Outdoor Chattanooga News And Events

Wednesday, January 29, 2014 - by Ruth Thompson


Here are upcoming news and events from Outdoor Chattanooga:


Featured Outdoor Chattanooga Event(s)  

Wild Edibles Workshop This Thursday

Learn about some of the tasty and healthy wild edibles that grow in your own back yard at our next Winter Workshop, happening Thurs., Jan. 30, 6 p.m. at Outdoor Chattanooga, 200 River St. in Coolidge Park. The free workshop will be hosted by professional herbalist Holli Richey. Plan on sampling some freshly made surprises. All ages welcome. To learn more, email or call Outdoor Chattanooga at (423) 643-6888

Russell Cave Hike and Tour Feb. 1 

Join Outdoor Chattanooga and the Nickajack Naturalist for a guided, beginner hike to Alabama's Russell Cave National Monument on Sat., Feb. 1, 9 a.m., beginning at the Russell Cave Visitors Center in Bridgeport, AL. The hike will be an out and back on a .8 mile, paved nature trail, followed by a visit to the Cave and the Visitors Center. Reservations are required. Email or call hike leader Bob Butters at (423) 991-1548.

More Outdoor Chattanooga Events

Rapid Learning Kayak Skills Practice Resumes Feb. 4

Come join our Rapid Learning Kayak Skills practice on Tues., Feb. 4 or 11 with two sessions at 7 and 8 p.m. at Southern Adventist University's Hulsey Wellness Center. Outdoor Chattanooga's skilled instructors take beginners from their first wet exit to their first kayak roll. First time visitors get to participate in the class for free. A $2/adults, $1 kids admission to the pool applies for all participants. To learn more, email Outdoor Chattanooga or call (423) 643-6888.    

Camp Chair Cinema (Indoors): "Halo Effect" Feb. 7

Outdoor Chattanooga and the Lookout Wild Film Festival will host "Halo Effect" at our next free Camp Chair Cinema on Fri., Feb. 7, 7 p.m., indoors at Outdoor Chattanooga, 200 River St. in Coolidge Park. The film features spectacular footage of the Fisher brothers' journeys and kayak runs through big whitewater in Iceland and Norway. BYO-camp chair and non alcoholic beverage. Outdoor Chattanooga will provide the popcorn.

Featured Community Event(s)  

Chattanooga Hiking Club Presentation Feb. 3: History of Fontana Village 
The Chattanooga Hiking Club will welcome guest speaker Jonathan Peoples, recreation director at Fontana Village, at their next meeting on Mon., Feb. 3, 6:30 p.m., at Outdoor Chattanooga, 200 River St. in Coolidge Park. Peoples will present on the history of Fontana Village and the lumbering operations in and around historic Proctor, N.C. The public is welcome.
 
Family Hike to Sewanee Natural Bridge Feb. 8 
The Chattanooga Trekkers will host a family hike on the Buggy Top Trail/Sewanee Natural Bridge on Sat., Feb. 8, at 12 noon, beginning with a car caravan from Chattanooga to Sewanee Natural Bridge State Natural Area.  The 4 mile round trip will take hikers to the mouth of Buggy Top Cave, one of the most spectacular cave entrances in the Southeast. RSVP Required. To learn more, email or call leader Valerie Radu at (423) 503-2318.

Save Water, Drink Wine Feb. 8
The Caribbean Student Environmental Alliance and Tenne-SEA will host their annual fundraiser, "Save Water, Drink Wine," on Sat., Feb. 8 at the Barn Nursery. Proceeds from the fundraiser support their Kids for Clean Water programs in Tennessee and abroad. 
 

Registration Open for U.S. Masters Swimming Nat. Champs. May 17 

Registration is open for the 2014 U.S. Masters Swimming 2.4 Mile Open Water National Championship , to be held on the Tennessee River in downtown Chattanooga on Sat., May 17, 2014. Co-hosted by the Chattanooga Open Water Swimmers (C.O.W.S.) and Outdoor Chattanooga, the event will feature two, 2.4 mile races, one with wetsuits and one without, and one 1.2 mile race.  

News 

City of Chattanooga Drivers Ed Program in American Bicyclist
American Bicyclist magazine features the City of Chattanooga Transportation Department's innovative driver education program in this month's issue. The article highlights a unique partnership between Transportation, Outdoor Chattanooga, Bike Chattanooga and CARTA to educate drivers about bicyclists, pedestrians and transit.  

Ride Mentors Needed for SYC Trips for Kids Mtn. Bike Program

The Southeast Youth Corps (SYC) Trips for Kids program needs skilled mountain bikers to mentor kids on training rides on the Lookout Mountain trails. Trips for Kids is partnering this spring with the Lookout Mtn. Land Conservancy to educate Howard School students in conservation and mountain bike skills. Successful graduates of the program earn their own mountain bike, helmet and bike light. Rides are scheduled for Feb. 6 & 20, Mar. 6 & 20 and Apr. 10 & 24. To volunteer, email SYC Program Director Brenna Kelly or call 423-718-3467.  

More Upcoming Events

February

22          Scenic City Half Marathon and Charity Challenge

March

22          Rock/Creek River Gorge Trail Race

April

5           Color'Nooga
12          Father/Son 5K

26          Scenic City Trail Marathon

May

3           3State/3Mountain Challenge
4           Bike to the Ballpark

24-26     V.W. USA Cycling Pro Road and Time Trial National Championships

June

7           National Trails Day

13-15     Chattanooga Mountains Stage Race

August

9           Still Hollow Trail Race

September

28          Ironman Chattanooga

October

4           Rock/Creek Stump Jump

November

1           Upchuck 50K

December


Trail Repair Work Beginning On Red Trail In Chickamauga Battlefield

The National Park Service is advising the beginning of repair work on a 1.09 mile section of the Red Trail located in the northwest corner of the Chickamauga Battlefield. This section is part of the equestrian trail that intersects the yellow trail. The park is utilizing an agreement with the Southeast Conservation Corp to have a student work crew repair the trail ... (click for more)

33rd Rail-to-Trail To Cost City $440,000

B ert Kuyrkendall, city transportation engineer, said the focus of the 33rd Rail-to-Trail “is transportation not recreation.” If the grant he hopes to apply for is accepted, construction will begin on a $2,200,000 project, with the city of Chattanooga’s portion costing $440,000.   The Chattanooga City Council discussed a resolution which would authorize administration ... (click for more)

Spiegel Says Walker County Could Make Payments On $8,705,000 Hutcheson Debt; James Says Letter is Heavy-Handed

Erlanger Health System CEO Kevin Spiegel has written Walker County Commissioner Bebe Heiskell to say that Erlanger would consider taking payments on the $8,705,000 Hutcheson debt. Stuart James, special counsel for Walker County, called the overture "heavy-handed." Walker County earlier offered a $1.3 million "global settlement" that was rejected by Erlanger. Catoosa County ... (click for more)

Customer At East Ridge Gas Station Shoots And Kills Robber; He Had Been Trying To Take Female Clerk With Him

East Ridge Police said a customer at an East Ridge gas station early Thursday morning shot a robber, who was then found by police lying outside the station and was arrested.  The robber has died.  His name is being withheld pending the notification of next of kin. At 1:47 a.m., East Ridge Police responded to 4011 Ringgold Road, the Marathon Service Station, on ... (click for more)

A Disturbing Trend At Exit 11 - And Response (5)

So, am I the first to notice a trend?   How many wrecks does exit 11 need before anyone asks "whats up with that?"  I have lost count of the wrecks that continue to happen, even after last year's awful loss of life (which I believe 51 percent of the blame should fall on the THP officer on duty).  The problem with this section of interstate are sight lines ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: My Garden This July

I can never remember a day in July when my garden, my lawn, my dogwood tree, and my ferns are all wilting for lack of rain. Right now we are more than eight inches under our average rainfall for the first six months and, on this wonderful weekend, those who love firecrackers are urged to keep a pail of water in case a spark could cause a fire. On the other hand, every July 4 th ... (click for more)