"Rocketman," the musical fantasy about Elton John's breakthrough years, will be shown twice on Saturday, July 13, at the Tivoli Theatre, 709 Broad St., as part of the Bobby Stone Film Series. Taron Egerton, shown, plays Sir Elton. Show times are 3 and 7 p.m. Tickets are $12 adults, $10 children and senior adults. For more information: 423-757-5580. /


ADULT GAME NIGHT — Eastgate Town Center, 5600 Brainerd Road. Adults invited to play variety of games from UNO and Jenga to Twister and Sega; $20 per person includes free mocktails. Bring a group of friends to play "Family Feud." Proceeds benefit Mary Walker Historical and Educational Foundation. 7-11 p.m. Friday, July 19.

BAT CAVE SUNSET KAYAK 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, July 12. 423-485-1249.

BESSIE SMITH COMMUNITY DAY — Bessie Smith Cultural Center, 200 E. M.L. King Blvd. Free museum admission along with music, food and children's activities. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday, July 19. 423-266-8658.

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, July 20. Reservations: 423-643-6888.

CHATTANOOGA GHOST TOURS — 57 E. Fifth St. Walking tours through downtown. 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. FiveStar Food Fight. Free. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, July 13. 423-648-2496.

CHATTANOOGA ROLLER GIRLS — Chattanooga Convention Center, 1150 Carter St. B Railers vs. Hard Knox Roller Girls at 5 p.m., Chattanooga Roller Girls All Stars vs. Panhandle United at 7 p.m. Saturday, July 13. $10 adults, $5 children 6-12, $8 veterans.

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

ELECTRIC UNICYCLE LESSONS — Adventure Sports Innovation, 191 River St. Learn to ride a Solowheel, for ages 9 and older; $35. Noon-4:30 p.m. today-Sunday, July 11-14. 423-591-5654.

FOOD PRESERVATION CLASS — UT Extension Office, 6183 Adamson Circle off Bonny Oaks Drive. Learn to safely can and freeze fresh food in two-hour overview for beginners and experienced preservers that includes tasting samples of jam and salsa. Fee of $20 includes kit of resources and recipes. 10 a.m.-noon or 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, July 16. Reservations: 423-855-6113.

FRIDAY FESTIVALS — Downtown Cleveland, Tennessee. Summer on the Square weekly festival includes music by Legacy, food from downtown restaurants and food vendors and free bounce house. 7-9:30 p.m. Friday, July 12. main

GARDENING CLASS — UT Extension Office, 6183 Adamson Circle off Bonny Oaks Drive. Lee Anderson leads free class on growing camellias. 10 a.m.-noon Saturday, July 20. To register, email

HARRISON BAY STATE PARK — 8411 Harrison Bay Road. Spirit of America Youth Boating program to teach teens to operate small boats, canoes, kayaks and sailboats. For ages 12-15. Five-day fee is $40 plus $10 for TWRA exam permit that must be purchased before camp. Students should bring a bag lunch each day, water bottle, sunscreen, bug spray and their own life jacket if they have it. 9 a.m-4 p.m. July 15-19. 423-344-6214.

* Friday, July 12: Orientation program, 4:30 p.m., recreation hall.

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, July 13: Board Camp trail to the Soddy Gulf trailhead, moderately strenuous 1 mile. Vehicles to be staged at the Soddy Gulf trailhead. Meet at the Soddy- Daisy ballfield parking lot on Durham Street at 8:30 a.m.

* Tuesday, July 16: Chickamauga Battlefield East Loop, easy 4 miles. Meet in the lower parking lot near the Visitor's Center at 8:30 a.m. There will be some limited historical commentary about the battle in this area.

* Saturday, July 20: Ocoee area, Rainbow Falls, 3.3 miles out and back with two river crossings that can be rock hopped; option to explore another part of that area by taking an intersecting trail out and back. Meet at Food City in Ooltewah, exit 11 off I-75, at 8:30 a.m.

INTRO TO KAYAK SKILLS CLASS — Chester Frost Park, 2277 N. Gold Point Circle, meet at far end of swimming beach by the first boat ramp. Outdoor Chattanooga's instructors teach beginners the essential skills and safe paddling techniques in waters of a lake or pool. No prior experience needed, equipment provided in first free visit; $10 each session after. For ages 8 and older, minors must be accompanied by a parent. 6 p.m. Wednesdays in July. 423-633-6888.

PHOTOGRAPHIC SOCIETY OF CHATTANOOGA — St. John United Methodist Church, 3921 Murray Hills Drive. Program by Colby McLemore, award-winning commercial and portrait photographer, on "Portrait Lighting" at 7 p.m. Thursday, July 18. Boot camp at 6 p.m. with Michael Daniel on photographing birds and other wildlife. 423-34-5643.

PIRATES, PARROTS & PRINCESSES DAY — Chattanooga Zoo, 301 N.Holtzclaw Ave. Children ages 12 and younger receive 50% off regular admission if they dress in themed attire for this event. Activities include treasure hunt, learning about parrots and animal enrichment visits. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, July 27. 423-697-1322.

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: 423-488-8211.

SAVE THE HEMLOCKS CLASS — Cloudland Canyon State Park, Interpretive Center, 122 Cloudland Canyon Park Road, Rising Fawn, Ga. Save Georgia's Hemlocks staff leads training class on how to save endangered trees, assessing hemlock woolly adelgid infestations, treatments, cost and safety. 8:30 a.m. Saturday, July 13. 706-455-2313.

* Saturday, July 13: 1:30-4:30 p.m. Following class, volunteers needed for service project to treat hemlocks in Cloudland Canyon State Park for hemlock woolly adelgid, which is killing hemlock trees across the state.

STRIKE OUT BOWLING TOURNAMENT — Hixson Holiday Bowl, 5530 Hixson Pike. Fundraiser for Project Access includes tournament, trivia event, awards; $200 per team, $50 individual. 2-4 p.m. Saturday, July 13. 423-591-9831.

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. $18 adults, $12 ages 2-12. July schedule: Trains depart daily at 10:40 a.m., 12:05, 1:15, 2:25 and 3:35 p.m.

VINTAGE BASE BALL — Tennessee Riverpark, Amnicola Highway. Free base ball doubleheader schedules Lightfoot vs. Holstons, 1:30 p.m.; Mountain City vs. Machinists at 3:30 p.m. Saturday, July 13. Vintage base ball uses rules, uniforms, equipment of the 1860s.



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

* Saturday, July 13: Lego event featuring Harry Potter, 2 p.m., Lego activities and build a golden snitch to take home; must register in advance by calling store.

* Saturday, July 20: Graphix Con, 2 p.m., celebrate graphic novels with activities and special offers on graphic novels.

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

* New exhibit: "Dinosaur Train: The Traveling Exhibit."

* Today, July 11: Free family night, 5:30-8 p.m.

* Sunday, July 14: Photo-ops with Buddy the T-Rex, 9:40-11 a.m., must register in advance.

* Wednesday, July 17: Photo-ops with Buddy the T-Rex, 9:40-11 a.m. and 11:40 a.m.

HOW TO RIDE A BIKE FOR KIDS — Enterprise South Nature Park, 8015 Volkswagen Drive. REI staff provide personalized and group instruction to overcome children's fears, teach skills such as start-stop and to learn to maneuver around obstacles. Children bring their own bikes (without training wheels) and helmet; child should be able to sit on the seat with feet flat on the ground. Class fee $59-$69. For ages 5-11. 9-11 a.m., Saturdays in July. Reservations: 423-485-1249.

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.



CONTRA DANCE — Brainerd United Methodist Church, 4315 Brainerd Road. Chattanooga Traditional Dance Society hosts dance with music by Recorded and calling by Clinton Ross. $10 individuals, $7 senior adults, $5 students. 7:30 contra lesson, 8-11 p.m. dance. Saturday, July 13. 423-629-0333.

SINGLES DANCE — First-Centenary United Methodist Church, Mohney Hall, corner of Oak and Houston streets. Star-Spangled July dance, $8 and bring finger foods to share. 7-10 p.m. Saturday, July 13. 423-756-2021.

USA DANCE — Brainerd United Methodist Church, 4315 Brainerd Road. Learn West Coast Swing with instructor Mark Franklin at 7:30 p.m. followed by dancing from 8:30-10:30 p.m. Friday, July 12. USA Dance members and first-time guests $5, nonmembers $10. www.chattanooga usadance.


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