Community Calendar for June 9, 2022

Spring flowers at Town Square photo by Vickie Carpenter

Manna Food Bank is now at Bethel United Methodist Church. To reserve a food box, call (828)634-1116 and leave a message with the following information: your first name and last initial; phone number to confirm pick-up time; number of people in your family; if there are allergies in the family; and any specialty items you might need, like diapers, etc. Pick up is at Bethel UMC, 81 Bethel Church Road, off Highlands Rd.

Macon County Art Association is requesting applications from Macon County veterans or their families for the 2022 MCAA Veteran’s Portrait Project. Now in its 10th year, the program involves volunteer artists who paint portraits of veteran to be presented to the veterans or their families on Veteran’s Day.  Applications may be picked up at the Uptown Gallery at 34 E Main Street, or may be requested by email to  The deadline for applications is July 1.

Silver Striders Walking Group meets every Wednesday at 9 a.m. year-round for easy walks and light hiking at different venues. For more information, call Jack Blake at (828)421-5661 or email

Franklin Women’s Club will meet on Friday, June 10, noon, at Fat Buddies restaurant in Westgate Plaza.  Guest speaker will be Jan McGee, instructor at Macon TRACS (Therapeutic Riding for Adults and Children’s Success).  RSVP to  Brenda Jacobs, (828)421-0411.  For more information about the Club, call Linda Ellison at (407)342-9654.

Valley River Arts Guild Classes for Clay Flower Bowls for Children, will be held on Saturday, June 11, 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., Intermediate Pine Needle Crafts, on Saturday, June 15, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.,  Introduction and Intermediate Zentangle Class for Youth ages 13 to 17, on Saturday, June 18, 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.  at Murphy Art Center. Class is appropriate for ages 13 to 17. at Murphy Art Center. Classes are open to the public. For more information, call (828)360-3038. 

Macon Aero Modelers are inviting young people 12 to 18 to come learn how to fly on Saturday, June 11, at 9:30 a.m., at the radio control airport,  516 Tessentee Rd., in Otto. Flying will consist of initial learning on a flight simulator and then move on to work with other flyers and then to flying a radio control model airplane.  The event is designed to spark interest in the young who may find careers in aircraft design, construction, repairs, including working in aircraft control towers and at airports. Aviation has an immense field of opportunities. Youth must have a parent present. For more information call (828)508-4201.

American Legion Post 108 Monthly Meeting will be held on Tuesday, June 14, light dinner  6 p.m.,  meeting 7 p.m.  The Post is located at 614 W. Main St. All veterans are welcome to attend.

Vaya Health Class  “PTSD: Invisible Scars” will be held on Wednesday, June 15, 1:30  to 2:30 p.m. in the Macon County Public Library Meeting Room.  This free presentation explores information regarding traumatic events and experiences. Participants learn ways to support individuals who may have experienced a traumatic event, which may lead to Posttraumatic Stress Disorder. Visit to sign up for free webinars offered by Vaya Health. Register at or call the library (828)524-3600.

Prentiss Church Food Pantry will be held on Thursday, June 16, 2 to 5:30 p.m. The church is located at 59 Church Hill Lane. For more information, call (828)369-3885.

Aging in Place and Making it Fun will be held on Friday, June 17, 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. in the Macon County Public Library Meeting Room, 149 Siler Farm Rd. Occupational therapist Becky Harrold will share on “Productive Again: Helping Your Home Stay User-Friendly as Your Needs Change” a program on restoring individuals’ needs, and helping them returning to their safe and independent selves regarding self-care.  For more information, call (828)524-3600.

Share the Journey Support Group for Caregivers whose loved ones are experiencing memory loss will meet on Wednesday, June 22, 2 p.m., at First Presbyterian Church, 26 Church St. Enter the church from the parking lot, come through the double red doors in the courtyard and follow the signs. For more information, call (828)524-3119.

Uptown Gallery Childrens Art Classes will be held during June and July. Students ages 8 to 12 are Wednesdays 1 to 3 p.m. and ages 4 to 7 are Fridays 1 to 2 p.m., 30 East Main Street Franklin. Participants will explore the process of painting, clay, weaving, assemblage, watercolors, drawing and mixed media. Each week will be a different experience. All are welcome to attend. For more information, email

Appalachian Animal Rescue Center Fill the Van with donations of food and supplies will be held on Saturday, July 2, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Tractor Supply Co., 3077 Georgia Rd., in Franklin.  

Historic TM Rickman Store located at 259 Cowee Creek Road is now open for visitors on Saturdays 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Discover unique items and listen to local musicians. Parking is limited with additional parking available at Cowee Arts and Heritage Center a short walk from the store.

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. Meetings are held Tuesdays, 5:30 p.m. at  No Wrong Door, 102 Thomas Heights Rd.; Sunday, 1 p.m., Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 5:30 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church Outreach Center, 66 Harrison Ave.;  Tuesday, 8 a.m.,  and Thursday, 12 noon at St. Agnes Episcopal Church on 66 Church St.;  Wednesday, 7 p.m. at St. Cyprians Episcopal Church, 216 Roller Mill Rd. On-line meeting information is available by visiting To speak with a member of A.A., call (828)349-4357.

The Town of Franklin Water/Sewer Division will implement temporary road closures continuing into early June, on West Palmer Street in front of the Franklin Fire Department and on Maple Street  to improve an existing sewer line. A hard closure will commence from a point at the intersection of Commerce Street and West Palmer Street to include both lanes and continue to Maple Street. Signage will be in place for the closure area and detours. For more information, call Public Works Department at (828)524-2516 x 397.

Dorothy and John Crawford Senior Center is now offering limited in-person classes at the Robert Carpenter Community Building.  A variety of exercise classes and a writing group are offered in the afternoons for adults over 50. For more information, call (828)349-2058. 

Macon Chips, Franklin’s Wood Carving Club meets on Thursdays, 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. inside the Franklin High School Wood Shop just off McCollum Drive.  Anyone interested is encouraged to attend.  Anyone under 18 years of age must be accompanied by an adult.  For more information, call (828)342-8126.

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.   

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.

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 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

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. 

Uptown Gallery on Main Street hours through December are Monday through Saturday 10 a.m. – 5 pm and Wednesday and Sundays by appointment. The Uptown Gallery is located at 30 E Main St Franklin. For information call the gallery at (828) 349-4607.

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.

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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