President Barack Obama reaches out to retired Marine Cpl. William Kyle Carpenter after awarding him the Medal of Honor for conspicuous gallantry on June 19, 2014, during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House in Washington, D.C. Carpenter received the Medal of Honor for his courageous actions while serving in Helmand Province, Afghanistan. Carpenter will be the keynote speaker for the Celebration of Valor Luncheon in Chattanooga on Tuesday. /AP File Photo/Jacquelyn Martin

The history lessons we learn from wars, societal shifts and cultural change are at the forefront of upcoming events in the Chattanooga area. Here's a chronology of those and other happenings over the next few days.

— Speak Easy, Play Loud, a monthly live music series at the Read House, 107 W. M.L. King Blvd., features classic jazz and a cocktail special 6-9 p.m. Thursday in the Bar & Billiards Room. Nashville's Connye Florance & Kevin Madill are the musical guests.

— McLemore Songwriters Series continues Thursday with country singer/songwriter James Otto at 7 p.m. at The McLemore, 785 Canyon Ridge Road, Rising Fawn, Georgia. Tickets start at $30.

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Country singer James Otto will perform Thursday in the McLemore Songwriters Series at the resort in Rising Fawn, Ga. Otto co-wrote and recorded "Just Got Started Lovin' You," the No. 1 song of 2008, according to Billboard, and has also co-written songs recorded by Jamey Johnson ("In Color") and Zac Brown ("No Hurry"), among others. / AP File Photo/Peter Kramer

— Seniors Got Talent, which will award prizes for the top three senior talent performances, returns for a second year at 7 p.m. Thursday at Chattanooga Theatre Centre, 400 River St. Tickets are $20 at the door or at Proceeds help fund Morning Pointe Foundation nursing scholarships.

— YA-hoo Fest, a virtual celebration of young-adult literature, is Thursday and Friday. Eighteen authors are scheduled, including Cassandra Hartt and Jeff Zentner for the opening session on "Creating Characters" at 7 p.m. Thursday. Friday's panels start on the hour between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Participation is free, and registration is required.

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Contributed Photo from / Author Jeff Zentner, whose latest book is "In the Wild Light," will be among the 18 authors at this weekend's YA-hoo Fest, a celebration of young-adult literature.

— The Comedy Catch, 29 Station St., welcomes award-winning comedian Dale Jones in a special engagement this weekend. Shows start at 7:30 p.m. Thursday ($17-$19) and at 7:30 and 9:45 p.m. Friday and Saturday ($20-$25).

Ed Johnson Memorial dedication events are scheduled Thursday through Sunday at various locations around town to honor the life of a Black man who was lynched on the Walnut Street Bridge in 1906 and the historic legal precedents his case set. A sculpture will be dedicated on the south end of the bridge, 100 Walnut St., at 3 p.m. Sunday. A reception will follow at 5 p.m. in Walker Pavilion at Coolidge Park, 120 River St.

Chattanooga Lookouts are in their last homestand, playing the Mississippi Braves at AT&T Field, 201 Power Alley. Remaining promotions include Thirsty Thursday drink specials; Trade Workers Appreciation Night and fireworks on Friday; used car giveaway and fireworks on Saturday; Suicide Awareness Day and Kids Run the Bases on Sunday. Weather permitting, games start at 7:15 p.m., except for Sunday's at 2:15 p.m. Tickets are $6-$11.

— The Signal, 1810 Chestnut St., strays from music for a night of comedy on Thursday with Steve Hofstetter performing at 8 p.m.; tickets are $25-$50. Music returns for the remaining shows. Friday: rock band Clutch, with Stoner and Telekinetic Yeti, at 8 p.m., $35-$70. Saturday: country band Lanco on the Honky-Tonk Hippies Tour, with the Tuten Brothers, at 8:30 p.m.; $25-$50. Monday: contemporary Christian group Miel San Marcos, featuring Juan Carlos Alvarado, Daniel Calveti and Raul Sanchez, at 7 p.m.; $55. Wednesday: rocker Myles Kennedy on his Ides of March Tour, with Tyler Bryant, at 8 p.m.; $25-$42.

19th Amendment memorials: The League of Women Voters of Chattanooga will donate a plaque and park bench to Chattanooga's Phillips Park, corner of McCallie and Georgia avenues, in ceremonies at 11 a.m. Friday. The park is also the site of a historical marker honoring women's suffrage leader Abby Crawford Milton (1881-1991) of Chattanooga. Hamilton County historian Linda Moss Mines will portray Milton in character. League members will be dressed in white and distributing yellow roses, a symbol of the suffragist movement.

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Contributed Photo by Kerry Lansford / The Abby Crawford Milton marker at Phillips Park in Chattanooga.

— Hamilton County Master Gardeners will present a virtual class on shade gardening 10 a.m.-noon Saturday. Free, but register for the Zoom link.

Songbirds Foundation will introduce its new interactive learning space inside the Chattanooga Choo Choo, 1400 Market St., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday. Highlights include music by Spinster (2-4 p.m.), drink specials and a raffle (winners announced at 5 p.m.).

— Tennessee Association of Vintage Base Ball will feature an end-of-season game at the 6th Calvary Museum, 6 Barnhardt Circle, Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia, at 1 p.m. Saturday with Chattanooga's Lookout Club playing the Knoxville Holstons. Free admission.

— Farm to Table Dinner, featuring a menu of locally grown, chef-prepared specialties, is 6-8 p.m. Saturday on the street outside the Rhea County Courthouse, 1475 Market St., Dayton, Tennessee. Tickets are $40.

— Epic Night of Literacy and Movie in the Park: The Soddy-Daisy Community Library, with the help of more than 20 community organizations, will present a pirate-themed celebration of literacy 6:30-8:30 p.m. Saturday at Veterans Park, 9000 Dayton Pike. A family film will follow at 9 p.m. Activities will include free books, crafts, a scavenger hunt, bounce houses and ukulele performance. A pirate costume contest, with three age ranges (12 and younger, 13-18, adult), will start at 7:30 p.m. Admission is free. Some organizations will offer food and beverages for a small fee. 423-800-2367

— Chattanooga Red Wolves, a men's professional soccer team, play the North Carolina Football Club at 7 p.m. Saturday at CHI Memorial Stadium, 1 Stadium Way. Tickets start at $14.

— Chattanooga Football Club, a men's professional soccer team, plays the San Diego 1904 FC at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Finley Stadium, 1826 Carter St. Tickets are $7-$16.

— The Arts Avenue, 1800 Rossville Ave., welcomes Chattanooga alt-rock band The Afternooners at 8 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $10.

— Tivoli Theatre, 709 Broad St., welcomes Rock and Roll Hall of Fame duo the Righteous Brothers at 8 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $35-$99.

— Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park staff and volunteers will commemorate the 158th anniversary of the Battle of Chickamauga in events Saturday through Monday, dates that coincide with the historic battles, Sept. 18-20, 1863. Activities encompass tours (including one on bikes), hikes, artillery demonstrations and living-history programs throughout the day, starting at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, 10 a.m. Sunday and 9:30 a.m. Monday.

La Paz Chattanooga, 809 Willow St., will celebrate the grand opening of its new offices and community space with a block party 1-5 p.m. Sunday. The event is part of Hispanic & Latino Heritage Month, Sept. 15-Oct. 15.

— John Hamm Performing Arts Series kicks off Monday with soprano Karen Slack performing at 7 p.m. in the Dora MacLellan Brown Memorial Chapel at Covenant College, 14049 Scenic Highway, Lookout Mountain, Georgia. She'll be accompanied by pianist Casey Robards for a program highlighting women composers and arrangers. Admission is free, and a livestream option is available.

— Celebration of Valor Luncheon: The Charles H. Coolidge Medal of Honor Heritage Center will welcome the nation's youngest living Medal of Honor recipient, Afghanistan war veteran Kyle Carpenter, for this fundraiser at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday in Exhibit Hall A of the Chattanooga Convention Center, 1 Carter Plaza. Tickets are $125 for the luncheon, $150 to also attend a VIP reception for the medically retired Marine corporal at 10 a.m.

— Paradise Garden Art & Learning Center, the first art center in Chattooga County, Georgia, opens with a ribbon-cutting 5-7 p.m. Wednesday at 84 Knox St. in Summerville. The outdoor event includes music by Russell Cook and the Sweet Teeth, plus food and beverages. Paradise Garden was the home of Baptist minister and folk artist Howard Finster (1916-2001). His estate also houses a Sculpture Garden with more than 46,000 pieces of his outsider art, overnight lodgings and a museum and visitor center.

Contact Lisa Denton at or 423-757-6281.