Chattanooga YFD Weekly Top 10

Monday, September 30, 2013

Here is the weekly Chattanooga  YFD Top 10.  Many centers offer numerous ongoing activities and events.  Below is just a highlight of the events this week.  Visit chattanooga.gov/youthandfamily for more.  

#1   Everybody Needs One - Pep Talk Radio Show Returns Monday Night 
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 family.  Tonight's guest is Mayor Andy Berke.  

#2   National Night Out Events
Tuesday, 5 p.m. Several communities will be celebrating National Night Out all over Chattanooga, and the kickoff celebration will be held at East Chattanooga Center at 5 p.m. 2409 Dodson Ave. Community partners will feature food, entertainment, displays, and prizes.  South Chattanooga Center, 1151 W 40th St., will have a NNO celebration as well, starting at 6 p.m.  National Night Out is a day of celebration, celebrated across the nation and in our city, designed to strengthen the neighborhood spirit and police-community partnership. 

#3   Quality Preschool Experiences For Young Children at No Cost - If Eligible 
The Head Start program is accepting applications with over a dozen locations across the city. We are also offering low child to staff ratio, degreed, trained teachers, health services, programs for all abilities, nutrition services and more.  Call 493-9773 for an appointment and more information today. Click here for locations.

#4   Calling All Artists - Meeting of the Minds at the Heritage House
Ambi-Artist-Thursday from 6-9 p.m. (Heritage Park). Ambi-Artists is a monthly gathering of creatives of all persuasions. The evening's typical get-together usually includes fine artists, photographers, woodcarvers, sculptors and filmmakers -- just to name a few. Those attending bring a covered dish, beverage, side or dessert to share along with whatever project they are currently working on. All who come to Ambi receive positive reinforcement and a good meal. Call Chris for more information at 855-9474 

#5   Punt, Pass and Kick Event Sunday 
Free at Finley Stadium, youth ages 6-15, 12:30 p.m. The NFL Punt, Pass and Kick program is a national skills competition for boys and girls between the ages of 6 and 15 to compete separately against their peers. PPK program is the oldest NFL Youth Football program.  Girls and boys in five separate age divisions (6-7, 8-9, 10-11, 12-13, and 14-15) compete against each other in punting, passing and place kicking in a fun and engaging forum.  The PPK program is free.  Register here or at 12:30 p.m. at Finley Stadium or call Richard West at 643-6055.

#6  Fall Program Schedules at 17 YFD Centers
As mentioned above, all centers feature after school homework help, literacy programs and more, but each center also offers a variety of other programs. Visiting chattanooga.gov/youthandfamily will have you connected to all fall activities going on now.  Click here to go directly to the page. Then click on "Ongoing Activities" under each center.  

 -IN THE WEEKS TO COME- 

#7  7th Annual Lookout Valley Car, Truck and Bike Show at Patten Center
Oct. 12, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Come see the classics and antiques at the Annual Car Show.  Entertainment, door prizes and of course, cars, trucks and bikes. Put on by the Lookout Valley Lions Club. Call 822-3399 for more information.

#8    Chattanooga Community Orchestra Performance at North River Center
Oct. 18, 7-8 p.m.  Free. Plus other free programs too: Memorial Metabolic & Weight Loss Seminar Oct. 22 at 6 p.m.; Elder Home Solutions Seminar Oct. 23, 11:30 a.m.; "The Whole Spectrum"  Art Exhibit September- November.  Located behind Northgate Mall in Hixson. Call 870-8924 for more information. 

#9  Water Safety Week Oct. 21-25
Activities, lessons, boating safety and water hazards, free and open to all youth in grades K-5th grade at Brainerd Complex Indoor Pool.   This is a hands on training that will have your child more confident and safe around water in the Tennessee Valley. Classes will happen daily from 1-1:45 p.m. (K-2) and 2-2:45 p.m. (Grades 3-5th). For more information call Peggy at 697-1385. 

#10   Boo at the Zoo Dreamnight
Thursday, Oct. 24, 5:30-8 p.m. The Chattanooga Zoo's annual Boo in the Zoo celebration includes a dance/DJ in the Education Building, some of your most lovable cartoon characters, trick-or-treat stations, costume contests, pizza, games, and much more.  Dreamnight is a free, open house event for individuals with special needs and/or terminal illnesses and their families or caretakers. Dreamnight offers a VIP Zoo visit that acknowledges and accommodates the unique circumstances that generally limit relaxing outings for these families during normal operating hours. Please RSVP to the Zoo at 697-1319

Other events in October: 

Tyner Center Fall Festival with Silverdale Baptist Church, Oct. 30 

Lookout Valley Fall Festival at Patten Center, Oct. 31


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