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Yard sale will raise money for food pantry garden

A yard sale slated for 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, June 19, at the Maggie Valley United Methodist Church in Maggie Valley will raise money for a garden whose produce helps feed the hungry. 

Any gently used items are welcome for donation to the sale. Place them under the covered area at the barn on 4192 Soco Road by Thursday, June 17. 

Since 2014, Maggie Valley Community Gardens has been growing and distributing nutritious fruit and vegetables to meet the needs of food insecure people in Haywood County. Volunteers plant, tend and harvest the produce and then deliver it to organizations such as Meals on Wheels, McCracken Nursing Home, Haywood Pathways Center and Maggie Valley United Methodist Church food ministries. 

The garden is located on the grounds of Maggie Valley United Methodist Church, First Baptist Church of Maggie Valley and land provided by the family of Ernestine Upchurch. For information about the yard sale, contact Barb Planchock at 828.400.3144.


Golf to fight hunger and homelessness

Sign up for the second annual Unified Charitable Golf Tournament benefitting Haywood Pathways Center and The Community Kitchen ahead of the June 18 deadline. 

The tournament will be held starting at 9 a.m. on Friday, July 2, at Springdale at Cold Mountain. The golfer package includes breakfast by Holy Cow Food Truck, 18 holes of golf, cart rental and lunch immediately after the tournament. The format is captain’s choice. 

$150 per golfer or $600 per team until the registration deadline on June 18. Advantage packages and raffle tickets will be available with registration or on the day of the event. 

Register online at or in person at Haywood Pathways or The Community Kitchen. 


Sign up for the Outdoor Economy Conference

Tickets are now on sale for the 2021 Outdoor Economy Conference, which will be held in person Oct. 12-15, in the new conference center at Harrah’s Cherokee Casino in Cherokee. Early bird prices end June 30. 

The theme this year will be “Stewards of Opportunity,” with sessions focusing on how those in the outdoor industry can work together to ensure a vibrant future for the outdoor economy and outdoor communities. Tracks will include “Sustainable Outdoor Recreation Tourism,” “Outdoor-driven Economic Development,” “Balancing Conservation and the Outdoor Economy,” and “Responsible Outdoor Product Innovation.”

Cost for the full conference is $300 through June 30, with excursions billed separately. The price rises to $500 July 1.


Get certified in outdoor adventure

Landmark Learning is now enrolling for summer and fall courses in wilderness medicine, Leave No Trace education and more. 

Most courses are located at Landmark’s main campus in Cullowhee, though some are planned for other locations in the region. Course lengths and costs vary depending on the certification sought. 

Landmark Learning is a nationally accredited school of higher education dedicated to professional development for those in the outdoor industry. Scholarships are available through The Landmark Foundation. For a list of available courses, visit


Play pickup soccer

Play pickup soccer Tuesday nights in Waynesville this summer. 

Games will be played from 6 p.m. to sundown every week at Allens Creek Park, open to anyone age 16 or older. 

Free. Offered through Haywood County Recreation and Parks. 828.452.6789.


Glamp in the Great Smokies

The first annual Great Smokies Eco-Adventure will be held Aug. 29-31 near Gatlinburg, a multifaceted fundraising event for Discover Life in America. 

DLIA is partnering with the award-winning hiking company A Walk in the Woods to present the event, which will include glamping at A Walk in the Woods’ luxurious off-grid camp near Cosby, gourmet food and drink, guided nature hikes and live music. 

Tickets are $950 per person and all-inclusive. Proceeds support DLiA, which coordinates the All Taxa Biodiversity Inventory in the park. The ATBI works to inventory all the species living in the park and so far has identified more than 20,000 of them in its 21 years of existence. 

Buy a ticket at