OIL PAINTER JEFF MARLEY of Cherokee will give a free demonstration of his Alla Prima (wet on wet) technique for creating quick, fluid oil paintings for Art League of the Smokies on Tuesday, March 3, at 6:15 p.m. at Swain County Center for the Arts. He will include the use of palette knives, mediums and thick paint texturing as he demonstrates the painting of birds and a landscape. A graduate of Swain County High School, Marley has exhibited his artwork in one-person and group shows. An enrolled member of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, Marley’s work is focused on the exploration and furthering of Cherokee culture. Call 828-488-7843 for more information.


UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST FELLOWSHIP OF FRANKLIN will host a seminar at 11 a.m. Sunday, March 1. Adam Bigelow, garden manager for the Cullowhee Community Garden, will present “Soil is Life,” speaking on how this year is an International Year of Soils.

THE FIRST BUSINESS ENHANCEMENT EXPERIENCE seminar by Southwestern Community College’s Small Business Center was postponed due to inclement weather. “BEE Financially Savvy and Organizationally Strong” will now be held from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 3, at Macon Bank Corporate Center in Franklin. Like all programs and services provided by the Small Business Center, all BEE seminars are free; however, participants need to register in advance. The March 3 seminar is the first in a series of four. This seminar will discuss whether it’s wise to enhance cash flow with capital injection or tax liability, and how each impacts the business as well as various ownership structures. To register, visit Call 828-339-4211 or email for more information.


THE SMOKY MOUNTAIN CHAPTER of the National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association will meet at noon on Saturday, Feb. 28, at the Lambuth Inn. The program will be presented by Chapter President Katherine Crain. All NARFE members and those eligible to become members are invited to attend. Currently employed federal employees are eligible for membership. Call 586-9292 for more information.


THE HART STUDIO production of Neil Simon’s comedy hit “Plaza Suite” will open Thursday, March 5. Performances are scheduled for March 5 through Sunday, March 8. Based on demand, a Saturday, March 7, performance may be scheduled for 2 p.m. Seating in the Feichter Studio is limited, and reservations are recommended. Call 828-456-6322 or visit to reserve seats.

HART will hold auditions for its production of “Brighton Beach Memoirs” on Sunday, March 1, and Monday, March 2, at 6:30 p.m. The adult male roles in this show have been cast, but all other roles are still open. “Brighton Beach” is considered to be Neil Simon’s masterpiece. The autobiographical comedy is set in the 1930s and the lead role, Eugene, is a young teenager. Other roles include Eugene’s mother, aunt, cousins and brother. Actors will be asked to read from the script.