Buzz: Floyd’s Boot Camp for Dads is Oct. 26. Scary Berry returns next weekend. Harbin Clinic Jingle Jog, benefiting the Tranquility House Domestic Violence Center, is Dec. 7.

Buzz: Floyd’s Boot Camp for Dads is Oct. 26. Scary Berry returns next weekend. Harbin Clinic Jingle Jog, benefiting the Tranquility House Domestic Violence Center, is Dec. 7.

Dylan Moran feeds a tyke with a bottle during July’s event.


Floyd’s Boot Camp for New Dads is aimed at helping dads become comfortable, competent and compassionateparents.

The free workshop is interactive. Men spend time in small groups with veteran dads who volunteer to help. Participants can ask whatever question they want, from details about the birthing experience, to safety issues, to coping with postpartum depression.

The next session is Saturday, Oct. 26, from 9 a.m. to noon at the Floyd Emergency Medical Services Conference Room, 500 Riverside Parkway. Register online.

Mark Harrison and Mark Hannah, who work at Floyd’s Public Relations Department, are facilitators for the boot camp. They received special training in Colorado this past summer and are both fathers. Harrison said he remembers that time of uncertainty as a new father. “The first time I held my daughter, I was so worried that I would be too rough or clumsy with her,” Harrison said.

Harrison said he saw instantly during the first class in July how it can help new dads. “I believe that the class settles so many worries and that it’s a unique opportunity for gusy to share with other guys and talk about babies,” Harrison said. “It was fun to watch these guys walk in and be so tender-hearted and excited.”

Scary Berry, the sequel: Scary Berry is a haunted hay ride that is run by student animal science organization, Block and Bridle. There are five sections of the trail this year: total darkness, slaughterhouse, zombies, Stephen King and asylum. Scary Berry will be Thursday (Oct. 24) from 8 until 11 p.m., Friday (Oct. 25) from 8 p.m. to midnight, and Saturday (Oct. 26) from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m.  Admission is $10 and $5 for children 12 years old and younger. The trail starts with a hayride at Hermann Hall. Please dress warmly for walking and prepared to be spooked. There will be concessions for sale, including hot chocolate, hot cider, popcorn and candy. In the case of inclement weather, please call (706) 232-5374 to check the status of the event.

The Harbin Clinic Jingle Jog benefiting the Tranquility House Domestic Violence Center is set for Saturday, Dec. 7, at Sam Smith Park in Cartersville.

With a variety of activities for all ages, the Jingle Jog offers a 5K, Holiday Hustle Fun Run and Walk and a Dasher Dash where children ages 5 and under can chase Dasher the reindeer. Racers are also encouraged to dress up in their most festive costumes and participate in the Jingle Jog Costume Contest.

Concluding the race, participants are invited to experience the Winter Village, a festival featuring local artists, holiday bites and a special appearance by Santa and his reindeer. Have your picture taken with Kris Kringle and give your bells a little jingle to commemorate this exciting event.

Registration for the 5K race is $25, and Holiday Hustle is $15 prior to Sunday, December 1. Registration on race day is $35 for the 5K and $25 for the One Mile Fun Run. The Dasher Dash is free to all children ages 5 and under.

Race day registration begins at 8 a.m. and the awards ceremony wraps-up the event at 10:15 a.m. with times and results organized by Wire2Wire Running.

Packet pick-up will be on Friday, December 6 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Komatsu, located at 1515 E. Main St. Event parking will be located in the large, lower parking lot at the Cartersville Southern Soccer Academy at 152 Milner Rd., SE.

To guarantee your T-shirt size, please register by November 20.

For more information or to register for the race, visit today.

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