Community Calendar for October 15, 2020

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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.

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.

October meeting of the Otto Garden Club has been cancelled. For more information call Joan at (828)369-2801.

Adult and Teen Challenge of the Smokies Graduation will be held on Saturday, Oct. 17 at 10 a.m. in the Center auditorium, 336 Living Hope Way (formerly 336 AG Camp Rd). Please wear masks until you are seated and when you leave. Chairs will be spaced apart. For more information, call (828)524-2157 www.livinghopeway.com.

Jackson County Branch of the NC NAACP will meet online Saturday, Oct. 17, at 10 a.m. On the agenda is a report from the nominating committee to select officer candidates for the November branch elections.  GOTV efforts will also be discussed. Email jcnaacp54@gmail.com to receive instructions to join online.  All are welcome.

Nantahala Hiking Club will take a moderate 6-mile hike on Saturday, Oct. 17, with an elevation change 600 ft.,  to  Mingus Mill in  Smoky Mtn. Nat’l Park, hiking up Mingus Creek to Deeplow Gap, (part of the Mountains to Sea Trail), and visiting the mill on the return.  Meet at Bi-Lo at 9 a.m. Visitors are welcome to attend. For more information or reservations, call  Leader Gail Lehman at  (828)524-5298.  

Nantahala Hiking Club will take an easy 3-mile hike on Sunday, Oct. 18, elevation change 300 ft.,  to Jones Creek, following a Forest Service road along the rushing creek to a small waterfall.  Meet at Westgate Plaza at 2 p.m., drive 30 miles round trip. Visitors are welcome to attend. For more information and reservations, call leader Kathy Ratcliff at (828)526 6480.

N.C. Cooperative Extension Service Control Kudzu Free Online Seminar will be held on Thursday, Oct. 15, from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. via zoom. Participants will learn how Kudzu was introduced and spread in the United States, names of Kudzu, plant descriptions, various ways to use Kudzu, economic and ecological impacts, and finally various control strategies. To register go the Eventbrite link at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/controling-kudzu-tickets- 121561823687. For more information, call the Macon County Extension Center at (828)349-2049 or e-mail Christy Bredenkamp at clbreden@ncsu.edu.

Gem Country Republican Women’s Club Meeting will be held on   Tuesday Oct. 20, 11:30 a.m., at Fat Buddies  Guest speakers include Susan Pons and candidate Matt Mason. Meetings are always informative. Bring “white elephant” items for the Treasure Table.

Pesticide Collection Day will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 21, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Environmental Resource Center, 1624 Lakeside Drive, Franklin. Pesticides that will be accepted include  insecticides, herbicides, fungicides, fumigants, rodenticides and growth regulators. For pesticides with unreadable or missing labels, contact the Cooperative Extension Office for instructions.  Please save any portion of the label to help identify the material so you can be assisted with disposal.  Unknown materials cannot be accepted. For more information, call the Macon County Extension Center at (828)349-2046.

American Red Cross Blood Drives are being held In Franklin, on Wednesday, Oct. 21, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Southwestern Community College, 225 Industrial Park Loop; Saturday, Oct. 24, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., at Discover Church, 47 Macon Center Drive. In Highlands, Monday, Oct. 26, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Highlands United Methodist Church, 315 Main Street. Make appointments by downloading the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting RedCrossBlood.org, call (800)733-2767 or enabling the Blood Donor Skill on any Alexa Echo device. 

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

Crawford Senior Center is hosting Zoom classes. 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 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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