BOOK SALE - Eastgate Town Center, 5600 Brainerd Road. Friends of the Library sale offers adult books for $1 paperback, $2 hardback; children's books 50 cents and $1. Hours: 9 a.m.-7 p.m. today-Saturday, March 7-9, and Monday, March 11; noon-6 p.m. Sunday, March 10. 423-757-5310.
CHATTANOOGA COFFEE THROWDOWN - Thrive Studio, 191 River St. Professional baristas and home coffee enthusiasts face off for title of Best Barista, preliminary round 2-6 p.m. Sunday, March 10, finals Sunday, March 17. Free to spectators, $10 for competitors. 423-605-3125.
CIRCUS - McKenzie Arena, 720 E. Fourth St. Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey's "Fully Charged," gold edition, 7 p.m. Thursday-Friday, March 14-15; 1 and 5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, March 16-17. All seats $13 opening night. Other shows $15, $22, $29 and $39. 423-266-6627, www.tickettracks.com.
CRAFT 'N' CROP TILL YOU DROP - Heritage House in Heritage Park, 1428 Jenkins Road. Ambi Artist hosts potluck dinner at event to work on projects while enjoying fellowship with other artists, 6-9 p.m. today, March 7. 423-855-9474.
ELDERSCHOLARS - UTC University Center, Vine Street. Lunch at noon Tuesday, March 12, in University Center food court, meeting at 1 p.m. in Lookout Mountain Room of University Center, with program by Cindy Pare, administrator of the MaryEllen Locher Foundation. Free except for cost of own lunch. 423-425-4363.
FISH FRY - Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church, corner of North Moore Road and North Terrace. Knights of Columbus Holy Family Council 6099 and OLPH Church sponsor Lenten fish fry 6-8 p.m. every Friday through March 22. All-you-can-eat fish $6 includes fries, slaw and hushpuppies. Proceeds benefit OLPH Home and School Association and Knights of Columbus' seminary support fund. www.kofc6099.org.
HAUNTED LIBRARY? - Chattanooga Public Library, 1001 Broad St. Global Paranormal Services presents program on the strange happenings on the fourth floor, 7-9 p.m. Friday, March 8. 423-757-5310.
HIKES - Led by Soddy-Daisy Hiking Club. Bring water and snack. 423-842-3619.
• Saturday, March 9: Fall Creek Falls, moderate-to-strenuous 10 miles, meet in Durham Street parking lot in Soddy-Daisy, 9 a.m.
• Tuesday, March 12: Raccoon Mountain, easy-to-moderate 4 miles, meet at Red Bank Bi-Lo parking lot, 9 a.m.
• Saturday, March 16: Cedar Mountain, easy-to-moderate 4.5 miles, meet at Red Bank Bi-Lo parking lot, 9 a.m.
HOLOCAUST SURVIVOR'S TALK - Cleveland State Community College, Johnson Cultural Heritage Center, Cleveland, Tenn. Auschwitz survivor Ester Bauer is featured speaker, 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 19. Free, but reservations encouraged to reserve a seat. 423-473-2341.
HORSE SHOW - Tri-State Exhbition Center, 200 Nature's Trail, McDonald, Tenn. Tri-State Open horse show open to all skill levels, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, March 9. Entry/class fee $10. Free spectator admission. Register online: http://tsec.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=13&Itemid=14.
HOME SHOW - Bradley Square Mall, 200 Paul Huff Parkway, Cleveland, Tenn. Expo sponsored by Ocoee Region Builders Association, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Friday and Saturday, March 8-9. 423-472-5080.
HUNTER/JUMPER HORSE SHOW - Tri-State Exhibition Center, 200 Nature's Trail, Cleveland, Tenn. Horses from four states compete in variety of jumping events, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. March 15-17. Free. 423-476-9310.
KNIFE SHOW - Northwest Georgia Trade & Convention Center, 2211 Dug Gap Battle Road, Dalton, Ga. Spirit of Steel knife roadshow, noon-6 p.m. Friday, March 8, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, March 9, and 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday, March 10. Free admission Friday, $8 Saturday and Sunday. 706-272-7676, www.nwgtcc.com, www.spiritofsteel.com.
MS. WHEELCHAIR TENNESSEE PAGEANT - DoubleTree Hotel, 407 Chestnut St. Contestants take part in one-day program with workshops, judges interviews, concluding with ceremony to name winner, 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday, March 16. Free. 423-288-0912.
REGIONAL SPELLING BEE - UTC Fine Arts Center, 752 Vine St. Area's top spellers compete to go to Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C., 2-4 p.m. Saturday, March 16. Free. 423-757-6308.
ST. PATTY'S DAY DINNER - Creative Arts Guild, 520 W. Waugh St., Dalton, Ga. RSVPs due by Monday, March 11, for dinner catered by The Filling Station and concert by The Brookwoods, 7 p.m. March 15. $45. 706-217-6677, firstname.lastname@example.org.
SHAMROCK CITY - Rock City Gardens, 1400 Patten Road, Lookout Mountain. Irish celebration with music, food, bands and green waterfall, 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m. March 16-17, 23-24. $21.95 adults, $12.95 children. 706-820-2531.
SPIRIT OF ACHIEVEMENT LUNCHEON - Chattanooga Convention Center, 1100 Carter St. ESPN radio personality and 1992 National Championship quarterback Jay Barker is featured speaker at fundraiser for Junior Achievement, 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, March 12. $75. 423-892-4488.
SUPER COLON - Walnut Square Mall, 816 Walnut Square Blvd., Dalton, Ga. Hamilton Health sponsors 20-foot walk-through colon as cancer screening reminder, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday, March 9. 706-226-3777.
SUSTAINABLE PREPAREDNESS EXPO - Chattanooga Convention Center, 1100 Carter St. Vendors show how to live sustainably, home remedies, solar energy and how to be prepared for disasters, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday, March 10. $7. 423-756-0001.
STUDIOPENDOUS - Highland Plaza United Methodist Church, 4226 Norcross Road. Church preschool's fundraiser includes children's art gallery, live and silent auctions, food catered by Good Dog, 5:30-7:30 p.m. March 15. $10. 423-877-1544.
TOTA MEETING - Chief Vann House State Historic Site, 82 Georgia Highway 225, Chatsworth, Ga. Georgia Chapter of Trail of Tears Association meets 10:30 a.m. Saturday, March 9. Guests are Tony Harris, a specialist in Cherokee plants, and Ron Cooper, author of "It's My Trail Too." Free. 706-695-2598, 770-704-6338, www.gatrailoftears.org.
UNBOUGHT AND UNBOSSED AWARDS - The Chattanoogan, 1201 S. Broad St. Girls Inc. honors 10 female role models at breakfast, 7:30-9 a.m. March 15. $40. 423-624-4757.
UNITED DAUGHTERS OF THE CONFEDERACY - Wally's Restaurant, Ringgold Road at I-75, East Ridge. Missionary Ridge Chapter 1777 welcomes any female age 16 or older who has a Confederate ancestor or an interest in the Civil War to attend its historical programs, 11 a.m. today, March 7. 423-443-5856.
BOOK SIGNING - Heritage House Arts & Civic Center, 1428 Jenkins Road. Deborah Levine, editor of American Diversity Report, signs copies of "Inspire Your Inner Global Leader, 3 p.m. Sunday, March 10. 423-855-9474.
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 teen center, Teen Stack, call 757-5310 or visit the Facebook pages: The Public Library, Chattanooga, Tennessee or Teen Stack, Chattanooga Public Library. 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. 423-757-5314.
• Toddler Time: Learning program for ages 18-36 months and parents/guardians, registration not required. Wednesdays: 10:30 a.m. Eastgate Library, 10 and 11 a.m. Northgate Library. Saturday: 11 a.m., downtown branch.
CHEROKEE REGIONAL LIBRARY - 305 S. Duke St., LaFayette, Ga. 706-638-2992. Ready to Read story hour, with preschool books, songs and games, 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, March 12.
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.
CONSIGNMENT SALE - Brainerd Village Center, 5844 Brainerd Road. Jack and Jill Kids Sale with children's, teen and maternity clothing, bedding, toys, room decor and baby gear, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. today-Friday, March 7-8. Everything half-price 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, March 9. 706-965-2101.
CONSIGNMENT SALE - Pinecrest Baptist Church, 2809 Taft Highway, Signal Mountain. Little Piggies Children's Consignment sale, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. today, March 7, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Friday, March 8 (25 percent off), and 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, March 9 (half-price day).
CREATIVE DISCOVERY MUSEUM - 321 Chestnut St. $11.95 adults and children. 423-756-2738, www.cdmfun.org.
• Current exhibit: "Dinosaurs: Land of Fire and Ice" through May 12.
• PopTots: Performance by Chattanooga Symphony & Opera musicians, noon-2 p.m. Saturday, March 9. Children also make instruments.
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. 423-643-5780.
BOATING CERTIFICATION - Erwin Marina, 3001 Kings Point Road. Chattanooga Sail and Power Squadron presents "America's Boating Course" for new and experienced boaters, 7-9 p.m. today, March 7. Free course is approved by National Association of State Boating Law administrators and U.S. Coast Guard. Sessions include boating law, safety equipment, safe boating practices, navigation, boating emergencies, personal watercraft, charts, GPS, trailering. Participants receive a 244-page manual, companion CD and, after passing exam, a completion certificate. $40 includes manual and CD. Reservations: 423-785-6756.
CANDLE-MAKING - Audubon Acres, 900 N. Sanctuary Road. Make your own candles using modern and pioneer techniques, 2-4 p.m. Saturday, March 9. Free to Audubon Society members, $4 nonmembers, plus regular admission for both. Registration required. email@example.com.
COOKING - Mia Cucina, 345 Frazier Ave., Suite 103. Cooking School teaches language and cuisine of four countries, 6:30-8:30 p.m. each Thursday in March. $55 per person per class. 423-265-4474.
COUPONING - University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, Holt Hall, corner of East Fifth and Baldwin streets. Learn to maximize savings at pharmacies at "Get On Board With Couponing," 10 a.m.-noon Saturday, March 9. $15-$25. 423-425-4344.
GARDENING - Ooltewah Nursery and Landscape Co., 5829 Main St., Ooltewah. 423-238-9775.
• Saturday, March 9: Oscar Mims shows samples of newest plants and give tips on including them in your garden, 11 a.m.-noon. Free.
• Saturday, March 16: Lawn Care 101, 10 a.m. Free.
MARRIAGE - Brainerd United Methodist Church, 4325 Brainerd Road. First Things First sponsors Celebrate Marriage Seminar featuring Dr. Pat Love, author of "Hot Monogamy." Event is for engaged or married couples. Free with lunch included, but registration required. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, March 9. 423-267-5383.
POTTERY CLASS - 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. 423-821-9631.
ROCK MEDICINE - Good World Goods, 4121 Hixson Pike. Free presentation on use of rocks, minerals and gems for health, well-being, balance and power by longtime practitioner Sela Weideman, 1-3 p.m. Sunday, March 10. 423-468-4278.
SAFE CYCLING - Outdoor Chattanooga, 200 River St. Learn the rules of the road in free class for adults and kids ages 12 and older accompanied by an adult, 6-7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 13. Optional ride follows class. 423-643-6888.
SCULPTURE WORKSHOP - Townsend Atelier, 201 W. Main St. Students work from a live model for one week to sculpt 28-inch figure, with instructor Brian Booth Craig of Connecticut, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. March 11-15. $600. Registration required. 423-266-2712.
SPANISH - Marcella Center for the Arts and Education, 117 Washington Road, Sweetwater, Tenn. Class led by certified Spanish instructor, 4:30-6 p.m. Mondays and Fridays beginning March 15. Registration 3:30-6:30 p.m. either Monday, March 11, or Thursday, March 14. $150 for eight-week series. 423-337-0075.
TRAIL/ROAD RUNNING - Outdoor Chattanooga, 200 River St. Randy Whorton of Wild Trails teaches how to start running on area trails, followed by an off-road run on the new Stringer's Ridge trails system, 11 a.m.-noon Saturday, March 9. Zach Winchester of Fast Break Athletics leads paved run in Tennessee Riverpark. Free and no reservation necessary. 423-643-6888.
WHEEL-THROWN POTTERY - Education, Arts and Culture studio, 3202 Kelly's Ferry Road. Learn the basics of wheel throwing, such as centering, cylinders, mugs and bowl, in six-week series meeting Tuesday and Thursday nights March 12-April 13. Bring own towel and throwing kit, available at local hobby shops. Class limited to eight; must be 18 or older to enroll. Nonrefundable deposit of $50 required. To register: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 - North River Civic Center, 1009 Executive Dr, all levels with instruction, 5:00-7:45 p.m. Wednesday. $5/class. www.bootsandbucklesdance.com.
LINE - St. Jude's Church, 930 Ashland Terrace, all levels with instruction, 5:00-7:45 p.m. Thursday, $3/class. www.bootsandbucklesdance.com.
SHAG - Elks Lodge, Graysville Road at East Brainerd Road. Dance 7 p.m. Thursdays. $5 members, $7 guests, free to first-time guests. email@example.com.
USA BALLROOM - Allemande Hall, 7400 Standifer Gap Road. Dance 7:30-11 p.m. Friday, March 8. $5 first-time guests. 423-645-4888.
VINTAGE SWING - Eastgate Town Center, 5600 Brainerd Road. No smoking, no alcohol dance for all ages with deejay Rick Smith and guest Marshal Myhan of Nashville, 7 p.m. beginner lesson, followed by dancing until 11 p.m. Saturday, March 9. $5. 423- 227-3829.