published Thursday, September 5th, 2013

Chattanooga area events calendar — Sept. 5-11

LEISURE

BOUTIQUE WAREHOUSE SALE -- Stratton Hall, 3146 Broad St. Twenty area boutiques contribute clothing and accessories to fundraiser for Austin Hatcher Foundation. Preview party, $15, 5-8 p.m. today, Sept. 5. Free admission to sale 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Sept. 6-7. 423-667-4332.

BRAINERD FARMERS MARKET -- Grace Episcopal Church, 20 Belvoir Ave. Open 10 a.m.-noon Saturdays. 423-580-6281.

BRIDAL SHOW -- Chattanooga Convention Center, 1100 Carter St. Enchanted Evening Bridal Affair sponsored by Chattanooga Times Free Press, 4:30-8:30 p.m. Sept. 12. $8 online in advance, $10 at door. www.timesfreepress.com/enchantedevening.

BUBBLY ON THE BLUE MOON -- Blue Moon Cruises, 301 Riverfront Parkway. Sunset cruise with tastings of four sparkling wines, three organic wines and hors d'oeuvres, 6-8:30 p.m. Sept. 13. $60. 888-993-2583.

CHATTANOOGA ARBORETUM AND NATURE CENTER -- 400 Garden Road. All events require registration: 423-821-1160.

• Saturday, Sept. 14: Fall Into Fairy Houses, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Explore arboretum grounds for natural materials to build home that will remain at the nature center. $10 per CANC families, $15 nonmember families;

• Sunday, Sept. 15: Wild Edibles Forage and Cookouts, 1-6 p.m. for ages 16 and older. $20 members, $25 nonmembers.

CHATTANOOGA GHOST TOURS -- The Little Curiosity Shoppe, 138 Market St. Walking tours through downtown, ghost hunts through University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and Citizens Cemetery, 9 nightly. $15 adults, $10 ages 12 and under. 423-821-7125.

CHATTANOOGA SIDEWALK TOURS -- Choice of two tours, daily through Nov. 1. Dynamo of Dixie Tour departs from Sheraton Read House, corner of Broad Street and M.L. King Boulevard, 10 a.m., noon and 2 p.m. Bluffs and Bridges Tour begins at south end of Walnut Street Bridge; 4 and 6 p.m. $15 adults, $7 children 12 and under. Reservations required. 423-228-0448, www.chattanoogasidewalktours.com.

COMMUNITY CONVERSATION -- Lindsay Street Hall, 901 Lindsay St. TennesseeWorks hosts coffee/dessert reception to explore ways to support the employment of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, 6-8 p.m. Monday, Sept. 9. Register at chattanoogacommunityconversation.splashthat.com. 615-322-4999, www.tennesseeworks.org.

COMMUNITY PICNIC -- Heritage Park, 1428 Jenkins Road. Concord Baptist Church sponsors back-to-school picnic with free food, inflatables, games and free concert by Slugs and Bugs Live, 4-7 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 8. Slugs and Bugs Live show starts at 5 p.m. 423-892-9313.

DARE TO DANCE -- Chattanooga Convention Center, 1100 Carter St. Amateur dance competition to benefit the Kidney Foundation, 7-11:30 p.m. Sept. 14. $55, $75 and $125. 423-265-4397, DareToDance.KidneyFoundation.com.

FALL CHATTANOOGA CRUISE-IN -- Coker Tire Museum, 1317 Chestnut St. Cruise-in draws hundreds of classic cars and trucks to tour museum and Honest Charley Garage. Meet cast of Travel Channel's "Back Road Gold," see racing karts from "Karting With Rusty," 2-8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 7. Free. 423-648-8542.

FOOTBALL AT THE FALLS -- Ruby Falls, 1720 S. Scenic Highway. Watch a pro or college game on the deck at end of cavern tour, noon-6 p.m. Saturday-Sundays in September. Play in ladder ball (Saturdays only) or Madden tournaments (Sundays only). Find one of the logo footballs hidden in the cave for chance to win prizes. Throwing contests with Tennessee Train women's full-contact football team, Sept. 14-15, 21-22. 423-821-2544, www.rubyfalls.com.

HIKES, TENNESSEE -- Led by Soddy-Daisy Hiking Club. Bring water and snack. Carpool locations given for those who want to meet group. 423-842-3619.

• Saturday, Sept. 7: Lula Lake, moderate 5 miles, meet at Red Bank Bi-Lo parking lot, 8 a.m.

• Tuesday, Sept. 10: Camp Jordan, easy 4 miles, meet at Highway 153 Target parking lot, 8 a.m.

• Saturday, Sept. 14: Roaring Creek, moderate 8 miles, meet at Durham Street parking lot in Soddy-Daisy, 8 a.m.

HOME AND REMODELING EXPO -- Chattanooga Convention Center, 1150 Carter St. Products and services for new home construction or fall fix-ups, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Sept. 14; 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 15. HGTV's Eric Stromer presents shows at 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Sept. 14. www.hbagc.net.

HOME-SCHOOL DAY AT MCKAY -- McKay's Books, 7734 Lee Highway. Free games, prizes, educational fun and snacks for home-school students, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. today, Sept. 5. www.mckaybooks.com.

MOUNTAINEER'S DAY FESTIVAL -- Downtown Tracy City, Tenn. Games, music, food and craft vendors, Sept. 14-15. Admission $2. 931-592-8558.

OOLTEWAH FARMERS MARKET -- Ooltewah Nursery & Landscape Co., 5829 Main St. Local farmers sell fresh produce, 3-6 p.m. Thursdays. No wholesalers or resellers allowed. 423-238-9775.

RING OF HONOR WRESTLING -- Camp Jordan, 323 Camp Jordan Parkway, East Ridge. Professional wrestling organization returns to Tennessee for first time since 2008, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 6. $5-$40. ROHWrestling.com.

RIVER CANYON ADVENTURES -- 21726 River Canyon Road. 423-451-6068. Explore the scenic Tennessee River Gorge with three-hour adventures, 9 a.m., noon and 3 p.m. daily. Sunset cruise at 6 p.m. Upriver to Williams Island, $35. Downriver into Tennessee River Gorge, $45. www.rivercanyonadventure.com.

TRAIN RIDES -- Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum, 4119 Cromwell Road. 423-894-8028, www.tvrail.com.

• Missionary Ridge Local: Six-mile, 55-minute ride through East Chattanooga to TVRM's repair shop. September departures 10:40 a.m., 12:05, 1:15, 2:25 and 3:35 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays; $16 adults, $10 ages 3-12.

• Railfest: Celebration of railroading includes interactive displays, restored train cars, steam locomotive excursions; 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Sept. 7-8; $20-$45.

CHILDREN/TEENS

TOUCH A TRUCK -- Tennessee Riverpark, 4301 Amnicola Highway (maintenance field parking lot adjacent to the C.B. Robinson Bridge). Free children's event offers hands-on interaction with a variety of trucks, service rigs and other motorized vehicles, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 7. 423-209-6109.

DANCES

BALLROOM -- The Ballroom, 7001 Middle Valley Road. Learn ballroom dancing no partner required, 8:30 p.m. Saturdays. $10. Group class, 7:30 p.m., $5. Casual dress. 423-394-6428.

BALLROOM -- Ballroom Magic Dance Center, 4200 N. Access Road. Dance, 8:30-10:30 p.m. Fridays. $10. 423-771-3646.

BIG BAND -- American Legion Post 95, 3229 Ringgold Road. Dance to 17-piece Legionnaires Big Band, 7-10 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 7. $5. 423-624-9015.

LINE -- Allemande Hall, 7400 Standifer Gap Road.

• Mondays: Dance to music of all genres, for beginners through intermediate level dancers, 5:30-8:30 p.m. $7 per evening, $22 monthly. www.linesinmotion.net.

• Wednesdays: North River Civic Center, 1009 Executive Drive. Dance, 5-7:45 p.m. $5. www.bootsandbucklesdance.com,

• Thursdays: St. Jude Catholic Church, 930 Ashland Terrace. Dance, 5-7:45 p.m., $3. www.bootsandbucklesdance.com.

RHYTHM BALLROOM -- The Ballroom, 7001 Middle Valley Road. Learn fundamentals of rumba, cha cha, East Coast Swing, 6 p.m. Mondays, 8 p.m. Wednesdays. Casual dress. No partner required, $5. www.theballroomathixson.com.

SHAG -- Elks Lodge, Graysville Road at East Brainerd Road. Dance with Choo Choo Shag Club, 7 p.m. Thursdays. $5 members, $7 guests, free to first-time guests. gdelett@epbfi.com.

USA BALLROOM -- Allemande Hall, 7400 Standifer Gap Road. Dance, 7:30-11 p.m. Friday, Sept.14. $5 first-time guests. 423-645-4888.

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