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Wednesday, 25 March 2015 00:00

Regional Calendar

Community Events & Announcements  

• Tours and informative sessions about Barium Springs, which merged with Grandfather Home for Children, will be held at noon on March 23, April 6 and April 20 at Hawthorn Heights in Bryson City.  Barium Springs helps hurting children through foster care programs like Hawthorn Heights.

• Free tax preparation by trained volunteers certified by the IRS and under guidance of the AARP Foundation will be available from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. on March 25-26 at the Cashiers Senior Center. Contact Linda Buchanan at 745.6856 to schedule an appointment. 

• The Jackson County Arts Council will hold an informational meeting at 7 p.m. on March 26 in the arts council office at the Jackson County Library Annex in Sylva. Topic will be changes to the organization’s approach to sponsorships. Interested organizations should have a representative at one of the meetings. For sponsorship applications, write This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 507-9820.

• Southwestern Community College will host its 21st annual Job Fair from 9 a.m.-noon on Thursday, March 26, at the Jackson Campus. Open to all job seekers in the community as well as employers. As of March 6, a total of 58 employers had registered to attend. Registration is still open. To register, or for more information about the event, contact Patty Kirkley, SCC’s career planning and placement counselor, at 828.339.4212 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . 

• A free public “News Exchange” meeting to discuss in-depth and investigative news across Western North Carolina will be held from 12:30-1:30 p.m. on Friday, March 27, at City Bakery in downtown Waynesville. Organized by Carolina Public Press. For info, visitwww.carolinapublicpress.org or contact Angie Newsome at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or 279.0949.

• An inaugural Women’s Leadership Conference will be held Friday and Saturday, March 27-28, at Western Carolina University. Women serving in leadership roles in business, government and education in Western North Carolina will be among the speakers and panelists. Event starts with registration at 6 p.m. on Friday. Free for WCU students; $10 for WCU faculty, staff and alumni; $25 for others. Includes Friday reception and breakfast and lunch on Saturday. Info: 227.2276 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Register at wlc.wcu.edu.

• An evening with three women who serve on the N.C. Supreme Court will be held from 7:15-8:45 p.m. on Saturday, March 28, in the Grandroom of A.K. Hinds University Center at Western Carolina University in Cullowhee. The justices will discuss how college studies prepared them for life and careers. Open to the public. For info: call John F. Whitmire Jr., head of the department of philosophy and religion, at 227.7262.

• A presentation about the history of NASCAR will be presented by UNC Asheville professor Daniel S. Pierce at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 31, at Canton Branch Library. Pierce wrote “Real NASCAR: White Lightning, Red Clay and Big Bill France.” Free. Pierce’s book will be available for purchase. 648.2924.

• A program titled “Land and the Early Settlers of Swain County: Who Lived Where and Where They Went,” will be presented at 6:30 p.m. April 2 at the Swain County Geneological and Historical Society in Bryson City. Presenter will be Mary Wachacha.

• ReptiDay Asheville, a one-day reptile event featuring vendors offering reptile pets, supplies, feeders, cages and merchandise as well as live animal seminars and raffles, will be held from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on Saturday, April 4, at the Western North Carolina Agriculture Center in Asheville. $10 adults, $5 children (5-12), free for children under 5. Info: www.reptiday.com/asheville.html, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , 863.268.4273.

• “Your Police Department,” a brown-bag discussion that’s part of the “Whee Safe” series, will be held at noon on Tuesday, April 7, 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.

• Southwestern Community College will host its 50th anniversary open house celebration from 4-6 p.m. on Friday, April 10, at the Jackson Campus. Scholarship giveaway/scavenger hunt contest; free food and t-shirts while supplies last; exhibitions from SCC’s 80-plus programs; and free cruise-in for cars, trucks and bikes. For questions about the open house celebration, contact 50th anniversary planning committee chairman Tyler Norris Goode at 339.4394 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

 

Easter

• Bethel United Methodist Church is hosting an Easter Party at 10 a.m. on March 28. Games, Easter Egg hunt and a visit from the Easter Bunny. All are welcome.

• An Easter Bunny Brunch for children of all ages will be held from 9:30-11:30 a.m. on Saturday, March 28, at First United Methodist Church of Sylva. Food, Easter crafts, photo booth and Easter egg hunt. Free; donations accepted to benefit church’s Vacation Bible School. 586.2358. 

• Children's Easter Celebration at Sunny Point Baptist Church in Canton on March 28, from 2:00-4:00p.m. Snacks, games, prizes, a devotion, and an egg hunt at 3pm. 648.7246.

• An Easter Egg Hunt and fun day for preschool through fifth grade will be held from on March 28 from 1-4 p.m. at the Historic Bethel Presbyterian Church in Waynesville. Free hot dogs, bouncy house and slide, pony rides, face painting, egg decorating and more. Presented by Encouraging Word Baptist Church. Rain or shine.

• An Easter Egg Hunt will be held at 10 a.m. on March 29 at the Macon County Rec Park. Admission is one canned food item, which will benefit CareNet. Pictures with the Easter Bunny as well as a visit by Professor Whizzpop (magic & balloon animals) will be from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at The Factory.

• An Easter Egg Hunt will be held at noon on Saturday, March 29, at the Jackson County Recreation Park in Cullowhee. Early arrivals can get a photo with the Eastern Bunny and participate in Easter hat and egg-decorating contests. For Children 10-under. Info: 293.3053, recjacksonnc.org, www.facebook.com/jacksonrecreationandparks, or twitter - @RecJacksonNC. 

• An Easter Egg hunt will be held during Family Story Time at 10 a.m. on March 31 for ages 0 to 5 years at the Macon County Public Library in Franklin. 524.3600. 

• An Easter Egg hunt will be held during Adventure Club at 3:30 p.m. on March 31 for grades K-2 at the Macon County Public Library in Franklin. 524.3600. 

• An Easter Egg Hunt is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. on Friday, April 3, at Eckerd Living Center at the Highlands-Cashiers Hospital. 

• An Easter egg hunt and other holiday activities will be held April 3-5 at Fontana Village Resort in Fontana Dam. For info, visit: www.fontanavillage.com.

• Dogwood Crafters will hold Easter Tea seatings at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 4, at Historic Jarrett House in Dillsboro in conjunction with the Annual Dillsboro Easter Hat Parade.  A fundraiser for Dogwood's Building Fund. Reservations can be made by calling 586.2248.  $15, by reservation only.

• A weekend of Easter activities and worship services will be held April 4-5 at Lake Junaluska. Activities include Friends of the Lake 5K, Easter egg hunts, egg-decorating contests and a sunrise service. Detailed schedule at www.lakejunaluska.com/easter. Tickets for Easter lunch are available at the Bethea Welcome Center or by calling 454.6662.

• The Village Green in Cashiers will host an Easter Egg Hunt at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 4, and a Community Easter Sunrise Service at 7 a.m. on Sunday, April 5. For info or to make a donation, call 743.3434 or visit www.villagegreencashiersnc.com.

• A scavenger egg hunt to celebrate the Jackson County Farmer Market’s outdoor new market season will be held on April 4 at the market’s Bridge Park location. The market will be open from 9 a.m.-noon. Scavenger hunt is from 10 a.m.-noon. Info: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , or jacksoncountyfarmersmarket.org.

• Dillsboro's Easter festivities will be held Saturday, April 4. An Easter Hat Parade starts at 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 4, at Town Hall. Easter hat making workshops begin at 10 a.m. for children at Dogwood Crafters. Easter egg hunt for children under ten starts at 11 a.m. Bring your camera for pictures with the Easter Bunny. 506.8331.

 

Business & Education  

• The Haywood County Chamber of Commerce Young Professionals group will meet from 8-9 a.m. March 26 at the Lake Junaluska Bookstore and Café.

• A free Explore Cosmetology Day will be held from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. and from noon-4 p.m. on Saturday, March 28, at Haywood Community College. Each session includes a free lunch. Participants learn about the program by being paired with an advanced student. To reserve a spot or get more info, call 627.4522.

• Southwestern Community College’s Small Business will host business plan presentations for participants of its recent NC REAL Rural Entrepreneurship through Action Learning) sessions from 5:30-8:30 p.m. on March 30 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 downtown Bryson City merchants meeting is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. on Thursday, April 2, at the Swain County Chamber of Commerce. 488.3681 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

•  “Getting Paid to Talk,” a single-evening introduction to the world of voice overs, will be offered by Southwestern Community College from 5:30-8 p.m. on Thursday, April 2, at the Macon Campus. To register, visit www.southwesterncc.edu (choose “Class Schedule” from upper menu then select “Personal Enrichment”), call 306.7001. or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

• 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).  

• 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.

• A series of free lunch-and-learn workshops about the Cherokee language and current efforts to increase its use in North Carolina will be held from noon-1 p.m. on Tuesdays through April 21 at SpeakEasyPress in the Riverwood Studios/Oaks Gallery in Dillsboro. Learn about the Cherokee writing system. Each workshop includes a hand letterpress printing demonstration. Supported by the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources, with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts. Information: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

• Free GED test-preparation classes offered by Southwestern Community College, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays and 5:30-8:30 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays, SCC Swain Center, Room 101. Instruction in other college and career readiness activities including computer skills, resume writing, filling out job applications, job searches, college entrance exam prep, college applications, financial aid and more. 366.2000 or stop by the Swain Center.

• Guidance on looking for a job or gaining basic job skills will be available from 1-4 p.m. each Wednesday at the Macon County Public Library. One-on-one help from a Southwestern Community College employability instructor. 524.3600. 

• Tech-savvy questions will be answered from 10 a.m.-8 p.m. every Tuesday in the month of January at the Jackson County Library. 586.2016.

 

Fundraisers and Benefits 

• The Evergreen Foundation will host a grant information session at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, March 25, at the Clay County Courthouse in Hayesville. 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.

• The Evergreen Foundation will host a grant information session at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, March 25, at the Cherokee County Courthouse in Murphy. 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.

• The Evergreen Foundation will host a grant information session at 10 a.m. on Thursday, March 26, at the Swain County Administration Building in Bryson City. 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.

• The Evergreen Foundation will host a grant information session at 1 p.m. on Thursday, March 26, at the Community Building in Robbinsville. 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 training session for anyone interested in serving as a Great Smoky Mountains National Park volunteer at Clingman’s Dome will be held from 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. on Friday, March 27, at the Sugarlands Center training room near Gatlinburg, Tenn. For info or to sign up, contact Florie Takaki at 497.1906 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

• The first event in the “Dinner Around the World” cultural and fundraising series will feature Ethiopian cuisine and is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. on Friday, March 27, at Pigeon Community Multicultural Development Center in Waynesville. Tickets are $10 per person; donations are welcome. For reservations, call 400.5475.

• A pancake breakfast is set for 8 a.m.-noon on Saturday, March 28, at the Maggie Valley United Methodist Church’s fellowship hall. $8 for adults; $3 for children under 12. All-you-can-eat pancakes, bacon, sausage, coffee, milk and orange juice. Proceeds support church missions and ministries. 926.8036.

• A pancake breakfast sponsored by the Bethel Rural Community Organization will be served from 8-11 a.m. on Saturday, March 28, at the Breaking Bread Café at the Mobil Gas Station in Bethel. All-you-can-eat pancakes plus bacon and beverages. $8 adult donation; $4 child donation. Proceeds support the BRCO Food Pantry. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

• Jackson County Arts Council Day will be held at lunch and dinner on Saturday, March 28 at Soul Infusion Tea House. A percentage of the day's sales will be donated to the arts council to help support arts programming in Jackson County. 507.9820.

• The Evergreen Foundation will host a grant information session at 10 a.m. on Monday, March 30, at the Thomas Heights Professional Building in Franklin. 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.

• The Evergreen Foundation will host a grant information session at 12:30 p.m. on Monday, March 30, at the Old Courthouse in Sylva. 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.

• The Evergreen Foundation will host a grant information session at 3 p.m. on Monday, March 30, at Wells Fargo Bank’s Conference Room in Waynesville. 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 barbecue fundraiser to benefit the Southwestern Community College Foundation’s student emergency fund will be held from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. on March 31 at SCC’s Macon Campus. $5 per meal, which includes sandwich, slaw, chips, cookie and lemonade or iced tea. Additional sandwiches are $3 each. RSVPs are encouraged: 306.7001.

• An orientation and training session for anyone interested in serving as a volunteer to assist Great Smoky Mountain National Park visitors will start at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, April 1, at the Oconaluftee Multi-Purpose Room adjacent to the Oconaluftee Visitor Center near Cherokee. To register or for more info, contact Kathleen Stuart at 497.1914.

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

• A barbecue fundraiser to benefit the Southwestern Community College Foundation’s student emergency fund will be held from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. on April 7 at the SCC Jackson Campus. $5 per meal, which includes sandwich, slaw, chips, cookie and lemonade or iced tea. Additional sandwiches are $3 each. RSVPs are encouraged: 339.4227 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

• A 5K Zombie Run benefitting Relay for Life of Franklin will be held Wednesday, April 8, starting at the Frog Headquarters and ending at Southwestern Community College’s Macon Campus. Sponsored by SCC’s Relay for Life team. $15 entry fee.

• The Eighth-Annual Chocolate Cook-Off will be held Saturday, April 24, at the Swain County Chamber of Commerce. Fundraiser for Friends of the Marianna Black Library. Application deadline is April 10; applications available at Marianna Black Library, Friends of the Library Bookstore or at http://fontanalib.org/node/180.

• The third-annual “5KARE” 5K and Fun Run will be held at 9 a.m. on April 25 in downtown Waynesville. $10 for ages 12-under, $20 for all other ages who preregister by April 11; $25 after April 11. Info: 456.8995. Register at www.Karehouse.org/2015-5kare.html. Proceeds benefit KARE, a nationally accredited Child Advocacy Center serving Haywood County. 

• A Bubble Bunny 5K Fun Run/Walk will be held Saturday, April 11, in The Village of Forest Hills. Proceeds support Mountain Discovery Charter School’s athletic, music and theater programs. $20 registration fee includes goody bag, light refreshments and water. Check-in at 8:30 a.m.; race starts at 9:30 a.m. Pre-register at www.active.com or www.mountaindiscovery.org.

• The Haywood County Meals on Wheels program has route openings for volunteer drivers. Substitute drivers also needed. Info: Jeanne Naber, Meals on Wheels Program Coordinator, 356.2442.

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

• Western Carolina University’s Friends of the Arts organization will hold its annual benefit fundraiser, with a silent auction, raffle and performance, starting at 4:30 p.m. on Friday, April 24. “All Night Long” performance will feature WCU’s Catamount Singers and instrumental group Electri Coul as well as WCU graduate/singer-songwriter Jeanne Jolly. Tickets for performance are $15 for adults, $10 for WCU faculty and staff and $5 for students. Tickets available at 227.2479. More info at foa.wcu.edu.

• Dogs and cats are available for adoption from 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Mondays through Thursdays as well as Saturdays at Sarge’s Adoption Center in Waynesville. The public may also adopt Sarge’s cats from PetSmart in Waynesville. For information or to donate or volunteer, visit www.sargeandfriends.org or call 246.9050.

 

Health Matters 

• “Healing Touch,” an energy-based approach to health and healing, will be taught from 8 a.m.-6 p.m. on March 28-29 at Southwestern Community College’s Jackson Campus. Evidence-based practice that offers 18 continuing education contact hours for nurses and massage therapists. $365 cost includes Level 1 notebook (professional discounts may apply). To register, visit www.southwesterncc.edu, call 306.7001 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

• Free hearing Screenings will be offered on March 29, at the Senior Resource Center in Waynesville. Free, but must call to schedule an appointment: 356.2800. 

• A listening session to learn more about the issues affecting those living with mental illness in Macon County will be held at 6 p.m. on March 30 at the Sunset Restaurant in Franklin. Dinner provided. 

• “Mastering Your Energy,” a free class that teaches movements of qigong and tai chi and more, will be offered at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, March 31, in the Community Room of the Jackson County Public Library in Sylva. Taught by holistic therapist Laura Elliott. Co-sponsored by Friends of the Jackson County Public Library. 586.2016.

• A Red Cross Blood Drive is scheduled from 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m. on April 1 at Haywood Regional Medical Center Health and Fitness Center Classrooms in Clyde.

• A Red Cross Blood Drive is set for 11:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. on April 2 at Cashiers Baptist Church in Cashiers.

• A Red Cross Blood Drive will be held from 1:30-6 p.m. on April 2 at Macon Middle School in Franklin.

• A Red Cross Blood Drive is set for 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m. on April 3 at Franklin First United Methodist Church in Franklin.

• An event focused on stress management will be offered from 6-7 p.m. on Tuesday, April 7, at Harris Regional Hospital in Sylva. Presented by Harris Regional and Swain County Hospitals Wellness in partnership with Jackson County Department of Public Health as part of the “Tuesdays to Thrive” series. A full calendar is available at www.westcare.org or by calling Melanie Batchelor at 586.7734.

• A blood drive will be held from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. on Tuesday, April 7, at the Junaluska Fire Department’s station. Appointments, walk-ins and first-time donors are all welcome. To schedule an appointment, call 456.9934 or 800.733.2767.

• A Red Cross Blood Drive will be held from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. on April 7 at Junaluska Fire Department in Clyde.

• 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 

• A free demonstration of the TRX suspension trainer will be offered from 4-5 p.m. on Thursdays by appointment at the Fitness Connection in Waynesville.  421.8566.

• 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. 

• Pickleball is played from 2-4:30 every Monday and from 9 a.m.-noon every Friday at the Armory in Sylva. $1 each time you play to help buy equipment, which is provided. 

 

Political corner

• “Up for Discussion: Women in Politics” – a conversation with Jane Hipps and Ashley Welch – will be held from 4-6 p.m. on Monday, March 30, in the auditorium of the Haywood County Public Library in Waynesville. Hosted by Jon Ostendorf of the Asheville Citizen-Times. 

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

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

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

 

The Spiritual Side 

• Palm Sunday services will be presented at 10:30 a.m. on March 29 at First United Methodist Church in Sylva. 586.2358.

• First United Methodist Church of Sylva will observe Maundy Thursday and Good Friday with a service at 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 2. For info, call 586.2358.

• A spring women’s event will be held April 10-11 at Tuckasegee Wesleyan Church’s Fellowship Hall. Guest speaker Marie Shull will help participants discover their perfect place in the “Body of Christ.” To register, contact Becky Carter at 508.8533 or call the church at 293.3322. 

• Healing Mass and Anointing of the Sick is held at 2 p.m. on the third Sunday of each month at Saint Margaret of Scotland in Maggie Valley. Individual prayers over people after Mass by Charismatic Prayer Group members. For info, call Don or Janet Zander at 926-0106.

 

Senior activities

• A Creative Living class entitled “It’s a Marshmallow World” will be held at 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday, March 31, at the Senior Resource Center in Waynesville. $10. 356.2800. 

• Registration is underway through Friday, April 10, for participation in the 32nd Annual Haywood County Senior Games. Events include shuffleboard, cornhole, pickleball, horseshoes and more – as well as a SilverArts event that includes categories including visual arts, heritage arts, literary arts and performing arts. $10 fee includes most events, t-shirt, light breakfast at Opening Ceremony (April 21) and AARP Ice Cream Social on April 29. For info or to register, call 452.6789 or fill out an online form at www.haywoodnc.net.

• 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   

• Due to poor weather conditions earlier this month, the “Under the Stars” program presented by the Asheville Astronomy Club has been rescheduled due to 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 26, 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. Consequently, Science Club that day will be held at 7 p.m. (instead of 3:30 p.m.). 524.3600.

• Registration for spring youth tennis lessons for ages 5-13 through Jackson County Parks/Recreation Department is now till 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.

• 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.

• A pizza party for teens will be held at 4:30 p.m. on March 31 at the Jackson County Public Library in Sylva. Free. Co-sponsored by the Friends of the Jackson County Public Library. 586.2016.

• 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. .

• 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 April 14, and April 28 as well as 4-5:30 p.m. every other Thursday from March 5-April 30.

• 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.

Kids Camps

• Registration for “Fun 4 Kids Day Camp” will be at 8 .m. on March 28 at the Cullowhee Recreation Center. Numbers will be given out starting at 7:30 a.m. $625 ($25 off for second child). Space limited to first 30. Info: 293.3053, recjacksonnc.org, www.facebook.com/jacksonrecreationandparks, or twitter - @RecJacksonNC. 

• Kids Clay in the Garden, a four-day class for youngsters during Spring Break, will be held by the Cowee Pottery School from 10 a.m.-noon on Friday, April 3, Monday, April 6, Wednesday, April 8 and Friday, April 10, at Macon County Heritage School north of Franklin. $56 plus clay and tools. For info or to preregister, call 524.7690 or write This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . 

• A spring break camp for students from pre-K to seventh grade is set for the week of April 6-10. Camp is from 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. each day at the Waynesville Recreation Center. Focus is on water and paddle safety. $95 for members; $110 for non-members. Registrations accepted at Waynesville Recreation center. For info: 456.2030 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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

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

Ongoing kids activities and clubs

• 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.

• A children’s movie will be shown at 1 p.m. on March 27 at the Macon County Public Library in Franklin in lieu of the games for kids program. 524.3600. 

• 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 Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians will celebrate the arrival of the Spring season with the annual Rainbow and Ramps Elder Meal from 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m. on March 28 at the Cherokee Indian Fairgrounds. Free. Meals including fried trout, ramps and other vegetables are $10. 800.438.1601 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

On Stage & In Concert  

• Guitarist Brad Richter and cellist Viktor Uzur - award-winning, classically trained artists – will perform traditional and contemporary works at 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 26, in the Historic Chapel of First Presbyterian Church in Franklin. Produced by the Arts Council, supported by the Grassroots Arts Program of the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources. Info: 524.ARTS or artscouncilofmacon.org.

• Auditions for “The Carol Burnett Show Skits” will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, March 26-27, at the Smoky Mountain Community Theatre in Bryson City. For info, call Toby Allman at 488.8227 or 488.8103 or look up the theatre in Facebook.

• Western Carolina University (Cullowhee) will have Percussion Ensemble 7:30 p.m. March 26 in the Coulter Building. www.wcu.edu. 

• The Western Carolina University Percussion Ensemble will present a free concert at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 26, in the Coulter Building recital hall. For info, call 227.3263.

• Linda McRae (Americana/roots) 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.

• Comic C.J. Deering will perform “Jobs I Had For Only One Day” the next two weekends in the Fleichter Studio Theater at HART in Waynesville. Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. on March 27, March 28, April 3 and April 4 and at 3 p.m. on March 29. For reservations, call 456.6322 or visit www.harttheatre.org. 

• 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.  www.38main.com or 283.0079.

• Western Carolina University (Cullowhee) will have Alec Neal Senior Recital 1 p.m. March 29 in the Coulter Building. www.wcu.edu. 

• Western Carolina University (Cullowhee) will have a Vaughan Williams Choral concert at 3 p.m. March 29 at the Bardo Arts Center. www.wcu.edu. 

• Balsam Range’s Winter Concert Series resumes with a 7:30 p.m. show on April 4 when the group will be joined by Jeff Collins, David Johnson and Tony Creasman at Colonial Theater in Canton. Balsamrange.com or 235.2760.

• Legendary country-music artist Loretta Lynn performs at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 11, at Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort in Cherokee. Tickets available at Ticketmaster.com or by calling 800.745.3000.

• Pat Donohoe plays at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 16, at the Strand in Waynesville. Tickets: $18 in advance; $20 on show day.www.38main.com or 283.0079.

• Vocalist Michelle Berting Britt, accompanied by a seven-piece Nashville band, re-create the sound of the Carpenters in “We’ve Only Just Begun: Carpenters Remembered” at 3 p.m. on Sunday, April 26, 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.

Nightlife   

• Innovation Brewing (Sylva) will have an Open Mic night at 8 p.m. on March 25 www.innovation-brewing.com. 

• Innovation Brewing (Sylva) will have jazz night at 8 p.m. on March 26 www.innovation-brewing.com. 

• Tuck’s Tap & Grille (Cullowhee) will have DJ Flash at 10 p.m. on March 26.  

• Frog Level Brewing (Waynesville) will have Craig Summers & Lee Kram (singer-songwriter) at 6 p.m. March 26. Free. 828.454.5664 or www.froglevelbrewing.com. 

• Water’n Hole Bar & Grille (Waynesville) will have Tonology (metal/hard rock) at 9:30 p.m. on March 27.  

• Tipping Point Brewing (Waynesville) will have ‘Round The Fire (Grateful Dead tribute) at 8:30 p.m. March 27. Free.

• Tuck’s Tap & Grille (Cullowhee) will have Mangas Colorado (Americana/folk) and Homemade Wine (alternative/country) at 10 p.m. on March 27.   

• BearWaters Brewing (Waynesville) will have The Get Right Band (funk/folk) at 8 p.m. March 27. www.bwbrewing.com or 828.246.0602.

• James Hammel performs jazz, pop, and original music at 7 p.m. on Friday, March 27, at the Classic Wineseller in Waynesville.

• City Lights Café (Sylva) will have The Freestylers (Americana) at 7 p.m. on March 27.  www.citylightscafe.com. 

• No Name Sports Pub (Sylva) will have Pony Named Olga (Americana/punk) at 9 p.m. on March 27. Free. 828.586.2750 or www.nonamesportspub.com. 

• Rathskeller Coffee Haus and Pub (Franklin) will have Jazz Mountainat 8 p.m. on March 27. Free. www.rathskellerfranklin.com or 369.6796.

• Joe Cruz (piano, vocals) plays the best of the Beatles, James Taylor, Elton John and Sting at 7 p.m. on  March 28 at the Classic Wineseller in Waynesville.

• Rye Baby plays at 8:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 28, at Nantahala Brewing Company in Bryson City.

• Tuck’s Tap & Grille (Cullowhee) will have The Freeway Revival (Americana) at 10 p.m. on March 28.   

• Ryan Cavanaugh Duo (singer-songwriter, jazz/bluegrass) will perform at 8 p.m. on March 28 at BearWaters Brewing in Waynesville. www.bwbrewing.com or 246.0602.

• Lost Hiker (Highlands) will have Dustin Martin (singer-songwriter) March 28. www.thelosthikerbar.com. 

• Rathskeller Coffee Haus and Pub (Franklin) will have Gary Carter at 8 p.m. on March 28. Free.  www.rathskellerfranklin.com or 369.6796.

• Jay Brown (guitar, piano, harmonica, vocals) plays bluegrass, blues, American roots, pop and originals at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, April 1, at The Classic Wineseller in Waynesville. Reservations: 452.6000.

• Sean Bendula (piano, vocals) plays Folk-Americana, pop and originals at 7 p.m. on Friday, April 3, at The Classic Wineseller in Waynesville. Reservations: 452.6000.

• The Chapel Hill-based Americana string band Steph Stewart & the Boyfriends will play from 7-9 p.m. on Friday, April 3, at BearWaters Brewing Co. in Waynesville. Free.

• Joe Cruz (piano, vocals) plays The Beatles, Elton John and James Taylor at 7 p.m. on Saturday, April 4, at The Classic Wineseller in Waynesville. Reservations: 452.6000.

• 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 

• Jenny Bennett will read from her novel titled “The Twelve Streams of LeConte at 6 p.m. on Thursday, March 26, at the Macon County Public Library in Franklin as part of the library’s “Walking with Spring” series. Visit jennybennett.net for more info, or call 524.3600.

• Touching the Face of History: The Story of the Plott Hound, North Carolina’s Official State Dog is the title of a presentation set for 10 a.m. on Friday, March 27, at the Macon County Public Library in Franklin as part of the library’s “Walking with Spring” series. Visit bobplott.com for more info or call 524.3600.

• Nevada McPherson will read from her graphic novels Uptowners and Piano Lessons at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, March 27, at City Lights bookstore in Sylva. To reserve the books, call 586.9499.

• Liza Wieland will read from her novel Land of Enchantment at 3 p.m. on Saturday, March 28, at City Lights Bookstore in Sylva. She will sign copies after the reading. To reserve copies, call 586.9499.

• Lin Stepp will read from her Smoky Mountain novel Making Miracles from noon-1 p.m. on Saturday, March 28, at Blue Ridge Books in Waynesville. 456.6000 or blueridgebooksnc.com.

• Elise and Phil Okrend will present their coffee table book, Messages to the Heart, Reflections of Beauty and Truth, at 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 4, at Blue Ridge Books in Waynesville. 456.6000 or blueridgebooksnc.com.

Classes and Programs  

• The Jackson County Arts Council will hold an informational meeting at 7 p.m. on March 26 at the Jackson County Library Annex in Sylva. For sponsorship applications, write This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or call 507.9820.

• A “Creating Community” workshop on arm knitting will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 28, in the Genealogy Room of the Jackson County Public Library. Learn quick, easy way to make an infinity scarf. Yarn provided. Limited to six people. Register by calling 586.2016. Co-sponsored by Friends of the Jackson County Public Library.

• The Haywood County Historical and Genealogical Society will meet at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 28, at the Waynesville Branch Library.  The guest speaker will be Daniel Asnip, a recent UNC-Asheville graduate who researched the Battle of Waynesville for his senior thesis. Info: 476.0048.

• Creative Watercolor Techniques will be demonstrated at 6:15 p.m. on Tuesday, March 31, at the Swain County Center for the Arts in Bryson City. Sponsored by Swain County Center for the Arts and Swain County Schools. Free. Award-winning artist Billie Shelburn will paint. For info, call Jenny Johnson at 488.7843 or visit www.swain.k12.nc.us/cfta.

• The Waynesville Parks and Recreation Department will offer a trip to Asheville to ride the Lazoom Comedy Bus on April 1. The group will leave the Waynesville Recreation Center at 3:30 p.m. For ages 20 and older. Cost is $30 per person. 456.2030 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

• History of Extension, a Jackson County Extension and Community Association craft club workshop, will be held at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, April 2, in the Conference room of the Community Service Center in Sylva. For information, call 586.4009.

• A workshop covering the basics in pastel painting will be held by Catch the Spirit of Appalachian at 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 4, at Nature’s Home Preserve in Tuckasegee. $36 materials fee covers all art supplies. To register, visit www.facebook.com/MuralistDoreyl or contact Doreyl Ammons Cain at 231.6965.

• A pair of ballroom dance classes will be offered in April and May through the Waynesville Parks and Recreation Department. A Cha Cha class is at 7 p.m. on Mondays from April 6-May 11 while “the Hustle” is scheduled for 7 p.m. on Wednesdays from April 8-May 13. Classes are taught by Herb and Sally Roach. $60 per person per set of six one-hour classes. For more info, call 456.2030 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

• Rag Wreath, a Jackson County Extension and Community Association craft club workshop, will be held at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, April 7, at Tuckasegee Wesleyan Church in Tuckasegee. For more information, call 586.4009.

• Oil, Watercolor, Acrylics and Drawing classes by Dominick DePaolo, 1-3 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays, Frog Level’s Mahogany House Fine Art Gallery and Studios. 246.0818. www.DominickDepaolo.com.

• Watercolor classes with Dominick DePaolo from 10 a.m. to noon and oil painting classes from 1 to 3 p.m. on Mondays, at Uptown Gallery, Franklin. 349.4607.

• Open Studio Hours at the Cowee Pottery School, a free perk available to current students, are from 1- 4 p.m. on Sundays and from noon-4 p.m. on Mondays at Macon County Heritage School north of Franklin. 

• A Creative Business Plan Competition for professional craft artists will be presented over a series of eight sessions by Southwestern Community College’s Small Business Center from 2-5 p.m. on Thursdays at the SCC Swain Center. Register at www.ncsbc.net. Free.

• The Bascom in Highlands offers Open Studio Packages to Bascom Members interested in being part of a studio community. As an Open Studio Artist you will have access to the facilities, tools and equipment in the Dave Drake Studio Barn and the Adult Education Studio at any time during Open Studio hours. Weekly classes are available to studio members, as well as discounts on workshops. For more information, call 526.4949.

• New dancing lessons have just begun through High Mountain Squares. All are welcome. 371.4946, 342.1560, 332.0004 or www.highmountainsquares.com. 

• Adult drawing classes will be offered from 1-4 p.m. on Mondays at First Baptist Church in Waynesville. Beginning through advanced levels welcome. Graphite, charcoal, pen and ink. $55 tuition for six-week term or $10 per class. www.iamclasses.webs.com, 456.9197 or charspaintings@msn.

• Adult painting classes will be offered from 1-4 p.m. on Tuesdays at First Baptist Church in Waynesville. Beginning through advanced levels welcome. All media. $55 tuition for six-week term or $10 per class. www.iamclasses.webs.com, 456.9197 or charspaintings@msn.

Art showings and galleries 

• “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.  Free. www.thebascome.org or 526.4949.

•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.

• 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

• 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.

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

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

Film & Screen 

• “Dark Summer,” rated R, will screen at 9:30 on March 27-28 at The Strand in Waynesville. Runtime: 1:21. www.38main.com or call 283.0079.

• “The Imitation Game,” rated PG-13, will be shown on March 25 and March 27-28 at The Strand in Waynesville. . Screentimes are 7 p.m. each day. www.38main.com or 283.0079.

• Ron Rash's novel turned to movie "Serena" will be shown starting March
27 at The Strand at 38 Main in Waynesville. Show times at www.38main.com or call 283.0079.

• “Green Fire: Aldo Leopold and a Land Ethic for Our Time,” a full-length, high-definition documentary film about an environmental legacy, will be shown at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, April 1, in the Meeting Room of the Macon County Public Library in Franklin. For more about the film, visit greenfiremovie.com.

• “National Geographic: Appalachian Trail,” a documentary, will be shown at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. on Thursday, April 2, in the Meeting Room of the Macon County Public Library in Franklin. 50 minutes. Unrated.

• 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

• Spring Wildflower walks are offered every Friday through May 15 (except April 3) by the Recreation Center in Cullowhee. $5 per person. Registrations accepted until class is full. Info: 293.3053, recjacksonnc.org, www.facebook.com/jacksonrecreationandparks, or twitter - @RecJacksonNC. 

• A tour of an alpaca farm will be held at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, March 25, at Meritt Farm in Otto, as part of the Macon County Public Library’s “Walking with Spring” series in partnership with the Nantahala Hiking Club and the Franklin Appalachian Trail Community.  Info: 524.3600 or visit alpacasofmerrittfarm.com.

• REI will provide a free overview of planning, preparation and gear for backpacking in the Blue Ridge Mountains from 7-8:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 26. Registration required: http://www.rei.com/event/65220/session/110997. For info, call 687.0918.

• A ceremony marking the official designation of Fontana Dam as the newest Appalachian Trail Community™ will begin at 11 a.m. on Thursday, March 26. Free. Open to the public. Larry Barnett Duo will perform. A short guided hike starts at 2:30 p.m. The Appalachian Trail Community™ program recognizes communities that promote and care for the Appalachian Trail. www.appalachiantrail.org.

• A Fish Fest Youth Fishing Clinic will be offered from 1-4 p.m. on Saturday, March 28, by Haywood Community College’s Wildlife Club at the college’s Millpond. A fish fry and fishing tournament follows from 4-6 p.m. Free for ages 6-12. Tournament open to adults and kids with entry fee of $8. Grand prize is a $100 Bass Pro Shop gift certificate. Fish dinner is $7 for non-registered youth. Proceeds benefit the club. For info or to register, call 627.4560.

• A Spring Trail Work Day hosted by Friends of Panthertown is set to begin at 10 a.m. on Saturday, March 28. Volunteers will meet at the western entrance to the Panthertown Valley at the Salt Rock Gap trailhead in Cashiers. For info or to RSVP, call 269.4453 or write This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . More info about volunteering in Panthertown is at www.panthertown.org/volunteer.

• The Annual Ozone Season kickoff and press conference will be held from 8:30-11 a.m. on Tuesday, March 31 at the Land of Sky Regional Council office. Air quality officials will present on current air quality conditions, trends and programs to improve air quality. Free; limited seating. Register at http://tinyurl.com/l73cj8g. 

• The biannual “Molecules in the Mountains” conference, part of the N.C. Biotechnology Center’s “Science in the Mountains” series, will be offered from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. on Thursday, April 9, in WCU’s A.K. Hinds University Center. A series of talks will be delivered throughout the day by faculty members and representatives of the brewing industry. Free. Lunch and refreshments provided. Register by Thursday, April 2. For info or to register, visit: moleculesinthemountains.weebly.com.

• Pisgah-area SORBA will hold its Spring Fling April 3-5, celebrating the last day before seasonal trails close to mountain biking. The event is family- and dog-friendly with group rides and camping.

• A casual camping weekend to celebrate mountain biking will be held from April 3-5 at Cove Creek Campground in the Pisgah National Forest. To register, visit: http://www.meetup.com/Pisgah-Area-Mountain-Biking-Asheville-Hendersonville-brevard/events/219455209/.

• A stocking event for the West Fork Pigeon River will be held starting at 10 a.m. on April 6 starting at the Waynesville Recreation Center’s upper parking lot. Bring a friend and two clean five-gallon buckets. Clean-up, trash pick-up will follow the stocking.

• An RV camping club, the Vagabonds, camps one weekend per month from April through November. All ages welcome. No dues or structured activities. For details, write This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 369.6669.

• The fifth-annual Wilderness Skill Institute has been scheduled for May 18-22 and May 26-29 at the Cradle of Forestry on the Pisgah District of the Pisgah National Forest outside Brevard. Application deadline is April 18. Presented by the Appalachian Trail Conservancy (www.appalachiantrail.org). Tuition: Free upon acceptance. Application:  www.trailcrews.org/wilderness-skills-institute. For info, contact Leanna Joyner at 254.3708 or Brenna Irrer at 226.4320.

• 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. .

Competitive Edge

• The Nantahala Racing Club’s Whitewater U.S. Open be held March 27-29 at Nantahala Outdoor Center. Elite slalom paddlers and wildwater racers will compete, and spectators are welcome to watch them battle the rapids from the U.S. Forest Service walkway along Nantahala Falls. Slalom races start at 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. on March 28-29 with demo runs at 5:30 p.m. March 27 and 5 p.m. March 28. The wildwater sprint will start at 11 a.m. March 28, and the wildwater classic will begin at 11:45 a.m. March 29. www.nantahalaracingclub.com/events/us-open.

• 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. .

• Lake Junaluska will celebrate Easter with a 5K beginning at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, April 4, at the Nanci Weldon Gymnasium. The half-mile Kids Fun Run will start at 9:30 a.m., open to children 10 and under. www.imathlete.com

• 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.

•Registration for Greening Up the Mountains 5K Run & Walk has begun. 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. 

• 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

Farm & Garden

• A six-week spring wildflower class is being offered from 9 a.m.-noon on Wednesdays through April 29 at Southwestern Community College’s Jackson Campus. Teaches fundamental techniques for identifying wildflowers using ID guides and keys. Instructor is Adam Bigelow, who started the Sylva and Cullowhee community. For information, contact Jenny Williams, director of SCC’s personal enrichment and professional licensure programs, at 339.4497 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

• A free class on how to garden with earth boxes is set for 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 26, at the Canton Branch Library in Canton. A Giving Garden program. For info, call 648.2924.

• A seminar on establishing and maintaining a strawberry and caneberry (raspberry and blackberry) patch will be held from 2-4 p.m. on Thursday, March 26, at the Jackson Extension Center in Sylva. 586.4009.

• A crash course in beekeeping will be held from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. on Saturday, March 28, at the Southwestern Community College Swain Center. Covers equipment, bee biology and how to locate, manage and harvest honey from hives. Weather-permitting, students will watch a beekeeper inspect a nearby hive. $15 for preregistration or $20 at the door with discounts for couples and families. Contact Bill Williams at 488.1391 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

• A “Strikeforce” meeting, providing information for Jackson County residents about USDA Loans, Grants and Technical Assistance programs, will be presented by the Rural Development (RD), Farm Service Agency (FSA) and Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) March 30 at 9 a.m. (RD), 10 a.m. (FSA) and 11 a.m. (NRCS) at the First Baptist Church Mission and Fellowship Center in Sylva.

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

• A fruit tree workshop, presented by the N.C. Cooperative Extension Service, will be held from 9-11 a.m. on Tuesday, March 31, at the Jackson Extension Center in Sylva. For more information, call 586.4009.

• A fruit tree workshop, presented by the N.C. Cooperative Extension Service, will be held from 2-4 p.m. on Wednesday, April 1, at the Swain Extension Center near Bryson City. For more information, call 488.3848 or write This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

• A workshop on how to mix, press and plant seed blocks will be held from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. on Saturday, April 4, at Dovecote Porch and Gardens in Cashiers. $25. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or 743.0307. Light lunch provided. Info at: http://dargan.com/dovecote-events.

• 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 

• Haywood Waterways Association and Friends of the Rough Creek Watershed are hosting a hike in the Rough Creek Watershed on Saturday, March 28. The hike will be guided by naturalists with expertise in tree identification and watershed ecology. Free and open to the public. RSVP by Wednesday, March 25, to Christine O’Brien at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 476.4667.

• Hiker Haze Week is March 25-28 at Fontana Village Resort in Fontana Dam. Activites include free disc golf lessons, educational presentation, karaoke, campfires, $1 movies and popcorn and more. For more info, visit: http://www.fontanavillage.com/events/pdfs/hikerhaze2015.pdf.

• The 11th annual April Fool Hiker Bash on March 27-28 at the Sapphire Inn will feature food, live music, a hiker talent show, backpacking education and games. Activities begin at 6 p.m. each night. Ron Haven, 524.4431. www.hikerfoolbash.com

• Three Eagles Outfitters in Franklin will hold an anniversary celebration on March 28 and AT appreciation day featuring sales and free drinks. 524.9061.

• Outdoor 76 in Franklin will host an information session on March 28 from noon to 2 p.m. about the various trail systems in Macon County. “The AT, a Local Treasure” will help participants plan a great next hike with friends and family. 349.7676

• Lazy Hiker Brewing Company will host the Thru-Hiker Chow Down on March 28 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., with the Nantahala Hiking Club as a cosponsor to feed the hikers. The meal will include chili dogs, chips and homemade goodies — but no beer, as the brewery is not yet open. 369.1983. 

• Great Smoky Mountains Association invites members and anyone interested in a national park experience to go on a “Porters Creek Hike” with naturalist and former park ranger Carey Jones on Saturday, March 28. $15 for members; $35 for nonmembers. For more information including meeting times and places visit the “Branch Out” webpage at www.SmokiesInformation.org or call 888.898.9102, Ext. 325, 222 or 254. 

• The Nantahala Hiking Club will hold the Thru Hiker Chow Down for hikers on the Appalachian Trail, serving chili dogs and sweets from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. on Saturday, March 28, at the Lazy Hiker. If you would like to help prepare food, call David Sapin at 369.2628.

• Carolina Mountain Club will have a nine-mile hike with a 2,200-foot ascent on Sunday, March 29. Contact Tish Desjardins at 380.1452 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

• Carolina Mountain Club will have a 5.7-mile, half-day hike with a 1,300-foot ascent on Sunday, March 29. Contact Bev MacDowell at 777.5806 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

• The Nantahala Hiking Club will take an easy 1.5 mile hike, elevation change 200 ft., on Sunday, March 29, on the Rufus Morgan Falls. Call leader Jean Hunnicutt, 524.5234, for reservations. Visitors welcome, no dogs please. 

• The Nantahala Hiking Club will meet at 9 a.m. on Saturday, April 4, at the clubhouse in Franklin to prepare Easter bags for hikers on the Appalachian Trail. For information, contact Elena Marsh at 369.8915. 

• The Nantahala Hiking Club will take a moderate 5-mile hike to Standing Indian Mtn. from Deep Gap north on the Appalachian Trail with elevation change of 1,100 ft. on Saturday, April 4. Call leader Mary Stone, 369.7352, for reservations.

• The Nantahala Hiking Club will have an information booth on Saturday, April 4, at the Nantahala Outdoor Center Festival in Wesser. To help, call Olga Pader at 369.2457.

• Outdoor 76 in Franklin will host a Thru-hiker Appreciation Day on April 4. For info: 349.7676.

• Nantahala Outdoor Center will celebrate thru-hiker season with a two-day bash April 3-4 with a 7 p.m. showing on April 3 of “The Long Start to the Journey” by Chris Gallaway. April 4 will include gear repair, vendor fair, the OBOZ Hiker Olympiad and games. The event will conclude with music and a spaghetti dinner for hikers. www.noc.com/events/at-founders-bridge-festival 

• A Spring Hike Week will be held from April 12-16 at Fontana Village Resort in Fontana Dam. For info, visit: www.fontanavillage.com.

• 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. 

• 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 Club, 37 Church St., Waynesville. 452.5520.

• Military Order of the Purple Heart, WNC Chapter #844, meets at noon on the fourth Saturday of each month at the Sagebrush Steakhouse in Waynesville. 452.4075.

• Thursday Night Bingo is held at the Canton VFW. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. with games at 6 p.m. and package games at 7 p.m. 648.1133.

Jackson

• Sylva chapter of the Smoky Mountain Chess Club meets at 1 p.m. at the Jackson County Senior Center on Tuesdays. Free. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

• Caney Fork Community Development Council meets at 6 p.m. the second Saturday every month. Potluck dinner followed by a program and/or a business meeting. All meetings are held at the Caney Fork Community building on Caney Fork Road.

• Cashiers Valley Rotary Club meets at 8 a.m. each Wednesday at Cashiers United Methodist Church. The church is located approximately one mile south of the Crossroads on N.C. 107.

• Sylva Rotary Club meets at noon Thursdays at the Department on Aging, 10 County Service Park. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , 508.1602.

• Downtown Sylva Association meetings are held at 1 p.m. the second Wednesday of each month at Town Hall. 586.1577.

• Glenville Community Development Club meets at 7:30 p.m. the first Monday of each month at the CDC building.

• Jackson County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors meets at 11:45 a.m. the third Tuesday of most months in the Hooper House at 773 W. Main St. 586.2155.

• Jackson County Homebuilders Association holds its monthly membership meeting the first Monday of each month (except in September and December). 743.0278.

• The Caney Fork Community Social Card Club meets at 1:30 p.m. every Tuesday at the Community Center. Play Hand & Foot. If you don’t know the game, they’ll teach you. 293.9826 or 293.0678.

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

Macon

• The 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.