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Happy (almost) Fourth everyone! It’s time to celebrate our nation’s freedom with some good old fashion fun and fireworks. But where are the best July 4th celebrations in Chattanooga? We’ve got you covered with all of them you need to know about. 

Wednesday, July 3

City of Collegedale’s July 3 Freedom Celebration

When: 6-10:30 p.m.
Where: Collegedale City Hall, 4910 Swinyar Drive. 
Cost: Free

The Commons Stage at Founders Hall, the newest of the three venues at Collegedale's annual July 3 Freedom Celebration, will light up at 6 p.m. with Lou Wamp and Von Wamp's All Star Lineup. ETSO, featuring Pops Conductor Joel Denton, will perform on The Commons Stage beginning at 8 p.m. Matt Downer – Old Time Traveler, will open at Veterans Memorial Park

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Check out our list of upcoming Chattanooga area events happening locally from Friday, June 28 to Friday July 5. 

Saturday, June 29

REI Backpacking Cooking Workshop

When: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. 
Where: Enterprise South Nature Park, 8015 Volkswagen Drive 
Cost: $30-50

Creating a delicious and nutritious backpacking meal can be cinch when you have the knowledge and the right tools for the backcountry. In this hands-on workshop, you'll learn about preparing food for backcountry travel, the different handling obstacles you may face in a remote setting, and tips and tricks on working with minimal kitchen supplies. We'll provide all the equipment and ingredients. No experience necessary. Just come hungry! For more information, visit rei.com/events.

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It is time for the annual Back to School School Supply Drive sponsored by The Torgerson Team at Keller Williams Realty!

Through the month of July, The Torgerson Team will be collecting donations of school supplies for students and teachers. The needs of these teachers include items like: sticky notes, EXPO markers, dry erase board cleaner, Kleenex, highlighters, pens, Clorox/Lysol wipes, paper, hand sanitizer, binder clips, pencils, Sharpie pens, and paper clips. All of the school supplies donated will be distributed to local teachers and students in time for the new school year. 

“Many local families are living their lives paycheck to paycheck and are not able to splurge on the yearly school supplies for their children,” says Nathan Torgerson

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Check out our list of upcoming Chattanooga area events happening locally from Friday, June 21 to Friday, June 28.

Friday, June 21

Finding Neverland 

When: 7:30-11:30 p.m. 
Where: Tivoli Theatre, 709 Broad St. 
Cost: $50-75

The winner of Broadway.com's Audience Choice Award for Best Musical, this breathtaking smash "captures the kid-at-heart," says TIME Magazine. Vogue cheers, "It's a must-see you'll remember for years to come!" Directed by visionary Tony-winner Diane Paulus and based on the critically-acclaimed Academy Award winning film, Finding Neverland tells the incredible story behind one of the world's most beloved characters: Peter Pan. Playwright J.M. Barrie struggles to find inspiration until he meets four young brothers and their

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Check out our list of upcoming Chattanooga area events happening locally from Friday, June 14 to Friday, June 21.

Various dates through August 

Summer Music Weekends

When: 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Where: Rock City Gardens, 1400 Patten Rd. 
Cost: $14.95-$26.95

Enjoy some of the best toe-tapping old-time, bluegrass and country music all summer long during Summer Music Weekends. Activities include the Walking in Frieda's Footsteps Tour, making Aunt Frieda's fire fly jars and some 1930's Americana all around. Returning for the 15th season are the amazing Birds of Prey shows featuring powerful and majestic birds up close for a unique learning experience. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit

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The idea of saving enough money to buy your own home can seem daunting. A downpayment for a home needs to be at least 3-5 percent of the purchase price, which even for a $100,000 home is $3,000 to $5,000 you’ll need up front. 

So, how do you save that kind of money? We have some money saving tips and tricks to help you be more frugal and save money fast.

1. Come up with a time frame

Decide when you want to buy a home. If your goal is to buy a home next year, that gives you 12 months to save up for your downpayment. If you want to put 5% down on a $150,000 home and start saving now, you know you need to put back $625 a month to make it happen! Now that you’ve broken it down like that, it doesn’t seem as scary right? 

2. Set up a separate

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As a birthday freebie fanatic, I’m always on the lookout for another way for me or my family to be pampered on our special day. And having just celebrated my birthday on June 4, I’m all up to speed on the latest and best free birthday dinners, desserts and other goodies that Chattanooga has to offer. Here are some of my favorites: 


1. Mojo Burrito 

Come in to any of the Mojo Burrito locations on your birthday for a FREE burrito of your choice! Just show your ID at the register. Dine in only. My favorite is the Enchiladito with St Elmo’s Fire chicken, black beans, Monterey Jack cheese, jalapeño, pico de gallo all in a jalapeño-cheddar tortilla and fried or grilled to perfection. Served on a bed of Spanish rice then drizzled with queso and zesty

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Check out our list of upcoming Chattanooga area events happening locally from Friday, May 31 to Friday, June 7.  

May 31 - June 9 

Theatre Centre Presents Agatha Christie's "Murder on the Nile"

When: Various times
Where: Chattanooga Theatre Centre, 400 River Street 
Cost: $15-30 

Idyllic surroundings are shattered by a shocking murder as one would expect from an Agatha Christie mystery story, but with the Chattanooga Theatre Centre's interpretation of the celebrated writer's "Murder on the Nile," you might feel that you've been dropped into the middle of a classic film of yore, not a classic whodunit on the stage. The entirety of "Murder on the Nile" takes place on the observation deck of the Lotus, a paddle steamer chartered by a group of

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The Torgerson Team is excited to welcome Anna Varnell, the newest addition to the team! 
Varnell will be taking on the role of Showing Assistant, working with buyers and helping them tour properties during their home search process.
“Before I got into real estate, I reached out to Nathan [Torgerson] about the process of buying a home for myself, but I wasn’t quite ready at the time,” she says. “About 6 months later, I made a career change into real estate. I remembered being so impressed with how Nathan treated me as a client and how highly other agents spoke of him. So when the team was hiring, I knew this was the team I wanted to be a part of.” 
The showing assistant plays an important part in the home buying process, says Torgerson.
“In this role,

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Check out our list of upcoming Chattanooga area events happening locally from Friday,  May 24 to Friday, May 31.  

Saturday, May 25

Family Magic Night

When: 7-9 p.m. 
Where: Chester Frost Pavillion, 7989 Causeway Road - Hixson, TN 37343 
Cost: $6-30

The Chattanooga Magic Club Presents its annual Family Magic Night - 100 years of magic! The Chattanooga Magic Club, one of the longest continually operating clubs in the country, has been meeting together to share the wonder of magic for a century. Headlining the night will be Michael Frisbee, an award-winning illusionist with more than 30 years of magic experience. Frisbee can be seen bringing magical adventures to parties, fairs, festivals and amusement parks throughout the tri-state area. The

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