THE NEXT COMMUNITY MUSIC JAM at the Marianna Black Library will be today (Thursday) from 6 until 7:30 p.m. in the auditorium and will include holiday favorites. Anyone with an “unplugged” instrument and singers are invited to join. Call 828-488-3030 for more information.

DECEMBER’S CLASSIC HIKE OF THE SMOKIES will provide views of the 80-foot Toms Branch Falls and other waterfalls in the Deep Creek area on Tuesday, Dec. 8. Hiking guide/author Danny Bernstein will lead participants for 5.5 miles with a total elevation gain of 600 feet. Friends of the Smokies members receive 15 percent off their purchases at the GSMA store. Friends of the Smokies guided hikes are offered on the second Tuesday of most months. They cost $35 and include a complimentary membership to Friends of the Smokies. Current Friends members receive a discount and hike for $10. Visit register for this hike; the deadline is Sunday, Dec. 6.


AN ECO FORUM on how and why to eat raw food will be held Friday, Dec. 4, at 6:30 p.m. in the Unitarian Universalist fellowship hall. There is more to raw food than eating a bowl of carrots or peeling a banana. Attendees will see how to make a raw chocolate cake. Call 828-524-3691 for more information.

AUTHOR DOUG WOODWARD will read from his award-winning book, “Wherever Waters Flow,” and his collection of Needmore short stories at the Rickman Store at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 5. For more information, call 828-369-5595 or visit Friends of the Rickman Store on Facebook.

SOUTHWESTERN COMMUNITY COLLEGE will hold a reception in recognition of Jerry Sutton’s 32 years as an SCC trustee from 4 until 6 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 10, at the Macon County campus building that bears his name: The Jerry Sutton Public Safety and Training Center. Sutton joined the board of trustees in July of 1983 and served seven terms as chairman.

BRASSTOWN RINGERS will present their “Bells of Christmas” concert at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 4, at First United Methodist Church of Franklin. This concert, supported by the Macon County Arts Council, is free with a good will offering taken at the end. “Bells of Christmas” has music that will appeal to the young and young-at-heart.

SOUTHWESTERN COMMUNITY COLLEGE’S Small Business Center will offer a series of free seminars on Monday, Dec. 7, and Tuesday, Dec. 8, at SCC’s Macon campus. Taught by Nick Hawks, “the eBay Guy,” classes are designed to help entrepreneurs leverage the selling power of eBay. Hawks is a top-rated eBay Power Seller with 16 years experience in the online marketplace. Seminars are set for 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Dec. 7, and from 1 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 9 p.m. on Dec. 8. Participants should attend all three as they build on one another. To register, visit and search training events. Contact Tiffany Henry at 828-339-4211 or for more information.


HAYWOOD COUNTY COMMUNITY CHORUS will present its annual fall/winter concert Sunday, Dec. 6, at 7 p.m. at First United Methodist Church of Waynesville. Admission is free.