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Pistons and Fendors, a motorsports celebration benefiting the Austin Hatcher Foundation. Food, open bar, entertainment, silent and live auction, unveiling of Ducati 1199 Panigale and more. Corker Tire Museum. 6 p.m. www.hatcherfoundation.org/pandora
Hunter Lecture Series presents Robert Pinsky, three time U.S. Poet Laureate. The Lecture, "The Value of Arts and Humanities in Education and Society," will be at UTC's Roland Hayes Auditorium at 7 p.m. Free and open to the public. Doors open at 6 p.m. www.benwood.org
USA Dance ballroom dance at Allemande Hall, 7400 Standifer Gap Road, 7:30-11:00 p.m. Tango with Denny Lennon: 7:30-8:30. Dance party includes showcases provided by Denny Lennon: 8:30-11:00. All ages and dance levels welcome. No experience or partner necessary. Admission: $6 members, $10 non-members, $5 under 21, first-time guests $5. For more info: 423 499-5738 or www.chattanoogadanceinc.org
The Share America Foundation will host Award-winning Gospel Hall of Fame member Archie Watkins, formerly of the Inspirations, on Friday, Feb. 10 at 7:30 p.m. at the Ringgold Depot, corner of Depot Street and U.S. 41 in Ringgold. Pianist Ryan Stinson will also perform. Randall Franks from TV's "In the Heat of the Night” will emcee. The event is a fundraiser for the Pearl and Floyd Franks Scholarship Fund helping musicians achieve higher education. Donations for tickets are adults: $5, Children 5 and under free with adult. Tickets may be purchased locally in advance during business hours at SonShine Christian Books 706 861-7675 in Fort Oglethorpe. For more information, visit www.myspace.com/shareamerica or www.shareamericafoundation.org.
Chattanooga Room in the Inn has Mardi Gras Magic fundraiser party. At the Car Barn. 7 p.m. Individual tickets are $60 and couples are $100. www.chattanoogaroomintheinn.com.
The local AIA chapter's annual CANstruction event starts early with six middle-school teams and their mentors building structures at Warehouse Row. At 7 p.m., grown-up fun commences with the CANstruction Ball, with a Mardi Gras groove this year. There will be drinks, food by Events with Taste, music by DJ Issac, and viewing of the inventive structures. Cost: $41.50 in advance, $45 at door. All ticket proceeds and all food in structures go to Chattanooga Area Food Bank. www.aiachatt.org/calendar
Chris Waddell will be the guest speaker at the 9th Annual “Possibilities: Siskin Hospital Celebrates Life Beyond Disability” Luncheon. 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Chattanooga Convention Center. Individual tickets to the event are $75. 634-1208, email@example.com, www.SiskinRehab.org.
Houston Museum Antiques Show & Sale, Chattanooga Choo-Choo Centennial Hall, Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., and Sunday, 12-4 p.m. Preview brunch with early buying privileges Friday, 8:30-10 a.m. More than 30 well-known antiques dealers who display and sell antique furniture, glass, ceramics, paintings, prints, linen and jewelry. $15 for show; $30 for brunch, which also includes show. All proceeds benefit the Houston Museum for Decorative Arts. 267-7176.
Girls Just Want to Have Fun 10 Hour Scrapbook Crop. Sponsored by Girl Scout Troop 40109. 9 a.m.-7 p.m. White Oak UMC, 2232 Lyndon Ave. $50 per person. Includes breakfast (muffins and coffee/tea), lunch (soup and side), dinner, raffle/door prizes. Classes will be available. Vendors will be on-site and make and take: Stampin’ Up, Creative Memories, Close to My Heart, Pampered Chef, Avon, Tastefully Simple, Premier Jewelry. Bring own snacks or shop from bake and beverage sale. Accepting silent auction donations. Register By March 1. firstname.lastname@example.org, 290-3153.
Interfaith Homeless Network 2nd Annual 5K to End Homelessness and 1 mile Fun Walk. At the Tennessee Riverwalk, Shelter #3. www.chattanogatrackclub.org. Awards will once again be the birdhouses. Contact Race Director Jane Webb at email@example.com.