Community Calendar for February 8, 2018



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. Open to all ages. The center is located at 108 Wayah St. For more information, call (828)349-2058.

Volunteer at Angel Medical Center Enjoy the reward of making someone else’s day brighter by sharing your talents and time. Become a volunteer at Angel Medical Center. Volunteers serve in a variety of roles such as mail and flower delivery, guest service, information desk assistance, student volunteer programs, pet therapy, chaplain, administrative support and more. For more information, call (828)349-6639 or email

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.

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

Uptown Gallery Free Drawing Course led by several of its members will be held on Friday, Feb 9,  11a.m. to 2 p.m. at the gallery on Main Street. They will be using the book, Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain by Betty Edwards. Please bring #2 pencils, eraser, copy papers or student grade sketchpad to class.  For information on days open, hours and additional art classes and workshops, contact the gallery at (828)349-4607.

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.

Mountain Voices Community Chorus will rehearse on Monday, Feb. 12,  6 p.m., at the First Baptist Church, 69 Iotla St.  New singers are welcome. For more information, call (828)524-3644.

Sharing Our Stories (S.O.S.) For Families Dealing With Drug/Alcohol Addiction will meet on Monday, Feb. 12,  6:30 to 7:30 at the Carson Community Building, 3001 Old Murphy Rd. in Franklin.  Coming together to share our stories helps up learn from others and continue to educate  ourselves about this growing epidemic. For more information or incase of inclement winter weather, call 828)421-1675.

Uptown Gallery in Franklin on Monday, February 12, 1 p.m., Lee Perry Bender, silversmith and lapidarist, will be presenting the technique known as water casting. Lee will be demonstrating a “miniaturized” version using a small butane torch and small amounts of silver to be followed by the Macon County Art Association general meeting. This event is open to the public and refreshments will be provided. For more information, contact the gallery at (828)349-4607.

Franklin Appalachian Trail Community Council’s Monthly Meeting will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 13, 10 a.m. at Gooder Grove Adventure Hostel, 130 Hays Circle, Franklin. They will  welcome Gooder Grove as the newest A.T. Supporter and discuss upcoming Trail Days and Walking with Spring events. Anyone interested in the A.T. and local outdoor community is welcome.

American Legion Post 108 will meet on Tuesday, Feb. 13,  7 p.m., at the Post Home, 614 W. Main St., Franklin. A light dinner will be served at 6 p.m. All military veterans are encouraged to attend.

American Legion Ladies Auxiliary will meet on 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

OccupyWNC’s  meeting will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 13, 7 p.m., at The Sylva Market and Signature Brew Coffee Co., 552 W Main St, Sylva. Supper beforehand at 6 p.m. at Mad Batter Food and Film.  Newcomers and visitors welcome.

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.

Diabetic Support Group will meet on Thursday, Feb. 15, 4 p.m., in the cafeteria at Angel Medical Center. For more information, call Kim Watkins at (828)369-4181.

Smoky Mountain Quilters Guild Meeting will be held on  Monday, Feb. 12 meeting, at Tartan Hall, 26 Church Street, Franklin. CynDe Copple, owner of  Tsartistry Galley in Franklin Copple will present a program about her art quilt journey. Social time begins at 9:30 a.m.; meeting and program begin at 10 a.m. Copple will also conduct an art quilt making workshop, “Heart and Soul,” on Saturday, Feb. 17. Anyone interested in the art of quilting is welcome to attend. For more information about the guild, visit

Macon County Poultry Club will meet on Tuesday, Feb. 20, 7 p.m.  Refreshments will be served.  Meetings are free to the public and located at the NC Cooperative extension located on 193 Thomas Heights Rd in Franklin.  For more information please call (828)369-3916.

10 week Peer to Peer Recovery Education Class for Adults with the challenge of mental illness will be offered in Franklin starting March 7 by National Alliance on Mental Illness. This curriculum covers the major mental illnesses such as depression, bipolar disorder, substance use disorder, PTSD and others. Treatments, coping strategies, stress reduction, and relapse prevention  are some of the topics  addressed in this safe confidential environment. No fee. Preregistration required. Class size limited. To register: j.iannuzzi or Ann (828)369-7385

Macon County Horse Association’s annual Coggins Clinic is scheduled for March 10, at 9 a.m., at the Macon County Fair Grounds. Members and non-members welcome.  For more information, call  (828)369-3903.

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.

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

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

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.

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

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., 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

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 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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