Monthly Planner | Cherokee Scout, Murphy, North Carolina (2022)

Organizations with notices in the calendar are asked to advise the Cherokee Scout when changes are necessary by emailing news@cherokeescout.com.


FOOD BANKS
The Cherokee County Sharing Center Food Bank, the county’s largest food bank, serving all of Cherokee County, is now located behind the First Baptist Church of Murphy, 517 Hiwassee St., Murphy. Distribution days and times are noon-2 p.m. Mondays and Fridays. Qualified “neighbors” can receive food twice a month. For details, call 828-360-4041 or 828-837-2615. (Note: For years, this food bank was formerly located at First United Methodist Church, and relocating in the spring of 2022 to First Baptist Church of Murphy.)


RESEARCH
Family History Center of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at the church’s building on N.C. 141 in Peachtree is available for researching family trees. Call 837-8509 for details.

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VETERANS
Murphy Chapter 73 of Disabled American Veterans and the Ladies Auxiliary meets at 5 p.m. the third Monday each month in the Veterans Building, 65 Drew Taylor Road in Peachtree.
Joe Miller Elkins American Legion Post 96 meets the first Monday of each month in the Veterans Building, 65 Drew Taylor Road in Peachtree. Breakfast starts at 9 a.m. followed by the meeting at 10 a.m. For details, call Bob Strawhecker at 727-432-4474.
The American Legion Auxiliary, which meets at 10 a.m. the third Tuesday of each month at the Murphy Veterans Building, 63 Drew Taylor Road in Peachtree, has temporarily postponed its meetings due to the pandemic. Any questions, call Stephanie Bailey, president, at 828-557-9304.
AMVETS (American Veterans) Post 2015 meets at noon the second Saturday of each month at Decker’s Flea Market on U.S. 64 West of Murphy. For details, call Larry Reid at 835-7405.
Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7620 in Andrews meets at 10 a.m. every third Tuesday of each month at the VFW Post at the corner of First and Oak streets in Andrews. They will host coffee from 9-11 a.m. every Tuesday. For details, call Scott Ramler, commander, at 407-718-9485 or email vfw7620@dnet.net.
Marine Corps League, Cherokee Detachment 1011, holds its membership meeting at 10 a.m. the third Wednesday of each month at the Marine Corps League Building, 4955 Airport Road in Marble. For details, call commandment George Bendzen at 828-644-4611.
Blue Ridge Mountain Chapter of Military Officers Association of America is comprised of services who have served our country as commissioned officers in the military or U.S. Public Health Service. Members may be active, inactive, reserve or retired. The local chapter, which serves western North Carolina and north Georgia, meets the third Wednesday of each month at different locations. For details, call Joff Filion at 386-530-0904, email joff27@aol.com or visit moaa.org/chapter/blueridgemountains.
Warriors Veteran Outreach meets at 7 p.m. the first Tuesday of each month at 46 Valley River Ave., downstairs from The Daily Grind & Wine in downtown Murphy. All veterans and patriots are welcome. For details, call 828-557-6881 or visit WarriorsVeteranOutreach.com.

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CLUBS
Martins Creek Community Club meets at 7 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month at the community center, 4605 Martins Creek Road. Gospel singings are held the fourth Saturday of each month from March through October. For details, call Mary McCoy at 837-7278.
Peachtree Community Club meets at 6:30 p.m. the first Tuesday of each month. For details, call Danny Rich at 837-4199.
Hiwassee Dam Community Club meets at 7 p.m. the second Monday of each month. For details, call Jane Stiles at 644-5382.
Grape Creek Community Club on Joe Brown Highway meets at 7 p.m. the first Thursday of March, June, September and December. For details, call Nancy Helms at 837-3638.
Unaka Community Club meets at 7 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month.
Archibald D. Murphey Chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution meets at 2 p.m. the second week of each month. For details, call Gretchen Wurth at 361-8481 or Michele Altenderfer at 644-0923.
Bellview Community Club meets at 6 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month at the center off Bellview Road. For details, call Mary May at 835-3844.
Cherokee County Indian Community Club meets at 6 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month at the community building, 828 Airport Road in Marble. For details, call Frank Herron at 828-403-8016.
Culberson Community Club meets at various times at the center on N.C. 60. For details, call Silas Shields at 644-4170.
Ranger Community Club, 155 Little Ranger Road, off U.S. 64 West, meets at 7 p.m. the first Friday of each month. For details, call Mandy Taylor at 828-557-1918.
Brasstown Community Center at 255 Settawig Road meets at 7 p.m. the third Tuesday of every month, starting with a potluck dinner. Bring a covered dish. For details, call Clay Logan at 837-3797.
Texana Community Development Club meets at 7 p.m. the first Monday of each month, unless it is a holiday. For details, call Eurial Turner, 678-438-9922.
Marble Community Center hosts the “Biggest Loser” weight loss club meeting at 6 p.m. every Tuesday, and free line dancing classes from 7-8 p.m. every Tuesday and Thursday. For details, call Pam at 360-4136 or Tony at 360-6751.
Murphy Rotary Club meets at noon Mondays, except for holidays, at Downtown Pizza in Murphy. For details, call President Trevis Hicks at 828-361-1191.
NARFE meets at 9 a.m. the third Wednesday of each month at Hayesville Family Restaurant. Call Bill Dailey at 389-4720 for details.
Modern Woodmen Club 17067-8 meets at 6:30 p.m. on the third Thursday of the month at the Bellview Community Center. Call Julie Beavers at 837-6512 for details.
Tri-State Gem & Mineral Club meets at 1:30 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month at Hayesville Senior Center on Ritter Road. For details, call Beverly Adkins at 389-9946, Susan Bartt at 706-896-9525 or Nancy Powell at 423-338-2035.
Mountain Computer User Group meets at 6 p.m. every second Monday in the Goolsby Building on the campus of Young Harris (Ga.) College off U.S. 74. For details, call Jim Bell at 837-6456, John Yandell at 404-310-5113 or visit mcug.org.
Mountain Country Rod & Gun Club meets at 7 p.m. the third Tuesday of each month at Penland Senior Center, 69 Alpine St. in Murphy. For details, write P.O. Box 813, Murphy, NC 28906; or call club president Jeff Gustafson at 828-516-9997.
Smoky Mountain Stamp Club meets at 5:30 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month at the Murphy Public Library, 9 Blumenthal St. downtown. Call 837-5105 or 837-6651 for details.
Mountain Magic Table Tennis Club meets at 6 p.m. Thursdays at the Pine Log Baptist Church fellowship hall in Brasstown. Ping-pong players are welcome. For details, call Lee Holland at 389-0924.
Mountain Coin Club meets every second Tuesday at North Georgia Technical School, 121 Meeks Ave. in Blairsville, Ga. The business meeting begins at 6:15 p.m., followed by an educational program and auction. For details, call Ron Langer at 361-0052.
The Murphy Business Association meets from 6-7 p.m. the first Tuesday after the first Monday of every month, except holidays, at the Murphy Art Center, 33 Valley River Ave. downtown. Everyone is welcome.
The Cherokee County Republican Party meets at 6:30 p.m. the first Thursday of each month at rotating locations. For location and details, call Chairman Leo Phillips at 404-277-3253.

FIRE DEPARTMENTS
Ranger Volunteer Fire Department will meet at 6:30 p.m. the first Thursday and third Monday of each month at the fire station. Volunteers are welcome. Call secretary Mandy Francis at 557-1918 for details.
Hanging Dog Volunteer Fire Department has general membership meetings at 7 p.m. the third Tuesday of each month at the station.
Wolf Creek Volunteer Fire Department meets at 7 p.m. the first and third Mondays of each month at the Wolf Creek Fire Station, next to the Hot House Community Center. Call Fire Chief Eric Curtis at 361-0610 for details.
Brasstown Volunteer Fire Department has training meetings at 6:30 p.m. every Monday. For details, call 837-2819.

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LODGES
Marble Springs Lodge 439 AF&AM meets the first Saturday in each month at the Lodge Hall, 12 Bluff Road in Marble. The meal starts at 6:30 p.m. followed by the meeting at 7:30 p.m. Call Master Greg Allred at 361-0279 for details.
Cherokee Lodge 146 AF&AM meets at 7 p.m. the first Monday of each month on Hiawassee Street in downtown Murphy.

4-H CLUBS
Bellview 4-H Club meets at 6:30 p.m. on the last Tuesday of the month in the Bellview Community Center. It is open to ages 6-12. Call 837-4261 or Jane Stiles with Cherokee County Cooperative Extension at 837-2210 for details.

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SUPPORT GROUPS
Murphy AMVETS Post 2015 and co-sponsor Church on Wheels holds a free support group for veterans from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Saturday at Deckers Flea Market off U.S. 64 West in Ranger. There will be classes on how to effortlessly change your emotions such as depression, anger and grief. There will be coffee and snacks. For details, call Ned Calhoon at 837-4204.
Good Shepherd Hospice is in need of volunteers to provide support for families and patients in Cherokee, Clay and Graham counties.Volunteers can provide respite for caregivers, read, color, talk or just sit with patients, sing or provide music, or share any other skill. For details, call the office at 828-516-1100.
The Autism Society of North Carolina, Cherokee County chapter, meets at 6 p.m. the second Tuesday each month at Kids in Stride. There will be no meetings in June or July. For details, call Melissa Zenz, regional chapter coordinator, at 419-392-7370.
The Multiple Sclerosis support group will meet at 12:30 p.m. the second Saturday of each month at Julie’s Place in Murphy. For details, call Christy Goings at 837-9118.
A support group for diabetics on insulin pumps or insulin dependent diabetics meets at 7 p.m. the third Monday of each month at Moss Memorial Library in Hayesville. For details, call Keven Schnur at 389-9757 or email DiabeticSupport@aol.com.
Compassionate Friends – a self-help, non-profit organization that offers friendship and understanding to bereaved parents, grandparents and siblings – meets at 7 p.m. the third Thursday each month at Penland Senior Center, 69 Alpine St. downtown. Call Maxine Arve at 837-0425 or Mabel Cooke at 837-6871 for details.
G-MAD Grief Support group meets at 6:30 p.m. the second Monday of each month at Cornerstone Community Church, 253 Robinson Road in Andrews. This group is for all grieving needs especially focused on the loss of a loved one through drug addictions. For details, call John at 828-541-2325.
Moms in Touch meets from 11 a.m. to noon Wednesdays to pray for children and schools. Call 837-0706.
A parent/advocacy support group meets the second Tuesday of the month to focus on seeing that special-needs children get the help they need in school. For details, call Ellie or Randy Nehr at 837-0999.
Family Caregivers’ support group meets at 2 p.m. the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month at Brasstown Manor, 108 Church St. in Hiawassee, Ga. For details, call 835-9987 or 389-1145.
A Caregivers Coffee gathering for Dementia and Alzheimers’ meets at 10:30 a.m. every third Thursday at Rare Bird Emporium at 680 Andrews Road in Murphy. There is no charge. For details, call Tina Brill, 828-557-4162.
Cancer support group meets at 6 p.m. the second and fourth Monday of each month in the community room of United Community Bank, at the corner of U.S. 64 and N.C. 69 in Hayesville. Call Janet Curns at 389-0295 for details.
Alcoholics Anonymous has a central office at 444 E. Hill St. in Murphy, serving as a contact and referral source for anyone dealing with alcohol-related problems in the tri-state area. Hours are from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Call 837-4440 for details 24 hours a day.
Alcoholics Anonymous will meet in Cherokee County at: 7 p.m. Tuesdays at Episcopal Church of the Messiah on Peachtree Street in downtown Murphy. Call 644-0127 for details.
Al-Anon meets at 10:30 a.m. Saturdays at Free Methodist Church on Valley River Avenue, across from the Murphy Post Office. For details, call Tom Willey at 837-5310.
Narcotics Anonymous will meet at 7 p.m. Thursdays at Free Methodist Church, 422 Valley River Ave. in Murphy. For details, call 644-0127.
Al-Anon meets from 10:30-11:30 a.m. every Saturday at Murphy Presbyterian Church, 252 Valley River Ave. in Murphy. The meeting takes place in the white building behind the main church. Parking is available in the 409 Building parking lot across the street. Everyone is invited. For details, contact Carol Robinson, 828-342-5616.
Narcotics Anonymous meets at 7 p.m. Tuesdays in the fellowship hall at Andrews United Methodist Church on Chestnut Street downtown. Call 360-5530 for details.
Drug/alcohol addiction – call Renewed Hope Ministries in Peachtree at 837-7086 to learn more.
Overeaters Anonymous meets at 9 a.m. Saturdays at Free Methodist Church on Valley River Avenue, across from the Murphy Post Office. For details, call Caroline Swan at 224-436-1738.
12-Step Program Overeaters Anonymous meets at 6 p.m. every Monday at Andrews Public Library. For details, call Diane at 835-2287.
Learn more about synthetic marijuana and the signs of its abuse. Knowing the signs of this drug’s use could save someone’s life as early intervention is vital. To learn more about the signs of synthetic marijuana abuse, visit https://www.narcononnewliferetreat.org/drug-education/signs-of-synthetic-marijuana-abuse.html. Narconon, a non-profit 501(c)3 corporation, can help you take steps to overcome addiction in your family. Call 1-800-431-1754 for free screenings or referrals.
Reach of Cherokee County is offering support groups for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault on the following days – “Domestic Violence,” at 1 p.m. Wednesdays; and “Sexual Assault” at 1 p.m. Fridays. All support groups will be conducted at Reach’s Women Resource Center offices, 1974 U.S. 64 W. in Murphy. The crisis line, 837-8064, is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. For details, call Zula Cox at 837-9631.
Reach of Clay County is holding a support group for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault from 2-3 p.m. Tuesdays. Groups are free and confidential. Child care is not provided. For details and the location, call April Chastain or Margie Garcia-Mathier at 389-0797.
Free weekly Wellness Recovery Action Planning workshops, offered by Meridian Behavorial Health Services, meet from 4-6 p.m. Tuesdays at the Smoky Mountain Building in Hayesville and 4-6 p.m. Thursdays at the Meridian Building in Marble. Call the center’s central office in Sylva at 828-631-3973, Ext. 1431, or the Marble center at 837-7466, Ext. 2331, for details.
Postpartum Depression support group meets from 10-11:30 a.m. every first and third Wednesdays at the Cherokee County Family Resource Center in Ranger. There is no charge. Speakers are available upon request. For details, call Family Resources at 837-3460 or Jacalyn Hunt at 557-1016.
Friends Sharing Grief, a support group for anyone who has lost someone close to them, meets at 2 p.m. the first and third Saturdays of each month at Macedonia Baptist Church on Wolf Creek Road, one-fourth mile south of Wolf Creek Corner on U.S. 64 West. The group also meets at 10 a.m. every Saturday at Penland Senior Center on Alpine Street in Murphy, sponsored by the Truett Baptist Association. Call Carol Skweres at 835-3802 for details.
4HisGlory Ministry Healing/Recovery Service, a Bible-based, non-denominational service for those dealing with any of life’s struggles, meets at 7 p.m. Mondays at Shiloh Church on Winchester Cove Road in Hayesville. For details, call 389-1180.
A support group for anyone dealing with lupus is available 24 hours a day. For details or to volunteer services, call 644-9807.
The National Alliance on Mental Illness Appalachian South, a local affiliate of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, meets at 7 p.m. Thursdays at the Out Reach Center on West Main Street in Franklin. For details, call 706-970-9987 or Ann Nandrea at 828-369-7385.
The Community Breastfeeding Information and Support Gathering for all families in western North Carolina meets from 10:30 a.m. to noon the first Saturday of each month at the Smoky Mountain OB/GYN office, in the main lobby across from Harris Hospital in Sylva. There is no charge. Refreshments will be served, and all are welcome. For details, call Stephanie Faulkner at 828-506-1185 or Teresa Bryant at 828-587-8214.
The Trauma Recovery Group will be held at 6 p.m. each Tuesday with Dr. Elaine Dilbeck at World Harvest Church North, 135 Bud Franklin Drive in Blairsville, Ga. For details, call 678-580-8209.
Beacon of Hope Substance Abuse Recovery Program meets at 6 p.m. every Saturday at River of Life Church, 83 E. Market St. in McCaysville, Ga. For details, call Pastor Freddie Thomas at 812-670-8722 or Dilbeck at 678-580-8209.
A free virtual support group for those impacted by disabilities meets from 6-8 p.m. the fourth Tuesday of every month via Zoom. Email Karen Moree at div.dis.consultants@gmail.com for a Zoom invitation.

CHURCH
Lottie Moon Baptist Women’s Group meets at 7 p.m. the first Monday of each month. Donna Pipes is the leader.
First Baptist Church of Murphy, 517 Hiwassee St., Murphy, offers free lunches from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Mondays through its Sparrow’s Nest MANNA kitchen ministry. For details, call the church, 837-2615.
Ranger Baptist Church’s Wednesday service includes dinner at 5:45 p.m. for adults, 6 p.m. for youth in grades 7-12, 6:20 p.m. for children in grades 6 and under. Cost for adult meals is a $2 donation and free for youth and children. The church building is on Walker Road off U.S. 64 West in Ranger. For details, call 644-5020.
The Knitting Group of Ranger United Methodist Church, 156 Ranger Road off U.S. 64 west of Murphy, meets from 10 a.m. to noon Wednesdays in the church basement. All levels of skill, as well as those who want to learn to knit, are invited to join the group as they make prayer shawls and other items for local hospital/nursing home, etc. For details, call the church office at 644-0191.
The Ecumenical Choir Ensemble meets at 6 p.m. every Tuesday at Shepherd of the Mountains Church, 68 Fairfax Drive in Murphy. To join the choir, contact Evan Dean, choir director, at 837-4276 or email evdean8@gmail.com for details.
Vengeance Creek Baptist Church in Marble has a new children’s ministry, “His Kidz,” which meets from 6-8 p.m. Wednesdays. Dinner will be served. All kids ages 4-12 are invited.
The AWANA program at Truett Memorial Baptist Church in downtown Hayesville meets from 5-7 p.m. Sundays. The program is for children ages 3-5, kindergarten through grade 5 and will have additional activities for youth in grades 6-12. For details or a ride, call the church office at 389-1053 or John Ehrhart at 389-3564.

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