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Wednesday, 11 January 2017 00:00

Outdoors roundup

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Pint nights to support the Smokies 

A series of pint nights at Blue Ghost Brewery in Fletcher will feature a presentation by Friends of the Smokies, with a percentage of sales supporting fire relief efforts in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Presentation topics will include the reintroduction of elk to the Smokies, climate change’s effects on the park and the National Park Service’s 100th anniversary. A specialty brew, Centennial White IPA, will feature a 6.6 percent ABV and 43 IBU to highlight the park’s highest elevation — 6,643-foot Clingmans Dome. Smokies-themed food from Olive Catering Company will be available for purchase. 

Nightly topics are: 

At 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 19, Elk in Western North Carolina. 

At 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 16, Salamanders and Storms: Climate Change in the Smokies. 

The Smokies-themed pint nights are part of Blue Ghost Brewing’s larger series about the natural history of WNC, offered on the third Thursday of each month through March. 

 

Learn to build the perfect campfire

A tutorial in campfire building will be offered 1-4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 14, at the Cullowhee Recreation Center. 

The class will cover techniques for building and starting campfires that have the least amount of impact on the campsite. 

$5. Register through Jan. 13 at www.rec.jacksonnc.org

 

Sports development program for pre-schoolers 

A program aimed at helping pre-schoolers get their feet wet in the world of sports will be starting up in Waynesville this month. 

Open to children ages 4 and 5 as of Feb. 1, the Smart Starts Sports Development program will be held 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays starting Jan. 31 at the Waynesville Recreation Center. A variety of baseball and soccer equipment designed just for 4- and 5-year-olds will be used to enhance skill development in a fun atmosphere. 

Space is limited. $65 covers registration as well as a kit of age-appropriate sports equipment. The registration deadline is 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 17, and a parent meeting will be held at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 24. 

Administered by the Youth Development branch of the nonprofit National Alliance for Youth Sports and the Waynesville Parks and Recreation Department.

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