published Saturday, April 6th, 2013

Community Briefs

TODAY

* Gun/knife show: Alhambra Shrine Temple, 1000 Alhambra Drive, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., $7, buy, sell or trade. 322-0855.

* Multicultural fair: Cleveland State Community College, courtyard outside Lane Gymnasium, Cleveland, Tenn., 10 a.m.-1 p.m., free. Food, children's games, performances representing variety of cultures residing in Bradley County. 614-8748.

* Doll show: The Colonnade, 264 Catoosa Circle, Ringgold, Ga., 10 a.m.-4 p.m., $5 ages 12 and up, sponsored by Chattanooga Doll Club. 706-965-6031.

* Gospel concert: McMinn County High School auditorium, Athens, Tenn., 3 p.m., free but donations accepted to help fund choir's annual retreat. Performance by gospel choir composed of students from McMinn County, McMinn Central and Meigs County high schools, Athens Middle School and homeschool students. mchs choir@googlegroups.com.

* ACT-SO awards ceremony: Olivet Baptist Church, Kingdom Center, 740 E. M.L. King Blvd., 6:30 p.m., free. Chattanooga-Hamilton County branch of NAACP presents awards to high school winners in the Afro-Academic Cultural Technological and Scientific Olympics. 432-9776.

MONDAY

* Catoosa County Historical Society: Old Stone Church Museum, intersection of Highway 41 and Highway 2, Ringgold, Ga., 7 p.m. visitors welcome. Program by Pat Pelfrey on American Indian baskets. jfc1942@comcast.net

* Southside Casual Classics: The Camp House, 1427 Williams St., 7:30 p.m., free, program by Amabile Strings Quartet. www.southsidecasualclassics.weebly.com.

TUESDAY

* Choral concert: UTC Fine Arts Center, corner of Vine and Palmetto streets, 7:30 p.m., free, performances by Chattanooga Singers, UTC Women's Chorale and Men's Chorus. 425-4601.

* UTC ElderScholars: UTC University Center, join members for lunch at noon in first-floor food court, 1 p.m. meeting in Lookout Mountain Room, free except for cost of own meal. Speakers Imry and Sharon Volgyi discuss China as a tourist destination. rmillard@catt.com.

* Greater Chattanooga Area Democratic Women: IBEW Hall, 3922 Volunteer Drive, 6 p.m., visitors welcome. Officer elections and selection of delegates to Tennessee Federation of Democratic Women's convention in May. 870-1847.

WEDNESDAY-APRIL 14

* Jock sale: Fury Academy, 2012 Mack Smith Road, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Wednesday-Friday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, 1-4 p.m. April 14. Consignment sale of gently used sports and outdoor gear, video games and tools. www.jocksale.com/chattanooga.

THURSDAY

* Health fair: Cleveland State Community College campus, Johnson Cultural Heritage Center, Cleveland, Tenn., 10 a.m.-1 p.m., free, hosted by CSCC Nursing Department with screenings and information on 20 topics. 473-2446.

* Open house: Tennessee Wesleyan College, Glenn Lowe Room of Sherman Hall, Athens, Tenn., 4:30 p.m., free and dinner included, registration limited to first 50 people. Presentation on "Transitioning to Common Core Standards" includes overview followed by Common Core State Standards training event for teachers until 8:30 p.m. Four hours of in-service credit offered to Athens City and McMinn County schoolteachers. Register at www.twcnet.edu/msclopenhouse.

* Chattanooga Stamp Club: Hickory Valley Christian Church, 6605 Shallowford Road, 6:30 p.m. doors open, 7:30 p.m. meeting and stamp auction. Visitors welcome. 344-7849.

SATURDAY, APRIL 13

* Motorcycle ride: Ringgold United Methodist Church, 7484 Nashville St., Ringgold, Ga., free but donations accepted for Nourishing Children in Catoosa nonprofit. Registration 10 a.m., bikes depart church 11 a.m. for ride over Dug Gap Mountain, return about noon for free lunch and music. 678-938-1386.

* Engel Stadium tours: Engel Stadium, 1130 E. Third St., 1-4 p.m., $5 adults, $1.50 children 5 and younger. Open house to benefit Engel Foundation includes tours of stadium with Sharon Davis, the art director of the film "42," magician Robert Jones, ballpark organ music by Buddy Shirk, food, games, door prizes. 531-8958.

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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