Spacial Dynamics Workshop at Crabtree Farms Nov. 29th-Dec. 1st

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Spacial Dynamics Workshop

On November 29th-December 1st, Bill Keener of Sequatchie Cove Farm will be hosting Jaimen McMillan of the Spacial Dynamics Institute to teach a workshop on developing a life full of effective and graceful movement. Come learn how to safely and effectively move through life, work, and play!


  • Thursday- Outdoor work on the land at Crabtree Farms in Chattanooga, TNLunch and Dinner to be provided by The Farmer’s Daughter Cafe

  • Friday and Saturday- Indoor Spacial Dynamics® Movement Workshop

Click here for more a full description of the workshop.


  • Thursday, November 29th 9am—9pm

  • Friday, November 30th 9am– 9pm

  • Saturday, December 1st 9am—1pm

WHO: Teachers, parents, students, craftsmen, farmers, anyone who wants to move towards developing a life full of effective and graceful movement


  • $150 for entire workshop

  • $75 for Thursday only

  • $100 for Friday and Saturday only

Some tuition assistance available, please email bill.keener@seqautchiecovefarm.comThis workshop will fill up- please pre-registar!!! Pre-registration deposit is $50 by November 15th

CONTACT:Bill Keener320 Dixon Cove Rd.Sequatchie, TN


Sierra Club Hosts Tn. Wild’s Jeff Hunter Talk on Flat Top Wilderness Hike

Flat Top Wilderness photo by Caara Fritz

October Sierra Program

October Program: last Monday, October 29, 7 pm at Green|Spaces, 63 E. Main St, Chattanooga TN 37408

Tennessee Wild Organization’s Jeff Hunter will be sharing about his recent hike to the Colorado Wilderness and giving a progress report on the Tennessee Wilderness Act Legislation.    This event, hosted by the Cherokee Sierra Club is open to the public.   Cherokee Sierra Chair reports:

Tennessee Wilderness Act – Help NEEDED!

Jeff Hunter, from Tennessee Wild, will give an urgent update on where we are with the passage of the Tennessee Wilderness Act, and what we need to do to help its passage. It is curtail that we go all out for its passage during the lame duck session of Congress, or it’s back to the drawing board and years off. Be prepared to write our legislators, call them and visit them if you can. Second, Jeff will also share his experience and the environment encountered on his recent backpack in Colorado.

   We meet at Green|Spaces, look for our banner outside the nondescript building, last on the left in the first block off of Market Street; plenty of parking just around the corner at a public free lot.

   Snacks served, public is very welcome, bring your friends.

Weekend News

An article in the Times talks about, “Cultivating edible plants,” like daylilies and dandelions with edible yard owner, Lana Sutton.   The cold is setting in and talk of the North Eastern “Frankenstorm” grabbed headlines.   Forecast calls for high winds, rain and snow.   Batten down the hatches and have a three day supply on hand, they say.

And, there was allot of football action in print, with brightly colored, helmeted bodies contorting air-born somewhere nearby.   Sadly a girl that had been reportedly bullied, threw herself in the path of a train while her peers looked on.   “The ability to be anonymous on the internet gives people a sense of power to say these things to people because they’re hiding behind a keyboard,” said Polina Feldbein, a student.”[Source]

This girl and many others are under valued in the world.   To some degree, we all are.   What’s a person worth now a days?  It reminds me of how connected we are, how much we affect one another.   The internet provides an up to date connection.   And, the skeletons in closets jump out to spook us sometimes.

In other news, the Army Times announced a project to develop an anti-suicide nasal spray.   Researchers at Cambridge find out that for children, the eyes really are a window to the soul.   Chris Kresser writes that local is more nutritional than industrial organic when it comes to food.   Walmart employees threaten a Black Friday walk-out.   And finally, scientists discover,  “Living power cables made from bacteria.”

Happy hunter’s full moon tomorrow.

Ricky Scaggs to Headline 15th Annual Concert for Cumberland Heights

Ricky Skaggs will headline Holiday show December 6th at 7:30pm at the Ryman Auditorium to benefit the  Cumberland Heights drug and alcohol treatment facility West of Nashville.   Here’s more from the press release:

Country and Bluegrass music legend Ricky Skaggs will headline the 15th Annual Concert for Cumberland Heights on December 6 at 7:30 p.m. at Nashville’s historic Ryman Auditorium. The show will feature Ricky Skaggs along with acclaimed trio The Whites, which includes his wife Sharon, sister-in-law Cheryl, and father-in-law Buck White. The evening will be a holiday-themed, variety-style show titled “A Skaggs Family Christmas,” featuring both holiday classics and new Christmas music from the celebrated musical clan and bringing together the love of family and the beauty of song for a great cause. This is the Ryman’s longest running benefit concert series, and tickets are now on sale at (, the Ryman box office and all Ticketmaster outlets.

Since 1996, the annual Concert for Cumberland Heights ( has raised more than $1.8 million for the John Hiatt Fund for Adolescent Treatment. Singer/songwriter John Hiatt will host the event, sharing his own recovery from alcohol and drug abuse to inspire others.
“We are honored that Ricky and his family have signed on to celebrate this milestone fundraiser for such an important program at Cumberland Heights,” said Cumberland Heights CEO Jim Moore.  “This fund has helped us shape our adolescent program into one of the best in the country.”
“It’s really great to be coming back to my favorite venue, the Ryman, to do our Skaggs Family Christmas show and especially getting to partner with Cumberland Heights,” said Skaggs.  “This will be a very special event that you won’t want to miss.”
A 14-time GRAMMY winner, Skaggs is perhaps best known for his masterful mandolin playing and his timeless Bluegrass albums, including Bluegrass Rules!, Big Mon: The Songs of Bill MonroeSalt of the Earth with The Whites, and Honoring the Fathers of Bluegrass: Tribute to 1946 and 1947.  Skaggs also enjoyed a thriving mainstream Country career, and in 1982, he became a member of the Grand Ole Opry, the youngest to ever be inducted at that time.  In 1985, he earned the Entertainer of the Year Award from the Country Music Association (CMA).
One of Country music’s finest and most beloved family harmony groups, The Whites, have enjoyed a prolific music career that has spanned the past four decades. Buck White (vocals, piano, mandolin), Sharon (vocals, guitar) and Cheryl (vocals, bass) officially comprise the group which originally started out as a Bluegrass group, but the family trio became well known for its string of Country hits in the 1980s culminating in their induction as Opry members in 1984. They were involved in the 2001 hit movie and soundtrack, O Brother, Where Art Thou?, and have gone on to win multiple awards, including GRAMMY, CMA and Dove Awards, among others.
Cumberland Heights’ Youth Program is designed to help adolescents ages 14 to 18 and their families find the most effective way to deal with the challenges they face and commit to recovery. One of its most highly praised programs, the Youth Program includes a residential program with intensive outpatient treatment; an extended care program for adolescents who have completed primary treatment; and outpatient services for those in the early stages of chemical dependency. The Youth Program is staffed with highly trained and licensed educators who operate River Road Academy, a state-approved, private high school that provides a drug-free environment for students in recovery.
Expected to be a sellout, the Concert for Cumberland Heights is a festive family event in an intimate setting that highlights the need for compassionate care for adolescents in crisis.
About Cumberland Heights:
Cumberland Heights, a private, nonprofit alcohol and drug addiction treatment center, has been dedicated to providing patients the highest quality of care for more than 40 years.  With the guidance of an award-winning staff, the Cumberland Heights short-term and long-term treatment programs encompass the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual dimensions of recovery through professional excellence, the principles of the Twelve Steps, and a safe and loving environment. Surrounded by rolling hills and open spaces and away from the distractions of city life, the 170-acre campus located along the Cumberland River just outside of Nashville, Tenn., provides the ideal setting for recovery. Cumberland Heights has touched the lives of more than 200,000 individuals in recovery – and more than 10,000 in the last year alone. Four decades of experience has proven that recovery is not only possible, it’s a path that no one has to walk alone. For more information visit

ACTSO Committee Interest Meeting is October 30th

The following comes from the Chattanooga Branch of the NAACP:



Would you like to join one of the  ACTSO Committees for the 2013 season?  ACTSO (Afro-Academic, Cultural, Technological, Scientific, Olympics) is an academic & performance contest for African-American high school students.


Grand prizes include:

Scholarships, laptops, travel to National 2013 ACTSO in Orlando and up to $5,000 CASH! 


We are expecting another record breaking year in student applications and Chattanooga high schools.  Are you wanting to get involved but don’t know where you fit it?


Join up any of the 6 ACTSO committees:


  1. RECRUITING:  getting students and judges 
  2. MARKETING: spreading the word throughout the community
  3. ADMINISTRATIVE: organizing all forms and applications
  4. EVENTS: coordinating orientations, competitions, and performances
  5. MENTORING: assisting high school students prepare for competition
  6. FINANCE: generating funds, resources, and grants


Attend the ACTSO Committee interest meeting and learn how you can help!

October 30, 2012
6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
100 Cherokee BLVD
Chattanooga, TN  37405
Business Dev.  Center
Refreshments provided.
RSVP via Facebook: Chattanooga ACTSO

Reza’s ‘God of Carnage’ Continues in CTC Spotlight

As part of its spotlight series, the Chattanooga Theatre Centre continues it’s run of God of Carnage through October 28th.   Here’s CTC’s description of this dark comedy by Jasmina Reza:

A playground altercation between 11-year-old boys brings together two sets of Brooklyn parents for a meeting to resolve the matter. At first, diplomatic niceties are observed, but as the meeting progresses, and the rum flows, tensions emerge and the gloves come off, leaving the couples with more than just their liberal principles in tatters. Winner of three Tony Awards in 2009, including best play. “A streamlined anatomy of the human animal…delivers the cathartic release of watching other people’s marriages go boom. A study in the tension between civilized surface and savage instinct, this play is itself a satisfyingly primitive entertainment.” The New York Times.

WARNING: Harsh language and adult themes. This is a play for adults.

Cast List for GOD OF CARNAGE:Alan Raleigh – Stacy HeltonAnnette Raleigh – Julie VanValkenburgMichael Novak – Greg RambinVeronica Novak – Magge Cabrera Hudgins

TN Healthy Energy Campaign Launch Tonight at UTC

The following comes from the press release by Cherokee Sierra Club:

You’re invited to the Chattanooga Launch of the Tennessee Healthy Energy Campaign. Come hear how we can replace coal with clean energy and a TVA Energy Efficiency Standard.

We’re hosting the event at UTC as part of National Campus Sustainability Week and to launch our campaign to move TVA to set a 1% annual energy efficiency target, and bring awareness of the benefits to our health and pocketbooks by increasing energy efficiency in our homes, churches, and businesses!

Cherokee Sierra Club

Chattanooga Climate Action Team


WHAT: TN Healthy Energy Campaign Kick-off

WHO: TN Healthy Energy Campaign           Cherokee Sierra          EDGE – UTC

WHEN: Thursday, October 25, 2012             6:00 – 7:00 pm             6:30 – Speakers and Press StatementsWHERE: 6 -7 pm – UTC Greenway Amphitheatre (located on Vine Street between WUTC Radio and the Fine Arts Building.)

Main Street Farmer’s Market Fresh Food Wednesdays

Main Street Farmers Market is Chattanooga’s fresh, local Wednesday market in Chattanooga each Wednesday from 4-6pm.  MSFMkt is located at 325 East Main Street, Downtown.   MSFM represents 18 or more area farms serving just harvested produce, meats, organic and hand roasted coffees by Velo Roasters and more.

MSFM offers peanut and potato recipes this week.   Here’s why they call them, “Powerhouse partners”, they write:

“Sweet potatoes and peanuts, both available at the market this week, are a match made in heaven for hearty dishes that stave off that cool-weather chill!  Sweet potatoes are valued for their potential to reduce the risk of cancer.  They also add fiber to the diet, and provide vitamins A, C, B-6, plus potassium.  Their pleasing flavor is useful in both sweet and savory dishes.”

Bergeron and Larson Demo at Townsend Atelier

Townsend Atelier announces a live portrait demonstration on October 26th, 2012 from 6-9pm featuring painter Mia Bergeron and sculptor Maria Larson.   Here’s more about this interactive demonstration from the press release:

Join us for a laid back, fascinating evening watching two talented artists at work. Painter, Mia Bergeron and sculptor, Maria Larson, will each be creating a portrait from the same live model. Mia will paint a portrait in oil and Maria will sculpt in clay. Attendees are welcome to ask questions, take notes, photographs, and mingle during the demo. Light refreshments will be served. Open to the public. All are welcome!

Reserve a spot on-line or pay at the door.

Ensemble Theatre Presents ‘The Curious Savage’ in November

John Patrick’s The Curious Savage is high comedy first staged in New York in 1950.  The story unfolds after a sizable inheritance is left to a woman(Mrs. Savage) by her late husband.   She plans to use this windfall to set up a fund for helping others.   Her step-children, in an attempt to seize fortunes for themselves, have had the wealthy widow committed to a sanatorium.   The Curious Savage opens as “The Cloisters”, residents of the Sanatorium await the arrival of their new resident.

Here’s more from ETC‘s press release:

“The community is invited to join Ensemble Theatre of Chattanooga (ETC) for John Patrick’s The Curious Savage, November 2 – 18; Fridays at 7:30 p.m., Saturdays at 2:00 and Sundays at 6:30 p.m.  Performances will take place in the St. Andrews Center, 1918 Union Avenue.”

“It has been refreshing to direct this show. I believe that a comedic play can have a message and make an impact on someone’s life,” says director Casey Keelen. “I think audiences will love this play because of the beautiful characters that Patrick created. The inhabitants and staff of “the cloisters” are charming, warm people, and they bring heart and direction to the play.”

“I’m excited to play Mrs. Savage because she did what I did — became an actress at an advanced age!  There is a lot to explore with her and some contradictions to resolve,” says lead actress Robbye Lewis.  “Here is this sweet, old lady with bright blue hair, smiling her angelic smile and being the most understanding friend in the world while simultaneously throwing darts at her step-daughter’s picture and plotting to have a chimney fall on her step-son.  This lady is not one-dimensional. ‘The Curious Savage’ has so many quirky characters and zany situations, so many cliff-hanger moments, plot twists and all around fun while still having a message about accepting differences in others and “carpe diem”.  It is just a good play!”

Tickets are $10 and are available at www.ensembletheatreofchattanooga.comor by calling 423-987-5141. Doors open 30 minutes before each performance.  Free parking is available behind the St. Andrews Center.

ETC’s production of The Curious Savage is directed by Casey Keelen.  Cast members include Maggie Bradshaw, John Thomas Cecil, Jim Chandler, Evie Durant, Christy Gallo, Patti Gross, Sanford Knox Jr, Ryan Laskowski, Robbye Lewis, Caren Manser and Joseph Tipton.  The stage manager is Cody Keown.