A NIGHT UNDER THE STARS — Dalton State Observatory at Beaverdale Elementary School, 9196 Highway 2, Dalton, Ga. Dalton State College hosts family night at the observatory to enjoy space crafts, view the stars and learn from astronomy professors and students. Free. 6-8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 26. 706-272-4436.
ALL IN FOR ALS — Stratton Hall, 3146 Broad St. New casino event to benefit Tennessee chapter of ALS Association. 6:30-10 p.m. Friday, Jan. 19; $50-$100. Reservations: 615-331-5556.
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. Friday and Saturday nights by appointment. 423-821-7125.
CIVIL WAR WALKING TOUR — Sky Harbor Court Hotel, 2159 Old Wauhatchie Pike. Chickamauga & Chattanooga National Military Park hosts free, 90-minute, one-mile walking tour of Old Wauhatchie Pike on Lookout Mountain showing how the road shaped the outcome of the Campaign for Chattanooga. Bring water bottle, wear comfortable shoes and dress for weather. 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 21. 423-821-7786.
DINNER OF DISTINCTION — The Chattanoogan, 1201 S. Broad St. Erlanger Foundation honors Dr. Michael Greer, Dr. Michael Love, Rae Young Bond and the late Tom Edd Wilson; $125 per person. 6-9 p.m. Friday, Jan. 19. 423-778-4803.
FORMAL DRESS SALE — VFW Post 4898, 2902 Amnicola Highway. Judge David Campbell chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution sponsors sale of gowns; all dresses $20. 2-7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 26; 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 27. 423-902-0309.
GARDENING CLASS — Signal Mountain Nursery, 1100 Hubbard Road. Learn how to attract birds to your garden and the benefits of doing so. 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 20. Free, but limited space.Reservations: 423-886-3174.
» Saturday, Jan. 27: Fairy garden class, 10 a.m., $29.99.
GARDENING CLASS — Bees on a Bicycle, 1909 Market St. Learn how to arrange plants, place beds, use containers and other basics of designing a spring garden. Free. 5:30-7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 24. 703-225-9686.
GARDENING CLASS — The Barn Nursery, 1801 E. 24th Street Place. Terrarium make-and-take workshops; $35 includes container, potting soil, charcoal, colorful stones and a few plants and figures. 11 a.m. or 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 27. Reservations: 423-698-2276.
GARDENING CLASS — Holcomb Garden Center, 5513 Highway 153. "How to Have a Beautiful Lawn" is class topic. 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 27. 423-877-8782.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 423-842-3619.
» Saturday, Jan. 20: North Chickamauga Creek, strenuous 9 miles. Meet at Walmart parking lot in Soddy-Daisy at 9 a.m.
» Tuesday, Jan. 23: Sewanee Perimeter Trail starting at University Gate TH on Highway 41, to Shakerag Hollow section and hike to intersection with KA Point trail, returning on same trail to climb stone steps to Green's View. Then group will return to University Gate on Breckwidth trail. Moderate-to-strenuous 6.1 miles. Alternate trail for those who do not want to go up steps. Meet in Publix parking lot on North Market Street at 9 a.m.
» Saturday, Jan. 27: Lula Lake, moderate 4.5 miles. Meet in Food City parking lot in Red Bank at 9 a.m.
HISTORY TALK — Moccasin Bend Archaeological District, 10 Hamm Road. Program on Dragging Canoe and his legacy on the region. 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 27. 423-752-5213.
ICE ON THE LANDING — Chattanooga Choo Choo, 1400 Market St. Final weekend for ice-skating at the rink; $10 adults, $8 children, includes skate rental and two hours of rink time. 2-11 p.m. Thursday-Friday; 10 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday; noon-9 p.m. Sunday. www.iceonthelanding.com.
M.L. KING DAY CELEBRATION — University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, University Center auditorium, 642 E. Fifth St. Political analyst and author Roland Martin speaks at free community program. 10:30 a.m. Friday, Jan. 19. 423-425-5468.
MYSTIKAL KREWE OF INDULGENCES — Marriott, 2 Carter Plaza. Mardi Gras party with Cajun food station, hors d'oeuvres, cash bar, party favors and crowning of king and queen to benefit Charles Coolidge Medal of Honor Heritage Center. Black-tie optional; $90 per person. 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 3. 910-330-5203.
PHOTOGRAPHIC SOCIETY OF CHATTANOOGA — St. John United Methodist Church, 3921 Murray Hills Drive. Tyson Smith of Townsend, Tenn., founder of online journal "Smoky Mountain Journal of Photography," is guest speaker at 7 p.m. today, Jan. 18. Photo boot camp at 6 p.m. on resizing images and print sizes. Visitors welcome. 423-344-5643.
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, Jan. 20: Red wolf feeding and talk, noon, free for members, $10 all others.
SOCIAL JUSTICE SERIES — First-Centenary Youth Family Development Center, 403 Oak St. "How Do We Respond to God's Call for Social Justice," part of series on social justice issues presented by First-Centenary United Methodist Women. Free. 6 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 24. 423-756-2021.
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. January schedule: Trains depart every Saturday at 10:40 a.m., 12:05, 1:15 and 2:25 p.m.
VALENTINE'S CARD-MAKING WORKSHOP — Art Creations, 7351 Commons Blvd. Join Lesley Miller to make three Valentine's Day cards and two gift tags; $20 fee includes card materials, participant brings other decorations. For all ages and skill levels. 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 27. 423-531-7606.
WINTER WORKSHOP SERIES — Outdoor Chattanooga, 200 River St. Two-part introduction to wilderness first aid prepares participants for dealing with emergencies in the outdoors. Free. 6 p.m. Thursdays, Jan. 18 and 25. Reservations: 423-643-6888.
AUTHOR TALK AND BOOK SIGNING — Arts Building, 301 E. 11th St. Southern Lit Alliance hosts retired Brig. Gen. Anthony Tata for a reading and discussion of "Direct Fire" followed by signing. Tickets $10, book an additional $26. 6 p.m. today, Jan. 18. Reservations: 423-777-4221.
BOOK SIGNING — Star Line Books, 1467 Market St. Paul Luikart reads from and signs "Brief Instructions." 6-7 p.m. today, Jan. 18. 423-777-5629.
BOOK SIGNING — McKay Used Books, 7734 Lee Highway. John Scales signs his new book, "The Battles and Campaigns of Confederate General Nathan Bedford Forrest, 1861-1865." noon-4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 20. 423-892-0067.
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 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. 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.
» Tuesday, Jan. 23: Telescope Tuesday, 6:30 p.m., South Chattanooga branch, topics on telescopes and astronomy.
» Saturday, Jan. 27: Creative Entrepreneur's Conference, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., downtown branch. Free conference featuring representatives of successful Chattanooga startups. Limited to 300; reservations required: 423-643-7700.
CHILDREN'S STORY HOUR
» Barnes & Noble, 2100 Hamilton Place Blvd., 11 a.m. Saturday, storytime. 423-893-0186.
» Books Never Ending, 247 Cloud Springs Road, Rossville, 10:30 a.m. Saturdays for ages 3-8. 706-891-0774. www.booksneverending.com
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, www.cdmfun.org.
HOMESCHOOL WORKSHOP — Hunter Museum of American Art, 10 Bluff View. Ages 5 to 13 invited for "I Spy." 10 a.m. Friday, Jan. 19. Hunter members $11, nonmembers $16. Reservations: 423-267-0968.
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 Reelplay. $8 individuals, $5 students and senior adults. 7:30 contra lesson, 8:30-11 p.m. dance. Saturday, Jan. 27. 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, Jan. 23. 423-855-9474.
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.