Alcoholics Anonymous

• Al-Anon meetings are held in the basement of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church on Mondays and Thursdays at 8 p.m. and on Wednesday mornings at 11 at Christ the King Lutheran Church. Al-Anon has but one purpose, to help families and friends of alcoholics. Anyone who is affected by someone else’s alcoholism is welcome. St. Mark’s Episcopal Church is at 901 W. Emery St. and Christ the King Lutheran Church is at 623 S. Thornton Ave.

• Alcoholics Anonymous meetings are held in the basement of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church on Sundays, Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays at 8 p.m. All meetings are open to alcoholics or those who have an interest in the illness of alcoholism. The church is at 901 W. Emery St.

• Grateful Hearts, an Alcoholics Anonymous group, meets Tuesdays at 8 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church of Dalton, 101 S. Selvidge St.

• One Day at a Time, an Alcoholics Anonymous group, meets Monday through Saturday at 1 p.m. and Sundays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays at 5:30 p.m. at the Dalton Serenity Club, 720 N. Hamilton St.

• Sisters in Sobriety, an Alcoholics Anonymous group, meets Tuesdays at 7 p.m. and Saturdays at 11 a.m. at Christ Community Church, 806 W. Walnut Ave. Meetings are for women only.

• The 12 Steps and 12 Traditions of Alcoholics Anonymous meets Tuesdays at 7 p.m. at the Varnell Community Center, 100-253 S. Spring St.

Other

• The Anna Shaw Children’s Institute hosts Reading Around the Tree on Wednesdays at 2 p.m. for all children who would like to attend. Children will gather around the tree in the facility while volunteers read books to them. The program will take place each Wednesday except for the holiday weeks of Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s and when Independence Day falls on a Wednesday.

• A Breast Cancer Support Group meets at 6 p.m. the first Tuesday of each month at the Mack Gaston Community Center. The group offers an informal setting where anyone going through treatment and breast cancer survivors can be supported through the fellowship of others of similar experiences. For more information, call Sally at (706) 463-6514.

• The Charles “Judy” Poag Murray County Senior Center has a Dance Night from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. for seniors 50 and over on the third Tuesday of each month. Admission is $5. Attendees can bring pre-packaged snacks such as cakes, pies, cookies, chips and dip, and sandwiches. Drinks will be provided. Local entertainers will provide the music. For more information, call Gina at (706) 971-4933 or the senior center at (706) 695-2713.

• The Chatsworth Downtown Development Authority meets the fourth Monday of each month at 5:30 p.m. Meetings are at the Chatsworth-Murray County Chamber of Commerce office. The public is invited.

• The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints teaches family history classes on the third Thursday of each month from 6:30 to 8 p.m. This is a free class and you can bring your laptop. The church is at 610 Shugart Road.

• City View Church of God at 3688 Chatsworth Highway hosts an Overcomers Freed Outreach program every Tuesday at 7 p.m. For more information, contact Nathan Case at (706) 671-3171 or David Mathis at (423) 304-3667.

• The Civil Air Patrol unit meets each Tuesday at 7 p.m. at Learning Tree Elementary School at 300 Tibbs Road. To find out more, call Eric Rochelle at (706) 847-9906.

• The Civil War Roundtable of Dalton Inc. meets the third Thursday of each month at 7 p.m. in the Crown Gardens and Archives at 715 Chattanooga Ave. The Civil War Roundtable seeks to preserve history by sharing knowledge. Speakers have included authors, historians and researchers speaking on a variety of topics pertaining to the Civil War era, as well as interesting video presentations. Meetings are open to the public and visitors are welcome.

• The Dalton Civitan Club meets at noon on the first and third Wednesday of the month at the Dalton Golf & Country Club. Heath Patterson is the club president. He can be reached at (706) 847-3338 or heath@alphaomega.com.

• The Dalton Chess Club meets on the second and fourth Thursdays of the month from 6 to 8 p.m. Meetings are at 119 Davidson Drive. Bring your own sets and boards. All experience levels welcome. Anyone under the age of 16 must be accompanied by a parent. For more information, contact Thomas Young at (706) 237-2070 or thommagic@aol.com.

• The Dalton Herb Society meets on the fourth Tuesday of the month around noon. Anyone interested in joining can contact Joyce Busby at (706) 629-2638.

• The Dalton Lions Club meets the first and third Tuesday of each month except for July at 6 p.m. at the Oakwood Cafe.

• The Dalton Noon Lions Club meets the first and third Tuesday of each month at 11:30 a.m. at Kelly’s.

• The Dalton Parkinson’s Disease Support Group, for patients and caregivers, meets at 6 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month at Pleasant Grove Methodist Church, 2701 Cleveland Highway. Everyone with Parkinson’s and their family and/or caregiver is invited. For more information, call (706) 280-0324.

• Dalton Place Senior Living has a Senior Caregiver Support Group on the second and fourth Thursday of each month from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Speakers promote discussion about issues or gather ideas about caregiving for seniors. Organizers say the group “is a safe place to vent without judgment and to get comfort without pity but with understanding.” The agenda is centered around caregivers’ requests. The group is free and open to the public. For more information, call (706) 277-7101. The facility is at 1300 W. Waugh St.

• The Dalton-Whitfield NAACP meets each fourth Monday of the month at 6 p.m. at the Mack Gaston Community Center. Everyone is welcome.

• The Dalton-Whitfield Regional Solid Waste Authority board generally meets on the third Monday of each month at noon at City Hall in the City Council chamber.

• The Georgia Omega Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi, an international cultural and social organization for women, meets each month on the second and fourth Tuesday. For more information, contact Betty Ryan at (706) 370-5266, Charlotte Moss at (706) 313-1769 or Sharon D. Hurst at (706) 695-9524.

• The Georgia State Retirees Association meets the fourth Thursday of each month (except November) at the Western Sizzlin at 501 Legion Drive at noon. All retired state employees are invited to visit and join.

• The Hamilton Emergency Medical Services Inc. Board of Trustees has its final meeting of 2019 on Nov. 18. The meeting is at 12:45 p.m. in dining room one at Hamilton Medical Center.

• Hamilton Hospice is looking for volunteers. Some activities include home improvement projects, sitting with patients to give caregivers a break or office assistance (filing, mailing, making phone calls). Hospice volunteers go through a brief training and orientation. There is no minimum requirement of hours to serve. For more information, visit hamiltonhealth.com/careers (click Volunteer at Hamilton) or call Megan Little at (706) 278-2848.

• The Hamilton Hospice Grief Support Group meets on the second Tuesday of the month at 5:30 p.m. at Royal Oaks, 1220 Broadrick Drive, Dalton. Refreshments are served. Call (706) 278-2848 to register or for more information.

• The Humane Society of Northwest Georgia meets the third Monday of each month at the Mack Gaston Community Center in Dalton, multipurpose room B, at 6 p.m. The public is invited.

• The historic Huff House at 314 N. Selvidge St. is open to the public every Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Special events may be scheduled by calling (706) 529-8082 during those hours or by emailing huffhouse314@gmail.com.

• La Leche League of Dalton meets on the third Tuesday of each month at 10 a.m. at Christ the King Lutheran Church at 623 S. Thornton Ave. The nonprofit organization offers breastfeeding support and education free of charge. Babies and children are welcome at the meetings. Refreshments and a free lending library are provided. For more information, contact Patty Spanjer at (706) 260-1384, Melanie McDonald at (706) 218-4454 or Heather Tom at (706) 980-4028.

• The Murray County Democrats meet the second Thursday of each month at the Charles “Judy” Poag Murray County Senior Center. There is a pot luck dinner at 6:30 p.m. with the meeting at 7. All local Democrats are invited. For more information, contact Elizabeth Gould at egould@windstream.net or (706) 696-9363.

• The Murray County High School Alumni Association usually gathers at the historic Wright Hotel on the corner of Market Street and Second Avenue in Chatsworth for its quarterly meeting on the third Monday of the month at 6:30 p.m.

• The Murray County Industrial Development Authority typically meets the fourth Thursday of each month at 9 a.m. at the Chatsworth Water Works Commission, 620 S. Second St. Murray County IDA meetings are open to the public, except for executive session portions of the meetings.

• The Murray County Republican Party meets the third Thursday of each month at 6:30 p.m. at the Charles “Judy” Poag Murray County Senior Center.

• The Murray County Veterans Memorial Committee has its monthly meeting the first Monday of the month at 6:30 p.m. at the Charles “Judy” Poag Murray County Senior Center. Everyone is welcome. For more information, call Harrison Parker at (706) 695-5301.

• The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Dalton Family Support Group meetings for adults who have a family member or friend living with a mental illness are on the second and fourth Thursdays of the month from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Mack Gaston Community Center, 714 N. Fredrick St. For more information, contact NAMI Rome at (706) 506-5010.

• The North Georgia Medical Group Managers Association meets on the second Thursday of each month. For more information, call Lauren Owens at (706) 270-1920 or email info@ngmgma.com.

• The Northwest Georgia Breast Cancer Support Group meets the first Tuesday of each month at 6 p.m. in the Rock Bridge Children’s Ministry building on the corner of Pentz and Gordon streets (upstairs). For more information, call Sally Knox at (706) 463-6514 or email sknox88@gmail.com.

• The Northwest Georgia Parkinson’s Support Group, for patients and caregivers, meets at 6 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month at Pleasant Grove Methodist Church, 2701 Cleveland Highway. Everyone with Parkinson’s and their family and/or caregiver is invited.

• The Open Door grief support group, hosted by Tunnel Hill United Methodist Church, is designed for those who have experienced the loss of a loved one. Meetings offer a Christian-based, inclusive, non-judgmental place to gather and discuss the grief process. The group is led by Ron Houston and meetings include guest speakers. Meetings are Thursdays from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Legacy Apartments Clubhouse. For more information, call Houston at (706) 483-6155 or the church office at (706) 673-4022.

• Overeaters Anonymous meets Thursdays at 7 p.m. upstairs at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church.

• The Pilot Club of Chatsworth meets the first Monday of each month at 6:30 p.m. at Little Rome restaurant in Chatsworth. To find out more about the club, call Jan McNeill at (706) 695-4313.

• The RossWoods Caregiver Support Group/Lunch and Learn meets on the last Tuesday of each month at RossWoods Adult Day Services from noon to 1:15 p.m. A light lunch is served. All caregivers are invited. Free respite and lunch will be provided for your loved one during the support group hour. If this is your first time, call (706) 270-9628 to register your loved one for lunch.

• A sexual assault and abuse adult support group meets on the second and fourth Thursdays of the month from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Mack Gaston Community Center. Group topics include healing activities; symptoms of trauma; feelings of guilt, shame, fear and anger; self-care and coping skills; and increasing self-esteem, self-awareness and coping skills. For more information or to register, contact Marlen at (706) 278-4769. Space is limited and snacks are provided.

• The Spring Place Ruritan Club meets the first Thursday of each month except July, usually at the Old Spring Place Methodist Church. A covered dish supper begins at 7 p.m. with a short business session. following. For more information about the club, call (706) 695-6021.

• The USA Corvette Club meets on the third Friday of each month at 6 p.m. at 1800 Waring Road in Dalton. Dues are $25 a year. For more information, call Ronnie Barra at (706) 581-1289.

• The Varnell Community Club meets on the first Thursday of each month at the Varnell Community Center at 7 p.m. A home-cooked pot luck dinner is served and a business meeting covering shared ideas of community needs and service projects follows.

The club votes on all projects and funding. There are often guest speakers who inform about activities in the area. Meetings usually last no more than an hour and a half. For more information, call Bill Caylor at (706) 694-8296.

• Vision Quest, which seeks to help those with visual impairment live more independent lives, meets on the second Thursday of each month from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Dalton Recreation Center on Civic Drive.

• The Whitfield County Democratic Party meets the first Tuesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. at the Mack Gaston Community Center in Dalton. The public is encouraged to attend to learn more about Whitfield County Democrats.

• The Whitfield County Republican Party meets the second Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. at party headquarters at 515 Benjamin Way. The public is encouraged to attend to learn more about Whitfield County Republicans.

• The final scheduled date for a Whitfield Healthcare Foundation Trust Committee meeting for 2019 is Nov. 14. The meeting will be at 12:30 p.m. in the Whitfield Healthcare Foundation conference room in the Burkett Building at Hamilton Medical Center.

Ongoing

• The Blunt House, which dates to 1848, is open every Friday from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. and on request. The current exhibit is Southern Dimity coverlets. The Blunt House is at 506 S. Thornton Ave.

• The Heritage Room at the Huff House has a collection of native American artifacts that honor the early inhabitants of Whitfield County. A blowgun with darts and stickball racquets with a leather ball are authentic items made by Cherokee craftsmen, and there is a copy of Sequoyah’s syllabary. Some of the artifacts date back thousands of years. For special showings, email huffhouse314@gmail.com.

• The “County Connection” program stations members of the staff of Rep. Tom Graves, R-Ranger, in counties across the 14th District to provide a personal link to Congress for Georgians who may not be able to visit the permanent district offices in Dalton and Rome. In Murray County, the program is at the Courthouse Annex, 121 N. Fourth Ave., from 1 to 3 p.m. on Oct. 22. Whitfield County does not have “County Connection” days since it is home to one of Graves’ two permanent congressional offices that have full-time staff.

Today

• The Kiwanis Club of Dalton meets at noon at the Dalton Convention Center. The speaker is Scott Hinton from Gov. Brian Kemp’s office. Hinton is chairman of the Georgians First Commission.

• The Board of Trustees of the Dalton-Whitfield County Public Library holds its regular quarterly meeting at 4 p.m. at the library at 310 Cappes St. in Dalton. This meeting is open to the public. The trustees will consider agenda items and actions and review proposed amendments and/or updates to the constitution and bylaws of the library.

• The Whitfield County Board of Commissioners has a special called meeting at 5 p.m. in the fifth floor conference room of the Wells Fargo building, 201 S. Hamilton St. Commissioners have a work session immediately following the special called meeting. Both meetings are open to the public.

• The Whitfield County Board of Commissioners holds a joint meeting with the Dalton-Whitfield Planning Commission at 6 p.m. in the fifth floor conference room of the Wells Fargo building, 201 S. Hamilton St. The meeting is open to the public.

Tuesday

• The city of Dalton Public Safety Commission meets at 8:30 a.m. in the council chambers at City Hall. The meeting is open to the public.

• The Northwest Georgia Regional Commission’s Area Agency on Aging holds its quarterly meeting at 10 a.m. at the Thornton Recreation Center, 102 N. Floyd Park Road in Rome. The meeting is open to the public.

• The Westwood School school council meets at 2:15 p.m.

• The mayor and council of Tunnel Hill are expected to set the millage (property tax) rate during a meeting at 5:30 p.m. at City Hall.

• The 2020 SPLOST (Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax) Advisory Committee meets at 6 p.m. in the fifth floor conference room of the Wells Fargo building, 201 S. Hamilton St. The meeting is open to the public. The committee is scheduled to hear about potential projects for the Whitfield County Fire Department and parking, restrooms and other amenities at Grant Farm, off Crow Valley Road. Grant Farm will be the entrance to a mountain bike trail planned for 600 acres of county-owned land on Rocky Face Ridge.

Wednesday

• CHI Memorial’s mobile lung CT coach will be at the Dalton-Whitfield County Public Library from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Lung cancer screening is a test to look for signs of lung cancer in otherwise healthy people. The low-dose CT scan shows a 3-D image of your lungs that is clearer and more detailed than regular X-rays, allowing doctors to diagnose lung cancer at its earliest stage, before there are symptoms. The process takes less than 10 minutes and there is no need to do anything special to prepare for the screening. Private insurance companies cover lung cancer screening for high-risk individuals. Medicare and Medicaid also cover lung cancer screening. Grant funds are available for eligible uninsured and under-insured people to have the screening. If you feel you are at risk, call (423) 495-LUNG (5864) to discuss if a lung screening is right for you, or to schedule an appointment. The library is at 310 Cappes St. in Dalton.

• Highland Rivers Health’s governing board meets at the Bartow Recovery and Wellness Center, 650 Joe Frank Harris Parkway, Cartersville, at 10:30 a.m. The finance and compliance committees meet at 9:30, prior to the full board meeting. All meetings are open to the public. For more information or directions, call (706) 270-5000.

Thursday

• Hamilton Health Care System hosts a back-to-school celebration at Hamilton Physician Group — Murray Campus, 800 G.I. Maddox Parkway in Chatsworth, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Children in grades kindergarten through fifth grade may pick up school supplies while supplies last. Each child must be present to receive the supplies. Free Kona Ice will also be provided to children who attend. For more information, call (706) 272-6114.

Friday

• The Blue Ridge School school council meets at 1 p.m. in the design room.

Sept. 5

• The ribbon cutting for Dalton State College’s Gignilliat Memorial Hall, the new home of the C. Lamar and Ann Wright School of Business, is at 4 p.m.

Sept. 7

• The Dalton-Whitfield County Public Library hosts a Friends of the Library book sale from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Sept. 12

• The Dalton Whitfield Murray Retired Educators Association meets at noon at Western Sizzlin, 501 Legion Drive. The program, which begins at 12:45 p.m., features Judy Gilreath, superintendent of Whitfield County Schools.

Sept. 20

• The Whitfield/Catoosa County Mill Creek Gap Friends of the National Rifle Association (NRA) holds a fundraising banquet at Salem Baptist Church, 1448 Pleasant Grove Drive N.E. Doors open at 6 p.m. followed by the event at 7. This is a casual event and dinner will be served. Tickets are $35 per person or $65 per couple. Table packages and sponsorships are available. There will be raffles, a silent auction and a live auction. The group’s goal is to help support the youth programs locally and throughout the United States. You do not have to be an NRA member to attend. For more information, visit www.friendsofnra.org or www.facebook.com/MillCreekGapNRA, call (706) 450-6850 or email millcreekgapfnra@gmail.com.

• The 2019 “Off The Rails” summer music series presents its season-ending “End of the Line” concert with Spatial Effects and Iron Horse at 7:30 p.m. at the Burr Performing Arts Park in downtown Dalton. This event is free and open to the public. Burr Park is at 101 S. Hamilton St.

Sept. 28

• The Alzheimer’s Association “Walk to End Alzheimer’s” is at the Burr Performing Arts Park in Dalton. Nearly 400 people from Dalton and surrounding areas are expected at this year’s event to raise awareness and funds to fight Alzheimer’s disease. Participants can join a team or register to walk as an individual at alz.org/walk.

Oct. 10

• The Dalton Whitfield Murray Retired Educators Association meets at noon at Western Sizzlin, 501 Legion Drive. The program, which begins at 12:45 p.m., features state health insurance information and Association Member Benefits Advisors.

Oct. 17-26

• The 71st annual Fall Fair is at the North Georgia Agricultural Fairgrounds at 500 Legion Drive. Advance sale tickets are available at northgaagfair.com.

Oct. 19-20

• The Whitfield-Murray Historical Society presents the Black Bear Festival at the Chatsworth Depot and the Wright Hotel.

Oct. 23

• Highland Rivers Health’s governing board meets at the Bartow Recovery and Wellness Center, 650 Joe Frank Harris Parkway, Cartersville, at 10:30 a.m. The finance and compliance committees meet at 9:30, prior to the full board meeting. All meetings are open to the public.

Oct. 26

• The Murray County class of 1969 has its 50th class reunion at the Dalton Golf & Country Club. Check-in starts at 5 p.m. with pictures at 5:30. The meal begins between 6 and 6:30. Cost is $30 for single or $60 for a couple. This will include both the meal and entertainment for the night. Dress is business casual. All reservations are due by Sunday, Sept. 1. To make your payment, pay Becky McAfee by using PayPal or Venmo or you can mail a check to Becky McAfee, 15 Keller Drive, Chatsworth, GA 30705. For questions, call or text Shelia Robinson Brown at (706) 618-1457 or McAfee at (706) 313-5189. You can private message either through Facebook. You can also contact McAfee at bmcafee@windstream.net. The group does not have plans as of now to send invitations, but if you would like something in writing, please send McAfee a text or email to let her know.

Nov. 8-9

• The Whitfield-Murray Historical Society presents a Christmas sale at the Crown Gardens and Archives.

Nov. 14

• The Dalton Whitfield Murray Retired Educators Association meets at noon at Western Sizzlin, 501 Legion Drive. The program, which begins at 12:45 p.m., features local legislators and the Teacher Retirement System.

Nov. 20-24

• Dalton State College presents “Little Shop of Horrors” at 7:30 nightly in the Goodroe Auditorium on campus. Tickets are $7.

Nov. 30-Dec. 1

• The Whitfield-Murray Historical Society presents a Holiday House from 1 to 4 p.m. at a location to be announced.

Dec. 6

• The Dalton Whitfield Murray Retired Educators Association meets at the Dalton Golf & Country Club for an 11 a.m. social hour and silent auction followed at noon by the annual luncheon and live auction.

Dec. 7

• The Whitfield-Murray Historical Society presents a Polar Express event and Santa Claus from noon to 4 p.m. at the Chatsworth Depot.

Dec. 11

• Highland Rivers Health’s governing board meets at the Bartow Recovery and Wellness Center, 650 Joe Frank Harris Parkway, Cartersville, at 10:30 a.m. The finance and compliance committees meet at 9:30, prior to the full board meeting. All meetings are open to the public.

Dec. 13-14

• The Whitfield-Murray Historical Society presents Christmas candlelight tours of the Vann House from 5 to 9 p.m.

Feb. 26

• Highland Rivers Health’s governing board meets at the Bartow Recovery and Wellness Center, 650 Joe Frank Harris Parkway, Cartersville, at 10:30 a.m. The finance and compliance committees meet at 9:30, prior to the full board meeting. All meetings are open to the public.

March 12

• The Dalton Whitfield Murray Retired Educators Association meets at Edna’s Restaurant for lunch at 12:30 p.m. followed by a program at 1:15 featuring Steve Loughridge, superintendent of Murray County Schools.

April 22

• Highland Rivers Health’s governing board meets at the Bartow Recovery and Wellness Center, 650 Joe Frank Harris Parkway, Cartersville, at 10:30 a.m. The finance and compliance committees meet at 9:30, prior to the full board meeting. All meetings are open to the public.

May 7

• The Dalton Whitfield Murray Retired Educators Association meets at the Dalton-Whitfield Senior Center for a covered dish supper at 6 p.m. The program, which follows supper, features scholarship winners, member awards and a remembrance service.

June 24

• Highland Rivers Health’s governing board meets at the Bartow Recovery and Wellness Center, 650 Joe Frank Harris Parkway, Cartersville, at 10:30 a.m. The finance and compliance committees meet at 9:30, prior to the full board meeting. All meetings are open to the public.

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