What is Welcome Home? Welcome Home of Chattanooga(400 S. Germantown Rd.) offers end-of-life care for those in need. Their mission is to create a “community of hope, healing, and compassion for those who are facing a serious illness or death and need safe shelter.”
If you’d like to help out with their mission, you can learn more here.
And what’s the program? Demystifying death and dying is the spring enrichment program (February, March + April) hosted by Welcome Home and The Chattery, with sessions happening weekly.
Session examples • Substance abuse among those experiencing homelessness | Thurs., Feb. 18 | 3-4:30 p.m. | Virtual | Free, register — donations accepted | This class will provide a basic overview of the kinds of substances that are abused + the effect they have on the body and mind, and on the community and caregivers. • Let’s talk about hospice! | Thurs., March 4 | 5:30-7 p.m. | Virtual | Free, register — donations accepted | Dr. Terry Melvin will explore the myths surrounding hospice care and clarify this important service + discuss how to support someone who has been admitted to hospice. • Mindful mapping end-of-life | Thurs., March 25 | 5:30-7 p.m. | Virtual | Free, register — donations accepted | Judith Pedersen-Benn M.S., HT + CMBM Faculty will provide a place where you can imagine and draw a “mind-map” of what your most ideal last moments on earth would be like. • Compassion series | Wed., March 31 + every Wednesday in April | 5:30-7 p.m. | Virtual | Free, register — donations accepted | This series is designed to support caregivers and deepen their understanding + cultivation of compassion in their work.
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Weather ○ 46º | Showers | 53% chance of rain 🌧️
Closed ○ Chattanooga Salad Company (7425 Commons Blvd.) is now permanently closed due to the pandemic. According to the restaurant’s owner Mark Ankar, Chattanooga Salad Company’s building recently switched owners, and the restaurant was unable to reach a payment agreement with the new owners. 😢 (NewsChannel 9)
Coronavirus ○ Hamilton County Mayor Jim Coppinger + health department administrator Becky Barnes will continue their live COVID-19 updates on Feb. 18 (today) at 3 p.m. The updates will be announced live on the county’s Youtube platform.
Edu ○ From Feb. 22 through Feb. 26, Hamilton County Schools will follow its Phase 3 schedule. The Phase 3 schedule means that K-12 students will attend school in person for five days a week, and the system’s at-home students will continue to follow a remote learning schedule. (The Pulse)
Biz ○ Local nonprofit Crabtree Farmsis seeking donations of items that are needed around the farm. The nonprofit is asking for printer paper, HP 901 ink cartridges, bales of straw, wheelbarrows + two space heaters (oil filled radiator). Hand tools, gloves, and cinder blocks are also needed specifically for the community garden. Email Melissa Astin if you would like to donate any items listed, or you can make a financial donation on their website. 🌱
FeelGood ○ Meredith Garrett — better known as the River City Street Poet — is a local writer who tells the stories of strangers with her typewriter + the backdrop of iconic Chattanooga landmarks. Garrett has been able to successfully write about the emotions and stories that Chattanoogans are experiencingthrough her poetry, like that of Laven Coffey, who lost her niece to COVID-19 in September. 📝 (WRCB)
DYK ○ Throughout the month of March, Alleo Health System’s grief counseling program will offer Teen Tuesdays for teenagers who may be feeling isolated + alone in their grief. Each session will take place from 6:30-8 p.m., and the entire program will cost $10 per teen. The deadline to register is Feb. 23.
ForKids ○ The Tennessee Aquarium + Reflection Riding Arboretum and Nature Center are partnering to offer redesigned summer camp programs through the Children’s Hospital at Erlanger, with health concerns in mind. The organizations will offer these camps for children ages 5-14 from June 7-July 20, and general registration will begin on March 1. ☀️
Celebrate ○ “Happy birthday to NOOGAtoday editor, Trista! We are so lucky to have you on our team and we hope you have a wonderful day!” – The 6AM Team
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Arts ○ Sip & Pour | Thurs., Feb. 18 | 5:30-7 p.m. | Pinspiration Chattanooga, 2275 Gunbarrel Rd. | $42-$65 | Get over those Valentine’s Day blues with a sip + pour party. Create your own acrylic pouring and enjoy a beverage. Tickets come with one beverage and all the supplies needed. 🍺 ○ Virtual Art Wise | Thurs., Feb. 18 | 6 p.m.-7 p.m. | Virtual | Free | Register online to watch artist Susan J. Barron discuss her works in “Depicting the Invisible,” an exhibition currently on view in the Hunter Mansion.
TryThis ○ Chattanooga Insight Meditation | Thurs., Feb. 17 | 6:30-7:45 p.m. | Virtual | Free | Join instructor Janka Livoncova in this meditation session. Zoom code is 315102. 🧘
Film ○ African American Film Series | Tues., Feb. 16-Thurs., Feb. 18 | Various times | Virtual | Free | View one (or all) of the seven selected films streaming on Hulu, Netflix, or PBS + join the film discussions via Zoom. Zoom links + films found via Facebook link.
PlanAhead ○ “Almost, Maine” | Fri., Feb. 5-Sun., Feb. 21 (Weekends) | Fri. 8 p.m., Sat. 2:30 + 8 p.m., Sun. 2:30 p.m. | Chattanooga Theatre Centre, 400 River St. | $15-$25 | This play about a nonexistent town so far North it’s almost Canada features characters falling in + out of love during one wintry night. ○ Wizards Beer Festival | Sat., Feb 20. | 6:30 p.m. | The Signal, 1810 Chestnut St. | $35 – $45 | With over 20 beers to try, you’re sure to have a magical night. The Signal will be transformed into a wizarding verse of wonders. This event is 21+. ✨ ○ Valentines Kard Readings | Sat., Feb. 20 | 1:30-5 p.m. | The Laughing Buddha, 4810 Hixson Pike | $25-$50 | Get yourself a love-themed tarot card reading in celebration of Valentine’s Day. To avoid walk-in rates, text or call 423-504-3923 to make an appointment.
Disclaimer: It is up to readers’ discretion to determine whether they feel comfortable participating in any mentioned events based on COVID-19 protocols and precautions. If you have questions, please contact the event’s organizers directly.
We asked you all last week to share something you’ve been loving these days, and we got some pretty great responses. 👇
“Schitt’s Creek is my new love. The sarcastic humor is just what I need at the end of a long busy day. The characters are so clever and deliver their lines perfectly!” – Kristi B.
“I love walking our Great Pyrenees along the wooded paths at McCoy Farm. There’s just enough interaction with other people to feel like I’ve had a few nice “hellos” yet it’s nice to be physically distant. The grounds are beautiful and well maintained.” – Angela C.
“I’ve been loving the maple spiced chai latte at the North Shore’s Stone Cup Cafe! It’s so delicious! I just enjoyed one yesterday on the Cafe’s balcony in the beautiful weather.” – Rebecca H.
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