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Events Calendar: April 25 – May 9


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. 

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].

CarePartners Hospice and Palliative Care is seeking volunteers. A variety of opportunities exist, including specialized respite support, socialization-companionship, assistance with errands, a veterans program, and more. Individuals interested in learning more can call (828) 274-9567.

Franklin Alcoholics Anonymous “Open Meetings” are for anyone who thinks they may have a drinking problem or for anyone interested in the A.A. recovery program. In-person meetings are Tuesdays 5:30 p.m. at No Wrong Door, 102 Thomas Heights Rd.; Sundays at 1 p.m. and Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 5:30 p.m. at First United Methodist Church Outreach Center, 66 Harrison Ave.; Mondays at noon, Tuesday at 8 a.m., and Thursdays at noon at St. Agnes Episcopal Church on 66 Church St. On-line meeting information can be found by visiting www.aawnc80.org, or to speak with a member of A.A. call (828) 349-4357.

Friends of the Greenway (FROG) is hosting a pet adoption day Saturday, April 27, from 11-3 p.m., at FROG headquarters, 573 E. Main Street, in Franklin. Live music and a raffle. For more information email [email protected] or visit www.littletennessee.org. 

The Brasstown Ringers (pictured above) community handbell ensemble will present a concert Sunday, April 28, at 5 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church in Franklin. No admission charged, but monetary donations are accepted. For details about upcoming handbell workshops or concerts, contact Director Linda Sterrett at [email protected].

A foster care informational meeting will be held at Discover Church on Tuesday, April 30, at 6 p.m. Anyone interested is invited to attend. 

The Macon County Beekeepers Association will hold its monthly meeting on May 2 at 7 p.m. at the Macon County Cooperative Extension, 193 Thomas Heights Rd, Franklin. Greg Rogers will present “Oxalic Acid Glycerin Extended-Release Treatment, 2023 North Carolina Field Trials.”

FROG Fair, featuring arts, crafts, music, and food, is Saturday, May 4 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at FROG headquarters, 573 E. Main St., Franklin. For more information, email [email protected] or visit www.littletennessee.org.

National Day of Prayer is May 2. Churches and faith-based organizations will gather at the gazebo in downtown Franklin at noon to lift the community in prayer. The public is invited.  (Editor’s Note: Print edition mistakenly listed May 9 as the date. We apologize for the error.)

Macon Milk meets every Friday from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Macon County Health Department. This is a local mothers connection group for all moms, babies and children.

Teen Poetry Night Monday, April 29 at the Rathskeller

The annual Teen Poetry Night, an open-mic event for high school-age poets and poetry lovers, will be held Monday, April 29, at 7 p.m., in Franklin’s Rathskeller Coffee Haus.  To celebrate National Poetry Month, young poets are invited to read or recite their original works, as well as favorite works by other poets, earning RATBucks to be spent at the event on The Rathskeller’s healthy beverages, sandwiches, snacks and desserts.  There’s no pre-registration; participants are given stage time in a round-robin format.  Family members and friends are invited to come and cheer their teens on.

The Rathskeller Coffee Haus is at 58 Stewart Street, a half block south of Main Street behind A Novel Escape Bookstore.  Doors open at 6:30 p.m.; there is no admission charge.  For more information contact the event sponsor, the Arts Council, 828-524-ARTS or email [email protected].

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