Weekend! presented by The Forum River Center: Tillman Race/Walk; downtown Cartersville concert; health fair and Walk With a Doc; outdoors.

Weekend! presented by The Forum River Center: Tillman Race/Walk; downtown Cartersville concert; health fair and Walk With a Doc; outdoors.


Tickets for Mother’s Finest on sale @ forumrivercenter.com

Saturday: The 34th Annual Gary Tillman Memorial Clocktower Race and Health Walk returns. Race will begin at 8 a.m. The 5K begins on Second Avenue, runs through Historic Downtown Rome, Myrtle Hill and the challenging Clocktower Hill. The 2-Mile Health Walk follows a similar route, excluding Clocktower Hill in favor of the scenic Riverwalk Path. Race Day registration is open from 6:30 to 7:30 am for a cost of $35 for 5K and $30 for the 2 Mile.

Saturday: August’s edition of the Music by the Tracks summer concert series in downtown Cartersvillel features Kharisma Jazzmatic Funk, who play old school to new school funk. Starts at 6 p.m. with Sam Carter as the opening act. Kharisma Jazzmatic Funk will take the stage at 7 and perform until 9 p.m. Vendors on site; no outside alcohol, please..

Saturday: Public Animal Welfare Services will host the first Bow Wow Luau. This summer-themed event aims to introduce members of the community to P.A.W.S. and its mission as well as finding homes for all adoptable animals within the facility. The luau will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the P.A.W.S. campus at 99 North Ave. NE in Rome. P.A.W.S. staff will be inserting microchips for $10. All adoptions will be free. The first 10 adoptions of the day will receive a free microchip as well. There will be a projected 100 animals available for adoption on the day of the event. For more: facebook.com/fcpaws.

Saturday: Paradise Garden Foundation presents the second Outsider Art Trail Tour: Start your day early at a “picker’s paradise,” strolling through Trade Day (outdoor flea market) and digging for treasures in Summerville.  Enjoy walks through two great Georgia art environments – world famous Howard Finster’s Paradise Garden in Summerville and The Rock Garden in Calhoun. Visit two folk/outsider art galleries in Summerville — Folk America Gallery, and Finster Framing & Art Gallery. Depending on where you start your road trip, find your way to Rome to the Harbin Clinic Gallery at Makervillage to see works by 85-year old memory painter Charles Wimpee. The Outsider Art Trail Tour is a self-guided, puppy-dog-friendly tour designed as a day of chilling, discovery and art. The Tour is free with Paradise Garden admission ($15 adults/$5 children), with donations appreciated at the Rock Garden, as well. Galleries and art environments are open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Pick-up your Outsider Art Trail “Passport” at any location, as you tour you will earn stamps to qualify for free prizes including a drawing for an Airbnb overnight stay at Paradise Garden. Details

Saturday: The 2020 Miss Rome and 2020 Miss Rome’s Outstanding Teen competition at 7 p.m. at City Auditorium. Tickets are $15 at the door and seating is General Admission. Visiting titleholders are admitted free- please wear your crown and banner.


Saturday: The 18th Annual Health Initiative for Men Plus Women is set from 8 a.m. to noon at the Floyd County Health Department. Organizers plan to continue “to combine the men’s and women’s events to make better use of our resources and efforts in providing services to those in our community.”

Saturday: Harbin Clinic’s Walk with a Doc led by Neurologist Dr. David Hale. The two-mile health walk is free and meets at Bridgepoint Plaza in Rome at 9 a.m. Participants will hear a short introduction on the benefits of walking before venturing onto Rome’s Kingfisher Trail. For more: visit harbinclinic.com/docwalk.


  • Farmers market at Ridge Ferry Park: Saturdays and Wednesday through Oct. 12. Hours: 7 until 11 a.m.
  • Between the Rivers Farmers Market, Bridgepoint Plaza, 8-11:30 a.m. Saturdays.
  • Cartersville Farmers Market, 7 a.m.-noon, in historic downtown Cartersville in the parking lot across the street from City Hall.


On the rivers: Check here if you’re planning a day on the water:

Local river levels

  • Etowah River near Dixon Landing/Grizzard Park off the Bypass: Latest report
  • Oostanaula River at Turner McCall near Riverside Parkway: Latest report
    • U.S. Army Corps of Engineers information hot line: Call for the water release schedule — 706-334-7213


Aug. 23: The Forum River Center in collaboration with Ready or Not Entertainment announces a concert featuring Georgia-based Mother’s Finest. The internationally known funk rock band will perform on Friday, Aug. 23, at 7:30 p.m., at The Forum RIver Center along with The Vintage VixensJimmy Hall, an Alabama native, also will join the show. To purchase tickets visit: www.forumrivercenter.com or call 888-479-6300.

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