Community Calendar for July 11, 2019

photo by Vickie Carpenter

Macon County Cancer Support Group will meet on Thursday, July 11, 7 p.m. in the cafeteria of Angel Medical Center, Riverview Street, Franklin.   Angie Toomey of Harris Palliative Care & Hospice will be the guest speaker. Light refreshments will be served.

Macon County Master Gardener’s Association will meet on Friday, July 12,  1 p.m., in the Sycamore Center Meeting Room on the grounds of the Environmental Resource Center at 1624 Lakeside Dr., Franklin.

Franklin Women’s Club Ice Cream Social will be held on Friday, July 12, noon at the Motor City Grill.  Come and enjoy some 50’s food and ice cream, play some games and win some prizes. For information about the club, call Joy Wood at (828)349-4440.  To RSVP for the social please contact Brenda Jacobs at (828)421-0411.

First Baptist Church Free Community Luncheon will be held on Saturday, July 13, 12 noon to 1 p.m. The church is located at 69 Iotla St. All are welcome to attend. 

Ammons Family Reunion will be held on Saturday, July 13, at the Holly Springs Historical Community Building, 2720 Cat Creek Rd. Registration begins at 10:30 a.m. reserve your spot by Saturday, July 6, 2019 by emailing Bring a favorite family photograph. For more information, call  (828)524-1808.

Nantahala Hiking Club will take a moderate 6-mile hike on Saturday, July 13, with an elevation change of 700 ft., on Long Branch Trail to the Long Branch Shelter on the Appalachian Trail in the Standing Indian Recreational Area, starting at the Back-country Parking lot, hiking 2.5 miles to the AT and on to the newest shelter.  Meet at Westgate Plaza in Franklin at 9:30 a.m., drive 30 miles round trip. For more information or reservations, Call leader Katharine Brown, (828)421-4178, for reservations. 

The Nantahala Hiking Club will take  an easy-to- moderate 2.5 mile hike on Sunday, July 14, with an elevation change of 100 ft. to Ammons and Holcomb Creek Falls.  Meet in Highlands, 2 p.m., 145 Main Street at 1 Nails east of the junction of Hwy. 64 and Hwy.106.  Drive 26 miles round trip.  For more information or reservations, call leader Robin Lurie, (954)632-7270.  

Holly Springs Community Development Club Meeting will be held on Monday, July 15 at 6 p.m., at the community building located at 2720 Cat Creek Road.  A meal of assorted salads will be served, followed by our guest speaker, Larry Buchanan of Macon Funeral Home.  Following the speaker, a short business meeting will be held.  Everyone is welcome.

Macon County Poultry Club will meet on Tuesday July 16, 7 p.m., at the NC Cooperative extension office located at 193 Thomas Heights Rd. in Franklin.  Meetings are open to the public of all ages.  For more information, call (828)369-3916 or the extension at (828)349-2049.

Guardian Ad Litem Program is currently seeking volunteers in your community to be the voice of a child in court. A training class for volunteers from Macon, Jackson, Swain and Haywood counties on July 16 and 18, 23 and 25, 30, and Aug. 1. The classes will be held at the First United Methodist Church in Franklin from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. If you have an interest in becoming the voice for a child, contact Emily at the Macon/Graham County GAL office at (828)349-7222; Shannon at the Jackson/Swain County GAL Office at (828)587-2087; and Shawn at the Haywood office at (828)454-6394. Find out more about the program by visiting or

Crawford Senior Center is hosting the AARP Smart Driver Class will be held on Wednesday, July 17,  from 1 to  5 p.m. Registration is required. To pre-register or for more details, call (828)349-2058.

International Essential Tremor Foundation (IETF) Support Group Meeting  will be held on Wednesday July 17, 2 p.m.,  at the Jackson County  Senior Center Room #135. Learn coping skills and available products to help. For more information or if you plant on attending, call Ted Kubit at (828)736-3165 or

NC Job Works at the Macon County Public Library will be held on Friday, July 19, 1:30  to 4:30 p.m. in the  Library Living Room. Meet with a career advisor from NC Works.  Find the right job, get resume help, and learn some interview skills. The  job fair will feature 20 employers.

VFW Post 7339 Old Fashioned Picnic will be held on Saturday, July 20, 2 to 4 p.m. There will be hamberger, hot dogs, watermelon wedges.  Bring your favorite side dish. 

Mountain Voices Community Choir and The Pinnacle Brass will present a free concert on Sunday, July 21, 3 p.m., at First United Methodist Church,  66 Harrison Avenue, Franklin.  This musical event, “For God & Country” will feature gospel and patriotic selections.  For more information, contact the church office (828) 524-3010 or visit

Alcoholics Anonymous Open Meetings in Franklin are held on Tuesday, 7:30 a.m., 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., Thursday, 12 noon, at St. Agnes Episcopal Church, 66 Church St., 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.

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 will be 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.

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.

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.

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

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: 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.

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

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.

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

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.

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