The Great Gatsby Gala
A secret knock…the Password whispered over your shoulder and suddenly, you’re in! Swanky jazz is being played, the guests are dressed as though they stepped out of a ‘20s novel and The Great Gatsby Casino Gala is underway. The Sheraton Read House’s Silver Ballroom will be the center of the action! All proceeds will benefit Susan G. Koman for the Cure. Dine on chipotle grilled free- range chicken breast from the kitchen at Porter’s, then win great prizes as you play the night away at Blackjack, Craps, Roulette, Texas Hold’em Poker, Three Card Poker and more! April 19, 2014 6:30-8:30 p.m. www.chattanoogapresents.com
Breakfast with the Easter Bunny
Start your Hug-a-Bunny day off right with Breakfast with the Easter Bunny! Come at 8:30am to enjoy a delicious and nutritious breakfast, special time with the Easter bunny and real bunnies, a souvenir photo with the Easter bunny and more! All tickets include regular Zoo admission for the day. Saturday, April 19 2014 8:30 AM — 10:00 AM – Visit chattzoo.org for more info!
Playtime with Jazz
People who enjoy more complex styles of music such as jazz tend to be more creative and have higher IQ-scores. Why not get children started early? Jazzanooga’s ready to increase students’ understanding and appreciation of a music form widely recognized for its rich cultural heritage rooted in the African-American experience. (Free, Family Friendly, and Educational Activity for students and staff at Siskin).
THURSDAY, APRIL 17, 9:30 AM -10:30 PM at Siskin Children’s Institute 1101 Carter Street, Chattanooga, TN 37402. For more information please visit jazzanooga.org.
Come celebrate Easter and the arrival of spring at the Chattanooga Zoo! Collect eggs at different education and craft stations, get your picture made with the Easter bunny, pet real bunnies, and more! This is a great day filled with fun for the whole family! All activities are FREE with regular Zoo admission. For more information, please call the Zoo Gift Shop at (423) 697-1319. Don’t forget to purchase your Breakfast with the Easter bunny tickets to start off your Hug-a-Bunny Day! April 19th, 10 am – 2 pm at the Chattanooga Zoo – for more information please visit chattzoo.org.
Bun Run 5K
A FREE flashmob-style 5K and 1 mile run/walk on the streets of Chattanooga organized by Run Chattanooga. Throw the competition out the window, put on your bunny ears, and join the other crazy people who love having a good time while being active. Bring your picnic gear and hang out afterward. Family friendly fun for FREE! *Note: It’s a flash mob, so the location is secret! We will e-mail participants the location the week of the event. Visit runchattanooga.org or Twitter or their Facebook Page for more info.
Easter Egg Hunt
April 19th from 10 am – 12 pm. Includes Puppet Show, Games,Prizes, & Much More! So come on down and bring a friend. Scott Memorial Church of God, 1665 Waterhouse St. East Ridge TN.
Girl Scouts of Southern Appalachians
Docents will guide Girls Scouts on a journey through our galleries and the stories within the artwork. Scouts will also have an opportunity to express their own artistic visions in the studio. We welcome all of those who are part of the Girl Scouts of the Southern Appalachians to register. Please only register if you are a member of this group. Register here. If you would like more information on our Scout Programs for your troop, please contact Rachel Veal at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Custom Wood Canvas
Saturday April 19, 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Join us for our Custom Wood Canvas Event. Just $2 per 30-minute session (includes supplies). Ages 3 and up are welcome to this event. See your local Michaels store for details.
Family Easter Celebration and Egg Hunt
Ridgedale Baptist Church hosts a family fun day with an egg hunt, a telling of the Easter story, plus treat bags and a petting zoo. 10:30 am – 12:30 pm. 1831 Hickory Valley Road – Chattanooga, TN 37421. (423) 499-0994.
Museum Store Trunk Show
Join us for a Museum store trunk show featuring Jewelry by Christina. Christina Seifert Glidden is a local award-winning jewelry designer whose work will dazzle you. Get ready to sparkle for spring in the Museum Store. Hunter Museum of American Art, 10 Bluff View Ave., (423) 267-0968, huntermuseum.org.
Join Oakwood with the entire family for fun with music, skits, crafts and of course an Easter Egg hunt. This event will be held at both Oakwood Campuses. Oakwood Baptist Church is one church that worships at 115 Oakwood Street in Chickamauga and at 3969 Cloud Springs Road in Ringgold, Ga. Oakwood exists to lead people to TREASURE, PROCLAIM and GROW IN the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Oakwood Baptist Church, 115 Oakwood St. Chickamauga GA.
John Lathim & Michelle Young
John Lathim performs a unique acoustic blend of Scotch, Irish and mountain music. John presents a cultural European-American folk sound with original compositions. His songs tell of rural life of the farmer, the traveling vagabond and the minstrel, weaving stories of the pioneers and days gone by. John also sings about the working class culture and social issues. His recent CD albums include “Chorus in the Wildwood”, “Native Sons of the Pioneer Days” and “From the Heart of the Tiller Man.”
Michelle Young, a world-record vocalist, has gone from ecclectic rock to jazz-blues and country folk. She has toured throughout Europe, performed with German rock artists such as Rudy Buttas, has worked with members of the Jethro-tull band, and has worked with the likes of Asia, Toto, and Kansas.She and John Lathim have completed a new album project together : Chorus in the Wildwood. John & Michelle are truly a winning more »
- Record Store Day!1pm
Matinee show, with LIVE MUSIC by Ashley Krey, Keith Crisp, Anna Banana, Joshua Songs, and Stoop Kids. ALL AGES! FREE ADMISSION! Mayfields All Killer No Filler, 2841 Dayton Blvd. 423-486-1379.
- Easter Egg Hunt2pm
Come celebrate Easter with the White Oak Baptist church family with a fun egg hunt for the kids and a short time of devotion reminding us about the reason we celebrate Easter. White Oak Baptist Church, 310 Memorial Drive – Chattanooga, TN 37415. 423-877-8551. www.whiteoakbaptist.org.
- Brigette Demeyer8pm
Brigette Demeyer is a very discussed artist in the Americana movement. Her work has stirred accolades in national media. She has been tapped to open for Bob Dylan, among others, and has toured frequently at home and abroad. Brigitte DeMeyer writes songs as weavers thread tapestries, her most vivid colors being a Southern feel, a churchy soulfulness in her vocals, and a way with words that bears comparison to literature as easily as to the best contemporary lyrics. For DeMeyer, it is just a matter of time. Charles & Myrtle’s Coffehouse, 105 McBrien Rd. www.christunity.org.
- Arson, Throttle 219:30pm
The Brew and Cue, 5017 Rossville Blvd.
- Daze Like These10pm
T-Bones, 1419 Chestnut St., (423) 266-4240, tboneschattanooga.com.
- The Velcro Pygmies10pm
Rhythm & Brews, 221 Market St., rhythm-brews.com
- Tennessee Aquarium’s Keeper Kids Spring Break Programs
Spring break turns into a wild adventure at the Tennessee Aquarium when kids get a chance to get closer to some of the Aquarium’s most amazing animals and discover what it’s like to care for them. Explore behind the scenes, meet penguin experts, feed animals, get up close to baby seahorses and jellies or learn what it takes to care for giant freshwater fish and toothy sharks.
Dates available: March 17 – April 20, 2014 from 10:30 to 4 pm. (Aquarium hours: Last admission 6 pm. Open daily 10 am – 7:30 pm.) Keeper Kids activities are for children ages 6 and up. Kids may choose two of the 16 different activities offered throughout the day. Each program lasts approximately 15 to 20 minutes. Please visit the website for full Ocean Journey Keeper Kids experiences – tnaqua.org.
- Matress Firm Community Food Drive
Mattress Firm Food Drive for The Chattanooga Area Food Bank! March 1st – April 30th. Our Mission is to help feed the community of Chattanooga and Dalton, while helping the community sleep happy!! Goal is 1,200 lbs of food. Please help Mattress Firm fight against hunger by donating non-perishable food items at any Mattress Firm location:
7200 Shallowford Rd
5505 Hwy 153 Hixson
5724 Hwy 123 Hixson
4335 Keith St Cleveland
845 Shugart St Cleveland
3045 Dug Gap Rd Dalton, GA
- Gallery at Blackwell
The Photographic Society of Chattanooga has its Gallery at Blackwell for members to display prints of their work. The current exhibit theme is “Creative”, but other subjects are also displayed. The Gallery at Blackwell, 71 Eastgate Loop. 423-344-5643 – www.chattanoogaphoto.org.
- Racin’ @ Ruby
Ruby Falls hosts its annual salute to all things racing this Saturday and Sunday, April 19th and 20th at Racin’ @ Ruby! This free event features many different activities and “wheels” to see from 11 am to 6 pm both days. The Mello Yello Activation Display is onsite, featuring free Mello Yello sampling, Hot Rod simulators, free photos and more! See hot rods, rat rods and participate in roller racer challenges for two! And watch the motorcycles ride in for the Big Hearts for Little Hands Lana’s Love Motorcycle Bike Race Finale on Saturday! Log onto www.rubyfalls.com/racin for the complete schedule of events!
Ruby Falls is also raising funds for Lana’s Love Foundation, which was started to honor the life of Lana Beth Webster, an extraordinary eleven-year-old girl. She was diagnosed with Stage 4 Neuroblastoma at age six and fought cancer bravely for five years. Lana Beth received her Angel more »
- Scenic City International Photo Exhibition
Photographic Society of Chattanooga, 3921 Murray Hills. The Photographic Society of Chattanooga is holding its 5th Annual Scenic City International Photo Exhibition (SCIPE). PSC began accepting submissions on March 1, 2014, and the deadline to submit digital images is May 9, 2014. Entries can be submitted at www.chattanoogaphoto.org/scipe. There are two categories for submission: Color Open and Color Landscapes. Four images can be entered in each category for a total of eight images. The entry fee is $12 USD for one or both sections. For more information email email@example.com.
- Nature at It’s Best
With spring emerging, the artists in the April show “Nature at its Best” have cultivated their creativity to botany in a diverse array of mediums. Steven Noggle expresses homage to the tree by utilizing the organic edge of the original trunk in his hardwood-turned bowls. With the idea that plant life has always inspired the man-made, Kim Kauffman uses the technical to inform the botanical in her series of digital prints created on a flatbed scanner. Ceasar Citraro observes both the detailed and the abstracted elements of the environment with his oil paintings. River Gallery, 400 E. Second Street, (423) 265-5033, river-gallery.com.
- Photography Exhibit: The Fine Art of Jazz
APRIL 7 – 27, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM – Bessie Smith Cultural Center, 200 E MLK Blvd., Chattanooga, TN 37403 This photography exhibition showcases the names and faces synonymous with the Kansas City tradition of American jazz. The exhibition will open April 7, 2014 and run through May 24, 2014 in the museum galleries. Part of the Big Nine Jazz Series – An animation of the downtown MLK Blvd. Corridor with the sounds of Jazz. For more information please visit jazzanooga.org. (Family Friendly, and Educational Activity) Cultural Center Admission Information visit www.bessiesmithcc.org.
- Fairytale Nights at Rock City
Join us on a spectacular journey as we travel to a faraway kingdom where magic is around every turn. Help Little Red Riding Hood avoid the Big Bad Wolf; follow Jack as he ventures off the beanstalk into the giant’s lair; enjoy the radiant gardens with Cinderella; learn to sword fight with a knight! Don’t miss this chance to make magical memories at Rock City’s Fairytale Nights! Nightly, March 28 – April 20 from 5-8pm. Rock City. 1400 Patten Road, Lookout Mountain, GA 30750. For more information and tickets please visit seerockcity.com.
- Michaels 3rd Annual Book Drive
Michaels, North America’s largest arts and crafts specialty retailer, hopes to collect 1 million books during its annual monthlong book drive benefiting Boys & Girls Clubs in the U.S. and Canada March 21-April19.
Stores will have $1 classics such as “Adventures of Tom Sawyer,” “The Call of the Wild,” “Little Women” and “Black Beauty” available for purchase that customers can donate. Customers can also drop off gently used books at any U.S. Michaels location. For Chattanooga locations please visit,hosted.where2getit.com/michaels
Potter Sheila Fulghum and painter Helen Brooks are the featured artists for the month of April at In-Town Gallery. This pairing of three-dimensional and two-dimensional artworks creates a vibrant exhibit. These two artists collaborated three years ago in their exhibit, “Serendipity”, which means the faculty of making fortunate discoveries by accident. Today, both artists still agree that this is an accurate description of what happens when they are creating their works, so this year’s exhibit is aptly called “Serendipitous”. In-Town Gallery, 26A Frazier Ave. (423) 267-9214, intowngallery.com.
- EarthDayz at Rock City
Join us at Rock City Gardens during this naturally fun outdoor event…go on a RockQuest Adventure and climb to the top of the Rock Climbing Wall at Lovers Leap, learn how to use recycled materials to make-and-take fun projects, see how Art and Nature enhance each other, watch an educational demonstration where you can learn to make your own rain barrel, AND enjoy the great outdoors with your family during EarthDayz!
April 18, 19, & 20 from 10:00am – 3:00pm. *Event included with regular Rock City Admission. Rock City, 1400 Patten Road, Lookout Mtn, Ga. seerockcity.com
- Handmade Quilt Raffle “Rain Forrest” to benefit National MS Society
“Rain Forrest” is a handmade quilt that was generously donated by Joan Thornbury, and is an incredible $650.00 value. It is an original design and made with Batik fabric. Tickets are only a $5.00 donation per entry, and we will ship anywhere in the United States. Here is the link to our online fundraising page where people can make their donations, www.main.nationalmssociety.org/goto/teamomgquilt. Drawing April 26, 2014 at the Chattanooga MS Walk. You do not have to be present to win.
- The Easter Bunny at Hamilton Place
“The Easter Bunny will arrive at Hamilton Place and be available for visits and photographs with children March 29 through April 19,” said Hamilton Place General Manager, Dan Wolfe. “Capturing a photo with your child and the Easter Bunny will be a priceless keepsake.”
The Easter Bunny will be available Monday – Saturday from 10 am – 9 pm; Sundays, Noon – 6 pm and will be located on the lower level of the mall near Belk. There is no charge to visit the Easter Bunny; however, visitors may purchase a photo package.
The Bunny Experience can continue after the visit to the mall through the MyHolidayMoments.com website which allows customers to download their digital Easter photo, share their photos via social media and create photo projects with Shutterfly.com. Customers will also receive a $10 to $20 Shutterfly gift card with any of the five photo packages. Additionally, download the FREE My more »
- African American Art: Harlem Renaissance Civil Rights Era and Beyond
African American Art: Harlem Renaissance Civil Rights Era and Beyond, an exhibit from the Smithsonian American Art Museum, opens to the public February 14 – May 25, 2014. This exhibition presents a selection of paintings, sculpture, prints, and photographs by forty-three black artists who explored the African American experience from the Harlem Renaissance through the Civil Rights era and the decades beyond, which saw tremendous social and political changes. www.huntermuseum.org
- Special Showcase of Regional Talent7:30pm
Thursday & Friday April 17th and 18th at 7:30 PM. Host: Sandy Goddard. Alex Stokes, Jerry Harvey will headline this showcase. Saturday April 19th: Host: Carla Youngblood. Ashley French, Christy Eidson, Jerry Harvey will headline this showcase. The Comedy Catch, 3224 Brainerd Road, (423) 629-2233. thecomedycatch.com.
- Priscilla And Lil Rickee8:30pm
The Foundry (at the Chattanoogan Hotel), 1201 Broad St., (423) 756-3400, chattanooganhotel.com.
- Aunt Betty “She’s A Rocker”10pm
Bud’s Sports Bar, 5751 Brainerd Road, (423) 499-9878, budssportsbar.com.
- Chattanooga River Market
The Chattanooga River Market boasts the unique talents of our local artists, offering handmade arts & crafts along the beautiful Tennessee river. Tourists and locals enjoy the wide selection of jewelry, photography, apparel, woodworks and so much more. Special engagements are available each week, such as free yoga classes by Chattanooga Yoga Community at 10 am and live performances by local musicians. Held Saturdays, March 22-Oct. 4th, from 10am-5 pm on the Tennessee Aquarium Plaza. www.ChattanoogaRiverMarket.com.
- Registration NOW OPEN for 2014 Chattanooga Mud Run!
Early Bird Team Discount of $50 Offered Through May 31! The Chattanooga Mud Run: A Muddy 5K Race Benefiting Habitat for Humanity of Greater Chattanooga Area is less than five months away on Saturday, August 16 at Greenway Farms in Hixson.
For those interested in participating and saving a little money at the same time, Habitat is offering an early bird team discount of $50 ($200 for a team of 5) now through May 31. During the month of June, team registration will increase to $225 and after July 1, team registration will be $250. If you don’t have a team, don’t worry because mud will be reserved exclusively for you as Habitat has added something new this year …..AN Individual competition. The registration fee for individuals is $60.
Participants will climb walls, trudge through icy mud baths, crawl through tunnels, slide down an exhilarating mudslide more »
- Jazz on the Southern Belle Riverboat7pm
Jazzanooga has collaborated with The Southern Belle Riverboat to offer an amazing opportunity for you to enjoy Jazz EVERY SATURDAY DURING THE MONTH OF APRIL!!!! Take a great Chattanooga cruise along the scenic Tennessee River while enjoying one of the Southern Belle’s fabulous dinner cruises, with music provided by local Jazzanooga musicians. For tickets click here and for more information please visit www.jazzanooga.org.
- Record Store Day!