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Front Page - Friday, November 8, 2019

Events: Big Band Day




Rounding out the 2019 season, Chattanooga Market brings back a local favorite for many, Big Band Day.

The day features local favorite Sweet Georgia Sound playing big band and swing tunes from the 1930s and 40s. Sweet Georgia Sound will take the stage at 12:30 p.m. Nov. 10. The 20-plus member band is known for a variety of ballroom dance music that includes classic and modern big band, swing, Latin and waltz tunes.

With only three more Sundays left at the First Tennessee Pavilion before the producer-only Market moves indoors to the Chattanooga Convention Center, there’s still opportunity to purchase the season’s pick of fall produce. Many of the Chattanooga Market food artisans selling cheeses, hand-prepared foods, breads and other specialty edibles will also be at the Holiday Market during December weekends at the Convention Center. The next few Sundays are an opportunity for shoppers to scout out their holiday needs and place any special food orders or commission specialty items from artists.

Additional events include:

• Nov. 17: Chattanooga Beard Contest (Those interested in participating should RSVP at ChattanoogaMarket.com)

• Nov. 24: Thanksgiving Market

Veteran’s Day concert

The Chattanooga Symphony and Opera will host a free Veteran’s Day concert in partnership with Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Auditorium on Nov. 10 at 4 p.m. This will be the eighth year the CSO has presented the special event. Participating once again will be the Lee University Singers and director Brad Moffett for a program of patriotic classics. The afternoon will also showcase original works by local composers.

“We are honored to show our appreciation to veterans and active-duty service members with a free Veteran’s Day concert,” says Kayoko Dan, CSO music director. “This family friendly event will consist of patriotic music to celebrate America and its freedom, as well as a sing-along to some audience favorites. We are also excited to be joined by the talented Lee University Singers and to feature works by Chattanooga composers, including Kenyon Wilson, Douglas Hedwig, Tim Hinck and Jonathan McNair.”

Seating for the concert is general admission. Information: 423 267-8583, chattanoogasymphony.org.

Crime prevention training for businesses

The Chattanooga Police Department will host free crime prevention training designed for business stakeholders interested in making their facility and employees as safe as possible Nov. 13, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., at Coca-Cola Bottling Company, 2111 W. Shepherd Road. A crime-prevention specialist from the University of Tennessee’s Law Enforcement Innovation Center will lead the course, and a translator will be present for Hispanic and Latino business owners and employees. Topics will include security assessments, locking mechanisms, alarm systems, access control and more. To register, send your name, email address and company name to Sharon.Sexton@Tennessee.edu.

Youth Council Solutions to Gun Violence panel

The Mayor’s Youth Council will host “Bridging the Gap: A Conversation about Gun Violence” Nov. 13 at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.

Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke formed the Mayor’s Youth Council in 2015 to strengthen the voices of local young people around civic engagement and government. The Council currently has its fifth cohort of students – 51 juniors and seniors representing 20 public and private high schools across Hamilton County.

The event will kick off with a panel moderated by one student featuring Berke, Troy Rogers, public safety coordinator for the city of Chattanooga; Danna Vaughn, assistant police chief for the city of Chattanooga; and Dr. Dave Bhattacharya, pediatric surgeon at Erlanger Children’s Hospital.

Panelists will share their unique connection to gun violence and what the impact of gun violence looks like through their roles in the community. Then the students will make group presentations to the panels answering the question, “What can cities do to stop gun violence and save lives?”

This event is free and open to the public. UTC University Center, Tennessee Room, 6-7:30 p.m. Information, RSVP

Symphonic Tales for Kids

The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga’s Department of Performing Arts and the Chattanooga Public Library presents the sixth season of music and literacy for young children.

The Symphonic Tales program is a monthly event presented throughout the school year. Each event includes literary, musical, play and art activities, all of which center on a children’s book. The 2019-2020 series includes the following programs:

• Nov. 23: “Who’s in Rabbit’s House’’

• Jan. 25: “Pete the Cat’’

• Feb. 29: “It’s Rag Time!’’

• March 28: “Listen to my Trumpet!’’

• April 18: “The Three Billy Goats Gruff’’

• May 9: “Peter and the Wolf’’

Events take place at 1 p.m. at the South Branch, 925 West 39th Street and 3 p.m. at the Downtown Branch, 1001 Broad St.