Outdoor Chattanooga News And Events

Tuesday, January 07, 2014 - by Ruth Thompson


Here are upcoming news and events from Outdoor Chattanooga:


Featured Outdoor Chattanooga Event(s)  

Wilderness First Aid Apr. 5-6

Learn how to deal with back country medical emergencies until professional help arrives. Landmark Learning will partner with Outdoor Chattanooga to offer this intensive, weekend class on Wilderness First Aid, Sat. and Sun., Apr. 5-6. Cost is $200 and includes all instruction and class materials. An optional CPR certification will be offered on Fri., Apr. 4, from 6-9 p.m. for an additional $45. To learn more, email Outdoor Chattanooga or call (423) 643-6888.

Leave no Trace Master Educator Apr. 7-11, 2014

Landmark Learning will join Outdoor Chattanooga to host a Leave No Trace Master Educator Certification Apr. 7-11, 2014. The five day program will include classroom instruction and four nights/days camping in the field. Cost is $550 and includes all instruction, class materials, backcountry meals and transportation to and from the camp site. To learn more, email Outdoor Chattanooga or call (423) 643-6888.

More Outdoor Chattanooga Events

Camp Chair Cinema: "Wild Bill's Run" Jan. 10 

The Lookout Wild Film Festival will partner with Outdoor Chattanooga for a free public screening of "Wild Bill's Run," on Fri., Jan. 10, 7 p.m. at Outdoor Chattanooga, 200 River St. in Coolidge Park. "Wild Bill's Run" follows a rag tag bunch of '70's adventurers and their quest to snowmobile around the world. Appropriate for adults and teenagers. BYO-camp chair for the indoor screening. To learn more, email or call Outdoor Chattanooga at (423) 643-6888. Watch a trailer.

Rapid Learning Kayak Skills Practice Jan. 14

Come join our Rapid Learning Kayak Skills practice on Tues., Jan. 14, 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.   

Winter Workshop: What's SUP Jan. 16

Join us at Outdoor Chattanooga on Thurs., Jan. 16, 6 p.m. for "What's SUP?" a free presentation and introduction to standup paddleboarding, co-hosted by Mark Baldwin of L2Boards.  Learn about the equipment and skills necessary to take up this very popular sport. The workshop is free and open to paddleboarders of all ages. To learn more, email Outdoor Chattanooga or call (423) 643-6888

Winter Workshop: Weave a Basket from Kudzu Jan. 25
Basket weavers Bill and Candy Haley specialize in materials from invasive plants. Learn to weave a basket from kudzu, wisteria and privet when the Haley's offer an afternoon workshop at Outdoor Chattanooga, 200 River St. in Coolidge Park on Sat., Jan. 25, from 12 noon to 4 p.m. Cost is $25 to cover materials and preregistration is required. To learn more or register, email Bill Haley or call (423) 326-9248.

Featured Community Event(s) 

Sandhill Crane Festival Jan. 18-19  
The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency will host the annual Sandhill Crane Festival on Sat. and Sun., Jan. 18-19, at the Hiwassee Wildlife Refuge and the Birchwood Community Center (formerly Birchwood School). The event features seminars, live music, kids activities and visits to the Refuge and adjacent Cherokee Removal Memorial Park and museum. All activities are free and open to the public.  

More Community Events

Friends of Stringers Ridge Chili Pint Night Jan. 11
The Friends of Stringers Ridge will host a Chili/Pint Night on Sat.,Jan. 11, from 6-9 p.m. at the Gear Closet, 535 Cherokee Blvd. The fundraiser will support the purchase of trail maintenance equipment and the development of future projects. The family friendly event will feature live music and s'more fixin's and hot dogs for roasting over the fire. 
 
News

Chattanooga Named Runner Friendly Community 

The Road Runners Club of America has designated Chattanooga as an "Outstanding Runner Friendly Community." This means that our community and City government does a good job supporting runners and running events. Congratulations, Chattanooga!    

In Memoriam:

The Chattanooga outdoor community was saddened in December to learn of the passing of Betty Petty, longtime member and past president of the Chattanooga Hiking Club, and regional trails advocate. Betty worked tirelessly for decades to help connect people to trails. She will be sorely missed. 

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More Upcoming Events

January

  

February
8           Save Water, Drink Wine

22         Scenic City Half Marathon and Charity Challenge

March

22          Rock/Creek River Gorge Trail Race

April

12          Father/Son 5K

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

August

9           Still Hollow Trail Race

September

28          Ironman Chattanooga

October

4           Rock/Creek Stump Jump

November

1           Upchuck 50K

 December




Invasive Zebra Mussels Found In Cherokee Lake

An invasive species has made its way into Cherokee Lake threatening to disrupt the lake’s ecosystem and clog the lake with harmful and unsightly mussel colonies. Last month, an angler fishing near the TWRA boat ramp at Olen Marshall Bridge in Bean Station discovered what he believed to be zebra mussels.  He contacted the TWRA office and biologists were able to positively ... (click for more)

Photo Contest Underway For 2015-16 Tennessee Wildlife Calendar Issue

The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency is now accepting entries for its 2014-15 photo contest for publication in the Tennessee Wildlife Magazine’s annual calendar issue. All interested photographers are invited to submit their best photos on fishing and wildlife species native to Tennessee, and fishing and hunting scenes in Tennessee. Interested photographers must submit ... (click for more)

TVA Sues Cleveland's Allan Jones Over Dock, Retaining Wall, Boat Ramp, Boathouse On Hiwassee River

TVA has sued Cleveland, Tn., Check Into Cash millionaire W. Allan Jones Jr. over the construction of a dock, retaining wall, boat ramp and boathouse on the Hiwassee River. In the lawsuit in Federal Court, TVA said it told Mr. Jones before the construction was finished that he was on TVA property. The complaint says he has refused to move the construction from the river. ... (click for more)

Bobby Dodd Lawsuit Against City Moved To Federal Court

A lawsuit brought by former Chattanooga Police Chief Bobby Dodd against the city of Chattanooga and the Chattanooga Fire and Police Pension Fund over his pension has been moved to Federal Court. The lawsuit was earlier filed in Chancery Court by attorneys Jerry Tidwell and Adam Izell. The suit says former Chief Dodd opted for a plan that would have half of his pension go to ... (click for more)

Please Don't Close The Piccadilly Cafeteria At Hamilton Place - And Response

Oh, no. The Piccadilly Cafeteria at Hamilton Place is closing.  Its last day is Christmas Eve.  I will miss the great food they have there but most of all I will miss their servers, cashiers and waitresses.  They are all so friendly and accommodating.  They make it like it’s a home-style restaurant. I sure wish there was some way that Hamilton Place and ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: 10 Tasks For This Week

In 1993 a 95-year-old man named William Snell created a list called “Life’s Little Instructions.” His list has swirled around in the Internet ever since and it is, indeed, a delightful checklist to keep us focused in the right direction. Curiously, when I read over it this past weekend, it dawned on me that if each of us would try to accomplish just 10 items on Mr. Snell’s list ... (click for more)