Canine Agility Trial, BC Set, Kanuga Job Fair and Arbor Day at the Park

Here are the things happening in the area this week, highlighted by the free dog agility trials taking place in Tryon next weekend.

United States Dog Agility Association Agility Trial Comes to FENCE

Next weekend, the Foothills Nature Equestrian Center (FENCE) in Tryon will be the site of the United States Dog Agility Association’s agility trial, which will be held from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 29 through May 1.

The event is hosted by the Blue Ridge Agility Club of Western North Carolina. Spectators are welcome and admission is free, according to a press release. Spectators are asked to leave their own dogs at home.

Purebred and mixed-breed dogs from across the Southeast will compete at varying levels of difficulty, against each other and against the clock. USDAA trials include one “standard” race per day, plus four “games” – Gamblers, Pairs, Snooker and Jumpers. The dogs compete according to their level of experience: Starters, Advanced and Masters; the rules and courses become more difficult at higher levels.

The trial includes a qualifying round to compete in the USDAA Grand Prix. Local qualifiers lead to regional championships, which allow dogs to compete in USDAA World Championships. Another local qualifying event will be the USDAA Steeplechase, a two-round tournament with an emphasis on speed. The Masters Biathlon Challenge is the newest tournament comprised of Standard and Jumpers courses, scored on time plus faults for a combined tournament score, according to the release.

The United States Dog Agility Association is the world’s largest independent authority for the sport of canine agility, with more than 25,000 registered competitors and more than 200 different breeds of dogs, including mixed breeds, according to the release. The USDAA represents more than 100 affiliate groups throughout the continental United States, Puerto Rico, Canada, Mexico, Bermuda and Japan.

The Blue Ridge Agility Club is also hosting an American Kennel Club Agility Trial over Memorial Day weekend, May 27-30, at the Western North Carolina Agricultural Center in Fletcher.

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Brevard College Wind Ensemble will perform on April 21

The Brevard College Wind Ensemble performs.

The Brevard College Wind Ensemble will perform a concert at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 21 at BC’s Scott Concert Hall at the Paul Porter Center for the Performing Arts.

According to a press release, special guests will include the Blue Ridge Symphonic Brass under the direction of Jamie Hafner. The Blue Ridge Symphonic Brass is a 28 brass ensemble from the Brevard, Hendersonville, Asheville and Greenville, South Carolina areas.

The concert is free and open to the public. Doors to the Porter Center Scott Concert Hall will open at 7 p.m.

Flat Rock Park to Host Arbor Day Event

The Village of Flat Rock and Tree City USA Recognition will host the Arbor Day Celebration at the park grounds in Flat Rock, beginning at 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 30.

The annual event is hosted by the City Council and the Flat Rock Park Commission. Participants will join the Flat Rock Park Ranger, volunteers and Foundation Board members to plant trees, learn and dig.

Tree City USA is a national recognition program that began in 1976 and is sponsored by the Arbor Day Foundation in partnership with the US Forest Service and the National Association of State Foresters. The Tree City USA program provides municipalities with a framework for a healthy and sustainable urban forestry program. The Village of Flat Rock seeks recognition from Tree City USA to improve the quality of its green space and the overall well-being of its community.

Kanuga Conference Center to Host Job Fair

The Kanuga Conference Center, along with its nonprofit Episcopal camps, conferences, and retreat center, will host a job fair from noon to 6 p.m. Thursday, April 21 at the center located at 471 Kanuga Chapel Drive in Hendersonville. .

According to a press release, Kanuga welcomes guests year-round for spiritual retreats, summer camps, conferences, personal retreats, group events, and outdoor experiential education.

Approximately 30 positions in total are available, including summer camp and outdoor school, as well as hospitality and catering staff. Host positions start at $18 per hour. For more information, complete listings and links to job applications, visit

Elna M. Lemons