published Friday, April 13th, 2012

Out & About calendar

LEISURE

ANTIQUE FARM EQUIPMENT SHOW -- Grandview Community Center, 175 Emergency Road (off Highway 68), Grandview, Tenn. Antique tractors, engines and other farm equipment, music and children's games at fundraiser for Grandview Community Club, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. April 21. Free. 618-6230.

BUG-A-PALUZA -- Camp Jordan, East Ridge. Scenic City Volks Folks car club hosts annual Volkswagen car show to benefit Ronald McDonald House, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. April 21, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. April 22. More than 250 show cars and 100 vendors, and Von Hot Rod pinstriping on-site. $4. 877-1252.

CAR/MOTORCYCLE SHOW -- Central High School, 5728 Highway 58. Flea market, 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, and car/bike show, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., to benefit Central High School Band. $20 car show entry fee. 309-5503.

CHATTANOOGA PUBLIC LIBRARY -- 1001 Broad St. (main library) and branches at Eastgate, Northgate and South Chattanooga. For programming information on preschool story time, Adventure Club for children ages 6 and up, and the teen center, Teen Stack, call 757-5310 or visit www.lib.chattanooga.gov.

* Saturday: Alison Lebovitz gives talk on her book, "Am I There Yet?" downtown branch, 1 p.m.

* April 21: CSO string quintet, Eastgate Library, 2:30 p.m.

* April 21: Page Turners Book Club, Eastgate Library, 11 a.m.

CHATTANOOGA RIVER MARKET -- Tennessee Aquarium plaza, 1 Broad St. Vendors sell local produce, arts, crafts and horticultural projects, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday. www.ChattanoogaMarket.com.

DISTINGUISHED YOUNG WOMAN PROGRAM -- Soddy Elementary School, 260 School St., Soddy-Daisy. Eleven high school juniors compete for 54th Soddy-Daisy Distinguished Young Woman title (formerly Junior Miss), 6:30 p.m. Saturday, $10.

DOLL SHOW -- Catoosa County Colonnade, Ringgold, Ga. Chattanooga Doll Club's annual show and sale, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. April 21. $4 ages 13 and older.

EARTH DAYZ -- Rock City, 1400 Patten Road, Lookout Mountain. RockQuest Adventures, climbing wall, make rain barrels, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Fridays-Sundays through April 29. Birds of Prey shows at 11 a.m., 1 and 3 p.m. $18.95 adults, $10.95 ages 3-12. 820-2531, www.seerockcity.com.

ENVIRONMENTAL AWARENESS FAIR -- Cleveland State Community College, Cleveland, Tenn. "Going-green fair" includes food, presentations, entertainment and vendors, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday. Free. 423-473-2341.

FRESH FRIDAYS -- Miller Plaza, M.L. King Boulevard. Nine food trucks serving food, along with vendors selling flowers and produce, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Fridays.

FRIDAY NIGHT AT THE BETH -- Bethlehem Center, 200 W. 38th St. Evening of fun for adults outside a club setting, 7 p.m. today. $10 admission per person, $20 with dinner, $35 per couple with dinner. 400-9244.

GEORGE T. HUNTER LECTURE SERIES -- Tivoli Theatre, 709 Broad St. Benwood Foundation presents Michael Pollan, author of "In Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto" and "The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals," 7 p.m. Thursday. Topic: "In Defense of Food: An Omnivore's Solution." Doors open at 6 p.m. Free. 267-4311.

HIKES -- Led by Soddy-Daisy Hiking Club. Bring water and snack. 842-3619.

* Saturday: Fall Creek Falls, meet at Durham Street parking lot at 8 a.m., wildflower tour led by park rangers.

* Tuesday: Harrison Bay State Park, easy 4-mile walk, meet at Target parking lot on Highway 153, 10 a.m.

April 21: Leggett Road Lower Trailhead, 5-mile loop, meet at trailhead, 10 a.m.

KIWANIS PANCAKE BREAKFAST -- Bald Headed Bistro, 201 Keith St. SW, Cleveland, Tenn. Fundraiser for Cleveland Kiwanis Club, 7-11 a.m. Saturday. $6 age 6 and older. 423-596-8424.

NORTH SHORE SIDEWALK SALE -- Merchants from Manufacturers Road to Frazier Avenue and River Street. NorthShore Merchants Collective sponsors sidewalk sales, discounts, drawings, giveaways, Saturday-Sunday. 645-0937.

PARKING LOT SALE -- Knitting Mill Antiques, 205 Manufacturers Road. Vendors selling antiques and yard-sale items on front lawn, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday. Complimentary hot dogs while supplies last. Rain date April 21. 267-1922.

PLANT GIVEAWAY -- Daisy United Methodist Church, 9508 Dayton Pike, Soddy-Daisy. Church giving away flowers, vegetables, herbs and ornamental plants, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday. Silent auction held on-site, winners announced at 2 p.m. Free. 756-4106.

RED BANK JUBILEE PARADE/NEW MOON PIE FESTIVAL -- Along Dayton Boulevard. Parade at 10 a.m., followed by music, games, car show and activities until 4 p.m. April 21. 322-9896.

SPIRIT WALK -- West Hill Cemetery, West Cuyler Street, Dalton, Ga. Walking tour of historic cemetery includes monologues by costumed citizens representing Dalton's role in the Civil War. Tour times: 5, 5:20 and 5:40 p.m. today; 3, 3:30, 4, 4:30 and 5 p.m. Saturday; 3, 3:30 and 4 p.m. Sunday. $15 adults, $12 students and senior adults. Advance reservations required. 706-226-6618 or dlt@optilink.us.

SPRING FEST -- Coolidge Park, 200 River St. Free outdoor expo, gear swap and Adoptapalooza dog and cat adoption event, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. April 21. Booth rental $25. 643-6888.

SPRING PLANT SALE -- Crabtree Farms, 1000 E. 30th St. Local vendors, live music, gardening talks, vegetable and flowering plants for sale, 8 a.m.-3 p.m. April 21, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. April 22. Free. 493-9155, www.crabtreefarms.org.

TITANIC COMMEMORATION -- Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park, Fort Oglethorpe. Meet at Visitor Center parking lot and car caravan to battlefield, 2 p.m. Saturday. Join park ranger to learn about connection between the Battle of Chickamauga and the sinking of the Titanic. Bring lawn chairs, dress appropriately for weather. 706-866-92412.

TRAIN RIDES -- Departing from Tennessee Valley Railroad, 4119 Cromwell Road. 894-8028, www.tvrail.com.

* Missionary Ridge Local: Six-mile, 55-minute ride through East Chattanooga to TVRM's repair shop. Fridays-Sundays. $16 adults, $10 children ages 3-12.

* Chickamauga Turn: Six-hour trip includes lunch layover in Chickamauga, Ga.,10 a.m.-4:15 p.m. Saturdays through Sept. 29. $34 adults, $26 children, ticket upgrade available for lunch in dining car.

VALLEY FEST -- Downtown Dunlap, Tenn. Three stages of music, car show at Dunlap City Hall, 9 a.m.-9 p.m. April 21, noon-5 p.m. April 22 (all times Central). $5 adults, $1 children. 423-949-7608.

BOOKS/AUTHORS

GATHERING OF SOUTHERN SHERLOCKIANS -- Sheraton Read House, corner of Broad Street and M.L. King Boulevard. Fans of Sherlock Holmes books by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle gather for readings and presentations, April 21-22. Featured author is Stephanie Osborn, creator of "The Displaced Detective." Registration information: 622-2862 or jhashe@epbfi.com.

CHILDREN/TEENS

CHILDREN'S STORY HOUR

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

* Books Never-Ending, 247 Cloud Springs Road, Rossville, 10:30 a.m. Saturdays for ages 3-8. 706-891-0774. www.booksneverending.com.

CREATIVE DISCOVERY MUSEUM -- 321 Chestnut St. $10.95. 756-2738, www.cdmfun.org.

* Dino Day: Meet paleontologist Dr. Timothy Gaudin, see fossils, participate in dino parade and dino dig, noon-4 p.m. Saturday.

* HATCH festival: Good Dog and Southern Burger Co., cupcake mosaic, Dan Landrum on hammered dulcimer, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Monday.

* Preschool Adventure Day: Western theme with pony to pet, teen rodeo star doing rope tricks, making cowboy hats, 10 a.m.-noon April 21.

CLASSES/ WORKSHOPS

DOG OBEDIENCE -- Obedience Club of Chattanooga, Highway 193, Flintstone, Ga. Registration 1-3 p.m. Sunday for classes that begin Monday. Bring a copy of dog's shot record. chattanoogaobedienceclub.org.

POTTERY -- EAC Pottery Studio, John A. Patten Recreation Center, 3204 Kelly's Ferry Road. Hours: 6-9 p.m. Mondays, 3-9 p.m. Wednesdays, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays. Cost: $10 for three-hour session, $25 for 25 pounds of clay, which includes bisque and glaze firing. 260-0255.

DANCES

BALLROOM PARTY -- Allemande Hall, 7400 Standifer Gap Road. USA Dance, 7:30-11 p.m. today. $5 first-time guests. 499-5738.

SHAG -- Elks Lodge, Graysville Road at East Brainerd Road. Choo Choo Shag Dance Club, 7 p.m. Thursday. $5 members, $7 guests, free to first-time guests. gdelett@epbfi.com.

SINGLES -- First-Centenary United Methodist Church, 399 McCallie Ave. Dance sponsored by Positive Christian Singles, 7-10 p.m. Saturday. Free dance lesson 6:15 p.m. 756-2021.

about Susan Pierce...

Susan Palmer Pierce is a reporter and columnist in the Life department. She began her journalism career as a summer employee 1972 for the News Free Press, typing bridal announcements and photo captions. She became a full-time employee in 1980, working her way up to feature writer, then special sections editor, then Lifestyle editor in 1995 until the merge of the NFP and Times in 1999. She was honored with the 2007 Chattanooga Woman of ...

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