Community Calendar for January 13, 2022

Frozen Garden in Town Square photo by Vickie Carpenter

Holly Springs Community Development Club Breakfast Meeting will be held on Saturday, Jan. 15,  8:30 a.m. at the community building, 2720 Cat Creek Rd. Upcoming plans for 2022 will be discussed. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Adult and Teen Challenge of the Smokies Men’s Center Graduation will be held on Saturday Jan. 15,  10 a.m.,  at the center, 336 Living Hope Way. There will be worship, a message from the word, a short video and the graduate giving his testimony. Come join them. For more information about the program go to or call (828)524-2157.

Valley River Arts Guild will be Offering Classes for Wooden Carpenter’s Wheel Barn Quilt, on Saturday, Jan. 15, 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., Decorative Snail Mail Mailbox, on Saturday, Jan. 22, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Pine Needle Basket Making, on Tuesday, Jan. 25, 1 to 4 p.m.,  Official Bob Ross Art Technique Class, on Saturday, Jan. 29, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.,  at the Murphy Art Center. Classes are open to the public. For more information, call (828)360-3038. 

Jackson County Branch #54AB of the NC NAACP  Online Meeting will be held on Saturday, Jan. 15, at 10 a.m. Plans for MLK Day and themes and events for 2022 will be discussed. Email to receive instructions to join online.  All are welcome.

Macon County Republican Women’s Club Monthly Meeting will be held on Jan. 18,  11:30 a.m.,  at Fat Buddies Ribs & BBQ Restaurant. The guest speaker will be Michele Woodhouse who is running for election to the US House to represent NC 14th Congressional District. All Republican women are cordially invited to attend. Bring a small household item that you would like to donate.

VAYA Health Substance Use, Misuse and the Opioid Crisis Free Community Class will be held on  Wednesday, Jan. 19, 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. in the Macon County Public Library Meeting Room. The class is for anyone helping someone experiencing substance abuse issues. This class details common substance use issues and tips for those caring for those individuals. Register ahead by calling or emailing Kristina Moe at (828)524-3600 or Visit to sign up for other free online classes.

Yoga at the  Macon County Public Library will be held on Wednesday, Jan. 19, 5:15 to 6:15 p.m., in the Meeting Room.  Register with the instructor at  Beyond Bending Yoga, to ensure safe numbers. The library is located at 149 Siler Farm Rd., Franklin. For more information, call (828)524-3600.

Prentiss Church Food Pantry will be held on Thursday, Jan. 20, 2 to 5:30 p.m. The church is located at 59 Church Hill Lane. For more information, call (828)369-3885.

Share the Journey Support Group for Caregivers whose loved ones are experiencing memory loss will meet on Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2 p.m., at First Presbyterian Church, 26 Church St. Enter the church from the parking lot, come through the double red doors in the courtyard and follow the signs. For more information, call (828)524-3119.

Dorothy and John Crawford Senior Center is now offering limited in-person classes at the Robert Carpenter Community Building.  A variety of exercise classes and a writing group are offered in the afternoons for adults over 50. For more information, call (828)349-2058. 

Thursday Painters meet at the Environmental Research Center every Thursday 10 a.m.  Bring your own project, a table covering, and a bag lunch. All skill levels and mediums welcome. Free and open to the public. Contact Pat Mennenger at For more information, visit

AL-ANON Family Groups  In-person meeting with Covid 19 preventive measures is held each Thursday, noon at  First  Presbyterian Church, 471 Main St., Highlands. An AL-ANON Zoom Meeting is held on Saturday, 10:15 a.m. ID:889-3772-7928 Password: EasyDoesit or call to speak with a member of AL-ANON at (828)342-6866. 

Franklin Alcoholics Anonymous  In-person meetings with Covid 19 preventive measures are held on Tuesday, 5:30 p.m. at No Wrong Door, 102 Thomas Heights Rd.; Sunday at 1 p.m.,  Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 5:30 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church Outreach Center, 66 Harrison Ave.; Tuesday, 8 a.m.,  Thursday, noon at St. Agnes Episcopal Church on 66 Church St.; Wednesday,  7 p.m. at St. Cyprians Episcopal Church, 216 Roller Mill Rd. On-line meeting  information is available by visiting or to speak with a member of A.A., call  (828)349-4357.

Macon Chips, Franklin’s Wood Carving Club meets on Thursdays, 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. inside the Franklin High School Wood Shop just off McCollum Drive.  Anyone interested is encouraged to attend.  Anyone under 18 years of age must be accompanied by an adult.  For more information, call (828)342-8126.

Franklin Duplicate Bridge Club Wednesday afternoon games are held from 1 to 4 p.m. Arrive no later than 12:45 p.m., at the Robert C. Carpenter Community Building on 441 S.  For more information, call Larry Noyes at  (828)200-9394 or email 

Gem & Mineral Museum, located in the Old Jail on Phillips Street in downtown Franklin is now open Fridays and Saturdays from 12 to 4 p.m., featuring gems and artifacts from North Carolina as well as all over the world.

Franklin Seventh Day Adventist Community Services are open on Monday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., to help Macon County residents in need with rent, power bill and a fully stocked food pantry. The church is located at 93 Church St., Suite 212. For more information, call (828)369-9000.   

Habitat for Humanity of Macon/Jackson County needs volunteers to share skills or gain some experience learning new ones. From carpentry to cleaning, marketing to moral support, computer skills, planning and organizing or just plain common sense, the greatest gift you could ever give is time. Any amount is good. Some great times, lasting friendships and rewarding experiences await.  Call (828)369-3716 or (828)371-5442.

Friends of the Greenway  FROG Quarters is now open Wednesday to Saturday, 9 a.m. to  2 p.m.,  at 573 E. Main. Stop by for coffee, a soft drink and a snack, and free internet.  Reservations taken for the shelters.

Celebrate Recovery at Discover Church every Monday night,  6 to 8 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. Free childcare up to five years old for attending parents. Discover Church is located at 47 Macon Center Dr. (behind Bojangles). For more information, email for questions.

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 formula, diapers, wipes, baby items and clothing up to size 6, as well as  strollers, car seats, high chairs, pack n’ plays, etc. Donations are always welcome. Services are free and confidential. For more information or an appointment, call (828)349-3200, (828)293-3600 or

Crawford Senior Center  Zoom Classes will include exercise, tai chi, and others. For more information, or to register, call the Senior Center at (828)349-2058. 

Uptown Gallery on Main Street hours through December are Monday through Saturday 10 a.m. – 5 pm and Wednesday and Sundays by appointment. The Uptown Gallery is located at 30 E Main St Franklin. For information call the gallery at (828) 349-4607.

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.

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

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.

CareNet on Bidwell Street will be open on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  A box of food may be picked up once a week. 

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.

Macon Medication Assistance Program  located at the back of the First Baptist Church is open Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information call (828)524-5258.

Men’s Teen Challenge Needs Good Quality Lumber for its woodworking Shop. Pick up in Franklin area. To donate, call (828)369-1177.