Jackson County Schools, Child Nutrition Program Summer Feeding Sites
The North Carolina Department of Public of Public Instruction (NCDPI) has approved Jackson County Schools, Child Nutrition Program to sponsor four (4) open feeding sites for the summer. The Child Nutrition Program will collaborate with volunteers from the Cullowhee Baptist Church, First Presbyterian Church and Cashiers United Methodist Church to provide an opportunity for students to have nutritious meals during the summer months when school is out. In order to participate and eat free of charge you must be under the age of 18 years of age.
Summer feeding will begin Monday, June 3rd and conclude Wednesday, August 14th. Lunches will be delivered by volunteers to each of the following sites at the following times:
1. First Presbyterian Church Pavilion: 46 Presbyterian Drive, Sylva, NC 28779 Lunch: 11:30 a.m-12:30 p.m.
2. Jackson County Recreation Center: 88 Cullowhee Mountain Road, Cullowhee, NC 28723 Lunch: 12:00p.m. – 1:00p.m.
3. River Park Trailer Park: 19 Devon Drive, Cullowhee, NC 28723 Lunch: 12:00- 1:00 p.m.
4. Cashiers Community Center 35 Plastic Plant Rd. Cashiers, NC 28717 Lunch: 12:00-12:30 p.m.
If you have any questions, please call Laura Cabe, Child Nutrition Director at 586-2311.
In accordance with Federal Law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender (male or female), age, or disability.
To file a complaint of discrimination, write USDA, Director, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410 or call toll free 866.632.9992 (Voice). Individuals who are hearing impaired or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at 800.877.8339; or 800.845.6136 (Spanish). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.
Guardian ad Litem Program -“Be the voice for a child”
It is hard for most of us to imagine the life of an abused child. But there are many children in our community that know exactly how it feels and are in need of a voice. Could you be the voice for a child? Volunteer with the North Carolina Guardian ad Litem program, and learn how to advocate for the best interests of abused and neglected children in court. If you’d like to find out more about being the voice for a child, call 1-800-982-4041, visit www.ncgal.org, or go to www.facebook.com/ncGuardianAdLitem.
Bryson City Church Of God
Every Tuesday at 5:30 PM: The Bryson City Church of God is pleased to announce the opening of the BCCOG Soup Kitchen Ministry. This ministry is an outreach to our friends and neighbors in the community. This is the first and only soup kitchen opened in Swain County to date, and our vision is that no one in the county goes hungry—physically or spiritually. We welcome any and every family in need to come enjoy a home-cooked meal every Tuesday evening beginning at 5:30. There will never be any fees and dine-in and take out is available. The meals are served in the church fellowship hall; the church is located at 1027 Toot Hollow Road in Bryson City (approximately one-quarter mile above the NC DOT Shed). For more information, you may visit our website at www.brysoncitycog.com, or by contacting us by calling the church office at (828) 488-2415 or emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Jackson County Parks/Recreation Department is Taking Registration for a Fall Golf League at Smoky Mountain Country Club.
Registration runs from Monday June 3rd until Monday July 29th. The league is 8 weeks with a fee of $10 to enter and $20 each round. The league plays on Tuesdays at 5:30pm starting on July 30th. League is open to all levels of play-men, women, seniors, and juniors. For more information contact the Recreation Department at 293-3053.
Garden Club Workdays
Thursdays: The Sylva Community Garden has volunteer garden workdays on Thursdays, ~3PM until dark. The Sylva Community garden provides food for the Sylva Community Table and other low-income in your community. Garden workdays are a great time to give back to your community, commune with nature, meet other people who love gardening, and learn more about gardening. For further info. please call (828) 477-4380 or e-mail email@example.com.
Cherokee Cancer Support Group
1st Thursday of each month at 5:30PM at Safe Haven, 40 Goose Creek Rd. Safe Haven is staffed 10AM-2PM on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Call 497-0788, email cherokeeCSG@gmail.com, or mail PO Box 543 Cherokee, NC 28719.
North American Indian Women’s Association (NAIWA)
2nd Thursday of each month at 6PM the Cherokee Chapter meets at the Birdtown Recreation Center. Chapter President Bessie Wallace 497-2389.
Jackson County Farmers Market Resumes
Every Saturday from 9-12: The Jackson County Farmers Market open in downtown Sylva at Bridge Park is a great way to start the day. Lots of fresh, locally grown veggies, meats and eggs can be found as well as plant starts, sweet potato slips and more. For father’s day you will be able to purchase Roasted Garlic Onion Jam or Peach Chutney to go along with barbeque and of course the most delicious Lemon Curd. Also available will be specially made pottery shaving mugs and coffee mugs. Activities for children include a scavenger hunt sponsored by 4H – pick up free seeds for participating courtesy of Sylva Sprouts the Free Seed Lending Library – and enter a drawing for a free book. Also for children, Family Art at the Market (FAM) will be near the pavilion from 10 – 12 and story time at 11. For more information call Jenny at 631-3033 or stop by the Market Information booth with any questions or to swipe your SNAP food stamp card or Credit/Debit Card in exchange for tokens.
MedWest Health Support Groups:
- The Man to Man Support Group for prostate cancer patients and survivors will meet from 7 to 8 PM, on the second Monday of each month. Hugh Moon and Joe Hurt, MD are co-chairmen of the American Cancer Society support group.
- The MedWest-Swain WNC Breast Cancer Support Group, which meets the second Tuesday of every month, will meet from 11:30 AM to 1 PM in the private dining room next to the cafeteria at MedWest-Swain in Bryson City.
- The MedWest-Harris WNC Breast Cancer Support Group, which meets the fourth Tuesday of every month in the Harris Medical Park conference room at 98 Doctors Dr. in Sylva, will meet from 7 to 8 PM.
New Indoor Flea Market
Third Saturday of the month: The Waynesville Parks and Recreation Department will begin having an indoor flea market at the Old Armory Recreation Center on the third Saturday of each month. The Old Armory Recreation Center is located at 44 Boundary Street. You may purchase a booth for $10. Each booth is 10′ x 10′. Set up time is 6 to 7 am. Flea Market is open to the public from 7 am to 2 pm. Alcohol, firearms, tobacco, knives and food are prohibited. Only food that is pre-packaged is allowed. For more information please call the Old Armory Recreation Center at 456-9207 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
WCU Offers Swim Classes
5/13-8/2: Western Carolina University’s Office of Continuing and Professional Education has scheduled a series of swim classes for late spring and summer that are suitable for children ranging in age from six months to teens. Swim classes are offered in three age divisions: “shark” level for ages 6 years and up; “fish” level for ages 3 through 5; and “minnows” level for 6 months to 3 years old. An adult must be in the pool with the child at the minnow or fish level. Classes are held in the Reid Gymnasium pool on weekdays. Swim session one, recommended for shark-level beginners, will be offered May 13-24 from 5:30 to 6:30 PM. Session two will include classes for kids in all three age divisions. Intermediate and advanced sharks will meet from 9 to 9:50 AM and beginner and advanced beginner sharks will meet from 10 to 10:50 AM or 11 to 11:50 AM, beginning June 17 and continuing until July 2. Classes for fish and minnows will be held June 17-28, with fish having class from 6:10 to 7 PM and minnows meeting from 5:15 to 6:05 PM. Session three also will offer classes for children at all age divisions. Intermediate and advanced sharks will meet from 9 to 9:50 AM and beginner and advanced beginner sharks will have class from 10 to 10:50 AM or 11 to 11:50 AM, beginning July 8 and continuing until July 23. Classes for fish and minnows will be held July 8-19, with fish having class from 6:10 to 7 PM and minnows meeting from 5:15 to 6:05 PM. Session four will include classes for fish and minnows beginning July 22 and continuing through Aug. 2. Fish will have classes from 6:10 to 7 PM and minnows will meet from 5:15 to 6:05 PM. Classes will be taught by Mike Creason, a retired faculty member of health, physical education and recreation at WCU. Creason has 34 years of experience teaching swim lessons to individuals of all ages and is certified by the American Red Cross. Parents who need help in determining the appropriate swim group for a child should contact him at 828-293-5364. All participants in the swim programs or their parent/guardian must read and agree to the terms of an assumption of risk waiver that can be found at http://swim.wcu.edu. The costs for the sessions are $75 for sharks and $44 for fish and minnows. For more information or to register, visit the website listed above or call the Office of Continuing and Professional Education at 828-227-7397.
Nurturing Parenting: ABC’s of Parenting
5/20-6/27: Jackson County Resource Center, located on 1528 Webster Road, is having a dinner each Thursday from 5/20 till 6/27 followed by a Parenting Program that lasts from 6pm till 8pm. ABC’s of parenting is a five-session parenting program for parents and children entering kindergarten. A $25 GIFT CARD will be given to participants who complete the program and DOOR PRIZES will be given away throughout. Program is for parents and children ages 5-8. Space is limited call to reserve your spot! 586-2845
Southwestern Child Development Summer Day Camp
5/30- 8/23: Hours will be 6:30-5:30. Southwestern Child Development will be providing a Summer Day Camp at the Webster Early Education And Preschool. Ages: 5-12 years, Meals and Snacks provided, Price $500.00 per month Subsidy Accepted. Open House and Registration Tuesday, May 21st 2-6pm. For more info. Call 586-6514.
Cullowhee Mountain ARTS is Accepting Registrations for its Annual Summer ART Series
6/16 – 6/26: Cullowhee Mountain ARTS is accepting registrations for its annual Summer ART Series of 5-day workshops taught by Artists of national and international recognition and taking place at Western Carolina University’s School of Art and Design. Workshops are offered in Book Arts, Ceramics, Mixed Media, Painting, Photography, Printmaking and Sculpture, beginning June 16 and running through July 26. Spaces are still available in most workshops. Youth art camps and programs are also offered during the Summer ART Series. Details can be found at cullowhemountainarts.org or call 828-342-6913.
Calendar of Events for Jackson County Public Library
For Information on All Events Call: JCPL 586-2016
6/18 at 1 PM: Children’s Craft Time. Dinosaur Skeleton Art.
6/18 at 4 PM: Teen Craft Time. Make Your Own Fossil.
6/18 at 7 PM: Bookmaking II with Gayle Woody. Space limited to 10 people.
6/19 at 11 AM: Children’s Activity. Dinosaur Dig.
6/19 at 3 PM: Teen Activity. Making Paper with Jackson County Soil and Water Conservation.
Sylva Library hosts Bookmaking II with Gayle Woody
6/18: Local artist Gayle Woody will present a Bookmaking II workshop on Tuesday, June 18th at 7 PM in the Atrium of the Jackson County Public Library Complex. This program is free of charge. Space is limited to the first ten people who register. Please call the Library to sign up. The workshop will allow participants to learn how to hand bind a book with the Coptic stitch. These handmade books are excellent for use particularly as journals and sketchbooks because pages will lay flat when opened. Recycled books will be used for the covers. Participants may bring their own hardback book to reconfigure, or choose from covers that will be provided. This event is co-sponsored by the Friends of the Jackson County Public Library. For more information please call the JCPL at 586-2016.
Big Nasty Jazz Band to Perform Free Outdoor Concert June 20 at WCU
6/20: The annual outdoor Summer Concert Series at Western Carolina University continues Thursday, June 20, with the Big Nasty Jazz Band. From Asheville, the Big Nasty Jazz Band is a unique jazz experience that brings back the music of the ’20s and ’30s and encourages listeners to get up and dance. WCU hosts the Summer Concert Series, presented by the A.K. Hinds University Center, on Central Plaza every Thursday in June and July (excluding July 4). The series features an eclectic variety of genres and is free to the public. Shows begin at 7 p.m. and last 60-90 minutes. Audience members are welcome to bring blankets, chairs and snacks. The rain location is inside the University Center.
Next up is the Honeycutters, an old-school country experience, June 27.
For more information, contact Lori Davis, assistant director for campus activities, at email@example.com or 828-227-3622.
Emergency Preparedness Seminar at Disability Partners
6/20: Emergency Preparedness Seminar for Persons with Disabilities and Seniors at DisAbility Partners Office at 525 Mineral Springs Drive, Sylva from 1pm-3pm. Topics Discussed will be: Making a Plan, Getting Informed, and Assembling Disaster Supplies Kits. Guest Speakers include Jackson County Emergency Management Director, Todd Dillard. $10.00 gas card stipends given for the first 10 registrants, Door Prizes and Light Refreshments. For more information or to register for this informative seminar, please call 828-631-1167
Mountain Credit Union Relay for Life Team Event at Hooper’s
6/21: Mountain Credit Union Relay for Life Team is partnering with Hooper’s Restaurant for this year’s Relay for Life of Jackson County. On Friday, June 21 from 6:30am to close Hooper’s will donate 10% of all checks to Relay for Life.
Special Service at Wayside Baptist Church
6/23: Wayside Baptist Church on Allen’s Branch Road in Sylva will have a special service at 6:00. Special singers will be The Children of God, youth groups of Cedar Baptist Church and The Community Church of God. Special guest speaker will be Pastor Tim Massingale of Cedar Baptist Church.
The Dogwood Insight Center Holds Secondary Meeting
6/25: The D0gw00d Insight Center dedicated to education about good health and wellness from a variety of disciplines had a well-attended first Introductory Meeting. The second Introductory Meeting is scheduled for Tuesday June 25th at 114 West Hemlock Street, Dillsboro at 7:00 pm. Health professionals from all disciplines are invited to participate. Visit a temporary web site at http://auriclight.com/dogwoodinsight/ for more information about the Center with links to its brochure and Organization Flow Chart. Join us! email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 828-586-6262. Directions: Turn on Depot Street next to the Dillsboro Post Office, cross the railroad tracks, go across the bridge at Scott’s Creek, turn right and follow the Dogwood Wellness signs.
“The Mountain Challenge” Roddick vs. Courier
6/27: Former World Number 1, tennis super star, Andy Roddick, and his good friend and also Former World Number 1, Jim Courier, are scheduled to battle it out on the courts in Cashiers, NC on July 27th. The Cashiers Area Chamber of Commerce in cooperation with McKee Properties will host the event at the Cedar Creek Racquet Club in Cashiers, NC. This event is being sponsored by United Community Bank. “The Mountain Challenge” will be a benefit to create and enhance much needed youth programs in the Cashiers area. The goal is to establish long-term programs for all kids in this area to have opportunities that might not otherwise be available to them. “Mountain Youth Charities” is the organization that will manage the funding for the children’s needs. Saturday, July 27th will be a great day of tennis and social cheer as attendees watch three exciting tennis matches, shop local vendors in the Marketplace, and experience the best in food and beverage from the area. Matches will begin at 10 am with a preliminary match between two of North Carolinas best junior boys tennis players: Thai Kwiatkowski of Charlotte, ranked #15 in the ITF International Boys rankings, and Korey Lovett of Brevard, ranked Top 30 in the USTA National Boys sixteen’s ranking. They will be followed by Andy Roddick and Jim Courier taking on the winners of the local Pro-Am competition and at 11:30 am. Andy and Jim will compete in a best two-of-three sets match. The event will also feature a gala dinner on Friday evening, July 26th hosted by Andy and Jim. This will be held in Cashiers at Lonesome Valley’s famed restaurant Canyon Kitchen and will feature crowd pleasing entertainment, a celebrity chef catered dinner, and fundraising activities…a don’t miss event for the times.
‘Exploring North Carolina’ Host to Give Presentation at WCU
6/27: Tom Earnhardt, host of the television program “Exploring North Carolina,” will give a presentation highlighting the uniqueness of the state’s ecological heritage at WCU’s Mountain Heritage Center. The free presentation will begin at 7 p.m. in the museum auditorium. An attorney by profession, Earnhardt also is a conservationist and naturalist who serves as writer, co-producer and host for the “Exploring North Carolina” series, which focuses on the natural resources of North Carolina and the Southeast. Earnhardt has written and edited books addressing topics such as mayflies, saltwater fly fishing and boat design. His most recent work, “Crossroads of the Natural World,” examines the ways in which North Carolina is a unique ecological crossroads.
Division of Aviation to Sponsor Free Wildlife Hazard Training Session for Airport Personnel in Asheville
6/28: While their presence may be welcome elsewhere, wildlife can wreak havoc at an airport. Birds and other animals can damage planes on the ground or cause accidents by flying into the engines or roaming on airport grounds. To increase awareness of these concerns and to improve safety for all, the N.C. Department of Transportation’s Division of Aviation will offer a free training session at Asheville Regional Airport on June 28. The sessions are open to any North Carolina airport operations personnel from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and are co-sponsored by the U.S. Department of Agriculture Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service – Wildlife Services. For more information, contact NCDOT Airport Project Manager Jennifer Fuller at (919) 814-0560 or via e-mail at email@example.com.
Wilmot Missionary Baptist Church VBS
6/28: Wilmot Missionary Baptist Church will hold Vacation Bible School starting on Sunday June 23, 2013 thru Friday June 28, 2013. Times are from 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm. The Theme is “A Mighty God”.
Jackson County Parks and Recreation Will be Host to a Blood Drive
6/28: The Blood Drive will be from 1:30 6pm at the Recreation Center in Cullowhee. Call 1-800-Redcross or log onto www.redcrossblood.org Keyword: Jackson for an appointment. *Appointments encouraged but walk-ins welcome.
6/29: Call to crafters: Come set up your table or booth for FREE, on Sat., June 29, 12-6pm at Hall Memorial Park in Andrews, NC as part of the Heritage Day celebration. Participation is FREE, but pre-registration is required. The event will be heavily promoted in regional media and the arrival of the wagon train will be filmed by Small Town USA . Come be part of the festivities and don’t miss this opportunity to show and sell your work. Crafting demonstrations are strongly encouraged. For more information or to pre-register, contact Bertha at (828-321-3584) or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jackson County Parks & Recreation Dept. Offering Youth Tennis Camps
7/15: The Jackson County Parks & Recreation Department is offering youth tennis camps beginning on July 15th. Camp for ages 5-8 will run July 15th through the 19th and camp for ages 9-13 will run July 29th through August 2nd. Both camps are one week long. Fee for camp will be $40 per child. Camp will be at 8am for both age divisions, each division is limited to 8 participants. All camps will be taught at the tennis courts at Mark Watson Park. Registration begins on June 17th and will run until July 8th. To register, come by the Recreation Center in Cullowhee. For further information, call the Recreation Department at 293-3053.
Jackson County Recreation/Parks Department is Offering Youth Tennis Camps
7/15: Camp for ages 5-8 will run July 15th through the 19th and camp for ages 9-13 will run July 29th through August 2nd. Both camps are one week long. Fee for camp will be $40 per child. Camp will be from 8-9am for both age divisions, each division is limited to 8 participants. All camps will be taught at the tennis courts at Mark Watson Park. Registration begins on June 17th and will run until July 8th. No phone registration. To register, come by the Recreation Center in Cullowhee. For further information, call the Recreation Department at 293-3053.
Western Carolina Juniors Disc Golf Championship
8/3: The Waynesville Parks and Recreation Department will host the first annual “Western Carolina Juniors Disc Golf Championship” on August 3. The event will take place at the Waynesville Disc Golf Course located at Vance Street Park in Waynesville. The format will consist of two 18 hole rounds. There will be short tees for girls age 16 and under and boys under age 10. Registration will begin at 8 am with a players meeting at 9:30 AM. There will be separate boys and girls division for the following age groups: seven years old and under; eight to 10 years old; 11 to 13 years old; 14 to 16 years old and 17 to 19 years old. The entry fee is $20 per person. Trophies will be given in addition to vouchers as awards. For more information for the tournament please call the Waynesville Recreation Center at 456-2030 or email recprogramspecialist@