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Weekend Plans in Macon, Jackson, and Swain Counties!


The Friday edition of our weekly newsletter will be dedicated to letting YOU know what is happening in and around Western North Carolina. For FREE businesses, churches, and organizations can send us their sales, operating hours, events, worship services, yard sales, you name it. If it is happening Friday-Sunday in WNC, send it to with the who, what, where, and when details and I will publish it in the Friday newsletter!


Halloween Events:  

Jackson County 

Monteith Park Dillsboro- October 30th, 5-7 Walk Through Trick or Treating Event
22 Businesses and Organization Handing Out Candy in Loop 

Dillsboro Merchant's Association, Sat 10/30 5-7 pm Walk Through and Some Businesses will be Handing Candy out 

Bat Street Main Street Association October 30th, 10-7- Self-Directed Scavenger Hunt to Find The Bat 

Cherokee Trick or Track Saturday, October 30th, 5:30-8:30 ( or until candy is gone) 

Jackson County Church Halloween Events:

Trunk Or Treat Webster Baptist Church October 31: 5-7

Mt Pleasant Baptist Church will be having a drive-through trunk or treat on the 30th

Trunk or Treat at Lighthouse Baptist Church in Sylva, 10/31, 4-6 pm.

Sylva life Church Sylva- Trunk Or Treat October 30th, 3:30-5

Praise Fest October 30th On Alarka Near the old school on the Left 

Trunk or Treat at Tilley Creek Baptist Church 3 to 5.

Mount Pleasant Baptist Church  Saturday, October 30th, 2021. This is a Drive-Thru Event. For Everyone Of all Ages. Tons of Goodies

Calvary Baptist Church Sylva NC 28779 Saturday October 30 5:00pm-7:30pm

Trunk or treat at Ochre Hill Baptist Church 5:30-7 pm Sunday, October 31.

Macon County Events  :


Halloween in Highlands is scheduled for Oct. 31,  6 to 8 p.m. along Main Street in Highlands. The event, sponsored by the Highlands Chamber of Commerce, will feature trick or treating along Main Street and South 4th Street, music, and dancing.


Trick or Treet on Bidwell Street in Franklin will be held on Sunday, Oct. 31.  Bidwell Street will be closed to traffic for extra safety. Candy donations can be made until Halloween to help homeowners provide treats to everyone who attends. 

Rescheduled Halloween in the Park will be held on Thursday, Nov 2 , 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., at Parker Meadows Recreation Complex. The main entrance to the park will be closed and vendors will be set up around the walking trail of Parker Meadows. Enter at the parking lot by the playground.  . Any business or organization interested in participating, contact Cody Brooks at (828)349-2090. 

Little Rascals Haunted attractions October 29th and 30th 7 pm-10 pm. Activities are $5 Each 
Pony Rides (Rated G) & Haunted Fields (Rated R)

Trick Or Treating Main St & 4th St Highlands - DJ & Dancing 6 pm-8 pm 

Monster Mash On Main Franklin Nc October 30th - Teal Pumpkin @3pm - Regular @4-
Streets of Franklin Heritage Association “Monster Mash on Main” will be held on Saturday, Oct. 30, Beginning at 3 p.m., Teal Pumpkin Trick or Treating a special opportunity for families with food allergies or other reasons to not have candy. Traditional trick or treating begins at 4 p.m. and will take place at participating merchants.

Mr. Pickles Howl-O-Ween Party The Park on Main Hotel October 30th, 6 pm-7:30 pm 

Pumpkin Painting The Ugly Dog Pub 5 pm-6 pm 

DownTown Otto Trunk-O-Treat 10/30 6 Pm  

Franklin Church Halloween events: 

East Franklin Baptist Church Trunk or Treat will be held on Saturday, Oct. 30, 5 to 8 p.m., The church is located on Lakeside Drive.

Franklin Christian Church Trunk or Treat will be held on Saturday, Oct. 30, at 6 p.m.  The church is located at 156 Belleview Park Road, Franklin.

Ashbury United Methodist Church October 30th, 6-9 pm 

Swain County Events  :

October 30th Spooky 5K Run Hosted by Swain County DSS Sign Ups Still Open!!
Sign up here

Harmony Baptist Church Trunk Or Treat 6-8 pm 100 Pavillion Dr. Bryson City 

Weekend Events and Activities:

Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts (Franklin) will host the United States Air Force Heritage of America Band Rhythm in Blue Jazz Ensemble at 3 p.m. Oct. 24. The performance is free and open to the public. Presented in conjunction with the Arts Council of Macon County. For more information and to purchase tickets, click on

Pisgah Legal Services, in partnership with iconic ceramic studio East Fork, is offering a raffle to support the nonprofit’s free legal aid for survivors of domestic and sexual violence. Starting Oct.14 through Oct. 31, folks can buy an unlimited number of $5 tickets to enter a drawing to win one of three vases. Winners will be announced Nov. 1. Find out more at

The “Haunted School” will be held from 7 p.m. to midnight Oct. 29-31 at the Fines Creek Community Center. Admission is $10 per person. Must be age 13 and up to enter without an adult. All proceeds support local scholarship funding and community needs. For more information, go to

The “Barn of Terror: Hayride & Haunted Barn” will be from 7 to 11:45 p.m. Oct. 28-31 at Darnell Farms in Bryson City. Admission is $15 per person. Waivers must be signed before entering. For more information, click on

Pisgah Legal Services, in partnership with iconic ceramic studio East Fork, is offering a raffle to support the nonprofit’s free legal aid for survivors of domestic and sexual violence. Starting Oct.14 through Oct. 31, folks can buy an unlimited number of $5 tickets to enter a drawing to win one of three vases. Winners will be announced on Nov. 1. Find out more at

Friends of the Greenway would like to invite you to The FROG FAIR, the Fall Arts and Craft fair is on November 6th from 9-3 at Frog Quarters 573 Main Street Franklin

Friday Night Live (Highlands) will be held at the Town Square from 6 to 8:30 p.m   They Will Host Live Music  Oct. 29 Free and open to the public.

Dillsboro After Five” will take place from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Wednesdays in downtown Dillsboro. Start with a visit to the Jackson County Farmers Market located in the Innovation Station parking lot.

Macon County Art Association  Encaustic Painting Classes will be held on Fridays Last one is  October 29, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.,  at the Uptown Gallery 30 E Main St., Franklin.  For more information, contact Karen Smith, at

Jackson Arts Market- Saturdays 1:00-5:00 PM

533 West Main St Sylva, NC
Free outdoor art experience with LIVE MUSIC, 20+ artists, and demos sharing their artistic process of creating handmade pieces. Saturdays in 2021, the Jackson Arts Market is coming to our gardens with beautiful, handcrafted items! Order a breakfast sandwich and a cocktail or beer at our service window, then Sip-N-Shop craftsman showcases, vendors booths with everything from craft jewelry to canned goods and bread, all the while enjoying the sounds of local musical artists! ALL OUTSIDE!! 

Smoky Mountain Farmers & Artisans Market- Farmer’s Market (with artisans) will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays through October at 117 Island Street in Bryson City. Stop by the old barn by the river for local, homegrown produce, as well as baked goods, jellies and preserves, authentic crafts, and more. Food truck, picnic tables, and a strolling musician

Local Pubs in the area:


Lazy Hiker Brewing (Franklin) will host Halloween Bash w/Natti Love Joys on Oct. 30 Click on

Friday Night Live (Highlands) will be held at the Town Square from 6 to 8:30 p.m Friday, Live Music October 29th   Free and open to the public.


Unplugged Pub (Bryson City) will host Brian Ashley Jones on Oct. 29 and Trisha Ann Band on Oct. 30.  All shows begin at 8 p.m. Free and open to the public. 828.538.2488. 

Mountain Layers Brewing (Bryson City) will host Scott James Stambaugh on Oct. 22, Somebody’s Child on Oct. 23, Wyatt Espalin on Oct. 29, Twelfth Fret on Oct. 30, and Alma Russ on 5 p.m. on Oct. 31. All shows begin at 6 p.m. unless otherwise noted. Free and open to the public. 828.538.0115 or

There will be a free wine tasting from 6 to 8 p.m. every Thursday and 2 to 5 p.m every Saturday at The Wine Bar & Cellar in Sylva. 828.631.3075.

Bryson City Wine Market offers a glass of wine and a Market Plate Monday through Saturday as well as special flight tastings from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. every Friday and Saturday


 Lazy Hiker Brewing (Sylva) will host  Halloween Bash w/Natti Love Joys on Oct. 29
 All shows begin at 8 p.m. unless otherwise noted. For more information and a complete schedule of events, click on

Nantahala Brewing (Sylva) will Host Shane Meade & The Sound (rock/soul) on Nov.6h

Balsam Falls Brewing (Sylva) will host an open mic from 8 to 10 p.m. every Thursday. Free and open to the public.

Innovation Station (Dillsboro) Will host Octoberfest. All events are free and begin at 2 p.m. unless otherwise noted.

Innovation Station (Dillsboro) Will Host Nick Colavito (singer-songwriter) 2 p.m. Oct. 24.

The Paper Mill Lounge is excited to present Natasha Noir Nightly's The Paper Doll Cabaret, a show filled with Drag and Shenanigans, every first Saturday of the month! This is a 21+yo, first come first serve show! November 6th and December 4th all shows are from 9 pm -11:30 pm



Historic TM Rickman Store is closed until further notice.

Alzheimer’s Association Western Carolina Chapter Telephone Support Group for Caregivers of Persons with Alzheimer’s Disease or dementia is designed to provide caregivers opportunities for sharing, education, and support through a telephone conference. Support group participants and a support group facilitator connect each month for one-hour confidential sessions. For more information, call (800)272-3900.

Volunteer drivers needed at Macon County Senior Services. Mileage will be reimbursed. For more information, call (828) 349-0211.

Macon County CareNet is in need of volunteers. Positions open are food pantry, soup kitchen and file room. If interested stop by for an application at 130 Bidwell St., or call (828)369-2642.

Appalachian Animal Rescue Center is looking for volunteers to help at the thrift store. Call for information about the store (828)369-3046 or the shelter (828)524-4588 if you are interested in volunteering.

Macon Medication Assistance Program  located at the back of the First Baptist Church is open Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information call (828)524-5258.

Men’s Teen Challenge Needs Good Quality Lumber for its woodworking Shop. Pick up in Franklin area. To donate, call (828)369-1177. 

Gem & Mineral Museum, located in the Old Jail on Phillips Street in downtown Franklin is now open Fridays and Saturdays from 12 to 4 p.m., featuring gems and artifacts from North Carolina as well as all over the world.

Winding Stair Farm and Nursery. Not to Miss: New Retail Center with house plants, giftware and pottery and outside, our range of diverse and healthy plants for your garden.
Open Monday to Saturday 9am to 5pm. Call 828-369-9778 with questions.

Holly Springs Baptist Church, 2nd Mile Ministry is open 10 to Noon Mondays providing a food pantry, children's clothes and financial aid (rent and utilities) for families and seniors in need. 

Friends of the Greenway  FROG Quarters is now open Wednesday to Saturday, 9 a.m. to  2 p.m.,  at 573 E. Main in Franklin. Stop by for coffee or a soft drink and a snack, use our free internet.  You can also reserve the shelters for your events there.

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 formula, diapers, wipes, baby items and clothing up to size 6, as well as strollers, car seats, high chairs, pack n’ plays, etc. Donations are always welcome. Services are free and confidential. For more information or an appointment, call (828)349-3200, (828)293-3600 or

CareNet on Bidwell Street will be open on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  A box of food may be picked up once a week.

Uptown Gallery on Main Street's new hours are Monday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Five Fire Departments in Macon County – Nantahala, Cullasaja, Sky Valley, Clarks Chapel, and Burningtown – are open Monday thru Friday for drive-up food deliveries from 1 to 4 p.m. for anyone who needs food.

Employment assistance is offered by NC Works Career Center from 1:30-4 p.m. on the first Friday of every month at Marianna Black Library in Bryson City. 488.3030 or



To have your yard sale included here for FREE, email it to

All Saints Episcopal Church, Franklin  Services are held Rite I, 8 a.m. without music and Rite II,  10:15 a.m. with music, every Sunday. First and third Sundays at St. Agnes Chapel, 66 Church St. and second and fourth Sundays at St. Cyprian’s Chapel, 216 Roller Mill Rd. Sunday 10:15 a.m. services can be viewed live on the website: and past Sundays can be viewed on YouTube by searching “All Saints Franklin” to find our YouTube page.

 The First United Methodist Church of Franklin is currently worshiping online and in person at 9:00 am and  In person only at 11:00 am.  Sunday School is at 10:00 am.
Due to the rise in COVID cases, we are requesting all attendees to please wear a face mask and follow the recommended W's.

Central Baptist Church one day only “Farm Fresh Faith” Vacation Bible School will be held on Saturday, Aug. 7, 8:30 a.m.   Classes available for all ages. Bible School kickoff Cookout and preregistration, Saturday, July 31. Waterplay starts at 4 p.m., cookout at 6 p.m. The church is located at 392 Belleview Rd.

Grace Baptist Church services are held on Sunday,  11 a.m.  Frank Rodriguez is the pastor. All are welcome to attend. The church is located at 130 Setser Branch Rd. 

Celebrate Recovery at Discover Church every Monday night at 6 p.m. Celebrate Recovery is a Christ-centered, 12-step recovery program for anyone struggling with hurt, pain or addiction of any kind. Celebrate Recovery is a safe place to find community and freedom from the issues that are controlling our life. Free childcare up to five years old for attending parents. Discover Church is located at 47 Macon Center Dr (behind Bojangles). For more information, email for questions.

Prentiss Church of God is holding Sunday worship service in its sanctuary beginning at 10:30 a.m. Social distancing is observed and safety measures are in place.  Services are also streamed online on the Prentiss Church of God Facebook page. The church is located at  59 Church Hill Lane, off Addington Bridge Road. Phone: (828)369-3885.

Memorial United Methodist Church Anonymous Call-in Prayer Line. If you need prayer,  call (828)369-0707. Leave a message with your prayer request, and the church will pray for you or whoever you request prayers for. You may also leave a request for a call back if you need one.  

Tellico Baptist Church is now having in-person Sunday School at 10 a.m. and worship service at 11 a.m. inside the church building with the Reverend L. E. Angel. Everyone is welcome.

PRN Nursing Services is Now Hiring!
Join our Amazing team of healthcare workers! We are currently accepting applications for RNs, LPNs, and In-Home Aides! RNs and LPNs needed in Jackson Swain and Haywood counties. Enjoy a fulfilling career working one-on-one with clients in their homes. Contact our office today for more information or begin the application process online. Office 828-631-4838 Office 828-226-4191 

County Road Farms Nursery-
Seeking Full Time GreenHouse Assistant 
Responsibilities include, but not limited to Customer Service, Plant Care & Maintenance, Ground Maintenance, Some Lifting, and Loading. Apply in person and for more information call 828-586-5515

Macon County Public Library 

The Macon County Public Library is seeking an enthusiastic and energetic candidate to fill the part-time position of Library Assistant I/Courier driver. Macon County Public Library is a member of Fontana Regional Library, a public library system with six member libraries providing service in Jackson, Macon and Swain counties. The ideal candidate for the Library Assistant I will be a team player who can provide library services to meet the needs of the public. If you thrive in a rapidly changing environment while maintaining a friendly and helpful attitude, this may be the job for you. Job posting here
Macon County Dept. of Social Services 
Child Welfare Social Workers needed.  Advanced, professional-level casework providing protective and on-going case management services.  Details at
To Apply – Complete State of NC Application PD-107 submitted to NC Works at 5 West Main St. Franklin, NC 28734.

Macon Citizens Habilities, Inc
Macon Group Home - Franklin
39 Hour Shift: Mon, Thurs, Fri (5PM-10PM) Sat, Sun (7AM-7PM) Iotla Group Home - Franklin

37.5 Hour Split ShiF: Mon-Fri (7AM-10AM, 5PM-9PM)

40 Hour ShiF: Mon-Thurs (11PM-9AM)

Jackson County-

Smoky Group Home - Sylva

32 Hour Shift: Fri (5PM-9PM) Sat and Sun (7AM-9PM)

34 Hour Shift: Thurs (5PM-9PM) Fri, Sat, Sun (11PM-9AM)

36 Hour Shift: Mon-Fri (6AM-11AM) Mon-Wed (5PM-9PM)

60 Hour Shift (7 on 7 off): Mon-Fri (4PM-9PM) Sat and Sun (7AM-10PM)

60 Hour Shitf (7 on 7 off): Mon-Fri (4PM-9PM) Sat and Sun (7AM-10PM)

Webster Group Home - Sylva (Webster Community)

19 Hour Shift: Mon (4p-9P) Sat and Sun (7A-2P)

19 Hour Shift: Tues (4p-9P) Sat and Sun (2P-9P)

22.5 Hour Shift: Mon-Fri (630AM-11AM)

35 Hour Shift: Fri (4P-9P) Sat and Sun (7A-10P)

Visit our Facebook Page "Macon Citizen HabliBes, Inc" for Benefits and Requirements.


Grandview Manor Care Center

We are looking to hire two individuals to join our personal care team! Both positions will work directly with our residents to ensure all of their needs are met. 

We have an opening on our second shift (3PM-11PM) and an opening on our third shift (11PM-7AM). Both positions can be full or part-time and come with flexible scheduling, educational opportunities and a great team to work with. Please apply on here, or send us a direct message with any questions. 


Marketing Administrative Assistant (PT), Graphic Design & Layout Professional, Marketer, Catering Manager, Assistant F&B Manager, Banquet Captain, Banquet Supervisor, Restaurant Reservationist, Host, Server, Breakfast Server, Server Assistant, Bartender, AM Sous Chef, Breakfast Cook, Cook, Assistant Pastry Chef, Pastry Sous-Chef, Pastry & Bread Cook, Dishwasher, Reservations Specialist, Front Desk Supervisor, Front Desk Agent, Bellman, Room Attendant, Houseman, 2nd Shift Laundry, Retail Associate, Fitness Manager, Spa Concierge, Massage Therapist, Spin Instructor. Special Retention Bonus, $1000 Full-time / $500 Part-time, For these Licensed Positions: Cosmetologist, Hair Stylist, Makeup Artist, Nail Tech. Benefits and PTO for Full-time Apply online:


Hampton Inn Franklin

 Front Desk Person Fri thru Sunday 8am-4pm $9.45 Personable & Reliable, Housekeepers full and part-time $9.25. Applications at front desk 244 Cunningham Rd., No phone calls.


Big Brothers Big Sisters of Western North Carolina,

a nonprofit mentoring organization is searching for a part-time (20 hours a week) Program Coordinator of its Swain County branch. Under the supervision of the Executive and Assistant Director, the Program Coordinator proactively performs the leadership role in the program team approach in the areas of enrollment and matching. Qualifications include a Bachelor’s Degree in social work or related human services field. Experience in related field is desired, but not required. Ability to travel within service area and to work flexible hours, including weekends, is required. To learn more, including job responsibilities and how to apply, visit


Jackson County Parks and Recreation

Is recruiting for a Seasonal Park Worker (weekends) to clean and perform daily trash pick-up of the parks and restrooms. This employee will also perform general duties such as basic plumbing, general repair, painting, landscaping, mowing and other duties as needed. Work Period is March - October. Work Schedule: Friday through Monday, 32 hours per weekend. High School Diploma or GED required and possess a valid NC Driver license. Prefer at least one year of landscaping or general maintenance experience. To apply, submit an Application for Employment to the Sylva branch of the NCWorks Career Center or the Jackson County Human Resources Office. Closing Date: 2/12/2021.

Habitat for Humanity of Macon/Jackson County
Habitat needs volunteers to share some their skills or gain some experience learning new ones. From carpentry to cleaning, marketing to moral support, computer skills, planning and organizing or just plain common sense, the greatest gift you could ever give is your time. Any amount is good. Some great times, lasting friendships and rewarding experiences await.  Call (828)369-3716 or (828)371-5442.

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