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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. 


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.


Beer to benefit the Smokies

A charitable pint night will benefit Friends of the Smokies 4-8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 26, at Highland Brewing Company in Asheville. 

The night will include $1 pours from the tasting room, and during the entire month of January tips collected on brewery tours will benefit Friends of the Smokies. 

Friends of the Smokies is the non-profit partner of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, raising money to meet needs in the nation’s most visited national park.


Business training offered for farmers

A workshop exploring the business side of farming will be offered 4-7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 31, at the Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project’s office in Asheville. 

Pricing for Profit, to be conducted by Mountain Bizworks, will focus on basic financial planning strategies for farmers. 

The workshop aligns with ASAP’s annual Business of Farming Conference, which is scheduled for Feb. 25 at the Asheville-Buncombe Technical College Conference Center in Asheville. The conference provides a variety of training opportunities as well as networking opportunities for beginning and experienced farmers alike. Early bird conference registration ends Feb. 1. 

Registration for the Jan. 31 workshop is $20, with a light meal included.


Disc golf tournament coming to Waynesville 

Registration is now open for a disc golf tournament headed to Waynesville on Sunday, March 12. 

The Blind Hog Day Light Savings Throw Down, hosted by Waynesville Parks and Recreation, will be sanctioned by the Professional Disc Golf Association and take place the town’s disc golf course at Vance Street Park. 

Register at Fees range from $35 to $65 depending on division entered. 

Tim Petrea, 828.456.2030 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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