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Wednesday, 09 April 2014 00:00

Regional Calendar

 

Arts and Entertainment
Outdoors
Clubs and Groups
Kids and families
Health

 

Community Events & Announcements

• Franklin Open Forum, 6:30 Wednesday, April 9, Rathskeller Coffee Haus & Pub, 58 Stewart St., downtown Franklin. Topic is: "Of Putin, lost planes and political trust." Moderated discussion group, dialog not debate.  371.1020.

• Beaverdam Community Center monthly meeting, 7 p.m. Monday, April 14, featuring Heidi Dinkleberg who will talk about hops culture and beer production. 648.0552.

• Pretty for Prom, accepting clean, gently used ball gowns, party dresses, accessories, shoes, etc. through April 30. Joy, 550.9511 or Starr T., 476.4231. Sponsored by Angie Franklin, State Farm Insurance and W.O.W.

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

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

 

Business & Education 

• Southwestern Community College Open House, 6 p.m. Thursday, April 10, Room 102A, Burrell Building, Jackson Campus, to inform the public about Project SEARCH, a program that helps students with disabilities by giving them on-the-job training through an internship with local businesses. SCC is one of three North Carolina colleges selected for the project. 339.4486 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

• Western Carolina University College of Business conference, Tourism Works for Western North Carolina,” 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, April 11, WCU’s N.C. Center for the Advancement of Teaching . Register at tourism.wcu.edu or contact the Division of Educational Outreach, 227.7397 or toll free, 800.928.4968.

• BizWeek 2014, a celebration of business, industry and entrepreneurship, April 21-24. Sponsored by The Macon County Economic Development Commission.  www.maconedc.com.

• “Meeting the Challenge: Health and Education in Appalachia and Cherokee,” 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, April 14, Room 204 of WCU’s Health and Human Sciences Building.  learn.wcu.edu and click on “Professional Development,” or 227.7397.

• HCC’s Regional High Technology Center Open House, 4:30 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 15. www.haywood.edu, 627.3613. 

• Free seminar, “Business Owners Guide to Social Media: Starting from Scratch to Online Success,” 8 to 10 a.m. Tuesday, April 15, Haywood Chamber of Commerce. Sponsored by the Small Business Center at Haywood Community College and the Haywood County Chamber of Commerce. Presented by Anna Eason, Sunburst Trout Farms marketing director. Space limited. 627.4512 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

• Bartending class, 6 to 9 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays starting April 14 for seven weeks, Balsam Center at Southwestern Community College’s Jackson Campus. Must be 21 years old or older to enroll. Cost is $125. Lectures, demonstrations and hands-on participation. 339.4426 or send an e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

• MBA information sessions for prospective students: noon to 6 p.m. Monday, April 14, WCU’s Biltmore Park facility, 28 Schenck Parkway, Asheville; noon to 6 p.m. Wednesday, April 9, Wells Fargo Auditorium of WCU’s Forsyth Building, Cullowhee; and 4 p.m. Monday, April 21, Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort employee training facilities. Register at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Individual appointments also are available. 654.6533 or visit mba.wcu.edu.

• Computer Class: Basic Internet, 5:45 p.m. Wednesday, April 16, Jackson County Public Library, 586.2016.

• Haywood County Tourism Development Authority Board of Directors annual budget forum, 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 16, Bethea Welcome Center, Lake Junaluska.  

• Haywood Community College is now registering students for summer and fall semesters 2014. Registration period by appointment only with adviser, through April 25. HCC closed on Friday, April 18 in observance of Good Friday. Summer semester begins May 27. Complete schedule of classes at www.haywood.edu. 627.4500.

• 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. .

• Free tax preparation assistance available from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. every Friday and Monday, at the Jackson County Senior Center, Sylva and from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. by appointment every Tuesday at the Jackson County Public Library, Sylva. 586.2016 or 293.0074.

• Jackson County needs volunteers to provide free basic tax forms preparation and counseling for individuals.  No previous tax preparation experience is required.  You will be trained and certified by local mentors using IRS and AARP Foundation training materials and guidelines.  Donald Selzer, 293.0074.

• 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.

• Free GED® preparation classes 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. and 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays and 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, Swain Center of Southwestern Community College, five  miles west of the Bryson City exit at the former Almond School Building. Test change for January 2014: current students must complete all five GED® subject tests as needed by December 2013, or must start all over January 2014.

• 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.

 

Fundraisers and Benefits

• Booth space available for WNC’s 24th annual Largest Indoor Yard Sale, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 12, Ramsey Center, Western Carolina University. Sponsored by the Jackson County Arts Council. Fundraiser for the Jackson County Arts Council. Free admission. Sylvia Smythe, 507.9531, www.jacksoncountyarts.org.

• "Kids Cooking For A Cure" Relay for Life Team Bake Sale, noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 12, Westgate Plaza, Franklin.  Proceeds go to Relay for Life of Franklin.

• “Caring For Kids Yoga Class,” Mondays, by Feel Well Yoga at UUFF, 89 Sierra Dr., Franklin. 100 percent of all first-time participant donations and 10 percent of all ongoing collections go to KIDS Place. Space limited. 941.894.2898.

 

Volunteering

• Haywood County Meals on Wheels needs drivers for these routes: Fridays – Route #4 – Allens Creek;

Thursdays and/or Fridays – Route #9 – Beaverdam; Fridays – Route #19 – Cruso; Fridays – Route #21 – Saunook.  Immediate need of drivers in the Cruso area.  Jeanne Naber, 356.2442.

• Angel Medical Center Auxiliary’s Thrift Shop needs volunteers for six-hour shifts.  The Thrift Shop is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Jennifer Hollifield, director of volunteer services, 349.6688.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Blood Drives

Haywood

• MedWest Haywood Blood Drive, 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Friday, April 11, 75 Leroy George Road, Clyde. 800.RED.CROSS.

    

 Health Matters

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Recreation & Fitness

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

The Spiritual Side 

• Life in the Spirit Seminar, 7 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesdays, April 23-June 4, St. Margaret Catholic Church, Maggie Valley. Don or Janet Zander, 926.2654.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Senior Activities

• Learn Calligraphy, 10 a.m. to noon Monday, April 14, Haywood County Senior Center, 81 Elmwood Way, Waynesville. $10 for materials. 452.2370, haywoodconnections.org.

• Senior trip: Waterfall Exploration, 10 a.m. Monday, April 14, leaving from Waynesville Recreation Center at 10 a.m. $7 WRC member, $9 non-members.

• Beginners Meditation Class for seniors, 3:45 p.m. Thursdays,  April 10-May 8, Senior Resource Center, Waynesville. Class emphasizes daily mental and physical exercise, 452.2370.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 Kids & Families

• Base Camp Waynesville, hike for third through sixth graders, 4:30 to 7:45 p.m. Thursday, April 10 and 17, Waynesville Recreation Center. $5 for WRC members per trip; $8 for non-members. 456.2030,  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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

• Peeps Diorama Contest, through April 17, Marianna Black Library, Bryson City. Create a diorama using peeps that represents a book of your choice. Open to children ages 4 to 16. Entry deadline, Wednesday, April 16. 488.3030.

• Register for Spring Youth Tennis Lessons in Jackson County. Lessons run Tuesdays and Saturdays, April 29-May 24, at Mark Watson Park, Sylva. $40. Register at Jackson County Recreation Center. No phone registration.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Summer Camps

• Summer Day Camp for elementary school children, ages 6 to 12, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 12 to Aug. 8, Cullowhee United Methodist Church.  One-time registration fee of $75 (or $10 per week if less than 8 weeks). $650 for the summer, $95 per week, or $25 per day.  Full payment for registered dates due before June 12.  293.9215, www.cullowheeumc.org/summer-camp-2014/. 

• Highlands Nature Center Day Camps now taking registrations for five different camps. “WOW! – a World of Wonder” (ages 4-6), “Amazing Animals” (ages 7-10), “NatureWorks” (ages 8-11), “Mountain Explorers” (ages 10-13), and “Junior Ecologists” (ages 11-14).  Most camps offered more than once during the summer; sessions run from Tuesday to Friday each week.  526.2623 or, visit summer camps webpage at www.highlandsbiological.org.

• Waynesville Parks and Recreation Department Summer Camp for kids pre-K to 7th grade, 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday – Friday, June 23-Aug. 15. Deadline to register is May 19. 456.2030 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

• Haywood County Arts Council Jam Camp, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, July 8 – Friday, July 11, Canton Middle School, 60 Penland St., Canton. Classes in mountain instruments, mountain dance (clogging, buckdance, flat-footing and square dance) and mountain songs and storytelling. $75.  For students in grades 4th through 8th. Limited financial assistance and loaner instruments available on a first-come, first-served basis. Register at Haywood County Arts Council, 452.0593.

• The Jackson Soil and Water Conservation District Camp WILD (Wilderness, Investigating, Learning, Discovery) for rising 7th graders in public, private, charter or home schools.  Hiking, swimming, snorkeling, and learning about the environment. 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. most days, July 28 through Aug. 1, Jackson County Recreation Center parking lot in Cullowhee. $25, register with Jane Fitzgerald, 586.5465 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Arts

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Literary (children)

• Culture Club: Mexico, 1 p.m.; Mary Ann’s Book Club, 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 9, Macon County Public Library, Franklin. 

• Homework Help, 3 p.m. Wednesday, April 9, Jackson County Public Library, 586.2016.

• Write On! 8-12 year old writing group, 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 9, Jackson County Public Library, 586.2016.

• Culture Club: Mexico, 1 to 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 9, Macon County Public Library, Franklin.

• Mary Ann's Book Club, 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 9, Macon County Public Library, Franklin. 

• Lego Club, all ages 4 p.m.; Woodsmith Poetry (meeting room), 6:30 p.m. Thursday, April 10, Macon County Public Library.

• Homework Help, 3 p.m. Thursday, April 10, Jackson County Public Library, 586.2016.

• Children's Story time: A Grand Old Tree, 11 a.m. Friday, April 11, Jackson County Public Library, 586.2016.

• Children's Story time: Frog Or Toad, 3:30 p.m. Friday, April 11, Jackson County Public Library, 586.2016.

• American Girls Club, noon Saturday, April 12, City Light Bookstore, 586.2016.

• Children’s Story time: It’s a Frog Thing, 2 p.m. Saturday, April 12, Jackson County Public Library, 586.2016.

• Family Story time: Easter Egg Hunt, 10 a.m. Monday, April 14, Macon County Public Library, Franklin. 

• Family Story time: Easter Egg Hunt, 10 a.m. Tuesday, April 15, Macon County Public Library, Franklin.

• Adventure Club: Easter Egg Hunt, 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 15, Macon County Public Library, Franklin. 

• Mary Ann’s Book Club, 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 16, Macon County Public Library, Franklin.

• Toddlers Rock! 10 a.m. Thursday, April 17, Macon County Public Library, Franklin. 

• Family Evening Story time: Paws 4 Reading, 6:30 p.m. Thursday, April 17, Macon County Public Library, Franklin.

• Children's Story time: Rotary Readers, 11 a.m. Monday, April 14, Jackson County Public Library, 586.2016.

• Homework Help, 3 p.m. Monday, April 14, Jackson County Public Library, 586.2016.

• Children's Story time: Quiet Bunny, 11 a.m. Tuesday, April 15, Jackson County Public Library, 586.2016.

• Homework Help: 3 p.m. Tuesday, April 15, Jackson County Public Library, 586.2016.

• Teen Time, 4 p.m. Tuesday, April 15, Jackson County Public Library, 586.2016.

• Homework Help, 3 p.m. Wednesday, April 16, Jackson County Public Library, 586.2016.

• Macon County Public Library closed for Good Friday, Friday, April 18.

• A Book Trade/Exchange, 2 to 4 p.m. on Tuesdays at Brain Gym at 81 Elmwood Way in Waynesville. An ongoing event. 452.2370.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

ECA Events

• Extension and Community Association (ECA) groups meet throughout the county at various locations and times each month. NC Cooperative Extension Office, 586.4009. 

• Noon Thursday, April 10 – Container Gardens, Lunch and Learn ECA, Conference Room of Community Service Center, Sylva.

• 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 15 – Craft, Cane Creek ECA, location to be announced.  

• 10 a.m. Thursday, April 17 - ECA Craft Club Workshop – Cornshuck Doll, Conference Room of Community Service Center, Sylva. Call Extension Office to register.  

• 1 p.m. Monday, April 21 – Sew Easy Girls ECA, Conference Room of Community Service Center, Sylva.

 

 Political Group Events & Local Government

Dems

• Democratic Party Primary Candidate Forum, 5:30 p.m. Monday, April 14, 4th floor courtroom of the Macon County Courthouse, 5 West Main Street, Franklin, featuring  candidates for the office of Macon County Register of Deeds, Todd Raby (incumbent) and Nicki Tallent, and the Democratic candidates for the District 50 N.C. Senate seat, Jane Hipps and Ron Robinson. Sponsored by Macon County Democratic Men’s Club. Dan Kowal at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

• Jackson County Democratic Men's Club Democratic Candidate Forum, 6:30 p.m. Thursday, April 17, Jackson County Library Community Room.  

• Jackson County Democratic Party monthly Executive Committee Meeting, 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 15, new conference room, Jackson County Board of Elections, 876 Skyland Drive, Sylva.

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

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

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

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

• Jackson County Democratic Party executive committee members meet at 6:30 p.m. the third Tuesday of each month at Democratic Headquarters, 500 Mill St., Sylva. 631.1475 or jacksondems.com.

• Jackson County Democratic Women meet at 6 p.m. the third Thursday of every month at Democratic Headquarters 500 Mill St., Sylva. 631.1475 or jacksondems.com. 

GOP

• Haywood County Republican Party Executive Committee meeting, 6:30 p.m. Thursday, April 10,  Haywood County Republican headquarters, 303 N. Haywood St., Waynesville.  506.0939.

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

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

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

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

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

Others

• Haywood County Libertarian Party monthly meeting, 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 9, Organic Beans, 1110 Soco Road, Maggie Valley.

• Candidates forum for Macon County County Commission candidates, noon, April 10, Tartan Hall, First Presbyterian Church, Franklin. Sponsored by League of Women Voters of Macon County.

• McKinney for Commissioner Fundraiser with Croon and Cadence, 7 to 10 p.m. Friday, April 11, Organic Beans, 1110 Soco Road, Maggie Valley. Sponsored by Haywood County Libertarian Party.

• Jackson County Patriots meeting, 6 p.m. dinner, 6:30 p.m. meeting, Thursday, April 17, Ryan’s, Walmart Plaza, Sylva.  Guest speaker is Ashley Welch, candidate for district attorney for the 30th District. Ginny Jahrmarkt, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .  

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

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

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

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

 

Government Service Boards & Commissions

Haywood

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Jackson

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Macon

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Swain

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Civic & Social Group Meetings 

Haywood

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

• The Maggie Valley Civic Association presents Mountain Bingo Bonanza at 6 p.m. every Thursday at the Maggie Valley Community Pavilion. 926.8021.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Jackson

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Macon

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Swain

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

 

Support Groups

Haywood

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Jackson

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

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

• New chapter of Co-Dependent's Anonymous, 6 to 7 p.m. Mondays, Dogwood Wellness, Dillsboro.  

Connie, 477.4380 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

• Look Good, Feel Better is for women dealing with the appearance related side effects that occur with cancer treatments. A trained volunteer cosmetologist shares expertise in dealing with hair loss and skin change. 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Harris Regional Hospital. Sessions are offered bimonthly on the first Monday. RSVP required, 586.7801. 

• 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

• Macon County Cancer Support Group, 7 p.m. Thursday, April 10, future Hospice House, 272 Maple St., Franklin.  

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Swain

• “Speaking of Forever”, a special free lunch and learn event centered around end-of-life decisions,  noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, April 16 Board Room at Harris Regional Hospital. Hosted by WestCare LifePath Palliative Care and Hospice.  Reservations, 631.1702.

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

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

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

 

 Arts & Entertainment

Literary (adults)

• The Write Ones: Adult Creative Writing Group, 6 p.m. Thursday, April 10. Jackson County Public Library, 586.2016.

• Spring Fling Half-Price Used Book Sale, through April 12, Friends of the Jackson County Public Library Book Store, 536 W. Main St., Sylva.  Books, magazines, audio books, music CDs, VHS tapes and DVDs included.  Proceeds support the Jackson County Public Library.

• Anne Clinard Barnhill presents her newest historical novel, Queen Elizabeth’s Daughter, 3 p.m. Saturday, April 12, City Lights Bookstore, Sylva. 586.9499.  

• Author Event with Tim Jackson, “Gone Pro: North Carolina,” 3 p.m. Saturday, April 12, Blue Ridge Books, 152 S. Main St. Waynesville. 456.6000, www.blueridgebooksnc.com.

• National Library Week, April 14-18, Five-Day Challenge. Visit Haywood County Public Library Facebook page for each new challenge. Win cash prizes. www.Facebook.com/HaywoodCountyPublicLibrary, 648.2924.

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

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

 

Festivals, Special & Seasonal Events 

• Breakfast with the Easter Bunny, 8:30 to 10 a.m. Saturday, April 12, Jackson County Senior Center, Sylva. $5, children 10 and under eat for free.

• Easter Egg Hunt, noon Saturday, April 12, Jackson County Recreation Park in Cullowhee.

• Dogwood Crafters annual Easter Tea, two seatings, 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Saturday, April 19, Historic Jarrett House, Dillsboro.  $15, reservation only. 586.2248.

• Easter Dinner, three course traditional family style, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, April 20, Herren House, 94 East St., Waynesville. $24. Reservation required. 452.7837.

• Heritage-themed vendors wanted for the 4th annual Appalachian Lifestyle Celebration, Saturday, June 14, Main Street, downtown Waynesville. Exhibit space for vendors demonstrating and selling handmade Appalachian art and crafts. Downtown Waynesville Association, 456.3517 or www.downtownwaynesville.com.  Applications accepted until April 18.

• Vendors, demonstrators, crafters and environmental groups are wanted for the 17th annual Greening Up the Mountains festival, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 26, downtown Sylva. Applications accepted through April 15. Space is limited. Reduced application fee for early registrations. Applications at www.greeningupthemountains.com, Signature Brew Coffee Company or Sylva Town Hall. 226.8652, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

 

On Stage & In Concert 

• Western Carolina University Low Tech Ensemble gamelan music, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 10, recital hall of the Coulter Building, WCU campus. Free. School of Music, 227.7242. 

• Benefit concert, “The Circle is Unbroken: A Benefit for Oso, Washington, from Western North Carolina,” 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, April 11, Sylva’s Bridge Park. The bluegrass show will feature local bands Mountain Faith and the Boys of Tuckasegee. Sponsored by Western Carolina University’s Mountain Heritage Center and the Sylva Herald to help the landslide victims in Snohomish County in Washington state. 227.2643, 293.3020, 227.3191 or 227.3502. Updated information about the concert is available on the Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/OsoMudslideBenefit.

• Western Carolina Civic Orchestra final performance of the academic year, 7:30 p.m. Monday, April 14, recital hall of the Coulter Building, Western Carolina University. School of Music, 227.7242.

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

 

Night Life

• PMA, Travers Bros., Tony Poole, East Coast Dirt Band, Rolling Nowhere, Natty Love Joys and Chris Blaylock, 9 p.m. No Name Sports Pub in Sylva. Madsen plays April 3, with PMA, April 4; Travers Bros., April 5; Poole, April 6; East Coast Dirt Band, April 10; Rolling Nowhere, April 11; Natty Love Joys, April 12; and Blaylock, April 13. Free. 586.2750 or www.nonamesportspub.com.

• Cutthroat Shamrock, 8:30 p.m. Friday, April 4, Tipping Point Brewing, Waynesville. Free. 246.9230, www.tippingpointtavern.com. 

• Caribbean Cowboys, 7 p.m. Friday, April 4, Bear Waters Brewing Company, Waynesville, 246.0602 or www.bwbrewing.com.

• Spontaneous Combustion Jam, 8 p.m. Mondays, Bear Waters Brewing Company in Waynesville. 246.0602 or www.bwbrewing.com.

• Brother Sun, 7:45 p.m. April 10, The Strand, 38 Main St., Waynesville. $15. 283.0079 or www.38main.com.

• “Local Beer! Local Cheese!” 5 to 9 p.m. April 10, City Lights Café, Sylva. The café will host Looking Glass Creamery, Innovation Brewing and Heinzelmannchen Brewery. 587.2233 or www.citylightscafe.com or www.mountainlovers.com.

• Folk/rock/Americana with The Dupont Brothers, 7 p.m. Thursday, April 10, Classic Wineseller, 20 Church St., Waynesville. 452.6000, www.classicwineseller.com.

• Songs from the 60s-80s with Ben Wilson, guitar, vocals, 7 p.m. Friday, April 11, Classic Wineseller, 20 Church St., Waynesville. 452.6000, www.classicwineseller.com.

• South of the Tracks, 7:30 p.m. April 11, Frog Level Brewing Company, Waynesville. Free. 454.5664 or www.froglevelbrewing.com.

• The Dupont Brothers, 8 p.m. April 11, Nantahala Brewing Company, Bryson City, 488.2337 or www.nantahalabrewing.com.

• Beatles and Elton John Tribute, with Joe Cruz, keyboard, vocals, 7 p.m. Saturday, April 12, Classic Wineseller, 20 Church St., Waynesville. 452.6000, www.classicwineseller.com.

• The Grove Band, 8 p.m. April 12, Nantahala Brewing Company, Bryson City, 488.2337 or www.nantahalabrewing.com.  

• Gospel Sunday Brunch with Rockell Scott, vocals, piano, 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, April 13, Classic Wineseller, 20 Church St., Waynesville. 452.6000, www.classicwineseller.com.

 

Music Jams

Haywood County

• Music Jam every Thursday night from 6 to 8 p.m. at Frog Level Brewery on Commerce St.in Waynesville.  First and third Thursday are mostly Celtic; second and fourth are mostly Old Time; fifth Thursday anything goes.  All acoustic instruments are welcome.  Newcomers welcome.  Contact 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. .

Swain County

• Back Porch Old-Time Music, 1 to 3 p.m. April 19, Porch of the Oconaluftee Visitor Center in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.  

 

Music Makers

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

• A new signing choir begins rehearsals from 3:30 to 4 p.m. Sign language used in connection with song. Open to all willing to learn. 476.4231.

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

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

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

• Karaoke is held from 8:30 to12:30 p.m. every Friday at the Tap Room at the Waynesville Inn. 800.627.6250.

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

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

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

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

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

 

Dance

• High Mountain Squares "All Singing Calls Dance," mostly Gospel, 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 9, Macon County Community Building, GA Road (441 South), Franklin. Jim Duncan from Otto will call.  

371.4946, 342.1560, 332.0001 or www.highmountainsquare.com. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

A&E

• Western Carolina University 35th annual International Festival, 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 9, lawn of A.K. Hinds University Center. Festival opens with a flag procession by international students. 227.7494, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , www.wcu.edu.

• “Why and How to Connect to the Blue Ridge Music Trails of North Carolina” workshop, 2 to 4 p.m. Thursday, April 10, Jackson County Public Library, Sylva. $10 includes refreshments. A Blue Ridge Music Trails of North Carolina and Blue Ridge National Heritage Area partnership. Reservations, Amy Hollifield, 298.5330, ext. 303 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . www.blueridgeheritage.com.

• Jackson County Genealogical Society, 7 p.m. Thursday, April 10, Community Room of the Historic Jackson County Courthouse, Sylva.  Speaker will be award-winning author and historian Jane Nardy. 631.2646.   

• Drum Circle and Raw-Mazing Potluck, 5:30 p.m. Friday, April 11, United Universalist Fellowship of Franklin, 89 Sierra Drive. Tamera Nielsen, 941.894.2898.

• Photowalk at Lake Junaluska, 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday, April 12, Lake Junaluska. Meet at tennis courts parking lot.  Bring a camera. Led by professional photographers. Registration required at 356.2507.

• "Final Rites,” a three-course dinner with wine and the Murder Mystery with Killer Theater, 6 p.m. Saturday, April 12, Herren House, 94 East St., Waynesville. $45. Reservations, 452.7837.

• Western North Carolina Civil War Round Table  meeting, 7 p.m. Monday, April 14, Mountain Heritage Center on the campus of WCU. Guest speaker, Eric Wittenberg. 293.9314, 456.4212.

• World Series of Poker, through April 14, Harrah's Cherokee Casino Resort. 

• Game Night, 6 to 8 p.m. City Lights Café & Bookstore, Sylva. Brainy games in the bookstore, cornhole and washers in the café. 586.9499 or 587.2233, www.citylightscafe.com/www.citylightsnc.com.

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

 

Food & Drink

• Melange of the Mountains Culinary Gala, 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, April 10, Laurel Ridge Country Club. $35 for Chamber Members and $40 for non-members. VIP upgraded tickets, $60. Ticket availability is limited. www.haywoodchamber.com, 456.3021 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

• 15th annual Taste of Chocolate, 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, April 19, Maggie Valley Club. $12 in advance, $15 at the door. Proceeds help organizations in Haywood County. John, 356.2833.

• Mountain Cooking Club with Chef Ricardo Fernandez, former co-owner and head chef of Lomo Grill, 

class 0405, 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 19, Fines Creek Community Kitchen, 192 Fines Creek Road, $50 per person (credit card payment required at booking), 627.6751 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

• Cellar Club, 7 to 9 p.m. first Tuesday of the month, Papou’s Wine Shop, Sylva.  Membership prices, $50 per person, $75 per couple. Wine tastings, food pairings. 586.6300, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . 

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

 

Art/Gallery Events & Openings

• “Remote Sites of War,” exhibition, April 10-May 30, Fine Art Museum, at Western Carolina University, featuring more than 110 works by North Carolina-based artists Todd Drake, Skip Rohde and Christopher Sims. All three artists will be at exhibition opening, April 10. 227.3591 or fineartmuseum.wcu.edu.

• “Invitational Artists” exhibit, through April 26 at Gallery 86, downtown Waynesville. Artist reception, 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, April 4. Featured artists are Gretchen Clasby, Jesse Clay, Dominick DePaolo, Jon Houglum, James Lyle and Carolyn Taylor. www.haywoodarts.org.

• Out of the Ordinary, an exhibition of everyday objects, The Bascom, Highlands. Features art by well-known artists from New York, Miami, Los Angeles and Georgia (Atlanta and Athens). www.TheBascom.org, 526.4949.

• “Remote Sites of War,” featuring more than 110 works by North Carolina-based artists Todd Drake, Skip Rohde and Christopher Sims, April 10 – May 30, Fine Art Museum at Western Carolina University. Museum hours, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Wednesdays, and Fridays; and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursdays. Free. 227.3591 or fineartmuseum.wcu.edu.

 

Classes, Programs & Demonstrations

• Free workshop for artists, “Basic Kiln Maintenance,” 6-8:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 9, SCC Swain Center. Led by Doug Hubbs, potter and Heritage Arts instructor. Reservations, Jeff Marley, 366.2005 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

• Free workshop, “Social Media for Artists” 6 to 8:30 p.m. Monday, May 5, room 114 of the SCC Swain Center. Led by Elise Delfield, potter and Heritage Arts instructor. Reservations, Jeff Marley, 366.2005 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

• Western North Carolina Woodturners Club, 6 p.m. Thursday, April 10, Blue Ridge School, 95 Bobcat Drive, Cashiers. Drive to the back of the school to the woodworking shop.

•  Carolina Mountain Woodturners and the Southern Highlands Craft Guild woodturning demonstration, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday April 12, Folk Art Center on the Blue Ridge Parkway in Asheville, by Dixie Biggs. 712.6644 or visit www.carolinamountainwoodturners.org.

• PaperCutting Art Workshop, 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 12, Atrium of the Jackson County Public Library, Sylva. Free beginners course.  Bring small scissors/cuticle scissors. Must register at 586.2016. 

• Macon County Art Association, 12:30 p.m. Monday, April 14, Macon County Public Library, Silar Road, Franklin.  Guest speaker is local mixed media and collage artist Camille Tuttrup.

• Wildflower Photography Clinic, 9 a.m. to noon, Wednesday, April 16, Old Armory Rec Center, 44 Boundary Ave., Waynesville. Hosted by Lens Luggers of Western NC.  Conducted by award-winning photographer Bob Grytten. Bring camera and lenses. Cost is $45 for advanced registration, $55 at the door. Space is limited. Register at 627.0245 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

• Field Photography Program, 6-8 p.m. starting Tuesday, April 22, Old Armory Recreation Center, 44 Boundary St., Waynesville. Group leader Bob Grytten. Participants will also meet at 8 a.m. on four consecutive Wednesday mornings for field shoots. $40 for each Wednesday field shoot; $10 each Tuesday class room meeting, with a 20 percent discount for signing up for all seven sessions. Register at 627.0245 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

 • Call to artists for the Whole bloomin' Thing Spring Festival, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 10, Historic Frog Level, Waynesville.  Wanted: local growers, nature related artists and crafters, health and wellness professionals and alternative energy and eco-friendly vendors.  Scott Siewert, 550.6390 or Teri Siewert, 407.484.9576. 

• Call to artists, heritage-themed vendors for Appalachian Lifestyle Celebration Saturday, June 14, downtown Waynesville. Celebration of traditional mountain craft, food and entertainment.  Applications accepted until April 18. Downtown Waynesville Association, 456.3517, www.downtownwaynesville.com.  

• Dillsboro Fine Arts & Crafts Fair seeks artists and artisans for the sixth annual COLORFEST, set for Saturday, Oct. 4. Cash prizes. www.visitdillsboro.org, 506.8331, or stop by the Jackson County Chamber of Commerce

• Poster contest for professional and amateur artists in Jackson and Macon counties in honor of the 20th anniversary of the Albert Carlton-Cashiers Community Library. Deadline, Wednesday, April 23. Mail drawings to Friends of the Library, Attn: Graceann Smith, P.O. Box 2628, Cashiers, NC 28717, or take them to the library, 249 Frank Allen Road in Cashiers. Digital entries to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , 743.8871.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Arts Group Meetings

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

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

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

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

 

Film & Screen

• “In A World” 7:45 p.m. April 11-12, The Strand, 38 Main, Waynesville. Tickets, $6 per person, $4 for children. 283.0079 or www.38main.com. 

• New movie, 4:30 and 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 16, Meeting Room, Macon County Public Library, Franklin. Based on book, Blue Like Jazz by Donald Miller. Rated PG-13 for mature thematic material, sexuality, drug and alcohol content, and some language; 1 hr. 48 min. 524.3600.

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

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

 

 Outdoors Outings & Fieldtrips

• Franklin Bird Club walk, Wednesday, April 9, along the Greenway. Led Paula Gorgoglione.  Meet at 8 a.m. at Salali Lane.

• Franklin Bird Club walk, 8 a.m. Tuesday, April 15, Tessentee Bottomland Preserve. Led by Jack Johnston. 524.5234.

• Franklin Bird Club walk, 8 a.m. Wednesday, April 16, Greenway. Meet at Macon County Public Library parking area. Led by Karen Lawrence. 524.5234.

• Cullasaja Gorge Clean-up, 9 a.m. Saturday, April 12, meet at Pine Grove Baptist Church.  Get a T-shirt and enjoy a cookout afterwards at Cliffside Lake. Volunteers needed. Call Jennifer Cunningham, 526.2112 

• John Rock Trail Hike, difficult, five-mile hike, 12:15 p.m. Sunday, April 13, meet at Waynesville Recreation Center. $5 WRC members, $8 non-members. 456.2030, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

• Spring Hike Week, April 13-17, Fontana Village, www.FontanaVillage.com or 498.2211.

• Lunar eclipse viewing, 1:30 to 4:30 a.m. Tuesday, April 15, outside at the Jackson County Airport. Astronomy faculty from WCU will set up telescopes. Enrique Gómez, assistant professor of physics and astronomy at WCU, 227.2718.

• White water rafting trip, leave Waynesville Recreation Center at 8 a.m. Saturday, April 19, for Nantahala Outdoor Center. $50 members, $55 non-members. Registration deadline, Wednesday, April 16. 456.2030, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

• Wildflower walks, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Friday in April. Meet and register at Cashiers/Glenville Recreation Center. Sponsored by the Jackson County Parks and Recreation Department. 631.2020.

• French Broad River Trips, 5-Day Trip: May 17-21 (Headwaters Outfitters to Asheville Outdoor Center); 4-Day Trip:  July 12-15 (Asheville Outdoor Center to Paint Rock, Tenn.); 2-Day Trips: May 17-18 (Headwaters Outfitters to Riverbend Campsite); and  July 12-13 (Asheville Outdoor Center to Marshall).

Contact WNCA Assistant French Broad Riverkeeper Kirby Callaway, 258.8737, ext. 212.  Registration at http://wnca.org/paddle/french-broad-float-trips/.

• Sons of the American Legion turkey shoot, 9 a.m. Saturdays through April, 171 Legion Drive, Waynesville. Cost is $2. Refreshments provided. Bring your own gun; a few house guns are available.

• Local Audubon Society weekly Saturday birding field trips. 7:30 a.m. Highlands Town Hall parking lot near the public restrooms or at 8 a.m. behind Wendy’s if the walk is in Cashiers. www.highlandsaudubonsociety.org or 743.9670.

• Haywood County Waterways is looking for volunteers for its Volunteer Water Information Network (VWIN) program. Volunteers are needed to take water quality samples from creeks and streams in Crabtree and Jonathan Creek and send the samples to a water quality lab. haywoodwaterways.org/monitoring or contact Dave Dudek, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone (late afternoon), 926.1308.

• The Gorges State Park is looking for volunteers to assist in maintaining existing trails and campgrounds in the park on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., weather permitting. Bring gloves, water and tools supplied. Participants need to be at least 16 years old and in good health. Registration not required. Meet at 17762 Rosman Highway (US-64) in Sapphire. 966.9099.

 

Programs & Workshops

• Bethel Middle School Science Fair and Community Night, 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, April 10, 630 Sonoma Road, Waynesville. Highlights educational, cultural and financial impact of science, hands-on STEM activities, and Haywood Waterways.

• Opening day of The Cradle of Forestry in America, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 12, featuring living history demonstrations. $5 admission. Free for youth under 16 years of age. Cradle of Forestry, Highway 276 in the Pisgah National Forest near Brevard.  www.cradleofforestry.com.     

• Haywood Waterways Frog Level Storm Drain Stenciling, 9 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday, April 12, Panacea Coffee Company, Frog Level, Waynesville. Stenciling supplies, gloves, trash bags, pick-up sticks, and refreshments provided.

• Haywood Waterways stream clean-up, 1 to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, April 12, Canton Recreation Park. Meet in the parking lot by the Canton Recreation Park baseball field.

• Bike clinics, 10 a.m. to noon, Saturday, April 12, Clyde Elementary School, Clyde. For ages 15 and up. Teenagers must be accompanied by an adult.  Must pre-register, 452.6789.

• Solar observing event, 11 a.m. Friday, April 11, UNC Asheville’s main quad. In celebration of North Carolina Science Festival. ncsciencefestival.org, astroasheville.org or 251.6442.

• Earth Day Volunteering Day, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 19, in the Highlands Botanical Garden. www.highlandsbiological.org/earth-week/.

• How to Choose a Camp & Debunking a Packing List Presentation, 6:30 p.m. Thursday, April 10, REI Asheville.  Register at www.rei.com/event/56537/session/88647. 

•  Climbing Mount Whitney with Jim Pader Presentation, 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 16, REI Asheville. Register, www.rei.com/event/56430/session/88423. 

 

Competitive Edge

• Clyde Elementary Color Run, 7:45 a.m. Saturday, April 12, Clyde Elementary School, 4182 Old Clyde  Road, Clyde. $15 for students, $25 adults, $75 for family of four or more. Proceeds used to buy much needed books. Register at imathlete.com or call 627.2206.

• Spring Color Fun Run, 4 p.m. Saturday, April 12, Swain County Recreation Park, Morgan Pavilion. Fundraiser for the Rotary Club of Bryson City. Information at www.runbrysoncity.com/.

• Greening Up the Mountains 5k Race, 8 a.m. Saturday, April 26, Mark Watson Park. Registration deadlines: by April 10, $15 with T-shirt; April 11-24, $15 no T-shirt; race day, $20 (limited number of shirts will be on sale for additional $10). Register at www.imathlete.com or stop by the Recreation Center to pick up a registration form.

 

Hiking Clubs

• 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

• High Country Hikers, based in Hendersonville, plans hikes Mondays and Thursdays weekly. Participants should bring a travel donation and gear mentioned on their website: main.nc.us/highcountryhikers. 808.2165

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

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

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

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

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

 

Bike Rides

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Mountain Bike Rides

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

• Nantahala Area SORBA weekly mountain bike ride at Tsali every Thursday for all levels of bikers. Riders meet at 6 p.m. Ride starts at 6:15 p.m. Group ride for all levels. 506.0133

• Every second Saturday of the month Nantahala Area SORBA leads a mountain bike ride in Bryson City. Meet at 3 p.m. at the Tsali Recreation Area trailhead. Cookout after ride. 506.0133

• A weekly bike ride in Bryson City meets at 6:30 p.m. every Wednesday at the Tsali Recreation Area trailhead. Bryson City Bicycles. 488.1988.

 

Farm & Garden

• Growing in the Mountain Series: Managing Your Home Orchard, (Fruit Tree Workshop), 2 to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 9, Jackson Extension Center, 538 Scotts Creek Road, Sylva.,  586.4009 in Sylva or 488.3848 in Bryson City or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .  

• Chickens 101 for Youth, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 12, Macon Cooperative Extension Meeting Room, Franklin.  Registration, $5 per family.  Youth under 13 must have a parent with them. 349.2046.

• Home Vegetable Gardening class, 7 to 9 p.m. Monday, April 14, Macon County Cooperative Extension Center.  Register at 349.2046.

• How to start plants from seeds, 5:30 p.m. Thursday, April 17, Canton Branch library. Led by Master Gardener Jim Janke. 648.2924.

• The Cullowhee Community Garden is taking applications for plot adoptions for the 2014 gardening season. The garden is an all-organic, donation-based community garden at South Painter Road in Cullowhee. Space, tools, materials, and equipment provided. More information at the Jackson County Department of Public Health, 586.8994 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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

• The Master Gardeners of Haywood County present their biennial garden tour: “Forests, Flowers & Food,” 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., rain or shine, Saturday, June 21. Tickets are $15 and may be purchased in advance by calling 456.3575. Or reserve your tickets for “will call” on the day of the tour by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .  Garden Tour proceeds fund education-related horticultural projects in Haywood County.

 

Farmers & Tailgate Markets

Sylva

• Jackson County Farmers Market

The Jackson County Farmers Market, 9 a.m. to noon, outdoor location at Bridge Park, Sylva.  

Jenny, 631.3033 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . 

Cullowhee

• 'Whee Farmers Market 

Whee Farmers Market, 5 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays, Cullowhee United Methodist Church, and behind Subway, at WCU campus. facebook.com.

 

Ongoing clubs

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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