Outdoor Chattanooga News And Events

Tuesday, February 19, 2013 - by Ruth Thompson

Here are upcoming Outdoor Chattanooga news and events:

Free Community Fitness Classes Feb. 19 & 26 

Chattanooga Community Fitness will offer free PX90 and Insanity fitness classes at Outdoor Chattanooga, 200 River St. in Coolidge Park, on Tues., Feb. 19 and 26, at 6 p.m. Adults and kids ages 12 and older are invited to participate. No experience with the PX90 or Insanity programs is required. To learn more, email Outdoor Chattanooga or call (423) 643-6888.

Rapid Learning Roll Practice Feb. 20

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.

Lillard Fly Fishing Expeditions Presentation Feb. 21
Will Lillard of Lillard Fly Fishing Expeditions will offer a free, public presentation about his teen fly fishing adventure academies this Thurs., Feb. 21, 6 p.m. at Outdoor Chattanooga, 200 River St. in Coolidge Park. Lillard's academies take teenagers on wilderness adventures emphasize the culture of fly fishing, which includes fishing skill, conservation and public service. For more information, email or call Outdoor Chattanooga at (423) 643-6888

Volunteer for Better Block Glass Street Feb. 23
Valets are needed to help park bicycles at the Glass House Collective's Better Block: Glass Street neighborhood work and play day, happening this Sat., Feb. 23, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the corner of N. Chamberlain and Glass Streets. The free, public event will feature public art installations and activities, gardening and tree planting, and even a special bike ride going from Velo Coffee Roasters on E. Main St. to Glass St. at 11 a.m. 

Sierra Club Meeting - Electric Vehicles Feb. 25

The Sierra Club, Cherokee Group will host electric car owner and advocate David Graham at their next meeting, on Mon., Feb. 25, 7 p.m. at Outdoor Chattanoga, 200 River St. in Coolidge Park. Graham's presentation, "What is a Plug in Car and Why Should You Have One," will explain the differences between various types of plug in and hybrid vehicles and the advantages to owning one. 
Community Events and Activities
Nature Hike: the Geology of Lookout Mtn. Feb. 21
Learn about the Geology of Lookout Mtn. at the Chattanooga Arboretum and Nature Center on Thurs., Feb. 21, from 1 to 5 p.m. Hike with Geologists Bob Hulse and Drew Comer to learn more about the mountain's rocks, setting and tectonics. Cost is $25 per person ($20 CA&NC members). To register, call (423) 821-1160

Fix a Flat Bicycle Maintenance Clinic Feb. 23

The Main St. Bicycle Cooperative, 1918 Union Ave. in Chattanooga, will host Fix a Flat on Sat., Feb. 23, from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. The public is invited to learn about anything pertaining to bicycle flat tires, including fixing, patching and changing. Cost is $15 and goes towards the Bike Coop's Recycle a Bike program. Reservations are required. Space is limited. Email the Bike Coop or call (423) 987-1060 to reserve your spot.
Workshop: Winter Herbs for Health Feb. 23
Learn about how to use herbs to sustain physical and mental health, especially during the winter, at the Chattanooga Arboretum and Nature Center on Sat., Feb. 23, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Herbalist Holli Richey will teach the class. To register, call (423) 821-1160. Cost is $60.
Chattanooga Rail Jam to Benefit TN Riverkeeper Feb. 23
Snowboarding in Chattanooga? Yes, really. And the proceeds benefit Tennessee Riverkeeper, and organization that monitors the environmental protection of our big river. Learn more about how to sign up.


Caribbean Beach Party Mar. 1
The Tennessee Chapter of the Caribbean Student Environmental Alliance will host their annual fundraising Caribbean Beach party on Fri., Mar. 1, from 7 -11 p.m. at the Mill Event Hall. All proceeds benefit Tenne-SEA's clean water camps and programs. To learn more, email or call (423) 413-0471.


Run with Trish for Team Hoyt Mar. 2
The Run with Trish family fun run and walk, on Sun., Mar. 2, beginning at 9 a.m. at the TN Riverpark's Pavilion 3, will raise funds for Trish Newsom to run the Boston Marathon with father/son duo Dick and Rick Hoyt. The Hoyts team up to raise money for the Hoyt Foundation, which raises funds to integrate people with disabilities into every day life. 


Red Wolves: Their Biology and Their Future at CA&NC Mar. 2
The Chattanooga Arboretum and Nature Center will host a special presentation on Red Wolves: Their Biology and Their Future on Sat., Mar. 2, from 2-4 p.m. at the Nature Center. Trish Gailmard, CA&NC Wildlife Curator will share information about the preservation, care and breeding of this endangered species, the supervise a visit to CA&NC's captive Red Wolves. Reservations are required. Cost is $15 per person ($10 CA&NC members). Call (423) 821-1160 to reserve a spot. 

Family Waterfalls Hike Mar. 2
The Chattanooga Trekkers will host a 4+ mile hike in the Ocoee River Zone of the Cherokee National Forest on Sun., Mar. 2, beginning at 12 noon. The section of trail features several scenic waterfalls and a couple of shallow stream crossings, perfect for beginning rock hoppers. Participants may take a moderate or strenuous option for the hike. Reservations are required


Take a Health Dept. Survey 

The Chattanooga/Hamilton Co. Health Department needs public input to help them establish priorities and strategies for providing optimum public health services in the community. Please take four minutes to complete the short, online survey.

Web Hit(s) of the Week  

In honor of our fly fishing workshop on Sat., here's a great scene from Columbia Picture's "A River Runs Through It."   

Last Week's Web Hit
Live Green Tennessee has released a really good video about the City of

March, 2013
9              Rump Run 
                Wash me Pink Color Run
             Soddy-Daisy 5K
             Rump Run
22         Cumberland Trail Suite
23            Rock/Creek River Gorge Trail Race
             Get Out Chattanooga Challenge
                Wildlife Photography Workshop at CA&NC  
30            Color me Rad 5K
6          Out Run the Police
            Color Me Chattanooga 5K
            Chickamauga Chase
            Bird Banding at CA&NC
28        AMP-K9-5K

May, 2013
4          Children's Hospital Dragon Boat Festival
             3 State 3 Mountain Challengel
             Chattanooga Tour de Cure
             Chattanooga Chase
             Beer Over Dirt
25          Childrens Hospital at Erlanger Charity Ride
25-27     USA Pro Cycling Championships

June, 2013
1            National Trails Day

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

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)

Mayor Berke, Lacie Stone Were At Swanky New York City Hotel While Bobby Stone Was Plying The River

Mayor Andy Berke's top advisor Lacie Stone accompanied him on a trip to New York City on April 12-13 and they ended up at a swanky spot where Ms. Stone's husband, Bobby, had taken her before. They sat at the Stones' favorite table.   Bobby Stone, who has accused his wife of having an affair with the mayor, has said that Lacie Stone told him that she and the mayor kissed ... (click for more)

Fire Displaces Family Of 7; Blaze Ruled Accidental

No injuries were reported in connection with a house fire on Saturday afternoon that displaced a family of seven. The Chattanooga Fire Department received the alarm at 4:11 p.m. and responded to 3308 Dodson Ave. with five fire companies. Captain Wadie Suttles with Engine 4 said heavy fire was showing when the first firefighters arrived on the scene. As additional firefighters ... (click for more)

Please, No Short Term Vacation Rentals In My Neighborhood

Approval of the short term vacation rental item on the City Council agenda for Tuesday  will be the next step toward commercializing our residential properties and communities to benefit those more interested in making money than preserving an old, well-established, rich community of like-minded families.    Anything requiring a business license is ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: A Vol Is Worth $521,854

The definition for the term “fair market value,” this from the IRS tax code, “is the price at which the property would change hands between a willing buyer and a willing seller, neither being under any compulsion to buy or to sell and both having reasonable knowledge of relevant facts.” So a recent article in Business Insider has just revealed a University of Tennessee scholarship ... (click for more)