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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 and gospel. Pickers and singers are welcome to attend.

Historic Rickman Store is open Saturdays 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Located on Cowee Creek Rd. Stop by for a tour of the store, refreshments, and possibly listen to local musicians in the afternoon. Free Wi-Fi is available.

Gem City Forum Toastmasters will hold its weekly meeting on Tuesday, starting promptly at 5:30 p.m. in the Drake Education Center on the corner of 210 Phillips St. and Carolina Mountain Rd. in Franklin. Guests are always welcome to learn how Toastmasters Clubs develop leadership and speaking abilities, and increase communication skills. Gem City Forum Toastmasters Club serves WNC, West of Asheville, and NE Georgia. See us on the web at: http://gemcityforum.org/wpblog/.

Learn how to make greeting cards at the Macon County Senior Services Center Thursdays at 9:30 a.m. For more information, call (828)349-2058.

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 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

High Mountain Squares will host their "Beach Party Dance" on Friday, July 31, at the Macon County Community Building, Franklin, from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Dr. Jim Duncan from Otto, will be the caller. Mike McDonald and Debbie McClain will cue rounds and lines. Wear your best beach outfits. Western-style square dancing, main/stream and plus levels. Everyone is welcome. For more information, call (828)371-4946, (828)342-1560, (828)332-0001 or www.highmountainsquares.com.

The Annual Cashiers Valley Women of Faith Luncheon, hosted by the Glenville Wesleyan Church, will be held on Saturday, Aug. 1, at 12 noon, at the Glenville Community Development Club on Highway 107 in Glenville. Shirley Duncan will speak on the Hephzibah Children's Home located in Macon, Ga. The home is an orphanage and home for unwed mothers. Women of all faiths from throughout the Cashiers Valley are invited to attend. Reservations can be made by calling (828)743-0868.

Free Zumba on the Greenway will be held on Aug. 1, 9 a.m. Meet at 8:45 a.m. at the downtown entrance of the Greenway (down by Mcdonalds on Business 441). For more information, call Zumba Instructor Connie Berry (813)625 6785.

The 164th Siler Family Reunion for the descendants of Weimar Siler and Margaret Rafferty will meet on Saturday, Aug. 1, at Macon County Middle School in Franklin. Business includes election of a new vice president, report of the venue committee and a motion regarding meeting logistics. The meeting begins at noon with a potluck luncheon, but most people arrive around 11 a.m. to catch up with their cousins. For more information on the Siler family, visit www.silerdescendants.org.

Franklin Garden Club will hold its monthly luncheon on Monday Aug. 3, 11:30 a.m. at the Boiler Room Restaurant in the Fun Factory off of South Georgia Road. Our program will be Jim and Debbie McGill, Macon County Poultry Club "Chickens in the Garden." Visitors are welcome. Call Nancy Wiley at (828)524-0020) if you plan on attending.

Family Support Group for those with family members, friends, or loved ones living with the challenge of mental illness meets the first Tuesday of each month, 7 p.m. at Memorial United Methodist Church, 4668 Old Murphy Road, Franklin. This group is sponsored by the local affiliate of NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness). Next meeting will be held on Aug. 4. For more information, call Ann (828)369-7385.

"Do you have confidence in the current political system?" will be the topic for the Franklin Open Forum - Monday, Aug. 3, 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.

Senior Center Travelog D.V.D. on America By Rail, Washington D.C. will be shown on Tuesday, Aug. 4, 1 p.m. in the large conference room. The senior center is located at 108 Wayah St.

Franklin Bird Club Walk Along the Greenway will be held on Wednesday, Aug. 5. Meet at the Macon County Public Library parking area at 8 a.m. For more information, call (828)524-5234.

Greenway Gathering #9 Butterflies - a mini survey project will be held on Thursday, Aug. 6, 10 a.m., starting at the Big Bear Shelter. Jason Love from Coweeta Long-Term Ecological Research Program will lead a walk along the Greenway as you catch, identify and release butterflies using provided butterfly nets. Children are welcome to participate with parental guidance.

Macon County Beekeepers Association will meet Thursday, Aug. 6, 7 p.m., at the Extension Office on Thomas Heights Road. The guest speaker will be Jennifer Berry. The public is invited. Members are invited to meet for dinner at 5:30 p.m. at the Thai Paradise restaurant.

Putting the Garden to Winter’s Rest Eco Forum will be held on Friday, Aug. 7, 6:30 p.m., at the UU Fellowship Hall, 89 Sierra Drive, Franklin. All are welcome to bring a covered dish to share at 5:30 p.m. The last of our garden series for this year is how to prepare your garden to be ready for an early start next spring.

Mountain Valley Fire Department American Red Cross Blood Drive will be held on Saturday, Aug. 8, 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The church is located at 188 Echo Valley Rd., in Franklin. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call Jenny Deal at (828)332-7094.

Sustainable Mountain Living Communities free gardening class, "Designing a Permaculture Garden," will be held on Monday, Aug. 10, 6 p.m. at the Clayton Municipal Complex, Hwy. 76 West. Lara Chew, a specialist in wild edibles, will share the basics of permaculture; an approach that encourages gardeners to work with nature rather than against it in designing a garden that thrives with minimal intervention. Registration is not required. For information, contact (706)782-7978 or Facebook/smlc.inc. Macon County Cancer Support Group will meet Thursday, Aug. 13, at 7 p.m. in the cafeteria of Angel Medical Center. Reesa Boyce, instructor at the Macon County Senior Services Center, will speak on the benefits of Tai Chi for cancer patients, survivors, and caregivers along with the art of relaxation and meditation. A $50 door prize will be given away. Light refreshments will be served. Everyone is invited to attend.

"The Dauntless Diamond Dames" of the Franklin Red Hat Society will meet on Thursday, Aug. 13, 11:30 a.m. at The Sunset Restaurant located at 498 Harrison Avenue. Come join us Red Hatters (50 yr. and older); not quite 50, then you are a Pink Hatter. For more information, call Pat McGee, Chapter Queen, at (828)349-4195; or Donna Powell, Vice Queen, at (828)349-1976.

Southwestern Officials Association is seeking applications in football and basketball for officials on the middle school, junior varsity and varsity levels from the upcoming school year across Western North Carolina. Experience is preferred but not required. Individuals must be at least 18 years of age. For more information, contact Curtis Lambert, Regional Supervisor of Officials, P.O. Box 66, Dillsboro, NC 28725, (828)226-0061 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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