Memorial Hospital, Orange Grove Center Host Neighborhood Block Party May 31

Event Will Offer Free Health Screenings

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Orange Grove Center is celebrating its 60th anniversary and will host a neighborhood block party in collaboration with Memorial Hospital to celebrate the milestone.  Area families are invited to the free event on Derby Street Friday, May 31, from 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

Orange Grove Center has been a part of the Chattanooga community since 1953, providing educational, vocational, residential and health care services to individuals with developmental disabilities.

“We have had a huge amount of support from the community over the years, and we believe there is no better way to celebrate this milestone than by inviting the community to come out and participate in the celebration,” said Kyle Hauth, executive director of Orange Grove Center.  “The party will include health screenings, face painting, live music, and much more.”

Entertainment and games like Zumba and face painting, a massage therapy tent,  Tai Chi demonstrations, and a variety of health screenings and health awareness booths will be available. 

Memorial Hospital, a neighbor to Orange Grove, is co-hosting the event, and representatives from the hospital say they are honored to take part in the celebration, while also providing awareness to the community about living an active and healthy lifestyle.

“When we heard about the block party we were very excited at the idea of co-hosting with Orange Grove” said Howard Roddy, vice president of Healthy Communities and Advocacy at Memorial.  “This event is a celebration of a wonderful organization, and a perfect setting for individuals to have a good time, while also learning about a variety of health topics.”

Tents will be set up for guests to have dental, blood pressure, BMI and hip/waste ratio, hearing and foot health screenings, as well as information booths on Alzheimer’s and end of life care planning.  Individuals who wish to give blood will be able to do so through Blood Assurance.  Children are invited to participate in games and activities including putt-putt, basketball, ring toss and face painting. 

The event is free and open to the public.  For more information call 308-1160.

Established in 1953, the Orange Grove Center is a private, non-profit organization serving adults and children with developmental disabilities. Orange Grove serves approximately 700 individuals, and employs over 800 professional staff members to provide a wide array of community services.

For more information, visit; “Like” them on Facebook at:  Orange Grove Center; or, follow them on Twitter:  @OrangeGroveCtr.

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