BRYSON CITY

THE MARIANNA BLACK LIBRARY will offer a workshop on many of the new e-resources available – how to register for them and how to download books, magazine and audiobooks – today (Thursday) at 10 a.m. There is no cost and pre-registration is not necessary. Call 828-488-3030 for more information.

THE SUMMER MUSIC SERIES at the Marianna Black Library will continue today (Thursday) at 7 p.m. with Phoenix Dusk. All music performances are free, and the Friends of the Library will be there to provide refreshments and snacks. Call 828-488-3030 for more information.

THE HERITAGE ARTS SUMMER FESTIVAL will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, July 11, at Southwestern Community College’s Swain Center. This inaugural event will feature many of the potters from the Heritage Arts ceramics program at SCC selling pottery in a wide range of styles and decorative techniques. There will also be crafters selling woodwork, quilts, jewelry, knitted items and baked goods. Doug Hubbs will be demonstrating pottery throwing throughout the day, and there will be dancing and music as well.

LOCAL ARTISTS are invited to submit up to four original works of art for the annual community art exhibit at the Swain County Center for the Arts. Artwork to be displayed in the eight-week exhibit should be submitted between 8 and 11 a.m. on Monday, July 13, or earlier by appointment. Call or email Jenny Johnson at 828-488-7843 or jjohnson@swainmail.org to make an appointment or for more information on submittion guidelines.

FRANKLIN

AN N.C. TAX POLICY AND BUDGET FORUM, sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Franklin, will be held today (Thursday) from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Town Hall. Greg Borum, advocacy chairman for Children First, will speak on N.C. tax issues.

NATIONAL ALLIANCE ON MENTAL ILLNESS will offer a program on Schizophrenia today (Thursday) at 7 p.m. at Memorial United Methodist Church. Call 828-526-9510 or 828-369-7385 for more information.

A FALL GARDENING PROGRAM will be held Friday, July 10, at 6:30 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Franklin. There will be a panel discussion on fall gardens and a covered-dish dinner at 5:30 p.m. Call 828-524-3691 for more information.

THE 18TH ANNUAL SWEET CORN FESTIVAL will be held Saturday, July 11, from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. at  St. Cyprian’s Church. There will be a silent auction, music, trail walks, activities for children, a bake sale and handmade arts and crafts.

THE ANNUAL AMMONS REUNION is set for Saturday, July 11, from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Holly Springs Baptist Church. There will be music, singing and dancing, along with pictures, stories and lunch from Martha’s Kitchen. Email Sue Hirsch at retsusanjane@yahoo.com to RSVP.

THE BATTLE OF SUGARTOWN CHAPTER of the North Carolina Society, Daughters of the American Revolution, will hold its monthly luncheon at 11:30 a.m. on Monday, July 13, at the Boiler Room Restaurant. Call 828-524-2673 for more information.

THE SMOKY MOUNTAIN QUILTERS GUILD will have their annual indoor picnic/pot luck on Monday, July 13, at Tartan Hall in the First Presbyterian Church of Franklin. They plan to eat at noon, and those planning to attend should bring a covered dish.

HAYESVILLE

THE FESTIVAL ON THE SQUARE will be held Saturday, July 11, and Sunday, July 12, in Hayesville. Local writers and poets in attendance will include Deanna Klingel, Valerie Nieman, Joan Ellen Gage, Glenda Beall and Karen Paul Holmes. All the writers will be available to chat and answer questions about writing and about their own books.

HIGHLANDS

THE FIRST LECTURE of the summer’s Zahner Conservation Lecture Series will be held today (Thursday) at 6:30 p.m. at the Highlands Nature Center. Chris Mowery, associate professor at Berry College, will give a lecture titled “Coyotes: From the Wilderness to the Mean Streets.” Visit www.highlandsbiological.org or call 828-586-2221 for a full schedule of lectures or for more information.

LAKE JUNALUSKA

THE NORTH CAROLINA STATE BEEKEEPERS ASSOCIATION will hold their annual summer conference starting today (Thursday) and lasting through Saturday, July 11. Beekeepers from across the state will swarm to the Lake Junaluska Conference Center to learn more about the honey bee, how to cook with honey, the history of beekeeping and more, all presented through three days of lectures, forums and meetings. There is a $35 registration fee for the entire conference, and while the programs are only open to members of the NCSBA, anyone can join on the spot for only $15. Visit www.ncbeekeepers.org/education/statewide-conferences/2015-ncsba-summer-conference/ for more information.

MAGGIE VALLEY

THE MAGGIE VALLEY ARTS AND CRAFTS SHOW will return to the Maggie Valley Festival Grounds on Saturday, July 11, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, July 12, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Visitors can expect to find seasonal items, yard art, paintings, photography, pottery, wooden bowls, furniture, jewelry, bath products and more. There is no cost to attend and parking is free. Call 828-926-1686 or visit www.maggievalley.org for more information.

MURPHY

A PREGNANCY CLASS for expecting parents is being offered Tuesday, July 14, at the Murphy Medical Center from 6 to 8 p.m. Call 82-835-7560 for more information or to register.

WAYNESVILLE

THE ALZHEIMER’S ASSOCIATION will conduct a series of lectures on dementia at the Waynesville Library, led by representative and volunteer Dodi Christiano, who is a licensed professional counselor will more than 30 years of experience. Her areas of interest and expertise include stress management, anxiety and depression, communication and conflict management, medical illness counseling and more. The first lecture is titled “Conversations About Dementia” and is set for today (Thursday) from 1 to 2:30 p.m. This program is designed to help attendees talk with family members about the challenging and often uncomfortable topics related to Alzheimer’s and dementia. Call 828-356-2507 for more information.

HART THEATER will present its new production of “Oklahoma!” throughout the rest of July. To make the production more of an immersive experience, HART is also pairing the production with an Oklahoma barbecue on the lawn before each show. Audience members can buy a ticket for the dinner, which begins an hour before curtain and includes Beef Brisket (barbecue Oklahoma style) roasted corn, baked beans, lemonade and a chocolate chip cookie for an extra $15. The show, directed by Steve Lloyd and featuring an extensive cast, is set to debut Friday, July 10, at 7:30 p.m. Other show times include, Saturday, July 11, at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, July 12, at 2 p.m.  Tickets are $26 for adults, $22 for seniors and $13 for students. Call 828-456-6322 or visit www.harttheatre.org for more show times, to buy tickets or for special discount information.

MANIC SOCIAL’S JENNIFER GRANTHAM will present a workshop for restaurant owners and managers on how to use social media to improve buisness in any season. Grantham is an expert on social media and teaches at the small business center of Haywood Community College. She will present statistics and information that have proven results for local business.The Restaurateurs Workshop will be on Monday, July 27, from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Wells Event Center. Seating is limited to 12 participants and costs $100. Call 828-708-7575 or email jenn@manicsocial.com to reserve a spot.