BARREL RACES — Doug Yates Farm, Ringgold, Ga. Nooga Barrel Racing Club sponsors races for every age and ability, 2-10 p.m. July 12. Running starts at 4 p.m., barrels start at 6 p.m. Free admission. Negative Coggins test required for horses; concession and tack vendors on-site. 423-619-4467.
BOOK SALE — Northgate Mall, intersection of Hixson Pike and Highway 153. Friends of the Chattanooga Library hosts annual book sale to benefit Chattanooga Public Library, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. today, July 3; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday, July 4; 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday, July 5; noon-6 p.m. Sunday, July 6. Adult books: $2 hardback, $1 paperback. Children’s books: $1 hardback, 50 cents paperback. Everything half-price Saturday, by-the-bag discounts Sunday. 423-757-5426.
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. nightly until Nov. 30, then Fridays and Saturdays only until March 1. $15 adults, $10 ages 12 and under. 423-821-7125.
CHATTANOOGA SIDEWALK TOURS — Choice of two tours daily. 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.
FIRST AMENDMENT DINNER — Jewish Cultural Center, 5461 North Terrace. Dinner designed to educate citizens about freedom of speech and the separation of church and state, featuring U.S. Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tennessee, postponed from July 13 to Sept. 21. 423-493-0270, ext. 10.
FISH FRY — American Legion Post 81, 227 James Asbury Lane, Cleveland, Tenn. Choose fried catfish or shrimp dinner with hushpuppies, fries and slaw to raise funds for Tennessee Fisher House, where families of veterans or active-duty military stay while loved ones receive medical treatment, 6-8:30 p.m. July 11. Catfish $10 plate, shrimp $13 plate. 423-476-4451.
HIKES — Led by Soddy-Daisy Hiking Club. Bring water and snack. Carpool locations given for those who want to meet group. 423-842-3619.
Saturday, July 5: Cloudland Canyon, moderate-to-strenuous 6 miles, meet in Red Bank Bi-Lo parking lot at 8 a.m.
Tuesday, July 8: Stringer’s Ridge, easy-to-moderate 4 miles, meet in Red Bank Bi-Lo parking lot at 8 a.m.
Saturday, July 12: Jones Gap Road to steps with cable and back, strenuous 10 miles, meet at Durham Street parking lot in Soddy-Daisy at 8 a.m.
RED, WHITE AND BLUE HAPPY HOUR — Georgia Winery, 6469 Battlefield Parkway, Ringgold, Ga. Sip wine slushies, enjoy live music, sample $3 glasses of wine at winery’s free patriotic party, 1-5 p.m. Saturday, July 5. 706-937-9463.
REFLECTION RIDING ARBORETUM AND NATURE CENTER— 400 Garden Road. Awesome Opossum nature program, 1:30 p.m. Sunday, July 6. Free with regular admission: $10 adults, $7 ages 4-11. RSVP at 423-821-1160.
RIVER CANYON ADVENTURES — 21726 River Canyon Road. Explore the scenic Tennessee River Gorge with daily three-hour adventures. Sunset cruise at 6 p.m. Upriver to Williams Island, $35. Downriver into Tennessee River Gorge, $49.95. Appointments required: 423-987-1711 or 423-488-1345. www.rivercanyon adventure.com.
RUBY FALLS LANTERN TOURS — Ruby Falls, 1720 S. Scenic Highway. Ride the 260-foot elevator down into Lookout Moutain and experience the cavern tour in a new light, 8:30-10:30 p.m. Fridays through September. $24.95. Tour size limited; reservations required. 423-821-2544.
STANDARD FLOWER SHOW — New Union Baptist Church, 4060 Double S Road off Highway 27, Dayton, Tenn. District III garden clubs of Tennessee Federation of Garden Clubs Inc. hold adjudicated show with theme “Living in the Country,” 2-5 p.m. July 11. Free. 423-499-9751.
ST. JUDE BEACH PARTY — Universal Joint, 532 Lookout St. Restaurant’s patio will be covered in sand for beach party with raffles, specialty drinks and dunking tank, 4-8 p.m. Friday, July 4. Twenty percent of food sales will be donated to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. 423-362-1313.
TRAIN RIDES — Tennessee Valley Railroad, 4119 Cromwell Road. 423-894-8028. Check website for designated weekend train rides such as Chickamauga Turn, Dinner on the Diner and Hiwassee River Rail Adventure. www.tvrail.com. Missionary Ridge Local is six-mile, 55-minute ride through East Chattanooga to TVRM’s repair shop, daily departures at 10:40 a.m., 12:05, 1:15, 2:25 and 3:35 p.m. $17 adults, $11 ages 3-12.
ZIPSTREAM AERIAL ADVENTURES — Ruby Falls, 1720 S. Scenic Highway. Courses for children, teens and adults through a series of increasingly challenging tree-to-tree activities, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily through November. $19.95-$34.95. 423-821-2544.
BRAINERD FARMERS MARKET — Grace Episcopal Church, 20 Belvoir Ave. Open 10 a.m.-noon Saturdays. 423-698-0330.
CHATTANOOGA MARKET — First Tennessee Pavilion, 1829 Reggie White Blvd. Open 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sundays. 423-402-9958. www.ChattanoogaMarket.com.
CHATTANOOGA RIVER MARKET — Tennessee Aquarium plaza, 1 Broad St. Open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturdays. www.Chattanooga Market.com.
EAST BRAINERD — Audubon Acres, 900 M. Sanctuary Road. Open 4-6 p.m. Tuesdays. 423-838-9804.
FIVE POINTS FARMERS MARKET — First Street Square, Cleveland, Tenn. Open 4-7 p.m. Thursdays. Sponsored by Mainstreet Cleveland. 423-310-1187.
LOOKOUT FARMERS MARKET — City Hall green spaces, 1214 Lula Lake Road, Lookout Mountain. Open 3-7 p.m. Thursdays. 423-838-9804.
MAIN STREET MARKET — 324 E. Main St. Open 4-6 p.m. Wednesdays. www.mainstfarmersmarket.com.
MARKET ABOVE THE CLOUDS — 1214 Lula Lake Road, Lookout Mountain. Open 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, July 5. www.facebook.com/pages/Market-Above-The-Clouds/1460009227549750.
OOLTEWAH FARMERS MARKET — Ooltewah Nursery & Landscape Co., 5829 Main St. Open 3-6 p.m. Thursdays. 423-238-9775.
ST. ALBANS HIXSON MARKET — St. Albans Church, 7514 Hixson Pike. Open 10 a.m.-noon. Saturdays. 423-842-1342.
ST. ELMO —Incline Railway, 3917 St. Elmo Ave. Open 4-7 p.m. Fridays. 423-838-9804.
WEDNESDAY MARKET — First Tennessee Pavilion, 1829 Reggie White Blvd. Open 4-7 p.m. Wednesdays. 423-648-2496.
SOUTHERN LIT BOOK CLUB — Chattanooga Public Libary, 1001 Broad St. Southern Literature Alliance extends open invitation to join book club discussion of Clyde Edgerton’s book “Raney,” 6 p.m. July 16. Event is free; books may be purchased at amazon.com or half.com. Seating limited. Register at 423-267-1218.
BARNES & NOBLE — 2100 Hamilton Place Blvd. Children’s story hour, 11 a.m. Wednesdays. 423-893-0186.
CHATTANOOGA PUBLIC LIBRARY — 1001 Broad St. (main library) and branches at Eastgate, Northgate and South Chattanooga. 423-757-5310, www.chattlibrary.org.
Lego Clubs: Downtown branch, every Monday, 5-6 p.m., for ages 5-11, free; Northgate branch, first Saturday of each month, 2-3 p.m., for ages 3 and up, free.
Toddler Time: Learning program for ages 18-36 months and parents/guardians, registration not required. Wednesdays: 10:30 a.m. Eastgate Library, 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. Northgate Library. Saturday: 11 a.m., downtown branch.
Saturdays, July 5 and 12: Yarn Bomb the Library, 1 p.m. downtown branch, learn how to yarn bomb.
Saturday, July 5: “The Lego Movie,” 2:30 p.m., Eastgate branch.
Saturday, July 5: Nintendo Club, 3-4 p.m., downtown branch, ages 8-18.
Saturday, July 5: Murder myster “A Death in the Library” improv play, 6-7:45 p.m., Northgate Library, for ages 12-18, each guest assigned a character in the whodunit, must bring signed permission form attached to the Chattanooga Public Library website calendar listing.
Tuesday, July 8: Duplo Maker Club, 11:30 a.m., South Chattanooga branch, for children 7 and younger.
Tuesday, July 8: Adventure Club, 4 p.m., downtown branch, for ages 5-11.
Tuesdays, July 8 and 15: Literacy, Science, Technology, Engineerng and Mathematics workshop for tweens, 1:30-3:30 p.m., downtown branch, preregistration required.
Wednesday, July 9: Make a Terrarium, 1 p.m., downtown branch, preregistration required.
Thursday, July 10: Adventure Club, 4 p.m., Northgate branch, for ages 5-11.
KIDS CRAFTS — Michaels Arts & Crafts, 2200 Hamilton Place Blvd. and 600 Northgate Mall. In-store summer crafting program for children ages 5-12. 10 a.m.-noon Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays to Aug. 1. Seats 12, first-come, first-served, or register in advance in the store. $2 per child. www. Michaels.com/passport.
KIDS TIME AT THE RIVERPARK — Tennessee Riverpark Shelter 4, 4301 Amnicola Highway. Free series of Thursday morning activities for children sponsored by Hamilton County Parks and Recreation, 10 a.m. Thursdays. No program today, July 3. Series continues July 10 with program by Scenic Cities Beautiful. Adult must accompany child. Registration: 423-842-6748.
BALLROOM — The Ballroom, 7001 Middle Valley Road. Learn ballroom dancing, Saturdays. Group class, 7:30 p.m., $5. Dancing 8:30 p.m., $10. No partner required. 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.
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 91, 1067 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. firstname.lastname@example.org.
USA BALLROOM — St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 305 W. Seventh St. Dance, 7-11 p.m. July 11. $5 first-time guests, $6 members, $10 nonmembers. 423-645-4888.