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Arts & Entertainment

The Southern Appalachian Bicycle Association, Clay County Communities Revitalization Association and Tusquitee District of the Nantahala National Forest will be hosting a grand opening for the Jackrabbit Mountain Bike and Hiking Trail at 10 a.m. on Saturday, April 30.

The 14.5 mile trail system just outside of Hayesville in Clay County, N.C., has quickly become one the most popular on the Nantahala National Forest since construction began more than five years ago. A practice trail and restroom were recently constructed at the trailhead to provide users with additional facilities.


Macon County youth will take the stage in Showcase of Talent 2011, a non-competitive talent show for third to twelfth graders, on Saturday, April 30, at 7 p.m. The annual event, held in the Franklin High School Fine Arts Center, features students chosen from the county’s public, private, and home schools, performing a variety of entertaining acts, from vocal and instrumental numbers to dance, gymnastics, and comedy routines.

This year’s show will include a special segment of African Dance with Franklin dance teacher Jada Bryson and a number of Cartoogechaye and East Franklin School students who were involved in her recent Artists-in-the-Schools residencies.


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.


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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