PopTots Is A Musical Masterpiece For Toddlers

Chattanooga Symphony And Opera’s String Ensemble At Creative Discovery Museum

Thursday, May 01, 2014

Creative Discovery Museum and Chattanooga Symphony & Opera (CSO) team-up to present the sixth season of PopTots, a series that uses musical performance and instruction to help toddlers develop cognitive and fine motor skills.

The program will be presented in the museum’s auditorium from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. on the following days: Saturday, May 17; Saturday, Sept. 27; Saturday, Nov. 22, and Saturday, Dec. 13 (Holiday Blanket Concert).

There will be two 15-minute performances with a 30-minute concert performance, concluding the day’s events. Guests can also build drums and will have a chance to play them with the musicians for one song during the final performance. During the breaks, musicians will talk with guests and offer the opportunity for guests to touch and play different instruments while learning how they work.

“Music is a strong learning tool in early childhood development. It’s great for kids to experience music by getting their hands on instruments and playing for themselves,” said Liza Blair, arts manager for Creative Discovery Museum. “Working with music and adjusting their innate sense of rhythm to the rhythm of the class helps children develop their cognitive and fine motor skills.”

Participation in PopTots is included with Museum admission. Pre-registration is not required. This program is part of Creative Discovery Museum’s ArtsLive! program, a year-round program connecting kids with visual and performing artists. Monthly performances and demonstrations by professional artists gives children the opportunity to experience art first hand, talk with the artist and try art for themselves. ArtsLive! is funded through Arts Build and Tennessee Arts Commission. Visit www.cdmfun.org for more information. 


Shock Theatre To Air On WDEF Early Sept. 7

Shock Theatre will air on WDEF early Sept. 7, just after midnight at 12:05 a.m.   The haunted world features classic and contemporary horror films, hosted by the Dr. Shock and his sidekick Nurse Goodbody. Joining them is the puppet Dingbat and a new addition as puppet master, a “dream reaper,” known as The“Dirge.”  The three exchange banter and discuss facts drawn from ... (click for more)

Donovan Johnson With Cathy Oakes Are At Charles And Myrtle's Saturday

New Age Pianist Donovan Johnson with Cathy Oakes will perform at Charles and Myrtle's Coffeehouse on Saturday at 7 p.m.  The coffeehouse is located inside Christ Unity Church at 105 McBrien Road.  There is a $10 suggested donation at the door. Review for Donovan Johnson: "I tell the stories of my life, as they relate to every one of us," said Donovan Johnson.  "And ... (click for more)

City, County Pull The Plug On Downtown Shooting Range

City and county officials have decided to keep the police firing range at Moccasin Bend rather than building an expensive new indoor facility at the former Farmers Market property. County Mayor Jim Coppinger said Sheriff Jim Hammond and new Police Chief Fred Fletcher met recently and decided to "pull the plug" on the project. He said officers felt that the Moccasin Bend range ... (click for more)

Reception Honors County's 2nd-Longest Serving Employee

General Sessions Court Judge Clarence Shattuck, at a County Courthouse reception, asked anyone who was working at the courthouse in 1966 to raise their hand. Only Circuit Court Clerk Paula Thompson was able to do so. Judge Shattuck said he believes only Edna Camp of the Criminal Court clerk's office, has been at the courthouse longer. Ms. Thompson did not seek re-election, ... (click for more)

Vote No On Health Insurance Changes Affecting County Teachers

Our Hamilton County School Board will vote on insurance changes effecting both active employees and retirees, who are not on Medicare at this time.  HCEA strongly objects to changes being made at this time and urges a “No” vote.  Insurance had been frozen three years by negotiations.  Since the Educators Professional Negotiations Act was nullified by the 2011 Legislature, ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Al Sharpton’s Wise Remarks

I’ll admit I paid little more than scant attention to the Monday funeral of Michael Brown, the 18-year-old who was shot and killed by police bullets in Ferguson, Mo., after he allegedly was involved in strong-armed robbery. There are too many tawdry details and, in my way of thinking, there is nothing under God’s sun, absolutely nothing, that gives others the right to riot, burn ... (click for more)