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 River Rescue Scheduled For Saturday

The Tennessee River Rescue is  scheduled for Saturday, from  9 a.m.-1 p.m. More information can be found at  https://www.facebook.com/ TennesseeRiverRescue (click for more)

Claire Henley: Adventures West (The House Of Chris)

(Editor's Note: Chattanoogan Claire Henley started an adventure of a lifetime on the remote Pacific Crest Trail in April. Along the way, she had many adventures and found herself a husband named Big Spoon). Back in Quincy, Big Spoon and I didn’t have anywhere in particular to go, and so we wandered around. The Quincy Museum next to the courthouse caught Big Spoon’s eye, as did ... (click for more)

Bullets Ring Out Near Alton Park School Bus Stop Sending Students Scrambling

Bullets rang out near an Alton Park school bus stop on Tuesday morning, sending students scrambling for cover. Police took one suspect into custody and were looking for a second person said to be involved. The incident happened on W. 38th Street across from the Bethlehem Center and was believed to be gang related. Crime tape quickly went up at the shooting scene, and W. ... (click for more)

Woman, 20, Forced Into Man's Truck, Raped

A woman, 20, was kidnapped and sexually assaulted on Monday.    At approximately 5 p.m. Chattanooga Police responded to the report of a sexual assault. The victim told police she had been walking on the 3200 block of Calhoun Street when she was approached by a white male in a newer model black Ford truck. The suspect made several lewd comments toward the victim ... (click for more)

Ole Man River Just Keeps Rollin

Citizens are hearing yet another new chapter in Chattanooga’s 21st Century Riverfront concrete repair saga. It seems it will require more repair, more delays and more tax dollars to do it. When will it end? Construction of the Riverfront concrete structures began in 2003. Before it was finished, designers, engineers, contractors, Public Works officials, Mayor Littlefield and ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: It Was Our Tool Shed

Some said the huge beams had been soaking in creosote for two or three years when the men finally stacked them to dry. They were long, about 20 feet each, and thick – maybe eight inches. I remember they were 14 inches wide but the biggest thing I remember was that it was the ugliest lumber I ever saw. They cured the beams for one entire hot summer in the Tool Shed, a huge building ... (click for more)