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Wednesday, 19 October 2016 00:00

Outdoors roundup

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Free hunter safety courses offered

A hunter safety course will be offered 6-9 p.m. Oct. 17-18 at Haywood Community College, helping hunters get up to speed as autumn unfolds.

In addition to firearm safety, instruction includes ethics, responsibility, conservation, wildlife management, wildlife identification, survival, first aid, specialty hunting and tree stand safety. 

The course will be repeated Nov. 14-15. 

No minimum age, but the course will be taught at a sixth-grade level and tests must be completed without assistance. The certification is accepted in every state in the U.S. 

Free, with registration required at


Have a forest-filled Halloween

A naturally haunted Halloween will commence 6 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 28, at the Highlands Nature Center with the Halloween Enchanted Forest trick-or-treating event. 

Guided tours of the Botanical Garden will lead trick-or-treaters around the trail to meet native animal characters offering candy and facts about themselves, but beware — the last half hour will turn from “enchanted” to “haunted,” with animals more into tricks than treats. After trick-or-treating, kids can come to the Nature Center for activities such as face painting or to check out the bone collection. 

$1 per person. 828.526.2623 or


Get your Ultimate on

Ultimate Frisbee games will warm up the evening 5:30 to 8 p.m. Mondays at the Cullowhee Recreation Park.

Organized by Jackson County Parks and Recreation, the games are pick-up style and free to play. 

828.293.2053 or


Hone your swimming skills

Kids 5 and up will have a chance to sharpen their swimming skills with classes offered 6:25 to 7:15 p.m. Oct. 24-26 and Oct. 31 to Nov. 2 at Western Carolina University. 

Swimmers will be divided into two groups, with the beginner group focusing on skills such as bobbing, breathing underwater, rhythmic breathing and floating. The advanced beginner, intermediate and advanced group will use techniques such as front crawl, back crawl and breastroke. 

Classes are taught by Michael Creason, a retired WCU faculty member who has been a swimming instructor for 40 years. 

$59. Register with the Office of Continuing and Professional Education, 828.227.7397 or visit

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