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.  


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.


More Upcoming Events


22          Scenic City Half Marathon and Charity Challenge


22          Rock/Creek River Gorge Trail Race


5           Color'Nooga
12          Father/Son 5K


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


7           National Trails Day


9           Still Hollow Trail Race


28          Ironman Chattanooga


4           Rock/Creek Stump Jump


1           Upchuck 50K


PHOTOS: ChattaJack 31

Chattajack 2016 was the biggest yet with approximately 500 racers from all over the USA, Hawaii, Canada, the Caribbean, all the way to New Zealand.  The race travels 31 miles through the scenic Tennessee River Gorge. This year, brutal headwinds challenged racers for most of the race. The fastest time was done on a surfski (4hours & 4 minutes) and the race cut off ... (click for more)

Motorists Urged To Be Cautious To Avoid Deer This Fall

Motorists are urged to exercise caution during the fall season as this is a time of peak deer activity, according to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division. “Motorists should be alert and pay close attention to the roadsides as we are nearing the annual peak time of the year for deer-car collisions,” said Charlie Killmaster, state deer biologist ... (click for more)

2 Witnesses To A Murder Refuse To Testify At Jury Trial

Two men who prosecutors say witnessed a murder in Hixson on Jan. 31, 2014, on Wednesday refused to tell their story to a jury. Criminal Court Judge Barry Steelman ordered Andrew Biro and Jacob Tyler "T.Y." Keel to answer questions from prosecutor Lance Pope, but they both refused. Biro had said during testimony in General Sessions Court that Christopher Levi Parker threatened ... (click for more)

PETA And Humane Educational Society Offer Reward For Torture-Killing Of Dog After Envelope Mailed From Chattanooga

An envelope postmarked from Chattanooga and containing a photo of a dog strung between two trees arrived at PETA's office in Virginia Tuesday, along with the severed ear of a dog. PETA members are offering a reward of $5,000-and the Humane Educational Society of Chattanooga has added another $1,000-for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person(s) responsible ... (click for more)

Accountability Doesn't Have To Be A Bad Word

Am I making a difference? Isn’t that the basic question we all ask ourselves, and seek to demonstrate to others?  Ronald Reagan said:  “Some people spend an entire lifetime wondering if they made a difference in the world. But, the Marines don't have that problem.”   We would argue teachers do not have that problem either.    Educators make a huge difference ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: ‘The Right To Bear Arms’

As the worldwide debut of the much-anticipated “Hacksaw Ridge” is set for next weekend, it didn’t take long for the anti-gun fanatics to decry “a war movie.” Mel Gibson, the director of the film that focuses on a conscientious objector Desmond Doss who refused to bear a weapon but saved an estimated 75 lives, was asked about America’s gun problem as he toured to promote the film. ... (click for more)