published Tuesday, September 3rd, 2013

Town Talk: Ear to the ground

Aim Center members work to beautify an unoccupied building at M.L. King and Foster Streets.
Aim Center members work to beautify an unoccupied building at M.L. King and Foster Streets.
Photo by Tim Barber /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

THE AIM CENTER's second-annual fundraising event "Blue Moon Block Party" is set for Sept. 21 at 472 M.L. King Blvd. The event will feature live entertainment from Strung Like a Horse, a football game screening room, a photo booth, a silent auction and more.

"Funds raised will be used to purchase a van for transporting AIM Center members to work, interviews, job fairs, and after hours events," says AIM Center Development Director Ashley Evans.

The organization is a clubhouse community center that offers members a number of services, such as access to crisis intervention services when needed, assistance in accessing community-based educational resources, as well as adult basic education and GED classes, she says.

"Clubhouses have and continue to demonstrate repeatedly the fact that people with mental illness can and do lead regular and productive lives. Clubhouses give their members/clients opportunities to build long-term relationships which, in turn, support them in the obtainment of education, employment, and housing," Evans says.

Among items up for bids at the block party will be a Mohawk canoe, jewelry and a wine-and-cheese river cruise. Dinner will be catered by Chattanooga food trucks.

Tim and Berry Shults are chairing the event and Jenn Grymes is the silent auction chairwoman.

Contact Karen Nazor Hill at or 423-757-6396.

about Karen Nazor Hill...

Feature writer Karen Nazor Hill covers fashion, design, home and gardening, pets, entertainment, human interest features and more. She also is an occasional news reporter and the Town Talk columnist. She previously worked for the Catholic newspaper Tennessee Register and was a reporter at the Chattanooga Free Press from 1985 to 1999, when the newspaper merged with the Chattanooga Times. She won a Society of Professional Journalists Golden Press third-place award in feature writing for ...

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