Archive for May, 2010

Grossology

May 28, 2010

REPORTING:  RABBIT ZIELKE

The Creative Discovery Museum in downtown Chattanooga is hosting a special summer exhibit designed to attract kids by featuring things that are totally gross. Based on a best-selling children’s book Grossology, the (Impolite) Science of the Human Body, the exhibit has interactive stations  that explain the human body and important things like snot, farts, burps, and pimples.

The Grossology exhibit is also the first time the Creative Discovery Museum has included animatronics.  These robotic characters will interact with the children, teaching them about how the human body functions and answering those all important questions like “Why do I burp when I drink soda?” and “Where does snot come from?”.

The exhibit opens Saturday, May 29th and continues through Labor Day.  In addition to the Grossology exhibit, the museum is offering special science demonstrations in the auditorium.  Call the Creative Discovery Museum for the schedule of demonstrations (423) 756-2738.

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Chattanooga’s Creative Discovery Museum Turns 15

May 27, 2010

REPORTING: MICHAEL EDWARD MILLER

The Creative Discovery Museum is celebrating 15 years of entertaining and educating children. The party happens this weekend. The public is invited.

Henry Schulson, the museum’s executive director, joins us to discuss how it began, and what the future holds…

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From their Web site:

Saturday, May 29, 2010, 11:00am-2:00pm

Creative Discovery Museum is turning 15.

Happy birthday to us

Help us wish the museum a great birthday with an afternoon of fun and tasty activities.  Make party hats and noisemakers.  Stop by the Culinary Corner for a birthday cake decorating class and design your very own birthday cookie.  There will be clogging on the plaza.  We will be cutting the birthday cake at 1:00 p.m.  Free cake and ice cream will be available until supplies run out.

Grossology at the Creative Discovery Museum

May 27, 2010

REPORTING:  RABBIT ZIELKE

Grossology

The Creative Discovery Museum will be hosting a new summer exhibit beginning May 29th.  Grossology, the (Impolite) Science of the Human Body, is an interactive exhibit that uses animatronics and interactive games to provide information on the normal functions of the human body.  The exhibit uses sight, sound, feel, and smell to answer some of those awkward questions children ask.

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Hiking Chattanooga’s Newest Wilderness Sanctuary, Stringer’s Ridge

May 26, 2010

REPORTING: MICHAEL EDWARD MILLER

On Saturday morning, the Tennessee River Gorge Trust and the Trust for Public Land had an event showing off the new Stringer’s Ridge wilderness sanctuary.

Although the trails aren’t quite yet cleared off, the public was allowed a sneak peek at the natural beauty and the spectacular views.

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The view from atop Stringer's Ridge. Landmarks like the Tennessee Aquarium can be seen, as well as the Walnut Street Bridge.

Saturday morning, the Trust for Public Land asked people to help save Stringer's Ridge

Old asphalt roads form the basis for many of the trails on Stringer's Ridge.

Jim Ogden, the historian for the Chattanooga and Chickamauga National Military Parks, explains the history of Stringer's Ridge.

Jim Ogden, the historian for the Chattanooga and Chickamauga National Military Parks, explains the history of Stringer's Ridge.

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This is the map Ogden used when explaining the Civil War history of Stringer's Ridge.

More trails and markers on Stringer's Ridge.

The Georgia Gardener

May 26, 2010

REPORTING:  RABBIT ZIELKE

The Georgia Gardener, Walter Reeves

One of the guest speakers during Rock City Garden’s Southern Blooms Festival earlier this month was The Georgia Gardener, Walter Reeves.  An accomplished southern garden expert and author of several gardening books, Reeves is a knowledgeable and entertaining speaker.  During this interview The Georgia Gardener shares some very basic gardening tips for the urban and not so urban gardener.

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Ultimate Summer Camp with the Urban League of Greater Chattanooga

May 25, 2010

REPORTING:  RABBIT ZIELKE

The Urban League of Greater Chattanooga is hosting a summer camp with a focus on STEM or Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.  This summer camp is open to middle school students and will combine physical and educational objectives to provide a well-rounded summer camp experience.  Students will enjoy filed trips all around downtown Chattanooga and get a chance to go behind the scenes in a variety of high-tech businesses.

The summer camp sessions will offer hands on projects that involve learning math and physics, science and technology, and just plain fun.  Students will build paper gliders, balloon powered vehicles, robots, and many other projects.  The curriculum is designed to educate and energize students in STEM courses and perhaps even encourage a child to continue to an engineering career.

Summer camp will be held at the Urban League of Greater Chattanooga located at 730 M. L. King Blvd. with activities and field trips planned for all over downtown Chattanooga.  Classes will be  held Monday through Thursday all though the month of June.  For more information or to register, call 723-756-1762.

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“Pig Farm” by Greg Cotis On-Stage at the Theatre Centre

May 25, 2010

“Pig Farm” opens at the Chattanooga Theatre Centre on Friday, May 28th and runs each Friday and Saturday through June 12, 2010 on the Circle Stage.   Performances begin at 8:00PM and there will be an opening night Reception which is also a “Girls night out” on May 28th.

The Theatre Centre has this to say about this play by Greg Cotis:

On a struggling pig farm somewhere in America, Tom and Tina (with the help of Tim, their hired hand) fight to hold onto everything they own —namely, a herd of fifteen thousand restless pigs. Dumping sludge into the river has driven Tom to drink, and Tim seems to have caught Tina’s eye, but when Teddy, a gun-toting officer of the EPA arrives to inspect the operation, life on the farm explodes, implodes, then explodes again. Not literally, of course, but… you get the idea.
By Greg Kotis, who gave us Urinetown.

Directed by Scott Dunlap.

“Pig Farm” defies easy classification,” says South Coast Repertory.

Here’s an interview with Greg Cotis published online by the British Theatre Guide.

Reporting: Monessa Guilfoil

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Beach Blanket Movie Night and Kids Time

May 24, 2010

REPORTING:  RABBIT ZIELKE

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On the Beach at Chester Frost Park

Once again the Hamilton County Department of Parks and Recreation is offering a great event to start your summer fun.  Beach Blanket Movie Night is returning to Chester Frost Park this Friday, May 28th, with a chance to curl up on your beach blanket and enjoy a good family movie.  The games and event begins at 8:00 pm with the movie starting on the inflatable screen as soon as it gets dark.  Bring your lawn chairs and blankets and be sure to arrive early to get a good spot on the beach.  Boaters will also be able to enjoy the film from the lake.

The popular Kids Time classes will also be returning to the Tennessee River Park Pavillion #4 this summer.  This series of free activities are held on Thursday morning  at 10:00 am.    Each week a different organization will come to the park and lead an activity that is fun and educational.  There is no cost for the Kids Time regular activities. Groups of 8 or more are asked to call in advance to ensure enough materials are on hand for the activity.

On July 22 there will be a special Kids Time EXTRA with the Creative Discovery Museum.  This event has a small cost and you must make a reservation in advance.  Space is limited for the Kids Time EXTRA event.

For more information or to make a reservation call 423-842-6748.

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4th Annual Bella Sera Festival to Benefit Chattanooga Endeavors

May 24, 2010

Bella Sera is an annual fundraiser to support the efforts of Chattanooga Endeavors in providing jobs, services and hope for people serving time in prison in the region.    This year’s Bella Sera happens on Saturday, June 5th in Renaissance Park.

The following is from an article called, “Stephen’s Table Leaves No One Behind”:

CHATTANOOGA, TN – Chattanooga Endeavors, Inc. (CEi) has established a network of local churches called “Stephen’s Table” to keep contact with people from the Chattanooga area that are serving terms in Tennessee’s prison system. The idea is simple,” says Tim Dempsey, CEO, “by reaching out to prisoners in a way that keeps them involved in their home town we are able to cultivate positive relationships that both improve their incarceration experience and help them when they get out.”

“Pendulum swinging back toward rehabilitation,” wrote Lauren Gregory in an article published in the Times Free Press in January of 2009.

This is from a TFP article called, “Coming Home” by the same author:

A COMMUNITY PROBLEM

Last year, 437 people from Hamilton County were sentenced to state prisons. But at the same time, more than 500 convicts were released back into the community, according to Tennessee Department of Correction statistics. And according to a recent Tennessee Bureau of Investigation study, about 335 of them will reoffend within three years if steps aren’t taken to help them re-adjust to society and break their bad habits.

Tickets for Bella Sera can be purchased online here.

Reporting: Monessa Guilfoil

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Glenn Miller Orchestra at the Chattanooga Choo Choo

May 21, 2010

REPORTING:  RABBIT ZIELKE

Almost everyone has heard the song “Chattanooga Choo Choo” at some time in their lives.  This tune by the Glenn Miller Orchestra was a hit in 1941 and became the first song to ever receive a gold record.   The song also helped bring national and international attention to the scenic city landmark.   On Saturday May 29th the Glenn Miller Orchestra will be returning to the Chattanooga Choo Choo for a concert.  General manager Jim Bambrey intends to make this concert an annual event.  Tickets are still available by calling 423-266-5000 or make your reservations online.

The Chattanooga Choo Choo terminal building celebrated 100 years in 2009.  This historic landmark serves as the lobby and focal point for a hotel complex resting on more than 25 acres in the heart of Chattanooga’s south side.  In addition to hotel rooms, special train car sleeper rooms, restaurants and shops, the Chattanooga Choo Choo is home to the largest operating model rail road display in the south-east.

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