Outdoor Chattanooga News And Events

Wednesday, July 24, 2013 - by Ruth Thompson

Here are upcoming news and events from Outdoor Chattanooga:

Featured Outdoor Chattanooga Event 
*Bike Chattanooga Birthday Bash July 26

Come celebrate the City of Chattanooga Bike Chattanooga Transit System's first birthday this Fri., July 26, from 6-10 p.m. at Miller Park. Enjoy membership discounts, free prizes, beer, cake and all things bicycle with the urban folk rock of Swear and Shake in concert at Nightfall. 

 

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Rapid Learning Kayak Skills Practice July 24

With the summer heat settling in, now is the time to try rolling a kayak with our Rapid Learning Whitewater Program. We're at Chester Frost Park every Wed. with two sessions: 6 and 7 p.m. Your first visit is free!   

Downtown Kayak Adventures for July 27 & 28

We're back to our regular schedule of Downtown Kayak Adventures. Come join us while the weather's warm and the water is cool! To learn more or reserve a spot, email Outdoor Chattanooga or call (423) 643-6888.

Sierra Club Presentation - Arctic National Wildlife Refuge July 29
The Sierra Club, Cherokee Chapter will present a member's visit to the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge at their monthly meeting on Mon., July 29, 7 p.m., at Outdoor Chattanooga, 200 River St. in Coolidge Park. All interested members of the public are welcome. 

Bike2Work Aug. 2

It's not too late to start commuting to work or school by bicycle. Join Outdoor Chattanooga, Whole Foods, Velo Coffee Roasters and River City Bicycles for our monthly Bike2Work breakfast on Fri., Aug. 2, from 7-8:30 a.m. at the south end of the Walnut St. Bridge. Ride your own bike or grab one from Bike Chattanooga.

Web Hit(s) of the Week

The League of American Bicyclists has a new look. 

Last Week's Web Hit

Go to the TN Valley Authority's Reservoir Information page to check water levels. The TN River is still running over 45,000 cfs, which is pushy.

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More Upcoming Events

August

10          Still Hollow Trail Race
             YMCA Strong Adventure Race
             Missionary Ridge Road Race
11          Cannonball Charge
17          Chattanooga Mud Run
31            Raft for the Cure 
 
September 
7              Paddle for the Cure 
8               Iron Jr. Triathlon
29          Komen Race for the Cure

October
4-12       River Rocks Chattanooga
5            Rock/Creek Stump Jump
6            Sequatchie Valley Century
20          7 Bridges Marathon

November
2-3         Head of the Hooch
19          Guild/Hardy Trail Race
  





350 Unum Employees To Participate In Day Of Caring

Unum will continue its annual tradition of giving back at the Day of Caring on  Friday . 350 employees, including President and CEO Rick McKenney, will volunteer alongside students from Howard High School at the Lookout Mountain Conservancy. Employee volunteers will work in groups focused on clearing brush, laying dirt and gravel, prepping a pollinator garden and cleaning ... (click for more)

Emerging Disease Further Jeopardizes North American Frogs

A deadly amphibian disease called severe Perkinsea infections, or SPI, is the cause of many large-scale frog die-offs in the United States, according to a new study by the U.S. Geological Survey.    Frogs and salamanders are currently among the most threatened groups of animals on the planet. The two most common frog diseases, chytridiomycosis and ranavirus ... (click for more)

School Board Approves "Partnership" With State As "Lesser Of 2 Evils"

The County School Board on Thursday night voted 7-2 to join in talks with the State Department of Education leading to a Partnership Zone for five low-performing schools. Joe Smith and David Testerman voted against the plan. Other board members said the only alternative was for the state to take over several low-performing schools under the Achievement School District in which ... (click for more)

Jury Hears About Incident Behind Food Lion That Authorities Say Led To Triple Murders In Lookout Valley; Neighbor Saw Trio With Guns

A Criminal Court jury on Thursday was told about an incident behind the Food Lion on Brown's Ferry Road that authorities say was the motive for an April 9, 2014, massacre at a Lookout Valley trailer park. Brandon Jackson said the incident five days earlier involved Derek Morse, who is standing trial on three counts of first-degree murder and one count of attempted first-degree ... (click for more)

September Is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month

The calendar fills up quickly in September as families return to a packed routine after quieter summer days. Unfortunately, your health might take a backseat to your busy schedule. So make a note on your calendar that September is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month, and remind yourself—or the men in your life—about the importance of a healthy prostate.   Prostate cancer is ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: McQueen & Her TVAAS

If I am reading my Ouija Board right, I suspect the Hamilton County School Board will vote to allow a controversial “partnership” to be formed with the state Board of Education tonight at its monthly meeting. State Education Commissioner Candice McQueen has said she will demand the one-sided partnership to take over the operation of five at-risk schools in Hamilton County and, if ... (click for more)