CONGREGATION BAMIDBAR will hold Rosh Hashanah services on Sunday, Sept. 13, at 7 p.m. and Monday, Sept. 14, at 10:30 a.m. at Andrews Methodist Church. Call Phyllis Cardoza at 828-369-9270 for more information.


FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH is holding a new Bible study, titled “The Armor of God,” on Thursdays at 9:30 a.m. The seven-session study, which began Sept. 3, meets in the Joy classroom and includes videos with a study guide to go along with the discussion. The next session will be held today (Thursday). Cost of materials for the entire study is $12.

THE SWAIN COUNTY QUILT CLUB will hold an organizational meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 15, at 5 p.m. in the community room of the United Community Bank. All ages, skill levels and newcomers are invited.


THE 56TH ANNUAL WESTERN AREA CONFERENCE will be held today (Thursday) at 4 p.m. on the Broyhill Home campus, hosted by the Baptist Children’s Homes of North Carolina. Staff and residents are preparing a barbecue cookout in celebration of Baptist ministry to local families. The event will begin with cottage tours and the barbecue supper. Then, the program will feature presentations on the status of services in Western North Carolina, special music, the “Friend of Children” award and a message from ministry President Michael Blackwell.


GARY CHAPMAN, speaker and author of “The 5 Love Languages,” will headline “Spice Up Your Marriage: Date Night” today (Thursday) at 7 p.m. at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts. The event is designed to equip and encourage married couples in a fun, engaging evening of music, comedy and inspiration. Joining Chapman will be Michael O’Brien, former lead singer of Newsong, as well as national speakers and humorists Jeff and Debby McElroy. Proceeds from the event will go to the various marriage and family ministries of Forever Families, including their military and first responder ministry, which helps families involved in those professions who struggle from the stress of their work. Call 828-524-1598 or visit to purchase tickets.

THE LAND TRUST FOR THE LITTLE TENNESSEE will host a Little Tennessee River BigSweep on Saturday, Sept. 12, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Volunteers are asked to meet in the lower parking area at Big Bear Park in Franklin and wear clothes and shoes suitable for picking up trash in the river. Canoes and boats would be helpful but are not necessary to participate. Gloves and bags will be provided. Call BigSweep Coordinator Guy Gooder at 828-349-4097 for more information.

MOUNTAIN SYNAGOGUE will hold Rosh Hashanah services at 7 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 13, and at 10 a.m. Monday, Sept. 14, conducted by Zvi Altman and Peri Gordon. Call 828-772-2468 or visit for more information.

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, Sept. 14, at the Boiler Room Restaurant. Call 828-524-2673 for more information.

NATIONAL ALLIANCE ON MENTAL ILLNESS APPALACHIAN will offer a free 10-week course on recovery and wellness for adults challenged with a mental illness. This peer-to-peer course takes a holistic approach to recovery through a combination of lecture, discussion, interactive exercises and stress-management techniques. The series will be led by NAMI trained facilitators who themselves are in recovery from mental illness and who can share their unique coping strategies with others. Participants will create a personalized relapse prevention plan, learn how to interact with health care providers, develop confidence for making decisions and reducing stress, and how to access practical resources on maintaining the journey toward recovery. The class will meet on Tuesdays from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. starting Sept. 22. Class size is limited, and pre-registration is required. Call 828-526-9510 to register or for more information.


THE LAKE JUNALUSKA CONFERENCE AND RETREAT CENTER will host a retreat for women from Thursday, Sept. 17, to Saturday, Sept. 19. Through worship, music, discussion and free-time options such as massage, yoga and spiritual counseling, conference participants will find a renewal and restoration of spirit. Lauren Winner, professor at Duke Divinity School and author of “Girl Meets God and Still: Notes on a Mid-faith Crisis,” will lead the retreat along with singer-song writer Martha Bassett. Visit, call 828-454-6682 or email to register or for more information.

THE 2015 PEACE CONFERENCE, set for Thursday, Nov. 12, through Sunday, Nov. 15, at Lake Junaluska Conference and Retreat Center, will feature a variety of guest speakers, including The Rev. Same Wells, who will speak on “A Peace the World Cannot Give: Christianity and Violence.” Wells, a former dean of Duke University Chapel and research professor of Christian ethics at Duke Divinity School, will be joined by Rabia Terri Harris, founder of the Muslim Peace Fellowship in Stony Point, N.Y., and Yuval Ron, an artist, composer, educator, peace activist and record producer. The conference will also include additional sessions, workshops and a panel discussion with the three speakers. Space is limited and early registration is recommended. Registration is $145; however, students may attend for $60. Call 828-454-6682 or visit to register or for more information.


THE SEVENTH ANNUAL BLADDER CANCER AWARENESS PICNIC will be held at Cataloochee Ranch in Maggie Valley on Saturday, Sept. 26, at 11 a.m. (meet and greet will be at 10 a.m.). People came form all over the United States and England to attend last year. The purpose of the event is to share stories and meet others who have gone through similar experiences. Reservations are required, and the cost is $25 per person, which includes a picnic lunch. Call Nancy Parrish at 828-926-6461 or 828-508-5178, or email to register or for more information.


HART THEATER’s hit comedy “The Fox on the Fairway” by Ken Ludwig will open Friday, Sept. 11, and run throughout each weekend in September. The show revolves around two rival country clubs who are about to face off. Things take a turn when Crouching Squirrel steals one of the club’s ace, leaving their newest employee – a young kid hired to run the stock room – to uphold the honor of the club. HART’s production is being directed by Judy Dybwad and will star Jeff Messer, Charles Mills, Chase Wells, Anna Denson, Kelli Mullinix, Holly Cope, Bryan Nicholls and Jackie Roberts. The premiere will be at 7:30 p.m.; tickets are $24 for adults, $20 for seniors and $11 for students. Call 828-456-6322 or visit for reservations and a full schedule of showtimes.