BANANA BALL - Chattanooga Zoo, 301 N. Holtzclaw Ave. Fundraiser features Jack Hanna and look at new Deserts and Forests exhibits, hors d'oeuvres and dancing, 6:30-11 p.m. Saturday. $75 or $150 VIP ticket. Banana split party for children ages 3-12, 3-4 p.m., $25 per child and parent admitted free. 697-1339.
BARK IN THE PARK - Heritage Park, 1428 Jenkins Road. Adoption fair, rabies clinic, vendor market, Dogs at Work demos, face painting, Pet Pawlour contest, Spooky Pooch parade for dogs in costume, food, music, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday. Bring dog food to donate to rescue groups. 425-6311.
BATTLEFIELD BIKE TOUR - Chickamauga & Chattanooga National Military Park, Fort Oglethorpe, Ga. Bring bike and helmet and join ranger for two-hour ride through battlefield, 9:30 a.m. Oct. 20. Meet at Visitor Center. Children 8 and older may ride when accompanied by an adult. 706-866-9241.
BENEFIT MOTORCYCLE RIDE - Tennessee Riverpark, Hubert Fry Center, 4301 Amnicola Highway. Fundraiser to help pay medical expenses of Kelley Howard, 10 a.m. Saturday. Early fee $15 driver, $5 each additional rider. Ride returns to Riverpark for hot-dog meal. 309-9911.
CELEBRATION OF LIFE AND HOPE - Track 29, 1400 Market St. Fourth annual fundraiser for Austin Hatcher Foundation for Pediatric Cancer includes heavy hors d'oeuvres, open bar with specialty drinks, live entertainment by Total Package Band, live and silent auctions, 6:30 p.m. Saturday. Celebrates opening of Hatch's House of Hope, the region's only facility focused entirely on reducing the effects of pediatric cancer on families. $100. 243-3475, www.hatcherfoundation.org/celebrate.
CLOUDLAND CANYON HAY RIDES - Cloudland Canyon State Park, Highway 136 near Trenton, Ga. Old-fashioned hay rides start on the hour 2-6 p.m. Saturdays through Nov. 24. Meet at Interpretive Center. $5 adults, $3 ages 4-12. Concessions sold. Sponsored by Friends of Cloudland Canyon State Park. 706-398-2534.
FRIDAY NIGHT IMPROV - Chattanooga State Community College, Humanities Building theater, 4501 Amnicola Highway. Comedy by students in the Professional Actor Training Program, 7:30 p.m. Oct. 19. Free. 697-3159.
FIRESIDE AT GREENWAY FARM - Greenway Farm, 5051 Gann Store Road. Spooky Nooga Storytelling by Vincent Ivan Phipps, 7-9 p.m. Thursday. Bring camp chairs and marshmallows. Free. Family canoeing 6-7 p.m., $18 includes gear, for adults and children ages 5 and older accompanied by an adult. Children must bring their own life jackets. www.outdoorchattanooga.com.
FRESH ON FRIDAYS - Miller Plaza, 850 Market St. Twelve trucks selling food, plus vendors with flowers and produce, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Fridays. 265-3700.
FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY - Chattanooga Theatre Centre, 400 River St. Annual meeting/luncheon features Alison Lebovitz as guest speaker, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Oct. 19. $12. 757-5425 for reservations.
HIKES - Led by Soddy-Daisy Hiking Club. Bring water and snack. 842-3619.
• Tuesday: Roaring Creek, easy 2 miles, meet at Durham Street parking lot in Soddy-Daisy, 9 a.m.
• Oct. 20: Cloudland Canyon State Park, moderate 6 miles, meet at Red Bank Bi-Lo parking lot, 9 a.m.
HORSESHOERS CONVENTION - 14013 East Highway 136, LaFayette, Ga. Brotherhood of Working Farriers Association and Farriers National Research Center host speakers, vendors, demonstrations and testing.
9 a.m.-5 p.m. today and Saturday. Free. www.bwfa.net.
MERCY SHOE FUNDRAISER - Mountain City Masonic Lodge, 4409 Shelborne Drive, behind First Tennessee Bank on Highway 58. Cajun red beans and rice dinner benefits Scottish Rite shoe fundraiser, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 20. $7. 664-3373.
NAACP RUBY HURLEY IMAGE AWARDS - Tivoli Theatre, 709 Broad St. The 25th anniversary celebration of achievement features gospel singer Benita Washington and awards presentation, 7 p.m. Saturday. $10 per person or $50 for six tickets. 624-8552.
PINK RIBBON BOWL - Walker Valley High School, 750 Lauderdale Memorial Highway, Cleveland, Tenn. Girls powder puff flag football game between six area high schools, 5:45 p.m. Thursday. Includes health vendors, survivor walk, entertainment. Proceeds benefit MaryEllen Locher Foundation. $5 in advance, $7 at gate for adults; $3 children 4-10. 423-336-1383, www.thespill.org.
QUILT SHOW, CHATTANOOGA - Oakwood Baptist Church, 4501 Bonny Oaks Drive. Sponsored by Hixson chapter of Order of the Eastern Star, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Oct. 19-20. $5. 842-9325.
QUILT SHOW, CLEVELAND - Mount Olive Church of God's FMC Building, 3533 Harrison Pike. Common Threads quilt show, 8 a.m.-7 p.m. today, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday. Crafts and food available. $3 admission includes drawing for door prize of pieced quilt. 423-472-7532, 423-715-4033, firstname.lastname@example.org
RINGGOLD MARKET - Downtown Ringgold, Ga., outside the courthouse, New farmers market with some crafts, 8-11 a.m. Saturdays. Sponsored by Chattanooga Market. 402-9958.
ROOFTOP HOP - Bijou parking deck, 215 Broad St. Six rooftop parties, featuring cocktails, dance band, hors d'oeuvres from four restaurants, solar installations by Green-Spaces, 6-11:30 p.m. Oct. 20. All-inclusive ticket, $150; Bijou party only, $45. http://rooftophop.ticketleap.com/roof-top-hop.
STAR PARTY - Chattanooga Arboretum & Nature Center, 400 Garden Road. Barnard Astronomical Society members bring telescopes for viewing night sky, 6:30-10 p.m. Saturday. Bring chairs, blankets and binoculars. CANC members $15 per family, nonmembers $18 per family. Limited space; registration required. 821-1160, ext. 0.
TRAIN RIDES - Departing from Tennessee Valley Railroad, 4119 Cromwell Road. 894-8028, www.tvrail.com. Missionary Ridge Local: Six-mile, 55-minute ride through East Chattanooga to TVRM's repair shop. Fridays-Sundays. $16 adults, $10 children ages 3-12.
HOW THE LIBRARY WORKS - Chattanooga Public Library, Northgate Branch, Hixson. Learn how to use online catalog, other services, 2 p.m. Oct. 20. Free. 757-5310, www.lib.chattanooga.gov.
SHERLOCK HOLMES DISCUSSIONS - English Rose Tea Room, 1401 Market St. The Game's Afoot: Sherlock Holmes and Conan Doyle, class/discussion on four Holmes stories led by Janis Hashe, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Tuesdays Oct. 23 and 30, Nov. 6 and 13. Registration required; class limited to 15 students; $150 fee includes tea and dessert at each class. 622-2862 or email@example.com
CHATTANOOGA PUBLIC LIBRARY - 1001 Broad St. (main library) and branches at Eastgate, Northgate and South Chattanooga. For information on preschool story time, Adventure Club for children ages 6 and up, and the teen center, Teen Stack, call 757-5310 or visit www.lib.chattanooga.gov.
n Toddler Time: Learning program for ages 18-36 months and parents/guardians, advance registration not required. Wednesdays: 10:30 a.m. Eastgate Library, 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. Northgate Library. Saturday: 11 a.m. downtown branch.
CHILDREN'S STORY HOUR
• Barnes & Noble, 2100 Hamilton Place Blvd., 11 a.m. Wednesdays. 893-0186.
• Books Never-Ending, 247 Cloud Springs Road, Rossville, 10:30 a.m. Saturdays for ages 3-8. 706-891-0774. www.booksneverending.com
ZOO TALES - Chattanooga Zoo, 301 Holtzclaw Ave. Story time and educational program for young children and their mothers, 10:30 a.m. Tuesdays. Free with regular zoo admission. 643-5780.
BALLROOM - Hamilton Academy of Dance, 8509 Hixson Pike. Dance 7:30-10 p.m. Oct. 20. $7 includes lesson at 6:30 p.m. 667-0017.
LINE - Allemande Hall, 7400 Standifer Gap Road. Dance to music of all genres, 5:30-6:30 p.m. Monday. $7 per evening, $22 monthly. www.linesinmotion.net.
SHAG - Elks Lodge, Graysville Road at East Brainerd Road, 7 p.m. Thursday, $5 members, $7 guests, free to first-time guests. firstname.lastname@example.org.
SINGLES - First-Centenary United Methodist Church, 419 McCallie Ave. Halloween dance, costumes optional, 7-10 p.m. Saturday. $8. Free dance lesson at 6 p.m. 756-2021.
USA BALLROOM - Allemande Hall, 7400 Standifer Gap Road. Dance 7:30-11 p.m. today. $5 first-time guests. 499-5738.