Outdoor Journal

Camp axle grind: Asheville Parks and Recreation is offering a spring break skateboard “camp” at the Food Lion Skate Park from March 24 to 28. The clinic is open to skaters of all skill levels and ages 6 to 15. It’s a chance for beginning skaters to bone up on basics and more advanced skaters to up their radical quotient. The camp runs from 9 a.m. to noon each day. Cost is $75 for the entire session. Space is quite limited, so make a move. For information or to register, contact the Food Lion Skate Park at 225-7184, or visit www.foodlionskatepark.com.

If a trillium falls: The Appalachian Trail has more than 2,000 populations of threatened and endangered plants along its 2,176-mile span from Maine to Georgia, perhaps the greatest of any unit within the national-park system.

Kevin Caldwell, of Mountains-to-Sea Ecological, Inc., and Julie Judkins, of the Appalachian Trail Conservancy, will give a free presentation on the hiking path’s rare plants and efforts to protect them at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 4, at the Botanical Gardens at UNCA. For more information, call Judkins at 254-3708.

Jock supporters: Asheville Pizza Company is looking for businesses to help sponsor its 2nd Annual “Night of the Ninja 5K Run/Walk,” scheduled for May 24 in downtown Asheville.

The event is expected to draw more than 400 participants, with proceeds going to MANNA FoodBank. The sponsorship deadline is March 15. For more information, contact Janine Bitz at 458-7778 or e-mail janinebitz@yahoo.com.

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