COMMUNITY · Catoosa Citizens’ and Veterans’ Memorial, Inc. will award Veteran of the Year honors to one vet-eran from Catoosa and Walker counties on Nov. 3 at Benton Place campus (off Battlefield Parkway in Ringgold). The organization also will recognize Senior Citizen of the Year and Patriotic Citizen of the Year for both counties.The day’s events kick off at 9:30 a.m. with the Catoosa County Wounded Veterans 5K fundraising race, with all proceeds benefiting the Wounded Warrior Projects. Runners receive a shirt and awards in a ceremony beginning at 10:30 a.m., and the veterans program and awards ceremony begins at 11 a.m., followed by a concert and concessions.
COMMUNITY · The Dalton Science Café will meet at 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3, for a presentation entitled “Bentonite and Ordovician Volcanoes of the Chattanooga/Dalton Area.” Geologist Jonathan Miles will speak. New meeting place is at the Tunnel Hill Heritage Center Musuem.
COMMUNITY · The Walker County Health Department will offer two series of eight-hour free basic diabetes education classes, taught by Linda Long, RN, Certified Diabetes Educator. The first series will be held Tuesdays and Thursdays, Nov. 6, and 8, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Walker County Health Department in LaFayette. The second series will be held on Saturdays, Nov. 3 and 10, from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Chickamauga Public Library. Call 706-638-5577 to register.
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.
COMMUNITY · Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park will hold a free, 90-minute historical hike about the Union’s Moccoasin artillery battery at 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3. Participants can take Moccasin Bend Road toward Moccasin Bend Mental Health Institute and follow signs to the parking area. Dress for the weather and wear sturdy walking shoes. For more information, call 706-866-9241 or 423-821-7786.
COMMUNITY · Ringgold Rotary Club will host the 2012 Fall Back 5K and 1 Mile Fun Run/Walk Satruday, Nov. 3. The race will begin at 8:30 a.m. in the Ringgold High School parking lot. Racers may register the morning of the event or sign up on active.com. For more information, call 706-965-1730.
COMMUNITY · A ladies luncheon and conference will be held Saturday, Nov. 3, at Ridgeway Baptist Church. Reba Bowman is the guest speaker. Tickets cost $12. Call Fannie Green at 706-639-7361 for more information.
COMMUNITY · Oakwood Baptist Church will hold the Chickamauga Harvest Festival from 2-5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3, at the Chickamauga Campus of Oakwood Baptist Church, 115 Oakwood Street, in Chickamauga. Enjoy food, inflatables, music, arts and crafts, a cruise-in and motorcycle show and other family-friendly activities. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.oakwoodbc.org or call 706-375-5760.
COMMUNITY · The Dalton Civil War 150th Commission will present a symposium on the Confederate Medical Service from 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3, in room 105 of the Brown Center at Dalton State College. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call Garrett Teems at 706-876-1620.
COMMUNITY · A poker run and cruise-in for Tony Starkey will be held Satuarday, Nov. 3, at Trion Tack Field, 239 Simmons Street, in Trion. The cruise-in opens at 9 a.m. Kickstands go up at 11:30 a.m. for the poker run. The run will return to Horseshoe N Ranch, 510 Back Valley Road in Summerville. A raffle and 50/50 will be drawn. Call 706-638-7045 for more information.
COMMUNITY · Parkridge East Hospital (in East Ridge, Tenn.) will offer free tours of the BirthPlace from 1-2 p.m. Saturday Nov. 3 and 10, and 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 · Parkridge East Hospital (in East Ridge, Tenn.) will offer parents and guardians an Infant/Child CPR Class from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3. Cost is $15. Practice on mannequins is included. The class is not a certification for healthcare or daycare workers. To register and for more information, call MedLine at 800-242-5662 or visit ParkridgeEastHospital.com.
COMMUNITY · The Civic Arts League, Inc. of Chattanooga will hold an art exhibit titled “Heritage” to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the “Battle of Ringgold” now through Friday, Nov. 9, at Ringgold Art & Frame Gallery, 7825 Nashville Street, in Ringgold. For more information call 706-935-2844.
Sunday, Nov. 4
COMMUNITY · A toy run benefiting the Al Millard Memorial Stockings Full of Love will begin at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 4, at Ridgleand and LaFayette High Schools. Bring a new, unwrapped toy or cash donation. For more information, call 423-595-0655 or 706-638-1909.
COMMUNITY · Walker County Schools’ Smith Planetarium will be open to the public at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 4. The planetarium is at 409 Pond Springs Road south of Chickamauga. Admission is free. Autumn Star Gazing and new equipment demonstrations will be the emphasis of the public program. “Season of Lights” will begin showing Tuesday, Nov. 27. The Smith Planetarium is open to the public at 2:30 p.m. the first Sunday of the month and at 7:30 p.m. the last Tuesday of the month. For more information, call 706-375-3493.
ENTERTAINMENT · Comedian Ron White will perform at the Tivoli Theatre on Sunday, Nov. 4, at 7 p.m. For more information, call (423) 642-TIXS or visit chattanoogaonstage.com.
COMMUNITY · The Connor Society will present a lecture by author Melissa Fay Greene on Sunday, Nov. 4 at 3 p.m. in the UTC University Center, followed by a reception and book signing. Call (423) 425-4627 or email email@example.com for more information.
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.
Monday, Nov. 5
COMMUNITY · Don Lolo’s Mexican Restaurant is supporting Cub Scout Pack 3099. Each Monday, Don Lolo’s will donate 10 percent of sales from customers who present the Cub Scouts’ fundraising fliers to the restaurant when ordering between the hours of 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Don Lolo’s two locations are at 315 N. Main Street in LaFayette and at 7859 Nashville Street in Ringgold. Call 706-638-3761 or 706-937-5656.
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 · 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 · Ladies Night Out will be held at the Colonnade (264 Catoosa Circle, Ringgold) from 3:30-5 p.m. Monday, Nov. 5. Services at the free women’s’ event will include massage, manicure, wellness and beauty, shopping, wine tasting, and questions and answers with doctors. Call 706-806-1100 or visit BattlefieldImaging.org.
COMMUNITY · Parkridge East Hospital (in East Ridge, Tenn.) will offer a Laober of Love (Lamaze) Four Week Series from 6:30-9 p.m. Mondays, Nov. 5-26. Cost is $50. The class helps prepare first-time parents for having a baby. 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 Consauga Chapter of the Georgia Nurses Association will meet at 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 5, at the Whitfield County Health Center. Call 706-259-5508 to RSVP.
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.
COMMUNITY · A bariatric support group will meet from 5:30-6:30 p.m., Monday, Nov. 5, at Erlanger Chattanooga Lifestyle Center in Chattanooga. Bariatric support group 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 · A diabetes education class will be offered from 1:30-4:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 5, 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 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.
COMMUNITY · The Catoosa County Republican Party has opened a Romney/Ryan 2012 Headquarters in Ringgold, at 20 Legion Street on the corner next to Richards Restaurant behind the Catoosa County Courthouse. Hours are from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday, and from 5:30-8 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday. Yard signs and bumper stickers for the candidates, including Tom Graves for Congress, are available. Visit catoosacountygop.com for more information.
COMMUNITY · Registration for the Salvation Army’s Angel Tree program ends Wednesday, Nov. 7. For more information regarding qualifications, dates and times, visit csarmy.org.
COMMUNITY · The Salvation Army needs volunteers to ring bells, sort toys, and deliver meals this holiday season. For more information, visit csarmy.org.