Community Events & Announcements
• Family Day at the Greenway will take place from 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 17 from at the Jackson County Greenway in Cullowhee. Everyone is invited to walk the Greenway and enjoy various activities located around the trail. Some of the events include rock painting, yard games, and an ecology scavenger hunt.
• The Shelton House Museum, Barn and Gift Shop will hold Opening Day from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, May 1. The Shelton house will be open 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, withe tours offered on the hour.
• Safe Kids Macon County is gearing up for the annual Safety Town Event scheduled from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 24, at the Robert C. Carpenter Community Building. Chase and Marshall from Paw Patrol will be at the event for picture opportunities.
Business & Education
• The Small Business Center at Haywood Community College, in coordination with Small Business Centers in the WNC Region, will offer a free three-part Small Business Tax virtual learning series featuring representatives from the North Carolina Department of Revenue. The Small Business Tax series will be held 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Tuesdays, April 20 and May 4. Visit SBC.Haywood.edu or call 828.627.4512 for additional information or to register.
• The Small Business Center at Haywood Community College is offering a free "Empowering Mountain Food Systems - Agribusiness" webinar series. The four-part series is designed to address the unique needs of current and prospective agribusinesses. Upcoming classes include Agritourism to be held 9-10 a.m. Wednesday, April 28. Visit SBC.Haywood.edu or call 828.627.4512 for additional information or to register.
• Haywood Community College’s Small Business Center will partner with the WNC Regional Small Business Center Network to offer a free Virtual Craft Business Summit from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday, April 26. Visit SBC.Haywood.edu or call 828.627.4512 for additional information or to register.
• Western Carolina University will host Western Wednesday at 6 p.m. April 28, for a presentation about the impact of COVID-19 on North Carolina’s economy and its projected road to recovery. Attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions at the end of the program. Visit https://wcu.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUudeCvrjouEta4OED33SE8X9FXQotxGZIH to RSVP.
• The Small Business Center at Haywood Community College will offer a free two-part Boots to Business: Starting or Growing a Veteran-Owned Business virtual learning series. Held 9 a.m. to noon Wednesday, April 21 and Thursday, April 22, veterans of all eras, service members (including members of the National Guard and Reserve) and their spouses are eligible to participate in this virtual training opportunity. Visit SBC.Haywood.edu or call 828.627.4512 for additional information or to register.
Fundraisers and Benefits
• The Knights of Columbus will host a take-out Fish Fry Dinner from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Friday, April 16. Fried and grilled fish filets and whole Tilapia along with extras like French fries, hushpuppies, coleslaw and more. St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, 299 Maple St. Franklin. All proceeds support the Knights' charitable works.
Volunteers & Vendors
• The annual Adopt-A-Highway Spring Litter Sweep is coming up April 10 to 24, and volunteers are needed to help the N.C. Department of Transportation remove litter from roadsides. Volunteers will receive cleanup supplies such as trash bags, gloves and safety vests and are encouraged to follow COVID-19 safety guidance while out and about. Sign up at bit.ly/3c7vtez or call 919.707.297.
Health and Wellness
• The Alzheimer’s Association – Western Carolina Chapter, in partnership with AARP Mountain Region, will be hosting the Buncombe County Alzheimer's Community Forum, a community-focused virtual listening session from 6 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 11 to hear from local area residents. Attendees can participate via video/webinar or through a toll-free number. There is no charge, but registration is required. To sign up, visit tinyurl.com/BuncombeForum or call 800.272.3900.
• The Classic Wineseller (Waynesville) will host Jacob Johnson (singer-songwriter) April 17. All shows begin at 6:30 p.m. Reservations required. 828.452.6000 or www.classicwineseller.com.
• Frog Level Brewing (Waynesville) will host Joey Fortner (folk/indie) April 16 and Shane Meade w/Rob Masten & Shelly Garvin April 23. All shows begin at 6 p.m. Free and open to the public. www.froglevelbrewing.com.
• Lazy Hiker Brewing (Franklin) will host Dirty Dave April 17 and Carey Deal April 24. All shows begin at 8 p.m. unless otherwise noted. For more information and a complete schedule of events, click on www.lazyhikerbrewing.com.
• Lazy Hiker Brewing (Sylva) will host Karaoke in the Smokies April 16 and Kid Billy (Billy Litz from Hustle Souls) April 23. All shows begin at 8 p.m. unless otherwise noted. For more information and a complete schedule of events, click on www.lazyhikerbrewing.com.
• Balsam Falls Brewing (Sylva) will host an open mic from 8 to 10 p.m. every Thursday. Free and open to the public. www.balsamfallsbrewing.com.
• Nantahala Brewing (Sylva) will host Steve Heffker April 16, Guided by Pigs April 17, Marshall Ballew April 23 and Pony Express April 24. All shows begin at 8 p.m. Free and open to the public. www.nantahalabrewing.com.
• Unplugged Pub (Bryson City) will host Crossfire Band April 17 and Mile High Band April 24. All shows begin at 8 p.m. Free and open to the public.
• Water’n Hole Bar & Grill (Waynesville) will host semi-regular live music on the weekends. 828.456.4750 or www.facebook.com/waternhole.bar.
• Western North Carolina funk/rock act Hustle Souls will celebrate the release of its new album “Daydream Motel” with a socially-distanced, seated concert at 8 p.m. Friday, April 30, at The Grey Eagle in Asheville. Admission is $15 per person. You can purchase tickets by going to www.thegreyeagle.com and clicking on the “Calendar” tab.
• Macon County Public Library (Franklin) will host The Vagabonds (classic country/oldies) 2 p.m. April 19. Safety protocols will be enforced. Free and open to the public. 828.524.3600.
Food and Drink
• A special wine pairing dinner featuring Opolo Vineyards will be held at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, April 22, at The Classic Wineseller in Waynesville. Cost is $65 all-inclusive. To RSVP, call 828.452.6000.
• There will be a free wine tasting from 6 to 8 p.m. every Thursday and 2 to 5 p.m. every Saturday at The Wine Bar & Cellar in Sylva. 828.631.3075.
• The “Uncorked: Wine & Rail Pairing Experience” will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on select dates at the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad in Bryson City. Full service all-adult first-class car. Wine pairings with a meal, and more. For more information and/or to register, call 800.872.4681 or click on www.gsmr.com.
On Stage & In Concert
• Waynesville’s beloved Haywood Arts Regional Theatre will open its doors again to the public, beginning April 8 with the one-man show “Say Goodnight, Gracie” starring Pasquale LaCorte as George Burns. The show has performances at 7:30 p.m. April 8-10 and 15-17 and 2 p.m. April 11 and 18. All seats are $20 general admission. To make reservations call the HART Box office at 828.456.6322.
Art showings and galleries
• The Master of Fine Arts Thesis Exhibition is currently on display at Western Carolina University in Cullowhee. Learn more about each of the exhibiting artists, explore the interactive 360° tour once available, and make a reservation to visit the WCU Fine Art Museum in person, all at arts.wcu.edu/mfathesis2021.
•The “2021 Juried Artist Exhibit,” hosted by Haywood County Arts Council, opens on April 2 and will run through May 1. The exhibition is free and open to the public. For more information, click on www.haywoodarts.org.
• Check out the night sky with the Western Carolina University Department of Chemistry and Physics during a telescope viewing party 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 16, at the Jackson County Airport. For more information, including COVID-19 protocols, visit https://bit.ly/31HXsNm or contact Enrique Gomez at 828.227.2719
• Franklin Mayor Bob Scott will talk about amateur radio on the Appalachian Trail during the Nantahala Hiking Club’s next meeting, slated for 7 p.m. Friday, April 16, via Zoom. To join the meeting log on via Zoom at us02web.zoom.us/j/84131570642.
• Jackson County Litter Sweep will take place at 9 a.m. Saturday, April 17. Meet outside the Forest Hills Assembly Hall at 97 Market St. Trash/ recycle bags, reflective vests, quality trash pick-up gloves, pick-up sticks, disposable masks and hand sanitizer will be provided.
• The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is accepting proposed migratory bird hunting seasons for 2021-2022 through its online comment portal at www.ncpaws.org/paws/wrc/publiccomments/publiccomments.aspx. These regulations will apply to waterfowl, webless and extended falconry. Commissioners will review the comments and set season dates April 22. Learn more at www.ncwildlife.org/Portals/0/ProposedRegulations/Migratory-Birds.
• Learn the basics of birding with an outdoor adventure 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 17, near Franklin. Offered by Alarka Expeditions. Tour includes moderate walking. Cost is $55; learn more at bit.ly/3dvZQwc.
• From 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 17, families are invited to walk the Jackson County Greenway while enjoying a variety of activities along the trail. Events will include rock painting, yard games and an ecology scavenger hunt. Harris EMS, PT Solutions and Harris Pediatrics will all have tents set up for attendees to learn more about their services. https://fb.me/e/5bsISXP9D
• Learn to be safe on the water with a free certification course in boat safety, 6-9 p.m. April 21 and 22, at Haywood Community College. No age limit, but students must be able to take a written exam. Class size is limited to allow social distancing and face coverings are required. Pre-registration required at at www.ncwildlife.org.
• A punt, pass and kick clinic will be held at noon Saturday, April 24, at the Cashiers/Glenville Recreation Center in Jackson County. The event is free to everyone, with groups for ages 6-8, 9-11 and 12-14. Offered by Jackson County Parks and Recreation. www.rec.jacksonnc.org.
• The inaugural Tot Trot 5K will step off Saturday, April 24, from the Waynesville Recreation Park to raise money for two local nonprofits — KARE and Hope for Horses. Registration will begin at 8 a.m. with waved start times from 9 a.m. Awards will be distributed at Mad Anthony’s starting at 12:30 p.m., and the first 25 runners will receive a free beer glass upon presenting their race bib. All runners will be eligible for additional prize drawings. Register for $40 through April 19 at www.raceroster.com.
• Watershed Association of the Tuckasegee River will celebrate earth month with its member meeting from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Saturday, April 24, at Monteith Farm Park Pavilion. There will be an opportunity to get some "close-up" and "hands-on" experience with stream insects. For more information, visit https://mailchi.mp/8f070bb44e2d/tuckasegee-watershed-eco-fest?e=8f470cf0ca.
• The inaugural Running of the Goats 5K and Nature Walk will take place at the WNC Nature Center in Asheville on Sunday, April 25. Registration is limited and rolling starts with waves between 7:30 and 9 a.m. will allow for distancing. Proceeds will benefit Friends of the WNC Nature Center and support programs throughout the park. Register at www.wildwnc.org/runwild
• The Nanathala Outdoor Center will throw its annual Spring Fling event this year, running from 8 a.m. Saturday, April 24, to 5 p.m. Sunday, April 25. An Upper Cascades release will provide fun for boaters, and kayak demos from a variety of vendors will be available 3 to 6 p.m. Saturday. From 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, live music from the Log Noggins Band will be provided. e river. Due to COVID restrictions, private boaters shuttles to the Cascades release will not be available. www.noc.com.
• Registration is now open for Discovery Camp at the N.C. Arboretum in Asheville. Camps will be offered weekly from Jun 7 through July 2 and July 19 through Aug. 13. They’re open to rising second through seventh graders, who will spend the week exploring the great outdoors in the 434-acre Arboretum campus. Learn more or sign up at www.ncarboretum.org/education-programs/discovery-camp.
• The Nantahala Hiking Club will take a moderate 5-mile hike on Saturday, April 17. The club will meet at Cashiers Recreation Park at 10 a.m. Call leaders Mike and Sue Kettles, 743-1079, for reservations. Visitors are welcome.
• The Nantahala Hiking Club will take an easy 4-mile Meditation Hike on Sunday, April 18. The club will meet at the Tassee Shelter at 1 p.m. Call leader Deborah Gregory, 421-0008, for reservations. Visitors are welcome.
• The Nantahala Hiking Club will take an easy 4 to 6 miles hike on Friday, April 23. Dogs are welcome. The club will meet at Westgate Plaza in Franklin at 10 a.m. Call leader Katharine Brown, 421-4178, for reservations.
• The Nantahala Hiking Club will take a moderate-to-strenuous 6-mile hike on Buckeye Branch, hiking the old Bartram Trail on Saturday, April 24. The club will meet at the Smoky Mountain Visitor Center at 10 a.m. Call leader Gail Lehman, 524-5298, for reservations
• The Jackson County Republican Party’s monthly meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. on April 19. This will be held at the new headquarters, 24 D Steeple Drive, Sylva.
• The Swain County Democratic Party monthly meeting will meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 20, via zoom. The agenda will include the introduction to new officers and plans going forward. Call for an email link to join the call. All are welcome. For details, call Luke Hyde at 828.488.1234.