WESTERN CAROLINA UNIVERSITY’S HOMECOMING PARADE is set for 6:15 p.m. Friday in downtown Sylva. Participants will start at Mark Watson Park and travel east. After parading down West Main Street, those walking will turn onto Mill Street and proceed west to Bridge Park. WCU’s marching band will continue along West Main Street to Jackson Paper. Traffic will be routed along Dillsboro Road and Municipal Drive during the parade.

THE ANNUAL VETERANS APPRECIATION DINNER will be held from 6-8 p.m. Monday in the Heritage Room of the Jackson County Senior Center for those who have reservations. Veterans and a guest will eat for free. There will be a formal dinner server, but attendees may come as they are, with no dress code needed. There will be entertainment and a raffle. Although the dinner is fully booked, people can call the Veterans Office at 631-2231 to see if there have been any cancellations.

THE JACKSON COUNTY VETERANS OFFICE will host its fourth annual Veterans Day Parade at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 11, in downtown Sylva. The parade will leave from Mark Watson Park and run along Main and Mill streets before returning to the park. The Geoff McBride (Scott Baker) Band will perform at the Bridge Park pavilion from 12:30-2:30 p.m. For more information, contact Sheila Setzer or Scott Mathews at 631-2231.

HAROLD STREET, which connects Skyland Drive and Chipper Curve Road, will be closed Nov. 5-14 for repaving and work to upgrade the railroad crossing. Weather delays might increase the time it will be closed.

DOGWOOD CRAFTERS this month will put participants in a holiday mood with two workshops held at the Dillsboro Masonic Lodge. On Wednesday, Nov. 14, long-time Dogwood Co-Op member David Jordan will teach a workshop on making reed snowflakes. These handmade ornaments may be displayed on Christmas trees or make heirloom gifts. The class will be from 10 a.m. to noon. The cost is $5. Register by Nov. 7 to attend. Another seasoned Dogwood Crafter, Joyce Lantz, will teach a workshop on making paper Christmas stars that are perfect for hanging on the tree. The workshop will be Thursday, Nov. 29, from 10 a.m. to noon. The cost is $5. Register to attend by Nov. 21. To participate in either of these workshops, or for more information, call 586-2248.

HARRAH’S CHEROKEE CASINO concluded an internal fundraising event Friday. Harrah’s Cherokee employees donated more than $3,000 for the Red Cross in support of Hurricane Florence relief. The casino matched those funds for a total of $6,940. Hurricane Florence made landfall in September and caused widespread damage and freshwater flooding across the eastern part of the state.

THE HUDDLE HOUSE IN DILLSBORO is showing respect and support for those who have and continue to protect the country by offering a free order of Sweet Cakes pancakes to all active duty, retired and veteran military members over Veteran’s Day weekend, Nov. 9-12. Just ask and show a current military ID.

PARKINSON’S SUPPORT IN THE MOUNTAINS will meet at 3 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 8, in the Heritage Room of the Jackson County Senior Center. Staff members from the N.C Assistive Technology Program will demonstrate a variety of devices that can help individuals manage many of the symptoms of Parkinson’s. This local support group provides information and encouragement for people with Parkinson’s and their care partners. It meets on the second Thursday of each month except December.

DUKE ENERGY, beginning the week of Monday, Nov. 12, will temporarily close the Pines Recreation Area on Lake Glenville to make site improvements, including installing steps to a terraced portion of the swim beach. All amenities at the recreation area will close to facilitate the work. During the closure, visitors can continue to use the High Falls trail located across Pine Creek Road. The Pines Recreation Area should re-open by the end of December, depending on weather conditions. Lake and recreation area updates are available at duke-energy.com/lakes.

THE JACKSON COUNTY SOLID WASTE DEPARTMENT will switch to winter-time hours starting today (Thursday). The hours of operation for the Staffed Recycling Centers will be 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Saturday. These hours will remain through Saturday, March 31.

FIVE STONE MINISTRIES, a nonprofit ministry, is collecting donations to use for the purchase of books, study guides and DVDs (and possibly DVD players, or the donation of DVD players) for residents of Blue Ridge Healthcare on the Mountain and other members of the community. Contact Wayne or Betty Brooks at 508-7413, or send donations to Five Stone Ministries, Inc., 577 Little Savannah Road, Sylva, NC 28779.