THE LITERARY HOUR, an hour of free poetry and prose reading at Keith House on the John Campbell Folk School campus, will be held today (Thursday) at 7 p.m. Poets Linda Jones and Mary Ricketson will be the featured readers.


THE NEXT COMMUNITY MUSIC JAM at the Marianna Black Library will be today (Thursday) from 6 until 7:30 p.m. in the library auditorium. Anyone with a guitar, banjo, mandolin, fiddle, dulcimer – anything unplugged – is invited to join. Singers are also welcomed to join in, and everyone is invited to come listen. Call 828-488-3030 for more information.


THE UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST FELLOWSHIP OF FRANKLIN will host a “Drum Circle and Raw-mazing Bonfire” Friday, April 17, at 6 p.m. There will be drumming, a potluck dinner and a bonfire if the weather is good – all taking place at 90 Flatrock Drive (just past the Cullasaja Exxon). There will also be a “Green Living as a Spiritual Practice” seminar on Sunday, April 19, at 11 a.m. as part of the 45th Earth Day celebration. Call 828-332-7118 for more information.

THE OFFICIAL AMERICAN MENSA ADMISSION TEST will be made available at 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 18, at the Macon County Library. Parental permission is required for those ages 14 to 17. The cost is $40 and reservations are recommended due to limited space. A score at or above the 98th percentile on the test will qualify a person for membership in Mensa. Contact Carmen Jessup at for more information.

THE ANTIQUE CAR HISTORY TOUR will be Sunday, April 19, beginning at 1:30 p.m. in support of the Macon County Historical Museum. The tour is for stock original or restored cars from 1900-65. Vehicles will leave from the Town Hall parking lot and end at the Motor Grill at around 3 p.m. for a social hour. The tour will last about 25 miles around Franklin, following written directions with historical notations. Those planning on driving should bring their oldest car, a pencil and a navigator to tell them where to go. The person who gets the most history quiz questions correct will also have his or her bill paid at the Motor Grill. Email or call 828-200-4060 to RSVP.

CORNERSTONE PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH will celebrate spring with a concert Sunday, April 19, at 7 p.m. The concert will feature pianist and pastor Tommy Jordan, soloists Carol Lynn Knight and Linda Trubicza, and harpist Balfour Knight.

THE SILAS MCDOWELL CHAPTER of the Sons of the American Revolution will meet on Monday, April 20, at the Boiler Room Restaurant. Anyone who thinks they have an ancestor who served the cause of the Patriots during the American Revolution and would like to document that relationship in a permanent national data base by joining the Sons of the American Revolution is invited to attend. A dinner will be at 5 p.m., followed by the presentation at 6 p.m. Call 828-321-3522 for more information.

SOUTHWESTERN COMMUNITY COLLEGE will offer a free program for small business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs Tuesday, April 21, at Franklin Town Hall. The program, will help attendees learn how to increase their bottom line and will last from 6:15 to 8 p.m.”


THE N.C. DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION will host a regional meeting today (Thursday) for feedback on its 10-Year State Transportation Improvement Program for residents of Divisions 13 and 14. Division 14 includes Jackson County. The informal drop-in session is from 4 to 7 p.m. in the Haywood Community College Regional High-Tech Center lobby and auditorium. The Board of Transportation is expected to approve the Final 2016-25 STIP in June.

THE GROOVY MOVIE CLUB will host a screening of “Big Eyes” Friday, April 17. A potluck will be held at 6:30 p.m. with the film starting at 7. T club meets once a month on the second or third Friday at Buffy Queen’s home in Dellwood. Seating is limited, so call 828-926-3508 or 828-454-5949 or email to RSVP and get directions.

HART will offer a free workshop for actors in the area who would like to learn more about performing Shakespeare at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 18, in the Feichter Studio. Actors wishing to attend the workshop are asked to call the HART Box Office at 828-456-6322 to reserve a spot or email HART at