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 chattanoogayouthandfamily.com 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. 



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The Growing Monopoly

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Roy Exum: The Last Day Of School

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