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Heartland Band plays at the Carson Community Building on Saturday nights, 7 to 9 p.m. No admission is charged. The band plays country, bluegrass, gospel. Pickers and singers are welcome to attend.

Environmental Resource Center will be open on Tuesdays and Fridays, from 9 a.m. to noon.

Historic Rickman Store is open Saturdays 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Located on Cowee Creek Rd. Escape the heat and come in for a tour, refreshments, or to listen to local musicians after noon. Free Wi -Fi is available.

Southwestern Officials Association is seeking applications in football and basketball for officials on the middle school, junior varsity and varsity levels from the upcoming school year across Western North Carolina. Experience is preferred but not required. Individuals must be at least 18 years of age. For more information, contact Curtis Lambert, Regional Supervisor of Officials, P.O. Box 66, Dillsboro, NC 28725, (828)226-0061 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Members of the Macon County Art Association are doing portraits of local veterans again this year at no expense to their families. An unveiling ceremony and reception will be held following the parade on Veterans Day. If interested in having a portrait made, bring a good service photo and a two paragraph service biography to the Uptown Gallery located at 30 East Main Street in Franklin by June 30. For more information, call Karen Smith at (305)401-4361.

Annual Henderson-Peek Family Reunion will be held in Hendersonville, on Saturday, July 18, from noon to 2 p.m. (set up begins at 11 a.m.), at Fruitland United Methodist Church. Please bring your special dish and to share for a potluck lunch. Chad Henderson has made arrangements with the Red Roof Inn in Hendersonville to set aside a block of rooms at a discounted rate. Rooms must be reserved by June 25 to get the discount.

Gem and Mineral Society of Franklin will meet on Thursday, June 25, 6:30 p.m., at the Robert C. Carpenter Community Building on 441S. Arlon Eldridge will give a presentation on Brazilian Mica, its connection to the space shuttle and Brazilian emeralds. Guests are welcome and light refreshments will be served.

Macon County Master Gardener Association Open House will be held on Saturday, June 27, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Environmental Resource Center. The open house will include tour of the gardens, artists drawings and sketching in the various gardens, demonstration gardens and refreshments.

Antique Car Evening Tour will be held on Sunday, June 28. Start at Burger King at 6:30 p.m. and end up at Sonic Drive-In by 8 p.m. A little history, a few points of interest, and beautiful roads. For more information or to R.S.V.P., call Paul Dobbin at (828)200-4060.

Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Franklin Tuesday Meditation Group is held on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m. On Sunday, June 28, at 11 a.m., Jeanne Chapman will be holding a seminar on Hospice/End of Life Care.

Travelogue D.V.D. on The Great Alaska Cruise will be shown on Tuesday, June 30, at 1 p.m., at the Senior Center in the large conference room. The senior center is located at 108 Wayah Street.

Convenience Centers in Macon County, Landfill and Highlands Transfer Station will all be closed on Saturday, July 4.

"What is the most important thing you have learned in your life so far?" will be the topic for the Franklin Open Forum - Monday, July 6, at 7 p.m. Franklin Open Forum is a moderated discussion group, meeting at the Rathskeller Coffee Haus & Pub, located Downtown at 58 Stewart Street, Franklin, (below and behind Books Unlimited.) Those interested in an open exchange of ideas (dialogue not debate) are invited to attend. For more information call (828)371-1020.

Mindfulness Meditation Practice, in the Buddhist tradition, the first Saturday of every month at St. David’s Episcopal Church in Cullowhee, led by its priest, Michael Hudson. Learn about mindfulness and practice the art of meditation, mindful living, spiritual formation. 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. If interested or have questions, email Michael at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Volleyball officials needed for middle school and high school. No experience required, will train. Some travel required. For more information, contact Alton Sutton at (828)342-1997.

Smoky Mountain Pregnancy Care Centers in Cullowhee and Franklin have an educational parenting program to earn “points” to use to obtain free items for your family. The centers carry baby items and clothing up to 5T, as well as diapers, wipes, strollers, high chairs, pack n’ plays, etc. Donations are always welcome. Services are free and confidential. Call (828)349-3200.

Macon County Poultry Club meets the third Tuesday of each month at the Macon County Cooperative extension office in Franklin. Meetings are free and open to the public. For more information call (828)369-3916.

Franklin Men’s Golfing Association plays at the Franklin Golf Course every Thursday morning. New members are welcome. Call Michael McSwain at (828)369-2421 for more information.

Appalachian Animal Rescue Center is looking for volunteers to help at the thrift store. Call (828)369-3046 for information about the store or the shelter at (828)524-4588 if you are interested in volunteering.

Campers RV Camping club, The Vagabonds are seeking additional members for the 2015 season. The group camps one weekend per month, April thru November, usually within 100 miles from Franklin. All ages are welcome. No dues, no structured activities, just an enjoyment of the outdoors, fellowship, good conversation, pot luck dinners and a roaring campfire. Contact Lillian for more details: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or (828)369-6669.

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