Community Calendar for July 19, 2018


Historic Rickman Store is open on Saturdays, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at 259 Cowee Creek Rd. Check out new treasures, enjoy touring the 1895 store, have some refreshments and listen to some mountain music. 

Pastor  Patrick O’Neal of Resurrection Lutheran Church wants to inform the public that the statue of Jesus on the Cross (Crucifixion) is vacant in preparation of the Roundabout Project.  Furthermore, the cross will also need removing in the coming months. The statue and the cross will return after the completion of the Roundabout Project. Pastor O’Neal appreciates your inquiries and concerns and requests prayers for the safety and well-being of all during the construction.

First Baptist Church American Red Cross Community Blood Drive will be held on Thursday, July 19, 12:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. Call (828)369-9889 or vist, sponsor code: Franklin to make an appointment. Walk-ins are welcome. Bring a photo I.D. 

Gem & Mineral Society of Franklin will meet on Thursday, July 19,  6:30 p.m., at the Robert C. Carpenter Community Building, 441 South of Franklin.

High Mountain Squares will host their 36th Anniversary Dance on Friday, July 20, from 6:15 to 8:45 p.m., at the Robert C Carpenter Community Building, 441 So. Jerry Biggerstaff will be the caller.  Western-style square dancing, main/stream and plus levels.  Everyone is welcome. For information, call (828)787-2324, (828)332-0001, (706)746-5426 or

Jack Houston Family Reunion will be held on Saturday, July 21, 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Oak Grove Baptist Church. All desendants are encouraged to attend. 

Southeastern Bluegrass Association monthly Bluegrass Jam will be held on Saturday, July 21,  12 noon to 3 p.m. at the Cowee School. Bring an instrument and join in or just come sit and listen. All levels of musicians are welcome from beginner to advanced. Refreshments will be provided.

Songwriters in the Round will be held on Saturday, July 21, 7 to 9 p.m., at the Macon County Library Main Hall, with three featured songwriters, George Gray, Bill Petersen, George Reeves, with an open mic for local songwriters afterwards (only original songs…no cover songs). Free and open to the public. For more details, see and davestewartsongs page on Facebook

The Nantahala Hiking Club will start from Bad Creek parking lot for a 4-mile moderate hike, elevation change 500 ft., to view beautiful Lower Whitewater Falls two miles downriver on Saturday, July 21. Lake Jocassee can be seen along the way.  Meet at Cashiers Rec Park at 10 a.m., drive 22 miles round trip.  Call leaders Mike and Susan Kettles, (828)743-1079, for reservations.  Visitors welcome. 

Monthly Membership Meeting of the Jackson Branch of the NC NAACP will be held on Saturday, July 21, 10 a.m., at Liberty Baptist Church, Sylva.  At 11 a.m., the public is invited to the program, Organizing to Protect the Mission of the NAACP,  “to ensure the political, educational, social and economic equality of rights of all persons and to eliminate race-based discrimination”…between now and November.

Cowee Textiles Fiber Sunday will be held on July 22,  from 2 to 5 p.m. in room 104 at The Cowee School Heritage Center located at 51 Cowee School Dr.  Bring a textile project you are working on from spinning, knitting, weaving, rug hooking, baskets etc Call or e-mail Teresa Bouchonnet at (828)349-3878 or with questions.

The Nantahala Hiking Club will take a 3-mile moderate hike, elevation change 500 ft., on the Wayah Loop, starting atop the new tower on Wayah Bald Mtn. for a great view on Sunday, July 22 , then walk north on the Appalachian Trail to the NC Bartram Trail and loop back to the tower. Meet at Westgate Plaza in Franklin at 2 p.m., drive 32 miles round trip.  Call leader Gail Lehman, (828)524-5298, for reservations.  Visitors welcome.

Cowee Community Development Organization Pot Luck and Meeting will be held on Monday, July 23, at the Volunteer Fire Department on Ruby Mine Road. Come fellowship with neighbors beginning at 6 p.m., with supper starting at 6:30. All are welcome to attend.

Macon County Democratic Women will meet on Tuesday, July 24, at 5:30 p.m. at the new Democratic Headquarters on Palmer Street Circle. 

Dementia Caregivers Support Group  for those caring for someone with Alzheimer’s or other memory-related illness will be held on  Wednesday, July 25, at First Presbyterian Church, 26 Church Street, Franklin. Share experiences, problem and joys in “Sharing the Journey.” For more information, call (828)524-3119.

Hickory Knoll United Methodist Church Food Pantry will be  open on  Wednesday, July 25, from 4 to 7 p.m. For more information, call (828)421-0613.

Franklin Bird Club walk along the Greenway will be held on Wednesday, July 25.  Meet at Big Bear Shelter parking area at 8:00 am.

Public Safety Day for Kids will be held on Saturday, July 28, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the downtown gazebo. Free hot dog meals, K-9 meet and greet, bounce houses, fire hose demo, water fun, free kid goodies, fire trucks, police cars, EMS truck, hot car display. Bring friends and family activities for kids of all ages. Hosted by Franklin Police Department and Franklin Fire Department. For more information, call Julie at (828)524-2864.

Free lunch and Fellowship at Franklin Covenant Church will be held on Saturday, July 28, 12 noon. The church is located at 265 Belleview Park Rd. For more information, call the church office at (828)524-8854.

Miller and Talley Family Reunion will be held on Saturday, July 28, 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the Highlands Recreation Building. Family and firends bring a covered dish to share. For more information, call (828)347-3388.

86th Annual Green Reunion will be held on Sunday, July 29, Louisa Chapel United Methodist Church Seeds of Faith featuring Curtis Blackwell will sing at the 11 a.m. service. The reunion will begin at 12:30 in the fellowship hall.

167th annual Siler Family Meeting will be held on Saturday, August 4, 12 p.m., at Macon County Middle School in Franklin, NC. All descendants of Weimar and Margaret Siler are welcome to attend. For more information, go to

Macon Chips Wood Carving Club meets on Thursday evenings at 6:30 p.m., in the Franklin High School Wood Shop. All interested folks are invited to attend. We welcome  beginners through master carvers. Call (828)369-2144 for further information. 

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

Serving Spoon Serves a Hot Meal on Thursday, 6 p.m. at the Town’s Jaycee Building except on Thanksgiving.

A New Dementia Caregivers Support Group is being formed 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.

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.

The North Carolina Department of Transportation has issued an upcoming temporary road closure for Rabbit Creek Road in Franklin inorder to replace the existing bridge.The road will be closed to all through traffic from the intersection of 441 and Rabbit Creek Road to the intersection of Rabbit Creek and Ferguson Road. The detour  will be 441 South to Cat Creek Road, turn left on Cat Creek Road, then left on Ferguson Road. The road is expected to re-open no later than Aug. 26.

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 Brenda at

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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