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

Tellico Hatchery Announces Winter Hours

Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency announced winter hours for the Tellico Hatchery in Tellico Plains. Holidays along with hours of daylight and alterations in operations are the primary reasons for changes. Fish eat less during colder months. This reason, along with a reduction of seasonal responsibilities such as mowing grass and hatchery upkeep, means fewer people on staff. ... (click for more)

Wildlife Officer Pete Geesling Honored In Veterans Day Observance Ceremony

Brandon “Pete” Geesling, a wildlife officer for the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency in Warren County, was one of five veteran state employees recognized during a Veterans Day observance event held at the Tennessee Tower Plaza.     Previously, Mr. Geesling served as a sergeant in the U.S. Marine Corps. He was a combat engineer which included a deployment ... (click for more)

Darrel Jones, 43, Shot And Killed On Central Avenue; Benson Critical In Another Of New Wave of Chattanooga Shootings

Darrel Jones, 43, was shot and killed on Central Avenue on Thursday afternoon. Then, early Friday morning, 34-year-old Desmond Benson was shot, leaving him in critical condition. as a wave of new Chattanooga shootings continued over the Thanksgiving holidays.  Chattanooga Police responded to the 3600 block of Central Avenue around 3 p.m. on a report of a ... (click for more)

Family Escapes Early Morning House Fire

A home was damaged by fire early Thursday morning.  The Chattanooga Fire Department received a fire call at  3:48  a.m.  and responded to 1825 Dixon Street with four fire companies. The family inside the home was awakened by a passerby knocking at the door. All of them quickly made their way outside the home to safety.  Once firefighters ... (click for more)

An Extra Helping Of Gratitude

After being thankful for the grace of God, my family and good health, this year I have an extra helping of gratitude to live in a special place called Chattanooga.   We endured the trauma of terrorism on July 16 and emerged more united and stronger than ever before.  We claim our heritage and celebrate our diversity like no other city in America.  We honor our ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Cometh ‘The Black Dog’

I am one of 350 million people in the world who suffers from clinical depression. The doctors trace it back to my first decade of the 21 st century when constant surgeries and infections knocked me loopy but the more I have found, I believe I am more like Sir Winston Churchill, Abraham Lincoln and pro football star Terry Bradshaw – I think I have had it all my life. Today it ... (click for more)