Outdoor Chattanooga News And Events

Wednesday, February 05, 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




Tennessee State Parks To Host Public Input Hearing At Booker T. Washington State Park

Leaders from the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation will be conducting a public hearing at Booker T. Washington State Park on Thursday, Dec. 4, to gather public input and discuss the current business and management plan for the park.  The event will begin at  5:30 p.m.  with an open house reception to meet park staff and view exhibits. The ... (click for more)

SORBA Chattanooga Announces 2015 Race Series Schedule

SORBA (Southern Off-Road Biking Association) Chattanooga announced the Race Series schedule for 2015. Registration for all races opens on Dec. 1 . Pick Your Poison, a cross country race at Booker T. Washington State Park; Soul Sucker, which has a 25k and 50k option held at Raccoon Mountain; the Raccoon Mountain Super D, a downhill race; Night Shift, the six-hour twilight race ... (click for more)

1 Dies, 1 Critically Injured In North Chattanooga House Fire

For the second time in three days, a house fire has resulted in tragedy with a 35-year-old woman dying and a man critically injured in North Chattanooga. At 10:13 a.m. on Wednesday, Chattanooga firefighters were dispatched to a reported house fire with entrapment at 220 Houser St. The first firefighters on the scene saw flames shooting out windows and part of the roof. Having ... (click for more)

Appeal Dropped In $25 Million Lawsuit Filed Against Hennen's Restaurant By Lisa Barnes

An appeal has been dropped of a Circuit Court jury verdict that found Hennen's Restaurant not at fault in a $25 million lawsuit brought by Lisa Barnes. Circuit Court officials said the appeal was "voluntarily" dropped. It had been set to be reviewed by the Tennessee Court of Appeals. The verdict in the courtroom of Judge Neil Thomas in early February came at the end of ... (click for more)

Lawlessness At Heritage Park

As a frequent visitor at Heritage Park in East Brainerd, I must say that the situation is becoming slightly out of control.  To start, parking is atrocious.  The unpaved lot contains nothing but loose gravel which has naturally given way to divots in the ground assuring you a few bumps.  Why isn't this area smoothed out?  It's not worth parking there anyways ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Why I Am Thankful 2014

Over 40 years ago I was a young sports writer when I came up with the notion of setting daily things aside, just for one day, and writing about why “I Am Thankful.” Every Thanksgiving I come up with my list and it is as much about me as it is about my gratitude for all things great and small. I can’t imagine approaching this day in any other way. Here we go … I AM THANKFUL for ... (click for more)