ENTERTAINMENT · “The Never-Ending Story” will be performed live on stage at The Colonnade in Ringgold. Performances are Aug. 24 and 25 at 7:30 p.m. and a matinee on Aug. 25 at 1 p.m. Tickets are $11 adult admission, $9 seniors (age 55 and older), $9 students, and $8 for groups of 15 or more. Call 706-935-9000, ext. 103, for more information or visit the website colonnadecenter.org.
COMMUNITY · The 2012 Campaign Kickoff Celebration for United Way in Walker, Catoosa and Dade Counties will be held on Thursday, Aug. 30, at the Walker County Civic Center from 7:30-8:30 a.m. A buffet breakfast will be served. Those who want to make reservations for the event should register at LiveUnitedWCD.org or call United Way at 423-752-0300 by Monday, Aug. 27.
CHURCH · Friendship Primitive Baptist Church will host an "A Cappella Congregational Singing" Friday, Aug. 24, and Saturday, Aug. 25, at 851 Ooltewah-Ringgold Rd., Ringgold. On Aug. 24, from 6-7 p.m. a light meal will be served. Singing from the Old School Hymnal is from 7-8 p.m. On Aug. 25, from 10 a.m.-noon there will be more congregational singing and lunch will follow the song service. There is no admission. Attendees may bring a covered dish on Saturday. For more information, call Tim Russell at 423-903-1257 or David Smith at 706-980-0442.
COMMUNITY · The Blunt House at 506 South Thornton Avenue in Dalton will show a historical bridal collection from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. every Friday through the end of August. Admission is $5. For more information, call the Dalton Convention and Visitors Bureau at 706-270-9960 or the Whitfield Murray Historical Society at 706-278-0217.
COMMUNITY · The Chief John Ross house is open for the summer from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday through August. Admission is free. The house is at the intersection of East Lake Avenue and Spring Street (behind the Bi-Lo) in Rossville. For more information or to schedule a private tour, call 423-400-7400. COMMUNITY · Artist Ginger L. Lowry will exhibit artwork throughout August at the Chattooga County Library, 360 Farrar Drive, in Summerville. Lowry is known for painting equestrian (horse riding) scenes. Hours are 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday and Friday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday, and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday. For more information, call 706-857-2553.
COMMUNITY · Blood Assurance asks residents to consider donating blood to help save a life. Donors must be at least 17-years-old (16-years-old with parental consent) and weigh at least 110 pounds. Donors are eligible to give blood every 56 days. Donors who do not know their blood type can call Blood Assurance at 1-800-962-0628 or present a photo ID at any area blood drive. A list of area blood drives can be found at bloodassurance.org/blooddrives.
COMMUNITY · Voting has begun in the 2012 Best of Walker contest, sponsored by the Walker County Chamber of Commerce and the Walker County Messenger. This is the fifth annual contest in which residents are encouraged to vote for the favorites in local services in 55 categories. This contest is completely electronic and all votes must be made online. To vote go to walkercochamber.com/bestofwalker2012.htm or catwalkchat.com. Voters are encouraged to fill out as many categories as they wish; however when voting for a specific person please list their business name and/or geographic location. Only one submission will be allowed per computer. The deadline for submitting votes is at noon Sept. 28.
COMMUNITY · An art exhibit titled “Tranquil Space” will be displayed Aug. 20-Sept. 14 at the Jewish Cultural Center gallery, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday. (Closed Sept. 3 – Labor Day) Admission is free. The center is at 5461 North Terrace Road in Chattanooga. For more information, visit jewishchattanooga.com.
COMMUNITY · Need to take weight off? Come join TOPS (weight-loss support group) on Monday's at 7 p.m. at Center Post Community Center, 8125 Highway 337, LaFayette. For more information, call Beverly Byrd at 706-638- 1045.
COMMUNITY · Chattooga Academy ( 304 N. Main Street, between Joe Stock Memorial Park and the Marsh House) in LaFayette will display photographs of some former service stations and car dealerships that operated in LaFayette, including information on LaFayette’s former Hupmobile dealership. The Hupmobile car was produced from 1909 -1940 by the Hupp Motor Company of Detroit, Mich. The exhibit also features a model train and the former LaFayette depot ticket booth. A volunteer will be on hand to assist visitors from 1-3 p.m. Sunday. Chattooga Academy hours are 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and from 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday. Call ahead to confirm a volunteer will be available.
COMMUNITY · North Georgia Community YMCA will offer After School Programs for students in pre-K through fifth grades throughout the school year at Cherokee Ridge, Fairyland, Rock Spring, Tiger Creek and West Side Elementary schools. Cost is $40 per week for YMCA members, $60 per week for non-members. There is a one-time (per year) $50 registration fee per family. For more information, call 706-935-2226 or visit email@example.com.
COMMUNITY · First Baptist Church of Chickamauga has a few spots open in the 3- and 4-year old preschool classes. Registration packets may be printed from the children's ministry page at fbcchickamauga.com. For more information, call Susan Veazey or Donna Christol at 706-375-2829 or 706-375-2733.
Saturday, Aug. 25
ENTERTAINMENT · “The Never-Ending Story” will be performed live on stage at The Colonnade in Ringgold. Performances are at 1 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 25. Tickets are $11 adult admission, $9 seniors (age 55 and older), $9 students, and $8 for groups of 15 or more. Call 706-935-9000, ext. 103, for more information or visit the website colonnadecenter.org.
COMMUNITY · North Georgia Community YMCA will offer Girls Volleyball for ages 7-15. Expect weekday practices and Saturday games from Aug. 27-Nov. 3. Practices will be held in Fort Oglethorpe with games at local YMCAs and a tournament at UTC Maclellan Gym. Registration deadline is Aug. 25. Cost is $75 for everyone. For more information, call 706-935-2226.
COMMUNITY · The Randy Roberts Band will perform from 7-9 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 25, at Center Post Community Center, 8125 Highway 337 in Walker County. Admission is free. Hotdogs will be served.
COMMUNITY · Lyerly United Methodist will hold a free movie night at 6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 25, featuring "Facing the Giants.” Free refreshments will be served halfway through the movie. Call Michelle Floyd at 706-676-5645 for more information.
COMMUNITY · Cub Scout Pack #3099 will hold a Back-to-School Blowout from 5-8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 25, at Rock Spring United Methodist Chruch. Cost is $5 per person, children age 2 and younger are free. Enjoy face painting, a crazy hair saloon, pie throw, dunking booth, inflatables, water gun shoot-out and food. For more information, call Kace Sanchez at 423-504-0988.
COMMUNITY · The Way of the Cross Baptist Church youth will hold a car wash from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 25, at the pavilion in front of Pigeon Mountain Country Store (south Highway 341 and Hog Jowl Road and Highway 193). Proceeds will go to Shoes for Orphan Souls (new shoes, socks and shoe laces).
Sunday, Aug. 26
CHURCH · The LaFayette First United Methodist Church will celebrate its homecoming beginning at 10:45 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 26, 2012. On Aug. 10, 1835, the congregation received a free building lot for its first church, a log cabin, on South Main Street in the new town of Chattooga (later named LaFayette). The church is 177 years old. The Rev. David Wilson, pastor of LFUMC from 1975-1977, will be guest preacher. The service, themed Precious Memories, will be followed by a covered dish luncheon. Several musical specials will be featured, along with displays of church artifacts, recognition of special guests and historical handouts. Friends, former church members and staff are invited to attend. The Rev. John Moore is the pastor in his fifth year of ministry at LFUMC.
CHURCH · Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church located south of LaFayette on Trion Highway will hold its annual homecoming celebration Sunday, Aug. 26, beginning at 10:30 a.m. Special singers are Tiny and Marlys Van Kleef. Chaplain Major Bryan Smith is the featured speaker. Rev. Tracy Bass is pastor.
CHURCH · Elizabeth Terrace Baptist Church at 600 Mohawk Street in Rossville will hold its 69th homecoming and anniversary Sunday, Aug. 26. Pastor George Pinion will preach. Students from Shenandoah Girls Haven in Cleveland, Tenn. will sing during the morning service and the Jeff Hullender family from Ringgold will sing at 1:30 p.m. Morning services begin at 10:30 a.m. A meal will follow. Pastor George Pinion and the members extend a cordial invitation to the public to attend. A nursery will be provided.
CHURCH · The Way of the Cross Baptist Church will hold a revival at 7 p.m. from Sunday, Aug. 26, through Wednesday, Aug. 29. Pastor is Oscar Stapp. Dr. Mike Bagwell is the featured speaker. For more information, call 706-539-2423.
CHURCH · The Church of God of the Union Assembly (2211 S. Dixie Highway, Dalton) will hold a homecoming service at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 26. Pastor Trey Starnes will preach. The song service will feature Voices Won. Dinner will be served after the service with activities for all ages beginning at 2 p.m. Comedian Tim Lovelace will provide Christian entertainment at 4 p.m. at Ryman Hall. Fore more information, call 706-275-0510.
COMMUNITY · The Walker County Historical Society will meet at 2:30 p.m., Aug. 26, for a picnic at the Blue Hole (Bluebird Springs) on the east side of Pigeon Mountain. The program will present some history of the spring and the nearby”Chief” Bluebird Cabin. Members may bring food to share and a folding chair. The public is invited. Meet at the Marsh House in La Fayette at 2:15 p.m. to car pool.
COMMUNITY · The 2012 Lake Winnie Youth Talent Search is the chance for guests younger than 18 to take the Jukebox Junction stage and showcase their performing arts talent. The contest final round is on Sunday, Aug. 26, at 5 p.m. The top acts from the two preliminary rounds will compete in the finals for a grand prize, which includes $500 and the opportunity to open for Confederate Railroad on Sept. 2. The runner-up at the final show will receive $250. Winners of each round will be judged by audience response. Lake Winnipesauke Amusement Park is at 1730 Lakeview Drive in Rossville. For more information, or to download a sign-up form, visit lakewinnie.com/winnistar.
CHURCH · Sunnyside Baptist Church on Round Pond Road will hold a homecoming starting at 10:30 a.m. with singers Shields of Faith. Pastor Randy Avans will speak. Enjoy lunch after the service. The Sunnyside choir will sing at Fairview South’s revival at 7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 27.
COMMUNITY · The Lyerly Civic Club is selling $1 raffle tickets for a prize queen-size quilt. Tickets are available at Lyerly City Hall, Lucky's of Lyerly, Pine Ridge Outdoors, or from any Lyerly Civic Club Member. Tickets will also be sold at the Lyerly Civic Club booth during Lyerly Down Home Day on Saturday, Sept. 29. For more information, call Juanita Baker at 706-895-2652. All proceeds go the the Lyerly Civic Club.