Community Calendar for September 7, 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.

All Macon County Businesses can now go online and register to participate and support the Thank a Veteran Program. To register log onto the Register of Deeds website: and click on the Services drop down then click on Veteran Rewards Program link, it will then take you to the registration form; you will receive an approval email after you have registered. For more information, call Macon County Register of Deeds Todd Raby at (828)349-2097.

Nantahala Hiking Club will present Nancy Reeder and her program, “Tales from the Trail” on Friday, Sept. 8, 7 p.m., at the Franklin Town Hall meeting room. The presentation is based on her southbound Appalachian Trail hike in 2009-2010. She has crafted stories from events that occurred while on the trail with her hiking partner, Lonnie Busch.

Cowee Fire Department Open House will be held on Saturday Sept. 9,  from 5 to 8 p.m. Station III is located at 208 Mason Branch Rd. Free hamburgers and hot dogs while they last. Everyone is invited to attend.

First Baptist Church Free Community Lunch will be offered on Saturday, Sept. 9, 12 to 1 p.m. The church is located at 69 Iotla St. All are welcome and invited to attend.

Fontana Regional Library Read Local Book Fair will be held on Saturday, Sept. 9, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Macon County PUblic Livrary, 149 Siler Farm Rd. For more information, call (828)524-3600.

Western Carolina Community Chorus will begin rehearsals for the 2017-18 Season on Sunday, Sept. 10. The ensemble meets in Room 357 of the Coulter Building on the WCU campus each Sunday from 3 to 5 p.m. A program of varied repertoire will be presented on Sunday, Dec. 10, at the First Baptist Church in Sylva. Dr. Robert Holquist, retired WCU Director of Choral Activities conducts the group. Experienced singers, high school and older, are invited to join the group by attending the first rehearsal. For more information, call Bob Holquist at (828)506 5951 or email <>.

Smoky Mountain Quilters Guild’s co-presidents Wayne and Suzie Wingett will present a Trunk Show of their award winning quilts on Monday, Sept. 11, social time  9:30 a.m., meeting and program 10 a.m. at Tartan Hall, 26 Church St. Preregistration for the Sept. 19 workshops by international teacher and designer Pepper Cory will be taken. For more information about the workshops visit Anyone interested in the art of quilt making may attend guild events.

Sharing Our Stories (S.O.S.) For Families Dealing With Drug/Alcohol Addiction will meet on Monday, Sept. 11, 6:30-7:30 p.m.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.

Battle of Sugartown, Chapter of the North Carolina Society, Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) Meeting, will be held on Sept. 11, 11:30 a.m., in the Boiler Room Restaurant at 1024 Georgia Road in Franklin.  All DAR members and prospective members are welcome.

Marine Corps League will meet Monday, Sept. 11, 6:30 p.m. at the American Legion Auxiliary Hall.  All Marines, former Marines, and Navy Corpsmen are invited to attend.

“Sixteen years after 9/11, are we winning the “War on Terror?”” will be the topic for the Franklin Open Forum on Monday, Sept. 11, 7 p.m. Franklin Open Forum is a moderated discussion group, meeting 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 (dialogue, not debate) are invited to attend. For more information, call (828)371-1020.

Franklin Uptown Gallery Membership Meeting will be held on Monday, Sept. 11 at 1 p.m., at 30 E. Main St.  Jeff Norman, co-owner of Franklin Picture Framing, will give a presentation on the difference between print shops and fine art printers and how to choose the right one for your projects.  All are welcome to attend.  For more information, contact the Gallery at (828)349-4607.

Pine Grove School Community Center will host Gregg Clark, author of “Ghost Country” on Monday, Sept. 11, 7 p.m. He will be discussing events and interesting facts in and around Franklin thru the ages. A book signing will be held after his presentation. Open to the public and refreshments will be served. The school is located offf the Highlands Rd., on Peeks Creek Rd. For more information, calal (828)524-8430.

Mountain Voices Community Chorus will begin rehearsals for the Christmas Concert will be held on Monday, Sept. 11, 6 to 8 p.m., at First Baptist Church, 69 Iotla Street, in Franklin.  New singers are welcome.  For more information, call (828)524-3644.

Franklin Appalachian Trail Community Council will meet Tuesday, Sept. 12, 10 a.m. in the Community Room of Lazy Hiker Brewing Company. Everyone interested in supporting the A.T. and outdoor community is welcome.

American Legion Ladies Auxiliary will meet on Tuesday, Sept. 12, dinner 6 p.m., meeting 7 p.m., at Post 108 on W. Main St.

Occupy WNC will meet on Tuesday, Sept. 12, 7 p.m., supper 6 p.m. at the Sneak E Squirrel in Sylva. in the restaurant’s Community Room.  OccupyWNC works for economic and social justice in WNC. Newcomers and visitors are welcome.

American Legion Post 108 will meet on Tuesday, Sept. 12, 7 p.m., at the Post Home at 614 W. Main St.  A light dinner will be served at 6 p.m. All military veterans are encouraged to attend.

Southern Jackson County Democrats meeting will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 12, 5:30 p.m., at the Albert Carlton Cashiers Community Library in Cashiers. The guest speaker will be Phillip Price, one of the candidates for U.S. Congress for House District 11.   All are welcome to attend.  For more information, contact Elisher Williams, (765)412-3362.

Gastric Bypass Support Group will meet on Tuesday, Sept. 12, 6:30 p.m.,  at Angel Medical Center third floor Video Conference Room. For more information Contact Betsy (828)347-5244.

Class of 1959 Franklin High School 58th Reunion will be held on Friday, Sept. 15, pizza party, 5 p.m. and Saturday, Sept. 16, picnic, 5 p.m. at the Franklin Memorial Park, 488 W. Main St. R.S.V.P. Nancy Scott (828)524-2849, Larry Brooks (828)524-5340 or Riley Henry (828)524-2738.

Franklin Uptown Gallery is holding a New Exhibit Reception on Friday, Sept. 15, from 4 to 6 p.m., at 30 E. Main St. Franklin. the public is invited to come to meet and support the local artists who create exceptional paintings, jewelry, woodcarvings and other unique items.  All are welcome to attend.  For information contact the Gallery at (828)349-4607.

SECU Hospice House  Open House will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 12, 1 to 5 p.m. and Saturday, Sept. 16,  9 a.m. to 2 p.m., 272 Maple St. Drop by and see the plans and site for SECU Hospice House in Franklin. Light refreshments will be served. For more information, call (828)524-8261.

Franklin Bird Club Walk along the Greenway will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 13. Meet at Salali Lane at 8 a.m. Parking is off Fox Ridge Road which is just south of Franklin Flea Market on Highlands Rd. For more information, call (828)524-5234 franklin

Macon County Fair Woodworking Day will be held on Thursday Sept. 14, at the Fair. Wood workers are invited to bring their work and share their skills as they make a simple block of wood a wonderful piece of art. For more information, call Betty Cabe at (828)524-6379 or the fair phone at (828)369-3523.

“Mother Jones,” a play by Gary Carden starring Lara Jackson as Mother Jones will be held on Thursday, Sept. 14, 5 to 7 p.m., at the Crawford Senior Center. Bring snacks and drinks.

Smoky Mountain Quilters Guild will Meet on Monday, Sept. 18,  social time begins at 6:30 p.m., meeting at 7 p.m., at Tartan Hall, 26 Church St. International quilt teacher and designer Pepper Cory will present a prelude to her two workshops the next day featuring a Folded Log Cabin (also known as Manx Isle of Man Log Cabin), and traditional Japanese hand quilting known as Sashiko. The event, including two workshops and dinner will be held at the West Macon Fire Department. Quilters may sign up at the evening meeting for either or both workshops. For more information visit

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.

Free Yoga and Bodyworks Classes. Prana Madonna Yoga is offering free yoga mindfulness and bodyworks classes. They also do yoga and bodyworks with disabilities. Spots are limited. Contact Instructor Kim Bourque to register for your class today (828)-371-2154. Like them on facebook search Prana Madonna Yoga.

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. Additional parking is available at the old Cowee School, a short walk to the store. Free admission.

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.

Belly Dancing will be held on Fridays, from 4 to 5 p.m. in the activity room of the Crawford Senior Center. The instructor will be Jacquelyn Timon. For more information, call (828)349-2058.

Finger Rug Hooking Class will be held on Mondays, 3:30 to 5 p.m., in the activity room of the Crawford Senior Center.  For more information, call (828)349-2058.

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.

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

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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