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

Youth Hunter Injured In Hunting Accident In Grainger County

A 10-year-old boy from Knoxville was injured Monday evening after he accidentally shot himself in the foot while dove hunting at Buffalo Springs WMA in Grainger County. TWRA officers report that around 5:45 p.m., the young man accidentally fired his shotgun into his foot and was then air lifted to UT Medical Center in Knoxville with non-life-threatening injuries. Records ... (click for more)

Tennessee's 2014 Dove Season Opens Labor Day; Early Canada Goose Season Also Starts

Dove season opens on Labor Day, at noon (local time), which marks the annual start of one of Tennessee’s most long-standing outdoor sports traditions. Tennessee’s 2014 season is again be divided into three segments: Sept. 1 through Sept. 28; Oct. 11 through Nov. 2; and Nov. 29 through Jan. 6, 2015. Hunting times, other than opening day, are one-half hour before sunrise until ... (click for more)

Greg Beck Asking County Commission Chairmanship; Others Seeking Post Behind The Scenes

Long time County Commissioner Greg Beck is seeking the chairmanship of the Hamilton County Commission, he said. Several other commissioners are working behind the scenes to try to get the top commission post. The job opened up after the unexpected defeat of Commission Chairman Fred Skillern in the August primary election. Larry Henry, who has held the chairmanship several ... (click for more)

Helen Burns Sharp Asks Recovery Of Legal Fees In Successful Black Creek TIF Lawsuit

Helen Burns Sharp, citizen activist who sued to try to stop a $9 million Black Creek Tax Increment Financing (TIF) and won, is seeking to have her legal expenses paid by the city and the developers. Ms. Sharp said in a court filing that her legal bills to attorney John Konvalinka are $74,427 thus far. Chancellor Frank Brown ruled in favor of Ms. Sharp, saying the Sunshine ... (click for more)

Decimating The Chattanooga Public Library

Corinne Hill claims that the library is just undergoing a normal weeding process for eliminating books.  She has bragged that she's responsible for the elimination of over 100,000 books - with more to go. "Normal" weeding is not rampant throwing away.  Yes, books go to the Friends for their sale - where they get $2 for a $75 book and thousands wind up being recycled ... (click for more)

The Many Lessons I Learned From Helen McDonald Exum

Helen McDonald Exum was my friend and mentor. As I think of her passing I can only imagine the celebration that is happening in heaven as the news of her arrival is being told. I am sure that there is a party that not only has she organized but that there is not a detail that has been left to chance. I am sure that it is the grandest of events, for you see, she has been planing ... (click for more)