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Wednesday, 16 April 2014 00:00

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Woofstock! seeks barbecue participants

The second annual Woofstock! is now seeking applications from participants in its barbeque competition. The fundraiser will be held from 2 to 8 p.m. Saturday, May 3, at McGuire Gardens in Sylva.

Proceeds from the fundraiser will go to benefit ARF, which is the Jackson County Humane Society. The event features a barbeque competition, live blues music, offerings from Innovation Brewing, pet photos and a silent auction. 

The barbeque competition will be judged in the following categories: beef, pork, chicken, sauce and a people’s choice best overall. The tasting will be held from 4 to 7 p.m., with awards announced at 7:30 p.m. Participants will provide two-ounce tastes for an estimated 200 attendees and eight judges in any of these categories. There is no charge to participate; entry tickets will be sold and all proceeds will benefit ARF. or 828.226.0181 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


Sylva welcomes Greening Up the Mountains festival

The 17th annual Greening Up the Mountains Festival will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 26, at the Bridge Park in Sylva. 

The event kicks off with a 5K race from Mark Watson Park at 9 a.m. The race is sponsored by the Jackson County Recreation and Parks Department. For more information on race registration and routes, visit or call the parks department at 828.293.3053. 

The Signature Brew Stage in the Suntrust parking lot on Main Street and the Bridge Park Stage will host live local music throughout the day. In the Wells Fargo Bank Parking lot, the Triple Threat children’s stage will feature Jackson County’s youngest performers, kicking off at 10 a.m. with the annual Mountain Youth Talent Contest. Children’s activities in the Bridge Park will include face painting, an inflatable slide, volunteer project, and a time capsule to commemorate 125 years for the town of Sylva. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 828.226.8652.


Dining Out for Life Day planned in WNC

The Western North Carolina AIDS Project’s 12th annual Dining Out for Life benefit will take place on April 24 in Asheville and the surrounding communities. 

The acclaimed national fundraiser has raised over $30 million for AIDS service organizations since it began. Locally, over 110 restaurants will donate 20 percent of their gross sales that day for breakfast, lunch and dinner.



• A German beer dinner will be held from 6:30 to 9 p.m. April 22, at Lulu’s on Main in Sylva. The dinner features a five-course German meal paired with craft beer from Heinzelmannchen Brewery. $40 per person. 828.586.8989 or 

• The Smoky Mountain Oyster & Seafood Festival will be from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 19, at the Maggie Valley Festival Grounds. Peel n’ eat shrimp, oysters, steamed and raw clams. Oyster-eating contest and mountain shucking championships. Rain or shine. $8 for adults, kids ages 12 and under free. Live music by Mile High and Al Coffee & Da’ Grind. 

• A new dance program in which you can learn six dances in six weeks will be offered at the Waynesville Parks and Recreation Department. The classes will take place at 7 p.m., April 23 and 30, as well as May 7, 14, 21 and 28. Participants will be able to learn the Foxtrot, Swing, Waltz, Rumba, Tango and Cha Cha. $60 per person. 828.316.1412 or 828.356.7060.

• The Haywood Community College Cosmetic Arts Department will hold a Cut-A-Thon for Relay for Life’s American Cancer Society from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. April 23, at the HCC’s Cosmetic Arts Center. All proceeds go to the American Cancer Society. Shampoo and cut available for a suggested donation of $6 and style for $5. Services for Cut-A-Thon do not include chemical or nail services. Walk-ins are accepted but appointments are suggested. 828.627.4641 or 828.627.4268.

• The Empty Bowl Fundraiser will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. April 25, at The Community Table in Sylva. Patrons have a choice of handmade ceramic bowls and soup. Sponsored by the Jackson County Chamber of Commerce. $20 per person.

• The Taste of Chocolate will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. April 19, at the Maggie Valley Club. Patrons will be able to taste an array of deserts. The funds raised will help recruit volunteers for 60 organizations as well as counsel people on Medicare through the N.C. Seniors Health Information Program with supplements, advantage plans and prescription plans. Tickets are $12 in advance, $15 at the door. 828.356.2833.

• The Homebrew Competition and Chili Cook-off with Todd Hoke will be from 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 19, at Frog Level Brewing in Waynesville. Applications available at 

• The 10th anniversary celebration for Heinzelmannchen Brewery will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, April 24, at the establishment’s new and upcoming facility in Dillsboro. Live music, food, craft beer. 

• The Spring Cornhole Tournament will be held April 18-20 at the Cherokee Welcome Center & Fairgrounds. Blind draw determines teams. Registration at 11 a.m. Event begins at noon. 

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