Community Calendar for June 1, 2017


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.

Historic Rickman Store and Friends invites the public to tour the store at 259 Cowee Creek Road on Saturdays from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Share some refreshments, shop for unique items, and enjoy local musicians. Free admission.

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.

Southwestern Officials Basketball Association Needs Officials for Youth League for the upcoming 2017 to 2018 season across  Western North Carolina. Complete classroom and on the court training will be provided for individuals 18 years of age or older, no experience is required. Online application available at For more information, call Todd Mason (828)508-5745 or email

UU Fellowship Great American Eclipse Eco Forum will be held on Friday, June 2,  6:30 p.m., meet and greet at 5:30 p.m., bring a covered dish to share at 6 p.m. The fellowship is located at 89 Sierra Dr. Enrique Gómez, Associate Professor of Physics and Astronomy at Western Carolina University will talk about the upcoming eclipse on Aug. 21, over Macon County. Dr. Gómez will explain the peculiarities of solar eclipses of the Earth-Moon system, geometric and atmospheric effects that can be expected during this event, and observing techniques for a memorable experience as well as safe viewing.  For more information, call (828)524-3691.

Notice of Temporary Road Closure  for Bridge on Airport Rd.  at the intersection of Haughton Williams Rd. The bridge will be closed for three weeks beginning June 5. For more information, call (828)321-4105.

Highlands Plateau Audubon Society Birding for beginners and beyond at Cashiers Commons with Russ Regnaery will be held on  June 3, meet at the Cashiers Recreation Center at 7:30 a.m. Chapter pot luck dinner and presentation by Curtis Smalling speaking about “How Our Local Birds are Doing: A Species Rollcale.” will be held on June 6, 7:30 p.m. at the Highlands Civic Center, 600 N. 4th St. All events are free and open to the public. For more information, call (828)526-1939 or visit

High Mountain Squares will host their “16th Annual Great Watermelon Dance”, will be held on  Sunday, June 4, 2 to 5 p.m.,  at the Macon County Rec. Park Pavilion, 1288 GA Road.  Randy Ramsey from Suwanee, Ga., will be the caller. They dance Western Style Square Dancing, main/stream and plus levels. For information call  (828)342-1560, (828)332-0001 or

“The removal of Confederate monuments: Is history being rewritten?” will be the topic for the Franklin Open Forum – Monday, June 5, at 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 (dialogue, not debate) are invited to attend. For more information, call (828)371-1020.

Franklin Garden Club Monthly Luncheon will be held on  at Monday, June 5, 11:30 a.m., at Fat Buddies BBQ in the K-Mart shopping Mall. The program will be, Don and Belinda Carringer – “From our Small Farm to our Table”Visitors are welcome. Please call Nancy Wiley at (828)524-0020, if you plan on attending.

Macon County Public Library Computer Lab Email for Beginners 1 will be held on Tuesday, June 6, 4 p.m. This class is for people who do not have an email account, or who have an email account but aren’t confident logging in to it. In this class, you will create a new email account and learn to send messages, open new messages, and find messages that you want to read again. You will also learn how to get back into your email account later, even from a different device. Visit the Reference Desk for more information or call the library at (828)524-3600. The library is located at 149 Siler Farm Road, Franklin.

Indivisible-Sylva and Common Ground have joined forces, and is now named Indivisible Common Ground-WNC.  The group meets the first Wednesday of every month from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at St. David’s Church on the WCU campus, 1 University Dr. in Cullowee.  The next meeting will be held on June 7,  6:30 p.m. to discuss the mission statement and activities to follow.  Please attend this meeting if you want to help the Progressive cause.  For more information, you can find them on Facebook.

Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter #994 will meet on Thursday, June 8, 7 p.m., at the Macon County Fairgrounds office. All Vietnam and Vietnam era veterans are welcome to attend. For more information, call (828)369-7890 or

State Employees Credit Union Shred Day will be held on Friday, June 9, 10 a.m. to 1p.m. The credit union is located at 245 Cunningham Blvd. For more information, call (828)369-3536.

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

Battle of Sugartown Chapter of the North Carolina Society, Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR), will meet on at June 12, 11:30 a.m., in the Boiler Room Restaurant at 1024 Georgia Road in Franklin.  All DAR members and prospective members are welcome.

Gastric Bypass Support Group will meet on Tuesday, June 13, 6:30 p.m. at the Angel Medical Center on the third floor video conference room. Sheenagh King, registered dietitian from Longstreet Clinic in Gainesville, Ga., will be the guest speaker. For more information, call Betsy at (828)347-5244.

Family of Benjamin and Joseph Lucilia Elmore Buchanan and Benjamin and Isbelle Thompson Reunion will be held on Saturday, June 17, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., lunch at noon, at the Great Smoky Mountains Park, main covered pavilion on left once you enter the park in Bryson City.  Bring your favorite dish, enjoy the afternoon and go down the creek. For more information, call (404)934-3208.

Free lunch and Fellowship at Franklin Covenant Church will be held on Saturday, June 24, at noon. The church is located at 265 Belleview Park Road.  For more information, call the church office at (828)524-8854.

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

Franklin Food and Fun! Meetup Group is Looking for New Members. They are a social group for ages 40 through retired, a great way to meet new friends. The activities include picnics, going to movies, book chats, photography, games, meals our, and so on. For more information and to join the group go online to

Franklin Gem & Mineral Museum is now 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.

Wednesday Line Dance Classes will be held beginners 10 a.m., improver intermediate 11 a.m., at St. Cyprians on Roller Mill Rd. For more information, call  Pat (828)369-1924.

Monday Beginner Line Dance Classes will be held from 5:30 to 8 p.m. St. Cyprian’s Church Hall Roller Mill Rd. For more information, call Ron at (828) 371-9424 or   Pat  (828)369-1924.

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

Thursday painters Open Studio is held every Thursday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and 6 to 9 p.m., at 30 E. Main Street. Bring a bag lunch, your project and materials and join other painters in a day of shared learning.  Free to the public.  Contact the Uptown Gallery at (828)349-4607 for information.

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. 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 Bewery. For directions or information, call Ann (828)369-7385 or Kay (706)970-9987.

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

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.

Care Giver 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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