Community Calendar for March 1, 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. 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

Macon County Community Garden Committee is now taking applications for  garden space in the 2018 Community Garden. Spaces are 500 square feet each and are tilled.  Gardeners must supply their own fertilizer, seeds and plants and agree to abide by garden regulations.  There is a charge of twenty five dollars per garden spot.  It is requested that a portion of each gardener’s produce be donated to Macon County Care Net.  In the past four years, the community garden has provided a substantial amount of fresh vegetables to Care Net for distribution to those in need.  For an application or more information, call North Carolina Cooperative Extension, Macon Center, at (828)349-2046.  The garden should be available for use by the first of May.

Uptown Gallery  Free Classes and Open Studio Times are being offered every Tuesday from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., on Thursday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Bring your own materials and join an on-going drawing course led by gallery artists on Fridays, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. For information on days open, hours and additional art classes and workshops, contact the gallery on 30 East Main Street at (828)349-4607.

An educational program on “Recovery” sponsored by NAMI Appalachian South will be presented by Agape Powell on Thursday, March 1, 7 p.m. at Outreach Center of the First United Methodist Church, corner of Main St. and Harrison Ave. in Franklin. Ms. Powell is a Peer Support Specialist at Meridian Behavioral Health Services. This will replace the regular support group for the evening. Public invited to attend. For more information, call  Ann (828)369-7385.

High Mountain Squares will host its ”Giddy Up Western Dance” will be held on Friday night, March 2, from 6:15 to 8:45 p.m., at the Robert C Carpenter Community Building, GA Road (441 South). Richard Smith from Gainsville, Ga., will be the caller. Western-style square dancing, main/stream and plus levels.  Everyone is welcome.

For information call,  (828)787-2324, (828)332-0001, (706)746-5426 or

Nature’s Ability to Recover from Forest Fires  Eco Forum will be held on Friday, March 2, 6:30 pm at the UU Fellowship, 85 Sierra Lane, Franklin.  All are welcome to meet and greet at 5:30 p.m. and bring a covered dish to share at 6 p.m. Forest fires raged through western NC a couple of years ago.  They left in their wake scarred lands and disturbed wildlife.  Kelder Monar of Mainspring Conservation Trust will present the findings of his thesis project studying the ability of the forests to recover from such events. For more informaiton, call (828)524-3691.

Macon County Republican Party Annual Convention and Precinct Meetings will be held on Saturday, March 3, at the Carpenter Community Building, 1288 Georgia Rd. Registration begins at 1 p.m., gavel at 1:30. The theme is “Moving Forward, Giving Back.” There will be special recognition and presentations for Union Academy. All Macon County voters who were registered Republican as of Jan. 31 may attend as delegates; others may attend as guests. There is no cost to attend, but there will be opportunities to help Union Academy.

Waynesville Gold Wing Road Riders monthly gathering will be held on Saturday, March 3, eat 3 p.m. meet 4 p.m.  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.

Marine Corps League will meet on Monday, March 5,  6:30 p.m., at the American Legion Auxiliary Hall. All Marines, former Marines, Navy Corpsmen, and friends of the Marine Corps are invited to attend. Forthcoming elections will be discussed.

“Is morality subjective?” will be the topic for the Franklin Open Forum a moderated discussion group, will meet on Monday, March 5,  7 p.m.,  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.

Franklin Garden Club Luncheon Meeting will be held on Monday, March 5, 11:30 a.m., at Fat Buddies BBQ in the Kmart Shopping

Center.   Leah Kennedy, owner of Gardenstarts will present a program on hydrangeas and viburnums.Visitors are welcome to attend.  Call Nancy Wiley at (828)524-0020 if you plan to attend.

Tuckasegee River Chapter #373 of Trout Unlimited will meet on Tuesday March 6, 6:30 p.m., at the United Community Bank 1640 E. Main Street in Sylva NC.  Dinner is at 6:30 for $5  followed by a chance to win a new fly rod, hand crafted by fellow chapter member Jim Mills and that would make a great addition to your collection. The quality of the rod is very impressive and will come with an aluminum case. Garner Reid will present information on how to catch Striped Bass and Spotted Bass on the Etowah River in Georgia.


10 week Peer to Peer Recovery Education Class for Adults with the challenge of mental illness will be offered in Franklin starting March 7 by National Alliance on Mental Illness. This curriculum covers the major mental illnesses such as depression, bipolar disorder, substance use disorder, PTSD and others. Treatments, coping strategies, stress reduction, and relapse prevention  are some of the topics  addressed in this safe confidential environment. No fee. Preregistration required. Class size limited. To register: or Ann (828)369-7385.

American Red Cross Blood Drives are planned for March 8,  9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Lowe’s 0717 Franklin, Georgia Highway; and March 15, 12:30 to 5 p.m., First Baptist Church Franklin, 69 Iotla Street. Make an appointment to become a hero to patients in need by downloading the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting or calling (800)733-2767.

Macon County Horse Association’s annual Coggins Clinic is Saturday, March 10, at 9 a.m., at the Macon County Fair Grounds. Members and non-members welcome.  For more information, call  (828)369-3903.

Gastric Bypass Support Group will meet on Tuesday, March 13, 6:30 p.m., at Angel Medical Center third floor Conference room. For more information, call Betsy  (828)347-5244.

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.

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.

Franklin Community Toastmasters Club in Franklin aspires to help improve communication, leadership and public speaking skills. Meetings are the first and third Tuesdays of every month 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.,Franklin Presbyterian Church, 26 Church St. Franklin. For information call (678)333-3622.

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

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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