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The Cherokee Language Program at Western Carolina University is collaborating with EarlyLight Books of Waynesville to publish a bilingual and Cherokee-only version of a book titled “Animal Colors,” which is designed to teach early readers about colors and animals.

The book has already been translated into the Cherokee syllabary, is scheduled to print in February and should be available to the public in July, said Dawn Cusick, owner of EarlyLight, which specializes in science books for children and adults.


Western Carolina University’s School of Music will present “The Film Music of John Williams” in honor of the composer’s 80th birthday at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 13, in the recital hall of the Coulter Building on the WCU campus. The concert is free and the public is invited.

Williams is one of America’s most prolific composers. He has a long history of association with director Steven Spielberg and has won awards for musical pieces in the movies “Jaws” and “Superman.” The concert will include some of Williams’ best-known musical hits from “Harry Potter,” “Star Wars,” “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” “Schindler’s List,” “Witches of Eastwick” and “E.T.” Visual slides from the movies will be on display to accompany the music.


A national higher education organization has recognized Western Carolina University with two awards for an interactive blog that publicized the Pride of the Mountains Marching Band’s participation in the 2011 internationally televised Rose Parade.

The Council for the Advancement and Support of Education’s District III recognized WCU’s Rose Parade blog, which incorporated a range of social media tools, with an Award of Excellence in the social media integration category and a Special Merit Award in the blog/tabloid category. The awards were announced as part of the recent CASE conference in Atlanta.


Elementary school-aged children and their families are invited to a free ARTSaturday workshop on Saturday March 10, 10:00 till noon, in the Macon County Public Library children’s wing. Make-and-take projects include paper kites and airplanes, and one-of-akind insect mobiles. Every ARTSaturday features live music by Keyboardist Lionel Caynon. There’s no pre-registration; children should wear play clothes and come for any part of the two-hour session. Adults must stay with their children; a special workstation is provided where adults and younger children can work together.


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