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Outdoors

An outdoor sculpture showcase now up in the N.C. Arboretum’s gardens will showcase the work of 17 local and national artists through Sept. 26. 

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Fly fishing expeditions with Haywood County Recreation and Parks offer a three-hour journey through one of Haywood County’s finest trout streams. 

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A pair of temporary road closures is now in effect in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. 

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A 91-acre area known as the Roan Mountain Gateway is now in U.S. Forest Service ownership after the Southern Appalachians Highlands Conservancy recently transferred it to public ownership. 

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Earl B. Hunter Jr. describes his younger self as a “Good Times kid,” growing up on free lunch and government assistance in Columbia, South Carolina. He wasn’t great at school — he didn’t even learn to read fluently until he was a teenager — but he had a quality about him. And he had a mentor. 

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Register for the Fun 4 Kids Day Camp offered by Jackson County Parks and Recreation beginning at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 17. 

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National Park Week is April 17 through April 25, and parks across the country will celebrate with a series of theme days kicking off with a free admission day on Saturday, April 17. 

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Local wildflower expert Donna Machen will lead a pair of hikes in the Big Creek Watershed of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park Tuesday, April 13, and Saturday, April 17. 

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A trial reservation system for group access to the Whiteoak Sink area in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park will go into effect for the 2021 wildflower season, April 12-30. 

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Spring is springing, and farmers markets are waking up around the region. Find one near you.

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