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 or, if the weather permits, on the front lawn. Anyone with an “unplugged” instrument and singers are invited to join. Call 828-488-3030 for more information.

THE MARIANNA BLACK LIBRARY will show a family movie Tuesday, July 7, at 3:30 p.m. The movie this week will tell the tale of five puppies who are granted super-canine powers and confront an extraterrestrial bully from beyond the stars. Popcorn will be served in the auditorium starting at 3:20 p.m. The Library will also giveaway free movie check-out vouchers to those who attend. Call 828-488-3030 for more information.

ART LEAGUE OF THE SMOKIES will show “Alternative Art Cards” with Margaret Peot in the auditorium at the Swain County Center for the Arts at 6:15 p.m. on Tuesday, July 7. In this 109-minute DVD, Peot will work through the four seasons while demonstrating techniques such as stenciling, gouache resist, aging and stamp carving. Attendees will discover surprising techniques for finding hidden pockets of time in which to be creative. Peot is a painter, printmaker and writer who has made her living as a freelance artist for more than 20 years. Call Jenny Johnson at 828-488-7843 for more information.

THE MARIANNA BLACK LIBRARY’s Summer Reading Program is still accepting superhero, villain and sidekick participants. On Tuesday, July 7, kindergarten through second-grade will participate in a program presented by Swain County Soil and Water Conservation. Participants will learn about the service of pollinators and why they are declining. The participants will learn about ways they can protect pollinators and create their own “seed bombs” to plant. On Wednesday, July 8, pre-schoolers will participate in a program focused on community heroes and create their own community hero book. Sixth through 12th grades will participate in a Superhero mix up program on Thursday, July 9, at 3:30 p.m. Participants will create their own superheroes using superpowers and costume requirements chosen at random. Contact Amber Platt at 828-488-3030 for specific times, more information or to sign up.


THE MACON COUNTY LIBRARY will show a movie today (Thursday) at 2 and 7 p.m. in the Meeting Room. The movie stars Michael Keaton, Zach Galifianakis and Emma Stone, and it is rated R for language, sexual content and violence. The movie chronicles a washed-up actor who played an iconic superhero as he battles his ego and attempts to recover his family, his career and himself in the days leading up to the opening of a Broadway play. Another movie, starring Steve McQueen and Jacqueline Bisset, will be shown on Friday, July 3, at 2 p.m. This movie about an all guts, no glory San Francisco cop who becomes determined to find the underworld kingpin that killed the witness in his protection.

FOURTH OF JULY FIREWORKS AND FUN DAY will be held at the Macon County Veterans Memorial Recreation Park. Activities such as bungee jump, cornhole and horseshoe tournaments will begin in the park at 1 p.m. and conclude at dark with one of the largest fireworks shows in the area. Biltmore Baptist Church will host a kid’s inflatable area. Campus Pastor Patrick Trawick invites attendees to visit BBC’s booth in the kid’s area and register for free wristbands for all day play. The band Sundown will be playing from 7 to 9 p.m. The Presentation of Colors will take place at 9:15 p.m., followed by a salute to all Branches of the U.S. Armed Forces. The National Anthem will lead into fireworks at around 9:30. Food options throughout the day include hamburgers, barbecue, hot dogs, Chick-fil-A, funnel cakes, kettle korn, ice cream and fresh lemonade. A bus shuttle will run continuously from Franklin High School’s parking lot to the Recreation Park beginning at 5 p.m. There will be four buses running after the fireworks to help people back to their cars as quickly as possible. Since no parking is allowed along Wide Horizon Drive, everyone is encouraged to use the shuttle this year. Visit or contact the Franklin Chamber of Commerce at 828-524-3161 for more information.


COFFEE WITH THE POET continues Wednesday, July 8, with a reading by Estelle Darrow Rice and Glenda Council Beall at Joe’s Coffee Shop and Trading Post at 10:30 a.m. The community is invited to participate in Open Mic. Bring a poem or short prose piece to read. Call 828-389-4441 or email for more information.


THE ZAHNER CONSERVATION LECTURE SERIES will kick off today (Thursday) with the talk “Turning the Poet Out of Doors: A Naturalist’s Guide to the Poetry of Robert Frost,” presented by Peter White. The free lecture series is held each summer  at the Highlands Nature Center at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday nights between July 2 and Sept. 3. For a full schedule or for more information, visit or call the Highlands Biological Foundation at 828-526-2221.


THE CLASSIC WINESELLER will welcome Dulci Ellenberger (guitar, vocals) on Friday, July 3, at 7 p.m. Ellenberger can be found singing and playing keys, guitar and melodica with Asheville favorites Sweet Claudette and The Moon and You. Her songwriting is thoughtful and provocative, and her clear and soaring vocal melodies have a nostalgic air. Joe Cruz (piano, vocals) will perform Saturday, July 4, at 7 p.m. Cruz plays and sings the best of the Beatles, Elton John, James Taylor, and Simon & Garfunkel. He has been singing and playing piano since he was a young child growing up in New York City. Cruz now lives in Maggie Valley with his wife and two daughters. The Wineseller presents local, regional or national talent each week on Friday and Saturday nights at 7 p.m. Dinner and music reservations are taken anytime by calling 828-452-6000. Seating is guaranteed until 7 p.m. on non-ticketed live music nights. After that, seating is on a first come, first served basis. Visit for more information.