Outdoor Chattanooga News And Events

Wednesday, May 14, 2014 - by Ruth Thompson

Here are upcoming news and events from Outdoor Chattanooga:

National Bike to Work Day May 16
Join Chattanooga's cycling organizations, shops and supporters in celebrating National Bike to Work Day this Fri.
, May 16, from 7-9 a.m.at the Waterhouse Pavilion in Miller Plaza. Dozens of local businesses and organizations will be at Miller Plaza offering breakfast, prizes and lots of encouragement for cyclo-commuters.

Neighborhood Rides May 16
Try bicycling to work on a supported group ride from the neighborhoods of Red Bank, St. Elmo, Eastlake, the Southside, Highland Park/Ridgedale, N. Chattanooga and Hixson, via the TN Riverpark. Area bike shops will lead the rides, which start with an orientation at 6:30 a.m. and go to Miller Plaza for National Bike to Work Day. Visit Green Trips Chattanooga or email Green Trips for more information.
Bike to Lunch May 16
Don't have time to try biking to work? Bike to lunch instead. Restaurants downtown and in St. Elmo are offering 10% discounts for customers who show their bike helmet. No cheating! They'll be checking for bicycles, too. 

More Outdoor Chattanooga Events  
Rapid Learning Kayak Skills Practice, May 14 
Come join the Rapid Learning Whitewater Program for our weekly kayak skills practice at Chester Frost County Park this Wed., May 14, with two sessions: 6 and 7 p.m.Bring the whole family and learn the basic skills that you need to paddle the Chattanooga region's beautiful whitewater (and flat water) streams. Your first visit is free. To learn more, email or call Outdoor Chattanooga at (423) 643-6888 
Chickamauga Battlefield Bicycle Tours Begin May 17 
Outdoor Chattanooga and Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park will host our popular, historic bicycle tours of Chickamauga Battlefield beginning Sat., May 17, 9:30 a.m. at the Battlefield Visitors Center. BYO-bicycle or borrow one from the mobile bicycle fleet. Tours run the 3rd Sat. of each month through Oct.
Featured Community Event 
Learn to Row Classes Begin May 19 
The Lookout Rowing Club will host its fifth season of adult Learn to Row Classes with four, two week courses beginning on Mon., May 19. Each course will contain 10 classes, happening on evenings and Saturdays. Cost is $200 per person and the course fee may be put toward a membership in the club. All equipment will be provided. Students should be able to swim and should be prepared to wear snug fitting clothes and get wet. To learn more, email Diane Moore or call (423) 718-8685.
More Community Events 
Camp Jordan Canoe Trail Cleanup May 15-17 
The TN Valley Canoe Club will host a three day Camp Jordan Canoe Trail cleanup, on Chickamauga Creek in East Ridge, Thurs. - Sat., May 15-17. Volunteers on and off the water will be needed to clean up small debris and trash after a professional tree removal company clears big stuff. This is a significant step forward in bringing the creeks into the TN River Blueway. Shifts are available all three days. To learn more and sign up, email Jim Ledbetter.

U.S. Masters 2.4 Mile Open Water Swimming National Championship May 17
Open water swimmers from all over the country will challenge themselves on the TN River downtown this Sat., May 17, for the U.S. Masters 2.4 mile Open Water Swimming National Championship. Championship swimming heats will begin at 11:00 a.m. and continue until 2 p.m. Watch from the Walnut St. Bridge. Commercial and recreational boating will be prohibited on the course from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
More Community Events May 15-25

More Upcoming Events

7           National Trails Day
14          Chattanooga Rat Race
9            Still Hollow Trail Race
             Missionary Ridge Road Race
28          Ironman Chattanooga
28          UTC Intrasquad Rowing Regatta

4           Rock/Creek Stump Jump
11         Chattanooga Head Race

1           Upchuck 50K
            Head of the Hooch

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)

Star Party At Cloudland Canyon Will Be Aug. 23

The Summer Constellations will be the topic of the upcoming Star Party at Cloudland Canyon State Park on Saturday, Aug. 23 .  Sponsored by the staff and friends of Cloudland Canyon State Park, the program will be presented by members of the Barnard Astronomical Society and will be held at the tennis courts. The program begins at 8 p.m. and participants will learn ... (click for more)

EPB Says It Did Not Overbill The City; Says City Got $685,877 Break

EPB officials said Tuesday that an exhaustive audit of its street light contract with the city showed that it did not overbill the city. Instead, it said it found that the city was underbilled $685,877. EPB said it only goes back one year on errors so the amount owed by the city would be $178,314. Officials said that would be discussed with the city. Stan Sewell, the city's ... (click for more)

Citizens To Comment Next Tuesday On Sound Control Ordinance That Allows Higher Sound Around Downtown Clubs

Citizens will be allowed to comment next Tuesday on a new Sound Control Ordinance that allows higher sound from nightclubs in a downtown Controlled Sound Boundary. Track 29 behind the Chattanooga Choo Choo, that has drawn the wrath of some nearby Southside residents, is within the boundary, which goes along the river on the north and west, to around Erlanger Hospital on the ... (click for more)

I'm Number One In A Round About Way

Roundabouts have been popping up all over Chattanooga over the past few years and for the most part have been successful.  Unfortunately there are some who just don’t get it as I have found out the hard way.    My latest instance was last week when a young woman on her cell phone almost t-boned me as she flew into the roundabout without yielding.  A near miss ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Oscar Brock’s True Passion

I don’t pay much attention to the Hamilton County School Board. Once the moon and the stars aligned behind Superintendent Rick Smith, you hear very little, if anything, from the nine-member council that oversees an annual budget of almost $400 million and employs 4,480 people. So chew this for a minute: approximately 2,000 of those people are not teachers. Yes, there are 78 principals ... (click for more)