Community Calendar for November 8, 2018

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Franklin Women’s Club will meet on Friday, Nov. 9, 11:45 a.m.,  at Fat Buddies restaurant in Westgate Shopping Plaza.  Installation of Officers for 2019-2020 will take place. Call Brenda Jacobs at (828)421 0411 to RSVP.  For more information about the organization, call Linda Ellison at 828 369 5216

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

Affordable Health Insurance Open Enrollment is going on now through December 15, 2018.  Mountain Projects Assisters will be at the Macon County Library on Saturday, Nov. 10,  from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm to offer free, unbiased assistance to help you enroll in health insurance and answer all your questions.  For more information, call Mountain Projects at (828)400-4177.

Battle of Sugartown Chapter, NSDAR will meet on  Monday,  Nov. 12, 11:30 a.m.,  at the Angel Hospital Cafeteria For reservations, call (828)508-2266.

Historic Rickman Store Fall Celebration will be held on Saturday, Nov. 10, 10 a.m. until 4 p.m., at 259 Cowee Creek Rd.  Tour the store, share some cider, refreshments and enjoy some mountain tunes.

Sharing Our Stories (S.O.S.) For Families Dealing With Drug/Alcohol Addiction will meet on Monday night, Nov. 12, 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.

Jackson Branch of the NC NAACP Macon Swain Monthly Membership Meeting  will be held on Nov. 17, 10 a.m. at Liberty Baptist Church on Scotts Creek Rd. Election of Officers will be announced. 

Men’s Teen Challenge of the Smokies Graduation will be held on Saturday, Nov. 17, 6 p.m. in the auditorium, 336 AG Camp Rd. There will be singing by the men in the program, testimonies and refreshments afterward. The Public is welcome to attent. Men’s Teen Challenge of the Smokies is a 12 month residential addiction recovery program for Men ages 18-50. For more information, call (828)524-2157 www.mtcots.com 

American Legion Ladies Auxiliary will meet on Tuesday, Nov. 13,  dinner 6 p.m. , meeting 7 p.m., at the post on West Main Street.  light meal will be served at 6 p.m. Drawings for the fundraiser raffles will take place prior to the meeting

Gastric Bypass Support Group will meet at Angel Medical Center third floor Conference Tuesday, Nov. 13, at 6:30 p.m. For more information, contact Linda (828)524-5635.

Franklin Appalachian Trail Community Council will meet on  Tuesday, Nov. 13, 10 a.m. at the Franklin Area Chamber of Commerce, 98 Hyatt Road. Everyone interested in supporting the Appalachian Trail and the local outdoor community is welcome.

Dementia Caregivers Support Group  for those caring for someone with Alzheimer’s or other memory-related illness will be held on  Wednesday, Nov. 14, at First Presbyterian Church, 26 Church Street, Franklin. Share experiences, problem and joys in “Sharing the Journey.” For more information, call (828)524-3119.

Teen/Tween Board Game Night will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 14, 4 p.m. in the Macon County Public Library Meeting Room. Build the best collection and become Grand Librarian in Ex Libris. Middle and High School ages welcome. For more information on this or other teen programming at your library, call (828)524-3600.

CarePartners Hospice Holidays and Hope will be held on Thursday, Nov. 15 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at First United Methodist Church of Franklin (Fellowship Hall). Featuring advice on how to grieve during the holiday season, special music, and a candle lighting ceremony. Complimentary meal provided. RSVP to (828)369-4417 or melanie.seeger@msj.org

Franklin First Presbyterian Church Free Community Thanksgiving Dinner will be served on Thursday, Nov. 22, noon to 2 p.m., take-outs available from noon to 1:30 p.m., in Tartan Hall. Limited home delivery of take-out and transportation for dining-in are also available. For more information or to request meal delivery or transportation call church office at (828)524-3119 Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

American Red Cross Blood Drives will be held on Nov. 23, 12 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Wal-mart 1217, 4599 Hwy 441 By-pass. On Nov. 29, 12:30 p.m. to 5 p.m., at the First Baptist Church, 69 Iotla St. 

Rick’s Free Lunch will be held on  Saturday, Nov. 24, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., at   Franklin Covenant Church, 265 Belleview Park Road, Franklin. For more information, call  (828)524-8854.

Macon County Girl Scouts meetings are Troop 12693 with Brownies and Juniors, is led by Polly Ehrenkaufer and meets a 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 leadershop 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 maya.franklin@redcross.org | redcrossblood.org

Zumba Classes are held at the community building on Monday and Thursday, from 6 to 7 p.m.

Historic Rickman Store is open on Saturdays, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at 259 Cowee Creek Rd. Check out new treasures, enjoy touring the 1895 store, have some refreshments and listen to some mountain music.

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.

Mountain Voices Community Chorus is now rehearsing for the Christmas season. Practice is every Monday evening 6 p.m., at First Baptist Church, 69 Iotla Street, Franklin. New singers are welcome. Basses and tenors needed. For more information, call (828-024-3644.

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 budandlynn@me.com.

Serving Spoon Serves a Hot Meal on Thursday, 6 p.m. at the Town’s Jaycee Building except on Thanksgiving.

A New Dementia Caregivers Support Group is being formed 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 mishields@peoplepc.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.

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.

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