Chattanooga Parks And Recreation Weekly Top 10

Monday, December 17, 2012

Here is the Chattanooga Parks and Recreation weekly Top Ten:

#1 Christmas at Coolidge Tuesday
The historic carousel will open at 3 p.m., with visits with Santa starting at 5:30 p.m. in the carousel room. Free movie at 7 p.m., How the Grinch Stole Christmas, will be followed by a firework show at 7:30 p.m.  Bring the family and a chair. 

#2 Community Center Holiday Hours During School Break  
All Community Centers will be open from 10 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Brainerd and South Chattanooga Complexes will remain open 9 a.m-8 p.m.  Dec. 21-Jan. 8.  The centers will be closed Dec. 24-25.  Contact local centers for class and program changes during holiday hours. 

#3 Chattanooga Fitness Center Holiday Hours
No classes until Jan. 2.  Weight room/facility remaining open. Holiday hours: Dec. 24: 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Closed Christmas Day. New Years Eve: 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Closed New Years Day. Chattanooga Fitness Center features free weights, Zumba, Yoga, bikes, kettleball, for $1 a visit.  No contracts. 

#4 Water Fitness Classes, Swim Lessons, Open Swim for January
Winter/Spring Pool Schedule starts Jan. 2. Two indoor pools offer water fitness classes and swim lessons.  For $2 for fitness and $34 for lessons. No classes during holiday hours/school break.  Pools closed Dec. 24, 25 and Jan. 1. 

#5 Free Crochet Classes at Brainerd Center, Wednesday at 11 a.m. 
Located at 1010 North Moore Road, 425-3600. Ladies, you are invited to join in the fun, fellowship and skill at crocheting. Or if you are looking to learn, stop by.  Bring a friend, and the best part, the conversations.  Can't make it to Brainerd? We also offer sewing and quilting at Wyatt Community Center in North Chattanooga-Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. Call 757-2593 for Wyatt.

#6 Public ARt Dedication of Music Man Wednesday at North Shore
The North Shore Public Art Committee, Public Art and Parks and Recreation will hold a dedication at the corner of Frazier and Woodland Ave (Walgreens) at 9:30 a.m. Music Man, by James Simon is the latest addition to Chattanooga's permanent art collection.  

#7 Food/Clothing Collections
Tyner Community Center will collect non-perishable food items through December to donate to the Community Kitchen. Th Hixson CC is hosting a outreach drive to collect coats, gloves, socks, and blankets. For more information on how you can help in any way contact HCC at 490-9289. 

#8 Chattanooga Zoo Holiday Lights  
See the Chattanooga Zoo transformed into a magical wonderland. Visit the animals and watch them open their Christmas presents. Get a picture taken with Santa Claus and enjoy fun holiday games and crafts. General admission rates apply. Members receive half off ticket prices. Dec. 21-22 at 5:30 p.m. 

#9 Youth Basketball Schedules Featuring over 70 Teams 
It's a record setting year for youth basketball. Just check out all the games featuring boys, girls and co-ed for ages 5 and up.  

#10 Canoe Trip to Florida 
Join Outdoor Chattanooga for this New Year's excursion to north Florida's premiere blueway, the Suwannee River Wilderness Trail.  Paddle for three days and camp for two nights on the northeast section of the Suwannee, a slow moving black water stream that meanders from the Okeefenokee Swamp to the Gulf of Mexico through some of Florida's most unspoiled wilderness.

Portion Of Ringgold Road Down To One Lane This Afternoon

The East Ridge Police Department wants the public to be aware that Ringgold Road from Mack Smith Road to just past the I-75 interchange is down to one lane in each directions due to constructions. Citizens will want to find alternate routes where possible to avoid delays. The lane closures will be in effect until approximately 5 p.m. today.  (click for more)

International Brotherhood Of Police Officers Local Endorses Hammond For Sheriff

The International Brotherhood of Police Officers Local #673 has announced its endorsement of Sheriff Jim Hammond. The Chattanooga-Hamilton County area IBPO issued the following statement after unanimous board approval: “The International Brotherhood of Police Officers Local #673 is happy to announce its endorsement of Jim Hammond for Hamilton County Sheriff. During his ... (click for more)

City May Make It Easier For Food Trucks To Operate In Chattanooga

The City Council is considering action that would make it easier for food trucks to operate in Chattanooga.  City Attorney Wade Hinton said cities like Austin and Portland have thriving food truck operations and Chattanooga is studying those models. He said, "It's truly an industry there." He said a 2013 food truck ordinance was limited and did not allow food trucks on ... (click for more)

Magistrate Says She Was Fired Because Philyaw Did Not Want To Be Seen With Someone Openly Gay

A former magistrate at Juvenile Court said she was fired because Judge Rob Philyaw and Court Administrator Sam Mairs "wanted me gone because I was openly gay." County Attorney Rheubin Taylor said Elizabeth Gentzler was not the only gay at Juvenile Court and Hamilton County government, indicating that may be part of the county's defense. Attorney Stuart James, representing Ms. ... (click for more)

The Panhandling "Tax" On Gunbarrel

I’ve been reading about the panhandling problem in downtown; it is a huge problem in the Gunbarrel area, too.  It’s commonplace to be accosted by panhandlers when walking from your parked car into a commercial establishment.  And often they are aggressive.  I look carefully around my car before getting out, but sometimes someone will be lurking in between cars and ... (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)