ST. ELMO: Sundown In St. Elmo starts May 1

May 1 kicks off a new series of Sundown In St. Elmo events for 2010 in the business district. Artist receptions, special offers, live music and more from 6-8 p.m.

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Chattanooga Oral Cancer Awareness Walk

I am an oral cancer survivor and I coordinated an event that turned out to be better than I ever dreamed!

ST. ELMO: Artists/singers in St. Elmo restaurants

Celebrate music, poetry and art at Pasha's Coffee and Tea. Jody Harris is the featured artist at the Turkish coffeehouse and his eclectic style and jazz-influenced paintings are on view all month. On Friday, enjoy the music of Zach Anderle from 7-9 p.m., while Saturday features the New Voices Poetry series, with readings and live jazz. Monday features live music by Jeremy Aggers from 7-9 p.m.

‘Biggest Loser’ host and ‘Days’ star to appear at Ladies Night Out April 22

Ladies Night Out gives women an excuse to spend a fun-packed evening Thursday, April 22 with NBC’s “The Biggest Loser” host and “Days of our Lives” star Alison Sweeney.

ST. ELMO: Painting the railroad overpass

Talks continue among St. Elmo neighbors concerning the possible repainting of the railroad overpass at the north end of the neighborhood. I have contacted Norfolk Southern and they are willing to have some painting done as long as they approve of the details in advance. A local painting company also has tentatively agreed to offer the labor for free, so the main things at this point are to secure funding for the purchase of the paint, decide whether or not the overpass should just be painted or whether something like "Welcome to St. Elmo" could also be included, and find out from the city the safety procedures needed to complete painting like that over a roadway. Ideally, all of this could come together by this summer, just in time for many of the 125th anniversary events for the community.

ST. ELMO: New friends at Waltz Society

Happy New Year, St. Elmo (shades of “Merry Christmas, Bedford Falls” for you Jimmy Stewart fans).

ST. ELMO: Methodist Church rebuilding

The burned shell of the St. Elmo United Methodist Church is still ringed with yellow warning tape, but progress is being made on rebuilding the St. Elmo landmark, according to church members. According to one member I spoke with, the insurance company has agreed to a full replacement of the structure since extensive investigation revealed that the cause of the blaze was accidental, starting with faulty wiring in the ceiling.