Community Calendar for March 15, 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.

Macon County Public Health offers nutrition counseling and diabetes education. Services are covered by many private insurances including Medicare/Medicaid. All insurance accepted and income based sliding scale fee available to Macon County residents. For more information, call April Innis at (828)349-2455.

Diabetic Support Group will meet on Thursday, March 15, 4 p.m., in the cafeteria at Angel Medical Center. For more information, call Kim Watkins at (828) 369-4181.

High Mountain Squares “Leprechaun and Gold Dance”, will be held on Friday, March 16, 6:15 to 8:45 p.m.  at the Robert C Carpenter Community Building. Marty Northrup from Charlotte, will be the caller. Western-style square dancing, main/stream and plus levels.  Everyone is welcome to attend. For information call,  (828)787-2324, (828)332-0001, (706)746-5426 or

Uptown Gallery, in support of Youth Art Month will be showing artwork from the students of Trimont Christian Academy, taught by art teacher Nicole Bradford. The reception will be held on Friday, March 16, from 4 to  6 p.m., at 30 Main St.  The exhibit is open to the public.  For additional information, call the gallery at (828)349–4607.

Eric L Giles, candidate for Macon County Sheriff will be at Carson Community Center on Friday, March 16,  6 p.m.  The public is invited to come meet the candidate and learn where he stands on issues.  Light refreshments will be served.

Southeastern Bluegrass Association monthly Bluegrass Jam will be held on Saturday, March 17,  12 noon to 3 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.

The Nantahala Hiking Club will take moderate 6-mile hike, elevation change 500 ft., on Saturday, March 17, from Kimsey Creek to Park Ridge in the Standing Indian Recreational Area, starting at the Back Country parking lot and returning by Park Ridge along the Nantahala River.  Meet at Westgate Plaza in Franklin at 9 a.m., drive 38 miles round trip. Visitors are welcome to attend.  For more information and reservations, call leader Gail Lehman, (828)524-5298.

American Legion Post 108 St. Patrick’s Day Dance will be held on Saturday, March 17, from 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m., at the Post, 614 West Main St. There will be light snacks and music by the Johnny Webb Band.

Jackson County NAACP Branch’s March Membership Meeting will convene on Saturday, March 17, 10 a.m.,  at St. John’s Episcopal Church, 18 Jackson St., in Sylva. The program presentation is “The Poor People’s Campaign, Part II.”

Holly Springs Community Development Association will meet on Monday, March 19, 6 p.m., at the community building located at 2720 Cat Creek Rd.  A light supper will be served followed by a guest speaker from the Macon County Sheriff’s Office.  A short business meeting will also be held after the guest speaker.  Everyone is welcome.

Macon County Poultry Club will meet on  Tuesday, March 20, 7 p.m.  Refreshments will be served.  Meetings are free to the public and located at the NC Cooperative extension located on 193 Thomas Heights Rd in Franklin.  For more information please call (828)369-3916.

Franklin High School Seniors and Parents If you are planning on attending a community college, 4 year university, or a trade school, you must fill out the FAFSA form.  Financial aid officers from Southwestern Community College will be in the media center at Franklin High School to help complete these forms on March 20, 6 p.m.  You can also get help in the guidance office at Franklin High School or the financial aid office at Southwestern Community College. For more information, please contact Franklin High School Guidance Counselor Beki McCall at

TaijiFit with Reesa Boyce will be held on Wednesday,  March 21, 2 p.m. in the Macon County Public Library Meeting Room, This will be an easy, fun way to experience Tai Chi. No need to memorize anything; just play.  For more information call,  (828)349-2058 ext. 2730 or email

Macon County Democratic Convention will be held on Saturday, March 24, 10 a.m.,  at the Robert C. Carpenter Community Building on 441S.  Light refreshments will be served.  Democratic candidates will speak.  Julia Buckner, President-Elect of the NC Democratic Women, will be the keynote speaker.  All registered Democrats and Unaffiliated voters are welcome and encouraged to attend.

Franklin Chamber of Commerce  Chamber Mingle featuring Financial Services will be held on  Tuesday, March 27,  5 to 6:30 p.m. at the Franklin Chamber, 98 Hyatt Road. Come and see how these advisors can assist you with your financial planning and network with other businessmen and women. Light refreshments will be served.  For more information and to RSVP, call (828)524-3161.

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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