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. 

 

More Outdoor Chattanooga Events 

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
  




Blitz At Black Rock Mountain Will Boost Understanding Of Bats

The night life around Black Rock Mountain State Park will keep researchers from across the state busy Sept. 4-7. It is all part of the Georgia Bat Working Group’s first Bat Blitz. The event based at the park in northeast Georgia’s Rabun County is focused on better understanding the area’s bat communities. But there is an even bigger picture. Organizer Trina Morris ... (click for more)

Drones Banned From Appalachian Trail

The National Park Service has developed an interim policy prohibiting the use of unmanned aircraft on NPS managed lands of the Appalachian National Scenic Trail. This is a new park use that could affect park resources, staff, and visitors in ways that the National Park Service has yet to identify, analyze and examine. It is the National Park Service policy to not allow a new park ... (click for more)

Boy, 16, To Face Murder Charges In Criminal Court On Triple Lookout Valley Slayings

A Lookout Valley youth who was 15 at the time of his alleged involvement in a massacre in the valley will stand trial as an adult. Jacob Allison, who is now 16, was taken by the sheriff's office to the Hamilton County Jail after a transfer hearing in Juvenile Court on Friday morning. Juvenile Court Judge Rob Philyaw said under state law he has jurisdiction over rehabilitation ... (click for more)

Justin Wilkins Selected As Deputy Chief Of Staff For Mayor Berke

Native Chattanoogan Justin Wilkins will serve as Mayor Andy Berke's deputy chief of staff, it was announced Friday. Mr. Wilkins has spent the last several years serving as the Tennessee state director for multiple advocacy and electoral organizations, including Organizing for America and Organizing for Action. Prior to that, he worked as project manager at Profit Plans LLC ... (click for more)

Black Creek TIF Decision-Who Guards The Hen House? - And Response

Citizens of Chattanooga were invited to give public comment before their own Industrial Development Board Aug. 15. They arrived to find foxes guarding their hen house.  Many thought the meeting was their opportunity to seek redress in the ill-conceived Black Creek Tax Increment Financing plan. However, they learned it was a sham orchestrated by both the past and present ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Let’s ‘Pay It Forward’

At 7 a.m. on Wednesday morning, this at a Starbucks coffee store located at 2186 Tyrone Blvd. in St. Petersburg, Fla.,  an unidentified woman who was first in line at the drive-through window, politely told the drive-through window clerk she would like to “pay it forward.” The clerk checked the next order – it was a caramel macchiato – and the first customer paid for both her ... (click for more)