published Friday, April 1st, 2011

Out & About Calendar


BELLA SERA — Tennessee Aquarium, 1 Broad St. Unlimited tapas and wine pairings from local restaurants at eighth annual event celebrating area chefs, 6 p.m. April 9, with music and silent auction. $70-$100. Benefits Chattanooga Endeavors. Contacts: Melissa Siragusa, 648-2496,; Tim Dempsey, 266-1888,

CHATTANOOGA GHOST TOURS — From Walnut Street Bridge (downtown end) to Read House. One- and two-hour tours with several stops along the way for ghost stories and place histories, 8:15 nightly. $14 adults, $9 children under 12. 821-7125,

CHATTANOOGA RIVER MARKET — Tennessee Aquarium plaza, 1 Broad St. Vendors showcase locally produced arts, crafts and horticultural goods, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday. Free yoga by Chattanooga Yoga Collective, 10 a.m. Entertainment by The Possum Hunters Bluegrass Band, 12:30 p.m. 648-2496,

PANCAKE BREAKFAST — Applebee’s, 356 Northgate Mall. Fundraiser for Habitat for Humanity sponsored by Thrivent Financial Chapter 30479, 7:30-9:30 a.m. Saturday. $5. Contact:

PARK DAY — Chickamauga Battlefield Visitor Center, Fort Oglethorpe. Civil War Trust sponsors hands-on help event at various locations around Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park, 9 a.m.-noon Saturday. Tools and supplies provided for chores such as landscape restoration, monument and marker cleaning and exotic plant removal. Gloves and sturdy shoes recommended. Drinks provided. Free. 423-752-5213, ext. 113.

RACIN’ AT RUBY — Ruby Falls, 1720 S. Scenic Highway. Photo-ops with Dale Earnhardt’s No. 3 car and Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s No. 88 AMP car, racing simulator and roller-racing challenges, noon-6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Free with regular admission: $17.95 adults, $9.95 children. 821-2544.

SENIOR OLYMPICS — Alexian Brothers Senior Neighbors, 250 E. 10th St. Today is last day to register to compete in Chattanooga district games, with 21 events scheduled May 2-7. Participants must be at least 50 by Dec. 31. 755-6114,

STARGAZING — Jones Observatory, 10 Tuxedo Ave. Spring programming about the night sky, 6:30-9 p.m. Sundays. This week’s topic: Saturn. Featured constellation: Taurus. 425-4518.

TRAIN RIDES — Departing from Tennessee Valley Railroad, 4119 Cromwell Road. 894-8028, Missionary Ridge Local is six-mile, 55-minute ride through East Chattanooga and to TVRM’s repair shop where locomotive is rotated and repositioned for ride back. Full schedule (10:40 a.m., 12:05, 1;15, 2:25 and 3:35 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays; limited schedule (10:40 a.m. and 12:05 p.m.) Tuesday-Friday. $15 adults, $9 children ages 3-12, free to younger kids.

VENDOR MEETING — Eastgate, Brainerd Road. Presentation and Q&A session for prospective Chattanooga Market vendors, 1 p.m. Sunday. Applications accepted all season, May-December. 648-2496,


BOOK SIGNING — Red Ribbon, 270 Central Ave., NW, Cleveland, Tenn. Book signing for “Chattanooga Radio and Television,” with David Carroll and LaTrice Currie, noon-2 p.m. Saturday. A portion of proceeds from book sales goes to Hospice of Chattanooga. Contact: David Carroll, 267-5412, ext. 122.



All locations of Chattanooga-Hamilton County Bicentennial Library system have programs and activities. Call downtown, 757-5314; Eastgate, 855-2685; Northgate, 870-0636; Ooltewah/Collegedale, 396-9322; South Chattanooga, 825-7237. The central information number for all branches is 757-5310.


n Barnes & Noble, 2100 Hamilton Place Blvd., 11 a.m. Wednesdays. 893-0186.

n Books Never-Ending, 2547 Cloud Springs Road, Rossville, 10:30 - 11:30 a.m. Saturdays for ages 3-8. 706-891-0774,

KIDS PLAY DAY AND PIZZA PARTY — Manker Patten Tennis Club, 100 Douglas St. Includes on-court drills, conditioning, introduction to summer tennis camp and pizza for ages 5-14 and parents, 3-5 p.m. Sunday. $15 members, $20 nonmembers. 266-6767.


FIRE STARTING — Chattanooga Nature Center, 400 Garden Road. Learn the friction fire method of bow drilling in this beginners workshop, 1-4 p.m. Saturday. $14 members, $18 nonmembers; $25 and $33 for parent/child combos (ages 14 and older). Advance registration and payment required. 821-1160, ext. 0.

HARLEY WORKSHOPS — Thunder Creek Harley-Davidson, 7720 Lee Highway, and 1001 Market St., Dalton, Ga. PHD (Professional Harley-Davidson) Seminars offer step-by-step demonstrations by master technicians, 2 p.m. Saturday, both locations. 892-4888 in Chattanooga, 706-370-7433 in Dalton.

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