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Wednesday, 03 February 2016 00:00

Outdoors roundup

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Little League sign-ups scheduled 

Little League season is just around the corner, and signups for baseball and softball teams in Jackson County are planned for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays, Feb. 6 and Feb. 13 at the rec center in Cullowhee, and on Feb. 6 at the Qualla Fire Department in Whittier and at the Cashiers Recreation Center as well. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 828.226.0061.

In Haywood County, spring registration for the Mountaineers Little League and the Canton Little League are also underway.

www.mountaineerlittleleague.org

 

Performance to support enviro organization 

Musicians and poets will lend their talents to raise money for The Canary Coalition during a concert 7-9 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 4, at the Mad Batter Food & Film in Sylva. 

Performers will include Ian Moore, Ubuntu Choir, Thomas Rain Crowe, Dave and Ella Waldrop and many more. The Canary Coalition is a grassroots organization that started in 1999, advocating for policies and awareness regarding air quality, climate change, energy, transportation and environmental policy. 828.631.3447 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..

 

‘Mating and dating’ in the Animal Kingdom

Celebrate Valentine’s Day nature-style with a program on courtship in the animal kingdom, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 11, at the Highlands Nature Center. 

“Mating and Dating in the Animal Kingdom: A Gameshow Mash-up” will provide plenty of adult-only hilarity delving into the seductive world of animal courtship — a world where roses and chocolates don’t stand a chance against the fantastic and sometimes sleazy romantic gestures of the animal world. 

Couples will compete in a gameshow-like format testing knowledge, trivia and acting abilities — but singles are welcome, too. Just bring a friend to make the teams even. Drinks, desserts and prizes for the top couple will be offered. 

$10. RSVP to 828.526.2623. 

 

Paddle for waterways education 

A stand up paddleboard race for the brave-hearted will take place atop a chilly Lake Junaluska at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 6. 

Proceeds from the race will go to Haywood Waterways Association for youth environmental education, and is being put on by Waynesville Parks and Recreation Department.

It’s the same day as the annual Polar Plunge, which will immediately follow the paddle board race. 

Equipment will be provided and a variety of gift certificates awarded as prizes. $20, cash only. Registration starts at 9:30 a.m. 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.. 

 

Get paid to spend summertime in the backcountry

A crew working on trails, campsites, visitor education and data-taking in the backcountry is looking for members. 

The Southern Appalachian Wilderness Stewards — SAWS — will hire positions for sites in five states ranging from Georgia to Virginia.  Summertime crews of six will complete three weeks of orientation and hands-on training before heading out for nine weeks of multi-day backcountry field projects, each lasting up to 10 days at a time. 

The season goes from May 16 to Aug. 6, and the position pays $10.10 per hour. 

www.trailcrews.org/jobs.

 

Rock Climbing 101

Participants will leave with all the info they’ll need start rock climbing at a class offered at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 11, at REI in Asheville. 

The class will give an overview of the different types of climbing, the gear necessary for each and steps to get started. No “on-the-wall” component will be offered. Free, with space limited. www.rei.com/learn.html.

 

Get the low-down on fats

A workshop on healthy eating will break up the winter doldrums from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, Feb. 8, at the Waynesville Recreation Center. 

Taught by certified health and wellness coach Sara Lewis, the class — Fats: The Good, The Bad and The Healthy — will offer information about the dangers and benefits of various kinds of fats. 

$15 for rec center members; $20 for nonmembers. RSVP to Lewis at 828.550.1640.

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