Community Calendar for June 6, 2019


Otto Bingo has been changed to June 15, 6 p.m. Due to a previously scheduled event 

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.

Smoky Mountain Community Theatre is holding open auditions for its October production, “Night of the Living Dead” on Thursday, June 6, and Friday, June 7, at 7 p.m.    There are several speaking roles, and extras are needed to play zombies.  Makeup artists, a set crew and behind the scenes help are also needed. The audition will be a cold read from the script.  No prepared dialogue is necessary.  For information, find us on Facebook or call (828)488-8227.  The theatre is located at 134 Main Street, Bryson City.

Wykle, Green, Messer, Shepherd and Gibson Reunion will be held on Saturday, June 8, doors open at 12, lunch at 1 p.m., at the Robert C. Carpenter Community Building, 1288 Georgia Rd. Paper products will be provided. Bring a covered dish to share.  

First Baptist Church Free Community Luncheon and Fellowship will be held on  Saturday, June 8, 12 noon to 1 p.m. The church is located at 69 Iotla St. All are welcome to attend. 

Bands playing in Franklin on Saturday,  June 8, The Remnants will be playing at L’Italiana Restaurant, from 7 to 10 p.m. Also the UpBeats will be playing at Pickin on the Square  from 7-9 p.m.

Nantahala Hiking Club will take a moderate 7.5-mile hike on Saturday, June 8, with an elevation change of 600 ft.,  from Lakeshore Trail to Whiteoak Branch of Forney Creek in the Great Smoky Mountains NP,  beginning at the Road to Nowhere tunnel and making a loop back to Lakeshore Trail.  Meet in Bi –Lo parking lot in Franklin at 8:30 a.m., drive 80 miles round trip.  Visitors are welcome to attend.  Call leader Gail Lehman, (828)524-5298, for reservations.  Visitors are welcome to attend. 

Smoky Mountain Quilters Guild Meeting will be held on Monday, June 10, social time 9:30 a.m. meeting 10 a.m., at Tartan Hall, in the First Presbyterian Church, 26 Church Street, downtown Franklin. Nationally recognized hand embroidery expert Susan Edmonson Edmonson wil l present a trunk show of her work.  A barbeque lunch will follow the program, beginning at noon. The guild will provide the meat and attendees are encouraged to bring a vegetable, salad or dessert to share. Anyone interested in the art of quilting is welcome to attend guild meetings. For more information about the guild visit

Uptown Gallery Artist Presentation will be held on Monday, June 10, 6 p.m. Gallery artist and instructor, Carol Conti, will present a program on her recent trip to Italy and Greece.  The Macon County Art Association general meeting will folllow. This event is open to the public and refreshments will be provided. The gallery is located at 30 East Main St. For more information, call the gallery at (828) 349 – 4607.

Battle of Sugartown Chapter, NSDAR will meet Monday, June 10,  11:30 a.m., at the Angel Hospital Cafeteria for a luncheon meeting with program. There will be a charge for the lunch at the hospital.  RSVP to (828)508-2266 by noon on the Friday before the meeting if planning to attend. All  members, visiting DAR members and prospective members are welcome to attend

Gastric Bypass Support Group meeting on Tuesday, June 11, 6:30  p.m., at Angel Medical Center third floor conference room. For more information, contact Linda at (828)524-5635 or Betsy at (828)247-5244.

American Legion Macon Post 108 and American Legion Auxiliary Unit 108 will meet Tuesday, June 11,  light dinner at 6 p.m., regular meeting 7 p.m., at the Post Home located at 614 W, Main Street, Franklin.  All members and military veterans are encouraged to attend.

Angel Medical Center will host a Blessing of the Badges for all community Shield a Badge law enforcement officers, first responders, state troopers, sheriff deputies, EMS and firefighters on Tuesday, June 11, at 5:30 p.m., at Discover Church, 47 Macon Center Dr. The event is open to the public, as well as all Shield a Badge officers. Shield a Badge volunteers make a one-year commitment of daily prayer for the safety, good judgment, wisdom, compassion and safe return home for law enforcement officers, EMS, firefighters and others who care for our communities. For more information, call Bonnie Peggs at (828)349-6639.

Arduinos Demo Workshop will be held on Wednesday, June 12, 5:30 p.m. in the Macon County Public Library Meeting Room. Learn to code in C++ with Arduino Uno circuit boards.  If you’re into computers, video games, and coding, Arduino Uno circuit boards is the toy for you. No experience necessary.  Arduino aficionado Jesse Urban will demonstrate and assist with some of the possibilities. MakerTools are available for checkout. For more information, call the library at (828)524-3600.

Franklin Women’s Club Membership Bubbles and Brunch Social will be held on Friday, June 14, 12 noon at Cat Creek Lodge, 109 Holly Springs Village Road. For information about the club, contact Joy Wood at (828)349-4440.  To RSVP for the social, call Brenda Jacobs at (828)421-0411 by June 1. 

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

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.

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.

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: with questions.

Macon County Girl Scouts Troop 12693 with Brownies and Juniors, is led by Polly Ehrenkaufer and meets every other Thursday at Discover Church. For more information, call (217)417-9739. Troop 12692 meets on Mondays at St. Agnes Church. Cadettes meet with younger Scouts under the leadership of Kim Pressley. For more information, call (828)421-9214.

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

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

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

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.