* Walker County Historical Society: Villanow/Armuchee Community Center, 11471 E. Highway 136, 3 p.m., visitors welcome. Lee White, Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park ranger, gives synopsis of Civil War events in the valley; longtime residents share community stories. 706-539-2324.
* Job fair: Urban League of Greater Chattanooga, Kingdom Center, 730 E. M.L. King Blvd., 9 a.m.-noon; several large local businesses participating, bring resumes. 756-1762.
* Teacher appreciation dinner: Jones Memorial United Methodist Church, 4131 Ringgold Road, 6 p.m., East Ridge Education Committee honors teachers from East Ridge and Spring Creek elementary schools, East Ridge Middle and East Ridge High schools. Program and music by Dalton Roberts. 624-6073.
SATURDAY, MAY 4
* David Viens blood drive: Signal Crest United Methodist Church, 1005 Ridgeway Ave., 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Donors may register for a specific time by calling 886-5195.
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 ...