Community Calendar 8.10.17


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.

Historic Rickman Store and Friends invites the public to tour the store at 259 Cowee Creek Road on Saturdays from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Share some refreshments, shop for unique items, and enjoy local musicians. Additional parking is available at the old Cowee School, a short walk to the store. Free admission.

Franklin Police and Fire Dept are Collecting School Supplies for Macon County Schools. Donations can be brought into the Police Dept lobby during business hours. Recommended items include backpacks, pencils, crayons, markers, notebooks, and paper.  The donations will be taken to Macon County School Board after Public Safety Day for Kids on August 19. They will be collecting schools supplies at the event as well. For more information, call Julie at (828)524-2864.

Serving Spoon Serves a Hot Meal on Thursday, 6 p.m. at the Town’s Jaycee Building except on Thanksgiving.

Franklin Branch of the State Employees Credit Union will be collecting school supplies for local elementary schools through  Aug. 21.

Jackson County Branch of the NAACP is seeking nominations for Humanitarian of the Year awards, recognizing extraordinary service in the southwestern part of the state, honoring one individual and one organization whose work is done in one or more of the following counties: Cherokee, Clay, Graham, Jackson, Macon or Swain. Nomination forms are available on line at or by contacting the Branch at P.O. Box 788, Sylva, NC 28779. Nominations are due on Sept. 1,  and winners will be announced in October.

Macon County Fair will be held on Sept. 13-16.  The theme is “Family, Agriculture, Impact, Resources.” Educational booths may be constructed using this theme to better acquaint the public with local organizations. Booths must be constructed on Monday, Sept. 11 (one day only) with work being completed between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m., to be eligible for judging.  To obtain an application for an educational booth, go to the website at: and print off an application and mail or bring to the office by Monday, Aug. 14, or come by the office at 193 Thomas Heights Rd.  For more information, call the Macon County Extension Office at (828)349-2046.

Franklin Uptown Gallery Open Studio will be held every Thursday between 10 a.m and 4 p.m. and 6 to 9 p.m. at 30 E. Main St., in Franklin. Bring a bagged lunch, your project and materials, and join other painters in a day of shared learning.  Free to the public. For more information call (828)349-4607.

“The Burden” a film on the military’s role in promoting green energy will be shown on Thursday, Aug. 10, 6 to 9 p.m. at the Highland Brewing, 12 Old Charlotte Highway. A panel of experts and discussion will follow.  Free for veterans and their families. Sponsored by Citizens Climate Lobby. More information:

Macon County Cancer Support Group has postponed the August monthly meeting from Thursday, Aug. 10, to Thursday, Aug. 24.

High Mountain Squares Back to School Dance will be held on Friday, Aug. 11, 6:15 to 8:45 p.m., at the Memorial United Methodist Church, 4668 Old Murphy Rd. All school supplies collected will be donated to the Macon Country School System. Bob Morrison from Winder, Ga., will be the caller. Western-style square dancing, main/stream and plus levels. New dancer lessons will begin Aug. 14.  Everyone is welcome to attend. For information call  (828)342-1560, (828)332-0001 or

Federated Franklin Woman’s Club will meet on Friday, Aug. 11,  noon,  at the Boiler  Room on Georgia Rd. Guest speaker will be Jennifer Love, STEM Coordinator for the Macon County School System who will tell us what this program is all about and the importance of it.  If you plan on attending, call Brenda Jacobs at 828 421 0411. For more information about the organization, call Linda Ellison at 828 369 5216.

First Baptist Church Free Community Luncheon and Fellowship will be held on Saturday, Aug. 12, 12 noon to 1 p.m. The church is located at 69 Iotla St. All are welcome to attend.

Share & Serve Garden Workshop will be held on Saturday, Aug. 12, 10 a.m., at the garden located at 277 W. Main St., Franklin, across from Lazy Hiker Brewery. The topic will be “Preparation for Planting Your Winter Garden and Composting” presented by Adam Bigelow, director of The Cullowhee Community Garden.  Participants will learn the principles of crop rotation and what to plant for cool weather.  Each participant will receive cool weather seeds and a kitchen compost collector.

Franklin Uptown Gallery Membership Meeting will be held on Monday, Aug. 14,  1 p.m.,  30 E. Main St.  Demonstration by featured artist, Betsey Sloan.  She is a recognized gourd artist, author, and instructor.  This demonstration is free to the public.  For more information, contact the Gallery at (828)349-4607.

Battle of Sugartown, Chapter of the North Carolina Society, Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) Meeting will be held on Aug. 14, 11:30 a.m. , in the Boiler Room Restaurant at 1024 Ga. Rd. All DAR members and prospective members are welcome.

Gibson Family Reunion for descendants of Joseph and Alva Allen Gibson will be held on sunday, Aug. 13, at the Cowee Fire Department. The event will begin at 1 p.m. with a covered dish luncheon. A short business meeting will follow.

Cowart and Stamey Reunion will be held on Sunday, Aug. 13, 12 noon, at Sam’s place in the Morrison Community. Bring a covered dish.

Sharing Our Stories (S.O.S.) For Families Dealing With Drug/Alcohol Addiction will meet on Monday, Aug.14, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., 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.

Smoky Mountain Quilters Guild will host nationally renown quilt designer and author Nancy Mahoney at the guild’s meeting on Monday, Aug. 14, social time 9:30 a.m; meeting 10 a.m., at Tartan Hall, 26 Church St. For more information visit Anyone interested in the art of quilt making is welcome to attend the guild’s day and night meetings.

Macon County Poultry Club will meet on  Tuesday, Aug. 15, 7 p.m. at the Macon County Extension Office, 193 Thomas Heights Rd. The public is invited to attend. For more information, call (828)369-3916.

Macon County Poultry Club will meet on Tuesday, Aug. 15, 7 p.m. at the Macon County Extension Office, 193 Thomas Heights Rd. The public is invited to attend. For more information, call (828)369-3916.

P.E.O. Franklin area Chapter will meet on Wednesday, Aug. 16.  P.E.O. is a philanthropic educational organization where women celebrate the advancement of women, and educate women through scholarships, grants, loans and stewardship of Cottey College. Visiting P.E.O. members are welcome to attend the meetings. Contact Carmen Morales-Jones at (828)369-7669 or Linda Ellison at (828)369-5216.

Franklin Police and Fire Dept. will host the 2nd Annual Public Safety Day for Kids on Saturday Aug. 19, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.   Come out for a free hot dog meal, free kid bike helmets and goodies, and kid bounce houses. Members from the Franklin Police and Fire Dept., Macon County Sheriff’s Office k-9 Unit, Macon County EMS, Highlands Police Dept., and local business will be on hand performing demonstrations and more. They are collecting school supplies for Macon County schools. You can drop them off before the event at the Police Dept. or on the day of the event at the various public safety tents. The school supplies will be given to the school board to be distributed to area schools. For more information+, call Julie 828-524-2864.

NC License Plate Office at 353 Westgate Plaza in Franklin will be closed on Monday, Aug. 21, and will reopen on Tuesday, Aug. 22. The nearest locations to assist you will be Sylva, 454 E. Main St., Ste 3, (828)586-3886; or Waynesville, 80 Waynesville Plaza, (828)452-1577.

Franklin Bird Club Meeting will be held on Monday, Aug. 21, 7 p.m., at the Macon County Public Library. Ed and Cindy Boos will present “Adventures on the Equator.” For more information, call  (828)524-5234 or

Young at Heart Senior Mixed Bowling League for ages 55 and up  Meeting will be held on Tuesday, Aug. 22 for sign up at Franklin Lanes. Teams are 4 person mixed league. For more information, call Bob Tennant at (828)369-6070.

American Red Cross Blood Drive will be held Friday, Aug. 25, 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Lowe’s in Franklin, Georgia Highway. Blood can be safely donated every 56 days, and Power Red cells can be donated every 112 days. As a special thank you, those who come out to give blood or platelets with the Red Cross now through Aug. 31 will be emailed a $5 Target eGiftCard. Appointments can be scheduled by downloading the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting or calling  (1-800-733-2767). Donors are encouraged to make appointments and complete the RapidPass online health history questionnaire at

A Meeting to Present the Apostle Shaul’s Description of another Gospel (Gallatians 1:5-7) in another Yahshua (2 Corinthians 11:4)  will be held on Aug. 26, 1 to 4 p.m., at the Macon county Public Library.

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.

Belly Dancing will be held on Fridays, from 4 to 5 p.m. in the activity room of the Crawford Senior Center. The instructor will be Jacquelyn Timon. For more information, call (828)349-2058.

Finger Rug Hooking Class will be held on Mondays, 3:30 to 5 p.m., in the activity room of the Crawford Senior Center.  For more information, call (828)349-2058.

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

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.

Franklin Food and Fun! Meet-up Group is Looking for New Members. A social group for ages 40 through retired, it’s a great way to meet new friends. The activities include picnics, going to movies, book chats, photography, games, meals our, and so on. For more information and to join the group go online to

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 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.

Wednesday Line Dance Classes will be held beginners 10 a.m., improver intermediate 11 a.m., at St. Cyprians on Roller Mill Rd. For more information, call  Pat (828)369-1924.

Monday Beginner Line Dance Classes will be held from 5:30 to 8 p.m. St. Cyprian’s Church Hall Roller Mill Rd. For more information, call Ron at (828) 371-9424 or   Pat  (828)369-1924.

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

Thursday painters Open Studio is held every Thursday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and 6 to 9 p.m., at 30 E. Main Street. Bring a bag lunch, your project and materials and join other painters in a day of shared learning.  Free to the public.  Contact the Uptown Gallery at (828)349-4607 for information.

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 or 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 Bewery. 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

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 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.

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