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.  

   
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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.

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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.
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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.
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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

Trail Repair Work Beginning On Red Trail In Chickamauga Battlefield

The National Park Service is advising the beginning of repair work on a 1.09 mile section of the Red Trail located in the northwest corner of the Chickamauga Battlefield. This section is part of the equestrian trail that intersects the yellow trail. The park is utilizing an agreement with the Southeast Conservation Corp to have a student work crew repair the trail ... (click for more)

Legendary Angler Bill Dance To Help Feed Homeless Donated Venison At Chattanooga Community Kitchen

Legendary angler and Tennessee native, Bill Dance, is joining a program called Hunt.Fish.Feed, that feeds those less fortunate across the country venison donated by local sportsmen and women.    Mr. Dance will be at the Community Kitchen from  11 a.m.–1:30 p.m. on   Friday, July 8,  to help serve guests.  Outdoor Sportsman Group Networks ... (click for more)

Spiegel Says Walker County Could Make Payments On $8,705,000 Hutcheson Debt; James Says Letter is Heavy-Handed

Erlanger Health System CEO Kevin Spiegel has written Walker County Commissioner Bebe Heiskell to say that Erlanger would consider taking payments on the $8,705,000 Hutcheson debt. Stuart James, special counsel for Walker County, called the overture "heavy-handed." Walker County earlier offered a $1.3 million "global settlement" that was rejected by Erlanger. Catoosa County ... (click for more)

Customer At East Ridge Gas Station Shoots And Kills Robber; He Had Been Trying To Take Female Clerk With Him

East Ridge Police said a customer at an East Ridge gas station early Thursday morning shot a robber, who was then found by police lying outside the station and was arrested.  The robber has died.  His name is being withheld pending the notification of next of kin. At 1:47 a.m., East Ridge Police responded to 4011 Ringgold Road, the Marathon Service Station, on ... (click for more)

A Disturbing Trend At Exit 11 - And Response (6)

So, am I the first to notice a trend?   How many wrecks does exit 11 need before anyone asks "whats up with that?"  I have lost count of the wrecks that continue to happen, even after last year's awful loss of life (which I believe 51 percent of the blame should fall on the THP officer on duty).  The problem with this section of interstate are sight lines ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: My Garden This July

I can never remember a day in July when my garden, my lawn, my dogwood tree, and my ferns are all wilting for lack of rain. Right now we are more than eight inches under our average rainfall for the first six months and, on this wonderful weekend, those who love firecrackers are urged to keep a pail of water in case a spark could cause a fire. On the other hand, every July 4 th ... (click for more)