Free Classes at Senior Center include Tai Chi, visual relaxation class, reduce insomnia, and longevity breathing class. An activities sheet is at the front desk with days and times of classes. All classes are known to reduce stress, improve health, improve memory, reduce high blood pressure, increase energy, reduce insomnia, reversal of biological aging. For more information, call (828)349-2058.
Historic Rickman Store located Hwy. 28 N, 8.2 miles from town is open free to the public Friday and Saturday 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Drop by for a tour of this historic general store, music, refreshments, and free Wi-Fi is available.
Angel Medical Center Disease Management Services Hypertension & High Cholesterol Class Lunch and Learn will be held on Thursday, Aug. 28, 11:30 a.m. and repeated at 12:15 p.m., in the dining room at AMC. The class includes information on medications, what they do, and possible side effects. For more information, call Kim Watkins at (828)349-8290.
Gem and Mineral Society of Franklin will meet on Thursday, Aug. 28, 6:30 p.m. at the community facilities building on 441 S. Kim Cochran from Atlanta will present a program on gold. Light refreshments will be served.
High Mountain Squares will host its "Black and White Dance" on Friday night, Aug. 29, 6:30 to 9 p.m. at the Macon County Community Building, 441S. Ace McGee from Anderson, S.C., will be the caller. Mike McDonald and Debbie McClain from Clayton, Ga., will cue rounds and lines. Western-style square dancing, main/stream and plus levels. Everyone is welcome. For information, call (828)371-4946, (828)342-1560, (828)332-0001 or www.highmountainsquare.com
Tippett McGaha Reunion will be held on Saturday, Aug. 30, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Macon County Rec. Park Large Shelter. All friends and relatives are invited to attend. Bring a covered dish, pictures and stories to share. Utensils will be furnished. For more information, call (828)524-4896.
Nantahala Hiking Club Saturday Work Hike is planned for Saturday, Aug. 30. Meet at NHC Clubhouse, 176 Carl Slagle Rd, Franklin, at 9 a.m. Participants should bring lunch, water, and snacks for the day, wear long pants, boots and gloves. Be prepared for rain. NHC will furnish tools and supervision for the five-mile hike on the AT Burningtown Gap halfway to Tellico Gap and return. Newcomers and families welcome. Contact Bill Van Horn at (828)369-1983 for reservations or questions.
All libraries in the Fontana Regional Library System will be closed Monday, Sept. 1, in recognition of the Labor Day holiday.
Bird walk along the Greenway will be held on Sept. 3. Meet at the Macon County Public Library parking area at 8 a.m. Sponsored by Franklin Bird Club. For more information, call (828)524-5234.
Angel Medical Center Diabetes Management Services will be offering a two-day diabetes management class for the public. The class will be held on Thursday, Sept. 4, and Tuesday, Sept. 9, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The class includes information on meal planning, medication usage, sick day care, stress management, and other topics related to managing your diabetes. The class is led by AMC Certified Diabetes Educators. Pre-registration is required by calling Barbara Hall at (828)369-4166.
Bio-Char, an Age Old Means of Enhancing Your Garden Eco Forum will be held on Friday, Sept. 5, 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. Warren Riley will describe how to make and use biochar. A follow up session may be held for those interested in making a biochar furnace.
Highlands Nature Center is looking for children ages 9 to 14 to participate in a Student Volunteer Docent Program on some Saturdays during the fall season. Students will learn about regional plants and wildlife and the Nature Center’s related exhibits, and to communicate this information to visitors as a museum interpretive guide. Primary responsibilities include assisting visitors (especially other children) with interactive exhibits and other displays, and answering questions about the biology of the region. Interested students (accompanied by a parent) should come to the Nature Center for an orientation meeting on Sept. 6, 1 to 3 p.m. To enroll, call Nature Center director Patrick Brannon at (828)526-2623.
Educational Booths offered at the Macon County Fair to better acquaint the public with your organization. The theme is “Legacy of Yesterday … Promise of Tomorrow.” Booths must be constructed on Monday, Sept. 15 (one day only). All work on educational booths must be completed by 9 p.m., on Monday, Sept. 15 to be eligible for judging. To obtain an application for an educational booth, call the Macon County Extension Office at (828)349-2046 or go to the office at 193 Thomas Heights Rd.
Free P.O.P.S. Weight Loss Support Group meets the second Tuesday of every month, 6:30 p.m., on the third floor at Angel Hospital. The group is for men and women that have had or are thinking about having bariatric surgery or seeking to lose weight and maintain weight loss. Group facilitated by Jennifer Driggers, personal trainer and life coach. She has been helping people lose weight for more than 10 years. They discuss ideas, share questions, comments and concerns as a group.
Alcoholics Anonymous. Help is available. Call 349-HELP.
"Are nations necessary and should there be a universal language?" is the topic for the Franklin Open Forum Wednesday, Sept. 3, at 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. Those interested in an open exchange of ideas (dialogue not debate) are invited to attend. For more information, call (828)371-1020.
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