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Jackson County Green Energy Park’s Director Timm Muth announces “A Kaleidoscope of Shapes and Colors,” a showing of Japanese glass artist Tadashi Torii’s works in the GEPs art gallery with a reception free, and open to the public on Thursday, June 21, from 5 until 7 pm. Torii will also demonstrate his glass-blowing technique. The exhibit will be on display through July 12.

“We are pleased to offer Tadashi’s innovative glass art to Western North Carolina,” said Nicole DuPont- Strub, the GEPs gallery manager. “His work is striking and quite bold. Tadashi’s pieces with their combinations of colors and shapes are of an international caliber not normally seen here in WNC.”


Rob Gudger brings his Wolf Tales educational program to two local libraries in the coming days.

Known as “Trapper Rob,” the Haywood County-based wildlife biologist will conduct events at the Jackson County Public Library in Sylva on Tuesday, June 26, and at the Albert Carlton-Cashiers Community Library in Cashiers on Friday, July 6. The program, designed for children of all ages, features two juvenile wolves.

The program lasts about an hour and participants will have a chance to interact with a wolf and learn about their habitats. Topics include the hunting and social behaviors of wolves, the benefits of protecting wild wolves in natural ecosystems, conservation efforts, dispelling myths and misconceptions, and more.


On Friday, June 29, the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts will welcome Tom Sadge, a Neil Diamond impersonator and tribute artist, at 7:30 p.m. Ticket prices start at $13.

Tom Sadge has been a full-time entertainer for his entire adult life. He has traveled throughout the U.S., Canada, and Europe performing at many major arenas and venues. He not only looks like Neil Diamond, he sounds like him too. His performances please even the most discriminating Neil Diamond fans.

Neil Diamond is an American singer-songwriter with a career spanning over five decades.


Where's Waldo? In Franklin, of course. He's turning 25 this year, and to celebrate, the famous fellow in the striped shirt and black-rimmed specs is visiting 20 different local businesses all through the month of July. Those who spot him can win prizes, Including buttons, books and more.

From Books Unlimited to Karen and Company to Outdoor 76 to Primrose Lane, Waldo figures are showing up in public areas of local establishments.

Anyone who wishes to participate can pick up a “Find Waldo in Franklin” search list with the names of all the businesses, and collect an “I Found Waldo at _______” card for each Waldo they spot.


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