Outdoor Chattanooga News And Events

Tuesday, July 30, 2013 - by Ruth Thompson

Here are upcoming news and events from Outdoor Chattanooga:

Rapid Learning Kayak Skills Practice July 31

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!   

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.

Family Canoe Tour with the National Park Service Aug. 8

Join Outdoor Chattanooga and Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park for a special historical tour by canoe of S. Chickamauga Creek on Thurs., Aug. 8, 6 p.m. Adults and kids ages 5 and older can join this special tour, which will feature stories from the Civil War history of the area. Reservations are required. All equipment provided. To reserve a spot or learn more, email Outdoor Chattanooga or call (423) 643-6888

Downtown Kayak Adventures for Aug. 3 & 4, 10 & 11, 17 & 18

Our Downtown Kayak Adventures only run for three more weekends, so book your trip now! Get your kayaking on before school starts. To learn more or reserve a spot, email Outdoor Chattanooga or call (423) 643-6888.

More Community Events

Register for the Chattanooga Mud Run Aug. 17
Don't wait to register for the Chattanooga Mud Run to benefit Habitat for Humantiy on Aug. 17. Spots are filling fast! 

Portland Park TLC Day Aug. 3

The Chattanooga Park Stewards will host a day of cleaning, clipping. washing and clipping on the City of Chattanooga's Portland Park Disc Golf Course Sat., Aug. 3, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Bring your work gloves and hand clippers. The City will provide everything else, including refreshments. Helpers of all ages are needed. 

Honor and Remember the Trail of Tears at Red Clay Aug. 3 & 4

Red Clay State Historic Park near Cleveland, TN will host a weekend of special activities to commemorate the 175th anniversary of the Trail of Tears on Sat. and Sun., Aug. 3 and 4. The event will include Cherokee food, demonstrations of traditional crafts, ranger led hikes and special presentations detailing various aspects of the Trail of Tears. To learn more, email or call Park Manager Erin Medley at (423) 478-0339

Saturday, August 10, 2013
The Still Hollow Trail Race continues Rock/Creek's great trail running tradition at Enterprise South with a 1/2 marathon and 10K.  

The 40th running of the Missionary Ridge Road Race will raise funds for the American Red Cross and Team Bruner Scholarships.

The YMCA Strong Adventure Race  is cancelled for 2013. Keep your eye on the Camp Ocoee Website for future races.

Sunday, August 11, 2013
The Cannonball Charge Triathlon is the only pool swim tri in the Chattanooga area and offers good courses for the beginner triathlete. 

Web Hit(s) of the Week

The new Dixie Cragger's Atlas is out. Volume One is devoted to Metro Chattanooga.

Last Week's Web Hit

The League of American Bicyclists has a new look.   

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More Upcoming Events

August, 2013

17         Chattanooga Mud Run
             Ocoee Classic SUP Race
31         Raft for the Cure 
 
September, 2013 
7           Paddle for the Cure 
8           Iron Jr. Triathlon
20         Park(ing) Day

October, 2013
4-12      River Rocks Chattanooga
5           Rock/Creek Stump Jump
6           Sequatchie Valley Century
12         Swim the Suck
20         7 Bridges Marathon
26         Chattajack 31

November, 2013
2-3        Head of the Hooch
19         Guild/Hardy Trail Race

Clean Stream Grants Application Period Extended

The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency has announced the application period for grant dollars for stream clean-up projects and planting projects has been extended through July 11.  The availability of the grant dollars are to assist cities, schools, community organizations, civic groups, watershed organizations, and conservation groups, etc., with stream clean-up projects ... (click for more)

Eighth Annual Operation Dry Water Weekend Starts Friday

The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency will be participating in Operation Dry Water, Friday-Sunday. Operation Dry Water is a national weekend of Boating Under the Influence awareness and enforcement campaign directed toward reducing alcohol and drug-related accidents and fatalities.  Operation Dry Water is held the weekend prior to the Independence Day (July 4) holiday ... (click for more)

Fire Destroys Highway 58 BBQ

A fire destroyed a barbeque restaurant on Highway 58 on Friday afternoon.   Chattanooga firefighters were dispatched to the Highway 58 BBQ around 6 p.m. The business is located at 4921 Highway 58. Though the business was housed in a small building, the flames and smoke could be seen from a long distance away.  Captain Teri Rose with Quint 6 said the ... (click for more)

2nd Independent Candidate May Be On Walker County Ballot

A second Independent candidate may be on the ballot for sole commissioner of Walker County in the election on Nov. 8. Perry D. Lamb, Jr. has been working toward collecting the necessary 1,640 signatures of registered voters on a petition. His campaign said he is close to the goal. Incumbent Bebe Heiskell is running an an Independent. Election officials said since she was ... (click for more)

Save Coolidge Park - And Response (2)

Last Monday morning while at work a good friend messaged me concerning a matter that I had not heard anything about dealing with Coolidge Park and its future. Apparently that night the City Council was to read an ordinance that would allow the mayor to start negotiations with the relocation of the Medal of Honor Museum. This ordinance would enable the city to lease approximately ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Tipping The Preacher

I got an unusual telephone call the other day from someone I love who asked my help in solving one of life’s delicate mysteries. It is a tough question: “How do you tip a preacher?” In the first place, you never tip a preacher. It’s the preacher who gives out the tips, helping to keep you on the straight-and-narrow in your quest to waltz through the Pearly Gates. But there are ... (click for more)