Community Events & Announcements
â˘ Hear Our Voices public forum, 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 16, Waynesville Branch Library. Provide input on workable solutions to a variety of identified problems in the community. www.hearourvoiceshaywoodnc.org.
â˘ WCU Tournament of Champions by the Pride of the Mountains Marching Band, 9:15 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 18, WCUâs E.J. Whitmire Stadium. Twenty-three marching bands will compete. Awards will be presented at 9:45 p.m. 828.227.2998.
â˘ Indoor Flea Market at Old Armory in Waynesville, 7 a.m. â 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 18, Old Armory, Waynesville. 828.456.9207.
â˘ The 211th Military Police Parade on Main Street in downtown Waynesville will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 19. Honoring the return of Haywood Countyâs National Guard Unit returning from Afghanistan. Welcome Home Ceremony will follow on the Historic Courthouse Lawn. Bring chairs and blankets.
â˘ Peace Corps Community Information Session, 6 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 22, Jackson County Public Library community room. Free to the public. 828.586.2016.
â˘ A talk called âMirror, Mirror on the Wall, Please Help Guide Us Through it Allâ will be the featured âLast Lectureâ as part of WCUâs homecoming week. Students select a professor to deliver a lecture they would do it it was their last. Lisa Thomas Briggs, WCU associate professor of criminology and criminal justice. 4 p.m. Oct. 23 in the theater of A.K. Hinds University Center.
Business & Education
â˘ First Citizens Bank will sponsor its 5th annual Community Shred event, 11 a.m. â 2 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 16, at its Waynesville branch. Bestroy unwanted sensitive materials free of charge. 828.452.6300.
â˘ Member Appreciation Day at Mountain Credit Union, 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 16, all MCU branch locations. Traditional BBQ lunch. 828.550.8566.
â˘ Tuckaseegee Fly Shop grand opening and ribbon cutting, 5-7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 17, 3 Depot St., Bryson City.
â˘ Sunburst specialty foods market on Main Street in Waynesville will hold a one-year anniversay celebration from 5-8 p.m. on Friday, Oct 17. Snacks, drinks, music & good cheer. 828.452.3848.
â˘ LinkedIn Computer Class at Jackson County Public Library, 5:45 p.m. Monday, Oct. 20, JCPL computer lab. Limited to the first 16 who register. 828.586.2016.
â˘ âCreating the Image and Crafting the Message, a free marketing seminar, 10 a.m.-noon. Tuesday, Oct. 21, Haywood Community College Student Center Auditorium. 828.627.4606 or sbc.haywood.edu.
â˘ Advanced QuickBooks for Small Business, 6-9 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 21 and 28, SCCâs Jackson Campus. Class includes bookkeeping basics, customer issues and more. Register online. 828.339.4211 or www.ncsbc.net.
â˘ Catamount fans will gather for the Spirit Night pep rally at 6 p.m. Oct. 23 in WCUâs Central Plaza. The event will feature a free cookout and appearances by the WCU cheerleaders, dance team, homecoming court, athletics teams and pep band.
â˘ WCUâs Homecoming Parade will begin at 6:15 p.m. Oct. 24 in downtown Sylva. Floats, Catamount cheerleaders, the homecoming court and the Pride of the Mountains Marching Band march and roll down Main Street.
â˘ Football tailgating will begin at 10:30 a.m. Oct. 25, with Catamount fans will gather at E.J. Whitmire Stadium at 2 p.m. for the homecoming game versus the Citadel Bulldogs. Halftime activities will include recognition of the homecoming award winners and court, plus an announcement of this yearâs homecoming king and queen.
â˘ Free GED classes offered by Southwestern Community College, 10 a.m. â 2 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 5:30-8:30 p.m. Wednesday and Friday, SCC Swain Center, Room 101. 366.2000.
Fundraisers and Benefits
â˘ Writing pens, made by the foster home boys, will be available for purchase at the Bolivian Mission Lunch, 11 a.m. â 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25, Highlands United Methodist Church. 828.526.3606.
â˘ Mast General Store Feed the Children, through Oct. 30. Main Street in downtown Waynesville. For each pair of Merrell Shoes sold, Merrell will donate a Backpack of Food for Kids in Haywood. 828.452.2101.
â˘ The 17th annual Turkey Drive by the Maggie Valley Area Lodging Association. Donations benefit Haywood Countyâs disadvantaged residents. Every $25 will deliver a full meal to a family. www.visitmaggie.com.
â˘ The Jackson County Family Resource Center is in need of slightly used blankets for their Blanket Drive. Accepting blankets until Dec. 1. Deliver to the Jackson County Family Resource Center, 1528 Webster Rd., Webster. 828.354.0109.
â˘ Diabetes and Chronic Disease Self-Management Training by Macon County Public Health and Macon County Senior Services, 1-5 p.m. Oct. 16. 828.349.2086.
â˘ âLiving Healthy: A Chronic Disease Self-management Program,â 1-3:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Oct. 14-Nov. 25, Jackson County Senior Center, 100 County Services Park, Sylva. Register by Oct. 10. 828.586.4944.
â˘ Highlands-Cashiers Hospital will hold its complimentary influenza vaccination drive-thru clinic, 10 a.m.- 1 p.m. Friday, Oct 24, Jane Woodruff Building. Pre-registration is required. 828.526.1498.
Kids & Families
â˘ Teen Comic Showcase at Canton Branch Library, 4 p.m. Thursday Oct. 16, CBL. Will include screening of latest comic book blockbuster. Call for movie title. 828.648.2924.
â˘ Sid the Science Kid Live: Letâs Play, 1-4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 18, Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts, Franklin. $15 each. 866.273.4615 or greatmountainmusic.com.
â˘ A Kids Lego Club will meet from 3:30 to 5 p.m. every third Tuesday of the month starting Oct. 21 in the childrenâs section of the Haywood County Library in Waynesville. Children can come, build and play with Legos. The club is also seeking Lego donations.
â˘ Explorerâs Club at Jackson County Public Library, 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 16, in Sylva. The topic will be the country of Japan with special guest, Linsey Bumgarner. 828.586.2016.
â˘ Learn early reading skills with Beebles, the canine companion, 3:30-5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 21, Highlands Library. Beebles is a registered therapy dob and is with the group, READing Paws. 828.526.3031 or www.fontanalib.org.
â˘ Seasonal stories, crafts, games and snacks for the family at Haywood County Public Library in Waynesville at 4 p.m. Oct. 28, Nov. 19, and Dec. 10. 828.356.2511.
â˘ The âCome Paint with Charles Kidz Programâ will be at 5 p.m. Oct. 9, 14, 16 at the Charles Heath Gallery in Bryson City. $18 per child. Materials and snacks included. 828.538.2054.
â˘ Saturday morning cartoons play for free at 11 a.m. at the Strand at 38 Main in Waynesville. 828.283.0079 or www.38main.com.
â˘ Breakfast with Judge Sam J. Ervin IV, 7:30-8:30 a.m. Friday, Oct. 17, Historic Calhoun House Hotel, 135 Everett St., Bryson City. Judge Ervin is a candidate for the North Carolina Supreme Court. 828.508.4336.
â˘ Local and regional Republican candidates will speak and answer questions at the Jackson County GOP meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 23, Qualla Community Building in Whittier. 828.743.6491 or www.jacksoncountygop.com.
â˘ A Macon school board candidate forum will be held at 7 p.m. Oct. 23 at Franklin High School's Fine Art Center. Sponsored by the local chapter of the N.C. Assocition of Educators. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
â˘ March to the Polls for Public Education, 8:30-9:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct 25, in Franklin. Meet at the Franklin Town Hall parking lot and walk to the early voting site. Led by Macon Chapter of NC Association of Educators.
â˘ A âMoral Marchâ to the polls will be held by the Haywood County chapter NAACP at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 25. Meet at the A.M.E. Zion Church in Canton and walk one block to the early voting site at the Canton library. Followed by NAACP meeting at noon. 828.545.9490.
â˘ N.C. Senator Jim Davis, R-Franklin, will face challenger Jane Hipps, D-Waynesville, for a debate at 7 p.m. Oct. 30 in the Burrell Building at SCCâs Jackson Campus. 828.339.4000.
Festivals and Special Events
â˘ Apple Harvest Festival of Haywood County, 10 a.m. â 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 18, in downtown Waynesville. Festival features regional arts and crafts, locally-grown apples and apple products for sale. 828.456.3021 or www.haywoodapplefest.com.
â˘ The Harvest Festival will be held Oct. 17-19 at the Stecoah Valley Center outside Robbinsville. Arts and crafts, demonstrations, mountain music and dancing, food. From 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 17 there will be campfire music, marshmellow roast and refreshments. www.stecoahvalleycenter.com.
â˘ The 24th annual Chili Cook-Off will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 18, in downtown Bryson City. Cample chili from mild to wild, with red, white and vegetarian recipes. There will also be live music, decorated booths and homemade desserts. www.greatsmokies.com or 800.867.9246.
â˘ The annual Leaf Lookers Gemboree will be held Oct. 17-19 at the Macon County Community Building in Franklin. Gem show will dealers from all across the southeast offering fine jewelry, beads, rough and cut stones. 828.524.3161.
â˘ The Maggie Valley Fall Arts and Crafts Show, 9 a.m. â 4 p.m. Oct. 18 and 19, Maggie Valley Festival Grounds. Free. 828.926.1686 or www.maggievalley.org.
â˘ The annual Fall Leaves Arts and Crafts show by the Blue Ridge Artists and Crafters Association will be held from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 18 and 19 at the Haywood County Fairgrounds. Free. 828.627.4560.
â˘ The annual Pumpkin Fest will be held from 3 to 6 p.m. Oct. 24 at the East Franklin Shopping Center and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 25 in downtown Franklin. Hayrides, after-school treats and more on Oct. 24, with a street festival featuring the Famous Pumpkin Roll, crafters, vendors and other activities on Oct. 25. www.pumpkinfestfranklin.com.
â˘ Haywood County Artists will open their studio for a self guided tour, 10 a.m. â 5 p.m and noon- 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25 and Sunday, Oct. 26, Haywood Art Studio, Waynesville. 828.734.5586 or www.haywoodarts.org.
â˘ Hiker Jam Octoberfest at The Village Green, 10 a.m. â 11 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25, The Village Green, Cashiers. Sample free beer, listen to featured music groups and eat food. $25 for general admission. 828.526.8232.
â˘ The Ammons Sisters of Catch the Spirit of Appalachia will do storytelling at the annual Celebration of the Arts, 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25, Swain County Center for the Arts, Bryson City. 828.488.7843 or www.swain.k12.nc.us/cfta.
â˘ Darnell Farms Corn Maze, Hayrides and Pumpkin Patch. Friday-Sunday, US 19 at the Tuckasegee River Bridge, Bryson City. Special Haunted Corn Maze the week of Halloween. 828.488.2376.
â˘ Haints, Boogers and Witches of the Southern Highlands will be at 8 p.m. Oct.17-18 and and 24-25 at The Storytelling Center in Bryson City. Spooky mountain storytelling. 828.488.5705.
â˘ Goblins in the Green at The Village Green, 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 24, The Village Green. Event includes a costume contest and Trick or Treat trail. 828.743.3434 or www.villagegreencashieranc.com.
â˘ Little Dorm of Horrors, a tour through an old boyâs dorm building, Oct. 25-Nov. 1. Tickets are $10. Put on by the Cherokee Historical Association. 828.497.2111 or www.hauntedcherokee.com.
â˘ Haunted Theatre at the Mountainside Theatre, Oct. 25-Nov. 1. Tickets are $10. Put on by the Cherokee Historical Association. 828.497.2111 or www.hauntedcherokee.com.
â˘ Myths and Legends Ghost Walk at Oconaluftee Indian Village, Oct. 25-Nov.1. Tickets are $10. Put on by the Cherokee Historical Association. 828.497.2111 or www.hauntedcherokee.com.
On Stage & In Concert
â˘ âDraculaâ will play at The Smoky Mountain Community Theatre in Bryson City. Oct. 17-18, 24-25 and 27 at 7:30 p.m. and Oct. 19 and 26 at 2:30 p.m. $5-10. 828.488.8227.
â˘ The Lake Junaluska Singers âSongs of Hope & Spiritâ concert will be at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 17-18 at Stuart Auditorium in Lake Junaluska. Musical selections designed to enliven and inspire, which range from Gershwin andold-American hymns to contemporary choral works. www.lakejunaluska.com/singers.
â˘ Grammy Award winning bluegrass act The SteelDrivers will perform as part of the Harvest Festival at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 18, at the Stecoah Valley Center in Robbinsville. $25 for adults, $10 for students and children. www.stecoahvalleycenter.com.
â˘ The Land of the Sky Chorus will perform at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 18 at the Colonial Theatre in Canton. www.cantonnc.com.
â˘ Bluegrass sensation Town Mountain will perform at 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 18, in the Macon County Heritage Center at the Historic Cowee School in Franklin. Tickets are $10. 828.349.1945 or www.coweeschool.org.
â˘ The Haywood Community Band will present âAmericana,â a concert of popular music evoking the heart of America, 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 19, Maggie Valleyâs Community Pavilion, adjacent to the Maggie Valley Town Hall.
â˘ Singer/songwriter Buddy Mondlock will perform at 7:45 p.m. Oct. 23 at The Strand at 38 Main in Waynesville. An acclaimed songwriter, with some of his work recorded by Guy Clark, Nanci Griffith and Janis Ian. Tickets are $15. www.38main.com.
â˘ Air Supply will perform at Harrahâs Cherokee Casino Resort, 9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 24. 800.745.3000.
â˘ A concert featuring ska punk band Reel Big Fish and rapper ACE Hood at 8 p.m Oct. 25 at the Ramsey Center. Tickets can be purchased online at www.ramseycenter.wcu.edu or at the Ramsey Center from Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. For ticket information, call 828.227.7722.
â˘ A concert by WCUâs Inspirational Choir will be at 3 p.m. Oct. 26 in the University Center Grandroom.
â˘ Nashville Recording artist, Lacy Green, will perform at The Classic Wineseller, 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 16, The Classic Wineseller, 20 Church St., Waynesville. 828.452.6000 or www.classicwineseller.com.
â˘ A one-year anniversary celebration will be held from 6 to 11 p.m. Oct. 18 at Innovation Brewing in Sylva. Live music from PMA, Bird in Hand and Rye Baby.
â˘ Rockell Scott and Richard Shulman will perform at the Classic Wineseller, 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 18, in downtown Waynesville. $39.99 per person. 828.452.6000.
â˘ Gospel group The Thomas Family will perform as part of Pickinâ on the Square at 7 p.m. Oct. 18 at the Town Hall in Frankin. Free. www.franklin-chamber.com.
â˘ The Diamond K Ranch in Maggie Valley has live music Thursdays-Saturdays at 8 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays are ladies nights. 926.7735.
â˘ A game day will occur from 2 to 9 p.m. every third Saturday of the month at Papouâs Wine Shop & Bar in Sylva. Bring dice, cards or board games. 828.586.6300.
â˘ The Haywood Dancers will hold a monthly dance at 8 p.m. at 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 17, at Angieâs Dance Academy in Clyde. Evening of dancing to recorded ballroom music. Refreshments. $10. 828.734.8726.
â˘ The High Mountain Squares will reschedule their Oct. 17 dance for Oct. 31, 6:30- 9 p.m. Macon County Community Building, Georgia Rd., Franklin. 828.371.4946 or www.highmountainsquare.com.
Books & authors
â˘ Coffee with the Poet, Wesley Satterwhite, 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 16, City Lights Bookstore, 3 E. Main St., Sylva. 828.586.9499.
â˘ Julia Watts will present her books, âFinding H.F.â and âSecret City,â 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 18, City Lights Bookstore, 3 E. Jackson St., Sylva. 828.586.9499.
â˘ The Ridgeline Literary Alliance will hold its annual writing conference, 9 a.m. â 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 18, The Learning Center, 945 Connahetta St., Murphy. $42 for adults and $22 for students. www.ridgelineliterary.org.
â˘ Rev. Bruce Lieske will present his book, âFrozen Memories,â 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 18, Blue Ridge Books in Waynesville. 828.456.6000 or www.blueridgebooksnc.com.
â˘ Chris Cox will present his new book, âThe Way We Say Goodbye,â 2-4 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 22, Haywood Community Collegeâs Library. 828.627.4679 or www.chriscoxbooks.com.
â˘ Seniors from Amy Garzaâs âWriting from the Heartâ creative writing class will read from some of their writings, 2 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 22, The Senior Center, 217 Frank Allen Rd., Cashiers. Program is free to the public. RVSP. 828.745.6856.
â˘ New York Times bestselling author and Appalachian writer Sharyn McCrumb will present her new book, âNora Bonesteelâs Christmas Past: A Ballad Novella,â 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25, Blue Ridge Books in Waynesville. 210.315.9664 or www.noralsback.com.
â˘ Art Ramsay will present his new novel, âIllumination of the Stones,â 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25, City Lights Bookstore in Sylva. 828.683.8661.
â˘ The Canton Book Club will meet, 2:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 16, Canton Branch Library. 828.648.2924.
Classes and Programs
â˘ A spooky raku firing class will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 18 and at 1 p.m. Oct. 25 at The Bascom in Highlands. $50. www.thebascom.org.
â˘ Journal Making Workshop at Blue Ridge Books, 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 19, in Waynesville. $5 materials cost per person. Call to sign up. 828.456.6000 or www.blueridgebooksnc.com.
â˘ How to Wire a Lamp class, 10 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 21, Haywood County Senior Resource Center, Elmwood Way, Waynesville. Part of the Creative Living series. Must register for class. 356.2800.
â˘ The Jackson County Cooperative Extension will offer Scherenschnitte, a German Folk Art Tradition of Paper Cutting, 1-4 p.m. Friday, Oct. 24, JCCE, Sylva. $5 per person. 586.4009.
â˘ Glassblowing Pumpkin sets with Daniel Sherman, 10 a.m. â 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25, Jackson County Green Energy Park, Dillsboro. Call to sign up. 828.631.0271 or JCGEP.org.
â˘ The Bascom in Highlands is offering classes this month in Fall Photography, The Art of the Teapot, Landscape in Watercolor and a Multi-Media Art Sampler. www.thebascom.org.
Art showings and galleries
â˘ WCU Fine Arts Museum has an exhibit, âAbstract Autobiography for a Fractured Narrativeâ on display until Nov. 7. WCU Fine Arts Museum, Cullowhee. 828.227.3591.
â˘ Kara Chambers will be the featured artist for October at City Lights CafĂŠ in Sylva. www.citylightcafe.com
â˘ Johanna Ohly and Lisa Kelley are the featured artists for the month of October at Tunnel Mountain Crafts, Dillsboro.
â˘ The Appalachian Pastel Society Juried National Exhibition will be held through Jan. 4 at The Bascom in Highlands. www.thebascom.org
Film & Screen
â˘ An afternoon showing of the historical documentary âCataloocheeâ will be held Oct. 18 at The Strand at 38 Main in Waynesville.
â˘ âBoyhoodâ will be shown at the Strand theater in downtown Waynesville. Showings are Oct. 17 and 18 at 7:45 p.m., Oct. 19 at 2 p.m. and Oct. 21-22 at 7 p.m. $6 or $3 for matinees.
â˘ âThe Haunted Mansionâ will be shown at Marianna Black Library, 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 21, Marianna Black Library. Popcorn provided. 828.488.3030.
â˘ Independent film, âStay Then Go,â will be shown at Western Carolina University, 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 21, A.K. Hinds University Center theater. Discussion with Shelli Ainsworth, author and director of the film, will follow. ace.wcu.edu or 828.227.2612.
â˘ The Macon County Public Library will show a biographical thriller starring Benedict Cumberbatch, Daniel Bruhl and Carice van Houten, 4:30 and 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 22, MCPL Meeting Room. 828.524.3600 or www.fontanalib.org.
â˘ The Mad Batter Food & Film now showing featured films, 6:30 p.m. and 9 p.m., Thursdays through Saturdays, downtown Sylva location. Special kidsâ matinee at 2 p.m. Saturdays. Free. Movie listings and information, www.madbatterfoodandfilm.com. 586.3555.
Music jams and groups
â˘ Old-time music jam from 1-3 p.m. the third Saturday of the month at the Oconaluftee Visitor Center in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park on U.S. 441 outside Cherokee. Next one on Oct. 18. 828.452.1068.
A community music jam will be held from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 16, at the Marianna Black Library in Bryson City. Held first and third Thursday of the month â year round. Free. 828.488.3030.
â˘ Cruso Circle Play & Jam, 7 p.m. every Tuesday, Cruso Community Center and Friendship Club in Cruso. www.facebook.com/crusocircleplayjam.
â˘ 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 Coopersâ Fusion band hosts.
â˘ An open jam session is held from 6:30 to 9 p.m. each Thursday at Heinzelmannchen Brewery in Sylva. All skill levels and instruments welcome. 828.631.4466 or www.yourgnometownbrewery.com
Outings & Fieldtrips
â˘ Jackson County Greenway Plant Walk, 10 a.m. Friday, Oct. 17, Jackson County Greenway, Cullowhee. Register at the Cullowhee Rec Center until Oct. 16. 828.293.3053.
â˘ Hike in Shining Rock with Parkway rangers, 10 a.m. Friday, Oct. 17. Meet at the trailhead at the end of Black Balsam Rd at mile 420 off the Parkway in Haywood County. Bring water and a snack or lunch. 828.298.5330 ext. 304.
â˘ Biking the Little Tennessee River Greenway, 9 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 18, offered through Jackson Parks and Rec. $8 per person. Rental bikes are available for $25. 828.293.3053.
â˘ A fall paddle on Lake Logan, 1 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 19, Lake Logan boathouse. Minors must be accompanied by an adult. RSVP by Oct. 17. 828.476.4667.
â˘ Senior trip to see the elk, 2 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 21, Waynesville Rec Center. Bring your own dinner, camera, binoculars, chair and bug spray. $5-7 per person. Must RSVP. 828.456.2030.
â˘ Smoky Mountain Elk talk, every Saturday through October. A ranger will take questions about elk and dish on the best places to see them in the park. 11:30 a.m., Oconaluftee Visitor Center in the Great Smoky Mtn National Park. 828.497.1904.
Programs & Workshops
â˘ Harvesting, storing and preserving herbs, 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 16, Jackson County Public Library, Sylva. Becky Lipkin, certified aroma therapist will lead the program. Free. 828.586.2016.
â˘ Jim Costa, Professor of Biology at Western Carolina University, will present his talk, âIf You Want to Feed the Birds, First Feed the Bugs: Toward an Ecological Appreciation of Insects in Your Garden,â 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 23, Macon County Public Library. 828.524.3600 or www.fontanalib.org.
â˘ Charles Dayton and Sara Evans will discuss Climate Change and Mass Extinction, 6:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 17, City Lights Bookstore in Sylva. 828.586.9499.
â˘ Apples 101: Everything you always wanted to know about apples, 9 a.m. â 1 p.m. Friday, Oct. 17, Jackson County Extension Center conference room. $10 per person. 828.586.4009.
â˘ Outdoor author Jeff Alt will present his books âWalk for Sunshineâ and âGet Your Kids Hiking,â 1-3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 18, Clingmans Dome Visitor Center in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. 865.436.7318.
â˘ âTriple Divide,â a fracking documentary, will be shown at the Macon County Public Library, 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 16, MCPL Meeting Room. 828.524.3600 or www.fontanalib.org.
â˘ Try Scuba Program by Smoky Mountain Divers Carolinas, 2-3:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 18, Waynesville Rec Center Pool. $30 plus pool admission. RSVP. 864.710.1567.
â˘ John and Cathy Sill will speak to the Franklin Bird Club about their birding trip to Alaska, 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 20, Macon County Public Library. 828.524.5234.
â˘ The U.S. Forest Service will hold a meeting to share information about its Forest Management Plan, 4:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 21, Pisgah Ranger District, Forge Valley Event Center in Mills River, 8818 Boylston Hwy.
â˘ The Dry Creek Climb 5K will be at 8 a.m. Oct. 18 in Graham County in conjunction with the Harvest Festival at Stecoah Valley Center.www.stecoahvalleycenter.com.
â˘ Night of the Ghouls 5K on the Little Tennessee Greenway, 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 18, Tassee Shelter, Franklin. Sponsored by REACH of Franklin. Reachofmaconcounty.org.
â˘ Cherokee Harvest Half Marathon and 5K, 8:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 18, starting from the Acquoni Events Center. Hundreds of runners to partake. Race proceeds will benefit the Madison Hornbuckle Childrenâs Cancer Foundation. gloryhoundevents.com.
â˘ Eagle 5K at 8 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 25, Miller St., downtown Waynesville. Raise scholarships for the SOAR outdoo adventure camp that serves youth with attention deficit and hyperactivity disorders. www.active.com or 828.456.3435.
â˘ The 2nd Annual Zombie Run by the Cherokee Historical Association, noon. Saturday, Oct. 25. Registration fee required. Call to register and for location. 828.497.2111 or www.iamathlete.com.
â˘ The Nantahala Hiking Club will hike along the Appalachian Trail to Wine Spring, 9 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 18, Westgate Plaza, Franklin. 828.524.5298.
â˘ The Nantahala Hiking Club will hike to Hemlock Falls, 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 21, Smoky Mtns. Visitor Center in Otto. 410.852.7510.
â˘ Nantahala Hiking Club based in Macon County holds weekly Saturday hikes in the Nantahala National Forest and beyond. www.nantahalahikingclub.org
â˘ 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.
â˘ 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
â˘ Mountain High Hikers, based in Young Harris, Ga., leads several hikes per week. Guests should contact hike leader. www.mountainhighhikers.org.
â˘ 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.
â˘ Benton MacKaye Trail Association incorporates outings for hikes, trail maintenance and other work trips. No experience is necessary to participate. www.bmta.org.
â˘ 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.
â˘ 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.
â˘ 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.
â˘ A weekly bike ride in Franklin meets Tuesday at 6:15 p.m. at Macon Middle School on Wells Grove Road. Ladies and beginnersâ ride. 369.2881 or www.maconcountycycling.blogspot.com.
â˘ A weekly bike ride in Franklin meets Saturdays at 8 a.m., departing from South Macon Elementary School. 369.2881, www.maconcountycycling.blogspot.com.
â˘ 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
â˘ 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.
â˘ Monthly âGirlz Rideâ 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.
Farmers & Tailgate Markets
â˘ 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. 648.6323. www.facebook.com/pages/waynesville-tailgate-market/117024646020.
â˘ 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.
â˘ 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.
â˘ 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.
â˘ 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.
â˘ 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.
â˘ WNC Sportsmanâs 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.