Community Calendar for November 5, 2020

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photo by Vickie Carpenter

All A.A. meetings in the greater Franklin area including Otto have been suspended until further notice. To speak with a member of A.A. call (828)349-4357 or (828)837-4440 or visit www.aawnc80.com.

Macon County Animal Control is Limiting Services until at least Nov. 9, due to staff members testing positive for COVID-19. Macon County Animal Services will continue to provide essential services including conducting bite investigations and caring for and treating animals in their care. Macon County Animal Service’s lobby will be closed to the public. Animal surrenders, adoptions, stray animal pick-up, and responding to nuisance calls is discontinued until Nov. 9. Those who are looking to adopt or re-home animals may reach out to Appalachian Animal Rescue Center. 

Franklin’s Mobile Museum, formerly Arduino Club, will meet on Saturdays at 1 p.m., starting on Nov. 7,  at the Wesley Park pavilion, at 573 NE Main St.  They will discuss and work on various science themed museum exhibits.  The exhibits will travel around the region to area schools.  Masks are required.  For more information, go to franklinsmobilemuseum.com.

The Nantahala Hiking Club will take a 4.5 moderate to strenuous hike on Saturday, Nov. 7, with an elevation change of 300 ft., to Rhapsody and Aunt Sally Falls in the northeast corner of Panthertown Valley.  The hike begins going gently downhill, crosses a couple of creeks, then goes steeply downhill to the base of the falls.  A spur trail goes off to Aunt Sally Falls.  Meet at Cashiers Rec. Park at 10 a.m., drive 40 miles round trip.  Visitors are welcome to attend. For more information or reservations, call leaders Mike and Susan Kettles, at (828)743-1079.

 Nantahala Hiking Club Awards Banquet  will be held on Sunday, Nov. 8, from 1 to 3 p.m., at the Tassee Shelter on the Greenway. Bring your own brown bag lunch, chair and blanket.

Franklin First Presbyterian Church Community Thanksgiving Meal will be held on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 26, 12 noon to 2 p.m.  Traditional dinners of turkey, fixings and dessert will be offered as take-out meals in a curbside pickup from Volunteers stationed in front of the FPC Chapel on 26 Church St. Dine-in service will not be provided. Dinners will not include beverages or utensils and patrons do not need to call the church to reserve meals. Cars should enter Church Street from Iotla Street and exit onto Harrison Avenue.  The public is asked to stagger arrival times during the two-hour meal service to minimize traffic and wait times. 

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 cr@discover.church 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 smpcc.org

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 5 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.

Franklin Covenant Church has a grocery delivery service for anyone at higher risk for COVID-19. If you are unable to leave home to get the supplies you need due to sickness, disability or age, please contact us for more details. The only cost to you would be the items you order, there is no delivery charge.  FCCdelivery@yahoo.com.

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 Bonnie.Peggs@msj.org.

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. 

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.

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.

Mens 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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