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On Sunday, Oct. 14, the Brasstown Concert Association continues its exploration of music “From the Black Sea and Beyond” when Troika Balalaikas performs at the John C. Campbell Folk School. From the Steppes to the Caucasus, from the Kremlin to the Crimea, Troika Balalaikas brings audiences folk music from the vastness of Russia.

The five member ensemble performs on balalaikas (a threestringed triangular instrument) and domras (a round-bodied stringed instrument) ranging from small to enormous. An assortment of authentic percussion, bayan (accordion) and indigenous wind instruments complete the sound of this time-honored music.

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In October and November, the public is invited to view Under the Sea, an elaborate installation of artworks made in Read, Write, Create!, an outreach partnership between The Bascom and the Literacy Council of Highlands. In the spring and fall of 2012, Read, Write, Create! students have read 9 books, including Leo Lionni’s “Swimmy,” Marianne Berkes’ “Over In The Ocean: In A Coral Reef,” Lois Ehlert’s “Fish Eyes,” and Eric Carle’s “Mr. Seahorse.” Working at the Peggy Crosby Center and The Bascom, the children have used visual art to interpret their readings and enhance their learning experience.

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The School of Music at Western Carolina University will present a guest artist recital Tuesday, Oct. 23, featuring saxophonist Allison Dromgold Adams with pianist Liz Ames.

Currently visiting lecturer of saxophone at Cornell University, Adams will present a program of competition pieces written for the saxophone.

The concert will begin at 5 p.m. in the recital hall of the Coulter Building at WCU. Admission is free of charge.

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The Cullasaja Gorge Fire & Rescue held an open house this past Saturday.

Firemen offered live demonstrations of rescue equipment including the “Jaws of Life,” smoke trailer, fire extinguisher simulator and infrared camera.

Kids were able to try their hand at putting out a fire and saw first hand the workings of a fire truck.

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