ALHAMBRA SHRINE CIRCUS — Camp Jordan Arena, 323 Camp Jordan Parkway. Tarzan Zerbini produces 55th annual Alhambra Shrine Circus with aerialists, acrobats, animals. 7 p.m. today-Friday, Oct. 12-13; noon, 4 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 14; 1 and 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 15. www.alhambrashriners.com. Tickets $15 ages 12 and up, $8 ages 6-11, or $15 one adult plus one student; $5 parking all shows.
ART OF PUMPKIN PAINTING — Chattanooga WorkSpace, 302 W. Sixth St. Learn the basics to make the new "it" look in fall decorating; $16 fee includes pumpkin and all supplies. 6-7:30 pm. today, Oct 12. 423-413-8978.
ART'S MEOW — Coolidge Park, 200 River St. Sale of feline-themed art to benefit The Alice Fund, a need-based medical fund for cats. Noon-4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 15. www.thealicefund.org.
BARK IN THE PARK — Heritage Park, 1428 Jenkins Road. Spooky Pooch Parade, adoption fair, vendor market, working dog and obedience demonstrations, best costumed pet contest and giveaways. Admission is can or bag of pet food for donation to local rescue groups. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 14. 423-855-9474.
BATTLEFIELD BICYCLE TOURS — Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park, Fort Oglethorpe, Ga. Free, 2.5-hour bicycle tours through battlefield led by Outdoor Chattanooga with rangers providing history of park. Ride is 4 miles on moderately hilly terrain; appropriate for ages 8 and older, children must be accompanied by an adult. Everyone must wear a helmet. 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 21. 423-752-5213.
BENEFIT BARBECUE — First United Methodist Church, 3425 N. Ocoee St., Cleveland, Tenn. First United Methodist Men host 42nd annual barbecue fundraiser with $8 plates of chicken breast or pulled pork, bun, baked potato, slaw, baked beans, dessert and drink. 11:45 a.m.-1 p.m. and 4-7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 3. 423-476-4504.
BIKE COMMUTING 101 — Outdoor Chattanooga, 200 River St. Certified instructors teach rules of the road, safety and riding techniques to commute to work; followed by optional practice ride in good weather, bring helmet. 6 p.m. Monday, Oct. 16. Registration required: 423-643-6888.
CHAT ABOUT SCIENCE — 2 Sons Kitchen and Market, 422 E. M.L. King Blvd. Join Dr. Jose Barbosa for a free discussion on urban farming. 7 p.m. today, Oct. 12. 423-509-8445.
CHATTANOOGA GHOST TOURS — 432 Market St. Walking tours through downtown, ghost hunts through University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and Citizens Cemetery. Adults $16.95, ages 12 and under $10. Tours 8:30 p.m. nightly by appointment. 423-821-7125.
CIVIL WAR HISTORY TALK — Bessie Smith Cultural Center, 200 E. M.L. King Blvd. Free talk on Camp Contraband on the north shore of the Tennessee River and what it was like for blacks who lived there. 5:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 16. 706-866-9241.
CLOUDLAND CANYON STATE PARK — Located near Trenton, Ga., on western side of Lookout Mountain, 122 Cloudland Canyon Park Road, Rising Fawn, Ga. 706-657-4050.
* Saturday, Oct. 14: Hay rides and more, $3-$6 plus $5 parking, meet at disc golf course parking lot. Ride tractor-drawn hay ride to view fall foliage, enjoy children's games.
DESOTO STATE PARK — 7104 DeSoto Parkway, Fort Payne, Ala. 256-997-5025. All times are Central.
* Saturday, Oct. 14: Fly-fishing for beginners, 9-11 a.m., meet at country store on Highway 89, $10. Fly-fish in West Fork Little River learning basics from Chris Hale. Open to ages 12 and up, but youth under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Must wear clothing and shoes that can get wet; bring drinking water and sunglasses. Registration required.
DREAD HOLLOW — 321 Browns Ferry Road, Lookout Valley. Ruby Falls' Haunted Cavern and Fear Connection present new haunted town, Dread Hollow, with new characters, two haunts and lots of scare factor; $20 and $30. 7-11 p.m. Fridays-Sundays through Oct. 29 plus open Halloween. 423-821-2544.
ENCHANTED MAIZE — Blowing Springs Farm, 271 Chattanooga Valley Road, Flintstone, Ga. Maze, Critter Corral, pedal cars, hayrides. 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Fridays-Sundays through Oct. 29. 706-820-2531.
FALL CREEK FALLS STATE PARK — 2009 Village Camp Road, Spencer, Tenn. 1-800-250-8610.
* Friday, Oct. 20: Fall Color Spooktacular, 6-9 p.m. CDT, hay rides, marshmallow roasting, campsite decorating contest, hot dog meal sold by Friends of Fall Creek Falls.
HARRISON BAY STATE PARK — 8411 Harrison Bay Road, Harrison, Tenn. Free star party with 8 p.m. program on what to look for when purchasing a telescope, 9 p.m. program by Mark Marquette on Scary Astronomy and Superstitions followed by viewing night sky. 7-11:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 14. 423-344-6214.
HEALTH FESTIVAL — South Chattanooga Recreation Center, 1151 W. 40th St. Free family event with health and safety activities, arts and crafts, entertainment; well-child screenings and sports physicals 11 a.m.-2 p.m. 2-5 p.m. today, Oct. 12. 423-209-8246.
HIKES, TENNESSEE — Led by Soddy-Daisy Hiking Club. Bring water and snack. Carpool locations given for those who want to meet group. For more information, contact George Bonneau at firstname.lastname@example.org or 423-842-3619.
* Tuesday, Oct.17: Camp Jordan, easy 4 miles. Meet in Highway 153 Target parking lot at 9 a.m.
* Saturday, Oct. 21: Cravens House, moderate 4 miles. Meet at Red Bank Food City at 9 a.m.
MATERNITY FAIR — Parkridge East Hospital, 941 Spring Creek Road. Mommy to Bee event includes vendor booths, tour of The Birth Place, giveaways, information from pregnancy and newborn experts, lunch and a baby shower. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 14. Registration required: 800-242-5662.
MORNING POINTE PRESENTS DESMOND DOSS JR.— Collegedale Academy, 4855 College Drive. The son of Desmond Doss, Medal of Honor winner, speaks about his father. 6-8 p.m. today, Oct. 12. 423-396-6999.
PAWS IN THE PARK — Ross's Landing. Dog walk and dog-human contests to benefit Humane Educational Society, animal demos, food trucks and adoptable pets. 10 a.m. registration, 11 a.m. walk Saturday, Oct. 21. 423-624-5302. Registration fee $40 family $25 individual, $50 rent-a-dog.
PHOTOGRAPHIC SOCIETY OF CHATTANOOGA — St. John United Methodist Church, 3921 Murray Hills Drive. Open house with guest Vinny Colucci, nature and wildlife photographer, who will speak on "Photographing Mammals in the Wild and in Habitat" at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 19. Visitors welcome. Social hour begins at 6 p.m. 423-344-5643.
TAKIN' IT TO THE STREETS — Food City, 6951 Lee Highway. Free block party with carnival games, candy, prizes, inflatable obstacle course and live band, costumes encouraged. 5-7 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 15. 423-892-4270.
TRAIN RIDES, CHATTANOOGA — Departing from Tennessee Valley Railroad, 4119 Cromwell Road. 894-8028. Check website for designated weekend train rides such as Chickamauga Turn, Dinner on the Diner and Hiwassee River Rail Adventure. www.tvrail.com.
* Missionary Ridge Local: Six-mile, 55-minute ride through East Chattanooga to TVRM's repair shop. $17 adults, $11 ages 2-12. October schedule: Trains depart Saturday and Sunday at 10:40 a.m., 12:05, 1:15, 2:25 and 3:35 p.m. Trains depart Mondays through Fridays at 10:40 a.m., 12:05 and 1:15 p.m. Railroad is closed Mondays, Oct. 23 and 30.
SHEL SILVERSTEIN STORY HOUR — Star Line Books, 1467 Market St. Bring the family to celebrate "Bunny Rabbit Returns" and hear readings from new and past Silverstein work. 11 a.m. Oct. 21. 423-777-5629.
WRITERS GUILD — Creative Arts Guild, 520 W. Waugh St., Dalton, Ga. Guild hosts monthly meetings to improve writing skills, provide listening and feedback to local writers and to present regional authors. Third Monday of each month. 706-259-1822.
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 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, 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.
* Baby Bounce: Wednesdays and Saturdays, 10-10:30 a.m., Eastgate branch. Finger play, songs and stories for infants up to 18 months and their parent/caregiver.
* Friday, Oct. 13: Sew What-Designer Upcycled Infinity Scarves, 4:30 p.m. Eastgate branch.
CHILDREN'S STORY HOUR
* Barnes & Noble, 2100 Hamilton Place Blvd., 11 a.m. Saturday, storytime. 423-893-0186.
* Books Never Ending, 247 Cloud Springs Road, Rossville, 10:30 a.m. Saturdays for ages 3-8. 706-891-0774. www.booksneverending.com
CREATIVE DISCOVERY MUSEUM — 321 Chestnut St. Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday-Tuesday and Thursday-Saturday; closed Wednesday. $13.95 adults and children.756-2738, www.cdmfun.org.
DALTON-WHITFIELD COUNTY, GA., PUBLIC LIBRARY — 310 Cappes St., Dalton, Ga. 706-876-1360.
* Today, Oct. 12: Family movie, 5 p.m., free popcorn and drinks, "Hotel Transylvania."
* Saturday, Oct. 14: Family Lego Day, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
* Saturday, Oct. 14: Tween lock-in, 2-7 p.m., costume contest, Nerf war, Karaoke, video games, zombie makeup, bring a Nerf gun.
* Tuesday, Oct. 17: Young adult movie, 5-7 p.m., "Kong: Skull Island," permission slip required for anyone under 13.
* Tuesday, Oct. 17: 3D Printing 101, 5:30 p.m.
ROSSVILLE PUBLIC LIBRARY — 504 McFarland Ave., Rossville, Ga. Preschool Ready to Read, Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m. Come for stories, crafts and songs. 706-866-1368.
UNDERWATER PUMPKIN CARVING — Tennessee Aquarium, 1 Broad St. ODDtober at the aquarium kicks off with costumed divers carving pumpkins underwater Saturdays at 11 a.m. Oct. 21 in Nickajack Lake exhibit, Oct. 14 and 28 in River Giants exhibit of River Journey building. Included in regular admission of $29.95 adults, $18.95 children ages 3-12. www.tnaqua.org.
BALLROOM — Ballroom Magic Dance Center, 4200 N. Access Road. $10 per person. 8:30-10:30 p.m. Fridays. 423-771-3646.
CONTRA DANCE — Brainerd United Methodist Church, 4315 Brainerd Road. Chattanooga Traditional Dance Society hosts dance with calling by Janet Shepherd and music by Horse Mountain. $8 individuals, $5 students and senior adults. 7:30 contra lesson, 8:30-11 p.m. dance. Saturday, Oct. 14. 423-629-0333.
ENGLISH COUNTRY DANCE — Brainerd United Methodist Church, 4315 Brainerd Road. Free introductory class for new dancers that teaches fundamental moves, then several dances from the historical repertoire will be taught. Bring soft-sole (sneakers or flats) shoes for dancing. No experience needed. 4-6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 14. 423-855-9474.
SHAG, BOP, SWING, JITTERBUG — Elks Lodge 91, 1067 Graysville Road at East Brainerd Road. $5 members, $7 guests. 7-10 p.m. Thursdays. www.choochooshagclub.com.
SQUARE DANCING — 175 Emergency Road, Grandview, Tenn. Grandview Twirlers host square dances with caller Johnny Chambers. No partners required, $5 per person, casual dress. 7:30-10 p.m. Friday, Oct. 13. 931-707-0766 or find them on Facebook at GrandviewTwirlers.
USA HALLOWEEN COSTUME DANCE — Brainerd United Methodist Church, Lundy Hall, 4315 Brainerd Road. Beginning West Coast swing lesson taught by Freddy Mora at 7:30 p.m., dance 8:30-10:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 13. www.chattanoogausadance.com. USAD members, first-time guests and students $5, nonmembers $10.