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.
The High Mountain Squares “Traveling Through the USA Dance,” will be held on Friday, April 5, 6:15 to 8:45 p.m., at the First Presbyterian Church, l Coleman Hall, East Church St., in Highlands. Stan Russell from Greer, S.C., will be the caller. Western-style square dancing, main/stream and plus levels. Everyone is welcome to attend. For information, call (828)787-2324, (828)332-0001, (706)746-5426.
Waynesville Gold Wing Road Riders will meet Saturday, April 6, eat at 3 p.m., meet at 4 p.m., at Snappy’s Italian Restaurant & Pizzeria, 2769 Soco Road, Maggie Valley. All motorcycle riders and friends are welcome. For more information, call Johnny Cope at (828)235-2206.
Nantahala Hiking Club will take a moderate 3.5-mile hike on Sunday, April 7, with elevation change 800 ft., to Tellico Valley via a trail on land acquired by the Mainspring Conservation Trust. This lovely trail will have lots of wildflowers. Meet at Westgate Plaza in Franklin at 2 p.m., drive 38 miles round trip. Call leader Jean Hunnicutt, 534-5234, for reservations. Visitors welcome.
Franklin Bird Club will meet on Monday, April 8, 7 p.m., at the Macon County Public Library. Tim Carstens and Dr. Amy Boggan will present “Digital Birding: Using Online and Electronic Resources to Find and Identify Birds.” The public is welcome to attend. For more information, call (828)524-5234.
North Carolina Department of Transportation Notice of Belden Circle Road Closure will begin on Monday, April 8. Belden Circle Rd. will be closed to all through traffic from the intersection of Roller Mill Rd., to the intersection of Patton Rd., The closure of this section of Belden Circle is necessary in order to replace the existing bridge over Cartoogechaye Creek. The anticipated re-opening to through traffic no later than Oct. 1, 2019.
Sharing Our Stories will meet Monday, April 8, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., at 201 Sloan Rd., in the office to the right of the BP Station. Anyone dealing with substance abuse in their familes are encouraged to attend. Come and talk, vent or just listen. They are families willing to listen if you want to share. If you don’t feel like sharing then just come and sit and listen. Message me or call if you have any questions. (828)421-1675.
American Legion Macon Post 108 and American Legion Auxiliary Unit 108 will meet on Tuesday, April 9, for a light dinner at 6 p.m., at the Post Home located at 614 W, Main Street, Franklin, with the regular meetings following the meal at 7 p.m. All members and military veterans are encouraged to attend.
Gastric Bypass Support Group Meeting will be held on Tuesday, April 9, 6:30 p.m., Angel Medical Center third floor conference room. For more information, call Linda at (828)524-5635 or Betsy at (828)347-5244.
Franklin Bird Club Walk Along the Greenway will be held on Wednesday, April 10. Meet at Big Bear Shelter parking area at 8 a.m. 828-524-5234.
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.”
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.
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.
Operation Medicine Drop will be held on Saturday, April 27, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m at the Robert C. Carpenter Community Building. Officers with the Macon County Sheriff’s Office and Franklin Police Department will be on hand to collect any unwanted medications from the community. Operation Medicine Drop will be held in conjunction with Safe Kids Macon County’s annual Safety Town event.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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. Beginners through master carvers are welcome. 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 (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 email@example.com.
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 Bonnie.Peggs@msj.org.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com 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 adultchildren.org
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 www.ncgal.org or www.facebook.com/ncGuardianAdLitem. 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 smpcc.org
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 DaVita.com/Kidney 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.