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. Saturday, July 6. 423-485-1249.

BEGINNER EMBROIDERY: PET PORTRAITS — Chattanooga Workspace, 302 W. Sixth St. Learn four popular threading techniques and how to make your own embroidery hoop designs; $40 includes supplies. Participants must email a photo of their pet to The Chattery by June 17 after purchasing a ticket. Class is BYOB. 6 p.m. Wednesday, June 19. 423-822-5750.

BESSIE SMITH COMMUNITY DAY — Bessie Smith Cultural Center, 200 E. M.L.King Blvd. Free admission to the museum, food trucks, music, kids activities at community event. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday, June 14. 423-266-8658.

BOOMERS, SHAKERS AND BEYOND — Christ United Methodist Church, 8645 E. Brainerd Road. Emily Long from Tennessee Commission on Aging and Disabilities conducts free workshop on how to effectively discuss health concerns with the doctor, coordinating care and making decisions about treatment. For ages 55 and older. 1-3 p.m. Tuesday, June 18. 423-892-9363

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. Father's Day Blues and Brews. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, June 16. 423-648-2496.

CHATTANOOGA RED WOLVES — Chattanooga Christian School, Stanton Field, 3354 Charger Drive. Red Wolves vs. Greenville Triumph SC. Tickets start at $10. 7 p.m. Saturday, June 22.

CIVIL WAR HISTORY WALK — Meet at Outdoor Chattanooga, 200 River St. After the Union army liberated Chattanooga, thousands of African-American refugees poured into the city in search of a new life. As camps sprang up around the city, especially on the north shore, disease and death were rampant. One-hour program goes to site of Camp Contraband. 10 a.m. Saturday, June 15. 706-866-9241.

DOG/OWNER FUN RUN — McKamey Animal Center, 4500 N. Access Road. Jump, climb and weave through obstacles with your pup in a mile-long course; stay for post-race party. Registration $35 per pet/dog pair in advance, $45 day of event. 10 a.m.-noon Saturday, June 15. 423-305-6500.

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

FAMILY FISHING DAY — Booker T. Washington State Park fishing pier, 5801 Champion Road. Bring your fishing gear for a morning of fishing; no fishing license required for this event. Snacks available while supplies last. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, June 15. 423-634-5782.

FATHER'S DAY GHOST WALK — Tours begin from wooden deck across from Wink Theatre on West Crawford Street, Dalton, Ga. Fathers invited to 90-minute ghost walk exploring Dalton's haunts led by Connie Hall-Scott. 7 p.m. Friday-Saturday, June 14-15. Fathers are free, non-Dads and other adults $15, children under 12 are $10. 706-809-0518.

FLORAL HAND EMBROIDERY — The Turnbull Building, 1401 Fort St. Create a hand-embroidered sampler using foundational stitches; bring an interesting found object no bigger than 2-inches by 2-inches to incorporate into design; $40 includes supplies. 3-5 p.m. Saturday, June 15. Reservations: 423-322-0064.

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, June 15: Mowbray Pike trailhead to Little Soddy trailhead, 5 miles. Vehicle staging required. Meet at 8: 30 a.m. at Durham Street in Soddy-Daisy by the ballfield.

* Tuesday, June 18: Sanborn Street trailhead, hike up mountain, walk the ridge and back, moderate 5 miles. Meet at Enterprise South Park in first parking lot at 8:30 a.m.

* Saturday, June 22: Laurel, Greeter Falls and Stone Door loop at South Cumberland State Park, easy 9.4 miles. Meet at Durham Street parking lot in Soddy-Daisy at 8.30 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, June 15 and 22. Reservations: 423-485-1249.

INTRO TO MOUNTAIN BIKING — Raccoon Mountain TVA Pumped Storage Facility, Laurel Point, Electric Avenue Two, Raccoon Mountain. REI staff teaches riding techniques, body and pedal position, shifting, braking, climbing and communication skills followed by practice on beginner-friendly trail ride. Bring own bike or use one from REI; $79-$89. For ages 14 and older, minors must be accompanied by an adult. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday, June 16. 423-821-9403.

ISLANDS AND WINE KAYAK TOUR — Lookout Winery, 11848 Highway 41, Guild, Tenn. Join REI staff for 4-mile kayak tour from Nickajack Lake to Lookout Winery, where trip ends with complimentary glass of wine. Intro to equipment and basic techniques provided prior to embarking, no previous paddling experience necessary; $85-$95. 2-5 p.m. Saturday, June 15. 423-485-1249.

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, June 22.

OUTDOOR MOVIE NIGHT — Trailhead Juice, 3211 Broad St. Bring a folding chair or blanket to watch a Disney classic film; free admission, smoothies sold. 8-10 p.m. Saturday, June 15. 423-803-6211

PHOTOGRAPHIC SOCIETY OF CHATTANOOGA — St. John United Methodist Church, 3921 Murray Hills Drive. Program by Hazel Meredith, author and award-winning photographer and competition judge, on "Alternative Visual Artistry: Topaz Plug-Ins and Textures" at 7 p.m. Thursday, June 20. Boot camp at 6 p.m. with Steve Brower on night photography. 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.

* Saturday, June 22: Party for the Planet, Chattanooga Zoo, 301 N. Holtzclaw Ave., 9 a.m.-5 p.m., free but registration required at

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.

SUNKEN CITY AND SPIRITS KAYAK TOUR — Departs from Amigo's Mexican Restaurant at Island Cove, 6830 Flamingo Lane, Harrison. Transportation to kayak launch provided at Amigo's, then paddle around John A. Patten Island above the underwater town of Old Harrison that was flooded by the Chickamauga Dam construction before kayaking back to Amigo's for frozen spirits. $85-$95. No previous paddling experience needed. 4-7 p.m. Sunday, June 23.

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. June schedule: Trains depart daily at 10:40 a.m., 12:05, 1:15, 2:25 and 3:35 p.m.




CHILDREN'S CLASSES — Houston Museum of Decorative Arts, 201 High St. Activities for children ages 8-12 teaching Victorian history; $8 per child. 1:30-3:30 p.m. Thursdays in June. To register: 423-267-7176.

* June 13: Victorian Tea Party, formal tea party teaches Victorian manners, customs as they are served tea.

* June 20: Native American Artifacts, view Houston Museum's artifacts and create a make-and-take craft.

* June 27: American Textiles, view Houston's antique coverlets and quilts and learn the stories behind them, then children try their hands at making a small textile.

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."

* Thursday, June 13: Free family night, 5:30-8 p.m. sponsored by Publix Charities and TVA.

* Wednesday-Friday, June 19-21: Meet a Pollinator, 1-3 p.m. See pollinating insects and learn from experts on how they do their jobs.

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 Airplay and calling by Donna Calhoun. $10 individuals, $7 senior adults, $5 students. 7:30 contra lesson, 8-11 p.m. dance. Saturday, June 22. 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. Tuesdays, June 18 and 25. 423-855-9474

USA DANCE — Brainerd United Methodist Church, 4315 Brainerd Road. Learn to cha cha with instructor Jessica Ferguson at 7:30 p.m. followed by dancing from 8:30-10:30 p.m. Friday, June 14. USA Dance members and first-time guests $5, nonmembers $10.


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