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.



John Shearer: Barbara Bush Visited Chattanooga At Least 6 Times

As Americans are saying goodbye and paying their respects to former First Lady Barbara Bush following her death  on Tuesday , her face has been shown numerous times on television and in newspapers.   For the last three decades or so, she was a pretty familiar face in Chattanooga as well.   A look at the files in the local history section of the Chattanooga ... (click for more)

Alton Park Street Fest & Clean Up Set Up Saturday

Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke and District 7 Councilman Erskine Oglesby are teaming up with multiple city of Chattanooga departments for the inaugural Alton Park Street Fest & Clean Up on Saturday.  “The purpose of this event is to empower District 7 constituents and the surrounding communities to take part in the revitalization of their neighborhood,” said Councilman ... (click for more)

Robert Gillisse Was Pilot Killed In Plane Crash At Collegedale Airport

The pilot who was killed in a plane crash on the runway of the Collegedale Airport on Friday evening has been identified as Robert Gillisse, 62, of Ooltewah . Charles Swain, who is the director of the airport, said the plane was a total loss. It was a single-occupant plane. He said the plane was taking off when it crashed. He said Mr. Gillisse frequently had flown out of ... (click for more)

East Ridge To Build Open-Air Pavilion Near City Hall

East Ridge plans to construct an open-air pavilion that will include restrooms and a concession area near City Hall and the old McBrien School.  It will be part of a Town Center for East Ridge at the Tombras Avenue property. The city is also applying for a $500,000 grant to help convert Pioneer Park into a refurbished park with a splash pad. The firm of Hefferlin and ... (click for more)

A Tribute For My Brother – Sgt. Jonathan Gardner, U.S. Army

Seven years ago today, my family and I found out that my brother, Sgt. Jonathan D. Gardner, was seriously injured by a roadside bomb, (explosively formed penetrator - EFP), while on a mission in Kuwait. The EFP went through the bottom of his seat and put a softball size hole in his upper thigh. The doctors said that if the bomb had entered the Humvee an inch to the right, he ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: The Saturday Funnies

All of us who marvel at the sound of bagpipes at a funeral realize the majesty that people like piper Scottie Maclellan can lend to any “homecoming” and for years there has been a wonderful tale out of Nova Scotia that leads this week’s parade of The  Saturday  Funnies. Mind you, I do not write these stories, as many who have followed man’s laughter down through the ... (click for more)