published Thursday, August 22nd, 2013

Chattanooga area events calendar — Aug. 22-28

LEISURE

ANTIQUE WATCH/CLOCK SHOW -- Chattanooga Convention Center, 1 Carter Plaza. Annual convention of National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors includes events open to the public Saturday, Aug. 31. Horological Craftsmanship exhibit 9 a.m.-2 p.m., free; lecture on "Surprises and Joys of Constructing My First Clock," 10 a.m., free; watch and clock appraisals, 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m., free. Exhibit hall walking tour at 11:30 a.m., $10. nawcc.org.

BACK-TO-SCHOOL FAIR -- Camp Scott Patterson, 72 Old Mill Lane, Ringgold, Ga. Churches of Catoosa Baptist Association host music, medical screenings, hearing tests, children's games, 10 a.m-1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 24. Free haircuts by Virginia School of Business students, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Backpacks with school supplies for grades K-12 while supplies last. 706-937-5323.

BIRDS & MORE EXOTIC BIRD SHOW -- Camp Jordan Arena, 323 Camp Jordan Parkway, East Ridge. Birds and supplies for sale, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 24; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 25. $5. www.eastridgeparksandrec.com.

BIZARRE BAZAAR -- Eastgate Town Center, 5600 Brainerd Road. Ensemble Theatre of Chattanooga hosts second annual fundraiser, Saturday, Aug. 24.

• Family-friendly Middle Eastern-style marketplace, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Features goods from local vendors, story time with Eastgate Library story lady, roving street performances, face painting and balloon animals. Free entry. Ticketed performance of "Androcles and the Lion" and performance by students of the GLEETC summer camp inside theater.

• Silent auction online at www.ensembletheatreofchattanooga.com.

• Adults-only masked ball, 7-11 p.m. $25. Purchase tickets at the door, online or by phone at 423-987-5141.

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.

• Friday-Saturday, 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.

• Saturday, 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.

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. Adults $15, ages 12 and under $10. 423-821-7125.

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.

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.

CRAFT SUPPLY SWAP MEET -- Homespun Studio, Warehouse Row, 1110 Market St. Bring your unwanted, but still usable, craft supplies to old-fashioned swap meet, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Aug. 31. 423-443-9719.

CUMBERLAND COUNTY FAIR -- Livingston Road, Crossville, Tenn. Runs Friday, Aug. 23-Saturday, Aug. 31. Nightly highlights include Phil Dirt and the Dozers, 7:30 p.m. Aug. 26; Ronnie McDowell, 7:30 p.m. Aug. 27; The Dove Brothers, 7:30 p.m. Aug. 28; truck pull, 7 p.m. Aug. 29; Fair Idol show, 7 p.m. Aug. 30; Family Farm Olympics, 2 p.m. Aug. 31 (all times Central). 931-484-9454, www.cumberlandcountyfair.com.

FRANKLIN COUNTY FAIR -- Southern Middle Tennessee Agricultural Pavilion, Highway 64 West, Winchester, Tenn. Continues today-Saturday, Aug. 22-25. Gate and carnival admission prices vary by day. 931-967-2741, www.franklincotnfair.org.

FRESH ON FRIDAYS -- Miller Plaza, 850 Market St. Free weekly entertainment series for lunchtime crowd, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. each Friday. This week: Feat Speak features area residents talking about issues and causes they are passionate about. 423-265-0771.

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

• Tuesday, Aug. 27: Elsie Holmes Nature Center, easy-to-moderate 4 miles, meet in parking lot at Highway 153 Target, 8 a.m. Bring picnic lunch for after hike.

• Saturday, Aug. 31: Prentice Cooper at Mullins Cove Loop, strenuous 10 miles, meet at Red Bank Bi-Lo parking lot, 8 a.m.

LAKEFEST & RIVER RALLY -- Watts Bar Lake, Spring City, Tenn. Benefit for Safe Haven Light Youth Respite Care Home includes golf tournament at Dayton Golf and Country Club, Aug. 28; open house at Safe Haven, Aug. 29; performance by storyteller Bill Landry at Tennessee Valley Theatre in Spring City, Aug. 30; poker runs for boaters, bikers and classic car enthusiasts at Lakeside Resort and Marina, Aug. 31. To register, call 423-365-2577 and ask for Gary Venice, or visit www.wattsbarpokerrun.com.

LOOKOUTS BASEBALL -- AT&T Field, 201 Power Alley, $3-$9. 423-267-4849.

• Thursday, Aug. 22: Chattanooga Lookouts vs. Jacksonville Suns, 7:15 p.m. UTC Night.

• Aug. 29-Sept. 2: Lookouts vs. Tennessee Smokies.

MAINSTREET CRUISE-IN -- Bradley County Courthouse square, Cleveland, Tenn. Monthly event features antique, classic, muscle, street rods and special-interest cars, 3-7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 24. Includes 50/50 drawing, door prizes, food vendors, DJ, model-car contest for kids. Free entry for vehicles and spectators. drwebman.com/mainstreetcruisers.

"THE MYSTERY AND MAGIC OF MONARCHS" -- Tennessee Aquarium, 1 Broad St. Outdoor educator Wanda DeWaard presents program on summer migration and winter hibernation patterns of these butterflies, 2-4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 25. Attendees receive aster plant for home nectar garden. $10 Tennessee Aquarium or Tennessee Valley Chapter of the Wild Ones members, $15 nonmembers. Register at www.tnaqua.org (click on Events).

MILITARY CLUB SHOW/SWAP MEET -- Camp Jordan, East Ridge. Tri-State Military Club hosts free show and swap meet of military clothing, medals and vehicles, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Aug 30-31. Buy, sell or trade. 423-364-1194.

MOVIE IN THE PARK -- Heritage Park, corner of Jenkins and East Brainerd roads. Bridge Christian Church hosts free family movie at dark Friday, Aug. 23. Inflatables set up for kids at 6:30 p.m. Bring lawn chair or blanket for seating. 423-463-0202.

NATIONAL PARK SERVICE DAY -- Point Park, East Brow Road, Lookout Mountain. Admission fees waived in honor of National Park Service's 97th birthday, Sunday, Aug. 25. 423-821-7786, www.nps.gov/chch.

OCOEE FEST --Adventures Unlimited, 522 Highway 42, Ocoee, Tenn. Two-day festival with craft beer home brewing tasting/competition, live music from six bands, whitewater activities, camping, giveaways, Aug. 31-Sept. 1. $20-$25. 706-391-0999.

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. today, Aug. 22. $65. 423-624-5302.

RHEA COUNTY FAIR -- Ag Center, 334 Eagle Lane, Evensville, Tenn. Gates open at 4 p.m. today-Friday, Aug. 22-23, 8 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 24, which has been designated Old-Timers Day. $5 adults, $3 children 4 and older. www.rheacountyfair.org.

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 Tennessee River Gorge in three-hour adventures 9 a.m., noon and 3 p.m. daily. Sunset cruise at 6 p.m. Upriver to Williams Island, $35. Downriver into Tennessee River Gorge, $45. www.rivercanyonadventure.com

SOUTHSIDE STROLL -- East and West Main street neighborhoods. Sidewalk stroll of studios, gifts shops, restaurants in Southside, special events and discounts offered, 5-8 p.m. Aug. 30. 423-400-4100.

STARNIGHT -- Chattanooga Convention Center, 1100 Carter St. Wilson Phillips headlines annual benefit for Siskin Children's Institute, 5 p.m.-midnight Sept. 7. $250. 423-648-1707.

STORYTELLING -- Cleveland Bradley County Library, 795 Church St., Cleveland, Tenn. Cleveland Storytelling Guild and Cumberland Mountain Storytelling Guild of Crossville partner for free storytelling by up to 14 performers, 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 25. 423-479-7887.

TRAIN RIDES -- Tennessee Valley Railroad, 4119 Cromwell Road. 423-894-8028, www.tvrail.com.

• Missionary Ridge Local: Six-mile, 55-minute ride through East Chattanooga to TVRM's repair shop. Trains depart 10:40 a.m. and 12:05 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, plus 10:40 a.m., 12:05, 1:15, 2:25 and 3:35 p.m. Saturday-Sunday.

• Railfest: Celebration of railroading includes interactive displays, restored train cars, steam locomotive excursions, Sept. 7-8. $20-$45.

DANCES

BALLROOM -- The Ballroom, 7001 Middle Valley Road. Learn ballroom dancing, no partner required, 8:30 p.m. Saturdays, $10. Group class, 7:30 p.m., $5. Casual dress.423-394-6428.

BALLROOM -- Ballroom Magic Dance Center, 4200 N. Access Road. Dance, 8:30-10:30 p.m. Fridays. $10. 423-771-3646.

BALLROOM -- Allemande Hall, 7400 Standifer Gap Road. Group class at 7:30 p.m., dancing 8:30-10:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug 27. $8 for both sessions. 423-238-4518.

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, 7 p.m.-1 a.m. today, Aug. 22; 9 a.m.-midnight Friday-Saturday, Aug 23-24. Ticket packages $20-$125. Register: www.sceniccityextravaganza.com/registration.

LINE --

• Mondays: Allemande Hall, 7400 Standifer Gap Road. Dance to music of all genres, for beginners through intermediate level dancers, 5:30-8:30 p.m. $7 per evening, $22 monthly. www.linesinmotion.net.

• Wednesdays: North River Civic Center, 1009 Executive Drive. Dance, 5-7:45 p.m. $5. www.bootsandbucklesdance.com.

• Thursdays: St. Jude Catholic Church, 930 Ashland Terrace, 5-7:45 p.m., $3. www.bootsandbucklesdance.com.

RHYTHM BALLROOM -- The Ballroom, 7001 Middle Valley Road. Learn fundamentals of rumba, cha cha, East Coast swing, 6 p.m. Mondays, 8 p.m. Wednesdays. Casual dress. No partner required. $5. www.theballroomathixson.com.

SHAG -- Elks Lodge, Graysville Road at East Brainerd Road. Dance with Choo Choo Shag Club, 7 p.m. Thursdays. $5 members, $7 guests, free to first-time guests. gdelett@epbfi.com.

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