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

Hunting Opportunities For The Wheelchair Bound

Cordell Hull Wildlife Management Area provides hunting opportunity for wheelchair bound hunters.  A wheelchair bound hunting zone on Cordell Hull WMA provides 6 blinds on a first come, first served basis. This zone is open only to hunters who are totally and permanently confined to a wheelchair as certified by a physician. On wheelchair-bound deer hunts, each wheelchair-bound ... (click for more)

Claire Henley: Adventures West (So Much All At Once)

(Editor's Note: Chattanoogan Claire Henley started an adventure of a lifetime on the remote Pacific Crest Trail in April. Along the way, she had many adventures and found herself a husband named Big Spoon). “We were very tired, we were very merry—/ We had gone back and forth all night on the ferry.” -Edna St. Vincent Millay, “Recuerdo” We had come through very much. So ... (click for more)

Legislative Hearing On Volkswagen Emissions Scandal To Be Held In Chattanooga Oct. 29; Haslam To Visit VW Plant Wednesday

The Senate Finance, Ways and Means Committee’s Appropriation Subcommittee will be conducting a hearing in Chattanooga to review the financial impact on the state from Volkswagen’s violation of U.S. emissions standards. The meeting will be held at the Hamilton County Department of Education, 3074 Hickory Valley Road, on Thursday, Oct. 29, from 1:30-3:30 p.m.  Members ... (click for more)

Bradley County Commission Decides Not To Provide Animal Pickup Service

Bradley County Commissioners on Monday finally put animal control to rest. It was not easy and it was not without confusion, but in the end, the county will not provide animal pickup service. Confusion began when commissioners were asked to approve the agenda, which included two options for animal control pick up. Item “D” provided for the SPCA of Bradley County to pick ... (click for more)

VW PILOT Crash Landing

The Volkswagen emission scandal proves the point citizen activist, Ms. Helen Burns Sharp, has repeatedly brought to the attention of local government officials. She urged them to "beef up" the PILOT contracts before approving PILOT tax abatements. Any logical person would agree, because it is the only way to recoup a tax loss when unthinkable situations arise. Volkswagen's willful ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: VW’s Primer In Disaster

Volkswagen America has gotten into a real bad “tight,” causing their red-faced leaders to huddle with spin doctors, crisis consultants and countless priests in confessional booths. Conversely, I suspect I have found a solution that would get them out of the mud and hasten their return as one of the top automotive providers in the world. You see, on Aug. 14, 1979, the playbook on ... (click for more)