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Wednesday, 21 January 2015 00:00

Regional Calendar

Community Events & Announcements 

• Gem Capital Gun Show will be Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 24-25, at Haywood Fairgrounds in Waynesville. Show is from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m.-4 p.m. on Sunday. $8 admission. gemcapitolshows.com or 400.1704.

•Haywood Community College will hold a 50th Anniversary Community and Student Kickoff event from 2-6 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 29, in the campus library. Historical video and display, free decals, refreshments and appearance by Clyde the Bobcat, HCC’s mascot. Sign up for a voucher to the Sunrise Café good for credit toward a food purchase. Students can register for a drawing of a Windows Tablet with keyfolio keyboard and wireless mouse. 627.4679.

• Ladies of WOW host their anniversary and open door party at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 29, at organization’s headquarters at the Herren House B&B in downtown Waynesville. Free. Women in Haywood and surrounding counties are invited. Heavy hors d’oeuvres, wine and non-alcoholic beverages served. Info: www.womenofwaynesville.com or www.facebook.com/womenofwaynesville. Call Nikki White for reservations: 545.6879.

 • Grady’s Groundhog Day will be held from 10:30 a.m.-noon on Monday, Feb. 2, at Chimney Rock Park. Free with park admission. 

MLK events

• Western Carolina alumnus and attorney Brandon A. Robinson will be keynote speaker for WCU’s annual Martin Luther King Jr. celebration at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 21, in the Grandroom of the A.K. Hinds University Center in Cullowhee. Sign up: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or 227.2276.

• As part of its Martin Luther King Jr. celebration, themed “We As One,” Western Carolina University will students performing music and showcasing art at 6 p.m., Jan. 22, in club Illusions in University Center. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or 227.2276.

• A Marin Luther King service, organized by Jones Temple AME Zion Church and Grace Church in the Mountains (Episcopal) will be held at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 25, at Jones Temple in Waynesville. A covered-dish luncheon will be held at 1:30 p.m. in the Jones Temple Dining Hall. 

Business & Education 

Free computer class covering the free photo-editing computer software GIMP will be offered at 5:45 p.m. on Jan. 21 at the Jackson County Public Library. 90 minutes. Taught by retired WCU professor Roger Bacon. Limited to first 16 who register. 586.2016. Co-sponsored by Friends of the Jackson County Public Library.

A small business owners roundtable, an opportunity to network and learn, will be held from 8:30-10 a.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 21, at the Haywood Community College’s Library Conference Room. sbc.haywood.edu or 627.4512.

• Computer security tips will be offered at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 22, at Macon County Public Library. Tips are by Dave Stewart, computer consultant and owner of local computer services store Wired. 524.3600.

Haywood Community College will offer Student Success seminars from 1-2 p.m. on Monday and Tuesday, Jan. 26-27, in Building 300, Room 335A. Both are free and open to the public. The topic of Monday’s seminar is Study Skills Tips. Tuesday’s seminar topic is Time Management Tips. Information at 627.4646 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Financial/Investments will be the topic of a Men’s Night Out program at 6:30 p.m. on Jan. 27 in the third floor video conference room at Angel Medical Center in Franklin. 349.6887 or 349.2426.

• A free financial aid workshop will be held from 5:30-6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 27, with Laura Misner of the College Foundation of North Carolina. Limited number of tablets will be provided by the library for the workshop. Registration required: 648.2924.

A forum for everyone interested in helping shape Western Carolina University’s next Quality Enhancement Plan – centered around a single them to improve the institution and enhance student learning – will be held from 10 a.m.-noon on Thursday, Jan. 29, in the theater of the A.K. Hinds University Center in Cullowhee. Information: strategicplan.wcu.edu, qep.wcu.edu or 227.3825.

A Quickbooks Basics for the Business Owner (three-part series) will be offered from 6-9 p.m. on Thursdays from Jan. 29-Feb. 12 at Haywood Community College. Learn the tools to understand the financial health of your small business. sbc.haywood.edu or 627.4512.

• “The Importance of writing: How it builds your platform and supports your brand” will be the topic of a luncheon presentation for the Asheville Jewish Business Forum (AJBF) from noon-1:30 p.m. on Feb. 2 at Yao’s Chinese/Sushi Buffet in Asheville. Lunch (approximately $10) is at your own expense. Author, educator and visual artist Michelle Baker will be the presenter. For info or to register, contact AJBF president Brad Morris at 561.289.4451.

A business owner’s guide to social media: starting from scratch to online success, will be offered through Haywood Community College from 6-9 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 3, in the auditorium at HCC’s Regional High Technology Center, 3000 Building. Computer workstation provided for each business owner; bring tablet/iPad if you have one. sbc.haywood.edu or 627.4512.

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

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

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

The Spiritual Side

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

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

Fundraisers and Benefits

A Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser will be held from 8-10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 24, at the Holly Springs community building in Franklin. Cost is on a donation basis. Proceeds benefit community projects and community building improvements. 369.2254.

Ice Bowl Disc Golf Tournament and Chili Cookout starts at 9 a.m. on Sunday, Jan. 25, at the Fontana Village Resort. $20 entry fee plus five canned good items. Proceeds benefit Hope for Families and the Fontana Foundation. 

• A Polar Ice Plunge to benefit Kids in the Creek and youth education will take place on Jan. 31 at Lake Junaluska. Registration starts at 11 a.m. at the Lake Junaluska beach; festivities start at 11:30 am. Cost: $25 or free by raising sponsorships; Proceeds benefit Haywood Waterways’ youth education programs. 476.4667. Donate or register at www.crowdrise.com/3rdpolarplunge.  

ReMax Realty is hosting a “Re-Gift” Sale held by Feline Urgent Rescue (FUR) of WNC from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 31 in Waynesville. To donate, contact Maggie Hickle at 843.422.2704. Info on FUR: www.furofwnc.org

 

Health Matters

• Affordable Care Act help is available from 3-6 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 21 and Jan. 28 at the Jackson County Public Library. 586.2016.

• Affordable Care Act representatives will be available from 9 a.m. to noon on Jan. 21 at Joey’s Pancake House in Maggie Valley. 

• Free screening of the recovery film “The Anonymous People,” which promotes the discussion of addiction and mental health issues, will be held at 1 p.m. on Jan. 22 at HART Theatre in Waynesville.  For information, contact Richie Tannerhill with Smoky Mountain LME/MCO at 586.5501, ext. 1157, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

• Be Well Western Carolina, a resource for holistic wellness, is hosting a “CELEBRATE the NEW YOU” open house event at 5:30 p.m. on Jan. 22 in Waynesville’s Forga Plaza Loop. RSVP to Michelle Sanderbeck at 734.7702 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

• The Red Cross will hold a blood drive from 1:30-6:30 p.m. on Jan. 22 at Hazelwood Elementary School in Waynesville. Redcrossblood.org or 800.733.2767.

• The Red Cross will hold a blood drive from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. on Jan. 26 at Longs Chapel Church in Waynesville. Redcrossblood.org or 800.733.2767.

• The Red Cross will hold a blood drive from 10 a.m.-7 p.m. on Jan. 26 at Swain County Hospital in Bryson City. Redcrossblood.org or 800.733.2767.

The Macon County Board of Health will hold a meeting at 6:15 p.m. on Jan. 27 at the Macon County Human Services Building in Franklin. The agenda will include discussion of the current flu outbreak, other emerging communicable diseases, changes in onsite wastewater permitting and a short presentation on the 2014 State of the County Health Report. 

• Healthy Eating will be the topic for the Jan. 27 Ladies Night Out Program in the cafeteria at Angel Medical Center. Bring a hat, scarf or gloves for donating to Cold For A Cause, and receive an extra door prize ticket. Program will be presented at 4 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Guest speaker is: Jeffrey Whitridge, RD, CSO, LDN.

• The Red Cross will hold a blood drive from 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m. on Jan. 27 in the Burrell Building at Southwestern Community College in Sylva. Redcrossblood.org or 800.733.2767.

• The Red Cross will hold a blood drive from 10 a.m.-7 p.m. on Jan. 27 at Macon County Public Library in Franklin. Redcrossblood.org or 800.733.2767.

“Eat Smart, Move More, Weigh Less,” a weight-management program, will be offered starting on Jan. 27 at the Haywood Extension Center in Waynesville. Information session is Jan. 20. To learn more, contact Julie Sawyer, family and consumer science extension agent with Haywood Cooperative Extension, at 456.3575 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . More info at: www.EatSmartMoveMoreNC.com

• The Red Cross will hold a blood drive from noon-5:30 p.m. on Jan. 28 at Western Carolina University’s Hinds Center in Cullowhee. Redcrossblood.org or 800.733.2767.

• The Red Cross will hold a blood drive from noon-5:30 p.m. on Jan. 29 at Western Carolina University’s Hinds Center in Cullowhee. Redcrossblood.org or 800.733.2767.

• The Red Cross will hold a blood drive from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. on Jan. 30 at Harrah’s Casino Hotel in Cherokee. Redcrossblood.org or 800.733.2767.

• Affordable Care Act representatives will be available from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Thursdays until Feb. 12 at Maggie Valley Town Hall. 

 Harris Regional Hospital and Swain County Hospital offering free assistance to those wishing to sign up for National Health Insurance Marketplace coverage anytime by calling at 586.7355 or 888.982.9144  www.healthcare.gov.  

Recreation and Fitness

• A course in aqua fitness will be offered on Mondays and Thursdays from Jan. 20-April 30 at Western Carolina University’s Reid Gymnasium pool in Cullowhee. Classes meet from 5:30-6:15 p.m. Cost: $65. 227.7397 or conferences.wcu.edu.

• Open play volleyball and practice will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday in January and February at Waynesville Recreation Center. Free for members; $6 per non-members. Open to ages 18 and older. 456.2030 or //This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

• Registration for a women’s volleyball league has begun at the Recreation Center in Cullowhee. Games are Tuesday nights starting in March. $175 per team. 293.3053.

• Friday Night Skiing at Cataloochee every Friday through Feb. 27. Registration closes at 4 p.m. the Friday before the trip at Jackson County Recreation Center in Cullowhee. Lift ticket only: $25, lift ticket and ski or snowboard rental: $35; lessons are available for $10 (age 6). 293.3053.

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

 

Senior activities

A creative living class on “Sugar: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly” will be held at 1 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 2, at the Senior Resource Center in Waynesville. Free. Registration required. 356.2800.

• A creative living photography show and reception will be held from 2-4 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 2, at the Senior Resource Center in Waynesville. Free. Registration required. 356.2800.

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

• A fitness class designed specifically for seniors will meet from 11 a.m.-noon on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at the Waynesville Recreation Center. 456.2030 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

 

Kids & Families 

• Six weeks of unusual art projects for adults and children (age 8 and up) from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Mondays starting Jan. 26 at the John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center in Cullowhee. Conferences.wcu.edu or 227.7397. $99/person or $40/student.

• Celebrations for Winnie the Pooh’s 90th birthday will be held at 10 a.m. (ages 0-5) and 3:30 p.m. (K-2nd grade) on Tuesday, Jan. 20, at the Macon County Public Library in Franklin. A third celebration will be held at 10 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 22 for ages 0-5. Stories, crafts, light refreshments. 524.3600.

A trip to the 25th annual Wilderness Wildlife Week to Pigeon Forge is being offered by the Waynesville Parks and Recreation Department for Jan. 24-25. Open to all ages; parents must accompany children under 17. $65 includes single room or $35 per person for a double-room. Price also includes Sunday breakfast and travel. Participant responsible for other meals. Trip leaves at 8:30 a.m. on Jan. 24 and returns by 8 p.m. on Jan. 25. 456.2030 or //This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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

The “Come Paint with Charles Kidz Program” will be at 4 p.m. Jan. 22 and 29 at the Charles Heath Gallery in Bryson City. $18 per child. Materials and snacks included. 538.2054.

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

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

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

Ongoing kids activities and clubs

Saturday morning cartoons play for free at 11 a.m. at the Strand at 38 Main in Waynesville. 283.0079 or www.38main.com. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Children’s craft time, 4th Wednesday, 3:45 p.m. at Cashiers Community Library. 743.0215

Kids movies

“Planes: Fire & Rescue” will be shown Saturdays in the month of January at noon and 2 p.m. at The Strand in Waynesville. Free. www.38main.com or 283.0079.

• “The Boxtrolls” will be shown at 7 p.m. Jan. 23, 5 and 7 p.m. Jan. 24 p.m. and at 2 and 4 p.m. Jan. 25 at The Strand in Waynesville. Free. www.38main.com or 283.0079.

“The Boxtrolls” will be screened at 2 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. on Jan. 23-24 at the Mad Batter Food & Film in Sylva. Free. www.madbatterfoodandfilm.com

“The Boxtrolls” will be shown at 7 p.m. on Tuesday and Wednesday, Jan. 27-28; Friday, Jan. 30; and at 2 p.m., 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 31, at The Strand in Waynesville. Runtime: 1:40. Rated: PG.

RIO II will be shown as part of the kids winter movie series at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Jan. 31 at the Colonial Theater in downtown Canton. Kids winter movie series at the Colonial Theater in downtown Canton. $3 per person. 648.2363 or www.cantonnc.com.

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

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

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

Kids Story Times 

HAYWOOD

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

JACKSON

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

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

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

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

SWAIN

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

MACON

Paws 4 Reading, a family story time, will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 7:15 p.m. 3rd Thursday of the month at Macon County Public Library. Children can read to a therapy dog. (grades K-6). 524.3600. 

Sing and Sing Story Time, 2nd and 4th Mondays, 10 a.m., Macon Public Library. Designed for children 0-24 months, but all ages are welcome.

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

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

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

 

A&E

Festivals and Special Events

The “Robert Burns Dinner” will be held from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Jan. 24 in the Tartan Hall at the Franklin Presbyterian Church. Celebrating the Scottish tradition, there will be a “Calling of the Clans,” recitation of “Ode to Haggis,” the “Immortal Memory” of Burns, as well as toasts, group singing and dancing. 828.524.7472.

On Stage & In Concert 

Western Carolina University will present the Sheila Jordan Jazz Vocal Recital at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 23. The event will be held in the recital hall of the Coulter Building on the WCU campus. www.wcu.edu.

Wynonna and Friends will perform at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 24, at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts in Franklin. Tickets start at $42. GreatMountainMusic.com or 866.273.4615.

• Western Carolina University will present the Alex Shlifer on violin at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 26. The event will be held in the recital hall of the Coulter Building on the WCU campus. www.wcu.edu.

Western Carolina University will present a Faculty Showcase Recital at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 27, featuring a wide variety of performances by many faculty members from WCU’s School of Music. The event will be held in the recital hall of the Coulter Building on the WCU campus. Admission is free of charge. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 227.3954
• The play “Shining City” will be on stage from Jan. 30-Feb. 1 at HART Theatre in Waynesville. Friday and Saturday shows are at 7:30 p.m.; Sunday’s show is at 3 p.m. harttheatre.com or 456.6322.

Elvis impersonator Travis Ledoyt will perform the music and moves of Elvis Presley (circa 1954-1959) as part of the Galaxy of Stars Series at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 31 at WCU’s Bardo Center in Cullowhee. Single-show tickets are $21/adults; $16/WCU faculty and staff; $7 students and children. 227.2479 or bardoartscenter.wcu.edu.

Café String Quartet will perform at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 31, at Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts in Franklin. Tickets: $14. Classical, pop, jazz, broadway and more as the quartet blends performance and storytelling in a salute to love songs. 866.273.4615 or www.GreatMountainMusic.com.

Mountain Community Chorus will hold auditions for its fall season at 6 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 2, with rehearsal from 7-8 p.m. at Clegg Recital Hall at Young Harris College in Young Harris, Ga. Tenors in great demand. For info, visit www. www.mountaincommunitychorus.org or call Lucy Cole Gratton at 494.2914. 

Imago Theatre’s “FROGZ,” a family-friendly show combining Cirque du Soleil-style acrobatics with masks, mime and music, will be presented by Western Carolina University at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 18 at the Bardo Center in Cullowhee. Tickets ($5 students; $10 all others) on sale now. bardoartscenter.wcu.edu or 227.2479. Information: ace.wcu.edu or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or 227.2612.

Nightlife

• Innovation Brewing (Sylva) will have Open Mic night at 8 p.m. on Jan. 21. www.innovation-brewing.com.

• Frog Level Brewing (Waynesville) will have Craig Summers & Lee Kram at 6 p.m. on Jan. 22. Free. 454.5664 or www.froglevelbrewing.com. 

• Innovation Brewing (Sylva) will have Jazz night at 8 p.m. on Jan. 22. www.innovation-brewing.com.

• Kevin Lorenz will play at 7 p.m. on Jan. 23 at Classic Wine Seller in Waynesville. Classicwineseller.com or 452.6000.

• Mad Batter Food & Film (Sylva) will have Painted Giants and The Breedlove Brothers at 9 p.m. on Jan. 23. Cost of show is $2. www.madbatterfoodandfilm.com.

• BearWaters Brewing (Waynesville) will have The Get Right Band (funk/soul) at 7 p.m. on Jan. 23. www.bwbrewing.com or 246.0602.

• The Neidlingers (singer-songwriter will be at City Lights Café at 7 p.m. on Jan. 23 in Sylva. 587.2233. 

• Frog Level Brewing (Waynesville) will have Through the Hills (Americana/folk) at 7 p.m. on Jan. 23. Free. 454.5664 or www.froglevelbrewing.com

• No Name Sports Pub (Sylva) will have Mangus Colorado (bluegrass/Americana) on Jan. 24. All shows are free and begin at 9 p.m. 586.2750 or www.nonamesportspub.com. 

• Mad Batter Food & Film (Sylva) will have Buttered Toast and Lyric at 9 p.m. on Jan. 24. Cost of show is $2. www.madbatterfoodandfilm.com.

• Innovation Brewing (Sylva) will have The Liz Nance Trio at 8 p.m. on Jan. 24. www.innovation-brewing.com.

• Joe Cruz plays at 7 p.m. on Jan. 24 at Classic Wine Seller in Waynesville. Classicwineseller.com or 452.6000.

• Rathskeller Coffee Haus and Pub (Franklin) will have Gary Carter at 8 p.m. on Jan. 24. Free. 369.6796 or www.rathskellerfranklin.com.

• Innovation Brewing (Sylva) will have Open Mic night at 8 p.m. on Jan. 28. www.innovation-brewing.com.

• Innovation Brewing (Sylva) will have Jazz night at 8 p.m. on Jan. 29. www.innovation-brewing.com.

• Frog Level Brewing (Waynesville) will have Craig Summers & Lee Kram at 6 p.m. on Jan. 29. Free. 454.5664 or www.froglevelbrewing.com. 

• No Name Sports Pub (Sylva) will have Porch 40 (funk/rock) on Jan. 29. All shows are free and begin at 9 p.m. 586.2750 or www.nonamesportspub.com.

• James Hammel (jazz/pop) plays on Friday, Jan. 30, 7 p.m. at the Classic Wine Seller. $10 minimum purchase. classicwineseller.com or 452.6000.

• BearWaters Brewing (Waynesville) will have Max and Gross Weight at 7p.m. on Jan. 30. www.bwbrewing.com or 246.0602.

• Rathskeller Coffee Haus and Pub (Franklin) will have John Phillip Brooks at 8 p.m. on Jan. 30. Free. 369.6796 or www.rathskellerfranklin.com

• Tipping Point Brewing (Waynesville) will have David Desmelik (singer-songwriter) on Jan. 30. All shows are free and begin at 9 p.m.  

• Rathskeller Coffee Haus and Pub (Franklin) will have Nick Prestia at 8 p.m. on Jan. 31. Free. 369.6796 or www.rathskellerfranklin.com

• Joe Cruz plays at 7 p.m. on Jan. 31 at the Classic Wine Seller. classicwineseller.com or 452.6000.

Joseph Catanesa an Americana musician form Athens, Ga will be at City Lights Café at 7 p.m. on Jan. 31 in Sylva.  587.2233. 

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

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

Books & authors 

• Adult Writing Group will meet at 6 p.m. on Jan. 22 at the Jackson County Library. Class consists of exercises, group readings and writing mechanics. 586.2016.

• Author Chris Cox will read from and sign his essay collection “The Way We Say Goodbye” at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 23, at City Lights Bookstore in Sylva. Cox is a columnist for The Smoky Mountain News, and he teaches English at Southwestern Community College. Reserve a copy: 586.9499.

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

Classes and Programs

• Mountain Cooking Club’s “All About Braising” will be held from 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 7 at Fines Creek Community Kitchen. $60 fee, plus $1 membership in Mountain Cooking Club. Club is operated by chef Ricardo Fernandez, former co-owner/chef de cuisine of Lomo Grill. 246.7465, chefricardos@gma">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or www.chefricardoskitchen.com.

• Six weeks of unusual art projects for adults and children (age 8 and up) Mondays 6:30-8:30 p.m. starting Jan. 26 at the John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center in Cullowhee. Conferences.wcu.edu or 227.7397. $99/person or $40/student.

• A figure drawing class with Knight Martorell will be offered on Wednesdays in Jan. at The Bascom in Highlands. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 787.2865. 

• New dancing lessons have just begun through High Mountain Squares. All are welcome. 371.4946, 342.1560, 332.0004 or www.highmountainsquares.com.

• Adult drawing classes will be offered from 1-4 p.m. on Mondays at First Baptist Church in Waynesville. Beginning through advanced levels welcome. Graphite, charcoal, pen and ink. $55 tuition for six-week term or $10 per class. www.iamclasses.webs.com, 456.9197 or charspaintings@msn.

Adult painting classes will be offered from 1-4 p.m. on Tuesdays at First Baptist Church in Waynesville. Beginning through advanced levels welcome. All media. $55 tuition for six-week term or $10 per class. http://www.iamclasses.webs.co">www.iamclasses.webs.com, 456.9197 or charspaintings@msn.

Oil, Watercolor, Acrylics and Drawing classes by Dominick DePaolo, 1-3 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays, Frog Level’s Mahogany House Fine Art Gallery and Studios. 246.0818. www.DominickDepaolo.com.

• Watercolor classes with Dominick DePaolo from 10 a.m. to noon and oil painting classes from 1 to 3 p.m. on Mondays, at Uptown Gallery, Franklin. 349.4607.

Art showings and galleries 

•A photography exhibit entitled “Seeing with New Eyes” by Sharon Mammoser will be on display from Jan. 14-April 19 at The North Carolina Arboretum in Asheville. Parking fee. www.ncarboretum.org or ../Users/Goode/AppData/Roaming/Microsoft/Word/This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

An exhibition of paintings by Anna Jensen of Asheville and Karen Ann Myers of Charleston, S.C., opens with a panel discussion featuring the artists and reception event from 5-7 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 22, at Western Carolina University’s Fine Art Museum in Cullowhee. The exhibition is entitled “Tracking Time” and will be on display through March 27. The museum is open from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Monday through Friday, with extended hours until 7 p.m. on Thursday. www.fineartmuseum.wcu.edu or 227.3591.

Film & Screen

“Lucy” will be screened on Jan. 22 at the Mad Batter Food & Film in Sylva. Screenings are free and begin at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. http://www.madbatterfood">www.madbatterfoodandfilm.com. 

• “The Big Lebowski” will be screened on Jan. 29 at the Mad Batter Food & Film in Sylva. Screenings are free and begin at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. www.madbatterfoodandfilm.com.

“The Matrix” will be screened on Jan. 30 at the Mad Batter Food & Film in Sylva. Screenings are free and begin at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. www.madbatterfoodandfilm.com.

“The Book of Life” will be screened on Jan. 31 at the Mad Batter Food & Film in Sylva. Screenings are free and begin at 6:30 and 8:30 p.m. unless otherwise noted. www.madbatterfoodandfilm.com

• “Into The Woods” will be screened Jan. 23-29 at the Highlands Playhouse. Showtimes are at 2, 5 and 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, and also 2 and 5 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $9. For dates and more information, call 828.526.2695. www.highlandsplayhouse.org

Music jams and groups

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

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

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

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

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

• 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. . 

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

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

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

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

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

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

Arts Group Meetings

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

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

A basic knitting class will be offered from 10 a.m.-noon each Tuesday at the Jackson County Senior Center. Free. Bring yarn and needles if you have them. 586.4944 or stop by the Jackson County Department on Aging and Senior Center in Sylva.

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Outdoors

An NOLS Wilderness First Aid Class will be taught by instructors from Landmark Learning from Feb. 28-March 1. Minimum enrollment must be met by Jan. 30. $175 per person. Must be 16; participants under 18 must have a legal guardian present at registration. For info, contact Jennifer Bennett at the Recreation Center in Cullowhee at 293.3053 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Facebook: www.facebook.com/jackonsrecreationandparks.

• Military Appreciation Days will be held on Jan. 22-23 at Cataloochee Ski Area in Maggie Valley. 926.0285 or cataloochee.com.

• Yoga for Outdoor Fitness class will be held from 6-7 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 21, at REI Asheville. Free. 293.5924.

• Fitness Monitor Basics is offered for free from 7-8 p.m. on Jan. 22 at REI Asheville.  Learn about fitness technology components, their use and functionality. Register at: www.rei.com/event/49083/session/107229. 293.7404.

The Icycle Mountain Bike Event returns to Fontana Village Resort on Jan. 24. Registration starts at 8 a.m.; first race is at 11 a.m. Register at http://www.active.com/fontana-dam-nc/cycling/mountain-biking-races/icycle-2015 or 498.2211.

• John and Cathy Sill will lead a Franklin Bird Club trip on Feb. 7 to Lake Junaluska to look for wintering water birds and other species. Meet at 8 a.m. at the Bi-Lo parking lot in Waynesville. Sign-up at 524.5234.

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

Snow sports

A learn-to-ski series organized by Waynesville Parks and Recreation will be held 4-9 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays in January and February. Prices per trip for rec center members are $23 for lift ticket only; $35 for ticket and rentals; $7 for helmets and $10 for lessons. Prices for non-members are $25, $38, $7 and $10, respectively. 828.456.2030 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Ski races for middle school and high school at Cataloochee Ski Area. Races start at 6 p.m. every Tuesday for middle school and every Wednesday for high school. Season ends Sunday, March 1 for both. $30/night or $175/season – non-pass holders; $75/season pass holder with own equipment. www.isalessite.com/cataloochee/catalog/ticket.

The Cataloochee Challenge Cup Race Series at Cataloochee Ski Area. Races are held at 7 p.m. ever Thursday through Feb. 26. Age categories are 18-20, 21-29, 30-39, 40-49 and 50-over for both men and women. $15/race only; $35/race and lift ticket (6-10 p.m.). Helmet and goggles required; available for rental. Register between 6-7:30 p.m.

Farm & Garden

• A Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) program training will be held at 6 p.m. on Jan. 27 at the Jackson County Extension Center. Approximately 2-1/2 hours. For those who’ve not been BQA certified in the past five years. 586.4009 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

An agritourism workshop will be hosted by the North Carolina Department of Agriculture, Southern Appalachian Family Farms, and the Western North Carolina Food Policy Council from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 27, at the Clay County Extension Office in Hayesville. Inclement weather date is Wednesday, Jan. 28. RSVP with Charlie Kissling at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Info at southernappalachianfamilyfarms.com and www.wncfpc.org.

The Appalachian Farm School, a pilot program to centralize agricultural business training in the state’s seven western counties, starts Jan. 29 and runs alternating Thursdays from 6-8:30 p.m. through April 9. $75 includes dinner during each class and all materials. Register at www.wncfpc.org/appalachian-farm-school or call 399.0297. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

An organizational meeting to discuss the formation of a poultry club for Jackson County will be held at 5 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 29, at the Jackson County Cooperative Extension Office. Free. 586.4009.

North Carolina Cooperative Extension in Macon County is taking applications for participation in its Master Gardener Program. To earn Master Gardner status, participants must receive 42 hours of training and must complete a volunteer component. Classes start in February. 349.2046 or macon.ces.ncsu.edu.

A training class for Haywood County’s 2015 Extension Master Gardener Volunteer program will be held from 9 a.m.-noon on Tuesdays from January through April. 456.3575. $120. Must complete class and participate in 40 hours of volunteer efforts through extension center.  

The Jackson County Farmer’s Market is held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays at the Community Table, located in downtown Sylva off Central Street between the playground and pool. 399.0290 www.jacksoncountyfarmersmarket.org.

Hiking Clubs

A Carolina Mountain Club hike on Seniard Ridge Loop near Shining Rock with a 1,800-foot ascent will take place on Jan. 21. 545.6487 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

A Carolina Mountain Club hike up Pine Mountain in Enka with a 2,400-foot ascent will take place on Jan. 25. 458.1281 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . 

A moderate day hike of 3-6 miles is scheduled for Feb. 21. Participants meet at 9 a.m. on Feb. 21 at Cullowhee Recreation Center. $5 activity fee per person; minimum of four and maximum of eight. Must be 16; participants under 18 must have a legal guardian present at registration. For info, contact Jennifer Bennett at the Recreation Center in Cullowhee at 293.3053 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Facebook: www.facebook.com/jackonsrecreationandparks.

The Nantahala Hiking Club will take an easy 3/4-mile hike with 100 ft. elevation change on Tuesday, Jan. 27. Visitors welcome, no dogs. Bring a lunch. Call leader Bill Crawford, 524.2280, for reservations. 

• The Nantahala Hiking Club will take a strenuous 10-mile hike with a 500-foot elevation change on Saturday, Jan. 31, on Savannah Ridge in Jackson County. Visitors welcome. No dogs. Reservations: Don O’Neal, 586.5723.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mountain Bike Rides

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

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

Outdoor clubs

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Ongoing

Business & Education 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Health Matters

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Kids & Families

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

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

Kid’s Arts

Kids can make their own piece of art from 10 a.m. to noon every Saturday during the Family Art sponsored by the Jackson County Arts Council at the Jackson County Farmers Market located at the Community Table, downtown Sylva. 399.0290 or www.jacksoncountyfarmermarket.org.

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

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

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

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

Yoga

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Dance

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

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

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

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

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

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

Aerobic

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

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

Martial arts

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

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

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

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

Other

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Spiritual Side 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Political corner

Democratic party

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

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

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

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

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

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

GOP

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

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

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

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

Other political groups

The Haywood County NAACP meets at various locations the last Sunday of each month. 400.5475. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

Senior Activities

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Volunteering

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Civic groups & Clubs

Haywood

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

• Waynesville Sunrise Rotary Club meets at 7 a.m. Tuesdays at the 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.

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

Jackson

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Macon

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Swain

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

 

Support Groups

Haywood

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

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

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

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

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

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

• Grief support group, noon to 1 p.m. first Friday of every month, Long’s Chapel, Dugan Classroom. Sponsored by Haywood Hospice. 452.5039.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Jackson

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Macon

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Swain

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

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

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

 

Government meetings

Haywood

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Jackson

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Macon

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

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

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

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

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

Swain

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

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

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

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