East Franklin Elementary is in need of volunteer coaches for the Girls on the Run program. The 10-week program uses an intentional curriculum that integrates physical activity, critical life skills and strategies they can apply to all aspects of their lives. Coaches are needed for Mondays and/or Wednesdays, from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Any fitness level and physical ability welcome. Visit gotrwnc.org or call (828)713-3132 for more information or to register.
Mountain Voices Community Chorus is beginning rehearsals for their summer concert. Practice is every Monday evening at First Baptist Church, 69 Iotla Street, Franklin, from 6 to 8 p.m. New singers are welcome. For more information, call (828)524-3644.
Free tax assistance and preparation for taxpayers with low- and moderate- income of all ages, with special attention to those age 60 and older, is available from AARP Tax-Aide through April 9, at Macon County Library, 149 Siler Road, Franklin. Tax assistance is available Mondays and Tuesdays each week from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Call (828)524-3600 for an appointment.
Kid Zone with The Bascom at The Hudson Library Harry Potter themed art and craft projects will be held on Thursday, Feb. 7, from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Public Reception for The Bascom’s two newest exhibitions: SOUNDWAVE and hear + there will be held on Feb. 8, from 4 to 6 p.m.
Opening Reception for the Uptown Gallery and Macon County Art Association will be held on Friday, Feb. 8, from 4-6 p.m. New art work for the February –April season will include two and three dimensional fine art, ceramics, fabric art, jewelry, photography created by award winning local artists. The gallery is located at 30 Main Street, Franklin. For additional information about the gallery or classes, please call (828)349-4607.
The Nantahala Hiking Club will take a moderate-to-strenuous hike on Saturday, Feb. 9, to Coweeta Hydrological Lab on the Ridge Trail to Dyke Gap, elevation change 950 ft., with good views of Albert Mtn., returning down Cunningham Branch to Shope Fork and Coweeta office complex. Meet at Westgate Plaza in Franklin at 9 a.m., drive 16 miles round trip. For more information or reservations, call Leader Gail Lehman, (828)524-5298. Visitors are welcome to attend.
First Baptist Church Free Community Luncheon and Fellowship will be held on Saturday, Feb. 9, 12 noon to 1 p.m. The church is located at 69 Iotla St. All are welcome.
Sharing Our Stories will meet on Monday, Feb. 11, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., at a new location at 167 Sloan Road, directly behind Beale Construction. Parking behind Beale Construction or park in front of the building. Those who are dealing with substance abuse in their family are encouraged to attend if you need to talk to anyone or just vent. You are not alone. We are just families willing to listen if you want to share. If you don’t feel like sharing then just come and sit and listen. For more information, message Dinah Mashburn or call ((828)421-1675.
MCAA and the Uptown Gallery will sponsor a presentation by Jason Rizzo entitled, “ Focusing Your Focus. Improving Composition for Photography and Painting” , on February 11, from 6 to 7 p.m. This educational presentation will be the program during the monthly MCAA meeting held at the Uptown Gallery. The Gallery is located at 30 Main Street, Franklin. For additional information about the gallery or classes, call (828)349-4607.
Franklin Appalachian Trail Community Council will meet Tuesday, Feb. 12, 10 a.m. at the Franklin Area Chamber of Commerce. Anyone interested in supporting the A.T. and local outdoor community is welcome to attend. Visit https://appalachiantrail.org/home/conservation/a-t-community-program for more information.
Gastric Bypass Support Group will meet on Tuesday, Feb. 12, 6:30 p.m., at Angel Medical Center third floor video conference room. For information, contact Betsy at (828)347-5244 or Linda at (828)524-5635.
American Legion Macon Post 108 and American Legion Auxiliary Unit 108 will meet on Tuesday, Feb. 12, light dinner at 6 p.m., meeting 7 p.m., at the Post Home located at 614 W, Main St. All members and military veterans are encouraged to attend.
Autism Society of North Carolina Macon County Chapter will meet on Saturday, Feb. 23, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., 1024 Georgia Rd. The ASNC provides a place for autictic adults and families of children to meet, share, and lear about autism. Please RSVP to the event in the facebook group or to email@example.com
“Codependency and Building Healthy Relationships” will be the subject of a presentation by Sarah Altman, LPC, NCC, MAC on Saturday, March 2, 2 to 4 p.m.at the Carpenter Community Building, 1288 Georgia Rd. She will discuss how codependency affects relationships with family, friendships, work and love, and what to do about it. No charge. Certificates available. Sponsored by NAMI Appalachian South, NC. Pre-registration appreciated. Contact Ann Nandrea (828)369-7385 or Dinah Mashburn (828)421-1675
Free Ping Pong at the Robert C. Carpenter Building is held on Tuesday, 10 a.m., 441 S. in Franklin.
Celebrate Recovery at Discover Church every Monday night 6 p.m. Celebrate Recovery is a Christ-centered, 12-step recovery program for anyone struggling with hurt, pain or addiction of any kind. Celebrate Recovery is a safe place to find community and freedom from the issues that are controlling our life. Discover Church is located at 47 Macon Center Dr. email: firstname.lastname@example.org for questions.
Macon County Girl Scouts Troop 12693 with Brownies and Juniors, is led by Polly Ehrenkaufer and meets every other Thursday at Discover Church. For more information, call (217)417-9739. Troop 12692 meets on Mondays at St. Agnes Church. Cadettes meet with younger Scouts under the leadership of Kim Pressley. For more information, call (828)421-9214.
American Red Cross is seeking Blood Drive Hosts this winter to help prevent blood shortages and potential delays in medical care. Blood shortages are not uncommon during the winter months, but by hosting a drive in December, January or February, individuals and groups can help ensure patient needs are met all winter long. For more information, contact American Red Cross (980)257-5035 or email@example.com | redcrossblood.org
Zumba Classes are held at the community building on Monday and Thursday, from 6 to 7 p.m.
Macon County CareNet is in need of volunteers. Positions open are food pantry, soup kitchen and file room. If interested stop by for an application at 130 Bidwell St., or call (828)369-2642.
Gastric Bypass Support Group will not meet until January 2019. For more information call Betsy (828)347-5244.
Macon Chips Wood Carving Club meets on Thursday evenings at 6:30 p.m., in the Franklin High School Wood Shop. All interested folks are invited to attend. We welcome beginners through master carvers. Call (828)369-2144 for further information.
NAMI Support Group for individuals dealing with mental illnesses, such as depression, bi-polar, substance use disorder, anxiety and others, and for family members dealing with these challenges meets weekly on Thursdays, 7 to 8:15 p.m. at First United Methodist Church Out Reach Center in Franklin, across from Lazy Hiker Brewery. Join us in a safe confidential environment to share concerns, learn about resources, gain insights,understanding and hope. For directions or information, call Ann (828)369-7385 or Donita (828)526-9510.
Macon County Senior Services needs volunteers Interested persons should stop in The Crawford Senior Center and fill out a volunteer application at the Community Resource Center. For more information, call (828)349-2060.
Highlands Writers Group, a collection of professional and talented amateur writers, meets to read, workshop, or to just share information on writing, every Tuesday, 3 to 5 p.m, in the downstairs board room at the Bascom Center for the Visual Arts, 323 Franklin Rd., in Highlands. For more information, call Bud Katz (828)526-3190 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Serving Spoon Serves a Hot Meal on Thursday, 6 p.m. at the Town’s Jaycee Building except on Thanksgiving.
Dementia Caregivers Support Group for those caring for someone with Alzheimer’s or other memory-related illness. Share experiences, problem and joys in “Sharing the Journey.” The group meets the second and fourth Wednesday at 2 p.m., at First Presbyterian Church, 26 Church Street, Franklin. For more information, call (828)524-3119.
Uptown Gallery Free Classes and Open Studio will be held every Tuesday from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. and on Thursday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The gallery is located at 30 East Main St. For more information, call (828)349–4607.
TaijiFit with Reesa and Lynn is held on Friday, 1 p.m., at the Crawford Senior Center, 108 Wayah St. For more information, call (828)349-2058.
Crawford Senior Center Cardio Toning Class is held on Fridays, 3 p.m. in the activity room. For more information call (828)349-2058.
Chess at the Crawford Senior Center is 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.
Bi-Lo Store #5011 will be Serving Free Breakfast to Veterans on Friday and Emergency Personnel on Monday, from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m., in appreciation of vets and emergency personnel for their service and sacrifice. Breakfast will include eggs, bacon, sausage, country sausage gravy, pancakes, biscuits, coffee and orange juice. The store is located at 245 Macon Plaza Dr., in Franklin.
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.
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.
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 email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
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.
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 facilitator connect each month for one-hour confidential sessions. For more information, call (800)272-3900.
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.V