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Regional Calendar

Community Events & Announcements    

• Blue Ridge Books in Waynesville now has a used book section and is accepting books in exchange for credit on other used books, and a free book is available from the giveaway cart for anyone who buys three or more.

• “A Lost Cmmunity: A Glimpse of Judson Before the Lake” will be the program at the monthyl Swain County Genealogical and Historical Society meeting at 6:30 p.m. July 2 at 200 Main St., Bryson City. The presenter will be Kathy Thomas Greene. 

• Cherokee storytellers will spin tales of days gone by from 7-9 p.m. July 3-4 at Oconaluftee Islands Park, adjacent to the Island Indian Art Market. Free. Free. Marshmallows for roasting will be provided. 800.438.1601 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ; or contact Frieda Huskey at 359.6492 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

• "What is the most important thing you have learned in your life so far?" will be the topic for the Franklin Open Forum to be held at 7 p.m. Monday, July 6, at Rathskeller Coffee Haus & Pub, located Downtown at 58 Stewart Street, Franklin. Those interested in an open exchange of ideas (dialog not debate) are invited to attend. 828.371.1020. 

• Drink-N-Think, a modern symposium, will be held from 7-9 p.m. Tuesday, July 7, at Soul Infusion Tea House and Bistro located at 628 East Main Street, Sylva. Rick Gorton will present "Heart, Mind, Body and Soul Connection." 

• Downtown Sylva’s Newly Designated Historic District is the name of the Jackson County Genealogical Society’s July program that will be held at 7 p.m. July 9 in the Community Room of the Historic Jackson County Courthouse. The speaker will be Jackson County native and local historian, Joe Rhinehart. Call 631.2646.   

• Macon County League of Women Voters will hold a tax policy and budget forum from 6:30-8 p.m. Juy 9 at Franklin Town Hall. Greg Borom, director of advocacy, Children First/Communities, in Schools of Buncombe County will be the main speaker. Sheila Price from Social Services will also give an update on Senior Food Programs. 

•  The Annual Meeting of the Friends of the Jackson County Public Library will convene at 11:30 a.m. July 9 at the home of President Patricia Cowen with a covered dish luncheon. Call 586.8376. Address is 568 Dillsboro Road (marked on mailbox, a white house with bright red door). OK to park on lawn. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

• Glenville Area Historical Society’s History Tour is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. on Saturday, July 19, with the theme of a “Heritage Tour.” Self-guided; approximately 2-3 hours. Tickets sold until 2 p.m. on tour day at Hamburg Baptist Church. Advance tickets available through July 17 at Lakeside Flea, Glenville Community Development Club and from GAHS members. For info, call 743.1658 or 743.6744 or write This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

• North Carolina’s annual Beef Field Day, an educational program for cattle producers, is set for 8:30 a.m. Saturday, July 18, at the Mountain Research Station on Test Farm Road in Waynesville. Dee Shore, 919.513.3117 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

• “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. .

• The Historic Frog Level Merchants Association will hold its annual board meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 21, at the Old Armory, 44 Boundary St., Waynesville. Individuals interested in serving on the board are invited to a Meet & Greet at 6 p.m. July 16 at Mountain Spirit Wellness, 254 Depot Street in Waynesville. Call 813-629-1835.

• The Haywood County Friends of the Library Book Sale will be held from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. July 23, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. July 24 and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 25 at the Waynesville branch of the Public Library. Pricing for paperbacks varies from $2, $1 and 50 cents. Book donations will be accepted until July 6. Call 627.2370.

• Canton Pool is open 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Saturday. They will host a “themed” family nights from 5:30-8:30 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays. 648.2363.

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

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

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

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

 

Business & Education  

• Bryson City Downtown Merchants Association meets at 8 a.m. on Thursday, July 2, at the chamber of commerce.

• Resume writing workshops are scheduled for 2 p.m. on Monday, July 13, and Monday, July 20, at Marianna Black Library in Bryson City. Southwestern Community College instructor Robert Cooper will offer the class for any job seeker who would like help brushing up a resume. Registration required by July 8 for the first session and by July 15 for the second session: 488.3030.

• A bark basket workshop will be held from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 7, at Western Carolina University’s Mountain Heritage Center. The cost is $25 and includes all materials. Reserve a spot by Friday, July 3. Call 828.227.7129 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

• The Western Carolina University Diabetes Education Summit, presented by WCU’s School of Nursing and Harris Regional and Swain Community hospitals will run from Monday through Friday, July 13-17, at the Health & Human Sciences Building in Cullowhee. CNE credit hours are available, and live activity qualifies for CDR Continuing Professional Education for dieticians. For info, visit pdp.wcu.edu or call 227.7397.

• The Appalachian Food Pantry School is now accepting applications for this year’s courses, which run on Tuesdays from July 21-Aug. 11 at a location to be determined. Co-sponsored by MANNA Food Bank and the MountainWise Public Health Partnership; funded by the Community Foundation of Western North Carolina. More info and online registration available at www.wncfpc.org.

• Registration is underway for a social media workshop for restaurant owners and managers that will be held from 1-4 p.m. on Monday July 27 at Wells Events Center in Waynesville. Instructor is Jennifer Grantham of Manic Social. $100. 708.7575 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

 

Fundraisers and Benefits 

• “Eat for a Cause” July 1 at the Lakeside Restaurant in Highlands. Fifteen percent of all sales will be donated to the playhouse.

526.2695 or www.highlandsplayhouse.org. 

• Videos are being accepted through July 1 for Sarge’s feline event on July 16. Videos should be under three minutes. Entry fee is $10 per video; it’s a donation to Sarge’s Animal Rescue Foundation. Submit to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

• A Taste of Local Flavors fundraiser is scheduled for July 2 at Mad Batter Food and Film in Sylva. Head chef Jeannette Evans serves special dishes made from locally grown produce, meats, eggs Event raises funds and support for the Jackson County Farmers Market. Mad Batter is open daily from 11 a.m.-9 p.m. and from 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Farmers Market is open from 9 a.m.-noon every Saturday at Bridge Park. Info: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or www.jacksoncountyfarmersmarket.org.

• A beach party to benefit REACH of Haywood County is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. on July 10 at the Laurel Ridge Country Club pavilion in Waynesville. Casual, summer attire. Photo booth, dunk tank, limbo contest and tropical cocktails. Tickets are $75. 246.9209.www.reachofhaywood.org.• Friends of the Library Book Sale Committee needs books for its annual sale on July 23-25. Books can be picked up at your home. Call Sandy Denman, committee chair, at 627.2370.

• Tickets are currently on sale for “Bluegrass, Blue Jeans & Bling” – a fundraiser for the Southwestern Community College Foundation featuring performances by the Darren Nicholson Band as well as classics singer Steve Johannessen. Event is at 6 p.m. on Saturday, July 25, at Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort. Tickets: $150 each; includes hors d’oeuvres and entrees prepared by Harrah’s chefs; dancing; entry for door prizes; raffle and drink tickets. Proceeds benefit SCC’s Student Success Campaign – an effort to raise more than $1 million to primarily go toward student scholarships. Contact Kathy Posey at 339.4227 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

 

Health Matters 

• The American Red Cross will hold a blood drive from 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m. on July 1 at Taylor Motor Company in Waynesville. To make an appointment, download the Red Cross Blood Donor app, visit redcrossblood.org or call 800.RED.CROSS (800.733.2767).

• The American Red Cross will hold a blood drive from 1:30-6 p.m. on July 7 at Oak Grove Baptist Church in Clyde. To make an appointment, download the Red Cross Blood Donor app, visit redcrossblood.org or call 800.RED.CROSS (800.733.2767).

• The American Red Cross will hold a blood drive from 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. on July 7 at Drake Enterprises in Franklin. To make an appointment, download the Red Cross Blood Donor app, visit redcrossblood.org or call 800.RED.CROSS (800.733.2767).

• The American Red Cross will hold a blood drive from 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m. on July 8 at Senior Resource Center in Waynesville. To make an appointment, download the Red Cross Blood Donor app, visit redcrossblood.org or call 800.RED.CROSS (800.733.2767).

• The American Red Cross will hold a blood drive from 10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. on July 8 at Cashiers Glenville Recreation Center in Cashiers. To make an appointment, download the Red Cross Blood Donor app, visit redcrossblood.org or call 800.RED.CROSS (800.733.2767).

• The Alzheimer’s Association will be conducting a lecture on dementia from 1-2:30 p.m. July 9 at the Waynesville Library, 678 S. Haywood St. The series will be led by The Alzheimer’s Association representative and volunteer Dodi Christiano, LPC. 

• The American Red Cross will hold a blood drive from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. on July 9 at WestCare Health in Sylva. To make an appointment, download the Red Cross Blood Donor app, visit redcrossblood.org or call 800.RED.CROSS (800.733.2767).

• The American Red Cross will hold a blood drive from 7:30 a.m.-noon on July 11 at Crabtree United Methodist Church in Clyde. To make an appointment, download the Red Cross Blood Donor app, visit redcrossblood.org or call 800.RED.CROSS (800.733.2767).

• The American Red Cross will hold a blood drive from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on July 15 at Cherokee Indian Hospital in Cherokee. To make an appointment, download the Red Cross Blood Donor app, visit redcrossblood.org or call 800.RED.CROSS (800.733.2767).

• “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. /

• 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 

• Bubble soccer will be offered from 7-9 p.m. on Wednesdays from June 24-July 8 at the Cashiers/Glenville Recreation Center. Ages 18-older. $1 entry fee per night. Info: 293.3053, 631.2020 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

• A 25-minute, full-body workout class is held at 5 p.m. every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at Waynesville Recreation Center. Cost is daily admission or membership. For info, call 456.2030. 

• Summer aqua fitness classes will be offered by Western Carolina University’s Office of Continuing and Professional Education from 12:10-12:55 p.m. every Tuesday and Thursday through July 30 in the Reid Gymnasium pool in Cullowhee. $35. For info or to register, call 227.7397 or go to conferences.wcu.edu.

• A new lunchtime fitness class will be held from noon-1 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays at Waynesville Recreation Center. Melissa Tinsley is the instructor. 456.2030.

 

Political corner 

• Swain County Commissioners’ Ad Hoc Animal Care Ordinance Committee will host a community input meeting from 7-9 p.m. on July 2 at the Alarka Community Center in Bryson City. The purpose is to gather input from county residents about adopting an animal control ordinance, what an ordinance could include and any concerns about how an ordinance might affect animals of value to Swain County residents. 

• The Sylva Board of Aldermen will hold a public hearing to take input on traffic issues in downtown Sylva at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 9, at Sylva Town Hall.

• The Jackson County Board of Commissioners will hold a public hearing at 5:30 p.m. on July 9 at the Justice and Administration Building in Sylva to receive public input concerning the revised “Cellular Telecommunications Ordinance.” Copies are available online atjacksonnc.org/planning or at the Planning Department at the Justice Center. Citizens are invited to make written or oral comments.

• The Jackson County Board of Commissioners will hold a public hearing at 5:45 p.m. on July 9 at the Justice and Administration Building in Sylva to receive public input concerning revisions to the “Revolving Loan Fund Program.” Copies are available online at jacksonnc.org or at the Economic Development Department at the Justice Center.  Citizens are invited to make written or oral comments.

• A North Carolina Tax Policy and Budget Forum will be hosted by the League of Women Voters from 6:30-8 p.m. on Thursday, July 9, at the Franklin Town Hall. Greg Borum, advocacy chair for Children First, will speak. Public is welcome. http://childrenfirstcisbc.org.

 

The Spiritual Side 

• The Rev. Susan Henry-Crowe will speak as part of the Summer Workshop Series at 10:45 a.m. on July 5 at Lake Junaluska Assembly’s historic Stuart Auditorium. Childcare available. www.lakejunaluska.com/summer-worship.

• The 12th annual Maggie Valley United Methodist barbecue and gospel sing is scheduled for 11 a.m.-2 p.m. on Saturday, July 11. Door prizes and performances by Angie Toomey, Children of Zion, Subject to Change and Maggie Valley UMC Choir. $8 per lunch; takeouts available. Proceeds support church missions. 926.9794.
• Dr. Lauren Winner will speak as part of the Summer Workshop Series at 10:45 a.m. on July 12 at Lake Junaluska Assembly’s historic Stuart Auditorium. Childcare available. www.lakejunaluska.com/summer-worship. 

 

Authors and Books

• “Turning the Poet Out of Doors: A Naturalist’s Guide to the Poetry of Robert Frost,” part of the Zahner Conservation Lectures, is set for 6:30 p.m. on July 2 at Highlands Nature Center. Dr. Peter White, a professor at UNC-Chapel Hill, is featured. 526.2623.

• “Let’s Talk About It” book discussion on the topic of “Mysteries: Clues to Who We Are” will cover “Devil in a Blue Dress” by Walter Mosely from 4-6 p.m. on Thursday, July 9, at Waynesville Public Library. Books are free and available at the library from Teresa Glance, whose office is on the main floor. Professor Emory Maiden of Appalachian State will lead the session.

• Western North Carolina Landscape Through Literature, an exploration in cultural and natural history through fiction, nonfiction and poetry, is scheduled for July 13-17 at Highlands Biological Station. Field trips, meeting with authors and happy hour at the nearest microbrew. www.highlandsbiological.org/summer-2015 or 526.2602.

 

Senior activities

• 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. .

• An iPhone/iPad user group meets from 2-3 p.m. on Tuesdays at Haywood County Senior Resource Center in Waynesville. 356.2813.

• A Cribbage group will begin meeting at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, July 7, at Haywood County Senior Resource Center in Waynesville. 356.2800.

• A session on advance directives is scheduled for 1-4 p.m. on Tuesday, July 7, at Haywood County Senior Resource Center in Waynesville. Offered in collaboration with Hospice and Palliative Care. Stop by the center or call 356.2800 to register. 

• iPad 101 is scheduled for 9:30-11:30 a.m. on Thursday, July 9 and July 23, at Haywood County Senior Resource Center in Waynesville. 356.2800. 

• Laptop lessons are offered from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 9 and July 23, at Haywood County Senior Resource Center in Waynesville. 356.2800.

• A field trip to Perry’s Water Gardens in Franklin, sponsored by Haywood County Senior Center, is set to depart at 9:15 a.m. on Wednesday, July 15. To register, call 356.2800 or stop by the center. $5 cost, plus cost of your meal. 

• 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.

 

Kids & Families   

• Students in Tuscola and Pisgah High, as well as rising eighth-graders at Waynesville Middle, can purchase books for their assigned summertime reading at Blue Ridge Books in Waynesville.

• A Family Nature Activity is offered from 3-4 p.m. every Tuesday through Aug. 15 for ages four and older at Highlands Nature Center. $1 per person; Salamembers are free. 526.2623.

• A video game tournament will be held at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, July 1, at Waynesville Library. Visit www.haywoodlibrary.org or call 452.5169.

• Animal Heroes with live alpacas for grades 3-6 is at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, July 1. 526.3600.

• Villian-themed activities are scheduled for Wednesday through Thursday, July 1-2, as part of the “Every Hero Has a Story” series at Marianna Black Library in Bryson City.  At 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, preschoolers create superhero capes and masks. And at 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, teens create minions and shrunken heads. 488.3030.

• “Every Hero Has a Story” – the summer reading program at Haywood County libraries in Canton and Waynesville – resumes with a Superhero Training Academy at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, July 1. Create a superhero identity and costume and go through a training course. Visit www.haywoodlibrary.org or call 452.5169 or 648.2924.

• Animal Heroes Storytime with Paco the Parrot is at 10 a.m. on Thursday, July 2, at Macon County Public Library in Franklin. 526.3600.

• “Every Hero Has a Story” – the summer reading program at Haywood County libraries in Canton and Waynesville – resumes with a Paper Airplane Contest at 2 p.m. on Thursday, July 2. All supplies provided. Visit www.haywoodlibrary.org or call 452.5169 or 648.2924.

• Games for kids, featuring indoor and outdoor games, is at 10 a.m. on Friday, July 3, at Macon County Public Library in Franklin. 526.3600.

• A kindergarten-readiness storytime is at 10 a.m. on Monday, July 6 and July 13, at Macon County Public Library in Franklin. 526.3600.

• A program about pollinators and how kids can help protect them will be held at 5 p.m. Tuesday, July 7, at the Marianna Black Library in Bryson City for kindergarten through second graders. Amber Platt, 488.3030 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . 

• Ronald McDonald will appear at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, July 7, at Macon County Public Library in Franklin. 526.3600.

• Professor Whizzpop performs at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, July 7, at Waynesville Public Library. Magic and balloon creations. Visit www.haywoodlibrary.org or call 452.5169.

• A junior forester program entitled “Exploring Ecosystems” will teach boys and girls ages 8-12 how to find connections in forests and wetlands from 10:30-12:30 p.m. on July 8 at the Cradle of Forestry in American in Pisgah Forest. $4 per youth; $2.50 per adult; adults with America the Beautiful and Golden Age passports admitted free. Registration required: 877.3130.

• Modern Day Heroes: Hurricane Katrina, is set for 10 a.m. on Wednesday, July 8, at Macon County Public Library in Franklin. 526.3600.

• Preschoolers will participate a program focused on community heroes and create their own community hero book at 10:10 a.m. Wednesday, July 8, at Marianna Black Library in Bryson City. 

• Grades 6th-12th will participate in a Superhero mix up program at 3:30 p.m. July 9 at Marianna Black Library in Bryson City. Participants will create their own superheroes using superpowers and costume requirements chosen at random.

• Community Heroes Storytime is at 10 a.m. on Thursday, July 9, at Macon County Public Library in Franklin. 526.3600.

• Lego Club meets from 4-5:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 9, at Macon County Public Library in Franklin. 526.3600. For ages 5-up.

• Two free jewelry making workshops for youth ages 8 and up will be held from 10:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. July 9 and July 23 a the Dillsboro Masonic Lodge. Dogwood Crafter Nan Smith will teach how to make a daisy chain beaded bracelet on July 9 and Leanne McCoy will teach participants to make a leather bracelet on July 23. Register at 828.586-2435 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

• Local Heroes presented by the Sheriff’s Office is scheduled for 10 a.m. on Friday, July 10, at Macon County Public Library in Franklin. 526.3600.

• Nature by Night program, a session that teaches adaptations of nocturnal animals through games, activities and observations, is scheduled for 9-10 p.m. on July 10 at the Highlands Nature Center in Highlands. Advance registration required: 526.2623. Cost is $3 per person; Salamembers are free. For ages 6-up.

• “Kids Introduction to Archery” is the topic of a program presented by Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education from 9:30-11 a.m. and 1-2:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 11, in Pisgah Forest. Safety as well as variations in bows and arrows will be covered, and there will be practice time for shooting at targets. For ages 8-15. 877.4423 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

• “A Week the Water” – a weeklong series of hands-on classes that focus on the art and skill of fly-fishing – is scheduled for 9 a.m.-noon on Monday through Friday, July 13-18, at Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education in Pisgah Forest. For ages 8-15. 877.4423 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

• Balsam Nature Center presents “Animal Heroes” at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, July 14, at Macon County Public Library in Franklin. 526.3600.

• Heroes in Our Community presented by the American Red Cross (for grades 3-6) is scheduled for 10 a.m. on Wednesday, July 15, at Macon County Public Library in Franklin. 526.3600.

• Nature Nuts: Stream Investigation, an opportunity to learn about aquatic macro invertebrates, is scheduled for 9-11 a.m. on Wednesday, July 15, at Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education in Pisgah Forest. For ages 4-7. 877.4423 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

• Teen DIY: Learn and create through a do-it-yourself series for ages 12-and-up at 4 p.m. on July 15 at the Canton Library. Visit www.haywoodlibrary.org or call 648.2924.

• Children’s Yoga is at 10:30 a.m. (for ages 3-7) and noon (for ages 8-11) on the second Thursday of each month at Canton Public Library. Sign-up required: 648.2924.

• “Plug in and Read,” a digital story time designed to help preschoolers (ages 3-6) learn early literacy skills, is held at 10:30 a.m. on the second Friday or fourth Monday of each month at Haywood County Public Library. Visit www.haywoodlibrary.org or call 452.5169 or 648.2924.

• “Baby/Toddler Sensory Play Time” is set for 10:30 a.m. on the third Wednesday of each month in the Canton Library Meeting Room. For children ages three months to four years. Visit www.haywoodlibrary.org or call 452.5169 or 648.2924.

• Anime Night is held for teens on the second Monday of each month at the Canton Library. For anime titles that will be shown, call 648.2924.

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

• A series of swim classes will be offered through the summer for children ranging from six months to teens at Western Carolina University’s Reid Gymnasium pool in Cullowhee. An adult must be in the pool with children from six months to three years old. Cost is $75 for ages six years and up; $44 for ages six months to five years old. More info at swim.wcu.edu.

• 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. http://haywoodlibrary.libguides.com/teen or 648.2924.

Kids Camps

• Summer Reading Adventures Day Camp for rising first and second graders is scheduled for 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. on July 6-10 at Western Carolina University in Cullowhee. http://www.wcu.edu/academics/edoutreach/conted/camps-and-programs-for-kids/index.asp

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

• Openings are available for the Summer Soar adventure camp hosted by Haywood Community Learning Center starting July 13. The camp is held from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday through Thursday through July 30 Activities include hiking, fishing, gardening and more. To reserve a spot, call Caroline Brown-Williamson at 454.6590, ext. 106. 

• A NatureWorks camp for ages 8-11 is set for 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on July 14-17 at the Highlands Nature Center. Learn about different parts of a forest, predators’ adaptations and more through games and activities. $85 per child. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , 526.2623 orwww.highlandsbiological.org.

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

• A Robotics with LEGOS Summer Day Camp will be offered for rising fifth through seventh graders from Monday through Friday, July 20-24, at Western Carolina University in Cullowhee. Explore technology behind robotic technology while building and programming with LEGO building sets. Camp meets from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday through Thursday then from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. on Friday. Early registration fee is $119. camps.wcu.edu or 227.7397.

• Haywood Community College will hold a free 2015 STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) summer camp from 9 a.m to 4 p.m. July 20-24 at the Regional High Technology Center. The camp is designed primarily for rising sophomores and juniors. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 828.627.5479.

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

• A Robotics Engineering for Teens Summer Day Camp will be offered for rising eighth through 12th graders from Monday through Friday, July 27-31, at Western Carolina University in Cullowhee. Learn the basics of engineering design and problem-solving processes. Camp meets from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday through Thursday then from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. on Friday. Early registration fee is $119. camps.wcu.edu or 227.7397.

• An Amazing Animals camp will be held for ages 7-10 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on July 28-31 at Highlands Nature Center. Learn how birds fly, whether a turtle can come out of its shell and more. $85 per child. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , 526.2623 or www.highlandsbiological.org.

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

• A Robotics with LEGOS Summer Day Camp will be offered for rising fifth through seventh graders from Monday through Friday, Aug. 3-7, at Western Carolina University in Cullowhee. Explore technology behind robotic technology while building and programming with LEGO building sets. Camp meets from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday through Thursday then from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. on Friday. Early registration fee is $119. camps.wcu.edu or 227.7397.

• Registration is underway for Summer Voice Music Camp at www.voicesinthelaurel.org or 734.9163. Open to singers entering first-12th grade in all area counties. Presented by Voices in the Laurel at First Baptist Church of Waynesville. $145 for rising third-12th graders, who’ll participate in full days. $85 for first-and-second graders, who participate in half-day program.

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

Ongoing kids activities and clubs

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Kids movies

• Family movies, rated PG, are shown at 2 p.m. on the second Wednesday of each month of the summer at Canton Public Library. Call 648.2924 for movie titles.

• “The Croods” is showing for free at 10 a.m. July 1-2 at Cherokee Phoenix Theatre. PhoenixTheatres.com or 497.7384.

• “Big Hero 6” (July 3) will be screened at the Mad Batter Food & Film in Sylva on July 3 at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.     www.madbatterfoodandfilm.com. 

• Only if there’s rain on July 4, “Big Hero 6” – rated PG – will be shown at Mad Batter in Sylva. If no rain, no movie.

• A children’s movie entitled “Planes: Fire and rescue” is set for 1 p.m. on Monday, July 6, at Macon County Public Library in Franklin. PG; 83 minutes. 526.3600.

• “How to Train Your Dragon 2” is showing for free at 10 a.m. July 7-9 at Cherokee Phoenix Theatre. PhoenixTheatres.com or 497.7384.

• A free family movie will be shown at 3:30 .m. July 7 at the Marianna Black Library in Bryson City. Five puppies granted super-canine powers confront an extraterrestrial bully from beyond the stars in this furry adventure for the entire family. 

• “Alvin & the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked” is showing for free at 10 a.m. July 7-9 at Cherokee Phoenix Theatre. PhoenixTheatres.com or 497.7384.

• “Ice Age 4: Continental Drift” is showing for free at 10 a.m. July 14-16 at Cherokee Phoenix Theatre. PhoenixTheatres.com or 497.7384.

• “Everyone’s Hero” is showing for free at 10 a.m. July 14-16 at Cherokee Phoenix Theatre. PhoenixTheatres.com or 497.7384.

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

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

Kids Story Times 

HAYWOOD

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

JACKSON

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

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

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

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

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

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

SWAIN

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

MACON

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

A&E

Festivals and Special Events 

• Mountain street dances with mountain music and clogging are scheduled for the following Friday nights: July 10, July 24 and Aug. 7 in downtown Waynesville. downtownwaynesville.com or 456.3517. Sponsored in part by Haywood County TDA. No animals allowed.

• The Maggie Valley Arts and Crafts Show will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. July 11, and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 12 at the Maggie Valley Festival Grounds. More than 100 vendors attending. Free event. 

• Artist Silvia Williams will have a multi media showing of her paintings at Village Framer in downtown Waynesville all of the month of July. There will be an artist's reception from 6-9 p.m. Friday, July 3, during the Art After Dark.

Silvia's paintings were recently featured in Art Quench magazine, a  Sun Valley, Calif. magazine.

• “Way Back When” trout dinner will be held at 5:30 p.m. Friday, July 3, at the Cataloochee Ranch in Maggie Valley. Featuring food and storytelling of a 1930’s Appalachian trout camp. Purchase tickets at 926.1401 or 800.868.1401 or www.cataloocheeranch.com.  Other dates for the dinner are: July 17 and 31; Aug. 14 and 28; and Sept. 4 and 25.

• The H Bar M Rodeo is scheduled for 5-10 p.m. on July 3-4 at the Haywood County Fairgrounds. Haywoodcountyfairgrounds.org or 400.1704.

• The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians’ 40th annual Pow Wow will be held July 3-5 at the Acquoni Expo Center. World-champion dancers and drums compete for prizes. Vendors from across the country will offer food and arts and crafts items. Event starts at 5 p.m. Friday, July 3, with a grand entry at 7 p.m.  800.438.1601 or www.visitcherokeenc.com.
• The Swannanoa Chamber Music Festival presents its 46th season to the listeners of Western North Carolina.  Concerts are at 7:30 p.m. July 5, 12, 19 and 26 at the Haywood Arts Regional Theatre in Waynesville. Also Aug. 2 at 7:30 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church in Waynesville. Ticket are $25 for individual tickets and $100 for a series ticket. Students age 25 and under are admitted free with appropriate student ID. www.swannanoachambermusic.com or 452.0593.

• Heritage Arts Summer Festival is from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on Saturday, July 11, at Southwestern Community College’s Swain Center. Potters in SCC’s Heritage Arts ceramics program will sell pottery in a variety of styles and techniques; woodwork, quilts and more will be sold, and Doug Hubbs will demonstration pottery throwing. Tangled Feet Stompers and Jones Brothers (Bluegrass) will perform. Free. ncheritageartsfestival.wordpress.com/heritage-arts-summer-festival.

• The 18th-annual Sweet Corn Festival, featuring food, activities, silent auction, arts and crafts vendors and live entertainment, is scheduled for 10 a.m.-3 p.m. on Saturday, July 11, at St. Cyprian’s Church in Franklin. Proceeds benefit All Saints outreach and CareNet.

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

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

• The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians’ 40th Annual Powwow kicks off July 3 and runs through July 5 at the Cherokee Acquoni Expo Center. Authentic Indian dancing, drumming and tribal regalia. Gates open 5 p.m. July 3 and at noon July 4-5. Daily admission is $12, or $10 a day with a Food Lion Card. Tickets can be purchased at the gate.

July Fourth Celebrations

• The Graham County Heritage Festival is July 3-4 in Robbinsville. Free. Local bluegrass and country bands, lumberjack competition, motorcycle show, fireworks and more. For info, contact Teresa Garland at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 479.3250. 

• Mac & Plate Full O’ Blues will perform the blues during “An Evening of Red, White & Blues” at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, July 3, at the gazebo on the square in downtown Franklin. 524.2516 or www.townoffranklinnc.com.

• 3D Projection Mapping will be performed at the Evening of Red, White & Blues starting at dark on July 3 in downtown Franklin. www.TheEventProjectionist.com.

• Nantahala Outdoor Center’s “Sizzlin’ Fourth of July” weekend is July 3-5 and features family-friendly outdoor events and music. More info at noc.com/events.

• The third-annual Fireworks Extravaganza on the Green is at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 4, at the Village Green commons in Cashiers. The Extraordinaires (classics like Wilson Pickett, O’Jays, Bruce Springsteen, more) perform. www.villagegreencashiersnc.com.

• Stars & Stripes celebration is scheduled for 11 a.m.-3 p.m. on Saturday, July 4, on Main Street in downtown Waynesville. Shops, galleries and restaurants will be open; live music and entertainment. A Kids on Main patriotic parade is at 11 a.m. Main Street cookout from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. More info at www.DowntownWaynesville.com or 456.3517. No animals allowed.

• Lake Junaluska will feature Independence Day celebrations from July 2-5. Lakejunaluska.com or 452.2881.

• Canton will hold a Fourth of July Celebration. Cantonnc.com or 648.2363.

• “Red, White and Boom” is July 4 at Maggie Valley Festival Grounds. Maggievalley.org or 926.1686.

• July 4 is free fishing day in North Carolina. From 12:01 a.m.-11:59 p.m., everyone in the state can fish in any public body of water without purchasing a fishing license. Anyone 16 or older needs a fishing license all other days of the year. Call the N.C. Wildlife Commission at 888.248.6834 or visit www.ncwildlife.org.

• The Concerts on the Creek (Sylva) series at Bridge Park Pavilion will feature fireworks at dark and a performance by Darren Nicholson & Friends featuring David Holt (bluegrass) from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. and the The Business (rhythm & blues) from 6:30-9:30 on July 4. Free. www.mountainlovers.com.  

• The Depot in Bryson City will have the annual Freedom fest celebration on Saturday July 4 from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Great food, music, fireworks and more. www.greatsmokies.com.

• Fireworks to be held at the Franklin Recreation Park on Saturday, July 4 at dusk. www.franklinnc.com.

• The “Singing In The Smokies” Independence Weekend Festival will run from July 2-4 at Inspiration Park in Bryson City. Hosted by Appalachian/gospel group The Inspirations, the event will also feature live music from The Kingsmen, Troy Burns Family, Dixie Echoes, The Chuck Wagon Gang, The McKameys and Smoky Mountain Reunion. Tickets are $20 per day, per adult. Children ages 12 and under are free. www.theinspirations.com. 

• An all-day celebration for Americas 239th birthday will be held July 4 at Sapphire Valley Resort, 207 Saphire Valley Rd, Sapphire. There will be a cakewalk during the event. Call Mary at 828.743.1163 to volunteer or donate a cake.

On Stage & In Concert   

• Marshall Ballew (Americana, multiple styles) performs at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, July 1, in the Meeting Room of the Macon County Public Library in Franklin. Info on Ballew at reverbnation.com/marshallballew. 

• Balsam Range is in concert at 7:30 p.m. on July 2 at Stuart Auditorium at Lake Junaluska. 800.222.4930.

• Singer songwriter Marshall Ballew will perform at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, July 2, in the Jackson County Library Community Room. Free. He performs on a variety of stringed instruments, including guitar, banjo, fiddle, dobro, Hawaiian guitar, and tiple. 

• Legendary country music band Alabama performs at 8 p.m. on Thursday, July 2, at Harrah’s Cherokee Event Center. Tickets available at Ticketmaster.com.

• The faculty of the Mountain Collegium Music Workshop will perform a recital of medieval, renaissance, baroque and contemporary music on early and folk instruments at 8 p.m. on Thursday, July 2, at Cullowhee Baptist Church. Free; donations to the Gerald R. Moore Mountain Collegium Scholarship accepted. Info about the organization available at www.mountaincollegium.org. For concert info, contact Jody Miller at 404.314.1891 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

• American Pride will perform at 8 p.m. on July 3 at EagleNest Entertainment in Maggie Valley. Tickets: $15.

• Fourteen-time Grammy Award-winner Ricky Skaggs will perform at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, July 3 at Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts in Franklin. Tickets start at $25 each. Tickets and info available at GreatMountainMusic.com or call 866.273.4615.

• The Swannanoa Chamber Music Festival Program is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. on July 3 at the Performing Arts Center in Waynesville. $25 per individual or $80 for season pass. 452.0593 or haywoodarts.org.

• Phoenix Dusk (eclectic folk) will perform at 7 p.m. Thursday, July 9, at the Marianna Black Library in Bryson City. Call 828.488.3030.

• The Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest is scheduled for July 9-11 at Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort. Artists interested in competing can visit graceland.com; tickets available for the preliminaries and finals at ticketmaster.com.

• “Oklahoma” will be on stage July 10-Aug. 2 at HART Theatre in Waynesville. Shows are at 7:30 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and at 3 p.m. on Sundays. Harttheatre.com or 456.6322.

• Paula Hanke performs at 7 p.m. on Saturday, July 11, as part of “Jazz Divas” series at Classic Wineseller in Waynesville. Joining Hanke will be partner Tony Godwin (guitar, vocals), Zack Page (bass) and Bill Berg (drums). $44.00 show ticket includes four-course dinner. 452.6000 or www.classicwineseller.com.

• Summer Jazz Series features “Paula Hanke” on July 11 at the Classic Wineseller in Waynesville. classicwineseller.com or 452.6000.

• “Anything Goes” will hit the stage through July 11 at the Highlands Playhouse. Show times are 8 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday and an additional showing at 2 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Tickets are $32.50.
• Bogart’s Live Bluegrass/String Band is at 6:30 p.m. every Thursday at 303 S. Main Street in Waynesville. 452.1313.

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

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

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

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

• The Maggie Valley Opry House will have legendary banjoist Raymond Fairchild at 8 p.m. nightly through October. Admission is $12. www.raymondfairchild.com or 926.9336.

Outdoor Music

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

• The Concerts on the Creek (Sylva) series at Bridge Park Pavilion will have Dashboard Blue (rock, rhythm & blues, beach) at 7 p.m. on July 3. Free. www.mountainlovers.com.

• “Music on the River” concert series will feature Amazing Grace Ministries from 7-9 p.m. on July 3-5, at the Oconaluftee River Stage in downtown Cherokee.  Free. 800.438.1601, 359.6490 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

• Aaron Tracy Band will perform from 7-10 p.m. on Friday, July 3, at Fontana Village Resort. Fontanavillage.com.

• Chillbillies will perform from 7-10 p.m. on Saturday, July 4, at Fontana Village Resort. Fontanavillage.com.

• Saturdays On Pine (Highlands) summer concert series will have Fritz & the Crooked Beat from 6 to 8 p.m. July 4 in Kelsey-Hutchinson Park. www.highlandschamber.org. 

• “Music on the River” concert series will feature Eastern Blue Band from 7-9 p.m. on July 10, at the Oconaluftee River Stage in downtown Cherokee.  Free. 800.438.1601, 359.6490 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

• Owner of the Sun (Americana) will perform as part of Concerts on the Creek from 7-9 p.m. on July 10 at Bridge Park in Sylva. 800.962.1911.

• Larry Patton will perform from 7-10 p.m. on Friday, July 10, at Fontana Village Resort. Fontanavillage.com.

• Erica Nicole (country) will perform as part of the Groovin’ On the Green in Cashiers at 6:30 p.m. on July 10, at Village Commons in Cashiers. Free. Family friendly.  visitcashiersvalley.com. 

• “Music on the River” concert series will feature A36 Band from 7-9 p.m. on July 11, at the Oconaluftee River Stage in downtown Cherokee.  Free. 800.438.1601, 359.6490 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

• Soco Creek Band will perform from 7-10 p.m. on Saturday, July 11, at Fontana Village Resort. Fontanavillage.com.

• Somebody’s Child Guitar & harmonies, covers & originals will perform from 6:30-8 p.m. on July 11 at the Depot in Bryson City. Free; part of the Music in the Mountains free concert series. Free. www.greatsmokies.com. 

• The Pickin’ on the Square (Franklin) summer concert series will have The Blue Ridge Qt Great Southern Gospel QT July 11 at 7:30 p.m. Free. An open mic jam session begins at 6:30 p.m. www.franklinnc.com/pickin.html.

• Kelsey-Hutchinson Park (Highlands) will have Hobohemians (Americanized 
vagabond-style bohemianism )as part of their “Saturdays on Pine” summer concert series at 6 p.m. July 11. www.highlandschamber.org.

Nightlife  

• Dulci Ellenberger (guitar, vocals), performs at 7 p.m. on Friday, July 3, as part of “Jazz Divas” series at Classic Wineseller in Waynesville. 452.6000 or www.classicwineseller.com.

• Calvin and the Funk perform at 7 p.m. on July 3 at BearWaters Brewing in Waynesville. bwbrewing.com or 246.0602.

• The Classic Wineseller in Waynesville will feature live music at 7 p.m. on July 4. 452.6000.

• Andrews Brewing Company will have Mangas Colorado at 7 p.m. on July 4. $5. 321.2006 or www.AndrewsBrewing.com.

• Bird in Hand and Rye Baby perform July 4 at Innovation Brewing in Sylva.

• Local metal showcase will be featured on July 4 at Water’n Hole in Waynesville.

• Joe Cruz performs at 7 p.m. on Saturday, July 4 and Friday, July 17 at Classic Wineseller in Waynesville. 452.6000 or www.classicwineseller.com.

• Freeway Revival will be featured on July 10 at Water’n Hole in Waynesville.

• Doug Hammel (jazz, pop) performs at 7 p.m. on Friday, July 10, at Classic Wineseller in Waynesville. 452.6000 or www.classicwineseller.com.

• Dogwood Winter performs at 6 p.m. on July 10 as part of Andrews Brewing Company’s Patio Music Series. No cover. 321.2006 or www.AndrewsBrewing.com.

• Drew and Dale jam on July 11 at Water’n Hole in Waynesville.

• The Local performs July 11 at Innovation Brewing in Sylva. 

• Fat Cheek Kat performs at 7 p.m. on July 11 at Andrews Brewing Company. 321.2006 or www.AndrewsBrewing.com.

• Boojum Brewing Company (Waynesville) will have an open mic night at 8:30 p.m. on Mondays in their downtown taproom. Free and open to the public. 246.0350 or www.boojumbrewing.com. 

• “Wine on Wednesday” is set for 6-8 p.m. at the Classic Wineseller in Waynesville. Free wine tasting with dinner ($15 minimum) or $6 per person. 452.6000. 

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

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

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

Classes and Programs   

• Linda Miller will demonstrate her paper cutting technique, and Susan Easton will work with Clay, from 1-4 p.m. on July 4 at Tunnel Mountain Crafts in Dillsboro. 

• Johanna Ohly (potter) and Diane Herring (watercolor artist/jewelry maker) are featured artists for the month of July at Tunnel Mountain Crafts in Dillsboro. Shop is open from 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday through Saturday and noon-4 p.m. on Sunday.

• The annual Balsam Arts & Crafts summer show is set for 9 a.m.-3 p.m. on July 4 at the Balsam Fire Department. Displayed items will include wreaths, crocheted items, handmade baskets and more. A portion of entrée fees benefit the fire department.

• Flea Market at the Fairgrounds is from 7 a.m.-2 p.m. on July 4 and July 12 at the Haywood County Fairgrounds in Waynesville. www.haywoodcountyfairgrounds.org or 400.1704.

• The Blue Ridge Artists & Crafters Association Freedom Arts & Craft Show will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 4-5 at the Haywood County Fairgrounds in Lake Junaluska. www.bracaorg.com or 550.0639.

• "Quilting 101," a six-session introduction to quilting, will begin on Tuesday, July 7, and continue every other Tuesday through September at the Cruso Community Center, 13186 Cruso Road, Canton. The cost is $60 for all six sessions. Sign up at www.crusoquilter.com/quilting101, call 828.400.7323 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

• A workshop on many of the new e-resources available, how to register for them and how to download books, magazines and audiobooks to your device will be held at 10 a.m. July 9 at Marianna Black Library in Bryson City. Bring your library card, laptops or tablets.

• A floral arrangements workshop featuring designer Jodie Zahner will be held at 10 a.m. July 10 at Dovecote Porch & Gardens in Cashiers.  Dovecote provides a container. Wear casual clothes, bring an umbrella and a friend. Limit 12. Free. An optional fee of $35 includes vessel for arrangement and goodies.

• A Triple Arts – Music Theater Intensive is scheduled for July 5-19 at Western Carolina University in Cullowhee. Residential camp designed to give aspiring performers at any level the opportunity to work directly with top industry pros. Founded by Broadway veterans and current stars of the Tony-winning Broadway revival of “PIPPIN” – Terrence Mann and Charlotte d’Amboise.

• Intro to Felting, Beginning Basics of Mountain Style Dance, Intro to Enamel, Play in Clay, Artful Finishes for Wood, Handspun Fun, Designer Tote Bag, Altered Image or Cuttlefish Casting will be the choices for Haywood Community College’s next “Student for a Day Series” program, which is scheduled for noon-4 p.m. on July 11.

• The Maggie Valley Summer Arts & Crafts Show is from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. on July 11-12 and July 24-25 at Maggie Valley Festival Grounds. Maggievalley.org or 926.1686.

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

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

Art showings and galleries 

• Sylvia Williams will have a multi-media showing of her paintings throughout July, and she’ll be featured in an artist’s reception on July 3at Village Framer in downtown Waynesville. 500.6307.

• A new art museum gift shop named “FAMShop” is open from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. on Monday through Friday in the John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center on Western Carolina University’s campus in Cullowhee. Features wide variety of works created by students, faculty, staff members, alumni and friends of WCU. New exhibits are also on display nearby at the Fine Arts Museum Galleries. Admission is free; donations accepted. For more info, call 227.3591 or write This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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

• “Solitude & Mystery: John Julius Wilnoty” on exhibition through August 2 at Qualla Arts and Crafts Mutual in Cherokee.  497.3103.

Call for vendors/sponsors

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

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

Film & Screen 

• A movie for grown-ups will be shown at 2 and 7 p.m. on Thursday, July 2, in the Macon County Public Library Meeting Room in Franklin. Movie is Rated R, stars Michael Keaton and Emma Stone and runs 1:59. Description: A washed-up actor who played an iconic superhero battles his ego and attempts to recover his family, his career and himself. 524.3600.

• “Danny Collins” will be screened at the Mad Batter Food & Film in Sylva on July 2 at 8:30 p.m. www.madbatterfoodandfilm.com.

• A classic movie starring Steve McQueen and Jacqueline Bisset will be shown at 2 p.m. on Friday, July 3, in the Meeting Room of the Macon County Public Library in Franklin. Description: An all-guts, no-glory San Francisco cop becomes determined to find the underworld kingpin that killed the witness in his protection. Runtime: 1:54. 524.3600.

• “American Sniper” will run at 7 p.m. July 3-5, 7-8 and 10 and 4 p.m. on July 4 at The Strand at 38 Main in Waynesville. www.38main.com or 283.0079.

• “Alternative Art Cards,” a DVD with Margaret Peot, will be shown at the Art League of the Smokies’ meeting at 6:15 p.m. on Tuesday, July 7, at Swain County Center for the Arts in Bryson City. Free. Peot encourages viewers to step outside of traditional methods. Info on Peot: www.MargaretPeot.com. Info about Art League of the Smokies: Call Jenny Johnson at 488.7843 or visit www.swain.k12.nc.us/cfta.

• “Batman” starring Michael Keaton will be shown at 2 and 6 p.m. on Thursday, July 9, at Macon County Public Library in Franklin. PG; 2:06. For info, call 524.3600.

• “The End of the Affair” starring Deborah Kerr and Van Johnson will be shown on Friday, July 10, at Macon County Public Library. 1:45. 524.3600.

Music jams and groups

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Arts Group Meetings

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Outdoors

• “Introduction to Fly Fishing,” a class covering the basics of fly-fishing, is scheduled for 9 a.m.-3 p.m. on Thursday, July 2, at Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education in Pisgah Forest. For ages 12-up. 877.4423 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

• A lecture titled “Turning the Poet out of Doors: A Naturalist’s Guide to the Poetry of Robert Frost” will be held at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, July 2, at the Highlands Biological Foundation’s nature center, part of a free summer series of environmentally oriented lectures. 526.2221.

• “Women’s Introduction to Fly Fishing,” a class covering the basics of fly-fishing, is scheduled for 9 a.m.-3 p.m. on Friday, July 3, at Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education in Pisgah Forest. For ages 12-up. $20 registration fee is fully refundable upon class attendance. 877.4423 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

• A “Birding in Alaska” program by birders, authors and artists John and Cathy Sill of Franklin will be presented by the Highlands Plateau Audubon Society on July 6 at Hudson Library in Highlands.

• A garden tour title “Carnivores of the Bog Garden” will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, July 6, at the Highlands Biological Foundation’s botanical garden. Free. 526.2221.

• “A Week in the Water” – a weeklong series of hands-on classes that focus on the art and skill of fly-fishing – is scheduled for 9 a.m.-noon on Monday through Friday, July 6-10, at Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education in Pisgah Forest. For ages 8-15. 877.4423 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

• A Solarize WNC Forum is scheduled for 7 p.m. on Tuesday, July 7, at the Ken Blankenship Wing of the Museum of the Cherokee Indian. Free info session to make a clear, profitable path for solar and energy efficiency adoption. Presented by the Canary Coalition. 631.3447, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or www.cleanenergyfor.us/clean-energy-for-wnc.

• Appalachian Trail Conservancy seeks volunteers, 18 and older, to join the Smokies Wilderness Elite Appalachian Trail Crew – a mobile group that focuses on trail maintenance in the heart of the Smokies on sections more than five miles from the nearest road – from July 8-13. Food, lodging, training, equipment and transportation to and from each site is provided. www.appalachiantrail.org/crews.

• “Advanced WILD – Mountain Streams” – an opportunity to learn techniques used to study mountain streams and the wildlife that inhabit them – is scheduled for 9 a.m.-4 p.m. on Wednesday, July 8, at Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education in Pisgah Forest. Suitable for formal and non-formal educators; CEU & EEC credits available upon completion. For ages 18-up. 877.4423 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

• “Coyotes: From Wilderness to Main Street,” part of the Zahner Conservation Lectures, is set for 6:30 p.m. on July 9 at Highlands Nature Center. Dr. Chris Mowry, associate professor at Berry College, is featured. 526.2623.

• A presentation on how scientists study and detect lightning is scheduled for 7 p.m. on Friday, July 10, at Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute (PARI) in Rosman. Campus tour included. $10 per adult; $15 for seniors/military. Children 10 and under admitted for free. Register at www.pari.edu or call 862.5554. For info, contact Christi Whitworth at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

• An annual picnic (6 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.) and snorkeling day (3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.) will be hosted by the Tuckaseigee Watershed Association on Saturday, July 11, at Darnell Farm. Wet suits, snorkels and masks provided. FREE, bring dish of food to share. Register at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 488.8418 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

• Registration is underway for a snorkeling trip of the West Fork Pigeon River on July 11. Free. Shannon Rabby and Eric Romaniszyn will lead the trip. To register, RSVP by Wednesday, July 8, to Christine O’Brien at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 476.4667.

• “Kebari Fly Tying 101” is the topic of a program presented by Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education from 9 a.m.-noon on July 11, in Pisgah Forest. Guest facilitator Jason Sparks introduces the art of Japanese fly tying. Equipment and materials provided. For ages 14-up. 877.4423 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

• A volunteer work day led by Highlands-Cashiers Land Trust Stewardship coordinator Kyle Pursel is scheduled for Saturday, July 11, at either Satulah Mountain Preserve or Kelsey Trail. Afterward, volunteers enjoy a free beer courtesy of Satulah Mountain Brewing Company. For info, contact Pursel at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or 526.1111.

• “Introduction to Fly Fishing: Lake Fishing,” a class covering the basics of fly-fishing on a local lake, is scheduled for 7 a.m.-noon on Tuesday, July 14, at Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education in Pisgah Forest. For ages 12-up. 877.4423 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

• Guided tours of WATR Discovery Trails at Monteith Farmstead Park in Dillsboro can be scheduled by calling 488.8418. For youth or adult/civic groups.

• Storybook Science is offered from 2:30-3 p.m. each Wednesday through Aug. 15 for all ages at Highlands Nature Center. Free. 526.2623.

• Animal Feeding Time is from 11-11:30 a.m. on Fridays through Aug. 15 for all ages at Highlands Nature Center. Free. 526.2623.

• Featured Creature is from 11:30 a.m.-noon on Saturdays through Aug. 15 for all ages at Highlands Nature Center. Free. 526.2623.

• Visitor Center Programs will be presented at 10 a.m. on Saturdays and 2 p.m. on Sundays at the Blue Ridge Parkway Visitor Center in Asheville. www.nps.gov/blri or 298.5330, ext. 304. 

• A Botanical Garden Tour is offered for all ages from 10:30-11:30 a.m. every Monday through Aug. 15 at Highlands Nature Center. Free. 526.2623.

• At 7:30 p.m. every Saturday, the Blue Ridge Parkway presents an evening campfire program at the Mount Pisgah Campground. www.nps.gov/blri or 298.5330, ext. 304.

Competitive Edge

• A 5K run/walk is scheduled for 8 a.m. on July 4 at the Preserve at Rock Creek in Sapphire. All proceeds benefit the Cashiers-Highlands Humane Society. $20 registration through June 26 or $25 on race day. Mail to 10 W. Whitetail Drive; Sapphire, NC 28774. 800.259.3551 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

• The Moonlight Moonshine 10K & Half-Pint Fun Run/Walk, open to all ages, will take place Saturday, July 11, at Tassee Shelter Greenway Park in Franklin. The fun run starts at 5 p.m., and the 10K is at 5:30 p.m. Finishers get an RC Cola and a moonpie. Awards given in gender/age categories. Cost is $10 for fun run; $20 for the 10K. www.active.com.

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

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

• Richard’s Run, a 5K mountain trail run for brain cancer research, is scheduled for 10 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 1, at Cataloochee Ranch in Maggie Valley. $25 entry fee. Register at richardsrun.org. Awards, prizes, food and drinks plus a performance by the Darren Nicholson band.

• Pre-registration is underway for the 10th annual Hot Doggett 100 Bike Tour, presented by Hard Rock Café. The race, which draws 300+ riders, is scheduled for July 11 on the campus if Mars Hill University. www.HotDoggett100.org. Register at Active.com. 

Farm & Garden

• Mountain View Garden Club of Waynesville holds its annual plant sale from 8 a.m.-noon on Saturday, July 4, at the Historic Farmers Market in the HART Theater parking lot in Waynesville. Proceeds benefit the club’s community beautification projects. For info, call Lisa Hardeman at 926.0605.

• “Did you know you could eat that?” is the topic of a program scheduled for 10 a.m. on Thursday, July 9, at Friends of the Greenway Quarters in Franklin. Mitzy Mazzilli will reflect on nature’s bounty found in little wild places; she’ll share recipes for simple foods that can be made from plants found on the greenway.

• Registration is open for the 32nd Cullowhee Native Plant Conference at Western Carolina University. The event is July 15-18. Info and registration form at: nativeplantconference.wcu.edu. Registration deadline is Saturday, July 11.

• A plant clinic for anyone with gardening questions is available by calling the Haywood County Extension Master Gardners at 456.3575 from 9 a.m.-noon and 1-4 p.m. on Mondays through Fridays through September. 

Farmers Market

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hiking Clubs

• Carolina Mountain Club has scheduled an 11-mile, all-day hike with a 1,400-foot ascent on July 1. For info, contact leader Jill Gottesman at 587.9453, 301.8900 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

• Carolina Mountain Club has scheduled a 7.5-mile hike with a 1,750-foot ascent for Sunday, July 5. For info, contact leader Norm Sharp at 864.268.9409, 864.609.7182 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

• Carolina Mountain Club has scheduled a nine-mile hike with a 900-foot elevation gain for July 5. Contact leader Bruce Bente at 692.0116, 699.6296 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

• Carolina Mountain Club will have a six-mile, half-day hike with a 300-foot ascent on Sunday, July 5. For info, contact leader Stuart English at 384.4870 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

• A 7.5-mile hike to the Ellicott Rock Wilderness area on the Cashiers Plateau will be hosted by the Wilderness Society and Carolina Mountain Club from 8-5 p.m. on Sunday, July 5. 864.609.9409, 609.7182 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

• Highland Hiker will celebrate its 20th anniversary with a party from 5-7 p.m. on Thursday, July 9, in Cashiers. Music by Nitrograss. Hors D’oeuvres and spirits. RSVP: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

• A moderate-to-strenuous, 2.5-mile, round-trip hike to the peak of Sam Knob is scheduled for 10 a.m. on Friday, July 10. Parkway rangers will lead the trip. Meet at Sam Knob Trailhead at the end of Black Balsam Road just south of Milepost 420. 598.5330, ext. 304.

• Carolina Mountain Club has scheduled a seven-mile hike with a 1,540-foot elevation gain for July 11. For info, contact leader Janet Onan at 698.3237, 606.5188 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

• Carolina Mountain Club will have a 5.6-mile hike with an 850-foot ascent on July 12. For info, contact leader Ashok Kudva at 698.7119, 674.1374 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

• Carolina Mountain Club will have an 8.2-mile hike with a 1,700-foot ascent on July 15. For info, contact leader Ashok Kudva at 698.7119, 674.1374 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mountain Bike Rides

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

Outdoor clubs

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

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

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

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

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

• The 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 MedWest Health and Fitness Center, 262 Leroy George Drive in Clyde. More information at www.cmpsnc.org or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Ongoing

Business & Education 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Health Matters

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

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

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

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

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

• A pro bono clinic will provide physical therapy services to underserved and underinsured populations of Western North Carolina from 6-8:30 p.m. on the first and third Wednesdays of every month on the first floor of the Health and Human Sciences Building in Cullowhee. For information, contact the clinic at 227.3527 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Kids & Families

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

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

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

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

Kid’s Arts

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

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

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

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

 

Recreation & Fitness

Yoga

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Dance

• A Community Dance is held on the second Sunday 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. .

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

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

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

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

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

 

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.

• 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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Political corner

Democratic party

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

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

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

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

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

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

GOP

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

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

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

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

Other political groups

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

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

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

400.5475. 

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

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

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

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

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

Senior Activities

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Volunteering

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Civic groups & Clubs

Haywood

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Jackson

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Macon

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Swain

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

 

Support Groups

Haywood

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Jackson

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Macon

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Swain

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

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

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

 

Government meetings

Haywood

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Jackson

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Macon

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

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

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

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

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

Swain

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

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

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

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