Out & About Calendar – April 11-18
ADULT LEGO CLASS — 6th Cavalry Museum, Barnhardt Circle, Fort Oglethorpe, Ga. Museum partners with Bricks for Kidz to host grown-ups-only Lego night; special motorized tech kits and models designed by architects and engineers will challenge builders. For ages 21 and up. Guests may bring adult beverage of their choice 7-10 p.m. Friday, April 13. Individuals $30, couples $50. Registration required: www.bricks4kidz.com/tennessee-chattanooga-ooltewah.
ASTRONOMY — Jones Observatory, 10 N. Tuxedo Ave., one block off Brainerd Road. Gates open at 6:30 p.m., lecture at 7 followed by telescope viewing until 9 p.m. Free. 423-425-4518.
» Sunday, April 15: “The Ninth Planet — Have They Found It Yet,” featured constellation is the Summer Triangle.
» Sunday, April 22: “Radio Astronomy,” featured constellation is the Summer Triangle.
BARK-B-Q BOAT RIDE — Southern Belle riverboat, 201 Riverfront Parkway. Barbecue, silent auction, adoptable pets on cruise to benefit Humane Educational Society; $25 per person. 5-6:30 p.m. Sunday, April 15. www.heschatt.org.
BIKE COMMUTING 101 — Outdoor Chattanooga, 200 River St. Certified instructors teach rules of the road, safety and riding techniques to commute to work; followed by optional practice ride in good weather, bring helmet. 6 p.m. Monday, April 16. Registration required: 423-643-6888.
BREW SKIES BEER AND FOOD FESTIVAL — Chattanooga Choo Choo gardens, 1400 Market St. Unlimited tastings from local breweries and home brewers plus food from local restaurants. Must be 21 or older to attend. 5-9 p.m. Saturday, April 14. Early admission $40, regular admission $35, designated drivers (food only) $15. www.chattanoogabreakfastrotary.com/brew-skies/
CHATTANOOGA GHOST TOURS — 432 Market St. Walking tours through downtown, ghost hunts through University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and Citizens Cemetery. Adults $16.95, ages 12 and under $10. Tours 8:30 p.m. nightly by appointment. 423-821-7125.
CIVIL WAR WALKING/DRIVING TOUR — Chickamauga Battlefield, 3370 LaFayette Road, Fort Oglethorpe, Ga. Meet at Visitor Center for tour following the actions of Gen. John B. Hood’s famous Texas Brigade. Wear comfortable shoes for one-mile walk, bring water bottle. 2 p.m. Saturday, April 14. 423-821-7786.
CLOUDLAND CANYON STATE PARK — Located near Trenton, Ga., on western side of Lookout Mountain, 122 Cloudland Canyon Park Road, Rising Fawn, Ga. Reservations required: 706-913-7170.
» Friday, April 13: Night hike, 7:30-9:30 p.m., $10 plus $5 parking, for ages 10 and up. Reservations required.
» Saturday, April 14: Wildflowers of the Canyon Talk, 11 a.m., $5 parking. Learn about plants of the park and flowers that grow there; talk is supplemental to wildflower hike hosted by G3 Adventures.
COAST-TO-COAST COLLEGE FAIR — Chattanooga Convention Center, 1150 Carter St. Representatives from nearly 120 colleges and universities at information fair for high school sophomores and juniors. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Monday, April 23. For a full list of representatives: www.coasttocoastcollegefair.com/representatives
DISTINGUISHED YOUNG WOMEN OF SODDY-DAISY — Soddy Elementary School, 260 School St. Eleven high school juniors compete in program formerly known as Junior Miss. 5:30 p.m. doors open, 6:30 p.m program Saturday, April 14. Tickets $10. firstname.lastname@example.org.
DOWNHILL BIKE RIDE — Outdoor Chattanooga, 200 River St. Guided 13-mile mountain bike adventure for ages 12 and older that highlights the scenic trails on Lookout Mountain and how they connect the Tennessee Riverwalk into downtown; $25 includes bike, helmet, transportation. Teens must be accompanied by an adult; all riders must be able to independently ride, shift, maneuver and operate a bike with hand brakes. 9 a.m.-noon Friday, April 13. Reservations: 423-643-6888.
EVERYONE EAST LAKE FESTIVAL — East Lake Park, 3000 E. 34th St. East Lake Neighborhood Association hosts community festival with entertainment, concessions for sale, book fiesta, free vaccine clinic for pets at East Lake Citizens Center. 1-5 p.m. Saturday, April 14. 423-529-0315.
FAIRYTALE NIGHTS — Rock City Gardens, 1400 Patten Road, Lookout Mountain. Meet storybook characters, learn to sword fight with a knight, have tea with with Alice in Wonderland during Fairytale Nights. 6-8 p.m. today-Sunday, April 12-15. $11.95-$22.95. 706-820-2531.
FAMILY FUN EXPO — Chattanooga Convention Center, 1150 Carter St. New expo offers Kids Zone, performances, shopping arts and crafts vendors and retailers, music and other fun activities. 11 a.m. Saturday, April 21. Individuals $6, family of four $20. www.targetmarketingmedia.com/fun-family-expo.html
FISH FRY — Sale Creek Lions clubhouse, 15222 Coppinger Road. Lions Club fundraiser offers $8 plate of fish, hush puppies, baked beans, slaw, drink and dessert. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, April 14. 423-332-8819.
FREE VEHICLE INSPECTIONS — Samaritan Center parking lot, 9231 Old Lee Highway, Ooltewah. Southern Adventist University automotive staff and students check fluids, belts, hoses and other maintenance items; no repairs done on-site, but car owners will be given checklist of anything that should be fixed. 1-4 p.m. Sunday, April 15. 423-236-2863.
HIKES, TENNESSEE — Led by Soddy-Daisy Hiking Club. Bring water and snack. Carpool locations given for those who want to meet group. For more information, contact George Bonneau at email@example.com or 423-842-3619.
» Saturday, April 14: Prentice Cooper, Signal Mountain High School to Middle Creek and back, moderate 5 miles. Meet at Food City in Red Bank at 9 a.m.
» Tuesday, April 17: No scheduled hike.
» Saturday, April 21: Chickamauga Battlefield, easy 4.5 miles. Meet at Food City in Red Bank at 9 a.m. or at the battlefield’s Visitor Center lower parking lot at 9:30 a.m.
INTRODUCTION TO MOUNTAIN BIKING — Greenway Park Farm, 5051 Gann Store Road. Outdoor Chattanooga staff teaches ages 10 and up core skills to get the most out of mountain biking. Participants must already know how to ride a bike. 6-8 p.m. Friday, April 20. Registration required: $10 per person. 423-643-6888.
JAPANESE TEA CEREMONY — Tomorrow Building, 818 Georgia Ave. Experience a traditional Japanese tea ceremony at benefit for the Chattanooga Tono Friendship Committee of the Sister City Association of Chattanooga; $6 donation. 2 p.m. Sunday, April 15. Call for space availability: 423-580-3261.
OCOEE BEEKEEPERS ASSOCIATION — Benton Municipal Building, 6496 Highway 411, Benton, Tenn. Regional meeting open to anyone interested in beekeeping; guest speaker is Chris Kinser discussing “The Value of Wax and Drawn Comb/Hive Splits.” 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 17. 423-338-2792.
PHOTOGRAPHIC SOCIETY OF CHATTANOOGA — St. John United Methodist Church, 3921 Murray Hills Drive. Wildlife photographer Clay Thurston will speak on bird photography at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 19. Photo boot camp at 6 p.m. on travel photography. Visitors welcome. 423-344-5643.
REFLECTION RIDING ARBORETUM AND NATURE CENTER— 400 Garden Road. Hours of operation 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays, 12:30-4 p.m. Sunday. Closed Mondays. Admission $10 adults, $7 ages 4-11 and ages 65 and older. All events require registration: 423-821-1160.
» Friday, April 20: Spring Native Plant Sale, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.
» Saturday, April 21: Earth Day Festival, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.
RUBY FALLS LANTERN TOURS — Ruby Falls, 1720 South Scenic Highway. Experience underground cavern with only lanterns to light the way; $29.95 adults. 8:30-10:30 p.m. Fridays through November. 706-820-2531.
TAILS AT TWILIGHT — Stratton Hall, 3146 Broad St. Live and silent auctions, wine and food to benefit Pet Placement Center. 6-9 p.m. today, April 12. Individuals $50, couples $85. www.petplacementcenter.com/tails-at-twilight
TRAIN RIDES, CHATTANOOGA — Departing from Tennessee Valley Railroad, 4119 Cromwell Road. 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: Six-mile, 55-minute ride through East Chattanooga to TVRM’s repair shop. $17 adults, $11 ages 2-12. April schedule: Trains depart every Saturday and Sunday at 10:40 a.m., 12:05, 1:15, 2:25 and 3:35 p.m. Trains depart Mondays through Fridays at 10:40 a.m. and 12:05 p.m.
UNMASKING BRAIN INJURY — Chattanooga Convention Center, 1150 Carter St. Chattanooga Brain Injury Association hosts inspirational speaker Marty Foil. 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Friday, April 27. 423-634-1572. Tables of eight $600, individuals $75.
WINTER IN WEST VILLAGE — West Village, Chestnut and Pine streets around the Westin Hotel. Street party with food trucks, beer wagon, live band, laser light show. 6 p.m. every Saturday. 423-531-46543.
WOMEN’S EXPO — S&S Auto Repair, 6210 Airpark Drive. Car care tips, fitness and health information, financial experts and nutritionist at event. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, April 14. Reservations: 423-888-0436.
AUTHOR’S TALK — Southern Adventist University, Iles P.E. Center, Collegedale. Da Chen, whose numerous books have been translated into seven languages, is featured speaker. Free. 11 a.m. today, April 12. 423-236-2814.
BOOK SALE — Eastgate Town Center, 5600 Brainerd Road. Friends of the Library hold fundraiser to support Chattanooga Public Library. Hardbacks $2, paperbacks $1, children’s books half those prices. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Saturday, noon-6 p.m Sundays through April 21.
WRITERS GUILD — Creative Arts Guild, 520 W. Waugh St., Dalton, Ga. Guild hosts monthly meetings to improve writing skills, provide listening and feedback to local writers and to present regional authors. Third Monday of each month. 706-259-1822.
CHATTANOOGA PUBLIC LIBRARY
All locations of the Chattanooga public library system have preschool story time. The Downtown, Eastgate and Northgate libraries have Adventure Club for children ages 6 and up. The library’s teen center, Teen Stack, is located in the Downtown Library. For more information about all programming held in the Downtown, Eastgate, Northgate or South Chattanooga libraries, call 757-5310 or visit 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. 757-5314.
» Toddler Time: Learning program for ages 18-36 months and parents/guardians, preregistration not required. Wednesdays: 10:30 a.m. Eastgate Library, 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. Northgate Library. Saturday: 11 a.m., downtown branch.
» Baby Bounce: Wednesdays and Saturdays, 10-10:30 a.m., Eastgate branch. Finger play, songs and stories for infants up to 18 months and their parent/caregiver.
CHILDREN’S STORY HOUR
» Barnes & Noble, 2100 Hamilton Place Blvd., 11 a.m. Saturday, storytime. 423-893-0186.
BATMOBILE APPEARANCES — Check Into Cash, Village Green Town Center, 201 Keith St., Cleveland, Tenn. The 1960s TV series model designed by George Barris swoops into Cleveland for photo-ops and possible sightings of Batman and Robin. 10 a.m.-7 p.m. today-Saturday, April 12-14. 423-479-2000.
» Wednesday-Saturday, April 18-21: Batmobile at Check Into Cash, 6101 Ringgold Road, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
CREATIVE DISCOVERY MUSEUM — 321 Chestnut St. Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday-Tuesday and Thursday-Saturday; closed Wednesday. $13.95 adults and children.756-2738, www.cdmfun.org.
» Today, April 12: Free Family Night, 5:30-8 p.m.
ROSSVILLE PUBLIC LIBRARY — 504 McFarland Ave., Rossville, Ga. Preschool Ready to Read, Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m. Come for stories, crafts and songs. 706-866-1368.
BALLROOM — Ballroom Magic Dance Center, 4200 N. Access Road. $10 per person. 8:30-10:30 p.m. Fridays. 423-771-3646.
CONTRA DANCE — Brainerd United Methodist Church, 4315 Brainerd Road. Chattanooga Traditional Dance Society hosts dance with caller Vicki Herndon and music by Contraplicity. $10 individuals, $7 students and senior adults. 7:30 contra lesson, 8-11 p.m. dance. Saturday, April 14. 423-629-0333.
ENGLISH COUNTRY DANCE — Heritage House at Heritage Park, 1428 Jenkins Road. Free introductory class for new dancers that teaches fundamental moves, then several dances from the historical repertoire. Bring soft-sole (sneakers or flats) shoes for dancing. No experience needed. 7-9 p.m. Tuesday, April 17. 423-855-9474.
SHAG, BOP, SWING, JITTERBUG — Elks Lodge 91, 1067 Graysville Road at East Brainerd Road. $5 members, $7 guests. 7-10 p.m. Thursdays. www.choochooshagclub.com.
SINGLES DANCE — First-Centenary United Methodist Church, Mohney Hall, corner of Oak and Houston streets. Sock hop sponsored by Positive Christian Singles; $8 and bring snacks to share. 7-10 p.m. Saturday, April 14. 423-756-2021.
USA DANCE — Brainerd United Methodist Church, Lundy Hall, 4315 Brainerd Road. Beginning merengue lesson taught by Nelson Rodriguez at 7:30 p.m., followed by general dancing 8:30-10:30 p.m. Friday, April 13. chattanoogausadance.com. USAD members and first-time guests, $5; nonmembers $1