* Couples Glass-Blowing: Orbix Hot Glass, 3869 County Road 275, Fort Payne, Ala., Valentine event for couples, $35 to make glass ornament, $65 to make heart paperweights, reservations not required; call 256-523-3188 for directions, do not rely on GPS, say organizers.
* Memorial Mobile Health Coach: North Georgia Healthcare Center, Ringgold, Ga., 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., mammogram screenings for women age 40 or over, with or without insurance; those with insurance should bring cards and photo ID. To schedule a mammogram, call 495-4040.
* Tree Care Workshop: Outdoor Chattanooga, 200 River St. in Coolidge Park, 1 p.m., free, arborists Jon Nessle and Preston Roberts teach basic tree identification and hands-on pruning demonstration. 643-6888.
* Engineers Club: Doubletree Hotel, 407 Chestnut, noon, Dr. Richard Manning and Jeff Wormsley speak on the use of magnetic and smart cards for information storage and equipment control.
* UTC Women's Studies Lecture: UTC University Center, Raccoon Mountain Room, 5:30 p.m., free, Dr. Talia Welsh speaks on "Punishing Parents for Bad Health Habits."
* Hamilton County Republican Women: Country Place Restaurant, 7320 Shallowford Road, 11:30 a.m., program by Kyle Holden on annexation, visitors welcome.
* NAACP Meeting: Glenwood Recreation Center, 2610 East Third St., 6 p.m., Dr. Jean Howard-Hill will discuss redistricting and 2012 elections, followed by discussion. 697-1284.
* Phi Beta Kappa Society: Patten House, corner of Oak and Palmetto streets on UTC campus, 6 p.m., Chattanooga Association hears Dr. Paul Gaston, trustees professor at Kent State University, speak on the Bologna Process, a reform effort among European universities, and its implications for American higher education. 425-4635.
* UTC Women's Studies Lecture: UTC University Center, Raccoon Mountain Room, 5:30 p.m., free, Dr. Lisa Guenther speaks on "Solitary Confinement: A Phenomenological Critique."
* ACT-SO Information Session: Center for Creative Arts, 1301 Dallas Road, 10-11:30 a.m., question-and-answer presentation for black high school students participating in Academic Cultural Technological Scientific Olympics sponsored by NAACP. 400-1040.
* Battlefield Talk: Chickamauga & Chattanooga National Military Park, meet at the Alabama monument, located off Battleline Road, 1 p.m., free, park ranger leads one-hour program on the Confederacy's first days and Jefferson Davis's visit to the battlefield in 1863. 706-866-9241.
* Climbing Clinic: Tennessee Bouldering Authority, 3801 St. Elmo Ave., 12:15 p.m., free climbing clinic for ages 6-12 taught by Kasia Pietras. 822-6800.
* Digital Illustration Workshop: AVA, 9 a.m. to noon, $30 AVA members, $75 nonmembers, Tara Harris leads workshop on digital drawing tablets. Class limited to nine, meets weekly for four weeks. 265-4282, ext. 103.
* PopTots: Creative Discovery Museum, 321 Chestnut St., 2 p.m., free with regular museum admission, CSO Wind Quintet performs 30-minute show followed by 30 minutes of hands-on music exploration when children can play rhythm instruments.
* Volunteer Orientation and Fair: Outdoor Chattanooga, 200 River St., noon to 4 p.m., first volunteer orientation and appreciation fair. 643-6889.
Susan Palmer Pierce is a reporter and columnist in the Life department. She began her journalism career as a summer employee 1972 for the News Free Press, typing bridal announcements and photo captions. She became a full-time employee in 1980, working her way up to feature writer, then special sections editor, then Lifestyle editor in 1995 until the merge of the NFP and Times in 1999. She was honored with the 2007 Chattanooga Woman of ...
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