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. Anyone with a guitar, banjo, mandolin, fiddle, dulcimer – anything unplugged – is invited to join. Singers are also welcomed to join in, and everyone is invited to come listen. For more information or driving directions call the library at (828) 488-3030.

SMOKY MOUNTAIN ROLLERGIRLS’ JUNIOR LEAGUE, the Lil’ Nemesisters and SMRG, will open the 2015 home season Saturday, March 21, with a doubleheader at Swain County Recreation Center. The junior team will take on Gastonia’s Mini G’s in the opening bout and then SMRG will play Appalachian Rollergirls. This event is a fundraiser for PAWS Animal Shelter. Donations for items frequently used at the shelter are being collected at the door, and a portion of the proceeds will benefit PAWS. Doors open at 4 p.m., and the first whistle blows at 4:30 p.m. to start the Lil’ Nemesisters’ game. The adults play at 6:30 p.m. Purchase tickets online at for $5 or get them at the door for $7 (ages 7 and under are free).


SOUTHWESTERN COMMUNITY COLLEGE will offer a professional office management course designed to help participants find employment beginning on Tuesday, March 24. The class will meet from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays through July 2 at the SCC Macon Annex next door to the courthouse. Students will have the opportunity to receive their Career Readiness Certification and Microsoft certifications. The program costs $180 plus textbooks. Scholarship opportunities are available. Call 828-339-4296 or email for more information.

“BEE TECHNOLOGICALLY EQUIPPED,” a seminar with a panel of area business owners, will be Tuesday, March 24, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Drake Education Center. Part of the “Business Enhancement Experience,” this seminar is free and open to aspiring and existing entrepreneurs. Participants must register in advance. This event will discuss the importance and effectiveness of using technology within a small business. To register for the seminar, visit Call 828-339-4211 or email for more information.

THE FRATERNAL ORDER OF POLICE LODGE will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 24, in the First Baptist Church Fellowship Hall. All local, county and federal law enforcement personnel, active or retired, as well as their support staff, are welcome to attend. Call 828-349-0698 for more information.

THE MACON COUNTY LIBRARY’S “Walking with Spring” series will include programs held on the first day of spring and last through Earth Day. “The Wayward Hiker” with Dave Wolfe will be Friday, March 20, at 10 a.m.; “Alpaca Farm” with Liza McArthur will be Wednesday, March 25, at 6 p.m.; “The 12 Streams of LeConte” with author Jenny Bennett of Sylva will be Thursday, March 26, at 6 p.m. (visit for more information); and “Touching the Face of History: The Story of the Plott Hound, North Carolina’s Official State Dog” with Bob Plott will be Friday, March 27, at 10 a.m.

“GETTING PAID TO TALK,” a single-evening introduction to the world of voice overs, will be offered by SCC from 5:30 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, April 2. Attendees will learn the basics of getting started, working in the studio, effective demo production methods as well as industry pros and cons. Participants will also get the opportunity to record a mock commercial under the direction of a Voice Coaches producer. Registration at least a week in advance is required, and enrollment is limited to 25 students. To register, visit (choose “Class Schedule” then select “Personal Enrichment”), call 306-7001 or email