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The 14th annual Greening Up the Mountains festival takes place Saturday, April 23, in downtown Sylva.

This free festival celebrates the arrival of spring in the mountains, when the greening leaves work their way up the Great Smokies. It also celebrates the greening of the environment, with information about sustainable living and presentations by environmental groups.

Festival-goers can participate in a full day of activities, including a parade, live music on two stages, 5K road race, displays from local artisans, a variety of food vendors, plus a children’s area with face-painting, a giant inflatable slide and other activities.

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Animal lovers, and those in the mood for a laugh, will find plenty of entertainment when Popovich Comedy Pet Theater comes to Western Carolina University’s Fine and Performing Arts Center at 3 p.m. Sunday, May 1.

Comedian Gregory Popovich leads the family-friendly show along with a cast of professional clowns and jugglers – and a large assemblage of trained animal performers, including cats, dogs, geese and parrots, all originally rescued from animal shelters. Stunts, skits and balancing acts fill the lively show, which has enjoyed popularity in performing arts centers across the country.

As the son of Russian circus performers and dog trainers, Popovich discovered his passion for animals and onstage entertainment at an early age.

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A fundraising party is being planned to benefit the work of the Little Tennessee Watershed Association Friday, April 29, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at the Rathskeller Coffee Haus in Downtown Franklin. There is a cover charge of $5.

Live music will be performed by The Lovelands, a husband-wife duo performing an eclectic mix of jazz, folk, indie, and Appalachian music. To sample their music, search for “Ben and Beth Loveland” on YouTube or visit LTWA’s facebook page.

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A new book, “Cherokee Pottery: From the Hands of Our Elders,” has been published and was presented to members of the Tribal Council of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians on April 14. The book has been a collaborative effort between Western Carolina University’s Hunter Library, the Qualla Arts & Crafts Mutual and the Museum of the Cherokee Indian.

The book traces the designs and patterns of Cherokee pottery as they have developed over centuries and into contemporary times. The 160-page book, published in March, contains both archival and new images of the region, pots and potters. The book was written by Anna Fariello, associate research professor at Western Carolina University, who also authored “Cherokee Basketry” in 2009.

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