ARCHAEOLOGY LECTURE — Southern Adventist University, Lynn Wood Chapel, 4881 Taylor Circle, Collegedale. Dr. Melinda Hartwig speaks on "Ancient Egyptian Tomb Painting and Identity." 7 p.m. Monday, March 26. 423-236-2000.
ASTRONOMY — Jones Observatory, 10 N. Tuxedo Ave., one block off Brainerd Road. Gates open at 6:30 p.m., lecture at 7 o'clock followed by telescope viewing until 9 p.m. Free. 423-425-4518.
» Sunday, March 25: "The Oort Cloud," featured constellation is Leo.
» Sunday, April 1: "The Ninth Planet — Have They Found It Yet," featured constellation is the Summer Triangle.
BARBECUE, BLUES AND BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL — Greenway Park, 755 Raider Drive, Cleveland, Tenn. New festival with 60 arts and crafts vendors, five bands, six barbecue vendors; People's Choice tasting of five samples for $3. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, March 24. 423-486-7597
BIRDWATCHERS' HIKE — Chickamauga Battlefield, Visitor Center, 3370 LaFayette Road, Fort Oglethorpe, Ga. Meet at Visitor Center then caravan to program site for two-hour, 2.5-mile hike focusing on modern and historical birding in the battlefield. Wear appropriate clothing for weather, hiking shoes or boots and bring water. 7:30 a.m. Saturday, March 31. 423-821-7786.
CAREER FAIR — Chattanooga State Community College gymnasium, 4501 Amnicola Highway. More than 50 business representatives at event to discuss employment opportunities. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. today, March 22. 423-697-2432.
DOGGIE EGG HUNT — McKamey Animal Center, 4500 N. Access Road. Thousands of eggs filled with dog treats for pets to find. Admission either $5 per pooch or bag of pet food. Dogs must be on leash at all times and be current on rabies vaccinations. 9 a.m. registration, 10 a.m. egg hunt. Saturday, March 24. 423-305-6500.
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, March 23; 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday, March 24. Reservations: 423-643-6888.
DREAD HOLLOW SCREAM BREAK — Dread Hollow, 321 Brown's Ferry Road. Enter the haunted sanitarium for spring break thrills; $15 per person. 7-10 p.m. Saturdays, March 24-31. 423-821-244.
ENVIRONMENTAL TALK — Unitarian Universalist Church, 3224 Navajo Drive. Naturalist Rick Foster gives overview of wetlands, how nutrient and oxygen levels affect conditions and the biology of wetlands at Sierra Club meeting. 7 p.m. Monday, March 26. 423-624-2985.
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. March 23-April 15. $11.95-$22.95. 706-820-2531.
FREE PHOTOS WITH EASTER BUNNY — Bass Pro Shops, 1000 Bass Pro Drive, East Ridge. Free 4-inch by 6-inch photo with the rabbit plus children's activities. Regular store hours Saturday, March 24, through Sunday, April 1. www.basspro.com.
GARDENING CLASS — Bees on a Bicycle, 1909 Market St. Plant your own succulent garden at Mama's Night Out: Succulent Bar Happy Hour. Fee varies by materials chosen. 6:30-8 p.m. today, March 22. 703-225-9686.
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, March 24: Retro Hughes Road trailhead to Rock Creek Bridge and back, slightly strenuous 5.5 miles. Meet at Durham Street parking lot in Soddy-Daisy at 9 a.m.
» Saturday, March 31: Booker T. Washington State Park, moderate 7 miles. Meet at Target parking lot on Highway 153 at 9 a.m. or at swimming pool parking lot at the state park at 9:30 a.m.
HISTORY TALK — Chickamauga Battlefield Visitor Center, 3370 LaFayette Road, Fort Oglethorpe, Ga. Park staff presents one-hour talk on the Women's Army Auxiliary Corps/Women's Army Corps work with the 6888th Central Postal Directory Battalion during World War II. 2 p.m. Saturday, March 24. 423-821-7786.
HISTORY TALK — Dalton State College, Sequoyah Hall Room 102, 650 College Drive, Dalton, Ga. The Bandy Heritage Center for Northwest Georgia presents Dr. Mathew Byron, speaking on "Thou Shalt Not Duel: The Impotency of Dueling Laws in the United States." Free. 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 27. 706-272-4452.
JEWELRY MAKING CLASS — Chattanooga Workspace, 302 W. Sixth St. Janet Campbell leads workshop on basic jewelry-making techniques and make-and-take copper-and-silver pendant. All materials included in $64 fee. 1-4 p.m. Saturday, March 24. 423-5750.
MOMS NIGHT OUT — BX at Brainerd Crossroads, 4011 Austin St. First Things First offers evening of laughter for moms with performance by comedian Kerri Pomarolli; $15 per person includes desserts and warm beverages. 6:30 p.m. today, March 22. Reservations: FirstThings.org
RESCUES ON THE RUNWAY — Chattanooga Convention Center, 1150 Carter St. Three-course meal, silent auction, runway show of dogs adopted from the Humane Educational Society and their owners' stories. 6 p.m. Saturday, March 24. Sold Out.
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.
STRIDES OF MARCH — Renaissance Park, Manufacturer's Road. Annual walk for Chattanooga CARES with music from Priscilla & Little RicKee, beverages from Heaven & Ale and barbecue from Chatterbox Cafe. Noon Saturday, March 24. www.chattanoogacares.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. 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.
WOMEN'S HISTORY EVENT — Russell Cave, 3729 County Road 98, Bridgeport, Ala. Russell Cave staff offers demonstrations and talks about different tasks assigned women throughout history from cooking method of prehistoric women to softening buckskin to quilting. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. CDT, Friday, March 23. 256-495-2672.
AUTHORS OF FAITH — Barnes and Noble, 2100 Hamilton Place Blvd. Authors Denise Sherriff, Darlene Underwood and Gene Everette Weatherly sign and speak about their books. 2-4 p.m. Saturday, March 24. 423-893-0186.
BOOK READING — Lee University, Helen DeVos College of Education, Rose Lecture Hall, 1400 Parker St., Cleveland, Tenn. Robert Morgan, author of Oprah Book Club selection "Gap Creek," reads from his fiction. 7-8 p.m. today, March 22. 423-614-8210.
POETRY AND SONG — Wildflower Tea Shoppe & Apothecary, 1423 Market St. Author Susan Gregg Gilmore brings together Sue Weaver Dunlap, Lisa Dordal, Darnell Arnoult and Belinda Smith for an evening of poetry readings and song. 7-8 p.m. today, March 22. 423-777-5629.
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.
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.756-2738, www.cdmfun.org.
Saturday, March 24: Preschool Adventure Day: Fun on the Farm, 10 a.m.-noon, for ages 18 months to 4 years.
DALTON-WHITFIELD COUNTY, GA., PUBLIC LIBRARY — 310 Cappes St., Dalton, Ga. 706-876-1360.
» Saturday, March 24: Family Lego Day, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., free play.
» Saturday, March 24: Local Author Festival, 10 a.m.-noon, North Georgia authors of fiction, memoirs, children's books and more discuss their stories.
» Monday, March 26: Tween Insight Search Team meeting, 4:30 p.m., youth in grades 4-8 invited for pizza and to discuss event, books and community service project.
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 Donna Calhoun and music by Peavine Creek String Band. $10 individuals, $7 students and senior adults. 7:30 contra lesson, 8-11 p.m. dance. Saturday, March 24. 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, March 27. 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.