Community Calendar for July 16, 2020

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Garden on Main St. in Franklin. photo by Vickie Carpenter

All A.A. meetings in the greater Franklin area including Otto have been suspended until further notice. To speak with a member of A.A. call 828 349-4357 or 828 837-4440 or visit www.aawnc80.com.

Nantahala Hiking Club will take a moderate-to-strenuous 7-mile hike on Saturday, July 18, with an elevation change of 900 feet, from Long Branch to Rock Gap in the Standing Indian Recreational Area. Start at the backcountry parking, hike up Long Branch to the Appalachian Trail. At Glassmine Gap, continue north to Rock Gap and return by the Forest Service Road. Dogs on leash are welcome.  Hike is limited to 6 people. Meet at Westgate Plaza at 11 a.m., drive 38 miles round trip.  For reservations or more information, call Leader Katharine Brown at (828)421-4178.  

Nantahala Hiking Club will take a moderate 3.5-mile hike on Sunday, July 19,  with an elevation change of 500 feet. They will hike to Wayah Bald Loop, starting at Wayah Tower to hike the Appalachian Trail to the junction with the Bartram Trail and coming back via a forest service road.  Beautiful views from the tower and the bald. Hike is limited to 10 people. Meet at Westgate Plaza in Franklin at 2 p.m., drive 32 miles round trip.   For more reservations or information, call leader Gail Lehman at (828)524-5298. 

Jackson County Branch of the NC NAACP Online Meeting will be held on Saturday, July 18,  10 a.m.  The program topic will be “Being Allies to the Asian American Community”, presented by Ricky Leung, from NC Asian Americans Together. All are welcome to attend.  Email jcnaacp54ab@gmail.com to receive instructions to join online.  All are welcome.

Adult and Teen Challenge of the Smokies Men’s Center Drive-in Graduation will be held on Saturday, July 18,  10 a.m. at the parking lot of Holly Springs Baptist Church, 366 Holly Springs Church Rd. in Franklin. Rain or shine. No bathroom facilities. The 45-minute ceremony will be delivered via a PA system as well as on FM transmitter over your car radio. All are welcome to join the celebration. For more information, call (828)524-2157. To learn about the faith-based recovery program visit www.mtcots.com or go to the Facebook page  – Men’s Teen Challenge of the Smokies.

Back The Blue Walk to Support Law Enforcement will be held on July 25, 11:30 to 2 p.m. Walk will start at Town Hall and will go up Main St. to the gazebo. Poster decorating contest for the kids with prizes, ceremony honoring fallen officers with special guest speakers. Wear a mask for saftey. 

Descendants of Weimer and Margaret Siler will gather on Saturday, Aug. 1. There will be two options for gathering: in person and online. The in person gathering, which will comply with all state guidelines and requirements for meetings during COVID-19, will be at the Moss Valley venue, 1145 Patton Road in Franklin.  For those who are not comfortable attending or who are unable to attend in person at this time, an online option will be available. For more updates and information,  visit www.silerdescendants.org.

Macon County Schools is offering meal pickup from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the following locations: Mountain View Intermediate School, South Macon Elementary School, Iotla Valley Elementary School, Franklin High School and Nantahala School. If you have questions regarding the meal pickup service, contact School Nutrition Director David Lightner at david.lightner@macon.k12.nc.us or by calling (828)524-3314 ext. 1010.

Macon Chips, the Franklin Wood Carving Club will meet on Thursday,  6:30 p.m. in Franklin High School Wood Shop. They will continue to meet on Thursdays. Participants are asked to comply with social distancing and other endemic protocols. All members and prospective members are cordially invited to attend. For more information, call Contact D Lansont (828)369-2144. 

NC Pre-K program through Macon County Schools is now taking applications for the 2020-2021 school year. A child is eligible for NC PreK if they turned four on or before August 31 of the program year (2020), but is not yet five years of age and the family meets income guidelines.  Anyone who is interested in applying for a NC Pre-K spot or has questions on eligibility requirements, contact Valerie Norton ASAP at (828)524-3314 ext. 1041.

Uptown Gallery on Main Street new hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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.

Franklin Covenant Church has a grocery delivery service for anyone at higher risk for COVID-19. If you are unable to leave home to get the supplies you need due to sickness, disability or age, please contact us for more details. The only cost to you would be the items you order, there is no delivery charge.  FCCdelivery@yahoo.com.

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.

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.

CareNet on Bidwell St. is open on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. where folks can drive up and get a box of food. No paperwork; no questions asked. Backpacks are delivered to the schools on Fridays and the bus drivers take the regular lunch and also the backpacks to the families on their Friday deliveries.

Five Fire Departments in Macon County – Nantahala, Cullasaja, Sky Valley, Clarks Chapel, and Burningtown – are open Monday thru Fridays for drive up deliveries from 1 to 4 p.m. for anyone who needs food. The fire departments and CareNet have plenty of food and MANNA is making deliveries from Asheville twice a month.  No one should be going hungry; the food is plentiful.

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.

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.

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