published Thursday, August 15th, 2013

Chattanooga area events calendar — Aug. 15-21

LEISURE

BATTLEFIELD BIKE TOURS -- Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park, Visitors Center, 3370 LaFaytte Road, Fort Oglethorpe. Bring bicycle and helmet and join leisurely paced, two-hour rides led by a ranger through battlefield, 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 17. For adults and accompanied children ages 8 and older. 423-752-5213.

BEERSHEBA SPRINGS ARTS AND CRAFTS FESTIVAL -- Beersheba Springs Assembly Grounds, Highway 56, 25 miles from Monteagle, Tenn. More than 130 exhibitors in 47th annual arts and crafts show, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Aug. 24; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Aug. 25. 931-692-3733.

BLUE RIDGE NUMISMATICS CONVENTION -- Northwest Georgia Trade & Convention Center, 2211 Dug Gap Battle Road, Dalton, Ga. Buy, show and sell all types of coins and currency, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Aug. 23-24; 10 am.-3 pm. Aug. 25. Young Numismatic program 1 p.m. Saturday Aug. 24. Free. 321-258-0325.

BRAINERD FARMERS MARKET -- Grace Episcopal Church, 20 Belvoir Ave. Open 10 a.m.-noon. Saturdays. 423-580-6281.

CHATTANOOGA ARBORETUM AND NATURE CENTER -- 400 Garden Road. All events require registration: 423-821-1160.

• Saturday, Aug. 17: Moderate 3.5-mile hike for adults through Reflection Riding, 9-10:30 a.m. Free to members, $10 nonmembers. Register at cncnaturehikers@yahoo.com.

• Aug. 23: Bat watch, 7:15-9:30 p.m., car caravan to Nickajack Cave and walk to viewing platform to see thousands of bats in flight. $5.50-$12.

• Aug. 23-24: Summer Tree ID, introductory lecture 6:30 p.m. Friday; field class 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Saturday; $55 members, $65 nonmembers, includes textbook and snacks. Limited to 20, reservations required.

CHATTANOOGA GHOST TOURS -- The Little Curiosity Shoppe, 138 Market St. Walking tours through downtown, ghost hunts through University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and Citizens Cemetery, 9 nightly. $15 adults, $10 ages 12 and under. 423-821-7125.

CHATTANOOGA SIDEWALK TOURS -- Choice of two tours, daily through Nov. 1. $15 adults, $7 children 12 and under. Reservations required: 423-228-0448, www.chattanoogasidewalktours.com. Dynamo of Dixie Tour departs from Sheraton Read House, corner of Broad Street and M.L. King Boulevard; 10 a.m., noon and 2 p.m. Bluffs and Bridges Tour begins at south end of Walnut Street Bridge; 4 and 6 p.m.

CHATTANOOGA RIVER MARKET -- Tennessee Aquarium plaza, 1 Broad St. Vendors sell local produce, arts, crafts and horticultural projects, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. each Saturday. www.ChattanoogaMarket.com.

FARM TO FORK TOUR -- Tennessee Aquarium, 1 Broad St. Culinary adventure on double-decker bus originally scheduled Saturday, Aug. 17, has been canceled. 423-267-3474.

FORT OGLETHORPE CRUISE-INS -- Gateway Mall, 4103 Cloud Springs Road. Open to cars, trucks and motorcycles, 4-8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 17. Includes 50/50 cash prize, swap meet, kids activities, music, door prizes. Free to spectators and owners. 706-866-4753.

HIKES -- Led by Soddy-Daisy Hiking Club. Bring water and snack. Carpool locations given for those who want to meet group. 423-842-3619.

• Saturday, Aug. 17: Nickajack Road Connector trail, moderate 6 miles, meet at Red Bank Bi-Lo parking lot, 8 a.m.

• Tuesday, Aug. 20: Laurel Falls, moderate 5 miles, meet at Durham Street parking lot in Soddy-Daisy, 8 a.m.

• Aug. 24: Sluder Lane to Mowbray Pike, moderate 5 miles, meet at Durham Street parking lot in Soddy-Daisy, 8 a.m.

HORSEMANSHIP CLINIC -- Paradise Arabians, 721 Gowan Road, LaFayette, Ga. Tommy Garland demonstrates horse-riding techniques, noon-5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 17. $12. 706-397-9950.

LIFE EXPO -- Chattanooga Convention Center, 1 Carter Plaza. Expo for senior adults and baby boomers with health screenings and vendors in fitness, assisted living, real estate, travel, financial planning and entertainment categories, 9 am.-5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 24. Special appearance by actress Florence Henderson. $5. www.showclix.com/event/life2013.

LOOKOUTS BASEBALL -- AT&T Field, 201 Power Alley, $3-$9. 423-267-4849. Chattanooga Lookouts vs. Jacksonsville Suns, 5:15 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 18; 7:15 p.m. Monday-Thursday, Aug. 19-22. Promotions: SunTrust Sunday, Aug. 18; Red Bank Night/Kids Eat Free, Aug. 19; BiLo BOGO/Signal Mountain Night, Aug. 20; UTC Night, Aug. 22

OOLTEWAH FARMERS MARKET -- Ooltewah Nursery & Landscape Co., 5829 Main St. Local farmers sell fresh produce, 3-6 p.m. Thursdays. No wholesalers or resellers allowed. 423-238-9775.

PAWS FOR THE CAUSE -- Stratton Hall, 3146 Broad St. Live and silent auctions, catered dinner, flamenco dancers at benefit for Humane Educational Society, 6-10 p.m. Aug. 22. $65. 423-624-5302.

PET APPRECIATION DAY -- All Tractor Supply Co. locations. Annual Pet Appreciation week culminates Saturday, Aug. 17, when each store hosts pet adoption, giveaways, nutrition demonstrations and special sale items in pet department. www.TractorSupply.com/PAW2013.

PUPS ON THE PATIO -- Terra Nostra Tapas and Wine Bar, 105 Frazier Ave. Sangria and tapas tastings to benefit Pet Placement Center, 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 21. $30. Reservations required; limited to 60 people. 423-877-0738.

RINGGOLD MARKET -- Catoosa County Courthouse, Ringgold, Ga. Fresh produce, crafts and live music in downtown Ringgold, 9 a.m.-noon. Saturdays through Labor Day. www.ringgold.com.

RIVER CANYON ADVENTURES -- 21726 River Canyon Road. 423-451-6068. Explore the scenic Tennessee River Gorge with three-hour adventures 9 a.m., noon and 3 p.m. daily. Sunset cruise, 6 p.m. Upriver to Williams Island, $35. Downriver into Tennessee River Gorge, $45. www.rivercanyonadventure.com.

ROCKABILLY ROCK OUT & CRUISE-IN -- Thunder Creek Harley-Davidson, 7720 Lee Highway. Ride-in bike and car show, no entry fee, trophies in all categories; tattoo contest, Ms. TCHD pin-up contest live music. noon-5 p.m. Aug. 24. Free. 423-892-4888.

STORYTELLING -- Cleveland Bradley County Public Library, 794 Church St., Cleveland, Tenn. Tellers from Cleveland Storytelling Guild and Cumberland Mountain Storytelling Guild share stories, 2 p.m. Aug. 25. Free. 423-479-7887, tellone@bellsouth.net.

TRAIN RIDES -- Tennessee Valley Railroad, 4119 Cromwell Road. 423-894-8028, www.tvrail.com. Missionary Ridge Local is six-mile, 55-minute ride through East Chattanooga to TVRM's repair shop, departing 10:40 a.m. and 12:05 p.m. Tuesday-Friday and 10:40 a.m., 12:05, 1:15, 2:25 and 3:35 p.m. Saturday-Sunday in August.

WALKING TOUR -- Chattanooga History Center, 2 W. Aquarium Way (meet outside on Tennessee Aquarium plaza). Dr. Daryl Black and Jim Ogden lead a walking tour marking the 150th anniversary of Wilder's Bombardment of Chattanooga, 7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 21. Free to CHC members and Friends of the Park, $5 all others. Registration required by Tuesday, Aug. 20. 423-265-3247.

YOGA IN THE PARK -- Enterprise South Nature Park, Picnic Area 3, 8015 Volkswagen Drive. Yoga for all levels practiced to sounds of nature, 9 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 17. Bring sunscreen and bug repellent. Free.

CHILDREN/TEENS

CONSIGNMENT SALE -- Sweet WeePeets, 5952 Brainerd Road. Sale of clothing, car seats, cribs, games and sports equipment, Aug. 17-24. www.sweetweepeets.com.

DANCES

LINE DANCE EXTRAVAGANZA -- Marriott Hotel and Chattanooga Convention Center, 1100 Carter St. Three-day conference includes 48 hours of workshops in three ballrooms by experience levels, workshops, open dance every evening from 7 p.m.-1 a.m. Aug. 22-24. Ticket packages $20-$125. Register: www.sceniccityextravaganza.com/registration.

SHAG TRACKS -- Alhambra Shrine Temple, 1000 Alhambra Drive. Choo Choo Shag Club hosts dinner and dancing, 6 p.m. today-Friday, Aug. 15-16; pool party, 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 17. $70 weekend pass. www.choochooshagclub.com.

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