Residents of Catoosa County know all too well the sights of the area, but are a little iffy on what is going on at specific times. Winter weather seems to slow things down a bit, but according to the county calendar, there are still plenty of things to do and help with on January weekends. Thanks to our local newspaper, Catoosa County News, and our local telephone company, we are able to keep in the know, and maybe help a few passers-by find the right entertainment for the right price.
- January is National Blood Donor month. Area residents are encouraged help out by giving blood at the local Blood Assurance. Donors must be at least 17 years old and weigh at least 110 lbs in order to donate. Participants will receive a long sleeved tee, commemorating their life saving donation. For a location near you, you can visit bloodassurance.org/blooddrives or call 1-800-962-0628.
- Who doesn't love to dance??? Well, if you have always wanted to learn ballroom dancing or just brush up on your steps, call 706-866-9919 to sign up for ballroom dancing, with Tempo Dance Studio instructor, Darla Toker. The class lasts six weeks, Thursdays: Jan. 24, 31, and Feb. 7, 14, 21, 28, from 6:30 –8 p.m. Fees are $55 per person or $99 per couple. What a great way to get closer to your significant other!
Fathers and daughters, get your dancing shoes on! Register with the North Georgia YMCA to attend their annual Father/Daughter dance at the Colonnade in Ringgold, on January 30. The dance is open to daughters aged 5-11 and the cost for father/daughter couples is $75 and $35 for additional daughters, if you have more than one that might want to boogie down. To sign up and register call 706-935-2226 or go to email@example.com. Deadline is January 8, 2013, so hurry!
Elk’s Lodge No. 91, 1067 Graysville Road in Chattanooga will be hosting a leukemia benefit for Jeff Dean on January 5. Proceeds will go to help with medical expenses and bills related to treatment. There will be refreshments, live music and prizes! If interested in attending or for more information, call 423-414-8370.
Our close proximity to Chattanooga is ideal when it comes to the up and coming bride! January 6 is The Chattanooga Pink Bridal Show from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Chattanooga Convention Center. Brides to be can enjoy all the fine things that make that big day special! For more information or to purchase tickets ($8 online, $10 at the door) visit thepinkbride.com.
Walker County Schools now boast a planetarium! At 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, January 6, the public is invited to visit the Smith Planetarium on Pond Spring's Road. Admission is free to the public and offers a wonderful learning experience for the entire family. For more information call 706-375-3493.
As you can see, there is plenty to do. If you can't find an event that is to your liking, there is always tons of shopping, Civil War enthusiast sites and nature trails, if you can brave the colder weather.