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WNC Calendar

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• Franklin Chamber of Commerce Alive After Five will be on July 29. Event will include door prizes, refreshments and networking. 5 to 6:30 p.m. at Ferguson Enterprises, 271 Cat Creek Road.

  • Mountain BizWorks is offering its Financial Tools for Small Business course starting on July 29. The five session course starts with the basics of bookkeeping and then launches into QuickBooks Pro 2007 for more advanced financial management. The classes are taught five consecutive Thursdays from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Oak Park Inn Conference Center in Waynesville. Pre-registration is required. at 631.0292 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

  • Representative Heath Shuler, along with area economic development groups and agencies, will host a job fair on Aug. 14. at the former Coats American facility at 155 Palmer Lane in Marble. Murphy Medical Center will also hold a health fair in conjunction with this job fair.

  • Mountain BizWorks offers free information sessions the third Thursday each month from 12 to 1 p.m. at United Community Bank in Waynesville. www.mountainbizworks.org.

 

Special Meetings

  • The final public design meeting for the Waynesville Skate Park will take place July 26, at 5:30 pm at the Waynesville Recreation Center. The design selected by feedback from the general public from previous meetings will be on display. 456.2030.

  • The Franklin Town Board will hold a public hearing Aug. 2 on a special use permit for a new Super Wal-Mart at 7 p.m. at Town Hall.

 

Community & Events Announcements

  • Nichols House Antiques shop will host a "Carolina Mountain High Tea" for the benefit of the new Jackson County Public Library Complex on July 22. Tea begins at 3 p.m. Tickets are $10 each. Email your reservations to Terry Thompson, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . 586.0500.

  • A Clothesline Art Sale will be held on July 24 to benefit the children's section of the new Jackson County Public Library Complex. Children are invited to add their artwork to the Clothesline Art Sale. All kid-made artwork needs to be at the pavilion before 10 a.m. Sale runs from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Bridge Park Pavilion.

  • The Animal Compassion Network will host a low-cost rabies, vaccine and microchip clinic on July 24. Rabies shots are $10, additional vaccinations run up to $20. A microchip with lifetime registration is $18.11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Pet Harmony off Hendersonville Rd. in Asheville. 274.3647 or www.animalcompassionnetwork.org.

  • Tickets are now available for the Franklin Rotary Club's annual raffle and silent auction to benefit the Roy Rickman Scholarship Fund to be held on July 24. The Roy Rickman Scholarship is Macon County's largest local private scholarship. The raffle drawing and silent auction will be held at 6 p.m. at Mountain View Intermediate School in Franklin. Raffle tickets may be purchased for $100 each from any member of the Franklin Rotary Club, or by calling Club President Ashley Vinson at 524.3321.

  • Grace Church in the Mountains in Waynesville will hold its annual Parish Fair on July 31. Events include a drawing for a handmade quilt, smoked barbecue, a book booth, flea market, garden shop, baked goods, music and entertainment. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. 648.3173

  • Downtown Dog Walk to benefit Sarge's Rescue Foundation. Aug. 7. Begin from the courthouse lawn in Waynesville. 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., www.sargeandfriends.org.

  • The Haywood County Amateur Radio Club is offering free classes to anyone interested in becoming a licensed ham radio operator Thursdays from 7 to 8:30 p.m. through July. Classes will be held at the Masonic Lodge in Waynesville. 627.2558 or 329.9303.

  • Sarge's Animal Rescue Foundation Pet Adoption Days. Saturdays 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Adoption featuring rescue program cats and dogs from the Haywood County animal shelter. Adoption fee covers rabies vaccination and spay/neuter. Held at 1659 S. Main Street, Waynesville. Photos of available pets can be found at www.adoptapet.com or www.sargeandfriends.org. For more information, call 246.9050.

 

  • P.A.W.S. Adoption Days are held the first Saturday of each month from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Adopt a pet or purchase one of the many fundraising items offered by P.A.W.S. Also, take advantage of 50 percent off custom ID tags at Ace Clampitt Hardware with any adoption. Held on the Front Lawn at Charleston Station in Bryson City.

 

Volunteering

  • The Open Door of Waynesville invites Haywood County citizens to volunteer to help transport children to facility July 19-23 for their Vacation Bible School from 1:15 to 2:30 p.m. each day. 452.3846.

  • Volunteers are needed to help move books for the Haywood County Friends of the Library Book Sale July 29. Work will involve setting up tables and moving milk- box size boxes of books at the Waynesville branch of the library, lower level from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. To sign up, call 627.2370.

  • Agencies throughout Haywood County are seeking volunteers for many different jobs, including helping with Folkmoot USA, Haywood Christian Ministries, REACH hotline and thrift shop, the Elk Bugle Corps for the National Park and many more. For more information, contact the Haywood Volunteer Center at 456.6456.

  • Full Spectrum Farms, a local non-profit serving individuals with autism, is currently accepting silent auction donations for its annual Starlight Night fundraising event, which will be held this year on Oct. 2. Event sponsorships are also available. Anyone wishing to donate should contact 293.2521 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

  • The Bascom in Highlands seeks volunteers to help at arts center. Volunteer opportunities include office, gallery docent, benefit events, hospitality, flowers, installation, studio, library, landscaping, parking, recycling and building. No prior knowledge of art or museum experience is necessary. To get involved, call Margie Shambaugh at 828.526.4949, email her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , or visit www.thebascom.org/volunteer.

  • 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. Please call Bette Sprecher at 456.3923 if you have anything to donate to the museum.

  • Haywood Volunteer Center has several opportunities to get involved. Needs include respite work, domestic violence hotline volunteers, meal delivery drivers, mediators, craft instruction, house building, foster grandparenting and office work. Contact 456.6456 for more information.

 

Blood Drives

The Red Cross is in need of blood donations throughout the spring and summer and will hold a number of blood drives throughout Western North Carolina in May. Appointments preferred for donations. All presenting donors will be entered in a drawing for a chance to win a $1,000 gift card. Type O negative blood is critically needed.

 

Haywood

  • New Covenant Church Blood Drive. July 25. 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. 627.9000.

  • Center Pigeon Fire Department Blood Drive. July 31. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 2412 Pisgah Drive-Hwy 110 in Canton. 989.3126. All presenting donors will receive a free American Red Cross Tote Bag.

 

Jackson

  • WCU Blood Drive at the Hinds Student Center Multi Purpose Room. July 28. 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. To schedule an appointment go to www.redcrossblood.org and enter sponsor code 7836.

  • Southwestern Community College Blood Drive at the Bradford Student Lounge. July 29.

10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. 586.4091, ext. 305 or 331.

 

Swain and Cherokee

  • Swain County Hospital Blood Drive. July 26. 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. 488.4008.

 

 

Health Matters

  • "Get Some Balance in your Life." Program focuses on improving balance to help prevent falls. Offered by the Haywood Regional Health & Fitness Center. The class will meet twice weekly for 12 weeks, beginning in June. Cost is $60. 452.8097

  • Angel Medical Center will offer a four week prepared childbirth class on Tuesdays July 6-27 from 6 to 8 p.m. Call 369.4421 to schedule a class or for additional information.

  • Angel Medical Center will offer the American Lung Association's "Freedom From Smoking Program" for six Thursday, starting July 15, at 5 p.m. in the dining room at Angel Medical Center. Cost is $25. Pre-registration required at 369.4181.

  • Walking Tall class. July 21. Class will feature Mollie Scott, a pharmacist from MAHEC. She will address the controversies surrounding the osteoporosis medications and the benefits, or not, of natural treatments. 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Haywood Regional Health & Fitness Center classrooms. Free and open to the public. 452.8850.

  • Lunch and Learn: "Conquering Arthritis." July 26. Gerald King, an orthopedic surgeon at Western Carolina Orthopaedic Specialists in Clyde, will address arthritis and its effects on the knees and hips. 12 to 1 p.m. in the second floor classroom at Haywood Regional Health & Fitness Center. Cost is $5. Advanced reservations are required at 452.8881 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

  • A free dental clinic for low-income patients is held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays by appointment at the Blue Ridge Mountains Health Project Dental Clinic on the upper level of Laurel Terrace in Cashiers. 743.3393.

  • Bones n' Balance, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at Haywood Regional Health & Fitness Center. Group therapeutic activity designed for people with osteoporosis. Free for members, $35 per month for nonmembers.

  • The Community Care Clinic of Highlands-Cashiers is open from 5 to 9 p.m. Thursdays and provides care to uninsured patients who meet financial need requirements and live or work in Highlands and Cashiers. Care is free. A $10 donation for services is suggested, not required. The clinic is in the Macon County Recreation & Health Building off Buck Creek Road. 526.1991.

  • Diabetes Support Group meets at HRMC in Waynesville. Learn about managing the disease. For more information, call Diabetes Educator Betty Crowley at 452.8092.

  • Fluid Motion, 11:30 a.m-12:15 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at Haywood Regional Health & Fitness Center. Water class designed to relieve discomfort and pain cased by back, hip or knee problems, arthritis, fibromyalgia and other conditions. Free for members, $35 per month for nonmembers.

  • HealthTracks, the wellness and healthy lifestyle program at Highlands-Cashiers Hospital, offers a special class on Tuesdays and Thursdays to help reduce the risk of osteoporosis by building strength and helping to increase bone density. The medically structured class, which is taught by Stacey Greene, LPTA, is held from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. at HealthTracks on the lower level of the Jane Woodruff Medical Building at the rear of the hospital campus. Cost is $8 per session. 526.1FIT ( 526.1348) www.hchospital.org.

  • Heart Healthy Exercise Group meets from 8 to 9 a.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at the Highlands Civic Center. Cost is $15 per month. Interested persons may sign up at the civic center just before any session. 526.3556 or leader Nancy Freese at 743.0135.

  • Living Will information programs are held 9 a.m. to noon on the first Friday of each month in the lobby of Harris Regional Hospital. A WestCare Health System employee knowledgeable about advance directives will be available to answer questions. The living will document "Five Wishes" and a notary public will also be available at no charge. For more information, call 586.7748.

  • 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. Topics covered include weight loss, blood pressure, cholesterol and triglycerides, and counting carbohydrates to control blood glucose. Most insurance programs cover the cost of the classes, and options are available for those who do not have insurance, call Amy Bean at 586.7734.

  • Teen Prepared Childbirth Classes are offered at Angel Medical Center. Topics include: coping with labor through breathing and relaxation exercises, medical interventions, Cesarean delivery, coaching tips, the birth process and post partum care for Mom. Call to schedule a class at 369.4421.

 

Recreation & Fitness

  • A weekly walk and run training group meets Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. on Church St. in Highlands. A 5K route is marked for everyone to follow. Come out and enjoy getting in shape and preparing for the upcoming "PAR 5K" in September.

  • The Waynesville Parks and Recreation Department offers a new coed softball league. 456.2030 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

  • Latin Aerobics meets every Thursday at 4 p.m. at The Waynesville Inn with Nicole Polzella. $3 per class. Register at Guest Services. 456.3551.

 

  • AccessDance WNC, a mobile dance instruction company committed to making dance and exercise accessible to under-served communities, offers instruction in numerous settings. For a free demonstration, call 276.6458.

  • Advanced yoga classes are held from 7 to 8 p.m. on Mondays at the Recreation Center in Cullowhee. 293.3053.

  • A.M. Step classes are held from 7:55 to 8:55 a.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays at the Recreation Center in Cullowhee. 293.3053.

  • Bellies, booties and Biceps classes are held from 7:55 to 8:55 a.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Recreation Center in Cullowhee. 293.3053.

  • Cardio Strength Training is held from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at the Waynesville Recreation Center. $20 per month for non-members. 456.2030.

  • Group Runs are held on Sunday mornings at Lake Summit. Organized by FOOT RX. 8-, 9- and 10-minute pace groups. 90 minute run mostly dirt roads. 693.7669 ext. 11.

  • Jazzercise every Monday, Tuesday and Thursday in the multipurpose room of the Waynesville Recreation Center. Cost is $35 for members and $42 for nonmembers. 456.2030.

  • Kickboxing classes are held from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Mondays at the Recreation Center in Cullowhee. 293.3053.

  • Morning yoga classes are held from 6:30 to 7:30 a.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays at the Recreation Center in Cullowhee. 293.3053.

  • Open Play Volleyball is offered at the Waynesville Recreation Park for youth ages 12-17 on Tuesday nights and adults ages 18 and over on Wednesday nights. 6 to 9 p.m. Free to members of the Center or $340 per youth and $5 per adult. 456.2030.

  • Pilates classes are held from 3:45 to 4:45 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays and 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. on Saturdays at the Recreation Center in Cullowhee. 293.3053.

  • Pilates are taught from 9 to 10 a.m. and 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Waynesville Recreation Center. $20 per month for non-members. 456-2030 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

  • Sculpting classes are held from 6:20 to 7:20 p.m. on Wednesdays at the Recreation Center in Cullowhee. 293.3053.

  • Spinning classes are held from 4:15 to 5 p.m. Tuesdays, 5:40 to 6:25 p.m. Thursday, 6:30 to 7:15 a.m. Fridays, and 9:45 to 10:45 a.m. Saturdays at the Recreation Center in Cullowhee. 293.3053.

  • Step with Stacey, step aerobics class, 5:30-6:30 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays at the Waynesville Recreation Center. For people ages 13 and older. Free for members, $21/month for nonmembers. 456.2030 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

  • Step interval classes are held from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Thursdays at the Recreation Center in Cullowhee. 293.3053.

  • Step strength classes are held from 3:45 to 4:45 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays at the Recreation Center in Cullowhee. 293.3053.

  • Swim Workout For Adults is offered from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays at the Waynesville Recreation Center. Average swimming ability is necessary to begin. All swimmers should be able to swim one lap without stopping. The cost is a facility membership to the Waynesville Recreation Center or daily entrance fee of six dollars per person. 456.2030.

  • Qi Gong/Yoga/Pilates classes are on Mondays and Thursdays from 12 to 1 p.m at The Creative Thought Center of Waynesville. Offered on a Love Offering basis and help support The Creative Thought Center and its work in the Waynesville community. For more information call 456.9697 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

  • Ultimate Frisbee. Sunday afternoons 456.9207 Michael Huffstetler at 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. every Monday at the Waynesville Recreation Park. Random draw doubles at 10 a.m. on Saturdays. $5, $4 for club members. Meet at the picnic shelter beside the softball field below the Waynesville Recreation Center. www.waynesvillediscgolf.org.

  • Yoga classes are held from 10:15 to 11:30 a.m. on Tuesdays at the Recreation Center in Cullowhee. 293.3053.

  • Yoga classes 5:30 p.m. Wednesdays at the Crystal Dragonfly in Waynesville, Haywood Square, 456.2244.

  • Zumba Latin dance/fitness classes are held from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at the Waynesville Recreation Center. $20 per month for non-members. 456.2030.

  • Zumba fitness class on Thursdays from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at The Creative Thought Center of Waynesville offers a Offered on a Love Offering basis and help support The Creative Thought Center and its work in the Waynesville community. For more information call 456.9697 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

  • 20/20 classes provide 20 minutes of cardio and 20 minutes of strength training at the Haywood Regional Health and Fitness Center at 8 a.m. every Tuesday and Thursday. -

 

The Spiritual Side

  • Mountain Synagogue will hold interfaith Shabbat services on July 24, conducted by Dr. Judy Greene and Zvi Altman. 10:30 a.m. in the Parish Hall of St. Cyprian's Episcopal Church at 216 Roller Mill Road in Franklin. 369.9270.

  • First Baptist Church of Waynesville offers a Power Lunch Series on Thursdays. The program is an opportunity to fellowship with members of the community over lunch, as well as learn and discuss topics that are pertinent to working people. 12 p.m. in the Ministry Activity Center on Main Street. 456.9465.

  • Community Bible Study meets at First Methodist Church in Waynesville Tuesdays 9:30 to 11 a.m. beginning in June. Cost is $25. 400.9536.

  • Services are held at Mountain Synagogue, a reform congregation, twice a month from June through the High Holidays in September in the social hall of St. Cyprian's Episcopal Church on Roller Mill Road in Franklin. Sisterhood meets on a monthly basis. For information, call Phyllis Cardoza at 369.9270.

  • A prayer shawl ministry meets at 6 p.m. every other Friday at High Street Baptist church in 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. on 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. For rain location and more information, e-mail Cintia Listenbee at 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.

  • Contemporary Emergent Worship using sight, sound, touch, taste and feel is held from 9:15 to 10 a.m. every Sunday at Clyde Center United Methodist Church. 627.6587.

  • 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 Tuesdays from 2 to 3:30 p.m. and Wednesdays from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Center. Offered on a Love Offering basis and help support The Creative Thought Center and its work in the Waynesville community. For more information call 456.9697 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

  • "The Party" is held from 6 to 8 p.m. Sundays at Sylva's First Baptist Church in downtown Sylva for Youth grades 7-12. Dinner, live music, games, fun and fellowship, and lessons for today's young Christian. Call 586.2095 for more information.

  • Good News Club meets from 3 to 4 p.m. Mondays at Highlands School. Students in first through sixth grade are invited for a Bible lesson, music, crafts and snacks. Parent permission is required. 526.3257.

  • Intuitive Heart Discovery Group is a unique small group training program for intuition development within a spiritual context. To sign up or for more information, call Pat at 926.0055 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Classes at Crystal Dragonfly in Waynesville.

  • Kids Club, 5:30 p.m. Wednesdays at the First United Methodist Church in Sylva. For children in preschool through grade five. 586.2358, www.firstumcsylva.org.

  • 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. 2264526.

  • 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.

  • Support the WestCare Chaplaincy Program. Call Ron Allen at 586.7145 or Michele Garashi at 586.7669.

  • 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. The discussions begin at 6:30 p.m. Call 524.6777 for more information or directions.

  • Youth group, 6-8 p.m. Sundays at the First United Methodist Church in Sylva. Dinner, music, recreation and devotion for children in grades six through 12. Call 586.2358, visit www.firstumcsylva.org or visit church offices for more information.

 

Senior Activities

  • The Waynesville Parks and Recreation Department will offer a trip for seniors to see the Elk up close and personal on July 27. Open to everyone age 50 and above. Pack a dinner, cameras and a folding chair. Leave the Waynesville Recreation Center at 2 p.m. and return by 8 p.m. $3 for members, $5 for non-members. Space is limited to the first seven to register at 456.2030 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

  • American Cribbage Congress Club meets at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesdays at the Community Services Building on Hospital Road in Sylva. 508.5265.

  • Happy Wanderers senior group holds several events coordinated through Haywood County Parks and Recreation. For more information, call 452.6789.

  • For information on resources for older adults in Haywood County, call 2-1-1, or by cell phone 1.888.892.1162; access the web sites www.nc211.org or www.haywoodconnections.org. Visitors to the Haywood Connections site will find a comprehensive service directory, a calendar, news items and social, recreational, health and wellness activities. If you still cannot find the information you seek, call 452.2370.

  • Senior balance classes focusing on stretching, free-hand exercises, weight training, discussions on nutrition, stress and medicines are held from 10 to 11 a.m. Mondays and Wednesdays at the Waynesville Rec. Center. 456.2030.

  • Senior fitness classes are held from 9:05 to 10:05 a.m. Monday through Friday at the Recreation Center in Cullowhee. 293.3053.

  • Senior Games are held at 9:30 a.m. on Tuesdays at the Macon County Community Building on U.S. 441 in Franklin. 349.2090.

  • Senior Line Dancing is held at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesdays at the Macon County Community Building on U.S. 441 in Franklin. 349.2090.

  • Silver Sneakers, 11 a.m. to noon Tuesdays and Thursdays, Waynesville Rec. Center. 456.2030.

  • Stretch and Walk, 9:30 a.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Get the body moving by using general stretching, chair exercises, stretch bands and hand weights. The class includes 15 minutes of walking before or after class. Held at the Waynesville Rec. Center. 456.2030.

  • The Golden Age Senior Center in Sylva hosts several events each week. For more information call 5864944.

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

  • Zumba Gold is a new Latin aerobic dance class designed for senior citizens. 11 a.m. to noon Monday, Wednesday and Friday at the Waynesville Recreation Center. Free to center members or $21 for non-members. 456.2030.

 

Kids & Families

Seasonal Activities

  • Parents as Teachers play group: "Kids in the Kitchen." July 27. A summer playgroup for children birth through kindergarten offered by KARE. Meet at the KARE House from 2:30 to 4 p.m. with a guest from the NC Cooperative Extension to create healthy snacks. For ages 3-5. Call 456.8995 to register.

  • The Great Smoky Mountains Railroad presents "A Day Out With Thomas the Tank Engine" July 23-27, 29 and Aug. 1. Thomas fans are invited to come spend the day with their favorite character engine and celebrate his 65th birthday. The approximately 25-minute train ride will depart every 45 minutes 10 a.m. through 2:45 p.m. daily, and 9 a.m. through 3:30 p.m. on Saturdays. Tickets are $18 for ages two and up. 866.468.7630.

  • Cherokee Children's Theater now open through July 31. The Cherokee Historical Association opened the Cherokee Little Theater located at the Mountainside Theater. Cherokee legends come alive for children. Program length is approximately 1 hour and is presented Thursday-Saturday at 1 p.m. Tickets are $8 per person. 866.554.4557.

  • The annual 4-H Farm to Fork camp will be held Aug. 3 - 5. Campers will go through the entire process of farm to fork in a variety of hands-on activities including farm tours, visits to farmers markets to the creation of jam. 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Mountain Research Station, located across from the Haywood County Extension Office in Waynesville. Cost of the three day camp is $35 dollars per youth. Register at 456.3575.

  • Parents as Teachers play group: "Let's Go Camping." Aug. 3. A summer playgroup for children birth through kindergarten offered by KARE. Meet at the Waynesville Recreation Center from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. or from 3 to 5 p.m. 456.8995.

  • Summer Camp at Cullowhee United Methodist Church. Registration is on-going for a day camp for ages 6 to 12 years old. The cost of the program will be $500 for the whole summer, $90 per week, or $25 per day. Space is limited, please contact 293.9215.

  • Lake Junaluska Summer Day Camp. Through Aug. 6, registration now underway. Summer day camps will offer Christian learning and outdoor activities with a different theme each week. Open week days for full or half day for ages two years old through sixth grade. More information about these programs, cost, registration, activities, and leaders can be found at www.lakejunaluska.com/children or 454.6681.

  • The 9th annual Talking Trees Trout Derby at the Oconaluftee Islands Park in Cherokee will be Aug. 7. Featuring Fly- tying, exhibitions, fish cleaning stations, food, music door prizes and trophies. The derby is free for children ages 11 and under. Call 497.8122 for more information.

  • The Waynesville Recreation Center offers a half-day summer camp on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. Parents may sign their children up either from 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. or from 12:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. $12.50 per camper or $100 for a week. Register at 456.2030 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

 

Parenting

  • Class: "Love and Logic." Begins July 27. Parenting skills course designed by Love and Logic Institute, Inc. for parents with children of any age at the Jackson County Family Resource Center. Childcare available if needed. The class will meet Tuesdays from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. with a light meal provided at 5:30 p.m. For more information or to register, call 586.2845.

 

Get Active

  • Challenger Sports and Waynesville Parks and Recreation will offer a British Soccer Camp July 26-30. The camp will run Monday through Friday and each child will be coached by a member of Challenger's British coaching staff. Camp held daily at the Waynesville Recreation Center. Times and costs vary by age. Sign up at www.challengersports.com or contact Donald Hummel at 456.2030 or Ben Cook at 877.263.7909.

  • Folkmoot USA Kid's Fun Run. July 31. One-Mile Fun Run for ages 15 and under scheduled to follow the 5K Run/Walk. Run starts at the Folkmoot Friendship Center in Waynesville. $8 advance, $10 on Race Day. Register by contacting Race Manager Scot Worley, 452.6789, or the Folkmoot Offices, 877.365.5872.

  • The Waynesville Parks and Recreation Department will offer a "Learn to Golf" program for kids Aug. 3 - 4. The program is for boys and girls ages 10 to 16 with limited or no golf experience. Students will meet at the Junaluska Driving Range at 9 a.m. on Aug. 3 and at the Iron Tree Golf course on Aug 4 at 9 a.m. The cost is $25. Register at 456.9207 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

  • Little People Yoga Class at the Recreation Center in Cullowhee. Eight week class for ages 3-8 offered by the Jackson County Recreation/Parks Department. Cost is $20 for members and $27 for non-members. Class size is limited. For more information and class times call the Recreation/Parks Department at 293.3053.

  • The Jackson County Recreation/Parks Department will offer another session of Stroller Motion for 8 weeks through August. Mondays and Wednesdays from 10 to 11 a.m. at the Recreation Complex in Cullowhee. Registration begins May 24 and is limited to the first 15 participants. Call 293.3053 for more information.

  • Children's spring and summer swim classes will be offered at WCU throughout the summer. Classes are available for children ages 6 months and up, in different sessions. Taught by long-time swim instructor Michael Creason. For more information or to register, visit http://learn.wcu.edu, e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 227.7397 or toll-free 800.928.4968.

  • Youth Fitness is offered at The Haywood Regional Health & Fitness Center from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Monday and Thursday evenings. This program is free to fitness center members, and is available to non-members by purchasing an eight-visit punch card for $20. 452.8056.

  • Fitkidz classes are held at the Haywood Regional Fitness Center. Toddler Time is on Tuesdays from 9-10:15 a.m. for ages 1-3. Pre-ballet is on Thursdays from 1:30-2:30 p.m. for ages 3-5. 452.8080.

  • Kid-Fit Classes for Preschoolers are held from 4:30 to 5 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays so children can learn about various body systems through a balanced exercise class moving to popular children's music. 456.2030.

 

Arts

  • Kindermusik classes are offered in Cullowhee and Waynesville for ages newborn to seven years. Call Lori Richards at The Music Village 293.5600 to try a free class or visit www.themusicvillage-nc.com.

  • Saturday Art School - Kindergartners through eighth graders are welcome Saturdays from 10 a.m. to noon for fun, hands-on, age-appropriate "art school." Cost is $64 for an eight-week session. www.thebascom.org or call 526.4949 ext. 100.

  • After School Classes -- Susan Nastasic teaches this ongoing study for elementary-age students, kindergarten through sixth grade, Tuesdays from 3:15 to 4:30 pm. $40 for 8-week session. www.thebascom.org or call 828.526.4949 ext. 100.

  • Preschool Creativity Classes for Parent and Child (Ages 2 1/2-5). Wednesdays from 11-11:45 am, instructor Katy Calloway will introduce the very young to art activities designed to develop creativity. Basic skill lessons will include scribbling, cutting, joining, modeling, sculpturing and painting. Parent participation is required. $40 for 8-week session. www.thebascom.org or call 828.526.4949 ext. 100.

  • Studio 598. Kid's sewing/needlecraft class Saturdays 10 am. to noon, 598 W. Main Street Sylva, NC 28779. 587.7899.

 

Nature

  • Family Night on the Blue Ridge Parkway: Soaring through Summer. July 22. Information about birds and their flight and instruction on making wind-play items such as kites and bubble makers. 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Parkway Visitor Center, MP 384 in Asheville. Free, but registration is required at: 298.5330, ext. 304.

  • Turtles program at the Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education. July 23. Come join PCWE staff as we learn about one of our most interesting reptiles and why they are important to our ecosystems. Ages 4-7. 1 to 3 p.m. at the center in Pisgah Forest. Register at 877.4423.

  • Nature Nuts: Stream Investigation. Aug. 3, 10, 16. Offered at the Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education in Pisgah Forest. Explore the Davidson River looking for macro invertebrates. 1 to 3 p.m. Aug. 3, 9 a.m. to 1 a.m. Aug. 10, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Aug. 16. 877.4423.

  • The Western North Carolina Alliance will host a Children's Walk on the Greenway on Aug. 11. Children's book reading followed by an exploration of Suli Marsh in Macon County. Meet at Big Bear Shelter at 9 a.m. Parents are requested to accompany children. Call 349.5201 to register.

  • The Blue Ridge Parkway's Kids on Parks program lets kids borrow an explorer's backpack stuffed with things like binoculars, field guides, a bug discovery kit, magnifying glasses, a nature journal and a first aid kit to turn an ordinary hike into a discovery filled adventure. Free. Located at the visitor center on the Parkway outside Asheville at milepost 384. 271.4779 ext. 246.

  • The Great Smoky Mountains National Park has a line-up of Junior Ranger programs this summer based at the Oconaluftee Visitor Center at the N.C. entrance to the park. Schedule includes: Make a Corn Shuck doll at 2:30 p.m. Sundays; Survival in the Smokies at 3:30 p.m. Mondays; Wildlife of the Smokies from 10 a.m. to noon Tuesdays and 2:30 p.m. Fridays; Stream Splashers at 3 p.m. Tuesdays and 4 p.m. Wednesdays; and more. A guided 1.5-mile hike on the Appalachian Trail for Junior Rangers is held Mondays at 11 a.m. from the Clingman's Dome parking lot. More at www.nps.gov/grsm.

  • Kids can get their Junior Ranger badge at The Great Smoky Mountains National Park by completing an age-appropriate activity booklet with other interactive tasks and games available at the visitor center. Check the schedule of events for more at www.nps.gov/grsm.

  • Animal Feeding, Mondays, 11 a.m.-noon. Come and observe what each of the Nature Center's animals eat and learn how they feed. Highlands Nature Center. Open summer months only. 526.2623.

  • Family Nature Activity, Tuesdays, 3 to 4 p.m., ages 4 and up. Activities vary, but may include critter searches, discovery walks, or nature games. $1 per person. Highlands Nature Center. Open summer months only. 526.2623.

  • Featured Creature, Saturdays, 11:30 to noon. Come and learn more about one of the Nature Center's live animals up close. Highlands Nature Center. Open summer months only. 526.2623.

  • Nature Show & Tell/Storytime, Wednesdays, 2:30 to 3 p.m. Come for a nature lesson based around a children's storybook using items from the Nature Center. Highlands Nature Center. Open summer months only. 526.2623.

  • Wee Naturalist Classes. Held from 9:30 to 11 a.m. on the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month beginning the third week of August 2010 at the N.C. Arboretum in Asheville. Preschoolers learn about trees, birds, bears, bugs, raindrops and much more. Each class might include a physical activity, critter visits, puppets, songs, art time, stories, and short nature walks. Children ages 2-5 only. $5 per child, per class. 665.2492.

 

Literary

  • Children's story time at City Lights in Sylva. July 24. Jackson County resident Josie Williams will be the guest storyteller who will read from the book, "Shert: Goes to the Park" with held from Shert the hand puppet. 11 a.m. 586.9499.

  • The Marianna Black Library will offer summer reading programs for preschool children through young adults through July 29. Preschool children meet from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Wednesdays; elementary children meet on Thursdays from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.; teens meet on Thursdays from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Family night will be on July 29 at 6:30 p.m. 488.3030.

  • The Jackson County Library Books for Bricks Challenge runs through Aug. 13. A popular summer reading challenge for children pre-K through seventh grade that encourages children to read books (or be read to), gather sponsors, and collect from the sponsors $1 or more for each book read. To join that challenge, contact the children's librarian at 586.2016.

 

• Children's Story Time. July 24. With Guest Author Josie Williams. 11 a.m. at City Lights Bookstore in Sylva. 586.9499 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

  • Book Babies story time at Blue Ridge Books will be July 27 at 10 a.m. for children 3 years old and younger. 456.6000.

  • Adventures in Reading is held at noon and 5:30 p.m. on Thursdays. The program lasts about 1.5-2 hours and includes the reading of a story, a snack and craft. Swain County Family Resource Center. 488.7505.

  • Mondays With Miss Lisa are held at 3:30 p.m. at the Canton Public Library. For grades K-5. Special guests and crafts. Adult accompaniment required. 452.5169.

  • Family Story Time is held at 11:15 a.m. on Tuesdays at the Canton Public Library, at 11 a.m. on Tuesdays at the Fines Creek Library, and at 11 a.m. on Wednesdays at the Waynesville Public Library. For families with multiple siblings. Stories and crafts. 452.5169.

  • Baby Rhyme Time is held at 11 a.m. Mondays at the Waynesville Public Library. Ages birth-12 months. 15 minutes of story time with songs and books. 452.5169.

  • "Ones" Upon a Time is held at 11 a.m. on Mondays at the Waynesville Public Library. 20 minutes of story time for ages 12-24 months. Songs and movement. 452.519.

  • Ready 4 Learning is held at 1:30 p.m. on Tuesdays at the Waynesville Public Library. For ages 4-5, focuses on Kindergarten readiness. 452.519.

  • Movers and Shakers is held at 11 a.m. on Thursdays at the Waynesville Public Library. For ages 2-3. Movement, books, songs and more. 452.519.

  • Story Time for Ages birth-age 5 is held at 11 a.m. on Wednesdays at the Albert Carlton Cashiers Community Library. 743.0215.

  • Spring Story Time (birth - age 5) is held from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Tuesdays at the Jackson County Library in Sylva. The time begins with a reading in Spanish by a volunteer followed by a story and activity. The pre-literacy skill focus for this group is vocabulary development.586.2016.

  • The American Girls Club meets at City Lights Bookstore in Sylva. The club is based on a book series about historical women. Club members read and do activities. Free. 586.9499.

  • Pre-School Story Time (ages 3-5) is held from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Mondays at the Macon County Public Library in Franklin. 526.3600.

  • Toddler Story Time (ages 18 mos-3) is held from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Tuesdays at the Macon County Public Library in Franklin. 526.3600.

  • Pre-School Story Time (ages 3-5) is held from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Thursdays at the Hudson Library in Highlands. 526.3031.

  • The Marianna Black Library Preschool Storytime (AGES 3-5) is on Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. Storytime focuses on early learning skills such as rhyming, matching, counting and more. The children will also enjoy a make and take craft activity each week.

  • Dial-A-Story is available to all ages through the Marianna Black Library in Bryson City. Hear Miss Christine tell stories (a new one each week) just by calling 488.9412.

 

Political Group Events & Local Government

  • US Congressional candidate Jeff Miller will be the special guest at the Haywood County 9/12 Project Saturday Tea Party Pancake Breakfast on July 24 from 9 to 11 a.m. at Headlights in Waynesville. Breakfast is $5.50. www.912WNC.COM.

  • The Jackson County GOP will meet July 26 for a general membership meeting at Ryans in Sylva. 586.9895 or 743.6491 or www.jacksoncountygop.com.

  • Haywood Progressives meet the second Thursday of each month at Angelo's Pizza's bar in Waynesville at 5:30 p.m. for drinks, good food and to network and organize with other progressives. 280.7599.

  • Haywood County Republicans meet the second Thursday of each month at 6:30 p.m. in various locations and for breakfast on the fourth Saturday at 8 a.m. at the Lake Junaluska Shoney's. Call 452.2207 for more info.

 

  • Haywood County Republican Women's Club meets monthly at various locations. Call 283.1639 for more info. Online at www.HaywoodCountyRepublicanWomen.com.

  • Jackson County Democratic Party executive committee members meet at 6:30 p.m. the third Tuesday of each month at Democratic Headquarters on Mill Street in Sylva. 631.1475 or jacksondems.com.

  • Jackson County Democratic Women meet at 6 p.m. the third Thursday of every month at Democratic Headquarters on Mill Street in Sylva. 631.1475 or jacksondems.com.

  • Jackson County Republican organization meetings are held at 6:30 p.m. the third

Monday of each month at 482 W. Main St. in Sylva. 586.9895.

  • A TEA Party group meets in Franklin on the third Saturday of the month at 2 p.m. at the 441 Diner in Otto. Mountainpatriotsteaparty.info.

  • The League of Women Voters meets at noon the second Thursday of each month at Tartan Hall in Franklin. Meeting includes lunch and a guest speaker. Lunch available by reservation. Open to all. $6 for food. 524.5192.

  • The Macon County Democratic Women's Club meet at 1 p.m. the third Tuesday of each month. All women are encouraged to attend. Contact Sarah Wilks at 349.1792 for more information.

  • Bryson City Aldermen - First Monday of each month. 6 p.m. Town Hall. 488.3335.

  • Canton Aldermen - Second and fourth Tuesdays of each month. Town Hall. 5:30 p.m. 648.2363.

  • Cherokee Tribal Council - First Thursday of each month. 8:30 a.m. 497.2771.

  • Clyde Aldermen - Second Wednesday of each month. Town Hall. 4 p.m. 627.2566.

  • Franklin Aldermen - First Monday of each month. 7 p.m. Town Hall. 524.2516.

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

  • Highlands Aldermen - First and third Wednesday. 7 p.m. Town Hall. 526.2118.

  • Jackson County Commissioners - First and third Monday of each month. 6:30 p.m. Justice Center. 631.2295.

  • Macon County Commissioners - Second Monday at 6 p.m. and the fourth Monday at 2 p.m. in commissioners' boardroom. County courthouse. 349.2025.

  • Maggie Valley Aldermen - Third Tuesday of each month. 5:30 p.m. Town Hall. 926.0866.

  • Swain County Commissioners - Second and fourth Monday of each month. 7 p.m. Administration Building. 488.9273.

  • Sylva Aldermen - First Thursday of each month at 7 p.m. and third Thursday at 10 a.m. Town Hall. 586.2719.

  • Waynesville Aldermen - Second and fourth Tuesday of each month. 7 p.m. Town Hall. 456.3515.

 

Government Service Boards & Commissions

Haywood

  • Waynesville ABC Commission - Second Tuesday of each month. 10 a.m. ABC Board Office at 373 Walnut Street. 452.2491.

  • Waynesville Board of Adjustment - First Tuesday of each month. 5:30 p.m. Town Hall. 452.2491.

  • Waynesville Community Appearance Commission - First Wednesday of each month. 9 a.m. Town Hall. 452.0401.

  • Waynesville Firemen's Relief Fund Board - Meetings held as needed. 452.2491.

  • Waynesville Historic Preservation Commission - First Wednesday of each month. 2 p.m. Town Hall. 452.2491.

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

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

  • Waynesville Recreation and Parks Advisory Commission - Second Tuesday of each month. 6:30 p.m. Recreation Center on Vance Street. 452.2491.

  • Waynesville Housing Authority - First Wednesday of each month. 5:30 p.m. at 65 Church Street. 452.2491.

 

Jackson

  • Cashiers Area Community Planning Council - 5 p.m. the fourth Monday of each month. Albert Carlton Library.

  • Cashiers Design Review Board - Noon the first Wednesday of each month. Albert Carlton Library.

 

Government Service Boards & Commissions

  • Jackson County Greenway Commission - Second Tuesday of every month. 5:30 p.m. Room A-227 of the Justice Center in Sylva. 293.3053.

 

  • Jackson County Planning Board - Second Thursday of the month. 6 p.m. Room A-227 of the Justice Center in Sylva. 631.2261.

 

Macon

  • Macon Planning Board - Third Thursdays at 5 p.m. at the Environmental Resource Center.

  • Franklin Board of Adjustment - Second Tuesday of each month. 3 p.m. Town Hall. 524.2516.

  • Franklin Planning Board - Third Tuesday of each month. 12 p.m. Town Hall. 524.2516.

  • Highlands Planning Board and Appearance Commission - Fourth Monday of each month. 5:30 p.m. Town Hall. 526.2118.

  • Highlands Zoning Board - Second Wednesday of each month. 5:30 p.m. Town Hall. 526.2118.

 

Swain

  • Board of Elections - Third Wednesday of each month. 10 a.m. Administration Building. 488.6177.

  • Board of Health - First Tuesday of each month. 6:30 p.m. 545 Center Street. 488.3198.

  • Economic Development Commission - Fourth Tuesday of each month. 7:30 p.m. Administration Building. 488.9273.

 

Federal & State Government

  • Rep. Heath Shuler, D - 11th District. Cannon House Office Building 512, Washington, D.C. 20515, (p) 202.225.6401; 356 Biltmore Ave. Suite 400, Asheville, N.C. 28801, (p) 252.1651, www.shuler.house.gov.

  • Sen. Kay Hagan, D - B40A Dirksen Senate Office Building, Washington, D.C., 20510; 202.224.6342; 310 New Bern Avenue, Raleigh, N.C., 27601; (p)919.856.4630 or 877.852.9462.

  • Sen. Richard Burr, R - 217 Russell Senate Office Building, Washington, D.C., 20510; 202.224.3154. Asheville: Federal Building, 151 Patton Avenue, Suite 204, Asheville, N.C., 28801. 350.2437.

 

N.C. House

  • Phil Haire, D-Sylva - District 119: Haywood, Jackson, Macon, Swain. 419B Legislative Office Building, Raleigh, N.C. 27601-1096, (p) 919.715.3005; PO Box 727, Sylva, N.C., 28779-0248, (p) 586.1771, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

  • Ray Rapp, D-Mars Hill - District 118: Haywood, Macon, Yancey. 2213 Legislative Building, Raleigh, N.C. 27601-1096, (p) 919.733.5732; 133 Quail Ridge Rd., Mars Hill, N.C. 28754, (p) 689.2214, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

  • Roger West, R-Marble - District 120: Cherokee, Clay, Graham, Macon. 1004 Legislative Office Building, Raleigh, N.C. 27601-1096, (p) 919.733.5859; PO Box 160, Marble, N.C., 28790, (p) 837.5246, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

 

N.C. Senate

  • John Snow, D-Murphy - District 50: Cherokee, Clay, Graham, Haywood, Jackson, Macon, Swain, Transylvania. 517 Legislative Office Building, Raleigh, N.C. 27603-5925, (p) 919.733.5875. 105 Van Horn St., Murphy, N.C. 28906, (p) 837.5052, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

  • Joe Sam Queen, D-Waynesville - District 47: Haywood, Madison, Yancey, Mitchell, Avery, McDowell. 1121 Legislative Building, 16. W. Jones St., Raleigh, N.C. 27601-2808, (p) 919.733.3460; 71 Pigeon Street, Waynesville, NC 28786, (p) 452.1688, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

 

Governor

  • Beverly Perdue - 20301 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, N.C. 27699-0301, governor.state.nc.us/email.

 

Civic & Social Group Meetings

Haywood

  • Haywood Regional Medical Center Hospice & Palliative Care will host a bridge luncheon from on July 24. Those who do not play bridge can bring a friend and play a card game of their choice. 12 to 4:30 p.m. at Waynesville First Presbyterian Church. The cost is $15 and includes lunch and a chance to win one of several door prizes. For reservations, call Glenda White at 235.1897 by July 19.

  • The Haywood County Historical and Genealogical Society will meet July 27. Following the business meeting, there will be a presentation on the highlights of the Cold Mountain Heritage Tour. 7 p.m. at the Shook House in Clyde. 627.9828.

  • American Legion Varner-Rhinehart Post No. 61 meets the fourth Saturday of each month at the Legion Building on Short Street in Canton. Coffee and fellowship begins at 8:30 a.m., business meeting at 9 a.m.

  • Maggie Mountain Bingo Bonanza. Every Thursday at 6:30 p.m. in the Pavilion next to Maggie Valley Town Hall June-August. Food available starting at 5:30 p.m. Sponsored by the Maggie Valley Civic Association. 926.8021.

  • 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.

  • 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. Contact Susan Kumpf at 627.8008.

  • Duplicate Bridge Club meets at the Waynesville Old Armory Recreation Center at 12:30 p.m. on Monday, Wednesday and Fridays. 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 (behind the County Court House). All interested parties, licensed Hams or not, are invited to attend. The group also meets for a social breakfast on Saturday mornings 8 a.m. at Connie's Kitchen restaurant in Hazelwood. Social lunch meetings are held at Sagebrush Restaurant on Russ Avenue. For additional information contact Bill Harmon at 452.9351 or on the radio repeater (147.39 +).

  • The Haywood County Amateur Radio Club will offer free classes for individuals interested in getting an amateur radio license. When you finish the class, you can take the 35 question test, administered locally by the ham club members. Call 627.2558 for more information, or to register for the upcoming classes.

  • Haywood County Newcomers Club meets at 11 a.m. every third Tuesday. Call Terry Rose for location. 452.9768.

  • The Kiwanis Club of Waynesville meets from noon to 1 p.m. each Tuesday at Laurel Ridge Country Club.

  • 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.

  • The Smoky Mountain Button Club meets at 1 p.m. the first Monday of each month, May thru December at Antique Antics, 1497 So. Main Street Waynesville. All persons interested in learning about antique and vintage sewing buttons are welcome to attend. Please call the shop at 452.6225 for additional information.

  • Social Motorcycle Rides are held on Wednesday evenings departing at 6:30 p.m. Meet at Mountaineer Restaurant on Soco Road in Maggie Valley. 926.1730.

  • 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. All welcome. 648.1133.

  • Waynesville Chess Club meets each Monday 1 to 3 p.m. at the Waynesville Library. There is no cost, and instruction is available. 648.5739.

  • 9-12 Project members meet at noon on Wednesdays in the basement of the BB&T building in Waynesville. Group focuses on legislation and national leadership. 648.7370.

 

Jackson

  • The annual public meeting of the Friends of the Albert Carlton - Cashiers Community Library will be held on July 6 at 3 p. m. in the Library Meeting Room. The agenda will include a vote on the annual budget and reports by the president and committee chairs.

  • Friends of the Library annual meeting. July 8. This is a dinner meeting and will be catered by Blackrock Barbeque and Grill. Singer, songwriter and guitarist Eric Hendrix will provide a program of his own compositions. 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the main pavilion in the Jackson County Recreation Park on Speedwell Road in Cullowhee. Kindly RSVP to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you are able to attend.

  • Jackson County storyteller Gary Carden will be the guest speaker for the July 8 meeting of the Jackson County Genealogical Society. The public is invited to join the fun and entertaining good times. 7 p.m. in the society's office at 42 Asheville Hwy. in Sylva. 631.2646 or www.jcngs.com.

  • Bridges to Community meets at 5 p.m. the second Thursday of each month at Sylva Town Hall. 586.5210.

  • 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. Hwy. 107.

  • Catch the Spirit of Appalachia, a non-profit heritage organization, meets every month in its members' homes. Contact Amy Ammons Garza at 631.4587.

  • Community Response for Energy Action and Transition Education (CREATE) meets at 6 p.m. at The Underground in Sylva every 2nd and 4th Thursday to discuss how to deal with high energy costs and the future decline in energy supplies, to CREATE a plan for a less energy intensive approach to transportation, heating and our food needs, and to education people about the alternatives.

  • 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 Arts Council meets at 7 p.m. the first Monday of each month at 604 Main St. 293.3407.

  • Jackson County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors meets at 11:45 a.m. the third Wednesday 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.

  • Jackson County Travel and Tourism Authority meets at 10:30 a.m. the fourth Wednesday of most months at the Hooper House at 773 W. Main St. 586.2155.

  • 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. Call Ann Whitney at 293.9826 or Sheila Rodgers at 293.0678.

  • 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. Meetings are held at the TWSA office on Main Street in Sylva.

  • Watershed Association of the Tuckaseigee River usually meets the fourth Monday at a location in Sylva. Call 488.8418 for details.

  • WestCare Health System offers free information on living wills 9 a.m. to noon on the first Friday of each month in the lobby of Harris Regional Hospital. The living will document "Five Wishes" and a notary is available at no charge. For more information call 586.7748.

  • 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

  • Boy Scout Troop 202 meets on Mondays 6-7:30 p.m. at the Slagle Building in downtown Franklin. All boys age 11-17 are welcome. Upcoming events include a weekend Canoe Float, summer camp, and a cycling trip on the C&O Canal towpath. For more information, call Danny Gibson at 369.9703.

  • Concerned Citizens of Macon County meet at 7 p.m. the first Tuesday of the month in the community facilities building on Georgia Road. Public invited.

  • Franklin Duplicate Bridge Club meets at 1 p.m. each Wednesday at the community building. 369.9284.

  • Friends for Life spay/neuter program offers spay or neuter service for $20 per animal. Call 508.2460 for reservations.

  • Gem City Forum Toastmaster Club of Franklin meets from 5:30 to 7 p.m. every Thursday at the Prudential Building. 586.1761 or gemcityforum.org.

  • Ladies Auxiliary VFW Post 7339, located on West Palmer Street in Franklin, holds its monthly meeting at 7 p.m. the second Monday of each month.

  • Macon County Concerned Bikers Association (CBA) meets the second Thursday of each month at Prime Sirloin Restaurant at 6:30 p.m., with dinner at 7 p.m. All motorcyclists are welcome. Cliff Cyphers at 369.8060.

  • Macon County Horse Association meets at 7:30 p.m. the third Tuesday of each month at the Macon County Fairgrounds Alumni Building.

  • P.E.O. Franklin Chapter meets the third Wednesday of the month. Philanthropic Educational Organization is a sisterhood that helps with the education of women. Individuals need to be a member to attend the meetings, call Jane Huffman at 349.3826 or Nancy Ewing 706.746.5199.

  • Smoky Mountain Shrine Club holds its monthly meetings at 6 p.m. on the fourth Thursday of each month at its building at 833 Bethel Church Rd., contact Ed Waters at 524.5576.

  • The Franklin Area Civitan Club meets the first and third Thursday of each month, at noon at the Boiler Room at The Fun Factory. For information, call Guy or Charlotte Grant at Bryant Funeral Home 524.2411.

  • 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 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.

  • 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.

  • 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 are welcome.

  • 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.

  • 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 the 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 non-profit 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

  • Al-Anon meetings are held at 7 p.m. on Tuesdays and Saturdays at Maggie Valley United Methodist Church at 4192 Soco Rd. 926.8036.

  • Al-Anon, a support group for families and friends of alcoholics, meets at 8 p.m. each Tuesday at Grace Episcopal Church, 394 N. Haywood St. Use Miller Street entrance. 926.8721.

  • Alzheimer's Association meets at 4:30 p.m. the fourth Tuesday of each month at the First United Methodist Church in Waynesville and at 2:30 p.m. the third Thursday of each month at Silver Bluff Care Center in Canton. 254.7363.

  • Caregiver's Support Group meets from 1:30 to 3 p.m. on Thursdays. A peaceful non-judgmental environment to talk about co

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