published Saturday, August 24th, 2013

Community Briefs


• Back-to-School Fair: Camp Scott Patterson, 72 Old Mill Lane, Ringgold, Ga., 10 a.m.-1 p.m., free backpacks while supplies last, medical screenings, hearing tests, refreshments, children's activities; sponsored by Catoosa Baptist Association. Virginia School of Business students provide free haircuts from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. 706-937-5323.

• Bizarre Bazaar: Eastgate Town Center, 5600 Brainerd Road, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., free. Middle Eastern-style market with local vendors, children's activities, roving performers and performance of "Androcles and the Lion" by the GLEETC summer camp students. Masked ball 7-11 p.m., $25, adults-only fundraiser with silent auction, wine and cheese, burlesque and drag performers, benefits Ensemble Theatre of Chattanooga. 423-987-5141.

• Blues in the Knob Festival: Corner of Vine and Hawthorne street in Orchard Knob neighborhood, 3-9 p.m., free community event sponsored by Orchard Knob Neighborhood Watch Association with four musical acts, vendors, concessions for sale and children's activities. 423-508-5087.

• Drive for Kids: Gordon Lee Middle School, 300 Crescent Ave., Chickamauga, Ga., 10 a.m.-1 p.m., sponsored by middle school athletic boosters. For every test drive taken in a Chrysler brand car, the school will receive $10 from Chrysler for enrichment programs.


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

• Walker County Historical Society: Museum of the Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park, Highway 27, Fort Oglethorpe, Ga., 3 p.m., visitors welcome. Bob Forester will give history of the Chickamauga park, then group will view new film on the Battle of Chickamauga in the museum theater. Participants who want to carpool should meet at 2:30 p.m. at the Marsh House in LaFayette, Ga. 706-764-2801.


• Bradley County Democratic Party Heritage Dinner: Bradley Central High School, 1000 S. Lee Highway, Cleveland, Tenn., 6 p.m., $20, speakers are the Rev. Edward Robinson, Roy Herron and Dr. Mary Headrick. For tickets, call 423-336-8497 or email

• Choral Arts auditions: St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 305 W. Seventh St., 5-7:30 p.m., to schedule a time, email or call 706-398-3557.


• Choral Arts auditions: St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 305 W. Seventh St., 5-7:30 p.m., final night to audition, to schedule a time email or call 706-398-3557.


• M.L. King Commemoration: New York Peace Monument, Point Park, Lookout Mountain, 2:30 p.m., free. Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park sponsors event commemorating 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech; park staff will join with fourth-graders from Orchard Knob Elementary School to read portions of speech, 3 p.m bell-ringing. 423-752-5213.

-- Compiled by staff writer Susan Pierce

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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