published Saturday, April 20th, 2013

Community Briefs

TODAY

* Catoosa County Democratic Party: Caffeine Addicts Coffee Shop, 7819 Nashville St., Ringgold, Ga., 9 a.m., visitors welcome. 770-826-8644.

* Special Olympics: McCallie School, 500 Dodds Ave., 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Lloyd Ray Smith Spring Track and Field Games. Carlene Melton of Orange Grove Center to be honored as Athlete of the Year.

* Book signing: Lifeway Bookstore, 2200 Hamilton Place Blvd., 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Lisa Maro signs "Genesis." 227-5848.

* Antique tractor and engine show: TSC Tractor Supply Co., 222 Sequoyah Road, Soddy-Daisy, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., free, sponsored by Days of Yesteryear Antique Tractor and Engine Club of Dunlap, Tenn. 949-6537.

* Kidz Expo: Chattanooga Convention Center, 1100 Carter St., 11 a.m.-7 p.m., $7 per person, $25 for family of four. Children's activities, vendors, special guests Ross Lynch and Laura Maran, sponsored by Chattanooga Times Free Press. 757-6308.

* Walker County United Progressives: Triple Y Mexican Restaurant, 2078 North Main St., LaFayette, Ga., 1 p.m., free open forum hosted by new group of progressive-minded citizens to discuss issues such as universal health care, increasing voter participation in elections, protection of social security and fair taxation. 706-764-2801.

* Soddy-Daisy Distinguished Young Woman Program: Soddy Elementary School, 260 School St., 6:30 p.m., $15, winner will compete in state Distinguished Young Woman Program (formerly Tennessee Junior Miss.) 867-2454.

SUNDAY

* Southeastern Bluegrass Association: Silverdale Cumberland Presbyterian Church, 7407 Bonny Oaks Drive, 2-5 p.m., players of all levels welcome to meeting and jam session. 624-3063.

FRIDAY-SATURDAY

* Rummage sale: First Baptist Church, 2645 LaFayette Road, Fort Oglethorpe, Ga., 8 a.m. each day, sale of gently used furniture, clothing, electronics and household goods. 903-2365.

about Susan Pierce...

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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