DON CASADA will present “Remembering Carolina Wood Turning” today (Thursday) at 6:30 p.m. at the Swain Genealogical Society Library. From the start of its parent company in 1903, Bryson City Pump Works, the Carolina Wood Turning Company and its successors, Magnavox and Singer, has provided a steady source of employment which put food on the table, shoes on the feet and britches on the bottoms for many families in Swain County. An overview of the company history, accompanied by photographs of the plant, people and products, will be provided at the meeting. Casada’s father worked at the plant from the late 1920s until his retirement in 1975.


THE SMOKY MOUNTAIN QUILTERS GUILD will meet at 9:30 a.m. on Monday, March 9, at Tartan Hall in the First Presbyterian Church of Franklin. The 2015 slate of officers will be elected, and the meeting’s focus will be on fabric design and manufacturers.

MOUNTAIN SYNAGOGUE will celebrate Purim on Saturday, March 7, at 11 a.m. There will be a short service, discussion and luncheon. Call 828-369-9270 or visit for more information or directions.

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, March 9, at the Boiler Room Restaurant. All DAR members and prospective members are invited. Call 828-369-3136 for more information.


THE GRAHAM COUNTY EXTENSION CENTER will hold a workshop on small ruminant integrated gastrointestinal parasite control and FAMACHA on Wednesday, March 11, from 1:30 until 4:30 p.m. The workshop will introduce the FAMACHA concept and give participants hands-on use of the FAMACHA card – the idea of smart drenching, understanding parasite drug resistance versus animal resistance, susceptibility or resilience to gastrointestinal parasites, management tips to reduce gastrointestinal parasite loads in animals and on pastures and non-chemical approaches to treating small ruminants. Participants interested in FAMACHA certification and in purchasing the FAMACHA card will have to pay $12. Call 828-479-7979 or email to register or for more information.


BALSAM RIDGE BAPTIST CHURCH will hold a singing with Heart String on Sunday, March 8, at 6 p.m. Call 828-331-8243 or email for more information.