COMMUNITY · Free lunches do exist! The Boy Scouts will provide a free lunch for any boy ages 11-16 on Saturday, Jan. 19, at the Advance Auto Parts store in Ringgold, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. The event is hosted by Boy Scout Troop 77 of Ringgold. Boys can also enjoy games. For more information, call Chris Smith at 423-413-0869.
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 · The La Fayette-Walker County Public Library reading dog, Ika, is looking for children to come read to her. The Paws to Read program is from noon-1:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 19. Readers of all ages and levels are welcome.
ENTERTAINMENT · Ensemble Theatre of Chattanooga (ETC) will open its 2013 season with AVENUE Q. The show will run weekends through Jan. 27; Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2:30 p.m. Performances will take place at Eastgate Town Center, 5600 Brainerd Road in Chattanooga. Tickets cost $20 for adults, $15 for students and are available at ensembletheatreofchattanooga.com or call 423-987-5141. Doors open 30 minutes before each performance. Free parking is available at the Eastgate Town Center.
COMMUNITY · The annual Southern Charm Wedding Expo will be held at the historic Ringgold Depot from noon-4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 19. Caterers, photographers, event venues and others will be set up for young brides and grooms to sample products and review services. Admission is free. Parking will be available in front of the Depot and along Depot Street and Highway 41/Nashville Street. Additional event parking will be provided on the south side of Highway 41/Nashville Street behind “Your Other Attic” Storage. For more information, visit the Facebook page by searching for: “Southern Charm Wedding Expo.”
KIDS ENTERTAINMENT · The Tennessee Aquarium is partnering with WTCI-TV to bring the Dinosaur Train Discovery Tour to Chattanooga from Jan. 19-21. Buddy, the T-Rex star of the popular PBS Kids program, will be in the Tennessee Aquarium’s River Journey building to meet fans from 10 a.m.-3 pm on Saturday, Jan. 19. He will also appear for fan photos between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 20, and Monday, January 21. Kids will also have an opportunity to pose for photos behind a Dinosaur Train cut-out inside the Aquarium’s Ocean Journey building.
CHURCH · New Bethel Baptist Church will hold a singing at 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 19, featuring Right Path and Blue Grass Gospel. The church is 1635 Salem Valley Road in Ringgold. For more information, call Bobby at 706-935-4208 or Nelson at 706-965-2778.
COMMUNITY · A Boot Camp for Dads will be held from 9-11:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 19, 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.
COMMUNITY · Parkridge East Hospital in East Ridge, Tenn., will offer free tours of the birthplace on Saturdays, Jan. 19, Feb. 9 and March 2, from 1-2 p.m., or Saturday, Feb. 2, from 5-6 p.m. Participants can tour the labor and delivery area and the mother/baby area (based on availability). Prenatal services and classes will be discussed with a time for questions and answers. This tour begins in the Rowe Conference Room. For more information and to register for classes, call MedLine at 800-242-5662 or visit ParkridgeEastHospital.com.
COMMUNITY · Parkridge East Hospital in East Ridge, Tenn., will offer an Infant/Child CPR Class ($15) Saturday, Jan. 19, from 10 a.m.-1 p.m., or Feb. 9 or March 2, from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. An American Heart Association class taught at Parkridge East Hospital by a Basic Life Support Instructor, this course includes instruction on what to do in the event that your infant or child stops breathing or begins to choke. Injury prevention is discussed. This class is recommended for veteran as well as first-time parents, grandparents, and caregivers of a new baby. A practice time on manikins is included. Note: This class is NOT a certification for healthcare or day care workers. For more information and to register for classes, call MedLine at 800-242-5662 or visit ParkridgeEastHospital.com.
Sunday, Jan. 20
ENTERTAINMENT · The Creative Underground will present a musical tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., on Sunday, Jan. 20, from 1-3 p.m. at Mocha Restaurant and Music Lounge. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit tcuchatt.com or call (423) 402-0452.
CHURCH · Revival at Kensington Church of God will be held Jan. 20-23. Chris Renau will preach. Times are Sunday at 11 a.m. and 6 p.m., and Tuesday and Wednesday at 7 p.m. Dennis Chambers is pastor. For more information, call 423-315-1544.
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.
COMMUNITY · Lyerly United Methodist Church is selling cookbooks for $10 each. They can be purchased from any church member, or at Pine Ridge Outdoor Supply in Lyerly, or by sending $10 (plus $2.00 shipping and handling) to Lyerly United Methodist Church, P. O. Box 152, Lyerly, GA 30730, and a church cookbook will be mailed to you. For more information, call Jo Ann Mitchell at 706-895-2636.
COMMUNITY · January is National Blood Donor Month and Blood Assurance is asking area residents to add “saving lives” to their New Year’s resolutions. Donors must be at least 17 years old (16 years old with parental consent) and weigh at least 110 pounds. Donors at any Blood Assurance will receive a long-sleeved t-shirt commemorating National Blood Donor Month. For more information, visit bloodassurance.org/blooddrives or call 1-800-962-0628.
Monday, Jan. 21
COMMUNITY · Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park will waive entrance fees to Point Park on Lookout Mountain on Monday, Jan. 21, in honor of Martin Luther King Day. For more information, call 706-866-9241 or 423-821-7786.
COMMUNITY · Lee University will honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., on Monday, January 21 with seminars on campus led by faculty members. For more information and a schedule of events, please visit leeuniversity.edu.
COMMUNITY · On Monday, Jan. 21, in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the Salvation Army’s Recreate Café located at 800 McCallie Avenue, will host the “2nd Annual Dreamers in Action Luncheon” at noon. This luncheon will allow individuals from various communities to talk, dream and share a meal together. Participants will share their vision for Chattanooga in 2013 by creating a "Vision Board." The luncheon is free, however, registration is required. To register visit http://tsachatt.wufoo.com/forms/r7x2q5/. For more information, call Tenika Dye at 423-756-1023.
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 · 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 · Childbirth Education will be offered from 6-9 p.m. Monday, Jan. 21, at Erlanger East (Gunbarrel Road, Chattanooga). This childbirth education class/series is designed for expectant parents and taught by experienced OB nurses. These classes include stages of labor, relaxation and labor support techniques, hospital procedures, pain management options, after birth and home care for moms and in-hospital care for newborns. There will also be time for questions and answers. Registration fee is $125. Call Erlanger’s HealthLink at (423) 778-LINK (5465) to register.
COMMUNITY · A Bariatric Support Group meets from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 21, at Erlanger Chattanooga Lifestyle Center. 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 is offered from 1:30-4:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 21, 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.