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The Jackson County Public Library in Sylva will hold fall storytime on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays beginning Monday, Sept. 10, with Family Night activities on Thursday evenings.

Storytime on Monday, Sept. 10, at 11 a.m. will feature a volunteer reader from Sylva's Rotary Club. The Rotary Readers program is held every Monday at 11 a.m. The theme for the month of September is harvest time, and storytime books will chosen with that idea in mind.

Tuesday storytime on Sept. 11, at 11 a.m. will be devoted to "What grandparents do best."


The sounds of Frank Sinatra will arrive at Western Carolina University on Sunday, Sept. 16, for the first installment of the 2012-13 Galaxy of Stars Series.

“Simply Sinatra” will stage at 7:30 p.m. in the John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center with entertainer Steve Lippia interpreting Sinatra classics such as “The Second Time Around,” “Come Fly with Me,” “Luck Be a Lady” and “Fly Me to the Moon.” Accompanying the ersatz Ol’ Blue Eyes will be the 10-piece Big Band Orchestra.

Lippia is foremost a singer of the “Great American Songbook”; his interpretation of the Sinatra songbook has taken him from coast to coast. Other songs on the set list include “I’ve Got You under My Skin,” “The Lady Is A Tramp,” “Mack the Knife,” “Summer Wind,” “You Make Me Feel So Young,” “That’s Life” and “The Best Is Yet To Come.”



A new series of evening bluegrass music classes for beginners will be starting at the Log Cabin Cooking & Music Center in Asheville, on Tuesday, Sept. 18.

These first-timer classes are open to anyone and are designed for total novices wanting to learn bluegrass and clawhammer banjo, fiddle or mandolin. Classes will be held in a vintage log cabin at 111 Bell Road in the Haw Creek section of east Asheville, off Tunnel Road.

Teaching the classes will be Wayne Erbsen, well-known for his ability to teach anyone to play a musical instrument.


At Saturday’s Pickin’ on the Square in downtown Franklin, retiring Highway Patrolman Joe Morris was treated to a “roast” by veteran storyteller and emcee Patti McClure and Pickin’ coordinator Donnie Clay.

Morris’ daughter Beth presented him with an American flag that had flown over the state capitol and a letter of commendation from the office of Rep. Heath Shuler.

Morris was a highway patrolman in North Carolina for 20 years.


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