Community Calendar for August 16, 2018


Macon County CareNet is in need of volunteers. Volunteer 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.

Girls on the Run Volunteer Coaches are needed for South Macon Elementary School they meet Tuesday and Thursday, 3 to 4:30 p.m. For more infromation, call (828)713-3132 or visit 

Diabetic Support Group will meet on Thursday,  Aug. 16, 4 p.m.,in the cafeteria at Angel Medical Center. For more information, call Kim Watkins at (828)369-4181.

Sewing 101 for ages 18-30 will be held on Thursday, Aug. 16, from 4 to 5:30 p.m. in the Macon County Public Library Program Room.  Bring your long pants, button fails, and costume ideas. We’ll talk about life skills and the little things you can do to save money and time with clothing repair and discuss a possible future “cosplay” club.

 Macon County 4H Goat Club Start Up Meeting will be held on Aug. 16, 6:30 p.m., at the NC Cooperative Extension Office located on Thomas Heights Rd in Franklin. Light finger foods will be provided.  You do not have to own a goat to be a member. For more information, call (828)342-3967.

State Employees’ Credit Union (SECU) Back to School Supply Drive will run through August 17. Supplies needed are paper (all types), pens and pencils, USB flash drives, dry erase markers, copy paper, folders, tissues, and sanitizing wipes.  Monetary donations will also be accepted and used to purchase supplies. SECU is located at 245 Cunningham Road, Franklin.

Southeastern Bluegrass Association monthly Bluegrass Jam will be held on Saturday,  Aug. 18,  12 noon to 3 p.m. at Cowee School during the Franklin area Folk Festival. Bring an instrument and join in or just come sit and listen. All levels of musicians are welcome from beginner to advanced. Refreshments will be provided.

Nantahala Hiking Club will take a 5.5-mile moderate hike on Saturday, Aug. 18, with an elevation change 700 ft., along Thomas Divide to Kanati Fork Trail in the Smoky Mtns. Nat’l, Park, coming out at Kephart Prong.  Meet at Bi-Lo parking lot at 8:30 am, drive 90 miles round trip with car shuttle. Call leader Gail Lehman, 524-5298, for reservations.  Visitors welcome to attend. 

 August Membership Meeting of the Jackson County NAACP  Macon and Swain Counties  will be held on Saturday, Aug. 18, 10 a.m., at Liberty Baptist Church. The program at 11 a.m., will discuss “Has Foreign Intervention in U.S. Elections Worsened Race Relations?”

Crawford & Slagle Reunion will be held on Saturday, Aug.18, at Shoney’s.  The family will gather at 10:30 a.m. for food and fellowship.  For more information, call  Sue Hirsch at (828)524-1808.

Franklin First Assembly Back-to-School Bash will be held on Sunday, Aug. 19, at 10:30. Free backpacks to first 80 elementary or  intermediate-aged kids in attendance. Lunch, bounce house and giveaways. Child must be present to receive backpack. The church is located at 1150 E Main Street. For more information, call (828)524-3305.

Franklin Mushroom Foray at Standing Indian Campground will be held on Sunday, Aug. 19, 1 to 5 p.m. Hund mushrooms with fellow enthusiasts. Learn how to identify common mushrooms. For more information and registration, call (828)342-0873.

Smoky Mountain Quilters Guild  Regular Evening Meeting will be held on Monday, Aug. 20, social time 6:30 p.m., meeting 7 p.m., at Tartan Hall, in the First Presbyterian Church, 26 Church Street, downtown Franklin. Local award-winning quilter and paper piecing expert Judy Lowery will present a trunk show of her quilts. Anyone interested in the art of quilting is welcome to attend guild meetings. For more information about the guild, visit

 New Community Theatre for Teens and Young Adults  Preliminary (pre-casting) Meeting will be held on  Monday, Aug. 20,  4:30 to 6 p.m. at the Macon County Library. 

Holly Springs Community Club Monthly Meeting will be held on Monday, Aug. 20, 6 p.m., at the community building, 2720 Cat Creek Road.  A meal of sloppy Joe’s or hamburgers will be served. Barbara Taylor will be the guest speaker. She will be providing information about Franklin’s Free Clinic and prescription assistance.  Plan to come and bring a friend and a dish to share.  Everyone is welcome to attend.

Christian Motorcycle Association will meet on  Tuesday,  Aug. 21,  at Shoneys, 6 p.m. eat, 7 p.m. meeting.  For more information,  call Cliff  (828)369-8060

Macon County Poultry Club will meet on Tuesday,  Aug. 21, 7 p.m.,  at the NC Cooperative extension located on 193 Thomas Heights Rd in Franklin.   Meetings are free to the public. They discuss topics related to raising backyard chickens.   For more information please call (828)369-3916.

Franklin Community Toastmasters will meet on Tuesday, Aug. 21,  6:30 to 7:30 p.m., at 26 Church St., Franklin in Tartan Hall, Franklin Presbyterian Church. The local club is a successful nonprofit, chartered in 2018, that helps those interested in developing confidence, improve public speaking, and improve their leadership abilities. For more information, call (479) 857-4434.

Macon County Democratic Men’s Club will meet on Tuesday, Aug. 21, at 6 p.m., at the Democratic Party Headquarters, Palmer St. Circle,  in Franklin.  Aaron Martin, Candidate for NC House District 120, will be the speaker.

Aviation Historical Society Meeting will be held on Tuesday, Aug. 21, 10:30 a.m. to noon, at the Macon County Airport in Franklin.  The guest speaker will be WWII German veteran Herv Hugel. He flew gliders in preparation for service in the Luftwaffe.  But, at 16 he was drafted into the German military in January 1945.  Before the war ended in Europe in April, he was sent to the Russian Front and later managed to escape back into civilian life.  There is no charge and the public is welcome.  For more information, call  Fred Alexander, (828)506-5869 or 

Franklin Bird Club Walk along the Greenway will be held on Wednesday, Aug. 22.  Meet at Salali Lane at 8 a.m. Parking is off Fox Ridge Rd. which is just south of Franklin Flea Market on Highlands Rd.

Dementia Caregivers Support Group  for those caring for someone with Alzheimer’s or other memory-related illness will be held on  Wednesday, Aug. 22, at First Presbyterian Church, 26 Church Street, Franklin. Share experiences, problem and joys in “Sharing the Journey.” For more information, call (828)524-3119.

Hickory Hickory Knoll United Methodist Church Food Pantry will be  open on Wednesday, Aug. 22, from 4 to 7 p.m. For more information, call (828)421-0613.

Free lunch and Fellowship at Franklin Covenant Church will be held on Saturday, Aug. 25, 12 noon. The church is located at 265 Belleview Park Road. For more information, call the church office at (828)524-8854.

Grandparent and Kinship Support Group will meet on Thursday, Aug. 23, 10 a.m. at the Crawford Senior Center. For more information, call (828)349-2058 ext 2730. 

Men’s Teen Challenge of the Smokies Graduation for  One-year Addiction Recovery Program will be held on Saturday, Aug. 25, 6 p.m., 336 AG Camp Road, (old Camp Cullasaja) off Highlands Road. The program will include singing and testimonies by men in the program, a slide show and honoring of the graduates. A reception will follow. The public is welcome to attend. For more information, call (828)524-2157, or visit

American Red Cross Blood Drive will be held Friday, Aug. 31, 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., Lowe’s 0717 Franklin. Make an appointment to donate blood by downloading the free American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting or calling (800)733-2767). Those who donated blood earlier this summer may be eligible to give again. Blood can be safely given every 56 days, and Power Red donations can be given every 16 weeks.

Historic Rickman Store is open on Saturdays, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at 259 Cowee Creek Rd. Check out new treasures, enjoy touring the 1895 store, have some refreshments and listen to some mountain music.

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. We welcome  beginners through master carvers. 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 Don Capaforte at (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.

A New Dementia Caregivers Support Group is being formed 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 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.

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.

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