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Wednesday, 04 March 2015 00:00

Regional Calendar

Community Events & Announcements 

• Special Olympics Jackson County will be sponsoring Spread the Word to End the Word, at 4 p.m. on March 4 when Western Carolina University’s baseball team plays Valparaiso. First pitch will be thrown out by a Jackson County Special Olympian. 

• "Is there truth in the media and where is it found?" will be the topic for the Franklin Open Forum at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, March 4, at Rathskeller Coffee Haus & Pub in Franklin. Open to anyone interested in an open exchange of ideas (dialogue, not debate). For info, call 371.1020.

• A Maggie Valley downtown master plan meeting will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday, March 5, at Maggie Valley Town Hall. The public is invited to give input as J.M. Teague Engineering, a company hired by the town, and the master plan committee to develop a downtown plan for Maggie Valley. 

• “Bystander and Primary Prevention,” a brown-bag discussion that’s part of the “Whee Safe” series, will be held at noon on Thursday, March 5, 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.

• The North Carolina Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission will host a meeting about its new “Talk It Out” campaign at 10 a.m. on March 6 at MPI office in Sylva. Information: www.TalkItOutNC.org, www.mountainprojects.org/wnctips or 586.2345.

• Western Carolina University will host its third annual Discovery Forum, designed to encourage young people to share innovative ideas for making their communities better places to live, from 5-7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 24. Submissions deadline is 5 p.m. on Friday, March 6. For info and requirements for proposals, call the WCU Honors College at 227.7383.

• A Second Sunday Community Dance is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, March 8, in the Community Room on the second floor of the old courthouse in the Jackson County Library Complex in Sylva. Circle and contra dances. No previous experience or partner necessary or required. Local musicians invited to jam or learn how to play music for dancing. Community dinner will follow at 5 p.m; bring covered dish, plate, cup, cutlery and water bottle. Information: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

• The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will hold a public meeting from 6:30-8:30 p.m. on March 9 at the Haywood Community College Auditorium in Clyde to seek input on developing a management plan for Cold Mountain Game Land located in Haywood County. Comments and suggestions are welcome from those who cannot attend: visit www.ncwildlife.org and click on “Comment on Game Land Plans,” or write to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

• A community meeting will be held at 7 p.m. on March 9 at the Beaverdam Community Center in Canton. Guest speaker Kelly Teague will discuss new GED requirements. Contact Judy Sellars (648.0552 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) for information.
• A listening session to learn more about the issues affecting Latino residents of Macon County will be held at 6 p.m. on March 12 at the Sunset Restaurant in Franklin. Dinner provided This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

• A listening session to learn more about the issues affecting senior citizens of Macon County will be held at noon on March 13 at the Macon County Senior City in Franklin. Lunch will be provided. 

• Harrah’s Cherokee Valley River Casino Hotel is hosting a job fair from 10 a.m.-7 p.m. on Monday, March 16, in the Enloe Building at Tri-County Community College in Murphy. The casino is starting a spring hiring campaign to begin filling more than 800 positions required before opening this year. For info, visit www.casearsjobs.com or call 497.8859. 

• A listening session to learn more about the issues affecting uninsured and/or lower income citizens of Macon County will be held at 6 p.m. on March 16 at Macon County Public Health in Franklin.

• Haywood Regional Medical Center will host a job fair from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. on Wednesday, March 18, at the Haywood Regional Health & Fitness Center in Clyde. The health system has clinical and non-clinical positions available for leadership and entry-level candidates. www.haymed.org/careers.aspx. 

 

Business & Education  

•The new CEO of Haywood Regional Medical Center, Phillip Wright, will be the
guest speaker for the Haywood Chamber's monthly Issues & Eggs program from 8-9 a.m. on Wednesday, March 4 at Laurel Ridge Country Club in Waynesville. 456.3021 or haywoodchamber.com.

• “Beyond the Basics of Selling on eBay: Techniques for the Serious Seller” is the topic of a Haywood Community College Small Business Center seminar that will be held from 1-4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 4 in the Regional High Technology Center auditorium in Waynesville. Speaker is Nick Hawks. sbc.haywood.edu or 627.4512.

• An online job searching workshop will be offered from 1-2 p.m. on Wednesday, March 4, at the Macon County Public Library in Franklin. One-on-one help will be available after the class until 4 p.m. Offered as a partnership between the library and Southwestern Community College’s Educational Opportunities department. SCC employability instructor John Mitchell will be the presenter. Free; reservations recommended: 524.3600.

• The Western North Carolina Civil; War Round Table will hold a meeting at 7 p.m. on March 9 in Room 220 in the Jackson County Justice Center in Sylva. David Lake will present insights on the border war and guerrilla activities in Kansas and Missouri prior to and during the Civil War. A 5 p.m. dinner at Sylva’s Bogart’s and a 6:30 p.m. social hour will precede the event. For information, contact Richard Smith (293.5924) or Paul Turner (648.2488). 

• Southwestern Community College’s Small Business Center offers a free NC REAL (Rural Entrepreneurship through Action Learning) seminar entitled “Business analysis and Operation” from 5:30-8:30 p.m. on March 9 at the SCC Jackson Campus. Reservations required: www.ncsbc.net. For info, contact Tiffany Henry at 339.4211 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

• Hunter safety courses will be held from 6-9:30 p.m. on March 10-11 at Haywood Community College, Building 3300, Room 3322. Participants must attend two consecutive evenings to receive their certification. Free; no age limits; pre-registration required: www.ncwildlife.org. 

• A computer class on file management for PC’s will be offered from 5:45-7:15 p.m. on Wednesday, March 11, at the Jackson County Public Library in Sylva. Co-sponsored by the Friends of the Jackson County Public Library. Free. 586.2016 or www.fontanalib.org.

• A free resume writing class will be held at 3 p.m. on Thursday, March 12, at the Canton Branch Library. The class is offered by Goodwill’s Career Connections Center. Free; registration required: 648.2924 or visit front desk of the library. 

• Southwestern Community College’s Small Business Center offers a free NC REAL (Rural Entrepreneurship through Action Learning) seminar entitled “Financials for Small Business” from 5:30-8:30 p.m. on March 16 at the SCC Jackson Campus. Reservations required: www.ncsbc.net. For info, contact Tiffany Henry at 339.4211 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

• A free community service workshop on bringing clean energy to homes and businesses in Western North Carolina will be held at 7 p.m. on March 17 at St. David’s Episcopal Church in Cullowhee. Presented by Solarize WNC. For information, contact Allen Lomax (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 226.0506) or Avram Friedman (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 269.2158).

• A small business owners roundtable, an opportunity to network and learn, will be held from 8:30-10 a.m. on Wednesday, March 18, at the Haywood Community College’s Library Conference Room. sbc.haywood.edu or 627.4512.

• Entrepreneurs and owners of existing small businesses will have the opportunity to vie for a share of $7,000 in prize money to help start up or grow their businesses when Western Carolina University hosts the inaugural LEAD:Innovation conference from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. on Wednesday, April 22, in the Health and Human Sciences Building in Cullowhee. $20 for general public; $10 for students; $25 for those participating in the “Rocket Pitch” and “Promising Business Acceleration” competition (includes one registration); $100 for investors or investor groups. All prices include lunch. For more information, visit innovation.wcu.edu or contact Ed Wright at 278.8CEI.  The submission deadline for the competition is April 1.

• Free tax preparation by trained volunteers certified by the IRS will be offered every Tuesday through April 14 at the Jackson County Public Library (3-6:45 p.m.) and the Jackson County Senior Center (10 a.m.-3 p.m.) - both in Sylva – unless those facilities are closed for holidays. Library hours are by appointment through library’s reference desk: 586.2016. Taxpayers need to bring picture ID, Social Security numbers for themselves and dependents, copies of previous year’s tax returns, W-2s, 1099s, 1098s, interest and dividend statements for 2014 and any other necessary documents. For info, contact Donald Selzer (293.0074), Senior Center (586.4944) or library (586.2016).  

• A pharmacy technician certification program will be offered by Western Carolina University’s Office of Continuing and Professional Education, along with Condensed Curriculum International Inc., beginning Tuesday, March 24, and continuing through Tuesday, May 12, on the Cullowhee campus. Classes will meet from 6-9:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays in the Cordelia Camp Building. Must have or be pursuing a high school diploma or GED. Cost: $999 (includes all materials). For info or to register: pdp.wcu.edu or 227.7397

• 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 

• A Volunteer Orientation Meeting for anyone interested in moving animal welfare forward in Haywood County will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, March 7, at the Haywood Spay/Neuter office in Waynesville. Call 452.1329 to register.

• Jack the Dipper will host a Girl Scout cookie booth at its Sylva location from noon-4 p.m. on Saturday, March 7. Ten percent of the shop’s proceeds that day will go to local Girl Scouts. For info, call 328.2444, ext. 3407, or write This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

• The Highlands Annual Chili Cook-off will be from 6:30-9:30 p.m. Saturday, March 14, at the Highlands Community Building. Live music and dancing with chili, salsa and cornbread to sample. Prizes valued at $100 or more will go to Best All Round Table Decorations, Most Unique Chili, Most Traditional and Hottest. There will also be prizes for Best Salsa and Cornbread. Tickets are $25 at the door. 526.2112 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . 

• A rummage sale event with fly fishing/fly tying items will be held on March 14 at Waynesville Bait and Tackle Shop. Donations can be made by contacting This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
or Ron and Sharon Gaddy at 377.0019. All money raised is used to support the overall Trout Unlimited Mission: "To conserve, protect and restore North America's cold water fisheries and their watersheds.”

• The Sunday Drive for Life will be held from 1-4 p.m. on Sunday, March 22, in Lower Lot 1 of Franklin High School. Registration begins at noon. $15 entry free. Food and drinks will be sold. Raffles and 50/50 to benefit Relay for Life Awards for top twenty, best manufacturers and Best in Show. All makes and models welcome. Spectator entrance is free; donations accepted. For info, contact Jacob Morgan 371.8198 or Jeff Southard 371.1921. 

• The Evergreen Foundation will host grant information sessions in varying locations and times in the area starting Wednesday, March 25. Evergreen Foundation’s focus is on improving the lives of individuals who have behavioral health, intellectual/developmental disabilities or substance abuse issues in the state’s seven westernmost counties. To register or for more info, contact Denise Coleman at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 456.8005. For info on the Evergreen Foundation, visit www.evergreenfoundationnc.org.

• A spring barbecue/social will be held from 2:30-8:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 25, at the N.C. Arboretum in Asheville. The program will be on the Carolina Mountain Club’s involvement with the Boy Scouts of Western North Carolina. $18 per person includes dinner. Register by April 20. Contact Les Love at 658.1489 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

• The Haywood County Meals on Wheels program has route openings for volunteer drivers: Mondays – Route #6 – West Canton; Wednesdays – Route #3 – Clyde; and Route #21 – Saunook; Thursdays – Route #23 – Waynesville/Shelton Street; Fridays – Route #18 – Pigeon Valley. 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.

 

Health Matters 

• The American Red Cross will hold a blood drive from 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m. on March 11 at Senior Resource Center in Waynesville.

• The American Red Cross will hold a blood drive from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. on March 12 at WestCare Health in Sylva.

• The American Red Cross will hold a blood drive from 1:30-6 p.m. on March 13 at Little Brasstown Baptist Church.

• 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 period for the Smoky Mountain Senior Games will be from March 16-April 10. Fee: $10 through March 27 or $15 from March 30-April 10. Games are scheduled for April 24-May 15. For everyone ages 50-up. Info: 293.3053, recjacksonnc.org, www.facebook.com/jacksonrecreationandparks, or twitter - @RecJacksonNC. 

. • Registrations for a spring golf league are being accepted through April 14 at Smoky Mountain Country Club in Whittier. Fee: $10 to enter and $20 for each week (includes nine holes and a cart). League starts with a meeting at 5:15 p.m. on April 14. Info: 293.3053, recjacksonnc.org, www.facebook.com/jacksonrecreationandparks, or twitter - @RecJacksonNC. 

• Haywood County Recreation & Parks Department is offering adult coed indoor soccer pickup games from 6-8 p.m. on Wednesdays through March 25 at Old Hazelwood Gym. For ages 18 and up. $3 per session or $20 for a season pass punch card. For information, contact Daniel Taylor at 452.6789 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

• 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. 

• Registration for a women’s volleyball league has begun at the Recreation Center in Cullowhee. Games are Tuesday nights starting in March. $175 per team. 293.3053.

 

Political corner

• All precinct organizations of The Macon County Democratic Party will hold their annual meetings at 6 p.m. on March 5 at their individual polling locations. For contact info, call Shirley Ches at 524.9991. For your precinct poll location, call the Macon County Board of Elections at 349.2034.• Swain County Democratic Women will met from 9-10 a.m. on Saturday, March 7, at the Historic Calhoun House Hotel in Bryson City. All registered Democrats are welcome. For more information, call 488.1234.

• Potential Libertarian gubernatorial candidate Ken Fortenberry will speak at 7 p.m. on March 10 at Organic Beans Coffee Company in Maggie Valley. After Fortenberry speaks, the floor will open for a question/answer session.

• The Haywood County Annual Republican Convention will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 14 at the Canton Armory at 71 Penland St. Meetings to elect county officers and delegates to county, district and state conventions. 506.0939.

• The Annual Convention of the Macon County Republican Party will be held on Saturday, March 14, at the Robert C. Carpenter Community Building in Franklin. Keynote speaker is Nick Vaughn, former president of North Carolina Teenage Republican, and student at Wingate University. Registration begins at noon. Precinct Meetings begin at 12:45 p.m., followed by convention business. All registered Republicans and Macon County teenagers may attend. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

• The Jackson County Annual Republican Convention will start at 5:30 p.m. on March 20 in the Heritage Room at the Jackson County Senior Center in Sylva. The election of Jackson County GOP officers, precinct officers and delegates to the district and state conventions are on the agenda. For more information, call Jackson County Republican chair Ralph Slaughter at 743.6491.

• 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.

 

Senior activities

• Learn how to play Sodoku at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, March 4, at the Senior Resource Center in Waynesville. Free. 356.2800.

• A Creative Living class on Happy Bubbles is at 1 p.m. on Monday, March 9, at the Senior Resource Center in Waynesville. $10. 356.2800.

• The Silver Sneakers New Member Orientation will be held at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, March 11, at the Waynesville Recreation Center. For information, call 456.2030 or write This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

• 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  

• Innovative Basketball Training will be offered for girls and boys ages 6 and older on Sundays from March 1 through then end of May at Waynesville Recreation Center. Training for ages 6-11 will be from 4-5 p.m.; ages 10 and older is from 5-6 p.m. and ages 12 and older is from 6-7 p.m. Instructor is Derek Thomas, who has more than 30 years experience as a head coach. Cost is $80. For information, contact Thomas at 246.2129.

• Registration for summer camp at Waynesville Parks and Recreation starts March 5. 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) is available 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. .

• The Canton Library is hosting a Tech Fair to highlight new technology offerings such as iPads and a Wii gaming cart from 3-5 p.m. on Wednesday, March 4. 

• Come celebrate Dr. Seuss’s birthday during Family Story Time at 10 a.m. on March 5 for ages 0 to 5 years at the Macon County Public Library in Franklin. 524.3600. 

• The Waynesville Parks and Recreation Department will offer a youth outdoor leadership program for ages 12-15 starting with a mandatory meeting for parents and participants at 6 p.m. on March 5 at the Waynesville Recreation Center. $20 registration fee accepted there also. For more info, call 456.2030 or  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

• 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 the following days/times at 52 Walnut Street in Waynesville: 8:15-9 a.m. on March 10, March 24, April 14, and April 28 as well as 4-5:30 p.m. every other Thursday from March 5-April 30.

• Venture to Panama during Culture Club at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, March 11, at the Macon County Public Library. Guest speakers, books, photos, crafts and food from that culture will be enjoyed by all. 524.3600.

• Youth golf lessons will be offered at 11:30 a.m. from March 11-13 at Smoky Mountain Country Club in Whittier. PGA pro Mark Todd is offering three 80-minute lessons. Transportation and practice balls provided. Register at the Recreation Center in Cullowhee. Info: 293.3053, recjacksonnc.org, www.facebook.com/jacksonrecreationandparks, or twitter - @RecJacksonNC. 

• “Under the Stars” is presented by the Asheville Astronomy Club has been reschedule due to weather to 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 12, at the Macon County Public Library. A telescope has been donated to the library to give children and others a hands-on opportunity to learn how to use the telescope and view the night sky. 524.3600.

• Registration for spring youth tennis lessons for ages 5-13 through Jackson County Parks/Recreation Department is March 16-March 27. Lessons are available in three age divisions: 5-8, 9-13 and an advanced class for 8-13 (one completed JCPRD tennis lesson program required). Register at the Recreation Center in Cullowhee (no phone registration). For info, call 293.3053.

• Registration is underway for high-performance volleyball clinics for girls in fifth-through-eighth grades at the Recreation Center in Cullowhee. Fee: $50. Clinics are held on Thursday evenings (6-7 p.m. for fifth-sixth graders; 7:15-8:15 p.m. for seventh-eighth graders) March 19-May 14. Info: 293.3053, recjacksonnc.org, www.facebook.com/jacksonrecreationandparks, or twitter - @RecJacksonNC. 

• A beginning baseball program for 3-4 year olds will be offered from 5:30-6:30 p.m. for seven consecutive Thursdays starting April 16 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.

• 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. .

• 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.  

• 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

•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.

• 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.  

•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.

• Western Carolina University’s School of Art and Design will host art class for youth ages 8-and-up from 9:30-2:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 28, in Room 150 of the John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center in Cullowhee. The March 28 workshop entitled “Inside Out” focuses on nature-provided materials. For information and to register, visit artclasses.wcu.edu or call 227.7397.

Ongoing kids activities and clubs

• 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 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

• Oscar winner Animated Feature Film, Disney’s “Big Hero 6” will be screened at noon and 2 p.m. every Saturday in March at The Strand at 38 Main in Waynesville. Free. Show times at 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

• 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

• 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. 

• 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.

• 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

• The High Mountain Squares will host their "St Pattie's Day Dance" from 6:30-9 p.m. on Friday, March 6, at the Macon County Community Building in Franklin. Marty Northrup from Columbus will be the caller. Western-style square dancing, mainstream and level. Everyone welcome. Information: 371.4946, 342.1560, 332.0001 or highmountainsquares.com.

 • Seated wine tasting, wines of New Zeland’s Hunky Dory Winery, let by industry professional Sara Helmcamp will be held from 6:30-8 p.m. on Thursday, March 12, at the Classic Wineseller in Waynesville. $5 per person or free with wine purchase. Reservations: 452.6000.

• A Bladesmithing Symposium (Great Smoky Mountain Hammer-In) sponsored by the American Bladesmith Society and Haywood Community College (HCC), will be held March 13-15 on the HCC campus. Includes knife-making demonstrations, hands-on blade forging, knife show, auction and more. $65 registration fee. For info, call Ken Hall at 400.7815. 

• A Wedding Show will be held from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. on March 14 at the Maggie Valley Club & Resort. All brides and vendors of all types are welcome. Elite wedding experts will be available for brides to discuss options. 926.4831.

On Stage & In Concert  

• Western Carolina University (Cullowhee) will present a Mountain Winds concert at 7:30 p.m. on March 4 in the Bardo Arts Center. All shows begin at 7:30 p.m. www.wcu.edu. 

• The Darren Nicholson Band (bluegrass) plays at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 5, at The Strand in Waynesville. Tickets: $12 in advance; $15 on show day. www.38main.com or 283.0079.

• Bluegrass musician Josh Goforth will perform as part of the First Thursday concert series at 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 5, in the Mountain Heritage Center at Western Carolina University. Free. www.wcu.edu.

• The opening of HART’s “Plaza Suite” was rescheduled due to weather to March 5 in Waynesville. Performances will be at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday through Saturday and at 3 p.m. on Sunday. To reserve seats, call 456.6322 or visit www.harttheatre.org. 

• Mark Lowry (Christian comedian, songwriter and singer) and The Martins (Christian musicians) will perform at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, March 6, at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts in Franklin. Tickets: $20 and up.  www.greatmountainmusic.com or 866.273.4615.

• County music singer Wade Hayes will perform at 7:30 p.m. on March 7, at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts in Franklin. Tickets: $15. www.greatmountainmusic.com or 866.273.4615.

• The Too Human Jazz Trio will perform at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 8, in the Living Room of the Macon County Public Library in Franklin. Admission is by donation. Sponsored by the Arts Council of Macon County, supported by the N.C. Arts Council, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 524.ARTS.

• Balsam Range’s Winter Concert Series will include the Snyder Family Band in a 7:30 p.m. show on March 7 at the Colonial Theater in Canton. Balsamrange.com or 235.2760.

• The Dupont Brothers play at 8 p.m. on Friday, March 13, at the Strand in Waynesville. Tickets: $10 in advance or $12 on show date.• Classic rock band Styx will play at 9 p.m. on Friday, March 13, at Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort. Known for hit songs like “Mr. Roboto” and “Come Sail Away.” Tickets are available at Ticketmaster.com or by calling 800.745.3000.

• The Seagull will be performed from Friday through Sunday, March 13-15, at HART Theatre in Waynesville. Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 3 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is $10 for adults, $6 for students. harttheatre.org or 456.6322.

• Sheila Kay Adams and The Scofflaws will play at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 14, at the Strand in Waynesville. Tickets: $15.

• Western Carolina University (Cullowhee) will present an Upperclassmen Trumpet Rehearsal at 7 p.m. on March 16 in the Coulter Building. www.wcu.edu. 

• Western Carolina University (Cullowhee) will have a Symphony Band concert at 7:30 p.m. on March 16 in the Bardo Arts Center. www.wcu.edu. 

• Western Carolina University (Cullowhee) will present a Faculty Recital with P. Wlosok & Friends at 7:30 p.m. on March 17 in the Coulter Building. www.wcu.edu. 

• Grammy-winning songwriters The Don Juans (Jon Vezner and Don Henry) perform at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 19, at the Strand in Waynesville. Tickets: $18 in advance or $20 on show day.283.0079

• Linda McRae plays at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 26, at the Strand in Waynesville. Tickets: $18 in advance; $20 on show day. www.38main.com or 283.0079.

• Ventriloquist Lynn Trefzger and comedian Glenn Singer perform at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 27, at WCU’s Bardo Center in Cullowhee. This show is part of the Galaxy of Stars Series. Season subscriptions are $120/adults; $110/WCU faculty and staff; $45 students and children. Single-show tickets are $21/adults; $16/WCU faculty and staff; $15/person with groups of 20 or more; $7 students and children. Tickets and info at: 227.2479 or bardoartscenter.wcu.edu.

• A family-friendly performance by comedian Glenn Singer – “El Gleno Grande” – is set for 5 p.m. on Saturday, March 28, at the Strand in Waynesville. Tickets: $12 adults/$6 for children 12 and under. Info: http://www.goingbarefoot.com/toolkit_singer.php) or http://mkt.com/the-strand-at-38main/pm-glenn-singer.

Nightlife   

• Innovation Brewing (Sylva) will have an Open Mic night on March 4 and March 11, begins at 8 p.m. www.innovation-brewing.com. 

• Innovation Brewing (Sylva) will have a jazz night March 5 and March 12 at 8 p.m.  www.innovation-brewing.com. 

• Frog Level Brewing (Waynesville) will have Craig Summers & Lee Kram March 5 and March 12 at 6 p.m. Free. 828.454.5664 or www.froglevelbrewing.com. 

• Tuck’s Tap & Grille (Cullowhee) will have DJ Lazar at 10 p.m. on March 5. 

• Tuck’s Tap & Grille (Cullowhee) will have the Travers Brothership (Americana) at 10 p.m. on March 6.    

• Tipping Point Brewing (Waynesville) will have Joshua Dean (singer-songwriter) at 9 p.m. on March 6. Free. 

• Through the Hills will perform at 7 p.m. on March 6 at Bearwaters Brewing Company in Waynesville. No cover charge. bwbrewing.com or 246.0602.

• Sheila Gordon (blues, jazz, gospel, popular music) plays at 7 p.m. on Friday, March 6, at the Classic Wineseller in Waynesville. 

• Rathskeller Coffee Haus and Pub (Franklin) will have The Old Hippie Band at 8 p.m. on March 6. Free. www.rathskellerfranklin.com or 828.369.6796.

• Water’n Hole Bar & Grille (Waynesville) will have Ashli Rose (singer-songwriter) at 9:30 p.m. on March 6.

• No Name Sports Pub (Sylva) will have Carolina Cud Chewers (Americana/old-time string) at 9 p.m. on March 6. Free. 586.2750 or www.nonamesportspub.com.

• Water’n Hole Bar & Grille (Waynesville) will have Carolina Cud Chewers (Americana/old-time string) at 9:30 p.m. on March 7.  

• No Name Sports Pub (Sylva) will have Red Neck Romancer at 9 p.m. on March 7. Free. 586.2750 or www.nonamesportspub.com.

• Joe Cruz (piano, vocals) performs at 7 p.m. on Saturday, March 7, at the Classic Wineseller in Waynesville.

 • Rathskeller Coffee Haus and Pub (Franklin) will have Nick Prestia at 8 p.m. on March 7. Free. www.rathskellerfranklin.com or 828.369.6796.

• BearWaters Brewing (Waynesville) will have Joshua Dean Acoustically (singer-songwriter) at 8 p.m. on March 7. www.bwbrewing.com or 246.0602.

• Rathskeller Coffee Haus and Pub (Franklin) will have Lip Syncing Battle at 6:30 p.m. on March 11. Free. www.rathskellerfranklin.com or 369.6796.

• The Strand at 38 Main (Waynesville) will have an Open Mic Night at 6 p.m. on March 12. www.38main.com or call 828.283.0079.

• Saxophonist Tyler Kittle and guitarist Michael Collings perform jazz at 7 p.m. on Friday, March 13 at the Classic Wineseller in Waynesville. 

• Ryan Cavanaugh Duo (singer-songwriter) will perform at 7 p.m. on March 13 at BearWaters Brewing in Waynesville. www.bwbrewing.com or 246.0602.

• Tipping Point Brewing (Waynesville) will have Chris Williams (singer-songwriter) at 8:30 p.m. on March 13. Free.

• Classic Wineseller (Waynesville) will have the Kittle/Collings Duo (jazz) at 7 p.m. on March 13. $10 minimum purchase. 828.452.6000 or www.classicwineseller.com. 

• No Name Sports Pub (Sylva) will have Pressing Strings (roots/rock) at 9 p.m. on March 13 Free. 586.2750 or www.nonamesportspub.com. 

• Rathskeller Coffee Haus and Pub (Franklin) will have David Spangler at 8 p.m. on March 13. Free. www.rathskellerfranklin.com or 369.6796.

• Enjoy hits of the Beatles, Elton John, and James Taylor at 7 p.m. on Saturday, March 14 when Joe Cruz (piano, vocals) returns to the Classic Wineseller's Steinway piano in Waynesville.

• Somebody’s Child (Americana/folk) will perform at 7 p.m. on March 14 at BearWaters Brewing in Waynesville. www.bwbrewing.com or 246.0602.

• Nantahala Brewing (Bryson City) will have The DuPont Brothers (acoustic folk) at 8:30 p.m. on March 14. Free. www.nantahalabrewing.com. 

• No Name Sports Pub (Sylva) will have Productive Paranoia (Americana/bluegrass) at 9 p.m. on March 14. Free. 586.2750 or www.nonamesportspub.com.

 • Rathskeller Coffee Haus and Pub (Franklin) will have The Stewarts at 8 p.m. on March 14. Free. www.rathskellerfranklin.com or 369.6796.

• Redleg Husky (acoustic roots/folk/soul) will put on a show from 4-7 p.m. on March 17 at the Tipping Point Tavern in Waynesville. Free. For info, visit redleghusky.com.

• 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 

• Betsy Keller will give a free presentation on complementary medicine and Donna Eden and David Feinstein’s books at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 5, at City Lights Bookstore in Sylva. To reserve copies of Eden and Feinstein’s work, call 586.9499.

• Webster author David Joy will present his new novel “Where All Light Tends To Go” at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, March 6, at City Lights Bookstore in Sylva. The book is set in Jackson County and tells the story of Jacob McNeely, a young man in a fight against his fate. Innovation Brewing created a “Where all Light Tends to Go Stout,” free samples of which will be available during the reading and in an after-party at the brewery. To reserve a copy, call City Lights at 586.9499.

• Avram Friedman will read from his first published novel “The Silver Maple Conspiracy” at 3 p.m. on Saturday, March 7, at City Lights Bookstore in Sylva. Friedman’s novel describes an in-depth journey of a man born in the mid-twentieth century, living in the deep Smoky Mountains of North Carolina. To reserve copies, call City Lights Bookstore at 586.9499.

Classes and Programs

• Dye Eggs, potpourri, a Jackson County Extension and Community Association group, will meet at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, March 5, in the Conference Room of the Community Service Center in Sylva.

• An indoor Flea Market will be held from 7 a.m.-2 p.m. on March 7 at the Haywood County Fairgrounds. haywoodcountyfairgrounds.org or 400.1704. Future flea market dates are: April 4, May 2, June 6, July 11, Aug. 1, Sept 5, Oct. 3, Nov. 7 and Dec. 12.

• The Smoky Mountain Quilters Guild will have its March meeting at 9:30 a.m. on March 9 in Tartan Hall of the 1st Presbyterian Church in Waynesville.  Anyone is welcome.  The 2015 slate of officers will be elected and the March meeting's focus will be on fabric design and manufacturers. 524.4530.

• A three-part REAL Professional Craft Artists Series will be held from 6-9 p.m. on Tuesdays, from March 10-24 in Creative Arts Building Room 7105 A&B at Haywood Community college in Clyde. Speaker in Tonya Snider.

• “Making an Easter Basket – Bring Easter Cards for Shut-ins” will be the topic of a lunch and learn through the Jackson County Extension and Community Association group on Thursday, March 12, in the Conference Room of the Community Service Center in Sylva. $5.

• Sew Easy Girls, a Jackson County Extension and Community Association group, meets at 1 p.m. on Monday, March 16, in the Conference room of the Community Service Center in Sylva.

• Paper Beads, Cane Creek Extension and Community Association, meets at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, March 17, at a location to be determined. For location, contact the Extension Office at 586.4009.

• 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.

• 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.

Art showings and galleries 

• An exhibition featuring a selection of portraits created by Russion-born artist Bora will be on display through Friday, March 6, at Western Carolina University’s Fine Art Museum. The FAM is open from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on Monday through Friday with extended hours to 7 p.m. on Thursday. For a full calendar listing or more information, visit fineartmuseum.wcu.edu or call 227.3591.

• An education gallery featuring the work of Paul Farmer, a Western Carolina University Master of Fine Arts candidate, is on display through March 7 at the Bascom in Highlands. Farmer’s work is an experimentation with paint as a sculptural medium. Free. 526.4949.

• The WHEE FRESH Western Carolina University MFA art exhibit will be on display March 6-14 at the Grove Arcade in Asheville. The showcase is put on by the Asheville Area Arts Council.

• A “Trashion Show” featuring clothing and accessories made of recyclable material will be held at 4 p.m. on March 14 at the Jackson County Arts Council. Show will also include a Couture collection donated from local business. The public is invited; suggested contributions are $20 for adults and $10 for students. A reception at intermission will be hosted by Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort. For info, visit www.jacksoncountyarts.org, call 507.9820 or write This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

• Photographer Dawn Roe will speak from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 17, in the Bardo Arts Center at Western Carolina University. www.dawnroe.com or www.wdu.edu. 

• Western Carolina University will celebrate the artwork of local students with the 2015 Jackson County Youth Art Month exhibit from Sunday, March 1, through Monday, March 23, in WCU’s John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center. A reception will be held from 1-3 p.m. Sunday, March 22, to announce this year’s winners. Free. Lobby is open from 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Info: 227.3598 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

•An exhibition of paintings entitled “Tracking time” by Anna Jensen of Asheville and Karen Ann Myers of Charleston, S.C., is on display at Western Carolina University’s Fine Art Museum in Cullowhee through March 27. The museum is open from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Monday through Friday, with extended hours until 7 p.m. on Thursday. www.fineartmuseum.wcu.edu or 227.3591.

• “Ends of the Earth,” a photographic display of images taken in Antarctica by Martyn Lucas, is on display through March 29 at the Bascom in Highlands. A reception and artist talk will be held from 5-7 p.m. on March 21. Free. www.thebascome.org or 526.4949.

• A photography exhibit entitled “Seeing with New Eyes” by Sharon Mammoser will be on display through April 19 at The North Carolina Arboretum in Asheville. Parking fee. www.ncarboretum.org or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Call for vendors/sponsors

• A 5K to support Mountain Charter Discovery School is looking for sponsors for its April 11 event. Bubble Bunny 5K Fun Run/Walk that will be held in the Village of Forest Hills and will be complete with bunny ears and bubble machines. Registration and sponsorship information is online from the link on the side menu at www.villageofforesthills.org.

• The Downtown Waynesville Association seeks heritage-themed vendors for the fifth-annual Appalachian Lifestyle Celebration, which is June 13. Applications are accepted until April 17. Info: 456.3517 or www.downtownwaynesville.com.

• Applications are being accepted through April 15 from fine artists, mountain crafters and food vendors who want booth space at Greening up the Mountains Festival on April 25 in Sylva. Applications and info at www.greeningupthemountains.com. Info: 631.4587.

• 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. 

Film & Screen 

• The drama “Whiplash” will be screened through March 5 at the Highlands Playhouse. Showtimes are at 2, 5 and 8 p.m. Tickets are $9. 526.2695 or www.highlandsplayhouse.org.

• Oscar winner for best show, “Birdman”, rated R, will be screened Friday through Sunday, March 6-8; Tuesday and Wednesday, March 10-11; and Saturday and Sunday, March 14-15, at The Strand at 38 Main in Waynesville. For showtimes, visit www.38main.com or call 828.283.0079.

• 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

• A public open house for welcoming new Great Smoky Mountains National Park superintendent Cassius Cash has been rescheduled for 4-6 p.m. on Thursday, March 5, at the Oconaluftee Administration Building near Cherokee. The event date was changed due to inclement weather. 

• The Macon County Beekeepers Association will meet at 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 5, at the Cooperative Extension Office on Thomas Heights Road. Public Invited.

• Trout fans are invited to help the Trout Unlimited Cataloochee chapter stock the West Fork of the Pigeon River, 10 a.m. Thursday, March 5. Volunteers can bring a five-gallon bucket and trash bags; waders recommended. The group will meet at a parking lot past Lake Logan and before Sunburst Campground off of N.C. 215. 

• A tree phenology monitoring training will be held by Great Smoky Mountain National Park rangers from 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 7, at the Oconaluftee Administration building in Cherokee. After training, volunteers will be assigned to a phenology plot for which they will college data multiple times throughout the growing season. Contact Dana Soehn (865.436.1207 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) or Brent Everitt (436.1203 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ).

•Registration for Greening Up the Mountains 5K Run & Walk begins March 9. The event is April 25. Register at www.imathlete.com or at the Recreation Center in Cullowhee. $15 includes a short sleeve shirt. Info: 293.3053, recjacksonnc.org, www.facebook.com/jacksonrecreationandparks, or twitter - @RecJacksonNC. 

• Brad Daniel, a professional fly fishing guide, will discuss the proper way to handle and release fish at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 10, at Rendezvous Restaurant and Lounge in Maggie Valley during Trout Unlimited Cataloochee’s monthly meeting. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

• An opportunity to ski Beech Mountain on March 14 is being offered by the Recreation Center in Cullowhee. Register by March 11. Transportation and lift cost $45. Transportation, lift and ski rental are $55. Transportation, lift and snowboard rental are $58. Leave at 6 a.m.; return at 9 p.m. Info: 293.3053, recjacksonnc.org, www.facebook.com/jacksonrecreationandparks, or twitter - @RecJacksonNC.  

• A public information meeting in response to public concerns about proposed legislation related to hydraulic fracturing (fracking) and its possible impacts on landowner rights will be held from 7-9 p.m. on Tuesday, March 12, at the Clay County Courthouse in Hayesville. Hosted by N.C. Cooperative Extension and Rural Advancement Foundation International. For information, contact Silas Brown at 389.6305.

• The Jackson County Genealogical Society will host a program “William Sylva (Selvey?), Where did we get our name?” from 7-9 p.m. on March 12 in the Community Room of the Jackson County Courthouse in Sylva. Presenters will be George Frizzell and Lynn Hotaling. 631.2646.

• A meeting to discuss environmental threats and other topics related to the overall health of WNC’s national forests will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday, March 13, at Trinity Episcopal Church in downtown Asheville. For more information on the French Broad River Garden Club Foundation: visit www.FBRGCF.org. For directions, visit www.trinityasheville.org.

• The public is invited to join PARI astronomers for an observing session of the spring night sky at 7 p.m. Friday, March 13 at the Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute (PARI) in Rosman. The evening’s activities will include a tour of the PARI campus and celestial observations using PARI’s optical or radio telescopes. Reservations required by 3 p.m. on event date. $20 per adult; $15 for seniors/military; $10 for children under 14. Register at www.pari.edu or 862.5554. For more info, contact Christi Whitworth at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . 

• Hiker and outdoor gear designer Judy Gross will give a presentation from her hike of the Colorado Trail at 7 p.m. on Friday, March 13, at the Macon County Public Library in Franklin. For information, contact Olga Pader at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Mary Bennett at 369.0421.

• Training for basic stream ecology, macroinvertebrate identification and field sampling will be held from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. on March 14 at UNC Asheville. Volunteer opportunities are open to anyone from 11th grade and up. RSVP required: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or 333.0392. www.environmentalqualityinstitute.org/smie-stream-monitoring-information-exchange.php This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 333.0392. For more information, visit http://eqilab.org.

• An opportunity to join volunteers in removing invasive species from the East Street Park will be held from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on March 14 in Waynesville. 

• The inaugural Fontana Classic Bass Tournament will be held from 7 a.m.-3 p.m. on March 14-15 on Fontana Lake at the Fontana Village Marina. All proceeds go to the Daniel Boone Council to support local programs for local Boy Scout troops. Registration: $150 per boat before March 6 or $175 up to tournament start. Participants have shot at 2014 F150 from Andy Shaw Ford if they catch state-record small-mouth bass. Register or get more info at www.2015fontanaclassic.kintera.org or 254.6189.

• A public information meeting in response to public concerns about proposed legislation related to hydraulic fracturing (fracking) and its possible impacts on landowner rights will be held from 7-9 p.m. on Monday, March 16, at the Swain County Technology and Training Center in Bryson City. Hosted by N.C. Cooperative Extension and Rural Advancement Foundation International. For information, contact Dee Decker at 488.3848 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .              

• The Swain Clean & Green, a pizza social, will be held at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, March 17, at the Swain Senior Center.

• The Discover Life in America Conference will be held March 19-21 in Gatlinburg at the Park Vista. The theme “Every Living Thing” will include presentations on snails and sponges, field trips in botany, birds and geology and educator-oriented workshops. www.dlia.org

• The Southeastern Recreation Research Conference will be held March 22-24 in Asheville, giving parks and recreation researchers and managers a chance to hear the latest research in outdoor-based leisure, recreation and tourism. www.serrconference.org

• Western Carolina University’s fifth annual Valley of the Lilies Half Marathon and 5K will be held on Saturday, March 28. Fees are $60 for half marathon and $25 for the 5K. Info: http://halfmarathon.wcu.edu or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

• 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

• Smoky Mountain Overnight Relay will be held on April 17-18. Registration is open through April 10. Teams comprised of six or 12 runners cover 212 miles of trails and country roads. 545.8156 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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

Farm & Garden

• “Composting with Earthworms: Grow Your Best Garden yet!” is a program that will be offered from 3-4 p.m. on Monday, March 9, in the Waynesville Library Auditorium. Refreshments and door prizes. Sponsored by Friends of the Library. For more information, call Kathy at 356.2507.

• Marsha Crites will present the second installment of her Winter Landscaping Series at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, March 10, in the Community Room of the Jackson County Public Library in Sylva. Free. Participants will discuss elements of landscape design, creating energy flow and access, and sustainable and attractive framework. For info, call 586.2016. Cosponsored by Friends of the Jackson County Public Library.

• An integrated approach to gastrointestinal parasite control for small ruminants will be the topic of a workshop from 1:30-4:30 p.m. on March 11 at the Graham County Extension Center in Robbinsville. Participants interested in FAMACHA certification and in purchasing the FAMACHA card will pay $12. To register, contact Randy Collins at 479.7979 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

• The Haywood Gleaners’ Seed Potato Project will kick off with an opportunity to pick up seed potatoes from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on Friday, March 13 at the Crabtree Community Center in Waynesville; and from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on Saturday, March 14 at Waynesville Ingles. In case of rain, the Ingles pickup will be from 5-7 p.m. on Monday, March 16. The project invites farmers and gardeners to grow potatoes for sharing with food pantries, soup kitchens and friends in need. For info, contact: Mary Alice Lodico at 452.0513, Marian Phalin at 407.492.6861 or the Haywood Gleaners at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

• The Master Gardener Association’s plant sale, featuring native nectar perennials that help monarch butterflies and honeybees remain in the area, is ongoing through March 13. Get an order form by calling 456.3575 or by writing 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. . Proceeds fund education-related horticulture projects in Haywood County.

• The Jackson County Poultry Club will hold its regular meeting on the last 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.

•The Appalachian Farm School, a pilot program to centralize agricultural business training in the state’s seven western counties, started on Jan. 29 and runs alternating Thursdays from 6-8:30 p.m. through April 9. $75 includes dinner during each class and all materials. Register at www.wncfpc.org/appalachian-farm-school or call 399.0297. Info at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

• Weekly volunteer workdays at the Sylva Community Garden are from 4 p.m. until dusk every Thursday from March through November. Information: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

• Weekly volunteer workdays at the Cullowhee Community Garden are held from 3 p.m. until dusk on Wednesdays and from 10 a.m. until noon on Saturdays throughout the year. Information: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

• 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.  

• The Jackson County Farmer’s Market is held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays at the Community Table, located in downtown Sylva off Central Street between the playground and pool. 399.0290 www.jacksoncountyfarmersmarket.org.

Hiking Clubs 

• The Nantahala Hiking Club will take a strenuous 10-mile loop hike with elevation change 1,000 ft. on Saturday, March 7, on Appletree Trail to Laurel Branch. Call leader Dave Barbour, 356.6078, for reservations. Hike is limited to NHC members only and a limit of five dogs.

• A 6.2-mile round-trip hike to Smokemont, part of the “Classic Hikes of the Smokies,” is set for Tuesday, March 10. Elevation gain: 1,400 feet. $35 fee includes complimentary membership to Friends of the Smokies. $10 fee for members. Members who bring a friend hike free. All registration donations benefit the Smokies Trails Forever program. To register, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . A complete listing of Classic Hikes of the Smokies is at: www.friendsofthesmokies.org/hikes.html. 

• The Nantahala Hiking Club will take a strenuous 10.7-mile hike with an elevation change of 2,200 ft., on Thursday, March 12 to Blood Mountain, highest point on the Appalachian Trail in Georgia. Call leader Diana Otero at 765.318.9981, for reservations. Limit of eight hikers, no dogs please.

• The Nantahala Hiking Club will take a strenuous 7-mile hike, elevation change 1,500 ft., on Saturday, March 14, from Deep Creek Campground to Noland Divide in the Smoky Mountains Park. Call leader Gail Lehman, 524.5298, for reservations. Visitors welcome, no dogs please.

• The Nantahala Hiking Club will take an easy 2-mile hike, with 200 ft. elevation change, on Sunday, March 15, exploring historic Tessentee Farms. Call leader Kay Coriell, 369.6820.  Visitors welcome, no dogs please.

• The Carolina Mountain Club will have a 13-mile hike with a 2,600-foot ascent on Sunday, March 15. Contact Jay Bretz at 658.1220 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

•Carolina Mountain Club will have a nine-mile hike with a 2,200-foot ascent on Wednesday, March 18. Contact Tish Desjardins at 380.1452 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

• Physical therapist and avid hiker and trail runner Doug Daniel will discuss practical strategies for preventing and healing from hiking-related injuries (lower back, knee and ankle) from 7-8 p.m. on Thursday, March 19, at REI in Asheville. Free. A practical lab will follow. Registration required:  http://www.rei.com/event/65277/session/111219. For info, call 687.0918.

• 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 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. 

• Small RV Camping club is seeking additional members. We camp one weekend per month March through November. All ages are welcome. No dues, no structured activities. Just an enjoyment of the outdoors, fellowship, good conversation, potluck dinners and a roaring campfire. Contact Lillian for more details This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 369.6669.

• 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

• Kids can make their own piece of art from 10 a.m. to noon every Saturday during the Family Art sponsored by the Jackson County Arts Council at the Jackson County Farmers Market located at the Community Table, downtown Sylva. 399.0290 or www.jacksoncountyfarmermarket.org.

• 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 220 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. 

• The Jackson County Patriots meet at 6 p.m. on the third Thursday of each month at Ryan’s Steak House in Sylva, with the meeting start at 6:30 p.m.  All liberty-loving area citizens who want Constitutionally-limited government, free market economics and fiscal responsibility are welcome. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

 

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‚ÄąClub, 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 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. 

• Jackson County 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.