Events

Event listings are FREE of charge. Send your flyers/info to Scott at scotmckie@ebci-nsn.gov or to Cherokeeonefeather1966@gmail.com

BENEFITS/FUNDRAISERS

NAIA Benefit for Reuben Taylor. Feb. 23 at 11 a.m. at the Yellowhill Activity Center. Indian Dinners (chicken, bead bread, fatback, cabbage, fried potatoes, beans and hominy, dessert and drink) for $15. Delivery will be available. Call-ins will be taken until 1 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 22. Info: Lucille Wolfe (828) 736-5285

Turkey Shoot. Feb. 24 at 3 p.m. at the Jesse Welch Turkey Shoot Facility in the Big Cove Community. Travel fundraiser for Wolfe Productions Cherokee Crew. Good food, good fun, great prizes, great benefit.

Senior Citizens Breakfast Fundraiser for Annual Trip. Feb. 24 from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Tsali Manor. Menu: biscuit, gravy, eggs, bacon, hashbrown, grits, and a drink (coffee, tea, or juice) for $15. In addition, a bake sale and a yard sale (tables for rent at $15/each) will also be held. Info: (828) 359-6860

EBCI COMMUNITY EVENTS 

Gathering for Mixed Cherokee/Latino families. Friday, Feb 23 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Yellowhill Activity Building. Bring your favorite dish to share. This is for families who are a mix of Cherokee and Latino. Viernes, 23 de febrero De 5 a 9 p. m. En el edificio de actividades de Yellowhill. Trae tu plato favorito para compartir. Esto es para familias que son una mezcla de Cherokee y Latino.

Exploring Birds on the Boundary. Feb. 26 at 4:30 p.m. at the Yellowhill Activity Center. ecoEXPLORE is an initiative of The North Carolina Arboretum. Programs are free and intended for families with children ages 5 – 13. For more information, please email ecoexplore@ncarboretum.org.

Cherokee Town Hall Meeting. March 4 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Chief Joyce Dugan Cultural Arts Center on the campus of Cherokee Central Schools in Cherokee, N.C. Elected officials of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians will make up the panel for this open discussion with assistance from secretaries from each EBCI division. This event will be live-streamed via EBCI Communications.

March Madness Market. March 7 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Yellowhill Activity Center. Lots of vendors, lunch by Melitia, and Girl Scout cookies. Info: Denise Walkingstick (828) 508-2211

MANNA Foodbank Community Market. March 21 from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. at the Kool-Aid Queen Wolftown Gym in Cherokee, N.C. Stop by for free grocery staples, produce, and other perishables from MANNA Foodbank. Please bring your own bags if you can. This event is free and open to all community members. Info: (828) 359-6934 or tammjack@ebci-nsn.gov

Cherokee Community Easter Event. March 25 at 1441 Acqoni Road (old Cherokee High School site) in Cherokee, N.C. Info: (828) 359-7007

Rainbows & Ramps Festival. March 30 at the Peaches Squirrell Sports & Recreation Complex in Cherokee, N.C. Info: (828) 359-6471

8th Annual Spring Garden Fair. April 19 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and April 20 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Yellowhill Activity Center in Cherokee, N.C. Featuring seeds, plants, yard art, education, and a Re-Purpose It contest for youth ages 5-17. Vendor tables available for $20 for two days or a door prize donation. Vendors tables are free for informational, educational, and activities for children. EBCI/NC Cooperative Extension Garden Kits will be given out at this event on Friday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. NAIWA will be serving breakfast and lunch. For more information, or to reserve a table, call Lucille (828) 736-5285 or Tammy Jackson 788-0878

Cherokee Spring Rod Run. April 26-27 at Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Convention Center. Info: (828) 226-6853

Fire Mountain Inferno. May 3 and 5 at the Fire Mountain Trail in Cherokee, N.C. Info: (828) 359-6702

Cherokee Customer Appreciation Day. May 25 at the Cherokee Welcome Center in Cherokee, N.C. Info: (828) 359-6490

Eastern Band of Cherokee Annual Pow Wow. July 5-7 at 1441 Acquoni Road (old Cherokee High School site) in Cherokee, N.C. Info: (828) 359-6490

4th of July Fireworks. July 6 at 1441 Acquoni Road (old Cherokee High School site) in Cherokee, N.C. Info: (828) 359-6490

Talking Trees Children’s Trout Derby. Aug. 3-4 at the Oconaluftee Island Park in Cherokee, N.C. Info: (828) 359-6471

Cherokee Indian Fair. Oct. 1-5 at 1441 Acquoni Road (old Cherokee High School site) in Cherokee, N.C. Info: (828) 788-1708

Cherokee Fall Rod Run. Oct. 11-12 at 1441 Acquoni Road (old Cherokee High School site) in Cherokee, N.C. Info: (828) 226-6853

Scareokee. Oct. 31 at 181 Tsali Blvd. (old Cherokee Elementary School site) in Cherokee, N.C. Info: (828) 359-6490

Cherokee Christmas Parade. Dec. 14 in downtown Cherokee, N.C. Info: (828) 359-6490

 

 

HEALTH & SPORTS EVENTS

Fly Fishing TEAM USA National Championship. Feb. 26-29 in the general fishing waters of the Qualla Boundary. Info: (828) 359-6110

NAYO Basketball Tournament. March 28-30 in Cherokee, N.C. Team entry fee is $150 and is due by Friday, March 1. Rosters are due by Friday, March 22. Boys and Girls divisions (14U ages 12-14, 18U ages 15-18). Info: Shannon Bark (828) 736-9538, 359-3345, shanbark@ebci-nsn.gov, or Kelsey Jackson 788-4732, 359-6894, kelsjackson@ebci.nsn.gov 

Trout Fishing Opening Day Tournament. March 30-31 in the general fishing waters of the Qualla Boundary. Info: (828) 359-6110

Memorial Day Fishing Tournament. May 25-26 in the general fishing waters of the Qualla Boundary. (828) 359-6110

Qualla Country Fishing Tournament. Aug. 24-25 in the general fishing waters of the Qualla Boundary. Info: (828) 359-6110

7 Clans Rodeo. Aug. 31-Sept. 1 at 181 Tsali Blvd. (old Cherokee Elementary School site) in Cherokee, N.C. Info: (828) 359-6471

 

SUPPORT GROUPS 

Alcoholics Anonymous meets every Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at Analenisgi. Info: www.AAwnc80.com

Celebrate Recovery meets every Friday at 6pm at 1 Hospital Rd, Cherokee, NC. Celebrate recovery is a Christ centered, recovery program for anyone struggling with hurt,hang-ups and habits of any kind. All are Welcome. Contact is Chris McMillan 828-788-5410.

Cherokee Cancer Support Group meets the first Thursday of each month at Betty’s Place at 40 Goose Creek Road in the Birdtown Community. A potluck is held at 5:30 p.m. and the meeting is open to all. Betty’s Place is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. They provide counseling and support services to cancer patients that may include supplies, travel, and meals. Info: 497-0788

MARA (Medication-Assisted Recovery Anonymous) meets Thursdays at 5 p.m. in the Rivercane Room at Analenisgi. Info: Analenisgi (828) 497-9163 or visit: https://cherokeehospital.org/locations/analenisgi

 

WESTERN N.C. & BEYOND EVENTS 

Celebration of the State of Franklin and the 1788 Battle. Feb. 24 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Tipton-Haynes State Historic Site at 2620 South Roan Street in Johnson City, Tenn. Visitors will learn of the failed state and the battle that was fought on the property of Colonel John Tipton. Local reenactors from the Overmountain Men of Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park will be on the historic grounds for visitors to learn about the formation of the State of Franklin, late 1700s weapons demonstrations, and a recreation of the battle between neighbors. At 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., there will be a showing of “The Mysterious Lost State of Franklin” documentary. Highlighting the day will be a re-enactment at 2pm of the 236-year-old battle between the forces of Colonel John Tipton and Governor John Sevier. Admission for the State of Franklin Battle is $6 for adults and $3 for children 12 and under. As always, Tipton-Haynes members are free! Info: (423) 926-3631 or email tiptonhaynes@outlook.com.

Indivisible Swain County meeting. Feb. 26 at 7 p.m. via Zoom. The agenda will include 2024 goals and priorities. All are welcome to attend. To receive the Zoom link or for more information, email indivisibleswain@gmail.com

Swain County Genealogical and Historical Society meeting. March 7 at 6:30 p.m. at the Swain County Regional Business Education and Training Center at 45 East Ridge Drive in Bryson City, N.C. Don Casada will do a presentation entitled “Big Bear (aka Yonah Equah): Our Early Forebear”.  Attendance at the meetings is free of charge, but donations are appreciated. Conversation and refreshments will follow the presentation.

Memorial for Larry “Phil” Maney. March 10 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Qualla Community Club Building. All that knew him are welcome to attend.

WCU Organic Gardening Workshop series. Tuesdays from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. from Feb. 20 to March 26 on the campus of Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, N.C. The series is entitled “Getting the Most Out of Organic Gardening” and will be facilitated by local garden and native plant expert, Adam Bigelow, through Western Carolina University’s Division of Educational Outreach. The cost is $89 per person and spots are limited. To register, visit www.learn.wcu.nativeplant101 or call WCU Educational Outreach (828) 227-7397