The Jackson County Senior Center is holding a breakfast with Santa from 8:30-10:30 a.m. Saturday. All ages are welcome to attend. Children 10 and under are free, and admission is $5 for all others. Address is 100 County Services Park, Sylva. Call 293-3050 for more information or questions.

The Hard-Candy Christmas Arts and Crafts Show returns to Western Carolina’s Ramsey Center. The theme this year will be “A Mountain Christmas Tradition,” featuring more than 100 regional artisans. The event runs from 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday and Sunday. Call 524-3405 for more information.

The Sylva Garden Club will host a fundraiser “Christmas Tea & Crafts,” from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Saturday at the First United Methodist Church in Sylva. There will be a suggested donation of $15 per ticket, purchased at the door. Check out the event page at

“Sounds of the Season” returns to the Bardo Arts Center at WCU on Sunday. Starting at 4 p.m., the concert, presented by the School of Music, features a holiday sing-along and appearance by Santa. Tickets are $5/$20 and can be purchased online or at the door. Visit or call 227-2479.

WCU brings “The Nutcracker” to the Bardo Arts Center at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday. Enjoy this holiday classic, as performed by the Ballet Conservatory of Asheville. Tickets for the event are $10/$15, and can be purchased online or at the box office. Call 227-7206 or visit for more information.

The Backstreet Gallery, part of Gallery 1 in Sylva, will feature the work of Isabella Jacovino until Friday, Dec. 7. Admission is free and the show is open Wednesday through Fridays, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. and Saturdays noon-4 p.m. Jacovino works with recycled materials and explores themes of street art, steampunk and more. Gallery 1 is at 604 W. Main St., Sylva, above Guadalupe Cafe.

The Albert Carlton-Cashiers Community Library shows “Incredibles 2,” the story of America’s favorite superhero family. Rated PG and runs 1 hour 58 minutes. Free water and popcorn will be provided at 3:45 p.m. today (Thursday). Call the Library at 743-0215 for more information. The Library is at 249 Frank Allen Road, Cashiers.

Put on an apron and see a free cooking demonstration at Country Traditions, 73 Webster St. in Dillsboro, from 5-7 p.m. Saturday. Watch the demonstrations, try a bite or two and sip wines for only $3 a glass. See for more information.

The Jackson County Public Library and City Lights Bookstore will host Cullowhee author Tom Baker in the Community Room of the library at 6:30 p.m. tonight (Thursday). His historical novel, “The Hawk and the Dove,” develops over six war-time periods: the Viking era, the Peninsula War, the U.S. Civil War, World War II, Rwanda and Vietnam. Baker is a U.S. Army combat veteran of the Vietnam War. To reserve copies of “The Hawk and the Dove,” call City Lights Bookstore at 586-9499.