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The Taste of Home Cooking School, America’s leading cooking school program which attracts up to 300,000 participants every year, is returning to the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts on Saturday, May 2. This two-hour demonstration of innovative recipes and flavorful dishes will begin at 6:30 p.m., but doors will open at 4:30 p.m. so attendees can visit booths hosted by local vendors. Tickets for this event are $15 each.

The perfect recipe for creating new memories with loved ones includes good friends, good conversation and, of course, great food. As home cooks across the country head back to the kitchen to cook up spring’s flavorful dishes, the Taste of Home Cooking School is preparing to share seasonal recipes that are certain to delight.


A Help For Homeless Concert was held Thursday, April 16, at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts. The concert featured performances by Tom Quigley, Curtis Blackwell, Paradise 56, Blue Ridge, Johnny Webb and The JW Band.

The performers donated their time and talents and all proceeds went to the cause of building a homeless shelter in Franklin.

The New Hope Center plans to be more than just a shelter, but rather a six-month rehabilitation program that helps those struggling obtain a stable residence, nutritious meals, Bible study, vocational skills, and follow-up.


A Jackson County children's choir will take to the stage of Western Carolina University's John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center to perform a special musical number during the production of "We've Only Just Begun: Carpenters Remembered" on Sunday, April 26.

The Cullowhee Valley School Honors Choir, directed by Katee Johnson, will provide vocal support for the performance of the Carpenter's hit "Sing" to close the show's first act. Originally created for the television show "Sesame Street," the song gained popularity when performed by the Carpenters, who made it a No. 3 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1973.


Mountain Heritage Center exhibits that have been on display on the ground floor of Western Carolina University’s H.F. Robinson Administration Building will be unavailable for public viewing for the remainder of spring and summer as the museum’s staff moves the exhibits to new display space in WCU’s Hunter Library.

Meanwhile, Mountain Heritage Center offices in the Robinson Building will remain open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays through Monday, May 25. Relocating the offices to Hunter Library will necessitate that they be closed over a four-day period – Tuesday, May 26, through Friday, May 29 – but the offices will reopen in Hunter Library beginning Monday, June 1, said Pam Meister, curator and interim director of the museum.

The temporary relocation of Mountain Heritage Center exhibits and offices to the library across campus is one of the first steps in a chain of events that will lead to the construction of a new welcome center on or near the site of WCU’s Cordelia Camp Building and the relocation of the university’s Office of Admission, currently located in the Camp Building, into space now occupied by the museum in Robinson Building. The Mountain Heritage Center eventually will become the centerpiece of the new welcome center.


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