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Sept. 20
Habitat for Humanity of Catoosa County will host its 2014 Hard Hats and High Heels Fashion Show, Silent Auction and Dinner on Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014 at 6 p.m. at the Catoosa County Colonnade in Ringgold, Ga. Tickets are $75. The event is a fundraiser including dinner, dance recital, fashion show and a silent auction. Sponsorships, program ads, and silent auction donations are welcome. For more information, call Catoosa Habitat for Humanity at 706-861-5858.  

Sept. 20
Noodles and Company at 405 Market St. in Downtown Chattanooga is sponsoring a race benefiting Emily’s Power for a Cure. Starts at 9 a.m. with the start and finish outside of Noodles and Company.

Sept. 23
The Southern Lit Alliance hosts Alice Smith, a poet from Lookout Mountain, Tn., at the Hunter Museum of American Art on Tuesday, Sept. 23 from 5:30-7:30 p.m., for “An Evening with Alice Smith.” Mrs. Smith will read from her work and will be available for a book signing. Her two volumes of poetry will be available for purchase at the event. The event is free and open to the public. There will be a cash bar.

Sept. 23
First Things First welcomes New York Times best-selling author Hal Runkel as guest speaker for their 17th Annual Fall Banquet at the Chattanooga Convention Center.  Doors open at 6 p.m. with dinner beginning at 6:30 p.m. General admission tickets are $75 per person.  New this year is a VIP Experience for $125 per person which includes an exclusive reception with Mr. Runkel and premium banquet seating. 267-5383 or visit

Sept. 30
The Chattanooga History Center will begin its new Director's Series with a walking tour, Renaissance Park: Historically Speaking, at 6 p.m.  This tour will begin at the pavilion building beside the Renaissance Park parking lot on  Manufacturers' Road. The fee is $10 per person (CHC members $5). Pre-registration is required, and the deadline is Monday, Sept. 29. Renaissance Park sits on a site that was important to three distinctly different experiences in  Chattanooga's history. Join Dr. Daryl Black as he looks at the Cherokee, the United States Colored Troops during the Civil War, and the manufacturing that shaped Chattanooga's industrial identity.  Call 265-3247 or e-mail Senior Educator Caroline Sunderland at

Oct. 2
Northside Neighborhood House’s fall fundraising event “Taste of Northshore – Sample of Southside & the Not-So-Silent Auction" will be held Thursday, Oct. 2 from 6 to 9 p.m. at Track 29. Updates of the auction items and featured eateries will be posted on the Northside Neighborhood House’s Web site at Tickets are $60 per person or $600 for a table of 10 and can be purchased online at or contact Brianne at 267-2217. Attendees are encouraged to bring their competitive spirits and be ready to bid on items offered at the live interactive auction. Bids on all items are $10 and under. There will also be a silent auction and a chance to bid on several vacation packages. The event has sold out for the past six years so people are encouraged to purchase tickets soon.

Oct. 4-5
The Ronald McDonald House Charities of Greater Chattanooga’s 25th annual Autumn Children’s Festival at the Tennessee River Park. All proceeds benefit families with critically ill and injured children at the Ronald McDonald House.  Food, activities, crafts, and games for all ages, including: a petting zoo, face painting, pony rides, carnival games with prizes, a Ronald McDonald magic show (Saturday at noon), arts and crafts, as well as health, wellness, and educational programs, and more. Activities range from 50 cents to $3. Oct. 4, from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and Oct. 5, from 1-5 p.m. at the Tennessee River Park at 4301 Amnicola Highway.  Admission and parking are free.

Oct. 11
The 3rd Annual Rooftop Hop will take place on Saturday, Oct. 11. Attendees will “hop” from 5 Satellite Rooftop Parties including High Point Climbing Center, Hunter Museum, CitiPark Garage, Chattanoogan Hotel and a secret 5th location while enjoying local foods, beverages and entertainment. The Traveling Rooftop Party (the Double Decker Bus) along with Bike Chattanooga will transport the guests to enjoy all of the views. The event continues onto the top of the CARTA parking garage. Fifteen restaurants will showcase locally crafted foods to accompany Chattanooga Whiskey & Corsair Gin signature drinks. The WTM Blues Band will open for the Futurebirds from Athens, Ga. To help attendees return back to ground level, Rhythm & Brews will host the official after party featuring Chattanooga’s Broke Down Hound and Matt Stephens Project. All proceeds benefit green|spaces who promotes sustainable living, working and building in the Chattanooga Area. For information on tickets or sponsorship, visit or contact Dawn Hjelseth at 423-648-0963 or

Oct. 11
Chattanooga's Mini Maker Faire, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. at First Tennessee Pavilion.  htttp://  Featuring projects, performances, competitions and workshops that advance the Do-It-Yourself culture of making things. Signature activities will include robot battles, a 3D printing showcase, quad copter and unmanned aerial vehicle displays and a MacGyver Competition. The event will also feature soldering workshops, art displays, hobby presentations and sewing workshops, among other activities. $5 for ages 13-17, $10 for adults. Children under 13 can attend for free and college students with IDs are half price.   

Oct. 16
The Photographic Society of Chattanooga will hold its annual Open House with special guest Vinny Colucci at 7 p.m., visitors are welcome.  The open house will be at St. John United Methodist Church, 3921 Murray Hills Dr. 344-5643 or e-mail Mike Tomshack,   

Oct. 18
Friends of the Chattanooga Public Library host ClubLib 2014, The Great Chattsby.  4th Floor of the downtown branch of the Chattanooga Public Library.  Club Lib is an evening with the purpose of raising funds for children and youth services. This year's event will be a Chattsby style event, so participants can come dressed in their 20's era glitz and glam. Sponsor entry time is 6:30 p.m. and patron entry time is 7 p.m.  Silent auction from 6:30-10 p.m.  For event questions contact Dawn Skowronnek at 757-5425 or email Parking will be included with sponsorships and local hotels are offering discounts.

Nov. 8
The Hunter Museum of American Art will host Spectrum, the black-tie fundraising gala featuring dinner, silent and live auctions. Spectrum events include a preview cocktail party Oct. 30, and a Sunday brunch Nov. 2.  Preview Party tickets are $30 per person and Spectrum Brunch tickets are $15 per person for Avant-Art members, $20 for non-members.  Spectrum Live Auction and Gala – Saturday, Nov. 8, beginning at 6 p.m. The Spectrum Gala and Live Auction is a black tie event that includes dinner as well as a live and silent auction. Gala tickets are $200 per person, and also include a ticket to the Spectrum Preview Party. 267-0968 or visit


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