BARK-B-Q RIVERBOAT RIDE — Southern Belle, 201 Riverfront Parkway. Riverboat cruise to benefit Humane Educational Society with silent auction and meal of pulled pork, slaw, baked beans, unlimited soft drinks, tea and coffee. $20 per person. Cash bar also available. Boarding at 4:30 p.m., cruise 5-6:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 18. www.heschatt.org.
BAT CAVE SUNSET KAYAK/SUP TOUR — Nickajack Cave Wildlife Refuge, Mapleview Road, South Pittsburg, Tenn. Paddle to Nickajack Bat Cave at sunset to watch thousands of bats emerge in search of insects; $65-$75. 7-9 p.m. Friday, Aug. 16. 423-485-1249.
BENEFIT BARBECUE — Sale Creek Lions Club, 15222 Coppinger Road, behind Sale Creek High School. Annual Lions Club fundraiser selling $8 plates of pork, baked beans, slaw, roll, drink and dessert. Gospel music on the hour by Willow Creek, Glorified, Calvary Blend, Two by Two and Alabaster Voices. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 17.
BLEDSOE COUNTY FAIR — Bledsoe County Community Complex, 1045 Horsehead Road, Pikeville, Tenn. Music, livestock and home-centered exhibits, petting zoo, midway. Gates open 5:30 p.m. Thursday and Saturday, 1 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 15-17. Tickets $20-$28 for multiday pass, $3-$10 one-day pass; midway additional fee. 423-881-3251
CANOE LOOKOUT CREEK — Launch site given with reservation confirmation. Free, four-hour, family-friendly canoe tour from Lookout Creek to Brown's Ferry to learn Civil War and American Indian history. At least one adult must be in each boat, participants must know how to swim and children must be 6 years or older. 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 17. Reservations: 423-643-6888.
CHATTABREW TOURS — Location given upon reservation. ChattaBrew Tour gives behind-the-scenes tours and tastings at four breweries over four hours, as well as time to purchase cans and growlers for later. Included in $40 ticket is beer bus, tastings at each stop, bottled water and Brewing 101 lessons from tour guide. 5:30-9:30 p.m. Fridays, 11:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Saturdays through Aug. 31. 423-232-0427.
CHATTANOOGA FOOTBALL CLUB — Finley Stadium, 1829 Carter St. CFC vs. Michigan Stars FC, $10. 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 24. 423-708-GOAL.
CHATTANOOGA GHOST TOURS — 57 E. Fifth St. Walking tours through downtown, ghost hunts through University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and Citizens Cemetery. Adults $17.95 plus tax, ages 12 and under $11 plus tax. Tours 8:30 p.m. nightly by appointment. 423-800-5998.
CHATTANOOGA MARKET — First Tennessee Pavilion, 1829 Reggie White Blvd. Wear your school colors for Team Spirit Day. Free. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 18. 423-648-2496.
CHATTANOOGA RED WOLVES — Chattanooga Christian School, Stanton Field, 3354 Charger Drive. Red Wolves vs. North Texas SC. Tickets start at $10. 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 17. www.chattredwolves.com
CHICKAMAUGA DAM LOCK THROUGH AND BREWS — Lakeshore Marina, 5600 Lake Resort Terrace. Join REI staff on a guided kayak tour through Chickamauga Dam lock on a four-mile paddle that concludes at a riverside drinking establishment; $85-$95. 7-10 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 17. Reservations: 423-708-4754.
EAT SIP WALK — Chattanooga's Southside, location to meet given upon reservation. Walking tour (less than a mile) of five Southside restaurants; $75 per person. Each stop includes sample of food and a drink while guide shares information about city and its history. 3-6 p.m. Saturdays. Reservations: 423-708-5328 or eatsipwalk.com.
ELECTRIC UNICYCLE CLASS — Adventure Sports Innovation, 191 River St. Riders 9 years and older can take 30-minute electric unicycle lessons, no prior experience needed. Noon, Thursdays-Sundays through Aug. 31. Cost is $30 on Thursdays-Fridays, $35 Saturdays-Sundays. 423-591-5654.
GARDENING CLASS — UT Extension Office, 6183 Adamson Circle off Bonny Oaks Drive. Ann Brown teaches history of plant names. 10 a.m.-noon Saturday, Aug. 17. To register, email email@example.com.
GIRLS NIGHT OUT — Hamilton Place, 2100 Hamilton Place Blvd., check in at Center Court for wristband. In-store discounts, makeovers, facials, sips and sweets, braid bars, jewelry cleaning at stations throughout mall. First 100 guests receive swag bag; everyone has chance to win door prizes. Compassion that Compels fashion show at 6:30 p.m. at Center Court Stage. Chalkboard lettering class by The Chattery at 7 p.m.; $35 includes supplies. Registration required for class on eventbrite.com. Girls Night hours are 5-8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 23. www.hamiltonplace.com
HARRISON BAY STATE PARK — 8411 Harrison Bay Road. Meet in aviary next to interpretive center for ranger program on birds of prey and park's animal ambassadors. 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 24. 423-344-6214.
HATS OFF TO A GOOD CAUSE — Polly Claire's Tea Room, 6178 Adamson Circle off Bonny Oaks Drive. Decorate a hat or donate a fashionable millinery style to fundraiser for Bethel Bible Village Aug. 21-24. Six hats will be selected from the donations to be auctioned with bids on the tea room's Facebook page or on-site. The hat that brings in the largest dollar amount will win Afternoon Tea for Two, a People's Choice hat winner will also win tea for two. Remaining hats will be sold in the tea room gift shop to benefit Bethel. Winners will be announced Sunday, Aug. 25. 423-521-4832
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: 423-332-6517 or 423-240-3443.
» Saturday, Aug. 17: Grundy Forest and Sycamore Falls combination loop at Grundy State Forest, moderate 3.6 miles. Meet at Red Bank Food City at 8:30 a.m.
» Tuesday, Aug. 20: Upper Rock Creek trailhead on top of Leggett Road to the lower trailhead at the bottom of the mountain, 4 miles. Meet at Durham Street in Soddy-Daisy at 8:30 a.m.
» Saturday, Aug. 24: Hughes Road trailhead to Immodium Falls and back, strenuous 8.5 miles.
HISTORY WALKING TOUR — Brown's Ferry Federal Road Trace on Moccasin Bend National Archeological District, 707 Moccasin Bend Road. Free, 90-minute, 1.2-mile walking tour follows antebellum slave trade and discusses story of slave trade from Jamestown through the Civil War. Bring water bottle, insect repellent and wear closed-toe shoes. 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 17. 706-866-9241.
INTRO TO CANDLE-MAKING — Chattanooga Workspace, 302 W. Sixth St. Learn to make two scented candles in 90-minute class. Please arrive 15 minutes before class. Fee $65, may BYOB. 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 15. Reservations: 423-521-2643.
KAYAK AND WALKING TOURS OF CHATTANOOGA — Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park and Outdoor Chattanooga conduct free programs Friday, Aug. 23. 423-643-6888.
» 8:30 a.m. Guided kayak tour around Maclellan Island, two hours, participants must be age 14 or older, know how to swim and weigh less than 275 pounds. Reservations required: 423-643-6888.
» 11 a.m. Ranger-led, 90-minute walking tour from Outdoor Chattanooga, 200 River St., across Walnut Street Bridge. Does not require reservation.
KAYAK RESCUES AND RECOVERY — Chester Frost Park, 2277 N. Gold Point Circle. Learn to enter and exit the kayak wearing a sprayskirt, rescue techniques for self-rescue to get back into your boat. This is follow-up to Learn to Kayak class for kayakers with basic paddling skills. $95-$105. 10 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 25. 423-842-0177.
KENDA TENNESSEE KNOCKOUT — Training Center, 300 Woodland Road, Sequatchie, Tenn. Tennessee Knockout Enduro, an American Extreme Enduro, brings nationally known riders to Sequatchie for two days of racing. 7 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 17; 7 a.m.-4:45 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 18. Spectators $20 per day ages 6 and up, which includes parking; primitive camping $30 per night. 423-942-8688.
MAINSTREET CRUISE-IN — Courthouse square, downtown Cleveland, Tenn. Restored and special-interest cars line the street while music of 1950s-'70s plays; swap meet in parking lot on Broad Street, south of Inman Street. Spaces free on a first-come, first-served basis; free for spectators. 1-6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 24. www.mainstreetcleveland.com
PHOTOGRAPHIC SOCIETY OF CHATTANOOGA — St. John United Methodist Church, 3921 Murray Hills Drive. Program by Bob Copeland on what to take and what to leave at home when traveling in "Ins and Outs of Traveling With Your Camera and Gear" at 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 15. Boot camp at 6 p.m. with Mike James on beginning photo restoration. 423-34-5643.
REFLECTION RIDING ARBORETUM AND NATURE CENTER— 400 Garden Road. Hours of operation 9:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Tuesdays-Fridays, 11 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays. Closed Mondays. Admission $10 adults, $7 ages 4-11 and ages 65 and older. All events require registration: 423-821-1160.
» Saturdays, Aug. 17, 24 and 31: Feed the red wolves after an 11:45 a.m. program with a wildlife expert; suggested donation of $10 adults, $7 children and senior adults, additional $5 to throw meat into wolf enclosure. Register to feed wolves at reflectionriding.org
RIVER CANYON ADVENTURES — 21726 River Canyon Road. Explore the scenic Tennessee River Gorge with daily one-, two- or three-hour adventures priced from $35 to $50. Stop by the rope swing, rent a kayak or paddleboard and have fun in the water. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Register and pay on the website and get 30 minutes additional free time: www.rivercanyonadventure.com. 423-488-8211.
SEQUATCHIE COUNTY FAIR — 103 Heard St., Dunlap, Tenn. Poultry show, flower show, kids talent show, baked goods contest, gospel service. Gates open 9 a.m. Aug. 17 and 19; 1 p.m. Aug. 18; 10 a.m. Aug. 20; 8 a.m. Aug. 21; 10 a.m. Aug. 22-24. Free admission. Aug. 17-24. 423-949-9608
SOUTHBOUND LECTURE SERIES — ArtsBuild, 301 E. 11th St. Maury Nicely, local attorney, historian and author of "Hoffa in Tennessee," will be featured speaker at SoLit's lecture series; $10. 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 22. 423-777-4221.
TRAIN RIDES, CHATTANOOGA — Departing from Tennessee Valley Railroad, 4119 Cromwell Road. 423-894-8028. 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. $18 adults, $12 ages 2-12. August schedule: The railroad is closed Mondays and Tuesdays, but trains will depart Wednesdays-Fridays at 10:40 a.m. and 12:05 p.m.
CHILDREN'S STORY HOUR — Barnes & Noble, 2100 Hamilton Place Blvd., 11 a.m. Saturday, storytime. 423-893-0186.
» Saturday, Aug. 17: History bee event, 2 p.m., children explore the popular "Who Was?" series with games and activities for young readers who like history.
CREATIVE DISCOVERY MUSEUM — 321 Chestnut St. Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. $14.95 adults and children. 423-756-2738, www.cdmfun.org.
» New exhibit: "Dinosaur Train: The Traveling Exhibit."
» Saturday, Aug 17: Folk and traditional events, noon-4 p.m., music, dance, art and food from different cultures.
»Sunday, Aug. 18: Buddy the T-Rex photo-ops, 10:30 and 11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., registration required.
ROSSVILLE PUBLIC LIBRARY — 504 McFarland Ave., Rossville, Ga. Ready to Read story hour, crafts and songs for preschoolers. 10:30-11:30 a.m. Tuesdays. 706-866-1368.
STORY TIME AT THE MALL — Northgate Mall play area, Highway 153. One hour of reading followed by crafts and activities for little ones. Free. 10 a.m. on the first Monday of each month. 423-242-7591.
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 music by Jim Inge and Angela Wood and caller Vicki Herndon. $10 individuals, $7 senior adults, $5 students. 7:30 contra lesson, 8-11 p.m. dance. Saturday, Aug. 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 shoes (sneakers or flats) for dancing. No experience or partner needed. 7-9 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 20. 423-855-9474