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Regional Calendar

Community Events & Announcements  

• Haywood County NAACP will be meet at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 27, via Zoom. To join the meeting contact Katherine Bartel in advance at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. All are welcome. 

• This and That Market will take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 27, at Canton Armory, 71 Penland Street. There will be over 25 local vendors and food on site. 

• The Jackson Arts Market will be held from 1 to 5 p.m. Feb. 27 at 533 West Main Street (next to the Sylva Herald). Admission is free. www.facebook.com/jacksonartsmarket

• Papertown Spring Market will take place 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 13, at Bethel Christian Academy, 100 Park St. There will be local vendors and food. Admission is free. For vendor information contact Jessica Jones 828.734.9733.

• Macon County nonprofit organizations have until Feb. 26, to apply for county funds through the Macon County Community Funding Pool (CFP). Application forms and instructions are available on the Macon County website, www.maconnc.org. Hard copies are available at Macon County Public Library on Siler Farm Road in Franklin, the Hudson Library on Main Street in Highlands, and the Nantahala Public Library on Nantahala School Road. 

• The Main Street Sylva Association is organizing a Spring Sylva Sidewalk Sale from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 27, in downtown Sylva. There will be live music on Main Street from 12:30-2:30 p.m., provided by the jazz trio "We Three Swing." There will also be live music at the Jackson Arts Market (JAM) in the parking lot adjacent to the Sylva Herald.

 

Business & Education 

• A joint task force to mentor public school teachers will host a presentation by Dr. Ronda Taylor Bullock at 2 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 25, online. Join the free event virtually by registering at: http://bit.ly/DrTaylorBullockWNC. Following the presentation, public school teachers will be meeting in small groups online with presenters/mentors on several topics related to race, class, LGBTQ students, nationality and religion as it can be discussed in school. This series is being offered to Macon, Jackson, Swain and Haywood County schools. Haywood County NAACP is hosting along with Jackson County NAACP.

• The Small Business Center at Haywood Community College is offering a free "Empowering Mountain Food Systems - Agribusiness" webinar series designed to address the unique needs of current and prospective agribusinesses. Upcoming classes include Farmland Transition will be held 9-10 a.m. Friday, March 19. Agritourism will be held 9-10 a.m. Wednesday, April 28. Visit SBC.Haywood.edu or call 828.627.4512 for additional information or to register today. 

 

Fundraisers and Benefits  

• The ninth annual Plunge Benefiting Kids in the Creek and Environmental Education will be held in Canton on Saturday, Feb. 27. The traditional plunge will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Champion Credit Union Aquatics Center. Supporters who can’t attend or want to take extra precautions against the virus are invited to find their own place to plunge and post the video online. After Feb. 27, the public will have the chance to vote on the videos. Registration for either participation method is $25 ($10 for those under 18) or free by raising sponsorships. To register, visit charity.gofundme.com/o/en/campaign/9thhwaplunge. Funds benefit Haywood Waterway Association’s Kid in the Creek. Event sponsors are needed. For more information, contact 828.476.4667 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

• United Christian Ministries invites you to join the #FiveFruits challenge. Donate five cans or single-serve packages of fruit. Mandarin oranges, apple sauce, fruit cocktail, peaches — all fruits welcome. Donations may be dropped off at the donation cart inside Food Lion or Harold's or brought to UCM at 191 Skyland Drive. For more information, call 828.586.8228 or visit www.ucmhelp.com.

 

Volunteers & Vendors

• The Annual Meeting of STEP Western North Carolina, a home repair and firewood ministry, will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Feb. 27 at The Depot at 390 Railroad Avenue in Brevard. Anyone is welcome to join the free, outdoor event that will include boxed meals starting at 11:30 a.m. (while supplies last), music and information about STEP WNC. Contact 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. and ask more about this opportunity.

 

Health and Wellness  

• Waynesville Yoga Center will honor Black History as our Nation’s History this month during Black History Month. Community members are invited to read a selection of poems and come together to discuss at the end of the month. The community gathering and discussion will be held at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 27, at the Yoga Center. The event is free, but space is limited due to social distancing guidelines. Register or learn more at waynesvilleyogacenter.com

• Registration is now open for Lake Junaluska’s four two-night Marriage Enrichment Retreats in 2021, with the first coming up March 14-16. Ned Martin, a licensed clinical mental health counselor who also holds a Master of Divinity degree, will lead the retreats to be held March 14-16, May 2-4, July 25-27 and Sept. 12-14.  Lake Junaluska is a place of Christian hospitality where lives are transformed through renewal of soul, mind and body. For more information about Lake Junaluska programs and events, visit www.lakejunaluska.com.

 

A&E

• Sylva First United Methodist Church will host a Father Daughter Drive-In Movie Night at 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 27, in the church parking lot. Each couple will receive a concession box to enjoy during the evening. Couples are asked to sign up online at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. There is no charge for the event, but food items for United Christian Ministries will be accepted. 

• The Haywood County Arts Council’s “Winter Member’s Show” will be held Feb. 5-27 in the Gallery & Gifts showroom at the HCAC in downtown Waynesville. Original work for 24 local artisans. Free and open to the public. www.haywoodarts.org

• Lazy Hiker Brewing (Franklin) will host Crossfire Band Feb. 27 and The Waymores March 13. 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 Mountain Gypsy March 5 and The Waymores March 12. 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.

• Balsam Falls Brewing (Sylva) will host an open mic from 8 to 10 p.m. every Thursday. Free and open to the public. www.balsamfallsbrewing.com

• Nantahala Brewing (Sylva) will host live music semi-regularly on the weekends. Free and open to the public. www.nantahalabrewing.com.

• Water’n Hole Bar & Grill (Waynesville) will host Magg Dylan 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 26. Free and open to the public. The opening act will be Nick Perkins & Garrett Denton. 828.456.4750 or www.facebook.com/waternhole.bar.

• “Drag Queen Trivia” hosted by Beulah Land will be held at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 24 at the Lazy Hiker Brewing taproom/restaurant in Sylva. Study up on your drag history for a chance to win a Lazy Hiker gift card. Free to attend and participate. www.lazyhikerbrewing.com.

Food and Drink 

• There will be a free wine tasting from 6 to 8 p.m. every Thursday and 2 to 5 p.m. every Saturday at The Wine Bar & Cellar in Sylva. 828.631.3075.

 

Outdoors 

• The annual Lake Cleanup at Lake Junaluska will be held over the course of four days this year from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Upcoming dates are Feb. 26 and 27. For more information contact Jim Pearson at 502.419.3035. Register at www.lakejunaluska.com/cleanup.

• The Blue Ridge Bartram Trail Conservancy will hold a Bartram-themed winter tree ID workshop from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, Feb. 26, near Clayton, Georgia. The workshop will include a 3-mile roundtrip walk on the Bartram Trail starting at Warwoman Dell. Sign up with Brent Martin at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

• A two-day conference and virtual trade show featuring a variety of topics to help vegetable growers will be held online Feb. 24-25. Cost is $40, with registration available at http://bit.ly/36Oc5S9. Scholarships are available from Empowering Mountain Food Systems for all regional farmers and food producers. Apply for a scholarship at http://bit.ly/2N0rZle.

• A Home Food Preservation class slated for 10 a.m. Tuesday, March 2, still has openings. The two-hour class, to be held via Zoom, will cover the science behind canning, canning basics, pressure versus hot water bath techniques and tested recipes. Cost is $10. To register visit haywood.ces.ncsu.edu and click on “Gardening in the Mountains” or 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..

• Hit the open road virtually at 11 a.m., Tuesday, March 2, for author Hawk Hagebak’s humorous take on motorcycling up and down the Blue Ridge Parkway. This 30-minute webinar hosted by the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation will include the “Code of the Road,” the unwritten rules for those who travel this 469-mile route. Hagebak is an author, comedian and retired law enforcement officer who has written books about motorcycle touring in the Southern Appalachians and performed at Atlanta comedy clubs. The event is free. Register at www.BRPFoundation.org/events.

• The annual Great Smoky Mountains National Park Science Colloquium and Teacher Workshop will return this year, but in a virtual format. The free annual research symposium will take place 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, March 4, via Zoom. The event is free, with registration required. Hosted by Discover Life in America. Sign up at www.dlia.org

• Macon County 4-H is taking orders on fruit and berry plants through Friday, March 12, for its annual 4-H Plant Sale. The order form is available at www.macon.ces.ncsu.edu/2021/02/2021annual-4-h-plant-sale. Submit orders with payment by March 12 and pick up plants April 7-9. Proceeds benefit Macon County 4-H. 828.349.2046.

• A series of free, online turkey hunting seminars are coming up in March from the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission. Classes will be held 7-8 p.m. with an interactive Q&A session at the end. Classes are Tuesday, March 2: Biology for Hunters, Regulations, Where to Hunt and Scouting. Wednesday, March 3: Firearms, Ammo, Clothing and Miscellaneous Equipment. Thursday, March 4: Hunting Techniques and Strategies. Space is limited with pre-registration required at www.ncwildlife.org. Classes will be held via Zoom. 

• A new photography exhibit will open at the N.C. Arboretum in Asheville Jan. 16. On display at the Baker Exhibit Center through May 2, “The Enveloping Landscape” shows Patrice’s photographs alongside those of 25 workshop participants. Free with regular Arboretum admission. 

• The annual Haywood County Extension Master Gardener plant sale is underway, with edibles like berries and asparagus and hard-to-find native plants including pollinator-attracting perennials available at exceptional prices. Orders must be placed and pre-paid by March 1. Order forms are available online at www.haywood.ces.ncsu.edu or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. They’re also in physical form at the Haywood County Cooperative Extension Office on Raccoon Road in Waynesville. 828.456.3575.

• A series of horticulture classes aimed at home gardeners will be offered in the New Year through Haywood County Cooperative Extension. Planned sessions are: March 2, Introduction to Home Food Preservation; March 18, Landscaping with Native Plants; April 13, Pruning Trees & Shrubs. Classes, taught by extension agents and experienced Master Gardener volunteers, will last for approximately two hours and be held via Zoom until face-to-face training is possible. Sign up by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Cost is $10 per class. 

• 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

• Registration is now open for Discovery Camp at the N.C. Arboretum in Asheville. Camps will be offered weekly from Jun 7 through July 2 and July 19 through Aug. 13. They’re open to rising second through seventh graders, who will spend the week exploring the great outdoors in the 434-acre Arboretum campus. Learn more or sign up at www.ncarboretum.org/education-programs/discovery-camp.

 

Hiking Clubs 

• The Nantahala Hiking Club will take a “Full Moon” moderate 4-mile hike to Siler Bald, elevation change 700 feet, on Saturday, Feb. 27. The club will meet at Westgate Plaza in Franklin at 4:30 p.m. Call Leader Katharine Brown, 421-4178, for reservations. Visitors are welcome.

• The Nantahala Hiking Club will take a moderate 4-mile hike, elevation change 300 feet, off the old Murphy road on Forest Service road 7281 on Sunday, Feb. 28. The club will meet at Westgate Plaza in Franklin at 2 p.m. Call Leader Kathy Ratcliff, 526-6480, for reservations. Visitors and friendly dogs are welcome.

 

Political corner

• The Macon County Republican Party will host its 2021 convention virtually from 10 to 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 6. Delegates will participate by phone. The convention is open to all Macon County voters who were registered as Republicans as of Jan. 31, 2021. Pre-register no later than 5 p.m. March 5 to receive dial-in instructions. The registration form is at www.macongop.com. For more information or questions, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or leave message at 828.347.2877.

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