CONGREGATION BAMIDBAR will celebrating Shemini Atzeret, Simchat Torah and Yizkor at 10:30 a.m. Monday, Oct. 5, in the Andrews Methodist Church fellowship hall. Call Phyllis Cardoza at 828-369-9270 for more information.


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


THE UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST FELLOWSHIP OF FRANKLIN will hold a free program on how to juice or blend fruits and vegetables at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 2. There will be a demonstration and discussion of recipes, appliances and methods from those who have years of experience. Those planning to attend can also bring a covered dish to share at 5:30 p.m. Call 828-524-3691 for more information.

SYNERGY will perform a coffee house fundraiser concert at 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 3, at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Franklin. Synergy is made up of Sarah Harkins on flute, Jonathan Wilkes on piano and Carla Woodmansee on clarient. Cost is a $12 donation to benefit the church operating fund. Call 828-369-8658 or 828-524-3161 for more information.

COWEE BAPTIST CHURCH will a joint homecoming worship service at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 4. Crossover and traditional will combine in the sanctuary for the service, with dinner to follow at noon. Those attending should bring a covered dish or dessert. The Rev. Steve Reeves will be the guest speaker.


THE HIGHLANDS BIOLOGICAL FOUNDATION will host “Highlands on the Half-Shell” at the Highlands Biological Station from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 4. Attendees will feast on oysters and gumbo while enjoying music from Asheville’s Firecracker Jazz Band and the station’s Bloody Mary Bar. Proceeds will go toward support the station’s mission, to foster research and education focused on the rich natural heritage of the southern Appalachian mountains. Tickets are $100 for members and $125 for non-members. Visit for more information or for tickets.


A WALK TO END ALZHEIMER’S will be Saturday, Oct. 3, beginning at 10 a.m. Registration will be at 8:30 a.m., with a ceremony at 9:30 and the walk at 10. The route length is 2.5 miles and will start at 91 N. Lakeshore Drive. The Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s is the world’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research programs. “I walk to honor not only the 5 million Americans with this disease, but also my Aunt Jean who died in July of this year,” said Shirley Koehler of Sylva. “She cherished her memories of family and friends, and I watched them fade from her mind. She always bragged that I, at the age of 3, wanted to go home with her. She said no one believed I would actually go all the way to her house, but later my mother had to bring my pajamas. The last time we met, she did not recognize me. That is the devastation of this disease.” Visit for more information or to register.