Outdoor Chattanooga News And Events

Tuesday, January 15, 2013 - by Ruth Thompson


Here are upcoming Outdoor Chattanooga news and events:


Our Kids Bicycle Rodeo happens this weekend at Carver Community Center. And did you know that full time UTC students receive a $45 discount on Bike Chattanooga annual memberships
 
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Rapid Learning Roll Practice Jan. 16

Our Rapid Learning Whitewater Program has moved to Wednesdays, with two sessions: 6-7 and 7-8 p.m. at the Brainerd Recreation Community Center's indoor pool, at 1010 North Moore Rd. The program costs $50 per year for individuals, $75 for families and gives members access to full instruction and all kayaking equipment. Kayakers will all their own gear may participate by paying a single day membership fee of $5. First timers can come for free. To learn more, email or call Terri Chapin at (423) 643-6882

Kids Bike Rodeo at Carver Community Center - Jan. 19

Outdoor Chattanooga and the Friends of Outdoor Chattanooga will host a free kids bicycle safety rodeo at the Carver Complex Community Center this Sat., Jan. 19, from 12 noon to 2 p.m. Kids of all ages and their parents can come participate in some fun, kid friendly drills and earn a Rodeo certificate of completion and a couple of goodies. To learn more, Email or call Outdoor Chattanooga at (423) 643-6888 to register. 

Free Winter Workshop: Geocaching 101 - Jan. 26
Did you know that you can geocache with your Android or iPhone? Outdoor Chattanooga will host a free geocaching workshop for people of all ages on Sat., Jan. 26, from 10 a.m. to 12 noon at our facility in Coolidge Park, 200 River St. Richard Manning and other local geocachers will teach a short class on the basics and then take everyone out into Coolidge and Renaissance Park to go cache hunting. Participants may download a free geocaching app before coming to the class or learn how from the experts. To learn more, email or call Outdoor Chattanooga at (423) 643-6888.

Outdoor Chattanooga's 7th Annual Outdoor Expo & Gear Swap - April 20

We will host our annual Outdoor Expo & Gear Swap on Sat., April 20, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Coolidge Park. This year, the event's theme is: "A Spring Celebration of Chattanooga's Signature Outdoor Lifestyle." Exhibitor registration is open to outdoor businesses, non profits, conservation and local food organizations, alternative transportation manufacturers and organizations, clubs, health and wellness organizations and dog and cat rescue groups. For more information, email Ruth Thompson or call (423) 643-6888.

Community Events . . . 
Sandhill Crane Festival Jan. 19-20

The TN Wildlife Resources Agency and the TN Ornithological Society will host the annual TN Sandhill Crane Festival at Birchwood Elementary School on Sat. and Sun., Jan. 19 and 20, 2013. The event will feature a full schedule of special events at the school and regular shuttles to the Hiwassee Wildlife Refuge for crane watching.  

Public Meeting on Rossville Blvd. Transportation Enhancements Jan. 22

The City of Chattanooga will conduct a public meeting on Jan. 22, 2013, to present preliminary drawings for bicycle and pedestrian enhancements on Rossville Blvd. (State Route 27), between 48th St. and the TN/GA state line. A short, formal presentation will be followed by a brief question and answer period. The meeting happens from 5 to 7 p.m., at the Cedar Hill Improvement League Building, 4501 13th Avenue, Chattanooga, TN 37407. Anyone with additional questions may email or call Tony Madewell, City of Chattanooga Dept. of Public Works, at (423) 643-6000 or via mail at 1250 Market St., Ste. 2100, Chattanooga, TN  37402.  

S. Chickamauga Creek Greenway Alliance Meeting Jan. 23

The S. Chickamauga Creek Greenway Alliance will meet on Wed., Jan. 23, 12 noon at Wally's Restaurant, 6521 Ringold Rd., in East Ridge. For the first meeting of the New Year, thr group will identify watershed issues and determine upcoming activities. All are welcome. To learn more, email Sandy Kurtz.   

CA&NC Education Programs Jan. 26-27

The Chattanooga Arboretum and Nature Center will host a series of educational programs for adults and kids the weekend of Jan. 26 and 27. Pre-registration is required for all classes by calling (423) 921-1160, ext. 0.

Saturday, January 26

12 noon - 2 p.m. - Herpetology - this adult class will focus on the native reptiles and amphibians of our area and how they adapt to survive. Taught by CA&NC Education Director Corey Hagen. Cost: $20 ($18 CA&NC Members).

12 noon - 2 p.m. - Introduction to Sandhill Cranes - Dr. David Aborn, UTC Professor and Ornithologist will teach a class based on his recent research about Sandhill Cranes. For adults and kids ages 12 and older. Cost: $12 ($10 CA&NC Members).

Sunday, January 27

Time TBA - Photography 101 - Professional photographer Bob Hulse will use our winter landscape to teach the basics of outdoor photography. Adults and kids ages 16 and older. Cost: $30.

News

Coyote Sighting Survey at CA&NC
Have you seen coyotes in your back yard, in a park, or in an urban area? The Chattanooga Arboretum and Nature Center is conducting a survey to learn more about human-coyote interactions occurring in Metro Chattanooga, including areas in which coyotes are being seen and citizen concerns. The survey page also contains valuable information about urban coyote habits and behaviors.

Volunteer Opportunities 

5 Points Trail Day Jan. 19
SORBA Chattanooga will hold a special work day, social and overnight camp at the 5 Points Recreation area, on Lookout Mtn. this Sat., Jan. 19, beginning at 10 a.m. A trail building session will be followed by chili lunch and bonfire, a mtn. bike ride and an evening social. Ovenight camping will be available for those who wish to stay. Bring work gloves, water, your mtn. bike and camping gear if you plan to stay overnight. To learn more, visit the SORBA Facebook page.

Web Hit(s) of the Week  

Wouldn't it be nice if there were never any trash, ever again, along our trails? Sweden seems to be finding at least a partial solution.  

Last Week's Web Hit
Instead of a chirpy little bell, wouldn't it be nice to have a loud bicycle horn?  


2013

February, 2013
             Trail of Tears 7 Mile Run
             Save Water, Drink Wine
5            Cupids Chase 5K
17           Polar Plunge Chattanooga
 
March, 2013
9/10         Booker T. Duathlon
23            Rock/Creek River Gorge Trail Race
             Get Out Chattanooga Challenge 

April, 2013
6           Out Run the Police
             Chattanooga Tour de Cure
25-27     USA Pro Cycling Championships

June, 2013
1            National Trails Day
14-16      Chattanooga Mountains Stage Race
15          Color the Curve Chattanooga

30          Stars, Stripes and Wishes Run

July, 2013
22-26     TN River Gorge "Huck Finn" Adventure Camp

August, 2013
10           Still Hollow Trail Race
11           Cannonball Charge

September, 2013
8            Iron Jr. Triathlon
29          Komen Race for the Cure

October, 2013
5            Rock/Creek Stump Jump




Fishing Report From The TWRA

Here is the fishing report from the TWRA: Center Hill:   Fishing is fair.  Water temperature is 79 degrees; lake is fairly stable.  Bass:  A few bass are being caught on topwater baits while fish are chasing shad.  Walleye: A few walleye are being caught while trolling above Sligo in 12-to-15 feet of water.  Bluegill: Several bluegill ... (click for more)

TWRA To Stock Several Thousand Florida Largemouth Bass Fingerlings Into Ft. Loudon Lake

TWRA will be stocking several thousand Florida largemouth bass fingerlings into Ft. Loudon Lake on Friday at Ish Creek boat ramp in Louisville.    The stocking is part of a larger effort to expand Florida largemouth bass genetics into more waters across Tennessee.   After the very successful and popular Florida largemouth bass stocking into Chickamauga Reservoir, ... (click for more)

City Seeking Grant To Improve Signals At 32 Intersections

The city is seeking a $2 million federal grant to go along with $500,000 in city funds for a project to improve signals at 32 intersections. There would also be bike and pedestrian improvements. The routes include Brainerd Road, Lee Highway, Shallowford Road, Gunbarrel Road and Hamilton Place Boulevard. The application is for a Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Grant. (click for more)

Olympian Kristin Armstrong Sets Course Record; Talansky Is Men's Winner

Two-time Olympic goal medal winner Kristin Armstrong won the USA Cycling Professional Time Trial Championship in a record time at the Volkswagen course on Saturday morning. She finished the 19.2-mile course in 42 minutes, 8 seconds. The time trial victory assures the 41-year-old Armstrong of a spot as one of three American women to compete in the world championship time trial ... (click for more)

Shame On The Housing Authority - And Response

With Chattanooga and other cities around the nation struggling to find solutions to chronic homelessness it's cruel to evict families likely with children over a fight.   When you evict the adults you're also evicting any and all children in the household.  Intelligence would dictate looking for a root cause. Compassion would dictate looking for alternatives. Both ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Buy Ping Golf Clubs

As we set the charcoal, ice the drinks and prepare for Memorial Day, the first thing on my mind is to ask any golfers within my reach to consider buying and playing with Ping-brand golf clubs. Pings are made in America but there is a little something else you need to know, as told in an email I received earlier this week. I regret I do not know the author: * * * “On Monday, ... (click for more)