Lawrence Plantation’s Weekend Guide: Christmas Open House in Cave Spring, ice skating at The Forum today. GHC’s Erica Simpson kisses the catfish. A look ahead to next weekend’s Downtown Christmas Open House.

Lawrence Plantation’s Weekend Guide: Christmas Open House in Cave Spring, ice skating at The Forum today. GHC’s Erica Simpson kisses the catfish. A look ahead to next weekend’s Downtown Christmas Open House.

Erica Simpson kissing the catfish for CRBI’s annual event. She raise $2,030 in the competition. (photo from Tannika King)

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Ware Mechanical Weather Summary: Sunny but chilly today, high near 53.


The Ice Rink at The Forum River Center on Saturday afternoon after the morning session was canceled due to equipment malfunction. The rink is open now through Dec. 29. (Forum photo)

Forum on Ice grand opening weekend: The Forum on Ice is slated to continue through Dec. 29: Hours are 10 a.m. until 8 p.m. Monday-Thursday, under Friday and Saturday, and Sundays from noon-8 p.m. Free admission; skate rentals are $10 for age 5 and older; $3 for under 5.

Cave Spring Christmas Open House in the Downtown Square. This will be a festive event to get you in the holiday decorating spirit with tons of inspiration, hosted by all the merchants of Cave Spring. Take a ride with Frosty the Snowman to see Santa Claus at the North Pole (aka Gazebo) in Historic Cave Spring. Come experience Christmas Open House and let your kids visit Santa and take a trip with Frosty. Rides are $3 each. Hours: 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.

A look ahead at next weekend, Nov. 15-18:

Food Truck Friday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Synovus Bank parking lot off Broad Street. Speakcheesy, Don Neo, Timbo’s Smokehouse, and Spartan Smoothies will be onsite ready to make your lunch! Cash and cards accepted at all trucks. Partial proceeds from the event will be donated to Summit Quest cancer support programs and services.


The Rome Noon Optimist Club will be “Flipping for Youth” at the 58th Annual Pancake Breakfast on Saturday at the Rome Civic Center on Jackson Hill from 6 a.m. until noon.  The event is an All-You-Can-Eat breakfast of pancakes and sausage.  The price also includes your choice of coffee, orange juice, milk, chocolate milk or soft drink.  Tickets are $7 in advance and $8 at the door.  In addition, the club will be selling its famous sausage for $5 a pound.  Plates are also available for carry-out, or people can use the convenient and popular drive-through. To purchase a ticket in advance, contact any club member or call 706-346-8297.  Tickets are also available during normal business hours at the Last Stop Gift Shop on Jackson Hill using cash or check.

Downtown Rome Holiday Open House along Broad Street: From 11 a.m.-3 p.m. there will be free trolley rides picking up and dropping off at the Town Green. Mr. & Mrs. Claus will be riding along to take pictures with children. At 1 p.m., Rome-Floyd Parks and Recreation will be hosting a Candy Cane Hunt at the Town Green. There will be free parking in the 3rd Avenue deck. Details

Come ‘tri’ your best at the Turkey Tri at the Y on Saturday, Nov. 17. What’s included: A 10-minute swim, a 20-minute bike ride and a 15-minute walk or run, all indoors at the YMCA on Second Avenue. Compete individually or with a team. Fees: Y members, $35; nonmembers, $55; and relay team members, $20 each.  Register online or at the Y. For more: Contact Lange House at 706-232-2468

Harbin Clinic Turkey Trot 5K and Health Wobble benefiting United Way of Bartow County is Saturday, Nov. 17. The long-running event adds Harbin Clinic as the title sponsor this year but keeps the same great course encircling Sam Smith Park and also serves as a qualifier for the Peachtree Road Race. Along with the 5K race, which starts at 9 a.m., the event will have a pre-race costume contest and a two-mile health wobble. The wobble is a two-mile, non-timed walk. Registration for the 5K is $25 and $20 for the health wobble, and people can sign up at To guarantee T-shirt size, participants need to be registered by Sunday, Nov. 11. Race-day registration for the 5K is $35 and $25 for the wobble. Packet pick up will be on Friday, Nov. 16, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the lobby of the United Way, 320 W. Cherokee Ave. Register for the Race

Learn about ‘Turning a Tomato Cage into a Christmas Tree’ on Saturday, noon-2 p.m. The session will be at the Floyd County Extension Office, 12 E. Fourth Ave, Suite 107. The cost: $5 per person and required preregistration is by Nov. 14 by calling 706-295-6210. It will be taught by Nelle Reagan and assisted by Keith Mickler. The tomato cage supply is limited, tomato cages will be assigned to participants based upon when they pay for class, not when they call in to register. Please be prepared to bring your own tomato cage. All other supplies (garland, lights, etc.) will be provided.

The Rome-Floyd Recycling Center will hold an Electronics Recycling Event at their new location at 412 Lavender Drive in West Rome on Saturday from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Items collected include TV’s, computers, monitors and all other peripheral equipment for TV’s and Computers. You can call 706-291-5266 during business hours for an appointment. The event will be limited to the first 240 registered.  Phone number is 706-291-5266.  Do not simply leave a message – appointments must be confirmed to minimize congestion.

Community-wide Dodgeball Tournament hosted by Pleasant Valley South Baptist Church, 702 Pleasant Valley Rd. in SIlver Creek, from 5-9 p.m. on Sunday. The free event is open to middle and high school teams made up of friends, sports/cheer teams, scout troops, church youth groups and more. A dodgeball arena from DodgeBall2You (Tampa, FL) will be set up in the church parking lot for round-robin style-tournament. You can pre-register online or day of event. Details

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