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

Canoe Tour On Lookout Creek To Be Offered Friday

The Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park invites the public to participate in a free, 2 1/2-hour, family-friendly canoe tour with a ranger on Friday, at 9 a.m. The Friends of Moccasin Bend and the Friends of Outdoor Chattanooga will sponsor an event where visitors will paddle the quiet waters of Lookout Creek and learn about the rich Civil War and American Indian history ... (click for more)

TWRA Officers Concerned For Paddle Sport Safety

TWRA boating officers Dustin Buttram and Barry Baird have seen an increase in paddle sports on the Tennessee waterways they patrol. Paddle crafts are for rent at many reservoirs and public areas and it’s a fun way to enjoy the outdoors. However many paddling for the first time go out unprepared. With four paddle craft fatalities in 2016, officers hope to reduce this in 2017. ... (click for more)

City Council Approves Short Term Vacation Rental District In 7-1 Vote

The City Council on Tuesday night voted 7-1 to set up a district where short term vacation rentals will be allowed. Only Councilwoman Demetrus Coonrod was opposed. Chairman Jerry Mitchell was absent. The district includes the Downtown Overlay (mainly Downtown, the North Shore, an area stretching to Missionary Ridge, and the Southside. It also includes all of Lookout Valley.  ... (click for more)

New Levitt AMP Chattanooga Music Series Debuts In August

Organizers of a brand new live concert series on Wednesday revealed the lineup and headliners for the Levitt AMP Chattanooga Music Series. On Thursdays, from Aug. 24-Oct. 26, Chattanoogans will enjoy 10 weeks of free, live music on the lawn of the Bessie Smith Cultural Center featuring local, regional and national talent.  After learning about the opportunity for Chattanooga ... (click for more)

CPS Should Have A Manned 24/7 Presence In Every County

This week something became abundantly clear to me. The Department of Child Protective Services in the state of Tennessee, or at least in Hamilton County, are asleep at the wheel.   Early yesterday afternoon local news stations broke the news: "Animals Removed from Soddy Daisy Home."  What the news station either didn't know, or didn't report, was that the children of ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Heroes Gather On July 14

Oliver North, whose journey as American patriot has not been an easy one, never lost hope. He once admitted he lied to Congress under oath, was found guilty of three felony counts after he followed the direct orders of his superiors, and then endured the wrath of the ignorant before the ACLU – of all sources – had the charges vacated. The former Lt. Colonel in the Marine Corps ... (click for more)