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Wednesday, 15 April 2015 00:00

Regional Calendar

Community Events & Announcements  

• A kick-off for the HeartChase event will be held from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. and from 5-6 p.m. on April 15, at Haywood Regional Health & Fitness Center in Clyde. Trial run for the May 16 HeartChase event. 

• Swain County Chamber of Commerce’s annual chamber banquet is from 6-9 p.m. on April 16, at the Fryemont Inn.  

The grand opening celebration for The Terrace at Lake Junaluska is scheduled for 5 p.m. on April 16 at 5 pm on the third floor of the The Terrace Auditorium. www.lakejunaluska.com/terrace

• The Antique Car Franklin History Tour is set for 1:30 p.m. on April 19, starting at the Town Hall parking lot in downtown Franklin. For vehicles 50 years old and older. RSVP to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

• Tours and informative sessions about Barium Springs, which merged with Grandfather Home for Children, will be held at noon on April 20 at Hawthorn Heights in Bryson City.  

The Silas McDowell Chapter, Sons of the American Revolution will meet at 6 p.m. on April 20, at the Boiler Room Steak House in Franklin.  Tom Long at 321.3522 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or www.ncssar.org/chapters/Silas.htm.

• Nominations are open for the 2015 Macon County Young Entrepreneur of the Year award, which will be presented on April 30. To submit a nomination, visit www.maconedc.com by April 21.

The Haywood Tourism Authority is hosting an informational workshop from 10 a.m.-noon on April 23, at the Bethea Welcome Center in Lake Junaluska. RSVP, contact Ashley Rice at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 452.0152.

A public hearing will be held by the Mayor and Board of Aldermen at 6:30 p.m. on April 23 in the Board Chambers of the Canton Town Hall to consider the adoption of the Proposed Text Amendments (Part 8, Chapter 2, Section 8-2001, 8-2003, and 8-2004) to the Town of Canton Zoning Ordinance to Update Requirements For Keeping Fowl And Domestic Animals Inside The Corporate Limits To Promote Responsible Urban Farming Practices.

The Jackson County Board of Commissioners will hold a public hearing at 6 p.m. on April 23 at the Jackson County Recreation Center in Cullowhee.  The purpose of the meeting is to hear public comments regarding the proposed Cullowhee Planning Area Development Standards and District Map.  

The Holly Springs Community Development Club meets at 7 p.m. on the third Monday of each month at the community building at 2720 Cat Creek Road, Franklin. 369.2254.

 

Business & Education  

• A Student Success Seminar is set for 1-2 p.m. on April 15, at Haywood Community College in Clyde. Topic is Exam Preparation. 627.4646 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

• Learn how to master your elevator pitch in a small business seminar from 6-9 p.m. on April 15, in the 1500 Building auditorium at Haywood Community College in Clyde. sbc.haywood.edu or 627.4512.

• Strategic Marketing for Nonprofits, which need a different approach than typical for-profit organizations, will be the topic of a small business seminar set for 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. onApril 16, at the Haywood County Waynesville Library.   sbc.haywood.edu or 627.4512. 

A school enrichment embryology program will be offered for Haywood County teachers at 4 p.m. on April 16by the Haywood County 4-H. 456.3575. 

A small business owners roundtable, an opportunity to network and learn, will be held from 8:30-10 a.m. on April 16, at the Haywood Community College’s Library Conference Room. sbc.haywood.edu or 627.4512.

• A “Building Your Online Community Seminar,” designed to guide local businesses and non-profits with a hands-on, step-by-step approach to creating an online business presence, will be held from 1-4 p.m. on April 17, in Waynesville., https://manicsocial1.eventbrite.com

• A school enrichment butterfly program will be offered for Haywood County teachers at 4p.m. on April 20. 456.3575. 

• A small business seminar entitled “BEE on Top with Great Customer Service” will be presented by Southwestern Community College from 5:30-8:30 p.m. on April 21at Franklin Town Hall.  Registration required atwww.ncsbc.net. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 339.4211. 

• “Would you like to increase your bottom line?” – a free seminar for entrepreneurs – is set for 6:15-8 p.m. on Tuesday, April 21, at Franklin Town Hall. Register at www.ncsbc.net. Tiffany Henry at 339.4211 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

A Business Enhancement Experience (BEE) seminar entitled “BEE on Top with Great Customer Service” is set for 5:30-8:30 p.m. onApril 21at Franklin Town Hall. Free, but registration required:www.ncsbc.net. Tiffany Henry at 339.4211 orThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

A series of 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. //This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. /%22%20%5Ct%20%22_blank">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

• A small business seminar from 6-8 p.m. onApril 23, at Haywood Community College’s Creative Arts Building will help owners craft an effective blog. sbc.haywood.edu or 627.4512. 

Western Carolina University’s School of Nursing and its Nursing Network-Careers in Technology Mentoring Program will host their second annual nursing diversity conference in Asheville on April 24 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., with registration beginning at 8:30 a.m.  nursinged.wcu.edu or 227.7397.

An advance beginner Cherokee language class is held from 6:30-9 p.m. on April 27, May 4 and May 11, at the Sequoyah Birthplace Museum in Vonore, Tenn.  423.884.6246. 

The Macon County Economic Development Commission will kick off Bizweek with Entrepreneur Networking Night V at 6 p.m. on April 28. Special guest is Justin Belleme, 2014 Asheville Entrepreneur of the Year. Registration required at www.maconedc.com or by calling 369.2306. Nominations are open for Young Entrepreneur of the Year at www.maconedc.com; finalists will be announced at this event. 

 

Fundraisers and Benefits

To raise community awareness, KARE is holding an artwork display by child survivors and their families from 5:30-7:30 p.m. on April 16, at the Cedar Hill Studio in Waynesville; 

The Help For Homeless Concert will be held at 6 p.m. April 16, at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts in Franklin. The event will include performances by Tom Quigley, Curtis Blackwell, Paradise 56, Blue Ridge, Johnny Webb and The JW Band. All proceeds benefit New Hope Center and Community Outreach Ministry as they raise funds for a homeless shelter in Franklin. $15. www.greatmountainmusic.com or 866.273.4615 or 866.273.4615 

The Macon County Academic Foundation’s annual Academic Auction is set for May 2 at Cartoogechaye Elementary gym. Donations will be accepted on April 18This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

• The Joe Lasher Jr. Band performs at 7 p.m. on April 18 at the Colonial Theater in Canton as part of the “Down Home Tour.” Tickets are $7; proceeds benefit The Community Kitchen. 648.0014. www.joelasherjr.com.

A car show will be held from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. April 18 at the Resurrection Lutheran Church in Franklin. $15 registration fee. Food available. There will also be a bouncy house for children. All proceeds from the event will go towards resurfacing the Great Beginnings Preschool playground. www.franklin-chamber.com

A “Giving Them Hope” breakfast, a fundraiser for the foster-care program Hawthorn Heights, is set for April 23. RSVP, contact Katie Henry at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 231.5413. Donation checks can be mailed to Barium Springs, Attention: Katie Henry; P.O. Box 99; Webster, NC 28788.

The Community Table’s Empty Bowl 2015 is scheduled for 4-8 p.m. on Friday, April 24, at the Community Table in Sylva next to the Sylva Pool. Tickets: $20 for your choice of hand-crafted ceramic bowl donated by local potters. Includes choice of soup, bread and desserts. communitytable.org.

A benefit for KARE will be hosted at Frog Level Brewing from 6-11 p.m. on April 24. Tickets for the benefit include a beer and a bratwurst plate, and are $12 in advance and can be purchased at the brewery or at Clean Sweep The Fireplace Shop in Waynesville. $15 at the door. www.karehouse.org.

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 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. 227.2479 or foa.wcu.edu.

The third-annual “5KARE” 5K at 9 a.m. and Fantastic Fun Run 1K will be held at 8:30 a.m. on April 25 in downtown Waynesville. $10 for ages 12-under, $25. Wear your favorite superhero costume and compete for a best costume award or just run/walk for fun. Info: 456.8995. Register at www.Karehouse.org/2015-5kare.html. Day of race register at 8 a.m. at the Badcock parking lot.  

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

A WOOD CARVED SPIRIT by local artist Ron Yount will be raffled off by the Sylva Friends of the Library Used Bookstore onApril 25. Tickets $1 apiece or six for $5 at the bookstore in Sylva.

Camp Hope in Canton Volunteer Clean-Up Day will be held from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. on April 25. Lunch provided.  

• Clyde Elementary PTO is selling Asheville Tourists baseball tickets for $6 each. This is a discount of $2/adult and $1/child.  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 627-2206.

 

Health Matters

The American Red Cross and Western Carolina University have teamed up to offer a blood drive from 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 15, in the Hinds University Center in Cullowhee. To schedule an appointment, visit redcrossblood.org and enter the sponsor code “CATS,” call 800.RED.CROSS or download the Red Cross Blood Donor App.

• The Red Cross will hold a blood drive from 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m. on April 15 at the Western Carolina University Hinds University Center in Cullowhee.

“Just for the Health of It” – a free healthy aging series hosted by Macon County Public Health – continues Thursday, April 16, at Macon County Public Health. At 4 p.m., physical therapist Randy Phillips discusses maintaining strength, flexibility and balance. At 5 p.m., free C-Reactive Protein Tests will be available to the first 50 participants. At 6 p.m., Dr. Ed Morris explains the body’s response to chronic inflammation. 349.2425.

A six-week beginners meditation class will be offered starting at 10:30 a.m. onApril 20at the Senior Resource Center in Waynesville.  

“Dementia: Get the Facts” is the topic of a presentation by Dr. Lisa Verges from 2-3 p.m. on Wednesday, April 22, at the Waynesville Library Auditorium. 356.2507 or www.haywoodlibrary.org.  

Western Carolina University's annual Earth and Wellness Celebration will be hosted on April 22. $5 lunch. Info: Lauren Bishop (227.3562 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ).

Hospice volunteer orientation and training will be offered from 8:30 a.m.-noon on   April 27, and from 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. on April 28, and May 4-5. Eric at 452.5039.

• Kidney Smart Classes are held from 4:30-6 p.m. on the third Thursday of each month in the third-floor video conference room at Angel Medical Center in Franklin. 369.9474.

• Kidney Smart Classes are held from 7:30-9 a.m. on the third Thursday of each month at DaVita Sylva Dialysis Center. Call Sue (631.0430) for more info.

• Kidney Smart Classes are held from 3-4:30 p.m. on the third Monday of each month at EBCI Health and Medical in Cherokee. For info, call Sue at 361.0430.

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. 586.7734 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

 

Recreation and Fitness

A Ballroom dance is set for 8-10 p.m. on April 17 at Angie’s Dance Academy in Clyde. $10. 734.8726.

An introduction to short-court tennis will be held onApril 18at the Waynesville Parks and Recreation’s courts. The introduction for juniors is from noon-2 p.m. while a “Masters Shootout” is from 3-5 p.m. Rumi Kakareka at 703.966.7138 orThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The Smoky Mountain Chess Club meets to play chess from 1-4 p.m. on Thursdays at Blue Ridge Books in Waynesville. 456.6000 or www.blueridgebooksnc.com.

Registration is open April 20-May 1 for a Krav Maga Self-Defense Class in Jackson County. Classes meet from 8-9:45 a.m. on Saturdays starting May 2 at the Recreation Center in Cullowhee. Six weeks. $60. 16 and older. 

“Yoga with Beyond Bending Yoga’s Jennifer McIntee is set for 6 p.m. on April 23, at Macon County Public Library in Franklin. 524.3600.

Catamount Community Dance will be held from 7-9 p.m. on April 23, at Western Carolina University’s Reid Gym in Cullowhee.  Circle, line and contra dancing. $10 for admission; $5 for students. Fundraiser for Phipps-Tholkes-Singleton PRM scholarship. Debby Singleton at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

A Women’s Mountain Bike Skills Clinic, taught by former world cup racer Sue Haywood, is set for 9 a.m.-noon on April 25 at the Western Carolina University picnic area in Cullowhee.  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 488.1988.

 

Political corner

The Democrats of Jackson County will hold their annual convention from 10 a.m.-noon on April 18, in the community room of the historic Courthouse Library Complex in Sylva. Registration starts at 9:30 a.m. Carolyn Cagle at 918.645.1973.

The Jackson County Patriots, a grassroots group of citizens promoting Constitutional government, free markets and responsible personal liberty, will meet at 5 p.m. on the third Monday of each month at Tuck’s Restaurant in Cullowhee.   Ginny Jahrmarkt at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

North and South Jackson County Republicans will meet at 6 p.m. on April 27, at Ryan’s in Sylva. Republicans and unaffiliated voters welcome. Ralph Slaughter at 743.6491, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or www.jacksoncountygop.com.

 

The Spiritual Side 

• 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. Don or Janet Zander at 926-0106.

Unitarian Universalist drum circle and potluck dinner is scheduled for 6 p.m. on April 17, at 90 Flatrock Dr. in Franklin. Bonfire if good weather.  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 332.7118.

• “Skill Share: Make Your Owen Veggie Burgers” is set for 4 p.m. on April 25, at Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Franklin. 524.3691.

• A seminar on “Faith in Film” with Frank Casper is set for 11 a.m. on April 26, at Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Franklin. 316.7857 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

 

Senior activities

Opening Ceremony of the 32ndAnnual Haywood County Senior Games will be held on April 21. 452.6789 orwww.haywoodnc.net.

• The Smoky Mountain Senior Games will be held April 24-May 15.  293.3053, recjacksonnc.org. 

• “Shifting Gears to Your Life & Work After Retirement,” a hands-on workshop, will be held from 5:30-8 p.m. on Thursdays till April 23, at Southwestern Community College’s Jackson Campus. $65. Register at www.southwesterncc.edu, 339.4497 or  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

 

Kids & Families 

There will be an After-School Art Adventure for children and students from 3:15 to 4:30 p.m. April 15, at The Bascom in Highlands. There will also be a Franklin After-School Art Adventure from 3:30 to 4:45 p.m. April 15. Free. www.thebascom.org.  

• The “Come Paint with Charles Kidz Program” will be at 4 p.m. April 23 at the Charles Heath Gallery in Bryson City. $20 per child. 538.2054.

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

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. Donald Hummel at 456.2030 or//This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. /%22%20%5Ct%20%22_blank">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .Register at the WRC.

• Registration for sandlot baseball in Jackson County will be held from April 20-May 1. Must be between ages 5-7 on May 1.  Starts week of May 11. 293.3053.

• Tennis lessons for ages 5-13 are offered through the Jackson County Recreation Center. $45. 293.3053.

Kids Camps

• 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. 456.2030 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

A Summer Day Camp experience for ages 6-to-11 will be offered by Cullowhee United Methodist Church from June 19-Aug. 7. 293.9215 or http://www.cullowheeumc.org/summer-camp-2015/

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.  456.2030 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Kids movies

“Tinkerbell: The Legend of the Netherbeast,” will be screened each Saturday in April at noon and 2 p.m. for free at The Strand at 38 Main in Waynesville. www.38main.com or 283.0079

“The Lego Movie” will be screened at 7 p.m. April 17, at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts in Franklin. The show is presented by the East Franklin School. $4. 

• “Rango” will be screened a 2 p.m., 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. on April 18 at the Mad Batter Food & Film in Sylva. www.madbatterfoodandfilm.com. 

• “Goonies” will be screened at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. on April 24 at the Mad Batter Food & Film in Sylva. www.madbatterfoodandfilm.com. 

• “Wall-E” will be screened at 2 p.m., 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. on April 25 at the Mad Batter Food & Film in Sylva. www.madbatterfoodandfilm.com. 

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.

 

A&E

Festivals and Special Events

There will be an oyster roast from 6 to 10 p.m. April 17 at The Bascom in Highlands. The event will be in celebration of the center for visual art’s recent expansion. Free steamed oysters. Other food and drinks available. Live bluegrass music by WellStrung from 7 to 9 p.m. www.thebascom.org.

The 16th annual Taste of Chocolate Plus is set for 6-9 p.m. on April 18 at Maggie Valley Country Club. Proceeds go to The Haywood Jackson Volunteer Center. Silent Auction. Tickets are $15 at the door or $12 in advance and can be purchased at Maggie Valley Club, Chocolate Bear, Blue Ridge Books and Quilters Quarters and the Better Bean Coffee House.

• The Smoky Mountain Oyster & Seafood Festival is set for 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on April 18 at the Maggie Valley Festival Grounds. $5 in advance or $8 at the door for ages 13 and up. Free for ages 12-under. Smokymtnoysterfest.com or 926.0285.

The Nantahala Outdoor Center will host its Spring Fling from April 24-26. Weekend festivities include NOC’s World KayakHometown Throwdownon April 25, a vendor fair, gear demos, live music, kids’ surf and the chance to race a pro.

The 18th annual Greening Up the Mountains spring kickoff street festival is set for 9 a.m.-4 p.m. on April 25, in downtown Sylva. 

On Stage & In Concert

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

HART is presenting “The Actor and The Assassin” as part of the Civil War Anniversary in Waynesville. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. on April 17-19 and at 3 p.m.on April 19. www.harttheatre.orgor 456.6322.

The Strand at 38 Main (Waynesville) will have The Hillbenders (bluegrass/Americana) at 8 p.m. on April 17. Tickets are $18 in advance, $20 day of show. www.38main.comor 283.0079.

• The 9thStreet Stompers (blues, swing, gypsy jazz, rockabilly, tango) perform at 7 p.m. on Friday, April 17, at the Classic Wineseller in Waynesville. Tickets: $10. 452.6000. www.classicwineseller.comor www.9thstreetstompers.com.

The Blue Ridge Big Band presents a concert at 3 p.m. on April 18, at the Main Branch of the Haywood County Library on Haywood Street in Waynesville. The community is invited. Rhonda Wilson Kram at 456.4880.

“Peter Pan: The Boy Who Would Not Grow Up” will be staged April 16-19by the Western Carolina University School of Stage and Screen at the Bardo Fine & Performing Arts Center in Cullowhee. Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. April 16-18 and at 3 p.m. on April 19.  227.2479 orbardoartscenter.wcu.edu.

Western Carolina University (Cullowhee) will have Alex Vaughn Senior Recital 5 p.m. April 18 in the Coulter Building. www.wcu.edu

Balsam Mountain Inn will have Tomi Lunsford, Tommy Goldsmith and Tom House as part of their Songwriters in the Round series ($47 per person) at 6 p.m. on April 18. Includes a buffet dinner. www.balsammountaininn.net.

Haywood County Public Library (Waynesville) will host the Blue Ridge Big Band at 3 p.m. April 18. 456.4880.

Haywood County Public Library (Canton) will host pianist Richard Shulman (jazz/world) at 3 p.m. April 19. 

Western Carolina University (Cullowhee) will host the The Inspirational Choir Spring Concert at 3 p.m. on April 19 at the University Center Grand Room. www.wcu.edu

Western Carolina University (Cullowhee) will have a Civic Orchestra April 20 at 7:30 p.m. in the Coulter Building. www.wcu.edu

• A medley of songs from “Pirates of the Caribbean” and the “Russian Easter Overture” by Nikolay Rimsky-Korsakov will highlight the program as the Western Carolina Civic Orchestra performs at 7:30 p.m. on April 20, at Western Carolina University’s Coulter Building recital hall. Free. 227.7242.

• The Moon Show, a theme-based variety show performed by a small cast, will be held at 7:45 p.m. on April 23, at The Strand Theatre at 38 Main in Waynesville. PG-13. $10 at the door; $8 in advance at www.38main.com.

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 April 26at WCU’s Bardo Center in Cullowhee. This show is part of the Galaxy of Stars Series. 227.2479 or bardoartscenter.wcu.edu.

Balsam Mountain Inn will have Annie Sellick & The Hot Club of Nashville (gypsy jazz, $49 per person) at 6 p.m. on April 26 Includes a buffet dinner. www.balsammountaininn.net.

Nightlife  

Mad Batter Food & Film (Sylva) will have a one-year anniversary Burlesque Show at 8 p.m. April 15. $5.www.madbatterfoodandfilm.com

Innovation Brewing (Sylva) will have an Open Mic night April 15 and 22 at 8 p.m. www.innovation-brewing.com.

Innovation Brewing (Sylva) will have a jazz night with the Kittle/Collings Duo April 16 and 23 at 8 p.m. www.innovation-brewing.com.

Frog Level Brewing (Waynesville) will have Craig Summers & Lee Kram (singer-songwriter) at 6 p.m.  on April 16. Free. 454.5664 or www.froglevelbrewing.com

Chris Minick (singer-songwriter/folk) will play at 6 p.m. on April 16 and 23 at Frog Level Brewing in Waynesville. Free. 454.5664 or www.froglevelbrewing.com.

Nantahala Brewing (Bryson City) will have OGYA World Music Band 8 p.m. April 17 and Shane Meade & The Sound (Americana/soul). www.nantahalabrewing.com

BearWaters Brewing (Waynesville) will have Mark Bumgarner (Americana) 8 p.m. April 17. www.bwbrewing.comor 246.0602.

• Andrews Brewing Company will have Rob Alwine (singer-songwriter) at 6 p.m. April 17. Free. www.andrewsbrewing.com.

City Lights Café (Sylva) will have Karen “Sugar” Barnes & Dave McGill (blues/acoustic) at 7 p.m. April 17.www.citylightscafe.com

No Name Sports Pub (Sylva) will have Dustin Martin & The Ramblers (Americana/string) at 9 p.m. on April 17. 586.2750 orhttp://www.non">www.nonamesportspub.com.

Tipping Point Brewing (Waynesville) will have James Stinnett (singer-songwriter) April 17 at 9 p.m.

• Water’n Hole Bar & Grille (Waynesville) will have Deltaphonic (southern rock) April 17 at 9:30 p.m.

• Andrews Brewing Company will have The Dirty Soul Revival (blues/hard rock, $5) at 7 p.m. on April 18. www.andrewsbrewing.com.

Water’n Hole Bar & Grille (Waynesville) will have the Ryan Cavanaugh Duo (bluegrass/jazz) April 18 at 9:30 p.m. 

• No Name Sports Pub (Sylva) will have Deltaphonic (southern rock) at 9 p.m. on April 18. 586.2750 orwww.nonamesportspub.com

Frog Level Brewing (Waynesville) will have Bobby G (rock/acoustic) 7 p.m. April 18. Free. 454.5664 orwww.froglevelbrewing.com 

• Joe Cruz (piano, vocals) plays The Beatles, Elton John and James Taylor at 7 p.m. on April 18 and 25, at The Classic Wineseller in Waynesville. Reservations: 452.6000.

• Andrews Brewing Company will have Rob Tiger (singer-songwriter) at 6 p.m. on April 24 Free. www.andrewsbrewing.com.

Dan Shearin (folk/Americana) plays the Classic Wineseller at 7 p.m. on April 24 in Waynesville. 452.6000 or www.classicwineseller.com.

Kabin Fever Party plays at 6 p.m. on April 24 at Frog Level Brewing in Waynesville.  454.5664or www.froglevelbrewing.com.

‘Round the Fire (Grateful Dead tribute) plays at 8:30 p.m. on April 24 at Tipping Point Brewing in Waynesville. Free. 

• The Dirty Soul Revival (blues/hard rock) plays at 9 p.m. on April 24 at No Name Sports Pub in Sylva. Free. 586.2750 or www.nonamesportspub.com.

Skunk Ruckus (hillbilly rock) plays at 9 p.m. on April 25 at No Name Sports Pub in Sylva. 586.2750 or www.nonamesportspub.com.

Andrews Brewing Company will have Porch 40 (funk/rock, $5) 7at p.m. on April 25. http://www.andrewsbr">www.andrewsbrewing.com.

Soldier’s Heart (Americana/soul) plays at 7:45 p.m. on April 25 at The Strand at 38 Main in Waynesville. www.38main.com or 283.0079.  

Books & authors 

• Writer Katherine Soniat will read selections of poetry from her new chapbook “The Goodbye Animals” as part of the Coffee with the Poet series at 10:30 a.m. April 16, at City Lights Bookstore in Sylva.  586.9499.

• In celebration of Poetry Month, Western North Carolina poet Kirk Thomas will read from his new collection entitled “Miscellaneous Musings and Other Odd Thoughts: The Desert Poems” at 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 18, at Blue Ridge Books in Waynesville. 456.6000 or www.blueridgebooksnc.com.

• Steven Harvey, author of “The Book of Knowledge and Wonder,” will lead a discussion on why monstrous memories are, in fact, our friends at 3 p.m.on April 18 at City Lights Bookstore. To reserve a copy, call 586.9499.

• The book “How Cancer Transformed Our Lives” by Debra Dalton and Diana Kenney will be the topic of an event at 1 p.m. on April 18, at Blue Ridge Books in Waynesville. 456.6000 or www.blueridgebooksnc.com.

Student poet Alison Howe will be featured at 6:30 p.m. onApril 23at the Jackson County Library in Sylva. 586.2016.

Classes and Programs  

• Fanciful Vases and Boxes, a hand-building class taught by Hank Shuler, will be held from 6-9 p.m. on Mondays and Thursdays till April 30 at Macon County Heritage School north of Franklin. $126 plus clay and tools. To preregister, 524.7690 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

A four-week instructional class for puppetry will be held from 4 to 5:30 p.m. on Wednesdays starting April 15 at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts in Franklin. All ages. Cost is $35. www.greatmountainmusic.com

A Stampin’ Up workshop will be held from 10 a.m.-noon April 15 at the Swain County Chamber of Commerce in Bryson City. $10.  www.greatsmokies.com

• Small Casserole Dishes, a class that allows students to create a variety of casserole dishes to take home, will be taught by Carmen Holland from 1-4 p.m. on Wednesdays from April 15-May 13, at Macon County Heritage School north of Franklin. $105 plus clay and tools. Preregister at 524.7690 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

• Beaded Spoons, a Jackson County Extension and Community Association craft club workshop, will be held from 1-2:30 p.m. on April 16, in the Conference Room of the Community Service Center in Sylva. 586.4009 to register. 

“Playing With Shakespeare” – a free 90-minute workshop for area actors who’d like to learn more about performing Shakespeare – is set for 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 18, in the Feichter Studio at HART in Waynesville. 456.6322 or  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

A rapid fire raku class hosted by Rick Berman will be from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. April 17-18 at The Bascom in Highlands.  www.thebascom.org

Variations on Accordion Book-Making will be the topic of a Creative Community Workshop at 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 18, in the atrium of the Jackson County Public Library in Sylva. Free. 586.2016. 

The Macon County Senior Games Flea Market will be from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. April 18 at the Macon County Community Building in Franklin. www.franklin-chamber.com 

• A glass bird sculpture class will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 18 at the Jackson County Green Energy Park in Dillsboro. 631.0271 or www.jcgep.org.  

• Sew Easy Girls, a Jackson County Extension and Community Association craft club workshop, will be held at 1 p.m. on April 20, in the Conference Room of the Community Service Center in Sylva. 586.4009. 

• History of Extension, a Cane Creek Extension and Community Association craft club workshop on April 21. 586.4009. 

“31,” a Jackson County Extension and Community Association craft club workshop, will be held at 2 p.m. onApril 23, in the Conference Room of the Community Service Center in Sylva. 586.4009.

A workshop on Permaculture will be held from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. on April 24 at Dovecote Porch and Gardens in Cashiers. Pre-registration required: 743.0307 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . 

The Jackson County Arts Council will hold its annual membership meeting at 6:30 p.m. on April 27 in the Community Room of the Jackson County Library Complex in Sylva. 507.9820 or www.jacksoncountyartscouncil.org.

Art showings and galleries 

The “Countdown to Ecstasy: A Faculty Biennial” art exhibit runs till May 29 in the Fine Arts Museum at Western Carolina University. Featuring professional and studio artwork from WCU faculty members. www.wcu.edu

• Photography and folk art digital photography by Candler sisters Barbara Sammons and Francine Menor will be showcased by the Haywood County Arts Council till April 28 at Gallery 86 in Waynesville.  All photography and art for sale with prices ranging from $35-125. Proceeds benefit CarePartners Foundation and CarePartners Hospice in memory of the artists’ mother, Irene Holloway.

•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. .

A nature-inspired student art reception will be held at 6 p.m. April 21 at the Macon County Library in Franklin. Art from students at Cartoogechaye and East Franklin elementary schools. www.franklin-chamber.com

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.

• 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. 954.707.2004. 

A limited number of arts and crafts vendor spots are available for the 2015 Sweet Corn Festival, set for Saturday, July 11, at St. Cyprian’s Church in Franklin. ../Users/t_goode/Downloads/This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 369.6997. 

Film & Screen 

“The Big Lebowski” will be screened on April 18 and 24 at 9:30 p.m. for free at The Strand at 38 Main in Waynesville. www.38main.com or 283.0079. 

• “Blade Runner” will be screened at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. on April 16 at the Mad Batter Food & Film in Sylva. www.madbatterfoodandfilm.com. 

• Cherokee Phoenix Theatres will show the following on April 16: “Paul Blart: Mall Cop  2” (PG) 7:15 & 9:40 p.m.; “Unfriended” (R) 8 & 10:15 p.m.; “The Longest Ride” (PG-13) 3:30, 6:45 & 9:50 p.m.; “Furious 7” (PG-13) 3, 4, 5, 6:30, 7, 8, 9:30 & 10 p.m.; “Get Hard” (R) 4:30 p.m.; Home (PG) 4:40 p.m.

• “Big Eyes,” based on the true story of one of the most successful painters of the 1950s and early 1960s, will be screened at 7 p.m. on April 17 by The Groovy Movie Club at Buffy Queen’s home in Waynesville. RSVP at 926.3508 or 454.5949 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

• “Weird Science” will be screened a 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. on April 17 at the Mad Batter Food & Film in Sylva. www.madbatterfoodandfilm.com. 

•  “Serena” will be screened on April 18 at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m., April 19 at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. and April 21-22 at 7 p.m. at The Strand at 38 Main in Waynesville. www.38main.com or 283.0079. 

• “Riverwebs” will be screened at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. on April 22 at the Mad Batter Food & Film in Sylva. www.madbatterfoodandfilm.com. 

• “Take 3” will be screened at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. on April 23 at the Mad Batter Food & Film in Sylva. www.madbatterfoodandfilm.com. 

•    “Wild” will be screened on April 24 at 7 p.m., April  25 at 4 p.m., April 26 at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m, April 28 and 29 at 7 p.m. and May 1 at 7 p.m. at The Strand at 38 Main in Waynesville. www.38main.com or 283.0079.  

• The films “Danny Collins” (April 17-23) will be screened at the Highlands Playhouse. Tickets are $9. For show times, go to www.highlandsplayhouse.org

“Cirque Du Soleil: World’s Away” (April 20-21) will be screened at the Highlands Playhouse. Tickets are $9. For show times, go to www.highlandsplayhouse.org

• “Life Changes Everything” will be shown at 7 p.m. Friday, April 24 at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts in Franklin. Free. www.greatmountainmusic.com

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.

 

Outdoors

• A bird walk along the greenway will be held starting at 8 a.m. on April 15. Meet at Macon County Public Library parking area. http://franklinbirdclub.com/ or 524.5234.

Rain barrels are for sale throughout spring for $80.25 each at the USDA Agriculture Service Center in Waynesville. 476.4667 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

An Appalachian Trail documentary entitled “Hard Way Home” will be screened at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. on Thursday, April 16, at the Macon County Public Library in Franklin. Documentary is by Kori Feener.

• “Dead Reckoning” starring Humphrey Bogart and Lizabeth Scott will be screened at 2 p.m. on April 17, at Macon County Public Library in Franklin. Runtime: 1:40. 524.3600.

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. (www.appalachiantrail.org). Tuition: Free upon acceptance. Application:  www.trailcrews.org/wilderness-skills-institute. Leanna Joyner at 254.3708 or Brenna Irrer at 226.4320.

Volunteers are needed for the 31stannual Tuckaseigee River Cleanup, which will begin with registration from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. onApril 18on the A.K. Hinds University Center lawn in Cullowhee. Jeremiah Haas at 227.3625 or basecamp.wcu.edu.

A volunteer work day to upgrade East Street Park in Waynesville will be held from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on April 18.  

“Watching Warblers” will be screened, followed by a discussion led by artist and bird expert John Sill, at the Franklin Bird Club’s meeting at 7 p.m. on April 20 at the Macon County Public Library in Franklin. 

An invasive plant species removal is set for 2-4:30 p.m. on April 21 at the Vance Street Park in Waynesville. Meet at pavilion on Richland Creek by the Waynesville Recreation Center.

A senior engineering class from Georgia Tech will present their findings from a study on flooding along the Frank Allen Road area of Cashiers Creek at 9:30 a.m. April 21, at the Cashiers-Glenville Recreation Center. 

A SolariseWNC public forum will be held at 7 p.m. on April 21, at the First United Methodist Church in Waynesville. Canary Coalition at 631.3447 orThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage will be heldApril 21-25in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Gatlinburg, Tenn.  

A bird walk along the greenway will be held starting at 8 a.m. onApril 22. Meet at Salali Lane. Parking is off Fox Ridge Road, just south of Franklin Flea Market on Highlands Road. http://franklinbirdclub.com/or 524.5234.

“Bootleggers and Baptists in the Garden of Good & Evil” will be the subject of an Earth Day lecture presented by Bruce Yandle at 4:15 p.m. on April 22, at Western Carolina University’s Killian Building, Room 102. Free. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

• “History of the Greenway” will be offered by Friends of the Greenway at 10 a.m. on April 23 at Big Bear Shelter. 369.9488.

A stream clean-up of Richland Creek is set for April 25. Meet in Bi-Lo parking lot in Waynesville. RSVP by April 23 to Christine O’Brien at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 476.4667.

Cheoah Ranger District is offering free camping, breakfasts and suppers to volunteers who participate in “Trail-A-Thon” trail maintenance week on April 19-24. Dick and Margaret Evans at 479.2503 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

International Migratory Bird Day Celebration will be held from 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. on  April 25, at the Cradle of Forestry in America in Pisgah Forest. $5; 15-under free. 877.3130 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Boating safety courses will be offered by Haywood Community College’s Department of Arts, Sciences and Natural Resources and the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commissioner from 6-9:30 p.m. on April 27 in Building 3300 on HCC’s campus. Free. Pre-registration required at www.ncwildlife.org.

“Spring at Kituwah” bird walk led by naturalist Don Hendershot will be held April 27. Hendershot is a columnist for the Smoky Mountain News. 524.5234. Meet at 8 a.m. at Bi-Lo parking lot in Waynesville or at 8:30 a.m. at Huddle House in Dillsboro to carpool. 524.5234.

The inaugural Gateway to the Smokies Half Marathon is set for May 2, in downtown Waynesville. All proceeds go toward an initiative to build a greenway along Richland Creek in Waynesville. Register by searching “Gateway to the Smokies” on http://www.active.com">www.active.com.

Competitive Edge

Smoky Mountain Overnight Relay will be held on April 17-18.  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. 293.3053, recjacksonnc.org. 

The Nantahala Racing Club’s Slalom Series, an introduction to whitewater racing, is set for April 25-26 at the Nantahala Outdoor Center.  www.nantahalaracingclub.com.

Registration is open for the 23rd Tour de Cashiers Mountain Cycling Experience, which is set for May 2.  www.tourdecashiers.com.

Farm & Garden

The Hunter Community Garden in Haywood County is accepting gardeners. $35 per plot. Sarah Scott at 456.3575. 

• A free, introductory class about Square-Foot Gardening is set for 5:30 p.m. on April 21, at the Canton Branch Library. 648.2924.

“Get More From Your Vegetable Garden” will be the topic of a free program from 1-2 p.m. on April 23, at Waynesville Library Auditorium. 356.2507.

A native plant sale is set for 9 a.m.-1 p.m. on April 25 at Corneille Bryan Native Garden in Lake Junaluska. 778.5938.

The Macon County Poultry Club meets the third Tuesday of each month at the Macon County Cooperative extension office in Franklin. 369.3916.

The Jackson County Poultry Club will hold its regular meeting on the third Thursday of each month at the Jackson County Cooperative Extension Office.  586.4009 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Hiking Clubs

A 6.4-mile spring hike from Smokemont Campground to the Smokemont Loop near Cherokee is set for 9 a.m. on April 16. Meet at the General Store. 

A four-mile Big Creek Spring Flower Hike is set for April 18, in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Must RSVP by April 16 to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

• The Nantahala Hiking Club will take an easy-to-moderate hike, elevation change 600 ft., to High Falls/ Thurston Hatcher Falls in Jackson County on April 18. Jody Burtner, 788.2985, for reservations. Hike limited to 10 people.  

• The Nantahala Hiking Club will take a moderate-to-strenuous 5-mile hike to Windy Falls on April 18.Elevation change is 700 ft. with steep descent the last ¼ mile. Mike Kettle, 743.1079, for reservations. 

The Carolina Mountain Club will hold an 8.5-mile, all-day weekend hike starting at 8 a.m. onApril 19. Jim Reel at 738.0751, 443.2532 orThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

• The Nantahala Hiking Club will take an easy-one-mile hike onApril 19around the lake at Black Rock Mt. State Park, drive up to the Visitor Center for views of Clayton and surrounding mountains and visit a small nature museum. Share a parking fee of $4. Meet at Westgate Plaza in Franklin at 2:00 p.m., drive 15 miles round trip.Kay Coriell, 369-6820, for reservations.  

Bill and Sharon Van Horn will share tips for hikes around Franklin with a one-hour program at 6 p.m. April 22, at Macon County Public Library in Franklin. 524.3600.

• Carolina Mountain Club will hold a 5.5 mile hike with a 1,000-foot ascent on April 22. Jack Fitzgerald at 685.2897 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

The Nantahala Hiking Club will take a moderate-to-strenuous 9.5 mile hike, with an elevation change 1200 ft., on April 25, to Palmer Creek in the Smoky Mtns. Park in the Cataloochee area. Keith Patton, 456.8895.  

The Nantahala Hiking Club will take a very strenuous 10.6 mile hike, elevation change of 2,700 ft., on April 25, to Cold Mountain in the Shining Rock Wilderness. Bill and Sharon Van Horn, 369.1983, for reservations. Limit of eight hikers.  

Carolina Mountain Club will hold a 5.4-mile hike with a 750-foot ascent on April 26. For info, contact leader Bobbi Powers at 667.5419 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Carolina Mountain Club will have a seven-mile hike with a 1,000-foot ascent on April 29. Stuart English at 384.4870 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .