• Medical Expenses Benefit: Bakewell Community Center, 114 McCallie Ferry Road, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., food, silent auction and gospel music at fundraiser sponsored by friends and family of Judy Walker. 423-827-5135.
• Rock-N-Ride: Mystery Dog Ranch, 975 Wooten Road, Ringgold, Ga., gates open 3 p.m., $5 per person admission, additional charge for some activities. Fundraiser for Hozho Therapeutic Equestrian Services, includes trail rides, pony rides, wagon rides, silent auction, live music, barbecue, cornhole tournament. www.hozhotherapeutic.org
• Tennessee-Alabama-Georgia Heirloom Plants and Garden Club: Crabtree Farms, 1000 E. 30th St., 6:30 p.m., visitors welcome. Joel Houser, executive director of Crabtree Farms, speaks on his favorite heirloom plants and how to grow them. Reservations required; email 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 ...