COMMUNITY ·Don Lolo’s Mexican Restaurant on Main Street in LaFayette will donate 20 percent of its profits made on Saturday, June 16, to the Austin Whitten family. Austin Whitten, age 15, was seriously injured in a swimming accident.
COMMUNITY · A Walker County Candidate Town Hall will be held from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, June 16, at the Walker County Civic Center off Highway 27 in Rock Spring. The event is free to the public. All candidates appearing on the July 31 ballot, regardless of political party, are invited to participate. Concerned Citizens for an Informed Electorate is organizing the town hall. CCFIE is a non-partisan organization dedicated to demanding ethics, responsibility and accountability from elected officials by providing the citizens of Walker County, Georgia, access to the platforms, assertions, and convictions of candidates for public office through education, information, and public forums. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit ccfie.org.
COMMUNITY · The 76th annual Golf Tournament will be held Saturday, June 16, and Sunday, June 17, at the 18-hole LaFayette Golf Course. Entry fee is $125 and includes cart fees for both days. The tournament begins at 7:30 a.m. with the first group. Four-member groups every 10 minutes; all players will begin on hole 1. A chicken dinner will be served from noon-4 p.m. Saturday, June 16. For more information and Sunday tee times go to cityoflafayettega.org.
COMMUNITY · Gateway Mall in Fort Oglethorpe will host Military Appreciation Day from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, June 16. Military units and vehicles used in Iraq and Afghanistan will be displayed, along with a mobile exhibit from the Sixth Cavalry Museum and exhibits by Fort Oglethorpe fire and police. Enjoy music, games and activities for the kids.The mall is on Cloud Springs Road, just off of I-75 at exit 353. A surprise guest is scheduled to arrive in the early afternoon.
COMMUNITY · Noble Fellowship Church will hold a public auction at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 16. Items to be auctioned include a 1974 Corvette Stingray (no reserve), furniture, appliances, household goods, electronics and more. There will be door prizes and cash drawings beginning at 2 p.m., and food and drinks will be sold. The auction will be held at 5994 U.S. 27 in LaFayette, 2 miles south of Wanda’s Restaurant. All are welcome. If you want to be a seller, contact Ross at 706-638-2046.
COMMUNITY · Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park and Outdoor Chattanooga will join forces once again this year to offer a series of free, monthly historical bike tours through Chickamauga Battlefield. The public is invited to bring their bicycles and join in these leisurely-paced historical rides, which take approximately two hours. Loaner bicycles from the Outdoor Chattanooga Mobile Bicycle Fleet will be available for riders five feet tall and over at no charge, thanks to sponsorship from the Friends of the Park and the Chattanooga Bicycle Club. Reservations for these bicycles are required; contact the Chickamauga Battlefield Visitor Center at 706-866-9241. Ride length is approximately three to four miles on flat to moderately hilly terrain. The rides are appropriate for adults and children ages eight and older when accompanied by an adult. All participants are required to wear helmets. Additional Saturday battlefield bicycle tours are scheduled for June 16, July 21, Aug. 18, Sept. 15, and Oct. 20.
COMMUNITY · Nutrition, fitness and healthy lifestyle options designed exclusively for breast cancer survivors will be featured at a free half-day seminar on Saturday, June 16, from 9 a.m. to noon, at the UTC University Center in Chattanooga. Presented by Breast Cancer Support Services (formerly Y-ME Chattanooga) and sponsored by Mary Ellen Locher Breast Center of Memorial Health Care System in Chattanooga, the event, which includes lunch, will highlight ways to achieve optimum health and sustain remission. To register email your name, address and phone number to email@example.com or call 423-629-2445.
CHURCH · New Bethel Baptist Church’s monthly singing will feature Mallory Ledford from Georgetown, Tenn. The event starts at 7 p.m. Saturday, June 16. The church is at 1635 Salem Valley Road in Ringgold. For more information, call 706-935-4208.
COMMUNITY · Alexian Grove is hosting a Summer Celebration for Lookout Valley and the larger tri-state community from 9 a.m.-3p.m., Saturday, June 16, at 100 Asbury Oak Lane, Chattanooga. Adopt-A-Pet with McKamey Animal Center will feature dogs and cats from 9 a.m.-11 a.m. Lookout Valley Pet Hospital and Bone Appetit Bakery will also be on hand to support pet owners and lovers. At 11:30 a.m., the Grove will have a live Jazz lunch in their garden and dining Rooms. Lunch costs $10 per person. For a reservation, call 423-825-5557 before Thursday, June 14. From 1-3 p.m. the Grove will feature some of Lookout Valley’s best antique cars. For more information, call Warren J. McCrickard at 423-825-5557.
COMMUNITY · Saturday, June 16, a Boot Camp for Dads will be held from 9 a.m.-noon at Erlanger East on Gunbarrel Road. This session is for first-time dads who want to learn more about the upcoming new addition in their family. Topics include diapering, feeding, why babies cry and how to handle it, how you can help the new mom, learn about postpartum depression and general hands-on infant care. A new “veteran” dad is invited (along with his new baby) to the class for question and answer time. Call Erlanger’s HealthLink at 423-778-LINK (5465) to register.
COMMUNITY · Saturday, June 16, a breastfeeding class will be held from 9-11:30 a.m. at Erlanger East on Gunbarrel Road. This class is designed to help participants make an informed choice about breastfeeding. Learn breastfeeding basics, what to expect the first few weeks and special tips for success. Concerns about returning to work/school will also be discussed. This course is coordinated by a board-certified lactation consultant. Registration fee is $30. Call Erlanger’s HealthLink at 423-778-LINK (5465) to register.
COMMUNITY · Inside rummage sale will be held from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, June 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 · The Riverbend Festival is ongoing and continues through Sunday, June 17 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, Blue Cross 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 · 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.
COMMUNITY · “Serving up Summer” summer food program 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.
Sunday, June 17
COMMUNITY · Camp New Dawn in McLemore Cove is registering for All Kids Camp for grades 4-5 offering traditional camp activities, plus photography and overnight campout and Middle School Adventure Camp for grades 6-8, featuring traditional camp activities plus on and off-site adventure programs. A $50 non-refundable deposit to reserve space. Cost for each camp is $250 for overnight or $130 for day camp. Horsemanship is an additional $20. Camps run June 17-22. Please call Jennie at 706-539-2235 or visit www.campnewdawnga.org for more information.
Monday, June 18
RELIGIOUS · First Baptist Church of Fort Oglethorpe invites you to reach for the stars during vacation bible school’s “Space Quest.” Children from Pre-K (must have turned 4 by 9/1/11) and kindergarten through 5th grade invited. Space Quest will be June 18 - 22 at First Baptist Church Fort Oglethorpe from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. The church office number is 706-866-0232.
EDUCATION · The regular monthly meetings of the Walker County Board of Education will be held on the third Monday of each month, with the exception of the January, February, November and December meetings in 2012. Meetings will be held at 6 p.m. at the Walker County Department of Education Building, 201 South Duke Street, LaFayette. The remaining 2012 meetings are June 18, July 16, Aug. 20, Sept. 17, Oct. 15, Nov. 12 and Dec. 10.
COMMUNITY · Children 5 years old and younger are encouraged to attend the Pre-K summer reading program “Tooth Fairies and Fairy Dust” on Monday, June 18, with sessions at 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. at the La Fayette-Walker County Public Library. A special mythical guest will arrive with stories, games and a craft.
RELIGIOUS · Fellowship Baptist Church will hold vacation bible school for children age three years to 6th grade from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Monday, June 18, through Friday, June 22. The church is at 210 Thomas Avenue in Chickamauga. Bus and van transportation is available. Register Saturday, June 16, from 1-3 p.m. at the Christian Life Center behind the church.
COMMUNITY · Silver Tsunami, a free educational event set to provide answers and support for issues on aging, will be held from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday, June 18, at the Oakwood Baptist Church Gateway Campus. With roundtable discussions of dementia by Matthew Kodsi, MD and “Integrating Spirituality into Caring for the Aging,” by William Lester, M.Div, this day is set to cover many areas of concern for end-of-life planning. Breakout sessions throughout the day will cover topics of senior living options, financial planning, and support services. The church is at 247 Market Place Road in Ringgold. For information and registration, call 706-866-6688.
COMMUNITY · Adult sand volleyball will be held Monday, Tuesday or Thursday evenings, now through July 30, at the Gilbert Stephenson Park tennis courts in Fort Oglethorpe. Cost is $150 per team. Visit ymcachattanooga.org for more information.