Community Calendar for July 8, 2021

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, NC. On Line Meeting  information is available by visiting or to speak with a member of A.A. call  (828)349-4357. 

Serving Spoon will be Serving a Free Meal on Thursday, July 8, 6 to 7 p.m. in the Jaycee building at the Franklin Memorial Park.  The plan is to continue serving meals the second and fourth Thursdays of the month.

Franklin Women’s Club will meet on Friday, July 9, noon, at Fat Buddies restaurant in Westgate Plaza.  Speaker will be Laurel Radley, Occupational Therapist.   Radley has spent two decades in administration, but since her retirement now enjoys teaching groups in the prevention of falls and managing chronic conditions.  To RSVP, call Brenda Jacobs at (828)421-0411.  For more information about the club, call Joy Wood at (828)349-4440.

Macon County Art Association  Encaustic Painting Classes will be held on Fridays, July 9 and 23,  Aug. 3 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, contact Karen Smith, at

Early Farm Days Antique Engine and Tractor Show will be held on Friday, July 9, and Saturday, July 10, 8 a.m., at the Macon County Fairgrounds. A tractor parade will be held on Saturday, at 11 a.m. Admission is free. 

Nantahala Hiking Club will hike to Elbow and Red Butt Falls in the northeast corner of Panthertown Valley, on Saturday, July 10, 10 a.m.  This hike is mostly downhill with several creek crossings and on old logging roads with two beautiful falls. Red Butt is about 1⁄4 mile past Elbow Falls dropping 80 feet into a pool. For reservations and more information, call Mike Kettles (828)743-1079.

Nantahala Hiking Club will hike to Jones Creek in the Cartoogechaye Community, on Sunday, July 11, 2 p.m.  Hike up this lovely creek to a stream crossing. Well-behaved dogs are welcome. For reservations and more information, call  Kathy Ratcliff (828)526-6480. 

Macon County Writer’s Group will meet on Tuesday, July 13, 1 p.m.,  in the Large Meeting Room in the Macon County Library. All writers are welcome. Bring your stories. For more information contact, Jim at 

Ameican Legion Macon Post 108 and American Legion Auxiliary Unit 108 will meet for a light dinner on Tuesday, July 13,  6 p.m., meeting 7 p.m.  at the Post Home located at 614 W, Main St.  All members and all military veterans are encouraged to attend this meeting as final planning for the Flag Retirement Ceremony.

Slow Spokes Cycling Group First Ride will be held on Tuesday, July 13. Gather at FROG headquarters at 6:30 p.m., ride at 6:45.  For more information, email Susan Schlatter at 

Adult and Teen Challenge of the Smokies Men’s Center Graduation  will be held on Saturday, July 17, 10 a.m., in the auditorium, 336 Living Hope Way (formerly 336 AG Camp Rd) Franklin. There will be refreshments and fellowship after the graduation. For more information call (828)524-2157  Go to for more information about out 12 month residential addiction recovery program for men.

V.F.W. Welcome Back Cookout will be held on Saturday, July 17, 2 to 5 p.m., at the V.F.W., 60 W. Palmer St.  There will be hamburgers, hot dogs, potato salad, beans and watermelon. A 50/50 drawing will be held at 2:55, buffet will open at 3 p.m. There will not be take-outs. 

American Legion Macon Post 108 Flag Retirement Ceremony will be held on Saturday, July 17, beginning at 8:30 a.m. If you have an unserviceable U.S. flag, place it in the large red, white, and blue mailbox in front of the post and it will be disposed of with proper decorum. The public is invited to attend, to either observe or participate. The Post is located at 614 West Main Street, Franklin. For more information, call  Wayne Chandler (860)573-8812.

Green Reunion will be held on Sunday, July 25, at Louisa Chapel United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall. Lunch begins at 12:30. Bring a covered dish.  Drinks and paper products will be provided.

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 

Truth Seekers meet every second and fourth Friday of every month from 6 to 8 p.m., in the Macon County Library meeting room for a short video or other presentation by a member followed by lively discussion and Bible reading.  For more information, contact

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

Macon County Art Association Veteran’s Portrait Project will be held this year.  Spots are open for four to seven veterans as  applications remained from 2019. Macon County veterans or their family members can apply to have the veteran’s portrait painted by a local artist at the gallery between Memorial Day and July 4. There is no cost to apply or for the portraits. The only requirement is that the veteran or their family member be present to receive the portrait on Veterans Day.  Community members who wish to help support the costs for this program are also welcome.  For more information, email 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.