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Tuesday, 03 May 2016 00:00

Outdoors roundup

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Adult soccer is back in Haywood

A co-ed adult soccer league is returning to Haywood County for the summer, with a maximum of 10 teams of up to 13 players. 

Games will be played Monday and Wednesday evenings June 6 to July 31 at Allens Creek Park in Waynesville, with 7-on-7 play in two 25-minute halves. 

Registration deadline is 5 p.m. May 19. $390 per team with a minimum age of 18. Players must be out of high school. Organized by Haywood County Recreation and Parks. 828.452.6789 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.. 

 

Become a wildflower expert

A six-week course studying the blooms that make Western North Carolina come alive in the springtime will begin May 10, meeting every Tuesday through June 14 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at various outdoor locations around Jackson County. 

Horticulturist Adam Bigelow will teach the identification techniques using ID guides and keys, as well as on-the-ground practice outdoors. Bigelow will also cover the plants’ “stories,” including their names, benefits, uses and relationship to each other and the world at large.

$120 for the series. In case of rain, class will be rescheduled for weekend afternoons. 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.. 

Celebrate wildflowers  in Highlands

Spring’s ephemeral beauties will take center stage at Wildflower Whimsy, scheduled for May 6-7 at the Highlands Biological Foundation. 

The annual fundraising event includes garden tours, a lecture, a live auction and wine reception, and a variety of guided wildflower walks. Proceeds support the foundation’s three pillars — its botanical garden, laboratory and nature center.

$75 for members; $100 for nonmembers. www.highlandsbiological.org or 828.526.2221. 

 

Identify trees like a pro

A full-day workshop to turn tree novices into tree identification experts will be held Saturday, May 21, at the Oconaluftee Visitor Center in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. 

The class “Introduction to Tree Identification” will keep technical terms to a minimum, using photographs to help students learn to identify trees based on their bark, twigs and leaves. Ecological requirements for dominant tree species in the area will also be reviewed to help students gauge the likelihood of encountering a particular species in a given location. 

$79. Taught by Mac Post as part of the Smoky Mountain Field School.

www.conferencesandnoncreditprograms.utk.edu/smoky.

 

Barrel up rain for better gardening and conservation 

Rain barrels are on sale this spring at the Haywood Cooperative Extension office in Waynesville, part of an effort to raise awareness about water conservation. 

Haywood Waterways Association sells the rain barrels every spring, hoping to conserve water while also helping homeowners with gardening and landscaping. Barrels can be purchased anytime during normal business hours. 

$90. Go to the Extension office at 589 Raccoon Road or contact Haywood Waterways at 828.476.4667 or 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.. 

 

Prepare for emergencies

Training in CPR and first aid held from 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, May 10, at Jackson County Recreation in Cullowhee will prepare participants to respond to heart attacks and address injuries before medical assistance arrives. 

$40 with space limited. 828.293.3053.

 

Class will help jumpstart healthy living

A six-week program to help participants get started in a healthier lifestyle will begin at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, May 4, at the Haywood County Senior Resource Center in Waynesville. 

Eat Smart, Move More North Carolina is a statewide initiative to help people eat smart, move more and achieve a healthy weight, thereby preventing obesity and chronic disease. The group will meet weekly for a one-hour session for six consecutive weeks. 

828.456.3575 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.. Organized by Haywood County Cooperative Extension. 

 

Get hands-on with leafy greens

Learn about the delicious and healthy properties of leafy greens with a cooking class from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, May 9, at the Waynesville Recreation Center. 

Sara Lewis, a certified holistic health coach, will lead the session, covering the rejuvenating benefits of dark leafy greens, proper preparation and seasoning, and a demonstration of three simple dishes — sample food will result. 

$18 for rec center members; $22 non-members, with a take-home gift included. Space limited. 828.550.1640 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.. 

 

Master the map and compass

Learn how to use a map and compass with an orienteering class offered Saturday, May 14, at the Ralph J. Andrews campground through Jackson County Parks and Recreation. 

Participants will get to practice their skills on a navigation course. 

All ages. $5. Register through May 12 at 828.293.3053 or in person at the Jackson County Recreation Center in Cullowhee.

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