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Wednesday, 24 September 2014 00:00

Regional Calendar

Community Events & Announcements 

•The Village Green will install and dedicate a sculpture of Al Balestire, to celebrate his contributions as a contributor to Cashiers, 5 p.m.  Thursday, Sept. 25, Gazebo at Highway 64 entrance to The Village Green.  828.743.3434.  

•The Glenville Area Historical Society will hold their annual meeting and feature their “Glenville History…Up Close and Personal” program, 6:30 p.m.  Thursday, Sept. 25, Glenville Community Development Club, Glenville Village.  828.743.1658. 

• The Canton Fall Clean-Up Day will be from 8 a.m.- 1 p.m., Friday, Sept. 26. Participation by local businesses and members of the community are encouraged. Lunch will be provided to all participating volunteers. 828.648.2363 or www.cantonnc.com. 

•The Haywood County NAACP will hold its general meeting, 2 p.m.  Saturday, Sept. 27, Mt. Olive Baptist Church, 28 Mt. Olive Rd., Waynesville.  828.400.5475.  

•The Smoky Mountain Chapter of the National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association will meet at the Jarrett House, noon.  Saturday, Sept. 27, The Jarrett House, Dillsboro.  Past chapter president, Sam Crain, will speak.  828.586.9292.  

•Western Carolina Dog Fanciers Association and the Jackson County Parks and Recreation Department will hold their annual “Bark in the Park”, 1-5 p.m.  Sunday, Sept. 28, Mark Watson Park, Sylva.  www.wcdfa.org.  

•The Macon County Poultry Club will hold their Breed Show on Saturday, Oct at the Macon County Fairgrounds.  Deadline to register is Sept. 28.  Call for times.  828.342.9090.  

•Haywood County will hold rabies clinics from Sept. 29 to Oct. 3.  5-6:30 p.m. at each clinic.  $9 per vaccine.  Call for locations.  828.456.5338.  

•Human trafficking will be discussed as a part of The Global Spotlight Series at WCU, 4-5:30 p.m.  Tuesday, Sept. 30, Forsyth Building.  828.227.3336.  

•Franklin Open Forum will discuss “$15 an hour: Can American business survive a “living” wage?”, 7 p.m.  Wednesday, Oct. 1, Rathskeller Coffee Haus and Pub, 58 Stewart St., Franklin.  828.371.1020.  

•How to conduct genealogy research at Canton Branch Library, 5:30 p.m.  Thursday, Oct. 2, library meeting room.  828.648.2924.  

•Sarge’s Animal Rescue Foundation will hold its 6th annual Furry Friends Benefit Bash, 6 p.m.  Thursday, Oct. 2, Laurel Ridge Country Club, Waynesville.  $50 per person or a table sponsorship for $450.  828.246.9050.  

•Macon County Public Health will hold Rabies Vaccination Clinics throughout the Franklin area.  Saturday, Oct. 4.  Vets will vaccinate dogs, cats and ferrets over 4 months of age.  $10 per pet.  Call for a schedule, locations and times.  828.349.2490.  

•Rededication of Major Daniel and James Bryson’s graves, Patriots of the American Revolution, 2 p.m.  Saturday, Oct. 4, Sugar Fork Baptist Church Cemetery, Franklin.  828.321.3522.  

•“Coats for Kids” will hold their Distribution Day, 9 a.m. to noon.  Saturday, Oct. 4, First Presbyterian Church, Sylva.  Children should be present.  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .  

• The Community Kitchen in Canton is in need of volunteers. Opportunities range from planning a meal updating their webpage. 828.648.0014. 

 

Business & Education 

•Intro to Quickbooks for Business Owners, 6-9 p.m.  Thursday, Sept. 25, Haywood Community College Regional High Tech Center.  Register online.  www.haywood.edu.  

•Award-winning educator, Dave Burgess, will present his innovative teaching techniques at WCU, 6 p.m.  Monday, Sept. 29, John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center, Cullowhee.  828.277.3317.  

•The Haywood County Tourism Development Authority will hold a Social Media Social for businesses, 9-11 a.m., Tuesday, Sept. 30, Harrell Center, room 202, Lake Junaluska.  RSVP to attend.  828.452.0152.  

 

Fundraisers and Benefits

• The Cullowhee Valley School Parents/Teachers Association will host its annual Fall Festival, 4:30-8:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 26, Cullowhee Valley School to raise money for the PTA. 828.331.8590. 

•The Antioch Baptist Church will hold their annual Missions Fair from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 27, at the Haywood County Fairgrounds. Flea market, youth baked hoods, new and used furniture, and more. Proceeds go to fund mission projects. 828.627.1200.

•Community United service for Haywood Pathways Center, 7 p.m.  Saturday, Sept. 27, Haywood Community College.  828.627.9000.  

•The Southern Vintage Trailer Friends will hold their annual fall rally, 1-4 p.m.  Saturday, Sept. 27, Pride Resort, 4393 Jonathan Creek Rd., Waynesville.  $5 for adults, $3 for children.  Proceeds will benefit the Haywood County Water Association Kids in the Creek.  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .  

•The WCU Student Physical Therapy Association will hold their Zombie Run 5-K Race, 4 p.m.  Saturday, Oct. 4, WCU picnic area, Cullowhee.  $20 per person until Oct. 3.  828.803.0552.  

•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.  

• “Coats for Kids of Jackson County” is seeking new or gently used kids coats, warm clothing, hats, gloves and shoes. Donations can be dropped off at Cullowhee United Methodist Church, Sylva. Distribution Day is from 9 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Oct. 4, at First Presbyterian Church, Sylva. Children should be present. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . 

• $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. 

• 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.

 

Volunteering

•The Canton Fall Clean-Up Day will be from 8 a.m.- 1 p.m., Friday, Sept. 26.  Participation by local businesses and members of the community are encouraged to attend.  Lunch will be provided to all participating volunteers.  Town of Franklin, 58 Park St., Canton.  828.648.2363 or www.cantonnc.com.  

 

Health Matters

• Hoop Fitness classes at the Jackson County Rec. Center for all ages and abilities. Saturdays at 11:15 a.m. - Hoops provided. $5 for non-members. 

• A cancer prevention program will be held from 6 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 7, at Harris Regional Hospital in Sylva. Part of the monthly Tuesdays to Thrive focusing on different health topics the first Tuesday evening of each month. Sponsored by WestCare Wellness and Jackson County Department. www.westcarehealth.org or 828.586.7734.

• A diabetes awareness program including blood glucose screening will be held from 6 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 4, at Harris Regional Hospital in Sylva. Part of the monthly Tuesdays to Thrive focusing on different health topics the first Tuesday evening of each month. Sponsoed by WestCare Wellness and Jackson County Department. www.westcarehealth.org or 828.586.7734.

• A program on prescription drug abuse and Project Lazarus will be held from 6 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 2, at Harris Regional Hospital in Sylva. Part of the monthly Tuesdays to Thrive focusing on different health topics the first Tuesday evening of each month. Sponsored by WestCare Wellness and Jackson County Department. www.westcarehealth.org or 828.586.7734.

 

Blood Drives 

•Blood Drive in Clyde, 1-5:30 p.m.  Wednesday, Oct. 1, Medwest Health and Fitness Center, 75 Leroy George Rd. 800.733.2767.  

•Blood Drive in Waynesville, 3:30- 8 p.m.  Wednesday, Oct. 1, Haywood Community College Regional High Technology Center, 112 Industrial Park Drive. 800.733.2767.

 

Kids & Families 

•Science Club at the library, 3:30-4:15 p.m.  Thursday, Sept. 25, Macon County Public Library, Franklin.  828.524.3600.

•Exploring the White-tailed Deer, 9-11 a.m.  Friday, Sept. 26, Held at Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education on U.S. 276 in Transylvania County. cpaws.org/reservations/pisgah/ or call 828-877-4423.

•Learn the basics of wilderness survival and other primitive outdoor skills, 1-3 p.m.  Friday, Sept. 26, Held at Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education on U.S. 276 in Transylvania County. cpaws.org/reservations/pisgah/ or call 828-877-4423.

•After School Special at the library, 3:30 p.m.  Friday, Sept. 26, Jackson County Public Library.  For ages 5 and up.  828.586.2016.  

•The Waynesville Parks and Recreation Department will hold their “Mothers’ Morning Out”, 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.  Saturday, Sept. 27, Waynesville Recreation Center.  $7 per child for members, $10 for non members.  Participants must preregister.  828.456.2030.  

•Family Storytime and Madeline’s 75th Party, 10 a.m.  Tuesday, Sept. 30, Macon County Public Library, Franklin.  828.524.3600.  

 

Recreation & Fitness 

•Haywood County Recreation and Parks are accepting registration for the Recreation Basketball League until Oct. 4.  $60 for first child, $55 for second.  828.452.6789 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .  

Political events

• A forum with Jackson County commissioner candidates will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 25, in the Burrell Building at Southwestern Community College in Sylva.

•The Haywood County Democrats will hold their annual Fall Rally, 5:30 p.m.  Saturday, Sept. 27, Canton Armory, 71 Penland St., Canton.  Hayden Rogers will speak.  $15 per person.  828.452.9607.  

• Haywood chapter of the NAACP meets at 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 27, at Mt. Olive Baptist Church on Mt. Olive Rd. in Waynesville. 828.400.5475.

• A forum between District Attorney candidates Jim Moore and Ashley Welch will be helf from 2-4 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 28, at the Colonial Theater in Canton.

• Republican candidates for federal, state and county offices have been invited to speak and answer voter questions at the South Jackson County Republican Monthly Meeting in Cashiers at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 30, at the Cashiers Republican Headquarters in Laurel Terrace Suite 8 on U.S. 64 East. 828.743.6491 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

•Meet-and-greet party with district attorney candidate Ashley Welch and Senator Jim Davis, 5-7 p.m.  Tuesday, Sept. 30, 555 Depot St., Franklin.  847.624.2762.

•South Jackson County Republicans will meet, 6:30 p.m.  Tuesday, Sept. 30, Cashiers Republican Headquarters, Laurel Terrace, Suite 8.  Republican candidates for federal, state and county offices have been invited to speak.  828.743.6491.

•• A debate with candidates for NC Senate seat 50 (representing the seven western counties) will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 2, in Room 204 of the Health and Human Sciences Building at WCU. Featuring N.C. Sen. Jim Davis (R-Macon) and challenger Jane Hipps (D-Haywood). Part of the WCU Political Debate Series. 828.227.3898.

 

The Spiritual Side 

• Hazelwood Presbyterian Church will hold its “Cultivating Contentment in a Covetous World,” a workshop for women of all ages, 9 a.m.- noon. Saturday, Sept. 27, 368 Hazelwood Ave., Waynesville. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . 

 

A&E

Festivals and Special Events 

•Matthew Foley, spoken word poet, will present a spoken-word workshop, 2:30 p.m.  Friday, Sept. 26, Hunter Library, Western Carolina University.  828.227.3423. 

•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. www.mountainheritageday.com or 227.7129. 

•The Smoky Mountain Quilters Guild quilt show will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 2-3 and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 4 in the Ramsey Center at Western Carolina University. Admission is $5. 828.349.0883 or www.mountainlovers.com or www.wcu.edu. 

•Maggie Valley Oktoberfest, 10 a.m.-11 p.m.  Oct. 3-4, Maggie Valley Festival Grounds, 3374 Soco Road, Maggie Valley.  $2 admission per adult.  828.734.8075.  

•A trunk-show for women’s fashions created by outwear designer Denise Dickens will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 3-4 at the Dovecote Porch & Gardens in Cashiers. www.dargan.com/dovecote-events. 

•The Town of Dillsboro will hold its 6th Annual Colorfest, Dillsboro Fine Arts and Crafts Fair, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.  Saturday, Oct. 4, historic town of Dillsboro.  828.631.4587.  

• Fifth annual Taste of Sylva culinary tour, 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 4, downtown Sylva. 226.0181 or www.mainstreetsylva.org.

 

On Stage & In Concert 

•Aubryn will perform at No Name Sports Pub in Sylva. Thursday, Sept. 25.  Free. 828.586.2750 or www.nonamesportspub.com.

•Author and banjoist, Jeremy B. Jones, will play the banjo and discuss his new book, “Bearwallow: A Personal History of a Mountain Homeland”, 5:30 p.m.  Thursday, Sept. 25, Canton Branch Library.  828.648.2924.  

•Folk/roots singer-songwriter Linda McRae will perform at 7:45 p.m. Sept. 25 at The Strand at 38 Main in Waynesville. Tickets are $12 in advance, $15 at the door. 828.283.0079 or www.38main.com.

•The HART theatre will present “Urinetown” the musical, September through October.  Sept. 26, 27, Oct. 3, 4, 10, and 11 at 7:30 p.m. and Sept. 28, Oct. 5 and 12 at 3 p.m.  Performing Arts Center at the Shelton House, 250 Pigeon St., Waynesville.  $24 for Adults, $20 for Seniors and $12 for students.  828.456.6322.  

•Funk/rock group The Fritz will perform as part of the Music on Tap series at Nantahala Brewing in Bryson City, 8 p.m.  Friday, Sept. 26. Free. www.nantahalabrewing.com. 

•Viva Le Vox and Joe Buck Yourself will perform at No Name Sports Pub in Sylva, 9:30 p.m.  Friday, Sept. 26.  Free. 828.586.2750 or www.nonamesportspub.com.

•Country megastar Jake Owen will perform at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 27 at Harrah’s Cherokee. Tickets are $45 and $55. 800.745.3000 or www.harrahscherokee.com. 

•Legendary bluegrass band, Seldom Scene, will perform at Highlands PAC, 8 p.m.  Saturday, Sept. 27, Highlands PAC.  828.526.9047.

•LOCAL will perform at No Name Sports Pub in Sylva, 9:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 27. Free. 828.586.2750 or www.nonamesportspub.com.

•The Weinberg-Babelay jazz duo will perform at 7 p.m. Sept. 29 at the Macon County Public Library in Franklin. Donations accepted. 828.524.7683 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

•Balsam Range will perform their “Homegrown in Haywood” concert, 7:30 p.m.  Tuesday, Sept. 30, Colonial Theater, Canton.  $20 per person.  The concert is presented by the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area Partnership.  828.298.5330.  

•Shannon Thompson will present “La Clarinette de Paris”, featuring music and musicians of Paris, 7:30 p.m.  Tuesday, Sept. 30, Western Carolina University’s Coulter Building.  828.227.7242.  

•A Martha’s Vineyard comedy set, “Elemeno Pea”, will be staged at Western Carolina University, 7:30 p.m.  Oct. 1-4, Hoey Auditorium, Western Carolina University, Cullowhee.  $16 for adults, $11 for seniors and WCU staff and $10 for students.  828.227.7491.  

•Folk/rock singer, Chris Minick, will perform at The Strand at 38 Main, 7:45 p.m.  Thursday, Oct. 2, downtown Waynesville.  $12 per person.  828.421.5753 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .  

•Live music by James Hammel at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 3 at the Classic Wineseller in downtown Waynesville. www.classicwineseller.com.  

•Live music by Joe Cruz at 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 4 at the Classic Wineseller in downtown Waynesville. www.classicwineseller.com.

•Gospel group Ernie Haase & Signature Sound will perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 4, at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts in Franklin. Tickets are $15, $18 and $24. 866.273.4615 or www.greatmountainmusic.com. 

•Grammy nominee Claire Lynch will perform at Cataloochee Ranch, 6 p.m.  Sunday, Oct. 5, Cataloochee Ranch.  Dinner will be served.  $60 per person.  828.926.1401.  

 

Nightlife

• Friday Night Live concert series at Town Square in Highlands with Macon Grass Band Sept. 26. All shows begin at 6 p.m. Free.

• Aubryn will perform at No Name Sports Pub in Sylva. Thursday, Sept. 25. Free. 828.586.2750 or www.nonamesportspub.com.

• Frog Level Brewing Company in Waynesville has live music by Alarm Clock Conspiracy Sept. 25. All shows begin at 6 p.m. Free. 828.454.5664 or www.froglevelbrewing.com.

• Live music by Lyric at the Water’n Hole Bar & Grill in Waynesville at 9 p.m. Sept. 26. $5. 828.456.4750.

• Funk/rock group The Fritz will perform as part of the Music on Tap series at Nantahala Brewing in Bryson City, 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 26. Free. www.nantahalabrewing.com. 

• Viva Le Vox and Joe Buck Yourself will perform at No Name Sports Pub in Sylva, 9:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 26. Free. 828.586.2750 or www.nonamesportspub.com.

• LOCAL will perform at No Name Sports Pub in Sylva, 9:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 27. Free. 828.586.2750 or www.nonamesportspub.com.

• Soul/oldies group Paradise 56 will perform as part of Pickin’ on the Square at the gazebo in downtown Franklin at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 27. Free. 828.524.2516

• Acoustic duo Somebody’s Child will perform at the Bryson City Train Depot at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 27. Free. www.greatsmokies.com.

• Spooky storytelling will be held at 8 p.m. Oct. 3-4 at The Storytelling Center of the Southern Appalachians in Bryson City. www.greatsmokies.com. 

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

• A game day will occur from 2 to 9 p.m. every third Saturday of the month at Papou’s Wine Shop & Bar in Sylva. Bring dice, cards or board games. 828.586.6300.

 

Classes and Programs

• A workshop “Human/Animal Hybrids: Sculpting with Solid Forms In Clay” will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. Friday, Sept. 26 and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 27-28 at The Bascom in Highlands. The workshop will encourage students to try new narrative form, consisting of personal iconography and animal characteristics. $250 for members, $285 for non-members. www.thebascom.org. 

•The “Come Paint with Charles Kidz Program” will be at 5 p.m. Sept. 25 at the Charles Heath Gallery in Bryson City. $18 per child. Materials and snacks included. 828.538.2054.

• Drawing Lessons for Adults, by Char Avrunin, 1 to 4 p.m. Mondays and painting lessons from 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. .

• 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. Armory classes, 456.9918; Home Collection classes, 456.5441

• Watercolor classes with Dominick DePaolo from 10 a.m. to noon and oil painting classes from 1 to 3 p.m. on Mondays, at Uptown Gallery, Franklin. 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. 

 

Art showings and galleries 

• WCU Fine Arts Museum has an exhibit, “Abstract Autobiography for a Fractured Narrative” on display until Nov. 7. WCU Fine Arts Museum, Cullowhee.  828.227.3591.  

• Smoky Mountain Quilt Show will be held Oct. 2-4 at Western Carolina University. www.smokymtnquilters.org or 828.508.7916. 

• 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. 

 

Books & authors 

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

Film & Screen
• “The Fault in Our Stars” will play at the Stand movie theater in downtown Waynesville. 7:45 p.m. on Sept. 26; 2, 5 and 7:45 p.m. on Sept. 27; and 2 p.m. on Sept. 28.

•The Marianna Black Library will present the family adventure, “Shiloh”, 3:30 p.m.  Tuesday, Sept. 30, Marianna Black Library, 33 Fryemont St., Bryson City.  828.488.3030.  

•“Someday the Pain Will Be Useful to You” will play at the Macon County Public Library, 4:30 and 7 p.m.  Wednesday, Oct. 1, MCPL, Franklin.  Starring Aubrey Plaza, Toby Regbo, Lucy Liu and Ellen Burstyn.  828.524.3600.

•How to Train your Dragon 2 will be playing from Oct. 3-8. At The Strand at 38.  7:45 p.m. on Friday, 2, 5 and 7:45 p.m. on Saturday, 2 p.m. on Sunday and 7 p.m. on Tuesday and Wednesday.  Downtown Waynesville.  828.421.5753 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .  

• 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.

 

Music jams and groups

• 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. 828.452.1068.

A community music jam will be held from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 18, at the Marianna Black Library in Bryson City. Held first and third Thursday of the month – year round. Free. 828.488.3030.

• Cruso Circle Play & Jam, 7 p.m. every Tuesday, Cruso Community Center and Friendship Club in Cruso. www.facebook.com/crusocircleplayjam. 

• 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.

• 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

• 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

 

Arts Group Meetings

•The Jackson County Arts Council will hold an information session about the North Carolina Arts Council RAPG application process, 5 p.m.  Monday, Sept. 29, Creative Arts Building, room 7105, Haywood Community College.  Applications will be accepted through Oct. 7.  828.337.2046.

• 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.

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

• 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.

 

Outdoors

•MEC Comment Party by the Swain County Coalition Against Fracking, 8:30 a.m.  Thursday, Sept. 25, Cork and Bean, Bryson City.  Bring your laptop.  828.736.5529.  

•Nantahala Outdoor Center will hold its Guest Appreciation Festival, Sept. 26-28.  Events include used gear sale, whitewater rafting, zip-lining and more.  828.785.5082.  

•MedicForce is in need of used gear for their booth at the annual Nantahala Outdoor Center’s GAF weekend, Sept. 26-28. Proceeds will support a trip to Kenya in Nov.  828.318.3771.  

•The N.C. Wildlife Resources will teach fishing, hunting and wildlife conservation at 8 events, 8 a.m.-3 p.m.  Saturday, Sept. 27. Visit online for locations and times.  www.ncwildlife.org/nhfd.    

•Great Smoky Mountains National Park will celebrate the Wilderness Act, 9:30 a.m.- 2 p.m.  Saturday, Sept. 27, Sugarlands Visitor Center. Free to the public.  865.436.1291.  

•Macon Aeromodelers 5th annual Invitational Fun-Fly, Airshow and BBQ at the OTX Aerodrome.  Saturday, Sept. 27 at 9 a.m. and Sunday, Sept. 28 at 10 a.m.  $5 parking fee and $5-7 for dinner.  www.maconaeromodelers.com.  

•Bark in the Park will be from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 28, at Mark Watson Park in Sylva. Dog activities include sheep herding, agility demonstrations, costume contest, games, vendors, canine massages, raffles, “Ask the Vet” booth, nail trims, pet photographer, and more. There will also be a pet food drive to help “Animeals.” The Canine Good Citizen testing will begin at 10:30 a.m., with attendees having to preregister at 845.548.6420 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Sponsored by the Western Carolina Dog Fanciers Association and the Jackson County Parks & Recreation Department. www.wcdfa.org. 

•A corn maze, hayrides and pumpkin patch will kickoff the fall season on Oct. 1 on U.S. 19 at the Tuckasegee River Bridge. Hayrides available Friday-Sunday. Group rate available. 828.488.2376 or www.greatsmokies.com. 

•The Cradle of Forestry will celebrate of western North Carolina during the annual Forest Festival Day, 9 a.m.- 5 p.m.  Saturday, Oct. 4, Pisgah National Forest.  $3-6 per person.  828.877.3130.  

•The Peanuts Pumpkin Patch Express will depart at noon and 3:30 p.m. Oct. 4-5 at the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad train depot in Bryson City. Peanuts characters in costume, children’s activities, and more. For more information and ticket rates, call 800.872.4681 or www.gsmr.com. 

 

Outings & Fieldtrips

• Camping 101, an overnight adventure being offered to Jackson middle schoolers for Friday, Sept. 26. Students will learn camping basics. $20 per student. Register by Sept. 19. 828.293.3053 or 828.631.2020. 

• Haywood Waterways Association and the Great Smoky Mountain National Park will offer a short hike to the Appalachian Highland Science Learning Center, 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 27, Appalachian Highland Science Learning Center, Purchase Knob. Wear hiking shoes and bring lunch, water, warm clothing and rain gear. RSVP by Sept. 24. 828.476.4667. 

 

Programs & Workshops

• The annual symposium “Rooted in the Mountains: Valuing Our Common Ground” will be held Thursday and Friday, Sept. 25-26, with a theme of climate change, including lectures and presentations. Health and Human Sciences Building, Western Carolina University. Free to students and WCU staff, $125 for all others. rootedinthemtns.wcu.edu or 828.227.2164. 

•A workshop “Horsehair and Fuming Firing Workshop” will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 1, at The Bascom in Highlands. Learn alternative firing processes using organic materials, terra sigillata, and an electric kiln to produce colorful and unique works of art. There is no clay associated with this class, only firing. Students will need to buy their own clay and make pieces to be used beforehand. $50 per person. www.thebascom.org.

•A pinecone decoration class will be held at 9:30 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 2, at the Extension and Community Association office in Sylva. 828.586.4009. 

 

Competitive Edge

•The Mountain Heritage Day 5K Road Race at WCU, 8 a.m.  Saturday, Sept. 27, Stillwell Science Building.  $15-30 per person.  828.227.8442.

•The 19th Annual Intercollegiate John G. Palmer Woodsmen’s Meet at The Cradle of Forestry in America.  Pisgah National Forest.  Call for times and locations.  828.627.4560.

 

Farm & Garden

• Haywood’s Historic Farmers Market will host a special farm fare day, 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 27. Barnyard animals, live music, old farm equipment, tastings. 828.550.4774 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . 

• 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.

•The 2014 Haywood County Plant Clinic will be staffed on Mondays and Thursdays until Oct. 16.  9 a.m. to noon.  Master Gardeners will be available to answer questions.  828.456.3575.  

 

Hiking Clubs

•The Appalachian Trail Conservancy will hike on the Appalachian Trail during the 4th annual Family Hiking Day.  Saturday, Sept. 27.  Call for times and locations.  304.535.2200.  

•Hiking in Standing Indian ranging from 1 to 4 miles, 2 p.m.  Sunday, Sept. 28, Standing Indian Picnic Shelter.  Free if pre-registered.  828.369.7352.  

•Waynesville Recreation Center will offer a short loop hike to the top of Whiteside Mountain, 9 a.m.  Tuesday, Sept. 30.  $3 for members, $5 for non-members.  828.456.2030.  

•The Nantahala Hiking Club will hike 6 miles to Bee Cove Falls, South Carolina, 10 a.m.  Saturday, Oct. 4, Cashiers Recreation Center.  Must RSVP.  828.743.1079.  

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

• 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

• 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.

• The Cherokee Riders holds weekly group rides. Hugh Lambert 554.6810 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

 

Mountain Bike Rides

• 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.

 

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. 280.1381 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. 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. 226.9988 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

• Jackson County Farmers Market. 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. Family Art at the Market offered at 10 a.m. and story time with City Lights at 11 a.m.; monthly fundraising brunches and occasional music given. 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. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 524.8369. 

• Franklin Farmers Tailgate Market. 8 a.m. to noon Saturdays through November on East Palmer Street across from Drake Software. 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. 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. 

 

Outdoor 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 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, potluck 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. .

• Pigeon Valley Bassmasters Club 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.

• 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.

• 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.

• 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. . 

• 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. .

• 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.

 

Business & Education 

• 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.

• 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.

 

Health Matters

• 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.

 

Kids & Families

• Smoky Mountain Model Railroaders holds 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.

• Free Saturday morning cartoons shown at the Strand theater in downtown Waynesville from 1 a.m. to 1 p.m.  Cereal, milk, o.j. and continental breakfast (plus coffee, LOTS of coffee) at the concession stand. PJs welcome.

•  Explorer’s Club for kids will be held at the third of the month at the Jackson County Public Library in Sylva. Held monthly. Intended for all ages, with a special emphasis on cultural learning for children. Each Explorer's Club will feature special guests, snacks, and crafts that all are pertinent to the theme for that month. 828.586.2016.

• 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. 

• 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.

• 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. .

• 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. .

• 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

 

Kid’s story times

• 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. .

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

• Marianna Black Library Storytimes will hold its new “Baby and Me” Lapsit Storytime, 10:30 a.m. Second and fourth Tuesdays every month. www.fontanalib.org or 828.488.3030. 

• 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. 

• “Baby& Me” Lapsit Storytime is held at 10:30 a.m. the second and fourth Tuesdays every month at the Marianna Black Library, Bryson City. For babies up to 18 months of age and their caregivers. The story time will consist of simple stories, lively songs, puppets, rhymes and interaction with other babies.

• 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.

• 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.

• 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. 

 

Kid’s Clubs

• 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.

• 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. . 

 

Kid’s 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.

• Children's Art Classes, by Scottie Harris, 4:30 to 5:30 p.m., Tuesdays in Waynesville. 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. .

• 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.

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

• 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.

 

Recreation & Fitness

Yoga

• 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. . 

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

• 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. .

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

• 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.

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

 

Dance

• 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.

• 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.

• 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.

 

Aerobic

• 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.

• 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.

 

Martial arts

• Blue Dragon Tae Kwon Do School in Haywood County offers a variety of classes for children and adults. High-quality basic self defense training through the use of the ancient Korean fighting art of Tae Kwon Do, including values of respect and courtesy, modesty,  self control, perseverance and indomitable spirit. 828.627.3949 or www.bluedragontkd.net.

• 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.

• 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.

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

 

Other

• 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. .

• Hoop Fitness classes at the Jackson County Rec. Center for all ages and abilities. Saturdays at 11:15 a.m. - Hoops provided. $5 for non-members. 

• 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. .

• 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.  

• 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 Spiritual Side 

• 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.

 

Political corner

Democratic party

• Macon County Democratic Party Headquarters, 251 Sloan Road in Franklin, is open from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, and 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Saturday. 369.8561.

• 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, is open 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

•  Jackson County Republican headquarters at Laurel Terrace on U.S. 64 East in Cashiers and at 58 Sunrise Park retail complexes in Sylva. 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.

Other political groups

• The Haywood County NAACP meets at various locations the last Sunday of each month. 828.400.5475. 

• Jackson County branch of the NAACP meets at 10 a.m. on the Saturday following the second Thursday of every month at Liberty Baptist Church in Sylva.

• 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 Jackson County Patriots meet at 6 p.m. on the third thursday of each month at Ryan’s Steak House in Sylva, with the meeting start at 6:30 p.m.  All liberty-loving area citizens who want Constitutionally-limited government, free market economics and fiscal responsibility are welcome. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

• 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.

 

Senior Activities

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

• 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 percent 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.

• 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.

 

Volunteering

• The Community Kitchen in Canton is in need of volunteers. Opportunities range from planning a meal updating their webpage. 828.648.0014. 

• 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.

• 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.

• Haywood County Meals on Wheels needs drivers to deliver hot meals to housebound seniors. 356.2442.

• The Haywood Jackson Volunteer Center has many new openings for volunteers throughout the region. Learn about a wide-range of volunteer opportunities with a variety of non-profit agencies, including respite work, domestic violence hotline volunteers, meal delivery drivers, court mediators, Habitat for Humanity house building, foster grandparenting, charity thrift shops, the Elk Bugle Corps for the Great Smokies National Park and many more. 356.2833.

• Community Care Clinic of Franklin needs volunteers for a variety of tasks including nursing/clinical, clerical and administrative and communications and marketing. 349.2085. 

• Catman2 Shelter in Jackson County needs volunteers for morning feeding and general shelter chores. 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 a month taking water samples from local creeks and streams. Fill up empty bottles, collect water samples, and return full bottles. 926.1308 or www.haywoodwaterways.org. 

• 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.

• REACH of Haywood County is looking for volunteers who would like to assist in its newly expanded resale store. 456 Hazelwood Avenue. 456.7898. 

 

Civic groups & Clubs

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.

• 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.

• 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.

• 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 +).

• 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 Gateway Club, 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.

• 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.

• 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.

• 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 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.

• 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.

• 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.

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

• 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 Shriners 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

• 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.

• 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.

• 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.

• 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. 

• 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 support group, noon to 1 p.m. first Friday of every month, Long’s Chapel, Dugan Classroom. Sponsored by Haywood 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.

• Adult Neurogenic Communication Group, 1:20 to 2:30 p.m. the second Monday of each month, Haywood Health and Fitness Center. 227.3834 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

• 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, Haywood 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. .

• Breastfeeding Mothers’ Support Group, 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 6, Alliance Bible Church, 501 River Rd., Dillsboro. 770.519.2930.  

• Parkinson's Support in the Mountains will hold its regular monthly meeting, 3 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 11, room 164 of the Jackson County Department on Aging, 100 County Services Park, Sylva. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .  

• 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, Harris Hospital, 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.

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

• 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.

• 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.

• Look Good…Feel Better is an ongoing program for cancer patients at Angel Medical Center, Cancer Infusion Center, Franklin. 828.349.6900. 

• 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.

 

Government meetings

Haywood

• Canton Aldermen: 6:30 p.m. second and fourth Thursday 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. Historic courthouse. 452.6625.

• Maggie Valley Aldermen: 6 p.m., second Monday of the month. Agenda setting workshop at 9 a.m. first Wednesday of the 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: 7 p.m. the second Monday of each month at the Education Center in Clyde.   

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

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

• 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.

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 town boad: 5:30 p.m. first Thursday of each month and 9:15 a.m. third Thursday of each month. Town Hall. 586.2719.

• Dillsboro town board: 5:30 p.m. second Monday of the month at town hall.

• Forest Hills: 6 p.m. first Tuesday of the month at Jackson Rec Center in Cullowhee.

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

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

• Jackson County Tourism Authority: 1 p.m. third Wednesday of the month. Locations vary. 586.2155.

• 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. 

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

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

• Jackson County school board: 6 p.m. fourth Tuesday of each month.

Macon

• Macon County Commissioners: 6 p.m. second Tuesday of the month. County courthouse. 349.2025.

• Franklin Aldermen: 7 p.m. first Monday of each month at Town Hall. 524.2516.

• Macon Planning Board: 5 p.m. third Thursday of the month at the Environmental Resource Center.

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

• Highlands Aldermen: 7 p.m. first and third Wednesday. Town Hall. 526.2118.

Swain

• Swain County Commissioners: 5:30 second and fourth Tuesday of each month. Administration Building. 488.9273.

• Bryson City Aldermen: 6 p.m. first Monday of each month. Town Hall. 488.3335.

• Cherokee Tribal Council: first Thursday of each month. 497.2771. 

• Swain County school board: second Monday of each month at 7 p.m.