Celebrate Earth Day
Celebrate Earth Day
• Celebrate the annual migration of the sicklefin redhorse, a crucial fish species in the Hiwassee River Valley with an educational viewing Thursday, April 22, at Welch Farm in Marble, hosted by Mainspring Conservation Trust and the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission. Attend at 8 a.m. or 6 p.m. to watch aquatic biologists tag the many fish that will be caught in fyke nets in the Valley River. For directions, visit www.mainspringconserves.org/be-a-mainspring/properties/welch-farm.
• The Haywood County Public Library will hold a series of virtual programs this week in anticipation of Earth Day, including a crash course on compost and a session about the opossum’s place as a secret backyard helper. www.haywoodcountync.gov/696/Virtual-Programming.
• Watershed Association of the Tuckaseigee River, or WATR, will host the Tuckaseigee Watershed Eco-Fest 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 24, at Monteith Farm Park Pavilion in Dillsboro. The event will include an opportunity to get close-up, hands-on experience with stream insects, and to learn more about WATR’s work. www.watrnc.org.
• Andrews will hold its annual Street Fair & Nature Expo 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday, April 24, offering a chance for all to learn about gardening, butterflies, water conservation, local history and more. www.visitandrewsnc.com/spring-fling.
• During an online event at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 24, the Blue Ridge Electric Vehicle Club will present, “What does it mean to run an EV on Solar Energy?” The interactive session will include ample time to address participant questions. Register at driveelectricearthday.org/event.
• Creation Care Alliance will hold a virtual Earth Day vigil 6 to 7:15 p.m. Sunday, April 25, via Zoom.www.mountaintrue.org/event/earth-day-vigil-3.
• MountainTrue is hosting an Earth Day Cleanup Challenge through April 30, with participants asked to collect litter for disposal and post photos to social media with the hashtag #MTEarthDayChallenge. Photos with the most trash collected will receive a prize.www.mountaintrue.org/event/earth-day-clean-up-challenge-2021.
• The Cradle of Forestry in America is open for the season as of 10 a.m. Wednesday, April 21. Admission is $6 and free for youth ages 4 to 12. The Cradle is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. 828.877.3130.
• A punt, pass and kick clinic will be held at noon Saturday, April 24, at the Cashiers/Glenville Recreation Center in Jackson County. The event is free to everyone, with groups for ages 6-8, 9-11 and 12-14. www.rec.jacksonnc.org.
• The inaugural Tot Trot 5K will step off Saturday, April 24, from the Waynesville Recreation Park to raise money for two local nonprofits — KARE and Hope for Horses. Registration will begin at 8 a.m. with waved start times from 9 a.m. Awards will be distributed at Mad Anthony’s starting at 12:30 p.m., and the first 25 runners will receive a free beer glass upon presenting their race bib. All runners will be eligible for additional prize drawings. Register for $40 through April 19 at www.raceroster.com.
• Watershed Association of the Tuckasegee River will celebrate earth month with its member meeting from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Saturday, April 24, at Monteith Farm Park Pavilion. The event will allow participants the opportunity to catch and observe the fascinating critters that live in our local streams and rivers.
• The inaugural Running of the Goats 5K and Nature Walk will take place at the WNC Nature Center in Asheville on Sunday, April 25. Registration is limited, and rolling starts with waves between 7:30 and 9 a.m. will allow for distancing. Proceeds will benefit Friends of the WNC Nature Center and support programs throughout the park. Register at www.wildwnc.org/runwild
• The Nantahala Outdoor Center will throw its annual Spring Fling event this year, running from 8 a.m. Saturday, April 24, to 5 p.m. Sunday, April 25. An Upper Cascades release will provide fun for boaters, and kayak demos from a variety of vendors will be available 3 to 6 p.m. Saturday. From 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, live music from the Log Noggins Band will be provided.
• Dispose of old pesticides safely during Haywood County Pesticide Collection Day 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 28, in Waynesville. Contact the office before collection day for special instructions and information regarding pressurized pesticide gas cylinders or containers larger than 5 gallons. Unknown materials cannot be accepted. The event will take place at the Haywood Extension Center on Raccoon Road and is offered in cooperation with the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services’ Pesticide Disposal Assistance Program. The program cooperates with 40 to 50 county Extension centers each year to collect old pesticides, meaning that collections occur only about once every other year in each county. Contact Bill Skelton, Haywood County Extension Director, for more information, 828.456.3575.
• Buy plants, flowers and crafts during the A Mother’s Love Market, slated for 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 1, at Sunset Inn in Lake Junaluska. Proceeds go to Haywood Outdoor Pantries and Feeding the Multitudes. COVID-19 protocols will be observed. For more information, visit @MountainProjectsHaywoodPantryProject on Facebook.
• The Nantahala Hiking Club will take an easy 4 to 6 miles hike on Friday, April 23. Dogs are welcome. The club will meet at Westgate Plaza in Franklin at 10 a.m. Call leader Katharine Brown, 421-4178, for reservations.
• The Nantahala Hiking Club will take a moderate-to-strenuous 6-mile hike on Buckeye Branch, hiking the old Bartram Trail on Saturday, April 24. The club will meet at the Smoky Mountain Visitor Center at 10 a.m. Call leader Gail Lehman, 524-5298, for reservations.