Community Calendar for October 4, 2018


Biographical drama “Landfill Harmonic”  will be shown in the Macon County Public Library Meeting Room on Thursday, Oct. 4, 2 p.m.. The documentary follows the Recycled Orchestra of Cateura, a Paraguayan musical group that plays instruments made entirely out of garbage. The film is a testimony to the transformative power of music and the resilience of the human spirit. The library is located at 149 Siler Farm Road. Call (828)524-3600.

Budgeting 101 for Young Adults (18+) will be held on Thursday, Oct. 4, 4 p.m., in the Program Room of  the Macon County Public Library.  Learn the differences between a bank and a credit union, figure out how much you can and should save, and speak with experts who know how money is hard earned and easily spent. The library is located at 149 Siler Farm Road. For more information, call (828)524-3600.

Alzheimer’s Caregivers Support Group will meet on  Thursday, Oct. 4, at 3 p.m., at the Senior Center.  The center is located at 108 Wayah Street. For more information, call (828)349-0211.

The Nantahala Hiking Club will take a strenuous 10-mile hike to Cabin Flats in the Smoky Mtn. Nat’l. Park, up Bradley Fork crossing the stream several times on Saturday, Oct. 6,  with elevation change 900 ft.  Meet at Oconaluftee Visitor Center in Cherokee NC at 9:00 am, drive 76 miles round trip from Franklin. The hike is limited to 15 hikers.  Call leader Keith Patton, 456-8895 for reservations.

Waynesville Gold Wing Road Riders will meet  on Saturday, Oct. 6, eat at 3 p.m., meet at 4 p.m., at Snappy’s Italian Restaurant & Pizzeria, 2769 Soco Road, Maggie Valley.  All motorcycle riders and friends are welcome.  For more information, call Johnny Cope at (828)235-2206.

The Nantahala Hiking Club will take an easy one-mile hike on. Sunday, Oct. 7, with very little elevation gain around Blackrock Lake at Blackrock State Park in Mountain City GA, then drive to the Visitor’s Center for a view of  Clayton GA and a visit to the Nature Museum.  Meet at Smoky Mtn. Visitor’s Center at 2 pm, drive 40 miles round trip.  Call leader Kay Coriell, 369-6820, for reservations.  Visitors welcome.

Robert Kerr and Isabella Carson Wallace Reunion will be held on Sunday, Oct. 7, 1 p.m., at the Louisa Chapel Methodist Church Fellowship Hall. Bring a covered dish.  Paper products and drinks will be furnished.

 Macon County Chapter of the Autism Society of North Carolina (ASNC) will meet on  Sunday, Oct. 7,  from 5 to 6:30 p.m., at Bethel Church, 81 Bethel Church Rd, Franklin.  The ASNC Macon County Chapter is a Parent / Caregiver Support Group that provides a place for families of children and adults with autism to meet, share, and learn about autism. RSVP one week in advance to Melissa Zenz at or (419)392-7370.

Western North Carolina Civil War Round Table will meet Monday, Oct. 8, at 7 p.m., at the Jackson County Library in the Community Room, 310 Keener Street, Sylva.  Meet and greet at Bogart’s Restaurant in Sylva at 5 p.m.; social hour at 6:30 p.m. in the rotunda of the Old Courthouse; meeting at 7 p.m., in the community room. Speaker Jim Ogden, Ranger at Chickamauga National Military Park, will be speaking on the Battle of Perryville, Ky. 

Battle of Sugartown Chapter, NSDAR will meet on Monday,  Oct. 8, 11:30 a.m.,  at the Angel Hospital Cafeteria For reservations, call (828)508-2266.

American Legion Ladies Auxiliary will meet on Tuesday, Oct. 9,  dinner 6 p.m. , meeting 7 p.m., at the post on West Main Street. Following dinner there will be a ceremony and recognition for the 2018 Boys State and Girls State attendees. All military veterans are encouraged to attend.

Gastric Bypass  Support Group will meet on  Tuesday,  Oct 9, 6:30 p.m. at Angel Medical Center third floor Conference Room  For more information Contact Linda @ (828)524-5635.

Franklin Bird Club Walk along the Greenway will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 10.  Meet at Macon County Public Library parking area at 8:30 am. For more information, call (828)524-5234 or  

Teen Tween After School Programs will be held on Wednesdays in October at the Macon County Public Library include: Anime:  “Hocus Pocus” Wednesday, Oct. 10; Halloween-Themed Gaming, Wednesday, Oct. 17; and Create a Creature Craft Wednesday, Oct. 24. All programs begin at 4 p.m. Ages 11-18 are welcome. The library is located at 149 Siler Farm Rd. For more information, call (828)524-3600.

Alan French will present: Raoul Wallenberg: Swedish Hero and Righteous Among Nations on Wednesday, Oct. 10,  6 p.m. in the Macon County Public Library Meeting room. He was a brave humanitarian who saved thousands of potential holocaust victims and others from extermination by the Nazis and their minions in Hungary.  His fate at the hands of the Soviets has finally been revealed, though lingering suspicion and controversy still leave unanswered questions.

Dementia Caregivers Support Group  for those caring for someone with Alzheimer’s or other memory-related illness will be held on  Wednesday, Oct. 10, at First Presbyterian Church, 26 Church Street, Franklin. Share experiences, problem and joys in “Sharing the Journey.” For more information, call (828)524-3119.

 First Baptist Church Free Community Luncheon and Fellowship will be held on Saturday, Oct. 13, 12 noon to 1 p.m. The church is located at 69 Iotla St. All are welcome to attend. 

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.  

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 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 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.