Community Calendar for September 20, 2018

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Diabetic Support Group will meet on Thursday, Sept. 20, 4 p.m., in the cafeteria at Angel Medical Center. For more information, call Kim Watkins at (828)369-4181.

An American Red Cross Blood Drive will be held on Thursday, Sept. 20, 12:30 to 5 p.m., First Baptist Church Franklin, 69 Iotla St. All blood types are needed to ensure that the right blood product is available at the right time for all patients. Make an appointment to donate blood by downloading the free American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting RedCrossBlood.org or calling (800)733-2767.

Songwriters in the Round will be held on Friday, Sept. 21, from 7 to 9 p.m., at the  Macon County Public Library. This is a free community event. Five local ladies who are singer/songwriters will be sharing their songs and stories.

Community Sing in observance of World Peace Day will be held on Friday, Sept. 21, from 6:30 to 8 p.m.  Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Franklin, 89 Sierra Lane, Franklin.   Parking is limited.  Carpool meet-ups will be available, one leaving BI-LO at 6:15 p.m., another leaving the Lake Emory boat launch at 6:20 p.m.  This musical gathering will be in conjunction with One Day One Choir. You are encouraged to bring a water bottle and a flashlight.  For more information, call  (828)524-3691 voice (828)360-1912 text.

Nantahala Hiking Club will take a moderate-to-strenuous 6-mile hike, on Saturday, Sept. 22, with elevation change 1200 ft., on the Big East Fork Trail in the Shining Rock area.  Meet in Ingles parking lot in Waynesville at 9 a.m. or at 10 a.m. on the Blue Ridge Parkway, marker 417, at the Looking Glass Rock Overlook .  Drive 40 miles from Waynesville or 116 miles from Franklin.  For reservations, call leader Keith Patton, at (828)456-8895.  Able visitors welcome.

Nantahala Hiking Club will take an easy 2.5-mile family hike along a Forest Service Rd., on Saturday, Sept. 22, with elevation change 300 ft., to beautiful Jones Creek and a small waterfall.  Meet at Parker Meadows at 9:30 am.  Call leader Kathy Radcliff, (828)349-3380, for reservations and/or directions to meeting place.  Dogs and visitors welcome. 

Cowee Community Development Organization Monthly Potluck will be held on Monday, Sept. 24, 6:30 p.m., at Cowee Volunteer Fire Dept., on Ruby Mountain Road. Come early to visit with neighbors and enjoy a delicious meal. We will have an informative presentation from Appalachian  Growers  Industrial Hemp Industry.

Sharing Our Stories (S.O.S.) For Families Dealing With Drug/Alcohol Addiction will meet on Monday, Sept. 24, 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.  

Macon County Democratic Women will meet on Tuesday, Sept. 25, at 5:30 p.m. at the Democratic Headquarters on Palmer Street Circle. 

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

Hickory Hickory Knoll United Methodist Church Food Pantry will be  open on Wednesday, Sept. 26, from 4 to 7 p.m. For more information, call (828)421-0613.

Franklin Bird Club Walk along the Greenway will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 26.  Meet at Big Bear Shelter parking area at 8 a.m. For more information, franklinbirdclub.com

Grandparent and Kinship Support Group will meet on Thursday, Sept. 27, 10 a.m. at the Crawford Senior Center. For more information, call (828)349-2058 ext 2730. 

The 12 week NAMI Family-to-Family series is for anyone who is challenged by a mental illness.  Learn up-to-date facts about mental illness, medications, communication & coping skills, resources, care for the caregiver.  Class size limited. Registration is required. These free classes start in Cherokee, Oct. 12, 6 to 8 p.m., and in Franklin Oct. 4, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. For more information and to register for Cherokee, contact Margie, (306)853-5028; for Franklin, contact Sheila, (828)421-2972. Sponsored by NAMI Appalachian South NC, the local affiliate of the National Alliance on Mental Illness

Byrd-Welch Family Reunion will be held on Saturday, Sept. 29, covered dish luncheon, noon, at the Oak Grove Baptist Church Fellowship Hall. Drinks, plateds and utensils will be furnished. Everyone is invited to attend. For more information, call (828)347-0923.

Free lunch and Fellowship at Franklin Covenant Church will be held on Saturday, Sept. 29, 12 noon. The church is located at 265 Belleview Park Road. For more information, call the church office at (828)524-8854.

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 Don Capaforte at (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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