CONGREGATION BAMIDBAR will hold Shabbat services on Saturday, Jan. 16, at 10:30 a.m. in the fellowship hall of Andrews Methodist Church. Services are typically held on the first and third Saturdays of each month. Call Phyllis Cardoza at 828-369-9270 for more information.


THE FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY CONCERT SERIES will feature ‘Round the Fire on Sunday, Jan. 17, at 3 p.m. at the Haywood County Library’s Canton branch. ‘Round the Fire, a popular local band, is a newcomer to the series. The group is comprised of Chris Minick, guitar, vocals and harmonicas; Greg Kidd, bass; and Lee Kram, percussion/drums. Members of the group came together in Waynesville from Winston-Salem, Baltimore and St. Louis, and have now been together making music for more than four years. Their eclectic influences from sources, including folk rock, folk, swing, rock, blues, reggae and more, will appeal to a wide audience. Visit for more information.


HAYWOOD DANCERS will host the first Ballroom Dance of the year on Friday, Jan. 15, at Angie’s Dance Academy. Perfect tempo ballroom music will start at 8 p.m., and refreshments will be served. Call 828-734-8726 for more information.


GWEN LASSEZ, someone who is at the beginning of a very interesting aviation career, will speak about her experiences so far at the Tuesday, Jan. 19, Aviation Historical Society meeting. The program will begin at 10:30 a.m. at the Macon County Airport. Lassez is at the end of four years of training and hopes to serve as a pilot with a missionary organization. Call 506-5869 or email for more information.


THE HAYWOOD COUNTY ARTS COUNCIL will hold its annual meeting on Thursday, Jan. 21, at 5:30 p.m. The meeting will begin with a wine and cheese reception, followed by a short presentation. Then, attendees will provide input on what the council is doing well, and what could be done better or differently. Those planning to attend should RSVP by Friday, Jan. 15, by emailing or calling 828-452-0593.

THE HART WINTER STUDIO THEATER SEASON will open Friday, Jan. 15, with Nora Ephron’s “Love Loss and What I Wore.” Ephron, best known for the films “When Harry Met Sally” and “Sleepless in Seattle,” created the play in 2008 with her daughter, Delia Ephron. The play went on to open off Broadway to rave reviews in 2010. Nora Ephron passed away in 2012 after a lengthy battle with cancer. The winter studio season is for people who love drama at its finest, and this year patrons can add dining on the theater’s mainstage to the experience. Those making reservations to see a show can also make a reservation at the Center Stage Cafe, which will feature made-to-order panini’s, stews and chowders, all prepared by Chef Christy Bishop, along with wines and beers on tap. “Love Loss and What I Wore” will be shown Jan. 15 and Saturday, Jan. 16, at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, Jan. 17, at 3 p.m., with hold-over performances next week. Regular ticket prices are $10 for all adults and $6 for students. Four more shows will be shown over the next 10 weeks, and season tickets are available. Call 828-456-6322 to make reservations or for more information.