COMMUNITY · Great Britain’s Kenny Herriot is coming to the LaFayette-Walker County Public Library to share his experiences as one of the world’s leading wheelchair athletes on Friday, Nov. 16, at 4 p.m. Refreshments will be provided by the Friends of the LaFayette-Walker County Public Library.
COMMUNITY · The deadline to nominate the Walker County Chamber of Commerce "2012 Small Business of the Year" is at 4 p.m. Friday, Nov. 16. The winner will be recognized at the Chamber's Annual Dinner on Friday, Jan. 18, 2013. The honor is given to a company that demonstrates best practices in business sustainability and growth, commitment to employees and a track record of community involvement. To be eligible, nominees must be a small business (less than 200 employees) and members of the Chamber in good standing as of Oct. 30, with a minimum of one complete full year in business. Chamber members may nominate a business, including their own. Judging will be conducted by the Chamber's Board of Directors.
COMMUNITY · Walker County Farm Bureau is collecting monetary donations until Friday, Nov. 16, for the Georgia Food Bank Association and its seven food bank affiliates to help Georgians in need. Donations may be dropped off Monday through Friday, from 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. at the WCFB office, 101 South Cherokee Street in LaFayette. For more information, call 706-638-3237.
ENTERTAINMENT · The artist reception for Cessna Decosimo's "Sacred and Profane" exhibit will be held from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 16, at Tanner-Hill Gallery. Call (423) 280-7182 or visit tannerhillgallery.com for more information.
ENTERTAINMENT · Rock City’s 18th annual Enchanted Garden of Lights starts Friday, Nov. 16, from 6-9 p.m. and runs through Jan. 5, 2013. Opening weekend features “college nights” – with Lee University and UTC groups performing. Students and faculty at the respective schools get in for $5 on their college night (with school I.D.) – Friday, Nov. 16, is Lee University Night, and Saturday, Nov. 17, and Sunday, Nov. 18, are UTC Nights. A portion of each ticket sold goes to benefit local families at the Ronald McDonald House (RMH). Visit www.seerockcity.com for more information.
COMMUNITY · The Cherokee Regional Library System's 2012 Food for Fines Campaign will continue until the end of the business day on Friday, Nov. 30. Library patrons may “pay” library overdue fines with a canned food item. This will help re-stock food banks in Dade and Walker County. One food can donation removes up to $1 in overdue fines. For more information, call Darla Chambliss, assistant director and community services librarian at 706-638-8311.
COMMUNITY · Antique Irons are on display now through Nov. 30 at the Chickamauga Public Library; irons are from the private collection of Richard Gillis of Rossville.
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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
ENTERTAINMENT · Dalton State College will present the original play “Muscadine Wine” in Goodroe Auditorium at Gignilliat Memorial Hall at 7 p.m. Nov. 16-17 and also at 2 p.m. on Nov. 17. The play is free to Dalton State students, faculty and staff; others pay $5.
COMMUNITY · Friends of the LaFayette-Walker County Public Library will hold a book sale to raise funds for library probrams Nov. 16 through Saturday, Nov. 17, during regular library hours.
Saturday, Nov. 17
COMMUNITY · A Harvest Jubilee to benefit the foster children of Walker County will be held from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17, at the Walker County Ag Center off Highway 27. Featured performers are Chris McDaniel, Vince Stalling, Steve & The Next of Kin, and The Cowboy Church Dancers. Children can enjoy inflatables, there will be a karaoke competition, and food and crafts vendors.For more information, visit www.wcfaapa.org (Walker County Foster and Adoptive Parents Association, Inc.).
COMMUNITY · Ika, the LaFayette-Walker County Public Library’s Reading Dog, is looking for children to come read to her. The Paws to Read program will be from noon-1:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17. Readers of all ages and levels are welcome.
CHURCH · Four Fold will perform at 7 p.m Saturday, Nov. 17, at Waterville Baptist Church, off Highway 151 in Trion/LaFayette. The concert is open to the community.
COMMUNITY · Chattanooga Zoo will hold a Snow Leopard Appreciation Day on Saturday, Nov. 17, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. On this day, six-week old boy and girl cubs, recently named Everest and Maliha respectively by Zoo supporters, will be making their public debut. Snow Leopards are considered a highly endangered species with only 4,000-6,000 remaining in the wild. The Chattanooga Zoo hopes to use this occasion to bring awareness and education to snow leopard conservation efforts both locally and abroad. During Snow Leopard Appreciation Day, visitors will be encouraged to participate in interactive education stations highlighting conservation efforts while watching the cubs frolic in actual snow generously donated by the Tennessee Valley Ice Company. Snow Leopard Day activities are free with Zoo admission.
CHURCH · New Bethel Baptist Church will hold a singing at 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17, featuring The Hickeys from Rising Fawn. The church is at 1635 Salem Valley Road in Ringgold. For more information, call Bobby at 706-935-4208 or Nelson at 706-965-2778.
COMMUNITY · A Point Park guided tour will be offered at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17, and Sunday, Nov. 18. The 45-minute walking tour will start inside the Point Park entrance gate. Point Park is in Lookout Mountain.
COMMUNITY · Artillery demonstrations are scheduled at 10 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1 p.m., 2:30 p.m. and 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17, and at 10 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1 p.m., 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 18, at Point Park on Lookout Mountain.
COMMUNITY · "Beat Hunger," a performance by the UTC Percussion Ensemble to benefit the Chattanooga Community Kitchen, will take place in the UTC Fine Arts Center Sunday, Nov. 18, through Monday, Nov. 19, at 7:30 p.m. Call (423) 425-4601 or visit utc.edu/music for more information.
COMMUNITY · Parkridge East Hospital (in East Ridge, Tenn.) will offer a Labor of Love (Lamaze) One Day Class from 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 17. Cost is $75. Lamaze breathing and relaxation techniques will be taught. Bring two pillows to class. The breastfeeding class is free if taking this course. A tour of the hospital is included. To register and for more information, call MedLine at 800-242-5662 or visit ParkridgeEastHospital.com.
COMMUNITY · The Dalton Freight Depot is hosting an exhibit on 20 years of the “Nutcracker Ballet in Dalton”on loan from the Dalton Arts Project through Jan. 7, 2013, at the historic 1911 depot. The Dalton Freight Depot is at 305 S. Depot Street, in Dalton. Hours are Monday-Saturday 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and is free and open to the public. For more information, call the Dalton Area Convention and Visitors Bureau at 706-270-9960.
COMMUNITY · Special displays of Civil War weapons, equipment, personal items and recovered relics will be exhibited at Walker County Georgia Heritage Museum and Civil War Center, at 100 Gordan Street in Chickamauga (Railroad depot) now through Nov. 30. Hours are 10 a.m.-4 -p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Adult admission is $2, $1 for children. Call 706-375-4488 for more information.
COMMUNITY · Cloudland Canyon offers hay rides every Saturday now through Nov. 24. Hot dogs, S'mores, snacks and drinks will be sold. Leashed and licensed pets may also ride. Meet at the Interpretive Center. Rides start on the hour from 2-6 p.m. Park entrance is $5. Hay rides cost $5 for adults, $3 for children ages 4 to 12. The park is off Highway 136 near Trenton.
Sunday, Nov. 18
COMMUNITY · SpiritHorses for Heroes will hold a Veterans Open House from 2-4 p.m. at Eagles Rest Ranch on Carmack Road in Walker County (Flintstone area). For more information, call 423-421-3205 or email email@example.com.
CHURCH · The Bryan College Chamber Singers will present a concert of sacred choral music Sunday, Nov. 18, at 6 p.m. at LaFayette Presbyterian Church, 107 N. Main Street, in La Fayette. The program will consist of a variety of literature, including classical, spirituals, and gospel selections. The public is invited, and there will be a reception following the concert. The concert is provided free to the community as an outreach activity of the congregation.
COMMUNITY · The Salvation Army needs volunteers to ring bells, sort toys, and deliver meals this holiday season. For more information, visit csarmy.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.