* Catoosa County Democratic Party: Caffeine Addicts Coffee Shop, 7819 Nashville St., Ringgold, Ga., 9 a.m., visitors welcome. Program includes Secret Santa project, election of officers. 770-826-8644.
* Winterfest: Miller-Motte Technical College, 6020 Shallowford Road, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., free. College celebrates 10th anniversary by creating winter wonderland of snow in which to play. Family event includes music, visit from Santa, giveaways. 510-9675.
* Dance open house: Barking Legs Theater, 1307 Dodds Ave., 3-5 p.m. New modern dance group, Chattanooga Dance Projects, holds open house for prospective youth and adult students. Classes start in January. www.barkinglegs.org/index.html.
* Toy run: Departs The Vineyard subdivision, 600 Gentry Road in Ringgold, Ga., and concludes at Seven Lakes subdivision on Ooltewah-Georgetown Road, 1 p.m. Entry fee is one new, unwrapped toy for donation to Forgotten Child Fund. 355-0231.
* Baylor School concert: Alumni Chapel on campus, 7 p.m., free holiday concert by Baylor School student and faculty choirs. Catch shuttle to chapel from campus parking lot adjacent to Worsham Arena. 267-8505.
* Bradley County Democratic Party: Christmas dinner at The Catch Bar and Grill, 227 E. Inman St., Cleveland, Tenn., 7 p.m., reservations not required. Parking available in First Street lot. 423-336-1129.
* Foreign Policy Supper Club: Jewish Cultural Center, 5461 N. Terrace Road, 6 p.m., $10. Discussion with Chattanooga mayoral candidate Andy Berke on "Local Policy: Law and Order." Reservations required for dinner. For space availability, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
* Voices of Hope Concert: Bessie Smith Cultural Center, 200 M.L. King Blvd., 6 p.m. Admission is new, unwrapped toy or cash donation to the Urban League of Greater Chattanooga Young Professionals Association to provide Christmas for families in need. www.tcuchatt.com
* Greek Meet and Greet: The Church on Main, 1601 Rossville Ave., 1:30-2:30 p.m. Chattanooga Alumnae Panhellenic invites all Chattanooga sorority women from any college to holiday event. Wear Greek letters. chatt email@example.com
* Pictures with Santa: Rehab South Physical Therapy, 9721 Dayton Pike, Suite E, Soddy-Daisy, 3:30-6:30 p.m., free photos with Santa. 877-4599.
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 ...