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The 11th Annual Benefit Concert for the Black Mountain Home for Children, Youth and Families will be held at 3 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 3, in the sanctuary at First Presbyterian Church, 26 Church St., in Franklin.

Coordinated by Anne Tauber, music director of First Presbyterian, the concert features The Carolines, directed by Beverly Barnett, Macon Harmony (David Dennis), the First Community Handbell Choir, barefoot singer/songwriter Eric Hendrix, and Arthea Brimmer and Anne Tauber playing two pianos. The one-hour program includes both sacred and secular selections and vocal and instrumental soloists. New this year is the recently formed First Community Handbell Choir with ringers from the First Methodist, First Baptist, Good Shepherd Lutheran, and First Presbyterian churches.

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The Gaither Homecoming Tour will bring a full evening of entertainment and music to Western Carolina University’s Liston B. Ramsey Regional Activity Center at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 19.

The award-winning gospel band featuring Bill Gaither, Wes Hampton, David Phelps, Adam Crabb and Todd Suttles performs to packed houses worldwide. “I’ve always said it all starts with a great song, and we are fortunate that each concert includes great songs that have stood the test of time,” Gaither said.

Gaither and his wife, Gloria, have written more than 700 gospel songs, including “He Touched Me,” “Because He Lives” and “There’s Just Something about That Name.” Most of their recordings have gone gold or platinum, and they regularly appear on television networks around the world.

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Nantahala native and Franklin resident, Roy Owenby will share his stories about Appalachian life on Saturday, Aug. 2, at 3 p.m. Blue Ridge Mountain Heritage is the culmination of thousands of miles of travel throughout the South in an effort to gather stories that portray the soul of Appalachia. These stories span past and present and offer a full spectrum of human emotion.

A prolific writer, Owenby has written hundreds of articles and short stories. He is also the author of “The Owl Knows,” a mystery set on the Appalachian Trail. To reserve copies of his books, call City Lights Bookstore at (828)586-9499.

The students and faculty of Western Carolina University’s School of Stage and Screen soon will raise the curtain for their Mainstage season for the 2014-15 academic year.

The playbill includes two plays and two musicals. Season subscriptions and individual tickets for the productions will go on sale Wednesday, Aug. 6, at the box office in WCU’s John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center.

For more information about the Mainstage season and the two special events, contact WCU’s School of Stage and Screen at 828-227-7491. To order season subscriptions and individual tickets, call the Bardo Arts Center box office at (828)227-2479 or go online to http://bardoartscenter.wcu.edu.

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