published Thursday, July 5th, 2012

Outdoor calendar

Soddy-Daisy chapter of Tennessee Trails Assn. hikes: Saturday, Enterprise South Nature Park; Tuesday, Heiss Mountain trailhead to Big Possum Creek bridge on Cumberland Trail; July 14, Cloudland connector; July 17, Cedar Mountain TVA Natural Area, Powell's Crossroad. Contact Earl Helmer at e_helmer@att.net or 770-877-0600.

Chattanooga Trail Runners group runs: See meetup.com/chattanoogatrailrunners.

Dogs' snake-avoidance training: Through July, Spencer, Tenn.; two-week programs conducted by professional trainer Frank Hanwright. Email fallscreekkennels@blomand.net or call 931-946-2095.

Downtown kayak adventures: Saturdays and Sundays, 9-11:30 a.m.; all skill levels, including no experience; reservations required, $35 per adult or $25 for children ages 8-13, includes equipment and instruction. Email ruth@outdoorchattanooga.com or call 643-6888.

Weekly SORBA-Chattanooga rides: Sundays, 10 a.m., from 5 Points Recreation Area on Lookout Mountain; all riders welcome, average ride length 12-16 miles. See sorbachattanooga.org.

Rapid Learning Whitewater kayak roll practice: Two sessions each Tuesday, 5:30-7 and 7:30-8:30 p.m., Chester Frost Park; first-come, first-served; beginners welcome; first visit free, $50 per year for individuals, $75 for families; $5 per session for those providing their own crafts. Contact Terri Chapin at chapin_t@chattanooga.gov or 643-6882.

Chattanooga Open Water Swimmers swim: Wednesdays through October, 5:15 p.m., under Market Street Bridge; swimmers should have competitive backgrounds and be able to freestyle at least a mile in a pool; need kayakers for support. Email karahnazor@gmail.com.

Kayak and standup paddle excursions: River Canyon Adventures. See www.rivercanyonadventure.com or call 987-1711 or 488-1345.

McCallie sailing camp: July 9-13, boys & girls 9-13; 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m., $300. Register at summer.mccallie.org or call 493-5886.

GPS rowing camp: July 9-13 (beginner) & July 16-20 (experienced), 9 a.m.-noon, boys & girls grades 6-12; $145. Register at www.gps.edu/pages/Summer-Programs or call 645-3457.

South Chickamauga Creek history canoe tour: July 11, 6 p.m., guided by interpretive ranger; adults and kids ages 8-older; $8, includes equipment; reservations required. Email ruth@outdoorchattanooga.com or call 643-6888.

Chattanooga Chapter of Tenn. Ornithological Society meeting: July 12, 7 p.m., Ascension Lutheran Church, 720 S. Germantown Road. Contact David Stone at rockyturf@comcast.net or 238-4234.

Adult Learn to Row class: July 16-28 or Aug. 6-18, Monday-Thursday 6-8 p.m. & Saturday 9-11 a.m. each week; hosted by Lookout Rowing Club at William Raoul Rowing Center with Anders Swanson teaching essentials for sculling; $200, can be credited to LKC membership; pre-registration & basic swimming skills required. Call Diane Moore at dcm7167@gmail.com or 718-8865.

Ultimate Hike information meetings: July 17, 6:30 p.m., Outdoor Chattanooga building at Coolidge Park; also July 18 at Rock/Creek and July 20 at Cloudland Canyon State Park; will include training tips for 28.3-mile hike benefiting Cure Search for Children's Cancer on Oct. 13 on the Foothills Trail.

Chickamauga Battlefield free bicycle tour: July 21, 9:30 a.m., from battlefield visitors center; leisurely 5-6-mile ride with ranger giving Civil War history; for adults and kids ages 8-older; bring own bike or reserve one from Outdoor Chattanooga fleet by calling 706-866-9241; helmets required for all.

Beginning women's bicycle clinic: July 22, 2 p.m., Harrison Bay State Park; Beth Miller teaching. Email bikinbeth@gmail.com.

Tennessee River Gorge overnight OutVenture camp: July 23-27; ages 11-16; day of orientation, then 4 days, 3 nights of canoeing, hiking, climbing and camping; $400, includes gear, transportation and meals; pre-registration required. Email terri@outdoorchattanooga.com or call 643-6888.

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