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Wednesday, 02 September 2015 00:00

Outdoors roundup

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Meet the herb lady

A workshop about harvesting and preparing herbs will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 8, at the Jackson County Public Library in Sylva. 

Becky Lipkin, a certified aroma therapist known as “The Herb Lady of Cedar Creek Farms,” will discuss what to do with herbs grown in the garden, and she’ll give a fragrant demonstration by preparing a fresh batch of pesto during the class. Participants will receive handouts, herb samples — and a bite of pesto. 

Free. 828.586.2016. 


Bird flu info session in Morganton

A meeting to give backyard poultry owners the scoop on avian influenza will be held 1-3 p.m. Friday, Sept. 11, in Morganton. 

The highly pathogenic virus is carried by migrating birds and therefore expected to reach North Carolina this fall. The N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services is leading the Morganton meeting as one of five statewide to give an overview of the outbreak currently unfolding in the United States and how North Carolina is planning to protect its poultry. Veterinarians with the department and from N.C. State University will give the presentation, also covering information about the state poultry registry and how to protect flocks from infection. 

The flu, though not found to affect human health or food safety, has wreaked havoc on poultry farms in the 21 states where it’s been found so far. At this point it hasn’t reached the East Coast, but as it’s thought to be carried by migratory fowl officials area bracing for possible introduction during fall migration. 

Pre-registration available at The meeting will be held at the Burke County Center, 130 Ammons Drive in Morganton. Spring Williams, 828.439.4460.


Astronomy institute celebrates another year of science

An evening of guided tours, nature trail exploration and behind-the-scenes looks at what goes on at the Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute will all be part of the Friends of PARI annual meeting beginning 5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 11.

The event — open to anyone with some level of membership at PARI — will include access to PARI activities not normally open to the public, one-on-one interaction with scientists and tours such as one of PARI’s recently enlarged meteorite and mineral gallery, which houses hundreds of North Carolina museum-grade minerals and meteorites gathered from around the world. At 6:30 p.m., presentations from students who have completed research projects at PARI will commence.

Join PARI or register to attend online at Memberships start at $50. 828.862.5554 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . 


Support the Parkway at Mast General Store

Shopping at Mast General Store will raise funds for a good cause on Saturday, Sept. 12. 

On Mast General Friends Day, stores in Waynesville, Asheville, Hendersonville and various other locations in the region will donate 10 percent of sales revenue to the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation. 

The foundation is a non-profit dedicated to raising money for needed projects along the 469-mile Blue Ridge Parkway.

The Waynesville store is located on Main Street and open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturdays. 

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