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Wednesday, 19 April 2017 00:00

Regional Calendar

Community Events & Announcements    

• Information sessions for Evergreen Foundation grants will be offered at 10 a.m. on April 19 at Macon County Public Library in Franklin; 12:30 p.m. on April 19 at Jackson County Public Library in Sylva; and at 2 p.m. on April 19 at the Haywood County Public Library in Waynesville. Proposals are due at 5 p.m. on May 31. Register for info session: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 421.7483. www.evergreenfoundationnc.org.

• Haywood Habitat for Humanity will hold information sessions for applicants at 2 p.m. on Sunday, April 30, at the Canton Library, and at 6 p.m. on Thursday, May 18, at Long’s Chapel United Methodist Church in Waynesville. 452.7960.

• The Haywood County Public Library Foundation’s inaugural presidential volunteer service awards ceremony is at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 19, at the Colonial Theatre in Franklin. Recognizes 30 individuals who’ve collectively given over 6,000 hours in volunteer services in the past year to the Haywood County Public Library. 356.2504.

• A community roundtable to gather information about the local food scene and other healthy living assets will be held by the Southwestern Commission from 9-11 a.m. on April 20 at the Cashiers/Glenville Recreation Center. 586.1962.

•The Jackson County Public Library is hosting a Women's Positivity Group starting at 6 p.m. April 20. The group will be facilitated by Valerie Harrison. This program is free of charge. Call 586.2016. 

• Deadline to enter the Congressional Art Competition is April 21. Entries must be original in design, concept and execution. Entries can be painting, drawing, print & more. Overall winner receives two round-trip tickets to the National Reception in Washington, D.C. and a $3,000 scholarship to a prestigious Southeastern art college; and their art will be displayed for a year in the U.S. Capitol. Entries must be received by 5 p.m. at U.S. Rep. Mark Meadows’ main district office at 200 N. Grove Street, Suite 90, in Hendersonville. https://meadows.house.gov/services/art-competition.

• A presentation about an upcoming total solar eclipse will be offered by Western Carolina University astronomer Enrique Gomez at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 25, in the theater of A.K. Hinds University Center in Cullowhee. Presentation is entitled: “The Great American Eclipse of 2017: What to Expect and How to Experience It.” Eclipse is Aug. 21. 

• Denim Day, in support of “Sexual  Assault Awareness Month,” is April 26. Wear jeans or denim to support awareness. NOMORE.org or DenimDayinfo.org. ReachofHaywood.org or 456.7898.

• Haywood County Public Library’s second annual Library-Con will be held from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on Saturday, April 29, at the Waynesville Library. Panel discussions, workshops, live gaming demos and storytimes. www.haywoodlibrary.org, 356.2511 or look up Haywood Library-Con on Facebook.

• Applications are being accepted for the Haywood County Farm Bureau Scholarship. Students must be graduating seniors, currently enrolled in a Haywood County school or enrolled in a two- or four-year school and a resident of Haywood County. 2.5 GPA or better. 452.1425 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

• The Jackson County Department of Public Health is seeking input from residents who have used its services or who have thoughts on the health needs of Jackson County. http://health.jacksonnc.org/surveys.

• Cruise in Maggie Valley event is held from 1-5 p.m. every Sunday at 2771 Soco Road. Vendors: $10 per space. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. 

 • Qualla Boundary Historical Society meets at 6:30 p.m. on the fourth Tuesday of each month. Everyone is welcome.

Business & Education  

• The Macon County Economic Development Commission this week has presented Bizweek. Last event is the banquet at 6 p.m. on Thursday, April 20, at the Bloemsma Barn. Registration required: www.maconedc.com.

• A “Cash Flow Management” lunch-n-learn will be offered by the Sequoyah Fund from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 19, at the Sequoyah Fund offices in the Ginger Lynn Welch Complex at 810 Acquoni Road in Cherokee. Info: 359-5003. http://tinyurl.com/k94jpw2.

• A business planning workshop for craft artists will be offered by Southwestern Community College’s Small Business Center from 2-5 p.m. on Thursday, April 20, at the Swain Center in Bryson City. Register: www.ncsbc.net. Info: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 339.4426.

• A “Women’s Business Networking Luncheon” will be offered by Haywood Community College’s Small Business Center and the Western Women’s Business Center at The Support Center from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. on Thursday, April 20, at the HCC Regional High Technology Center in Waynesville. Register: SBC.Haywood.edu or 627.4512.

• A discussion on Saudi Arabia, part of the Great Decisions Series, is scheduled for 5:15-6:45 p.m. on Thursday, April 20, at the Waynesville Library. Series is focused on critical global issues facing America today. Registration required: 356.2507 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

• The therapeutic massage program at Southwestern Community College will offer a continuing education workshop from 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. on Saturday, April 22, at the Jackson Campus. Info: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Register: 339.4426 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

• Applications are being accepted through April 24 for one Commercial Use Authorization that will be granted to a temporary food and beverage operation to serve the public during the Aug. 21 solar eclipse event at the Clingmans Dome parking area in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Approximately 1,600 people are expected to be shuttled into Clingmans Dome that day. www.nps.gov/grsm/getinvolved/dobusinesswithus.htm, 865.436.1209 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

• Nick Hawks, “The eBay Guy,” will be the presenter during Southwestern Community College’s online selling series on April 24-25 at the Jackson Campus. Sessions include: “A Guide to Selling on Etsy” (1-4 p.m. on April 24); “A Guide to Selling on Amazon” (6-9 p.m. on April 24); “eBay for Beginners” (1-4 p.m. on April 25); and “eBay Build Your Business” (6-9 p.m. on April 25). Register: www.ncsbc.net. Info: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 339.4426.

• A Career Fair will be held from 3-6 p.m. on Tuesday, April 25, at Haywood Community College’s Regional High Technology Center in Waynesville. Career counselors will be available. 565.4021.

• A Professional Craft Artist Summit entitled “Crafting Your Success” will be offered from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. on Wednesday, April 26, through Haywood Community College’s Small Business Center at the Creative Arts Building on HCC’s campus in Clyde. $25. Registration deadline is April 24: sbc.haywood.edu or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

• “Business 101 for Craft Artists,” a workshop, will be offered by Southwestern Community College’s Small Business Center from 2-5 p.m. on Thursday, April 27, at the Swain Center in Bryson City. at the Swain Center in Bryson City. Register: www.ncsbc.net. Info: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 339.4426.

• A discussion on the European Union, part of the Great Decisions Series, is scheduled for 5:15-6:45 p.m. on Thursday, April 27, at the Waynesville Library. Series is focused on critical global issues facing America today. Registration required: 356.2507 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

• Summer and fall registration for Haywood Community College is underway through April 28. 627.4500 or haywood.edu.

• Western Carolina University will hold multiple information sessions for parents interested in enrolling their children in the Catamount School, a new laboratory school being established for grades six through eight at Smoky Mountain High School. Sessions are at 6:15 p.m. on April 25 at the Jackson County Public Library and at 5:30 p.m. on May 4 at Cullowhee Valley School. 227.7311.

• The Maggie Valley Chamber and Maggie Valley Police Department will conduct a responsible server/seller training for on-premise and off-premise business owners from 10 a.m.-noon on April 25 at the Maggie Valley Inn and Conference Center. RSVP: 926.1686 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

• Southwestern Community College’s Job Fair Friday is scheduled for 9-11 a.m. on April 28 in the Burrell Conference Center on SCC’s Jackson Campus. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

• Participating businesses in Maggie Valley will host an open house to the public from noon-7 p.m. on Saturday, April 29. Participants who get their cards stamped from all businesses will be entered in a drawing for the grand prize. 

• One-on-one computer lessons are offered weekly at the Waynesville and Canton branches of the Haywood County Public Library. Lesson slots are available from 10 a.m.-noon on Tuesdays and Thursdays in Canton and from 3-5 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Waynesville Library. Sign up at the front desk of either library or call 356.2507 for the Waynesville Library or 648.2924 for the Canton Library.

Fundraisers and Benefits  

• An Empty Bowl 2017 fundraiser to benefit The Community Table in Sylva will be held from 4-8 p.m. Friday, April 21. For $20 at the door (cash or check) enjoy a choice of ceramic bowl generously donated by local potters. Assorted soups, breads, and desserts will be served. Enjoy live music by Geoff McBride, and Kim Shuler. Visit communitytable.org.

• Bi-Lo of Franklin’s Relay for Life team is raffling a 40-inch television. $1 per ticket or six tickets for $5. Raffle is May 19. Stop by the store and ask for Tony in the bakery or call 399.9560• Jeff Foxworthy will bring comedy to the Star Ranch Horse Rescue’s Horsin’ Around! Event at 6 p.m. on Saturday, April 22, at Rendezvous Restaurant in Maggie Valley. Tickets: $30. 734.0194.

• Tickets are on sale now for the Ducks on the Tuck “Duck Draw Raffle” to benefit Southwestern Community College’s New Century Scholars program that assures last-dollar tuition to middle school students in Jackson, Macon and Swain Counties. More than 30 prizes available including a 50-inch smart flatscreen television. Drawing is May 12. Tickets are $5 each or $25 for six and available from current New Century Scholars, their coordinators in each county and from SCC: 339.4227 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. A related “Where’s Tucker” social media selfie photo contest starts April 17. More at www.southwesterncc.edu/ducksonthetuck.

• A Garden Party Luncheon and Fashion Show – a REACH event – is scheduled for 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. on April 25 at The Inn at Tranquility Farm in Waynesville. Raffle and silent auction. Tickets: $60 and includes mimosa bar and lunch. Fashion by High Country Style.

• Children’s Hope Alliance, the largest foster care provider in North Carolina, will host its annual “Giving Them Hope” luncheon from 11:45 a.m.-1 p.m. on Tuesday, April 25, at Southwestern Community College’s Burrell Conference Center in Sylva. 231.5413 or www.ChildrensHopeAlliance.org.

• Haywood Community College’s Wildlife Club will hold a Fish Fest from 1-6 p.m. on Saturday, April 29, at the college’s mill pond in Clyde. Fishing clinic from 1-4 p.m.; fish fry and tournament from 4-6 p.m. Clinic is for ages 6-12. $8 entry fee for trout fishing tournament, which is open to kids and adults. Fish dinner is $8. Proceeds benefit the HCC Wildlife Club. Info or to register; 627.4560.

• Tickets are on sale now for the Empty Bowls dinner benefitting the backpack program at St. John in the Wilderness in Flat Rock. The event is from 5-7 p.m. on Sunday, April 30, in the church’s Parish House. Area potters and school groups make and donate pottery bowls for the event. Tickets: $25 for one person (includes a handmade pottery bowl) or $50 for a family (two pottery bowls). Tickets available at the Parish House. Info: 693.9783 or 698.8775.

• Feline Urgent Rescue (FUR of WNC) is hosting a cat food drive throughout April at 79 Branner Drive in Waynesville. 844.888.2287 or www.furofwnc.org.

•  During April, Frank and Louis Perrone, award-winning father and son chef/proprietors of Frankie’s Trattoria in Maggie Valley, will be sharing their legendary recipes in a cookbook titled Frankie’s Libro di Cucina — Reminiscing and Cooking with Frank “The Kid” Perrone. All proceeds from sales of the book will help fund Richie’s Alliance for Autism and support the Olsen Huff Center of Mission Children’s Hospital in Western North Carolina.  www.frankiestrattoria.com.

• Tickets are on sale for “Sharing Our Passion for Compassion” – a charity dining event to benefit Hospice House Foundation of WNC. Features guest speaker and author Hattie Bryant, who will speak about “taking control of end-of-life decisions.” Event is at 6:30 p.m. on May 10 at Canyon Kitchen in Cashiers. $175 per person. www.hhfwnc.org, 524.8261 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

• Women of Waynesville, a nonprofit organization that supports the needs of women and children in Haywood County, will present its inaugural “Kentucky Derby Gala Fundraiser” from 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday, May 6, at The Waynesville Inn.

Proceeds from the event will benefit Girls on the Run, a program that trains young girls to run a 5K and also builds self-confidence. Tickets for the Kentucky Derby fundraiser are $35 each and can be purchased at www.eventbrite.com/e/kentucky-derby-gala-fundraiser-tickets-33061166840. To find out more about WOW, visit www.womenofwaynesville.org or follow them on Facebook. 

Volunteers & Vendors

• Haywood Regional Medical Center is currently seeking volunteers of all ages for ongoing support at the hospital, outpatient care center and the Homestead. For info and to apply: 452.8301, stop by the information desk in the lobby or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Anyone interested in becoming a hospice volunteer can call 452.5039.

• Volunteers are needed for the Jackson County Special Olympics Spring Games, which are April 28 at the Smoky Mountain High School track. Sign up to volunteer: 293.3053.

• The Downtown Waynesville Association is seeking heritage themed vendors for the annual Appalachian Lifestyle Celebration that will take place Saturday, June 10, on Main Street. If you’re interested in being a part of this celebration of Appalachian traditions and keeping mountain heritage from being forgotten, contact the Downtown Waynesville Association at 456.3517 to request an application or visit the event calendar at www.downtownwaynesville.com.  Applications accepted until April 28.

• Town of Dillsboro will be hosting three arts and craft shows open to vendors from the surrounding region. Over 40 artisans for each of these festivals are needed, artisans who will be displaying and demonstrating their hand made arts and crafts from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Family entertainment and festival food will be available during each show. Second show is Saturday, Aug. 20 — The Dillsboro Summer Arts & Crafts Market showcases local art and fine crafts, with a focus on family and children activities. Application due by June 1. Third show is Saturday, Oct. 1 — The 9th annual ColorFest will line Front Street with colorful art and fine crafts. Application due by July 1. Vendors may apply for these shows by downloading an application from the town’s website, www.visitdillsboro.org. For more information, call Connie Hogan at 586.3511 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. 

• STAR Rescue Ranch is seeking volunteers to help with horse care, fundraising events, barn maintenance and more at the only equine rescue in Haywood County. 505.274.9199.

• Volunteer Opportunities are available throughout the region, call John at the Haywood Jackson Volunteer Center today and get started sharing your talents. 356-2833

• Phone Assurance Volunteers are needed to make daily or weekly wellness check-in calls for the Haywood County Senior Resource Center. 356.2816.

Health Matters  

• A series of wellness workshops to help you learn how to use essential oils will be offered this week week in Haywood County. Essential Oils 101 is at 6 p.m. on April 19; Emotions + Oils is at 6 p.m. on April 20 and 26; and Earth Day Soiree – how to reduce the toxic load in your home to boost overall health – is at 6 p.m. on April 22. For location and details: 275.6496.

• The American Red Cross will hold a blood drive from noon-6 p.m. on April 19 at Western Carolina University’s Hinds University Center in Cullowhee. Make an appointment: redcrossblood.org or 800.733.2767.

• Diabetes classes will be offered from 1-3 p.m. on Tuesdays, through May 23, at the Haywood County Health & Human Services Agency in Clyde. Register: 356.2272.

• Harris Palliative Care will provide free living will assistance from 9 a.m.-noon on Wednesday, April 19, in Harris Regional Hospital’s private dining room in Sylva. 586.7145 or www.nhdd.org.

• The American Red Cross will hold a blood drive from 4-8 p.m. on April 20 at American Legion Post No. 47 in Waynesville. Make an appointment: redcrossblood.org or 800.733.2767.

• The American Red Cross will hold a blood drive from 11:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. on April 20 at Cashiers Baptist Church in Cashiers. Make an appointment: redcrossblood.org or 800.733.2767.

• A “Detox Naturally” program will be offered from 2-3 p.m. on Friday, April 21, at the Waynesville Library. Led by Linda Sparks, a naturopathic doctor with Blue Ridge Natural Health. Refreshments provided by Friends of the Library. 

• The American Red Cross will hold a blood drive from 1-6 p.m. on April 24 at Veteran’s building on Moose Branch Road in Robbinsville. Make an appointment: redcrossblood.org or 800.733.2767.

• A Lunch and Learn event on hip replacement and a new surgical, less-invasive, anterior approach will be offered at noon on Tuesday, April 25, in the Harris Regional Hospital boardroom. Orthopaedic surgeon Dr. Anthony McPherron will present the session. Register: 631.8894.

• A Ladies Night Out program will feature a presentation about “Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault” at 4 and 6:30 p.m. on April 25 at the Angel Medical Center Cafeteria in Franklin. 

• The American Red Cross is holding a blood drive from 12:30-6 p.m. on April 26 at Church of the Good Shepherd in Hayesville. Make an appointment: redcrossblood.org or 800.733.2767.

• The American Red Cross will hold a blood drive from 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m. on April 26 at Cherokee Indian Hospital in Cherokee. Make an appointment: redcrossblood.org or 800.733.2767.

•”Breastfeeding A-Z” will be offered for expectant mothers from 7-9 p.m. on Thursdays April. 27, Aug. 31 and Nov. 9 at Haywood Regional Medical Center. Taught by Board-Certified Lactation Consultants. MyHaywoodRegional.com/ParentClasses or 452.8440.

• The American Red Cross will hold a blood drive from 1-5:30 p.m. on April 28 at North Canton Elementary School in Canton. Make an appointment: redcrossblood.org or 800.733.2767.

• “Your Amazing Newborn” classes will be offered for new parents from 7-9 p.m. on Thursdays, May 4, Sept. 7 and Nov. 16 at Haywood Regional Medical Center. MyHaywoodRegional.com/ParentClasses or 452.8440.

• Preparation for Childbirth classes will be taught by a certified childbirth educator from 7-9 p.m. on Thursdays June 1-June 22, Aug. 3, Aug. 24 and Oct. 12-Nov. 2 at Haywood Regional Medical Center. 452.8440 or MyHaywoodRegional.com/ParentClasses.

• Western Carolina University’s student-run, Mountain Area Pro Bono Physical Therapy Clinic will be open from 6-8:30 p.m. on the first and third Wednesdays of each month. 227.3527.

• The Good Samaritan clinic of Haywood County seeks volunteers to help uninsured patients receive medications, vision care and other health and spiritual-related services in Waynesville. Clinic is open from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. on Monday through Thursday and from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. on Friday. 454.5287 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

• The Haywood County Health & Human Services Public Health Services Division is offering a Night Clinic from 4-6:30 p.m. on the third Monday of every month in Waynesville. Services include family planning, immunizations, pregnancy testing, STD testing and treatment. Appointments: 452.6675.

• The Jackson County Department of Public Health will offer a general clinic from 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. 587.8225.

• A Food Addicts Anonymous Twelve-Step fellowship group meets at 5:30 p.m. on Mondays at Grace Church in the Mountains in Waynesville. www.foodaddictsanonymous.org.

• Big Brother/Big Sister, a one-evening preparation class for children who are about to greet a new baby into their family, is offered for children ages 3-10 at Haywood Regional Medical Center. 452.8440 or MyHaywoodRegional.com/ParentClasses.

• Mothers Connection, an ongoing social gathering for mothers and their babies, meets from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. on Thursdays excluding holidays at Haywood Regional Medical Center. 452.8440 or MyHaywoodRegional.com/ParentClasses.

• A support group meeting for those with Parkinsons Disease and their caregivers will be held at 2 p.m. on the last day Wednesday of the month at the Waynesville Senior Resource Center.  

• A support group for anyone with Multiple Sclerosis, family and friends meets twice each month: at 2 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month in the Heritage Room at the Jackson County Senior Center in Sylva and at 5:30 p.m. on the second Thursday at the Jackson County Public Library in Sylva. Info: 293.2503. 

• A monthly grief support group sponsored by The Meditation Center meets at 7 p.m. on the first Wednesday of each month at The Meditation Center at 894 East Main Street in Sylva. Info: www.meditate-wnc.org or 356.1105.

• Inner Guidance from an Open Heart will meet from 6-8 p.m. on the second Wednesday of each month at The Meditation Center at 894 East Main Street in Sylva. Info: www.meditate-wnc.org or 356.1105.

• Dogwood Insight Center presents health talks at 6:30 p.m. on the third Thursday of each month. 

• Free childbirth and breastfeeding classes are available at Harris Regional Hospital in Sylva. Classes are offered bimonthly on an ongoing basis. Register or get more info: 586.7907.

• Angel Medical Center’s diabetes support group meets at 4 p.m. on the third Thursday of each month in the AMC dining room. 369.4166.

• A free weekly grief support group is open to the public from 12:30-2 p.m. on Thursdays at SECU Hospice House in Franklin. Hosted by Four Seasons Compassion for Life Bereavement Team. 692.6178 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

• A monthly grief processing support group will meet from 4-5:30 p.m. on the third Thursday of each month at the Homestead Hospice and Palliative Care in Clyde. 452.5039.

• A Men’s Night Out will take place at 6:30 p.m. on the third floor of the hospital. 

on the first Wednesday of each month at The Meditation Center at 894 E. Main St. in Sylva. www.meditate-wnc.org or 356.1105.

• A free, weekly grief support group will meet from 12:30-2 p.m. on Thursdays at the SECU Hospice House in Franklin. 692.6178 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

• “ECA on the Move!” – a walking program organized by Jackson County Extension and Community Association – meets from 9-10 a.m. on Mondays through Thursdays. It’s an effort to meet the American Heart Association’s recommendation of 10,000 steps per day. 586.4009.

• A Tuesday Meditation Group meets at 6:30 p.m. on the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Franklin. 

Recreation and Fitness 

• The High Mountain Squares will host their Spring Fling Dance from 6:15-8:45 p.m. on Friday, April 21, at the Memorial United Methodist Church in Franklin. Western-style square dancing, mainstream and levels. 342.1560, 332.0001 or www.highmountainsquares.com.

• Yoga is being offered at the Fitness Connection in Waynesville. First class is free. Info: 476.0179 or 550.1640.

• An opportunity to learn ski walking is offered from 5:30-7 p.m. on Mondays through May 22 at Monteith Park in Dillsboro. A training tool used by competitive cross-country skiers to maintain strength in the off-season. 356.4009.

• ZUMBA! Classes, are offered from 6-7 p.m. on Tuesdays, at the Canton Armory. $5 per class. 648.2363 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

• Tai chi is offered from 10:45-11:45 a.m. every Tuesday and Thursday at Haywood Regional Health and Fitness Center. It’s also offered from 1-2 p.m. on Thursdays. Taught by Bill Muerdter. For info about the classes or HRHFC memberships and offerings, call 452.8080 or visit MyHaywoodRegional.com/Fitness.

• Ultimate Frisbee games are held from 5:30-8 p.m. on Mondays at the Cullowhee Recreation Park. Organized by Jackson County Parks & Recreation. Pick-up style. 293.2053 or www.rec.jacksonnc.org.

• The Wednesday Croquet Group meets from 10 a.m.-noon at the Vance Street Park across from the shelter. For senior players ages 55 or older. 456.2030 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

• Pickleball is from 1-3 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays and from 6-8 p.m. on Thursday nights at First Methodist Church in Sylva. $1 each time you play; equipment provided. 293.3053.

• Cardio Lunch class will meet from noon-1 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Waynesville Recreation Center. For ages 16 and above. Cost is regular admission fee to the rec center or free for members. 456.2030 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

• Flexible Fitness class will meet from 4:30-5:15 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays at the Waynesville Recreation Center. For ages 16 and above. Cost is regular admission fee to the rec center or free for members. 456.2030 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

• Pump It Up class will meet from 6:30-7:30 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays at the Waynesville Recreation Center. For ages 16 and above. Cost is regular admission fee to the rec center or free for members. 456.2030 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

• The Canton Armory is open to the public for walking from 7:45-9 a.m. on Monday through Friday unless the facility is booked till spring. 648.2363. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

• Pickle ball is offered from 8 a.m.-noon on Mondays through Fridays at the Waynesville Recreation Center. 456.2030 or www.waynesvillnc.gov.

Political

• Indivisible Swain County NC meets at 6 p.m. on April 19 at the Historic Calhoun Hotel in Bryson City. Topics: environmental and healthcare issues. 488.1118.

• Concerned Citizens for Health Care is presenting a Health Care Forum at 5:30 p.m. April 20 at HART Theater in Waynesville. A panel of health care experts will answer questions, concerns and more. The panel is diverse in experience with health care.  

• N.C. Rep. Mike Clampitt of Bryson City will have a quarterly meeting for Swain County from 4-6 p.m. on April 21 at the Chief Joyce Dugan Cultural Arts Center in Cherokee. 554.5032.

• The Haywood County Libertarian Party is now meeting at Blue Ridge Books on Main Street from 4:30-6 p.m. every second Monday of the month. These meetings will be for discussion on current events, and are open to the public.

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

Authors and Books 

•  The Book Review Committee of the Junaluskans will feature Sara Jenkins, who will review “Small is Beautiful: Economics As If People Mattered” by E.F. Schumacher at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, April 19, in the Susan Todd Lounge of the Harrell center at Lake Junaluska. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

• Jackson County author David Joy will read from and discuss his new novel “The Weight of This World” at 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 22, at Blue Ridge Books in Waynesville. Book is about a combat veteran returning from world who can’t leave the hardened world of Afghanistan behind. 456.6000 or  www.blueridgebooksnc.com.

• Barbara Mulder and Frank Stephenson Jr. will present their new book North Carolina Moonshine: An Illicit History at 3 p.m. Saturday, April 22, at City Lights Bookstore in Sylva. To reserve copies of North Carolina Moonshine please call City Lights Bookstore at 586.9499.

• April is National Poetry Month and the Marianna Black Library will host a “Poetry Slam” at 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 25, at the library auditorium in Bryson City.  

Featuring Janet Smith’s fifth grade class from the Mountain Discovery Charter School, this will be the seventh annual “Poetry Slam” and it marks 10 years of a poetry partnership between the Marianna Black Library and Mountain Discovery Charter School. 488.3030.   

• Former Asheville resident Bren McClain will hold a reading and signing for her debut novel “One Good Mama Bone” at 3 p.m. on April 29 at City Lights Bookstore in Sylva. www.citylightsnc.com or www.brenmcclain.com.

• Canton Book Club meets at 3:30 p.m. on the third Thursday of each month, at the Canton Library. 648.2924.

• Cookin’ the Books will be held at noon on the last Wednesday of the month at the Waynesville Public Library. A book club focused on cookbooks. All members choose a recipe from the book and bring it to share. The group will discuss the good and bad aspects of the chosen cookbook. 356.2507.

• Banned Book Club meets from 10 a.m.-noon on Saturdays at Blue Ridge Books in Waynesville. For those who enjoy literature and intellectual conversation. 456.6000, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or www.blueridgebooksnc.com. 

• Waynesville Book Club at 5:30 p.m. on the first Monday of each month at Waynesville Library Meet to discuss books, which are chosen by each member (taking turns) and provided by the library. New members are welcome. For more information, 356.2507.

Senior activities

• Harris Palliative Care will provide free living with assistance from 9 a.m.-noon on Wednesday, April 19, in Harris Regional Hospital’s private dining room. Bring photo identification. 586.7145.

• The Mexican Train Dominoes Group seeks new players to join games at 1:30 p.m. each Tuesday at the Senior Resource Center in Waynesville. 926.6567.

• Eat Smart, Move More North Carolina – an effort to help area residents commit to a healthier lifestyle, will meet from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. on Wednesdays at the Haywood County Senior Resource Center in Waynesville.

• Haywood County Senior Resource Center is looking into starting a weekly Euchre Card Group. If interested, contact Michelle Claytor at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 356.2800.

• A Silver Sneakers Cardio Fit class will meet from 10-11 a.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Waynesville Recreation Center. For ages 60 and above. Cost is regular admission fee to the rec center or free for members. 456.2030 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

• Book Club is held at 2 p.m. on the third Wednesday of the month at the Haywood County Senior Resource Center in Waynesville. 356.2800

• Senior croquet for ages 55 and older is offered from 9-11:30 a.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays at Vance Street Park in front of Waynesville Recreation Center. Free. For info, contact Donald Hummel at 456.2030 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

• A Hand & Foot card game is held at 1 p.m. on Mondays at Haywood County Senior Resource Center in Waynesville. 356.2800.

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

• Pinochle game is played at 10 a.m. on Wednesdays at Haywood County Senior Resource Center in Waynesville. 356.2813.

• Hearts is played at 12 p.m. on Wednesdays at Haywood County Senior Resource Center in Waynesville. 356.2813.

• Mah Jongg is played at 1 p.m. on Wednesdays at Haywood County Senior Resource Center in Waynesville. 356.2813.

Kids & Families   

• Open enrollment is underway for the 2017-18 school year for Haywood Christian Academy. www.HaywoodChristianAcademy.org. Info: 627.0229.

• Registration is underway through April 21 for a girls volleyball league through the Jackson County Recreation Department. $30. League is on Thursday evenings from May 4-June 8 at the Cullowhee Recreation Center. www.rec.jacksonnc.org.

• Kindergarten registration is at 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 19, at Iotla Valley Elementary School.

• Kids’ Introduction to Fly Fishing will be offered to ages 8-15 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. on April 18 at the Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education in Brevard. Registration required: http://tinyurl.com/jq4r6x3. Info: 877.4423. 

• A program on Tracking will be offered to ages 8-15 from 1-3 p.m. on April 19 at the Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education in Brevard. Registration required: http://tinyurl.com/jq4r6x3. Info: 877.4423. 

• A family science night will be offered at 6 p.m. on Thursday, April 20, at the Macon County Public Library in Franklin. 524.3600.

• The Biltmore Volleyball Academy’s annual Jr. Hi Neighbor tournament is April 22-23. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

• Kindergarten registration for South Macon Elementary School will be at 9:15 a.m. on Friday, April 21.

• Great Smoky Mountains National Park will celebrate Junior Ranger Day from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on Saturday, April 22, at the Oconaluftee Visitor Center near Cherokee. Activities include ranger-guided walks, historic toy making and more. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 865.436.1252 or www.nps.gov/findapark/national-park-week.htm.

• Safety Town is from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on Saturday, April 22, at the Macon County Community Building in Franklin. Presented by Macon County Safe Kids.

• Young Child Children’s Fair is April 25 at the Cherokee Indian Fairgrounds in Cherokee.

• Nature programs will be offered from 9-10:30 a.m. (for ages 3-5) and 4-5:30 p.m. (K-3rd grade) on April 26 and May 17 at the Cullowhee Recreation Center. http://rec.jacksonnc.org.

• Kindergarten registration for Cartoogechaye Elementary is at 9 a.m. on Friday, April 28.

• Kindergarten registration for East Franklin Elementary is at 9:30 a.m. on Friday, April 28.

• Preregistration is underway through April 28 for the JAM (Junior Appalachian Musicians, Inc.) Kids Day Camp, which is May 13 at Western Carolina University in Cullowhee. Preregister: www.jamkids.org/wcu. Workshop activities include North Carolina Banjo Songs, Jump Right Into Singing and Songwriting and Beginner or Intermediate Fiddle or Guitar. Info: 276.773.0573, www.jamkids.org or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

• Nature Explorer activities and games will be offered for grades K-3rd from 4-5:30 p.m. on May 3 at the Cashiers/Glenville Recreation Center. http://rec.jacksonnc.org.

• Nature Discovery activities and games will be offered for ages 3-5 from 9-10:30 a.m. on May 3 at the Cashiers/Glenville Recreation Center. http://rec.jacksonnc.org.

• Kindergarten registration for Nantahala School is from noon-3 p.m. on Friday, May 5.

• Registration has begun for Youth Spring Soccer through the Jackson County Parks & Recreation Department. Open to players born between 2003-12. Birth certificates required for first-time players. $55. www.rec.jacksonnc.org.

• Registration is underway for this summer’s Adventure Day Camp at Lake Logan.  One-week camps start on June 19. For grades 1-5. $225 weekly fee. Snacks, crafts, activities, guest speakers and adventure. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 646.0095.

Ongoing kids activities and clubs

• The Canton Library offers a STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, mathematics) program each month.  At 4 p.m. on third Tuesday. Children ages 6-12 are welcome to attend. Please call 648-2924 for more information.

• A Tuesday Library Club for ages 5-12 meets at 4 p.m. each Tuesday (except for the fifth Tuesday on months that occurs) at the Canton Library. Hands-on activities like exercise, cooking, LEGOs, science experiments and crafts. 648.2924 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. 

• “Art Beats for Kids” will be held from 4 to 5 p.m. on Thursdays at the Charles Heath Gallery in Bryson City. A new project every week. $20 per child, with includes lesson, materials and snack. To register, call 828.538.2054. 

• Stories, songs and a craft are offered for ages zero-six (and caregivers) at 10:30 a.m. each Tuesday at the Canton Library. 648.2924.

• A program called “Imagine,” an art program for children 8-12 meets at 2 p.m. on Tuesdays at the Jackson County Public Library. Program contains art, writing, and drama. 586.2016.

• Rompin’ Stompin’, an hour-long storytime with music, movement and books, is held at 10:30 a.m. on Thursdays at the Canton Library and at 11 a.m. on Thursdays at the Waynesville Library. For ages zero to six. 648.2924. 

• Rompin’ Stompin’, an hourlong storytime with music, movement and books, is held at 11 a.m. on Fridays at the Canton Library. For ages zero to six. 648.2924. 

• Crafternoons are at 2:30 p.m. on the second Tuesday of every month at Hudson Library in Highlands.

• Library Olympics will be held at 2 p.m. on Fridays at Jackson County Public Library. Children age 5 and up get active through relay races, bingo, mini golf. 586.2016.

• Get Moving, a program for children ages 5-12 to encourage children to live a healthy life through exercise and healthy eating, will be held on the first Tuesday of the month at 4 p.m. at the Canton Public Library. 648.2924

• Full STEAM Ahead, a program for children ages 5-12 to allow them to explore science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics through fun hands-on activities. Program open to the first 15 participants, at 4 p.m. on the third Tuesday of the month at Canton Public Library. 648.2924.

• Family Story Time is held on Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m. at the Canton Public Library. Ages 0-6.  Stories, songs, dance and crafting. 648.2924.

• Storytimes are held at 10 and 10:40 a.m. every Thursday at Hudson Library in Highlands.

• After-School Art Adventure will be on from 3:30 to 4:45 p.m. on Tuesdays at The Bascom in Highlands. For ages 5 to 10, Art Adventure is a class that explores the creative process of drawing, painting, printmaking, clay, sculpture, fiber art, and crafts by utilizing a variety of media. The students will investigate some of the most popular techniques and theories in art history and will be exposed to contemporary as well as folk art traditions. Tuition is $40 for a four-class package. www.thebascom.org. 

• Wednesdays in the Stacks, "WITS", a new program for children in grades 3-6, on the third Wednesdays of the month from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Macon County Library. WITS will include lots of fun games, prizes, and hands-on activities.  This club replaces book club previous held on the third Thursdays of the month. 526.3600.

• Fun Friday, everything science, is held at 4 p.m. on Fridays at Jackson County Public Library. 586.2016.

• Teen Coffeehouse is at 4:30 p.m. on the first, third, and fourth Tuesday at Jackson County Public Library. Spend time with other teens talking and sharing. 12 and up. 586.2016.

• Rock and Read is at 11 a.m. on Tuesdays at Jackson County Public Library. 586-2016.

• WNC Martial Arts will hold karate classes from 6-7:30 p.m. on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays at the Old Armory in Waynesville. For more info, contact Margaret Williams at 301.0649 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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

• Page Pals for ages 3-5 is from 10:30-11:15 a.m. on Tuesday at Blue Ridge Books in Waynesville.

• Story time and kids can make their own piece of art from 10 a.m.-noon every Saturday during the Family Art event sponsored by the Jackson County Arts Council at the Jackson County Farmers Market located at the Community Table, downtown Sylva. On the first Saturday of each month, there is a scavenger hunt with prizes. 399.0290 or www.jacksoncountyfarmermarket.org.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

• Science Club is held at 3:30 p.m. to 4:15 p.m. on the fourth Thursday of each month for grades K-6 at the Macon County Public Library. 524.3600.

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

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

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

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

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

• A Lego Club meets the fourth Thursday of the month at 4:30 p.m. at Jackson County Public Library. 586-2016.

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

• A Lego Club meets at 4 p.m. on the fourth Thursday of the month at Marianna Black Library in Bryson City. Legos and Duplos provided for ages three and up. 488.3030.

 • Teen time 3:30-4:30 p.m. Thursdays at Waynesville Library. A program for teens and tweens held each week. Each week is different, snacks provided. 356.2511.

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

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

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

• Crazy 8 Math Adventure Club on Tuesdays 3:30 p.m. - 4:15 p.m. for grades K-2 at the Macon County Public Library. 524.3600. 

• Culture Club on the second Wednesday of the month, 1 to 2 p.m. for K-6 graders. Guest speakers, books, photos, crafts and food from different countries and cultures. Macon County Public Library. 524.3600.

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

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

Kids movies

• A family movie will be shown at 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 25, at Marianna Black Library in Bryson City. Movie is about a Hawaiian girl raised by her teenage sister after the death of their parents in an auto accident. Info, including movie title: 488.3030.

• A family movie will be shown at 10:30 a.m. every Friday at Hudson Library in Highlands.

Kids Story Times 

HAYWOOD

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

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

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

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

• Family story time for ages zero to six years old is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. each Tuesday at the Canton Library. 648.2924.

JACKSON

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

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

• Kids story time, Fridays 11 a.m., Saturdays at 11:30 a.m. at Jackson County Public Library. Story time includes books, puppets, finger plays, songs and crafts. 586.2016.

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

• Rock and Read storytime, 11 a.m. on Tuesdays at the Jackson County Public Library. 586.2016

SWAIN

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

MACON

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

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

• Family Story Time is held at 10 a.m. on Tuesdays at the Macon County Public Library in Franklin. 524.3600. 

• Family Story Time for ages 0 to 7 years is held at 10 a.m. on Thursdays at the Macon County Public Library in Franklin. 524.3600. 

• Bilingual Story time – 6 to 6:30 p.m., on Thursday, Nov. 10. Program reads a children's book in English and Spanish at the Macon County Public Library. 526.3600.

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

 

A&E

Festivals and Special Events  

• An NC Science Festival Event featuring a portable planetarium show is scheduled for 5-7 p.m. on Thursday, April 20, at the Macon County Public Library in Franklin. 524.3600.

• The High Country Quilt Guild Monthly Meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. April 20 at The First Methodist Church, 566 S Haywood St, Waynesville. It will feature a trunk show of crazy quilts by Sandra Baker. www.highcountryquilts.wordpress.com.

• Greening Up the Mountains Festival is from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on April 22 on the streets of downtown Sylva. Food, children’s activities and multiple regional music acts. www.greeningupthemountains.com; 631.4587 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

• Western Carolina University’s 15th annual Jazz Festival will bring a day of master classes and performances to campus from noon to 10 p.m. Saturday, April 22, at the John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center. For more information, contact Wlosok at 227.3261 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

• The 23rd annual Southeastern Mini Truckin’ Nationals is Saturday and Sunday, April 22-23, at the Maggie Valley Festival Grounds. Open car and truck show. 865.742.7403, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or look up the event on Facebook.

• Films created by Western Carolina University students will be screened at the 9th annual Controlled Chaos Film Festival at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 28, at the John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center in Cullowhee.

Several of the films have mature subject matter and are not suitable viewing for children. For more information, contact the Film and Television Production Program at 227.7491. Tickets are $12 at the door. Proceeds and donations benefit the Motion Picture Student Project Fund, which helps students in WCU’s Film and Television Production Program with the cost of creating their senior thesis films. www.wcu.edu. 

• The Swannanoa Chamber Music Festival kick off is Saturday, April 29, at HART in Waynesville. Featuring Inessa Zaretsky (pianist) and the Jasper String Quartet members Rachel Henderson Freivogel (cello) and J Freivogel (first violin) HaywoodArts.org.

• Thunder in the Smokies is May 5-7 at the Maggie Valley Festival Grounds. 

Food & Drink

• The Inn at Tranquility Farm will host the “Colors of Spring” dinner from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, April 20, in Waynesville. Meal will include Hors D’oeuvres, main course, and dessert for $80 per person, which also includes fine wine and tax. Tables may be reserved in advance for parties of 8 or more. To RSVP, 828.564.1105 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. www.innattranquilityfarm.com. 

• The A.T. Celebration at Lazy Hiker Brewing Company will offer live outdoor music starting at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 22. 349.2337.

• As part of Beer Month in Jackson County, the following establishments are offering specials in April: Sneak E. Squirrel is re-releasing some of its most-popular experimental beers; Innovation Brewing is releasing a sour beer and hosting a chocolate and beer pairing; Baxley’s Chocolates is offering a chocolate box to pair with specific beers; Heinzelmännchen Brewery is hosting its 13th anniversary party on April 22.

• “Brown Bag at the Depot” – an opportunity to gather with neighbors – is at noon every Friday at Sylva’s newest park at the corner of Spring and Mill Street along Railroad Ave.  For info, contact Paige Dowling at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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

• Free cooking demonstrations will be held from 5-7 p.m. on Saturdays at Country Traditions in Dillsboro. Watch the demonstrations, eat samples and taste house wines for $3 a glass. All recipes posted online. www.countrytraditionsnc.com. 

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

• A wine tasting will be held from 2-5 p.m. on Saturdays at Papou’s Wine Shop in Sylva. $5 per person. www.papouswineshop.com or 586.6300.

• A free wine tasting will be held from 1-5 p.m. on Saturdays at Bosu’s Wine Shop in Waynesville. www.waynesvillewine.com or 452.0120.

• A wine tasting will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesdays The Classic Wineseller in Waynesville. Free with dinner ($15 minimum). 452.6000.

On Stage & In Concert    

• The Canton Armory will host “Winter Pickin’ in the Armory” at 7 p.m. every first and third Friday of the month. The event includes mountain music, vintage country, clogging and dancing. Doors open at 6 p.m. Free. www.cantonnc.com.

• Western Carolina University (Cullowhee) will WCU Jazz Combo 7:30 p.m. April 19, Guitar Ensemble Recital 7:30 p.m. April 20, Low Tech Ensemble 7:30 pm. April 21, Flute Recital 5 p.m. April 22, Wind Ensemble 3 p.m. April 24, Evan Blades Trumpet Recital 5 p.m. April 24, Wind Ensemble 7:30 p.m. April 24, Ty Kiaku Recital 5:30 p.m. April 25, WCU Choirs 7:30 p.m. April 27 and Ian Jeffress Faculty Recital 7:30 p.m. April 28 in the Recital Hall of the Coulter Building. www.wcu.edu. 

• Grammy-nominated rapper Wale will perform at 8 p.m. on Thursday, April 20, at Western Carolina University’s Ramsey Regional Activity Center in Cullowhee. Special guest is Niykee Heaton. Advance tickets: $20 for floor seats; $15 for arena seats for WCU students; $27.50 for floor seats and $22.50 for arena seats for the public. Concert Day Tickets: $25/$20 for WCU students; $32.50/$27.50 for the public. Tickets available at the Ramsey Center box office or at ramsey.wcu.edu. 

• A community music jam will be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 20, at the Marianna Black Library in Bryson City. 488.3030. 

• Denver and the Mile High Orchestra will hit the stage at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 21, at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts in Franklin. Tickets start at $20 per person. www.greatmountainmusic.com or call 866.273.4615.

• “Cantus Terrae,” an Earth Day concert featuring Blue Ridge Orchestra conducted by Milton Crotts, is scheduled for 3 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, April 22-23, at the Folk Art Center on the Blue Ridge Parkway. $15 for general public or $10 for friends of the Blue Ridge Orchestra; $5 for students. Tickets and info: 732.3354 or www.blueridgeorchestra.org.

• Dusk Weaver will perform Americana at 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 22, at the Waynesville Library. HaywoodArts.org.

• The MET Opera’s production of “Eugene Onegin” by Tchaikovsky will be presented live via satellite at 12:55 p.m. on Saturday, April 22, at The Highlands Performing Arts Center in Highlands. Pre-opera discussion at 12:30 p.m. Tickets: www.highlandspac.org, at the door or 526.9047.

• Country star Sara Evans will perform at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 28, at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts in Franklin.Tickets start at $30. www.greatmountainmusic.com or 866.273.4615.

• Alice Cooper will perform at Harrah’s in Cherokee on April 29 at 7:30 p.m.

• In partnership with the Blue Ridge Big Band, Folkmoot will host “Dancing through the Decades,” a live big band music and dance experience, at 7 p.m. Saturday, April 29, at the Folkmoot Friendship Center in Waynesville.

“Dancing through the Decades” will begin with appetizers and no-host bar. Guests can sit back and enjoy the musical performance or dance to music from the the 1940’s, 50’s, 60’s and 70’s from swing to rockabilly and disco-style dancing. Dance instructors will be on hand to demonstrate dance steps and styles. Please dress to impress. This event is $30 for pre-sale tickets only. Tickets can be purchased at www.folkmoot.org or by phone, 452.2997.

• Artrageous: An Interactive Art and Music Experience will be presented as part of the Galaxy of Stars Series on Saturday, April 29, in the Bardo Arts Center at Western Carolina University in Cullowhee. Tickets available at bardoartscenter.wcu.edu or 227.2479. 

• Chris Rock will perform at Harrah’s in Cherokee on May 25 at 8 p.m.

• Tickets go on sale April 21 for Leslie Jones’ comedy performance, which is July 1 at Harrah’s Cherokee Casino. www.ticketmaster.com or 800.745.3000.

Classes and Programs

• A Spring Door Hanging workshop is scheduled for 10 a.m.-noon on Thursday, April 20. Offered through the Jackson County Extension Office. $6. Register: 586.4009.

• Arts Adventure will be presented by the Franklin Uptown Gallery from 1-3:30 p.m. on Sunday, April 23, at 30 East Main St. in Franklin. Maryellen Tully will present the “Ancient Art of Silk Painting.” 349.4706.

• “Paint Nite Waynesville” will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Thursdays at Frog Level Brewing in Waynesville. There will also be “Painting at the Porch” at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesdays at the Southern Porch in Canton. Sign up for either event on the Paint Night Waynesville Facebook page (search event: Brush N. Brew) or call Robin Smathers at 828.400.9560. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. 

• There will be a “Thursday Painters Open Studio” from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 6 to 9 p.m. at the Franklin Uptown Gallery. Bring a bag lunch, project and supplies. Free to the public. Membership not required. For information, call 828.349.4607.

• An artist demonstration will Melissa Moss is scheduled for 11 a.m. on April 25 at the Haywood County Arts Council Gallery. HaywoodArts.org.

• Cullowhee Mountain Arts of Sylva announces eight scholarships available for the Cullowhee Mountain Arts Summer Arts Workshop Series at Western Carolina University. Three weeks of workshops will run during the month of June beginning June 11. Application deadline is May 5. Through the Jackson County Arts Council Grassroots grant (JCAC), CMA is matching funds to provide eight, half-tuition scholarships open to all regional artists living in Jackson County. To apply, go to the JCAC webpage or the CMA webpage: www.cullowheemountainarts.org/scholarships or call Director Norma Hendrix 342.6913. 

• Artists from Western Carolina University and across the region are invited to submit entries in the Judaculla Art Competition being sponsored by WCU’s Cherokee Center. Artwork on paper, canvas or in standing sculpture form can be turned in at the Cherokee Center, located at 1594 Acquoni Road in Cherokee, through Monday, May 1. The artwork should be based on Judaculla Rock, a large soapstone boulder located near WCU’s Cullowhee campus that contains some of the best preserved petroglyphs (rock carvings) east of the Mississippi River, or on the giant of Cherokee legend known as Judaculla. For more information, contact Sky Sampson, director of the Cherokee Center, at 497.7920 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

• Coloring Club will be hosted on the second Wednesday of the month at 4 p.m. at Canton Library. Color pencils and color pages supplied. For ages 8 to 108. 648.2924.

• Beginners Chess Club is held on Fridays at 4 p.m. at the Canton Public Library. Ages 8-108 invited to participate. 648.2924.

• Cribbage is at 6:30 p.m. every Tuesday at the Maggie Valley Inn. 410.440.7652 or 926.3978. 

• An Antique, Vintage & Handcrafted Flea Market starts at 8 a.m. every Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 3029 Soco Road in Maggie Valley. Bring your own table/tent. Spaces rent for $10 a day or $25 for all three days.

• The Adult Coloring Group will meet at 2 p.m. on Fridays in the Living Room of the Macon County Public Library in Franklin. An afternoon of creativity and camaraderie. Supplies are provided, or bring your own. Beginners are welcome as well as those who already enjoy this new trend. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 524.3600.

• Haywood County Arts Council is inviting artist members to participate in its annual Artist Member Show. Download a show contract/inventory sheet from www.haywoodarts.org. Send completed forms to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or P.O. Box 306; Waynesville, N.C. 28786. 

• The Jackson Rangers Camp 1917 will hold monthly meetings at 6 p.m. on the first Thursday of each month at the Barkers Creek Community Center. Members are being sought to participate in honor guard graveside events and honor Confederate soldiers. The Confederate Rose, a ladies auxiliary group that supports active members, meets at the same time and location.  736.6222 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

• “Stitch,” the community gathering of those interested in crochet, knit and needlepoint, meet at 2:30 p.m. every first Sunday of the month at the Canton Public Library. All ages and skill levels welcome. www.haywoodlibrary.org. 

• The Sew Easy Girls meet from noon-3 p.m. on the first Monday of every month at the Jackson County Cooperative Extension Office’s conference room. Learn how to sew. 586.4009.

• A community art group meets at 10 a.m. every Wednesday at the Hudson Library in Highlands. 828.526.3031. 

• A writer’s group meets at 1 p.m. every Thursday at Hudson Library in Highlands. 526.3031.

• Free one-on-one technology help is offered every Tuesday and Thursday morning at Hudson Library in Highlands. Call 526.3031 to make an appointment.

Art showings and galleries 

• Penland Gallery opens its exhibition season by displaying pieces from 32 artists working different styles and materials. The exhibition is on display now and runs through May 14. 765.6211 or penland.org/gallery.

•The 49th Annual Student Reception will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, April 20, at the Western Carolina University Fine Arts Museum. The exhibit will be on display through April 28 in the museum. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 227.3591.

• A reception for the 49th annual Juried Undergraduate Exhibition “Spring Watercolor Painting” from 6-8 p.m. on Thursday, April 20, at the John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center at Western Carolina University in Cullowhee. Participants will create watercolor paintings of the region’s spring landscape and flora. Free for students; $20 for community members. Pre-registration required for students (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or community members (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

• “Soft Diplomacy: Quilting Cultural Diplomacy in Liberia” is on exhibit through May 5 at the Western Carolina University Fine Art Museum at Bardo Arts Center in Cullowhee. 227.3591.

• Sharon Volker art and jewelry are on display throughout April in the Macon County Public Library Meeting Room in Franklin. 524.3600.

• “Coming Together: Healing Through Art,” an exhibit featuring a variety of local artists, will be on display through April 29 at Haywood County Arts Council Gallery & Gifts in Waynesville. Presented by the Haywood County Arts Council. 452.0593, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or HaywoodArts.org.

•  The Western North Carolina “Artists Count” project is hosting a series of exhibitions to highlight the rich visual contributions made by area artists.  The first such exhibit, “Smoky Mountains Sampler” is now open at the Welcome Center north of Asheville on Interstate 26. Southwestern Community College instructors Ed McIlvaine and Susan Coe as well as SCC student Kari McIlvaine have their pottery on display through July. 

• The “Women Painters of the Southeast” exhibition will run through May 5 in the Fine Arts Museum at Western Carolina University. www.wcu.edu. 

• New artist and medium will be featured every month at the Haywood County Senior Resource Center in Waynesville. 356.2800.

• As part of the Arts Council’s Integrated Arts initiative, a sampling of works by renowned Macon County sculptor Nelson Nichols (www.nicholssculpture.com) will be displayed at this event. Executed in stone, bronze, and wood, Nichols’ sculptural body of work reflects his unique style, Spiritual Expressionism, encompassing anatomical/figurative pieces in classical realism, a series of abstract interpretations, a series illustrating universal/spiritual concepts, and an environmentally inspired series including sculptures of endangered/threatened species.

Admission is by donation; $7 is suggested.  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 524.ARTS (2787).

Film & Screen  

• The new documentary “Dispatches from the Gulf” will be screened at 2 p.m. on Thursday, April 27, at the Macon County Public Library in Franklin. 524.3600.

• Free movies are shown every Thursday, Friday and Saturday at Mad Batter Food & Film in Sylva. Madbatterfoodfilm.com.

Music jams and groups

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Arts Group Meetings

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Outdoors 

• Learn about “Spring Wildflowers of Southern Appalachian” with Adam Bigelow in a six-week course that will be offered in two separate sessions: 9 a.m.-1 p.m. on Mondays through April 24 or on Tuesdays through April 25. Cost is $150 for the series. Single-day rates available. Info or to register: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

• A Bird Walk along the Greenway will be offered at 8 a.m. on April 19 in Franklin. Meet at Salali Lane; parking is off Fox Ridge Road just south of Franklin Flea Market on Highlands Road. http://franklinbirdclub.com or 524.5234.

• A planetarium program entitled “Back to the Moon for good” will be presented by former Saturn/Apollo launch team member Kurt Volker at 2 p.m. on Thursday, April 20, in the Macon County Public Library Living Room in Franklin. 524.3600.

• A public forum on the role of renewable energy in Western North Carolina will be presented by Carolina Public Press from 8:30-10:30 a.m. on Friday, April 21, at Lenoir-Rhyne University’s Center for Graduate Studies of Asheville. 

• A weekend of freestyle paddling clinics and competition will be held on Saturday and Sunday, April 21-22, at the Nantahala Outdoor Center. Designed for people of all ages and ability levels. Full schedule: nantahalaracingclub.com/event/nrc-freestyle-competition.

• Gadugi Earth Day is on April 21 at the Acquoni Expo Center in Cherokee.

• Family Fly Fishing Day is from 9 a.m.-noon on April 21 for ages 8-older at the Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education in Brevard. Learn the basics of fly fishing from experienced instructors.Registration required: http://tinyurl.com/jq4r6x3. Info: 877.4423. 

• The NOC Trail Festival will kick off with a movie night at 6 p.m. Friday, April 21, at the Nantahala Outdoor Center and rev into high gear the following day with a gear repair and vendor fair, cornhole tournament, hiker’s feast and bonfire — events will run from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. www.noc.com/events/at-founders-bridge-festival.

• The annual Trailfest weekend in Hot Springs will start with a cheap and delicious spaghetti dinner on Friday, April 21, and roll into Saturday, where a full slate of activities celebrating hiking, biking, skateboarding, hula hooping, river rafting, soccer, yoga and more will take place. The weekend will include pancakes, a float trip and family soccer on Sunday. 506.1492 or www.madisoncclc.org/trailfest-2017.

• Registration is underway for a women-only fly-fishing weekend, which is April 21-23 at the North Mills River Recreation Area and Campground in Henderson County. Open to women of all skill levels who want to learn more about fly fishing. $125 registration fee. Preregistration required: www.ncwildlife.org/bow. Register or get more info: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 919.218.3638.

• The Western Carolina Dog Fanciers Association will hold its annual dog show from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. on April 22-23 at the Haywood County Agriculture and Activities Center in Waynesville. http://WCDFA.org or infodog.com. 

• “Foraging for Food and Farmacy,” a one-day class, will be led by wildcrafter Ila Hatter from 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. on Saturday, April 22, through the Smoky Mountain Field School. $79. Register: smfs.utk.edu.

• The Traditional Heritage Walk will be held during the 20th annual Greening Up the Mountains Festival on April 22 in Sylva. Demonstration and vendors. 631.4587, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or www.greeningupthemountains.com.

• The Adult Riding Club of WNC will hold a gathering of horse enthusiasts from all disciplines and skill levels at 5 p.m. on April 23 at 84 Frank Mann Rd. in Canton. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

• An Introduction to Fly Fishing program will be offered for ages 12-older from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. on April 24 at the Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education in Brevard. Registration required: http://tinyurl.com/jq4r6x3. Info: 877.4423. 

• Boating safety courses will be offered from 6-9 p.m. on April 24-25 in Building 3300, Room 3322, at Haywood Community College in Clyde. Participants must attend both evenings. Register: www.ncwildlife.org.

• Don Hendershot will lead a birding walk on April 24 at Buck Creek off U.S. 64 in Clay County. Sign up: 524.5234.

• Casting for Beginners: Level 1 will be offered to ages 12-older from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. on April 25 by the Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education in Brevard. Program is at Lake Imaging in DuPont State Recreational Forest. Learn various casting techniques. Registration required: http://tinyurl.com/jq4r6x3. Info: 877.4423. 

• A bird walk along the greenway is scheduled for 8 a.m. on April 26. Meet at the Macon County Public Library parking area. Sponsored by the Franklin Bird club. https://franklinbirdclub.com or 524.5234.

• John and Cathy Sill will lead their annual bird walk on April 28 in the Standing Indian area. Sign up: 524.5234.

• International Migratory Bird Day Celebration is from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on Saturday, April 29, at the Cradle of Forestry in Brevard. $5 for ages 16 and up; free for youth. https://cradleofforestry.com/event/international-migratory-bird-day-celebration. 

• Mainspring will hold a Macon County Clean Up event from 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m. on April 29 at Arthur Drake Road in Franklin. www.mainspringconserves.org.

• Bear, Bluegrass and Barbeque will be held all day Saturday, April 29, at Outdoor 76 in Franklin. The N.C. Bartram Trail Society and Nantahala Hiking Club will discuss hiking opportunities in Macon County, with Mainspring Conservation Trust firing up the smokers at 5 p.m. Food and beer for purchase will benefit Mainspring. Live music from 11 a.m.-1 p.m., 2-4 p.m. and 5-7 p.m. 349.7676.

• A “Close-Up Outdoor Photography” program will be offered for ages 14-up from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. on April 29 at the Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education in Brevard. Registration required: http://tinyurl.com/jq4r6x3. Info: 877.4423. 

• A Fly-Tying program for the beginner is scheduled for 9 a.m.-noon on April 29 for ages 12-older at the Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education in Brevard. Registration required: http://tinyurl.com/jq4r6x3. Info: 877.4423. 

• A citizen-science program about caddisflies, dragonflies, mayflies and other stream bugs will be offered from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. on Saturday, April 29, through the Highlands-Cashiers Land Trust. Part of an aquatic macroinvertebrate survey. 526.1111.

• North Carolina residents are invited to participate in the “NC’s Candid Critters” – the largest camera trap survey ever. Residents of Jackson, Macon and Swain Counties can participate in a brief online training process then borrow a camera trap from any Fontana Regional Library location. Info: NCCandidCritters.org or www.fontanalib.org.

• The Franklin Appalachian Trail Community Council meets at 10 a.m. every second Tuesday at Rathskeller Coffee House in Franklin. Franklintraildays.com.

• An exhibit chronicling the history of dugout canoes in the Americas will be on display through May 2 at the Baker Exhibit Center of the N.C. Arboretum in Asheville. 

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

Farm and Garden

• A Master Gardener Plant Clinic is offered every business day through Sept. 22. Call 456.3575 with any gardening question.

• “Growing Backyard Fruit” will be taught at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, April 19, at the Macon County Cooperative Extension Center in Franklin. Preregister: 349.2046.

• “Vegetable Gardening” will be taught at 1 p.m. on Thursday, April 20, at the Macon County Cooperative Extension Center in Franklin. Preregister: 349.2046.

• Hands-On Seed Starting will be offered at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 20, at the Canton Library. Led by Sara Martin from Two Trees Farm in Canton. Participants will leave with tomato starts. This Giving Garden program is for adults and includes an accompanying story time for children aged 3+. 

• The sixth annual Heritage Life Skills event will be held April 21-23 in Waynesville. Classes include canning, fire starting, cheese making and prepping. Organized by Carolina Readiness Supply. www.carolinareadiness.com.

• The Haywood County Pesticide Collection Day is from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on Thursday, April 27, at the Cooperative Extension Office at 589 Raccoon Road in Waynesville. www.ncagr.com/PDAP or 456.3575.

• A talk about the Sylva and Cullowhee Community Gardens will be presented by Adam Bigelow at 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 27, in the Community Room of the Jackson County Public Library in Sylva. 586.2016. 

• A berry gathering basket workshop will be taught by Junetta Pell from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, April 27-28, at the Jackson County Extension Office in Sylva. Register: 586.4009. $15.

• Haywood Community College will hold a Spring Crafts and Plant Sale from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. on Friday, April 28, in Clyde. Crafts sale is in the Creative Arts Building, second floor; plant sale is in the Nix Horticulture Complex. Info: 627.4673 (craft sale) or 627.4625 (plant sale).

• The Corneille Bryan Native Garden will have a plant sale from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. on Saturday, April 29, at the junction of JB Ivey Lane and County Road in Lake Junaluska. 778.5938.

• Local farmers can stop by the Cooperative Extension Office on Acquoni Road from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. every fourth Friday to learn about USDA Farm Service Agency programs in the 2014 Farm Bill. Info: 488.2684, ext. 2 (Wednesday through Friday) or 524.3175, ext. 2 (Monday through Wednesday).

• The Macon County Poultry Club of Franklin meets at 7 p.m. on the third Tuesday of each month at the Cooperative Extension Office on Thomas Heights Rd, Open to the public. 369.3916.

Farmers Market

• The Jackson county Farmers Market is from 9 a.m.-noon each Saturday at Bridge Park on Railroad Ave. in Sylva. www.jacksoncountyfarmersmarket.org. 393.5236.

• A community tailgate market for local growers is open from 3-7 p.m. every Wednesday at The Village Green Commons in Cashiers. 734.3434, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or www.villagegreencashiersnc.com.

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

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

• The Jackson County Farmers Market will be on Saturdays from 9 a.m.-noon at Bridge Park located in Sylva. Info: 393.5236. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or website jacksoncountyfarmersmarket.org.

• The ‘Whee Farmer’s Market is open from 4 p.m. to dusk every Tuesday at the University Inn on 563 N. Country Club Drive in Cullowhee, behind the entrance to the Village of Forest Hills off Highway 107 across from Western Carolina University. 476.0334. www.facebook.com/CullowheeFarmersMarket.

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

• Swain County Farmers Market will be open from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. on Fridays starting May 5 through October at the barn on Island Street in Bryson City. 488.3848 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Competitive Edge

• Registration deadline for Greening Up the Mountains festival 5K is April 19. Race is at 9 a.m. on April 22. $17.50 to register. Register at https://runsignup.com/Race/NC/Sylva/GreeningUptheMountains. Info: www.greeningupthemountains.com or 631.4587.

• The Pisgah Pavement Pounder 5K will start at Pisgah High School at 9 a.m. on Saturday, April 22, offering a mostly level course and the chance to help underprivileged students. Proceeds will provide food, clothing and other necessities to students whose needs are identified by the school social worker. Register: www.imathlete.com. 

• The fourth-annual Fairview Flyin’ Eagle 5K Run/Walk is at 9:15 a.m. on Saturday, April 29, in Sylva. $20 before April 28 or $25 on race day. 

• The New Vision Gymnastics Flippin’ 5K will run along the Little Tennessee River Greenway at 9 a.m. on Saturday, April 29, in Franklin. Proceeds will benefit the New Vision Gymnastics Competitive Team. $25, and $15 for the Lil’ Flippers Fun Run to start at 8:30 a.m.  Register at www.active.com. 

Hiking Clubs 

• The Wilderness Society Southern Appalachian Office will host a guided hike on Wednesday, April 19, in the Southern Nantahala Wilderness near franklin. Five miles round-trip, moderate-to-somewhat-strenuous with an elevation gain of 1,500 feet. RSVP required: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 587.9453

• Fontana’s annual Spring Hike Week is through April 21. Events and lectures for guests wanting to explore the mountains. www.fontanavillage.com.

• A Tellico Hike is scheduled for 11 a.m.-4 p.m. on April 20. Led by Mainspring Founding Director Paul Carlson. Part of the 20-for-20 celebration. http://arcg.is/2kEwmAo, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. 

• A Hike in the Pisgah Natural Forest will be held from 9 a.m.-noon on April 20 at the Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education in Brevard. Registration required: http://tinyurl.com/jq4r6x3. Info: 877.4423. 

• The Nantahala Hiking Club will take a moderate, seven-mile hike with an elevation change of 200 feet on Saturday, April 22, from Sandy Ford to Earl’s Ford on the Georgia Bartram Trail. Reservations: 524.5298.

• The Nantahala Hiking Club will take a moderate-to-strenuous six-mile hike on Saturday, April 29, from Betty Creek Gap to Carter Gap Shelter. Reservations: 369.1983.

• Nantahala Hiking Club holds monthly trail maintenance days from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. on every fourth Saturday at 173 Carl Slagle Road in Franklin. Info and to register: 369.1983.

• Hike of the Week is at 10 a.m. every Friday at varying locations along the parkway. Led by National Park Service rangers. www.nps.gov/blri or 298.5330, ext. 304.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Outdoor clubs

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

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

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

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

• Cold Mountain Photographic Society is a camera/photography club for amateurs and professionals who want to learn about and share their knowledge of photography with others. Must be 18 or older to join. Meetings are held at 7 p.m. the second Monday of each month in the conference room of Haywood Regional 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..">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. 

• 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..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Ongoing 

Business & Education 

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

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

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

• The Wheels Through Time Museum in Maggie Valley is now open for its 2017 season. The museum showcases one of the rarest collections of vintage motorcycles and antique automobiles. Hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursday through Monday. Admission is $12 for adults, $10 for seniors age 65 and up, and $6 for children. www.wheelsthroughtime.com. 

• 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..">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..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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

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

Health Matters

• Reflections through the Looking Glass is offered from 6-8 p.m. on the fourth Wednesday of each month at the Meditation Center in Sylva. Facilitator Nancy Hopp, Med., facilitates a small group interested in advancing self-awareness by journaling about their life’s path. $10 donation per class. To register: 356.1105 or www.meditate-wnc.org/classes.

• Al-Anon, a fellowship of relatives and friends of alcoholics who believe their lives have been affected by someone else’s drinking, meets at 10 a.m. on Saturdays at the Macon County Public Library in Franklin.  356.2800. 

• “Health on Wheels” road ride, a relaxing social ride supporting physical and mental recovery from illness or injury – as well as anyone who hasn’t ridden in awhile – starts at 10:30 a.m. every Thursday at Canton Rec Park. For info, contact Michelle Trantham at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Melissa Rockett at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it./">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it./

• A Tuesday Meditation Group meets at 6:30 p.m. on the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Franklin. 

• A health-centered lunch and learn will be held on the third Thursday of every other month starting with the noon event on Aug. 20 at Swain Medical Park. Free light lunch will be served. Presented by Swain County Hospital and Swain County Health Department. 586.7734 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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

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

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

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

• A pro bono clinic will provide physical therapy services to underserved and underinsured populations of Western North Carolina from 6-8:30 p.m. on the first and third Wednesdays of every month on the first floor of the Health and Human Sciences Building in Cullowhee. For information, contact the clinic at 227.3527 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">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. On Dec. 13, chef Sean Ruddy will speak on Holiday Recipes. Donations for Toys for Tots accepted. 349.2426.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Kids & Families

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

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

• A community breastfeeding information and support group is held from 10:30-noon on the first Saturday of each month in the main lobby of the Smoky Mountain OB/GYN office in Sylva. Free. Brandi Nations at 587.8214.

Kid’s Arts

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

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

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

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

Recreation & Fitness

Yoga

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Dance

• A Community Dance is held on the second Sunday at 2:30 p.m. of each month in the Community Room on the second floor of the old courthouse in the Jackson County Library Complex in Sylva. Community dinner follows the dance at 5 p.m. Bring a covered dish, plate, cup, cutler and a water bottle. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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

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

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

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

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

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

Aerobic

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

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

Martial arts

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

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

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

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

Other

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

A&E

Classes and Programs

• The Mountain Writers Group meets at 1 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month at Blue Ridge Books in Waynesville. Free; open to the public. 456.6000 or www.blueridgebooksnc.com.

• The Haywood Community Band rehearses from 7-8:30 p.m. each Thursday at Grace Episcopal Church in Waynesville. If interested, call band president Rhonda Wilson Kram at 456.4880.

• Western North Carolina Woodturners, Inc., meet at 6 p.m. on the second Thursday of each month (March through November) at Blue Ridge School in Glenville. Visitors welcome.

• Western North Carolina Woodturners, Inc., meet at 6 p.m. on the first Tuesday of each month at Alternative School, in Sylva. Visitors welcome.        

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

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

• Open Studio Hours at the Cowee Pottery School, a free perk available to current students, are from 1- 4 p.m. on Sundays and from noon-4 p.m. on Mondays at Macon County Heritage School north of Franklin. 

• A Creative Business Plan Competition for professional craft artists will be presented over a series of eight sessions by Southwestern Community College’s Small Business Center from 2-5 p.m. on Thursdays at the SCC Swain Center. Register at www.ncsbc.net. Free.

• The Bascom in Highlands offers Open Studio Packages to Bascom Members interested in being part of a studio community. As an Open Studio Artist you will have access to the facilities, tools and equipment in the Dave Drake Studio Barn and the Adult Education Studio at any time during Open Studio hours. Weekly classes are available to studio members, as well as discounts on workshops. For more information, call 526.4949.

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

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

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

The Spiritual Side 

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

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

• 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..">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..">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..">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..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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

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

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

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

Political corner

Democratic party

• Macon County Democratic Party Headquarters, 544 E. Main St., in Franklin, is open from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, and 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Saturday. 369.8561.

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

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

• Jackson County Democratic Party meets the third Tuesday of every month at 6:30 p.m. at party Headquarters, 500 Mill St., Sylva. Becky Kornegay, 293-3999.

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

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

GOP

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

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

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

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

Other political groups

• Occupy/WNC General Assembly meets from 7-8:30 p.m. every second and fourth Tuesday at Sneak E Squirrel Community Room in Sylva. 743-9747. 

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

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 400.5475. 

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

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

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

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

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

Senior Activities

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

• A fitness class designed specifically for seniors will meet from 11 a.m.-noon on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays through March 25 at the Waynesville Recreation Center. 456.2030 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

• 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.

• Senior Resource Center Brain Gym, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, 81 Elmwoodflea 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, and much more. 356.2800.

• 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.

Volunteering

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Civic groups & Clubs

Haywood

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

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

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

• Waynesville chapter of the Smoky Mountain Chess Club meets from 1 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..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Waynesville meetings, 648.5739.   Sylva meetings, 586.9815.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Jackson

•The Sylva Photo Club holds a meeting at 2 p.m. on the second Saturday of each month at the Cullowhee Methodist Church. 293.9820 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. This month’s program is at Dr. J. Dan Pitillo’s wildflower garden. $5 donation for visitors; free for members. Membership is $20 per year or $10 for students. Call 226.3840 for reservations and directions.

• Jackson County Genealogical Society meets at 6:30 p.m. on the second Thursday of each month in the Community Room of the Historic Jackson County Courthouse in Sylva. Free; open to the public. 631.2646.

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

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

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

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

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

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

• Jackson County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors meets at 3 pm on first Monday of the month and third Monday of the month at 6 pm at Justice & Administration Building. 586.2155.

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

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

Macon

• Gem City Forum Toastmasters Club #296 meets at 5:30 p.m. every Tuesday in The Drake Education Center in Franklin. www.gemcityforum.org/wpblog.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

• 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..">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..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Park at the rear of the church and enter the building across the elevated cement sidewalk that leads to the second floor room #210, which is the first door on the right.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

• 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..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. 

Jackson

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

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

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

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

• Grief Support Group, 1 to 2:30 p.m. Fridays 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..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Macon

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Swain

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

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

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

Government meetings

Haywood

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Jackson

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

• Sylva town board: 5:30 p.m. second Thursday of each month and 9:15 a.m. fourth Thursday of each month. Town Hall. 586.2719.

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

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

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

• Jackson County Planning Board: 6 p.m. second Thursday of the month. Heritage room at the Department of Aging, 100 County Services Park in Sylva. 631.2261.

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

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

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

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

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

Macon

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

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

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

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

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

Swain

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

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

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

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