published Thursday, January 16th, 2014

Out and About Calendar - Jan. 16-22

LEISURE

ANOTHER STORY LIVE -- The Camp House, 1427 Williams St. Story slam invites people to come onstage and tell true stories in keeping with the theme "Fail," 7:30-9:15 p.m. Monday, Jan. 20. Participants will be 10 names chosen from a hat. Winner chosen by audience vote. 423-619-3528.

BOURBON TASTING -- Back Inn Cafe, 412 E. Second St. Michael Vasta leads inaugural tasting event of American bourbon, 6:30-8:30 p.m. today, Jan. 23. $37. 423-265-5033.

CHATTACON -- Chattanooga Choo Choo, 1400 Market St. Chattanooga Speculative Fiction Fans Inc. host film festival, panels, readings, costuming, robot battles, art show, featured guests and more, Jan. 24-26. Early registration $40, at the door $50. www.chattacon.org.

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

* Saturday, Jan. 18: Red wolf program, 11:30 a.m. Learn about the wolf recovery program and watch a feeding. Free to members, $10 nonmembers.

* Saturday, Jan. 18: Skullduggery, animal skull identification class, 2:30 p.m. Free to members, $10 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, 7:30 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays until March 1. $15 adults, $10 ages 12 and under. 423-821-7125.

EQUINE MASSAGE COURSE -- Casey and Son Horseshoeing School, 14013 Georgia 136, LaFayette, Ga. Horse owners learn simple stretching techniques in one-day class for $200 or a three-day certificate course for $600, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Jan. 24-26. No previous experience required; horses provided. Continuing farrier education credits allowed BWFA members. 706-397-8909.

HIKES -- Led by Soddy-Daisy Hiking Club. Bring water and snack. Carpool to meet group. 423-842-3619.

* Saturday, Jan. 18: Heiss Mountain to rock climbing parking lot, strenuous 8 miles, meet at Durham Street parking lot in Soddy-Daisy, 9 a.m.

* Tuesday, Jan. 21: Laurel Falls, moderate 5 miles, meet at Durham Street parking lot in Soddy-Daisy, 9 a.m.

* Saturday, Jan. 25: Piney River, strenuous 8 miles, meet at Durham Street parking lot in Soddy-Daisy, 9 a.m.

LOW COUNTRY BOIL -- Tennessee National Guard, 107 Armory Road, Monteagle, Tenn. Enjoy shrimp, potatoes, sausages and corn cooked in Cajun seasoning, served with dirty rice, bread pudding and tea, plus music by Bazzania, 4-7 p.m. CST Saturday, Jan. 18. $15-$18. Benefits Friends of South Cumberland, the Monteagle Food Bank and Monteagle Mountain Chamber of Commerce. 931-924-5353.

PHYSICIST'S TALK -- Chattanooga State Comunity College, 4501 Amnicola Highway. Internationally known theoretical physicist Dr. Michio Kaku gives presentation on "The Future of the Mind and Beyond," 6:30 p.m. Jan. 23. Free and captioned for guests with hearing loss. Preceded by book signing, 4:30-5:30 p.m. in Kolwyck Library. 423-697-2432.

PINK! GALA -- Chattanooga Convention Center, 1100 Carter St. Annual black-tie, four-course dinner/dance to raise funds for MaryEllen Locher Breast Center at Memorial, 6:30 p.m. Jan. 25. $250 per person, $2,000 table for eight. 423-495-4151.

SENIOR OLYMPICS SPORTS CLINIC -- Baylor School, 171 Baylor School Road. Free clinic for athletes 49 and older with expert instruction in new techniques in basketball, indoor rowing, track-and-field, weightlifting, 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday, Jan. 20. Register by noon Friday, Jan. 17. Free; lunch included. 423-755-6114, email sparker@alexianbrothers.net.

TRAIN RIDES -- Departing from Tennessee Valley Railroad, 4119 Cromwell Road. 423-894-8028, www.tvrail.com. Missionary Ridge Local is six-mile, 55-minute ride through East Chattanooga to TVRM's repair shop, 10:40 a.m., 12:05, 1:15, 2:25 p.m. Saturdays through February. $16 adults, $10 ages 3-12

WHAT'S SUP? -- Outdoor Chattanooga, 200 River St. Mark Baldwin, owner of L2 Boards, leads introduction to standup paddleboarding, equipment needed to get started, 6 p.m. today, Jan. 16. Free. 423-643-6888.

CHILDREN/TEENS

SCOUT DAY -- Tennessee Aquarium, 1 Broad St. Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts may tour the attraction and enjoy behind-the-scenes tours and special programs by aquarium staff, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Jan. 25. Scouts and leaders $10, additional adults $20, additional children ages 3-12 $10. Scouts must wear their uniform or sash to receive discount price. events@tnaqua.org.

SMALL-FRY PROGRAMS -- Tennessee Aquarium, 1 Broad St. Drop in between 10:15 and 11 a.m. to participate in activities geared to preschoolers and elementary children, Mondays and Thursdays though Feb. 27. Included in aquarium admission. 800-262-0695.

DANCES

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

FATHER-DAUGHTER DANCE -- Chattanooga Convention Center, 1100 Carter St. Annual Valentine's-themed dance for dads and daughters ages 3-18 sponsored by Hamilton County Parks and Recreation Department, 7-10 p.m. Feb. 7. Tickets $30 per person, includes hors d'oeuvres and dessert buffet. Pictures 6:30 p.m. 423-842-6748.

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. $5. Casual dress. No partner required. www.theballroomathixson.com.

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

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