Outdoor Chattanooga News And Events

Tuesday, March 18, 2014 - by Ruth Thompson

Here are upcoming news and events from Outdoor Chattanooga:

Outdoor Chattanooga Featured Event(s)
"Outdoor Chattanooga" Premieres at Lookout Wild Film Festival Mar. 22 
L2 Images' film, "Outdoor Chattanooga" will premiere during the Sat. evening showings of the Lookout Wild Film Festival on Sat., Mar. 22. The new film chronicles Outdoor Chattanooga's first 10 years: the founders, the supporters and how the City of Chattanooga division has driven the area's growing worldwide reputation as an outdoor destination. 

Featured Community Event(s)    

Local Hero Project Mini Mini Film Festival Mar. 20 

Come watch the area's best short (3 min. or under) outdoor videos, shot and produced by the people that play outdoors at the second annual Local Hero Project Mini Mini Film Festival on Thurs., Mar. 20, beginning at5:30 p.m., at Mellow Mushroom pizzeria, 205 Broad St. in downtown Chattanooga. The evening is the kick-off for the 2014 Lookout Wild Film Festival.

More Outdoor Chattanooga Events  

Bike to the Block Mar. 21

The River City Company will throw a grand opening celebration for The Block thisFri., Mar. 21, so join us in Bike to the Block, a leisurely ramble by bike from either Finley Stadium or Outdoor Chattanooga. Meet at either location 2:30, leave around2:45, to get there by the 3:00 ribbon cutting. BYO-bicycle (and lock) or use a Bike Chattanooga bike. We'll lead the way! The ribbon cutting will be followed by an open house with food, drinks, swag and other fun stuff.

Sierra Club: Installing and Using Rain Collection Systems Mar. 24
The Sierra Club, Cherokee Group, will welcome general contractor and certified green builder Joseph Sumpter, who will share his expertise about rain collection systems, on Mon., Mar. 24, 7 p.m. at Outdoor Chattanooga, 200 River St. in Coolidge Park. Sumpter will share his expertise on everything from rain barrels to full commercial systems. All interested members of the public are welcome. Healthy snacks will be served. 

Rapid Learning Kayak Skills Practices Apr. 1 & 8
Our Rapid Learning kayak skills practice will resume on Tuesdays Apr. 1 and 8 with two sessions at 7 and 8 p.m. at Southern Adventist University's Hulsey Wellness Center in Collegedale.  Remember there is a $2 adult/$1 kids admission fee to the center. First time Rapid Learning participants may try the kayak skills practice for free. To learn more, email or call Outdoor Chattanooga at (423) 643-6888

Community Events

CARTA's Public Transportation Update Mar. 19 Mayor Andy Berke and CARTA will host a public information meeting tomorrow, Wed., Mar. 19, 10 a.m. at the downtown branch of the Chattanooga Public Library. Learn about the City and CARTA's goals and plans for broadening transportation options in Chattanooga. All interested members of the public are welcome. 

Reflection Riding Native Plant Sale Mar. 28-30

The Chattanooga Arboretum and Nature Center will host their annual, springReflection Riding Native Plant Sale, Fri., Mar. 28 - Sun., Mar. 30. This is a great opportunity to get started on your gardening the locally grown way. In addition to the plants, CA&NC hosts special activities and live music.   

How to Live in a Healthy Building Mar. 29

EarthCare's Healthy Buildings will host a free workshop and fellowship at the TN River Gorge Trust's Pot Point Cabin, 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m., on Sat., Mar. 29. Learn about how to have healthy homes and buildings with Jay Martin and Sarah Kinnamon. The event is free, but registration is required.     

Vote for Chattanooga as a Top 10 Cycling City in the U.S. 

Chattanooga is one of the 20 nominees in the 10Best.com Readers' Choice award contest to determine who's the "The Best U.S. Cycling Town," from USA Today. How did we get on the list? We were hand-selected by celebrated cyclist George Hincapie, a former world champion and national champion. He looked at the cities he knows and loves, where he's competed, cities generating great buzz in the cycling community and the places attracting cyclists. Vote every day until Mon., Apr. 14 at 11:59 p.m. 

Website(s) of the Week 
According to the folks at the Bear Trace Golf Course in Harrison Bay, their nesting eagles are about the hatch a couple of eaglets. Watch the Harrison Bay Eagle Camto watch the event. In the mean time, get your eaglet fix on the Berry College Eagle Cam.


More Upcoming Events

5           Color'Nooga
             Clean and Green
             Mtn. Goat Trail 5K Fun Run
12          Father/Son 5K
             Night Shift (6 HRS of TNT)
             Walk Among the Wildflowers
19          Chickamauga Chase
3           3State/3Mountain Challenge
4           Bike to the Ballpark
             Chattanooga Tour de Cure
7           National Trails Day
9           Still Hollow Trail Race
28          Ironman Chattanooga
4           Rock/Creek Stump Jump
11         Chattanooga Head Race
1           Upchuck 50K

            Head of the Hooch



Tennessee Aquarium To Open Southeast's Only Independent Freshwater Science Center Oct. 27

The Tennessee Aquarium will open the Southeast’s only independent freshwater science center next Thursday at 10 a.m. This new home for the Tennessee Aquarium Conservation Institute will be the base of operations for their research scientists, and a central location for other freshwater scientists to convene. (click for more)

TWRA Announces Availability Of Riparian Tree Planing Grants For 2017

The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency announces the availability of grant dollars to assist cities, schools, community organizations, civic groups, watershed organizations, and conservation groups, etc., with riparian tree planting projects.  All seedlings must be purchased through the Department of Agriculture, Division of Forestry. Tree planting season in Tennessee is ... (click for more)

Man Shot And Killed In St. Elmo Monday Morning; Police Interview Person Of Interest

One person was shot and killed in St. Elmo Monday morning. Police said they had interviewed a person of interest in the slaying. Chattanooga Police at 8:30 a.m. responded to a person shot at the 5000 block of Florida Ave. Upon police arrival the victim (male) had already succumbed to his injuries. The victim suffered at least one gunshot wound. At this time the Chattanooga ... (click for more)

6 People, Including 4 Children, Die In Mobile Home Fire In Trion, Ga.

Six people, including four children, died in a mobile home fire at Trion, Ga., on Sunday night. The fire broke out on Airport Road in Chattooga County. The victims were identified as Miron Bradley Jones, 29; Demi Josephine Jones, 22; Clair McKenzie Jones, 5, Lola Rosanna Jones, 3, Olivia Josephina Jones (three months), and Jada Marie Kendrick, 5, who was a cousin spending ... (click for more)

October Is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Picture a sold-out baseball game at Wrigley Field or Nationals Park packed with 40,000 fans. That image represents roughly the same number of women and men who die from breast cancer each year.  In Tennessee alone, an estimated 900 women will die from the disease in 2016. It is a sad statistic, but there is some good news: thanks to early detection and improved treatments, ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: The Testerman Forum

I badly misjudged how long it would take me to do my “early voting.” I was in-and-out in no time so I got to the Hamilton County School Board’s agenda meeting well enough beforehand to have an “educational forum” with board member David Testerman. If you haven’t noticed, forums and summits and “community enlightenment” groups are the new rage and, as my friend David laughed, “They ... (click for more)