BENEFIT BARBECUE -- William Blair Post 95, American Legion, 3329 Ringgold Road. Annual fundraiser to support post's community projects,11 a.m.-6 p.m. Oct. 18-19. Choice of plate with pork and sides or 12-ounces bulk meat, $7. 423-624-9105.
BRAINERD FARMERS MARKET -- Grace Episcopal Church, 20 Belvoir Ave. Open 10 a.m.-noon Saturdays. 423-580-6281.
CHATTANOOGA ARBORETUM AND NATURE CENTER -- 400 Garden Road. Register: 423-821-1160.
* Friday, Oct. 11: Beginners guided nature hike, trail run and canoe trip, 4-6 p.m. Free.
* Saturday, Oct. 12: Fall birds class to learn to read a birding field guide to identify birds, 10 a.m. $12 per member family, $15 nonmember families.
CHATTANOOGA STAMP CLUB -- Hickory Valley Christian Church, 6605 Shallowford Road. Program by Dan Chaij on "EFOs of the Republic of Cuba," 7:30 p.m. today, Oct. 10; doors open 6:30 p.m. Sales books available to select stamps for purchase. 423-344-7849.
FACES UNMASKED -- Chattanooga Theatre Centre, 400 River St. Art auction to benefit Faces: The National Craniofacial Association, 5:30-8 p.m. today, Oct. 10. $50. 423-266-1632.
FAMILY CANOEING -- Greenway Farm, 3010 Hamill Road. Outdoor Chattanooga hosts family canoeing on North Chickamauga Creek followed by fireside program, 6-7:30 p.m. Thursdays through Oct. 24. $10 includes canoes, paddles and life jackets for adults and children on first-come, first-served basis; children younger than 5 should have their own life jackets. 423-643-6888.
FILM LECTURE -- Lee University's Rose Lecture Hall, Helen Devos College of Education, Cleveland, Tenn. Arts & Culture Series opens with "Through a Screen Darkly: A Testimony of Transformation and Dangerous Moviegoing," by film critic and author Jeffrey Overstreet, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 15. Free. 423-614-8353, email@example.com.
HAWK WATCH -- River Gorge Explorer, 1 Broad St. Bring binoculars and join Tennessee Aquarium naturalist to scan sky for birds of prey, 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 12. Members: $24 adults, $18 children 12 and younger. Nonmembers: $29 adults, $21.50 children 3-12, $18 children 2 and younger. Includes cash bar and snacks. Limited to 68 people. 423-262-0695.
HIKES -- Led by Soddy-Daisy Hiking Club. Bring water and snack. Carpool locations given for those who want to meet group. 423-842-3619.
* Saturday, Oct. 12: Heiss Mountain to Little Possum Creek, slightly strenuous 8 miles, meet at Durham Street parking lot in Soddy-Daisy, 9 a.m.
* Tuesday, Oct. 15: Glen Falls, moderate 5 miles, meet at Red Bank Bi-Lo parking lot, 9 a.m.
* Saturday, Oct. 19: Snow Falls, strenuous 11 miles, meet at Durham Street parking lot in Soddy-Daisy, 9 a.m.
HILL CITY BLOCK PARTY -- First Calvary Baptist Church, 300 W. Bell Ave. Music, food, carnival games, face painting and garden art featured in benefit for Hill City community garden compost project, 5-8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12. Free admission; fees for food and some activities. www.facebook.com/groups/492078630863547.
HIXSON KIWANIS CLUB DINNER -- Hixson Middle School, 5681 Hixson Pike. Fried chicken, baked ham, veggies, dessert and drink served 11 am.-1:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 13. $8 adults, $4 children under 6. 423-710-3933.
MALLS & RETAILERS UNITED AGAINST BULLYING -- Hamilton Place, Shallowford Road at I-75. Sign the anti-bullying pledge at the upper level Tourist Information Center, 10 a.m. Friday, Oct. 11. Free cookie from Great American Cookies to everyone who signs. 423-385-4462.
MODEL RAILROAD DAY -- Chattanooga Choo Choo, 1400 Market St. Clinics for beginners to expert model railroaders, scale railroad displays, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12. Free. camrc.org.
MOONPIE EATING CONTEST -- Ace Hardware, 2846 Chattanooga Valley Road, Flintstone, Ga. Contest at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12, for $50 gift certificate is part of store's 65th anniversary celebration. Discounts for first 65 customers, free food, nickel drinks, door prizes, raffle for Yeti-45 cooler. 706-820-1334.
NORTH GEORGIA AGRICULTURAL FAIR -- North Georgia Fairgrounds, 500 Legion Drive, Dalton, Ga. Carnival rides and games, lion and tiger show, nightly entertainment, 5 p.m.-midnight Thursday-Friday, Oct. 17-18; 3 p.m.-midnight Saturday, Oct. 19; 12:30 p.m.-midnight, Sunday, Oct. 20; 5 p.m-midnight, Monday-Friday, Oct. 21-25; 12:30 p.m.-midnight, Saturday, Oct. 26. $3-$6. 706-278-1712.
OOLTEWAH FARMERS MARKET -- Ooltewah Nursery & Landscape Co., 5829 Main St. Open 3-6 p.m. Thursdays. 423-238-9775.
PANCAKE BREAKFAST -- Ridgedale Baptist Church, 1831 Hickory Valley Road. Pancake and sausage breakfast benefits Chattanooga Girls Choir, 8 and 9 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 12. $6. www.chattanoogagirlschoir.org.
PINTS FOR PEACE -- Sturmhaus Beer Market, 1120 Houston St. Young Professionals Association hosts fundraiser to benefit Partnership for Families, Children and Adults' family crisis services, 6-9 p.m. today, Oct. 10. Free admission, $3 pints from Chattanooga Brewing Co. 423-697-3828.
PRO WRESTLING -- Rossville Athletic Center, 301 Williams St. Pro Wrestling Rossville and Empire Pro Wrestling present bouts by more than a dozen fighters to benefit Scenic City Youth League scholarship fund, 8-10:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12. Includes presentation honoring Chattanooga wrestling legend Pat Rose. $5. 423-762-2053,
REPLANTING APISON -- Volunteer project to plant 250 native trees in community affected by April 27, 2011, tornadoes, Saturday, Oct. 12. To help, call 423-838-8030.
ROOFTOP HOP -- Bijou Theatre parking deck, 215 Broad St. Fundraiser for GreenSpaces includes football games on big screens, appetizers from five restaurants and cocktails, 4 p.m.-1 a.m. Oct. 19. Party at Bijou or catch double-decker bus to visit the five satellite rooftop parties. $25-$150. 423-648-0963.
SERPENT-HANDLING TALK -- EPB Building, Community Room, 10 W. M.L. King Blvd. Chattanooga Area Historical Association meeting features talk on "The Christian Serpent-Handling Tradition in Appalachia" by Dr. Ralph Hood, 6 p.m. Monday, Oct. 14. Free. 423-364-3169, firstname.lastname@example.org.
UTC PEP RALLY -- Miller Plaza, 850 Market St. Free community homecoming pep rally with football coaches and players, Marching Mocs and spirit squads, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 11. 423-265-0771.
WINGS OVER NORTH GEORGIA AIR SHOW -- Russell Air Field, Rome, Ga. Canadian Air Force's CF-18 Hornet Demo Team, Black Diamond Jet Team, Geico Skytypers and Aerostars, plus static aircraft displays, aviation fly-in, kids zone and Smoke-n-Thunder BBQ Classic, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 12-13; continuous aerial performances 11 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Advance tickets: $10-$15. Park at State Mutual Stadium, 755 Braves Blvd. 866-404-4783, wingsovernorthgeorgia.com.
WOMANLESS PAGEANT -- Walker County Civic Center, 10052 N. Highway 27, Rock Spring, Ga. Fundraiser for Family Crisis Center of Walker, Dade, Catoosa and Chattooga counties includes silent auction, refreshments and men's competition. $5. 5-8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12. 706-375-7180.
A NIGHT OF MERRY MURDERESSES -- Barnes & Noble, 2100 Hamilton Place Blvd. Author night with mystery writers Susan M. Boyer, Gretchen Archer and Thornton Parsons, 5:30 p.m. today, Oct. 10. Free. 423-893-0186.
BOOK SIGNING -- Barnes & Noble, 2100 Hamilton Place Blvd. Susan Gregg Gilmore signs copies of "The Funeral Dress," 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 13. 423-893-0186.
BOOK SIGNING -- Nooga Paws Natural Pet Market, 313 Manufacturers Road, Suite 111. Kathryn Primm signs "Tennessee Tails: Pets and their People," noon-2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12. www.applebrookanimal.com.
WRITER'S TALK, Q&A -- UTC University Center, Signal Mountain Room. Allen Wier, author of "Blanco," "Departing as Air," "A Place for Outlaws" and "Tehano," speaks on "Writing Habits: Start With Organ Juice," 8:15 p.m. today, Oct. 10. thomasbalazs.com.