Staff File Photo by Robin Rudd / A white-throated monitor lizard, a native of Southern Africa, rests in its aquarium at a previous Repticon. The reptile and exotic animal show and sale will fill Camp Jordan Arena 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday.


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. 6-8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 7, and Friday, Sept. 13. 423-485-1249.

BIKE/WALK CLEVELAND GARDEN PARTY — Cleveland Country Club, 345 Kyle Lane, Cleveland,Tenn. Music, dancing, silent auction at barbecue dinner to benefit Bike/Walk Cleveland. Individuals $60, includes three drink tickets; couples $100, includes seven drink tickets. 7-10 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 7. 931-544-2982.

CHATTABREW TOURS — Location given upon reservation. ChattaBrew Tour gives behind-the-scenes tours and tastings at 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. 423-232-0427.

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 Carter St. Hot Rod Auto Show. Free. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 8. 423-648-2496.

CHATTANOOGA NEWCOMERS CLUB — Morning Pointe of East Hamilton, 1776 Generations Way, Ooltewah. (Use 9730 East Brainerd Road for GPS system.) Luncheon with fashion show by The Lily Pad and jewelry by Rene Fisher; $10. Gather at 11 a.m., lunch at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 11. Reservations required by 4 p.m. Sept. 6: email Chattnewcomersclub@

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, Sept. 7. 706-657-4050

DOG OBEDIENCE CLASSES — Obedience Club of Chattanooga, 234 Lake City Drive, Flintstone, Ga. Registration for next six-week session of classes 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 8, followed by orientation from 2 to 3 p.m. then rally fun runs from 3 to 4 p.m. Runs are free for members, $5 nonmembers. Bring your dog's current shot record; do not bring your dog. Puppy and dog classes for obedience, rally, agility, canine good citizen and therapy dog start Monday, Sept. 9. 423-463-0288.

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

FALL HOME AND GARDEN SHOW — Chattanooga Convention Center, 1150 Carter St. See the latest in home improvement projects, landscaping, pool/patio design; seminars with HGTV's host Jim Parks; $5. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 7; 11 am.-5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 8. 855-321-2110.

HARRISON BAY STATE PARK — 8411 Harrison Bay Road. Ages 14 and up invited on ranger-led paddle to area of park for campfire and refreshments as moon rises, then paddle back along the shore line by moonlight to the boat shed, about three hours in all. $50-$70 includes life jacket, paddle, canoe or kayak and headlamp to keep. 7-10 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 12. Must register by Sept. 9. 423-344-6214.

HEALTH AND FITNESS EXTRAVAGANZA — Catoosa County Colonnade Center, 264 Catoosa Circle, Ringgold, Ga. Free health and fitness fair with vision screenings, health screenings, flu shots, CHI Memorial mammography and mobile lung unit on-site, door prizes. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 5. 706-935-9000.

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, Sept. 7: Prentice Cooper from the Cumberland Trail parking lot to Lawson Rock overlook (via the Indian Rockhouse), moderately strenuous 6.4 miles. Meet in Food City parking lot at the base of Signal Mountain, depart at 8:30 a.m.

* Tuesday, Sept. 10: Signal Mountain Middle-High School to Mushroom Rock, then along the bluff toward Edward's Point part-way and return, easy-to-moderate 5 miles. Meet at Food City at the foot of Signal Mountain at 8:30 a.m.

* Saturday, Sept. 14: Prentice Cooper, Mullins Cove loop, moderately strenuous 9.6 miles. Meet in Food City parking lot at the base of Signal Mountain, depart at 8:30 a.m.

HOLISTIC FESTIVAL — Crabtree Farms, 1000 E. 30th St. Free event with 18 holistic practitioners, beer from Hutton & Smith and cheese from Blue Fox Cheese Shop opens at 11 a.m. with yoga, followed by yoga for all levels and information sessions 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 7. 423-326-8070.

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. 1-4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 7. 423-485-1249.

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, Sept. 9. Reservations required: 423-643-6888.

LIFE'S A BEAUTIFUL RIDE — Miller Park, 928 Market St. TransCard sponsors free family party with music by Spinster, Rick Rushing and Dan Pinson, games, face painting, giveaways, food trucks on-site and beer garden for ages 21 and older. 5-10 p.m. Friday, Sept. 6. 423-800-1605.

MCCORMICK-MADDOX-COPELAND- FINLEY REUNION — Cumberland Mountain State Park, Shelter 1, Crossville, Tenn. Come at 11 a.m. to help set up, meal at noon, bring food and drinks to share, utensils provided. Saturday, Sept. 7. 931-484-6956.

NATIONAL TREASURES: PARTY AT POINT PARK — Point Park, 110 Point Park Road, Lookout Mountain. Benefit for National Park Partners includes buffet dinner, music from Johnny Smith and the Power Players, photo booth along with photos at Umbrella Rock, silent auction. 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 5. Tickets $75 individual, $130 couple. 423-648-5623.

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, Sept. 7 and 14: Feed the endangered red wolves, 11:45 a.m., question-and-answer session with a wildlife expert then feeding of animals; advance purchase of $5 ticket on Eventbrite required to help feed wolves (toss meat into enclosure).

REI RACCOON MOUNTAIN DOWNHILL MOUNTAIN BIKE SHUTTLE — Raccoon Mountain River Trailhead, 2510 Raccoon Mountain Road. Meet at base of Raccoon Mountain to prep your bike, then take REI shuttle to top of mountain for self-guided downhill ride; $39-$49. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 8.

REPTICON — Camp Jordan Arena, 323 Camp Jordan Parkway. Reptile show and sale along with sales of food and equipment. One-day ticket only sold at the door $10 adults, $5 ages 5-12; two-day tickets $15 adults, $5 ages 5-12. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 7; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 8.

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. September schedule: Trains depart every Saturday and Sunday at 10:40 a.m., 12:05, 1:15, 2:25 and 3:35 p.m. The railroad is closed Mondays and Tuesdays, trains run 10:40 a.m. and 12:05 p.m. on Wednesdays-Fridays.



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,

* Sept. 7: Preschool Adventure Day: Safari, 10 a.m.-noon, set up a camp, make a lion mask, move like safari animals, make binoculars; included in admission ticket.

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.

STORY TIME AT THE MALL — Northgate Mall play area, Highway 153. One hour of reading followed by crafts and activities for little ones. Free. 10 a.m. on the first Monday of each month. 423-242-7591.

TENNESSEE AQUARIUM — 1 Broad St. Discounted admission during month of September for Scouts and college students, staff and faculty. Scouts and leaders must wear their uniform, sash or Scouting shirt. Scout leaders may also present a valid pay stub. College students or faculty and staff must present either their ID, transcript or pay stub. Tennessee Aquarium tickets $15 adults and college students, $9.50 ages 3-12; Imax $6 adults, $5 ages 3-12. Aquarium/Imax tickets $19 adults, $13.50 ages 3-12. Sept. 10-30.



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. Tuesdays, Sept. 3 and 10. 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.

USA DANCE — Brainerd United Methodist Church, 4315 Brainerd Road. Learn rumba with Jacob Grabowski at 7:30 p.m. followed by dancing from 8:30-10:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 13. USA Dance members and first-time guests $5, nonmembers $10. www.chattanoogausadance.


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