Community Calendar May 10, 2018

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Historic Rickman Store is open on Saturdays, from 10 a.m. to   4 p.m. They are Located at 259 Cowee Creek Rd. Check out the new treasures, enjoy touring the 1895 store, some refreshments and listen to some mountain music. 

A New Dementia Caregivers Support Group is being formed for those caring for someone with Alzheimer’s or other memory-related illness. Share experiences, problem and joys in “Sharing the Journey.” The group meets the second and fourth Wednesday at 2 p.m., at First Presbyterian Church, 26 Church Street, Franklin. For more information, call (828)524-3119.

Uptown Gallery Free Classes and Open Studio will be held every Tuesday from 6:30 p.m. to  9 p.m., Thursday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. On Fridays, bring your own materials and join an on-going drawing course led by gallery artists from 11 a.m.  to  2 p.m. The gallery is located at 30 East Main St. For more information, call (828)349–4607.

“The Dauntless Diamond Dames” ladies 50+ years old of Franklin will meet  Thursday, May 10, 11:30 a.m. at the Motor Company Grill, 86 West  Main St. For more information,  call Dottie Teachman at (828)369-7494 or Donna Powell at (828)349-1976.”

Gem and Mineral Society of Franklin Mother’s Day Gemboree will be held on May 11, 12 and 13. Friday and Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the  Robert C. Carpenter Community Center.  Free admission. Indoor climate controlled. Jewelry, gems & minerals, fossils & demonstrations.

Franklin Women’s Club will meet  on Friday, May 11, 11:45 a.m., at Fat Buddies restaurant at Westgate Plaza.  June Hernandez, Manager of REACH will be the guest speaker. To RSVP call, Brenda Jacobs at (828)421-0411.  For more information, call Linda Ellison at (828)369-5216.

Rabies Vaccination Clinics will be held on Saturday, May 12.  Area veterinarians will vaccinate dogs, cats and ferrets over 4 months of age, as required by N.C. state law. The cost will be $10 cash only per pet and all pets should be kept in vehicles, on leashes, or in carries. The schedule will be East Franklin Elementary School, 9 to 11 a.m.,  Animal House Veterinary Clinic, Iotla Valley Elementary School 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., Franklin Veterinary Hospital, South Macon Elementary, 1 to 3 p.m. Rabun Animal Hospital, Mountain View Intermediate 1 to 3 p.m., Noah’s Ark,  Cartoogechaye Elementary School, 1 to 3 p.m., Lenzo Animal Hospital, Highlands Community Center, 9 to 10:30 a.m.,  Highlands-Cashiers Animal Clinic, Scaly Mountain Post Office, 11 a.m. to 12 p.m., Highlands-Cashiers Animal Clinic.  On Saturday, May 26, 9 to 10 a.m. at Nantahala E.M.S.  For more information, call (828)349-2106.

First Baptist Chruch Free Community Luncheon and Fellowship will be held on Saturday, May 12,  12 noon to 1 p.m. The church is located at 69 Iotla Street. All are welcome. 

Nantahala Hiking Club will take a 5-mile strenuous hike on Saturday, May 12 , with  elevation change of 1700 ft., to the bluffs on the Alum Cave Bluff Trail that continues to the top Mt. Le Conte.  Meet in the Bi-Lo parking lot at 8:30 a.m. in Franklin, drive 85 miles round trip.  For more information and reservations call, leaders Bill and Sharon Van Horn, (828)369-1983.  

Nantahala Hiking Club will take a moderate 4.5 mile hike on Saturday, May 12, with 500 ft. elevation change, to Rainbow and Turtleback falls on the Horse Pasture River in Gorges State Park, including a visit to the interesting Visitor’s Center.  Meet at Cashiers Recreation Park at 10 a.m., drive 30 miles round trip. For more information and reservations, call leaders  Mike and Sue Kettles, (828)743-1079.  

Nantahala Hiking Club will take a moderate 5-mile hike on Saturday, May 12, with elevation change of 300 ft., to Kimsey Creek in the Standing Indian Recreational Area, from the Back Country Parking Lot, up the creek, past an old homestead to a lovely meadow for lunch, perhaps with wildflowers along the way.   Meet at Westgate Plaza in Franklin at 10 a.m., drive 32 miles round trip.  For more information and reserfations, call leader Gail Lehman, (828)524-5298.

Nantahala Hiking Club will take an easy 1.5 mile hike to  Rufus Morgan Falls on Saturday, May 12 , to a spectacular 75 ft. fall named in honor of the founder of the Nantahala Hiking Club, seeing wildflowers along the way.  Elevation change 500 ft.  Meet at Westgate Plaza at 2 p.m.  For more information and reservations, call leader Jean Hunnicutt at  (828)524-5234.

Nantahala Hiking Club will take a moderate 5-mile hike on Sunday, May 13, with an elevation change of 300 ft., to Kimsey Creek in the Standing Indian Recreational Area, from the Back Country Parking lot to the camp ground, up Kimsey Creek past an old homestead to a lovely meadow for lunch, perhaps seeing wildflowers along the way. Meet at Westgate Plaza at 2 p.m., drive 32 miles round trip. For more information and reservations, call leader Mary Stone, (828)369-7352.

Sharing Our Stories (S.O.S.) For Families Dealing With Drug/Alcohol Addiction will meet Monday night, May 14, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., at the Carson Community Building, 3001 Old Murphy Rd.  Coming together to share our stories helps us learn from others and continue to educate  ourselves about this growing epidemic.  For more information call (828)421-1675.  

Smoky Mountain Quilters Guild Meeting will be held on Monday,  May 14, at Tartan Hall, 26 Church St.  Social time begins at 9:30 a.m.; meeting and program begin at 10 a.m. The guild will host Muriel Pfaff, quilt teacher and storyteller, who will portray character “Eliza Pinckney,” to explain the development of indigo as one of the most important cash crops in South Carolina before the Revolutionary War.  Anyone interested in the art of quilting is welcome to attend guild meetings. For more information about the guild visit www.smokymtnquilters.org

Sharing Our Stories (S.O.S.) For Families Dealing With Drug/Alcohol Addiction will meet Monday night, May 14th at 6:30-7:30 at the Carson Community Building, 3001 Old Murphy Rd. in Franklin.  Coming together to share our stories helps us learn from others and continue to educate  ourselves about this growing epidemic.  Sharing Our Stories meets twice a month on the 2nd and 4thMonday nights at 6:30-7:30 at the Carson Community Bldg.  For more information call 828-421-1675.  

Macon County Schools Social Media and Technology Awareness Night will be held on Tuesday, May 15, 6 to 7:30 p.m., at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts. All Macon County Schools families are urged to attend.

Franklin Bird Club Walk to Walnut Gap area will be held on Tuesday, May 15.  Ellen Shelton will lead a bird walk.  Meet at Bi-Lo parking area at 8 a.m. to carpool.  For more information or to sign up, call  (828)524-5234.

Franklin Bird Club Walk Along the Greenway will be held on Wednesday, May 16.  Meet at the Macon County Public Library parking area at 8 a.m. For more information, call  (828)524-5234.

International Essential Tremor Foundation (IETF)  support group will  meet on Wednesday, May 16, 2 p.m., at the Jackson County  Senior Center Room #135. Learn coping skills from each other and about products that help. The group serves individuals in Jackson, Macon, Swain and Haywood counties. For more information, call call Ted Kubit at (828)736-3165.

American Red Cross Blood Drive will be held on Thursday, May 17, from 12:30 to 5 p.m., at First Baptist Church, Franklin, 69 Iotla Street. Donors of all blood types are urged to roll up a sleeve this May to help meet the needs of trauma patients and others with serious medical conditions. Make an appointment to donate blood by downloading the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting RedCrossBlood.org or call  (800)733-2767. 

Diabetic Support Group will meet on Thursday, May 17, 4 p.m., in the cafeteria at Angel Medical Center. For more information, call Kim Watkins at (828)369-4181.  

FHS Choral Department will host an Alumni Choir for anyone who has participated in the choirs at Franklin High School on May 17, during their annual spring concert. Those wishing to participate should contact Robert Jessup at Franklin High School for more information and rehearsal times (828)524-6467.

Law Enforcement Memorial Program will be held on Friday, May 18, 12 p.m. at the town square gazebo. The public is invited to join law enforcement agencies to remember and pay tribute to the officers that have given their lives in performance of their duty while safeguarding citizens of North Carolina. 

Relay For Life of Franklin Cancer Survivors Luncheon will be held on Saturday, May 19, 12 noon, Prentiss Church, 59 Church Hill Lane. Please R.S.V.P. for lunch by May 15 by emailing Valerie at relaygirl73@frontier.com

Smoky Mountain Quilters Guild Evening Meeting will be held on Monday, May 21, at Tartan Hall, 26 Church Street, Franklin. Social time begins at 6:30 p.m. A presentation about the guild’s “Outreach Quilting Program” will begin at 7 p.m. Anyone interested in the art of quilting is welcome to attend guild meetings. For more information about the guild, visit www.smokymtnquilters.org

NAMI Appalachian South will co-sponsoring the movie “It’s Kind of a Funny Story” with the Macon County Library on Thursday, May 24, at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. in recognition of May as Mental Health Month. This is a drama with light hearted moments and is recommended for teens, families of teens and general public rated PG-13.

Serving Spoon Serves a Hot Meal on Thursday, 6 p.m. at the Town’s Jaycee Building except on Thanksgiving.

TaijiFit with Reesa and Lynn will be held Friday, 1 p.m., at the Crawford Senior Center, 108 Wayah St. For more information, call (828)349-2058. 

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 Bonnie.Peggs@msj.org.

Macon Chips, a local wood carving club meets Thursday nights at 6:30 p.m. at the Franklin High School wood shop. They welcome all persons interested in wood carving to attend. No prior experience needed.

Bi-Lo Store #5011 will be Serving Free Breakfast to Veterans on Friday and Emergency Personnel on Monday, from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m., in appreciation of vets and emergency personnel for their service and sacrifice.  Breakfast will include eggs, bacon, sausage, country sausage gravy, pancakes, biscuits, coffee and orange juice.  The store is located at 245 Macon Plaza Dr., in Franklin. 

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.

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. 

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.

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 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

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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