CONGREGATION BAMIDBAR will hold winter Shabbat services on the first and third Saturdays at 10:30 a.m. in the fellowship hall of Andrews Methodist Church. The next service is scheduled for Nov. 7. 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 auditorium. Anyone with an “unplugged” instrument and singers are invited to join. Call 828-488-3030 for more information.

SMOKY MOUNTAIN ROLLERGIRLS will take on the Dixie Derby Girls on Saturday, Nov. 7, at the Swain County Rec Park. The day will feature a double header, with the SMRG junior team, the Lil’ Nemesisters and friends, taking the track at 4:30 p.m. Then, the adults will play at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $5 pre-sale and $7 at the door. They are available online at, at Bryson City Bicycles or from SMRG skaters. Children age 7 and under get in free. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Swain Family Resource Center, and skaters will be collecting diapers, non-perishable foods and children’s Christmas gifts at the door. A 50/50 raffle benefiting the local chapter of the Dolly Parton Imagination Library is also planned.

THE AUTISM SOCIETY OF NORTH CAROLINA will offer a workshop on creative ways to teach social thinking and social skills from 1 to 3 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 12, at the Marianna Black Library. The workshop fee is $10, and registration is required by Monday, Nov. 9, at Contact Autism Resource Specialist Kathy Dolbee at or 828-713-0033 for more information or to learn about available scholarships.


THE RICKMAN STORE will welcome the Nikwasi Dulcimer Players on Saturday, Nov. 7, at 10 a.m. The group was formed in Franklin in 1996 by Fran Cargill, who at the age of 95 continues sharing the tradition of playing the native Appalachian stringed dulcimer. The group’s musicians this year recorded their first CD. Visitors for the performance can find additional parking at the Cowee School. Call 828-369-5595 for more information.

A FREE TAX WORKSHOP for small business owners will be offered through Southwestern Community College on Thursday, Nov. 12, from 6 until 8 p.m. at the Macon Campus. The class will show small business owners what’s required of them when filing taxes, what tax dates are important and what records should be kept. Featured speaker will be Robert Wall, who serves as counsel in the Winston-Salem office of the law firm Spilman, Thomas & Battle, PLLC. His primary areas of practice are tax and corporate law. Visit or contact Tiffany Henry at or 339-4426 to register or to request one-on-one confidential counseling.

FONTANA REGIONAL LIBRARY will host its second annual “Read Local Book Fair,” an event that gives residents the chance to meet and support local authors, on Saturday, Nov. 7, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Macon County Library. Many local authors will read selections from their works throughout the day and will have copies of their works available for purchase, just in time for the holiday season. A wide variety of authors for all age groups will be featured. Call 828-524-3600 for more information.

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, Nov. 9, at the Boiler Room Restaurant. Call 828-524-2673 for more information.

DOGWOOD INSIGHT CENTER is developing a Grassroots Community Health Initiative to work toward meeting the objectives of the N.C. Rural Health Action Plan. The concept is that personal health is a personal responsibility; however, community resources such as education, active living and healthcare services can be just as important. A free program to learn more about the initiative will be held at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 6, in the Unitarian Universalist fellowship hall. Call 828-524-3691 for more information.


THE LAKE JUNALUSKA PEACE CONFERENCE is four days of workshops, yoga, prayer, lectures, worship, meditation and music for people of Jewish, Muslim and Christian religions. The event will take place from Thursday, Nov. 12, to Sunday, Nov. 15, led by notable peacemakers from all three religions. The theme of this year’s conference is “Longing for Peace/Exploring the Heart of God.” One of the event’s highlights is a concert by Yuval Ron on Saturday, Nov. 14. Call 828-454-6682, email or visit to register for the conference or for more information.