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Phillips, Craig, and Dean, an awardwinning contemporary Christian music trio, will be in concert at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts on Friday, Sept. 21. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. and tickets start at $15.

Randy Phillips, Shawn Craig, and Dan Dean have been performing together since 1991. They have released 12 albums and have had 20 number one radio singles. They have sold more than two million albums and earned multiple Dove Awards. They have performed at many conventions, including several Promise Keepers rallies, and have recorded music for the National Day of Prayer. Phillips, Craig, and Dean are all full-time pastors with a commitment to serve the Lord, which is the driving force behind their success and their music ministry.

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Kids can enjoy The Bascom year round too. A wide range of Youth Art classes are on The Bascom's calendar this January and February including:

— "Creation Station" - Saturdays through Oct. 27, 10 a.m. to 12 noon, ages 5-9. Stretch your imagination and have fun in the art studio. Jessica Hauser presents monthly themes with different projects every week. September: American Crafts. October: Art and Music. All materials are provided. Make and take your own masterpiece. No pre-registration required. Tuition: $5 per class.

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A retired Chief Operating Officer has been motivated by the Washington D.C. gridlock to offer his "food for thought" solutions. Jim Staggers has been writing his messages for seven years, and retired to Mill Creek, Franklin, N.C., five years ago. As V.P. and C.O.O. of APL Corporation, Stagger's experiences in business management are described and utilized in presenting his concerns in his new book, "Messages To My Descendents — Please Fix Our Government." He is a graduate of the University of Pittsburg with a B.S. in Chemistry, and attended Syracuse University to study finance and business management.

Staggers will be holding a book signing at the Macon County Public Library, located at 149 Siler Farm Rd., in Franklin, phone, (828)524-3600; reading and discussion beginning at 4:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 18.

Copies of the book are available nationally through local bookstores who can order at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 

On Sunday, Sept. 16, at 4 p.m., the Arts Council presents a double-bill concert featuring guitar duo Jazz Mountain and Men Macon Music men’s chorus at Franklin’s Town Square Gazebo. Guitarists Paul Savaiko and Ray Olson perform together as Jazz Mountain, playing material from “The Great American Songbook” through varied jazz mediums including swing, ballads, bossas and blues, with some contemporary and original tunes added to the mix. The award-winning Men Macon Music all male chorus, directed by Tom Fisher, boasts more than two dozen voices, and renders selections representing a broad spectrum of music, from show tunes to Americana to humorous numbers.

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