But staying safe at home doesn’t mean we can’t join in on some fun with others. It’s been a while since we’ve written a Must-Do Monday for y’all, so we’re going to jump right into it with some really cool virtual events happening today + this week.
Virtual Must-Do Monday CBD cocktails | Mon., April 20 | 7:30-8:30 p.m. | The Chattery, virtual class | $12 | In this class you’ll discuss using CBD in cocktails, why some bars are for it and others against it and you’ll receive cocktail + mocktail recipes to try at home.
Gardening for beginners | Tues., April 21 | 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. | Crabtree Farms, virtual class | $24 | Crabtree’s executive director aims to make vegetable gardening approachable, and each participant will leave with reference materials, basic gardening tips + some new confidence.
Nature walk your way to art | Wed., April 22 | 2-2:30 p.m. | Hunter Museum, Facebook live | Free | Take a nature walk before class and pick up anything that catches your eye. During the class, you’ll learn how to make these items into a piece of art. Check the link for recommended items.
Introduction to the Lightroom app | Thurs., April 23 | 5:30-7 p.m. | The Chattery, virtual class | $20 | Taken up photography as a pastime lately? Find one of your favorite photos and take a deep dive into the features of the Lightroom app.
Curbside communion| Fri., April 24 | 5-8 p.m. | The Mad Priest, 719 Cherry St. | Curbside cocktails from a bar cart — it’s roulette style, so just choose booze-forward or citrus-forward. Must purchase food with alcohol (choose between spicy fries + pimento dip with pretzels).
And if this wasn’t enough for you, be sure to check out Chattanooga Tourism Co.’s page of virtual experiences, and tag your own at-home fun using the hashtag #ConnectChatt. 🙌
○ Our #MustDo section is now dedicated to coronavirus coverage. For the foreseeable future, we will use this space to give our readers local updates on the coronavirus. We look forward to bringing you Chattanooga’s #MustDo events again soon.
○ On Sunday, around 150 people protested the “shelter-at home” order, saying it was an attack on their constitutional rights. They asked Mayor Andy Berke to open the city back up for business.
○ Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee recently announced the creation of the Stimulus Financial Accountability Group. The group’s purpose is to ensure proper fiscal management of stimulus funds that were received from the Coronavirus Relief Fund. The group’s first meeting will be held remotely on April 22. (Chattanoogan.com)
○ Southern Champion Tray — one of Chattanooga’s oldest manufacturer’s and one of the nation’s biggest creators of food trays and paperboard packaging products — is now producing disposable face shields. The design of the shield fits Southern Champion Tray’s manufacturing processes + utilizes materials the company has in supply and are quickly obtainable through supplier networks. (Chattanooga Times Free Press)
Hey, there. Looking for today’s #MustDo events? In accordance with the
CDC’s recommendations regarding public gatherings, we have decided to postpone public event coverage for the time being. We look forward to bringing you Chattanooga’s #MustDo events soon (until then, feel free to submit your virtual events
Chattanooga Tourism Co. is pulling at our heartstrings. They put together a video of so many wonderful Noogans saying what our city is to them. (Peep editor Chloé in the video!) And one thing is for sure — Chattanooga is strong.
Do yourself a favor and watch the video. It’ll help you start your week off right. 💚
#DYK that your photo could be featured in our newsletter? Just use #NOOGAtoday on social media.
Biz ○ Chattanooga businesses that are working with First Horizon Bank are getting about $175 million in funding from the Small Business Administration’s Payment Protection Program. First Horizon received 8,500 requests + have currently funded $1.6 billion to businesses across the state.
Civic ○ The Home Builders Association of Greater Chattanooga is offering advice for homeowners to avoid making costly mistakes when hiring a contractor after the recent tornado. The association recommends choosing a contractor who is based in the area, requesting documented proof that the contractor is insured or bonded, comparing itemized quotes from three or more contractors, and verifying the licensure of a contractor here for Tennessee. The association also has a list of verified contractors working on disaster relief here. ○ TDOT crews are scheduled to begin a project replacing the bridge on Belvoir Ave. over I-24 + the bridges on I-24 over Germantown Road. The $32.9 million project will use both traditional techniques and a process called Accelerated Bridge Construction, which requires short term, total road closures to allow crews to work around the clock. The entire project has an anticipated completion date of August 2021.
Cause ○ Chattanooga State Community College launched a Helping Hands Fund campaign to help support Chatt State students and their families who were impacted by the recent tornado + ongoing pandemic. The campaign’s goal is to quickly help students who were affected financially. To get help for a student or donate to help a student, click here.
Number ○ 7,351. Since the tornado and storms that swept through the Tennessee Valley on April 12, the Salvation Army has served 7,351 meals, 2,616 drinks + 1,682 snacks in Hamilton and Bradley Counties. To contribute to the Salvation Army’s efforts, click here. ○ 317,535. Last week, about five million more people filed for first-time unemployment claims nationwide. In Tennessee, as of March 14, the total number of unemployment claims was at 317,535 and the percent of the state labor force was at 9.4, according to this chart from NBC. (WRCB)
Noogan ○ Hamilton County student Jiayi Li will be one of 69 students representing Tennessee in the 2019-2020 National History Day competition. Li took second place at this year’s virtual Tennessee History Day in the Senior Individual Paper category with the project Breaking the Ideological Barrier: Lafayette’s Commitment, Success, and Legacy in the American Revolution. National History Day will virtually take place on June 14-18.
WaterCooler ○ Chattanooga FC announced three more rewind matches that fans can relive + enjoy from home. The matches include the 2015 USASA National Final match against the Michigan Bucks on April 22, a midseason 2016 game against Memphis City FC on May 2, and a 2017 game against Inter Nashville FC on May 16. All of the games will be broadcasted here at 7 p.m.
Tech ○ One thing we don’t want to be without right now?Fast wifi. (Hey, Tiger King isn’t going to stream itself.) Check out these 5 tips on how to boost your router signal. 📶Ⓟ
🔄 Catch up on any newsletters you may have missed here.
💭 Say Hello: What do you want to know about your city?
✏️️ Want to write an article for us? Find out how here.
👀 Want your business featured in our newsletter? Learn more about advertising opportunities here.