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Events Calendar – June 6 – 20


Naturalist Walk Thursday, June 6, 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the Macon County Public Library. A casual one-mile stroll on trails through a meadow, along a creek and in a mixed oak forest learning about how this space changes with the season. Meet in the living room of the library, bring a water bottle and your curiosity. Email questions to [email protected].

Rabies Vaccination Clinic Saturday, June 8, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Cowee School, 51 Cowee School Drive. Hosted by Pawsitive Shelter volunteers with Dr. Jessica Scruggs. Shots are $10, cash only.

Pickin’ on the Square is this Saturday, June 8, at the Gazebo in downtown Franklin. Music starts at 6 p.m. Bring a lawn chair. On for June 8 is Paradise 56 (Oldies); and on June 22 is Asheville Junction (Bluegrass). Food vendors onsite.

The Franklin Bird Club leads walks along the Greenway on Wednesday mornings at 8 a.m. All walks are weather dependent. Directions and a bird club check list can be found at https://www.littletennessee.org /franklin-bird-club.

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. 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.

Franklin Women’s Club meets the second Friday of every month at noon April through December at the Smokestack Café, 61 S. Patton Ave. For more information, contact Valerie Eldred, at (863)221-0258.

The Macon County Beekeepers Association will hold its monthly meeting June 6, at 7 p.m., at the Macon County Cooperative Extension, 193 Thomas Heights Rd, Franklin. Julia Mahood will be the featured speaker discussing drones. 

Saturday Mid-day Music at Friends of the Greenway (FROG) from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 573 E Main St., Franklin. For information about upcoming featured musicians, email frog28734@ gmail.com; or call (828)369-8488.

Opportunities to Help During a Crisis is a free event in the board room at the Macon County Public Library, facilitated by Vaya Health, June 11, from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. For more information, call the library at (828)524-3600 or www.vayahealth.com/calendar.

Taste of Scotland Festival is Father’s Day weekend, June 14-16, at the Macon County Fairgrounds on Hwy. 441 in Franklin. Authentic Scottish foods, music, dancers, clans, border collie demonstrations, parade of clans and tartans, Scottish crafters, children’s highland games, and live entertainment. For more information, visit www.tasteofscotland.org. 

Aglow International, Franklin Lighthouse hosts a gathering on June 15. Meet at First Pentecost Church, 164 Iotla Church Road at 10 a.m. Contact Marybeth (407)952-4286.

The Cowee School Arts and Heritage Center series “Where We Live: History, Nature, and Culture” will present June 17, at 6:30 p.m., a free program about “Counting Souls” by Don Buchanan, a novel about the 1830 census in Macon County.

Community Painted Rock Garden Saturday, June 22, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., at Rankin Square in downtown Franklin. Tour the gardens, have a snack, and paint a rock to leave in the garden. Sponsored by the Franklin Garden Club.

Friends of the Macon County Public Library Annual Membership Meeting Sunday, June 23, at 4 p.m., in the Macon County Public Library Living Room, 149 Siler Farm Rd., Franklin. All members of the Friends are invited to attend this brief business meeting, followed by light refreshments and fellowship. Prospective members are welcome to attend and join.

828Vets are holding a Free Flag Exchange on Flag Day, June 14, 8 a.m. until supplies run out, at Appalachian Ace Hardware, 75 W. Palmer St.

Resurrection Lutheran Church’s Family Vacation Bible School Day is June 29, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 38 Wayah Street, Franklin. Everyone is welcome to enjoy free food and fun activities. For more information, contact Mary Fuerch [email protected]. Registration is necessary, to determine numbers, and the deadline is June 21. To register, visit www.rlcfranklin.org.

The Kavod Soccer Academy is offering two weeks of summer camps the weeks of July 8-12 and July 15-19. To sign up, visit www.kavodsocceracademy.com.

The Veteran’s Portrait Project sponsored by the Macon County Art Association is taking applications. Ten veterans’ applications will be accepted to have their portraits painted by volunteer artists. Vets or their families may apply at the Uptown Gallery in Franklin until July 4 this year. Community members who wish to help support the costs for this program are also welcome. Email project chairs Pat Mennenger at [email protected]; or Christina Brown at [email protected].

T.M. Rickman Store at 251 Cowee Creek Road is open on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Bluegrass jam session, occasional dulcimer musicians, snacks and refreshments, hand-made Appalachian items and antiques, and a step back in time history experience. 

Macon County Schools STEM Summer Camp Programs will take place June 17-20 and June 24-27. For questions, contact [email protected] or (828)524-3314. To register, visit www.bit.ly/Maconsummercamp.

Hot Springs Pools and Spa at 556 Highlands Road is taking vendor applications for any and all local crafters for their first monthly fair set for June 8, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Set-up starts at 8 a.m. 10×10 spaces available Call or email to reserve your space, (828)559-5654; khowell @hspools.com

Karaoke with DJ Don at Rathskeller Coffee Bar & Pub Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m., 56 E. Main Street, Franklin.

Scotland Photo Tour at Macon Library June 9.

“Exploring Scotland 2024,” a visual photo tour by artist Maryellen Tully, will be presented Sunday, June 9, at 3 p.m., in the Macon County Public Library.  Tully invites attendees to experience the country through the eyes of five seniors (herself and four traveling companions), driving the winding narrow roads from Edinburgh to Piclockery as they explore and photograph Scotland’s landscapes (gorse, heather, and thistle); culture (architecture, paintings, and sculptures); and food (blood pudding, sloes berries, and haggis).

A versatile visual artist and educator, Tully worked as a school art teacher for 32 years, leading students in creativity including drawing, painting, ceramics, 3-D construction, and fiber arts. She specializes in silk-fabric painting; her work is available at the Uptown Gallery, 30 E. Main Street, Franklin, where she continues to teach children and adults.

The free event is open to all; light refreshments will be served.  Donations will be accepted for the Arts Council’s Artists in the Schools Program. The Library is at 149 Siler Farm Road, Franklin, with wheelchair access. This program is produced by the Arts Council of Macon County; for information phone (828)524-ARTS or email [email protected].

Email calendar items to [email protected].