Community Calendar for January 19, 2023

Main Street Franklin, N.C. photo by Vickie Carpenter

Manna Food Bank is now at Bethel United Methodist Church. To reserve a food box, call (828)634-1116 and leave a message with the following information: your first name and last initial; phone number to confirm pick-up time; number of people in your family; if there are allergies in the family; and any specialty items you might need, like diapers, etc. Pick up is at Bethel UMC, 81 Bethel Church Road, off Highlands Road.

Heartland Band Old Time Gospel Singing will be held on Friday, from 6 to 8 p.m., at West Franklin Church, located on Sloan Rd., next to the Forest Service Office. All are welcome to attend. 

Murphy Art Center Pen and Wash Watercolor will be held on Saturday, Jan. 21, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Two different paintings done in the pen and wash watercolor medium. Register at the center by stopping by or calling, (828)360-3038. For more information, call Barbara McMillan, (828)557-5881 or email

Murphy Art Center Winter Snow Globe will be held on Saturday, Jan. 21, 1;30 to 3 p.m. Make your own snow globe. This is a Mickey Mouse Art Club Class. Students will make a waterless snow globe with a winter scene. For ages 7 to 14. Register at the center by stopping by or calling, (828)360-3038. For more information, call Terry Gensheimer, (817)846-6860 or email

MS Support Group will meet on January 19, from 2 to 4 p.m., at the Senior Center in Franklin. Additional information is on thier Facebook page.

Prentiss Church Food Pantry will be open Thursday, Jan.19,  from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. If anyone is in need of a food box, drop by and be blessed.

Adult and Teen Challenge of the Smokies Men’s Center Graduation will be held on Saturday Jan. 21, 10 a.m., at the center, 336 Living Hope Way, Franklin. There will be worship, a message, a short video and the graduates will give thier testimonies. There will be refreshments and a reception after. Come join us. For more information about thier addiction recovery program for men go to or call  (828)524-2157.

Hickory Knoll United Methodist Church Food Pantry will be held on  Wednesday, Jan. 25, from 4 to 6 p.m. The church is located at 86 E. Hickory Knoll Rd. For more information, call  the church at(828)369-9300 or Jannie at (813)305-9433.

Share the Journey Support Group for Caregivers whose loved ones are experiencing memory loss will meet on Wednesday, Jan. 25, 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.

Yoga in the Library will be held on Thursday, Jan. 26,  6 to 7 p.m. in the Macon County Public Library Living Room. All levels vinyasa flow yoga class, moving mindfully through the body with the breath to create a deep sense of calm and relaxation, releasing tension, stress and anxiety. Bring a mat and plan to arrive by 5:55 p.m. before the doors lock at 6 p.m. The library is located at 149 Siler Farm Road. For more information, call (828)524-3600.

Franklin Covenant Church Drive through Hot Lunch, Food Pantry items and prayer as requested will be held on Saturday, Jan. 28, starting at 11 a.m., at Franklin Covenant Church. 265 Belleview Park Rd. They look forward to serving you. 

Macon Early College (MEC) is accepting student enrollment applications for the 2023-24 school year.  MEC serves grades ninth through 13 and is fully integrated into the Southwestern Community College system. Students have the opportunity to graduate in four or five years with a high school diploma and a two-year Associate’s degree with transferable credits to a four-year university.  Applications are available at under the Parent Information tab. The deadline to submit an application for rising 9th graders is Feb. 17, 2023, and for rising 10th and 11th grade students the deadline is March 17, 2023. For more information, call the school at (828)524-2002.

Girl Scout Daisy and Brownie Volunteers needed for Troop 2996 in Franklin. This is a great opportunity to help 5 to 8 year olds learn and grow. For more information, call Diane Peltz at (828)371-2823 or email

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

Macon Chips, Franklin’s Wood Carving Club meets on Tuesdays, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Macon County Public Library and on Thursdays, 6:30 to 8 p.m. at 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.

Uptown Gallery Children and Adult Art Classes and Workshops in acrylic, watercolor, acrylic paint pouring, encaustic, precious metal clay, wire sculpture and glass fusing. Free painting in the classroom Mondays, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Membership meeting second Sunday of the month at 3 p.m. The gallery is located at 30 E. Main St. in Franklin. For more information, call (828)349-4607.

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 Tuesdays, 5:30 p.m. at  No Wrong Door, 102 Thomas Heights Rd.; Sunday, 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., and Thursday, 12 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 To speak with a member of A.A., call (828)349-4357.

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. 

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  open Wednesday to Saturday, 9 a.m. to  2 p.m.,  at 573 E. Main. Free internet.  Reservations taken for the shelters.

Celebrate Recovery at Discover Church Monday nights,  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 include exercise, tai chi, and more. For more information, or to register, call the Senior Center at (828)349-2058. 

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. 

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