CONGREGATION BAMIDBAR will hold Shabbat services on Saturday, Oct. 17, at 10:30 a.m. in the fellowship hall of Andrews Methodist Church. Call Phyllis Cardoza at 828-369-9270 for more information.
THE LITERARY HOUR, an hour of poetry and prose reading at John C. Campbell Folk School’s Keith House, will feature poets and writers Mary Keller and Lucy Gratton today (Thursday) at 7 p.m.
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.
A FREE CONCERT AND ARTIST RECEPTION for Drew Campbell will be held Saturday, Oct. 17, at 7 p.m. at the Swain County Center for the Arts. Campbell will exhibit his photography collection titled “Nature’s Beauty, Near and Far” through November, and his band, The Freestylers, will perform prior to the reception.
HAYWOOD DANCERS will host a Ballroom Dance Friday, Oct. 16, at Angie’s Dance Academy. New recorded ballroom music will be played starting at 8 p.m. Call 828-734-8063 for more information.
THE 26TH ANNUAL LEAF LOOKERS GEMBOREE will open at the Macon County Community Building this weekend. Gem and mineral dealers from across the southeast will display and sell their products from Friday, Oct. 16, through Monday, Oct. 19. The Leaf Lookers Gemboree will feature items such as fine finished jewelry, rough and cut gems, minerals, fossils and collectibles. Dealers will also be available to make custom jewelry for those interested. Admission price is $2, and those under the age of 12 will be admitted for free. Hours are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 16 and Saturday, Oct. 17, and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 18. Call 828-524-3161 for more information.
ST. CYPRIAN EPISCOPAL CHURCH will host the Jackson County branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People on Saturday, Oct. 17, at 10 a.m. for their monthly membership meeting. The Rev. Dorrie Pratt will hold a special program following the meeting at around 10:30 a.m.
TOM RUFFIN will demonstrate the art of broom making on Saturday, Oct. 17, at 11 a.m. at the historic Rickman Store. Visitors will have the opportunity to learn the hands-on process of creating beautiful, useful pieces of art.
TEEN CHALLENGE OF THE SMOKIES will host a “Come and See” event on Saturday, Oct. 17, at 4 p.m. in the auditorium of Camp Cullasaja. Former Teen Challenge student Phil Sanders will give testimony during a short program, and special music will be played. Mike Barres will also give a talk about the future plans for a 12-month, addiction recovery program at the camp for men ages 18 to 60. Refreshments will be provided, and all buildings will be open for viewing. Call 828-421-7675 to RSVP and visit www.teenchallengeofthesmokies.com for more information.
POET JOAN HOWARD will be the featured reader at Moss Memorial Library on Wednesday, Oct. 21, in the large meeting room for Coffee with the Poets and Writers. Howard lives on Lake Chatuge in Hiawassee, Ga. Her surroundings and living on the water at the lake inspire her to write. She often writes about birds, kayaking and the people she has met. Visit www.ncwriters-west.org or www.netwestwriters.blogspot.com for more information.
THE MAGGIE VALLEY ARTS AND CRAFTS FALL FESTIVAL will return to the Maggie Valley Festival Grounds on Saturday, Oct. 17, and Sunday, Oct. 18. Visitors can expect to find seasonal items, yard art, paintings, photography, pottery, wooden bowls, furniture, jewelry, bath products and more. Chainsaw artist Jeremy Buckner will show off his talents, and plenty of food vendors will also be on hand. The festival will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days, and there is no cost to attend or to park. Call 828-926-1686 or visit www.maggievalley.org for more information.
THE WAYNESVILLE LIBRARY will host its first ever Community Chili Cook Off on Friday, Oct. 16, from noon until 2 p.m. All chili recipes are welcome, with or without the beans. Participants will also be the judges, and the public is invited to come out and try some new chili recipes. Sign-ups are required. Call 828-356-2507 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
THE FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY CONCERT SERIES will feature Betina Morgan and Singers on Saturday, Oct. 17, at the Waynesville branch and Cruso Circle Play and Jam on Sunday, Oct. 18, at the Canton branch. Both concerts will start at 3 p.m. and are free. Morgan plays classic folk music on a handcrafted 31-string gothic harp, and members of Cruso Circle Play and Jam group play mandolin, guitar, drums, bass and slide guitar. Call 828-452-0593 or visit www.haywoodarts.org for more information.
THE PAMPERED CHEF will sponsor Bingo Night as a fundraiser to “Help Whip Cancer” for the American Cancer Society on Monday, Oct. 19, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Wells Event and Reception Center. With a $10 admission charge, all games are free, and light snacks and sodas will be provided. There will also be a raffle and an opportunity to buy Pampered Chef products. An online fundraiser show will be available for those who are unable to attend. Visit www.pamperedchef.com/pws/kathyw/guest-landing/8933654314139 for more information.
ARTWORK SUBMISSIONS for November’s “It’s a Small, Small Work” show will be accepted from Monday, Oct. 19, to Saturday, Oct. 24, for any artists who are at least part-time residents in Western North Carolina. For a $20 entry fee, artists can submit a minimum of three pieces and a maximum of five pieces to display at the Haywood County Arts Council’s Gallery and Gifts. Each piece of art must be no larger than 12 inches by 12 inches by 12 inches, including the base, matting and frame. All work must be for sale at $300 or less and must have been created in the last two years. Visit www.haywoodarts.org or email email@example.com for an application or for more information.
HART THEATER’s next play, Connor McPherson’s award-winning drama “The Weir,” will open this weekend and continue through the rest of the month. The play is set in an Irish pub where a group of men begin telling tales to scare the new young woman who has moved into town. Many consider “The Weir” to be one of the best plays ever written. Audience members will be able to venture on stage before the show to purchase a pint from the working Irish pub set featuring craft beers and hard cider. Productive Paranoia will also be playing Irish folk music before the show. Dates include Friday, Oct. 16, and Saturday, Oct. 17, at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, Oct. 18, at 3 p.m. Tickets are $24 for adults, $20 for seniors and $11 for students (students also get special $7 discount tickets on Sundays). Call 828-456-6322 for reservations. Visit www.harttheatre.org for tickets and to see a full list of showtimes.