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Oct. 19-27
The Chattanooga Zoo hosts the annual Boo in the Zoo Oct. 19, 20, 26 and 27. It is a non-scary Halloween event. Activities will include character encounters, a scavenger hunt through the Zoo, animal enrichment activities, trick-or-treating, costume contest, over 20 games, pony rides, hay rides, bounce houses, carousel rides, face painting, a creepy crawlie exhibit, and floating magic shows. Tickets to Boo in the Zoo are $10 for members and $15 for non-members.  Children two and under are free.  For tickets click here

Oct. 20
Dream Collective of Chattanooga will be holding Chattanooga Goddess Fest '18 from 6 p.m.-midnight at First Tennessee Pavilion. The event will include music, vendors, flow entertainment, a children's tent, classes such as yoga, reiki, Hindu philosophy and more. Tickets are $15 online and $20 at the door. Costumes are encouraged, and a $5 drink ticket will be given to anyone dressed as a goddess. Tickets available at eventbrite.com.

Oct. 20
Chattanooga's largest annual community dog walk, the 16th annual Paws in the Park, at Ross's Landing Park. Hundreds of animal lovers will be gathering to raise money for the animals at the Humane Educational Society. Dog and human costume contest after the walk. Animal demos, vendors, food trucks, adoptable pets, and more. Shelter pets will be available to rent for the day for those without a furry friend. Registration is underway and available here

Oct. 20
Barktober Fest, the fall festival at McKamey. Trick-or-Treating is free with the donation of a dog or cat food or toy. Trick-or-treating will be available from 5-9 p.m. at McKamey.  Costume contest will feature 11 categories. Terminal Brewhouse Beer Garden and a catered German cuisine buffet by Lee Towery Catering under the stars at McKamey from 5-10 p.m. Beer Garden tickets include a wristband for beer and food, live music, and a pumpkin painting station for kids. Tickets before Oct. 20 are $25 per person or $35 the day of the event. Kids under 12 years are free with an adult ticket and dogs are welcome. mckameyanimalcenter.org  4500 N Access Road.

Oct. 20
Nerdy Nooga Nights and Infinity Flux Cards, Comics, & Games present A Spooky Celebration of Fandom, a Halloween party focused on horror and mystery board games, comics, and costumes. Benefiting the Humane Educational Society.  6 p.m. at Infinity Flux, 3643 Hixson Pike. www.NerdyNoogaNights.com.

Oct. 31
The Hunter Museum of American Art will host Haunted Hunter on Halloween night. The night will feature a trick or treat station, a costume contest with prizes from local businesses, cash bar, and music by DGSM DJs, Fit of Body, and Erika Glück. 7-11 p.m.  Admission is $15 for Hunter members in advance and $20 for general admission in advance.  All tickets purchased at the door will be $25.  For tickets and costume contest details click here. Guests must be 21+ to attend, IDs will be required. Tickets are not refundable or transferable. There will be no on-site parking: please consider Uber or Lyft.

Nov. 3
The Stuffing Strut 5K at Chester Frost Park, benefiting charities in the northern part of Hamilton County. $30 per runner or $100 for a family of five. Kicks off at 8:30 a.m. near the park pavilion. Event registration is currently open through Active.com by searching “Stuffing Strut.”  stuffingstrut.com.

Nov. 3
The 59th annual Kiwanis Pancake Day serving piping hot pancakes and sausage under a big tent at Dalton Green, the historic park located adjacent to the Whitfield County Courthouse. Members will serve from 6 a.m. until noon on Saturday, Nov. 3. Anyone eating under the Big Tent will have all of the pancakes and sausage they can eat along with coffee, milk, and/or orange juice. Tickets purchased in advance are $7 each.  The cost on the morning of the breakfast will be $8 each. “To go” plates will also be available.

Nov. 3
Glass Street LIVE! Annual Block Party, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. at the intersection of Dodson Avenue and Glass Street. To register as a vendor, click here. To sign up as a volunteer, click here. To register to attend, click here. For more information, click here.

Nov. 8
Chattanooga Friends is hosting its first annual Mini-Golf Tournament at Sir Gooney’s. Starts at 6 p.m. and will include food, drinks, arcade games and dancing, in addition to mini-golf and prizes. For more information on this event and to buy tickets, please visit Chattanooga Friend’s Facebook page.

Nov. 24
The Chattanooga Hungry Turkey Half Marathon and 5K will take place in Coolidge Park starting at 8:45 a.m. All ages are welcome and the event will benefit Chattanooga Sports Ministries. Runners will receive a commemorative Hungry Turkey quarter zip, a finisher medal and cinnamon rolls at the finish line. For more information and to register, visit tennesseeruns.com/chattanoogahungryturkeyrun.


Police Blotter: Man With Gun In Stalled Van Is A Bondsman; Logging Truck Driver Who Caused 153 Wreck Had No DL

Police responded on a disorder with a weapon at 6809 Bonny Oaks Dr. Upon arrival police observed no signs of a disorder in or near a red minivan stopped in the middle of Hickory Valley Road near Bonny Oaks Drive. While an officer approached the van a man with a pistol on his hip exited the vehicle. Police asked the man to place his hands on his vehicle. Police removed his pistol ... (click for more)

Restaurants Of Yesteryear Featured In Chattanooga In Old Photos

Do you remember Roy Pepper's Porch, the Jolly Ox, Tomlinson's or George's Place? Those are some of the old-line Chattanooga restaurants featured in the upcoming book Chattanooga in Old Photos sponsored by Chattanoogan.com. The book, is being printed by College Press at Collegedale in a limited edition of 800 copies, includes some long forgotten eateries like the 4th Avenue ... (click for more)

Why Are Joda Thongnopnua And Phil Bredesen Downplaying Their Democratic Values?

For the past several months, the Democratic Party has reached a tipping point. “Their Resistance” is to oppose anything and everything Republicans are doing to deliver a stronger economy and better economic opportunities for all Americans.  Yet, I find it very interesting that the public outcry we are seeing from the Democrats on a national level is nowhere to be found when ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: The Coach Who Said ‘No’

I couldn’t tell you the first time I met John Gagliardi … 30 years ago? 40? … and I never saw him nearly enough. He was a Division III football coach at some monastery of a place in Minnesota and that’s a long way from the Southeastern Conference. Our orbits rarely overlapped but somewhere down the line we were at the same table for dinner. Once that happened, it seemed like the ... (click for more)

Prep Soccer Teams Prepare For Post-Season Runs

The girls soccer post-season is upon us and several local teams will be playing for a spot in the state tournament next week in Murfreesboro.  DIvision II teams will play first round state games at higher seeds.   In Division II-A, CCS earned the top seed in the East on Saturday with a 2-0 region championship win over CAK. That win gives them a bye this ... (click for more)

Randy Smith: The Battle Captain Leads The Choir

"We don't give a damn about the whole state of Alabama, whole state of Alabama, whole state of Alabama. We don't give a damn about the whole state of Alabama....we're from Tennessee."   Those were the words that rang from the jubilant Tennessee locker room late Saturday afternoon, just a few minutes after the Volunteers had knocked off 21st ranked Auburn 30-24 and the ... (click for more)