• Hillbilly Harvest Hoedown: Chattanooga Valley Church of the Nazarene, 2853 Chattanooga Valley Road, Flintstone, Ga., 6-10 p.m., family activities, jazz band, concessions, chili cook-off to help pay medical expenses of Randy and Marla Williams. CVNaz.com.
• ElderScholars: UTC University Center, Lookout Mountain Room, Fifth Street on campus, 1 p.m., free, Paul Fuchcar, executive director of CADAS, is speaker. Anyone wishing to join the group for lunch should meet at noon in the University Center cafeteria at a table marked with ElderScholars sign. firstname.lastname@example.org
• Greater Chattanooga Democratic Women's Club: IBEW headquarters, 3922 Volunteer Drive, 6 p.m., visitors welcome. Program by Patricia Bazemore, organizer of Move to Amend Chattanooga, and Kelvin Scott of the Hamilton County Election Commission. 890-1848.
• Chattanooga Music Teachers Association: Crutcher Pianos, Lee Highway at Highway 153, 9:30 a.m., free and open to the public. Kimberly Keck, professor at Bryan College, speaks on "Don't Sit Still! Get Moving and Learn," ways to help students with learning disabilities stay focused as they move to music.
• Chattanooga Stamp Club: Hickory Valley Christian Church, 6605 Shallowford Road, 6:30 p.m. doors open, 7:30 p.m. meeting, visitors welcome. Program by Dan Chaij on "EFOs of the Republic of Cuba." 344-7849.
• UC Foundation Visiting Writer: UTC University Center, Signal Mountain Room, Fifth Street on campus, 8:15 p.m., free. Allen Wier, author of the story collection "Things About to Disappear" and four novels, speaks on "Writing Habits: Start with Organ Juice." Following his talk, he will take audience questions on the craft of storytelling. 425-4363.
• Crafted by Southern Hands Benefit: Tupelo Honey Cafe, motor court of Warehouse Row, 6:30 p.m., Chattanooga Whiskey cocktails and Southern food from new eatery; 8 p.m. screening of Southern Foodways Alliance's documentary, "Pride and Joy." Tickets are $50 per person, $75 couples. southernfoodways.org/events/pride-joy-chattanooga-screening.
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 ...