Community Calendar for April 5, 2018

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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 Bonnie.Peggs@msj.org.

Macon Chips, a local wood carving club meets Thursday nights at 6:30 p.m. at the Franklin High School wood shop. They welcome all persons interested in wood carving to attend. No prior experience needed.

Alzheimer’s Caregivers Support Group will meet on Thursday, April 5, 3 p.m. in the small conference room at the Crawford Senior Center, 108 Wayah St. For more information, call (828)349-2058.

Cars on The Square Gathering presented by Macon Antique Cars  will be held on Saturday, April 7 and 21, from 8 to 10 a.m., downtown Franklin on the square.  A couple coffee shops will be open, or bring your own and your antique, sports, muscle, custom, hot rod, car, truck or motorcycle. This is not a show, just a friendly gathering and a reason to get your car out and drive it.

Wild Foods/Medicine of Western NC Eco Forum will be held on Friday, April 6, meet and greet 5:30 p.m., bring a covered dish to share at 6 p.m. forum  6:30 p.m. at the UU Fellowship, 85 Sierra Lane. Whether out in your garden or taking a walk in the woods, you are surrounded by edible and/or medicinal wild plants and mushrooms. Ben Galindo and Joey Kyle co-manage Many Hands Peace Farm, an educational farm located in Highlands, NC focused on organic growing methods and wild foods/medicine. For more information, call (828)524-3691.

The Nantahala Hiking Club will take a moderate 6-mile hike on Saturday, April 7,  with elevation change 800 ft., from Rock Gap to Long Branch on the Appalachian Trail in the Standing Indian area for a hike leaders’ get-together, but all are hikers are invited.  Perhaps wildflowers will be in bloom. Afterwards there are plans to go to Currahee Brewing Co. in Franklin for part of the Spring AT celebration.  Meet at Westgate Plaza at 9 a.m., drive 35 miles round trip. For more information and reservations, call leader Gail Lehman, (828)524-5298. 

Wild Edibles Walk will be held on Saturday April 7, 10 a.m., meet in the parking lot at Big Bear Park in Franklin. join Ben Galindo and Joey Kyle on the Little Tennessee River Greenway for an educational and tasty wild edibles walk. Ben and Joey manage Many Hands Peace Farm, an educational farm in Highlands, NC and are enthusiastic foragers focused on ethical harvesting practices. The walk will focus on edible and medicinal plant identification. Bring a water bottle, good walking shoes, and your enthusiasm. For more information, call  (828)524-3691.

The Nantahala Hiking Club will take a moderate 3-mile hike on Sunday, April 8 with elevation change 800 ft., in Tellico Valley on a lovely, private trail in one of Mainspring Conservation Trust’s first conservation easements.  There is a chance of wildflowers along the trail.  Meet at Westgate Plaza at 2 p.m., drive 38 miles round trip.  For more information and reservations, call Jean Hunnicutt, (828)524-5234. 

Sharing Our Stories (S.O.S.) For Families Dealing With Drug/Alcohol Addiction will meet Monday, April 9, at 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.

Western North Carolina Civil War Round Table meeting will be held on April 9. Greg Varley will share the Secrets of the CSS Hunley. There is a meet and greet the speaker at Bogart’s in Sylva at 5 p.m.; social hour at 6:30 with light refreshments in the lobby of the H.F. Robinson building on the Western Carolina University campus in Cullowhee; meeting at 7 p.m. 

Smoky Mountain Quilters Guild  Monthly Meeting will be held on Wednesday, April 9 at Tartan Hall, 26 Church Street, Franklin. Social time begins at 9:30 a.m.; meeting and program begin at 10 a.m. Guild Co-President Suzanne Wingett will demonstrate the one-block-wonder technique in preparation for two workshops she will lead April 21 and 28. Anyone interested in the art of quilting is welcome to attend guild meetings. For more information about the guild and the upcoming workshops, visit www.smokymtnquilters.org

Uptown Gallery in Franklin Artist Presentation will be held on Monday, April 9, 1 p.m., 30 East Main St. Grant Benoit, the artist in residence at The Bascom: Center for the Visual Arts, will be discussing his studio practices.  The Macon County Art Association general meeting will follow the presentation. This event is open to the public and refreshments will be provided. For information on art classes and workshops, call the gallery at (828)349-4607. franklinuptowngallery@gmail.com    franklinuptowngallery.com

Franklin’s Appalachian Trail Community Council will meet on Tuesday, April 10, 10:15 a.m. at the Macon County Public Library Board Room, 149 Siler Farm Road. To learn more about what this organization does to support and protect the A.T. & outdoor community, attend this meeting and visit discoverfranklinnc.com/at110/

Gastric Bypass Support Group will meet Tuesday, April 10, 6:30 p.m. at Angel Medical Center third floor conference room. For moreinformation, call Betsy (828)347-5244.

American Legion Post 108 will meet on Tuesday, April 10 at 7 p.m., at the Post Home at 614 W. Main Street, Franklin. A light dinner will be served at 6 p.m. All military veterans are encouraged to attend.

Franklin Bird Club Walk Along the Greenway will be held on Friday, April 11.  Meet at Big Bear Shelter parking area at 8 a.m.For more information, call (82)-524-5234.

 

“The Dauntless Diamond Dames” of the Franklin Red Hat Society will meet on Thursday, April 12, 11:30 a.m. at The Cupboard Café  7388 Hwy 441-N in Dillard, Ga (Tel: 706-746-5700). Come join the “Red” Hatters (50 yr. and older); not quite 50, then you are a “Pink” Hatter, for good food and good fellowship.  For additional information, please call Dottie Teachman, Chapter Queen at (828)369-7494; or Donna Powell, Vice Queen, at (828)349-1976.

Waynesville Gold Wing Road Riders monthly gathering will be held Saturday, April 14, at Snappy’s Italian Restaurant & Pizzeria, 2769 Soco Road, Maggie Valley. Eat at 3 p.m., and meet at 4 p.m. All motorcycle riders and friends are welcome.  For more information, call  Johnny Cope at (828)235-2206.

Smoky Mountain Quilters Guild welcomes back “SnowBirds” at its evening meeting on Monday, April 16, at the First Presbyterian Church, 26 Church Street in Franklin. Social time begins at 6:30. The meeting begins at 7 p.m. and will include a pizza party, “Show N Tell” and paper piecing demonstrations and practice. Anyone interested in the art of quilting is welcome to attend guild meetings. For more information about the guild, visit www.smokymtnquilters.org

Dillsboro Airing of the Quilts will be held on  Saturday, April 21, from 12 noon to 4 p.m., at the Appalachian Women’s Museum. The public is invited to be a part of this special day by exhibiting quilts – old or new. Register quilts online at appwomen.org/quilts by April 28. Include a photo of your quilts and as much of the history of your quilts as you know. For more information, call  Cheryl Beck at (828)421-3820.

“From Bully-to-Buddy” a Community Forum for Macon County will be held on Thursday, April 26,  6 to 8 p.m. at Tartan Hall. For the bully, the bullied, principals, students, teachers, clergy, parents, neighbors, law enforcement, health workers, government officials, veterans, senior citizens, and community partners.  Come hear JJ Calloway and Monster share how he overcame difficult times in school.  Other guests include:  community police, student resource officer, veterans and community partners.  Featuring: interaction, role playing, dialogue, discovery, direction and refreshments. Enter contests for prizes: $75, $50, $25.  For more information, call (256)398-0039  www.carolynLhiggins.com/bully-to-buddy

Law Enforcement Memorial Program will be held on Friday, May 18, 12 p.m. at the town square gazebo. The public is invited to join law enforcement agencies to remember and pay tribute to the officers that have given their lives in performance of their duty while safeguarding citizens of North Carolina. 

Macon County Public Health offers nutrition counseling and diabetes education. Services are covered by many private insurances including Medicare/Medicaid. All insurance accepted and income based sliding scale fee available to Macon County residents. For more information, call April Innis at (828)349-2455.

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. 

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 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.

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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