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.


Contra Dance For Everyone Set For Saturday

Chattanooga Traditional Dance Society presents its monthly Contra Dance for Everyone on Saturday.  Featuring calling by Beadle and music by Turnip the Beet, the dance takes place from 7:30-11 p.m. at Brainerd United Methodist Church, Lundy Hall, 4315 Brainerd Road. Admission is $8 or $5 for students and seniors.  Everyone is invited to join the family-friendly community ... (click for more)

Master Gardener Classes Start In January

Master Gardener classes will start in January.  "The classes have been very popular over the years," said Tom Stebbins.  "There are numerous reasons people enjoy the program and suggest it to their friends.  You don't have to be a gardening expert to become a Master Gardener.  The program is about connecting with other gardeners, with community and with reliable ... (click for more)

2 Juveniles Arrested For Arson In Sevier County Fires

An investigation by special agents with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, National Park Service, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and the Sevier County Sheriff’s Office has resulted in charges being placed against two juveniles in connection with the deadly wildfires in Sevier County.  Last week, at the request of 4 th  District Attorney ... (click for more)

Walker County Will No Longer Have Full-Time County Attorney Under Whitfield Tenure; Will Add Full-Time Communications Director

Incoming Walker County Sole Commissioner Shannon Whitfield said under his administration there will no longer be a full-time county attorney. "We will outsource this service on a fee basis," he said. Mr. Whitfield said he has begun interviewing attorneys who might be able to help out the county from time to time. Don Oliver has long been the county attorney for Walker County ... (click for more)

Vehicle Emissions Testing Causes More Pollution Than It Prevents - And Response

While a noble cause to make sure vehicles are operating efficiently with the minimum amount of pollutants, a simple analysis makes it somewhat evident the VET program in Chattanooga causes more pollution that it prevents.  Though I don't know how many vehicles are tested on an annual basis, if you assume an average round trip of 10 miles to the nearest testing station (five ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: The Cost Of No Discipline

At the start of the current school year, state education officials gathered at some “state testing task force” when disciplinary records from across Tennessee happened to be revealed. You probably are unaware of this, as it seems to have been kept on the “down low,” but statewide a full 20 percent of the black males in our public schools were suspended at least once during the 2014-2015 ... (click for more)