Chattanooga Now Chattanooga area events calendar

Chattanooga Now Chattanooga area events calendar

April 11th, 2013 by Staff Reports in Chattnow Outabout


BUG-A-PALUZA - Camp Jordan, 323 Camp Jordan Parkway, East Ridge. Annual Volkswagen car show with entertainment and children's activities sponsored by Scenic City Volks Folks, April 20-21. $4 ages 12 and up. 423-778-4140.

BUDDHAPALOOZA - Barking Legs Theater, 1307 Dodds Ave. Zen Group sponsors celebration of Buddha's birthday with meditation instruction, poetry readings, music by Michael Goldman, dharma talk and birthday cake. Suggested donation $7. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, April 13. 622-2862.

CHAMPAGNE & CHOCOLATES - Chattanooga Theatre Centre, 400 River St. Browse silent auction while sampling chocolates from around the world, heavy hors d'oeuvres and champagne at benefit for Little Miss Mag Child Care Center, 6-9 p.m. April 19. $50 per person, $90 couple. 266-5286.

CHATTANOOGA SIDEWALK TOURS - Choice of two tours, daily through Nov. 1. $15 adults, $7 children 12 and under. Reservations required; 423-228-0448,

• Dynamo of Dixie Tour: Departs from Sheraton Read House, corner of Broad Street and M.L.King Boulevard; 10 a.m., noon and 2 p.m.

• Bluffs & Bridges Tour: Begins at south end of Walnut Street Bridge; 4 and 6 p.m.

CHATTANOOGA RIVER MARKET - Tennessee Aquarium plaza, 1 Broad St. Vendors sell local produce, arts, crafts and horticultural projects, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. each Saturday.

COIN SHOW - Northwest Georgia Trade & Convention Center, 2211 Dug Gap Battle Road, Dalton, Ga. Georgia Numismatic Association's free show with more than 300 tables to buy, sell and trade coins or paper money, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. April 19-20 (with youth program at 1 p.m. Saturday); 10 a.m.-3 p.m. April 21. 706-272-7676.

EARTHDAYZ - Rock City Gardens, 1400 Patten Road, Lookout Mountain. Learn how to use recycled materials in make-and-take project, go on RockQuest adventure in park, see Birds of Prey raptors show, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Fridays-Sundays through April 28. $18.95 adults, $10.95 children. 800-854-0675.

ENGEL STADIUM TOURS - Engel Stadium, 1130 E. Third St. Open house includes tours of stadium with "42" art director Sharon Davis, magician Robert Jones, ballpark organ music by Buddy Shirk, food, games, door prizes, 1-4 p.m. Saturday, April 13. $5 adults, $1.50 children ages 5 and older. 423-531-8958.

ENVIRONMENTAL FAIR - Cleveland State Community College, Lane Gymnasium, Cleveland, Tenn. Free event includes food, presentations, children's activities, entertainment and vendors discussing benefits of going green, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, April 13. Rain barrel workshops 10:30 a.m.-noon. 423-614-8748.

FORT OGLETHORPE CRUISE-IN - Gateway Business Center and Mall, 4103 Cloud Springs Road. All vehicles and spectators welcome, 4 p.m. April 20. Includes music, door prizes, cash drawing. Free admission. 706-866-4753.

GARDENING EXPO - Camp Jordan Arena, 323 Camp Jordan Parkway, East Ridge. Chattanooga Master Gardeners host first Master Your Garden Expo with speakers, vendors, garden club exhibits, children's activities, displays, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. April 20-21. $5 ages 11 and up, ticket good both days.

GOURD SHOW - Bledsoe Community Complex, 234 Allen Deakins Road, Pikeville, Tenn. Tennessee Volunteer Gourd Society festival features gourd artists, crafters and growers, 1-6 p.m. April 19; 8 a.m.-6 p.m. April 20; 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, April 21 (all times Central). Free.

HIKE, HISTORICAL - Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park Visitors Center, Fort Oglethorpe. Park rangers and educators from Chattanooga Arboretum & Nature Center lead 3-mile hike to discuss park's history and botany, 9 a.m. Saturday, April 13, rain or shine. Wear comfortable shoes and dress appropriately for the weather. Free. 706-866-9241.

HIKES, TENNESSEE - Led by Soddy-Daisy Hiking Club. Bring water and snack. 423-842-3619.

• Saturday, April 13: Piney River, strenuous 8 miles, meet at Durham Street parking lot in Soddy-Daisy, 8 a.m.

• Tuesday, April 16: Pot Point Cabin, 3.5 miles, meet in parking lot of Red Bank Bi-Lo, 10 a.m.

• Saturday, April 20: Heiss Mountain South to Big Soddy Creek, strenuous 11 miles, meet at Durham Street parking lot in Soddy-Daisy, 9 a.m.

MOTORCYCLE BOOT CAMP - Thunder Creek Harley-Davidson, 7720 Lee Highway. Free basic training for guys and gals about their Harleys from headlights to tailpipes, followed by party with music, food and beverages. 6:30 p.m. today, April 11.

MOTORCYCLE RIDE - Ringgold United Methodist Church, 7484 Nashville St., Ringgold, Ga. Benefit ride for Nourishing Children in Catoosa and bike blessing, Saturday, April 13; 10 a.m. registration, 11 a.m. depart church for ride over Dug Gap Mountain, return about noon for free lunch and music. Free but donations taken. 678-938-1386.

PLANT GIVEAWAY - Daisy United Methodist Church, 9508 Old Dayton Pike, Soddy-Daisy. Extra seedlings and mature plants donated by members of congregation available for free, but in limited quantities per familiy, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, April 13. 423-326-9248.

RED BANK NEW MOON PIE FESTIVAL - Red Bank City Park, 3117 Dayton Blvd. Red Bank Jubilee begins with parade at 10 a.m. followed by festival in park until 4 p.m. Saturday, April 20. Crafters, MoonPie eating contest, bluegrass music, car show. 423-322-9896.

SEWANEE HERBARIUM - University of the South, Sewanee, Tenn. 931-598-3346. "Why Water Plants Don't Drown," author's talk and book signing with Victoria L. Sullivan, 4:30 p.m. CDT today, April 11. Meet in Torian Room on mezzanine of DuPont Library.

SIXTH STREET BLOCK PARTY - 300 block of Sixth Street. Downtown YMCA and Chattanooga WorkSpace host free block party with live music, food truck cooking demonstrations and hands-on art projects, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, April 13.

THE MUSE PROJECT - Mocha Restaurant, 3116 Brainerd Road. Creative Underground, Voices of Hope and Rhyme N Chatt sponsor night of jazz and poetry honoring women, 8 p.m. Saturday, April 13. $5. 423-504-0361.

TRAIN RIDES - Departing from Tennessee Valley Railroad, 4119 Cromwell Road. 423-894-8028, Missionary Ridge Local is six-mile, 55-minute ride through East Chattanooga to TVRM's repair shop. Trains depart Wednesday-Saturday at 10:40 a.m., 12:05 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, additional rides at 1:15, 2:25 and 3:35 p.m. $16 adults, $10 children ages 3-12.

VALLEY FEST - Downtown Dunlap,Tenn. Two outdoor stages of music featuring Phil Stacey, Milele Roots, Ogya, Carrie Hassler and headliner Exile, April 20-April 21. $8 both days. 423-949-7608.


BOOK SIGNING - Winder Binder Gallery & Bookstore, 40 Frazier Ave. Author Drew Lorenzo signs "Imaginary." 2-5 p.m. Sunday, April 14.


CHATTANOOGA PUBLIC LIBRARY - 1001 Broad St. (main library) and branches at Eastgate, Northgate and South Chattanooga. For information on preschool storytime, Adventure Club for children 6 and older, and teen center Teen Stack, call 423-757-5310 or visit

• Lego Clubs: Downtown branch, every Monday, 5-6 p.m., for ages 5-11, free; Northgate branch, first Saturday of each month, 2-3 p.m., for ages 3 and up, free. 757-5314.

• Toddler Time: Learning program for ages 18-36 months and parents/guardians, 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.


• Barnes & Noble, 2100 Hamilton Place Blvd., 11 a.m. Wednesdays. 423-893-0186.

• Books Never-Ending, 247 Cloud Springs Road, Rossville, 10:30 a.m. Saturdays for ages 3-8. 706-891-0774,

CREATIVE DISCOVERY MUSEUM - 321 Chestnut St. $11.95 adults and children. 423-756-2738,

• Today, April 11: Pinwheels for Prevention, 5:30-8 p.m., first 500 children receive safety kits, two puppet shows by Kids on the Block, make puppets as part of Free Family Night.

• Saturday, April 13: Choo Choo Kids musical theater troupe from Center for Creative Arts presents "Nothin' But a Good Time," 2 p.m.

ZOO TALES - Chattanooga Zoo, 301 Holtzclaw Ave. Free with zoo admission. Story time and educational program for young children and their mothers, 10:30 a.m. Tuesdays. 423-643-5780.


AMATEUR RADIO - McDonald Road Seventh-day Adventist Church, 5440 McDonald Road. Greater Collegedale Amateur Radio Club sponsors General Amateur radio license class taught by Dean Saunders, 7 p.m. six Tuesdays beginning April 16. Nominal fee for registration and textbooks. 706-965-2425,

ART CLASSES - Townsend Atelier, 201 W. Main St. Small works painting with Cindy Procious, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, April 13-14. $235. Registration required. 423-266-2712.

GERMAN - UTC Brock Hall, 632 Vine St. General overview of German, pronunciation and etiquette, 6-8 p.m. every Thursday in April. $65. 423-425-4344.

OBEDIENCE - Chattanooga Obedience Club training facility, Highway 193 in Flintstone, Ga., four miles south of Chattanooga. Registration for next six-week series of obedience, rally, agility classes for puppies and dogs. Must bring dog's shot chart to registration, 1-3 p.m. Sunday, April 14. Classes begin Monday, April 15.

YOGA - Movement Arts Collective, 3813 Dayton Blvd. New studio for dance and yoga hosts movement classes throughout the day along with door prizes, discounts and vendors. Saturday, April 13. Free.



• Mondays: Allemande Hall, 7400 Standifer Gap Road. Dance to music of all genres, 5:30-6:30 p.m. $7 per evening, $22 monthly.

• Wednesdays: North River Civic Center, 1009 Executive Drive, 5-7:45 p.m. $5.

• Thursdays: St. Jude Catholic Church, 930 Ashland Terrace, 5-7:45 p.m. $3.

SHAG - Elks Lodge, Graysville Road at East Brainerd Road. Dance with Choo Choo Shag Club, 7 p.m. Thursdays. $5 members, $7 guests, free to first-time guests.

SINGLES - First-Centenary United Methodist Church, 419 McCallie Ave. Positive Christian Singles hosts Spring Fling Dance with music by DJ Ken Hughes, 7-10 p.m. Saturday, April 13. $8 includes food and beverage. 423-208-1927.

USA BALLROOM - Allemande Hall, 7400 Standifer Gap Road. Dance, 7:30-11 p.m. Friday, April 12. $5 first-time guests. 423-645-4888.