-October 6th, 2020-
Chattanooga Therapeutic Recreation Services
Your Latest News & Update - October 2020
Hello everyone!

We miss seeing you in person SO MUCH!! But as we continue to navigate the world of social distancing and virtual programming, check out our latest update for current and upcoming virtual program offerings with your TR Team! We are relying heavily on our social media outlets (links below) and zoom programs to stay connected.

We welcome your new ideas, ways to make Therapeutic Recreation here in Chattanooga better, and any overall feedback. Keep in mind, plans may change or get moved around and new programs will continue to be added, so please review each newsletter to find potential changes!

Sincerely,
Elaine Adams Gossett, CTRS
Therapeutic Recreation Program Coordinator
423.643.6607

Michelle Brickey, CTRS
Therapeutic Recreation Program Specialist
423.643.6606


Program Support Staff
Jacob Jarvis
Grace Stewart
OUR MISSION: The Therapeutic Recreation Division of the Chattanooga Youth and Family Development Department seeks to provide leisure and recreation opportunities for citizens of all abilities. We serve both youth and adults with physical, cognitive, and/or emotional disabilities. Through our programs, education and advocacy, individuals can build confidence, improve physical and cognitive abilities, expand support and social networks; and enhance overall quality of life. 
In This Fall Issue:
New TR Programs:

NEW! In Partnership with UTC OT students:
  • Fall Scavenger Hunt -10/21
  • Chair Yoga -10/22
  • Pizza Party -10/28
  • Halloween Party - 10/29
  • Thankful Arts & Crafts -11/4
  • Girls Night In -11/11

NEW! In Partnership with the Chattanooga Zoo
  • Zoomin' with the Zoo

Special Events Coming Soon:
  • Dreamnight Boo in the Zoo
  • Adaptive Mt. Biking Clinic-CATALYST-NEW!

Resources:
  • Tech Support
  • Participant & Volunteer Registration Forms
ONGOING TR PROGRAMS THIS FALL:

  • Art Pals -NEW!
  • Super Hoops Zoomskillz - NEW!
  • Chill & Chatter (monthly) - NEW!
  • Fit 5 - Special Olympics
  • Virtual Hiking Club (Tuesdays)
  • TR Challenge (Wednesdays)
  • Chillin' Chats (Thursdays, bi-weekly)
  • Zoomacise With Coach Jacob (Fridays)
  • Garden Guru Grace

Reference September's Newsletter for full details of the above programs: HERE!
New TR Programs!
Zoom in with the UTC Occupational Therapy Program - Fall Program Series
Join the University of Tennessee Chattanooga Occupational Therapy program to participate in a unique fall series of diverse virtual programs with special interest group themes! Keep reading to see if anything catches your eye from the fun topics! TR Staff will be present at each zoom meeting and available to answer any questions you may have. Sign up for one, or all of them!
*Each program requires registration by contacting the CONTACT listed.
Fall Scavenger Hunt Crafts - Oct. 21st
WHAT: Take advantage of the gorgeous fall weather to gather supplies for this interactive fall craft session! Bring your findings to the meeting to be led in artsy, woodsy craft creations! Family involvement encouraged as needed.
*The scavenger hunt list will be sent to those who register and will need to be completed by participants prior to the zoom meeting.
WHO: All ages! - Individuals with intellectual and/or physical disabilities and their siblings - Family Night Encouraged! 
DATE: Wednesday,10/21
TIME: 5:00 - 6:00PM
WHERE: Zoom! The link will be sent to those who register
CONTACT: [email protected] | 423.667.5214
Chair Yoga - Oct. 22nd
WHAT: Join the OT team for this exciting exercise opportunity to learn more about yoga! During this interactive class, you will join in basic chair yoga poses that you can then do on your own. This is a great opportunity to meet new people, learn and practice the benefits of yoga, and have something new to add to your current exercise routine! Supplies Needed: Sturdy chair, athletic clothes, and water bottle.
WHO: Ages 13+, individuals with intellectual and/or physical disabilities and their siblings 
DATE: Tuesday, October 22nd
TIME: 4:30 - 5:30PM 
COST: FREE!
WHERE: Zoom! The link will be sent to those who register
CONTACT: [email protected] | 360.431.1717
Pizza Party - Oct. 28th
WHAT: Join us for a make your own pizza party! We will talk about the basics of making pizza, enjoy friends, play games and share a virtual pizza dinner. Come prepared to share your favorite toppings and bring your appetite. Details of needed supplies (and options) listed below. 
WHO: All ages! - Individuals with intellectual and/or physical disabilities and their siblings - Family Night Encouraged! 
DATE: Wednesday, October 28th
TIME: 5:30 - 6:30PM 
COST: FREE!
WHERE: Zoom! The link will be sent to those who register
CONTACT: [email protected] | 360.431.1717
Halloween Party - Oct. 29th
WHAT: Join us for a Halloween Party! This night will be filled with pumpkin decorating, dancing, costumes and Halloween fun. Participants are encouraged to dress up and bring a pumpkin (or paper) of any size to decorate. A supply list will be sent to those who register!
WHO: All ages! - Individuals with intellectual and/or physical disabilities and their siblings - Family Night Encouraged! 
DATE: Thursday, October 29th
TIME: 6:00 - 7:00PM 
COST: FREE!
WHERE: Zoom! The link will be sent to those who register
CONTACT: [email protected] | 423.667.5214
Thankful Arts & Crafts - Nov. 4th
WHAT: Join us and create your own Thankful Turkey! This is going to be a gobble good time filled with crafts, friends, and lots of fun. Everyone will have an opportunity to share what they are thankful for, create their own holiday decoration and meet some new friends. A supply list will be sent to those who register!
WHO: All ages! - Individuals with intellectual and/or physical disabilities and their siblings - Family Night Encouraged! 
DATE: Wednesday, November 4th
TIME: 4:30 - 5:30PM 
COST: FREE!
WHERE: Zoom! The link will be sent to those who register
CONTACT: [email protected] | 360.431.1717
Girls Night In - Nov. 11th
WHAT: Girl’s Night In will give the atmosphere of a sleepover with all of your best friends just via Zoom! We will be doing all things sleepover, from girl talk to making lip gloss and lip scrub. So bring your blankets, pillows, and wear your favorite pajamas for a virtual slumber party!! A supply list will be sent to those who register!
WHO: Girls ages 12 and older with intellectual and/or physical disabilities.
DATE: Wednesday, 11/11
TIME: 6:00 - 7:00PM
COST: FREE!
WHERE: Zoom! The link will be sent to those who register
CONTACT: [email protected] | 423.667.5214
Zoomin' with the Zoo
In partnership with the Chattanooga Zoo
WHAT: Go behind the scenes at the Chattanooga Zoo in this two part monthly interactive zoom series featuring new exhibits and animals, Zoo Keeper chats, animal region exploration, and fun facts from Zoo staff! This is a great way to connect with other animal lovers from the comfort of your own home! TR staff will also be present in these meetings.
WHO: All ages! - Individuals with intellectual and/or physical disabilities and their siblings
DATES: 11/10 & 12/8 - Tuesdays
TIME: 4:30 - 5:15pm
COST: FREE!
WHERE: Zoom! The link will be sent to those who register
CONTACT: [email protected] | 423.667.5214
Special Events Coming Soon!
Boo in the Zoo Dreamnight - Oct. 14th
WHAT: Dreamnight is a free, open house event for individuals with chronic illnesses, disabilities, or special needs and their families or caretakers. Dreamnight offers a VIP Zoo visit that acknowledges and accommodates the unique circumstances that may limit relaxing outings for these families during normal operating hours. This event will be operating in accordance with CDC recommended guidelines.
WHO: Individuals of all ages with special needs and/or terminal illnesses and their families or caretakers.
WHEN: Wednesday, Oct. 14th 
TIME: 5:00 - 8:00PM
WHERE: The Chattanooga Zoo in Warner Park
COST: FREE!

Adaptive Mt. Biking Clinic NEW!
Chattanooga, TN - Oct. 31st
WHAT: An intro to Adaptive Mt. Biking Clinic hosted by Catalyst Sports and in partnership with Reflection Riding Arboretum & Nature Center. Are you ready to get off the road and into nature? Come ride with us, where trained experts will fit a bike to your needs and give you access to the exciting world of mountain biking! Reserve a time slot (1.5 hours) and come ride on the trails. Pre-Registration required. Spaces are limited to respect COVID guidelines so please only register for one time slot. VOLUNTEERS: please register for any time slots you are available. Previous mountain bike experience required. Volunteer training will be Friday, October 30th from 6-8pm.
WHO: Individuals with physical disabilities.
DATE: Saturday, 10/31/20
WHEN: Time slots:
9am-10:30am
10:30am-12pm
12pm-1:30pm
1:30pm - 3pm
3pm-4:30pm
WHERE: Reflection Riding Arboretum & Nature Center (400 Garden Rd, Chattanooga, TN 37419)
COST: FREE!
CONTACT: [email protected] or [email protected] | 360.431.1717 - with any questions or for assistance registering

Resources
Tech Support
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Before joining a Zoom meeting on a computer or mobile device, you will need to download the Zoom app. This can be done from the Zoom Download Center. Otherwise, you will be prompted to download and install Zoom when you click a join link. You can also join a test meeting to familiarize yourself with Zoom.

*You will not need a meeting ID to join, just your name.

If you have any issues or questions, please call Michelle - 360.431.1717 or Elaine - 423.667.5214
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