• East Ridge High School class of 1963 is holding its 50-year reunion on Saturday, Sept. 7, from 7 to 11 p.m. on the Southern Belle riverboat. For more information, call 593-0209 or 476-2602.
• Lee Children's Choir auditions: Curtsinger Music Building, Room 200, Lee University campus, Cleveland, Tenn., 5:30-7 p.m., children in grades 4-12 should be prepared to sing a familiar song of their choice, audition not required of children in grades 1-3. No appointment necessary. 423-614-8240.
Watch collectors make time for visitors at convention
If you've wondered whether there's any value to great-granddaddy's stopwatch that's been passed from generation to generation in the family, this is the weekend to find out.
Thursday Paws at Community Pie, 850 Market St., 6-8 p.m., $20 includes 12-inch margherita pizza, salad, beer; benefits Wally's Friends Spay/Neuter program. 877-9966.
Marie Turner was in Florida on a family vacation when she got the call that her home was on fire.
The arrival of the annual Beersheba Springs Arts and Crafts Festival signals that the fall festival season is almost upon us.
• Riverside High School class of 1968 is holding its 45-year reunion Friday, Saturday, Aug. 30-Sept. 1. For more information, contact Johnetta Burton Ball, 423-305-1247 or 423-899-1863 or email email@example.com.
Jessica Tolbert, a junior at Chattanooga School for the Arts and Sciences, won first place in the visual arts category of the 39th annual National Afro-Academic, Cultural, Technological Scientific Olympics contest sponsored by the NAACP.
Area students in fourth through 12th grades are invited to audition for the Bryan College Community Children's Choir (grades 4-8) or Youth Choir (grades 9-12) for the coming year.
More than 4,000 students will start classes at Lee University on Wednesday, but only one will be making school history.
Today. Stuff the Bus, Chattanooga Market, First Tennessee Pavilion, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., school supplies accepted for the Hamilton County PTA Teacher Supply Depot.
Remember the lyrics of that Ira Gershwin standard that debates “You like tom-a-to, I like tom-ah-to?”
• Retro Movie Night: Tennessee Riverpark, 8 p.m. VW car cruise-in sponsored by Scenic City Volks Folks, contests and games, movie starts when dark, free, sponsored by Hamilton Counthy Parks and Recreation Department. 842-6748.
• Howard High School class of 1963 is holding a class meeting on Saturday, Aug. 24, at 5 p.m. at the Veterans Club, 2114 Wilder St. For more information, call 693-7867.
The Barbershop Harmony Society is celebrating the 75th anniversary of its founding, and the society's local affiliate plans to acknowledge this milestone in a four-part harmony salute.
17 Chattanooga Mud Run, Greenway Farms, 5051 Gann Store Road, 9 a.m., $250 for team of five, benefits Habitat for Humanity of Greater Chattanooga. www.chattanoogamudrun.com.
Legend has it that Confederate Gen. Braxton Bragg planned his military strategy before the Battle of Chickamauga while reclining in the shade of a large oak on the grounds of the Marsh House. Although there is no proof of that, town citizens referred to that tree as “The Bragg Oak” from the 1870s until it a storm brought the tree down in 1921, according to Mary Smitherman, Marsh House docent.
Chattanooga Modern Quilt Guild: Wallys Restaurant, 6521 Ringgold Road, 10 a.m., visitors welcome. 423-364-0684.
• Tyner High School class of 1968 is holding its 45-year reunion on Saturday, Aug. 17, at 6 p.m. at Holiday Inn Hamilton Place, 2232 Center St. Any class member who hasn’t been contacted by the planning committee should contact either Trudy McDaniel Payne, 421-5120, or Joy Jorges Dobosh, 240-9810.
Heads up! Four nights of nature’s fireworks start late tonight and run through early morning Tuesday.
The Lee University Symphonic Band recently returned from a 15-day trip to China. The chairman of Sias International University, Shawn Chen, invited the group to share American band traditions with band and orchestra students in China’s Henan Province.
When Sgt. Michael Austin Pickett saw an 8-year-old boy struggling to keep his head above water in the Atlantic Ocean, the Marine didn’t hesitate. He sprinted into the water and swam out to help.
Each chef given $35 to shop for ingredients
Combine the mystery-ingredient concept of Food Network’s “Chopped” with farm-fresh ingredients available at Chattanooga Market.
One trained in Hopi and Zuni Indian jewelry-making techniques. Another spent three decades of her life in the computer field before she put down her mouse and picked up a soldering torch.
10-11 Bessie Smith Heritage Festival, Bessie Smith Cultural Center, 200 M.L. King Blvd., $35 in advance, $40 at the door. Hours: 7 p.m.-midnight Saturday, 7-11 p.m.
Before homes had TV or air conditioning, porches were the place to spend leisure time catching a cool breeze and conversing with neighbors. The only essentials for a well-appointed porch were either a rocker or metal glider, a wood-slat swing and a tall, cool glass of sweet tea.
• Howard High School class of 1963 is holding its 50-year reunion Aug. 8-10 at the Marriott. Class meetings will resume Saturday, Aug. 24, at 5 p.m. at the Veterans Club, 2114 Wilder St. For more information, call 693-7867.
• Back-to-school fashion show: Chattanooga Theatre Centre, 400 River St., 1 p.m., free, presented by North Shore Merchants Collective. Nine retailers participate in clothing show for children to adults, special gifts, discounts to guests.
10-11 Bessie Smith Heritage Festival, Bessie Smith Cultural Center, 200 E. M.L.King Blvd., $35 in advance, $40 at the door. Hours 7 p.m. to midnight Saturday, 7-11 p.m. Sunday. Nine music performances benefits Bessie Smith Cultural Center. 423-266-8658
• Howard High School class of 1963 is holding a planning meeting today in preparation for its 50-year reunion. All meetings will begin at 5 p.m. at the Veterans Club, 2114 Wilder St. For more information, call 693-7867.
William Benjamin Horton received a doctor of medicine degree from the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson, Miss., during spring commencement exercises.
Chattanoogans have the rare opportunity to hear a world-class drum and bugle corps in Finley Stadium tonight, July 25.
Fifty-six artists have donated work for the Artamajig silent auction, the annual fundraiser to benefit the Southern Lit Alliance (formerly the Arts & Education Council).
The Kiwanis Club of Brainerd is dishing up something new Friday and Saturday, July 26-27.
She's survived a plane crash, hysterical amnesia and a plunge from a 30th-floor window without even mussing her hair.
Being invited to show her work at the Southern Foodways Alliance was a high honor and huge challenge for fashion designer Natalie Chanin, so she knew she needed to come up with something unusual.
At 11 years of age, Lilyann Adams is already accomplished in the kitchen
26 Down Syndrome Awareness Night, AT&T Field, 7:15 p.m., $5, fundraiser at Lookouts game to benefit Chattanooga Down Syndrome Society. 615-542-4636.
George Gannaway has owned five homes since he bought his first in 1965, and everywhere he has put down roots, so have his daylilies.
• Howard High School class of 1963 is holding a planning meeting Saturday, July 27, in preparation for its 50-year reunion. The meeting will begin at 5 p.m. at the Veterans Club, 2114 Wilder St. For more information, call 693-7867.
A small group of musicians within Second Presbyterian Church are tackling a sizable fundraiser.
27 Down Syndrome Awareness Night, AT&T Field, 7:15 p.m., $5, fundraiser at Lookouts game to benefit Chattanooga Down Syndrome Society. 615-542-4636.
Last weekend’s 5-plus inches recorded at Chattanooga airport — including a record-breaking 2.21 inches on July 7 that topped the 1928 daily high of 2.11 inches — had gardeners worried that this season’s vegetables and flowers might be a washout.
• Howard High School class of 1963 is holding planning meetings today and Saturday, July 27, in preparation for its 50-year reunion. All meetings will begin at 5 p.m. at the Veterans Club, 2114 Wilder St. For more information, call 693-7867.
• Book Signing: Barnes & Noble, Hamilton Place, 1-3 p.m., Linda Murray Bullard signs “The Well Ran Dry: Memoirs of a Motherless Child.” 752-0673.
Blaine Joseph Dufrene of Troop 115 was awarded the rank of Eagle Scout at a recent Court of Honor.
About 40 members of the Association for Visual Arts are putting their works up in the AVA Salon Show, which opens Tuesday.
When Katie and Mike Myers celebrated their third anniversary on July 1, Katie had two rings to remind her of their special day: One was the band on her left hand, the other a circle of 14 hydrangeas at their home.
Movies in the Park: Coolidge Park, free, “Daddy Day Care” shown at dusk, sponsored by First Things First. Anyone under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult. 267-5383. Weather may affect showing.