The Rapid Learning Whitewater Program
will host our weekly kayak roll practice on Tues., Nov. 13, with two sessions at 6 and 7 p.m., at the University of TN, Chattanooga's Maclellan Gym indoor pool. The practice focuses on learning the basics of whitewater kayaking in a safe, still water environment. All equipment and instruction is provided. First time attendees may participate for free. After that, membership is $50 per year for individuals, $75 for families. Kayakers with all of their own equipment may purchase a special one day membership for $5 at each roll practice. For more information, email
or call Outdoor Chattanooga at (423) 643-6888
. Rapid Learning will take a Holiday break after this week's practice. Regular weekly roll practice will resume on Tues., Jan. 8, 2013.
Outdoor Chattanooga and the City's Therapeutic Recreation Division will host a special adaptive kayaking class
at the UTC Maclellan Gym indoor pool on Tues., Nov. 13, at 7:30 p.m. People with cognitive/intellectual or physical disabilities are welcome to learn the basic skills they need to paddle local rivers and lakes. All equipment and instruction is provided. Reservations are required. Email
or call Elaine Adams at (423) 697-1345
to register or learn more.
The public is invited to attend the next free Street Smarts
cycling seminar on Wed., Nov. 14, 6 p.m. at Outdoor Chattanooga, 200 River St. in Coolidge Park. League of American Bicyclists certified instructors teach with videos, diagrams and a Q&A session. Learn the local and state laws pertaining to bicycles, signaling, lane positioning and other skills to increase your confident on city streets. The class is open to adults and kids ages 10 and older when accompanied by an adult. No bicycle necessary. To learn more, email
or call Outdoor Chattanooga at (423) 643-6888
Main St. Bicycle Cooperative Open House Nov. 13
The Main St. Bicycle Cooperative
, located on the old TN Temple University's St. Andrews Center, 1918 Union Ave. in Chattanooga, will host a public open house on Tues., Nov. 13, at 7 p.m. The public is invited to meet the Coop board and volunteers, and come learn about their Recycle a Bike program, which helps people with limited means build bicycles for transportation.
Jingle Bell Walk/Run for Arthritis Nov. 17
Strap on your jingle bells and Santa costume for the Jingle Bell Walk/Run
on Sat., Nov. 17, to benefit the Arthritis Foundation. Participants run or walk a 5K route on the TN Riverwalk.
History Hike on the Guild Trail Nov. 17
The Chattanooga Trekkers family hiking group will host a 4 mile history hike
on Lookout Mtn.'s Guild Trail on Sat., Nov. 17, beginning at 12 noon EST. The Guild Trail is gravel, with a slow incline toward the top of the mountain. Registration is required to participate. Email
or call Valerie Radu at (423) 503-2318
for more information.
Battles for Chattanooga Anniversary Hikes Nov. 17-25
Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park
will host a series of walking tours, driving tours and special interpretive events to celebrate the 149th anniversary of the Battle for Chattanooga. Beginning Sat., Nov. 17, the public can join guided tours of Lookout Mtn., Missionary Ridge and Moccasin Bend and other local areas significant to the battle. All activities are free and open to the public.
Grateful Gobbler Walk to End Homelessness Nov. 22
Walk up an appetite for Thanksgiving dinner at the annual Grateful Gobbler Walk
to end homelessness on Thurs., Nov. 22, beginning at 8 a.m. from Coolidge Park. The three mile downtown route is designed for everyone from power walkers to casual strollers. Online registration open through Nov. 20. Walk up registration available on Wed., Nov. 21 in Coolidge Park on the morning of the walk.
Turkey Trot Nov. 22
Run up an appetite for turkey dinner at the annual Sports Barn Turkey Trot
on Thurs., Nov. 22, beginning with registration at 7 a.m. Participants can run an 8K, 3 mile, 1 mile or kiddie K route to benefit the Kidney Foundation of the Greater Chattanooga
Thanksgiving Dinner at TN State Parks
Hike up your appetite at Fall Creek Falls State Park
, where the park's inn stays open on Thanksgiving Day for a holiday buffet supper. Fall Creek Falls is one of several TN State Parks that offer this special holiday alternative to cooking.
Web Hit(s) of the Week
With autumn comes peak rock climbing season. Visit the Southeastern Climbers Coalition
to find the crags.
Last Week's Web Hit
We think Operation Migration
, which will bring endangered Whooping Cranes through West TN this week, is still one of the coolest conservation initiatives ever.