Community Calendar for April 12, 2018



Signups for the FAST Swim Team will be held on Thursday,  April 12 and Tuesday April 17 from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m., Saturday, April 28 from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m. at the Robert C. Carpenter Community Building.  

Uptown Gallery Crawford Senior Center Reception will be held on  Friday, April 13, from 4 to 6 p.m. at 30 Main St. Franklin and is open to the public.  Please join us in celebrating the creativity of these talented artists of our community. For more information, call the gallery at (828)349-4607 or

Franklin Women’s Club will meet on Friday, April 13, 11:45 a.m., at Fat Buddies restaurant.  Horticulturist Bill Messina will address the issues of “Spring Gardening.” If planning to attend, Contact Brenda Jacobs at (828)421-0411.  For more information, call Linda Ellison, president at (828)369-5216.

First Baptist Chruch Free Community Luncheon and Fellowship will be held on Saturday, April 14, 12 noon to 1 p.m. The church is located at 69 Iotla St. All are welcome to attend. 

Uptown Gallery  “Untangle with Zentagles” will be held on Saturday, April 14, from 10 a.m. to  2 p.m., 30 Main St. Franklin.  This free event is a great way to relieve stress through the arts by coloring pages created by one of the gallery’s artists. For additional information, contact the gallery at (828)349-4607.

Waynesville Gold Wing Road Riders monthly gathering will be held Saturday, April 14, at Snappy’s Italian Restaurant & Pizzeria, 2769 Soco Road, Maggie Valley. Eat at 3 p.m., and meet at 4 p.m. All motorcycle riders and friends are welcome.  For more information, call  Johnny Cope at (828)235-2206.

Nantahala Hiking Club will take a moderate-to-strenuous 8-mile hike on Saturday, April 14, with an elevation chance 1000 ft., from Warwoman Dell to the Pinnacle on the GA Bartram Trail, past two waterfalls: Becky Branch and Martin Creek Falls, and a steep climb up the Pinnacle for a view of Clayton, GA.  Meet at Smoky Mtn. Visitor Center in Otto at 9 a.m., drive 25 miles round trip.  Visitors are welcome to attedn. For more informaion and reservations, call leaders Irene Brewi and Bill Schultz (772)263-3478. 

Nantahala Hiking Club will take an easy 3-mile walk through the beautiful Highlands Botanical Gardens on Sunday,  April 15, with plant identification on all the flowers and very little elevation change.  Oconee Bells may be in bloom.  Meet in Bi-Lo parking area in Franklin, drive 36 miles round trip.  Visitors are welcome to attend. For more information and reservations, call leader Mary Stone.  

Holly Springs Community Association Meeting will be held on Monday, April 16, beginning at 6 p.m.  A light supper will be served. Guest speaker, Bob Vogel, who  will be sharing his knowledge about the interesting field of robotics.  A short business meeting will follow.  Everyone is welcome to attend.

Smoky Mountain Quilters Guild welcomes back “SnowBirds” at its evening meeting on Monday, April 16, at the First Presbyterian Church, 26 Church Street in Franklin. Social time begins at 6:30. The meeting begins at 7 p.m. and will include a pizza party, “Show N Tell” and paper piecing demonstrations and practice. Anyone interested in the art of quilting is welcome to attend guild meetings. For more information about the guild, visit

Franklin Bird Club Meeting will be held on Wednesday, April 16,  7 p.m., at the Macon County Public Library. The program will be  “Birding in Trinidad / Tobago” by John and Cathy Sills. For more information, call (828)524-5234 or

Diabetic Support Group will meet on Thursday, April 19, 4 p.m., in the cafeteria at Angel Medical Center. For  more information, call Kim Watkins at (828) 369-4181.   

UU Flellowship Benefits of Essential Oils Skill Share will be held on  Friday, April 20,  6:30 pm at the UU Fellowship, 85 Sierra Lane. The skill share will explor essential oils and the benefits they can bring your family from cleaner chemical free living to natural health benefits. Sign up to make a choice of bath salts, foot soak or face scrub just in time for Mother’s Day. Space is limited. For more information or to sign up, call  Jude Lowery (423)582-7678.

Friends of the Greenway “Walk on the Greenway” will be held on Saturday,  April 21,  10:30 a.m.,  starting at the Macon County Library (on Siler Rd).  Sunny Himes will lead about a 2 mile walk, highlighting several natural communities including a Red Cedar-Hardwood Woodland, Montane Alluvial Forest, and Floodplain wetlands.  Discussion points will be historic and current uses of the land around the Greenway, how these uses shaped today’s terrain and plant community compositions, and the challenges of wildland restoration in a popular urban park. Send email of your interest in participating on the walk to:

Dillsboro Airing of the Quilts will be held on  Saturday, April 21, from 12 noon to 4 p.m., at the Appalachian Women’s Museum. The public is invited to be a part of this special day by exhibiting quilts – old or new. Register quilts online at by April 28. Include a photo of your quilts and as much of the history of your quilts as you know. For more information, call  Cheryl Beck at (828)421-3820.

New to Medicare Planning Your Drive Toward 65 and New to Medicare Due to Disability a free presentation will be held on Wednesday, April 25, 1 p.m., at the Macon Senior Services in the Crawford Building, 108 Wayah St. Several months before becoming eligible for Medicare individuals should begin learning more about Medicare options. The program is presented by Seniors’ Health Insurance Information Program (SHIIP). For more information, call Karen Wisman at (828)349-2059.

“From Bully-to-Buddy” a Community Forum for Macon County will be held on Thursday, April 26,  6 to 8 p.m. at Tartan Hall. For the bully, the bullied, principals, students, teachers, clergy, parents, neighbors, law enforcement, health workers, government officials, veterans, senior citizens, and community partners.  Come hear JJ Calloway and Monster share how he overcame difficult times in school.  Other guests include:  community police, student resource officer, veterans and community partners.  Featuring: interaction, role playing, dialogue, discovery, direction and refreshments. Enter contests for prizes: $75, $50, $25.  For more information, call (256)398-0039

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. 

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

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.

Alzheimer’s Caregivers Support Group will meet on Thursday, April 5, 3 p.m. in the small conference room at the Crawford Senior Center, 108 Wayah St. For more information, call (828)349-2058.

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  

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

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

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., 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

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 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.