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2nd Annual Hunt To Can Hunger event. 4:30-7:30 p.m. at Hamilton Family YMCA. A 12,000 Easter Egg Hunt designed to raise 2,000 pounds of food for those in the community affected by hunger. A collaborative effort between Dynamic Church, the Hamilton Family YMCA and the Salvation Army. Activities include: Egg Hunts by age group (starting at 5:30 p.m.) Free pictures with Easter Bunny Inflatables, petting zoo, climbing wall, and face painting.
Hug-a-Bunny Day at the Chattanooga Zoo. 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Zoo visitors will be able to hug real bunnies, have their picture made with the Easter bunny, hunt for Easter eggs at different education stations throughout the Zoo, watch the Zoo’s animals hunt for their own eggs, participate in numerous games, crafts, and activities, and more. Free with regular Zoo admission. Breakfast with the Easter Bunny includes breakfast, exclusive time with the Zoo’s bunnies and the Easter bunny, as well as all the other Zoo animals, and more. 8:30 a.m. Tickets are available online at www.chattzoo.org or in the Zoo Gift Shop.
The Great Gatsby Gala and Casino Night will make its premiere as a 1920’s-theme fundraiser benefitting Susan G. Komen in the Silver Ballroom of the Read House. 6:30-11 p.m., guests will enjoy a full night of entertainment, including a sit-down dinner from Porters’ master chef, period jazz music, and a silent auction. Following dinner guest can dance the Charleston play at the casino tables that include blackjack, craps, Texas Hold’Em poker, roulette, and three-card poker with the casino chips provided to each guest. Reservations are limited to 230 guests and tickets, at $100, are available at www.komenchattanooga.org.
Palate 2 Palette. Exhibitors, family and friends are invited to attend the Youth Gallery Reception on April 25 from 7-9 p.m. at the Church on Main as a way to kick of the 7th Annual Palate 2 Palette event and to preview the juried exhibit prior to the Gallery Stroll. This year, the gallery will boast a ‘Steampunk Carnival’ theme, mixing styles from the Victorian and Industrial eras, with a vintage carnival theme. Live music and cuisine provided by Broad Street Grille will be accompanied by the backdrop of floral arrangements from May Flowers, a photo booth, and the main attraction- the student’s artwork. Tickets for Friday night’s reception are $5 for adults and $2 for students. Tickets to Palate to Palette on Saturday night are $75 per person, which includes admission to all the galleries as well as the Bubbles and Sweets Party. For more information visit the event website at www.p2pchattanooga.com.
The Children’s Advocacy Center of Hamilton County inaugural Out Run Abuse 5K Trail Run and 1 mile Fun Run/Walk at Greenway Farms. Registration fees are $35 for the 5K Trail Run through Saturday, then $40; and $10 for the 1 Mile Fun Run/Walk through Saturday, then $15. Fees are non-refundable.Registration forms are available at cachc.org. Mail with a check payable to CACHC, 419 North Market St., Chattanooga, TN 37405. Or register online at http://www.active.com/hixson-tn/running/races/out-run-abuse-2014.
The Everyday Heroes Gala, an evening supporting ALS research and honoring fallen heroes, as well as those heroes who are currently battling ALS, at the Chattanoogan Hotel at 6:30 p.m. The Celebrity Allstars band will be playing. There will also be a cocktail hour, photo booth, dinner, drinks, dancing, and more. Black tie is optional. This event raises awareness and research for ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease. For more information, visit www.everydayheroesgala.com or https://m.facebook.com/EverydayHeroesGala
The Chocolate Fling, the Epilepsy Foundation of Southeast Tennessee annual benefit at the Chattanoogan, 2-4 p.m. An afternoon of chocolate, music and bidding to benefit the 1 in 100 who has epilepsy in Tennessee. Epilepsy Foundation’s Chocolate Fling benefit brings chocolatiers to The Chattanoogan for a friendly competition, while guests also enjoy a silent auction. Proceeds provide epilepsy support and education to many, including school and daycare staff, first responders, and those affected by seizures. 634-1772, www.chocolatefling.com.
The Chickamauga Library open house, 2-4 p.m. Silent auction, refreshments, and a reading and autograph session by Chickamauga author, Dale Forrester for his book Dime Stores and Dirt Roads. Also included will be a meet and greet with Chickamauga Police Chief Ronald Roach. All proceeds will benefit adult and children's programming at the Chickamauga Library.
The Pet Placement Center annual spring fundraiser, Tails at Twilight, at Stratton Hall, 3446 Broad St. Tickets can be purchased from the shelter or by calling 877-0738. Causal social evening of hors d'oeurves, wine, and beer, featuring a silent auction, door prizes and three live auction items.
6th Annual Sangria on the Southside, highlights the bold and rich traditions of the Latino community. Live music and dance performances, authentic food, and sangria and beer. Tickets are $50 (all-inclusive) and are available for purchase at http://sangriaonthesouthside.org/
7th annual Running of the Chihuahuas at the First Tennessee Pavilion. Registration is open and available at www.hits96.com on a first come, first serve basis. Spectators are encouraged to participate, for free, starting at 1 p.m. at the First Tennessee Pavilion. Music begins at 2 p.m. and racing begins at 6 p.m. Sponsors are being accepted by Cheryl Brown, sales manager, at 321-6200. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Goodwill Assistance Dog Academy.
8th annual HubFest 2014, 10 a.m. at Heritage Park. Free festival showcases local musical talent, small businesses, service organizations, vendors and sponsors. Rain or shine. Festivities begin with gates opening up free to the public at 10 a.m. There will be a parade at 11 a.m. Entertainment, which will be on two separate stages, begins at 12:15 p.m. Hamilton Country and Chattanooga city dignitaries will join at 11:30 a.m. for a presentation of the Colors by the United States Naval Sea Cadets. https://www.facebook.com/pages/Hubfest-at-Heritage-Park/233021473444990?ref=hl
Ringgold Tiger Band is hosting its annual Puttin' On The Ritz fundraiser at the Colonnade. The event benefits both the Ringgold Middle School and Ringgold High School band programs. Doors open at 6 p.m. with a silent auction and dinner will be at 6:30 p.m. There will be music and dancing from 7:30-10 p.m. Contact Noelle Cooper for more information at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.ringgoldband.org.
The fourth annual Tucker’s Trek 5K and one-mile fun run benefiting Emily’s Power for a Cure Neuroblastoma Foundation, 2 p.m. at Baylor’s new Tucker Hunt '16 Memorial Lacrosse Field. To register visit https://www.emilyspowerforacure.com/www/docs/100.71/tucker-trek-5k-registration
The Chattanooga Mud Run: A Muddy 5K Race Benefiting Habitat for Humanity of Greater Chattanooga Area at Greenway Farms in Hixson. Participants will climb walls, trudge through icy mud baths, crawl through tunnels, slide down a mudslide and complete in more than 20 obstacles. The Chattanooga Mud Run After Party is held after the race. This party is equipped with live music, dancing and food and beverages available for purchase. Registering at www.habichatt.org. For more information or to inquire about corporate sponsorship opportunities, call 756-0507.