Chattanooga YFD Weekly Top 10

Monday, November 11, 2013

Here is the weekly Top 10 list for Chattanooga YFD: 

Many centers offer numerous ongoing activities and events.  Below is just a highlight of the events this week.   Visit 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 host Pep Talk and discuss the city of Chattanooga and positive solutions for communities, youth and families.  This week they sit down with On Point, tackling teen issues and solutions, and discussing the 40 developmental assets to follow.  

#2  Youth and Family Centers Hours for Next Week and Thanksgiving Week 
Starting Monday, Nov. 18, due to the TRPA conference and holiday schedule the Youth and Family Development Centers (rec centers) will feature abbreviated schedules. Please check with the local centers to discuss any class schedule changes.   Monday, Nov. 18, to Wednesday, Nov. 20, all centers will open 2-8 p.m.  Week of Thanksgiving: All centers will open regular hours Monday-Wednesday, but close Thanksgiving Day through Sunday. 

#3  Thanksgiving at Coolidge Park 
Tuesday, Nov. 19.  Bring the family as YFD, City Parks, and Bridge Christian Church bring Thanksgiving to Coolidge.  3-7 p.m., Carousel open.  6 p.m. free movie in the park, 6:45 p.m. free fireworks show!.  Movie selection is Alpha and Omega 2.  Call 643-6096 for any questions or email 

#4   Free Literacy Programs at Local YFD Centers
Featuring Lexia Technology Based Learning.   Lexia provides explicit, personalized learning on foundational reading skills for students of all abilities, and delivers performance data and analysis without interrupting the flow of instruction. This research-proven, technology-based approach accelerates reading skills development, predicts students' year-end performance and provides facility managers and our education coordinator, data-driven action plans to help differentiate instruction.  Sign a child up for daily after school learning at these centers:  Avondale, Brainerd, Carver, Eastdale, Eastlake, East Chatt, Hixson, North Chatt, South Chatt, Washington Hills and Westside Centers. Or call 643-6096. 

#5   Free Basketball Signups at Local YFD Centers for All Youth 
Now through November. 2013-2014 basketball sign ups are going on now at local Youth and Family Development Center. For girls and boys ages 6-12. Stop by your local center or call Richard at 643-6055. This is also a way to see the after school programs offered at each center, including homework help, literacy help, and much more.  

#6   Nori Nori Giveaway Avondale Center 
Join Power 94's Nori Nori Friday 5-7 p.m. Nori Nori is at it again! This time she has plenty of giveaways, including clothing, school supplies and much more. Join Nori Nori and Avondale staff this Friday for an event that helps several in the neighborhood. 

#7   Mobile Health Coach Coming to Avondale Center 
Free screenings and more, Saturday from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Ladies, if you haven't scheduled your annual mammogram, it's not too late to take advantage of this life-saving screening. On Saturday, Memorial's Mobile Mammography Coach will visit Avondale Center at 1305 Dodson Ave.  If you or someone you know will be close to this location, take a moment to stop by and have an examination for your health and peace of mind. Call 495-4040 to schedule an appointment

#8   Elks Hoop-Shoot Free Throw Contest 
Saturday, Nov. 23, at South Chatt Center.  1151 West 40th St. (St. Elmo). For boys and girls 8-9, 10-11, 12-13. Registration begins at 11: a.m. and the contest begins at 12 p.m. Prizes will be awarded, including 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place. All 1st place winners will advance to the State competition in Knoxville, on Nov. 30, winners from State will advance through Regional contest, and qualify for a trip of a lifetime to compete in Nationals Finals held in Springfield, Mass, April 10-13, 2014. For more information, contact Dank Hawkins at 697-1289! 

#9  Free Teen Rugby Clinic at Hixson YFD Center 
Nov. 23rd, 12-3 p.m.  9th-12th grade, come out to Hixson Center (Old Hixson Middle School) for a free Rugby Clinic with the guys from UTC's Rugby team.  Learn the game, play the game, have fun. If you have any questions, call 490-9289 today. 

#10  Wrap Around Social Services 
Head Start/Child Care/LIHEAP/Commodities. Every now and then, we all could use a little help. Youth and Family Development realizes this, and provides outstanding programs, from child care to energy assistance programs. For more information, please call: Energy Assistance/Commodities:757-5541, 3-Star Child Care Program: 757-0953, Head Start Program: 757-5551.

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