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Susan Pierce

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More than 8 million fans tune into Ree Drummond’s cooking show on Food Network each month, according to Nielsen stats, but visitors to Saturday’s She: An Expo for Women will witness a “first” for the television chef.

Five questions with Michael Dexter of 'Les Miz'

CTC's Jean Valjean tells how he pampers his voice for the demanding musical

Although he's a self-described "theater nerd," Michael Dexter admits he wasn't familiar with "Les Miserables" when he auditioned for the Chattanooga Theatre Centre's production. Even so, not only was he cast in the production — he got the lead.

26 Q 'N' BREW, Chattanooga Zoo, 301 N. Holtzclaw Ave., 4:30-7 p.m., $12 adult zoo members, $15 nonmembers, $7 children of zoo family members, $10 nonmember children.

The 80th Chattanooga Cotton Ball will be held Saturday, Aug. 2, at 6 p.m. in the Chattanooga Convention Center.

At 11 years old, Blaine Savage has already gotten some enviable autographs in his collection.

It's been 15 years since Trinity Garner Pearson competed in a beauty pageant.

The Chattanooga Music Teachers Association recently named its 2014 Teacher of the Year and awarded scholarships to rising high school freshman.

Big Band Swingfest Sunday

Sweet Georgia Sound plays its 50th gig at Chattanooga Market

Sweet Georgia Sound plays its 50th gig at Chattanooga Market.

Step back in time to the turn of the 20th century just by taking a short drive up Monteagle Mountain to the Monteagle Sunday School Assembly grounds on Friday, July 18.

17 PAWS FOR THE CAUSE, Stratton Hall, 3146 Broad St., 6 p.m., $60 per person, $500 table of eight, live and silent auctions, live music and dog runway show to benefit Humane Educational Society of Chattanooga. 423-624-5302.

Delores Beery always had an aversion to mowers, but never more so than “when I mowed the end of my second toe off.” That accident was the catalyst for a total landscape makeover in which she yanked all the grass out of the front and back yards at her East Ridge home and replaced it with pea gravel, river pebbles, river rock, mountain stone, flagstone and pavers. It is manual labor in which she and husband, Dr. L.W. “Buddy” Nichols, have invested over four years.

Chattanooga Theatre Centre closes 90th season with masterful musical.

Chill out at Chattanooga Market

Annual ice cream benefit for children's agency Sunday

Annual ice cream benefit for children's agency Sunday

Summer is the season of picnics, outdoor birthday parties, cookouts and other backyard bashes. These parties call for food that’s simpler to make and take, but still keep the spirit of summer fun. So take the ordinary and make it extraordinary with these ideas.

Roberto Osti, internationally known New York artist, acknowledges Americans are currently living in "the era of selfies."

17 PAWS FOR THE CAUSE, Stratton Hall, 3146 Broad St., 6 p.m., $60 per person, $500 table of eight, live and silent auctions, live music and dog runway show to benefit Humane Educational Society of Chattanooga. 423-624-5302.

Linda Prabish started collecting Coca-Cola memorabilia in the late 1970s just because she liked the color red.

• Chattanooga Herbies: UT Extension Office, 6183 Adamson Circle off Bonny Oaks Drive, 6:30 p.m., Pat Stewart speaks on using herbs in your landscape, featured herb is terragon. 875-9689.

To celebrate Independence Day today, Americans will be rocking red, white and blue clothing with flag-waving patriotism.

In recognition of and appreciation for the sacrifices of local veterans, the Tennessee Aquarium partnered with the National Medal of Honor Museum of Military History to present special screenings of “D-Day 3D: Normandy 1944” in commemoration of the 70th anniversary of D-Day.

The first Signal Mountain Playhouse production in which Seth Carico ever acted was a 1991 production of “The King and I.” He’s again cast in the playhouse’s third summer production of “The King and I,” which opens Saturday, July 5, but this time in the title role.

Atlanta fans of author Janet Evanovich's bounty hunter, Stephanie Plum, might be tuning in instead of turning pages to keep up with the character's hilarious misadventures in bond enforcement.

3 STAR-SPANGLED SUPPER, Chattanooga Theatre Centre, 400 River St., 5:30 p.m., $50 adults, $10 children ages 12 and under; enjoy dinner and the music of the CSO’s pops concert in the air-conditioned lobby of the CTC, then watch the fireworks display following the concert. Reservations: 423-267-8534.

July Fourth is all about grilling and chilling.

Three summers ago, Damon Gillespie was dancing on the Jukebox Junction stage at Lake Winnepesaukah.

Members of the Hyksos Temple No. 123 recently presented Reuben Strickland Memorial Scholarships to six high school students.

When Lea Martin was a kid, she walked to her neighborhood church for five days of snacks, popsicle-stick crafts and a daily Scripture lesson at Vacation Bible School.

Heather Crowe has suffered from migraine headaches for 30 years.

TODAY CUTS FOR A CURE, Alternative Visions Hair Academy, 6227 Lee Highway, 2-5 p.m., free haircuts but $10 minimum donation requested to benefit Chattanooga affiliate of Komen for the Cure. collegebusiness2004@yahoo.com.

Victor Pham says his family has always enjoyed watching fish.

Chattanooga Market will salute entrepreneurs of the food industry -- folks who developed a great food product and took it on the road (literally) -- when its Street Food Festival is held Sunday, June 22, in First Tennessee Pavilion.

The Bard comes to Brainerd Road

Shakespeare Chattanooga production opens renovated Ripple Theater

After a four-year, $125,000 renovation, Ripple Theater on Brainerd Road will reopen with a modernized production of "A Midsummer Night's Dream" presented by Shakespeare Chattanooga on Friday, June 20.

Riverbend 2014 is in the books, and our evenings are free again without the nightly trek to the riverfront.

• Highland Park Fiesta: St. Andrew's Center, 1918 Union Ave., 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Chattanooga Neighborhood Enterprise hosts block party with food trucks, rummage sale, kids activities, mariachi band and viewing of World Cup match at 11:30 am. 423-756-6234.

Chattanooga artist Mary Britten Lynch was named an award winner in the Southern Watercolor Society's 37th annual exhibition at Kerr Cultural Arts Center in Kerrville, Texas.

A Arkansas native — Moved his wife and daughters from Nashville back to his hometown of Poyen, Ark., population 290.

Take dad downtown Sunday, June 15, for everything needed for a great Father's Day celebration right in one convenient location, Chattanooga Market in First Tennessee Pavilion.

Monster of a production

Shrek takes over Cumberland County Playhouse

Cumberland County Playhouse is known for its lavishly costumed musicals with topnotch professional actors, so when Playhouse spokesman John Fionte says its upcoming show "just might be its most spectacular production yet," it's worth taking note.

21 DANCING WITH THE CHATTANOOGA STARS, Tivoli Theatre, 709 Broad St., 8 p.m., $25-$150, local amateurs compete for mirror-ball trophy, benefits Partnership for Families, Children and Adults. 423-697-3829.

• JFK Club: The Chattanoogan, 1201 Broad St., noon, $13; reservations: JFKClub@comcast.net.

Score another one for Dixie Fuller.

Graphic artist Julie Curd, owner of Innovative Creative, will be the first to tell you Riverbend holds a different significance to every festivalgoer — music, concessions, people-watching, family fun.

5 NOT JUST ANOTHER GORGEOUS EVENING, Tennessee RiverPlace, 3104 Scenic Waters Lane, 5:30 p.m., $125 per person includes dinner catered by Lee Towery and dancing to 9th Street Stompers, benefits Tennessee River Gorge Trust. www.trgt.org/tickets.

It’s arguably the most-used feature of any kitchen, but one given little thought when purchased.

• Medical Expenses Benefit: Bakewell Community Center, 114 McCallie Ferry Road, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., food, silent auction and gospel music at fundraiser sponsored by friends and family of Judy Walker. 423-827-5135.

The National Dance Education Organization named Girls Preparatory School senior Mary Chandler Gwin one of three national winners of the 2014 NDEO Artistic Merit, Leadership and Academic Achievement Award.

CMA Music Festival launches June 5, the annual pilgrimage of country music fans from across the United States into downtown Nashville for four days of concerts, autograph signings and fan club parties where they'll chow down with their favorite stars.

In the fall of 2003, seven families opened a private Christian school in Dayton, Tenn., with 16 children in grades kindergarten through fourth and three state-certified teachers.

At age 18, Guilda Xiloj is a single, working mother of a 3-year-old daughter — and class valedictorian of Chattanooga Girls Leadership Academy.

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