July 17

  • Joy Garden Tour benefiting The Village Green, July 17-21:  Come out and support the Cashiers Village Green with their Joy Garden Tour. This year’s theme is Garden and “Bee” Happy. The Garden Shops are open to everyone from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. Friday, July 19 and from 10 a.m until 4 p.m. on Saturday, July 20 at The Village Green Commons on Frank Allen Road. Shoppers can browse the selections  from more than 35 vendors. The shops include a collection of antiques, personalized items, gourmet food, distinctive home furnishings, clothing, jewelry and more! On Saturday attend the free programs featuring flower arranging, bee conservation, beekeeping and a special sommelier guided honey tasting. Tickets for some events must be purchased in advance. Benefactors and Patrons to the Joy Garden Tour will also enjoy the Gala Patron Party, a summer garden soiree at The Village Green. Other ticketed events include a Garden Talk Luncheon and the New Orleans Jazz Brunch. A schedule of Joy Garden Tour events can be accessed HERE.

    For additional information including how to purchase tickets, call Kaye Keller at 828.743.9920 or email The Village Green is the 12.5 acre park for free, public enjoyment in the center of Cashiers with boundaries extending from Highway 64 to Frank Allen Road. “What many people don’t realize is that The Village Green receives no government funding,” remarked Ann Self, director of The Village Green. She added, “This public treasure depends on the generosity of those who financially support The Village Green.” For more information, click HERE

Books & Bites with Author Jonathan Putnam at the Hudson Library in on July 17.

  • Books & Bites with Author Jonathan Putnam: Mystery writer and Lincoln scholar Jonathan Putnam will be at Hudson Library at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday July 13 for a Books & Bites talk about his Lincoln & Speed mystery series, including his newest release A House Divided which just came out this week. Join us for lunch bites and a fascinating talk with the author. Books will be available for purchase and signing at this free event. Jonathan Putnam is a writer and attorney. His Lincoln & Speed historical mysteries, including Final Resting Place, Perish from the Earth, These Honored Dead, and A House Divided, have been a critical and commercial success. He has been active in a number of charitable causes relating to children and access to higher education for less fortunate kids. He and his wife Christin live in London and New York with their three sons. Books & Bites programs, including light lunch, are sponsored by the Hudson Library Board of Trustees. Be sure to mark your calendars for the next Books & Bites event on August 1 at 12:30 pm with popular author Kristy Woodson Harvey. For more information or to request an accommodation, please call the library at 828-526-3031. Hudson Library, 554 Main Street in Highlands, is open 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on Saturday.

July 19

  • Library Summer Learning: Hudson Library is in the seventh week of 2019 “A Universe of Stories” Summer Learning Programs! Children of all ages are earning prizes for reading, being entertained with movies, gaining lots of knowledge and having lots of fun through our various programs.  All programs take place at Hudson Library, 554 Main St. in Highlands.  Animals After Dark presented by Western North Carolina Nature Center, takes place at 10:30 a.m. Ever wondered about the animals that become active after we go to sleep? We’ll learn about opossums, owls, bats, and more during this nocturnal animal program. Kids will learn to identify animal sounds, explore biofacts, and be introduced to a live nocturnal animal guest. Friday afternoon at 2 p.m. is movie time at the library. This week’s space-themed family film features irresistible talking puppies in an adventure that takes them where no puppy has gone before – the moon! With the help of some stellar new friends, this out-of-this-world adventure is one small step for dog, one giant leap for dogkind.

July 19 & 20

  • Joy Garden Tour: Features Pop-Up Boutique Shopping and Speakers The Village Green invites you to attend the 2019 Joy Garden Tour: Garden and “Bee” Happy on Friday, July 19 and Saturday, July 20 for a boutique shopping experience. Featuring more than 30 unique specialty vendors, you can expect to see a vast selection of items such as jewelry, pottery, garden items, apparel, home accessories, and metalworks. Shopping hours will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Come out and find the perfect gift for yourself or someone special! Saturday activities at the shops include free, interactive programs from 10 a.m. -2:30 pm. These workshops feature flower arranging, beekeeping and bee conservation and a special locally produced honey tasting. Both boutique shopping and symposiums will be held at The Village Green Commons on Frank Allen Rd. These events are free and open to the public. For more information about the Joy Garden Tour including how to purchase tickets, call 828.743.3434 or email Don’t miss the buzz and “bee” sure to mark these events on your calendar.

July 20

Highlands Plateau Greenway will conduct its monthly workday on the Greenway Trail from 9 a.m. to noon, Saturday, July 20.

  • Trail Workday: The Highlands Plateau Greenway will conduct its monthly workday on the Greenway Trail from 9 a.m. to noon, Saturday, July 20. If you are interested in participating, please send a message to Meet at the large upper parking lot behind the Recreation Center at 9 a.m. for a brief orientation session, and you will be furnished with the necessary tools and safety equipment.  It is suggested you bring work gloves and bottled water. 

July 21

Showtimes at the Highlands Playhouse for Hampstead.

July 25

Zahner Conservation Lecture Series on July 25 at 6 p.m., the series will feature Adam Warwick of The Nature Conservancy.

  • Each summer, the Highlands Biological Foundation hosts free evening lectures at the Nature Center on Thursdays focused on the theme of natural history and conservation, a tradition that began in the 1930s. Today, these lectures are known as the Zahner Conservation Lecture Series, which serves to educate and inspire through a series of talks from well-known regional scientists, conservationists, artists, and writers.  On July 25 at 6 p.m., the series will feature Adam Warwick of The Nature Conservancy.  This lecture is sponsored by Monte and Palmer Gaillard and Melanie and Tom Mauldin. All are invited to participate in these free lectures, which will be held at the Highlands Nature Center, 930 Horse Cove Road in Highlands at 6:00pm on Thursday nights between July 11 and September 12. For a full schedule of lectures, as well as information on other programs, please visit or call the Highlands Biological Foundation at 828.526.2221. A free shuttle will run from Founders Park to the Nature Center beginning at 5:30 p.m.

August 17

The Twilight 5K Race is at 6 p.m. on August 17 at the Kelsey Hutchinson Founders Park.

  • Twilight 5K: The Twilight 5K Race is at 6 p.m. on August 17 at the Kelsey Hutchinson Founders Park in Highlands, N.C. The course is undulating, beginners or walkers will find it friendly, yet the faster runners will be challenged. Parking will be available around the Kelsey Hutchinson Founders park. 
  • Twilight 10K: is being added to this year’s list, dubbed “Highlands Funnest 10K.” This event will be for runners 15 years of age and up. Parts of course will be unmonitored. Course is challenging and will go up Bear Pen Mtn in the town of Highlands. Come “eat the Bear”. Race is on August 17 starting at 6 p.m. at the Kelsey Hutchinson Founders Park. Registration and check-in will start at 4 p.m. Early packet pickup at Highlands Recreation Department Friday August 16th 4-7 p.m. Please allow enough time to get checked in. Parking will be available around the park. Bring chairs, coolers, refreshments, blankets to join us for the evening music, starting around 7:30 p.m., it is going to be a blast!!! Glow sticks for the kids. Rarely above 80 degrees in summer. Always cool in the evening. Get out of the heat! This is your opportunity to come to “cool” Highlands N.C. and run on the plateau. Free photography this year by True Speed Photo.
    The route will take runners up Big Bear Pen. To sign up for the race click HERE.


First Mondays

  • Shortoff Baptist Church non-denominational Men’s Meeting at 7 p.m.


  • At the Rec Park, High Cardio Zumba Fitness with Certified Instructor Tiffany Austin at 5:15 p.m.
  • Hip Hop classes with Tori Schmitt at 5:30-6:30 p.m. at the Rec Park.

Mon. & Thurs.

  • The Joy Program at HUMC from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Includes a free lunch and a variety of programs and games. All seniors are welcome. For more info, call Tricia Smith at 828-338-8167.

Mon. & Wed.

  • Gentle Yoga at the Rec park at 9:30 a.m. All levels welcome.

Mon., Wed., Fri.

  • Heart Healthy Exercise Class Monday, Wednesday and Friday 8:30-9:30 a.m.
  • Aerobics with Tina Rogers 8-9 a.m.

Mon., Wed., Thurs.

  • Pickle Ball at the Recreation Department Gym 10:30 a.m. -1 p.m.


  • FREE Community Table Dinner at the Community Building. at 6 p.m.
  • The Humanist Discussion Group meets every Tuesday morning from 10:30-11:30 a.m. in the Meeting Room in the back of Hudson Library,
  • The Highlands Writers Group, a collection of professional and talented amateur writers, meets to read, workshop, or to just share information on writing, every Tuesday, 3-5 p.m., in the downstairs board room at The Bascom, 323 Franklin Road, Highlands, NC 28741. For more information, call 828-526-3190.
  • Highlands Rotary Club, Repeats every week every Tuesday at noon in the Highlands Community Building until Tue Apr 16 2019.

First Tuesdays

  • The monthly family support group for those with family members, friends, or loved ones living with the challenge of mental illness meets at 7 p.m. at Memorial United Methodist Church, 4668 Old Murphy Road, Franklin. For info call 369-7385.

Third Tuesday

  • The Macon County Poultry club meets to discuss topics related to raising backyard chickens. Meetings are open to the public of all ages, family friendly and educational. For more information call 828-349-2046 or 828-369-3916.

Tuesday and Thursdays

  • Exercise Class with Michelle Lane at 5:15 p.m. A combination class with many different styles of exercise at Rec Park.


  • Rotary Club of Cashiers Valley, meeting repeats every Wednesday until April 17, 2019.
  • Highlands Mountaintop Rotary meets every Wednesday until Wed Apr 17, 2019 at the Highlands Church of the Incarnation.

Wed. – Sat. 

  • At Highlands Inn on Main Street held in the dining room, Afternoon Tea  2-4:30 p.m. Royal Tea: $45; Classic Tea: $35. Call 828-526-9380 for more information.


  • The Glenville Historical Society Museum is open every Wednesday through Saturday 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. until October 13. Church, club, school and family groups are welcome to visit the museum by appointment on any day of the week. The Museum is located at 4735 Highway 107in Glenville next to Signal Ridge Marina. A historic time line, photos, documents, artifacts and antiques tell the story of Old Glenville, building the Lake Glenville Dam and new Glenville development from the 1940s to present day. Go to

First Wednesdays

  • Family Movies at the Hudson Library at 3:30 p.m. Call 828-526-3031 for titles.

3rd Wednesdays

  • Recently released movies at Hudson Library at 2 p.m. Call 828-526-3031 for titles.

Wed. & Fri.

  • Duplicate Bridge 12-4 p.m. at Rec Park.


  • Four Seasons Compassion for Life will be leading a grief support group at First Presbyterian Church in Highlands on alternating Thursdays 10:30-11:30 a.m. This will be a closed group due to the nature of the group unless there are special circumstances that keep an individual from coming to the first meeting. Music therapy will be used for most sessions. Dates include: Aug. 2, 16, 30, Sept. 13, 27, Oct. 11 and Nov. 1 and 8. For additional information, contact Four Seasons at 866-466-9734
  • Live music in OEI’s The Wine Garden on Main Street. Zorki from 7-9 p.m.
  • Storytime with Miss Deanna at Hudson Library 10:40 a.m. Open to the public.
  • NAMI Support Group for individuals dealing with mental illness and the family members of individuals dealing with these challenges from 7 – 8:15 p.m. at First United Methodist Church Out Reach Center on West Main Street in Franklin Call Donita for more info (828) 526-9510.
  • Hip Hop classes with Tori Schmitt at 6:30-7:30 p.m. at the Rec Park.

Afternoon Movie every week until Thu Apr 18 2019 at the Albert Carlton-Cashiers Community Library. For more information call (828) 743-0215

Thurs. -Sat.

  • Highlands Historical Village is open 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. through October.

2nd Thursdays

  • Sapphire Valley Needlepoint Guild meets at the Highlands Rec Park at 10 a.m.

3rd Thursdays

  • Kidney Smart Classes in Franklin: from 4:30-6 p.m., Angel Medical Center, Video Conference Room, 3rd Floor, 120 Riverview St. Contact Majestic 828-369-9474

1st and 3rd Thursdays

  • Indivisible Highlands, a non-partisan activist group meets weekly at the Hudson Library at 5p. For info call 770-823-0601.

Fourth Thursday

  • At the Hudson Library, Kids Zone LEGO Club. Intended primarily for kids in grades 1-5 p.m., LEGO Club allows creativity and STEM skills to develop together as kids enjoy making a wonderful variety of LEGO creations.

Fridays & Saturdays

  • Live music at OEI’s Art’s At The Lodge on Spring Street. 5-8 p.m. Fridays Steve Wohlrab. Saturdays Zorki.

Live Music in OEI’s Hummingbird Lounge.Maestro from 6-8 p.m. and Cy Timmons 8 p.m. to close. Fridays

  • Live FREE music in Town Square on Main Street from 6-8 p.m.


  • Live FREE music in K-H Founders Park on Pine Street from 6-8 p.m.
  • At The Bascom, Pottery Sale in the barn from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Scrabble at Hudson Library from 1-4 p.m. Bring board if possible. All are welcome. 727-871-8298.
  • The Bascom Knitters on the Terrace at The Bascom from 10 a.m. until noon or downstairs in The Bascom Library room.

4th Saturdays

  • Scaly Mountain Women’s Club Pancake Breakfast 8-10:30 a.m. at the old Scaly Mtn. School at Buck Knob and NC 106.