Chattanooga Parks And Recreation Weekly Top 10

Monday, November 12, 2012

Here is the Chattanooga Parks and Recreation weekly Top 10:

#1  Free Youth Basketball Signups
Visit a local Community Center during the next few weeks and sign up. Ages 5-18, boys, girls, co-ed, free.

#2  North Chattanooga and Tyner Community Center Can Food Drive 
North Chattanooga and Tyner Community Center will collect non perishable food items through the month of November. These items will be given to selected families in North Chattanooga and the Community Kitchen. Stop by the centers, Monday-Friday 11:30 a.m.-8 p.m.

#3  Rentals for Holiday Parties, from Parks to Community Centers, even Gyms 
Parks and Recreation has over 20 locations for rent from Coolidge Park to community centers, many with full kitchens.  Call 311 and ask about the location near you or visit 

#4  New Fall/Winter Fitness Schedule at Chattanooga Fitness Center - $1 a Day
From free weights, to zumba to chair fitness...we have it. Check out the new schedule.  

#5  Free Exercise Classes Everywhere You Look
Currently have free aerobics classes at Avondale, East Chattanooga, Glenwood, Brainerd, Carver, Hixson, North Chattanooga, and Shepherd with Zumba (small fee) at Tyner, Patten and the Fitness Center. Stop by a local center. Most classes are held in the evening with senior classes held during the day and range from light aerobics to line dancing. Call 643-6096.  

#6  Chillin' Like Villains Karaoke Night Thursday, Nov. 15
6-8 p.m. at Walker Pavilion in Coolidge Park. $5 per person.  There will be pizza. Contact Jessie at or 643-5716.  Chillin like villains is a social group for individuals of all abilities.

#7 Climbing Higher Adaptive Climbing Program 
Sign up now to reserve a spot, as space is limited for this free program. In order to guarantee a spot, we must have your paperwork. This is an indoor adaptive climbing program for individuals with a variety of cognitive/intellectual and physical disabilities ages 6 and up.  The program began on Monday, Nov. 5, and continue each Monday through Dec. 3.  4:30-5:30 p.m. (younger group), 5:30-6:30 p.m. (older group) at Urban Rocks Climbing Gym, 1007 Appling St.  All equipment and instruction is provided.  A special thanks to Rock/Creek and Urban Rocks for taking this program to new heights. To register or for more information, contact Elaine at 697-1345 or

#8  Dance Troop at East Lake Community Center.  Free for girls in 2nd-12th Grades. 
Sign up now through the end of November. Young ladies will learn the latest dances, why exploring the unique opportunity in personal growth, leadership and involvement. Dance troop will show growth in athleticism, performance, self discipline, sportsmanship and more. Call 867-4498 for more information. 

 #9 Adult Softball Championship Pictures 
Thanks to the over 80 teams that played this year, and the nearly 40 just this fall alone. Sign ups for spring begin early in 2013. Pictures are online. 

#10 Computer Safety Class Nov. 20 at Carver Community Center 
Join the Carver CC Staff from 3:30-4:30 p.m. for an informative discussion, geared towards middle and high school students, about safety with going online. 

Claire Henley: Adventures West (The Prevalence Of Providence)

(Editor's Note: Chattanoogan Claire Henley started an adventure of a lifetime on the remote Pacific Crest Trail in April. Along the way, she had many adventures and found herself a husband named Big Spoon). I needed this walk up Sonora Pass. Big Spoon and I had traveled over one thousand miles, and the last stretch through the rigorous, white cliff climbs of Yosemite Wilderness ... (click for more)

Hunting Opportunities For The Wheelchair Bound

Cordell Hull Wildlife Management Area provides hunting opportunity for wheelchair bound hunters.  A wheelchair bound hunting zone on Cordell Hull WMA provides 6 blinds on a first come, first served basis. This zone is open only to hunters who are totally and permanently confined to a wheelchair as certified by a physician. On wheelchair-bound deer hunts, each wheelchair-bound ... (click for more)

Legislative Hearing On Volkswagen Emissions Scandal To Be Held In Chattanooga Oct. 29; Haslam To Visit VW Plant Wednesday

The Senate Finance, Ways and Means Committee’s Appropriation Subcommittee will be conducting a hearing in Chattanooga to review the financial impact on the state from Volkswagen’s violation of U.S. emissions standards. The meeting will be held at the Hamilton County Department of Education, 3074 Hickory Valley Road, on Thursday, Oct. 29, from 1:30-3:30 p.m.  Members ... (click for more)

Bradley County Commission Decides Not To Provide Animal Pickup Service

Bradley County Commissioners on Monday finally put animal control to rest. It was not easy and it was not without confusion, but in the end, the county will not provide animal pickup service. Confusion began when commissioners were asked to approve the agenda, which included two options for animal control pick up. Item “D” provided for the SPCA of Bradley County to pick ... (click for more)

VW PILOT Crash Landing

The Volkswagen emission scandal proves the point citizen activist, Ms. Helen Burns Sharp, has repeatedly brought to the attention of local government officials. She urged them to "beef up" the PILOT contracts before approving PILOT tax abatements. Any logical person would agree, because it is the only way to recoup a tax loss when unthinkable situations arise. Volkswagen's willful ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: VW’s Primer In Disaster

Volkswagen America has gotten into a real bad “tight,” causing their red-faced leaders to huddle with spin doctors, crisis consultants and countless priests in confessional booths. Conversely, I suspect I have found a solution that would get them out of the mud and hasten their return as one of the top automotive providers in the world. You see, on Aug. 14, 1979, the playbook on ... (click for more)