FISHERIES BIOLOGIST MATT KULP of Great Smoky Mountains National Park will present an update on several park projects today (Thursday) at the Marianna Black Library at 6:30 p.m. Topics discussed will include water quality monitoring, brook trout genetic studies, the Didymo project, a new park creel survey and the Lynn Camp Prong brook trout restoration project.


THE MACON COUNTY LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS will sponsor a forum on mental health today (Thursday) at 6:30 p.m. in Franklin Town Hall. Forum participants will be Officer Steve Stewart, who represents the Detention Center of the Macon County Sheriff’s Department; Ronnie Beale, chairman of the Mental Health Task Force; representatives from both the National Alliance on Mental Illness and from Smoky Mountain Center; and Cindy Solesbee, navigator for the Affordable Care Act. This will be an opportunity for the public to learn more about the impact of mental illness in the community, where to turn to for help, what treatment is available, crisis services and current changes in the state’s mental health system. There will also be an opportunity for questions from the audience.

A GENEALOGY WORKSHOP will be held on Saturday, May 16, from 1 to 4 p.m. in the Macon County Library’s large meeting room. The workshop will cover topics in beginning and intermediate genealogy. There will be three 45-minute sessions with a break for questions between the sessions. Each attendee will receive a packet with genealogical information and handouts. In addition, there will be door prize drawings at the end of the last session. The door prizes will include several items of genealogical interest, such as books and software. The workshop is free of charge, but it is wise to reserve a seat to be assured of receiving a packet. Call 828-369-8030 or email for more information or to reserve a seat.

THE SMOKY MOUNTAIN QUILTERS GUILD will meet Monday, May 18, at 6:30 p.m. in Tartan Hall of First Presbyterian Church. A corn and beans pattern will be demonstrated by Susan Roper.

U.S. AIR FORCE ELECTRONICS WARFARE OFFICER LT. COL. TOM PYLE will finish his two-part presentation by sharing insights from six and a half years of captivity by the North Vietnamese at the Aviation Historical Society meeting on Tuesday, May 19. His Wild Weasel F-105 was downed while flying one of the most dangerous missions of the war. They intentionally attracted enemy fire so it could be suppressed, thereby protecting U.S. bombers. The program will begin at 10:30 a.m. at the Macon County Airport. Contact Fred Alexander at 828-506-5869 or for more information.

THE APPALACHIAN TRAIL CONSERVANCY will host a 1 p.m. workshop at the Macon County Library on Wednesday, May 20, to discuss the A.T. Seasons phenology monitoring project. This project is an opportunity for individuals or groups of all ages to track the seasonal life cycles of plants and animals along the Appalachian Trail. By observing and reporting seasonal changes of plants and animals, this project helps individuals appreciate the cycles of natures and contribute to a nationwide dataset, with the goal of understanding the relationship between phenology and climate on a large scale. Visit or email for more information.


THE GROOVY MOVIE CLUB will screen the movie “Selma,” which commemorates the 50th anniversary of the 1965 civil rights march from Selma to Montgomery, Ala., on Friday, May 15, at 7 p.m. This was Martin Luther King Jr.’s campaign to secure equal voting rights while withstanding racist and violent attacks by the police. A pot luck will be held at 6:30 p.m. and a discussion will follow the screening. The Groovy Movie Club meets once a month on the second or third Friday at Buffy Queen’s home in Dellwood. Call 828-926-2508 or 828-454-5949 to reserve a seat or get directions.