• Barbecue: Jones Memorial United Methodist Church, 4131 Ringgold Road, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., $8 plate, $4.50 sandwiches, $9 meat by the pound. 624-6073.
• Bonfire & Barbecue: Sale Creek School, at old tennis courts, 211 Patterson Road, Sale Creek, Tenn., 6 p.m.. First football homecoming celebration, UT-Florida game shown on big-screen TV, T-shirts $10, barbecue sold by Mo-Mo's. Proceeds to help fund school football program. 332-8819.
• Hearing loss association: Ronald McDonald House, 200 Central Ave., 2 p.m., visitors welcome. Information about the Tennessee Association of the Deaf Blind and TADB camp experiences by John Forbes. Real-time captioning and loop system provided. www.hearingchattanooga.org
• Bradley County Democratic Party: Bradley County-Cleveland Public Library community room, 795 Church St., Cleveland, Tenn., 7 p.m., visitors welcome. Planning session for events/activities before early voting starts Oct. 17. 336-1129.
• Constitution Day lecture: UTC campus, Benwood Auditorium in the Math, Engineering and Science Building, corner of Vine and Palmetto streets, 7 p.m., free. Dr. James W. Ceaser speaks on "The Ties That Bind: What We Feel for our Constitution." 425-4363.
• Friends of Moccasin Bend lecture: Tennessee Aquarium auditorium, 7 p.m., free. Michell Hicks, principal chief of the Eastern Band of Cherokee, is speaker. www.moccasinbendpark.org.
• Hamilton County Republican Women: GOP Headquarters, 1428 Chestnut St., Suite E, 11:30 a.m. Claire Crouch, state president of Tennessee Federation of Republican Women, is guest speaker. Lunch reservations required: 266-6855.
• Senior Living Expo: Walker County Civic Center, Highway 27, Rock Spring, Ga., 9 a.m.-4 p.m., free. Health screenings, limited legal assistance from Georgia Legal Services, senior talent show, Veterans Administration Van, entertainment, farmers market. 866-565-8213.
• Barnyard auction: Chattanooga Choo Choo, 1400 Market St., 6:30 p.m. dinner, 7:15 p.m. auction, $35. Sponsored by Chattanooga chapter of Executive Women International. Reservations: 321-1651.
• Civil War lecture: Cleveland State Community College, Barker Humanities Building, Cleveland, Tenn., 6 p.m., free. Professor Neil Greenwood speaks on The Battle of Antietam.472-7141.
• Gandhi lecture: Eastgate Town Center, center stage, 5600 Brainerd Road, 5 p.m., free. Dr. Arun Gandhi, grandson of Mahatma Gandhi, speaks on "A Season of Nonviolence." 425-7826.
• Birding by bike: Outdoor Chattanooga, 200 River St., 9-11:30 a.m., free, bring bike and helmet. To register: 643-6888.
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 ...