Community Calendar for December 6, 2018

Community Calendar for December 6, 2018


Franklin High School B-Nats and Concert Choir Christmas Concert will be held on Thursday, Dec. 6, 7 p..m. at the Franklin High School Fine Arts Center.

High Mountain Squares “Toys for Tots Dance,” will be held on Friday, Dec. 7, from 6:15 to 8:45 p.m. at the Macon County Community Building,  Franklin.  Dr Jim Duncan from Otto, will be the caller. Help support our local Marine Corps Reserve, admission is a new unwrapped toy. Everyone is welcome to attend. Western-style square dancing, main/stream and plus levels. For information call (828)787-2324,

Nantahala Hiking Club will take a moderate-to-strenuous 6-mile hike on Saturday, Dec. 8, with an elevation change 1400 ft., to Big Sam Knob in Pisgah National Forest, hiking past Wildcat Falls and ascending to the 6159 ft. summit of Sam Knob for spectacular views! Meet at Waynesville Ingles at 9 am, drive 40 miles round trip (100 miles from Franklin).  For more information or reservations, call leader Keith Patton, (828)456-8895.  The hike is limited 15 people.

UU Fellowship Family Game Night will be held on Saturday, Dec. 8, 6:30 p.m.  Bring your favorite beverage, a snack to share, game or play one of the games there.  For more information, call (828)524-3691.

 Nantahala Hiking Club will take a moderate-to-strenuous 6-8 mile hike on Sunday, Dec. 9, elevation change 700 ft., on Camp Branch Loop off Wayah Road.  Trail crosses the creek several times, is rugged in places. Hike returns on a logging road. Meet at Westgate Plaza at 11 am, drive 18 miles round trip.  For more information or reservations, call leader Katharine Brown, (828)421-4178.  Dogs and visitors welcome to attend.  

Franklin High School Band Christmas Concert will be held on Monday, Dec. 10, 7 p.m. at the Fine Arts Building. The Macon Middle School Honor Band, FHS Jazz Band and FHS Concert Band will preform. 

Music with the Vagabonds will be held on Monday, Dec. 10, 2 p.m., in the Macon County Public Library meeting room. The Vagabonds and their guests play old country, pop and gospel favorites at the library the second Monday of the month.   

Sharing Our Stories (S.O.S.) For Families Dealing With Drug/Alcohol Addiction will meet Monday, Dec. 10, 6:30 to 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.  This will be our only meeting in December due to the Christmas holiday. For more information, call (828)421-1675.

Qigong for Health with Lea Anderson will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 11,  10:30 a.m. in the Macon County Public Library Meeting Room. Tai Chi consists of slow, gentle, circular movements, and slow, deep breathing that people of almost any age or physical ability can practice. For more information, call Lea at (321) 759-3141 or 

American Legion Post 108 Meeting will be held on Tuesday Dec. 11, at the Post Home located at 614 W. Main St., Franklin. Light dinner at 6 p.m.,  with the regular meeting following at 7 p.m. All military veterans are encouraged to attend.  

Gastric Bypass Support Group will meet on Dec. 11, 6:30 p.m.,  at Angel Medical Center third floor conference room. For more information, contact Linda at (828)524-5635. 

Franklin A.T. Community Council Meeting will be held on Tuesday,  Dec.. 11, 10 a.m., in the Macon County Public Library Board Room. Anyone interested in supporting the A.T. and outdoor community is welcome.

Crawford Senior Center Wood Carving Class will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 11, 8:30 a.m.  to  4:30 p.m.,   lunch break from 11 a.m. to  12:15 p.m.  There is no charge and all materials will be supplied.  Pre-registration is required.  For more information and to register, call (828)349-2058.

Teen Game Night will be held on Wednesday, Dec. 12, 4 p.m. in the Macon County Public Library Meeting Room video games and cards are welcome. For more information, call (828)524-3600.

Julie Sawyer, FCS Agent, Macon County will share some Holiday Fun on   Wednesday, Dec. 12,  10 a.m to 2 p.m.  She will focus on a healthy one pot meal that can simmer and stew.  While lunch is simmering and stewing she is going to explore and experiment with some favorite Holiday Food Traditions. They are located at The Macon County Cooperative Extension Office, 193 Thomas Heights Rd. For more information and cost, call Julie Sawyer (828)349-2046.

Franklin Women’s Club will meet on Friday, Dec. 14, 11 a.m., at Fat Buddies restaurant in Westgate Shopping Plaza.  A donation will be presented to the director of the Franklin High School Marching Band in support of the students going to the Sugar Bowl January 1, 2020. The club will also be providing donations of toys for Toys for Tots. For more information about the organization, call Linda Ellison at (828)369-5216.

Christian Motorcycle Association will meet on Tuesday, Dec. 18, at Shoneys. Eat at 6 p.m. and meeting at 7 p.m. Come join us. For more  information, call Cliff at (828)369-8060.

Macon County Girl Scouts meetings are Troop 12693 with Brownies and Juniors, is led by Polly Ehrenkaufer and meets a every other Thursday at Discover Church. For more information, call (217)417-9739. Troop 12692 meets on Mondays at St. Agnes Church. Cadettes meet with younger Scouts under the leadership of Kim Pressley. For more information, call (828)421-9214.

American Red Cross is seeking Blood Drive Hosts this Winter to help prevent blood shortages and potential delays in medical care. Blood shortages are not uncommon during the winter months, but by hosting a drive in December, January or February, individuals and groups can help ensure patient needs are met all winter long. For more information, contact  American Red Cross (980)257-5035 or |

Zumba Classes are held at the community building on Monday and Thursday, from 6 to 7 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 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.

Gastric Bypass Support Group will not meet until January 2019. For  more information call Betsy (828)347-5244. 

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  (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.

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.

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

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.