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




Chickamauga Battlefield Bicycle Tours Continue

Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park and Outdoor Chattanooga will join forces once again this year to offer a series of free, monthly historical bike tours through Chickamauga Battlefield, beginning Saturday, May 21 at 9:30 am.  The public is invited to bring their bicycles and join in the leisurely-paced historical rides, which take approximately two hours. ... (click for more)

“I Have Heard That Yell Before:” Some Of Chickamauga’s Confederate Commanders During Reconstruction

Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park invites the public to attend a 2-hour car caravan tour of Chickamauga Battlefield focusing on the post war activities of several of the battle’s Confederate commanders. This tour begins at the Chickamauga Battlefield Visitor Center at 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 14.    Program participants will hear the stories of several ... (click for more)

Federal Government Sues Life Care's Forrest Preston, Saying He Received Millions In Medicare Funds He Was Not Entitled To

Federal attorneys have sued Forrest Preston, founder and chairman of Cleveland, Tn.,-based Life Care Centers of America, claiming that he was "unjustly enriched" by receiving Medicare funds he was not entitled. The civil suit in Chattanooga Federal Court asks for the return of "millions of dollars." The government earlier sue Life Care on similar charges based on allegations ... (click for more)

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Jamie Chuy is facing federal charges after a search by police turned up a large amount of drugs, guns and cash at his Chattanooga residence. Chuy is charged with conspiracy to distribute 500 grams or more of meth as well as being a felon in possession of a firearm. In the search on March 28 at 1404 Rowewood Dr., officers found eight kilograms of meth in a black duffel bag ... (click for more)

Thankful For The Vital Role Teachers Played In My Life

Re: Roy Exum: Teachers Day Tomorrow Roy, I am especially appreciative of your poignant column written in tribute to teachers.  It made me tear up, as I have encountered both as a student and a career educator-- teachers like the second-grade teacher who said, "I wish you were my little girl" and teachers like Mrs. Poindexter.   My teachers have played such a vital ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: The DA’s Cold-Case Quest

It is clearly a job nobody can do for over an hour or two, but Neal Pinkston, working in hand with precise professionals from the county’s auditing department, is intent on doing the right thing. As I watched a revolving team of four people at a time open and study envelopes of autopsy photographs on Tuesday, the scene would have made a fascinating television documentary. But ... (click for more)