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Staff Photo by Robin Rudd / A male eastern bluebird perches on a power line in East Brainerd.

Mother's Day celebrations, the timely return of the Armed Forces Day Parade and the opening of Lake Winnepesaukah are among events on the entertainment calendar this weekend.

* Lookouts baseball: The weather postponed opening day, so Thursday's game between the Chattanooga Lookouts and Rocket City Trash Pandas will be a doubleheader starting at 5:15 p.m. Gates open at 4:30 p.m. One ticket is good for both games. Weather permitting, the home series continues Friday and Saturday at 7:15 p.m. and Sunday at 2:15 p.m. Promotions include Thirsty Thursday drink specials, post-game fireworks on Friday and Used Car Night on Saturday. Adult tickets start at $9. Purchase at

* Chattanooga's Armed Forces Day parade returns to its May schedule after being postponed until October last year. The military salute, featuring JROTC units, vehicles and service members from every military branch, as well as civic and volunteer organizations, will begin at 10:30 a.m. Friday, proceeding north on Market Street from M.L. King Boulevard. Congressman Mark Green, who represents Tennessee's 7th District, will be the keynote speaker at the post-parade luncheon, a ticketed event at the Chattanooga Convention Center. Green is a West Point graduate, physician, businessman and combat veteran whose most memorable mission involved the capture of Iraqi ruler Saddam Hussein. Purchase table tickets at

* "Figaro in a Nutshell": Chattanooga State Community College presents a free virtual concert of favorite scenes, arias, duets and choruses from Mozart's opera "The Marriage of Figaro" through Friday. Performers include the Chattanooga State Concert Choir, music faculty and guest artists. Watch at

* Blooms, Bluegrass & BBQ Festival is this weekend in downtown Sweetwater, Tennessee, with arts, crafts, a kids zone, Saturday barbecue competition and music on several stages. Hours are noon-8 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday. Get more information at

* Thomas the Tank Engine festivities, which include rides on a full-size replica of the storybook train, will be in full swing 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday at the Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum, 4119 Cromwell Road. They'll take a day off for Mother's Day (with only Missionary Ridge Local rides running), then return for the final weekend of rides and family activities May 15-16. Tickets are $24. Purchase at

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Staff file photo by Patrick MacCoon / Chattanooga Football Club's Markus Naglestad scores his team's third goal of the first half in a victory over the LA Force in April.

* Bluebird Trail: The Tri-State Bluebird Society, a new chapter of the Tennessee Bluebird Society, will open its first Bluebird Trail on Saturday in Red Bank. Members will gather from 11 a.m. to noon at the White Oak Park upper pavilion, 2 E. Midvale Ave., to inaugurate the trail and provide information on bluebird habitat, bluebird house design, how volunteers monitor the 12 nesting boxes along the trail and how the collected data will be used to track the health of bluebird populations nationally. A tour of the trail will follow. Learn more at

* Guided kayak tours on historic Lookout Creek will be offered at 9 a.m. Saturday by the Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park and National Park Partners. The two-hour outings teach paddlers (14 and older) about the rich Civil War history associated with the area. Outdoor Chattanooga will provide all equipment. Reservations are required via

* Chattanooga FC soccer: The Chattanooga Football Club plays the Michigan Stars Football Club at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Finley Stadium, 1826 Carter St. Reserved seating starts at $7. Learn more at

* Struggle Jennings, a country rapper whose lineage includes country stars Jessi Colter (grandmother) and Waylon Jennings (stepgrandfather), will perform Saturday at The Signal, 1810 Chestnut St. Brianna Harness opens the 8 p.m. show. Tickets are $25. Purchase at

* Mother's Day tea will be served 2-4:30 p.m. Saturday at the Marsh House Museum, 308 N. Main St. in LaFayette, Georgia. The tea will include a tour of the museum decorated for spring, tea and cookies, and a visit to the Welcome Center across the street where the Northwest Georgia Arts Guild has a "Six by Six" art show set up. Admission is limited. Masks are required except when eating. Tickets are $20 for two. Call 706-638-5187 for reservation information.

* Lake Winnepesaukah, 1730 Lakeview Drive in Rossville, will open the "dry side" of the amusement park this weekend. Hours are 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, noon-6 p.m. Sunday. Until the adjacent water park, SoakYa, opens May 29, tickets are $29 per person (discounts for youngest and oldest visitors). Learn more at

* Rock City's Southern Blooms Festival, a celebration of the abundant plant life at the Lookout Mountain attraction (1400 Patten Road), is scheduled the next two weekends, May 8-9 and 15-16. Activities include fairies in Gnome Valley, a "living fountain," harp music and a plant sale. Fairy Garden Workshops start at 2 p.m. for a separate fee. Admission is $27 adults, $15 children 3-12. Purchase timed-entry tickets at

* Chattanooga Market plans a Mother's Day Celebration, offering gift ideas, fresh flowers and local lunch options, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday at First Horizon Pavilion, 1826 Carter St. Admission is free. Learn more at

* Funkey Munkey Mother's Day Market: K&S Southern Hospitality Events continues its Mother's Day-themed arts and crafts show through Sunday at Northgate Mall in Hixson. Learn more at

* Northshore Karass Performing Arts Series takes a break from making music to present a series of films by local directors at the Chattanooga Theatre Centre, 400 River St. The final screenings in the two-week presentation are Monday, featuring "Ultimate World" from director Nathaniel Hendricks, and Tuesday, featuring "Prelude: Fratres" by Charlie Edholm, "Days Counted" by Chandler Gibson and "Counterpole" by Emily Steele. Screenings start at 7 p.m. Admission is free. Reserve tickets at

Contact Lisa Denton at or 423-757-6281.