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 from Feb. 4 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.
Grandparent and Kinship Support Group will meet on Thursday, Jan. 24, 10 a.m. at the Crawford Senior Center. For more information, call (828)349-2058 ext 2730.
New documentary entitled “Modified: A Food Lover’s Journey into GMOs” will be held on Thursday, Jan. 24, at 2 p.m., in the Macon County Public Library Program Room. The library is located at 149 Siler Farm Road. For more information, call (828)524-3600.
Nantahala Hiking Club will take a moderate-to-strenuous 8-mile hike on Saturday, Jan. 26, with an elevation change of 1300 ft., starting from Hickory Knoll Road on a new section the NC Bartram Trail with great views of Albert Mt. and the Little Tennessee River Valley, hiking as far as the old derelict bus that’s been stranded beside the trail for many years, then returning. Meet at Westgate Plaza in Franklin at 9 am, drive 15 miles round trip. Call leaders: Bill and Sharon Van Horn, 369-1983, for reservations. Able visitors welcome.
Jackson County Democrat Party is kicking off a Food Drive to assist the Community Table with donations of food or money. Check out communitytable.org / How To Help / Food Drives for Wish List. Drop Off points include: Community Table, 23 Central Street, Sylva on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m; Jackson County Democrat Party Headquarters, 500 Mill Street, Sylva – Saturday, Jan. 26, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; and the Democratic Women of Jackson County’s Chili Dinner at the Webster Family Resource Center, 1528 Webster Road, Webster – Thursday, Jan. 31, from 5 to 8 p.m.
Sharing Our Stories will meet on Monday, Jan. 28, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., at Carson Community Bldg. Those out there who are dealing with substance abuse in their family are encouraged to attend if you need to talk to anyone or just vent. Sometimes you just need to know you are not alone. The group consists of 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, call (828)421-1675.
American Red Cross Blood Drive at the Macon County Library will be held on Tuesday, Jan. 29, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., 149 Siler Farm Road. Make an appointment to donate blood or platelets by downloading the free American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting RedCrossBlood.org or calling (800)733-2767.
An executive board meeting of the Macon County Republican Party will be held on Thursday, Jan. 31, at 6 p.m., in the Carpenter Community Building across from Ingles on the Georgia Road. This planning meeting is for precinct chairs and vice chairs, Macon County Republican elected officials, and Macon GOP elected officers. For more information, please email email@example.com.
Master Gardener Classes will begin in February. For an application or more information on the program, call the North Carolina Cooperative Extension in Macon County at (828)349-2046.
Franklin Bird Club trip to Lake Junaluska to look for wintering water birds and other species will be held on Thursday, Feb. 7. John and Cathy Sill will lead the group. They will circle the lake by car with stops to get better views for wintering birds. Meet at Bi-Lo parking at 8 a.m. to carpool. Sponsored by the Franklin Bird Club. Sign up by calling (828)524-5234.
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.