Outdoor Chattanooga News And Events

Tuesday, August 12, 2014 - by Ruth Thompson

Here are upcoming news and events from Outdoor Chattanooga:

Outdoor Chattanooga Featured Event
Rapid Learning Moves to Warner Park Aug. 13-Sept. 24
The City of Chattanooga Aquatics program has opened up Warner Park pool for our weekly Rapid Learning Whitewater Program kayak skills practice, happening each Wed.
, with two sessions at 6 or 7 p.m. Adults and kids ages 8 and older can learn the skills they need to paddle area whitewater (and flat water) streams. All equipment and instruction provided. Your first visit to skills practice is free. To learn more, email Outdoor Chattanooga or call (423) 643-6888.
Street Smarts Cycling Class Aug. 20
Learn the rules of the road and some helpful tips for riding your bicycle on the road at Street Smarts, happening the 2nd Wed. of each month at 6 p.m., at Outdoor Chattanooga, 200 River St. in Coolidge Park. Our instructors will teach TN and Chattanooga bicycle laws and proper techniques for driving a bicycle. Adults and kids ages 12 and older are welcome. The class will be followed by an optional practice ride. To learn more, email Outdoor Chattanooga or call (423) 643-6888.

Chattanooga Area Interscholastic Climbing League - Sign up Now!!!
Outdoor Chattanooga is organizing an interscholastic climbing league for students in grades 9-12 at area high schools or home schools. The league will feature monthly meets, Nov. - Mar., at area indoor climbing gyms, with points given to individuals from participating school teams. Beginners are encouraged. To learn how your school can form a team, email Outdoor Chattanooga recreation programs coordinator Terri Chapin or call (423) 643-6888.

Kayak Polo Begins Sept. 2
Outdoor Chattanooga will hostkayak polo at the Warner Park outdoor pool, every Thurs. in Sept., from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. The non contact pickup matches will be free and open to any kayaker age 12 and older who wishes to participate. Every player must be able to demonstrate a solid wet exit before they will be allowed to play. All equipment will be provided. To learn more, email Outdoor Chattanooga or call (423) 643-6888.

Featured Community Event

Cool Down Chattown Climate 'Nooga Festival Aug. 16
The Climate Chattanooga Healthy Energy for Everyone (CCHEE) Coalition will host the Cool Down Chattown Climate Change Festival on Sat., Aug. 16, from 4-9 p.m. at the Crash Pad, 29 Johnson St., on the Southside in downtown Chattanooga. The event will feature special workshops, live music, kids activities to raise awareness of sustainability, climate protection and renewable energy for all parts of the community.
More Community Events
Super Hero Race Aug. 23
The Chattanooga Track Club and the Make a Wish Foundation will host theSuperhero Race at Enterprise South this Sat., Aug. 16, beginning at 8 a.m. The 5K, 10K and family fun run offers people of all abilities to run in costume as their favorite super hero.

Twilight Track Meet Aug. 21
The whole family can run in a Twilight Track Meet at Red Bank High School on
Thurs., Aug. 21, beginning at 6 p.m. Runners of all ages and distance levels can compete. Cost is $2 and proceeds go to the Red Bank cross country organization.

Wilderness Wild Fest. Aug. 23
The Sierra Club, Cherokee Chapter, will host a 50th anniversary celebration of the Wilderness Act with Wilderness Wild Fest onSat., Aug. 23, from 12 - 8 p.m. at Outdoor Chattanooga, 200 River St. in Coolidge Park. The free, family event will feature guest speakers, dancers, kids games, edible plant hikes, kayaking and canoeing to Audubon Island, geocaching, storytelling and much more.

River Gorge Omnium Aug. 23-24

The area's best amateur and pro road cyclists will compete at the annualRiver Gorge Omnium, happening Sat. and Sun., Aug. 23 & 24. The event features a road race, time trial and downtown criterium. Spectators will enjoy the crit, which happens on a short, lapped course around the TVA building in downtown Chattanooga, from 12:30 - 7:30 p.m. on Sat. Pack a picnic and come watch the action.


Mountain Beautiful Trail Re-Opens

Thanks to the efforts of the Southeast Youth Corps, the Mountain Beautiful Trail on Lookout Mtn. Battlefield is re-routed and re-opened. The crews of trail workers have been all over Hamilton Co. this summer, clearing and building trails, and installing signage and other wayfinding. Good job, everyone!

More Upcoming Events

30-31      Ocoee Fest
6            Tennessee River Gorge Row
7             Run of Honor
8            Learn to Ride a Bicycle
27           UTC Intrasquad Rowing Regatta 
28           Ironman Chattanooga


4            Rock/Creek Stump Jump
             Tennessee River Rescue
11          Chattanooga Head Race
19          7 Bridges Marathon
25          Chattajack 31
             Signal Mtn. Pie Run


1           Upchuck 50K
            Head of the Hooch


20         Wauhatchie Trail Run

5th International Human-Bear Conflicts Workshop To Be Held Sunday

Beginning this Sunday, bear experts from all over the world will be meeting for the 5th International Human-Bear Conflicts Workshop at the Park Vista Hotel in Gatlinburg.  Bear specialists from Asia, the Middle East and South America will join their colleagues from the U.S. and Canada to discuss strategies on dealing with human-bear conflicts.    Beginning in ... (click for more)

TWRA Requests Public Input For 2019 Fishing Regulations

The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency is asking for comments for its 2019 fishing regulations. "This is an opportunity for the public to share ideas and concerns about fishing regulations with TWRA staff," officials said. The comment period concerning fishing regulations will be open until April 22. Public comments will be considered by fisheries managers and may be ... (click for more)

Corker Slams Massive $1.4 Trillion Omnibus Spending Bill

In remarks on the Senate floor, U.S. Senator Bob Corker, a member of the Senate Budget Committee, Thursday slammed the massive $1.4 trillion “omnibus” spending bill, calling it one of the most “grotesque” pieces of legislation he can remember during his two terms in the Senate. Excerpts of his remarks follow.  “I came to the United States Senate almost 12 years ago. I have ... (click for more)

Former Juvenile Court Magistrate Says Gay Marriage Is "Nothing You Put In Air Quotes"

A former magistrate at Juvenile Court, who claims she was fired by Judge Rob Philyaw because she is openly gay, said Wednesday that gay marriage "is nothing you put in air quotes." She referred to County Attorney Rheubin Taylor asking her about her ceremony in marrying another woman and raising his hands to form quote marks. Elizabeth Gentzler is suing Hamilton County, Judge ... (click for more)

Avoid Underage Drinking And Other Prom Drama

My high school prom took a dramatic turn when two guys got their tuxedo jackets mixed up. One of them belonged to my date, who kindly offered to keep my wallet in his pocket. That’s the jacket another young man mistakenly grabbed off the back of a chair before heading to an underage drinking party that got shut down by police well after midnight—as kids scattered in every direction.  ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: The Famed Freitas Speech

Several weeks ago a member of the Virginia House of Delegates (that’s what Virginia calls the state legislature) stood up and before that body responded to a claim by a Democratic lawmaker that Republicans were pro-Second Amendment and segregationists. Nick Freitas, who did two tours in Iraq with our Army’s Special Forces and has talked candidly about losing friends to terrorist ... (click for more)