Outdoor Chattanooga News And Events

Wednesday, February 27, 2013


Here are upcoming Outdoor Chattanooga news and events:


Rapid Learning Roll Practice Feb. 27

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.

Bike2Work Breakfast Mar. 1

Outdoor Chattanooga and the River City Co. will host the monthly Bike2Work breakfast for bicycle commuters this Fri., Mar. 1, from 7 to 8:30 a.m., at the Waterhouse Pavilion in Miller Plaza. All current bicycle commuters and interested members of the public are invited to partake of Velo Coffee Roasters brew and fresh breakfast from Whole Foods Market. River City Bicycles offers free door prizes. Don't have a bicycle? Use one from Bike Chattanooga.

Community Events and Activities

National Park Service Open House Feb. 28

Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Parkwill host a public open house on Thurs., Feb. 28, from 3:30 to 7 p.m., at the St. Elmo Fire Hall, 4501 St. Elmo Ave.,for the public to review two alternative management concepts for amendments to the 1988 General Management Plan for the Lookout Mtn. Battlefield unit of the park. Two preliminary alternative management concepts for the battlefield are available forpublic review, comment, suggestions and advice, via the Internet, between Feb. 8 and Apr. 8, 2013. The Open House will feature formal presentations on the alternatives at 4 and 6 p.m. Comment forms will be also be available at that time.

Tickets on Sale for Cumberland Trail Suite Mar. 22

Cumberland Trail Suite will bring together, for the first time, an array of musicians to play music native to the Cumberland Plateau, on Fri., Mar. 22, 7:30 p.m. at the Tivoli Theatre. Grammy winners Tim O'Brien and Rhiannon Giddens (of the Carolina Chocolate Drops) will host this benefit for the Friends of the Cumberland Trail. A full lineup of performers will also include Fletcher Bright, Earl T. Bridgeman, Clyde Davenport and the Chattanooga Choral Society for the Preservation of African American Song. 

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

Wash me Pink Color Run Mar. 9

The Wash me Pink Color Run for Susan G. Komen will happen on Sat., Mar. 9, 9 a.m., in Dalton, GA. Every runner on the 5K course will be washed in pink to benefit breast cancer research. Check in begins at 7 a.m. on Redwine Cove Rd. in Dalton.

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

2013
March, 2013
             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
            Freedom Run 5K
            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




2015-16 Sport Fishing Regulations Postponed Until December Meeting

The Tennessee Fish and Wildlife Commission postponed decisions on the 2015-16 sport fish regulations until its December meeting. The action came during the commission’s Oct. 29-20 meeting held in Greeneville at the General Morgan Hotel Conference Center. The TFWC also proposed an amendment to the sport fishing regulations (proclamation 14-17) that would change regulations to ... (click for more)

The Appalachian Trail Conservancy Announces New Strategic Plan To Ensure A Bright Future

The  Appalachian Trail Conservancy   has announced a five-year strategic plan that will advance the health and long-term management of the Appalachian Trail. The plan, which was the culmination of a two-year collaborative process between the ATC and the ATC’s board of directors, is a vision and strategy that will build on the organization’s stewardship of the trail ... (click for more)

Chickamauga Lock To Reopen As Soon As Next Thursday

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District  plans to reopen Chickamauga Lock to all navigation traffic as early as next Thursday. An inspection of the upper gate anchorage and a repair plan were completed today. Chickamauga Lock closed on Monday after a routine inspection revealed a crack in the anchorage of the upper gate. Lt. Col. John Hudson, commander ... (click for more)

Downtown Chattanooga Apartment Complex That Brought $3 Million Profit Exempt From Most Taxes Until 2022 Under PILOT

A downtown Chattanooga apartment complex that recently was sold at a $3 million profit is exempt from most property taxes through 2022 under a PILOT (payment in lieu of taxes) agreement.   No payment of school taxes was included in the deal for Walnut Commons at Walnut Street and Aquarium Way.   The only taxes due on the property for the next eight ... (click for more)

A Vote For Education Is Critical In Tennessee

In a state where just 28 percent of eighth graders are proficient in math and 33 percent are proficient in reading according to national assessments, education is deserving of more attention in 2014 elections. Across the country, more parents are making informed decisions about their child’s education, but for Volunteer State parents without resources, choices are difficult to come ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Saban: ‘Ratings Don’t Matter’

When the first College Football Playoff rankings were released earlier this week, Alabama football coach Nick Saban got it right on the button when he shrugged, “I don't even care, to be honest with you." "To me, none of it matters, What does it matter?” he laughed at the Tide’s No. 6 ranking. “I mean, it only matters where you end up at the end. So what matters to us is how ... (click for more)