ART'S MEOW SHOW AND SALE — St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 305 W. Seventh St. Annual show of cat-themed art by local artists to benefit The Alice Fund. 6-8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 2, opening reception and sale; show remains open through Aug. 25. TheAliceFund. org
BACK-TO-SCHOOL BASH — First Tennessee Pavilion, 1826 Reggie White Blvd. Hamilton County Schools kick off 2019-20 school year with free event offering food, student performances and resources for families. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 3. www.hcde.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. Saturday, Aug. 3. 423-485-1249.
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 sun set from Chickamauga reservoir; $10 per person. 7:30-9:30 p.m. Today, 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.
CHATTABREW TOURS — Location given upon reservation. ChattaBrew Tour gives behind-the-scenes tours and tastings at four local 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, July 26- Aug. 31. 423-232-0427.
CHATTANOOGA MARKET — First Tennessee Pavilion, 1829 Reggie White Blvd. Music by Guitar Chattanooga. Free. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, July 28. 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. 3. chattredwolves.com.
CIVIL WAR & ARTIFACT SHOW — Camp Jordan Arena, 323 Camp Jordan Parkway, East Ridge. Over 200 tables of Civil War relics, Indian artifacts, historical books and newspapers, WWI and WWII military memorabilia, old coins and currency. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, July 27; 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday, July 28. Admission $10 ages 13 and older, kids 12 and under free with paid adult.
CLEVELAND KOOL-AID FESTIVAL — Greenway Park, 755 Raider Drive, Cleveland, Tenn. Kid-focused event with craft vendors, food trucks, bounce houses and other activities. 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 3. 423-506-1152.
CLOUDLAND CANYON STATE PARK — Located near Trenton, Ga., on western side of Lookout Mountain, 122 Cloudland Canyon Park Road, Rising Fawn, Ga. Star party with members of Barnard Astronomical Society; $5 parking. 8-10 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 3. 706-657-4050
COCKTAIL CLASS — Chattanooga Workspace, 302 W. Sixth St. Mixologist from The Bitter Bottle teaches hands-on lesson on making two cocktails; $25. 6 p.m. today, July 25. Register: 423-822-5750.
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. Cost is $30 on Thursdays-Fridays, $35 Saturdays-Sundays. Noon, July 25-Aug. 31. 423-591-5654.
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 FESTIVAL — Downtown Cleveland, Tennessee. Final Summer on the Square festival with music by Dexter Thomas, food from downtown restaurants and food vendors and free bounce house. 7-9:30 p.m. Friday, July 26. mainstreetcleveland.com
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 27: Ocoee area, Rock Creek Trail to Dry Pond Lead and return to Highway 64 across from Thunder Rock Campground, moderate 7 miles. We will stage a car for drivers at Thunder Rock. Meet at Ooltewah Food City on Lee Highway, exit 11 off Interstate 75, at 8:30 a.m.
» Tuesday, July 30: Enterprise South, 3-4 miles, route to be announced. Meet at Enterprise South parking lot below the visitor's center at 8:30 a.m.
» Saturday, Aug. 3: Savage Falls hike in Savage Gulf State Natural Area, easy 3 miles. If longer hike is desired, group can take the loop hike off main trail. Meet at Durham Street parking lot in Soddy-Daisy at 8:30 a.m.
HISTORY KAYAK TOUR — Meet at Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency's Suck Creek boat ramp to be shuttled to launch site. Free, 3-hour kayak tour making the 180th anniversay of Jacob Cummings escape from slavery. Participants will paddle the route he followed and learn about his role as a passenger and an agent on the Underground Railroad. Paddlers must be 14 years or older, must know how to swim. 8:30 a.m. Friday, July 26. Reservations required: 423-643-6888.
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.
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. 2-5 p.m. Saturday, July 27. 423-842-0177.
LIVING HISTORY RE-ENACTORS — Chickamauga Battlefield, 3370 LaFayette Road, Fort Oglethorpe, Ga. Living history programs on how terrain, open vegetation and well-positioned Union soldiers affected the Confederate Orphan Brigade during the Battle of Chickamauga. Programs at tour stop 2. 10:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Aug. 3-4. 706-866-9241.
LOOKOUTS BASEBALL — AT&T Field, 201 Power Alley. Lookouts vs. Tennessee Smokies, 7:15 p.m. July 27, 2:15 p.m. July 28, 7:15 p.m. July 29-31. Adults $7-$10, kids general admission $5. 423-267-4849.
» Saturday: Looie Garden Gnome Giveaway for first 1,000 fans through the gates, Zooperstars.
» Sunday: Little Debbie Little Lookouts Kid's Club members receive free admission by showing their membership card at the Lookouts ticket office. Following the game, join the Lookouts for a 15-minute autograph sessions in CHI Memorial Picnic Pavilion.
» Monday: Kids 12 and under receive a voucher for a free hot dog and soft drink for Kids Eat Free Monday.
» Tuesday: Show your Food City ValuCard at the ticket office to receive buy-one, get-one-free general-admission tickets 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. www.mainstreet cleveland.com
MEET-AND-GREET WITH MISS TENNESSEE — Bessie Smith Cultural Center, 200 E. M.L. King Blvd. A'nya Nelson, Miss Bessie Smith 2019, hosts free reception to meet the first black woman named Miss Tennessee, Brianna Mason. 6-8 p.m. Thurdsay, Aug. 1. 423-266-8658.
MOVIE ON THE LAKE — Chester Frost Park, 2277 N. Gold Point Circle. Can you survive a shark movie while floating on the lake with your feet dangling in the water? That's the goal for this outdoor movie sponsored by Hamilton County Parks and Recreation. Tickets $10 in advance, $15 at the event. Gates open 7 p.m., movie starts at 9 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 3. 423-209-6892.
NAVIGATION WITH A MAP AND COMPASS — Greenway Farms, 5051 Gann Store Road. REI instructors teach fundamentals of proper use of compass, how to understand information provided on your map and how to put the two together when navigating the backcountry; $69-$79 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, July 27. 423-485-1249.
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.
RED BANK-WHITE OAK HISTORICAL SOCIETY — Red Bank Community Center, 3620 Tom Weathers Drive behind Erlanger North Hospital. Red Bank Mayor Eddie Pierce is guest speaker, visitors welcome. 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 1. 423-877-1103.
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.
» Saturday, July 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 and 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.
SIGNAL MOUNTAIN GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY — Walden Town Hall, 1836 Taft Highway. Sam Elliott, local attorney and Civil War historian, presents "Tennesseans in the Battle of Chickamauga," visitors welcome. 1 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 6. 423-886-4362.
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. July schedule: Trains depart daily at 10:40 a.m., 12:05, 1:15, 2:25 and 3:35 p.m.
TRAIN SHOW — The Colonnade, 264 Catoosa Circle, Ringgold, Georgia. Dixie Division, Train Collectors Association train show. $7 per family. 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 3. 706-935-9000.
AUTHOR TALK — Star Line Books, 1467 Market St. Bring humorous poems to share with others at The Poetry of Humor. 6-7 p.m. Tuesday, July 30. 423-777-5629.
'THE HANDMAID'S TALE' FAN DISCUSSION — Barnes & Noble, 2100 Hamilton Place Blvd. Meet other fans and discuss the book/TV series "The Handmaid's Tale." 7 p.m. today, July 25. 423-893-0186.
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, www.cdmfun.org.
» New exhibit: "Dinosaur Train: The Traveling Exhibit."
» Saturday, July 27: Honey Harvest, noon-4 p.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 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.
SPLASH SUMMER ARTS FESTIVAL — Miller Park, 900 Market St. New festival to raise funds for Splash Youth Arts Workshop, a free art school for children from low-income families. Event includes arts and crafts, food, live music, Kids Arts Zone. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, July 27. 423-320-6738.
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. $10 individuals, $7 senior adults, $5 students. 7:30 contra lesson, 8-11 p.m. dance. Saturday, July 27. 423-629-0333.