CHATTACON - Chattanooga Choo Choo, 1400 Market St. Convention for fans of speculative fiction includes authors, artists, entertainment, panel discussions and live action games, Jan. 25-27. $50. chattacon.org.
COMMUNITY DINNER - Jewish Cultural Center, 5461 North Terrace. Jewish Federation of Greater Chattanooga hosts pasta dinner and talk by Bob Feferman of United Against Nuclear Iran, 6 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 19. Includes short Havdallah service marking the end of the Sabbath. Free, but donations appreciated. Reservations required. 493-0270, ext. 10; firstname.lastname@example.org; www.jewishchattanooga.com.
CSO FUNDRAISER - 212 Market Restaurant, 212 Market St. "An Evening on the Emerald Coast" features four-course menu of coastal cuisine created by chef Adam Yellin from Santa Rosa Beach, Fla., and 212 chef Susan Moses, Friday, Jan. 18. Includes predinner entertainment by CSO String Quartet and silent auction. $200 individuals, $2,000 table of eight. Coastal attire encouraged. Reservations required: 267-8583.
EVENING WITH THE STARS - The Arts Center, 320 N. White St., Athens, Tenn. Community talent show to benefit Athens Community Theater, 7:30 p.m. Jan. 25. $10 adults, $5 students. www.athensartscouncil.org.
HIKES - Led by Soddy-Daisy Hiking Club. Bring water and snack. 842-3619, email@example.com.
• Saturday, Jan. 19: Plateau Chapter visits for strenuous 10-mile hike from Heiss Mountain past Little Opossum Creek Bridge, 10 a.m. Meet at Durham Street parking lot.
• Tuesday, Jan. 22: Blue Blaze Trail at Moccasin Bend (1.5 miles), 10 a.m. Meet at Bi-Lo parking lot in Red Bank.
• Saturday, Jan. 26: Laurel Falls (moderate 5 miles), 9 a.m. Meet at Durham Street parking lot.
M.L. KING DINNER - First Baptist Church, 311 N. Thornton Ave., Dalton, Ga. Nwandi Lawson, PBS personality and chief executive officer of Reve Productions, is guest speaker, 6 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 19. $25. 706-529-6974.
LADIES NIGHT OUT - Georgia Winery, 6469 Battlefield Parkway, Ringgold, Ga. Mini massages, beauty services, wine-tasting, hors d'oeuvres and music by Jordan Hallquist, 6-8:30 p.m. Jan. 25. $10. 706-937-9463.
LEWIS GRIZZARD IN HIS OWN WORDS - Tivoli Theatre, 709 Broad St. One-man tribute show by Bill Oberst Jr. authorized by late humorist's family, 7 p.m. Jan. 26. $26.50 plus fees, $21 for groups of 10 or more. 642-8497, www.ChattanoogaOnStage.com.
LOW COUNTRY BOIL - Tennessee National Guard Armory, Highway 41, Monteagle, Tenn. Shrimp, sausage and veggies cooked in Cajun seasoning; boil without shrimp for those with seafood allergies, 4-7 p.m. CST Saturday, Jan. 19. $15. Benefits Monteagle Mountain Chamber of Commerce, Friends of the South Cumberland and Monteagle Food Bank. 931-924-5353.
SOUTHERN CHARM WEDDING EXPO - Ringgold Depot, Depot Street and Highway 41. Third annual event gathers 20 vendors for brides- and grooms-to-be to view and sample products, noon-4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 19. Free. www.cityofringgold.com.
STARRY NIGHTS - Russell Cave National Monument, 3729 County Road 98, Bridgeport, Ala. Join Barnard Astronomical Society for stargazing, 5-9 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 19. Look through telescopes to see moons of Jupiter and the Milky Way's stars and constellations. If severe weather, event postponed to Feb. 2. 256-495-2672.
TRAIN RIDES - Departing from Tennessee Valley Railroad, 4119 Cromwell Road. 894-8028, www.tvrail.com. Missionary Ridge Local, 6-mile, 55-minute ride through East Chattanooga to TVRM's repair shop, Fridays-Sundays. $16 adults, $10 children ages 3-12.
CHATTANOOGA PUBLIC LIBRARY - 1001 Broad St. (main library) plus branches at Eastgate, Northgate and South Chattanooga. For information on preschool story time, Adventure Club for children 6 and up, and teen center, Teen Stack, call 757-5310 or visit www.lib.chattanooga.gov.
• 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. Wednesdays: 10:30 a.m. Eastgate Library, 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. Northgate Library. Saturday: 11 a.m., downtown branch. Registration not required.
• 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
ART - Townsend Atelier, 201 W. Main St. 266-2712. "Still Life Painting: Using Negative Space," led by Mia Bergeron, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 19. Registration required. $175.
ENVIRONMENTAL - Chattanooga Arboretum & Nature Center, 400 Garden Road. Reservations: 821-1160, ext. 0.
• Saturday, Jan. 26: Herpetology, noon-2 p.m., ages 16 and older. Indoor program led by Corey Hagen to acquaint visitors with snakes, frogs, lizards and salamanders. $15 members, $20 nonmembers.
• Saturday, Jan. 26: Introduction to Sandhill Cranes, 2 p.m., ages 12 and older. Dr. David Aborn leads class on cranes, including their economic impact on the Hiwassee region. $10 members, $12 nonmembers.
LIFE OF OSCAR WILDE - English Rose Tea Room, 1401 Market St. Series of classes on life and work of the Anglo-Irish author, 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Feb. 12. Next session: "Price of Oxford: The Essays." $35 each class (includes tea and dessert). 622-2862.
PAINTING - Spirited Art, 1925 Gunbarrel Road. 531-6278. Paint Chattanooga's skyline, 6:30-9 p.m. Jan. 25. Instructor leads process step by step from blank canvas to completed painting. $35 includes all materials. Ages 21 and over may bring their own adult beverage. Registration required.
POTTERY - EAC Pottery Studio, John A. Patten Recreation Center, 3204 Kelly's Ferry Road. Hours: 6-9 p.m. Mondays, 3-9 p.m. Wednesdays, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays. Cost: $10 for three-hour session, $25 for 25 pounds of clay, which includes bisque and glaze firing. 821-9631.
BALLROOM - Hamilton Academy of Dance, 8509 Hixson Pike. Dancing 7:30-10 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 19. Lesson at 6:30 p.m. $7. 667-0017.
LINE - Allemande Hall, 7400 Standifer Gap Road. Dance to music of all genres, 5:30-6:30 p.m. Mondays. $7 per evening, $22 monthly. www.linesinmotion.net.
LINE DANCE WORKSHOP - Allemande Hall, 7400 Standifer Gap Road. Learn popular line dances to variety of musical styles, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 19. No experience or partner needed. $5. 309-6842
SHAG - Elks Lodge, Graysville Road at East Brainerd Road. Dance with members of Choo Choo Shag Club, 7 p.m. Thursdays. $5 members, $7 guests, free to first-time guests. firstname.lastname@example.org.