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Thursdays at the Library will host Patrick Brannon, director of the Highlands Nature Center, who will be speaking on regional owl species and their biology. Using mounts of owls, he will discuss their adaptations as nocturnal predators, species identification, and owl conservation. The program will be held Thursday, July 5, at 6:30 p.m. in the Meeting Room at the Macon County Public Library, 149 Siler Farm Road, Franklin.

Thursdays at the Library is an eclectic mix of programs by authors, musicians, and educators on topics designed for enjoyment and education. These programs are sponsored by the Friends of the Library. No admission is charged and the public is invited. For more information, call (828) 524-3600.

Children’s Programs - “Dream Big, Read!”

• Monday, July 2, at 10 a.m. Family Story Time, Pre-K – 2nd Grade

• Monday, July 2, at 11 a.m. - Family Movie Time, Winnie the Pooh movie for all ages

• Tuesday, July 3, at 10 a.m. - Kids 4 Creeks, for school ages Wednesday, July 4 – Libraries are closed for Independence Day. Friday, July 6, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. - Independent learning activities for all ages

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“Freedom Rocks the Square,” the annual Independence Day weekend rock concert, will be held Friday, June 29, at 7 p.m., on Franklin’s Town Square gazebo on Main Street, weather permitting. Teen singing sensations Leah Hoblit and Lauryn Walker open the show, followed by the award-winning C-Square, performing classic pop hits from “Blue Suede Shoes” and “Charlie Brown,” to “Splish Splash” and “Under the Boardwalk,” along with patriotic and Americana sing-alongs like “America,” “You’re A Grand Old Flag,” and “You Are My Sunshine.” Band members are keyboardist Lionel Caynon and vocalists Bobbie and Mike Contino, with saxophonist Chris Corbin and flutist Cindy Miles.

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Friends of the Rickman Store (FORS) are kicking off their season's “Music, Art & Poetry Night at the Rickman Store” in historic Cowee Community, Friday, June 29.

All who wish to share their creative works are asked to arrive to sign up no later than 6:45 p.m. Friends and supporters arrive at 7 p.m. Participants perform for approximately 12 to 15 minutes each. Rickman Store is located in the Cowee-West’s Mill Historic District on 259 Cowee Creek Rd. 7 miles north of Franklin by Hwy NC28.

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