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Hello from Franklin, North Carolina.  We extend a sincere invitation to "Enjoy the Beauty and Discover the Life" that awaits you in the beautiful mountains of Southwestern North Carolina.  Located in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains.  Come to a place where beautiful scenery, hiking, gem mining, fishing, history and Southern hospitality are a way of life

Franklin is proud to be a North Carolina Main Street Town  and an official Appalachian Trail Community.  We are also excited to be a part of the Macon County Quilt Trails .

Whether just for a visit or for the rest of your life, you will find that you are always welcome here in Franklin, North Carolina.

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Macon GOP Grand Opening
Date(s): Apr 01, 2014
When: 12 noon
Where: 555 Depot Street

Grand Opening with Ribbon Cutting.  Everyone Welcome.

For additional information visit www.macongop.com

Celtic Harp Recital
Date(s): Apr 01, 2014
When: 6:00 pm
Where: First United Methodist Church

Celtic Harp Recital by Jennifer Love, Harpist.  Supper following.  Program is free of charge, sponsored by the Friends of the Scottish Museum.  Please bring a covered dish.  For information:  828-524-7472 or 349-1501.

Date(s): Apr 03, 2014 - Apr 06, 2014
When: Thursday - Saturday: 7:30 pm; Sunday 2:30 pm
Where: FHS Fine Arts Building

Presented by The Overlook Theatre.

Balsam Range with Boxcars Concert
Date(s): Apr 04, 2014
When: 7:30 pm
Where: Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts

Balsam Range - From deep in the Appalachians where the Great Smoky Mountains meet the Blue Ridge comes the Balsam Range band, creatively blending Bluegrass, Folk, Gospel and Jazz into a new American asoustic music experience.  

The Boxcars - A few years later the name is synonymous with the five guys that make up this ground breaking band.  They do't sound like anyone else.  and yet they capture the excitement of the seminal bands that preceded them in the genre and combine it with cutting edge sounds of bluegrass today.  You can't replace chemistry between band members.  Add these guys have it.

For tickets or additional information contact 828-524-1598 or visit www.greatmountainmusic.com.

Grace Baptist Church 's Yard Sale
Date(s): Apr 04, 2014 - Apr 05, 2014
When: Friday 9am - 5pm; Saturday 9am - 2pm.
Where: Coon Club

Grace Baptist Church will have a yard sale at the Coon Club.  100%  of the money goes toward their upcoming mission trip.  If you have any questions please call Melody Hedden at 371-7440.

Child Seat Safety Event
Date(s): Apr 05, 2014
When: 11 am - 2pm
Where: The Factory Parking Lot

3 out of 4 car seats are installed incorrectly.  That means 75% of children are riding in cars and are not securely strapped in.  We want to change that.

There will be a check point set up for parents to drive through to get their seats checked to make sure they are properly installed.

Businesses who are interested in helping promote or sponsor this effort, please contact Brittney Parks at 369-6767 or 508-3003. 

Tartan Day
Date(s): Apr 05, 2014
When: 10am - 5pm
Where: Scottish Tartan Museum on Main Street

"Tartan Day", a nationally recognized day commemorating the signing of the "Treaty of Arbroath" for Scottish Idependence in 1320.  Tours of the Scottish Tartans Museum are free of charge on Tartan Day.  Refreshment by the Friends of the Scottish Museum.  Museum hours:  10 - 5, 88 East Main Street, Gift Shop, Handicapped entrance.  For information contact Linda Henderson Morrow, 929-524-3935 or for tours 524-7472.

Macon County Democratic Party Convention
Date(s): Apr 05, 2014
When: 11:00 am
Where: Macon County Courthouse

All democrats and unaffiliated voters are invited to find out the latest on Macon County and North Carolina.

For additional information contact 828-634-7737.

Invasive Species Awareness Day
Date(s): Apr 07, 2014
When: 11am - 3pm
Where: Tassee Picnic Shelter on Little Tennessee River Greenway

In celebration of North Carolina Invasive Plant Awareness Week, LTLT and Friends of the Greenway, Inc. will host an educational event at the Tassee Picnic Shelter on the Little Tennessee River Greenway.  Sponsored by Duke Energy, this event will include  experts from the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, NC Forest Service, US Forest Service. Coweeta Hydrologic Lab, LTLT, Watershed Association of the Tuckasegee River, Western North Carolina Alliance and others, as they give brief presentations and answer questions about the identification, control and prevention of exotic invasive plants, animals and pathogens.  

A rain date has been set for Wednesday, April 9.

Democratic Women's Potato Supper
Date(s): Apr 10, 2014
When: 5 - 7pm
Where: First United Methodist Church

For additional information contact 828-634-7737.

Cullasaja Gorge Clean-up
Date(s): Apr 12, 2014
When: 9:00 am
Where: Pine Grove Baptist Church

We all understand how important it is to keep our community clean. Volunteers are greatly needed and will be very much appreciated!  After the clean-up is complete, we will meet at the Cliffside Lake shelter area for a cook-out.  If you are interested in participating or have any quesitons please contact Jennifer at 828-526-2112 or Matt at 828-421-0535.


Sponsored by:  Highlands Chamber, Franklin Chamber, Venture Local and Stay & Play in the Smokies.

Spaghetti Dinner
Date(s): Apr 12, 2014
When: 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Where: Franklin Fire Department/49 Maple Street

Tickets:  $6.00 per person/ 4 for $20.00 or day of the event $7 each

Tickets available at the Franklin Fire Department.

Local Deliveries available for 4 or more

To benefit the Franklin Fire and Rescue Auxiliary

Please contact Kim Greene 828-421-6089

Come support your Franklin Fire & Rescue Auxiliary

Democratic Men's Candidate Forum
Date(s): Apr 14, 2014
When: 5:30 pm
Where: Macon County Courthouse

Meet 'N Greet the candidates and enjoy light refreshments.  Meeting begins promptly at 6:00 pm.

For additional information contact 828-634-7737.

Easter Egg Hunt at the Rec Park!
Date(s): Apr 18, 2014
When: 10:00 am
Where: Macon County Rec Park

Admission:  1 canned good for CareNet

After the Egg Hunt, come to The Factory
  -  .99 Kids Pizza Buffet
  -  Carnival Games (Free)
  -  Balloon Twisting & Magic Show with Professor Whizzpop (Free)
  -  Goofy Golf Contest  -  11am - 3pm ($2.50 - Awesome Prizes)
  -  Visit with the Easter Bunny

Limit two .99 kids pizza buffets per regular price adult buffet.  Kids buffet for ages 10 & under.  

For more information contact the Factory at 349-8888. 

3rd Annual Easter Egg Extravaganza
Date(s): Apr 19, 2014
When: 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Where: Snow Hill Inn

Come Celebrate Easter in our yard!  Free!  Bring your own basket.

Age groups will hunt in different areas:  0-3 years old, 4-6 years and 7-12 years.  Over 4,000 eggs with treats.  "Best Dressed Easter Outfit" Contest.  Photos with the Easter Bunny.  Games, Crafts and Prizes.  

531 Snow Hill Road, Franklin, NC

Presented by Snow Hill Inn and Cowee Baptist Church

Great Easter Egg Hunt
Date(s): Apr 19, 2014
When: 11 am
Where: Cullasaja Assembly of God Church

3,000 eggs will be hidden.  There will be an Easter Egg Hunt for Pre-school and Elementary ages with Golden Eggs, Candy and Prizes.  For more information call the Church Office at 828-369-7540.

BizWeek Seminar Shop Local, Buy Local, Invest Local
Date(s): Apr 22, 2014
When: 9:00 am
Where: SCC Macon Campus

SCC's Small Business Center presents Martin Brossman's "Shop Local, Buy Local, Invest Local".  Learn how to genertae a dynamic Shop Local strategy to help your business, your town and your community.  Register Online at www.ncsbc.net/workshop.

Biz Week Seminar Getting More Engagement & Results for Small Biz Using Photography & Video
Date(s): Apr 22, 2014
When: 2:00 pm
Where: SCC Macon Campus

SCC's Small Business Center presents Martin Brossman's "Getting More Engagement & Results for Small Biz Using Photography and Video".  The explosion of Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram has proven that photography and video is a powerful tool to market your business.  This how-to class will teach you the basics of digital photography and videography to attract more customers with your social media and web marketing.  Free Event.  Register by calling Latrisa at 828-339-4426.

Biz Week Entrepreneur Networking Night IV
Date(s): Apr 23, 2014
When: 5:30 pm
Where: Motor Company Grill on Main Street

Presented by the Macon County Certified Entrepreneurial Community Team featuring special guest Henry Doss.  Mr. Doss serves as CSO and Executive in Residence with T2VC, a Silicon Valley based capital venture firm.  Henry has over 25 years of business experience and has been a leader in start ups, early stage ventures and business restructuring, as well as, entrepreneurship.  He also serves as Executive in Residence with Forbes Magazine.  Enjoy fellowship and networking with local entrepreneurs. Refreshments, live music and door prizes.  Register at www.maconedc.com/entreprenuer.html

BizWeek Banquet
Date(s): Apr 24, 2014
When: 6:00 pm
Where: Holly Springs Baptist Church Fellowship Hall

The BizWeek 2014 Banquet, featuring keynote speaker Dr. David O. Belcher, Chancellor of Western Carolina University, the BizWeek 2014 Honorees and the Macon County Business Plan Competition Grand Prize Winner announcement.

This event is free of charge but registration is requested at www.maconedc.com/banquet.html 

Southern Fried Chicks
Date(s): Apr 26, 2014
When: 7:30 pm
Where: Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts

Tickets:  $15, $20, $25

The Southern Fried Chicks have busted out of the hen house for a night on the town with their new show, the "Cage-Free Comedy Tour!"  Join the Chicks for a night of free-range comedy starring Etta May, Sonya White, Karen Mills and Style Network's Trish Suhr.  Get to know the Chicks like never before!  The new Cage-Free Comedy Tour features new stories, music audience participation, dancing and a multimedia show you are sure to enjoy.  Since the debut of their one-hour comedy special on CMT, this top-grossing all female comedy tour has played to venues packed with people and laughter.  Life and love in the USA has ever been funnier as when these top headliners take the stage.  Think Blue Collar Comedy Tour with better hair and bigger attitude!

For tickets or  additional information visit www.greatmountainmusic.com or call 828-524-1598.

Pancake Breakfast
Date(s): Apr 26, 2014
When: 7am - 10am
Where: Fatz Cafe

Tickets:  $7   Event to benefit Macon TRACS Scholarship Fund.

For more information 828-349-6262.

Dementia Training
Date(s): Apr 26, 2014
When: 10:00 am
Where: Highlands-Cashiers Hospital

Eckerd Living Center Offering Dementia Training.  Training includes topics:  What is Dementia?, Symptoms of Alzheimer's, Physical Approach, Communication Skills Offering Assistance, Evaluating Cognitive Levels, Meaninfgul Days and Problem Behavior.

Refreshments served  -  please RSVP by calling (828) 526-1315

Democratic Men's Yard Sale
Date(s): Apr 26, 2014
When: 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Where: Macon County Democratic Headquarters at 251 Sloan Road

Antiques, books, crafts, tools, plants, clothing, 1869 Estey organ to rebuild or for beautiful wood and more.

For more information contact 828-634-7737.

Macon TRACS Pancake Breakfast
Date(s): Apr 26, 2014
When: 7am - 10am
Where: Fatz Cafe

For Tickets call 828-349-6262 or visit the Chamber of Commerce.

$7 donation

"Empty Bowls" Charity Event
Date(s): Apr 26, 2014
When: 6:00 pm
Where: Trimont Christian Academy off Womack Street

Macon G.E.M.S. Homeschool Coop to host an "Empty Bowls" Charity Event.  "Empty Bowls" is a Charity Fundraiser to benefit local food banks and includes a meal of soup, bread and dessert.  A donation of $12 includes the meal and a hand painted pottery bowl painted by a coop student or give a donation of $8 and receive the meal.  Children 8 and under eat free.  Come join in the fight against hunger.  Visit www.emptybowls.net for more details on the event.

Relay for Life Yard Sale
Date(s): Apr 26, 2014
When: 7 am
Where: Whistlestop Mall

The Lowe's of Franklin Relay for Life Team will have a yard sale in the parking lot of Whistlestop Mall, 441 South.  Proceeds will go to Relay for LIfe of Franklin, NC.

"Leading The Way to Wellness" Walk
Date(s): Apr 26, 2014
When: 8:30 am
Where: Franklin Town Hall

Walking your way to wellness is free & easy as 1-2-3!
Meet us at the Kick-Off Event for registration, an easy Community Walk, Free Pedometers, and Door Prizes.  

After the kickoff, join us several times a week for group walks through the Franklin area.  Enjoy new friends and talk with our community leaders as they lead this fun fitness activity.

Downtown Franklin walks led by Mayor Bob Scott & Alderman Barbara McRae.

Greenway walks led by County Manager Derek Rowland and Commissioner Kevin Corbin.

Community Building walks led by Alderman Patti Abel & Alderman Joyce Handley.

Stick with it!  Keep walking with your friends and neighbors through our friendly communities.  Set a personal goal to lose weight or complete in a 5k run or walk.

Sponsored by Macon County Public Health's Healthy Carolinans Coalition and your Community Leaders.

Questions?  Call 349-2426 or www.facebook.com/maconpublichealth  



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