BREAKFAST WITH THE PENGUINS — Tennessee Aquarium IMAX Theatre, 201 Chestnut St. Breakfast followed by presentation by aquarium penguin expert before showing of “Penguins 3-D.” Reservations required, limited to first 100. Aquarium members $20; nonmembers $25, which does not include aquarium admission. 8:30 a.m.-10:15 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 4. www.tnaqua.org
CHATTANOOGA GHOST TOURS — Meet at The Little Curiosity Shoppe, 138 Market St. Walking tours through downtown, ghost hunts through University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and Citizens Cemetery. Adults $15, ages 12 and under $10. Tours 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays until March 1. 423-821-7125.
DR PEPPER CLASSIC — McKenzie Arena, 720 E. Fourth St. UTC Men’s Mocs basketball hosts teams from MTSU, University of Maine and Grand Canyon in annual tournament. Tickets $8-$10. 4:30-9:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 29; 7-9 p.m. championship, Monday, Dec. 30. 423-266-MOCS.
ENCHANTED GARDEN OF LIGHTS — Rock City Gardens, 1400 Patten Road, Lookout Mountain. Holiday light show with nightly music performances. $19.95 adults, $11.95 children. 6-9 p.m. nightly through Jan. 4. 706-820-2531.
FIRST DAY HIKE — Harrison Bay State Park, 8411 Harrison Bay State Park. Join park rangers for first hike of new year. Meet at noon at the 4.5-mile trailhead near the marina for easy-to-moderate walk through the forest. Bring drinking water, wear warm clothes and sturdy hiking shoes. Free. Wednesday, Jan. 1. 423-344-6214.
HIKES, NORTH GEORGIA —First Day Hikes at all George State Parks, free. Wednesday, Jan. 1.
* Cloudland Canyon State Park, 122 Cloudland Canyon Park Road, Rising Fawn, Ga. 10 a.m.- noon. Meet at Interpretive Center on Overlook Trail for 4-mile, round-trip hike on backcountry loop and Overlook. $5 parking. 706-657-4050.
* Fort Mountain State Park, Chatsworth, Ga. 11 a.m. Black Bear Plunge into Fort Mountain Lake; noon hike led by park naturalist around the lake. Registration and fee required for plunge. $5 parking. 706-422-1932.
* Rocky Mountain Public Fishing Area, Rome, Ga. 1o a.m. Meet at Rocky Mountain Visitor Information parking lot for hike around nature trail to learn local history and plants/animals of area. 706-802-5087.
* Smithgall Woods State Park, Helen, Ga. 2-4 p.m. Moderate 1.3 miles on flat roadway to Smithgall cottage. $5 parking. 706-878-3087.
HIKES, TENNESSEE — Led by Soddy-Daisy Hiking Club. Bring water and snack. Carpool locations given for those who want to meet group. 842-3619.
* Saturday, Dec. 28: Flipper Bend slightly strenuous 8 miles, meet at Walmart in Soddy-Daisy, 9 a.m.
* Tuesday, Dec. 31: Tennessee Riverwalk, meet at Boathouse restaurant at 9 a.m. for easy walk downtown.
* Saturday, Jan. 4: North Chickamauga, strenuous 7 or 8 miles with creek crossing, meet at Walmart in Soddy-Daisy, 9 a.m.
* Tuesday, Jan. 7: Raccoon Mountain, easy 4 miles, meet at Red Bank Bi-Lo parking lot, 9 a.m.
* Saturday, Jan. 11: Rainbow Lake to Signal Mountain High School, moderate to slightly strenuous 7 miles, meet at Red Bank Bi-Lo parking lot, 9 a.m.
MODELCON — Chattanooga Convention Center, 1100 Carter St. Chattanooga Scale Modelers Association hosts cale model convention and regional show with vendors, airbrush demonstrations. $5. 2-7 p.m. Friday, Jan 10; 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 11. 423-756-0001.
NEW YEAR’S DAY BRUNCH — Broad Street Grille, 1201 Broad St. Champagne brunch includes omelets, Belgian waffles, roast beef carving station, black-eye peas salad, collards, eggs Benedict, fried green tomatoes, pork with hoppin’ John, seafood pasta, cheese blintzes and dessert bar. Adults $24.95, $13.95 children, free for children 6 and under. For reservations: 423-424-3700.
PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP — Tennessee Aquarium, 1 Broad St. Tom and Pat Corey teach working in different types of light, rules of composition, creative controls of shutter speed and pre-programmed scenes. Bring your own digital camera and manual. Aquarium members $30, nonmembers $45. 6:30-9 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 14. 423-267-3474.
SANDHILL CRANE AND EAGLE CRUISE — Sale Creek Marina, 3900 Lee Pike, Soddy-Daisy. Join Kevin Calhoon, Tennessee Aquarium assistant curator of forests, for 3.5-hour cruise aboard Blue Moon to Hiwassee Island. Adult aquarium members $34, nonmember adults $39, youth aquarium members $25, youth nonmembers ages 6-15, $29; price includes barbecue lunch. All youth must be accompanied by an adult. 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 11. Reservations: 423-32-6312.
SLEEP IN THE DEEP — Tennessee Aquarium, 1 Broad St. Explore the aquarium at night during family sleepover with special activities, pizza, midnight toast and continental breakfast. Reservations required, $45-$65. 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 31 to 8:30 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 1. 423-267-3474.
SOUTHERN SCUFFLE WRESTLING TOURNAMENT — McKenzie Arena, 720 E. Fourth St. Mat Mocs welcome 33 teams to tournament, including defending NCAA champion Penn State. $5-$25. 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Wednesday-Thursday, Jan. 1-2. 423-266-6627.
TRAIN RIDES, CHATTANOOGA — Departing from Tennessee Valley Railroad, 4119 Cromwell Road. 894-8028, www.tvrail.com.
* Missionary Ridge Local: Six-mile, 55-minute ride through East Chattanooga to TVRM’s repair shop. Departures 10:40 a.m., 12:05, 1:15 and 2:25 p.m. Saturdays; $16 adults, $10 ages 3-12.
WINTER GARDEN SEMINAR — Chattanooga State Community College, Humanities Building auditorium, 4501 Amnicola Highway. Nashville PBS gardening host Troy Marden speaks on five-year transformation of a cold, windy ridge into his own garden packed full of rare plants from around the world. $5. 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 7. 423-855-6113.
WINTER WILDLIFE CRUISE — River Gorge Explorer, 1 Broad St. With leaves down, it’s time to view wintering bald eagles from the vantage point of the river. Bring binoculars and dress appropriately for the weather. Aquarium member adults, $24; member children 12 and under, $18; nonmember adults, $29; nonmember children ages 3-12, $21.50; nonmember child under 3, $18. 2-4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 28. Reservations required: 423-262-0695.
YULETIDE FISH-TIVITIES — Tennessee Aquarium, 1 Broad St. Daily keeper talks, animal programs and dive shows over 12 days. Free with regular admission, $24.95.423-267-3474.
* Today, Dec. 26: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Colorful Fish scavenger hunt; 10:30 a.m. and noon fish game in River Journey auditorium.
* Friday, Dec. 27: Cephalopods, make an octopus to take home; , 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. squid dissection in Delta Swamp classroom, limited to first 20 children; noon enrichment presentation in River Journey auditorium.
* Saturday, Dec. 28: Sea Stars, make an ocean craft; 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sea Star video clips in seahorse gallery; 10:30 a.m., 12:15, 1:15 p.m. and 2:30 p.m., sea star programs in Ranger Rick’s Backyard
* Sunday, Dec. 29: 10:30 a.m., 12:15, 1:15 and 2:30 p.m. Turtles and Toads presentation in Ranger Rick’s Backyard; 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. frog game in auditorium.
* Monday, Dec. 30: Penguins theme, add “Penguins 3-D” at IMAX for $6 to learn about King Penguins of South Georgia Island; 10 a.m. and noon, games outside penguin gallery; 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., penguin keeper presentation; noon, 3 and 6 p.m., showings of “Penguins 3-D” at IMAX.
* Tuesday, Dec. 31: Ancient Animals scavenger hunt 10 a.m.-3 p.m. in River Journey lobby; 1 and 1:15 p.m. ancient animal presentations in Ranger Rick’s Backyard.
* Wednesday, Jan. 1: Seahorse Day, go behind the scenes, see feedings, try your skill in a plankton eating contest; 10:15 a.m. and 3:15 p.m. narrated seahorse feedings in seahorse gallery; noon seahorse celebration program in River Journey auditorium
CHATTANOOGA PUBLIC LIBRARY
All locations of the Chattanooga public library system have preschool story time. The Downtown, Eastgate and Northgate libraries have Adventure Club for children ages 6 and up. The library’s teen center, Teen Stack, is located in the Downtown Library. For more information about all programming held in the Downtown, Eastgate, Northgate or South Chattanooga libraries, call 757-5310 or visit the Facebook pages: The Public Library, Chattanooga, Tennessee or Teen Stack, Chattanooga Public Library. www.lib.chattanooga.gov.
* Lego Clubs: Downtown branch, every Monday, 5-6 p.m., for ages 5-11, free; Northgate branch, first Saturday of each month, 2-3 p.m., for ages 3 and up, free. 757-5314.
* Toddler Time: Learning program for ages 18-36 months and parents/guardians, preregistration not required. Wednesdays: 10:30 a.m. Eastgate Library, 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. Northgate Library. Saturday: 11 a.m., downtown branch.
CHILDREN’S STORY HOUR
* Barnes & Noble, 2100 Hamilton Place Blvd., 11 a.m. Wednesdays. 893-0186.
* Books Never Ending, 247 Cloud Springs Road, Rossville, 10:30 a.m. Saturdays for ages 3-8. 706-891-0774. www.booksneverending.com
CREATIVE DISCOVERY MUSEUM — 321 Chestnut St. Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Tuesday and Thursday-Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, closed Wednesday. $11.95 adults and children.756-2738, www.cdmfun.org.
* Current Exhibit: Winter Wonders, explore wintry maze and learn about animal tracks in the snow.
* Thursday-Friday, Jan. 2-3 and Monday-Wednesday, Jan. 6-8: Day camps for grades K-5 with cooking, crafts, movement all correlated to “Celebrate Winter” theme. Cost per day is $35 members, $40 nonmembers. May register for one day or all five days. 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. 423-648-6040.
ZOO-BRRRNATION CAMP — Chattanooga Zoo, 301 N. Holtzclaw Ave. One-day educational adventures for grades K-5 includes animal encounters, crafts, games, lunch and snacks. Cost per day is $30 members, $40 nonmembers; after-care available 2-5 p.m. for additional $15 per day. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, Jan. 2-4. www.chattzoo.org
BALLROOM — The Ballroom, 7001 Middle Valley Road. Learn ballroom dancing no partner required, casual dress. Group class, 7:30 p.m., $5. Dancing 8:30 p.m., $10. Saturdays. 423-394-6428.
BALLROOM — Ballroom Magic Dance Center, 4200 N. Access Road. $10 per person. 8:30-10:30 p.m. Fridays. 423-771-3646.
NEW YEAR’S EVE DANCE — Marcella Center, 117 Washington Road. Food, professional photos, champagne and music from the 1960s to today. Tickets, $15 per person, sold in advance: 423-337-0075. Tuesday, Dec. 31.
RHYTHM BALLROOM — The Ballroom, 7001 Middle Valley Road. Learn fundamentals of rumba, cha cha, East Coast Swing. Casual dress. No partner required, $5 per person. 6 p.m. Mondays, 8 p.m. Wednesdays. www.theballroomathixson.com.
SHAG — Elks Lodge, Graysville Road at East Brainerd Road. $5 members, $7 guests, free to first-time guests. 7 p.m. Thursdays. firstname.lastname@example.org.
VARIETY — Teamsters Hall, 4431 Bonny Oaks Drive. Live band plays for line dancing, slow country and ’50s rock. $5. 7-10 p.m. Every Saturday.