Staff photo by Troy Stolt / Sandhill Cranes fly over the Hiwassee Wildlife Refuge on Dec. 16 in Birchwood. The annual Tennessee Sandhill Crane Festival is Jan. 15-16.

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To do Sunday

— World of Wheels: It's the last day for this automotive expo at the Chattanooga Convention Center. Hours are 10 a.m.-6 p.m. The special guests will have more limited hours. Erik Estrada, best known for his breakout role on the television series "CHiPS," will be available 11 a.m.-3 p.m. He charges a fee for photos and autographs. "Kamikaze Chris" Day of "Street Outlaws" will greet guests from noon to 2 p.m. Admission is $18 at the door for ages 12 and up, $5 for kids 6-11.




AREA 61 GALLERY — 721 Broad St. "Fast Forward" by North Georgia artist Jeff Delude, through Feb. 27. 423-648-9367

GALLERY AT BLACKWELL — 71 Eastgate Loop. Winter show by Photographic Society of Chattanooga, Jan. 17-April 18. Opening reception 6-8:30 Jan. 14.

HUNTER MUSEUM OF AMERICAN ART — 10 Bluff View. Special exhibitions "Lalla Essaydi" and "Mediterranea: American Art From the Graham D. Williford Collection," through Jan. 9. $20 nonmember adults.

IN-TOWN GALLERY — 26A Frazier Ave. "New Beginnings," works by the six artists who joined the cooperative in 2021, through Jan. 31.



ATHLETIC CHAMPIONSHIPS — Chattanooga Convention Center, 1 Carter Plaza. cheer and dance national competitions, Jan. 15-16.

BOARD GAME SWAP MEET — Epikos Comics and Games, 5864 Brainerd Road. Bring your own unwanted games or buy a store gift card to trade with others, 1 p.m. Jan. 9.

BRADLEY BANDSTAND — Museum Center at Five Points, 200 E. Inman St., Cleveland, Tenn. Annual fundraising gala with "Dancing Through the Decades" theme, 6:30 p.m. Jan. 15. Includes cocktails, dinner, live auction and dancing. $175 individual, $1,500 for table for eight (with bonus bottles of champagne).

CHATTACON 47 — DoubleTree by Hilton, 407 Chestnut St. Convention for fans of science fiction and fantasy in all media, Jan. 14-16. Includes art and literary guests, gaming, masquerade, panels and workshops. $60 adults, $55 youths 8-12 (free for younger children).

THE CHATTERY — 1800 Rossville Ave. January schedule includes art and entertainment programming.

— Chattanooga Singing Circle, with songs taught by call and response, 10-11:30 a.m. Mondays starting Jan. 10. $60 for four weeks.

— The Business of Comedy, 6-7:30 p.m. Jan. 10. $15.

— Beginner Hand Lettering for home decor and gifts, 6-8:15 p.m. Jan. 11. $45.

THE COMEDY CATCH — 29 Station St. Etta May in special engagement, 7:30 p.m. Jan. 13 ($17-$19), 7:30 and 9:45 p.m. Jan. 14-15 ($20-$25).

CTC BOOK CLUB — Chattanooga Theatre Centre, 400 River St. Discussion of Polish playwright Martyna Majok's Pulitzer Prize-winning drama "Cost of Living," 7 p.m. Jan. 11 in the Mainstage lobby. Download a PDF of the script on group's club's Facebook page (search for CTC Book Club).

ERLANGER DINNER OF DISTINCTION — Westin Hotel ballroom, 801 Pine St. Erlanger Health System Foundation event honoring Dr. Richard Alvarez, Dr. Frank Adkins, Dr. Donald Barker and Hamilton County Mayor Jim Coppinger, postponed from Jan. 14 to March 4. $150 per person, $1,500 per table. 423-778-4803

THE GARDEN CLUB AT CRABTREE FARMS — 1000 E. 30th St. January meet-up for beginner or experienced gardeners to get support and guidance for growing a backyard vegetable garden, 6-8 p.m. Jan. 13. $35. Group meets monthly through October; attend one time or each time.

HISTORY FAIR — Soddy-Daisy High School, 618 Sequoyah Access Road. Soddy, Daisy and Montlake Historical Association event includes 80 tables of photos and artifacts detailing the history of the area, indoor yard sale, silent auction and bake sale, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Jan. 15. $3 donation requested.

REFLECTION RIDING ARBORETUM & NATURE CENTER — 400 Garden Road. New weekly programming; registration requested.

— Meet Our Animal Ambassadors, 1:30-2:30 p.m. Fridays; no charge.

— Raptor Reflections, 9-10 a.m. Saturdays; $20-$30.

— Vulture Adventure, 11 a.m.-noon Saturdays; $15-$20.

— Basket Weaving, teaching how to craft muscadine vines into baskets, wreaths and charger plates, 1-3 p.m. Saturdays; $20-$30.

TENNESSEE SANDHILL CRANE FESTIVAL — Birchwood, Tenn. Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency sponsors 31st annual event to see the 20,000 sandhill cranes that stop at Hiwassee Wildlife Refuge during their winter migration, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Jan. 15-16. Related events at Cherokee Removal Memorial Park (artifacts, interpreters, hiking trail) and Birchwood Community Center (breakfast, vendors, raptor programs, children's activities). Park at the community center, 5623 Highway 60, to ride free shuttle; only handicap parking on-site. Free.

WORLD OF WHEELS — Chattanooga Convention Center, 1 Carter Plaza. Automotive expo with special appearances by actor Erik Estrada,"Kamikaze Chris" Day of "Street Outlaws" and master pinstriper Von Hot Rod; replicas of cars from "Back to the Future"; characters from "Transformers" and "Star Wars"; Porsche driving experience for adults, Hot Wheels race track for kids, plus free car when the enter, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Jan. 9 (guest appearance times vary). $18 at the gate or via Ticketmaster; $5 for ages 6-11 (free for younger children).

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Erik Estrada poses on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Los Angeles. /AP File Photo/Nick Ut



CALVARY BAPTIST CHURCH — 5201 Dayton Blvd. Dove Award-winning group Legacy 5 in concert, 6 p.m. Jan. 9. Free. Kicks off church's three-day Winter Refresh, featuring guest speakers Josh Grubbs at 7 p.m. Jan. 10 and Kenny Baldwin at 7 p.m. Jan. 11.

EDGEWOOD BAPTIST CHURCH — 3604 Ringgold Road. Avenue gospel trio, 6 p.m. Jan. 15.

THE SIGNAL — 1810 Chestnut St. Wale on Under a Blue Moon tour, 9 p.m. Jan. 13. $29-$79.

WALKER THEATRE — 399 McCallie Ave. Todd Snider in concert, 8 p.m. Jan. 12. $22-$35.



ENSEMBLE THEATRE OF CHATTANOOGA — Barking Legs Theater, 1307 Dodds Ave. Double bill of plays based on inspirational books: "Tuesdays With Morrie," PG-13, 7:30 p.m. Jan. 14, 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. Jan. 15, 2:30 p.m. Jan. 16; "Tiny Beautiful Things," ages 17 and up, 7:30 p.m. Jan. 21, 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. Jan. 22, 7 p.m. Jan. 23. $25 general admission, $20 students and seniors (65+).



"THE LIGHT WE SHARE" — Red-carpet premieres of two locally produced films, 7 p.m. Jan. 12. The feature-length "The Light We Share," from the Pop-Up Project, 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. Reception follows. $15.

LOOKOUT WILD FILM FESTIVAL — Tivoli Theatre, 709 Broad St. Tenth annual festival showcases more than 50 top outdoor adventure and conservation films from around the world, postponed from Jan. 14-16 to Feb. 4-6. $20 per session, $55 weekend pass.

Contact Lisa Denton at or 423-757-6281.