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April 18
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.

April 19
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 or in the Zoo Gift Shop.   

April 19
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

April 25-26
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  

April 26
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  Mail with a check payable to CACHC, 419 North Market St., Chattanooga, TN 37405.  Or register online at

April 26
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 or 

April 27
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,

April 27
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.

May 1
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.  

May 2
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

May 3
7th annual Running of the Chihuahuas at the First Tennessee Pavilion. Registration is open and available at 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.

May 10
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. 

May 10
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 or visit

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.

Crime Stoppers: Armed Robbery At Highway 58 Family Dollar

Crime Stoppers and the Chattanooga Police Department are seeking information and the identity of the suspects of an armed robbery at the Family Dollar at 4749 Highway 58.  On April 7, at approximately 8:10 a.m., Chattanooga police responded to a robbery at the Family Dollar.  Two masked suspects entered the store and demanded the money from the registers. One of the ... (click for more)

Cleveland, Tn., Woman Missing Since 2011 Turns Up In Mississippi

A Cleveland, Tn., woman who had been missing since 2011 was found Tuesday in Mississippi. The Biloxi Sun Herald said 50-year-old Tammy Renee King, was walking along Mississippi 613 when a citizen stopped to help her. The Good Samaritan called the sheriff's office. Members of a local church plan to drive her back to Cleveland after she is checked out at a hospital. The newspaper ... (click for more)

Time For Tennessee To Act On Climate This Earth Day - And Response

Tennessee will join the rest of the southeast region, the nation and countries across the world in celebrating Earth Day on April 22. The entire month of April is a great time to reflect on the strides we have made to reduce pollution over the last 44 years, and assess current environmental conditions while evaluating our personal responsibility to a cleaner environment.  ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Why Jim Coppinger Excels

Jim Coppinger, who as the mayor of Hamilton County has understandably had to grow some thick skin, wants no part of the repulsive billboards now seen around town that ask, “Do you have gonorrhea?”  His Tuesday morning telephone call revealed he is just as disgusted as the rest of us who see them showing a picture of a forlorn African-American male. “You need to know the Hamilton ... (click for more)

Owls' Fugate Fires Two-Hit Shutout In 2-0 Win Over Blue Raiders

Ooltewah was on the verge of a District 5-AAA double-header sweep against Cleveland. But the Blue Raiders’ hot-hitting catcher Hunter Oliver had other ideas. The Owls rode Logan Fugate’s brilliant two-hit shutout and two first-inning runs to a 2-0 win over Cleveland in the first game at A.C. Bud Ball Field on Wednesday. “Logan is an absolute warrior,” Owls coach Brian Hitchcox ... (click for more)

Chattanooga FC Launches Women’s team

Chattanooga is getting a new premier level women’s soccer team. Chattanooga FC announced the upcoming season for the Chattanooga FC Women’s team, set to kickoff at home on Sunday, May 18, at Finley Stadium.  Officials said, "The squad of 30 young women has been set, featuring a mix of local and international players. Youth, talent and experience define the team, with players ... (click for more)