Community Calendar for October 11, 2108


First Baptist Church Free Community Luncheon and Fellowship will be held on Saturday, Oct. 20, 12 noon to 1 p.m. The church is located at 69 Iotla St. All are welcome to attend. 

Macon County Cancer Support Group will meet on Thursday, Oct. 11,  7 p.m. in the cafeteria of Angel Medical Center, Riverview St.  Jon Brown, Supervisor of Rehab Services at Angel Medical Center, will be speaking on how cancer survivors can safely integrate exercise into their lives.  Light refreshments will be served. Everyone welcome to attend.

Franklin Women’s Club will meet on Friday, Oct. 12, 11:45 a.m. at Fat Buddies restaurant in Westgate Shopping Plaza.  Call Brenda Jacobs at (828)421_0411 to RSVP.  For more information about the organization, call Linda Ellison at (828)369-5216.

Kay Ledford Blood Drive will be held on Friday, Oct. 12, 1 to 6 p.m.,  at the Junaluskee Lodge #145, 45 Church St.  Free $10 Wal-mart Gift Card for all Donors. For more information, call (828)371-1179.

The Nantahala Hiking Club will take a moderate 3.5 mile hike on Saturday, Oct. 13, from Glen Falls parking lot to the summit of Chinquapin Mtn. and back to Glen falls, descending 700 ft. to view the cascades.  Meet at Westgate Plaza in Franklin at 10 am, drive 32 miles round trip.  For more information and reservations, call leader Gail Lehman, at (828)524-5298.

Nantahala Hiking Club will take a Moderate-to-strenuous, fast-paced 7-8-mile hike on Wednesday, Oct. 17 to  Chunky Gal trail to Boteler Peak with elevation change of 1500 ft. Meet at Westgate Plaza at 10 am, drive 30 miles round trip.  For more information and reservations, call leader Irene Brewi, (772)263-3478. 

Debera Roberts Bradley Family Reunion will be held on Sunday, Oct. 14, 12:30 p.m. Bring a covered dish to share. Plates, eating utensils and drinks will be furnished. Everyone is invited to attend. For more information, call Rebecca at (828)347-1347.

Franklin Bird Club Meeting will be held on Monday, Oct. 15, 7 p.m. at the Macon County Public Library. The program will be  “The Greenway:  History / Sections / Birds and Other Wildlife” by Barbara McRae . For more information, call (828)524-5234 or

Jackson County NC NAACP’s Mountain Moral Monday will be held on  Oct. 15, 5 to 7 p.m., at the Gazebo, on Main St., in Franklin. Geoff McBride from “The Voice” will open the program New NC NAACP Conference President Rev. Dr. Anthony Spearman will speak on “A Moral Public Policy Will Help Us All.” Other local speakers will focus on a living wage, quality affordable housing, the impact of closing Angel Hospital’s L&D Unit and the opioid epidemic. The public is invited to bring their friends, families and folding chairs.

Christian Motorcycle Association will meet on  Tuesday, Oct. 16 ,  at Shoneys, 6 p.m. eat, 7 p.m. meeting.  For more information,  call Cliff  (828)369-8060.

Macon County Democratic Men’s Club will meet on Tuesday Oct. 16 at 6 pm at the Democratic Headquarters.

Macon County Poultry Club will meet on Tuesday, Oct. 16, 7 p.m.,  at the NC Cooperative extension located on 193 Thomas Heights Rd in Franklin.   Meetings are free to the public. They discuss topics related to raising backyard chickens.   For more information please call (828)369-3916.

Franklin Community Toastmasters will meet on Tuesday, Oct. 16,  6:30 to 7:30 p.m., at 26 Church St., Franklin in Tartan Hall, Franklin Presbyterian Church. The local club is a successful nonprofit, chartered in 2018, that helps those interested in developing confidence, improve public speaking, and improve their leadership abilities. For more information, call (678)333-3622.

Franklin Bird Club Walk along the Greenway will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 17.  Meet at Big Bear Shelter parking area at 8 a.m. For more information, call (828)524-5234 or.

P.E.O. Franklin area Chapter will meet on Wednesday Oct. 17. P.E.O. is a philanthropic educational organization where women celebrate the advancement of women, and educate women through scholarships, grants, loans and stewardship of Cottey College. Visiting P.E.O. members are welcome to attend the meetings. Contact Carmen Morales-Jones at (828)369-7669 or Linda Ellison at (828)369-5216.

Free Seminar on Wills, Powers of Attorney, Living Wills, Guardianship, and planning for the family will be held on Thursday, Oct. 18, 12:30 p.m. at the Macon County Senior Services Center.  (The center is located at 108 Wayah St. in Franklin . 

Blaine Family Reunion will be held on Sunday, Oct. 21, meet and greet 12:30, covered dish meal 1 p.m., at the Louisa Chapel Fellowship Hall, 470 Louisa Chapel Church Rd. For more information, call (828)524-5029.  

American Red Cross Blood Drive will be held Friday, Oct. 26, 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Lowe’s 0717 in Franklin.  Make an appointment to donate blood by downloading the free American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting or call (800)733-2767).

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

Historic Rickman Store is open on Saturdays, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at 259 Cowee Creek Rd. Check out new treasures, enjoy touring the 1895 store, have some refreshments and listen to some mountain music.

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.

Mountain Voices Community Chorus is now rehearsing for the Christmas season. Practice is every Monday evening 6 p.m., at First Baptist Church, 69 Iotla Street, Franklin. New singers are welcome. Basses and tenors needed. For more information, call (828-024-3644.

Gastric Bypass Support Group will not meet until January 2019. For  more information call Betsy (828)347-5244. 

Macon Chips Wood Carving Club meets on Thursday evenings at 6:30 p.m., in the Franklin High School Wood Shop. All interested folks are invited to attend. We welcome  beginners through master carvers. Call (828)369-2144 for further information. 

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 Don Capaforte at (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

Serving Spoon Serves a Hot Meal on Thursday, 6 p.m. at the Town’s Jaycee Building except on Thanksgiving.

A New 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.

Uptown Gallery Free Classes and Open Studio will be 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.

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.

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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