Outdoor Chattanooga News And Events

Tuesday, December 11, 2012 - by Ruth Thompson
News and Events December 11, 2012
Armadillo's in Tennessee? Not quite, but they are close. See "News." 
 
Looking Toward 2013
It's that time again. Please send us your 2013 events, programs and activities. We'd love to get them in our newsletter. 

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Street Smarts Cycling Seminar Dec. 12

Learn how to drive your bicycle on the road at our free Street Smarts class, happening this Wed., Dec. 12, 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Outdoor Chattanooga, 200 River St. in Coolidge Park. We'll cover the rules of the road, TN and Chattanooga traffic laws and offer a few helpful tips for driving your bicycle confidently in traffic. No bicycle is necessary. To learn more, email or call Outdoor Chattanooga at (423) 643-6888. 

Winter Workshops Begin January 12

New for 2013, Outdoor Chattanooga will host our popular Winter Workshop series on the 2nd and 4th Sat. of each month, beginning Jan. 12 and going through Mar. 23. This year's series will offer full workshops on skills like fly fishing, beginning climbing, trail running, mountain biking and other outdoor skills. Look for details next week.

Save the Dates: Outdoor Adventure Summer Camps, 2013

High adventure will be our focus at two youth camps in the summer of 2013: the Appalachian Whitewater Adventure, June 22-26 and our TN River "Huck Finn" Adventure July 24-28. More information coming soon!

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Sign up NOW - Canoe Trip on Florida's Suwannee River Jan. 2-6

We have just a few spots left on our New Year's canoe trip on N. Florida's 
Suwannee River Wilderness Trail, Wed., Jan. 2 through Sun., Jan. 6, 2013. The Suwannee is a slow moving, black water river that flows through miles of quiet, Florida backcountry. The trip will offer three days canoeing and two nights' primitive camping in the trail's special riverside campgrounds, which feature screened, shelters, rest rooms and hot showers. To learn more or register, email or call recreation specialist Trevor Childress at (423) 643-6888. 
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Community Events . . .
Audubon Acres Christmas Bird Count Dec. 15
Join the staff of the Chattanooga Audubon Society for a day of birding at Audubon Acres on Sat., Dec. 15. Bring your binoculars and come in the morning, the afternoon, or all day to collect bird counts for worldwide scientific research. Please email Kyle Simpson to RSVP. No admission charge to Audubon Acres for bird count participants and first time visitors. 

Cumberland Trail Hike with the Chattanooga Trekkers Dec. 15
The Chattanooga Trekkers family hiking group will host a 4-6 mile hike on the Indian Rock House segment of the Cumberland Trail this Sat., Dec. 15, 12 noon, beginning at the Snooper's Rock parking lot on Prentice Cooper State Forest. To learn more, email hike leader Valerie Radu
 
Wauhatchie Trail Run Dec. 15
Experienced trail runners will love the annual Wauhatchie Trail Run, with its rocky, technical 10K course on the side slopes of Lookout Mtn. Online registration closes Dec. 12  
 
Operation Secret Santa Amazing Race and Fun Run Dec. 15
In Chattanooga's Amazing Race, this Sat., Dec. 15, teams of two or more will navigate downtown Chattanooga, solving clues and overcoming challenges to raise money for Operation Secret Santa. Events, for serious competitors and the family, begin from Coolidge Park. 
 
TN Wild Family Outing to Russell Cave National Monument Dec. 16
Tennessee Wild will host a family outing to Russell Cave National Monument in Bridgeport, AL this Sun., Dec. 16 at 11 a.m. A tour and presentation by National Park rangers about the cave will be followed by a short 1.5 mile hike. Pre registration is required. To learn more, email or call trip leader Jeffrey Hunter at (423) 322-7866.
  
More Upcoming Community Events . . .
December  
News
Armadillo Sighting at Russell Cave
Armadillo's in Tennessee? Almost. The Nickajack Naturalist reports an armadillo sighting at Alabama's Russell Cave National Monument.
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Web Hit(s) of the Week  

Bikeyface is the creation of Boston, MA artist and bike commuter Bekka Wright. Check out her video of a Montreal cycle track. Dear Santa . . . 

Last Week's Web Hit
Ira David Levy wants to bring Pedal America to Chattanooga, and watch a team of divers free a whale shark from a binding rope. 
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2013
January, 2013
 
February, 2013
5            Cupids Chase 5K
 
March, 2013
9/10         Booker T. Duathlon
23            Rock/Creek River Gorge Trail Race

April, 2013
6           Out Run the Police
20         Outdoor Chattanooga Outdoor Expo & Gear Swap
27         Chattanooga's Amazing Race

May, 2013
4           Children's Hospital Dragon Boat Festival
             Chattanooga Tour de Cure
25-27     USA Pro Cycling Championships

June, 2013
1            National Trails Day
14-16      Chattanooga Mountains Stage Race
15          Color the Curve Chattanooga

30          Stars, Stripes and Wishes Run

July, 2013

22-26     TN River Gorge "Huck Finn" Adventure Camp

August, 2013
10           Still Hollow Trail Race
11           Cannonball Charge

September, 2013
8            Iron Jr. Triathlon
29          Komen Race for the Cure

October, 2013
5            Rock/Creek Stump Jump

Alexander: Tennessee Receives $10 Million For Foothills Parkway To Improve Access To The Smokies

U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) said that a $10 million federal transportation grant he supported will help complete a 16-mile section of the Foothills Parkway in Blount and Sevier counties, improving access to the federally owned and operated Great Smoky Mountains National Park and “enhancing tourism and economic development” in East Tennessee. “I grew up hiking, ... (click for more)

5th Permit For 2016 Elk Hunt To Be Auctioned On Ebay, July 28-Aug. 7

The fifth permit for participation in Tennessee’s eighth managed elk hunt will be awarded to the successful bidder in an eBay auction to be held from July 28-Aug 7. Proceeds from the auction benefit the state’s elk restoration program. Since the elk hunt was implemented in 2009, the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA) has donated a permit to a Non-Governmental Organization ... (click for more)

Chattanooga Whiskey Company To Construct Large Distillery At Former Site Of Newton Chevrolet

The Chattanooga Whiskey Company has begun construction on a larger production distillery in the former Newton Chevrolet property at the corner of MLK Boulevard and Riverfront Parkway near the Tennessee River. Once fully operational, the Riverfront Parkway facility will be capable of producing upwards of 14 (53-gallon) barrels per day, making it one of the largest craft bourbon ... (click for more)

Beck Upset By Criticism Of Late WWTA Director Cleveland Grimes In WWTA Analysis; Boyd Won't Rewrite 57-Page Report

County Commissioner Greg Beck said it was inappropriate for fellow Commissioner Tim Boyd to include articles critical of the late Cleveland Grimes in a 57-page report on the Hamilton County Water and Wastewater Treatment Authority. He said, "Criticizing a dead man - I don't know if that's appropriate. If that's Christianity, let me off the wagon." Saying the report should ... (click for more)

Judge Steelman Was Unfairly Criticized In Handling Of School Bus Driver Rape Case - And Response

We are blessed to have freedom of speech in our society, but I am always amazed at the number of folks who voice such strong antagonistic opinions about things without any apparent first-hand knowledge.   As any who wish to criticize the system should know, people get arrested and charged for criminal offenses every day.  The ultimate charge and penalty which results ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Vote For Rhonda Thurman

After studying the Hamilton County School Board quite harshly during the last seven most-tumultuous months in its history, it is only proper that I share my belief that Rhonda is its Most Valuable Player. Four of the school board’s nine members are up for re-election, with Rhonda facing capable opponents in Jason Moses and Dr. Patti Skates in District 1, but let’s never forget that ... (click for more)