Outdoor Chattanooga News And Events

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Here are news and events from Outdoor Chattanooga:

Cravens House Christmas Program December 2 & 3

Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park invites the public to attend a Christmas Open House at the Cravens House located on Lookout Mountain. The Cravens House will be decorated in a manner very similar to the Civil War era. This special holiday event will take place from 6 to 8 pm on Friday, December 2 and Saturday, December 3.

Tours begin every 30 minutes. Reservations are required. To make a reservation, and for more information about this event, please contact the Lookout Mountain Battlefield Visitor Center at (423) 821-7786.

MAINx24 Festival December 3


MAINx24 is a 24-hour long festival on Main St. on the Southside of downtown Chattanooga. It consists of parades and pancakes, art and artisans, small shops and restaurants, poetry and caroling, music and dancing, food and fun -all in celebration of Main Street and the Southside. Held the first Saturday in December, since 2007, this 24-hour festival is comprised of over one-hundred events taking place throughout the day and night, and is organized completely by residents, merchants, artists, and friends of the Southside community. This year, they celebrate the 10th year of 24-hour partying on the Southside! Find a list of events here. Outdoor Chattanooga's recommended events: Light Your Bike Ride, Adult Big Wheel Race for CAC, International Food Market, Parade & Mutt Strutt, Massage on Main, World Heavyweight Chili Championship, Main Street Beats, Laughter Yoga and Restorative Yoga.

Free Photos with Santa & Mrs. Claus December 10 & 11
Santa & Mrs. Claus will be at The Barn Nursery November 25, 26, 27, Dec. 10 and 11 from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. each day. Everyone is invited to bring your family and/or animals out and take one free photo with Santa & Mrs. Claus. Additional photos available with a $5 donation to Lana's Love Foundation.

Holidays in the Passageways December 15
Downtown alleyways will be brimming with family friendly holiday cheer on Thursday, December 15 from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. Everyone is invited to Holidays in the Passageways, a free celebration held in the four Passageways' alleys, spanning three city blocks. There will be caroling, crafting, hot chocolate, pictures with Santa and a variety of musical performances including a holiday set by Danimal Pinson. All the festivities begin at 730 Cherry Street and end at 721 Broad Street.



Outdoor Chattanooga Events

Winter Dates for Our Rapid Learning Whitewater Kayak Program

Outdoor Chattanooga's Rapid Learning Whitewater Kayak Program will continue through the winter months at the Hulsey Wellness Center at Southern Adventist University in Collegedale, TN. Classes schedule: Tuesday, Dec. 6, Jan. 10, Feb. 7, March 7 and April 4 at 7:00 and 8:00 p.m. No reservation or experience required. The first class is always free and includes all equipment and instruction. There is a $2 pool use fee charged by the Wellness Center. Please bring cash. For more info or questions, email Outdoor Chattanooga or call 423-643-6888. 

Special offer for Rapid Learning Members Only!  
Outdoor Chattanooga has a special offer for our Rapid Learning Members!!! Current Rapid Learning Members can attend indoor roll classes at the University of Tennessee Chattanooga ARC Recreation Center in downtown Chattanooga. The pool has special features including a kayak drop and moving current to practice eddy catches and peel outs. The special "members only" winter dates are Tuesday, Dec. 14, Jan. 18, and Feb. 15 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. **Note: you must be a current Rapid Learning Member to participate. Email Outdoor Chattanooga or call (423) 643-6888 to renew or purchase an annual membership. Individual membership is $75 or $125 for a family membership. We cannot accept payment at the pool and are limited to only accepting current members per agreement with UTC. Rapid Learning Members have access to instruction and equipment for an entire year, along with discounts on instructional river trips offered in the summer. Becoming a Rapid Learning Member just got a little cooler! 

Outdoor Chattanooga Events

Community

What's Going On In Chattanooga?
Chattanooga has been struck with a lot of tragedy recently. We've experienced severe drought, intense wildfires on the mountains, a structure fire downtown, a bus crash with fatalities, shootings, tornadoes and flooding; we've experienced more than our fair share of devastation and loss. What has become evident is that every time tragedy strikes in the Scenic City, Chattanoogans rise up and support one another with outpourings of love and gracious giving. We at Outdoor Chattanooga are proud to be a small part of this amazing community! We can't answer the question of why all this is happening, but we wholeheartedly believe in the motto "Chattanooga Strong" because our community has proven it time and time again. With the Holidays upon us, we know now, more than ever, how important our human connections are to family, friends, community and even complete strangers. We hope you'll take time to help heal and strengthen our community further by reaching out to those in need, hugging your loved ones extra tight and cherishing the moments you spend together. All of us at Outdoor Chattanooga wish each and everyone of you peace, love and joy this holiday season! 

Upcoming Events

December
2-3    Cravens House Christmas Program
3       Mainx24
6       Rapid Learning Kayak Roll Class
10     Old Grey Barn Cyclocross Race
        Guided Educational Riding Tour
        Harrison Bay Star Party
        A Christmas Tail 5K & Mutt Strut
12     Learn to Ride a Bicycle
17     Lookout Mountain 50 Miler & 10K Race
19     Street Cycling 101

2017
January 
7        Snake Creek Gap Time Trials
10       Rapid Learning Kayak Roll Class
16       Chattanooga MLK Day of Service
19       Winter Workshop: Knots & Rescue Skills for Paddlers
19-22   Lookout Wild Film Festival
28-29  Wilderness First Aid Training

February
7        Rapid Learning Kayak Roll Class
9        Winter Workshop: Map & Compass
11       Wildlife Photography Workshop
          Snake Creek Gap Time Trials

March 
4-5     Chattanooga Marathon




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