Community Calendar for June 3, 2021

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photo by Vickie Carpenter

Nantahala Hiking Club will hike to Thomas Divide to Kamari in GSMNP on Saturday, June 5,  8:30 to 3:30 p.m. The total distance will be 4 miles, hike rating M.  For more information, details or reservations, call Gail Lehman (828)524-5298 

Nantahala Hiking Club will hike Standing Indian Mountain Starting at Deep Gap on Sunday, June 6, 12:30 p.m. The total distance will be 5 miles, hike rating M/S. For more information, details or reservations, call Katharine Brown (828)421-4178

Cullasaja Community Club Monthly Meeting will be held on Monday, June 7. 7:30 p.m.

Franklin Women’s Club Social Kick-off Luncheon will be held on Friday, June 11, noon at Fat Buddies restaurant in Westgate Plaza for a   The Board will provide ice cream cakes to celebrate the fact that the club is able to meet in public again. To RSVP, call Brenda Jacobs at (828)421-0411.  For more information about the club, call Joy Wood at (828)349 4440.

Adult and Teen Challenge of the Smokies Men’s Center Graduation will be held on Saturday, June 12,  10 a.m. in the Center auditorium, 336 Living Hope Way (formerly 336 AG Camp Rd) Franklin. The center is a 12-month residential addiction recovery program for men.  For more information, call (828)524-2157 or visit www.livinghopeway.com 

Nantahala Bicycle Club Rally will be held on Saturday, June 12, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. with live radio coverage as well as a ribbon cutting/grand opening for the under-the-bridge greenway connector.

Death Cafe will be held on Sunday, June 13, 2 to 4 p.m., Wayfarers Unity Chapel, 182 Wayfarer Lane, Dillard, Ga.  Join Jan Brewer, M.A., CMT, for a group-directed conversation about death and dying/life and living.  Talk about all things death-related with others wanting to join the discussion.  Share fears, tears, laughter, curiosity, creativity, stories, or lend an ear in this safe, relaxed and supportive setting. For more information, call Jan at (510)684-5555 or visit www.deathcafe.com.

Macon County Art Association  Encaustic Painting Classes will be held on Fridays July 9 and 23,  August 3 and 27, September 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 karen@programservices.org

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 karen@programservices.org.

Gem & Mineral Museum, located in the Old Jail on Phillips Street in downtown Franklin is now open Friday 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 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. Online meeting information is available by visiting www.aawnc80.org. or to speak with a member of A.A. call (828)349-4357.

Historic T M 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 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.  

First Presbyterian Church Clothing Drive on the theme of “Clothe the Naked” as a part of the Matthew 25 Initiative. A box will be out in front of the sanctuary on Church Street on Mondays from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Specifically looking for new underwear, socks, and sweatpants for elementary schools, nursing homes and the homeless. This drive will continue through April. 

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 under Groups 4. People in Group 4  are those who have a medical condition that puts them at higher risk of serious illness and people who live in certain congregate settings are eligible for vaccination. The rest of Group 4, which includes all other essential workers and all adults will become eligible April 7. 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 cr@discover.church 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 smpcc.org

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 Bonnie.Peggs@msj.org.

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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