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Gem and Mineral Society of Franklin will meet on Thursday, March 26, 6:30 p.m., at the Robert Carpenter Community Building on 441 S. Lon Peden will present a program on Native American artifacts. Guests are welcome and light refreshments will be served.

Red Cross blood drives are planned in Macon County on March 27 from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Lowe's, 161 Franklin Plaza; April 2 from 1:30 to 6 p.m. at Macon Middle School, 1345 Wells Grove Road; and on April 3 from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Franklin First United Methodist Church, 66 Harrison Ave. To make an appointment to give blood, download the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call (800)RED CROSS (800)733-2767.

UU Fellowship Skill Share Make Your Own Garden Buckets will be held on Saturday, March 28, 10 a.m. Garden Buckets can be used in that empty corner of your deck or add something good to eat by the front door. This free program will be held at the UU Fellowship at 89 Sierra Dr in Franklin. All are welcome to attend. For more information, call (828)524-3691.

Jackson County Public Library fourth Creating Community Workshop Arm Knitting With Helen Pate will be held on Saturday, March 28, 11 a.m., in the Genealogy Room. You do not have to know how to knit to learn how to do this and it is a quick and easy way to make a beautiful winter scarf. Yarn will be provided, but space is limited to six people, so call the Library to register at (828)586-2016.

"Einstein A life" by Ed Gettys Seminar will be held on Sunday, March 29, 11 a.m., at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Franklin. Gettys, a retired physics professor, will share a few tidbits from the life of Albert Einstein and his contributions to how we view our universe.

Mountain Voices, a Newly Formed Community Chorus, will practice on Monday, March 30, at 6:30 p.m., in the choir room of First Baptist Church. New singers welcome. For more information, call (828)524-3644.

Jackson County Library Teen Pizza Party will be held on March 31, 4:30 p.m. This program is free of charge. Games, fun, food, and the chance for teens to have a voice in what services the library provides for teenagers. The library asks all teens who are interested in directing Teen Services to come to the party with a head full of ideas, and a stomach ready for pizza. For more information, call the Jackson County Public Library in Sylva at (828)586-2016.

Franklin Men’s Golf Association (FMGA) will begin regular play on April 2, 9 a.m. and will extend play through Oct 8. New members are welcome. Weekly events include a variety of formats. For more information, contact Michael McSwain at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call (828)421-5558.

Macon County Public Health will celebrate Public Health Month in April by offering a free Healthy Aging Series called “Just For the Health of It.” The first program will be held on April 2, at 4 p.m., with Registered Dietitian Jessi Bassett who will explain how to use vitamins and supplements wisely. At 5 p.m., Chef Jerri Fifer will present free samples of “power foods.” At 6 p.m., Dr. Carole Peterson, a local OB-Gyn, will present information about menopause, hormone replacement therapy, and thyroid health. The sessions will be held at Macon County Public Health, 1830 Lakeside Drive in Franklin. Call (828)349-2425 for more information.

"Are Reason and Faith mutually exclusive?" is the topic for the Franklin Open Forum that will be held on Monday, April 6, 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.

Tuckaseigee River Chapter #373 of Trout Unlimited will meet Tuesday, April 7, for dinner at 6:30 p.m. at the United Community Bank, 1640 E. Main Street in Sylva. Dinner is $5. You do not need to be a member to attend the meeting.

Convenience Centers in Macon County will be closed on Easter Sunday, April 5.

Sustainable Mountain Living Communities Free gardening Class, "Planning and Planting Your Backyard Garden," will be held on Monday, April 13, 6 p.m. at the Clayton Municipal Complex, Hwy. 76 West. Chuck Mashburn, owner of Mill Gap Farm in Tiger, will provide an introduction to vegetable gardening which will cover practical approaches to starting and preparing the garden site, choosing and planting crops, and plant nutrition. Registration is not required. For information contact 706/782-7978 or visit us on Facebook at smlcinc

Campers RV Camping club, The Vagabonds are seeking additional members for the 2015 season. The group camps one weekend per month, April thru November, usually within 100 miles from Franklin. All ages are welcome. No dues, no structured activities, just an enjoyment of the outdoors, fellowship, good conversation, pot luck dinners and a roaring campfire. Contact Lillian for more details: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or (828)369-6669.

American Cancer Society is recruiting teams from businesses, schools, families, places of worship, and more to participate in the Relay For Life of Franklin event, to be held June 5 at the Franklin High School track. Relay For Life teams are committed to finishing the fight against cancer and raise funds to support the ACS’s lifesaving mission. Sign up for the Relay For Life event by visiting www.relayforlife.org/franklinnc or by calling Valerie Norton, ACS community manager at (828)342-2774.

Free Kidney Smart Classes are being held on the third Thursday of each month from 4:30 to 6 p.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 DaVita.com/Kidney Smart.

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, high chairs, pack n’ plays, etc. Donations are always welcome. Services are free and confidential. Call (828)349-3200.

Women volleyball players wanted (18 years and older) for Thursday night league, rec. park gym. For more information, call Gloria Thun (828)369-5901.

Line Dance Classes are held at the Macon County community building on Monday night. Beginners at 6 to 7 p.m., Intermediate at 7 to 8 p.m. Wednesday morning, Beginners 10 to 11 a.m., Intermediate at 11 to 12 a.m. For more information, call (828)369-2492.

Diabetes and Chronic Disease Self-Management Trainings are being offered for ages 14 and up. The program is certified by the American Diabetes Association and facilitated by a Registered Dietitian. The diabetes training is followed by six weeks of chronic disease education and support on Thursdays from 5 to 7 p.m. Light refreshments provided. Topics will be eating healthy, medications, monitoring, exercises for specific chronic diseases, and more. For information on registration or fees, call (828)349-2086.

Grief Support Groups Meet in Highlands on Thursdays 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Jane Woodruff Building 1st floor, on the Highlands-Cashiers Hospital campus, 171 Hospital Drive Highlands. The Sylva group meets on Tuesdays 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m., at the Jackson County Dept of Aging,100 County Services Park, Sylva. The programs are free and open to the community.

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