Community  Calendar for April 8, 2021

Franklin Town Hall photo by Vickie Carpenter

Men’s Teen Challenge of the Smokies Graduation will be held on Saturday, April 10,  at 10 a.m. in the Center auditorium, 336 Living Hope Way (formerly 336 AG Camp Rd) Franklin. Please wear masks until you are seated and when you leave. Chairs will be spread apart. For more information, call (828)524-2157  Go to for more information about the 12-month residential addiction recovery program for men.

Gem & Mineral Society of Franklin announces the re-opening of the Gem & Mineral Museum on Saturday, April 10, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Information about additional days and hours will be announced at a later date.

Nantahala Hiking Club will take a strenuous 9.5 mile hike on Saturday, April 10, with an elevation change 1000 ft. from Wayah Tower to Tellico Gap on the Appalachian Trail, descending north on the AT to Licklog Gap, then ascending to Five Points and down to Burningtown Gap.  Climb back up to Cold Springs Shelter and to Copper Ridge with great views into Burningtown. Pass Rocky Bald with another beautiful view and descend to Tellico Gap where the shuttle car(s) will take hikers back to Wayah Tower.  Meet at Cowee School at 8:30 a.m, drive 90 miles round trip.  For more information or reservations, call Leader Larry Barnett at (828)226-9123.  

Nantahala Hiking Club will take an 4-mile moderate-to strenuous hike on Sunday, April 11, with an elevation change 1000 ft., In the Coweeta Lab area, hiking up Shope Fork Rd. to Cunningham Branch, then to a large weir and returning the same way.  Meet at the Smoky Mountain Visitors Center at 1 p.m, drive 8-miles  round trip.  For more information or reservations, call Leader Katharine Brown at (828)421-4178.  

Death Cafe will be held on  Sunday, April 11, 2 to 4 p.m., at Wayfarers Unity Chapel, 182 Wayfarer Lane, Dillard, Ga. Death Cafe is a global movement started in the UK whose only objective is:  “To increase awareness of death with a view of helping people make the most of their finite lives.” Jan Brewer, M.A., CMT, will lead a group-directed conversation about death and dying/life and living.   For more information, call Jan at (510)684-5555 or visit

Nantahala Hiking Club will take a strenuous 6.2 mile hike on Tuesday, April 13, with an elevation change 1300 ft., on Lady Slipper Trail in the Lake Russell Wildlife Management near Mount Airy, Ga. This loop hike winds through mature hardwood forest with several stream crossings and rugged terrain with lots of up and downs.  USFS parking fee of $5.  Meet at Lake Russell Convenient Store (1321 Dicks Hill Parkway, Mount Airy, GA) at 10 am to drive 4 miles to the store.   The drive from Franklin to the store is 90 miles round trip.  For more information or reservations, call  Leaders Linda Brookshire and Steve James at (770)519-8250. 

American Legion Macon Post 108 and American Legion Auxiliary Unit 108 will meet for a light dinner on  Tuesday, April 14,  6 p.m., regular meeting 7 p.m., at 614 W. Main St., Franklin. All members and military veterans are encouraged to attend as nominations for new Post Officers are only one item on the agenda.

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 

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 or to speak with a member of A.A. call (828)349-4357.

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

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

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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