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Wednesday, 23 July 2014 00:00

Regional Calendar

 

Arts and Entertainment
Outdoors
Clubs and Groups
Kids and families
Health

 

Community Events & Announcements

• Indoor flea market, 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, July 19, Old Armory, Waynesville. 456.9207.

• Informational meeting for those interested in serving on the newly formed Camp Hope Commission, 7 p.m. Monday, July 21, Canton Board Chambers. Applications at www.cantonnc.com and at Town Hall, 58 Park St., Canton.

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

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

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

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

• Kare (Kids Advocacy Resource Effort) is recruiting volunteers to work a fundraiser, a bicycle race through Clyde and Canton, Saturday morning, Aug. 2. Need people 17 and older. 456.8995 or email Julie at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Affordable Care Act workshop, 6 p.m. Tuesday, July 29, Jackson County Public Library. 828.586.2016.

 

Business & Education 

• Business After Hours, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, July 24, Cashiers-Highlands Humane Society. RSVP to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 526.2112. 

• Roger Brooks International “The Power of Itineraries,” 1 to 3 p.m. Friday, July 25, Best Western River Escapes Inn and Suites, Dillsboro. Free workshop. RSVP, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

• Smoky Mountain Chapter of the National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association meeting, noon Saturday, July 26, Terrace Hotel, Lake Junaluska. 456.5251, 586.9292, 369.8922.

• Beginners’ home brewing class, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Aug. 5-26. $99. 339.4426 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

• Leadercast event, featuring internationally renowned speakers, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 6, Ruby Cinemas, Georgia Road, Franklin. Tickets, $50, includes catered meal, snacks and breakout networking sessions. sitedart.net/leadercast or in person at the Dnet office, 189 East Palmer St., Franklin. 877.790.7263. Continuing Education Credits available for some professions.

• 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 by email at 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.

BUSINESS AFTER HOURS, Cashiers-Highlands Humane Society, Thursday, July 24, 5 – 7 p.m. Chamber member free, guest $10, 828.743.5191.

Haywood Chamber network lunch, noon Thursday, July 24, Maggie’s Galley, 1374 Sulfur Springs Road, Waynesville . 

 

Fundraisers and Benefits

• Tickets on sale for the Andy Roddick Mountain Challenge, July 25-26, Cashiers. Benefits the Boys and Girls Club of the Plateau. Tickets and packages available at www.cashiers.com or at 743.2775.

• Grace Episcopal Church in the Mountains annual Parish Fair, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, July 26, 394 N. Haywood St., Waynesville. Flea market, clothing, household goods, furniture, appliances, baked goods, a quilt raffle, auction, toys, linens, plant sale,  food (hot dogs, hamburgers, wings), books, children’s booth, live music and more. Proceeds benefit Haywood County non-profit organizations. 456.6029.

• Sarge’s Downtown Dog Walk, 9 a.m. signup, 10 a.m. walk, Saturday, Aug. 2, Haywood County Courthouse, downtown Waynesville. $15 fee to participate. Register online at www.sargeandfriends.org.

• A Celebration of Humane Heroes: The 2014 CHHS Patron Party, 6 to 10 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 6, The Farm at Old Edwards Inn, Cashiers. Featuring world-renowned dog trainer, best-selling author, and star of the hit TV series "It's Me or the Dog" on Animal Planet and CBS's "Greatest American Dog", Victoria Stilwell. Seats are $375 per person ($750 per couple), and tables of 10 can be reserved for $3,500. 743.5752 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

• Altrusa Back to School Tennis Shoe Drive, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 9, Walmart, Waynesville. Accepting donations of new tennis shoes for sizes K-12.  www.waynesvillealtrusa.org. 

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

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

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

CASHIERS 38th ANNUAL ANTIQUES BENEFIT SHOW, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, July 25-26 and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. July 27. The Blue Ridge School, 95 Bobcat Drive, Cashiers, will filled with oriental rugs, jewelry, paintings, rare pottery, 19th century French, English, and American furniture.

• Mountaintop Rotary of Highlands golf tournament, 9:30 a.m. Monday, August 4. Benefits the Special Operations Warrior Foundations. Registration is due July 30, with the $150 fee including a round of golf, hors d’oeuvres and prizes. 828.787.2323

 

Volunteering

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

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

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

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

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

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

• The Bascom in Highlands seeks volunteers to help at arts center. Volunteer opportunities include office, gallery docent, benefit events, hospitality, flowers, installation, studio, library, landscaping, parking, recycling and building. 526.4949, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or www.thebascom.org/volunteer. 

• The Haywood County Historical and Genealogical Society maintains a museum located in the historical courthouse in room 308. The HCHGS is seeking articles and objects of historical value to Haywood County that anyone would like to share. 456.3923.

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

 

Blood Drives

Haywood

• American Red Cross Blood Drive, 2 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 29, Town of Canton Armory, 71 Penland St., Canton. Alexis, 550.8520.

• American Red Cross Blood Drive, 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 6, MedWest Haywood, 75 Leroy George Road, Clyde. 800.REDCROSS.

• Heather Reid Memorial Blood Drive at First United Methodist Church, 1 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 7, 566 South Haywood Street, Waynesville. 800.REDCROSS.

Jackson

• American Red Cross Blood Drive, 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, July 24, Cashiers Community at Cashiers Fitness Center, 355 Frank Allen Road. 743.2856.

• American Red Cross Blood Drive, 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 29, Southwestern Community College, 447 College Drive, Sylva.

• Sylva Community Blood Drive, 1 to 5 p.m. Friday, Aug. 1, Jackson Department on Aging, 100 County Services Park, Sylva. 1.800.REDCROSS or www.redcrossblood.org, sponsor code: Sylva.

Macon

• American Red Cross Blood Drive, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 5, Southwestern Community College Macon Campus, 149 Siler Farm Road, Franklin.306.7017 or visit www.redcrossblood.org, sponsor code: Macon.

• American Red Cross Blood Drive, 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 9, Mountain Valley Fire Department, 188 Echo Valley Road, Franklin. 332.7094 or visit www.redcrossblood.org, sponsor code: Mountain Valley.

Swain

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

    

 Health Matters

• Free Seminar on rotator cuff tears, 6 to7 p.m. Tuesday, July 29, MedWest Haywood, Clyde, featuring Dr. Ben Debelak, local orthopedic surgeon. Register, 452.8883 or by visiting medwesthaywood.org/seminar. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Recreation & Fitness

• British Soccer Camp, July 28-Aug.1, Recreation Park, Cullowhee or Aug. 4-8, Cashiers Community Park, Cashiers. www.challengersports.com.

• Adult 3 V 3 Soccer Tournament, Saturday, Aug. 2, Recreation Park, Cullowhee. Register, June 30-July 25, Recreation Center, Cullowhee.

• Youth Fall Soccer registration, 8 a.m.to 6 p.m. through Aug. 1, $45. Jackson County Parks and Recreation Department, 293.3053.

• Adult 4 On 4 Flag Football League registration, through July 28, $130 per team. Games played at Recreation Park in Cullowhee starting in August. 293.3053.

• Register through July 29 for Jackson County Parks and Recreation Department fall golf league at Smoky Mountain Country Club. Open to everyone. League is 10 weeks with a fee of $10 to enter and $20 each round.  League plays at 5:30 p.m. Tuesdays, starting July 29.  293.3053.

• Football and Spirit Clinic, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 9, Franklin High School gymnasium and practice field.  Open to all rising K through sixth grade students. $20 per child with discounts available for multiple children from the same family.  Registration forms are available at any school office or the front desk of Angel Medical Center.  Sponsored by Franklin High School and Angel Medical Center. 349.6639.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

The Spiritual Side 

• Rev. Canon Gina Gilland Campbell, guest preacher, 10:45 a.m. Sunday, July 27, historic Stuart Auditorium, Lake Junaluska Conference and Retreat Center; Holy Communion, 9 a.m., Memorial Chapel. 800.222.4930, www.lakejunaluska.com/summer-worship.

• Taize Service of Prayer and Song, 8 p.m. Monday, July 28, Memorial Chapel, Lake Junaluska, 800.222.4930, www.lakejunaluska.com/summer-worship.

• Letting the Holy Spirit Enliven Us Fruitfully with Fr. Michael Crosby, OFM Cap.  Monday, July 28 – Aug. 3. Living Waters Catholic Reflection Center, Maggie Valley.  926.3833, catholicretreat.org. 

• Signature Series, featuring award-winning writer and permaculture gardener, Fred Bahnson, 7 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 10, Terrace Auditorium, Lake Junaluska. Book signing will follow. Free. www.lakejunaluska.com/signature-series. 800.222.4930

• Fred Bahnson, guest preacher, 2014 Summer Worship Series, 10:45 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 10, Stuart Auditorium, Lake Junaluska. 800.222.4930

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Senior Activities

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

• For information on resources for older adults in Haywood County, call 2-1-1, or by cell phone 1.888.892.1162; www.nc211.org or www.haywoodconnections.org. 452.2370.

Ethos Wealth Group free program on retirement income, 11 a.m. Monday, July 28, at the Waynesville Recreation Center. 828.456.2030

 

 Kids & Families

• Forensic Anthropology-The Real “Bones,” 3 p.m. Tuesday, July 29, HCPL Canton.  Forensic anthropologist Dr. John A. Williams, director of the Forensic Anthropology Program at Western Carolina University, guest speaker. 452.5169, Waynesville; 648.2924, www.haywoodlibrary.org.

• “The Science of Slushies,” third through fifth graders, 11 a.m. Monday, July 28, and kindergarten through second graders, 11 a.m. Tuesday, July 29, Marianna Black Library, Bryson City. Make your own slushy. 488.3030 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

 “Color Chaos,” preschoolers, 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, July 30, Marianna Black Library, Bryson City. Experiment with milk and colors. 

• Space Exploration, 3 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 5, HCPL Canton branch, and 3 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 7, HCPL Waynesville branch.  Learn about the solar system and make a portable planetarium. 648.2924, Canton; 452.5169, Waynesville.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Science & Nature

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

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

Teen science program: Experimental Times, 3 p.m. Wednesday, July 30, Jackson County Public Library, 828.586.2016.

Summer Camps

• Lake Junaluska and Roots in Education Day Camp, 7:45 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, through Aug. 15, Wilson Children’s Complex, 21 Shackford Hall Road, Lake Junaluska. Fullday and halfday, drop-in.  Angel Benson. 400.4841, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or stop by Wilson’s Children’s Complex, 21 Shackford Hall Road (near the pool) at Lake Junaluska.

• SummerVoice Music Camp, July 28 – Aug. 1, First Baptist Church of Waynesville. Open to singers in all area counties who will enter first through 12th grades in the fall.  First and 2nd graders half-day program, 8:45 a.m. to noon, $85. Rising third through 12th graders, full-day program, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. p.m., $145. Register at www.voicesinthelaurel.org or call 734.9163. 

  • 4-H Farm to Fork Day Camp, July 29-31 for youth ages 5 to 13. Focuses on Scottish Appalachian Heritage. $35 per youth, includes materials and lunches. Haywood County Cooperative Extension Office, 456.3575.

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 jacksoncountyfarmermarket.com.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Literary (children)

• Nocturnal Animals presented by the Balsam Nature Center, 10 to 11 a.m. Wednesday, July 23, Macon County Public Library, Franklin.  For grades third through fifth. Live animals, hands-on. 524.3600.

• Hands in Science: Children's Science Program, 11 a.m. Wednesday, July 23, Jackson County Public Library, Sylva. 586.2016.

• Experimental Times: Teen Science Program, 3 p.m. Wednesday, July 23, Jackson County Public Library, Sylva. 586.2016.

• “Snakes Alive,” 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 23, Marianna Black Library, Bryson City, featuring Herpetologist Ron Cromer and a hands-on session on snakes and their habitats. All ages.

• Marianna Black Library’s “Read With Me,” 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Thursday, July 24, Swain Middle School Cafeteria. Program to encourage parents and caregivers of children birth through age 9 to read actively with children each night. 

• “Forensic Anthropology: The Real Bones,” 3:30 p.m. Thursday, July 24, Marianna Black Library, featuring Dr. John A. Williams, director of the Forensic Anthropology Program at Western Carolina  University. 488.3030 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

• Trivia Night with the Teens, 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, July 24, Meeting Room, Macon County Public Library, Franklin.  For fifth graders through adults.

• Fizz! Pop! Story time, 10 a.m. Thursday, July 24, Macon County Public Library, Franklin. For ages up to 7. 524.3600.

• Blue Planet program, 10 a.m. Friday, July 25, Macon County Public Library, Franklin. Hands-on activities by Swain Conservation. 524.3600.

• Kindergarten Readiness Story time, 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. Monday, July 28, Macon County Public Library, Franklin. 524.3600.

• Summer Reading Adventures,” 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. July 28-Aug. 1, Room 141, WCU’s Cordelia Camp Building, Western Carolina University’s Office of Continuing and Professional Education. For rising first and second graders to help them maintain literacy levels. $139 per child. Lunch and snacks provided. camps.wcu.edu or 227.7397.

• Fizz. Boom. Read! 10 a.m. Tuesday, July 29, Macon County Public Library, Franklin. End of summer reading story time and party. 524.3600.

• End of summer reading party, 10 a.m. Wednesday, July 30, Macon County Public Library, Franklin. For grades third through fifth. 524.3600.

• Summer Reading Finale Carnival and Magic Show, 4 to 6 p.m. Friday, Aug. 1, Marianna Black Library, Bryson City. 488.3030 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

• Snakes Alive, 11 a.m.  and 2 p.m. Thursday, July 24, Jackson County Public Library, Sylva. Limited to first 150 people to get tickets. 586.2016.

• Paws to Read, 3:30 p.m. Thursday, July 24, Jackson County Public Library, Sylva. 586.2016.

• Children’s Storytime, 11 a.m., 3:30 p.m. Friday, July 25, Jackson County Public Library, Sylva. 586.2016.

• Children’s Storytime, 2 p.m. Friday, July 26, Jackson County Public Library, Sylva. 586.2016.

• Children’s Storytime, 11 a.m. Friday, July 29, Jackson County Public Library, Sylva. 586.2016.

• Children’s Storytime, 2 p.m. Friday, July 26, Jackson County Public Library, Sylva. 586.2016.

• Children’s craft time, 1 p.m. Friday, July 29, Jackson County Public Library, Sylva. 586.2016.

• Children’s movie, 1 p.m. Friday, July 28, call for movie title, Jackson County Public Library, Sylva. 586.2016.

• Children’s movie, 12 p.m. Friday, July 26, call for movie title, Jackson County Public Library, Sylva. 586.2016.

• Teen movie, 3 p.m. Friday, July 28, call for movie title, Jackson County Public Library, Sylva. 586.2016.

• it’s All Art, , 4 p.m. Friday, July 29, teen arts and crafts, Jackson County Public Library, Sylva. 586.2016.

 

ECA Events

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

• 6 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 5 – Cloth Circle Flower Petals, Kountry Krafters ECA, Tuckasegee Wesleyan Church, Tuckasegee.

• 9:30 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 7 – Craft Project, Potpourri ECA, Conference Room of Community Service Center, Sylva.

• Noon, Thursday, Aug. 14 – Saving Seeds, Lunch and Learn ECA, Conference Room of Community Service Center, Sylva.

• 9 a.m. Friday, Aug. 15 and Friday, Aug. 22—ECA Craft Club Workshop – Rug Braiding, Conference Room of Community Service Center, Sylva. Call Extension Office for more information and to sign up for the workshop.

• 1 p.m. Monday, Aug. 18 – Sew Easy Girls ECA, Conference Room of Community Service Center, Sylva.

• 6 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 19 – Overview of Extension Programs, Cane Creek ECA. Call the Extension Office for more information.

 

 Political Group Events & Local Government

Dems

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

• N.C. Senate 50th district candidate Jane Hipps fundraiser, hosted by the Crabtree Democratic Precinct, 6:30 p.m. Thursday, July 31, light refreshments served, held Crabtree/Ironduff Volunteer Fire Department, 828.507.5331

GOP

• North Jackson County Republicans meeting, 6 p.m. (dinner) Monday, July 28, Ryans in Sylva. 743.6491, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or jacksoncountygop.com.

• South Jackson County Republicans meeting, noon Tuesday, July 29, Cashiers Republican Headquarters, Laurel Terrace, Suite 8, Highway 64 East. 743.6491, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or jacksoncountygop.com. 

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

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

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

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

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

Others

• Non-partisan voter registration drive Thursday, July 24, Jackson County Public Library atrium. 

• Oct. 10 is the deadline to register to vote in the November General Election.

• 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. Mountainpatriotsteaparty.info.

• 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.

 

Government Service Boards & Commissions

Haywood

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

• Waynesville Firemen’s Relief Fund Board — Meetings held as needed. 452.2491.

• Waynesville Historic Preservation Commission —2 p.m.  first Wednesday of each month, Town Hall. 452.2491.

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

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

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

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

Jackson

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Macon

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Swain

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Civic & Social Group Meetings 

Haywood

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Jackson

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

• Downtown Sylva Association meetings are held at 1 p.m. the second Wednesday of each month at Town Hall. 586.1577.

• Glenville Community Development Club meets at 7:30 p.m. the first Monday of each month at the CDC building.

• Jackson County Arts Council meets at 5:30 p.m. the first Monday of each month at the Jackson County Library Complex conference room. 293.3407.

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

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

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

• The Caney Fork Community Social Card Club meets at 1:30 p.m. every Tuesday at the Community Center. Play Hand & Foot. If you don’t know the game, they’ll teach you. 293.9826 or 293.0678.

• Tuckaseigee Water and Sewer Authority meets at 5:30 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month for a work session, and at 5:30 p.m. the third Tuesday of each month to take action, TWSA office on Main Street in Sylva. 

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

Macon

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Swain

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

 

Support Groups

Buncombe 

• Disordered Eating Support Group, 7 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, July 20, 297 Haywood St., Asheville. 337.4685, www.mission-health.org/centers-services.  

• Buncombe County Family Group Night, 5:30 p.m. dinner, 6 p.m. meeting, Tuesday, Aug. 5, Mission Reuter Children’s Center Family Support Network of WNC, 11 Vanderbilt Park Drive, Asheville. 213.9787 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Registration required. www.mission-health.org/centers-services. 

Haywood

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Jackson

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

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

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

• Grief Support Group, 1 to2:30 p.m. Friday’s First Baptist Church, 669 W. Main St., Sylva. Hosted by Four Seasons Compassion for Life. Michael Lee, bereavement counselor, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Macon

• NAMI Appalachian South “Family Support Group,” 7 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 5, 14 W. Palmer St., Franklin. 349.9252, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Sherry or Gary 421.1225.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Swain

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

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

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

 

 Arts & Entertainment

Literary (adults)

• Friends of the Haywood County Library annual Book Sale, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, July 24, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, July 25; and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Haywood County Library, Waynesville branch. Special Story Time Guests: Curtis Sikes and Sheena Kohlmeyer

• Author Curtis Sikes and illustrator Sheena Kohlmeyer will read from their book, “The Heart of a Friend,” 11 a.m. Saturday, July 26, City Lights Bookstore, Sylva.  586.9499.

• Sheri Wren Haymore will present her two novels, “A Higher Voice” and “A Deeper Cut,” 3 p.m. Saturday, July 26, City Lights Bookstore, Sylva. 586.9499.

• Author Ashley English will present ideas from her newest book, “Handmade Gatherings: Recipes and Crafts for Seasonal Celebrations and Potluck Parties,” at 43 p.m. Sunday, July 27, Blue Ridge Books, 152 S. Main St., Waynesville. 456.6000, www.blueridgebooksnc.com.

• The Artist and Writer Retreats + Workshops, Sept. 15-21, Lake Logan Retreat Center. Details, www.cullowheemountainarts.org or 342.6913.

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

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

• The Write Ones, adult writing workshop, 6 p.m. Thursday, July 24, at the Jackson County Public Library. 828.586.2016.

• Between the Lines, 6 p.m. Thursday, July 24, at the Jackson County Public Library. 828.586.2016.

 

Festivals, Special & Seasonal Events 

• Folkmoot USA, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, July 24, Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts, Franklin. Tickets start at $22 at GreatMountainMusic.com or 866.273.4615.  www.folkmootusa.org.

• 49th annual Macon County Gemboree, 10 a.m. .to 5 p.m. July 24-26 and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 27, Macon County Community, U.S. Highway 441. Daily admission, $2 for adults with those ages 12 & under free.  All four days only $5. $1 admission for all Macon County residents on Sunday. 800.336.7829, 524.3161.  

• Mountain Street Dance, 6:30 to 9 p.m.  Friday, July 25, Haywood County Courthouse, Main Street, Waynesville, featuring Eddie Rose & Highway 40, Green Valley Cloggers, Trantham Family, Joe Sam Queen, emcee, and Tuscola Band Boosters serving concessions.

• WNC BBQ Festival, a Kansas City BBQ Society (KCBS) sanctioned event, July 25-26, Maggie Valley Festival Grounds. Sponsorships available. 926.1686, www.maggievalley.org.

• Folkmoot USA Parade, 10:30 a.m. Saturday, July 26,  Main Street, from Haywood County Courthouse to First Baptist Church, Waynesville.  

• 5th annual Hillbilly Woodstock, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Aug. 1-2, Maggie Valley Festival Grounds, 3374 Soco Road, Maggie Valley. Admission is $6 per day or $10 for both days. Bluegrass and country music performers, Discovery Channel “Moonshiners,” car and motorcycle shows, and descendats of the Hatfields and McCoys. www.HillbillyWoodstock.com.

• Mountain High BBQ Festival & Car Show, Aug. 8-9, Wayne Proffitt Agricultural Center, Macon County Fairgrounds, Franklin. Bring non-perishable food items to donate to the 100KCBS Meals Mission. Sanctioned by the Kansas City Barbeque Society.  Mountain High BBQ Festival will work with CareNet to distribute the food to those in need. www.MountainHighBBQFestival.com, www.kcbs.us.

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

• Mountain Heritage Day, 40th Anniversary, Saturday, Sept. 27, Western Carolina University campus.

Mountain Heritage Day contests, whisker-growing, old-fashioned costumes, home-canned goods; chainsaw competition, antique auto show and Mountain Heritage Day 5K. Artists and craftspeople juried competition. Applications at www.mountainheritageday.com or 227.7129. www.facebook.com/MountainHeritageDay or @WCU on Twitter. 

Jackson County Green Energy Park seems vendors for the Youth Arts Festival. The festival is Saturday, September 20. An estimated 1,600 children and adults will be in attendance to watch artisans practice their craft, listen to local music, and get their hands dirty with art projects. Artists should fill out the online form at JCGEP.org or call the Green Energy Park Director Timm Muth at 828.631.0271.

 

On Stage & In Concert 

• Snyder Family Band, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, July 19, Stecoah Valley Cultural Arts Center, 121 Schoolhouse Road, Robbinsville. Tickets at www.stecoahvalleycenter.com, 479.3364 or Stecoah Valley Cultural Arts Center.

• Scott Ainslie, 4 p.m. workshop, 7:45 p.m. performance, Thursday, July 24, The Strand, 38 Main, Waynesville. $12. www.38main.com.

•"Smoke in the Mountain," by Licklog Players, 8 p.m. July 25-26 and Aug. 1-2 and at 2:30 p.m. July 27 and Aug. 3, 34 Creekside Circle, Hayesville. Tickets are $15 for adults, $13 for seniors and $8 for students. Box office open, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday. 389.8632 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . www.licklogplayers.org.

• Country singer Travis Tritt, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, July 26, Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts, Franklin.  Tickets start at $35. GreatMountainMusic.com or 866.273.4615.

• The Special Consensus Band, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, July 26, Stecoah Valley Cultural Arts Center, 121 Schoolhouse Road, Robbinsville. www.stecoahvalleycenter.com, 479.3364.

• Songcatchers Music Series, the Palmetto Gravel Scratchers, 4 p.m. Sunday, July 27, Cradle of Forestry in America, Pisgah National Forest. Admission, $6 for ages 16 and older, $3 for youth 15 and under and America the Beautiful and Golden Age pass holders. 877.3130 or www.cradleofforestry.org. 

• Christian advocator, evangelist, and writer Josh McDowell, 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 30, Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts, Franklin. Free. Discussion, “Save Our Children, Save Our World.” GreatMountainMusic.com, 866.273.4615.   

• Jennifer Nettles, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 2, Harrah’s Cherokee Event Center, 777 Casino Drive, Cherokee. www.Ticketmaster.com.

• Unto These Hills outdoor drama, 8 p.m., Monday through Saturday, through Aug. 16, Mountainside Theater, Cherokee. General admission tickets, $20 for adults, $10, children ages 6-12 and free for children under age 5. Reserved tickets available at 866.554.4557 or www.visitcherokenc.com.

• Season subscriptions for the 2014-15 Galaxy of Stars Series at Western Carolina University’s John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center. All seven shows, $120 for adults, $45 for students and children. $110, WCU faculty and staff.  Single-show tickets go on sale Aug. 12. 227.2479, www.bardoartscenter.wcu.edu.

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

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

• Scenic Roots, a musical sister-duo from Concordia, KS, 7 p.m. Thursday, July 24, The Marianna Black Library in Bryson City. Free. 828.488.3030.

GIMME ABBEY:  A TRIBUTE TO THE BEATLES AND THE ROLLING STONES, 7:30 p.m. August 1, SMOKY MOUNTAIN CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS, tickets start at $15. GreatMountainMusic.com or 866.273.4615.

David Troy Francis, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, August 2, Stuart Auditorium, Lake Junaluska. Performing the music of Rachmaninoff, Gershwin and American hymns, with special guest Broadway star Mark Maroales. Tickets $17.50, available at www.lakejunaluska.com/concert-tickets, in person at Lake Junaluska Bethea Welcome Center, 9am-5pm. 828.452.2881


Night Life

• Justin Powell and Radiance Quartet (Latin jazz), 7 p.m. Saturday, July 26; The Classic Wineseller, 20 Church St., Waynesville. $40, includes four-course dinner. Reservations, 452.6000, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

• Waynesville native Lacy Green, 7 p.m. July 17, The Classic Wineseller, 20 Church St., Waynesville.

• Open Mic Night, 7 p.m. Thursday, July 17, The Strand, 38 Main, Waynesville.  www.38main.com.

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

 

Outdoor Music Calendar

BRYSON CITY

• 6:30 p.m. Saturdays, Train Depot

July 26 — Porch 40 (funk/Motown)

Aug. 2 — The Josh Fields Band (southern rock/country)

Aug. 9 — Liz & AJ Nance (singer-songwriter/folk)

Aug. 16 — The Barefoot Movement (folk/instrumental)

Aug. 23 — Carolina Bluegrass Boys

Aug. 30 — Caribbean Cowboys (reggae/rock)

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

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

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

Oct. 4 — To Be Announced

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

Oct. 18 — To Be Announced

Oct. 25 — Blue Eyed Girl (Appalachian roots)

CASHIERS

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

July 25 — Erica Nicole (country/singer-songwriter)

Aug. 1 — Matt Joiner Band (rock)

Aug. 8 — Rockwell Scott & Friends (jazz)

Aug. 15 — Unspoken Tradition (bluegrass)

Aug. 22 — Hurricane Creek (folk/rock)

CHEROKEE

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

July 25 — A-36 Band

July 26 — AM Superstars

Aug. 1 — Will Hayes Band

Aug. 2 — Running Wolf Band

Aug. 3 — Running Wolf Band

Aug. 8 — Will Hayes Band

Aug. 9 — Eastern Blue Band

Aug. 15 — A-36 Band

Aug. 16 — AM Superstars

Aug. 22 — Eastern Blue Band

Aug. 23 — AM Superstars

Aug. 29 — Amazing Grace Ministries 

Aug. 30 — Amazing Grace Ministries

Aug. 31 — The Boomers

CULLOWHEE

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

FRANKLIN

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

July 26 — Elderly Brothers (doo wop/oldies)

Aug. 2 — Charlie Horse (variety)

Aug. 9 — Fast Gear (modern country)

Aug. 16 — Tugelo Holler (progressive bluegrass)

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

Aug. 30 — The Frogtown Four (bluegrass)

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

Sept. 13 — The Rick Morris Band (country)

Sept. 20 — The Remnants (rock)

Sept. 27 — Paradise 56 (soul/oldies)

Oct. 4 — Blue Ridge (gospel)

Oct. 11 — To Be Announced

Oct. 18 — The Thomas Family (gospel)

FRANKLIN

• Outdoor 76 Concert Series, 7 p.m. downtown Franklin, 349.7676, www.outdoor76.com

HIGHLANDS

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

July 25 — Mountain High Dulcimer Group

Aug. 1 — Macon Grass Band

Aug. 8 — Fred Kopp

Aug. 15 — Johnny Webb Band

Aug. 22 — Macon Grass Band

Aug. 29 — Mountain High Dulcimer Group

Sept. 5 — Curtis Blackwell

Sept. 12 — Johnny Webb Band

Sept. 19 — Southern Highlands

Sept. 26 — Macon Grass Band

Oct. 3 — Mountain High Dulcimer Group

Oct. 10 — Johnny Webb Band

Oct. 17 — Southern Highlands

Oct. 24 — Macon Grass Band

HIGHLANDS

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

July 26 — Ben Sutton Band

Aug. 2 — The Lonesome Road Band

Aug. 9 — Hi 5

Aug. 16 — Mangus Colorado

Aug. 23 — Copious Jones

Aug. 30 — Andrew Scotchie

SYLVA

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

July 25 — Sundown

Aug. 1 — Whitewater Bluegrass

Aug. 8 — Asheville 96.5 House Band

Aug. 15 — Porch 40

Aug. 22 — Mangus Colorado

Aug. 29 — The Remnants

NANTAHALA OUTDOOR CENTER

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

 

Music Jams

Haywood County

• 7 p.m. Fridays, Pickin’ in the Park, through Labor Day, Canton

 

Music Makers

• 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.

• 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 to12:30 p.m. every Friday at the Tap Room at the Waynesville Inn. 800.627.6250.

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

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

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

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

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

 

Dance

• Dance classes for adults, six-week sessions, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays starting Aug. 4,  MedWest Haywood Health & Fitness Center. Learn the cha-cha, swing, mambo, samba, meringue, bolero, tango, waltz, Viennese waltz, foxtrot, county (2-step) and free – style. $120 per couple and limited to 10 couples. 452.8080, or stop by the Health & Fitness Center front desk.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

• Beginning Dance with Katy Elders, 11 a.m. Wednesday, July 30, Jackson County Public Library. 828.586.2016.

 

A&E

• Tri-County workshop for those interested in participating in the Blue Ridge Music Trails of North Carolina (BRMT), 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., Tuesday, July 22, Hinton Center, Hayesville.  $10.  Reservations required. Amy Hollifield, 298.5330, ext. 303 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

• Dinosaur Train™, July 25-27 and Aug 1-3, Great Smoky Mountains Railroad, Bryson City. 800.872.4681 or visit www.gsmr.com.

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

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

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

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

 

Food & Drink

• Second annual Cupcake Challenge, 2 p.m. Thursday, July 31, Haywood County Library, Canton Branch Library, Canton. Open to all ages. Signup required, 648.2924. Prizes awarded. 648.2924.

• “Way Back When,” dinners at Cataloochee Ranch to celebrate its 80th anniversary: Aug. 1 and Aug. 15. $31.95 per person. Reservations, 926.1401 or 800.868.1401. Meet at ranch house at 5:30 pm, rain or shine, to board the wagon ride to the camp. www.cataloocheeranch.com.

• Murder Mystery Dinner, Saturday, July 26, Herren House, 94 E. St., Waynesville.  Three-course dinner with wine and mystery, $45. Reservations, 452.7837

• Wine Around the Square, Oct. 3, Hayesville. Concert, food and wine tasting with area vineyards in Historic Courthouse Square. 389.2121, www.cccra-nc.org.

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

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

• Smokin' in the Valley WNC BBQ Festival, July 25 – 26, Maggie Valley Festival Grounds. With up to 40 cookers, this is a Barbecue (BBQ) Cooking Competition & Kansas

City BBQ Society Sanctioned event. 

 

Art/Gallery Events & Openings

• Art dedication, “Chasing Tadpoles,” 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 2, Frog Level Historic District, corner of Commerce and Depot streets. Frog hop from 4 to 9 p.m., with local artists, food, children’s activities. 

• “A Lasting Legacy,” featuring the creative work of local women from the late 19th century, Jackson County Historical Society’s display area in the Jackson County Public Library Complex in Sylva. Through July. 227.7129.

• Cullowhee Mountain Arts Summer Faculty Exhibition through July 25 in the Fine Arts Museum at Western Carolina University. Features 23 artists, from ceramics to printmaking, painting to mixed media. www.wcu.edu.

• "Fly Over,” photography collection of WWII Warbirds, by local Candler photographer, Barbara Sammons, Main Meeting Room at the Canton Public Library, 11 Pennsylvania Avenue, Canton. 648.2924.  Through Aug. 1. www.barbarasammons.com.

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

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

• Call to artists to submit artwork for an eight-week Community Art Exhibit at Swain County Center for the Arts. Artwork received from 8 to 11 a.m. Monday, July 28, in the Art Center lobby or earlier by appointment. No artwork received after July 28. Details, www.swain.k12.nc.us/cfta.

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

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

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

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

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

ART LEAGUE OF HIGHLANDS “SUMMER COLORS" FINE ART EXHIBITION & SALE, opening reception 5 to 7 p.m. July 25, exhibition 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. July 26-27, Sapphire Valley Community Center, Sapphire.

 

Classes, Programs & Demonstrations

• Art League of Highlands-Cashiers monthly meetings, 4:30 p.m. July 28, Aug. 25, Sept. 29 and Oct. 27, The Bascom in Highlands. Guests welcome. www.artleagueofhighlands.com.

• Summer ARTS Series, through July 26, Western Carolina University in the Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center. Details, www.cullowheemountainarts.org or 342.6913.

• Make Your Own Pottery, 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, July 25 and Aug. 22, Pincu Pottery, Bryson City. $35 per person. Reservations, 488.0480.

• Metals studio open, with demonstrations, as part of Jackson County Farm, Garden, & Studio Tour, 1 to 6 p.m. Saturday, July 26, and Sunday, July 27 and Sunday, July 26 and 27, William Rogers Metal Studio, next to East LaPort Park in Cullowhee. 293.3777.

• Lens Luggers of WNC Field Photography Program with Bob Grytten, 8 a.m. Wednesday mornings, Aug. 6, 13, 20 and 27, and from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesdays, Aug. 5, 12, 19 and 26, Old Armory, Waynesville.  $45 for the Wednesday morning shoots and $15 for the Tuesday evening class events. Register, 627.0245, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or www.lensluggerworld.com.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

• Garden Talk Salon speaker floral design guru Jodie Zahner, 10 a.m. Thursday, July 24, Chattooga Gardens, Cashiers, $25, limit 12, 828.743.1062.

• It’s All Art, 4 p.m. Tuesday, July 29, Jackson County Public Library. Teen arts and crafts. 828.586.2016.

• Bookmaking class with Gayle Woody, 6 p.m. Wednesday, July 30, Jackson County Public Library. 828.586.2016.

 

Arts Group Meetings

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

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

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

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

 

Film & Screen

• New movie starring Hadas Yaron, 4:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 23, Meeting Room, Macon County Public Library, 149 Siler Farm Road, Franklin. A devout 18-year-old Israeli is pressured to marry the husband of her late sister. Rated PG for mild thematic elements and brief smoking. 524.3600

• Classic movie, 1940 crime drama starring Bette Davis, 2 p.m. Friday, July 25, Meeting Room, Macon County Public Library, 149 Siler Farm Road, Franklin. 524.3600

• “Transcendence,” 9:30 p.m. July 24, Central Plaza at Western Carolina University. Free. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 227.3618.

• Teen movie, 1 p.m. Friday, July 25, Marianna Black Library, Bryson City, based on the series of books by Cassandra Clare about a teen Clary Fray. 488.3030.

• Children and family movie, “A Wrinkle in Time,” 1 p.m. Monday, July 28, Macon County Public Library, Franklin. 524.3600.   Rated PG.

• The Mad Batter Food & Film now showing featured films, 6:30 p.m. and 9 p.m., Thursdays through Saturdays, downtown Sylva location. Special kids’ matinee at 2 p.m. Saturdays. Free. Movie listings and information, www.madbatterfoodandfilm.com. 586.3555.

• Family movie days at Marianna Black Library, Bryson City, are at 3:30 p.m. Tuesdays. Classic movies at 1 p.m. the second and fourth Friday. Other films also shown. Free movies and popcorn. 488.3030 or www.fontanalib.org/brysoncity.

• Movies at the Macon County Library. New movies, documentaries and foreign films every Monday at 3:30, Wednesday at 4:30 and again at 7 p.m., and classic matinees at Fridays at 2 p.m. The movies and popcorn are free, but donations are welcome. 524.3600.

 Outdoors Outings & Fieldtrips

• The Ecological Recovery and Restoration of the Pigeon River: Can the “Dirty Bird” Clean Up? with Dr. Tom Martin, Western Carolina University, 6:30 p.m. Thursday, July 24, Community Room, Jackson County Public Library, 310 Keener St., Sylva.

• Leopold Land Ethics Leaders, Rob Hawk, North Carolina Cooperative Extension, 6:30 p.m. Thursday, July 31, Community Room, Jackson County Public Library, 310 Keener St., Sylva.

• Wild Mushroom Walks, 10 to 11 a.m. Friday, Aug. 1, 15 & 19,  Chimney Rock State Park. Meet at Grady’s Den. http://chimneyrockpark.com/events/month.

• Rockin’ Naturalist Guided Hikes, 11 a.m. to noon, Saturdays, Aug. 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30, Chimney Rock State Park. chimneyrockpark.com.

• Golden Winged Warbler and Early Successional Habitat, Patrick Farrell, NC Wildlife Resources Commission, 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 7, Community Room, Jackson County Public Library, 310 Keener St., Sylva.

• Classic Hike of the Smokies, Tuesday, Aug. 12, to Charlies Bunion, led by hiking guide and author, Danny Bernstein. Register at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 452.0720. 

• Register now for the Blue Ridge Breakaway, Aug. 16, and save $10 on registration fee.  Enjoy scenic and challenging rides through areas near the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Pisgah National Forest. Choose from four rides: Hawk (105.8miles), Trout (75 miles), Panther (50.8 miles), and Rabbit (26.5). Register at http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

• Beginners' bird walk in Highlands with HPAS President Russ Regnery, meet in the parking lot behind  Highlands Town Hall, 7:30 a.m. Saturday, August 2, 828.743.9670 or www.highlandsaudubonsociety.org.

 

Programs & Workshops

• Outdoor Cooking Class, 5:30 p.m. Thursday, July 24, Ralph J. Andrews Campground. Register until July 18 at the Cullowhee Recreation Center or the Cashiers/Glenville Recreation Center. $6, 293.3053,  www.jacksonnc.org/parks-and-recreation.html.

• Swain County Coalition Against Fracking presents the movie “Gasland 1,” 7 p.m. Thursday, July 24, Swain County Center for the Performing Arts, Bryson City, and at 7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 11, Nantahala Brewery, Depot Street, Bryson City. 

• “The Eagle Lady,” Doris Mager, raptor expert, 10 a.m. Friday, July 25, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Oconaluftee Visitor Center, Newfound Gap Road, about two miles north of Cherokee. 497.1904. www.nps.gov/grsm/naturescience/birds.htm.

• Workshop, “Introduction to Appalachian Insects,” with Dr. Dave Alsop, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. July 28- Aug. 1, Highlands Biological Station. $350 for non-members, $300 for Highlands Biological Foundation members at the Sagee Level or above. Housing available at the HBS for an additional fee. www.highlandsbiological.org/summer-2014 or call 526.2602.

• Triple Divide, film about fracking, 7 p.m. July 29, Marianna Black Library, Bryson City (free); 6:30 p.m. July 30, Mad Batter, Sylva (free); and 7 p.m. July 31,  Fine Arts Theatre, downtown Asheville ($8), hosted by the Watershed Association of the Tuckasegee River, Western North Carolina Alliance, and Clean Water for North Carolina. The Coalition Against Fracking in WNC - Swain County is also playing a key role in bringing the film to Swain County. tripledividefilm.org/screenings. 

• Smokey Bear's 70th Birthday Party, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 2, Cradle of Forestry, Pisgah National Forest. www.cradleofforestry.org. 877.3130.

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

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

• Guided tour of the Southern Highlands Reserve, 2 p.m. Friday, July 25, Highlands Biological Station, 828.526-2602.

• Zahner Lecture “Native Plants of the Southeast and their Garden Uses" by Dr. Larry

Mellichamp, Professor; Executive Director, UNC-Charlotte Botanical Gardens, 6:30 p.m. Thursday, July 24, followed by book signing, native plant auction and wine reception to benefit the Highlands Botanical Garden, 828.526-2602. 

• Highlands Plateau Audubon Society presents a “Feathers, Fins and Fur: Artistic reflections on the Hudson Library Summer Exhibit,”  7 p.m. Monday, August 4, Hudson Library, 554 Main St, Highlands. 828.743.9670 or www.highlandsaudubonsociety.org.

• Great Smoky Mountains National Park focuses on raptors with a birds of prey program, 10 a.m. Friday, July 25, at Oconaluftee Visitor Center. 828.497.1904.

 

Water Sports

• Family Night, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursdays, Canton Recreation Park Swimming Pool. Enjoy the new diving board. $2 per person.     

 

Competitive Edge

• Spruce Pine Skedaddle 5K and Fun Run, 8 a.m. Saturday, July 19, Spruce Pine. Sponsored by Blue Ridge Regional Hospital, 125 Hospital Dr., Spruce Pine.  Registration required, runsignup.com/Race/NC/SprucePine/SprucePineSkedaddle5KandFunRun2.

• 2014 Lake Logan Multisport Festival, Aug. 2-3, Lake Logan, Canton. This year’s race will include a Half-Iron distance triathlon, in addition to the sprint triathlon, Aquathon and Aquabike. Volunteers needed. 

Greg Duff, Glory Hound Events, 400.5868, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . www.GloryHoundEvents.com.

• Mountaintop Rotary of Highlands SOAR Golf Tournament to benefit Special Operations Warrior Foundation, 9:30 a.m., shotgun start, Monday, Aug. 4, Sky Valley Country club. $150 per player includes: round of golf, hors d’oeuvres and prizes; best ball scramble (gross prizes). Registration deadline, Wednesday, July 30. Mail form to Mountaintop Rotary Club, Bill Zoellner, PO Box 2584, Highlands, NC 28741 or call 787.2323 for details.

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

• Twilight Rock n Roll 5K, 6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 23, Kelsey Hutchison Park, Highlands. Registration and check-in on race day starts at 4PM.  Cost is $30; $25 if you register before July 23; $35 race day. Proceeds to benefit Highlands School running track. Michael Johnson, 526.4114 or Derek Taylor, 526.3571.  www.twilightrocknroll5k.com.

• Paddle Grapple, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. August 2. Choose from SUP, surfski, marathon, kayak or canoe classes in this race on beautiful Fontana Lake. Three and six mile race options. http://noc.com/events/paddle-grapple.

• Richard’s Run, 10 a.m. Saturday, August 16, Catalooche Ranch, Maggie Valley. 5K mountain trail run crossing the mile-high ranch grounds honors Cataloochee Ranch founders Mr. Tom and Miss Judy Alexdar’s grandson, Ricard Coker, who lost his battle with brain caner in 2013. $25 entry fee. www.Richardsrun.org.

 

Hiking Clubs

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Bike Rides

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Mountain Bike Rides

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

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

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

 

Farm & Garden

• Tracy Garden Tours (38 acres of natural woodland settings, featured in 2008 Southern Living Magazine), 9 a.m., 10 a.m. or 11 a.m. Saturday, July 19 and Saturday, July 26, Highlands. Proceeds to benefit Episcopal Church of the Incarnation Outreach Ministry and the Bell Tower Endowment Fund.  

Tickets, $30, at Church of the Incarnation, 520 Main St., Highlands, through www.incarnationwnc.org, or by phone, 526.2968.

• Cooking Local Together Class & Gardening with Kids, 1:45 p.m. Thursday, July 24, Canton Branch Library with Tina Masciarelli, Buy Haywood Project Coordinator, Melissa Rockett of MountainWise and Haywood County Master Gardeners. Free. 648.2924.

• 8th annual Jackson County Self-Guided Farm Tour, 1 to 6 p.m. July 26-27. Jackson County.  Tickets and map of the participants at Jackson County Farmers Market, 9 a.m. to noon Saturday mornings in Bridge Park, Sylva. Ticket prices are per car, to encourage carpooling. $15 for 1 day, $25 for two. Students and seniors, $10 per day. jacksoncountyfarmersmarket.org. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

•  Award-winning writer and permaculture gardener Fred Bahnson, 7 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 10, Terrace Auditorium, Lake Junaluska. Free, but a love offering will be taken. A book signing with the author will follow. www.lakejunaluska.com/signature-series.

• 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.

• Volunteer workdays at The Cullowhee Community Garden, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Wednesday afternoon and Saturday morning. More information at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 586.8994. 

• Haywood County Plant Clinic, 9 a.m. to noon Monday-Friday, Haywood County Extension Center on Raccoon Road, in Waynesville. Master Gardeners available to answer questions about lawns, vegetables, flowers, trees, and ornamental plants; disease, insect, weed, or wildlife problems; soils (including soil test results) and fertilizers; freeze and frost damage; and cultural and chemical solutions to pest problems. 456.3575.

 

Farmers & Tailgate Markets

Haywood County

Canton Farmers Market and Heritage Crafts 

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

Haywood Historic Farmers Market

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

Maggie Valley Farmers Market

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

The Original Waynesville Tailgate Market

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

Jackson County 

Cashiers Tailgate Market

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

Jackson County Farmers Market 

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

Macon County

Cowee Farmers Market

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

Franklin Farmers Tailgate Market 

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

Swain County

Swain County Farmers Market 

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

 

Ongoing clubs

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

• The Franklin Walking Club meets at 10 a.m. every Saturday (weather permitting) at the Tassee picnic shelter on the Greenway at the corner of Wells Grove Road and Ulco Drive. All fitness levels are welcome, call Linda at 421.7613.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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