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Arts & Entertainment

On May 3, more than 50 artists and writers from Macon, Jackson and Swain Counties and the Qualla Boundary packed the downstairs conference room of Bradford Hall at Southwestern Community College’s Jackson campus. It was a special occasion for the Western North Carolina artists, as it honored the entries submitted for SCC’s periodical Milestone.

Last September, SCC began accepting submissions for the 2010-11 edition of Milestone, a biennial art and literary review published by SCC. This year marks the publication’s 12th anniversary.

“It’s been a long, strange journey. But all of the smiling faces make it worthwhile,” said SCC faculty advisor Owen Gibby to the room of artists. “This celebration is about you.”

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The internationally acclaimed Golden Dragon Acrobats will grace the stage of the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts on Friday, May 6 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $15-$20.

Widely recognized throughout the United States and abroad as the premiere Chinese acrobatic touring company of today, the Golden Dragon Acrobats feature performers who have been trained in the rigorous art of acrobatics since early youth. The Golden Dragon Acrobats debuted in 1985 and are the only Chinese acrobatic company touring year-round in the United States.

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The 14th annual Greening Up the Mountains festival took place Saturday, April 23, in downtown Sylva.

This free festival celebrated the arrival of spring in the mountains, when the greening leaves work their way up the Great Smokies. It also celebrated the greening of the environment, with information about sustainable living and presentations by environmental groups.

Festival-goers participated in a full day of activities, including a parade, live music on two stages, 5K road race, displays from local artisans, a variety of food vendors, plus a children’s area with face-painting, a giant inflatable slide and other activities.

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MedWest Health & Fitness center will host a Kids Indoor Triathlon and Aquathlon May 6 for youth 15 and younger.

The Asheville Triathlon Club will help coordinate this event, which begins at 6:30 p.m. at MedWest Health & Fitness Center. The fitness center will close at 6 p.m. so participants will have uninterrupted use of the facility for this special event.

“Our lifeguard will be on duty throughout the event,” said Scotty Setser, director of the MedWest Health & Fitness Center. “Our center consistently offers programs for the youth of our community, including water safety instruction in our six-lane, 25-yard indoor pool. We believe this event will be a great introduction to the sport of triathlon for all ages.”

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