Chattanooga Now Out & About Calendar - April 4-11

Chattanooga Now Out & About Calendar - April 4-11

April 4th, 2018 by Susan Pierce in Chattnow Outabout


ADULT LEGO CLASS — 6th Cavalry Museum, Barnhardt Circle, Fort Oglethorpe, Ga. Museum partners with Bricks for Kidz to host grown-ups-only Lego night; special motorized tech kits and models designed by architects and engineers will challenge builders. For ages 21 and up. Guests may bring adult beverage of their choice. 7-10 p.m. Friday, April 13. Individuals $30, couples $50. Registration required:

BARK-B-Q BOAT RIDE — Southern Belle riverboat, 201 Riverfront Parkway. Barbecue, silent auction, adoptable pets on cruise to benefit Humane Educational Society; $25 per person. 5-6:30 p.m. Sunday, April 15.

BLUFF VIEW WINE SERIES — Back Inn Cafe, 411 E. Second St. Monthly educational wine series for ages 21 and older; $40 per person. 6:30-8:30 April 10. Reservations required: 423-265-5033, ext. 4.

CHATTANOOGA DOLL SHOW — The Colonnade, 264 Catoosa Circle, Ringgold, Ga. Chattanooga Doll Club's 41st show and sale with 60 dealers selling antique, hard plastic, fashion, Barbies and more types of dolls along with clothing and dollhouses. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, April 14. 706-935-9000.

CHATTANOOGA GHOST TOURS — 432 Market St. Walking tours through downtown, ghost hunts through University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and Citizens Cemetery. Adults $16.95, ages 12 and under $10. Tours 8:30 p.m. nightly by appointment. 423-821-7125.

CIVIL WAR WALKING/DRIVING TOUR — Chickamauga Battlefield, 3370 LaFayette Road, Fort Oglethorpe, Ga. Meet at Visitor Center for tour following the actions of Gen. John B. Hood's famous Texas Brigade. Wear comfortable shoes for one-mile walk, bring water bottle. 2 p.m. Saturday, April 14. 423-821-7786.

CLOUDLAND CANYON STATE PARK — Located near Trenton, Ga., on western side of Lookout Mountain, 122 Cloudland Canyon Park Road, Rising Fawn, Ga. Reservations required: 706-913-7170.

» Today, April 5: Square dancing in group shelter, 7-8:30 p.m., $8-$15 plus $5 parking.

» Friday, April 6: Animal tracks, 11 a.m., $3 plus $5 parking, learn tracks of local animals and what they can tell us.

» Friday, April 6: Night hike, 7-9 p.m., $10 plus $5 parking. Ages 10 and up invited for 2-mile hike to learn about geology and history of the canyon.

» Saturday, April 7: Wildflower talk, 11 a.m., $5 parking.

» Saturday, April 7: Bluegrass in the Park, 6:30-8 p.m., $5 parking. Bring a lawn chair for free concert by the Fine Neighbors String Band at picnic pavilion. Held rain or shine.

» Saturday, April 7: Star party, 8-11 p.m., $5 parking. Barnard Astronomical Society members lead stargazing at disc golf course parking lot.

» Saturday, April 8: Wildflower hike, 4-6 p.m. $10 plus $5 parking. Ages 10 and up invited on one-mile hike on flat trail by river to identify and record species.

DOWNHILL BIKE RIDE — Outdoor Chattanooga, 200 River St. Guided 13-mile mountain bike adventure for ages 12 and older that highlights the scenic trails on Lookout Mountain and how they connect to the Tennessee Riverwalk then into downtown; $25 includes bike, helmet, transportation. Teens must be accompanied by an adult; all riders must be able to independently ride, shift, maneuver and operate a bike with hand brakes. 9 a.m.-noon Friday, April 13. Reservations: 423-643-6888.

EXOTIC BIRD FAIR — Camp Jordan Arena, 323 Camp Jordan Parkway, East Ridge. Exotic birds, toys, cages, food and other supplies sold; $5 admission ages 13 and older. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, April 7; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, April 8. Cages.

EVERYONE EAST LAKE FESTIVAL — East Lake Park, 3000 E. 34th St. East Lake Neighborhood Association hosts community festival with entertainment, concessions for sale, book fiesta, free vaccine clinic for pets at East Lake Citizens Center. 1-5 p.m. Saturday, April 14. 423-529-0315.

FAIRYTALE NIGHTS — Rock City Gardens, 1400 Patten Road, Lookout Mountain. Meet storybook characters, learn to sword fight with a knight, have tea with Alice in Wonderland during Fairytale Nights. 6-8 p.m. nightly through April 15. $11.95-$22.95. 706-820-2531.

FREE VEHICLE INSPECTIONS — Samaritan Center parking lot, 9231 Old Lee Highway, Ooltewah. Southern Adventist University automotive staff and students check fluids, belts, hoses and other maintenance items; no repairs done on-site, but car owners will be given checklist of anything that should be fixed. 1-4 p.m. Sunday, April 15. 423-236-2863.

GARDEN EXPO — Camp Jordan Arena, 323 Camp Jordan Parkway, East Ridge. Master Gardeners of Hamilton County host sixth annual garden expo with vendors, informational classes, demonstrations and plants for sale. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, April 14; 10 a.m-5 p.m. Sunday, April 15. Admission $10 for ages 13 and older, ticket good both days.

HIKES, TENNESSEE — Led by Soddy-Daisy Hiking Club. Bring water and snack. Carpool locations given for those who want to meet group. For more information, contact George Bonneau at or 423-842-3619.

» Saturday, April 7: Heiss Mountain trailhead to Retro Hughes trailhead, strenuous 10 miles. Will stage vehicles. Meet at Durham Street parking lot in Soddy-Daisy at 9 a.m.

» Tuesday, April 10: Cloudland Canyon State Park to Ascalon, easy to moderate 5 miles. Will stage vehicles; $5 parking fee. Meet at Food City in Red Bank at 9 a.m.

» Saturday, April 14: Prentice Cooper (Signal Mountain High School to Middle Creek and back), moderate 5 miles. Meet at Food City in Red Bank at 9 a.m.

INTRODUCTION TO MOUNTAIN BIKING — Greenway Park Farm, 5051 Gann Store Road. Outdoor Chattanooga staff teaches ages 10 and up core skills to get the most out of mountain biking. Participants must already know how to ride a bike. 6-8 p.m. Thursday, April 12. Registration required: $10 per person. 423-643-6888.

LEARN TO RIDE A BICYCLE — Outdoor Chattanooga, 200 River St. Certified instructors teach balance, starting and stopping, basic maintenance, safety rules. All participants must wear helmet. Bikes provided for adults and older children; children shorter than 4 feet must bring own bike. 4-5:30 p.m. or 6-7:30 p.m. Monday, April 9. 423-643-6888.

MARKET SNEAK PEEK — The Commons, 4950 Swinyar Drive, Collegedale, Tenn. Sneak peek of new farmers/artists market at new facility behind Collegedale Police Department. Gates open 11 a.m. Saturday-Sunday, April 7-8.

NIGHT AT THE MOVIES — Bryan College, Rudd Auditorium, 721 Bryan Drive, Dayton, Tenn. Classic silent films accompanied by Bryan Piano Ensemble students. Audience encouraged to come dressed in 1920s-inspired costume or attire. Free. 7:30-9 p.m. Friday, April 6.

RUBY FALLS LANTERN TOURS — Ruby Falls, 1720 South Scenic Highway. Experience underground cavern with only lanterns to light the way; $29.95 adults. 8:30-10:30 p.m. Fridays through November. 706-820-2531.

SPRING ART MARKET — Rome Civic Center, 400 Civic Center Drive, Rome, Ga. Art market of work by Georgia artists along with indoor decor, body products, homemade jam and more. Free admission. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, April 7-8. 706-295-5576.

TRAIN RIDES, CHATTANOOGA — Departing from Tennessee Valley Railroad, 4119 Cromwell Road. 894-8028. Check website for designated weekend train rides such as Chickamauga Turn, Dinner on the Diner and Hiwassee River Rail Adventure.

» Missionary Ridge Local: Six-mile, 55-minute ride through East Chattanooga to TVRM's repair shop. $17 adults, $11 ages 2-12. April schedule: Trains depart every Saturday and Sunday at 10:40 a.m., 12:05, 1:15, 2:25 and 3:35 p.m. Trains depart Mondays through Fridays at 10:40 a.m. 12:05 p.m.

VINTAGE MARKET DAYS — First Tennessee Pavilion, 1826 Carter St. Sale of vintage furniture, clothing, jewelry, repurposed finds with food trucks and live music. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday-Sunday, April 6-8. $10 weekend pass purchased in advance, $5 Saturday or Sunday.

WHOOP DEE DOO IN RIVERVIEW — Riverview merchants in Hixson Pike/Dorchester/Hanover Street area. Fashion, food, discounts and door prizes at spring shopping event. 5-7 p.m. today, April 5. 423-265-2007.

WINE IN THE WOODS — Sequatchie Valley Institute, 1233 Cartwright Loop, Whitwell, Tenn. Visit SVI and enjoy wine tastings, music and camping in a rustic shelter, if desired. $25 per person. 3 p.m. Saturday, April 7. 423-949-4598 .

WINTER IN WEST VILLAGE — West Village, Chestnut and Pine streets around the Westin Hotel. Street party with food trucks, beer wagon, live band, laser light show. 6 p.m. every Saturday. 423-531-46543.

WOMEN'S EXPO — S&S Auto Repair, 6210 Airpark Drive. Car care tips, fitness and health information, financial experts and nutritionist at event. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, April 14. Reservations: 423-888-0436.


BOOK SALE — Eastgate Town Center, 5600 Brainerd Road. Friends of the Library holds fundraiser to support Chattanooga Public Library. Hardbacks $2, paperbacks $1, children's books half those prices. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Saturday, noon-6 p.m Sundays April 7-21. 423-643-7700.

C.S. LEWIS LECTURE — University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, Derthick Hall, Room 101. Dr. Justin Dyer, University of Missouri associate professor of political science, gives free talk on "Is Everything You Know about C.S. Lewis and Politics Wrong?" 7 p.m. today, April 5.



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

» 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.

» Baby Bounce: Wednesdays and Saturdays, 10-10:30 a.m., Eastgate branch. Finger play, songs and stories for infants up to 18 months and their parent/caregiver.


» Barnes & Noble, 2100 Hamilton Place Blvd., 11 a.m. Saturday, storytime. 423-893-0186.

» Monday, April 9: Oola Bus Tour with Troy Amdahl (OolaGuru) and Dave Braun (OolaSeeker) stops at Barnes and Noble, 7 p.m.

CREATIVE DISCOVERY MUSEUM — 321 Chestnut St. Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday-Tuesday and Thursday-Saturday; closed Wednesday. $13.95 adults and children.756-2738,

» Saturday, April 7: America to Zanzibar event, 1-3 p.m., performance by Kud Basanski Zumbuli dance troupe from Atlanta, food demonstration, henna tattoos, calligraphy and more.

ROSSVILLE PUBLIC LIBRARY — 504 McFarland Ave., Rossville, Ga. Preschool Ready to Read, Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m. Come for stories, crafts and songs. 706-866-1368.


BALLROOM — Ballroom Magic Dance Center, 4200 N. Access Road. $10 per person. 8:30-10:30 p.m. Fridays. 423-771-3646.

CONTRA DANCE — Brainerd United Methodist Church, 4315 Brainerd Road. Chattanooga Traditional Dance Society hosts dance with caller Vicki Herndon and music by Contraplicity. $10 individuals, $7 students and senior adults. 7:30 contra lesson, 8-11 p.m. dance. Saturday, April 14. 423-629-0333.

ENGLISH COUNTRY DANCE — Heritage House at Heritage Park, 1428 Jenkins Road. Free introductory class for new dancers that teaches fundamental moves, then several dances from the historical repertoire. Bring soft-sole (sneakers or flats) shoes for dancing. No experience needed. 7-9 p.m. Tuesday, April 17. 423-855-9474.

SINGLES DANCE — First-Centenary United Methodist Church, Mohney Hall, corner of Oak and Houston streets. Sock hop sponsored by Positive Christian Singles; $8 and bring snacks to share. 7-10 p.m. Saturday, April 14. 423-756-2021.

USA DANCE — Brainerd United Methodist Church, Lundy Hall, 4315 Brainerd Road. Beginning merengue lesson taught by Nelson Rodriquez at 7:30 p.m., followed by general dancing 8:30-10:30 p.m. Friday, April 13. USAD members and first-time guests, $5; nonmembers $10.