Outdoor Chattanooga News And Events

Wednesday, February 5, 2014 - by Ruth Thompson


Here are upcoming news and events from Outdoor Chattanooga:


Featured Outdoor Chattanooga Event(s)  

Camp Chair Cinema (Indoors): "Halo Effect" 

This Fri., Feb. 7
Outdoor Chattanooga and the

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More Outdoor Chattanooga Events

Rapid Learning Kayak Skills Practice Continues, Tues., Feb. 11

Come join our Rapid Learning Kayak Skills practice on Tues., Feb. 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 Traveler: "Wild Caves" Feb. 13 

The Chattanooga Grotto caving organization will offer a special photo presentation about area wild caves on Thurs., Feb. 13, 6 p.m. at  Outdoor Chattanooga, 200 River St. in Coolidge Park. The presentation will offer a special glimpse into some of the world's last truly wild places. BYO-camp chair since folding chairs are limited. The presentation is free and open to the public.

Featured Community Event(s)  

Bike/Walk Chattanooga Advocacy Building Event Feb. 8
Bike/Walk Chattanooga will host a free, public meeting to begin growth of a local bicycle advocacy organization on Sat., Feb. 8, from 1:00 - 3:00 p.m., at Outdoor Chattanooga, 200 River St. in Coolidge Park. Anthony Siracusa, president of Bike/Walk TN will be the guest speaker. All interested members of the public are welcome. 

Ranger Guided Hike on Moccasin Bend Feb. 8
National Park Service ranger Christopher Young will host a leisurely guided hike on Moccasin Bend this Sat., Feb. 8, from 1:30 - 3:30 p.m., beginning from the tip of the bend near Moccasin Bend Mental Health Institute. The focus of the hike will be Hampton Place, an area that gave insight into the relationship between Europeans and American Indians during the 16th Century. Wear sturdy shoes, bring water, and dress appropriately for the weather.  

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. 
 
Therapeutic Recreation Fundraiser at the Flying Squirrel Feb. 11
The City of Chattanooga's Therapeutic Recreation Division will be the beneficiary of a fundraiser at the Flying Squirrel on Tues., Feb. 11, from 5 p.m. to 2 a.m. The Flying Squirrel will donate 10% of all sales that evening to Therapeutic Rec., who is an Outdoor Chattanooga partner in adaptive bicycling, kayaking and climbing. 
 

Free Entrance to Point Park Feb. 15-17 

In celebration of President's Day, Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park will waive entrance fees to Point Park on Lookout Mtn., Sat. - Mon, Feb. 15-17. For more information, call the Lookout Mtn. Visitors Center at (423) 821-7786.  

News 

Outdoor Chattanooga Premiering at Lookout Wild Film Festival 

A new half hour film about Outdoor Chattanooga will premiere at the Lookout Wild Film Festival, Mar. 21-23, 2014. The documentary, by Louis Lee of L2Images, focuses on the political and public movement that spurred the development of the organization, as well as the role that Outdoor Chattanooga has played for the past 10 years in promoting the region's outdoor culture.

Vote for Bicycling Magazine's People's Choice Advocacy Award
Our neighbors to the south, Georgia Bikes, are one of 10 nominees for Bicycling Magazine's People's Choice Advocacy Award. Among Georgia Bikes' accomplishments were the successful killing of a bill in the GA state legislature that would have required license plates for all cyclists. Voting ends Friday.

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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

May

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

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




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: Looking For A Wife

Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, is a really cool place. I tried to buy a huge mounted buffalo head in an antique store there one time until I found out the shipping charges were four times what the head was worth. But suddenly my rapt attention is riveted on Coeur d'Alene again because a dazzling social experiment is taking place this very moment at a plush resort in north Idaho. Several ... (click for more)