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.


More Upcoming Events


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 
7              Paddle for the Cure 
8               Iron Jr. Triathlon
29          Komen Race for the Cure

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

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

Lula Lake Land Trust Welcomes New Director Of Development And Communications

Lula Lake Land Trust announced Tuesday that Matthew Hubbard has joined the staff as the director of development and communications. Mr. Hubbard joins Lula Lake after seven years in nonprofit development. He graduated with a B.S. in marketing from Jacksonville State University and holds additional degrees in English and psychology.   As a native of Northeast Alabama, Mr. ... (click for more)

Southern Environmental Law Center Files Lawsuit Against Forest Service

The Southern Environmental Law Center, on behalf of the Tennessee Chapter of the Sierra Club, and Knoxville attorney Shelby Ward, on behalf of Heartwood and Tennessee Heartwood, jointly filed a lawsuit in federal court Thursday, alleging that the Forest Service is illegally endangering the soil, forests, and waters of the Cherokee National Forest and hiding those risks from the ... (click for more)

City May Make It Easier For Food Trucks To Operate In Chattanooga

The City Council is considering action that would make it easier for food trucks to operate in Chattanooga.  City Attorney Wade Hinton said cities like Austin and Portland have thriving food truck operations and Chattanooga is studying those models. He said, "It's truly an industry there." He said a 2013 food truck ordinance was limited and did not allow food trucks on ... (click for more)

Magistrate Says She Was Fired Because Philyaw Did Not Want To Be Seen With Someone Openly Gay

A former magistrate at Juvenile Court said she was fired because Judge Rob Philyaw and Court Administrator Sam Mairs "wanted me gone because I was openly gay." County Attorney Rheubin Taylor said Elizabeth Gentzler was not the only gay at Juvenile Court and Hamilton County government, indicating that may be part of the county's defense. Attorney Stuart James, representing Ms. ... (click for more)

The Panhandling "Tax" On Gunbarrel

I’ve been reading about the panhandling problem in downtown; it is a huge problem in the Gunbarrel area, too.  It’s commonplace to be accosted by panhandlers when walking from your parked car into a commercial establishment.  And often they are aggressive.  I look carefully around my car before getting out, but sometimes someone will be lurking in between cars and ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Meme From The Meanies

Hardly a day goes past that I don’t receive several strings of memes in my incoming emails and yesterday there was one particular collection that gave me pause for thought. First, here’s the definition of a meme: “An Internet meme (/mi?m/ MEEM) is an activity, concept, catchphrase or piece of media which spreads, often as mimicry or for humorous purposes, from person to person via ... (click for more)