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Wednesday, 22 March 2017 00:00

Outdoors roundup

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Preschool baseball gearing up in Waynesville 

A beginning baseball program for 4- and 5-year-olds will help children develop the basic motor skills they’ll need to participate in youth baseball leagues later. 

The Smart Start Baseball program will begin April 18 and will be held 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. every Thursday for six weeks. A mandatory parent meeting will be held at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 4. Deadline to sign up is 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 28, and the program is open to children who are 4 or 5 as of April 1. 

The $45 registration fee includes a ball, bat, glove, two koosh balls, T-shirt and a manual, all made for 4- and 5-year-olds. 

The program is administered by the Youth Development branch of the nonprofit National Alliance for Youth Sports and the Waynesville Parks & Recreation Department.

Register at the Waynesville Recreation Center. Donald Hummel, 828.456.2030 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.. 

 

Preschool baseball gearing up in Waynesville 

A beginning baseball program for 4- and 5-year-olds will help children develop the basic motor skills they’ll need to participate in youth baseball leagues later. 

The Smart Start Baseball program will begin April 18 and will be held 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. every Thursday for six weeks. A mandatory parent meeting will be held at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 4. Deadline to sign up is 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 28, and the program is open to children who are 4 or 5 as of April 1. 

The $45 registration fee includes a ball, bat, glove, two koosh balls, T-shirt and a manual, all made for 4- and 5-year-olds. 

The program is administered by the Youth Development branch of the nonprofit National Alliance for Youth Sports and the Waynesville Parks & Recreation Department.

Register at the Waynesville Recreation Center. Donald Hummel, 828.456.2030 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.. 

 

Camera traps for new citizen science project offered at libraries

Camera traps available at libraries of the Fontana Regional Library System in Jackson, Swain and Macon counties will allow locals to participate in a statewide effort to better understand what wildlife lives where in North Carolina. 

N.C.’s Candid Critters is a new research project that aims to monitor up to 30,000 sites across the state over the next three years, which would make it the largest-ever mammal survey of its kind. It’s a collaboration of the NC. Museum of Natural Sciences, the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission and N.C. State University. Since the project’s launch in December, participants have sent in more than 50,000 images that will ultimately be used by scientists to learn more about the distribution of mammal species across the state, in turn informing future wildlife management and conservation efforts.

Participants must complete a short online training before borrowing a camera trap. Head over to the library to learn how, or visit nccandidcritters.org. Camera traps are available at libraries statewide, not just in the Fontana system. 

 

Whitewater to wash Nantahala

Slalom and downriver racers will converge on the Nantahala Outdoor Center during the Nantahala Racing Club Whitewater U.S. Open March 25-26. 

Racers will get in some demo runs beginning at 5:30 p.m. Friday, March 24, with the races kicking off March 25 with slalom runs at 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. and the sprint at 11 a.m. Demo runs will follow at 5 p.m. On Sunday, March 26, slalom runs will be held at 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. with the classic starting at 11:45 a.m. Slalom awards will be presented at 3:30 p.m. and wildwater awards at 1 p.m.

Free for spectators. NOC is located along U.S. 74, 14 miles west of Bryson City. 

 

Braving the elements

Neither snow nor cold stopped 66 disc golfers from congregating at the Waynesville Recreation Center Sunday, May 12, for the Blind Hog Day Light Savings Throw Down Disc Golf Tournament. Golfers from three states — pros and amateurs alike — came to play two rounds of 18 holes. The tournament was a partnership between the Haywood Waterways Association and the Waynesville Parks and Recreation Department. Donated photo

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