YOUTH OUTRIGHT, Western North Carolina’s leading advocate for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning and allied youth, will hold a meeting for youth ages 14 to 20 on Monday, Nov. 2, from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Macon County Library. The film “Prayers for Bobby” will be screened and refreshments will be served. Sigourney Weaver won an Emmy, a Golden Globe and a Screen Actors Guild Award for the film, which is the “true story of a mother torn of between her loyalties, challenged by her faith and moved by a tragedy that would change her life, and the lives of others, forever.” Youth Outright’s Franklin youth meetings are part of the Gay-Straight Alliance and Schools Outreach program, which connects LGBTQ youth and supportive school personnel throughout WNC and is funded by The Palette Fund, Gamma Mu Foundation, Mission Health, The Chaddick Foundation, Wells Fargo and Bank of America. Contact or visit for more information.


THE ZOMBIE RUSH 5K is a 3.1-mile race through a zombie-infested Canton Recreation Park on the Pisgah High School campus set to take place Saturday, Nov. 7. The race will be filled with challenging hills, sharp curves, ravenous zombies, adventure, fun and fright. The race is hosted by the Sports and Entertainment Marketing II class at Pisgah. Each year they put on an event for the community. Those who think they are up to the challenge can register at, and the early registration discount ends Saturday, Oct. 31. Email Jennifer Cragg at for sponsorship opportunities.


THE SMOKY MOUNTAIN KNITTING GUILD will offer free Learn-To-Knit classes for adults beginning on Tuesday, Nov. 3, at 1 p.m. in the Waynesville Library board room. Other class dates include the Tuesdays of Nov. 10, Nov. 17 and Dec. 1. Participants will have the opportunity to learn the basic stitches, and materials to get started will be supplied if needed. After the classes, or in addition to, motivated knitters are welcome in the several knitting circles that meet informally throughout the week in Waynesville. Although there is no cost for the classes, pre-registration is required. Contact the Knitting Guild’s Education Chairman Mary Finn at for more information.