Things to do in the Chattanooga area this week include Spring Break Safari, book sale, River Market’s spring debut

Staff file photo by Matt Hamilton / Visitors look over items at booths during the seasonal debut of the Chattanooga River Market on the Tennessee Aquarium Plaza on March 11, 2023. The market returns March 9 and will be open Saturday and Sunday the first three weekends of March, before reverting to a Saturday-only schedule for the rest of the season.
Staff file photo by Matt Hamilton / Visitors look over items at booths during the seasonal debut of the Chattanooga River Market on the Tennessee Aquarium Plaza on March 11, 2023. The market returns March 9 and will be open Saturday and Sunday the first three weekends of March, before reverting to a Saturday-only schedule for the rest of the season.

Here's what the Chattanooga area has to offer this week.

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Wreaths Across America is collaborating with the Library of Congress Veterans History Project for a new webinar series for educators. The four-part quarterly webinars aim to equip teachers and students with the vast resources available from the Library of Congress. The free series will focus on how teachers and students can participate in collecting, preserving and sharing veterans' stories as a means of teaching the next generation about the value of freedom. The series will kick off at 4 p.m. EDT Tuesday, March 19. Remaining webinars are scheduled in May, August and October. Registration is open for the first event at



THE ARTS CENTER — 320 N. White St., Athens, Tenn.

› Through March 29: "Inspired Action" by Sandra Paynter Washburn.

› Through April 8: "Synthesize: Shape, Surface and Saturation," works by Jan Burleson (oils), Carl Gombert (mixed media), Carrie Pendergrass (prints) and Kelly Spell (quilts).

AVA GALLERY — 30 Frazier Ave. Association for Visual Arts presents "Nature's Generosity: Wilderness Photography Foundation, through April 17 in Main and Landis galleries.

BESSIE SMITH CULTURAL CENTER — 200 E. M.L. King Blvd. Black History Month art contest exhibit, through March 29. Regular admission: $7-$10.

CLEARSTORY ARTS — 1673 S. Holtzclaw Ave. "Empower 40 and Beyond" by Emerald Dove Photography for International Women's Day, 6-9 p.m. March 8.

CLEVELAND STATE COMMUNITY COLLEGE — Accepting submissions for juried, invitational High School Art Exhibition, through March 8. Students in grades 9-12 may submit their own work or be nominated by a teacher for possible inclusion in show April 1-7. Email Bethany Coffin:

CREATIVE ARTS GUILD — 520 W. Waugh St., Dalton, Ga. Student Arts Expo, featuring work by public, private and home-schooled K-12 students, through March 31.

FRANKLIN COUNTY ARTS GUILD — The Artisan Depot, 204 E. Cumberland St., Cowan, Tenn. "Softly Stirring" community show, through March 31.

GALLERY AT BLACKWELL — 71 Eastgate Loop. Photographic Society of Chattanooga's spring show, through May 3.


› March 7: Throwback Thursday, with free admission to permanent collection and special exhibition, "Networked Nature," 4-8 p.m.

› March 10: Sunday Studio, drop-in art experiences for families, 2-4 p.m. Regular admission ($20 nonmember adults).

ICA @ UTC — University of Tennessee at Chattanooga's Fine Arts Center, 752 Roland Carter St. Institute of Contemporary Art events.

› March 6: Artist talk with Adam Parker Smith about the ideation and fabrication of sculptures in his Sarcophagi series (on view through May 2024), 5:30 p.m. in Benwood Auditorium in Engineering, Math and Computer Science Building, 735 Vine St.

› Through March 16: Solo exhibition of new paintings by Becky Suss, inspired by Ann Patchett's 2019 novel "The Dutch House."

IN-TOWN GALLERY — 26A Frazier Ave. "Enchanted Treescapes," photos by Anh Bao Tran-Le, through March 31. Reception, 5-8 p.m. March 6.

MOUNTAIN ARTS COMMUNITY CENTER — 809 Kentucky Ave., Signal Mountain. Works by Civic Arts League of Chattanooga, through March. Opening reception, 5-7 p.m. March 8.

NORTH RIVER CIVIC CENTER — 1009 Executive Drive, Suite 102, Hixson. "Fine Art of the West" by David Fishman, through April 1. 423-870-8924

RIVER GALLERY — 400 E. Second St. Works by Russell Whiting (sculpture) and Stephen Golder (photography), through April 30. Reception, 5:30-7 p.m. March 8.

SODDY-DAISY COMMUNITY LIBRARY — 9619 Dayton Pike. Funky Bookmark Art Contest themed to 1970s, through March 8. Open to any Hamilton County resident (four age groups); library membership not required. Entry forms, rules and templates:

SOUTHERN ADVENTIST UNIVERSITY — 4881 Taylor Circle. School of Visual Art and Design presents "Next Stop," creative works by senior graphic design students, through March 29 in John C. Williams Art Gallery in Brock Hall.


› Through April 5: "Peekaboo Sham," works by Jordan Martins.

› Through June 22: "Hand to Mouth," group exhibition.

TENNESSEE AQUARIUM — 1 Broad St. Two dozen images of National Geographic photographer Joel Sartore's Photo Ark project on banners, graphics and video projections, including species photographed on-site, through December. Included with regular admission: $30-$40.

TOWNSEND ATELIER — Arts Building, 301 E. 11th St. "Resonance," new paintings by Ukrainian-born Chattanooga artist Elena Burykinak through March 30.


BARKING LEGS THEATER — 1307 Dodds Ave. Open Mic Comedy, 7:30 p.m. March 5 (and other first Tuesdays). Free admission; tips welcome.

THE COMEDY CATCH — 29 Station St.

— March 6: Open Mic Night, 7 p.m. $7.

— March 7: Cledus T. Judd, special engagement, 7 p.m. $25 ($35 premium seating sold out).

— March 8-9: Ryan Erwin, 7:30 and 9:45 p.m. $19-$24.

— March 10: Girls Night Out, The Show, special engagement, $18-$300 (tickets at


IMAX THEATER — 201 Chestnut St. Screening of feature film "Dune: Part Two," through March 21 (various show times). $15.


THE ARTS CENTER — 320 N. White St., Athens, Tenn. Auditions for Evening With the Stars, 6:30 p.m. March 7 (event is March 22). Pianist available for live accompaniment if needed; singers, dancers, actors and other entertainers welcome.


› March 3: An Evening With Pierre Bensusan, 7:30 p.m. $20-$25.

› March 6: Wednesday Jazz with the Alan Wyatt Quartet, 7:30 p.m. $10.

› March 10: Songwriters Night, listening room with In the Company of Wolves, Bryce Cronan, Ben Stephens and Josh Wheeler, 7:30 p.m. $10-$15.


› March 3: Eric Gales, 7 p.m. $25-$30.

› March 7: Jeff Sipe Trio, 8 p.m. $20-$25.

› March 8: The Castellows, with Keller Cox, 9 p.m. $15-$20.

› March 9: Neon Moon: '90s Country Tribute, with Amber Carrington Band, 9 p.m. $20-$25.

THE CAVERNS — 555 Charlie Roberts Road, Pelham, Tenn. Dawes and Lucius, 6 p.m. CDT March 10. $69.

CLEVELAND POPS — Bradley Central High School, 1000 S. Lee Highway, Cleveland, Tenn. Winter concert, "A Night at the Theater," by community concert band, 7 p.m. March 4.

SOUTHERN ADVENTIST UNIVERSITY — Collegedale Church of Seventh-day Adventists, 4829 College Drive. School of Music welcomes pianist Muen Vanessa Wei to play with Symphony Orchestra, 7:30 p.m. March 3. Free; livestream available.


BREAKFAST AT THE BETH — First-Centenary United Methodist Church, 419 McCallie Ave. Annual Bethlehem Center event, with homemade breakfast and short program honoring Herbert Book McCray, director of Boys to Men program, 7-9:30 a.m. March 7.

(READ MORE: The Bethlehem Center to tackle food insecurity with $425,000 grant)

BY THE GLASS TAKEOVER — Easy Bistro & Bar, 801 Chestnut St. Winemaker Jeff Cohn of Jeff Cohn Cellars will pour award-winning zinfandel and rhone varietals from Sonoma County, Calif., 4-9 p.m. March 5. Selections available at the bar, during oyster hour and on the main menu. Prices vary.

CHATTANOOGA RIVER MARKET — Tennessee Aquarium plaza, 1 Broad St. Local artists, crafters and food artisans, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturdays, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sundays, March 9-24; then Saturday-only through October. Free admission.


› March 5: Multicourse dinner with souvenir embroidered napkin, poetry reading, 6-9 p.m. at Easy Bistro & Bar, 801 Chestnut St. $250.

› March 9: Party with DJ MCPro, photo booth, champagne, complimentary terrarium from The Barn Nursery to first 25 attendees, 6-9 p.m. $10 suggested donation.

CHICKAMAUGA AND CHATTANOOGA NATIONAL MILITARY PARK — Starting at Chickamauga Battlefield Visitor Center, 3370 LaFayette Road, Fort Oglethorpe, Ga. "Nadine Turchin: A Woman's Story From Chickamauga," ranger-led program about the nontraditional wife of a Russian-born Army general in the Civil War, 2 p.m. March 9. Free.

EASTER BUNNY — Bradley Square Mall's Story Land (near Claire's and Hibbett Sports), 200 Paul Huff Parkway, Cleveland, Tenn. Available for photos March 8-30 (11 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday-Saturday, noon-6 p.m. Sundays). Free visits; photo packages vary.

EASTER BUNNY — Hamilton Place, 2100 Hamilton Place Blvd. Photos with the Easter Bunny, through March 30, plus pet photos every Monday. Free visits; photo packages vary. Reservations suggested.

EASTER BUNNY — Northgate Mall, 271 Northgate Mall Drive, Hixson. Photos available March 9-30. Free visits; photo packages vary. Reservations suggested.

GEORGIA FIRST ROBOTICS COMPETITION — Dalton Convention Center, 2211 Tony Ingle Parkway, Dalton, Ga. Head-to-head challenges by high school teams who've designed, programmed and built a robot with standard kit of parts and common set of rules, March 7-9.

  photo  Staff file photo by Matt Hamilton / The Flying Mongooses, the team from the Northwest Georgia College and Career Academy, work on their robot during the Georgia First Robotics 2023 Peachtree District Qualifier competition at the Dalton Convention Center on March 11, 2023.

HISTORY HAPPY HOUR — Museum Center at Five Points, 200 E. Inman St., Cleveland, Tenn. Author Tyler Boyd discusses journalist Nellie Kenyon, who covered Scopes Trial, Al Capone, Georgia Tann adoption scandal and Jimmy Hoffa trial during her 50-year, trailblazing career, 7 p.m. March 7. $5.

INTERNATIONAL FOOD FEST — Southern Adventist University, 4881 Taylor Circle, Collegedale. Student Association hosts third annual event with samples of homemade dishes and family recipes from around the world, 4-6 p.m. March 3 in Iles PE Center, University Drive. Various prices for samples. 423-236-2601

INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY CELEBRATION THROUGH THE ARTS — Chattanooga Theatre Centre, 400 River St. Rhyme N Chatt and Culture Chatt event includes international tasting tour, vendors, spoken-word poetry, live painting and music, 7-10 p.m. March 8. $40. Portion of proceeds benefits Love's Arm.

LEE UNIVERSITY — 1120 N. Ocoee St., Cleveland, Tenn. Black History Month events through March 19 honoring Martin Luther King Jr., postponed from last month. Next: Cleveland senior citizens share stories of life before and after desegregation, 6:30 p.m. March 5 in SMC Walker Lecture Hall.

MYSTICAL MARCH MARKET — Collegedale Commons, 4750 Swinyar Drive. Shop the Market At presents monthly themed art and farmers market, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. March 9.

PHOTO NIGHT — UTC Fine Arts Center, 752 Roland Carter St. Eighth annual event by University of Tennessee at Chattanooga's Communications Department, 6 p.m. March 6. Presentations by Atlanta Braves team photographer Kevin D. Liles, documentary photographer Kathleen Greeson, Associated Press photographer Wade Payne, UTC alumni portrait photographer Marielle Echavez Mathis and associate lecturer/photographer Billy Weeks. Free admission. Instagram: @utc_photonight

(READ MORE: 'Safe at Home' photo project by photographer Kathleen Greeson captures everyday moments during pandemic)

SPRING BOOK SALE — Chattanooga Public Library auditorium, 1001 Broad St. Chattanooga Public Library Foundation presents quarterly sale of books in all genres for all ages, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. March 9-16 (closed Sunday). Prices start at $1; proceeds benefit library.

(READ MORE: Chattanooga Public Library has evolved to meet changing demands)

SPRING BREAK SAFARI — Themed, hands-on activities at various local attractions for children on school breaks, March 8-April 7.

WINTER HIKE CHALLENGE — Chattanooga-based Outshine Adventures' second annual event to encourage hiking 90 miles in 90 days, through March 19. $40-$200. Register:

(READ MORE: These are the best winter walking spots in Chattanooga)



› March 3: "Luce" by Noogavision Theatre & Performing Arts Co., 2 p.m. (final show). $22-$27.

› March 8-10: "The Vagina Monologues," with all-Black female cast, 7:30 p.m. Friday, 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, 2:30 p.m. Sunday. $18-$20.

CHATTANOOGA STATE COMMUNITY COLLEGE — Humanities Auditorium, 4501 Amnicola Highway. "Legally Blonde: The Musical," about UCLA merchandising major Elle Woods who goes to Harvard Law School to fight for love, with student and community performers, 2:30 p.m. March 3 (final show). $15.

CHATTANOOGA THEATRE CENTRE — 400 River St. "Dragons Love Tacos," Youth Theatre production, 2:30 p.m. March 3 (final show). $13-$15.

CUMBERLAND COUNTY PLAYHOUSE — 221 Tennessee Ave., Crossville, Tenn. Disney's "Finding Nemo Jr.," first production of the 2024 season, through March 24. $14-$23 (season passes available).

LEE UNIVERSITY OPERA THEATRE — Buzz Oates Theatre, Communication Arts Building, 345 Church St. NE, Cleveland, Tenn. Mainstage production of two one-act fairy tales, "Little Red Riding Hood" and "Pinocchio," 3 p.m. March 3 (final show). $8 adults.

MOUNTAIN ARTS COMMUNITY CENTER — 809 Kentucky Ave., Signal Mountain. Radio play casting call, 2-4 p.m. March 3, 7-9 p.m. March 4.

THE RINGGOLD PLAYHOUSE — Ringgold Depot, 155 Depot St., Ringgold, Ga. "Barefoot in the Park," 2 p.m. March 3 (final show). $10-$12.

TENNESSEE VALLEY THEATRE — 184 W. Jackson Ave., Spring City, Tenn. Season opener, Tom Smith's "Drinking Habits," a comedy about nuns who've been secretly making wine to keep the convent open, 2 p.m. March 3 (final show). $5-$14.

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