Thu08282014

     Subscribe  |  Contact  |  Advertise  |  RSS Feed Other Publications

Tuesday, 19 August 2014 00:00

Regional Calendar

 

Arts and Entertainment
Outdoors
Clubs and Groups
Kids and families
Health

 

Community Events & Announcements

• Big Brothers Big Sisters of Haywood County is now accepting applications for boys and girls within the Haywood County area between the ages of 6 and 14 who could benefit from an approved adult mentor/role model. No cost to the family. 356.2148.

• $10 Fall Fix: get unfixed pets for spay/neuter and rabies vaccination for only $10 through Nov. 30, through Haywood Spay/Neuter. Pet owner must live in Haywood County and sign their pets up at the Haywood Spay/Neuter office, noon to 6 p.m. open Tuesday through Friday. 452.1329. 

• Inaugural Haywood County Fall Sports Tailgate Kickoff Party, noon to 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 16, at Smathers Square on Main Street, Canton, to promote fall sports programs for Pisgah High School, Tuscola High School and Western Carolina University. 

• Transportation Advisory Committee of the Southwestern Rural Planning Organization (RPO), 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 21, Southwestern Commission office, 125 Bonnie Lane, Sylva.  Philip Moore, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 339.2213.

• Mountaintop Rotary Club, 7:30 a.m. every Wednesday, Highlands-Cashiers Hospital lower level Dining Room.  

• New support group, The Compassionate Friends of Western North Carolina, for families who have had a child die, holds monthly meetings at 7 p.m. the first Thursday of each month in the Dugan Classroom of Long’s Chapel United Methodist Church, Clyde. John Chapman, chapter leader, 356.6877 or  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Park at the rear of the church and enter the building across the elevated cement sidewalk that leads to the second floor room #210, which is the first door on the right.

• Southern Vintage Trailer Friends (members of the national group the Tin Can Tourists), annual fall rally, 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 2, Pride Resort, 4393 Jonathan Creek Road, Waynesville. More than 30 restored and period decorated vintage trailers open to public viewing.

• Smoky Mountain Model Railroaders work session, 7 to 9 p.m. every Tuesday and public viewing session from 2 to 4 p.m. the second Sunday of the month, 130 Frazier St., in the Industrial Park near Bearwaters Brewery, Waynesville. The group runs Lionel-type 3rail O gauge trains. http://smokymountainmodelrailroaders.wordpress.com.

• P.A.W.S. Adoption Days first Saturday of each month from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the front lawn at Charleston Station, Bryson City.

• The Smoky Mountain Chapter of the National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association will meet at noon on Aug. 23, for their annual picnic at Shady Grove United Methodist. U.S. 276 north of Waynesville. Exit from U.S. 19 onto U.S. 276 and travel approximately three miles. Church is on right side of highway. Cake & home-made ice cream will be provided. 828.456.5251. 
• Fontana Village Resorts will be holding their fifth annual Labor Day Weekend LakeAlooza celebration Aug. 29-31. The Josh Fields Band will be performing, and games and contests will be available. www.fontanavillage.com. 800.849.2258.
The Friends of the Rickman Store will be hosting a tour of local gem mines at 10 a.m. Aug. 30 at 51 Cowee School Rd., Franklin. A self-drive caravan will allow visitors and residents alike to travel together to four historic mines in the Cowee and Burningtown areas. The tour will begin with a gem mine introductory presentation. A $5 per vehicle donation is requested and carpooling is encouraged. Box lunches will also be available. 828.349.7467.
Western Carolina University will be celebrating their 125th anniversary with their Big Birthday Bash from 4 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 26 on the A.K. Hinds University Center lawn. Food, games and entertainment will be provided. Event is free to the public. 828.227.3033.  celebrate125.wcu.edu. 
• Angel Medical Center Disease Management Services will be offering a lunch and learn class for the public at 11:30 a.m. and 12:15 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 28. The class includes information on discussing the different classes of medications. 828.349.8290.
• The Haywood County Fair will be having their Stock Tractor Pull at 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 23.  Hitch fees are $10 or three for $25. 758 Crabtree Rd., Waynesville. 828.456.3575. 
• WestCare Wellness will be hosting an event, which focuses on preparing healthy family means from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 4 in the main lobby of Harris Regional Hospital. This event is one in a series and is in partnership with Jackson County Department of Public Health.  Recipes for the “Kitchen Showdown Competition” must be submitted by Thursday, Aug. 28.  828.586.7734. 
• Drugs in Our Midst will meet at 6 p.m. Aug. 27 at New Covenant Church. Program will include update from the Sheriff’s Department. 767 Lee Road, Clyde.
• The Transportation Advisory Committee of the Southwestern Rural Planning Organization will meet at 5:30 p.m. Aug. 21 at the Southwestern Commission office. The meeting will include a special public comment period related to final approval of the Southwestern RPO Transportation Prioritization project list. 125 Bonnie Lane, Sylva. 828.339.2213.
• Wildlife biologist Rob Gudger will present a program about wolves and dispel some of the myths and misconceptions at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 26, at The Village Green Commons in Cashiers as part of the Village Nature Series. Frank Allen Road, near the Cashiers post office.  828.743.3434. 
• OccupyWNC General Assembly will take place at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 26, in room 246 of the Jackson Justice Center. This meeting is open to the public. 401 Grindstaff Rd, Sylva.  828.743.9747.  

 

Business & Education 

• Free two-part business card making class using MS Word Templates, 5:45 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 20 and Wednesday, Aug. 27, Jackson County Public Library. 586.2016. 

• Connect Up WNC business networking meeting, 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 20, Sagebrush Restaurant, 895 Russ Ave., Waynesville.

• Free seminar, “Alternative Financing for the Small Business Owner,” 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 21, Student Center, first floor, Haywood Community College. 627.4606 or visit sbc.haywood.edu to register online.

• Entrepreneurship training available online through HCC Small Business Center through a partnership with Hewlett Packard and the National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship. Access courses at www.ncsbc.net, call 627.4512 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Information about upcoming workshops is available on the HCC Small Business Center website at SBC.Haywood.edu. 

• Southwestern Community College cosmetology students are offering haircuts, manicures and nail tech services from 8 to 11 a.m. on a first-come, first-served basis, on Tuesdays through Thursdays at SCC’s Jackson Campus in Sylva. 339.4238, southwesterncc.edu or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

• Human Resource Development class, SCC Swain Center. Get help with resume writing, job searches, online job applications completions, and much more. SCC Swain Center, Jennifer Ashlock, 366.2000 or Yvonne Price, 366.2002.

• Southwestern Community College offers "Employability" labs 8 a.m. to noon Mondays and Wednesday, room 104, Oaks Hall, Southwestern Community College, Jackson Campus; 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays, and 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, Room 104, SCC Macon Annex; 8 a.m. to noon Mondays and Wednesdays, SCC Swain Center; and 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Fridays, Cherokee Vocational Center, Cherokee.

• One-on-One Computer Support Program available at the Jackson County Public Library. Individual appointments are set up by the Adult Services Department, 586.2016 for more information.

• Spanish Club Round Table Discussions, noon to 1 p.m. Thursdays, gazebo at the Macon Campus of Southwestern Community College.

• Entrepreneur Skills Network business skills meetings, 6 to 7:30 p.m. every Monday in the Jackson County Justice and Administration Building, Sylva. Experienced and startup entrepreneurs are welcome. 586.5466 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

• Haywood Community College offers Get a Job workshops, which include:

• Basic Computer Skills from 10 a.m. to noon every Tuesday.

• Create a Great Resume workshop from 2 to 4 p.m. every Tuesday.

• Job Search Basics from 10 a.m. to noon every Wednesday.

• Interview Tips from 10 a.m. to noon every Thursday.

• Customer Service Excellence from 2 to 4 p.m. every Thursday.

• Time Management from 10 a.m. to noon every Monday.

• Your Electronic Portfolio from 10 a.m. to noon every Friday.

• Spanish Translation Career Coaching and Self-paced English Study from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. every Friday.

• Career Coaches are available for individual help from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. 564.5093 or 246.9233.

• The Small Business Roundtable series will provide small business owners the opportunity to networking from 8:30 to 10 a.m. on Aug. 27 at Haywood Community College in the Library Conference room. Online registration required. 627.4512. www.haywood.edu
• Haywood Community College will offer a series of Student Success Seminars from 1 to 2 p.m. on Aug. 26-27 in building 300, room 335A. These seminars are free of charge and open to the public. 627.4646. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
•The Jackson County Public Library will offer a free class on making a business/contact card using MS Word Templates at 5:45 p.m. Wednesday, Aug 27 in Sylva. This is the intermediate level of the class. This program is co-sponsored by the Friends of the Library of the Jackson County Public Library. RSVP to sign up. 586.2016. 
• Business After Hours will hold their meeting from 5 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 21. RSVP to attend. 16 Old Cashiers Square, Cashiers. 743.5191. 

 

Fundraisers and Benefits

• Haywood County Fairgrounds annual fish fry, 4 p.m. Friday, Aug. 22, Haywood County Fairgrounds.  $10. Children under eight years of age are free.  Proceeds to help the Fairgrounds with operating funds. Mehaffey, 508.2972, or the Haywood County Cooperative Extension Office, 456.3575.  Tickets can be purchased at the Haywood County Cooperative Extension Office.

• Jackson County Chamber of Commerce Yard Sale, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 23 Western Carolina University Ramsey Activity Center. 586.2155.

• PAWS Wine Tasting and Silent Auction, 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 30, Harmony Hall at Lands Creek Cabins, Swain County. Tickets, $20. 488.0418

• Eighth annual Baskets and Bags Bingo, 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 12, Haywood County Fairgrounds. Presented by the Catholic Women’s Circle of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church. Proceeds go to local community agencies.  $20 for 21 games.  Sponsorships also available. Great prizes. For tickets and details, call Karen Conner, 452.0768. Sponsorship information, Belinda Lowe, 648.5568.

• Benevolence Fundraiser: Tickets are on sale to win a 2001 Ford Ranger XLT 4X4. Proceeds to benefit Macon/Jackson Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #81. Tickets are $10 each or six for $50. Drawing, Sept. 23. Tickets available from John O'Conner, 369.0698; Joe Hall, 332.8568; or Larry Miller, 369.6924. Truck will be displayed at various places around town for certain events.

• “Caring For Kids Yoga Class,” Mondays, By Feel Well Yoga At Uuff, 89 Sierra Dr., Franklin. 100 Percent Of All First-Time Participant Donations And 10 Percent Of All Ongoing collections go to KIDS Place. Space limited. 941.894.2898.

• A Save the Trails ride and run through DuPont State Forest will be held at 9 a.m. Aug. 23 to raise money to maintain trails mountain bikers’ use. $50 online registration through Aug. 21, $60 day-of. Children 13 and under ride free. 1400 Stanton Rd., Cedar Mountain. 740.418.4676. 
• The Highlands Playhouse will be holding their Bubbles and Big Band event at 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 29. All you can eat low country boil dinner. Concert will follow, featuring the Asheville Jazz Orchestra. $85 per person. Proceeds benefit The Highlands Playhouse and Highlands-Cashiers Hospital. 526.2695.
• PAWS will be having their 11th Annual Wine Tasting and Silent Auction from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 30 at Harmony Hall.  3336 Balltown Rd, Bryson City.  Purchase tickets at PAWS Thrift Store. 333.4267. 
• The Haywood County Citizens Against Fracking will be hosting an event at the Haywood County Library from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 27 in Waynesville. The event will be in the auditorium room on the bottom floor of the public library.  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
• The Smoky Mountain Pregnancy Care Center will be having a yard sale from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Aug. 22-23 at their Cullowhee Clinic. All proceeds will go to the SMPCC. 4699 Little Savannah Rd, Cullowhee. 293.3600. 
• The Haywood Regional Medical Center Foundation will present its 23rd Annual Charitable Class Golf and Gala Aug. 26-27. Funds raised will go towards women mammogram screenings, drug safes, scholarships and hospital remodeling. 452.8317. 
• The Jackson County Chamber of Commerce will hold its third annual yard sale at 8 a.m. to 1 p.m Saturday, Aug. 23, in the Ramsey Activity Center at Western Carolina University. Spaces are $35 each, or 2 for $60. Set-up will be from 2 to 6 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 23. 586.2155. 
• The Designer Showhouse will be held Aug. 22-31 in Cashiers. The location of the home is in Timber Ridge. A shuttle will be provided. Proceeds from the event goes to support the Cashiers Historical Society. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Volunteering

• Haywood County Meals on Wheels needs drivers for these routes: Fridays – Route #4 – Allens Creek; Thursdays and/or Fridays – Route #9 – Beaverdam; Fridays – Route #19 – Cruso; Fridays – Route #21 – Saunook.  Immediate need of drivers in the Cruso area.  Jeanne Naber, 356.2442.

• The Haywood Jackson Volunteer Center has many new openings for volunteers throughout the region. Call John at 356.2833. 

• Community Care Clinic of Franklin needs volunteers for a variety of tasks including nursing/clinical, clerical and administrative and communications and marketing. The clinic will provide volunteer orientation and training for all individuals. 349.2085. 

• Catman2 Shelter needs volunteers for morning feeding and general shelter chores, especially from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. 293.0892 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

• The Volunteer Water Inventory Network (VWIN) is looking for people to work one to two hours every second weekend of the month at Hyatt Creek, Raccoon Creek and Jonathan Creek. Supplies provided. Volunteers pick up empty bottles, collect water samples, and return full bottles. 926.1308 or www.haywoodwaterways.org. Early evenings are the best time to call.

• Agencies throughout Haywood County seek volunteers for many different jobs, including helping with Haywood Christian Ministries, REACH hotline and thrift shop, the Elk Bugle Corps for the National Park and many more. 356.2833.

• 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. 526.4949, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 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. 456.3923.

• Haywood Volunteer Center needs respite work, domestic violence hotline volunteers, meal delivery drivers, mediators, craft instruction, house building, foster grandparenting and office work. 356.2833 

 

Blood Drives

Haywood

• American Red Cross Blood Drive, noon to 4:30 p.m. Aug. 25, Masonic Lodge Waynesville, East Marshall St., Waynesville. 800.733.2767 or visit redcrossblood.org.

Jackson

• American Red Cross Blood Drive, noon to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 26, Health and Human Science Building, Western Carolina University, Highway 107, Cullowhee. 800.733.2767 or visit redcrossblood.org.

• American Red Cross Blood Drive, noon to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 27, Health and Human Science Building, Western Carolina University, Highway 107, Cullowhee. 800.733.2767 or visit redcrossblood.org.

• American Red Cross Blood Drive, noon to 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 27, Hinds University Center, Western Carolina University, Highway 107, Cullowhee. 800.733.2767 or visit redcrossblood.org.

• American Red Cross Blood Drive, noon to 5:30, Thursday, Aug. 28, University Center, Western Carolina University, Highway 107, Cullowhee. 800.733.2767 or visit redcrossblood.org.

Swain

• American Red Cross Blood Drive. 1 to 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 21, Victory Baptist Church, 2175 Fontana Road, Bryson City. 488.7888, 800.733.2767 or visit redcrossblood.org.

    

 Health Matters

• Two-day diabetes management class for the public, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 4 and Tuesday, Sept. 9, Angel Medical Center, Franklin.  Pre-registration required, Barbara Hall, 369.4166.  

• Adult chair yoga and more, 2:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Chestnut Hill Highlands; noon Mondays and 11 a.m. Fridays, United Universalist Fellowship of Franklin, 89 Sierra Dr., Franklin. Benefits KIDS Place. 941.894.2898 to register.

 • Adult children of alcoholic and dysfunctional families 12-step program, 3 to 4:30 p.m. Sundays, Clyde Town Hall, 8437 Carolina Boulevard, Clyde.  Side entrance near picnic table.  Ruse’ (rue-say) Bryson, 627.6977.

• The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) has started a club at Haywood Community College for students with mental illness. The student-led group meets twice a month. 627.4504.

• Adult Neurogenic Communication Group, 1:20 to 2:30 p.m. the second Monday of each month, upstairs classrooms MedWest-Haywood Health and Fitness Center, Clyde. Leigh Odom, Ph.D. CCC-SLP department of communication sciences & disorders, Western Carolina University, 227.3834, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

• Ladies Night Out, 4 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. the fourth Tuesday of each month in the cafeteria at Angel Medical Center.  349.2426.

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

• The Community Care Clinic of Highlands-Cashiers, 5 to 9 p.m. Thursdays, provides free care to uninsured patients who meet financial need requirements and live or work in Highlands and Cashiers. $10 donation suggested. The clinic is in the Macon County Recreation and Health Building off Buck Creek Road. 526.1991. 

• HealthTracks, the wellness and healthy lifestyle program at Highlands-Cashiers Hospital, offers a toning class from 3 to 4 p.m. every Monday, Tuesday and Thursday on the lower level of the Jane Woodruff Medical Building at the rear of the hospital campus. $8 per session. 526.1348 or www.hchospital.org.

• Heart Healthy Exercise Group meets at 8:30 a.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at the Highlands Civic Center. $15 per month. 526.3556.  

• Outpatient Diabetes Classes are offered from 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m. bimonthly at Harris Regional Hospital in Sylva, and from 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m. monthly at Swain County Hospital in Bryson City. 586.7734.

• Teen Prepared Childbirth Classes are offered at Angel Medical Center. 369.4421.

 

Recreation & Fitness

• ISA Fall Softball League mandatory team registration meeting, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 28, Waynesville Recreation Center. 456.2030 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . 

• Fall Adult Coed Volleyball League organizational meeting, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 26, Waynesville Recreation Center. 456.2030 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . 

• Drop-in yoga: beginners, 10 a.m. Mondays; beyond beginners, 4 p.m. Wednesdays, Lake Junaluska Kern Building Fitness Center. $10 per person, per class. No registration required. Taught by Rumi Kakareka, a certified yoga instructor with 20 years experience. 703.966.7138 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

• Summer tennis clinics: junior players (8 and older), 1 to 2:30 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday through August, Lake Junaluska tennis courts. $20 per session. Adult clinics, semi-private ($30 split between two) and private lessons ($20 per lesson) available. Rumi Kakareka, certified tennis instructor, 703.966.7138, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , or www.lakejunaluska.com/tennis. 

• Stand Up Paddle Board YOGA, 9 to 10:30 a.m. Saturdays, Fontana Lake. 342.6444, www.brysoncitystandup.com/sup-yoga.

• Weekly yoga classes, Maggie Valley Wellness Center. All classes (except chair) are $12 per drop in or $40 for four classes. 

• Sue-mba: Zumba with Susan, 9 a.m. Mondays, Waynesville Wellness, 1384 Sulphur Springs Rd., Waynesville. $5/class, 230.8240, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

• Hoop Dance with Stacey of Sweet Circle Hoops, 5:15 p.m. Mondays, Waynesville Wellness, 1384 Sulphur Springs Rd., Waynesville. $10/class, 773.8998, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

• Belly Dance with Logan of Body Lyrics, 6 p.m. Mondays, Waynesville Wellness, 1384 Sulphur Springs Rd., Waynesville. First class free, $10/class, 283.0173, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

• Qi Gong with Sifu Nate Novgrod, 5 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, Waynesville Wellness, 1384 Sulphur Springs Rd., Waynesville. 283.0268, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

• Tai Chi for Health with Sifu Nate Novgrod, 1 p.m. Thursdays, 283.0268, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

• Tai Chi with Sifu Nate Novgrod, 5:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, Waynesville Wellness, 1384 Sulphur Springs Rd., Waynesville. 283.0268, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

• Long Fist Kung Fu with Sifu Nate Novgrod, 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, Waynesville Wellness, 1384 Sulphur Springs Rd., Waynesville. 283.0268, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

• New Zumba Toning class, 5:30 to 6:15 p.m. Thursdays, Waynesville Parks and Recreation Department. Free to members of the Waynesville Recreation Center or daily admission for non-members. 456.2030 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . 

• Aqua Zumba, 5:30 to 6:15 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, MedWest Health & Fitness Center. 452.8080 or MedWestHealth.org.

• Hoop Fitness, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Mondays, Family Resource Center, Webster. Hoops provided; all ages welcome. 586.2845 to register. $3 children, $5 adults. www.hooping.org.

• Hula Hoop class for children and adults, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Mondays, Jackson County Family Resource Center, $3 kids, $5 adults. 586.2845 to register.

• The Walk with Ease beginning exercise program, 2 to 3 p.m. every Tuesday for six weeks at the MedWest Health & Fitness Center on the MedWest-Haywood campus in Clyde. Walk with Ease is for people with and without arthritis who would like to begin a regular walking routine. For people who can be on their feet for 10 minutes without pain. Reservations required; $20 per person. 452.8089.

• The Waynesville Parks and Recreation Department offers walking program for those with arthritis from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. and 1 to 2 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. Free to members. 456.2030 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

• Aikido Class will be offered from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays at the White Dragon Academy, Sylva. 269.8144 or 507.1800.

• WNC Fit Club is offering free workouts every Monday. Level 1 workouts begin at 5:15 p.m., Level 2 workouts begin at 6:30 p.m. in the Community Services Building in Sylva. www.xfit.org or 506.4726.

• The Waynesville Kodokan Judo Club practices from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Waynesville Recreation Center. Children participate from 4 to 5:30 p.m., adults 5:30 to 7 p.m. Open to boys and girls of all ages. Sensei Jimmy Riggs, 506.0327 or the Waynesville Recreation Center at 456.2030.

• Cardio Dance Fusion, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Mondays, Wednesday and Fridays, Waynesville Parks and Recreation Department. Free to members or daily admission for nonmembers. 456.2030 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

• The Smoky Mountain Roller Girls, Bryson City’s Roller derby team, practices from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Wednesdays and 6 to 8:30 p.m. Sundays at the Swain County Recreation Center on West Deep Creek Road. Open to women 18 and older. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

• The Creative Thought Center will offer meditation classes every other Saturday at 449D Pigeon St., Waynesville. 648.8816.

• E-Z Stretching and Chair Exercise classes, 2 to 3:15 p.m. Tuesdays at the Waynesville Towers, 65 Church St., Waynesville. 456.3952.

• The Waynesville Kodokan Judo Club will host Judo classes from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Waynesville Recreation Center. Judo Club members must purchase an annual membership at the Waynesville Recreation Center plus, $20 per month for club dues. Ages 4 and up. Jimmy Riggs, 506.0327.

• Exercise and Movement for Middle Eastern Dance is held Thursdays at 9 a.m. at the Creative Thought Center, Waynesville. $40/monthly or $12/class. 926.3544. 

• AccessDance WNC, a mobile dance instruction company committed to making dance and exercise accessible to underserved communities, offers instruction in numerous settings. 276.6458.

• Qi Gong/Yoga/Pilates classes are from noon to 1 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays at The Creative Thought Center of Waynesville. Love offering. 456.9697 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

• Waynesville disc golf club. GLOW Singles play at 6 p.m. Mondays at the Waynesville Recreation Park. Random draw doubles at 10 a.m. Saturdays. $5, $4 for club members. Meet at the picnic shelter beside the softball field below the Waynesville Recreation Center. www.waynesvillediscgolf.org.

• The Mountaineer Oxygen Services, Inc. will conduct a free seminar on chronic obstructive pulmonary disease from 10 to 11 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 21 at the Waynesville Recreation Center.

 

The Spiritual Side 

• “Tablescapes” luncheon, 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 23, Grace Episcopal Church in the Mountains, 394 N. Haywood St., Waynesville. Proceeds will benefit the Haywood Community College Foundation – Scholarship Fund.  Tickets, $20, purchased at the Parish Office, 394 N. Haywood St., Waynesville, or 456.6029, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday.

• Stone Soup Gathering, 5 p.m. Sundays, Fellowship Hall, Bryson City United Methodist Church. Free.

• Join Moms in Prayer at 9 a.m. Friday mornings at 160 Main St., in the Community Room at Blue Mountain Studios in Bryson City to pray for children and their schools. Open to all moms who have a burden for their children and schools.  736.0857.

• Four Winds Daoist Center in Whittier holds meditation sessions on various days. 40 minutes meditation followed by a brief Daoist reading and discussion of that reading. Free. 788.6730, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

• The Sylvan Hearth Pagan Temple welcomes fellow pagans who are seeking community to join in celebrating the Sabbats. 331.8688 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .  

• A prayer shawl ministry meets at 6 p.m. every other Friday at High Street Baptist Church, Canton. Shawls are made as donations for those who need encouragement and to share the word of God. Members will teach those who want to learn. 648.5830.

• A prayer walking group meets at 6 a.m. Wednesdays in Canton. Group prayer during warm up then walk at your own pace. Meet at the big parking lot in front of the Sandwich Shop on Park Street. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

• An interdenominational bible study group for women meets at 11:30 a.m. every Tuesday at First United Methodist Church in Waynesville. Childcare provided by reservation. 452.1124 or 508.8649.

• The Creative Thought Center of Waynesville offers a combination of a half hour Chakra Balancing meditation followed by an hour of Oneness Blessing, also known as Deeksha on Mondays at 5:30 p.m. and Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m. at the Center. Love offering. 456.9697 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

• Ladies Bible Fellowship meets at 1 p.m. Monday in the fellowship hall of the Cashiers United Methodist Church on Hwy. 107 South. Interdenominational Bible study. 743.9337.

• Missionary Circle #1 at Liberty Baptist Church meets at 7:30 p.m. on the second and fourth Wednesday of each month at the church. 226.4526.

• The Lakeview Church of the Nazarene holds Caravan at 6 p.m. on Saturdays. The kids club is dedicated to the physical, social, mental and spiritual growth of children. 926.9210.

• Unitarian Universalist of Franklin is sponsoring Wednesday night study sessions called Wednesday Night Chautauquas on the third week of each month. An optional $5 soup supper starts at 5:30 p.m. Discussions begin at 6:30 p.m. 524.6777.

• The Covenant Christian Church Food Ministry will be holding their Grocery Giveaway from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 24.  It is free and open to the public.  486 Fairview Rd, Sylva. 283.0018.
• Sylva First United Methodist Church and the Chancel Choir will be holding a concert of favorite anthems at 6 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 24. The concert will feature instrumental solos and duets. Hor d’oeuvres will be served following the concert. 399.0275.  

 

Senior Activities

• Get The Most From Your Ipad/Iphone, 1 to 2 p.m. Tuesdays, through Aug. 26. Senior Resource Center of Haywood County, 81 Elmwood Way, Waynesville. Free. 356.2800, www.haywoodseniors.org.

• Wellness Seminar “Heart Health,” 1 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 20. Department on Aging/Senior Center, 100 County Services Park, Sylva. Presented by Sylva Cardiology. 586.4944.

• Basic knitting class, 10 a.m. to noon every Tuesday, Jackson County Senior Center, Sylva. Bring your own yarn and needles. Free. 586.4944.

• Senior Nutrition Program, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Jackson County Senior Center, 100 County Services Park, Sylva. 586.4944.

• Foster Grandparents needed in Head Start, non-profit day care centers and public schools in seven county Western North Carolina region. Meet 200% of federal poverty guidelines and receive a small tax free stipend plus annual and sick leave plus mileage. Must be 55 or older. Torrie Murphy, Mountain Projects, 356.2834.

• New Memory Café, 10 a.m. to noon, second Thursday of each month, Mission and Fellowship Center, First Baptist Church of Sylva. For people who suffer with dementia, Alzheimer's disease, or other memory disorders, and their caregivers.

• Free wood carving opportunity with Fred and Mike Morey, 10 a.m. every Monday, Senior Resource Center, 81 Elmwood Way, Waynesville. Tools and know-how available. 452.2370.

• Senior Phone Assurance program at the Senior Resource Center is for seniors and people 18 years old and older with disabilities who would like to receive a daily phone call. Free. Callers are volunteers who are part of the Senior Resource Center. Phone Assurance works well for people who live alone. 452.2370.

• Senior Resource Center Brain Gym, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, 81 Elmwood Way, Waynesville. Open to the public for games, computer/iPad, Wii, X-Box and Brain Bikes. People 50 years of age and older and teens 18 and older with disabilities can participate in cardio workouts, rug hooking and much more. 452.2370.

• Laughter Yoga Club, 2 to 3 p.m. Tuesdays, Senior Resource Center, 81 Elmwood Way, Waynesville. Suzanne Hendrix, certified Laughter yoga leader. Wear comfortable clothing. 452.2370.

• Clip and Save Coupon Club, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesdays, Senior Resource Center, 81 Elmwood Way, Waynesville.

• Senior and Fit, a 12-week program, 11 a.m. to noon Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, Waynesville Parks and Recreation Department. 456.2030. 

• Happy Wanderers senior group holds several events coordinated through Haywood County Parks and Recreation. 452.6789. 

• For information on resources for older adults in Haywood County, call 2-1-1, or by cell phone 888.892.1162; www.nc211.org or www.haywoodconnections.org. 452.2370.

 

 Kids & Families

• Parents as Teachers Water Olympics, 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 21, American Legion Field, behind Bogarts in Waynesville.

• Woodsy Owl's Curiosity Club, 10:30 a.m. to noon and 1:30 to 3 p.m. Thursdays, Cradle of Forestry. Summer nature series for children ages 4-7 years old. $4 per child for each program. 877.3130.

• Family nature activities, 3 to 4 p.m. Tuesdays, Highlands Nature Center, Highlands. For ages 4 and older. $1 per person. www.highlandsbiological.org or 526.2623.

• Storybook Science Program, nature lesson based on a children’s book, 2:30 to 3 p.m. Wednesdays, Highlands Nature Center, Highlands. Free, all ages. www.highlandsbiological.org or 526.2623.

• New outdoor recreation program for boys and girls in third through sixth grade, 4:30 to 7:45 p.m. Thursdays. Meet at the Waynesville Recreation Center and then travel to a hiking trail. Location determined day of event. $5 per person for members of the Waynesville Recreation Center or $8 for non-members. 456.2030 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . 

• Free homework help, 3 to 5 p.m. Monday-Thursday, Library Room, The Jackson County Public Library in Sylva. Kindergarten to college. No sign-up is necessary. Tutor will be library staffer David Clager. 586.2016. 

• SafeKids USA/ Blue Dragon Taekwondo (TKD) School is now open in Clyde. 627.3949 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

• Cool Kids Do Science Club, 5:30 p.m. second Thursday of the month, Canton Branch Library. Elementary- and middle-school-aged kids are invited to perform fun and educational science experiments. 648.2924.

• Homework Help, 3 to 5 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays for students in grades 2 through 6, Canton Branch Library. Former schoolteacher turned Youth Services Librarian Katy Punch offers homework help on a first-come, first-served basis. Katy, 648.2924.

• Mother Goose Time, 11 a.m. Tuesdays, Waynesville Library and 10:30 a.m. Wednesdays, Canton Branch Library. Special story time for babies and toddlers (ages 5 months to 2 years old) and their parents/caregivers. 

• Free after school program for sixth graders, 3 to 6 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays through the school year, First Baptist of Sylva. Enroll at 708.7792 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

• KARE’s Parents as Teachers, 9 a.m. Thursdays, parking lot/picnic shelter, Waynesville Recreation Center. Walk, meet other parents and help your kids get the wiggles out.

• New Kindermusik Baby Classes called Cock-a-Doodle Moo for children newborn to 18 months, weekly in Cullowhee, Waynesville and Cashiers. Day and evening times available. 293.5600 or www.themusicvillage-nc.com.

• Claymates Pottery will host kids' night from 6 to 8 p.m. the first Friday of every month. Create art, eat pizza and play games. 631.3133.

• The Waynesville Parks and Recreation Department offers after school opportunities for kids from 3:30 to 6 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays. Free to members or $12 per student per week for nonmembers. Registration required. 456.2030 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

• The Macon County Public Library will host family story times at 10 a.m. on Mondays and Tuesdays and at 7 p.m. on Wednesdays. Kids are invited to wear PJs and bring stuffed animals during the Wednesday evening programs. Home School Book Talk is held from 1 to 2 p.m. on Wednesdays. 524.3600.

• Love and Logic is a seven-week class for parents with children of any age. The class topics include discipline, bickering and fighting, power struggles, how to have fun and feel relaxed as a parent, plus any topics that parents bring. Amber Clayton, program coordinator, 586.2845 ext. 25.

• Young Warrior Jiu Jitsu Classes, 5 to 5:45 p.m. on Wednesdays and Fridays at Basulto Academy of Defense in Waynesville. Classes are open to boys and girls ages 6 and older. 230.5056 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . 

• Avril Bowens presents perfect pushing class for moms-to-be. 342.8128 or www.healyourdiastasis.com

• The Charles Kidz Program will meet at 5 p.m. on Aug. 21, 26 and 28 at the Charles Heath Art Gallery. 175 Everett St., Bryson City. 538.2054. www.charlesheath.com. 
• Kidz on Main will be holding their Block Party at 6 to 10 p.m. Aug. 30. Art activities, live music and food will be available. Main Street, Waynesville. 456.3517.  www.downtownwaynesville.com. 
• The Macon County Public Library will be hosting a frog kissing party to celebrate children's summer reading accomplishments at 6:30 p.m. Thursday Aug. 28, in Franklin. For each child that has read for 15 minutes a day, for at least 49 days during the summer, the children's librarians will kiss a frog that many times. Bring your own frog. 149 Siler Farm Rd, Franklin. 524.3600.  

Science & Nature

• Astronomy Club of Asheville offers free star gazes twice a month.www.astroasheville.org/star-gazes.

• Guided chestnut orchard tours, 11 a.m. Wednesdays, Cataloochee Ranch. $15, includes lunch. Reservations, 926.1401.

Arts

• Kids can make their own piece of art from 10 a.m. to noon every Saturday during the Family Art at the Jackson County Farmers Market at the Community Table, downtown Sylva. 631.3033 or www.jacksoncountyfarmermarket.com.

• Suzuki Flute at The Music Village is accepting new students ages 4 to adult. Beginning through advanced students are welcome. 293.5600 or  www.themusicvillage-nc.com.

• The Uptown Gallery in Franklin offers monthly art workshops for children. Children must be at least eight years old. Pre-registration is required. 349.4607 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

• Kids Creation Stations, 10 a.m. to noon, Saturdays, The Bascom in Highland. Ages 5 to 9, $5 per class. 787.2897.

• After School Art Adventure, 4:15 to 5:30 p.m., Tuesdays, The Bascom in Highland. Ages 5 to 9, $5 per class. Follows Macon public school schedule. 787.2897.

• After School Advanced Art Adventure, 4:15 to 5:30 p.m., Tuesdays, The Bascom in Highland.  Middle and high school age students. $5 per class. Follows Macon public school schedule. 787.2897.

• Kid’s sewing/needlecraft class 10 a.m. to noon, Saturdays, Studio 598, 598 W. Main St., Sylva. 587.7899.

Literary (children)

• A Book Trade/Exchange, 2 to 4 p.m. Tuesdays, Brain Gym, 81 Elmwood Way, Waynesville. 452.2370.

• WCU is collecting old books for local children. Please drop donations at Reynolds Residence Hall or Scott Hall on the campus of WCU. 227.4642 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

• A Haywood county non-fiction book club meets the third Monday of each month at 7 p.m. at various locations. 456.8428 

• Book Babies story time at Blue Ridge Books meets Mondays at 10:30 a.m. for children 3 years old and younger. 456.6000.  

• Adventures in Reading, noon and 5:30 p.m., Thursdays. Story, snack and craft. Swain County Family Resource Center. 488.7505.

• Family Story Time, 11 a.m. Tuesdays, Canton Public Library and at 11 a.m. Wednesdays, Waynesville Public Library. Stories, songs, crafts. 452.5169.

• Ready 4 Learning, 11 a.m. Tuesdays, Waynesville Public Library. For 4 and 5 year olds, focuses on kindergarten readiness skills.  452.5169. 

• Rompin' Stompin' Story Time, 10 a.m. Thursdays, Canton library, for kids of all ages. This is a musical story time with dancing, singing, simple musical instruments and books.

• Movers and Shakers Story time, 11 a.m. Thursdays, Waynesville Public Library. For all ages. Movement, books, songs and more. 452.5169.

• 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.

• Family Story Time for ages 18 months to 5 years is held from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Mondays and Tuesdays at the Macon County Public Library in Franklin. 526.3600. 

• Book Talk, grades 3-5, 1 to 2 p.m. Wednesdays, Macon County Public Library in Franklin. 526.3600. 

• Pre-School Story Time, ages 3-5, 10:40 to 11:30 a.m. Thursdays, Hudson Library in Highlands. 526.3031.

• Preschool Story time, ages 3-5, 10:30 a.m. Wednesdays, Marianna Black Library, Bryson City. 

• 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.


Literary (adults)

• Coffee with the Poet featuring J. Robin Whitley, 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 21, City Lights Bookstore, Sylva. 586.9499.  

• Canton native, novelist, poet and Professor Fred Chappell will read from his newest book of poetry at 3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 24, at Blue Ridge Books, 152 S Main St., Waynesville. Chappell was the North Carolina Poet Laureate from 1997 to 2002.

• The Artist and Writer Retreats + Workshops, Sept. 1521, Lake Logan Retreat Center. Details, www.cullowheemountainarts.org or 342.6913.

• Ready to Read, adult literacy program to help those who are illiterate or need to improve/strengthen their reading skills, 10 a.m. to noon, Tuesdays and Thursdays, Genealogy Study Room on the second floor of Jackson County Public Library. 586.2016.

• Lost Writers Support Group, 10 a.m. to noon, first Saturday of the month, Zelda Divine, Inc., 1210 S. Main St., Waynesville. Coffee, refreshments, and good company abide.

• Janet Lilley, Linda McFarland and Dan Pittillo will be discussing their book, Seasons in a Wildflower Refuge, at Blue Ridge Books. 152 Main St., Waynesville. 778.5938.
• Mark Powell will present his new novel, The Sheltering, at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 23, at City Lights Bookstore, 3 E. Jackson St., Sylva. 586.9499.
• Mary Joyce will discuss her new book, Cherokee Little People Were Real, at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 27 at the Waynesville Library Auditorium. Call to RSVP. 356.2507.
• Timm Muth will sign copies of his debut novel, Disciple of the Flames, at 3 p.m. Saturday Aug. 30, at City Lights Bookstore, 3 E. Jackson St., Sylva. 586.9499

 

ECA Events

Extension and Community Association (ECA) groups meet throughout the county at various locations and times each month. 586.4009. This month's meetings, listed by date, include:

• 9 a.m. Friday, Aug. 22—ECA Craft Club Workshop – Rug Braiding, Conference Room of Community Service Center, Sylva. Call Extension Office for more information and to sign up for the workshop.

 

 Political Group Events & Local Government

Dems

• New hours at the Macon County Democratic Party Headquarters, 251 Sloan Road. Now open from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Office Hours will increase later this summer.  369.8561. Marge Abel, 369.8159, or Shirl Ches, 524.9991.  

• Macon County Democratic Party permanent office, 251 Sloan Road, Franklin, 2 to 6 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays. 634.7737.  

• Haywood County Democratic executive committee meets at 5 p.m. the first Thursday of each month at Democratic Headquarters, 286 Haywood Square, Waynesville.  www.haywooddemocrats.org.

• Haywood County Democratic Party headquarters, 286 Haywood Square, Waynesville, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday. 452.9607, haywooddemocrats.org.   

• Jackson County Democratic Party meets the third Tuesday of every month at 6:30 p.m. at Democratic Headquarters, 500 Mill St., Sylva.  Brian McMahan, 508.1466.

• Jackson County Democratic Party executive committee members meet at 6:30 p.m. the third Tuesday of each month at Democratic Headquarters, 500 Mill St., Sylva. jacksondems.com.

• Jackson County Democratic Women meet at 6 p.m. the third Thursday of every month at Democratic Headquarters 500 Mill St., Sylva. jacksondems.com. 

GOP

• 2014 Republican headquarters offices at Laurel Terrace on Highway 64 East in Cashiers and at 58 Sunrise Park retail complexes in Sylva. Chair Ralph Slaughter, 743.6491 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , www.jacksoncountygop.com.

• The North Jackson County GOP monthly meetings are held at 6:30 p.m., the fourth Monday of each month, at the Sylva headquarters, 58 D Sunrise Park, Sylva. Ralph Slaughter, Jackson County GOP Chair at 743.6491 or www.jacksoncountygop.com.

• The South Jackson County GOP monthly meetings are held at 6:30 p.m. the fourth Tuesday of each month at the GOP headquarters office at Laurel Terrace on N.C. 64 east in Cashiers. Ralph Slaughter, Jackson County GOP Chair at 743.6491 or www.jacksoncountygop.com.

• The Haywood Republicans meet at 6:30 p.m. the second Thursday of the month at the GOP headquarters, 303 N. Haywood St., Waynesville. 246.7921. www.haywoodncgop.org.

• The Haywood Republicans meet at 6:30 p.m. the second Thursday of the month at GOP headquarters, 303 N. Haywood St., Waynesville. 246.7921. www.haywoodncgop.org.

• North Jackson County Republicans will met at 6 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 25 at Ryans in Sylva.  South Jackson County Republicans will meet at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 26 at the Cashiers Republican Headquarters.  Laurel Terrace Suite 8 on Highway 64 East.  828.743.6491.  

Others

• Public forum: Public Education in North Carolina--Reform or Decline? 7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 20, Tartan Hall, First Presbyterian Church, Franklin. Sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Macon County. Features a panel of local award-winning educators.

• Jackson County Patriots meeting, featuring naturalized American and Sylva resident Rafael Rodriguez, 6:30 p.m. Aug. 21, Ryan’s Steak House, Sylva. Ginny Jahrmarkt at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

• WCU Political Debate Series, 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 4, between Mark Meadows (R-Jackson) and Tom Hill (D-Henderson), Grandroom of A.K. Hinds University Center on the WCU campus; 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 23, between Joe Sam Queen (D-Haywood) and Mike Clampitt (R-Swain), Health and Human Sciences Building on WCU’s West Campus; and 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 2, between Jim Davis (R-Macon) and Jane Hipps (D-Haywood),  Room 204 of the Health and Human Sciences Building. All debates will be broadcast live online by WLOS-TV on www.wlos.com

• The Libertarian Party of Haywood County meets at 7 p.m. every second Wednesday of the month at Organic Beans, 3676 Soco Road, Maggie Valley. Open to the public. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

• Occupy/WNC General Assembly meets from 7 to 8:30 p.m. every second and fourth Tuesday in room 220 of the Jackson County Administration and Justice Center in Sylva. 538.1644. 

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

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

• The Haywood County NAACP will have their general meeting at 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 23.  450 Pigeon St, Waynesville.  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .  

 

Government Service Boards & Commissions

Haywood

• Canton Aldermen — 5:30 p.m. second and fourth Tuesday of each month at Town Hall. 648.2363.

• Clyde Aldermen — 6:30 p.m. first Tuesday of each month. Town Hall. 627.2566.

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

• Maggie Valley Aldermen — 5:30 p.m. the third Tuesday of each month. Town Hall. 926.0866.

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

• Haywood County school board meets at 7 p.m. the second Monday of each month at the Education Center in Clyde.  

• The Haywood County Economic Development Commission meets at 4 p.m. the third Wednesday of each month at the Employment Security Commission. 

• The Haywood County Tourism Development Authority meets at 2 p.m. the fourth
Wednesday of each month in Gaines Auditorium at the Bethea Welcome Center at Lake Junaluska. 

• Waynesville ABC Commission — 10 a.m. second Tuesday of each month. ABC Board Office at 373 Walnut St. 452.2491.

• Waynesville Board of Adjustment — 5:30 p.m. first Tuesday of each month. 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 —2 p.m.  First Wednesday of each month, Town Hall. 452.2491.

• Waynesville Planning Board — 5:30 p.m. third Monday of each month, Town Hall. 452.2491.

• Waynesville Public Art Commission — 5:30 p.m. second Thursday of each month, Town Hall. 452.2491.

• 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 — 5:30 p.m. first Wednesday of each month at 65 Church St. 452.2491.

Jackson

• Jackson County Commissioners — First Monday of each month at 2 p.m. and third Monday at 6 p.m. Justice Center. 631.2295.

• Sylva Commissioners — First Thursday of each month at 5:30 p.m. and third Thursday at 9:15 a.m. Town Hall. 586.2719.

• 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.

• 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.

• Jackson County school board meets the fourth Tuesday of each month at 6 p.m.

• Webster Town Board—First Wednesday of the month. 5:15 p.m. Town Hall, 1411 Webster Rd.

Macon

• Macon County Commissioners — Second Monday at 6 p.m. County courthouse. 349.2025.

• Franklin Aldermen — First Monday of each month at 7 p.m., third Monday at 5:30 p.m. at Town Hall. 524.2516.

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

• The Macon County school board meets the fourth Monday of each month at 6 p.m. at the administrative offices. 

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

• 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

• Swain County Commissioners — Second Monday of each month at 5:30 p.m. and fourth Monday of each month at 5:30 p.m. Administration Building. 488.9273.

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

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

• 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.

• The Swain county school board meets the second Monday of each month at 7 p.m. 

 

Civic & Social Group Meetings 

Haywood

• Cribbage Grass Roots Club, 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Maggie Valley Inn. www.cribbage.org, www.accgrassroots.org. Keith Miller, 410.440.7652, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , or Dale Henry, 926.3978.

• The Maggie Valley Civic Association presents Mountain Bingo Bonanza at 5:45 p.m. every Thursday at the Maggie Valley Community Pavilion. 926.8021.

• Waynesville chapter of the Smoky Mountain Chess Club is looking for seniors who want to play chess. The club meets from 2 to 4 p.m. Thursdays at Blue Ridge Books in Waynesville. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Waynesville meetings, 648.5739.  Sylva meetings, 586.9815.

• The Haywood County HIV/AIDS Task Force meets every third Thursday of the month from 4 to 5 p.m. The purpose of this group is to both educate the community and provide support for those living with HIV/AIDS. 452.6675. 

• American Legion Varner-Rhinehart Post No. 61 meets at 8:30 a.m. the fourth Saturday of each month at the Legion Building on Short Street in Canton. 

• Christian Motorcyclists Association meets the first Thursday of the month at Sagebrush Steakhouse Russ Ave. Waynesville, 6 p.m. for supper and 7 p.m. the meeting begins.

• The Crabtree, Iron Duff, Hyder Mountain Community Development Club meets at 7 p.m. the second Thursday of each month at the Community Center on Tommy Boyd Road. All welcome. 627.8008.

• Duplicate Bridge Club meets at 12:30 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at the Waynesville Old Armory Recreation Center. ACBL sanctioned games. 456.3581.

• Haywood County Amateur Radio Club meets at 8 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month at the Haywood County Emergency Operations Center on Miller Street. All interested parties, licensed hams or not, are invited to attend. 452.9351 or on the radio repeater (147.39 +).

• 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. 627.2558  

• Haywood County Newcomers Club meets at 11 a.m. every third Tuesday. 452.9768.

• The Kiwanis Club of Waynesville meets from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. each Tuesday at Laurel Ridge Country Club, 49 Cupp Lane in Waynesville. 926.4436.

• Waynesville Rotary Club meets Fridays at 1 p.m. at Laurel Ridge Country Club. 648.7300.

• Waynesville Sunrise Rotary Club meets at 7 a.m. Tuesdays at the GatewayClub, 37 Church St., Waynesville. 452.5520.

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

• The Smoky Mountain Button Club is a craft club that meets regularly May-December at Antique Antics, 1497 S. Main St., Waynesville. 452.6225 or 627.3977 

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

Jackson

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

• The Jackson County Greenways Advisory Committee meets on the third Thursday of each month in Room A227 of the Jackson County Justice and Administration Building. 293.3053 ext. 233 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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

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

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

• Catch the Spirit of Appalachia, a non-profit heritage organization, meets every month in its members’ homes. 631.4587. 

• Community Response for Energy Action and Transition Education (CREATE) meets at 6 p.m. at The Underground in Sylva every second and fourth 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 5:30 p.m. the first Monday of each month at the Jackson County Library Complex conference room. 293.3407.

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

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

• 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. 293.9826 or 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, TWSA office on Main Street in Sylva. 

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

Macon

• The Franklin Lion’s meet twice monthly on the second and fourth Monday in the dining room of Angel Medical Center.  421.0859.

• 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. 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 W. Palmer St., Franklin, holds its monthly meeting at 7 p.m. the second Monday of each month.

• Macon County Concerned Bikers Association (CBA) meets the first Wednesday of each month at Main St Pizza for dinner at 6 p.m. and the meeting after at 7 p.m. All motorcyclists are welcome. Cliff Cyphers at 369.8060.

• P.E.O. Franklin Chapter meets the third Wednesday of the month at 11 a.m. Philanthropic Educational Organization is a sisterhood that helps with the education of women. Individuals need to be a member to attend the meetings, call Char LaDue 342.6253 or Andy Lawley 349.4992.

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

• The Franklin Lions Club meets at 6 p.m. The second and fourth Monday of each month at the Macon County Community Facilities Building. Club president Dave Jones at 349.5357. All proceeds from the club’s work stays in Franklin.

• The Fraternal Order of Police meets in the fellowship hall at Holly Springs Baptist Church (new building) at 7 p.m., on the fourth Tuesday of each month. A light meal will be served. John O’Connor 349.0698.

• The Kiwanis Club of Franklin meets at 11:30 a.m. every Tuesday at Fat Buddies, 311 Westgate Plaza.

• Franklin Rotary Club meets at noon every Wednesday at the First Presbyterian Church, 26 Church Street.

• Franklin Rotary Club Daybreak meets at 7:30 a.m. every Tuesday at Angel Medical Center, 179 Riverview Ave.

• The Macon County Genealogical Society meets at 7 p.m. the third Friday night of each month at the Macon County Agricultural Extension Office located on Thomas Heights Drive in Franklin.

• The Nantahala Rangers Camp #1839 of Franklin, a camp of the Sons of Confederate Veterans, meet the second Monday of each month, at 6 p.m., at the Sunset Restaurant in Franklin. David Blaine at 369.7885.

• Gem City Forum Toastmasters Club # 296 meets at 5:30 p.m. every Tuesday in The Depot Room at The Factory 349.8888. 421.4744 or www.gemcityforum.org.

• The Silas McDowell Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution serves Jackson, Macon, and Swain counties meets at the Broiler Room restaurant in Franklin on the third Monday of each month. Anyone with an ancestor tied to the American Revolution is welcomed and encouraged to attend. Kenton W. David at 526.3374 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

• The Smoky Mountain Flying Club meets at 3 p.m. the first Saturday of each month at the Macon County Airport. Anyone interested in aviation is invited. For more information contact club president Tom Hagan at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit www.smokymtnflyingclub.com.

• Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7339 meets at 7 p.m. the first Wednesday of each month at the post home on West Palmer Street in Franklin. 

• Zonta Club of Franklin meets the second Tuesday of each month at the Party Zone. Zonta is an international nonprofit women’s club working for local charities. 369.5888. 

Swain

• Cherokee Toastmasters club meets from noon to 1 p.m. every Monday at Prime Sirloin Family Steakhouse across from Harrah’s. 497.5550 or 497.3521.

 

Support Groups

Haywood

• Recovery educational support classes for those with substance abuse/co-occurring disorders, 6 to 7:30 p.m., Tuesdays, 1210 South Main St., Waynesville. $50 fee for book and materials payable at the first class attended. Scholarships available. Jane, 400.5851.

• Support classes for friends and family of those with substance abuse/co-occurring disorders, 6 to 7:30 p.m. Mondays, 1210 S. Main St., Waynesville.  $50 fee for book and materials payable at the first class attended. Scholarships available. Jane, 400.5851.

• Men’s Only Grief Support Group, 9 to 10:30 a.m. the second Tuesday of each month, First Presbyterian Church, 305 Main St., Waynesville. John Woods, facilitator. 551.2095 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

• Grief and Beyond, a grief support group, 4:30 to 6 p.m. Thursdays, room 210, Long’s Chapel UMC, Waynesville. Facilitated by Jan Peterson, M.S. 550.3638 or Long’s Chapel UMC, 456.3993, ext. 17, Tim McConnell.

• Grief support group, noon to 1 p.m. first Friday of every month, Long’s Chapel, Dugan Classroom. Other Fridays at Junaluska First Baptist, just past the Homestead. Sponsored by Hospice. 452.5039.

•  Haywood County Aphasia Support Group, 1:30 to 2:30 p.m., second Monday of each month in the Haywood Regional Medical Center Fitness Center classrooms. 227.3834.

• Haywood County offers an HIV/AIDS Support Group, 4 p.m., first Tuesday of each month at the Health Department. Anonymity and confidentiality are strongly enforced. 476.0103 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

• AA meetings, 7 p.m., Saturdays, Maggie Valley United Methodist Church, 4192 Soco Road. 926.8036.

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

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

• Celebrate Recovery, 6 p.m. every Thursday, Long’s Chapel UMC, Waynesville. A Christ-centered 12-step recovery ministry open to all adults with hurts, habits, and hang-ups. Childcare available. 456.3993, ext. 32.

• Diabetes Support Group, second floor classroom, MedWest Health & Fitness Center, 4 p.m. on the second Monday of each month. 452.8092

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

• HOPEful Living: Women’s Cancer Support Group, third Tuesday of each month from 5:30 to 7 p.m., Haywood Regional Medical Center, Fitness Center, Health Educ. Room, Waynesville. 627.9666 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 627.0227.

• National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) chapter, 7 p.m., third Thursday of each month, Asbury Sunday School Room, First United Methodist Church in Waynesville.  400.1041.

• Recovery from Food Addiction, a 12-step recovery program for individuals suffering from food addiction, 5:45 p.m. Wednesdays, Friendship House, Academy St. beside Waynesville’s First United Methodist Church, 400.7239.

• Single Parents Networking Group, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Wednesdays, First United Methodist Church, 566 S. Haywood St., Waynesville, free, dinner and child care provided in fun, informal setting. 456.8995 ext. 201.

• WNC Grief Support Group is for families who have lost a child. 7 p.m., third Thursday of each month, Clyde Town Hall. 565.0122 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . 

Jackson

• “A to Z” support group for all cancer patients (such as lung, colon, urologic, head and neck, skin) and patient caregivers, 5 to 6 p.m. the fourth Tuesday of each month, Harris Medical Park Conference Room.  631.8100.

• WNC Breast Cancer Support Group, 6 to 7 p.m. fourth Tuesday of each month, Harris Medical Park Conference Room, and for Swain County residents from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. second Tuesday of each month, Harris Medical Park private dining room, next to the cafeteria.  631.8100.

• Prostate Survivors Alliance, a special support group for men with a current diagnosis of prostate cancer, as well as prostate cancer survivors,  7 to 8 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month, Harris Medical Park conference room, Sylva. 586.5724.

• Grief Support Group, 1 to 2:30 p.m. Friday’s First Baptist Church, 669 W. Main St., Sylva. Hosted by Four Seasons Compassion for Life. Michael Lee, bereavement counselor, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

• Bereavement Support Group, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Mondays for the next five weeks, 26 WestCare Drive, Suite 301, Sylva. 631.1702.

• New chapter of Co-Dependent's Anonymous, 6 to 7 p.m. Mondays, Dogwood Wellness, Dillsboro. Connie, 477.4380 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

• Harris Monthly Grief Support Group, 3 to 4 p.m. every third Tuesday of the month, Chaplain’s Conference Room, MedWest-Harris, Sylva. 586.7979.

• Al-Anon Family Group meets every Monday evening from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m., Sylva Methodist Church. A support group for family and friends whose lives are affected by someone else’s drinking.

• Breastfeeding support group, 9:30 to 11 a.m., first Monday of each month at the First United Methodist Church (park in back and use rear entrance) Sylva. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 506.1186.

• Men’s discussion circle, 7 p.m. Mondays, The Center in Sylva. Join an open circle of men to discuss the challenges of life that are specific to men in a safe environment of confidentiality. $5. Chuck Willhide, 586.2892 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

• Al-Anon Meetings are held at 4 p.m. Tuesdays at Grace Community Church. The meetings bring hope for families and friends of alcoholics. 743.9814.

• Cashiers Cancer Care Group for cancer patients, survivors, spouses and caregivers offers support, encouragement, hope and understanding. 7 p.m., first Thursday of the month, Grace Community Church. 743.3158.

• Food Addicts In Recovery Anonymous, 7 p.m., Mondays, Harris Regional Hospital in the small dining room, Sylva. 226.8324.

• Jackson County Alcoholics Anonymous, 7:30 p.m., Mondays, Sylva First Presbyterian Church, Grindstaff Cove Road. 

• Look Good, Feel Better is for women dealing with the appearance related side effects that occur with cancer treatments. A trained volunteer cosmetologist shares expertise in dealing with hair loss and skin change. 10 a.m. to noon, bimonthly, the first Monday of every month, at Harris Regional Hospital. RSVP required, 631.8100. 

• WestCare Hospice Bereavement Support Group meets at 3:30 p.m. the third Tuesday of each month in the Chapel Conference Room at Harris Regional Hospital. 586.7410.

• Weight Watchers meets at 8:30 a.m. every Monday at Grace Christian Church in Cashiers. 226.1096.

Macon

• Angel Medical Center Hospice offers three bereavement support groups for people who have lost loved ones. Two Women’s support groups both meet on the third Wednesday of each month at the Sunset Restaurant on Highway 28 at 11:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. A Men’s Support Group meets the first Monday of each month also at the same location at 11:30 a.m. 369.4417.

• Angel Medical Center offers a monthly Diabetes Support Group the last Monday of each month. The group meets in the Angel Medical Center dining room beginning at 4 p.m. Pre-registration is required by calling 369.4181.

• Anxiety, nervousness and/or panic disorders support group meets at 7 p.m. on Fridays in the basement of Highlands United Methodist Church. 526.3433.

• Al-Anon meetings are held at noon every Thursday at the First Presbyterian Church at Fifth and Main in the community room in Highlands. All are welcome.

• Alzheimer’s Caregivers Support Group meets at 1:30 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month at the Macon Co. Department on Aging. 369.5845.

• Angel Medical Center’s Diabetes Support Group meets at 6 p.m. the fourth Monday of each month in the Center’s dining room. 

• Chronic Pain Support Group meets at 7 p.m. the fourth Monday of every month in the dining room of Angle Medical Center. 369.6717 or 369.2607.

• Circle of Life support group meets 10 a.m. to noon Fridays at Highlands-Cashiers Hospital. The group is for those who are dealing with any loss or grief. 526.1462.

• Healthy eating/weight control classes are held every Tuesday at noon at the N.C. Cooperative Extension Service Office, 193 Thomas Heights Rd. 349.2048.

• Highlands-Cashiers Cancer Support Group meets at 6:30 p.m. on the third Thursday of the month at First United Methodist Church of Highlands. Meetings are confidential.

• Miracles Happen group of Overeaters Anonymous meets at 5:30 p.m. each Thursday and 5 p.m. each Sunday in the downstairs chapel of First United Methodist Church. 349.1438.

• Overeaters Anonymous meets at 5 p.m. on Sundays at First United Methodist Church at 86 Harrison Ave in Franklin. 508.2586

• NAMI Appalachian South (National Alliance on Mental Illness), the local affiliate of NAMI NC, meets on the first and third Thursdays of each month at 7 p.m. at the Community Facilities Building, Georgia Road Contact Ann Nandrea 369.7385.

• Suicide Survivors Support Group. Angel Hospice sponsors a monthly support group for those who have suffered a loss due to the suicide of a loved one. This meeting is open to everyone in our community and meets the fourth Wednesday of each month at 10:30 a.m. in the back room. 369.4417.

• TOPS (Take off Pounds Sensibly) support group meets 5:30 p.m. every Monday at Bethel Methodist Church. Weigh in begins at 4:30 p.m. 369.2508 or 369.5116.

• Weight Watchers meet each Tuesday at the Peggy Crosby Center in Highlands. Weigh in is at 5:30 p.m. with the meeting beginning at 6 p.m.

Swain

• Women’s 12-Step Medicine Wheel Recovery Group meets Tuesdays at 5 p.m. at A-Na-Le-Ni-S-Gi in Cherokee.

• Circle of Parents, support group for any parent, meets at noon on Thursdays at the Swain Family Resource Center.

• Grief Support Group meets from 7 to 8 p.m. each Monday night at the Cherokee United Methodist Church on Soco Road. 497.4182.

 

 Arts & Entertainment

• Bingo, 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 21, Haywood County Fair, Apple Orchard Building, Haywood County Fairgrounds. 100% of the funds raised from Bingo will go back into the Haywood County Fairgrounds maintenance and upkeep. Shirley, 712.3458. www.haywoodcountyfairgrounds.org.

• Fish Fry, 4 p.m. Friday, Aug. 22, Haywood County Fair, Haywood County Fairgrounds, Waynesville. $10, children under age 8 eat free.  Proceeds to benefit Haywood County Fairgrounds. 508.2972 or 456.3575. 

• New Generation Jamboree, 5 to 10 p.m. Friday, Aug. 22; McKayla Reece, Productive Paranoia, Ginny McAfee, Junior Appalachian musicians, and more.www.haywoodcountyfairgrounds.org.

• Mountain Dell Equestrian Group, 4 p.m., 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 22, Haywood County Fair, Haywood County Fairgrounds, Waynesville. www.haywoodcountyfairgrounds.org.

• K-9 demonstration with Haywood County’s law enforcement agencies, 6 p.m. Friday, Aug. 22, Haywood County Fair, Great Smokies Arena, Haywood County Fairgrounds. www.haywoodcountyfairgrounds.org.

• Cake Walk, 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 23, Haywood County Fair, Haywood County Fairgrounds, Waynesville. $1 per walk. Any remaining cakes will be auctioned to the highest bidder. Proceeds to benefit Haywood County Fairgrounds. Gwilli Gericheck, 627.0919 or Julie Sawyer, 456.3575. www.haywoodcountyfairgrounds.org.

• Naturally Breathtaking Miss and Mister Haywood Beauty Pageant, 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 23, Haywood County Fair, Haywood County Fairgrounds. 704.798.3739 or 704.242.2601 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . www.haywoodcountyfairgrounds.org.

• Heritage Hoedown, 5 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 23, Haywood County Fair, Haywood Country Fairgrounds. Whitewater Bluegrass Company, Soldier’s Heart, Hill Country Band, Ross Brothers, plus clogging group and more. www.haywoodcountyfairgrounds.org.

• Smoky Mountain Jubilee, 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 24, Haywood County Fair, Haywood County Fairgrounds. Eddie Rose & Highway 40, The Trantham Family Band and Lorraine Conard Band. www.haywoodcountyfairgrounds.org or 456.3575.

• Village Square Art & Craft Show, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 23-24, Kelsey-Hutchinson Park, Fifth and Pine streets, Highlands. 787.2021.

• The Big Birthday Bash celebrating WCU’s 125th anniversary, 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 26, A.K. Hinds University Center lawn and the adjoining Central Plaza. Enjoy barbecue, hamburgers, veggie burgers, hot dogs, watermelon, funnel cakes, deep-fried goodies, lemonade, tea and birthday cake. 227.3033, www.celebrate125.wcu.edu.

• Mountain Heritage Day, 40th Anniversary, Saturday, Sept. 27, Western Carolina University campus. Mountain Heritage Day contests, whisker-growing, old-fashioned costumes, home-canned goods; chainsaw competition, antique auto show and Mountain Heritage Day 5K. Artists and craftspeople juried competition. Applications at www.mountainheritageday.com or 227.7129. www.facebook.com/mountainheritageday or @WCU on Twitter. 

• Jackson County Green Energy Park seems vendors for the Youth Arts Festival. The festival is Saturday, Sept. 20. An estimated 1,600 children and adults will be in attendance to watch artisans practice their craft, listen to local music, and get their hands dirty with art projects. Artists should fill out the online form at JCGEP.org or call the Green Energy Park Director Timm Muth at 631.0271.

• Call to restaurateurs for Fifth annual Taste of Sylva culinary tour, 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 4, downtown Sylva and McGuire Gardens. Julie Sylvester, 226.0181 or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Deadline is Aug. 22. www.mainstreetsylva.org.

 

On Stage & In Concert 

• Haywood Community Band free concert, 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 24, at the lakefront next to Lake Junaluska Assembly’s Stuart Auditorium. Rhonda Wilson Kram, 456.4880, www.haywoodcommunityband.org.

• Gospel/old-time group Country Memories, 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 21, Macon County Public Library, Franklin. www.fontanalib.org.

• Gospel Singing, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 23, Apple Orchard Event Center (Building A), Haywood County Fair, Haywood County Fairgrounds. Featuring Old Friends, Faith Under Fire, and The Inmans.  Free.

• Masters of Illusion, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 23, Harrah's Cherokee Casino Resort Event Center, Cherokee. 777 Casino Drive, Cherokee. www.Ticketmaster.com. 

• Single tickets now on sale for the 2014-15 Galaxy of Stars Series at Western Carolina University’s John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center. 227.2479, www.bardoartscenter.wcu.edu.

• Gaither Homecoming Tour, 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 19, Western Carolina University’s Liston B. Ramsey Regional Activity Center. Tickets are $73 for platinum seating, $36 for artist circle seating, $26 for regular reserved seating and $23 for seniors and children. Groups of 15 or more with reservations, $21 per person. 227.7677. 227.7722 or visit the Ramsey Activity Center box office.

• Ninth annual Nashville Songwriters' Round, 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 20, Trillium Links & Lake Club, Cashiers. Proceeds benefit Blue Ridge School Education Foundation. Tickets, $75 per person. 743.5191.

• The hour-long radio show Stories of Mountain Folk airs at 9 a.m. every Saturday on its home station, WRGC Jackson County Radio, 540 AM on the dial, broadcasting out of Sylva. Stories of Mountain Folk is an ongoing all-sound oral history program produced by Catch the Spirit of Appalachia (CSA), a western North Carolina not-for-profit, for local radio and online distribution.  

• Literacy Council of Highlands presents Randall Atcheson in concert at 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 30 at the Highlands Playhouse.  $50 for general admission. 526.2695.
• Tim McGraw will be appearing live at Harrah’s Cherokee Event Center at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 31. McGraw is a #1 country artist that has sold over 40 million albums over 20 years. 777 Casino Drive, Cherokee. 800.745.3000. www.ticketmaster.com. 
• Suzuki Flute Students ages 4 to 14 from “The Music Village” will be performing in a recital at 6:30 pm on Friday, Aug. 22 in the Community Room at the Jackson County Public Library.  Admission is free and children are welcome. 293.5600.  www.themusicvillage.net. 
• Haywood Arts Regional Theater will present Neil Simon’s “The Odd Couple” at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 22, 23, 29 and 30 and at 7 p.m. on Aug. 24 and 31.  $22 for adults, $18 for seniors, and $10 for students. 250 Pigeon St, Waynesville. 456.6322. 
• PMA, Owner of the Sun, Johnny Hayes & The Love Seats and Porch 40 will perform at No Name Sports Pub in Sylva. PMA will play Aug. 22, with Owner of the Sun Aug. 23, Hayes Aug. 28-29 and Porch 40 Aug. 30. All shows begin at 9 p.m. Free. 586.2750 or www.nonamesportspub.com.
• Singer-songwriter Wyatt Espalin. folk act Rye Baby and acoustic duo The Moon & You will perform at Nantahala Brewing in Bryson City. Espalin plays Aug. 22, with Rye Baby Aug. 23 and The Moon & You Aug. 29. Both performances are at 8 p.m. Free. www.nantahalabrewing.com.
• Guitarist James Hammel, guitarist Jay Brown and pianist Joe Cruz will perform at The Classic Wineseller in Waynesville. Hammel plays Aug. 22, with Cruz Aug. 23 and 30, and Brown Aug. 29. $10 minimum purchase. 452.6000 or www.classicwineseller.com.
• The Music on the River series continues with the Eastern Blue Band, AM Superstars, Amazing Grace Ministries and The Boomers at the Oconaluftee River Stage in Cherokee. Eastern Blue Band plays Aug. 22, with AM Superstars Aug. 23, Amazing Grace Ministries Aug. 29-30 and The Boomers Aug. 31. All shows are at 8 p.m. Free.
• Amy Andrews and Liz & AJ Nance and The Freestylers will perform at City Lights Café in Sylva. Andrews plays Aug. 22, with Liz & AJ Aug. 23 and The Freestylers Aug. 29. Free. www.citylightscafe.com. Folk-rockers Hurricane Creek will perform at Groovin’ on the Green at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 22, at the Village Commons in Cashiers. Free. www.mountainlovers.com. • Friday Night Jazz! with The Kittle & Collings Duo will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Aug. 22 and 29 at Lulu’s on Main. www.mountainlovers.com.
• Singer/songwriter Michael Reno Harrell and bluegrass band The Frogtown Four will perform as part of Pickin’ on the Square at the gazebo in downtown Franklin. Harrell plays Aug. 23, with The Frogtown Four Aug. 30. All shows begin at 6:30 p.m. Free. 524.2516 or www.franklin-chamber.com.
• Craig Summers & Lee Kram, Keli Nathan and Molly Fish & Ian Grady will perform at Frog Level Brewing Company in Waynesville. Summers & Kram play Aug. 21 and 28, with Nathan Aug. 23 and Fish & Grady Aug. 29. All shows begin at 6 p.m. Free. 454.5664 or www.froglevelbrewing.com.
• Bluegrass/Americana group The Henhouse Prowlers will perform at part of “An Appalachian Evening” concert series at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 23, at the Stecoah Valley Cultural Arts Center in Robbinsville. Cost is $15 for adults, $10 for students. Dinner services begin at 6 p.m. in the Schoolhouse Café. Next up in the series will be Lindsay Lou & The Flatbellys on Aug. 30. 479.3364 or www.stecoahvalleycenter.com.
• The Summer Live Music Series will continue with 414, Antique Firearms, Local and Ogya at the Nantahala Outdoor Center in the Nantahala Gorge. 414 plays Aug. 22, with Antique Firearms Aug. 23, Local Aug. 29 and Ogya Aug. 30. Live music, barbecue and craft beer. All performances are free and begin at 6 p.m. www.greatsmokies.com.
• Carolina Bluegrass Boys and reggae/rock group The Caribbean Cowboys will perform at the Bryson City Train Depot. Carolina Bluegrass Boys play Aug. 23, with The Caribbean Cowboys Aug. 30. Both shows are free and begin at 6:30 p.m. www.greatsmokies.com.
• Copious Jones and singer-songwriter Andrew Scotchie will perform as part of the Saturdays on Pine concert series at Kelsey-Hutchinson Park in Highlands. Copious Jones plays Aug. 23, with Scotchie Aug 30. All shows begin at 6 p.m. Free.
• Macon Grass Band and Mountain High Dulcimer Group will perform as part of the Friday Night Live concert series at Town Square in Highlands. Macon Grass Band plays Aug. 22, with Mountain High Dulcimer Group Aug. 29. All shows begin at 6 p.m. Free.
• Bluegrass/Americana group Mangus Colorado and The Remnants will perform at Concerts on the Creek at Bridge Park in Sylva. Mangus Colorado plays Aug. 22, with The Remnants Aug. 29. All shows begin at 7:30 p.m. Free. 586.2155.
• Gospel/old-time group Country Memories will perform at 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 21, at the Macon County Public Library in Franklin. www.fontanalib.org. 

 

Outdoor Music Calendar

BRYSON CITY

• 6:30 p.m. Saturdays, Train Depot

Aug. 23 — Carolina Bluegrass Boys

Aug. 30 — Caribbean Cowboys (reggae/rock)

Sept. 6 — Ian Moore & The Second Hand String Band (Americana/folk)

Sept. 13 — Larry Barnett & Friends (old-time/bluegrass)

Sept. 20 — The Rye Holler Boys (bluegrass/gospel)

Oct. 4 — To Be Announced

Oct. 11 — Johnny Floor & The Wrong Crowd (southern rock/Texas blues)

Oct. 18 — To Be Announced

Oct. 25 — Blue Eyed Girl (Appalachian roots)

CASHIERS

• Groovin’ On The Green, 6:30 p.m. Fridays, Village Commons

Aug. 22 — Hurricane Creek (folk/rock)

CHEROKEE

• Music on the River, 8 p.m. select nights, Oconaluftee River Stage

Aug. 22 — Eastern Blue Band

Aug. 23 — AM Superstars

Aug. 29 — Amazing Grace Ministries 

Aug. 30 — Amazing Grace Ministries

Aug. 31 — The Boomers

CULLOWHEE

• Western Carolina University, 7 p.m. Tuesdays, Central Plaza, 227.3618.

FRANKLIN

• Pickin’ on the Square, 7 p.m. Saturdays, Town Hall

Aug. 23 — Michael Reno Harrell (singer-songwriter/storyteller)

Aug. 30 — The Frogtown Four (bluegrass)

Sept. 6 — Ms. Kitty & The Big City Band (variety/blues)

Sept. 13 — The Rick Morris Band (country)

Sept. 20 — The Remnants (rock)

Sept. 27 — Paradise 56 (soul/oldies)

Oct. 4 — Blue Ridge (gospel)

Oct. 11 — To Be Announced

Oct. 18 — The Thomas Family (gospel)

HIGHLANDS

• Friday Night Live, 6 p.m. Fridays, Town Square

Aug. 22 — Macon Grass Band

Aug. 29 — Mountain High Dulcimer Group

Sept. 5 — Curtis Blackwell

Sept. 12 — Johnny Webb Band

Sept. 19 — Southern Highlands

Sept. 26 — Macon Grass Band

Oct. 3 — Mountain High Dulcimer Group

Oct. 10 — Johnny Webb Band

Oct. 17 — Southern Highlands

Oct. 24 — Macon Grass Band

HIGHLANDS

• Saturdays on Pine, 6 p.m. Saturdays, Kelsey-Hutchinson Park

Aug. 23 — Copious Jones

Aug. 30 — Andrew Scotchie

SYLVA

• Concerts on the Creek, 7:30 p.m. Fridays, Bridge Park

Aug. 22 — Mangus Colorado

Aug. 29 — The Remnants

NANTAHALA OUTDOOR CENTER

• Summer Live Music Series, 6 p.m., www.greatsmokies.com

 

Music Jams

• The Lounge at 38 Main will be hosting their Open Mic Night at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 21.  All levels of experience welcome. 38 North Main St., Waynesville. 
• The Marianna Black Library will be holding their community music jam from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 21, in the library auditorium or the front lawn of the library if weather permits.  The jam is facilitated by Larry Barnett, of Grandpa’s Music in Bryson City.  Downtown Bryson City at the corner of Academy and Rector. 488.3030. 
• Cruso Circle Play & Jam, 7 p.m. every Tuesday, Cruso Community Center and Friendship Club in Canton. www.facebook.com/crusocircleplayjam.
• 7 p.m. Fridays, Pickin’ in the Park, through Labor Day, Canton

• Signature Brew Coffee Company holds Sylva Open Jam nights on the second and fourth Thursday of the month. Shop provides the instruments, you provide the talent. Chris Coopers’ Fusion band hosts.

 

Music Makers

• Golden Aires singing group meets at 10:30 a.m. every Thursday at the Golden Age Senior Center in Sylva. Secular and religious music. Performances given at area nursing homes. Singers need not be seniors to join. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . 

• Haywood Community Band meets from 7 to 8:30 p.m. every Thursday at Grace Episcopal Church. 452.7530.

• Karaoke is held at 7 p.m. every other Friday at the American Legion Post 47 in Waynesville. Open to all members and their guests. 456.8691.

• Karaoke is held from 8:30 to 12:30 p.m. every Friday at the Tap Room at the Waynesville Inn. 800.627.6250.

• Men Macon Music, canella singing, meets at 5:30 p.m. every Monday in the Chapel of First Presbyterian Church, 26 Church St., Franklin. Visitors welcome. 524.9692.

• Mountain Dulcimer Players Club meets from 2 to 4 p.m. on the first and third Sundays of each month at the Bryson City United Methodist Church. Knowledge of music not required, tablature method used. 488.6697.

• Pick and Play Dulcimer Group of Sylva meets at 1:30 p.m. on the first, third and fifth Saturday of every month in the fellowship hall of St. John’s Episcopal Church. 293.0074

• The Franklin Early Music Group meets every Monday at 9 a.m. at the First Presbyterian Church. 369.5192

• The Nikwasi Dulcimer Players meet every Thursday afternoon from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. at First United Methodist Church in Franklin. All are welcome. 524.1040 or 524.2294

 

Dance

• High Mountain Squares "Club Colors Dance," 6:30 to 9 p.m. Friday, Aug. 15, Macon County Community Building, GA Road (441 South), Franklin. Richard Smith will be the caller.  371.4946, 342.1560, 332.0001 or www.highmountainsquare.

• Community dances, 2:30 p.m. second Sundays at Jackson County Public Library complex and 2 p.m. fourth Sundays Gateway Club ballroom, Waynesville. Family-oriented, requires no experience.

• Free beginner clogging classes, 6:30 p.m. SCC Swain Center. Offered by Swain County Cooperative Extension.  Instructor is Kerry Plemmons. Chris Smith teaches line dance  classes  at 6:30 p.m. each Thursday. Free. 488.3848.

• Beginner clogging classes, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. every Tuesday at the NC Cooperative Extension, 60 Almond School Road, in Bryson City, in the SCC building.  No prior dance experience required.  488.3848 to register.

• Hip Hop Dance Class for grades K-12, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at the Waynesville Recreation Center. 456.2030 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

• The Diamond K Dance Ranch in Maggie Valley offers live music and dance Saturdays at 8 p.m. 246.0207.

• The Diamond K Ranch in Maggie Valley offers live music Thursdays-Saturdays at 8 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays are ladies nights. 926.7735.

• Ballroom dance classes are offered every Thursday Night at Club 56 Fitness Inc. in Maggie Valley. No partner needed. Taught by Laura Roberts. Classes at 7 to 8 p.m. and 8 to 9 p.m. Cost is $30 for one series for an individual or $40 for both series; couples are $40 for one series or $50 for both. 734.2113.

• The Pisgah Promenaders offer fall dance lessons co-sponsored by Waynesville Parks and Recreation, 7 p.m., Old Armory, Waynesville. 452.5917.  

• Social dance classes, including ballroom, Latin, country, swing and blues meets Mondays from 7 to 8 p.m. and 8 to 9 p.m. at the Old Armory Recreation Center in Waynesville. No partner needed. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 734.2113.

• The Black Horse Dance Hall, 4027 Socco Rd., Maggie Valley, has social dance class Thursdays, no partner needed; line dance class 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesdays, $5 cover charge;  line dance class, 7 to 8 p.m., open dancing, Saturdays. Doors open at 6 p.m. $5 cover. No alcohol. Wood dance floor. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call/text 734.1587 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , 243.2626.

 

A&E

• Dayton Duncan, who worked with Ken Burns to write and produce The National Parks: America’s Best Idea, will be the keynote speaker at 1 p.m. Aug. 21 at the Gather ‘Round the Blue Ridge, Crowne Plaza Resort Expo Center, Asheville. Tickets, $50, at www.blueridgeheritage.com/heritage/gather-round-2014.

• Haywood County Fair Spelling Bee, 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 23, Apple Orchard Building, Haywood County Fairgrounds. Three bees featuring spellers from each of Haywood County’s 12 elementary schools, three middle schools, and high schools.  456.3575.

• "Understanding our Past, Shaping our Future," exhibition of Cherokee language and culture, is on display at the Snowbird Complex in Robbinsville through Aug. 29.  479.6178.

• Cherokee Bonfire and Storytelling, 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday nights, through Aug. 30, Oconaluftee Island Park, U.S. 19 and U.S. 441.

• Bingo, 5:45 p.m. Thursdays, through Sept. 5 in the Pavilion next to Maggie Valley Town Hall. Cash prizes. 

• Arts Alive @ 125, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 2, John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center, Western Carolina University. A celebration of 125 years of arts at WCU, presented by Chancellor David O. Belcher and his wife, Susan Brummell Belcher.  Proceeds to benefit artA, reception sponsored by Fusions Spa and Wellness. Ticket information at www.celebrate125.wcu.edu or the box office, 227.2479.

• The Shelton House, at the corner of Shelton and Pigeon Streets in Waynesville and home to the Museum of North Carolina Handicrafts, has opened for its 35th season. www.sheltonhouse.org, 452.1551.

• Game Day, 2 p.m. third Saturday of the month, Papou’s Wine Shop, Sylva. Bring cards, board games, etc. 586.6300.

 

Food & Drink

• Buy Haywood will be hosting their “Uniquely Local Food Crawl” event on Aug. 21-24 and Aug. 28-31. 734.9574.  www.buyhaywood.com. 
• Mountain Heritage Day Best in the West Sweet Potato Recipe, Sept. 26, Western Carolina University. Baked goods should be dropped off from 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 26, in the Cordelia Camp Building on campus. Details at 586.4009, 227.7129, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , or www.mountainheritageday.com

• All-Adult First Class Moonshine Car during the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad Moonshine Experience on the new Carolina Shine. Tickets, $98 for adults (21+), through September, and $104 for adults (21+) during October. 488.7024 or 800.872.4681 ext. 7024, www.gsmr.com.

• Gathering Table, 5 to 7 p.m. Thursdays, at The Community Center, Route 64, Cashiers. Provides fresh, nutritious dinners to all members of the community regardless of ability to pay. Volunteers always needed and donations gratefully accepted. 743.9880.

 

Art/Gallery Events & Openings

• Third annual fundraiser for the nonprofit Cullowhee Mountain Arts is currently underway. Tickets for the Aug. 21 artwork drawing are available for purchase, price ranges are between one ticket for $20 and 12 for $100. www.cullowheemountainarts.org.

• “FLORA: Contemporary Botanical Prints from the FAM’s Littleton Studios Vitreograph Archive,” through Sept. 5, Fine Art Museum, John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center, WCU.  227.3591 or fineartmuseum.wcu.edu.

• Climatic Contours, an exhibition of large scale paintings, by Craig Voligny, through Sept. 7, North Carolina Arboretum, 100 Frederick Law Olmsted Way, Asheville. www.ncarboretumregistration.org.  

• Crafters wanted for the 5th Balsam Crafters Art/Craft Show, Aug. 30 and Nov. 29, Balsam Fire Department. No tent needed; show inside.  226.9352, 269.8604.

• Artists get two festivals for the price of one: Dillsboro’s 125th Birthday Fall Festival, Sept. 6, and Dillsboro Fine Arts & Crafts Fair COLORFAIR, Oct. 4. www.visitdillsboro.org, 506.8331, Jackson County Chamber of Commerce or Town Hall in Dillsboro.

• Haywood Community College’s Professional Crafts department 2014 Graduate Show, through Sept. 14, Southern Highland Craft Guild Folk Art Center, Mile Post 382, Blue Ridge Parkway, near Asheville. 565.4159.  

• Juried competition for artists and craftspeople, Mountain Heritage Day, 40th Anniversary, Saturday, Sept. 27, Western Carolina University campus. Applications at www.mountainheritageday.com.

• Call to artists to apply for entry in the 6th annual 2014 Cashiers Valley Leaf Festival, Oct. 10-12, Cashiers Valley. www.visitcashiersvalley.com or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 743.8428. 

• The monthly meeting of the Art League of Highlands-Cashiers will be held at 4:30 p.m. Aug. 25 at The Bascom in Highlands. A social gathering followed by a presentation of a professional artist. Free. www.artleagueofhighlands.com.
• An open call for crafters is currently underway for the 5th annual Balsam Crafters Arts & Crafts Show on Aug. 30 at the Balsam Fire Department. No tent needed, show is inside. 828.226.9352 or 269.8604.
• Penland School of Crafts will host an auction of student and instructor work on Thursday, Aug. 21 at 8 p.m. at the Northlight building on the Penland campus in Mitchell County. The auction will feature student instructor work in various arts.  No admission charge.  www.penland.org. 765.2359. 
• Village Square Art & Craft Show will be from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 22-23 at Kelsey-Hutchinson Park in Highlands. Regional artisans, demonstrations, live music, food vendors, and children’s activities. Free. Sponsored by the Macon County Art Association and the Highlands Area Chamber of Commerce & Visitor Center.

 

Classes, Programs & Demonstrations

• Art League of Highlands-Cashiers monthly meetings, 4:30 p.m. Aug. 25, Sept. 29 and Oct. 27, The Bascom in Highlands. Guests welcome. www.artleagueofhighlands.com.

• Lens Luggers of WNC Field Photography Program with Bob Grytten, 8 a.m. Wednesday mornings, Aug. 20 and 27, and from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 26, Old Armory, Waynesville. $45 for the Wednesday morning shoots and $15 for the Tuesday evening class events. Register, 627.0245, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or www.lensluggerworld.com.

• Basket weaving class, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 23, Macon County Cooperative Extension Building, Thomas Heights, Franklin. Adults only. $35 fee covers materials and instruction. Pre-register by Aug. 19 with the Macon County Arts Council, 524.7683 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .   

• Button Basket workshop, 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 26, Masonic Lodge, Dillsboro. $21. Register by Aug. 22, 586.2435 or emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . 

• Botanical Watercolor Workshop, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 27, Highlands Biological Station, 265 N. Sixth St., Highlands, with Fayne Ansley. $65 for members of the Highlands Biological Foundation or $75 for non-members. Register, www.highlandsbiological.org/watercolor/ or 526.2221. 

• Call for artists and volunteers to works hands-on with children for 2014 Youth Arts Festival, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 20, Jackson County Green Energy Park. www.jcgep.org.      

• Rug Hooking Group, 5:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesdays, Jackson County Public Library. Beginners welcome. 631.2561.

• Children's Art Classes, by Scottie Harris, 4:30 to 5:30 p.m., Tuesdays. www.iamclasses.webs.com or contact Char at 456.9197, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

• Drawing Lessons for Adults, by Char Avrunin, 1 to 4 p.m. Mondays. www.iamclasses.webs.com or contact Char at 456.9197, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

• Painting Lessons for Adults, by Char Avrunin, 1 to 4 p.m. Tuesdays. www.iamclasses.webs.com or contact Char at 456.9197, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

• Private Art Lessons by Char Avrunin, www.iamclasses.webs.com or contact Char at 456.9197 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

• Art classes with Dominick DePaolo, 10 a.m. to noon on the first and third Tuesdays of each month at the Old Armory Building, 44 Boundary St. in Waynesville and from 1 to 3 p.m. every Friday at Mountain Home Collection at 110 Miller St., Waynesville. Watercolor classes, 10 a.m. to noon, oil painting classes, 1 to 3 p.m. Mondays, Uptown Gallery, Franklin. Registration requested. Armory classes, 456.9918; Home Collection classes, 456.5441; Franklin classes, 349.4607.

• The Smoky Mountain Knitting Guild offers free Learn to Knit classes for adults and children at the Waynesville Library on Tuesdays. The adult class meets from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Children (boys and girls ages 8-12) meet from 5 to 6 p.m.  Pre-registration required. 246.0789.  

• Jon Houglum’s North Carolina Mountain Landscape Oil Painting Workshop will take place at 9:30 a.m. through 4 p.m. on Aug. 29 and 30 at the Historic Cowee School. This workshop is for advanced beginners, intermediate and advanced oil painting students. 51 Cowee School Rd., Franklin. 369.7274. www.houglumfineart.com.
• Steve Rhodes will be speaking at Dovecote’s Garden during their craft bitters workshop.  Workshop is $25. Aug. 21 at 10 a.m. 35 Flash Point Lane, Cashiers. 743.0307. 
• A landscape-painting workshop for beginners with Jon Houglum will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 29-30 at the Historic Cowee School in Franklin. 369.7274 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .
A reception and art talk with mixed media artists Gary Kachadourian will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 21, in the Fine Art Museum at Western Carolina University. Free. His exhibit of works, titled “Forest/City,” will be on display through Oct. 17. www.wcu.edu. 

 

Arts Group Meetings

• Blue Ridge Mountain Quilt Guild, 6 to 9 p.m. fourth Thursday, January through October, and third Thursday, November and December, 382 Champion Drive, Canton. Community group open to all skill levels and gender.  Must be a high school senior or above to join the group. First visit is free. $25 yearly membership fee.  Traci Hoglen, 316.1517 or visit us on Facebook at Blue Ridge Mtn. Quilt Guild

• The Tuesday Quilters meet from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Tuesday at the Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church on N.C. 107. Bring your machine and whatever quilt you are working on.

• The WNC Fiber Folk Group meets weekly from noon to 1 p.m. on Thursdays in the Star Atrium of the Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center at WCU. 227.2553 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

• Thursday Painters meet at the Uptown Gallery in Franklin every Thursday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Bring your project and a bag lunch and join us for a day of creativity and fun. All artists are welcome. 349.4607.

 

Film & Screen

• The Macon County Public Library will be showing “The Lost Bird Project” at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 28.  The independent documentary explores the story of five birds driven to extinction in modern times.  149 Siler Farm Rd, Franklin.  828.524.3600. 
• A button basket workshop will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 26, at the Masonic Lodge in Dillsboro. Participants will create a unique basket that incorporates a variety of techniques. Accomplished basket maker Donna Pollock will lead the class. Cost of class is $21. Register by Aug. 22. 828.586.2435 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .
• The films “Bigfoot Wars” and “The Amazing Spiderman 2” will be screened at The Strand at 38 Main in Waynesville. “Bigfoot Wars” will play Aug. 22-24, with “The Amazing Spiderman 2” Aug. 29-31. Screenings are at 7:45 p.m. on Fridays; 2, 5 and 7:45 p.m. on Saturdays; and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $6 per person, $4 for children. Saturday morning cartoons will also be shown at 10 a.m. The “Bigfoot Wars” gala premier event will be at 6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 23. Cost for the gala is $25, which includes hor d’oeuvres. 828.283.0079 or www.38main.com
• “Cataloochee,” 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 21, St. David’s Episcopal Church, Cullowhee.
• New Movie based on  Shannon Hale novel about a woman obsessed with Jane Austen novel, 4:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 20, Macon County Public Library Meeting Room. Rated PG-13.
• Musical romantic comedy featuring Audrey Hepburn and Fred Astaire, 2 p.m. Friday, Aug. 22, Meeting Room, Macon County Public Library.
• Banff Mountain Film Radical Reels Tour, high adrenaline films, will show at 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 8, Regal Biltmore Grande Stadium 15, 292 Thetford St., Biltmore Park Town Square, Asheville. Presented by REI and Radical Reels. Benefit for SORBA (Southern Off-Road Bicycle Association). Tickets at REI only, $15 ($17 starting Sept. 7) VIP tickets, $30, or over the phone, 687.0918. www.rei.com/asheville, www.pisgahareasorba.org, www.racialreels.com.
• The Mad Batter Food & Film now showing featured films, 6:30 p.m. and 9 p.m., Thursdays through Saturdays, downtown Sylva location. Special kids’ matinee at 2 p.m. Saturdays. Free. Movie listings and information, www.madbatterfoodandfilm.com. 586.3555.
• Family movie days at Marianna Black Library, Bryson City, are at 3:30 p.m. Tuesdays. Classic movies at 1 p.m. the second and fourth Friday. Other films also shown. Free movies and popcorn. 488.3030 or www.fontanalib.org/brysoncity.
• Movies at the Macon County Library. New movies, documentaries and foreign films every Monday at 3:30, Wednesday at 4:30 and again at 7 p.m., and classic matinees at Fridays at 2 p.m. The movies and popcorn are free, but donations are welcome. 524.3600.

 Outdoors Outings & Fieldtrips

• Franklin Bird Club bird walk, 8 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 20, along the Greenway. Meet at the Macon County Public Library. 524.5234.

• Biodiversity hike to Mount Le Conte, Aug. 23-24. Meals, programming, guided hike, $275 per person. Presented by Discover Life in America, coordinator of the All Taxa Biodiversity Inventory (ATBI) for Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Reservations at Todd at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 865.430.4757.

• Franklin Bird Club bird Walk, 8 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 27, along the Greenway. Meet at Salali Lane. 524.5234.

• Nature Photography Exhibit: Our Spectacular Southern Appalachians, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, Cradle of Forestry, Pisgah National Forest. $5 for 16 and up. Youth free. 

• Free guided, themed nature walks, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Mondays, Highlands Botanical Garden, Highlands Nature Center, Highlands. www.highlandsbiological.org or 526.2623.

• Learn about the eating habits of the Highlands Nature Center’s animals, 11 to 11:30 a.m., Fridays, Highlands Nature Center, Highlands. All ages. www.highlandsbiological.org or 526.2623.

• Featured Creature program, 11:30 a.m. to noon, Saturdays Highlands Nature Center, Highlands. All ages. www.highlandsbiological.org or 526.2623.

• Volunteer-guided hikes, 1 p.m. Saturdays and Tuesdays through November, The North Carolina Arboretum, 100 Frederick Law Olmsted Way, Asheville. www.ncarboretumregistration.org.  

• Blue Ridge Parkway’s Pisgah District summer program schedule: Hike of the Week, 10 a.m. Fridays, between Milepost 356 and 469; Evening Campfire, 7:30 p.m. Saturdays, Milepost 408.8; After Hours Hike, Parkway ranger guided hike, 7 p.m. every other Thursday, along Mountains-To-Sea Trail near Asheville; Family Night, 7 to 8:30 p.m. every other Thursday, opposite After Hours Hike, Blue Ridge Parkway Visitor Center in Asheville, milepost 384. www.nps.gov/blri, or 298.5330, ext. 304.

• Haywood Waterways Association is offering a paddle tour of Lake Logan to the public on Saturday, Aug. 23. The event is part of Haywood Waterways “Get to Know Your Watershed” series of outdoor hikes, lectures, and paddle tours. The group will meet at the Lake Logan boathouse at 9:45 a.m. RSVP by Friday, Aug. 22. 476.4667. 
• The Carolina Mountain Club will be hosting a 20-mile hike to Cold Mountain in the Shining  Rock Wilderness at 8 a.m. This will be a part of the Wilderness Act 50th anniversary hike series.  RSVP to attend. 587.9453. 
• The Highlands Biological Station and the Highlands-Cashiers Land Trust will be exploring salamanders with herpetologist Kyle Pursel from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 29. Bring a bag lunch and water. $15 for members and $20 for non-members. 526.2221.
• The Nantahala Hiking Club will be meeting for their 5-mile Work Hike at 9 a.m. on Aug. 30.  Bring lunch, water and snacks for the day. Wear long pants, boots and gloves. Prepare for rain.  Tools and supervision will be provided. Newcomers and families welcome. 176 Carl Slagle Rd, Franklin. RSVP at 369.1983.  

 

Programs & Workshops

• Tuckasegee Nature Series “The Mountains-to-Sea Trail—1,000 Miles Across NC, 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 21, Jackson County Public Library’s Community Room, 310 Keener St. Sylva. 524.2711 or www.ltlt.org.

• Tuckasegee Nature Series “Conserving the Natural and Cultural Histories of the Southern Blue Ridge, 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 28, Jackson County Public Library’s Community Room, 310 Keener St. Sylva. 524.2711 or www.ltlt.org.

• Village Nature Series: Wolf Tales, 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 26, The Village Green Commons, Frank Allen Road, Cashiers. 

• Village Nature Series: The Scoop on Poop and Facts about Tracks, 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 30, The Village Green Commons, Frank Allen Road, Cashiers.

• WMI - Wilderness First Responder (WFR), nine-day comprehensive wilderness medical course, Sept. 16-14, Cullowhee. Landmark Learning, 293.5384 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

• WMI - Wilderness First Responder Recertification, three-day course, Sept. 19-21, Cullowhee. Landmark Learning, 293.5384 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

• Jackson County Parks and Recreation Department will be holding their Hike Essentials Workshop and Hike on Aug. 25. Register until Aug. 21 at the Cullowhee Recreation Center.  Activity fee is $5 per person with a minimum of four people and a maximum of nine. 293.3053. 
• The Jackson County Parks and Recreation Department will present “Conserving the Natural and Cultural Histories of the Southern Blue Ridge” at 6:30 p.m. in the Jackson County Public Library’s Community Room. The presentation is a part of the Summer 2014 Tuckaseegee Nature Presentation series. 310 Keener St., Sylva. 524.2711. 
• The Mountaineer Oxygen Services, Inc. will conduct a free seminar on chronic obstructive pulmonary disease from 10 to 11 a.m. on Thursday, Aug. 21 at the Waynesville Recreation Center. 456.2030.  

 

Water Sports

• Paddle tour of Lake Logan, 9:45 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 23, Lake Logan. Sponsored by Haywood Waterways Association, Lake Logan Episcopal Conference Center, and Waynesville Recreation Center. Part of Haywood Waterways “Get to Know Your Watershed.” Limited space. Register by Friday, Aug. 22 to Christine O’Brien at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 476.4667.

 

Competitive Edge

• Main Street Mile, 6:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 22, downtown Waynesville. Post-race party featuring music of Fireball Coma, kids’ activities, food and local craft beer. Proceeds to Shriners Hospitals for Children. Details and registration, www.communityfitnessevents.com.

• Maggie Valley Moonlight Run, 7:30 p.m. new Sunset Fun Run, 8:30 p.m. traditional 8K, Saturday, Aug. 23, Maggie Valley. www.gloryhoundevents.com/maggie-valley-moonlight-run.

• Twilight Rock n Roll 5K, 6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 23, Kelsey Hutchison Park, Highlands. Registration and check-in on race day starts at 4PM.  Cost is $30; $35 race day. Proceeds to benefit Highlands School running track. Michael Johnson, 526.4114 or Derek Taylor, 526.3571.  www.twilightrocknroll5k.com.

• Haywood Regional Medical Center Foundation’s 23rd annual Charitable Classic Golf & Gala, at area golf courses Aug. 26-27. Details, HRMC Foundation Assistant Marge Stiles, 452.8343, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Executive Director of Foundations Steve Brown, 452.8317, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . 

• Registration for Haywood County Recreation and Park’s Open Adult Fall Soccer League is open until Aug. 22.  Registration fee is $130 per team. 452.6789.  www.haywoodnc.net. 
• Registration for the 2014 Men’s Wooden Bat League will be available until Aug. 29.  Entry fee is $375 with a $100 non-refundable deposit.  Games will be played Tuesday Nights at Mark Watson Park beginning Sept. 16. 293.3053.  

 

Hiking Clubs

• High Country Hikers, based out of Hendersonville but hiking throughout Western North Carolina, plans hikes every Monday and Thursday. Schedules, meeting places and more information are available on their website, www.highcountryhikers.org.

• Carolina Mountain Club hosts more than 150 hikes a year, including options for full days on weekends, full days on Wednesdays and half days on Sundays. Non-members contact event leaders. www.carolinamountainclub.org

• Nantahala Hiking Club based in Macon County holds weekly Saturday hikes in the Nantahala National Forest and beyond. www.nantahalahikingclub.org

• Mountain High Hikers, based in Young Harris, Ga., leads several hikes per week. Guests should contact hike leader. www.mountainhighhikers.org.

• Smoky Mountain Hiking Club, located in East Tennessee, makes weekly hikes in the Great Smoky Mountain National Park as well as surrounding areas. www.smhclub.org.

• Benton MacKaye Trail Association incorporates outings for hikes, trail maintenance and other work trips. No experience is necessary to participate. www.bmta.org.

• Diamond Brand’s Women’s Hiking Group meets on the third Saturday of every month. For more information, e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 684.6262.

 

Bike Rides

• A weekly bike ride in Waynesville meets Thursdays at 5:30 p.m. at Rolls Rite Bicycles on the Old Asheville Highway. Beginner to intermediate rides led by Bicycle Haywood advocacy group. Eight- to 12-mile rides. 276.6080 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

• A weekly bike ride meets in Bryson City on Wednesdays around 6 p.m. Depart from the East Swain Elementary school in Whittier on U.S.19 off exit 69 from U.S. 23-74. All levels. 800.232.7238.

• A weekly bike ride in Sylva meets Tuesday at 6 p.m., departing from Motion Makers bike shop for a tough 25-mile ride up to the Balsam Post office via back roads and back into Sylva. 586.6925.

• A weekly bike ride in Franklin meets Wednesday at 5:30 p.m., departing from Smoky Mountain Bicycles at 179 Highlands Road. Geared for all levels. 369.2881 or www.maconcountycycling.blogspot.com.

• A weekly bike ride in Franklin meets Tuesday at 6:15 p.m. at Macon Middle School on Wells Grove Road. Ladies and beginners’ ride. 369.2881 or www.maconcountycycling.blogspot.com.

• A weekly bike ride in Franklin meets Saturdays at 8 a.m., departing from South Macon Elementary School. 369.2881, www.maconcountycycling.blogspot.com.

• A weekly bike ride in Franklin meets Sundays at 9:30 a.m., departing from the Franklin Health and Fitness Center. 369.2881, www.maconcountycycling.blogspot.com.

 

Mountain Bike Rides

• Weekly mountain bike ride at Tsali, 6 p.m. for all levels of riders. Refreshments following. 506.0133.

• Weekly mountain bike ride at Tsali, 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays. Hosted by Nantahala Area SORBA. Social ride, so all skill levels are welcome and encouraged to come.  Meet in the Tsali parking lot. www.facebook.com/nantahalaareasorba.  Andy, 488.1988.

• Monthly “Girlz Ride” at Tsali, last Friday of every month. Sponsored by Nantahala Area SORBA. Meet at 6:30 p.m. in Tsali parking lot.  All skill levels welcome. Social and snacks provided after the ride. 506.115, www.facebook.com/nantahalaareasorba.

 

Farm & Garden

• Expanded Viewing Zoo at the Haywood County Fair will be open from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. during the fair through Aug. 24, alongside the Fairgrounds Livestock Barn. The zoo will include farm animals and livestock as well as a variety of non-farm animals and poultry or other fowl.  To exhibit, 456.3575, 734.9673 or 497.3401. www.haywoodcountyfairgrounds.org.

• Haywood County Fair Horse Show, 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 23, Haywood County Fairgrounds. Registration at 6:30 p.m. $10 to register, winner takes the pot. Janet Leatherwood, 646.9432 or visit www.haywoodcountyfairgrounds.org.

• Food Preservation 101, 1 to 4 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 27, Jackson County Extension Office. Free, but seating is limited. Register, 586.4009.  

• Mountain Heritage Day’s “A Gathering In” traditional foods competition, Saturday, Sept. 27, Western Carolina University campus. Also a “Best in the West Sweet Potato Recipe Contest” adult and youth winners. www.mountainheritageday.com/Contests, or contact Peter Koch at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 227.7129.

 

Farmers & Tailgate Markets

Haywood County

Canton Farmers Market and Heritage Crafts 

3 to 7 p.m. Thursday through Oct. 31, municipal parking lot of downtown Canton. Robin Smith, 734.9071 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Haywood Historic Farmers Market

8 a.m. to noon Wednesday and Saturday through mid-December at 250 Pigeon St, Waynesville, parking lot HART Theatre.  Carol James, 280.1381 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . 

Maggie Valley Farmers Market

8 a.m. to dusk Fridays and Saturdays through the first frost beside Organic Beans Coffee Co., 1098 Soco Rd., Maggie Valley. Adam Capparelli, 209.8061 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

The Original Waynesville Tailgate Market

8 a.m. to noon, Wednesdays and Saturdays through Oct. 29 at 171 Legion Dr., Waynesville, behind Bogart's restaurant. Judy West, 648.6323. www.facebook.com/pages/waynesville-tailgate-market/117024646020.

Jackson County 

Cashiers Tailgate Market

9 a.m. to noon Saturdays May through October. Anglican Church parking lot next to Macon Bank on U.S. Highway 64 East. Donna Few, 226.9988 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Jackson County Farmers Market 

Family Art at the Market offered 10 a.m. to noon; Story time with City Lights at 11 a.m.; monthly fundraising brunches and occasional music given. 9 a.m. to noon April to October at Bridge Park in Sylva; 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. November to March at Community Table. Jenny, 631.3033 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Macon County

Cowee Farmers Market

3:30 to 7 p.m. Tuesdays through Oct. 28, Old Cowee School, 51 Old Cowee School Dr., Franklin. Susan Ervin, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , 524.8369. 

Franklin Farmers Tailgate Market 

8 a.m. to noon Saturdays through November on East Palmer Street across from Drake Software. Alan Durden, 349.2049 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , www.facebook.com/franklinncfarmersmarket.

Swain County

Swain County Farmers Market 

9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Fridays through Oct. 31. 210 Main St. at the corner of Main St. and Everett St. in Bryson City. Christine Bredenkamp, 488.3848 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . www.facebook.com/pages/Swain-County-Farmers-Market/104853346226504. 

 

Ongoing clubs

• Cold Mountain Photographic Society is a camera/photography club for amateurs and professionals who want to learn about and share their knowledge of photography with others. Must be 18 or older to join. Meetings are held at 7 p.m. the second Monday of each month in the conference room of MedWest Health and Fitness Center, 262 Leroy George Drive in Clyde. More information at www.cmpsnc.org or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

• The Cherokee Riders, a new cycling club in Cherokee, seeks members for weekly group rides. Hugh Lambert 554.6810 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

• The Cherokee Runners meets each month on the 1st and 15th of the month (if the first falls on Sunday, the group meets on the 2nd), at the Age Link Conference Room.  Group runs are being held each Tuesday and Thursday at 6 p.m. starting at the Flame.  www.cherokeerunners.com. 

• Small RV Camping club is seeking additional members. We camp one weekend per month March through November. All ages are welcome. No dues, no structured activities. Just an enjoyment of the outdoors, fellowship, good conversation, pot luck dinners and a roaring campfire. Contact Lillian for more details This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 369.6669.

• Mountain Wild, the local chapter of the N.C. Wildlife Federation works to preserve and increase wildlife and wildlife habitat of the region. Free programs and guest speakers held periodically at the WNC Nature Center in Asheville. Call 338.0035.

• Free Fly Fishing Classes are offered at River's Edge Outfitters in Cherokee every week. Participants of all ages and skill levels are welcome and encouraged to attend. Classes will be approximately an hour and half long. For more information contact Rivers Edge Outfitters at 497.9300.

• The Jackson-Swain Master Gardeners’ Association meets at 9:30 a.m. every second Wednesday at the Jackson Community Services Building on Scotts Creek Road in Sylva. Mike Glover at 736.2768 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

• The WNC chapter of the Sierra Club meets the first Wednesday of the month at the Unitarian Church, 1 Edwin Place in Asheville. The meetings start with a half hour social gathering at 7 p.m. nc.sierraclub.org/wenoca.

• Pigeon Valley Bassmasters Club of Canton will meet at 7 p.m. on the second Monday of each month at J&S Cafeteria, Enka, Exit 44 off I-40. 712.2846.

• WNC Sportman’s Club’s Archery and Youth Airgun Shoots are held the first and second Saturdays of each month. 316.1588.

• The Diamond Brand Running Group will meet Wednesdays at 6 p.m. Each running group member is given a Running Group Rewards Card for the chance to receive great discounts and free products at Diamond Brand and registration is free. For more information, contact Sarah at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

• Group Trail Running begins at 6 p.m. every Thursday. Start at the lobby of the YMCA in Asheville. All levels welcome. 277.5151.

• Macon County Horse Association meets at 7:30 p.m. the third Tuesday of each month at the Macon County Fairgrounds Alumni Building. Education program and business meeting. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . 

• The Macon County Beekeepers Association meets at 7 p.m. the first Thursday of each month at the extension office located on Thomas Heights Road next to Jim Brown Chrysler on Highlands Road. New members welcome. 

• Haywood Bee Keepers Association meets at 7 p.m. the first Tuesday of each month at the NC Ag center on Raccoon Road. hcbees.org.

• 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.

• Haywood Alliance, a local chapter of the WNC Alliance, meets at various locations each month. Get involved with protecting Haywood County’s environment, scenery and farmland from development, and encouraging politicians to take steps. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . 

• Friends of Panthertown workdays are held the fourth Saturday of every month (time and location varies). Volunteers needed to maintain trails. For more information, contact Nina Elliott at 526.9938 (ext. 258), visit j-mca.org or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

• Smoky Mountain Beekeepers meet at 7 p.m. on the second Thursday of every month at the Jackson Extension Center, 538 Scotts Creek, Sylva. Open to anyone interested in honeybees. 554.6935.

• Swain County Trail Runners. Long run group meets 8 a.m. Saturdays at the Deep Creek Trailhead Parking Area in Bryson City. All runs are on trails in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park or Tsali Recreation Area. All distances, paces, ages welcome. More information at 399.0989, 488.6769 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

• The Sylva Garden Club meets at 9:30 a.m. the first Tuesday of each month at the Presbyterian Church. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

• The Western Carolina Paddlers meet the first Tuesday of each month at the REI Community Room at 31 Scheck Parkway, Asheville. There will be a presentation at each meeting.   

• WNC Sportsman’s Club meets at 6:30 p.m. the first Monday night of each month at the Juke Box Junction Restaurant located in Bethel at the junction of US 276 and N.C. 110 wncsportsmansclub.com.