• Benefit motorcycle ride: Meet at Trion Track Field, 239 Simmons St., Trion Ga., 9 a.m. (breakfast biscuits available), 11:30 a.m. poker run; returns to Horseshoe N Ranch, 510 Back Valley Road, Summerville, Ga. No entry fee, donations accepted to help pay medical expenses for Tony Starkey. 706-331-5201.
• George Connor Lecture: UTC University Center auditorium, 3 p.m., free. Author Melissa Fay Greene speaks on "Nine Children, Three Continents and One Family," followed by book signing. 886-4110.
• James County Historical Society: Ooltewah United Methodist Church, 6131 Relocation Way, 2:30 p.m., visitors welcome. Program on "Merchants, Stores and Filling Stations of Past Years" by Kay Roark, Mary and Carl Tallant, Steve Wolfe and Herbert Hooper. Bring photos of old Apison/Ooltewah/Birchwood stores, banks, hotels. 238-5621.
• Nursing information session: Cleveland State Community College, George R. Johnson Cultural Heritage Center, Cleveland, Tenn., 5 p.m., free. Representatives from Nursing Department, Financial Aid, ACCESS Center and Student Nurses Association answer questions about the program. 473-2341.
• Greek pastry sale: Greek Orthodox Church, 722 Glenwood Drive, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. or until sold out. Annual sale of homemade goods to benefit church's philanthropic endeavors. 629-2364.
• Georgia Trail of Tears Chapter: Chattooga County Historical Society office, located in former Summerville Train Depot, East Washington Street, Summerville, Ga., 10:30 a.m., visitors welcome. Bill Barker speaking on his efforts to get sites and roads in Chattooga County added to the Trail of Tears National Historic Trail. 770-757-0931.
• Singing tribute: Musical tribute to gospel singers Anna and Gill Kyle of Dayton, Tenn., at the Gospel Singing Hall in Dayton. The couple has promoted gospel music for the Dayton Strawberry Festival for the last 25 years, and were among the first to take spiritual music to the McDonald's restaurant in Dayton decades ago. Featured at the event will be the McDonald Singers, Anthem Voices, New Beginning, Willow Creek Quartet and the Born Again Believers. The event will be from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
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 ...