THE JACKSON COUNTY REPUBLICAN PARTY will have a meeting at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 13, at the Cashiers/Glenville Recreation Center. The guest speaker will be Doug Farmer, candidate for Jackson County sheriff. For details, contact Ralph Slaughter at 743-6491.

THE JACKSON COUNTY GREEN ENERGY PARK’S 11th annual Youth Arts Festival will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 15. There will be artist demonstrations in glass, metal, ceramics, paint, printmaking and more, as well as demonstrations in weaving, handbuilding with clay, wheel-thrown clay and more. Local music groups will perform. Food will be available for purchase. Satellite parking will be at Western Builders with a free shuttle running to and from the park. For more information, visit www.jcgep.org.

ANDY SHAW FORD will host an event for United Christian Ministries of Jackson County Saturday, Sept. 22, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. For every test drive taken, $20 will be donated. 300 drivers are needed to meet Andy Shaw Ford’s goal. Call 586-0900 for more information. The money donated will help Jackson County residents whose family needs assistance. United Christian Ministries operates a food pantry, assists with basic necessities, past due utilities, rent and prescriptions and also provides household items such as dishes, sheets, blankets and towels and toiletries; soap, toothpaste, shampoo and deodorant. Sign- up occurs the day of the event, which is located at the dealership at 1231 E. Main St., across from Walmart, so just show up with your driver’s license and be prepared to drive. Only one driver per household. UCM will also be selling hot dogs with chili.

THE WESTERN NORTH CAROLINA CIVIL WAR ROUNDTABLE will feature the group’s president, Paul Turner, leading a discussion about Reconstruction. The meeting will be Sept. 10 at the Robinson Building on the Western Carolina University campus at 7 p.m. There will be social time in the lobby of the auditorium with light refreshments at 6:30 p.m.

DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATES will be featured in Tuckasegee at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Old Crawford Place. Follow the signs to the event.

DOGWOOD CRAFTER’S MONTHLY WORKSHOP on Thursday, Sept. 13, will feature the humble gourd taking center stage. Madge Sala, a long-time member of Dogwood, will be the instructor for this workshop which will focus on the techniques of gourd craft. Participants will make a gourd pendant that will be a unique accessory for themselves or to give as a gift. They will learn more about gourd art and preparation of the gourd for use in creative endeavors. The class will be held at the Dillsboro Masonic Lodge, from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. Cost is $6. Register by calling Dogwood Crafters at 586-2248 by Friday.

ATTORNEYS MICHELE SMITH AND WILLIAM MORGAN have announced the relocation of their firm, Smith & Morgan Law, PA, to 240 Skyland Drive in Sylva, a tenth of a mile down from McDonalds on Skyland Drive (former office of CPA Dean Coward).