ARTBITES -- Uptown Art, 2 Cherokee Blvd., Suite 100. Sprouts Cooking and Uptown Art Studio partner for hands-on cooking classes inspired by that day's art subject for ages 5-12, 10 a.m.-noon Saturdays, June 14, 21 and 28. $40 per class. 423-602-8580.
ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY EXPO -- Brainerd United Methodist Church, 4315 Brainerd Road. Fourth annual event for deaf and hard-of-hearing sponsored by Signal Centers' Assistive Technology Services, 1-6 p.m. June 19. Includes exhibits and demonstrations of latest technology, such as emergency weather radios for the deaf, plus information on services and organizations. 423-629-4174.
BARBECUE CONTEST/HORSE SHOW -- Rhea County Fairgrounds/Ag Center, 334 Eagle Lane, Evensville, Tenn.
Smokin' Up the Holler Backyard BBQ Competition, Friday-Saturday, June 13-14. Contest requires cooks to prepare chicken and pork for judging on appearance, tenderness and taste. Entry fee $100. 423-280-8330, 423-605-0805, www.facebook.com/therhecountyfair, email@example.com.
Extreme Horse Challenge, 9 a.m. registration, 10 a.m. show Saturday, June 14. Entry fees $10-$25 for all-ages challenge, $5 for fun run if time permits. Helmets required for riders 18 and younger unless waiver is signed. 423-785-6590, firstname.lastname@example.org.
BENEFIT BARBECUE -- American Legion Post 81, 227 James Asbury Lane, Cleveland, Tenn. Pulled pork, sweet potato fries, beans and coleslaw sold for $8 a plate to benefit Alvin C. York Veterans Medical Center and Veterans Day Room Activities. 6-9 p.m. Thursday, June 19. Youth under 18 can attend until 8:30 p.m.; entertainment from 8:30 to midnight. 423-476-4451.
BIKE RIDE -- Outdoor Chattanooga, 200 River St. Free, two-hour, guided bike ride for ages 16 and older to Moccasin Bend with Chickamuaga and Chattanooga National Military Park rangers, 6 p.m. today, June 12. Bring bike and helmet. 423-643-6888.
CELEBRATION OF ARTISANS -- Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association, 420 W. Main St., Blue Ridge, Ga. Show and sale by members of the Southern Appalachian Artist Guild, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. today through Sunday, June 12-15. 706-632-2144.
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, 7:30 nightly. $15 adults, $10 ages 12 and under. 423-821-7125.
CHATTANOOGA SIDEWALK TOURS -- Choice of two tours daily. 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. $15 adults, $7 children 12 and under. Reservations required: 423-228-0448, www.chattanoogasidewalktours.com.
CUTS FOR A CURE -- Alternative Visions Hair Academy, 6227 Lee Highway. Free haircuts given, but $10 minimum donation requested to benefit Chattanooga affiliate of Komen for the Cure, 2-5 p.m. June 22. Any stylist or barber interested in participating should contact Sydney Graham at 208-907-1443.
DAYLILY SHOW -- Northgate Mall, Highway 153 at Hixson Pike. Tennessee Valley Daylily Society's annual flower show, 1-4 p.m. Sunday, June 15. Entries accepted 10-11 a.m. 423-910-0004.
DOG ACADEMY GRADUATION -- Unum Atrium, West Building, Walnut Street. Goodwill Assistance Dog Academy graduation ceremony to introduce the second class of fully trained dogs (Topper, Murphy and Danny) and their new families, 5-6:15 p.m. Friday, June 13. Free.
FATHER'S DAY CRUISE -- River Gorge Explorer, 1 Broad St. Celebrate Dad's day with barbecue from Big River Grille, choice of beverages, including cash bar, and bluegrass by Lon Eldridge, 4:30-6:30 p.m. Sunday, June 15. $32 adults, $24.50 ages 3-12, $18 children under age 3. Register: 800-262-0695.
FISH FRY -- American Legion Post 81, 227 James Asbury Lane, Cleveland, Tenn. Choose fried catfish or shrimp dinner with hushpuppies, fries and slaw to raise funds for Tennessee Fisher House, where families of veterans or active-duty military stay while loved ones receive medical treatment, 6-8:30 p.m. Friday, June 13. $10 catfish plate, $13 shrimp plate. 423-476-4451.
FLYING CIRCUS -- Chattanooga Remote Control Club field, end of Old Woodland Drive, Collegedale. Remote-control airplane show to benefit Siskin Children's Institute, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. June 21. email@example.com.
FOUR-WHEELING FOR PAWS -- Adventure Off Road Park, 1040 Ellis Road, South Pittsburg, Tenn. New summer festival includes four-wheeling on 500-acre track, music by Austin Nickels Band, kids corner, pet adoption "rescue alley," barbecue, crafters, chili cookoff at 11 a.m., off-road race for spectators at 2 p.m. Festival hours 10 a.m. to dusk June 21. www.adventureoffroadpark.net.
FURRY FRIENDS FUN RUN -- Greenway Farm, 3010 Hamill Road. Walk for pooches and owners to benefit Safe Haven Animal Rescue Program in Polk County, Tenn., 9-11 a.m. Saturday, June 14. $25. 423-299-3640.
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, June 14: Sluder Lane to Big Soddy Creek, strenuous 7 miles. Will stage vehicles. Meet at Durham Street parking lot in Soddy-Daisy, 8 a.m.
Tuesday, June 17: Woftever Greenway, easy 4 miles, meet in Highway 153 Target parking lot, 8 a.m.
Saturday, June 21: Sluder Lane to Mowbray Pike, moderate 5 miles, meet at Durham Street parking lot in Soddy-Daisy, 8 a.m.
ICE CREAM FESTIVAL -- Ruby Falls, 1720 S. Scenic Highway. 423-821-2544. Free sample of Mayfield's ice cream and cavern scavenger hunt for kids, 8 a.m.-8 p.m. daily through Sunday, June 15. $18.95 adults, $10.95 children.
MUD RUN -- Greenway Farm, 3010 Hamill Road. Climb walls, crawl through tunnels and slide in mud at annual 5K fundraiser for Habitat for Humanity of Greater Chattanooga on Aug. 16. June registration for team of five is $225, individuals $50. After July 1, team registration is $250, individuals $60. www.habichatt. www.habichatt.
NATURE WALKS -- Reflection Riding Arboretum & Nature Center, 400 Garden Road. Docent-guided tours showcasing the grounds, gardens and history of the 317-acre property. Free.
Saturday, June 14: "Wildlife," 10-11 a.m.
Sunday, June 15: Docent's choice of topic, 2-3 p.m.
PADDLE SPORTS CLINIC -- Harrison Bay State Park, 8411 Harrison Bay Road.
Free day of kayaking, canoeing, stand-up paddleboarding, dragon boating, kayak fishing, beginner clinics and SUP racing at 1 p.m. led by Outdoor Chattanooga and Rock/Creek, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. June 21. Come dressed to get wet; bring water and sunscreen. Sturdy river shoes, swim shoes or old tennis shoes recommended also. 423-643-6889.
Clinic ends with Pint Night, Rock/Creek Paddlesports Store, 1530 Riverside Drive, 5-7 p.m. June 21. Slide show by Ben Friberg on his stand-up paddleboard adventure on the Yukon River. Reservations: www.rockcreek.com/event.
PHOTOGRAPHIC SOCIETY OF CHATTANOOGA -- St. John United Methodist Church gymnasium, 3921 Murray Hills Road. Boot camp at 6 p.m. June 19 on how to use camera flash; program at 7 p.m. by Kendall Chiles, freelance nature photographer with 30 years' experience. Free. 423-344-5643.
RIVER CANYON ADVENTURES -- 21726 River Canyon Road. Explore the scenic Tennessee River Gorge with daily three-hour adventures. Sunset cruise at 6 p.m. Upriver to Williams Island, $35. Downriver into Tennessee River Gorge, $49.95. Appointments required: 423-987-1711 or 423-488-1345, www.rivercanyonadventure.com.
SHAKERAG LECTURE -- St. Andrew's-Sewanee School, 290 Quintard Road, Sewanee, Tenn. Program on "The Art of Writing" by Pulitzer Prize-winning author and Chattanooga native Jon Meacham, 7:30 p.m. CDT Wednesday, June 18. www.shakerag.org
SHRINE BARBECUE -- Red Fez Shrine Club, 1503 Lee Pike, Soddy-Daisy, or come by boat to mile marker No. 489.8 on Opossum Creek and take first left after going under bridge. The 57th annual barbecue offers eat-in or carry-out dining, with pork or beef plates, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. June 22. $8. firstname.lastname@example.org.
TRAIN RIDES -- Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum, 4119 Cromwell Road. 423-894-8028. Check www.tvrail.com for designated weekend train rides such as Chickamauga Turn, Dinner on the Diner and Hiwassee River Rail Adventure. Missionary Ridge Local is six-mile, 55-minute ride through East Chattanooga to TVRM's repair shop. $17 adults, $11 ages 3-12. June and July schedule: trains depart daily at 10:40 a.m., 12:05, 1:15, 2:25 and 3:35 p.m.
BRAINERD FARMERS MARKET -- Grace Episcopal Church, 20 Belvoir Ave. Open 10 a.m.-noon Saturdays. 423-698-0330.
CHATTANOOGA MARKET -- First Tennessee Pavilion, 1829 Reggie White Blvd. Open 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sundays. 423-402-9958, www.ChattanoogaMarket.com.
CHATTANOOGA RIVER MARKET -- Tennessee Aquarium plaza, 1 Broad St. Open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturdays. www.ChattanoogaMarket.com.
EAST BRAINERD -- Audubon Acres, 900 N. Sanctuary Road. Open 4-6 p.m. Tuesdays. 423-838-9804.
FIVE POINTS FARMERS MARKET -- First Street Square, Cleveland, Tenn. Open 4-7 p.m. Thursdays. Sponsored by Mainstreet Cleveland. 423-310-1187.
LOOKOUT FARMERS MARKET -- City Hall green spaces, 1214 Lula Lake Road, Lookout Mountain. Open 3-7 p.m. Thursdays. 423-838-9804.
MAIN STREET MARKET -- 324 E. Main St. Open 4-6 p.m. Wednesdays. mainstfarmersmarket.com
OOLTEWAH FARMERS MARKET -- Ooltewah Nursery & Landscape Co., 5829 Main St. Open 3-6 p.m. Thursdays. 423-238-9775.
ST. ALBAN'S HIXSON MARKET -- St. Alban's Church, 7514 Hixson Pike. Open 10 a.m.-noon Saturdays. 423-842-1342.
ST. ELMO --Incline Railway, 3917 St. Elmo Ave. Open 4-7 p.m. Fridays. 423-838-9804.
WEDNESDAY MARKET -- First Tennessee Pavilion, 1829 Reggie White Blvd. Open 4-7 p.m. Wednesdays. 423-648-2496.
BARNES & NOBLE -- 2100 Hamilton Place Blvd. Children's story hour, 11 a.m. Wednesdays. 423-893-0186.
CHATTANOOGA PUBLIC LIBRARY -- 1001 Broad St. (main library) plus branches at Eastgate, Northgate and South Chattanooga. 423-757-5310, www.chattlibrary.org.
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, registration not required. Wednesdays: 10:30 a.m. Eastgate Library, 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. Northgate Library. Saturday: 11 a.m., downtown branch.
Today, June 12: Virtual Mission: Natural Disaster, 1 p.m., downtown branch. Teens and tweens develop action plan for mock earthquake that threatens to break dams along Tennessee River.
Wednesday, June 18: Makeanooga, 5 p.m., downtown branch; monthly program for ages 8-11 to try 3-D printing, button making, movie making, music. Space limited to 20 per class. Register at 423-757-5310.
Saturday, June 21: Sensory Storytime, 9:30 a.m., downtown branch. Interactive program for school-age children with special needs and their families. Caregiver participation is required.
KIDS CRAFTS -- Michaels Arts and Crafts, 2200 Hamilton Place Blvd. and 600 Northgate Mall. In-store summer crafting program for children ages 5-12, 10 a.m.-noon Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays through Aug. 1. Seats 12, first-come, first-served, or register in advance in the store. $2 per child. www.Michaels.com/passport.
BALLROOM -- The Ballroom, 7001 Middle Valley Road. Learn ballroom dancing, Saturdays. Group class, 7:30 p.m., $5. Dancing 8:30 p.m., $10. No partner required; casual dress. 423-394-6428.
BALLROOM -- Ballroom Magic Dance Center, 4200 N. Access Road. Dance, 8:30-10:30 p.m. Fridays. $10. 423-771-3646.
DANCE PARTY -- American Legion Post 81, 227 James Asbury Lane, Cleveland, Tenn. Dance to music of Convertibull, 8 p.m.-midnight June 21. Must be 21 or older. Active-duty military free with ID; all others $6. 423-476-4451.
RHYTHM BALLROOM -- The Ballroom, 7001 Middle Valley Road. Learn fundamentals of rumba, cha cha, East Coast swing, 6 p.m. Mondays, 8 p.m. Wednesdays. Casual dress. No partner required, $5. www.theballroomathixson.com.
SHAG -- Elks Lodge 91, 1067 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. email@example.com.
USA BALLROOM -- St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 305 W. Seventh St. Dance, 7-11 p.m. Friday, June 20 (change from the normal second Friday due to Riverbend). $5 first-time guests, $6 members, $10 nonmembers. 423-645-4888.