Community Calendar for January 18, 2018



Heartland Band plays at the Carson Community Building on Saturday nights, 7 to 9 p.m. No admission is charged. The band plays country, bluegrass, gospel. Pickers and singers are welcome to attend.

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. The center is located at 108 Wayah St. For more information, call (828)349-2058.

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.

MountainWise of Macon County Weekly Walk on Greenway Tuesdays, 12:15 to 12:45 p.m., at the Big Bear Park Shelter next to Wesley’s Playground. The public is invited to come socialize and get your recommended 30 minutes of daily physical activity. Invite your friends, family, and co-workers, wear tennis shoes and bring water.

Diabetic Support Group will meet on Thursday, Jan. 18, 4 p.m., in the cafeteria at Angel Medical Center. For more information, call Kim Watkins at (828)369-4181.

Macon County Democratic Women will meet Tuesday, Jan. 23, 5:30 p.m. at the Lazy Hiker.

OccupyWNC’s new meeting location is The Sylva Market and Signature Brew Coffee, 552 W Main St., Sylva. The next meeting is Jan. 23, 7 p.m., supper beforehand at 6 p.m., at the Mad Batter restaurant. Newcomers and visitors welcome.

NAMI Appalachian South Tenth Anniversary Celebration will be held  on Friday, January 26, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the third floor classroom at Angel Medical Center. Friends of NAMI and members, old and new, are invited to attend for food and fellowship. Appalachian South is the local affiliate of National Alliance on Mental Illness. This is a grass roots, non-profit, peer organization with a commitment to better the lives of those affected by mental illness through peer support, education and advocacy. A peer support group is held weekly at the First Methodist Outreach Center. For more Information, call Jennifer at (828)371-5996.

Southeastern Bluegrass Association monthly Bluegrass Jam will be held on Saturday, Jan. 27, 12 noon to 2 p.m. at the Whistle Stop Depot, in the Old Cullasaja Elementary School. Bring an instrument and join in or just come sit and listen. All levels of musicians are welcome from beginner to advanced. For more information call, Jay (828)200-1932.

Nantahala Hiking Club will take an easy, 2-mile hike on the Bartram Trail Wallace Branch Loop, passing a couple of waterfalls,  on Sunday, Jan. 21. Meet at Westgate Plaza in Franklin at 2 p.m., drive 6 miles round trip.  Call leader Mary Stone, (828)369-7352, for reservations.  Visitors are welcome to attend.

UU Fellowship Book Study Group will start on  Sunday, Jan. 21, 1 p.m., UU Fellowship, 85 Sierra Lane. They will be discussing the book “Daring Democracy: Igniting Power, Meaning, and Connection for the America We Want” by Francis Lappe and Adam Eichen.  It is an optimistic book for Americans who are asking what to do to protect our fragile democracy.  Discussions will be on three Sunday afternoons: Jan. 21, Feb. 4 and Feb 18.  All are welcome to attend. Please register in case of reschedule for weather. For more information, call  (828) 524-3691.

Sharing Our Stories (S.O.S.) For Families Dealing with Drug/Alcohol Addiction will meet on Monday, Jan. 22,  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 up learn from others and continue to educate  ourselves about this growing epidemic.  Sharing Our Stories meets twice a month on the second and fourth Monday nights, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., at the Carson Community Bldg.  For more information, call 828-421-1675.  If there is any inclement winter weather please call 828-421-1675 to see if the meeting is still scheduled for its normal time.

Hickory Knoll United Methodist Church Food Pantry will be  open on Wednesday, Jan. 24 from 4 to 7 p.m. For more information, call (828)421-0613.

Grandparent and Kinship Support Group will meet on Thursday, Jan. 25, 10 a.m. at the Crawford Senior Center. For more information, call (828)349-2058 ext 2730.

Safe Kids Macon County will meet on January 25,  2 p.m., at the Macon County Sheriff’s Office Detention Center Conference Room located at 1820 Lakeside Dr. They will begin planning for Safe Kids activities for 2018 and reviewing a very successful 2017.

Evening of Health Education and Free Health Screenings will be held on Thursday, Jan. 25, from 5:30 to 7 p.m.,  at the Macon County Community Building, located at 1288 Ga. Rd. No insurance necessary, this is a free community event, open to the public. Free health screenings will include: blood pressure, weight/BMI, and prediabetes screening test. Guest speaker will be Dr. Gustav Wilde with Franklin Family Practice. This event is a partnership of Macon County Public Health and MountainWise. For more information, please contact Shaina Adkins, Minority Diabetes Prevention Program Coordinator for MountainWise, at (828)349-2426.

Free lunch and Fellowship at Franklin Covenant Church will be held  on Saturday, Jan. 27, 12 noon. The church is located at 265 Belleview Park Road. For more information, call the church office at (828)524-8854.

High Mountain Squares Broadway Tonight Dance will be held on  Friday, Jan. 29, at the Robert C Carpenter Community Building, Georgia Rd., from 6:15 to 8:45 p.m. Dr Jim Duncan from Otto will be the caller. Western-style square dancing, main/stream and plus levels. New dancer lessons begin Feb. 12 .  Everyone is welcome to attend. For information call,  (828)342-1560, (828)332-0001, (706)746-5426 or

North Carolina Cooperative Extension in Macon County is taking applications for participation in the 2018 Master Gardener Program. You will receive 42 hours of training in subjects including insects and disease, fruits, shade trees, ornamentals, lawn care, and vegetable culture.  After successfully completing the training and the volunteer component of the program you will be certified as a Master Gardener.

Classes begin in February.  For an application or more information on the program, call the Extension Center at (828)349-2046.

Franklin Uptown Gallery will be open for the 2018 season starting February 1.  An exciting new artist exchange exhibit will feature artwork created by members of the Valley River Arts Guild from Murphy.  The opening reception will be held on Friday, Feb., 9, from 4 to 6 p.m. at 30 Main St. Franklin and is open to the public. For information on days open, hours and art classes contact the gallery at (828)349–4607.

Beginner Line Dance Class Wednesdays 10 to 11 a.m., Intermediate Line Dance Classes Wednesdays, 11 to 12 a.m. at the Robert C. Carpenter Building on 441 S., For more information, call (828)371-0978.

Beginner Line Dance Classes are held on Mondays 5:30 to 8 p.m., at the Robert C. Carpenter Building on 441 S. For more information, call Ron at (828) 371-9424 or Pat  (828)369-1924.

NAMI Appalachian South, the local affiliate of National Alliance on Mental Illness Support Group meets every Thursday at 7 p.m. This group is for individuals living with a mental illness and for family members. Note new location at Community Out Reach Center of First United Methodist Church on West Main St. across from Lazy Hiker Brewery. 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

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.

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

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 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

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 or 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

Franklin Community Toastmasters Club in Franklin aspires to help improve your communication, leadership and public speaking skills. Meetings are the first and third Tuesdays of every month 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., Hospice House, 272 Maple St., Franklin. They are a very friendly and helpful group that supports your goals.

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 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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