COMMUNITY · The Walker County Health Department will offer several weeknight, weekday and Saturday series of free, basic diabetes education classes. The eight-hour series will be taught by nurse Linda Long. The first classes will be held from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, Jan. 15, and 17, at the Rossville Civic Center on McFarland Avenue. A second series will be held on Thursdays from 6:30-8:30 p.m. on Jan. 29 and 31, Feb. 5 and 7, at the Chickamauga Public Library. Call 706-638-5577 to register.
CHURCH · A year-round Parents Day Out program will be offered from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, at Rock Spring United Methodist Church, 3477 Peavine Road in Rock Spring. Children ages 6 months to 5 years old may participate. Bring your child to socialize and play in a Christian environment. There is no registration fee. Cost is $12 a day per child, or $10 a day per child for two or more siblings. Call 706-764-1404 for more information.
COMMUNITY · Lafayette Physical Therapy will hold “fit and fun” sessions Tuesdays and Thursdays, through Jan. 31, from 10:30-11:30 a.m., at 120 West Villanow Street in LaFayette. For more information, call Vicki at 706-638-5983.
COMMUNITY · Rock Spring Athletic Association will hold Baseball and Softball sign ups starting Jan. 15 and continuing through Feb. 16, every Tuesday from 6-8 p.m. and Thursday from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at Rock Spring Elementary School. For ages are 3-12.
COMMUNITY · LaFayette Parks and Recreation Department will offer line dance lessons for beginners and advanced students Mondays and Tuesdays at the Max Stoker facility. Learn the two-step, the cha cha, waltz, mumbo and salsa. No partner needed. For more information, contact Vicky Jones at 706-639-5401.
COMMUNITY · Two free eight-hour series of basic diabetes management classes are being offered by the Walker County Health Department. The first series will be on Tuesdays and Thursdays, Jan. 29, 31, Feb. 5 and 7, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Chickamauga Public Library. The second series will be on Fridays, Feb. 15 and 22, from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at the health department in LaFayette. Call 706-638-5577 to register.
COMMUNITY · The La Fayette-Walker County Public Library will have their Ready to Read Story Time on Tuesday, Jan. 15 at 10:30 a.m. This program prepares children for school with books, songs, games and activities.
COMMUNITY · The Walker County Board of Health will meet at 12:30 (lunch is a noon) at the Walker County Health Department, 603 East Villanow Street in LaFayette. Additional meetings during the year are scheduled for April 16, 2013, July 16, 2013 (budget), and Oct. 15, 2013. For more information, call 706-638-5577.
Wednesday, Jan. 16
COMMUNITY · The Walker County Chamber of Commerce will hold a ribbon cutting from 4-5 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 16, for new State Farm agent Jason Long at 2611 North Highway 27 (next to Wal-Mart) in LaFayette. To RSVP, contact Natalie Davis at firstname.lastname@example.org.
COMMUNITY · The Chickamauga Public Library Board of Trustees will meet at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 16, at the Chickamauga Public Library. For more information, call 706-638-7557.
COMMUNITY · LaFayette Parks and Recreation Department will offer zumba classes Wednesdays at the Max Stoker facility beginning Wednesday, Jan. 16, from 5:30-6:30 p.m. For more information, call Gabriel Dudley at 423-413-0958.
CHURCH · First Baptist Church of Fort Oglethorpe will hold a free six-week video series, “The art of marriage,” beginning Wednesday, Jan. 16, from 6-7:15 p.m. Dinner will be provided from 5-6 p.m. for a minimal charge. The series is for single adults who are interested in marriage or married adults who desire to enrich their marriages. For more information, call the church at 706-866-0232.
COMMUNITY · Girl Scouts have started taking orders for Girl Scout cookies. Orders will be taken through Feb. 10. Cookie deliveries and booth sales are March 1 - 24. For more information, visit girlscoutcsa.org or call 1-800-474-1912.
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 · 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 · 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.
Thursday, Jan. 17
COMMUNITY · The Friends of the Catoosa County Library will meet at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 17, in the library’s multi-purpose room. The library is at 108 Catoosa Circle (Benton Place campus off Battlefield Parkway) in Ringgold.
COMMUNITY · Lafayette Physical Therapy will hold a “lunch and learn” from noon-2 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 17, at 120 West Villanow Street in LaFayette. Guest speaker is Dr. Jay Jolley. For more information, call Vicki at 706-638-5983.
COMMUNITY · Coosa Valley Regional Services board will meet at 10 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 17, at the main office in Rome, 3 Riverside Industrial Parkway, N.E. The meeting is open to the public.
ENTERTAINMENT · The Notables, a jazz combo out of Rome specializing in mainstream jazz standards and tunes from the Great American Songbook, will perform a free concert at Dalton State College Thursday, Jan. 17, at 7:30 pm. The concert will be held in Goodroe Auditorium, at Gignilliat Memorial Hall. Seating is limited and is available on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information, call 706-272-2528.
COMMUNITY · The United Way’s Center for Nonprofits (CNP) is offering workshops for local nonprofit organizations and their volunteers. Most sessions are offered at 630 Market Street, unless otherwise noted. To learn more, call Sara Collier at (423) 752-0329 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also go and register online at cnpchatt.org. On Thursday, Jan. 17, from 10-11 a.m., take Intro to Foundation Directory and learn to use this online database of grant markers and records.
ENTERTAINMENT · The Hunter Museum of American Art and Lee University will host String Theory at the Hunter on Thursday, Jan. 17, with a concert featuring performances by David Shifrin, Wu Han and David Finckel, as well as the Miro String Quartet. To purchase tickets, call (423) 267-0968 or visit stringtheorymusic.org.
COMMUNITY · A diabetes education class will be offered from 1:30-4:30 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 17, at Erlanger Chattanooga Lifestyle Center. This class will explore ways to manage diabetes. Call 778-9400 for more information on physician referral and insurance reimbursement.
COMMUNITY · Learn the waltz and the foxtrot! Registration for ballroom dancing classes at FortOGeorgia.com headquarters has begun. To sign up call 706-866-9919 or drop by the store (2738 Lafayette Road, next to Sears Shoes Clearance Store in Fort Oglethorpe). Darla Toker of The Tempo Dance Studio will teach the six-week course on Thursdays: Jan. 24, 31, and Feb. 7, 14, 21, 28, from 6:30 –8 p.m. Cost: Individual: $55 for entire course, or $99 for two people (team up and save). Note: One of the classes falls on Valentine's Day. A special class will be offered that evening -- but if you have other plans, a make-up class will be made available.