. Enjoy a selection of Mayfield’s finest ice cream, hand-dipped, with special flavors of the day and free sampling. Ruby Falls is home to the tallest and deepest underground waterfall accessible to the public in the United States. Visit torubyfalls.com for more information.
COMMUNITY · The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, Flotilla 16-02 Chattanooga, will provide a boating safety class Saturday, June 9. The class will be held at the U.S. Coast Guard station at 3551 Old Harrison Pike in Chattanooga.
Sign-in starts at 8 a.m. and class lasts until 4:30 or 5 p.m. Seating is limited and preregistration is required. The cost of the class is $30 per person, which includes class book and lunch. Any Tennessee resident born after January 1, 1989, must show the TWRA-issued wallet Boating Safety Education Certificate as proof of successful completion of the course. An additional class will be offered by USCG Auxiliary Flotilla 16-02 in July as well. For more information, and to register for either class, please contact USCG Auxiliary Flotilla commander Teresa Smith at email@example.com or 706-820-6769.
COMMUNITY · “Nite in the Park” will be held at 6 p.m. Saturday, June 9, at West Armuchee Community Club on West Armuchee Road. Enjoy barbecue, homemade ice cream, blue grass and gospel music.
COMMUNITY · Inside rummage sale will be held from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturdays, June 9 and 16 at Christ Fellowship Church, 1176 N. Three Notch Road. Sale items include furniture, TVs, books, infant accessories, teen and adult clothing and home decor.
ENTERTAINMENT · On Saturday, June 9, Bluegrass Bands Helping Hands will present “An evening with the John Cowan Band” to benefit The Miracle League of Whitfield County. The concert will be held at 7 p.m. at the historic Dalton Freight Depot. The concert is co-sponsored by the Downtown Dalton Development Authority. Concert tickets are available for $15 through the freight depot gift shop located at 305 South Depot Street in Downtown Dalton. For more information, call 706-270-9960.
COMMUNITY · The annual Highway 95 yard sale will be held Saturday, June 9, starting at 8 a.m. The sale begins in Rock Spring and winds along Highway 151. Enjoy good bargains and food.
COMMUNITY · An antique typewriter exhibit is ongoing at Chattooga Academy in LaFayette. The exhibit features Royal, Underwood and Smith typewriters, as well as Imperial and Smith-Corona typewriters. An Oliver No. 9 is also on display. The typewriters were manufactured approximately from between 1915-1950. A volunteer will be on-hand to assist visitors with the exhibit on Sundays from 1-3 p.m. Chattooga Academy is open from 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. most days Monday through Friday. The building is at 304 North Main Street, in LaFayette. Admission is free. The exhibit will run through Sunday, July 22. For more information, call 706-639-1519.
RELIGIOUS · Newnan Springs United Methodist Church is having vacation bible school Saturday, June 9, from 4-7 p.m.; and Sunday, June 10, from 10 a.m.-noon. Church is at 78 Monanaw Avenue, Rossville. For more information, call 706-866-6724.
Sunday, June 10
COMMUNITY · Mrs. Julia Womble Stalling will celebrate her 100th birthday (June 6) with a birthday dinner celebration at the Walker County Civic Center on Sunday, June 10 at 2 p.m. All are invited to join the celebration.
CHURCH · Homecoming services will be held Sunday, June 10, at Mt. Bethel Missionary Baptist Church in Lyerly. The morning service will be at 11:45 a.m., with lunch at 2:30 p.m. and afternoon service at 3:30 p.m. Rev. Harry Reeves is pastor.
CHURCH · Homecoming services will be held Sunday, June 10, at 10:30 a.m. at Friendship Baptist Church, at 1200 North Chattanooga Street in LaFayette. Lunch is at noon. Rev. John Paul Parker will speak. Rev. Fred Pursley is pastor.
Monday, June 11
COMMUNITY · “Serving up Summer” summer food program begins Monday, June 11 and runs through Friday, Aug. 24. Lunch for children ages infant-17 will be served from noon-1 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday at LaFayette 1st United Methodist Church, 301 South Main Street; and from noon-1 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday at Second Baptist Church, 500 West Main Street in LaFayette; and from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Monday-Friday at the LaFayette Housing Authority, 300 Oak Street. The program is sponsored by North Georgia YMCA and the Chattanooga Area Food Bank and is funded through a USDA grant.
COMMUNITY · Adult sand volleyball will be held Monday, Tuesday or Thursday evenings, June 11 through July 30, at the Gilbert Stephenson Park tennis courts in Fort Oglethorpe. Cost is $150 per team. Visit ymcachattanooga.org for more information.
ENTERTAINMENT · Stageworks Entertainment, under the direction of Hollie Baranick, will be holding audi-tions for “The Never-ending Story,” Monday, June 11, and Tuesday, June 12, at The Collonade in Ringgold. Ages 13 and up are invited to audition from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Each participant will be asked to complete an audition form and do a cold read of a monologue or script. Show dates for this production are Aug. 17, 18, 24 and 25.Call 706-935-9000, ext. 103, for more information or visit the website colonnadecenter.org.
RELIGIOIUS · Ridgeway Baptist Church will offer vacation bible school from 6-9 p.m. June 11-15. The church is at 1594 Ridgeway Road in LaFayette. Pastor is Dr. Clay Powell.
COMMUNITY · The Catoosa County Historical Society will hold their "kickoff to summer picnic" at 6:30 p.m. Monday, June 11. We will meet at the pavilion at Elsie Holmes Park on Ben Holmes Road. Members are asked to bring enough food for their families and a little extra for guests. Those interested in local or national history are encouraged to attend. Meetings are held the second Monday of the month at the Old Stone Church Museum, except for July and August. Members are treated to speakers and programs during regular meetings. Live musical entertainment will follow the picnic.
COMMUNITY · Children age 5 and younger can attend the Pre-K summer reading program “Dreams” at 10 and 11 a.m. Monday, June 11 at the La Fayette-Walker County Public Library. The program includes stories, a shadow puppet show and a craft.
ENTERTAINMENT · The Chattanooga Film Society (CFS) and the Mise En Scenesters (MES) are pleased to announce their collaboration in presenting the POV Summer Film Series. The first film in the series, “Guilty Pleasures,” will be shown at 6:30 p.m. Monday, June 11, at the downtown Chattanooga YMCA on 301 West 6th Street at 6:30 p.m. The film takes an amusing and touching look at the global phenomenon that every four seconds a romance novel published by Harlequin or its British counterpart, Mills & Boon, is sold somewhere in the world.
COMMUNITY · Bariatric Support Group meets from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Monday, June 11, at the Erlanger Chattanooga Lifestyle Center. These 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 · Summer Academy for children in grades K - 12 continues at the Chattanooga Theatre Centre, with a musical theatre workshop with the Chattanooga Girls Choir taking place June 11-22 at the Bright School. Visit www.theatrecentre.com to register.
COMMUNITY · Auditions for Ballet Tennessee's Dance Alive program will take place from 1-3 p.m. Monday, June 11, at Shepherd Recreation Center; Tuesday, June 12, at Carver Recreation Center; Wednesday, June 13, at North Chattanooga Recreation Center; and Thursday, June 14, at South Chattanooga Recreation Center. Visit ballettennessee.org or call 423-821-2055 for more information.
COMMUNITY · Youth and children's summer workshops will take place at the Tennessee Valley Theatre from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday, June 11 through Friday, June 15. For more information, visittennesseevalleytheatre.com.