Community Calendar 8.31.17


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.

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

Access Family Services of Sylva Foster Parent Interest Orientation for anyone who is curious about becoming a Treatment Foster parent, or just have questions about fostering in general.  It will be held on Aug. 31, 7 to 8:30 p.m., at the office at 98 Cope Creek Rd, Sylva.   Light refreshments will be provided.  Call Joanna Earls at (828)307-2042 with questions.

All Macon County Businesses can now go online and register to participate and support the upcoming Thank a Veteran Program. To register log onto the Register of Deeds website: and click on the Services drop down then click on Veteran Rewards Program link, it will then take you to the registration form; you will receive an approval email after you have registered. For more information, call Macon County Register of Deeds Todd Raby at (828)349-2097.

Gem and Mineral Society of Franklin will meet on Thursday Aug. 31, 6:30 p.m. at the Masonic Lodge, 50 Church Street. Speaker will be Kim Cochran, Georgia Mineral Society. Guests are welcome and light refreshments will be served.

Solid Waste is Here to Stay Eco Forum will be held on Friday Sept. 1, meet and greet at 5:30 p.m. and bring a covered dish to share at 6 p.m., meeting 6:30 p.m. at the UU Fellowship, 89 Sierra Drive, Franklin. Chris Stahl, Director of Macon County Solid Waste Management Dept. will explain what is being done in Macon County to safely store the waste, how to reduce it and how it might be used to accomplish the county’s goal of being fossil fuel free by 2050. For more information, call (828)524-3691.

High Mountain Squares Juke Box Oldies Dance will be held on Friday, Sept.. 1, 6:15 to 8:45 p.m., at the Memorial United Methodist Church, 4668 Old Murphy Rd.  Dr Jim Duncan from Otto, NC will be the caller. We dance Western Style Square Dancing, main/stream and plus levels. You are in luck, new dancer lessons began August 14 2017 and there is still time to join us. For information call  (828)342-1560, (828)332-0001 or

Waynesville Gold Wing Road Rider’s Gathering will be held on Saturday, Sept. 2, eat at 3 p.m., and meet at 4 p.m., at Snappy’s Italian Restaurant & Pizzeria, 2769 Soco Road, Maggie Valley,  All motorcycle riders and friends are welcome.  This is the closest Gold Wing chapter in North Carolina for Franklin riders. For more information, call Johnny Cope at (828)235-2206.

Macon County chapter of the Autism Society of North Carolina (ASNC) will meet on Sunday, Sept. 3, from 5 to 6:30 p.m., at Bethel Church, 81 Bethel Church Rd, Franklin.  The ASNC Macon County Chapter is a Parent / Caregiver Support Group that provides a place for families of children and adults with autism to meet, share, and learn about autism. RSVP one week in advance to Melissa Zenz at or 419-392-7370.

Franklin Garden Club Luncheon Meeting will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 5, 11:30 a.m., at Fat Buddies BBQ in the Kmart Shopping Center. Linda Joyner, Certified NC Floral Design, will present ” Tips on Floral Design and Arrangements. Visitors are welcome to attend.  Call Nancy Wiley at (828)524-0020 if you plan on attending.

Nantahala Hiking Club will present storyteller, Nancy Reeder and her program, “Tales from the Trail” on Friday, Sept. 8, 7 p.m., at the Franklin Town Hall meeting room. The presentation is based on her southbound Appalachian Trail hike in 2009-2010. She has crafted stories from events that occurred while on the trail with her hiking partner, Lonnie Busch.

Marine Corps League Meeting will be held  on Monday, Sept. 11, 6:30 p.m. at the American Legion Auxiliary Hall.  All Marines, former Marines, and Navy Corpsmen are invited to attend.

Cullasajaa Community Association will meet on Tuesday, Sept. 5, 7 p.m. , at the Cullasaja Community Building the Old Salem Church. Refreshments will be provided. Come see the progress on the building and bring a neighbor.

Tuckaseigee River Chapter #373 of Trout Unlimited will meet on Tuesday Sept. 5, dinner 6:30 p.m., at the United Community Bank 1640 E. Main Street in Sylva NC. Dinner is  $5  followed by a chance to win a new fly rod, hand crafted by fellow chapter member Jim Mills and would make a great addition to your collection. The quality of the rod is very impressive and will come with an aluminum case. The speaker will be Martin Bawden of Flymen Fishing Company.


Franklin Bird Club Walk along the Greenway will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 6.  Meet at Big Bear Shelter parking area at 8  a.m. For more information, call (828)524-5234 or

Crawford Senior Center Art and Greeting Card Show will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 6, 1 to 4 p.m., upstairs in the activity room. The center is located at 108 Wayah St.

First Baptist Church Free Community Lunch will be offered on Saturday, Sept. 9, 12 to 1 p.m. The church is located at 69 Iotla St. All are welcome and invited to attend.

“Sixteen years after 9/11, are we winning the “War on Terror?”” will be the topic for the Franklin Open Forum on Monday, Sept. 11, 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 (dialog, not debate) are invited to attend. For more information, call (828)371-1020.

Southern Jackson County Democrats meeting will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 12, 5:30 p.m., at the Albert Carlton Cashiers Community Library in Cashiers. The guest speaker will be Phillip Price, one of the candidates for U.S. Congress for House District 11.   All are welcome to attend.  For more information, contact Elisher Williams, (765)412-3362.

Gastric Bypass Support Group will meet on Tuesday, Sept. 12, 6:30 p.m.,  at Angel Medical Center third floor Video Conference Room. For more information Contact Betsy (828)347-5244.

Macon County Fair Woodworking Day will be held on Thursday Sept. 14, at the Fair. Wood workers are invited to bring their work and share their skills as they make a simple block of wood a wonderful piece of art. For more information, call Betty Cabe at (828)524-6379 or the fair phone at (828)369-3523.

Mother Jones a play by Gary Carden starring Lara Jackson as Mother Jones will be held on Thursday, Sept. 14, 5 to 7 p.m., at the Crawford Senior Center. Bring snacks and drinks.

Franklin Uptown Gallery Open Studio is 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.

Free Yoga and Bodyworks Classes. Prana Madonna Yoga is offering free yoga mindfulness and bodyworks classes. They also do yoga and bodyworks with disabilities. Spots are limited. Contact Instructor Kim Bourque to register for your class today (828)-371-2154. Like them on facebook search Prana Madonna Yoga.

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.

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.

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.