Chattanooga Now Chattanooga area events calendar

Chattanooga Now Chattanooga area events calendar

May 9th, 2013 by Staff Reports in Chattnow Outabout


ANOTHER GORGEOUS EVENING -- Tennessee RiverPlace, 3104 Scenic Waters Lane. Fundraiser for Tennessee River Gorge Trust includes buffet, music by Ben Friberg Trio, live auction, Saturday, May 11. Cocktails 5:30 p.m., dinner 7:15 p.m. $150. 423-266-0314.

BATTLEFIELD BIKE TOURS -- Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park, Visitors Center, 3370 LaFayette Road, Fort Oglethorpe. Bring bicycle and helmet and join leisurely paced, two-hour ride led by a ranger through battlefield. 9:30 a.m. Saturday, May 18. For adults and chaperoned children 8 and older. 423-752-5213.

BRIDAL FAIR -- Gordon Lee Mansion, 217 Cove Road, Chickamauga, Ga. Busy Bride One Night Extravaganza offers 10 bridal vendors in one location for wedding planning, 5-9 p.m. Friday, May 17. Free. 423-653-8050.

CASINO ROYALE -- Stratton Hall, 3146 Broad St. Fundraiser for Children's Advocacy Center of Hamilton County includes dinner from Bluewater Grille, desserts from Bread Basket, beer, wine, silent auction and casino games, 7-11 p.m. Friday, May 10. $75 or $150 VIP package. 423-266-6918.

CCC REUNION/TRAIL PROJECT -- Vogel State Park, Blairsville, Ga. Join "The Tree Army" for stories of the New Deal era, with covered-dish meal provided by Vogel Volunteers at 11 a.m., plus Georgia Applachian Trail Club for service project reminiscent of Great Depression work, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, May 11. RSVP required, 706-745-2628.

CHATTANOOGA GHOST TOURS -- The Little Curiosity Shoppe, 138 Market St. Walking tours through downtown, ghost hunts through University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and Citizens Cemetery, starting at 9 nightly. $15 adults, $10 ages 12 and under. 423-821-7125.

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 and 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. Saturday.

COOKIES AND COCKTAILS -- Lindsay Street Hall, 906 Lindsay St. Seven local chefs compete to create an appetizer or dessert using Girl Scout cookies as an ingredient at fundraiser for Girl Scouts, 6:30 p.m. Friday, May 10. $50, must be 21 or older to attend. Call for ticket availability: 800-474-1912.

COURTHOUSE CENTENNIAL TOUR -- Hamilton County Courthouse, 201 E. Seventh St. County historian Linda Mines leads Chattanooga Area Historical Association history tour in celebration of courthouse's 100th birthday, 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 14. Free.

FAMILY SLEEP IN THE DEEP -- Tennessee Aquarium, 1 Broad St. Behind-the-scenes tours, watch an Imax movie, bed down next to the Gulf of Mexico tank in River Journey, 5:30 p.m. Friday, May 10. For families with children ages 6 and older. $50 Aquarium members, $60 nonmembers. 423-267-3474.

FANS OF OLD HOUSES -- Chattanooga Public Library, 1001 Broad St. Chattanooga Area Historical Association presents Ron Tanner's humorous slide show "Houselove: For Fans of Old Houses," how he and his wife bought a condemned property and restored it to its original Victorian splendor, 6 p.m. May 20. Free. 423-364-3169.

FORT OGLETHORPE CRUISE-IN -- Gateway Mall, 4097 Cloud Springs Road. Open to cars, trucks and motocycles, 50/50 cash prize, swap meet, kids' activities, music, door prizes, 4-8 p.m. May 18. Free to spectators and owners. 706-866-4753.

FLOATILA -- Rivermont Park Boat Ramp, 3400 Lupton Drive.

• Saturday, May 11: Build Day. American Institute for Architects volunteers offer knowledge and skills for building a Floatila float, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Bring your materials.

• Saturday, May 18: Community float down Tennessee River sponsored by Outdoor Adventure Rafting and GreenSpaces, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. May 18. $20-$30.

GARDENING WORKSHOP -- The Home Depot, 546 Paul Huff Parkway, Cleveland. DIY blogger Kasey Trenum of Time 2 Save Time 2 Give leads Pinterest-inspired workshop on creating and maintaining a succulents garden, 6:30-8 p.m. May 16. Free. 423-472-2644.

GET OUT & GO NIGHT -- Tennessee Riverpark, 4301 Amnicola Highway. Area sports and leisure clubs provide information about their activities, hold live demonstrations, 6-8 p.m. May 18. No sales. 423-842-6748.

GRANDMOTHERS TEA -- Chattanooga Arboretum & Nature Center, 400 Garden Road. Fundraiser for planned Grandmothers Garden features sandwiches, scones, cakes, strawberries and hot tea at Humphreys House, 11:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Saturday, May 11. Entertainment on flute and harp by Kayoko Dan and Caroline Brown Hudson. $35 adults, $15 children 8-13. Reservations: 423-821-1160, ext. 0.

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

• Saturday, May 11: Prentice Cooper Pot Point Loop, strenuous 12 miles, meet at Red Bank Bi-Lo parking lot, 8 a.m.

• Tuesday, May 14: Upper Leggett Road to Lower Leggett Road trailhead, easy-to-moderate 3 miles, meet at Durham Street parking lot in Soddy-Daisy, 8 a.m.

• Saturday, May 18: Roaring Creek, moderate 8 miles, meet at Durham Street parking lot in Soddy-Daisy, 8 a.m.

HORSE SHOW -- Tri-State Exhibition Center, 200 Natures Trail, McDonald, Tenn. Choo Choo chapter of National Racking Horse Association partners with Open Arms Care for benefit horse show with 34 classes, 5-9 p.m. May 18. $5 ages 13 and up. 423-667-0440.

LOOKOUTS BASEBALL -- AT&T Field, 201 Power Alley. Chattanooga Lookouts vs. Mobile Bay Bears, 7:15 p.m. today-Saturday, May 9-11. Promotions: Ladies Night, today; fireworks and First Responders Night, Friday; Myron Noodleman, Saturday. $3-$9. 423-267-4849,

MOTORCYCLE RIDE AND POKER RUN -- Sixth Cavalry Museum, 6 Barnhardt Circle, Fort Oglethorpe. Remembering Our Heroes ride leaves museum for 80-mile poker run through North Georgia to benefit 6th Cavalry Veterans Memorial Garden, May 18. Ride ends at Gateway Mall on Cloud Springs Road for monthly cruise-in. Registration 9 a.m., first bike out 10 a.m. Free entry, but donations accepted. Poker hands are $5 each or three for $10. 706-861-2860.

OOLTEWAH FARMERS MARKET -- Ooltewah Nursery and Landscape Co., 5829 Main St. Locally grown vegetables, fruits, free-range eggs, honey, meats, 2-5 p.m. Thursdays through May 30. No wholesalers or resellers allowed. Free admission. 423-238-9775.

RAINBOW DASH KICKOFF -- Hamilton Place, 2100 Hamilton Place Blvd. Entertainment, children's activities and information on Zoe's Rainbow Dash, 4 p.m. Saturday, May 11. The 5K color run in memory of 10-year-old Zoe Madeline McDonough and her grandmother, Sue McDonough, who died in a boating accident last summer, will be July 4.

RIVER CANYON ADVENTURES -- 21726 River Canyon Road. Explore scenic Tennessee River Gorge with three-hour adventures daily at 9 a.m., noon and 3 p.m. Sunset cruise at 6 p.m. Upriver to Williams Island, $35. Downriver into Tennessee River Gorge, $45., 423-451-6068.

ROCKABILLY ROUNDUP -- Mountain Creek Harley-Davidson, 1001 Market St., Dalton, Ga. Dealership's 10th anniversary party with ride-in bike and car show, music by Young Elvis and The Blue Suedes Rockabilly Tribute Show, BMX stunt show, Ms. MCHD pin-up contest, Rome Roller Girls, tattoo contest and more, noon-5 p.m. May 18. Free admission; no entry fee for car show but advance registration required to ensure space. 706-370-7433.

SAMBOREE -- Camp Jordan, 323 Camp Jordan Parkway, East Ridge. Tennessee Good Sam RV club spring rally, May 15-19. Opening ceremony 9 a.m. Wednesday; theme is "Hawaiian Luau." Toys/teddy bears collected for local fire and police, plus games, seminars, tours, vendors, pet parade and door prizes daily; viewing of new Fleetwood models 9 a.m.-5 p.m. May 15-18; entertainer Crystal Gage on May 18. $30 five-day pass (all-inclusive); $10 per day (entertainment not included)., 423-240-4391.

SENIOR CITIZENS DAY -- Walker County Civic Center, 10052 N. Highway 27, Rock Spring, Ga. Food, bingo and entertainment for Walker County senior citizens ages 55 and older, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Wednesday, May 15. 706-375-7705.

SOCCER -- Finley Stadium, 1826 Reggie White Blvd. Chattanooga Football Club home opener against Rocket City United, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 11. $5 ages 6 and older; $25 season tickets, $75 season tickets with team jersey.

SPRING STAR PARTY -- Fall Creek Falls State Park, Pikeville, Tenn. Night-sky viewing, astronomy presentations and discussions, planetarium shows, concert, Friday-Saturday, May 10-11. Presented by Cumberland Astronomical Society, Vanderbilt University's Dyer Observatory and Astronomy in the Parks Society. 423-881-5708,

TRAIL OF TEARS MEMORIAL SERVICE -- New Echota Cherokee Capital State Historic Site, Highway 225 N., Calhoun, Ga. Georgia Trail of Tears Association hosts service to mark 175th anniversary of Cherokee Trail of Tears, 2 p.m. May 18. Jack Baker, president of the National Trail of Tears Association, is featured speaker.

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

• Tuesdays-Sundays: Missionary Ridge Local is 6-mile, 55-minute ride through East Chattanooga to TVRM's repair shop, departing 10:40 a.m. and 12:05 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday; additional Saturday and Sunday rides at 1:15, 2:25 and 3:35 p.m. $16 adults, $10 children ages 3-12.

• Saturday, May 11: Day Out With Thomas, 25-minute ride on train pulled by storybook engine, children's activities and visit with Sir Topham Hatt, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. $14-$20, ages 2 and up. Reservations required for train rides.

UNDERGROUND YU-GI-OH LEAGUE -- Center Stage Dance Company, 246 Depot St., Soddy-Daisy. Unofficial league hosted by Kaiba Corp. presents tournament where any card is allowed and a rank with prize will be given to top six winners, noon-3 p.m. Saturday, May 11. For ages 14 and older. $2 tournament entry, free for spectators. Must register to play at

WALK 4 HEARING -- Chattanooga State Community College, 4501 Amnicola Highway. Rain-or-shine event at Chatt State and adjoining Tennessee Riverwalk benefiting Hearing Loss Association of America and local affiliates, 10 a.m.-noon Saturday, May 11. Registration and Chattanooga Kids on the Block performance, 9 a.m. Activities include Mos-Nooga Squad, Peaches the Clown, inflatable bounce house, corn hole and other games, music, face-painting, free food. 423-894-3183.

YAPPY MEOWER -- Mia Cucina, 345 Frazier Ave. Happy-hour fundraiser for McKamey Animal Center includes food by Mia Cucina and beer from Foothills Brewing, 5:30-7:30 p.m. May 17. $20.


BOOK SIGNING -- Lifeway Christian Bookstore, 5591 Highway 153. Gary Miller signs "Sing to the Lord a New Song: Transforming Life through Scripture," 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, May 11. 423-870-8012.

CHATTANOOGA WRITERS GUILD -- Chattanooga Public Library, 1001 Broad St. Program by novelist and screenwriter J. Wachowski, 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 14. Free, visitors welcome.


CHATTANOOGA PUBLIC LIBRARY -- All locations of the Chattanooga public library system have preschool story time. The Downtown, Eastgate and Northgate libraries have Adventure Club for children ages 6 and up. The library's teen center, Teen Stack, is located in the Downtown Library. For more information about all programming held in the Downtown, Eastgate, Northgate or South Chattanooga libraries, call 757-5310 or visit the Facebook pages: The Public Library, Chattanooga, Tennessee or Teen Stack, Chattanooga Public Library.

• 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, preregistration 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. 893-0186.

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


Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Tuesday and Thursday-Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, closed Wednesday. $11.95 adults and children. 756-2738,

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



• 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. Dance, 5-7:45 p.m. $5.

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

MOTHER-SON DANCE -- Chickamauga (Ga.) Civic Center, 1817 Lee Clarkson Road. Four Points Inc., a nonprofit whose mission is to stop domestic violence, sponsors mother-son dance with corsages, boutonnieres, refreshments and music by D&M Music, 6 p.m. Friday, May 10. $5 per person. 706-638-1554.

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

SHALL WE DANCE -- Allemande Hall, 7400 Standifer Gap Road. Ballroom dance club meets 7:30-10:30 p.m. Tuesdays; group class 7:30 p.m., general dancing 8:30 p.m. $8; first visit free. 423-238-4518.

SHINE PROM -- The Chattanoogan, 1201 Broad St. Bridge Christian Church hosts prom for area residents with special needs, 7-10 p.m. May 17. Guests treated to hairstyling and makeup design, caregivers receive massages, mini-manicures and mini-pedicures. Free for special-needs families and caregivers. Registration required: 423-643-0202.

USA BALLROOM -- Allemande Hall, 7400 Standifer Gap Road. Dance with Choo Choo Chapter of USA Dance, 8:30-11 p.m. Friday, May 10. Tango lesson at 7:30 p.m. $5 first-time guests. 423-645-4888.