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Wednesday, 16 July 2014 00:00

Outdoor activities for kids

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Free children’s cooking and gardening event

Gardening and the kitchen work that follows harvest time will be the focus of Buy Haywood’s Cooking Local Together project held at 1:45 p.m. Thursday, July 24, at the Canton Library. 

The event will begin with an interactive cooking class for parents and children, teaching how to partner colorful fruits and vegetables to make a meal whose ingredients work together in nutritional synergy. Participants will test their knowledge by creating a summer fruit salsa with farm-fresh Haywood County blueberries and other ingredients. 

At 2:30 p.m., a children’s gardening program with local Master Gardeners will begin. Children will learn how get started growing a garden and how much fun gardening can be as a family activity. 

Free. 828.648.2924.


Snakes to liven up Jackson library

Ron Cromer and his Snakes Alive! program will come to the Jackson County Library in Sylva at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Thursday, July 24. Croomer has been bringing his program to locations across the country for years and is dedicated to educating people of all ages about snakes.

Free, but limited to 150 people. Tickets will be available at the library’s youth services desk beginning at 10 a.m. the day of the program. Co-sponsored by Friends of the Jackson County Library. 828.586.2016. 


Summer program gets kids out in the woods

A summer nature series at Cradle of Forestry will give children ages 4 to 7 a chance to explore the natural world while exploring a variety of nature-related themes.

Woodsy Owl’s Curiosity Club is held Thursdays from 10:30 a.m. to noon and 1:30 to 3 p.m. through August 4, with the ultimate mission of teaching children how to care for their public land. 

Cradle of Forestry is an interpretive center run by the National Forest Service, located on U.S. 276 four miles south of the Blue Ridge Parkway about 40 minutes from Waynesville.

$4 per child per program; half-price admittance to Cradle of Forestry, $2.50, for accompanying adults. Reservations required. 828.877.3130. 

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