Community Calendar for January 4, 2018

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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.

Macon Chips Carving Club will meet Thursday, Jan. 4, at 6:30 p.m., in the Franklin High School Wood shop. Wood carvers of any experience level are invited to attend. Anyone interested in learning to carve is also invited to attend and get instruction.

Alzheimer’s Caregivers Support Group will meet on Thursday, Jan. 4, 3 p.m. in the small conference room at the Crawford Senior Center, 108 Wayah St. For more information, call (828)349-2058.

Backyard Chickens: The Whys and the Hows UU Fellowship Eco Forum will be held on  Friday, Jan. 5, 6:30 pm at the UU Fellowship, 85 Sierra Lane,  meet and greet at 5:30 p.m., bring a covered dish to share at 6 p.m. Bill Denton will share his experiences planning and starting his flock of meat chickens and cover such practical issues as: housing, feeding and watering the flock and how to prepare them for the kitchen. For more information, call  (828)524-3691.

High Mountain Squares “Hey It’s Cold Outside Dance”, will be held on  Friday, Jan. 5, from 6:15 to 8:45 p.m., at the Robert C Carpenter Community Building, GA Road (441 South). Marty Northrup from Charlotte, 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 www.highmountainsquares.com

Waynesville Gold Wing Road Riders monthly gathering will be held on Jan. 6.  eat at 3 p.m. and meet at 4 p.m., at  Snappy’s Italian Restaurant & Pizzeria, 2769 Soco Road, Maggie Valley.  All motorcycle riders and friends are welcome. For more information, call Johnny Cope at (828)235-2206.

Macon County Chapter of the Autism Society of North Carolina (ASNC) will meet on Sunday, Jan. 7, from 5 to 6:30 p.m., at Bethel Church, 81 Bethel Church Rd, Franklin.  The ASNC Macon County Chapter is a Parent / Caregiver Support Group that provides a place for families of children and adults with autism to meet, share, and learn about autism. RSVP one week in advance to Melissa Zenz at mzenz@autismsociety-nc.org or (419)392-7370.

Sharing Our Stories (S.O.S.) For Families Dealing With Drug/Alcohol Addiction will meet om Monday, Jan. 8,  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. For more information call (828)421-1675.

Marine Corps League will meet Monday, Jan. 8, at 6:30 p.m. in the American Legion Auxiliary Hall in Franklin. All Marines, Former Marines, Marine families, Navy Corpsmen and former Corpsmen are invited to attend.

“What are your predictions and trends for 2018?'” will be the topic for the Franklin Open Forum on Monday, Jan. 8,  7 p.m. Franklin Open Forum is a moderated discussion group, meeting at the Rathskeller Coffee Haus & Pub, located Downtown at 58 Stewart Street, Franklin. (Below and behind Books Unlimited.) Those interested in an open exchange of ideas (dialog, not debate) are invited to attend. For more information, call (828)371-1020.

Occupy WNC will meet on Tuesday, Jan. 9, at 7 p.m., supper is at 6 p.m., at the Sylva’s Sneak E Squirrel Community Room.  Newcomers and visitors are welcome.

Gastric Bypass Support Group will meet on Tuesday, Jan. 9, at the  Angel Medical Center third floor Conference room. For more information, call Betsy at (828)347-5244

American Legion Post 108 will meet on Tuesday, Jan. 9, 7 p.m. at the

Post Home at 614 W. Main St. A light dinner will be served at 6 p.m.

A Post Everlasting Ceremony is planned to honor members who passed away in 2017. All Military Veterans are encouraged to attend.

American Legion Ladies Auxiliary will meet on Tuesday, Jan. 9,  dinner 6 p.m. , meeting 7 p.m., at the post on West Main Street.

ASNC Jackson/Swain/Qualla Boundary Chapter will meet on   Thursday, Jan. 11,  from 6  to  8 p.m. at Sweet Thoughts Respite Care, 67 Bryson Rd, Bryson City.  They provide a place for families of children and adults with autism to meet, share, and learn about autism. For planning purposes, an RSVP is requested but not required to jacksonswainqbchapter@autismsociety-nc.org or (800)442-2762, ext. 3030.

First Baptist Church Free Community Luncheon and Fellowship will be held on Saturday, Jan. 13, 12 noon to 1 p.m. The church is located at 69 Iotla St. All 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.

 

Advanced Line Dance Classes will be held on Wednesday, 10 a.m. at the Robert C. Carpenter Building on 441 S., 10 a.m. For more information, call Pat (828)369-1924.

Beginner Line Dance Classes will be held on Mondays from 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 pranamadonnayoga@gmail.com

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 communitycareclinic.brenda@gmail.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.

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 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.

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 smpcc.org

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 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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