Community Calendar for June 4, 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.

Autism Society of North Carolina Jackson/Swain/Qualla Boundary Chapter Monthly Chapter Meeting will be held on Thursday, June 14, 6 to 7:30 p.m., at Sweet Thoughts Respite Care, 67 Bryson Ave, in Bryson City.This month will be an informal Q&A session with Jarod Coffey, a psychologist at Mission Children’s Specialists at the Olson Huff Center in Asheville. The Chapter provides a place for both individuals with autism and their families to meet, share, and learn about autism. If you need assistance in-between Chapter meetings, please contact an Autism Resource Specialist (ARS): Kathy Dolbee, or (828)506-6788; Juliette Heim, or (828)236-1547 / (800)442-2762; Mariela Maldonado (Spanish), or (919)865-5066 / (800)442-2762.

Rain, Rivers, Fish and Faucets – A Local Conference on the State of Our Water will be held on Saturday, June 16, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Drake Education Center, 210 Phillips St.  For more information,

Jackson County NAACP Branch’s June Membership Meeting will be held on Saturday, June 16, 10 a.m., at Liberty Baptist Church, Scotts Creek Road, Sylva.  At the 11 a.m. program, Swain High student Emma Dingle will read her national-award-winning essay from the”Reviving the [MLK] Dream” Contest. Reports and discussion will follow about the latest “Poor Peoples’ Campaign” revival action in Raleigh.

Smoky Mountain Quilters Guild Evening Meeting will be held Monday, June 18, at Tartan Hall, 26 Church St., social time 6:30 p.m., program 7 p.m. with an Indoor Yard Sale of quilting items and a demonstration of installing zippers in handmade bags and carryalls by guild member Karen Burney. Anyone interested in the art of quilting is welcome to attend guild meetings. For more information about the guild, visit

Macon County Poultry Club will meet on Tuesday, June 19, 7 p.m.   Meetings are free to the public and located at the NC Cooperative extension located on 193 Thomas Heights Rd in Franklin.  For more information please call (828)369-3916.

Southeastern Bluegrass Association monthly Bluegrass Jam will be held on Saturday, Sept. 19, 12 noon to 3 p.m. at the Cowee School. Bring an instrument and join in or just come sit and listen. All levels of musicians are welcome from beginner to advanced. Refreshments will be provided.

International Essential Tremor Foundation Support Group Meeting will be held on Wednesday June 20, 2 p.m., at the Jackson County Senior Center Room #135. Learn coping skills and available products to help. Learn the difference between Parkinson’s and Essential Tremor. The group serves individuals in Jackson, Macon, Swain and Haywood Counties. All interested in ET (essential tremor) are welcome; patients, friends, family and health care professionals. For more information or if you plan on attending call, Ted Kubit at (828)736-3165 or

Franklin Bird Club Walk Along the Greenway will be held on Wednesday, June 20.  Meet at Salali Lane at 8:00 am. Parking is off Fox Ridge Road which is just south of Franklin Flea Market on Highlands Rd. For more information, call (828)524-5234 or

P.E.O. Franklin area Chapter will meet on Wednesday June 20. P.E.O. is a philanthropic educational organization where women celebrate the advancement of women, and educate women through scholarships, grants, loans and stewardship of Cottey College. Visiting P.E.O. members are welcome to attend the meetings. Contact Carmen Morales-Jones at (828)369-7669 or Linda Ellison at (828)369-5216.

Diabetic Support Group will meet on Thursday, June 21, 4 p.m.,in the cafeteria at Angel Medical Center. For more information call Kim Watkins at (828)369-4181.

Mainspring Conservation Trust Annual Stewartia Hike with Jack Johnston will be held on Saturday, June 23, 9 a.m. to noon. Learn more about this rare tree at the height of its blooming season. Hikers will meet at the Queen Branch property and carpool to various locations. Sturdy shoes that can get wet, water and a sack lunch are all recommended. Youth who are interested are welcome. For more information call, (828)524.2711 or contact Sharon Burdette at

Nantahala Hiking Club will take an easy 3-mile hike to Ranger Falls in Cliffside Recreation area on Sunday, June 24, off Hwy. 64 between Highlands and Franklin. Entrance fee is $5 per car. Beginning from the parking lot, the interpretive loop trail hike goes along Skitty Creek to a 30’ waterfall and loops around through an old homestead. Meet at Highlands Shopping Center, 145 Main Street, at 2 p.m. Or meet hike leader at entrance to Cliffside just off Hwy. 64. From Franklin’s Bi-Lo, the round trip drive is 12 miles. For more information and reservations call, leader Robin Lurie, (954)632-7270.

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 9 p.m., 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.

Franklin Community Toastmasters Club in Franklin aspires to help improve communication, leadership and public speaking skills. Meetings are the first and third Tuesdays of every month 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.,Franklin Presbyterian Church, 26 Church St. Franklin. For information call (678)333-3622.

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 facilitatior 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.