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On Friday, May 29, at 6:30 p.m., Timothy Spira will present his new field guide at City Lights Bookstore. “Waterfalls & Wildflowers in the Southern Appalachians” surveys one of America’s most biologically diverse regions by linking waterfalls and wildflowers.

Spira introduces hikers to the “natural communities” approach for identifying and understanding plants within the context of the habitats they occupy, equipping hikers to see and interpret landscapes in a new way. The 30 hikes Spira discusses all include a detailed map and GPS coordinates, descriptions of flora and fauna likely to be seen and an associated plant species list.

Spira is a professor of biology at Clemson University and is the author of “Wildflower and Plant Communities of the Southern Appalachian Mountains” and “Piedmont: A Naturalist’s Guide to the Carolinas, Virginia, Tennessee and Georgia.” To reserve copies of his books, call City Lights Bookstore at (828)586-9499.

Cullowhee Mountain Arts is offering three scholarship opportunities WNC teachers to study visual art media and creative writing. These scholarships are designed to give WNC teachers an opportunity to grow as instructors and artists. The workshops, held on the campus of Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, are part of the annual five week Cullowhee Mountain ARTS - Summer ARTS Series.

Beginning June 14 and running through July 17, Cullowhee Mountain ARTS hosts workshops in book arts, ceramics, creative writing, mixed media, painting and printmaking. 25 different five-day workshops are offered (five per week); all taught by nationally and internationally recognized artists and writers.


The Smoky Mountain Community Theatre is presenting its spring production, "The Carol Burnett Show Skits" May 29, 30, 31, & June 1. All shows start at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for students ages 6 to 18, and those under age 6 are admitted free. The box office opens one hour before showtime. Reservations are not required, except for large groups. It is produced by special permission from Pioneer Drama Service.

All the skits are from the CBS hit TV show of the 1970s. Some of the skits that will be performed are: "As the Stomach Turns," "Prison Nudge," "Guess What's Coming to Dinner," "Alice Portnoy and the Bank Robbers," "Passion on 10th Avenue," "Rent-A-Car," "The Show Must Go On," along with five other hilarious skits.

The theatre is located at 134 Main Street in Bryson City. For information, contact Director Toby Allman at (828)488- 8227 or (828)488-8103, or visit, or find us on Facebook.

On Thursday, May 7, "How to Talk to Rockstars" author Alli Marshall will talk about her new novel at 6:30 p.m. in the Meeting Room of the Macon County Public Library. Singer songwriter Angela Faye Martin will start the evening with a few songs and an introduction of the author.

Music is a universal language, but sometimes it needs an interpreter. That's the idea behind “How to Talk to Rockstars,” a novel about love, loneliness and rock 'n' roll. The debut of Alli Marshall, an Asheville-based author, journalist and editor, it’s available in May 2015 from Logosophia Books.

Marshall has written for the Mountain Xpress, an altweekly in Asheville, N.C., since 2001. She's been the arts section editor since 2013. “How to Talk to Rockstars” is based in part on her 14-or-so years spent interviewing artists of all genres, but especially touring musicians.



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