Chattanooga YFD Weekly Top 10

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Here is the Chattanooga YFD Weekly Top 10 for the week of July 22 and beyond. 

#1  Foster Grandparent Program Needs Volunteers
Do you love working with children and want to help them reach their full potential? Are you low income and 55 years of age, or older? Can you spare 20 hours a week to work one-on-one with special-needs children? If so, you may qualify to serve as a foster grandparent in one of 41 non-profit agencies who partner with the Foster Grandparent Program, including day care centers, mentoring sites, schools, hospitals, Head Start sites, and special education departments and centers. Call 423-757-5509 to find out more. 

#2   NSA Softball World Series
160+ Girls Softball Teams Competing in Chattanooga.  Hundreds of girls ages 10-18 who have traveled as far as Canada are competing in the National Softball Association World series at Warner Park, The Summit of Softball and Camp Jordan. The public is invited to check it out. 

#3   Free Ballet Performance Friday at UTC
Dance Alive and Ballet Tennessee Summer Intensive (both summer programs for area youth) invite you to a free ballet performance at Hayes Concert Hall, at the UTC Fine Arts Center Friday at 6 p.m. Come see the talent our youth have and cheer them on as they dance the night away.  For more information on the program, click here

#4  Free Movies in the Park Saturday at Coolidge Park
This is the last weekend to enjoy Movies in the Park at Coolidge Park...a great family event.  Saturday at 8 p.m., enjoy a free movie about a  prehistoric family who discovers a whole new world after their cave is destroyed.  

#5  Packing AT&T Field Saturday
Park The Park Polio Prevention Night. The Chattanooga Youth and Family Department will have over 200 youth attend the Lookouts game Thursday at 7:15 p.m., thanks to a donation of tickets from the North River Rotary Club who will "Pack the Park for Polio" Thursday.  

#6   Play in the 2013 Senior Olympics
Ages 50 and up.  Games Sept. 14-25.  Age is only a number. Compete in the 2013 Senior Olympics in badminton, basketball, pickleball, shuffleboard, table tennis, volleyball and track and field games. Those interested can call 755-6114 or can register online here.

#7   Thursdays at Eastgate Senior Center, Free Fun 
Located at Eastgate Town Center. Tap Dancing (10 a.m.), Chair Yoga (11-11:45 a.m. in August), Bible Study (noon), Bowling at Holiday Bowl (1 p.m., $5.50/3 games, must mention red-headed pins to get discount), Bingo (1-3 p.m.) and Zumba (1 p.m.) 

#8  Senior Walking Classes at East Lake Center 
Free, Monday-Friday, 11:#0 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Join friends or create new friends at East Lake Center, and get in shape as well. Free walking classes daily starting at the center (3610 Dodds Ave) at 11:30 a.m.. If too hot, we'll take it inside. Call 867-4498. 

#9   East Chattanooga Community Outreach Festival Saturday
From 10 a.m.-1 p.m., 2409 Dodson Ave. Fun, free day for the entire  family, full of information for the youth and young at heart. Booths include McKamney, Chattanooga Cares, TN Meth Task Force, Virginia College, BCBS, First Things First, Chattanooga Fire Department, Tyner Marching Band and more. Call 635-5393 for more information. 

#10  Westside Center Youth Football and Cheerleading Signups 
1201 Poplar St. Sign-Up now at Westside Center until Aug. 16. Cost of program is free. Ages 7-12 and birth certificates are required. For more information call 756-3541 or 313-0810.


Ambi Artists Creative Meeting To Held October 2

An Ambi Artists creative meeting will be held on Thursday, Oct. 2 from 6-8 p.m. atHeritage House Arts and Civic Center, 1428 Jenkins Road.   Based on "The Artist's Way" by Julia Cameron, Ambi Artists is a “cross-pollinator” where creatives of all stripes gather to reignite their creative spark.  Typical get-togethers include writers & poets, fine artists ... (click for more)

Registration Now Open For Grateful Gobbler Walk

One way for area families and friends to celebrate and create a new Thanksgiving tradition is by participating in the 15th Annual Grateful Gobbler Walk.  Registration is now open for this family fun walk at www.gratefulgobblerwalk.org .  The Grateful Gobbler Walk will be held on Thanksgiving Day (Thursday, Nov. 27) at 8 a.m. at Coolidge Park. One hundred percent of ... (click for more)

Youth Pleads Guilty In 2011 Club Fathom Shootings; Rakestraw Gets 3 Years In Prison

A teen who was 15 at the time nine people were shot outside Club Fathom downtown on Christmas Eve 2011 pleaded guilty to three counts of aggravated assault on Tuesday. Brandon Lebron Rakestraw, who is now 18, appeared before Criminal Court Judge Don Poole. He received a three-year prison term to serve. Rakestraw has been in jail for 10 months. Prosecutor Jason Demastus ... (click for more)

Over 2,500 Athletes, Plus Thousands Of Fans And Supporters, Set For Chattanooga, North Georgia For Sunday's Ironman Event

Over 2,500 athletes, along with thousands more of fans and supporters, will be in Chattanooga and North Georgia for Sunday's Ironman competition. The competitors will first swim 2.4 miles in the Tennessee River before biking 112 miles (56 miles each way) and running a 26.2-mile (two and a half loops downtown, the Southside and the North Shore) marathon. The bicycle course ... (click for more)

Congrats To Super Citizen Helen Burns Sharp - And Response

Congratulations to super-citizen Helen Burns Sharp on both her initial IDB lawsuit and on Chancellor Fleenor's ruling.  Also, I wish her well on her current action. It's a shame that a private citizen such as Ms. Sharp has to invest so much time and money to keep a government agency honest.  Three cheers and thumbs up.  I thank her.  R.J. Johnson  ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Behold The Ig Nobel Awards

Every year a humorous scientific magazine, known as the Annals of Improbable Research, presents what is called the Ig Nobel Awards. The awards are each a satirical response, of course, to the much-lauded Nobel Prizes and, believe it or not, the winners actually did scientific and exhaustive research to support their funny findings. This year’s category was food and, when the ... (click for more)