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Franklin veteran Victor Mora-Loza has been notified that his copper creation art piece “Rhododendron” has been chosen as one of the top three entries in its category in the final phase of the 2012 National Veterans Art Competition.

Almost 1,900 entries were logged in the first phase of national competition.

The VA Boston Healthcare System is the host of the final phase of the competition.


Kids of all ages are invited to clown around this summer at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts.

For six weeks, students between the ags of 10-18 years will learn the history of movement and clowning with opportunities to learn hands-on skills such as juggling, balloon sculpture, mime and skit production.

Each student will also develop their own clown character and create a costume with makeup to present their work at a special end of course performance.

Classes run from 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. beginning June 5 and ending with a graduation and performance later in the summer.

Instructed by Doug Egge, award-winning mime and juggler.


The WCU Theatre Summer Camp is for children from 8 to 17 and is limited to 30 students. The camp will run from 12:30-5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, July 16-20, at the John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center on the WCU campus.

The camp will include games, improvisation, stage direction, character work and more. Students will work in groups to create characters and situations that will be short scenes for a Final Showcase. Two professional actors with Bright Star Children’s Theatre, will run the camp.


Voices in the Laurel’s Summer Voice Music Camp will expand this year to become the Voices in the Laurel Summer Music Quest with funding from the Young Singers Foundation Grant from Sweet Adelines International. The grant’s purpose is to support worthy projects which inspire children and youth to sing in harmony with approved, highly qualified music instructors.

The camp will take place July 30 – Aug. 3, from 8:45 a.m. -12:45 p.m. at First Baptist Church of Waynesville. Summer Music Quest is open to singers first through ninth grades in the fall. They will be divided into age groups to participate in a variety of musical experiences. Campers will learn to sing with proper vocal technique and in two and three part harmony.


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