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.

Web Hit(s) of the Week  

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Last Week's Web Hit
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




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)

33rd Rail-to-Trail To Cost City $440,000

B ert Kuyrkendall, city transportation engineer, said the focus of the 33rd Rail-to-Trail “is transportation not recreation.” If the grant he hopes to apply for is accepted, construction will begin on a $2,200,000 project, with the city of Chattanooga’s portion costing $440,000.   The Chattanooga City Council discussed a resolution which would authorize administration ... (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 (5)

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)