Community Calendar August 9, 2018


State Employees’ Credit Union (SECU) Back to School Supply Drive will run through August 17. Supplies needed are paper (all types), pens and pencils, USB flash drives, dry erase markers, copy paper, folders, tissues, and sanitizing wipes.  Monetary donations will also be accepted and used to purchase supplies. SECU is located at 245 Cunningham Road, Franklin.

Macon County Cancer Support Group will meet Thursday, Aug. 9,  7 p.m. in the cafeteria of Angel Medical Center.  Dr. Michael Messino with Cancer Care of WNC will be the guest speaker.  There will be light refreshments and a free gift.  Everyone is welcome to attend.

Autism Society of North Carolina (ASNC) Jackson/Swain/Qualla Boundary Chapter will meet on Thursday, Aug. 9, 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Sweet Thoughts Respite Care, 67 Bryson Ave, Bryson City. The ASNC Jackson/Swain/Qualla Boundary Chapter provides a place for both individuals with autism and their families to meet, share, and learn about autism. For more information, contact or visit us on Facebook

Franklin Women’s Club will meet on Friday, Aug.10, at 11:45 a.m. at Fat Buddies restaurant. Speaker Allison Cook, a retired Patrol Sergeant from the Jacksonville Beach, Florida Police Department will address “Women’s Safety Issues.” Call Brenda Jacobs at (828)421-0411 to RSVP.  For more information, call Linda Ellison at (828)369- 5216.

High Mountain Squares “Dance With The Beatles Dance,” will be held on Friday, Aug. 10, from 6:15 to 8:45 p.m., at the Robert C. Carpenter Community Building, 441 So., Marty Northrup from Charlotte will be the caller. They dance western-style square dancing, main/stream and plus levels.  For information call (828)787-2324, (706)746-5426, (828)332-0001.

First Baptist Chruch Free Community Luncheon and Fellowship will be held on (second) Saturday, Aug. 11, 12 noon to 1 p.m. The church is located at 69 Iotla St. All are welcome. 

The Nantahala Hiking Club will take a 5-mile moderate hike, on Saturday, Aug. 11, with elevation change of 600 ft., on the Deep Creek – Indian Creek Loop in the Smoky Mtn. Nat’l. Park near Bryson City  where we’ll see three waterfalls and lots of tubers.  Meet at Holly Springs Plaza next to KFC just north of Franklin.  Drive 80 miles round trip. Call leaders Bill and Sharon Van Horn for reservations, 369-1983.  Visitors welcome.

The Nantahala Hiking Club will take a 5.5-mile moderate-to-strenuous hike, on Saturday, Aug. 11, with elevation change 700 ft., in Panthertown Valley, first to Blackrock Mountain with a view south of the entire valley, including Big and Little Green mountains, then descend into the valley to hike out past Wilderness Falls and to Salt Rock for an easterly view.  Meet at Cashiers Rec. Park at 9:30 a.m., drive 16 miles round trip.  Call leader Robin Lurie, 954-632-07270, for reservations. Visitors, children 8 and over, and dogs are welcome.

Cowart and Stamey Reunion will be held  on Sunday, Aug. 12, beginning at 11:30 a.m., at Sam’s Place in the Morrison Community. Bring a covered dish and drinks. For more information, call  (828)369-8281.

Joseph Carroll and Alva Allen Gibson Reunion will be held on Sunday, Aug. 12,  covered dish luncheon  1 p.m., at the Cowee Fire Department.  All family and friends are invited to attend. 

Uptown Gallery Artist Presentation will be held on Monday, Aug. 13, 1 p.m.,  at the Uptown Gallery, 30 East Main Street, Franklin. Highlands artist and author Diane McPhail, will present her intriguing paintings featuring glowing mountains and textured forests. The Macon County Art Association general meeting will follow. This event is open to the public and refreshments will be provided. For additional class information and hours, call the gallery at (828)349 – 4607.

Smoky Mountain Quilters Guild Day Meeting will be held on Monday, Aug. 13, social time 9:30 a.m., meeting 10 a.m., at Tartan Hall, in the First Presbyterian Church, 26 Church Street, downtown Franklin.  Members of community outreach organizations the guild contributes to will discuss their groups’ works and how Smoky Mountain Quilters Guild contributions benefit them. Anyone interested in the art of quilting is welcome to attend guild meetings. For more information about the guild visit

Music with the Vagabonds on Monday, Aug. 13, 2 p.m. in the Macon County Public Library Meeting Room. The Vagabonds and their guests play old country, pop and gospel favorites at the library every second Monday of the month.

American Legion Ladies Auxiliary will meet on Tuesday, Aug. 14,  dinner 6 p.m. , meeting 7 p.m., at the post on 614 West Main Street. 

Battle of Sugartown Chapter, NSDAR will meet on Aug. 14, 11:30 a.m.,  at the Angel Hospital Cafeteria For reservations, call 828.508.2266.

Cullasaja Community Association will meet on  Tuesday, Aug. 14, 7 p.m. at the community building located in the Old Salem Church. The program will be about a recent mission trip attended by several of the community. Refreshments will be provided.  

Songwriter’s Event will be held on Wednesday, Aug. 15, 6 to 9 p.m. at Macon County Library Meeting Room. if you write songs and want to be a part of a songwriter’s community this is for you. The program is a short presentation entitled “DIY for Today’s Indie Musician” that shares new tools to record, produce, publish and market your songs. 

Franklin Bird Club Walk along the Greenway will be held on Wednesday, Aug. 15.  Meet at Big Bear Shelter parking area at 8 a.m.

International Essential Tremor Foundation (IETF)  Support Group  will meet on Wednesday Aug.15,  2 p.m., at the Jackson County  Senior Center Room #135. Learn coping skills and available products to help.  Learn the difference between Parkinson’s and Essential Tremor. The group serves individuals in Jackson, Macon, Swain and Haywood counties. Individuals interested in attending should contact Ted Kubit at (828)736-3165 or

P.E.O. Franklin area Chapter will meet on Wednesday, Aug. 15. P.E.O. is a philanthropic educational organization where women celebrate the advancement of women, and educate women through scholarships, grants, loans and stewardship of Cottey College. Visiting P.E.O. members are welcome to attend the meetings. Contact Carmen Morales-Jones at (828)369-7669 or Linda Ellison at (828)369-5216.

Diabetic Support Group will meet on Thursday,  Aug. 16, 4 p.m.,in the cafeteria at Angel Medical Center. For more information, call Kim Watkins at (828)369-4181.

Sewing 101 for ages 18-30 will be held on Thursday, Aug. 16, from 4 to 5:30 p.m. in the Macon County Public Library Program Room.  Bring your long pants, button fails, and costume ideas. We’ll talk about life skills and the little things you can do to save money and time with clothing repair and discuss a possible future “cosplay” club.

 New Community Theatre for Teens and Young Adults  Preliminary (pre-casting) Meeting will be held on  Monday, Aug. 20,  4:30 to 6 p.m. at the Macon County Library. 

Christian Motorcycle Association will meet on  Tuesday,  Aug. 21,  at Shoneys, 6 p.m. eat, 7 p.m. meeting.  For more information,  call Cliff  (828)369-8060

Macon County Poultry Club will meet on Tuesday,  Aug. 21, 7 p.m.,  at the NC Cooperative extension located on 193 Thomas Heights Rd in Franklin.   Meetings are free to the public. They discuss topics related to raising backyard chickens.   For more information please call (828)369-3916.

Franklin Community Toastmasters will meet on Tuesday, Aug. 21,  6:30 to 7:30 p.m., at 26 Church St., Franklin in Tartan Hall, Franklin Presbyterian Church. The local club is a successful nonprofit, chartered in 2018, that helps those interested in developing confidence, improve public speaking, and improve their leadership abilities. For more information, call (678)333-3622.

Men’s Teen Challenge of the Smokies Graduation for  One-year Addiction Recovery Program will be held on Saturday, Aug. 25, 6 p.m., 336 AG Camp Road, (old Camp Cullasaja) off Highlands Road. The program will include singing and testimonies by men in the program, a slide show and honoring of the graduates. A reception will follow. The public is welcome to attend. For more information, call (828)524-2157, or visit

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

Macon Chips Wood Carving Club meets on Thursday evenings at 6:30 p.m., in the Franklin High School Wood Shop. All interested folks are invited to attend. We welcome  beginners through master carvers. Call (828)369-2144 for further information. 

NAMI Support Group for individuals dealing with mental illnesses, such as depression, bi-polar, substance use disorder, anxiety and others, and for family members dealing with these challenges meets weekly on Thursdays, 7 to 8:15 p.m. at First United Methodist Church Out Reach Center in Franklin, across from Lazy Hiker Brewery. Join us in a safe confidential environment to share concerns, learn about resources, gain insights,understanding and hope. For directions or information, call  Ann (828)369-7385 or Donita (828)526-9510. 

Macon County Senior Services needs volunteers Interested persons should stop in The Crawford Senior Center and fill out a volunteer application at the Community Resource Center. For more information, call Don Capaforte at (828)349-2060.

Highlands Writers Group, a collection of professional and talented amateur writers, meets to read, workshop, or to just share information on writing, every Tuesday, 3 to 5 p.m, in the downstairs board room at the Bascom Center for the Visual Arts, 323 Franklin Rd., in Highlands. For more information, call Bud Katz (828)526-3190 or email

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

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 to  8:30 p.m. and on Thursday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The gallery is located at 30 East Main St. For more information, call (828)349–4607.

TaijiFit with Reesa and Lynn is held on 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 is held on Fridays, 3 p.m. in the activity room. For more information call (828)349-2058.

Chess at the Crawford Senior Center is 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

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.

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. 

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.

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.  

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 facilitator connect each month for one-hour confidential sessions. For more information, call (800)272-3900.

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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