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Wednesday, 26 October 2016 00:00

Outdoors roundup

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Roast a s’more to winter

Sweet treats outdoors will ring out the longer days of Daylight Savings Time with “Daylight S’mres’ing Time,” 5-7 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 6, at the Cullowhee Recreation Center. 

Clocks will “fall back” by one hour at 2 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 6. 

$2 covers s’mores. Organized by Jackson County Parks and Recreation. Register by Nov. 5 at 828.293.3053.


Ward off sickness the traditional way

A hands-on class will teach participants how to make fire cider, a home remedy that’s been known to ward off illnesses such as colds and the flu, 6-7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 10, at the Jackson County Extension Office. 

Passed down for generations, the basic recipe for this warm, spicy, energizing tonic has stayed mostly the same across generations and requires only commonly available ingredients. Crafter and aspiring herbalist Kerri Rayburn will teach the class. 

$5, with registration required with Jackson County Extension, 828.586.4009.


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. 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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