Community Calendar for January 30, 2020

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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., and Sunday at 11 a.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.

Gem & Mineral Society of Franklin will meet Thursday, January 30, 6:30 p.m., at First Christian Church, 156 Belleview Park Rd. A program about collecting in Western North Carolina will be presented.

Porter Street Temporary Road Closure and Detour will begin on Thursday, Jan. 30. Porter St. will be closed to all through traffic from the intersection of Porter St. and Wayah St. to the intersection of Porter St. and Hillcrest Circle. The closure to all through traffic on this section of Porter St. is necessary in order to construct the new round-a-bout at the intersection of Wayah St. and US441 Business and Porter St. The detour routes for local traffic south bound will be Wayah St./US441 South for 0.3 miles then turn left on Hillcrest Ave. Road closure barricades will be placed on Porter St. at the intersection of Wayah St. and Porter St. and also at the intersection of Hillcrest Circle and Porter St. They anticipate re-opening Porter St. to through traffic no later than Aug. 24, 2020. For more information, call (828)321-5061.

High Mountain Squares “Westward Ho! Dance,” will be held on Friday, Jan. 31, from 6:15 to 8:45 p.m. at the Robert C Carpenter Community Building, 441 So. Ricky Simpson from Carnesville, Ga., will be the caller. Mike and Debbie will be doing Rounds and Lines. They dance western-style square dancing, main/stream and plus levels. Classes will start on Feb. 3. Everyone is welcome to attend. For more information, call (828)787-2324, (828)332-0001, (727)599-1440, (706)746-5426 or Check us out on Facebook.

Nantahala Hiking Club will take a moderate 4-mile hike on Saturday, Feb. 1, to Siler Bald on the Appalachian Trail, elevation change 700 ft., for 360 degree views of Wayah Bald, Winesprings and a glimpse of Nantahala Lake. Meet at Westgate Plaza at 10 am, drive 24 miles round trip. Call leader Robert Barnable, 369-1565, for reservations. Visitors welcome.

Arduino Club will meet on Saturday, Feb.1, from 1-5 p.m., at the Macon County Library. Stop by during this time to make a robot or motorized game.  For more information, email jjurban55@gmail.com.

Marine Corps League will hold its monthly Meeting at The American Legion  Auxiliary Building on Monday, Feb. 3, at 6:30 p.m. All Marines, former Marines, Navy Corpsmen and Chaplains are invited to attend.

Tuckaseigee River Chapter #373 of Trout Unlimited will meet on Tuesday, Feb. 4,  dinner is at 6:30 p.m., at the United Community Bank 1640 E. Main Street in Sylva. Justin N. Murdock Associate Professor Department of Biology at Tennessee Tech University will discuss Didymo, a single-cell alga (a diatom) that come form thick blooms in streams and completely cover stream bottoms. The raffle this month will be for a $100 gift certificate from Rivers Edge.

Democratic Women of Macon County and the Macon County Democratic Men’s Club will host a Town Hall event for Congressional candidate Steve Woodsmall on Wednesday February 5 at 6 pm at the Carpenter Building located at 1288 Georgia Road in Franklin. This event is open to the public.

Bird Walk at Lake Junaluska will be held on Thursday, Feb. 6. John and Cathy Sill will lead a trip to look for wintering water birds and other species.  They will circle the lake by car with stops to get better views of this magnet for wintering birds.  Meet at Bi-Lo parking at 8 a.m. to carpool. For more information, or to sign up at (828)524-5234.

Democratic Women of Macon County are hosting The Whistle Stop Tour 2020, on Saturday, Feb. 8 from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Carpenter Community Building. Democratic and unaffiliated voters are invited to meet and greet candidates. Refreshments will be served.

2020 Relay for Life Committee invites everyone who would like to be a part of the committee this year to attend the first meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 11, 6 p.m., in the Depot Room at the Factory, located at 1024 Georgia Rd. For more information, call Tony Young at (828)399-9560.

Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association Chapter 15-8 Meeting will be held on Feb. 22, 9:30 a.m., at Grandpa Charlie’s Country Cooking in Andrews. If you know a veteran in need, or would like information about joining CVMA, call (828)276-3471 or email cvmanc15.8@gmail.com.

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.

CarePartners Hospice Support Groups for anyone who has lost loved ones. Facilitated by the Bereavement Staff of CarePartners Hospice, the Women’s Support Groups meet the third Wednesday of the month at 11:30 a.m. and 4 p.m.; the Men’s Support Groups meet the second Monday of the month at 11:30 a.m., at the Sunset Restaurant on Harrison Ave. CarePartners Home Care and Hospice is located at 170 Church St. For more information, call (828)369-4206.

Serving Spoon Serves a Hot Meal on Thursday, 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the Town’s Jaycee Building except on Thanksgiving.

NC Mountain Made at 36 E Main Street, and Charity’s Hair Studio, 493 Highlands Road, are collecting nonperishable food items for CareNet.

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

Mens Teen Challenge Needs Good Quality Lumber for its woodworking Shop. 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’s drinking. Al-Anon meets at the Macon County Public Library Saturdays at 10 a.m. 

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.

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 is 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.

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.

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 the 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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