Buzz: Boogie Down Broad returns Saturday; here’s how to help DIGS. Celebrating the Marine Corps’ 242nd birthday Friday night. Chieftains welcomes musician Tommy Wildcat Saturday.

Buzz: Boogie Down Broad returns Saturday; here’s how to help DIGS. Celebrating the Marine Corps’ 242nd birthday Friday night. Chieftains welcomes musician Tommy Wildcat Saturday.

The Second Annual Boogie Down Broad is Saturday, starting at Heritage Park and ending at the City Auditorium. The team or individual raising the most money will win DIGS’ special trophy. The key to winning is getting sponsors to donate $100 each. Proceeds will go toward building the group’s second home, this one for women. Currently, $112,000 is on hand with a goal of $150,000. Registration is from 10-11 a.m. and the registration fee is $10. We will boogie from the park to City Auditorium.Details here

Download the registration form here. Participants registration fee and sponsorships can be paid directly to DIGS by click here.  

A dinner commemorating the 242nd birthday of the U.S. Marine Corps will be held Friday in the Palladium at the Coosa Valley Fairgrounds, 69 E. Church St.  Hosted by the Puryear Detachment, Marine Corps League, the program will begin at 6 p.m. and feature the traditional cake cutting ceremony in which the first slice of cake is presented by the oldest Marine present to the youngest Marine in attendance. Also in keeping with tradition, the official order of the Second Continental Congress creating the Marine Corps on Nov. 10, 1775, will be read, along with a birthday message from the current commandant, Lt. Gen. Robert Neller. Speaker for the program will be Lt. Gen. Willie Williams, Ret., of Huntsville, Ala.  During his 39-year career, General Williams served in numerous command positions, according to Hal Gosnell, Puryear Detachment commandant.  He was responsible for worldwide supply and logistics during the height of the Iraq War, and as Deputy Assistant Commandant was essentially third in the chain of command at Marine Headquarters in Washington, D.C. Deadline for reservations for the dinner is Wednesday and may be made by calling Everett Stewart at 706-234-8603.  The cost is $20 for League members and $25 for non-members.  Guests are welcome to attend.

 Chieftains Museum/Major Ridge Home will bring internationally known Cherokee musician Tommy Wildcat to Rome on Saturday. Known for his flute music, Tommy Wildcat has promoted awareness of Native American culture since 1988. A member of the Cherokee Nation in Oklahoma, Mr. Wildcat has appeared in numerous television specials and movies.  In 2013 the Cherokee Nation honored him, by naming him a “National Treasure” for his flute music & flute making (river cane flutes). The title National Treasure is awarded to those Cherokee Nation Citizens who have dedicated their lives to, and have made significant contributions to Cherokee history and culture. On Saturday,  Chieftains Museum will host a free day from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. to celebrate Native American Heritage Month on the museum campus at 501 Riverside Parkway in Rome. Visitors to the museum will receive free admission to tour the site and complete activities inside the museum. Participants will also be treated to a program by Tommy Wildcat at 1 p.m. to celebrate Cherokee culture through music followed by the creation of wildflower seed balls at 2 p.m. to promote stewardship and conservation of the land as Native Americans have done for centuries. The seed ball activity is sponsored by the UGA-Floyd County Cooperative Extension, the Georgia Master Gardener Extension Volunteers of Floyd County, and the Rome/Floyd Yards & Gardens Program Development Team.  This event is free and open to the public. Details: or call (706) 291-9494.

The Alzheimer’s Association will host a Caregiver Workshop from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 5, at Calhoun Seventh Day Adventist Church. Those in attendance will have the opportunity to learn from Geriatric Nurse Practitioner Susan Greene. Susan will present The Basics – Memory Loss, Dementia, and Alzheimer’s Disease. The workshop provides caregivers of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias an opportunity to interact with other family caregivers. The program is free and includes lunch. Registration is required. Please call 800.272.3900 to register.

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