Community Calendar for April 22, 2021

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Franklin Town Hall photo by Vickie Carpenter

St. John’s Episcopal Church & Macon New Beginnings will serve a free meal on April 22, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., at  Franklin First Assembly. The church is located at 1150 E. Main St.

Nantahala Hiking Club will take an easy 4 to 6 miles hike on Friday, April 23, with an elevation change of 300 ft.,o n Winding Stair Gap Forest Service Rd., hiking along the logging road for 2-3 miles. This is an in-and-out hike on a wide rolling footpath with some gravel for a leisurely day.  Dogs are welcome.  Meet at Westgate Plaza in Franklin at 10 a.m., drive 22 miles round trip.   For more information or reservations, call Katharine Brown at (828)421-4178.

Nantahala Hiking Club will take a moderate-to-strenuous 6-mile hike on Saturday, April 24, with an elevation change of 1200 ft., on Buckeye Branch, hiking the old Bartram Trail to the new section looking for wildflowers along the way. It is a continuous climb for 2.5 miles where we will have lunch and return.  Meet at the Smoky Mtn. Visitor Center at 10 a.m., drive 18 miles round trip.  Visitors are welcome to attent. For more information or reservations, call Gail Lehman at (828) 524-5298.  

Macon County Sheriff’s Office Operation Medicine Drop will be held on Saturday April 24 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. If you would like to dispose of your unused, unwanted medications, you will be able to drive-thru the parking lot at the Robert C. Carpenter Community Building to safely dispose of your medications to the department. This event is part of Safe Kids Macon County’s Safety Town event and will be following COVID19 safety protocols.

Franklin Covenant Church Free Lunch, Food Pantry and Prayer Tent will be held on  Saturday, April 24, 11 a.m. until supplies last. The church is located at 265 Belleview Park Rd.

St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church Food Pantry will be held on Wednesday, April 28, 10 a.m. to 12 noon. Drive thru only. Masks are required. 

Applications are Currently being Taken for the Macon County School’s PreK Program for the 2021-2022 school year.   Applications may be picked up at the Macon County School’s Central Office or at one of the 3 PreK school site locations.  A child is eligible for NC PreK funding if they turn four on or before August 31 of the program year (2021), but is not yet five years of age and the family meets income guidelines. Private pay spots may also be available for 3 year olds. Deadline to turn in completed application will be April 30, 2021. For more information, call Valerie Norton  at 828-524-3314 ext. 1041

Franklin Seventh Day Adventist Community Services are open on Monday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., to help Macon County residents in need with rent, power bill and a fully stocked food pantry. The church is located at 93 Church St., Suite 212. For more information, call (828)369-9000.  

First Presbyterian Church Clothing Drive on the theme of “Clothe the Naked” as a part of the Matthew 25 Initiative. A box will be out in front of the sanctuary on Church Street on Mondays from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Specifically looking for new underwear, socks, and sweatpants for elementary schools, nursing homes and the homeless. This drive will continue through April. 

New Girl Scout Troop forming in Franklin. Now recruiting for Daisies, ages 5 and 6; Brownies, ages 7 and 8; and Juniors, ages 9 and 10. For more information, call (828)371-2823 or email dianepeltz1953@gmail.com 

Habitat for Humanity of Macon/Jackson County needs volunteers to share skills or gain some experience learning new ones. From carpentry to cleaning, marketing to moral support, computer skills, planning and organizing or just plain common sense, the greatest gift you could ever give is time. Any amount is good. Some great times, lasting friendships and rewarding experiences await.  Call (828)369-3716 or (828)371-5442.

Friends of the Greenway  FROG Quarters is now open Wednesday to Saturday, 9 a.m. to  2 p.m.,  at 573 E. Main. Stop by for coffee, a soft drink and a snack, and free internet.  Reservations taken for the shelters.

Franklin Alcoholics Anonymous “Open Meetings” are for anyone who thinks they may have a drinking problem or for anyone interested in the A.A. recovery program. In-person meetings with Covid 19 preventive measures are held Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 5:30 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church Outreach Center, 66 Harrison Ave., Franklin. Onlne meeting information is available by visiting www.aawnc80.org. or to speak with a member of A.A. call (828)349-4357

Celebrate Recovery at Discover Church every Monday night,  6 to 8 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. Free childcare up to five years old for attending parents. Discover Church is located at 47 Macon Center Dr. (behind Bojangles). For more information, email cr@discover.church for questions.

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 formula, diapers, wipes, baby items and clothing up to size 6, as well as  strollers, car seats, high chairs, pack n’ plays, etc. Donations are always welcome. Services are free and confidential. For more information or an appointment, call (828)349-3200, (828)293-3600 or smpcc.org

Crawford Senior Center  Zoom Classes will include exercise, tai chi, and others. For more information, or to register, call the Senior Center at (828)349-2058.

Macon Chips, the Franklin Wood Carving Club will meet on Thursday,  6:30 p.m. in Franklin High School Wood Shop. They will continue to meet on Thursdays. Participants are asked to comply with social distancing and other endemic protocols. All members and prospective members are cordially invited to attend. For more information, call Contact D Lansont (828)369-2144. 

Uptown Gallery on Main Street new hours are Monday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. 

 

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.

Volunteer drivers needed at Macon County Senior Services. Mileage will be reimbursed. For more information, call (828) 349-0211.

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.

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 Bonnie.Peggs@msj.org.

CareNet on Bidwell Street will be open on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  A box of food may be picked up once a week. 

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.

Macon Medication Assistance Program  located at the back of the First Baptist Church is open Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information call (828)524-5258.

Men’s Teen Challenge Needs Good Quality Lumber for its woodworking Shop. Pick up in Franklin area. To donate, call (828)369-1177. 

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