BACKYARD BENEFIT AUCTION -- The Pool Place, 6240 Perimeter Drive. Auction of backyard living merchandise from The Pool Place and Southern Hearth and Patio, including firepits, fireplaces, kitchens, pools, furniture and Fire Magic grill, 6:30-9:30 p.m. Oct. 24. Dinner by Sticky Fingers, free tastings of Chattanooga Whiskey. $50-$75. Purchase tickets at Pool Place or link online at www.thebeth.org.
BATTLEFIELD BIKE TOUR -- Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park, Visitor Center, 3370 LaFayette Road, Fort Oglethorpe, Ga. Bring bicycle and helmet for season's final ranger-led, two-hour ride through battlefield, 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 19 (if government shutdown ends). For adults and accompanied children ages 8 and older. 423-752-5213.
BENEFIT BARBECUE -- William Blair Post 95, American Legion, 3329 Ringgold Road. Annual fundraiser to support community projects such as JROTC scholarship, American Legion Boys and Girls State, Boy Scouts, Special Olympics and other nonprofits, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 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 GHOST TOURS -- The Little Curiosity Shoppe, 138 Market St. Walking tours through downtown, ghost hunts through University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and Citizens Cemetery, 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, www.chattanoogasidewalktours.com. 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.
CHEROKEE GENEALOGY -- Chattanooga Public Library, 1001 Broad St. Learn how to document Cherokee heritage using the Guion Miller Eastern Cherokee applications, Dawes applications, Old Settler Payment Roll of 1896 and other resources, 10 a.m.-noon Saturday, Oct. 19. Free. 423-757-5310.
COLUMBUS' SHIPS -- Chattanooga Pier at Ross's Landing, 200 Riverfront Parkway. Tour replicas of Christopher Columbus' ships Pinta and Nina, 9 am.-6 p.m. Friday-Sunday, through Oct. 20. Teachers may schedule 30-minute guided tours, minimum of 15, $5 per person, by calling 1-787-672-2152. General admission: $8 adults, $7 senior adults, $6 students ages 5-16.
DISNEY ON ICE -- McKen zie Arena, corner of Fourth and Mabel streets. Eight Disney princesses embark on adventures with the help of Tinkerbell, 7 p.m. Oct. 24-25; 1 and 5 p.m. Oct 26-27. $15 and $25, VIP $35, rink-side seats $45. 423-266-MOCS.
FALL FAMILY FUN NIGHT -- Heritage Pointe Baptist Church, 60 Dyer Bridge Place, Ringgold, Ga. Family activities such as beanbag toss, apple bobbing and crafts, plus light snacks, financial counseling, haircuts and medical screenings, 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 23. Free. 706-858-0976.
FALLFEST -- The Terrace at Mountain Creek, 1005 Mountain Creek Road. Entertainment by Jason Thomas and the Mean-Eyed Cats and other local bands, hamburgers, hot dogs, cake walk, chili cook-off, 12:30-4 p.m. Friday, Oct. 18. 423-874-0200, www.theterraceatmountaincreek.com.
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.
FORT OGLETHORPE CRUISE-IN -- Gateway Mall, 4103 Cloud Springs Road. Final cruise-in of season open to cars, trucks and motorcycles,4-8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19. Includes 50/50 cash prize, swap meet, kids' activities, music, door prizes. Free to spectators and owners. 706-866-4753.
FRESH ON FRIDAYS -- Miller Plaza, 850 Market St. Pie-eating contest, for chance to win downtown prize package, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 18. Free. 423-265-0771.
HAYRIDES AND CAMPFIRES -- Cloudland Canyon State Park, 122 Cloudland Canyon Park Road, Rising Fawn, Ga. Enjoy fall beauty on tractor-pulled hayride followed by s'mores, hot dogs and apple cider around a campfire, 2-6 p.m. Saturdays through Nov. 16. $5 adults, $3 children 4-12, $5 parking. 706-657-4050.
HIKES -- Led by Soddy-Daisy Hiking Club. Bring water and snack. Carpool locations given for those who want to meet group. 842-3619. n Saturday, Oct. 19: Snow Falls, strenuous 11 miles, meet at Durham Street parking lot in Soddy-Daisy, 9 a.m. n Tuesday, Oct. 22: Enterprise South, moderate 5 miles, meet at Highway 153 Target parking lot, 9 a.m.
NORTH GEORGIA AGRICULTURAL FAIR -- North Georgia Fairgrounds, 500 Legion Drive, Dalton, Ga. Carnival rides and games, lion and tiger show, nightly entertainment, karaoke and more, 5 p.m.-midnight today-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.
ODDTOBER -- Tennessee Aquarium, 201 Chestnut St. Learn about nature's weird side -- animals that change color, fish that build nests out of bubbles, butterflies that taste with their feet -- daily in October. Programs 10:15 a.m.-3 p.m. Free with regular admission of $24.95 adult, $14.95 ages 3-12. www.tnaqua.org.
OOLTEWAH FARMERS MARKET -- Ooltewah Nursery & Landscape Co., 5829 Main St. Open 3-6 p.m. Thursdays. 423-238-9775.
TAKE BACK THE NIGHT -- UTC's Oak Street Amphitheatre. Program by football player and sexual assault survivor Katie Hnida, 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 23, followed by march through Fort Wood, 7:30 p.m., and candlelight vigil, 8 p.m. Free. 423-697-3828.
TRAIN RIDES -- Departing Tennessee Valley Railroad, 4119 Cromwell Road. 423-894-8028, www.tvrail.com. n Missionary Ridge Local: Six-mile, 55-minute ride through East Chattanooga to TVRM's repair shop. Departures 10:40 a.m., 12:05, 1:15, 2:25 and 3:35 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. $16 adults, $10 ages 3-12. n Summerville Special: Autumn leaf excursions from Chattanooga through Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park to Summerville, Ga., 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Saturdays through Nov. 2. $70. n Eerie Express: Spooky vintage train ride to Funhouse Station where riders disembark and enter 20-room funhouse area, 5:45 and 7:45 p.m., Fridays-Saturdays Oct. 18-19 and 25-26. $22.
BOOKS/AUTHORS BOOK SIGNINGS -- Barnes & Noble, 2100 Hamilton Place Blvd. 423-899-9970. n Saturday, Oct. 19: Jim O'Rear signs and reads "Tennessee Ghosts," 6-7:30 p.m. n Wednesday, Oct. 23: Matthew Hubbard signs "Drowning"; Brandon Boston signs "Battling Demons of Darkness," 6-7:30 p.m. CHATTANOOGA WOMEN WRITERS -- Rembrandt's Coffee House, 204 High St. Bring writing samples and share with other females, 7-9 p.m. Oct. 24. Free. 423-265-5033.
CHILDREN/TEENS BICYCLE SAFETY -- Amnicola Marsh Meeting Room, Tennessee Riverpark, 4301 Amnicola Highway. Street Smarts program for ages 8-15 to learn basic biking rules, safety and etiquette, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday, Oct. 21. Must be able to ride unassisted. $30. Limited to 10. Helmet required. Presented by Cohutta Adventures and Hamilton County Parks and Recreation. Register at www.bikereg.com/street-smarts-1-day-minicamp. 423-842-6748.