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Events Calendar: April 11 – April 25


Free Hip-Hop Dance Class for children and young families Thursday, April 11, at 3:30 p.m., with dance teacher Emily Higdon at the Macon County Public Library. The class is geared to youth ages 6-12; adults are encouraged to participate with their children. Details, call (828) 524-3600. The library is located at 149 Siler Farm Road.

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.

Cowee School Arts & Heritage Center (pictured above) hosts Open Mic Night Friday, April 12, from 6 to 8 p.m. and a free community art day, Saturday, April 20, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at 51 Cowee School Rd. in Cowee.

American Legion Macon Post 108 will host a VA S.A.V.E. training event, April 13, from 10:30 a.m. to noon. Training is focused on the stigma of mental health – how to help, questions to ask, information to assist, etc. The public is invited. Light refreshments provided. Email [email protected] if you plan to attend. 

A Concealed Carry Class will be held Saturday, April 13, 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m., at Otto Fire Department, 60 Firehouse Road, Otto. Cost is $70. Instructor will provide handgun and ammunition for the qualification requirement. Email [email protected] or call (828) 524-3472.

Aglow International, 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. Contact Marybeth Kaye (407) 951-4286 for more information. Next meeting is April 20.

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

Cowee School Arts and Heritage Center speaker series, “Where We Live: History, Nature, and Culture,” will host a program on the immigration of Scots-Irish people Monday, April 15, 6:30 p.m. at 51 Cowee School Rd. in Cowee.

828Vets is hosting fundraising events to assist a veteran in need. Proceeds will go towards a new well system for the veteran and his family: Slanted Window Tasting Station music Saturday, April 13, 3-8 p.m., and Currahee Brewing Co. prizes and band, Saturday, April 20, 2-7 p.m.

The Macon County Republican Women’s Club will meet at 11:30 a.m., Tuesday, April 16, at Fat Buddies BBQ restaurant in Franklin. All registered Republican women are invited to attend.

The Franklin Bird Club leads walks on Wednesday mornings at 8 a.m., weather permitting. On April 17, meet at Macon County Public Library parking lot; and April 24, Big Bear Park on the Little Tennessee River Greenway. Additional information, including directions to the locations, can be found at www.little tennessee.org/franklin-bird-club.com. 

Prentiss Church Services Sunday at 9 a.m, 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.

Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 235 Sloan Rd, Franklin, will be having a celebration for its 20th anniversary and retirement of their founding pastor, Fred Balke, April 21, at the 10:30 a.m. worship service. All are welcome.

An American Red Cross Blood Drive is at the Otto Community Center, 60 Firehouse Rd., on April 25, from 1:30 to 6 p.m. To make an appointment, visit www.redcrossblood.org and enter the Sponsor Code “Otto.” 

Applications for a Youth Community Service & Leadership Grant sponsored by the Democratic Women of Macon County will be accepted until April 30. School age youth are eligible for $500 to fund a community service project. Apply at www.tinyurl.com/ YCSLGapplication or [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 clinic is a 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.

Music at The Rathskeller features Shawn Taylor “Music with Wandering Roots” Saturday, April 13, at 7 p.m. Karaoke with Don Van Meter every Tuesday at Rathskeller Coffee Bar & Pub.

The Macon County Art Association invites the community, Thursday, April 18, from 4-6 p.m. to a public reception at Uptown Gallery, 30 East Main Street, Franklin, showcasing the latest artwork by talented member artists. Donations go to area nonprofits.

“Starry Night – an Evening of Hope and Giving,” to benefit KIDS Place features Sweet Charity Band, elegant desserts, mocktails, and silent auction items for a fun, alcohol-free event, Saturday, April 20, from 7 to 9 p.m., at the Otto Community Center. Tickets are $40 each and sponsorships start at $50. To purchase tickets or help sponsor the event, checks may be mailed to KIDS Place at P.O. Box 693, Franklin, N.C. 28744, or purchased via PayPal through the KIDS Place website at www.kidsplacecac.org. For more information, call KIDS Place at (828) 524-3199.

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