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Wednesday, 23 July 2014 00:00

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Story time with Sikes, Kohlmeyer

Author Curtis Sikes and illustrator Sheena Kohlmeyer will present their children’s book The Heart of a Friend at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 26, at City Lights Bookstore in Sylva.

In this second book of A Lion Tale series, Leo is back with his father, King Lionel, and some new jungle animals. Leo, now a little older, is learning what it means to be a lion that can patrol and hunt.  

As the story unfolds, there are new lessons to be learned about forgiveness and friendship. Leo also shows kindness and love towards his best monkey friend, Max, who’s being bullied and feeling unimportant. In the end, Leo and Max learn what it means to have the heart of a friend. 



Dining expert to showcase books

Homemade living/decoration writer Ashley English will hold a presentation on her website and book series at 3 p.m. Sunday, July 27, at Blue Ridge Books in Waynesville.

Celebrate the seasons and connect with your community through 16 parties to throw in collaboration with your friends. From the décor, to the entertainment, on down to the recipes themselves, English’s newest book Handmade Gatherings presents inspired suggestions for thoughtful, flavorful, festive communal dining. 

Readers will find sixteen parties built around the rhythm of the seasons. Frosty winter fetes, lush springtime soirees, sultry summer get-togethers and crisp autumn affairs. Food, décor, crafts, and more are part of each event, all collectively assembled and executed. Throw memorable gatherings with your loved ones, enjoy the food, connect with your community and get caught up in the splendor of it all.

828.456.6000 or


Summer education, reading fun in Bryson City

A variety of educational and entertaining programs will be offered July 28-30 and Aug. 1 at the Marianna Black Library in Bryson City.

The Science of Slushies will be for 3rd-5th graders at 11 a.m. July 28 and for kindergarten-2nd graders 11 a.m. July 29. Creating their very own slushies using salt and ice, children will also observe the changes of ice blocks when salt is added.

Preschoolers will participate in Color Chaos at 10:30 a.m. July 30. Creating a fun experiment using milk and colors, children will also enjoy some exciting stories involving color and create their very own illustrations using shapes of different colors.

The Summer Reading Finale Carnival and Magic Show will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. Aug. 1. Carnival games and snacks. At 5 p.m., professional magician Caleb Simon will perform his mind- blowing magic. 

828.488.3030 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


Suspense, romance at City Lights

Author/storyteller Sheri Wren Haymore will present her two novels A Higher Voice and A Deeper Cut at 3 p.m. Saturday, July 26, at City Lights Bookstore in Sylva.

Her novels feature characters with flaws and she tends to, as she puts it, “to squish a character until he pops and see what pours out. Or more specifically, what pours back in.” Her books have been described as a blend of Mary Higgins Clark, James Patterson and Nicholas Sparks. 

Haymore grew up in Mt. Airy and still lives thereabouts with her husband and a pup named Cercie. Together they’ve made a living running a couple of small businesses and made a life doing the things they enjoy — traveling, hiking, camping, kayaking. 


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This Must Be the Place

  • This must be the place

    art theplaceThere’s no place like home. Amid my first few weeks living in Western North Carolina, there were times I got homesick. Though I have bounced around the country for many years now, I, too, have moments where I start to miss things familiar to me.

    Written on Wednesday, 23 July 2014 12:56