published Thursday, July 4th, 2013

Chattanooga area events calendar — July 4-10

LEISURE

BLUE MOON WINE CRUISE -- Blue Moon Cruises, 301 Riverfront Parkway. Cruise through Tennessee River Gorge with wine and light hors d'oeuvres, 6-8:30 p.m. July 13. Reservations required; guests must pay $60 fee before trip. 888-993-BLUE.

BRAINERD FARMERS MARKET -- Grace Episcopal Church, 20 Belvoir Ave. Market hours 10 a.m.-noon. Saturdays. 423-580-6281.

CANOE COLLECTOR -- Chattanooga Arboretum and Nature Center, 400 Garden Road. Mike Hills, canoe collector and restorer, speaks on "The Canoe From Ancient Times to Present," 2-4 p.m. Saturday, July 6. $20-$25. 423-821-1160.

CHATTANOOGA GHOST TOURS -- The Little Curiosity Shoppe, 138 Market St. Walking tours through downtown, ghost hunts through University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and Citizens Cemetery, 9 nightly. $15 adults, $10 ages 12 and younger. 423-821-7125.

CHATTANOOGA SIDEWALK TOURS -- Choice of two tours, daily through Nov. 1. $15 adults, $7 children 12 and younger. Reservations required: 423-228-0448, www.chattanoogasidewalktours.com.

• Dynamo of Dixie Tour: Departs from Sheraton Read House, corner of Broad Street and M.L. King Boulevard; 10 a.m., noon and 2 p.m.

• Bluffs and Bridges Tour: Begins at south end of Walnut Street Bridge; 4 and 6 p.m.

CHATTANOOGA RIVER MARKET -- Tennessee Aquarium plaza, 1 Broad St. Vendors sell local produce, arts, crafts and horticultural projects, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. each Saturday. www.ChattanoogaMarket.com.

CHATTANOOGA STAMP CLUB -- Hickory Valley Christian Church, 6605 Shallowford Road. Meeting for anyone interested in stamps, 7:30 p.m. July 11; doors open at 6:30 p.m. 423-344-7849.

CHRISTMAS IN JULY CRAFT SHOW -- Pikeville Fairgrounds, 234 Allen P. Deakins Road, Pikeville, Tenn. Free show of products by home crafters and businesses, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. CDT July 13. 423-413-1202.

EASTMAN GUN SHOW -- Northwest Georgia Trade & Convention Center, 2211 Dug Gap Battle Road, Dalton, Ga. Hunters and gun enthusiasts can buy, sell or trade with vendors, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. July 13; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. July 14. $8 ages 12 and older. gunshow@windstream.net.

FLAG RETIREMENT -- VFW No. 4848, 1491 Riverside Drive. Post members conduct flag retirement ceremony at noon followed by picnic until 2 p.m. today, July 4. All veterans, active-duty personnel and their families invited. Bring tattered, torn or fading flags for retirement. 423-843-1590.

FRIDAY NIGHTS IN THE PARK -- Angel Park, Sewanee, Tenn. Sewanee Business Alliance sponsors food and music by regional acts, 7:30 p.m. CDT Fridays through July 26. 931-968-1127.

HIKES -- Led by Soddy-Daisy Hiking Club. Bring water and snack. Car-pool locations given for those who want to meet group. 423-842-3619.

• Saturday, July 6: Chickamauga Battlefield, easy-to-moderate 6 miles, meet at Red Bank Bi-Lo, 8 a.m.

• Tuesday, July 9: Signal Point to Edward's Point and back, slightly strenuous 4 miles, meet at Red Bank Bi-Lo, 8 a.m.

• Saturday, July 13: Cumberland Mountain State Park, moderate 8 miles, meet at Durham Street parking lot in Soddy-Daisy, 8 a.m.

NIGHT ZIP LINE -- True Adventure Sports, 13102 Alabama Highway 176, Fort Payne, Ala. Zip 250 feet over a ravine and through woods with only headlamp and tiki torches as light sources, 7:30-9:30 p.m. Saturday, July 6. $25 includes two to three zips per person. Reservations: 256-997-9577.

OOLTEWAH FARMERS MARKET -- Ooltewah Nursery & Landscape Co., 5829 Main St. Local farmers sell fresh produce, 2-5 p.m. Thursdays. No wholesalers or resellers allowed. 423-238-9775.

RAPPELLING ADVENTURE -- True Adventure Sports, 13102 Alabama Highway 176, Fort Payne, Ala. Rappel down a sandstone cliff in Northeast Alabama, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. today, July 4; Saturday, July 6; and Monday, July 8. $42.50 includes all gear and instructor; previous experience not required. 256-997-9577.

RINGGOLD MARKET -- Catoosa County Courthouse, Ringgold, Ga. Fresh produce, crafts and live music in downtown Ringgold, 9 a.m.-noon Saturdays through Labor Day. www.ringgold.com.

RIVER CANYON ADVENTURES -- 21726 River Canyon Road. 423-451-6068. Explore the scenic Tennessee River Gorge with three-hour adventures, including rope swing and volleyball, 9 a.m., noon and 3 p.m. daily. Sunset cruise at 6 p.m. Upriver to Williams Island, $35. Downriver into Tennessee River Gorge, $45. www.rivercanyonadventure.com.

TRAIN RIDES -- Tennessee Valley Railroad, 4119 Cromwell Road. 423-894-8028, www.tvrail.com. Missionary Ridge Local, six-mile, 55-minute ride through East Chattanooga to TVRM's repair shop, departing at 10:40 a.m., 12:05, 1:15, 2:25 and 3:35 p.m. daily.

BOOKS/AUTHORS

BOOK SALE -- Eastgate Town Center, 4500 Brainerd Road. Friends of the Chattanooga Public Library sponsors fundraiser July 13-22. Adult books: $2 hardback, $1 paperback; children/youth books: $1 hardback, 50 cents paperback. Sale hours: 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday-Saturday, noon-6 p.m. Sundays. July 21, half-price day; July 22, bag day.

DANCES

BIG BAND DANCE -- American Legion Post 95, 3229 Ringgold Road. Dance to music of The Legionnaires, light refreshments provided, 7-10 p.m. Saturday, July 6. $5. 423-624-9015.

LINE --

• Mondays: Allemande Hall, 7400 Standifer Gap Road. Dance to music of all genres, for beginners through intermediate level dancers, 5:30-8:30 p.m. $7 per evening, $22 monthly. www.linesinmotion.net.

• Wednesdays: North River Civic Center, 1009 Executive Drive. Dance, 5-7:45 p.m. $5. www.bootsandbucklesdance.com.

• Thursdays: St. Jude Catholic Church, 930 Ashland Terrace. Dance, 5-7:45 p.m., $3. www.bootsandbucklesdance.com.

SHAG -- Elks Lodge, Graysville Road at East Brainerd Road. Dance with Choo Choo Shag Club, 7 p.m. Thursdays. $5 members, $7 guests, free to first-time guests. gdelett@epbfi.com.

USA BALLROOM -- Allemande Hall, 7400 Standifer Gap Road. Dance, 7:30-11 p.m. July 12. $5 first-time guests. 423-645-4888.

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