Community Calendar for June 28, 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.

Gem & Mineral Society of Franklin will meet on Thursday, June 28, 6:30 p.m., at the Robert C. Carpenter Community Building, 441 South of Franklin. There will be a “Rock Swap”. Bring your rocks and swap them for some different ones. Light refreshments will be served.

Mobile Vet Center of the Department of Veterans Affairs will be in Franklin on Thursday, June 28,from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Robert C. Carpenter Community Building, 1288 Georgia Rd. The center provides readjustment counseling and information resources to veterans across the country. Take a tour and speak with a staff member to see what services the Vet Center can provide for veterans and their families. For more information, call Leigh Tabor or Christie Black at (828)349-2151.

High Mountain Squares will host “Kansas City, Here I Come Dance,” on Friday, June 29, from 6:15 to 8:45 p.m., at the Robert C Carpenter Community Building, 441 So.  Jim Cosman from Woodbine, Ga., will be the caller. Western-style square dancing, main/stream and plus levels. Everyone is welcome. For more information, call  (828)787-2324, (828)332-0001, (706)746-5426 or

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.

Marine Corps League Monthly Meeting will be held on Monday, July 2, 6:30 p.m. at the American Legion Auxiliary Hall. All Marines, former Marines, friends and families are invited to attend. This invitation also extends to Navy FMF Corpsmen.

Franklin Garden Club Monthly luncheon Meeting will be held on Monday, July 2, 11:30 a.m., at Fat Buddies in the Westgate Plaza. Ellen Averill, Georgia Master Gardener, and member of the Franklin Garden Club will present a program “All About Hostas.” Visitors are welcome to attend.  Call Nancy Wiley at (828)524-0020 if you plan on attending.

“Where do you find meaning and purpose in life?” will be the topic for the Franklin Open Forum – Monday, July 2, 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.

Sky Valley Celebrations on Tuesday, July 3,   Free Live Entertainment 7 to 9 p.m. Dos Bleus Guys. Children’s Play Area. Fireworks Display at dark at Lakeside Pavilion. On Wednesday, July 4 Rubber Duck Race – register across from Lodge at 10:30 a.m. Race begins at 11 a.m. Parade line-up at 11 a.m, begins at 11:30 a.m.  Cookout after parade at Pavilion, Children’s Area.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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 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.

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.

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.