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, Dec. 5, at Erlanger Baroness (Oncology Conference Room) in 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.
COMMUNITY · The Dalton Career Expo will be held from 1-5 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 5, at the Northwest Georgia Trade and Convention Center in Dalton. The businesses attending will be those with current openings, or those expected to hire in the near future. Employers will be able to conduct on-site job interviews so job seekers are reminded to dress professionally for the event and be prepared to present copies of their resumes or work history. There will also be a computer area for job seekers to work on their resumes, or complete on-line applications. An early-bird workshop aimed at helping job seekers market themselves at a career expo is also being planned for that day. The Georgia Department of Labor is working with the Greater Dalton Chamber of Commerce-Development Authority, City of Dalton, Whitfield County Government, Murray County Chamber of Commerce, and members of the Murray-Whitfield faith community in the effort to match job seekers with available jobs. Business representatives interested in participating in the career expo should contact Jackie Goolsby at the Dalton Career Center, at 706-272-2225 or by email at Jackie.email@example.com.
COMMUNITY · Catoosa Citizens for Animal Care, Inc. is selling Adventures in Dining Coupon Books for $35. The books contain 87 buy-one-get-one free coupons for dining and entertainment in Chattanooga, north Georgia and Cleveland. The total value of the book is over $1,100. The group receives a $10 commission for each book sold. Books are available at the following locations: Ringgold Telephone Company and Tille Town in Ringgold; and The Animal Medical Center in Ft. Oglethorpe. CCAC is a non-profit volunteer organization formed to improve animal care awareness in Catoosa County. Its mission is to promote the humane treatment of animals through responsible pet ownership by: 1) reducing animal over-population through a spay/neuter program; 2) educate the community about the humane treatment of animals; and 3) help connect animals in need of homes with families. Call 24-hour Help Line (706-937-2287) or visit www.catoosacitizensforanimalcare.org.
COMMUNITY · Registration deadline is Jan. 8, 2013, for North Georgia Community YMCA Homeschool P.E. The course is for ages 5-15. Classes are held daily from Jan. 15-Feb. 21, 2013, at Fort Oglethorpe United Methodist Church gym. Cost is $15 per session for YMCA members and $40 per session for non-members. For more information, call 706-935-2226 or visit firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 · The Rossville Library will host a Grinch Coloring Contest: Submit a holiday coloring sheet for a chance to win holiday treats. Pick up a coloring sheet at the library starting Saturday, Dec. 1. Fill out the form on the back. Open to ages 1 –18; Categories: Ages 1 – 5, 6 – 12, and 13 – 18. All submissions must be turned in by Dec. 18. One winner will be chosen from each category on Dec. 19.
COMMUNITY · The Rossville Library will host their weekly Preschool Ready to R.E.A.D. Time class on Tuesday, Dec. 4, at 10:30 a.m. The theme this week is “Can’t Catch Me!” We will read stories about the Gingerbread man and make a gingerbread ornament.
COMMUNITY · Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park will close the following monuments for the winter season starting Saturday, Dec. 1: Wilder Brigade Monument, the Highway 27 picnic area, the Sanders picnic area and the Signal Point restrooms. These areas will reopen in mid-March, pending weather conditions. For more information, call 706-866-9241 or 423-821-7786 or visit nps.gov/chch.
COMMUNITY · The Chattanooga Zoo’s 12 Days of Christmas for the Animals will begin on Saturday, Dec. 1. For 12 days, the Zoo will feature a different animal on its Facebook page and what he or she would like for Christmas. Guests of the Zoo can bring their gift to the Zoo Gift Shop anytime during the month of December and receive a small gift in return from the Chattanooga Zoo. To view the list, visit www.chattzoo.org/support/12-days-of-christmas. Guests can watch the animals open their gifts during the Zoo’s annual Holiday Lights on Dec. 14, 15, 21 and 22. For more information call 423-697-1322.
Thursday, Dec. 6
COMMUNITY · Hutcheson Medical Center invites the Northwest Georgia community to the hospital’s 28th annual Christmas Tree Lighting on Thursday, Dec. 6. The event will begin at 5 p.m. in the hospital lobby and feature family-oriented events such as a children’s crafts area, holiday carols, and a visit from Santa. The highlight of the evening will be the annual lighting of the tree atop the hospital.
COMMUNITY · The Chickamauga Public Library will hold a “Ready to R.E.A.D.” story time program on Thursdays, Dec. 6, 13, 20 and 27.
COMMUNITY · A Life After Loss Support Group begins at 1 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 6, at Erlanger Baroness (Oncology Conference Room) inChattanooga. This support group is for those who have lost a loved one due to cancer. For more information, call (423) 778-3253.
COMMUNITY · A Man to Man Support Group begins at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 6, at Erlanger Baroness (POB Dining Room) in Chattanooga. This support group is for spouses, friends and patients who have prostate cancer. For more information, call (423) 778-3253.
COMMUNITY · A Diabetes Education Class will be offered from 1:30-4:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 6, at Erlanger Chattanooga Lifestyle Center in Chattanooga. This class will explore ways to manage diabetes. Call 778-9400 for more information on physician referral and insurance reimbursement.
COMMUNITY · Walker County Emergency Services will offer a free class, “Preparing for a safe holiday,” for all ages, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Dec. 6. The class will be held at Fire Station #1 in Rock Spring, in front of Georgia Northwestern Technical College. Pre-registration is required to ensure adequate course materials. Call 706-539-1255 or email Captain Traci Reece at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or to register.
COMMUNITY · Parkridge East Hospital (in East Ridge, Tenn.) will offer a breastfeeding class from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 6. Cost is $15 per couple or is free with any Labor of Love Lamaze class. Topics include physiology of breasfeeding, advantages of breastfeeding, techniques for successful breastfeeding, returning to work and pumping. To register and for more information, call MedLine at 800-242-5662 or visit ParkridgeEastHospital.com.
COMMUNITY · Parkridge East Hospital (in East Ridge, Tenn.) will offer a free tour of the BirthPlace from 5-6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 6. Prenatal services and classes will be discussed. The tour begins in the Rowe Conference Room. To register and for more information, call MedLine at 800-242-5662 or visit ParkridgeEastHospital.com.
COMMUNITY · Calhoun Composite Squadron #134 of the Civil Air Patrol-U.S. Air Force Auxiliary currently has openings available for a safety officer, communications officer, and emergency services officer, among others. Cadet slots (ages 12-17) are also open. The Calhoun Composite Squadron meets at Calhoun Airport on Saturdays from 8-10 a.m. For more information, contact Capt. Hayden Collins at email@example.com.
COMMUNITY · Registration deadline for North Georgia Community YMCA adult, children and youth athletic programs (includes basketball, indoor soccer, volleyball, swim lessons, water aerobics and karate) is Dec. 8. Most seasons begin January 2013. Cost varies for members and non-members. To register, call 706-935-2226 or go to firstname.lastname@example.org.
COMMUNITY · AARP Tax-Aide, a free, volunteer-run tax preparation and assistance service, is seeking volunteers in Walker County to help taxpayers who are seeking assistance preparing and filing their 2012 tax returns. Volunteers do not need to be an AARP member or a retiree to participate. AARP Tax-Aide volunteers should have some computer experience, such as e-mail and internet browsing. Also needed are volunteers who have management experience. AARP Tax-Aide volunteers receive free IRS-certified tax training and are reimbursed on a limited basis for qualified program-related expenses. For more information, visit aarp.org/tavolunteer8 or call 1-888-OUR-AARP. Deadline for application is Dec. 15.
COMMUNITY · Starting Jan. 1, 2013, Georgia Farmers will need to apply and obtain a GATE (Georgia Agriculture Exemption Card) from the Georgia Dept. of Agriculture. This is the result of HB 386 which was passed this year by the legislature which allows Georgia farmers to take advantage of additional sales tax exemptions. If you are a farm producer with $ 2,500 in Ag income, you need to prepare to obtain a GATE card. Contact the Walker County Farm Bureau Office at 706-638-3237 if you have questions concerning the Georgia Agricultural Exemption Card.
COMMUNITY · Registration deadline for the North Georgia Community YMCA Christmas Break Camp (Dec. 26-28 and Jan. 2-4, 2013) is Tuesday, Dec. 18. The camp is for children ages 5-12. Cost is $25 per day for members, $30 per day for non-members. The camp will be held at Fort Oglethorpe United Methodist Church gym. To register, call 706-935-2226 or go to email@example.com.
ENTERTAINMENT · Berry College Theatre Company’s annual Christmas show is “Uh Oh, Here Comes Christmas” beginning Thursday, Dec. 6. The play is also a fundraiser for St. Jude Children’s Hospital and Santa will available for photos at no extra charge. The play is family-friendly, but more suited to older children. Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. Dec. 6, 7 and 8 with two matinee performances at 2 p.m. on Dec. 8 and 9. Reserved tickets are $15 and include a catered dessert. If no dessert is desired, admission is $10. For more information and reservations, please call the box office at 706-236-2263 or email Richard Bristow at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Friday, Dec. 7
COMMUNITY · Holiday Candlelight Tours at the Marsh House in LaFayette will be offered Friday through Sunday, Dec. 7, 8 and 9, from 6-8 p.m. Candlelight tours will continue each Saturday and Sunday in December from 6-8 p.m. Admission is $5 for adults and $1 for children. This year’s theme is "Christmas 1880: At Home with The Marsh-Warthen Family." Hot cider and gingerbread will be served at the end of the tour. For more information, call 706-638-5187. For group tours, call 423-503-3843.
COMMUNITY · The City of LaFayette Christmas Parade 2012 will begin at 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7. Entry deadline is Monday, Dec. 3. Participants will line up for the parade at 4:30 p.m. The parade route starts at 512 South Main Street (Ace Hardware) and travels north on Main Street, through the square, turing left onto Margaret Street to the LaFayette Sixth Grade Academy parking lot to disband. This year’s theme is “A Christmas Wonderland.” To register, apply at the LaFayette Recreation Department. Call 706-639-1590 for more information.
CHURCH · The Tabernacle Christmas Market will be held from 6-10 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7, at Rossville Baptist Tab-ernacle Fellowship Building, 101 Hooker Road, in Rossville (two blocks west of Rossville Blvd. and Gordon Avenue traffic light at the Georgia/Tennessee state line). There will be live entertainment, a bake sale and refreshments. Vendors include Scentsy, Pampered Chef, Dove Chocolates, Advocare, Celebrating Home, Jewels4God, Mary Kay Cosmetics and It Works.
COMMUNITY · The City of LaFayette’s annual “Amazing Christmas” light show will begin at 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7, following the parade, and will continue through Jan. 2, 2013, at Joe Stock Memorial park. The synchronized musical light show is held from 6-10 p.m. nightly through most of December. Tune to FM 89.5 to hear the music played in the light show. For more information, call the city parks and recreation department at 706-639-1590.
COMMUNITY · The City of LaFayette will host a traditional and large-scale Lionel model train and village display inside a decorated Chattooga Academy/Gordon Hall. The display coinincides with the “Amazing Christmas” light show from 6-10 p.m., Dec. 7 through Jan. 2, 2013.
COMMUNITY · Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park invites the public to attend a Holiday Open House at the Cravens House on Lookout Mountain. The Cravens House will be decorated in a manner similar to the Civil War era. This holiday event will take place Friday, Dec. 7, and Dec. 14. Tours of the house will be conducted every 30 minutes beginning at 6 p.m. and ending at 8 p.m. Reservations are required due to capacity limitations. To make a reservation, and for more information, contact the Lookout Mountain Battlefield Visitor Center at 423-821-7786.
COMMUNITY · Kids, get your list ready! Santa Claus is coming to First Volunteer Bank in Fort Oglethorpe from 4-6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7.
ENTERTAINMENT · The Chattooga High School Chorus and Ensemble will perform at Lyerly United Methodist Church on Wednesday, Dec. 5, at 7 p.m. Dr. Jay McNeal is the pianist and Jason Hall is the chorus director. There will be refreshments and finger foods afterwards. For more information, call Beverly Cowart of CHS at 706-857-2402.
ENTERTAINMENT · “The Nutcracker” will be performed by Chattanooga Ballet and the Chattanooga Symphony Orchestra at the Tivoli Theatre Friday and Saturday, December 7-8, at 8 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 9, at 2 p.m. Call 423- 265-0617 for ticket information.
ENTERTAINMENT · The Ensemble Theatre of Chattanooga (ETC) will perform an original piece, “Gods & Disasters,” Dec. 7-16; Fridays at 7:30 p.m., Saturdays at 2 p.m. and Sundays at 6:30 p.m. Performances will take place in the St. Andrews Center, 1918 Union Avenue in Chattanooga. Tickets are $10 and are available at www.ensembletheatreofchattanooga.com or by calling 423-987-5141. Doors open 30 minutes before each performance. Free parking is available behind the St. Andrews Center.
ENTERTAINMENT · The Santaland Diaries and Season’s Greetings, two holiday pieces by popular humorist David Sedaris will be held on the CircleStage at the Chattanooga Theatre Centre. Performances are Friday and Saturday evenings at 8 p.m., now through Dec. 8. The Chattanooga Theatre Centre is located at 400 River Street, Chattanooga, on the NorthShore. Parking is available for $2 in the lot next to the Theatre Centre. Tickets are available by calling (423) 267-8534 or they may be purchased online at tickets.theatrecentre.com.