Horseshoe tournament: Marcella Center for Arts and Education, 117 Washington Road, Sweetwater, Tenn., 10 a.m. registration, 11 a.m. tournament begins, bring your own partner. Entry fee $5 per person. 423-351-1060.
Kudzu Festival: North Shore business district, more than 50 events and retail specials presented by North Shore Merchants Collective. Saturday street parade along Frazier Avenue at 10 a.m., Kudzu Ball at 8 p.m. at Chattanooga Theatre Centre. www.kudzufestival.com.
North Georgia Camera Club Shootout: Northwest Georgia Trade and Convention Center, 2211 Dug Gap Battle Road, Dalton, Ga., 7:30 a.m. 706-272-7676.
Yard sale: 6738 Hickory Brook Road, 8 a.m.-1 p.m., yard sale to benefit Richmont Community Center. 648-2423.
Burkett Miller Lecture: University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, University Center, noon, free but limited seating. John A. Allison IV, former chairman of BB&T Corp., speaks on "The Financial Crisis: Causes and Consequences." Dr. Bradley Hobbs, professor of economics at Florida Gulf Coast University, will critique Allison's presentation. 425-4118.
Catoosa County Historical Society: Old Stone Church, 41 Old Cohutta Road, Ringgold, Ga., 7 p.m., visitors welcome. Charles Harris, founding member of the Chattanooga Area Relic and Historical Association, speaks on Confederate soldiers' recycling of knife and sword blades.
Catoosa County Republican Party: Hampton Inn, 6875 Battlefield Parkway, Ringgold, Ga., 6:30-8 p.m., visitors welcome. Dave Allen, campaign chairman for Tom Graves, will kick off Get Out The Vote training. www.catoosacountygop.com.
Green Thumb Garden Club: Collegedale City Hall, West Conference Room, 4910 Swinyar Drive, 7 p.m., visitors welcome. Betrice Neall, retired Union University professor, gives program on houseplants and gloxinias. 236-5598.
ElderScholars: UTC University Center, noon lunch at UC cafeteria, 1 p.m. meeting in Lookout Mountain Room, anyone age 55 or older welcome. Dr. Mary Headrick, Democratic candidate for the Third Congressional district, is featured speaker.
Greater Chattanooga Democratic Women's Club: IBEW Hall, 3922 Volunteer Drive, 6 p.m., visitors welcome. State Rep. JoAnne Favors is guest speaker. 870-1848.
Hammered dulcimer music: Signal Mountain Nursery, 1100 Hubbard Road, noon-2 p.m., free. Lisa Ferguson of Signal Mountain and Katie Moritz of Chicago perform for visitors. 886-3174.
Banana Ball: Chattanooga Zoo at Warner Park, 301 N. Holtzclaw Ave., 6:30-11 p.m, $75 or $150 VIP ticket. Meet Jack Hanna, view new Deserts and Forests exhibits, hors d'oeuvres and dancing. Banana Split party for children ages 3-12 at zoo from 3 to 4 p.m., $25 per child and parent admitted free. 697-1339.
Benefit motorcycle ride: Tennessee Riverpark, Hubert Fry Center, 10 a.m. Early entry fee: $10 driver, $5 each additional rider; $15 driver, $5 each additional rider day of event. Ride returns to Riverpark for hot-dog meal. 309-9911.
Church yard sale: Rossville Baptist Tabernacle, 101 Hooker Road, 8 a.m.-3 p.m. rain or shine, sponsored by Ladies Ministry.
NAACP Image Awards: Tivoli Theatre, 709 Broad St., 7 p.m., $10 per person or $50 for six tickets. 624-8552.
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 ...