Outdoor Chattanooga News And Events

Wednesday, March 26, 2014 - by Ruth Thompson

Here are upcoming news and events from Outdoor Chattanooga:

Register for the Outdoor Expo & Gear Swap
It's time to book your exhibit space at our annual Outdoor Expo and Gear Swap (and Adoptapalooza), happening Apr.

26, 2014, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Coolidge Park. Exhibit spaces are only $25 and they are open to all outdoor and conservation organizations. Adoptapalooza is open to any dog adoption agency or shelter, as well as other pet services. Download a registration formEmail Outdoor Chattanooga or call (423) 643-6888 for more information. 

Free Workshop: Prevention of Sports Related Injuries Apr. 3
The Chattanooga Track Club will host the Center for Sports Medicine and Orthopedics to a free workshop on Thurs., Apr. 3, 6 p.m. at Outdoor Chattanooga, 200 River St. in Coolidge Park. Come learn about the prevention and treatment of those nagging aches and pains. All interested members of the public are welcome. Refreshments will be served. Email Outdoor Chattanooga or call (423) 643-6888 for more information. 

Naturalist Hike to Foster Falls Apr. 5
The Nickajack Naturalist and Outdoor Chattanooga will host this leisurely hike to Foster Falls on Sat., Apr. 5, at 9:30 a.m. The falls are one of the Cumberland Plateau's most spectacular natural features. The round trip hike will start with mostly easy walking and end with a short, steep jaunt down and up to view the falls from below. Pre-registration is required. To register, email or call hike leader Bob Butters at (423) 991-1548.

More Outdoor Chattanooga Events  
Rapid Learning Kayak Skills Practices Resume 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

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.     

Color 'Nooga Apr. 5

The Color 'Nooga 5K color run and 1K fun run at Chattanooga State Community College will benefit the Signal Centers.  The course goes around the Chatt State campus.

Clean 'n Green Apr. 5

Help keep downtown Chattanooga clean and beautiful by volunteering some hours to the River City Co.'s Clean 'n Green community project.

Mtn. Goat Trail 5K Fun Run Apr. 5

If you have a notion to run in the mountains, head to Monteagle, TN for the firstMtn. Goat Trail 5K Fun Run. The event will benefit the continued development of the trail, which will run along the Cumberland Mountains from Cowan to Palmer, TN.

Register for YMCA BOLD/GOLD Youth Leadership Wilderness Trips

The YMCA of Metropolitan Chattanooga is now accepting registration for their Boys and Girls Outdoor Leadership Development (BOLD/GOLD) trips, happening in June and July, 2014. The program offers junior high and high school aged kids the opportunity to learn outdoor leadership skills through multi-day adventures in the Chattanooga area. Partial and full scholarships are available. To learn more, email Daniel Kadwell or call or call 423-805-3315.

Volunteer for the VW USA Cycling Professional Championships

The Friends of Outdoor Chattanooga will need 400 volunteers to act as course marshals, venue hosts, volunteer support and numerous other jobs during the VW USA Cycling Professional Road and Time Trial National Championships, coming to Chattanooga Memorial Day weekend. Sign up or learn more at the volunteerFacebook page.

News
Vote for SYC's Golden Cairn Award Recipients 
The Southeast Youth Corps has determined the finalists for their 2014 Louis Ross Golden Cairn Awards. Vote for the organization and individuals who have acted as true ambassadors for the outdoors this past year. Winners will be announced at a Beer and BBQ bash on Apr. 3.
 
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 
The Cumberland Trail Conference has added even more essential backpacking and hiking information on their new Website.

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More Upcoming Events

April

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

  


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Registration for the 67th annual Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage   opens at  8 a.m.   Wednesday, March 1 . Each year, more than 700 people from more than 35 states and beyond descend on the Great Smoky Mountains as the spring flora tints the forest with flowers and vibrant spring migratory birds return to their summer home. This year, the pilgrimage ... (click for more)

Alexander Votes To Confirm Scott Pruitt To Serve As Administrator Of The EPA

Senator Lamar Alexander on Friday released the following statement on his vote to confirm Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt to serve as the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency:  "I look forward to working with Mr. Pruitt to make sure federal policies put nuclear power on a level playing field, especially since nuclear power produces 60 percent ... (click for more)

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County Commission Finance Committee Chairman Tim Boyd said he is asking County Auditor Jenneth Randall to supply him with details about spending at the Chattanooga Visitors Bureau, including actual credit card and travel expense statements. He said he also wanted copies of contracts for office renovations made to the SunTrust Building 18th floor where the CVB has offices and all ... (click for more)

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Getting The Message

Our school age youth have inspired me with their responses during “Q and A” sessions after my readings as a volunteer during African American History Celebrations and Read across America Celebration, too.  Before this school year, I read to classes at Orchard Knob Elementary School and at Rivermont Elementary School, here in Hamilton County.   Their answers to factual ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Ed Chief ‘Embarrassed’

At the start of the school year in September, Tennessee’s Commissioner of Education Dr. Candice McQueen held an “educational summit” with state legislators from embattled Hamilton County. The entire “summit” took a prescribed 90 minutes and was such a dog-and-pony show her strongest statement was, "Create your plan around the right vision, have some metrics and align to the right ... (click for more)