THE N.C. WILDLIFE RESOURCES COMMISSION will host a family-friendly event celebrating fishing, hunting and wildlife conservation on Saturday, Sept. 26, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education. A schedule of a variety of activities and exhibits for all ages and skill levels includes outdoor cooking, archery, fishing, air rifle marksmanship and safety, and fly-casting and tying. Visitors can also walk next door to the Bobby N. Setzer Fish Hatchery, where trout are raised in 54 raceways. Call 828-877-4423 for more information.


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. The Library also accepts donations of gently-used pieces to expand the club. Call 828-488-3030 for more information.

OCCUPYWNC will host its third “Meet and Greet” at 4 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 26, at the Morgan Pavilion at Deep Creek. A picnic will be held, and afternoon games are planned. Those attending are encouraged to bring a chair or blanket. Members will highlight information about OccupyWNC’s actions since it began in 2011 and discuss what’s ahead. OccupyWNC is a diverse and non-partisan coalition that functions by way of shared leadership. The group uses non-violent means to educate and work toward social justice and economic equality for all. Members from Swain, Jackson and Macon counties meet every month on the second and fourth Tuesdays at the Dogwood Wellness Center in Dillsboro. Call 828-331-1524 or visit for more information.


ASHEVILLE’S CENTER FOR HONEYBEE RESEARCH will visit Haywood County Community College on Saturday, Sept. 26, for a one-day seminar, “Bees, Fungi, and Man: Our Planet in Balance,” featuring nationally-known experts in honeybee and fungi research. Attendees will examine ecological issues facing the planet, focusing on the relationships between bee health, planet health and human health. The conference will go from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Charles Beale Auditorium. Experts in attendance will include Paul Stamets, Melanie Kirby, Don Huber, Jay Evans and Steve Sheppard. For more information, email Carl Chesick at


OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD OF WESTERN NORTH CAROLINA will have a project leader gathering on Friday, Sept. 25, from 6 to 8 p.m. in the fellowship hall at First Assembly of God Church. Project leaders are those who promote Operation Christmas Child for their church, school, community group or business. The event will be a time to share ideas for shoeboxes, packing parties and ways to spark excitement within the community. There will be crafts, patterns for making shoebox items, prayer and more. All who are interested in becoming more involved with Operation Christmas Child are invited to attend. Call 828-342-6311 or email for more information.

ROY OWENBY will present his new book “Blue Ridge Mountain Bandits” on Saturday, Sept. 26, at 11 a.m. at the Rickman Store. Cornbread will be served following the reading to celebrate the arrival of fall. Born in Nantahala, Owenby has also published, “The Owl Knows,” an Appalachian Trail mystery and “Blue Ridge Mountain Heritage,” a caricature of southern Appalachian mountain life. He is currently writing a novel of his American travels and a book of short stories about military life. Call 828-369-5595 for more information.


THE HIGHLANDS BIOLOGICAL FOUNDATION will host Volunteer Day at the Highlands Biological Station on Friday, Sept. 25, from 10 a.m. to noon. New volunteers will be introduced to opportunities at the center, in the Botanical Garden and in the laboratory offices. Call 858-526-2221 for more information.


THE ANNUAL SHIPMAN-PICKELSIMER REUNION will be held Sunday, Sept. 27, at 1 p.m. at the Little River Community Center, featuring a covered-dish luncheon. All Shipman and Picklesimer/Pickelsimer kin, other relatives and friends are invited to attend.