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Saturday, July 17

Everyone is invited Center Post Community Center’s monthly free music night Saturday July 17, from 7-9 p.m. with New Grass Express performing. Center Post Community Center is at 8125 Highway 337, LaFayette.

Come join the fun at Ringgold Downtown Nights for a BBQ cook-off on Saturday, July 17, from 6-9 p.m. Free music from Matchbox Rodeo, bounce house and face paint for kids, lots of barbecue, other concessions and beer will be available from Turnbuckle Bar & Grill. Bring your lawn chair. Corn hole tournament starts at 4 p.m. Entry is open to anyone; just go online to https://forms.gle/VvAxF6y81tUZS8vX7 to register and for more information. Cutoff for registration is Friday, July 9.

Everyone is invited to the Rambler Run Charity Car Show Saturday, July 17, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., featuring hot rods, trucks and classic cars. The show will be at the LaFayette High School student parking lot, 5178 Round Pond Road. The car registration fee is a $20 in advance or day of show. Vendors spots are $20 in advance. Awards include Top 25, Best of Show, Students’ Choice and 18 specialty trophies. There is a 50/50 drawing. For information, contact Kim Harrison at 423-255-2652 or [email protected], or go to the North GA Outlaws Car Club’s Facebook page. 

Wednesday, July 21

The joint annual meeting of the Workforce Development Board of Northwest Georgia, the Council of Chief Elected Officials of Northwest Georgia and the Youth Committee will be Wednesday, July 21, at 11 a.m. at Georgia Northwestern Technical College, Calhoun.

Thursday, July 29

Catoosa Kid’s Day will be Thursday, July 29, from 3-6:30 p.m. at Tiger Creek Elementary School, 134 Rhea McClanahan Drive, Tunnel Hill. The event includes free vision, hearing, dental, and nutritional screenings; immunizations for those who qualify (All are required for school.); parents and children visit booths with free games, activities, school supplies, backpacks and community health information. For more information, call Sandy Matheson at 423-421-4092 or [email protected] The event is sponsored by Primary Healthcare Centers, Georgia Family Connection and Catoosa County Public Schools.

Saturday, July 31

The city of LaFayette and LaFayette Junior Council are hosting a free showing of “National Treasure” for hometown movie night Saturday, July 31, at 9 p.m. on the square in downtown LaFayette. Bring a lawn chair.

Saturday, Aug. 7

On Saturday, Aug. 7, LIFT Youth Center Inc. will hold its grand opening. More information will be provided closer to the event. The grand opening kicks off LIFT’s normal hours of operation and begins providing Catoosa County 5th-12th graders and their families this much-needed resource.

Sunday, Aug. 8

Walnut Grove Baptist Church’s Revival will be Aug. 8-11. Revival is when God’s people to return to God, God returns to them, and everyone sees the difference. Sunday, Aug. 8, services are 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. Services Monday through Wednesday are at 6:30 p.m. Brother Eddy Rushing will preach all services. Come just as you are. Childcare is available during all services. Contact the church at 706-638-1388 or [email protected] for more information.

Saturday, Aug. 14

barbecue fundraiser to benefit Walker County African American museums and parks will be held Saturday, Aug. 14, at 10 a.m. at Lowell Green Recreational Center, 301 Webb Wheeler Road, LaFayette. The event will feature Wardlaw Lucky Eye Q barbecue, homemade desserts, military art and African American art.

Saturday, Aug. 28

American Legion LaFayette Post 339’s second annual Veterans Legacy Golf Tournament is Saturday, Aug. 28. Registration is at 8 a.m. and tee-off is at 9 a.m. The deadline to register is Aug. 15. The event is at the LaFayette Municipal Golf Course. Price: $75 per player and $300 for a four-person team. The money raised goes to helping local veterans and the community. For information, contact Alan Kubik at 423-903-8038 or by email to [email protected]

Saturday, Sept. 25

The fourth annual Smith & Wesley and Friends New Country 107.9 Benefit Concert presented by the Smith Charitable Endowment is Saturday, Sept. 25, at 7 p.m. at the Northwest Georgia Amphitheater at Benton Place, 220 Catoosa Circle in Ringgold. The concert, also featuring Little Texas and Robby Hopkins, benefits several Catoosa County charities that improve literacy, uplift community youth programs, encourage youth athletics while also enhancing the arts. Tickets range from $40t to $125 with special early-bird discounts as low as $25. For more information visit SmithandWesley.com and click on Smith & Wesley and Friends tab. Like the Smith Charitable Endowment on Facebook.

Tuesday, Sept. 28

The Cherokee Area Council is hosting its annual Friends of Scouting luncheon Tuesday, Sept. 28, at the Chattanooga Convention Center. Col. Mark Tillman, the pilot for Air Force One, will be guest speaker to commemorate the 20th anniversary of 9/11. The event is by invitation; however anyone can request an invitation by emailing [email protected]

GENERAL

♦ TOURS The Friends of the Gordon-Lee Mansion will open the mansion for self-guided tours each Saturday until Labor Day, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The tours are $5 for adults and $1 for 12 and under with all proceeds going to the Friends 501(c)3 for mansion enhancements. For more information, email [email protected] or call 423-488-0861.

♦ FARMERS MARKET Rabbit Valley Farmers Market in Ringgold is open every Saturday through Oct. 30 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Ringgold Market Pavilion. The market has vendors, food trucks, crafts for kids and more, with live music the last Saturday of each month. The market was started and is managed by local farm owner Samantha Martin, who lives in Ringgold with her husband and children and is an advocate for shopping local and supporting Ringgold’s small businesses, which was one of the reasons she wanted to start the farmer’s market. “The mission of the Rabbit Valley Farmers Market,” Martin said, “is to promote the exchange of fresh, high-quality local food and agricultural products between agricultural producers in Catoosa County (and its surrounding region), its residents, and visitors for the purpose of supporting local growers, providing quality products to consumers, and supporting sustainable agriculture and downtown revitalization.” “Whether you are looking for a locally grown vegetable, beef or poultry products, the Rabbit Valley Farmers Market will offer a unique connection between local families to area farmers,” said Randall Franks, Ringgold Downtown Development Authority chairman. “Through the special programs for children, monthly entertainment, and special participants each and every Saturday, taking a trip to town on those mornings will become a must for every Catoosan. The DDA and Main Street are proud to partner in this effort which will increase our downtown visitors to benefit all our merchants and eateries.”

♦ CHURCH Open Bible Full Gospel Church, 2803 Ga. Highway 151 in LaFayette, invites the public to worship on Sundays: Sunday school at 10 a.m., morning service at 11 a.m., and night service at 5 p.m. 

♦ COOKBOOK North Georgia Animal Alliance has put together a cookbook, “Recipes to the Rescue,” to sell as a fundraiser for the animal rescue group. In addition to 200 recipes, including four for dog and cat treats and a few for homemade cleaning agents, NGAA’s cookbook, which sells for $12, features 20 pages of cooking tips and hints and information about the organization and its work. To learn more about “Recipes to the Rescue” and North Georgia Animal Alliance, visit https://www.northgeorgiaanimalalliance.org/home.html. You can also email [email protected] or call 796-937-2287. NGAA is on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/NorthGeorgiaAnimalAlliance.

♦ CLUB The Kiwanis Club of Fort Oglethorpe was chartered in 1954 and is Catoosa County’s oldest service club. The club meets each Friday at noon at Park Place Restaurant. To learn more about Kiwanis contact Club President Chris McKeever at 706-861-2860 or visit its Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/groups/ftoglethorpekiwanis.

♦ MEETINGS Chickamauga & Chattanooga Civil War Roundtable meets monthly to discuss the complex history of the Civil War and Reconstruction period. Meetings are the first Thursday each month at 7 p.m. Zoom meetings for now. Reputable historians/authors for each meeting. Email address: [email protected] Facebook group: Chickamauga & Chattanooga Civil War Roundtable Group.

♦ CHURCH LaFayette Presbyterian Church will continue broadcasting services at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Facebook Live. Members and visitors are invited to attend the service at 11 a.m. by making a reservation at https://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080E4BAAAA2DA02-lafayette. There is plenty of space for additional families. Masks are required, and proper social distancing is maintained throughout the service. A recording of the service is posted on YouTube and on the church Facebook page (LaFayette-Presbyterian-Church) for later viewing. The church is not closed, just meeting in a different way. Prayer requests can be sent via the website, https://www.lafpres.org/, or by calling 706-638-3932. Pastor Clay Gunter and the elders are available as needed. Full reopening will be announced at a later date.

♦ MEETINGS Catoosa County Democratic Party generally meets the third Thursday each month at 6:30 p.m. at the Graysville voting precinct. For more information contact C. Griffith by email at [email protected]

♦ MEETINGS Catoosa County Historical Society meets every second Monday of the month at 7 p.m. at the Old Stone Church, Highway 41, in Ringgold. The Old Stone Church is also open for tours Friday-Sunday, from 1-5 p.m. For more information, call 706-935-5232.

♦ MEETINGS Georgia Transparency Coalition meets the third Thursday of each month. Location and guest speakers announced on our Facebook page each month. GTC is a non-partisan watchdog group committed to fostering transparency, accountability, accessibility, integrity and the highest ethical standards in government, politics and law. Open to interested residents in Catoosa, Dade and Walker counties. For information email [email protected] or call Dean Kelley at 706-866-4656.

♦ LOSE WEIGHT TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) meets on Wednesdays at 9:30 a.m. at Harbor Lights Baptist Church, 600 Crane St., LaFayette. Have fun while losing those extra pounds. Call 423-432-0520 for details.

♦ MEETINGS Chickamauga American Legion Post 217 meets the first Saturday each month at 8 a.m. at West 14th Street in Chickamauga.

♦ MEETINGS Southern Lit Book Club meets at Caffeine Addicts, 7819 Nashville Street in Ringgold, the last Tuesday each month at 6 p.m. For more information, call Donna Greeson at 706-935-2810.

♦ CHURCH Join Foster Mill Drive Baptist Church in LaFayette for worship. Sunday school is at 10 a.m., with classes for all ages. Morning worship service is at 11 a.m. Sunday night worship is at 6 p.m. Wednesday night worship is at 7 p.m. For more information, call 423-667-4521.

♦ MEETINGS The American Legion, LaFayette Post 339 meets on the third Monday of each month. The meeting is held at 6 p.m. in the Wardlaw-Bible meeting room at the LaFayette-Walker County Public Library. This meeting is open to active and prospective members of The American Legion and their guests.

♦ CHURCH Lee’s Chapel Community Church located at 3253 Catoosa Parkway, Tunnel Hill, holds Sunday services at 2 p.m. 

♦ MEETINGS The Seniors and Friends of Fort Oglethorpe group meets each Wednesday from 10 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. at Constitution Hall on Forrest Road. This all-volunteer group offers games, crafts, blood pressure/blood sugar check, bingo and refreshments. For information or transportation, call Karon Parker at 423-595-7109 or Taire Pulver at 423-227-7720.

♦ MEETINGS The Catoosa County Democratic Party generally meets the third Thursday each month at 6:30 p.m. For more information contact Cathy Griffith by email at [email protected]

♦ MEETING The Catoosa County Historical Society meets every second Monday of the month at 7 p.m. at the Old Stone Church, Highway 41, in Ringgold. The Old Stone Church is also open for tours Friday-Sunday, from 1-5 p.m. For more information, call 706-935-5232.

♦ CHURCH True Life Church at The Renaissance Center, 630 North Avenue, Rossville, invites you to services on Sunday at 9:30 a.m. and Wednesday Food & Fellowship at 6:30 p.m. followed by adult bible study at 7 p.m. Visit us at www.thetruelife.org or call 423-260-2774.

♦ CLUB Guests are welcome when the Ringgold Kiwanis Club meets every Tuesday morning, from 7-8 a.m. for breakfast and fellowship at the First Baptist Church of Ringgold, located at 7611 Nashville St. Call Wayne Pennington, 423-838-3535, for more information.

♦ COMMUNITY Narconon would like to remind families that the use of addicting drugs is on the rise. If you know anyone who is struggling with drug addiction, Narconon is available to help. Call for a free brochure on the signs of addiction for all drugs. Narconon also offers free screenings and referrals. Call 800-431-1754 or visit DrugAbuseSolution.com.

♦ CHURCH The Men’s Ministry of Keith Baptist Church invites you to join them on the second Saturday of each month at 9 a.m. for a free breakfast, fellowship and Bible study. The church is located at 1573 Keith Road in Ringgold. For more information, please call Dustin Salter at 423-827-2930.

♦ COMMUNITY The Northwest Georgia Chapter of the American Red Cross seeks volunteers to do disaster work, office administration and community outreach at health fairs and other events in Chattooga, Dade, Catoosa, Gordon, Murray, Walker, Whitfield counties. Training will be provided. For more information, call 706-728-3408 or visit redcross.org/nwga.

♦ MEETINGS The Boynton Lions Club meets the second Tuesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. in the Boynton United Methodist Church fellowship hall. Dinner catered by the Dinner Bell is $6.50 and annual membership dues are $21 per quarter. For information call 423-321-2481.

♦ COMMUNITY The Fort Oglethorpe Caring Closet is at Rosewood at Fort Oglethorpe Assisted Living, 14 Town Drive. The Caring Closet is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. -4 p.m. For more information, call 706-866-4443 and ask for Tracy or Connor.

♦ MEETINGS Narcotics and Alcoholic’s Anonymous (NA/AA) meetings are open to the public every Monday at 7:30 p.m. at LaFayette Presbyterian Church, 107 North Main Street. For more information, visit na.org or call 888-479-9696.

♦ COMMUNITY Lookout Mountain CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) needs volunteers to advocate for the best interest of the abused and neglected children of Catoosa, Dade, Walker and Chattooga counties who are in foster care. CASA volunteers serve as the eyes and ears of the juvenile court judges. For more information, email Annice Goodwin at [email protected] or call 423-402-0843.

♦ MEETINGS ABATE (American Bikers Active Toward Education) of Georgia District 1 West meets at 6:30 p.m. the fourth Monday of the month at the Dairy Dip in LaFayette. For more information, contact Eugene Bell at Eugenebell2000atyahoo.com or call 706-260-5594.

♦ MEETINGS The Cedar Grove Community Club meets every third Saturday at 6 p.m. at the Cedar Grove Community Center on W. Cove Road. Everyone is invited.