published Thursday, February 13th, 2014

Out & About Calendar - Feb. 13-19

LEISURE

ASTRONOMY — UTC’s Jones Observatory, 10 N. Tuxedo Ave. off Brainerd Road. Free planetarium show on the Orion Nebula and constellation Gemini, 6 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 16; telescope viewing until 8 p.m. www.utc.edu/~jonesobs.

BIOTECHNOLOGY LECTURES — Covenant College chapel, 14049 Scenic Highway, Lookout Mountain. Free lectures by Dr. William Hurlbut, physician and consulting professor at the Neuroscience Institute at Stanford University and member of the Chemical and Biological Warfare group at the Center for International Security and Cooperation, 11 a.m. today-Friday, Feb. 13-14. 706-429-1119.

BLACK HISTORY MONTH TALK — UTC University Center, Raccoon Mountain Room, East Fifth Street on campus. Dr. Anastasia Curwood of Emory University gives free lecture, “Between Race and Nation: Shirley Chisholm and National Politics,” 6 p.m. today, Feb. 13. 423-425-5314.

BREAK OUT THE BUBBLY — Back Inn Cafe, 412 E. Second St. Bluff View wine director Michael Vasta leads informative evening of sparkling wine tastings, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Feb. 20. $37. 423-265-5033.

BRIDAL AFFAIR — Chattanooga Convention Center, 1100 Carter St. Annual bridal fair sponsored by Chattanooga Times Free Press with vendors and bridal fashions, 1-5:30 p.m. Feb. 23. $8 in advance online at www.timesfreepressevents.com, $10 at the door.

BRIDAL FAIR — Lee University, Dana Walker Arena, Cleveland, Tenn. Radio station WCLE-FM Mix 104.1 hosts annual Cleveland Bridal Fair with honeymoon cruise giveaway; 1-4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 16; bridal fashion show at 2:30 p.m. First 100 brides receive a tote bag; door prizes every hour. Free. 423-472-6700.

CAMP CHAIR TRAVELER — Outdoor Chattanooga, 200 River St. Get a glimpse into the area’s underground caves, 6 p.m. today, Feb. 13. No reservation needed. Bring a camp chair for seating. Free. 423-643-6888.

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, 7:30 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays in February. $15 adults, $10 ages 12 and under. 423-821-7125.

CHATTANOOGA STAMP CLUB — Hickory Valley Christian Church, 6605 Shallowford Road. Program features stamps of the Falkland Islands, 7:30 p.m. today, Feb. 13; doors open at 6:30 p.m. APS sales books available to choose stamps for purchase. 423-344-7849.

CIVIL WAR LECTURE — Catoosa County Library, Benton Place campus on Catoosa Circle, Ringgold, Ga. Free lecture series by 6th Cavalry Museum about 6th Cavalry’s involvement in the Civil War, 1 p.m. Saturdays in February. 706-861-2860.

* Feb. 15: John Carruth, 8th Regiment Band, presents “Music, Morale and Memories of Home: Til Johnny Comes Marching Home, He’ll Sing of Maryland, My Maryland and Home Sweet Home.”

* Feb. 22: Jim Wade, George Davenport and Chris McKeever present “The 6th Cavalry Exploits of 1863 at the Battle of Brandy Station and History of the Medal of Honor.”

“COMFORT WOMEN” LECTURE — Goodroe Auditorium in Gignilliat Memorial Hall, Dalton State College, 650 College Drive, Dalton, Ga. Lecture, video screening and panel discussion with New York-based artist Chang-Jin Lee on “Comfort Women Wanted,” about the exploitation of women used as sex slaves by the Japanese military in World War II, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 19. Free. First-come, first-served seating. 706-272-2985, www.dalstonstate.edu.

CON NOOGA — Chattanooga Convention Center, 1100 Carter St., and night activities at Chattanooga Choo Choo, 1400 Market St. Multiple genre convention of science fiction, horror, fantasy, anime, comics and the paranormal with concerts, shows, contests, gaming, workshops, seminars and vendors, Feb. 21-23. Three-day pass $60, children ages 6-13 accompanied by paying adult $20. 432-243-7165.

CORK AND CANVAS — Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association, The Art Center, Galleries on West Main, Blue Ridge, Ga. Wine samplings, live music, silent auction and food to benefit Blue Ridge Art Center, 7 p.m. Feb. 22. $25-$30. 706-632-2144.

DENIM & DIAMONDS — Chattanooga Convention Center, 1100 Carter St. Roaring ’20s is theme of annual fundraiser for Project Access, which provides health care to the working poor, 7-11 p.m. Feb. 22. $100. 423-622-2872.

GIRLS NIGHT OUT — St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 305 W. Seventh St. Bring your daughter, mom or friend for night of music by South African singer/songwriter Ilonka Deaton and a message of faith, 7 p.m. Feb. 20. $10 tickets include gift bag; $20 VIP tickets include reserved seat, CD and meet-and-greet with Deaton. 423-266-8195.

GO GREEK — The Church on Main, 1601 Rossville Ave. Chattanooga Panhellenic Alumnae Association hosts free information session for high school seniors and their moms about going through sorority rush in college, financial obligations, forms that need to be filled out, what to expect, 2 p.m. Feb. 23. RSVP on Chattanooga Panhellenic Alumnae Association’s Facebook page.

GREAT BACKYARD BIRD COUNT — Four-day event asks all bird watchers to tally number of individual birds in their yard and enter numbers on website, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday-Monday, Feb 14-17. birdsource.org/gbbc

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, Feb. 15: Signal Mountain High School to Prentice Cooper Cumberland Trail parking lot, strenuous 8 miles, meet at Red Bank Bi-Lo parking lot, 9 a.m.

* Tuesday, Feb. 18: Glen Falls, moderate 5 miles, meet at Red Bank Bi-Lo parking lot, 9 a.m.

* Saturday, Feb. 22: Little River, moderate 11 miles, meet at Red Bank Bi-Lo parking lot, 9 a.m.

HOUSTON ANTIQUES SHOW AND SALE — Stratton Hall, 3146 Broad St. Houston Museum of Decorative Arts’ 40th annual show and sale, Feb. 21-23. $15 ticket good all three days. Preview party, 7 p.m. Feb. 20. $75 ticket includes admission to the show. 423-267-7176.

OOLTEWAH FARMERS MARKET — Ooltewah Nursery & Landscape Co., 5829 Main St., Ooltewah, Tenn. Open 3-5 p.m. Thursdays in February. 423-238-9775.

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. Departures 10:40 a.m., 12:05, 1:15, 2:25 Saturdays in February. $16 adults, $10 ages 3-12.

WILD GAME DINNER — Middle Cross Baptist Church, 4009 Norcross Road. Antelope, buffalo, deer and other wild game served with homemade dishes and desserts; door prizes and entertainment, 5:30-8 p.m. Feb. 22. $8. 423-877-5742.

BOOKS/AUTHORS

BOOK SALE — Northgate Mall in former Pro Golf storefront, outside mall entrance facing new Old Navy store. Friends of the Chattanooga Public Library’s book sale to support projects in Teens and Tweens departments of downtown library. Feb. 22-March 1. 423-757-5425.

TAKE FIVE SERIES — UTC University Center, Chattanooga Room, Fifth Street on campus. Dr. Aaron Shaheen discusses Fred Chappell’s “Brighten the Corner” in literary series featuring Appalachian literature, 6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 18. Free. 423-425-4363.

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