"How to Train Your Dragon 3" is next up in First Things First's series of free outdoor movies in Coolidge Park, 200 River St. Families are encouraged to come early with a picnic dinner, then set up their folding chairs to enjoy the movie at 9 p.m. on Saturday, July 20. For more information: / image


ADULT ARCHERY — Outdoor Chattanooga, 200 River St. Free indoor sessions to try archery while playing games and socializing with peers; open to ages 30 and older. All equipment and instruction provided. Noon-1:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 23. 423-643-6888.

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.

ADULTING SUMMER CAMP — Edney Innovation Center, 1100 Market St., fifth floor. Panel of four young adults discuss careers and the local job market, free. 6 p.m. Monday, July 22.

* Wednesday, July 24: Adulting Summer Camp: The Friend Zone, at The Daily Ration, 1220 Dartmouth St., 6-7:30 p.m. Networking without the stress and awkwardness. Dance to music of DJ MCPro, purchase food and drinks from The Daily Ration. 423-355-5372.

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.

BOOKER T. WASHINGTON STATE PARK — 5801 Champion Road. Meet at parking lot of Shelter 1B for paddle down to cove while learning about plants and wildlife, then out onto the water to watch the sunset from Chickamauga reservoir; $10 per person. 7:30-9:30 p.m. Thursday, July 25. Registration required: 423-260-0366.

* Saturday, July 27: Carve your own walking stick, 5-6:30 p.m., $5, reservations required.; S'mores by the campfire at point between two fishing piers, 7:30-8:30 p.m., $2 ages 3 and older, reservations required.

BREWERY TOUR — Begins at Terminal Brewhouse, 1464 Market St. Veterans Appreciation Day tours of veteran-owned or veteran-operated local breweries with behind-the-scenes look with the brewmasters and a beer tasting at each location. Tour includes Big Frog Brewing Co., 2122 Dayton Blvd.; Brew Market & Beer Garden, 1510 Riverside Drive; and The Tap House, 3800 St. Elmo Ave. Tickets are $40 and include transportation on ChattaBrew Tour bus. Tours at 11:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Saturday, July 20. Veterans and their guests receive $10 off ticket price by using promo code USA at Must be 21 or older. Reservations:

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, 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. Top Tomato Bloody Mary sampling with alcoholic and nonalcoholic choices; $10 for five tastes. Free market admission. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, July 21. 423-648-2496.

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

FLINT KNAPPING WORKSHOP — Rising Fawn Gardens, 521 Cureton Mill Road, Rising Fawn, Ga. Josh McKinley leads class on fashioning tools from natural materials and participants will make a glass arrowhead. Wear long pants and closed-toe shoes, bring leather gloves, eye protection, refillable water bottle and sack lunch. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, July 20. Fee $45. Limited space, reservations required: 678-372-9545.

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Who makes the best Bloody Mary? You be the judge on Sunday, July 21, when the annual Top Tomato sampling of Bloody Mary drinks is held at Chattanooga Market in First Tennessee Pavilion, 1826 Carter St., sponsored by Titos Vodka. A $10 tickets allows guests to sample a beverage from each competitor — Southside Social, Scottie's on the River, The Moxy, Old Gilman Grill and Bald Headed Bistro — then vote for their favorite for the People's Choice Award. Or, buy individual tickets for $3 per sample. Nonalcoholic drinks available on request. Market hours are 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information: / Image

FOOD PRESERVATION CLASS — Crabtree Farms, 1000 E. 30th St. Learn to safely can and freeze fresh food in two-hour overview for beginners and experienced preservers that includes tasting samples of easy to preserve jam and salsa. Class fee of $20 includes kit of resources and recipes. 10 a.m.-noon or 6-8 p.m. Thursday, July 25. Reservations: 423-855-6113.

FRIDAY FESTIVALS — Downtown Cleveland, Tennessee. Summer on the Square weekly festival includes music by Scenic City Sound, food from downtown restaurants and food vendors and free bounce house. 7-9:30 p.m. Friday, July 19.

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. Meet ranger at Bay Point Loop trailhead behind marina parking lot for 4.3-mile, moderately difficult hike around the loop. Wear sturdy shoes, bring water and bug spray; $10. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, July 27. Reservations required: 423-344-6214.

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

* Tuesday, July 23: Elsie Holmes Nature Park in East Brainerd, easy 4 miles. Meet at Food City, 7804 East Brainerd Road, at 8:30 a.m.

* Saturday, July 27: Ocoee area, Rock Creek Trail to Dry Pond Lead and return to Highway 64 across from Thunder Rock Campground, moderate 7 miles. Will stage a car for drivers at Thunder Rock. 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.

LOOKOUTS BASEBALL — AT&T Field, 201 Power Alley. Lookouts vs. Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp, 7:15 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, July 18-20; 2:15 p.m. Sunday, July 21. Adults $7-$10, kids general admission $5. 423-267-4849.

* Thursday: Back-to-School Night Supply Drive, bring a school supply for donation to area schools and receive a free general-admission ticket to the game,

* Friday: Fireworks after the game.

* Saturday: Edgar Martinez Hall of Fame bobblehead giveaway for first 1,000 fans through the gates.

* Sunday: Coca-Cola Bottling 120th anniversary celebration with 5-cent Cokes sold during game, prize giveaways from Coca-Cola Bottling. Bring a canned good for donation to the Chattanooga Area Food Bank and get a free general- admission ticket to the game.

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, July 27.

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 Bob Copeland on post-processing in Photoshop. 423-34-5643.

PIRATES, PARROTS & PRINCESSES DAY — Chattanooga Zoo, 301 N.Holtzclaw Ave. Children ages 12 and younger receive 50% off 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.

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, July 20 and 27: 11:45 a.m., join wildlife experts for question-and-answer session on red wolves then help with a feeding; $5 to help feed wolves, must sign up in advance.

* Saturday, July 27: Naturalist hike: Exotic Invasive Plants, noon-2 p.m. Ages 13 and older may join Dylan Hackett for leisurely hike around the property to learn to identify invasive plants. Bring a smartphone to access iNaturalist app.

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.

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.



AUTHOR TALK — Star Line Books, 1467 Market St. Erica Witsell discusses her debut novel "Give." 6:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday, July 18. 423-777-5629.

Saturday, July 20: An Interactive Evening with Tracey Carisch, 6:30 p.m., discussion on how to find balance and connection in midst of busy schedules with author of "Excess Baggage: One Family's Around-the-World Search for Balance."

BOOK SIGNING — Chickamauga Battlefield Visitor Center, 3370 LaFayette Road, Fort Oglethorpe, Ga. Mark Hughes gives talk and signs "Confederate Soldiers in the American Civil War." 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, July 20. 706-866-9241.



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. daily. $14.95 adults and children. 423-756-2738,

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

* Sunday, July 21: Moon Walk Day, noon-4 p.m., celebrate the 50th anniversary on the Apollo 11 landing on the moon with MoonPies, moonwalk dance party and other lunar activities.

* Sunday, July 21: Crabtree Farms cooking lesson, 2-3 p.m., learn recipes made with local, organic, farm-grown produce.

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 maneuvering 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.



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 Orka and calling to be determined. $10 individuals, $7 senior adults, $5 students. 7:30 contra lesson, 8-11 p.m. dance. Saturday, July 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.


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