ACTSO SHOWCASE -- Mount Olivet Baptist Church, 740 East M.L. King Blvd. High school students compete in NAACP's Afro-Academic, Cultural, Technological and Scientific Olympics. Spectators $15. 6:30 p.m. Saturday, June 28. chattanooganaacp.org.
ARTBITES -- Uptown Art, 2 Cherokee Blvd., Suite 100. Final session in hands-on cooking class for ages 5-12 inspired by that day's art subject. $40 per class. 10 a.m. to noon. Saturday, June 28. 4-602-8580
BARBECUE AND FIREWORKS -- New Salem Community Center, 12477 Highway 136 on Lookout Mountain between Trenton and LaFayette, Ga. Community fundraiser starts with barbecue from noon to 3 p.m,, entertainment at 6 p.m. and fireworks at 10 p.m. Choice of chicken, beef and pork plates with two sides for $7, beef or pork sandwiches with chips for $4, desserts 50 cents and drinks $1. Saturday, June 28. 706-398-1988.
BOOK SALE -- Northgate Mall, intersection of Hixson Pike and Highway 153. Friends of the Chattanooga Library hosts annual book sale. Adult books $2 hardback, $1 paperback; children's books $1 hardback, 50 cents paperback; everything half price July 5, bag day July 6. 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday, June 28; noon-6 p.m Sundays, June 29 and July 6; 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Saturday, June 30-July 5. 423-757-5426.
CAMPFIRE TALK -- Desoto State Park campfire ring, 7104 Desoto Parkway, Fort Payne, Ala.; if raining, moves into park's Nature Center. 256-997-5025.
Friday-Saturday, June 27-28: Jacksonville State University biologist Dr. Chris Murdock gives free lesson about amphibians and reptiles of Alabama, accompanied by live creatures, 8 p.m.
DANCE THEATRE -- Barking Legs Theater, 1307 Dodds Ave. Wasted Wine of Greenville, S.C., and Lumani Dance Theatre of Huntsville, Ala., present live music and belly dancing. $10. 8 p.m. Friday, June 27. 423-624-5347.
FOOD FOR LIFE CONFERENCE-- Sequatchie Valley Institute, 1233 Cartwright Loop, Whitwell,Tenn. Three-day event with classes, kids activities, camping, workshops on food preservation, cooking, nutrition, herbal medicine and crop and animal production. Featured speaker is Sandor Katz, author and James Beard Award winner, discussing the process of fermentation. Fee per day $25-$50 adults, $5-$20 children based on sliding scale; fees include meals and admission to all workshops and lectures. Camping fee for weekend is $10. No pets allowed. 10 a.m. Friday, June 27 to 5 p.m. Sunday, June 29. 423-949-4598.
HIKES, TENNESSEE -- Led by Soddy-Daisy Hiking Club. Bring water and snack. Carpool locations given for those who want to meet group. 842-3619.
Saturday, June 28: Flipper Bend, moderate-to-strenuous 8 miles, meet at Wal-Mart parking lot in Soddy-Daisy at 8 a.m.
Tuesday, July 1: Raccoon Mountain, moderate 4 miles, meet at Red Bank Bi-Lo parking lot at 8 a.m.
Saturday, July 5: Cloudland Canyon, moderate-to-strenuous 6 miles, meet at Red Bank Bi-Lo parking lot at 8 a.m.
HISTORY PROGRAM -- Chattanooga Public Library, 1001 Broad St. A. Wilson Greene, executive director of Pamplin Historical Park and the National Museum of the Civil War Soldier, gives free talk on "Avoidable Tragedy or Irrepressible Conflict: Was the Civil War Inevitable?" 6 p.m. Monday, June 30. 423-757-5310.
JUNIOR GUN SAFETY PROGRAM -- American Legion Post 81, 227 James Asbury Lane, Cleveland,Tenn. Join Legionnaires for dinner and program on Junior Shooting Sports Program, a gun safety and education program. Children must be accompanied by an adult. $8 per person. 6-8:30 p.m. Friday, June 27. 423-476-4451.
LAKE WINNEPESAUKAH -- Intersection of McBrien Road and Lakeview Drive, Rossville. Gates open 10 a.m. for Lake Winnie, 11 a.m. for Soakya on Mondays, Wednesdays-Saturdays; noon for Lake Winnie, 1 p.m. Soakya on Sundays; closed Tuesdays. Tickets with gate admission and unlimited access to both parks are $15.95 for ages 1 and 2 and senior adults ages 55 and up; $31.95 for ages 3-54 for gate admission and unlimited access to both parks. www.lakewinnie.com
Mondays: Free concerts at Lakeside Stage by local performers, 6:30 p.m.; Mom's Mondays promo: moms ages 21 or older get free unlimited ride ticket when accompanied by two children paying full price.
MAIN STREET CRUISE-IN -- Downtown Cleveland, Tenn. Antique, classic, muscle and street cars welcome at cruise-in with door prizes, music from the 1950s-60s, concessions. 3-6 p.m. Saturday, June 28. 423-310-1187.
MAN XPO -- First Tennessee Pavilion, 1826 Reggie White Blvd. Chattanooga Times Free Press sponsors family-friendly expo with emphasis on manly hobbies and interests; special appearance by Kirk Herbstreit, ESPN's College GameDay analyst. Compete in Chattanooga Dr Pepper Challenege for chance to win $5,000. Tickets $10 adults, $5 children. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, June 28. www.timesfreepress.com
MUD RUN -- Greenway Farms, Hixson. Climb walls, crawl through tunnels and slide in mud at annual 5K fundraiser for Habitat for Humanity of Greater Chattanooga. June registration for team of five is $225, individuals $50. After July 1, team registration is $250, individuals $60. Saturday, Aug. 16. www.habichatt.
NATIONAL MOTORCYCLE TRIALS -- Trials Training Center, 300 Woodland Road, Sequatchie, Tenn. North American Trials Council hosts motorcycle trials on specialized motorcycles. Spectators invited to watch best riders in the country. Adults $15, ages 12 and under free. 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, June 28-29. 423-942-8688.
RUBY FALLS LANTERN TOURS -- Ruby Falls, 1720 South Scenic Highway. Ride the 260-foot elevator down into Lookout Moutain and experience the cavern tour in a new light. Tour size limited, reservations required. $24.95. 8:30-10:30 p.m. Fridays through September. 423-821-2544.
SOUTHSIDE STROLL -- East and West Main Street neighborhoods. Sidewalk stroll of studios, gifts shops, restaurants in Southside, special events and discounts offered. 5-8 p.m. Friday, June 27. 423-400-4100.
THE 100 DINNER -- Crabtree Farms, 1000 E. 30th St. Dinner for 100 people for $100 apiece with food produced within 100 miles of Chattanooga. Meal prepared on-site by local top chefs, live music, live and silent auctions. 6-9 p.m. Saturday, June 28. Reservations required. 423-493-9155.
ZIPSTREAM AERIAL ADVENTURES -- Ruby Falls, 1720 S. Scenic Highway. Courses for children, teens and adults through a series of increasingly challenging tree-to-tree activities. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. $19.95-$34.95. 423-821-2544.
BRAINERD FARMERS' MARKET -- Grace Episcopal Church, corner of Belvoir Avenue and Brainerd Road. 10 a.m.-noon. Saturdays. 423-698-0330.
CHATTANOOGA MARKET -- First Tennessee Pavilion, 1826 Carter St. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sundays. 402-9958. www.ChattanoogaMarket.com.
CHATTANOOGA RIVER MARKET -- Tennessee Aquarium plaza, 1 Broad St., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturdays. www.ChattanoogaMarket.com.
EAST BRAINERD -- Audubon Acres, 900 M. Sanctuary Road, 4-6 p.m. Tuesdays. 423-838-9804.
FIVE POINTS FARMERS MARKET -- First Street Square, Cleveland, Tenn. Sponsored by Mainstreet Cleveland. 4-7 p.m. Thursdays. 423-310-1187.
LOOKOUT FARMERS MARKET -- City Hall green spaces, 1214 Lula Lake Road, Lookout Mountain, 3-7 p.m. Thursdays. 423-838-9804.
MAIN STREET MARKET -- 324 E. Main St. 4-6 p.m. Wednesdays. mainstfarmersmarket.com
OOLTEWAH FARMERS MARKET -- Ooltewah Nursery & Landscape Co., 5829 Main St., Ooltewah, Tenn. No wholesalers or resellers allowed. 3-6 p.m. Thursdays. 238-9775.
ST. ALBANS HIXSON MARKET -- St. Albans Church, 7514 Hixson Pike. 10 a.m. to noon. Saturdays. 423-842-1342.
ST. ELMO --Incline Railway, 3917 St. Elmo Ave., 4-7 p.m. Fridays. 423-838-9804.
WEDNESDAY MARKET -- First Tennessee Pavilion, 1829 Carter St. 4-7 p.m. Wednesdays. 423-648-2496.
AUTHOR'S TALK -- Benton Place Learning Center, Ringgold,Ga. Raymond Atkins, Georgia's two-time Author of the Year, is speaker for Catoosa Citizens for Literacy's annual One Book, One Community event, followed by book signing. Free admission, Atkins' books available for purchase. 6:30 p.m. Today, June 26. 706-965-8275.
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.
Friday, June 27: Sew What, 3-5 p.m., downtown branch, bring an old T-shirt and turn it into a market bag.
Saturday, June 28: Dungeons and Dragons, 2:30-5:30 p.m., Northgate branch, ages 12-18 play game system 3.5 .
Saturday, June 28: Basic computer class for adults, 2-3:30 p.m., free, downtown branch.
Saturday, June 28: Tea blending class, 2:30-3:30 p.m., downtown branch, ages 12-18 invited to class on blending teas and blend their own concoction, preregistration required.
Tuesday, July 1: Literacy, Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics workshop for tweens, 1:30-3:30 p.m., downtown branch, preregistration required.
YOUNG EXPLORERS -- Enterprise South Nature Park, 8015 Volkswagen Drive. Hamilton County Parks and Recreation Department sponsors weekly program with Clean Water Campers for preschoolers through children in fifth grade. Adult supervision of attending children required. Closed-toed shoes required; hats, sunscreen and bug repellent recommended. 10-11 a.m. Tuesdays. Fee is $3 per child. Preregistration required: 432-893-3500.
BALLROOM -- The Ballroom, 7001 Middle Valley Road. Learn ballroom dancing, no partner required, casual dress. Group class, 7:30 p.m., $5. Dancing 8:30 p.m., $10. Saturdays. 423-394-6428.
BALLROOM -- Ballroom Magic Dance Center, 4200 N. Access Road. $10 per person. 8:30-10:30 p.m. Fridays. 423-771-3646.
RHYTHM BALLROOM -- The Ballroom, 7001 Middle Valley Road. Learn fundamentals of rumba, cha cha, East Coast Swing. Casual dress. No partner required, $5 per person. 6 p.m. Mondays, 8 p.m. Wednesdays. www.theballroomathixson.com.
SHAG -- Elks Lodge 91, 1067 Graysville Road at East Brainerd Road. $5 members, $7 guests, free to first-time guests. 7 p.m. Thursdays. firstname.lastname@example.org.