Glass Street will bustle with activity once again this summer as partner organizations and local parks offer families and neighbors plenty of options. If you want to get involved and entertain young ones out of school, the neighborhood is full of chances to connect, build, and explore.

As usual our local East Chatt YFD Center will be offering sports-based summer camp with the chance to experience some field trips as well. Interested families should not wait to sign up, as the conveniently located camps fill quickly. This year, Cameron Williams (aka C-Grimey) plans to add some more arts and music based elements to the traditional programming. During the recent Chamber of Commerce sponsored job fair, he said “I’ve been hosting these history of hip-hop classes each Wednesday here at the center, so I know the enthusiasm is building.”

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Nearby Sterchi Farm trailhead park has received a huge facelift from a joint effort of Public Art Chattanooga and the Trust for Public Land. Artist Adam Kuby’s climbable sculpture installation was unveiled last month with some of our neighbors and board members in attendance. Outdoor Chattanooga also sponsored demonstrations of kayaking and SUP (stand-up paddle board) techniques. One of our board members, architect Jared Hueter attended the April 28th “Clamber, Scramble, Traverse” event with his children. “This is a unique park creating a water and trail connection to the downtown riverwalk system via the South Chickamauga Creek and Greenway– a very cool local resource.”

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One of the best ways to enjoy the Sterchi Farm trailhead is via bicycle, and anyone interested can receive advice and bike repair at the Resource Bike Co-Op. They are located right next door to Rondell Crier’s Studio Everything on Glass Street and throughout the summer they’re planning to be open Tuesday and Wed. from 4-9 p.m. and Saturdays from 1-9 p.m. Anyone wanting more info can contact Zac or other co-op members at 423-521-0249.

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Just across the street from our GHC offices, Mark Making will host Magic Markers 2018 : a one week work readiness program for EAST CHATTANOOGA teens (14-18) that focuses on citizenship, written word, design and entrepreneurship. Participants will have the opportunity to create, market and distribute wallets of their own design reflecting their ideas on citizenship. The young artists will also be able to receive compensation on a sliding scale depending on demonstrated level of professionalism and the strength of their wallet design. Due to limited space, there are only 24 spots available, so interested teens should hurry to apply via the link above.
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If you or another local partner knows of more resources not highlighted here, please send and email to our Community Relations Manager, Nicole Lewis (nicole@glasshousecollective.org) or stop by to share brochures during our regular office hours so we can post and share info.
We hope all of our friends and neighbors will stay safe and have fun this summer!