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. http://www.chattzoo.org 

#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.


Chattanooga Fire Department Stations Host Halloween Open Houses

There were some early visitors to the Chattanooga Fire Department’s Halloween Open House Friday afternoon. Ashley Kuehn brought her two kids, dressed in Halloween costumes that had a definite firefighter theme. Daughter Crimson wore a Dalmatian costume while Stetson wore custom-made firefighter turnout gear. The department’s Halloween Open House is officially from 6-8 p.m. on ... (click for more)

Bradley County Mobile Command Post To Be At Downtown Block Party In Cleveland

The Bradley County Mobile Command Post will be at Friday night’s Downtown Block Party in Cleveland. The first 3,000 children to stop by the Command Post, at the northwest corner of the courthouse, will receive a Bradley County Sheriff’s Office re-usable treat bag…filled with candy. Sheriff Watson invites one and all to visit.   (click for more)

Chattanooga Area Under Hard Freeze Warning As Winter Comes Early

The Chattanooga area was under a freeze warning as winter rushed in early. The biting weather came as crew members were about to hit the water for the annual Head of the Hooch at Ross's Landing. Here is the warning: ...FREEZE WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 3 AM EST /2 AM CST/ TO 9 AM EST /8 AM CST/ SUNDAY ... THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN MORRISTOWN HAS ISSUED ... (click for more)

Downtown Chattanooga Apartment Complex That Brought $3 Million Profit Exempt From Most Taxes Until 2022 Under PILOT

A downtown Chattanooga apartment complex that recently was sold at a $3 million profit is exempt from most property taxes through 2022 under a PILOT (payment in lieu of taxes) agreement.   No payment of school taxes was included in the deal for Walnut Commons at Walnut Street and Aquarium Way.   The only taxes due on the property for the next eight ... (click for more)

Time To Fix The TIFs

What if Chattanooga policy makers and taxpayers used several recent business announcements as a wakeup call to learn more about how our community decides what companies get property tax breaks? If enough people accept this assignment, it just might result in the adoption of some sound policies and procedures to guide us in the future. We read in the newspapers this week that ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: My Garden In November

As the first day of November arrives today, it is cold enough in my garden to officially certify that fall has fell! There are even signs of ice on the ground but there is a bounty crop of acorns so, in keeping with our monthly tradition, some will get shiny acorns and others will get a chunk of cold ice: A SHINY ACORN for Patriots football coach Bill Belichick for scoffing at ... (click for more)