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A NASA representative will give presentations about the space agency’s Mars rover Curiosity as Western Carolina University hosts area elementary, middle and high school students for the Western Regional Science Fair on Tuesday, Feb. 5, and Wednesday, Feb. 6.

Lyle Tavernier, a NASA digital learning network specialist, will speak to the students live from the Jet Propulsion Laboratory near Pasadena, Calif., on both days of the fair. In keeping with the fair’s theme of “Roving on Mars with Curiosity,” Tavernier will talk about the rover’s mission to the red planet and what scientists and engineers hope to do with the knowledge gained from the mission.


Monday, Jan. 28, marks the next installment of the “Beethoven Project”at Western Carolina University. The concert, free and open to the public, will be held at 7:30 p.m. in the recital hall of the Coulter Building.

Launched in fall 2012, “The Beethoven Project” is a series of five concerts featuring all 10 Beethoven violin sonatas. Performed by Bradley Martin, WCU associate professor of piano, along with Justin Bruns, assistant concertmaster from the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, on violin, each concert features two Beethoven sonatas plus significant works for violin and piano from the 20th century. On the Jan. 28 program are Beethoven Sonatas Nos. 3 and 8 and Sonata 1 by Gabriel Fauré.


Up and coming country music group Eden’s Edge is making a tour stop at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts on Friday, Jan. 25. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. and tickets start at $12 each.

When it comes to making great music, kindred spirits somehow seem to find each other and such is the case with Eden’s Edge. Three talented young musicians from Arkansas — Hannah Blaylock, Dean Berner, and Cherrill Green who make up Eden’s Edge — made their debut on Big Machine Records with a sound that honors country music’s roots while creatively pushing the envelope with their seasoned musicianship, dazzling harmonies and insightful songwriting.


One of Franklin's more popular festivals will be celebrating its 10th year on July 20. The Franklin Folk Festival, which is held the third Saturday in July, has become a staple of the town's culture and has been helping shape Franklin's identity for almost a decade.

Event promoters with the Franklin Folk Festival, which has historically been a privately coordinated event held downtown, will be teaming up with Franklin's Main Street Program (FMSP) this summer to ensure that the festival has the support needed to continue.


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