Coming this fall are foreign language classes people can now enroll in. They’re being offered from the Chattanooga School of Language which opened this summer at La Paz in Highland Park. These are flexible, six week classes and students can choose from Spanish, French, Italian, Chinese and Portuguese. Laurie Stevens, the founding director of Chattanooga School of Language, speaks more about it.
Rocktoberfest is Rock City’s annual German Festival and begins October first. Each weekend in October the gardens will celebrate German culture and the heritage of Rock City’s original gardener, Frieda Carter. In addition to different bands every weekend there will be German food, beer from Big River, polka lessons and more.
Rock City is once again teaming up with the Scenic City Survivors and the MaryEllen Locher Foundation to raise awareness for breast cancer. The pink Survivor bird house is returning and there are some new items you can purchase to support breast cancer awareness.
If you’re a fan of horror movies and films in general, Sunday Slashers may be interesting to you. The event is held every Sunday night at Sluggo’s North Restaurant in Chattanooga. For each Sunday in October, Sunday Slashers will screen a pair of horror films that range from both the classic and the obscure. Garrett Crowe talked to the creator of Sunday Slashers, U.S. Justin.
Description: THE WISE KIDS is an independent film that was shot in and around Charleston, SC in the summer of 2010, with cast and crew from Chicago, Charleston, Los Angeles, all over the south and all along the east coast. It will begin it’s festival run in Summer 2011. Check back here, as well as at http://www.conearts.com, for details on how, when and where you can see it. Plot Outline
A thoughtful and evocative coming-of-age drama, THE WISE KIDS takes place in the transitional space between high school and college, when life seems to be all questions and no answers, and the future is scarily wide open. Set in and around a Charleston, SC Baptist church, weaving through this ensemble piece are three main characters – Brea, an introspective pastor’s daughter experiencing debilitating doubt; the hyperactive Laura, Brea’s best friend and a devout believer; and Tim, the open-hearted son of a single father, confronting his homosexuality for the first time. Tensions and buried feelings abound, as colleges are chosen and adults behave badly, as Brea, Laura and Tim attempt to hang onto what they have, all the while yearning to break free.
The Arts and Education Council will be hosting Culture Fest at the Chattanooga Market on Sunday, October 2nd. This annual event celebrates the diverse culture found in the region through cooking demonstrations, music, dance and informational booths. There will be two stages with performances every hour. Everyone is invited to participate in the opening parade by wearing traditional clothing or carrying their country’s flag. The Chattanooga Market is located in the First Tennessee Pavilion and offers extended hours for the Culture Fest from 11 am to 5 pm.
October means Halloween and haunts. The Haunted Caverns at Ruby Falls, Blowing Screams Farm and the Forest of Fear all provide for fun and fright throughout the month of October. For the younger set and those more faint of heart there is Blowing Streams Farm with the corn maze, hay rides, and fall festival activities. There will be live entertainment every weekend until the end of October.
Ensemble Theatre of Chattanooga is presenting an original play in honor of National Coming Out Month. It’s called “I Can’t Think Straight: The Coming Out Experience”. The show will be at St. Andrews Center on Union Avenue and opens Oct. 14th. Actor, Ryan Laskowski, says the play is a mix of true and made up accounts of coming out experiences that will hopefully inform and entertain audiences.
Rock/Creek, Outdoor Chattanooga and the Tennessee River Gorge Trust have partnered to resurrect a favorite kayaking event. Kayak for Conservation, “Paddle to Preserve,” will take place on Saturday, October 15, 2011. This ever popular event has been absent for a few years, but is back and promises to be better than ever!
We want you to paddle to preserve the scenic Tennessee River Gorge. All proceeds will benefit the Tennessee River Gorge Trust, a local land trust that is celebrating thirty years of working to preserve the Gorge for future generations. BYOBoat or rent one! Come float the Tennessee and see yet another reason to love Chattanooga and the surrounding region!
The Tennessee River Gorge possesses great ecological and historical value, and the best view is from water level. Kayakers often encounter Great Blue Herons, the occasional Red-Tailed Hawk and other incredible wildlife. The 8 mile adventure includes a delicious lunch at the Pot Point Cabin provided by Urban Spoon and some wonderful gear including a Patagonia RunShade shirt valued at $45 thanks to Rock/Creek.
But wait! The fun doesn’t end there… after the paddle, join everyone at Rock/Creek’s new location on Amnicola Highway to browse for gear & have a beer at the post-paddle party! “We are so happy to bring back the much anticipated Kayak for Conservation. The Gorge is a beautiful place and we are proud supporters,” says Dawson Wheeler of Rock/Creek.
To find out more about this exciting opportunity to paddle through the Gorge, please visit http://www.rockcreek.com/kayak-trip.rco or call Tennessee River Gorge Trust and ask for Sarah or Julie at 423.266.0314.
Special thanks to the City of Chattanooga’s Outdoor Chattanooga who will be providing gear and a shuttle and also to the volunteers and members of the Tennessee River Gorge Trust and their efforts to protect this special wild place.
The Scenic City Chorus is welcoming women ages 15 and up with an interest in learning the art of barbershop four part harmony. Sweet Adelines International is a world wide organization that promotes barbershop music through education and performance but this is not for men. The Scenic City Chorus is just for women. Beginning October 4th the Scenic City Chorus will be holding rehearsals for their Country Christmas Chorus concert which will be held on December 10th. The Country Christmas Chorus gives women in the area a chance to learn about barbershop harmony and sing along with the chorus for the December performance. You can sign up for the Country Christmas Chorus on the web and there is no cost to participate in this program.
Hispanic Heritage Month is a little of both September and October, lasting from Sept. 15th until Oct. 15th. La Paz in Chattanooga is a nonprofit organization that reaches out to Hispanics in the community and helps them with various needs. Check out their website at http://www.lapazchattanooga.org for a list of their upcoming events.