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Regional Calendar

Community Events & Announcements  

• The Fines Creek Volunteer Fire Department will hold its annual budget hearing at 7 p.m. May 28 at the fire station in Clyde. Public input is welcome. 

• Bingo will be held at 5:45 p.m. every Thursday from May 28-Sept. 3 in the pavilion next to Maggie Valley Town Hall. $50 coverall prize each week. Sponsored by the Maggie Valley Civic Association. For info, call Beverly Stone at 926.7630.

• "Strength in numbers or cogs in a collective wheel? What are the advantages/disadvantages of identifying with a group?" will be the topic for the Franklin Open Forum at 7 p.m. on Monday, June 1 at Rathskeller Coffee Haus & Pub in Franklin. Open exchange of ideas (dialogue not debate). 371.1020.

• Cherokee storytellers will spin tales of days gone by from 7-9 p.m. every Friday and Saturday from June 29-July 4 at Oconaluftee Islands Park, adjacent to the Island Indian Art Market. Free. Free. Marshmallows for roasting will be provided. 800.438.1601 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ; or contact Frieda Huskey at 359.6492 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

• Oconaluftee Indian Village, which replicates 18th-century Cherokee Life, is open from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Saturday through Oct. 17 in Cherokee. More info at visitcherokeenc.com.

• Graceann’s Amazing Breakfast is 8-10 a.m. every Tuesday in the Sapphire Room at the Sapphire Valley Community Center. $8.50 for adults; $5 for children. Includes coffee and orange juice. 743.7663.

• There will be a free tasting and cooking demonstration from 5-7 p.m. every Saturday at Country Traditions in Dillsboro. Try a wide variety of wines while a gourmet chef prepares delicious treats that are available for purchase. Free. www.dillsborowineandgourmet.net. 

 

Business & Education  

• Business After Hours, a celebration of small business at networking receptions and showcases, kicks off its season from 5-7 p.m. on Thursday, May 28, at McKee Properties in Cashiers. Guests: $10 per person/credit applicable to annual membership. RSVP to 743.5191 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

• Cullowhee Mountain Arts is offering three scholarship opportunities for its annual five-week Cullowhee Mountain Arts Series which runs from June 14-July 17 at Western Carolina University in Cullowhee. Scholarships are for up to $600 toward one workshop. Applications accepted until May 31. Winners will be announced by June 10. For more info, www.cullowheemountainarts.org.

• A free seminar on “Marketing” is being offered by Haywood Community College’s Small Business Center from 9 a.m.-noon on June 1 in HCC’s Creativve Arts Building. Sbc.haywood.edu or 627.4512.

• Free seminars entitled “Put Veterans to Work for Your Business” will be presented by Southwestern Community College’s Small Business Center from 8:30-9:30 a.m. on June 2 in Jackson County, June 9 in Macon County, and June 16 in Swain County. Breakfast will be served. Economic Development and the Chamber of Commerce are partnering with the Small Business Center for these events. Registration at www.ncsbc.net is required for this seminar. For info, contact Tiffany Henry at 828.339.4211 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

• An iPhone/iPad User Group meets from 2-3 p.m. on Tuesdays starting June 2 at the Senior Resource Center in Waynesville. Free. 356.2800.

• A “Craft Sell-A-Bration” will be hosted by Southwestern Community College’s Small Business Center from 3-4:30 p.m. on June 2 in the Burrell Building on SCC’s Jackson Campus. It’s a craft business exposition for participants in the Small Business Center’s Creative Business Plan Competition and Training Series. For info, contact Tiffany Henry at 828.339.4211 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

• Online marketing and social media business coach Martin Brossman will present two seminars for Southwestern Community College’s Small Business Center. From 5:30-8:30 p.m. on June 3 in the Burrell Building on SCC’s Jackson Campus, Brossman will speak on “Crowdfunding and Other Ways to Get $ for your Small Biz” in the Burrell Building on SCC’s Jackson Campus. Then from 2-5 p.m. on June 4, he’ll present “Marketing Your Business Using Online Ads & Free Directories” at SCC’s Macon Campus. Registration at www.ncsbc.net is required. For info, contact Tiffany Henry at 828.339.4211 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

• A “Craft Beer Brewing” course will be offered from 5-10 p.m. on Thursdays from June 4-July 23 at Southwestern Community College’s Jackson Campus. Successful completion makes participants eligible for employment in the industry. For more info, visit www.southwesterncc.edu/workforce-innovations/class-schedule or call 339.4426.

• Western Carolina University’s Board of Trustees hold its quarterly meeting at 9:30 a.m. on Friday, June 5, in the board room of H.F. Robinson Administration Building. 

• A free responsible alcohol seller server training class is scheduled for 3-5 p.m. on June 8, in the Forsyth Building at Western Carolina University in Cullowhee.  Designed to address issues that affect businesses that sell alcohol for on-premises consumption. Register at http://abc.nc.gov/education/rasp.

• A free responsible alcohol seller server training class is scheduled for 9-11 a.m. on June 9 at Murphy Public Library.  Designed to address issues that affect businesses that sell alcohol for on-premises consumption. Register at http://abc.nc.gov/education/rasp.

 

Fundraisers and Benefits 

• Canton Clean-up Day is scheduled for 8 a.m.-4 p.m. on Friday, May 29. Call 648.2363 for info on how to volunteer.

• A yard sale is set for 8 a.m.-1 p.m. on Saturday, May 30, at Crabtree United Methodist Church in Clyde to benefit KARE. To donate items or for more info, contact Jennifer Rowland at 712.4733 or call 456.8995.

• A gala and benefit auction will be held from 5-8 p.m. on May 30 at the John C. Campbell Folk School in Brasstown. Live entertainment, delicious food and traditional crafts. $25 per person. Proceed benefit the Folk School’s programs. 800.FOLK.SCH or www.folkschool.org. 

• The Elk Lodge’s annual barbecue fundraiser is 11 a.m.-6 p.m. on May 30 at 510 Dellwood Rd. in Waynesville. $10 plate. Five local bands and family fun.

• A mission benefit luncheon is scheduled for 11 a.m.-2 p.m. on Sunday, May 31, at Clyde Central United Methodist Church. All proceeds go to assisting others through the church’s Mission Committee: 60 percent for local work; 40 percent for international. Menu items include salad choices, breads, beverage and dessert for $8 or $4 for kids under 12. Pre-order by calling 646.7667.

• A Relay For Life Day of Hope fundraiser, fun and food, is set for 5-8 p.m. on Monday, June 1, at Gazebo Creekside Café in Franklin. Twenty percent of total sales go to Relay for Life of Franklin. 

• A Downton Abbey-inspired Afternoon Tea benefitting the Cashiers Valley Community Council is set for Tuesday, June 23. Tickets for the event are $75 each; available now at event sponsors in Cashiers: High Hampton Inn, GG’s Consignments, The Consignment Market, Victoria’s Closet/V.C. for Men and Cashiers Chamber of Commerce. For more information, contact Diane Stumm, 226.4411.

• Last call for Asheville Tourist Tickets. Clyde Elementary PTO is selling Asheville Tourists baseball tickets for $6 each. This is a discount of $2/adult and $1/child. Clyde Elementary gets $3 for each ticket sold. No limit on how many tickets can be bought. Tickets can be used at all games except for Thursday games, July 3rd and playoff games. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 627-2206.

• Friends of the Library Book Sale Committee needs books for its annual sale on July 23-25. Books can be picked up at your home. Call Sandy Denman, committee chair, at 627.2370.

 

Health Matters 

• Red Cross is holding a blood drive in honor of World Blood Donor Day from 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m. on June 3 at Haywood Regional Medical Center Health and Fitness Center in Waynesville. To make an appointment, download the Red Cross Blood Donor app, visit redcrossblood.org or call 800.733.2767.

• Red Cross is holding a blood drive in honor of World Blood Donor Day from 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m. on June 3 at State Employees Credit Union in Franklin. To make an appointment, download the Red Cross Blood Donor app, visit redcrossblood.org or call 800.733.2767.

• The Red Cross will observe World Blood Donor Day with a blood drive from 1-5:30 p.m. on June 5 at Jackson County Department on Aging in Sylva.

• The Red Cross will observe World Blood Donor Day with a blood drive from 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m. on June 5 at First United Methodist Church in Franklin.

• A Level 1 Healing Touch class, which shows healthcare professionals and laypeople a holistic approach to patient care, is scheduled for 8 a.m.-6 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, June 6-7, at Southwestern Community College’s Jackson Campus. 18 Continuing Education credits available for nurses and massage therapists. www.southwesterncc.edu/class-schedule and select “Continuing Education Online Registration” or contact Jenny Williams at 339.4497 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

• The Red Cross will observe World Blood Donor Day with a blood drive from 3:30-8 p.m. on June 9 at Mt. Carmel Missionary Baptist Church in Bryson City.

• The Red Cross will observe World Blood Donor Day with a blood drive from 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m. on June 10 at Best Buy in Haywood County.

 

Recreation and Fitness 

• Smoky Mountain High School’s “Mustang Classic” Golf Tournament will be held June 23 at Balsam Mountain Preserve. All proceeds benefit the high school’s athletic department. Hole-in-One contest for a 2015 Ford Mustang sponsored by Andy Shaw Ford. $135 per player; four-man Captain’s Choice format. Call Adam Phillips (508.2158) or Buddy Parton (507.5066).

 

Political corner

• The Jackson County Chapter of the NAACP is sponsoring a workshop on “Are You Ready for Voter ID?” from 6-8 p.m. on Friday, May 29, in the Jackson County Library’s Community Room. The 90-minute program will be followed by free pizza and soft drinks. For info, contact Joyce Stratton at 682.478.8839 or Roger Turner at 586.1508.

• Information about new voting laws will be presented by Darlene Azarmi, an organizer for Democracy North Carolina, at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 30, at Jones Temple A.M.E. Zion in Waynesville. 400.5475.

• Maggie Valley Board of Aldermen will conduct a public hearing at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, June 3, in the Town Hall Boardroom to accept comments on the financing of the Riddle Cove Road-Creekside Drive-Paso Fino Drive Road Improvement Project in accordance with G.S. 150A-20.

• The Jackson County Board of Commissioners will hold a public hearing at 5:30 p.m. on June 4 at the Justice and Administration Building in Sylva to receive public comment on consideration of the proposed Fiscal Year 2015-16 Budget. Citizens invited to make written or oral comments.

• Maggie Valley’s 2015-16 proposed budget is on file and available for inspection from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. on Monday through Friday in the clerk’s office an advance of a public hearing, which is 6 p.m. on June 8.

• The North Carolina State Board of Elections will hold a regional public hearing on voter ID in Sylva from 5-7 p.m. on Thursday, June 11, at the Jackson County Board of Elections in Sylva. For info, contact Joyce Stratton at 682.478.8839 or Roger Turner at 586.1508.

 

The Spiritual Side 

 • A blend of contemporary and traditional worship traditions will be presented at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, May 31, at First United Methodist Church in Sylva. Sunday School is at 9:30 a.m. 586.2358.

• A gospel singing event featuring the Old Antioch Singers from Cherokee will be held at 7 p.m. Saturday, June 6, at Ela Baptist Church in Bryson City. Free. Call 488-9891. 

 

Senior activities

• A class on Excel will be held from 10-11:30 a.m. each Wednesday till May 27 at Haywood Senior Resource Center.

• Senior Sale Day is on the third Friday of every month at the Friends of the Library Used Bookstore. Patrons 60 and older get 20 percent off all purchases. Proceeds benefit the Sylva Library.

• Haywood County Senior Resource Center is considering the formation of a weekly cribbage group starting in July. If you’re interested, contact Michelle Claytor at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 356.2800.

 

Kids & Families   

• Teens Cook! – a Haywood County Public Library program – offers teens the opportunity to learn how to make healthy, tasty snacks at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, May 27, at Canton Branch Library. All supplies and ingredients supplied. Free. Made possible by a grant from the Haywood Healthcare Foundation. Sign up by calling 356.2512 (Waynesville) or 648.2924 (Canton). 

• The “Come Paint with Charles Kidz Program” will be at 4 p.m. May 28 at the Charles Heath Gallery in Bryson City. $20 per child. Materials and snacks included. 828.538.2054.

• PAWSitively Fun Kids Day will be from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on May 30 at Riverfront Park in Bryson City. Live music, games, arts and crafts, refreshments, and more. Free. Rabies and pravo/distemper vaccines will also be available for free. www.greatsmokies.com. 

• The Franklin Kid’s Creation Station will be from 10 a.m. to noon May 30 at the        Uptown Gallery. There will also be a station from 10 a.m. to noon May 30 at The Bascom in Highlands. www.thebascom.org or 349.4607 (Franklin) or 526.4949 (Highlands).

• Free sports physicals are being offered by Harris Regional Hospital and Swain County Hospital from 1-5 p.m. on Tuesday, June 2, at Blue Ridge School Gym for Blue Ridge School and Highlands School. 586.7934.

• A Pre-K Lottery will be held at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, June 5, for 24 private pay slots in the program’s 2015-16 school year; four slots are available in each of the district’s sites (Central, Clyde, Hazelwood, Jonathan Valley, Meadowbrook and North Canton Elementary Schools). Lotter will be held at the Education Center in Clyde. Monthly fee is $550 per month. Application deadline is 4 p.m. on Thursday, June 4. www.haywood.k12.nc.us.

• Free sports physicals are being offered by Harris Regional Hospital and Swain County Hospital from 5-8 p.m. on Monday, June 8, at Harris Regional Hospital West Entrance for Smoky Mountain High; Fairview, Cullowhee Valley, Scotts Creek and Smoky Mountain Elementary Schools; Cherokee Middle and Cherokee High School. 586.7934.

• Free sports physicals are being offered by Harris Regional Hospital and Swain County Hospital from 1-5 p.m. on Tuesday, June 9, at Andrew High School gym for Andrews and Hayesville High Schools. 586.7934.

 • A series of swim classes for children ranging from ages six months to teens will be offered through Western Carolina University’s Office of Continuing and Professional Education on weekdays in the late spring and summer in the Reid Gymnasium Pool in Cullowhee. Classes will be taught by retired WCU faculty member Mike Creason, who has 34 years of experience teaching swim lessons. For help determining appropriate swim groups, parents can contact Creason at 293.5364. $75 for ages six years and older; $55 for children between six months and five years old. For more info or to register, visit http://swim.wcu.edu or 227.7397.

• Book Buddies for ages 0-3 is from 9:30-10:15 a.m. on Tuesday at Blue Ridge Books in Waynesville. 

• Page Pals for ages 3-5 is from 10:30-11:15 a.m. on Tuesday at Blue Ridge Books in Waynesville.
• Story time and kids can make their own piece of art from 10 a.m.-noon every Saturday during the Family Art event sponsored by the Jackson County Arts Council at the Jackson County Farmers Market located at the Community Table, downtown Sylva. On the first Saturday of each month, there is a scavenger hunt with prizes. 399.0290 or www.jacksoncountyfarmermarket.org.

• Stop by the Macon County Public Library to sign up for its summer reading program. Every child who registers receives a coupon to the Fun Factory. Children who read at least 15 minutes a day for seven days straight will get a prize from the library; children who accomplish this for seven consecutive weeks get a $15 certificate to the Fun Factory. Program runs from June 14-Aug. 22.

• A beginning baseball program for 3-4 year olds is offered from 5:30-6:30 p.m.  Thursdays till May 28 at the Waynesville Recreation Center. Administered by the Youth Development branch of the nonprofit National Alliance for Youth Sports (NAYS) and the Waynesville Parks & Recreation Department. For info, contact Donald Hummel at 456.2030 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Register at the Waynesville Recreation Center.

• A Teen Advisory Group meets at 4 p.m. on the first Wednesday of each month to discuss YA books and teen program events. http://haywoodlibrary.libguides.com/teen or 648.2924.

Kids Camps

• A summer volleyball camp will be held for students entering fourth through 12th grades from 9 a.m.-noon from June 15-18 at the Waynesville Recreation Center. Camp director is Amy Mull, Haywood Christian Academy’s head volleyball coach. Cost is $75 for those who register by June 1 or $90 after June 1. For info or to register, contact Mull at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

• A Summer Day Camp experience for ages 6-to-11 will be offered by Cullowhee United Methodist Church from June 19-Aug. 7. $75 registration fee due by June 19. Program is $650 for the summer, $95 per week or $25 per day. Call 293.9215 or visit  http://www.cullowheeumc.org/summer-camp-2015/. 

• A TetraBrazil Soccer Camp will be offered for Academy, Challenge or Classic Level players from ages 8-15 from June 22-26 at the Waynesville Recreation Center. Half-day camp times are from 9 a.m.-noon or 1-4 p.m. at a cost of $156 per camper. Full-day camp is from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at a cost of $208 per camper. $10 late fee for campers registering within 10 days of the start date. Info at 456.2030 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

• Registration is now underway for a summer basketball camp for boys and girls that is being offered for third through ninth grades at Waynesville Recreation Center. The camp will be held from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. on Monday through Thursday, June 29-July 2. $135 for full-day camp; $90 for half-day. $25 deposit required. Register at Waynesville Recreation Center. For info, email Kevin Cantwell at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

• Registrations are now being accepted for the 2015 Innovative Basketball Training Summer Camp, which will be taught by longtime coach Derek Thomas from 9 a.m.-noon on July 6-9 at the Waynesville Recreation Center. Thomas was a head coach for 32 years and won 425 games. Cost is $100, or a $50 deposit can reserve a spot. For info, call Thomas at 246.2129. 

• The Swain Soil & Water Conservation District will host a five-day Environmental Summer Camp for rising seventh and eighth graders in Swain County from 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. on July 20-24. $25 per student. Scholarships available on as-needed basis. Register by contacting Lauren Casey at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 488.8803, ext. 101. Funding provided by Duke Energy.

• A shooting and dribbling basketball camp is set for 9 a.m.-1 p.m. on July 27-30 at Waynesville Recreation Center. Reservations are now being accepted. Cost is $100; $25 deposit is required. For boys and girls in fourth through 11th grades. For info or to register, contact camp director Kevin Cantwell, former head coach at Appalachian State, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

• Two tennis camps for teens are scheduled for this summer through the Waynesville Parks and Recreation Department. One is June 15-19; the other is Aug. 3-7. Times for both are 3:30-5 p.m. For ages 13-18. $50 per session. For info or to register, contact Rumi Kakareka at 703.966.7138 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Ongoing kids activities and clubs

• Tennis lessons for ages 5-8 (5:30-6:15 on Tuesdays) and 9-13 (9:30-10:15 a.m. on Saturdays) are offered through the Jackson County Recreation Center. $45.  293.3053.

• Michael’s Kids Club will be held for ages 3-and-up from 10 a.m.-noon on Saturdays at Michael’s in Waynesville. $2 per child for 30 minutes of creative crafts. 452.7680.  

• A Lowe’s Build and Grow session for ages 3-and-up is scheduled from 10-11 a.m. on Saturdays at the Sylva (586.1170) and Waynesville (456.9999) Lowe’s stores. Free.  

• Art classes are available for kids 10 and older from 4:15-5:30 p.m. on Wednesdays at the Bascom in Highlands. $15 per class. 787.2865 or www.thebascom.org.

• Art Adventure classes are taught for ages 5-10 from 3:30-4:45 p.m. on Wednesdays at the Bascom in Highlands. Theme: metal. Instructor: Bonnie Abbott. $20 per month. 787.2865.

• Free, weekly, after-school enrichment classes are offered by the Bascom and MCAA from 3-5 p.m. on Thursdays at Macon Middle School through a grant from the Jim McRae Endowment for the Visual Arts. To register, contact Bonnie Abbott at 743.0200.

• A volleyball development clinic for girls in the fourth through eighth grades will be offered from 6-7 p.m. on Tuesdays at the Waynesville Recreation Center. Jennifer Parton will oversee the league. $40 for all dates or $5 per session. For more information, contact Parton at 734.1298 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

•A Lego club will meet at 4 p.m. every fourth Thursday of the month, at Marianna Black Library in Bryson City. Library provides Legos and Duplos for ages 3 and up. Free. 488.3030.

•A community breastfeeding information and support group meets from 10:30 am.-noon on the first Saturday of each month in the main lobby of the Smoky Mountain OB/GYN Office in Sylva. Free; refreshments provided. For information, contact Brandi Nations (770.519.2903), Stephanie Faulkner (506.1185 or www.birthnaturalwnc), or Teresa Bryant (587-8223).

• Science Club is held at 6:30 p.m. on the fourth Thursday of each month for grades K-6 at the Macon County Public Library. 524.3600.

• Macon County 4-H Needlers club, a group of youth learning the art and expression of knitting and crochet crafts, meets on the second Tuesday of each month. For information, call 349.2046.

• A Franklin Kids’ Creation Station is held from 10 a.m.-noon on Saturdays at uptown Gallery in Franklin. Snacks provided. $20 tuition. 743.0200.

• SafeKids USA Blue Dragon Tae Kwon Do School offers defense training with after-school classes Monday through Friday and Saturday mornings. 627.3949 or www.bluedragontkd.net. 

• A Lego Club meets on the third Tuesday of each month from 3:30-5 p.m. at Waynesville Library. 452.5169.

• A Lego Club meets the second Thursday of the month at 4 p.m.- 5:30 p.m. at the Macon County Public Library. 526.3600.

• A Lego Club meets the second Tuesday of the month at 4 p.m. at Jackson County Public Library. 586-2016.

• A Lego Club meet the second Wednesday of the month at 5 p.m. at Cashiers Community Library. 743.0215.

• Explorer’s Club for kids will be held on the third of each month at the Jackson County Public Library in Sylva. Intended for all ages, with a special emphasis on cultural learning for children. Each Explorer's Club will feature special guests, snacks and crafts that all are pertinent to the theme for that month. 586.2016.

• Smoky Mountain Model Railroaders holds public viewing session from 2 to 4 p.m. the second Sunday of the month, 130 Frazier St. off Russ Avenue in Waynesville. The group runs Lionel-type 3 rail O gauge trains. smokymountainmodelrailroaders.wordpress.com.

• Teen time 3:30-4:30 p.m. Thursdays at Waynesville Library. A program for teens and tweens held each week. Each week is different, snacks provided. 356-2511

• Homework Help, 3 to 5 p.m. Mondays 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.

•Teen Advisory Group, first Wednesday of each month at 4 p.m. For ages 13-18. Teens can enjoy snacks while discussing popular young adult books, help plan events and displays for children and teens at the library, and participate in community service projects. Canton Library, 648.2924.

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

• Teen Time, first, third, and fourth Tuesdays at 4 p.m. for ages 12 and up. Spend time with other teens talking about and sharing with each other. Jackson County Public Library. 586.2016.

• A Teen Writing Group will meet at 6 p.m. on the fourth Thursday of each month at Jackson County Library, ages 12 and up. 586.2016

• Games for kids on the fourth Wednesday of the month at 4:30 p.m. at the Jackson County Public Library. Play a variety of games including AWE After School Edge Computers, board games and other fun activities. 586.2016.

• Projects and activities after school Fridays, 3:30 p.m. for school age kids at Jackson County Public Library. Get your hands dirty with science experiments, discovering animals and making easy recipes. 586.2016.

• Adventure Club on Tuesdays 3:30 p.m. - 4:15 p.m. for grades K-2 at the Macon County Public Library. 524.3600.

• Mary Ann’s Book Club on Wednesdays 3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Books and hands-on activities for grades 3-6. Macon County Library. 526.3600.

• Culture Club on the second Wednesday of the month, 1 to 2 p.m. Guest speakers, books, photos, crafts and food from different countries and cultures. Macon County Public Library. 524.3600.

• Crafty Kids on the second Wednesday of each month at 4 p.m. Children from Pre-K to fifth grade will meet after school and hear stories, share about what they are reading, play games and get creative with a craft. Canton Library. 648.2924.

• Children’s craft time, fourth Wednesday, 3:45 p.m. at Cashiers Community Library. 743.0215

• The Wee Naturalist program, which is for children ages 2-5 (with a parent or guardian), is held from 10-11:30 a.m. on Mondays and Tuesdays at the North Carolina Arboretum. Age-appropriate activities such as nature walks, garden exploration, stories, crafts and visits from classroom animals $7 cost per child; $3 more for each additional child in a family. Register at: www.ncarboretumregistration.org/Wee-Naturalists-for-Pre-K-2014-15-C264.aspx

Kids movies

• “SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water” will be screened at 2 p.m., 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. on June 6 at the Mad Batter Food & Film in Sylva.  Free. www.madbatterfoodandfilm.com.

• The Disney film “Alice in Wonderland” will be screened during “Family Movie Night” at 8:30 p.m. on June 5 at the Caboose at the corner of Mitchell and Everett streets in Bryson City. www.greatsmokies.com. 

• “Paddington” will be screened each Saturday in May at noon and 2 p.m. for free at The Strand at 38 Main in Waynesville. www.38main.com or 283.0079

• Free family movies are shown at 3:30 p.m. each Tuesday at Marianna Black Library in Bryson City. Disney, Hallmark and other family-oriented movies. Popcorn is provided by Friends of the Library. Each attendee receives one free movie check-out. 488.3030. 

• Family movie time, 4 p.m. Mondays at Jackson County Public Library. Call for title of movie. 586.2016.

• Family movie time Thursdays, 3:45 p.m. at Albert Carlton, Cashiers Community Library. Free with popcorn. Call for title. 743.0215.

Kids Story Times 

HAYWOOD

• Mother Goose Time, a story time for babies and toddlers (5 months to 2 years) and their parents/caregivers, is held at 11 a.m. on Tuesdays at the Waynesville Library. 452.5169

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

• Movers and Shakers story time is at 11 a.m. every Thursday at the Waynesville Library. For all ages. Movement, books, songs and more. 452.5169.

• Family storytime with crafts, second Saturday of the month at 10:30 a.m. at the Waynesville library. 452-5169.

• Family Story Time at 10:30 a.m. Tuesdays for children ages 1-5, themed stories, music, and a craft. Canton Library, 648.2924.

• Mother Goose Story Time at 10:30 a.m. Wednesdays for babies ages 5 months to 24 months with rhymes, songs, stories, and free play. Canton Library, 648.2924.

• Rompin’ Stompin' Story Time, Thursdays at 10:30 a.m. for children ages 1-5 — children get to sing, dance, and get out all their energy during this movement-filled story time. Canton Library, 648.2924.

JACKSON

• Baby Storytime is at 11 a.m. on Thursdays at the Jackson County Public Library. Songs, fingerplays and stories for infants through toddlers. 586.2016

• Between the Lines is held at 6 p.m. on the second Thursday of each month at Jackson County Public Library. A writing, art and creativity workshop for teens ages 12 and up. 586.2016

• Kid’s story time Saturdays, 11 a.m., all ages at City Lights in Sylva 586.9449.

• Rotary Reader Kid’s Story time, Mondays 11 a.m. at Jackson County Public Library. A rotary club volunteer reads stories with children. 586.2016.

• Kids story time, Tuesdays and Fridays 11 a.m., Saturdays at 2 p.m. at Jackson County Public Library. Story time includes books, puppets, finger plays, songs and crafts. 586.2016.

• Pre-school story time, second Wednesday, 11 a.m. at Cashiers Community Library. 743.0215.

SWAIN

• Preschool Story time, Wednesdays, 10:30 a.m., Marianna Black Library. After a book or two is read, the children participate in games, songs, finger plays, puppet play and make a craft to take home. 488.3030.  

MACON

• Sing and Sign Story Time, second and fourth Mondays, 10 a.m., Macon Public Library. Designed for children 0-24 months, but all ages are welcome. 524.3600.  

• Paws 4 Reading, a family story time, will be held from 6:30 to 7:15 p.m. third Thursday of the month at Macon County Public Library. Children can read to a therapy dog. (grades K-6). 524.3600. 

• Toddlers Rock, first and third Mondays, 10 a.m., Macon Public Library. Music, movement and instruments (Designed for children 0-24 months, but all ages are welcome).

• Family Story Time for ages 0 to 5 years is held at 10 a.m. on Tuesday and Thursdays at the Macon County Public Library in Franklin. 524.3600. 

• Bilingual Story time – 6 to 6:30 p.m., second and fourth Wednesday. Program reads a children's book in English and Spanish at the Macon County Public Library. 526.3600.

• Paws 4 Reading, a family story time, will be held from 3:30-5:30 p.m. every Tuesday at Hudson Library in Highlands. Children (grades K-6) practice early reading skills by reading to a canine companion. Info: www.fontanalib.org, www.readingpaws.org or 526.3031. 

 

A&E

Festivals and Special Events 

• Gourd artists gathering is scheduled for May 28-31 at Cherokee Indian Fairgrounds. 

• Discounted advance ticket prices for the Cherokee Bluegrass Festival are available through May 29. Tickets for the three-day event, which is June 4-6 in Cherokee, are $35 for a single day ($40 at gate) or $90 for the entire event ($95 at gate). Children ages 7-13 cost $15 for a day or $45 for three days ($50 at gate). Children under six are free. Tickets available online at www.adamsbluegrass.com. Info: 706.864.7203 or 497.9204.

• Art After Dark is from 6-9 p.m. on the first Friday of every month in Downtown Waynesville and Historic Frog Level. Stroll through participating galleries. Waynesvillegalleryassociation.com.

• Ole Smoky Farm Fest is from 8 a.m.-6 p.m. on June 5-7 at the Haywood County Fairgrounds. 

• The Oasis Shriner’s Parade will be at 2 p.m. June 6, which will run from the Maggie Valley Town Hall to The Stompin’ Ground.

• Highlands Motoring Festival 2015, a classic car show, is June 13.   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 336.337.5014.  

• Tickets are currently available for Folkmoot USA Festival 2015, which is set for July 16-26, at FolkmootUSA.org. 452.2997.

On Stage & In Concert   

• The Concerts on the Creek (Sylva) series at Bridge Park Pavilion will have Sundown (rock) at 7 p.m. on May 29. Free. www.mountainlovers.com. 

• “Music on the River” concert series will feature AM SuperStars from 7-9 p.m. on May 29 in the riverside area of downtown Cherokee. Free. 800.438.1601, 359.6490 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ; or contact Frieda Huskey at 359.6492 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ; or Angela Hernandez at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 359.6473.

• The drama “The Drowsy Chaperone” will hit the stage at 7 p.m. May 29-30 and at 3 p.m. May 31 at the Franklin High School Fine Art Center. $8 for adults, $5 for students. www.franklin-chamber.com. 

• The Smoky Mountain Community Theatre presents its production of “The Carol Burnett Show Skits” at 7:30 p.m. on May 29-31 and June 1 in Bryson City. Tickets: $10 adults; $5 for students from 6-18; free for children under six. For info, call director Toby Allman at 488.8227 or 488.8103 or visit www.smctheatre.com.

• Singer-songwriter and cellist Shana Tucker will perform genre-blending ChamberSoul™ on May 30 at the Strand in Waynesville. $30 adult, $25 student, $15 child.

• Legendary comedian Jay Leno will perform at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 30, at Harrah’s Cherokee Resort Event Center. Tickets start at $43. Ticketmaster.com or 800.745.3000.

• Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts (Franklin) will have the Lonesome River Band and Mountain Faith (bluegrass, $22) at 7:30 p.m. on May 30. 866.273.4615 or www.greatmountainmusic.com.  

• The Strand at 38 Main (Waynesville) will have Shana Tucker (jazz/soul) at 7:45 p.m. on May 30 (tickets $30 for adults, $25 students, $15 child). www.38main.com or 283.0079.

• Bluegrass groups Lonesome River Band and Mountain Faith will perform in a show starting at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 30, at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts in Franklin. Tickets start at $22 each. 866.273.4615 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

• “Music on the River” concert series will feature John Emil Montagnino from 7-9 p.m. on May 30 in the riverside area of downtown Cherokee. Free. 800.438.1601, 359.6490 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ; or contact Frieda Huskey at 359.6492 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ; or Angela Hernandez at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 359.6473.

• With the theme “New York, New York,” the spring recital will be held from 2-4 p.m. on May 31 at Triple Threat Performing Arts Academy in Sylva. www.ttpaa.com or 586.4410.

• Christian music singer Ivan Parker will perform at 7 p.m. on Sunday, May 31, at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts in Franklin. Tickets are $15. 866.273.4615 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

• The Concerts on the Creek (Sylva) series at Bridge Park Pavilion will have Positive Mental Attitude (jam/rock) at 7 p.m. on June 5. Free. www.mountainlovers.com. 

• Julie Gribble will perform as part of the Groovin’ On the Green in Cashiers at 6:30 p.m. on June 5, at Village Commons in Cashiers. Free. Family friendly.  visitcashiersvalley.com.

• The Bryson City Train Depot “Music in the Mountains” concert series will have Grits & Soul (Americana/bluegrass) at 6:30 p.m. June 6. Free. www.greatsmokies.com. 

• The Snyder Family Band performs at 7:45 p.m. on June 6 at The Strand Theater in Waynesville. Tickets are $15 in advance or $18 on show day. 38main.com or 283.0079.

• Classic country music legend Merle Haggard will be on stage at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 6, at Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort.

• The Strand at 38 Main (Waynesville) will have The Snyder Family Band (bluegrass/folk) at 7:45 p.m. on June 13 (tickets $15 in advance, $18 day of show). www.38main.com or 283.0079.

• Bogart’s Live Bluegrass/String Band is at 6:30 p.m. every Thursday at 303 S. Main Street in Waynesville. 452.1313.

• Pickin’ in the Park is from 7-10 p.m. on Fridays at the Canton Rec Park. Free. Cantonnc.com or 648.2363.

• Papertown Country Music & Dance Parlor is from 7-10 p.m. on Saturdays at 61-1/2 Main Street in Canton. $8. 736.8925.

• Music and Clogging is held from 8-10:30 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays at the Stomping Ground at 3116 Soco Road in Maggie Valley. 926.1288.

• Unto These Hills Drama is performed at 7 p.m. every night except Sundays from May 30 through Aug. 15 at the Mountainside Theatre in Cherokee. For more info, contact Laura Blythe at 497.1126.

• Tickets are now on sale for “An Appalachian Evening” summer concert series featuring bluegrass, blues, folk and old-time mountain music. The series starts on June 27 in Stecoah. Season tickets are $150.To purchase tickets, visit: www.stecoahvalleycenter.com/secure.

Nightlife   

• Innovation Brewing (Sylva) will have an Open Mic night at 8 p.m. on May 27 and June 3. www.innovation-brewing.com. 

• Frog Level Brewing (Waynesville) will have Chris Minick (singer-songwriter) at 6 p.m. on May 28 and June 4. 454.5664 or www.froglevelbrewing.com. 

• Innovation Brewing (Sylva) will have jazz nights with the Kittle/Collings Duo at 8 p.m. on May 28 and June 4. www.innovation-brewing.com. 

• Tipping Point Brewing (Waynesville) will have Ashli Rose (singer-songwriter) at 9 p.m. on May 29. www.tippingpointtavern.com. 

• Nantahala Brewing (Bryson City) will have The Kevin Prater Band (Americana) at 8 p.m. on May 29. www.nantahalabrewing.com.

• Classic Wineseller (Waynesville) will have Arvie Bennett (Americana/rock) at 7 p.m. on May 29. 828.452.6000 or www.classicwineseller.com. 

• No Name Sports Pub (Sylva) will have Darrin Bradburry Band at 9 p.m. on May 29. 586.2750 or www.nonamesportspub.com. 

• O’Malley’s Pub & Grill will have karaoke with Chris Monteith on May 29. 

• Andrews Brewing Company will have Through the Hills (Americana/bluegrass) on May 29. Free. www.andrewsbrewing.com. 

• Big Wesser BBQ (Nantahala Outdoor Center) will have Heidi Holton (blues/Americana) at 6 p.m. on May 29. www.noc.com. 

• Andrews Brewing Company will have Guy Marshall (Americana/singer-songwriter) on May 30. $5. www.andrewsbrewing.com. 

• Classic Wineseller (Waynesville) will have Jacob Johnson (folk/funk) at 7 p.m. on May 30. 828.452.6000 or www.classicwineseller.com. 

• No Name Sports Pub (Sylva) will have Cross Road Redemption at 9 p.m. on May 30. 586.2750 or www.nonamesportspub.com. 

• O’Malley’s Pub & Grill will have Dustin Martin & The Ramblers (Americana) on May 30.  

• BearWaters Brewing (Waynesville) will have Woody Pines (Americana) at 7 p.m. May 30. www.bwbrewing.com or 828.246.0602.

• Big Wesser BBQ (Nantahala Outdoor Center) will have The Whiskey Sticks (rock/Americana) at 6 p.m. on May 30. www.noc.com. 

• The Lost Hiker (Highlands) will have Randy Flat at 9 p.m. on May 30. Free. 526.8232 or www.thelosthikerbar.com. 

• To celebrate Papou’s Wine Shop’s 9th anniversary, there will a “Customer Appreciation Tasting” from 3-6 p.m. on May 30 in Sylva. Free tasting of nine wines for every year of operation. www.mountainlovers.com. 

• Rathskeller Coffee Haus & Pub (Franklin) will have Gary Carter at 8 p.m. on May 30.  www.rathskellerfranklin.com. 

• Nantahala Brewing (Bryson City) will have  Mangas Colorado (Americana/bluegrass) at 8 p.m. on May 30. www.nantahalabrewing.com.

• Derailed Bar & Lounge (Bryson City) will have The Ghost Peppers at 7 p.m. on May 30. Free. 488.8898.

• O’Malley’s Pub & Grill will have Dave Darbbin on May 31. 

• Water’n Hole Bar & Grille (Waynesville) will have Dirty Soul Revival (hard rock/blues) at 9:30 p.m. on June 5. 

• Nantahala Brewing (Bryson City) will have Noonday Sun (instrumental/fusion) at 8 p.m. on June 5. www.nantahalabrewing.com.

• Joe Cruz (piano, vocals) performs the music of the Beatles, Elton John, James Taylor and Simon & Garfunkel at 7 p.m. on Friday, June 5, at the Classic Wineseller in Waynesville. 452.6000. 

• Andrews Brewing Company will have Scott Stambaugh (singer-songwriter) on June 5. Free. www.andrewsbrewing.com. 

• Big Wesser BBQ (Nantahala Outdoor Center) will have Natty Love Joys (roots/reggae) at 6 p.m. on June 5. www.noc.com. 

• The “Trail Magic #11” release party will be held June 5-6 at Nantahala Brewing in Bryson City. On Friday, the 11th Trail Magic Ale will be tapped, with a bottle swap/beer geek party and music by Noonday Sun (instrumental/fusion) to follow. On Saturday, there will be a limited bottle release for the 11th Trail Magic Ale, with sales beginning at noon. www.nantahalabrewing.com. 

• Big Wesser BBQ (Nantahala Outdoor Center) will have Son’s of Ralph (bluegrass/Americana) at 6 p.m. on June 6. www.noc.com. 

• The Ugly Dog Pub (Highlands) will have Lauren Mitchell (singer-songwriter) June 6. www.theuglydogpub.com. 

• Derailed Bar & Lounge (Bryson City) will have Heidi Holton (blues/Americana) at 7 p.m. on June 6. Free. 488.8898. 

• Nashville recording artist Lacy Green (guitar, vocals) performs at 7 p.m. on Saturday, June 6, at 7 p.m. at the Classic Wineseller in Waynesville. 452.6000. www.lacygreen.com.

• Joe Cat performs at 7 p.m. on June 6 at City Lights in Sylva.

• The Maggie Valley Opry House will have legendary banjoist Raymond Fairchild at 8 p.m. nightly through October. Admission is $12. www.raymondfairchild.com or 926.9336.
• “Wine on Wednesday” is set for 6-8 p.m. at the Classic Wineseller in Waynesville. Free wine tasting with dinner ($15 minimum) or $6 per person. 452.6000. 

• Bogart’s (Waynesville) will have live bluegrass/string music at 6:30 p.m. on Thursdays. 828.452.1313. 

• A game day will occur from 2 to 9 p.m. every third Saturday of the month at Papou’s Wine Shop & Bar in Sylva. Bring dice, cards or board games. 586.6300.

• A wine tasting will be held from 2 to 5 p.m. every Saturday at Papou’s Wine Shop & Bar in Sylva. 586.6300.

Books & authors 

• Mary Alice Monroe presents “The Lowcountry Summer Trilogy” at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 28, at Blue Ridge Bookstore in Waynesville.

Classes and Programs   

• A Movie Maker class will be held at 11 a.m. on May 28 at the Haywood Senior Resource Center. Instructor is Torrie Murphy.

• The “31” Extension and Community Association group meets at 2 p.m. on Thursday, May 28, in the Conference Room of Community Service Center in Sylva. 586.4009.

• High Mountain Squares will host their Memorial Day Dance from 6:30-9 p.m. on Friday, May 29, at the Macon County Community Building in Franklin. Western-style square dancing, mainstream plus levels. Everyone welcome. 371.4946, 342.1560, 332.0001 or www.highmountainsquares.com.

• A glass blowing class entitled “Ruffle Bowl or Plate” with Cole Johnson will meet in 45-minute time slots from 3-8 p.m. on Friday, May 29, at Green Energy Park in Dillsboro. $50 per time slot (six available). Call 631.0271 to sign up or visit JCGEP.org for more info.

• A Basic Blacksmithing class with Chelsea Miller is set for 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on Saturday, May 30 at Green Energy Park in Dillsboro. $100 per person. Call 631.0271 to sign up or visit JCGEP.org for more info.

• The Western North Carolina Carvers will hold their monthly meeting from 1:30-4 p.m. on Sunday, May 31, at Harvest House in Asheville. Free presentation on how to carve the classic ball in a box. Visitors and those considering woodcarving as a hobby are welcome. For info, contact Bruce Dalzell at 665.8273 or Brian Greenwood at 684.5442.

• The Lens Luggers Photographic Association is having a Field Photography through June 2 at the Waynesville Old Armory Recreation Center in Waynesville. Participants will meet Wednesday mornings and carpool to various locations to take photos of landmarks, wildlife and wildflowers. They’ll meet on Tuesdays to review the images.     $15 per Tuesday.  Contact Bob Brytten at 627.0245 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

• A Basket Class, the Kountry Krafters Extension and Community Association group, is set for 5 p.m. on Tuesday, June 2, at JoAnn Luker’s home. 586.4009.

• An evening pottery wheel class for beginners will be taught by Hank Shuler and Lydia Patillo from 6-8:30 p.m. on Mondays and Thursdays from June 1-June 25 through the Cowee Pottery School at the Macon County Heritage Center. $150. www.coweepotteryschool.org, 524.7690 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

• A class on how to hand-build appetizer trays will be taught by Maria Greene from 6:30-8 p.m. on Tuesdays from June 2-30 through the Cowee Pottery School at the Macon County Heritage Center. $42. www.coweepotteryschool.org, 524.7690 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

• Flower Arranging, a Potpourri Extension and Community Association group, is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, June 4, in the Conference Room of Community Center in Sylva. 

• “Muddy Mondays Wine and Wheel Throwing” will be held from 5-7 p.m. on June 6 at The Bascom in Highlands. Wheel throwing and wine sipping. For more information or to register, contact Anna Alig at 828.787.2865 or www.thebascom.org.

• A course on how to hand-build wacky teapots will run from 1:30-5:30 p.m. every Sunday in June, starting June 7 at the Macon County Heritage Center north of Franklin. $98. Taught by Hank Shuler. www.coweepotteryschool.org, 524.7690 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

• An Adult Summer Reading Program is ongoing from June 8-Aug. 28 through Haywood County Public Library. Try something new by exploring adventure-filled books or movies and attend events at the library that teach you how to grow edible mushrooms, participate in a superhero cupcake challenge and more. Register starting June 8 at any of the library system’s branches. Sponsored by Friends of the Library. Visit www.haywoodlibrary.org or call 452.5169 or 648.2924.

Art showings and galleries 

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

• The 13th annual Shady Ladies’ Quilt Art Show is set for Friday through Sunday, May 29-31, at Lake Logan Episcopal Center in Canton. The event, which will be held from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and from noon-5 p.m. on Sunday, features more than 100 new quilts.  $5 admission benefits Lake Logan Summer Camp program. Raffle quilt benefits Haywood County charities. www.logan.org for directions. For info, call Jane Cole at 456.8885. 

• An exhibit commemorating the life of Horace Kephart and his impact on the region is on loan from Western Carolina University for a display in Asheville from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday through Friday through June 30 at the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources office.

• The graduating class of Haywood Community College’s Professional Crafts program will exhibit their best work at the 2015 Graduate Show held through Aug. 23 at the Southern Highland Craft Guild Folk Art Center on the Blue Ridge Parkway in Asheville. The Folk Art Center is open daily from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. Admission and parking are free. 565.4159. 

Call for vendors/sponsors

• A “Front Street Arts & Crafts Show” will premiere on June 20 in Dillsboro. Silent auction will benefit Community Table of Sylva. Food and entertainment. Vendors can apply at visit dillsboro.org or www.visitdillsboro.org/specialevents.html. Info: 954.707.2004. 

• Artists of all mediums are invited to participate in the seventh-annual fine art festival set for Oct. 3 in Dillsboro. Regional fine artists and crafters must apply by July 1. Cash prizes range from $25-100 for winners. To apply, go to www.visitdillsboro.org, write This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , call 631.0900 or stop by the Jackson Chamber of Commerce. Food vendors may also download a food application.

• A limited number of arts and crafts vendor spots are available for the 2015 Sweet Corn Festival, set for Saturday, July 11, at St. Cyprian’s Church in Franklin. Info: ../Users/Goode/AppData/Local/Microsoft/Windows/Temporary Internet Files/Content.Outlook/Users/Goode/AppData/Local/Microsoft/Windows/Temporary Internet Files/Content.Outlook/Downloads/This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 369.6997. 

Film & Screen 

• The documentary “First Language, The Race to Save Cherokee” will be screened at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 28, in the Community Room of the Jackson County Public Library in Sylva. A panel discussion and Q&A will follow the 57-minute feature. Free. 586.2016. Co-sponsored by Friends of the Jackson County Public Library.

• “Last of the Mohicans” will be screened at 6:30 and 8:30 p.m. on May 28 at the Mad Batter Food & Film in Sylva.  Free. www.madbatterfoodandfilm.com.

• “Ballet 422” will be screened at 6:30 and 8:30 p.m. on May 29 at the Mad Batter Food & Film in Sylva.  Free. www.madbatterfoodandfilm.com.

• “The Fugitive” will be screened at 2, 6:30 and 8:30 p.m. on May 30at the Mad Batter Food & Film in Sylva.  Free. www.madbatterfoodandfilm.com.

• “Alternative Art Journals,” a DVD with Margaret Poet, will be shown at 6:15 p.m. on Thursday, June 4, at Swain County Center for the Arts in Bryson City. Free. Learn more about various art media and techniques; network with other artists. For more info about Art League of the Smokies or to view exhibits at Swain County Center for the Arts, call Jenny Johnson at 488.7843 or www.swain.k12.nc.us/cfta.

• The Folk Festival Front Porch interviews will be at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. Thursday, June 4, at the Macon County Public Library in Franklin. The library is collaborating with the Folk Heritage Association of Macon County to show their DVDs of past interviews with local residents. The showing will feature interviews with Lloyd Allen and Lara Sanders Chew. 

• “Focus” will be screened at 6:30 and 8:30 p.m. on June 4 at the Mad Batter Food & Film in Sylva.  Free. www.madbatterfoodandfilm.com.

• “McFarland USA” will be screened at 6:30 and 8:30 p.m. on June 5 at the Mad Batter Food & Film in Sylva.  Free. www.madbatterfoodandfilm.com.

• “Interstellar” will be shown at 7 p.m. on June 5; as well as at 4 and 7 p.m. on June 6; at 2 on June 7, as well as at 7 p.m. on June 9-12  at The Strand at 38 Main in Waynesville. www.38main.com or call 283.0079.

•   “Dazed and Confused” will be shown for free at 9:30 p.m. every Friday and Saturday in May at The Strand at 38 Main in Waynesville. www.38main.com or call 283.0079.

• A classic movie will be shown at 2 p.m. every Friday in the Macon County Public Library Meeting Room. 524.3600 or www.fontanalib.org/franklin.

• A movie will be shown at 2 and 6 p.m. on Thursdays in the meeting room of the Macon County Public Library in Franklin.  For movie title call: 524.3600.

Music jams and groups

• Golden Aires singing group practices at 9:15 a.m. every fourth Wednesday of the month at Jackson County Department on Aging/Senior Center in Sylva. Secular and religious music. Performances given at area nursing homes. Musical instruments also welcome. 586.5494.

• Old-time music jam from 1-3 p.m. the first and third Saturday of the month at the Oconaluftee Visitor Center in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park on U.S. 441 outside Cherokee. 497.1904.

• A community music jam will be held from 6-7:30 p.m. on the third Thursday of each month at the Marianna Black Library in Downtown Bryson City. Anyone with a guitar, banjo, mandolin, fiddle, dulcimer – anything unplugged – is invited to join. Singers and listeners are also welcome.

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

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

• An open jam session lis held from 6:30 to 9 p.m. each Thursday at Heinzelmannchen Brewery in Sylva. All skill levels and instruments welcome. 631.4466 or www.yourgnometownbrewery.com

• 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.

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

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

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

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

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

Arts Group Meetings

• Blue Ridge Mountain Quilt Guild, 6 to 9 p.m. fourth Thursday, January through October, and third Thursday, November and December in Canton. 316.1517 or on Facebook at Blue Ridge Mtn. Quilt Guild.

• Smoky Mountain Knitting Guild meets every Wednesday from 1-3 p.m. Blue Ridge Books, Waynesville. 246.0789. 

• Nifty Needles group, which meets at First United Methodist Church in Sylva, is seeking new members to help knit and crochet warm, useful items for those in need. Supplies (yarn and needles) and lessons provided.

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

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

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

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

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

 

Outdoors

• A bird walk along the Greenway, sponsored by the Franklin Bird Club, is set for 8 a.m. on May 27. Meet at Macon County Public Library parking area. 524.5234.

• Boating safety courses will be offered by Haywood Community College’s Department of Arts, Sciences and Natural Resources from 6-9:30 p.m. on May 27-28 in Building 3300, Room 3322 in Clyde. More boating safety classes will be held June 17-18 and July 29-30 at HCC. Registration is required at www.ncwildlife.org.

• A Solarize WNC forum is set for 7 p.m. on Thursday, May 28, at Saint Andrews Episcopal Church in Canton. Joint campaign between Canary Coalition, a non-profit environment organization based in Sylva; and Clean Energy for WNC. Enroll at http://www.cleanenergyfor.us/clean-energy-for-wnc/ 631.3447 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

• A bird walk in the Walnut Creek area, led by Jim and Ellen Shelton, is set for 8 a.m. May 29. Sponsored by Franklin Bird Club. Meet at Bi-Lo parking area to carpool. 524.5234.

• The 12th annual “Salamander Meander” is at 9 p.m. on May 29 at the Highlands Nature Center. Bring a flashlight. $5 per person; for ages 6-up. Advance registration required: Call Patrick Brannon at 526.4123.

• Heritage Life Skills IV, a weekend of classes in survival skills ranging from archery to food preservation to ham radios, will be held May 29-31 at the Haywood County Fair Grounds. 

• A car birding trip along Rich Gap Road, Highlands Audubon Society Field Trip led by Brock Hutchins, is May 30. Free. Open to the public. Birders of all levels welcome. www.highlandsaudubonsociety.org or 526.1939.

• A program on Close-up Outdoor photography is set for 9 a.m.-1 p.m. on Saturday, May 30, at Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education in Pisgah Forest. 877.4423. Ages 14 and up.

• The inaugural Maggie Valley Community Creek Clean is set for 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 30. Individuals and teams welcome; Trophies awarded for most-interesting pieces of trash found and most trash reclaimed. For info or to sign up, call 926. 0866.

• A river safety and rescue course will be offered by the Waynesville Parks and Recreation Department from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. on Monday and Tuesday, June 1-2, at the Waynesville Recreation Center. No prerequisites for taking the course. Lunch provided. $170 per person. For more info, call 456.2030 or write This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

• “Connecting with Nature” series with Allison Anne Brown will be held from 10 a.m.-noon June 2 at The Bascom in Highlands. Students are encouraged to bring in their own naturally found objects, to which each participant will create a clay vase and platter for the objects. $25 per person, doesn’t include clay. www.thebascom.org. 

• Fracking Stories, a statewise screening tour of six short documentaries, makes a stop in Western North Carolina at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, June 2, at A-B Tech in Asheville. Hosted by The Mountain Peoples Assembly, Clean Water for North Carolina and WNC Frack Free.

• A four-week puppy training class will be offered by Sarge’s Animal Rescure Foundation at 6:30 p.m. starting Tuesday, June 2, on successive Tuesdays at Sarge’s Adoption Center in Waynesville. To sign up, call 246.9050. www.sargeandfriends.org.

• A river safety and rescue course will be offered by the Waynesville Parks and Recreation Department from 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 3, at the Waynesville Recreation Center and in Dillsboro. For beginner and recreational paddlers as well as whitewater trip leaders. Lunch provided. $150 per person. For more info, call 456.2030 or write This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

• A bird walk along the greenway is set for 8 a.m. on June 3. Park off Fox Ridge Road just south of Franklin Flea Market. Sponsored by Franklin Bird Club. 524.5234.

• “Dazzling Dahlias and Mixed Baskets: A Free Gardening Workshop” is scheduled for 10 a.m. on Friday, June 5, at Dovecote Porch & Gardens in Cashiers. Dr. Lynn Dillard will share her secret techniques at the free event. Pre-register by writing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 743.0307.

• A bird walk along Cabin Flats Road in Balsam will be led by Larry Thompson, past regional vice president of the National Audubon Society and retired Executive Director of the N.C. Wildlife Federation, is set for 8 a.m. on June 6. Meet at Bi-Lo parking area. Sponsored by Franklin Bird Club. Sign up by calling 524.5234.

• A flea market will be held from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 6 at the Haywood County Fairgrounds in Lake Junaluska. www.haywoodcountyfairgrounds.com or 828.400.1704.

 • Dendrology, the study of trees, will be taught from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. for beginners or from noon-4 p.m. for advanced students on June 6 at the Haywood Community College Arboretum. 627.4522. Free; lunch included.

• A Rods & Wheels Cars Show will be held from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. on June 6-7 at Trails End RV Park in Waynesville. $20 entry fee. Trailsendrvparknc.com or 421.5295.

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

Competitive Edge

• The Good Samaritan Cycle 2015, a fund-raising event to benefit the Good Samaritan Clinic of Jackson County, is scheduled for May 29-31. Teams of four cyclists apiece will ride a combined 427 miles from Murphy to Sylva. 

• Run for the Park 5K run and walk is set for 8 a.m. on Saturday, May 30, in Highlands. Run starts at the corner of Fifth and Pine Streets. Pre-registration fee is $25 for adults, $20 for students (13 and older) and $10 for 12 and under. Race-day registration costs $35, $30 and $15, respectively. Register online at www.active.com or www.webscorer.com . For info, contact Skip Taylor at 526.4280 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

• A 5K Open Water Swim is set for July 12 at Lake Chatuge in Hiwassee, Ga.  Special prices for groups or teams of 20 or more. Register at active.com. Info: 389.6982

 • Early registration is open for the Blue Ridge Breakaway, a multi-distance bike ride set for Aug. 15 in Haywood County. Early bird rates are $41 for the 26-mile route through Aug. 1 and $46 for the 51-, 76- and 106-mile distances. Sponsored by Haywood County Chamber of Commerce. Blueridgebreakaway.com or 456.3021.

Farm & Garden

• Free, hands-on gardening classes will be taught by Master Gardeners at 10 a.m. on   Monday, June 1, at the Canton Branch Library. Learn the square-foot gardening technique, which allows for great yield from a small amount of space. This is a Giving Garden program. 648.2924.

• A program on “Organic Pest Control” for home vegetable gardens will be presented by Christine Bredenkamp of N.C. Cooperative Extension Service from 10-11:30 a.m. on June 2 at the Cashiers Community Library. 

• North Carolina Cooperative Extension in cooperation with NCDA & CS will hold a pesticide licensing exam at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, June 10, at the Macon County Cooperative Extension Center in Franklin. Core cost is $50; each category exam is $20. Arrive by 12:30 p.m. to sign in and pay. Upon passing the exam, an individual must submit a yearly license fee of $75. Study materials available at: https://commerce.cashnet.com/cashnetc/selfserve/BrowseCatalog.aspx?CNAME=MANUALS. To reserve a space for the exam, call 349.2049.

• The Hunter Community Garden in Haywood County is accepting gardeners. $35 per plot. Contact Sarah Scott at 456.3575 for more info. 

• The Macon County Community Garden Committee is now taking applications for garden space in the 2015 Community Garden.  The community garden is in its fifth season. $25 per spot. For an application or more information, call 349.2046. 

• The Sylva Community Garden and The Cullowhee Community Garden have individual plots available for adoption. All necessary tools and materials for growing an organic garden are provided. Adopting a plot costs no money but rather one-half of all produce is donated to local food relief organizations, families and individuals throughout our community. Weekly volunteer workdays are from 4 p.m. until Dusk on Thursdays at the Sylva Community Garden (March through November) and from 3 p.m. to dusk Wednesdays and from 10 a.m.-noon Saturdays at Cullowhee (year round). For more info: 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. . Both are also on Facebook.

Farmers Market

• Haywood Historic Farmers Market is held from 8 a.m.-noon on Wednesdays and Saturdays in the parking lot of HART Theatre in Waynesville. 280.1381 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

• The Original Waynesville Tailgate Market is from 8 a.m.-noon on Wednesdays and Saturdays at 171 Legion Drive in Waynesville (behind Bogart’s). 456.1830 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

• The Jackson County Farmers Market will be on Saturdays from 9 a.m.-noon on at its Bridge Park location in Sylva. Info:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or website jacksoncountyfarmersmarket.org.

• The ‘Whee Farmer’s Market is open from 4-7 p.m. every Tuesday at the corner of the N. Country Club Drive and Stadium View Drive in Cullowhee, behind the entrance to the Village of Forest Hills off Highway 107 across from Western Carolina University. 476.0334

• The Cashiers Tailgate market is open from 9 a.m.-noon on Saturdays at the United Community Bank on N.C. 107 South. 226.9988 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

• The Franklin Farmers Tailgate Market is from 8 a.m.-noon on Saturdays on East Palmer Street across from Drake Software in Franklin. 349.2049 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .  

• Swain County Farmers Market will be open from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. on Fridays at the barn on Island Street in Bryson City. Special Tuesday hours from 5 to 8 p.m. during peak months from June 16 through Sept. 15. 488.3848 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

• Cherokee Farmers Market is from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on Fridays from July through Oct. 30 at 876 Acquoni Road next to the Easter Band of Cherokee Indians Cooperative Extension Office. For info, contact Sarah McClellan at 359.6935 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

• The Farmstand at Cherokee Indian Hospital is open from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. on Thursdays from June through Sept. 24. For info, contact Nilofer Couture at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Hiking Clubs 

• Carolina Mountain Club will have a 9.3-mile hike with a 1,800-foot ascent on Sunday, May 31. For more info, contact leader Bob Hysko at 243.3630 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . 

• Nantahala Hiking club will have an easy two-mile walk on Greenway Trails around the Macon County Library starting at 3 p.m. on Saturday, June 6. Call leader Kay Coriell, 369.6820, for reservations. 

• National Trails Day will be celebrated on Saturday, June 6, with a volunteer opportunity to participate in Appalachian Trail Work Day. Coordinated by Friends of the Smokies, Appalachian Trail Conservancy Regional Office and the Smoky Mountain Hiking Club. For info, visit http://friendsofthesmokies.org/event/national-trails-day/ or call Phyllis Henry at 865.577.2604.

• Friends of Panthertown Valley will host a hike at 10 a.m. on Saturday, June 6, to celebrate National Trail Days. 269.4453 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

• An 8.8-mile guided hike led by guide and author Danny Bernstein is presented by Friends of the Smokies on June 9. Moderate; elevation gain of 1,900 feet. Presented by Friends of the Smokies. $35; includes membership. Members get a $10 discount and can bring a friend to hike for free. Registration donations benefit Friends’ Smokies Trails Forever program. Register at www.friendsofthesmokies.org/events.

• Friends of the Smokies hikes are offered on the second Tuesday of each month. www.friendsofthesmokies.org/hikes.html. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mountain Bike Rides

• Weekly Women's Mountain Bike Rides: Every Tuesday at 6pm during Daylight Savings Time. Rides start at 6pm and alternate weekly between Tsali and the WCU Trails.  For Tsali rides, meet in Tsali parking lot.  For WCU rides meet in parking lot at Picnic Area near softball fields.  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 488.1988.

• Weekly Group Mountain Bike Ride at Tsali:  Every Wednesday at 6pm during Daylight Savings Time.  Meet in Tsali parking lot and be ready to ride at 6pm.  Open to everyone.  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 488.1988.

Outdoor clubs

• The Jackson County Poultry Club will hold its regular meeting on the third Thursday of each month at the Jackson County Cooperative Extension Office. The club is for adults and children and includes a monthly meeting with a program and a support network for those raising birds. For info, call 586.4009 or write This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

• The Macon County Poultry Club meets the third Tuesday of each month at the Macon County Cooperative extension office in Franklin. Meetings are free and open to the public. For more information call 369.3916.

• The North Carolina Catch program, a three-phase conservation education effort focusing on aquatic environments, will be offered through May 15. The program is offered by the Waynesville Parks and Recreation Department. Free for members; daily admission for non-members. 456.2030 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

• An RV camping club, the Vagabonds, camps one weekend per month from April through November. All ages welcome. No dues or structured activities. For details, write This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 369.6669.

• The Tuckaseigee River Chapter No. 373 of Trout Unlimited meets at 6:30 p.m. on first Tuesday of the month at United Community Bank in Sylva. Dinner is $5.

• The Tuckaseigee Chapter of Trout Unlimited meets the second Tuesday of the month starting with a dinner at 6:30 p.m. at Rendezvous restaurant located on the corner of Jonathan Creek Road and Soco Road in Maggie Valley. 631.5543.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

• Smoky Mountain Beekeepers meet at 7 p.m. on the second Thursday of every month at the SCC Swain Center in Bryson City on Almond School Road. Open to anyone interested in honeybees. 554.6935.

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

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

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

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

 

Ongoing

Business & Education 

• Free GED test-preparation classes offered by Southwestern Community College, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays and 5:30-8:30 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays, SCC Swain Center, Room 101. Instruction in other college and career readiness activities including computer skills, resume writing, filling out job applications, job searches, college entrance exam prep, college applications, financial aid and more. 366.2000 or stop by the Swain Center.

• Guidance on looking for a job or gaining basic job skills will be available from 1-4 p.m. each Wednesday at the Macon County Public Library. One-on-one help from a Southwestern Community College employability instructor. 524.3600. 

• Tech-savvy questions will be answered from 10 a.m.-8 p.m. every Tuesday in the month of January at the Jackson County Library. 586.2016.

• The Wheels Through Time Museum in Maggie Valley is now open for its 2015 season. The museum showcases one of the rarest collections of vintage motorcycles and antique automobiles. Hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursday through Monday. Admission is $12 for adults, $10 for seniors age 65 and up, and $6 for children. www.wheelsthroughtime.com. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

• Haywood Community College offers Get a Job workshops, which include:  Basic Computer Skills from 10 a.m. to noon every Tuesday; Create a Great Resume workshop from 2 to 4 p.m. every Tuesday; Job Search Basics from 10 a.m. to noon every Wednesday; Interview Tips from 10 a.m. to noon every Thursday; Customer Service Excellence from 2 to 4 p.m. every Thursday; Time Management from 10 a.m. to noon every Monday; Your Electronic Portfolio from 10 a.m. to noon every Friday; Spanish Translation Career Coaching and Self-paced English Study from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. every Friday; Career Coaches are available for individual help from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. 564.5093 or 246.9233.

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

Health Matters

• A health-centered lunch and learn will be held on the third Thursday of every other month starting with a noon event called Getting Fit on Dec. 18 at Swain Medical Park. Free light lunch will be served. Presented by Swain County Hospital and Swain County Health Department. 586.7734 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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

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

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

• Kidney Smart Classes are held from 2:30-4:30 p.m. on the fourth Thursday of each month at DaVita Waynesville Dialysis Center. For info, call Clark at 627.2907.

• A pro bono clinic will provide physical therapy services to underserved and underinsured populations of Western North Carolina from 6-8:30 p.m. on the first and third Wednesdays of every month on the first floor of the Health and Human Sciences Building in Cullowhee. For information, contact the clinic at 227.3527 or 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.

Kids & Families

• Homework Help, 3 to 5 p.m. Mondays 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.

• Young Warrior Jiu Jitsu Classes, 5-5:45 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays at Basulto Academy of Defense in Waynesville. Classes are open to boys and girls ages 6 and older. For more information on these or other classes contact 230.5056 or www.wncbjj.com. 

• A community breastfeeding information and support group is held from 10:30-noon on the first Saturday of each month in the main lobby of the Smoky Mountain OB/GYN office in Sylva. Free.

• Homeschool PE classes have started at the Recreation Center in Cullowhee on Thursdays for ages 5-9 and 10-14. $20. 293.3053.

Kid’s Arts

• 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.

• Suzuki Flute Lessons for students ages 4 to adult are offered at The Music Village in Waynesville and Cullowhee. Beginning through advanced students are welcome. For information call Lori Richards at 293.5600 or visit www.themusicvillage.net.

 

Recreation & Fitness

Yoga

• Yoga classes for all levels are held at 5:30 p.m. every Monday, 9 a.m. every Tuesday, 5:30 p.m. every Wednesday and 9 a.m. every Friday at Nurture Wellness Studio in Bryson City. 400.9616 or www.nurturewellnessstudio.com.

• Pilates Fusion now offered at Waynesville Park and Rec, 9-9:45 a.m. Every Saturday starting Oct. 4, Waynesville Recreation Center. Call for admission prices. 456.2030. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

Dance

• A Community Dance is held on the second Sunday of each month in the Community Room on the second floor of the old courthouse in the Jackson County Library Complex in Sylva. Community dinner follows the dance at 5 p.m. Bring a covered dish, plate, cup, cutler and a water bottle. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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

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

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

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

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

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

Aerobic

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

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

Martial arts

• Blue Dragon Tae Kwon Do School in Haywood County offers a variety of classes for children and adults. High-quality basic self defense training through the use of the ancient Korean fighting art of Tae Kwon Do, including values of respect and courtesy, modesty,  self control, perseverance and indomitable spirit. 627.3949 or www.bluedragontkd.net.

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

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

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

Other

• A free demonstration of the TRX suspension trainer will be offered from 4-5 p.m. on Thursdays by appointment at the Fitness Connection in Waynesville.  421.8566.

• Pickleball is played from 2-4:30 every Monday and from 9 a.m.-noon every Friday at the Armory in Sylva. $1 each time you play to help buy equipment, which is provided. 

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

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

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

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

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

• A health-centered lunch and learn will be held on the third Thursday of every other month starting with a noon event called Getting Fit on Dec. 18 at Swain Medical Park. Free light lunch will be served. Presented by Swain County Hospital and Swain County Health Department. 586.7734 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

 

The Spiritual Side 

• Healing Mass and Anointing of the Sick is held at 2 p.m. on the third Sunday of each month at Saint Margaret of Scotland in Maggie Valley. Individual prayers over people after Mass by Charismatic Prayer Group members. For info, call Don or Janet Zander at 926-0106.

• A sermon series on the life of Abraham is being held at 7 p.m. every Sunday at Coweeta Baptist Church in Otto.

• Start the year off right by adding time for Grace in your life, new sermon series – at 9 a.m. or 10:40 a.m. Sunday at Vine of the Mountains. 452.2771 or www.thevine.cc

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Political corner

Democratic party

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

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

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

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

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

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

GOP

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

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

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

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

Other political groups

• A lunch-and-discussion group will be held by the League of Women Voters at noon on the second Thursday of each month at Tartan Hall of the First Presbyterian Church in Franklin. RSVP for lunch: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 524.8369.

• Occupy/WNC General Assembly meets from 7 to 8:30 p.m. every second and fourth Tuesday in room 246 of the Jackson County Administration and Justice Center in Sylva. 538.1644. 

• The Haywood County NAACP meets at 2 p.m. on the fourth Saturday of each month. Location varies around the county for each meeting. Call for info. 400.5475. 

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

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

 • The Libertarian Party of Haywood County meets at 7 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month at the Waynesville Recreation Center. Dunlapdisputeresolution.com.

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

• Waynesville Aldermen meeting at 6:30 p.m. second and fourth Tuesday of each month. Town Hall. 456.3515.

 

Senior Activities

• Cornhole for seniors will be held from 1-2:30 p.m. on the third and fourth Wednesdays of each month at the Haywood County Senior Resource Center. 452.6789.

• A fitness class designed specifically for seniors will meet from 11 a.m.-noon 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. .

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Volunteering

• The Haywood County Meals on Wheels program has route openings for volunteer drivers. Substitute drivers also needed. Info: Jeanne Naber, Meals on Wheels Program Coordinator, 356.2442.

• Dogs and cats are available for adoption from 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Mondays through Thursdays as well as Saturdays at Sarge’s Adoption Center in Waynesville. The public may also adopt Sarge’s cats from PetSmart in Waynesville. For information or to donate or volunteer, visit www.sargeandfriends.org or call 246.9050.

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

• The Community Kitchen in Canton is in need of volunteers. Opportunities range from planning a meal updating their webpage. 648.0014. 

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

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

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

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

• Catman2 Shelter in Jackson County needs volunteers for morning feeding and general shelter chores. 293.0892 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

• The Volunteer Water Inventory Network (VWIN) is looking for people to work one to two hours a month taking water samples from local creeks and streams. Fill up empty bottles, collect water samples, and return full bottles. 926.1308 or www.haywoodwaterways.org. 

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

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

 

Civic groups & Clubs

Haywood

• The monthly meeting of the Beaverdam Community Center is at 7 p.m. on the second Monday of each month on North Canton Road. For info, contact Judy Sellars at 648.0552.

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

• 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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Jackson

•The Sylva Photo Club holds a meeting at 2 p.m. on the second Saturday of each month at the Cullowhee Methodist Church. 293.9820 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . $5 donation for visitors; free for members. Membership is $20 per year or $10 for students.

• Jackson County Genealogical Society meets at 7 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month in the Community Room of the Historic Jackson County Courthouse in Sylva. Free; open to the public. 631.2646.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Macon

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Swain

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

 

Support Groups

Haywood

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

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

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

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

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

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

• Grief support group, at noon on the first Friday of every month, Long’s Chapel, Dugan Classroom. Sponsored by Haywood Hospice. 452.5039.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Jackson

Breastfeeding Mothers’ Support Group, 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 4, Alliance Bible Church, 501 River Rd., Dillsboro. 770.519.2930. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Macon

AA Meetings are held every Saturday at 10 a.m. Macon County Public Library, Franklin. 524.3600 or www.fontanalib.org. 

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

• Look Good…Feel Better is an ongoing program for cancer patients at Angel Medical Center, Cancer Infusion Center, Franklin. 349.6900. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Swain

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

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

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

 

Government meetings

Haywood

• Canton Aldermen: 6:30 p.m. second and fourth Thursday of each month at Town Hall. 648.2363.

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

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

• Maggie Valley Aldermen: 6 p.m., second Monday of the month. Agenda setting workshop at 9 a.m. first Wednesday of the month.Town Hall. 926.0866.

• Waynesville Aldermen meeting at 6:30 p.m. second and fourth Tuesday of each month. Town Hall. 456.3515.

• Haywood County School Board: 7 p.m. the second Monday of each month at the Education Center in Clyde.   

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

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

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

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

Jackson

• Jackson County Commissioners: First and third Thursday of each month at 6 p.m. Justice Center. 631.2295.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Macon

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

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

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

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

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

Swain

• Swain County Commissioners: 6 p.m. second and fourth Thursday of each month. Administration Building. 488.9273.

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

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

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