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July 26
Movies in the Park at Coolidge Park presents "surprise" movie. Hint: An ordinary “figure” is mistakenly chosen to save the stackable universe from being glued together. Movie begins just after 9 p.m. The event is free. Family-priced concessions are available for purchase. Bring picnic baskets, blankets, strollers or lawn chairs.

July 26
Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park will host a living history day at Chickamauga Battlefield.  Park rangers and living historians tell the story of artillery on the Civil War battlefield. These 30-minute programs will be presented near the Chickamauga Battlefield Visitor Center at 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m., and 3:30 p.m.

July 26
The Chattanooga Zoo 3rd annual Q n’ Brew at the Zoo. Barbecue and beer tastin’ event will feature live bluegrass music, samples of local BBQ and sodas and beers.  Adult tickets start at $12 for zoo members and $15 for non-members.  Children’s tickets start at $7 for zoo members and $10 for non-members. Kids two and under are free. Event tickets include zoo admission during the event, BBQ, a signature Q n’ Brew souvenir cup and complimentary beverage.  All monies raised by this event will go to support the Zoo’s many community education programs. 4:30-7 p.m. 697-1319 or

July 27
Inaugural Top Tomato Bloody Mary Tasting Contest at the Chattanooga Market inside the First Tennessee Pavilion in conjunction with the Tomato Festival. Participants will include up to 15 contestants made up of local bars, hotels and restaurants from around Chattanooga who are vying for two prizes: People’s Choice & Top Tomato. People’s Choice is decided upon by ticket purchasers who will vote on which Bloody Mary they deem the best. Top Tomato will be decided upon by a panel of local celebrity judges. 5 tastings are a $20 donation. Non-alcoholic tastings will also be available. 

July 31
Southern Lit Alliance presents 2014, Wednesday, July 31 from 6-9 p.m. at Southside at The Church on Main. 74 local artists have contributed pieces based on the evening's theme, "Stories" for silent auction. Meet special guest, writer and artist, Clyde Edgerton. Culinary delights by Daniel Lindley's Grocery Bar and libations by Riverside Wine and Spirits, Chattanooga Brewing Company and Chattanooga Whiskey. Tickets are available online at or call 423-267-1218.

Aug. 14
Inaugural John P. Franklin Humanitarian Award Banquet and Celebrity Roast. Luther Massengale of WDEF will be roasted by Channel 12  News Anchor Chip Henderson. The first recipient to be honored with this award will be Mr. Franklin McCallie.  The black tie event will be held at Stratton Hall, 3146 Broad St.  A social hour with cash bar and silent auction will begin at 5 p.m. and the program and dinner  will start at 6 p.m. Tickets are available online at  

Aug. 16
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 For more information or to inquire about corporate sponsorship opportunities, call 756-0507.


Aug. 16 

Northside Civitan Club's first annual car show. Abbas House/Central Baptist Church, 5208 Hixson Pike. Gates open 10 a.m. Judging begins noon. Awards presented at 2 p.m. There will be dash plaques to the first 100 entries. Makes checks payable to: Northside Civitan Club, 5926 Hancock Road, Chattanooga, Tn., 37421.Pre-registration is by Aug. 8. One entry per vehicle. It is $15 ahead and $20 at the door. To request a registration form, email
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