THE MARIANNA BLACK LIBRARY will have another LEGO Club meeting today (Thursday) at 4 p.m. The Library will provide LEGOs/Duplos for ages 3 and up. The theme for this month will be the Medieval Times. Call 828-488-3030 for more information.


UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST FELLOWSHIP OF FRANKLIN will host a workshop on making veggie burgers Saturday, April 25, at 4 p.m. Trish Piper will demonstrate and discuss her experiences. Those who already know how to make them can participate and share samples. Call 828-524-3691 for more information. The church will also hold a Faith in Film seminar with Frank Casper on Sunday, April 26, at 11 a.m.

SOUTHWESTERN COMMUNITY COLLEGE will host an Entrepreneur Networking Night at the Bowery at 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 28. Special guest will be Justin Belleme, Asheville’s 2014 Entrepreneur of the Year. Light refreshments will be served and registration is requested at Call 828-339-4211 for more information.

THE FRATERNAL ORDER OF POLICE LODGE will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 28, 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.


JOE’S COFFEE SHOP will host a free author chat with Dana Wildsmith of Bethlehem, Ga., at 4:30 p.m. Friday, April 24. She will read some of her work, discuss writing and answer questions. For a number of years, she has taught writing at John C. Campbell Folk School. On Saturday morning, April 25, she will also teach a three-hour writing class at Writers Circle. Registration forms for the class can be found at Call 828-389-4441 or email for more information.


HART THEATER will open “Brighton Beach Memoirs,” a comedy which many consider playwright Neil Simon’s masterpiece, this weekend. The autobiographical play is set in the 1930s, and the action is seen through the eyes of young Eugene Morris Jerome. In creating the play in 1983, Simon drew from personal memories of the depression and family life in the days leading up to World War II. “Brighton Beach” opened at the Alvin Theater on Broadway and ran for more than 1,200 performances. HART produced “Brighton Beach” in the Strand Theatre in 1993, directed by Wanda Taylor. That production marked the kickoff of the fund drive to build the Performing Arts Center at the Shelton House. Jump forward 22 years, and Taylor is directing again, this time with Hogan McLamb, Stephen Gonya, Jan Welch, Holly Cope, Dakota Mann, Anna Denson and Lily Bowen. Performances are scheduled for Friday, April 24; Saturday, April 25; Friday, May 1; Saturday, May 2; Friday, May 8; and Saturday, May 9, at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, April 26; Sunday, May 3; and Sunday, May 10, at 3 p.m. Tickets are available at or by calling the HART Box Office at 828-456-6322.