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World Book Night is an annual celebration designed to spread a love of reading and books. It is held in the U.S. as well as the U.K. and Ireland on April 23, 2012. It will see tens of thousands of people go out into their communities to spread they joy and love of reading by giving out free World Book Night paperbacks.

World Book Night, through social media and traditional publicity, will also promote the value of reading, of printed books, and of bookstores and libraries to everyone year-round.



Priscilla Wilson, chair of the 2012 Mountains in Bloom Garden Festival Flower Show is pleased to announce that this year’s event will again be held at The Bascom on Friday and Saturday, July 13 and 14 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The juried flower arrangement and photography entries will be showcased throughout the art center’s early 1800s hand hewned post and beam barn.

Entries are now being accepted for the flower arrangement division and the photography division.

The Flower Arrangement division includes six classes: Interpretation; In the Biedermeier Style; “V” is for Vase; Fired and Flowered; Mass Blass; Waterfalls of the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau; Who’s Wearing Flowers; and the Celebrity Challenge. Photography classes include “Focus on Flora” and “Scenic Settings”


Groups of Western Carolina University dance students matched with faculty and staff members will compete in a “Dancing with the Stars”-style event called “Dancing with the Catamounts” on Friday, April 20.

Admission to the WCU School of Stage and Screen event, which will begin at 7 p.m. in Hoey Auditorium, costs $5 and will be accepted in cash only at the door.

The groups, which feature students serving as dance “professionals” and faculty and staff members as their “students,” had 10 weeks to rehearse routines representing a range of dance styles for the competition.


The 29th Folkmoot Festival will take place July 18 – 29, 2012 in Western North Carolina. Folkmoot performances can be seen in 14 cities, including Maggie Valley, Clyde, Waynesville, Asheville, Hendersonville, Franklin, and Burnsville. Folkmoot is pleased to announce a performance in Cherokee has just been added as a new 2012 venue!

A full calendar of all public performances is now available on http://www.folkmootusa.org/. As it is still early, updates are possible through July—please check the schedule often to see what’s new.


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