CONGREGATION BAMIDBAR will hold a Shabbat service on Saturday, June 20, at 10:30 a.m. at the community building of the United Methodist Church. Call Phyllis Cardoza at 828-369-9270 for more information.


THE NEXT COMMUNITY MUSIC JAM at the Marianna Black Library will be today (Thursday) from 6 until 7:30 p.m. in the library auditorium or, if the weather permits, on the front lawn. Anyone with an “unplugged” instrument and singers are invited to join. Call 828-488-3030 for more information.

THE MARIANNA BLACK LIBRARY will show a family movie on Tuesday, June 23, at 3:30 p.m. The movie this week will tell the tale of a superstar TV pup (voiced by John Travolta) who gets plopped in the middle of America with seemingly no way back to the glam and glitz of Hollywood. Popcorn will be served in the auditorium starting at 3:20 p.m. Call 828-488-3030 for more information.


THE N.C. WILDLIFE RESOURCES COMMISSION will host a public forum Tuesday, June 23, from 7 to 9 p.m. at Haywood Community College to discuss deer management in North Carolina. This forum will utilize an interactive approach to share information and gain feedback from deer hunters and others about their preferences for deer management in North Carolina. Wildlife Commission biologists will also share a recently completed biological evaluation of the state’s deer herd, including the average ages of bucks and does harvested, the peak breeding dates and the timing of the harvest. Commissioners and staff will welcome questions and discussion.


LAMAR MARSHALL and BRENT MARTIN of the North Carolina Bartram Trail Society will lead a short hike Saturday, June 20, out to the historic Cowee mound in Macon County to discuss the naturalist William Bartram’s visit to the area in May of 1775. Bartram’s 1791 publication “Travels” has remained one of the most important historical documents to date regarding the cultural and natural history of this part of Western North Carolina. Participants should meet at the Cowee Convenience Store at 10 a.m. Email or to reserve a spot or for more information.

THE UPCOMING LADIES NIGHT OUT PROGRAM will cover “How Not To Be a Victim” with guest speaker Bonnie Peggs. Ladies Night Out is a partnership between Macon County Public Health and Angel Medical Center to provide free monthly programs on a variety of health topics for women with an emphasis on the importance of regular health screenings. This program will be held in the cafeteria at AMC two times Tuesday, June 23. One will be at 4 p.m. and the other will be at 6:30 p.m. Those planning to attend are asked to bring donations for REACH of Macon County, if possible. Preferred items are feminine products, toilet paper, paper towels, laundry detergent and dish detergent. Extra door prize tickets will be given out for donated items.

THE OCCUPYWNC GENERAL ASSEMBLY will have a meet and greet on Tuesday, June 23, at 7 p.m. at the Rathskeller Coffee Haus in Franklin.


WHAT’S THAT BUG with Jim Costa and Alyssa Fuller will be held today (Thursday) at 1 p.m. at the Highlands Biological Station. Scientists estimate that there are at least a million different species of insects in the world, many of which have not yet been named by science. Program participants can bring bugs of their own and any other questions about insects. Costa and Fuller will also share some interesting facts. Visit for more information about this or any of the other station programs.


A CONGRESSIONAL HEARING will be held Friday, June 19, at 10:30 a.m. at the Haywood County Courthouse with Representative Mark Meadows and other congressional members. This is a hearing which has been requested by Meadows to investigate the wrong doing involved in the “Operation Something Bruin” bear sting which took place in Western North Carolina and Northern Georgia. All hunters are encouraged to attend.

THE GROOVY MOVIE CLUB will screen “The Hundred-Foot Journey” starring Helen Mirren on Friday, June 19, at 7 p.m., with a pot luck to be at 6:30 p.m. The club meets once a month on the second or third Friday at Buffy Queen’s home in Dellwood. Contact 828-926-2508, 828-454-5949 or to RSVP or get directions.

HART THEATER will open the wacky Broadway comedy hit “The 39 Steps” on Friday, June 19, at 7:30 p.m. The story comes from a melodrama published in 1915 by John Buchan. It would have long been forgotten, but it became a classic 1935 film by Alfred Hitchcock starring Robert Donat. In 1999, the British Film Institute ranked Hitchcock’s version of “The 39 Steps” the fourth best British film of all time. Another version of the film, copied almost shot for shot, was made in 1959 by Ralph Thomas and starred Kenneth More. It has also been filmed for television and presented on radio, but none compare with the original, which is the subject of the stage production. The show will run weekends through Sunday, July 5, then perform 2 p.m. Saturday matinees through Saturday, Aug. 1. HART is offering a special buy one get one special for the Saturday matinee performances. Visit or call 828-456-6322 for tickets or for a full schedule of shows.