Pancake Breakfast: Applebee's at Northgate Mall, Highway 153, 7:30-9:30 a.m., $6, sponsored by the Hamilton County Republican Women. 266-6855.
Town Hall Summit: Sweetwater High School, 414 South Hig St., Sweetwater, Tenn., 7 p.m., free. Dr. Mary Headrick and Bill Taylor speak on issues in 3rd District House of Representatives race. email@example.com.
Downtown Kayak Adventures: Outdoor Chattanooga, 200 River St. in Coolidge Park, 9-11:30 a.m., $35 adults, $25 child ages 8-13; beginner-friendly trips take paddlers around The Passage, Maclellan Island and Ross's Landing. No experience needed. Trips continue on Saturdays and Sundays through Aug. 26. Reservations required: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fifty-Five Plus Club: Collegedale Seventh-day Adventist Church, 4829 College Drive East, noon potluck lunch, 12:45 p.m. program by Gerry Allen, Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park ranger, who will speak on upcoming 150th anniversary events at the park.
Filipino-American Association Picnic: Harrison Bay State Park pavilion, noon-5 p.m., bring family favorite dish and dessert to share. Annual summer picnic with music, games and Filipino-American dishes. 827-3390.
Waterfront Triathlon: Chattanooga Waterfront at Ross's Landing, 7 a.m., sponsored by Chattanooga Track Club and Team Magic. Includes 1.5K swim in Tennessee River, 42K bicycle leg on Highway 27 and 10K run on the Tennessee Riverwalk. www.team-magic.com.
Catoosa County Tea Party: Boynton Voting Precinct, 4057 Boynton Drive, Ringgold, Ga., 6:30 p.m. meet and greet, 7 p.m. open forum for all candidates running for local, state or national offices. 706-937-3155
Chattanooga Writers Guild: Chattanooga Public Library, 1001 Broad St., 7 p.m., visitors welcome. Program by Demetrius Daniel on Trombonetry, and Judith Caulfield on how elements of design help your book. znaturalist@gmail.
Greater Chattanooga Democratic Women's Club: IBEW Local 175 Union Hall, 3922 Volunteer Drive, 6-8 p.m., $8 barbecue pork or chicken plates sold. Program is all-candidates rally for Democratic candidates. Reservations needed for barbecue: 870-1848 or email email@example.com.
Chattanooga Stamp Club: Hickory Valley Christian Church fellowship hall, 6605 Shallowford Road, 6:30 p.m. doors open, 7:30 p.m. meeting. Visitors welcome. 344-7849.
Kids Time Activities: Tennessee Riverpark, Shelter 4, 10 a.m., for ages 5-10 accompanied by an adult. Free children's activities sponsored by Hamilton County Parks and Recreation on Thursdays through July 26. 842-6748.
South Chickamauga Creek Canoe Tour: Sponsored by Outdoor Chattanooga, 200 River St., 6 p.m., $8 per person includes equipment and guides. For ages 8 and up. Interpretive ranger from Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park will give history of creek during tour. For reservations: 643-6888.
Georgia Trail of Tears Association: Second Baptist Church of New Hope, 413 W. Memorial Drive, Dallas, Ga., 10:30 a.m., visitors welcome. Mark Millican will speak on "John Sevier's Raids into Georgia in the late 1700s". www.gatrailoftears.org.