Wine Over Water
The 21st Annual Wine Over Water will take place Saturday, Oct. 3. Hosted by Cornerstones, the event will incorporate hundreds of wines as well as local food and music. The event weekend will start with the Best Cellars wine tasting event on Friday, Oct. 2 at 5:30 p.m. at the Chattanoogan Hotel. Wine Over Water will follow on Saturday, with the gates opening at 3:30 and wine tastings starting at 5 p.m. on the Walnut Street Bridge. The event will feature food from local restaurants, more than 300 wines from nearly 100 wineries, and local music. Ticket information can be found at www.wineoverwater.org.
Ayelet Waldman book signing
New York Times best-selling author Ayelet Waldman will speak about her writing process and her new book, “Love and Treasure,” at the downtown Chattanooga Public Library from 6:30-7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 8. A meet-the-author reception, during which attendees will receive an autographed copy of the novel, will take place from 5-6:15 p.m. The cost to attend the reception is $20. Barnes and Noble will be at the library selling copies of “Love and Treasure” from 5:15-7:30 p.m. The novel is based on the history of the Hungarian Gold Train, which transported the riches the Nazis confiscated from the Jewish population during World War II. For more details, contact Angie Fontana, Friends of the Chattanooga Public Library office manager, or Jeanne Brice, author events chairman of the Friends of the Chattanooga Public Library, at (424) 341-3625. The Friends of the Library and the Jewish Community Federation are collaborating to bring Waldman to Chattanooga.
Chattanooga Zoo’s annual Banana Ball
The Chattanooga Zoo will host its annual Banana Ball on Saturday, Oct. 10. The day will start at 2 p.m. with the Banana Split event, at which children ages 3 and up will enjoy a presentation by Jack Hanna and his animal friends. The Banana Ball will begin at 5:30 p.m. with a VIP meet-and-greet with Hanna. The VIP ticket includes admission to the Banana Ball as well as the VIP reception. From 6:30-11 p.m., guests will be able to stroll through the Zoo and enjoy a presentation by Hanna, up close animal encounters, dinner catered by Lee Towery, live music by The Michel Jons Band, an open bar, and a cigar bar providing signature hand rolled cigars. The Banana Ball is the Chattanooga Zoo’s signature fundraising event, with the proceeds going to the care of the Zoo’s animals, as well as its conservation, education, and rehabilitation efforts. For more information and to purchase tickets, call (423) 697-1322 or visit www.chattzoo.org/events/banana-ball. The Banana Ball and the VIP reception are 21 and older only events.