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Susan Pierce

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'To Kill a Mockingbird' next at Theatre Centre - May 16-June 1

Jim Kennedy returns to CTC stage to take on role of Atticus Finch

It's been 22 years since Jim Kennedy performed at the Chattanooga Theatre Centre.

A good recipe can stand the test of time — just ask Jennifer Louallen. In last week's Strawberry Festival Pie & Cake Contest in Dayton, Tenn., she won with the same cake that won two decades ago.

15 BETHEL COUNTRY CONNECTION, Chattanooga Convention Center, 1150 Carter St., 6-11 p.m., $125 per person, barbecue dinner, live and silent auctions and showcase of country music singer/songwriters featuring Kelley Lovelace and friends Craig Morgan, Neil Thrasher and Love & Theft; benefits Bethel Bible Village. 423-842-5757, ext. 233.

Kelle Riley of Hixson has been selected for inclusion in the new edition of "Chicken Soup for the Soul: Living with Alzheimer's & Other Dementias," according to The Alzheimer's Association.

Tonight's "Finale!" is the Chattanooga Boys Choir's annual season-ending concert, but the 110 young choristers may be upstaged by 14 adult singers who are making their debut as the Tennessee Valley Voices.

Virginia Skipper shares a talent with her late father for intricate, detailed brushwork.

The Craniofacial Foundation of America presented Lynda M. Gooden its Terri Farmer Service Award for her dedication and service to children born with craniofacial abnormalities.

Today CHOCOLATE FLING, The Chattanoogan, 1201 Broad St., 2-4 p.m., $30, benefits Epilepsy Foundation. 423-634-1772.

• Outdoor Expo and Gear Swap: East side of Coolidge Park, 200 River St., 10 a.m.-4 p.m., free. Outdoor Chattanooga hosts 12 outdoor clubs, conservation groups and outfitters for exhibits, activities, demonstrations. 423-643-6889.

For nearly 90 years, acreage along Bonny Oaks Drive — where The Dent House and University of Tennessee Extension Office are located — was home to hundreds of at-risk children.

Three local artists selected for Tennessee Craft Fair

Think comfort food and macaroni and cheese inevitably comes to mind — not that quick-fix, blue-box elbow macaroni, but Mama’s homemade meals coated in ooey, gooey, cheesy goodness.

• Upcoming fundraisers

With its glossy, white blossoms trumpeting spring’s season of rebirth, the Easter lily (Lilium Longiflorum) is a favorite gift for its symbolism.

• Countdown to Kindergarten: Creative Discovery Museum, 321 Chestnut St., 9 a.m., included in museum admission of $12.95, first of four-part series to prepare children starting kindergarten this fall and their families with skills for successful school year. 423-756-2738.

Entrepreneur Don Lepard will be honored as the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga's Distinguished Alumnus during the annual Legends and Leaders Banquet on Friday night, April 25, at the Chattanooga Golf and Country Club. Lepard is founder and chief executive officer of Global Green Lighting.

Dustin Lynch knows 'Where It's At'

Country singer's current single among new music fans will hear at Track 29 tonight

Just two days after Dustin Lynch's new single, "Where It's At," was released to iTunes, country music fans can hear the star perform it live at Track 29.

Company coming Sunday for an Easter meal?

Dr. Bob Coddington always had a hankering to learn to play the banjo. So the his wife sent him one while he was stationed in Korea with the Army -- a morale booster from home.

Ahhh, spring break.

Nini D. Davenport and Lizzer Bright Graham, both 1977 graduates of Girls Preparatory School, will be honored today as the school's 2014 Distinguished Alumnae during Alumnae Weekend Festivities.

4 Bridges Arts Festival - April 12-13

City's premiere art show features 143 artists at First Tennessee Pavilion

With 12,000 folks visiting last year's 4 Bridges Arts Festival, is it any wonder that more than 430 artists from across the country applied for one of this year's coveted booths?

'Pump Boys and Dinettes' - April 11-May 4

High-octane music with side of comedy served up at the Double Cupp Diner

Pull into Circle Theatre and let the pump boys fill 'er up with rowdy, rocking music when "Pump Boys and Dinettes" opens Friday, April 11, for three weekends at the Chattanooga Theatre Centre.

More than 430 artists from across the United States applied to show at 4 Bridges Arts Festival — 143 were chosen.

TODAY BRA-VO!, Track 29, 1400 Market St., 2 p.m., $45 at the door, fashion show featuring local breast cancer survivors as models, benefits Breast Cancer Support Services. 423-629-2445.

For 40 years, Patsy Moss studied human cells on weekdays, then focused on plants over the weekend.

• School Carnival: Chattanooga Girls Leadership Academy, 1800 Bailey Ave., 10 a.m.-3 p.m., free admission, nominal ticket fees for activities, benefits academic and enrichment programs at CGLA. 423-702-7320.

Like every bride-to-be, Jennifer White wanted to look flawless on the day she tied the knot with Marco Kuysten.

Caldwell named McCallie's Distinguished Alumnus

Zombie Rundown - April 5

The undead rise Saturday in Sale Creek to chase runners through muddy obstacle course

A new fundraiser is launching Saturday, April 5, that combines the thrill of a zombie chase with the challenge of an obstacle course. Throw in an early morning FunWalk followed by an afternoon festival, and you've got a full day of family entertainment.

Fascinating rhythm - April 5

The CSO salutes the musicof Ira and George Gershwinin Sunday pops concert

The Chattanooga Symphony & Opera will salute one of the American songbook's greatest team of writers at its Pops concert on Saturday night, April 5, in the Tivoli Theatre.

2 UNBOUGHT & UNBOSSED AWARDS, Chattanooga Convention Center, 1150 Carter St., 11:30 a.m., $60 per person, Girls Inc. members honor 10 female role models, benefits Girls Inc.

Melody Goodwin has bought the glass tile to update her kitchen backsplash.

• School Carnival: Chattanooga Girls Leadership Academy, 1800 Bailey Ave., 10 a.m.-3 p.m., free admission with small fee for game tickets, carnival games, petting zoo, arts and crafts, food vendors to raise funds for school. 423-309-7464.

All married U.S. military personnel, past and present, wounded in combat or combat-related activities since Sept. 11, 2001, are encouraged to fill out an Operation Heal Our Patriots application for a free week for you and your spouse in a wilderness retreat in Alaska this summer.

American Quilters Society brings largest convention to date to city in September

When Randall Stappenback opened Olive Chattanooga two years ago, he discovered that cooking with infused oils was virtually unheard of in this area. He recalls customers to his North Shore shop were drawn through its doors more from curiosity than culinary skills.

Local residents became household names on reality TV

Newcomers to Chattanooga will find a fertile growing climate from mid-April to mid-October.

25 SPIRIT OF ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS, Chattanooga Convention Center, 1150 Carter St. 11:30 p.m., $75 per person, $750 for table of eight, former Atlanta Brave standout Dale Murphy is featured speaker at fundraiser for Junior Achievement of Chattanooga.

Robert Hall of Apison has worked a vegetable garden about 50-by-100-feet for 50 years, but there’s always something new to learn.

• Be The Match blood drive: The Springs Church in The Colonnade, 264 Catoosa Circle, Ringgold, Ga., 11:30 a.m.-3:45 p.m., blood drive for Blood Assurance and Be the Match marrow registration in honor of the Rev. Danny Eller.

In almost 30 years of umpiring baseball games, Al Slater has dealt with his share of angry parents, coaches and players. He's proud to claim he's never ejected one -- but admits he's come this close.

Maya Thirkill and Amelia Sullivan have been named Hamilton County winners of the 2013 Governor's Volunteer Stars Award.

Little Owl Music and Arts Festival at Audubon Acres; Friends Under the Stars at Camp Jordan

Duggar girls wear their hair and their skirts long, rarely watch television (even though they're on it), and don't get a cellphone until they get their driver's license.

25 SPIRIT OF ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS, Chattanooga Convention Center, 11:30 p.m., $75 per person, $750 for table of eight, former Atlanta Brave Dale Murphy is featured speaker at fundraiser for Junior Achievement of Chattanooga.

When Dr. Frank Miller brought new wife Pam to see the Heritage Landing home he'd found for them, her immediate reaction when he opened the front door was: "It's pink!"

• Clean Sweep Rummage Sale: Office Furniture Warehouse, 2700 Riverside Drive, 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m., $5, rummage sale of furniture, kitchen items, small appliances, toys and electronics; benefits Junior League of Chattanooga. 423-267-5053.

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