• Open house: Cleveland State Community College, Cleveland, Tenn., 9 a.m.-noon, free event for prospective students and their parents with sessions on admissions, financial aid, athletics, dual enrollment, academic programs and the Advance program for working adults. mysc.cc/openhouse.
• Belly-dancing benefit: Lindsay Street Hall, 6 p.m., $10, fifth annual Fringe Benefit presented by Mirabal Bellydance combines belly dancing with live music by Ganja James and the Roots Survivors. All proceeds benefit Partnership for Families, Children and Adults.
• Affordable Care Act seminar: Bethlehem Center, 200 W. 38th St., 6 p.m., free information on new advance tax credits, the Health Insurance Marketplace, rising costs of health care and health care changes. 1-888-995-1674, ext. 2008.
• Civil War walking tour: Meet at corner of Orchard Knob and Ivy streets beside Orchard Knob Military Park, 5:30 p.m., $5 per person, free for Chattanooga History Center members. Daryl Black and Jim Ogden lead "A Walking Tour: Seige Lines, Confederate Perspective." Preregistration required by Monday at 265-3247.
• Decosimo Lecture Series: UTC University Center, Raccoon Mountain Room, Fifth Street, 9:25 am., free, Iveta Radicova, former prime minister of Slovakia, speaks on economic differences between Europe and the United States and the European Union efforts to provide aide to Greece, Ireland, Portugal and Spain. 425-4363.
• MBA webinar: UTC College of Business, 7 p.m., free webinar about online MBA with live answers to questions, information on tuition, qualifying for financial aid, accessibility and program designed for busy professionals. To register, go to mbaonline.utc.edu/online/131022.
• Civil War lecture: UTC University Center, Signal Mountain Room, East Fifth Street, 6 p.m., free, Stephen Berry from the University of Georgia speaks on Abraham Lincoln as a war leader. 423-425-4363.
• MacDowell Music Club: Brainerd Baptist Church sanctuary, 300 Brookfield Ave., 10:30 a.m., meeting; 11 a.m. concert open to the public, featuring members Nellie Makansi, Bobbie Howell, Jim Martin and Isaac Hinchman.
• Adoption fair: New City Fellowship Church, 2424 E. Third St., 9 a.m.-2 p.m., free. Tennessee Valley Foster Care and Adoption Fair, sponsored by the Tennessee Valley office of the Tennessee Department of Children's Services and local agencies to raise awareness on children waiting for families, workshops on issues dealing with adoption or foster care; current resource parents receive five in-service training hours for attending. firstname.lastname@example.org.
• Chitlin' Supper: Marcella Center, 117 Washington Road, Sweetwater, Tenn., noon, $6.50 plate, fundraiser for center's teen programs and community events. 423-337-0075.
• Georgia Trail of Tears: Funk Heritage Center, campus of Reinhardt University, Waleska, Ga., intersection of Highways 140 and 108, 10 a.m., tour of interpretive center. 770-720-5967.
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 ...