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.

News

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

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

  

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

  

November
1           Upchuck 50K
            Head of the Hooch

  

December
20         Wauhatchie Trail Run
 


Appalachian Trail Produces Deer Poacher And Lost Dog

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Low Water Levels Increase Boating Hazard

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Signal Mountain Council Looking Into Taking Over Schools

A new group of Signal Mountain Town Council members is looking into taking over county schools within the town boundaries.   Two newly elected board members, Amy Speek and Dan Landrum, joined the council Friday afternoon at the first work session after the election. The election of mayor and vice mayor for the next two years came first on the agenda. Dick Gee, mayor ... (click for more)

East Ridge Meth Dealer Gets 168 Months In Federal Prison

A man that agents said was dealing large quantities of meth from his East Ridge residence has been sentenced to serve 168 months in federal prison. Kenneth Lemons appeared before Judge Curtis Collier. Agents said they made several controlled drugs buys from Lemons at his residence in 2015. On Oct. 27, 2015, he drove up to a residence where DEA agents were making a controlled ... (click for more)

Tennessee River Gorge Trust Trail Warriors Make You Want To Take A Hike

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Roy Exum: Why Our Schools Stink

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