Diabetes Expo: Chattanooga First Church of the Nazarene, 5455 North Terrace, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., free, workshops on healthy eating and cooking, monitoring and medication, sponsored by Partners & Peers for Diabetes Care. 423-316-3578.
Quilt Show: Oakwood Baptist Church 4501 Bonny Oaks Drive, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., $5, Hixson chapter of Order of the Eastern Star hosts fundraiser. 423-842-9325.
Stop the Violence March: New Life Seventh-Day Adventist Church, 2099 E. Main St., Chattanooga. 2:30 p.m., free, guest speaker to follow the march. 423-356-8550.
Hill City Block Party: First Calvary Baptist Church, 300 W. Bell Ave., 5-8 p.m., free admission, $1 children's games and activities, benefits Hill City community garden compost project.
Freedoms Foundation meet and greet: Morning Pointe at Greenbriar Cove, 9650 Leyland Drive, Collegedale, 2-4 p.m., free, meet members and new board of Chattanooga chapter of Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge. 423-894-6269.
Chattanooga Music Club: Christ Episcopal Church, 663 Douglas St., 2:30 p.m., visitors welcome. Concert by CSO String Quintet featuring Sheri Peck, Rachel McFarlane, Robert Elder, Eric Reed and Taylor Brown. 423-529-0315.
Celebration of Hope: Coolidge Park, 200 River St., 3-7:30 p.m., free event for single mothers and their children. Health fair, children's activities, music by Woodland Park Baptist Church Choir. Food served 3:30-4:30 p.m. 423-493-0288.
Homecoming concert: UTC Fine Arts Center, corner of Vine and Palmetto streets, 3 p.m., free, UTC alumnus Christopher Kirkpatrick plays clarinet accompanied by pianist Tim Hinck and UTC clarinet professor Nikolasa Tejero. 423-425-4612.
Chattanooga Area Historical Association: EPB Building community room, 10 W. M.L. King Blvd., 6 p.m., free, visitors welcome. Ralph Hood presents program on "The Christian Serpent-Handling Tradition in Appalachia."423-364-3169.
Catoosa County Historical Society: Old Stone Church Museum, intersection of U.S. 41 and Catoosa Parkway, Ringgold, Ga., 7 p.m., visitors welcome. Steve McAllister of Sweetwater, Tenn., will speak on "The Confederate Army in East Tennessee." 706-935-4875.
UTC lecture: Grote Hall, Room 129, Vine Street on campus, 6:30 p.m., free, Dr. Chris Powell of the Center for Earthquake Research and Information and the University of Memphis, speaks on seismic activity in the area, "The Eastern Tennessee Seismic Zone: Scientific Curiosity or a Hidden Danger?" 423-425-1704.
Hamilton County Republican Women: Morning Pointe of Hixson, 5501 Old Hixson Pike, 11:30 a.m., visitors welcome. Larry Henry, Hamilton County commissioner and candidate for Hamilton County Circuit Court Clerk, is speaker. Lunch reservations required: 910-0612.
CarFit safety check: Life Care Center of Hixson, 5798 Hixson Home Place, 10 a.m.-noon, free program helps senior adults check whether their cars "fit" them for comfort and safety. For appointment, call 423-591-6608.
UTC lecture: UTC Fine Arts Center, corner of Vine and Palmetto streets, 5:30 p.m., free. Assistant U.S. Attorney Stephen Parker, Civil Rights Division, Eastern District of Louisiana, speaks on "The Tarnished Badge." 423-425-4220.
Dinner of Firsts: Chattanooga State Community College, 6 p.m. reception, 7 p.m. dinner and roast of Grady Williams to benefit the First In The Family Scholarship Fund, $125 per person. Roasters include Leonard Fant, Patsy Hazlewood, Tom Edd Wilson, Sonia Young, Craig Holley and Fletcher Bright. 423-697-3359.
FallFest: The Terrace at Mountain Creek, 1005 Mountain Creek Road, 12:30-4 p.m., free; chili cook-off, cake walk, live music at senior living community's open house. 423-874-0200.
Wilderness First Aid for Beginners: Enterprise South Nature Park Visitor Center, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., admission is free to first 40 people to register, optional box lunch available on request. Students ages 10-13 may attend if accompanied by an adult. Learn CPR, field splinting, how to make a 72-hour emergency pack for the wilderness, mock demonstration in park led by Lifeguard Ambulance Service staff. Reservations required by Thursday: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 ...