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Regional Calendar

Community Events & Announcements  

• Sylva First United Methodist Church will host an Open Door Meal “To Go” FROM 5-6 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 1. Guests are asked to drive into the church parking lot and stop in the area indicated. A church volunteer will deliver the free prepared meals to the cars. This method of serving is in keeping with the governor’s policy of no group gathering during the current pandemic. The church is located at 77 Jackson Street in downtown Sylva.

• There will be a food drive 12:30 to 1:15 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 6, at 45 Crown Ridge Road in Sylva. Anyone can contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information. 

 

Business & Education 

• Haywood Community College’s Small Business Center is joining with Southwestern and Tri-County Small Business Centers to present the 2020 Agribusiness Summit Online. This free summit will take place 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, Dec. 7. The 2020 Virtual Agribusiness Summit is Free to attend; however, preregistration is required. Visit SBC.Haywood.edu or call 828.627.4512 for additional information or to register today.

• NCWorks Career Center will be available to assist with job search, resume writing and interview skills and more at the Marianna Black Library, in Bryson City, from 1-4 p.m. Friday, Dec. 4. Appointments are required for employment assistance, call 828.488.3030. If you can’t make it to the library on Friday, stop by the Swain County NCWorks Career Center, located in the County Administration Building at 101 Mitchell Street. The Career Center is open on Tuesdays & Thursdays from 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. www.fontanlaib.org.

 

Authors and Books 

• City Lights Bookstore will host a virtual discussion with Ginny Sassaman, author of Preaching Happiness: Creating a Just and Joyful World, and co-founder of Gross National Happiness USA (GNHUSA). Sylva poet and former GNHUSA board member Jeannette Cabanis-Brewin will also join the discussion, along with Dave Molinaro who is the volunteer leading the drive for a Wellbeing Index. This Zoom event will be held at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 2. To reserve a book and/or a spot on the Zoom event, contact City Lights Bookstore at 828.586.9499 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

A&E

• The 5Point Adventure Film Festival will come to Western North Carolina with an online screening at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 1. Register at www.mountaintrue.org/5pointfilm

• Lazy Hiker Brewing (Franklin) will host Isaac Corbitt (rock/soul) Nov. 28 and Natti Love Joys (rock/soul) Dec. 5. All shows begin at 7 p.m. For more information and a complete schedule of events, click on www.lazyhikerbrewing.com.

• Lazy Hiker Brewing (Sylva) will host Natti Love Joys (rock/soul) Dec. 4. All shows begin at 7 p.m. Free and open to the public. For more information and a complete schedule of events, click on www.lazyhikerbrewing.com.

• Macon County Public Library (Franklin) will host an Open Music Jam with The Vagabonds 2 p.m. Dec. 7. All are welcome to come and play or simply sit and listen. Free and open the public. 828.524.3600. 

• Waynesville Yoga Center will host Akitchitay (traditional/indigenous) 3:30 p.m. Nov. 27. $20 per person. www.waynesvilleyogacenter.com

 

Holiday events 

• The annual “Polar Express” train ride is now departing from the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad depot in downtown Bryson City. For a complete listing of departure dates and times, call 800.872.4681 or click on www.gsmr.com

• The Christmas tree lighting will be held from 2 to 6 p.m. Nov. 27 at The Village Green in Cashiers. Holiday music, s’mores and more. Visit Santa at the gazebo from 5 to 6 p.m. Free to attend. www.villagegreencashiersnc.com or 828.743.3434.

• The annual Franklin Christmas Parade will be held at 3 p.m. Nov. 29 on Main Street. The theme is “Christmas Together.” www.franklin-chamber.com

• “Winter Wonderland Nights” will return at 5 p.m. Nov. 28 in Franklin. Downtown will feature living window displays of the holidays, live sounds of the season outdoors at the gazebo and inside stores, free holiday attractions (weather permitting), refreshments, hot cider, great sales from local merchants, and much more. www.franklin-chamber.com

• A holiday wreath-making class will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 28 at Ray’s Florist & Greenhouse in Sylva. Cost is $59.95, which includes supplies and light refreshments. A $10 deposit will reserve your spot. www.greatbluefarms.com

• The annual “Handmade Holiday Sale,” which is normally held at Western Carolina University, will have its event go virtual this year. Those interested can view and purchase the handmade items by clicking on arts.wcu.edu/handmade. 

• The 37th annual “Lights & Luminaries” will return to the streets of downtown Dillsboro from 5 to 9 p.m. Dec. 4-5 and 11-12. Free shuttle service from Monteith Park. For more information, click on www.visitdillsboro.org

 

Art showings and galleries 

• Artist demonstrations will be held at the Haywood County Arts Council in Waynesville. “Watercolor Batik on Rice Paper” with Barbara Brook 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 4. “Fiber Baskets” with Sarah Altman 1 to 4 p.m. Dec. 5. “Collage on Wood Panel” with Wendy Cordwell 1 to 4 p.m. Dec. 12. All demonstrations are free and open to the public. www.haywoodarts.org

• The Haywood County Arts Council annual show, “It’s a Small, Small Work,” will be showcased through Jan. 9 at the HCAC Gallery & Gifts in Waynesville.

• A display of 50 powerful paintings showcasing the most remote and wild corners of the Canadian Arctic is on display through Jan. 3 at the N.C. Arboretum in Asheville. Entrance to the exhibit is free with the arboretum’s standard $16 parking fee. Face coverings are required for visitors age 5 and older. 

 

Outdoors 

• A pop-up shop showcasing nature-oriented merchandise will set up outside the Highlands Nature Center 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 28. Products include books, board games, puzzles, finger puppets, coffee mugs, canvas totes and more. Quantities are limited, so come early. Call 828.526.2623 for more information.

• The red-cockaded woodpecker could be downgraded from an endangered species to a threatened species if a proposal from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is adopted, and a public hearing slated for 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 1, will give citizens a chance to weigh in. The meeting will feature a presentation from 6 to 7:30 p.m. and public comment from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Written comments will be accepted through Monday, Dec. 7. To attend the meeting and provide oral arguments, follow the instructions at https://bit.ly/3poH4vM

• The Agribusiness Summit will return in a virtual format this year, slated for 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, Dec. 7. The summit is offered by the small business centers of Haywood, Southwestern and Tri-County community colleges. Registration is free, but pre-registration is required at www.ncsbc.net/workshop.aspx?ekey=250400110. 

• Friends of Panthertown is hosting a series of trail workdays this fall, and all are invited to come pitch in. Scheduled workdays are Saturday, Nov. 28; Wednesday, Dec. 2; Friday, Dec. 11; Saturday, Dec. 12; Saturday, Dec. 19. To sign up, visit www.panthertown.org/volunteer.

• The annual Winter Lights event at the N.C. Arboretum in Asheville opens Friday, Nov. 20, but due to COVID-19 it will be a drive-thru experience this time around. To better accommodate guests, the Arboretum has extended show dates and times, with the event running daily 5:30 to 10:30 p.m. from Nov. 20 to Jan. 10, 2021. Incoming gates close at 10 p.m. When purchased in advance, tickets are $25 per vehicle and $30 at the gate. Tickets are on sale at ncwinterlights.com

• The Southeast Regional Fruit and Vegetable Conference, typically held each year in Savannah, Georgia, will be offered virtually this year Jan. 5-7. For more information, visit www.seregionalconference.org, or call 877.994.3842.

• The Assault on BlackRock trail race is set for Saturday, March 20, next year, and proceeds will benefit the Southwestern Community College Student Emergency Fund. Registration is $25 in advance or $30 on race day. The Student Emergency Fund proceeds will benefit helps SCC students who encounter unforeseen financial emergencies. Register at www.ultrasignup.com

 

Hiking Clubs 

• The Nantahala hiking Club will take a 6.2-mile hike from Winding Stairs to Wallace Gap on the Appalachian Trail on Friday, Nov. 27. The club will meet at 9:30 a.m. at Westgate Plaza in Franklin. Call leader Katharine Brown for reservations, 421.4178.  Visitors are welcome.

• The Nantahala Hiking Club will take an easy, 3-mile walk along the Cullasaja River on Friday, Nov. 27. The club will meet at 2 p.m. in the Bi–Lo parking lot or at 2:15 p.m. at the Whistle Stop Mall. Call leader Kathy Ratcliff, 526.6480, for reservations. Visitors are welcome.

• The Nantahala Hiking Club will take a moderate 7.5-mile hike, elevation change 600 ft., on the Blackwell Gap Loop in the Standing Indian Recreation Area Saturday, Dec. 5. The club will meet at 10 a.m. ay Westgate Plaza. Call leader Katharine Brown, 421.4178, for reservations. Visitors are welcome.

• The Nantahala Hiking Club will take a moderate 4-mile hike, elevation change 200 ft., to Lower Whitewater Falls on Saturday, Dec. 12. The club will meet at 10 a.m. at Cashier Recreation Park. Call leaders Mike and Sue Kettles, 743.1079, for reservations. Visitors are welcome.

• The Nantahala Hiking Club will take an easy 3-4-mile hike, elevation change 200 ft., exploring the Welch Farm with Rachel Newcomb, public relations coordinator for Mainspring Conservation, leading the way on Saturday, Dec. 12. The club will meet at 9 a.m. Westgate Plaza. Call Gail Lehman, 524-5298, for reservations. Visitors are welcome.

• The Nantahala Hiking Club will take a strenuous 7.5-mile hike, elevation change 1250 ft., in the Coweeta Lab area on Sunday, Dec. 13. The club will meet at 1 p.m. at the Smoky Mountain Visitor Center. Call leader Katharine Brown, 421-4178, for reservations. Visitors are welcome.

• The Nantahala Hiking Club will take a moderate 5-mile hike, elevation change 700 ft., from Harrison Gap to Locust Tree Gap on Saturday, Dec. 19. The club will meet at 9: 30 a.m. at Westgate Plaza. Call leader Gail Lehman, 524.5298, for reservations. Visitors are welcome.

• The Nantahala Hiking Club will take a moderate 3-mile hike, elevation change 300 ft., on Larry's Road (Forest Service Rd.7281) off the old Murphy Road on Sunday, Dec. 20. The club will meet at 2 p.m. at Westgate Plaza in Franklin. Call leader Kathy Ratcliff, 526.6480, for reservations. Visitors and friendly dogs are welcome.

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