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Wednesday, 24 August 2016 00:00

Regional Calendar

Community Events & Announcements    

• Limited edition prints of the “Golden Threads” Shindig mural, which is outside Pack Square Park in Asheville, are available for sale with a “Stories of Mountain Folk” CD. Proceeds benefit Shindig on the Green and the Catch the Spirit of Appalachian Scholarship program facilitated through Southwestern Community College. 293.2239.

• This year’s Haywood County Fair is from Aug. 24-29 in Waynesville. Livestock judging, animal viewing zoo (Wednesday); Senior Citizens Day and Military Appreciation (Thursday); School Day for fourth graders (Friday); Pumpkin Decorating Contest, Natural Beauty Pageant, Ice-cream eating contest, Tractor Pull and more (Saturday); truck pull, ugly pick-up truck contest, swine show (Sunday). 456.3575. www.haywoodcountyfairgrounds.org.

• An event to welcome Jackson County manager Don Adams is scheduled for 3:30-5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 24, in the Historic Jackson County Courthouse Library Atrium. Light refreshments will be served.

• An awards dinner for Folkmoot volunteers is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 25, at the Folkmoot Friendship Center in Waynesville. RSVP: 452.2997.

• The Open Air Indian Art Market will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 27, at the Qualla Arts & Crafts Mutual in Cherokee. Free to attend. There will also be a traditional Cherokee meal made by the North American Indian Women’s Association available for $10 per person. 497.3103 or www.quallaartsandcrafts.com.

• Alan Kay, winner of the first season of “Alone” will be a presenter at the 12th annual Scott Hogsed Memorial Youth Conservation & Education Day, which opens at 7:30 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 27, in Brasstown. www.scotthogsedyouthday.com. Donations welcome: 361.2117 or 389.3088. More info: 837.2210, ext. 4.

• Lamar Marshall, cultural heritage director for Wild South, will present “The Ancient Lines” and the White Settlement of the Tuckasegee Watershed at 6:30 p.m. on Sept. 1 at a meeting of the Swain County Genealogical and Historical Society in Bryson City. 

• The Darnell Farms Corn Maze will be open from Sept. 3 through Nov. 1 on U.S. 19 at the Tuckasegee River Bridge in Bryson City. Besides the maze, there will also be a pumpkin patch, picnic area, farm fresh products, hayrides, and other activities. 488.2376.

• Macon County Fair Sept. 14-17. Macon.ces.ncsu.edu. 

• Cruise in Maggie Valley event is held from 1-5 p.m. every Sunday at 2771 Soco Road. Vendors: $10 per space. 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 ceremonial Cherokee bonfires will run from 7 to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday through Oct. 1. At Oconaluftee Island Park in Cherokee. The bonfires Guests sit by the fire near the Oconaluftee riverside enjoying a unique and entertaining experience. The events are free and open to the public. www.visitcherokeenc.com. 

• 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 through November, 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  

• One-on-one computer lessons are offered weekly at the Waynesville and Canton branches of the Haywood County Public Library. Lesson slots are available from 10 a.m.-noon on Tuesdays and Thursdays in Canton and from 3-5 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Waynesville Library. Sign up at the front desk of either library or call 356.2507 for the Waynesville Library or 648.2924 for the Canton Library.

• Hunter Safety courses will be offered by Haywood Community College and the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission from 6-9 p.m. on Sept. 19-20, Oct. 17-18 and Nov. 14-15 at HCC’s Campus, Building 3300, Room 3322, in Clyde. Pre-registration required: www.ncwildlife.org.

• The Jackson County Public Library will host a 90-minute class on the basics of Microsoft PowerPoint at 5:55 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 24. 586.2016.

• A computer class entitled “Excel II” is at 6 p.m. on Aug. 30 at the Macon County Public Library in Franklin. Register: 524.3600 or visit the Reference Desk.

• Haywood Community College’s Small Business Center will offer a “Business Marketing Essentials/Los Basicos del Mercadeo del Negocio” course from 6-8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 30, at the Pigeon Community Development Center in Waynesville. Part of a Hispanic Latino Business Start-Up series. Register: SBC.Haywood.edu or 627.4512.

Fundraisers and Benefits  

• The Haywood County Arts Council’s “Gallery & Gifts” (formerly Gallery 86) is hosting their annual ArtShare exhibit through Aug. 27 in downtown Waynesville. www.haywoodarts.org. 

• A pair of fundraisers to help with medical costs for Travis Watkins, a lifelong Jackson County resident, are scheduled for Aug. 27 (Poker Run and Cornhole Tournament) and a softball tournament on Sept. 2-3. Money raised will help pay medical costs for Travis Watkins. 226.7645.

• The “Boots and Bling” benefit will be held by the Zonta Club at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 27, at Bloemsma Farm Barn in Franklin. Boots and Bling, the annual fundraiser for Zonta of Franklin, will benefit REACH of Macon and Jackson counties. Live music by the Hurricane Creek Band. Specialty foods provided by area restaurants, with a silent auction to also take place. Individual tickets ($50) for Boots and Bling are available from any Zonta member, and also at the Franklin Chamber of Commerce. Table sponsorships are available ($500). 349.9194. 

• A community Yard Sale and Childhood Cancer Benefit is scheduled for 8 a.m. on Aug. 27 at Rabbitskin Towing & Excavation in Waynesville. Hot dogs, barbecue plates, silent auction and yard sale. Proceeds benefit 17-year-old Emily May of Haywood County, who’s battling a rare and advanced form of childhood cancer. To donate items or services for yard sale or silent auction, call 926.6546.

• PAWS is accepting donations for their upcoming slient aution to be held at their 13th Annual Wine Tasting fundraiser on Sept. 3. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 488.0418.

• Submissions are being accepted through Sept. 2 for the inaugural Cat Photo Contest, which is a fundraiser for Feline Urgent Rescue. $10 fee per entry. A “Catty Arty Party” will feature the cat photo contest and other items from 5-8 p.m. on Sept. 23. 

•  Haywood County Tourism Development Authority is now offering smaller, single replicas quilt trail blocks for purchase. A portion of the cost of each block will go to the Friends of the Haywood County Animal Shelter to construct a new, much needed animal shelter. The 16x16 inch blocks will feature either a cat or dog will be available in four background colors — blue, purple, brown, and green. The blocks are priced at $65 each with 85 percent of the proceeds being donated to raise funds to build the new Haywood County Animal Shelter. 944.0761 or stop by 1110 Soco Road in Maggie Valley.

• Rummage sale will be held from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 27, at First United Methodist Church of Sylva. Gently used clothing, furniture, household items and more. Proceeds go to the church’s mission work and building fund. 586.2358.

• An Open Door Meal & Sing featuring the Carolina Crossmen is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 31, at First United Methodist Church of Sylva. 586.2358.

• The Cashiers Rotary Arts and Crafts Fair will be from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 3-4 at the Village Green in Cashiers. All proceeds from admission and food sales benefit local Rotary programs and community service efforts. Admission is free, with donations accepted. www.cashiersrotary.org. 

• Tickets are on sale for the Haywood Community College Foundation’s Shine & Dine Gala, which is from 6-8:30 p.m. on Sept. 16 at the Laurel Ridge Country Club in Waynesville. Event includes buffet dinner, jazz music by Juan Benavides, student Timbersports demonstration and a silent auction. Sponsorships range from $250-$5,000. Tickets are $75 per person. Sponsorship info: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 627.4544. Tickets: 627.4522 or stop by the HCC Foundation Office.

Volunteers

• Community Kitchen of Canton is looking for volunteers to serve this summer. Select days in August. 648.0014

• STAR Rescue Ranch is seeking volunteers to help with horse care, fundraising events, barn maintenance and more at the only equine rescue in Haywood County. 505.274.9199.

• Volunteer Opportunities are available throughout the region, call John at the Haywood Jackson Volunteer Center today and get started sharing your talents. 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.

Health Matters  

• Acupuncture clinic for veterans are scheduled for 7:14 p.m. on Aug. 31 at Blue Ridge Natural Health in Waynesville. First come, first served. 539.0440 or www.blueridgenaturalhealth.com.

• Holistic Allergy Treatments program is at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 24, at the Waynesville Library. Led by Naturopath Michelle Sanderbeck. 356.2507.

• A program on treating allergies the natural way is scheduled for 1-2 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 24, at the Waynesville Library. Presented by Dr. Michelle Sanderbeck of Be Well Western Carolina. 356.2507.

• A Divine Healing Conference is scheduled for Aug. 25-28 in Cherokee. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 359.6473.

• A flu shot clinic will be offered from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 30, at the Haywood County Senior Resource Center in Waynesville. Bring insurance cards.

• An advance directives program will be offered from 1-4 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 30, at the Haywood County Senior Resource Center in Waynesville. Register: 356.2800 or stop by the center.

• “The Power of Words” workshop will be held from 2 to 3 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 1, at the Waynesville Public Library. Spiritual counselor Sheila Kaye will host the discussion, which will focus on the power of spoken word. Free, but signup required. 828.356.2507. 

• Participants are being sought for a clinical trial for those overweight with knee pain. Directed by Dr. Kate Queen of Mountain Medical Associates. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 558.0208.

• A support group for anyone with Multiple Sclerosis, family and friends meets at 2 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month in the Heritage Room at the Jackson County Senior Center in Sylva. Sponsored by Greater Carolinas Chapter of National MS Society. Info: 293.2503. Offered in cooperation with the Southwestern Commission Agency on Aging. 

• 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.

• 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 

• Haywood County Fair BINGO Night is at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 25, at the Haywood County Fairgrounds in Waynesville. Tickets: $20 and include 22 games. All money raised supports the fair. www.haywoodcountyfairgrounds.org.

• Fabulous fit Friday program is at 11 a.m. on Aug. 26 at the Macon County Public Library in Franklin. 524.3600.

• Sign-ups are underway through Sept. 2 for a church volleyball league that will play on Tuesday nights at the Cullowhee Recreation Center. $175. Sign up at the rec center.

• The Wednesday Croquet Group meets from 10 a.m.-noon at the Vance Street Park across from the shelter. For senior players ages 55 or older. 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..

• 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.

• 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

• The Libertarian Party of Haywood County meets on the second Tuesday of each month at Bearwaters Brewing 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..

• The first meeting of the Libertarian Party of Macon County will be held at 6 p.m. on Aug. 24 at the Lazy Hiker in Franklin. 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 Democratic Party will open its headquarters on Mill Street with a pancake breakfast fundraiser from 8-11 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 27, in Sylva. Light refreshments served until 1 p.m. Info: 586.6556 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 Swain County Democratic Party Whittier-Cherokee Precinct meeting is at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 1, at Birdtown Gym in Cherokee.

• 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.

• Highlands Mayor Patrick Taylor has coffee and an open public discussion with Highlands residents from 11 a.m.-noon on the last Friday of each month at Hudson Library in Highlands. www.fontanalib.org or 526.3031.

The Spiritual Side 

• Unitarian Universalist Drumming and Potluck is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 26, east of Franklin at 704 Henry Road at the Holy Ground Farm (off Little Ellijay Road). 

• A women’s conference entitled “Joy Unspeakable” will be offered for women of all ages from 6-9 p.m. on Aug. 26 and from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. on Aug. 27 at Bethel Missionary Baptist Church. Special speaker is WNC native Janice Drum, whose husband Hampton Drum is pastor at Langston Baptist Church in Conway, S.C. RSVP: 648.4106.

• Bishop Richard C. Looney will be the guest preacher for Homecoming at Clyde Central United Methodist Church at 11 a.m. on Sunday, Aug. 28. 627.2287.

• Cowboy Church and Gospel Singing will take place at 10 a.m. on Sunday, Aug. 28, at the Haywood County Fairgrounds.

Authors and Books 

• The Theme Team Book Club will be presented by the Waynesville Library from 2-4 p.m. on the first Friday of each month. Pick any book from a chosen them; each participant gets a chance to discuss his/her book. Sign-up required: 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.. 

• Bronwen Dickey will present her book “Pit Bull: The Battle Over an American Icon” at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 25, in the Community Room of the Jackson County Public Library in Sylva. Presented by the library (586.2016) and City Lights Bookstore (586.9499). 

• Storytellers Lee Lyons and Nancy Reeder will host their presentation “Philly Cheese Steak Meets Southern Fried Everything” at 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 25, at the Macon County Public Library in Franklin. 

• The NetWest program of the North Carolina Writers Network will host an open mic night at 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 26, at City Lights Bookstore in Sylva. Folks are encouraged to bring their poetry or short pieces to share. www.citylightsnc.com or 828.586.9499.

• Cookin’ the Books will be held at noon Wednesday, Aug. 31, at the Waynesville Public Library. A book club focused on cookbooks. All members choose a recipe from the book and bring it to share. The group will discuss the good and bad aspects of the chosen cookbook. This book club meets on the last Wednesday of each month. 356.2507.

• Ann Hite will present her new novel Sleeping Above Chaos at 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 3, at City Lights Bookstore in Sylva. 586.9499

• Authors RF Wilson and Richard Von der Veen will each hold discussions at Blue Ridge Books in Waynesville. Wilson will present his Rick Ryder mystery series at 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 3. Von der Veen will pose the question “Where does it all begin?” from his book of poetry at 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 4. 828.456.6000.

• 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 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

• The Mexican Train Dominoes Group seeks new players to join games at 1:30 p.m. each Tuesday at the Senior Resource Center in Waynesville. 926.6567.

• An iPhone/iPad user group meets from 2-4:30 p.m. on Aug. 30, Sept. 6 and Sept. 20 at the Senior Resource Center in Waynesville. 356.2800 or haywoodseniors.org.

• Eat Smart, Move More North Carolina – an effort to help area residents commit to a healthier lifestyle, will meet from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. on Wednesdays at the Haywood County Senior Resource Center in Waynesville.

• 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.

• 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.

• 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   

• Kids Fishing Day for ages 5-15 is scheduled for Sept. 3 at the Jackson County Recreation Center in Cullowhee. Catch and release. $5. 293.3053, 631.2020 or www.facebook.com/jacksonrecreationandparks.

• A “Nature Nuts: Coyotes” program will be offered for ages 4-7 from 9-11 a.m. on Sept. 3 and 13 at the Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education in Brevard. Register: www.ncwildlife.org/Learning/EducationCenters/Pisgah/EventRegistration.aspx.

• An “Eco-Explorers: Raising Trout” program will be offered for ages 8-12 from 1-3 p.m. on Sept. 3 and 13 at the Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education in Brevard. Register: www.ncwildlife.org/Learning/EducationCenters/Pisgah/EventRegistration.aspx.

• The Junior Appalachian Musicians (JAM) now has space available for new students.

The JAM program enables students in grades 4-12 to learn to play fiddle, banjo, and guitar in Appalachian styles from well-known musician teachers. The JAM sessions are held at Canton Middle School from 3:30 to 5 p.m. each Tuesday from Sept. 20 through April 18. There is a $150 yearly fee per student, with siblings discounted to $50 each. www.haywoodarts.org. 452.0593 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 deadline is Sept. 5. 

HART Youth Drama Program is being started on Sept. 10. HART will offer a series of seven acting classes on Saturdays through Oct. 22 aimed at young people. Two separate classes are being offered under the direction of Shelia Sumpter. A class for students from grades 3-5 will begin at 9:45 a.m. and a class for middle and high school students will be offered at 11 a.m. Each class will be one hour and the cost is $70. Anyone interested can get more information or register at the HART Box Office at 250 Pigeon Street in Waynesville. www.harttheatre.org.

• Kindergarten Readiness Storytime is from 10-10:30 a.m. on Fridays throughout July at the Macon County Public Library in Franklin. 524.3600.

• Stories, songs and a craft are offered for ages zero-six (and caregivers) at 10:30 a.m. each Tuesday at the Canton Library. 648.2924.

• A program called “Imagine”, an art program for children 8-12 meets at 2 p.m. on Tuesdays at the Jackson County Public Library. Program contains art, writing, and drama. 586.2016.

• Rompin’ Stompin’, an hourlong storytime with music, movement and books, is held at 10:30 a.m. on Thursdays and at 11 a.m. on Fridays at Canton Library. For ages zero to six. 648.2924. 

• Crafternoons are at 2:30 p.m. on the second Tuesday of every month at Hudson Library in Highlands.

• Library Olympics will be held at 2 p.m. on Fridays at Jackson County Public Library. Children age 5 and up get active through relay races, bingo, mini golf. 586.2016.

• 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 the first Tuesday of the month at 4 p.m. at the Canton Public Library. 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, 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. 

• 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 at 11 a.m. on Tuesdays 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

• A family movie will be shown at 10:30 a.m. every Friday at Hudson Library in Highlands.

• Mad Batter Food & Film (Sylva) will screen “The Jungle Book” (Sept. 2-3 and Sept. 9). 6:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Fridays; and 2 p.m., 6:30 p.m. and 9 p.m. Saturdays. www.madbatterfoodfilm.com. 

• A children’s movie about surfing penguins will be shown at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 27, at the Macon County Public Library in Franklin. 524.3600.

• A family movie will be shown at 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 30, at Marianna Black Library in Bryson City. Dick Van Dyke stars as quirky inventor Caractacus Potts, who has a magical flying car. 488.3030.

• A family movie will be shown 1 p.m. on Mondays during the summer at Jackson County Public Library. 586.2016.

• Family story time for ages zero to six years old is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. each Tuesday at the Canton Library. 648.2924.

• “Finding Dory” will be screened at The Strand on 38 Main St. in Waynesville on August 24-25 at 7 p.m. 38main.com.

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, 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 is held at 10 a.m. on Tuesdays at the Macon County Public Library in Franklin. 524.3600. 

• Family Story Time for ages 0 to 7 years is held at 10 a.m. on 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  

• The inaugural Mountain Trails Festival is from 4-9 p.m. on Aug. 27 at the Settlement at Thomas Divide outside Bryson City. Sponsored by Back Country Horsemen of Western North Carolina. $25 advance ticket ($30 at the door; $10 for kids 15 and younger) includes BBQ pork, chicken, beans, slaw, smoked mac and chees, banana pudding, tea and lemonade. 50-50 raffle, horse shoes, fly casting demos and more. 

• MountainTrue’s Wild & Scenic Film Festival is from 7-10 p.m. on Sept. 1 on the grounds of Sierra Nevada’s Mills River Brewery in Asheville. A selection of films from the annual festival in Nevada City, Calif., will be shown. http://tinyurl.com/zwjhpyr

•  Art After Dark will continue from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 2, in downtown Waynesville. www.downtownwaynesville.com or www.waynesvillegalleryassociation.com. 

• The Smoky Mountain Folk Festival is Friday and Saturday, Sept. 2-3, at the Lake Junaluska Conference & Retreat Center. Traditional music and dance of the Southern Appalachian Region. Free open tent show from 5-6 p.m. each evening; auditorium stage performances are from 6:30-11 p.m. Advance tickets are $10 or $12 at the door. Tickets available daily at the Lake Junaluska Bethea Welcome Center from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. www.LakeJunaluska.com/sm-folk-festival or 452.2881.

Food & Drink

• The next “Way Back When” trout dinner will be at 5:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 26, at the Cataloochee Ranch in Maggie Valley. The dinner showcases a recreation meal, music, storytelling and atmosphere of a 1930s Appalachian trout camp. Enjoy a wagon ride across the ranch property amid the authentic re-creation of Mr. Tom and Miss Judy Alexander’s first fishing camp. $39.95 per person, plus tax and gratuity. The dinner will also be held Sept. 2 and 16. To RSVP, call 828.926.1401 or 800.868.1401 or www.cataloocheeranch.com. 

• “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.

• Free cooking demonstrations will be held from 5-7 p.m. on Saturdays at Country Traditions in Dillsboro. Watch the demonstrations, eat samples and taste house wines for $3 a glass. All recipes posted online. www.countrytraditionsnc.com. 

• A game day will occur from 2-9 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 2-5 p.m. on Saturdays at Papou’s Wine Shop in Sylva. $5 per person. www.papouswineshop.com or 586.6300.

• A free wine tasting will be held from 1-5 p.m. on Saturdays 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. on Wednesdays 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 Tuesdays at Mad Anthony’s Bottle Shop & Beer Garden. 

On Stage & In Concert    

• The 2016-17 Galaxy of Stars Series begins with a performance of “Tarocco: A Soldier’s Tale” at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 25, at the John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center at Western Carolina University in Cullowhee. Series subscriptions for all six shows are $100 for WCU faculty and staff; $125 for others. $45 for students and children. www.bardoartscenter.wcu.edu or 227.2479.

• Liz and AJ Nance will perform acoustic music at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 25, at Marianna Black Library in Bryson City. It’s the conclusion of the Summer Music Series. 488.3030.

• “Don’t Dress For Dinner” opens Aug. 25. It will be presented by Highlands Cashiers Players. http://www.highlandscashiersplayers.org.

• The production of “One Slight Hitch” will hit the stage at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 26, Sept. 1-3, 8-10, and at 2 p.m. Aug. 27-28 and Sept. 4 and 11 at the Haywood Arts Regional Theatre in Waynesville. For tickets, call 456.6322 or click on www.harttheatre.org. 

• Outlaw country star Jamey Johnson and the inaugural Brew-B-Que will take place on Saturday, Aug. 27, at Harrah’s Cherokee. The Brew-B-Que will be held from noon to 7 p.m. The iconic styles of North Carolina BBQ compete in the ultimate throw down. You can also sample regional craft beers, enjoy local entertainment, and more throughout the day. Johnson will take the stage at 8 p.m. www.harrahscherokee.com. 

• The Maggie Valley Fairgounds will host “The Highway Legends” at 11 a.m. Aug. 27. The daylong event will feature a musical tribute performance to Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings and Johnny Cash. Admission is $20 or $25 day-of-show. www.maggievalleyrallys.com or 336.580.1638. 

• Tickets are on sale for the CIRQUE du HART fundraiser that will inaugurate the Fangmeyer Theater on Aug. 27 in Waynesville. Featuring the eight-piece band Sirius B and performance by Asheville Aerial Arts. Tickets: $125 each. Includes cuisine. 456.6322.

• International Bluegrass Music Association winner Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out and The Church Sisters will perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 27, at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts in Franklin. Tickets start at $20.

866.273.4615 or www.greatmountainmusic.com.

• Three-time Dove Award nominees Marksmen Quartet will perform mountain gospel at 10 a.m. on Sunday, Aug. 28, at Hamburg Baptist Church in Glenville. 743.2979. www.marksmenquartet.com.

• Jim Curry, the world’s top John Denver tribute performer, will perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 3, at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts in Franklin.

Tickets are $18. www.greatmountainmusic.com or call 866.273.4615.?

•  Legendary Rock and Roll Hall of Fame act Lynyrd Skynyrd will perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 3, at Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort. For more information and to purchase tickets, click on www.harrahscherokee.com. 

•  Season subscriptions and individual tickets to the 2016-17 Mainstage theatre season, presented by Western Carolina University’s School of Stage and Screen, are on sale at the John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center box office.

The season begins with “Resident Alien,” a musical written by WCU assistant professor Katya Stanislavskaya. Performances will be at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 22, through Saturday, Sept. 24, and at 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 25, at Hoey Auditorium.

Subscriptions and tickets can be purchased online at bardoartscenter.wcu.edu or by calling the box office at 828.227.2479.

• Apple Creek Café (Waynesville) will host an evening of piano music on Fridays and jazz on Saturdays. Both events run from 6-9 p.m. 456.9888 or www.applecreekcafe.com. 

• 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.

Outdoor music

• The 7th annual “Concerts on the Creek” series will host Mountain Faith (bluegrass/folk) on Aug. 26, and will close out the season with Erica Nicole (country) Sept. 2 at the Bridge Park Pavilion in Sylva. Concerts are free, with donations accepted. www.mountainlovers.com or 586.2155. 

• The “Groovin’ on the Green” concert series will host Rockell Scott (pop/piano) Aug. 26 and Hurricane Creek (rock/blues) Sept. 2 will close out the season at The Village Green in Cashiers. All show are free and open to the public. www.villagegreencashiersnc.com.

• The Maggie Valley Fairgounds will host “The Highway Legends” at 11 a.m. Aug. 27. The daylong event will feature a musical tribute performance to Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings and Johnny Cash. Admission is $20 or $25 day-of-show. www.maggievalleyrallys.com or 336.580.1638. 

• The Nantahala Outdoor Center (Bryson City) will host Brushfire Stankgrass (Americana/bluegrass) Aug. 26, Heidi Holton (blues/folk) Sept. 2, Dirty Bourbon River Show (Americana/jam) Sept. 3 and Somebody’s Child (Americana) Sept. 4. All shows are free and begin at 6 p.m. www.noc.com. 

• The “Friday Night Live” concert series at the Town Square in Highlands will host The Johnny Webb Band (country) Aug. 26 and Southern Highlands (Americana/bluegrass) Sept. 2. Both shows are free and begin at 6 p.m. www.highlandschamber.org. 

• The “Saturday’s on the Pine” concert series at Kelsey Hutchinson Park in Highlands will host Porch 40 (funk/rock) Aug. 27 and The Freeway Revival (jam/rock) Sept. 3. Shows are free and begin at 6 p.m. www.highlandschamber.org. 

• The “Pickin’ On The Square” (Franklin) concert series will continue Tugelo Holler (Americana/bluegrass) Aug. 27 and Charley Horse (country/swing) Sept. 3. All shows are free and begin at 7:30 p.m. A community jam begins at 6:30 p.m. www.franklinnc.com or 524.2516. 

• “An Appalachian Evening,” a weekly bluegrass/Americana summer concert series, will close out the summer series with Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 27, at the Stecoah Valley Cultural Arts Center in Robbinsville.

For more information or to purchase tickets, click on www.stecoahvalleycenter.com or 479.3364.

• The Music in the Mountains (Bryson City) concert series will host Christopher Lovoy (singer-songwriter) Aug. 27 and The Caribbean Cowboys (pop/rock) Sept. 3. All shows begin at 6:30 p.m.  www.greatsmokies.com. 

Classes and Programs

• There will be a “Raku Beadmaking” workshop from 6 to 8 p.m. Aug. 25-26 and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 27 at Riverwood Pottery in Dillsboro. Cost is $120 per person. 828.586.3601 or www.riverwoodpottery.com. 

• Doreyl Ammons Cain will offer Figure Pastel Painting class from 1:30-4:30 p.m. on Aug 25 at the Sylva Senior Center. 293.2239.

• The annual Cruso Quilt Show is Aug. 26-27 in Cruso. 

• A baked goods competition will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 27, at the Haywood County Fair in Waynesville. Entries should be delivered between 10:30-11 a.m. on Aug. 27.  www.haywoodcountyfairgrounds.org.

• The Qualla Arts & Crafts Open Air Indian Market is scheduled for Aug. 27 in Cherokee. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 359.6473.

• Cookin’ the Books program is scheduled for noon on Wednesday, Aug. 31, at the Waynesville Library. Book club focused on cookbooks. 356.2507.

• A “Knot Tying 101” class will be offered Sept. 1 and 29 at the Jackson County Recreation Center in Cullowhee. 293.3053, 631.2020 or www.facebook.com/jacksonrecreationandparks.

• Submissions are now being accepted for the 2017 edition of Milestone, the biennial art and literary review published by Southwestern Community College. First- and second-place cash prizes will be awarded in three categories: Poetry, Prose (short story or nonfiction works) and Visual Arts, including photography. In addition, one cash prize will be awarded for Cover Art. Open to residents of Jackson, Macon, Swain counties and the Qualla Boundary – as well as SCC students and alumni. Info and submissions (by Dec. 5): 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..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Info: 339.4314 or 339.4325.

• The Dusty Pallet is the newest art gallery in Franklin. The studio is located in downtown at 52 East Main Street. Are you ready for a paint party? For only $35, the gallery provides everything you need to create your own masterpiece. Watch for our days and times at their website, www.thedustypallet.com. Call and schedule your group at 524.5676. The shop is open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Wednesday and Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.     

• Cribbage is at 6:30 p.m. every Tuesday at the Maggie Valley Inn. 410.440.7652 or 926.3978. 

• An Antique, Vintage & Handcrafted Flea Market starts at 8 a.m. every Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 3029 Soco Road in Maggie Valley. Bring your own table/tent. Spaces rent for $10 a day or $25 for all three days.

• A bingo night will run at 5:45 p.m. on Thursdays through Sept. 1 at the Maggie Valley Pavilion. Cash prizes and concessions by Moonshine Grill. Sponsored by the Maggie Valley Civic Association. 828.926.7630. 

• The Adult Coloring Group will meet at 2 p.m. on Fridays in the Living Room of the Macon County Public Library in Franklin. An afternoon of creativity and camaraderie. Supplies are provided, or bring your own. Beginners are welcome as well as those who already enjoy this new trend. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 524.3600.

• Haywood County Arts Council is inviting artist members to participate in its annual Artist Member Show. Download a show contract/inventory sheet from www.haywoodarts.org. Send completed forms to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or P.O. Box 306; Waynesville, N.C. 28786. 

• Paint Nite Waynesville will be held at 7 p.m. on Fridays at the Panacea Coffeehouse. Grab a cup of coffee, glass of wine or pint of craft beer and get creative. $20 per person. Group rates available. Sign up at Panacea or call host Robin Smathers at 828.400.9560. 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 Wild Fern is hosting several local potters at the studio throughout the year. Stop by to see works from the potter's collection and chat with these talented artists as they create on the wheel and share their unique styles. 736.1605 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 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.

Art showings and galleries 

• Fine art photographer Brian Hannum will be the special guest at the upcoming “Meet the Artist” event from 3 to 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 26, at Gallery Zella in Bryson City. Live music, hors d’ouevres, wine, newly unveiled art, and more. $25 per couple. 

• Laurey-Faye Dean will be the featured artist with a live demonstration and discussion at “The Potter’s Wheel” series from noon to 5 p.m. Aug. 27 at The Wild Fern in Bryson City. 

• A touring exhibition of work by artist Wendy Maruyama is on display at the Penland Gallery in Penland. www.penland.org.

• Acrylic paintings by 94-year-old Denise McCullough and photographs by Helen Geltman are on display through August at the Canton Library’s Visual Arts Exhibit. www.haywoodarts.org.

•  Haywood County Arts Council will host several artists from the WNC Design Guide from Sept. 2 to Oct. 2. The WNC Design Guide is an exclusive collection of curated artists from the Western North Carolina region whose work focuses primarily on creating fine craft and fine art pieces for homeowners who enjoy elegant mountain living. 

• The work of 50 Cherokee artists is on view in "Of Land & Spirit: Contemporary Art Today” at The Bascom Center in Highlands through September 18.

• The “Photography of Bayard Wootten” exhibit is on display through Nov. 23 in the Mountain Heritage Center at Western Carolina University in Cullowhee.

• 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.

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

Film & Screen  

• Mad Batter Food & Film (Sylva) will screen “The Man who knew Infinity” (Aug. 25)  at 7:30 p.m. www.madbatterfoodfilm.com. 

• Mad Batter Food & Film (Sylva) will screen “Huntsman Winter’s War”, Aug. 26 at 6:30 and 8:30 p.m. and Aug. 27 at 2 p.m., 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. www.madbatterfoodfilm.com. 

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

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 is 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 Zahner Lecture on “Ancient Plants: How They Continue to Impact the World” is scheduled for 6:30-7:30 p.m. on Aug. 25 at the Highlands Biological Station. $3 per person. www.highlandsbiological.org.

• The Gem and Mineral Society of Franklin meets at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 25, at the Robert C. Carpenter Community Building on US 441 South. Kim Cochran, curator of the Georgia Mineral Society, will speak about Native American artifacts. 

• A “Leader Building” program will be offered to ages 12-up from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. on Aug. 26 at Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education in Brevard. Registration required: http://www.ncwildlife.org/Learning/EducationCenters/Pisgah/EventRegistration.aspx.

• A Zahner Lecture on “Ancient Plants: How They Continue to Impact the World” will be presented by Jose Santamaria, director of Tellus Science Museum, at 6:30 p.m. on Aug. 26 at the Highlands Nature Center in Highlands. www.highlandsbiological.org/foundation or 526.2221.

• A festival celebrating all things trail-related will debut 4-9 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 27, at The Settlement at Thomas Divide in Bryson City.  Food, drinks, music, silent and live auctions, games and demonstrations. $25 in advance; $30 at the door; $10 for youth 15 and under. Food and beverage included. 586.3080 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 Kebari (Japanese fly-tying) program is scheduled for 8 a.m.-noon on Aug. 27 for ages 14-up at Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education in Brevard. Registration required: http://www.ncwildlife.org/Learning/EducationCenters/Pisgah/EventRegistration.aspx

• A “Backyard Birding By Ear: For Beginners” program will be offered from 9 a.m.-noon on Aug. 27 for ages 14-up at Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education in Brevard. Registration required: http://www.ncwildlife.org/Learning/EducationCenters/Pisgah/EventRegistration.aspx

• A horseshoe competition is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 27, at the Haywood County Fair in Waynesville. www.haywoodcountyfairgrounds.org.

• An event to view an unusual clustering of planets in the evening sky is scheduled for 8-10 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 27, at the Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute in Rosman. $15 per person; ages 10-under admitted free. Register: www.pari.edu or 862.5554. 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..

• Comments are now being accepted through Oct. 14 by the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission on proposed elk depredation rule changes. A public hearing on the amendment is at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 8 at Haywood Community College. The proposed amendment requires landowners who take a depredating elk without a Commission-issued depredation permit to report the take to the Commission within 24 hours of the kill. Proposed amendment is available at www.ncwildlife.org/Proposed-Regulations. Send comments to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Kate Pipkin, N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, 1701 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, NC 27699-1701.

• The Haywood County Truck Pull is set for 1 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 28, at the Haywood County Fair in Waynesville. For rules and regulations, contact Chuck Wood at 507.5113. Hook-up fee is $10. Entry fee for drivers and spectators: $5 per vehicle. www.haywoodcountyfairgrounds.org.

• A Turtle Conservation program will be presented at 7:30 p.m. on Aug. 29 at Hudson Library in Highlands following a mixer at 7 p.m. Highlands Plateau Audubon Society president Russ Regnery will lead the conversation. 

• An Introduction to Fly Fishing: Lake Fishing program will be offered from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. on Aug. 30 for ages 12-up at Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education in Brevard. Registration required: http://www.ncwildlife.org/Learning/EducationCenters/Pisgah/EventRegistration.aspx. 

• The N.C. Cooperative Extension Service will offer a series of seminars on “Ginseng Production” for homeowners who desire to grow “sang” starting with a 10 a.m.-noon session on Aug. 30 at the Swain Extension Center. Other sessions are from 6-8 p.m. on Sept. 1 at the Jackson Extension Center and from 10-11:30 a.m. on Sept. 6 at Cashiers Library. Register or get more info: 586.4009 or 488.3848.

• A program on wildcrafting entitled “Mother Nature’s Secret Garden” will be presented as part of the Village Nature Series at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 30, at the Village Green Commons in Cashiers. Wildcrafting is the practice of collecting plant materials in their natural habitat for food, medicine and craft. Ila Hatter will be the presenter. www.villagegreencashiersnc.com.

• A bird walk along the greenway is scheduled for 8 a.m. on Aug. 31 in Franklin. Meet at Salali Lane. Sponsored by Franklin Bird Club. Franklinbirdclub.com or 524.5234.

• A bird walk along the greenway is scheduled for 8 a.m. on Aug. 31 in Franklin. Meet at Big Bear Shelter parking area. Sponsored by Franklin Bird Club. Franklinbirdclub.com or 524.5234.

• A Zahner Lecture on “What Threatens Birds Today? An Exploration of Contemporary Conservation Challenges and Solutions” will be presented at 6:30 p.m. on Sept. 1 at the Highlands Nature Center in Highlands. www.highlandsbiological.org/foundation or 526.2221.

• The fourth annual Seven Clans Rodeo is Sept. 2-3 in Cherokee. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 359.6473.

• A Wildlife Photo Hunt Competition is scheduled for 9 a.m.-noon on Sept. 3 at the Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education in Brevard. Open to all ages; teams can range from 1-5 members; one camera per team. Register: www.ncwildlife.org/Learning/EducationCenters/Pisgah/EventRegistration.aspx.

• The Qualla Country Trout Tourney is Sept. 2-4 in Cherokee. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 359.6473.

• An Evening Campfire is at 7:30 p.m. each Saturday at Mount Pisgah Campground. Led by National Park Service rangers. www.nps.gov/blri or 298.5330, ext. 304.

• An evening event is scheduled for 7 p.m. every Thursday at locations close to Asheville. Led by National Park Service rangers. www.nps.gov/blri or 298.5330, ext. 304.

• A mini-event will be held from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. most Saturdays. National Park Service rangers will talk about special adaptations animals and plants have made in order to survive. www.nps.gov/blri or 298.5330, ext. 304.

• The N.C. Arboretum, which has been named the nation’s seventh “Bee Campus USA,” will focus its seasonal landscape exhibits program on plants and nesting sites for pollinator species. More info: www.ncarboretum.org/pollinator.

• 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..

• 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.. 

• 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. 

Farm and Garden

• Tale of Two Tomatoes program will be presented at noon on Monday, Aug. 29, at the Waynesville Library. Tomato tasting and potluck. Sign up: 356.2507.

• A class on “Safely Preserving Food at Home” will be presented from 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 31, at the Macon County Extension Office in Franklin. $10 per person. Led by Julie Sawyer, Family and Consumer Science Extension Agent with the Macon County Extension. For more info or to register, call 349.2046 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 Haywood County Plant Clinic is now open at the Haywood County Extension Center in Waynesville. Master Gardeners will answer questions about lawns, vegetables, flowers, trees, ornamental plans, disease, insects and more. 456.3575.

• Local farmers can stop by the Cooperative Extension Office on Acquoni Road from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. every fourth Friday to learn about USDA Farm Service Agency programs in the 2014 Farm Bill. Info: 488.2684, ext. 2 (Wednesday through Friday) or 524.3175, ext. 2 (Monday through Wednesday).

• 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

• A community tailgate market for local growers is open from 3-7 p.m. every Wednesday at The Village Green Commons in Cashiers. 734.3434, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or www.villagegreencashiersnc.com.

• 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.

• 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 Cashiers Tailgate market is open from 1 p.m.- 5 p.m. on Wednesdays 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 through Oct. 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

• A “Couch to 5K” program is held at 6 p.m. every Thursday to help prepare runners for their first 5K (3.1-mile) race: the Power of Pink 5K on Sept. 24. 452.8080 or www.MyHaywoodRegional.com/c25K.

Hiking Clubs 

• Carolina Mountain Club will have a nine-mile hike with a 1,912-foot ascent on Aug. 24 at Green Knob – East Fork Pigeon River. For info and reservations, contact leader Brenda Worley at 684.8656, 606.7297 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..

• Blue Ridge Parkway rangers will lead a moderate, two-mile round trip hike entitled “Adventurous Eats” at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 25. Learn the do’s and don’ts of foraging for wild edibles along the parkway. Meet at Walnut Cove Overlook parking area at Milepost 396.4. 298.5330, ext. 304.

• Blue Ridge Parkway rangers will lead a moderate, one-mile hike to the top of Devil’s Courthouse at 10 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 26. Learn the history of the National Park Service, which turns 100 this year. Meet at the Devil’s Courthouse Overlook at Milepost 424. 298.5330, ext. 304.

• The Nantahala Hiking Club will take a six-mile, moderate hike on Saturday, Aug. 27, from the Blue Ridge Parkway to Black Rock in Jackson County. Elevation change of 400 feet. For info and reservations, contact leader Don O’Neal at 586.5723.

• Carolina Mountain Club will have a 7.5-mile hike with a 1,500-foot ascent on Aug. 27 at Sam Knob Loop. For info and reservations, contact leaders Jim and Judy Magura at 606.1490 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 hike in the Dupont Forest is scheduled for Aug. 30 through the Waynesville Recreation Department. $5 members; $7 for nonmembers. Departure is at 9 a.m.; return is at 5:30 p.m. RSVP: 456.2030 or stop by the Waynesville Recreation Center on Vance Street. www.waynesvillenc.gov/hiking-opportunities.

• Carolina Mountain Club will have an eight-mile hike with a 1,700-foot ascent on Aug. 31 at Panthertown Prowl. For info and reservations, contact leader Steve Pierce at 724.4999, 442.8482 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..

• Hike of the Week is at 10 a.m. every Friday at varying locations along the parkway. Led by National Park Service rangers. www.nps.gov/blri or 298.5330, ext. 304.

• 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 

• A symposium about life in modern-day Cuba will be offered at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 4, at The Strand at 38 Main in downtown Waynesville. Featuring artist Christopher Holt. Sponsored by The Haywood County Arts Council, The Strand Theater and the Smoky Mountain News.

• Carolina Readiness Supply will host a Customer Appreciation Day from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on Aug. 6 in Waynesville. Food tasting, hot dogs, chips, book signing with Franklin Horton at 1 p.m. and a class on Colloidal Silver at 3 p.m. 

• 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

• Reflections through the Looking Glass is offered from 6-8 p.m. on the fourth Wednesday of each month at the Meditation Center in Sylva. Facilitator Nancy Hopp, Med., facilitates a small group interested in advancing self-awareness by journaling about their life’s path. $10 donation per class. To register: 356.1105 or www.meditate-wnc.org/classes.

• 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 party 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 Sneak E Squirrel Community Room in Sylva. 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 the second Saturday each month at Liberty Baptist Church 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 through 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/wpblog.

•?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 board: 5:30 p.m. second Thursday of each month and 9:15 a.m. fourth 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.