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, part of Hamilton Health Care System, hosts Reading around the Tree on Wednesdays at 11 a.m. for all children who would like to attend. Children will gather around the tree in the facility while volunteers read books to them and then lead a craft related to the book. All craft supplies are provided free of charge. 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.

• The Anna Shaw Children’s Institute, part of Hamilton Health Care System, hosts an ongoing parent support group on the second Tuesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. for parents, grandparents, guardians and other family members of children with special needs. The meeting is held in the Southern Magnolia Rooms on the lower level of the facility at 1201 Burleyson Road. Children are welcome, and child care is provided. Also, pizza, drinks and an activity are part of the event. Please RSVP to Lisa Taylor at (706) 226-8911.

• 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 Carpet Capital Camera Club meets at the Creative Arts Guild on the first Monday of each month (excluding holidays) at 6:30 p.m. Highlights include guest speakers, educational programs and photography field trips to interesting regional destinations. Visitors and new members are welcome. Yearly dues are $35. For more information, contact Bob Burns at (706) 264-7164 or visit the Carpet Capital Camera Club group page on Facebook.

• 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.

• 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 its shelter at 1210 Veterans Drive in Dalton 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 regular quarterly meeting for the Murray County High School Alumni Association is the second Monday in January, April, July and October at 6:30 p.m. at the Historic Wright Hotel on the corner of Market Street and Second Avenue in Chatsworth.

• 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 is held. The club votes on all projects and funding. There are often guest speakers. 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.

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.

Monday

• Free HIV testing is offered at county health departments in Cherokee, Fannin, Gilmer, Murray, Pickens and Whitfield counties and at The Living Bridge Centers in Canton and Dalton. Walk-ins are welcome. The free HIV testing is in honor of World AIDS Day, which is held annually on Dec. 1. HIV stands for human immunodeficiency virus, which can cause AIDS (autoimmune deficiency syndrome). About 1 in 7 people in the Unites States who have HIV don’t know it. The only way anyone can know for sure is to get tested. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that everyone between the ages of 13 and 64 get tested for HIV at least once as part of their routine health care. People at higher risk should get tested more often. Learn more at www.cdc.gov/hiv/basics/testing.html. For county health department locations and phone numbers, go to the North Georgia Health District website at www.nghd.org and click on the locations tab. For The Living Bridge Centers information, go to the health district’s TLBC page at bit.ly/TLBCs-NorthGA.

• The Dalton-Whitfield Senior Center's Twelve Days of Christmas programs begin this day at 11 a.m. with the Northwest Whitfield High School Singers, directed by Tommary Ehlers. All are welcome to hear their Christmas program. For more information, call the center at (706) 278-3700.

• The Kiwanis Club of Dalton meets at noon at the Dalton Convention Center.

• The Dalton City Council has a work session at 5:15 p.m. followed by a meeting at 6 p.m. Both meetings are at City Hall, 300 W. Waugh St.

• The Whitfield County Board of Education has a work session at 5:30 p.m. followed by a meeting at 6:30. Both meetings are at the central office, 1306 S. Thornton Ave.

Tuesday

• The Dalton-Whitfield Senior Center hosts Marco Bianchini with the Area Agency on Aging for a Nutrition Update to help participants look toward the new year by learning the best tips to continuing to make healthy choices. There will be healthy snacks served. The program is at 10:30 a.m. For more information, call the center at (706) 278-3700.

• The Board of Trustees of the City of Dalton's Employee Pension Plan meet at 3 p.m. in the council chambers of City Hall.

• The Anna Shaw Children’s Institute, 1201 Burleyson Road, holds a family support class at 6 p.m. in the Southern Magnolia Rooms on the first floor of the facility. Nancy Tomanelli, an occupational therapist, and Ashley Johnson, a speech therapist, will present the session. This class is part of the institute's CHAMP series. CHAMP stands for Classes to Help, Advise and Motivate Parents. The sessions are held on the first Tuesday of each month. Register by calling (706) 226-8911. Space is limited. Limited child care for children 12 and under will be available. Participants are asked to park in the lower lot.

• The Creative Arts Guild presents the L’Abri String Ensemble at 7:30 p.m. at 520 W. Waugh St. The program is titled “Baroque and Christmas Classics." All L’Abri concerts are free and open to the public. A love offering is accepted. The full L’Abri Symphony Orchestra holds its Christmas concert on Thursday, Dec. 12, at 7 p.m. at First Baptist Church of Dalton. For more information, contact Jim Burdick at siroliver@windstream.net or visit www.creativeartsguild.org.

Wednesday

• The Dalton-Whitfield Senior Center has invited Trina Robbins with Tapestry Hospice to help celebrate the Christmas season with a Karaoke Christmas from 10 to 11:30 a.m. For more information, call the center at (706) 278-3700.

Thursday

• The Dalton-Whitfield Senior Center with sponsor Dalton Funeral Home holds the final Big Bingo of the year with a Christmas theme at 10:30 a.m. This is free and open to the public. For more information, call the center at (706) 278-3700.

• The Georgia State Retirees Association has its monthly meeting at noon at the Western Sizzlin' at 501 Legion Drive. This is the group's annual Christmas lunch. All retired state employees are invited.

• The annual downtown Dalton Christmas Parade is at 6 p.m. The theme is “The Spirit of Christmas.” The Dalton Noon Lions Club has sponsored the parade since 1985. Participant applications are available from Wendy Conner at First Bank of Dalton at 3075 E. Walnut Ave. She can be reached at wendy.conner@myfirstbank.com or (706) 370-4186. The $40 entry fee includes one vehicle. All additional vehicles are $5. The entry fee cap is $60, so a group can submit unlimited entries after five total vehicles. Proceeds are used to assist visually- and hearing-impaired people in the community. Go to www.facebook.com/dalton.noonlions for more information.

Thursday through Saturday

• The Artistic Civic Theatre presents "Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley" at 8 p.m. Patrons are encouraged to purchase tickets online at actdalton.org, and seats can also be procured by calling the box office at (706) 278-4796.

Friday

• CHI Memorial’s mobile health coach provides mammography screenings at Title Bucks in Dalton from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Any woman who has not had a mammogram in the past 12 months may participate, with or without insurance. If you do not have insurance, you may qualify for financial assistance. If an abnormality is discovered, the diagnostic workup is covered and a financial plan is provided for any follow-up care. Women need to know their doctor’s first and last name. To schedule a screening, call (423) 495-4040 or (866) 591-2254. Title Bucks is at 208 E. Walnut Ave.

• 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.

• The Dalton-Whitfield Senior hosts the Rome Flute Ensemble, led by Lisa Elders, which will play Christmas music at 11 a.m. For more information, contact the center at (706) 278-3700.

• The Creative Arts Guild hosts a Mistletoe Market from noon to 8 p.m. at 520 W. Waugh St. Organizers say a special selection of handmade artisan vendors will have something for everyone on your holiday list. For more information, contact gallery director Savannah Thomas at savannaht@creativeartsguild.org or call (706) 279-3129.

• Christmas in the Park is in Chatsworth City Park from 5 to 8 p.m. The event is open to community and civic groups and organizations, churches, schools, businesses and individuals. There will be a tree lighting, refreshments, entertainment and Santa Claus. For registration forms and more information, contact Elizabeth Robinson at (706) 264-2706 or earobinson@windstream.net or Pam Bishop at (706) 483-2684 or murraycfcp@gmail.com.

Saturday

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

• Christmas is coming to the Old Chatsworth Depot and there are several additions to the annual program. The 1905 L&N train depot on First Avenue in Chatsworth will be open from noon to 4 p.m. with Polar Express Day. One new event is a Christmas concert by the Chatsworth Elementary School Chorus under the direction of Debbie Adams at 12:30 p.m. on the front deck of the depot. The depot will open for "The Polar Express" after the concert. One highlight will be model Christmas trains set up and running in the former freight room of the depot by local train enthusiast Ted Yarbrough. C.L. Dunn, a retired local educator, transforms into the character of the little boy performing dramatic readings of "The Polar Express" on the half hour. Santa Claus will also be in attendance. The depot’s Big Blue Train will carry guests to the Railroad Section Foreman’s House to visit the guy in the red suit. The train ride costs $1 for the round trip. Refreshments will be served. "The Polar Express" is free for children 10 and under accompanied by a paid adult, but a $2 donation for those ages 11 and up is requested with all proceeds going to the continued preservation of the depot. The Wright Hotel will be open during the same hours. The hotel and depot are on the block between Market Street and First and Second avenues in downtown Chatsworth. The event is co-sponsored by the Chatsworth-Murray County Public Library and the Whitfield-Murray Historical Society. For more information, call the library at (706) 695-4200.

• The Humane Society of Northwest Georgia's Santa Paws pictures are from noon to 4 p.m. at PetSmart, 1310 W. Walnut Ave., suite 3.

• The annual Holiday Tour of Homes to benefit the Northwest Georgia Family Crisis Center is from 5 to 9 p.m. The tour is self-paced and the homes can be visited and enjoyed in any order. An elegant buffet dinner will be served at The Farm from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tickets for the tour only are $35 per person; $60 tickets include the home tour and the buffet dinner. Ticket reservations may be made by calling (706) 278-6595. The holiday event is a major fundraising effort for the center.

Sunday

• Hamilton Medical Center’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) is inviting former patients and families to a drop-in reunion event from 2 to 4 p.m. in the lobby of the Anna Shaw Children’s Institute. The event will include holiday photos and light refreshments. RSVP to Nikki Pasley at npasley@hhcs.org or (706) 272-6434.

Dec. 9

• The Kiwanis Club of Dalton meets at noon at the Dalton Convention Center. The speaker is Jeff Myers, president and CEO of Hamilton Health Care System.

• The Whitfield County Board of Commissioners meets at 6 p.m. in the Wells Fargo building, fifth floor, in the large conference room, 201 S. Hamilton St. The meeting is open to the public and can be livestreamed at https://livestream.com/accounts/25637515/events/7960637.

• The 30th Annual North Georgia Mountains Christmas Parade in Murray County is at 7 p.m. The theme is “A Hometown Christmas: Past, Present and Future.” For more information, visit the Murray County Chamber of Commerce or call (706) 695-6060.

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. 12

• The City of Dalton Historic Preservation Commission meets at 9 a.m. at City Hall.

• The L’Abri Symphony Orchestra holds its Christmas concert at 7 p.m. at First Baptist Church of Dalton. For more information, contact Jim Burdick at siroliver@windstream.net or visit www.creativeartsguild.org.

• The Creative Arts Guild presents the Dalton Chamber Choir at 7:30 p.m. The concert, titled “Signs of the Season," is at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 901 W. Emery St. Admission is $10 for adults and $8 for seniors over 65 and all students. For more information, call (706) 278-0168 or visit www.creativeartsguild.org.

Dec. 13-14

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

• "Nutcracker 2019," presented by the Dalton Arts Project, features more than 350 local and guest performers. Performances are Dec. 13 at 7:30 p.m. and Dec. 14 at 10:30 a.m., 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Other performances are on Dec. 20-21. The performances are in the Dalton High School theater. Tickets are $13-$18 and go on sale to the public on Dec. 2 at 411 North Park Drive in Dalton. Bring one can of food for the local food bank and get $1 off your ticket price. Call the Dalton Arts Project at (706) 529-ARTS (2787) for more information.

Dec. 14

• The Downtown Dalton Development Authority sponsors Christmas caroling at 5 p.m. in the Burr Performing Arts Park.

Dec. 17

• 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. Admission is $5. Attendees can bring pre-packaged snacks. 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.

Dec. 20-21

• "Nutcracker 2019," presented by the Dalton Arts Project, features more than 350 local and guest performers. Performances are Dec. 20 at 7:30 p.m. and Dec. 21 at 10:30 a.m., 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. The performances are in the Dalton High School theater. Tickets are $13-$18 and go on sale to the public on Dec. 2 at 411 North Park Drive in Dalton. Bring one can of food for the local food bank and get $1 off your ticket price. Call the Dalton Arts Project at (706) 529-ARTS (2787) for more information.

Dec. 21

• Heartlite Hospice Dalton hosts its inaugural Black Tie Gala to raise funds for the Hospice Promise Foundation, a nonprofit arm of LHC Group Inc., from 6 to 9 p.m. at The Farm, 187 S. Goose Hill Road. The Hospice Promise Foundation assists patients and families with essential, non-hospice related needs. All funds raised will be used to provide assistance for Heartlite Hospice patients in the northwest Georgia community. The event’s guest speaker is state Sen. Chuck Payne, R-Dalton. The evening will include a cash bar, jazz band, dinner and dancing. Single tickets are $60; $100 for couples. For tickets, call (706) 272-1035 or email tracy.reilly@lhcgroup.com.

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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