Community Calendar for October 10, 2019

photo by Vickie Carpenter

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 on Tuesday, 7:30 a.m., and Thursday, 12 noon at St. Agnes Episcopal Church, 66 Church St.; Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 5:30 p.m., at First United Methodist Church Outreach Center, 66 Harrison Ave.; Thursday, 7 p.m. at St. Cyprians Episcopal Church, 216 Roller Mill Rd.; Saturday, 10 a.m., Asbury Methodist Church in Otto. For more information or to speak with a member of A. A., call (828)349-4357 or visit our website

Crawford Senior Center has free standing fans (1 per household) available for seniors over 60 and disabled individuals. Funding is provided to the Division of Aging and Adult Services by Dominion Resources, Duke Energy Carolinas, Duke Energy Progress and Valassis Giving Committee.  Bring ID and disability documentation (if under 60). For more information,  call (828) 349-0211.

Smoky Mountains Veteran Stand Down will be held on Thursday, Oct.  10, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Robert C. Carpenter Community Building. There will be haircuts, dental, medical, education, employment resources, veteran’s benefits, legal, housing, mental health, social, veteran family, ministry, breakfast and lunch will be provided. Bring your VA ID card or DD-214 if possible. For more information, call Macon County Veteran Services at (828)349-2151.

American Red Cross Blood Drives will be held on Thursday, Oct. 10, 12:30 p.m. to 5 p.m., at First Baptist Church Franklin, 69 Iotla Street. Donors of all blood types are needed. Appointments can be made by downloading the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting, calling (800)733-2767 or enabling the Blood Donor Skill on any Alexa Echo device.

The Macon County Cancer Support Group will meet Thursday, Oct. 10, at 7 p.m., in the cafeteria of Angel Medical Center, Riverview Street. Daniel Tomberlin and his family will be the guest speakers.  Light refreshments.  Everyone welcome. 

Franklin Women’s Club will meet  on Friday, Oct. 11, 12 noon, at Fat Buddies restaurant in the Westgate Plaza. To RSVP, call Brenda Jacobs at (828)421-0411.  For more information about the club, call Joy Wood at (770)480-3075.

Macon County Master Gardener’s Association will meet on Friday, Oct. 11, 1 p.m.,  in the meeting room of the Environmental Resource Center at 1624 Lakeside Dr.  Bill Messina will give present “Using Native Plants to Attract Birds.” The public is invited to attend.  Master Gardeners will be preparing gardens on the grounds for winter from 9 a.m. to noon, and will be available for visitors to ask questions or just to stroll through the gardens.

The William J. and Debra Roberts Bradley Reunion will be held Saturday, Oct. 12, at 11 a.m. in the fellowship hall of Oak Grove Church, 28 Lakey Creek Road. Bring a covered dish to share. Drinks, plates, cups and cutlery will be provided. A short business meeting will be held before lunch. All descendants are welcome to attend. For questions, call (828)371-7656.

Macon County Public Health Rabies Vaccination Clinics will be held on Saturday, Oct. 12, 1 to 3 p.m., at South Macon Elementary School, Saturday, Oct. 19, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., at Iotla Valley Elementary School. Shots are $10 (cash only) and are for all dogs, cats and ferrets. For more information, call (828)349-2106.

John and Nancy Summer Ray; Levi and Melinda Deweese Ray Reunion will be held on Saturday, Oct. 12, noon, Iotla Baptist Church. Bring your pictures, your favorite side dish along with memories to share. 

Nantahala Hiking Club will take a strenuous 8-mile hike on Saturday, Oct. 12, to the Road to No Where in Smoky Mtns. Nat’l. Park, along Lake Shore Trail to Whiteoak Branch to Forney Creek down to Lake Fontana and back by way of Lake Shore Trail, elevation change 600 ft.  Meet at Bi-Lo parking lot in Franklin at 9 a.m., drive 80 miles round trip. For more information or reservations, call leader Gail Lehman, (828)524-5298.  

Nantahala Hiking Club will take a moderate 3-mile hike on Sunday, Oct. 13, in Panthertown Valley on a loop trail to Wilderness Falls, Frolic falls,  and back to Salt Rock Overlook, elevation change 400 ft.  Meet at the Cashier Recreation Park at  2 p.m, drive 16 miles round trip.  Visitors are welcome to attend. For more information or reservations, call Robin Lurie (954)632-7270.

Sharing Our Stories will meet Monday, Oct. 14,  6:30 to 7:30 p.m., at the new office of No Wrong Door for Support & Recovery, 102 Thomas Heights Rd. Turn left on Highlands Rd. immediately after Dodge/Jeep dealership. Up the hill to the first left. Lower section of building below Appalachian office. Anyone dealing with substance abuse in their family are encouraged to reach out for support. For more information, call (828)421-1675.

WNC Ostomy Support Group will be held on Monday, Oct. 14, 6 to 7 p.m. at the Jackson County Center NC Cooperative Extension – Meeting Room, 876 Skyland Dr., Suite 6 in Sylva. This  support group is for people living with a urostomy, ileostomy, colostomy, or a continent diversion. A member of the UOAA, Inc. and facilitated by Certified Ostomy Nurses. 

Franklin Bird Club Meeting will be held on Monday, Oct. 14, 7 p.m.,  at the Macon County Public Library.  “Birding in Costa Rica” by Pam Higginbotham. She will talk about why to go, where to go, and some of the birds species she’s encountered on her three trips there. For more information, call (828)524-5234.

Franklin Bird Club Walk Along the Greenway will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 16. Meet at Macon County Public Library parking area at 8:30 a.m. For more information, call  (828-524-5234.

International Essential Tremor Foundation (IETF) Support Group meets on Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2 p.m., at the Jackson County  Senior Center Room #135. Learn coping skills and available products to help. All interested in ET (essential tremor) are welcome; patients, friends, family and health care professionals. For more information or interested in attending, call Ted Kubit at (828)736-3165 or

Autism Society of North Carolina Macon County Chapter Sensor Friendly Family Halloween/Fall Bash will be held on Saturday, Oct. 26, 5 to 7:30 p.m., at 10694 Georgia Rd., in Otto. Coming from Franklin it will be the house on left before the Lazy Z Campground. There will be balloons, games, crafts, food, candy, fire pit, and apple bobbing.  Come as you are or in a costume. All are welcome. RSVP to

CarePartners Hospice Support Groups for anyone who has lost loved ones. Facilitated by the Bereavement Staff of CarePartners Hospice, the Women’s Support Groups meet the third Wednesday of the month at 11:30 a.m. and 4 p.m.; the Men’s Support Groups meet the second Monday of the month at 11:30 a.m., at the Sunset Restaurant on Harrison Ave.  CarePartners Home Care and Hospice is located at 170 Church St. For more information, call (828)369-4206.

Serving Spoon Serves a Hot Meal on Thursday, 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the Town’s Jaycee Building except on Thanksgiving. 

NC Mountain Made at 36 E Main Street, and Charity’s Hair Studio, 493 Highlands Road, will be collecting nonperishable food items for CareNet due to the fact the food pantry no longer receives these items from USDA.

Historic TM Rickman Store will be open Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  259 Cowee Creek Rd.  Tour the store, shop and explore unique items by local artisans. Enjoy mountain music and mountain hospitality. Additional parking just down the hill at Cowee

Volunteer drivers needed at Macon County Senior Services. Mileage will be reimbursed. For more information, call (828) 349-0211.

Mens Teen Challenge is Needing Good Quality Lumber for their woodworking Shop. They can pick up in Franklin area. To donate call (828)369-1177. 

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.

Uptown Gallery Free Classes and Open Studio are held every Tuesday from 6:30 to  8:30 p.m. and on Thursday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The gallery is located at 30 East Main St. For more information, call (828)349–4607.

Macon Chips Local Wood Carving Club is dedicated to the techniques and methods of wood carving. The club meets Thursdays at 6:30 p.m., in the Franklin High School wood shop. Interested persons are cordially invited. For additional information, call (828)369-2144.

Slow Spokes Franklin bicycle club meets every Thursday, 7 p.m., at the  FROG headquarters, 573 East Main Street, for a casual bike ride on the Greenway.  Riders under 16 are required to wear a helmet, others are urged to do so.  All are welcome to attend. For more information, call  Angelo at (828)371-7713.

Franklin Golf Association meets on Thursdays,  9 a.m., at the Franklin Golf Course. For more information, call Franklin Golf Course at (828)524-2288.

Celebration of Mountain Music will be held on Tuesdays, 6 to 8 p.m., at the Robert C Carpenter Community Building,1288 Georgia Road, Franklin.  Join them to jam, sing, dance or just enjoy traditional mountain music. For more information, call (828)524-3485.

Free Ping Pong at the Robert C. Carpenter Building on Tuesdays, 2 p.m., Thursday, 10 a.m., 441 So. in Franklin.

Celebrate Recovery at Discover Church every Monday night 6 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. Discover Church is located at 47 Macon Center Dr.  email: with questions.

Zumba Classes are held at the community building on Monday and Thursday, from 6 to 7 p.m.

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.

NAMI Support Group for individuals dealing with mental illnesses, such as depression, bi-polar, substance use disorder, anxiety and others, and for family members dealing with these challenges meets weekly on Thursdays, 7 to 8:15 p.m. at First United Methodist Church Out Reach Center in Franklin, across from Lazy Hiker Brewery. Join us in a safe confidential environment to share concerns, learn about resources, gain insights,understanding and hope. For directions or information, call  Ann (828)369-7385 or Donita (828)526-9510. 

Macon County Senior Services needs volunteers Interested persons should stop in The Crawford Senior Center and fill out a volunteer application at the Community Resource Center. For more information, call  (828)349-2060.

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

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.

TaijiFit with Reesa and Lynn is 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 is held on Fridays, 3 p.m. in the activity room. For more information call (828)349-2058.

Chess at the Crawford Senior Center is 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.

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. 

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

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 facilitator 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.

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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