Community Calendar November 16, 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.

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

Macon County Art Association is having a 10-day show of the 2017 class of local veteran portraits painted by its members for the vets in the community.  The public is invited to come to the Uptown Gallery 34 W Main St in Franklin to view the portraits, which will be presented to the families on Veteran’s Day, Nov. 11, at the gallery after the parade at 12:30 p.m.  For more information, call the gallery at (828)349-4607.

ASNC Jackson/Swain/Qualla Boundary Chapter meets at Sweet Thoughts Respite Care, 67 Bryson Rd, Bryson City, on the second Thursday of each month from 6  to  8 p.m. and provides a place for families of children and adults with autism to meet, share, and learn about autism. For planning purposes, an RSVP is requested but not required to or (800)442-2762, ext. 3030.

MountainWise of Macon County Economic Development and Heart Disease Task Force Weekly Walk on Greenway will be held on 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.

American Red Cross Blood Drive will be held Thursday, Nov. 16, 12:30 to 5 p.m., at First Baptist Church Franklin, 69 Iotla Street, Franklin. Download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit or call (800)733-2767 to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in.

Diabetic Support Group will hold its monthly meeting on Thursday, Nov. 16, 4 p.m.,  at Angel Medical Center in the cafeteria. All diabetics are welcome. For more information, call Kim Watkins at (828)369-4181.

Gem and Mineral Society of Franklin will meet on Thursday, Nov. 16,  6:30 p.m. at the Robert C. Carpenter Community Building, 441 So. across from the new Ingles.  Arlon Eldridge and Tom Sterrett will present a program on Brazil.  Guests are welcome.

American Red Cross Blood Drives are planned in Franklin for the month of November. On Nov. 16, 12:30 to 5 p.m., First Baptist Church Franklin, 69 Iotla Street; Nov. 21, 1:30 p.m. to 6 p.m., Prentiss Church of God, 59 Church Hill Lane; Nov. 27,  9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., Lowe’s 0717 Franklin, Georgia Highway;  Nov. 28,  10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Macon County Library, 149 Siler Farm Rd. Make an appointment to give blood by downloading the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting or calling (800)733-2767).

High Mountain Squares All Singing Calls Dance will be held on Friday, Nov. 17, at the Robert C. Carpenter Building, on 441 So., from 6:15 to 8:45 p.m. Dr Jim Duncan from Otto, NC will be the caller. We dance Western Style Square Dancing, main/stream and plus levels. Everyone is welcome to attend. For more information, call  (828)342-1560, (828)332-0001, (706)746-5426 or

November Membership Meeting of Jackson NAACP will  be held on Saturday, Nov. 18, 10 a.m., at Liberty Baptist Church, Sylva. At 11 a.m. the program topic is “Moving Past the Representational Crisis: Rooting the Imagery of our Public Spaces in WNC Histories of Struggle.

The Nantahala Hiking Club will take a moderate 4.5 mile Hike on Saturday, Nov. 18. The hike will be to Round Mountain in Jackson County along an old Forest Service Road with lots of ups and downs to see awesome views into South Carolina and Lake Jocassee from the mountain top.  Meet at Cashiers Recreation Center at 10 a.m., drive 12 miles round trip.  Call leaders Mike and Sue Kettles, (828)743-1079, for reservations.  Visitors welcome.

Southeastern Bluegrass Association monthly Bluegrass Jam will be held on Saturday, Nov. 18,, 12 noon to 3:30 p.m. at the

Cowee School. Bring an instrument and join in or just come sit and listen. All levels of musicians are welcome from beginner to advanced. Refreshments will be provided.

American Legion Post 108 Fall Dance will be held on Saturday, Nov. 18, 8 to 11 p.m. Music provided by the Johnny Webb Band. Light snacks will be served.

Macon County Poultry Club will meet on Tuesday Nov. 21, 7 p.m.  Discussion will be on Turkeys.  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 First Presbyterian Church Free Community Thanksgiving Dinner will be served on Thursday, Nov. 23, noon to 1:30 p.m. only, in Tartan Hall. Meals are available at no charge for dining-in and for take-out .  Limited home delivery of take-out and transportation for dining-in are also available. To learn more or to request meal delivery or transportation, call the church office at (828)524-3119 from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m, Monday through Thursday and 9 a.m. until noon on Friday.

Open enrollment for affordable health insurance is going on now through Dec. 15.   Mountain Projects will be at the Macon County Library on Saturday, Nov. 18, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. to offer free, unbiased assistance to help you enroll in health insurance and give you an opportunity to see all your options.  You’ll also be able to make changes to your current plan and we’ll be available to answer all your questions. For more information, call Mountain Projects at (828)400-4177.

The Nantahala Hiking Club will take an easy 2.5 mile Hike on Sunday, Nov. 19. There will be very little elevation change along an old logging road to Mud Creek Falls in Sky Valley, Ga., a high beautiful clear falls despite its “muddy” name.  Meet at Smoky Mountain Visitor Center at 2 p.m., drive 30 miles round trip.  for more information and information, call leader Kay Coriell, (828)369-6820.  Visitors are welcome to attend.

Hickory Knoll United Methodist Church Food Pantry will be  open on Wednesday, Nov. 22,  4 to 7 p.m. For more information, call (828)421-0613.

Free lunch and Fellowship at Franklin Covenant Church, on the last Saturday, Nov. 25. The church is located at 265 Belleview Park Road. The meal is served at 12 noon. For more information, call the church office at (828)524-8854.

Democratic Women of Macon County will meet on Tuesday, Nov. 28 from 5:30 to 7 p.m., at the home of Sharon Ramsey (3809 Bryson City Rd) for a social and GOTV activity. All Macon County women who believe in fairness and betterment for all are invited. Please bring women’s and babies’ hygiene products and diapers for donation to CareNet.

Advanced Line Dance Classes will be held on Wednesday, 10 a.m. at the Robert C. Carpenter Building on 441 S., 10 a.m. For more information, call Pat (828)369-1924.

Beginner Line Dance Classes will be held on Mondays from 5:30 to 8 p.m., at the Robert C. Carpenter Building on 441 S. For more information, call Ron at (828) 371-9424 or Pat  (828)369-1924.

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 Brewery. 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

Franklin Uptown Gallery Open Studio is held every Thursday between 10 a.m and 4 p.m. and 6 to 9 p.m. at 30 E. Main St., in Franklin. Bring a bagged lunch, your project and materials, and join other painters in a day of shared learning.  Free to the public. For more information call (828)349-4607.

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.

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

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 Brewery. 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

Franklin Community Toastmasters Club in Franklin aspires to help improve your communication, leadership and public speaking skills. Meetings are the first and third Tuesdays of every month 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., Hospice House, 272 Maple St., Franklin. They are a very friendly and helpful group that supports your goals.

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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