Community Calendar for August 2, 2018


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. 

Alzheimer’s Caregivers Support Group will be held on the Thursday, Aug. 2, 3 p.m., at the Senior Center.  The center is located at 108 Wayah Street. For more information, call (828)349-0211.

Opioid Epidemic: Silently Affecting Our Community Eco Forum will be held on Friday, Aug. 3, at the Macon County Library on  from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Substance use and addiction are affecting more and more families in WNC every day. Western NC AIDS Project (WNCAP), UU Fellowship of Franklin, Macon Overdose Prevention Coalition and Full Circle Recovery Center are hosting a forum to discuss the impact of prescription pill and heroin use in our community. 

167th annual Siler Family Meeting will be held on Saturday, Aug. 4, 12 p.m., at Macon County Middle School in Franklin, NC. All descendants of Weimar and Margaret Siler are welcome to attend. For more information, go to

Rickman Annual Reunion will be held on Saturday, August 4, 12 noon,   at Cowee Community Building.  Each family is encouraged to bring dishes to share, pictures of ancestors, and information on births, marriages, and deaths in their family during the past year.  All family and friends are encouraged to attend.

Cartoogechaye and Slagle School Students from the ’50s and ’60s Second Annual Reunion will be held on  Saturday, Aug. 4, 1 p.m., at the Louisa Chapel United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall off 64 W. There will be muscle cars, hawgs, poodle skirts and saddle oxfords. Arrive in style. Briing snacks to share and stories to swap. Share your tallents or skills for entertainment  with your classmates. Casual and informal.

The Nantahala Hiking Club will take a 5.2-mile moderate hike on Saturday, Aug. 4, elevation change 400 ft., on the Chattooga River Trail from Whiteside Cove Road to The Narrows where the river is confined between rocky ledges on either side, then opens into a pool wide and deep enough for wading and swimming. Big Creek also enters the pool on one side via a beautiful waterfall splashing down thru boulders. Meet at Smoky Mtn. Visitors Center at 9 a.m, drive 70 miles round trip.  For more information and reservations call, leader Mary Stone, 360-7352, for reservations.  Visitors are welcome to attend.  

Asbury, Dryman’s Chapel and Hickory Knoll United Methodist churches are joining together along with Otto area businesses and the Otto Community Development Club for a Back to School Extravaganza will be held on Aug. 4, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Asbury United Methodist church, 81 Firehouse Road.  Otto.  There will be a free hot dog lunch, carnival games, face painting and the first 100 children will receive a free backpack loaded with 18 different school supplies.   For more information call Pastor Kelly Dotson at (828)734-6548.

Macon County Soccer Club Registration for Fall 2018 Season for youth (ages 4-14) will be held through August 4. Register online at, at the Highlands Recreation Office (600 N. 4th St. in Highlands) during business hours or Register in-person at the Macon County Recreation Park (1288 Georgia Rd. in Franklin) on Thursday, Aug. 2, and Friday, Aug. 3,  from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.  A draft and evaluation day for U8-U14 Age Groups will be held on Saturday, August 11th (times TBA). Practices will begin the week of Aug. 20. The first games for the season will begin on September 8. The club is always looking for coaches to help out. Experience is not necessary. There is a coach training course offered through NCYSA on Aug. 18. For more information, visit the club website at or  Facebook page at

Jerome and Sarah Sutton Reunion will be held on Sunday, Aug. 5, 12:30 p.m., at the Savannah Community Center, 4746  U.S. 441 in Sylva. For more information, call Lula at (828)734-8347

Macon County Chapter of the Autism Society of North Carolina (ASNC) will meet on Sunday, Aug. 5, from 6 to 7:30 p.m., at Bethel Church, 81 Bethel Church Rd, Franklin. The ASNC Macon County Chapter is a Parent /Caregiver Support Group that provides a place for families of children and adults with autism to meet, share, and learn about autism. The group meets the first Sunday of each month. RSVP one week in advance to Melissa Zenz at or (419)392-7370.

Veterans of Foreign Wars will meet on Tuesday, Aug. 7, at the  post on West Main St. Doors will open at 4:30 p.m. with the meeting being called to order at 6 p.m. Food will be served at 5 p.m. 

“Freedom or free stuff – is Socialism winning the battle of ideas?” will be the topic for the Franklin Open Forum on  Monday, August 6, 7  p.m., at the Rathskeller Coffee Haus & Pub, located Downtown at 58 Stewart Street, Franklin. (Below and behind Books Unlimited.) Those interested in an open exchange of ideas (dialogue, not debate) are invited to attend. For more information call (828)371-1020.

Franklin Community Toastmasters will meet on Tuesday, Aug. 7,  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 (678)333-3622.

Franklin Bird Club Walk along the Greenway with Jason Love will be held on Wednesday, Aug. 8.  Meet at the Macon County Public Library parking area at 8 a.m.

Autism Society of North Carolina (ASNC) Jackson/Swain/Qualla Boundary Chapter will meet on Thursday, Aug. 9, 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Sweet Thoughts Respite Care, 67 Bryson Ave, Bryson City. The ASNC Jackson/Swain/Qualla Boundary Chapter provides a place for both individuals with autism and their families to meet, share, and learn about autism. For more information, please contact or visit us on Facebook

First Baptist Chruch Free Community Luncheon and Fellowship will be held on (second) Saturday, Aug. 11, 12 noon to 1 p.m. The church is located at 69 Iotla St. All are welcome to attend. 

American Legion Ladies Auxiliary will meet on Tuesday, Aug. 14,  dinner 6 p.m. , meeting 7 p.m., at the post on West Main Street. 

ASNC Jackson/Swain/Qualla Boundary Chapter will meet on   Thursday, Aug. 9,  from 6  to  8 p.m. at Sweet Thoughts Respite Care, 67 Bryson Rd, Bryson City.  They provide a place for families of children and adults with autism to meet, share, and learn about autism. For planning purposes, an RSVP is requested but not required to or (800)442-2762, ext. 3030.

Battle of Sugartown Chapter, NSDAR will meet onAug. 14, 11:30 a.m.,  at the Angel Hospital Cafeteria For reservations, call 828.508.2266.

Dementia Caregivers Support Group  for those caring for someone with Alzheimer’s or other memory-related illness will be held on  Wednesday, Aug. 8, at First Presbyterian Church, 26 Church Street, Franklin. Share experiences, problem and joys in “Sharing the Journey.” For more information, call (828)524-3119.

Uptown Gallery Artist Presentation will be held on Monday, Aug. 13, 1 p.m.,  at the Uptown Gallery, 30 East Main Street, Franklin. Highlands artist and author, Diane McPhail, will present her intriguing paintings featuring glowing mountains and textured forests. The Macon County Art Association general meeting will follow. This event is open to the public and refreshments will be provided. For additional class information and hours, call the gallery at (828)349 – 4607.

Songwriter’s Event will be held on Wednesday, Aug. 15, 6 to 9 p.m. at Macon County Library Meeting Room. if you write songs and want to be a part of a songwriter’s community this is for you. The program is a short presentation entitled “DIY for Today’s Indie Musician” that shares new tools to record, produce, publish and market your songs. 

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.

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. 

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.