published Friday, December 16th, 2011

Out & About Calendar


BREAKFAST WITH SANTA -- The Nitty Gritty Cafe, 11210 Dayton Pike, Soddy-Daisy. Seatings for full, family-style breakfast every 30 minutes, 8-11 a.m. Saturday, with photos and storytelling. Reservations required. 531-4582.

BRUCE BRUCE AND FRIENDS -- Memorial Auditorium, 399 McCallie Ave. BET's "Comic View" host performs with special guest Don D.C. Curry, featuring Nick Lewis and Miss Tanill, hosted by Griff, 8:30 p.m. Dec. 30. $25-$45. 642-TIXS,

HOLIDAY MARKET TOO -- Chattanooga Convention Center, 1 Carter Plaza. Chattanooga Market hosts more than 100 vendors in indoor gift market, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. today and Saturday. 648-2496.

JINGLE BELL JOG -- Downtown YMCA, 301 W. Sixth St. Runners invited to wear jingle bells on 5K route through Chattanooga, 6 p.m. Monday. $10 includes T-shirt. 266-3766,

KWANZAA CELEBRATION -- Union Hill Missionary Baptist Church, 1800 N. Chamberlain Ave. Community Kwanzaa celebration and feast, 6 p.m. Dec. 30. 698-0337.

LUNCH AND LEARN -- Bessie Smith Cultural Center, 200 E. M.L. King Blvd. Screening of "The Black Candle" in honor of Kwanzaa, 11:30 a.m. Dec. 28. Free. 266-8658.

MISSION OAKS CANDLELIGHTING -- Mission Oaks subdivision in East Ridge. Neighborhood streets lined by luminarias, 6 p.m. Monday. Free but donations accepted by East Ridge Fire and Police Department for Forgotten Children's Fund. 521-4620.

SANTA'S WINE WORKSHOP -- Georgia Winery, 6489 Battlefield Parkway, Ringgold, Ga. Assistance offered for creating a custom wine gift basket, with free wine-tastings, noon-4 p.m. Saturday. 706-937-WINE.

STORYTELLING CIRCLE -- Chattanooga Public Library, 1001 Broad St. Members of Chattanooga Storytellers Guild entertain, 7 p.m. Dec. 27. Free. 779-4466.

TRAIN RIDES -- Departing from Tennessee Valley Railroad, 4119 Cromwell Road. 894-8028,

  • Missionary Ridge Local: Six-mile, 55-minute ride through East Chattanooga to TVRM's repair shop, Fridays-Sundays. $15 adults, $9 children ages 3-12.

  • North Pole Limited: Ride with Santa, caroling, gift from Santa for each child, 5:45, 7:30 and 9:15 p.m. through Thursday. $24 coach, $48 Santa's car.


BOOK SIGNING -- LifeWay Christian Store, 5591 Highway 153. Judy Neighbors signs "Learn With BunnBunn: Hopping Through Months, Seasons and Holidays," 1-4 p.m. Dec. 23. 870-8012.


CHATTANOOGA PUBLIC LIBRARY -- 1001 Broad St. (main library) and branches at Eastgate, Northgate and South Chattanooga. For programming information, including preschool storytime, Adventure Club for ages 6 and up, and Teen Stack for teens, call 757-5310 or visit

  • Saturday: Holiday Crafts for Tweens and Teens, 3-5 p.m., Northgate branch, 278 Northgate Mall Drive. Make cards and gift wrap. 757-5314.


  • Barnes & Noble, 2100 Hamilton Place Blvd., 11 a.m. Wednesdays. 893-0186.

  • Books Never Ending, 247 Cloud Springs Road, Rossville, 10:30 a.m. Saturdays for ages 3-8. 706-891-0774,


$10.95 adults and children.756-2738,

  • New exhibits: "Winter Wonders" and "Helping Hands," through Jan.3.

  • Fruit Juice Spherification: Simple science experiment. Monday-Dec. 23, Dec. 27-30, Jan. 2-6.

  • Holiday Shoppe: Gift-shopping area for children ages 12 and under, assisted by volunteers, to pick presents for mom and dad, 1:30-3:30 p.m. Saturday-Dec. 23. Items priced $1 to $10.

  • New Year's at Noon: Children welcome new year with noon apple-juice toast, craft-making, parade, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Dec. 31.

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