Chattanooga Parks And Recreation Weekly Top 10

Monday, February 11, 2013

Here is the weekly Top 10 from Chattanooga Parks and Recreation:

#1  Summer Kidz Kamp Registration 
Click here for the flyer, applications and a list of Community Centers. Print all forms and return them to the Community Center the child will participate in. Scholarship applications also available online, but read requirements carefully. Call 643-6052 for more information. 

#2  Adult Softball League Signups, Men's, Women's, Co-ed, All Levels 
Nearly 90 teams competed last year, playing at the award winning Summit of Softball. Teams will consist of a full season, tournament and more. Churches, and businesses are encouraged to join. The cost is $450 a team, to pay for scorer, refs and umps. Registration forms are available online at or at 1102 South Watkins St.  For more information call Richard West at 643-6055. A $100 deposit is required as soon as possible.

#3 Professional Badminton Lessons This Week Only
World Champion Alistair Casey will be at Brainerd Community Center. Lessons will be available by appointment as times are limited. Each hour lesson with Casey will cost $50 for up to a total of eight participants.  For more information call 425-3600. Space is limited. 

#4  Black History Living Museum/Gospel Night and Bowl
Feb. 18-22. Free and open to the public. Join staff, volunteers and more for a look back through African American History during an art show, living museum, gospel singing and a quiz show.  Call Ivy Strickland for more Information. 
Feb. 18- Living museum at Carver Center 6 p.m.
Feb. 19- Living Museum at Eastdale Center 6 p.m.
Feb. 21- Gospel Night at Antioch Baptist Church Eastdale 6 p.m.
Feb. 22- Black History Bowl at Shepherd Center at 6 p.m.

#5  Free Tax Help at Brainerd Community Center 
Brainerd Complex is offering free tax help for the community every Monday, Wednesday, Thursday at 4 p.m. and Saturdays at 10 a.m. 

#6  Search for Bigfoot on Signal Mountain Sunday 
Bring the whole family for an easy two mile hike to find the elusive Bigfoot, who treads the woods around Mushroom Rock. Bigfoot, a.k.a. Sasquatch or Yeti, has been encountered numerous times in the Mushroom Rock area. Hikers have told of bluff charges, screaming from the underbrush and snapping sticks. Shackleford Ridge Park at 2 p.m. Free, no reservations are necessary. 

#7 Free Wheelchair Basketball Saturday at Hixson Community Center
Join Therapeutic Recreation Department and SPARC Saturday at Hixson Community Center at 10 a.m. for wheelchair basketball.  Never been, no worries just show up. Need equipment, no worries, just show up or call Elaine Adams at 697-1345. For more information watch the video here.  

#8  Spring Tennis Leagues at Champions Club  
League dates: Monday, March 25-Saturday, May 18 (dates include makeups). The leagues consist of six (or more) weeks of round-robin play. The top four players/doubles teams in each division will qualify for season-ending playoffs. Application deadline is Sunday, March 10, at 6 p.m. or until divisions fill. Cost is $40/player/per event.  Call 870-3112 for more information or click here

#9 Free Aerobics Classes at Washington Hills Center on Highway 58
Adult aerobics are being offered Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 11:30 a.m. Lose weight, get in shape, feel great. Complete schedule available here

#10  Registration Open for Outdoor Chattanooga's 7th Annual Outdoor Expo and Gear Swap April 20
Held in Coolidge Park. This year, the event's theme is: "A Spring Celebration of Chattanooga's Signature Outdoor Lifestyle." Exhibitor registration is open to outdoor businesses, non profits, conservation and local food organizations, alternative transportation manufacturers and organizations, clubs, health and wellness organizations and dog and cat rescue groups. For more information, email Ruth Thompson or call 643-6888.

HCSO Safe Journey Conducts Child Safety Seat Check Tuesday

Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office Safe Journey personnel will be conducting a child safety seat check on Tuesday from 2-4 p.m. at the Chuck E. Cheese in Hixson, 22 Northgate Park. During this time, families may stop by the parking lot and Safe Journey personnel will help install, review, and/or check to ensure their child safety restraints are properly installed. Safe ... (click for more)

Author Will Have Book Launch Party At Local Comic Book Store

Local author Jesse Baruffi announced Tuesday that he is having a release party for his debut comedy science fiction novel, Otto Von Trapezoid and the Empress of Thieves, this Sunday at Infinity Flux in Hixson.    The event will feature a live reading by the author, a Q&A session, free autographs with a purchase of the book, and a giveaway of one book copy. Refreshments ... (click for more)

Baylor Student, 16, Dies After Cardiac Incident At Pool

A 16-year-old Baylor School student died after a cardiac incident at a pool on Monday afternoon. Sumner Smith died in the incident on campus. The student was taken by ambulance to Erlanger. Baylor's Barbara Kennedy said it happened during a routine swim practice. He was found unresponsive in the pool. Counselors were being provided on the Baylor campus on Tuesday. ... (click for more)

Bradley County Commission Decides Not To Provide Animal Pickup Service

Bradley County Commissioners on Monday finally put animal control to rest. It was not easy and it was not without confusion, but in the end, the county will not provide animal pickup service.   Confusion began when commissioners were asked to approve the agenda, which included two options for animal control pick up. Item “D” provided for the SPCA of Bradley County ... (click for more)

VW PILOT Crash Landing

The Volkswagen emission scandal proves the point citizen activist, Ms. Helen Burns Sharp, has repeatedly brought to the attention of local government officials. She urged them to "beef up" the PILOT contracts before approving PILOT tax abatements. Any logical person would agree, because it is the only way to recoup a tax loss when unthinkable situations arise. Volkswagen's willful ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: The Readers Are Right

Jeffrey Cross is a community activist in the very finest way. He has no idea that I and many others have followed what he has done, and tirelessly I might add, to enhance the St. Elmo neighborhood at the foot of Lookout Mountain. I wish this world had a million Jeffrey Crosses. So when he wrote in protest of my Monday story, “We Want Our City Back,” I was more than eager to read ... (click for more)