Hixson/Soddy-Daisy Fall Festival: Burks United Methodist Church, 6433 Hixson Pike, 3-6 p.m., free community party with live music, food and craft vendors, chili cook-off, dessert contest, inflatables and games for kids. www.burks.org/fallfestival.
Chili Supper: Calvary Memorial Baptist Church, 2 Harker Road, Fort Oglethorpe, Ga., 5-7 p.m., free. 423-602-1819.
Multiple Sclerosis Benefit: Heritage Landing clubhouse, 1100 Heritage Landing Drive, 7-11 p.m., $10, casual attire. Food, music and silent auction to raise funds for National Multiple Sclerosis Society; sponsored by The Chattanooga Pathfinders, a local team participating in the MS Challenge Walk. 423-364-8362.
SATURDAY, NOV. 2
Ladies Day Shopping: Red Bank Community Center, 1-4 p.m., 22 vendors and music by Barefoot Nellie & Co. firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 ...