Community Calendar for May 17, 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.

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. 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.

American Red Cross Blood Drive will be held on Thursday, May 17, from 12:30 to 5 p.m., at First Baptist Church, Franklin, 69 Iotla Street. Donors of all blood types are urged to roll up a sleeve this May to help meet the needs of trauma patients and others with serious medical conditions. Make an appointment to donate blood by downloading the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting or call (800)733-2767.

Diabetic Support Group will meet on Thursday, May 17, 4 p.m., in the cafeteria at Angel Medical Center. For more information, call Kim Watkins at (828)369-4181.

FHS Choral Department will host an Alumni Choir for anyone who has participated in the choirs at Franklin High School on May 17, during their annual spring concert. Those wishing to participate should contact Robert Jessup at Franklin High School for more information and rehearsal times (828)524-6467.

Law Enforcement Memorial Program will be held on Friday, May 18, 12 p.m. at the town square gazebo. The public is invited to join law enforcement agencies to remember and pay tribute to the officers that have given their lives in performance of their duty while safeguarding citizens of North Carolina.

High Mountain Squares Blue Appreciation Dance will be held on Friday, May 18, from 6:15 to 8:45 p.m., at the Robert C Carpenter Community Building, Georgia Rd. Marty Northrup from Charlotte will be the caller. They dance western-style square dancing, main/stream and plus levels.  Everyone is welcome to attend. For information call, (828)787-2324, (828)332-0001, (706)746-5426 or

Brasstown Ringers Sprng Concert will be held on Friday, May 18, 7 p.m. at First United Methodist Church of Franklin.

Jackson County NAACP Branch’s May Membership Meeting will be held on Saturday, May 18, 10 a.m., at Liberty Baptist Church, Scotts Creek Road, Sylva. At 11 a.m., the program will feature a Roundtable Discussion of 2018 North Carolina Election Issues.

Relay For Life of Franklin Cancer Survivors Luncheon will be held on Saturday, May 19, 12 noon, Prentiss Church, 59 Church Hill Lane. Please R.S.V.P. for lunch by May 15 by emailing Valerie at

Nantahala Hiking Club will take a moderate 5.4-mile hike on Saturday, May 19, with elevation change of 500 ft., to Deep Creek in the Great Smoky National Park, seeing Tom Branch falls, Indian Creek falls, and the Queen Cemetery on Indian Creek. Meet in Bi-Lo parking lot at 9 a.m., drive 60 miles miles round trip. Visitors are welcome to attedn. For more information and reservations, call leader Gail Lehman, (828)524-5298.

Nantahala Hiking Club will take an easy 1-mile hike on Sunday, May 20, around Black Rodk Mt. Lake, then drive up to the State Park Visitor Center to view Clayton and the surrounding area and visit a small nature museum. Parking fee: $4. Meet at the Smoky Mtn. Visitor Center in Otto at 2 p.m., drive 20 miles round trip. Visitors are welcome to attend. For more information and reservations, call leader Kay Coriell, (828)369-6280.

Cowee Community Development Organization Monthly Covered Dish will be held on Monday , May 21, 6:30 p.m., at the Volunteer Fire Department located on Ruby Mine Rd. All are welcome to attend. A speaker will be following afterwards.

Smoky Mountain Quilters Guild Evening Meeting will be held on Monday, May 21, at Tartan Hall, 26 Church Street, Franklin. Social time begins at 6:30 p.m. A presentation about the guild’s “Outreach Quilting Program” will begin at 7 p.m. Anyone interested in the art of quilting is welcome to attend guild meetings. For more information about the guild, visit

The Highlands Road Convenience Center will be Closed for Repairs begining May 21. Repairs should be made and the site re-opened by May 28, barring no unforeseen circumstances. customers may use the convenience center located at 1448 Lakeside Dr. The hours for the cneter will be extended from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday thru Saturday. Sunday hours will be 9 a.m. untill 5 p.m.

Macon County Democratic Women will meet Tuesday, May 22 at 5:30 p.m. at the library. Franklin Bird Club walk along the Greenway will be held on Wednesday, May 23.  Meet at Big Bear Shelter parking area at 8 a.m. For more information, call (828)524-5234.

NAMI Appalachian South will co-sponsoring the movie “It’s Kind of a Funny Story” with the Macon County Library on Thursday, May 24, at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. in recognition of May as Mental Health Month. This is a drama with light hearted moments and is recommended for teens, families of teens and general public rated PG-13.

Cowee Textiles Fiber Sunday will be held on Sunday, May 27, from 2 to 5 p.m. in room 104 at The Cowee School Heritage Center located at 51 Cowee School Dr. Bring a textile project you are working on from spinning, knitting, weaving, rug hooking, baskets etc.   For more information, call Teresa Bouchonnet at 828 349-3878 or email

Serving Spoon Serves a Hot Meal on Thursday, 6 p.m. at the Town’s Jaycee Building except on Thanksgiving. TaijiFit with Reesa and Lynn will be held 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

Macon Chips, a local wood carving club meets Thursday nights at 6:30 p.m. at the Franklin High School wood shop. They welcome all persons interested in wood carving to attend. No prior experience needed.

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. Alzheimer’s Caregivers Support Group will be held on the first and third Thursdays at 3 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.

Franklin Gem & Mineral Museum is open Monday through Saturday from noon to 4 p.m.  The museum is located in the old jail house, 25 Phillips Street, downtown Franklin. Discover gems and minerals from all over North Carolina as well as specimens from all over the world. Admission is free.

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.

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.

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. Caregiver Support Group meets on the second and fourth Monday at 11 to 12 noon, at the Crawford Senior Center, 108 Wayah St. For more information, call (828)349-2058.

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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