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 program provides an opportunity for children to develop their fine motor skills, problem-solving, organization and planning through construction. This month’s theme is Christmas and winter. The Library also accepts donations of good-condition pieces to expand the club. Call 828-488-3030 for more information.


SOUTHWESTERN COMMUNITY COLLEGE will hold a trustee retirement reception from 4 to 6 p.m. today (Thursday) at the Jerry Sutton Public Safety and Training Center. Sutton joined the board of trustees in July of 1983 and served seven terms as chairman. A native of Macon County, his extensive career in public service includes the role of chairman of the Macon County Board of Education, chairman of the Macon County commissioners and a member of the Governor’s Advisory Committee for Agriculture, Forestry and Seafood. He was instrumental in the formation of the Clarks Chapel Fire Department, where he previously served as chief. His last term as a trustee at SCC ended in June, and this reception is in recognition of his 32 years of service. Visit for more information.

THE FRIENDS OF THE RICKMAN STORE will have a special holiday celebration on Saturday, Dec. 12, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dulcimer musicians will play festive tunes, there will be a sing along session of Christmas carols and the event will close with the last music jam of the year. Visitors are encouraged to bring their instruments, and refreshments will be served. The preservation of this historic building is possible thanks to the support of the community, visitors to the region and the Land Trust of the Little Tennessee. This will be the last chance to visit the building for this year; it will re-open again in the spring.

THE BATTLE OF SUGARTOWN CHAPTER of the North Carolina Society, Daughters of the American Revolution, will hold its monthly luncheon at 11:30 a.m. on Monday, Dec. 14, at the Boiler Room Restaurant. Call 828-524-2673 for more information.


APPALACHIAN CHRISTMAS at the Lake Junaluska Conference and Retreat Center will deliver nostalgic charm to visitors Friday, Dec. 11, to Sunday, Dec. 13. The annual weekend features live music, meals and local artistry. Festivities include George Frideric Handel’s “Messiah” featuring the Lake Junaluska Singers and regional orchestra and choir; “Classic Sounds of Christmas,” a concert by the Lake Junaluska Singers; the Appalachian Christmas Craft Show, showcasing the work of dozens of local artisans; and a matinee concert by The Cockman Family. Individual concert tickets and two- or three-night lodging packages are available. Those under the age of 18 may attend for free in general admission seating. Call 800-222-4930 or visit


HART THEATER has created a holiday cabaret this year titled “Home For Christmas,” and many of the area’s favorite performers will help bring it to life. Conceived and directed by Mark Jones and Jan Powell, the show stars Jones, Lyn Donley, Karen Covington-Yow, Tabitha Judy and Daniel Hensley. The production features more than two dozen holiday favorites and some obscure tunes that will be new to audiences. The production opens today (Thursday), and discounted tickets are being offered for the show: $15 for adults, $12 for seniors and $6 for students. Other performances are Friday, Dec. 11, and Saturday, Dec. 12, at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, Dec. 13, at 3 p.m. The 90-minute show is suitable for the whole family. Call 828-456-6322 or visit for more information or to buy tickets.

FIRST UNITED METHODIST CHURCH OF WAYNESVILLE will present David Holt in concert Wednesday, Dec. 16, at 6:30 p.m. Holt is a musician, television host and historian of Appalachian music and storytelling. Holt moved to the mountains of North Carolina from Texas in 1970 and has since dedicated his time to learning at the knee of what he calls “the old-timers,” as well as performing and preserving the musical heritage of the region. Backing Holt will be his friend and frequent collaborator Josh Goforth. Call 828-456-9475 or visit for more information.