Community Calendar for Feb. 1, 2018

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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.

Crawford Senior Center Cardio Toning Class will be held on Fridays, 3 p.m. in the activity room. For more information call (828)349-2058.

Chess at the Crawford Senior Center will be held on Wednesdays from 12 to 2 p.m. in the small conference room. The center is located at 108 Wayah St. For more information, call (828)349-2058.

NAMI Appalachian South, the local affiliate of National Alliance on Mental Illness Support Group meets every Thursday at 7 p.m., at the Community Outreach Center of First United Methodist Church on West Main St. across from Lazy Hiker Brewery. This group is for individuals living with a mental illness and for family members.  This is a safe, confidential environment to share concerns, gain insight, understanding and hope.For directions or information, call Ann (828)369-7385.

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.

Calling All Choirs the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts and Holly Springs Baptist Church Easter Musical Concert, “The Day He Wore My Crown” will be held on March 23 and 24, 7 p.m. All church and community choirs or individuals are welcome to participate. Drama associated with the production will be provided by the Overlook Theatre Company and musical direction by Kathi Graham. For more information on rehearsal dates or to register, call theatre box office at (828)524-1598.

North Carolina Cooperative Extension in Macon County is taking applications for participation in the 2018 Master Gardener Program. You will receive 42 hours of training in subjects including insects and disease, fruits, shade trees, ornamentals, lawn care, and vegetable culture.  After successfully completing the training and the volunteer component of the program you will be certified as a Master Gardener.

Classes begin in February.  For an application or more information on the program, call the Extension Center at (828)349-2046.

Franklin Uptown Gallery will be open for the 2018 season starting February 1.  An exciting new artist exchange exhibit will feature artwork created by members of the Valley River Arts Guild from Murphy.  The opening reception will be held on Friday, Feb., 9, from 4 to 6 p.m. at 30 Main St. Franklin and is open to the public. For information on days open, hours and art classes contact the gallery at (828)349–4607.

Alzheimer’s Caregivers Support Group will meet on  Thursday, Feb. 1, 3 p.m. in the small conference room at the Crawford Senior Center, 108 Wayah St. For more information, call (828)349-2058.

High Mountain Squares “Love Is In The Air Valentine Dance”, will be held on Friday, Feb. 2, 6:15 to 8:45 p.m. at the Robert C Carpenter Community Building, GA Rd. 441 So. Ken “Carl” Perkins from Pelzer, S.C., will be the caller. Western-style square dancing, main/stream and plus levels. New dancer lessons begin Feb. 12 .  Everyone is welcome. For more information, call  (828)787-2324, (828)332-0001, (706)746-5426 or www.highmountainsquares.com

UU Fellowship Politics of Peace Eco Forum  will be held on Friday, Feb. 2, 6:30 p.m., meet and greet  5:30 p.m., bring a covered dish to share at 6 p.m. The church is located at 85 Sierra Lane, Franklin. “Politics of Peace”, Forrest Rivers (speaker and author) argues that today’s fragmented state of politics can only be met with an interfaith – spiritual movement that seeks to transcend the political theatre of separation. For more information, call (828)524-3691.

Waynesville Gold Wing Road Rider’s monthly gathering will be held, on Feb. 3, eat at 3 p.m., meet at 4 p.m. at Snappy’s Italian Restaurant & Pizzeria, 2769 Soco Road, Maggie Valley. All motorcycle riders and friends in WNC are welcome.  Contact Johnny Cope at (828)235-2206 for information.

Macon County Chapter of the Autism Society of North Carolina (ASNC) will meet on Sunday, Feb. 4,  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 mzenz@autismsociety-nc.org or (419)392-7370.

The Nantahala Hiking Club on Sunday, Feb. 4, will take an easy 2-mile hike, elevation change 200 ft., to Winding Stair Gap on a Forest Service road, returning on the Appalachian Trail and crossing Moore Creek to see a lovely waterfall.  Meet at Westgate Plaza in Franklin at 2 pm, drive 22 miles round trip. For reservations, call leader Mary Stone (828)369-7352.

Mountain Voices Community Chorus will begin rehearsals for their summer concert on Monday, Feb. 5, 6 p.m.,  at First Baptist Church, 69 Iotla Street, Franklin. New singers are welcome. For more information, call (828)524-3644.

Marine Corps League will meet on Monday, Feb. 5, 6:30 p.m., at the American Legion Auxiliary Hall. All members, Marines, former Marines, Navy Corpsmen, families, and friends of Marines are invited to attend.

“Is America still the land of opportunity?'” will be the topic for the Franklin Open Forum on Monday, Feb. 5, 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.

Tuckaseigee River Chapter #373 of Trout Unlimited will meet Tuesday, Feb. 6,  6:30 p.m., at the United Community Bank 1640 E. Main St. in Sylva. Dinner is at 6:30 for $5 followed by a chance to win a hand crafted fly rod. Cris Weatherford,  Development Director of Mainspring Conservation Trust will be the guest speaker about projects and what they do in the area. Tickets to the  International Fly Fishing Film Festival, or IF4, to  be held in Sylva at the Quin Theater on Feb. 24 at 7 p.m. will be available for purchase.

Attention parents of rising Franklin High School Ninth Grade Students: A meeting to discuss the academic program at FHS is scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 8,  at 6 p.m., in the Franklin High School Fine Arts’ Center. Scheduling for next year will be discussed.  Please make plans to attend.  For more information,  call the high school at (828)524-6467.

Otto Business Alliance Meeting will be held on Thursday Feb. 8, 5:30 p.m., at the Otto Community Center, 60 Firehouse Rd.

Franklin Bird Club Birding Trip to Lake Junaluska to look for wintering water birds and other species will be held on Friday, Feb. 9.  The trip will be led by John and Cathy Sill. They will circle the lake by car with stops to get better views of this magnet for wintering birds. To carpool meet at Bi-Lo parking at 8 a.m.  All are welcome to attend. For more information or to sign up, call  (828)524-5234 or  https://franklinbirdclub.com

First Baptist Church Free Community Luncheon and Fellowship will be held on Saturday, Feb. 10, 12 noon to 1 p.m. The church is located at 69 Iotla St. All are welcome to attend.

American Legion Ladies Auxiliary will meet on (SECOND) Tuesday, Feb. 13,  dinner 6 p.m. , meeting 7 p.m., at the post on West Main Street.

Relay for Life of Franklin Event Leadership Team (ELT) meeting will be held on Feb. 13, 6 p.m. at the Fun Factory Depot Room.  A Team Captain meeting will begin at 7 p.m. Team members are encouraged to attend to hear upcoming fundraisers and team events.  For more information, email Julie Lucas at jklkristy@aim.com.

Gastric Bypass Support Group will meet on Tuesday, Feb. 13, 6:30 p.m.,  at Angel Medical Center third floor Conference room. For more information, call Betsy (828)347-5244.

Beginner Line Dance Class Wednesdays 10 to 11 a.m., Intermediate Line Dance Classes Wednesdays, 11 to 12 a.m. at the Robert C. Carpenter Building on 441 S., For more information, call (828)371-0978.

Beginner Line Dance Classes are held on Mondays 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 pranamadonnayoga@gmail.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.

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.,Franklin Presbyterian Church, 26 Church St. Franklin. For information call (678)333-3622. They are a very friendly and helpful group that supports your goals.

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 communitycareclinic.brenda@gmail.com.

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 bouchonnet@frontier.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., at the Community Outreach Center of First United Methodist Church on West Main St. across from Lazy Hiker Brewery. This group is for individuals living with a mental illness and for family members.  This is a safe, confidential environment to share concerns, gain insight, understanding and hope.For directions or information, call Ann (828)369-7385.

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

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.

Caregiver 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.

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