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

Crabtree Farms Offers Fall Gardening Workshop

In response to a growing interest in fall backyard gardening, local non-profit, Crabtree Farms is offering educational opportunities and affordable, healthy plant starts to help Chattanoogans grow their own food this fall.   “While most people are excited to plant their gardens in spring or summer, there is a growing number of people who realize that they can enjoy ... (click for more)

Star Party At Cloudland Canyon Will Be Aug. 23

The Summer Constellations will be the topic of the upcoming Star Party at Cloudland Canyon State Park on Saturday, Aug. 23 .  Sponsored by the staff and friends of Cloudland Canyon State Park, the program will be presented by members of the Barnard Astronomical Society and will be held at the tennis courts. The program begins at 8 p.m. and participants will learn ... (click for more)

DA Looking Into Issue Of County Commission Candidate's Campaign Sending Filled-Out Request For Absentee Ballot To Elderly Voters

The District Attorney's Office has been provided with documents that a County Commission candidate's campaign sent filled-out requests for absentee ballots to elderly voters. Kerry Steelman, election administrator, said there have been four instances in which such requests came from the Elect John Brooks campaign. He said state law says in Section 2-6-202:  (3) A person ... (click for more)

Graham Says County School-City Lawsuit Settlement "Stinks," But County Commission Approves It

The County Commission on Wednesday approved a settlement of a lawsuit brought by the Hamilton County Schools against the city of Chattanooga, though several commissioners said they were not happy with the deal and Commissioner Joe Graham said it "stinks." Commissioner Graham was the lone no vote. He was joined by Commissioner Tim Boyd in a failed effort to defer it a week. ... (click for more)

The Truth From Weston’s Sister - And Response (2)

I try not to read the negative articles and opinions about my older brother. Growing up around politics, I learned a long time ago that thick skin is not only necessary, it’s paramount. But this time, the lies and the rumors and the inaccurate information has gone too far. It’s too ridiculous for me to ignore. So let’s clear a few things up: Weston and I do not “come ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Oscar Brock’s True Passion

I don’t pay much attention to the Hamilton County School Board. Once the moon and the stars aligned behind Superintendent Rick Smith, you hear very little, if anything, from the nine-member council that oversees an annual budget of almost $400 million and employs 4,480 people. So chew this for a minute: approximately 2,000 of those people are not teachers. Yes, there are 78 principals ... (click for more)