* Virginia College Open House: Virginia College School of Business and Health, 721 Eastgate Loop Road, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Free event for current and prospective students and their families. Visitors are encouraged to bring a new, unwrapped toy for donation to Toys for Tots or nonperishable foods for donation to local food banks.
* Concert: Oxford Graduate School, corner of Dayco Drive and Old Graysville Road, Dayton, Tenn., 3 p.m., free. Inaugural concert by Dr. William R. Boyd Sr. 423-775-6596.
* Catoosa County Historical Society: Old Stone Church, Highway 41, Ringgold, Ga., 7 p.m., visitors welcome. The Rev. Aaron Jones will give a "chalk talk," spoken message illustrated by colored chalk picture, accompanied by appropriate background music.
* Civil War Lecture: Chattanooga Public Library, 1001 Broad St., 2 p.m., free. Local anthropologist and author Raymond Evans speaks "The Battle of Orchard Knob" and "Gen. John T. Wilder and Modern Chattanooga." 757-5314.
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 ...