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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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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 15
Jackson County Democratic Executive Committee Meeting– 6:30pm– Democratic Headquarters on Mill Street– Contact Carolyn Cagle– email idecoratelots@yahoo.com
Ritcher Uzur Duo @ SCC– 7:00pm– Burrell Building @ the SCC Jackson Campus– FREE– donations accepted to support the SCC Foundation’s Student Success Campaign.
Faculty Recital: Comm @ Elec Mus Faculty– 7:30– 8:30– WCU’s Recital Hall– 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– October 16
TDA Board of Directors Meeting– 1:00-2:30– Cashiers Albert Carlton Library– for more information contact Clifford Meads– cmeads@highhamptoninn.com
Alash Tuvan Ensemble– 7:30-9:30– WCU’s Bardo Arts Center Theatre– FREE for students/$5. for faculty/staff/community. Tickets on sale at the BAC Box Office– 828-227-2479
Coffee w/ the Poet Featuring Kathy Nelson– 10:30am– City Lights Bookstore– 3 E. Jackson Street, Sylva– 828-586-9499– www.citylightsnc.com
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– October 17
Smoky Mountain JV Football– vs. E. Henderson– AWAY– 110 Upward Road, East Flat Rock- $7.00- 828-586-2177
Smoky Mountain High School Homecoming Parade– 6:30– Main Street Sylva
Family Night @ the Library– 6:00– Look at the Stars– 828-586-2016– www.fontanalib.org
Soap Making– NC Cooperative Class– 10am– 2pm– JC Coop Ext. Conference Room- $15– for information or to register call 828-586-4009
Democratic Women of JC– 6:30– Democratic Headquarters on Mill Street– Contact Carolyn Cagle– email– idecoratelots@yahoo.com
Live Music Featuring Neal Morgan– 10:00-2:00am–No Name Sports Pub- 1070 Skyland Drive, Sylva– 828-586-2750-www.nonamesoprtspub.com

Friday—October 18
Smoky Mountain Varsity Football– vs. E. Henderson– Home Coming– Carr Hooper Stadium– 100 Smoky Mountain Drive, NC- $7.00 -828-586-2177
Exploring 18th Century Southern Foodways– 6:30-8:00– City Lights Bookstore– 3 E. Jackson Street, Sylva– 828-586-9499– www.citylightsnc.com
Guest Recital– David Vining– 7:30-9:30pm– WCU’s Recital Hall– Coulter Building
Children’s Story@ the Library– 10:00-12:00– Jackson County Public Library– 828-586-2016– www.fontanalib.org– FREE
Children’s Story Time w/ Miss Sally— 3:30-4:30– JC Public Library– 828-586-2016– www.fontanalib.org– FREE

Saturday—October 19
WCU Football vs. Wofford– Home-TV: ESPN3 Hall of Fame.– 3:30
Catman2 Shelter Fundraiser– 12:00-10:00pm– Jack the Dipper Ice Cream– 10% of day’s gross sales go to Catman2 Shelter– 170 E. Sylva Shopping Plaza– 828-586-9441– www.jackthedippericecream.com
The Cats Meow Auction– 7:00pm @ the JC Public Library– 310 Kenner Street, Sylva– Fundraiser for the Catman2 Cat Shelter– www.catman2.org
Run for Their Lives– 8:00am– Point Coffee House– Smoky Mountain Pregnancy Care Center Fundraiser– For information call Bekah M. @ 828-293-3600 or Jenny G. @ 828-349-3200
Jesselsen/Fugo Cello/Piano Duo– 7:30-9:30pm- WCU’s Recital Hall– Coulter Building
Game Day @ Papou’s Wine Shop & Bar– 2:00-9:00– Papou’s Wine Shop– 428 W. Main Street, Sylva, NC 28779– 828-586-6300
Book Reception for “The Knot Hole Tree”- 3:00-4:30- City Lights Bookstore– 3 E. Jackson Street, Sylva– 828-586-9499– www.citylightsnc.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
American Girls Club @ City Lights Bookstore– Sponsored by the JC Public Library– 828-586-2016– www.fontanalib.org
October 19 & 20
Sapphire Valley Arts & Crafts Show– For information please visit www.sapphirevalley.com

Sunday –October 20
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– October 21
Rotary Readers Story Time– 11:00-12:00 Jackson County Public Library– 828-586-2016– FREE
Game Night & City Lights Café & bookstore– 6:00-8:00pm– Brainy Games in the Bookstore and corn hole & washers in the Café– 828-587-2233 or 586-9499.
Smoky Mountain High School Band– 7:00-9:00- WCU’s Recital Hall– Coulter Building

By sdickson

The Western North Carolina Pottery Festival offers an up-close opportunity to watch master potters ply their trade on Saturday, Nov. 2.

More than 40 highly-skilled ceramic artists will be throwing pots and demonstrating their techniques from booths located along Front Street in this friendly walk-about mountain village.

Now in its ninth year, the festival remains true to its original mission of allowing the public to interact with potters and learn more about their craft.

“Our goal has always been to educate the public on the different processes and techniques in clay. We encourage people to ask lots of questions and to interact with all the artists,” said festival organizer Travis Berning of Tree House Pottery in Dillsboro.

This year’s lineup features potters from 15 states. Berning said about one-third of the 45 artists are new to the fest, which keeps things fresh for attendees. Included in that group of first-timers is featured artist Gertrude “Gay” Smith of Bakersville, N.C.

Smith is a cum laude graduate of Harvard who specializes in single-firing porcelain ware in a soda kiln. She has taught ceramics at her alma mater, as well as at Penland School of Crafts and Scotland’s Findhorn Foundation. Her work is exhibited in such notable galleries as the Mint Museum, Charlotte, NC; Ogden Museum of Southern Art, New Orleans, LA; and the Yingge Ceramics Museum in Taiwan.

“I think this is the strongest group of artists we've had,” Berning said. “Their work ranges from functional to sculptural, from low fire to high fire, from wood to salt-fired. What makes clay so unique is that it’s almost limitless what you can do with it. We’re pleased to showcase such a wide variety to the public.”

Festival hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., rain or shine. All festival attendees receive a ticket for a day-long raffle, while a silent auction benefits a local charity that provides meals to needy families. Another highlight is the opening of the wood-fired kiln at 2 p.m.

For those wishing to make a weekend of it, a preliminary event takes place Friday. The fifth annual WNC Clay Olympics competition runs from 1-5 p.m. It pits 20 potters against one another to see who can make the largest cylinder, widest bowl, etc.

Admission to Saturday’s festival $3 per person, with children under 12 admitted free.

For festival info, call (828) 631-5100, or visit: www.wncpotteryfestival.com. For lodging info, call the Jackson County Visitors Center at (800) 962-1911.

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The Western Carolina University School of Music will present a concert by the Smoky Mountain Brass Quintet at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 5.

The concert, to be held in the recital hall of the Coulter Building, is open to the public free of charge.

The SMBQ, the quintet-in-residence at WCU, features P. Bradley Ulrich and David Ginn, trumpets; Travis Bennett, horn; Dan Cherry, trombone; and Michael Schallock, tuba.

Western Carolina has embraced a campuswide interdisciplinary learning theme for the 2013-14 academic year of “1960s: Take It All In,” with a yearlong series of arts, events, research, reflection and discussion connected to the theme.

For its fall 2013 program, the SMBQ will be featuring two monumental works for brass quintet that were written during the 1960s – quintets by Malcolm Arnold (from 1961) and Arthur Frackenpohl (1966).

In addition, the SMBQ will perform works by J.S. Bach, Rathburn and W.C. Handy. The quintet also will perform a new arrangement by the group’s horn player, Bennett, of “Fugata” by Astor Piazzolla, featuring WCU faculty member Andrew Adams on piano.

For more information, call 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.

October 4-13
Highlands Playhouse Presents “Nunsense”- 8:00 Tuesday– Saturday, 2:00 Matinee Sunday– Highlands Playhouse– for ticket information—828-526-2695–
www.highlandsplayhouse.org
Tuesday– October 8
SCC Foundation Fall Foursome Golf Tournament– 11:00-6:00pm– Sequoyah National Gold Course. Contact Kathy Posey– 828-339-4227–k_posey@southwesterncc.edu
Fontana Regional Library’s Reading Rover Bookmobile Fundraiser– 4:00-9:00pm– Bogarts Restaurant of Sylva, 35 E. Main Street, will donate 10% of each
meal purchased to help fund the Reading Rover. For information call 828-488-2382.
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– October 9
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– October 10
Smoky Mountain JV Football– vs. Franklin– AWAY– 100 Panther Drive, Franklin- $7.00- 828-586-2177
Live Music Featuring Neal Morgan– 10:00-2:00am–No Name Sports Pub- 1070 Skyland Drive, Sylva– 828-586-2750-www.nonamesoprtspub.com

Friday—October 11
Smoky Mountain Varsity Football– vs. Franklin– Home– Carr Hooper Stadium– 100 Smoky Mountain Drive, NC- $7.00 -828-586-2177
Sylva Art Stroll– 5:00-9:00pm– Downtown Sylva– Contact 828-586-7241 for more information.
Artist Justin Moe– 6:30-8:00pm– City Lights Bookstore– 3 E. Jackson Street, Sylva– 828-586-9499– www.citylightsnc.com
Live Music Featuring “Prophets of Time”- 10:00-2:00am– No Name Sports Pub- 1070 Skyland Drive, Sylva– 828-586-2750– www.nonamesoprtspub.com
Children’s Story@ the Library– 10:00-12:00– Jackson County Public Library– 828-586-2016– www.fontanalib.org– FREE
Children’s Story Time w/ Miss Sally— 3:30-4:30– JC Public Library– 828-586-2016– www.fontanalib.org– FREE

October 11-13
Cashiers 5th Annual Leaf Festival– For information call 828-743-8482 or go to www.visitcashiersvalley.com

Saturday—October 12
WCU Football vs. Auburn- AWAY– Auburn, Alabama.– TBA
Pumpkin Fest– 5:00-6:30– First Baptist Church of Sylva Missions & Fellowship Center– 669 W. Main Street, Sylva– www.fbcsylva.org
Live Music Featuring “Damn Union”- 10:00-2:00am– No Name Sports Pub– 1070 Skyland Drive, Sylva– 828-586-2750– www.nonamesportspub.com
Maple Leaf Festival– 10:00-4:00– Main Street Whittier– 828-497-2393
Victoria McDonald Casey Book Reading– 3:00-4:30– City Lights Bookstore-3 E. Jackson Street, Sylva– 828-586-9499– www.citylightsnc.com
Story Time for Young Children—11:00-1:00 City Lights Bookstore– 828-586-9499 FREE
Stories of Mountain Folk– aired on WRGC 540 am, 9:00am

Sunday –October 13
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– October 14
Rotary Readers Story Time– 11:00-12:00 Jackson County Public Library– 828-586-2016– FREE
DJ & Svet The Hip Hop Violinist– 5:00-8:00– WCU’s University Central Plaza

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The final Sylva Art Stroll of the year will be held this Friday, October 11th. Select galleries will feature art exhibits with artist receptions. The public is invited to meet the artists at receptions, enjoy the local art scene, and even make an art print at Gallery 1.  As the nights get cooler, come explore Sylva’s downtown Main Street and participate in the Arts.

Featuring special art this month include Jackson County Library Complex Rotunda, Nichols House Antiques and Collectibles, Signature Brew Coffeehouse, It’s By Nature, City Lights Bookstore, City Lights Cafe, and Gallery 1.

Located in the Jackson County Library Complex, The Rotunda Gallery a Jackson County Arts Council exhibit space supported with funding from the N.C. Arts Council and will feature photography by Tim Lewis, Gallery Director at Gallery One. His exhibit, which is titled Property Management, features a unique perspective on architectural photography. From back doors in alley ways and re-tagging graffiti to ghost images of past structures, these three collections reveal man’s complicated relationship with buildings - some ignored, others augmented. Without human form, the photos convey stories of inhabitants both current and past through the observed construction, destruction and repurposing of their properties. There will be a reception for the artist in the library Friday evening from 5:00 until 8:00 p.m.

It’s  By Nature welcomes Sara Day Hatton, of Saralola Studio in Sylva, to the gallery. Sara creates singular works of jewelry incorporating a variety of materials, including hand wrought copper, brass and sterling silver combined with semi-precious stones, and new and vintage beads of wood, bone and glass. Sara states, "I come from work hardened mountain people who maintained a love and appreciation for beauty wherever they found it and pointed it out to me from an early age. Sara received her Masters in Industrial Arts and Fine Art from Appalachian University. Joining her is Louise Turner, a North Carolina native, also of Sylva who shares bench space at Saralola Studio.  Louise is a graduate of Ringling School of Art and worked in stained glass for many years in Dillsboro with woodworking husband Rodger Turner. She's now creating fine jewelry pieces. Open until 9PM with Artist reception and demonstration from 5:30-8:30.
Signature Brew Coffee House features abstract paintings by local artists Tadashi Torii and Audrey Ellington in their newly remodeled cafe, now offering wine by the glass.

Nichols House Antiques on Landis Street  will feature art work by Jackson County Visual Arts Association members along with a beer and wine reception until 9 p.m.

City Lights Bookstore is hosting a reception for Macon County artist Justin Moe, whose work in mixed media captures life’s paradoxes, contradictions and juxtapositions. Justin’s art work is available for sale and will be on display in the bookstore through the month.

Adjacent to the bookstore, City Lights Cafe celebrates fall with the photography of Michael Thames, whose nature photography captures the autumn season in Appalachia. Featured music is bymusic Asheville folk group Tina and her Pony until 9 p.m. A sample of their music can be found at tinaandherpony.com.

Gallery 1 is located at 604 W. Main Street and will be open from 5 p.m. until 9 p.m. and will feature their fall show of watercolor, oil, and acrylic paintings; photographs and three dimensional art. A free make and take art project will be offered and refreshments will be provided.

Jackson County Visual Arts Association is dedicated to enriching the arts community and presenting visual arts. Membership to JCVAA is open to the public and new members are always welcome. For more information, contact Tim Lewis at 828-337-3468.

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The Western North Carolina Pottery Festival offers an up-close opportunity to watch master potters ply their trade on Saturday, Nov. 2.

More than 40 highly-skilled ceramic artists will be throwing pots and demonstrating their techniques from booths located along Front Street in this friendly walk-about mountain village.

Now in its ninth year, the festival remains true to its original mission of allowing the public to interact with potters and learn more about their craft.

"Our goal has always been to educate the public on the different processes and techniques in clay. We encourage people to ask lots of questions and to interact with all the artists," said festival organizer Travis Berning of Tree House Pottery in Dillsboro.

This year's lineup features potters from 15 states. Berning said about one-third of the 45 artists are new to the fest, which keeps things fresh for attendees. Included in that group of first-timers is featured artist Gertrude "Gay" Smith of Bakersville, N.C.

Smith is a cum laude graduate of Harvard who specializes in single-firing porcelain ware in a soda kiln. She has taught ceramics at her alma mater, as well as at Penland School of Crafts and Scotland's Findhorn Foundation. Her work is exhibited in such notable galleries as the Mint Museum, Charlotte, NC; Ogden Museum of Southern Art, New Orleans, LA; and the Yingge Ceramics Museum in Taiwan.

"I think this is the strongest group of artists we've had," Berning said. "Their work ranges from functional to sculptural, from low fire to high fire, from wood to salt-fired. What makes clay so unique is that it's almost limitless what you can do with it. We're pleased to showcase such a wide variety to the public."

Festival hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., rain or shine. All festival attendees receive a ticket for a day-long raffle, while a silent auction benefits a local charity that provides meals to needy families.

For those wishing to make a weekend of it, a preliminary event takes place Friday. The fifth annual WNC Clay Olympics competition runs from 1-5 p.m. It pits 20 potters against one another to see who can make the largest cylinder, widest bowl, etc.

Admission to Saturday's festival $3 per person, with children under 12 admitted free.

For festival info, call (828) 631-5100, or visit: www.wncpotteryfestival.com. For lodging info, call the Jackson County Visitors Center at (800) 962-1911.

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Kick off leaf season with a stroll through downtown Sylva while tasting the cuisine our area has to offer. The Mainstreet Sylva Association, along with Pinnacle Events, will host the fourth annual Taste of Sylva culinary tour on Saturday, October 5, 2013, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. This year’s event has been expanded to feature both downtown restaurants at their locations and other Sylva restaurants set up at McGuire Gardens.

All participants will provide a “taste” of their menu or product to patrons, offering a complete experience of the incredible culinary variety in Sylva. With nearly twenty participating restaurants, attendees will be able to sample a delightful variety of foods provided by almost every restaurant in Sylva City Limits! The event will also feature street musicians, children’s activities, samples from local farmers and growers from the Jackson County Farmers’ Market, and a raffle fundraiser for the Community Table.

Tickets are now on sale at the participating restaurants listed below: $20 in advance and $25 at the door. The event will begin at McGuire Gardens, 553 W. Main Street, where participants will enjoy tastes from Sylva's best restaurants located outside of downtown, then the tour will continue on to our downtown restaurants. Along the way, partipants can hear street performers and visit some of our great retail stores.

Triple Threat Performing Arts Academy is offering Childcare and Kids' activities for children ages 2 and up during the Taste of Sylva. Children will enjoy arts, crafts, games, and music in a safe a supervised environment. Cost is $10 and may be purchased at McGuire Gardens, Triple Threat, and participating Sylva restaurants. For more information on children's activities or to purchase a ticket, please call 828.586.4410 or email info@ttpaa.com

All proceeds from the Taste of Sylva will benefit community programs and initiatives. For more 
information, visitwww.mainstreetsylva.org.

 

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