GEORGE SINGLETON will return to City Lights Bookstore at 3 p.m. Saturday to present his new short story collection, “Staff Picks.” “In the tradition of Donald Barthelme, T.C. Boyle, Flannery O’Connor and Raymond Carver, Singleton creates lingering, darkly comedic tales by drawing from those places where familiarity and alienation coexist,” said Eon Alden of City Lights. To reserve copies of “Staff Picks,” call the bookstore at 586-9499.

THE JACKSON COUNTY DEMOCRATIC PARTY will hold its monthly meeting at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at party headquarters on Sylva’s Mill Street. These meetings include all precinct officers and party executive officers, as well as representatives of auxiliary organizations such as the Men’s Club, Democratic Women and Young Dems. Chairman Frank Burrell will preside. For more information visit

THE 2019 EATING OUT IN JACKSON COUNTY DINING GUIDE, a 32-page brochure produced by the Jackson County Chamber of Commerce, features the best of chamber-member restaurants, breweries, chocolatiers, ice cream shops, cocktail lounges and more. Included is a full directory of chamber-member food and beverage providers, full- and half-page advertisements by those members and partners, and a look at some pet-friendly establishments. The dining guide will be distributed throughout Jackson County and be available at the chamber visitor centers in Sylva and Dillsboro. The guide is also available online at

THE BLUE RIDGE PARKWAY, counting the 469-mile scenic drive, 369 miles of trail, 14 visitor centers, eight campgrounds, 10 concession operations and 15 picnic areas, welcomed more than 14 million visitors in 2018. Weather and maintenance-related closures continue to be the primary factors influencing parkway visitation. In 2018, Golden Gate National Recreation Area reclaimed the top spot for highest visitation in the National Park System from the Blue Ridge Parkway. These two parks have been trading places at one and two since 1979. For an in-depth look at 2018 visitation,

THE JACKSON COUNTY BRANCH of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People will hold its monthly membership meeting at 10 a.m. Saturday at Liberty Baptist Church. A program and discussion will follow at 11 a.m., titled “How should we remember the victims of racial violence?”

THE “HOP INTO SPRING” vendor market is set for 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Savannah Community Building. Vendors will include: Mary Kay, Origami Owl, Premier Designs, Avon, Pink Zebra, Scensty, It Works Global, DoTerra,Paparazzi, Thirty-One, AFB Woodworks and more.

THE JACKSON COUNTY SOLID WASTE DEPARTMENT has mulch for sale at $10 per loader bucket scoop (2.5yd3). The mulch is double ground. First come first served. The Transfer Station is located at 1172 Mineral Springs Drive in Sylva, and the hours of operation are Monday through Friday 7 a.m.-4 p.m. and Saturday 7 a.m. to noon. Call the transfer station for more information at 586-7577.

THE WESTERN NORTH CAROLINA BLOOD CONNECTION will hold three local blood drives this week: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday at Western Carolina University’s Health and Human Sciences Building; 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday at Cherokee High School; and 1-6 p.m. Tuesday at Lowe’s in Sylva.

THE MACON COUNTY POULTRY CLUB, open to Jackson County residents, will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Cooperative Extension Office in Sylva. For more information, call 349-2046.