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The 2014-15 First Thursday Old-Time and Bluegrass Concert and Jam Series at Western Carolina University’s Mountain Heritage Center will continue Thursday, March 5, with a concert featuring folk musician and storyteller Josh Goforth.

Goforth’s 7 p.m. performance will be followed by an 8 p.m. jam session in which local musicians are invited to participate.

A native of Madison County who grew up working on the family farm, Goforth learned to play many musical instruments and attended East Tennessee State University to study music education and participate in the university’s well-known bluegrass and country music program. In 2000, he performed on fiddle for the movie “Songcatcher” and over the years he has toured extensively with a variety of ensembles and has shared stages with musicians such as Ricky Skaggs, Bryan Sutton and the Steep Canyon Rangers.

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Avram Friedman will read from his first published novel “The Silver Maple Conspiracy” on Saturday, March 7, at 3 p.m. at City Lights Bookstore.

“The Silver Maple Conspiracy” describes an in-depth journey of a man born in the mid-twentieth century, living in the deep Smoky Mountains of North Carolina and his mysterious relationship with nature.

It is a story of the physical changes witnessed during the time-span between the streets of New York City during the Vietnam War, the Woodstock Music and Arts Festival and the first Earth Day, the back-to-the-land movement in the Pacific Northwest, and lastly to the Great Smoky Mountains of Western North Carolina.

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The Too Human Jazz Trio will perform on Sunday, March 8, at 3 p.m., in the Living Room of the Macon County Public Library in Franklin. The hour-long concert will feature jazz standards from “The American Songbook.” The program is designed for audience members of all ages. Admission is by donation; doors will open at 2:30.

According to Sit ‘N Bull Concert Series host Dave Fishken, Too Human offers “some of the best darned songs you ever heard, played with a depth of soul you rarely hear.” Their performances garner rave reviews at festivals, libraries, schools, galleries, and other venues all along the East Coast. The trio is composed of Ellen Schwartz and Roger Bruno, a Massachusetts- based pair of critically-acclaimed, versatile musicians and songwriters, and Shannon Hoover, a talented bassist from Greenville, S.C.

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Betsy Keller will be presenting Donna Eden and David Feinstein’s books on Energy Medicine and giving a free presentation on complementary medicine on Thursday, March 5, at 5:30 p.m. at City Lights Bookstore. This event is part of a weekend workshop that Eden and Feinstein be holding in Asheville, March 20-22.

Award-winning authors, as well as husband and wife, Eden and Feinstein work together to spread the word of Energy Medicine, which is based on the understanding that any physical, mental, or behavioral problem has a counterpart in the body’s energies and can be treated at that level. Every conceivable health problem, psychological challenge, or dysfunctional habit can be improved if not overcome by intelligently shifting the energies in the body.

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