THE ANNUAL RAYMOND STOVALL POOR MAN’S LUNCH, hosted by the United Methodist Men of the First United Methodist Church of Sylva, will be held in the church’s Christian Life Center on Friday, Oct. 26, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The meal will consist of pinto beans, potatoes, cole slaw, a drink and dessert. The cost of the meal is $8 per person. Proceeds from this event will benefit the church’s missions and ministries. First United Methodist is located at 77 Jackson St. For more information, call the church office at 586-2358.

KAREN REED, great-niece of the late James Roberts Brooks, is collecting stories, quotes, etc. from people who knew him. Please e-mail those to or call Reed at 506-9307 to request a mailing address.

THE OCTOBER MEMBERSHIP MEETING of the Jackson County NAACP will start at 10 a.m. Saturday at Liberty Baptist Church. The Nominating Committee will announce the slate of officers for 2019-20. The program discussion will be about “Dismantling Rural Healthcare: Closing Angel Hospital’s Labor and Delivery Unit – one year later”

SUMMIT CHARTER SCHOOL is now enrolling K-10 for the 2019-20 school year. Summit is a tuition-free public school in Cashiers that “engages students in learning experiences that stimulate discovery, inspire excellence and nurture a positive influence in an ever-changing world.” Learn more about the school’s individualized education and place-based programs on Friday, Oct. 26 at 8:45 a.m. For more information or to RSVP, call 743-5755 or email

CHARLES DODD WHITE will return to City Lights Bookstore at 3 p.m. Saturday. He will read from his new novel, “In the House of Wilderness.” Call City Lights Bookstore at 586-9499 for more information.

THE COMMUNITY TABLE’S BLUE PLATE SPECIAL for is set for 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 24. Sponsored by Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort, the menu offering is smoked New York strip loin (hand carved and served with horseradishdemi-glace) or Octoberfest roast chicken or butternut squash ravioli with oven roasted vegetable medley, German potato salad, dinner rolls and pumpkin pie. The cost is a minimum $7 donation. Dine-in or carry-out meals are available. Carry-out orders can be called in as early as Monday at 586-6782.

THE COMMUNITY SQUARE DANCE will be held from 7-9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27, in the Grand Room (third floor) of the University Center at Western Carolina University. The caller will teach and call all dances to live old-time music. No partner or fancy outfit required.

A FREE DOCUMENT SHREDDING event will be hosted by the Jackson County Solid Waste Department on Friday from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. or until the truck gets full, at the Jackson County Justice Center parking area located at 401 Grindstaff Cove Road, Sylva. Shred-It will provide their mobile shredding truck. Citizens with documents that need shredding are welcome to use this service. There will be a five box maximum per car for the event. For more information call the Public Works Department at 586-2437.

A BARBECUE LUNCH BENEFIT for the Wilmot Community Cemetery Fund will be held from noon until 4 p.m. Saturday at the Wilmot Fellowship Hall. Barbecue sandwiches, cole slaw, baked beans, chips, dessert and drinks will be served. Take-out plates are available, and donations will be accepted. All proceeds will benefit the Wilmot Community Cemetery Fund.

SOUTHWESTERN COMMUNITY COLLEGE WILL HOST at debate between N.C. Rep. Mike Clampitt, R-119, and Democratic challenger Joe Sam Queen at 7 p.m. tonight (Thursday) in the Burrell Conference Center. The event is free and open to the public. Video of the debate will also be streamed live at this link: The final debate in the SCC series on Oct. 25 will feature candidates for the N.C. State Senate: incumbent Republican Jim Davis and Democratic challenger Bobby Kuppers.

VISITORS ARE WELCOME at the “Patriotic Booth” at Uncle Bill’s Flea Market from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday. To learn more, call 506-3634.