Outdoor Chattanooga News And Events

Wednesday, March 05, 2014 - by Ruth Thompson

Here are upcoming news and events from Outdoor Chattanooga:

Outdoor Chattanooga Featured Event(s)
Camp Chair Traveler: "Wild Caves" Mar. 6
Chattanooga Grotto will share a photo presentation about our area wild caves at Outdoor Chattanooga's next free Camp Chair Traveler event this Thurs., Mar. 6, at 6 p.m.Come learn about the amazing underground world that lies beneath us in TN, AL and GA. BYO-camp chair to supplement our folding chair supply. No reservations necessary. All ages welcome. To learn more, email or call Outdoor Chattanooga at (423) 643-6888.
 

Camp Chair Cinema: "Breaking Away" Mar. 7
The Chattanooga Bicycle Club will present the classic 1979 cycling movie, "Breaking Away," at our next Camp Chair Cinema offering this Fri., Mar. 7, 7 p.m. at  Outdoor Chattanooga, 200 River St. in Coolidge Park. The PG rated movie is one of the best, quintessentially American feel good films. Watch the movie trailer. BYO-Camp chair, the kids and non alcoholic beverages. Outdoor Chattanooga will provide the popcorn. To learn more, email Outdoor Chattanooga or call (423) 643-6888

More Outdoor Chattanooga Events
Rapid Learning Kayak Skills Practice Mar. 11 
Our Rapid Learning kayak skills practice will meet next week on Tues., Mar. 11, 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
  
Green Trips: Families on the Move Mar. 13

Learn how to include the whole family in using alternative transportation at "Green Trips: Families on the Move" workshop on Thurs., Mar. 13, 6 p.m. at Outdoor Chattanooga, 200 River St. in Coolidge Park. Green Trips coordinators Heather Silvey and Zach Meredith will share information and fun activities to help families incorporate walking, bicycling, carpooling and taking the bus in their daily transportation routine. Hear some success stories, learn about transportation safety for the kids, and also about Green Trips' ongoing incentives program for sustainable transportation users. Bring the whole family. It's free. For more information, email Green Trips or call Outdoor Chattanooga at (423) 643-6888.

Free Online Calendar Marketing Class with Chattanooga NOW Mar. 19
ChattanoogaNOW.com will host a free online calendar marketing class on Wed., Mar. 19, 6 p.m. at Outdoor Chattanooga, 200 River St. in Coolidge Park. Outdoor groups, interests and organizations can learn how to use the ChattanoogaNOW community calendar as a free marketing tool. Races, bike shop rides, demo days, guided hikes, all can go on the calendar for free and include video, photos and ticketing information. Snacks and drinks will be served. If you are attending, pleaseRSVP to Patti Frierson

Wilderness First Aid Certification Apr. 5-6 - Register Now 

This week is the last chance to sign up for the Wilderness First Aid Certification at Outdoor Chattanooga, happening Sat. and Sun., Apr. 5 and 6, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.Landmark Learning will teach the two day certification, which also offers an optional CPR certification on Fri., Apr. 4, from 6-9 p.m. 

Featured Community Event(s)   

Edit Your Local Hero Project Video Mar. 6 

Learn the basics of editing your Local Hero Project Mini Mini Film Festival entry thisThurs., Mar. 6, 7 p.m. at a free film editing seminar, offered at Chattanooga State Community College. Chris Willis, asst. professor of media technologies, will offer his expertise in helping edit a good video into a great short film. The class is free and open to all Local Hero wannabes. Please RSVP to Chris Willis via email or by calling(423) 697-3151  

Walk the Cracker Line on Moccasin Bend Mar. 8

Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park will host a free, guided walk on the path of the Civil War Cracker Line on Sat., Mar. 8, from 1:30 - 3:30 p.m., beginning at the Old Federal Rd. trail head on Moccasin Bend. NPS interpretive ranger Chris Young will tell the tale of the Union's early morning mission to wrest this important supply line from the Confederates in 1863. Wear sturdy footwear for the 1.5 mile walk to the river. 

Enterprise South Horse Riding Trails Input Meetings Mar. 10 & 14

Hamilton County Parks and Recreation will host two public input meetings about proposals to build equestrian trails at Enterprise South Nature Park, on Mon., Mar. 10, 6 p.m. and Fri., Mar. 14, 10 a.m. at the Enterprise South Visitors Center, 8015 Volkswagen Dr. Come learn about the plans and give your opinion. For more information, call (423) 893-3500

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 at 5:30 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.

Lookout Wild Film Festival Schedule Mar. 21-23

The Lookout Wild Film Festival, happening Fri.-Sun., Mar. 21-23, 2014, has published their 2014 schedule and opened ticket sales. Hint: look for Louis Lee's original film about Outdoor Chattanooga in the lineup. 

News 

Chickamauga and Chattanooga NMP Taking Hay Lease Permits

Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park is soliciting bids for hay harvesting permits for three historic fields located at Chickamauga Battlefield. Agriculture land use permits allow farmers to harvest the hay and helps the park maintain the fields.  Local farmers are invited to pick up a bid packet at the Chickamauga Battlefield Visitor Center and visually inspect the three parcels that are available. Bid forms need to be turned in to the park by 3 pm on Friday, March 14, 2014. For more information, call Jim Szyjkowski, Chief of Resource Management at (423) 752-5213 x 121.

Report: National Parks Boost Local and National Economy
A new peer reviewed spending analysis from the National Park Service and U.S. Geological survey shows that in 2012, 283 million National Parks visitors spent $14.7 billion in communities within 60 miles of a national park. That's $10 for every $1 invested in the National Park Service. Conversely, the 2013, 16-day federal government shutdown, which included closure of the national parks, cost communities around the parks an estimated $414 million in tourism revenue.   

Southeast Youth Corps' Golden Cairn Awards - Nominate Now!

The Southeast Youth Corps is accepting nominations for their 2014 Lewis Ross Golden Cairn Awards, now through Mar. 14. The awards celebrate local athletes and advocates by recognizing their efforts, accomplishments and contributions to Chattanooga's outdoor community. Nominate via this online form. The awards ceremony happens on Sat., Apr. 3, from 7-11 p.m. at Miller Plaza in downtown Chattanooga.   

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More Upcoming Events

March

April

5           Color'Nooga
12          Father/Son 5K
             Night Shift (6 HRS of TNT)

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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Roy Exum: Al Sharpton’s Wise Remarks

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