Community Calendar for August 23, 2018

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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 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 gotrwnc.org 

Free lunch and Fellowship at Franklin Covenant Church offered Saturday, Aug. 25, 12 noon. The church is located at 265 Belleview Park Road. For more information, call the 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. 

High Mountain Squares “Ice Cream Social Dance” will be held on Thursday, Aug. 23, 6:15 to 8:45 p.m., at the Robert C Carpenter Community Building, 441S. Randy Ramsey from Suwanee, Ga. will be the caller. Western-style square dancing, main/stream and plus levels.  Everyone is welcome to attend. For more information,  call (828)787-2324, (828)332-0001, (706)746-5426 or www.highmountainsquares.com

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 www.mtcots.com

 Nantahala Hiking Club will take a 7-mile moderate hike with elevation change 300 ft., on Saturday, Aug. 25, in Panthertown Valley from the Salt Rock entrance to Schoolhouse Falls, then climb over Little Green Mt. and on to Granny Burrell Falls, Frolic and Wilderness Falls. Meet at Cashiers Rec. Park at 10 am, drive16 miles round trip.  Call leaders Mike and Susan Kettles, 828-743-1079, for reservations.  Visitors welcome. 

Nantahala Hiking Club will take a 2.2-mile easy hike on the Tennessee Rock Trail with elevation change 400 ft., on sunday, Aug. 26, at Blackrock Mt. State Park with a gradual climb around the mountain on the Eastern Continental Divide to an overlook at 3,625′ of the surrounding area, also visiting the Nature Museum.  Parking fee: $4.  Meet at the Smoky Mtn. Visitors Center at 2:00 pm, drive 36 miles round trip.  Call leader Mary Stone, 369-7352, for reservations.  Visitors welcome.

Sharing Our Stories (S.O.S.) For Families Dealing With Drug/Alcohol Addiction Meeting will be held on Monday, Aug. 27, 6:30-7:30 p.m., at the Carson Community Building, 3001 Old Murphy Rd. in Franklin.  Coming together to share our stories helps us learn from others and continue to educate  ourselves about this growing epidemic.  For more information, call (828)421-1675.

Mountain Voices Community Chorus begins rehearsals for the Christmas season on Monday, Aug. 27, 6 p.m., at First Baptist Church, 69 Iotla St. New singers are welcome. Basses and tenors needed. For more information, call (828)524-3644.

Macon County Democratic Women will meet on Tuesday, Aug. 28,  5:30 p.m. at the Democratic Headquarters on Palmer Street Circle.

Cowee Community Development Organization  Meeting and Potluck will be held on Monday , Aug. 28, 6 p.m., meal 6:30 p.m., at the Cowee Volunteer Fire Station located on Ruby Mine Road.  Stacey Guffey will address the bridge improvements on Cowee Creek. All are welcome to attend.

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 RedCrossBlood.org 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.

Macon County Chapter of the Autism Society of North Carolina (ASNC) will meet on (1st) Sunday, Sept. 1,  from 5 to 6:30 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. RSVP one week in advance to Melissa Zenz at mzenz@autismsociety-nc.org or (419)392-7370.

Franklin Community Toastmasters will meet on Tuesday, Sept. 4,  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

Alzheimer’s Caregivers Support Group will be held on Thursday, Sept. 6 at 3 p.m., at the Senior Center.  The center is located at 108 Wayah Street. For more information, call (828)349-0211.

Veterans of Foreign Wars will meet on Tuesday, Sept. 6, 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. 

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 budandlynn@me.com.

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 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 mishields@peoplepc.com

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 bouchonnet@frontier.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.

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