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The Competitive Edge

  • Haywood County Chamber of Commerce Golf Tournament. July 22. Golfers will enjoy a round of golf, lunch, beverages, and a goody bag as a participant in the tournament. All levels are encouraged to participate. 11:30 a.m. lunch followed by a 1 p.m. start at the Maggie Valley Club. $125 for a member/individual, $500 for a foursome. www.haywood-nc.com.

  • Bele Chere 5K. July 24. The largest road race in Western North Carolina. The start and finish lines will be at the same spot on McCormick Place, with a start timing pad. More information and a link to registration available at www.belechere5k.com.

  • Haywood Christian Ministry will hold its 17th Annual Charitable Golf Tournament July 27, 28. Held at Waynesville Country Club on July 27 for ladies and at both Laurel Ridge Country Club and Waynesville Resort and Spa for men on July 28. Appreciation banquet on July 28 at Laurel Ridge Country Club pavilion. Entry fee is $125. To register to play, call 456.4838.

  • Folkmoot USA 5K Run/Walk. July 31. A "walk-friendly" race open to people of all abilities who want to participate for the fun and to support Folkmoot, but also for serious runners. Race starts at 8 a.m. at the Folkmoot Friendship Center in Waynesville. Packet Pick Up and Registration will start at 6:30 a.m. at the Start/Finish area. Adults: $20 in advance, $25 on Race Day. Register at the Folkmoot office or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

  • Lake Logan Triathlon. Aug. 7. International distance triathlon, 1500 meter swim in Lake Logan and 24 mile bike to Canton. Call 400.5868 for more information.

  • Blue Ridge Breakaway. Aug. 21. A bike race through Haywood County to support the Chamber of Commerce. The event will feature a Century (105 miles), Metric Century (65 miles), 40 miles and a 24 mile ride. All routes will begin at the Lake Junaluska Conference and Retreat Center. www.blueridgebreakaway.com.

 

Outings & Fieldtrips

  • BICYCLEHAYOODNC, a local bicycle advocacy group established in 2009, will partner with Rolls Rite Bicycles of Waynesville on Thursdays through July 29 to lead group bicycle rides around Haywood County. Rides will begin at 5:30 p.m. at Rolls Rite located at 1362 Asheville Highway in Waynesville. 276.6080.

  • The Western North Carolina Alliance will host a walk at Tessentee Bottomland Preserve to Bird Banding Station July 21. Find out how songbirds are netted and banded to record data. Meet at Tessentee parking area, 2249 Hickory Knoll Road in Otto, at 9 a.m. Children are encouraged to come and join in this hands-on scientific avian research project. Limit is 15 people. Call 349.5201 to register.

  • The Southern Appalachians Highlands Conservancy will host a guided goat hike at Roan Mountain on July 22. See how goats are being used for vegetation management on the grassy balds. Hike five miles of moderately steep terrain. Free. Hike begins at 10 a.m. Call to register by July 21 at 253.0095, ext 205 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Directions will be sent upon RSVP.

  • The Land Trust for the Little Tennessee will host a visit to the historic Cowee Mound overlooking the "Vale of Keowee," site of the Cherokee village until 1820 on July 23. A guest speaker will lead an informational walk around the mound to identify traces of activity, trails, and plants used by the Cherokee. Bring a lunch. Meet at Cowee School at 9:30 a.m. to carpool. Limit is 15 people. Call 349.5201 to register.

  • Blue Ridge Parkway Hike of the Week. July 23. Join Parkway Rangers at 10 am for a moderate one-mile hike along the Art Loeb Trail to the summit of Black Balsam Knob. Meet at 10 a.m. 298.5330, ext. 304.

  • The Watershed Association of the Tuckasegee River (WATR) will have the Annual Walk 'n Talk at Deep Creek in Swain County on July 23. Meet at the parking lot at the Deep Creek Entrance of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park at 5:30 p.m. for a leisurely walk to a nearby waterfall followed by dinner at a nearby restaurant. 488.8418.

  • The Nantahala Hiking Club will host a hike to Devil's Courthouse and Whiteside Mountain on July 24. Learn more about the interesting trees and plants in this section of the Nantahala Mountains. Easy four miles. Meet at Whiteside Mountain parking lot in Highlands at 9:30 a.m. Call 526.8134 for reservations. If interested in carpooling from Franklin, call 349.5201.

  • Georges State Park Program: Take a Hike. July 26. Join park naturalist for a one-walk to Upper Bearwallow Falls. Meet at 10 a.m. at the picnic area accessible from the Sapphire entrance to the park. 966.9099.

  • The Western North Carolina Alliance will host a "History Along The River" walk July 31 with Barb McRae, editor of The Franklin Press and expert on Macon history. Meet at Rotary Shelter, old Airport Trail entrance behind Macon News at 9 a.m. Bring binoculars to view wildlife along the way. Call 349.5201 to register.

  • The Carolina Mountain Club will hike the Sam Knob/Devil's Courthouse Loop on Aug. 1. A moderately difficult, 8.5 miles hike. Meet at the Westgate Shopping Center in Asheville at 8:30 a.m. or at the Blue Ridge Parkway Cold Mountain overlook at 9:15 a.m. 231.2198

  • The Nantahala Hiking Club will hike the Wasilik Poplar trail near Standing Indian on Aug. 1. See one of the largest tulip poplar trees in NC. Easy 1.5 miles. Meet at Westgate Plaza at 2 p.m. Call leader Kay Coriell at 369.6820 to register.

  • A "Walk with a Naturalist" at The North Carolina Arboretum in Asheville is held each Tuesday and Saturday at 1 p.m. From spring through early summer. Interpretive guides will lead small groups along woodland trails and through a variety of forest types. www.ncarboretum.org or call 665.2492.

  • Kayak Class. The Class IV Kayaking Creek Week held at NOC is offered in weekend or five-day format over several dates from March through May. Five-day classes are $1,149/person and weekends are $501/person. As with all other NOC Paddling School Offerings, transportation, meals and lodging are all included. For dates and to register, visit www.noc.com or call 488.7185.

 

Bike Rides

  • A Weekly bike ride in Waynesville meets Thursdays at 5:30 p.m. at Rolls Rite Bicycles on the Old Asheville Highway. Beginner to intermediate rides led by Bicycle Haywood advocacy group. 8 to 12-mile rides. 276.6080 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

  • A weekly bike ride meets in Bryson City on Wednesdays around 6 p.m. Depart from the East Swain Elementary school in Whittier on U.S.19 of exit 69 from U.S. 23-74. All levels. 800.232.7238, ext. 158.

  • A weekly women's bike ride in Bryson City/Sylva meets Mondays at 5:45 p.m., departing from the Whittier Post Office. Three groups do 8-mile, 13-mile and 17-mile rides. No one will be dropped. spinderellas.ning.com.

  • A weekly bike ride in Bryson City meets Sundays at 4:30 p.m. at Bryson City Bicycles on Everett Street for casual, moderate ride. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 488.1988. "Bike and Brew" ride ends with a local microbrew at Nanthala Brewing Company.

  • A weekly bike ride in Sylva meets Tuesday at 6 p.m., departing from Motion Makers bike shop for a tough 25-mile ride up to the Balsam Post office via back roads and back into Sylva. 586.6925.

  • A weekly bike ride in Franklin meets Wednesday at 5:30 p.m., departing from Smoky Mountain Bicycles at 179 Highlands Road. Geared for all levels. 369.2881 or www.maconcountycycling.blogspot.com.

  • A weekly bike ride in Franklin meets Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. at Macon Middle School on Wells Grove Road. Ladies and Beginners' ride. 369.2881 or www.maconcountycycling.blogspot.com.

  • A weekly bike ride in Franklin meets Saturdays at 8 a.m., departing from South Macon Elementary School 369.2881, www.maconcountycycling.blogspot.com.

  • A weekly bike ride in Franklin meets Sundays at 10 a.m., departing from the Franklin Health and Fitness Center. 369.2881, www.maconcountycycling.blogspot.com.

 

Programs & Workshops

  • Lecture: "The Man Behind the Mountain Laurel: Peter Kalm in America." July 22. Author Paula Robbins will present the lecture as part of the Zahner Conservation Lecture series. 7 p.m. at Highland Nature Center. 526.2623.

  • Highlands Nature Center Program: "Snakes of the Highlands Region." July 23. Learn snake identification, natural histories, and common misconceptions. 7 to 8:30 p.m. for all ages. $2 per person. 526.2623 or www.wcu.edu/hbs/Naturecenter.htm.

  • Georges State Park Program: Animal Senses. July 23, 24. Learn how animals see, hear, taste, smell, and feel to survive in the wild. 3 p.m. on July 23 at the Frozen Creek trailhead off US 64 W of Rosman and 10:30 a.m. July 24 at the Grassy Ridge trailhead, accessible from the Sapphire entrance to the park. 966.9099.

  • Georges State Park Program: The Call of the Wild. July 24. This is the Year of the Birds at NC State Parks and a Ranger led walk focusing in on bird calls and bird song will take place on a portion of the Auger Hole trail. Bring bug spray and hiking shoes. Meet at 9 a.m. at the Grassy Ridge trailhead accessible from the Sapphire entrance to the park located off NC 281S. 966.9099.

  • Georges State Park Program: Making Tracks. July 24. Learn how to identify animal tracks by creating plaster-of-paris tracks of different animals. 2 p.m. at the Grassy Ridge trailhead accessible from the Sapphire entrance to the park. 966.9099.

  • Train History Day at the Cradle of Forestry. July 24. With local train historian Jerry Ledford. Programs at 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. with a model railroad displayed all day. Admission is $5 for adults. For details call 877.3130.

  • Georges State Park Program: Crepuscular Critters. July 25. Explore the creatures that are active during the twilight hours. 7 p.m. at the Grassy Ridge trailhead accessible from the Sapphire entrance to the park. 966.9099.

  • Georges State Park Program: Identifying Wildlife Sign. July 25. Learn to investigate signs of wildlife such as tracks, scat and skeletal remains. 2 p.m. at the Grassy Ridge trailhead accessible from the Sapphire entrance to the park. 966.9099.

  • Haywood Community College's Natural Resources Division and the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission will offer free Boating Safety courses on July 26, 27 and on Aug. 9, 10 from 6 to 9:30 p.m. in room 309/310 on the HCC campus. Participants must attend two consecutive evenings to receive their certification. Pre-registration is required at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 627.4560.

  • Fly Fishing Skills: Casting for Beginners. July 28. Topics include casting theory, mechanics and practice techniques. Offered by the Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Lake Imaging in DuPont State Forest. All equipment and materials are provided. Bring a lunch. A $20 registration fee is fully refundable upon class attendance. 877.4423.

  • "The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: Mushrooms of the Southern Appalachians." July 29. Andrew Methven of Eastern Illinois University will present the lecture as part of the Zahner Conservation Lecture series. 7 p.m. at Highland Nature Center. 526.2623.

  • "Blue Ridge Perspectives: The Natural World thru Words and Images." Aug. 5. Author George Ellison and painter Elizabeth Ellison will present the lecture as part of the Zahner Conservation Lecture series. 7 p.m. at Highland Nature Center. 526.2623.

  • Workshop: Woodscaping your Woodlands and Firewise Management. Aug. 6, 7. A general overview of managing your forest land-how topography and soil affect the forest type and a tour of harvesting methods. Held at the Holmes Educational State Forest in Hendersonville. Advance registration required by one week prior at 884.5713 ex. 26.

  • Workshop: Stewardship, Recreation, & Liability. Aug. 20, 21 at the Cradle of Forestry Historic Site in Pisgah National Forest. Planning trails on your property, plus the basics of land ownership liability and conservation easements. Graduation ceremony and lunch will follow on Saturday for those who have attended at least 3 of the 4 workshops. Advance registration required by one week prior at 884.5713 ex. 26.

  • The WNC Sportsman's Club will hold a free trapping class on Aug. 28 at Juke Box Junction Restaurant in Bethel. All aspects of trapping will be covered, with emphasis on coyotes. Taught by certified instructors. 9 a.m. 316.1588.

  • Free fly fishing classes are offered at River's Edge Outfitters in Cherokee every week. Participants of all ages and skill levels are welcome and encouraged to attend. Classes will be approximately an hour and half long. For more information contact Rivers Edge Outfitters at 497.9300.

  • Mini Demo Days. Every Wednesday this July, Diamond Brand is hosting weekly "try before you buy" events from 4 to 6 p.m., to allow kayak and canoe seekers to demo a variety of boats on Lake Julian. The event is free, but pre-registration is required at 684.6262.

 

Farm & Garden

  • Native Landscaping & Water Management workshop. July 23, 24. A general overview of choosing and planting native plants for your property. View stormwater best management practices and erosion control measures. Basic information on planning and locating ponds and managing streamside riparian zones. Held at the NC Arboretum. Advance registration is required at 884.5713 ex. 26.

  • Friends of Rickman's Store Gardening with Nature Workshop: "Someone's in the Kitchen with Isaac." July 29. Make old-fashioned organic homemade bread with 11 year-old chef Isaac Timan. A demonstration of a yeast method will also be given. Bring a bowl with cover to make your own. Kids are invited to come with parents. 6:30 p.m. at Rickman's Store. 349.5201 or 524.2711, ext. 203.

  • The Sylva Community Garden is now accepting applications for the 2010 growing season. The purpose of the Sylva Community Garden is to provide fresh produce to those in need and to provide organic gardening space to local growers. The garden is located across the street from The Community Table on Storybook Lane in downtown Sylva. For more information or a garden application please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call Ann at 226.1885.

 

Farmers Markets

Haywood

  • Canton Tailgate Market. Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Town hall parking lot on Park Street in downtown Canton. 646.3412.

  • Haywood Historic Farmers Market at the HART Theater in Waynesville. Wednesdays and Saturdays May-Oct. 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Locally-grown produce, farm-fresh eggs, baked goods, cheese, preserves, local meat, fresh seafood and heritage crafts. 627.3469. www.waynesvillefarmersmarket.com.

  • Waynesville Tailgate Market at the American Legion in Waynesville. Wednesdays and Saturday 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. June-Oct. Assortment of crafts, fruits, local specialties, vegetables and organic food. 456.3517.

 

Jackson

  • Cashiers Tailgate Market. Noon to 5 p.m. Wednesday and 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. In the parking lot of Cashiers Community Center on N.C. 107 between Cashiers and Highlands.

  • Farmers Market at Harris Regional Hospital. Tuesdays from 4 to 7 p.m. near the Hospital Road entrance to the hospital parking lot. Market is open to the public as well as employees of the hospital.

  • Jackson County Farmers Market in Sylva. Saturdays from May-Oct. 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Local produce, jams and honey, homemade soaps, crafts and more at the Municipal Parking Lot near Bridge Park.

 

Macon

  • Franklin Tailgate Market. Saturdays. 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. Selling only homegrown fruits, vegetables, herbs, cut flowers, plants, eggs, locally made cheese, trout, and honey. Held on west Palmer Street, across the street from the old post office.

  • Friends of the Rickman Store. 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Fridays. Located at the historical T.M. Rickman General Store seven miles north of Franklin on N.C. 28.

 

Swain

  • Swain Tailgate Market. Fridays from May-Oct. Produce, flowers, honey and jams and more. 9 a .m. to 1 p.m. on old Hwy 19 off of Veteran's Blvd. in the parking lot next to Fred's and Super Saver Foods shopping center.

  • Stecoah Valley Cultural Arts Center Tailgate Market. Saturdays through the summer. Market with be held from 4 to 7 p.m. on Saturdays for ten weeks. Interested vendors can pick up an application at the Graham County Cooperative Extension Office or the Stecoah Valley Cultural Arts Center.

 

Cherokee

  • Cherokee Farmer's Tailgate Market. Fridays during growing season. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Local farmers and gardeners provide fresh local produce on a weekly basis. Look for organic and heirloom produce. Located on Acquoni Road in downtown Cherokee. Opens in June.

 

Special Events & Meetings

  • Dog Days on the Parkway will be July 24 at the Blue Ridge Parkway Visitor Center. Parkway Rangers will lead an orienteering activity for the whole family at 10 a.m. The day's events will wrap up with a 2 p.m. performance by The Neighbors Bluegrass Band from Caldwell County.

  • The Land Trust for the Little Tennessee will hold its second annual "Local Food Gala" July 24. A fundraising event with a local wine and beer tasting and a menu of foods grown in the region. Gala will be at Cave Creek in the Lower Burningtown area of Franklin. Tickets are $75 each or $500 for a table of 8 and are available at www.ltlt.org. 524.2711, ext 203.

  • Blue Ridge Parkway celebration: 75 Years of Heritage and Communities. Aug. 7. Held at the Waterrock Knob Visitors Center on the Parkway, the day includes live music and entertainment and demonstrations from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Food will be available to purchase.

  • Smokey Bear's Birthday Party. Aug. 7. Child oriented event with music, games, art activities, wildland fire fighting tools, birthday cake, and the guest of honor, Smokey Bear. Live animal program at 1:30 p.m., party form 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Cradle of Forestry, Highway 276 in the Pisgah National Forest near Brevard. $6 for adults, $3 for youth under 16. 877.3130.

 

Group Meetings

  • The Watershed Association of the Tuckasegee River will hold its summer meeting on July 21. 6:30 p.m. at the Sylva Town Hall.

  • WNC Sportman's Club's Archery and Youth Airgun Shoots are held the first and second Saturdays of each month. For more information call 316.1588.

  • The WNC Sportsman's Club meets the first Monday of each month at 6:30 p.m. at Juke Box Junction. The public is invited and welcome to attend. 316.1588.

  • Local Camping Club seeks new members. Meet the second weekend of the month, April to October. We share a love of the outdoors, good company, great food and a roaring campfire. 369.6669.

  • The Diamond Brand Running Group will meet Wednesdays at 6 p.m. Each running group member is given a Running Group Rewards Card for the chance to receive great discounts and free products at Diamond Brand and registration is free. For more information, contact Sarah at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

  • Group Runs begin at 7 a.m. every Wednesday start at the lobby of the YMC in Asheville. All levels welcome. 277.5151.

  • Macon County Horse Association meets at 7:30 p.m. the third Tuesday of each month at the Macon County Fairgrounds. Education program and business meeting. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

  • HAYWOOD ALLIANCE, a local chapter of the WNC Alliance, meets at various locations each month. Get involved with protecting Haywood County's environment, scenery and farmland from development, and encouraging politicians to take steps. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

  • Friends of Panthertown work days are held the fourth Saturday of every month (time and location varies). Volunteers needed to maintain trails. For more information, contact Nina Elliott at 526.9938 (ext 258), visit j-mca.org or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

  • "Pints and Flies," a weekly gathering of fishermen meets Tuesdays at 6 p.m. at the Rendezvous in the Maggie Valley Inn and Conference Center. A chance to join local fly fishermen to tie some flies, tell lies and drink some beer. Bring your own supplies or come to learn. 553.3863 or carolinachase_wnc@yahoo.

  • Tuckaseigee Chapter of Trout Unlimited. Fishermen from Haywood, Jackson, Macon and Swain welcome. Meets first Tuesday of the month at 6:30 p.m. United Community Bank on N.C. 107 in Sylva. 586.2887 or offiThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

  • Smoky Mountain Beekeepers meet at 7 p.m. on the second Thursday of every month in the Whittier Community Building in Whittier. Open to anyone interested in honeybees. 554.6935.

  • Swain County Train Runners. Long run group meets 8 a.m. Saturdays at the Deep Creek Trailhead Parking Area in Bryson City. All runs are on trails in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park or Tsali Recreation Area. All distances, paces, ages welcome. More information at 399.0989, 488.6769 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

  • The Sylva Garden Club meets at 9:30 a.m. the first Tuesday of each month at the Presbyterian Church. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

  • Watershed Association of the Tuckasegee River Monthly Lunch Meetings (open to members and non-members alike). First Wednesday of each month in Bryson City at the River Grill Second Wednesday of each month in Sylva at the Soul Infusion Teahouse on State Road 107. Contact WATR at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 488.8418.

  • The Western Carolina Paddlers meet the first Tuesday of each month at the REI Community Room at 31 Schenck Parkway, Asheville. There will be a presentation at each meeting.

  • WNC Sportsmans Club meets at 6:30 p.m. the first Monday night of each month at the Juke Box Junction Restaurant located in Bethel at the junction of US 276 and NC 110 wncsportsmansclub.com.

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