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Wednesday, 03 September 2014 00:00

Regional Calendar

 

Arts and Entertainment
Outdoors
Clubs and Groups
Kids and families
Health

 

Community Events & Announcements

• WestCare Wellness will be hosting an event focusing on preparing healthy family meals from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 4, in the main lobby of Harris Regional Hospital. This event is one in a series and is in partnership with Jackson County Department of Public Health.  828.586.7734.  

• Training for Fracking Hearing, 6:30-8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 5, Jackson County Public Library, 310 Keener St., Sylva. 828.631.3447 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

• The 2nd annual 7 Clans Rodeo will be held Sept. 5-6 at the intersection of U.S. 19/441 in Cherokee. Gates open for both nights at 6 p.m., with a preshow performance by country/rock act Joe Lasher Jr. at 7:15 p.m., followed by the rodeo at 8 p.m. Tickets are $12 for adults in advance ($15 at gate), and $6 for children in advance ($8 at gate). A weekend pass is $18 in advance ($20 at gate). 

• The Western North Carolina Civil War Round Table will meet, 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 8, Jackson County Justice Center, Sylva. 828.293.5924.

• Audubon to present “Tales of Sex and Violence from the Swamp” with Dr. Barbara Ballentine, 7:30 p.m.  Monday, Sept. 8, Highlands Civic Center, 600 North 4th St., Highlands.  828.743.9670.  

• The Smoky Mountain Quilters Guild will hold their quilters yard sale on Sept. 8 during their morning meeting. The Guild meets at First Presbyterian Church, Franklin.  828.524.4530.

• Sen. Jim Davis will hold a town hall meeting about North Carolina education and teacher pay, 6-7:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 8, Swain County Administration Building.  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . 

• OccupyWNC General Assembly meeting, 7 p.m.  Tuesday, Sept. 9, Room 246, Jackson Justice Center, 401 Grindstaff Rd., Sylva. www.occupywnc.org.  

  • Swain County Coalition Against Fracking, 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 9, Marianna Black Library. 828.736.5529. 

• The Jackson County Public Library will offer a free class on organizing files on your computer, 5:45 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 10, 310 Keener St., Sylva.  828.586.2016.  

• The Catholic Women’s Circle of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church will present the 8th annual Baskets and Bags Bingo Night, 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 12, Haywood County Fairgrounds. $20 for 21 games. 828.452.0768. 

• Waynesville Recreation Center will close for renovations and maintenance Sept. 8-14. The building will reopen at 5 a.m., Sept. 15. Members will be charged a pro-rated rate for the month. 828.456.2030. 

• A public hearing devoted to North Carolina’s oil and gas rules will take place at Western Carolina University, 5-9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 12, John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center. 919.807.6363.

• Poteet Park Pavilion will mark the anniversary of the signing of the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights, 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 13, Poteet Park Pavilion, Sylva. Box This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .  

 • 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.

• $10 Fall Fix: get unfixed pets for spay/neuter and rabies vaccination for only $10 through Nov. 30, through Haywood Spay/Neuter. Pet owner must live in Haywood County and sign their pets up at the Haywood Spay/Neuter office, noon to 6 p.m. open Tuesday through Friday. 452.1329. 

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

• 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. .  


Business & Education 

• Southwestern Community College Craft Brewing Program. Starts 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 4, until Nov. 20, SCC Jackson Campus, 447 College Dr., Sylva. 828.339.4394 or www.southwesterncc.edu. 

• Haywood County's first public charter school, Shining Rock Classical Academy, will host information meeting, 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 4, Old Armory, 44 Boundary St., Waynesville. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .  

• Business After Hours, 5-7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 4, Chamber of Commerce at Global Reclamations, 100 Cherrywood Rd., Cashiers. 828.743.5191.  

• Southwestern Community College will offer a poker dealer certification course. 7-11 p.m., Mondays through Thursdays, Sept. 8 to Nov. 6. Tribal Bingo building, Cherokee. $180. 828.339.4426. 

• Haywood Community College will offer a series of Student Success Seminars, 1-2 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 9, Haywood Community College,185 Freelander Drive., Clyde. 828.627.4646.  

 • Haywood Community College Small Business Center presents “Mompreneurs: Balancing Parenthood and Entrepreneurship,” 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 9.  SBC.haywood.edu or 828.627.4512. 

• Southwestern Community College will offer a professional office management course designed to help find employment. 4:30-7:30 p.m., Mondays and Wednesdays from Sept. 8 to Dec. 15. SCC Macon Annex. $185 plus books. 828.339.4296.  

• The University of North Carolina Board of Governors will hold its September meeting at Western Carolina University, Sept. 10-12. 828.227.3083.  

Highlands-Cashiers Hospital will host an Estate Planning and Health Care Directives, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, Sept. 12, Highlands-Cashiers Hospital Campus.  828.526.1325.  

• 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.

 

Fundraisers and Benefits

• Venture Local Franklin will hold a “cash mob” to support Sylva Main Street business fire victims, 5:30 p.m.  Saturday, Sept. 5, Old Jackson County Courthouse, Sylva.  www.facebook.com/venturelocalfranklin

• The United Methodist Men will hosting their annual fundraiser, “Loaves and Fishes Supper”, 4-7 p.m.  Saturday, Sept. 6, First United Methodist Church, 566 S. Haywood St., Waynesville.  828.508.4550.   

• Haywood Community College will hold “College Night” with more than 40 college representatives, 6 p.m.  Monday, Sept. 8, lower level of Student Services, Haywood Community College, 185 Freelander Dr, Clyde.  828.627.4679.  

• Eighth annual Baskets and Bags Bingo, 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 12, Haywood County Fairgrounds. Presented by the Catholic Women’s Circle of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church. Proceeds go to local community agencies. $20 for 21 games. Sponsorships also available. Great prizes. Karen Conner, 452.0768. Sponsorship information, Belinda Lowe, 648.5568.

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

 

Volunteering

• Highlands Nature Center is looking for children ages 9 to 14 to volunteer during the fall season. Students will learn about regional plants and wildlife and the Nature Center’s related exhibits and communicate this information to visitors. 828.526.2623.    

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

• REACH of Haywood County is looking for volunteers who would like to assist in its newly expanded resale store. 456 Hazelwood Avenue. 828.456.7898. 

• Highlands Nature Center is looking for children ages 9 to 14 to volunteer during the fall season. Students will learn about regional plants and wildlife and the Nature Center’s related exhibits and communicate this information to visitors. 828.526.2623.

    

 Health Matters

• Two-day diabetes management class for the public, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 4 and Tuesday, Sept. 9, 

Angel Medical Center, Franklin. Pre-registration required, Barbara Hall, 369.4166.  

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Recreation & Fitness

• 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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

• The Mountaineer Oxygen Services, Inc. will conduct a free seminar on chronic obstructive pulmonary disease from 10 to 11 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 21 at the Waynesville Recreation Center.

 

The Spiritual Side 

• The World Methodist Museum will hold “A Celebration of Women in Methodism,” 3:45 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 6, 575 North Lakeshore Drive, Lake Junaluska. 828.456.9432 ext. 4.  

• West Canton Baptist Church will hold homecoming service, 11 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 14, West Canton Baptist Church, 75 Lowe St., Canton. Speaker. Potluck lunch follows service. 828.648.5561.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Senior Activities

• 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.

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

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

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

 

Kids & Families

• Nantahala Racing Club’s youth outreach program, Nantahala Kids Club (NKC), will resume on Sept. 8, 2014 for the fall session. $50 for new members, $25 for members who registered in the spring session.  www.NantahalaRacingClub.com.  

• Write On! Creative Workshop for 8-12 year olds, 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 10, Jackson County Public Library, 310 Keener St., Sylva. 828.586.2016.  

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

• Avril Bowens presents perfect pushing class for moms-to-be. 342.8128 or www.healyourdiastasis.com
• Kidz on Main will be holding their Block Party at 6 to 10 p.m. Aug. 30. Art activities, live music and food will be available. Main Street, Waynesville. 456.3517.   www.downtownwaynesville.com.  
• The Macon County Public Library will be hosting a frog kissing party to celebrate children's summer reading accomplishments at 6:30 p.m. Thursday Aug. 28, in Franklin. For each child that has read for 15 minutes a day, for at least 49 days during the summer, the children's librarians will kiss a frog that many times. Bring your own frog. 149 Siler Farm Rd, Franklin. 524.3600.   

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

Science & Nature

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

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

Arts

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Literary (children)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Literary (adults)

• Tyler Cook, Michael Lovett, Susan Shelton and Betty Farmer will sign copies of their new book, “A Guide to Historic Dillsboro,” 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 6, Dillsboro 125 Anniversary event, Dillsboro. All proceeds go to the Appalachian Women’s Museum. 828.371.8519 or www.moonshinepressnc.com.  

• Jenny Bennett presents her new book, “The Twelve Streams of LeConte”, 6:30 p.m Friday, Sept. 5, City Lights Bookstore, 3 E. Jackson St., Sylva. 828.586.9499.

• Award-winning author Bob Plott will speak at the Jackson County Public Library, 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 9, Community Room, Jackson County Public Library, 310 Keener St., Sylva. 828.586.2016. 

• Carol Bryson will present her book, “Glenville and Cashiers … From The Records,” 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 11. Community Room, Historic Jackson County Courthouse. 828.631.2646.  

• Haywood County Public Library presents “Lee Smith: Ivy, Alice, and Evalina”, 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 7, The Waynesville Library Auditorium, Waynesville. RSVP is required. 828.356.2507. 

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

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

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

 

 Kids & Families

• Nantahala Racing Club’s youth outreach program, Nantahala Kids Club (NKC), will resume on Sept. 8, 2014 for the fall session. $50 for new members, $25 for members who registered in the spring session.  www.NantahalaRacingClub.com.  

• Write On! Creative Workshop for 8-12 year olds, 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 10, Jackson County Public Library, 310 Keener St., Sylva. 828.586.2016.  

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

• Avril Bowens presents perfect pushing class for moms-to-be. 342.8128 or www.healyourdiastasis.com
• Kidz on Main will be holding their Block Party at 6 to 10 p.m. Aug. 30. Art activities, live music and food will be available. Main Street, Waynesville. 456.3517.   www.downtownwaynesville.com.  
• The Macon County Public Library will be hosting a frog kissing party to celebrate children's summer reading accomplishments at 6:30 p.m. Thursday Aug. 28, in Franklin. For each child that has read for 15 minutes a day, for at least 49 days during the summer, the children's librarians will kiss a frog that many times. Bring your own frog. 149 Siler Farm Rd, Franklin. 524.3600.   

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

Science & Nature

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

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

Arts

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Literary (children)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Literary (adults)

• Tyler Cook, Michael Lovett, Susan Shelton and Betty Farmer will sign copies of their new book, “A Guide to Historic Dillsboro,” 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 6, Dillsboro 125 Anniversary event, Dillsboro. All proceeds go to the Appalachian Women’s Museum. 828.371.8519 or www.moonshinepressnc.com.  

• Jenny Bennett presents her new book, “The Twelve Streams of LeConte”, 6:30 p.m Friday, Sept. 5, City Lights Bookstore, 3 E. Jackson St., Sylva. 828.586.9499.

• Award-winning author Bob Plott will speak at the Jackson County Public Library, 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 9, Community Room, Jackson County Public Library, 310 Keener St., Sylva. 828.586.2016. 

• Carol Bryson will present her book, “Glenville and Cashiers … From The Records,” 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 11. Community Room, Historic Jackson County Courthouse. 828.631.2646.  

• Haywood County Public Library presents “Lee Smith: Ivy, Alice, and Evalina”, 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 7, The Waynesville Library Auditorium, Waynesville. RSVP is required. 828.356.2507. 

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

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

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

 

 Political Group Events & Local Government

Dems

• WCU Political Debate Series, 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 4, between Mark Meadows (R-Jackson) and Tom Hill (D-Henderson), Grandroom of A.K. Hinds University Center on the WCU campus; 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 23, between Joe Sam Queen (D-Haywood) and Mike Clampitt (R-Swain), Health and Human Sciences Building on WCU’s West Campus; and 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 2, between Jim Davis (R-Macon) and Jane Hipps (D-Haywood), Room 204 of the Health and Human Sciences Building. All debates will be broadcast live online by WLOS-TV on www.wlos.com. 

• Jim Moore, candidate for District Attorney, will speak, 6 p.m. Monday, Sept. 8, Macon County Democratic Headquarters, 251 Sloan Rd., Franklin. 828.332.7118.  

• League of Women Voters of Macon County will host a forum with state Sen. Jim Davis, R-Franklin, and Jane Hipps, his Democratic challenger forum. Noon on Thursday, Sept. 11, Tartan Hall, Franklin.  

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

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

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

• The 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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

GOP

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

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

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

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

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

 

Government Service Boards & Commissions

Haywood

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Jackson

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Macon

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Swain

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Civic & Social Group Meetings 

Haywood

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Jackson

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Macon

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

• Zonta Club of Franklin meets the second Tuesday of each month at the Party Zone. Zonta is an international 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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Jackson

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

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

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

• Grief Support Group, 1 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. .

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Macon

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Swain

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

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

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

 

 Arts & Entertainment

• JoLynn Mattews and Eva Toletti will demonstrate crafting skills, 1-4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 6, Tunnel Mountain Crafts, 94 Front St., Dillsboro. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .  

• Multi-platinum country singer-songwriter Jo Dee Messina will perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 6, at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts in Franklin. Tickets are $37, $33 and $26. 866.273.4615 or www.greatmountainmusic.com. 

• Angel Hospice will hold its 3rd Annual High Tea and Champagne fundraiser, 2 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 11, Bloemsma Barn on Patton Rd., Franklin. Jay Siltzer, WLOS Meteorologist, will speak. $25 per person. Tickets can be purchased at Hospice offices, 170 Church St.  828.369.4206.  

• Jackson County Green Energy Park seems vendors for the Youth Arts Festival. The festival is Saturday, Sept. 20. An estimated 1,600 children and adults will be in attendance to watch artisans practice their craft, listen to local music, and get their hands dirty with art projects. Artists should fill out the online form at JCGEP.org or call the Green Energy Park Director Timm Muth at 631.0271.

• Mountain Heritage Day, 40th Anniversary, Saturday, Sept. 27, Western Carolina University campus. Mountain Heritage Day contests, whisker-growing, old-fashioned costumes, home-canned goods; chainsaw competition, antique auto show and Mountain Heritage Day 5K. Artists and craftspeople juried competition. Applications at www.mountainheritageday.com or 227.7129. www.facebook.com/mountainheritageday or @WCU on Twitter. 

• Call to restaurateurs for Fifth annual Taste of Sylva culinary tour, 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 4, downtown Sylva and McGuire Gardens. Julie Sylvester, 226.0181 or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Deadline is Aug. 22. www.mainstreetsylva.org.

• Balsam Crafters’ 5th annual art and craft show, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 30, Balsam Fire Department. 

• The 2nd annual 7 Clans Rodeo will be held Sept. 5-6 at the intersection of U.S. 19/441 in Cherokee. Gates open for both nights at 6 p.m., with a preshow performance by country/rock act Joe Lasher Jr. at 7:15 p.m., followed by the rodeo at 8 p.m. Tickets are $12 for adults in advance ($15 at gate), and $6 for children in advance ($8 at gate). A weekend pass is $18 in advance ($20 at gate). 

 

On Stage & In Concert 

•  Frog Level Brewing Company in Waynesville will have Summers & Kram play Sept. 4 and The Wilhelm Brothers Sept. 5. All shows begin at 6 p.m. Free. 828.454.5664 or www.froglevelbrewing.com.

• Horn player James Rester will perform at Western Carolina University, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 4, WCU Coulter Building. 828.227.7242.

• Jazz guitarist Dan Keller will perform for The Classic Wineseller, 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 5, The Classic Wineseller. Call for reservations. 828.452.6000.  

• Lefty Williams to perform at Nantahala Outdoor Center’s Big Wesser BBQ and Brew, 6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 5, Nantahala Gorge. www.noc.com.  

• Haywood County Public Library presents “Lee Smith: Ivy, Alice, and Evalina”, 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 7, The Waynesville Library Auditorium, Waynesville. RSVP is required. 828.356.2507.  

• Faculty Showcase Concert at Western Carolina University, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 9, Recital Hall, WCU Coulter Building. 828.227.7242.  

• Jamie Laval to play in “A Musical Journey Through the Scottish Highlands”. Thursday, Sept. 11, The Strand Theater. $20/$10 students.  www.38main.com.  

• Riders in the Sky will perform at Western Carolina University, 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 14, John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center. $21 for adults, $16 for WCU faculty and staff and $7 for students and children.  828.227.2479.  

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

• Ninth annual Nashville Songwriters' Round, 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 20, Trillium Links & Lake Club, Cashiers. Proceeds benefit Blue Ridge School Education Foundation. Tickets, $75 per person. 743.5191.

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

• Maggie Valley Rendezvous will have Electric Circus Sept. 6 and Fine Line Sept. 7 (poolside 3 to 6 p.m.). All shows begin at 9 p.m. unless otherwise noted.

• Single tickets now on sale for the 2014-15 Galaxy of Stars Series at Western Carolina University’s John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center. 227.2479, www.bardoartscenter.wcu.edu.

 

Music Jams

• Cruso Circle Play & Jam, 7 p.m. every Tuesday, Cruso Community Center and Friendship Club in Cruso. www.facebook.com/crusocircleplayjam.
• 7 p.m. Fridays, Pickin’ in the Park, through Labor Day, Canton

• 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.

 

Music Makers

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

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

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

• Karaoke is held from 8:30 to 12:30 p.m. every Friday at the Tap Room at the Waynesville Inn. 800.627.6250.

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

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

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

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

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

 

Dance

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

A&E

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

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

 

Food & Drink

• Cherokee BBQ and Bluegrass Throwdown, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 5-6, Cherokee Indian Fairgrounds, 545 Tsali Blvd., Cherokee. 800.438.1601.  

• The Jackson County Senior Center will host a Grandparent Appreciation Dinner, 5 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 9, Department on Aging, Senior Center, 100 County Services Park, Sylva. Make reservations by Sept. 4 at 4 p.m.  828.586.4944.  

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

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

 

Art/Gallery Events & Openings

• The deadline to enter a quilt in the 2014 Smoky Mountain Quilt Show has been extended to Sept. 10. The show will be held Oct. 2-4 at Western Carolina University. Entry forms can be found at www.smokymtnquilters.org. 828.293.5004 or 828.508.7916. 

• Waynesville’s Art after Dark will present Nancy Howell Blevins, Sept. 5. Cedar Hill Studio, 196 N Main St. 828.421.6688.  

• The entry deadline for the Smoky Mountain Quilters Guild Quilt Show is Sept. 10. Entry information is found on the Guild's website. www.smokymtnquilters.org or 828.508.7916.

• The Jackson County Arts Council will sponsor an Art Talk by Clinton Hardin, 6:30-8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 12, Rotunda Gallery, Jackson County Library Annex. 828.507.9820.  

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

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

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

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

 

Classes, Programs & Demonstrations

• The Small Business Center of Haywood Community College will offer a free HandMade in America Craft Lab, 4-6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 4, Haywood Community College Creative Arts Building. 828.627.4606.  

• Dogwood Crafters Cooperative will offer Chair Seat Weaving Workshop, 10 a.m.- 3 p.m. Sept. 9 and 10, Masonic Lodge, Dillsboro. $3 for class. 828.586.2435.  

• The deadline to enter a quilt in the 2014 Smoky Mountain Quilt Show has been extended to Sept. 10. The show will be held Oct. 2-4 at Western Carolina University. Entry forms can be found at www.smokymtnquilters.org. 828.293.5004 or 828.508.7916. 

• Call for artists and volunteers to works hands-on with children for 2014 Youth Arts Festival, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 20, Jackson County Green Energy Park. www.jcgep.org.         

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

• Jon Houglum’s North Carolina Mountain Landscape Oil Painting Workshop will take place at 9:30 a.m. through 4 p.m. on Aug. 29 and 30 at the Historic Cowee School. This workshop is for advanced beginners, intermediate and advanced oil painting students. 51 Cowee School Rd., Franklin. 369.7274. www.houglumfineart.com.
• A landscape-painting workshop for beginners with Jon Houglum will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 29-30 at the Historic Cowee School in Franklin. 369.7274 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

 

Arts Group Meetings

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

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

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

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

 

Film & Screen

• Banff Mountain Film Radical Reels Tour, high adrenaline films, will show at 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 8, Regal Biltmore Grande Stadium 15, 292 Thetford St., Biltmore Park Town Square, Asheville. Presented by REI and Radical Reels. Benefit for SORBA (Southern Off-Road Bicycle Association). Tickets at REI only, $15 ($17 starting Sept. 7) VIP tickets, $30, or over the phone, 687.0918. www.rei.com/asheville, www.pisgahareasorba.org, www.racialreels.com.
• The Marianna Black Library will present a film based on a classic novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett, 3:30 p.m.  Tuesday, Sept. 9, 33 Fryemont St., Bryson City.  

• The Mad Batter Food & Film now showing featured films, 6:30 p.m. and 9 p.m., Thursdays through Saturdays, downtown Sylva location. Special kids’ matinee at 2 p.m. Saturdays. Free. Movie listings and information, www.madbatterfoodandfilm.com. 586.3555.
• Family movie days at Marianna Black Library, Bryson City, are at 3:30 p.m. Tuesdays. Classic movies at 1 p.m. the second and fourth Friday. Other films also shown. Free movies and popcorn. 488.3030 or www.fontanalib.org/brysoncity.
• Movies at the Macon County Library. New movies, documentaries and foreign films every Monday at 3:30, Wednesday at 4:30 and again at 7 p.m., and classic matinees at Fridays at 2 p.m. The movies and popcorn are free, but donations are welcome. 524.3600.

 Outdoors Outings & Fieldtrips

The Marianna Black Library will present a film based on a classic novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett, 3:30 p.m.  Tuesday, Sept. 9, 33 Fryemont St., Bryson City.  

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Programs & Workshops

• Showing of “Gasland”, 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 3, Haywood County Public Library, Waynesville branch. 828.452.5169. 

• Jackson County Parks and Recreation will hold their “Knot Tying 101” program, Sept. 9. Register until Sept. 9. 828.293.3053.  

• Western North Carolina Woodturners meeting, 6 p.m.  Thursday, Sept. 11, Blue Ridge School, 95 Bobcat Drive, Cashiers. 828.526.2616.  

• The Cradle of Forestry in America will present “Afternoon Tea with Llamas”, 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 13, U.S. 276 in the Pisgah National Forest. $5 for adults over 15. 828.877.3130.  

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

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

 

Hiking Clubs

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Bike Rides

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Mountain Bike Rides

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

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

 

Farm & Garden

• Mountain Heritage Day’s “A Gathering In” traditional foods competition, Saturday, Sept. 27, Western Carolina University campus. Also a “Best in the West Sweet Potato Recipe Contest” adult and youth winners. www.mountainheritageday.com/Contests, or contact Peter Koch at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 227.7129.

 

Farmers & Tailgate Markets

Haywood County

Canton Farmers Market and Heritage Crafts 

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

Haywood Historic Farmers Market

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

Maggie Valley Farmers Market

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

The Original Waynesville Tailgate Market

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

Jackson County 

Cashiers Tailgate Market

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

Jackson County Farmers Market 

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

Macon County

Cowee Farmers Market

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

Franklin Farmers Tailgate Market 

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

Swain County

Swain County Farmers Market 

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

 

Ongoing clubs

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

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

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

• Small RV Camping club is seeking additional members. We camp one weekend per month March through November. All ages are welcome. No dues, no structured activities. Just an enjoyment of the outdoors, fellowship, good conversation, 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. .

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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