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Graphic artist Julie Curd, owner of Innovative Creative, will be the first to tell you Riverbend holds a different significance to every festivalgoer — music, concessions, people-watching, family fun.

5 NOT JUST ANOTHER GORGEOUS EVENING, Tennessee RiverPlace, 3104 Scenic Waters Lane, 5:30 p.m., $125 per person includes dinner catered by Lee Towery and dancing to 9th Street Stompers, benefits Tennessee River Gorge Trust. www.trgt.org/tickets.

It’s arguably the most-used feature of any kitchen, but one given little thought when purchased.

• Medical Expenses Benefit: Bakewell Community Center, 114 McCallie Ferry Road, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., food, silent auction and gospel music at fundraiser sponsored by friends and family of Judy Walker. 423-827-5135.

The National Dance Education Organization named Girls Preparatory School senior Mary Chandler Gwin one of three national winners of the 2014 NDEO Artistic Merit, Leadership and Academic Achievement Award.

CMA Music Festival launches June 5, the annual pilgrimage of country music fans from across the United States into downtown Nashville for four days of concerts, autograph signings and fan club parties where they'll chow down with their favorite stars.

In the fall of 2003, seven families opened a private Christian school in Dayton, Tenn., with 16 children in grades kindergarten through fourth and three state-certified teachers.

At age 18, Guilda Xiloj is a single, working mother of a 3-year-old daughter — and class valedictorian of Chattanooga Girls Leadership Academy.

30 MASQUERADE — A FISH & CHIPS EVENT, Stratton Hall, 3146 Broad St., 7-11 p.m., $75 general admission, $150 VIP, silent auction, casino games, food and dancing to benefit Children's Advocacy Center of Hamilton County. cachc.org.

Eleven high school students have been selected by the Chattanooga chapter of the Freedoms Foundation to attend the Spirit of America Youth Program at Valley Forge, Penn.

We're off to see the wizard!

New exhibit based on Wizard of Oz opens Saturday at CDM

Families can follow the yellow brick road across the Creative Discovery Museum plaza into the land of Oz when the children's museum opens its new exhibit, "The Wizard of Oz," on Saturday, May 24.

Between 35 years of banking experience and her own leisure travel, Nancy Collum is on the road or in the air at least four times a year on major trips, not to mention weekend professional trainings.

Whether you are updating your home to sell or just vying for neighborhood Yard of the Month, spring is the traditional season to spruce up your yard and front entrance.

• Chattanooga Music Club: Memorial Auditorium Community Theatre, 399 McCallie Ave., 2:30 p.m., free concert by former winners of CMC scholarship competition. www.chattanoogamusicclub.org

'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. unboughtandunbossed.net.

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.

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