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.

The Junior League of Chattanooga Introduces Shop, Save, Support – Local

Junior League of Chattanooga is launching its newest fundraiser, Shop, Save, Support – Local. The League will be selling cards that provide shoppers with a discount of up to 20 percent at over fifty local stores.  Cards are $25 each, and the card can be used at any participating store. The Shop, Save Support – Local sale runs from Nov. 9-13. To see a list of participating ... (click for more)

Diversity And Inclusion Vice President Speaks At Hamilton Place Rotary Club Event

Ron Harris, VP of Diversity and Inclusion at BCBST, was the featured speaker at this week's Hamilton Place Rotary Club meeting.   In his role, Mr. Harris provides strategic leadership and counsel for diversity initiatives within the organization that include diversity awareness training recruitment, employee development, and community outreach.  He also ensures adherence ... (click for more)

Atlantic Capital Bank, Formerly FSG Bank, Moves Home Office To Warehouse Row

Atlantic Capital Bank, NA announced Friday that it has sold the current home office at 531 Broad St. to Harbert Realty of Birmingham, for  $5,375,000.  The bank’s new home office signals the start of a brand transition from the FSG Bank name, currently found in its eastern Tennessee and northwest Georgia markets.  Atlantic Capital will occupy the third floor ... (click for more)

TDEC Asks Residents In Southeastern Counties To Limit Water Usage To Ease Drought Conditions

The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) is asking the public to temporarily limit water usage for non-essential purposes as areas in Tennessee’s southeastern counties face extreme drought conditions. Residents who receive water from the following public utilities are advised to limit their use until drought conditions subside: Fall Creek ... (click for more)

Accountability Doesn't Have To Be A Bad Word

Am I making a difference? Isn’t that the basic question we all ask ourselves, and seek to demonstrate to others?  Ronald Reagan said:  “Some people spend an entire lifetime wondering if they made a difference in the world. But, the Marines don't have that problem.”   We would argue teachers do not have that problem either.    Educators make a huge difference ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Guess Who Backed Kelly?

Two weeks before the August election where three members of the Hamilton County School Board were angrily replaced, the organizer of what was called “a great way for the (challengers) to raise great money to help them run smart campaigns” made a bold statement. “I'm sure the current board is well-intentioned, but the results are not there," said Paul Brock. "Leadership matters ... (click for more)