Heartland Band plays at the Carson Community Building on Saturday nights, 7 to 9 p.m. No admission is charged. The band plays country, bluegrass, gospel. Pickers and singers are welcome to attend.
Serving Spoon Serves a Hot Meal on Thursday, 6 p.m. at the Town’s Jaycee Building except on Thanksgiving.
MountainWise of Macon County Weekly Walk on Greenway Tuesdays, 12:15 to 12:45 p.m., at the Big Bear Park Shelter next to Wesley’s Playground. The public is invited to come socialize and get your recommended 30 minutes of daily physical activity. Invite your friends, family, and co-workers, wear tennis shoes and bring water.
Brasstown Ringers present “Bells of Christmas Past” on Friday, Dec 1, 7 p.m. at the First UMC, 66 Harrison Ave. Free but donations are appreciated.
High Mountain Squares Annual “Toys for Tots Dance” will be held on Sunday, Dec. 3, from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m., at the Robert C. Carpenter Building. Dr. Jim Duncan from Otto will be the caller.
Admission is a new, unwrapped toy. Everyone is welcome, dancers and non-dancers. Western-style square dancing, main/stream and plus levels. New dancers lessons will begin Feb. 12. Everyone is welcome. For information, call (828)371-4946, (828)342-1560, (828)332-0001 or www.highmountainsquare.com
Nathan Parrish will Present a Program of Christmas Music on Sunday, Dec. 3, 6 p.m., at the Oak Grove Baptist Church, 28 Lakey Creek Rd.
“High-profile allegations of sexual predation: Witch hunt or a moral awakening?” is the topic for the Franklin Open Forum on Monday, Dec. 4, at 7 p.m. Franklin Open Forum is a moderated discussion group, meeting at the Rathskeller Coffee Haus & Pub, located Downtown at 58 Stewart Street, Franklin. (Below and behind Books Unlimited.) Those interested in an open exchange of ideas (dialogue, not debate) are invited to attend. For more information, call (828)371-1020.
Cullasaja Community Association Meeting and Covered Dish Christmas Dinner will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 5, 6 p.m. at the Cullasaja community Building the Old Salem Church. Bring your favorite dish and a neighbor.
Tuckaseigee River Chapter #373 of Trout Unlimited will meet on Tuesday, Dec. 5, at 6:30 p.m., at the United Community Bank 1640 E. Main Street in Sylva. Dinner is at 6:30 p.m., followed by a chance to win a new fly rod, hand crafted by fellow chapter member Jim Mills. The speaker will be Matt Kulp, Supervisory Fishery Biologist for Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
Phillip Price for US Congress Meeting will be held on Dec. 7, 5:30 p.m. at the Rathskeller Coffee Haus & Pub, 58 Stewart St.
Phillip Price, candidate for U.S. House, will share his platform and give participants an opportunity to ask questions.
Western Carolina Community Chorus will present a concert on Sunday, Dec. 10, at 3 p.m., at First Baptist Church in Sylva.
Smoking Mountain Quilters Guild’s last 2017 Meeting will be held on Monday, Dec. 11, with a potluck luncheon and a special program by historical presenter Muriel Pfaff. She will be in costume as the stylish and young wife of President Grover Cleveland, who served as the nation’s 22nd and 24th president.
William E. Dillard Post 104 of The American Legion Christmas Dinner and Party will be held on Monday, Dec. 11, 6 p.m., in the Legion Hall at 915 West Main Street, Sylva, adjacent to Mark Watson Park. The Post will provide turkey and dressing with gravy, rolls and drinks. Auxiliary Unit members are asked to bring side dishes and desserts to share. After the meal, the party will continue with Christmas carols and songs. Those desiring to stay on and play Bingo are asked to bring a wrapped gift (value $5 to $10), to be included in the prizes. Post members wanting to attend this dinner should phone or text their name and number of meal reservations to Commander Ed Harwood at (828)399-0861 by noon on Friday, Dec. 8, for this catered event.
Sharing Our Stories (S.O.S.) For Families Dealing With Drug/Alcohol Addiction will meet on Monday, Dec. 13, and Dec. 27, 6:30 to 7:30 at the Carson Community Building, 3001 Old Murphy Rd. in Franklin. Coming together to share our stories helps us learn from others and continue to educate ourselves about this growing epidemic. For more information, call (828)421-1675.
Advanced Line Dance Classes will be held on Wednesday, 10 a.m. at the Robert C. Carpenter Building on 441 S., 10 a.m. For more information, call Pat (828)369-1924.
Beginner Line Dance Classes will be held on Mondays from 5:30 to 8 p.m., at the Robert C. Carpenter Building on 441 S. For more information, call Ron at (828) 371-9424 or Pat (828)369-1924.
NAMI Appalachian South, the local affiliate of National Alliance on Mental Illness Support Group meets every Thursday at 7 p.m. This group is for individuals living with a mental illness and for family members. Note new location at Community Out Reach Center of First United Methodist Church on West Main St. across from Lazy Hiker Brewery. For directions or information, call Ann (828)369-7385.
Free Yoga and Bodyworks Classes. Prana Madonna Yoga is offering free yoga mindfulness and bodyworks classes and yoga and bodyworks with disabilities. Classes are limited. Contact instructor Kim Bourque to register for your class today (828)-371-2154 or email@example.com
Harris Hospice serving patients and families in Franklin and the seven surrounding counties, conducts ongoing orientation sessions for adults (18 & older) interested in becoming volunteers with our program. No medical experience is required. Training is provided. For more information, call Rachel Thomson, volunteer coordinator at (828)631-1702.
Chair Tai Chi Class at the Senior Center are held on Thursdays, 9 a.m. This is for those who are in wheel chairs, walkers and cannot stand for any length of time. Tai Chi for arthritis will be held on Monday and Wednesday, 9 a.m. and 1 p.m.
Alzheimer’s Caregivers Support Group will be held on the first and third Thursdays at 3 p.m.
Community Care Clinic of Franklin needs volunteers to work at the front desk or as an intake volunteer. The front desk volunteer welcomes the patients and instructs them on completing the necessary paperwork. The intake volunteer takes vital signs and records medication and health information before the patient sees the medical provider. Work as often or as little as you like. For more information, call (828)349-2085 or email Brenda at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Macon County Senior Services is looking for volunteer drivers for the Home Delivered Meal program. Meals are delivered Monday through Friday and the routes, on average, take about 1 hour and 30 minutes. Interested persons should stop in The Crawford Senior Center and fill out a volunteer application at the Community Resource Center.
Matter of Balance Classes at the Senior Center are held on Thursdays from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. in the dining room. Walk with Ease is held on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. in the Small Conference Room. Guitar lessons for seniors are held on Fridays from 2 to 3 p.m., in the cafeteria. The Senior Center is located at 108 Wayah Street. For more information, call (828)349-0211.
Looking for people interested in playing Bridge on Tuesday or Thursday at The Cowee School Heritage Center. Contact Teresa Bouchonnet at (828)349-3878 or email@example.com for more information.
Franklin Gem & Mineral Museum is open Monday through Saturday from noon to 4 p.m. The museum is located in the old jail house, 25 Phillips Street, downtown Franklin. Discover gems and minerals from all over North Carolina as well as specimens from all over the world. Admission is free.
Adult Children of Alcoholics and Dysfunctional Families (ACA) – “Smoky Mountain ACAs” meets Saturdays at noon, at the First United Methodist Church Outreach Center, 171 Main St., in Franklin. For more information, contact Doug (407)758-6433 or adultchildren.org
Guardian Ad Litem Program is seeking volunteers to be the voice of a child in court. The vital work of the North Carolina Guardian ad Litem Program is only made possible by dedicated volunteers who are committed to the cause of keeping children safe from future harm. Find out more about the program by visiting www.ncgal.org or www.facebook.com/ncGuardianAdLitem. For more information, call Joe Allen, Macon County GAL office (828)349-7222 or Shannon Cowan, Jackson County GAL Office (828)587-2087.
NAMI Appalachian South, the local affiliate of National Alliance on Mental Illness Support Group meets every Thursday at 7 p.m. This group is for individuals living with a mental illness and for family members. Note new location at Community Out Reach Center of First United Methodist Church on West Main St. across from Lazy Hiker Brewery. For directions or information, call Ann (828)369-7385 or Kay (706)970-9987.
Learn to Cope Support Group Meetings are held on Tuesdays from 7 to 8:30 p.m., at Full Circle Recovery Center, 3261 Georgia Rd. The support group is for parents, family members, spouses and caregivers with a loved one who is struggling with addiction to opiates, alcohol, or other drugs. For more information, call Stephanie Almeida (828)475-1920.
Smoky Mountain Pregnancy Care Centers in Cullowhee and Franklin have an educational parenting program to earn “points” to use to obtain free items for your family. The centers carry baby items and clothing up to 5T, as well as diapers, wipes, strollers, car seats, high chairs, pack n’ plays, etc. Donations are always welcome. Services are free and confidential. For more information, call (828)349-3200 or smpcc.org
Franklin Community Toastmasters Club in Franklin aspires to help improve your communication, leadership and public speaking skills. Meetings are the first and third Tuesdays of every month 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., Hospice House, 272 Maple St., Franklin. They are a very friendly and helpful group that supports your goals.
Alzheimer’s Association Western Carolina Chapter Telephone Support Group for Caregivers of Persons with Alzheimer’s Disease or dementia is designed to provide caregivers opportunities for sharing, education, and support through a telephone conference. Support group participants and a support group facilitatior connect each month for one-hour confidential sessions. For more information, call (800)272-3900.
Care Giver Support Group meets on the second and fourth Monday at 11 to 12 noon, at the Crawford Senior Center, 108 Wayah St. For more information, call (828)349-2058.
Angel Medical Center’s (AMC) Diabetes Support Group meets on the third Thursday of each month at 4 p.m. in the AMC dining room. For more information, call Barbara Hall at (828)369-4166.
Weekly Grief Support Group in Franklin meets on Thursday, 12:30 to 2 p.m., at the Hospice House of Franklin, 272 Maple St. For more information, call (828)692-6178.
Al-Anon is a Fellowship of Relatives and Friends of Alcoholics who believe their lives have been affected by someone else’s drinking. Al-Anon meets at the Macon County Public Library in Franklin on Saturdays at 10 a.m.
Appalachian Animal Rescue Center is looking for volunteers to help at the thrift store. Call for information about the store (828)369-3046 or the shelter (828)524-4588 if you are interested in volunteering.
Environmental Resource Center is open on Tuesdays and Fridays, from 9 a.m. to noon.
Free Kidney Smart Classes are being held on the third Wednesday of each month from 9 a.m., at the Angel Medical Center, Video Conference Room, third floor, 120 Riverview Street. Contact Majestic Rogers, RN (828)369-9474 or register online at DaVita.com/Kidney Smart
Franklin Appalachian Trail Community Council meets the second Tuesday of the month 10 a.m. at Rathskeller Coffee Haus & Pub, 58 Stewart St. Anyone interested in supporting the outdoor community is welcome.