Chattanooga YFD Weekly Top 10

Monday, March 17, 2014

Here is the weekly Top 10 for Chattanooga YFD: 

Many centers offer numerous ongoing activities and events.  Below is just a highlight of the events this week.  Visit for more.

#1   Pep Talk Radio - Parent Education Programming  

This Week: Hal Bowling with LAUNCH, Principal Zac Brown of Howard and Deshel Hambrick of Howard.  Tonight we discuss entrepreneurship in Chattanooga, through the LAUNCH Program, our partnership with Howard High School and how we are changing the lives of teens together, and wait till you hear about the 4 Ever Young Resale Shop, started by teen, Deshel, who is providing low cost prom dresses and accessories.  Pep Talk airs every Monday from 7-8 p.m. on Groove 93.5. Click here to download or listen.

#2  Chattanooga Reading Initiative

All 17 Centers now offer a proven reading acceleration program designed to help youth read on their current grade level, and beyond. The program is free to all youth, and registration is available at any of our centers. For more information, visit our website here.  

#3   Chattanooga Book Drive 

Every child should have access to books. The city of Chattanooga is proud to bring you the Chattanooga Book Drive. We are asking you to donate gently used kids-teens books at any of the locations below now- through April 9.  On April 12, for Drop Everything and Read Day, we will donate all the books back out in the communities that our 17 YFD centers serve, ensuring that every child has books to read. For more information click here

#4  East Asian Inspired Arts Exhibit 

Going on now at North River Civic Center.  This is an exhibit of brush painting mounted on scrolls and East Asian themed art. The show is on display now through May 29, and is free to the public.  North River Civic Center is behind Northgate Mall in Hixson. Call 870-8924 for more information.  

#5  After School Homework Help, Activities and More

Monday-Thursday, each YFD Center offers after school homework help, reading programs, play time and more.  To find all our schedules, just look under each center by clicking here

#6 Summer Kidz Kamp - Early Bird Rates Going On Now 

But you must hurry, as Brainerd and Patten Centers are already full.  Enjoy eight weeks of summer fun...with education, and reading included...for $240 for the entire summer. This included swimming, sports, high adventure outdoors, and more. For more information, visit the summer camp page here.  

#7 Camp Zooablitity Signups Now 

A summer camp for all abilities. Camp Zooability is a week-long day camp for individuals with cognitive and/or physical disabilities, that is held at the Chattanooga Zoo. The camp includes swimming, arts and crafts, music, animal enrichment, and more.  Currently we are signing up for teens and adults for the weeks of July 7-11, and July 14-18. Cost is $75.  For more information, call 697-1345.

#8  City of Chattanooga Fitness Schedule - Free And Low Cost Classes

Download a copy now.  From Line Dancing and Zumba, to Water Fitness and Yoga, you will be surprised at what's to offer at over a dozen locations across Chattanooga. Many programs are for adults to seniors.  Click here for a copy.  

#9  Book Your Summer Birthday Party At Warner Park

Starting at $90 for two hours.  Includes 33 water features, large pool and shade. Currently booking summer birthday parties, but you have to hurry, they are going fast. Last year they had well over 100 parties.  Parties are good for graduation too.  Call Peggy Grall at 697-1385 to book a party.

#10  Chattanooga Citizens Cemetery TLC Day

Help spruce up Chattanooga's oldest cemetery.  A great day for student volunteer hours. Vandals and Mother Nature have knocked over headstones, limbs have fallen, invasive weeds have taken over in spots.  The cemetery is located between CSAS and UTC between 4th and 5th Street.  Groups will volunteer on Saturday, April 5, from 9 a.m.-noon. All ages are welcome, and all you need is gloves. 

Urban League Offers Free Tax Prep Assistance To First Responders

Police officers and firefighters are invited to have their taxes prepared for free next week through the Urban League of Greater Chattanooga’s VITA program. Urban League and the IRS are designating one day to do free tax preparation and e-filing services for all Chattanooga and Hamilton County police officers and firefighters. The VITA program is co-sponsored by the city of ... (click for more)

HCSO Hosts Seminar On Homicide Investigations With Emphasis On Opioid Deaths

Throughout this week, beginning on Monday, March 12, the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office hosted a seminar taught by the world renowned Law Enforcement Training firm, Wicklander-Zulawski & Associates, to area law enforcement investigators to help investigate potential opioid related deaths.  This week long training contained modules in crime scene analysis, interview ... (click for more)

Driver Crashes Into Forgotten Child Fund Building

T he Forgotten Child Fund building on East Main Street suffered an estimated $70,000 when a car crashed into it early Sunday morning. The driver in the wreck was arrested. Officials of the fund had to shut off electricity and water to the building. The fund provides presents to needy children at Christmas. (click for more)

Severe Storms Possible On Monday

The Chattanooga area could see severe storms on Monday. Here is the Hazardous Weather Warning from the National Weather Service: Severe Thunderstorms Possible late Monday and Monday Evening... ...Rain Changing to Snow Showers across the Higher Elevations Tuesday Night through Wednesday Night... Another storm system will move across the Southern Appalachian Region on Monday ... (click for more)

Why Are Pictures Of Our President And Vice President Not Hanging At Our Federal Courthouse?

I would like to know why the pictures of our President and Vice President have not been hung in our Federal Courthouse. They have been approved by the White House. Every time I call they tell me they are on order. Tommy Fryar (click for more)

Roy Exum: Battling The Beggars

The revelation that Chattanooga Police Chief David Roddy wants to crack down on the city’s panhandlers is every bit as refreshing as the beautiful jonquils now bursting forth across our city. In a recent poll on, over 80 percent of those who live here indicated they are scared to go downtown and that is inexcusable. This is no way for anyone to live. But I can ... (click for more)