* Catoosa County Democratic Party: Caffeine Addicts Coffee Shop, 7819 Nashville St., Ringgold, Ga., 9 a.m. breakfast meeting, visitors welcome. 770-826-8644.
* Southern Appalachian Back Country Horsemen: Michael's Restaurant, 2011 Congress Parkway, Athens, Tenn., 5:45 p.m. if planning to dine, 6:30 p.m. meeting. Program by Matt Henry, recreation manager for the Ocoee/Hiwassee District of the Cherokee National Forest. 423-238-5540.
* Chattanooga Engineers: E-Week Kickoff Luncheon, DoubleTree Hotel, 407 Chestnut St., 11:30 a.m., $20 individual, $180 corporate table for eight. Harold DePriest, president and chief executive officer of EPB, speaks on "Engineering a Smarter City with Smart Grid." Reservations: http://chatc.org/events/2013/2/18/ engineering-week-kick.
* Hamilton County Republican Women: Morning Pointe of Hixson, 5501 Old Hixson Pike, 11:30 a.m., visitors welcome. Candidates for Chattanooga City Council will speak. Lunch reservations required. 266-6855.
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 ...