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.     

News
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.

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More Upcoming Events

April
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
 
May
3           3State/3Mountain Challenge
4           Bike to the Ballpark
             Chattanooga Tour de Cure
  
June
7           National Trails Day
 
August
9           Still Hollow Trail Race
  
September
28          Ironman Chattanooga
 
October
4           Rock/Creek Stump Jump
11         Chattanooga Head Race
 
November
1           Upchuck 50K

            Head of the Hooch

December

 


Land Trust For Tennessee And Mountain Goat Trail Alliance Host Sneak-Peek Hike

The Land Trust for Tennessee and the Mountain Goat Trail Alliance are co-hosting  a summer hike to give locals a sneak peek of a soon-to-be protected property that adds 20 miles to the Mountain Goat Trail (MGT) project.  The hike will also celebrate the enhancement of local outdoor recreation, the conservation of our natural wonders and the way of life on the ... (click for more)

Crabtree Farms Offers Fall Gardening Workshop

In response to a growing interest in fall backyard gardening, local non-profit, Crabtree Farms is offering educational opportunities and affordable, healthy plant starts to help Chattanoogans grow their own food this fall.   “While most people are excited to plant their gardens in spring or summer, there is a growing number of people who realize that they can enjoy ... (click for more)

EPB Files With FCC To Expand TV, Phone, Internet Offerings Outside Electric Service Area

 EPB announced Thursday that it has filed a petition to the FCC "in an effort to respond to neighboring communities’ requests for access to the company’s gigabit enabled high-speed Internet service." Officials said, "EPB offers high-speed Internet access, video programming and voice services using a fiber optic communications network that allows the company to deliver these ... (click for more)

Black Creek Developers Say They "Followed The Rules" On $9 Million TIF: To Continue Project

The developers of the Black Creek project at Aetna Mountain said Thursday they "complied precisely by the rules when we applied for and received approval of the TIF district." Doug Stein said the group plans to continue on with the project, which he said earlier would include the creation of a small town on a huge undeveloped tract on the mountain above Black Creek (formerly ... (click for more)

Cell Phones And Roundabouts

I read the article written by Chris Morgan about the use of cell phones in vehicles and the Chattanooga Roundabouts. Cell phone use in vehicles especially in crisis intersection situations is extremely dangerous. I also agree with his assessment about the roundabouts. One problem I see with roundabouts is that on the two-lane roundabouts where they are coming in from ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: The NCAA’s “Division IV”

Jonathan Jensen and Brian Turner are two very smart guys. Not long ago the two sports researchers at Ohio State authored a story that appeared in the Journal of Quantitative Analysis in Sports that focused on the most successful college football teams in the country and, earlier this week, a writer named Ben Cohen broke it down in understandable terms for a fascinating Wall Street ... (click for more)