Community Calendar for March 18, 2021

photo by Vickie Carpenter

Nantahala Hiking Club on Saturday, March 20, will take a strenuous 9-mile hike on the Twenty Mile Trail in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, using three different trails with wide and easy footing,  less than 800 ft, with elevation change spread over 9 miles, and great scenery and views of waterfalls. Meet at 441 Sanderstown Park and Ride at 8:30 a.m., drive 100 miles round trip. Visitors are welcome to attend. For more information or reservations, call leader Katharine Brown, (828)421-4178.  

Jackson County Branch Online Meeting of the NC NAACP will be held on Saturday, March 20, 10 a.m. On the program, the topic for discussion is “Critical Race Theory: A Primer”. Email to receive instructions to join online.  The public is welcome to join this meeting.

Nantahala Hiking Club will take an easy 4-mile Greenway stroll on Sunday, March 21, with an elevation change 100 ft., with a stop at Charlie’s Gazebo for beginning hikers and meditators.  Meet at Tassee Shelter on Ulco Dr. in Franklin at 1 p.m. For more information ore reservations, call leader Deborah Gregory, (828)421-0008.

Hickory Knoll United Methodist Church Food Pantry will be open on  Wednesday, March 24,  from 4 to 6 p.m., at 86 E. Hickory Knoll Rd. For more information,  call the Church at (828)369-9300 or Jannie at (813)305-9433.

Louisa Chapel UMC and Macon New Beginnings Free to-go Meal  will be held on Thursday, March 25, 5:30 p.m. to  6:30 p.m. While the  meals last. In the parking lot of  Franklin First Assembly, 1150 E. Main St.

 Democratic Women of Macon County Food and Donation Drive for CareNet will be held on  Thursday, March 25, at the Otto Post Office  10 a.m. to 12 p.m., Franklin Memorial Park 12 to 2 p.m.  and 4 to 6 p.m., 488 W. Main St. For more information, call (828)421-6337.

Macon County Animal Services Rabies Shots for all dogs, cats and ferrets are $10. Vaccination clinics will be held on Saturday, March 27, East Franklin Elementary, 9 a.m. to noon, Mountain View Intermediante School, 1 to 3 p.m., Saturday, April 10, Cartoogechaye Elementary, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Pets must be kept in the vehicles or on a leash. State law requires all dogs, cats and ferrets over the age of 4 months to have the rabies vaccine. For more information, call (828)349-2106.

Franklin Seventh Day Adventist Community Services are open on Monday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. They are there 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 our Matthew 25 Initiative. A box will be out in front of our Sanctuary on Church Street on Mondays from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm. They are specifically looking for new underwear, socks, and sweatpants for elementary schools, nursing homes and the homeless in our area. This drive will continue through April. Thank you for your support. 

New Girl Scout Troop Forming in Franklin Now Recruiting for Daisies ages 5 and 6, Brownies ages 7 and 8, Juniors ages 9 and 10. For more information, call (828)371-2823 or email 

Habitat for Humanity of Macon/Jackson County needs volunteers to share some their 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 your 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 or a soft drink and a snack, use our free internet.  You can also reserve the shelters for your events there.

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 Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 5:30 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church Outreach Center, 66 Harrison Ave., Franklin. On Line Meeting information is available by visiting or to speak with a member of A.A. call (828)349-4357.

Macon County Public Health is currently vaccinating those eligible under Group 3. This group includes those who qualify to receive the vaccine as frontline, essential workers. NC DHHS is defining frontline, essential workers as those who must be in-person at your place of work, in the following sectors: critical manufacturing, education, essential goods (including workers at any store that sells groceries or medicine), food and agriculture (including restaurant workers), government and community services (including workers at non-profit organizations), public safety, transportation, and all remaining health care and public health workers. You can learn more about who may qualify at: take-your-shot.  Individuals in Group 3 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 Macon County Vaccine Call Center is open Monday – Friday, from 8:00am to 5:00pm.

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.

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

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.