Community Calendar for July 14, 2022

Franklin Town Hall photo by Vickie

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.

Nantahala Hiking Club will hike to Kimsey Creek in the Standing Indian Recreational Area on Friday, July 15. Starting at the Backcountry Parking go over and around the campground. They will cross two foot logs. For more information and reservations, call leader Katharine Brown (828)421-4178.

Bascom Center for the Visual Arts July Free Exhibitions on Friday, July 15, 3 p.m., Collector Talk with Kirk Moore will discuss sense of place, one person’s travels through the southern imaginary landscape.  Opening on July 16, at the Joel Gallery,  “Like No Other Place,” through Dec. 31. Opening July 30 at the Thompson Gallery,  “Members Challenge: Place” through Sept. 10. The gallery is located at 323 Franklin Rd., Highlands. For more information, call  (828)526-4949.

Adult and Teen Challenge of the Smokies Men’s Center Graduation will be held on Saturday July 16, 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 their testimonies. There will be refreshments and a reception after. All are invited to attend.  For more information about our addiction recovery program for men, go to or call (828)524-2157.

Music at “The Frog” will be held on July 16, Melody Lowery and Friends; July 23, Sweet and Sourwood Honey, Dan Watkins, Shelly Arvidson and Friends; July 30, Shelly Arvidson. The musicians will be playing or singing from 11 am to 1 pm. Friends of the Greenway/ FROG Quarters are located at 573  E. Main St., Franklin.

Nantahala Hiking Club will hike to  Devil’s Courthouse on the Blue Ridge Parkway, on Saturday, July 16. They will take the Mountains to Sea Trail at State Road 215. Hiking through spruce and fir forests. We will have spectacular views from the Courthouse. For more information and reservations, call Gail Lehman at  (828)524-5298.

Nantahala Hiking Club will hike to High Falls at Lake Glenville on Saturday, July 17. They will hike down the shady trail to the bottom of High Falls and swim in several pools. Hikers must be sure footed to scramble over rocks into the gorge. You may swim at the lake too. For more information and reservations, call Chris Federico (772)233-7277.

Holly Springs Community Development Club will meet on Monday, July 18, at 6 p.m., at the community building, 2720 Cat Creek Rd.  The guest speaker will be Holly Springs resident Howard Carley.  Dessert will be served.  Everyone is welcome to attend.

Macon County Republican Womens Club will meet at Fat Buddies BBQ on Tuesday, July 19, at 11:30 a.m. Christy Kinser, NC GOP Field Director and Victory Team Trainer is the speaker of the month. All Republican women are welcome to attend.

American Red Cross Blood Drives in Franklin will be held on Wednesday, July 20, 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., at Food Lion, 245 Macon Plaza Dr., on  July 22, 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., Lowe’s 0717, 161 Franklin Plaza. How to donate blood. Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit, or call  (800)733-2767.

Prentiss Church Food Pantry will be held on Thursday, July 21, 2 to 5:30 p.m. The church is located at 59 Church Hill Lane. For more information, call (828)369-3885.

Art League of Highlands-Cashiers Annual Summer Colors Fine Art Show  will be held on Saturday, July 23 and Sunday, July 24, from 10 a.m. to  5 p.m., at the Sapphire Valley Community Center, 207 Sapphire Valley Rd, Sapphire. This exhibition contains works by more than 20 well-known local and visiting artists. Featured are original oil, mixed media and watercolor paintings, photography, woodworkers, sculptors, potters,  glass artists.  Throughout the weekend live, pop-up music performances by Creation Music & Arts and a kids studio for budding artists to explore their talents. The show is indoors with free admission and parking. For more information, call  (828) 743 7663 or visit the website at

Share the Journey Support Group for Caregivers whose loved ones are experiencing memory loss will meet on Wednesday, July 27, 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.

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

Childrens Art Classes at the Uptown Gallery will be held  on Wednesdays during July. Adult workshops in acrylic, watercolor, acrylic paint pouring, encaustic, and glass fusing are also offered. Free painting in the classroom Monday’s from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free children’s classes at the Big Bear Shelter on Saturday, July 9, 16, 23, 30. Register at gallery or Friends of the Greenway to participate.  The gallery is located at 30 E. Main St., Franklin,  All are welcome to attend. Contact for more information.

Historic TM Rickman Store located at 259 Cowee Creek Road is now open for visitors on Saturdays 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Discover unique items and listen to local musicians. Parking is limited with additional parking available at Cowee Arts and Heritage Center a short walk from the store.

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. 

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.

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. 

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