Outdoor Chattanooga News And Events

Tuesday, November 5, 2013 - by Ruth Thompson

Here are upcoming news and events from Outdoor Chattanooga:

Street Smarts Cycling Class Nov. 13

Scared of riding that Bike Chattanooga bicycle in downtown traffic? Come to Outdoor Chattanooga on Wed., Nov. 13, 6 p.m., at our Coolidge Park facility, 200 River St., for Street Smarts. We'll share rules of the road and some helpful tips for being a confident and safer road cyclist. No reservations required. To learn more, email or call Outdoor Chattanooga at (423) 643-6888.  

Featured Community Event  

Fee Free Day at Point Park for Veterans Day Weekend Nov. 9-11
Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park will waive the entrance fee for Point Park, from Sat., Nov. 9 through Mon., Nov. 11 in honor of Veterans Day. Take the whole family to enjoy Point Park's spectacular views and special interpretive programs that are happening all weekend. Special Veterans Day events will also be going on at Chickamauga Battlefield.

More Community Events 

Harrison Bay S.P. Fall Color Canoe Trips Continue Through Nov.

Harrison Bay State Park will host free, guided canoe trips on the bay every Sat. in Nov., at 3 p.m., beginning at the Wolftever Creek boat launch. The trips are open to adults and kids ages 12 and older when accompanied by an adult. Reservations are required. Call (423) 344-6214 (M-F, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.).

Harrison Bay Paddle and Hike on Patten Island Nov. 9
The Chattanooga Hiking Meetup group will host a paddle trip to John A. Patten Island in Harrison Bay State Park this Sat., Nov. 9, at 10 a.m. BYO-Boat, lunch and walking shoes to explore the ruins of the flooded town of Harrison, now emerging as TVA lowers Chickamauga Lake to winter pool. 

More on Nov. 9
Caribbean-SEA Party at the IMAX 
The Caribbean Student Environmental Alliance will host a special screening of "Sharks 3-D" with a catered beach party to raise funds for their clean water educational programs. 

Hamilton YMCA Reindeer Dash 
This 5K family fun run kick starts the winter holiday season and raises money for the Hamilton YMCA's Community Support Campaign. 

Chickamauga Battlefield Marathon 
The marathoners take over Chickamauga Battlefield on Nov. 9 with a full, half and junior marathon, plus a 5K run.  

Chattanooga Autism Awareness Walk 
Mayor Andy Berke helps lead the charge from Coolidge Park in this 2-mile walk to raise awareness of people with autism.

Ales for Trails Nov. 16
The Southern Off Road Bicycle Association (SORBA) will host their annual fundriaser, Ales for Trails, on Sat., Nov. 16, from 6-9 p.m. at Outdoor Chattanooga. Funds raised support SORBA's trail building and maintenance projects in areas like Raccoon Mtn., Stringers Ridge and the Enterprise South Nature Park.

Running with Sasquatch 5K Trail Run Nov. 16
Ivy Academy in Soddy-Daisy is the beneficiary for the Running with Sasquatch 5KDon't want to run? Hiking is an option.

Beginner Trail Running Workshop at CA&NC Nov. 16
Kris and Randy Whorton of Wild Trails will host this 10 a.m. workshop at the Chattanooga Arboretum and Nature Center.The workshop will cover the basics for getting started. The workshop is free with a CA&NC admission.

Web Hit(s) of the Week 
Clay Targets Online is a good resource for finding area skeet, trap, sporting clay and other shooting sport resources.
Last Week's Web Hit
Yes it's a commercial, but we couldn't resist sharing this video of NBA superstar Lebron James leading a mass bicycle training ride through the streets of Miami.

More Upcoming Events

November, 2013 

23           Jingle Bell Run/Walk
              Rumble in the Riding
              Free for Life 5K
28          Stuffing Strut

              Sportsbarn Turkey Trot

December, 2013

7           Candy Cane Dash 5K
             Glow Zoom 5K
             Run, Run Rudolph 5K
16         Jingle Bell Jog 5K
21          Wauhatchie Trail Run

Claire Henley: Adventures West (Connecting The Dots)

(Editor's Note: Chattanoogan Claire Henley started an adventure of a lifetime on the remote Pacific Crest Trail in April. Along the way, she had many adventures and found herself a husband named Big Spoon). “In their hearts humans plan their course, but the Lord establishes their steps.” -Proverbs 16:9 There were several things Big Spoon and I had to figure out in order ... (click for more)

Claire Henley: Adventures West (The House Of Chris)

(Editor's Note: Chattanoogan Claire Henley started an adventure of a lifetime on the remote Pacific Crest Trail in April. Along the way, she had many adventures and found herself a husband named Big Spoon). Back in Quincy, Big Spoon and I didn’t have anywhere in particular to go, and so we wandered around. The Quincy Museum next to the courthouse caught Big Spoon’s eye, as did ... (click for more)

City Council Approves 8-Story Height For Proposed Building Behind The Chattanooga Choo Choo

A day after the Planning Commission rejected  a seven-story apartment building on the 1200 block of Cowart Street, the City Council approved a building that could rise to eight stories behind the Chattanooga Choo Choo. After the meeting, Jon Kinsey, former mayor and Choo Choo managing partner, said, "We are not planning an eight-story building. We just went through the ... (click for more)

Lee University Social Media Threat Suspect Identified, Charged And In Custody

Lee University student Olayinka Opaso, from Nigeria, 18, confessed on Tuesday to a senior Lee University official about his involvement in the Yik Yak post describing potential threats to Lee University students. Opaso was immediately placed into custody by the campus security director, Matt Brinkman. Mr. Brinkman transported Opaso to the Cleveland Police Department where ... (click for more)

A New Commercial Look For Signal Mountain

A speaker at the Signal Mountain Town Council meeting last night presented some very interesting information about the council’s new bigger and brighter vision of our commercial area. Councilman Spalding presented a list of sign changes to the Design Review Commission that the council wants and several of those items were approved last night.  Still to come on the list are ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: It Was Our Tool Shed

Some said the huge beams had been soaking in creosote for two or three years when the men finally stacked them to dry. They were long, about 20 feet each, and thick – maybe eight inches. I remember they were 14 inches wide but the biggest thing I remember was that it was the ugliest lumber I ever saw. They cured the beams for one entire hot summer in the Tool Shed, a huge building ... (click for more)