Community Events & Announcements
â˘How to conduct genealogy research at Canton Branch Library, 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 2, library meeting room. 828.648.2924.
â˘Sign unveiling for the future home of Swain Countyâs new library, 10 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 2, beyond intersection of Black Hill and Fontana roads. Parking is limited. Reception will follow. 828.736.0907.
â˘Grand opening and dedication of the Swain County Heritage Museum, 11 a.m. Friday, Oct. 3, on the square at the old court house. BBQ will be provided at noon.
â˘Macon County Public Health will hold Rabies Vaccination Clinics throughout the Franklin area. Saturday, Oct. 4. Vets will vaccinate dogs, cats and ferrets over 4 months of age. $10 per pet. Call for a schedule, locations and times. 828.349.2490.
â˘Indoor Flea Market at Haywood County Fairgrounds, 7 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 4, off NC 209, Lake Junaluska. 828.400.1704.
â˘Rededication of Major Daniel and James Brysonâs graves, Patriots of the American Revolution, 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 4, Sugar Fork Baptist Church Cemetery, Franklin. 828.321.3522.
â˘âDriving and AgingâWhen is it Time to Stopâ with Dr. Lisa Verges, 1-3 p.m. Monday, Oct. 6, Jackson Department on Aging, 100 County Services Park, Sylva. 828.586.5501 ext. 1245.
â˘Community Meetings on proposed Development Standards for Cullowhee, 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 7, Hospitality Room, Ramsey Center, WCU. 828.631.2255.
â˘âHow to Create a Gingerbread Houseâ seminar, 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 7, Underground Franklin Event Center below the Main St. Bakery in Franklin. Free. RSVP. 828.524.3161.
Business & Education
Free GED classes offered by Southwestern Community College, 10 a.m. â 2 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 5:30-8:30 p.m. Wednesday and Friday, SCC Swain Center, Room 101. 366.2000.
Seminar on taxes for small businesses will be held by SCCâs Small Business Center, 2-5 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 2, at SCCâs Macon Campus and 5:30-8:30 p.m. Oct. 6 on the Jackson Campus. www.ncsbc.net or 828.339.4211.
Basic internet class at The Jackson County Public Library, 5:45 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 8, JCPL, Sylva. Must RSVP. www.fontanalib.org or 828.586.2016.
Fundraisers and Benefits
â˘The 6th annual Furry Friends Benefit Bash, 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 2, Laurel Ridge Country Club, Waynesville. $50 per person or a table sponsorship for $450. 828.246.9050 or sargeandfriends.org.
â˘âPurple Purse Challengeâ by R.E.A.C.H of Macon County. Until Oct. 3 at noon. Donate online at www.crowdrise.com/purplepurse-reachofmaconcounty. 828.369.5544.
â˘Kiwanis 50th Annual BBQ Fundraiser, 11 a.m.-2p.m. and 5-7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 3, First United Methodist Church, Waynesville. All proceeds will go to projects that support local children. 828.508.1881.
â˘Friends of the Jackson County Library Used Book Store during a Taste of Sylva, 1-5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 4, 536 West Main St., Sylva. Spend $5 and receive a free Friends of the Library tee shirt, while supplies last.
â˘The 7th annual Macon TRACS Blue Jean Ball will be from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 4 at the Macon County Fairgrounds in Franklin. BBQ, live music, silent auction and more. Proceeds benefit the Macon TRACS operation expenses, a facility that offers therapeutic horseback riding for people with mental and physical disabilities. www.franklin-chamber.com.
â˘âEx-Friendsâ Stop-N-Adopt, 12-4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 5, Cashiers Glenville Volunteer Fire Department. Proceeds will go to the Cashiers Highlands Humane Society and CGVFD. 828.743.5752.
â˘Annual German dinner at Our Savior Lutheran Church in Clyde, 4-6:45 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 12. $6-$12. All proceeds will go to the Weekend Food Backpack for Needy Kids program in Haywood County. Takeout available. 456.6493 or 627.9352.
â˘The Jackson County Family Resource Center is in need of slightly used blankets for their Blanket Drive. Accepting blankets until Dec. 1. Deliver to the Jackson County Family Resource Center, 1528 Webster Rd., Webster. 828.354.0109.
â˘ $10 Fall Fix: get unfixed pets for spay/neuter and rabies vaccination for only $10 through Nov. 30, through Haywood Spay/Neuter. Pet owner must live in Haywood County and sign their pets up at the Haywood Spay/Neuter office, noon to 6 p.m. open Tuesday through Friday. 452.1329.
â˘ 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.
Blood drive in Clyde, 1-5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 1, MedWest Health and Fitness Center-Classrooms, 75 Leroy George Rd. www.redcrossblood.org or 800.733.2627.
Blood drive in Waynesville, 3:30-8p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 1, Haywood Community College Regional High Technology Center, 112 Industrial Park Drive. www.redcrossblood.org or 800.733.2627.
Blood drive in Jackson County, 1-5:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 3, Jackson County Department on Aging, 100 County Services Park. www.redcrossblood.org or 800.733.2627.
Reflexology Treatments âFree,â 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 2, Mountain Spirit, 254 Depot St., Waynesville. RSVP. 513.675.2819.
Drive-thru flu vaccinations at Angel Medical Center, 8 a.m.-4p.m. Friday, Oct. 3, by Emergency Department. $25. www.angelmed.org.
â˘ A cancer prevention program will be held from 6 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 7, at Harris Regional Hospital in Sylva. Part of the monthly Tuesdays to Thrive focusing on different health topics the first Tuesday evening of each month. Sponsored by WestCare Wellness and Jackson County Department. www.westcarehealth.org or 828.586.7734.
Diabetes and Chronic Disease Self-Management Training by Macon County Public Health and Macon County Senior Services, 1-5 p.m. Oct. 9 and 16. For ages 14 and up. Call for location, registration requirements and fees. 828.349.2086.
â˘ A diabetes awareness program including blood glucose screening will be held from 6 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 4, at Harris Regional Hospital in Sylva. Part of the monthly Tuesdays to Thrive focusing on different health topics the first Tuesday evening of each month. Sponsoed by WestCare Wellness and Jackson County Department. www.westcarehealth.org or 828.586.7734.
â˘ A program on prescription drug abuse and Project Lazarus will be held from 6 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 2, at Harris Regional Hospital in Sylva. Part of the monthly Tuesdays to Thrive focusing on different health topics the first Tuesday evening of each month. Sponsored by WestCare Wellness and Jackson County Department. www.westcarehealth.org or 828.586.7734.
Kids & Families
The PEANUTS Pumpkin Patch Express will hit the rails at 3:30 p.m. Oct. 4-5 and 10-12 from the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad Depot in Bryson City. Charlie Brown and friends will be on-hand for the festivities, which also includes a narration of âItâs The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown,â Halloween family activities and more. www.gsmr.com or 800.872.4681.
âFall Leaf Colors,â a family program, will be at the Highlands Nature Center, 2-4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 4. Activities will focus on how leaves change color, and will walk through the Botanical Garden to identify species of trees. $5 per person. Must register in advance. 828.526.2623.
Kidâs nature program called âExplore the world of bats,â 9-11 a.m. Oct. 6, 11 and 15, Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education on U.S. 276 in Transylvania County. cpaws.org/reservations/pisgah/ or call 828.877.4423.
âCyberkidsâ workshop for parents to keep their kids safe online, 4 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 8, Canton Branch Library. 828.648.2924.
Establishing Healthy Sleep Habits for Babies workshop, 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 9, in Haywood County. Must RSVP to learn location. 456.8995.
Recreation & Fitness
â˘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. 828.456.2030.
â˘ A debate with candidates for NC Senate seat 50 (representing the seven western counties) will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 2, in Room 204 of the Health and Human Sciences Building at WCU. Featuring N.C. Sen. Jim Davis (R-Macon) and challenger Jane Hipps (D-Haywood). Part of the WCU Political Debate Series. 828.227.3898.
Tailgate Party for families at Macon County Republican Headquarters, 5-6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 9, 555 Depot St., Franklin. Congressman Mark Meadows will be attending. 828.524.2014.
Democratic N.C. Representative Joe Sam Queen will debate Republican challenger, Mike Clampitt, at 7 p.m. Oct. 9 Burrell Building conference center, SCCâs Jackson Campus. 828.339.4000.
A âMeet the Candidatesâ luncheon with Democratic candidates for the Haywood County School board will be held at noon Thursday, Oct. 9, at Haywood County Democratic Headquarters.
Tailgate Party before Franklin and Smoky Mountain High Schools game, 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 10, across the street from the Franklin High School parking lot entrance on Porter St., Franklin. Meet NC Senate Democratic candidate Jane Hipps and other Macon County Democratic candidates. Sponsored by the Macon County Democrats. 828.524.9991.
N.C. Senator Jim Davis, R-Franklin, will face challenger Jane Hipps, D-Waynesville, for a debate at 7 p.m. Oct. 30 in the Burrell Building at SCCâs Jackson Campus. 828.339.4000.
The Spiritual Side
Festivals and Special Events
The Smoky Mountain Quilters Guild quilt show will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 2-3 and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 4 in the Ramsey Center at Western Carolina University. Admission is $5. 828.349.0883 or www.mountainlovers.com or www.wcu.edu.
Open auditions for WCUâs radio show production of âRobin Hood,â 5-7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 2, Breese Gymnasium. 828.227.3851.
Organizational meeting to discuss and plan for the formation of a community chorus for the Cherokee area, 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 2, Cherokee Baptist Church. 497.5350.
â˘First Anniversary Celebration at Mahogany House Art Gallery, 6-9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 3, Studios in Frog Leveâs Creek Side Art District. www.themahoganyhouse.com or 828.246.0818.
â˘Maggie Valley Oktoberfest, 10 a.m.-11 p.m. Oct. 3-4, Maggie Valley Festival Grounds, 3374 Soco Road, Maggie Valley. $2 admission per adult. 828.734.8075.
â˘A trunk-show for womenâs fashions created by outwear designer Denise Dickens will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 3-4 at the Dovecote Porch & Gardens in Cashiers. www.dargan.com/dovecote-events.
â˘The Town of Dillsboro will hold its 6th Annual Colorfest, Dillsboro Fine Arts and Crafts Fair, 10 a.m. â 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 4, historic town of Dillsboro. 828.631.4587.
Taste of Sylva, 1-5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 4, downtown Sylva. Stroll and sample the menu bites of more than 15 participating restaurants. Tickets available at participating restaurants. $20 advance, $25 at the door. www.mainstreetsylva.org.
The Autumn Leaves Craft Show will be held Oct. 9-11 at the Macon County Fairgrounds in Franklin. Unique handmade crafts and other vendors. If possible, bring a can of cat food for the Catman 2 Shelter. Free admission and parking. www.franklin-chamber.com or 828.349.4324.
Retro Gaming Tournament by The Retro Gamer, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 11, downtown Canton. Play retro arcade games and compete against other teams. Funds raised will go to the Canton Middle School Back Packs of Love program. $5 per person. 828.648.1200 or www.athornecs.com.
The Maple Leaf Fall Festival will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 11 in downtown Whittier. Area artisans and crafters, holiday exhibits, flea market, food and live entertainment. 828.497.2393 or www.greatsmokies.com.
The 32nd annual Highlands Own Arts & Crafts and 2nd annual HomeTown Day will be Saturday, Oct. 11. Professional crafters, at the Highlands Civic Center and vendors, food, music, clogging and family activities at Kelsey Hutchinson Park. www.highlandsnc.org or 828.526.2118.
On Stage & In Concert
â˘ A Marthaâs Vineyard comedy set, âElemeno Peaâ, will be staged at Western Carolina University, 7:30 p.m. Oct. 1-4, Hoey Auditorium, Western Carolina University, Cullowhee. $16 for adults, $11 for seniors and WCU staff and $10 for students. 828.227.7491.
â˘Gospel group Ernie Haase & Signature Sound will perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 4, at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts in Franklin. Tickets are $15, $18 and $24. 866.273.4615 or www.greatmountainmusic.com.
â˘Grammy nominee Claire Lynch will perform at Cataloochee Ranch, 6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 5, Cataloochee Ranch. Dinner will be served. $60 per person. 828.926.1401.
â˘Gospel group Ernie Haase & Signature Sound will perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 4, at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts in Franklin. Tickets are $15-$24. 866.273.4615 or www.greatmountainmusic.com.
â˘Tony Nominee and Emmy award-winning Liz Callaway will perform, 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 4, Highlands Performing Arts Center. www.highlandspac.org or 828.526.9047.
â˘The Weinberg-Babelay Sax and Vibes will perform, 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 6, Macon Public Library, Great Room, Franklin. www.artscouncilofmacon.org or 828.524.7683.
â˘The Burns Brothers will be performing at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 7, at the Cowee Farmerâs Market. Location is off N.C. 28N in Franklin at the Old Cowee School.
â˘County music artist and American Idol star Kellie Pickler will perform at the 2014 Cherokee Indian Fair, 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 9. $10 registration fee. 828.497.2111.
â˘Octubafest featuring Mike Schallock and Jamie Hafner will be held at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 7, in the Coulter Building at Western Carolina University. www.wcu.edu.
â˘Renowned flutist Elaine Saloio will perform as part of a guest recital at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 9, in the Coulter Building at Western Carolina University.
â˘Countryâs Family Reunion will be held at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 11 at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts in Franklin. Country music stars with decades and songs and storytelling. Tickets are $20-$30. 828.524.1598 or www.greatmountainmusic.com.
â˘Christian rock singer and American Idol contestant Colton Dixon and Finding Favour will perform at 6 p.m. Oct. 12 at Haywood Community College in Clyde. The show will be hosted by the Cross The Wilderness ministry and the Crestview Baptist Youth Group. General admission is $15, with group tickets $12. A special meet-and-great âGold Circleâ ticket is $50. www.crossthewilderness.org.
â˘Live music by James Hammel at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 3 at the Classic Wineseller in downtown Waynesville. www.classicwineseller.com.
â˘Live music by Joe Cruz at 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 4 at the Classic Wineseller in downtown Waynesville. www.classicwineseller.com.
â˘ Spooky storytelling will be held at 8 p.m. Oct. 3-4 at The Storytelling Center of the Southern Appalachians in Bryson City. www.greatsmokies.com.
â˘Live Music with Andrew Danner, 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 3, City Lights CafĂŠ, 3 E. Jackson St., Sylva.
â˘âFall Rocks The Squareâ with C-Squares & Co. at 7 p.m. Oct. 3 at the Franklin Town Square Gazebo. Vintage hits from the 1950s through 1970s. 828.524.7683 or www.franklin-chamber.com
â˘Newgrass band Mangas Colorado will perform as part of the Music on Tap series at 8 p.m. Oct. 3 at Nantahala Brewing in Bryson City. Free. www.nantahalabrewing.com.
â˘Gospel act Blue Ridge will perform as part of Pickinâ on the Square at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 4 at the gazebo in downtown Franklin. Free. 828.524.2516 or www.franklin-chamber.com.
â˘Pianist/singer Sam Stringfield will perform from 9 to 11 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 11, at Innovation Brewing in Sylva. Free. www.innovation-brewing.com.
â˘ The Diamond K Ranch in Maggie Valley has live music Thursdays-Saturdays at 8 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays are ladies nights. 926.7735.
â˘ A game day will occur from 2 to 9 p.m. every third Saturday of the month at Papouâs Wine Shop & Bar in Sylva. Bring dice, cards or board games. 828.586.6300.
Classes and Programs
Classes for a blown glass pumpkin and bowl will be held at the Jackson County Green Energy Park in Dillsboro. The pumpkin workshop will be on Oct. 4, with the bowl Oct. 11. $40 per person. 828.631.0271 or www.jcgep.org.
Frank Brannon will demonstrate âHow to Make and Print Photopolymer Platesâ for Art League of the Smokies, 6:15. Thursday, Oct. 2, Swain County Center for the Arts, Bryson City. 828.488.7843 or www.swain.k12.nc.us/cfta.
The Steampunk Storyboard Challenge at Sequoyah Studio, 4-7 p.m. Saturday, October 11. Part one of the ongoing Creative Bootcamp series. $10. 703.966.7138.
A pinecone decoration class will be held at 9:30 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 2, at the Extension and Community Association office in Sylva. 828.586.4009.
â˘ Art classes with Dominick DePaolo, 10 a.m. to noon on the first and third Tuesdays of each month at the Old Armory Building, 44 Boundary St. in Waynesville and from 1 to 3 p.m. every Friday at Mountain Home Collection at 110 Miller St., Waynesville. Armory classes, 456.9918; Home Collection classes, 456.5441
â˘ Watercolor classes with Dominick DePaolo from 10 a.m. to noon and oil painting classes from 1 to 3 p.m. on Mondays, at Uptown Gallery, Franklin. 349.4607.
â˘ The Smoky Mountain Knitting Guild offers free Learn to Knit classes for adults and children at the Waynesville Library on Tuesdays. The adult class meets from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Children (boys and girls ages 8-12) meet from 5 to 6 p.m. Pre-registration required. 246.0789.
Art showings and galleries
â˘ WCU Fine Arts Museum has an exhibit, âAbstract Autobiography for a Fractured Narrativeâ on display until Nov. 7. WCU Fine Arts Museum, Cullowhee. 828.227.3591.
The Smoky Mountain Quilters Guild quilt show will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 2-3 and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 4 in the Ramsey Center at Western Carolina University. Admission is $5. 828.349.0883 or www.mountainlovers.com or www.wcu.edu.
Kara Chambers will be the featured artist for October at City Lights CafĂŠ in Sylva. A reception for her and the displayed works will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 3 at the cafĂŠ. Free appetizers. www.citylightcafe.com
Johanna Ohly and Lisa Kelley are the featured artists for the month of October at Tunnel Mountain Crafts, Dillsboro.
Food & Drink
Sampling of fall beers and gluten-free deserts, 2-5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 4, Sunburst Market, Waynesville. www.sunburstmarket.com or 828.452.3848.
âHighlands on the Half-Shell,â an oyster roast and live jazz event, 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 5, Highlands Nature Center. Proceeds will benefit the Highlands Biological Foundation. $75 for members, $100 for non-members. www.highlandsbiological.org/half-shell.
Books & authors
Chris Cox, English instructor at Southwestern Community College, will read from his book, âThe Way We Say Goodbye,â 2-4 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 2, Burrell Building, room 102, SCC Jackson Campus. www.southwesterncc.edu.
Charles Davidson will present his book, âBone Dead, and Rising: Vincent van Gogh and the Self Before God,â 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 4, City Lights Bookstore, Sylva. 828.586.9499.
John Batchelor will present his new book, âChefs of the Mountains,â 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 4, Waynesville Library Auditorium. RSVP. 356.2507.
â˘ A Haywood county non-fiction book club meets the third Monday of each month at 7 p.m. at various locations. 456.8428.
Film & Screen
âSomeday the Pain Will Be Useful to Youâ will play at the Macon County Public Library, 4:30 and 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 1, MCPL, Franklin. Starring Aubrey Plaza, Toby Regbo, Lucy Liu and Ellen Burstyn. 828.524.3600.
â˘How to Train your Dragon 2 will be playing from Oct. 3-8. At The Strand at 38. 7:45 p.m. on Friday, 2, 5 and 7:45 p.m. on Saturday, 2 p.m. on Sunday and 7 p.m. on Tuesday and Wednesday. Downtown Waynesville. $6 per person, $4 for children. 828.283.0079 or www.38main.com.
â˘The film âIdentity Thiefâ will be shown, 4:30 and 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 8, Macon County Public Library, Franklin. Rated R. 828.524.3600 or www.fontanalib.org.
â˘ The Mad Batter Food & Film now showing featured films, 6:30 p.m. and 9 p.m., Thursdays through Saturdays, downtown Sylva location. Special kidsâ matinee at 2 p.m. Saturdays. Free. Movie listings and information, www.madbatterfoodandfilm.com. 586.3555.
â˘ Family movie days at Marianna Black Library, Bryson City, are at 3:30 p.m. Tuesdays. Classic movies at 1 p.m. the second and fourth Friday. Other films also shown. Free movies and popcorn. 488.3030 or www.fontanalib.org/brysoncity.
â˘ Movies at the Macon County Library. New movies, documentaries and foreign films every Monday at 3:30, Wednesday at 4:30 and again at 7 p.m., and classic matinees at Fridays at 2 p.m. The movies and popcorn are free, but donations are welcome. 524.3600.
Music jams and groups
â˘ Old-time music jam from 1-3 p.m. the third Saturday of the month at the Oconaluftee Visitor Center in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park on U.S. 441 outside Cherokee. 828.452.1068.
A community music jam will be held from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 18, at the Marianna Black Library in Bryson City. Held first and third Thursday of the month â year round. Free. 828.488.3030.
â˘ Cruso Circle Play & Jam, 7 p.m. every Tuesday, Cruso Community Center and Friendship Club in Cruso. www.facebook.com/crusocircleplayjam.
â˘ Signature Brew Coffee Company holds Sylva Open Jam nights on the second and fourth Thursday of the month. Shop provides the instruments, you provide the talent. Chris Coopersâ Fusion band hosts.
â˘ An open jam session is held from 6:30 to 9 p.m. each Thursday at Heinzelmannchen Brewery in Sylva. All skill levels and instruments welcome. 828.631.4466 or www.yourgnometownbrewery.com
Outings & Fieldtrips
â˘A corn maze, hayrides and pumpkin patch will kickoff the fall season on Oct. 1 on U.S. 19 at the Tuckasegee River Bridge. Hayrides available Friday-Sunday. Group rate available. 828.488.2376 or www.greatsmokies.com.
â˘The Cradle of Forestry will celebrate Southern Appalachian Heritage, old-timey lifeways, and outdoor skills during the annual Forest Festival Day, 9 a.m.- 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 4, Pisgah National Forest. $3-6 per person. 828.877.3130.
â˘Bird walk along the Greenway, 8 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 1, Macon County Public Library parking lot, Franklin. 828.524.5234.
â˘Bird Walk along the Greenway, 8 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 8, Salali Lane. Park off Fox Ridge Rd. 828.524.5234.
â˘âStar Partyâ with WCU astronomer, 5 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 8, Jackson County Airport. Free. 828.227.3677.
â˘Kayak trip to Bear Lake, offered by Waynesville Parks and Rec, 12:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 12, Waynesville Rec Center. $20-$25. Kayaks will be provided. 828.456.2030.
Programs & Workshops
â˘Firearm safety and shooting, 1-3 p.m. Oct. 6 and 11, Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education on U.S. 276 in Transylvania County. cpaws.org/reservations/pisgah/ or call 828.877.4423.
â˘Hunter Safety Courses at Haywood Community College, 6-9:30 p.m. Oct. 6 and 7, HCC Building 3300, Room 3322. Participants must attend both evenings to receive certificate. Pre-registration is required. www.ncwildlife.org.
â˘The Tuckaseigee River Chapter #373 of Trout Unlimited meeting, 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 7, United Community Bank, 1640 E. Main St., Sylva. $5 per person. 828.631.5543.
Zombie Chase Race 5K at WCU, 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 4. Proceeds will go toward supporting physical therapy research and community physical therapy services. $20-$25. 828.803.0552 or active.com.
Roller derby league, Smoky Mountain Rollergirls will go against The Little City Rollergirls, 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 4, Swain County Rec Center, 30 Rec Park Dr., Bryson City. Proceeds will benefit The Hawthorne Heights Teen Center and The Chrokee Childrenâs Home. www.smokymountainrollergirls.com.
The 2014 Chiefâs Challenge, a one-mile sprint run in Cherokee, 1 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 7, starting from Phoenix Theatres. Proceeds will benefit the Madison Hornbuckle Childrenâs Cancer Foundation. 828.554.6712.
â˘ The Legends & Tales 5K Run/Walk, hosted by Cherokee Runners, will take place 7:30 p.m. Oct. 11, through downtown Cherokee. www.cherokeerunners.com.
â˘The Appalachian Trail Conservancy will hike on the Appalachian Trail during the 4th annual Family Hiking Day. Saturday, Sept. 27. Call for times and locations. 304.535.2200.
â˘Hiking in Standing Indian ranging from 1 to 4 miles, 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 28, Standing Indian Picnic Shelter. Free if pre-registered. 828.369.7352.
â˘Waynesville Recreation Center will offer a short loop hike to the top of Whiteside Mountain, 9 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 30. $3 for members, $5 for non-members. 828.456.2030.
â˘The Nantahala Hiking Club will hike 6 miles to Bee Cove Falls, South Carolina, 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 4, Cashiers Recreation Center. Must RSVP. 828.743.1079.
â˘ Nantahala Hiking Club based in Macon County holds weekly Saturday hikes in the Nantahala National Forest and beyond. www.nantahalahikingclub.org
â˘ High Country Hikers, based out of Hendersonville but hiking throughout Western North Carolina, plans hikes every Monday and Thursday. Schedules, meeting places and more information are available on their website, www.highcountryhikers.org.
â˘ Carolina Mountain Club hosts more than 150 hikes a year, including options for full days on weekends, full days on Wednesdays and half days on Sundays. Non-members contact event leaders. www.carolinamountainclub.org
â˘ Mountain High Hikers, based in Young Harris, Ga., leads several hikes per week. Guests should contact hike leader. www.mountainhighhikers.org.
â˘ Smoky Mountain Hiking Club, located in East Tennessee, makes weekly hikes in the Great Smoky Mountain National Park as well as surrounding areas. www.smhclub.org.
â˘ Benton MacKaye Trail Association incorporates outings for hikes, trail maintenance and other work trips. No experience is necessary to participate. www.bmta.org.
â˘ A weekly bike ride meets in Bryson City on Wednesdays around 6 p.m. Depart from the East Swain Elementary school in Whittier on U.S.19 off exit 69 from U.S. 23-74. All levels. 800.232.7238.
â˘ A weekly bike ride in Sylva meets Tuesday at 6 p.m., departing from Motion Makers bike shop for a tough 25-mile ride up to the Balsam Post office via back roads and back into Sylva. 586.6925.
â˘ A weekly bike ride in Franklin meets Wednesday at 5:30 p.m., departing from Smoky Mountain Bicycles at 179 Highlands Road. Geared for all levels. 369.2881 or www.maconcountycycling.blogspot.com.
â˘ A weekly bike ride in Franklin meets Tuesday at 6:15 p.m. at Macon Middle School on Wells Grove Road. Ladies and beginnersâ ride. 369.2881 or www.maconcountycycling.blogspot.com.
â˘ A weekly bike ride in Franklin meets Saturdays at 8 a.m., departing from South Macon Elementary School. 369.2881, www.maconcountycycling.blogspot.com.
â˘ A weekly bike ride in Franklin meets Sundays at 9:30 a.m., departing from the Franklin Health and Fitness Center. 369.2881, www.maconcountycycling.blogspot.com.
Mountain Bike Rides
â˘ 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.
â˘ Monthly âGirlz Rideâ 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.
Farmers & Tailgate Markets
â˘ The Original Waynesville Tailgate Market. 8 a.m. to noon, Wednesdays and Saturdays through Oct. 29 at 171 Legion Dr., Waynesville, behind Bogart's restaurant. 648.6323. www.facebook.com/pages/waynesville-tailgate-market/117024646020.
â˘ Macon County Democratic Party Headquarters, 251 Sloan Road in Franklin, is open from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, and 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Saturday. 369.8561.
â˘ Haywood County Democratic executive committee meets at 5 p.m. the first Thursday of each month at Democratic Headquarters, 286 Haywood Square, Waynesville. www.haywooddemocrats.org.
â˘ Haywood County Democratic Party headquarters, 286 Haywood Square, Waynesville, is open 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday. 452.9607, haywooddemocrats.org.
â˘ Jackson County Democratic Party meets the third Tuesday of every month at 6:30 p.m. at Democratic Headquarters, 500 Mill St., Sylva. Brian McMahan, 508.1466.
â˘ Jackson County Democratic Party executive committee members meet at 6:30 p.m. the third Tuesday of each month at Democratic Headquarters, 500 Mill St., Sylva. jacksondems.com.
â˘ Jackson County Democratic Women meet at 6 p.m. the third Thursday of every month at Democratic Headquarters 500 Mill St., Sylva. jacksondems.com.
â˘ The North Jackson County GOP monthly meetings are held at 6:30 p.m., the fourth Monday of each month, at the Sylva headquarters, 58 D Sunrise Park, Sylva. Ralph Slaughter, Jackson County GOP Chair at 743.6491 or www.jacksoncountygop.com.
â˘ The South Jackson County GOP monthly meetings are held at 6:30 p.m. the fourth Tuesday of each month at the GOP headquarters office at Laurel Terrace on N.C. 64 east in Cashiers. Ralph Slaughter, Jackson County GOP Chair at 743.6491 or www.jacksoncountygop.com.
â˘ The Haywood Republicans meet at 6:30 p.m. the second Thursday of the month at the GOP headquarters, 303 N. Haywood St., Waynesville. 246.7921. www.haywoodncgop.org.
Other political groups
â˘ The Haywood County NAACP meets at various locations the last Sunday of each month. 828.400.5475.
â˘ Jackson County branch of the NAACP meets at 10 a.m. on the Saturday following the second Thursday of every month at Liberty Baptist Church in Sylva.
â˘ Occupy/WNC General Assembly meets from 7 to 8:30 p.m. every second and fourth Tuesday in room 220 of the Jackson County Administration and Justice Center in Sylva. 538.1644.
â˘ A TEA Party group meets at 2 p.m. the third Saturday of each month at the 441 Diner in Otto.
â˘ The League of Women Voters meets at noon the second Thursday of each month at Tartan Hall in Franklin. Lunch available by reservation. Open to all. $6 for food. 524.5192.
â˘ Canton Aldermen: 6:30 p.m. second and fourth Thursday of each month at Town Hall. 648.2363.
â˘ Clyde Aldermen: 6:30 p.m. first Tuesday of each month. Town Hall. 627.2566.
â˘ 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.
â˘ 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.
â˘ Waynesville Aldermen: 7 p.m. second and fourth Tuesday of each month. Town Hall. 456.3515.
â˘ Haywood County School Board: 7 p.m. the second Monday of each month at the Education Center in Clyde.
â˘ Haywood County Economic Development Commission: 4 p.m. the third Wednesday of each month at the Employment Security Commission.
â˘ 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.
â˘ Waynesville Planning Board: 5:30 p.m. third Monday of each month, Town Hall. 452.2491.
â˘ Waynesville Public Art Commission: 5:30 p.m. second Thursday of each month, Town Hall. 452.2491.
â˘ Jackson County Commissioners: First Monday of each month at 2 p.m. and third Monday at 6 p.m. Justice Center. 631.2295.
â˘ 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.
â˘ Dillsboro town board: 5:30 p.m. second Monday of the month at town hall.
â˘ Forest Hills: 6 p.m. first Tuesday of the month at Jackson Rec Center in Cullowhee.
â˘ Webster Town Board: 5:15 p.m. first Wednesday of the month. Town Hall, 1411 Webster Rd.
â˘ Jackson County Planning Board: 6 p.m. second Thursday of the month. Room A-227 of the Justice Center in Sylva. 631.2261.
â˘ Jackson County Tourism Authority: 1 p.m. third Wednesday of the month. Locations vary. 586.2155.
â˘ 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.
â˘ Cashiers Area Community Planning Council: 5 p.m. the fourth Monday of each month. Albert Carlton Library.
â˘ Jackson County Greenway Commission: 5:30 p.m. second Tuesday of every month. Room A-227 of the Justice Center in Sylva. 293.3053.
â˘ Jackson County school board: 6 p.m. fourth Tuesday of each month.
â˘ Macon County Commissioners: 6 p.m. second Tuesday of the month. County courthouse. 349.2025.
â˘ Franklin Aldermen: 7 p.m. first Monday of each month at Town Hall. 524.2516.
â˘ Macon Planning Board: 5 p.m. third Thursday of the month at the Environmental Resource Center.
â˘ Macon County school board: 6 p.m. fourth Monday of each month at the cental administrative offices.
â˘ Highlands Aldermen: 7 p.m. first and third Wednesday. Town Hall. 526.2118.
â˘ Swain County Commissioners: 5:30 second and fourth Tuesday of each month. Administration Building. 488.9273.
â˘ Bryson City Aldermen: 6 p.m. first Monday of each month. Town Hall. 488.3335.
â˘ Cherokee Tribal Council: first Thursday of each month. 497.2771.
â˘ Swain County school board: second Monday of each month at 7 p.m.