25th Annual Leaf Lookers GEMBOREE :: Friday, October 17 - Sunday, October 19 at the Macon County Community Building

- published 8/21 (Larry) old link: http://www1.cfnc.org/applications/NC_Community_College/apply.html?application_id=1527

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Outdoors

The Smoky Mountain Flying Club has purchased a Light Sport Aircraft for use by its members and new student pilots.

It is a 2007 Evektor sport aircraft which seats two pilots in a bubble canopy with the latest electronic instrument panel. This is a new FAA category of aircraft which does not require the stringent FAA medical. Licensed private pilots who are current can qualify by taking the ground school that will be offered by the club and take a check ride on the aircraft. Student pilots need 20 hours of training (15 hours with instructor and 5 hours solo) and can fly it on a valid U.S. driver’s license as evidence of medical eligibility.

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Macon County Public Library will hold the third Walking with Spring series of programs in conjunction with downtown Franklin's April Fools Trail Days (aprilfoolstraildays.com) festival.

All programs are at 7 p.m. in the Library Meeting Room.

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Since spring has now officially begun (at least by the date on the calendar), aspiring gardeners are anticipating planting season at the Macon County Community Garden located on the Greenway off of Siler Road, next to the Southwestern Community College campus.

The Macon County Community Garden project is an ideal solution for individuals who live in apartments or homes that don’t provide enough space for personal gardens.

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Franklin will again celebrate its appreciation of Appalachian Trail Hikers with the town’s first festival of 2013, April Fools Trail Days, on Saturday, March 30. This daylong event will take place in Historic Downtown Franklin and bring together AT hikers, locals and visitors for a great celebration featuring displays, workshops, live entertainment and fun, food and more.

“April Fools Trail Days was conceived, in part, by our designation as an Appalachian Trail Gateway Community,” said Linda Schlott, Franklin Main Street Program executive director. “We have a full day of fun planned and encourage everyone to come out and support the hiking community that makes such an impact on our town each year.”

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