Community Calendar September 26, 2019

photo by Vickie Carpenter

Franklin Alcoholics Anonymous “Open Meetings” are for anyone who thinks they may have a drinking problem or for anyone interested in the A.A. recovery program. Meetings are held on Tuesday, 7:30 a.m., and Thursday, 12 noon at St. Agnes Episcopal Church, 66 Church St.; Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 5:30 p.m., at First United Methodist Church Outreach Center, 66 Harrison Ave.; Thursday, 7 p.m. at St. Cyprians Episcopal Church, 216 Roller Mill Rd.; Saturday, 10 a.m., Asbury Methodist Church in Otto. For more information or to speak with a member of A. A., call (828)349-4357 or visit our website

Crawford Senior Center has free standing fans (1 per household) available for seniors over 60 and disabled individuals. Funding is provided to the Division of Aging and Adult Services by Dominion Resources, Duke Energy Carolinas, Duke Energy Progress and Valassis Giving Committee.  Bring id and disability documentation (if under 60). For more information,  call (828) 349-0211.

Alzheimer’s Association of Western Carolina Chapter will meet on Thursday, Sept. 26, 6 p.m., in the Macon County Public Library Meeting Room.  Denise Young will talk about Understand Alzheimers and Dementia. Alzheimer’s disease is not a normal part of aging.  It is a progressive and fatal brain disease and the most common form of dementia.  This program provides information on detection, causes and risk factors, stages of the disease, treatments and much more.

Crawford Senior Center 8-week Matter of Balance will be held on Thursday, Sept. 26, 1 p.m. For more information, call (828)349-2058.

American Red Cross Blood Drives will be held on Friday, Sept. 27,11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Wal-Mart; and Thursday, Oct. 10, 12:30 p.m. to 5 p.m., at First Baptist Church Franklin, 69 Iotla Street. Donors of all blood types are needed. Appointments can be made by downloading the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting, calling (800)733-2767 or enabling the Blood Donor Skill on any Alexa Echo device. 

Gem & Mineral Society of Franklin will meet on Thursday, Sept. 26, 6:30 p.m., at the Robert C. Carpenter Community Building, 1288 Georgia Rd.

 Nantahala Hiking Club will take a moderate-to-strenuous 7.5 mile hike on Saturday, Sept. 28, from Sweat Heifer to Kephart Prong in the Smoky Mountain National Park.  A car shuttle will be needed as hike ends on U.S. Hwy. 44.  The climb up is 800 ft., and the descent is 3,000’  Limit 15 people.  Meet at the Oconaluftee Visitor Center in Cherokee at 9 a.m. For reservations or more information, call leader Keith Patton, (828)456-8895.

Nantahala Hiking Club will take a moderate 4-mile hike on Saturday, Sept. 28, with an elevation change 100’, to Lower Whitewater Falls, viewing the falls from a platform that is several miles below the upper falls.  Views of Lake Jocassee can be seen along the way. Meet at Cashiers Recreation Park at 10 a.m., drive 22 miles round trip. For reservations, call  Mike and Sue Kettles, (828)743-1079. 

Nantahala Hiking Club will take a strenuous 9-mile hike on Saturday, Sept. 28, with an  elevation change 1700’, from Wild Woman Picnic area to Pinnacle Knob off the Georgia Bartram Trail, starting at Warwoman Dell, passing two waterfalls along the way, then  a steep climb up to Pinnacle Knob that overlooks Clayton, GA.  Meet at Smoky Mtn. Visitor Center at 9 a.m, drive 40 miles round trip.  For reservations call, Chris Federico, 772-233-7277.  

Nantahala Hiking Club will take an easy 1.5 mile hike on Saturday, Sept. 28, with an elevation change 200 ft., to view 80 foot high Rufus Morgan Falls, named for the Nantahala  Hiking Club founder.  Hike involves two stream crossings.  Meet at Westgate Plaza in Franklin at 10 a.m., drive 24 miles round trip.  Call leader Kathy Ratcliff, (828)526-6480, for reservations.  

Tuckaseigee River Chapter #373 of Trout Unlimited will  meet on Tuesday Oct. 1, at the United Community Bank 1640 E. Main Street in Sylva. Dinner is at 6:30 for $5, followed by a chance to win a new fly rod, hand crafted by fellow chapter member Jim Mills.  Ken Brown, Executive Director of WATR will give us an update on the status of the organization and how we can work together.

Taste of Scotland Society Meeting will be held on Oct 1,  6 p.m. at Grace Presbyterian Church, 360 First St.  There will be Scottish music and light refreshments will be served. The meeting is open to the public.

Franklin Bird Club Walk Along the Greenway will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 2. Meet at Big Bear Shelter parking area at 8:30 am. or (828)524-5234.

Macon County Public Health Rabies Vaccination Clinics will be will be held on Saturday, Oct. 12, 1 to 3 p.m., at South Macon Elementary School, Saturday, Oct. 19, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., at Iotla Valley Elementary School. Shots are for all dogs, cats and ferrets. The shots are $10 cash only. For more information, call (828)349-2106.

 Macon County Public Library, Hudson Library, and Nantahala Community Library will be closed Friday, Oct. 4, for staff training.

Crawford Senior Center Art and Crafts Show  will be held on Oct. 4, 10 a.m. to  2 p.m., 108 Wayah St. It will feature handmade jewelry, knitting and crochet items, and watercolor paintings from classes at the center.  For more information about services at the Crawford Senior Services Center,  call (828)349-2058.

Serving Spoon Serves a Hot Meal on Thursday, 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the Town’s Jaycee Building except on Thanksgiving. 

NC Mountain Made at 36 E Main Street, and Charity’s Hair Studio, 493 Highlands Road, will be collecting nonperishable food items for CareNet due to the fact the food pantry no longer receives these items from USDA.

Historic TM Rickman Store will be open Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  259 Cowee Creek Rd.  Tour the store, shop and explore unique items by local artisans. Enjoy mountain music and mountain hospitality. Additional parking just down the hill at Cowee

Volunteer drivers needed at Macon County Senior Services. Mileage will be reimbursed. For more information, call (828) 349-0211.

Mens Teen Challenge is Needing Good Quality Lumber for their woodworking Shop. They can pick up in Franklin area. To donate call (828)369-1177. 

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.

Uptown Gallery Free Classes and Open Studio are 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.

Macon Chips Local Wood Carving Club is dedicated to the techniques and methods of wood carving. The club meets Thursdays at 6:30 p.m., in the Franklin High School wood shop. Interested persons are cordially invited. For additional information, call (828)369-2144.

Slow Spokes Franklin bicycle club meets every Thursday, 7 p.m., at the  FROG headquarters, 573 East Main Street, for a casual bike ride on the Greenway.  Riders under 16 are required to wear a helmet, others are urged to do so.  All are welcome to attend. For more information, call  Angelo at (828)371-7713.

Franklin Golf Association meets on Thursdays,  9 a.m., at the Franklin Golf Course. For more information, call Franklin Golf Course at (828)524-2288.

Celebration of Mountain Music will be held on Tuesdays, 6 to 8 p.m., at the Robert C Carpenter Community Building,1288 Georgia Road, Franklin.  Join them to jam, sing, dance or just enjoy traditional mountain music. For more information, call (828)524-3485.

Free Ping Pong at the Robert C. Carpenter Building on Tuesdays, 2 p.m., Thursday, 10 a.m., 441 So. in Franklin.

Celebrate Recovery at Discover Church every Monday night 6 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. Discover Church is located at 47 Macon Center Dr.  email: with questions.

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

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.

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  (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

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.

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.

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.