The volunteers at Labrador Friends of the South take homeless labradors under their wing, often fostering them in their own homes until they can find loving, adoptive families for them. Battling myths that abandoned dogs have health or behavioral problems, the volunteers carefully screen prospective parents and educate them about each dog's personality and medical history to ensure a good fit. Before the dogs are adopted out, they ensure each one is vaccinated, treated for any major health condition, and spayed or neutered to prevent pet overpopulation. The volunteers ensure each dog receives permanent care; if labs cannot remain in their homes due to unforeseen circumstances, they can return to the program to find another placement for as long as they live.
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Chattanooga College Cosmetology Salon provides hands-on career training for future beauty professionals. Students prep for the State Board of Cosmetology licensing examination while also providing salon and spa services—from haircuts and coloring to facial waxing and nailcare—at discounted prices.
Multiplatinum-selling and multiple-Grammy-winning quartet Third Day’s stirring Southern rock thrills multitudes on its Make Your Move spring tour. One of the most popular Christian bands of the A.D. era, Third Day has moved millions of fans with hits such as “Cry Out to Jesus” and “Love Song,” as well as hundreds of tumbleweeds with its tour bus. With a sound that evokes Lynyrd Skynyrd in its Sunday best, the band tenderly testifies while rocking through a hook-laden marathon live show.
The martial arts mavens at Caywood Karate coach warriors of all ages through a schedule of classes fit for pintsize punchers through grown-up competitors. Fighters as young as 4 can absorb the elements of Isshinryu, a traditional style that exploits quick movements and natural stances to improve flexibility, balance, and bravery when facing rabid grasshoppers. Each Isshinryu session leads up to 12 students through low-kicks and snap-punches, which save joints and muscles from extensive wear or full-fledged tear. The family-oriented karate studio divides classes by age group, with kids 4–6 years old battling in the Little Dragons session, tykes age 7–12 dueling in the Jr. Class, and adults or adult-shaped statues sparring based on experience level.
What is now the Elise Chapin Wildlife Sanctuary was once the Walker family farm, where highly respected naturalist and Chattanooga Audubon Society founder Robert Sparks Walker was born in 1878. Walker formed the Chattahooga Audubon Society in 1944, with a vision of educating citizens on the importance of protecting the environment and respecting nature the way the area's Native Americans had for thousands of years.
Today, the society is the steward of three sanctuaries: Elise Chapin Sanctuary at Audubon Acres, Maclellan Sanctuary on Audubon Island, and David Gray Sanctuary on Audubon Mountain. Each offers a unique look into the history, wildlife, and natural splendor of the area as well as educational programs that help children and adults discover the area.
In 1976, educator, musician, and kinesiologist Robin Wes longed for a children's gym that prioritized personal growth over competition. Unveiled at a time when physical-education classes pushed students to focus almost exclusively on winning, Robin's program was swiftly adopted and is now used in more than 300 Little Gyms worldwide. Robin still pens original music to accompany lessons, which engage whippersnappers 4 months to 12 years old with gymnastics, dance, karate, and parent and child activities.
Each of The Little Gym's classes introduces simple movements that sharpen motor skills and set brains whirring, allowing kids to progress at their own pace until they can finally build a computer out of macaroni and glitter. Staff members strive to build a base for lifelong social skills and self-assurance with each exercise, including activities rooted purely in fun, such as summer camps or birthday parties, which helped The Little Gym to earn title of #1 Birthday Chain in Parents Magazine.
Fitness Together's experienced personal trainers develop individually tailored and effective workouts for health-seeking patrons of all ages. After assessing each client's safe starting point and unearthing their secret dreams of becoming human tow trucks, a trainer pieces together a personalized workout routine that combines cardio and resistance training. Exercisers then strengthen their hearts through interval- and speed-centric cardio sessions, aiming to amp the organ's endurance through intense, frequent bursts of activity. Meanwhile, resistance training combines cross-muscular techniques with alternating periods of intense and recuperative activity to avoid workout plateaus and overtraining and confuse muscles with new moves occasionally instructed in riddle form by a sphinx in a sweatband.