Staff file photo / After-hour visitors have a chance to feed a tortoise Thursday evening at the Chattanooga Zoo. Safari Nights will extend hours to 8 p.m. Thursdays in September, with premium activities, such as tortoise and giraffe feedings, available for extra fees.

With the coronavirus still considered a threat for crowded gatherings, the Association for Visual Arts will introduce a virtual format for the 2020 4 Bridges Arts Festival, which was postponed to this weekend, Sept. 3-5, from its normal April slot on the calendar.

To participate, you'll need to download the free 4 Bridges Arts Festival smartphone app, available on iOS and Android platforms. The app will have virtual booths for all 4BAF artists, where users can see examples of the artists' work, chat live with some of the artists and be linked to their online stores. Additionally, the app will host video and streaming content, including artist demonstrations, conversations with artists and a video on the history of the festival and AVA.

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Chattanooga Zoo, 301 N. Holtzclaw Ave., will offer a way to beat the heat with extended hours Thursdays in September. Safari Nights will last from 5 to 8 p.m. Sept. 3, 19, 17 and 24.

Admission fees are the same as for regular hours (9 a.m.-5 p.m.): $12.95 adults, $9.95 children 2 and older, $10.95 seniors. For additional fees, after-hours visitors may take part in giraffe and sulcata tortoise feedings, ride the Zoo Choo Train and buy a beer.

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Author Donald Palmer will sign copies of his book, "Memories of a Chattanooga Street Kid," from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 5, in the lobby of the Read House, 107 W. M.L. King Blvd. The 400-page book chronicles the 13 years he lived in Chattanooga and includes more than 70 photos. It is being re-released 18 years after its initial publication, when it became a regional best-seller here.

Palmer was born in Chattanooga in 1934 and lived on historic Cameron Hill in the 1940s. As a youth, he said, he sold newspapers at the Read House and shined shoes at the Terminal Station (now the Chattanooga Choo Choo). A resident of Newport Beach, California, he has written three autobiographical books.

Call 714-394-9313 for more information.


Gun collectors and hunting enthusiasts will converge in East Ridge this weekend for the RK Gun Show, offering guns, hunting supplies, military surplus and outdoor gear.

Hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday at Camp Jordan Arena, 323 Camp Jordan Parkway. Tickets are $10 ages 13 and older ($12.50 for a no-line VIP ticket); $4 children 6-12 ($6.50 VIP). Attendees must wear masks and pass through security and check-in points.

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Friends of the Festival will show the 2019 film "Jumanji: The Next Level" at a family drive-in movie night Sunday, Sept. 6, at the Tennessee Riverpark, 4301 Amnicola Highway. Gates open at 7 p.m., and the movie starts at 8:20 p.m. You may bring your own snacks and drinks.

Admission is $25 per car. Tickets must be purchased online. For admission, print out the ticket at home or use your phone to share the electronic receipt.

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