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Wednesday, 19 April 2017 00:00

Outdoors roundup

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Shout it out on the Nantahala 

A weekend of freestyle clinics and competition on the Nantahala River will be held at the Nantahala Outdoor Center Saturday, April 22, and Sunday, April 23.

Organized by the Nantahala Racing Club, the Nantahala Freestyle Shoutout is designed for people of all ages and ability levels. On Saturday, paddling clinics will cover rules, offer competition tips and allow time for practice runs before competitive events. Sunday will consist of competition with high-end judges, great prizes and fun for all. 

Simultaneously, the NOC Trail Festival will be going on April 21-22, and competitors in the 212-mile Smoky Mountain Relay will be crossing the finish line at NOC around 11 a.m. April 22. 

A full schedule for the Freestyle Shoutout is available at nantahalaracingclub.com/event/nrc-freestyle-competition


Local food roundtable scheduled

A community roundtable to gather information about local food and healthy living assets in the Cashiers area will be held 9-11 a.m. Thursday, April 20, at the Cashiers/Glenville Recreation Center. 

The event is part of a series of community roundtables gathering information to support agriculture-related businesses in the seven western counties. Anyone who is in an agriculture-related business, serves local food, is a market manager or is an elected official, is welcome. 

Organized by the Southwestern Commission and the N.C. Rural Center. 828.586.1962. 


Shoot for soccer camp

Summer may still be a ways away, but it’s not too early to plan for soccer camp. Both Haywood and Jackson County recreation departments are offering multiple options for anyone looking to spend some time on the field. 

AYSO Soccer Camp will be held June 26-30 for ages 4-18 at Vance Street Park in Waynesville. A variety of programs will be offered, each geared to a different age group, and costs will range from $149 to $205. Register at 888.857.6222 or www.aysosoccercamps.org.

Challenger Sports’ British Soccer Camp will return to Waynesville July 24-28, available for players ages 3-14. British Soccer Camp is based on the most innovative approaches to coaching soccer in the U.S. and Canada. Prices range from $85 to $192. A free jersey is included through June 9. Daniel 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..

British Soccer Camp will be offered for kids ages 3 to 16 July 24-28 at the Jackson County Recreation Park in Cullowhee. Multiple registration options are available, ranging from $45 to $143.  www.challengersports.com.

The Challenger Sports Female Development Soccer Camp will be offered July 24-28 at the Waynesville Recreation Center. A half-day camp for girls 6-14 and a full-day camp for girls 8-14 will be offered, costing $158 and $202, respectively. Led by an all-female staff, the camp will seek to maximize the development of female players and to encourage their growth into confident, competitive, driven and determined athletes. Register at www.challengersports.com.


Learn how to ski walk

As many as 20 people have been gathering at Monteith Park in Dillsboro the past few weeks as part of a new group dedicated to learning ski walking — and even more are welcome to join the crew that will meet there 5:30 to 7 p.m. Mondays through May 22. 

Ski walking, a training tool used by competitive cross-country skiers to maintain strength in the off-season, is a walking technique that uses a specially designed pole, allowing for active use of the upper body through use of a Nordic ski strap. Ski walking results in increased circulation, strength and heart rate without a perceived increase in exertion. The metabolic rate while ski walking is 20 percent higher than while walking with 30 percent less stress on weight-bearing joints. 

Poles provided. Organized by Jackson County Cooperative Extension. Register by calling 828.586.4009.


Forage like an expert

Wildcrafter Ila Hatter, of Bryson City, will teach a one-day class called “Foraging for Food and Farmacy” 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 22, through the Smoky Mountain Field School. 

Students will spend a day learning how to identify the plants and trees that Native Americans and early settlers used for dye, food, medicine, crafts and other necessities for daily life. 

The Smoky Mountain Field School is celebrating its 40th year, born from a partnership between the University of Tennessee and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park to promote learning in the natural world. Courses take place outdoors at various locations inside the park. 

$79, with registration at smfs.utk.edu.

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