Chattanooga Parks And Recreation Weekly Top 10

Monday, January 14, 2013

Here is the weekly top ten for Chattanooga Parks and Recreation:

#1  Reminder, Tutoring and Homework Help at all Community Centers
All community centers offer free homework help Monday-Thursday after school. Staff and volunteers will spend time with students and are prepared to answer questions. Sometime the homework help is even a bit on the unique side, showcased in this VIDEO from CP+R TV. 

#2 Sew What Chattanooga
Check out the latest video from CP+R TV. The video features the sewing and quilting programs at Wyatt Community Center. Ladies of all ages are learning the skills for not only themselves, but making quilts to donate to those in need. Recently, we caught a couple of young ladies with their dad making a dress. Classes are held at Wyatt, with more crochet, quilting and sewing classes at Brainerd Complex and Patten Center in Lookout Valley. 

#3 Teaching Youth how to Cook
Both Carver Community Center and North Chattanooga Community Centers feature Kids Kafe, free to area youth, Thursdays at 3 p.m. Many youth come home to empty houses and the instruction along with food provided by the Chattanooga Food Bank, help teach youth a few basics as well as learning healthy eating habits. Check out the VIDEO.


#4 Skills and Drills Class Starts Friday.  Learn Basketball Correctly 
Join Hixson staff starting Friday at 5 p.m. and every other Friday for skills and drills class. We all know the game, but do we know how to play the game correctly? For all ages, free.  Check out the full schedule for Hixson here.

#5 Girls Inc. Teen Awareness Program Wednesday at Tynr
Young Ladies are invited to this ongoing teen program with information provided by Girls Inc. Topics discussed feature information on health relates issues, social interaction and more. This free class starts at 4:30 p.m. and occurs every Wednesday through the end of January. Call Tyner CC at 855-2664 for more information. 

#6 Free Adaptive Kayaking Class for Veterans Starts Wednesday
Starting Wednesday, the same instructional kayaking program will be offered towards veterans with disabilities and their families (also including other veterans who want to be a part of helping to make this happen). 5-6 p.m. at Brainerd. For more information, call Elaine at 697-1345.  Free.

#7 Free Kids Bike Rodeo at Carver Saturday.  Learn to be Safe 
Join the staff from Carver Center and Outdoor Chattanooga Saturday from noon-2 p.m. as they teach basic bike skills.  Bring a bike and helmet and come play. We will do helmet fittings, bike maintenance checks, and learn stopping and starting, signaling, and how to handle yourself around cars. Call 643-6888 for more information or click here.

#8 Basketball Sign Ups for Boys and Girls Ages 14-18  Free
Now signing up teenage girls and boys for the upcoming basketball season. Season starts in a couple of weeks. Travel to games provided. Call Richard West at 643-6055 for more information.

#9 Chattanooga's Newest Park Opens Jan. 24 - The Main Terrain
Join us for the Party on Thursday, Jan. 24, at 10:30 a.m. Meet the artist and check out the fitness component that makes the Main Terrain the most UNIQUE park in Chattanooga. More information on the grand opening here

#10 Free R& B and Hip Hop Concert
Feb. 9 at Hamilton Place Mall featuring stars of Chattanooga. 2-5 p.m. in this Red Carpet Style Concert. Hear the voices of Roddie, and lyrics of T-Rollin, Swaggbotz and more. All songs written and produced by youth in the Prevention and Youth Development program. Free and positive.  Check out the first single by Roddie here.


Chattanooga Poet Christian J. Collier Wins Spoken Word Fellowship

Chattanooga poet Christian J. Collier has been announced as one of the winners of the Loft Spoken Word Immersion Fellowship. He is one of four winners who were selected from around the nation. The honor will allow Mr. Collier to travel to several parts of the country in 2015 to perform as well as launch a few projects that he has had in mind. One such project is to create a spoken ... (click for more)

Highway Safety Office To Announce Traffic Safety Initiative For Thanksgiving Holiday

The Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security and Tennessee Highway Patrol (THP) will join the Governor’s Highway Safety Office and leaders from organizations that serve local law enforcement officers to announce a statewide traffic safety initiative during the Thanksgiving holiday on Monday morning.  The announcement will be made in the gym of the THP ... (click for more)

Grote Hall At UTC Campus Closed Due To Sinkhole

A sinkhole has prompted UTC officials to close off access to Grote Hall. Grote Hall employees have been told they do not need to report to work on Monday. Classes that are held in Grote Hall are called off for Monday. All other classes and campus activities are on for Monday. (click for more)

Bradley County Police Investigating Shooting; Victim Dies

The Bradley County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a shooting that occurred in the area of Georgetown Road. The sheriff's office said Sunday night that the victim had died. The victim's name has not yet been released.  A BCSO officer was waved down at the intersection of 25 th Street and Peerless Road by the driver of a vehicle who told the officer a gunshot victim ... (click for more)

Don't Be Quick To Discard Common Core

Let's not be too quick to discard Common Core. A recent article in the Tennessean on  Sunday detailed Common Core successes the Kingsport, Tennessee school system.  I encourage you to read it.  The article also noted that Tennessee was recently ranked as one of the fastest improving states in education after implementing portions of the Common Core curriculum ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: UVa --Time For Change

The University of Virginia is, by any measure, one of the finest universities in the world. I have long admired it, whether covering dozens of sports events, cavorting with countless friends, or benefitting repeatedly from the surgical skills of the late world-class humanitarian Frank McCue. But today there is a terrible pall over “Mr. Jefferson’s university” – no, make that a ... (click for more)