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

Tennessee Aquarium To Open Southeast's Only Independent Freshwater Science Center Oct. 27

The Tennessee Aquarium will open the Southeast’s only independent freshwater science center next Thursday at 10 a.m. This new home for the Tennessee Aquarium Conservation Institute will be the base of operations for their research scientists, and a central location for other freshwater scientists to convene. (click for more)

TWRA Announces Availability Of Riparian Tree Planing Grants For 2017

The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency announces the availability of grant dollars to assist cities, schools, community organizations, civic groups, watershed organizations, and conservation groups, etc., with riparian tree planting projects.  All seedlings must be purchased through the Department of Agriculture, Division of Forestry. Tree planting season in Tennessee is ... (click for more)

Howard Simmons, 47, Shot And Killed In St. Elmo Monday Morning; Police Interview Person Of Interest

Howard Simmons, 47, was shot and killed in St. Elmo Monday morning. Police said they had interviewed a person of interest in the slaying. Chattanooga Police at 8:30 a.m. responded to a person shot at the 5000 block of Florida Ave. Upon police arrival the victim, Simmons, had already succumbed to his injuries. Ms. Simmons suffered at least one gunshot wound. At this time ... (click for more)

Erlanger To Open Cancer Center On Gunbarrel Road At East Campus

Work is set to begin soon on construction of a new Cancer Center by Erlanger Health System at its Gunbarrel Road East Campus. Erlanger is joining with a development firm, Chatt East 3 LLC of Alabama, on the four-story project located just south of Women's East Hospital on a wooded five-acre tract. Erlanger will be leasing the bottom three floors at a rate of $16.05 per square ... (click for more)

October Is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Picture a sold-out baseball game at Wrigley Field or Nationals Park packed with 40,000 fans. That image represents roughly the same number of women and men who die from breast cancer each year.  In Tennessee alone, an estimated 900 women will die from the disease in 2016. It is a sad statistic, but there is some good news: thanks to early detection and improved treatments, ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: The Testerman Forum

I badly misjudged how long it would take me to do my “early voting.” I was in-and-out in no time so I got to the Hamilton County School Board’s agenda meeting well enough beforehand to have an “educational forum” with board member David Testerman. If you haven’t noticed, forums and summits and “community enlightenment” groups are the new rage and, as my friend David laughed, “They ... (click for more)