published Thursday, September 26th, 2013

Chattanooga area events calendar — Sept. 26-Oct. 2

LEISURE

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

CAMPFIRE SERVICE -- Heritage Pointe Baptist Church, 60 Dyer Bridge Place, Ringgold, Ga. Community campfire worship service, 5 p.m., and hot dog roast, 6 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 29. Events move inside in case of bad weather. 706-858-0976.

KOMEN RACE FOR THE CURE -- Finley Stadium, 1826 Reggie White Blvd. Fourteenth annual event to raise funds for breast cancer research, education, screening and treatment programs, Sunday, Sept. 29. Partial schedule: 10 a.m., gates open; 11 a.m., registration; 2 p.m., 5K timed run starts ($35 to participate); 2:15 p.m., 5K noncompetitive start ($28); 2:30 p.m., 1-mile fun run and walk ($25); 3:30 p.m., awards ceremony. 423-499-9155, jclem@komenchattanooga.org, www.komenchattanooga.org.

CHATTANOOGA ARBORETUM AND NATURE CENTER -- 400 Garden Road. Tree Diseases and Insect Pests of the Tennessee Valley," 9-11 a.m. Saturday, Sept 28. $12 members, $15 nonmembers. Registration required: 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 under. 423-821-7125.

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

DOWN SYNDROME BUDDY WALK -- AT&T Field, 201 Power Alley. Fundraiser includes talk by Ashley DeRamus of Birmingham, Ala., who started her own clothing line to show what individuals with Down syndrome can accomplish, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28. $5. 615-542-4636.

FIRESIDE AT GREENWAY FARM -- 5051 Gann Store Road. Series of four evenings around the campfire at the newly restored Smiteman Cabin begin Oct. 6 with Folk School of Chattanooga jam session, 7-9 p.m. Bring your own instrument, plus blankets, chairs, Thermos of cocoa, marshmallows to roast. Free. 423-842-6629, www.outdoorchattanooga.com.

FRESH ON FRIDAYS -- Miller Plaza, 850 Market. Chalk Art Challenge for lunchtime crowd, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Friday, Sept. 27. Free. 423-265-0771.

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

• Saturday, Sept. 28: North Chickamauga Creek Loop, slightly strenuous 5 miles, meet at Durham Street parking lot in Soddy-Daisy, 8 a.m.

• Tuesday, Oct. 1: Signal Mountain High School to Mushroom Rock, moderate 3 miles, meet at Red Bank Bi-Lo parking lot, 9 a.m.

• Oct. 5-12: RiverRocks hikes.

LOW COUNTRY BOIL -- Stratton Hall, 3146 Broad St. Annual fundraiser for Jordan Thomas Foundation, which provides prosthetics for children, 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 29. Other menu options, plus cocktails, music and silent auction. $85 and $125 patrons, $40 patrons 30 and younger, $1,000 table of eight. 423-622-9006, info@jordanthomasfoundation.org.

MAIN STREET CRUISE-IN -- Bradley County Courthouse square, 155 N. Ocoee St., Cleveland, Tenn. Open show for antique, classic, muscle, street rods and special-interest vehicles, 3-7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28 drwebman.com/mainstreetcruisers.

MESSIAH'S MANSION -- Standifer Gap Family Center, 8304 Standifer Gap Road. Tours of life-size model of ancient Hebrew tabernacle, 1-7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28-Sunday, Oct. 6. Free. 423-954-0174.

NORTH GEORGIA AGRICULTURAL FAIR -- 500 Legion Drive, Dalton, Ga. Carnival rides, games, lion and tiger show, petting zoo, nightly entertainment and karaoke, 5 p.m.-midnight nightly through Oct. 26. $3-$6. 706-278-1712.

OOLTEWAH FARMERS MARKET -- Ooltewah Nursery & Landscape Co., 5829 Main St. Open 3-6 p.m. Thursdays. 423-238-9775.

ROCK CITY'S ENCHANTED MAIZE -- Blowing Springs Farm, 271 Chattanooga Valley Road, Flintstone, Ga. Ten acres of family fun at maze include hayrides and children's playground, 10:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Thursdays-Sundays, through Oct. 27. $7-$9. 706-820-2531.

SOUTHSIDE STROLL -- East and West Main Street neighborhoods. Sidewalk stroll of studios, gifts shops, restaurants in Southside, special events and discounts offered, 5-8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 27 (last of the summer). 423-400-4100.

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, 10:40 a.m., 12:05, 1:15, 2:25 and 3:35 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. $16 adults, $10 ages 3-12.

• Summerville Special: Autumn leaf excursions from Chattanooga through Chickamauga & Chattanooga National Military Park to Summerville, Ga., 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturdays, Oct. 5-Nov. 2. $70.

TVA HISTORY CRUISE -- Aboard River Gorge Explorer from Tennessee Aquarium, 1 Broad St. Chickamauga lockmaster Matt Emmons leads three-hour tour through the historic lock at Chickamauga Dam, 4:30-7:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 29. Includes facts on history of Tennessee Valley Authority, modern commercial operations on the Tennessee River, views of where President Franklin D. Roosevelt gave historic address and update on new lock construction. Concessions, including wine and beer, available. Members: $24 adults, $18 children up to age 12. Nonmembers: $29 adults, $21.50 children 3-12, $18 children under 3. 423-267-3474, www.tnaqua.org.

BOOKS/AUTHORS

BOOK SALE -- Eastgate Town Center, 5600 Brainerd Road. Friends of the Chattanooga Public Library sponsor fundraiser, today-Monday, Sept. 26-30. Adult books: $1 paperback, $2 hardback. Children's books: 50 cents and $1. Books half-price Saturday-Sunday. Bag sale on Monday. Hours: 9 a.m.-7 p.m. weekdays and Saturday, noon-6 p.m. Sunday. 423-757-5310.

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