Macon County Senior Services Beginner Watercolor Classes Thursdays, 2 to 4 p.m. Supplies are provided. Free to seniors. For more information call Elizabeth at (828)349-2058.
SR 1314 (Wallace Branch Rd.) Temporary Road Closure will begin on Wednesday, Dec. 17, at 8 a.m. to all through traffic 0.40 miles from intersection of SR 1314 and SR 1442 (Old Murphy Rd.). The detour route will be SR 1442 (Old Murphy Rd.), left onto SR 1471 (Pressley Rd.), travel on SR 1471 for approximately 1.14 miles, then left back onto SR 1314 (Wallace Branch Rd). The closure is to replace the existing bridge with a concrete bridge. Barricades will be placed on SR 1314 on both ends of the bridge project. Local traffic will be allowed up to the barricades.
Explorer's Club Meeting at the Jackson County Public Library will be held on Thursday, Dec. 18, at 6 p.m. in the Storytime Room. The topic is Winter Holidays celebrated around the world. Explorer's Club is intended for all ages, with an emphasis on cultural learning for children. Families are encouraged to come. Each meeting will feature special guests, snacks, and crafts pertinent to the theme. This program is free of charge and no sign-up is required. For more information, call the Jackson County Public Library in Sylva at (828)586-2016.
High Mountain Squares Christmas Dance will be held on Friday, Dec. 19, at the Macon County Community Building, Georgia Road, Franklin, from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Richard Smith from Gainsville, Ga., is the caller. Western- style square dancing, main/stream and plus levels. New dancers lessons will begin in January. Everyone is welcome. For information call (828)371-4946, (828)342-1560, (828)332-0001 or www.highmountainsquare.com
Red Cross Blood Drives are being held on Dec. 22 from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Lowe's on the Georgia Highway. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call (828)349-4654. FHS Student Scholarship Blood Drive on Wednesday, Dec. 31, from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at First United Methodist Church, 66 Harrison Ave. For more information or to schedule an appointment, visit redcrossblood.org and enter Sponsor Code: Franklin FUMC or call 1-800-REDCROSS (1-800-733-2767).
Bryant-Grant Funeral Home County-wide Memorial Service to honor your departed loved one will be held on Sunday, Dec. 28, 3 p.m., at First United Methodist Church, 66 Harrison Avenue, in Franklin. To commemorate your loved one an ornament will be presented to you and your family. Rev. Steve Reeves is the guest speaker. Music will be provided by Curtis Blackwell & The Dixie Bluegrass Band. Refreshments and reflection will follow the service in the church fellowship hall. The public is invited. For additional information call (828)524-2411.
American Legion Post 108 New Year’s Eve Gala Extravaganza will be held on Wednesday, Dec. 31, starting at 8 p.m. Johnny Webb and the JW Band will provide the music. The post is located at 614 W. Main St.
Franklin Bird Club will participate in its third Audubon Christmas Bird Count on Jan. 3, and welcomes participation from the public. The Franklin group will divide into five teams, each with a specific count area. Last year the group sighted 60 species and 4,270 individual birds. More info at https://franklinbcb.wordpress.com/2014/11/18/wondering-whatto-do-on-jan-3-2015/
Al-Anon Meets Saturday mornings at 10 a.m. in the Meeting Room of the Macon County Public Library.