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Wednesday, 29 April 2015 00:00

Regional Calendar

Community Events & Announcements  

• Members of the Haywood County Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault Task force are urging all community members to wear jeans on “Denim Day,” Wednesday, April 29, as a visible means to promote sexual violence prevention and education. For more information, visit www.denimdayusa.org or call 456.7898.

• The Jackson County Board of Commissioners will hold a public hearing at 6 p.m. on Thursday, April 30, at the Cashiers-Glenville Recreation Center to consider the creation of a Fire Service District and the levying of a Fire Service Tax. Public invited to attend and offer comments. Written comments may be submitted to Angie Winchester, clerk to the board, 401 Grindstaff Cove Road, Sylva, N.C. 28779.

• A joint High School Equivalency Diploma and Adult High School graduation ceremony is set for 7 p.m. on Friday, May 1, in Beall Auditorium at Haywood Community College in Clyde. For more info about the program, call 627.4648.

• A Macon County Public Library’s Read2Me Yard Sale is scheduled for 8 a.m. on Saturday, May 2, at Premier Marketing across from the Farmer’s Market in Macon County. 524.3600.

• Folkmoot USA is selling 32 years of collected trinkets, desks, antique chairs, foam mattresses, folding and non-folding bed frames and used kitchen equipment at 8 a.m. on Saturday, May 2, at Hazelwood School in Waynesville.  

• "Free will or fate - what determines the future?" will be the topic for the Franklin Open Forum at 7 p.m. on Monday, May 4, at the Rathskeller Coffee Haus & Pub in Franklin. Moderated discussion group for those interested in an open exchange of ideas (dialog not debate). 371.1020.

• A public meeting to discuss the possibility of a new county animal shelter with Jackson County commissioners has been scheduled for 6 p.m. on Monday, May 4.

• The Swain County Genealogical & Historical Society meeting is at 6:30 p.m. on May 7 at the SCGHS Library in Bryson City. Networking and refreshments afterward. Presenter covers the 17 rolls which recorded the Eastern Cherokee from 1817 to present.

• A job fair for Harrah’s Cherokee Valley River Casino & Hotel is set for 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on Thursday, May 7, at the Snowbird Youth Center outside Robbinsville. www.caesarsjobs.com or 497.8778.

• In celebration of the 150th anniversary of the end of the Civil War and the “Last Shot Fired” at the Battle of Waynesville, there will be a weekend of events May 8-10 at The Shelton House in Waynesville and around the community. Full schedule at www.lastshotfired.com. For info, call 452.1551 or write This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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

• “Planning Special Events with Public Safety in Mind,” a brown-bag discussion that’s part of the “Whee Safe” series, will be held at noon on Tuesday, May 12, in the multipurpose room of A.K. Hinds University Center in Cullowhee. Hosted by Western Carolina University’s Emergency Services Department and Police Department. For information, visit police.wcu.edu or call 227.7301. 

• 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.

• 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. 

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

• 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. 

 

Business & Education  

• Haywood Community College’s Small Business Center will offer a crash course on Mobile Payment Systems in a free workshop from 5-6:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 30. Visit sbc.haywood.edu or call 627.4512 for info or to register.

• The Macon County Economic Development Commission will hold its BizWeek 2015 Banquet at 6 p.m. on Thursday, April 30, at Holly Springs Baptist Church. Keynote speaker I Scott T. Hamilton, executive director for the Appalachian Regional Commission. Bizweek Honorees will be named. Free. Registration required at www.maconedc.com or by calling 369.2306. 

• The Spanish Club and ESL class at Southwestern Community College and the Intensive English program at Western Carolina University will be hosting a Festival of Colors open to the public from noon-5 p.m. May 2. 339.4262 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .  

• An advance beginner Cherokee language class is held from 6:30-9 p.m. on Mondays, May 4 and May 11, at the Sequoyah Birthplace Museum in Vonore, Tenn. $40 for all four evenings. Taught by Shirley Oswalt and Mary Brown, members of the Eastern Band of the Cherokee Indian. 423.884.6246. 

• “Understanding Your Resources,” a program designed to assist small business owners and prospective entrepreneurs, will be held from 10 a.m.-noon on Tuesday, May 5 at Haywood Community College. Visit sbc.haywood.edu or call 627.4512 for more information or to register.  

• An introduction to MS Word class is offered at 5:45 p.m. on Wednesday, May 6, at the Jackson County Public Library in Sylva. 586.2016.

• The Jackson County Business and Industry Advisory Committee will hold a regular meeting at 3 p.m. on May 6 in Conference Room A-227 of the Jackson County Justice and Administration Building in Sylva.

• Haywood County Chamber’s Issues and Eggs will feature guest speaker Dr. Michael Dempsey, Dean and Director of Lenoir-Rhyne University’s Center for Graduate Studies of Asheville, at 8 a.m. on Wednesday, May 6, at Laurel Ridge Country Club. $12 members; $15 non-members. 456.3021 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

• A ribbon cutting and open house is scheduled for 4 p.m. on Thursday, May 7 at Maggie Valley Wellness, which is expanding and celebrating its new shop next door – across the entrance to Maggie Valley Club.

• Emily Breedlove, president of Small Town Ventures, will present free workshops for regional businesses and non-profit organizations from 5:30-7:30 p.m. on May 11-12 at the 210 Main Street Chamber of Commerce office in Bryson City. The first session is entitled “Monetize Your Non-Profit: Entrepreneurial Opportunities to make your Organization more Self-Sustaining.” The May 12 session is focused on supporting existing businesses and is called “Expand Your Regional Market.” Reserve a seat by calling 488.3681.

• A Business Enhancement Experience (BEE) Resource Fair, organized by Southwestern Community College and Macon County Certified Entrepreneurial Community, will be held from 5:30-8:30 p.m. on May 12. Consists of local resources and vendors small business owners can utilize to aid in their success. Free, but registration required: www.ncsbc.net. For information, contact Tiffany Henry at 339.4211 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . 

• “The BEE Resource Fair” will be presented by Southwestern Community College from 5:30-8:30 p.m. on May 12 at SCC’s Macon Campus in Franklin. Free. Registration required at www.ncsbc.net. Info at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 339.4211. 

• 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.

 

Fundraisers and Benefits 

• The Western North Carolina AIDS Project’s (WNCAP) 13th annual Dining Out for Life® benefit will take place on April 30 in Asheville and the surrounding communities. Over 100 restaurants donate 20 percent of gross sales that day for breakfast, lunch and dinner. List of participating restaurants, info on being an ambassador and more info at www.wncap.org/dofl or call Christ Winebrenner at 252.7489.

• The Waynesville Kodokan Judo Club holds its eighth-annual barbecue fundraiser from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, May 1, at the Waynesville Recreation Center. $10 per plate. Free delivery for orders of 10 or more. Proceeds help send members to Judo Camp and help with club tournament and fall clinic. For info or orders, call Jimmy Riggs at 506.0327. 

• The Great Strides 5K walk, a fundraiser for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, begins with a 5:30 p.m. check-in on May 1 at the Little Tennessee Greenway in Franklin. Walk starts at 6 p.m.

• The Kids Cookin’ for a Cure Relay for Life Team will host a bake sale from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. on Saturday, May 2, outside K-Mart in Westgate Plaza. All proceeds go to Relay for Life of Franklin. 

• 3rd Annual Birdhouse Bash & Silent Auction through the Daydreamz project and Open Door Community Gardeners. Create a birdhouse to donate for silent auction fundaiser hosted by Daydreamz project. Drop off birdhouses at Second Blessing Thrift Store (Waynesville) now till May 7. Birdhouses will be auctioned by silent bids at the Daydreamz booth during The Whole Bloomin’ Thing Festival in Frog Level in Waynesville on May 9th. 476.4231, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 734.1570. 

• REACH’s 7th annual American Girl Tea Party is set for 2 p.m. on May 9 at Cowee Baptist Church. Food, activity booths, door prizes and silent auction. Proceeds support local domestic/sexual violence victims and their children. http://www.reachofmaconcounty.org/events/american-girl-tea-party/#

• A Mother’s Day 5K Run/Walk is set for noon on Saturday, May 9, starting at Kituwah Mound between Cherokee and Bryson City. Proceeds support Cherokee Dialysis Support Group and Dialysis Center. Sponsored by Cherokee Choices, a diabetes prevention group. Registration: $20/adults; $5/children under 13 and seniors over 59. T-shirt included. www.runsignup.com.

• Spring tea is set for 2-4 p.m. on Saturday, May 9, at the Pigeon Community Multicultural Development Center in Waynesville. Tickets are $8. Call 452.7232 for tickets and information. If roof construction is in progress, event will be moved to Francis Cove United Methodist Church in Waynesville.

• The Joe Lasher Jr. Band performs at 7 p.m. on May 9 at the Bridge Park Pavilion in Sylva as part of the “Down Home Tour.” Tickets are $7; proceeds benefit The Community Table. 586.6782 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . www.joelasherjr.com. 

• An Indian meal, Part 2 of the “Dinner Around the World Series,” is Friday, May 15, at the Pigeon Community Multicultural Development Center in Waynesville. Seatings at 5:30, 6:30 and 7:30 p.m. $12 per person. Reservations: 452.7232. If roof construction is in progress, event will be moved to Francis Cove United Methodist Church in Waynesville.

• Limited reservations are available for Casino Royale Night, which is from 6-11 p.m. on Saturday, May 16, at Maggie Valley Club and Resort. Tickets are $100 each and include gaming chips, a door prize ticket, heavy hors d’oeuvres and a complimentary drink ticket. HaywoodHealthcareFoundation.org or 734.6783.

• Clyde Elementary PTO is selling Asheville Tourists baseball tickets for $6 each. This is a discount of $2/adult and $1/child. Clyde Elementary gets $3 for each ticket sold. No limit on how many tickets can be bought. Tickets can be used at all games except for Thursday games, July 3rd and playoff games. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 627-2206.

• 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.

• Friends of the Library Book Sale Committee needs books for its annual sale on July 23-25. Books can be picked up at your home. Call Sandy Denman, committee chair, at 627.2370.

• 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.

 

Health Matters 

• Jackson County Domestic Violence Task Force and REACH of Macon will hold an open house from 3-6 p.m. on Thursday, April 30, at the Jackson Office in Sylva. 586.8969.

• The Haywood Regional Hospice and Palliative Care program will host a Service of Celebration and Remembrance at 4 p.m. on Sunday, May 3, at the Chapel at Lake Junaluska. Through story, music, candle-lighting, and other activities participants will join together to honor loved ones. Master Cherokee Storyteller Lloyd Arneach will share stories with participants of the event. Free; open to the public.

• The Franklin Relay for Life free Cancer Survivor’s Dinner will be at 6 p.m. on Thursday, May 14, at Iotla Baptist Church. Guest speaker and music after the meal. Torch bearer’s name will be drawn. RSVP for dinner by calling 866.227.7798, option 3, by May 10. One guest per survivor.

• 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. .

 Harris Regional Hospital and Swain County Hospital offering free assistance to those wishing to sign up for National Health Insurance Marketplace coverage anytime by calling at 586.7355 or 888.982.9144  www.healthcare.gov.  

• A health-centered lunch and learn will be held at noon on the third Thursday of every other month starting in February 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.  

 

Recreation and Fitness 

• Registration is open till May 1 for a Krav Maga Self-Defense Class in Jackson County. Classes meet from 8-9:45 a.m. on Saturdays starting May 2 at the Recreation Center in Cullowhee. Six weeks. $60. Open to anyone 16 and older. 

• Registration is underway for Haywood County Recreation & Parks’ adult summer soccer league, which will have games on Monday and Wednesday evenings from June 8-July 26. Deadline is Wednesday, May 20. Register at the Haywood County Recreation & Parks office in Waynesville. For info, registration or placement onto a team, call 452.6789 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

• Smoky Mountain High School’s “Mustang Classic” Golf Tournament will be held June 23 at Balsam Mountain Preserve. All proceeds benefit the high school’s athletic department. Hole-in-One contest for a 2015 Ford Mustang sponsored by Andy Shaw Ford. $135 per player; four-man Captain’s Choice format. Call Adam Phillips (508.2158) or Buddy Parton (507.5066).

• 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. 

 

Political corner

• 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. .

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

• The Haywood County NAACP meets at 2 p.m. the fourth Saturday of each month. Location varies around the county for each meeting. Call for info. 400.5475. 

• The Jackson County NAACP meets at 10 a.m. on the Saturday following the second Thursday of every month at Liberty Baptist Church in Sylva.

 

The Spiritual Side 

• An Open Door Meal & Sing is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 29, at First United Methodist Church of Sylva. Devotional prior to the meal. Church members provide meal and beverages.

• Ravi Zacharias International Ministries will host guest speaker Cameron McCallister at 6 p.m. Sunday, May 3, at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts in Franklin. The primary mission of Ravi Zacharias International Ministries is to reach and challenge those who shape the ideas of a culture with the credibility of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. This particular RZIM event will be focused towards youth and college age, though all are welcome to attend. Free. www.greatmountainmusic.com.

• Music Makers, the First Methodist Church of Waynesville’s free community music school, will offer a musical telling of the Biblical story of Noah at 8:40 and 11 a.m. on Sunday, May 3. 456.9475.

• 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.

 

Senior activities

• The Smoky Mountain Senior Games will be held April 24-May 15. For everyone ages 50-up. Info: 293.3053, recjacksonnc.org, www.facebook.com/jacksonrecreationandparks, or twitter - @RecJacksonNC. 

• Senior Tennis is being offered through the Waynesville Parks and Recreation Department starting May 4. For ages 55 and above. Matches are from 8:30-11:30 a.m. through Oct. 30. $1 per player per day. 456.2030 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

• A class on crepe/asparagus dish is set for 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, May 5, at the Haywood Senior Resource Center.

• A class on Excel will be held from 10-11:30 a.m. each Wednesday from May 6-27 at Haywood Senior Resource Center.

• A high tea is set for 3:45 p.m. on Wednesday, May 13, at Haywood Senior Resource Center.

• Haywood County Senior Resource Center is considering the formation of a weekly cribbage group starting in July. If you’re interested, contact Michelle Claytor at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 356.2800.

• 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 at the Waynesville Recreation Center. 456.2030 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

 

Kids & Families   

• The Franklin After-School Art Adventure for children and students will be held from 3:30-4:45 p.m. April 29 and May 6 at the Uptown Gallery. Participants will work on individual and collaborative art projects. Free. www.thebascom.org.

• Characters from the Aristocats play will appear at story time at 10 a.m. on Thursday, April 30, at Macon County Public Library. 524.3600.

• 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.

• Stop by the Macon County Public Library to sign up for its summer reading program. Every child who registers receives a coupon to the Fun Factory. Children who read at least 15 minutes a day for seven days straight will get a prize from the library; children who accomplish this for seven consecutive weeks get a $15 certificate to the Fun Factory. Program runs from June 14-Aug. 22.

• Nature Nuts: Salamanders, a program about local species, is set for 9-11 a.m. on Monday, May 4, at Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education in Pisgah Forest. For ages 4-7. 877.4423.

• “Eco Explorers: Bird watching,” a program that shows you distinguishing characteristics of birds at backyard feeders and in the woods, is set for 1-3 p.m. on Monday, May 4, at Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education in Pisgah Forest. For ages 8-13. 877.4423

• Local children’s author and illustrator Tony Antonino Jr. will be at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 9, at Blue Ridge Book Store in Waynesville to read from his book “Fritz Fombie Have No Fear.” 

• A free hands-on gardening class for kids is scheduled for 4 p.m. on Wednesday, May 13, at the Canton Branch Library. Master Gardeners will teach the square-foot gardening technique, allowing for a great yield in a small amount of space. For more info, call 648.2924.

• Nature Nuts: Salamanders, a program about local species, is set for 9-11 a.m. on Wednesday, May 13, at Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education in Pisgah Forest. For ages 4-7. 877.4423.

• Nature Nuts: Salamanders, a program about local species, is set for 9-11 a.m. on Saturday, May 23, at Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education in Pisgah Forest. For ages 4-7. 877.4423.

• “Eco Explorers: Bird watching,” a program that shows you distinguishing characteristics of birds at backyard feeders and in the woods, is set for 1-3 p.m. on Saturday, May 23, at Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education in Pisgah Forest. For ages 8-13. 877.4423

• Registration is now underway for a summer basketball camp for boys and girls that is being offered for third through ninth grades at Waynesville Recreation Center. The camp will be held from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. on Monday through Thursday, June 29-July 2. $135 for full-day camp; $90 for half-day. $25 deposit required. Register at Waynesville Recreation Center. For info, email Kevin Cantwell at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

• The last drop-in information sessions for Shining Rock Classical Academy, a new charter school slated to open in Haywood County for the coming school year, will be held on Thursday, April 30 at 4-5:30 p.m. at 52 Walnut Street in Waynesville.

• The “Come Paint with Charles Kidz Program” will be at 4 p.m. April 30 at the Charles Heath Gallery in Bryson City. $20 per child. Materials and snacks included. 538.2054.

• A beginning baseball program for 3-4 year olds is offered from 5:30-6:30 p.m.  Thursdays till May 28 at the Waynesville Recreation Center. Administered by the Youth Development branch of the nonprofit National Alliance for Youth Sports (NAYS) and the Waynesville Parks & Recreation Department. For info, contact Donald Hummel at 456.2030 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Register at the Waynesville Recreation Center.

• Registration for sandlot baseball in Jackson County will be held from till May 1. Must be between ages 5-7 on May 1. Baseball will be on Monday evenings at Mark Watson Park or Wednesday evenings in Cullowhee. Starts week of May 11. 293.3053.

• 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. An Advanced class meets from 7:30-8:15 p.m. on Tuesdays and 11:30-12:15 p.m. on Saturdays. 293.3053.

• A new youth volleyball league for girls in grades 4th-through-eighth will be held on six consecutive Tuesday nights starting May 12. $40. Volunteer coaches needed. 293.3053.

• 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.ncarboretumregistration.org/Wee-Naturalists-for-Pre-K-2014-15-C264.aspx

• 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.

Kids Camps

• Registration for summer camp at Waynesville Parks and Recreation has started with early bird registration ending April 30. Camp dates are June 8-Aug. 14 at the Waynesville Recreation Center. Camp is from 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. on Mondays through Fridays except for the week of July 4, when camp meets only four days. Early bird registration of $655 for members ($680 nonmembers) through April 30. From May 1-18, cost is $700 for members ($725 for nonmembers). For info, call 456.2030 or write This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

• A Summer Day Camp experience for ages 6-to-11 will be offered by Cullowhee United Methodist Church from June 19-Aug. 7. $75 registration fee due by June 19. Program is $650 for the summer, $95 per week or $25 per day. Call 293.9215 or visit  http://www.cullowheeumc.org/summer-camp-2015/. 

• A TetraBrazil Soccer Camp will be offered for Academy, Challenge or Classic Level players from ages 8-15 from June 22-26 at the Waynesville Recreation Center. Half-day camp times are from 9 a.m.-noon or 1-4 p.m. at a cost of $156 per camper. Full-day camp is from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at a cost of $208 per camper. $10 late fee for campers registering within 10 days of the start date. Info at 456.2030 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Ongoing kids activities and clubs

• 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 volleyball development clinic for girls in the fourth through eighth grades will be offered from 6-7 p.m. on Tuesdays at the Waynesville Recreation Center. Jennifer Parton will oversee the league. $40 for all dates or $5 per session. For more information, contact Parton at 734.1298 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

•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 6:30 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 second Tuesday of the month at 4 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.

• Explorer’s Club for kids will be held on the third of each month at the Jackson County Public Library in Sylva. 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. 586.2016.

• 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.

• A Teen Writing Group will meet at 6 p.m. on the fourth Thursday of each month at Jackson County Library, ages 12 and up. 586.2016

• Games for kids on the fourth Wednesday of the month at 4:30 p.m. at the Jackson County Public Library. Play a variety of games including AWE After School Edge Computers, board games and other fun activities. 586.2016.

• Projects and activities after school Fridays, 3:30 p.m. for school age kids at Jackson County Public Library. Get your hands dirty with science experiments, discovering animals and making easy recipes. 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.

• Mary Ann’s Book Club on Wednesdays 3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Books and hands-on activities for grades 3-6. Macon County Library. 526.3600.

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

• Crafty Kids on the second Wednesday of each month at 4 p.m. Children from Pre-K to fifth grade will meet after school and hear stories, share about what they are reading, play games and get creative with a craft. Canton Library. 648.2924.

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

Kids movies

• “Paddington” will be screened each Saturday in April at noon and 2 p.m. for free at The Strand at 38 Main in Waynesville. www.38main.com or 283.0079

• Saturday morning cartoons play for free at 11 a.m. at the Strand at 38 Main in Waynesville. 283.0079 or www.38main.com.  

• Free family movies are shown at 3:30 p.m. each Tuesday at Marianna Black Library in Bryson City. Disney, Hallmark and other family-oriented movies. Popcorn is provided by Friends of the Library. Each attendee receives one free movie check-out. 488.3030. 

• Family movie time, 4 p.m. Mondays at Jackson County Public Library. Call for title of movie. 586.2016.

• Family movie time Thursdays, 3:45 p.m. at Albert Carlton, Cashiers Community Library. Free with popcorn. Call for title. 743.0215.

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.

• Family Story Time at 10:30 a.m. Tuesdays for children ages 1-5, themed stories, music, and a craft. Canton Library, 648.2924.

• Mother Goose Story Time at 10:30 a.m. Wednesdays for babies ages 5 months to 24 months with rhymes, songs, stories, and free play. Canton Library, 648.2924.

• Rompin’ Stompin' Story Time, Thursdays at 10:30 a.m. for children ages 1-5 — children get to sing, dance, and get out all their energy during this movement-filled story time. Canton Library, 648.2924.

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

• Between the Lines is held at 6 p.m. on the second Thursday of each month at Jackson County Public Library. A writing, art and creativity workshop for teens ages 12 and up. 586.2016

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

• Rotary Reader Kid’s Story time, Mondays 11 a.m. at Jackson County Public Library. A rotary club volunteer reads stories with children. 586.2016.

• Kids story time, Tuesdays and Fridays 11 a.m., Saturdays at 2 p.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.

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

• Sing and Sign Story Time, second and fourth Mondays, 10 a.m., Macon Public Library. Designed for children 0-24 months, but all ages are welcome. 524.3600.  

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

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

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

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

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

 

A&E

Festivals and Special Events

• Art After Dark, an opportunity to stroll through participating galleries, is set for 6-9 p.m. on May 1 in downtown Waynesville and Historic Frog Level. Wendelyn Cordwell will demonstrate her technique using torn paper and paint to create collages at Beverly Hanks on Main Street. 

• Thunder in the Smokies, the largest motorcycle rally in the region, is May 1-3 at the Maggie Valley Festival Grounds.. $20 for a weekend pass. Music concerts, tour ride, vendors and more. 246.2101 or www.thunderinthesmokies.com.

• The 82nd annual Ramp Festival will be held at noon-6 p.m. May 2-3 at the American Legion in Waynesville. Live music, arts/crafts booths, food vendors and adult beverages will be onsite, all in celebration of the naturally mountain grown wild onion. There will also be a ramp-eating contest. www.visitncsmokies.com or 828.456.8691.

• The 13th annual Mini’s on the Dragon tour is set for Thursday through Saturday, April 30-May 2, at Green Energy Park in Dillsboro. Area businesses that wish to offer special deals for the Mini Cooper group can contact Timm Muth at 631.0271 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

• A May Day celebration with music, dancing, kids activities and special foods will be set from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. on Saturday, May 2, at the old Hazelwood School. 

• Waynesville’s 14th “Whole Bloomin’ Thing” festival is set for 9 a.m.-4 p.m. on Saturday, May 9, in Frog Level.

• Tickets are currently available for Folkmoot USA Festival 2015, which is set for July 16-26, at FolkmootUSA.org. 452.2997.

On Stage & In Concert   

• HART Theatre will present Neil Simon’s comedy “Brighton Beach Memoirs” from May 1-10 in Waynesville. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. on May 1, 2, 8, 9 and at 3 p.m. on May 3 & 10. Tickets at www.harttheatre.org or by calling the HART Box Office at 456.6322 from 1-5 p.m. on Tuesday through Saturday. Tues-Sat. from 1-5p.m.

• A brass ensemble plays April 29 at Western Carolina University in Cullowhee. www.wcu.edu.

• Choral ensembles perform April 30 in the Coulter Building at Western Carolina University in Cullowhee. www.wcu.edu.

• Mangas Colorado (Americana/bluegrass) will play at 7:45 p.m. on April 30 at The Strand at 38 Main in Waynesville. $8 in advance; $10 at the door. www.38main.com or 283.0079.

• Mountain Community Chorus will hold its 41st consecutive spring concert at 7 p.m. on May 1 and at 3 p.m. on May 3 in the Clegg Fine Arts Building on the Young Harris College Campus. 

• Western Carolina University (Cullowhee) will have a Mountain Winds Concert at 7:30 p.m. on May 5 in the Bardo Arts Center. www.wcu.edu.

• The first “Art After Dark” of the season will feature singer songwriter Matt Welborn from 6-9 p.m. on Friday, May 1, at Mohagany House Art Gallery and Studios in Waynesville. 246.0818 or www.themohaganyhouse.com.

• “West Side Story” will hit the stage at 7 p.m. on Friday, May 1, at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts in Franklin. Presented by the Asheville Lyric Opera. Tickets start at $20. www.greatmountainmusic.com or 524.1598.

• American Idol winner and Asheville-native Caleb Johnson will play Harrah’s Cherokee Event Center at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 2, in Cherokee. Tickets $28 and under. 800.745.3000 or ticketmaster.com.

• The Haywood Community Chorus will join with local bluegrass musicians to offer a program of old and new American music at 4 p.m. on Sunday, May 3, at First United Methodist Church in Waynesville. Free; contributions accepted.

• Auditions for HART Theatre’s production of “Oklahoma!” are set for 6:30 p.m. on May 3 and 4 at HART in Waynesville. Principal roles have been cast, but other roles are open. To arrange an alternative time, write This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

• The Delta Billies (Rockabilly, western swing, blues) perform music from Bob Wills to Hank Williams to Elvis and Jerry Garcia as well as originals at 7:30 p.m. on May 7 at the Strand. $8 in advance; $10 at the door. 

• Brasstown Ringers will present their “Springtime Potpourri” concert at 7 p.m. on Friday, May 8, at First United Methodist Church in Waynesville. Free. Good-will offering taken at end of program.

• Laura Story, a contemporary Christian singer-songwriter who has won several Dove Awards and a Grammy Award, will perform at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, May 8, at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts on Friday, May 8. Tickets: $18. Greatmountainmusic.com or 866.273.4615.

•The Fontana Ramblers perform at 8 p.m. on Saturday, May 9, at Fontana Village Resort.

• Legendary comedian Jay Leno will perform at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 30, at Harrah’s Cherokee Resort Event Center. Tickets start at $43. Ticketmaster.com or 800.745.3000.

• Tickets are now on sale for “An Appalachian Evening” summer concert series featuring bluegrass, blues, folk and old-time mountain music. The series starts on June 27 in Stecoah. Season tickets are $150.To purchase tickets, visit: www.stecoahvalleycenter.com/secure.

Nightlife   

• Innovation Brewing (Sylva) will have an Open Mic night at 8 p.m. April 29 and May 6. www.innovation-brewing.com.

• Innovation Brewing (Sylva) will have a jazz night with the Kittle/Collings Duo at 8 p.m. on April 30 and May 7. www.innovation-brewing.com.

• Dallas Wesley (guitar/vocals, Americana/originals) will perform at 7 p.m. on Friday, May 1, at The Classic Wineseller in Waynesville. 452.6000.

• DJ A-Minor plays at 9 p.m. on April 30 at Tuck’s Tap & Grille in Cullowhee.

• CaroMia (Americana/folk) plays May 1 at Andrews Brewing Company. Free. www.andrewsbrewing.com.

• The Sauce Boss plays at 8 p.m. on May 1 at BearWaters Brewing in Waynesville. www.bwbrewing.com or 828.246.0602.

• Frog Level Brewing (Waynesville) will have Pismo Spanky (singer-songwriter) at 7 p.m. May 1. Free. 454.5664 or www.froglevelbrewing.com.

• Ben Sutton & The Ends (rock) will play at 8:30 p.m. on May 1 at Nantahala Brewing in Bryson City. Free. www.nantahalabrewing.com.

• Tipping Point Brewing (Waynesville) will have James Stinnett (singer-songwriter) at 9 p.m. on May 1. Free.

• Gary Carter performs at 8 p.m. on May 1 at Rathskeller Coffee Haus & Pub in Franklin. Free. www.rathskellerfranklin.com.

• The Corbitt Brothers (southern rock) will play at 9 p.m. on May 1 at the Lost Hiker in Highlands. 526.8232 or www.thelosthikerbar.com.

• Johnny Monster Klenck (blues/rock) will perform at 9 p.m. on May 1-2 at No Name Sports Pub in Sylva. Free. 586.2750 or www.nonamesportspub.com.

• Tom Johnson performs at 8 p.m. on May 2 at Rathskeller Coffee Haus & Pub in Franklin. Free. www.rathskellerfranklin.com.

• Goldie & The Screamers will play May 2 at Andrews Brewing Company. Free. www.andrewsbrewing.com.

• Dave Desmelik (singer-songwriter) plays at 7 p.m. on May 2 at BearWaters Brewing in Waynesville. www.bwbrewing.com or 828.246.0602.

• Heidi Holton (singer-songwriter) plays at 7 p.m. on May 2 at DeRailed Bar & Lounge in Bryson City. 488.8898.

• Goldie & The Screamers will play May 2 at Andrews Brewing Company. Free. www.andrewsbrewing.com.

• Heidi Holton (singer-songwriter) plays at 7 p.m. on May 2 at DeRailed Bar & Lounge in Bryson City. 488.8898.

• Joe Cruz (piano, vocals) performs songs from the likes of the Beatles, Elton John and James Taylor at 7 p.m. on Saturday, May 2, at The Classic Wineseller in Waynesville. 452.6000.

 • Cinco De Beardo, facial hair competition, with My Mother the Mountain (bluegrass/Americana) will be at 7 p.m. on May 5 at the Tipping Point Brewing in Waynesville. www.tippingpointtavern.com.

• Wine on Wednesday is set for 6-8 p.m. on May 6 and 13 at The Classic Wineseller in Waynesville. Free wine tasting with dinner ($15 minimum) or $6 per person. 452.6000.

• Chris Minick (singer-songwriter) plays at 6 p.m. on May 7 and at 11 a.m. on May 9 during the Whole Bloomin’ Thing at Frog Level Brewing in Waynesville Free. 454.5664 or www.froglevelbrewing.com.

• DJ X performs at 9 p.m. on May 7 at Tuck’s Tap & Grille in Cullowhee.

• PMA (jam/rock) plays at 9 p.m. on May 8 at Tuck’s Tap & Grille in Cullowhee.

• Dave Desmelik (singer-songwriter) performs at 9 p.m. on May 8 at the Tipping Point Brewing in Waynesville. www.tippingpointtavern.com.

• Andrew Chastain (singer-songwriter) plays at 6 p.m. on May 8 at Andrews Brewing Company. Free. www.andrewsbrewing.com

• The Robinson’s play at 7 p.m. on May 8 at BearWaters Brewing in Waynesville. www.bwbrewing.com or 828.246.0602.

• Humps & The Blackouts (rockabilly/hard rock) perform at 9 p.m. on May 8 at No Name Sports Pub in Sylva. Free. 586.2750 or www.nonamesportspub.com.

• Jay Brown (guitar, harmonica, vocals) performs blues, bluegrass, American roots music and originals at 7 p.m. on Friday, May 8, at The Classic Wineseller in Waynesville. 452.6000.

• Dana and Susan Robinson (guitar, banjo, fiddle, vocals) play new-time/old-time music at 7 p.m. on Saturday, May 9, at The Classic Wineseller in Waynesville. 452.6000.

• Nathan Kalish & The Last Callers (roots/Americana) play at 9 p.m. on May 9 at No Name Sports Pub in Sylva. Free. 586.2750 or www.nonamesportspub.com.

• The Corbitt Brothers (southern rock) plays at 9 p.m. on May 9 at Tuck’s Tap & Grille in Cullowhee.

• The Ryan Cavanaugh Duo (blues/bluegrass) plays at 8 p.m. on May 9 at BearWaters Brewing in Waynesville. www.bwbrewing.com or 828.246.0602.

• Copious Jones (jam/rock) plays at 7 p.m. on May 9 at Andrews Brewing Company. $5. www.andrewsbrewing.com.

• The Tyler Denning Band (blues/pop) play at 9 p.m. on May 9 at the Lost Hiker in Highlands. 526.8232 or www.thelosthikerbar.com.

• Positive Mental Attitude (jam/rock) play at 8:30 p.m. on May 9 at Nantahala Brewing in Byrson City. Free. www.nantahalabrewing.com.

• The Stompin’ Ground (Maggie Valley) is now open for live mountain music and dancing at 8 p.m. Saturday. 926.1288. 

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

• A wine tasting will be held from 2 to 5 p.m. every Saturday at Papou’s Wine Shop & Bar in Sylva. 586.6300.

Books & authors 

• Student poet Mary Christensen will be featured at 6:30 p.m. on April 30 at the Jackson County Library in Sylva as part of the Gilbert Chappell Distinguished Poetry Series. 586.2016. 

• Cherokee artist Luzene Hill will describe the process of making images and adapting text for the Cherokee-language book “Spearfinger” at 7 p.m. on Saturday, May 2, in the Community Room of the Jackson County Public Library in Sylva. 586.2016.

 • History with Merrill Hardy, author of “Rommel is Dead: A World War II Alternative” is set for 3 p.m. on Saturday, May 2, at Blue Ridge Books in Waynesville. 456.6000. www.blueridgebooks.com.

• Wiley Cash, author of “A Land More Kind Than Home” and “This Dark Road to Mercy,” will be the featured speaker for the Friends of the Library Annual Meeting at 7 p.m. on Thursday, May 7, at First United Methodist Church. 

• Mountain Xpress arts section editor Allie Marshall will discuss her new novel “How to Talk to Rockstars” at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 7, at the Macon County Public Library in Franklin. 524.3600.

• “Beneath the Chatter: The Wise Self Awaits” with Tina Firewolf is at 3 p.m. on Saturday, May 9 at Blue Ridge Books in Waynesville. 

• Mary Kraft will discuss her newest book, “Watch Where You Walk: New and Selected Poems” at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, May 12 at Blue Ridge Books in Waynesville.

Classes and Programs   

• An Animal Sculptures class with Barry Gregg will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 1 and 3 at The Bascom in Highlands. The workshop explores form, surface and essence in creating a life totem. Cost is $225 for Bascom members, $275 for non-members. 828.787.2865 orwww.thebascom.org.

• An indoor flea market will be held from 7 a.m.-1 p.m. on Saturday, May 2, at the Haywood County Fairgrounds. Booths for rent cost $20. Set-up is 5-7 p.m. on Friday, May 1. For booth info, call 400.1704.

• The Taste of Home Cooking School will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 2, at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts in Franklin. Two-hour demonstration of existing recipes, cooking tips and innovative products. Tickets: $15. www.greatmountainmusic.om or 524. 1598.

• A Clay Castles workshop with Allison Anne Brown will be from 10 a.m. to noon May 5, 12 and 19 at The Bascom in Highlands. The class will focus on the use of slab construction to build small ceramic structures that resemble building or dwellings. Cost is $25. 828.787.2865 orwww.thebascom.org.

• Canvas Art, Kountry Crafters Extension and Community Association group, meets at 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 5, at Tuckasegee Wesleyan Church. 586.4009.

• Folk Festival Front Porch interviews will be held at 2 and 6 p.m. on Wednesday, May 6, at the Macon County Public Library in Franklin. Both showings feature interviews with Bruce Bryant, Dorothy Seagle and Arnold “Smoky” Burnett. 524.3600. 

• The Lens Luggers Photographic Association will start a Field Photography series at 6 p.m. on May 6 at the Waynesville Old Armory Recreation Center in Waynesville. Participants will meet Wednesday mornings and carpool to various locations to take photos of landmarks, wildlife and wildflowers. They’ll meet on Tuesdays to review the images. Sessions run through June 2. $48 per field shoot and $15 per Tuesday. 20 percent discount for attending all seven sessions. Contact Bob Brytten at 627.0245 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

• A needlework technique known as Huck Embroidery will be the focus of a workshop that’s set for 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. on Monday, May 11, at the Masonic Lodge in Dillsboro. Sponsored by Dogwood Crafters. Workshop costs $10, which includes fabric, pearl cotton thread, pattern and other supplies. Register at 586.2435 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

• 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.

• 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.

Art showings and galleries 

• A BFA portfolio reception is scheduled from 5-7 p.m. on April 30 at the Fine Art Museum at Western Carolina University in Cullowhee. www.wcu.edu.

• Chuck Dayton’s “Things That Fly” art opening will be from 6-9 p.m. Friday, May 1, at City Lights Café in Sylva. Free appetizers.www.citylightscafe.com.

• A drop-in reception in to view photography taken by Macon County resident Chuck Coburn in the Southwest is set for 5:30-7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 5, at the Macon County Public Library in Franklin. 524.3600.

• The “Countdown to Ecstasy: A Faculty Biennial” art exhibit runs till May 29 in the Fine Arts Museum at Western Carolina University. Featuring professional and studio artwork from WCU faculty members. www.wcu.edu. 

• The 13th annual Shady Ladies’ Quilt Art Show is set for Friday through Sunday, May 29-31, at Lake Logan Episcopal Center in Canton. The event, which will be held from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and from noon-5 p.m. on Sunday, features more than 100 new quilts.  $5 admission benefits Lake Logan Summer Camp program. Raffle quilt benefits Haywood County charities. www.logan.org for directions. For info, call Jane Cole at 456.8885. 

Call for vendors/sponsors

• The Cashiers Area Chamber of Commerce is seeking financial sponsorships for its 23rd annual Tour de Cashiers Mountain Cycling Experience, which is set for Saturday, May 2. It’s the chamber’s priority event for raising funds to protect and improve the quality of life in the Cashiers area and surrounding mountain communities. Sponsorship form available at http://tinyurl.com/qjpm8d5.

• A “Front Street Arts & Crafts Show” will premiere on June 20 in Dillsboro. Silent auction will benefit Community Table of Sylva. Food and entertainment. Vendors can apply at visit dillsboro.org or www.visitdillsboro.org/specialevents.html. Info: 954.707.2004. 

• Artists of all mediums are invited to participate in the seventh-annual fine art festival set for Oct. 3 in Dillsboro. Regional fine artists and crafters must apply by July 1. Cash prizes range from $25-100 for winners. To apply, go to www.visitdillsboro.org, write This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , call 631.0900 or stop by the Jackson Chamber of Commerce. Food vendors may also download a food application.

• A limited number of arts and crafts vendor spots are available for the 2015 Sweet Corn Festival, set for Saturday, July 11, at St. Cyprian’s Church in Franklin. Info: Error! Hyperlink reference not valid. or 369.6997. 

Film & Screen 

• “Inherent Vice” will be screened a 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. on April 30 at the Mad Batter Food & Film in Sylva. www.madbatterfoodandfilm.com.  

• Films created by Western Carolina University students will be screened at the seventh annual Controlled Chaos Film Festival at 7 p.m. on Friday, May 1, in the John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center. Tickets are $10 in advance or at the door. Proceeds and donations benefit the Motion Picture Student Project Fund. For info, contact Jack Sholder at 227.2324 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

• “Gone with the Wind” will be shown at 2 p.m. on May 9-10 at The Strand at 38 Main in Waynesville. www.38main.com or 283.0079.

• “Selma” will be shown at 7 p.m. on May 8-9 and May 12-13 and May 15; as well as at 4 and 7 p.m. on May 16; as well as at 2 and 4 p.m. on May 17 at The Strand at 38 Main in Waynesville. www.38main.com or call 283.0079.

•   “Dazed and Confused” will be shown for free at 9:30 p.m. every Friday and Saturday in May at The Strand at 38 Main in Waynesville. www.38main.com or call 283.0079.

• A classic movie will be shown at 2 p.m. every Friday in the Macon County Public Library Meeting Room. 524.3600 or www.fontanalib.org/franklin.

• A movie will be shown at 2 and 6 p.m. on Thursdays in the meeting room of the Macon County Public Library in Franklin.  For movie title call: 524.3600.

Music jams and groups

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Arts Group Meetings

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

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

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

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

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

• 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

• Rain barrels are for sale throughout spring for $80.25 each at the USDA Agriculture Service Center in Waynesville. 476.4667 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

• A bird walk along the greenway will be held starting at 8 a.m. on April 29. Meet at Macon County Public Library parking area. Sponsored by Franklin Bird Club. http://franklinbirdclub.com/ or 524.5234. 

• A wildflower hike to Whitewater Falls, led by botanist Dr. Gary Wein, is scheduled for April 30. Presented by the Highlands-Cashiers Land Trust. All-day, challenging hike. Picnic lunch provided. $35 donation for nonmembers; includes a one-year membership. Current members are encouraged to give a $10 donation to help cover costs. To reserve a spot, write This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 526.1111.

• A spring wildflower walk through the Corneille Bryan Native Garden is set for May 1 in Lake Junaluska. Observe the diversity of spring wildflowers in the mountains. $5. Van leaves at 10 a.m. from Cullowhee Recreation Center. For info, contact Max Lanning at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 631.2020. 

• A program on beginner outdoor photography is set for 9 a.m.-1 p.m. on Saturday, May 2, at Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education in Pisgah Forest. Ages 14 and up. 877.4423.

• Gateway to the Smokies Half-Marathon, sponsored by the Haywood Chamber, starts at 7:30 a.m. on May 2 on Main Street in the mini-park on N. Main. Ends at Frog Level Brewing. 

• The Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute (PARI) will host its annual Space Day open house from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on Saturday, May 2, in Rosman. Grand opening of a new section of the exhibit gallery housing an array of gems and minerals – mostly from North Carolina. Free; nominal charge for planetarium presentations and food. www.pari.edu.

• Seamus McGraw will present his book on climate change: “Betting the Farm on a Drought” at 3 p.m. on Saturday, May 2, at City Lights Bookstore in Sylva. To reserve books in advance, call 586.9499.

• The 42nd annual Spring Wildflower and Bird Pilgrimage will be held May 2-4 at University of North Carolina Asheville. The event will feature seminars, garden tours and a variety of field trips. 

• A Solarize WNC information forum will be held at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, May 5, in Bryson City. Attendees will learn about technologies, meet experienced installers and can take part in a question-and-answer session. www.cleanenergyfor.us/clean-energy-for-wnc/. 631.3447 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

• The Tuckaseigee River Chapter No. 373 of Trout Unlimited meets at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 5, at East Laporte picnic area. The chapter serves Jackson, Macon and Swain Counties. 

•”Getting to Know All About Local Hiking,” Greenway Gathering No. 3, will be held at 10 a.m. on Thursday, May 7 at the Friends of the Greenway Quarters in Macon County. Olga Pader, president of the Nantahala Hiking Club, will describe the club’s activities.

• “On the Water: West Fork Pigeon River,” an opportunity to practice fly-fishing skills, will be held from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. on Thursday, May 7. Meet at the Sunburst Recreational Area on Highway 215. For ages 12 and up. 877.4423.

• The Highlands Road Gem Show will be held May 7-10 at the corner of U.S. 441 and Highlands Road in Franklin. Rock, minerals, rough and cut gems, supplies, and more. Admission is free. www.franklin-chamber.com.

• A solar astronomy presentation is set for 7 p.m. on Friday, May 8, at the Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute in Rosman. Evening includes a tour of PARI’s campus and celestial observations using optical or radio telescopes.  $20 per adult; $15 per senior/military personnel and $10 for children under 14. Register online at www.pari.edu or call 862.5554. Info at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

• A spring wildflower walk of High Falls Trail is set for May 8 in Glenville. Moderate, 2-mile trail. Observe the diversity of spring wildflowers in the mountains. $5. Van leaves at 10 a.m. from Cashiers Recreation Center. For info, contact Max Lanning at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 631.2020.

• Wildflower Whimsy is set for May 8-9 at the Highlands Biological Station. Heavy hor d’oeuvres, wine reception, native plant auctions and guided wildflower walk. Annual fundraiser for the umbrella organization for the Botanical Garden and Nature Center. $75 for members; $100 for nonmembers. Highlandsbiological.org/wildflower-whimsy/.

• An introduction to fly fishing is scheduled for 9 a.m.-3 p.m. on Saturday, May 9. Offered through Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education in Pisgah Forest. Equipment and materials provided. Bring lunch, slip shoes or waders. For ages 12 and up. 877.4423.

• Trout Unlimited will feature Jeff Curtis, a General Class Falconer, at 6:30 p.m. on May 12 at Rendezvous in Maggie Valley. He’ll discuss the ancient sport of falconry and bring two birds so participants can have an up-close experience. 

• “On the Water: Little River,“ an opportunity to practice fly-fishing skills with instructors from the Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education in Pisgah Forest, is set for 10 a.m.-3 p.m. on Tuesday, May 12. Equipment and materials provided. Meet at High Falls Parking Area. 877.4423.

• A spring wildflower walk of Highlands Aerial Park is set for May 15 in Scaly Mountain. Moderate, 1-mile loop. Observe the diversity of spring wildflowers in the mountains. $5. Van leaves at 10 a.m. from Cashiers Recreation Center. For info, contact Max Lanning at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 631.2020.

• Weekly Women’s Mountain Bike Rides are held at 6 p.m. every Tuesday during Daylight Savings Times. Rides alternate weekly between Tsali and WCU trails. Info: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or 488.1988.

• 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. .

• 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.

Competitive Edge

• 12 Hours of Tsali is scheduled for 10 a.m.-10 p.m. on Saturday, May 2, at the Tsali Recreation Area. Teams of up to four bikers hand off a team baton and water bottle as they follow a loop through the trail system. Registration availability is limited: www.goneriding.com. Cash prizes awarded to top finishers in gender and team size categories.

• The inaugural Gateway to the Smokies Half Marathon is set for Saturday, May 2, in downtown Waynesville. All proceeds go toward an initiative to build a greenway along Richland Creek in Waynesville. Register by searching “Gateway to the Smokies” on www.active.com.

• Registration is open for the 23rd Tour de Cashiers Mountain Cycling Experience, which is set for May 2. Info at www.tourdecashiers.com.

• Haywood Regional Medical Center, in collaboration with American Heart Association, will present HeartChase from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. on Saturday, May 16 at the Haywood Regional Health & Fitness Center in Clyde. Registration starts at 9 a.m. HeartChase is an interactive event that moves teams of five through 12 heart-healthy activities. All funds raised go to the American Heart Association. Info:www.heartchasehaywood.org or 800.424.DOCS.  Local businesses who wish to sponsor checkpoints at this game may call 800-424-DOCS to receive information.

• A 5K Open Water Swim is set for July 12 at Lake Chatuge in Hiwassee, Ga. Register before early season pricing changes on April 1. Special prices for groups or teams of 20 or more. Register at active.com. Info: 389.6982

 • Early registration is open for the Blue Ridge Breakaway, a multi-distance bike ride set for Aug. 15 in Haywood County. Early bird rates are $41 for the 26-mile route through Aug. 1 and $46 for the 51-, 76- and 106-mile distances. Sponsored by Haywood County Chamber of Commerce. Blueridgebreakaway.com or 456.3021.

Farm & Garden

• Farm Equipment Demo Day is set for 11 a.m.-2 p.m. on May 1 at the Swain County Recreation Park Morgan Pavilion. Refreshments will be provided. 

• A “Pasture-Based Livestock Education Program” will be held from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. on May 2 at 1469 Sugar Fork Road in Franklin. Focus is on improved animal health and well-being, good pasture management and more. For more information, contact Pam Bell at 421.2909 or Robert Hawk at 736.6919.

• The Hunter Community Garden in Haywood County is accepting gardeners. $35 per plot. Contact Sarah Scott at 456.3575 for more info. 

• The Macon County Poultry Club meets the third Tuesday of each month at the Macon County Cooperative extension office in Franklin. Meetings are free and open to the public. For more information call 369.3916.

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

• The Macon County Community Garden Committee is now taking applications for garden space in the 2015 Community Garden.  The community garden is in its fifth season. $25 per spot. For an application or more information, call 349.2046.

• 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. .

• The Sylva Community Garden and The Cullowhee Community Garden have individual plots available for adoption. All necessary tools and materials for growing an organic garden are provided. Adopting a plot costs no money but rather one-half of all produce is donated to local food relief organizations, families and individuals throughout our community. Weekly volunteer workdays are from 4 p.m. until Dusk on Thursdays at the Sylva Community Garden (March through November) and from 3 p.m. to dusk Wednesdays and from 10 a.m.-noon Saturdays at Cullowhee (year round). For more info: 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. . Both are also on Facebook.

• A training class for Haywood County’s 2015 Extension Master Gardener Volunteer program will be held from 9 a.m.-noon on Tuesdays from January through April. 456.3575. $120. Must complete class and participate in 40 hours of volunteer efforts through extension center.  

Hiking Clubs

• Carolina Mountain Club will have a seven-mile hike with a 1,000-foot ascent on April 29. For info, contact Stuart English at 384.4870 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

• The Carolina Mountain Club will have an all-day hike on May 3. 8 miles; 1,900-foot ascent. For info, contact leader Ashok Kudva at 698.7119, 674.1374 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

• Carolina Mountain Club is having a 10-mile hike with an 800-foot ascent on May 10. For info, contact leader Danny Bernstein at 450.0747 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

• Carolina Mountain Club is having a 5.5-mile hike with a 700-foot ascent on May 3. For info, contact leader Bonnie Allen at 645.0357, 707.6115 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

• Carolina Mountain Club will have a 5.7-mile hike with an 800-foot ascent on May 10. For info, contact leader Dick Zimmerer at 989.0480 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

• Carolina Mountain Club will have an 8.5-mile hike with a 1,500-foot ascent on May 6. For more information, contact leader Laura Frisbie at 337.5845 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

• Carolina Mountain Club will have an 11-mile hike with a 1,800-foot ascent on May 13. For more info, contact leader Randy Fluharty at 253.1626, 426.9030 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

• 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.

Mountain Bike Rides

• Weekly mountain bike ride at Tsali, 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays. Hosted by Nantahala Area SORBA. Social ride, so all skill levels are welcome and encouraged to come. Meet in the Tsali parking lot. www.facebook.com/nantahalaareasorba. Andy, 488.1988.

• Monthly “Girlz Ride” at Tsali, last Friday of every month. Sponsored by Nantahala Area SORBA. Meet at 6:30 p.m. in Tsali parking lot. All skill levels welcome. Social and snacks provided after the ride. 506.115, www.facebook.com/nantahalaareasorba.

Outdoor clubs

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

• The Tuckaseigee 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. .

• 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.

• Free Fly Fishing Classes are offered at River's Edge Outfitters in Cherokee every week. Participants of all ages and skill levels are welcome and encouraged to attend. Classes will be approximately an hour and half long. For more information contact Rivers Edge Outfitters at 497.9300.

• 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. .

• 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. . 

• 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. .

• The Sylva Garden Club meets at 9:30 a.m. the first Tuesday of each month at the Presbyterian Church. 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 

• 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. . 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. .

• 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. .

• 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

• 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.

• 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. .

• 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. . 

• 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. .

• 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

• 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

• 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. .

• 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. .

• 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 health-centered lunch and learn will be held on the third Thursday of every other month starting with a noon event called Getting Fit on Dec. 18 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. .

The Spiritual Side 

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

• Start the year off right by adding time for Grace in your life, new sermon series – at 9 a.m. or 10:40 a.m. Sunday at Vine of the Mountains. 452.2771 or www.thevine.cc

• 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. .

• 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. .   

• 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. .

• 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. .

• 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 Democratic Headquarters, 500 Mill St., Sylva.   Brian McMahan, 508.1466.

• 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

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

• The Libertarian Party of Haywood County meets at 7 p.m. every second Tuesday of the month at Organic Beans, Soco Road, Maggie Valley. Open to the public. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

• Occupy/WNC General Assembly meets from 7 to 8:30 p.m. every second and fourth Tuesday in room 246 of the Jackson County Administration and Justice Center in Sylva. 538.1644. 

• 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. 400.5475. 

• The Jackson County NAACP meets at 10 a.m. on the Saturday following the second Thursday of every 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. 

 

Senior Activities

• A Book Trade/Exchange, 2 to 4 p.m. Tuesdays, Brain Gym, 81 Elmwood Way, Waynesville. 452.2370.

• 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.

• Free wood carving opportunity with Fred and Mike Morey, 10 a.m. every Monday, Senior Resource Center, 81 Elmwood Way, Waynesville. Tools and know-how available. 452.2370.

• Senior Phone Assurance program at the Senior Resource Center is for seniors and people 18 years old and older with disabilities who would like to receive a daily phone call. Free. Callers are volunteers who are part of the Senior Resource Center. Phone Assurance works well for people who live alone. 452.2370.

• 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, rug hooking and much more. 452.2370.

• Laughter Yoga Club, 2 to 3 p.m. Tuesdays, Senior Resource Center, 81 Elmwood Way, Waynesville. Suzanne Hendrix, certified Laughter yoga leader. Wear comfortable clothing. 452.2370.

• Clip and Save Coupon Club, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesdays, Senior Resource Center, 81 Elmwood Way, Waynesville.

• 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 or www.haywoodconnections.org. 452.2370.

 

Volunteering

• 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.

• Haywood County Meals on Wheels needs drivers to deliver hot meals to housebound seniors. 356.2442.

• 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. .

• 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

• 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 is looking for seniors who want to play chess. The club meets from 2 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. . 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

• 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.

• WNC Civil War Round Table meets at 6:30 p.m. the second Monday of each month at the Justice Center in Sylva on the second floor. 452.2298.

Macon

• 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.

• Gem City Forum Toastmasters Club # 296 meets at 5:30 p.m. every Tuesday in The Depot Room at The Factory 349.8888. 421.4744 or www.gemcityforum.org.

• 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. .

• 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. . 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. .

• 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. .

• 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. .

• 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

• Grandchildren/Grandparents Rights of N.C., 7 p.m., first Thursday of each month, Canton Library. 648.5205.

• 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. . 

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. Friday’s 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. .

• 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. .  

• 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. .

• 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. .

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Macon

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Swain

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

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

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

 

Government meetings

Haywood

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Jackson

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

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

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

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

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

• Jackson County Planning Board: 6 p.m. second Thursday of the month. Room A-227 of the Justice Center 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.