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Events Calendar, March 29 – April 11


Vietnam and Vietnam-era veterans and their guests are invited to join a special commemorative service to recognize the end of the Vietnam War and honor veterans who served between Aug. 5, 1964, and May 7, 1975. The service will be held at the American Legion Post 108 on March 29 starting at 11 a.m.

The Macon County Beekeepers Association meets on the first Thursday of each month from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Macon County Cooperative Extension Office, 193 Thomas Heights Road. Everett Stiles will discuss his recent beekeeping experiences in South Africa at the April 4 meeting.

Artwork of K-12 Macon County Schools students will be on display throughout the month of March at the Uptown Gallery located at 30 East Main St., Franklin, with gallery hours Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays-Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. 

Franklin Lighthouse has a gathering the third Saturday of each month, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at First Pentecost Church, 164 Iotla Church Rd. The next gathering is Saturday, March 16. Contact Marybeth Kaye (407)951-4286 for more information.

Live Saturday Midday Music from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Friends of the Greenway headquarters, 573 E. Main Street. Dave Stewart & guests on April 6; award-winning singer/songwriter Al Scortino will perform with multi-insturmentalist, Greg “Squeezebox” Thomas on April 13.

Easter Egg Hunt Saturday, March 30, at 2 p.m. at East Franklin Baptist Church, Lakeside Drive.

Easter Egg Hunt Saturday, March 30, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Cullasaja Assembly of God, Highlands Road. Games, prizes, candy and fun. Ages 2-11.

Prentiss Church Easter Services Sunday, March 31, begin at 9 a.m with coffee and donuts;  9:30 a.m. Connection hour for all ages; and 10:30 a.m. Worship. The church is located at 59 Church Hill Land off Addington Bridge Road.

Easter Celebration Sunrise Service & Breakfast Gathering and Egg Hunt Sunday, March 29, at 7 a.m. at Franklin Christian Church, 156 Belleview Park Road.

Otto Community Development Organization is having its monthly covered dish meeting Monday, April 1, at 6 p.m. Special speaker is Jake Shambling from the Guardian ad Litem program. Established by statute in 1983, the NC Guardian ad Litem Program serves abused and neglected children. Bring a covered dish, dessert, or beverage to share.

Artist Reception and Contra Dancing in the Macon County Public Library Meeting Room April 6, from 5-9 p.m. Meet artist Ralph Verano, whose art will be on display through the month of April. The library is located at 148 Siler Farm Road, Franklin. For more information, call (828)369-3600.

Tartan Day Celebration Saturday, April 6, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Scottish Tartans Museum and Heritage Center in downtown Franklin. Scottish music, scone contest, Bonnie’s Knee contests, sword bouts and more. Visit the Scottish Tartans Museum’s Facebook page for more.

Organic Pest Management Seminar presented by the N.C. Cooperative Extension Service is for gardeners who want to learn how to organically control insects, diseases and weeds that plague their vegetables. The seminar will be held April 8, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Macon Extension Center, 193 Thomas Heights Road. For more information, visit https://macon.ces.ncsu.edu or contact the Center to register at (828)349 2046, or e-mail Debbie Hunter at [email protected].

Good Neighbor Clinic is at Robert Carpenter Macon County Community Center on Georgia Road, April 13-14. Free health screening, dental care, groceries, haircuts, and other human services are offered. The Good Neighbor Clinic is a Christian Ministry by the Seventh Day Adventist Church, Franklin, and the Seventh Day Adventist Carolina Conference. For more information, visit www.goodneighborclinics.org or contact Glenn Horstmann, project director at [email protected], or call (512)579-7987. 

Pancakes in the Park at Big Bear Pavilion/Wesley Park Saturday, April 20, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., hosted by Promise Lane Church Children’s Ministry. The public is invited.

Karaoke with Don Van Meter every Tuesday at Rathskeller Coffee Bar & Pub.

Blue Jazz at Slanted Window Wines Saturday at 5 p.m. 

Library presents ‘Walking with Spring’

Macon County Public Library’s “Walking with Spring” continues through April 11.

  • Thursday, April 4, 5 p.m., Mainspring Naturalist Walk with Skye Cahoon
  • Thursday, April 11, 6 p.m., Survival Tricks of the Trail with Mark Warren

The Macon County Public Library’s “Walking with Spring” series in partnership with the Nantahala Hiking Club, Mainspring Conservation Trust, Blue Ridge Bartram Trail Conservancy and the Franklin Appalachian Trail Community Council corresponds with thru-hiker season in Franklin and highlights the A.T. hikers and authors, as well as other outdoor activities and opportunities in the area.

The library is located at 149 Siler Farm Road, Franklin. For more information, call (828)369-3600.

PreK enrollment deadline approaching

The remaining date Macon County Schools will accept preschool applications and complete developmental screenings for the 2024-2025 school year is Friday, April 19, at the Macon County Community Bldg, 1288 Georgia Road. Appointments are required for screenings. To schedule an appointment between 8:30 a.m. and 3 p.m., call Valerie Norton at (828)524-4414 ext. 1041.

Additional information

  • Students must turn 4 by Aug. 31, 2024 to be eligible for NC PreK financial support.
  • Students who will turn 4 by August 31, 2024 are prioritized for the PreK program.

What to bring with you:

  • Proof of date of birth (Birth certificate preferred)
  • Proof of Income: 2023 Completed taxes 1040 form or one month’s worth of paystubs from all adults living in the home. You may also bring a copy of the qualification letter for Medicaid or WIC for the child as proof of income.

Only students with completed applications and screenings by April 19, will be considered for acceptance in the PreK program.