Weekend! presented by The Forum River Center: Regional fair under way in Calhoun; Tennis Carnival today. Plus: Outdoors, what’s ahead next weekend.

Weekend! presented by The Forum River Center: Regional fair under way in Calhoun; Tennis Carnival today. Plus: Outdoors, what’s ahead next weekend.

Tickets and more details now at forumrivercenter.com


The Seven Hills Irish Dancers performed as part of Saturday’s River District Festival. (Photo from Cindy Kelley)


Today-Sept. 14: Northwest Georgia Regional Fair continues through Sept. 14: “Celebrate the harvest season with fun, food, entertainment, and friendship. Exhibits, rides, fantatsic food, and more are all on the menu.” Fairgrounds at 1060 Liberty Road SW in Calhoun just off Ga. 53 before the split. Admission: $5. Unlimited carnival rides: $25 nightly. Other events are still being finalized; updates here.

Sunday: What’s happening in Cartersville/Bartow County this weekend: 40th Annual Pine Log Arts & Crafts Festival. Details

Sunday: The Highland Rivers Foundation Tennis Carnival and Ball will be at Lawrence Plantation, 127 Winding Road in Rome, from 2-5 p.m. followed by dinner at 6 p.m. Melanie Oudin, former World Junior No. 2 tennis player, will be the keynote speaker. The ball will feature two events for a day of affordable family fun that will benefit the Highland Rivers Foundation. First, a tennis carnival from 2 until 5 p.m. will include a fast-serve speed clock, cardio tennis, and USTA tennis instruction for kids and adults. Donation to attend the carnival is $25 per family. Following the carnival, there will be a ‘come as you are’ dinner, beginning at 6 p.m. in the Lawrence Plantation dining room. Catered by Provino’s, the dinner buffet will include four entrees. The dinner program will feature individuals sharing their personal recovery stories, with a keynote address by  Oudin. Donation for the dinner is $75 for two tickets. The event will also feature a silent auction with items donated by local businesses and theme baskets donated by Highland Rivers Health staff, as well as live music. Tickets for both events are available at the door the day of the event, or can be purchased online at: bit.ly/HRF_tennis.

Latest water samples from the above locations courtesy of Coosa River Basin Initiative. Click tests.



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


Friday: Friday the 13th Double Feature Pool Party: A movie night fundraiser to support Floyd Police’s Project Lifesaver will start at 7 p.m. at Lawrence Plantation to raise money for the purchase of radio transmitters for families in need. The event is sponsored by ComForCare. The Friday the 13th event is a scary double feature — “Jaws” and “Deep Blue Sea” — will all proceeds benefiting the police department and the purchase of transmitters. Jerusulem Grill wll provide dinner. Guest tickets are $45 each and include two drink tickets. Expanded details.

Friday-Sunday: Rome Little Theatre presents “Mamma Mia!” at the Historic DeSoto Theater. ABBA’s hits tell the hilarious story of a young woman’s search for her birth father. This sunny and funny tale unfolds on a Greek island paradise. On the eve of her wedding, a daughter’s quest to discover the identity of her father brings three men from her mother’s past back to the island they last visited 20 years ago. Showtimes are Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m., Sunday at 2:30 p.m. The show will also have performances next weekend, Sept. 20-22. Tickets are $16 individuals, $14 for senior adults or students, $12 for children, plus all tickets will have a $2 processing fee.

Saturday: The Roman Rumble 5K Ulti-MUTT Health-Walk returns to Ridge Ferry Park at 8 a.m. Saturday. One of the longest-running 5K events in Rome, the event takes place at Ridge Ferry Park, utilizing a paved path along the scenic Oostanaula River. It will include vendors, food trucks, inflatables, doggie costume contest, and most importantly lots of dogs! This event benefits Harbor House, to provide free of charge in-house counseling for child victims of abuse, to implement prevention safety programs in local schools, to provide a child-friendly environment, and to also help us continue our day to day operations. Details

Saturday: A Night to Remember Foundation benefiting local Alzheimer’s programs will host its first annual “Heroes & Villians: Rome Adult 5 Keg Pub Crawl” on Saturday beginning at 2 p.m. at The Foundry. The first 100 to register at The Foundry will get a logo reuseable solo pint glass. Prizes will be given for best hero and villian, individual and group. You will also be able to meet the 2020 Adult Prom Court. Tickets are $25 and include 5 pints on the crawl and raffle entry. There will be an after party at 6 p.m. at The Rome Courtyard Riverwalk with DJ DLow. Details

Sunday: One Community United presents “One Table 2019” along the Chief John Ross Pedestrian Bridge in Downtown Rome at 6 p.m. Join us as we sit together at one table to promote the Rome community. Locally grown and produced dinner will be brought to the table to honor our local farms and chefs while we get to know our neighbors. Proceeds, after expenses, will go to One Community United to continue to be a source of information and outreach to our communities through community events, dialogue and communications leading to improved relationships between communities and educational programs within communities. Details

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