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🇺🇸 Commemorating Memorial Day weekend
NOOGAtoday | SouthernBelle
Get out with friends and family this Memorial Day weekend for fun around the city. | Photo by @wandering.anhbao
Memorial Day is right around the corner on Monday, May 29. Honor those who died while serving in the US military with these commemorating celebrations around the Scenic City, while also getting a chance to enjoy the holiday weekend with these fun events and deals.

Memorial Day Ceremony | Monday, May 29 | 11 a.m. | Chattanooga National Cemetery, 1200 Bailey Ave. | Free | Join the Chattanooga Veterans Association to “honor the patriotism and sacrifice” of those who have served in the armed forces.

Memorial Day Picnic | Monday, May 29 | 11 a.m.-3 p.m. | McCoy Farm & Gardens, 1604 Taft Hwy. | Free+ | Celebrate Memorial Day with a salute to the flag, picnic, live music + activities for the kids.

Memorial Day Kick Off | Today, May 25 | 6:30 p.m. | Leroy’s Beer Lounge, 304 Cherokee Blvd. | Free+ | Join HandUp Gloves at Leroy’s for a “no drop ride” to Stringers Ridge + head back to the beer lounge for drink deals, raffle prizes, and more.

Rock City’s Summer Music Weekends | Friday, May 26-Monday, May 29 | 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m. | Rock City, 1400 Patten Rd. | $0-29.95 | Enjoy the opening weekend of this event series where you can listen to folk music at the gardens.

Music & Movies in Miller | Saturday, May 27 | 6-11 p.m. | Miller Park, 900 Market St. | Free+ | Celebrate Memorial Day weekend and AAPI Heritage Month with River City Co.'s return of this family-friendly event series + see a showing of “The Karate Kid,” live music, food trucks, oversized games, and more — bring a blanket or chair.

SOAKya Water Park | Saturday, May 27 | 11 a.m.-7 p.m. | Lake Winnepesaukah Amusement Park, 1730 Lakeview Dr. | $0-$41.95 | Head over to Lake Winnie for its opening day of the water park. Bonus: beginning Memorial Day, the amusement park will be open on Mondays.
 
 
Events
 

Today, May 25
  • “Secrets of the Sea 3D” An Evening with Jonathan Bird | Thursday, May 25 | 5:30-7:30 p.m. | Tennessee Aquarium IMAX 3D Theater, 201 Chestnut St., Chattanooga | $10-$20 | Enjoy a special screening of “Secrets of the Sea 3D” on the big screen and a talk with award-winning cinematographer Johnathan Bird.
  • Songwriters Collective | Thursday, May 25 | 7-9 p.m. | Gate 11 Distillery, 1400 Market St., Chattanooga | Free+ | Connect with other creative and musically-inclined minds with an open mic segment and opportunity to receive + offer feedback on your work.
Friday, May 26
  • Bike to Brunch | Friday, May 26 | 10 a.m.-1 p.m. | Coolidge Park (Under the Market Street Bridge), 150 River St., Chattanooga | $89 | Take a beginner-friendly bike ride from the bridge to Hello Monty + enjoy brunch — bike equipment and brunch (with one drink) included.
  • Oweda and Easy Honey | Friday, May 26 | 9 p.m. | The Barrelhouse Ballroom, 1501 Long St., Chattanooga | $12 | Enjoy a night of rock and roll with local bands Oweda + Easy Honey from Charleston, SC.
  • Jam and Bread | Friday, May 26 | 6-8 p.m. | Creative Discovery Museum, 321 Chestnut St., Chattanooga | $0-$12 | Explore the museum after hours for music from Rick Rushing and the Blues Strangers + pizza.
Saturday, May 27
  • Little Owl Fairy House Festival | Saturday, May 27 | 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. | Audubon Acres, 900 N. Sanctuary Rd., Chattanooga | $3-$15 | This whimsical-themed event will feature a Little Owl 5K, vendors, local music, and activities.
  • Creekside Flower Farm U-Pick | Saturday, May 27 | 10 a.m.-12 p.m. | Creekside Flower Farm, 5549 N. Marble Top Rd., Chickamauga | $10-$25 | Pick a jar full of seasonal blooms — all materials provided.
  • Chattanooga Beer Fest | Saturday, May 27 | 12-3 p.m. | First Horizon Pavilion, 1826 Reggie White Blvd, Chattanooga | $48 | Sample craft beers from ~25 local and regional breweries — attendees will receive a commemorative tasting class.
  • Flying Squirrel Turns 10 | Saturday, May 27 | 12-5 p.m. | Flying Squirrel, 55 Johnson St., Chattanooga | Free+ | Celebrate Flying Squirrel turning 10 with a family-friendly party featuring food, drinks, different yard games, prizes, free cake, and more.
Sunday, May 28
  • Street Food Festival | Sunday, May 28 | 11 a.m.-4 p.m. | First Horizon Pavilion, 1826 Reggie White Blvd., Chattanooga | Free+ | Come hungry to enjoy a mixture of cultural foods from local food trucks, vendor carts, and eateries.
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News Notes
 
Development
  • Aslan Holdings, a Chattanooga real estate group, has raised $23 million for an investment fund “aimed at local and regional mixed-use + urban in-fill projects.” The first project will break ground this year in Memphis, with projects in Chattanooga and Knoxville to follow. (Chattanooga Times Free Press)
Edu
  • ChattState is one of five higher education institutions to receive a Tennessee Believes grant. ChattState will receive $411,917 over the course of three years to create the Tiger Access Program, an inclusive two-year program for students with intellectual + developmental disabilities.
Announced
  • Speaker applications for the 2023 TEDxChattanooga event are now open. This year’s talks will aim to challenge, inspire, empower, and inform the community based around the theme “AWAKEN.” Applications will close on Friday, June 16 at 7 p.m.
Coming Soon
  • The Lookout Mountain Club will re-open its historic golf course on Tuesday, June 20, following its restoration project. Notably, the course received a complete overhaul of the greens, bunkers, fairways, and roughs + a new irrigation system to ensure its longevity and sustainability.
Community
  • The City of Chattanooga is planning an upcoming wastewater infrastructure project on Kanasita Drive. Residents in the area are invited to attend a community meeting today, May 25 at the Hixson Community Center to learn more + ask questions about the project.
Cause
  • The YMCA of Metropolitan Chattanooga will serve meals at no charge to local area children (18 and younger) this season through its Summer Feeding Program. The meals will be provided on a first come, first serve basis at its distribution sites. (The Pulse)
Biz
  • The Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce recently announced the promotion of Yolonda Hayslett to Vice President of Finance and Operations. Yolanda has worked with the chamber since 2005 + has been working as an interim for several months. (Chattanoogan.com)
Traffic
  • The entire roadway between Shallowford Road and Goodwin Road will be milled, repaved, and striped as part of CDOT’s 2023 Planned Resurfacing Projects. Construction + partial closures will take place from 6 p.m.-7 a.m. on May 25, 30, 31 + June 1.
Theater
  • The Chattanooga Theatre Centre will present August Wilson’s “The Piano Lesson” from Friday, June 9. This production is the fourth installment of CTC’s pledge to produce Wilson’s entire canon of 10 plays portraying the African American experience through the 20th century.
Arts
  • “From Coffee to Cocktails,” by artist Jennie Kirkpatrick, will go on display at In-Town Galley beginning Friday, June 2 through Friday, June 30. The show depicts the joys of day-to-day life experienced “between morning coffee and an evening’s cocktail.”
Wellness
  • Pop quiz: What’s the body’s most abundant protein? The answer: Collagen. NativePath’s Certified Grass-Fed Collagen Powder is made from grass-fed, pasture-raised cows and contains 18 grams of protein per serving. Start incorporating it daily to support skin elasticity, joint health, bone strength, and muscle growth and maintenance.*
 
 
Environment
 
♻️ Litterally good news
NOOGAtoday | Litter boom
The Chattanooga Creek litter boom is a first of its kind in Tennessee. | Photo provided by the City of Chattanooga
A new environmentally-friendly initiative has begun to keep Chattanooga Creek clean — one of the city’s most historically polluted waterways.

The City of Chattanooga + WaterWays have installed an Osprey Initiative litter boom in the area between the Riverwalk and the railroad trestle with the hopes to collect debris from the main source. The boom acts as a floating barrier that will catch and prevent litter from floating further downstream.

WaterWays secured funding for the boom through the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation’s Five Stars and Urban Waters Restoration Grant program.

“When paddlers come out to Chattanooga Creek or when folks walk along the Riverwalk and see it, they will understand the impact we all have on our local environment.” — WaterWays Executive Director Mary Beth Sutton

Osprey Initiative will maintain the boom for the first six months under the grant funding + after that time period, local nonprofit Wild Trails will manage the litter collection device with its ongoing efforts to keep Chattanooga Creek clean.
 
 
The Wrap
 
Haley Bartlett.png Today’s edition by:
Haley Bartlett
From the editor
If you’re ever walking down in Northshore, you have probably spotted a giant music man, who has unfortunately played his last song. This week, Public Art Chattanooga said goodbye to the “Chattanooga Music Man” — a sculpture done by Jim Watson in 2012 that sat at the corner of Frazier Avenue + Woodland Avenue. The removal was done at the recommendation of a conservator due to severe moisture damage and other issues.
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