Community Calendar for June 8


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

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.

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.

Descendants of John Alexander and Martha (Pendergrass) Baldwin will be held on Saturday, June 10, at the fellowship hall of the Franklin Church of God, 701 West Palmer Street in Franklin. All members of the Baldwin family are encouraged to attend and friends of the family are welcome.  The group will begin to gather about 11 a.m., and a covered dish lunch will be served at noon. For more information about the reunion and/or the family call (828)371-7752 or e-mail

Macon County Horse Association Horse Show will be held on Sunday June 11, 12 p.m. The event is  free to spectators.  For more information, call (828)369-3903.

Friends of the Greenway Membership Appreciation Open House   will be held on Sunday, June 11, 2  to 5 p.m. at FROG Quarters, 573 E. Main St. They are celebrating 15 years as a non-profit organization.  The FROG Board is inviting past, present, and future members to attend. Visit with friends, review accomplishments, learn about current projects, and future plans.

Smoky Mountain Quilters Guild will welcome Asheville quilt and fiber artist Ann Holmes to share her quilts and techniques at the guild’s meeting on, Monday, June 12, social time 9:30 a.m., meeting 10 a.m., at Tartan Hall, 26 Church St. Anyone interested in the art of quilt making may attend SMQG meetings. For more information about the guild and future events visit

Franklin Uptown Gallery Meeting will be held on Monday, June 12, 12 p.m., 30 E Main St. The featured guest will be Teresa Lee Bouchonnet, an accomplished textile artist.  Teresa is owner of Cowee Textiles at the Cowee School in Franklin.  She has an extensive background in a large number of textile arts. The public is welcome to attend at no charge.  For more information,  Gallery at (828)349-4607.

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.

Affordable Broadband in Macon Swain Jackson Moving Forward in 2017:  A community information sharing event will be ehld on Monday June 12, 3:30 to 5 p.m. in the Macon County Public Library Meeting Room. Come to an information sharing event, featuring Regional, County, Community leaders, and vendors, all interested in increasing broadband access to Jackson/Swain/Macon counties, and learn of recent efforts underway.

Sharing Our Stories (S.O.S.) for families dealing with drug or alcohol addiction will meet Monday night, June 12, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., at the Carson Community Bldg.  For more information, call 828-421-1675.

Highlands Plateau Audubon Society and The Charlotte Raptor Rehab Center will presents “Birds of the World” will be held on Tuesday, June 13,  7 p.m., at the Highlands Biological Station at 265 N 6th St. This family-friendly program will feature exotic, non-native birds of prey from all over the world including one of the most elusive owls on the planet.   All events are free and open to the public. For more information, call 828- 526-1939.

Franklin’s Appalachian Trail Community Council meeting will be held on Tuesday, June 13, 10 a.m. at the Rathskeller Coffee Haus, 58 Stewart St., Franklin NC. Join us to support the local A.T. and outdoor community. For more information,


American Legion Ladies Auxiliary will meet on Tuesday, June 13, dinner 6 p.m., meeting 7 p.m., at the post on Ww. Main St.

American Legion Post 108 will meet on Tuesday, June 13, dinner 6 p.m., meeting 7 p.m.,  at the Post Home at 614 W. Main St. The winners of the raffle items will be drawn. All Military Veterans are encouraged to attend.

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/caregivers  Peer Support Group of NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) Meeting will be held on Tuesday, June 13, 7 p.m., at the Outreach Center in Franklin, located at the corner of Harrison Ave. and Main St. across from the Lazy Hiker Brewery.  Join us to share concerns, learn about resources and find hope in shared experiences. For more information, call  Ann (828)369-7385.

Macon County Public Library Meeting Room Scottish Movie will be shown on Wednesday, June 14, 2 p.m. The comedy/drama starring Peter Mullan. After decades of laboring as a Glasgow shipbuilder, Frank Redmond, a no-nonsense 55-year-old working-class man, suddenly finds himself laid off. He determines to salvage his self-esteem and tackle his demons by attempting the ultimate test of endurance – swimming the English Channel. Rated PG-13 for some language; 1 hr. 35 min.

Franklin Bird Club Walk Along the Greenway will be held on Wednesday, June 14.  Meet at Big Bear Shelter parking area at 8 a.m. For more information, call (828)524-5234.

Junaluskee Lodge #145 Annual Flag Day Ceremony in conjunction with the American Legion Post #108 will be held on June 14, 11 a.m., at the lodge, 50 Church St. Following the ceremony will be a free hot dog lunch with refreshments.

Macon County Public Library- iPhone/iPad Users Group will be held on Thursday, June 15, 2 p.m. This is a monthly peer-led meeting open to anyone who has an iPhone or iPad and wants to learn more about applications and resources. It’s a great way to share questions, knowledge, and favorite apps. Participants are encouraged to set the agenda, help each other, and share ideas with the group. All levels are welcome, no registration required.

Macon County Cancer Support Group’s Meeting will be held on  June 15, 7 p.m. in the cafeteria of Angel Medical Center, Riverview Street, Franklin.   Wilma Anderson, caregiver, will speak on Bladder Cancer.  Light refreshments will be served and there will be free gifts for everyone in attendance.  Everyone, especially Bladder Cancer Survivors, are invited to attend.

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.