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Susan Pierce

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Salim N. Elasmar received his Eagle Scout award during a Court of Honor held at East Ridge Recreation Center.

The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga announces the establishment of the Vicky B. Gregg Chair of Gerontology in its School of Nursing.

Before hiring a photo booth rental company, ask these questions in addition to rental fees:

After lighting up their Hixson home for three years with static light displays, Wes and Susan Muncy decided to animate them.

The Grace Baptist Academy varsity cheerleading squad will perform in the 2014 Capital One Bowl in Orlando, Fla., on New Year’s Day.

Christmas Eve lessons and carols service - Dec. 24

Second Presbyterian Choir performs with UTC alumni

The birth of Jesus will be told through nine lessons of Scripture and carols on Christmas Eve during a 5:30 p.m. service at Second Presbyterian Church.

The 80-plus faculty and staff at Hixson High School get an early Christmas present Friday when the Hixson Pike Huddle House serves them breakfast.

Dianne and L.P. Cline have been traveling to Europe and Russia on purchasing trips for their businesses since 1990; first sourcing antiques, then Russian artwork.

“Messiah” Sing-along: First Seventh-day Adventist Church, 7450 Standifer Gap Road, 3 p.m., free but offering will be taken to benefit a local nonprofit. Bring your own score and join the chorus to sing Handel’s “Messiah.”

The Chattanooga Chapter of Freedom's Foundation honored youth and adult award winners with a recent reception at Collegedale City Hall.

When it comes to following her arrow, straight-shooting Kacey Musgraves is the Katniss Everdeen of songwriters.

Candlelight concert of lessons and carols tonight - Dec. 12-13

Roueche Chorale presents 15th Christmas service

Nearly 60 singers and 25 musicians will combine their talents to present the Roueche Chorale’s inspirational Candlelight Service of Lessons and Carols for its 15th year.

The convenience of prelit artificial trees can’t be denied, but one aspect these faux firs haven’t been able to replicate is the crisp scent of spruce, pine or cedar.

Movie Screening: Carmike Majestic 12 Cinema, 311 Broad St., 4 p.m., six local businesses sponsor free screening of the family movie “Angels Sing,” starring Connie Britton, Harry Connick Jr., Kris Kristofferson, Lyle Lovett and Willie Nelson.

Saasha Jones is the recipient of the Bushtown Community Service College Scholarship Award, her third time to receive the award since 2008.

How will the Chattanooga Boys Choir top last year’s 50th anniversary performance of the Singing Christmas Tree?

Charles "Chip" Esten built his TV fan base as a recurring improv comic on "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" He was quick-witted and fast on his feet -- remember those Scenes from a Hat sketches?

Mia Bergeron studied oil painting in Florence, Italy, before moving to Chattanooga in 2006. James Courtenay James built a 40-year career in graphic design before transitioning full-time into oil portraits seven years ago.

5 Tacky Holiday Sweater Party, St. John's Meeting Place, 5:30-7:30 p.m., admission is donation of toiletries or personal hygiene products to be given to residents of Mary Walker Towers Senior Assisted Living Community; sponsored by Chattanooga chapter of American Advertising Federation. RSVP to

Arlene Rogers, a professed self-taught holiday decorator, says a trip to the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, N.C., was her first real lesson in Christmas creativity.

MacDowell Music Club: First-Centenary United Methodist Church, 399 McCallie Ave., 10:30 a.m., musical program followed by Christmas luncheon.

Dr. Bob Coddington and his wife, Nan, were named Honorary Alumni of the Year during Bryan College's homecoming weekend. He is a retired orthopedic surgeon and trustee for Bryan College, and the two chaired the committee for the 2012 Bryan Opportunity Program scholarship dinner.

Barbie is having a mid-life crisis.

A new fundraiser is launching this weekend that organizers hope will become a holiday tradition for families as well as the sponsoring nonprofit, Bethany Christian Services.

What: Dogs were special guests at Bark for Life held recently at Chattanooga Market in First Tennessee Pavilion. After a one-mile dog walk, the pets and owners returned to the pavilion for a costume parade and four-legged games such as Musical Dogs, which is musical chairs without the chairs — the last dog to sit when his owner gives the command is out.

What: The legacy of the McCallie family was honored during the eighth History Makers Luncheon held at the Chattanooga Convention Center. The annual event recognizes people or organizations that have made a lasting impact on their city, state or country. Benefits: Chattanooga History Center.

Thanksgiving weekend is traditionally the time homeowners light up for the Christmas season. But before tossing any tinsel, do you have a plan for getting your holiday bling on?

• Christmas Market: Heritage House, 1428 Jenkins Road in Heritage Park, 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m., free, featuring two dozen crafters.

More than 1,200 alumni and 2,500 total guests returned to Lee University's campus in Cleveland, Tenn., for its 53rd annual homecoming weekend. Delton Alford received the university's Distinguished Alumnus Award during the weekend's activities.

The Chattanooga Music Club is kicking off the holiday season with a free concert featuring two of the top musical groups in this region as well as a theater organist who has performed on National Public Radio’s “Pipe Dreams.”

19 National Philanthropy Day Luncheon, The Chattanoogan, Broad St., 11:30 a.m., $40 per person, $400 table of eight. Southeast Tennessee chapter of Association of Fundraising Professionals honors Jim and Amy Jo Osborn, Dr. Bill Stacy, Zan Guerry, Pete Cooper, Anna Carroll and the Chattanooga Times Free Press.

Catherine Martin knew remodeling a century-old home would be “a labor of love,” but she and husband Matthew didn’t expect the domino chain of reactions their remodeling set off — one change uncovering a surprise problem that had to be fixed in order to proceed to the next.

• Kirkman High School class of 1964 is planning its 50-year reunion to be held next year.

Deborah Smith, principal at Chattanooga Center for Creative Arts, received the Jeffrey Lawrence Award from the Arts Schools Network during its annual conference in New York City.

For a drive of two hours or less, this weekend's gift and craft markets offer shoppers a variety of items to stuff Christmas stockings.

Junior League's Tour du Jour is Saturday- Nov. 16

See the latest in kitchen design at six Chattanooga homes

The doors of six homes in downtown Chattanooga and Lookout Valley will open to the public on Saturday, Nov. 16, for the Junior League of Chattanooga's eighth annual Tour du Jour tour of kitchens.

Four short operas for the family - Nov. 15-16

Artisti Affamati presents quartet of one-act American operas this weekend

It began as an open-mike night for opera singers at a local hotel bar. In the year and a half since, there has been such interest from the growing number of singers wanting to show off their pipes, says founder Sara Snider Schone, that a local opera performance troupe formed.

Angela Wallin and Glenn McCary aren't planning a big wedding since it's the second marriage for both, but she says they did want something to make their day distinctive. So they set the date: 11-12-13.

14 Three Blind Wines, Stratton Hall, 3146 Broad St., 6 p.m. reception and silent auction, 7 p.m. tasting, $75 per couple, each guest brings two bottles of wine for tasting, 10 p.m. wine cellar awarded, benefits Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

How ironic is it that the season when falling leaves cause homeowners extra yard work is also the best time to plant more trees?

• Benefit concert: Pleasant Grove Baptist Church, 799 Inman St., Cleveland, Tenn., 5 p.m., donations accepted at gospel concert to help pay medical expenses of cancer patients Joy Wright and the late Rodney Wright. 423-544-3387.

• Howard High School class of 1963 is holding a meeting today at 5 p.m. at the Veterans Club, 2114 Wilder St. For more infomation, call 693-7867.

Collectors of Coca-Cola memorabilia have more than a thirst for items emblazoned in the iconic red-and-white script.

Music historian Bobby Horton is joining the Chattanooga Boys Choir for "The Blue and the Gray: Songs and Stories of the Civil War."

Maxie L. McFarland has been accepted for induction into the Military Intelligence Corps Hall of Fame later this year.

The mother of all craft shows takes place in Birmingham, Ala., this weekend. But there are closer options.

Coca-Cola swap meet, appraisal Saturday - Nov. 9

Is your Coke collectible ‘the real thing?’

Collectors of Coca-Cola memorabilia have more than a thirst for items emblazoned in the iconic red-and-white script. It’s an obsession.

Anime fans immediately recognize the name Johnny Yong Bosch, but call him by his alter ego -- Black Ranger of the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers -- and almost everyone knows who he is.

The Lee University chapter of Kappa Delta Pi honor society recently recognized Cleveland, Tenn., teachers for their excellence in the classroom.

After moving more than 500 miles from Chicago to retire in Spring City, Tenn., artist Sally Fleming found a new set of friends filled with Southern hospitality.

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