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Susan Pierce

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Who can’t use some holiday tips to simplify life or be more productive during the seasonal blitz of cooking, wrapping and trimming?

Karen Guethlein started Brick Kiln Handmade Pottery in her living room, firing pieces in a 50-year-old kiln with no experience other than what she taught herself from YouTube videos.

When Kim and Chuck Gavin bought one of the two penthouse spaces in the D.B. Loveman building, the previous owner sold it "as is" — translation: 4,000 square feet of unfinished space.

• Merry Mountain Christmas: National Guard Armory, 225 Manufacturers Road, Dayton, Tenn., 11 a.m.-4 p.m., shop vendors with holiday decorations, photos with Santa for $10, silent auction to benefit Rhea Medical Healthcare Foundation. 423-775-8580.

Here is list of festivals and craft shows happening in the next six days, Nov. 13-18.

Life is pretty sweet for rising country singer RaeLynn right now.

Keith Hays has been to every Ooltewah High School home football game for four years — but only saw his first actual game two weeks ago.

Homeowners traditionally haul out the holly the weekend following Thanksgiving to start trimming their trees.

Restaurants owned by members of the Independent Hardee's Franchisee Association raised just over $350,000 in its annual Stars for Heroes campaign, according to an IHFA release.

Although the festival circuit is winding down, there are still some notable events happening this weekend, Nov. 7-9.

Artist Mary Gregg is living the adage that good things come to those who wait.

Extending your daylight hours

Add a fireplace or fire pit to rekindle outdoor entertaining

By the time readers wake up Sunday morning, Daylight Saving Time will have ended and clocks will have rolled back an hour. Dusk will arrive earlier, but that change doesn't have to sunset your outdoor fun.

Eight Hamilton County high school girls who were named PEF Passport Scholars shared their summer learning experiences at colleges around the country during the recent Passport Scholars Celebration.

Its all about healthy living — fresh produce and free health screenings — when Chattanooga Market hosts the Erlanger HealthFair on Sunday, Nov. 2.

Get your costume on Oct. 31 and join goblins haunting Lake Winnepesaukah during its first Halloween night party. Friday night’s spook-tacle offers all the fun of the amusement park’s WinnepeSpookah, which has been held weekends in October, plus special events just for Halloween night, says Lake Winnie spokeswoman Talley Green.

You’ve seen pumpkins fly through the air on Science Channel’s “Punkin Chunkin.” Now you can clock your own pumpkin’s hang time on Saturday, Nov. 1, when Crabtree Farms hosts its Pumpkin Smash fall festival.

Having the guys and ghouls over Friday night?

How do you build a backstory for, much less give a name to, one of the greatest supporting characters in American literature?

* Sunday Showcase: Chattanooga Theatre Center, 400 River St., 3-5 p.m., $10 adults, $5 ages 6-18, performances by 12 local youth arts organizations in show sponsored by Performing Arts League Inc. 423-267-8534.

A pianist who toured Asia with the Boston Pops will be the featured soloist for the Chattanooga Symphony & Opera’s pops concert saluting the Boston orchestra and two of its esteemed conductors.

The talent of more than 200 area students will be featured during the first Sunday Showcase to be held at the Chattanooga Theatre Centre on Sunday afternoon, Oct. 26.

Americans spent $7 billion on costumes, candy and cobweb-inspired decorations last Halloween, according to the National Retail Federation.

• Fall Festival: North Hamilton County Elementary School, 601 Industrial Blvd., 10 a.m.-2 p.m., school carnival hosted by PTA to purchase new security system for school. nhcepta@gmail.com.

Baylor School senior Mimi Allison earned a perfect composite score of 36 on the ACT national college admissions exam.

Janel Ellison Webb still lives by advice her second-grade teacher at Chattanooga Valley Elementary School gave her 15 years ago.

When Chattanoogans had the rare chance in August to hear the Tivoli Theatre’s Mighty Wurlitzer organ played as the accompaniment to a silent movie, the response was wilder than organizers expected.

Cindy Lowery went to her first Ketner’s Mill Country Arts Fair as a shopper in the early 1980s; now she’s an exhibitor.

The number 3 is proving quite lucky for Hannah Faith Greene.

• Rummage Giveaway: Second Missionary Baptist Church 2305 E. Third St., 10 a.m.-2 p.m., free clothing and household items distributed to people in need by church Missionary Union Ministry. 423-624-9097.

The festival circuit peaks this weekend with a season-high 17 events opening between today, Oct. 9, and Wednesday, Oct. 15.

David Hays expects to sell 8,000 to 10,000 pumpkins over the next eight weeks.

Collegiate sorority women donated a total of $5.2 million to philanthropies last year, along with 850,411 hours of manpower in community service, according to the National Panhellenic Council.

Melissa Goodson has a list of criteria that separates tourists from the locals in Sewanee, Tenn.

Stephanie Betts and Richard Little originally planned an intimate gathering of 15 to 20 guests for their June wedding.

• Fairview Fall Sale: Fairview United Methodist Church, 2112 McFarland Ave., Rossville, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., sale of clothing, toys, household goods, Christmas decor. 423-488-4860.

Cultural heritage celebrations highlight this weekend’s festival lineup. Choose from a Civil War sesquicentennial in LaFayette, Ga., to a showcase of traditional Appalachian crafts in Brasstown, N.C., to a salute to Chattanooga’s ethnic diversity at Chattanooga Market.

A Chattanooga Theatre Centre veteran and a newcomer to the stage will play the lead roles in John Steinback’s powerful drama “Of Mice and Men” when the Chattanooga Theatre Centre opens its 91st season Friday night, Oct. 3.

Homecoming week at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga starts today with a ton of activities carrying out this year's "Mocbusters" theme.

As summer's blooms fade in backyard gardens, homeowners turn to pansies to replace the color.

Where to eat free on your birthday in Chattanooga

Desserts, discounted food offers help lure partiers to local restaurants

"They say it's your birthday. We're gonna have a good time," the Beatles sang -- and for almost three-fourths of the nation's population, that good time will happen in a restaurant.

Folks who love to bake, sew and grow will vie for blue-ribbon bragging rights when the Hamilton County Fair is held Saturday-Sunday, Sept. 27-28, at Chester Frost Park.

For more than 400 years, armoires served as functional cabinets in which to store clothing before built-in closets were introduced in the early 1900s.

• Dahlia Show: Erlanger VW Wellness Center, 7380 Volkswagen Drive, 1-4 p.m., free flower show hosted by Dahlia Society of Tennessee with blooms for sale. Show continues Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. 423-949-8280.

ArtsBuild welcomed 36 class members into its Holmberg Arts Leadership Institute during a recent reception at the Chattanooga Theatre Centre.

The 13 festivals opening this weekend offer a variety of scenic backdrops to appeal to festivalgoers, ranging from historic mansions to the Smoky Mountains.

Eleven-year-old Lola Howell is a competitor. So much so, she and her BFF, Alyssa Rogers, hold mini-cookoffs based on "Chopped," their favorite Food Network show, when they have sleepovers at each other's homes.

Ann Buggey has been gardening for 15 years, primarily in perennials but with some berries and vegetables in the mix.

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