Your weekly planner of Chattanooga-area events (including a peach festival, USA Cycling para-cycling championship)

Staff file photo / A bee crawls on a sunflower at Smith Perry Berries on Ooltewah Georgetown Road in Ooltewah on July 11, 2018. According to a Facebook post, the farm expects this year's sunflowers to be ready for photos in mid-July.

Here's what's happening in the Chattanooga area this week.


Chattanooga-area residents know to start thinking about the sunflower fields at Smith Perry Berries once July arrives. A recent Facebook post is urging patience. "Lack of rain has the blooms delayed," it said. "We are thinking it will be close to the third weekend of July when they start to bloom." The flowers are expected to be shorter this year than they've been the past few years, according to the post, but the reduced height should make a better backdrop for family photos. Smith Perry Berries, named for the farm's first strawberry crop in 2017, is at 9626 Ooltewah-Georgetown Road in Ooltewah. Other area sunflower growers include Red's Hay Farm, 9624 Highway 58 in Ooltewah, which is also expecting its field to be ready in mid-July, and Copper Creek Farm, 1514 Reeves Station Road in Calhoun, Georgia, which has a Sunflower Festival going on through July 23. Willis Farm in Whitwell, Tennessee, did not plant sunflowers this year, according to owner Bodine Willis.


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AVA GALLERY - 30 Frazier Ave. Annual AVA juried member exhibition, through Aug. 12. 423-265-4282

CLEARSTORY ARTS - 1673 Holtzclaw Ave. "My Work Is Me: A Mary B. Lynch Retrospective," plus response pieces by ClearStory resident artists, through Aug. 13.

EXUM GALLERY - St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 305 W. Seventh St. Mountain Art Guild show, through Aug. 10. Opening reception, 5-7:30 p.m. July 8. 423-266-8195


- July 7: Throwback Thursday, 4-8 p.m., free to view permanent collection, $5 for "Enchanted: A History of Fantasy Illustration"; Family Game Night, 5:30-7:30 p.m., free.

- July 10: Sunday Studio with drop-in art experiences for families, 2-4 p.m.

ICA @ UTC - Institute of Contemporary Art at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, 752 Vine St. "New Acquisitions From the George Cress Estate," through July 29.

IN-TOWN GALLERY - 26A Frazier Ave. "Ukraine Blue and Yellow," through July 31. Ten percent of sales revenue will be donated to the Ukraine Gospel Church of Chattanooga.

NORTH RIVER CIVIC CENTER - 1009 Executive Drive, Suite 102, Hixson. Sixty paintings by eight artists of the Regional Art Alliance, through August. 423-870-8924

NORTHSIDE GALLERY - Northside Presbyterian Church, 923 Mississippi Ave. "Mountain Musings," by artists of the "Plum Nelly" area of Rising Fawn, Ga., through Sept. 22. 423-266-1766

RIVER GALLERY - 400 E. Second St. Works by James Courtenay James, Cynthia Tollesfrud and Lee Malerich, through July 31. Opening reception, 5:30-7 p.m. July 8. Meet the artist, Cynthia Tollesfrud, 1-3 p.m. July 9.

STACY BEAM FINE ART GALLERY - 19643 State Highway 56, Beersheba Springs, Tenn. "Art on the Mountain," fundraiser for Beersheba Springs Medical Clinic, which provides free care to Grundy County patients in need, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. CDT July 3-4. Cocktail reception 6-9 p.m. CDT July 3.

STOVE WORKS - 1250 E. 13th St. "Parallels: Perception, Projection, Judgment," through July 9.

TENNESSEE AQUARIUM - 1 Broad St. "Washed Ashore," works created with recovered plastic debris, through Oct. 30.


BOBBY STONE FILM SERIES - Tivoli Theatre, 709 Broad St. $10-$12.

- July 8: "A Star Is Born" (1976), 7 p.m.

- July 9: "Everything Everywhere All at Once," 3 p.m.

- July 10: "Seven Samurai," 2 p.m.

IMAX THEATER - 201 Chestnut St. Special screenings of first-run films.

- Through July 4: "Top Gun: Maverick." $15.

- Through July 6: "Minions: The Rise of Gru." $15.

- July 7-24: "Thor: Love and Thunder" (includes six 3D screenings at 6:30 p.m. July 8-10, 15-17). $15.


ARTS IN THE BURG - 207 S. Cedar Ave., South Pittsburg, Tenn. Raelyn Nelson unplugged show, 7 p.m. CDT July 9. $25.


- July 5: Damien Jurado with Chris Pureka, 7:30 p.m. $15 in advance, $20 at the door.

- July 6: Jazz in the Lounge with the Alan Wyatt Quartet, 7 p.m. $5.

BYRD'S CREEK MUSIC FESTIVAL - The Barn at Oaklawn Farms, 5754 Old U.S. 70 East, Crossville, Tenn. More than 30 folk, Americana, rock and bluegrass bands at family camping festival, including Del McCoury Band, Town Mountain, Lost Dog Street Band and Travelin' McCourys, July 7-10. $129 and up for weekend passes, $65-$75 single day.

THE CAVERNS - 555 Charlie Roberts Road, Pelham, Tenn. The Screamin' Cheetah Wheelies, 7 p.m. CDT July 9, underground. $59.

MUSIC & MOVIES AT MILLER - Miller Park, 928 Market St. Second half of summer series resumes with music, games, artists and food truck at 6 p.m. July 9, with Ryan Oyer headlining, and an outdoor screening of "Raya and the Last Dragon" at dusk. Bring your own seating. Free admission.

NIGHTFALL - 850 Market St. Weekly concert series continues with headliner Yam Haus at 8 p.m. July 8, with Jason Lyles opening at 7 p.m. Artists, games and food vendors at Miller Park, 901 Market St. Moonlight Roller pop-up roller skating, 6:30-9:30 on M.L. King Boulevard ($10 for skates and must be 18 to rent). Free admission.

RIVERFRONT NIGHTS - Ross's Landing, 201 Riverfront Parkway. Nine-week summer concert series continues with headliner CBDB, with Killakeyz opening, 7-10 p.m. July 9. Free admission. Concessions available; coolers welcome.

THE SIGNAL - 1810 Chestnut St. Lost Dog Street Band, with Willi Carlisle, 8 p.m. July 9. $25-$40.

SONGBIRDS - 35 Station St.

- July 7: Nate Smith on the Whiskey on You tour, with Carter Faith, 7 p.m. $12 in advance, $15 day of show.

- July 8: Slim Pickins Bluegrass Band, 7 p.m. $10 in advance, $12 day of show.

- July 9: Camden Smith with Connor McCutcheon, 7 p.m. $12.


CHATTANOOGA MARKET - First Horizon Pavilion, 1826 Carter St. Weekly market of local produce, arts and crafts, 11 a.m.- 4 p.m. Sundays. Free admission.

- July 3: Red, White & Blueberries, with music by Shawnessey Cargile and Lone Mountain Band. Pie eating contests at noon and 2 p.m. (sign up at the front desk).

- July 10: Peach Festival.

THE COMEDY CATCH - 29 Station St.

- July 6: Open Mic Night for regional talents, 7:30 p.m. $7.

- July 8-9: Carlos Rodriguez, 7:30 and 9:45 p.m. $17-$19.

CTC BOOK CLUB - Chattanooga Theatre Centre, 400 River St. Discussion of "Elegies for Angels, Punks and Raging Queens," 7 p.m. July 5. PDF of the script on club's Facebook page; search CTC Book Club and ask to join.

GOLDEN NEEDLES SEWING MINISTRY - Family Life Center at Middle Cross Baptist Church, 4009 Norcross Road. Group meets 10 a.m.-noon first and third Thursdays (next: July 7) to sew gifts for residents of nursing homes, hospitals and clinics. Sewing ability not required. Cotton fabric donations welcome. 423-877-5742

LE CHAT NOOGA - Granfalloon, 400 E. Main St. Chattanooga Fashion Expo summer celebration with French music, "Summer in Paris" fashion show, outdoor marketplace, complimentary crepe with ticket and other food vendors, raffle prizes, 5-9 p.m. July 10. $40; discounts for multiples, $7 extra drink tickets.

MUSEUM CENTER AT FIVE POINTS - 200 E. Inman St., Cleveland, Tenn. Walking tour of historic businesses in downtown Cleveland, 1 p.m. July 9. Free with same-day museum admission, $5 tour only.

RABBIT VALLEY FARMERS MARKET - 96 Depot St., Ringgold, Ga. Local produce, arts and crafts, plus music by the Evan Kennedy Trio, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. July 9.

REFLECTION RIDING ARBORETUM & NATURE CENTER - 400 Garden Road. "Save the Red Wolves" programs, 1:30 p.m. Fridays. Donations accepted.


CHATTANOOGA LOOKOUTS - AT&T Field, 201 Power Alley. Minor-league baseball team's final game of home stand against the Birmingham Barons, 6:15 p.m. July 3, with fireworks finale. $6-$11.

TENNESSEE ASSOCIATION OF VINTAGE BASEBALL - 6th Cavalry Museum, 6 Barnhardt Circle, Fort Oglethorpe, Ga. Lightfoot Club of Chattanooga in double-header July 9: at noon vs. Nashville Maroons, at 2 p.m. vs. Franklin Farriers. Free.

USA CYCLING PARA-CYCLING ROAD NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS - Enterprise South Nature Park, 190 Still Hollow Loop. U.S. Paralympics Cycling event, a sport adapted for cyclists who have various disabilities, includes two full days of racing with time trial, handcycle relay and road racing competition, July 9-10. Event, the first time in Chattanooga, helps determine the U.S. teams that will compete at the 2022 UCI Para-cycling World Championships in August in Quebec.


ATHENS COMMUNITY THEATRE - The Arts Center, 320 N. White St., Athens, Tenn. "The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical," 2 p.m. July 3, 7 p.m. July 8-9, 2 p.m. July 10. $15-$20.

CUMBERLAND COUNTY PLAYHOUSE - 221 Tennessee Ave., Crossville, Tenn. Show times vary.

- July 6-Aug. 6: "Junie B. Jones Is Not a Crook," a summer production for young audiences. $7-$8.

- Through Aug. 11: "On Golden Pond." $16-$30.

- Through Aug. 21: Rodgers & Hammerstein's "Cinderella." $18-$34.

SIGNAL MOUNTAIN PLAYHOUSE - 1104 James Blvd. (outdoor amphitheater). Roald Dahl's "Matilda the Musical," 8 p.m. July 8-9, 15-16, 22-23, 29-30. Ticket sales and camp chair setup start at 6 p.m. $5-$15. Picnic dinners welcome (no alcohol).

OBVIOUS DAD - UTC Fine Arts Center, 752 Vine St. Agnes Borinsky's "Brief Chronicle, Books 6-8," 2:30 p.m. July 3, 7:30 p.m. July 8-9, 2:30 pm. July 10, 7:30 p.m. July 15-16, 2:30 p.m. July 17. $15.

THE RINGGOLD PLAYHOUSE - Ringgold Depot, 155 Depot St. Auditions for Thornton Wilder's "Our Town," 7:30 p.m. July 6-7 (show dates Aug. 25-28).

Contact Lisa Denton at or 423-757-6281.