Chattanooga YFD Weekly Top 10

Monday, October 7, 2013

Here are the weekly Top 10 for Chattanooga YFD for the week of Oct. 7th and beyond. 

Please note, many centers offer numerous ongoing activities and events.  Below is just a highlight of the events this week.  Visit www.chattanooga.gov/youthandfamily for more. 

#1   Everybody Needs One Pep Talk Radio Show
Every Monday, 7-8 p.m. on Groove Radio FM 93.5.  Lurone "Coach" Jennings and Brian Smith are proud to host "Pep Talk" every Monday from 7-8 p.m. During "Pep Talk" we will discuss the city of Chattanooga, and positive solutions for communities, youth and families. Monday's guest is Chattanooga's Public Safety Coordinator, Paul Smith.  

#2   Helping Neighbors, Energy Assistance/Commodities Distribution 
Sign ups continue this week and beyond.  If you or a friend can benefit from the Commodities Distribution or LIHEAP/Energy assistance programs, please contact us. Sign ups this week:
Soddy Daisy Site-Tuesday, 8-11 a.m. at The Senior Center 
Ooltewah Site - Tuesday, 1-3 p.m. at The Samaritan Center 
Chattanooga Site - Ongoing throughout the month of October at Chattanooga Department of Youth & Family Development, 501 W. 12th St, Chattanooga TN 37402. For more information on our programs, call 757-5541   

#3   Bark in the Park Saturday
Heritage House and Heritage Park-E. Brainerd. A great community event which is able to cross all cultural, demographic, religious and financial boundaries and unite the community through a mutual love of dogs.  It combines education and entertainment to create a great annual event which also raises monies for a good cause. This year funds are being raised to install weather/ shade covers over the wheelchair access pads in the Heritage Park Dog Park. Fees for the dog park go to help fund McKamey Animal Center, Goodwill Service dogs and Dog Park Maintenance. Bark in the park is hosted By the Friends of East Brainerd in Partnership with the city of Chattanooga with many local sponsors and volunteers.  Last year there were over 6,000 guests. (Corner of E. Brainerd Rd/Jenkins Rd.) Call Chris for more information at 855-9474 


 #4   Quality Preschool Experiences for Young Children at No Cost, If Eligible 
City of Chattanooga Head Start/Early Head Start. The Head Start program is accepting applications with over a dozen locations across the city.  They are also offering low child to staff ratio, degreed, trained teachers, health services, programs for all abilities, nutrition services and more.  Call 493-9773 for an appointment and more information.  Click here for locations.

-Fall/Halloween Events-  

#5  7th Annual Lookout Valley Car, Truck and Bike Show at Patten Center
Oct. 12, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Come see the classics and antiques at the Annual Car Show. Entertainment, door prizes and of course, cars, trucks and bikes. Put on by the Lookout Valley Lions Club. Call 822-3399 for more information. 

#6   Chattanooga Community Orchestra Performance at North River Center 
Oct. 18, 7-8 p.m.  Free.  Plus other free programs too: Memorial Metabolic & Weight Loss Seminar Oct. 22, 6 p.m., Elder Home Solutions Seminar, Oct. 23, 11:30 a.m., The Whole Spectrum Art Exhibit, September-November.  Located behind Northgate Mall in Hixson. Call 870-8924 for more information.

New Senior Center Schedule is Out for October.  

#7  Water Safety Week Oct. 21-25
Activities, lessons, boating safety water hazards.  Free and open to all youth in grades K-5th grade at Brainerd Complex Indoor Pool.  This is a hands on training that will have your child more confident and safe around water in the Tennessee Valley. Classes will happen daily from 1-1:45 p.m. (K-2) and 2-2:45 p.m. (Grades 3-5th). For more information please call Peggy at 697-1385. 

#8   Boo at the Zoo Dreamnight
Thursday, Oct. 24, 5:30-8 p.m.  The Chattanooga Zoo's annual Boo in the Zoo celebration includes a dance/DJ in the Education Building, some of your most lovable cartoon characters, trick-or-treat stations, costume contests, pizza, games, and much more! Dreamnight is a free, open house event for individuals with special needs and/or terminal illnesses and their families or caretakers. Dreamnight offers a VIP Zoo visit that acknowledges and accommodates the unique circumstances that generally limit relaxing outings for these families during normal operating hours. Please RSVP to the Zoo at 697-1319.  For more information on the Therapeutic Rec Department, please click here.

#9  Center Fall Festivals  
Free Family Fun at these YFD Centers. 

Tyner YFD Center (Next to Tyner High), Oct. 30, 5-8 p.m.  Community Program Sponsored by Silverdale Baptist Church. This program will include rides, music, games, food, and gifts all free to Tyner Community and surrounding areas. (855-2664)

Lookout Valley Fall Festival at Patten Center, Oct. 31, 6-8 p.m. Community program sponsored by Lookout Valley Baptist Church  Prizes, food, games, entertainment and much more. (825-5955)

#10  2013 Pumpkin Plunge
Brainerd Complex, Oct. 30, 5:30-7:30 p.m.  Free, bring the family and enjoy "plunging" into the pool for pumpkins (non swimmers welcome), pumpkin decorating, trunk or treat, music and much more.  Bring a swimsuit and towel.  1010 North Moore Road, 425-3600.


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