Outdoor Chattanooga News And Events

Tuesday, December 18, 2012 - by Ruth Thompson

We'll take a holiday break from the newsletter for the next couple of weeks. Watch for your next newsletter on Tuesday, Jan. 8. 

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Suwannee River Canoe Adventure Jan. 2-6

We have only a few spots left on our New Year's Suwannee River Canoe Adventure, happening Jan. 2-6. We'll paddle 40 miles of the Suwannee River Wilderness Trail in northwestern Florida. Register now

New Day! New Location!

Rapid Learning Roll Practice Resumes Jan. 9

The Rapid Learning Whitewater Program will resume weekly kayak roll practice on Wednesday, Jan. 9, with two sessions: 6-7 and 7-8 p.m. at the Brainerd Recreation Community Center's indoor pool, at 1010 North Moore Rd. The program costs $50 per year for individuals, $75 for families and gives members access to full instruction and all kayaking equipment. Kayakers will all their own gear may participate by paying a single day membership fee of $5. First timers can come for free. To learn more, email or call Terri Chapin at (423) 643-6882

Winter Workshops Begin Jan. 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.

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!

Community Events . . . 

Rope Making, Knot Tying Class at Audubon Acres Dec. 22
The public is invited to join TN Wild at the Hiwassee Wildlife Refuge on Sat., Jan. 5, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. for a Sandhill Crane viewing session at the TWRA viewing platform overlooking the Refuge. 

Hike to Immodium Falls with the TN Trails Association Dec. 22

Not for the faint of heart or heavy of foot, this 9 mile hike goes through the Rock Creek Gorge section of the Cumberland Trail. The Soddy-Daisy Chapter of the TN Trails Association hosts. Email Cumberland Trail State Park ranger Ryan Maddux or call (423) 240-2239 for details on where and when to meet and what to bring.

Karen Lawrence Run for St. Jude Dec. 31

New Year's Eve starts with a nice run during the annual Karen Lawrence Run for St. Jude. Runners of all ages can participate in a 4.2 mile main event or a 2.1 mile fun run/walk through downtown Chattanooga.  

More Upcoming Community Events . . .
December                  
              Chickamauga Battlefield Hike
January, 2013
5            Cloudland Canyon Day Hike
6            Birding at Mclemore Cove with TN Wild 
 
News
Armadillos Confirmed in TN
Since last week's report in the Nickajack Naturalist that armadillo's are at Russell Cave National Monument in AL, we have received confirmation from several sources that they have also crossed the state line into TN. Nobody knows yet what effect their migration will have on local ecosystems. Here is more about these amazing creatures.

Web Hit(s) of the Week  

Help you and your kids Discover the Forest.

Last Week's Web Hit
Bikeyface is the creation of Boston, MA artist and bike commuter Bekka Wright. Check out her video of a Montreal cycle track. Dear Santa . . . 
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2013
January, 2013
19-20        Sandhill Crane Festival
 
February, 2013
             Trail of Tears 7 Mile Run
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

  

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

Gear Closet Extends Hours; Supports Clean Water Initiatives, Locally And Globally

The Gear Closet, in North Chattanooga, is extending its hours. It will be open six days a week, from Tuesday through Sunday from 12-6 p.m. each day. Earth Day gear drive can encourage the public to do some spring cleaning and donate or consign your old gear and clothing. There will also be a drop off available at Recycle Signal on Signal Mountain as part of the Recycle Challenge ... (click for more)

Kentucky Lake Wounded Soldier Open Bass Tournament Scheduled For May 17

Registration is underway for the Fifth Annual Wounded Soldier Open Bass Tournament to be held at Paris Landing on Kentucky Lake, Saturday, May 17. The tournament format will be a three-fish limit with a guaranteed first prize of $2,000. The cost of the tournament is $110 per boat (two anglers maximum). Entrants who register by the end of the day on May 1 will receive a free ... (click for more)

Bus Driver Will Not Face Charges In Tragic Bus Accident

Sergeant Tommy Sturdivan announced in a Friday afternoon press conference that the investigation into the death of six-year-old Zackery Bryant at Chattanooga Valley Elementary has been officially declared complete and that there will be no criminal charges. Zackery died tragically on Monday morning after being hit by a school bus after stepping off. According to Sgt. Sturdivan, ... (click for more)

Soddy Daisy May Begin Effort To Allow Wine In Grocery Stores; Concussion Forms Required For Sporting Events; WWTA Chided For Causing Potholes

The Soddy Daisy Commission is considering taking steps to allow wine in grocery stores now that Tennessee lawmakers have voted to lift restrictions. To have the law appear on the next ballot for a vote, Mayor Janice Cagle said a petition with an amount of signatures totaling 10 percent of the number of voters in the last general election will have to be collected. Commissioner ... (click for more)

State Moving Forward In Educational Improvements

The State Collaborative on Reforming Education released the following statement from President and CEO Jamie Woodson regarding the 2014 legislative session in Tennessee and HB1549/SB1835, which passed the General Assembly Thursday: After a year of extensive public and legislative conversation regarding higher academic standards and related strategies to improve student learning, ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: A Nudge By Angel Kilbride

Way above us, high in the heavens, a handsome angel everybody calls Ben yelled to Saint Peter on Thursday and told him, “Better send me a couple of rubies and maybe an amethyst … Dad’s crown just got bigger.” To you such a scenario may sound silly and foolish but Bill Kilbride, a dynamic genius who has just been named as president-elect of Chattanooga’s Chamber of Commerce, knows ... (click for more)