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.

Crabtree Farms Spring Plant Sale And Festival Set For April 6-8

Crabtree Farms will hold their 18th Annual Spring Plant Sale & Festival on Friday, April 6 through Sunday, April 8.  Gardeners come to fulfill their dreams – to obtain a plethora of edible delights.    “More than 300 varieties of sustainably grown vegetable, fruit, herb and flower seedlings make this event unique,” said Avery Patten, Crabtree’s spokesperson.  ... (click for more)

Lula Lake Land Trust Welcomes New Director Of Development And Communications

Lula Lake Land Trust announced Tuesday that Matthew Hubbard has joined the staff as the director of development and communications. Mr. Hubbard joins Lula Lake after seven years in nonprofit development. He graduated with a B.S. in marketing from Jacksonville State University and holds additional degrees in English and psychology.   As a native of Northeast Alabama, Mr. ... (click for more)

Alexander Says Chickamauga Lock Construction Fully Funded For 4th Consecutive Year

Senator Lamar Alexander on Wednesday said the government funding bill will fully fund construction of Chickamauga Lock for the fourth consecutive year, providing up to $78 million – which is more than twice the amount of funding the project received last year.   Senator Alexander said he has made completion of Chickamauga Lock one of his top priorities as chairman ... (click for more)

Former Juvenile Court Magistrate Says Gay Marriage Is "Nothing You Put In Air Quotes"

A former magistrate at Juvenile Court, who claims she was fired by Judge Rob Philyaw because she is openly gay, said Wednesday that gay marriage "is nothing you put in air quotes." She referred to County Attorney Rheubin Taylor asking her about her ceremony in marrying another woman and raising his hands to form quote marks. Elizabeth Gentzler is suing Hamilton County, Judge ... (click for more)

Avoid Underage Drinking And Other Prom Drama

My high school prom took a dramatic turn when two guys got their tuxedo jackets mixed up. One of them belonged to my date, who kindly offered to keep my wallet in his pocket. That’s the jacket another young man mistakenly grabbed off the back of a chair before heading to an underage drinking party that got shut down by police well after midnight—as kids scattered in every direction.  ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: The Sheriff’s Request

Jim Hammond will talk to members of the Hamilton County School Board on Thursday afternoon and, just like any police officer in the United States, he will request that everybody “stay in their own lane.” Some school board members tend to believe they need to help decide the best methods of protecting our children. They believe this is one of the things they were elected to do in ... (click for more)