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Western Carolina University will offer a six-week ballroom dance class from 6 to 7 p.m. Mondays from Sept. 12 through Oct. 10, with a final class Thursday, Oct. 13, on the WCU campus.

Instructor Heidi Turlington, with degrees in dance and physical education, is a former competitive dancer and experienced instructor. Participants will learn dances including the waltz, tango, cha-cha, swing and fox-trot, as well as the basics of leading and following in social ballroom dance. Participants are welcome with or without a partner and should wear comfortable, soft-bottomed shoes.


Whee! Fest using electronica to feed the hungry and bring people together

Just outside Western Carolina University, the sounds and vibrations of the underground music scene could be heard and felt in the hills just off of Monteith Gap Road in Cullowhee last Saturday.

Equipped with tents, hula hoops, glow sticks, frisbees, canned goods and ... beer ... hundreds of young people marched their way to a counter cultural celebration of sorts.


The Bascom is the place to be this September.

On Thursday, Sept. 8, from 5-7 p.m., “Stella by Starlight - Stella’s Working Space: from protractors and polygons to printmaking and sculpture,” a reception and talk by Susan Robert will be held. A longtime enthusiast and student of Stella’s work, Robert is a painter and printmaker who will share her enthusiasm in the context of The Bascom’s current exhibit “Frank Stella: American Master.” Admission is free, but seating is limited so contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call (828)787-2862 to reserve a space.


Cowee Elementary School will be the setting of a special benefit for the Rickman Store on Friday, Sept. 9, from 6 to 9 pm. “The Cowee Country Jamboree” will commemorate the birthday of the beloved Tom M. Rickman who owned and operated the store from 1925 to 1992.

Friends of the Rickman Store invite the community to join the celebration that features the Heartland Band, Dave Steward, Mary Kay Sullivan and Henry Miller, Chris Bowers, Smokey and the Bandits, and Ronnie Evans. The Nikwasi Dulcimer Players will open the musical evening.


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