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LEISURE

A NIGHT UNDER THE STARS — Dalton State Observatory at Beaverdale Elementary School, 9196 Highway 2, Dalton, Ga. Dalton State College hosts free family night at the observatory to enjoy space crafts, view the stars and learn from astronomy professors and students. 6-8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 26. 706-272-4436.

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.

» Sunday, Jan. 28: "The Latest From Pluto," featured constellation is Taurus.

» Sunday, Feb. 4: "The H-R Diagram," featured constellation is Taurus.

BOARD GAME NIGHT — The Bitter Alibi, 825 Houston St. Join friends for food, drinks and board games; bring your own games or check out the ones on hand. 6-10 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 8. 423-362-5070.

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.

DANCING WITH THE STARS OF NORTH GEORGIA — The Colonnade, 264 Catoosa Circle, Ringgold, Ga. Amateur dancers are paired with professionals in competition; $100 per person. 5 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 27. www.dancingstarsnorthga.com/

DISASTER/TRAVEL/WILDERNESS FIRST AID COURSE — UTC Aquatic and Recreation Center, 601 E. Fifth St. Learn how to save a life or limb in two-day class for ages 12 and older, $195 per person. 8:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 27-28. Registration required: www.solowfa.com.

FATHER-DAUGHTER DANCE — The Colonnade, 264 Catoosa Circle, Ringgold, Ga. Night of dancing for girls and their fathers, stepfathers, grandfathers or father figures, with refreshments provided. Tickets $5 per person, handmade corsages available at the door for $5. Professional photographer on-site with photo packages. 6-9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 2. Reservations: 706-638-1555.

FATHER-DAUGHTER DANCE — Chattanooga Convention Center, Ballrooms E-J, 1150 Carter St. Annual dance sponsored by Hamilton County Parks and Recreation Department for girls ages 3 and up and their father, stepfather, grandfathers or father figures. Light hors d'oeuvres and dessert buffet included in $30 per-person ticket. 6:30 p.m. photos, 7-10 p.m. dance Friday, Feb. 9. Two ways to purchase tickets: at Chester Frost Park, 2277 N. Gold Point Circle in Hixson or online at https://secure.rec1.com/TN/hamilton-county-tn/catalog/index?filter=dGFiJTVCNDE1OCU1RD0xJnNlYXJjaD0.

FORMAL DRESSES SALE — VFW Post 4898, 2902 Amnicola Highway. Judge David Campbell chapter of the DAR 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. Fairy garden class, $29.99. 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 27. 423-886-3174.

» Saturday, Feb. 3: Terrarium Art Workshop, 10 a.m., cost depends on materials used.

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 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 george.r.bonneau@gmail.com or 423-842-3619.

» Saturday, Jan. 27: Lula Lake, moderate 4.5 miles. Meet in Red Bank Food City parking lot at 9 a.m.

» Tuesday, Jan. 30: Harrison Bay State Park, easy 4.5 miles. Meet in Highway 153 Target parking lot at 9 a.m.

» Saturday, Feb. 3: Lower Leggett trailhead to connector loop, the overlook and continue to finish loop at the trailhead; moderate 6 miles. Meet at Durham Street parking lot in Soddy Daisy 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.

MYSTIKAL KREWE OF INDULGENCES — Marriott, 2 Carter Plaza. Mardi Gras party with Cajun food stations, hors d'oeurves, cash bar, party favors and crowning of king and queen to benefit Charles Coolidge Medal of Honor Heritage Center. Black-tie optional; $50-$90 per person. 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 3. 910-330-5203.

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. 27: Red wolf feeding and talk, noon, free for members, $10 all others.

» Sunday, Feb. 18: Stand Up for Conservation, 6:30-9:30 p.m., $23.16, stand-up comedy fundraiser to support teaching arboretum, red wolf species survival plan and education programming. Tickets available on eventbrite, at the Comedy Catch box office or make arrangements by email at volunteer@reflectionriding.org.

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 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.

VALENTINE'S DAY AT THE ZOO — Chattanooga Zoo, 301 N. Holtzclaw Ave. Animal enrichment programs at 10:30 a.m., snow leopard; 11:30 a.m., Chinese alligators; 12:30 p.m., Emperor and Golden Lion Tamarins; 1:30 p.m., sand cats; and 2:30 p.m., chimps on Saturday, Feb. 10. Included in zoo admission of $9.95 adults, $6.95 children ages 3-12, zoo members and children under 2 are free. www.chattzoo.org.

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.

BOOKS/AUTHORS

BOOK READING — Association for Visual Arts, 30 Frazier Ave. Josiah Golson reads from "The Souls of Free Folk," an illustrated poem celebrating the black experience through an artist's coming of age story. 6 p.m. Friday, Feb. 2. 423-265-4282.

BOOK READING — River Gallery, 400 E. Second St. Free, family-oriented book reading with author and illustrator Abigail Wetmore from her book "Thaddeus West and Sneed — The Chicken Coop." 1 or 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 27. 423-265-5033.

BOOK RELEASE AND SIGNING — Edney Innovation Center, 1100 Market St., Accelerator Lounge on fifth floor. Speaker, author, coach and facilitator Vincent Ivan Phipps signs "Lead Out Loud," written for professionals who desire a communication makeover. 5-6:30 p.m. today, Jan. 25. 423-485-3465.

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.

CHIDREN/TEENS

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.

» 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.

HARRY POTTER FANTASTIC BEASTLY FESTIVAL — Barnes and Noble, 2100 Hamilton Place Blvd. Harry Potter party includes dancing at the Beastly Ball, games, giveaways, costume contests (family-friendly costumes requested), and the crowning of a king and queen. 7-9 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 3. 423-893-0186.

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.

» Today, Jan. 25: Beginner's quilting class, 6 p.m., free. If you attended the first quilting session, bring the squares you made.

DANCES

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 — 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, Jan. 27. 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.

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