Chattanooga Parks And Recreation Weekly Top 10

Monday, November 19, 2012

Here is the Chattanooga Parks and Recreation Weekly Top 10:

#1 Thanksgiving Week Schedule for Community Centers
Community Centers will close Thursday for Thanksgiving and remain closed Friday and Saturday.   The Community Centers will reopen Monday, Nov. 27. 

#2 Grateful Gobbler Walk, Thanksgiving Day in Coolidge Park
Grateful Gobbler walk for the homeless. Thanksgiving Day, 8:30 a.m.-12 p.m.  The "Grateful Gobbler" began in 1998, originally called "Walk the Walk," as part of Homeless Awareness Week.  Thanksgiving Day marks a time to be thankful for the things we have and is also a time to be aware of those who have less.  

#3 Free Zumba at Hixson Community Center.  
Mondays, Tuesday, Wednesdays and Thursdays, plus more.  Mondays and Wednesdays at 4:30 p.m., Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. Hixson Community Center, 5600 School Dr. Can't make Hixson? Zumba also offered at Tyner, Patten and the Chattanooga Fitness Center.  Tyner: Tuesdays and Thursdays 6-7 p.m. ($3); Patten: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday at 6:30 p.m. ($4), Fitness Center at Warner Park, Tuesday and Thursday at 6:30 p.m. ($1)

#4  Rentals for Holiday Parties, from Parks to Community Centers, even Gyms
Looking for a location to host a holiday party? Or a reunion or a Thanksgiving dinner with friends? Parks and Recreation has over 20 locations for rent from Coolidge Park to Community Centers, many with full kitchens.  Call 311 and ask about locations or visit 

#5 Free Youth Basketball Signups - Time is Running Out  
Boys, Girls, Co-ed, ages 5-18.  Stop by a local community center or call Richard West at 643-6055.   

#6  Kickboxing Class at Chattanooga Fitness 
Every Monday at 9 a.m.  $1 a day for any class.   

#7 Calling All Hula Hoopers, Hoop it Up at Main X24  
Grab a hula hoop and meet up at the corner of Main and Broad Street, noon on Dec. 1.  Right after the parade. Parks and Rec and Public art will lead this huge event and celebration of much more. Think adult playground. 

#8 South Chickamauga Greenway Clean UP Day Dec. 1 at 10 a.m. 
Join fellow park steward volunteers clean along the trails of the South Chickamauga greenway. Volunteers will pick up litter, remove graffiti and more.  Meet at Sterchi Farm Trailhead at 2900 Harrison Pike. 

#9  Dance Troop - East Lake Community Center - Free for Girls 2nd-12th Grade
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.

#10 Computer Safety Class Tuesday 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.

Tellico Hatchery Announces Winter Hours

Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency announced winter hours for the Tellico Hatchery in Tellico Plains. Holidays along with hours of daylight and alterations in operations are the primary reasons for changes. Fish eat less during colder months. This reason, along with a reduction of seasonal responsibilities such as mowing grass and hatchery upkeep, means fewer people on staff. ... (click for more)

Wildlife Officer Pete Geesling Honored In Veterans Day Observance Ceremony

Brandon “Pete” Geesling, a wildlife officer for the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency in Warren County, was one of five veteran state employees recognized during a Veterans Day observance event held at the Tennessee Tower Plaza.     Previously, Mr. Geesling served as a sergeant in the U.S. Marine Corps. He was a combat engineer which included a deployment ... (click for more)

Darrel Jones, 43, Shot And Killed On Central Avenue

Darrel Jones, 43, was shot and killed on Central Avenue on Thursday afternoon. Chattanooga Police responded to the 3600 block of Central Avenue around 3 p.m. on a report of a shooting. They located a single victim, who  succumbed to his injuries on scene. Witnesses to the incident declined to cooperate with the investigation.  Investigators continue ... (click for more)

Family Escapes Early Morning House Fire

A home was damaged by fire early Thursday morning.  The Chattanooga Fire Department received a fire call at  3:48  a.m.  and responded to 1825 Dixon Street with four fire companies. The family inside the home was awakened by a passerby knocking at the door. All of them quickly made their way outside the home to safety.  Once firefighters ... (click for more)

An Extra Helping Of Gratitude

After being thankful for the grace of God, my family and good health, this year I have an extra helping of gratitude to live in a special place called Chattanooga.   We endured the trauma of terrorism on July 16 and emerged more united and stronger than ever before.  We claim our heritage and celebrate our diversity like no other city in America.  We honor our ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Cometh ‘The Black Dog’

I am one of 350 million people in the world who suffers from clinical depression. The doctors trace it back to my first decade of the 21 st century when constant surgeries and infections knocked me loopy but the more I have found, I believe I am more like Sir Winston Churchill, Abraham Lincoln and pro football star Terry Bradshaw – I think I have had it all my life. Today it ... (click for more)