BATTLEFIELD BIKE RIDES — Chickamauga Battlefield, 3370 LaFayette Road, Fort Oglethorpe, Ga. Free, historical bike tours begin at Visitors Center at 9:30 a.m. for 4-mile ride on flat to moderately hilly terrain on Saturday, May 18. Appropriate for ages 8 and older, children must be accompanied by an adult and ride confidently without training wheels. All riders must wear helmets. Limited number of loaner bikes available by reservation; contact Outdoor Chattanooga at 423-643-6888. No reservation needed if bringing own bike.
BIG PIG BARBECUE CONTEST — Southside historic district, 405 E. Main St. New Big Pig grilling contest to benefit Boys & Girls Club of Chattanooga, $15. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, May 18. 423-265-1111.
BIKERS AGAINST BREAST CANCER — White Lightning Harley-Davidson, 77820 Lee Highway. Motorcycle ride to raise funds for local breast cancer survivors and Breast Cancer Support Services. Registration 9-11 a.m.; ride leaves at noon Saturday, May 11. Approximately 100-mile route with short stop, returns to White Lightning for door-prize drawings. Suggested donation of $10 per bike. 423-629-2445.
BIG TRUCK ROUNDUP — Westwood Baptist Church, 4001 Georgetown Road, Cleveland, Tenn. Hands-on learning opportunity for children ages 2 to 10 to explore trucks, emergency vehicles and large equipment. Free. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, May 11. 423-559-1112.
BOOK SALE — Eastgate Town Center, B entrance, 5600 Brainerd Road. Friends of the Public Library's fundraiser. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Saturday, noon-6 p.m. through May 14. 423-643-7747.
* May 11: Half-price day
* May 12: $5 bag day, free to teachers and nonprofits
* May 13: $1 bag day
* May 14: Free books
BRITISH FEST — Historic Rugby, Highway 52, 16 minutes southeast of Jamestown, Tennessee. Day of English, Irish and Scottish activities including music, history, games and formal Queen's Tea in historic 1800 town. Admission $10 ages 13 and older, $7 Historic Rugby members, children 12 and under free. Queen's Tea is $22 per person, which includes festival admission. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, May 11. Reservations: 423-628-2441.
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. Mother's Day Celebration. Free. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, May 12. 423-648-2496.
CHATTANOOGA RED WOLVES — Chattanooga Christian School, David Stanton Field, 3354 Charger Drive. Red Wolves vs. Forward Madison soccer match. 7 p.m. Saturday, May 11. Tickets start at $10. www.chattredwolves.com
CIVIL WAR HISTORY TALK — Chickamauga Battlefield Visitor Center, 3370 LaFayette Road, Fort Oglethorpe, Ga. One-hour talk on issues that plagued the Confederate Army of Tennessee before moving to a location on the battlefield. Bring a bottle of water and folding chair. 2 p.m. Saturday, May 11. 706-866-9241.
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.
HARRISON BAY STATE PARK — 8411 Harrison Bay Road. Star party with Barnard Astronomical Society, meet in playground parking lot. Free. 8 p.m. Saturday, May 11. 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, May 11: Piney River trail from Newby Branch to Spider's Den and back, 5 easy-to-moderate miles. Meet at Durham Street parking lot in Soddy-Daisy at 8:30 a.m.
* Tuesday, May 14: North brow of Savage Gulf, hike out and back, easy 5 miles. Meet at Durham Street parking lot in Soddy-Daisy at 8:30 a.m.
* Saturday, May 18: Signal Point to Edwards Point and return, moderately strenuous 5 miles. Meet at the Red Bank Food City parking lot at 8:30 a.m.
HISTORY TALK — Chickamauga Battlefield, 3370 LaFayette Road, Fort Oglethorpe, Ga. Park staff and living historians give programs at Brotherton cabin (Tour stop 4) on life in North Georgia during 19th century. Formal programs at 1, 1:30, 2:30 and 3:30 p.m.; hands-on activities related to life on the rural homefront from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 18. 706-866-9241.
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., Saturday, May 11. Reservations: 423-485-1249.
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 essential skills and safe paddling techniques in waters of lake or pool. No prior experience needed, equipment provided in first free visit. For ages 8 and older, minors must be accompanied by a parent. 6 or 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 8, 15, 22, 29. 423-633-6888.
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, May 13 . 423-63-6888.
LOVE WINS LUNCHEON — Stratton Hall, 3146 Broad St. Benefit for On Point includes silent auction, lunch and entertainment by singer-songwriter and author Laura Story; $100 or $125 VIP. 10:45 a.m. Thursday, May 9. 423-899-9188.
MAGSTRAVAGANZA — Stratton Hall, 3146 Broad St. Annual benefit for Little Miss Mag Early Learning Center includes food, fun and silent auction; $60 individual, $100 couple. 6-9 p.m. Friday, May 10. 423-266-5286.
PARTY FOR THE PLANET — Coolidge Park, 200 River St., and Reflection Riding Arboretum and Nature Center, 400 Garden Road. Chattanooga Zoo hosts 6-mile canoe paddle and river clean-up. Participants will drop their water crafts at the Coolidge Park landing area, then move their cars to Reflection Riding. Shuttles will take them back to their boats. Armed with eco-friendly trash bags and gloves, participants will remove trash from the river and Lookout Creek. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, May 11. Register online: chattzoo.doubleknot.com/event/party-for-the-planet/2510231.
PEDAL TO PADDLE/BIKE TO CANOE — South Chickamauga Greenway and blueway. Outdoor Chattanooga gives basic biking and canoeing instruction, water safety information and outfits participants with life jacket and canoe for leisurely 2.5-mile bike tour on South Chickamauga Greenway to Sterchie Farm Park, where participants will get in canoes for 2-mile paddle down creek back to starting location. Cost is $20, which includes guides, equipment. Appropriate for ages 8 and up, minors must be accompanied by an adult; $10 for children 12 and under riding with two adults in a canoe. 3-6 p.m. Friday, May 17. Reservations: 423-634-6888.
PHOTOGRAPHIC SOCIETY OF CHATTANOOGA — St. John United Methodist Church, 3921 Murray Hills Drive. Program by Calvin Sneed, author and photographer of "Building Bridges: From Our Past to the Future" at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 16. Boot camp at 6 p.m. on 'Silver Effex Pro 2." 423-344-5643.
PICNIC ON THE PLAYGROUND — Signal Centers, 109 N. Germantown Road. Benefit for Signal Centers includes catered food, music by Ryan Oyer, silent auction, beer and wine. Tickets $30 in advance or $40 day of event. 5:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 9. 423-698-8528.
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, May 11: Forest therapy walk, 10 a.m.-noon, guided walk to slow down and become full present in the moment.
RUMMAGE SALE — First Baptist Church, 2645 LaFayette Road, Fort Oglethorpe, Ga. Fundraiser to support church missions includes sale of furniture, appliances, electronics, tools, clothing and accessories. Baked goods, hot dogs, chips and drinks sold. 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday, May 10. 706-866-0232.
STAMP OUT HUNGER FOOD DRIVE — All area residences. National Association of Letter Carriers host 27th annual food drive for local food banks and pantries. Leave bag of food beside mailbox for pickup Saturday, May 11. www.nalc.org/community-service/food-drive.
STAND-UP PADDLEBOARDING BEYOND THE BASICS — Chester Frost Park, 2277 N. Gold Point Circle. This SUP Level 2 class focuses on stroke technique, body positioning and balance on the board. The course is designed for self-taught SUPers; $69-$79. 4-6 p.m. Saturday, May 11. Reservations: 423-708-4754.
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. $17 adults, $11 ages 2-12. May schedule: Trains depart Saturday and Sunday at 10:40 a.m., 12:05, 1:15, 2:25 and 3:35 p.m. Trains Tuesdays through Fridays at 10:40 a.m. and12:05 p.m. The railroad is closed on Mondays. Beginning May 28, trains depart daily at 10:40 a.m., 12:05, 1:15, 2:25 and 3:35 p.m.
UNCORKED — Renaissance Park, 200 River St. Fundraiser for Chattanooga Symphony & Opera includes music by Rick Rushing and food catered by Virgola, Walden Club, The Chef and His Wife, Dish T'Pass, Rolling J's. General admission $75, VIP $125. 6:30-9:30 p.m. Saturday, May 11. 423-267-8583.
WHITFIELD MURRAY HISTORICAL SOCIETY — Murray County Courthouse, upstairs in main courtroom, 121 N. Third Ave., Chatsworth, Ga. Tim Howard will speak about the courthouse and the Wilbanks Building, program includes scholarship presentations and honoring recipients of WMHS Preservation Awards. 2:30 p.m. Sunday, May 19. 706-260-1384.
WILD ONES COMMUNITY FORUM — GreenSpaces, 63 E. Main St. Join members of the Tennessee Valley chapter of Wild Ones to discuss how the chapter can help local gardeners and landscapers, program ideas and opinions. Free, pizza served. 6 p.m. Monday, May 13. 423-847-2012.
WRESTLEJAM — The Colonnade, 264 Catoosa Circle, Ringgold, Ga. AWF/WOW Wrestlejam 7 features Mick Foley, Hornswoggle, Shockmaster, Rebel, Nature Boy Paul Lee, Jungle Kings and many more. 7:30 bell time Thursday, May 9. Ticets $20-$99. 706-935-9000.
BOOK SIGNING — Chickamauga Battlefield, Visitor Center, 3370 LaFayette Road, Fort Oglethorpe, Ga. Janet Elizabeth Croon, editor of "The War Outside My Window: The Civil War Diary of LeRoy Wiley Gresham, 1860-1865," signs books. The book is a first-hand account of the Civil War from the perspective of a young Georgia boy. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, May 11. 706-866-9287.
WRITERS GUILD — Creative Arts Guild, 520 W. Waugh St., Dalton, Ga. Guild hosts monthly meetings to improve writing skills, provide listening and feedback to local writers and to present regional authors. Third Monday of each month. 706-259-1822.
CAMP DISCOVERY OPEN HOUSE — Camp Scott Patterson, 72 Old Mill Lane, Ringgold, Ga. Parents and their children are invited to visit camp. 1-3 p.m. Saturday, May 18. 706-937-2621.
CHILDREN'S STORY HOUR — Barnes & Noble, 2100 Hamilton Place Blvd., 11 a.m. Saturday, storytime. 423-893-0186.
* Saturday, May 18: Kids book hangout, 2-5 p.m. Games, activities, giveaways and 20% discount on featured books.
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.
* Current exhibit: "Native Voices"
*Thursday, May 9: Free family night, 5:30-8 p.m., sponsored by Publix Charities and TVA.
* Saturday, May 18: Pillowcase factory, noon-4 p.m., children and their parents assemble 100 pillowcases to be donated to Ryan's Case for Smiles, which gives pillowcases to children hospitalized for serious illnesses.
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 Orka and calling by Andrea Nettleton. $10 individuals, $7 senior adults, $5 students. 7:30 contra lesson, 8-11 p.m. dance. Saturday, May 11. 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, May 14 and 21. 423-855-9474
SINGLES DANCE — First-Centenary United Methodist Church, Mohney Hall, corner of Oak and Houston streets. St. Cinco de Mayo dance, $8 and bring finger foods to share. 7-10 p.m. Saturday, May 11. 423-756-2021.
USA DANCE — Brainerd United Methodist Church, 4315 Brainerd Road. Learn East Coast swing from Tish Deal at 7:30 p.m. followed by dancing from 8:30-10:30 p.m. Friday, May 10. USA Dance members and first-time guests $5, nonmembers $10, active military or veterans free with military ID. www.chattanooga usadance.