• Community Garden Start-up Workshop: EPB Community Room, 10 M.L. King Blvd., 9 a.m.-3 p.m. today, noon-4 p.m. Sunday, sliding fee scale of $50-$100. Crabtree Farms staff teaches basics of successful community gardening on Saturday, leads tour of existing gardens on Sunday. 423-493-9155.
• Chattanooga Obedience Club: Club training facility, Highway 193 in Flintstone, Ga., four miles south of Chattanooga, 1-3 p.m., registration for six-week series of obedience, rally and agility classes for puppies and dogs. Classes begin Monday night. Must bring dog's inoculation chart. For list of fees and classes, check chattanoogaobedienceclub.org.
• Cherokee Sierra Club: Outdoor Chattanooga, 200 River St., 7 p.m., visitors welcome, Conrad Bachhuber, vice president of Wacker Polysilicon, speaks on "Wacker & Solar Energy." 423-718-5009.
• Black History Month Speaker: Chattanooga State Community College, Berry Auditorium in the Health Science Center, 6 p.m., free, Margaret Block presents "Freedom Songs and the Civil Rights Movement." 423-697-3371.
• Spay-ghetti No Meatballs Dinner: Stratton Hall, 3146 Broad St., 6 p.m., $50 includes dinner catered by 1885 and silent auction, $50, benefits Wally's Friends spay/neuter clinic. 423-877-9966.
Green Drinks: Society of Work, 701 Market St., 5:30 p.m., professionals' networking meeting focusing on sustainability and green initiatives. www.greenspaceschattanooga.com.
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 ...