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Wednesday, 28 September 2016 00:00

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• The “Hunter’s Mountain Ride” will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 1, starting at The Factory in Franklin. A benefit for the Men’s Teen Challenge of the Smokies, the poker run is for trucks, Jeeps, 4x4s and motorcycles. Entry fee is $25 in advance, $30 day of the event. To register, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. 

• The annual Macon TRACS Blue Jean Ball will be from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1, at the Macon County Fairgrounds in Franklin. Barbecue, live music, silent auction and more. Proceeds benefit the Macon TRACS operation expenses. 828.349.6262 or www.macontracs.org. 

• The “Highlands on the Half-Shell” oyster roast and live jazz will be held from 4:30 p.m. until dark on Sunday, Oct. 2, at The Meadow behind the Valentine House in Highlands. Benefitting the Highlands Biological Station, the oyster and gumbo feast will also feature live music from the Firecracker Jazz Band and a bloody Mary bar. All proceeds go to the station, a nonprofit center and botanical garden. $75 for members, $100 nonmembers. www.highlandsbiological.org/half-shell. 

• Bark in the Park will be from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 2, at Mark Watson Park in Sylva. Dog activities include sheep herding, agility demonstrations, K-9 bingo, costume contest, games, vendors, canine massages, raffles, “Ask the Vet” booth, nail trims, pet photographer, and more. Sponsored by the Western Carolina Dog Fanciers Association and the Jackson County Parks & Recreation Department. Free. www.wcdfa.org. 

• The Autumn Leaves Craft Show will be held Oct. 6-8 at the Macon County Fairgrounds in Franklin. Unique handmade crafts and other vendors. Times are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday and Friday, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. If possible, bring a can of cat food for the Catman 2 Shelter. Free admission and parking. www.franklin-chamber.com or 828.349.4324.

• A “German Dinner” will be held at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 7, at Breaking Bread Café in Bethel. A complete German meal, with weiner schnitzel, beer bratwurst, potato pancake, spaetzel, and more. $19.99 per person. BYOB. To RSVP, 828.648.3838. 

• The High Mountain Squares “Hospice Dance” will be held from 6:15 to 8:45 p.m. Friday, Sept. 30, at the Macon County Community Building in Franklin. All styles of dancing — western, main/stream and plue levels. Everyone is welcome. 828.342.1560 or www.highmountainsquares.com. 

• The Peanuts Pumpkin Patch Express will depart at select times Oct. 7-9 at the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad train depot in Bryson City. Peanuts characters in costume, children’s activities, and more. For more information, call 800.872.4681 or www.gsmr.com. 

• The Fall Festival at Mason Mountain will start at 9 a.m. Oct. 8 at the Cowee Gift Shop and Mason Mountain Mine in Franklin. 828.524.4570 or www.tjrocks.org. 

• The Darnell Farms Corn Maze will be open through Nov. 1 on U.S. 19 at the Tuckasegee River Bridge in Bryson City. Besides the maze, there will also be a pumpkin patch, picnic area, farm fresh products, hayrides, and other activities. 828.488.2376.

• A wine tasting will be held from 2 to 5 p.m. Oct. 1 and 8 at Papou’s Wine Shop in Sylva. $5 per person. www.papouswineshop.com or 828.586.6300.

• A free wine tasting will be held from 1 to 5 p.m. Oct. 1 and 8 at Bosu’s Wine Shop in Waynesville. www.waynesvillewine.com or 828.452.0120.

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

• The ceremonial Cherokee bonfires will run from 7 to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday through Oct. 1 Spend an evening with the Cherokee people by a roaring fire. Listen as Cherokee storytellers in period dress from the 17th century spin tales of days gone by, myths and mysteries passed down through the ages and talk of the history. Learn Cherokee survival skills and experience the dance. Your hosts will provide light refreshments, which include marshmallows for roasting and drinks. The events are free and open to the public. www.visitcherokeenc.com.

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