New Nonprofit Offers Classes That Stimulate Both Left And Right Brain

Monday, February 17, 2014

New and local nonprofit, The Chattery, offers a variety of "fun, affordable and accessible" classes throughout Chattanooga.  The Chattery’s classes will stimulate both the left and right brain by offering classes ranging from mixology and financial planning to sign language and calligraphy.

Inspired by the education opportunities available in cities like Nashville and Brooklyn, The Chattery provides a chance for adults to discover topics they’re passionate about while continuing education in a fun environment.  Though The Chattery’s main area of service will be classes, they will also provide an assortment of workshops, lecture series and events.  The Chattery will also partner with other businesses and organizations to continue fulfilling their mission.   

“Our classes are community-driven," said Jennifer Holder, operations headmaster at The Chattery.  "When developing the concept for The Chattery, we wanted to be sure it involved getting suggestions from our awesome community.  Our website is designed to encourage visitors to tell us what they’d like to learn or what they’d like to teach.  We are essentially providing classes for the community, taught by the community. 

Operating under the umbrella of the Community Foundation of Greater Chattanooga, The Chattery has partnered with the Flying Squirrel for its first fundraising endeavor.  Flying Squirrel will donate 10 percent of their sales to The Chattery’s mission of providing fun, affordable and accessible classes to the community on Wednesday.   

The Chattery’s first right brain class will be a "fun and creative session" on the basics of building Mason jar terrariums, which will be taught by the founder of Planted Pots, Laura Freeman.  The class will take place on Wednesday, March 5, 6 p.m. at Chattanooga Workspace, at 302 W. 6th St., across from the downtown YMCA.  The first left brain class will be a lesson in American Sign Language by Ethan Pope. The class will be offered on Thursday, March 20, 5:30 p.m. at Chattanooga Neighborhood Enterprise, 1301 Market St., Suite 100.

To sign up for classes or to learn more about The Chattery visit www.thechattery.org.

HCYD And Hamilton For Hillary To Host DNC Watch Party Thursday

The Hamilton County Young Democrats together with Hamilton for Hillary invite the public to watch the DNC Convention come to a close Thursday night at Mellow Mushroom on Broad Street at 8 p.m.  "Watch Hillary Clinton deliver her vision for the future of this country. You'll also have the opportunity to learn more about how you can be part of this organization. We're ... (click for more)

Paving Project On Hamill At Cassandra Smith

Hamill Road from the Chickamauga Creek bridge to Cassandra Smith Road and Cassandra Smith Road from Hamill Road to Coach Drive will be repaved beginning Friday.   The roads and intersection will be open, but drivers are asked to use caution and expect delays when traveling in this area.   This paving project is expected to be completed by Tuesday. In order to ... (click for more)

Chattanooga Whiskey Company To Construct Large Distillery At Former Site Of Newton Chevrolet

The Chattanooga Whiskey Company has begun construction on a larger production distillery in the former Newton Chevrolet property at the corner of MLK Boulevard and Riverfront Parkway near the Tennessee River. Once fully operational, the Riverfront Parkway facility will be capable of producing upwards of 14 (53-gallon) barrels per day, making it one of the largest craft bourbon ... (click for more)

Beck Upset By Criticism Of Late WWTA Director Cleveland Grimes In WWTA Analysis; Boyd Won't Rewrite 57-Page Report

County Commissioner Greg Beck said it was inappropriate for fellow Commissioner Tim Boyd to include articles critical of the late Cleveland Grimes in a 57-page report on the Hamilton County Water and Wastewater Treatment Authority. He said, "Criticizing a dead man - I don't know if that's appropriate. If that's Christianity, let me off the wagon." Saying the report should ... (click for more)

Judge Steelman Was Unfairly Criticized In Handling Of School Bus Driver Rape Case - And Response

We are blessed to have freedom of speech in our society, but I am always amazed at the number of folks who voice such strong antagonistic opinions about things without any apparent first-hand knowledge.   As any who wish to criticize the system should know, people get arrested and charged for criminal offenses every day.  The ultimate charge and penalty which results ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Vote For Rhonda Thurman

After studying the Hamilton County School Board quite harshly during the last seven most-tumultuous months in its history, it is only proper that I share my belief that Rhonda is its Most Valuable Player. Four of the school board’s nine members are up for re-election, with Rhonda facing capable opponents in Jason Moses and Dr. Patti Skates in District 1, but let’s never forget that ... (click for more)