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Wednesday, 29 April 2015 00:00

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A night of games, fun at Casino Royale

Casino Royale Night, a benefit for the Haywood Healthcare Foundation’s Drug Abuse Coalition, will be held from 6 to 11 p.m. Saturday, May 16, at the Maggie Valley Club and Resort.

The event will include a night of gaming, prizes, silent and live auctions. Portrait photographs of each guest or couple will be taken as mementos of the evening. A glass of sparkling wine will help welcome guests to the party. A cash bar will be offered, along with gaming and dancing. 

A silent auction will include home decor items, artwork, jewelry, gift packages and gift certificates for spa services and restaurants. The live auction will include a chance to win a Christmas or New Year’s three-night get-away for four adults in the Big Apple at a luxurious Manhattan apartment or a one-week stay in a private home in “old Florida” for four adults on the Nature Coast.

Proceeds will be used, through Haywood Healthcare Foundation's Drug Abuse Coalition with Haywood County Law Enforcement, to purchase the following:

• Narcan, an inhalant that instantly reverses overdoses from opioid prescription drugs. 

• Blister packs of Acetaminophen, Tylenol and Ibuprofen, which, when taken together, provide powerful pain relief. These blister packs will be distributed to local physicians through a partnership with Haywood County Law Enforcement and Drs. Teater and Pass.

• AEDs (defibrillators) to be carried in Haywood County patrol cars, which currently have none. These defibrillators allow officers, often first on the scene of a cardiac emergency, to quickly administer aid and save lives.

Tickets are $100 each and include gaming chips, a door prize ticket, heavy hors d’oeuvres and a complimentary drink ticket.

Reservations can be made online at www.haywoodhealthcarefoundation.org or by calling 828.734.6783.

 

Whole Bloomin’ Thing welcomes spring

The 9th annual Whole Bloomin’ Thing festival will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 9, in the Frog Level district of Waynesville.

The festival serves as Haywood County annual spring kickoff. The event features numerous local growers, area artisans and a variety of nature-related professionals. Patrons can find fresh garden starts, ornamental plants and Mother’s Day gifts. There will also be local musicians, dancers, foods and kids activities.

Free.

www.visitncsmokies.com.

 

‘Dining Out’ for a good cause

The Western North Carolina AIDS Project’s (WNCAP) 13th annual Dining Out for Life® benefit will take place on April 30 in surrounding communities. 

The acclaimed national fundraiser has raised over $30 million for AIDS service organizations across the country and in Canada since it began. Locally, over 100 restaurants will generously donate 20 percent of their gross sales that day for breakfast, lunch and dinner. In return, there will be an intense marketing campaign to increase diner traffic in each restaurant though social media, numerous print ads, as well as WLOS-TV, iHeartMedia, the Asheville Radio Group, and Public Radio. 

The Asheville fundraiser ranks fifth in the nation in actual dollars raised out of 55 cities producing the event. 

Participating restaurants in this coverage area include Chef’s Table, City Bakery, Frog’s Leap Public House, Guadalupe Café, J. Arthur’s, Joey’s Pancake House, Lulu’s On Main, Mad Batter Food & Film, Panacea Coffeehouse & Roastery, Pasquale’s, Soul Infusion Tea House & Bistro, Tipping Point Brewing and Ugly Dog Pub.

www.wncap.org/dofl.

 

Sylva Open Door Meal & Sing

An Open Door Meal & Sing will be held at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 29, at the First United Methodist Church in Sylva.

The community is invited to enjoy a delicious meal and contemporary religious music performed by the church Praise Band. Church member Daniel Corsair will provide a brief devotional prior to the meal.

The Open Door and Sing event is held on the fifth Wednesday in those months that have one. Church members provide the food and beverages.

All are welcome and invited to attend.

828.586.2358.

 

Kick your cooking skills up a notch

The Taste of Home Cooking School will be held at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, May 2, at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts in Franklin.

The Taste of Home Cooking School is America's leading cooking school program and inspires more than 300,000 passionate consumers each year at 300 events across the country. During the show, experience a two-hour demonstration of exciting recipes, cooking tips and innovative products. The Culinary Specialists will show step-by-step instructions on how to create satisfying and flavorful dishes to enjoy at home or while entertaining. Everyone will receive a gift bag full of recipes, coupons and sample products.

Tickets are $15. 

www.greatmountainmusic.com or 828.524.1598.

 

Also:

• The American Girl Tea Party will be from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 9, at the Cowee Baptist Church in Franklin. Benefit for REACH of Macon County Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Adult and Children Services. Silent auction, children’s activities, hot tea and light finger foods. $10 for children, $25 for adults, $150 for a table. www.reachofmaconcounty.org or 828.369.5544 (Macon) or 828.586.8969 (Jackson).

• The Thunder In The Smokies Spring Rally will be held May 1-3 at the Maggie Valley Festival Grounds. Gates open at 11 a.m. Friday and 9 a.m. Saturday/Sunday. Live music, bike games, tour rides, bike show, food and bike vendors, and more. Three-day passes are $17 for ages 13 and over, and $8 for ages 5-12. www.thunderinthesmokies.com. 

• The 82nd annual Ramp Festival will be held at noon to 6 p.m. May 2-3 at the American Legion in Waynesville. Live music, arts/crafts booths, food vendors and adult beverages will be onsite, all in celebration of the naturally mountain grown wild onion. There will also be a ramp-eating contest. www.visitncsmokies.com or 828.456.8691.

• The Folk Festival Front Porch interviews will be at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. Wednesday, May 6, at the Macon County Public Library in Franklin. The library is collaborating with the Folk Heritage Association of Macon County to show their DVDs of past interviews with local residents. The May 6 showing will feature interviews with Bruce Bryant, Dorothy Seagle and Arnold “Smoky” Burnett.

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