Community Fundraisers for June 15, 2017


Heartland Band plays at the Carson Community Building on Saturday nights, 7 to 9 p.m. No admission is charged. The band plays country, bluegrass, gospel. Pickers and singers are welcome to attend.

Southwestern Officials Basketball Association Needs Officials for Youth League for the upcoming 2017-2018 season across  Western North Carolina. Complete classroom and on-the-court training will be provided for individuals 18 years of age or older. No experience is required. Online application available at For more information, call Todd Mason (828)508-5745 or email

No-cost lunches will be served to school-age children by the Holly Springs Community Development Club on Wednesday and Thursday from 12:45 p.m. to 1:30 p.m., through  Aug. 10.  The meals are provided by Macon Program for Progress and will be served at the covered picnic shelter at the community building, located at 2720 Cat Creek Road.  For more information, call (828)369-2254.

Macon County Cancer Support Group will meet on  June 15, 7 p.m. in the cafeteria of Angel Medical Center, Riverview Street, Franklin.   Wilma Anderson, caregiver, will speak on bladder cancer.  Light refreshments will be served and there will be free gifts for everyone in attendance.  Everyone is  invited to attend.

The High Mountain Squares will host their “Cars, Planes, & Trains Dance”, Friday, June 16, at the Memorial United Methodist Church, 4668 Old Murphy Rd, Franklin, from 6:15 to 8:45 p.m. Richard Smith from Gainesville, Ga., will be the caller. Western-style square dancing, main/stream and plus levels. New dancer lessons will begin Aug. 14, join us.  Everyone is welcome. For information, call  (828)342-1560, (828)332-0001 or www.high

Highlands Plateau Audubon Society Birding with Brock Hutchins to Jones Gap and Turtle Pond Rd. will be held on Saturday, June 17.  Meet at Founders Park in Highlands at 7:30 a.m. Moderate amount of easy hiking; loaner binoculars available.   All events are free and open to the public. For more information, call (828)526-1939.

Family of Benjamin and Joseph Lucilia Elmore Buchanan and Benjamin and Isbelle Thompson Reunion will be held on Saturday, June 17, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., lunch at noon, at the Great Smoky Mountains Park, main covered pavilion on left once you enter the park in Bryson City.  Bring your favorite dish, enjoy the afternoon and go down the creek. For more information, call (404)934-3208.

Jackson NAACP Branch’s June Membership Meeting will be held on Saturday, June 17, 10 a.m., in the basement Parrish Hall of St. John’s Episcopal Church, 18 Jackson Street, in Sylva. A panel discussion will begin the program “The Nature of Coalition Building.”  Residents of Macon, Jackson and Swain counties comprise the Jackson Branch membership.

Southeastern Bluegrass Association monthly Bluegrass Jam will be held on Saturday, June 17,  12 noon to 3:30 p.m. at the

Cowee School. Bring an instrument and join in or just come sit and listen. All levels of musicians are welcome from beginner to advanced. Refreshments will be provided.

Franklin Bird Club Meeting “Birding in Belize” will be held on Monday, June 19, 7 p.m., at the Macon County Public Library. Bob Gilbert and Barbara McRae will show slides and talk about their birding trip with a group of friends to Belize earlier this year. or (828)524-5234.

Smoky Mountain Quilters Guild’s Evening Group will hold a Sewing Party for the group’s opportunity quilt project titled “A New Age,” on Monday, June 19 , social time 6:30 p.m., meeting 7 p.m. at Tartan Hall,  26 Church St. Bring your sewing machine and tools. Anyone interested in the art of quilt making is welcome to attend. For more information about the guild and future events visit

Macon County 4-H Summer Relief Science Week includes: Cloverbuds Way Cool Science, June 20, 10 a.m to 2 p.m., Cooperative Extension Office, ages 5-8; Macon County Gem Mining, June 21, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Mason Mountain Mine, lunch at 12 at the Macon County Cooperative Extension Office, 5-18 (with parent or guardian); Experiments, June 22, 9 a.m. to 12, Cooperative Extension Office. For more information and cost, call (828)349-2046 or go to our website: for a complete list of classes and a registration form.

Macon County Poultry Club will meet on Tuesday, June 20, 7 p.m., at 193 Thomas Heights Rd.  Meetings are free to anyone interested in learning about poultry.  For more information call (828)369-3916 or call the NC Cooperative extension at (828)349-2046.

The public is invited to Art on the Hill on Tuesday, June 20, 4 – 5:30 p.m., in the Chestnut Hill Clubhouse, 64 Clubhouse Trail, Highlands. The show features paintings of Chestnut Hill residents as well as others who paint at Chestnut Hill on Wednesdays under the instruction of Susan Jaeger. Refreshments will be served.  For more information, call Mary Bean at 787-2114.

Macon Co. Master Gardener Association Open House will be held on Saturday, June 24, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., rain or shine.  Onstie garden tours.  Informational presenters throughout the day.  Door prizes.  Light refreshments.

Free lunch and Fellowship at Franklin Covenant Church Saturday, June 24, at noon. The church is located at 265 Belleview Park Road.  For more information, call the church office at (828)524-8854.

Early Farm Days Antique Engine and Tractor Show will be held on Friday, July 7, and Saturday, July 8, gates open at 8 a.m. The tractor parade will be held on Saturday, at 11 a.m. There will be a large variety of antique tractors and equipment.

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 Brenda at

Franklin Food and Fun! Meetup Group is Looking for New Members. They are a social group for ages 40 through retired, a great way to meet new friends. The activities include picnics, going to movies, book chats, photography, games, meals our, and so on. For more information and to join the group go online to

Historic Rickman Store and Friends invites the public to tour the store at 259 Cowee Creek Road on Saturdays from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Share some refreshments, shop for unique items, and enjoy local musicians. Free admission.

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.

Franklin Gem & Mineral Museum is now open Monday through Saturday from noon to 4 p.m.  The museum is located in the old jail house, 25 Phillips Street, downtown Franklin. Discover gems and minerals from all over North Carolina as well as specimens from all over the world. Admission is free.

Wednesday Line Dance Classes will be held beginners 10 a.m., improver intermediate 11 a.m., at St. Cyprians on Roller Mill Rd. For more information, call  Pat (828)369-1924.

Monday Beginner Line Dance Classes will be held from 5:30 to 8 p.m. St. Cyprian’s Church Hall Roller Mill Rd. For more information, call Ron at (828) 371-9424 or   Pat  (828)369-1924.

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

Thursday painters Open Studio is held every Thursday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and 6 to 9 p.m., at 30 E. Main Street. Bring a bag lunch, your project and materials and join other painters in a day of shared learning.  Free to the public.  Contact the Uptown Gallery at (828)349-4607 for information.

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.

NAMI Appalachian South, the local affiliate of National Alliance on Mental Illness Support Group meets every Thursday at 7 p.m. This group is for individuals living with a mental illness and for family members. Note new location at Community Out Reach Center of First United Methodist Church on West Main St. across from Lazy Hiker Bewery. For directions or information, call Ann (828)369-7385 or Kay (706)970-9987.

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 facilitatior connect each month for one-hour confidential sessions. For more information, call (800)272-3900.

Care Giver Support Group meets on the second and fourth Monday at 11 to 12 noon, at the Crawford Senior Center, 108 Wayah St. For more information, call (828)349-2058.

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.

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