The Jackson County Solid Waste Department will hold a shred day event for county residents from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday in the lower parking lot of the Justice Center. Residents are invited to bring their old documents and have them shredded at no cost.

Webster Baptist Church will host the Smoky Streak, a run with 10K, 5K and fun run options from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday. The run is to promote better health in Jackson County.

THE ROTARY CLUB OF SYLVA hosts the 21st annual Spirit of the Smokies Car Show from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday on Front Street in Dillsboro. All proceeds go to benefit local nonprofit organizations. Register at Rotary will also be hosting a Discover Rotary event Thursday, Oct. 17, at the Lazy Hiker Tap Room/Mad Batter Kitchen from 5 to 7 p.m. The event highlights how new members can join Rotary to help the community.

Parkinson’s Support in the Mountains will meet at 3 p.m. today (Thursday) in the Heritage Room of the Jackson County Department on Aging. The meeting is open to anyone interested in learning about the disease.

International Essential Tremor Foundation support group will meet at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 16, at the Jackson County Senior Center Room #135. Attendees can learn coping skills, available products to help and the difference between Parkinson’s and essential tremor. The group serves individuals in Jackson, Macon, Swain and Haywood counties.

REGISTRATION IS OPEN FOR THE SIXTH ANNUAL African Americans in WNC and Southern Appalachia Conference in Asheville. The event illuminates the African-American experience in Southern Appalachia – including history, culture, community, and enterprise. Co-sponsors and panelists for the event include the Jackson County NAACP branch. Jackson panelists will participate in the Oct.19 “Resistance Made Manifest: The Re-emergence of the NAACP in Western Carolina, 2013-2019” presentation regarding the work of Western North Carolina branches: This year the three-day conference’s focus is to eradicate incomplete and false narratives about African Americans in this region—and to create new perspectives for the future. The conference theme is “Existence as Resistance: Expressions of Resilience.” The event runs from Oct. 17-19. Except for the Saturday brunch fee ($10), all events are free and open to everyone; however, attendees need to register to reserve tickets for their seats at

SUMMIT CHARTER SCHOOL is now enrolling K-11 for the 2020-21 school year. Summit is a tuition-free public charter school in Cashiers. Tours will include the school’s new high school building as well as the Summit Center, which features a gym and classrooms for music and art. Learn more about the school’s individualized education and place-based programs on Friday, Oct.18 at 8:30 a.m. For more information or to RSVP, call 743-5755 or email

DANCIN’ TYME PARENT BOOSTERS are hosting a Fall Market to raise money for competition fees for dance students. The market will be held Saturday, Nov. 2, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at 31 Allen St., Sylva inside LifeWay Church. For more information, go to or email

THE JACKSON COUNTY DEMOCRATIC PARTY will hold its monthly meeting 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 15, at party headquarters at 500 Mill St., Sylva. The meeting is open to all Democrats. JCDP monthly meetings include all precinct officers and party executive officers, as well as representatives of auxiliary organizations (Men’s Club, Democratic Women, Young Dems).

EVERY TWO YEARS  the Jackson County branch of the North Carolina NAACP recognizes one organization and one individual for their contributions to residents in the region. The criteria for nomination are: Service work must have been done in Western North Carolina. The nominee and nominator must come from one of the following counties: Cherokee, Graham, Clay, Macon, Swain or Jackson. Neither the person nominating – nor the nominee – needs to be a member of the NAACP. The deadline for nominations is Wednesday, Oct. 16. Nomination forms are available from NAACP members or its web site: ( Once a committee has reduced the nomination list to a set of finalists, an outside committee will determine the winners. Both the winners and finalists of the 2019 Humanitarian Award will be honored at an event on Nov. 2, at 2 p.m. at the Library Community Room.