Need a place to dump your pumpkin? A vantage point for Head of the Hooch? Have you missed the butterflies at the Tennessee Aquarium? 

Here's a look a look at what's going on in the Chattanooga area this weekend.



— Tennessee Aquarium will repopulate its Butterfly Garden on Friday and bring back a digitally remastered Imax film, "Flight of the Butterflies," to celebrate the insects' arrival. The butterflies are a favorite sight in the Ocean Journey building, but they've been missing since early 2020 because of disruptions to the supply chain from Costa Rica. Admission to the aquarium, 1 Broad St., is $35 adults, $22 children 3-12. Tickets to the Imax, 201 Chestnut St., are $8. Combo tickets are available.

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Contributed Photo from Tennessee Aquarium / A butterfly lands on a guest's head while visiting the Tennessee Aquarium's Butterfly Garden. Guests are discouraged from touching these fragile insects, but the butterflies often choose to alight on visitors.

— Reflection Riding, 400 Garden Road, will host another Framework for the Future Walk-Through, explaining its plans to protect the 300-acre property with a conservation easement, at noon Friday (Dec. 3 is also available). This small group outing is free, but you must sign up.

— Lunchtime speaker series: The Tennessee State Library & Archives in Nashville has a free virtual option for viewing "Why Tennessee Is Known as the Volunteer State: A History of the Nickname and Tennessee's Service in Military Conflicts," led by Lipscomb University Professor Tim Johnson, noon-1 p.m. CDT Friday. Livestream: Facebook and YouTube

— Southern Lit Alliance will kick off a two-day SouthWord Abridged virtual literary festival at 6 p.m. Friday with John Shelton Reed discussing his book "On Barbeque." Saturday's keynote speaker is Natasha Trethewey, Pulitzer Prize winner and former U.S. poet laureate. Author talks and panel discussions on Southern literature and book publishing are included in programming. Donations are encouraged when you register for the free Zoom link.

— The Comedy Catch, 29 Station St., features a special engagement by Rod Man 7:30 and 9:45 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Tickets are $25-$30.

— Dump Your Pumpkin: Composting company Atlas Organics will have recycling carts set up 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday for area residents to bring their leftover jack-o'-lanterns, an effort aimed at diverting some of the 1.3 million pounds of discarded pumpkins that normally end up landfills in the U.S. The drop-off locations are Brainerd Farmers Market at Grace Episcopal Church, 20 Belvoir Ave., and Crabtree Farms, 1000 E. 30th St.

— South Chickamauga Creek Greenway Alliance is seeking volunteers anytime between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Saturday for a Grasslands Workday at Heritage Park, 1428 Jenkins Road. Tasks include aerating soil, spreading seeds, spreading mulch and installing signs.

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Staff File Photo / The Unclaimed Baggage Center is in downtown Scottsboro, Ala.

— Ski sale: Unclaimed Baggage — the Scottsboro, Alabama, store that sells lost or unclaimed items from airlines and other travel companies — will have its annual sale of winter outwear and gear starting at 8 a.m. CDT Saturday. Nearly 9,000 pieces of name-brand items will be available at the outlet, 509 W. Willow St. The festival atmosphere includes live music, inflatable slide and obstacle course, photo booth, tailgating games and food trucks, plus a scavenger hunt and other interactive games at noon, 2 and 4 p.m. Overnight sidewalk campers will be treated to pizza Friday night and doughnuts Saturday morning. The first 50 shoppers in line get a commemorative T-shirt and 30-minute head start.

— Book signing: WRCB news anchor David Carroll will sign copies of his new book, "Hello Chattanooga: Famous People Who Have Visited the Tennessee Valley," 11 a.m.-noon Saturday at Food City, 112 Crimson Drive, Trenton, Georgia.

— Book signing and lecture: Author Clay Bonnyman Evans will discuss "Bones of My Grandfather: Reclaiming a Lost Hero of World War II" at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Charles H. Coolidge Medal of Honor Heritage Center, 2 W. Aquarium Way. Alexander Bonnyman Jr., a first lieutenant from Knoxville, was among the "lost Marines of Tarawa" whose remains were recovered decades after the critical battle against the Japanese on the Pacific atoll. The event is free with museum admission ($10-$14), and registration is requested.

— Red Clay Day, a chance to hear from a staff member of Red Clay State Historic Park, is 1 p.m. Saturday at the Museum Center at Five Points, 200 E. Inman St., Cleveland, Tennessee. Jamie Russell will talk about traditional Cherokee culture, music and language. The event is free with regular admission ($3.50-$9).

— Autumn on the Mountain, featuring a barbecue buffet, music by Fox Mountain Express and magic, face painting and other activities for kids, is 3-6 p.m. Saturday in the McLemore Pavilion, 32 Clubhouse Lane, Rising Fawn, Georgia. Tickets are $40.

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Staff file photo / Athletes get out on the Tennessee River to compete in the Head of the Hooch rowing regatta in 2019 in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

— Head of the Hooch, a regatta originally held on the Chattahoochee River in Georgia, will send thousands of rowers down the Tennessee River this weekend. Races against the clock take place 8:50 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday from the Tennessee Riverpark, 4301 Amnicola Highway, to Ross's Landing Park, 201 Riverfront Parkway. Other best spots for spectators include the Walnut Street Bridge, Coolidge Park and the Tennessee Riverwalk. Livestream available.

— Head of the Pooch: The Ark Pet Spa & Hotel's third annual fundraiser for McKamey Animal Center takes place 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday at Basecamp Bar & Restaurant, 346 Frazier Ave. Admission is free, and you can get a souvenir cup and two beer tickets for a $10 donation. Basecamp will donate 15% of food sales to McKamey as well.

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— Noontunes, a free weekly concert series at Miller Plaza, 850 Market St., continues at noon Thursday with local Americana band Magic Birds.

— Cherry Street Tavern, 719 Cherry St., welcomes rock bands The Shivas and Psychic Dungeon at 10 p.m. Thursday. Cover is $10. 423-541-8108

— Forever Bluegrass Fall Festival, with 14 bands, is this weekend at Mountain Cove Farms, 994 Dougherty Gap Road, Chickamauga, Georgia. Shows are 5-9 p.m. Thursday ($15 and up), 1-11 p.m. Friday ($25 and up), noon-11 p.m. Saturday ($30 and up). Tickets for all three days start at $72; free for children 16 and younger.

— The Signal, 1810 Chestnut St., has three upcoming shows, all with an 8 p.m. start time. Friday features country artist Kip Moore on his How High Tour, with Jordan Fletcher; $35-$70. Saturday has rock band Black Stone Cherry, with Sevenstones; $10-$30. Tuesday brings rapper Isaiah Rashad on his Lil Sunny's Awesome Vacation Tour; $50-$60.

— The Arts Avenue, 1800 Rossville Ave., welcomes Southern rocker Jimmy Hall and his band The Differents at 7 p.m. Saturday; tickets are $20. Friday's Lera Lynn show has been canceled.

— Chattanooga Symphony & Opera will feature Beethoven's Symphony No. 1 at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at First Cumberland Presbyterian Church, 1505 N. Moore Road. Guitarist Michael McCallie will be featured in a concerto by Castelnuovo-Tedesco. Tickets are $15-$32.

— Barking Legs Theater, 1307 Dodds Ave., celebrates the release of local Americana musician Nathan Bell's new CD, "Red, White and American Blues (It Couldn't Happen Here)," at 8 p.m. Saturday. Special guest is Randy Steele. Coming up Wednesday is the Greg Tardy Quartet, featuring the namesake contemporary jazz musician on saxophone. Tickets to either show are $15 in advance, $20 at the door.

— Welcome to the South Music Festival is 11 a.m.-5 p.m. CDT Saturday in South Pittsburg, Tennessee. The event will be set up in a field next to U.S. Stove Co. between Fourth and Fifth streets downtown. Headlining at 3:30 p.m. is Texas Hill, whose members include musicians featured on "The Voice" and "American Idol," among them South Pittsburg's Corey Layne, who is organizing the show. Ticket sales start at 10 a.m. Cost is $20 (ask about hero discounts); free for children 10 and younger. Bring your own seating.

— Big Band Day, featuring Sweet Georgia Sound, is Sunday at Chattanooga Market, happening 11 a.m.-4 p.m. at First Horizon Pavilion, 1826 Carter St. A Quilts of Valor presentation is scheduled at 1:30 p.m. Free admission.

— East Brainerd Community Theater will present a "Broadway Memories" concert at 3 p.m. Sunday at Christ United Methodist Church, 8645 East Brainerd Road. Cast members from previous productions and church musicians will entertain. Admission is free.

— Walker Theatre, 399 McCallie Ave. (inside Memorial Auditorium) has two shows coming up. Married banjo players Bela Fleck & Abigail Washburn perform at 8 p.m. Sunday; tickets are $35-$45. Blues guitarist Christone "Kingfish" Ingram plays at 8 p.m. Wednesday, with support from The Cerny Brothers; tickets are $30-$45.

— Chattanooga Community Orchestra will present a fall concert, featuring selections from stage and screen, at 3 p.m. Sunday at New Hope Presbyterian Church, 7608 Shallowford Road. Admission is free.

— Southern Adventist University's Symphony Orchestra will be in concert at 7:30 p.m. Sunday in Collegedale Seventh-day Adventist Church, 4829 College Drive East. Selections include music by Glazunov, Mozart (featuring pianist Alan Nichols) and Saint-Saens (featuring organist Adrienne Cox Olson). Free admission and streaming. 423-236-2880,

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Contributed Photo from Suzanne Ford / The Washington Cornett and Sackbutt Ensemble specialize in historic brass instruments. The musicians will visit for a special requiem service Sunday at St. Paul's Episcopal Church.

— St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 305 W. Seventh St., will hold a special requiem service, with special intention for those who have died during the COVID-19 pandemic, at 4 p.m. Sunday. The musical setting for the liturgy is by Spanish Renaissance master Tomás Luis de Victoria, performed by the church choir with members of the Washington Cornett and Sackbutt Ensemble. Free admission.

— UTC Symphony Orchestra will present its fall concert at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at First Baptist Church of Chattanooga, 401 Gateway Ave. The 60-member orchestra includes students and faculty of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and community musicians. Free admission and streaming.



— Hunter Museum of American Art, 10 Bluff View, offers "Throwback Thursday" discounts 4-8 p.m. first Thursdays. Adult admission is free to the permanent collection and $5 for the special exhibitions, currently "Lalla Essaydi" and "Mediterranea: American Art from the Graham D. Williford Collection."

— In-Town Gallery, 26A Frazier Ave., hosts an opening reception for its annual Holiday Show, featuring works by all the member artists, 5-8 p.m. Friday. The show marks the beginning of the cooperative gallery's 48th year.

— Area 61 Gallery, 721 Broad St., will hold an opening reception for its next featured shows, "The Beads, Bones & Stones Collection" by Katie Rogers, "Round Weaving Love Stories" by Lisa Denney and "New Realms" by Paulina Fae, 6-8 p.m. Friday.

— Creative Arts Guild, 520 W. Waugh St., Dalton, Georgia, will host its next gallery opening and artist reception 5:30-7:30 p.m. Friday. The featured artists are photographer Lee Anne White and painter Mayelli Meza. The CAG's next Culinary Arts Experience with chef Jasa Joseph, "Stuffed," sans turkey, is 6-8:30 p.m. Monday; cost is $60.

— Chattanooga Food Center will unveil a soil mural, representing the variety of soils that make up the local food shed, at 4 p.m. Saturday at Gaining Ground Grocery in the St. Andrews Center, 1918 Union Ave. The mural is made of soils collected from around the region that local artist Amanda Brazier turned into earth pigments. Starting at 6 p.m., a panel of speakers will discuss the science and philosophy of soil.



— Lee Theatre will present "Sense and Sensibility," a Kate Hamill play based on the Jane Austen novel, at 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays through Nov. 13 in Lee University's Dixon Center, 1053 Church St., Cleveland, Tenn. Tickets are $7-$10.

— Cumberland County Playhouse, 221 Tennessee Ave., Crossville, Tennessee, opens its holiday musical, "Scrooge," starring former Chattanoogan Jason Ross, on Friday. The show runs through Dec. 18. Tickets are $16-$32.



— Chattanooga Jewish Film Series screens its final installment, "Starry Sky Above the Roman Ghetto," next week. Star sponsors, who paid $100 for the entire series, may attend in person at 7:15 p.m. Wednesday at the Jewish Community Center, 5461 North Terrace. Others may stream the film for 72 hours starting at noon Tuesday for $12.

Contact Lisa Denton at or 423-757-6281.