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March 11, 2013

What's Going On: Milkshake is worth a long ride

I’m not a fan of milkshakes. However, if you are, then there’s extra incentive to make the most of what could be a staple of the area’ bicycle community.

A group of local riders has organized a weekly event called the “Milkshake Ride,” a 20-30 mile event throughout the Cohutta-Varnell area.

This week’s ride is scheduled for 6 p.m. Tues-day beginning at Coahulla Creek High School and finishing up  at the Burger Den on Highway 2 in Varnell.

Greg Swin-ney, a manager of the restaurant, said Sunday there were “about 60 confirmed riders” and added the group will enjoy milk shakes following the ride.

For more information, Swinney said to request to join the “Dalton Area Cyclists” Facebook group and keep up with all upcoming rides. According to the group page, the ride is casual with speeds somewhere between 12-20 mph.

Here is a look at what else is going on around the area this week.

• With the Atlanta Braves’ regular season nearing, spots at the annual leadoff luncheon are available for fans.

The ninth-annual event will take place April 4 at the 755 Club in Turner Field. For those who attend, there will be a silent auction once the doors open at 10:30 a.m. and a question-and-answer session with general manager Frank Wren and manager Fredi Gonzalez.

Purchasing options include individual seats or tables. A table of nine costs $1,500 and includes the choice of a Braves player, coach or executive to sit and eat with. The same-sized table for $1,000 includes an assigned player, coach or official. There also are options for a table of 10 for $750 and individual seats for $100.

All proceeds benefit the Atlanta Braves Foundation, a non-profit part of the franchise dedicated to helping the surrounding community’s youth.

Seats and tables can be reserved by calling (404) 494-1020 or visiting www.braves.com/luncheon.

• The Chattanooga Lookouts will host a similar function to usher the start of their season.

The Double-A baseball team will host a Fan Fest on Saturday at AT&T Field. It’s the first time the franchise has hosted the event, which is free and takes place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Fans will have the chance to take a stadium tour, record a home run call from the press box, hit in the team’s batting cage, clock their fastball’s speed and enjoy other activities.

All those who attend can purchase a $1 general admission ticket for Opening Day, which is April 4 against the Huntsville (Ala.) Stars. If fans bring a canned food item for the team’s Dodger Blue antique truck, to benefit the Chattanooga Area Food Bank, they will receive an Opening Day general admission ticket for free.

Season ticket holders also can pick up their tickets at the fan fest.

• Six local schools will compete in Wednesday’s National Archery in the Schools Georgia state tournament.

Woodlawn Elementary, Bagley Middle and North Murray High each won respective divisions to clinch a spot in the event, which will take place at the Georgia National Fairgrounds in Perry. Additionally, Northwest Elementary, Gladden Middle and Southeast Whitfield High earned at-large spots in each’s respective divisions. State tournament winners in each division, plus individual qualifiers, will compete in the NASP National Tournament, scheduled for May 10-11 in Louisville, Ky. According to a press release from the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division, the 2012 national tournament earned a spot in the Guinness Book of World Records as the largest archery tournament ever held.

Woodlawn, which started an archery program in 2008, is attempting to win its fourth straight state title. In 2011, the Timberwolves won the national championship. Bagley is trying for its third straight state title.

• The North Georgia Invitational golf tournament begins this week and includes three high school boys teams competing.

Christian Heritage, Dalton and Northwest Whitfield are in the field, which starts the two-round tournament Tuesday at Adairsville’s Barnsley Gardens and concludes March 19 at The Farm in Rocky Face. Teams from around the state will compete in the tournament, which will be aggregate over the two rounds.

This will be the first time the Lions compete against the Catamounts and Bruins on the fairways and greens.

Devin Golden is a sports writer for The Daily Citizen. Got something you think should be in What’s Going On? Contact him at devingolden@daltoncitizen.com.

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