• Q ’n’ Brew at the Zoo: Chattanooga Zoo, 301 N. Holtzclaw Ave., 4:30-7 p.m., $20 adults, $15 children, barbecue, beer and bluegrass music to benefit zoo. 423-697-1319.
• Eastdale Neighborhood Association: Eastdale Recreation Center, 1314 Moss St., 6 p.m., visitors welcome. 423-704-0484.
• Sierra Club: Outdoor Chattanooga, 200 River St., 6 p.m. indoor picnic followed by wilderness slide show at 7 p.m. by Davis Mounger. Bring blanket or folding chair for seating. Preregistration required: 423-693-4729.
• Art.a.ma.jig: Church on Main, 1601 Rossville Ave., 6-9 p.m., $75, silent auction of art to benefit Southern Lit Alliance. 423-267-1218.
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 ...