Thursday, Oct. 27:
• Contemporary Clay, curated by Heather Mae Erickson, is an exhibition that examines the evolving, expanded field of clay and ceramics that began on Oct. 6 and will be on display until Dec. 16. Come see this exhibit anytime from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. in the Bardo Arts Center, room 124.
• As part of Homecoming week, “Recalibrate Your Compass” by visiting campus services and finishing this semester on the right path. Visit the UC Fountain at noon for free food, t-shirts and prizes!
• A screening of Nadia Dean’s new film, “CAMERON,” based on “A Demand of Blood: the Cherokee War of 1776” published in 2013 will take place from 7-8:30 p.m. in the Mountain Heritage Center Auditorium. A Q&A and book signing will take place after the screening. For more information about the film, visit www.valleyrivermedia.com.
• “Ideas without Walls” lecture will take place from 7:30-9:30 p.m. in the Fine and Performing Arts Center theatre.
• As part of Homecoming, the Department of Campus Activities and Residential Living present the Homecoming Concert featuring Mayday Parade, The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus and Rescue Party. The concert will take place in the Ramsey Center. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the concert will begin at 8 p.m. Tickets for students are $12 for floor and $8 for arena. For non-students, tickets are $18 for floor and $14 for arena. If you buy tickets today, add $4 to the amount because it is the day of the show. Taxes and convenience fees will apply. For more information or to buy tickets visit ramsey.wcu.edu or call 828-227-7722.
Friday, Oct. 28:
• The Pumpkin Patch will take place from 5-8 p.m. at the Jackson County Parks and Recreation Department in Cullowhee. This event is recommended for children ages 3-10 and requires a $1 donation.
• The Democratic Women of Jackson County Annual Fundraiser will be held from 5:30-8 p.m. at the Jackson County Family Resource Center in Webster. There will be a chili and baked potato dinner, Appalachian music by The Moon and Two Stars, round dancing with Joe Sam Queen, an auction and raffles. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children 12 or under. For more information, contact Donna Dupree at 828-246-1186 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
• Come cheer on the volleyball team as they take on UNCG in the Ramsey Center Main Arena from 6-8 p.m. For more information, visit www.catamountsports.com.
• The 2016 Homecoming Main Street Parade will begin at 6:30 p.m. Cheer as community and student floats, Western Carolina University cheerleaders and dance team, Homecoming Court, and the Pride of the Mountains Marching Band parade through downtown Sylva.
• The Wesley Foundation at Western Carolina University presents two haunted houses on two nights for only one price! The first haunted house will take place from 7-11 p.m. tonight and is titled “Paranormal Containment Unit.” Join the PCU team as they seek to capture and contain the horrors that have haunted the Wesley Foundation for years. Can you survive the flesh-eating zombies, demon clowns, the ghost bride and many other ghoulish creatures? Join PCU and find out! Tickets are only $5 and include access to this haunted house and the one tomorrow. The Wesley Foundation is located at Cullowhee United Methodist Church on Western Carolina’s campus. This event is not recommended for children under 10 years old.
Saturday, Oct. 29:
• The zombie apocalypse has hit. Will you survive the outbreak? Put your skills to the test at the Third Annual Zombie Run 5K Chase Race beginning at 9 a.m. For more information and to register for the race visit www.active.com.
• The Sylva Rotary is sponsoring the Spirit of the Smokies Classic Car Show from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. in Dillsboro. Registration begins at 9 a.m. Come out and see over 100 classic cars and other vehicles.
• Family Day Bonanza will take place from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. at the Jackson County Parks and Recreation Center in Cullowhee. This event is free for the entire family. There will be food, games, inflatables, mini golf, face painting and more. For more information, call 828-293-3053.
• Glass pumpkin classes will take place at the Jackson County Energy Park from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Classes last about 30 minutes. No experience necessary! Make your own glass pumpkin for only $40. Payment is due at registration and your glass pieces will be available for pickup 48 hours after the class. For more information, call 828-631-0271 or visits www.jcgep.org.
• The Tuckasegee Trading Company will hold its eleventh annual Fall Customer Appreciation Day from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Come enjoy lunch, live music from The Tuckasegee Boys, raffle prices and sales. For more information, call 828-297-1514.
• Watch as the volleyball team plays against Furman from noon–2 p.m. in the Ramsey Center Main Arena. For more information, visit www.catamountsports.com.
• Adam W. Hones will present his novel “Fate Ball” from 3-4:30 p.m. at City Lights Bookstore. “Fate Ball” is a Southern novel about first loves, growing up and letting go. For more information, call 828-586-9499 or visit www.citylightsnc.com.
• The Catamount Football team faces Chattanooga from 3:30-7:30 p.m. in the E.J. Whitmire Stadium. For tickets and more information, visits www.catamountsports.com.
• Join Intercultural Affairs and the Department of Campus Activities for an event where both students and alumni can mingle and enjoy a night of awesome entertainment. The Homecoming Super Lounge will take place from 8-11 p.m. in the UC Grandroom. The crowd will enjoy a live musical performance by Billboard Music Award winner, R&B artist Mario. This is an event you don’t want to miss!
• The Wesley Foundation presents its second haunted house entitled “Blackout: Horror Maze” from 7-11 p.m. The lights have been turned off and the creatures of the dark have been let out! Guests may only enter alone or with a friend. Run, walk and crawl through the darkness as you avoid the horrors within. This event is free if you attended last night’s haunted house. If you did not attend the first haunted house, tickets are only $5. The Wesley Foundation is located at Cullowhee United Methodist Church on Western Carolina’s campus. This event is not recommended for children under 10 years old.
Sunday, Oct. 30:
• Join the WCU Dance Team for a Corn Hole Tournament from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. at the UC Lawn.
• The Inspirational Choir Concert will bring Homecoming Weekend to a close with a performance in the UC Grandroom at noon. For more information, contact the Office of Intercultural Affairs at 828-227-2276 or email@example.com.
• Women’s Soccer will compete in the SoCon Quarterfinals from 2-4 p.m. at the Catamount Track and Soccer Field. For more information, visit www.catamountsports.com.
Monday, Oct. 31:
• Stop by the Technology Commons in Hunter Library any time until 8 p.m. for “Tech or Treat.” There will be fun Halloween activities, candy and, of course, a costume contest.
• A costume contest will be taking place from 5-11 p.m. in the UC Grand Room.
• Visit downtown Dillsboro for a trick or treat block party from 5-7 p.m. This family-friendly event will feature games and hayrides, courtesy of Dogwood Crafters and Jarrett Memorial Church.
• The town of Sylva will be hosting Treat Street from 6-8 p.m. Participating businesses and organizations throughout downtown Sylva will provide games, treats and other fun for people of all ages.
Tuesday, Nov. 1:
• Horn player Travis Bennett will perform a faculty recital from 7:30-9:30 p.m. in the Recital Hall of the Coulter Building.
Wednesday, Nov. 2:
• An American Red Cross blood drive is taking place from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. in the UC Grandroom.
• A discussion on Tuition & Fee Increases will take place from 1:30-3 p.m. in the Raleigh Room on the second floor of the University Center. This is your chance to have input on proposed tuition and fee increases and to ask questions about what you are currently paying.
• A Wilma Dykeman Celebration will take place from 4-5 p.m. in the Auditorium. A 20-minute video of author Wilma Dykeman’s life and works will be shown. Afterwards, Dykeman’s son, Jim Stokely III, will discuss a newly discovered manuscript, “Family of Earth,” about her early development as a writer. English professor Pam Duncan will then talk with students and attendees about Dykeman’s writing and development as a writer, public activist and environmentalist.
• The second Trumpet Studio Recital will take place from 7:30-9:30 p.m. in the Recital Hall of the Coulter Building.
Thursday, Nov. 3:
• An American Red Cross Blood Drive will take place from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. in the UC Grandroom.
• It is the first Thursday of the month, meaning there will be a free concert hosted by the Mountain Heritage Center. The concert will take place from 7-8 p.m. You are welcome to bring a stringed instrument to participate in a jam session with the band from 8-9 p.m. This event is free and open to the public.
• “I am a son, brother, cancer survivor, author, Paralympic ski racer, motivational speaker, YouTuber and Halloween enthusiast,” states Josh Sundquist on his official website. Sundquist will be speaking from 7-8 p.m. in the UC Theater.
• The Percussion ensemble will perform a concert from 7:30-9:30 p.m. in the Recital Hall of the Coulter Building.
Friday, Nov. 4:
• The Cross Country WCU Invitational will take place from 6-9 p.m. at the Catamount Track and Soccer Field. For more information, visit www.catamountsports.com.
Saturday, Nov. 5:
• Conquer the Mountain Half Marathon and lunch will take place at 10 a.m. as a benefit for the Smoky Mountain Pregnancy Care Center. Registration begins at 9 a.m. You can pre-register for the event by visiting the Smoky Mountain Pregnancy Care Center or www.active.com. For more information, contact Jenny Golding at 828-349-3200 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
• The WNC Pottery Festival will take place from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. in Dillsboro. Showcasing the work of more than 40 master potters from 13 states, the festival will feature a large variety of clay art styles. The event will be juried. Tickets are $5 and include a chance in a raffle. Children under the age of 12 are free. For more information, call 828-631-5100 or 828-586-3601. You can also visit the website at www.wncpotteryfestival.com.
• The Catamount Football team will face VMI from 2-5 p.m. in the E.J. Whitmire Stadium. Tickets are free for students with their cat card. For more information, visit www.catamountsports.com.
• The WCU volleyball team is facing UT Chattanooga in the Ramsey Center Main Arena from 7-9 p.m. This is also Senior Day. For more information, visit www.catamountsports.com.
Sunday, Nov. 6:
• Don’t let the time change and shorter days get you down. Come to Daylight S’mores’ing Time from 5-7 p.m. at the Jackson County Parks and Recreation Center in Cullowhee. Enjoy s’mores as we celebrate the longer nights and mourn the shorter days. Cost is $2 per person and registration ends Nov. 5. For more information, contact 828-293-3053.
Tuesday, Nov. 8:
• An election results viewing party will take place from 5-11:30 p.m. in UC Illusions (room 309).
• Eldred Spell will perform a faculty recital from 7:30-9:30 p.m. in the Recital Hall of the Coulter Building.
Wednesday, Nov. 9:
• Open Mic Night happens every Wednesday from 8-10 p.m. at Innovation Brewing. Come express your creativity through music, comedy, poetry or anything else you desire!