Community Calendar for September 6, 2018

Community Calendar for September 6, 2018


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 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.

First Baptist Church Free Community Luncheon and Fellowship will be held on  Saturday, Sept. 8, 12 noon to 1 p.m. The church is located at 69 Iotla St. All are welcome to attend. 

Macon County Chapter of the Autism Society of North Carolina (ASNC) will meet on Sunday, Sept. 9,  from 6 to 7:30 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. For more information contact

Alzheimer’s Caregivers Support Group will be held on Thursday, Sept. 6 at 3 p.m., at the Senior Center.  The center is located at 108 Wayah Street. For more information, call (828)349-0211.

Veterans of Foreign Wars will meet on Tuesday, Sept. 6, at the  post on West Main St. Doors will open at 4:30 p.m. with the meeting being called to order at 6 p.m. Food will be served at 5 p.m. 

Uptown Gallery will be introducing new artwork for September and October with an art reception on Friday, Sept. 7, from 4 to 6 p.m., at 30 Main St., Franklin. Please come by for refreshments and meet the local artist members of the Macon County Art Association who create exceptional paintings, jewelry, fine crafts, and other unique gift items.   For more information, including art classes for children and adults, call the gallery at (828)349–4607. 

Nantahala Hiking Club will take a moderate 5-mile hike, with elevation change of 700 ft., on Saturday, Sept. 8,  along the Thomas Divide to Kanati Fork, then down to Kephart Prong.  Meet at Bi-Lo parking lot in Franklin at 8:30 a.m., drive 90 miles round trip.  For more information, call leader Gail Lehman, (828)524-5298, for reservations.  Visitors welcome to attend.

High Mountain Squares “Greenway Dance” will be held on Sunday, Sept. 9, from 2 to 4:30 p.m., at the Robert C Carpenter Community Building, GA Road (441 South), Franklin. Jimmie Roberson from Maggie Valley will be the caller. Western-style square dancing, main/stream and plus levels. Everyone is welcome to attend. For more information call,  (828)787-2324, (828)332-0001, (706)746-5426 or

Sharing Our Stories (S.O.S.) For Families Dealing With Drug/Alcohol Addiction will meet on Monday, Sept. 10, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., at the Carson Community Building, 3001 Old Murphy Rd. in Franklin.  Coming together to share our stories helps us learn from others and continue to educate  ourselves about this growing epidemic.  For more information, call (828)421-1675.

Western North Carolina Civil War Round Table Meeting will be held on Monday, Sept. 10,  7 p.m., at the H.F. Robinson Building on the Western Carolina University campus. Social time in the lobby of the auditorium with light refreshments  will be at 6:30 p.m. President of the club, Paul Turner, will lead a discussion about Reconstruction.

“Are people assets or liabilities and is the population timebomb ticking?” will be the topic for the Franklin Open Forum on Monday, Sept. 10, 7 p.m. Franklin Open Forum is a moderated discussion group, meeting at the Rathskeller Coffee Haus & Pub, located Downtown at 58 Stewart Street, Franklin. (Below and behind Books Unlimited.) Those interested in an open exchange of ideas (dialogue, not debate) are invited to attend. For more information, call (828)371-1020.

Otto Community Development Business Expo with local Otto Business Owners will be held on Monday, Sept .10, 7 p.m. This is a great chance to meet with local business people and find out what they have to offer.  Instead of a covered dish supper, bring finger foods to make it easier to walk around the room and visit the different tables. All are welcome to attend.

Smoky Mountain Quilters Guild Regular Day Meeting will be held on Monday, Sept. 10, social time 9:30 a.m., meeting 10 a.m., at Tartan Hall, in the First Presbyterian Church, 26 Church Street, downtown Franklin.  “All about Miniatures” is the meeting theme. Guild members will be showing and telling about their favorites. Anyone interested in the art of quilting is welcome to attend guild meetings. For more information about the guild visit

Battle of Sugartown Chapter, NSDAR will on  Monday, Sept. 10,  11:30 a.m.,  at the Angel Hospital Cafeteria For reservations, call (828)508-2266.

Dementia Caregivers Support Group for those caring for someone with Alzheimer’s or other memory-related illness will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 12, at First Presbyterian Church, 26 Church Street, Franklin. Share experiences, problem and joys in “Sharing the Journey.” For more information, call (828)524-3119.

American Legion Post 108 will meet on Tuesday, Sept. 11, 7 p.m., at the Post Home located at 614 West Main St., Franklin. A light dinner will be served at 6 p.m. All military veterans are encouraged to attend on this, the 17th anniversary of the World Trade Center bombings.

American Legion Ladies Auxiliary will meet on Tuesday, Sept. 11, dinner 6 p.m., meeting 7 p.m., at the post, 614 W.Main St, Franklin.

Gastric Bypass Support Group will meet on Wednesday, Sept. 12,  6:30 p.m.,  at angel Medical Center third floor Conference Room. For  more information call Betsy (828)347-5244. 

Franklin Bird Club Walk along the Greenway will be held on Sept. 12.  Meet at Salali Lane at 8:00 am. Parking is off Fox Ridge Road which is just south of Franklin Flea Market on Highlands Rd. For more information,

Men’s Teen Challenge of the Smokies Graduation from the one-year addiction recovery program will be held on Saturday, Sept. 15, 1 p.m., in the auditorium at the center, 336 AG Camp Road, Franklin (the old Camp Cullasaja) off of Highlands Rd. The program will include singing and testimonies, a slide show and honoring of the graduate. A reception will follow in our cafeteria. The public is welcome to attend. RSVP is appreciated but not required for attendance. For more information, call (828)524-2157. Visit or our  Facebook page, Men’s Teen Challenge of the Smokies.

Songwriters in the Round will be held on Friday, Sept. 21, from 7 to 9 p.m., at the  Macon County Public Library. This is a free community event. Five local ladies who are singer/songwriters will be sharing their songs and stories.

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 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.