Community Calendar for July 5, 2018


Historic Rickman Store is open on Saturdays, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. They are Located at 259 Cowee Creek Rd. Check out the new treasures, enjoy touring the 1895 store, 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.

Effective July 2018 the Veterans of Foreign Wars will hold their monthly meetings on the first Tuesday of the month. The post will open at 4:30 with the meeting being called to order at 6 p.m. Food will be served at 5 p.m. State Employees’ Credit Union Shred Day will be held on Friday, July 6, 9 a.m. to noon, 245 Cunningham Rd. For more information call (828)369-3536.

Guardian ad Litem Program (GAL) needs volunteer advocates to represent and promote the best interests of abused, neglected, and dependent children in the state court system. A new GAL training class will run on Fridays from July 6 through Aug. 10, from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the Macon County Library. If you are interested in volunteering, contact Brad Renegar, at (828)454-6395, or apply at

Uptown Gallery will be introducing new artwork for July and August with an art reception on Friday, July 6, from 4 to 6 p.m., at 30 Main St., Franklin. Come by for refreshments and meet the local artist members of the Macon County Art Association who create exceptional paintings, jewelry, fine crafts, and other unique gift items. For additional information, including art classes for children and adults, contact the gallery at (828)349-4607.

The Nantahala Hiking Club will be participating in the Sweet Corn Festival at St. Cyprian Episcopal Church, Roller Mill Rd. on Saturday, July 7, 10 am to 3 pm, with a club booth. For walkers, a short 1-mile trail leads through the woods right behind the club booth. The Festival includes music, a silent auction, arts and craft booths and delicious sweet corn with hot dogs, beans and slaw. For more information or to help with the booth, call Kathy Ratcliff at (828)349-3380,

Cheek Reunion will be held on Saturday, July 7, starting at 11 a.m. with lunch being served at 1 p.m., at Cartoogechaye Elementary School, 3295 Old Murphy Rd. Bring covered dish.  Paper plates, cups, drinks etc. will be furnished. For more information, call Jean Crane at (828)524-4976 or Bonnie Watson at (828)369-7282.

Parrish Family Reunion will be held on Saturday, July 7, 12 to 3 p.m. at Cowee Baptist Church, 6301 Bryson City Rd. Bring food to share. Drinks will be provided. Bring Parrish family memorabilia pictures, family artifacts, quilts, stories, etc. Rock painting for the kids.

Western North Carolina Civil War Roundtable meeting will be held on Monday, July 9, 7 p.m. Chris Behre, a former avid reenactor,  will be speaking on “The common soldier’s life, training and contributions,” “Infantry Soldier’s Manual of Arms & Accoutrements.” An optional meet-n-greet dinner with Behre at Bogarts in Sylva, 5 p.m. followed by the 6:30 p.m., light refreshment social in the lobby of the HR Robinson Building on the campus of Western Carolina University.

Battle of Sugartown Chapter, NSDAR,  Franklin, Monthly Meeting and program will be held on Monday, July 9, 11:30 a.m., at the Angel Hospital Cafeteria. Please RSVP to (828)508-2266 by the Friday before the meeting on Monday. All DAR members and visitors to the area are welcome.

Uptown Gallery Artist Presentation will be held on Monday, July 9, 1 p.m., followed by The Macon County Art Association general meeting at the Uptown Gallery, 30 E Main St. The program will be “Stepping into the Magical World of Fiber” presented by artist Mary Jo Gayer. From processing fibers to the creativity of various fiber work from knitting, weaving, spinning and felting. This event is open to the public and refreshments will be provided. For additional class information and hours, contact the gallery at (828)349-4607.

Franklin Appalachian Trail Community Council will meet Tuesday, July 10, 11 a.m. at Mi Casa Mexican Restaurant on 788 East Main St. Everyone interested in supporting the Appalachian Trail and Macon County’s outdoor community is welcome.

Gastric Bypass Support Group meeting has been cancelled  for July 10 and will resume in August. Cullasaja Community Association will meet on Turesday, July 10, 7 p.m. at the Old Salem Church Community Building.

Friends of the Greenway Butterfly Garden Renewal Celebration Day will be held on Tuesday, July 10, from 9 to 11 a.m.  There will be a ribbon cutting at 9:30 a.m. to welcome the community to the renovated garden.  Bringing back the 11-year-old garden was funded in part with a grant from the Macon County Unrestricted Endowment Fund which is administered by the North Carolina Community Foundation.  Find out about the butterflies that can be found in the area and the plants that maintain their lifecycle.  Park behind the Shops at Riverwalk on Highlands Road.  Follow the Greenway trail for a short distance, just past the Rotary Shelter.  Rain date will be held on Wednesday, July 11.

American Legion Ladies Auxiliary will meet on Tuesday, July 10, dinner 6 p.m. , meeting 7 p.m., at the post on West Main Street.

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 will meet on Wednesday, July 11, 2 p.m., at First Presbyterian Church, 26 Church Street, Franklin. For more information, call (828)524-3119.

Franklin Bird Club Walk Along the Greenway will be held on Wednesday, July 11.  Meet at Big Bear Shelter parking area at 8 a.m.

Autism Society of North Carolina Jackson/Swain/Qualla Boundary Chapter Monthly Chapter Meeting will be held on Thursday, July 12, from 6 to 7:30 p.m., at Sweet Thoughts Respite Care, 67 Bryson Ave, Bryson City.

The ASNC Jackson/Swain/Qualla Boundary Chapter provides a place for both individuals with autism and their families to meet, share, and learn about autism. This will be an informal Q&A session with Dr. Steven Love, PhD, a pediatric psychologist at Mission Children’s Specialists at the Olson Huff Center in Asheville. For more information, contact them at

Johnson State Alumni Men’s Ensemble with Tom Fisher in Concert will be held on Friday, July 13, 3 p.m. at Clark’s Chapel UMC Fellowship Hall. Directions to Clark’s Chapel UMC: From the roundabout at Walmart take Dowdle Mtn Rd to CR Cabe Road on the left. At the end of CR Cabe Road turn left onto Dowdle Mtn Rd, then right on Clark’s Chapel Rd. The church is just over a mile on the right.

First Baptist Chruch Free Community Luncheon and Fellowship will be held on Saturday, July 14, 12 noon to 1 p.m. The church is located at 69 Iotla St. All are welcome to attend.

ASNC Jackson/Swain/Qualla Boundary Chapter will meet on Thursday, July 12, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Sweet Thoughts Respite Care, 67 Bryson Rd, Bryson City.  They provide a place for families of children and adults with autism to meet, share, and learn about autism. For planning purposes, an RSVP is requested but not required to or (800)442-2762, ext. 3030.

Ammons Family Reunion will be held on Saturday, July 14,registration begins at 10:30 a.m., at the Holly Springs Historical Community Building, 2720 Cat Creek Rd. Attendees are encouraged to bring a dessert and or donate a door prize. For more information, call (828)226-0640.

Public Safety Day for Kids will be held on Saturday, July 28, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Downtown Gazebo. There will be 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.

Franklin Community Toastmasters meets every first and third Tuesdays, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., at 26 Church St., Franklin in Tartan Hall, Franklin Presbyterian Church. The local club is a successful nonprofit, chartered in 2018, that helps those interested in developing confidence, improve public speaking, and improve their leadership abilities. For more information call, (678)333-3622.

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.

Uptown Gallery Free Classes and Open Studio will be held every Tuesday from 6:30 p.m. 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. Rabbit Creek road will be closed to all through traffic from the intersection of 441 and Rabbit Creek road to the intersection of Rabbit Creek road 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 will be closed in order to replace the existing bridge over Rabbit Creek. The road is expected to be re-opened no later than August 26.

TaijiFit with Reesa and Lynn will be 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 will be held on Fridays, 3 p.m. in the activity room. For more information call (828)349-2058.

Chess at the Crawford Senior Center will be 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.

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.

NAMI Appalachian South, the local affiliate of National Alliance on Mental Illness Support Group meets every Thursday at 7 p.m., at the Community Outreach Center of First United Methodist Church on West Main St. across from Lazy Hiker Brewery. This group is for individuals living with a mental illness and for family members. This is a safe, confidential environment to share concerns, gain insight, understanding and hope.For directions or information, call Ann (828)369-7385.

Free Yoga and Bodyworks Classes. Prana Madonna Yoga is offering free yoga mindfulness and bodyworks classes and yoga and bodyworks with disabilities. Classes are limited. Contact instructor Kim Bourque to register for your class today (828)-371-2154 or

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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