Fishing show, disc-golf clinic among weekend events

Carol EvansGet Out & Play

The weekend is finally here, and that can mean only one thing – well, it can mean lots of things, but it’s time for the East Tennessee Fishing Show & Expo at the Knoxville Expo Center! The show runs 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. There’s a drawing for a boat on Sunday.


If you want to improve your disc-golf skills, there’s a free clinic with Zach Melton and Chris Dickerson at 6:30 p.m. today (Jan. 25) at Smoky Mountain Discs.

Friday, Jan. 25

Wilderness Emergency Medical Responder Refresher – Jan. 25-27: 8 a.m., Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont. Cost: $455. Info: Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont at 865-448-6709. If you have taken Wilderness Emergency Medical Responder in the past and are due for a renewal, this program will satisfy the requirements to renew certification. This is an excellent review of wilderness medical information and skills. Lodging and meals included. Register online.

Southern Appalachian Naturalist Certification Program (SANCP) – Jan. 25-27: 8 a.m., Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont. Cost: $356. Info: Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont at 865-448-6709. Come learn and practice skills that will connect you to nature. We will take inspiration and tips from the rich history of naturalist-explorers, learn to use a journal as a place to capture observations and grow, and share the wonder and joy with each other as we probe the secrets of the world around us. Register online.

East Tennessee Fishing Show & Expo – Jan. 24-27: 10-8 p.m.Knoxville Expo Center. Free. Info: East Tennessee Fishing Show. We bring together the largest selection of tackle, custom lures, rods, reels, apparel, electronics, accessories, and everything a fisherman or outdoorsman needs! Cost: $5. Register online.

Intro and Basics of Framing Photographs: 1 p.m., Frozen Head State Park at Panther Branch Trailhead. Cost $5. Info: Frozen Head State Park at 423-346-3318. Join Ranger Brady for a brief introduction and overview of framing your photographs and then a hike to Debord Falls to practice what we learned. Bring your camera or cell phone.

Friday Fun Run: 6:30 p.m., Pour Taproom. Free. Info:  865 Running. Run 3 miles downtown, World’s Fair Park and river walk. Then drinks with 10 percent off. All levels welcome.

Free Clinic: 6:30 p.m., Smoky Mountain Discs. Free. Info: Smoky Mountain Discs at 865-383-3472. Free Clinic with Zach Melton and Chris Dickerson. Don’t miss this chance to learn from two of the best disc golfers on the course! Zach and Chris will also have their product for sale after the clinic and will be happy to sign your discs for you.

Saturday, Jan. 26

CHKM Group Run: 8 a.m. New Balance. Free. Info: Covenant Health at 865-684-4294. Join our group runs in prep for Race day on Sunday, March 31, 2019.

Winter Woody Plant ID: 8:30 a.m., Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont. Info: Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont at 865-448-6709. Do you know what to look for to identify trees and shrubs in the wintertime? Discover a number of leafless characteristics that will help you do so. This program is perfect for naturalist certification graduates as well as those who are interested in further developing their naturalist skills. Cost: $64. Includes lunch and breakfast. Register online.

Bike Zoo Saturday Ride: 9 a.m., Bike Zoo. Free. Info: Bike Zoo at 865-558-8455. 3-hour ride of 50+ miles at a fast pace of 18/20 mph. Weather permitting.

AMBC Trail Building Work Day: 9-12 p.m. Sharp’s Ridge Veterans Memorial Park. Free. Info: Appalachian Mountain Bike Club. Come help us build trails! Bring your gloves, water and eye protection. We’ll provide tools and lunch.

Riverbank Cleanup: 9 a.m., Seven Islands Landing (boat launch). Free. Info: Seven Islands State Birding Park at 715-630-6848. We need your help removing trash and harmful invasive species along the Seven Islands Landing riverbank. Volunteers will be using hand tools and herbicide, so please bring sturdy clothes including long-sleeved shirts, work gloves & closed-toed shoes. We also suggest water and a snack. No previous experience is required. Signup online.

Fly Fishing 101: 9 a.m., 3 Rivers Angler. Free. Info: 3 Rivers Angler at 865-200-5271. Each class teaches the basics of rigging, casting and other intro-to-fly-fishing skills. All of the gear and instruction is provided free of charge. Space is limited so please make sure to sign up well in advance.

Flat Tire Clinic: 9-10 a.m. or 11-12 p.m., West Bicycles. Free. Info: West Bicycles at 865-671-7591. Flat Tire Clinic to learn to repair flats quickly. Cost $10. Limit 10 per class. Includes one spare tube.

Healthy Hike: Slave Falls Loop: 10 a.m., Big South Fork NRRA at the Sawmill Trailhead. Free. Info: Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area at 423-286-7275. Join a park ranger on a 3.2-mile guided hike to one of the park’s most interesting geological areas. Slave Falls Loop trail offers views of rock shelters, arches and waterfalls; including the 70-foot-tall Slave Falls.

Cold Weather Walk and Survival Tips: 10 a.m., Cove Lake State Park. Cost $3. Info: Cove Lake State Park at 423-566-9701. Join us on a moderate hike through the Woods loop and Goose Island trail and talk about cold weather survival. Dress appropriately for cold weather. Approximately 2.5 miles round trip. Ages 6 and older. Meet at the Recreation Building. Register online.

East Tennessee Fishing Show & Expo: 10-8 p.m.Knoxville Expo Center. Free. Info: East Tennessee Fishing Show. We bring together the largest selection of tackle, custom lures, rods, reels, apparel, electronics, accessories, and everything a fisherman or outdoorsman needs!

Resolution Ride: 10 a.m., Cycology Bicycles. Free. Info: Cycology Bicycles at 865-681-4183. Join us for our 3rd annual Resolution Ride, a free social-paced ride of 15- or 35-miles over gently rolling terrain.

Cold Weather Walk and Survival Tips: 10 a.m., Cove Lake State Park at Rec Building. Cost $3. Info: Cove Lake State Park at 423-566-9701. We’ll take a moderate hike through the Woods loop and Goose Island trail and talk about cold weather survival. Approximately 2.5 miles round trip. Register online.

Knox Forest School’s Open House: 11 a.m., Knox Forest School. Info: Knox Forest School. Would you like your child to spend their days playing and learning in the forest? Then come to our Open House to learn more about Knox Forest School. Enrollment opens February 1st and spaces are limited. Please come dressed in appropriate clothing for the woods. We will host our event rain or shine! Please private message the host for the school address.

Gears/Brake Clinic: 1 p.m., West Bicycles. Cost $40. Info: West Bicycles at 865-671-7591. Learn gear and brake repairs in our 1-hour class on Saturdays. Limit 4 per class. Cost $40. Call shop to reserve your spot.

Sunday, Jan. 27

Wonderful World of Watercolors: 10 a.m., Frozen Head State Park. Cost $5. Info:  Frozen Head State Park at 423-346-3318. Learn the basic techniques in creating a watercolor masterpiece! Join Ranger Kempton to create a still life of some of Frozen Head’s more stoic, unique, and natural artifacts. We will meet at the Visitor’s Center. All materials will be provided. Meet at the Visitor’s Center. Register online.

East Tennessee Fishing Show & Expo: 10-5 p.m. Knoxville Expo Center. Free. Info: East Tennessee Fishing Show. We bring together the largest selection of tackle, custom lures, rods, reels, apparel, electronics, accessories, and everything a fisherman or outdoorsman needs!

Intro to Climbing: 1 p.m., Onsight Rock Gym. Info: Onsight Rock Gym at 865-888-9123. Learn the basics of top rope belaying, knot tying, and climbing technique in this hands-on class. Designed for those with no previous climbing experience, this course teaches the necessary skills required to climb independently.

Yoga for Climbers: 7 p.m., River Sports Outfitters. Cost $8. Info: River Sports Outfitters at 865-523-0066. Join us for Yoga every Sunday. Participants will receive a 20 percent off PrAna & Lole card.

Monday, Jan. 28

KTC Group Run: 6 p.m., Balter Beerworks. Free. Info: Knoxville Track Club. Monday evening social pace group run, afterwards, stick around for a discounted beer.

South Knox Fun Run: 6:30 p.m., Alliance Brewing Company. Free. 865 Running. Social pace 3’ish mile run, come back for $1 beers. All levels are welcome.

Bearden Beer Market Fun Run: 6:30 p.m., Bearden Beer Market. Free. Info: Bearden Beer Market at 865-851-8922. Group Fun Run through the neighborhood. Open to all levels of walkers and runners followed by $1 off all pints.

Group Run Alcoa/Maryville Greenway: 6:30 p.m., Bike N’Tri in Maryville. Free. Info: Bike N’Tri at 615-944-1729. Group run on the Alcoa/Maryville Greenway. All levels welcomed.

AMBC Monthly Meeting: 7 p.m. South Coast Pizza. Free. Info: Appalachian Mountain Bike Club. Come get involved with the mountain biking community and hear what’s happening with Knoxville-area trails. Meeting location sometimes changes, follow us on Facebook.

Tuesday, Jan. 29

Tuesday B Group Ride: 10 a.m., Cycology Bicycles. Free. Info: Cycology Bicycles at 865-681-4183. B Group is a “No Drop” ride (15-18 mph) 35-45 miles. Must have general skills to ride roads with car traffic. If weather is questionable, call shop to confirm.

Tuesday A Group Ride: 10:30 a.m., Cycology Bicycles. Free. Info: Cycology Bicycles at 865-681-4183. A Group rides 40+ miles at 20+ average pace. This group is for advanced riders with good pace line skills. If weather is questionable, call shop to confirm.

Intro to Climbing: 6 p.m., Onsight Rock Gym. Info: Onsight Rock Gym at 865-888-9123. Learn the basics of top rope belaying, knot tying, and climbing technique in this hands-on class. Designed for those with no previous climbing experience, this course teaches the necessary skills required to climb independently.

Fly Tying 101: 6 p.m., 3 Rivers Angler. Cost: $25. Info: 3 Rivers Angler at 865-200-5271. We will cover everything from selection and use of tools, thread selection, and the basic tying skills you will need to get started in this rewarding endeavor. All tools and materials are provided.

Tuesday Night No-drop MTB ride: 6 p.m.North Boundary Trails in Oak Ridge. Free.Info: Cedar Bluff Cycles at 865-692-1010. Must have at least one fully charged light on your handlebars or helmet. We will be riding in the dark. This 2-hour weekly ride is designed to be a fun social MTB ride. May split into multiple groups. Meet at gravel lot, North Boundary East entrance, past guard shack heading west on Oak Ridge Turnpike.

Roadside/Trailside Basics: 6:30 p.m., Cycology Bicycles. Free. Info: Cycology Bicycles at 865-681-4183. Learn how to address mechanical issues on a ride, including flat repair, broken chains, broken spokes, and post-crash inspections. Information and demonstration will be 60-90 minutes.

Wednesday, Jan. 30

TVB Yoga for Cyclists: 7 a.m., Tennessee Valley Bikes. Cost: $10. Info: Tennessee Valley Bikes at 865-540-9979. Every Wednesday morning for an hour and fifteen minutes. No subscription or membership required.

KTC Group Run: 5:30 p.m., Runners Market Bearden. Free. Info: Knoxville Track Club. Wednesday evening social pace group run. All paces welcome. Distance options vary. Grab a beer with some good folks afterwards!

Night Gravel Grinder Ride: 6:30 p.m., North Boundary Trails. Free. Info:Knoxville Bicycle Company at 865-240-3499. Very casual pace about 11 miles, just for fun!  Night Gravel Grinder ride, Bring your Cross, Gravel, or MTB. Two levels of riding “A” and “B”. Bring lights! Regroups as necessary.

The Reality of Survival: Andrew Herrington: 6 p.m., REI Knoxville. Info: REI Knoxville at 865-584-1938. Join local expert Andrew Herrington as he breaks down the essence of “The Reality of Survival.” Participants will leave having an understanding of the reality of wilderness emergencies and how to avoid them. Andrew is a Wildlife Ranger in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and a Search and Rescue Team Leader. Andrew will cover the planning, training, and equipment needed for superior skills in a wilderness setting. Register online.

Thursday, Jan. 31

GSMNP Work Day: Smokemont: 9 a.m., Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Free. Info: Friends of the Smokies. Work involves blowing leaves and removing debris from within the campground, and to address any fire rings and tent pads that need basic maintenance. Tools and safety gear will be provided by park staff. Contact Adam Monroe at 828-497-1949 or adam_monroe@nps.gov to register and receive more information.

Tuesday A & B Group Ride: 10 a.m., Cycology Bicycles. Free. Info: Cycology Bicycles at 865-681-4183. A Group ride is usually a 40+ miles at 20+ average pace. This group is for advanced riders with good pace line skills. B Group ride is a “No Drop” ride (15-18 mph) 35-45 miles. Must have general skills to ride roads with car traffic. If weather is questionable, call shop to confirm.

Superfly Happy Hour: 5-7:30 p.m., 3 Rivers Angler. Free. Info: 3 Rivers Angler at 865-200-5271. Join us on Thursdays for fun and friendship, everyone is welcome. This week’s speaker is local legend Mike Bone, the Godfather of fishing guides in East Tennessee. This is your opportunity to pick his brain about high water tactics, what flies work best, or how to row the weir dam!

North Knox Beer Runners: 6 p.m., Central Flats and Taps. Free. Info: North Knox Beer Runners. Fun and easy run through North Knox and Happy Holler. Don’t forget lights and reflective gear.

Fleet Feet Sports Open Group Run/Walk: 6 p.m., Fleet Feet Sports. Free. Info: Fleet Feet Sports at 865-675-3338. Our 30-60-minute route varies week by week in the various neighborhoods and greenways around the store. All levels welcome.

Winter Camping Workshop: 6 p.m., REI Knoxville. Member price: $20 Non-member price: $40. Info: REI Knoxville at 865-584-1938. In this hands-on workshop you’ll get experience managing the freezing temperatures and staying comfortable outside in the cold. You’ll get tips and tricks for setting up camp in the winter and sleeping warm, even on the chilliest of nights. All gear is provided. No experiences necessary. Register online.

Mountain Bike Suspension Clinic: 6:30 p.m., Cycology Bicycles. Free. Info: Cycology Bicycles at 865-681-4183. Learn about how your mountain bike’s fork and shock adjustments can make all the difference in your day on the trail. Learn how to tune and adjust your ride, what service is necessary to keep your suspension operating properly, and what upgrades are out there to improve your ride. Information session, 45-60 minutes.

Friday, Feb. 1

Friday Fitness with Missy Kane: 9:15 a.m., Hot Springs NC. Meet at Iron Horse Inn. Free. Info: Covenant Health at 865-541-4500. Join Missy on the 1st Friday of each month for a 3-7-mile hike (various trail locations), moderate but not beginner. Register by calling Covenant Call Center at 865-541-4500 or emailing callcenter@covhlth.com.

CVTA North Boundary Trails Group Run: 5:30 p.m., North Boundary Trails in Oak Ridge. Free. Info: Clinch Valley Trail Alliance. We’ll break into several groups of similar distance and pace. Veteran trail runners will lead newcomers on a low-key introduction to trail running. Easy, about 3.5-mile, no-drop run. Options available for more experienced runners to break off and run faster/farther/harder. Bring a headlamp.

Friday Fun Run: 6:30 p.m., Pour Taproom. Free. Info: 865 Running.Run 3 miles downtown, World’s Fair Park and river walk. Then drinks with 10 percent off! All levels welcome.

Saturday, Feb. 2

Saturday Group Run: 8 a.m., Runners Market Bearden. Free. Info: Runner’s Market at 865-588-1650. Join us for a relaxed-pace run of 3 to 5.5 miles along the Third Creek and Sequoyah Hills Greenways. Afterwards, enjoy coffee and refreshments.

Bike Zoo Saturday Ride: 9 a.m., Bike Zoo. Free. Info: Bike Zoo at 865-558-8455. 3-hour ride of 50+ miles at a fast pace of 18/20 mph. Weather permitting!

Strawberry Plains 1/2 Marathon and 10K: 9 a.m., Rush Strong Elementary School. Info: Knoxville Track Club. Scenic and rolling course that meanders through the Holston River Valley with views of Clinch and House Mountain. 10K course is a mostly flat, out and back with a few climbs. Details and registration online.

Flat Tire Clinic: 9-10 a.m. or 11-12 p.m., West Bicycles. Free. Info: West Bicycles at 865-671-7591. Flat Tire Clinic to learn to repair flats quickly. Cost $10. Limit 10 per class. Includes one spare tube.

Run 4 Their Lives 5k: 10 a.m., UT Gardens. Info: Freedom 4/24, CCAHT and Street Hope TN. Run 4 Their Lives raises awareness and funds to bring sexually exploited women and children into freedom.

Catalyst Climb: 10 a.m., River Sports Outfitters. Info: River Sports Outfitters at 865-523-0066. The first Saturday of every month we are climbing with Catalyst Sports! This event is for anyone with physical disabilities. All ages are welcome to come and climb our rock wall.

Coffee and Climb with a Ranger: 10 a.m., Obed Wild & Scenic River. Free. Info: Obed Wild & Scenic River at 423-346-6294. Join National Park Service rangers for a free cup of coffee and Q&A about climbing. Then we’ll head over to climbing area. We provide all of the gear. All that you need to bring is drinking water, sturdy footwear. Details online.

Ijams Hiking Club February Hike: 10 a.m., Ijams Nature Center. Info: Ijams Nature Center at 865-577-4717, ext. 110. Ijams Hiking club meets the first Saturday to hike a different trail each month with an Ijams Naturalist to learn about plants and animals. Details and registration online.

Winter Tree and Shrub Identification Class: 10 a.m., House Mountain Natural Area. Cost $10. Info: TN Division of Natural Areas at 865-594-5601. Join regional ecologist, Lisa Huff, to learn how to recognize common forest trees of the Ridge and Valley province in winter. Learn to recognize common oaks, hickories, beach, sweetgum, Southern yellow pines and other trees and shrubs. We’ll focus on learning to recognize key field characteristics to make identifications, such as bark patterns, leaves, fruits and twigs. You’ll also receive instruction on how to use simple dichotomous keys to identify trees and shrubs in winter. Register online.

Guided Trail Walk: 10:30 a.m., Ijams Nature Center. Free. Info: Ijams Nature Center at 865-577-4717, ext. 110. Each monthly walk is guided by a naturalist who can answer your questions about what you are seeing, on-going projects, future programs, and more. This is a perfect way to get to know more about the Nature Center. This is a free program with a recommended $5 donation. No registration necessary. Details online.

Resolution Ride: 10 a.m., Cycology Bicycles. Free. Info: Cycology Bicycles at 865-681-4183. Join us for our 3rd annual Resolution Ride, a free social-paced ride of 15- or 35-miles over gently rolling terrain.

Gears/Brake Clinic: 1 p.m., West Bicycles. Cost $40. Info: West Bicycles at 865-671-7591. Learn gear and brake repairs in our 1-hour class on Saturdays. Limit 4 per class. Cost $40. Call shop to reserve your spot.

Sunday, Feb. 3

Hike Meigs Mountain to Lumber Ridge: 7:15 a.m., Alcoa Food City OR at the Townsend Wye at 7:45 AM. Free. Info: Smoky Mountain Hiking Club. Leader: Dale Potter, dalepotter55@gmail.com. This is an 11-mile shuttle hike starting at Jakes Creek in Elkmont to Meigs Mountain trail, across Meigs Mountain to Lumber Ridge and out at Tremont. We will climb 3,500 feet along the way with a stop at a cemetery before descending to Lumber Ridge. Rated moderate.

TVB Winter Gravel Series Ride: 11 a.m., North Boundary Trails in Oak Ridge. Free. Info: Tennessee Valley Bikes at 865-540-9979. We’ll ride about 12.6 miles with under 1,500-ft. elevation. There is some mixed gravel as well as the trail surface to test out different tire pressures and gear setup. Easy, no-drop ride open to all skill levels.

Intro to Climbing: 1 p.m., Onsight Rock Gym. Info: Onsight Rock Gym at 865-888-9123. Learn the basics of top rope belaying, knot tying, and climbing technique in this hands-on class. Designed for those with no previous climbing experience, this course teaches the necessary skills required to climb independently.

Yoga for Climbers: 7 p.m., River Sports Outfitters. Cost $8. Info: River Sports Outfitters at 865-523-0066. Join us for yoga every Sunday. Participants will receive a 20 percent off PrAna & Lole card.

 

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