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Front Page - Friday, August 18, 2017

Events: Southern Lit Alliance book reading

Author Jim Minick will read and discuss his new book, “Fire Is Your Water,” on Sunday, Aug. 27 at 2 p.m. at the Arts Building (301 E. 11th St.). Light refreshments will be served. Purchase tickets at www.southernlitalliance.org/minnick.

Bark-B-Q Boat Ride

Join the Humane Educational Society Sunday, Aug. 27 for the Bark-B-Q Boat Ride aboard the Southern Belle Riverboat. Guests will enjoy a barbecue buffet that includes pulled pork, cole slaw, baked beans and soft drinks. A cash bar will be open for passengers 21 and over. Boarding begins at 4:30 p.m. and the Southern Belle will return at 6:30. Proceeds will benefit homeless animals at the Humane Educational Society. To purchase tickets, call Ashley LaMar at (423) 624.5302, extension 246.

Parking study open house

The community will be able to provide input to inform a parking study of downtown Chattanooga on Monday, Aug. 28, 5:30-7:30 p.m., at Bessie Smith Cultural Center. The study is being commissioned by River City Company and the Chattanooga Area Regional Transportation Authority (CARTA) in partnership with the City of Chattanooga. Funding is provided by the Lyndhurst and Benwood Foundations along with several downtown stakeholders, including Erlanger Health System, the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and Siskin Hospital for Physical Rehabilitation. Everyone is invited to give feedback for the study, which is being conducted by Nelson/Nygaard Consulting Associates.

Signal Mountain Schools fact meeting

Hamilton County Mayor Jim Coppinger will hold a public meeting to discuss the proposed separation of Signal Mountain Schools from the Hamilton County Department of Education on Thursday, Sept. 7, 6:30 p.m. at Signal Mountain Middle/High School. Mayor Coppinger says the meeting will be an attempt to share information regarding the impact such an action could have on the residents and students of Signal Mountain. Mayor Coppinger has asked authorities on the subject to be present to inform the public and to answer questions.

Beast Feast

The Chattanooga Zoo will host its first after-hours event dedicated to animal enrichment, Beast Feast, on Friday, Sept. 15, 6-8 p.m. During Beast Feast, guests will have the opportunity to observe the zoo’s carnivores taking part in carcass feedings. Guests will also learn why carcass feedings are vital for the physical, emotional and mental health of the animals. The zoo’s restaurant (Wild Burger), refreshment carts and cash bars will be open. Beast Feast tickets are available for purchase via www.chattzoo.org or in the zoo’s gift shop. Tickets will be sold at the door if not sold out.