Decorate your cake, and eat it, too

A basic cake decorating class will be offered every Monday from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Jan. 28 through March 4, at the Southwestern Community College campus in Franklin.

The basic cake decorating class is designed to teach the fundamentals of cake decorating, step by step. Students will learn how to use cake decorating tools, cake preparation and basic decorating techniques. Attendees will also be able to take the cake home.

The class is $35 per person and will take place in Room 102 of the Macon Annex.


‘Fire & Ice’ exhibit comes to Gallery 86

An exhibition “Fire & Ice: Pottery, Glass, and Metalwork” will make its debut at the Haywood County Arts Council’s Gallery 86 in downtown Waynesville on Wednesday, Jan. 16, and stay up through Saturday, Feb. 9.

The exhibit celebrates the heating and cooling process involved in the making of pottery, glass and metal work. An artist’s reception will take place from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 25.

Artist’s featured in the show include Brad Dodson (pottery), John Nickerson (pottery), Bob Brotherton (pottery), Cathey Bolton (pottery), Terance Painter (pottery), Grace Cathey (metal work), Teresa Sizemore (metal work), Susan Hutchinson (metal work), Dianne Lee (glass), William and Katherine Bernstein (glass), Fitzallen Eldridge (glass), Aaron Shufelt (glass), Judy McManus (glass) and Tadashi Torii (glass).  

Gallery hours are Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free. or


Lego building contest stacks up Feb. 2

A Lego Extravaganza building contest for children ages 5 to 15 will debut at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 2, in Waynesville. It is put on by the Haywood County Public Library.

Participants are asked to think of a favorite book and then create an original Lego design related to the book. Then bring your Legos and build your creation on the day of the contest. Participants in the older age divisions (9-11 and 12-15) will compete for prizes and will be judged on the originality and creativity of their construction, and on the quality of their poster presentation/oral report. Ages 5-8 will not be in formal competition. Register this week to participate.

The contest will be held at the Haywood County Co-operative Extension Office on Racoon Road.

828.356.2511 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or


HART presents Charlie Brown “all-grown-up”

“Dog Sees God – Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead” will be hitting the stage at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 1 and 2 and 3 p.m. Feb. 3, at the HART Theatre in Waynesville.

Oh, good grief! The Peanuts gang has grown up, and it turns out that life is not a comic strip after all. Ten years removed from childhood, Charlie Brown, Pigpen, Lucy and the others are grappling with the issues of teens today. They include a stoner, a homophobe, an arsonist, a Goth performance artist, a couple of slutty, booze-swilling clique leaders and an outcast who finds happiness only at a keyboard. Turning Charles Schulz’s pleasant world into a scathingly funny psychological disaster area, “Dog Sees God” will turn childhood on its head and take you through all the happiness and pain that is the institution of high school.

Tickets are $10 per adult and $6 per student. Holdover dates will be Feb. 8-10.

828.456.6322 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or


Jackson County Arts Council offers grants for art programs

Jackson County Arts Council is now accepting grant applications for art programs for the coming year.

Theater groups, galleries, choruses, arts educators and other nonprofit organizations are encouraged to apply. Public schools may apply if the proposed program supplements education in the arts. Colleges and universities may apply for funding if the proposed program will serve the broader countywide population.

Applications are due by Jan. 20. or 828.507.9820 or 828.507.9531.


Workplace comedy group comes to WCU

Music/comedy group the Water Coolers will take the stage at Western Carolina University at 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 27, at the John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center on campus.

The group will present its unique blend of comedy, original songs and parody. Mining the workplace for laughs, the Water Coolers satirically celebrate everyday water cooler chatter – work, spouses, kids, vacations and more. From pretending you understand what the IT guy is saying to fending off parents hawking things for their children’s schools to the inflated inner dialogue of the office hottie, the Water Coolers reveal the underpinnings of workplace life in humorous and insightful songs and sketches performed by Broadway veterans.

The event is part of WCU’s 2012-13 Galaxy of Stars Series. Tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for WCU faculty and staff, and $5 for students and children.

828.227.2479 or


Jackson County over-achievers yoga

“Yoga for Over-Achievers” with Chad Hallyburton will be from 10:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26, at the Jackson County Recreation Center in Cullowhee.

Are you motivated? “Type A?” Do you sometimes bite off more than you can chew? Spend a morning learning how to channel your “drive” in positive directions, rather than being “driven crazy” by a never-ending need to achieve and succeed. The class will include lots of movement, but also plenty of time for meditation, reflection and processing.

Free for members. $5 for non-members. Space limited. Pre-registration suggested.

828.508.2501 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Global peace initiative offered in Sylva

A “Winter Feast” group observing a 40-day period of spiritual practice open to all faiths and spiritual paths will meet bi-weekly at the Open Door Center for Spiritual Living and at Sylva Yoga.

The group will meet at 6 p.m. on Mondays at the Open Door Center and at noon on Wednesdays at Sylva Yoga.

The premise for the “Winter Feast” is derived from the idea that when people spend time each day focusing on stillness, they will discover a new landscape of inner peace.

828.226.6645 or or 828.331.8994 or

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