Alex Honnold meets a couple of climbers as he rappels El Capitan's Freerider route to practice the climb before his free solo attempt. "Free Solo" is a stunning portrait of climber Honnold as he prepares to achieve his lifelong dream: climbing the face of the 3,200-foot El Capitan in Yosemite National Park without a rope. The movie will be shown in the Imax Theater, 201 Chestnut St., at 7 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Jan. 11-12; 6 p.m. Sunday-Thursday, Jan. 13-17. Tickets are $15.95 adults, $12.95 children. For more information: (National Geographic/Jimmy Chin Photo)


ALL IN FOR ALS — Stratton Hall, 3146 Broad St. Charity casino night with professional dealers, open bar, music, silent auction to support patients with ALS. Tickets $50-$100. 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 18.

BENEFIT ART SALE — Braxton Mill Artisans, 8717 Hixson Pike. Sale of work by Larry Bullington to benefit Nickels for Nepal, with silent auction of two original pieces valued at more than $2,500 each. Winners announced at 3 p.m., bidders must be present to receive the art. Nickels for Nepal supports schoolchildren in remote villages of Nepal. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 19. 423-305-2570.

BREAKING UP CHRISTMAS — Museum Center at Five Points, 200 E. Inman St., Cleveland, Tenn. Cleveland Storytelling Guild presents traditional Appalachian songs and stories in family-friendly event; $5 per person ages 6 and up. 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 10. 423-479-7887.

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. Friday or Saturday nights by appointment. 423-800-5998.

DINNER OF DISTINCTION — Westin Hotel, 801 Pine St. Erlanger Health System Foundation honors Dr. Mack Worthington, Dr. Larry Schlabach, JoAnne Favors and the late Dr. Francis Fesmire. 5:30-9 p.m. Friday, Jan 18. Tickets are $125 per person; reservation deadline is Thursday, Jan. 10. 423-778-4803.

DINNER WITH THE DOCTOR — Hixson Seventh-day Adventist Church, 6424 Hixson Pike. "Please, No More Diets" is subject of Dr. Mike Hollie on controlling weight healthfully, followed by meal; $5 includes dinner, recipes. 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 22. Reservations: 423-386-551

ENVIRONMENTAL LECTURES — Covenant College, 14049 Scenic Highway, Lookout Mountain. Professors Mark Holtzapple and Micah Green, both from the Department of Chemical Engineering at Texas A&M, speak on global warming, climate change and the Christian ethic. Free. 11 a.m. or 6:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 11.

FILM SERIES — Jewish Cultural Center, 5461 North Terrace Road. Jewish-themed, award-winning documentaries will be shown at 7:15 p.m. on Wednesdays, Jan. 16 and 23. Films are suitable for ages 16 and older. Tickets are $8, which includes popcorn and soft drink.

» Jan. 16: "Land of Milk and Funny"

» Jan. 23: "Inside the Mossad"

HARRISON BAY STATE PARK — 8411 Harrison Bay Road. Meet at the playground parking lot for Full Moon Fitness, ranger-led activities such as hiking, mountain biking, canoeing on night of the full moon. Followed by Dutch oven peach cobbler tasting at the fire pit near the playground, $2. 6-8 p.m. Jan. 19. 615-306-0611

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, 423-842-3619.

» Saturday, Jan. 12: Roaring Creek, moderately strenuous 6 miles in and out. Meet at Durham Street in Soddy-Daisy at 8:30 a.m.

» Tuesday, Jan. 15: Lookout Mountain Bluff Trail from Covenant College to Point Park, about 5 miles. Will have car at Point Park to return for drivers to pick up cars. Meet at Red Bank Food City at 8:30 a.m. or at Covenant College, Ochs Gateway, at 9 a.m.

» Saturday, Jan. 19: Prentice Cooper from Snoopers Rock to Natural Bridge and back, moderately strenuous 6 miles. Meet at Red Bank Food City at 8:30 a.m.

ICE ON THE LANDING — Chattanooga Choo Choo gardens, 1400 Market St. Open-air ice-skating rink; skate rental included in fee of $10 adults, $8 children ages 12 and younger. 2-9 p.m. Monday-Wednesday, 2-11 pm. Thursday-Friday, 10 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday, noon-9 p.m. Sunday through Jan. 21.

» Thursday, Jan. 10: Family Night, 5-9 p.m., one child age 12 and younger admitted free with a paying adult.

» Tuesday, Jan. 15: College Student Night, 5-9 p.m., bring valid student ID and get $2 off adult skating price.

» Wednesday, Jan. 16: Family Promise Charity Night, 5-9 p.m., portion of ticket sales will be donated to Family Promise.

LEARN TO PLAY DISC GOLF — Portland Park, 1001 Signal Mountain Road. Members of Chattanooga Flying Disc Club teach free class on rules, scoring, equipment, lingo and safety; discs available to play nine-hole course in hands-on lesson. 1-3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 19. Reservations required: 423-643-6888.

LEARN TO RIDE A BICYCLE — Outdoor Chattanooga, 200 River St. Learn to ride a bike while learning basic maintenance of bike parts, helmet fit, safety checks, balance, starting and stopping, road and sidewalk rules. Free. 4-5:30 p.m. or 6-7:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 14. 423-63-6888.

OCOEE REGION BEEKEEPERS — Benton Municipal Building, 6496 Highway 411, Benton, Tenn. Open house for anyone interested in beekeeping; Jeff Martin speaks on "Joys of Beekeeping," including hive location and set-up. 7-9 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 15. 423-472-2230

PARENTING WORKSHOP — Baylor School, 171 Baylor School Road. Dr. John Medina, author of "Brain Rules: 12 Principles for Surviving at Work, Home and School," will give free talk on the genes behind brain development and psychiatric conditions. 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 15. 423-267-8505

PHOTOGRAPHIC SOCIETY OF CHATTANOOGA — St. John United Methodist Church, 3921 Murray Hills Drive. Joe Anderson speaks on "The Inspired Outdoors: Where, How and When in Landscape & Wildlife Photography." 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 17. Gayle Domanski leads boot camp at 6 p.m. on "Beginning Photoshop Filters." 423-34-5643.

PINK BRIDE — Chattanooga Convention Center, 1150 Carter St. Bridal expo with industry vendors in one location, vendors' special offers, two wedding party fashion shows, giveaways. Tickets $12 in advance, $15 day of show. Noon-5 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 27.

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.

» 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. as well as Sunday and Monday of the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend.

WINTER WORKSHOP — Outdoor Chattanooga, 200 River St. Free Leave No Trace workshop covers seven principles on preparation, planning, skills and techniques to protect the environment. 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 10. 423-643-6888.


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 423-643-7700 or visit

» Saturday, Jan. 12: Make Way for Omelette, 1 p.m. at South Chattanooga branch, 3 p.m. at downtown branch, part of Symphonic Tales.

» Saturday, Jan. 12: Cooking on 2 for tweens and teens: homemade dinner rolls with hand-churned butter, 2 p.m. downtown branch, followed by STEAM Team at 4 p.m.

» Saturday, Jan. 12: Screening of "The House With a Clock in its Walls" for all ages, 2:30-5 p.m., Eastgate branch

CHILDREN'S STORY HOUR — Barnes & Noble, 2100 Hamilton Place Blvd., 11 a.m. Saturday, storytime. 423-893-0186.

» Saturday-Sunday, Jan. 12-13: Educator Appreciation Shopping Weekend, pre-K through high-school teachers receive 25 percent off most books, toys, games, movies, music and more.

CREATIVE DISCOVERY MUSEUM — 321 Chestnut St. Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. every day except Wednesday. $14.95 adults and children. 423-756-2738,

» Saturday, Jan. 19: New exhibit opens.

DALTON-WHITFIELD COUNTY, GA., PUBLIC LIBRARY — 310 Cappes St., Dalton, Ga. 706-876-1360.

» Thursday, Jan. 10: DIY Yarn Tapestry, 5:30 p.m., open to ages 18 and up, make a wall hanging, all supplies provided.

» Saturday, Jan. 12: Family Lego Day, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., free for all ages

» Monday, Jan. 14: Tweens Create: Acrylics Night, 4:30-6 p.m, for students in grades 4-8, local artist teaches painting techniques, all supplies provided.

» Monday, Jan. 14: Kids Create: Snow, 5 p.m., students in grades K-5 make their own snow and snowflake art; must be accompanied by parent or guardian.

» Tuesday, Jan. 15: Teen Game Night, 4:30-6:30 p.m., for students in grades 8-12, teens play matches of Rocket League.

» Thursday, Jan. 17: Art at the Library: Snowman at Night, 5:30 p.m., for ages 18 and older, paint-along art class paints snow scenes, supplies provided.

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.


BALLROOM — Ballroom Magic Dance Center, 4200 N. Access Road. $10 per person. 8:30-10:30 p.m. Fridays. 423-771-3646.

CHATTABOOGIE — Brainerd United Methodist Church, 4315 Brainerd Road. Annual weekend of contra dancing with swing dance party, techno contradance and workshops. Bands will be Contrazz and Buddy System; callers are Seth Tepfer and Vicki Herndon. 6-midnight Friday, 10 a.m.-midnight Saturday, 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 11-13. $98 for weekend, $58 students.

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, Jan. 15. 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.

SINGLES DANCE — First-Centenary United Methodist Church, Mohney Hall, corner of Oak and Houston streets. Winter Wonderland dance, $8 and bring finger foods to share. 7-10 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 12. 423-756-2021.

USA DANCE — Location change to Ballroom Magic Dance Center, 4200 N. Access Road. Foxtrot lesson by Bud Slack at 7:30 p.m. followed by dancing from 8:30-10:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 11. USA Dance members and first-time guests $5, nonmembers $10.


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