CONGREGATION BAMIDBAR will hold a Shabbat service on Saturday, Aug. 1, at 10:30 a.m. in the fellowship hall of Andrews Methodist Church. Call Phyllis Cardoza at 828-369-9270 for more information.


THE PRESSLEY GIRLS will perform their traditional Appalachian music today (Thursday) at 7 p.m. on the front lawn of the Marianna Black Library. The rain location for the event is the Library’s auditorium. The Pressley Girls, consisting of twin sisters Katie and Corie Pressley, were born and raised in Brasstown. They perform a wide range of music including folk, bluegrass, gospel and country. Call 828-488-3030 for more information.

THE NANTAHALA OUTDOOR CENTER will host the 2015 International Canoe Federation’s Junior and U23 Wildwater Canoeing World Championships from Sunday, Aug. 2, through Friday, Aug. 7, on the Nantahala River near Bryson City. The event will be the premier competitive paddling event in the United States this summer, featuring 140 athletes ranging in age from 15 to 23. Fifteen countries will be represented, with many paddlers coming from Europe and as far away as Australia. Wildwater is one of the most challenging paddlesports disciplines where athletes race down a whitewater course for 3 to 4 miles in the classic race or for 450 meters in the sprint. There is no parking or entry fee for spectators. Visit for more information.

THE NEXT ART LEAGUE OF THE SMOKIES meeting will be held on Tuesday, Aug. 4, at 6:15 p.m. at Swain County Center for the Arts in Bryson City. The DVD “Colored Pencil Workshop” with Gary Greene will be shown. Various art media and techniques are shown in the free monthly Art League of the Smokies meetings. For more information, call Jenny Johnson at 828-488-7843.

THE DESCENDANTS of Frank and Caroline Conner will hold a reunion Sunday, Aug. 2, starting at 10 a.m. at the Swain County Senior Center. Lunch will be served at 1 p.m.


A FOLK AND OUTSIDER ART TALK AND RECEPTION will be held today (Thursday) from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in the Meeting Room of the Macon County Library. Folk and Outsider art has been on display throughout July – the celebration today is an opportunity to learn more about the art. Area artists and collectors will talk about the folk art movement and share stories.

THE UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST FELLOWSHIP OF FRANKLIN will hold a yard sale, silent auction and bake sale on Saturday, Aug. 1, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

THE MONTHLY FAMILY SUPPORT GROUP for those with family members, friends or loved ones living with the challenge of mental illness meets the first Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. at Memorial United Methodist Church. The next meeting, sponsored by the local affiliate of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, is scheduled for Aug. 4. Call 828-369-7385 for more information.


STEPHANIE JEFFRIES, associate professor at N.C. State University, will present “Stories from the Forested Landscape: How to see the forest with the trees” today (Thursday) from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Nature Center at the Highlands Biological Station. The presentation is another installment of the Zahner Conservation Lecture Series, held each week and designed to help educate and inspire the public through a series of talks from well-known regional scientists, conservationists, artists and writers. Following her talk, Jeffries will be available to sign copies of her recently published book, “Exploring Southern Appalachian Forests: An Ecological Guide to 30 Great Hikes in the Carolinas, Georgia and Virginia.” Visit or call 828-526-2221 for more information or a full schedule of lectures.


THE SWANNANOA CHAMBER MUSIC FESTIVAL will conclude Sunday, Aug. 2, with the Jasper String Quartet, winners of the CMA Cleveland Quartet Award. The fifth and final concert of the series, “The Great Masters,” will be held at First United Methodist Church. In addition, tickets are on sale now for the Friday, Aug. 14, Young Artist Series performance, which brings to Haywood County Andrew Tyson, a 29-year-old native of Durham. Hailed by BBC Radio 3 as “a real poet of the piano,” Tyson is emerging as a distinctive and important new musical voice. The Aug. 14 concert will also take place at First United Methodist. Tickets are available for $22 per person. Call the Haywood County Arts Council at 828-452-0593 to purchase. Visit, email or call the number above for more information about the Swannanoa Chamber Music Festival or the Young Artist Series.