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.; 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. In Highlands Wednesday and Friday at 12 noon. For more information or to speak with a member of A. A., call (828)349-4357.
Master Gardener Association will meet on Friday, Aug. 9, 1 p.m., in the Sycamore Center meeting room on the grounds of the Environmental Resource Center at 1624 Lakeside Dr., in Franklin. Ezra Gardiner of Winding Stair Nursery will speak on Perennials and Propagation. Open to the public. The monthly business meeting will follow this 30-minute presentation.
American Red Cross Blood Drives will be held at Franklin Bi-Lo, 245 Macon Plaza Drive on Friday, Aug. 9, 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and First Baptist Church, 69 Iotla St., on Thursday, Aug. 15, at 12:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, call (800)733-2767 or Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting RedCrossBlood.org
Nantahala Hiking Club will take a moderate 6-mile hike on Saturday, Aug. 10, with an elevation change 500 ft., from Warwoman Dell to Martin’s Creek Falls on the Georgia Bartram Trail, passing Becky Creek Falls along the way. Meet at the Smoky Mtns. Visitors’ Center at 9 a.m., drive 33 miles round trip. For more information and reservations, call leader Chris Federico, (772)233-7277. Visitors welcome.
Nantahala Hiking Club will take a moderate 3-mile hike on Sunday, Aug. 11, with an elevation change 500 ft., on the Wayah Loop, starting at Wayah Tower for a beautiful view, following the Appalachian Trail to the NC Bartram Trail and returning to the tower. Meet at Westgate Plaza in Franklin at 2 p.m., drive 32 miles round trip. Call leader Gail Lehman, 524-5298, for reservations. Visitors welcome.
Gibson Family Reunion for the descendants of Joseph Carroll and Alva Allen Gibson will be held on Sunday, Aug. 11, at the Cowee Fire Department and Community Building. A potluck lunch will be held at 1 p.m. followed by a short business meeting. All family members and friends are invited to attend.
WNC Ostomy Support Group will be held on Monday, Aug. 12, 6 to 7 p.m. at the Jackson County Center NC Cooperative Extension – Meeting Room, 876 Skyland Dr., Suite 6 in Sylva. This support group is for people living with a urostomy, ileostomy, colostomy, or a continent diversion. They are a member of the UOAA, Inc. and facilitated by Certified Ostomy Nurses.
Sharing Our Stories meets on Monday, Aug.12, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., at the new office of No Wrong Door for Support & Recovery, 102 Thomas Heights Rd. (Turn left on Highlands Road immediately after Chrysler dealership; go up the hill to the first left. Lower section of bldg below Appalachian office). Those dealing with substance abuse in their family are invited to reach out for support. For more information, call (828)421-1675.
American Legion Macon Post 108 and American Legion Auxiliary Unit 108 will meet on Tuesday, August 13, light dinner at 6 p.m., regular meeting 7 p.m., at the Post Home located at 614 W, Main St. All members and military veterans are encouraged to attend.
Gastric Bypass Support Meeting will be held on Aug. 13, 6:30 p.m., at Angel Medical Center third floor conference room. For more information, call Linda at (828)524-5635 or Betsy at (828)347-5244
Public Safety Day for Kids will be held on Saturday, Aug. 24, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the downtown gazeb on Main Street in Franklin. There will be free hot dog meal, K-9 meet and greet, inflatable obstacle course, fire hose demo, water fun, free kid goodies, fire trucks, police cars, EMS truck, hot car display. The event is hosted by the Franklin Police Department and Franklin Fire Department.
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: email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.