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Arts & Entertainment

Venture Local Franklin and the Downtown merchants teamed up last Friday night for the inaugural StreetFest ’12 event. Modeled after an event that first occurred in 2010, StreetFest was fully stocked with fun with live entertainment from local musicians, a surprise flash mob headed by Zumba Fitness, local shops that were open late, face painting and lots of snacks and refreshments to round out the evening.

“In speaking with some of our merchants after Street- Fest, I was overwhelmed by the positive feedback and reports of the successful night they had,” said Matt Bateman with Venture Local Franklin.

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The Macon Aero Modelers Club is sponsoring a "Fly-In" of radio control model airplanes at the club's flying field in Otto on Saturday, July 21, beginning at 9 a.m.

The public is invited to attend and see a large collection of radio control airplanes on display and flying. Scale models, aerobatic models, sail planes and helicopters will be flying.

The club's field is located at 515 Tessentee Road south of Franklin, at Otto.

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The Liars Bench, a troupe of award-winning storytellers and musicians, bring “Tall Tales, Mountain Myths, & Flat-Out Lies” to the Franklin Folk Festival on Saturday, July 21, 10 a.m. to noon and 1 to 2:30 p.m.

The Liars Bench is a traditional Southern Appalachian storytelling, music, poetry, dramatic, and folk arts variety show.

Founded in 2010 by storyteller, writer, and playwright Gary Carden, the group promotes and showcases all aspects of Southern Appalachian culture, continuing the grand tradition of true mountain folkways through down-home entertainment.

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Laura Elliott of Sylva, will facilitate a free Tai Chi class at the Jackson County Public Library in Sylva on Thursday, July 24, at 7 p.m. The class will be held in the Community Room.

The form of Tai Chi that Elliott will teach is called Tai Chi Chih, which involves a series of distinct, repetitive movements that can be easier to learn than the more traditional form that is more of a continual dance of movements. Appropriate for people of all ages, it is a gentle practice designed to improve the flow of energy within the body.

As a holistic therapist and facilitator of wellness workshops, Elliott has been practicing energy medicine and the oriental exercises of Tai Chi and Qigong for over 15 years and is a certified Healing Touch practitioner.

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