ASIA CONFERENCE -- University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, University Center auditorium, Vine Street. Free presentations on the economies of China and India, with Dr. Bento Lobo, Dr. Yasmeen Mohiuddin, Dr. Lucien Ellington, Dr. Stephen Eskildsen and Dr. Zibin Guo as speakers, noon-4 p.m. Thursday. 423-4363.
BLACK INK -- EPB building, 10 Market St. Chattanooga-Hamilton County NAACP Branch sponsors sixth poetry and spoken-word contest with theme "Lyrics of Love," 12:30-2:30 p.m. Feb. 18. Deadline to enter: Wednesday. chattanooganaacp.com.
CHATTANOOGA SIDEWALK TOURS -- Downtown landmarks. Valentine-themed tours. Reservations required by 9 p.m. the day before your tour. $30 couple, $18 individual. www.chattanoogasidewalktours.com, 228-0448.
* Dynamo of Dixie Tour: Meet at Broad Street entrance to Sheraton Read House, by appointment.
* Bluff and Bridges Tour: Meet at south entrance to Walnut Street Bridge near Hunter Museum, by appointment.
COCKTAILS FOR CONSERVATION -- Chattanooga Zoo, 301 N. Holtzclaw Ave. Fundraiser with "Jungle of Love" theme, 6-8 p.m. today. Must be 21 or older to attend. $30 per person. 697-1319.
HIKES, TENNESSEE -- Led by Soddy-Daisy Hiking Club. Bring water and snack. 842-3619.
* Saturday: Prentice Cooper Mullen's Cove Loop Trail, 10 miles, 9 a.m., meet at Red Bank Bi-Lo.
* Tuesday: Blue Blaze Trail on Moccasin Bend, 3 miles, 10 a.m., meet in parking lot off Durham Street.
* Feb. 18: Flipper Bend, 8 miles, 9:30 a.m., meet at trailhead parking lot. Directions: From Highway 153 or U.S. 27, take Dayton Pike exit, turn left onto Roberts Mill Road, go 3.2 miles, bear right onto Hixson Springs Road. Follow 1.3 miles to parking lot on left.
MARDI GRAS MAGIC -- The Car Barn, near intersection of Lee Highway and Highway 153. Cajun food, dancing and parade, benefiting Chattanooga Room in the Inn, 7 p.m. Saturday. $60 individual, $100 couples. 624-6144.
HEAR NOW CAFE -- Ridgeview Baptist Church, North Moore Road at Brainerd Road. Valentine social sponsored by support group for hard-of-hearing people, their families and friends, 7 p.m. today. Features FM listening system and homemade desserts. RSVP to 624-1669 or email@example.com.
HUMORIST JEANNE ROBERTSON -- Tivoli Theatre, 709 Broad St. Sirius XM Radio comedian and author's comedy show, 8 p.m. Feb. 18. $34.50. 642-TIXS, www.chattanoogaonstage.com.
STAR WATCHING -- Jones Observatory, 10 Tuxedo Ave. Weekly viewing parties and planetarium programs, 6-8 p.m. Sunday; gates open at 5:30 p.m. This week's topic: "Brown Dwarfs -- Are They Stars or Planets?" Featured constellation: Taurus. 425-4518.
UTC LECTURE SERIES -- University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, University Center auditorium, Vine Street. Department of Philosophy and Religion presents "Religion in Early America: From the Great Awakening to the Revolution," 7 nightly. Free. 425-4334.
* Tuesday: Dr. Gerald McDermott of Roanoke College, "Jonathan Edwards, the Great Awakening and the Future of Global Christianity."
* Wednesday: Dr. Thomas Kidd of Baylor University, "Patrick Henry, the Great Awakening and the Rise of Religious Liberty in Revolutionary America."
* Thursday: Dr. Catherine Brekus of the University of Chicago, "Sarah Osborn's World: The Rise of Evangelical Christianity in Early America."
VALENTINE DINNER TRAINS -- Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum, Grand Junction Station, 4119 Cromwell Road. Four-course dinner and leisurely ride through portions of urban Chattanooga. Some rides sold out; at press time, departures available at 8 p.m. Saturday and Tuesday. $120 per couple, includes tax and gratuity. 894-8028, www.tvrail.com.
VALENTINE'S PACKAGES -- Lookout Mountain attractions Rock City Gardens, 1400 Patten Road, and Ruby Falls, 1720 S. Scenic Highway.
* Puppy Love: Rock City, leashed pets allowed today-Tuesday. $18.94 admission includes slice of pink fudge, dog treats. Mention this promotion and get $2 coupon. www.seerockcity.com.
* Romance at Ruby: Ruby Falls, lantern tours of cave and waterfall start at 8 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. $55.95 per couple, includes souvenir photo, hot chocolate and gift. Reservations required: 800-755-7105.
WINE AND CHOCOLATE -- Georgia Winery, 6469 Battlefield Parkway. Complimentary wine tasting, mini massages, sample chocolate fountain, re-release of Love Potion muscadine wine, noon-4 p.m. every Saturday in February. Free. 706-937-9463.
CHATTANOOGA PUBLIC LIBRARY -- 1001 Broad St. (main library) and branches at Eastgate, Northgate and South Chattanooga. 757-5310, www.lib.chattanooga.gov.
Saturday: Panel discussion on "The Help," downtown branch, noon, free, bring a sack lunch.
Saturday: Talk by broadcaster T.R. Gunn, Eastgate branch, 5705 Marlin Road, 2:30 p.m., free.
CHATTANOOGA WRITERS GUILD -- Chattanooga Public Library, 1001 Broad St. Romance writer Elysa Hendricks gives tips on the craft of writing, 7 p.m. Tuesday. Free. 893-5539.
CHILDREN'S STORY HOUR
* Barnes & Noble, 2100 Hamilton Place Blvd., 11 a.m. Wednesdays. 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
AMATEUR RADIO -- McDonald Road Seventh-day Adventist Church, 5440 McDonald Road. Dean Saunders teaches class sponsored by Collegedale Amateur Radio Club, 7 p.m. Tuesdays beginning Feb. 21. Small charge for registration and textbooks. 706-965-2425.
ART -- Art Creations at Hamilton Place, 7351 Commons Blvd. Larry Leach teaches use of oil bars, 1-3 p.m. Feb. 19. $15. 266-3626, ext. 2.
ART -- Townsend Atelier, 201 W. Main St. Registration required for all classes. 266-2712.
* Feb. 18-19: Experimenting With Printmaking, Thomas Caleb Goggans instructor, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. $110.
* Feb. 25-26: Silk Painting, Claire Vassort instructor, time TBA, $160 includes materials.
PAINTING -- Shuptrine's Gold Leaf Designs, 2646 Broad St. Brett Weaver leads painting class for all levels of experience on composition, design, color, value, texture and edges, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday. Call to reserve a space and get supply list: 266-4453.
POTTERY -- EAC Pottery Studio, John A. Patten Recreation Center, 3204 Kelly's Ferry Road. Hours: 6-9 p.m. Mondays, 3-9 p.m. Wednesdays, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays. Cost: $10 for three-hour session, $25 for 25 pounds of clay, which includes bisque and glaze firing. 260-0255.
S-S-SNAKES ALIVE -- Chattanooga Arboretum and Nature Center, 400 Garden Road. View Nature Center's snakes, learn about them from naturalist Kyle Waggener, 10-11:30 a.m. Feb. 18. Free to members; regular paid admission for nonmembers: $8 adults, $5 children 4-11 and senior adults. Registration required, 821-1160.
STAINED GLASS -- Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe High School, Room 310, 1850 Battlefield Parkway. Classes on copper-foil technique taught by LFO art instructor Wendy Morgan, 4-8 p.m. Feb. 21 and 23. Bring one sheet of transparent glass. $15 per class. 706-866-0342.
WINTER WORKSHOPS -- Outdoor Chattanooga, 200 River St. Weekly series continues with "Cooking Pizza at Camp," 6 p.m. Thursday. Philip Grymes and Trevor Childress share recipes and techniques for cooking pizza on various types of camp stoves; and tell how to tailor your pizza for backpacking or car camping cookware. Free. 643-6888, www.outdoorchattanooga.com.