4-H ANIMAL PROJECT — UT Extension Office, 6183 Adamson Circle off Bonny Oaks Drive. Dr. Thomas Wilson from UTC's Biology Department leads free program for children ages 4-12 on what to do if you find a snake in the yard, how to tell venomous from nonvenomous and advice on snakes as pets. Parents welcome to attend with their children. 1:30-3:30 p.m. Saturday, May 18. 423-855-6113.
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. Sunday, May 19. 423-485-1249.
* Saturday, June 1: Next kayak tour to cave, 7-9 p.m.
BATTLEFIELD BICYCLE TOURS — 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.
BLUES, BLUEGRASS AND BBQ — Chattanooga Choo Choo, 1400 Market St. Benefit for four mental health agencies includes local bluegrass bands, beer for purchase and barbecue from local restaurants. 1-5 p.m. Sunday, May 19. Adults $30, students with valid ID are $15. www.eventbrite.com/e/embracing-hope-chattanooga-blues-bluegrass-bbq-tickets-55340188995
CARRY THE LOAD RELAY STOP — Chattanooga National Cemetery, 1200 Bailey Ave. Department of Veterans Affairs, National Cemetery Administration partnering with Carry the Load relay teams that are traveling 40 states with stops at 26 national cemeteries to dedicate the "Tribute to the Fallen and their Families" plaque. After 30-minute ceremony here, relay team continues its journey to Dallas. 3 p.m. Thursday, May 16. 423-855-6590.
CHATTANOOGA FOOTBALL CLUB — Finley Stadium, 1829 Carter St. CFC vs. Greenville FC, $10. 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 18. 423-708-GOAL.
CHATTANOOGA MARKET — First Tennessee Pavilion, 1829 Reggie White Blvd. Wilderness Day is day's theme. Free. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, May 19. 423-648-2496.
CLUMPIES SOUTHSIDE BIRTHDAY PARTY — 1401 Market St. West 14th Street between Williams and Market streets closed for event. Ice cream shop celebrates first birthday in Southside location with games, music and specials such as buy-one, get-one cups and cones. Food trucks and drinks sold by Bitter Alibi. 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday, May 18. www.facebook.com/events/2358808027516320/
DOGS AND KIDS DO THE CATWALK — Chattanooga Theatre Centre, 400 River St. Fashionably dressed dogs and children walk the runway, dogs available for adoption at fundraiser for McKamey Animal Center and CTC Youth Theatre hosted by Sonia Young. Catered by Lee Towery. 6 p.m. Sunday, June 2. Adults $50, children 6-12 are $25, ages 5 and under free. 423-267-8534.
EAST RIDGE SAFETY EVENT — Camp Jordan Arena, 323 Camp Jordan Parkway. East Ridge Police Department hosts free community event to promote safety. Exhibits include Convincer seat-belt crash simulator, DUI simulator driving course, car seat check, fire safety information. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, May 18. email@example.com
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.
FAMILY MAGIC NIGHT — Chester Frost Park pavilion, 7989 Causeway Road. Magic Club presents annual family night program with headliner Michael Frisbee. Adults $15, ages 3-17 $6. 7 p.m. Saturday, May 25. 423-521-283.
FINSTER FEST — Paradise Garden, Summerville, Ga. More than 60 artists, live music, barbecue, children's art area; $5 admission. Free parking at Highway 27 Walmart just north of Paradise Gardens. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, May 25-26. paradisegardenfoundation.org.
GARDENING CLASS — UT Extension Office, 6183 Adamson Circle off Bonny Oaks Drive. Master Gardener Anna Gewecke leads free class on successful gardening on slopes. 10 a.m. Saturday, May 18. mghc.org.
GIVE 5 — Nine businesses along East and West Main streets. Nearly 100 local artists, dancers, singers and poets performing between 1 and 10 p.m. Sunday, May 19. Attendees asked to "give $5" as donation to help two local homeless families. Facebook.com/give5freely.
GYMNASTICS EXPO — Creative Arts Guild, 520 W. Waugh St., Dalton, Ga. Annual gymnastics exhibition, free for spectators. 6-8 p.m. Friday, May 17; 2-4 p.m. Saturday, May 18. 706-278-0168.
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 18: Signal Point to Edwards Point and back, moderately strenuous 5 miles. Meet at Red Bank Food City parking lot at 8:30 a.m.
* Tuesday, May 21: Snooper's Rock to Indian Rockhouse and back, easy 4 miles. Or Cumberland Trail to Indian Rockhouse to Snooper's Rock and back, about 5.9 miles. Meet at Food City on Signal Mountain Boulevard at 8:30 a.m.
* Saturday, May 25: Little Soddy trailhead to Big Soddy Creek bridge and return via the Rock Climbers parking lot, moderate 6 miles. Meet at the Soddy Daisy ballfields on Durham Street 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 the 19th century. Formal programs at 1, 1:30, 2:30 and 3:30 p.m.; hands-on activities related to life on the rural home front 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 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., Saturday, May 25. Reservations: 423-485-1249.
INTRO TO FLATWATER PADDLING — Chester Frost Park, 2277 N. Gold Point Circle. Outdoor Chattanooga instructors teach beginner's class to learn basics of flatwater paddling such as setting up your boat, transporting your craft, padding techniques, entry and exit practices, understanding water flow. For ages 10 and older, minors must be accompanied by a participating adult. Must bring own equipment; $10 per person. 6-8 p.m. Thursday, May 16. Reservations: 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 essential skills and safe paddling techniques in water of a 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 22. 423-633-6888.
LADIES NIGHT OUT — North River Civic Center, 1009 Executive Drive, Suite 102, Hixson. Females of all ages invited to free women's health and wellness expo with free health screenings, education and nutrition information and door prizes. 5-7 p.m. Thursday, May 30. 423-870-8924.
LAKE WINNEPESAUKAH SPECIAL RATE — Lake Winnepesaukah, 1730 Lakeview Drive, Rossville, Ga. Discounted carload rate of $100 for gate admission and unlimited rides for up to five guests in one car. Additional guests $20 each. Noon-6 p.m. Sunday, May 19. www.lakewinnie.com
MAINSTREET CRUISE-IN — Courthouse square, downtown Cleveland, Tenn. Restored and special-interest cars line streets 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, May 25. www.mainstreetcleveland.com
MOUNTAIN BIKING SKILLS, LEVEL 2 — Enterprise South Nature Park, 8015 Volkswagen Drive. Learn wheel lifts, tight turns and other tips for technical trails from REI instructors. Flat pedals and soft-sole shoes required for class; $59-$69. 9-11 a.m. Saturday, May 18. www.rei.com
NORTHWEST GEORGIA PEACH FESTIVAL — Northwest Georgia Amphitheatre, 220 Catoosa Circle, Ringgold, Ga. Local bands, peaches for sale, shopping, 5K, Kids Zone and Ms. North Georgia Peach Festival pageant. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, May 18-19. Admission $10, pageant fee $150, other fees for peach food contests and Cleverlys concert. www.eventbrite.com/e/north-georgia-peach-festival-tickets-52857988667
OUTDOOR MOVIE — Chester Frost Park beach, 2277 N. Gold Point Circle. Free, PG-13 movie shown and concessions sold. 9 p.m. Friday, May 24. 423-209-6892.
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 Sterchi 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.
RED FEZ BARBECUE — Red Fez Shrine Club, 1503 Lee Pike, Soddy-Daisy. By water: mile marker 489.8 on O'Possum Creek, take first left after going under bridge. Dockings available with attendants. Fundraiser offers $8 plates; eat in or carry-out. Ice cream, desserts and cold drinks also sold. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, May 19. 423-595-0359.
REMEMBERING MY HERO DINNER — St. Gerard Church, 3049 LaFayette Road, Fort Oglethorpe, Ga. Dinner celebrates 100th anniversary of the 6th Cavalry's arrival in Fort Oglethorpe with featured speaker George Patton Waters, grandson of Gen. George Patton. 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 18. Tickets $50 per person or $75 for 6 p.m. reception with speaker before dinner. www.6thcavalrymuseum.org/remembering-my-hero-benefit
SANGRIA ON THE BLUFF — Hunter Museum of American Art, 10 Bluff View. La Paz's annual celebration of Latino and Hispanic heritage. This year's event celebrated in traditional Quinceanera style; $150 per person. 6:30 p.m. Thursday, May 23. lapazchattanooga.org/sangria.
* After party: 8:30-10:30 p.m., $45 includes unlimited drinks and dancing.
SOUTHERN BLOOMS FESTIVAL — Rock City Gardens, 1400 Patten Road, Lookout Mountain. See the attraction in full bloom with spring flowers; tours led to learn about the gardens and more activities. 8:30-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, May 18-19. $26.95 adults, $14.95 children. 706-820-2531.
SPIRITS IN THE WILD — Chattanooga Zoo, 301 N. Holtzclaw Ave. Zoo fundraiser includes animal encounters, music by Peter Moon Band, henna tattoos, live art demonstrations, signature cocktail and tastings from local restaurants and beverages. $50 zoo members, $60 nonmembers. 6-10 p.m. Saturday, May 18. www.chattzoo.org/events/spirits-in-the-wild
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. and 12:05 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.
* Day Out with Thomas the Tank Engine: Ride with Thomas the Tank Engine, meet Sir Topham Hatt, enjoy Thomas-themed activities. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, May 18-19. $17-$21. Reservations: 423-894-8028.
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 Buildings, program of scholarship presentations and honoring recipients of WMHS Preservation Awards. 2:30 p.m. Sunday, May 19. 706-260-1384.
WINE TASTING AND FOOD PAIRING — Virgola Wine and Oyster Bar, 608 Georgia Ave. Interactive, informative wine tasting with imported cheeses and assorted fruit; $25 per person. 7-9 p.m. Tuesday, May 21. 423-771-7773.
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.
CHATTANOOGA PUBLIC LIBRARY
All locations of the Chattanooga Public Library system have preschool story time. The Downtown, Eastgate and Northgate libraries have Adventure Club for children ages 6 and up. The library's teen center, Teen Stack, is located in the Downtown Library. For more information about all programming held in the Downtown, Eastgate, Northgate or South Chattanooga libraries, call 423-643-7700 or visit www.chattlibrary.org.
* Lego Clubs: Downtown branch, every Monday, 5-6 p.m., for ages 5-11, free; Northgate branch, first Saturday of each month, 2-3 p.m., for ages 3 and up, free. 423-643-7785.
* Toddler Time: Learning program for ages 18-36 months and parents/guardians, registration not required. Wednesdays: 10:30 a.m. Eastgate Library, 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. Northgate Library. Saturday: 11 a.m., downtown branch.
* Baby Bounce: Wednesdays and Saturdays, 10-10:30 a.m., Eastgate branch, 423-643-7770. Finger play, songs and stories for infants up to 18 months and their parent/caregiver.
* Saturday, May 18: Chattanooga Zine Fest, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. downtown branch, free. Celebration of independent publishing with table vendors, speakers and workshops. Read, buy, sell and trade zines.
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. every day except Wednesday. $14.95 adults and children. 423-756-2738, www.cdmfun.org.
* 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.
BALLROOM — Ballroom Magic Dance Center, 4200 N. Access Road. $10 per person. 8:30-10:30 p.m. Fridays. 423-771-3646.
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. Tuesday, May 21. 423-855-9474
SHAG, BOP, SWING, JITTERBUG — Elks Lodge 91, 1067 Graysville Road at East Brainerd Road. $5 members, $7 guests. 7-10 p.m. Thursdays. www.choochooshagclub.com.