Community Calendar for July 29, 20212

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. In Person Meetings with Covid 19 Preventive Measures are held Tuesday, 5:30  p.m. at No Wrong Door, 102 Thomas Heights Rd., Monday, Wednesday and Friday 5:30 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church Outreach Center, 66 Harrison Ave., Franklin, N.C. On Line Meeting  information is available by visiting or to speak with a member of A.A. call  (828)349-4357. 

Share the Journey Support Group for Caregivers whose loved ones are experiencing memory loss will meet on Wednesday, Aug. 11 and 25, 2 p.m., at First Prespyterian Church, 26 Church St. Enter the church from the parking lot, come through the double red doors in the courtyard and follow the sings. For more information, call (828)524-3119.

Nantahala Hiking Club will hike to Straight Fork in the GSMNP at Big Cove near Cherokee on Saturday, July 31. Hike up Straight Fork Creek to a horse camp and have lunch. Many wildflowers along the creek.   For reservations and more information, call Leader at Katharine Brown (828)421-4178.

Nantahala Hiking Club will hike to  Betty Creek to Yellow Patch on Sunday,  Aug. 1. Hike south on the Appalachian Trail to an over-look and see Picken’s Nose. Return by way of a path to a forest service road out to Yellow Patch.  For reservations and more information, call Leader Gail Lehman at (828)524-5298. 

Cullasaja Community Association will meet on Monday, Aug. 2, 7 p.m. Residents of the community are urged to attend. 

Saint Francis of Assisi Catholic Church Drive thru Food Pantry will be held on Wednesday, Aug. 4, 10 a.m. to noon. The church is located at 299 Maple St. 

Nantahala Hiking Club member Bill Van Horn will show the film- ‘Appalachian Trail the Beaten Path’ on Wednesday, Aug. 4, 6 p.m., in the Macon County Public Library Meeting Room. There will be a time for questions and answers afterwards.  – Benton MacKaye: A.T. Visionary

Macon County Art Association  Encaustic Painting Classes will be held on Fridays,  Aug. 6 and 27, Sept. 3 and 17, October 29, from 10 a.m.  to 12 p.m.,  at the Uptown Gallery 30 E Main St., Franklin.  For more information, call Karen Smith, at

Siler Family Reunion will be held on Saturday, Aug. 7, at the Moss Valley Venue, 1145 Patton Road in Franklin.  Lunch will be served at 12 noon, but all family members are invited to arrive early to bring their finest foods, visit, and reminisce outside and under cover of the beautiful open barn.  

Gibson Family Reunion for the descendants of Joseph and Alva Allen Gibson will be held on Aug. 8, at the original Cowee Fire Dept. A covered dish lunceon will be served at 1 p.m., followed by a short business meeting. 

Death Cafe will be held on Sunday, Aug. 8, 2 to 4 pm, at Wayfarers Unity Chapel, 182 Wayfarers Lane, Dillard, Ga.  Jan Brewer, M.A., CMT, will lead a group-directed conversation about death and dying/life and living. Participants are invited to share fears, tears, laughter, curiosity, creativity, stories, or lend an open ear in this safe, relaxed and supportive setting. For further information, call Jan at (510)684-5555 or visit

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 are encouraged to attend.  Anyone under 18 years of age must be accompanied by an adult.  For more information, call (828)342-8126.

Slow Spokes Bicycle Group Franklin will meet on Tuesdays at 6:30 at FROG headquarters for a casual ride along the Greenway paths.  They are on Facebook at Slow Spokes, Franklin, NC. For more information call Susan at (828)371-4925. 

Historic TM Rickman Store is now open on Saturdays from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Located at 259 Cowee Creek Road in the historic West -Mill District. Music Jams  begin at noon.

Franklin Duplicate Bridge Club  Wednesday Afternoon Games are held from 1 to 4 p.m. Arrive no later than 12:45 p.m., at the Robert C. Carpenter Community Building on 441 S. While allowing play without masks, current county regulations will require all players to be fully vaccinated.  For more information, call Larry Noyes at  (828)200-9394 or email 

Thursday Painters meet on Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the Environmental Research Center to fellowship and paint. All skill levels and mediums are welcome. Participants are responsible for their own project and a bag lunch. For more information call The Uptown Gallery at (828-)49-4607 or  Pat Mennenger at See more about Macon County Art Association at

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.

Friends of the Rickman Store  are looking for volunteers to be greeters and assist in Saturday activities. No amount of time is too small. The store is open Saturdays 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. For more information, call Connie Reynolds (828)524-0359.

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.

Macon County Public Health is currently vaccinating those eligible in all groups. Individuals that want to receive a COVID-19 vaccine, must call Macon County’s Vaccine Call Center at (828)524-1500 to register and schedule an appointment. The Call Center is open Monday – Friday, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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.

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. 

Uptown Gallery on Main Street new hours are Monday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 3 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.

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

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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