Out & About Calendar

Out & About Calendar

February 18th, 2011 in Chattnow Outabout

LEISURE

ACT-SO ORIENTATION -- Center for Creative Arts, 1301 Dallas Road. Information session for Academic Cultural Technological Scientific Olympics, an academic and performance competition for black high school students with interests in performance arts, humanities, math/sciences or visual arts, 2:30-5:30 p.m. Saturday. Free. 400-1400.

DEAF CHAT -- Starbucks Coffee, 2217 Hamilton Place Blvd. Coffee and signed conversation for those with any level of hearing impairment and students of American Sign Language, 10 a.m.-noon Saturday. E-mail angel@ooltewahnursery.com or visit www.sayitinsign.info.

MARDI GRAS GALA -- Begins at Sheraton Read House, 827 Broad St., ends at The Walden Club, 633 Chestnut St. Chattanooga Bach Choir's annual Bourbon Street-style celebration includes jazz-led parade, mask competition and dinner, 5 p.m. March 7. $90 if reserved before Feb. 25, $100 after. 510-0333.

STARGAZING -- Jones Observatory, 10 Tuxedo Ave. Spring programming most Sundays through April 17 features PowerPoint presentation, lights-down display of the night sky and open viewing on the 20.5-inch Cassegrain telescope. This week's program: "Dobsonian Telescopes"; featured constellation is Gemini. Free. 425-4518.

TRAIN RIDES -- Departing from Tennessee Valley Railroad, 4119 Cromwell Road. 894-8028, www.tvrail.com. Missionary Ridge Local: Six-mile, 55-minute ride through East Chattanooga and to TVRM's repair shop where locomotive is rotated and repositioned for ride back, on limited Saturday schedule (10:40 a.m. and 12:05 p.m.) through February. $15 adults, $9 children ages 3-12, free to younger kids.

TRI-STATE HOME SHOW -- Chattanooga Convention Center, 1101 Carter St. More than 450 booths displaying the latest products and services for home and garden at 45th annual show, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Feb. 25-26, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Feb. 27. $7 adults, children 16 and under free, $2 seniors on Friday. 624-9992.

VOLUNTEER FAIR -- Outdoor Chattanooga, 200 River St. in Coolidge Park. Outdoor Chattanooga recruitment effort, noon-4 p.m. Saturday, for volunteers for special events and programs this year. 643-6888.

BOOKS/ AUTHORS

BICENTENNIAL LIBRARY

All locations of Chattanooga-Hamilton County Bicentennial Library system have programs and activities. Call downtown, 757-5314; Eastgate, 855-2685; Northgate, 870-0636; Ooltewah/Collegedale, 396-9322; South Chattanooga, 825-7237. The central information number for all branches is 757-5310. www.lib.chattanooga.gov.

CLASSIC LITERATURE BOOK CLUB -- The CampHouse, 1427 Williams St. Reading "A Separate Peace" by John Knowles; meeting 7 p.m Tuesday. Contact: Joel Swanson, 432-8579, bookclub.classics@gmail.com.

CHILDREN/ TEENS

BICENTENNIAL LIBRARY

All locations of Chattanooga-Hamilton County Bicentennial Library system have programs and activities. Call downtown, 757-5314; Eastgate, 855-2685; Northgate, 870-0636; Ooltewah/Collegedale, 396-9322; South Chattanooga, 825-7237. The central information number for all branches is 757-5310. www.lib.chattanooga.gov.

CHILDREN'S STORY HOUR

n Barnes & Noble, 2100 Hamilton Place Blvd. 11 a.m. Wednesdays. 893-0186.

n Books Never-Ending, 2547 Cloud Springs Road, Rossville, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Saturdays for children 3-8. 706-891-0774.

CREATIVE DISCOVERY MUSEUM -- 321 Chestnut St. Winter hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday (closed Wednesdays), noon-5 p.m. Sundays. $10.95 children and adults. 756-2738, www.cdmfun.org.

n "Good for You: Healthy Fun on the Run" exhibit, through May 15.

n Engineering Fun Day, noon-4 p.m. Saturday.

n PopTots concert by CSO String and Wind Quintet, 2 p.m. Saturday.

CLASS/ WORKSHOP

CANINE CLASSES -- Obedience Club of Chattanooga, four miles south of Chattanooga on Highway 193, Flintstone, Ga. Registration for obedience, rally and new agility classes for puppies and dogs, 1-3 p.m. Feb. 27. Also: OCC dog/handler teams present demonstrations. A new class, Agility I and II Fundamentals (indoors) is being offered. Bring shots records. Classes begin Feb. 28. Contact: Carol Wetzel, 517-1448, www.chattanoogaobedienceclub.org.

DANCE

BALLROOM -- North River Ballroom, 4200 N. Access Road, Hixson. Sadie Hawkins dance, 8:30-10:30 p.m. today; lesson at 8 p.m. $10 adults, $8 students. 521-4647.