COMMUNITY · More than 300 trees will be planted in Ringgold Oct. 27-28 by the community group known as Trees for Ringgold. The goal of the group is to rebuild, repair and revitalize the city of Ringgold in the wake of the devastating April 27 tornado. At present, the main focus is on planting trees for residences and businesses in the downtown area and some areas nearby. At least one "7 gallon" tree, roughly six feet tall, will be free of charge, to each property owner in these areas. The Ringgold Remembrance and Renewal Ceremony on the Catoosa County Courthouse lawn will take place at 4 p.m. on Oct. 27, the six-month anniversary of the storm. All of the volunteers will be in attendance; a large number of Ringgold citizens is expected. Local and state dignitaries have been in-vited to attend. This ceremony will kick off with a performance by the award winning Ringgold High School March-ing Band, and will feature local musical talent. The ceremony will culminate by planting a large tree on the lawn. On Saturday, Oct. 29, there will be a Youth Tree Workshop to educate youth about the importance of trees in the environment and how to plant and nurture a tree. Each child attending will receive a seedling to plant.
COMMUNITY · The Ringgold Haunted Depot continues Oct. 27-29 at 7 p.m. each night. The cost for the event is $5 for the Haunted Depot, $5 for the Haunted Ghost Tour, and $3 for the Haunted Hayride & Bonfire. For more information or questions, contact Ringgold marketing coordinator Daniel Shepard at 706-935-5290 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
COMMUNITY · LaFayette’s mayor and city council will hold a workshop Oct. 27 at 6 p.m. to go over the 2011-2012 budget.
COMMUNITY · Homeschool Hour is at the LaFayette-Walker County Public Library on Oct. 27 at 2 p.m. Stories and activities are designed for children ages 6-9 to help supplement their homeschool studies. All ages are welcome.
Friday, Oct. 28
ENTERTAINMENT · Closed Door Entertainment presents “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” at The Colonnade Oct. 28 and 29 at 7:30 p.m. with a matinee performance Oct. 29 at 1 p.m.
COMMUNITY · The Center Post community center will host a family-friendly karaoke night Friday, Oct. 28, from 6-9 p.m. Admission is free and everyone is invited. There will be snacks available.
CHURCH · Covenant Life Worship Center will hold a “Hayride Through Hell” from Oct. 28 through Oct. 31, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. nightly. Ages ten and over are welcome. Admission is free with a donation of a canned food item. Groups of ten or more must call for a reservation. The church is at 7001 LaFayette Road in Chickamauga. For more information, call 706-375-5286 or visit covenantlifeworship.com.
COMMUNITY · The Chickamauga Public Library Board of Trustees will meet Wednesday, Oct. 26, at 4 p.m. at the Chickamauga Public Library.
COMMUNITY · The City of LaFayette Zoning Board of Appeals will meet Friday, Oct. 28, at 8:30 a.m. at City Hall.
Saturday, Oct. 29
COMMUNITY · Chickamauga Public Library is partnering with the paranormal group Spectral Soul Seekers for its annual Ghost Walk. The walk starts at 6:30 pm at the library and continues throughout the night. After the ghost walk finishes out, back at the library, the Spectral Soul Seekers group will be doing a paranormal presentation and answering questions. Spectral Soul Seekers, founded in November 2009, performs investigations all over Georgia, Tennessee and Alabama. Funds from the Ghost Walk will benefit the Chickamauga Public Library.
COMMUNITY · The Marsh House will hold the third annual Ghost and History Walk Saturday, Oct. 29, from 6:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. Wear comfortable shoes and bring a flashlight to tour haunted sites around LaFayette. Tours begin at the gazebo in Joe Stock Park. The last tour leaves at 10:30 p.m. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for children ages 6 to 12. Proceeds benefit projects at the Marsh House. For more information, call 423-718-9918 or visit www.marshhouseoflafayette.com.
COMMUNITY · Catoosa and Walker County Special Olympics invite the public to the third annual horseshow on Oct. 29 at Eagles Rest Ranch in Flintstone, 5 miles from Rock City Enchanted Maze on Hwy 193. Gates open at 8 a.m. Horseshow begins at 10 a.m. Concessions and t-shirts will be available. Bring the entire family. Visit Rodeo Drive where kids can enjoy games such as roping the steer, udder races, horseshoes, cow patty toss, face painting and hay play. There will be miniature horses, Dixie and Dancer, to groom and love. A hayride will take you out to see the buffalo. Following the horseshow there will be a costume contest where you might win the scariest, funniest or most creative. If it is not windy, we’ll end with a bonfire.
COMMUNITY · The Blue Knights Georgia IX present Rally in the Valley, a 100-mile escorted ride through north Georgia, Saturday, Oct. 29, meeting at the Remco Business Center next to Cracker Barrel in Ringgold. Registration begins at 8 a.m.; kickstands up at 10 a.m. Cost is $25 single and $35 double. There will be a party at the end of the ride at the Acoustic Café in the Remco Business Center. For more information, call Fran Rice at 706-847-8087 or Corky Jewell at 423-595-0655.
COMMUNITY · The Blue Knights Georgia IX present a Haunted Casino, with food, fun, prizes and entertainment, Saturday, Oct. 29, from 7 to 11 p.m. at the Walker County Civic Center. Must be 21 or older to attend. Admission is $25. Proceeds will benefit the Children’s Advocacy Center of the Lookout Mountain Judicial Circuit. For more information, call Fran Rice at 706-847-8087 or Corky Jewell at 423-595-0655.
COMMUNITY · A benefit will be held for Mike Black, to help with medical bills, Saturday, Oct. 29, at The Bank of LaFayette Community Room, starting at 2 p.m. There will be singing, face painting, a cakewalk, cake auction, silent auction, food and a live auction beginning at 6 p.m. The whole family is welcome.
CHURCH · Noble Fellowship’s 12th annual “Cruzin for the Lord” car, truck and motorcycle show is Oct. 29. Registration is from 9 to noon. Awards given away at 2 p.m. The event is at 5994 Highway 27 North, 2 miles south of Georgia Northwestern Technical College. All gifts go toward “Light the Future” building fun.