COMMUNITY · Express Regional Soccer Association (ERSA) in Rossville, formerly located at Camp Jordan, will hold sign-ups for the 2013 spring season at the Rossville Athletic Center Stadium Field, 301 Williams Street, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16 and 23, with a late sign-up on March 2, and from 2-4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 17 and 24, with a late sign-up on March 3. Ages U4-U19 and all levels of experience welcome. U4/6 costs $70, and U8-U19 costs $j80 and includes a uniform set. Adult leagues are available. Player fee is $60. Contact Chris Carpenter, director of adults, at email@example.com.
RELIGIOUS · Camp New Dawn will offer a 2013 Co-ed High School Winter Survival Camp from noon on Saturday, Feb. 16, through 4 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 17. Register now at campnewdawnga.org or call 706-539-2235. Spots for 10 girls and 10 boys are available. Registration costs $25 a person. Campers must be currently in ninth-12th grade. Camp requires a moderate level ability to hike, run, climb, and crawl. Call director Jennie Chandler at 706-539-2235.
COMMUNITY · Ika, the LaFayette-Walker County Public Library’s Reading Dog, is waiting for children to read to her. The Paws to Read program will be held from noon-1:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16. Readers of all ages and levels are welcome.
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 · A prom dress resale and vendor showcase will be held from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, March 2, at Heritage High School gym. Sellers can drop off gently used dresses, shoes and handbags Saturday, Feb. 16 and Feb. 23, from 11 am.-3 p.m. Cash or checks only. No credit cards will be accepted. All sales are final, no refunds or returns. Entrance fee of $2 gets each attendee one raffle ticket. For more information, contact Rhonda Cox at 423-987-7175 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
CHURCH · Oakwood Baptist Church at 115 Oakwood Street in Chickamauga will host the Northwest Georgia Sportsman’s Expo on Saturday, Feb. 16, from 2-5 p.m. Activities include a wild game dinner, gun raffle, hunting supplies, a car and motorcycle show, inflatables for the kids, bluegrass gospel music from the Highpoint Bluegrass Band and speaker Jason Cruise. Cruise is the founder of Outdoor Ministry Network. Tickets cost $7 for adults, $3 for children 12 and younger. To purchase tickets in advance visit oakwoodbc.org/woodsandwater (then click the ‘MORE’ tab on Expo event). Tickets at the door cost $10 per adult or $5 for children age 12 and younger. For more information, visit oakwoodbc.org or call 706-375-5760.
ENTERTAINMENT · In honor of Black History month, The Salvation Army welcomes "The Word Players" from Knoxville, Tenn. This group will present their Black History Touring Show of "Lift Every Voice" by Doug Floyd on Saturday, Feb. 16, at noon. "Lift Every Voice" is a one-act presentation in drama, song and dance that tells the story and the influence of the Harlem Renaissance (1919-1929). Lunch will be provided during the discussion time after the performance. This event is free but donations are appreciated. Seating is limited and the doors will open at 11:30 a.m. For more information contact Tenika Dye at email@example.com or 423-756-1023.
COMMUNITY · Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park will hold a two-hour, 1.8 mile walking tour of Ross’ Landing starting at 3 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 16. The program is free. It is recommended participants wear comfortable shoes and weather-appropirate clothing and bring water to drink. For more information, call 706-866-9241 or 423-821-7786 or visit nps.gov/chch.
CHURCH · Elizabeth Terrace Baptist Church, 600 Mohawk Street, Rossville, will hold its 24th Annual Faith Promise Missions Conference from Feb. 13-17. Conference preacher will be Missionary Tom Lancaster. Each service will feature a different missionary presenting their field of service. Services on weeknights will begin at 7 p.m. Sunday services will begin with Sunday School at 9:45 a.m., morning worship at 10:50 a.m., and Sunday evening worship at 6 p.m. There will be no Saturday night service. Pastor George Pinion and the members extend a cordial invitation to the public to attend. A nursery will be provided.
ENTERTAINMENT · Ensemble Theatre of Chattanooga (ETC) will present Martin McDonagh's black comedy, “The Pillowman,” from Feb. 8-24. Performance times are Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2:30 p.m. All performances will be held at the theatre's space inside Eastgate Town Center at 5600 Brainerd Road. Tickets are $15 for general admission and $10 for students with a valid student ID. They can be purchased online at http://www.ensembletheatreofchattanooga.com, by phone at (423) 987-5141, or at the door beginning one hour before each performance. Doors open 30 minutes before show time. Free parking is available at Eastgate Town Center.
COMMUNITY · Registration is open for the sixth annual Berry Half Marathon, 10K, and 5K races to be run Saturday, March 23, at Berry College in Rome. The Berry Half Marathon raises funds for need-based scholarships to the local (Rome) elementary and middle school. Runners have given to Soles4Soles in past years, and organizers plan to continue to support this charity, as well as contribute $1 for each pair of shoes donated to help offset the cost of mailing the shoes to needed destinations. There will be collection boxes set up at race registration March 22 and 23. There will also continue to be a collection site for Medals4Mettle, a non-profit organization that facilitates the gifting of marathon, half marathon, and triathlon finishers’ medals to children and adults fighting debilitating diseases. To register for the 2013 Berry Half Marathon and further information on registration fees, visit: berryhalfmarathon.com.
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.
COMMUNITY · Boot Camp for Dads will be held from 9-11:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 16, at Erlanger East (Gunbarrel Road) in Chattanooga. 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.
ENTERTAINMENT · The Georgia Winery will host its third annual Wine & Chocolate Open House every Saturday in February from noon-4 p.m. A Wine & Chocolate Pairing class that will take place every Saturday at 3 p.m. During the class there will be pairings of five Georgia Wines and five Dove Chocolates. Those who attend will also take home a souvenir wine glass. Classes are $20. Reservations are recommended and tickets can be purchased online from the Winery’s website. Following the Pairing Class, at 4 p.m. will be a Winery Tour. Tours are $15 and include a behind the scenes look at how their wine is made, a tasting flight of their two organic wines, a cheese and cracker tray and a souvenir glass. For more information, call 706-937-9463.
COMMUNITY · Crabtree Farms in Chattanooga will hold its fifth annual Community Garden Start-up Workshop on Saturday, Feb. 16, from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. This interactive workshop will teach the basics of successful community gardening from site planning and building, to fundraising, growing vegetables and raising community support. Participants will have the opportunity to get advice from Crabtree’s urban farmers, see spring vegetable seedlings up close, and share tips with fellow gardeners. Space is limited. To register, visit crabtreefarms.org.
COMMUNITY · Parkridge East Hospital in East Ridge, Tenn., will offer a one-day Labor of Love (Lamaze) class ($75) on Saturday, Feb. 16, from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. This class is ideal for parents who don’t have the time for a four-week series. Lamaze breathing and relaxation exercises will be practiced during class. A support person is highly recommended to be in attendance with the expectant mother. Bring two pillows to class. Breastfeeding class is free when taking this class. A tour of the hospital is included during class. For more information and to register for classes, call MedLine at 800-242-5662 or visit ParkridgeEastHospital.com.
Sunday, Feb. 17
RELIGIOUS · On Sunday, Feb.17, Mount Berry Church (Berry College, Rome) is hosting the band- Rend Collective Experiment. The worship concert begins at 7 p.m. in the College Chapel. Rend Collective Experiment is an eclectic collective of multi-instrumentalists from Ireland. The band began as a group of friends gathering to pray and seek God. They branched out from Ireland and have grown to international success including major tours with Chris Tomlin, MercyMe, Tenth Avenue North and Lecrae. They bring a fresh approach to congregational worship, and a heart and message through the spoken word. Admission is $5.
ENTERTAINMENT · The Atlanta Guitar Trio will entertain audience members with a history lesson as well as memorable musical selections when it performs at 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 17, at Dalton State College in Dalton. The free concert will be held in Goodroe Auditorium of Gignilliat Memorial Hall on campus.
ENTERTAINMENT · “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street” will be presented by UTC's Music Department and the Department of Theatre and Speech Sunday, Feb. 17, at 3 p.m. at the UTC Fine Arts Center. To purchase tickets, call (423) 425-4269 or visit tickettracks.com.
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 first Wash Me Pink Color Run to benefit Susan G. Komen will be held Saturday, March 9. The 5K color run course begins at 9 a.m. at 1104 Redwine Cove, in Dalton. Registration is from 7 a.m.-8:45 a.m. Color washers will douse participants with Komen color at the color stations strategically placed throughout the course. Parking passes cost $5 if pre-purchased and $10 at the venue, and are required for each car. Visit washmepink.com.
COMMUNITY · Farm Bureau’s Food Check-Out Week, is Feb. 17-23. Farm Bureau volunteers and staff will focus on spreading the word about how consumers can stretch their grocery dollars with healthy, nutritious food. To celebrate the safe and affordable food supply our country enjoys, Catoosa County Farm Bureau is participating in a statewide Food Check-Out Week event and will donate $100 to the Georgia Farm Bureau Women’s Committee, the sponsor of the statewide effort, to help assist visiting families staying at the Ronald McDonald House in Atlanta.
Monday, Feb. 18
COMMUNITY · A bariatric support group will be held from 5:30-6:30 p.m., Monday, Feb. 18, at Erlanger Chattanooga Lifestyle Center. 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 · Learn to line dance every Monday night at 5:30 p.m., Allemande Hall 7400, Standifer Gap Road, Chattanooga, Tenn. No partner required, no experience necessary. We dance to all genres of music including Pop, R&B, Hip Hop, Nightclub, Cross-over Country and more. For more information contact Vicki Pierson at linesinmotion.net or 423-309-6842.
COMMUNITY · Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park is seeking public comment on its amended general management plan. The plan changes provide guidance for making informed decisions about the future of park resource conditions and visitor experiences within the Lookout Mountain Battlefield unit of the park. The National Park Service has developed two preliminary alternative management concepts for the battlefield for public review, comment, suggestions, and advice. The preliminary alternatives and proposed changes to management zoning for Lookout Mountain can be viewed at: www.parkplanning.nps.gov/chch. Comments can be submitted electronically through the website between Feb. 8 and April 8. The park will host an open house on Feb. 28, from 3:30-7 p.m. at the St. Elmo Fire Hall, 4501 St. Elmo Avenue, in Chattanooga, Tenn. The purpose of the open house is for the National Park Service to describe alternatives and hear your ideas, concerns and thoughts about this special place. Formal presentations will be at 4: and 6 p.m. Comment forms will be available at the open house.
COMMUNITY · Berry College accounting students will offer free tax assistance, to families and individuals with moderate levels of income. VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) is designed by the IRS to assist families to complete their annual tax returns free of charge. This marks the fourth year that Berry has offered the student-operated program. Through VITA, students acquire firsthand experience with tax preparation and client relationships in addition to continuously researching and getting familiar with changing tax laws. To make an appointment, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (706) 236-2233. Hours of operation are Fridays from 3-6 p.m. and Saturdays from 11a.m.- 4 p.m. in the Campbell School of Business, Room 109.
COMMUNITY · Parkridge Medical Center (Chattanooga, Tenn.) will offer a new dining option beginning on Monday at 9 a.m. with the grand opening of a Subway sandwich shop in the hospital’s cafeteria. As part of the grand opening festivities, Subway will give away a free cookie with each purchase made on Monday, Feb. 18. The restaurant will operate in a space adjacent to the main serving line in the cafeteria from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m., seven days a week except for Christmas Day, Thanksgiving Day, and the 4th of July. Breakfast will be served from 7-11 a.m., and lunch and dinner will be available until 9 p.m. For more information about Parkridge Medical Center, visit ParkridgeHealth.com.