Chattanooga Now Out & About calendar

Chattanooga Now Out & About calendar

June 18th, 2009 in Chattnow Outabout


BATTLEFIELD BIKE RIDES -- Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park. History tours of Chickamauga Battlefield cover seven to 10 miles of mostly flat land in about three hours. Bike riders leave Visitors Center at 9:30 a.m. Saturday and other dates through October. To reserve a loaner bike from Outdoor Chattanooga, call 706-866-9241.

BERRY BIKE TOURS--Oak Hill and Martha Berry Museum, Berry College, Mt. Berry, Ga. Historic Berry bike tours every third Saturday, 10 a.m. Contact: Patrice Shannon, 706-368-6775.

BUTTERFLY COUNT -- North Chickamauga Creek Gorge. Meet at 354 Montlake Road, Soddy-Daisy. Volunteers of all ages needed for Cumberland Trail State Park-sponsored butterfly count, 11 a.m. Saturday. 332-7394 or 842-1163.

CHATTANOOGA FOOTBALL CLUB--Finley Stadium. Local soccer team plays Rocket City United, 7 p.m. Saturday. $5 adults, $3 children.

CHATTANOOGA LOOKOUTS -- AT&T Field, 201 Power Alley off Chestnut St. $2-$8. 267-4849.

* Today: Mississippi Braves, 7:15 p.m. (Baseball card giveaway, fireworks).

* Saturday: Mississippi Braves, 7:15 p.m. (Team photo giveaway and the Famous Chicken).

* Sunday: Mississippi Braves, 2:15 p.m. (Dogs on the Diamond).

CHATTANOOGA MARKET -- First Tennessee Pavilion, 1826 Carter St. Showcase of home-grown produce and handmade arts and crafts, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. each Sunday. This week: Ragin' Cajun Dads Day. Monthly cooking classes, every third Sunday, are $15 and require reservations; Free children's activities. Free admission and parking. Free concerts on EPB Stage: 12:30 p.m. Treva Blomquist, 2 p.m. Sarah Peacock. 648-2496,

CHICKAMAUGA TURN -- Departing from Tennessee Valley Railroad, 4119 Cromwell Road. Train ride to historic Chickamauga, Ga., and back Saturdays through Sept. 26. Vintage train departs TVR Grand Junction Station at 10 a.m. and returns around 4:30 p.m. Layover in Chickamauga, 11:55 a.m.-1:45 p.m., and shorter layover at Wilder Tower on return trip. $32 adults, $24 ages 3-12. Ticket upgrades to include lunch in historic dining car, $52 adults, and $40 children. 894-8028.

DELTA QUEEN -- Coolidge Park. Historic, 1920s-era steamboat permanently docked as a floating hotel and lounge. Access is via Fat Cat Ferry/Chattanooga Water Taxi from Ross's Landing or by foot from Coolidge Park. $8 adults, $4 children 6-12 (includes optional ferry ride). 468-4500,

* Guided tours: 4:30 p.m. daily. $8 adults, $4 children 12 and younger.

* Learning program: River historian Bill Wiemuth leads "The Greatest Steamboat Adventure," 3:30 p.m. Saturday. $5 admission redeemable for $5 credit toward onboard purchase.

* Live music: Delta Queen Duo performs in Texas Lounge, 8-10 p.m. Tuesday and 6-10 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday. $5 admission redeemable for $5 credit toward onboard purchase.

* Magic: 5:30 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday. Features Steamboat Bill, riverboat gambler magician. $5 admission redeemable for $5 credit toward onboard purchase.

* One-time show: "Delta Queen: A Musical Journey," 8 p.m. today in the Orleans showroom. Dinner and show, $35. Show only, $15.

* Poker tournaments: Texas Hold 'Em prize poker tournaments, 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays; registration at 6 p.m. Limited to first 30 registrants. Must be 21 or older to participate. Tournament is free, but team admission is $5, redeemable for $5 credit toward onboard purchase.

DOWNTOWN ARROW -- Tennessee Valley Railroad's Grand Junction Station, 4119 Cromwell Road, and Chattanooga Choo-Choo, 1400 Market St. Saturday and other dates through Sept. 26. $20 adults, $15 children.

* Depart Grand Junction, 11:10 a.m.; arrive at Choo Choo, 12:10 p.m.; three-hour-and-15-minute layover; depart Choo-Choo, 3:35 p.m.; arrive at Grand Junction, 4:25 p.m.

* Depart Choo-Choo, 12:20 p.m.; arrive at Grand Junction, 1:10 p.m., one hour layover; depart Grand Junction, 2:20 p.m.; arrive at Choo-Choo, 3:20 p.m.

HORSE SHOW -- Tri-State Exhibition Center, Exit 20 off I-75, Cleveland, Tenn. 32nd annual Chattanooga-Cleveland Charity Horse Show features 500-plus competitors from across the Southeast, 10 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. today and Saturday. $5 admission. Benefits Signal Centers. Bleacher seating or bring lawn chairs. $5; free for children 10 and younger. 624-1365.

KAYAK EXCURSIONS -- Outdoor Chattanooga facility at Coolidge Park. River tours of downtown sites every Thursday, Friday and Saturday through Aug. 15. $35 adults, $25 kids ages 8-13. 643-6889. E-mail

LITESPEED BICYCLE DEMOS -- Old Bi-Lo parking lot off Dayton Blvd in Red Bank. Bring helmets, shoes, pedals, driver's license, 5-8 p.m. Tuesday and July 28 and Aug. 25. 643-6889.

MARGARITA TASTING -- Taco Mamacita, 109 N. Market St. Network with other young professionals in Chattanooga, 7 p.m. Thursday. Sponsored by Jewish Community Federation of Greater Chattanooga. $20 includes drinks, appetizers and tip. Contact: Ann Treadwell, 493-0270, ext. 13,

MISSIONARY RIDGE LOCAL -- Tennessee Valley Railroad, 4119 Cromwell Road. Vintage train departs TVRM's Grand Junction Station at 10:40 a.m., and 12:05, 1:15, 2:25 and 3:35 p.m. Monday-Sunday. Six-mile, 55-minute round-trip train ride through East Chattanooga goes through Civil War-era Missionary Ridge Tunnel. Riders visit repair shop and watch locomotive rotated on turntable and repositioned for return trip. $14 adults, $8 children ages 3-12, free to younger kids. 894-8028.

NATURE OUTINGS, PROGRAMS -- South Cumberland State Park, three miles from I-24 Exit 134 (Monteagle) on Highway 41. 931-924-2980. All times Central.


* Meet at Grundy Forest parking lot for moderate, 3-mile round-trip hike to Sycamore Falls, noon.

* Meet at Stone Door Ranger Station for easy 2-mile round-trip hike to Great Stone Door, 2 p.m.

Wednesday: Meet at Visitor Center for a tour of a dog hole mine, noon.

June 27: Meet at Greeter Falls parking area for difficult 1.5-mile hike to see waterfalls, 2 p.m.

June 28: Meet at Stone Door Ranger Station for easy 2-mile hike to learn about the Cumberland Plateau, 3 p.m.

POTLUCK DINNER -- Crabtree Farms, 1000 E. 30th St. Tour of the farm and potluck dinner as part of New Food Economy Week, 5:30-8 p.m. Tuesday. Learn about buying locally and eating healthy. $8 or bring a dish to share. Contact: Trae Moore,

QUILT SHOW -- Community Complex Fairgrounds, Crossville, Tenn. Features about 200 quilts of all sizes, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. CDT today and Saturday. Live demonstrations and quilt appraising for modest fee. Make appointment for appraisals with Marilyn Koestler, 931-456-5290.

SUNDOWN IN ST. ELMO -- Various locations in St. Elmo. Monthly open house features working-artist receptions, open mikes, live music and giveaways by participating merchants, 6-9 p.m. Saturday and third Saturdays in July and August. Contact: Jamie Mosey, 821-4902,

This month:

* Umbra Essence Candles at Gifts, artist reception for potter Shadow May.

* Body Wisdom Therpeutic Massage, sign up to win a free massage.

* Pasha Coffee and Tea, "New Voices," readings from local poets.

* Collective Clothing, live music and vintage fashions.

TRAIN RIDES, CHATTANOOGA -- Departing from Tennessee Valley Railroad, 4119 Cromwell Road. 894-8028,

* Missionary Ridge Local: Six-mile, 55-minute ride through East Chattanooga and to TVRM's repair shop where locomotive rotated and reposition for ride back. Departures: 10:40 a.m. and 12:05 Monday-Friday, and at 10:40 a.m., and 12:05, 1:15, 2:25 and 3:35 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. $14 adults, $8 children ages 3-12, free to younger kids.

TRAIN RIDES, ETOWAH -- Departing from Etowah, Tenn., depot; presented by Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum and Tennessee Overhill Association. 894-8028.

* Hiwassee River Loop: three-and-a-half hour ride, which goes through "Eye" of "Hook and Eye" rail line and parallels scenic Hiwassee River most of the way, 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Wednesday and June 26 and other dates through November. $32 adult, $22 ages 3-12.

* Copperhill Run: scenic ride that parallels Hiwassee River and layover in Copperhill, Tenn., for lunch and antiques shopping, 9:15 a.m. today and June 27 and other dates through November. $55/$38.


BARNES & NOBLE -- Hamilton Place, 2100 Hamilton Place Blvd. 893-0186.

* Open-mike session, 7:30 p.m. June 26.

* Summer reading program, through Sept. 7, awards free book to kids in grades 1-6 who read eight books and turn in completed journal sheet, with chance to win autographed copy of "The Last Olympian" by Rick Riordan.

OWL TOWNE WRITERS GROUP -- Resurrection Lutheran Church, 4309 Ooltewah Ringgold Road, Ooltewah. Discussion for anyone interested in writing, regardless of experience, 7 p.m. June 26. Facets of building writing skills reviewed. 834-0222.

POETRY NIGHT -- CreateHere, 55 E. Main St. 648-2195, Poetry or workshop, 7-9 p.m. each Wednesday. Free. Contact: Melinda Brown, 313-8704.

RHYME N CHATT -- Aretha Frankensteins, 518 Tremont St. 7-8:30 p.m. Thursday. Contact: Tongeia Farmer, 544-1597,

ROCK POINT BOOKS -- 401 Broad St. 756-2855,

* Book signing by Jackie Gingrich Cushman, author of "5 Principles for a Successful Life," 7 p.m. today.

* Cookbook signing and tasting with Shirley Gordon, author of "Miss Shirley's Southern Cooking," 7 p.m. Saturday.

* Children's Reading Hour, bring your children for Fun Friday reading hour for all ages, 10:30 a.m. June 26.

* Discussion for writers, lead by Ray Zimmerman on Francine Prose's "Reading Like A Writer," 11 a.m. June 27.

* Classic Book Club reviews "The Picture of Dorian Gray," 7 p.m. July 21.

BOOK SIGNING--The Grapevine, 1207 Taft Highway, Signal Mountain. Local authors Mary Scott Norris and Pris Shartle will sign their book "Signal Mountain: Image of America Series." 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday. Contact: Pris Shartle, 886-0024.

POETRY READING -- Pasha, 3914 St. Elmo Ave. Local poets showcase their work, 7-8:30 p.m. Saturday. Contact: Ray Zimmerman, 315-0721



All locations of Chattanooga-Hamilton County Bicentennial Library system have programs and activities. Call downtown, 757-5314; Eastgate, 855-2685; Northgate, 870-0636; Ooltewah/Collegedale, 396-9322; South Chattanooga, 825-7237. The central information number for all branches is 757-5310.

* Be Creative @ Your Library: summer reading program for ages up to 12 years. Last day to register is July 11. Grand Finale is party at First Tennessee Pavilion, July 15.

* Express Yourself @ Your Library: summer reading program for teens, through Aug. 1.

* Kindred Connections, a teen/parent book club, meets two more times over summer: 2:30 p.m. June 27 for "The Hunger Games" by Suzanne Collins; and 2:30 p.m. July 25 for "I, Q" by Roland Smith. Mitali Perkins, author of "The Secret Keeper," visits Saturday.

CHILDREN'S READING HOUR -- Rock Point Books, 401 Broad St. 756-2855. Fun Friday features stories and related programming, 10:30 a.m. every Friday.

* Today: Claire Mooney of Northshore Yoga will read and lead yoga moves for children.

* June 26: Children's Reading Hour with Read 20.

CHILDREN'S STORY TIME -- Barnes & Noble, 2100 Hamilton Place Blvd. "One" by Kathryn Otoshi, teaches colors and numbers, 11 a.m. Wednesday. 899-9970.

CREATIVE DISCOVERY MUSEUM -- 321 Chestnut St. Regular hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday, noon-5 p.m. Sunday. Summer Hours: 9:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. $9.95 for children and adults. 756-2738,

* "Curious George: Let's Get Curious," traveling exhibit highlighting concepts in science, math and engineering, through Sept. 27.

* Arts Third Saturday. Dramatic Art with Jerry Bowman, noon-3 p.m. Saturday.

* Curious George Tuesday with Carol Kimmons. Learn about green construction. noon-4 p.m. Tuesday.

* Rooftop Fun Factory, Excavation Station, RiverPlay and Corner Clinic are permanent exhibits.

HANK'S DAY -- Chattanooga Zoo at Warner Park, East Third Street. Celebrate Hank the Chimp's 41st birthday with games, crafts and cake, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday. $6 adults, $4 seniors and children. 697-1319.

INTERACTIVE SHOW -- Vaudeville Cafe, 138 Market St. "Mystery of the Time Machine," audience-participation, comedy-mystery geared toward children, plus pizza buffet, 1 p.m. each Saturday. $12. 517-1839.


GENEALOGY WORKSHOP -- New Echota Historic Site, one mile east of I-75 Exit 317 on Georgia Highway 225, Calhoun, Ga. Explore your Indian heritage, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday. $15. Contact: Leslie Thomas, or 706-635-3864.