COMMUNITY · The LaFayette-Walker County Public Library invites children and families to “Dream Big” with Fiddlin’ Dan at 10 a.m. Wednesday, June 13.
COMMUNITY · Camp New Dawn located in McClemore Cove is taking registrations for summer camp: Mini Camp is June 13-15. Cost is $150, day camp is $65. For kids entering grades 2-3. Designed to introduce younger children to camping. Activities include crafts, swimming, nature, farm animals and games. Deposit required to hold a spot. Call about scholarships and transportation for mini-camp and multi-sports day camps. Pick up and drop off at Second Baptist and Wal-mart, LaFayette and Cooper Heights. Please call Jennie at 706-539-2235 or visit www.campnewdawnga.org for more information.
COMMUNITY · Allied Arts of Greater Chattanooga will present an update of Imagine Chattanooga 20/20 at 8 a.m. Wednesday, June 13, at the Bessie Smith Cultural Center. Imagine Chattanooga 20/20 is the region’s new cultural plan developed as a result of the input of more than 400 members of the community. The update will include information about initial action steps in the areas of diversity, education, downtown development and economic development. For more information, go to ImagineChattanooga2020.org or call 423-756-2787.
COMMUNITY · Kristin Nalley, in association with The Colonnade in Ringgold, will offer dance classes on Wednesdays from 5-6 p.m. Wednesday, June 13, through Wednesday, July 25. This initial six-week class is for ages 12 and older. Lessons will focus on basic jazz and theatrical musical numbers. The cost is $60. Call 706-935-9000 to register. Space is limited.
ENTERTAINMENT · The Riverbend Festival is ongoing and continues through Sunday, June 17 (except for Monday, June 11 — which is when the Bessie Smith Strut is held) on the 21st Century Waterfront along the Tennessee River in Chattanooga. Bands ranging from classic rock, jam bands, country, urban and bluegrass will perform. Riverbend draws more than 650,000 patrons annually. Activities include a children's village, mobile exhibits, Bluecross Riverbend Run and Walk, a marketplace and a fireworks finale. For more information, visit riverbendfestival.com.
COMMUNITY · An Ice Cream Festival at Ruby Falls runs daily from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. throughout the month of June. Enjoy a selection of Mayfield’s finest ice cream, hand-dipped, with special flavors of the day and free sampling. Ruby Falls is home to the tallest and deepest underground waterfall accessible to the public in the United States. Visit torubyfalls.com for more information.
COMMUNITY · An antique typewriter exhibit is ongoing at Chattooga Academy in LaFayette. The exhibit features Royal, Underwood and Smith typewriters, as well as Imperial and Smith-Corona typewriters. An Oliver No. 9 is also on display. The typewriters were manufactured approximately from between 1915-1950. A volunteer will be on-hand to assist visitors with the exhibit on Sundays from 1-3 p.m. Chattooga Academy is open from 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. most days Monday through Friday. The building is at 304 North Main Street, in LaFayette. Admission is free. The exhibit will run through Sunday, July 22. For more information, call 706-639-1519.
COMMUNITY · “Serving up Summer” summer food program runs through Friday, Aug. 24. Lunch for children ages infant-17 will be served from noon-1 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday at LaFayette 1st United Methodist Church, 301 South Main Street; and from noon-1 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday at Second Baptist Church, 500 West Main Street in LaFayette; and from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Monday-Friday at the LaFayette Housing Authority, 300 Oak Street. The program is sponsored by North Georgia YMCA and the Chattanooga Area Food Bank and is funded through a USDA grant.
RELIGIOIUS · Ridgeway Baptist Church will offer vacation bible school from 6-9 p.m. June 11-15. The church is at 1594 Ridgeway Road in LaFayette. Pastor is Dr. Clay Powell.
COMMUNITY · Folk School Kids Camp will be held through Thursday, June 14 beginning at 9 a.m. at the St. Elmo Fire Hall. Visit chattanoogafolk.com for more information.
COMMUNITY · Auditions for Ballet Tennessee's Dance Alive program will take place Wednesday, June 13, at North Chattanooga Recreation Center; and Thursday, June 14, at South Chattanooga Recreation Center. Visit ballettennessee.org or call 423-821-2055 for more information.
COMMUNITY · Youth and children's summer workshops will take place at the Tennessee Valley Theatre from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. through Friday, June 15. For more information, visittennesseevalleytheatre.com.
COMMUNITY · Junior golfers up to age 18 are invited to attend summer golf camps at the LaFayette Golf Course. The camps will be held on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 9-11 a.m. each day at a cost of $60 per camp. Tuesdays will include work on the driving range, Wednesdays will be spent on the practice greens, and Thursdays will be reserved for on course work. The camps will be directed and taught by Eddie Jackson, a former PGA Tour player who has spent the past 27 years as a teaching professional. For more information, call the LaFayette Golf Course at 706-639-1580.
Thursday, June 14
COMMUNITY · The Rossville Public Library will host a zombie night for the tweens and teens Thursday, June 14, from 2-6 p.m. Everyone will get a tutorial on zombie makeup. Then they get to make each other up as zombies, play zombie tag and make a mini zombie movie. Zombie makeup and fake blood provided. If you want to have a more authentic look, please bring a shirt that you do not care about to rip up and turn into zombie clothes.
COMMUNITY · Adult sand volleyball will be held Monday, Tuesday or Thursday evenings, now through July 30, at the Gilbert Stephenson Park tennis courts in Fort Oglethorpe. Cost is $150 per team. Visit ymcachattanooga.org for more information.
COMMUNITY · Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park and Outdoor Chattanooga have extended their partnership to include free monthly guided historical bicycle rides to Moccasin Bend National Archeological District. The monthly bike ride for June will take place on Thursday, June 14, and will begin at 6 p.m. The tour will begin at Outdoor Chattanooga, located in Coolidge Park, at the base of the Walnut Street Bridge, 200 River Street in Chattanooga. Ride length is approximately five miles (two hours) on flat to moderately hilly terrain. The ride is appropriate for adults and children ages eight and older when accompanied by an adult. All participants are encouraged to wear helmets, but helmets are required for those participants 16 and under. While participants are encouraged to bring their own bicycles, a limited number of loaner bicycles from the Outdoor Chattanooga Mobile Bicycle Fleet will be available for riders five feet tall and over at no charge, thanks to sponsorship from the Friends of the Park and the Chattanooga Bicycle Club. Reservations for bicycles are required by calling Outdoor Chattanooga at 423-643-6888.
COMMUNITY · One Eleven restaurant on the square in downtown LaFayette will host a wine and cheese tasting fundraiser Thursday, June 14, from 5:30-8 p.m. Proceeds will go toward the restoration of six historic markers in LaFayette. Tickets cost $15 each or $25 per couple and are available at One Eleven, Elite Custom Paint and Body, The Bank of LaFayette, Cohutta Banking Co., Sew Cute, The Bouquet Shop and Debbi’s Flowers and Favors. For more information, call 706-639-1519.
COMMUNITY · Catoosa County Chamber of Commerce will hold a Networking at Lunch at 11:50 a.m. Thursday, June 14, at the Collonade, 264 Catoosa Circle, Ringgold. Admission costs $30 for non-members, $15 for chamber members. Payments are accepted via cash, check, or credit card in advance or at the door. Advance payments can be made on-line through the Chamber website at catoosachamberofcommerce.com/payonline. Zach Johnson, Regional Director with Connect Georgia, will speak about T-SPLOST. R.S.V.P. via e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. The reservation deadline is noon, Friday, June 8. Cancellations not made by 5 p.m. Monday, June 11, will be charged $18 for chamber members and $33 for non-members.
COMMUNITY · A beginning genealogy course will be offered at the LaFayette-Walker County Public Library at 1 p.m. Thursday, June 14 in conjunction with the adult summer reading club.
COMMUNITY · The Friends of the LaFayette-Walker County Public Library will meet at 7 p.m. June 14.
COMMUNITY · The Department of Behavioral Health and Delopmental Disabilities, Region One Planning Board, will hold a public forum from 2-4 p.m. Thursday, June 14, at the Ball Ground Pulic Library, 435 Old Canton Road, Ball Ground. For more information, call 770-735-2025.
EDUCATION · Georgia Northwestern Technical College will hold a law enforcement academy graduation at 11 a.m. Thursday, June 14, at the conference center in building 400, on GNTC’s Gordon County Campus. Twelve basic law enforcement recruits will graduate. The speaker at the ceremony will be Dr. Cathy Vann, GNTC’s associate vice president for academic affairs. A graduate will be honored for academic distinction and for the “Top Gun” award for excellence in marksmanship.
COMMUNITY · Second Baptist Church in association with the North Georgia YMCA and the Chattanooga Area Food Bank will offer a free summer lunch program Tuesdays and Thursdays, to kids and teens ages 0-17. Come from noon-1 p.m. and enjoy free food, activities and stories. This program is made available through a USDA grant. Participants are required to eat at Second Baptist Church. No food may be picked up or delivered and all participants must meet age requirements. For more information, call the church at 706-638-2732.
Friday, June 15
ENTERTAINMENT · The musical “Hair” opens at the Chattanooga Theatre Centre on Friday, June 15, and continues each weekend through Saturday, July 14. For tickets, call 423-267-8534 or visit theatrecentre.com.
ENTERTAINMENT · The Sunset Concert Series will take place Friday, June 15, at 7 p.m. at the North River Civic Center with a performance by the River City Red Hot Dixieland Band. For more information, call 423-870-8924.
COMMUNITY · Ruby Falls is partnering with Blood Assurance to receive blood donations at the attraction this Friday, June 15, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. in honor of the “Ruby” anniversary for Blood Assurance (40 years this month). Any blood donors receive a free ice cream treat as part of the Ice Cream Festival at Ruby Falls, as well as a Ruby Falls souvenir. And as always, Blood Assurance provides free snacks and a T-shirt to all who donate.