The Lesser Known History of Chattanooga: A Walking Tour
Jul
18
5:30 PM17:30

The Lesser Known History of Chattanooga: A Walking Tour

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Join Chattanooga Organized for Action (COA) as we tour Martin Luther King Boulevard to discuss Chattanooga's history of popular action against racism. We'll cover the city's early slave market and labor force, Randolph Miller and the 1905 bus boycott of Jim Crow, the MLK assassination marches, sit-ins, clergy organizing, riots, the fight to rename the street, the 1980 Klan shooting, the lawsuit that changed the form of government, and much more.

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This tour is part of the People's History Project. More information can be found here

Please note: this tour is free, however there is a limit of 25 people. Please RSVP below.

This tour is in partnership with COA, The Chattery and the City of Chattanooga Office of Multicultural Affairs.

About the teacher:

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Michael Gilliland is the Board Chair for Chattanooga Organized for Action (COA), a community-organizing nonprofit founded in 2010. Michael has been involved in COA's efforts at affordable housing advocacy, research regarding local bank lending disparities and equitable development, as well as participating in "The People's History of Chattanooga" Project. In addition to COA, Michael serves as Vice President of the Orchard Knob Neighborhood Association.

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Civics 101: State of Tennessee Government
Jul
19
6:00 PM18:00

Civics 101: State of Tennessee Government

How well do you know the workings of Tennessee’s legislature?
Do you know how the legislature’s decisions affect you personally?

Join us for a basic lesson about the Tennessee legislature. We’ll take a non-partisan look at this aspect of our state government and enjoy an interactive conversation about:

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  • The structure of the legislature
  • Bills becoming law
  • How to make your voice heard

This class is non-partisan and for informational purposes only. The Civics 101 series is in partnership with the Chattanooga Chapter of League of Women Voters and The Chattery.

About the teacher:

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Christin McWhorter is the community relations manager for the Southeast Tennessee Area Agency on Aging and Disability. She graduated from UTC with a BS in psychology.

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Sewing 101: Making a Zip Pouch
Jul
19
6:00 PM18:00

Sewing 101: Making a Zip Pouch

Do you have a sewing machine but haven’t had a chance to learn how to use it? Don’t miss this class covering all things beginning sewing including zippers. Learn how to master sewing by making a cute zip pouch. All it takes is eight seams – truly! The outer and inner fabrics are fused together with additional stabilizer, which makes for a crisp exterior that holds its shape. The fusible web allows you to skip finishing the seams (they won’t fray) and avoid turning the pouch through a tiny hole. By the end of the class, you'll have a grasp on using your sewing machine, and you'll have a cute pouch you made yourself.

Please note: All materials provided. Please bring your own sewing machine.

About the teacher:

As owner & operator of Pins & Needles Quilt Shop, Stacy Slockbower has had the pleasure of teaching hundreds of students to sew and quilt. She specializes in Marti Michell Templates, as Pins and Needles is a certified Marti & Me store. Stacy is a ribboned AQS Exhibitor, TN State & Hamilton County Fair quilter. In addition, she plans and hosts quilting retreats, special events & quilt trips. She loves to share her knowledge and love of sewing and quilting with beginning quilters to the most experienced quilters. She also loves to support small businesses like hers!

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Finding Your Zen in a Corporate World
Jul
20
11:30 AM11:30

Finding Your Zen in a Corporate World

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Sitting at a desk all day handling stressor after stressor can begin to negatively affect you physically, mentally and emotionally. In this class, you will learn some basic concepts of breath and gentle motion that will allow you to stop stress in its tracks. After discussing stress and its effects on you and your workplace, we will practice techniques to calm your mind, relieve your body and boost your mood.

 

Please note: This class is bring your own lunch.

About the teacher:

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Cyndi Allen has been a manager for over 25 years. A Chattanooga native, she holds a BS in psychology, an MBA with a focus in HR and is currently seeking her graduate certificate in life coaching. She is also an 200 ERYT certified yoga instructor. She is currently employed as a manager with a local health care provider and teaches yoga throughout the Chattanooga community. She also loves mentoring her Little Sister of 4 years as a Big Sister with Big Brothers Big Sisters.

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Jewelry Making: Leather Cuff
Jul
21
1:00 PM13:00

Jewelry Making: Leather Cuff

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This class is a beginner class that teaches you how to embellish your leather cuff with paint, rivets, cording, and much more! We will start with some basic techniques that will help you to then move to a more detailed design in the near future. At the end of the class, you'll have a unique, decorated cuff all for you!

About the teacher:

More than 20 years of art experience and experimentation keeps Teresea Patton creating new things all the time. She has been creating jewelry for over a decade now. She has always been drawn to eclectic mixes of colors and patterns. She loves mixing styles and unusual colors to create something that makes her soul happy. Teresea has taken classes on various techniques and try to find ways to create new style by combining techniques and materials. Her motto is: give her a pile of materials and we'll make something pretty (or at least interesting) out of it! Check out Teresea's custom designs here.

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Adulting Summer Camp: Wieners & Losers - Competing  in a Hot Job Market
Jul
23
5:30 PM17:30

Adulting Summer Camp: Wieners & Losers - Competing in a Hot Job Market

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Do you relish career opportunities but aren’t sure how to stand out in this job market? Well, gather around the campfire with a panel of gurus who will share their wisdom on all things career related.

We’ll cover:

  • How to handle being grilled in a  job interview
  • Crafting a top-notch resume
  • Tips for dressing for success (no matter your industry)
  • Breaking down the legalese to keep you legit in the workplace

Panelists include Sabrina Butcher from LUCY Does, Tyler Howell from Pamper Garner & Associates, Amanda Jelks from Jelks Law, and personal stylist Kenya Iman.

And because it's National Hot Dog Day, we’ll have hot dogs and all the fixin’s!

This event is $5 and it covers all production costs. If this cost is prohibitive, please email us at info@thechattery.org.

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Adulting Summer Camp: #SorryNotSorry - Conflict + Crafts
Jul
24
5:30 PM17:30

Adulting Summer Camp: #SorryNotSorry - Conflict + Crafts

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Conflict is a part of life and whether its your personal or professional life, we’ve all had to deal with it. But with conflict, inevitably comes apologizing. This class will teach you how to craft the perfect apology, and in true summer camp fashion, the perfect friendship bracelet.

About the teacher:

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Lakweshia J. Ewing is the owner of BIZ BOOM APPS, LLC and founder and CEO of Unlearn Everything and Live. A native Memphian, Lakweshia has resided in Chattanooga, TN for over 13 years. Lakweshia holds a degree in Psychology with a minor in Africana Studies, a Master’s in Education and is currently an Organizational Leadership Doctoral candidate.

Formerly, Lakweshia served as the District Family Engagement and Community Partnerships Director for Hamilton County Dept. of Education for seven years and served as the start-up leadership staff in the role of Deputy Executive Director of UnifiEd, a community led public education advocacy organization. After years of working in education Lakweshia understood the value of developing and establishing effective systems and communication methods. As a result, she has formed a multi-faceted portfolio of businesses and organizations. In partnership with her husband she launched her own international digital marketing firm BIZ BOOM APPS, LLC as well as her consulting firm Unlearn Everything and Live, LLC. Most recently Lakweshia has joined the senior leadership team of the United Way of Greater Chattanooga as the Vice President of Community Impact.

This event is $5 and it covers all production costs. If this cost is prohibitive, please email us at info@thechattery.org.

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Adulting Summer Camp: Sundae Funday
Jul
25
5:30 PM17:30

Adulting Summer Camp: Sundae Funday

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Sundae Funday, better than a Monday.
Can only do it one way
And that is the...rich way?

We’re kidding (or are we?).

Money talks don’t have to be difficult especially when there’s ice cream! In honor of National Hot Fudge Sundae Day (yes, this is a real thing), we’ll learn all about counting our coins and planning for the future. “Mo Money, Mo Problems” was a catchy song but it’s not a solid financial plan.

Join us to learn all about basic investing from Jennifer Harper of Bridge Financial Planning and all about estate planning from Chris Sislo of HHM Wealth Advisors.

This event is $5 and it covers all production costs. If this cost is prohibitive, please email us at info@thechattery.org.

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Adulting Summer Camp: Making Pour Decisions - SOLD OUT
Jul
26
5:30 PM17:30

Adulting Summer Camp: Making Pour Decisions - SOLD OUT

This class is sold out. Please sign up for the wait list here.

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Tired of making bad decisions when it comes to wine? Join the club, we are too. In this class, we’ll learn all about the origins of your favorite hydrating beverage - summer water (aka rosé).

The class includes a tasting of five wines, led by Aubrey Stout from Imbibe Chattanooga.

Seating is limited. 

About the teacher:

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Aubrey Stout decided to become a wine professional from listening to a wine podcast during a stint as an English teacher in Beijing.  Despite her proclivity for Cava and Sauvignon Blanc, she was fascinated by the way the podcast hosts waxed eloquent about Verdicchio from the Marche, or cru Beaujolais from France.  Wine was perfectly situated at the confluence of her love of travel, food, and culture.  Determined to learn--and drink!--as much as possible, she began voraciously reading wine books on her return to Tennessee.  She got a job in a wine shop, then another wine shop, and finally as the wine buyer and assistant general manager at Imbibe Chattanooga.  She currently holds the WSET Level 3 Award in wine.  When she's not curating the wine club at Imbibe or hooking customers up with killer bottles, she can be found plotting her next wine trip to France, drinking Chenin Blanc or Beaujolais on her porch, or writing about her wine adventures on her blog, Umami and Wine.  

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DIY Graphic Design Platforms
Jul
28
1:00 PM13:00

DIY Graphic Design Platforms

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How do you determine the extent of your company's promotional or creative needs, and what will fit that need with the least amount of hassle and money?  Learn what Gimp, Inkscape, Canva and Adobe offer, and how much each program costs. In this class, you will get a basic introduction to each program, which will help you find the best program for you...and your wallet.

Please bring your laptop.

About the teacher:

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Kory Russell graduated from the University of Georgia with a degree in visual art in 2004. Since then he has continued his artistic practice off and on while working, first as a graphic artist for four years, and then a firefighter for eight. He left firefighting to pursue art full time in 2016.

Kory sees an artist’s job as seeing the world around them and translating that world onto canvas for others. Painting in a realistic genre means learning the scientific nature of things and distrusting what the eye simplifies for the mind. He enjoys teaching people to see this as he does, and helping them to understand the intricacies that will allow them to paint and draw on their own for years to come.

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Civics 101: Federal Government
Jul
30
6:00 PM18:00

Civics 101: Federal Government

How well do you know the United States government? Do you know how the government makes decisions on what affects you?

Join us for a basic lesson on the federal government. This non-partisan look at our nation’s government will explain everything you need to know about:

  • The branches of government
  • Bills becoming law
  • Separation of powers
  • Voting
  • How to make your voice heard

This class is non-partisan and for informational purposes only. The Civics 101 series is in partnership with the Chattanooga Chapter of League of Women Voters and The Chattery.

About the teacher:

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Lisa Bilbrey Hyder was born and raised in Cookeville, Tennessee. She received a B.A. in government from Smith College and spent time as a congressional intern. For over 25 years, Lisa worked as a technical writer, mostly in software development companies. Along the way, she spent a year studying at Emory University School of Law--alas, she did not complete her law degree, but she did meet her husband there. They lived for 10 years in Massachusetts, where Lisa served on her local school committee, and moved here with their two sons in 2004. Lisa is co-president of the League of Women Voters of Chattanooga and works in the English and History & Political Studies departments at Southern Adventist University.

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Introduction to Homemade Kombucha
Jul
31
6:00 PM18:00

Introduction to Homemade Kombucha

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Learn all about the world of kombucha, a fermented black or green tea that has restorative properties. In this class you will learn the history and science of kombucha. You will also learn how to make this delightful, delicious, and nutritious fermented drink at home, as well as how to flavor and carbonate your brews.

Participants will walk away with a kombucha SCOBY, a jar of kombucha that they will finish fermenting at home, and a handout with a few basic recipes.

About the teacher:

Danielle Shelton is a food artisan, textile artist, writer, world traveler, and life-long learner. She is the blogger behind fermdamentals.com, who shares her passion for fermented foods and beverages online and through classes. Danielle is currently a PhD student in the Public History program at MTSU. She spends most of her time at home researching and writing with a kitty in her lap, in the kitchen coming up with tasty treats, or creating textile art.

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Frame It: DIY Wall Art
Aug
4
2:00 PM14:00

Frame It: DIY Wall Art

You've taken the classes. You've stalked the Pinterest boards. Now it's time to take what you've learned and frame it! 

Brush lettering, watercolor, calligraphy, journaling and gouache. Use them all to create a wall hanging that will become a personal and unique addition to your home gallery wall. A variety of new and used frames, cardstock, paints, brushes and pens will be provided for your use. Feel free to bring any supplies you've become comfortable using.

All supplies included.

About the teacher:

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No one should be forced to fit into one box. April Corbett loves everything that she does and encourages others to find what they love and do it. She's an engineer, maker, planner designer, productivity guru and all around crafter. She's always looking for new projects and awesome places to take her engineering career. Follow April on Facebook here.

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Beginner Handlettering
Aug
8
6:00 PM18:00

Beginner Handlettering

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Love all the cute lettering pieces you see in home décor elements? Want to learn to make your own pieces to decorate your house, give as gifts, or gussy up your snail mail?

Also referred to as “modern calligraphy,” hand-lettering or brush lettering is a popular form of writing seen around DIY projects on Pinterest and Instagram. It has a more whimsical, loose feel than standard fountain pen calligraphy and is popularly used for wedding invitations, thank-you cards, place-settings, etc.

Join us for a workshop to learn the basics of hand lettering and more. We will move from manipulating the pens to the basic brush lettering script alphabet. The class will also address letter connections and basic flourishes. Plus, you will learn some tricks of the trade to practice smarter, not harder!

Supplies: All supplies are included. Each participant will receive three pens and tracing paper to keep practicing at home.

About the teacher:

Lesley Miller is originally from Raleigh, North Carolina and has gradually been moving west for the past fifteen years. She spent many years teaching elementary school and middle school science in Knoxville. When her son turned one, she left the classroom to stay home with him and eventually found her way to hand lettering, after spending a lot of time admiring it on Instagram! As a crafty kid and an adult scrapbooker, hand lettering gave her a new way to express her creativity and love of letters! Lesley is so excited to be an editor and contributing artist for Penultimate Magazine. She has been lettering for about two years and teaching lettering for almost one. Lesley promises that you will walk out of class with the tools you need to get started on your own lettering journey! Check out Lesley's work here.

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Guitar 101, Part 1: Understanding Your Guitar
Aug
9
5:30 PM17:30

Guitar 101, Part 1: Understanding Your Guitar

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Do you have a guitar but haven’t quite mastered it yet? This series will show you all the basics of the guitar. During three different courses, we’ll cover parts of the guitar, changing strings, playing the five basic chords, strumming, picking and more!

Part 1 in the Guitar 101 series  is an introductory class for those who are interested in learning more about guitar.

This lesson will cover the following areas:

  • Parts of the guitar
  • How to change strings
  • How to tune your guitar
  • Buying your first guitar
  • Essential accessories

No guitar necessary for this class.

About the teacher:

Dayv H is the founder and instructor at Dayv H Music Studio. He has a passion for music and enjoys helping others learn about music. His involvement in music and music performance spans over 20 yrs both professionally and otherwise. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Worship and Music Ministry from Liberty University. While studying there, he was professionally trained in both Guitar and Vocal performance. He has several years of musical instruction experience including both private and group lessons. He is dedicated to bettering his community and world by training others to express themselves through music. His goal is to promote the musical arts in order to train the next generation of musicians, vocalists, concert instrumentalists, and worship leaders.

Each class in this series is sold individually, and you are not required to come to all three. However, if you’d like to purchase tickets to the entire series, please click here for a discounted rate (15% off when purchasing the entire series).

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Beginner Tarot
Aug
13
6:00 PM18:00

Beginner Tarot

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What is Tarot? Is it mystical, magical or just pretty cards?

In this class, you'll learn about Tarot's origins and history, what a Tarot reading is, and the meanings of the cards.

Students are welcome to bring their own Tarot cards.

About the teacher:

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Gale Carrier has been reading Tarot since 1973 when someone gave her a deck of the old style Tarot with the Egyptian Ankh on the back. She developed her own style of reading Tarot after she found that most books on the meanings of the Tarot offered little advice on how the cards matched up with one another. She didn't see anything like that until she was in her mid to late 40's and by then she had already figured that out. So, now she's more than ready to give back to those who are willing and interested in learning.

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Genderally Speaking: Introduction to Gender, Sexuality & Everything In Between
Aug
15
5:30 PM17:30

Genderally Speaking: Introduction to Gender, Sexuality & Everything In Between

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This class is an incredibly brief look through the history and application of gender, sexuality, expression, physical sexual characteristics, and why it matters to everyone's day to day lives. We'll discuss the foundation of our identities and what it means to know yourself (and how you know what you know). We'll explore the various levels of attraction that humans experience from no or little attraction, to platonic and romantic attraction, and the words we use to describe those. We'll briefly touch on the importance of gender expression and physical sexual characteristics. The class will conclude with some practical discourse about why this matters for everyone and how we can all learn to know, love, and accept not only who we are but others too.

A portion of the proceeds of the class will go to Nooga Diversity Center

About the teacher:

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Maddie Wilkinson is a writer and teacher, exploring the intersection of gender, faith, doubt, and figuring out who you are. She graduated from Bryan College (2013) with a Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Studies with emphases in linguistics, Greek, and psychology. As a secondary school teacher and higher education administrator, she pursued opportunities to teach and acquire further formal education before coming to terms with her own struggles in reconciling religion, doubt, and gender identity. As a part-time stay at home mom, barista, and blogger, Maddie uses her free time to write about her own experiences reconciling religious experiences, the queer community, and the day-to-day adventures of parenting. Read Maddie's writings here

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Soap Making 101
Aug
16
5:30 PM17:30

Soap Making 101

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Interested in creating your own skin nourishing soaps? In this 2 1/2 hour class we will discuss the chemistry behind this process, and safely use oils and lye to create 5-6 bars of soap for each person to take home.

This is a hands-on class with all of the utensils and safety equipment provided.

About the teacher:

Karen Creel is the owner of Gardenchick. She lives on 4 acres in Chickamauga where she Gardens, creates DIY projects with her “junk” finds, and raises a few hens. Bees will be added in April and the urban homestead will be complete! After purchasing handcrafted soap for years, she attended several classes and started making her own, selling at craft shows and on her Etsy site. Created with natural ingredients including oils, herbs, honey and beeswax, her products include soap, lip balms, lotion bars, and herbal salves. You can keep up with her projects, and receive gardening and urban homesteading tips on her blog www.Gardenchick.com

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The Difference Between Pure Essential and Synthetic Oils
Aug
17
6:00 PM18:00

The Difference Between Pure Essential and Synthetic Oils

There are many different types of oils out there, all claiming to be the same. In this class, we'll learn the difference between the oils, and learn their uses and benefits.. We will highlight three of the most commonly used and known Essential Oils of Peppermint, Lavender, and Tea Tree and clear up any misconceptions and or misunderstandings about these essential oils, and get us on the right track. A track that will lead to an alternative of a first response, rather than a last result.

About the teacher:

Latisha Osborne is owner of Versatile Salts, a locally owned and operated business specializing in essential oilis. Utilizing essential oils, Versatile Salts creates oil and water based aromatherapy oils, salts, and sprays to help minimize hospital visits and promote alternative medicine. Versatile Salts was created because of what these wonderful oils have offered. The passion of wanting to help people is the drive of the company. Versatile Salts offers a variety of products, and strives to continue to create more. Welcome to Versatile Salts, where education and knowledge is essential to everyday living and growing!

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Introduction to Calligraphy
Aug
22
6:00 PM18:00

Introduction to Calligraphy

This class is an introduction to the basics of calligraphy. From these basics in class, students can pursue developing the skills of a traditional style of calligraphy or can adapt them into a more contemporary style. Good penmanship is not required - only a desire to enjoy oneself and to learn some of the basics of the art of calligraphy. 

Supplies: We will provide all supplies including: paper for practice and calligraphy pens for you to take home. Students will need to bring a small quotation or an inspirational phrase to use for your project.

About the teacher: 

Linda Harris is a local calligrapher who loves the written word and beautiful lettering. A retired Physical Education teacher in Walker County, Linda is married to a retired teacher and has shared her life with him for 43 years. Her beagle is the second love of her life. She majored in P.E. in college, with a minor in art. She also enjoys kayaking, gardening, cooking and is an avid reader. She is looking forward to sharing her love of calligraphy with a group.

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Guitar 101, Part 2: The Five Basic Chords
Aug
23
5:30 PM17:30

Guitar 101, Part 2: The Five Basic Chords

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Do you have a guitar but haven’t quite mastered it yet? This series will show you all the basics of the guitar. During three different courses, we’ll cover parts of the guitar, changing strings, playing the five basic chords, strumming, picking and more!

Part 2 in this Guitar 101 series will cover getting started with playing the guitar. In this class, you will learn the five chords you need to know to play almost anything.

Please note: a guitar is required for this class.

About the teacher:

Dayv H is the founder and instructor at Dayv H Music Studio. He has a passion for music and enjoys helping others learn about music. His involvement in music and music performance spans over 20 yrs both professionally and otherwise. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Worship and Music Ministry from Liberty University. While studying there, he was professionally trained in both Guitar and Vocal performance. He has several years of musical instruction experience including both private and group lessons. He is dedicated to bettering his community and world by training others to express themselves through music. His goal is to promote the musical arts in order to train the next generation of musicians, vocalists, concert instrumentalists, and worship leaders.

Each class in this series is sold individually, and you are not required to come to all three. However, if you’d like to purchase tickets to the entire series, please click here for a discounted rate (15% off when purchasing the entire series).

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Soap Making 101
Aug
25
9:00 AM09:00

Soap Making 101

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Interested in creating your own skin nourishing soaps? In this 2 1/2 hour class we will discuss the chemistry behind this process, and safely use oils and lye to create 5-6 bars of soap for each person to take home.

This is a hands-on class with all of the utensils and safety equipment provided.

About the teacher:

Karen Creel is the owner of Gardenchick. She lives on 4 acres in Chickamauga where she Gardens, creates DIY projects with her “junk” finds, and raises a few hens. Bees will be added in April and the urban homestead will be complete! After purchasing handcrafted soap for years, she attended several classes and started making her own, selling at craft shows and on her Etsy site. Created with natural ingredients including oils, herbs, honey and beeswax, her products include soap, lip balms, lotion bars, and herbal salves. You can keep up with her projects, and receive gardening and urban homesteading tips on her blog www.Gardenchick.com

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Guitar 101, Part 3: Strumming & Picking
Sep
13
5:30 PM17:30

Guitar 101, Part 3: Strumming & Picking

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Do you have a guitar but haven’t quite mastered it yet? This series will show you all the basics of the guitar. During three different courses, we’ll cover parts of the guitar, changing strings, playing the five basic chords, strumming, picking and more! You don’t have to come to all three classes.

Part 3 in the Guitar 101 series will teach you how to strum, pick and do other techniques to make the chords come to life.

Please note: a guitar is required for this class.

About the teacher:

Dayv H is the founder and instructor at Dayv H Music Studio. He has a passion for music and enjoys helping others learn about music. His involvement in music and music performance spans over 20 yrs both professionally and otherwise. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Worship and Music Ministry from Liberty University. While studying there, he was professionally trained in both Guitar and Vocal performance. He has several years of musical instruction experience including both private and group lessons. He is dedicated to bettering his community and world by training others to express themselves through music. His goal is to promote the musical arts in order to train the next generation of musicians, vocalists, concert instrumentalists, and worship leaders.

Each class in this series is sold individually, and you are not required to come to all three. However, if you’d like to purchase tickets to the entire series, please click here for a discounted rate (15% off when purchasing the entire series).

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Leveraging Social Media for Business
Jul
17
6:00 PM18:00

Leveraging Social Media for Business

With so many social media platforms out there, how do you know which one is the RIGHT one for YOUR business to be on? Answering that question and then what to post on each can be daunting. Well not anymore!

During this class presented by D. Channing Muller of DCM Communications, you will learn:

  • why people visit each social media platform,
  • the best types of photos and content to post on each platform, and
  • how to generate leads with your social media that feed your sales funnel

AND, you'll learn how to do it ALL without:

  • fretting over what to say,
  • struggling to find the right photo for the right platform, or
  • wasting time or money on the platforms that won't work for YOUR business or upcoming event

No more guessing what to post on Instagram vs. Facebook vs. Twitter. This class will break down EXACTLY the type of content to post each to make your business a success on social media.

About the teacher:

Channing Muller is the principal and founder of DCM Communications, a marketing consulting firm based out of Chattanooga, Tennessee. She works with event professionals and business owners to grow and scale their businesses with refined marketing strategies developed through 1-1 and group coaching. She has more than a 15 years of experience in the communications industry serving in top roles within marketing, magazine & web editorial, advertising, and business development for a variety of media, software, and PR companies both in the United States and internationally. 

Prior to launching DCM she has served in a top international marketing position for Cision where she led marketing projects and initiatives for North America, including the successful redesign of 10 websites in 10 months across seven countries. She has also led and advertising campaign design and execution for more than 300 campaigns simultaneously while at Bisnow Media, and held the position of Miami Bureau Chief for BizBash, the leading media company for the live events industry. She continued on with BizBash as a Contributing Editor for seven years after moving from Miami to Washington D.C. These roles have honed her expertise in advertising, reporting, editing, marketing, social media and public relations.

A Southerner through and through, this New Orleans native lives in Chattanooga, Tennessee with her two rescues: Gracie Cat and Sully the Chocolate Lab. She’s an avid runner, lover of spin classes, good food, delicious drinks, and an advocate for the American Heart Association Follow her on Instagram @ChanningMuller.

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Wines from the Wild: Making Fruit Wines
Jul
17
6:00 PM18:00

Wines from the Wild: Making Fruit Wines

Summertime means fragrant flowers & fresh berries, and flowers & berries mean wine! Join Fermdamental's Danielle Shelton as she demonstrates how to make wine with wild flowers and berries. The participants will learn the fundamentals of making wild wines and will leave with a few recipes they can try at home. All participants must be 21 or older, as sampling homemade wines will be part of the fun! This is a demonstration-style class.

About the teacher:

Danielle Shelton is a food artisan, textile artist, writer, world traveler, and life-long learner. She is the blogger behind fermdamentals.com, who shares her passion for fermented foods and beverages online and through classes. Danielle is currently a PhD student in the Public History program at MTSU. She spends most of her time at home researching and writing with a kitty in her lap, in the kitchen coming up with tasty treats, or creating textile art.

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DIY Decor: Beginner's Macrame
Jul
14
2:00 PM14:00

DIY Decor: Beginner's Macrame

We're well into a new season and there's nothing better to get you into the mood than refreshing some of your home decor. Anthropologie, Urban Outfitters, West Elm and many other home decor sites showcase these beautiful macrame wall hangings, but why buy it when you can DIY it?!

Come and craft your own chic work of art. You will be amazed at how quickly you can DIY something that could easily have cost you more than $100!

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Watercolor Sketching: A Half-Day Workshop
Jul
14
9:00 AM09:00

Watercolor Sketching: A Half-Day Workshop

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This half-day workshop will cover all basic concepts of sketching, gesture drawing, pen and ink, and watercolor. The class will provide students the foundation needed to establish a daily sketching practice. Students will head outside to work on how to capture buildings and people, build a loose sketch, add ink and finish with watercolor.

All students will be supplied with a watercolor travel set, water brush pen, fine line Sharpie and a small watercolor sketchbook to keep. Snacks are provided, and participants are encouraged to bring their own lunch. 

About the teacher:

Jaime Barks is an artist and teacher living in southeast Tennessee. Jaime has sold paintings through out the southeast, completed two public art projects, and taught classes and workshops throughout the Chattanooga area.

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Civics 101: Chattanooga & Hamilton County Government
Jul
12
6:00 PM18:00

Civics 101: Chattanooga & Hamilton County Government

Do you understand how your local government works? In this class we’re going to look into the Hamilton County and City of Chattanooga government. We’ll talk through the roles of the County and City Governments, the way that ordinances are passed, and also how to make your own perspectives and preferences known to our local representatives.

In this class we will discuss the basics of:

  • How the City and County governments are structured
  • How the City and County governments work together
  • How to make your voice heard
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This class provides an opportunity to look at Chattanooga and Hamilton County government through the "glasses" of a former city and county planning and community development professional who has spent the past six years being a volunteer watchdog who champions government transparency and advocates for the public interest.

The Civics 101 series is in partnership with the League of Women Voters of Chattanooga and The Chattery.

About the teacher:

Helen Burns Sharp is from Chattanooga. She has a BA in Political Science from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville and an MA in Government from the University of Texas at Austin. Her employment history includes 16 years as Principal Planner at the Tennessee State Planning Office, 3 years as County Planner for Cobb County, Georgia, and 18 years as Community Development Director for the City of Albany, Oregon. She started Community Development Consulting in 2008 and Accountability for Taxpayer Money (ATM) in 2014. She is currently President of the Downtown Owners' Collective and a board member of the Riverfront Business and Residential Partnership, the Unity Group of Chattanooga and the Tennessee Coalition for Open Government.

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Credit Card Travel Hacking for Beginners
Jul
12
5:30 PM17:30

Credit Card Travel Hacking for Beginners

Do you want to fly first-class to the Maldives for a once-in-a-lifetime beach vacation but don't have $30,000 to spend? Do you want to take your family to visit Rocky Mountain or Glacier National Park, but airfare and lodging for your whole family for a week (or two) seem out-of-reach? Do you want the banks to pay you, for a change, instead of you paying the banks?

Attend this class to learn the basics of how to use credit card rewards to travel anywhere you want to go for free, or almost-free. Or even if you have no interest in travel whatsoever, come to learn how to earn thousands of extra dollars in cashback, just by applying for the right credit cards. Don't get overly excited and apply for any new credit cards before you attend this class.

Note: Please come to the class knowing your credit score - if you have a credit card, your bank may give you your FICO score for free; you can also get it for free from Discover, even if you're not a Discover cardholder. For the best results, this class assumes that you have a decent credit score and spend [or can spend] $1,000+ per month on a credit card. If you don't fit this profile, you're welcome to come and get tips about how you can improve your credit profile, so you can start travel hacking with credit cards in the future!

About the teacher:

Grant Lovellette is a relatively new Chattanoogan (has lived here just over 3 years), but he spent his first 18 years of life just down the road in Cookeville. Like many people in this hobby, Grant stumbled into travel hacking and the credit card reward game by accident a few years ago, and he continues to pursue it as a passionate side project. Since then, he has earned millions of miles and points, has applied for many dozens of credit cards, has booked tens of thousands of dollars worth of free trips, has become a top contributor to several online communities dedicated to discussing credit cards, points, and miles, and continues to travel as much as his work and family schedule allow. Though initially skeptical, even his wife is now somewhat on board, given the ability to travel pretty much anywhere she wants to go, for free (or almost free)! Now all they need is more time to travel....

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No Pressure: Instant Pot 101
Jul
11
6:00 PM18:00

No Pressure: Instant Pot 101

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Haven't quite figured out that Instant Pot you got from a family member? Mary Haymaker from Chattavore will help you decipher the settings and figure out how to get a meal on the table using today's trendiest kitchen appliance. We'll cook a delicious meal: chicken tacos, black beans, and rice, with flan for dessert. Bring your questions about the Instant Pot and if Mary doesn't know the answer she'll find it for you!

Please note: This class is demonstration style. You do not need to own or bring an Instant Pot with you.

About the teacher:  

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Mary Haymaker is the writer and cook behind the Chattavore. She was born and raised right here in Chattanooga, and her blog is all about Southern food and Chattanooga restaurants. She writes about all kinds of food, but her mission is to teach people to cook from scratch without breaking the bank - money or time-wise.

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Finding New Clients & Booking Business
Jul
10
6:00 PM18:00

Finding New Clients & Booking Business

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Does this sound familiar: You meet someone at a networking event or received a lead through your digital marketing programs, you have a discovery call or meeting, they ask a ton of questions and then disappear on you? Or maybe they request a proposal, you provide it and then come the constant requests for revisions or price haggling, all to the detriment of your time, sanity, and revenue?  

Well not anymore! Say goodbye to the time sucks and price bandits and start cruising prospects through your sales funnel faster.

In this class, Channing Muller, marketing & sales strategist with DCM Communications, wil teach you:

  • Where to find your ideal clientele
  • How to leverage social media to attract your ideal client (without wasting time on the wrong platforms)
  • How to weed out those prospects who only want free advice
  • What to do what once you book the meeting
  • AND how to close the deal in less time without price drops or multiple rounds of revisions on a contract

About the teacher:

Channing Muller is the principal and founder of DCM Communications, a marketing consulting firm based out of Chattanooga, Tennessee. She works with event professionals and business owners to grow and scale their businesses with refined marketing strategies developed through 1-1 and group coaching. She has more than a 15 years of experience in the communications industry serving in top roles within marketing, magazine & web editorial, advertising, and business development for a variety of media, software, and PR companies both in the United States and internationally. 

Prior to launching DCM she has served in a top international marketing position for Cision where she led marketing projects and initiatives for North America, including the successful redesign of 10 websites in 10 months across seven countries. She has also led and advertising campaign design and execution for more than 300 campaigns simultaneously while at Bisnow Media, and held the position of Miami Bureau Chief for BizBash, the leading media company for the live events industry. She continued on with BizBash as a Contributing Editor for seven years after moving from Miami to Washington D.C. These roles have honed her expertise in advertising, reporting, editing, marketing, social media and public relations.

A Southerner through and through, this New Orleans native lives in Chattanooga, Tennessee with her two rescues: Gracie Cat and Sully the Chocolate Lab. She’s an avid runner, lover of spin classes, good food, delicious drinks, and an advocate for the American Heart Association Follow her on Instagram @ChanningMuller.

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Beginner Handlettering
Jul
9
6:00 PM18:00

Beginner Handlettering

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Love all the cute lettering pieces you see in home décor elements? Want to learn to make your own pieces to decorate your house, give as gifts, or gussy up your snail mail?

Also referred to as “modern calligraphy,” hand-lettering or brush lettering is a popular form of writing seen around DIY projects on Pinterest and Instagram. It has a more whimsical, loose feel than standard fountain pen calligraphy and is popularly used for wedding invitations, thank-you cards, place-settings, etc.

Join us for a workshop to learn the basics of hand lettering and more. We will move from manipulating the pens to the basic brush lettering script alphabet. The class will also address letter connections and basic flourishes. Plus, you will learn some tricks of the trade to practice smarter, not harder!

Supplies: All supplies are included. Each participant will receive three pens and tracing paper to keep practicing at home.

About the teacher:

Lesley Miller is originally from Raleigh, North Carolina and has gradually been moving west for the past fifteen years. She spent many years teaching elementary school and middle school science in Knoxville. When her son turned one, she left the classroom to stay home with him and eventually found her way to hand lettering, after spending a lot of time admiring it on Instagram! As a crafty kid and an adult scrapbooker, hand lettering gave her a new way to express her creativity and love of letters! Lesley is so excited to be an editor and contributing artist for Penultimate Magazine. She has been lettering for about two years and teaching lettering for almost one. Lesley promises that you will walk out of class with the tools you need to get started on your own lettering journey! Check out Lesley's work here.

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Introduction to Calligraphy
Jul
5
6:00 PM18:00

Introduction to Calligraphy

This class is an introduction to the basics of calligraphy. From these basics in class, students can pursue developing the skills of a traditional style of calligraphy or can adapt them into a more contemporary style. Good penmanship is not required - only a desire to enjoy oneself and to learn some of the basics of the art of calligraphy. 

Supplies: We will provide all supplies including: paper for practice and calligraphy pens for you to take home. Students will need to bring a small quotation or an inspirational phrase to use for your project.

About the teacher: 

Linda Harris is a local calligrapher who loves the written word and beautiful lettering. A retired Physical Education teacher in Walker County, Linda is married to a retired teacher and has shared her life with him for 43 years. Her beagle is the second love of her life. She majored in P.E. in college, with a minor in art. She also enjoys kayaking, gardening, cooking and is an avid reader. She is looking forward to sharing her love of calligraphy with a group.

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Genderally Speaking: Introduction to Gender, Sexuality & Everything In Between
Jun
29
5:30 PM17:30

Genderally Speaking: Introduction to Gender, Sexuality & Everything In Between

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This class is an incredibly brief look through the history and application of gender, sexuality, expression, physical sexual characteristics, and why it matters to everyone's day to day lives. We'll discuss the foundation of our identities and what it means to know yourself (and how you know what you know). We'll explore the various levels of attraction that humans experience from no or little attraction, to platonic and romantic attraction, and the words we use to describe those. We'll briefly touch on the importance of gender expression and physical sexual characteristics. The class will conclude with some practical discourse about why this matters for everyone and how we can all learn to know, love, and accept not only who we are but others too.

A portion of the proceeds of the class will go to Nooga Diversity Center

About the teacher:

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Maddie Wilkinson is a writer and teacher, exploring the intersection of gender, faith, doubt, and figuring out who you are. She graduated from Bryan College (2013) with a Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Studies with emphases in linguistics, Greek, and psychology. As a secondary school teacher and higher education administrator, she pursued opportunities to teach and acquire further formal education before coming to terms with her own struggles in reconciling religion, doubt, and gender identity. As a part-time stay at home mom, barista, and blogger, Maddie uses her free time to write about her own experiences reconciling religious experiences, the queer community, and the day-to-day adventures of parenting. Read Maddie's writings here

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Open Mic Storytelling Night: Firsts
Jun
28
6:00 PM18:00

Open Mic Storytelling Night: Firsts

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Join us for a fun evening of sharing "firsts" - your first kiss, your first car, your first love. Anything that comes to mind.

The rules are simple. The story must be:

  • True
  • From the heart
  • 5 minutes or less

Come to listen or share and work on your storytelling and public speaking skills. Sign ups for speaking will be taken when you arrive.

BYOB. 

$7 ahead of time / $10 at the door

About the Emcee:

Elisa Negroni holds a degree in Social Services, with over 30 years’ experience in community relations and relationship coaching. Elisa’s personal history makes her particularly compassionate and uniquely qualified to work with individuals in overcoming their communication challenges. Elisa overcame her shyness through Speaking Circles, founded by Lee Glickstein. As a result, Elisa is a certified Speaking Circle facilitator and has since offered numerous workshops and accepted many speaking engagements.

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Building an Engaged Social Media Audience
Jun
28
12:00 PM12:00

Building an Engaged Social Media Audience

No doubt you’ve heard that social media is a fantastic way to promote your business. But how do you get started attracting those first fans, and then get them to start communicating with you on a consistent basis?

Truthfully, audience-building doesn’t happen immediately. Although capturing explosive growth sounds tempting, it’s not a strategy, and if you plan to do this right there are no shortcuts.  Gaining fans is slow at first, but totally normal. It’s also typical for growth to gain momentum over time with the right practices in place.

In this class we will discuss tools, tactics and best practices that make consistent growth possible while building a highly engaged audience.

This class is bring your own lunch.

About the teacher:

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If marketing was fashion Sarah Stahl would be in the @VeraWangGang. As designed, Sarah is mastering the art of managing profitable relationships as the Digital Media Strategist at Avant Creative.

With 10 years’ experience in entrepreneurship and business marketing, Sarah provides skillful insight into the current digital landscape while providing practical takeaways that can be implemented immediately. 

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Chalkboard Lettering 101
Jun
27
6:00 PM18:00

Chalkboard Lettering 101

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Want to learn how to make your chalkboard look amazing? Come learn all the tips and tricks! We will learn 10 tricks to make a dynamic and dimensional chalkboard!

Supplies: All participants will be supplied with chalkboard supplies they can keep to keep practicing!

About the teacher:

Lesley Miller is originally from Raleigh, North Carolina and has gradually been moving west for the past fifteen years. She spent many years teaching elementary school and middle school science in Knoxville. When her son turned one, she left the classroom to stay home with him and eventually found her way to hand lettering, after spending a lot of time admiring it on Instagram! As a crafty kid and an adult scrapbooker, hand lettering gave her a new way to express her creativity and love of letters! Lesley is so excited to be an editor and contributing artist for Penultimate Magazine. She has been lettering for about two years and teaching lettering for almost one. Lesley promises that you will walk out of class with the tools you need to get started on your own lettering journey! Check out Lesley's work here.

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Tiki Time: A Cocktail Workshop
Jun
22
6:00 PM18:00

Tiki Time: A Cocktail Workshop

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Join us for a tiki-themed cocktail class to kick off summer! Learn to make two drinks: A New Day and a Rum Old Fashioned, as well as learning about the history of the tiki craze. 

This class is in partnership with Mad Priest. 20% of all sales will go to Mad Priest's Kickstarter for their new Mad Priest Coffee & Cocktails Bar.

 

About the teachers:

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A 24 year veteran of the wine and spirits business, Jen Gregory is proud to continue to be involved in the growth of professionalism of this industry. She owns her own wine and spirits consulting business, is the Chattanooga Chapter President of the United States Bartenders' Guild, and is an advocate and activist not only in the bar community but in local politics. She is excited to be working with Mad Priest Coffee and Cocktails to continue that work in helping the underserved in Chattanooga's community. 

 

Michael Rice is the owner and operator of local coffee roasting company Mad Priest Coffee. On the side, Michael has been studying spirits and has a decent home bar to practice on. He recently became a Bar Smarts graduate, and is about to take his exam for his CSS (Certified Spirits Specialist). Later this year, he will be opening the newly anticipated bar downtown, The Mad Priest Coffee & Cocktails. 

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The Lesser Known History of Chattanooga: A Walking Tour - FULL
Jun
19
5:30 PM17:30

The Lesser Known History of Chattanooga: A Walking Tour - FULL

This class is full. Join the wait list below.

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Join Chattanooga Organized for Action (COA) as we tour Martin Luther King Boulevard to discuss Chattanooga's history of popular action against racism. We'll cover the city's early slave market and labor force, Randolph Miller and the 1905 bus boycott of Jim Crow, the MLK assassination marches, sit-ins, clergy organizing, riots, the fight to rename the street, the 1980 Klan shooting, the lawsuit that changed the form of government, and much more.

This tour is part of the People's History Project. More information can be found here

Please note: this tour is free, however there is a limit of 25 people. Please RSVP below.

This tour is in partnership with COA, The Chattery and the City of Chattanooga Office of Multicultural Affairs.

About the teacher:

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Michael Gilliland is the Board Chair for Chattanooga Organized for Action (COA), a community-organizing nonprofit founded in 2010. Michael has been involved in COA's efforts at affordable housing advocacy, research regarding local bank lending disparities and equitable development, as well as participating in "The People's History of Chattanooga" Project. In addition to COA, Michael serves as Vice President of the Orchard Knob Neighborhood Association.

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Understand Yourself: The Big 5 Aspects of Personality
Jun
18
6:00 PM18:00

Understand Yourself: The Big 5 Aspects of Personality

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This course is designed to facilitate a better understanding of how personality traits play an integral role in our lives. Known within the field of psychology, the "Five Factor Model" is a model based on general language often used to describe personality traits. Using the acronym "OCEAN", assessments based on the Factor Five Model explore the most fundamental basis of our unique personalities by assessing the five following traits:

1. Openness to experience
2. Conscientiousness
3. Extroversion
4. Assertiveness
5. Neuroticism

By gaining clarity on where we fall within each personality category, we come to understand ourselves in relation to the interpersonal and professional relationships we cultivate over time. Our class will begin with a general overview of personality, the five traits listed above, and the importance of understanding our personal traits in context to the world around. We will implement the use of a 100-question assessment, asking a variety of questions pertaining to personal experience. The assessment, which takes about twenty minutes to complete, will automatically generate results to you in a printable format.

Please note: bring your own computer to fill out the assessment, which costs an additional $10. Each participant will pay for the assessment on their own during the class.

About the teacher:

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Alexandra Theis is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and a recent relocator to the Chattanooga area. After living in Florida for 25+ years, she decided on making Tennessee her first home away from home. During her time in Florida, Alexandra worked with a vast array of clients. Most of her initial work was done with children in residential treatment centers for help with various psychiatric disorders. In more recent years, Alexandra has enjoyed working for herself and seeing clients who seek help with everyday life struggles. Alexandra thoroughly enjoys writing for her website and has had some of her writings featured on the blog site, Thought Catalog. Favorite things include her gorgeous dog (partially biased opinion), a cup of coffee from Mean Mug (name dropping the locals), and an entertaining non-fiction book (as if such a thing exists!)

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Sewing 101: Making a Zip Pouch
Jun
16
10:00 AM10:00

Sewing 101: Making a Zip Pouch

Do you have a sewing machine but haven’t had a chance to learn how to use it? Don’t miss this class covering all things beginning sewing including zippers. Learn how to master sewing by making a cute zip pouch. All it takes is eight seams – truly! The outer and inner fabrics are fused together with additional stabilizer, which makes for a crisp exterior that holds its shape. The fusible web allows you to skip finishing the seams (they won’t fray) and avoid turning the pouch through a tiny hole. By the end of the class, you'll have a grasp on using your sewing machine, and you'll have a cute pouch you made yourself.

Please note: All materials provided. Please bring your own sewing machine.

About the teacher:

As owner & operator of Pins & Needles Quilt Shop, Stacy Slockbower has had the pleasure of teaching hundreds of students to sew and quilt. She specializes in Marti Michell Templates, as Pins and Needles is a certified Marti & Me store. Stacy is a ribboned AQS Exhibitor, TN State & Hamilton County Fair quilter. In addition, she plans and hosts quilting retreats, special events & quilt trips. She loves to share her knowledge and love of sewing and quilting with beginning quilters to the most experienced quilters. She also loves to support small businesses like hers!

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Instant Pot 201
Jun
13
6:00 PM18:00

Instant Pot 201

So, you've mastered the basics with your Instant Pot - now what? Mary Haymaker from Chattavore will teach you some more advanced techniques, including baking in the Instant Pot and "pot-in-pot" cooking, which allows you to cook more than one item in the Instant Pot at the same time. We'll make chicken Alfredo pasta, steamed broccoli, and cake - yes, CAKE. Audience participation is encouraged! Bring your Instant Pot questions and if Mary doesn't have the answer, she'll get it for you. Handouts will be provided. Please note: this class is not sponsored by Instant Pot. Mary just really loves her Instant Pot and wants to help others learn to love theirs too!

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Beginner Handlettering
Jun
12
6:00 PM18:00

Beginner Handlettering

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Love all the cute lettering pieces you see in home décor elements? Want to learn to make your own pieces to decorate your house, give as gifts, or gussy up your snail mail?

Also referred to as “modern calligraphy,” hand-lettering or brush lettering is a popular form of writing seen around DIY projects on Pinterest and Instagram. It has a more whimsical, loose feel than standard fountain pen calligraphy and is popularly used for wedding invitations, thank-you cards, place-settings, etc.

Join us for a workshop to learn the basics of hand lettering and more. We will move from manipulating the pens to the basic brush lettering script alphabet. The class will also address letter connections and basic flourishes. Plus, you will learn some tricks of the trade to practice smarter, not harder!

Supplies: All supplies are included. Each participant will receive three pens and tracing paper to keep practicing at home.

About the teacher:

Lesley Miller is originally from Raleigh, North Carolina and has gradually been moving west for the past fifteen years. She spent many years teaching elementary school and middle school science in Knoxville. When her son turned one, she left the classroom to stay home with him and eventually found her way to hand lettering, after spending a lot of time admiring it on Instagram! As a crafty kid and an adult scrapbooker, hand lettering gave her a new way to express her creativity and love of letters! Lesley is so excited to be an editor and contributing artist for Penultimate Magazine. She has been lettering for about two years and teaching lettering for almost one. Lesley promises that you will walk out of class with the tools you need to get started on your own lettering journey! Check out Lesley's work here.

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Beginner Tarot
Jun
11
6:00 PM18:00

Beginner Tarot

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What is Tarot? Is it mystical, magical or just pretty cards ? Learn about its origins and history, learn about what is a Tarot reading and lastly let’s learn meanings of cards. 

About the teacher:

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Gale Carrier has been reading Tarot since 1973 when someone gave her a deck of the old style Tarot with the Egyptian Ankh on the back. She developed her own style of reading Tarot after she found that most books on the meanings of the Tarot offered little advice on how the cards matched up with one another. She didn't see anything like that until she was in her mid to late 40's and by then she had already figured that out. So, now she's more than ready to give back to those who are willing and interested in learning.

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Soap Making 101 - SOLD OUT
Jun
6
5:30 PM17:30

Soap Making 101 - SOLD OUT

This class is sold out. Sign up for the wait list to be notified of the next date.

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Interested in creating your own skin nourishing soaps? In this 2 1/2 hour class we will discuss the chemistry behind this process, and safely use oils and lye to create 5-6 bars of soap for each person to take home.

This is a hands-on class with all of the utensils and safety equipment provided.

About the teacher:

Karen Creel is the owner of Gardenchick. She lives on 4 acres in Chickamauga where she Gardens, creates DIY projects with her “junk” finds, and raises a few hens. Bees will be added in April and the urban homestead will be complete! After purchasing handcrafted soap for years, she attended several classes and started making her own, selling at craft shows and on her Etsy site. Created with natural ingredients including oils, herbs, honey and beeswax, her products include soap, lip balms, lotion bars, and herbal salves. You can keep up with her projects, and receive gardening and urban homesteading tips on her blog www.Gardenchick.com

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The Lesser Known History of Chattanooga: A Walking Tour
Jun
5
5:30 PM17:30

The Lesser Known History of Chattanooga: A Walking Tour

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Join Chattanooga Organized for Action (COA) as we tour Martin Luther King Boulevard to discuss Chattanooga's history of popular action against racism. We'll cover the city's early slave market and labor force, Randolph Miller and the 1905 bus boycott of Jim Crow, the MLK assassination marches, sit-ins, clergy organizing, riots, the fight to rename the street, the 1980 Klan shooting, the lawsuit that changed the form of government, and much more.

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This tour is part of the People's History Project. More information can be found here

Please note: this tour is free, however there is a limit of 25 people. Please RSVP below.

This tour is in partnership with COA, The Chattery and the City of Chattanooga Office of Multicultural Affairs.

About the teacher:

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Michael Gilliland is the Board Chair for Chattanooga Organized for Action (COA), a community-organizing nonprofit founded in 2010. Michael has been involved in COA's efforts at affordable housing advocacy, research regarding local bank lending disparities and equitable development, as well as participating in "The People's History of Chattanooga" Project. In addition to COA, Michael serves as Vice President of the Orchard Knob Neighborhood Association.

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Your Dog Isn't a Jerk: Leash Walking
May
31
6:00 PM18:00

Your Dog Isn't a Jerk: Leash Walking

Does your dog ignore you? Charge after every squirrel, bunny, and cat in the neighborhood? Does he/she pull on leash or stop to sniff the roses for eternity? Do you find yourself wondering, “Why doesn’t Steve just WALK for crying out loud?!?!”? If you’re really not sure who’s walking who, then this class is for you. Do not fear. Your dog isn’t a jerk…he just doesn’t know the rules, yet.

This class will help you determine and implement your rules for walking. Dog trainer and behavior specialist, Nicole Kazmierzak, will share with you her tried and true process for leash training. And the best part might be that this training works for dogs of all ages and experience. Forget the old adage, because you can teach an old dog new tricks! Expect to learn techniques to take home and practice with your dog. In a few short weeks you will be well on your way to enjoying calm and peaceful walks with your best friend. No previous training required. Class will only be able to accommodate two demo dogs. The first two students to register will be asked to bring their dogs.

This class is in partnership with the Main Street Pet Wellness Center.

About the teacher:

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Nicole Kazmierzak is a dog trainer and behavior specialist. She received her education and certification from the Misha May Foundation, located in Lakewood, Colorado and completed the requirements for K9 First-Aid and CPR through Colorado CPR & AED. Nicole focuses on force-free training methods and specializes in working with dogs in need of rehabilitation and behavior modification; the most prevalent being fear and anxiety. Nicole has volunteered with several rescue organizations along the front range in Colorado, and served on the board of directors for Do Over Dogs, a rescue in Broomfield, Colorado. Additionally, Nicole has fostered and adopted herself when space at home has allowed. She started her dog training and adventure company, Recess, in Chattanooga, TN in 2016. She and her husband, Travis, live in Chattanooga with their three canine kids.

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No Pressure: Instant Pot 101 - SOLD OUT
May
30
6:00 PM18:00

No Pressure: Instant Pot 101 - SOLD OUT

Haven't quite figured out that Instant Pot you got for Christmas (or as a Black Friday special)? Mary Haymaker from Chattavore will help you decipher the settings and figure out how to get a meal on the table using today's trendiest kitchen appliance. We'll cook a comfort food meal perfect for the January chill: cheesy chili mac, pressure cooked mashed potatoes, and rice pudding. Bring your questions about the Instant Pot and if Mary doesn't know the answer she'll find it for you!

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Leveraging Social Media for Business
May
29
5:30 PM17:30

Leveraging Social Media for Business

With so many social media platforms out there, how do you know which one is the RIGHT one for YOUR business to be on? Answering that question and then what to post on each can be daunting. Well not anymore!

During this class presented by D. Channing Muller of DCM Communications, you will learn:

  • why people visit each social media platform,
  • the best types of photos and content to post on each platform, and
  • how to generate leads with your social media that feed your sales funnel

AND, you'll learn how to do it ALL without:

  • fretting over what to say,
  • struggling to find the right photo for the right platform, or
  • wasting time or money on the platforms that won't work for YOUR business or upcoming event

No more guessing what to post on Instagram vs. Facebook vs. Twitter. This class will break down EXACTLY the type of content to post each to make your business a success on social media.



About the teacher:

Channing Muller is the principal and founder of DCM Communications, a marketing consulting firm based out of Chattanooga, Tennessee. She works with event professionals and business owners to grow and scale their businesses with refined marketing strategies developed through 1-1 and group coaching. She has more than a 15 years of experience in the communications industry serving in top roles within marketing, magazine & web editorial, advertising, and business development for a variety of media, software, and PR companies both in the United States and internationally. 

Prior to launching DCM she has served in a top international marketing position for Cision where she led marketing projects and initiatives for North America, including the successful redesign of 10 websites in 10 months across seven countries. She has also led and advertising campaign design and execution for more than 300 campaigns simultaneously while at Bisnow Media, and held the position of Miami Bureau Chief for BizBash, the leading media company for the live events industry. She continued on with BizBash as a Contributing Editor for seven years after moving from Miami to Washington D.C. These roles have honed her expertise in advertising, reporting, editing, marketing, social media and public relations.

A Southerner through and through, this New Orleans native lives in Chattanooga, Tennessee with her two rescues: Gracie Cat and Sully the Chocolate Lab. She’s an avid runner, lover of spin classes, good food, delicious drinks, and an advocate for the American Heart Association Follow her on Instagram @ChanningMuller.

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"Diet-betes" and Hypertension
May
24
5:30 PM17:30

"Diet-betes" and Hypertension

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Diabetes is a devastating disease that claims millions, including family members, due to the damaging effects of chronic and uncontrolled surge of blood sugar in the cells, vessels and the organs of the body. The complications can range from blindness, neuropathy, loss of limbs, kidney failure, dialysis and finally premature death. The conventional treatments, management and care for diabetes only mask the symptoms, but never address the underlying causes of the disease.

James Igani, founder of Back to Health Institute and a certified health and wellness consultant, will explain the root causes of diabetes and ways to stop the progression and damaging effects of the disease. He has had great success helping his clients with a few minor lifestyle changes to reverse their diabetes and their dependencies on diabetes medications. His philosophy and teachings are unconventional, simple and easy to follow. His work in wellness and success with his clients have been recommended by many area physicians.

About the teacher:

James Igani, is a Certified Health/Wellness & Safety Consultant and the author of a dynamic wellness book, titled "Back To Health America". James has been involved in the healthcare industry for nearly thirty years. His roles have consisted of performing physical therapy and health education with patients, and the healthcare professionals. He continues to provide health and wellness education to professionals from different industries and people from all walks of life. His passion and goal in his teachings and his book are to empower people of all ages with the right knowledge to take charge of their own health and to enable them to prevent or reverse many devastating lifestyle diseases. Igani is a pioneer in helping his clients reverse lifestyle diseases such as Type II diabetes, Hypertension, chronic fatigue, obesity, digestive tract maladies and other physiological disorders. His work has been commended by many area physicians, nurses, physical therapists and professionals of different industries. His accomplishments in health and wellness have been noted in publications nationally and he has also appeared on Good Morning America.  

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Introduction to Calligraphy - SOLD OUT
May
23
6:00 PM18:00

Introduction to Calligraphy - SOLD OUT

This class is sold out. Sign up for the wait list here to be notified of the next class.

This class is an introduction to the basics of calligraphy. From these basics in class, students can pursue developing the skills of a traditional style of calligraphy or can adapt them into a more contemporary style. Good penmanship is not required - only a desire to enjoy oneself and to learn some of the basics of the art of calligraphy. 

Supplies: We will provide all supplies including: paper for practice and calligraphy pens for you to take home. Students will need to bring a small quotation or an inspirational phrase to use for your project.

About the teacher: 

Linda Harris is a local calligrapher who loves the written word and beautiful lettering. A retired Physical Education teacher in Walker County, Linda is married to a retired teacher and has shared her life with him for 43 years. Her beagle is the second love of her life. She majored in P.E. in college, with a minor in art. She also enjoys kayaking, gardening, cooking and is an avid reader. She is looking forward to sharing her love of calligraphy with a group.

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