Community Calendar for June 27, 2019

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photo by Vickie Carpenter

Gem & Mineral Society of Franklin will meet Thursday, June 27, 6:30 p.m., at the Robert C. Carpenter Community Building, 1288 Georgia Road Hwy 441 So., Franklin. Program will feature Dr. Bill Witherspoon, co-author of the popular guide, Roadside Geology of Georgia. Guests are welcome.

State Employees Credit Union Blood Drive will be held on Friday, June 28, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.  All donors will receive $20 Wal-mart gift card. To make an appointment go to thebloodconnection.org

Macon County Republican Party Headquarters Grand Opening will be held on Saturday, June 29, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Franklin Flea and Craft Market, 867 Highlands Rd. A family event, with free hot dog lunch, face painting, kids corner, voter information and more. Come tour the space, meet great people, get involved. www.macongop.com

Nantahala Hiking Club will take an easy 3-mile hike to Secret Falls on Saturday, June 29,  with two stream crossings required, located below Highlands via Horse Cove Road.  This secluded 60 ft. waterfall has access to the top and bottom of the falls. Wading or swimming are permitted in the pool below.  There is a 200 ft. climb on rough steps to the bottom of the falls and back up to the top of the bank.   Meet at Cashiers Recreation Center at 10 a.m., drive 40 miles round trip. Visitors are welcome to attend.   For more information, call leaders Mike and Susan Kettles (828)743-1079, for reservations.  Visitors welcome.

Franklin Garden Club Workday in the Gardens Downtown will be held on Saturday, June 29, 9 a.m. to 12 noon. Ever wonder what it takes to maintain the gardens downtown or would you just like to learn more about gardening? No experience needed. Bring gloves, water, and hand clippers if you have them. For more information ore to volunteer, call (828)349.6398. 

Franklin Garden Club Monthly Luncheon Meeting will be held on Monday July 1, 11 a.m., at Fat Buddies BBQ in the Westgate Shopping Center. Keith Blazer, Roadside Environmental Engineer – NCDOT will present “Roadside Beautification.” Visitors are welcome to attend.  For more information or if you plan on attending, call Annette Arnold, (828)369-6749.

Marine Corps League Meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m., Monday July 1, 6:30 p.m.  at the American Legion Auxiliary Hall. All Marines, former Marines, Navy Corpsmen, Navy Chaplains are invited to attend. Families of current active duty Marines are also invited. For more information, call D. Lanson (828)369-2144.

“What is the state of our nation’s critical thinking skills and how do you fact-check yourself?” will be the topic for the Franklin Open Forum on Monday, July 1 at 7 p.m. Franklin Open Forum is a moderated discussion group, meeting at the Rathskeller Coffee Haus & Pub, located Downtown at 58 Stewart Street, Franklin. (Below and behind Books Unlimited.) Those interested in an open exchange of ideas (dialogue, not debate) are invited to attend. For more information call (828)371-1020.

Phase 2 of the Women’s History Trail will be celebrated at the downtown gazebo on Thursday, July 4, 12 noon, following a patriotic ceremony to honor the 100th anniversary of the American Legion Post 108. Five new plaques and sites will be added to expand the Women’s History Trail.

22 Annual Sweet Corn Festival will be held on Saturday, July 6,  from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. , St. Cyprian’s Church on Rolller Mill Rd. Franklin, NC. Featured music will be  West Sound  of Asheville, along with other entertainment; food, bake sale, arts and crafts, children’s games, historic church tour and trail walk.

Waynesville Gold Wing Road Riders will gather on Saturday, July 6, eat  3 p.m.; meet 4 p.m.,at Snappy’s Italian Restaurant & Pizzeria, 2769 Soco Road, Maggie Valley. All motorcycle riders and friends are welcome. For more information, call Johnny Cope at (828)235-2206.

WNC Ostomy Support Group for people living with a urostomy, ileostomy, colostomy, or a continent diversion will meet on July 8, 6 to 7 p.m. They meet  every 2nd Monday in the Jackson County Center NC Cooperative Extension  Meeting Room, 876 Skyland Dr., Suite 6, in Sylva. They are a member of the UOAA, Inc. and facilitated by Certified Ostomy Nurses.

The Jackson County NAACP Membership Committee will present the fifth “Piloting” segment of its new Orientation Package on Tuesday, July 9, 6 p.m. and will end at 8 p.m. in the Community Room of the Jackson County Library.  Daryl Hale, WCU Associate Professor of Philosophy and Religion will speak on “The Moral Philosophies Affecting the NAACP.”  The public is invited to attend. 

Ammons Family Reunion will be held on Saturday, July 13, at the Holly Springs Historical Community Building, 2720 Cat Creek Road, Franklin. Registration begins at 10:30 a.m. reserve your spot by Saturday, July 6, 2019 by emailing mariettaprevost61@gmail.com. Bring a favorite family photograph. For more information, call  (828)524-1808.

Macon Chips Local Wood Carving Club is dedicated to the techniques and methods of wood carving. The club meets Thursdays at 6:30 p.m., in the Franklin High School wood shop. Interested persons are cordially invited. For additional information, call (828)369-2144.

Historic 1895 TM Rickman Store will be open on Saturdays from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Tour the store, shop for unique items by local artisans, listen to mountain music, and enjoy music jams beginning at 12 noon. The store is located at 259 Cowee Creek Rd. Extra parking is available at Cowee School Arts & Heritage Center a brief walk down the hill.

Uptown Gallery Free classes and open studio times are held every Tuesday from 6:30 p.m.  to 8:30 p.m. or on Thursday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. For information, call  (828) 349 – 4607.

Slow Spokes Franklin bicycle club meets every Thursday, 7 p.m., at the  FROG headquarters, 573 East Main Street, for a casual bike ride on the Greenway.  Riders under 16 are required to wear a helmet, others are urged to do so.  All are welcome to attend. For more information, call  Angelo at (828)371-7713.

Highlands Writers Group will meet every Tuesday, 3 p.m. in the downstairs boardroom at the Bascom Center for the Visual Arts. Writers at all levels of proficiency are welcome. For more information, call Bud Katz, at (828)526-3190 or budandlynn@me.com.

Franklin Golf Association meets on Thursdays,  9 a.m., at the Franklin Golf Course. For more information, call Franklin Golf Course at (828)524-2288.

Mountain Voices Community Chorus is rehearsing for the summer concert. Practice is every Monday evening at First Baptist Church, 69 Iotla Street, Franklin, from 6 to 8 p.m. New singers are welcome. For more information, call (828)524-3644.

Celebration of Mountain Music will be held on Tuesdays, 6 to 8 p.m., at the Robert C Carpenter Community Building,1288 Georgia Road, Franklin.  Join them to jam, sing, dance or just enjoy traditional mountain music. For more information, call (828)524-3485.

Free Ping Pong at the Robert C. Carpenter Building on Tuesdays, 2 p.m., Thursday, 10 a.m., 441 So. in Franklin.

Celebrate Recovery at Discover Church every Monday night 6 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. Discover Church is located at 47 Macon Center Dr.  email: cr@discover.church with questions.

Zumba Classes are held at the community building on Monday and Thursday, from 6 to 7 p.m.

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.

Gastric Bypass Support Group will not meet until January 2019. For  more information call Betsy (828)347-5244. 

NAMI Support Group for individuals dealing with mental illnesses, such as depression, bi-polar, substance use disorder, anxiety and others, and for family members dealing with these challenges meets weekly on Thursdays, 7 to 8:15 p.m. at First United Methodist Church Out Reach Center in Franklin, across from Lazy Hiker Brewery. Join us in a safe confidential environment to share concerns, learn about resources, gain insights,understanding and hope. For directions or information, call  Ann (828)369-7385 or Donita (828)526-9510. 

Macon County Senior Services needs volunteers Interested persons should stop in The Crawford Senior Center and fill out a volunteer application at the Community Resource Center. For more information, call  (828)349-2060.

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 budandlynn@me.com.

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

Dementia Caregivers Support Group  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.

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 Bonnie.Peggs@msj.org.

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 mishields@peoplepc.com

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 bouchonnet@frontier.com 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 adultchildren.org

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 www.ncgal.org or www.facebook.com/ncGuardianAdLitem. 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 smpcc.org

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 DaVita.com/Kidney 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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