CONGREGATION BAMIDBAR will hold Shabbat services on Saturday, Feb. 20, 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 LITERARY HOUR, an hour of poetry and prose reading, will be held today (Thursday) at 7 p.m. at John Campbell Folk School’s Keith House. The Literary Hour is typically held on the third Thursday of each month. Attendees this time will be reading not only their own works, but also their favorites of other writers.


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 JACKSON COUNTY BRANCH of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People will meet Saturday, Feb. 20, at 10:45 p.m. for a Black History Program at Morning Star Baptist Church.


SOUTHWESTERN COMMUNITY COLLEGE will host a Free Application for Federal Student Aid Day from 9 a.m. to noon Feb. 20 at the Macon Campus. Those planning to attend should bring 2015 completed tax returns, along with the student’s and one parent’s Federal Student Aid identification obtained at Pre-registration for the event is available online at Contact Tyler Cook, financial aid counselor at SCC, at or 828-339-4433 for more information.

THE FRATERNAL ORDER OF POLICE LODGE No. 81, Macon-Jackson counties, will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 23, in the First Baptist Church Fellowship Hall. Call 828-349-0698 for more information.


HART THEATER will hold auditions for principal roles in its 2016 season at 6:30 on Sunday, Feb. 21, and Monday, Feb. 22, at the Shelton House. Directors for all of the theater’s productions will be in attendance to see the actors. Chorus and dance company auditions for larger musicals will be held at a later time. Professional auditions must include a prepared monologue and musical selections if auditioning for lead musical roles. HART is primarily a volunteer-based community theater but offers limited stipends to professional actors. To qualify as a professional, actors must have a head shot, resume and previous training. Beginning at 7:30 p.m., community theater actors will be considered for all roles based on cold readings from the scripts of the shows they are auditioning for. Visit for more information.