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.
EDUCATION · The Walker County Board of Education will meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 22, at the Walker County Department of Education building, 201 South Duke Street, in LaFayette.
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.
CHURCH · Revival at Kensington Church of God will be held Jan. 20-23. Chris Renau will preach. Times are Sunday at 11 a.m. and 6 p.m., and Tuesday and Wednesday at 7 p.m. Dennis Chambers is pastor. For more information, call 423-315-1544.
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 LaFayette-Walker County Public Library will have their Ready to Read Story Time on Tuesday, Jan. 22, at 10:30 a.m. This program prepares children for school with books, songs, games and activities.
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 · Registration deadline for the North Georgia Community YMCA Father/Daughter Dance (Friday, Feb. 8, 2013) is Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2013. 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.
COMMUNITY · Learn the waltz and the foxtrot! Registration for ballroom dancing classes at FortOGeorgia.com headquarters has begun. To sign up call 706-866-9919 or drop by the store (2738 Lafayette Road, next to Sears Shoes Clearance Store in Fort Oglethorpe). Darla Toker of The Tempo Dance Studio will teach the six-week course on Thursdays: Jan. 24, 31, and Feb. 7, 14, 21, 28, from 6:30 –8 p.m. Cost: Individual: $55 for entire course, or $99 for two people (team up and save). Note: One of the classes falls on Valentine's Day. A special class will be offered that evening -- but if you have other plans, a make-up class will be made available.
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 · January is National Blood Donor Month and Blood Assurance is asking area residents to add “saving lives” to their New Year’s resolutions. Donors must be at least 17 years old (16 years old with parental consent) and weigh at least 110 pounds. Donors at any Blood Assurance will receive a long-sleeved t-shirt commemorating National Blood Donor Month. For more information, visit bloodassurance.org/blooddrives or call 1-800-962-0628.
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.
Wednesday, Jan. 23
COMMUNITY · LaFayette Parks and Recreation Department will offer zumba classes Wednesdays at the Max Stoker facility beginning Wednesday, Jan. 16, 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 · 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. On Wednesday, Jan. 23, from 4-5:30 p.m., take Basics of Nonprofit Board Service and learn the basics of board responsibilities and duties, as well as to the roles of staff and board. Fees are $20.
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 · A Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Seminar will be held from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 23, 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 · 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.
Thursday, Jan. 24
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 · 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 email@example.com. You can also go and register online at cnpchatt.org. On Thursday, Jan. 24, from 9 a.m.-noon take Telling Your Story and learn the secrets to crafting great mission-based stories to share your case and to demonstrate your impact. Fees: $50 for members/$75 for nonmembers Partial scholarships are available for CNP members.
ENTERTAINMENT · On Thursday, Jan. 24, One Eleven restaurant in LaFayette will host a wine tasting in the restaurant’s banquet room. Admission will be $10, and includes wine and hors d' oeuvres.
COMMUNITY · A Diabetes Education Class will be held from 1:30-4:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 24, 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.