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 chattanooga.gov 

#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.


Blitz At Black Rock Mountain Will Boost Understanding Of Bats

The night life around Black Rock Mountain State Park will keep researchers from across the state busy Sept. 4-7. It is all part of the Georgia Bat Working Group’s first Bat Blitz. The event based at the park in northeast Georgia’s Rabun County is focused on better understanding the area’s bat communities. But there is an even bigger picture. Organizer Trina Morris ... (click for more)

Drones Banned From Appalachian Trail

The National Park Service has developed an interim policy prohibiting the use of unmanned aircraft on NPS managed lands of the Appalachian National Scenic Trail. This is a new park use that could affect park resources, staff, and visitors in ways that the National Park Service has yet to identify, analyze and examine. It is the National Park Service policy to not allow a new park ... (click for more)

Jury Finds In Favor Of Texas Sheriff In Suit Brought By Chattanooga Photographer

A Federal Court jury on Friday found in favor of a Texas sheriff and his chief deputy who had been sued by a Chattanooga photographer. The jury in the courtroom of Judge Curtis Collier awarded no damages to Donna Johnson. In his closing argument after a two-week civil trial, attorney John Anderson said, "This is about the Fourth Amendment." Attorney Anderson represented Ms. ... (click for more)

Justin Wilkins Selected As Deputy Chief Of Staff For Mayor Berke

Native Chattanoogan Justin Wilkins will serve as Mayor Andy Berke's deputy chief of staff, it was announced Friday. Mr. Wilkins has spent the last several years serving as the Tennessee state director for multiple advocacy and electoral organizations, including Organizing for America and Organizing for Action. Prior to that, he worked as project manager at Profit Plans LLC ... (click for more)

Mackey Should Be Thankful For The State Troopers On Highway 153

This is in response to a statement made by Warren Mackey at the commission meeting.  His question was to the mayor regarding the state troopers writing tickets on Highway 153, saying they were on a rampage.   It is apparent that Mr. Mackey doesn’t travel this highway.  His only concern was that the ticket money was going into state funds and not into county funds. ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: A Must-Read For Parents

If you have a child or if you love one, what you are about to read could be one of the most important lessons in your life. I have a great friend in Dallas – Sandy Pohfal – who regularly shares stories with me that are moving, inspirational or important. This is all three. This story was written by a celebrated author, Christie Craig. She has written hundreds of articles for ... (click for more)