AMUSEUM — Creative Discovery Museum, 321 Chestnut St. James Bond-themed party for adults to benefit children's museum; $100 per person. 7 p.m. Saturday, March 3. Reservations: 423-648-6072.
ASTRONOMY — Jones Observatory, 10 N. Tuxedo Ave., one block off Brainerd Road. Gates open at 5:30 p.m., lecture at 6 followed by telescope viewing until 8 p.m. Free. 423-425-4518.
» March 4: "The Oort Cloud," featured constellation is Orion.
BOYS CHOIR FUNDRAISER — Bessie Smith Cultural Center, 200 E. M.L.King Blvd. Charm of Charleston benefit features low-country boil cooked by Chef Charlie Loomis, a music performance, live and silent auctions. Individuals $50, table of eight is $400. 7 p.m. Saturday, March 3. Reservations: 423-634-2299.
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 TALK — Orchard Knob Reservation, intersection of Ivy Street and Orchard Knob Avenue. One-hour, ranger-facilitated discussion on the environmental impact of the Civil War on Chattanooga. Wear comfortable clothing, bring portable chair. 2 p.m. Sunday, March 4. 423-821-7786.
CIVIL WAR WALKING TOUR — Follow Special Event signs from Manufacturer's Road to parking near 202 Moccasin Bend Road. Guided 1.5-mile, 90-minute hike to hear about 18th Ohio Battery positions on Moccasin Bend and infantry's role during the Battle of Lookout Mountain. Bring bottle of water and portable chair. 2 p.m. Saturday, March 10. 423-821-7786.
DENIM AND DIAMONDS — Chattanooga Convention Center, 1150 Carter St. Music, food, live and silent auctions to benefit Project Access; $134.02 per person. 7-11 p.m. Saturday, March 3. www.facebook.com/events/2002090476673437.
GARDENING CLASS — Chattanooga Workspace, 302 W. Sixth St. Planting for Pollinators taught by staff of Bees on a Bicycle, $15 per person. 5:30 p.m. Thursday, March 8. 703-225-9686.
HEALTH AND WELLNESS FAIR — Chattanooga State Community College, Health Science Center, 4501 Amnicola Highway. Free health fair with free screenings, one-on-one talks with health professionals, drop-off for unwanted medications. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Friday, March 2. 423-697-3328.
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 email@example.com or 423-842-3619.
» Saturday, March 3: Cloudland Canyon State Park, west rim trail, moderate 4.5 miles, $5 parking. Meet at Food City parking lot in Red Bank at 9 a.m.
» Tuesday, March 6: Old Copper Road to Thunder Rock Campground, easy 4 miles. Will require a short shuttle leaving one car at Thunder Rock and other cars at Boyd Gap. Meet at the Ooltewah Food City at 9:30 a.m. Or meet in parking lot of Highway 153 Target at 9 a.m.
» Saturday, March 10: Fall Creek Falls, moderate 6 miles. Meet at Durham Street parking lot in Soddy-Daisy at 9 am.
HISTORY HAPPY HOUR — Museum Center at Five Points, 200 E. Inman St., Cleveland, Tenn. Dr. Drew Bledsoe will speak on the challenge of command during the Civil War; musical guests are Nathan Mell & The Bistro Boys. For ages 21 and older. Free for members, $10 at the door for nonmembers. 6 p.m. today, March 1. 423-339-5745.
MINDFUL EATING — Chattanooga Workspace, 302 W. Sixth St. Dietitian Courtney Phifer discusses how mindful eating can help avoid overeating; $19.75 per person. 6 p.m. Wednesday, March 7. 423-822-5750.
PRUNING WORKSHOP — Crabtree Farms, 1000 E. 30th St. Landscape architect Matt Whitaker teaches hands-on pruning workshop; no pruning experience necessary. Dress for weather, including boots and gloves. Bring rain gear if damp, bring sharp pruners, loppers or small hand saws if you have them. Crabtree Farm members $40, nonmembers $45, optional lunch $12. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, March 3. 423-493-9155.
REFLECTION RIDING ARBORETUM AND NATURE CENTER— 400 Garden Road. Hours of operation 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays, 12:30-4 p.m. Sunday. Closed Mondays. Admission $10 adults, $7 ages 4-11 and ages 65 and older. All events require registration: 423-821-1160.
» Saturday, March 3: Red wolf feeding and talk, noon, free for members, $10 all others.
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. 706-820-2531.
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. www.tvrail.com.
» Missionary Ridge Local: Six-mile, 55-minute ride through East Chattanooga to TVRM's repair shop. $17 adults, $11 ages 2-12. March schedule: Trains depart every Saturday and Sunday at 10:40 a.m., 12:05, 1:15, 2:25 and 3:35 p.m. Trains also depart Mondays through Fridays at 10:40 a.m. and 12:05 p.m.
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.
WINTER WORKSHOP — Outdoor Chattanooga, 200 River St. Free class to learn how to plan and lead a day hike to make the trip safer and more enjoyable. 6 p.m. today, March 1. 423-643-6888.
ZOOPERHERO DAY — Chattanooga Zoo, 301 N. Holtzclaw Ave. Children invited to come costumed, meet their favorite superheroes and get their photo made with them. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, March 3. Adults $9.95, Children 3-12 are $6.95, children wearing costumes receive half off admission. www.chattzoo.org
BOOK READING — Star Line Books, 1467 Market St. 423-777-5629. Jon Jefferson, half of the Jefferson Bass team who write the Body Farm series, reads and signs "Wave of Terror," 5-6 p.m. Thursday, March 8. 423-777-5629.
WRITERS GUILD — Creative Arts Guild, 520 W. Waugh St., Dalton, Ga. Guild hosts monthly meetings to improve writing skills, provide listening and feedback to local writers and to present regional authors. Third Monday of each month. 706-259-1822.
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 423-757-5310 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. 423-757-5314.
» Toddler Time: Learning program for ages 18-36 months and parents/guardians, registration 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.
» Saturday, March 3: Trivia fundraiser, 6-10 p.m., silent auction, taco bar, cash bar, benefits Autism and Behavior Services; $40 per person in advance, $45 at door. 423-664-0903.
CHILDREN'S STORY HOUR
» Barnes & Noble, 2100 Hamilton Place Blvd., 11 a.m. Saturday, storytime. 423-893-0186.
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. 423-756-2738, www.cdmfun.org.
» Today, March 1: Sensory night for children with sensory sensitivity and their families, 5:30-8 p.m., requires reservation.
DALTON-WHITFIELD COUNTY, PUBLIC LIBRARY — 310 Cappes St., Dalton, Ga. 706-876-1360.
» Today, March 1: DIY: Painting Terra Cotta Pots, 5:30 p.m., ages 18 and up, all materials provided.
» Friday, March 2: Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss, 4 p.m., storytime for preschool and elementary children with craft following.
» Saturday, March 3: Friends of the Library Book Sale, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
» Monday, March 5: A Wrinkle in Time book party, 4:30 p.m., for children in grades 4-8.
» Tuesday, March 6: Teen game night, 4:30 p.m., for grades 8-12.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, DR. SEUSS — Cleveland State Community College library, 3535 Adkisson Drive, Cleveland, Tenn. Cleveland State Early Childhood Education program sponsors children's party based on "The Cat in the Hat." Costumed characters, literacy activities, hat making, face painting, refreshments; bring unused books for donation to Little Free Library. All children must be accompanied by an adult. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, March 3. 423-472-7141, ext. 282.
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 St. Patrick's dance with caller Vicki Herndon and music by Carolina Ceili. $10 individuals, $7 students and senior adults. 7:30 contra lesson, 8-11 p.m. dance. Saturday, March 10. 423-629-0333.
ENGLISH COUNTRY DANCE — Brainerd United Methodist Church, 4315 Brainerd Road. Learn fundamentals of country dancing then several dances from the historical repertoire. No partner or previous experience necessary. $5. Bring soft-sole (sneakers or flats) shoes for dancing. 4-6 p.m. Saturday, March 10. 423-629-0333.
SHAG, BOP, SWING, JITTERBUG — Elks Lodge 91, 1067 Graysville Road at East Brainerd Road. $5 members, $7 guests. 7-10 p.m. Thursdays. www.choochooshagclub.com.
USA DANCE — Brainerd United Methodist Church, Lundy Hall, 4315 Brainerd Road. Beginning quickstep lesson taught by Chris Holt at 7:30 p.m., followed by general dancing 8:30-10:30 p.m. Friday, March 9. chattanoogausadance.com. USAD members and first-time guests, $5; nonmembers $10.