MARIANNA BLACK LIBRARY will have another LEGO Club meeting today (Thursday) at 4 p.m. The Library will provide LEGOs/Duplos for ages 3 and up. The program provides an opportunity for children to develop their fine motor skills, problem-solving, organization and planning through construction. This month’s theme is “Pirates.” The Library also accepts donations of good-condition pieces to expand the club. Call 828-488-3030 for more information.


THE GEM AND MINERAL SOCIETY OF FRANKLIN will meet at 6:30 p.m. today (Thursday) at the Robert C. Carpenter Community Building on U.S. 441 South. There will be a presentation on the geology and origin of the deposits in the Ducktown (Tenn.) region by Ken Rush, director of the Ducktown Basin Museum. Then, there will be an overview and discussion on the operations from 1850 to 2008, and the impact on the land/reclamation efforts, along with the ongoing remediation of the industrial footprint. Guests are welcome and light refreshments will be served.


HART THEATER will present “The Fall of a Sparrow,” a remix of the William Shakespeare play “Hamlet” by Henry Williamson, throughout the next two weekends. As Williamson describes it, audiences will be treated to “Hamlet” cut, spliced, reordered, cross-faded, sped up, slowed down, rewound and repeated. The goal, he said, is to reintroduce audiences to a familiar work in an unexpected way and bring back a “what happens next?” suspense to the evening. The show will run at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 26, and Saturday, Feb. 27, then at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 28. The show will have repeat performances the following weekend at the same times. Also, HART’s Center Stage Cafe will serve a full meal on the theater’s main stage beginning 90 minutes before each show. Tickets for the show are $10 for adults and $6 for students. To reserve a seat for the studio or for the cafe, call the HART Box Office at 828-456-6322 and leave a name, phone number, the number of guests and the date of the performance. Seating is general admission, so the Box Office won’t return calls unless no seats are available. Tickets can also be purchased online at

THE SMOKY MOUNTAIN KNITTING GUILD will offer free Learn-To-Knit classes for adults beginning at 1 p.m. Tuesday, March 1, and continuing for the next three weeks on Tuesdays. The class, held in the Waynesville Library board room, will give beginning knitters the opportunity to learn basic stitches. All materials needed will be provided; however, participants are welcome to bring their own. Class size is limited, and pre-registration is required. Contact Mary Finn, the Knitting Guild’s education chairman, at to register or for more information.