Community Calendar for April 11, 2019

Community Calendar for April 11, 2019


Macon Chips a Local Wood Carving Club dedicated to the techniques and methods of wood carving. The club meets Thursdays at 6:30 p.m., in the Franklin High School wood shop. Interested persons are cordially invited to join us. welcome. For additional information, call (828)369-2144.

Franklin Golf Association meets on Thursdays,  9 a.m., at the Franklin Golf Course. For more information, call Franklin Golf Course at (828)524-2288.

Macon County Cancer Support Group will  meet on Thursday, April 11, 7 p.m., in the cafeteria of Angel Medical Center.  Learn all the exciting details about the upcoming free Cancer Survivors’ meal and the 2019 Relay for Life of Franklin. Light refreshments will be served. Everyone is welcome.

Franklin Women’s Club will meet Friday, April 12, at 12 noon, at Fat Buddies restaurant in Westgate Shopping Plaza. The speaker will be Bill Messina.  Messina has his degree in horticulture (BSA, MS). He will talk about native plants; how to attract birds and bees; and some early planting advice.  To RSVP, call Brenda Jacobs at (828)421-0411.  For more information about the organization, call Joy Wood at (828)349-4440.

Macon County Public Library is looking for experienced volunteers to help with this summer’s theatre program. A Shakespeare in the Summer meeting will be held Friday, April 12, 5:30 p.m., in the Macon County Public Library Meeting Room to discuss the summer schedule, show, and future of “Theatre at the Library.”

Macon County Master Gardener Association will meet on Friday, April 12,  1 p.m., in the meeting room of the Environmental Resource Center at 1624 Lakeside Drive, Franklin.  Guest presenter, Leah Kennedy, will give a 30-minute presentation on, “Interplanting with Hydrangeas.”  The public is invited to this free event.

Songwriters in the Round will be held on Saturday, April 13, 7 to 9 p.m., at the Macon County Library. Four more local songwriters will be performing in the round format once again. The group meets every couple of months with a community of folks who like to write songs and others who enjoy listening to original songs. This is a free community event.

Macon County Poultry Club and Macon County 4-H Poultry 101 School for Kids & Adults will be held on Saturday, April 13, from 10 a.m. to 12 noon. Topics will include feeding, care, housing, health and showing poultry. Sign up to attend by Thursday, April 11, by calling the North Carolina State Extension at (828)349-2046.

Macon County Horse Association Fun Show will be held Sunday,  April 14,  starting at 12.  Concession stand will be open.  This event is free to spectators.   For more information,  call  (828)369-3903.

VERO Health and Rehab Easter Egg Hunt (formerly Blue Ridge Healthcare on the Mountain) in Webster will be held on Saturday,    April 13, at 2 p.m., for ages 10 years and younger.  Prizes wil be given. The public is invited to attend.

Prentiss Church invites children 12 and under to an Easter Egg Hunt Saturday, April 13, at 1 p.m. For more information,  call (828)369-3885. The church is located at 59 Church Hill Lane.

Iotla Baptist Church Easter Egg Hunt  will be held on Sunday, April 14, from 5 to 7 p.m., at Iotla Valley Elementary School Picnic area.  Adults may bring a lawn chair.

Citizen Science Day at the Macon County Public Library will be held on Saturday, April 13, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. in the Computer Lab. Play Stall Catchers,  an online video game used to help detect Alzheimer’s in mice.  Ages 10 and up are welcome.  Some computer experience is preferred. Drop in or join us at 1 p.m. for a brief tutorial.  Email addresses required and the librarian can help get you started.

First Baptist Church Free Community Luncheon and Fellowship will be held on Saturday, April 13, 12 noon to 1 p.m. The church is located at 69 Iotla St. All are welcome to attend. 

Nantahala Hiking Club will take a moderate 5.5-mile hike on Saturday, April 13, with an elevation change 600 ft.,   Rock Gap to Glassmine Gap on the Appalachian Trail, hiking south to Glassmine and down Long Branch to the Back Country parking area, perhaps seeing wildflowers along the way.  Meet at Westgate Plaza in Franklin at 9 am, drive 40 miles round trip.  Call leader Gail Lehman, 524-5298 for reservations.  Visitors welcome.  

Nantahala Hiking Club take an easy 2-mile walk on Sunday, April 14, with mostly level trails in the Highlands Botanical Gardens where the rare Oconee Belles may be in bloom and as well as other interesting plants on a walk around the lake.  Meet at Bi-Lo in Franklin at 2 pm, drive 35 miles round trip, or call leader if coming from the Highlands or Cashiers area for meeting place.  Leader is Mary Stone, 369-7352.  Visitors are welcome

Cowee School Heritage Center next lecture Where We Live: History, Nature, and Culture will be held on April 15, 6:30 p.m. Stan and Mary Polanski will speak on “Grow Native” about growing native plants. All programs are the third Monday of the month. 

Holly Springs Community Development Club will meet on Monday, April 15, 6 p.m., at the community building located at 2720 Cat Creek Road.  A covered dish meal will be served. The guest speaker will be Bob Bourke of Macon New Beginnings.  Bring a covered dish to share.  Everyone is welcome to attend.

Franklin Bird Club Walk Along the Greenway will be held on Wednesday, April 17.   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.  828-524-5234.

Spring Swings the Library! Vintage Jazz and Big Band Era Hits will be held on Thursday, April 18, 1 p.m., in the Macon County Public Library Meeting Room. The Arts Council band C-Square  – Lionel Caynon, keyboard; Bobbie Contino, vocals; and Selma Sparks, vocals and dance – performs sing-and-dance-along favorites like “April Showers,” “Blue Skies,” “Red, Red Robin,” and more.  Requests are encouraged.  Free interactive nostalgia for all.

Annual Gorge Cleanup will be held on Saturday, April 20. Meet at Pine Grove Baptist Church on Highlands Road. Participants will leave at 9 a.m. with a section assignment. Orange vests, trash bags and gloves will be provided or bring your own. Wear long pants and long sleeve shirts. Some pick-up tools will be available. Event will last about three hours.

Free Buckle Up, Baby Car Seat Check Scheduled for April 27 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Robert C. Carpenter Community Building. Certified Car Seat technicians with Safe Kids Macon County will be available to make sure your child’s seat is installed as safely as possible. The checking station is part of the annual Safety Town event hosted by Safe Kids Macon County and Franklin Daybreak Rotary Club.

Mountain Voices Community Chorus is beginning rehearsals for the summer concert. Practice is every Monday evening at First Baptist Church, 69 Iotla Street, Franklin, from 6 to 8 p.m. New singers are welcome. For more information, call (828)524-3644.

Celebration of Mountain Music will be held on Tuesdays, 6 to 8 p.m., at the Robert C Carpenter Community Building,1288 Georgia Road, Franklin.  Join them to jam, sing, dance or just enjoy traditional mountain music. For more information, call (828)524-3485.

Free Ping Pong at the Robert C. Carpenter Building on Tuesdays, 2 p.m., Thursday, 10 a.m., 441 So. in Franklin.

Celebrate Recovery at Discover Church every Monday night 6 p.m. Celebrate Recovery is a Christ-centered, 12-step recovery program for anyone struggling with hurt, pain or addiction of any kind. Celebrate Recovery is a safe place to find community and freedom from the issues that are controlling our life. Discover Church is located at 47 Macon Center Dr.  email: with questions.

Macon County Girl Scouts Troop 12693 with Brownies and Juniors, is led by Polly Ehrenkaufer and meets every other Thursday at Discover Church. For more information, call (217)417-9739. Troop 12692 meets on Mondays at St. Agnes Church. Cadettes meet with younger Scouts under the leadership of Kim Pressley. For more information, call (828)421-9214.

Zumba Classes are held at the community building on Monday and Thursday, from 6 to 7 p.m.

Macon County CareNet is in need of volunteers. Positions open are food pantry, soup kitchen and file room. If interested stop by for an application at 130 Bidwell St., or call (828)369-2642.

Gastric Bypass Support Group will not meet until January 2019. For  more information call Betsy (828)347-5244. 

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  (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.

Dementia Caregivers Support Group  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

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.