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Arts & Entertainment

In anticipation of the growing popularity of the Youth Arts Festival, the Jackson County Green Energy Park is seeking both new participants and returning alumni artists to assist with this year’s event, which will be held on Saturday, Sept. 20, 9 a.m. till 3 p.m. An estimated 1,600 children and adults will be in attendance to watch artisans practice their craft, listen to local music, and get their hands dirty with art projects.

Artists must be prepared to demonstrate their skills throughout the day, and engage the attendees. There is no booth or space fee, and artists may sell their handmade items from their booths. However, no factory-produced items are allowed to be sold at the event.

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Josh McDowell is a Christian advocator, evangelist, and writer who has impacted the lives of millions of people worldwide. He is bringing his experience, faith, and commitment to his widely-popular speaking ministry to the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts on Wednesday, July 30. At this free event, which will start at 7 p.m., McDowell will deliver a heartfelt discussion entitled, “Save Our Children, Save Our World!,” and will focus on one central message: Finding a way to reverse the slippery slope that attracts children before it’s too late.

Having experienced many hardships and challenges throughout his childhood, McDowell understands how easy it is for young people to stray from the gospel. After overcoming many personal trials, McDowell enrolled in college and decided to pursue legal studies which he hoped would lead to a career in politics. At the time, Mc- Dowell considered himself agnostic and found himself researching historical evidence of the Christian faith in order to disprove it in a writing assignment. However, after he only found evidence that supported Christianity, he began to live his life differently and became a Christian. After that, he changed his career path to theology.

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North Carolina author and storyteller, Sheri Wren Haymore will visit City Lights Bookstore on Saturday, July 26, at 3 p.m. to present her two novels, “A Higher Voice” and “A Deeper Cut.” Her novels feature characters with flaws and she tends as she puts it, “to squish a character until he pops and see what pours out. Or more specifically, what pours back in.” Her books have been described as a blend of Mary Higgins Clark, James Patterson and Nicholas Sparks.

Haymore grew up in Mt. Airy, N.C., and still lives thereabouts with her husband and a pup named Cercie. Together, they've made a living running a couple of small businesses, and made a life doing the things they enjoy – traveling, hiking, camping, kayaking. Haymore loves music and yoga, inventing gourmet meals from random ingredients, laughing with friends, and most especially spending time with her daughter.

A graduate of High Point University, she has burned more pages than most people will ever write, and is currently scribbling a third novel, which may or may not survive the flames. To reserve copies of her books, call City Lights Bookstore at (828)586-9499.

Author Curtis Sikes and illustrator Sheena Kohlmeyer will visit City Lights Bookstore on Saturday, July 26, at 11 a.m. to read their book, “The Heart of a Friend.” In this second book of “A Lion Tale” series, Leo is back with his father, King Lionel, and some new jungle animals.

Leo, now a little older, is learning what it means to be a lion that can patrol and hunt. As the story unfolds, there are new lessons to be learned about forgiveness and friendship. Leo also shows kindness and love towards his best monkey friend, Max, who’s being bullied and feeling unimportant. In the end, Leo and Max learn what it means to have the heart of a friend.

Though The Heart of a Friend is recommended for children 9 and up, younger kids can also enjoy the story with the help of a parent. To reserve copies of “The Heart of a Friend” or the first book, “The Heart of a King,” call City Lights Bookstore at (828)586-9499.

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