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Smoky Mountain Pregnancy Care Centers in Cullowhee and Franklin have an educational parenting program. Simply watch a DVD, or read a brochure, answer some questions about what you just watched or read, and 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.

Macon County Public Health and Macon County Senior Services are hosting Diabetes and Chronic Disease Self-Management Trainings 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.

AARP Foundation Tax-Aide Counselors are providing free tax preparation for individuals of any age at Macon County Library, 149 Siler Road, Franklin. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (by appointment only), Monday and Tuesdays, through April 7. Call the library for an appointment (828)524-3600. Bring your N.C. or Georgia driver’s license and Social Security cards (for all dependents), your 2013 tax return, any W-2s, 1099’s and other documents you received for 2014. Be sure to bring any documents you have regarding ACA. (Obama Care).

Jackson County Public Library has federal tax Forms 1040, 1040A, and 1040EZ, and one reference copy of Publication 17 (Tax Guide for 2014) available for in-library use. Paper IRS forms and publications are still currently available by mail. Call (800)829-3676 or visit IRS.gov/orderforms to request or download forms. For more information, call the Jackson County Public Library in Sylva at (828)586-2016.

Macon County Public Health will hold a Free Walk-in Blood Pressure Clinic at the Macon County Health Department in the AB Room from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 26. Come out and get your blood pressure checked and learn ways to manage this silent disease. Call (828)349-2481 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for more information.

Free Gardening Class will be held on March 2 and 9, 6 p.m. at Franklin Seventh Day Adventist Church, 71 Brendle Rd. Learn how to grow nutrient rich food and how to extend your growing season.

Gem and Mineral Society of Franklin will meet on Thursday, Feb. 26, 6:30 p.m., at the Robert Carpenter Community Building on 441 So. Diane Mason will present a program on the history and a modern update on wire wrapping. Guests are welcome and light refreshments will be served.

NAMI Appalachian South, the local affiliate of National Alliance on Mental Illness, offers two regular support groups: Family/Caregivers Group meets the first Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. This group is for family members/ friends with a loved one who is living with mental illness. Combination 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 for both groups: Memorial United Methodist Church, 4668 Old Murphy Road, Franklin. For directions or information, call Ann (828)369-7385 or Donita (828)526-9510.

Franklin Garden Club will hold its monthly luncheon meeting at on Monday, March 2, 11:30 a.m, at the Boiler Room Restaurant in the Fun Factory off of South Georgia Road. Visitors are welcome. Call Nancy Wiley at (828)524-0020 if you plan to attend.

Jackson County Public Library in Sylva will be hosting a celebration of Dr. Seuss on March 3, 4:30 p.m. This program is free of charge. There will be games, crafts, snacks, and more fun for all ages. For more information, please call the Jackson County Public Library in Sylva at 586-2016.

Friends of the Scottish Tartan Museum will meet on Tuesday, March 3, 6 pm. Please note the location has changed to the Frogtown Deli meeting room for this meeting. Topics for discussion include Burn's Night, March Pancake fundraiser at Fatz, Tartan Day, and open program April meeting planning. Any community member who is interested in Scottish heritage is invited to attend.

"Is there truth in the media and where is it found?" will be the topic for the Franklin Open Forum to be held on Wednesday, March 4, 7 p.m. Franklin Open Forum is a moderated discussion group, meeting on the first Wednesday of the month 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 (dialog not debate) are invited to attend. For more information call (828)371-1020.

Workshop on Basic Computer Operation for Job Seekers Offered at the Macon County Public Library will be held on Wednesday, March 4, 1 p.m. One-on-one help will be available after the class, until 4 p.m. It can be hard to apply for a job if you don’t have basic computer skills. In many cases, applications have to be filled out on a computer, or an email address is required for follow-up. For people who have never used a computer, that can be problem. As part of a partnership between the library and SCC's Educational Opportunities Department, SCC Employability instructor John Mitchell will offer a class at the library for job seekers who are beginners with the computer and believe they need assistance to use one. No computer experience of any kind is necessary for this one-hour class, which will be held in the library’s Board Room. This workshop is free but space is limited, so reservations are strongly suggested. To reserve a space, or if you have questions, please call the Reference Desk at the Macon County Public Library at 524-3600.

Macon County Democratic Party will hold its annual meetings at their individual polling locations, Thursday, March 5, 6 p.m. All registered Democrats are invited to attend and participate in planning precinct and Macon County party activities. If you need contact information, or other questions, call Shirley Ches, (828)524-9991. If you are new to the area or are unsure of your precinct poll location, call the Macon County Board of Elections (828)349-2034.

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