Chattanooga Now Chattanooga area events calendar

Chattanooga Now Chattanooga area events calendar

April 18th, 2013 by Staff Reports in Chattnow Outabout


ADULT PROM -- Walker County Agricultural Building, 10052 N. Highway 27, Rock Spring, Ga. "Better the Second Time Around" event for ages 21 and up, May 4. Early bird registration $70 per couple, $40 per individual by 8 p.m. Friday, April 19. Prices rise by $10 and $5 after that date.

AMUSEUM -- Creative Discovery Museum, 321 Chestnut St. Adult party with "Superheroes" theme to benefit children's museum, 7-11 p.m. Saturday, April 20. Museum closes at 3 p.m. to prepare for the party. $85-$125. 423-648-6043.

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. Friday, April 19. $50 per person, $90 couple. 423-266-5286.

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.

• Saturday, April 20: Organs Under the Arch, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Chattanooga chapter of American Guild of Organists partners with Summitt Pianos to present musical performances by Buddy Shirk and Noel Jones.

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 currency, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday-Saturday, April 19-20; 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday, April 21. Youth program for ages 18 and under at 1 p.m. Saturday. 706-272-7676.

CO.MINGLING -- Southern Belle, 201 Riverfront Parkway. Belhaven University sponsors dinner, networking, team games and door prizes at after-hours event to benefit Boys and Girls Club of Chattanooga, 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 23. $20. 423-645-8914.

DADDY-DAUGHTER NIGHT -- Hickory Valley Christian Church, 6605 Shallowford Road. Dress-up dance for fathers and daughters includes refreshments and deejay, 5-7 p.m. Friday, April 19. Photographer on-site to make portraits for small charge. Formal dress encouraged. $10 per dad, daughter free. Reservations: 423-892-4270,

DANCE FESTIVAL -- Berry College, lawn of library, Rome, Ga. Free world music and dance festival includes Middle Eastern, African, Indian, mountain bluegrass and Afro-Funk performances, 12:30-10 p.m. Saturday, April 20. In case of rain, festival moves inside Ford Gym on campus. 706-236-1716.

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.

FATHER-SON RETREAT -- Fort Bluff Camp and Retreat Center, 370 Fort Bluff Camp Road, Dayton, Tenn. Spiritually challenging sessions and activities designed to build father-son relationship, 5 p.m. April 26-1 p.m. April 27. $100 father and son, $25 each additional son. 423-775-0488.

FORT OGLETHORPE CRUISE-INS -- Gateway Mall, 4103 Cloud Springs Road. Open to cars, trucks and motocycles, 50/50 cash prize, swap meet, kids' activities, music, door prizes, 4-8 p.m. Saturday, April 20. Free to spectators and owners. 706-866-4753.

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

• 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.

• Tuesday, April 23: Audubon Mountain, moderate 3 miles, meet at Durham Street parking lot in Soddy-Daisy, 9 a.m.

• Saturday, April 27: Cumberland Trail Conference cookout at Frozen Head State Park or hike with Great Eastern Trail.

LADIES NIGHT OUT -- Georgia Winery, 6489 Battlefield Parkway, Ringgold, Ga. Wine tastings, vendors and music by Joe Logan, 6-8:30 p.m. April 26, with bellydancing workshop at 7 p.m. $10 advance, $15 at door, includes one glass of wine, five wine tastings, hors d'oeuvres and pampering. Must be 21 or older to attend. 706-937-9463.

NATIONAL CORNBREAD FESTIVAL -- Downtown South Pittsburg, Tenn. Street festival features Cornbread Alley, crafters, cook-off, tour of homes, music, car show, children's corner, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. April 27; 9 am.-5 p.m. April 28. $5. 423-837-0022.

OUTDOOR EXPO -- Coolidge Park, 200 River St. Chattanooga Parks and Recreation hosts Outdoor Expo and Gear Swap and Adoptapalooza dog adoption, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, April 20. Free event happens rain or shine. 423-643-6889.

RAMP FESTIVAL, MONROE COUNTY -- Friends Meeting of Ballplay fellowship hall and grounds, 157 Ballplay School Road, Tellico Plains, Tenn. Ballplay Ruritan Club hosts third annual Ramp Festival, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, April 20. Ramp dinner, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., includes fried potatoes, pinto beans, cornbread, beverage and dessert, $7 adults; $4 children's meal of hot dog and chips. Entertainment 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Proceeds benefit Ballplay-area community projects. 423-442-7053.

RAMP TRAMP, POLK COUNTY -- Polk County Courthouse, Benton, Tenn. Volunteers gather at 8 a.m. Wednesday, April 24, for trip into the mountains to gather ramps for festival events April 26-27 at Polk County 4-H Camp in Reliance. Rain date: Thursday, April 25. 423-338-4503,

SEWANEE HERBARIUM -- University of the South, Sewanee, Tenn. All times Central. Wear appropriate clothing and shoes for all walks. 931-598-3346.

• Sunday, April 21: Shakerag Hollow, 1:30 p.m., led by Mary Priestley. Meet at Green's View parking lot for 2-mile, wildflower walk with one fairly challenging incline.

• Saturday, April 27: Collins West, 9:30 a.m., led by Mary Priestley. Meet at the Collins West trailhead, just beyond the Swiss-Memorial School in Gruetli-Laager, for strenuous 6-mile hike, bring lunch and extra water. 931-924-2980.

• Sunday, April 28: Garlic Mustard Pull, 1:30 p.m., led by Mary Priestley. Meet at Morgan's Steep to join group to pull invasive plant, wear work gloves, no equipment necessary.

SOUTHEAST SOCIAL -- Bendabout Farms, 3818 S. Lee Highway, McDonald, Tenn. Land Trust for Tennessee hosts casual party at Johnston farm with signature cocktails, farm-to-table dinner, music, 5:30-10:30 p.m. Saturday, April 20. $100. 423-305-1783.

SUPERHERO SCRAMBLE -- Redwine Cove-The Medusa, 1104 Redwine Road, Dalton, Ga. Elite obstacle course race ranging from 4 miles to marathon distance for those who want to challenge themselves beyond a fun run, 8:45 a.m.-10:30 p.m. April 27. $49-$109. 706-508-3748.

TRACTOR SHOW -- Tractor Supply Co., 222 Sequoyah Road, Soddy-Daisy. Days of Yesteryear Antique Tractor & Engine Club of Dunlap, Tenn., show old tractors, engines and equipment, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, April 20. Nonmembers welcome to exhibit. 423-554-3276, 423-949-6537, 423-949-2837.

TRAIN RIDES -- Departing from Tennessee Valley Railroad, 4119 Cromwell Road. 423-894-8028,

• Wednesday-Sunday: Missionary Ridge Local is six-mile, 55-minute ride through East Chattanooga to TVRM's repair shop. Trains depart Wednesdays-Sundays at 10:40 a.m. and 12:05 p.m. Additional rides Saturdays and Sundays at 1:15, 2:25 and 3:35 p.m.

• April 27-28, May 4-5 and 11: Day Out With Thomas includes children's activities, 25-minute train ride, and meeting Sir Topham Hatt. Train rides depart hourly from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets from $14 to $20, ages 2 and up. 866-468-7630 or

WALK A MILE IN HER SHOES -- Coolidge Park, 200 River St. Men strap on heels and walk a mile to raise funds for Partnership for Families, Children and Adults' Sexual Assault Center, 10 a.m. April 27; registration at 9 a.m. $15-$35. 423-697-3829.

WINE N SHINE -- The Crash Pad, 29 Johnson St. Downtown Sertoma Club of Chattanooga presents wine and moonshine tastings, food from Fork & Pie and music by Old-Time Travelers and In Cahoots, 7-11 p.m. Saturday, April 20. Proceeds support Speech and Hearing Center's Achieve Learning Center for preschoolers and Chattanooga's Kids on the Block puppet programs. $35. 423-622-6900.

WOMEN'S FULL-CONTACT FOOTBALL -- Hixson High School field, 5705 Middle Valley Road. Tennessee Train vs. Atlanta Phoenix, 7 p.m. Saturday, April 20. $10 adults, $5 seniors and students with ID, free to kids under 12.

YARD SALE -- Bartlebaugh Baptist Church, 6129 Champion Road (half-mile past Booker T. Washington State Park). Sale, 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, April 20. Proceeds go to mission projects. 423-344-5207.


AUTHORS NIGHT -- The Camp House, 1427 Williams St. Chattanooga Writers Guild sponsors book signing at 6 p.m. Monday, April 22, with authors K.B. Ballentine, Poppy Jackson, Daniel Swanger, Judith Nembhard, Grant Fetters, Becky Wooley and Ray Zimmerman. Small group readings at 7 p.m.

BOOK SIGNING -- New Echota State Historic Site, 1211 Chatsworth Highway 225 NE, Calhoun, Ga. Author Ron Cooper of the Oklahoma Comanche Nation signs his book about his three-month journey on the Trail of Tears, 2-5 p.m. April 25. Followed by meeting of the Friends of New Echota at 6:30 p.m. 706-624-1321.


BALLROOM PARTY -- Hamilton Academy of Dance, 8509 Hixson Pike. Dancing 7:30-10 p.m. Saturday, April 20. $7 includes lesson at 6:30 p.m. 423-667-0017.


• 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