MARIANNA BLACK LIBRARY will kick off another Summer Music Series today (Thursday) at 7 p.m. with the traditional music of Larry Barnett and Blue Smith. Barnett has played banjo, fiddle, mandolin or guitar in many bands, but he most famously played in the Sawmill Creek Porch Band. Smith has also played with local The Freighthoppers and The Barn Cats. Other performances scheduled for this summer include Phoenix Dusk, Lee Knight, William Ritter and Sarah Ogletree, and more. Call 828-488-3030 for more information.


MOUNTAIN SYNAGOGUE will hold Shabbat services on Saturday, June 13, starting at 10 a.m. with a kiddush to follow. Call 828-524-9463 for more information or directions.

THE SMOKY MOUNTAIN QUILTERS GUILD will meet at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, June 15, at Tartan Hall in the First Presbyterian Church of Franklin. Cheryl Alderman and Nancy Zuk from the Asheville Guild will present a program about Batiks and traditional Ikat weavings.


STEVEN HARVEY will teach a three-hour class on memoir writing on Saturday, June 27, at the Writers Circle Studio. This class is for those who want to write true stories about themselves and their lives. Harvey is the author of three collections of essays and a memoir called “The Book of Knowledge and Wonder.” He was an English teacher at Young Harris College for many years and is now the senior editor for River Teeth Magazine. Contact Glenda Beall at 828-389-4441 or to learn more or for registration information. Those wanting to register can also visit


WESTERN CAROLINA DOG FANCIERS ASSOCIATION will hold its annual dog show on Saturday, June 13, and Sunday, June 14, at the Haywood County Agriculture and Activities Center. The event will run from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. each day and will include conformation, obedience and rally competitions. An expected 800-900 pre-entered dogs will compete for Best In Show each day. Non-entered dogs should not attend the event, but the public is welcome to come view the many breeds that will be competing. Admission is free; however, a small parking fee will be collected. Food concessions will be available for breakfast and lunch items, and several dog supply vendors will be in attendance. Visit for more information.

CATCH THE SPIRIT OF APPALACHIA has brought together local entertainers for a fundraiser to be held Sunday, June 14, from 2 until 5 p.m. at the Folkmoot USA fellowship hall. Performers include the Ammons Sisters from Sylva and Tuckasegee, Mike Nichols of Sylva, and guitar teacher Betty Brown of Tuckasegee. Homemade cake, cookies, coffee and tea will be provided. Cost is $10 per adult, $3 for children under the age of 9 and $1 per cakewalk ticket. Call-293-2239 for more information.