Community Events & Announcements
â€˘ The Western Carolina University Public Policy Institute will host a panel discussion, â€śAre Two Better than One? Comparing our Rights under the North Carolina and the United States Constitutionsâ€ť, 7-8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 17, John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center, room 130, Cullowhee. 828.227.3898.
â€˘ Western Carolina Universityâ€™s life-long learning series for people over 50, called LIFE@Western Carolina, will feature lectures and learning field trips, with topics ranging from cultural heritage, politics, media, music and more. A presentation on the series will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, Sept. 22, at the Waynesville Public Library.
â€˘ The Village Green will install and dedicate a sculpture of Al Balestire, to celebrate his contributions as a contributor to Cashiers, 5 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 25, Gazebo at Highway 64 entrance to The Village Green. 828.743.3434.
â€˘ The Canton Fall Clean-Up Day will be from 8 a.m.- 1 p.m., Friday, Sept. 26. Participation by local businesses and members of the community are encouraged. Lunch will be provided to all participating volunteers. 828.648.2363 or www.cantonnc.com.
â€˘ The Community Kitchen in Canton is in need of volunteers. Opportunities range from planning a meal updating their webpage. 828.648.0014.
Business & Education
â€˘ Highlands Chamber of Commerce will hold a Business After Hours, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 18, Highlands Cove Realty. Please RSVP. 828.526.2112.
â€˘ â€śDiversity Universityâ€ť is an interactive program held during Western Carolina Universityâ€™s Diversity Week, 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 18, A.K. Hinds University Center Grandroom, Western Carolina University, Cullowhee. 828.227.2276.
â€˘ Western Carolina University will hold its Open House to prospective students and families, 8 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 20, WCUâ€™s Ramsey Regional Activity Center, Cullowhee. 877.928.4968.
Main Street CafĂ© and Bakery will hold its Customer Appreciation Day, 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 20, Franklin Underground Event Center. Free food and music by C-Square. Event will raise money for Shop with a Cop. 828.524.3161.
â€˘ Haywood Community College Small Business Center will offer a free seminarl, â€śBusiness Start-Up Issues A-Z,â€ť 6-9 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 23, Student Center, first floor. 828.627.4512.
â€˘ Southwestern Community Collegeâ€™s Small Business Center will offer a free seminar for entrepreneurs, â€śWhat you need to know about insurance as a business owner,â€ť 8 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 24, Jackson County Public Library. 828.339.4211.
Fundraisers and Benefits
â€˘ The Smoky Mountain Roller Girls and their Lil'Nemesisters will hold a rummage sale from 8 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept 20, at the Swain County Recreation Center in Bryson City. The sale will benefit the Hawthorne Heights Teen Center and the Cherokee Children's Home.
â€˘ The Cullowhee Valley School Parents/Teachers Association will host its annual Fall Festival, 4:30-8:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 26, Cullowhee Valley School to raise money for the PTA. 828.331.8590.
â€˘ Look Goodâ€¦Feel Better will hold its next class, 2-4 p.m. Monday, Sept. 15, Angel Medical Center, Cancer Infusion Center, 834 Depot St., Franklin. 828.349.6900.
â€˘ Digestive Health Seminar, 1:30 and 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 18, at the Jackson County library in Sylva. 828.586.2016.
â€˘ A wellness seminar â€śMedication Precautionsâ€ť will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, Sept. 19, by the Jackson County Senior Center, 100 County Services Park, Sylva. 828.586.4944.
â€˘ The screening of an educational film, â€śDementia Care for Americaâ€™s Heroes,â€ť will be held at 3-5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 21, Haywood County Senior Resource Center, Waynesville. Covers personal stories of families caring for a loved-one with dementia and strategies. 336.532.7207.
â€˘ Haywood Regional Medical Center will hold three tired leg and varicose vein educational programs at 4, 5 and 6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 23, Medical Centerâ€™s Outpatient Care Center, 581 Leroy George Dr., Clyde. 828.452.8346.
â€˘ Ladies Night Out will hold a program about Asthma and Allergies, 4 and 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 23, Angel Medical Center cafeteria, Franklin. 828.349.2426.
â€˘ 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.
Kids & Families
â€˘ Explorerâ€™s Club for kids will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 18, at the Jackson County Public Library in Sylva. Held monthly. Intended for all ages, with a special emphasis on cultural learning for children. Each Explorer's Club will feature special guests, snacks, and crafts that all are pertinent to the theme for that month. 828.586.2016.
â€˘ Parents as Teachers will hold their first Roll and Read, 10:30 a.m. Friday, Sept. 19, Waynesville Recreation Center greeway trail. Parents and children can walk, bike, skate, push a stroller or pull a wagon from the Waynesville Recreation Center parking lot to the Waynesville Recreation Park, as well as enjoy select childrenâ€™s stories at points along the way. 828.456.8995 or www.karehouse.org.
â€˘ The Macon County Public Library will hold their Game Day, 1-3 p.m. Friday, Sept. 19, Macon County Public Library, 149 Siler Farm Rd, Franklin. Board games, card games and puzzles. 828.524.3600.
â€˘ Youth Arts Festival will be held Saturday, Sept. 20, at the Jackson County Green Energy Park in Dillsboro. Hands-on cafts for children, watch artists at work, listen to local music, and get their hands dirty with art projects. JCGEP.org or 631.0271.
â€˘ Marianna Black Library Storytimes will hold its new â€śBaby and Meâ€ť Lapsit Storytime, 10:30 a.m. Second and fourth Tuesdays every month. www.fontanalib.org or 828.488.3030.
â€˘ Smoky Mountain Model Railroaders holds public viewing session from 2 to 4 p.m. the second Sunday of the month, 130 Frazier St., in the Industrial Park near Bearwaters Brewery, Waynesville. The group runs Lionel-type 3rail O gauge trains. http://smokymountainmodelrailroaders.wordpress.com.
â€˘ Free Saturday morning cartoons shown at the Strand theater in downtown Waynesville from 1 a.m. to 1 p.m. Cereal, milk, o.j. and continental breakfast (plus coffee, LOTS of coffee) at the concession stand. PJs welcome.
â€˘ A reception for candidate Joe Sam Queen, 5:30-7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 18, home of Ginger Gaither, 680 Blackhill Rd., Bryson City. 828.452.1688.
â€˘ A debate with candidates for the N.C. House of Representatives seat 119 (representing Jackson, Swain and part of Haywood counties) will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 23, in Room 204 of the Health and Human Sciences Building on WCUâ€™s West Campus. Featuring N.C. Rep. Joe Sam Queen (D-Haywood) and challenger Mike Clampitt (R-Swain). Part of the WCU Political Debate Series. 828.227.3898.
â€˘ A forum with Jackson County commissioner candidates will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 25, in the Burrell Building at Southwestern Community College in Sylva.
â€˘ Haywood chapter of the NAACP meets at 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 27, at Mt. Olive Baptist Church on Mt. Olive Rd. in Waynesville. 828.400.5475.
â€˘ A forum between District Attorney candidates Jim Moore and Ashley Welch will be helf from 2-4 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 28, at the Colonial Theater in Canton.
â€˘ A debate with candidates for NC Senate seat 50 (representing the seven western counties) will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 2, in Room 204 of the Health and Human Sciences Building. Featuring N.C. Sen. Jim Davis (R-Macon) and challenger Jane Hipps (D-Haywood). Part of the WCU Political Debate Series. 828.227.3898.
The Spiritual Side
Festivals and Special Events
â€˘ The Macon County Fair will take place from Sept. 17-20. 828.349.2050.
â€˘ The Great Smoky Mountains National Park will hold its annual Mountain Life Festival, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 20. Old-timey demonstrations including hearth cooking, apple butter making, sorghum syrup making, blacksmithing, lye soap making, food preservation, and chair bottoming, plus old-time mountain music. Held at Mountain Farm Museum on U.S. 441 at entrance to the park outside Cherokee. 828.497.1904.
â€˘ Matthew Foley, spoken word poet, will present a spoken-word workshop, 2:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 26, Hunter Library, Western Carolina University. 828.227.3423.
â€˘ Mountain Heritage Day, 40th Anniversary, Saturday, Sept. 27, Western Carolina University campus. Mountain Heritage Day contests, whisker-growing, old-fashioned costumes, home-canned goods; chainsaw competition, antique auto show and Mountain Heritage Day 5K. www.mountainheritageday.com or 227.7129.
The High Mountain Squares will host their â€śEnd of Summer Danceâ€ť at 6:30-9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 19, Macon County Community Building, Franklin. 828.371.4946.
Haywood Dancers will hold their monthly dance, 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 19, Angies Dance Academy, 115 Glance St., Clyde. $10 admission. 828.734.8726.
â€˘ Fifth annual Taste of Sylva culinary tour, 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 4, downtown Sylva. 226.0181 or www.mainstreetsylva.org.
On Stage & In Concert
â€˘ The Macon County Public Library will present music by Angela Faye Martin, 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 18, Macon County library in Franklin. 828.524.3600.
â€˘ A tribute concert to Carroll Best, 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 19, Stuart Auditorium at Lake Junaluska. Free to the public. 865.436.7318.
â€˘ The Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts will present Phillips, Craig and Dean, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 19, Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts in Franklin. 866.273.4615.
â€˘ Bret Michaels will perform at 9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 19, Harrahâ€™s Cherokee Event Center. 800.745.3000.
â€˘ Gaither Homecoming Tour, 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 19, Western Carolina Universityâ€™s Liston B. Ramsey Regional Activity Center. 227.7677. 227.7722 or visit the Ramsey Activity Center box office.
â€˘ The 9th annual Nashville Songwritersâ€™ Round to benefit the Blue Ridge School Education Foundation will be at 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 20, at the Trillium Links & Lake Club in Cashiers. Live music by Rivers Rutherford & Friends. $75 per person. 828.743.5191.
â€˘ Bluegrass/gospel group Buncombe Turnpike will perform at 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 20, at the Macon County Heritage Center in the Historic Cowee School in Franklin. $10 per person. 828.349.1945 or www.coweeschool.org.
â€˘ The Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts will present James Castro, Victoria Banks and Tony Arata in â€śHome By Darkâ€ť, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 20, 1028 Georgia Rd., Franklin. $15 per person. 866.273.4615 or GreatMountainMusic.com.
String musicians from the Asheville Symphony Orchestra will perform with WCU School of Music, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 23, John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center, Western Carolina University. $10 for adults, $5 for students and children. 828.227.7242.
Folk/roots singer-songwriter Linda McRae will perform at 7:45 p.m. Sept. 25 at The Strand at 38 Main in Waynesville. $12 in advance, $15 at the door. 828.283.0079 or www.38main.com.
â€˘ Frog Level Brewing Company in Waynesville will have live music by Summers & Kram on Sept. 18 and Southside of the Tracks Sept. 20. All shows begin at 6 p.m. Free. 828.454.5664 or www.froglevelbrewing.com.
A free open mic night will be held at 7 p.m. Sept. 18 at the Strand at 38 Main in Waynesville. 828.283.0079 or www.38main.com.
Caleb Crawford will perform at No Name Sports Pub in Sylva, 9:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 18. Free. 828.586.2750 or www.nonamesportspub.com.
Live music coming to The Classic Wineseller in Waynesville. Singer-songwriter Daniel Shearin Sept. 19, classic pop-rock pianist Joe Cruz and soul/pop duo Sept 20 and 27, and Bohemian Jean Sept. 26. All shows begin at 7 p.m. $10 minimum purchase. 828.452.6000 or www.classicwineseller.com.
â€˘ Newgrass/string band Brushfire Stankgrass will perform at 8 p.m. Sept. 19 at Innovation Brewing in Sylva. 828.586.9678 or www.innovation-brewing.com.
â€˘ Live music at Nantahala Outdoor Center. Upcoming bands include Rushing Sept. 19 and Somebodyâ€™s Child Sept. 20. Live music, barbecue and craft beer. All performances are free and begin at 6 p.m.
â€˘ BearWaters Brewing Company in Waynesville will have live music by Mangas Colorado at 7 p.m. Sept. 19. www.bwbrewing.com or 828.246.0602.
Friday Night Live concert series at Town Square in Highlands will feature Southern Highlands on Sept. 19, with Macon Grass Band Sept. 26. All shows begin at 6 p.m. Free.
The Maggie Valley Rendezvous will feature live music by Singer-songwriter Ashli Rose Sept. 19 and Mile High Sept. 20 at 9 p.m. 828.926.0201.
The Humps & The Blackouts pirate costume party will be at the Waterâ€™n Hole Bar & Grill in Waynesville at 9 p.m. Sept. 19. $5 828.456.4750.
Liz Nance Trio will perform at No Name Sports Pub in Sylva, 9:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 19. Free. 828.586.2750 or www.nonamesportspub.com.
Elvis impersonator Chris Monteith will perform at the Bryson City Train Depot at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 20. Free. www.greatsmokies.com.
Riva Rebels and Lorin Walker Madsen Band will perform at No Name Sports Pub in Sylva, 9:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 22. Free. 828.586.2750 or www.nonamesportspub.com.
The Maggie Valley Rendezvous will have live music by SmokeRise on Sept. 21, poolside from 3 to 6 p.m. 828.926.0201.
Aubryn will perform at No Name Sports Pub in Sylva. Thursday, Sept. 25. Free. 828.586.2750 or www.nonamesportspub.com.
Frog Level Brewing Company in Waynesville has live music by Alarm Clock Conspiracy Sept. 25. All shows begin at 6 p.m. Free. 828.454.5664 or www.froglevelbrewing.com.
Live music by Lyric at the Waterâ€™n Hole Bar & Grill in Waynesville at 9 p.m. Sept. 26. $5. 828.456.4750.
Funk/rock group The Fritz will perform as part of the Music on Tap series at Nantahala Brewing in Bryson City, 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 26. Free. www.nantahalabrewing.com.
Viva Le Vox and Joe Buck Yourself will perform at No Name Sports Pub in Sylva, 9:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 26. Free. 828.586.2750 or www.nonamesportspub.com.
LOCAL will perform at No Name Sports Pub in Sylva, 9:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 27. Free. 828.586.2750 or www.nonamesportspub.com.
Soul/oldies group Paradise 56 will perform as part of Pickinâ€™ on the Square at the gazebo in downtown Franklin at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 27. Free. 828.524.2516
Acoustic duo Somebodyâ€™s Child will perform at the Bryson City Train Depot at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 27. Free. www.greatsmokies.com.
â€˘ The Diamond K Ranch in Maggie Valley has live music Thursdays-Saturdays at 8 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays are ladies nights. 926.7735.
â€˘ A game day will occur from 2 to 9 p.m. every third Saturday of the month at Papouâ€™s Wine Shop & Bar in Sylva. Bring dice, cards or board games. 828.586.6300.
Music jams and groups
â€˘ Old-time music jam from 1-3 p.m. the third Saturday of the month at the Oconaluftee Visitor Center in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park on U.S. 441 outside Cherokee. 828.452.1068.
A community music jam will be held from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 18, at the Marianna Black Library in Bryson City. Held first and third Thursday of the month â€“ year round. Free. 828.488.3030.
â€˘ Cruso Circle Play & Jam, 7 p.m. every Tuesday, Cruso Community Center and Friendship Club in Cruso. www.facebook.com/crusocircleplayjam.
â€˘ 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 Coopersâ€™ Fusion band hosts.
â€˘ 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. 828.631.4466 or www.yourgnometownbrewery.com
â€˘ Haywood Community Band meets from 7 to 8:30 p.m. every Thursday at Grace Episcopal Church. 452.7530.
â€˘ 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.
â€˘ Karaoke is held from 8:30 to 12:30 p.m. every Friday at the Tap Room at the Waynesville Inn. 800.627.6250.
â€˘ 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.
â€˘ 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.
â€˘ 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. Johnâ€™s Episcopal Church. 293.0074
â€˘ The Franklin Early Music Group meets every Monday at 9 a.m. at the First Presbyterian Church. 369.5192
â€˘ 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
Classes and Programs
A painting on glass class will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 18, at the Jackson County Cooperative Extension Office in Sylva. Longtime Dogwood Crafts member Patricia Cowen will be teaching the class, which has a limited number of spots available. Class is free and open to the public. To register, call 828.586.4009.
â€˘ Fall Leaves in Clay workshop with Carmen Holland and Maria Greene at 10 a.m. Friday, Sept. 19, Cowee Pottery School, Macon County Heritage Center, Cowee Creek Rd., Franklin. 828.524.7690.
â€˘ Fall Colors Landscape Oil Painting Workshop with Jon Houglum from 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Sept. 19, Historic Cowee School, 51 Cowee School Rd., Franklin. 828.369.7274.
â€˘ Kent Stewart will hold a Journal Making Workshop, 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 20, Blue Ridge Books, 152 S. Main, Waynesville. 828.456.6000 or blueridgebooksnc.com.
The Endless Possibilities of Surface Decoration Using Porcelain Slip workshop will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 22-24 at The Bascom in Highlands. Students will explore surface decoration on white stoneware, focusing on wheel-thrown forms each day, discussing and altering techniques. Cost is $275 for Bascom members, $310 for non-members. www.thebascom.org or 828.526.4949.
A workshop â€śHuman/Animal Hybrids: Sculpting with Solid Forms In Clayâ€ť will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. Friday, Sept. 26 and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 27-28 at The Bascom in Highlands. The workshop will encourage students to try new narrative form, consisting of personal iconography and animal characteristics. $250 for members, $285 for non-members. www.thebascom.org.
â€˘ Art classes with Dominick DePaolo, 10 a.m. to noon on the first and third Tuesdays of each month at the Old Armory Building, 44 Boundary St. in Waynesville and from 1 to 3 p.m. every Friday at Mountain Home Collection at 110 Miller St., Waynesville. Armory classes, 456.9918; Home Collection classes, 456.5441
â€˘ 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.
â€˘ The Smoky Mountain Knitting Guild offers free Learn to Knit classes for adults and children at the Waynesville Library on Tuesdays. The adult class meets from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Children (boys and girls ages 8-12) meet from 5 to 6 p.m. Pre-registration required. 246.0789.
Art showings and galleries
â€˘ WCU Fine Arts Museum has an exhibit, â€śForest/Cityâ€ť and â€śAbstract Autobiography for a Fractured Narrativeâ€ť on display. â€śForest/Cityâ€ť will be on display until Oct. 17, â€śAbstract Autobiographyâ€ť until Nov. 7. WCU Fine Arts Museum, Cullowhee. 828.227.3591.
â€˘ Smoky Mountain Quilt Show will be held Oct. 2-4 at Western Carolina University. www.smokymtnquilters.org or 828.508.7916.
Books and authors
â€˘ The Artist and Writer Retreats + Workshops, Sept. 15-21, Lake Logan Retreat Center. Details, www.cullowheemountainarts.org or 342.6913.
Tom Kelly will present his book, â€śGridiron Diplomatâ€™s Carolina Dacha,â€ť 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 17, City Lights Bookstore in Sylva. 828.586.9499.
Teresa Robbins will present her poetry collection, â€śGod Speaks,â€ť 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 18, City Lights Bookstore in Sylva. 828.586.9499.
â€˘ The Canton Book Club will hold its next meeting, 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 18. Canton Branch Library, Canton. 828.648.2924.
The John Campbell Folk School and NC Writers Network West are sponsoring â€śThe Literary Hour,â€ť an hour of poety and prose reading, 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 18, Keith House on JCFS campus. Poets Janice Moore and Mary Ricketson will be the featured readers. 828.494.2914.
Franklin author Emily Joanne Hoover will sign copies of her new book, â€śHold on to Your Panties and Have Fun,â€ť noon. Saturday, Sept. 20, City Lights Bookstore in Sylva. 828.586.9499.
â€˘ A Haywood county non-fiction book club meets the third Monday of each month at 7 p.m. at various locations. 456.8428.
Film & Screen
City Lights Bookstores and the Jackson County Public Library will show documentary â€śWar is Beautifulâ€ť A Journey into the Spanish Civil Warâ€ť, 6:30. Friday, Sept. 19, Community Room, Jackson County Public Library, Sylva.
The Groovy Movie Club will show the film â€śBelleâ€ť at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 19, at Buffy Queenâ€™s home in Dellwood. A mostly organic potluck dinner will precede the screening at 6:15 p.m. A discussion on the film will follow the screening. 828.926.3508 or 828.454.5949.
â€˘ â€śX-Men Days of Future Pastâ€ť will play at the Strand movie theater in downtown Waynesville. 7:45 p.m. on Sept. 19; 2, 5 and 7:45 p.m. on Sept. 20; and 2 p.m. On Sept. 21.
The Marianna Black Library will present Disneyâ€™s â€śThe Jungle Bookâ€ť, 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 23, Marianna Black Library, Bryson City. 828.488.3030.
â€˘ â€śThe Fault in Our Starsâ€ť will play at the Stand movie theater in downtown Waynesville. 7:45 p.m. on Sept. 26; 2, 5 and 7:45 p.m. on Sept. 27; and 2 p.m. on Sept. 28.
â€˘ The Mad Batter Food & Film now showing featured films, 6:30 p.m. and 9 p.m., Thursdays through Saturdays, downtown Sylva location. Special kidsâ€™ matinee at 2 p.m. Saturdays. Free. Movie listings and information, www.madbatterfoodandfilm.com. 586.3555.
â€˘ Family movie days at Marianna Black Library, Bryson City, are at 3:30 p.m. Tuesdays. Classic movies at 1 p.m. the second and fourth Friday. Other films also shown. Free movies and popcorn. 488.3030 or www.fontanalib.org/brysoncity.
â€˘ Movies at the Macon County Library. New movies, documentaries and foreign films every Monday at 3:30, Wednesday at 4:30 and again at 7 p.m., and classic matinees at Fridays at 2 p.m. The movies and popcorn are free, but donations are welcome. 524.3600.
Arts Group Meetings
â€˘ Blue Ridge Mountain Quilt Guild, 6 to 9 p.m. fourth Thursday, January through October, and third Thursday, November and December, 382 Champion Drive, Canton. Community group open to all skill levels and gender. Must be a high school senior or above to join the group. First visit is free. $25 yearly membership fee. Traci Hoglen, 316.1517 or visit us on Facebook at Blue Ridge Mtn. Quilt Guild
â€˘ 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.
â€˘ 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.
â€˘ Rug Hooking Group, 5:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesdays, Jackson County Public Library. Beginners welcome. 631.2561.
â€˘ 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.
Outings & Fieldtrips
Blue Ridge Parkway rangers will hold their â€śHike of the Weekâ€ť to scenic East Fork of the Pigeon River, 10 a.m. Friday, Sept. 19, Looking Glass Rock Overlook, Milepost 417. Bring water, good hiking shoes and accommodations for change in weather. 828.298.5330 ext. 304.
The Nantahala Hiking Club will offer a hike toAndrews Bald in the Smokies, 8:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 20, Bi-Lo in Franklin. 828.524.5298.
â€˘ A fieldtrip to spot migrating hawks along the Blue Ridge Parkway will be held at 7 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 20, by the Highlands Plateau Audubon Society. Meet at Highlands Town Hall Parking Lot to carpool. 828.526.1939 or 828.787.1387.
â€˘ Volunteers are needed for the annual Big Sweep waterway clean-up along Richland Creek in Waynesville. Saturday, Sept. 20, 9 a.m. â€“ 1 p.m. Meet at Bi-Loâ€™s parking lot off Russ Avenue. 828.627.4592.
â€˘ Volunteers are needed to help sample local streams for water quality in Haywood County. Attend the training session before joining a collection team. Sunday, Sept. 21, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. 828.550.4869.
The Waynesville Parks and Recreation Department will offer a kayaking trip to Lake Fontana, 12:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 21, Waynesville Recreation Center. Kayaks will be provided. Bring a snack. $20 for members, $25 for non-members. 828.456.2030.
Waynesville Parks and Recreation will offer seniors a guided tour to see elk in Cataloochee Valley, 3-9 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 23, Waynesville Recreation Center. Bring your own dinner, camera, binoculars and bug spray. $5 for Rec Center members, $7 for non-members. Space is limited. 828.456.2030.
Nantahala Outdoor Center will hold its Guest Appreciation Festival, Sept. 26-28. Events include huge used gear market place, mountain bike trials, whitewater rafting, zip-lining and more. 828.785.5082.
Camping 101, an overnight adventure being offered to Jackson middle schoolers for Friday, Sept. 26. Students will learn camping basics. $20 per student. Register by Sept. 19. 828.293.3053 or 828.631.2020.
Haywood Waterways Association and the Great Smoky Mountain National Park will offer a short hike to the Appalachian Highland Science Learning Center, 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 27, Appalachian Highland Science Learning Center, Purchase Knob. Wear hiking shoes and bring lunch, water, warm clothing and rain gear. RSVP by Sept. 24. 828.476.4667.
â€˘ Guided chestnut orchard tours, 11 a.m. Wednesdays, Cataloochee Ranch. $15, includes lunch. Reservations, 926.1401.
Programs & Workshops
The Cradle of Forestry will hold its â€śBring Back the Monarchsâ€ť program, 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 21, Forest Discovery Center, Hwy. 276, Pisgah National Forest. $5 for adults and free to children under 16. 828.877.3130.
Heather Hahn, Executive Director of Audubon North Carolina, will present â€śSave the Songs: Climate Change and Birds,â€ť 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 22, Highlands Civic Center/Rec Park.
The annual symposium â€śRooted in the Mountains: Valuing Our Common Groundâ€ť will be held Thursday and Friday, Sept. 25-26, with a theme of climate change, including lectures and presentations. Health and Human Sciences Building, Western Carolina University. Free to students and WCU staff, $125 for all others. rootedinthemtns.wcu.edu or 828.227.2164.
Farm & Garden
The Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project will hold its annual Farm Tour, 1-6 p.m. Sept. 20 and 21. $25 for advanced passes. 828.236.1282 or asapconnections.org.
â€˘ Nantahala Hiking Club based in Macon County holds weekly Saturday hikes in the Nantahala National Forest and beyond. www.nantahalahikingclub.org
â€˘ 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.
â€˘ 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
â€˘ Mountain High Hikers, based in Young Harris, Ga., leads several hikes per week. Guests should contact hike leader. www.mountainhighhikers.org.
â€˘ 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.
â€˘ Benton MacKaye Trail Association incorporates outings for hikes, trail maintenance and other work trips. No experience is necessary to participate. www.bmta.org.
Farmers & Tailgate Markets
â€˘ The Original Waynesville Tailgate Market. 8 a.m. to noon, Wednesdays and Saturdays through Oct. 29 at 171 Legion Dr., Waynesville, behind Bogart's restaurant. 648.6323. www.facebook.com/pages/waynesville-tailgate-market/117024646020.
â€˘ 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.
â€˘ 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.
â€˘ 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.
â€˘ Jackson County Democratic Party meets the third Tuesday of every month at 6:30 p.m. at Democratic Headquarters, 500 Mill St., Sylva. Brian McMahan, 508.1466.
â€˘ 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.
â€˘ Jackson County Democratic Women meet at 6 p.m. the third Thursday of every month at Democratic Headquarters 500 Mill St., Sylva. jacksondems.com.
â€˘ 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.
â€˘ 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.
â€˘ 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
â€˘ The Haywood County NAACP meets at various locations the last Sunday of each month. 828.400.5475.
â€˘ Jackson County branch of the NAACP meets at 10 a.m. on the Saturday following the second Thursday of every month at Liberty Baptist Church in Sylva.
â€˘ Occupy/WNC General Assembly meets from 7 to 8:30 p.m. every second and fourth Tuesday in room 220 of the Jackson County Administration and Justice Center in Sylva. 538.1644.
â€˘ A TEA Party group meets at 2 p.m. the third Saturday of each month at the 441 Diner in Otto.
â€˘ The League of Women Voters meets at noon the second Thursday of each month at Tartan Hall in Franklin. Lunch available by reservation. Open to all. $6 for food. 524.5192.
â€˘ The Community Kitchen in Canton is in need of volunteers. Opportunities range from planning a meal updating their webpage. 828.648.0014.
â€˘ 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.
â€˘ 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.
â€˘ Haywood County Meals on Wheels needs drivers to deliver hot meals to housebound seniors. 356.2442.
â€˘ 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.
â€˘ Community Care Clinic of Franklin needs volunteers for a variety of tasks including nursing/clinical, clerical and administrative and communications and marketing. 349.2085.
â€˘ 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.
â€˘ 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.
â€˘ REACH of Haywood County is looking for volunteers who would like to assist in its newly expanded resale store. 456 Hazelwood Avenue. 456.7898.