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Wednesday, 27 April 2016 00:00

Regional Calendar

Community Events & Announcements    

• Special Olympics spring games are scheduled for 10 a.m. on Tuesday, May 3, at the Western Carolina University track. Volunteers needed: 293.3053.

• Nominations are being accepted through 5 p.m. on Monday, May 2, for the 2016 Coulter Regional Leadership Program. Funded by the Cherokee Preservation Foundation and administered locally by Western Carolina University, it’s a six-month leadership program for adults interested in growing as regional leaders. Must live in Cherokee, Clay, Graham, Haywood, Jackson, Macon or Swain Counties – or the Qualla Boundary. Nomination form is at https://goo.gl/lasghY. Info, or to nominate offline, contact Juanita Wilson at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 497.7920 or 788.2579.

• Shred Days, opportunities to bring sensitive documents to a Mountain Credit Union branch to be shredded, starts May 6. Days, times and locations: 9:30-11:30 a.m. on May 6 at Sylva office; 1-3 p.m. on May 6; 9-11 a.m. on May 12 at Fletcher office; noon-2 p.m. on May 12 at Asheville office; 3-5 p.m. on May 12 at Candler office; 10 a.m.-noon on May 13 at Franklin office; 1:30-3:30 p.m. on May 13 at Cherokee office. Info: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or www.mountaincu.org/Contact_Us_22.html.

• Mother’s Day Weekend will be celebrated May 6-8 at Fontana Village Resort and Marina. 498.2211 or http://www.fontanavillage.com/Mountview%20Mothers%20Day%202016.jpg.

• The Mother’s Day Gemboree will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 6-8 at the Macon County Community Building in Franklin. Sponsored by the Macon County Gem and Mineral Society. www.franklin-chamber.com. 

• “Back Porch Old-Time Music Jam,” two hours of traditional Appalachian music at 2 p.m. on May 7 and May 21 at the Oconaluftee Visitor Center. Visitors with an acoustic instrument to play are welcome to join this old-time jam. 

• A grant workshop for Haywood County non-profits is scheduled for 8-9:45 a.m. on May 11 at the Haywood County Agricultural Center in Waynesville. Please RSVP to George Ivey at 712.6474 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Presented by the Fund for Haywood County and the Community Foundation of Western North Carolina. www.FundforHaywoodCounty.org.

• Western Carolina University is accepting nominations for the Mountain Heritage Award, an honor bestowed annually on one individual and one organization playing a prominent role in researching, preserving and/or interpreting Southern Appalachian history, culture and issues. Nominations for the awards will be accepted through Thursday, June 30. Nomination letters may be hand-delivered to the Mountain Heritage Center at its new location in the Hunter Library building, Room 240; mailed to Mountain Heritage Center, 1 University Drive, Cullowhee N.C. 28723; or emailed to Pam Meister at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

• Registration is underway for a collection of Heritage Life Skills classes designed to help participants prepare to survive no matter what. The classes, which include everything from blacksmithing to breadmaking, will be held from April 29-May 1 at the Haywood County fairgrounds $100 for adults; single-day and student admission is $50. Organized by Carolina Readiness Supply. 456.5310 or www.carolinareadiness.com.

• A Relay for Life Cancer Survivors Dinner is set for 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 30, at First Baptist Church in Bryson City. 788.3864.

• Library Con is scheduled for 9:45 a.m.-4 p.m. on Saturday, April 30 at Haywood County’s Waynesville Library. Presentations on comic-book history, drawing comics, costume contest, obstacle course for children, video games, comic-book giveaways and raffle prizes. www.haywoodlibrary.org.

• A Star Wars Day Celebration will be held on May 4 at 3:30 p.m. at the Canton Public Library. Costumes optional. Join us for Star Wars inspired snacks and a special movie screening. 648.2924.

• Ann Melton will present “The Old Ways: Dowsing, Healing and Knowing the Signs” as part of the Haywood Ramblings speaker series from 4-5 p.m. on May 5 in the Sam Love Queen Auditorium at the Folkmoot Friendship Center. Light refreshments. 456.8647.

• Western Carolina University is offering a program called WCU Road Works to organization, communities that need a place to perform a self -contained event. Any interested community or organization that wants to book a production should select a date and contact the College of Fine and Performing Arts at 227.7028 to receive a confirmation sheet to detail information about the performance site.

• Coloring Club will be hosted on the second Wednesday of the month at 4 p.m. at Canton Library. Color pencils and color pages supplied. For ages 8 to 108. 648.2924.

• Beginners Chess Club is held on Fridays at 4 p.m. at the Canton Public Library. Ages 8-108 invited to participate. 648.2924.
• Oconaluftee Indian Village is now opened for the 2016 season, located next to the Oconaluftee Visitors Center in Cherokee. Witness the challenges of Cherokee life at a time of rapid cultural change. Tour guides help you explore the historic events and figures of the 1760's. Visitors can interact with villagers as they participate in their daily activities. The village also hosts live reenactments, interactive demonstrations, and hands-on Cherokee pottery for kids classes. The village is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday. www.visitcherokeenc.com.

• Qualla Boundary Historical Society meets at 6:30 p.m. on the fourth Tuesday of each month. Everyone is welcome.

 

Business & Education  

• Swain County TDA board meeting is Wednesday, April 27, at the Chamber office in Bryson City.

• “Stones and Bones’ will be presented by Mr. Richard Hightower on April 28 from 3:30 p.m. to 4:15 p.m. at the Macon County Public Library. 524.3600.

• A Jackson County meeting is scheduled for 10 a.m. on Thursday, April 28, to promote the local economy for wood products made in N.C. and purchased by retail stores, local governments, school districts, colleges and universities. 704.880.5034 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

• “Developing a Culture of Philanthropy” – the final seminar in the series “The Three Pillars to Transforming YOUR Nonprofit” – is scheduled for 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 28. The program is offered through Haywood Community College’s Small Business Center. Presenter is John Curtis, Ph.D. For info or to register, visit SBC.Haywood.edu or call 627.4512.

• Bryson City Town Board of Aldermen meet at 6 p.m. on Monday, May 2, at the town office. To get on agenda, call 488.3335 by the preceding Thursday. 

• Southwestern Community College’s therapeutic massage program will host an information session at 5 p.m. on Monday, May 2, at the Jackson Campus. Tour recently renovated rooms, view new learning equipment such as a “muscle skeleton” and learn more about the program. 339.4313 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

• Issues and Eggs is scheduled for 8-9 a.m. on Wednesday, May 4, at Laurel Ridge Country Club in Waynesville. Guest speaker is Katy McLean Gould, director of the Small Business Center at Haywood Community College. 

• A creative business plan series, offered by Southwestern Community College’s Small Business Center, will be held from 2-5 p.m. on Thursdays through May 26. Each seminar is aimed at addressing needs and challenges of craft artists who have, or are thinking about starting, a business. Registration required: www.southwesterncc.edu/sbc. Info: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 339.4211.

• RSVPs are being accepted for a Group Travel Workshop for tourism owners and operators. The program, held by Haywood County Tourism Authority, starts at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, April 26, at the Waynesville Inn. Open to all tourism partners. Approximately two hours. RSVP: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

Fundraisers and Benefits  

• “Paint & Pour,” an Appalachian Art Farm Benefit, will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 26 at Mad Batter Food & Film in Sylva. www.madbatterfoodfilm.com. 

• A Stella & Dot Relay for Life of Franklin fundraiser is scheduled for 6 p.m. on Thursday, April 28, at Thai Paradise in Franklin. All commission goes to the cause. If you can’t attend in person, shop online at www.stelladot.com/ts/z6ff6.

• Trivia Night to benefit local missions is scheduled for 6-10 p.m. on Friday, April 29, at First United Methodist Church of Sylva. Proceeds benefit missions including United Christian Ministries and Good Samaritan Clinic. Admission is $15 per person or $120 for a table of eight when pre-registering. Individual tickets are $20 at the door. For info or to register: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 507.2793.

• A Mother’s Day sale event will be held from 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. on Monday, May 2, at the Haywood Regional Medical Center Gift Shop in Clyde. New gift ideas, free prizes, refreshments and reduced prices on winter merchandise. Proceeds benefit scholarships for students in nursing or medical-related fields at Haywood Community College. Info: 452.8232. http://tinyurl.com/hkr4qo7.

• REACH’s eighth annual American Girl Tea Party will be held from 2-4 p.m. on Saturday, May 7, at Cowee Baptist Church in Franklin. Food, creative activity booths, door prizes and silent auction. Proceeds benefit REACH, which serves local victims of domestic and sexual violence. 369.5544 or 586.8969.

• Pet photos will be taken from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. on Saturday, May 7 at the Dog House in Waynesville. For appointment, call 456.9573 or 456.3753. Sitting fee donated to Duke’s Animal Haven. 

• The Haywood County Tourism Development Authority, who manages the Haywood County Quilt Trail (HCQT), is excited to announce the kick off of a raffle program where you can enter to win your very own 4x4 foot quilt block. The designated block is the “Gateway to the Smokies” spring edition which features a trio of trillium blossoms and two bear paws situated below the mountains and an arch, representing the gateway to the Great Smoky Mountains.  Raffle tickets can be purchased by calling 452.0152 or by stopping by the TDA visitor center at 44 North Main Street in Waynesville. The block is currently on display at the visitor center as well. The cost is $25 per ticket or five for $100 and are capped at a total of 10 tickets per person. The drawing will be held on Friday, May 6th.  All proceeds from the raffle will go to benefit the future development and enhancement of the Haywood County Quilt Trail, which means the addition of more blocks and merchandise to promote this popular trail. To learn more about the trail, visit www.haywoodquilttrails.com.  

• A seed money fundraiser is underway to benefit the new Marianna Black Library in Bryson City. The library furnishings fund receives 50 percent of sales receipts for each packet sold directly or 25 percent sold at SowTrueSeed.com; use the code MBL2016. 488.3030, ext. 128, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

• Birdhouse Bash, an opportunity to create or decorate birdhouses for charity, is underway throughout April. Presented by Daydreamz project and Open Door Community Gardeners. Birdhouses will be auctioned off through a silent auction during “The Whole Bloomin’ Thing” festival on May 7 in Waynesville. Drop off birdhouses between 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. on Monday through Saturday at the Second Blessing Thrift Store in Frog Level of Waynesville. Info: 476.4231 or 734.1570.

 

Volunteers

• Volunteer Opportunities are available throughout the region, call John at the Haywood Jackson Volunteer Center today and get started sharing your talents. Some specific opportunities Meals on Wheels, singers and dancers for performing at nursing home tutors at Southwestern Community college and much more. 356-2833
• Phone Assurance Volunteers are needed to make daily or weekly wellness check-in calls for the Haywood County Senior Resource Center. 356.2816.

 

Vendors 

• The town of Dillsboro will be hosting arts and craft shows open to vendors from the surrounding region. Saturday, Aug. 20 — The Dillsboro Summer Arts & Crafts Market showcases local art and fine crafts, with a focus on family and children activities. Application due by June 1.  Saturday, Oct. 1 — The 8th annual ColorFest will line Front Street with colorful art and fine crafts. Application due by July 1. Vendors may apply for these shows by downloading an application from the town’s website, www.visitdillsboro.org or directly from www.visitdillsboro.org/specialevents.html. For more information, call Connie Hogan at 586.3511.

 

Health Matters  

• A tired leg/varicose vein educational program is scheduled for 4 p.m. on Thursday, April 28, at the Vein Center at Haywood Regional Medical Center. Program will be led by Dr. Al Mina, MD, FACS and Dr. Joshua Rudd, DO. RSVP required: 452.8346. Info: MyHaywoodRegional.com/Vein.

• A class on “How to Detox Your Life Naturally” will be offered by Dr. Linda Sparks N.D. at 10 a.m. on April 30 at Waynesville Wellness at 1384 Sulphur Springs Rd. RSVP: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 539.0440.

• Registration is underway for a CPR & First Aid training, which is scheduled for 6-9 p.m. on Tuesday, May 10, at the Jackson County Recreation Center. $40 registration fee.

• A monthly grief support group sponsored by The Meditation Center meets at 7 p.m. on the first Wednesday of each month at The Meditation Center at 894 East Main Street in Sylva. Info: www.meditate-wnc.org or 356.1105.

• Inner Guidance from an Open Heart will meet from 6-8 p.m. on the second Wednesday of each month at The Meditation Center at 894 East Main Street in Sylva. Info: www.meditate-wnc.org or 356.1105.

• Franklin Health Fitness Center is offering 50 percent off entry fee throughout April. 369.5608.

• Dogwood Insight Center presents health talks at 6:30 p.m. on the third Thursday of each month. 

• Free childbirth and breastfeeding classes are available at Harris Regional Hospital in Sylva. Classes are offered bimonthly on an ongoing basis. Register or get more info: 586.7907.

• Angel Medical Center’s diabetes support group meets at 4 p.m. on the third Thursday of each month in the AMC dining room. 369.4166.

• A free weekly grief support group is open to the public from 12:30-2 p.m. on Thursdays at SECU Hospice House in Franklin. Hosted by Four Seasons Compassion for Life Bereavement Team. 692.6178 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

• A monthly grief processing support group will meet from 4-5:30 p.m. on the third Thursday of each month at the Homestead Hospice and Palliative Care in Clyde. 452.5039.

• A Men’s Night Out will take place at 6:30 p.m. on the third floor of the hospital. 

on the first Wednesday of each month at The Meditation Center at 894 E. Main St. in Sylva. www.meditate-wnc.org or 356.1105.

• A free, weekly grief support group will meet from 12:30-2 p.m. on Thursdays at the SECU Hospice House in Franklin. 692.6178 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

• “ECA on the Move!” – a walking program organized by Jackson County Extension and Community Association – meets from 9-10 a.m. on Mondays through Thursdays. It’s an effort to meet the American Heart Association’s recommendation of 10,000 steps per day. 586.4009.

• A Tuesday Meditation Group meets at 6:30 p.m. on the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Franklin. 

 

Recreation and Fitness 

• The High Mountain Squares will host their “Mad Hatter’s Dance” from 6:15-8:45 p.m. on Friday, April 29, at the Macon County community Building. Marty Northrup of Columbus will be the caller. Debbie McClain and Mike McDonald will do lines and rounds. Western-style square dancing, mainstream plus levels. 342.1560, 332.0001, 283.1171 or www.highmountainsquares.com.

• Registration deadline is May 2 for adult racquetball leagues at the Jackson County Recreation Center. Fee is $10 for singles or $20 per doubles team. League begins week of June 6. Mandatory players meeting at 6 p.m. on June 2. 293.3053.

• Pickleball is from 1-3 p.m. on Tuesdays through Thursdays at First Methodist Church in Sylva. $1 each time you play; equipment provided. 293.3053.

• Registration is underway for Appalachian Dance Class 101, which will be offered at Folkmoot in Waynesville. Instruction on square dance formation and basic flat-foot and clogging styles unique to Haywood County will be provided by Kim Rose, director of the J. Creek Cloggers. Four-week classes cost $40 and are offered from 6-7 p.m. at the Folkmoot Community Center. Classes start May 17 for Ages 16-up. Register: 452.2997 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

• The thrid cornhole qualifying event for the 2016 Championships of Bags (COBS) will be held on May 21. It’s part of a Qualifying Series for players to earn points and automatic bids into big cash tournaments. Last Qualifying Series date is June 11. The championship events are July 21-24 with a minimum guaranteed prize pool of $50,000. Info: www.iplaycornhole.com/cobs or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

• Cardio Lunch class will meet from noon-1 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Waynesville Recreation Center. For ages 16 and above. Cost is regular admission fee to the rec center or free for members. 456.2030 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

• Flexible Fitness class will meet from 4:30-5:15 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays at the Waynesville Recreation Center. For ages 16 and above. Cost is regular admission fee to the rec center or free for members. 456.2030 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

• Pump It Up class will meet from 6:30-7:30 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays at the Waynesville Recreation Center. For ages 16 and above. Cost is regular admission fee to the rec center or free for members. 456.2030 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

• The Canton Armory is open to the public for walking from 8-10 a.m. on Monday through Friday unless the facility is booked. 648.2363.

• Pickle ball is offered from 8 a.m.-noon on Mondays through Fridays at the Waynesville Recreation Center. 456.2030 or www.waynesvillnc.gov.

 

Political

• A lunch-and-discussion group will be held by the League of Women Voters at noon on the second Thursday of each month at Tartan Hall of the First Presbyterian Church in Franklin. RSVP for lunch: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 524.8369.

 

The Spiritual Side 

• Faith Journal Workshops are held from 5:30-7 p.m. each Thursday through May 5 at First Presbyterian Church in Franklin. Info and RSVP: 524.3119.

 

Authors and Books 

• Author Bryan Robinson will read from his mystery, Limestone Gumption, at 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 30, at Blue Ridge Books in Waynesville. It’s a murder mystery about a psychologist whose work addiction keeps him from facing his tortured past until he becomes a murder suspect. 456.6000 or www.blueridgebooksnc.com.

• Kimberly York will hold a book-signing event for “Broken” from 2-4 p.m. on April 30 at Better Bean Coffee House in Maggie Valley. Info: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

• Contributors to the annual journal KAKALAK will read their works at 3 p.m. Saturday, April 30, at City Lights Bookstore in Sylva. KAKALAK is an annual publication featuring North and South Carolina writers and artists. KAKALAK’s 2016 poetry and art contests will close May 15. A separate contest is held for best cover art. Additional information, including contest guidelines and a description of contest fees and awards, may be found online at Main Street Rag Publishing Company’s website, www.mainstreetrag.com. To reserve a copy of the journal please call City Lights Bookstore at 828.586.9499.

• “In this ever-changing world, can morality be defined?” is the topic for the Franklin Open Forum, which meets at 7 p.m. on Monday, May 2, at Rathskeller Coffee Haus & Pub in Franklin. Those interested in an open exchange of ideas (dialog not debate) are welcome. 371.1020.

• Courtney Lix will read from her new book “Women of the Smokies” from 2-4 p.m. on Friday, May 6, at Blue Ridge Books in Waynesville. 456.6000 or www.blueridgebooksnc.com.

• Joy Resor will read from her book “Go in Joy! An Alphabetical Adventure” at 3 p.m. on Saturday, May 7, at Blue Ridge Books in Waynesville. 456.6000 or www.blueridgebooksnc.com.

• Dr. Bart Ehrman will read from and discuss his new book “Jesus Before the Gospels” at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 7, at Blue Ridge Books in Waynesville. 456.6000 or www.blueridgebooksnc.com.

• Franklin native and Western Carolina University alumnus Tyler Cook will release his second novel Aluria at a special release party at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 7, at the Macon County Public Library in Franklin. Books Unlimited will provide copies of Cook’s books at the event on May 7. Reservations can be made by calling 369.7942.

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• There will be a reception for WCU professors, Justin Menickelli and Ryan Pickens, who wrote The Definitive Guide to Disc Golf and Jessie Swigger who is releasing her book, History is Bunk: Assembling the Past at Henry Ford’s Greenfield Village at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, May 7, at City Lights Bookstore in Sylva. There will be light refreshments served at the reception. To reserve copies of the books please call City Lights Bookstore at 586.9499.

• Banned Book Club meets from 10 a.m.-noon on Saturdays at Blue Ridge Books in Waynesville. For those who enjoy literature and intellectual conversation. 456.6000, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or www.blueridgebooksnc.com.

• Waynesville Book Club on Mondays at 5:30 p.m. at Waynesville Library
Meet to discuss books, which are chosen by each member (taking turns) and
provided by the library. New members are welcome. For more information,
356.2507.

• Blue Ridge Books in Waynesville now has a used book section and is accepting books in exchange for credit on other used books, and a free book is available from the giveaway cart for anyone who buys three or more.

 

Senior activities

• Haywood County Senior Resource Center is looking into starting a weekly Euchre Card Group. If interested, contact Michelle Claytor at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 356.2800.

• An iPhone/iPad user group meets from 2:15-3:45 p.m. on Tuesdays, May 3 and 17, at the Senior Resource Center in Waynesville. Register: 356.2800.

• Senior Resource Center will hold an open house from 1-3 p.m. on Thursday, May 5, in Waynesville. Refreshments, Bingo and opportunity to learn more about the center. 356.2800.

• A Silver Sneakers Cardio Fit class will meet from 10-11 a.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Waynesville Recreation Center. For ages 60 and above. Cost is regular admission fee to the rec center or free for members. 456.2030 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
• Book Club is held at 2 p.m. on the third Wednesday of the month at the Haywood County Senior Resource Center in Waynesville. 356.2800

• Senior croquet for ages 55 and older is offered from 9-11:30 a.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays at Vance Street Park in front of Waynesville Recreation Center. Free. For info, contact Donald Hummel at 456.2030 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

• A Hand & Foot card game is held at 1 p.m. on Mondays at Haywood County Senior Resource Center in Waynesville. 356.2800.

• Senior Sale Day is on the third Friday of every month at the Friends of the Library Used Bookstore. Patrons 60 and older get 20 percent off all purchases. Proceeds benefit the Sylva Library.

• Pinochle game is played at 10 a.m. on Wednesdays at Haywood County Senior Resource Center in Waynesville. 356.2813.

• A pinochle class will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. on Tuesdays March 8-29 at the Senior Resource Center in Waynesville. The class is for beginners and players who want to brush up on their skills. Joy Teetsel will lead the class. Free. 356.2800. 

• Hearts is played at 12 p.m. on Wednesdays at Haywood County Senior Resource Center in Waynesville. 356.2813.

• Mah Jongg is played at 1 p.m. on Wednesdays at Haywood County Senior Resource Center in Waynesville. 356.2813.

 

Kids & Families   

• The “Come Paint with Charles Kidz Program” will be at 4 p.m. April 28 at the Charles Heath Gallery in Bryson City. $20 per child. Materials and snacks included. 828.538.2054.

• The Imagination Station children’s program will be held from 10 a.m. to noon April 30 at The Bascom in Highlands. Wake up to art. Bring your friends each Saturday to create a new art project. Projects include painting, drawing, mixed media, sculpture, and clay — the sky’s the limit. For ages 5 to 10. $20 per class. www.thebascom.org. 

• Science Club is at 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 28, at Macon County Public Library in Franklin. 524.3600.

• Jackson County Bike Rodeo, designed to help kids get a handle on bicycling, is set for 9 a.m.-noon on Saturday, April 30, at the Jackson County Recreation Park in Cullowhee. Riding lessons, stations, group rides, demonstrations. 293.3053.

• Kids Zumba four-week class is at 3 p.m. on Thursdays, May 5-26, and June 2-23 at the Jackson County Recreation Center. Register by May 3 for the first session or by May 31 for the second session. $25 for members; $35 for nonmembers. 293.3053.

• Nature Nuts: Life Cycles will be offered to ages 4-7 from 9-11 a.m. on May 9 at the Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education in Transylvania County. Pre-registration required: 877.4423 or www.ncwildlife.org/Learning/EducationCenters/Pisgah/EventRegistration.aspx.

• Eco-Explorers: Archery will be offered to ages 8-13 from 1-3 p.m. on May 9 at the Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education in Transylvania County. Introductory class covers safety and different types of bows and arrows. Pre-registration required: 877.4423 or www.ncwildlife.org/Learning/EducationCenters/Pisgah/EventRegistration.aspx.

• Get Moving, a program for children ages 5-12 to encourage children to live a healthy life through exercise and healthy eating, will be held on May 3 at 4 p.m. at the Canton Public Library. Program takes place on the first Tuesday of each month. 648.2924

• Full STEAM Ahead, a program for children ages 5-12 to allow them to explore science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics through fun hands-on activities. Program open to the first 15 participants. Program takes place at 4 p.m. on the third Tuesday of the month at Canton Public Library. 648.2924.

• Family Story Time is held on Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m. at the Canton Public Library. Ages 0-6.  Stories, songs, dance and crafting. 648.2924.

• Rompin’ Stompin’ Story Time is held on Thursdays at 10:30 a.m. and Fridays 11 a.m. at the Canton Public Library. Ages 0-6. An hour long story time full of music and movement. 648.2924.

• A program called “Imagine”, an art program for children 8-12 meets at 4:30 p.m. on Tuesdays at the Jackson County Public Library. Program contains art, writing, and drama. 586.2016.

• Storytimes are held at 10 and 10:40 a.m. every Thursday at Hudson Library in Highlands.

• After-School Art Adventure will be on from 3:30 to 4:45 p.m. on Tuesdays at The Bascom in Highlands. For ages 5 to 10, Art Adventure is a class that explores the creative process of drawing, painting, printmaking, clay, sculpture, fiber art, and crafts by utilizing a variety of media. The students will investigate some of the most popular techniques and theories in art history and will be exposed to contemporary as well as folk art traditions. Tuition is $40 for a four-class package. www.thebascom.org. 

Ongoing kids activities and clubs

• Wednesdays in the Stacks, "WITS", a new program for children in grades 3-6, on the third Wednesdays of the month from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Macon County Library. WITS will include lots of fun games, prizes, and hands-on activities.  This club replaces book club previous held on the third Thursdays of the month. 526.3600.

• Fun Friday, everything science, is held at 4 p.m. on Fridays at Jackson County Public Library. 586.2016.

• Teen Coffeehouse is at 4:30 p.m. on the first, third, and fourth Tuesday at Jackson County Public Library. Spend time with other teens talking and sharing. 12 and up. 586.2016.

• Youth Outright meets every Sunday from 4 p.m. -6 p.m. at First Congregational United Church of Christ in Asheville for ages 14-20. Youth Outright is a youth advocacy and leadership program for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) youth in 18 counties in Western North Carolina.   www.youthoutright.org.

• Youth Outright meets the third Saturday of the month from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at First Congregational United Church of Christ in Asheville for ages 11-13. Youth Outright is a youth advocacy and leadership program for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) youth in 18 counties in Western North Carolina.   www.youthoutright.org.

• Rock and Read is Tuesdays at 11 a.m. at Jackson County Public Library. 586-2016.

• WNC Martial Arts will hold karate classes from 6-7:30 p.m. on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays at the Old Armory in Waynesville. For more info, contact Margaret Williams at 301.0649 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

• “Plug in and Read,” a digital story time designed to help preschoolers (ages 3-6) learn early literacy skills, is held at 10:30 a.m. on the second Friday or fourth Monday of each month at Haywood County Public Library. Visit www.haywoodlibrary.org or call 452.5169 or 648.2924.

• Book Buddies for ages 0-3 is from 9:30-10:15 a.m. on Tuesday at Blue Ridge Books in Waynesville. 

• Page Pals for ages 3-5 is from 10:30-11:15 a.m. on Tuesday at Blue Ridge Books in Waynesville.
• Story time and kids can make their own piece of art from 10 a.m.-noon every Saturday during the Family Art event sponsored by the Jackson County Arts Council at the Jackson County Farmers Market located at the Community Table, downtown Sylva. On the first Saturday of each month, there is a scavenger hunt with prizes. 399.0290 or www.jacksoncountyfarmermarket.org.

• A Teen Advisory Group meets at 4 p.m. on the first Wednesday of each month to discuss YA books and teen program events. http://haywoodlibrary.libguides.com/teen or 648.2924.

• Tennis lessons for ages 5-8 (5:30-6:15 on Tuesdays) and 9-13 (9:30-10:15 a.m. on Saturdays) are offered through the Jackson County Recreation Center. $45.  293.3053.

• Michael’s Kids Club will be held for ages 3-and-up from 10 a.m.-noon on Saturdays at Michael’s in Waynesville. $2 per child for 30 minutes of creative crafts. 452.7680.  

• A Lowe’s Build and Grow session for ages 3-and-up is scheduled from 10-11 a.m. on Saturdays at the Sylva (586.1170) and Waynesville (456.9999) Lowe’s stores. Free.  

• Art classes are available for kids 10 and older from 4:15-5:30 p.m. on Wednesdays at the Bascom in Highlands. $15 per class. 787.2865 or www.thebascom.org.

• Art Adventure classes are taught for ages 5-10 from 3:30-4:45 p.m. on Wednesdays at the Bascom in Highlands. Theme: metal. Instructor: Bonnie Abbott. $20 per month. 787.2865.

• Free, weekly, after-school enrichment classes are offered by the Bascom and MCAA from 3-5 p.m. on Thursdays at Macon Middle School through a grant from the Jim McRae Endowment for the Visual Arts. To register, contact Bonnie Abbott at 743.0200.

•A Lego club will meet at 4 p.m. every fourth Thursday of the month, at Marianna Black Library in Bryson City. Library provides Legos and Duplos for ages 3 and up. Free. 488.3030.

•A community breastfeeding information and support group meets from 10:30 am.-noon on the first Saturday of each month in the main lobby of the Smoky Mountain OB/GYN Office in Sylva. Free; refreshments provided. For information, contact Brandi Nations (770.519.2903), Stephanie Faulkner (506.1185 or www.birthnaturalwnc), or Teresa Bryant (587-8223).

• Science Club is held at 3:30 p.m. to 4:15 p.m. on the fourth Thursday of each month for grades K-6 at the Macon County Public Library. 524.3600.

• Macon County 4-H Needlers club, a group of youth learning the art and expression of knitting and crochet crafts, meets on the second Tuesday of each month. For information, call 349.2046.

• A Franklin Kids’ Creation Station is held from 10 a.m.-noon on Saturdays at uptown Gallery in Franklin. Snacks provided. $20 tuition. 743.0200.

• SafeKids USA Blue Dragon Tae Kwon Do School offers defense training with after-school classes Monday through Friday and Saturday mornings. 627.3949 or www.bluedragontkd.net. 

• A Lego Club meets on the third Tuesday of each month from 3:30-5 p.m. at Waynesville Library. 452.5169.

• A Lego Club meets the second Thursday of the month at 4 p.m.- 5:30 p.m. at the Macon County Public Library. 526.3600.

• A Lego Club meets the fourth Thursday of the month at 4:30 p.m. at Jackson County Public Library. 586-2016.

• A Lego Club meet the second Wednesday of the month at 5 p.m. at Cashiers Community Library. 743.0215.

• A Lego Club meets at 4 p.m. on the fourth Thursday of the month at Marianna Black Library in Bryson City. Legos and Duplos provided for ages three and up. 488.3030.

• Smoky Mountain Model Railroaders holds public viewing session from 2 to 4 p.m. the second Sunday of the month, 130 Frazier St. off Russ Avenue in Waynesville. The group runs Lionel-type 3 rail O gauge trains. smokymountainmodelrailroaders.wordpress.com.

 • Teen time 3:30-4:30 p.m. Thursdays at Waynesville Library. A program for teens and tweens held each week. Each week is different, snacks provided. 356-2511

• Homework Help, 3 to 5 p.m. Mondays for students in grades 2 through 6, Canton Branch Library. Former schoolteacher turned Youth Services Librarian Katy Punch offers homework help on a first-come, first-served basis. Katy, 648.2924.

•Teen Advisory Group, first Wednesday of each month at 4 p.m. For ages 13-18. Teens can enjoy snacks while discussing popular young adult books, help plan events and displays for children and teens at the library, and participate in community service projects. Canton Library, 648.2924.

• The American Girls Club meets at City Lights Bookstore in Sylva. The club meets one Saturday a month, call for details. Club is based on a book series about historical women. Club members read and do activities. Free. 586.9499. 

• Teen Time, first, third, and fourth Tuesdays at 4 p.m. for ages 12 and up. Spend time with other teens talking about and sharing with each other. Jackson County Public Library. 586.2016.

• Adventure Club on Tuesdays 3:30 p.m. - 4:15 p.m. for grades K-2 at the Macon County Public Library. 524.3600. 

• Culture Club on the second Wednesday of the month, 1 to 2 p.m. for K-6 graders. Guest speakers, books, photos, crafts and food from different countries and cultures. Macon County Public Library. 524.3600.

• Children’s craft time, fourth Wednesday, 3:45 p.m. at Cashiers Community Library. 743.0215

• The Wee Naturalist program, which is for children ages 2-5 (with a parent or guardian), is held from 10-11:30 a.m. on Mondays and Tuesdays at the North Carolina Arboretum. Age-appropriate activities such as nature walks, garden exploration, stories, crafts and visits from classroom animals $7 cost per child; $3 more for each additional child in a family. Register at: www.ncarboretum.org/education-programs/youth-family-programs/wee-naturalist

Kids movies

• Free screening of “The Peanuts Movie” at noon and 2 p.m. April 30 at The Strand on Main in Waynesville. www.38main.com. 

• Children’s movie about a little girl’s emotions will be shown on April 30 at 1:00 p.m. at the Macon County Public Library. 524.3600.

• A family movie will be shown at 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 3, at Marianna Black Library in Bryson City. Movie is a visually elaborate fantasy about an enchanted board game that opens a magical portal to a jungle universe. For info, including movie title, call 488.3030.

• A free family movie (rated PG) will be shown at 2 p.m. on Sunday, May 8, at the Canton Library. Movie is about crazy chipmunks. For info, including movie title, call 648.2924.

• A family movie will be shown at 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 10, at Marianna Black Library in Bryson City. Movie is a baseball adventure about a foster child whose irresponsible father promises to get his act together when the child’s favorite team wins the pennant. For info, including movie title, call 488.3030.

Kids Story Times 

HAYWOOD

• Mother Goose Time, a story time for babies and toddlers (5 months to 2 years) and their parents/caregivers, is held at 11 a.m. on Tuesdays at the Waynesville Library. 452.5169

• Family Story Time, 11 a.m. Wednesdays at the Waynesville Public Library. Stories, songs, crafts. 452.5169.

• Movers and Shakers story time is at 11 a.m. every Thursday at the Waynesville Library. For all ages. Movement, books, songs and more. 452.5169.

• Family storytime with crafts, second Saturday of the month at 10:30 a.m. at the Waynesville library. 452-5169.

JACKSON

• Baby Storytime is at 11 a.m. on Thursdays at the Jackson County Public Library. Songs, fingerplays and stories for infants through toddlers. 586.2016

• Kid’s story time Saturdays, 11 a.m., all ages at City Lights in Sylva 586.9449.

• Kids story time, Fridays 11 a.m., Saturdays at 11:30 a.m. at Jackson County Public Library. Story time includes books, puppets, finger plays, songs and crafts. 586.2016.

• Pre-school story time, second Wednesday, 11 a.m. at Cashiers Community Library. 743.0215.

• Rock and Read storytime, 11 a.m. on Tuesdays at the Jackson County Public Library. 586.2016

SWAIN

• Preschool Story time, Wednesdays, 10:30 a.m., Marianna Black Library. After a book or two is read, the children participate in games, songs, finger plays, puppet play and make a craft to take home. 488.3030.  

MACON

• Paws 4 Reading, a family story time, will be held from 6:30 to 7:15 p.m. second Thursday of the month at Macon County Public Library. Children can read to a therapy dog. (grades K-6). 524.3600. 

• Toddlers Rock, second and fourth Mondays, 10 a.m., Macon Public Library. Music, movement and instruments (Designed for children 0-24 months, but all ages are welcome).

• Family Story Time for ages 0 to 5 years is held at 10 a.m. on Tuesday and Thursdays at the Macon County Public Library in Franklin. 524.3600. 

• Bilingual Story time – 6 to 6:30 p.m., second and fourth Wednesday. Program reads a children's book in English and Spanish at the Macon County Public Library. 526.3600.

• Paws 4 Reading, a family story time, will be held from 3:30-5:30 p.m. every Tuesday at Hudson Library in Highlands. Children (grades K-6) practice early reading skills by reading to a canine companion. Info: www.fontanalib.org, www.readingpaws.org or 526.3031. 

 

A&E

Festivals and Special Events  

• Tickets are on sale now for the 19th annual French Broad River Festival, which is April 29-May 1 at the Hot Springs Campground & Spa. Numerous bands and entertainment acts, fireworks, flying marshmallows, a whitewater raft “race” and more. Tickets are $100 before April 20 and $110 at the gate if available. Children under 12 get in free. Tickets and info: www.FrenchBroadRiverFestival.com.

• Arts and crafts submissions are now being accepted for the third-annual Shining Rock Riverfest, which is 12:30-10 p.m. on Saturday, April 30, in Canton. Submissions are due by 4 p.m. on April 25. Admission to the event is $10; free for ages 12-under. Event includes musical performances, local barbecue and a variety of handmade crafts for sale. Info: 648.2363 or www.shiningrockriverfest.com.

• The 14th annual Whole Bloomin’ Thing festival will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, May 7, in the Frog Level district of Waynesville. Contact Joy Simmons, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. 

• The Mother’s Day weekend “Airing of the Quilts” festivities returns all day Saturday, May 7, in downtown Franklin. 

Food & Drink

• Jackson County’s craft breweries are celebrating N.C. Beer Month throughout April. Breweries include Sneak E. Squirrel, Heinzelmännchen and Innovation. For more information about each one’s promotions in April, visit: www.yourgnometownbrewery.com; www.innovation-brewing.com and www.facebook.com/TheSneakESquirrel.  

•  Throughout April enjoy a pint of beer and an individual size pizza for only $10 at Sapphire Mountain Brewing Company located at the Sapphire National Golf Club. 

• Heinzelmannchen Brewing (Sylva) will host Henry Wong (singer-songwriter) during their 12th anniversary party from 6 to 8 p.m. April 21. The celebration will run from noon to 9 p.m. with craft beer specials, prizes, and more. www.yourgnometownbrewery.com. 

• The Sapphire Valley Kentucky Derby Cocktail Party is set for 5 p.m. on Saturday, May 7. BYOB; bring appetizer; $5 each. RSVP: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 743.3875.

• “Brown Bag at the Depot” – an opportunity to gather with neighbors – is at noon every Friday at Sylva’s newest park at the corner of Spring and Mill Street along Railroad Ave.  For info, contact Paige Dowling at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

• Graceann’s Amazing Breakfast is 8-10 a.m. every Tuesday in the Sapphire Room at the Sapphire Valley Community Center. $8.50 for adults; $5 for children. Includes coffee and orange juice. 743.7663.

• There will be a free tasting and cooking demonstration from 5-7 p.m. every Saturday at Country Traditions in Dillsboro. Try a wide variety of wines while a gourmet chef prepares delicious treats that are available for purchase. Free. www.dillsborowineandgourmet.net. 

• A game day will occur from 2 to 9 p.m. every third Saturday of the month at Papou’s Wine Shop & Bar in Sylva. Bring dice, cards or board games. 586.6300.

• A wine tasting will be held from 2 to 5 p.m. April 30 and May 7  at Papou’s Wine Shop in Sylva. $5 per person. www.papouswineshop.com or 586.6300.

• A free wine tasting will be held from 1 to 5 p.m. April 30 and May 7 at Bosu’s Wine Shop in Waynesville. www.waynesvillewine.com or 452.0120.

• A wine tasting will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. April 27 and May 4 The Classic Wineseller in Waynesville. Free with dinner ($15 minimum). 452.6000.mother

• There will be a “Tasty Tuesday: Winter Seasonals” at 7 p.m. on May 3  and 10 at Mad Anthony’s Bottle Shop & Beer Garden. 

On Stage & In Concert    

• The Little Town Playhouse will present “Seussical the Musical, Jr.” at 6:30 p.m. on April 28-29 and May 5-6 – with a 3 p.m. matinee on May 7 – at the Swain County Recreation Center. Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for seniors (60 and over), $5 for students (six and over) and free for children five and younger. 226.5637.

• N.C. Arts Council, the Haywood Art Regional Theatre’s (HART) will host the work of William Shakespeare’s “The Winter’s Tale” that address the theme of forgiveness in the Bard’s last four plays at 7:30 p.m. April 29-30 and May 5-7, and at 2 p.m. May 1 and 8 at the theatre in Waynesville. Special discount tickets are available for the May 5 performance and special discount tickets are also available to students and teachers for all performances. 456.6322 or www.harttheatre.org.

• “American Idol” season seven winner David Cook and Secondhand Serenade will perform during Western Carolina University’s Spring Concert at 8 p.m. on Thursday, April 28, on the Central Plaza in Cullowhee. 227.3751.

• Western Carolina University’s two vocal ensembles, the University Chorus and Concert Choir, will be featured at the WCU School of Music’s Spring Choral Concert at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 28, in the recital hall of Coulter Building. 227.7242 or http://tinyurl.com/oafrskd.

• The Colby Deitz Band (country, Southern Appalachian front porch string music) performs at 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 28, in the Community Room of the Jackson County Public Library in Sylva. Co-sponsored by the Friends of the Jackson County Public Library. 586.2016.

• Western Carolina University’s annual Kimmel School Capstone Symposium will be 1:30-4:30 p.m. on Friday, April 29, in the Center for Applied Technology building in Cullowhee. Culminating experience for engineering and technology industry-sponsored capstone projects. 227.7368.

• Mountain Community Chorus will present its 42nd annual spring concert at 7 p.m. on Friday, April 29, and at 3 p.m. on Sunday, May 1, at Young Harris College in Georgia. 

senior• Traditional African music will be performed by Sean Gaskell at 7 p.m. on Friday, April 29, in the Community Room of the Hudson Library in Highlands. He performs on the Kora – an ancient 21-stringed harp from West Africa. Co-sponsored by the Arts Council of Macon County. 526.3031.

• Michael Pilgrim (mandolin) and Don Mercz (guitar) perform hot swing, Gypsy jazz, and Bossa nova at 7 p.m. on Friday, April 29, at the Classic Wineseller in Waynesville. 452.6000 or www.classicwineseller.com.

• “Man in the Mirror: A Tribute to the King of Pop” will be in concert at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 30, at Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort. 800.745.3000.

• James rogers (singer, songwriter) will perform at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 30, at Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts in Franklin. Tickets are $17 each. 866.273.4615 or GreatMountainMusic.com.

• The MET Opera “Elektra” will be Saturday, April 30, at the Martin Lipscomb Performing Arts Center in Highlands. Tickets available at highlandspac.org, at the door or by calling 526.9047.

• Joe Cruz (piano) performs music of the Beatles, Elton John, James Taylor and Simon and Garfunkel at 7 p.m. on Saturday, April 30, at the Classic Wineseller in Waynesville. 452.6000 or www.classicwineseller.com.

• Haywood Community Chorus, directed by Kathy McNeil and accompanied by Kyle Ritter will present its spring concert, "Peace, Unity, and Freedom," at 4 p.m. on Sunday, May 1, at the Waynesville First United Methodist Church. 

• Magician Mike Super, winner of NBC’s TV series “Phenomenon,” will perform at 3 p.m. on Sunday, May 1, at Western Carolina University’s John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center in Cullowhee. It will be the final performance in this year’s Galaxy of Stars Series. Tickets: $21 for adults, $16 for WCU faculty and staff; $7 for students. Tickets available at bardoartscenter.edu or by calling 227.2479.

• Cerebral Palsy survivor David Ring will be hosted at 6 p.m. on May 1 at Maggie Valley First Baptist, featuring a performance by Mountain Joy. 926.0065.

• The Macon Arts Council presents the inaugural concert of Tuckasegee Brass at 3 p.m. Sunday, May 1, in the sanctuary of Resurrection Lutheran Church in Franklin. 524.ARTS or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. 

• “Profiles in Mountain Character: Memorable Swain County Folks” will be presented by Jim Casada at 6:30 p.m. on May 5 at the Swain County Genealogical and Historical Society Library in Bryson City. 

• The Musial Theater Department at Cherokee High and Middle Schools will present their production of Lion King Jr. at 7 p.m. on May 5-7 at the Joyce Dugan Cultural Center in Cherokee. Tickets are on sale now: $12 for dinner and musical or $5 for general seating. Tickets available at the schools’ front office.

• Pat Donohue (Grammy-winning fingerstyle guitarist, singer-songwriter) will perform blues, folk and jazz at 8 p.m. on Saturday, May 7, at The Strand on Main in Waynesville. Tickets are $18 in advance or $20 on show day. www.38main.com.

• HART Theatre will hold auditions for its major summer musical “Jesus Christ Superstar” at 6:30 p.m. on Monday and Tuesday, May 9-10, in the Studio Theater at the Performing Arts Center in Waynesville. Production will run from July 8-31. 

• Country star Chris Young will perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 7, at Harrah’s Cherokee. www.harrahscherokee.com or www.ticketmaster.com or call 800.745.3000. 

• Tickets are on sale now for a show by Rascal Flatts, which performs at 9 p.m. on Friday, May 27, at Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort Event Center. 800.745.3000.

• Bogart’s Live Bluegrass/String Band is at 6:30 p.m. every Thursday at 303 S. Main Street in Waynesville. 452.1313.

• Papertown Country Music & Dance Parlor is from 7-10 p.m. on Saturdays at 61-1/2 Main Street in Canton. $8. 736.8925.

• Music and Clogging is held from 8-10:30 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays at the Stomping Ground at 3116 Soco Road in Maggie Valley. 926.1288.

Classes and Programs

• Huck embroidery, an educational workshop taught by Harriet McKenna of Dogwood Crafters, is scheduled for 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 5, at the Dillsboro Masonic Lodge. $17. Registration deadline is April 29: 586.2435 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

• Basic quilling/frameable art or card embellishment, an educational workshop led by Dogwood Crafters member Lawrie Williams, is scheduled for 10:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 10, at the Dillsboro Masonic Lodge. $18. Registration deadline is April 29: 586.2435 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

• The Jackson County Senior Center will hold a yard sale from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. on Saturday, April 30, in Sylva. Tables, home interior, kids toys, dishes, collectibles and more. 

• There will be an “Introduction to Puppetry” workshop from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. May 2-5 at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts in Franklin.
The class is open to all ages. Cost is $30, which includes registration fee, all materials, patterns and instruction. www.greatmountainmusic.com. 

• A program about cooking leafy greens will be offered from 6-8 p.m. on Monday, May 9, at the Waynesville Recreation Center. Hosted by Waynesville Parks and Recreation Department. $18 for members; $22 for nonmembers. Holistic health coach Sara Lewis will lead the presentation. 550.1640 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

• Talent acts are being sought for “Talent in the Mountains” show. Applications are due May 9. Chance to win $100. Show is at 7 p.m. on May 21 at Grove Church. Friends of Marianna Black Library in Bryson City are organizing the event. Pick up application at the library, Friends of the MBL Bookstore on Everett Street or at www.fontanalib.org/friends-of-the-library. Entry fee is $10 per act. Info: 488.5655.

• A spring retreat open to all artists and writers is scheduled for May 9-14 at Lake Logan. Cost is $875 – five days, all inclusive. Organized by Cullowhee Mountain Arts: 342.6913 or www.CullowheeMountainArts.org.

• Blacksmithing courses taught by Brock Martin at the Jackson County Green Energy Park in Dillsboro will include the following:  Bladesmithing: Seax Knife Class — 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 14-15 and Viking Axe Making — 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 18-19. For more information of these workshops, class fees, the JCGEP, and more, click on www.jcgep.org. 

• Lens Luggers will meet at 7 a.m. on Wednesdays through May 11, at the Waynesville Old Armory and car pool to field venues as part of the spring field photography program led by Bob Grytten. Each shoot is $45. The group will also meet every other Tuesday to discuss the morning sessions and to review participants’ images. Each session is $15. Info about the association: www.lensluggerworld.com and http://bobgrytten.com. Reservations: 627.0245 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

• Registration is underway for Cuttlefish Casting, a jewelry metal-casting workshop that will be held from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. on Saturday, May 14, at Haywood Community College in Clyde. Fee of $103 includes supplies. Register by May 7: 565.4240.

• Registration is underway for a three-day Blacksmithing for Jewelers workshop, which will be held from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. on Sunday through Tuesday, May 22-24, at Haywood Community College in Clyde. Fee of $352 includes supplies. Register by May 6: 565.4240.

• Registration is underway for “Blacksmithing for Jewelers: Hammer and Heat,” which is presented by Haywood Community College Continuing Education Creative Arts. Led by Elizabeth Brim, an instructor at Penland School of Crafts, the class runs from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. on May 22-24. Registration deadline is May 6. 565.4125 or CreativeArts.Haywood.edu.

• The ‘Whee Market, offering locally produced crafts and food, is from 4-7 p.m. every Tuesday at the intersection of North and South Country Club Drives in Cullowhee. Info: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

• The Jackson Rangers Camp 1917 will hold monthly meetings (except July) at 6 p.m. on the first Thursday of each month at the Barkers Creek Community Center. Members are being sought to participate in honor guard graveside events and honor Confederate soldiers. The Confederate Rose, a ladies auxiliary group that supports active members, meets at the same time and location.  736.6222 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

• “Stitch,” the community gathering of those interested in crochet, knit and needlepoint, meet at 2:30 p.m. every first Sunday of the month at the Canton Public Library. All ages and skill levels welcome. www.haywoodlibrary.org. 

• The Sew Easy Girls meet from noon-3 p.m. on the first Monday of every month at the Jackson County Cooperative Extension Office’s conference room. Learn how to sew. 586.4009.

• A community art group meets at 10 a.m. every Wednesday at the Hudson Library in Highlands. 828.526.3031. 

• A writer’s group meets at 1 p.m. every Thursday at Hudson Library in Highlands. 526.3031.

• Free one-on-one technology help is offered every Tuesday and Thursday morning at Hudson Library in Highlands. Call 526.3031 to make an appointment.

• The Bascom’s Photography Resident Byron Tenesaca will instruct students in a variety of helpful techniques for the beginning photographer from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.   April 30: Retouching Old Photographs. At the center in Highlands. Tuition: $100. www.thebascom.org. 

Art showings and galleries 

• Western Carolina University’s Fine Art Museum is partnering with the WCU School of Art and Design to host an exhibition of works by first-year students in the Master of Fine Arts Program through Friday, April 29, in Cullowhee. A public reception and performance will close out the installation from 4-6 p.m. on April 29. Featured students are:  Brendan Best, Ali Burnette, Javier Fox, G. Vincent Gaulin, Martha Neaves, Zach Rogers, Don Sawyer and Charlotte White.

• An exhibition entitled “This is a Photograph: Exploring Contemporary Applications of Photographic Chemistry” is on display at Penland School of Crafts near Spruce Pine. 765.6211 or penland.org/gallery.

• Western Carolina University’s Fine Art Museum will host an exhibition exploring the use and meaning of color in art till May 6 in Cullowhee. Museum is open from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on weekdays with extended hours to 7 p.m. on Thursdays. Admission and parking are free. Fineartmuseum.wcu.edu or 227.3591.

• A presentation on “Epic Elkmont” will be offered by naturalist, photographer and educator Wilma Durpo from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 7, at Waynesville Library. 

• A nature-based sculpture project launched by Western Carolina University’s Fine Art Museum will feature outdoors art while promoting discussion of sustainability and aesthetics through Saturday, May 21, on the university’s multi-use trail. Work is by artists Walker Tufts, Greg Stewart and Aislinn Penetecost-Farrin. www.wcu.edu/museum, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 227.2550. For info about the Sustainable Energy Initiative, visit energy.wcu.edu, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 227.3562.

• A showcase of work from painter Lucien Harris III will run through May 22 at The Bascom in Highlands. The works will be exhibited for free. The public is invited to attend an exhibition reception for Lucien Harris from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday, April 30, at The Bascom. www.thebascom.org. 

• New artist and medium will be featured every month at the Haywood County Senior Resource Center in Waynesville. 356.2800.

Film & Screen  

• Adult movie time, 6:30 p.m. Mondays at Jackson County Public Library. Call for title of movie. 586.2016.

• Morning Movie being held at Canton Public Library on April 27 at 9:30 a.m. Coffee, doughnuts and a new movie starring Tom Hanks (PG-13). 648.2924. Morning movie occurs on the third Wednesday of the month.

• The film “Fargo” will be shown on April 28 at 7:30 p.m. at Mad Batter Food & Film in Sylva. Madbatterfoodflim.com.

• The film “Now You See Me” will be shown on April 29 at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. at Mad Batter Food & Film in Sylva. Madbatterfoodflim.com.

• Films created by Western Carolina University students will be screened at the eighth annual Controlled Chaos Film Festival at 7 p.m. on Friday, April 29, in the John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center in Cullowhee. Tickets: $10 cash at the door. Proceeds and donations benefit the Motion Picture Student Project Fund, which helps students in WCU’s Film and Television Production Program. Info: 227.7491.

 • The film “Hitchhiker’s Guide To the Galaxy” will be shown on April 30 at 2 p.m., 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. at Mad Batter Food & Film in Sylva. Madbatterfoodflim.com.

• A new movie starring Harrison Ford will be shown at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. on Thursday, May 5, at the Macon County Public Library in Franklin. Movie description: Three decades after the defeat of the Galactic Empire, a new threat arises. The First Order attempts to rule the galaxy and only a ragtag group of heroes can stop them, along with the help of the Resistance. PG-13; 2:16. 524.3600.

• A classic 1941 drama starring Walter Pidgeon, Maureen O’Hara and Anna Lee will be shown at 2 p.m. on Friday, May 6, at the Macon County Public Library in Franklin. Movie description: At the turn of the century in a Welsh mining village, the Morgans, he stern, she gentle, raise coal-mining sons and hope their youngest will find a better life. 1:58. 524.3600.

Music jams and groups

• Golden Aires singing group practices at 9:15 a.m. every fourth Wednesday of the month at Jackson County Department on Aging/Senior Center in Sylva. Secular and religious music. Performances given at area nursing homes. Musical instruments also welcome. 586.5494.

• Old-time music jam from 1-3 p.m. the first and third Saturday of the month at the Oconaluftee Visitor Center in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park on U.S. 441 outside Cherokee. 497.1904.

• A community music jam will be held from 6-7:30 p.m. on the first and third Thursday of each month at the Marianna Black Library in Downtown Bryson City. Anyone with a guitar, banjo, mandolin, fiddle, dulcimer – anything unplugged – is invited to join. Singers and listeners are also welcome.

• Cruso Circle Play & Jam, 7 p.m. every Tuesday, Cruso Community Center and Friendship Club in Cruso. www.facebook.com/crusocircleplayjam. 

• Signature Brew Coffee Company holds Sylva Open Jam nights on the second and fourth Thursday of the month. Shop provides the instruments, you provide the talent. Chris Coopers’ Fusion band hosts.

• An open jam session lis held from 6:30 to 9 p.m. each Thursday at Heinzelmannchen Brewery in Sylva. All skill levels and instruments welcome. 631.4466 or www.yourgnometownbrewery.com

• Karaoke is held at 7 p.m. every other Friday at the American Legion Post 47 in Waynesville. Open to all members and their guests. 456.8691.

• Men Macon Music, canella singing, meets at 5:30 p.m. every Monday in the Chapel of First Presbyterian Church, 26 Church St., Franklin. Visitors welcome. 524.9692.

• Mountain Dulcimer Players Club meets from 2 to 4 p.m. on the first and third Sundays of each month at the Bryson City United Methodist Church. Knowledge of music not required, tablature method used. 488.6697.

• Pick and Play Dulcimer Group of Sylva meets at 1:30 p.m. on the first, third and fifth Saturday of every month in the fellowship hall of St. John’s Episcopal Church. 293.0074.

• The Franklin Early Music Group meets every Monday at 9 a.m. at the First Presbyterian Church. 369.5192.

• The Nikwasi Dulcimer Players meet every Thursday afternoon from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. at First United Methodist Church in Franklin. All are welcome. 524.1040 or 524.2294.

Arts Group Meetings

• Blue Ridge Mountain Quilt Guild, 6 to 9 p.m. fourth Thursday, January through October, and third Thursday, November and December in Canton. 316.1517 or on Facebook at Blue Ridge Mtn. Quilt Guild.

• Smoky Mountain Knitting Guild meets every Wednesday from 1-3 p.m. Blue Ridge Books, Waynesville. 246.0789. 

• Nifty Needles group, which meets at First United Methodist Church in Sylva, is seeking new members to help knit and crochet warm, useful items for those in need. Supplies (yarn and needles) and lessons provided.

• The Tuesday Quilters meet from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Tuesday at the Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church on N.C. 107. Bring your machine and whatever quilt you are working on.

• The WNC Fiber Folk Group meets weekly from noon to 1 p.m. on Thursdays in the Star Atrium of the Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center at WCU. 227.2553 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

• Thursday Painters meet at the Uptown Gallery in Franklin every Thursday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Bring your project and a bag lunch and join us for a day of creativity and fun. All artists are welcome. 349.4607.

• Rug Hooking Group, 5:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesdays, Jackson County Public Library. Beginners welcome. 631.2561.

• Jackson County Arts Council meets at 5:30 p.m. the first Monday of each month at the Jackson County Library Complex conference room. 293.3407.

 

Outdoors 

• A bird walk along the Greenway, sponsored by the Franklin Bird Club, is scheduled for 8 a.m. on April 27. Meet at Salali Lane. 524.5234.

• The Town of Waynesville’s Semi-Annual Mulch Sale is April 28-30, at the Town yard waste landfill off Bible Baptist Drive from Russ Avenue, near the bypass. Compost and double-ground mulch available; Compost prices range from $10-60 depending on truck/trailer size; double-ground mulch ranges from $10-$200 depending on vehicle size. Single-ground mulch also available for $10 regardless of truck size. Payment by cash or check only. 456.3706.

• An easy ride aiming to help people ease into a healthier lifestyle through cycling leaves at 9:30 a.m. Thursdays from the Canton Recreation Park, covering 8-10 miles. Road bikes are preferred. Nobody will be left behind. A partnership of Bicycle Haywood N.C., the Blue Ridge Bike Club and MountainWise. Michele Trantham, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. 

• The Fossil presentation with collector & paleontologist Richard Hightower will be held April 28 at 6 p.m. at the Macon County Public Library. 524.3600.
• An Earth Day Celebration is scheduled for 9 a.m.-noon on Friday, April 29, at Swain County Cooperative Extension. Refreshments, educational opportunities and free Norway Spruce seedlings. 

• A wildflower walk through Panthertown Valley, the second trip in the “Mountain Classroom” series offered through Western Carolina University’s Office of Continuing and Professional Education, is scheduled for Friday, April 29. $69 per person. Led by Adam Bigelow. mtnclassroom.wcu.edu or 227.7397.

• John and Cathy Sill will lead a bird walk at 8 a.m. on April 29 at the Standing Indian area. Meet at the Kmart parking lot in Franklin to carpool. Sign up: 524.5234.

• A celebration of Migratory Bird Day will be held from 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. on April 30 at The Cradle of Forestry in Pisgah Forest. Morning of birding starts at 8:30 a.m. followed by ongoing family oriented crafts, art and games from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. At 3 p.m., a live bird program with Carolina Naturalists’ Carlton Burke. Admission is $5 for adults and free for youth under 16. Info: 877.3130 or www.cradleofforestry.com.

• The largest display of peonies in Western North Carolina will be open from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. starting May 1 and lasting until blooms are gone for the season at Wildcat Ridge Farm near Clyde. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 627.6751.

• RSVPs are being accepted through May 1 for Trout Unlimited-Cataloochee’s Spring Fun Day, which is from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on May 7 at Camp Hope. Food, fishing, seminars and fun. Food is free for chapter member guests who bring a side dish or $8 for those who don’t bring a side dish. RSVP to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. 

• Franklin Tailgate Market is from 8 a.m.-noon every Saturday at 203 E. Palmer Street in Franklin. Info: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

• The Tuckaseigee River Chapter No. 373 of Trout Unlimited will meet at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 3, at the East Laporte picnic area. This chapter serves Jackson, Macon and Swain Counties. 

• An HPAS-sponsored birding trip is scheduled for May 5 to the Overflow Wilderness Study Area (Blue Valley) forest interior birding with Brent Martin of the Southern Appalachian Regional Director of the Wilderness Society. www.highlandsaudubonsociety.org.

• The Highlands Road Gem Show will be held May 5-8 at the corner of U.S. 441 and Highlands Road in Franklin. Rock, minerals, rough and cut gems, supplies, and more. Admission is free. 369.6341 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. 

• “Historic Cataloochee Valley, Smoky Mountain Elk & More” will be presented by naturalist Esther Blakely on May 7 and 28 in Cataloochee Valley. $79 per person. Register at www.smfs.utk.edu or call 865.974.0150.

• The Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute will host its annual Space Day open house from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on Saturday, May 7, in Rosman. Activities and events suitable for all ages. www.pari.edu.

• A spring wildflower hike is scheduled for Saturday, May 7, in the Big Creek Watershed of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Hosted by Haywood Waterways Association. Led by Donna Machen. Free for members; $5 donation for nonmembers. Memberships start at $25. RSVP by May 4: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 476.4667.

• Tickets are on sale now for the Highlands Biological Foundation’s “Wildflower Whimsy,” which is scheduled for 5:30-8:30 p.m. on May 6 and 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on May 7 at the Highlands Biological Station. $75 for members; $100 for nonmembers. Tickets: http://highlandsbiological.org/wildflower-whimsy. Info: www.highlandsbiological.org or 526.2221.

• “Charismatic Mega-Fauna,” a 30-minute program featuring the park’s biggest animals, will be offered at 11 a.m. on Fridays through May 7 at the Oconaluftee Visitor Center, located along U.S. 441 just north of Cherokee. 

• “Coffee with a Ranger,” an hour-long program giving visitors a chance to find out what’s happening in the park over a cup of coffee, will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturdays through May 7 at the Oconaluftee Visitor Center. Topics will vary based on visitor interest. 

• “Down on the Farm,” a two-hour program exploring the lives of homesteaders in the Smokies, will be held at 2 p.m. on Sundays through May 7 at the Oconaluftee Visitor Center. The program will include a walk to the adjacent Mountain Farm Museum to witness pastime activities such as fence building, woodworking and gardening. 

• Tickets are on sale for a specialty train, “The Railroad Reserve,” through the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad. The wine-and-rails pairing operates from 6:30-9:30 p.m. on May 7 and June 1 in Bryson City. Tickets are $129 per adult (21 and older). www.GSMR.com/wine-experience or 800.872.4681.

• An Introduction to Fly Fishing class will be offered for ages 12-up from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. on May 7 at the Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education in Transylvania County. Pre-registration required: 877.4423 or www.ncwildlife.org/Learning/EducationCenters/Pisgah/EventRegistration.aspx.

• A new course on “Historic Cataloochee Valley, Smoky Mountain Elk & More” will be offered at Saturday, May 7, and May 28 at the Smoky Mountain Field School – a 39-year partnership between the University of Tennessee and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. $69. Register at www.smfs.utk.edu or 865.974.0150. 

• “Wild Survival” exhibit featuring the return of North America’s wolves and peregrine falcons will be on display through May 8 at the N.C. Arboretum in Asheville. Open daily from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. inside the Baker Exhibit Center. Free; non-member guests are required to pay $12 parking fee. www.ncarboretum.org.

• On the Water: West Fork Pigeon River – an opportunity to practice fly-fishing skills – will be offered to participants ages 12-up from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. on May 11 at the Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education in Transylvania County. Pre-registration required: 877.4423 or www.ncwildlife.org/Learning/EducationCenters/Pisgah/EventRegistration.aspx.

• A cycling ride for beginners starts at 6:15 p.m. on Tuesday at Macon Middle School in Franklin with a goal of working up to an 18-mile roundtrip to the waterfall on Ellijay. Organized by Smoky Mountain Bicycles. 369.2881 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

• A cycling ride leaves at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesdays with alternating starts at Smoky Mountain Bicycles and South Macon Elementary School in Franklin. Rotes vary. Road bikes only. A no-drop ride. Organized by Smoky Mountain Bicycles or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

• A 25-mile ride covering the back roads from Sylva to Balsam leaves at 6 p.m. Tuesdays from Motion Makers Bicycle Shop in Sylva. The route includes flat stretches, lots of climbing and a descent on the return of the out-and-back ride, which includes 1,600 feet of elevation gain. Organized by Motion Makers, 586.6925.

• Beginning bikers can always find help from the folks at Bicycle Haywood N.C., which has members willing to arrange one-on-one instruction. Bob Clark, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

• A beginner-friendly social ride will begin at 6:15 p.m. Mondays from the Bent Creek Ledford Parking Lot in Asheville, covering 5 to 8 miles of mountain bike trails. Organized By Motion Makers Bicycle Shop. 633.2227.

• A training ride for women who know how to handle a mountain bike but want to go faster will start at 6:15 p.m. Wednesdays from the Ledford parking lot at Bent Creek in Asheville. The rides will cover 8 to 12 miles and use more technical trails than the beginner’s ride. Organized by Motion Makers Bicycle Shop. 633.2227.

• Nantahala Area Southern Off Road Bicycling Association is still finalizing its schedule of spring off-road rides. Up-to-date information will be posted at www.facebook.com/NantahalaAreaSORBA/?fref=ts. 

• Guided tours of WATR Discovery Trails at Monteith Farmstead Park in Dillsboro can be scheduled by calling 488.8418. For youth or adult/civic groups.

Farm and Garden

• Corneille Bryan Native Garden annual plant sale. Saturday April 30, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. (rain or shine) J.B. Ivey off County Rd., Lake Junaluska. (top of the garden).

• Waynesville Middle School is holding a plant sale from 8 a.m.-noon on Saturday, April 30. Hanging baskets, vegetables and flowers, all student grown. 

• A program on “Advance Seed Saving” will be presented by representatives from Sow True Seed of Asheville at 5 p.m. on Monday, May 9, at the Waynesville Library. Also covered will be in-depth cross-pollination and plan isolation for varietal purity. To sign up or get more info, contact Kathy at 356.2507 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 • Rain barrels are on sale for $90 apiece at the USDA Agricultural Service Center in Waynesville. 476.4667 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

• The Haywood County Plant Clinic is open every business day till May 15 at the Haywood County Extension Center on Raccoon Road. Master Gardeners are available to answer questions about lawns, vegetables, flowers, trees, ornamental plants and more.  May 15.456.3575

• The Macon County Community Garden Committee is now taking applications for garden space in the 2016 Community Garden. For an application or info, call 349.2046.

• The Macon County Poultry Club of Franklin meets at 7 p.m. on the third Tuesday of each month at the Cooperative Extension Office on Thomas Heights Rd,. Open to the public. 369.3916.

Farmers Market

• Haywood Historic Farmers Market is held from 8 a.m.-noon on Wednesdays and Saturdays in the parking lot of HART Theatre in Waynesville. 280.1381 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or waynesvillefarmersmarket.com

• The Original Waynesville Tailgate Market is from 8 a.m.-noon on Wednesdays and Saturdays at 171 Legion Drive in Waynesville (behind Bogart’s). 456.1830 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

• The Jackson County Farmers Market will be on Saturdays from 9 a.m.-noon at Bridge Park located in Sylva. Info: 393.5236. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or website jacksoncountyfarmersmarket.org.

• The ‘Whee Farmer’s Market is open from 4 p.m. to dusk every Tuesday at the corner of the N. Country Club Drive and Stadium View Drive in Cullowhee, behind the entrance to the Village of Forest Hills off Highway 107 across from Western Carolina University. 476.0334.

• The Cashiers Tailgate market is open from 1 p.m.- 5 p.m. on Wednesdays starting June 1 at the United Community Bank on N.C. 107 South. 226.9988 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

• The Franklin Farmers Tailgate Market is from 8 a.m.-noon on Saturdays on East Palmer Street across from Drake Software in Franklin. 349.2049 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  

• Cowee Farmers Market is open from 3:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesdays starting May 24 at Old Cowee School located at 51 Cowee School Drive. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or www.coweefarmersmarket.com 

• Swain County Farmers Market will be open from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. on Fridays starting May 6 through Oct. and Tuesdays starting June 14 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. through Aug. 16 at the barn on Island Street in Bryson City. 488.3848 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Competitive Edge

• Registration is underway for “Gateway to the Smokies” Half Marathon. The 13.1-mile event is at 7:30 a.m. on May 14 in Waynesville. Sponsored by the Haywood Chamber of Commerce. Register at http://tinyurl.com/gryw4cy. Info: www.smokieshalfmarathon.com , 456.3021 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

• Registration is underway for Tour de Cashiers bike race, which is May 14 in Cashiers. www.tourdecashiers.com. Early registration is $45.

Hiking Clubs

• The Nantahala Hiking Club will take a moderate 5.5-mile hike with an elevation change of 700 feet on Saturday, April 30, from Thomas Divide on Kanati Fork Trail to Kephart Prong in the Smoky Mountains National Park. For info or reservations, contact leader Gail Lehman at 524.5298. visitors welcome, no dogs.

• An all-day hike will be offered by Jackson County Recreation Department on May 6. $5 per person. 293.3053.

• Friends of the Smokies’ Classic Hike to Hyatt Ridge, a moderate 9.5-mile round trip, is set for Tuesday, May 10, in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Elevation gain is 2,000 feet. $20 for existing members; $35 for new members. Donations benefit the Friends’ Smokies Trails Forever program. www.Hike.FriendsoftheSmokies.org.

• Friends of the Smokies hikes are offered on the second Tuesday of each month. www.friendsofthesmokies.org/hikes.html. 

• Nantahala Hiking Club based in Macon County holds weekly Saturday hikes in the Nantahala National Forest and beyond. www.nantahalahikingclub.org

• High Country Hikers, based out of Hendersonville but hiking throughout Western North Carolina, plans hikes every Monday and Thursday. Schedules, meeting places and more information are available on their website, www.highcountryhikers.org.

• Carolina Mountain Club hosts more than 150 hikes a year, including options for full days on weekends, full days on Wednesdays and half days on Sundays. Non-members contact event leaders. www.carolinamountainclub.org

• Mountain High Hikers, based in Young Harris, Ga., leads several hikes per week. Guests should contact hike leader. www.mountainhighhikers.org.

• Smoky Mountain Hiking Club, located in East Tennessee, makes weekly hikes in the Great Smoky Mountain National Park as well as surrounding areas. www.smhclub.org.

• Benton MacKaye Trail Association incorporates outings for hikes, trail maintenance and other work trips. No experience is necessary to participate. www.bmta.org.

• Diamond Brand’s Women’s Hiking Group meets on the third Saturday of every month. For more information, e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 684.6262.

Outdoor clubs

• The Jackson County Poultry Club will hold its regular meeting on the third Thursday of each month at the Jackson County Cooperative Extension Office. The club is for adults and children and includes a monthly meeting with a program and a support network for those raising birds. For info, call 586.4009 or write This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

• The North Carolina Catch program, a three-phase conservation education effort focusing on aquatic environments, will be offered through May 15. The program is offered by the Waynesville Parks and Recreation Department. Free for members; daily admission for non-members. 456.2030 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

• An RV camping club, the Vagabonds, camps one weekend per month from April through November. All ages welcome. No dues or structured activities. For details, write This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 369.6669.

• The Tuckaseigee River Chapter No. 373 of Trout Unlimited meets at 6:30 p.m. on second Tuesday of the month at United Community Bank in Sylva. Dinner is $5.

• The Cataloochee Chapter of Trout Unlimited meets the second Tuesday of the month starting with a dinner at 6:30 p.m. at Rendezvous restaurant located on the corner of Jonathan Creek Road and Soco Road in Maggie Valley. 631.5543.

• Cold Mountain Photographic Society is a camera/photography club for amateurs and professionals who want to learn about and share their knowledge of photography with others. Must be 18 or older to join. Meetings are held at 7 p.m. the second Monday of each month in the conference room of MedWest Health and Fitness Center, 262 Leroy George Drive in Clyde. More information at www.cmpsnc.org or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

• The Cherokee Runners meets each month on the 1st and 15th of the month (if the first falls on Sunday, the group meets on the 2nd), at the Age Link Conference Room. Group runs are being held each Tuesday and Thursday at 6 p.m. starting at the Flame.   www.cherokeerunners.com. 

• Mountain Wild, the local chapter of the N.C. Wildlife Federation works to preserve and increase wildlife and wildlife habitat of the region. Free programs and guest speakers held periodically at the WNC Nature Center in Asheville. Call 338.0035.

• The Jackson-Swain Master Gardeners’ Association meets at 9:30 a.m. every second Wednesday at the Jackson Community Services Building on Scotts Creek Road in Sylva. Mike Glover at 736.2768 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

• Pigeon Valley Bassmasters Club will meet at 7 p.m. on the second Monday of each month at J&S Cafeteria, Enka, Exit 44 off I-40. 712.2846.

• Macon County Horse Association meets at 7:30 p.m. the third Tuesday of each month at the Macon County Fairgrounds Alumni Building. Education program and business meeting. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. 

• The Macon County Beekeepers Association meets at 7 p.m. the first Thursday of each month at the extension office located on Thomas Heights Road next to Jim Brown Chrysler on Highlands Road. New members welcome. 

• Haywood Bee Keepers Association meets at 7 p.m. the first Tuesday of each month at the NC Ag center on Raccoon Road. hcbees.org.

• Smoky Mountain Beekeepers meet at 7 p.m. on the second Thursday of every month at the SCC Swain Center in Bryson City on Almond School Road. Open to anyone interested in honeybees. 554.6935.

• The Franklin Walking Club meets at 10 a.m. every Saturday (weather permitting) at the Tassee picnic shelter on the Greenway at the corner of Wells Grove Road and Ulco Drive. All fitness levels are welcome, call Linda at 421.7613.

• Swain County Trail Runners. Long run group meets 8 a.m. Saturdays at the Deep Creek Trailhead Parking Area in Bryson City. All runs are on trails in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park or Tsali Recreation Area. All distances, paces, ages welcome. More information at 399.0989, 488.6769 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

• The Sylva Garden Club meets at 9:30 a.m. the first Tuesday of each month at the Presbyterian Church in Sylva. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

• WNC Sportsman’s Club meets at 6:30 p.m. the first Monday night of each month at the Juke Box Junction Restaurant located in Bethel at the junction of US 276 and N.C. 110 wncsportsmansclub.com

 

Ongoing 

Business & Education 

• Free GED test-preparation classes offered by Southwestern Community College, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays and 5:30-8:30 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays, SCC Swain Center, Room 101. Instruction in other college and career readiness activities including computer skills, resume writing, filling out job applications, job searches, college entrance exam prep, college applications, financial aid and more. 366.2000 or stop by the Swain Center.

• Guidance on looking for a job or gaining basic job skills will be available from 1-4 p.m. each Wednesday at the Macon County Public Library. One-on-one help from a Southwestern Community College employability instructor. 524.3600. 

• Tech-savvy questions will be answered from 10 a.m.-8 p.m. every Tuesday in the month of January at the Jackson County Library. 586.2016.

• The Wheels Through Time Museum in Maggie Valley is now open for its 2015 season. The museum showcases one of the rarest collections of vintage motorcycles and antique automobiles. Hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursday through Monday. Admission is $12 for adults, $10 for seniors age 65 and up, and $6 for children. www.wheelsthroughtime.com. 

• Entrepreneurship training available online through HCC Small Business Center through a partnership with Hewlett Packard and the National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship. Access courses at www.ncsbc.net, call 627.4512 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Information about upcoming workshops is available on the HCC Small Business Center website at SBC.Haywood.edu. 

• Southwestern Community College cosmetology students are offering haircuts, manicures and nail tech services from 8 to 11 a.m. on a first-come, first-served basis, on Tuesdays through Thursdays at SCC’s Jackson Campus in Sylva. 339.4238, southwesterncc.edu or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

• Human Resource Development class, SCC Swain Center. Get help with resume writing, job searches, online job applications completions, and much more. SCC Swain Center, Jennifer Ashlock, 366.2000 or Yvonne Price, 366.2002.

• Southwestern Community College offers "Employability" labs 8 a.m. to noon Mondays and Wednesday, room 104, Oaks Hall, Southwestern Community College, Jackson Campus; 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays, and 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, Room 104, SCC Macon Annex; 8 a.m. to noon Mondays and Wednesdays, SCC Swain Center; and 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Fridays, Cherokee Vocational Center, Cherokee.

• One-on-One Computer Support Program available at the Jackson County Public Library. Individual appointments are set up by the Adult Services Department, 586.2016 for more information.

• Spanish Club Round Table Discussions, noon to 1 p.m. Thursdays, gazebo at the Macon Campus of Southwestern Community College.

• Entrepreneur Skills Network business skills meetings, 6 to 7:30 p.m. every Monday in the Jackson County Justice and Administration Building, Sylva. Experienced and startup entrepreneurs are welcome. 586.5466 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

• Haywood Community College offers Get a Job workshops, which include:  Basic Computer Skills from 10 a.m. to noon every Tuesday; Create a Great Resume workshop from 2 to 4 p.m. every Tuesday; Job Search Basics from 10 a.m. to noon every Wednesday; Interview Tips from 10 a.m. to noon every Thursday; Customer Service Excellence from 2 to 4 p.m. every Thursday; Time Management from 10 a.m. to noon every Monday; Your Electronic Portfolio from 10 a.m. to noon every Friday; Spanish Translation Career Coaching and Self-paced English Study from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. every Friday; Career Coaches are available for individual help from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. 564.5093 or 246.9233.

• Ready to Read, adult literacy program to help those who are illiterate or need to improve/strengthen their reading skills, 10 a.m. to noon, Tuesdays and Thursdays, Genealogy Study Room on the second floor of Jackson County Public Library. 586.2016.

Health Matters

• Al-Anon, a fellowship of relatives and friends of alcoholics who believe their lives have been affected by someone else’s drinking, meets at 10 a.m. on Saturdays at the Macon County Public Library in Franklin.  356.2800. 

• “Health on Wheels” road ride, a relaxing social ride supporting physical and mental recovery from illness or injury – as well as anyone who hasn’t ridden in awhile – starts at 10:30 a.m. every Thursday at Canton Rec Park. For info, contact Michelle Trantham at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Melissa Rockett at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it./">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it./

• A Tuesday Meditation Group meets at 6:30 p.m. on the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Franklin. 

• A health-centered lunch and learn will be held on the third Thursday of every other month starting with the noon event on Aug. 20 at Swain Medical Park. Free light lunch will be served. Presented by Swain County Hospital and Swain County Health Department. 586.7734 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

• Kidney Smart Classes are held from 4:30-6 p.m. on the third Thursday of each month in the third-floor video conference room at Angel Medical Center in Franklin. 369.9474.

• Kidney Smart Classes are held from 7:30-9 a.m. on the third Thursday of each month at DaVita Sylva Dialysis Center. Call Sue (631.0430) for more info.

• Kidney Smart Classes are held from 3-4:30 p.m. on the third Monday of each month at EBCI Health and Medical in Cherokee. For info, call Sue at 361.0430.

• Kidney Smart Classes are held from 2:30-4:30 p.m. on the fourth Thursday of each month at DaVita Waynesville Dialysis Center. For info, call Clark at 627.2907.

• A pro bono clinic will provide physical therapy services to underserved and underinsured populations of Western North Carolina from 6-8:30 p.m. on the first and third Wednesdays of every month on the first floor of the Health and Human Sciences Building in Cullowhee. For information, contact the clinic at 227.3527 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

• Ladies Night Out, 4 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. the fourth Tuesday of each month in the cafeteria at Angel Medical Center. 349.2426.

• Free dental clinic for low-income patients, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays by appointment at Blue Ridge Mountains Health Project Dental Clinic on the upper level of Laurel Terrace in Cashiers. 743.3393. 

• The Community Care Clinic of Highlands-Cashiers, 5 to 9 p.m. Thursdays, provides free care to uninsured patients who meet financial need requirements and live or work in Highlands and Cashiers. $10 donation suggested. The clinic is in the Macon County Recreation and Health Building off Buck Creek Road. 526.1991. 

• HealthTracks, the wellness and healthy lifestyle program at Highlands-Cashiers Hospital, offers a toning class from 3 to 4 p.m. every Monday, Tuesday and Thursday on the lower level of the Jane Woodruff Medical Building at the rear of the hospital campus. $8 per session. 526.1348 or www.hchospital.org.

• Heart Healthy Exercise Group meets at 8:30 a.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at the Highlands Civic Center. $15 per month. 526.3556.   

• Outpatient Diabetes Classes are offered from 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m. bimonthly at Harris Regional Hospital in Sylva, and from 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m. monthly at Swain County Hospital in Bryson City. 586.7734.

• Teen Prepared Childbirth Classes are offered at Angel Medical Center. 369.4421.

Kids & Families

• Homework Help, 3 to 5 p.m. Mondays for students in grades 2 through 6, Canton Branch Library. Former schoolteacher turned Youth Services Librarian Katy Punch offers homework help on a first-come, first-served basis. Katy, 648.2924.

• Young Warrior Jiu Jitsu Classes, 5-5:45 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays at Basulto Academy of Defense in Waynesville. Classes are open to boys and girls ages 6 and older. For more information on these or other classes contact 230.5056 or www.wncbjj.com. 

• A community breastfeeding information and support group is held from 10:30-noon on the first Saturday of each month in the main lobby of the Smoky Mountain OB/GYN office in Sylva. Free. Brandi Nations at 587.8214.

• Homeschool PE classes have started at the Recreation Center in Cullowhee on Thursdays for ages 5-9 and 10-14. $20. 293.3053.

Kid’s Arts

• The Uptown Gallery in Franklin offers monthly art workshops for children. Children must be at least eight years old. Pre-registration is required. 349.4607 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

• Kids Creation Stations, 10 a.m. to noon, Saturdays, The Bascom in Highland. Ages 5 to 9, $5 per class. 787.2897.

• After School Art Adventure, 4:15 to 5:30 p.m., Tuesdays, The Bascom in Highland. Ages 5 to 9, $5 per class. Follows Macon public school schedule. 787.2897.

• Suzuki Flute Lessons for students ages 4 to adult are offered at The Music Village in Waynesville and Cullowhee. Beginning through advanced students are welcome. For information call Lori Richards at 293.5600 or visit www.themusicvillage.net.

Recreation & Fitness

Yoga

• Yoga classes for all levels are held at 5:30 p.m. every Monday, 9 a.m. every Tuesday, 5:30 p.m. every Wednesday and 9 a.m. every Friday at Nurture Wellness Studio in Bryson City. 400.9616 or www.nurturewellnessstudio.com.

• Pilates Fusion now offered at Waynesville Park and Rec, 9-9:45 a.m. Every Saturday starting Oct. 4, Waynesville Recreation Center. Call for admission prices. 456.2030. 

• Drop-in yoga: beginners, 10 a.m. Mondays; beyond beginners, 4 p.m. Wednesdays, Lake Junaluska Kern Building Fitness Center. $10 per person, per class. No registration required. Taught by Rumi Kakareka, a certified yoga instructor with 20 years experience. 703.966.7138 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. 

• Stand Up Paddle Board YOGA, 9 to 10:30 a.m. Saturdays, Fontana Lake. 342.6444, www.brysoncitystandup.com/sup-yoga.

• Qi Gong/Yoga/Pilates classes are from noon to 1 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays at The Creative Thought Center of Waynesville. Love offering. 456.9697 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

• Weekly yoga classes, Maggie Valley Wellness Center. All classes (except chair) are $12 per drop in or $40 for four classes. 

• Adult chair yoga and more, 2:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Chestnut Hill Highlands; noon Mondays and 11 a.m. Fridays, United Universalist Fellowship of Franklin, 89 Sierra Dr., Franklin. Benefits KIDS Place. 941.894.2898 to register.

• E-Z Stretching and Chair Exercise classes, 2 to 3:15 p.m. Tuesdays at the Waynesville Towers, 65 Church St., Waynesville. 456.3952.

Dance

• A Community Dance is held on the second Sunday at 2:30 p.m. of each month in the Community Room on the second floor of the old courthouse in the Jackson County Library Complex in Sylva. Community dinner follows the dance at 5 p.m. Bring a covered dish, plate, cup, cutler and a water bottle. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

• Beginner clogging classes, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. every Tuesday at the NC Cooperative Extension, 60 Almond School Road, in Bryson City, in the SCC building. No prior dance experience required. 488.3848 to register.

• Ballroom dance classes are offered every Thursday night at Club 56 Fitness Inc. in Maggie Valley. No partner needed. Taught by Laura Roberts. Classes at 7 to 8 p.m. and 8 to 9 p.m. Cost is $30 for one series for an individual or $40 for both series; couples are $40 for one series or $50 for both. 734.2113.

• The Pisgah Promenaders offer fall dance lessons co-sponsored by Waynesville Parks and Recreation, 7 p.m., Old Armory, Waynesville. 452.5917.   

• Social dance classes, including ballroom, Latin, country, swing and blues meets Mondays from 7 to 8 p.m. and 8 to 9 p.m. at the Old Armory Recreation Center in Waynesville. No partner needed. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 734.2113.

• Exercise and Movement for Middle Eastern Dance is held Thursdays at 9 a.m. at the Creative Thought Center, Waynesville. $40/monthly or $12/class. 926.3544. 

• AccessDance WNC, a mobile dance instruction company committed to making dance and exercise accessible to underserved communities, offers instruction in numerous settings. 276.6458.

Aerobic

• Sue-mba: Zumba with Susan, 9 a.m. Mondays, Waynesville Wellness, 1384 Sulphur Springs Rd., Waynesville. $5/class, 230.8240, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

• WNC Fit Club is offering free workouts every Monday. Level 1 workouts begin at 5:15 p.m., Level 2 workouts begin at 6:30 p.m. in the Community Services Building in Sylva. www.xfit.org or 506.4726.

Martial arts

• Blue Dragon Tae Kwon Do School in Haywood County offers a variety of classes for children and adults. High-quality basic self defense training through the use of the ancient Korean fighting art of Tae Kwon Do, including values of respect and courtesy, modesty,  self control, perseverance and indomitable spirit. 627.3949 or www.bluedragontkd.net.

• Aikido Class will be offered from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays at the White Dragon Academy, Sylva. 269.8144 or 507.1800.

• The Waynesville Kodokan Judo Club practices from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Waynesville Recreation Center. Children participate from 4 to 5:30 p.m., adults 5:30 to 7 p.m. Open to boys and girls of all ages. Sensei Jimmy Riggs, 506.0327 or the Waynesville Recreation Center at 456.2030.

• The Creative Thought Center will offer meditation classes every other Saturday at 449D Pigeon St., Waynesville. 648.8816.

Other

• A free demonstration of the TRX suspension trainer will be offered from 4-5 p.m. on Thursdays by appointment at the Fitness Connection in Waynesville.  421.8566.

• Pickleball is played from 2-4:30 every Monday and from 9 a.m.-noon every Friday at the Armory in Sylva. $1 each time you play to help buy equipment, which is provided. 

• Hoop Dance with Stacey of Sweet Circle Hoops, 5:15 p.m. Mondays, Waynesville Wellness, 1384 Sulphur Springs Rd., Waynesville. $10/class, 773.8998, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

• Hoop Fitness classes at the Jackson County Rec. Center for all ages and abilities. Saturdays at 11:15 a.m. Hoops provided. $5 for non-members. 

• Belly Dance with Logan of Body Lyrics, 6 p.m. Mondays, Waynesville Wellness, 1384 Sulphur Springs Rd., Waynesville. First class free, $10/class, 283.0173, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

• The Smoky Mountain Roller Girls, Bryson City’s Roller derby team, practices from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Wednesdays and 6 to 8:30 p.m. Sundays at the Swain County Recreation Center on West Deep Creek Road. Open to women 18 and older. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

• Waynesville disc golf club. GLOW Singles play at 6 p.m. Mondays at the Waynesville Recreation Park. Random draw doubles at 10 a.m. Saturdays. $5, $4 for club members. Meet at the picnic shelter beside the softball field below the Waynesville Recreation Center. www.waynesvillediscgolf.org.

A&E

Classes and Programs

• The Mountain Writers Group meets at 1 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month at Blue Ridge Books in Waynesville. Free; open to the public. 456.6000 or www.blueridgebooksnc.com.

• The Haywood Community Band rehearses from 7-8:30 p.m. each Thursday at Grace Episcopal Church in Waynesville. If interested, call band president Rhonda Wilson Kram at 456.4880.

• Western North Carolina Woodturners, Inc., meet at 6 p.m. on the second Thursday of each month (March through November) at Blue Ridge School in Glenville. Visitors welcome.

• Western North Carolina Woodturners, Inc., meet at 6 p.m. on the first Tuesday of each month at Alternative School, in Sylva. Visitors welcome.        

• Oil, Watercolor, Acrylics and Drawing classes by Dominick DePaolo, 1-3 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays, Frog Level’s Mahogany House Fine Art Gallery and Studios. 246.0818. www.DominickDepaolo.com.

• Watercolor classes with Dominick DePaolo from 10 a.m. to noon and oil painting classes from 1 to 3 p.m. on Mondays, at Uptown Gallery, Franklin. 349.4607.

• Open Studio Hours at the Cowee Pottery School, a free perk available to current students, are from 1- 4 p.m. on Sundays and from noon-4 p.m. on Mondays at Macon County Heritage School north of Franklin. 

• A Creative Business Plan Competition for professional craft artists will be presented over a series of eight sessions by Southwestern Community College’s Small Business Center from 2-5 p.m. on Thursdays at the SCC Swain Center. Register at www.ncsbc.net. Free.

• The Bascom in Highlands offers Open Studio Packages to Bascom Members interested in being part of a studio community. As an Open Studio Artist you will have access to the facilities, tools and equipment in the Dave Drake Studio Barn and the Adult Education Studio at any time during Open Studio hours. Weekly classes are available to studio members, as well as discounts on workshops. For more information, call 526.4949.

• New dancing lessons have just begun through High Mountain Squares. All are welcome. 371.4946, 342.1560, 332.0004 or www.highmountainsquares.com. 

• Adult drawing classes will be offered from 1-4 p.m. on Mondays at First Baptist Church in Waynesville. Beginning through advanced levels welcome. Graphite, charcoal, pen and ink. $55 tuition for six-week term or $10 per class. www.iamclasses.webs.com, 456.9197 or charspaintings@msn.

• Adult painting classes will be offered from 1-4 p.m. on Tuesdays at First Baptist Church in Waynesville. Beginning through advanced levels welcome. All media. $55 tuition for six-week term or $10 per class. www.iamclasses.webs.com, 456.9197 or charspaintings@msn.

The Spiritual Side 

• Healing Mass and Anointing of the Sick is held at 2 p.m. on the third Sunday of each month at Saint Margaret of Scotland in Maggie Valley. Individual prayers over people after Mass by Charismatic Prayer Group members. For info, call Don or Janet Zander at 926-0106.

• A sermon series on the life of Abraham is being held at 7 p.m. every Sunday at Coweeta Baptist Church in Otto.

• Join Moms in Prayer at 9 a.m. Friday mornings at 160 Main St., in the Community Room at Blue Mountain Studios in Bryson City to pray for children and their schools. Open to all moms who have a burden for their children and schools. 736.0857.

• Four Winds Daoist Center in Whittier holds meditation sessions on various days. 40 minutes meditation followed by a brief Daoist reading and discussion of that reading. Free. 788.6730, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

• The Sylvan Hearth Pagan Temple welcomes fellow pagans who are seeking community to join in celebrating the Sabbats. 331.8688 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..   

• A prayer shawl ministry meets at 6 p.m. every other Friday at High Street Baptist Church, Canton. Shawls are made as donations for those who need encouragement and to share the word of God. Members will teach those who want to learn. 648.5830.

• A prayer walking group meets at 6 a.m. Wednesdays in Canton. Group prayer during warm up then walk at your own pace. Meet at the big parking lot in front of the Sandwich Shop on Park Street. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

• An interdenominational bible study group for women meets at 11:30 a.m. every Tuesday at First United Methodist Church in Waynesville. Childcare provided by reservation. 452.1124 or 508.8649.

• The Creative Thought Center of Waynesville offers a combination of a half hour Chakra Balancing meditation followed by an hour of Oneness Blessing, also known as Deeksha on Mondays at 5:30 p.m. and Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m. at the Center. Love offering. 456.9697 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

• Ladies Bible Fellowship meets at 1 p.m. Monday in the fellowship hall of the Cashiers United Methodist Church on Hwy. 107 South. Interdenominational Bible study. 743.9337.

• Missionary Circle #1 at Liberty Baptist Church meets at 7:30 p.m. on the second and fourth Wednesday of each month at the church. 226.4526.

• The Lakeview Church of the Nazarene holds Caravan at 6 p.m. on Saturdays. The kids club is dedicated to the physical, social, mental and spiritual growth of children. 926.9210.

• Unitarian Universalist of Franklin is sponsoring Wednesday night study sessions called Wednesday Night Chautauquas on the third week of each month. An optional $5 soup supper starts at 5:30 p.m. Discussions begin at 6:30 p.m. 524.6777.

Political corner

Democratic party

• Macon County Democratic Party Headquarters, 251 Sloan Road in Franklin, is open from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, and 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Saturday. 369.8561.

• Haywood County Democratic executive committee meets at 5 p.m. the first Thursday of each month at Democratic Headquarters, 286 Haywood Square, Waynesville.   www.haywooddemocrats.org.

• Haywood County Democratic Party headquarters, 286 Haywood Square, Waynesville, is open 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday. 452.9607, haywooddemocrats.org.    

• Jackson County Democratic Party meets the third Tuesday of every month at 6:30 p.m. at - Headquarters, 500 Mill St., Sylva. Becky Kornegay, 293-3999.

• Jackson County Democratic Party executive committee members meet at 6:30 p.m. the third Tuesday of each month at Democratic Headquarters, 500 Mill St., Sylva. jacksondems.com.

• Jackson County Democratic Women meet at 6 p.m. the third Thursday of every month at Democratic Headquarters 500 Mill St., Sylva. jacksondems.com. 

GOP

• Jackson County Republican headquarters at Laurel Terrace on U.S. 64 East in Cashiers and at 58 Sunrise Park retail complexes in Sylva. 743.6491 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., www.jacksoncountygop.com.

• The North Jackson County GOP monthly meetings are held at 6:30 p.m., the fourth Monday of each month, at the Sylva headquarters, 58 D Sunrise Park, Sylva. Ralph Slaughter, Jackson County GOP Chair at 743.6491 or www.jacksoncountygop.com.

• The South Jackson County GOP monthly meetings are held at 6:30 p.m. the fourth Tuesday of each month at the GOP headquarters office at Laurel Terrace on N.C. 64 east in Cashiers. Ralph Slaughter, Jackson County GOP Chair at 743.6491 or www.jacksoncountygop.com.

• The Haywood Republicans meet at 6:30 p.m. the second Thursday of the month at the GOP headquarters, 303 N. Haywood St., Waynesville. 246.7921. www.haywoodncgop.org.

Other political groups

• Occupy/WNC General Assembly meets from 7-8:30 p.m. every second and fourth Tuesday at Dogwood Wellness Center. GPS address is 114 West Hemlock Street, Sylva NC 28779 but location is in Dillsboro. 743-9747. 

• The Haywood County NAACP meets at 2 p.m. on the fourth Saturday of each month. Location varies around the county for each meeting. Call for info. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 400.5475. 

• The Jackson County NAACP meets at 10:45 a.m. on Saturday, April 16, following the second Thursday of every month at Open Door Center for Spiritual Living in Sylva.

• A TEA Party group meets at 2 p.m. the third Saturday of each month at the 441 Diner in Otto. 

 • The Libertarian Party of Haywood County meets at 7 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month at the Waynesville Recreation Center. Dunlapdisputeresolution.com.

• The Jackson County Patriots, a grassroots group of citizens promoting Constitutional government, free markets and responsible personal liberty, will meet at 5 p.m. on the third Monday of each month at Tuck’s Restaurant in Cullowhee. For info, contact Ginny Jahrmarkt at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

• Waynesville Aldermen meeting at 6:30 p.m. second and fourth Tuesday of each month. Town Hall. 456.3515.

Senior Activities

• Cornhole for seniors will be held from 1-2:30 p.m. on the third and fourth Wednesdays of each month at the Haywood County Senior Resource Center. 452.6789.

• A fitness class designed specifically for seniors will meet from 11 a.m.-noon on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from Jan. 4-March 25 at the Waynesville Recreation Center. 456.2030 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

• Basic knitting class, 10 a.m. to noon every Tuesday, Jackson County Senior Center, Sylva. Bring your own yarn and needles. Free. 586.4944.

• Senior Nutrition Program, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Jackson County Senior Center, 100 County Services Park, Sylva. 586.4944.

• Foster Grandparents needed in Head Start, non-profit day care centers and public schools in seven county Western North Carolina region. Meet 200 percent of federal poverty guidelines and receive a small tax free stipend plus annual and sick leave plus mileage. Must be 55 or older. Torrie Murphy, Mountain Projects, 356.2834.

• New Memory Café, 10 a.m. to noon, second Thursday of each month, Mission and Fellowship Center, First Baptist Church of Sylva. For people who suffer with dementia, Alzheimer's disease, or other memory disorders, and their caregivers.

• Senior Resource Center Brain Gym, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, 81 Elmwood Way, Waynesville. Open to the public for games, computer/iPad, Wii, X-Box and Brain Bikes. People 50 years of age and older and teens 18 and older with disabilities can participate in cardio workouts, and much more. 356.2800.

• Happy Wanderers senior group holds several events coordinated through Haywood County Parks and Recreation. 452.6789. 

• For information on resources for older adults in Haywood County, call 2-1-1, or by cell phone 888.892.1162; www.nc211.org.

Volunteering

• The Haywood County Meals on Wheels program has route openings for volunteer drivers. Substitute drivers also needed. Info: Jeanne Naber, Meals on Wheels Program Coordinator, 356.2442.

• Dogs and cats are available for adoption from 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Mondays through Thursdays as well as Saturdays at Sarge’s Adoption Center in Waynesville. The public may also adopt Sarge’s cats from PetSmart in Waynesville. For information or to donate or volunteer, visit www.sargeandfriends.org or call 246.9050.

• P.A.W.S. Adoption Days first Saturday of each month from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the front lawn at Charleston Station, Bryson City.

• The Community Kitchen in Canton is in need of volunteers. Opportunities range from planning a meal updating their webpage. 648.0014. 

• Big Brothers Big Sisters of Haywood County is now accepting applications for boys and girls within the Haywood County area between the ages of 6 and 14 who could benefit from an approved adult mentor/role model. No cost to the family. 356.2148.

• Gathering Table, 5 to 7 p.m. Thursdays, at The Community Center, Route 64, Cashiers. Provides fresh, nutritious dinners to all members of the community regardless of ability to pay. Volunteers always needed and donations gratefully accepted. 743.9880.

• The Haywood Jackson Volunteer Center has many new openings for volunteers throughout the region. Learn about a wide-range of volunteer opportunities with a variety of non-profit agencies, including respite work, domestic violence hotline volunteers, meal delivery drivers, court mediators, Habitat for Humanity house building, foster grandparenting, charity thrift shops, the Elk Bugle Corps for the Great Smokies National Park and many more. 356.2833.

• Community Care Clinic of Franklin needs volunteers for a variety of tasks including nursing/clinical, clerical and administrative and communications and marketing. 349.2085. 

• Catman2 Shelter in Jackson County needs volunteers for morning feeding and general shelter chores. 293.0892 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

• The Volunteer Water Inventory Network (VWIN) is looking for people to work one to two hours a month taking water samples from local creeks and streams. Fill up empty bottles, collect water samples, and return full bottles. 926.1308 or www.haywoodwaterways.org. 

• The Haywood County Historical and Genealogical Society maintains a museum located in the historical courthouse in room 308. The HCHGS is seeking articles and objects of historical value to Haywood County that anyone would like to share. 456.3923.

• REACH of Haywood County is looking for volunteers who would like to assist in its newly expanded resale store. 456 Hazelwood Avenue. 456.7898. 

Civic groups & Clubs

Haywood

• The monthly meeting of the Beaverdam Community Center is at 7 p.m. on the second Monday of each month on North Canton Road. For info, contact Judy Sellars at 648.0552.

• A Haywood county non-fiction book club meets the third Monday of each month at 7 p.m. at various locations. 456.8428.

• Cribbage Grass Roots Club, 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Maggie Valley Inn. www.cribbage.org, www.accgrassroots.org. Keith Miller, 410.440.7652, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or Dale Henry, 926.3978.

• Waynesville chapter of the Smoky Mountain Chess Club meets from 1 to 4 p.m. Thursdays at Blue Ridge Books in Waynesville. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Waynesville meetings, 648.5739.   Sylva meetings, 586.9815.

• American Legion Varner-Rhinehart Post No. 61 meets at 8:30 a.m. the fourth Saturday of each month at the Legion Building on Short Street in Canton. 

• Christian Motorcyclists Association meets the first Thursday of the month at Sagebrush Steakhouse Russ Ave. Waynesville, 6 p.m. for supper and 7 p.m. the meeting begins.

• Lost Writers Support Group, 10 a.m. to noon, first Saturday of the month, Zelda Divine, Inc., 1210 S. Main St., Waynesville. Coffee, refreshments, and good company abide.

• The Crabtree, Iron Duff, Hyder Mountain Community Development Club meets at 7 p.m. the second Thursday of each month at the Community Center on Tommy Boyd Road. All welcome. 627.8008.

• Duplicate Bridge Club meets at 12:30 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at the Waynesville Old Armory Recreation Center. ACBL sanctioned games. 456.3581.

• Haywood County Amateur Radio Club meets at 8 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month at the Haywood County Emergency Operations Center on Miller Street. All interested parties, licensed hams or not, are invited to attend. 452.9351 or on the radio repeater (147.39 +).

• Haywood County Newcomers Club meets at 11 a.m. every third Tuesday. 452.9768.

• The Kiwanis Club of Waynesville meets from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. each Tuesday at Laurel Ridge Country Club, 49 Cupp Lane in Waynesville. 926.4436.

• Waynesville Rotary Club meets Fridays at 1 p.m. at Laurel Ridge Country Club. 648.7300.

• Waynesville Sunrise Rotary Club meets at 7 a.m. Tuesdays at the Gateway Club, 37 Church St., Waynesville. 452.5520.

• Military Order of the Purple Heart, WNC Chapter #844, meets at noon on the fourth Saturday of each month at the Sagebrush Steakhouse in Waynesville. 452.4075.

• Thursday Night Bingo is held at the Canton VFW. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. with games at 6 p.m. and package games at 7 p.m. 648.1133.

Jackson

•The Sylva Photo Club holds a meeting at 2 p.m. on the second Saturday of each month at the Cullowhee Methodist Church. 293.9820 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. $5 donation for visitors; free for members. Membership is $20 per year or $10 for students.

• Jackson County Genealogical Society meets at 6:30 p.m. on the second Thursday of each month in the Community Room of the Historic Jackson County Courthouse in Sylva. Free; open to the public. 631.2646.

• Sylva chapter of the Smoky Mountain Chess Club meets at 1 p.m. at the Jackson County Senior Center on Tuesdays. Free. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

• Caney Fork Community Development Council meets at 6 p.m. the second Saturday every month. Potluck dinner followed by a program and/or a business meeting. All meetings are held at the Caney Fork Community building on Caney Fork Road.

• Cashiers Valley Rotary Club meets at 8 a.m. each Wednesday at Cashiers United Methodist Church. The church is located approximately one mile south of the Crossroads on N.C. 107.

• Sylva Rotary Club meets at noon Thursdays at the Department on Aging, 10 County Service Park. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 508.1602.

• Downtown Sylva Association meetings are held at 1 p.m. the second Wednesday of each month at Town Hall. 586.1577.

• Glenville Community Development Club meets at 7:30 p.m. the first Monday of each month at the CDC building.

• Jackson County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors meets at 11:45 a.m. the third Tuesday of most months in the Hooper House at 773 W. Main St. 586.2155.

• Jackson County Homebuilders Association holds its monthly membership meeting the first Monday of each month (except in September and December). 743.0278.

• The Caney Fork Community Social Card Club meets at 1:30 p.m. every Tuesday at the Community Center. Play Hand & Foot. If you don’t know the game, they’ll teach you. 293.9826 or 293.0678.

Macon

• Gem City Forum Toastmasters Club #296 meets at 5:30 p.m. every Tuesday in The Drake Education Center in Franklin. www.gemcityforum.org.

• The Holly Springs Community Development Club meets at 7 p.m. on the third Monday of each month at the community building at 2720 Cat Creek Road, Franklin. Refreshments will also be served. 369.2254. 

• The Franklin Lion’s meet twice monthly on the second and fourth Monday in the dining room of Angel Medical Center.   421.0859.

• Franklin Duplicate Bridge Club meets at 1 p.m. each Wednesday at the community building. 369.9284.

• Ladies Auxiliary VFW Post 7339, located on W. Palmer St., Franklin, holds its monthly meeting at 7 p.m. the second Monday of each month.

• Macon County Concerned Bikers Association (CBA) meets the first Wednesday of each month at Main St Pizza for dinner at 6 p.m. and the meeting after at 7 p.m. All motorcyclists are welcome. Cliff Cyphers at 369.8060.

• P.E.O. Franklin Chapter meets the third Wednesday of the month at 11 a.m. Philanthropic Educational Organization is a sisterhood that helps with the education of women. Individuals need to be a member to attend the meetings, call Char LaDue 342.6253 or Andy Lawley 349.4992.

• Smoky Mountain Shriners Club holds its monthly meetings at 6 p.m. on the fourth Thursday of each month at its building at 833 Bethel Church Road, contact Ed Waters at 524.5576.

• The Franklin Lions Club meets at 6 p.m. The second and fourth Monday of each month at the Macon County Community Facilities Building. Club president Dave Jones at 349.5357. All proceeds from the club’s work stays in Franklin.

• The Fraternal Order of Police meets in the fellowship hall at Holly Springs Baptist Church (new building) at 7 p.m., on the fourth Tuesday of each month. A light meal will be served. John O’Connor 349.0698.

• The Kiwanis Club of Franklin meets at 11:30 a.m. every Tuesday at Fat Buddies, 311 Westgate Plaza.

• Franklin Rotary Club meets at noon every Wednesday at the First Presbyterian Church, 26 Church Street.

• Franklin Rotary Club Daybreak meets at 7:30 a.m. every Tuesday at Angel Medical Center, 179 Riverview Ave.

• The Macon County Genealogical Society meets at 7 p.m. the third Friday night of each month at the Macon County Agricultural Extension Office located on Thomas Heights Drive in Franklin.

• The Nantahala Rangers Camp #1839 of Franklin, a camp of the Sons of Confederate Veterans, meet the second Monday of each month, at 6 p.m., at the Sunset Restaurant in Franklin. David Blaine at 369.7885.

• The Silas McDowell Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution serves Jackson, Macon, and Swain counties meets at the Broiler Room restaurant in Franklin on the third Monday of each month. Anyone with an ancestor tied to the American Revolution is welcomed and encouraged to attend. Kenton W. David at 526.3374 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

• The Smoky Mountain Flying Club meets at 3 p.m. the first Saturday of each month at the Macon County Airport. Anyone interested in aviation is invited. For more information contact club president Tom Hagan at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit www.smokymtnflyingclub.com.

• Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7339 meets at 7 p.m. the first Wednesday of each month at the post home on West Palmer Street in Franklin. 

• Zonta Club of Franklin meets the second Tuesday of each month at the Party Zone. Zonta is an international nonprofit women’s club working for local charities. 369.5888. 

Swain

• Cherokee Toastmasters club meets from noon to 1 p.m. every Monday at Prime Sirloin Family Steakhouse across from Harrah’s. 497.5550 or 497.3521.

Support Groups

Haywood

• The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) has started a club at Haywood Community College for students with mental illness. The student-led group meets twice a month. 627.4504.

• The Compassionate Friends of Western North Carolina, for families who have had a child die, holds monthly meetings at 7 p.m. the first Thursday of each month in the Dugan Classroom of Long’s Chapel United Methodist Church, Clyde. John Chapman, chapter leader, 356.6877 or   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Park at the rear of the church and enter the building across the elevated cement sidewalk that leads to the second floor room #210, which is the first door on the right.

• Recovery educational support classes for those with substance abuse/co-occurring disorders, 6 to 7:30 p.m., Tuesdays, 1210 South Main St., Waynesville. $50 fee for book and materials payable at the first class attended. Scholarships available. Jane, 400.5851.

• The Haywood County HIV/AIDS Task Force meets every third Thursday of the month from 4 to 5 p.m. The purpose of this group is to both educate the community and provide support for those living with HIV/AIDS. 452.6675. 

• Support classes for friends and family of those with substance abuse/co-occurring disorders, 6 to 7:30 p.m. Mondays, 1210 S. Main St., Waynesville. $50 fee for book and materials payable at the first class attended. Scholarships available. Jane, 400.5851.

• Men’s Only Grief Support Group, 9 to 10:30 a.m. the second Tuesday of each month, First Presbyterian Church, 305 Main St., Waynesville. John Woods, facilitator. 551.2095 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

• Grief support group, at noon on the first Friday of every month, Long’s Chapel, Dugan Classroom. Sponsored by Haywood Hospice. 452.5039.

• Haywood County Aphasia Support Group, 1:30 to 2:30 p.m., second Monday of each month in the Haywood Regional Medical Center Fitness Center classrooms. 227.3834.

• Haywood County offers an HIV/AIDS Support Group, 4 p.m., first Tuesday of each month at the Health Department. Anonymity and confidentiality are strongly enforced. 476.0103 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

• AA meetings, 7 p.m., Saturdays, Maggie Valley United Methodist Church, 4192 Soco Road. 926.8036.

• Al-Anon, a support group for families and friends of alcoholics, 8 p.m., Tuesdays, Grace Episcopal Church, 394 N. Haywood St. Use Miller St. entrance. 926.8721.

• Adult Neurogenic Communication Group, 1:20 to 2:30 p.m. the second Monday of each month, Haywood Health and Fitness Center. 227.3834 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

• Alzheimer’s Association, 4:30 p.m., fourth Tuesday of each month, First United Methodist Church, Waynesville and 2:30 p.m., third Thursday of each month, Silver Bluff Care Center in Canton. 254.7363.

• Celebrate Recovery, 6 p.m. every Thursday, Long’s Chapel UMC, Waynesville. A Christ-centered 12-step recovery ministry open to all adults with hurts, habits, and hang-ups. Childcare available. 456.3993, ext. 32.

• Diabetes Support Group, second floor classroom, Haywood Health & Fitness Center, 4 p.m. on the second Monday of each month. 452.8092

• HOPEful Living: Women’s Cancer Support Group, third Tuesday of each month from 5:30 to 7 p.m., Haywood Regional Medical Center, Fitness Center, Health Educ. Room, Waynesville. 627.9666 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 627.0227.

• National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) chapter, 7 p.m., third Thursday of each month, Asbury Sunday School Room, First United Methodist Church in Waynesville.   400.1041.

• Recovery from Food Addiction, a 12-step recovery program for individuals suffering from food addiction, 5:45 p.m. Wednesdays, Friendship House, Academy St. beside Waynesville’s First United Methodist Church, 400.7239.

• Single Parents Networking Group, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Wednesdays, First United Methodist Church, 566 S. Haywood St., Waynesville, free, dinner and child care provided in fun, informal setting. 456.8995 ext. 201.

• WNC Grief Support Group is for families who have lost a child. 7 p.m., third Thursday of each month, Clyde Town Hall. 565.0122 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. 

Jackson

Breastfeeding Mothers’ Support Group, 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 4, Alliance Bible Church, 501 River Rd., Dillsboro. 770.519.2930. 

• “A to Z” support group for all cancer patients (such as lung, colon, urologic, head and neck, skin) and patient caregivers, 5 to 6 p.m. the fourth Tuesday of each month, Harris Medical Park Conference Room.   631.8100.

• WNC Breast Cancer Support Group, 6 to 7 p.m. fourth Tuesday of each month, Harris Medical Park Conference Room, and for Swain County residents from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. second Tuesday of each month, Harris Medical Park private dining room, next to the cafeteria.   631.8100.

• Prostate Survivors Alliance, a special support group for men with a current diagnosis of prostate cancer, as well as prostate cancer survivors,   7 to 8 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month, Harris Medical Park conference room, Sylva. 586.5724.

• Grief Support Group, 1 to 2:30 p.m. Fridays First Baptist Church, 669 W. Main St., Sylva. Hosted by Four Seasons Compassion for Life. Michael Lee, bereavement counselor, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

• Breastfeeding Mothers’ Support Group, 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 6, Alliance Bible Church, 501 River Rd., Dillsboro. 770.519.2930.  

• Parkinson's Support in the Mountains will hold its regular monthly meeting, 3 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 11, room 164 of the Jackson County Department on Aging, 100 County Services Park, Sylva. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  

• New chapter of Co-Dependent's Anonymous, 6 to 7 p.m. Mondays, Dogwood Wellness, Dillsboro. Connie, 477.4380 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

• Harris Monthly Grief Support Group, 3 to 4 p.m. every third Tuesday of the month, Chaplain’s Conference Room, Harris Hospital, Sylva. 586.7979.

• Al-Anon Family Group meets every Monday evening from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m., Sylva Methodist Church. A support group for family and friends whose lives are affected by someone else’s drinking.

• Breastfeeding support group, 9:30 to 11 a.m., first Monday of each month at the First United Methodist Church (park in back and use rear entrance) Sylva. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 506.1186.

• Men’s discussion circle, 7 p.m. Mondays, The Center in Sylva. Join an open circle of men to discuss the challenges of life that are specific to men in a safe environment of confidentiality. $5. Chuck Willhide, 586.2892 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

• Al-Anon Meetings are held at 4 p.m. Tuesdays at Grace Community Church. The meetings bring hope for families and friends of alcoholics. 743.9814.

• Jackson County Alcoholics Anonymous, 7:30 p.m., Mondays, Sylva First Presbyterian Church, Grindstaff Cove Road. 

• Cashiers Cancer Care Group for cancer patients, survivors, spouses and caregivers offers support, encouragement, hope and understanding. 7 p.m., first Thursday of the month, Grace Community Church. 743.3158.

• Food Addicts In Recovery Anonymous, 7 p.m., Mondays, Harris Regional Hospital in the small dining room, Sylva. 226.8324.

• Look Good, Feel Better is for women dealing with the appearance related side effects that occur with cancer treatments. A trained volunteer cosmetologist shares expertise in dealing with hair loss and skin change. 10 a.m. to noon, bimonthly, the first Monday of every month, at Harris Regional Hospital. RSVP required, 631.8100. 

• WestCare Hospice Bereavement Support Group meets at 3:30 p.m. the third Tuesday of each month in the Chapel Conference Room at Harris Regional Hospital. 586.7410.

• Weight Watchers meets at 8:30 a.m. every Monday at Grace Christian Church in Cashiers. 226.1096.

Macon

AA Meetings are held every Saturday at 10 a.m. Macon County Public Library, Franklin. 524.3600 or www.fontanalib.org. 

• Angel Medical Center Hospice offers three bereavement support groups for people who have lost loved ones. Two Women’s support groups both meet on the third Wednesday of each month at the Sunset Restaurant on Highway 28 at 11:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. A Men’s Support Group meets the first Monday of each month also at the same location at 11:30 a.m. 369.4417.

• Look Good…Feel Better is an ongoing program for cancer patients at Angel Medical Center, Cancer Infusion Center, Franklin. 349.6900. 

• Angel Medical Center offers a monthly Diabetes Support Group the last Monday of each month. The group meets in the Angel Medical Center dining room beginning at 4 p.m. Pre-registration is required by calling 369.4181.

• Anxiety, nervousness and/or panic disorders support group meets at 7 p.m. on Fridays in the basement of Highlands United Methodist Church. 526.3433.

• Al-Anon meetings are held at noon every Thursday at the First Presbyterian Church at Fifth and Main in the community room in Highlands. All are welcome.

• Alzheimer’s Caregivers Support Group meets at 1:30 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month at the Macon Co. Department on Aging. 369.5845.

• Angel Medical Center’s Diabetes Support Group meets at 6 p.m. the fourth Monday of each month in the Center’s dining room. 

• Chronic Pain Support Group meets at 7 p.m. the fourth Monday of every month in the dining room of Angle Medical Center. 369.6717 or 369.2607.

• Circle of Life support group meets 10 a.m. to noon Fridays at Highlands-Cashiers Hospital. The group is for those who are dealing with any loss or grief. 526.1462.

• Healthy eating/weight control classes are held every Tuesday at noon at the N.C. Cooperative Extension Service Office, 193 Thomas Heights Rd. 349.2048.

• Highlands-Cashiers Cancer Support Group meets at 6:30 p.m. on the third Thursday of the month at First United Methodist Church of Highlands. Meetings are confidential.

• Miracles Happen group of Overeaters Anonymous meets at 5:30 p.m. each Thursday and 5 p.m. each Sunday in the downstairs chapel of First United Methodist Church. 349.1438.

• Overeaters Anonymous meets at 5 p.m. on Sundays at First United Methodist Church at 86 Harrison Ave in Franklin. 508.2586

• NAMI Appalachian South (National Alliance on Mental Illness), the local affiliate of NAMI NC, meets on the first and third Thursdays of each month at 7 p.m. at the Community Facilities Building, Georgia Road Contact Ann Nandrea 369.7385.

• Suicide Survivors Support Group. Angel Hospice sponsors a monthly support group for those who have suffered a loss due to the suicide of a loved one. This meeting is open to everyone in our community and meets the fourth Wednesday of each month at 10:30 a.m. in the back room. 369.4417.

• TOPS (Take off Pounds Sensibly) support group meets 5:30 p.m. every Monday at Bethel Methodist Church. Weigh in begins at 4:30 p.m. 369.2508 or 369.5116.

• Weight Watchers meet each Tuesday at the Peggy Crosby Center in Highlands. Weigh in is at 5:30 p.m. with the meeting beginning at 6 p.m.

Swain

• Women’s 12-Step Medicine Wheel Recovery Group meets Tuesdays at 5 p.m. at A-Na-Le-Ni-S-Gi in Cherokee.

• Circle of Parents, support group for any parent, meets at noon on Thursdays at the Swain Family Resource Center.

• Grief Support Group meets from 7 to 8 p.m. each Monday night at the Cherokee United Methodist Church on Soco Road. 497.4182.

Government meetings

Haywood

• Canton Aldermen: 6:30 p.m. second and fourth Thursday of each month at Town Hall. 648.2363.

• Clyde Aldermen: 6:30 p.m. first Tuesday of each month. Town Hall. 627.2566.

• Haywood County Commissioners: 9 a.m. first Monday of the month and at 5:30 p.m. the third Monday of each month. Historic courthouse. 452.6625.

• Maggie Valley Aldermen: 6 p.m., second Monday of the month. Agenda setting workshop at 9 a.m. first Wednesday of the month.Town Hall. 926.0866.

• Waynesville Aldermen meeting at 6:30 p.m. second and fourth Tuesday of each month. Town Hall. 456.3515.

• Haywood County School Board: 7 p.m. the second Monday of each month at the Education Center in Clyde.   

• Haywood County Economic Development Commission: 4 p.m. the third Wednesday of each month at the Employment Security Commission. 

• Haywood County Tourism Development Authority: 2 p.m. the fourth Wednesday of each month in Gaines Auditorium at the Bethea Welcome Center at Lake Junaluska. 

• Waynesville Planning Board: 5:30 p.m. third Monday of each month, Town Hall. 452.2491.

• Waynesville Public Art Commission: 5:30 p.m. second Thursday of each month, Town Hall. 452.2491.

Jackson

• Jackson County Commissioners: First and third Thursday of each month at 6 p.m. Justice Center. 631.2295.

• Sylva town boad: 5:30 p.m. first Thursday of each month and 9:15 a.m. third Thursday of each month. Town Hall. 586.2719.

• Dillsboro town board: 5:30 p.m. second Monday of the month at town hall.

• Forest Hills: 6 p.m. first Tuesday of the month at Jackson Rec Center in Cullowhee.

• Webster Town Board: 5:15 p.m. first Wednesday of the month. Town Hall, 1411 Webster Rd.

• Jackson County Planning Board: 6 p.m. second Thursday of the month. Heritage room at the Department of Aging, 100 County Services Park in Sylva. 631.2261.

• Jackson County Tourism Authority: 1 p.m. third Wednesday of the month. Locations vary. 586.2155.

• Tuckaseigee Water and Sewer Authority meets at 5:30 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month for a work session, and at 5:30 p.m. the third Tuesday of each month to take action, TWSA office on Main Street in Sylva. 

• Cashiers Area Community Planning Council: 5 p.m. the fourth Monday of each month. Albert Carlton Library.

• Jackson County Greenway Commission: 5:30 p.m. second Tuesday of every month. Room A-227 of the Justice Center in Sylva. 293.3053. 

• p school board: 6 p.m. fourth Tuesday of each month.

Macon

• Macon County Commissioners: 6 p.m. second Tuesday of the month. County courthouse. 349.2025.

• Franklin Aldermen: 7 p.m. first Monday of each month at Town Hall. 524.2516.

• Macon Planning Board: 5 p.m. third Thursday of the month at the Environmental Resource Center.

• Macon County school board: 6 p.m. fourth Monday of each month at the cental administrative offices. 

• Highlands Aldermen: 7 p.m. first and third Wednesday. Town Hall. 526.2118.

Swain

• Swain County Commissioners: 6 p.m. second and fourth Thursday of each month. Administration Building. 488.9273.

• Bryson City Aldermen: 6 p.m. first Monday of each month. Town Hall. 488.3335.

• Cherokee Tribal Council: second Thursday of each month. 497.2771. 

• Swain County school board: second Monday of each month at 7 p.m.