Community Calendar for September 24, 2020

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Garden on Main St. in Franklin. 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.

”Faith, Family and Freedom Rally” will be held on Saturday, Sept. 26, from 12 to 2 p.m., in the parking lot of The Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts in Franklin. This event is being held in conjunction with “The Return” national prayer event in Washington DC. Local pastors will be leading prayer. Madison Cawthorne, candidate for the 11th Congressional district, and North Carolina Supreme Court Justice Paul Newby will be speaking, and “Mountain Faith” will be leading worship. This is a Christian event of worship, prayer, and devotions from the Word of God to highlight the role of Christian faith in community and government.

Nantahala Hiking Club will take a hike on Saturday, Sept. 26, to Deep Gap and Standing Indian Mountain on the Appalachian Trail. Hike  to the summit of Standing Indian for a beautiful view. Pets on a leash are welcome. Hikes are limited to 10 people. For more information, call leader Katharine Brown at (828)421-4178.

US-64 Road Closure Between Buck Creek Rd and Brush Creek Dr. will begin on Tuesday, Sept. 29. US-64 will be closed during the hours of 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.  to all through traffic from the intersection of Buck Creek Rd. to the entrance of Brush Creek Dr. in Highlands. The closure to all through traffic on this section of US-64 is necessary to repair and maintain a damaged section of guardrail. The Department of Transportation anticipates re-opening US-64 to through traffic no later than Thursday, Oct. 1. The detour routes for through traffic for both East and West bound directions will be Buck Creek Rd. (SR 1538) to US-64. Road closure barricades will be placed on US-64 E at the intersection of Buck Creek Rd. and US-64 W at the entrance to Brush Creek Dr. The Department apologizes for any inconvenience this road closure and detour may create for the residents and commuters in this area of Macon County. All are encouraged to drive with caution and obey the posted speed limits. If there are any questions regarding this issue,  contact  Matthew Miller at (828) 321-4105.

Red Sand Project will be held in front of the Macon County Courthouse in Downtown Franklin  on Saturday, Oct. 10, 10 a.m. The Project calls attention to those who metaphorically “fall through the cracks” of human trafficking, including children, girls, and refugees, and spreads awareness in the community. The Zonta Club of Franklin will have a short presentation about the project and hand out bags of red sand that will, as a group, be poured into the cracks of the bricks in front of the courthouse. Wear face coverings and practice social distancing for this event.

Ray Reunion usually scheduled in October has been cancelled for this year.

The Annie Sorrells Reunion will be held Sunday, Oct. 4, at 1 p.m., at Franklin Memorial Park formerly known as the Jaycee building. Bring a covered dish to share.

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.

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