Staff file photo / Harry and Linda Smith's 1993 Ford Ranger is seen during last year's O'Reilly Auto Parts World of Wheels at the Chattanooga Convention Center. This year's event is Friday through Sunday.

The first week of January means it's time to sign up for Master Gardener classes and be dazzled by the chrome at World of Wheels, this year featuring actor Erik Estrada in a guest appearance. If you're Chattanooga singer Brandon Davis, you're warming up with local shows before joining Tim McGraw's national tour in late April.

Be advised that the Cleveland Storytelling Guild has canceled Thursday's Old Christmas program at the Museum Center at Five Points due to the threat of bad weather.

Also, Friday's Tivoli Foundation Gala featuring Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit is sold out, and shows by Journey tribute band Departure at The Signal and Over Easy at Songbirds have been postponed from Saturday until Feb. 19.

Here's a look at what's coming.



Update: Due to the weather, the Hunter Museum of American Art will close early today, at 4 p.m., so Throwback Thursday hours will not be in effect. The museum will open an hour later, at 11 a.m., on Friday.

— Throwback Thursday at Hunter Museum of American Art, 10 Bluff View, offers a chance to view two special exhibitions, "Lalla Essaydi" and "Mediterranea: American Art From the Graham D. Williford Collection," at a discount before they close Sunday. From 4-8 p.m. Thursday, visitors can see the permanent collection for free and the special exhibitions for $5 (regular admission is $20).

— In-Town Gallery, 26A Frazier Ave., will host an open house 5-8 p.m. Friday for "New Beginnings," showcasing works by the six artists who joined the cooperative in 2021. They are glass worker Sean Price, photographer Sybil Topel, multimedia artist Robin Howe and painters Renel Plouffe, Lora Miller and Brent Weston. The exhibition continues through Jan. 31.

— Area 61 Gallery, 721 Broad St., introduces "Fast Forward" by North Georgia artist Jeff Delude at an open house 6-8 p.m. Friday. Delude's latest works are collage and painting hybrids that encompass surrealism, pop and expressionism. Pieces will be available for browsing and purchase through Feb. 27. 423-648-9367

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Photo from the artist / "The Fiddler" by Jeff Delude is among the North Georgia artist's works on view through February at Area 61 Gallery. He'll greet guests at an open house Friday evening at the gallery.



— Master Gardener classes: Friday is the deadline to register for the Master Gardeners of Hamilton County training courses, an education in the best horticulture practices for the area. Classes will meet for 15 weeks at the Hamilton County Extension Office, 6183 Adamson Circle. Morning classes start Jan. 25 and meet 9:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Tuesdays. Evening classes start Jan. 31 and meet 6-9 p.m. Mondays. Cost is $170.

— The Comedy Catch, 29 Station St., welcomes Mike Stanley for shows at 7:30 and 9:45 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Tickets are $17-$19.

— World of Wheels, an expo of hot rods, race cars, antique cars, classic cars, custom imports and motorcycles, is this weekend at the Chattanooga Convention Center, 1 Carter Plaza. Among the guests making special appearances are Erik Estrada, who played Ponch on "CHiPs," and "Kamikaze Chris" Day of "Street Outlaws." Visitors also can see replicas of cars from "Back to the Future," pose for photos with characters from "Transformers" and "Star Wars" and see master pinstriper Von Hot Rod in action, among other attractions. Hours are 3-9 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday (guest appearance times may vary). Tickets (12 and older) are $15 at O'Reilly Auto Parts stores, $18 at the gate or via Ticketmaster; $5 for ages 6-11 (free for younger children). Kids get a free Hot Wheels car to race on a drag strip when they enter.

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Erik Estrada arrives at the 85th Annual Hollywood Christmas Parade on Sunday, Nov. 27, 2016, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Willy Sanjuan/Invision/AP)

— Reflection Riding Arboretum & Nature Center, 400 Garden Road, begins a new slate of weekly programming. The Meet Our Animal Ambassadors sessions are 1:30-2:30 p.m. Fridays (no charge). Raptor Reflections programs are 9-10 a.m. Saturdays ($20-$30). Vulture Adventure is 11 a.m.-noon Saturdays ($15-$20). Basket weaving, teaching how to craft muscadine vines into baskets, wreaths and charger plates, is 1-3 p.m. Saturdays ($20-$30). Also, the first of the monthly Weed Wrangles, to help the land conservation team battle invasive plants, is 9 a.m. to noon Saturday. Registration is requested for any program.

— Walking tour: Olivia Cawood, curator of programming and collections at the Museum Center at Five Points, 200 E. Inman St., Cleveland, Tenn., will lead a walking tour of historic downtown businesses at 1 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $5; free with museum admission ($9 adults).

— History hike: A 1-mile, 90-minute hike exploring "Winter Vistas: Longstreet's Breakthrough, Hindman's Front," starts at 2 p.m. Saturday from the Chickamauga Battlefield Visitor Center, 3370 LaFayette Road in Fort Oglethorpe. The program details events that occurred on the southern end of Confederate Gen. James Longstreet's famous assault of Sept. 20, 1863, during the Battle of Chickamauga, using the seasonal lack of foliage for a better view of the battle site.

— New Year's Nightmare: The final night of a special-edition haunted house and a trio of escape rooms is 8-10 p.m. Saturday at Dread Hollow, 321 Brown's Ferry Road. Tickets are $15 for the haunt, $60 for each escape room (up to six people). The timed-entry tickets are sold only online.

— Board game swap meet: If you're in search of new board games to play during your winter hibernation, check out the swap meet starting at 1 p.m. Sunday at Epikos Comics and Games, 5864 Brainerd Road. You can bring your own unwanted games or buy a store gift card to trade with others. Call ahead if you need a table. 423-531-4184,

— The Chattery, 1800 Rossville Ave., has several entertainment-related classes on its January roster. Among them: the Chattanooga Singing Circle, teaching songs by call and response, meeting 10-11:30 a.m. the next four Mondays for a $60 fee; and The Business of Comedy, meeting 6-7:30 p.m. Monday for a $15 fee.

— CTC Book Club continues at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Mainstage lobby of the Chattanooga Theatre Centre, 400 River St. Participants will discuss Polish playwright Martyna Majok's "Cost of Living," a 2018 Pulitzer Prize-winning drama that challenges the typical perceptions about people with disabilities. A copy of the script is available on the club's Facebook page (search for CTC Book Club).



— The 107 Chattanooga, 2255 Center St., spotlights Chattanooga singer Brandon Davis at 9 p.m. Friday in the second show of his "Step by Step" tour in support of his debut single, which reached No. 1 on iTunes' Country Singles chart. Davis has more shows in the area and out of state before he joins the McGraw Tour 2022 in late April.

— Bob's Bootcamp: Bob Bernhardt, the Chattanooga Symphony & Opera's principal pops conductor, continues this lecture series with a virtual event at 11 a.m. Saturday. For "South of the Border," he'll take a behind-the-scenes look at the lives and works of composers from Mexico and South America. Tickets are $25.

— Calvary Baptist Church, 5201 Dayton Blvd., will welcome Dove Award-winning group Legacy 5 at 6 p.m. Sunday. The free concert kicks off the church's three-day Winter Refresh that includes guest speakers Josh Grubbs and Kenny Baldwin on Monday and Tuesday, respectively. Their programs start at 7 each night.

— Todd Snider, the folk rocker known for such songs as "Beer Run" and "Talking Seattle Grunge Rock Blues," will be in concert at 8 p.m. Wednesday at Walker Theatre, 399 McCallie Ave. Tickets are $22-$35.

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Contributed photo / Singer/songwriter Todd Snider will be in concert Wednesday at the Tivoli Theatre.



— Red-carpet movie premieres: Two locally produced films will premiere at a red-carpet event at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Tivoli Theatre, 709 Broad St. "The Light We Share" is a feature-length film from the Pop-Up Project that examines the struggles and triumphs of everyday lives through dance, music, visual art and poetry. "Essential: The Making of The Light We Share" is a half-hour documentary from WTCI-TV that follows the production company's efforts to create art in a pandemic. A reception will follow. Tickets are $15.

Contact Lisa Denton at or 423-757-6281.