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




Waterfowl WMA Application Deadline Approaching

Applications will be accepted until midnight (CDT) on Wednesday, Sept. 28 for the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency’s 2016 Wildlife Management Area waterfowl hunts. A computerized drawing system will be held to select successful applicants based on the priority drawing system. Hunters may apply at any TWRA license agent, at any TWRA regional office, or online at www.tnwildlife.org ... (click for more)

TWRA Confirms Sighting Of Cougar In Wayne County

The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency has confirmed the sighting of a cougar in Wayne County on property located in an area between Linden and the county seat of Waynesboro. A trail camera captured the cat’s image on Sept. 4 and the agency, as it does when it receives reports accompanied by credible evidence, began investigating the report. “We often get asked what it means ... (click for more)

DA Pinkston Files Petition To Declare 2 Gangs A Public Nuisance

District Attorney General Neal Pinkston filed a petition on Monday asking that two Chattanooga gangs, the Gangster Disciples and the Grape Street Crips, and their members be declared public nuisances. General Pinkston is also "asking that injunctive relief be given to the law-abiding residents of East Lake by establishing a Safety Zone that covers most of their neighborhood." ... (click for more)

2 Boaters Die In Suspected Carbon Monoxide Poisoning On Chickamauga Lake

Two boaters and their pet were pronounced dead at the scene of suspected carbon monoxide poisoning on Chickamauga Lake.  Kristy D. James and Mike L. Richardson of Chattanooga were reported missing to the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office earlier in the day by a concerned family member. The boaters had not been heard from since Saturday. Tennessee Wildlife Resources ... (click for more)

Of Course Gangs Are A Public Nuisance

Now, I don't know it all.  Beginning with my parents, folks of all sorts have been actively pointing out my ignorance for more than seven decades now.  So I'm well aware that I don't know it all.  In recent months I've begun to develop an appreciation for the local work of Mr. Neal Pinkston; I've been impressed with several things he's been doing in his official ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Arnold Palmer’s Greatness

This is hardly meant to be flippant but I’d be willing to bet I’ve been in the presence of more great people than anyone you know. I’ve never ranked them, or ever dared to wonder who was the greatest, such as Muhammad Ali or Elvis Presley, but there are two traits that those who reach the highest pinnacle have in common. First, not a one of them was any good at what made them famous ... (click for more)