CONGREGATION BAMIDBAR will hold a Shabbat service on Saturday, June 6, at 10:30 a.m. at Andrews Methodist Church.


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

ART LEAGUE OF THE SMOKIES will show the DVD “Alternative Art Journals” with Margaret Peot today (Thursday) at 6:15 p.m. at the Swain County Center for the Arts. In this 59-minute DVD, Peot introduces three clever alternatives to traditional art journals that allow artists to get in touch with their creative selves and work through artistic ideas. Peot is a painter, printmaker and writer who has made her living as a freelance artist for more than 20 years. Call Jenny Johnson at 828-488-7843 for more information.

A GOSPEL SINGING will be held Saturday, June 6, at 7 p.m. at Ela Baptist Church. The featured singers will be Old Antioch from Cherokee. Call Jo Anne Foster at 828-488-9891 for more information.


UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST FELLOWSHIP OF FRANKLIN will host a program on compost tea with Bill Hagemann, garden manager for the Mountain Retreat and Learning Center in Scaly Mountain. Compost tea contains soluble nutrients extracted from compost, as well as protozoa, bacteria and fungi. When applied to plants, it allows them to thrive in a soil food web. Hagemann will how to make and use compost tea in gardens. The free program will begin at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, June 5, in the fellowship hall. All are welcome to bring a covered dish to share at 5:30 p.m.

THE SMOKY MOUNTAIN QUILTERS GUILD will meet Monday, June 8, at 9:30 a.m. in Tartan Hall of First Presbyterian Church. Guild member Trudi Griffin will present a trunk show of her favorite quilts.

THE BATTLE OF SUGARTOWN CHAPTER of the North Carolina Society, Daughters of the American Revolution, will hold its monthly luncheon at 11:30 a.m. on Monday, June 8, at the Boiler Room Restaurant. Call 828-524-2673 for more information.


COFFEE WITH THE POET continues Wednesday, June 10, with a reading by Joan Ellen Gage and Mary Ricketson at Joe’s Coffee Shop and Trading Post at 10:30 a.m. The community is invited to participate in Open Mic. Bring a poem or short prose piece to read. Call 828-389-4441 or email for more information.


THE MOUNTAIN HIGH REPUBLICAN WOMEN’S CLUB will hold their monthly luncheon on Tuesday, June 9, at 11:30 a.m. at Wildcat Cliffs Country Club. The speaker will be Macon County Republican Chairman Carla Miller, who will share her impressions of the presidential candidates who were the featured speakers at the N.C. GOP Convention. Reservations should be made for the luncheon by Friday, June 5. For more information and to make reservations, call 828-506-3555 or email

SOLARIZE WNC will hold a public forum Wednesday, June 10, at 7 p.m. at the Hudson Public Library. The forum will feature presentations by reputable solar and energy efficiency contractors who then answer questions and speak with people interested in energy independence for their homes, businesses and industries. Information includes the practicalities of investing in solar and efficiency measures, as well as available financing, tax credits and utility industry programs. Call 631-3447 or email for more information.

THE HIGHLANDS BIOLOGICAL FOUNDATION will host a guided hike to the top of Siler Bald in the Nantahala National Forest on Thursday, June 11, with trip leaders John and Jennie Stowers. The trip offers beautiful panoramic views including Nantahala Lake to the west and Standing Indian Mountain to the south. This hike is difficult in sections and will be approximately 4 miles round trip. Participants will see and discuss ancient oak trees and a true southern Appalachian bald at the summit of the trail. This trip will depart from Highlands at 10 a.m. and return at 3 p.m. The cost is $15 for members of the Highlands Biological Foundation and $35 for new members. Visit for more information.