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The Great Smoky Mountains Railroad (GMSR) is pleased to announce the PEANUTS The Valentine Express and Sweetheart Train. This special event train will depart the historic Bryson City depot on Saturday, February 15th, at 11:00am. The train will travel along the Tuckasegee River to Dillsboro for a 1 ½ layover. Enjoy special Valentine’s activities as well as a relaxing afternoon in the quaint town of Dillsboro.

Passengers will join Charlie Brown, Lucy and Snoopy for old fashioned Valentine’s fun based on the popular television episode titled by the same name. Thirteenth in the series, Be My Valentine, Charlie Brown premiered in 1975. Fans follow Charlie Brown’s Valentine’s Day woes as he tries to get noticed by the “little red-haired girl” and receive a briefcase full of Valentines.

Festivities for The Valentine Express passengers include mingling with Charlie Brown, Lucy and Snoopy costume characters, listening to the narrated story based on the television special, and children can create their own Valentine for that special someone. There will also be plenty of photo opportunities, so do not forget your camera! Standard Coach Class adult tickets are $51; children (2-12) are $29, infants 23 months and under ride complimentary. Upgrade to Crown Class seating and receive a souvenir tumbler with unlimited soda, coffee and tea refill! Adult tickets are $66, children (2-12) are $38, and infants 23 months and under are $10.

Also available are upgrades to the fantastic Family First Class package! Treat the family to a wonderful Valentine’s train trip complete with a delicious meal for all in your party as well as a special GSMR souvenir and refillable tumbler! Adult ticket prices are $94; children (2-12) are $54, infants 23 months and under are $20.

If you’re looking to enjoy a special Valentine’s date with you and your sweetie join us in the Adult First Class for a romantic afternoon! Choose from one of our four delicious lunches served by a private car attendant. Receive a special gift amenity and souvenir tumbler with unlimited soda, coffee and tea refill. In addition enjoy a specialty dessert, New York style cheesecake on a raspberry painted plate with a topping of fresh raspberries, and long stemmed rose.  Tickets for adults are $94. Advance tickets are recommended, as seating is limited.

For more information and reservations please call 800-872-4681 or WWW.GSMR.COM.

©2014 PEANUTS Worldwide LLC

Admission to the Smoky Mountain Trains Museum is included with ticket purchase. Without tickets, admission to the museum is $9 for adults and $5 for children.

By sdickson

The School of Music will host Balaton Chamber Brass as it gives its third annual performance at Western Carolina University on Tuesday, Feb. 18.

The duo, which features WCU music faculty members Amy Cherry on trumpet and Dan Cherry on trombone, will be accompanied by Lillian Buss Pearson on piano.

The program will begin with “Sound the Trumpet,” a transcription of a vocal duet by Henry Purcell. Other works include three movements from “An Elizabethan Songbook” by Eric Ewazen; “Fandango and “O Come and Dwell in Me,” two pieces by Joseph Turrin; and the world premiere of a new work for trumpet, trombone and percussion titled “Consortium of Three” by WCU faculty member Mario Gaetano. The concert will end with “Gershwin By George,” a medley of Gershwin tunes arranged by Dennis Armitage.

Along with recital performances and educational outreach programs, Balaton Chamber Brass has been active in expanding the repertoire for the trumpet/trombone duo. The duo has currently commissioned or inspired works by composers Emma Lou Diemer, Bruce Frazier, Michael Kallstrom, Wayne Lu, Elizabeth Raum, Michael Sitton, Gail Robertson, Mario Gaetano and Wes Flinn. Many of these works will be included in a debut CD, “Changing Times and Colors,” which will be completed this spring.

The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. in the recital hall of WCU’s Coulter Building, with a reception in the lobby immediately following the performance.

For more information, call the School of Music at 828-227-7242.

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Tuesday’s & Thursdays– FREE After School for all 6th graders at the First Baptist Church of Sylva– 3:00-6:00– Must complete an application– Call 828-708-7729 for more information and/or application.

Tuesday– January 21
SMHS Basketball– 4:00pm– vs. Tuscola @ HOME– 4:00-828-586-2177
Teen Time– 4:00-5:00pm– JC Public Library– 310 Kenner Street, Sylva– 828-586-2016
Apollo Winds & B. Martin Concert– 7:30-8:30pm– Recital Hall of the WCU Coulter Building
Open Mic Night @ No Name Sports Pub– 9:00pm– 1:00am– 1070 Skyland Drive, Sylva– 828-586-2750– Featuring Darren Curtis.

Wednesday– January 22
Acupuncture Treatment on Your Lunch Hour– 12:00-2:00– Dogwood Wellness Clinic– 114 W. Hemlock Street, Dillsboro– 828-586-6336–
Appointments Necessary– $30 per session- www.andreahealing.blogspot.com
Break the Bar & .35 Jumbo Chicken Wings– 4:00-closing– No Name Sports Pub- 1070 Skyland Drive, Sylva– 828-586-2750

Thursday– January 23
WCU Men’s Basketball– 7:00pm– vs. Davidson @ HOME– Ramsey Center– 92 Catamount Road, Cullowhee– 828-227-7677
Thirsty Thursday @ City Lights Café– Spring Street, Sylva– 828-587-2233– www.citylightscafe.com
125th WCU Anniversary Kick –off Event– 12:25pm– 2:25 pm– WCU University Center Illusions
PAWS to Read– 3:30-4:30– JC Public Library– 310 Kenner Street, Sylva– 828-586-2016– www.fontanalib.org
Between the Lines Teen Writing Program– 6:00-7:00- JC Public Library– 310 Kenner Street, Sylva– 828-586-2016– www.fontanalib.org
Live Music @ No Name Sports Pub– 10:00 pm-2:00 am- Featuring– Humps & the Blackouts- 1070 Skyland Drive, Sylva– 828-586-2750

January 16, 23, 30 & Feb. 6
FREE Dance Class– 5:30– 7:00– Sponsored by the Cherokee Central School @ the CAC Dance Studio inside the Middle School. Teens & UP– There will be a Valentine Dance on Feb. 14, Call Yona Wade 828--854-5214 for information.

Friday—January 24
SMHS Basketball– 4:00pm– vs. W. Henderson @ HOME– 4:00-828-586-2177
Live Music Friday Night– 9:00-12:00– O’Malley’s Pub & Grill– 83 Asheville Hwy. 828-631-0554
Live Music @ No Name Sports Pub– 10:00 pm-2:00 am- Featuring– Hooten Hollers w/ guests Humps & the Blackouts- 1070 Skyland Drive, Sylva– 828-586-2750
Children’s Story@ the Library– 11:00– Jackson County Public Library– Celebrate the Season -828-586-2016– www.fontanalib.org– FREE
Children’s Story Time - 3:30- – JC Public Library– Winter Solstice - 828-586-2016– www.fontanalib.org– FREE
Saturday—January 25
WCU Men’s Basketball– 7:00pm– vs. The Citadel @ Charleston SC– 828-227-7677
WCU Women’s Basketball– 2:00pm– vs. Georgia Southern @ HOME– Ramsey Center– 92 Catamount Road, Cullowhee– 828-227-7677
Book Reading w/ Tami Rasmussen– 3:00-4:30pm– City Lights Bookstore– 3 E. Jackson Street, Sylva– 828-586-9499– www.citylightsnc.com
Wine Tasting @ Papou’s Wine Shop– 2:00-5:00pm- 428 W. Main Street, Sylva– 828-586-6300
Live Music Saturday Night– 9:00-12:00– O’Malley’s Pub & Grill– 83 Asheville Hwy.– Featuring Homeless Jones- 828-631-0554
Live Music @ No Name Sports Pub– 10:00 pm-2:00 am- Featuring– Ethan & Chuck- 1070 Skyland Drive, Sylva– 828-586-2750
Story Time for Young Children—11:00-12:00 City Lights Bookstore– 3 E. Jackson Street, Sylva– 828-586-9499– www.citylightsnc.com FREE
Stories of Mountain Folk– aired on WRGC 540 am, 9:00am

Sunday –January 26
Visit one of our many local churches. Contact our office for a complete listing of churches in the area. 828-586-2155– www.mountainlovers.com
WCU Women’s Basketball 2:00pm- vs. Elon, @ Elon, NC
NFL Football/ .50 wings & beer bucket specials– 12:00– 2:00– No Name Sports Pub- 1070 Skyland Drive, Sylva 828-586-2750–www.nonamesportspub.com
Smoky Joe’s Café– 5:00-7:00pm– WCU’s Bardo Arts Center Theater– For Ticket information call 828-227-2479– www.fpac.wcu.edu

Monday– January 27
WCU Women’s Basketball– 2:00pm– vs. Davidson @ HOME– Ramsey Center– 92 Catamount Road, Cullowhee– 828-227-7677
$3.00 Well Drinks & .50 Jumbo Wings 4:00pm-2:00am- No Name Sports Pub- 1070 Skyland Drive, Sylva 828-586-2750– www.nonamesportspub.com
Rotary Readers Story Time– 11:00-12:00 Jackson County Public Library– 828-586-2016– FREE
Craig Randal Johnson– Guest Pianist– 7:30-9:00– Recital Hall of WCU’s Coulter Building

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Tickets will go on sale Monday, Feb. 3, for a spring semester concert at Western Carolina University by fast-rising star Kacey Musgraves, winner of the Country Music Association’s “Best New Artist” trophy for 2013.

 Musgraves will perform Wednesday, April 9, at WCU’s Liston B. Ramsey Regional Activity Center. The show, part of her “Same Trailer, Different Tour” concert series, will begin at 8 p.m. The concert was originally set for Saturday, Oct. 26, as part of WCU’s Homecoming weekend, but was pushed to the spring semester because of scheduling conflicts.

Nashville-based roots artist Rayland Baxter is the opening act. Doors open at 7 p.m.

Tickets go on sale at 9 a.m. Feb. 3 at the Ramsey Center box office. Arena seat tickets are $15 for WCU students and $20 for all others if purchased in advance. Floor tickets are $20 for WCU students and $25 for all others if bought in advance. Tickets purchased on day-of-show are $20 for arena seats, $25 for floor. Tickets purchased for the Oct. 26 concert will be honored April 9.

After releasing three albums independently in her early teens, Musgraves appeared on the fifth season of the USA Network’s singing competition “Nashville Star” in 2007. She joined country supergroup Lady Antebellum on its “Own the Night” tour in 2012 in the United Kingdom. She also signed that year with Mercury Records, releasing her solo debut single “Merry Go 'Round.”

The single is included on her first Mercury album, “Same Trailer, Different Park,” which was released in March 2013, debuting at the top of the country album charts. The album also includes the hits “Blowing Smoke” and “Follow Your Arrow.”

National Public Radio called Musgraves “country’s blunt and poetic new voice,” while Rolling Stone magazine praised her for a “songwriting voice you won't hear anywhere else in pop: young, female, downwardly mobile, fiercely witty.” Entertainment Weekly magazine listed “Same Trailer, Different Park” among the top 10 albums of 2013.

For information, visit the website ramsey.wcu.edu or call 828-227-7677. The concert is sponsored by WCU’s Department of Residential Living and A.K. Hinds University Center.

 

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Tuesday’s & Thursday's– FREE After School for all 6th graders at the First Baptist Church of Sylva– 3:00-6:00– Must complete an application– Call 828-708-7729 for more information and/or application.

Tuesday– January 14
Red Cross Basic CPR , First Aid & AED Class– 9:00-12:00– Jackson County Department on Aging– 100 County Services Park, Sylva- $19.00 for certification, FREE if no certificate required. Space is limited, Call 828-586-4944 for availability.
Teen Time– 4:00-5:00pm– JC Public Library– 310 Kenner Street, Sylva– 828-586-2016
Lego Club @ the Library– 4:00-5:00– JC Public Library– 310 Kenner Street, Sylva, 828-586-2016
Open Mic Night @ No Name Sports Pub– 9:00pm– 1:00am– 1070 Skyland Drive, Sylva– 828-586-2750– Featuring Darren Curtis.

Wednesday– January 15
SMHS Basketball– 4:00pm– vs. Swain @ HOME– 4:00-828-586-2177
Acupuncture Treatment on Your Lunch Hour– 12:00-2:00– Dogwood Wellness Clinic– 114 W. Hemlock Street, Dillsboro– 828-586-6336–Appointments Necessary– $30 per session- www.andreahealing.blogspot.com
JC Tourism Development Board of Directors Meeting– 1:00-2:30– JC parks & Recreation Department– 88 Cullowhee Mountain Road, Cullowhee. Contact Robert Jumper @ robejump@nc-cherokee.com

Thursday– January 16
SMHS Basketball– 4:00pm– vs. Enka @ Enka– 4:00-828-586-2177
Thirsty Thursdays @ City Lights Café– 12:00-12:00– 3 E. Jackson Street, Sylva– 828-587-2233 for information
Coffee w/ the Poet– 10:30am– Featuring Keith Flynn- City Lights Bookstore– 3 E. Jackson Street, Sylva– 828-586-9499– www.citylightsnc.com
Edward J. Bisese Reception– 5:00-7:00pm– Bardo Arts Center Star Atrium– WCU Campus– 828-227-2479
Family Night @ the Library– 6:00-7:00pm– JC Public Library– 310 Kenner Street, Sylva. 828-586-2016
Live Music @ No Name Sports Pub– 10:00 pm-2:00 am- Featuring– Wade Baker & Kyle Bledsoe- 1070 Skyland Drive, Sylva– 828-586-2750

January 16-19
Friends of the Library Annual 1/2 Price Winter Sale– 10:00am– 4:00pm– 536 W. Main Street, Sylva– 828-586-1221
January 16, 23, 30 & Feb. 6
FREE Dance Class– 5:30– 7:00– Sponsored by the Cherokee Central School @ the CAC Dance Studio inside the Middle School. Teens & UP– There will be a Valentine Dance on Feb. 14, Call Yona Wade 828--854-5214 for information.

Friday—January 17
WCU Women’s Basketball– 7:00pm– vs. UNC Greensboro- @ AWAY– Greensboro, NC
Live Music @ No Name Sports Pub– 10:00 pm-2:00 am- Featuring– Positive Mental Attitude- 1070 Skyland Drive, Sylva– 828-586-2750
Children’s Story@ the Library– 11:00– Jackson County Public Library– Celebrate the Season -828-586-2016– www.fontanalib.org– FREE
Children’s Story Time - 3:30- – JC Public Library– Winter Solstice - 828-586-2016– www.fontanalib.org– FREE

Saturday—January 18
WCU Men’s Basketball– 2:00pm– vs. Samford @ HOME– Ramsey Center
ABC Yoga @ City Lights Bookstore– 11:30- 11:50 Fun Children’s Yoga Session– 12:00-1:00– Gentle Adult Yoga– FREE– but donations are welcome. Call 828-586-9499 for information.
Game Day @ Papou’s Wine Shop– 2:00-9:00pm– 428 W. Main Street, Sylva– 828-586-6300
Wine Tasting @ Papou’s Wine Shop– 2:00-5:00pm- 428 W. Main Street, Sylva– 828-586-6300
Mangas Colorado @ Innovation Brewing– 8:00-11:00pm– 414 W. Main Street, Sylva, 828-586-9678
Live Music @ No Name Sports Pub– 10:00 pm-2:00 am- Featuring– Porch 40- 1070 Skyland Drive, Sylva– 828-586-2750
Story Time for Young Children—11:00-12:00 City Lights Bookstore– 3 E. Jackson Street, Sylva– 828-586-9499– www.citylightsnc.com FREE
Stories of Mountain Folk– aired on WRGC 540 am, 9:00am

Sunday –January 19
Visit one of our many local churches. Contact our office for a complete listing of churches in the area. 828-586-2155– www.mountainlovers.com
WCU Women’s Basketball 2:00pm- vs. Elon, @ Elon, NC
NFL Football/ .50 wings & beer bucket specials– 12:00– 2:00– No Name Sports Pub- 1070 Skyland Drive, Sylva 828-586-2750– www.nonamesportspub.com $3.00 Well Drinks & .50 Jumbo Wings 4:00pm-2:00am

Monday– January 20
WCU Men’s Basketball– 7:00pm– vs. Wofford- @ AWAY– Spartanburg, SC
Game Night @ City Lights Café & Bookstore– 6:00-8:00pm– www.citylightscafe.com 828-587-2233 or www.citylightsnc.com– 828-586-9499
Rotary Readers Story Time– 11:00-12:00 Jackson County Public Library– 828-586-2016– FREE
Live Music @ No Name Sports Pub– 10:00 pm-2:00 am- Featuring– Molly Gene One Whoaman Band- 1070 Skyland Drive, Sylva– 828-586-2750

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From America's Got Talent producers...

We are headed to Greensboro, NC on January 29th and we would love to see your talented community represented at our Auditions. We are looking for acts of all ages and group size. We want to make sure that your town and community are represented this year!

For more Audition information please go to : www.agtauditions.com where you can also REGISTER to auditon.

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The School of Music at Western Carolina University will present a performance by Apollo Winds, a professional chamber music group, at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 21, in the recital hall of the Coulter Building on campus.

The concert features Francis Poulenc’s “Sextet,” a three-movement work with an extensive part for the piano, to be played by Bradley Martin, WCU associate professor of music. Also on the program are “Three Shanties” by Malcolm Arnold, “Dublin Bay” by Percy Granger and “Klezmer Music for Woodwind Quintet” by Donald Draganski.

Apollo Winds is a group of musicians who teach at colleges and universities in Western North Carolina and are members of several orchestras in the region. Members of the group are Judi Lampert, flute, adjunct assistant professor of music at the University of North Carolina at Asheville, who has played with the Asheville and Greenville, S.C., symphonies and Spartanburg Philharmonic and performs as a soloist at the Biltmore Estate; Terri Armfield, oboe, WCU assistant professor of music, who is a member of the Nashville Double Reed Ensemble and Brevard Philharmonic Orchestra and has performed with the symphonies in Asheville and Hendersonville; Gary Spaulding, clarinet, a member of the Blue Ridge Orchestra and the Carolinas Wind Orchestra, who performs with the Asheville Symphony, Western Piedmont Symphony and the Evansville Philharmonic; Milton Crotts, bassoon, music director of the Blue Ridge Orchestra and director of the symphony orchestra and wind ensemble at the University of North Carolina at Asheville; and Mike Brubaker, horn, a member of the Asheville Symphony who also performs with the symphonies in Charlotte, Charleston and Greenville.

The performance is open to the public free of charge. For information, contact the WCU School of Music at 828-227-7242.

 

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Tuesday’s & Thursdays– FREE After School for all 6th graders at the First Baptist Church of Sylva– 3:00-6:00– Must complete an application– Call 828-708-7729 for more information and/or application.

Tuesday– January 7
SMHS Basketball– 4:00pm– vs. Brevard @ Brevard– 4:00-828-586-2177
Teen Time– 4:00-5:00– JC Public Library– 310 Kenner Street, Sylva– 828-586-2016 FREE
Cellar Club @ Papou’s Wine Shop– 7:00-9:00 pm– 428 W. Main Street, Sylva, NC 28779– Membership Prices- $50. per person- $75. per couple per year. Call 828-586-6300 for information.

Wednesday– January 8
Acupuncture Treatment on Your Lunch Hour– 12:00-2:00– Dogwood Wellness Clinic– 114 W. Hemlock Street, Dillsboro– 828-586-6336–Appointments Necessary– $30 per session- www.andreahealing.blogspot.com

Thursday– January 9
Thirsty Thursdays @ City Lights Café– 12:00-12:00– 3 E. Jackson Street, Sylva– 828-587-2233 for information
Write On! Tween Writing Group– 4:30-5:30– JC Public Library– 310 Kenner Street, Sylva– 828-586-2016– FREE
The Write Ones Adult Creative Writing Group-6:00pm– JC Public Library– 310 Kenner Street, Sylva, NC 828-586-2016

Friday—January 10
SMHS Basketball– 4:00pm– vs. N. Henderson @ HOME– 4:00-828-586-2177
Children’s Story@ the Library– 11:00– Jackson County Public Library– Celebrate the Season -828-586-2016– www.fontanalib.org– FREE
Children’s Story Time - 3:30- – JC Public Library– Winter Solstice - 828-586-2016– www.fontanalib.org– FREE

Saturday—January 11
WCU Men’s Basketball– 2:00pm– vs. Georgia Southern- @ Statesboro, GA
WCU Women’s Basketball– 2:00pm– vs. Chattanooga @ HOME—The Ramsey Center
Fitness and Wine Pairing– 12:30pm– w/ Mike Knows Fitness– for information call 828-586-6300– or 919-272-8628
Story Time for Young Children—11:00-12:00 City Lights Bookstore– 3 E. Jackson Street, Sylva– 828-586-9499– www.citylightsnc.com FREE
Stories of Mountain Folk– aired on WRGC 540 am, 9:00am

Sunday –January 12
Visit one of our many local churches. Contact our office for a complete listing of churches in the area. 828-586-2155– www.mountainlovers.com
WCU Women’s Basketball– TBA
NFL Football/ .50 wings & beer bucket specials– 12:00– No Name Sports Pub- 1070 Skyland Drive, Sylva 828-586-2750– www.nonamesportspub.com
Kool & the Gang– 7:30pm– Harrah’s Cherokee Casino, Event Center– www.harrahscherokee.com

Monday– January 13
WCU Women’s Basketball-7:00pm- vs. Samford @ HOME- the Ramsey Center
Movie Night– 6:30pm- JC Public Library– 310 Kenner Street, Sylva, NC 828-586-2016
Rotary Readers Story Time– 11:00-12:00 Jackson County Public Library– 828-586-2016– FREE
KARAKOE– 9:00pm-1:00am– No Name Sports Pub,-1070 Skyland Drive, Sylva 828-586-2750– www.nonamesportspub.com

 

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A special event is coming up on January 14 at 12:00 noon in Dillsboro. The stunning three dimensional "Tree of Life" bronze plaque which was cast and finished by the Jackson County Green Energy Park and Western Carolina University art students, will be attached to the Dillsboro historical mural, "On Hallowed Ground." Hanging from the bronze casting will be the permanent metal engraved donor's plaque honoring those who donated to the mural. 
 
Members of the bronze pour team were:
Timm Muth (GEP Director)
Chelsea Miller (WCU Art Education
Colton Williford (WCU Construction Management)
Kevin McNiff (WCU Ceramics Graduate Program)

Bronze for the tree of life was recovered from melted valve bodies, old bronze artwork, and scraps from previous pours.
The Jackson County Green Energy Park (GEP) is an award-winning project that uses landfill gas (bio-methane), waste wood, and waste vegetable oil as fuel for a series of art studios. GEP facilities currently include the only set of blacksmith forges and metal foundry in the world fueled with landfill gas, an innovative public-access ceramics kiln fired with wood & waste vegetable oil, and one of only three glass shops fired with landfill gas. The GEP hosts public tours and demonstrations, hands-on classes, and our renown Youth Arts Festival each September. The GEP seeks to create art and community using renewable energy resources. Visit the website at www.jcgep.org for information.

The historical mural, painted by Doreyl Ammons Cain, was unveiled on October 6, 2013 in Dillsboro during ColorFest. The GEP created the "Tree of Life" plaque as a donation to the mural project.

Stop by and take a look!

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Tuesday’s & Thursdays– FREE After School for all 6th graders at the First Baptist Church of Sylva– 3:00-6:00– Must complete an application–Call 828-708-7729 for more information and/or application.

Tuesday– December 24
Christmas Eve Communion– 7:00pm– East . Sylva Baptist Church– 828-586-2853
Open Mic Night & KARAKOE– 9:00pm-1:00am– No Name Sports Pub,- Featuring Darren Curtis -1070 Skyland Drive, Sylva 828-586-2750–www.nonamesportspub.com

Wednesday– December 25
Merry Christmas

Thursday– December 26
Live Music 10:00-2:00am- No Name Sports Pub,- Call for Information -1070 Skyland Drive, Sylva 828-586-2750– www.nonamesportspub.com

Friday—December 27
SMHS Basketball– 4:00pm– vs. A.C. Reynolds @ A.C. Reynolds– 4:00
Live Music -10:00-2:00am- No Name Sports Pub,- 1070 Skyland Drive, Sylva 828-586-2750– www.nonamesportspub.com
Children’s Story@ the Library– 11:00– Jackson County Public Library– Celebrate the Season -828-586-2016– www.fontanalib.org– FREE
Children’s Story Time - 3:30- – JC Public Library– Winter Solstice - 828-586-2016– www.fontanalib.org– FREE

Saturday—December 28
WCU Women’s Basketball– 3:00pm– vs. New Mexico in Coral Gables Fl.
Live Music -10:00-2:00am- No Name Sports Pub,- 1070 Skyland Drive, Sylva 828-586-2750– www.nonamesportspub.com
Story Time for Young Children—11:00-12:00 City Lights Bookstore– 3 E. Jackson Street, Sylva– 828-586-9499– www.citylightsnc.com FREE
Stories of Mountain Folk– aired on WRGC 540 am, 9:00am

Sunday –December 29
Visit one of our many local churches. Contact our office for a complete listing of churches in the area. 828-586-2155– www.mountainlovers.com
WCU Women’s Basketball– TBA
NFL Football/ .50 wings & beer bucket specials– 12:00– No Name Sports Pub- 1070 Skyland Drive, Sylva 828-586-2750– www.nonamesportspub.com
Kool & the Gang– 7:30pm– Harrah’s Cherokee Casino, Event Center– www.harrahscherokee.com

Monday– December 30
WCU Men’s Basketball-2:00pm- vs. Milligan College @ the Ramsey Center 7:00pm.
Rotary Readers Story Time– 11:00-12:00 Jackson County Public Library– 828-586-2016– FREE
KARAKOE– 9:00pm-1:00am– No Name Sports Pub,-1070 Skyland Drive, Sylva 828-586-2750– www.nonamesportspub.com
Tuesday– December 31
December, New Years Eve Songwriters in the Round– 6:00-10:00– Balsam Mountain Inn- $45. per person– 800-224-9498
New Years Bash-8:00-2:00am-No Name Sports Pub,- 1070 Skyland Drive, Sylva 828-586-2750– www.nonamesportspub.com
GSMR 2013 New Years Eve Gala– Reception begins at 7:45– train

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Tuesday’s & Thursdays– FREE After School for all 6th graders at the First Baptist Church of Sylva– 3:00-6:00– Must complete an application– Call 828-708-7729 for more information and/or application.

Tuesday– December 17
SMHS Basketball—4:00—vs. East Henderson HOME 4:00pm– 828-586-2177
Open Mic Night & KARAKOE– 9:00pm-1:00am– No Name Sports Pub,- Featuring Darren Curtis -1070 Skyland Drive, Sylva 828-586-2750– www.nonamesportspub.com
Tuesday Quilters– 10:00-2:00- Shepard of the Hills Lutheran Church– Bring your machine and what ever quilt you are working on. – email: nancileedills@gmail.com FREE

Wednesday– December 18
WCU Men’s Basketball– 7:00– vs. Charleston Southern @ HOME– Ramsey Center
East Sylva Baptist Church Candlelight Service– 7:00-8:00pm– E. Sylva Baptist Church– 828-586-2853
Acupuncture Treatment on Your Lunch Hour– 12:00-2:00– Dogwood Wellness Clinic– 114 W. Hemlock Street, Dillsboro– 828-586-6336–Appointments Necessary– $30 per session- www.andreahealing.blogspot.com
Wunderbar Wednesday– 10:00-6:30– Enjoy $2.00 off your Traditional Growler Fill all day on Wednesdays– 828-631-4466– www.yourgnometownbrewery.

Thursday– December 19
WCU Women’s Basketball– 2:00pm– vs. NC Central– Durham Street
Coffee With the Poet– Sharing Christmas Poems– 10:30-12:00– City Lights Bookstore– 3 E. Jackson Street, Sylva– 828-586– 9499– www.citylightsnc.com
Live Music 10:00-2:00am- No Name Sports Pub,- Call for Information -1070 Skyland Drive, Sylva 828-586-2750– www.nonamesportspub.com

Friday—December 20
SMHS Basketball– 4:00pm– vs. Swain @ Swain County High School– 4:00
Live Music w/ Natty Love Joys-10:00-2:00am- No Name Sports Pub,- Featuring Natty Love Joys -1070 Skyland Drive, Sylva 828-586-2750– www.nonamesportspub.com
Children’s Story@ the Library– 11:00– Jackson County Public Library– Celebrate the Season -828-586-2016– www.fontanalib.org– FREE
Children’s Story Time - 3:30- – JC Public Library– Winter Solstice - 828-586-2016– www.fontanalib.org– FREE

Saturday—December 21
WCU Men’s Basketball-2:00pm- @ Georgia (TV) Athens GA.
Live Music w/ Darren Curtis & the Buttered Toase-10:00-2:00am- No Name Sports Pub,- Featuring Darren Curtis & The Buttered Toast-1070 Skyland Drive, Sylva 828-586-2750– www.nonamesportspub.com
Cullowhee Fire Victims Fundraiser– 12:00-10:00- @ Jack the Dipper Ice Cream Shop. 10% of sales to support employees and staff who recently lost jobs due to fire.
Game Day @ Papou’s Wine Shop and Bar– 2:00-9:00 pm– 428 W. Main Street, Sylva– 828-586-6300
Live Holiday Music w/ the Shepherds of the Hills String Band– 6:30– City Lights Bookstore– 3 E. Jackson Bookstore, Sylva– 828-586-9499– www.citylightsnc.com
Story Time for Young Children—11:00-12:00 City Lights Bookstore– 3 E. Jackson Street, Sylva– 828-586-9499– www.citylightsnc.com FREE
Stories of Mountain Folk– aired on WRGC 540 am, 9:00am

Sunday –December 22
Visit one of our many local churches. Contact our office for a complete listing of churches in the area. 828-586-2155– www.mountainlovers.com
NFL Football/ .50 wings & beer bucket specials– 12:00– No Name Sports Pub- 1070 Skyland Drive, Sylva 828-586-2750– www.nonamesportspub.com

Monday– December 23
SMHS Basketball—12:00– vs. Mitchell @ Mitchell- 828-586-2177
Rotary Readers Story Time– 11:00-12:00 Jackson County Public Library– 828-586-2016– FREE
KARAKOE– 9:00pm-1:00am– No Name Sports Pub,-1070 Skyland Drive, Sylva 828-586-2750– www.nonamesportspub.com

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We are excited to share an update regarding our potential partnership with Duke LifePoint Healthcare. Our Board of Directors has signed a memorandum of understanding to formally explore an acquisition by Duke LifePoint.

As you know, WestCare has been exploring potential partnership options for our hospitals for more than 18 months. Duke LifePoint was chosen because it exceeds the criteria we established for an ideal partner, which included that partner’s ability to protect existing employees, enhance the care we provide, invest in new technology and equipment, recruit and retain physicians, offer charity care to those in need, and support the community and local economy.

We are excited about the opportunities that becoming part of Duke LifePoint offers our hospitals, employees, medical staff and communities. As part of Duke LifePoint, WestCare’s hospitals will have access to capital to invest in new technology and services to better serve the healthcare needs of our communities.  

The proposed acquisition offers many financial benefits for our communities, too. Duke LifePoint would become a local taxpayer, providing an important source of new tax revenue to support our local economy. Additionally, resources from the transaction will be available to provide funding for a locally governed foundation to support community needs.

The memorandum of understanding we have signed allows us to move forward to evaluate all aspects of the proposed acquisition to ensure that will be a good fit for both Duke LifePoint and WestCare. Duke LifePoint will spend a considerable amount of time on site at WestCare’s hospitals reviewing our operations.  As part of this process, you will have the opportunity to meet representatives from Duke LifePoint and learn about the organization and how it might work with our community.

Our board and management team join us in thanking you for your commitment to our hospitals
and communities. If you have any questions about this potential acquisition, please don’t hesitate to contact us. 

Sincerely,

Bunny Johns                                                                           Steve Heatherly

Chair                                                                                      President and CEO

WestCare Board of Trustees                                                      WestCare Health System

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Tuesday’s & Thursdays– FREE After School for all 6th graders at the First Baptist Church of Sylva– 3:00-6:00– Must complete an application– Call 828-708-7729 for more information and/or application.

Tuesday– December 10
SMHS Basketball—4:00—vs. W. Henderson @ W. Henderson 4:00pm– 828-586-2177
Senior Center Christmas Dinner– 5:00pm– at the JC Department on Aging Center, 100 County Services Park. Buffet dinner and entertainment. FREE– forParticipants- $8. for non participants, Call 828-586-5862
Children's Story Time– 11:00– JC Public Library 310 Kenner Street, Sylva- “Night Before Thanksgiving”- 828-586-2016– www.fontanalib.org
Open Mic Night & KARAKOE– 9:00pm-1:00am– No Name Sports Pub,- Featuring Darren Curtis -1070 Skyland Drive, Sylva 828-586-2750–www.nonamesportspub.com
Tuesday Quilters– 10:00-2:00- Shepard of the Hills Lutheran Church– Bring your machine and what ever quilt you are working on. – email:nancileedills@gmail.com FREE

Wednesday– December 11
Acupuncture Treatment on Your Lunch Hour– 12:00-2:00– Dogwood Wellness Clinic– 114 W. Hemlock Street, Dillsboro– 828-586-6336–Appointments Necessary– $30 per session- www.andreahealing.blogspot.com
Wunderbar Wednesday– 10:00-6:30– Enjoy $2.00 off your Traditional Growler Fill all day on Wednesdays– 828-631-4466– www.yourgnometownbrewery.

Thursday– December 12
Nursing Convocation– 5:00-9:00pm– WCU’s Bardo Arts Center Theater.
Fusions NEW Club Membership Launch and Jingle Jam– 4:00-8:00pm– Fusions Spa– 96 W. Sylva Shopping Area, Sylva– RSVP to Fusions–828-6310232.
Watershed Association of the Tuckasegee River Public Meeting– 6:00-7:00– at City Lights Bookstore. Open to the Public.
Live Music w/ Brandon Reeves10:00-2:00am- No Name Sports Pub,- Featuring Brandon Reeves -1070 Skyland Drive, Sylva 828-586-2750–www.nonamesportspub.com

December 13 & 14
Dillsboro Lights and Luminaries– Dusk—9:00pm– All of Dillsboro will be decorated. Over 2500 luminaries. Lots of activities for the whole family. Visit with Santa! For more information visit www.visitdillsboro.org. Saturday night Fireworks at 8:00 from the Dillsboro Quarry.

Friday—December 13
SMHS Basketball– 4:00pm– vs. Franklin @ HOME
Lunch & Learn @ West Care Harris– 12:00-1:00– w/ Orthopedic Surgeon Douglas Gates– in the board room of Harris Regional Hospital. FREE– but youmust RSVP– 828-586-5531.
Live Music w/ Dustin Martin & The Ramblers-10:00-2:00am- No Name Sports Pub,- Featuring Dustin Martin & The Ramblers -1070 Skyland Drive, Sylva 828-586-2750– www.nonamesportspub.com
Children’s Story@ the Library– 11:00– Jackson County Public Library– Celebrate the Season -828-586-2016– www.fontanalib.org– FREE
Children’s Story Time - 3:30- – JC Public Library– Winter Solstice - 828-586-2016– www.fontanalib.org– FREE

Saturday—December 14
Sylva Christmas Parade- 3:00-5:00pm– Main Street Sylva– Contact The Town of Sylva for information– 828-586-2719.
Glass Ornament Class– 10:00-4:00– Private Classes every 30 minutes– at the JC Green Energy Park– 100 Green Energy Park Road. $30.00 per session–Register at 828-631-0271.
Cullowhee Fire Victims Fundraiser– 12:00-10:00- @ Jack the Dipper Ice Cream Shop. 10% of sales to support employees and staff who recently lost jobsdue to fire.
Live Music w/ Cutthroat Shamrock-10:00-2:00am- No Name Sports Pub,- Featuring Cutthroat Shamrock-1070 Skyland Drive, Sylva 828-586-2750– www.nonamesportspub.com
American Girls Club– 12:00– City Lights Bookstore– Sponsored by the JC Public Library– 828-586-2016
Story Time for Young Children—11:00-12:00 City Lights Bookstore– 3 E. Jackson Street, Sylva– 828-586-9499– www.citylightsnc.com FREE
Stories of Mountain Folk– aired on WRGC 540 am, 9:00am

Sunday –December 15
Visit one of our many local churches. Contact our office for a complete listing of churches in the area. 828-586-2155–
www.mountainlovers.com
East Sylva Baptist Church– 6:00-7:00pm– Children’s Christmas Play– 828-586-2853

Monday– December 16
SMHS Band Christmas Concert– 7:00-9:00– WCU’s Bardo Arts Center Theater
Rotary Readers Story Time– 11:00-12:00 Jackson County Public Library– 828-586-2016– FREE
Game Night @ City Lights– 6:00-8:00pm– Brainy Games in the Bookstore, Cornhole and Washers in the Café. 828-587-2233 or 586-9499
WCU Women’s Basketball– 7:00-9:00– WCU Ramsey Center , vs. Charleston South
KARAKOE– 9:00pm-1:00am– No Name Sports Pub,-1070 Skyland Drive, Sylva 828-586-2750– www.nonamesportspub.com

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Join us this coming Tuesday, December 10th for the Town of Dillsboro 2014 Business Plan Competition kickoff!
 
Do you have a dream of starting your own business or expanding your business into a new area? If you answered "yes", then the Town of Dillsboro Business Plan Competition is for you. This year's competition features a $5,000 Grand Prize for the winning business plan!

The Town of Dillsboro Business Plan Competition is a project of the Dillsboro/WCU Partnership Committee and Southwestern Community College along with our strategic partners Southwestern Community College's Small Business Center, Western Carolina University's SBTDC and is made possible through donors who believe in small business in Jackson County.
 
The Competition Kickoff is scheduled for Tuesday December 10th, 5:30 pm at the Jarrett House. Network with fellow entrepreneurs, find out the details of the competition PLUS learn how Southwestern Community College's Business Plan Workshop Series can prepare you for success. In addition, we will have fellow business owners on hand to share their insights about planning, developing and growing a successful business. We'll also be recognizing our corporate sponsors.
 
In addition to the $5,000.00 grand prize, the 2014 Business Plan Competition offers the tools for success in business.  Don't miss this opportunity. See you at the Kickoff!
 
For more information contact Tiffany Henry at 828-339-4211 or Tommy Dennison at 828-227-3459
 
Preparing you for Business Success. The Town of Dillsboro 2014 Business Plan Competition

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Tuesday’s & Thursdays– FREE After School for all 6th graders at the First Baptist Church of Sylva– 3:00-6:00– Must complete an application–Call 828-708-7729 for more information and/or application.

Tuesday– December 3
Sylva Garden Club Christmas Tea/Luncheon– 10:00-200- Nichols House, 83 Landis Street, Sylva. $10 per person. For information contact Diane Herring at diane.herring@morrisbb.net
Cellars Club at Papou’s Wine Shop & Bar– 7:00-9:00pm– 428 W. Main Street, Sylva. $ Membership- $50 per person or $75 per couple. Contact 828-586- 6300 or email: papouswineshop@frontier.com
“An Enchanted Broadway Holiday Show” - 7:30-9:30– WCU’s Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center- $5.00. For information www.bardoartscenter.wcu.edu or 828-227-2479.
Children's Story Time– 11:00– JC Public Library 310 Kenner Street, Sylva- “Night Before Thanksgiving”- 828-586-2016– www.fontanalib.org
Open Mic Night– 9:00pm-1:00am– No Name Sports Pub,- Featuring Darren Curtis -1070 Skyland Drive, Sylva 828-586-2750– www.nonamesportspub.com
Tuesday Quilters– 10:00-2:00- Shepard of the Hills Lutheran Church– Bring your machine and what ever quilt you are working on. – email:nancileedills@gmail.com FREE

Wednesday– December 4
Tarradiddle Players Holiday Performance– 9:00am-4:00pm– WCU University Center Theater. Show based on “A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens” 828-227-7206
WCU Surplus Sale– 10:00-3:00pm– The Warehouse on Campus– Sold AS IS, Cash and Carry.
Holiday Nutrition Seminar– 1:00 pm– Room 137 at the Department on Aging, 100 County services Park, Sylva. FREE but please RSVP at 828-586-4944.
FREE Enterprise Speaker Series– 5:00-6:00pm– WCU in the Wells Fargo Business Center in the Forsyth Building
East Sylva Chrismon Tree Service– 6:30-8:30– East Sylva Baptist Church– For information call 828-586-2853.
WCU Jazz Combos Concert– 7:30-9:00pm– WCU’s Recital hall of the Coulter Building.
Computer Class– 5:45pm– JC Public Library– 310 Kenner Street, Sylva. Basic Microsoft Word– 828-586-2016– Space is limited to 16 persons, so you must register.
Acupuncture Treatment on Your Lunch Hour– 12:00-2:00– Dogwood Wellness Clinic– 114 W. Hemlock Street, Dillsboro– 828-586-6336–Appointments Necessary– $30 per session- www.andreahealing.blogspot.com
Wunderbar Wednesday– 10:00-6:30– Enjoy $2.00 off your Traditional Growler Fill all day on Wednesdays– 828-631-4466– www.yourgnometownbrewery.

Thursday– December 5
FREE Public Jam Session– 7:00-8:00 WCU’s HFR Administration Building.
Family Night @ the Library– 6:00pm JC Public Library– 828-586-2016 Anything can happen at Family Night: crafts, games, movies, special guests, and parties of all sorts.
Fusions NEW Club Membership Launch and Jingle Jam– 4:00-8:00pm– Fusions Spa– 96 W. Sylva Shopping Area, Sylva– RSVP to Fusions– 828-6310232.

December 6 & 7
Dillsboro Lights and Luminaries– Dusk—9:00pm– All of Dillsboro will be decorated. Over 2500 luminaries. Lots of activities for the whole family. Visit with Santa! For more information visit www.visitdillsboro.org. Friday Night is WCU night– Iceless Skating Rink—6:00-10:00pm, “Sing-Along w/Susan Belcher” @ 6:30, Paint– Your-Own– Ornament at Claymates while supplies last, WCU Rocketts to perform, WCU Broadway CAT Singers to perform. FREE Round Trip
Shuttle WCU/Dillsboro available for faculty, staff, students and their families. To reserve seats email Caitlynn Pitts @ cmpitts1@catamount.wcu.edu.

Friday—December 6
SMHS Basketball– 4:00pm– vs. Tuscola @ Tuscola
One Man Show– Craig Forrest- 6:00-9:00pm– It’s By Nature–678 W. Main Street, Sylva- Meet the Artist– Wine & Cheese Reception
Dana Wildsmith Book reading– 6:30pm– City Lights Bookstore- 3 E. Jackson Street, Sylva– www.citylightsnc.com– 828-586-9499
“Little Black Dress Night”- 6:00-9:00– Papou’s Wine Shop– 428 W. Main Street, Sylva– For information call 828-586-6300.
Children’s Story@ the Library– 10:00– 12:00– Jackson County Public Library– Pumpkin Circle-828-586-2016– www.fontanalib.org– FREE
Children’s Story Time - 1:00pm- – JC Public Library– Candy Corn- 828-586-2016– www.fontanalib.org– FREE

Saturday—December 7
Home for the Holidays– 7:00-9:00pm—JC Public Library– Mountain Faith in Concert– presented by the JC Chamber of Commerce and the JC Public Library– Admission– Items to fill boxes for the “Homebound Elderly Program” of Jackson County. 828-586-2155
Holiday Open House– 10:30-5:30– It’s By Nature– 678 W. Main Street, Sylva– “10 Years on Main Street”- www.itsbynature.com– 828-631-3020
Annual Craft Festival– 8:30-3:00pm– Heritage Room at the Department on Aging– 100 County Services Park, Sylva. Breakfast w/ Santa from 8:30—10:30– FREE for children under 10; $5. for adults.
The December Dash 5K– 10:00-12:00– on the WCU Campus– Registration is $15. All proceeds go to Youth– led projects in Jackson County. 828-586-4009, Email: decemberdash@gmail.com
ABC Yoga– 5:00-6:30– City Lights Bookstore– 3 E. Jackson Street, Sylva- (Bring you own mat or blanket)- 828-586-9499– www.citylightsnc.com
Madrigal Christmas Dinner @ WCU– 6:00-9:00pm– WCU AK Hinds University Center Grand Room. $23. WCU Students, $38 for All Others. Tickets can be
purchased at the UC Admin. Office 828-227-7206.
Story Time for Young Children—11:00-12:00 City Lights Bookstore– 3 E. Jackson Street, Sylva– 828-586-9499– www.citylightsnc.com FREE
Stories of Mountain Folk– aired on WRGC 540 am, 9:00am
Live Music – 10:00-2:00am– No Name Sports Pub- 1070 Skyland Drive, Sylva– 828-586-2750-www.nonamesoprtspub.com

Sunday –December 8
Visit one of our many local churches. Contact our office for a complete listing of churches in the area. 828-586-2155–
www.mountainlovers.com
“Come Messiah King” Choral Presentation– 11:00am-12:00pm– East Sylva Baptist Church. 828-586-2853 for information.
Sounds of the Season– 3:00-5:00pm– WCU School of Music will present this concert at the WCU’s Bardo Arts Center– w/a special appearance by Santa Clause.

Monday– December 9

SMHS Chorus Concert– 7:00-9:00– WCU’s Bardo Arts Center Theater
Rotary Readers Story Time– 11:00-12:00 Jackson County Public Library– 828-586-2016– FREE

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Iceless ice skating and a fireworks show are planned for the 30th annual Dillsboro Lights and Luminaries festival, which is always the first two Fridays and Saturdays in December in downtown Dillsboro.

The first night of this year’s celebration, Friday, Dec. 6, has been designated as Western Carolina University Night and features special activities such as iceless ice skating.

During the festival, which takes place from 5 to 9 p.m. Dec. 6; Saturday, Dec. 7; Friday, Dec. 13; and Saturday, Dec. 14; the historic village will be adorned with more than 2,500 luminaries and white lights.

Shops will stay open late and offer free refreshments and entertainment. A variety of musicians and singers will provide entertainment in individual shops throughout the town every night of the festival, including Pick and Play Dulcimer Group performing holiday music from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Riverwood Shops on Dec. 6 and 13. Also, Santa and Mrs. Claus will hear children’s wishes at Town Hall.

On opening night Dec. 6, an iceless ice skating rink sponsored by WCU’s A.K. Hinds University Center will be located in front of Dogwood Wellness, which can be accessed via the footbridge behind the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad depot, from 5 to 9 p.m. Admission is free, and skates will be provided. The rink will only be on Dec. 6.

Then on Dec. 14, fireworks will fill the sky at 8:30 p.m. Heavy rain led the county’s annual Fourth of July fireworks celebration sponsored by Jackson County Parks and Recreation to be rescheduled to the December date.

WCU Night on Dec. 6 also will include paint-your-own ornaments at Claymates while supplies last and face painting provided by Macon Faces at K.J.’s Cross Stitch Store and Emporium from 6 to 8 p.m.

The WCU Holiday Dancers led by Karyn Tomczak, director of WCU’s dance program and former Radio City Music Hall Rockette, will kick off the event at 5:30 p.m. with a performance down Front Street.

Then, WCU guests of honor will take part in the first horse-drawn carriage ride of the evening at 5:35 p.m.

At 6 p.m., Voices in the Laurel, a nonprofit youth choir in Western North Carolina that combines classic choral instruction with an assortment of music, will carol at Dillsboro businesses on Front Street. The choir’s goal is to provide young people quality choral education in fun and innovative ways.

Entertainment in the Front Street Courtyard opens with a holiday sing-a-long at 6:30 p.m., with Susan Belcher, an accomplished opera performer and wife of WCU Chancellor David Belcher, and Cullowhee Valley School elementary students under the direction of music teacher Katee Johnson. Then, WCU’s Broadway Cat Singers will sing Christmas songs in a classical musical theater style at 7 p.m., and the WCU Horn Choir, a French horn group, will perform at 7:30 p.m.

At the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad depot, the Trantham Family Band will take the stage at 8 p.m. The Trantham Family Band, prominent in the music scene of the Western North Carolina mountains for three generations, plays music for all ages and teaches audiences about Appalachian culture. The performance will be followed at 8:30 p.m. by the WCU Inspirational Choir, which promotes African-American culture and diversity through song.

WCU Night at the Dillsboro Lights and Luminaries is an activity of the Dillsboro/WCU Partnership, which was formed at the request of Dillsboro leaders in 2009 and matches the expertise of WCU faculty, staff and students with Dillsboro’s challenges and opportunities.

Free parking will be available at Monteith Park every night of the festival. The Cullowhee United Methodist Church will provide a free shuttle from Monteith Park to downtown Dillsboro on Dec. 6.

Merchants started Dillsboro Lights and Luminaries, one of the longest-running holiday festivals in the region, in 1983 as a way of saying thank you to their customers for supporting them year round.

For more information about Dillsboro Lights and Luminaries, visit www.facebook.com/DillsboroLuminaries or visitdillsboro.org online.

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Tuesday’s & Thursdays– FREE After School for all 6th graders at the First Baptist Church of Sylva– 3:00-6:00– Must complete an application–Call 828-708-7729 for more information and/or application.

Tuesday– November 26
Children's Story Time– 11:00– JC Public Library 310 Kenner Street, Sylva- “Night Before Thanksgiving”- 828-586-2016– www.fontanalib.org
Open Mic Night– 9:00pm-1:00am– No Name Sports Pub,- Featuring Darren Curtis -1070 Skyland Drive, Sylva 828-586-2750– www.nonamesportspub.com
Tuesday Quilters– 10:00-2:00- Shepard of the Hills Lutheran Church– Bring your machine and what ever quilt you are working on. – email: nancileedills@gmail.com FREE

Wednesday– November 27
Acupuncture Treatment on Your Lunch Hour– 12:00-2:00– Dogwood Wellness Clinic– 114 W. Hemlock Street, Dillsboro– 828-586-6336–Appointments Necessary– $30 per session- www.andreahealing.blogspot.com
Wunderbar Wednesday– 10:00-6:30– Enjoy $2.00 off your Traditional Growler Fill all day on Wednesdays– 828-631-4466– www.yourgnometownbrewery.

Thursday– November 28
Happy Thanksgiving
“Give Thanks for Beer”- 6:00-11:00pm– Innovation Brewery– 414 W. Main Street, Sylva, NC—www.innovation-brewing.com

November 29-30
Hard Candy Christmas Arts & Craft Show– 10:00-5:00pm– WCU Ramsey Center- $4.00 for adults, children under 12 FREE– For information call 828-524-3405 or visit www.mountainartisans.net

Friday—November 29
Christmas and Santa on the Green– 5:00pm– On the Green in Cashiers– Call 828-743-8428 or visit www.visitcashiersvalley.com
Cashiers Christmas Tree Lighting/Festival of Trees– 6:00-7:00pm– Village Green Gazebo and Lawn. Call 828-734-4487 for information.
Children’s Story@ the Library– 11:00am– Jackson County Public Library– Pumpkin Circle-828-586-2016– www.fontanalib.org– FREE
Children’s Story Time - 1:00pm- – JC Public Library– Candy Corn- 828-586-2016– www.fontanalib.org– FREE

Saturday—November 30
Story Time for Young Children—11:00-12:00 City Lights Bookstore– 3 E. Jackson Street, Sylva– 828-586-9499– www.citylightsnc.com FREE
Stories of Mountain Folk– aired on WRGC 540 am, 9:00am
Live Music – 10:00-2:00am– No Name Sports Pub- 1070 Skyland Drive, Sylva– 828-586-2750-www.nonamesoprtspub.com

Sunday –December 1
Visit one of our many local churches. Contact our office for a complete listing of churches in the area. 828-586-2155– www.mountainlovers.com

Monday– December 2
Rotary Readers Story Time– 11:00-12:00 Jackson County Public Library– 828-586-2016– FREE

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Tuesday’s & Thursdays– FREE After School for all 6th graders at the First Baptist Church of Sylva– 3:00-6:00– Must complete an application– Call 828-708-7729 for more information and/or application.

Tuesday– November 19
“Woodstock”- 7:00-10:00pm– WCU’s University Center Theater
Faculty Recital: Shannon Thompson– Clarinet– 7:30-8:30– WCU’s Recital Hall of the Coulter building
Open Mic Night– 9:00pm-1:00am– No Name Sports Pub, -1070 Skyland Drive, Sylva 828-586-2750– www.nonamesportspub.com
Tuesday Quilters– 10:00-2:00- Shepard of the Hills Lutheran Church– Bring your machine and what ever quilt you are working on. – email: nancileedills@gmail.com FREE
Heinzel Trivia Tuesday– 7:00-9:00- @ Heinzelmannchen Brewery– 545 Mill Street, Sylva– 828-631-4466– www.yourgnometownbrewery.com– FREE

Wednesday– November 20
Jackson County TDA Board Meeting– 1:00-2:30- Jackson County Parks & Recreation Department, Cullowhee. Contact Mr. Clifford Meads @ cmeads@highhamptoninn.com
Stress Management Seminar– 1:00pm– Board Room at the Department on Aging, 100 County Services Park, Sylva– Contact Lori Rodi 828-586-4944 to RSVP–FREE
Low Tech (Gamelan) Ensemble– 7:30-9:00– WCU’s Recital Hall of the Coulter Building– FREE– Call the school of music 828-227-7242 for information
Acupuncture Treatment on Your Lunch Hour– 12:00-2:00– Dogwood Wellness Clinic– 114 W. Hemlock Street, Dillsboro– 828-586-6336–
Appointments Necessary– $30 per session- www.andreahealing.blogspot.com
Wunderbar Wednesday– 10:00-6:30– Enjoy $2.00 off your Traditional Growler Fill all day on Wednesdays– 828-631-4466– www.yourgnometownbrewery.

Thursday– November 21
Smoky Mountain Basketball vs. Madison-828-586-2177
Coffee with a Poet– w/Kathryn Byer– 10:30am– City Lights Bookstore– www.citylightsnc.com– 828-586-9499
JC Democratic Women’s Monthly Meeting– 12:00– 1:30– Officers for 2014/15 will be elected. 500 Mill Street, Sylva– Lunch will be provided. 828-506-0190–
Myrtle Schrader for information.
Handmade Holiday Sale– 2:00-7:00– 4th Annual Handmade Holiday Sale at WCU’s Fine Art museum– Star Atrium– Refreshments will be served– Wine reception at 5:00pm
WCU Jazz Band Concert– 7:30-8:30– Recital Hall Coulter Building– 828-227-7242– FREE
Live Music – 10:00-2:00am–Featuring Strung Like A Horse- No Name Sports Pub- 1070 Skyland Drive, Sylva– 828-586-2750-www.nonamesoprtspub.com

Friday—November 22
Christmas and Santa on the Green– 5:00pm– On the Green in Cashiers– Call 828-743-8428 or visit www.visitcashiersvalley.com
Live music Featuring PMA—10:00-2:00amNo Name Sports Pub- 1070 Skyland Drive, Sylva– 828-586-2750-www.nonamesoprtspub.com
Children’s Story@ the Library– 11:00am– Jackson County Public Library– Pumpkin Circle-828-586-2016– www.fontanalib.org– FREE
Children’s Story Time - 1:00pm- – JC Public Library– Candy Corn- 828-586-2016– www.fontanalib.org– FREE

Saturday—November 23
WCU Football vs. Appalachian– Boone NC– 3:30pm
Feed the Need Food Drive– 8:00-4:00– Harold’s Supermarket and Food Lion– Contact Amy Sims, 828-586-6782– www.communitytable.org
Glass Class at the Green Energy Park– Private 45 minute classes time slots beginning at 10:00– Call to register– 828-631-0271- $30.00
Children’s Movie Time-12:00-1:00– JC Public Library– Call 828-586-2016 for movie title– FREE
Relay for Life Fundraiser-12:00– WCU Sigma Alpha Iota- @ Jack the Dipper Ice Cream– 170 E. Sylva Shopping Plaza– www.jackthedippericecream.com
Choral Clinic Concerts– 1:00-6:00– WCU, Bardo Arts Center Theater
Inspirational Choir Christmas Concert– 3:00-5:00– WCU University Center Grand Room
Story Time for Young Children—11:00-12:00 City Lights Bookstore– 3 E. Jackson Street, Sylva– 828-586-9499– www.citylightsnc.com FREE
Stories of Mountain Folk– aired on WRGC 540 am, 9:00am
Live Music – 10:00-2:00am–Featuring Strung Like A Horse- No Name Sports Pub- 1070 Skyland Drive, Sylva– 828-586-2750-www.nonamesoprtspub.com

Sunday –November 24
Visit one of our many local churches. Contact our office for a complete listing of churches in the area. 828-586-2155– www.mountainlovers.com
Ring of Fire– The Music of Johnny Cash– 5:00-7:00– WCU Bardo Arts Center Theater
AKA Program– Fall Coming Out Program– 7:00-9:00– WCU University Center Grand Room

Monday– November 25
Rotary Readers Story Time– 11:00-12:00 Jackson County Public Library– 828-586-2016– FREE
Civic Orchestra Concert– 7:30-9:00– WCU Recital Hall of the Coulter Building
KAROKE– 9:00-1:00– No Name Sports Pub- 1070 Skyland Drive, Sylva– 828-586-2750-www.nonamesoprtspub.com

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“Ring of Fire – The Music of Johnny Cash” will stage at 5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 24, at the John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center at Western Carolina University as part of the Galaxy of Stars Series.

Cash’s hits from his songbook will be featured as a multi-talented cast tells an inspiring story of family values amidst struggle and hardship. Actors and musicians will bring the iconic singer’s musical journey to life through “Folsom Prison Blues,” “A Boy Named Sue,” “Ring of Fire” and many popular songs from the performer who was known as the “Man in Black.”

Cash had a legendary way of playing, singing and songwriting that could make the listener laugh, cry and be inspired all at once, said Paul Lormand, director of the Bardo Arts Center.

“‘Ring of Fire’ is about home and family and getting together and loving somebody and having a backyard and generations living together,” Lormand said. “It’s about what holds you together in the face of a hard life. It’s about the really basic family values.”

The “Ring of Fire” performance at WCU is sponsored by Fun Things To Do In The Mountains.

Tickets are $20 for adults and seniors, $15 for WCU faculty and staff, and $5 for students and children. For tickets or more information, call the Bardo Arts Center at 828-227-2479 or go online to bardoartscenter.wcu.edu.

 

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“It certainly has that wow factor, it took my breath away when the lights came on and I could see it all come together”, says Jamie Bradley. For the past 6 months Brandt Brooks and Jamie Bradley, who make up the GSMR special events team, have been quietly working away at Western North Carolina’s very own “North Pole”.

THE POLAR EXPRESS made its debut at the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad in the winter of 2004. It was projected that the railroad would carry 3,000 passengers when in fact they carried 33,000. The ride’s popularity was so overwhelming that it solidified the spot as the major special event in GSMR’s yearly calendar. This 2013 season is projecting to carry over 50,000 passengers, all who will be the first to see the brand new ‘North Pole’.  After years of the set changing in design and location this year will feature new impressive structures that look like they arrived straight from the pages of Chris Van Allsburg’s book. The Polar Express, written in 1985 by Van Allsburg, tells a story of a magical train ride on Christmas Eve. The train takes a young boy to the North Pole to receive a special gift from Santa Claus. “The Polar Express,” published by Houghton Mifflin Company, has become a contemporary holiday classic, with over 6 million copies sold worldwide.

Brandt Brooks says, “The book was certainly the main inspiration when looking for the design.” The illustrations jumped right off the page and into the heads of GSMR creative designers. Bradley and Brooks drew themes of the classic gothic style architecture and intricate brick work that the book’s North Pole showcases. “We stenciled bricks on each building by hand to ensure that the detail was there. We took our time to make it just right,” says Brooks. The set in its entirety is six individual structures that span over 300 feet long with the highest point reaching over 35ft. It accommodates all sizes, even the ‘elf sized’, with some buildings being a little over 12ft high. It all adds to the charm and wonder that the village has to offer. There are just around 60 quaintly lit frosted windows dotted throughout the buildings and over 1000 twinkling lights accent the nooks and crannies. The star of the set is the feature of Santa’s bright red sleigh! Weighing in at over 400 lbs., the 12 ft. long sleigh needs all the magic of the season to lift off!

“It certainly is something that you just have to see. We have been waiting so long for this moment when we could allow our imagination to take physical form, and the result is this mini village,” says Bradley. The two are certainly proud of their work and they should be. Every year children’s faces show the magic of the season as they wait to meet Santa Claus, and this year magic will be all the more believable when the North Pole becomes more than an imagined dream – it will become a reality.

THE POLAR EXPRESS begins November 8th and operates through December 29th. Ticket prices begin at $40 for adults and $26 for children ages 2-12 years, children 23 months and under ride complimentary.

Upgrade to Crown Class ticket and receive the new 2013 POLAR EXPRESS collectable souvenir tumbler. Prices start at $50 for adults, $36 for children 2-12 years, $10 for 23 months and under. Ride our most popular seating, Family First Class, where each guest will receive a deluxe serving of warm cocoa in a souvenir POLAR EXPRESS mug and prepackaged goody treat bag containing Christmas candy, shortbread cookies and chocolate, in addition to the standard offerings. Upgrade to Family First Class starting at $60 for adults and $41 for children 2-12 years. Children 23 months and under are $15.

For more information and reservations please call 800-872-4681 or visit us online at www.GSMR.com. *Premium rates apply to specific dates in November and December and all Saturday trains*.

*All ticket fares subject to 6% Historic Preservation Fee

Smoky Mountain Trains Museum admission is included with all train excursion tickets. Without train excursion admission is $9 for adults and $5 for children.

GSMR is a proud member of the American Heritage Railways family. Visit our sister railroad in southwest Colorado at the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad.

Based on THE POLAR EXPRESS book and characters TM & © 1985 by Chris Van Allsburg.

Used by permission of Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.

TM & © Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.

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Tuesday’s & Thursdays– FREE After School for all 6th graders at the First Baptist Church of Sylva– 3:00-6:00– Must complete an application– Call 828-708-7729 for more information and/or application.
November 11– 13
Native American Expo– 9:00-9:00– 5th Annual Native American Expo.—WCU’s University Center Grand Room
November 12-14
Community Mediation Training– 9:00-4:30– Mountain Mediation Services is offering Community Mediation Training in Webster- $195 /person– Call 828-631-5252 to register.
November 13-18
Zombies on Campus– 7:30-9:30– WCU’s Bardo Arts Center Theater- $ $15 adults/ $10 faculty/staff/seniors/ students… $7.00 in advance. (Warning: Not for the Faint of Funny) 828-227-2479

Tuesday– November 12
Faculty Recital– Pavel Wlosok & Friends– 7:30-8:30– Recital Hall of WCU’s Coulter Building– 828-227-7211– FREE
“GMO OMG”- 7:30-9:30– WCU’s University Center Theater– 828-227-7211
Open Mic Night– 9:00pm-1:00am– No Name Sports Pub, -1070 Skyland Drive, Sylva 828-586-2750– www.nonamesportspub.com
Tuesday Quilters– 10:00-2:00- Shepard of the Hills Lutheran Church– Bring your machine and what ever quilt you are working on. – email: nancileedills@gmail.com FREE
Heinzel Trivia Tuesday– 7:00-9:00- @ Heinzelmannchen Brewery– 545 Mill Street, Sylva– 828-631-4466– www.yourgnometownbrewery.com– FREE

Wednesday– November 13
Acupuncture Treatment on Your Lunch Hour– 12:00-2:00– Dogwood Wellness Clinic– 114 W. Hemlock Street, Dillsboro– 828-586-6336–
Appointments Necessary– $30 per session- www.andreahealing.blogspot.com
Wunderbar Wednesday– 10:00-6:30– Enjoy $2.00 off your Traditional Growler Fill all day on Wednesdays– 828-631-4466– www.yourgnometownbrewery.

Thursday– November 14
Chamber of Commerce Annual Reception– 5:00-7:00– at the Historic Hooper House– 773 West Main Street– OPEN to all Current Chamber Members– Apple Cider, Sangria & Hors d’oeuvres– Please bring filled boxes or item to fill boxes for the Home Bound Elderly Program. 828-586-2155
Nadia Dean-7:00-8:00– HFR Admin Building– Presentation focusing on the Cherokee War of 1776.
Flute Quartet & Ensemble Concert– 7:30-8:30– Recital Hall of WCU’s Coulter Building.
Live Music – 10:00-2:00am–No Name Sports Pub- 1070 Skyland Drive, Sylva– 828-586-2750-www.nonamesoprtspub.com

Friday—November 15
Smoky Mountain Varsity Football– vs. Forest Hills– 1st Round of the Playoffs! – HOME– Carr Hooper Stadium, 100 Smoky Mtn. Dr, Sylva- $7.00 -828-586-2177
Children’s Story@ the Library– 11:00am– Jackson County Public Library– Pumpkin Circle-828-586-2016– www.fontanalib.org– FREE
Children’s Story Time - 1:00pm- – JC Public Library– Candy Corn- 828-586-2016– www.fontanalib.org– FREE

Saturday—November 16
WCU Football vs. Furman– 3:30 at EJ Whitmire Stadium
Region A Partnership for Children Gala– 5:00-9:00 at the Burrell Center of the Southwestern Community College—Black Tie or Blue Jeans– Tickets: Adults $25.00, Children(6-15) $10., Children under 5 Free– To purchase tickets call 828-586-0661
Site Dart Awesome Business Idea Competition—90 Seconds to pitch a business idea to a panel of judges- $1,000 prize will be awarded $500. 2nd place finisher. Call 828-349-3638 for time and place.
North Carolina PTA Training– 8:30– 3:00– at the NC Center for the Advancement of Teaching– The event is FREE– but because they provide breakfast, lunch and child care, you must pre-register– Email Janice Hill– Janice@ncpta.org.
November Songwriters in the Round– 6:00-10:00– Balsam Mountain Inn- $45. per person– 800-224-9498
Glass Class at the Green Energy Park– Private 45 minute classes time slots beginning at 10:00– Call to register– 828-631-0271- $40.00
Game Day @ Papou’s Wine Shop and Bar– 2:00-9:00pm– 428 West Main Street– 828-586-6300
WNC Patriot & Legend: Robert Henry– 3:00-4:30– City Lights Bookstore– 828-586-9499
Story Time for Young Children—11:00-12:00 City Lights Bookstore– 3 E. Jackson Street, Sylva– 828-586-9499– www.citylightsnc.com FREE
Stories of Mountain Folk– aired on WRGC 540 am, 9:00am

Sunday –November 17
Visit one of our many local churches. Contact our office for a complete listing of churches in the area. 828-586-2155– www.mountainlovers.com

Monday– November 18
Game Night @ City Lights– 6:00-8:00– City Lights Café & Bookstore– 828-587-2233/586-9499– www.citylightscafe.com or www.citylightsnc.com
Rotary Readers Story Time– 11:00-12:00 Jackson County Public Library– 828-586-2016– FREE

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Western Carolina University will host “An Enchanted Broadway Holiday Show” performed by award-winning recording artists Lee Lessack and Joanna O’Brien and directed by  John Boswell on Tuesday, Dec. 3.

The performance will begin 7:30 p.m. in the John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center at WCU. Tickets are free for students and $5 for all others.

The show will feature beloved holiday classics such as “Baby, It’s Cold Outside,” “Carol of the Bells,” “Some Children See Him,” “Merry Christmas, Darling” and “O Holy Night.”

Lessack, who is known for the grace in his baritone, has toured the United States and Europe, to sold-out crowds. In addition, he founded LML Music, which is home to more than 100 recording artists and performers.

Soprano O’Brien has trained in classical music and has a degree in opera from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. She has a wide range of musical styles, but has worked over the years to bridge the gap between opera, Broadway and pop.

Boswell, a leading director in the music industry, has worked with Judy Collins, Andy Williams and Bob Newhart. He has been a part of multiple on- and off-Broadway shows including “Crazy for You” and “The Secret Garden.”

The performance at WCU is part of the 2013-14 Arts and Cultural Events Performance Series. For more information about the ACE series, visit ace.wcu.edu or contact Rotimi Ariyo, associate director for university center programs, at 828-227-3751.

For tickets, visit the Bardo Arts Center box office in person or online at bardoartscenter.wcu.edu, or call 828-227-2479.

 

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Tuesday’s & Thursdays– FREE After School for all 6th graders at the First Baptist Church of Sylva– 3:00-6:00– Must complete an application– Call 828-708-7729 for more information and/or application.

Tuesday– November 5
Mountain Credit Union Community Shred Event– 9:30-11:30- @ the Sylva Office- #30 Hwy 107, Sylva, NC 28779– 828-586-0425– www.mountaincu.org
Celebration of Local Writers”- 6:00-8:00pm– Community Room of the Jackson County Public Library– 828-631-4587
Dodge ball Tournament– 6:00-9:00– WCU’s RD 201– A Philanthropy event hosted by Delta Zeta. Contact kmnicholson1!catamount.wcu.edu
Cellar Club @ Papou’s Wine Shop– 7:00-9:00pm– 428 W. Main Street, Sylva– Membership prices- $50.00 per person or $75 per couple /year–828-586-6300.
Smoky Mountain Brass Quintet– 7:30-8:30- @ WCU– Recital Hall of the Coulter Building.
Campus Safety Walk– 8:00-9:30– Please be sure to wear comfortable shoes as we will be walking through campus.– WCU– University Center– 336 ICA Lounge.
Open Mic Night– 9:00pm-1:00am– No Name Sports Pub, -1070 Skyland Drive, Sylva 828-586-2750– www.nonamesportspub.com
Tuesday Quilters– 10:00-2:00- Shepard of the Hills Lutheran Church– Bring your machine and what ever quilt you are working on. – email: nancileedills@gmail.com FREE
Heinzel Trivia Tuesday– 7:00-9:00- @ Heinzelmannchen Brewery– 545 Mill Street, Sylva– 828-631-4466– www.yourgnometownbrewery.com– FREE

Wednesday– November 6
WCU Surplus Sale– 10:00-3:00pm– Warehouse on the WCU Campus– CASH & CARRY
Acupuncture Treatment on Your Lunch Hour– 12:00-2:00– Dogwood Wellness Clinic– 114 W. Hemlock Street, Dillsboro– 828-586-6336–Appointments Necessary– $30 per session- www.andreahealing.blogspot.com
Wunderbar Wednesday– 10:00-6:30– Enjoy $2.00 off your Traditional Growler Fill all day on Wednesdays– 828-631-4466– www.yourgnometownbrewery.

Thursday– November 7
Smoky Mountain JV Football– vs. North Henderson AWAY– North Henderson 35 Fruitland Road, Hendersonville, NC 28792 - $7.00- 828-586-2177
Veterans’ Appreciation Dinner– 5:00-7:00– Heritage Room at the Department on Aging– 100 County Services Park– Veterans and one guest FREE– Additional guests $10.00 per person.
3rd Annual Nichol’s House Mountain High Tea– 3:00-6:00pm–83 Landis Street, Sylva- Proceeds benefit the AWAKE Children’s Advocacy Center- $20.00 donation is requested– Tickets available at AWAKE or the Nichols House. RSVP @ 586-3574 or 586-0500. Hat & Gloves optional.
Dietary Strategies to Manage Menopause– 6:00-7:30– Fusions Spa & Wellness Center– 96 W. Sylva Shopping Center.– FREE– 828-631-0232 to reserve a place.
Jam– Frogtown 4– 7:00-8:00pm– WCU’s HFR Administration Building– 101
WCU Percussion Ensembles– 7:30-9:00– WCU Recital Hall Coulter Building
Live Music – 10:00-2:00am–No Name Sports Pub- 1070 Skyland Drive, Sylva– 828-586-2750-www.nonamesoprtspub.com

Friday—November 8
Smoky Mountain Varsity Football– vs. North Henderson– HOME– Carr Hooper Stadium, 100 Smoky Mtn. Dr, Sylva- $7.00 -828-586-2177
Veterans Honored @ Cullowhee Valley School– 8:30-10:00am– Breakfast and assembly to recognize all veterans. If you have a picture of a veteran you would like to recognize please take it by Cullowhee Valley School.828-293-5667.
Glass Mosaics for Adults– 10:00-4:00 Friday and 1:00-2:00 Saturday– JC Green Energy Park- $60.00 per person– Call 828-631-0271 for information or to register.
Elaine Orr Book Reading– 6:30-8:00pm– City Lights Bookstore– 3 E. Jackson Street, Sylva– 828-586-9499– www.citylightsnc.com
Children’s Story@ the Library– 11:00am– Jackson County Public Library– Pumpkin Circle-828-586-2016– www.fontanalib.org– FREE
Children’s Story Time - 1:00pm- – JC Public Library– Candy Corn- 828-586-2016– www.fontanalib.org– FREE

Saturday—November 9
WCU Football vs. Georgia Southern @ Statesboro GA– 2:00pm
WCU Open House– Events include campus wide Information Fair, campus dining, and a glimpse of residential life. For information call 828-227-7317
Glass Mosaics for Kids– 3:00-4:00pm JC Green Energy Park– ONLY 6 spaces available- $30.00– Call 828-631-0271 to register
Mindi Meltz Book reading– 3:00-4:30pm– City Lights Bookstore– 828-586-9499– www.citylightsnc.com
Story Time for Young Children—11:00-12:00 City Lights Bookstore– 3 E. Jackson Street, Sylva– 828-586-9499– www.citylightsnc.com FREE
Stories of Mountain Folk– aired on WRGC 540 am, 9:00am

Sunday –November 10
Visit one of our many local churches. Contact our office for a complete listing of churches in the area. 828-586-2155– www.mountainlovers.com

Monday– November 11
Veterans Day Ceremony @ the Cherokee Pavilion– 11:00-1:00pm– Cherokee Youngdeer America Legion Post 143 will host this event. All are invited.
Rotary Readers Story Time– 11:00-12:00 Jackson County Public Library– 828-586-2016– FREE

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Tuesday’s & Thursdays– FREE After School for all 6th graders at the First Baptist Church of Sylva– 3:00-6:00– Must complete an application–
Call 828-708-7729 for more information and/or application.

Tuesday– October 29
Halloween Egg Haunt– 7:30-9:00– Mark Watson Park– Costume Contest with Prize Winners– Contact the JC Recreation/Parks Dept. 828-293-3053– FREE
Schubert Octet– 7:30pm– Recital Hall of WCU’s Coulter Building– 828-227-7211
Lighthouse: Business Planning Essentials– 9:00-5:00– Presented by Mountain BizWorks@ Nantahala Village Resort– contact Ashley Epling 828-253-2834 ext.
27 for information. $150.00 includes all material and lunch.
WCU Grad Fair– 10:00-3:00pm– WCU Bookstore– All graduation Candidates encouraged to attend.
Open Mic Night– 9:00pm-1:00am– No Name Sports Pub, featuring Darren Curtis-1070 Skyland Drive, Sylva 828-586-2750– www.nonamesportspub.com
Tuesday Quilters– 10:00-2:00- Shepard of the Hills Lutheran Church– Bring your machine and what ever quilt you are working on. – email:
nancileedills@gmail.com FREE
Heinzel Trivia Tuesday– 7:00-9:00- @ Heinzelmannchen Brewery– 545 Mill Street, Sylva– 828-631-4466– www.yourgnometownbrewery.com– FREE

Wednesday– October 30
Blue Plate Special Lunch Fundraiser– 11:00-2:00– Community Table of Sylva– 828-586-6782 TO PLACE CARRY OUT ORDERS– Harrah’s Cherokee Casino &
Resort will be providing lunch- $5.00 minimum donation.
WCU Career Fair & Graduate School Day– 1:00-4:00– WCU University Center Grand Room
“Breathless”- 7:30-10:00– University Center Theater
Acupuncture Treatment on Your Lunch Hour– 12:00-2:00– Dogwood Wellness Clinic– 114 W. Hemlock Street, Dillsboro– 828-586-6336–
Appointments Necessary– $30 per session- www.andreahealing.blogspot.com
Wunderbar Wednesday– 10:00-6:30– Enjoy $2.00 off your Traditional Growler Fill all day on Wednesdays– 828-631-4466– www.yourgnometownbrewery.
October 30– November 2- Haunted Indian Village– Oconaluftee Indian Village, Cherokee– 828-497-1126 for information– Email– lblythe.cha@gmail.com

Thursday– October 31
Smoky Mountain JV Football– vs. Pisgah AWAY– Pisgah High School, 1 Black Bear Drive, Canton, 28716 - $7.00- 828-586-2177
DILLSBORO Trick or Treat– 5:00-7:00– Trick or Treat Downtown Dillsboro– games @ Dogwood Crafters– Hayrides @ Jarrett Memorial– FREE– www.visitdillsboro.org
Tales of Fright on Halloween Night– 6:30pm– w/ Gary Carden @ City Lights Bookstore– 828-586-9466-www.citylightsnc.com
Halloween Bash– 6:00pm @ the JC Public Library– 828-586-2016
iPad Users Group-6:30pm @ the JC Public Library– 828-586-2016
Live Music Featuring Porch 40– 10:00-2:00am–No Name Sports Pub- 1070 Skyland Drive, Sylva– 828-586-2750-www.nonamesoprtspub.com
November 1-2 Fall Rod Run in Cherokee-9:00-5:00– Acquoni Expo Center in Cherokee– 828-497-2603 for details. www.visitcherokeenc.com
November 1-3– Rumble in the Rhododendron– 6:00am– 6:00pm– 2 person team– Fly Fishing Tournament– Presented by the Cherokee Chamber and the
Eastern Band of the Cherokee Indian Fish and Wildlife Department- $225.00 per team- $10.000 in prize money between 1st, 2nd & 3rd place.

Friday—November 1
Smoky Mountain Varsity Football– vs. Pisgah– HOME– Carr Hooper Stadium, 100 Smoky Mtn. Dr, Sylva- $7.00 -828-586-2177
Children’s Story@ the Library– 11:00am– Jackson County Public Library– Pumpkin Circle-828-586-2016– www.fontanalib.org– FREE
Children’s Story Time - 1:00pm- – JC Public Library– Candy Corn- 828-586-2016– www.fontanalib.org– FREE
Little Black Dress Night– 6:00-9:00pm– Papou’s Wine Shop– 428 West Main Street, Sylva– 828-586-6300
Friday’s in the Garden– 6:00-10:00pm– 553 West Main Street, Sylva- Local Variety Show including Eric Hendrix & Friends, Mangas Colorado, and a few of
Porch 40, Café 107 Catering, drinks from Innovation Brewing & Bear Water Brewing. 553 West Main Street. www.pinnacleeventswnc.com

Saturday—November 2
9th Annual WNC Pottery Festival and Silent Auction– 10:00-4:00– Downtown Dillsboro- $3.00 admission– for information call 828-+631-5100 or visitwww.wncpotteryfestival.com
Holiday Pet Photo Shoot @ City Lights10:00am– 3:00pm- $10.00 sitting fee– proceeds go to ARF-828-586-9499– www.citylightsnc.com
WCU Football vs. OPEN DATE
Reading Rover/Smart Start Fundraiser– 12:00-1:00- @ Jack the Dipper Ice Cream Shoppe– FREE Family Fun– activities– Games, face painting, ice cream
eating contest-Hosted by WCU Center for Service Learning. 828-586-9441– www.jackthedippericecream.com
Story Time for Young Children—11:00-1:00 City Lights Bookstore– 3 E. Jackson Street, Sylva– 828-586-9499– www.citylightsnc.com FREE
Stories of Mountain Folk– aired on WRGC 540 am, 9:00am

Sunday –November 3
Visit one of our many local churches. Contact our office for a complete listing of churches in the area. 828-586-2155– www.mountainlovers.com

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Fridays in the Gardens, a local music and dining series, will close out the 2013 season at McGuire Gardens with its third show on November 1, 2013, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. at our outdoor downtown venue at 553 West Main Street in Sylva.

This week’s show will feature a collection of local bands, including Eric Hendrix and Friends, Mangas Colorado and a few members of Porch 40 to close the evening!

Dinner will be available for purchase from Café 107 Catering, with a variety of homemade dishes including a kid friendly option, all in an affordable price range. Guests can also enjoy handcrafted local brews from Bear Waters Brewing in Waynesville and Innovation Brewing in Sylva, on-site with fresh drafts of a variety of beers. Innovation Brewing is making its first public appearance since their opening October 20!

The “Fridays in the Gardens” series, held from September-November on the first Friday of the month, aims to bring live music, local food, and local drinks to downtown Sylva. Guests are encouraged to bring a lawn chair or blanket, as there is limited seating available.

Each event is free and open to the public, although guests will have the opportunity to contribute to a voluntary cover for the bands, who are performing at no charge. Due to the small nature of the space, unfortunately we must ask that dogs be left at home.

For more information, please contact Julie Sylvester, event planner and venue manager, at 828.226.0181 or by email at julie@pinnacleeventswnc.com; you can also find us at Facebook.com/McGuireGardens.

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