• 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.
• American Legion Post 112 in Dalton invites all veterans to a free meal on the third Saturday of each month from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Identification is required. American Legion is at 1118 N. Glenwood Ave.
• A Breast Cancer Support Group meets at 6 p.m. the first Tuesday of each month at the Rock Bridge Children's Ministry Building on West Gordon Street in Dalton. 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.
• 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 and Country Club. Heath Patterson is the club president. He can be reached at (706) 847-3338 or email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
• 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 meets on these dates in 2019: Aug. 19 and Nov. 18. Meetings are 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 email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 October 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 T.J. Davis at (706) 270-4430 or email email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
• 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 Center from noon until 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 support group is provided by the GreenHouse.
• 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 following are scheduled dates of Whitfield Healthcare Foundation Trust Committee meetings for the 2019 calendar year: Aug. 8 and Nov. 14. Meetings are at 12:30 p.m. in the Whitfield Healthcare Foundation conference room in the Burkett Building at Hamilton Medical Center.
• The 2019 "Off The Rails Summer Music Series" features concerts at Burr Performing Arts Park in downtown Dalton. Bring your friends, family and pets -- and don't forget the lawn chairs. Concerts start at 7:30 each Friday night through Aug. 2 and a special season-ending concert on Sept. 20. All concerts are free and open to the public. Burr Park is at 101 S. Hamilton St. For more information, visit www.daltonevents.com.
-- Friday: : Paul Childers Band and Dylan Gerard
-- July 12: The Etowah Jazz Society Big Band
-- July 19: Jack Pearson
-- July 26: LUTHI and Masseuse
-- Aug. 2: "Dalton Jam: A Showcase of Local Artists" featuring Barrelhouse, Connor Priest, David Aft & Co., Ginny and the Tonics and The Sneary Family Band
-- Sept. 20: Spatial Effects and Iron Horse
• 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 email@example.com.
'County Connection' program with Rep. Tom Graves' staff
• 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. "As your congressman, my job is to represent you in Washington, which includes helping northwest Georgians who are having trouble with federal agencies," Graves said. "Whether you're a senior citizen having problems accessing your Social Security benefits, a veteran denied care at the VA or someone having trouble with any other federal agency or program, my whole team is here to help."
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 because it is home to one of Graves' two permanent congressional offices that have full-time staff.
open five days a week.
• The Whitfield County Board of Commissioners has a special called meeting at 5 p.m. in Administrative Building 1, 301 W. Crawford St.
• The Dalton-Whitfield Senior Center Fourth of July Celebration starts at 10:30 a.m. with the Mar-Sel Tap Dancers followed by singer Eddie Davenport. Door prizes will be given away. Dalton Funeral Home will provide an ice cream social at lunch. If you wish to have lunch you must sign up in advance by 10 a.m. on this day. Lunch is $3 for those 50 years and older and $4 for those younger than 50 years old. Everyone pays $5 for a to-go plate. For more information, call (706) 278-3700.
• The Anna Shaw Children's Institute (ASCI), at 1201 Burleyson Road, holds a family support class at 6 p.m. in the Southern Magnolia Rooms on facility's first floor. The topic is "Introduction to Specialized Resources." This class is part of ASCI's CHAMP series. CHAMP stands for Classes to Help, Advise and Motivate Parents. The sessions are held each month. The CHAMP series is open to families of children of any age. Jessica Truelove, registered nurse/nurse navigator, and Jennifer Bray, social worker, will present the class, which include information on resources such as grants, waivers and other aids to help families receive treatment, therapy and equipment. Register by calling (706) 226-8911. Space is limited. Childcare is available for the first 10 families requesting the service. Participants are encouraged to park in the lower lot since the upper doors will be locked by 6 p.m.
Wednesday and Thursday
• The city of Varnell is co-sponsoring fireworks shows with the Highland Forest subdivision and the town of Cohutta. The Highland Forest show is Wednesday, July 3, and the Cohutta show is on Thursday, July 4. Both shows start around 9:30 p.m. or as soon as dark sets in. For more information, call (706) 694-8800
• The 2019 "Off The Rails" summer music series features the Paul Childers Band and Dylan Gerard 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.
• A Friends of the Library book sale is from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Dalton-Whitfield County Public Library.
Saturday and Sunday
• The Dalton-based squadron of the Civil Air Patrol (CAP) will hold a fundraiser at the Walmart on Shughart Road from 10 a.m. to to 4 p.m. Saturday and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday. It's a "blue bucket" campaign, where people can drop money into buckets held by CAP members.
• The Murray Arts Council presents its fifth annual summer children's theater production, "Junie B. Jones, The Musical." The show, directed by MAC President Lori McDaniel, will be performed at Pleasant Valley Innovative School (also known as the Old Eton School) in Eton. Performances are at 7 each night, with a 2 p.m. matinee on July 13. Tickets are $5 for students/senior citizens and $10 for adults. Tickets will be available for purchase at the door. Cash and checks will be accepted for payment.
• The Dalton-Whitfiled Senior Center Big Bingo Game with sponsor Dalton Funeral Home is at 10:30 a.m. This event is free. For more information, call (706) 278-3700.
• The 2019 "Off The Rails" summer music series features The Etowah Jazz Society Big Band 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.
• Antioch Baptist Church Teens host a cornhole tournament at Antioch Baptist Church from 8 a.m. to noon. The entry fee is $40 per team (teams of two people only). Participants are asked to bring their boards. First, second and third places will receive cash prizes. All money raised will benefit Antioch Baptist youth. Concessions will be available. For more information, call (404) 786-3170. The church is at 1205 Antioch Drive. The tournament will be held rain or shine.
• The Whitfield-Murray Historical Society presents Second Saturday Tours of both the Chatsworth Depot and the Wright Hotel from 2 to 5 p.m. with an indoor concert by the Winkler Sisters at the depot at 5 p.m.
• The Dalton Mall hosts the Dalton Summer Showcase celebrating local food, entertainment, recreation, health, business and more from 2 to 5 p.m.
• The 2019 "Off The Rails" summer music series features Jack Pearson 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.
• The 2019 "Off The Rails" summer music series features LUTHI and Masseuse 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.
• The Dalton-Whitfield County Public Library's Summer Reading Challenge Ending Party is at 2 p.m. at the Mack Gaston Community Center. Magician Ken Scott will appear. Celebrate completing the summer reading program with food and fun.
• The Whitfield-Murray Historical Society presents Vann House Days' 61st anniversary from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
• The 2019 "Off The Rails" summer music series presents "Dalton Jam: A Showcase of Local Artists" featuring Barrelhouse, Connor Priest, David Aft & Co., Ginny and the Tonics and The Sneary Family Band 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.
• The Whitfield-Murray Historical Society presents Expedition for the Georgia Trust at a location to be announced.
• The Whitfield-Murray Historical Society presents Second Saturday Tours of both the Chatsworth Depot and the Wright Hotel from 2 to 5 p.m. with an indoor concert at the depot at 5 p.m. with singer Lilly Bearden opening for Ray Catoe.
• "Come Play in Spring Place" is the theme for the 22nd annual Spring Place Community Festival at the Old Spring Place Methodist Church. A new and used book sale, breakfast biscuits, a bake sale, an indoor and outdoor flea market, a raffle and other activities will begin at 8 a.m. Highlighting the day is the auction including artist prints, collectibles and historical memorabilia, furniture, antiques, rugs and gift cards donated by area businesses, which begins at 10 a.m. There will also be vendors, lunches and information tables as well as displays of toys and games along with other artifacts from Spring Place history. Proceeds go to the Church Preservation Fund of the Whitfield-Murray Historical Society. The festival is co-sponsored by the Spring Place Ruritan Club. For more information, call (706) 695-2740 or (706) 695-8297.
• 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.
• 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.
• 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.
• The Whitfield-Murray Historical Society presents the Black Bear Festival at the Chatsworth Depot and the Wright Hotel.
• The Whitfield-Murray Historical Society presents a Christmas sale at the Crown Gardens and Archives.
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.
• The Whitfield-Murray Historical Society presents a Polar Express event and Santa Claus from noon to 4 p.m. at the Chatsworth Depot.
• The Whitfield-Murray Historical Society presents Christmas candlelight tours of the Vann House from 5 to 9 p.m.