THE FOLLOWING VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES are available in Jackson County this month: Community Table – help serve meals or help with the food pantry and backpack program; Friends of the Library – sorting, pricing and register help. For more information, call John Chicoine at the Volunteer Center, 356-2833, or visit

THE INTERNATIONAL ESSENTIAL TREMOR FOUNDATION support group will meet at 2 p.m. Wednesday, May 15, at the Jackson County Senior Center Room 135. Learn coping skills and available products to help. Learn the difference between Parkinson’s and essential tremor. The group serves people in Jackson, Macon, Swain and Haywood counties. Individuals interested in attending should contact Ted Kubit at 736-3165 or

ARF (HUMANE SOCIETY OF JACKSON COUNTY) will be at Innovation Station in Dillsboro from 6-9 p.m. today (Thursday) to give out information on becoming a volunteer foster home for dogs in the community. Innovation Station will be donating a percentage of sales from the evening to ARF’s rescue efforts. ARF’s foster moms and dads will be there with their foster puppies to talk to anyone interested in becoming a foster and to speak on their personal fostering experiences. For more information, go to

JACKSON COUNTY NATIVE Natalie Coward Anderson will present her second young adult novel at 6:30 p.m. Friday at City Lights Bookstore. Her new novel, “Let’s Go Swimming on Doomsday,” brings to life the plight of a 16-year-old child soldier. “The Somali refugee must confront his painful past in this haunting and thrilling tale of loss and redemption,” said Eon Alden with City Lights. To reserve copies, call City Lights at 586-9499.

THE BALSAM ARTS/CRAFTERS will have the annual spring craft show from 9 a.m.- 3 p.m. Saturday at the Balsam/Willets/Ochre Hill Fire Department. A variety of local, handmade arts/crafts will be available, such as baskets, chair bottoming, crocheted and hand-sewn items, hand-stitched and stamped greeting cards, gemstone and silver jewelry, small hand-painted tiles, wooden spoons and wooden items, matted/framed prints of local scenery, pottery, home-made fudge and baked goods and wood carvings, among many other items. A portion of the entry fee will benefit the fire department. For more information, call 226-9352.

CELEBRATE SPRING WITH A COMMUNITY SING at 6 p.m. Thursday, May 23, in the Community Room of the Jackson County Library. No singing experience is necessary, and there won’t be any sheet-music reading or auditions. Singing will be led by Jan Miller, former member of the Ubuntu Choir of the Smoky Mountains, member of the Western Carolina Community Chorus and graduate of the Village Songleader Training. There is no cost at attend. For more information, contact Jan Miller at or 293-1067.

THE JACKSON COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY is hosting local Bigfoot researcher Jeff Carpenter at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Community Room. Carpenter, a field investigator for the Bigfoot Field Investigators Organization, will share his knowledge and experience from his 15 years of research into the Bigfoot (Sasquatch) legend. During this two-hour multimedia presentation, he will present witness reports, audio clips, video clips, footprint casts and his own experiences. The presentation is free and open to all ages. Several door prizes will be given. For more information, call the Library at 586-2016.

SMOKY MOUNTAIN HIGH SCHOOL will host an athletic information meeting for all parents and rising ninth through 12th grade athletes from 5-6 p.m. today (Thursday) in the auditorium. The new online athletic eligibility packets will be reviewed so that athletes and parents understand what is required in order to participate in the athletic program.

THE JACKSON COUNTY VETERANS OFFICE AND THE WOODMANLIFE CHAPTER 560 OF SYLVA will host a Veteran’s Recognition Dinner from 4-6 p.m. Tuesday, June 11, in the Senior Center’s Heritage Room dining hall. This is the same location as the Veteran’s Appreciation Dinner held each fall. The meal is free; however, reservations are required. Quilts of Valor will be presented to veterans. For more information, call 631-2231.