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.


Contra Dance For Everyone Set For Saturday

Chattanooga Traditional Dance Society presents its monthly Contra Dance for Everyone on Saturday.  Featuring calling by Beadle and music by Turnip the Beet, the dance takes place from 7:30-11 p.m. at Brainerd United Methodist Church, Lundy Hall, 4315 Brainerd Road. Admission is $8 or $5 for students and seniors.  Everyone is invited to join the family-friendly community ... (click for more)

Master Gardener Classes Start In January

Master Gardener classes will start in January.  "The classes have been very popular over the years," said Tom Stebbins.  "There are numerous reasons people enjoy the program and suggest it to their friends.  You don't have to be a gardening expert to become a Master Gardener.  The program is about connecting with other gardeners, with community and with reliable ... (click for more)

2 Juveniles Arrested For Arson In Sevier County Fires

An investigation by special agents with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, National Park Service, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and the Sevier County Sheriff’s Office has resulted in charges being placed against two juveniles in connection with the deadly wildfires in Sevier County.  Last week, at the request of 4 th  District Attorney ... (click for more)

Walker County Will No Longer Have Full-Time County Attorney Under Whitfield Tenure; Will Add Full-Time Communications Director

Incoming Walker County Sole Commissioner Shannon Whitfield said under his administration there will no longer be a full-time county attorney. "We will outsource this service on a fee basis," he said. Mr. Whitfield said he has begun interviewing attorneys who might be able to help out the county from time to time. Don Oliver has long been the county attorney for Walker County ... (click for more)

Vehicle Emissions Testing Causes More Pollution Than It Prevents - And Response

While a noble cause to make sure vehicles are operating efficiently with the minimum amount of pollutants, a simple analysis makes it somewhat evident the VET program in Chattanooga causes more pollution that it prevents.  Though I don't know how many vehicles are tested on an annual basis, if you assume an average round trip of 10 miles to the nearest testing station (five ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: The Cost Of No Discipline

At the start of the current school year, state education officials gathered at some “state testing task force” when disciplinary records from across Tennessee happened to be revealed. You probably are unaware of this, as it seems to have been kept on the “down low,” but statewide a full 20 percent of the black males in our public schools were suspended at least once during the 2014-2015 ... (click for more)