Community Calendar for August 29, 2019

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photo by Vickie Carpenter

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. Meetings are held on Tuesday, 7:30 a.m., and Thursday, 12 noon at St. Agnes Episcopal Church, 66 Church St.; Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 5:30 p.m., at First United Methodist Church Outreach Center, 66 Harrison Ave.; Thursday, 7 p.m. at St. Cyprians Episcopal Church, 216 Roller Mill Rd.; Saturday, 10 a.m., Asbury Methodist Church in Otto. For more information or to speak with a member of A. A., call (828)349-4357 or visit our website www.aawnc80.org

NC Mountain Made at 36 E Main Street, and Charity’s Hair Studio, 493 Highlands Road, will be collecting nonperishable food items for CareNet due to the fact the food pantry no longer receives these items from USDA.

Nantahala Hiking Club will take an easy 3-mile Sunday Stroll to Big Laurel and Mooney Falls in the Standing Indian Recreational Area on Sunday, Aug. 25, with small elevation change of 100 ft.  Meet at Westgate Plaza in Franklin at 2:00 p.m.  Drive 42 miles round trip. Visitors welcome to attend.   For more information and reservations, call leader Chris Federico (772)233-7277.  

A presentation by Lynda Schoenbeck, LCSW, on current research and practices in the treatment of mental illnesses that use energy medicine, natural medicinals, meditation and mindfulness and other psycho-bio techniques used to support people in their own healing is scheduled for Friday, Aug. 30, 7 p.m. at Spiritual Light Center, 80 Heritage Hollow Center, Franklin. Sponsored by NAMI Appalachian South. For more information, call Perry (828)200-3000.

Gem & Mineral Society of Franklin will meet on Thursday, Aug. 29, 6:30 p.m., at the Robert C. Carpenter Community Building, 1288 Georgia Rd., Franklin. Election of officers and guest speaker Kim Cochran, Georgia Mineral Society, will discuss organic gemstones.

High Mountain Squares”Cheer for Your Team Dance,” will be held on Friday, Aug. 30,  6:15 to 8:45 p.m, at the Robert C Carpenter Community Building, Georgia Rd. Marty Northrup from Clover, S.C., will be the caller. They dance 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.

Marine Corps League Meeting will be held on Monday, Sept. 9, 6:30 p.m.,  in the American Legion Auxiliary Building.  All Marines, former Marines or other Service Personnel who served with Marines are cordially invited to attend. For more information, call Don Lanson  (828)369-2144.

Tuckaseigee River Chapter #373 of Trout Unlimited will meet on Tuesday, Sept. 2, at 6:30 p.m., at the United Community Bank, 1640 E. Main Street in Sylva. Dinner is at 6:30 p.m., for $5, followed by a chance to win a new fly rod, hand crafted by fellow chapter member Jim Mills. Guests are welcome to attend.

Cullasaja Community Association will meet on Monday, Sept. 2, 7 p.m., at the Old Salem Church Community Building, 1201 River Rd. All are invited to attend. 

Franklin Garden Club Luncheon Meeting will be held on  Monday, Sept. 2, 11 a.m., at Fat Buddies BBQ in the Westgate Shopping Center.  Brent Hall with Country Road Farms will present “Daylilies and More.” Visitors are welcome to attend. For more information or if you plan on attending, call Annette Arnold at (828)369-6749.

Open Music Jam with Jim Hite and Bill Jackson will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2 p.m. in the Macon County Public Library Program Room. Bring a musical instrument and/or your voice, and come jam with Jim Hite and Bill Jackson, or just come enjoy listening to the music. The library is located at 149 Siler Farm Road, Franklin. For more information, call (828)524-3600.

Free Family Movie “The Secret Life of PETS” will be shown at Franklin Christian Church on Friday, Sept. 6, 6:30 p.m.  Free popcorn and cold drinks will also be provided. Children must be accompanied by an adult. The church is located at 156 Belleview Park Rd., To reserve a seat call (828)524-6840 or email Franklinfirstchristian@gmail.com 

Teen Challenge of the Smokies Men’s Center will have its next graduation Saturday, Sept. 7, at 3 p.m., in the auditorium at 336 AG Camp Rd. There will be singing by the men in the program, testimonies and refreshments afterward. The public is welcome to attend. For more information, call the center at (828)524-2157. Teen Challenge of the Smokies Men’s Center is a 12- month residential addiction recovery program for men. www.mtcots.com

Little Tennessee River Clean up will be held on Saturday, Sept. 7, 9 a.m. to noon. Meet at lower parking lot of Big Bear Park, in Franklin. Boats are needed for in water clean up. In water and stream bank locations will be the focus of cleanup. Gloves, bags, water and lunch will be provided. For more information, call Guy Gooder at (828)421-4845 or visit mainspringconserves.org

“What are some of the most significant influences in your life (People, events, things, etc.)? ” will be the topic for the Franklin Open Forum – Monday, Sept. 9 at 7 p.m. Franklin Open Forum is a moderated discussion group, meeting 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.

First Baptist Church Free Community Luncheon and Fellowship will be held on Saturday, Sept. 14, 12 noon to 1 p.m. The church is located at 69 Iotla St. All are welcome to attend. 

Volunteer drivers needed at Macon County Senior Services. Mileage will be reimbursed. For more information, call (828) 349-0211.

Mens Teen Challenge is Needing Good Quality Lumber for their woodworking Shop. They can pick up in Franklin area. To donate call (828)369-1177. 

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.

Uptown Gallery Free Classes and Open Studio are 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.

Macon Chips Local Wood Carving Club is 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. For additional information, call (828)369-2144.

Historic 1895 TM Rickman Store is open on Saturdays from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Tour the store, shop for unique items by local artisans, listen to mountain music, and enjoy music jams beginning at 12 noon. The store is located at 259 Cowee Creek Rd. Extra parking is available at Cowee School Arts & Heritage Center a brief walk down the hill.

Slow Spokes Franklin bicycle club meets every Thursday, 7 p.m., at the  FROG headquarters, 573 East Main Street, for a casual bike ride on the Greenway.  Riders under 16 are required to wear a helmet, others are urged to do so.  All are welcome to attend. For more information, call  Angelo at (828)371-7713.

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.

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: cr@discover.church with questions.

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.

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 budandlynn@me.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.

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.

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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