Day Planner


    Deadline for submission of items for the community calendar is 3 p.m. Friday. Items received after that time will be set for the appropriate calendar the following week.

    Tax Aide and IRS-certified volunteers will assist low- and moderate-income individuals of all ages especially 50 and older with free federal and state income tax preparation and filing from 1-5:45 p.m. Wednesdays and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursdays, Feb. 5 through April 9, at Murphy Public Library, 9 Blumenthal St. Make appointments at the library or by calling the office at 837-2417. There is no charge. The program is sponsored by Murphy Public Library, AARP Foundation and Internal Revenue Service. For details, visit or call 888-227-7669.

Jan. 16
    The storytelling group will meet at 2 p.m. Thursday at Moss Memorial Library, 26 Anderson St. in Hayesville. For details, call storyteller Kanute Rarey at 502-525-7272, email or visit online at

Jan. 17
    January Storytelling will be held Friday at John C. Campbell Folk School in Brasstown featuring morning song from 7:45-8:15 a.m. with Alan Sirmans, Kanute Rarey and Turner Guidry. The evening showcase will be held from 7-8 a.m. Monday with Amanda Lawrence, Denise Mount, Kanute Rarey and Melanie Knauff.  For details, call storyteller Kanute Rarey at 502-525-7272, email or visit online at
    The next open mic night,  “Stories on the Square,” sponsored by Mountain Area Storytellers, will be held from 6-7:30 p.m. Friday at the Corner Coffee and Wine Shop on the courthouse square in Hayesville. Doors open and sign up at 5:45 p.m. Admission is free. Beginners are welcome. Storytellers, poets, writers and musicians are welcome. For details, call storyteller Kanute Rarey at 502-525-7272, email or visit online at

Jan. 18
    Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association Chapter 15-8 will have its monthly chapter meeting at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Skillet restaurant in Blairsville, Ga. If you know a veteran in need, or would like information about joining the chapter, call 828-276-3471 or email

Jan. 19
    The Still Place at 136 Crossover Lane in Hayesville will have an open house from 2-4 p.m. Sunday. Refreshments will be provided. Everyone is invited.
    To commemorate 100 years of the yoga teachings of Paramahansa Yogananda in America, the Blairsville Meditation Circle of Self-Realization Fellowship welcomes all to a free open house from 12:30-2 p.m. Sunday at 226 Gainesville Highway, Suite D in Blairsville. There will also be a special screening of The Life of Paramahansa Yogananda: The Early Years in America. For details, call Honor Schneider at 828-644-9388 or Kirsten at 404-313-2999; email or see the Facebook page “Blairsville.srf.”

Jan. 21
    A three-session Girl Scout troop series for girls K-5 will be held at the Murphy Public Library’s community room, 9 Blumenthal St. in Murphy. Meeting dates are 3:30-4:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Jan. 21, Feb. 4 and Feb. 18. Those attending will earn a badge, participate in the Girl Scout Cookie Program and make new friends. Bring a friend for a free, special patch. Pre-registration is required. Register online at into troop 2997 or call 800-672-2148 to register.

Jan. 22
    DivorceCare is a caring group of people who will walk alongside you through separation or divorce. The 13-week series will run from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 22, through Wednesday, April 15, at the Sweetwater Campus, 108 Sweetwater Church Road in Hayesville.  Registration is $20 each for the workbook. There is no fee for those who have attended in the past. Childcare is available. Register by going to< Call the office of Hayesville First United Methodist Church at 389-8413 for details.
    State Employees’ Credit Union will offer tax preparation services to eligible members beginning Wednesday, Jan. 22. SECU tax preparers will be on hand in all 267 locations across the state to answer questions, and complete and electronically file 2019 federal and state income tax returns for members who are eligible to participate in its low-cost tax preparation program. Members can visit SECU’s website at for details.

Jan. 23
    Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce’s AfterHours will be held from 5-7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 23, at Murphy Health & Fitness, 695 Connahetta St. in Murphy. For details, call the chamber at 837-2242.
    Valley River Humane Society will hold its general membership meeting at 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 23, at the Penland Senior Center in Murphy. The public is invited to attend.
    The Cherokee County Department of Social Services board meeting has been rescheduled for 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 23, at the Cherokee County Department of Social Services building on U.S. 64 west of Murphy. For details, call the office at 837-7455.

Feb. 3
    The Brasstown Volunteer Fire Department is hosting a discourse on “Stress Management, Mental Health and Wellness for the First Responder, family and residents” beginning at 6 p.m. Monday, Feb. 3, at Brasstown Community Center, 225 Settawig Road in Brasstown. Special guest speaker will be Elizabeth Adamovich, behavioral health consultant.