Serving Others Well in 2019
Feb
25
6:00 PM18:00

Serving Others Well in 2019

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Life is full of opportunities! The ones that help, celebrate, and encourage others are the best kind of opportunities to take. In this class, you'll learn 10 practical ways to care for others well in 2019. We will put pen to paper and come up with a few people you’d like to care for better this year. From writing handwritten letters to bringing a meal to a friend in need - this class will be others focused in a world that says me me me. 

About the teacher:

Lexi Bozarth is wildly passionate about seeing people living out their calling. She is married to her best friend Blake, and together they are the parents to Barrett Michael aka Bear.  Lexi is the voice and brain behiind the Passionate + Practical Podcast, the podcast that pours into you, so you can pour into others. Whether you are an entrepreneur, stay at home momma, student, or a woman who wants to grow in your faith, this podcast is for you! Lexi is also a  women's speaker and Emcee focused on topics including self-care, health, career, entrepreneurship, marriage, fitness, motherhood, financial freedom, self-worth, serving others, and more.

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Master Class: The Instant Pot
Feb
26
6:00 PM18:00

Master Class: The Instant Pot

Take your Instant Pot skills to the next level with best-selling cookbook author and Instant Pot expert Laurel Randolph. Learn how to cook a three-course meal (and eat it, too!) and get all of the tips and tricks you need to make the most out of your Instant Pot. Beginners are welcome. 

Laurel's latest book, The Instant Pot No-Pressure Cookbook, will be on sale on site.

Space is limited. This class is demo-style, no need to bring anything but yourself!

The Chattery's Master Classes go a bit deeper than our average learning experiences. In this series, we bring in well-known subject-matter experts for in-depth lessons on a specific discipline.

About the teacher:

Laurel Randolph has been a food writer for ten years and a cook since she was old enough to properly hold a whisk. She is the bestselling author of The Instant Pot® Electric Pressure Cooker Cookbook: Easy Recipes for Fast & Healthy Meals. Her second book, The Instant Pot No-Pressure Cookbook, was released by St. Martin’s Press in May 2018. Learn more about Laurel here.

This class is a fundraiser for The Chattery. All proceeds benefit The Chattery's mission of providing fun, affordable and accessible education to Chattanooga.

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Mixology 101: Whiskey
Feb
27
6:00 PM18:00

Mixology 101: Whiskey

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In this cocktail class, we will be discussing, making, and tasting drinks inspired by whiskey!

Participants will taste three types of whiskey: sour mash, bourbon and rye. Then everyone will learn how to make three cocktails and the basic skills needed to replicate these tasty drinks at home, as well as fun ways to impress your friends and families with homemade ingredients and fun garnishes. At the end of the class, everyone will leave with recipe cards and instructions on how to impress your family and friends!

About the teacher:

Kaleena Goldsworthy was born in Maryland and raised in upstate New York. After suffering through many years of excessive snow, she felt it was time to move to a warmer climate, and found herself in Chattanooga only six months after visiting it for the first time. The fine folks at Flying Squirrel gave Kaleena her first job behind a bar and she instantly fell in love with the hospitality industry, the history of craft cocktails, and the food and beverage industry. To further her education and understanding of spirits and their origins, she started studying herbalism and began volunteering at Crabtree Farms. This knowledge, combined with her love of the cocktail industry, led her to start creating bitters at home. This passion grew, eventually leading to the creation of her business, The Bitter Bottle. The Bitter Bottle is focused on using organic and locally sourced ingredients to create bitters and tinctures. She also continues to focus on education, creating drinks, and sharing all of this with the community.

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Beginner Handlettering
Feb
28
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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Soap Making 101
Mar
2
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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Beginner Sewing: Don't Ditch it, Fix It!
Mar
2
10:00 AM10:00

Beginner Sewing: Don't Ditch it, Fix It!

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Do you have a favorite shirt that you've ripped? Does the zipper on your pants not work anymore?

Instead of ditching it for a new one, learn to fix it in this hands on class all about sewing! In this class instructors Ongeleigh Underwood and Bailey Walton will take you through five basics of sewing: sewing a button, sewing a zipper, hem lines, how to fix seam rips and patching. Everyone will practice these sewing basics on scrap fabric, but participants are welcome to bring any clothes they'd like to learn how to fix. 

Supplies: Everyone needs to bring their own sewing machine with the accompanying foots. Additonal supplies will be provided.

About the teachers:

Ongeleigh Underwood is the former owner of Temperate Clothing, a Chattanooga based independent womenswear line established 2013-2018. Everything from design conception, patternmaking, sampling, dyeing and manufacturing happened under one roof. Ongeleigh's passion for sewing and designing clothing goes back to her childhood when her grandmother taught her about both the joy and discipline necessary to make clothing.

Bailey Walton is a Chattanooga based interior designer with a lifelong love of design, textiles, and handcrafts. She has been sewing since she was a young girl and has continued to sew for fun and business over the years. in 2015, Bailey founded a successful Etsy business sewing quilts and apparel for babies and young children.

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Cultivating a Life of Creativity
Mar
2
12:30 PM12:30

Cultivating a Life of Creativity

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Do you lack clarity and direction in what your creative purpose is in the world? Have you brought your inspired ideas to realization or are they still on the back burner? Maybe you’ve forgotten all about those dreams, wants and desires for your life because you didn’t believe they were possible.  

We have great ideas all the time as we are born creators, inventors and dreamers. It is in our DNA to create a happy life with everything we want in it! So, why do some people realize their desires and some do not? Because within the creative process there is the “brick wall of frustration.”

Join this empowering class to discover what desires you want to take from “great idea” to “Success.” Discover how to navigate the six stages of the creative process using tools of creative insight to align you with the realization of your desire. Are you ready go the distance and reach for the best within you?  

Ask yourself, “What would it feel like to live my life’s creative purpose?”

You will receive insight for life tools and engage in interactive experiential exercises to support your journey of self-discovery.  During this class you will:

  1. Take a journey of inquiry to get crystal clear on creating the life experience that you really want by asking powerful questions.

  2. Learn the six stages of the Creative Process and the tools that will bring you the clarity you need to move through each stage with success.

  3. Learn what it is like to experience the Creative Process with ease, great energy and enjoyment as you move through creative cycle, landing at your final destination of celebration.

  4. Create a “new” story for your creative purpose.       One that envisions the success of your dreams and inspires you to go the distance.

About the teacher:

Marlee Elaine is a certified Master Instructor of the Creative Insight for Life, a Stanford University based curriculum for personal development.  Marlee has been teaching her individual workshops and 8 week life transformation courses in the community and as online webinars since 2015. Marlee is passionate about creating a life you thrive in everyday!  When she is not immersed in doing what she loves to do in the world – being an encouraging insight to create your best life – you will find her backstage as theatre mom guru for her beautiful daughter, trading recipes with her son the pastry chef, or practicing yoga, plant whispering and always creating something delish in the kitchen for family and friends.

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Writing for Stress Relief
Mar
4
5:30 PM17:30

Writing for Stress Relief

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We are all stressed. The world is chaotic, busy, full of screens and cellphones, demands from children, aging parents, and close friends coming apart at the seams. And the endless march of lessons and practices--violin, piano, soccer, softball, yoga, and the recurring shame of that unused gym membership. And money troubles. And sickness. 

In all this swirl of activity and uncertain emotions and circumstances, stress can overwhelm us. And can become anxiety. Can become sadness. Depression. Isolation. 

A creative outlet, like Writing, can help you reduce your stress and put your life into focus. In this class we will focus on self-expression. There are no writing "rights" or "wrongs." We will not focus on correct grammar or spelling. Instead, you will be encouraged to honor yourself, just as you are, and to give yourself caring and compassion.

This is a no-pressure class. If you want to share your writing, you can. If you want to keep your writing private, that's okay. There will be no criticism of your work. You are free to just be yourself.

Supplies: We will provide pen and paper. Please bring your own notebooks, tablet or laptop if you prefer.

About the teacher:

Rebecca Cook is a writer, performer, speaker, and preacher. She has read her work in many venues, large and small, and is always eager to share her writing or give a lecture. She taught creative writing at UTC (2004-2014) and mentors in Creative Nonfiction’s Mentoring Program. Her writing can be found in journals large and small--from the tiny Waugh Street Journal to the prestigious Georgia Review. She has published a poetry collection, a poetry chapbook, and an e-novel with small, independent presses. Her poems have appeared in the Romanian journals Convorbiri Literare and Poesis, and she has co-translated two collections of Romanian poems with Olimpia Iacob. Her most recent publications are The Best Man in the World, a chapbook with poet Jenny Sadre-Orafai, and The Shape of Water, a Romanian/English book of poems alongside poet Talvescu Dumitru.

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Credit Card Travel Hacking for Beginners
Mar
5
6:00 PM18:00

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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Introduction to Calligraphy
Mar
6
6:00 PM18:00

Introduction to Calligraphy

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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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Origami 101
Mar
6
6:00 PM18:00

Origami 101

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The ancient art form called Origami brings many direct benefits such as building hand-eye coordination, strengthening hands, and improving anxiety. In this class you will begin to build your paper folding skills with a few fundamental designs such as an iconic origami crane and a little, but powerful, jumping frog.

Each participant will take home their own paper creations. Origami paper is included in the cost; however participants are welcome to bring their own origami paper in addition.

About the teacher: 

Clay Alexander is a practicing Chemical Engineer who has found that Origami helped him from a young age develop patience, grow confidence, learn to sequence, and build spatial orientation. He used these skills as a foundation in his Engineering education, computer programming, and artwork.

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Beginner Handlettering
Mar
7
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 Macrame: Wreath Making
Mar
9
9:00 AM09:00

Beginner Macrame: Wreath Making

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Learn to make your own elegant macrame wreath, perfect for year-round decorating. This is a beginner macrame class and no prior experience is needed.

In this class, you will:

  • Learn how to start your own wreath, including an overview of the materials.

  • Learn how to make a variety of knots.

  • Leave with a beautiful piece of finished wall art and the know-how to design and create more pieces on your own.

About the teacher:

Mary Kate Vanderhart has lived in the Chattanooga area for the last 12 years. Mary Kate currently resides in North Georgia with her husband, two little girls, and their three furry friends. Mary Kate is a self-taught fiber artist specializing in macrame. She also enjoys weaving. Macrame has brought so much joy to her life over the last year and she loves sharing that joy through workshops and lessons!

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My Mediterranean Village Lifestyle
Mar
9
10:00 AM10:00

My Mediterranean Village Lifestyle

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More people have chronic disease and use prescription medication than at any time in U.S. history. However, this can be changed through lifestyle and diet Author Rena Ayyelina will teach about the possibility of optimal health by examining the lifestyle and diet in a tiny village in Greece as observed by her 50 years ago. 

Mrs. Ayyelina and her family immigrated to the United States when she was eleven years old. Her first introduction to nutrition and its relationship to health and well-being was through her village of Lafka, Korinthias. While living in America, Mrs. Ayyelina ate the typical American diet for 13 years due to living in a restaurant environment. As an adult, she started making radical changes in her diet while carrying her first child to ensure proper nutrition for her baby. She continued to make improvements to her cooking methods and food selections to improve her family’s nutrition and also began educating friends and relatives that were willing to hear the relationship between nutrition and well-being. 

About the teacher:

Rena Ayyelina is a certified nutritional consultant in natural medicine. Convinced that nutrition is, in many cases, the answer to America’s health crisis, Mrs. Ayyelina created a health and wellness Facebook page to reach as many people as possible with her passion for promoting health through nutrition.

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Four on the Floor: Basic Obedience + Manners! - 4 Part Series
Mar
9
11:00 AM11:00

Four on the Floor: Basic Obedience + Manners! - 4 Part Series

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Would you like for your dog to NOT jump up on people? Come when called? Perform basic obedience on cue in ANY situation? Join trainer and behavior specialist, Nicole Kazmierzak, for a four-part series geared toward acquiring and maintaining these invaluable skills and more! In Basic Obedience + Manners you will learn how to work with your dog to teach them how to interact politely with other dogs and humans while bonding with you!

Expect to spend a few minutes each day in-between classes practicing your “homework” with your dog. Class size is limited so that each student receives individualized attention. No dogs on the FIRST night of class. Dogs attend classes 2, 3, and 4.

  • Week One: Obedience Demonstrations (NO DOGS! You will practice with a demo dog)

  • Week Two: Sit (for everything!), Down, and (Easy) Wait

  • Week Three: Leave It, Stay, and Come

  • Week Four: Leash Walking Basics

Please note: Each ticket covers two humans and one dog. This is a four week series and participants are expected to attend all four sessions. Please note, dates for this series are as follows: March 9, March 16, March 30, and April 6. Schedule will skip March 23.

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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Traveling Zentangles®: A Half Day Workshop
Mar
9
12:30 PM12:30

Traveling Zentangles®: A Half Day Workshop

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In this class, we'll cover the basics of Zentangle, so beginners are welcome!  Then we'll use maps as our background paper for creating unique Zentangle Inspired Art. 

With Zentangle®, anyone can create beautiful images from repetitive patterns—no artistic ability or training required! This method is easy to learn and easy to do.  Zentangle® provides a fun and lighthearted way to relax while intentionally facilitating a shift in focus and perspective.

Zentangle® is

  • An intuitive art form

  • A creativity exercise

  • A focusing technique

  • A relaxing, meditative experience

Supplies: All supplies included. 

About the teacher:

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Martha Arrington is a recent transplant from Atlanta and is happy to call Chattanooga her new home. She was an elementary school art teacher for 10 years but have dabbled in quite an array of artistic endeavors on the side, such as ceramics, calligraphy, crafting, stationery design, painting with acrylics and watercolors, creative journaling, Zentangle®, you name it. She has an eagerness to learn, and in turn, sharing what she's learned with others. This passion has allowed her to find her calling in teaching the young and old fun new skills to spark creativity.

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Mixed Media Art Journaling
Mar
9
1:00 PM13:00

Mixed Media Art Journaling

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Create unique mixed media backgrounds perfect for journaling. In this class, you will create several journaling pages using acrylic paint, paper collage, color pigment sticks, stencils, and texture paste learning how these materials interacts with and complement each other. You do not have to be creative to get wonderful results out of these materials.

Supplies: Everyone will receive a mixed media journal. All supplies included in the class. 

About the teacher:

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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Creating the Perfect Centerpiece
Mar
11
6:00 PM18:00

Creating the Perfect Centerpiece

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In this class, you’ll learn all the ways to impress your friends and family by creating your own centerpiece. Learn the fundamentals of arranging flowers in a centerpiece, using basic concepts of design. Your flowers will last longer, look cleaner and be showcased beautifully in your home!

Each participant will walk away with a centerpiece of their very own and the knowledge to make one themselves. All supplies included, including the base!

Space is limited.

About the teacher:

Liza Greever is a florist who specifies in weddings and special events. She started Fox & Fern in the spring of 2015 and has done hundreds of beautiful weddings and large scale events in the greater Chattanooga area. Currently she works out of her in home studio at the home she owns with Chattanooga rocker husband, TJ Greever, their son Dunagan and Boston Terrier, Tuesday. She has a background in art and design from the University of Maine, her sculpture concentration translated well into learning floral design. Liza loves all flowers but is especially fond of lush greenery and blue delphinium , she also loves a good fluffy garden rose. Liza's personal design style is mid-century modern, meets eclectic bohemian.

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Spirit Communication
Mar
11
6:00 PM18:00

Spirit Communication

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Is it real?  Can it really happen?

Do you have a loved one that you'd just like to know if they're okay? 

During this class, Psychic Medium Gale Carrier will answer those questions and more.  Maybe there's someone who'd come forward and let you know he or she is okay. They could offer proof to you that the veils between the two worlds are thin indeed.

Join us for a special time and to see what happens. While there can be no guarantees of someone coming through just for you, it'll be a fun and informative evening.

About the teacher:

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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Beginner Handlettering
Mar
12
10:30 AM10:30

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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No Pressure: Instant Pot 101
Mar
12
6:00 PM18:00

No Pressure: Instant Pot 101

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Not quite sure what to do with your Instant Pot? Afraid you'll end up with a (literally) hot mess in your kitchen? Instant Pot 101 will calm your nerves with a quick rundown of the parts of your Instant Pot, review of basic Instant Pot techniques, and three recipe demos (audience participation encouraged!). We'll cook a comfort food meal: cheesy chili mac, pressure cooked mashed potatoes, and rice pudding. Bring your Instant Pot questions and if Mary doesn't have the answer, she'll get it for you! Handouts of basic cook times and techniques will be provided. 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!

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

About the teacher: 

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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Understanding Dog Behavior
Mar
13
6:00 PM18:00

Understanding Dog Behavior

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Have you ever found yourself wondering, why does my dog:

  • hate th e mailman?

  • listen to me at home but not the park?

  • jump up on me?

  • have separation anxiety?

  • not like other dogs?

  • get car sick?

  • follow me everywhere?

  • have trouble settling down?

  • go crazy after bath time?

  • not like to swim?

  • shake off when he’s not wet and yawn when he’s not tired?

Are dogs more like their wolf ancestors or us humans? Dog behavior can be funny, puzzling, and even gross at times. If you’ve ever found yourself wondering what your dog is thinking, then this class is for you. The format is intended to be educational, yet fun. We will address broader concepts of modern dog behavior and answer your individual questions. The insights from this class can also be used to help inform the training you do with your dog. While dogs are not permitted in the class, we encourage you to come with a brief description of your dog and his/her traits that you find the most bewildering.

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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Genderally Speaking: Introduction to Gender, Sexuality & Everything In Between
Mar
13
6:00 PM18:00

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.

About the teacher:

Jovie 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, Jovie 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 Jovie's writings here

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Beginner Embroidery: Pet Portraits
Mar
14
6:00 PM18:00

Beginner Embroidery: Pet Portraits

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Do you love your pet so much that you’d want to immortalize them forever on fabric? Great, this is the perfect class for you.

This course is designed to teach participants how to make their own basic embroidery hoop designs and learn four popular threading techniques, all focused around their pets. This will include an introduction to embroidery and all the possibilities!

Examples will be provided and demonstrated in the threading styles of running stitch, back stitch, satin stitch, and chain stitch. This class is hands-on with all materials included and ready to go. Participants will learn stitching styles, practice stitching and leave with their first hoop creation and an understanding of how to go forward and embroider. 

Please note: All participants will email a photo of their pet to The Chattery after purchasing a ticket. Class registration ends on March 7 to allow enough time to transfer the photo to fabric.

Class is BYOB.

About the teacher:

Sarah Olivo is from Asheville, North Carolina and has always loved nature, animals, and art. She is co-creator of a cute craft shop called The Dear Fox and her partner Jimi, the fox to her deer, taught her how to embroider years ago. Sarah holds a Bachelors in Communications from East Tennessee State University with minors in Art and Interior Design. Realizing her passion for museums, she received a Masters in Museology from University of Washington in Seattle. Sarah has lived the past 5+ years in Seattle, exploring all over the beautiful Pacific Northwest, worked in many cultural and creative institutions, and most recently relocated to Chattanooga to be closer to family. You can now find her at the Chattanooga Zoo as their Membership Coordinator. In her free time Sarah loves to of course embroider, travel, and go to museums, zoos, and aquariums!

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An Evening in Mexico: A Tequila & Mezcal Tasting
Mar
14
7:30 PM19:30

An Evening in Mexico: A Tequila & Mezcal Tasting

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Join us on a little adventure south to learn about the wonders of tequila and mezcal! By law, Tequila must be made in Mexico, and it's made by distilling the fermented juices of the Weber blue agave plant with water. We'll be learning more about the incredible process behind this distinct spirit, and tasting several tequilas and mezcals together.

This class includes:

  • Taste a range of different tequilas and mezcals (6 tastings)

  • Finish with tequila/mezcal cocktail of your choice

  • Light bites to accompany spirits

Seating is limited.

About the teacher:

Michael Rice is the owner/operator of Mad Priest Coffee Roasters and the new coffee & cocktail bar on Cherry Street, The Mad Priest. Michael is a Certified Spirits Specialist (CSS), Bar Smarts certified, Cicerone beer server and a member of the United States Bartenders Guild (USBG), as well as SCA certified Coffee Roaster and Green Buyer. Before he opened The Mad Priest in October 2018, he traveled to 11 cities (and Mexico) visiting bars and doing market research to ensure he built the best of the best in Chattanooga. He's been in the beverage industry for over 6 years, so if you're interested in the world of coffee, beer or spirits, Michael is excited to share his passion and experience with you!

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The Chattery Turns FIVE!
Mar
15
6:00 PM18:00

The Chattery Turns FIVE!

We're turning 5 (gosh we're getting old) and what better way to celebrate than to have a party! This is our chance to celebrate our teachers, students and supporters who continue to help us spread our mission of cultivating a community of learners!

Our friends from The Bitter Alibi will have cocktails available for purchase. If liquor isn't your thing, you can buy beer from the good folks at Palace Theater. We'll have complimentary carnival-themed snacks (obviously we have a theme), games and jams from D J M C P R O.

Don't miss it - we're also making a big announcement about our future! 

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A Little Me Time: A Half-Day Workshop
Mar
16
9:30 AM09:30

A Little Me Time: A Half-Day Workshop

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You know you want more for your life. You know there’s a part of you that’s yearning for more meaningful work, stronger relationships, or an easier way of moving through the world. You're just not sure HOW to make this happen. Is this you? 

If so, this workshop is designed to help you reconnect to the truest parts of yourself, the things that are often buried under endless to-do lists and task-mastering. We'll spend time identifying with our core values, sorting out whether the critical voices chattering at us have anything meaningful to share (you might be surprised to learn they do -- but not what you'd expect!), and diving deeper into our unique personalities. Expect to spend time journaling, participating in meditation/visualization, sharing with others, and laughing.

Sometimes, we just need to step out of the day-to-day hustle and bustle to reconnect with the things we value most. We need a space to shift back to the things we care about. This workshop provides just that space.

About the teacher:

Liz Norell is a yoga teacher, life coach, and college professor who values genuine connection and service above all else. She works with women (and sometimes men!) who stay busy yet feel unaccomplished, who feel certain there must be more fulfillment and purpose to life than hectic days and sleep-deprived nights. She helps others root down into their true callings, then gather the courage to leap to answer those callings. Using a holistic approach, informed by the Courageous Life Coaching program, the tools of Playing Big, and the Enneagram framework, she helps others come home to their truest hopes and trust they have everything they need to pursue their dreams.

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 Introduction to Weaving
Mar
16
1:00 PM13:00

Introduction to Weaving

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Love fiber art? This class is for you. In this class, you will learn the basics of weaving on a simple frame loom. Beginner weaves and stitches will be covered, and you will create your very own woven wall art to take home. 

Supplies: Each participant will be supplied with a small tapestry loom (to keep), yarns, and all the necessary tools. 

About the teacher:

Lisa Denney has been drawing and painting since the 8th grade. After ditching studies in biology, she earned a degree in art from the University of West Georgia, and that led to a career in rug and carpet design. She rented a studio in 2015 to get the rug design out of the house, and found a community and motivation to make art. She comes from a long line of women that enjoy crocheting and knitting and the awful craft of “plastic canvas.” She currently makes her home in Chattanooga with her man and her cat.

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Beginner Poetry
Mar
18
6:00 PM18:00

Beginner Poetry

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In this class, participants will use imagery as inspiration for poetry.

Together, we will  look at several images, and write poems together, exploring the thoughts and emotions we feel when we look at the images. Whether the poets in this class are lifelong writers or just beginning, we will all share the joy of words with each other. At the end of class, we will perform our poems out loud.

Paper and pen provided.

About the teacher:

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Sloan Patton is a professional photographer and UTC alum where he studied Political Science. He has been involved in writing groups in the Southeast for the past 5 years, and has helped write a few screenplays. He has also worked as a journalist for the past 6 years. Helping writers find their voice is his passion. Find out more about Sloan here.

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Exercise for Older People
Mar
19
12:00 PM12:00

Exercise for Older People

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As we age, our bodies change and physical abilities are no longer what they once were. Injuries occur more often and more easily, and they take longer to heal. We cannot ignore aging and continue to function in the same way we always have without an increased risk of injury. Our routines and goals must be different, for example aiming for improved resistance rather than muscle bulk while exercising, and aspiring to a well-toned healthy body in which to live a fully functional life.

This class will examine pertinent aspects of aging with respect to exercise (especially strength training). An exercise methodology will be suggested, as well as ways to adapt it to a home routine.

About the teacher:

Dr. Michael Amaral was in practice as a Board Certified neurosurgeon until his retirement in 2016. He did his general surgery internship and neurological surgery residency at the University of Chicago and graduated in 1986. In his last 10 years of practice he specialized in complex spine surgery and sacroiliac surgery. Dr. Amaral has also been active in fighting sports (Martial Arts) since teenage and has expertise in Wado-Ryu and Shotokan Karate, Kodokan Judo, Ueshiba Style Aikido, Kendo, western style saber fencing and Krav Maga. Cardiovascular and strength training are an integral part of all the Martial Arts.  Dr. Amaral has had a keen interest in studying how the body changes with age and how this affects training. Those matters will be the subject of this class.

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Mixology 101: Vodka
Mar
19
6:00 PM18:00

Mixology 101: Vodka

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In this cocktail class, we will be discussing, making, and tasting drinks inspired by vodka!

Participants will taste four vodkas.  Then everyone will learn how to make two cocktails and the basic skills needed to replicate these three tasty drinks at home, as well as fun ways to impress your friends and families with homemade ingredients and fun garnishes. At the end of the class, everyone will leave with recipe cards and instructions on how to impress your family and friends!

About the teacher:

Kaleena Goldsworthy was born in Maryland and raised in upstate New York. After suffering through many years of excessive snow, she felt it was time to move to a warmer climate, and found herself in Chattanooga only six months after visiting it for the first time. The fine folks at Flying Squirrel gave Kaleena her first job behind a bar and she instantly fell in love with the hospitality industry, the history of craft cocktails, and the food and beverage industry. To further her education and understanding of spirits and their origins, she started studying herbalism and began volunteering at Crabtree Farms. This knowledge, combined with her love of the cocktail industry, led her to start creating bitters at home. This passion grew, eventually leading to the creation of her business, The Bitter Bottle. The Bitter Bottle is focused on using organic and locally sourced ingredients to create bitters and tinctures. She also continues to focus on education, creating drinks, and sharing all of this with the community.

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Soap Making 101
Mar
21
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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Interior Design: Planning Your Space
Mar
21
6:00 PM18:00

Interior Design: Planning Your Space

Are you thinking of moving or are you just bored with how your space is laid out?

Join us with interior designer Amy Winchester and Smart Furniture designers to learn how to plan your space so it works for you. The class will cover small and large space planning.

A portion of the proceeds will benefit Homes & Havens. This class is in partnership with Smart Furniture Studio and AW Interiors.

About the teacher:

Amy Winchester is owner of AW Interiors and a Porter Paint Color Consultant. She is a Certified Colour Specialist from the International Colour Society and was previously the district director of the Chattanooga American Society of Interior Designers. She is currently a mentor to UTC design students and is a member of the UTC Interior Design Advisory Board. Amy has a B.S. in Human Ecology and Interior Design from University of Tennessee Chattanooga.

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Beginner Macrame: Wall Hanging
Mar
22
5:30 PM17:30

Beginner Macrame: Wall Hanging

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Learn to make your own elegant macrame wall hanging! This is a beginner macrame class and no prior experience is needed.

In this class, you will:

  • Learn how to start your own wall hanging, including an overview of the materials.

  • Learn how to make a variety of knots.

  • Leave with a beautiful piece of finished wall art and the know-how to design and create more pieces on your own.

About the teacher:

Mary Kate Vanderhart has lived in the Chattanooga area for the last 12 years. Mary Kate currently resides in North Georgia with her husband, two little girls, and their three furry friends. Mary Kate is a self-taught fiber artist specializing in macrame. She also enjoys weaving. Macrame has brought so much joy to her life over the last year and she loves sharing that joy through workshops and lessons!

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Beginner Quilting: Mug Rug
Mar
23
9:00 AM09:00

Beginner Quilting: Mug Rug

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Add a little color to your workspace or home with this easy patchwork quilted project. It is perfect for use as a mug rug or bedside table mat. This is the perfect project if you are learning to sew or wanting to learn new ways to use your growing stash of fabrics. This class will also teach you the art of quilting to use on larger projects.

Bring your own sewing machine with at least one bobbin loaded and ready to sew. You must know the basics of how to use your machine. Some help will be available but with the number of machine options, we cannot guarantee individualized attention.

About the teacher:

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 Bonsai
Mar
23
11:00 AM11:00

Beginner Bonsai

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 In this workshop, students will learn the basics of pruning and wiring junipers to create their own bonsai. At the end of the class students will take home their new trees along with information on how to care for the plant through the upcoming growing season.

Supplies: Participants will be provided with plant material and wire, as well as handouts detailing pruning, wiring, and basic care instructions. Tools will also be provided.

Space is very limited. Sales end Thursdsay, March 21 at 8pm.

About the teacher:

Bradford Slama is a self taught bonsai enthusiast who has a passion for sharing the knowledge that he has gained. Bradford initially came across bonsai because he wanted something more than a house plant in his windowless office. It turns out bonsai are very difficult to keep indoors, so he turned his driveway into a small bonsai garden. He learned most of what he knows about bonsai from books and from club members in California, and brought his trees with him when he moved to Chattanooga almost a year ago.

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Furniture Painting 101
Mar
23
1:00 PM13:00

Furniture Painting 101

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Do you have an old piece of furniture that needs freshening up?

In this class, you will learn how to properly paint furniture from all the prep to what types of paint you you can use to the topcoat sealing. Instructor Rita Shurmer of Restyled Renewed will go over how to properly prep your furniture, good quality paint options, brushes and rollers, how to get a smooth finish, and different options for sealing your pieces for a long lasting finish. 

Supplies: Painting supplies included. All students will leave with container of paint and a paint brush. Each student needs to bring a small wood piece to paint and a hair dryer if possible. Wood will also be provided for those who would prefer to use it instead.

About the teacher:

Rita Shurmer and her husband moved to Chattanooga a few years ago to be closer to the grandkids, after living between Nashville and Calgary, Canada. She has been painting and enhancing furniture for more than 10 years. She started it as a way to refresh her old furniture on a budget and fell in love with the unlimited possibilities of paint. Over the years she has explored all sorts of new techniques and finishes for furniture. She has a passion for restyling furniture and a joy in passing on her knowledge through teaching.

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Beginner Tarot
Mar
25
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:

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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Introduction to the Enneagram
Mar
26
6:00 PM18:00

Introduction to the Enneagram

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Maybe you've heard this odd word, Enneagram, and wondered what it was all about ... or maybe you've taken an Enneagram test, but don't know what to do with the result. Either way, this short introduction to the Enneagram framework will give you a broad overview of the nine types and how they relate to one another, the patterns that each type exhibits, and the opportunities to have more harmonious relationships with all types available with this understanding. Attendees will get the most out of this workshop if they first take an Enneagram quick test, although it is not required; we recommend this one

About the teacher:

Liz Norell is a yoga teacher, life coach, and college professor who values genuine connection and service above all else. She works with women (and sometimes men!) who stay busy yet feel unaccomplished, who feel certain there must be more fulfillment and purpose to life than hectic days and sleep-deprived nights. She helps others root down into their true callings, then gather the courage to leap to answer those callings. Using a holistic approach, informed by the Courageous Life Coaching program, the tools of Playing Big, and the Enneagram framework, she helps others come home to their truest hopes and trust they have everything they need to pursue their dreams.

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Home Buyer Happy Hour
Mar
26
6:00 PM18:00

Home Buyer Happy Hour

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Do you think you're ready to buy a home but don't know where to start? 

In this course, we will cover all the things you'll encounter as a first-time home buyer: working with a realtor, mortgages, finding a lender, what to expect from closing costs, how much money to have set aside for emergencies, paying bills, and more. Come with any questions you may have and our experts will help you along the process.

Adult beverages will be served. This class is presented and sponsored by realtor Marie King and lender Brian Kniegge. There is no cost to attend this class.

About the teachers:

Since becoming a Realtor in 2000, Marie King has been assisting buyers, sellers and agents attain their Real Estate dreams. After seven years as a solo agent, Marie joined the 1st Keller Williams Realty office in Chattanooga as Director of Career Development/Assistant Team Leader, later transitioning to the Team Leader role until returning to sales in 2013. Since that time, Marie has continued her passion of training and coaching. In addition to coaching agents to success and assisting buyers and sellers with their Real Estate needs, Marie volunteers with the Dave Ramsey, Financial Peace University (FPU) program. Marie is the proud mother of two amazing young adults; Rachel, who is a nurse at Erlanger and son, Nathan, who is a UTC graduate and also resides in Chattanooga.

Brian Kniegge started in the mortgage industry in 1998. After having a less than stellar experience when he bought his first home he decided that there has to be a better experience for clients. He has been assisting buyers and home owners with their financing strategies ever since. His goal for a buyer is to be accurate, predictable, and accountable to what is promised. Brian has lived in Chattanooga since 1997. He and his wife live in the downtown area, and his 15-year-old son grew up here. The whole family loves Chattanooga and everything that it offers (especially the fun outdoor stuff like mountain biking!).

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Creative Journaling 101
Mar
28
6:00 PM18:00

Creative Journaling 101

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Unlock your journaling potential! By now you have probably heard about the Bullet Journal craze that has taken over Pinterest and Instagram since its inception back in 2014. Based on personal experience with creative journaling over the past 3 years, teacher Martha Arrington share pages from her own journals, discuss pros and cons, tips and tricks, and materials and supplies. In this class, you'll learn how to set up the 6 most important pages in your journal so you can walk out of class ready to begin a more productive and organized life. 

Supplies: All supplies included. Each participant will receive a 30 page journal and Sakura Pigma Micron pen.

About the teacher:

Martha Arrington is a recent transplant from Atlanta and is happy to call Chattanooga her new home. She was an elementary school art teacher for 10 years but have dabbled in quite an array of artistic endeavors on the side, such as ceramics, calligraphy, crafting, stationery design, painting with acrylics and watercolors, creative journaling, Zentangle®, you name it. She has an eagerness to learn, and in turn, sharing what she's learned with others. This passion has allowed her to find her calling in teaching the young and old fun new skills to spark creativity.

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That Cell Phone Manual You Didn't Get
Mar
28
6:00 PM18:00

That Cell Phone Manual You Didn't Get

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That impressive small computer you carry around in your pocket can do more than just make phone calls and send text messages. Come learn some tools and tips that will help you use this tool safely and add more productivity to your day. Never lose another contact again! Bring your smart phone and a list of any questions/frustrations you have had while using your phone. All phone types welcome.

About the teacher:

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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Making a Paper Succulent Garden
Mar
30
10:00 AM10:00

Making a Paper Succulent Garden

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We all love succulents, but how about succulents that you never have to water and live forever? Join us as we make mini-paper succulent gardens together.

Supplies: We will be supplying all the materials, which include, card stock paper, scissors, glue, mini pot, and more!

About the teacher:

Martha Arrington is a recent transplant from Atlanta and is happy to call Chattanooga her new home. She was an elementary school art teacher for 10 years but have dabbled in quite an array of artistic endeavors on the side, such as ceramics, calligraphy, crafting, stationery design, painting with acrylics and watercolors, creative journaling, Zentangle®, you name it. She has an eagerness to learn, and in turn, sharing what she's learned with others. This passion has allowed her to find her calling in teaching the young and old fun new skills to spark creativity.

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Using Decor Transfers on Furniture
Mar
30
1:00 PM13:00

Using Decor Transfers on Furniture

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In this class, you'll learn about the latest decor applications for furniture that makes you feel like an artist! The transfers can be applied to wood, canvas, glass, mirrors, fabric, walls, metal, and more. An easy decor enhancement that takes your work to another level.

Supplies: All supplies included. Each participant will walk away with two canvas works of art and the skills to use decor transfers on furniture. No art skills needed!

About the teacher:

Rita Shurmer and her husband moved to Chattanooga a few years ago to be closer to the grandkids, after living between Nashville and Calgary, Canada. She has been painting and enhancing furniture for more than 10 years. She started it as a way to refresh her old furniture on a budget and fell in love with the unlimited possibilities of paint. Over the years she has explored all sorts of new techniques and finishes for furniture. She has a passion for restyling furniture and a joy in passing on her knowledge through teaching.

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Beginner Astrology
Apr
1
6:00 PM18:00

Beginner Astrology

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Your astrological birth chart reveals who you are when you are born. What does that mean for your life?

In this class, you'll learn about the history behind astrology and get a basic understanding of the basic terminology, symbols, the twelve zodiac signs, the planets and elements.

About the teacher:

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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Ready! Set! Goals! for 2019
Feb
23
1:30 PM13:30

Ready! Set! Goals! for 2019

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Are you ready to take your life to the next level this year? 

It's January, the most popular time of the year to do a life review and get inspired for the new year. Most of the time when we are reaching for a shift in our lives we end up hitting the brick wall of frustration, and this kind of discouragement can make us give up on our desires to be happy, create wealth, experience love and nurture health in our magnificent life.

To truly master the shift you are striving toward, you must personally invest action step by step in the creative process of your success. 

In this class, you will receive insight for life tools and engage in interactive experiential exercises to support your journey of self-discovery. In this class, you will:

  1. Implement an assessment of where you are in your life now and what you would like to shift.

  2. Learn the wisdom of connecting to the present by using mindfulness, meditation and journaling techniques. That is where the magic meets the vision!

  3. Create a measurable results action plan by defining the what, the how and the by when of your goals and desires.

  4. Bring motivated action into our goals by using a mind mapping tool to define the commitment of our action step plan.

  5. Discover the 5 main reasons we fail at achieving our best desires and the insight tools we can use to overcome our personal blocks and move forward and toward our desired outcomes!

About the teacher:

Marlee Elaine is a certified Master Instructor of the Creative Insight for Life, a Stanford University based curriculum for personal development.  Marlee has been teaching her individual workshops and 8 week life transformation courses in the community and as online webinars since 2015. Marlee is passionate about creating a life you thrive in everyday!  When she is not immersed in doing what she loves to do in the world – being an encouraging insight to create your best life – you will find her backstage as theatre mom guru for her beautiful daughter, trading recipes with her son the pastry chef, or practicing yoga, plant whispering and always creating something delish in the kitchen for family and friends.

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Couple's Massage 101
Feb
22
6:30 PM18:30

Couple's Massage 101

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 How many times have you come home from work tired & stressed out, aching and grumpy? You look online and your massage therapist is closed. Great. Now what? You look to your partner, but all you get is a 5 minute shoulder rub and then they want you to work on them. That just doesn't work for anyone.

This class is for any partner - from friends to significant others, who wants to learn how to properly massage another person.

When you sign up for class you will get:

  • 1 hour class total 

  • 30 minutes on the table for each person 

  • Stretching PDF to help make the effects last longer

  • Free gift from the Mad Hatter Massage retail line 

We will cover the basics of massaging your partner and help you relax!

Ticket covers TWO people. There is no need to purchase a ticket for each person individually.

About the teacher:

Mattie Bearden is a licensed massage therapist, owner of Mad Hatter Massage and Wellness, fitness & wellness program creator, athlete, mother of two, and general chaos coordinator. She believes in helping people get active and increase their wellness through movement to help better their lives through her online & in person courses as well as event massage, including 8 Ironman competitions and over 75 other smaller events. As an athlete struggling with Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness (DOMS) herself and treating it with massage therapy, she strives to give each and every client results from start to finish to keep them in top shape. To learn more about her online courses, go to her website here.

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Soap Making 201
Feb
21
5:30 PM17:30

Soap Making 201

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In this class we will go beyond our previous basic soap class. Included will be instructions on using natural colorants such as clays, adding infused herbs to our soap and creating soaps with exfoliants. Each participant will take home a loaf of soap that will be cut into 5-6 bars of soap. 

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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No Pressure: Instant Pot 101
Feb
19
6:00 PM18:00

No Pressure: Instant Pot 101

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Not quite sure what to do with your Instant Pot? Afraid you'll end up with a (literally) hot mess in your kitchen? Instant Pot 101 will calm your nerves with a quick rundown of the parts of your Instant Pot, review of basic Instant Pot techniques, and three recipe demos (audience participation encouraged!). We'll cook a comfort food meal: cheesy chili mac, pressure cooked mashed potatoes, and rice pudding. Bring your Instant Pot questions and if Mary doesn't have the answer, she'll get it for you! Handouts of basic cook times and techniques will be provided. 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!

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

About the teacher:  

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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Financial Aid 101
Feb
19
5:30 PM17:30

Financial Aid 101

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Are you thinking about going to college? Is money an issue? Well, this free session is for you! During this session, we will go over the basics of financial aid, terminology, types of aid, and the FAFSA. We will also talk about the state of Tennessee programs like TN Promise, Hope, TSAA, and TN Reconnect.

About the teacher:

Eric I. Farmer is a graduate of The University of Memphis ('98) and has been in higher education since 1999. He has work at Tennessee Technological University, O'More College of Design (which is now part of Belmont University), and he is currently with the Tennessee Student Assistance Corporation (TSAC). He has been an Outreach Specialist with TSAC since 2009. 

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Understanding Attraction: Love Who You Love
Feb
18
6:00 PM18:00

Understanding Attraction: Love Who You Love

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Love Who You Love. Attraction comes in all shapes, sizes, and intensities. Do you find all women (and only women) attractive? Do you have crushes on every single celebrity you see walk down the Red Carpet? Do you experience absolutely no sexual attraction no matter someone's gender? In this class, we'll answer these questions and more, discovering words to help us differentiate between being "in love," liking someone, and how using inclusive language can help you understand yourself and form new relationships with others.

About the teacher:

Jovie 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, Jovie uses her free time to write about her own experiences reconciling religious experiences, the queer community, and the day-to-day adventures of parenting.

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Beginner Macrame:  Garland
Feb
15
7:00 PM19:00

Beginner Macrame: Garland

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Learn to make your own fun, macrame garland! This is a beginner macrame class and no prior experience is needed.

In this class, you will:

  • Learn how to start your own macrame garland, including an overview of the materials.

  • Learn how to make a variety of knots.

  • Leave with a beautiful piece of finished garland and the know-how to design and create more pieces on your own.

About the teacher:

Mary Kate Vanderhart has lived in the Chattanooga area for the last 12 years. Mary Kate currently resides in North Georgia with her husband, two little girls, and their three furry friends. Mary Kate is a self-taught fiber artist specializing in macrame. She also enjoys weaving. Macrame has brought so much joy to her life over the last year and she loves sharing that joy through workshops and lessons!

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Air Fryer 101
Feb
12
6:00 PM18:00

Air Fryer 101

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In Air Fryer 101, you'll not only learn tips for using your air fryer to get amazing results with prepackaged foods, you'll learn the basics of cooking from scratch in your new favorite kitchen appliance. We'll make juicy chicken, crispy fries, and a restaurant quality dessert with minimal oil and no mess!

Please note: This class is demonstration style. You do not need to own or bring an air fryer with you. You also don't need to own a specific model.

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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Beginner Embroidery: Valentine's Day
Feb
11
6:00 PM18:00

Beginner Embroidery: Valentine's Day

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This Valentine's Day-themed course is designed to teach participants how to make their own basic embroidery hoop designs and learn four popular threading techniques, in the most loving way possible, obviously. This will include an introduction to embroidery and all the possibilities!

Examples will be provided and demonstrated in the threading styles of running stitch, back stitch, satin stitch, and chain stitch. This class is hands-on with all materials included and ready to go. Participants will learn stitching styles, practice stitching and leave with their first hoop creation and an understanding of how to go forward and embroider. 

Class is BYOB.

About the teacher:

Sarah Olivo is from Asheville, North Carolina and has always loved nature, animals, and art. She is co-creator of a cute craft shop called The Dear Fox and her partner Jimi, the fox to her deer, taught her how to embroider years ago. Sarah holds a Bachelors in Communications from East Tennessee State University with minors in Art and Interior Design. Realizing her passion for museums, she received a Masters in Museology from University of Washington in Seattle. Sarah has lived the past 5+ years in Seattle, exploring all over the beautiful Pacific Northwest, worked in many cultural and creative institutions, and most recently relocated to Chattanooga to be closer to family. You can now find her at the Chattanooga Zoo as their Membership Coordinator. In her free time Sarah loves to of course embroider, travel, and go to museums, zoos, and aquariums!

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Galentine's Flower Arranging - SOLD OUT
Feb
11
6:00 PM18:00

Galentine's Flower Arranging - SOLD OUT

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It's almost Galentine's Day, which means it's time to get together with friends!

In this class, you'll learn how to turn grocery store, farmers marker or freshly foraged flowers into beautiful arrangements! Learn the fundamentals of arranging flowers, using basic concepts of design. Your flowers will last longer, look cleaner and be showcased beautifully in your home.

Each participant will walk away with a bouquet of their very own and the knowledge to make one themselves. All supplies included, including the vase!

About the teacher:

Liza Greever is a florist who specifies in weddings and special events. She started Fox & Fern in the spring of 2015 and has done hundreds of beautiful weddings and large scale events in the greater Chattanooga area. Currently she works out of her in home studio at the home she owns with Chattanooga rocker husband, TJ Greever, their son Dunagan and Boston Terrier, Tuesday. She has a background in art and design from the University of Maine, her sculpture concentration translated well into learning floral design. Liza loves all flowers but is especially fond of lush greenery and blue delphinium , she also loves a good fluffy garden rose. Liza's personal design style is mid-century modern, meets eclectic bohemian.

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Publishing Your Creative Writing
Feb
11
5:30 PM17:30

Publishing Your Creative Writing

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Submitting your creative writing to small presses or small literary journals and magazines is difficult and time consuming. Getting that first acceptance is even harder.

In this course, you will learn about where publishing resources are available (for free); how to effectively use these resources; how to prepare your creative writing for submission; how to write the “dreaded” cover letter; and how to figure out where to submit your work.

We recommend bringing your laptop or tablet to the class, but if you do not have access to any of these, we will providee pen and paper for you to take notes and explore the Internet sources later. 

About the teacher:

Rebecca Cook is a writer, performer, speaker, and preacher. She has read her work in many venues, large and small, and is always eager to share her writing or give a lecture. She taught creative writing at UTC (2004-2014) and mentors in Creative Nonfiction’s Mentoring Program. Her writing can be found in journals large and small--from the tiny Waugh Street Journal to the prestigious Georgia Review. She has published a poetry collection, a poetry chapbook, and an e-novel with small, independent presses. Her poems have appeared in the Romanian journals Convorbiri Literare and Poesis, and she has co-translated two collections of Romanian poems with Olimpia Iacob. Her most recent publications are The Best Man in the World, a chapbook with poet Jenny Sadre-Orafai, and The Shape of Water, a Romanian/English book of poems alongside poet Talvescu Dumitru.

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Fearless: 10 Simple Mindfulness Tools
Feb
9
1:30 PM13:30

Fearless: 10 Simple Mindfulness Tools

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Ever wish you could turn off your brain? There is so much demanding our attention these days and it seems we deal with an endless mind chatter that surrounds us all day long!  We have ever-growing to-do lists, oodles of social media to keep up with and no time to “just be”. 

This kind of living is creating a society that is constantly stressed and full of anxiety. 

It is time to stop this destructive cycle and free yourself from the re-active state you are living from.   Studies show that mindfulness and certain meditation techniques increase serotonin (the happy hormone), which decreases anxiety and depression!

Participants can expect to receive tools and interactive experiential exercises to support living from the present moment of mindfulness.  This workshop will guide you to:

  • Understand your fears and anxiety so that they no longer control you
  • Discover how you can become the master of your thoughts by creating an easy daily mindfulness practice
  • Learn tools to live more in the present moment so that you can experience more peace
  • Reprogram negative thinking and create a joyful life full of freedom and bliss
  • Bring awareness to being a responder rather than a re-actor to life by being anchored in your power of choice 
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Valentine's Card Making Social
Feb
7
6:00 PM18:00

Valentine's Card Making Social

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Join us for "Send a Card to a Friend" Day and feel the love with some refreshments and crafts at our craft social!

We'll be making lovely cards for loved ones, besties, and strangers. February 7th is "Send a Card to a Friend" Day, 

We'll be sending cards to a local nursing home, to be announced soon!

Suggested donation: $5. Wine provided!

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Cinematics: The End of Aids?
Feb
7
6:00 PM18:00

Cinematics: The End of Aids?

February 7th is National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, and The Chattery is teaming up with Cempa Community Care for the latest Cinematics to show PBS News Hour's The End of AIDS? 

The End of Aids? is a six-part series about the neglected HIV/AIDS crisis. 

PBS NewsHour traveled to six places across the world to find stories of those in the middle of the AIDS epidemic. During this event, we will watch the stories from the United States and have a panel discussion about the effect of HIV/AIDS in the Southern United States.

The film screening is in partnership with Cempa, a Chattanooga nonprofit whose mission is to reach, assist, and support people impacted by HIV, Hepatitis C and STIs through compassionate and responsive delivery of education, health, social, and advocacy related services. 

Drinks and snacks for purchase at The Palace Theater. Free pizza provided by Southeast Tennessee Community Planning Group, for HIV Care and Prevention.

This event is in partnership with The Chattery, Cempa Community Care, and Southeast Tennessee Community Planning Group, for HIV Care and Prevention.

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An Evening in Belgium: A Beer Tasting
Feb
6
7:30 PM19:30

An Evening in Belgium: A Beer Tasting

Belgium, the country sandwiched between Germany, France, and the Netherlands, is known for it's chocolate, waffles, and best of all, beer! We'll be looking at what makes Belgian beers special (hint: it may have something to do with monks) and tasting some of the best ones available! Don't miss this incredible opportunity to try some special beers that aren't available anywhere else in Chattanooga! 

Seating is limited.

About the teacher:

Michael Rice is the owner/operator of Mad Priest Coffee Roasters and the new coffee & cocktail bar on Cherry Street, The Mad Priest. Michael is a Certified Spirits Specialist (CSS), Bar Smarts certified, Cicerone beer server and a member of the United States Bartenders Guild (USBG), as well as SCA certified Coffee Roaster and Green Buyer. Before he opened The Mad Priest in October 2018, he traveled to 11 cities (and Mexico) visiting bars and doing market research to ensure he built the best of the best in Chattanooga. He's been in the beverage industry for over 6 years, so if you're interested in the world of coffee, beer or spirits, Michael is excited to share his passion and experience with you!

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Chalkboard Lettering 101
Feb
5
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!  In this class, participants will learn 10 tricks to make a dynamic and dimensional chalkboard.

Supplies: All participants will be supplied with chalkboard supplies 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 Zentangle®
Feb
5
6:00 PM18:00

Introduction to Zentangle®

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With Zentangle®, anyone can create beautiful images from repetitive patterns—no artistic ability or training required! This method is easy to learn and easy to do.  Zentangle® provides a fun and lighthearted way to relax while intentionally facilitating a shift in focus and perspective.

Zentangle® is

  • An intuitive art form

  • A creativity exercise

  • A focusing technique

  • A relaxing, meditative experience

Supplies: All supplies included. 

About the teacher:

Martha Arrington is a recent transplant from Atlanta and is happy to call Chattanooga her new home. She was an elementary school art teacher for 10 years but have dabbled in quite an array of artistic endeavors on the side, such as ceramics, calligraphy, crafting, stationery design, painting with acrylics and watercolors, creative journaling, Zentangle®, you name it. She has an eagerness to learn, and in turn, sharing what she's learned with others. This passion has allowed her to find her calling in teaching the young and old fun new skills to spark creativity.

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Beginner Palmistry
Feb
4
6:00 PM18:00

Beginner Palmistry

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Fact, fiction or just plain fun? What do your lines have to say?

Palmistry is more commonly referred to as palm reading - the art of telling someone's future or character through reading the lines in the palm of their hand. In this class, you'll learn about the history behind palmistry and get a basic understanding of what lines on the hands say.

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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Writing the Mind Alive: A Winter Weekend Writing Retreat
Feb
2
to Feb 3

Writing the Mind Alive: A Winter Weekend Writing Retreat

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A simple method anyone can learn, Proprioceptive Writing®  (PW)  is a form of meditative writing that teaches you to  listen to your thoughts with empathy and curiosity and reflect on them in writing. When engaging your thoughts and feelings in this way, you become open, receptive and focused. The mind is freed from anxiety and you are left feeling refreshed, energized, and restored to your natural state of vibrant aliveness. 

PW is a powerful tool that can be used to:

  • Focus awareness, dissolve inhibitions and build self trust 

  • Unburden your mind and resolve emotional conflicts

  • Write and speak with strength and clarity

  • Awaken your senses and emotions

  • Liberate your creative energies

Writing is not the end of the practice, but rather the means to gain insight into and power over how we live and think. In the short term PW invigorates your mind. Over time it strengthens your sense of self and connects you to the world. When practiced regularly, PW can bring a new sense of well-being and confidence that is vital to mental health and creativity. 

This is a 2-day writer's retreat, taking place on Saturday, February 2 and Sunday, February 3 from 10am to 5pm both days. Ticket sales end for this class on Friday, February 1 at 8pm.

About the teacher:

Anne Bright is the director of the Proprioceptive Writing Center, Southeast. She credits PW with completely changing her life, one Write at a time. She has taught Proprioceptive Writing®, for over 20 years, and works closely with Drs. Metcalf and Simon, the originators of the process and authors of Writing the Mind Alive, The Proprioceptive Method for Finding Your Authentic Voice. (Ballantine, 2002).

You can learn more about this work at thewayofwriting.org.

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Watercolor Sketching: A Half-Day Workshop
Feb
2
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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Home Buyer Happy Hour
Jan
31
6:00 PM18:00

Home Buyer Happy Hour

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Do you think you're ready to buy a home but don't know where to start? 

In this course, we will cover all the things you'll encounter as a first-time home buyer: working with a realtor, mortgages, finding a lender, what to expect from closing costs, how much money to have set aside for emergencies, paying bills, and more. Come with any questions you may have and our experts will help you along the process.

Adult beverages will be served. This class is presented and sponsored by realtor Marie King and lender Brian Kniegge. There is no cost to attend this class.

About the teachers:

Since becoming a Realtor in 2000, Marie King has been assisting buyers, sellers and agents attain their Real Estate dreams. After seven years as a solo agent, Marie joined the 1st Keller Williams Realty office in Chattanooga as Director of Career Development/Assistant Team Leader, later transitioning to the Team Leader role until returning to sales in 2013. Since that time, Marie has continued her passion of training and coaching. In addition to coaching agents to success and assisting buyers and sellers with their Real Estate needs, Marie volunteers with the Dave Ramsey, Financial Peace University (FPU) program. Marie is the proud mother of two amazing young adults; Rachel, married to David Long, who is a nurse at Erlanger and son, Nathan, who is a UTC graduate and also resides in Chattanooga.

Brian Kniegge started in the mortgage industry in 1998. After having a less than stellar experience when he bought his first home he decided that there has to be a better experience for clients. He has been assisting buyers and home owners with their financing strategies ever since. His goal for a buyer is to be accurate, predictable, and accountable to what is promised. Brian has lived in Chattanooga since 1997. He and his wife live in the downtown area, and his 15-year-old son grew up here. The whole family loves Chattanooga and everything that it offers (especially the fun outdoor stuff like mountain biking!).

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How to Write Beautifully:  Cursive Handwriting
Jan
31
6:00 PM18:00

How to Write Beautifully: Cursive Handwriting

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Cursive handwriting isn't dead...yet. If you're better at typing than writing a letter, this class is for you. We'll be teaching the beautiful, elegant art of cursive handwriting - what most brides actually prefer over calligraphy on their invitations. If you haven't written a handwritten letter since the 2nd grade, it's time for you to jump back into it! 

All supplies included.

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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How to Overcome and Deal with Adversity
Jan
30
6:00 PM18:00

How to Overcome and Deal with Adversity

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In this class, you will get inspired to live again, get pointers on how to get unstuck and to learn a story of overcoming the odds no matter what you may have been through or are currently going through. Everyone has a story and it’s unique in its own way.

The truth of the matter is that you are not alone and that you are bigger than any circumstance. The story and topics covered will touch your heart and will give you the courage to start over again and live your best life on your terms.

About the teacher:

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Cecil C. Williams III is a native of the scenic city, Chattanooga, Tennessee. On May 9, 2003, Cecil and his cousin were involved in a head-on collision which left his car totaled and left him with a fractured right wrist. However, a year later, a doctor would diagnose him with Cerebellar Ataxia, a disease that would worsen and progress over time. It would weaken his limbs and and motor skills. It crushed his world when he was laid off from his job in 2008 and two years to later to have a permanent physical disability.

As the years went on, Cecil learned to cope with the adversity that buffeted him daily. In 2018, Cecil got a part-time job at the YMCA of Metropolitan Chattanooga. The job gave him a sense of purpose and helped to give him his life back. He later on started on a journey that he called "The Adventures of Cecil- 2018." His strong faith in God and curiosity has led him to try new things such as rock climbing, kayaking, sailing, adaptive cycling, adaptive water skiing and many more through SPARC (Sports, Arts, Recreation of Chattanooga, a Chapter of DSUSA) and the Chattanooga Therapeutic Recreation Services. He's not done yet by far.

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No Pressure: Instant Pot 101 - CANCELED
Jan
29
6:00 PM18:00

No Pressure: Instant Pot 101 - CANCELED

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Due to the weather, we have canceled this class. All ticket holders have been refunded. There are two other opportunities to attend this class on February 19 and March 12. We hope to see you there!

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Not quite sure what to do with your Instant Pot? Afraid you'll end up with a (literally) hot mess in your kitchen? Instant Pot 101 will calm your nerves with a quick rundown of the parts of your Instant Pot, review of basic Instant Pot techniques, and three recipe demos (audience participation encouraged!). We'll cook a comfort food meal: cheesy chili mac, pressure cooked mashed potatoes, and rice pudding. Bring your Instant Pot questions and if Mary doesn't have the answer, she'll get it for you! Handouts of basic cook times and techniques will be provided. 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!

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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The Power of the Law of Attraction
Jan
26
12:00 PM12:00

The Power of the Law of Attraction

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What are you attracting into your life?

Of the 50,000 to 70,000 thoughts you have per day, many are translating into emotions and forming your belief system. What you consistently think and say becomes who you are and what you experience.

The good news is that you can learn to master your thoughts and reclaim your power. Wherever you are in the process and whatever negativity that has happened along the way, you can choose to not let it define you or your future moments any longer.

In this class you will:

  • Learn the cycle of your thoughts and how they create your reality.

  • Identify the origins of a negative belief system and use tools and exercises to create a shift to a new positive belief system.

  • Receive tools that will shift your energy into a force that supports your greatest good.

  • Explore quantum physics and the power of your thoughts and words have an energy that influences your experiences.

  • Learn how to tap into your own source of wisdom for guidance and clarity.

You could be reaching for your goals in life, but if you are getting in your own way, break the barrier this year by learning to master your own personal point of attraction.

About the teacher:

Marlee Elaine is a certified Master Instructor of the Creative Insight for Life, a Stanford University based curriculum for personal development.  Marlee has been teaching her individual workshops and 8 week life transformation courses in the community and as online webinars since 2015. Marlee is passionate about creating a life you thrive in everyday!  When she is not immersed in doing what she loves to do in the world – being an encouraging insight to create your best life – you will find her backstage as theatre mom guru for her beautiful daughter, trading recipes with her son the pastry chef, or practicing yoga, plant whispering and always creating something delish in the kitchen for family and friends.

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The First Four: Puppy Training - 4 Part Series
Jan
26
11:00 AM11:00

The First Four: Puppy Training - 4 Part Series

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““The First Four” refers to the first four months of a puppy’s life. These are arguably the most important months of development. During this time puppies pick up on behaviors that will set the stage for future learning. As we know, puppies don’t stay puppies for very long and it’s this critical but brief window where puppies learn how to interact with other dogs and how to navigate in a human world. There is great opportunity in the first four months for us to shape our dog’s first and impressionable experiences. When done properly and consistently our puppies develop seamlessly into the well-adjusted, mannered, and happy dogs we hope for.

This is a 4-part class meeting every Saturday morning at 11am for four consecutive weeks. Each class will consist of puppy playtime and socialization where you will learn how to shape your puppy’s play into positive interactions with other dogs. In addition to play/socialization, each Saturday will have a different themed lesson:

  • Week One: Crate & Potty Training

  • Week Two: Intro to Obedience

  • Week Three: Impulse Control

  • Week Four: Feeding & Nutrition

Important Note! Class is for all puppies 9 weeks to 4 months old. You MUST provide proof of distemper/parvo vaccination (2 rounds from licensed vet.). This is for the safety of all puppies and you will not be allowed to attend class without proper documentation. This class is priced per dog, up to two humans can come with one ticket.

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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Beginner Macrame: Plant Hanger
Jan
26
9:00 AM09:00

Beginner Macrame: Plant Hanger

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Learn to make your own fun, macrame plant hanger! This is a beginner macrame class and no prior experience is needed.

In this class, you will:

  • Learn how to start your own plant hanger, including an overview of the materials.

  • Learn how to make a variety of knots.

  • Leave with a beautiful piece of finished plant hanger and the know-how to design and create more pieces on your own.

About the teacher:

Mary Kate Vanderhart has lived in the Chattanooga area for the last 12 years. Mary Kate currently resides in North Georgia with her husband, two little girls, and their three furry friends. Mary Kate is a self-taught fiber artist specializing in macrame. She also enjoys weaving. Macrame has brought so much joy to her life over the last year and she loves sharing that joy through workshops and lessons!

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Introduction to Public Speaking
Jan
24
5:30 PM17:30

Introduction to Public Speaking

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The anxiety, even dread, that accompanies many people’s experience with public speaking--be it acting, reading, teaching, or lecturing--is common, but there are ways to cope with your anxieties so that you appear confident and relaxed in front of an audience. We will explore ways to calm yourself down, make your speaking/reading appear flawless, and how to use your breathing and visual cues to keep focused.

About the teacher:

Rebecca Cook is a writer, performer, speaker, and preacher. She has read her work in many venues, large and small, and is always eager to share her writing or give a lecture. She taught creative writing at UTC (2004-2014) and mentors in Creative Nonfiction’s Mentoring Program. Her writing can be found in journals large and small--from the tiny Waugh Street Journal to the prestigious Georgia Review. She has published a poetry collection, a poetry chapbook, and an e-novel with small, independent presses. Her poems have appeared in the Romanian journals Convorbiri Literare and Poesis, and she has co-translated two collections of Romanian poems with Olimpia Iacob. Her most recent publications are The Best Man in the World, a chapbook with poet Jenny Sadre-Orafai, and The Shape of Water, a Romanian/English book of poems alongside poet Talvescu Dumitru.

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Beginner Handlettering - SOLD OUT
Jan
22
6:00 PM18:00

Beginner Handlettering - SOLD OUT

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This class has sold out, but will be offered again on February 28th. More information here. Thank you!

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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
Jan
21
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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