Community Calendar for June 7, 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.

First Baptist Church Free Community Luncheon and Fellowship will be held on Saturday, June 9, 12 noon to 1 p.m. The church is located at 69 Iotla St. All are welcome to attend.

The Nantahala Hiking Club will take an easy-to-moderate 4.5 mile hike on Saturday, June 9, with elevation change 600 ft. to High Falls which drops into a box canyon with 200-ft. vertical sides. On the day of the hike, a great amount of water will be released from the dam above the falls so that kayakers can paddle over the top of the falls and drop into the canyon. Meet at Cashiers Recreation Park at 10 a.m., drive 18 miles round trip. For more information, call leaders Mike and Sue Kettles, (828)743-1079.

Free RAD Womens Self Defense class hosted by the Franklin Police Department will be held on June 9, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Town Hall Board Room. All women are welcome to attend. Wear comfortable clothing and closed toe shoes. Snacks and drinks will be provided.

Dr. Philip Collins, MD, DrPH will present a forum “Preventing and Reversing Diabetes” will be held on Sunday, June 10, from 2 to 5 p.m., at the Seventh Day Adventist Church on Brendle Rd. Free and open to the public.

American Legion Riders Post 108 would like to invite all riders to a Blessing of the Bikes, Sunday, June 10, 3 p.m., at the American Legion Post 108, 614 W. Main St., Franklin.   All faiths and motorcycles are welcome.  Rain or Shine.

Franklin Bird Club Meeting will be held on Monday, June 11, 7 p.m., at the Macon County Public Library. The program will be “You Better Watch Out, Chimney Swifts Are Coming to Town” by Tom Tribble, President of Elisha Mitchell Audubon Society. For more information, call (828)524-5234.

Sharing Our Stories (S.O.S.) For Families Dealing With Drug/Alcohol Addiction will meet Monday, June 11, 6:30-7:30 p.m., at the Carson Community Building, 3001 Old Murphy Rd. in Franklin.  Coming together to share our stories helps us learn from others and continue to educate  ourselves about this growing epidemic.  For more information call (828)421-1675.

WNC Civil War Round Table will host Lt. Com. David Bright (USN ret) and his presentation, Locomotives Up the Turnpike on Monday, June 11, meet-n-greet dinner at Bogarts in Sylva, 5 p.m., light-refreshment social in the HF Robinson Auditorium on the campus of Western Carolina University, 6:30 p.m., and Bright’s presentation to follow shortly after 7 p.m.

American Legion Ladies Auxiliary will meet on Tuesday, June 12, dinner is served at 6 p.m.; meeting at 7 p.m. The post is located at 614 W. Main St. American Legion Post 108 will meet on Tuesday, June 12, 7 p.m., at the Post Home at 614 W. Main St. A light dinner will be served at 6 p.m. All military veterans are encouraged to attend.

Macon County Public Library Sing Alongs will be held on Tuesday, June 5, Rounds,  June 12, Layer Songs, June 19, Partner Songs, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.  Ordinary people coming together to sing for fun and to experience the power of music to connect us.  Sing Along Campfire Style. You don’t need to read music, just be able to listen and sing back what you hear.  The library is located at 49 Siler Farm Rd.   More information, email

Smoky Mountain Quilters Guild Monthly Meeting will be held on Monday June 11, social time 9:30 a.m., meeting and program 10 a.m., at Tartan Hall, 26 Church St. Pepper Cory, national quilt teacher/designer and author, will discuss “How to be a More Creative Quiltmaker.” She also will conduct a workshop “Intro to Curved Machine Piecing Drunkard Path,” on Tuesday, June 12. Details and sign-up available at the Monday meeting. Anyone interested in the art of quilting is welcome to attend guild meetings. For more information about the guild, visit

Gastric Bypass Support Group will meet on Saturday, June 12, 6:30 p.m., at Angel Medical Center third floor Conference Room. For more, information, call Contact Betsy at (828)237-5244.

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,

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.

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 p.m. to 9 p.m., Thursday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. On Fridays, bring your own materials and join an on-going drawing course led by gallery artists from 11 a.m. to 2 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 Rd. in Franklin. Rabbit Creek Rd. will be closed to all through traffic from the intersection of 441 and Rabbit Creek Rd. to the intersection of Rabbit Creek Rd. and Ferguson Rd. The detour will be 441 South to Cat Creek Rd. turn Left on Cat Creek Rd., then Left on Ferguson Rd. 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.

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 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. For more information,

State Employees Credit Union of Franklin Blood Drive will be held on Friday, June 22, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., 245 Cunningham Rd. For appointments, call. Lawren Cress at (828)369-3536. 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.

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